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Ponting slams crumbling Mumbai pitch

The Aussie captain criticised the pitch at Wankhede Stadium as unfit for Tests after his team lost the fourth Test in less than three days.
PTI | By Kunal Pradhan (Reuters), Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2004 01:33 PM IST

Australia captain Ricky Ponting condemned the pitch at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium as unfit for Test cricket after his team lost the fourth match against India in less than three days on Friday.

Forty wickets fell in just 202 overs on a track with uneven bounce and sharp turn.

"This was nowhere near a Test wicket," Ponting told reporters after his team fell 14 short of the 107-run target.

"It's a disappointing end to a great series. Everyone knows what the wicket was like. It was disappointing for everyone, the players and the fans, that the match ended so fast."

The first day's play was almost entirely washed out due to rain, so effectively the Test lasted for just over two days.

"It's great to be tested in different conditions and we all know the ball turns in India. But there was very little batsmen could do on a track like this," Ponting said.

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