10 Dec 2009

Test won't be drawn as both team's batting has been useless says groundsman

5:51 pm on 10 December 2009

Despite the McLean Park pitch in Napier traditionally being a batsman's paradise groundsman Phil Stoyanoff's predicting there'll be a result, which will decide the deadlocked cricket series between New Zealand and Pakistan.

The third test starts tomorrow, with the series level at one all after Pakistan won the second match in Wellington.

In March the Black Caps posted a first innings of over 600 against India on McLean Park and given the frailty of the New Zealand top order they're no doubt hoping for a similar wicket but Stoyanoff says the bowlers will be a little happier this time....and he's predicting the test won't end in a draw.

That's not because the pitch won't suit batsmen but rather he says when it comes to batting both sides have been useless in the two tests in Dunedin and Wellington.

With a little more grass and more moisture in the pitch, Stoyanoff says the pace bowlers will get a little more assistance on day one than they have in the past while day two and three should suit the batsmen.