Dubai: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has rated the pitch for the second Test between India and Australia at Perth as “average”, which is the lowest pass mark provided by the ICC when they rate the pitch and outfield of Test grounds.Australia had pulled off a stunning 141-run win to level the four-Test series, but the rating by ICC match referee Ranjan Madugalle could be related to the uneven bounce that resulted in a couple of nasty blows to the batsmen, according to a Cricket Australia (CA) statement.

The ICC introduced a disciplinary system at the start of the year with five grades — very good, good, average, below average and poor — while rating Test venues, in a bid to improve the standard of pitches around the world.

Australia’s ODI skipper Aaron Finch retired hurt after he was hit on a finger by a Mohammed Shami delivery. He was cleared of any serious damage and returned to the crease the following day.

To add to that, Marcus Harris was hit on the helmet by a vicious Jasprit Bumrah bouncer in the same match. Such was the impact of the ball that it cracked the batsman’s protective gear.

First Published: December 21, 2018, 6:34 PM IST