Originally Posted by Rush
Actually thats exactly what Clarke is. You see his comments regarding our rotation policy? You can tell from his body language and facial expressions that he thought is was crap but still had to back it. He's trying to be more liked in India as well, he's not going to tip the apple cart.
Don't really know what to say then, I thought he's an honest bloke, he didn't praise the pitch, he called it for what it is, and frankly, if you've been watching cricket for a while, many sub-continental pitches have spun from Day 1. I don't see what's wrong with that either. Spin is an integral part of the game, I don't see what's wrong with opening the bowling with spin, don't get me wrong, there's nothing as exciting as watching a fast swing bowler rip through the top order on the First day, but this is equally intriguing, I'm just sorry you don't look at it that way.
The overseas batsmen who perform well in the sub-continent are usually some of the best. If you thought this was bad, the mid 60's and 70's, India played solely spinner's (and the occasional medium pacers), famously known as the spin quartet.
What I'm struggling to understand is the constant criticism placed on the pitches whenever a foreign team tours the sub-continent. Any pitch be it a seaming greentop or a dustbowl has the potential of giving you excellent cricket, as a fan that is what I want. True greats are never hindered by conditions. Friendly reminder that your rivals beat us recently on spinning pitches. Want to claim Test supremacy? Your team should look to replicate that.