Australia suffered a nightmarish start to their campaign in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy as Team India skittled them for just 177 runs in the first Test match at Nagpur on Thursday. The visitors were already in shock after their assessment of pitch conditions before the match even started, accusing India of ‘doctoring’ the Nagpur wicket. Former Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting highlighted that back at home, the players or Cricket Australia didn’t get involved with the process of preparing pitches. He added that in India, the best chance of beating Australia is to prepare turning wickets as their spin bowlers are better than Australia’s. Ponting also pointed out that when he was playing, and certainly after he’d finished, the captains or anyone from Cricket Australia never even spoke to the groundsmen.
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