As the Adelaide Oval braces itself to host the historic day and night test, the nature of the pitch will surely be under the scanner. The first two games between Australia and New Zealand were played on wickets, as flat as a motorway. The wicket laid out at Perth especially drew a lot of criticism for its lifeless nature. But the pitch at Adelaide promises to be a sporting one and is bound to produce a result.
Australian spinner Steven O’ Keefe recently said that Adelaide will definitely produce a result. “I think that’s a result wicket out there without a doubt,” O’Keefe said. “For guys to make runs, I think it’s going to be significantly harder than what we’ve seen in the last two Tests. I think the ball will nip around a fair bit with that extra grass coverage. That certainly doesn’t happen out there a lot. With the pink ball, due to its characteristics, it swung a lot as well so I think that will be prevalent the whole game and it also spun from ball one.”
Elaborating on the pitch, the spinner said, “It’s going to nip around at night depending on the dew. It might slide on, it might spin, it might not but I think in regards to the ball holding up, leaving that extra bit of grass on it certainly did help when we had to play here and kept the ball in as good a nick as possible while still retaining some of its characteristics. Getting the ball to reverse, we’ve been able to do that here. To be able to get the ball to move off the seam, when it’s hard it does and it still swings so in my opinion, this is the best ground to play with the pink ball.”