Australia vs India 3rd Test Melbourne: Former batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar went on to give his verdict on the Perth pitch, which has been a hot debate topic and it seems his views are not in sync with the view of ICC, who rated the pitch as ‘average’. Tendulkar differs in opinion as he feels Test cricket needs more of such pitches. The batting maestro feels such pitches test the skills of the players and hence more of such pitches could revive Test cricket. Tendulkar took to Twitter to express what he felt about the pitch and his post read, “Pitches play a crucial role, especially in Test cricket. In order to revive Test cricket and generate excitement, we need to provide more pitches like the one at Perth, where the skills of batsmen and bowlers are truly TESTed. This pitch was by no means “Average”.”

Meanwhile, Australia had pulled off a stunning 141-run win to square the four-Test series but the rating by ICC match referee Ranjan Madugalle could be related to the uneven bounce that resulted in a couple of nasty blows, according to a Cricket Australia (CA) statement.

The ICC introduced a disciplinary system at the start of the year in a bid to improve the standard of pitches around the world and can provide five ratings — very good, good, average, below average and poor — when rating Test venues. Australia’s ODI skipper Aaron Finch retired hurt after his right glove was struck by a Mohammed Shami delivery. He was cleared of any serious damage and returned to the crease the following day. Even the Indian tailenders seemed uncomfortable dealing with the short-pitched deliveries on the WACA pitch.