sport news Worrying photos prove India is doctoring a shocking wicket for first Test ... trends now
Stunning photos of the pitch being prepared for Australia's first Test against India on Thursday show the great lengths the hosts are going to in order to get an advantage - and prove they're targeting the Aussies' long list of left-handed batters.
Images posted by cricket reporter Bharat Sundaresan show ground staff in Nagpur altering the way they water and roll the pitch to produce a very dry and rough area outside the off-stump for southpaw hitters.
The photos show the crew have been watering and rolling the centre of the wicket and the area outside the off-stump for right-handers, but leaving the other areas of the track to bake in the sun.
Australia's batting line-up is heavy on left handers with David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Travis Head, Alex Carey, Ashton Agar and Matt Renshaw all sure to be affected by the pitch preparation.
Sundaresan's photos were taken after the visitors had trained at Nagpur Stadium, but star batters Steve Smith and David Warner were already concerned by the state of the track.