Laxman and Ponting complain and the curator at Eden Park apologised for the pitch...as D.S. Henry puts it:
Well, yeah, if
you ask a pair of batsmen, of course
they're going to say it sucks. (It
makes them look bad, what do you expect?) Did anyone bother asking
Chaminda Vaas, who finished with figures of 2-for-9 in that game, how
much of a "shocker" the wicket was for him?
To drive home the point, have Twenty20 sixes become devalued, even boring?
Heavy bats, short boundaries and flat pitches have ensured it is raining 'six' in the IPL
when we contemplate, these 'six' have no meaning in the larger context
of the game. They leave no lasting impact and are mere statistics.
Finally, Richard Lake reviews the first week of county cricket.