As Australia was edging closer to victory, 34 wickets fell in total over the course of two days, prompting South Africa captain Dean Elgar to inquire of the umpires about the safety of the playing surface.
The first Test between Australia and South Africa in Brisbane concluded in just two days, shocking cricket fans across the world. After 19 wickets fell on the second day on a green field that provided much of bounce and movement for both sides’ pace attacks, the Australians defeated the Proteas by six wickets late on Sunday. Elgar questioned the umpires about the safety of the playing field after 34 wickets fell in total over the course of two days as Australia edged closer to victory.
“I did ask the umpires how long it goes on for before it is essentially unsafe,” he said. “That’s where the umpires’ discretion comes in — it’s not up to us players.”
Former India opener Sehwag also questioned the nature of the pitch in Brisbane.
“142 overs and not even lasting 2 days and they have the audacity to lecture on what kind of pitches are needed. Had it happened in India, it would have been labelled end of test cricket, ruining test cricket and what not. The Hypocrisy is mind-boggling,” he wrote on Twitter.