Xtra Time Web Desk: The drama surrounding the 22 yards for the first match between India and Australia continued a day ahead of the start of first test match at the VCA stadium in Jamtha. Team India Head Coach Rahul Dravid, batting coach Vikram Rathour and bowling coach Paras Mhambrey were all in the middle inspecting the wicket. They were soon joined by BCCI Chief Curator Taposh Chatterjee. The Indian team made their reservations clear about the surface.
Dravid had an animated chat with VCA pitch curator Abhijeet Piprode. The Team India Head Coach had already expressed his displeasure about the wicket to both Taposh Chatterjee and Abhijeet Piprode. Following which the surface was changed.
The change in surface also meant that the sight screen also needs to adjusted for the game. ICC match referee Andy Pycroft instructed the local association to increase the sight screen.
The wicket saw a bit of mowing and was covered to hold the moisture. The Australian players including captain Pat Cummins had a thorough look at the wickets after removing the covers. Aussie opener David Warner sat down on his knees to examine the wicket Steve Smith too had a long look at the 22 yards which will be used for the first test.
In all probability the wicket for the first test match will be a rank turner. It won’t be surprising if the ball turns square from Day 1.