Trent Bridge pitch labelled 'poor'

The pitch at Trent Bridge came in for criticism during the first Test

The pitch at Trent Bridge came in for criticism during the first Test

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The England and Wales Cricket Board has committed to supporting required "corrective action" after the Trent Bridge pitch for the drawn first Investec Test was judged "poor".

Nottinghamshire face the possibility of a fine - up to almost £8,800 - after International Cricket Council match referee David Boon issued his report on the pitch.

The much-criticised, ultra-slow surface resulted in a stalemate between England and India - and the ECB has 14 days to provide the ICC with its response to Boon's judgment.

Twenty nine wickets eventually fell over an almost uninterrupted full five days in Nottingham, where there were two century 10th-wicket stands - including James Anderson and Joe Root's world-record 198 for England.

A press release from the world governing body read: "The International Cricket Council today announced that David Boon of the Emirates elite panel of ICC match referees, who was the match referee for the first Test between England and India in Nottingham, has rated the pitch used at Trent Bridge as 'poor'.

"In accordance with clause 3 of the ICC pitch monitoring process, Mr Boon submitted his report to the ICC expressing his concerns over the quality of the pitch.

"This report has been forwarded to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), which now has 14 days to provide its response."

The ICC's general manager Geoff Allardice and chief match referee Ranjan Madugalle will then consider the response and evidence before a final confirmation is made on whether the pitch was poor and if so what penalty is in order.

The ICC's pitch monitoring process protocol specifies the possible repercussions if a Test pitch is confirmed to have been poor, as follows: "1st occasion - A warning and/or a fine not exceeding USD 15,000 given together with a directive for appropriate corrective action."

The ECB referenced that policy in a joint statement with Nottinghamshire.

It read: "The ECB and Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club note the decision by the ICC match referee David Boon to rate the Trent Bridge pitch for the first Investec Test match as 'poor'.

"ECB and Nottinghamshire are already working closely to address the uncharacteristic nature of the pitch for the Test match, and ECB pitch inspector Chris Wood and Nottinghamshire groundsman Steve Birks are planning the corrective action required under the clause 4.1 of the ICC's pitch monitoring process.

"It has already been established that the drainage system at Trent Bridge played no part in the unexpected issues that arose around the preparation and performance of the Test match wicket.

"Both ECB and Nottinghamshire will continue to work together to resolve the issue and provide the required response to ICC within the 14-day deadline."

Birks took the highly unusual step of issuing a public apology for the pitch before stumps on day one of the match.

Following Boon's judgment, Trent Bridge chief executive Lisa Pursehouse responded on the county's website.

"We are naturally disappointed to have produced a pitch rated poor, which is at odds with our record of producing consistently good pitches for international matches at Trent Bridge," she said.

"The role of a Test match venue groundsman is fraught with immense pressure and variable factors, and we are blessed to have one of the very best in Steve Birks.

"We will cooperate fully with this process, and re-establish our enduring reputation for producing good cricket wickets."

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