Fox Sports Australia – Following Australia’s victory, which saw the home side level the series against India, the ICC rated the Perth pitch “average” — the lowest pass mark.
- The decision caused a stir throughout the cricketing community, particularly after just four wickets were taking on the opening two days of the Boxing Day Test after another bland MCG pitch was prepared.
- Several Test greats, including Sachin Tendulkar, Michael Vaughan and Mitchell Johnson, savaged the rating and said that the pitch provided a compelling contest between bat and ball, and similar pitches needed to be produced to provide entertaining cricket.
- Australian coach Justin Langer also came to the defence of the Perth Stadium wicket, which was used for the first time in a Test after being preferred to the older WACA, stating “anyone who says there’s anything wrong wick that wicket … must have been watching a different sport.
- But Lillee, who didn’t attend last year’s Ashes Test at the WACA in protest to the Western Australian Cricket Association’s decision to move internationals away from the venue, was scathing about the Perth Stadium pitch.
- Finch was forced to retire in the second innings after being struck on the finger, although the opening batsman later returned after being cleared on a fracture.