Sussex groundsman Andy Mackay is on a mission. He is as fed up with the slow, low-bouncing nature of the Hove wickets as players and spectators alike and is doing something about it.
Mackay has begun the process of re-laying the Hove square - all 18 wickets, 11 of which are used for first-team matches.
And by 2017 he believes he will have restored the County Ground to its halcyon days of the 1980s when speedsters like Imran Khan and Garth Le Roux used to kick off the sight-screens and Hove was regarded as the quickest wicket in the country.
He said: "It's about time we did something about the wickets here. Even when we have a good wicket, such as Worcestershire last season when we left some grass on, it was still comparitively low and slow."
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