Birks Expecting Pitch To Quicken

Events News | 9th July 2014

Nottinghamshire’s Head Groundsman Steve Birks hopes to see more life in the Trent Bridge pitch as England’s Investec Test against India moves forward. 

India won the toss and batted in idyllic conditions at Trent Bridge.

“We wanted to produce a pitch with pace, bounce and carry which hasn’t happened unfortunately,” said Birks.

“There’s quite a lot of moisture underneath but it’s a hard surface on top which is why it’s lacking pace. 

“The moisture readings taken earlier in the week were quite high and we haven’t seen enough of the sun to really bake it out. 

“Our only instruction is to produce a good cricket wicket and, with hindsight, we may have left a bit more grass on it but this is the first day of five-day Test and while I don’t expect spin to come into it, we hope it might quicken up a bit.”

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