South Africa Cricket planned to create a seaming pitch for Cape Town, in order to achieve that they called Bryan Bloy pitch curator of Centurion to give Cape Town’s pitch a slice of extra pace. He helped Evan FZlint in preparing a seaming pitch for the first test match in SA V IND series.
The first test match between India V South Africa started on January 5 in Capetown. SuperSport Park is widely considered as the most lively wicket in South Africa and Bryan Bloy being a chief curator plays a key role in making it a nightmare for the betters. Earlier, Newlands groundsman Evan Flint had said that the visitors will not face the extremely adverse conditions in Cape Town as the worst drought in many years didn’t allow the groundsmen to prepare a pitch that favors the home team.
“With the pitch, we’ve been able to carry on watering it, as usual, every day with borehole water. But the outfield, we’ve only watered it twice a week so it’s a little bit drier and maybe not as lush as we would like it,” Flint had told ESPNcricinfo.
“The challenge is that we need to leave live grass on the wicket, thin grass so that there is pace, but we want to make sure the ball doesn’t grip and turn. Ideally, what we need is a little bit of rain in the morning and the sun in the afternoon and I don’t know how many days we will get that for,” he further added.
Being a senior pitch curator its a great step by South Africa to make India anticipate for some runs. The idea of taking help from SuperSports Park caretaker is believed to be a good one for the Proteas side.
“The boys don’t just want a fast wicket, they also want seam movement. The idea is to work on South Africa’s strength and India’s weakness. Bloy was flown in to assist Flint in his preparations. I would like to believe this is how modern-day cricket works with home teams playing to their strength. Remember the 2015 series between these two teams in India?” a CSA official said while speaking to CricketNext.