The Sardar Patel Stadium is the world’s biggest cricket stadium and will host the third Test between … [+] India and England. (Photo by SAM PANTHAKY/AFP via Getty Images)
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India’s controversial second Test 317-run thrashing of England reignited a long-running fracas in cricket.
After a stunning opening Test triumph against the odds, one of their greatest ever victories, England were seemingly never a chance on a rampant turner in Chennai on a pitch described by former England captain Michael Vaughan as a beach.
From the get go, the ball spun and kicked up dust on landing – conditions the hosts are far more comfortable in than the tourists, who are used to the ball seaming around in the UK. It again fueled the unresolved endless argument over whether pitches should be doctored to suit home teams.
Cricket is a particularly intriguing, sometimes frustrating, sport because conditions make such a big difference. Every country has its unique, innate characteristics that beguile – and often fluster beleaguered tourists – but exactly what is considered an unfair advantage has generally been up to perception.
Michael Vaughan was not happy with the pitch for the second Test. (Photo by Paul Harding/Getty … [+] Images for Laureus)
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These questions provoke differing sentiments not just from fans, but also from players.
“The pitch is the same for both teams, so I don’t know why there is so much discussion about it. Pitches have been