Trent Bridge pitch to be relaid

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The Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club has been given an official warning for a Trent Bridge pitch rated "poor" during last month's first Test between England and India.

The Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club has been given an official warning for a Trent Bridge pitch rated "poor" during last month's first Test between England and India.

The fixture ended in a tame draw amid docile conditions. Lord's and Southampton have since offered competitive pitches, while Old Trafford and The Oval are expected to do the same across matches four and five respectively.

"The International Cricket Council has 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," read a statement from the ICC.

"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 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."

The warning was issued by ICC general manager Geoff Allardice – and match referee Ranjan Madugalle. The fourth Test will get underway in Manchester on Thursday.

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