London: The pitch for World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand will have pace, bounce and carry thanks to good weather due to ‘a lot of sun’ in Southampton, said Simon Lee, the head groundsman of Hampshire Bowl, where the match will be played from June 18 to 22.
“For me personally, I just want to get something out that has some pace, bounce and carry in the pitch. It can be a hard thing to do in England as the weather does not help us most of the time, but the forecast in the build-up is good with a lot of sun, so we are hopeful that we will get some pace and a hard pitch without over-rolling it and killing it,” Lee was quoted as saying by espncricinfo.com.
The curator, however, added that he does not want the pitch to be too one-sided towards seam movement and wants it to be even.
“Pace just makes red-ball cricket exciting, I am a cricket fan and I want to produce a pitch where the cricket lovers have to watch every ball,” he said.