Coach wants same seaming pitches used for India series
Boof's pitch to England curators
Australia coach Darren Lehmann has challenged England to produce the same green, seaming pitches they used to beat India when Australia visit next year.
Lehmann was a keen observer of the lush pitches prepared during England's 3-1 series win over India, and is hoping his Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris lead bowling attack will be greeted by more of the same "sporting" decks next winter.
“The wickets were quite sporting over there in the last couple of Test matches,” said Lehmann.
“The Oval … I can’t remember that sort of wicket being produced for an Australian Test match in the last 50 or 60 years, so that’s interesting in itself.
“From my point of view, I am looking for those sort of wickets next year.”
After an overly dry, dead track that favoured India's spin attack was prepared for the opening Test at Trent Bridge - the venue for next year's fourth Ashes Test - the curator issued a public apology.
The pitch was rated 'poor' by former Australia batsman David Boon in his role as the ICC match referee, and the match ended in a high-scoring draw with both teams posting century stands for the 10th wicket.
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However, the England and Wales Cricket Board was quick to deny drainage was the problem, and a statement read: "It has already been established that the drainage system at Trent Bridge played no part in the unexpected issues that arose around the preparation and performance of the Test Match wicket."
No such official explanation was issued as to why dry, dusty and spin-friendly pitches were rolled out during the 2013 Ashes series when Graeme Swann was the leading wicket-taker with 26 scalps in England's 3-0 victory.
However, a lush greentop greeted India at Lord's, prompting England skipper Alastair Cook to opt to bowl first only to see his bowlers over-enthusiastically pitch too short and too wide, and the tourists rolled to a 95-run victory.
Lord's will host the second Ashes Test next year, with Cardiff's Sophia Gardens the venue for the series opener. Edgbaston, Trent Bridge and The Oval hosts Tests three through five, respectively.
Similar green and seaming pitches were present in Southampton, Manchester and back in London at The Oval as England smashed India in three straight massive victories.
Lehmann said India was "obviously having a bit of a form slump" but still had a line-up of class players and he expected them to rebound in Australia when they arrive for a four-Test series which begins at the Gabba on December 4.
"They're still a good side," said Lehmann.