0 Ashes: Adelaide groundsman tells England to expect bouncy pitch

PR PICThe Adelaide Oval groundsman will seek to juice up what has traditionally been a docile pitch for the second Test between Australia and England next week, meaning batsmen may be in for a torrid opening.

The ground's curator Damian Hough said he would leave grass on the refurbished stadium's new drop-in pitch to make it more bouncy in the opening days of the match, which starts on 5 December.

"We are planning to have something early. From our end, we are trying to get as much pace and bounce as we can," Hough said.

"We will look at leaving a little grass on it just to assist with making it a competitive wicket."

Fired by the seamer Mitchell Johnson, Australia thrashed England by 381 runs in the first Test as the Gabba wicket in Brisbane maintained its bounce and pace right through the fourth and final day.

The Adelaide Oval has traditionally been batsman-friendly and the drop-in pitch came in for criticism after more than 1,000 runs were scored in a four-day Sheffield Shield match between the hosts South Australia and Western Australia two weeks ago.

To read the full story visit: http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2013/nov/27/adelaide-oval-groundsman-bounce-pitch-england

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