Trent Bridge warned over pitch

Trent Bridge, which hosted the first Test between England and India, has been given an official warning by the ICC

Trent Bridge, which hosted the first Test between England and India, has been given an official warning by the ICC

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Trent Bridge has been given an official warning by the International Cricket Council after its pitch was rated 'poor' following last month's first Test between England and India.

ICC match referee David Boon reported the surface - which is to be relaid in the off-season - after the game in Nottingham petered out into a tepid and high-scoring draw.

A statement from the governing body read: "The International Cricket Council (ICC) has today announced that Trent Bridge has been given an official warning under the ICC Pitch Monitoring Process following the first Test between England and India last month.

"The sanction takes into account the Nottingham venue's history of producing good quality international pitches, that the monitoring of the pitch preparation by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) before the Test was appropriate, and that there was a commitment by both the ECB and Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club to relay the pitch ahead of the next international cricket season.

"In reaching the verdict, the ICC observed that the pitch did not provide a fair contest between bat and ball throughout, and concluded that the pitch prepared for the match was of an unacceptable standard for Test cricket."

Murali Vijay and Joe Root scored largely trouble-free centuries in the match while there were 10 other half-centuries, including by tail-enders Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar - twice - and James Anderson, whose 81 was his first 50-plus score at any level including club cricket.

The warning was issued by the ICC's General Manager - Cricket, Geoff Allardice, and chief match referee Ranjan Madugalle.

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