In many situations, the state of the pitch has been a point of contention. Home captains can choose the type of wicket they want to play on. Different regions of the globe are skilled in different types of wickets. Here’s a look at seven of the fastest tracks in the world.
- Adelaide Oval, Australia
Adelaide Oval, South Australia, has been an excellent batting pitch. It also offers great bounce and quick movement for fast bowlers. In 2013, it became the first cricket stadium with a drop-in pitch. Since then, the grass cover has been increased to make it a great pitch ideal for pace bowlers.
2. Sabina Park, West Indies
Sabina Park is located in the hottest part of Kingston, Jamaica. It has been home to some of cricket’s most difficult and fastest tracks. This pitch is home to the West Indies’s pace attack, which has been here for decades. It is also one of the fastest pitches in the world.
3. New Wanderers Stadium, South Africa
The Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, also known as The Bullring, is one of the fastest pitches in cricket. The pitch has a large green cover that assists the fast bowlers. The biggest challenge for the team batting is to make it through the first overs, where the new ball-bowlers are dangerous.
4. Kensington Oval, West Indies
Another fast pitch is hailing from the Caribbean. It was both feared and loved in equal measure in the 80s and early 1990s for its incredible fast bowling, which was unstoppable at home and abroad. This pitch was one of those pitches. It has a Bermuda grass cover resistant to disease and spreads quickly, making it a paradise for quick bowlers who want true bounce and movement.
5. Brisbane Cricket Ground (Gabba), Australia
The Gabba pitch in Brisbane is a great pitch for cricket. It has been known that the pitch stays true for five days. This makes it a fascinating contest between fast bowlers and batsmen who receive much help early on.
6. Basin Reserve, New Zealand.
One of the fastest pitches in cricket today is in Wellington, New Zealand. Due to the pitch’s green cover, fast bowlers take a lot of wickets. The bounce is constant for pacers, even for 5-day games.
7. W.A.C.A, Australia
Although it was once the fastest pitch in the world, the pitch in Perth has been criticised in recent years for its slow pace. The afternoon sea breeze, which blows in the afternoon, is a great aid for fast bouncers.