Cricket Australia’s new hybrid wicket mimics the unfriendly spinning conditions of the subcontinent
Cricket Australia’s quest to quell its troubles against the mysteries of spin bowling has led to the creation of a sub-continental-style, hybrid spin pitch at the Bupa National Cricket Centre in Brisbane.
Situated at Ray Lindwall Oval adjacent to Allan Border Field, the wicket aims to replicate the spin-friendly conditions seen on the Indian sub-continent and elsewhere that have troubled foreign batsman for decades.
It is expected to play an important role in Australia’s preparations for the Test series in Bangladesh that follows this year’s Ashes campaign in the UK.
The pitch is made of 60mm of synthetic turf glued to a concrete slab and topped with 50mm of black soil, the surface of which is then watered, coated in diluted PVA glue and rolled on silk cloth.