Anderson: Ashes pitches were doctored

LONDON –– England pacer James Anderson has admitted that the England Cricket Board (ECB) doctored pitches during the recently concluded Ashes series and that England should continue doing it.

After England suffered a heavy 405-run defeat in the second Ashes Test at Lord’s the pitches for the rest of the campaign were turned green at the behest of England coach Trevor Bayliss and captain Alastair Cook. England went on to win two out of the remaining three matches and clinched the series 3-2.

James Anderson
James Anderson

Speaking on an Internet Ashes round-up hosted by popular English actor Stephen Fry, Anderson conceded that England should consider doctoring pitches for all the touring teams. He said that the groundsmen were not forced into doing something and he further accused Australia of doing the same when England were there.

“I think there’s certainly an element where we should have done it more in the past [and] we should do it more in the future. When we go to Australia, they prepare the pitches to suit their team. When we go to India, the same thing happens.

“A big deal was made of it in our conditions here [that] we were telling the groundsmen to do this and that. I’m sure they offered an opinion but it wasn’t a case that we were saying ‘you have to do this’ or ‘you have to prepare that’. Even if we did, everyone else in the whole world prepares pitches to give them home advantage and I don’t see why it should be any different here,” he added.

The 33-year-old went on to say that even though the pitches were manipulated to suit the home team bowlers, scoring runs was not entirely a difficult job. He quoted an example of the fourth Ashes Test at Trent Bridge, where Stuart Broad picked up 8 for 15 to help rout Australia for 60 in the first innings. England went on to score 391 for 9 in reply and won the match by an innings and 78 runs within three days.

“All the time, at some stage, guys got runs –– even the game where Broady [Stuart Broad] bowled them out for 60, we then batted on it and got a decent total. It wasn’t as if it was unplayable.”

6 Responses to Anderson: Ashes pitches were doctored

  1. Alex Alleyne September 12, 2015 at 10:17 am

    When all cricket nation come to the Caribbean , they will never have to worry about “DOCTORED” green top pitches . The surfaces in the Caribbean are so dry and void of live green grass that it will take the groundsmen a period of about 6 months of constant watering before you see one blade of live green grass on any surface. As a matter of fact , these groundsmen don’t even remember what a green top look like .

  2. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner September 12, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Hope WICB listening to him.

  3. Alex Alleyne September 12, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    If you are a reader of the WICB web page you would have notice for quite sometime a group of us kept hammering away at the condition of the pitches in the Caribbean . We said that the slow, low ,dead pitches are killing off the quick bowlers in the Caribbean and in turn responsible for the poor quality of our batsmen .( None of the current WI batsmen can handle good fast bowling) . The WICB is a group who answers to no one so they don’t find it necessary to change the condition of anything with WIPA breathing down its neck . This guy that the WICB sent around the Caribbean to take a look at the batting surfaces seems to me as if it was just a “Island hopping exercise” because no report was brought to the public and even worse, the condition of all the pitches are the same .

  4. harry turnover September 12, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    Doctored pitches what !! no groundsman in the WORLD can doctor a pitch that would only suit their bowlers.

    Anderson says that the groundsman was told to prepare a green top. Every body knows that a green top favors FAST BOWLERS,so how come it only favored the English fast bowlers ?

    I say that the SWING is what beat Australia.

  5. Alex Alleyne September 12, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    Harry , I don’t usually do this but you missed the point. Still I do agree that the English fast bowlers are very good at home with their swing bowling .

  6. harry turnover September 13, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Exactly,the swing exploited by the England bowlers in English conditions is what beat Australia.

    Australia is known for its fast bouncy pitches and they are not doctored.,that is why they are so difficult to beat at home.

    In the Caribbean as a couple of groundsmen have alluded to,there is no drastic difference in the preparation of pitches to what was done in the 60s,70s and 80s.It is just that we are not producing express pace men as before and it might be that conditions are certainly hotter now than they were in those days.

    In India it is said that India prepares pitches that suit their spin bowlers…nonsense ! other teams often carry 3 or 4 spin bowlers when touring India,yet they don’t reap the success as those Indian spinners…the reason…Indian spinners know the conditions better.


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