Smith seeks return of pace and bounce on Australian pitches

Australia captain Steve Smith is disappointed with the uncharacteristically flat pitches in the ongoing series against India and wants the tracks to have their original pace and bounce to ensure a fair contest.

All four matches in the current series against India have been high-scoring affairs with tracks giving hardly any assistance to the bowlers. Similar was the case in Australia’s recent series against New Zealand and West Indies.

“It’d be nice if the wickets that traditionally have a little bit more pace and bounce in them, the WACA and Gabba, were able to bring back those characteristics,” Smith said.

“I’ve been a little bit disappointed with the way they’ve played throughout the whole summer in the two Test matches against New Zealand on those respective pitches.”

Smith wants to see an even contest between bat and ball.

“The wickets didn’t have a great deal of pace and bounce to them which we naturally see. It’d be great if that was brought back. I think that’ll make it a little bit more even between bat and ball,” he added.