It isn’t the primary time the Sydney Showground wicket has come beneath assault, with Scorchers captain Ashton Turner labelling it “disappointing” in early 2019.
The run-rate on the Showground of seven.76 for the reason that BBL’s inception is the bottom of all common grounds, with spinners and off-pace deliveries the norm.
That raises questions over the power of the venue – located in considered one of Sydney’s most-populated areas – to help the BBL in performing as a gateway for brand new followers into the game.
Former Australia skipper Ponting, in commentary for Seven on Monday evening, went so far as to query whether or not Thunder ought to transfer to Canberra completely, involved the Showground wicket would cease them attracting or protecting expertise.
Two of Thunder’s dwelling video games this summer time are at Canberra’s Manuka Oval.
However AAP has been informed there are not any plans for Thunder to shelve western Sydney, or for the variety of video games within the space to be diminished.
It’s extra seemingly Thunder may enhance video games within the area, given its inhabitants of two.6 million, with the hope of kick-starting the introduction of higher amenities.
“We are the Sydney Thunder, that is the place we prefer to play. That is our dwelling floor. That is the place we’re from, the west of Sydney,” Inexperienced mentioned.
“I might hate to see us transfer down [to Canberra] completely. I like staying at dwelling, enjoying at dwelling, having my household come and watch me play. That is our dwelling base.”
Inexperienced additionally shot down any suggestion the Showground pitch had been a long-term problem, joking he would like to take the wicket in every single place he goes as a spinner.
“That is higher than numerous wickets within the nation. It is nearly adapting to these situations higher,” Inexperienced mentioned on Monday. “We had a 200-game right here final 12 months [in the finals] and the rain ruined it. The Sixers recreation this 12 months was a sellout, and the rain ruined it.
“If we scored 10 extra runs or about 5 much less wides tonight, it is most likely happening to the final ball which is an entertaining fixture. So I disagree with these feedback.
“We will not simply roll out a belter of a wicket and have 220 performs 220, as a result of that assessments one facet of ability – however that is one other facet of ability.”