‘We should prepare pitches that suit us’


England fast bowler James Anderson says there is nothing wrong with a home side curating a pitch to suit them, because when they travel elsewhere, the same thing happens.

Anderson was responding to questions about the pitches in the recent Ashes series, which England won, after many comments about the decks being doctored in England's favour. Not one of the five Tests went to five days.

Anderson felt that it wasn't fair to complain, because when teams go to India or Australia, those pitches suit the home side as well. And he made the point that England managed alright on the same decks.

Anderson said on the Breathe Sport website: "I think there's certainly an element where we should've done it more in the past (and) we should do it do it more in the future.

"When we go to Australia, they prepare the pitches to suit their team. When we go to India, the same thing happens.

"A big deal was made of it in our conditions here (that) we were telling the groundsmen to do this and that.

"I'm sure they offered an opinion but it wasn't a case that we were saying ‘you have to do this’ or ‘you have to prepare that’.

"Even if we did (doctor pitches), everyone else in the whole world prepares pitches to give them home advantage and I don't see why it should be any different here.

"We should prepare pitches that suit us.

"All the games, at some stage, guys got runs – even the game where (Stuart Broad) bowled them out for 60 (at Trent Bridge), we then batted on it and got a decent total.

"It wasn't as if it was unplayable."