Indian healers are back to their old tricks! The photo shows the third test field looking decidedly green: ‘A 10-year-old could whip up a bunch like this’
Footage has emerged from Indore of another patchwork course being prepared by Indian curators ahead of Australia’s third Test.
AAP reporter Oliver Caffrey shared the first images of the Indore field with the caption “Look at all that grass in Indore.”
The middle of the pitch is enticing green, but Australian bowlers hoping to get something out of the wicket will be disappointed, as both ends of the pitch are as barren and dry as the Simpson desert.
It is destined to be another great turner.
To make matters worse, there are images of barefoot workers using the heavy roller to crush the grassy spots, ensuring there will be little left for the bowlers when play starts on Wednesday.
A shot from above shows the green zone in the middle, the dry ends and a team of Indian gardeners working on the pitch.
The green patch in the middle is undergoing heavy training by the roller.
Cricket fans raved about the patchwork ground site designed exclusively to help Indian bowlers.
‘So India doesn’t really have a pitch man because it’s not technically a cricket pitch? A 10 year old could cook up a bunch of shit like this,” one fan posted.
“Wait 48 hours and the grass will turn red,” another posted.
‘India 3-0 charging’ added another.
While the grassy half might tempt Aussies to bowl faster, options are limited with skipper Pat Cummins returning home to Australia to be with his ailing mother while Josh Hazlewood has been ruled out with injury.
In a boost for the Aussies, all-rounder Cameron Green and spearhead Mitchell Starc are set to return from finger injuries and could be the pace options implemented in Indore.
There will be a level of discomfort for a while, I don’t think it will be 100 per cent for a while,” Starc said in Indore on Monday.
“But the ball comes out pretty good and I feel like I’m pretty much at full speed.”
‘It wouldn’t be the first test match I’ve played with any kind of discomfort.
‘If I had only played when I was 100 per cent, I would have only played five or 10 tests.
“I’m happy with where he’s at and I’ve built up enough of a pain threshold to deal with it in the last 10 or 12 years.”
Starc has returned to bowling in a push for the Aussies and is set to replace Pat Cummins in the Aussie attack.
Footage also surfaced of Starc extracting reverse swing on the nets in Indore and he is confident the body is ready to go.
“I had 10 days off when I first got injured and have been bowling ever since,” Starc said.
‘As far as the workload, the body, it doesn’t worry me at all, I’m comfortable and happy with my numbers, where is my body to prepare for this series.
“I’m very happy with where everything is, now it’s just a skill run after having a break from playing time.”
The Aussies take no chances ahead of the third Test, bringing in Indian Cricview Academy leg player Sahil Tyagi to bowl into the nets.
Tyagi is an emerging Indian talent and has spent hours bowling at the best Australian level including Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith.