The WACA is like an old rockstar.
It’s from another era, falling apart, rough, ugly, people still flock to it and it lives on past glories.
This test I hope for the sort of WACA pitch that I now fear we all made up in our minds. Blood and carnage.
I want giant cracks to open up and be filled with the blood of soft batsmen once again. As that is how I and many people remember this ground.
It isn’t how this ground is anymore.
It isn’t how it has been for a long time.
The talk before the WACA tests used to be about fast bowlers and death, now people talk about how the square is quicker than how slow it has become.
I’ve heard about this new quick square for so long I no longer even believe there is a new square.
Now I think some cricket administracrat just started talking about it so there was positive publicity going into the match, meaning more ticket sales, then they produce the same flat dull shitty excuse for a WACA pitch hoping that on the last day they might get an extra 1000 people there.
This is a pathetic way to deal with a legend.
In music, rock legends end up making jingles, playing at birthdays, endorsing butter in stupid ads or in Vegas performing to people who were to afraid to see them when they were young, virile and dangerous.
The WACA has had that same sad fate.
The pitch is now friendly enough at certain times that they should allow old ladies to face random quick bowlers at lunch to win a weekend away at a day spa.
I hope for the best today, but until I see old ladies getting hit, I wont be convinced the pitch is getting quicker.