India vs Australia: Mitchell Johnson unhappy after ICC rates Perth pitch average

first_imgMitchell Johnson was not too happy after the International Cricket Council rated the Perth pitch average. The Perth Stadium hosted its first ever Test match last from December 14 which Australia won by 146 runs.India saw the pitch and decided to go in without a spinner – they played four pacers. Australia had three pacers and one spinner in their ranks. Nathan Lyon, the off-spinner, was named man-of-the-match for his eight-wicket haul.Australia had scored 326 in the first innings before India responded with 283 thanks to Virat Kohli’s 25th hundred. In the second innings, Australia folded for 243 but not before Aaron Finch was hit on the finger by a Mohammed Shami delivery.The Test was over only on the final morning. Match referee Ranjan Madugalle rated the pitch average after assessing pitch and outfield conditions. The Adelaide Oval pitch received a ‘very good’ rating.Johnson, who was recently in the news for calling Virat Kohli silly over his Perth altercation with Australian captain Tim Paine was not too impressed with the average rating for Perth. And when former India cricketer Aakash Chopra presented his point of view, Johnson had a sharp retort.Nothing wrong with it. It was exciting to watch a contest between bat and ball for a change and not these dull flat tracks being served up constantly. I’d actually be interested in knowing what a good pitch is? Hope for another exciting test at the MCG Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) December 21, 2018Vihari bowled a bouncer on the first day’ to dismiss a well set Harris. I rest my case Chopra (@cricketaakash) December 21, 2018Pretty shitty case if that what your coming with Aakash. You’re saying it was a dangerous delivery from a spinner? Did you pipe up when the Indian 4 man attack bowled plenty of short balls, which I enjoyed as a fan & was awesome to watch? What is a good wicket is to you?Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) December 21, 2018You spoke of natural deterioration that leads to variable bounce. That ball was a reflection of variable bounce on the first day. Not dangerous then. But yes…that Shami spell on day four was close to dangerous….felt that player safety was in question. Therefore the rating. Chopra (@cricketaakash) December 21, 2018I disagree, I’ve seen far worse & played on pitches similar to it. Do you want to see boring flat belters? I don’t. I want to see pitches that produce an exciting contest between bat and ball. Anything else you want to get off your chest?Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) December 21, 2018I never said that I want to see cricket on feather beds..ICC rated the pitch Average’-I agree with their neutral observation based on the feedback of match officials. You don’t. We r entitled to have our own opinions. FOE. Too bad if the pitches you played on got a good’ ratingAakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) December 21, 2018Plenty of pitches much worse that never had this rating. I know what you saying & no issues with you disagreeing & having your opinion, that’s all good. But I still disagree & have no idea why you would comment directly to me?Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) December 21, 2018And they wonder why Test Match cricket is struggling .. Was a tremendously exciting pitch which had a bit for everyone .. Should be more like this IMO .. Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) 21 December 2018There was plenty of talk on the pitch leading into the Perth Test. The curator had promised express pace and bounce on a grassy surface. Once the match started, a debate was sparked by India’s move to not play a single spinner.R Ashwin was injured but Virat Kohli said he would not have been considered had he been fit. Besides Ashwin, India have two other spinners in the squad- Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav.last_img read more