The Wanderers pitch has been rated “poor” by the ICC for the third Test between South Africa and India, which saw heavy criticism from the cricket fraternity. As a result, Wanderers has received three demerit points, which will hang over the venue for five years.
One of South Africa’s premier cricket grounds, Wanderers has escaped an immediate ban. But if the venue commits any more offences between now and 2023, it will face a suspension from international cricket for 12 months. The threat hanging over Wanderers will mean groundsman Bethuel Buthelezi could have to re-evaluate his penchant for preparing spicy surfaces for Test cricket, the most recent one at the request of the South African team. Tests for the last three years at Wanderers have not gone to five days with the ones against England in 2016 and Sri Lanka in 2017 lasting only three days each.
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