England will face India on used wicket after pitch row blows over

Last Updated: 02/12/12 10:23pm

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Eden Gardens: Ready to host third Test with England

Eden Gardens: Ready to host third Test with England

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England and India will play on another used wicket in the third and final Test at Kolkata's Eden Gardens on Wednesday.

Eden Gardens' famed groundsman, Prabir Mukherjee, has been involved in a bizarre row with India captain MS Dhoni over the kind of pitch that will be used, though their differences have now been put aside.

Dhoni wanted a "square turner" prepared to aid his big-turning spinners according to Mukherjee - a demand the 83-year-old groundsman dismissed as "immoral."

But Mukherjee said that whilst the wicket that will be used was played on two weeks ago, it will help the England bowlers as much as their India counterparts.

"Cricket should be played on pitches of true pace and true bounce," Mukherjee said.

"Games should be decided by the quality of the player, not the pitch. It should be the way they bowl that matters. It is not about the pitch.

"This pitch was used for (Bengal's) Ranji Trophy game against Gujarat. They were 18-5 in their second innings but they fought back and the match was drawn. Swann and Panesar will enjoy this pitch. They bowl line and length. The pitch will have good pace and bounce."

England have not played a Test at Eden Gardens since 1993 and in nine attempts they have only won there once, in 1977.

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