The International Cricket Council gave Australia’s Gabba in Brisbane, where the first Test against South Africa was played, a below-average grade, costing it one penalty point. Over the last two days of the Test match, up to 34 wickets were lost on the green top. Australia triumphed despite needing just 34 runs to win in the fourth innings and losing four wickets. Experts believe that Australia’s situation may have been made worse by a 100-plus objective. Pitch movement and bounce were noticeable for pacers on both sides.

According to ICC match referee Richie Richardson, the variable bounce and movement on offer made it “very challenging for batsmen” to bat long. “In overall, the Gabba surface in this Test match was too friendly to the bowlers. There was more bounce and perhaps excessive seam movement. Due to the peculiar delivery lingering low on the second day, he said it was exceedingly difficult for hitters to build partnerships.

I regarded the surface to be “below ordinary” in line with ICC rules since there was no fair battle between bat and ball, he added.

Due to the “below average” rating, the venue has received one demerit point under the ICC Pitch and Outfield monitoring system. A venue is prohibited from hosting any international cricket matches for a year after receiving five demerit points. Demerit points are valid for five rolling years.

The field was criticized by several, including Dean Elgar, the captain of South Africa, who said, “I don’t feel it was a very beautiful Test wicket.”

It has happened twice lately when a pitch’s ICC rating has been below average. For the surface used in the first Test match between Pakistan and England last week, when seven different batsmen from both teams hit hundreds, Rawalpindi received the same grade.