Brisbane curator defends Shield pitches

The Gabba curator Kevin Mitchell Jr has defended the pitches used in Sheffield Shield matches around Australia after criticism that too many of them have become green seamers in recent years. Michael Hussey this week spoke of his concerns that difficult domestic pitches were not adequately preparing players for Test cricket, and the coaches of South Australia and Victoria, Darren Berry and Greg Shipperd, have voiced similar sentiments.

No batsman has scored 1000 runs in a Shield season – once the benchmark for leading batsmen – since 2008-09, and the last spinner to take 30 wickets in a…

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