When you are playing in Australia and New Zealand, you expect a lot of bounce. In this ICC event, it’s been completely contrary to what is anticipated. Especially when you are playing in New Zealand you expect a lot low scoring intriguing games. The reason for the storm of runs is use of drip-in pitches. Drop-in pitches are the pitches which are made outside the stadium and laid on the wicket just before the match. These wickets are completely behaving in favor of batsman till this juncture.
Drop-in pitches can actually negate the advantage of the home team possesses. When a team tours Australia, they will wary about ominous bounce and to swing which unlikely happened in tournament. Surprisingly spinners have better performed than pacers. Mitchell Johnson and Dale Steyn had to bend their back in their respective first outings. Kiwi spinner Vettori had picked up 5 wickets till now and Ashwin had performed superbly against Pakistan. Raina played a T20 kind of Innings against Pakistan. Till date, four centuries and fourteen half centuries are registered, 2888 runs are been scored at average of 288.8 per innings which is quite unusual in Australia and New Zealand.
Usages of bowling wickets are not so successful commercially. This is a lesson taught by IPL to cricketing nations .Very less crowd are turning up at the stadiums, if bowling friendly pitches are produced. Adelaide is been using conventional wicket whereas MCG is using Drop-in wicket. ICC earlier had introduced a new rule which restricts bowling team having more than four fielders beyond the inner circle. This will definitely ensure high percentage of high scoring games.
Dimensions of Drop-in wickets
Drop-in pitches are 24m of length, 3 mille meters of breadth and 200mm of thickness. The reason for using pitches is using the stadiums for multiple purposes. Cricketing will not be throughout the season, so they can use it for various other sports