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HEADLINE: Antigua pitch rated as 'below average' 2019-02-10 07:00:20 

ICC Media Release: Jeff Crowe of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees has rated the Antigua pitch used for the second Test between the Windies and England as “below average” and the venue has received one demerit point according to the ICC Pitch and Outfield Monitoring Process.Mr Crowe cited the uneven bounce at the southern main pavilion end as the reason for the rating in his report, which has been forwarded to Cricket West Indies.
• In the revised ICC Pitch and Outfield Monitoring Process, which was introduced on 4 January 2018, if a pitch or outfield is rated as being substandard, that venue will be allocated a number of demerit points.
• One demerit point will be awarded to venues whose pitches are rated by the match referees as below average, while three and five demerit points will be awarded to venues whose pitches are marked as poor and unfit, respectively.
• No demerit point will be awarded when the outfield is rated as below average, but two and five demerit points will be awarded to venues whose outfields are marked as poor and unfit, respectively.
• Demerit points will remain active for a rolling five-year period.
• When a venue accumulates five demerit points (or crosses that threshold), it will be suspended from hosting any international cricket for a period of 12 months, while a venue will be suspended from staging any international cricket for 24 months when it reaches the threshold of 10 demerit points.

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goofballs 2019-02-10 14:44:03 

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Very, very interesting!
There were so much outcries and heated emotions on CCC at the mere question a few days ago when the natives could not think of any possible contributing factors and were convinced beyond a shadow of doubt that there was nothing to it.
It even got to the POINT of near lynching of an objective observer merely suggesting possible contributory factors.

Not a squeak from anyone now?
shock shock shock
Someone might have mentioned that people get so consumed in their perception in which they cannot even entertain any objective thoughts, different possibilities that they set themselves up to be blindsided, shocked.

Then again, only one right answer in their (mostly) black and white minds......
People against we, don't like we, people "do" we, etc.

Villager's solution is straightforward. "One mudda cuss and a slap"should straighten dey ass out. wink

Trojan 2019-02-10 15:52:17 

In reply to goofballs

So am guessing this wicket is up to par now they are on top. Damn English...can never like them.

Casper 2019-02-10 17:03:46 

Kensington Oval was "below average" on Day 1 too.

goofballs 2019-02-10 18:09:41 

In reply to Trojan

I am the least likely of all the experts here to make a guess. Just observing.......that when Musicman tried to make a POINT about possible factors, the blind, biased mob here was ready to eat him or chew him and spit him out.............just for thinking rationally.
I just POINTed then that people set themselves up to get blindsided so easily.

hotarobin 2019-02-10 18:53:19 

In reply to goofballs

So the pitch may have been deemed below par but I can't see how it is in anyway responsible for England's demise...

More often than not a bad pitch should put the team batting last at a greater advantage.

Windies batted on the same pitch and applied themselves unlike England.

goofballs 2019-02-10 19:11:37 

In reply to hotarobin

I am not in disagreement with you at all.

The issue is, if I can find that post,

Dukes made a very strong and logical argument why the pitch should not be deemed inappropriate.
Music suggested some other possible factors to consider and he was yelled at, to put it mildly.
The herd (on that post) had already decided there was nothing to itor to even entertain and shot the messenger.

Trojan 2019-02-10 19:42:33 

In reply to goofballs

I truly hate the entitlement mentality of those pompous MF. The Ozzies and the Kiwis are like that too, when conditions suit them it is just another day at the office, but when things go against them especially when playing a non-European type looking team it is all kind of rubbish... like the pitch is second rated, ball too soft, too much noise, not too many people in attendance...whatever they can manufacture. West Indies need to fight back strongly, to me, they just take whatever gets dished and is ok with it, that to me is weakness period! Just my humble opinion.

Khaga 2019-02-10 19:45:36 

In reply to Trojan

Plenty jackass fans on the MB have a similarly condescending view of pitches in India..

Trojan 2019-02-11 04:01:39 

In reply to Khaga

OK. Trojan out! Just popped into for a quick knock.

mikesiva 2019-02-11 08:44:53 

Mike Atherton just said that he would only rate the Antigua pitch below average, because despite its criticism it offered assistance to the pacers and made for an exciting test match.

He said the worst test pitch he has seen in the past 15 months was the MCG which was a drop in bore draw where the bowlers got nothing.

Were the Australian them warned over this pitch?