Only hours out from the first ball of the final Ashes Test an image of the Hobart Oval pitch prompted a huge call at the toss from England.
Australia and England batters were warned there would be no favours by Blundstone Arena's head curator, who pledged a Sheffield Shield-style green-tinged pitch for the fifth Ashes Test.
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And ahead of the first Test held in Hobart since the 2016 calamity, in which Australia was thumped by South Africa by an innings and 80 runs, an image of the green pitch only hours out from the first ball has raised eyebrows.
The image shows plenty of green and it sparked further importance on winning the toss and electing to bowl first.
Captain Joe Root won the toss and chose to game on fielding first.
Earlier, former Test star Andrew Symonds said the pitch doesn't surprise him after the rain in Hobart.
“If you had have seen the photo I saw earlier this week of the ground, it seriously had two inches of water over it," he said on Fox Cricket.
"So that (the pitch colour) does not surprise me, considering the amount of rain they’ve had down in Tasmania.”
— Nic Savage (@nic_savage1) January 14, 2022
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— Daniel Sankey 🐎 (@Daniel_Sankey) January 14, 2022
This will be sensational pic.twitter.com/1hHmc2r7HM
— David Lithgow (@lithgowflashman) January 14, 2022
Here’s a shot of the wicket in Hobart a short time ago. Just to recap, Jimmy Anderson not selected to play by England for this pink ball test. By any chance are the England selectors eligible for Player of the Series? #AUSvENG #Ashes #Ashes2021 https://t.co/WIdGomWl4U pic.twitter.com/BiPwZlhK3O
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This Hobart pitch that I’m hearing about with a green monster reminds me of the type of services you get in New Zealand for test matches at the basin reserve And Hagley Oval in Christchurch so I would win the toss and definitely Field first #Ashes
— Ethan #EW (@EWsportnut) January 14, 2022
Hobart pitch for the 5th test match. Green pitch 🙃 pic.twitter.com/6DBwNlrAow
— Raja Sekhar Cricket (@CricketWithRaju) January 13, 2022
That Hobart pitch. Do they want this game over in 2 days?
— Phat Dan (@suthodan) January 14, 2022
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Former Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin said it was a huge loss for England to have rested Jimmy Anderson for the final Test.
“Jimmy Anderson is not playing on this wicket and there’s some pressure on these bowlers to get 20 wickets from England,” he added.
“If Joe Root wins the toss and bowls and they have a bad day with no Anderson in this team on that wicket, good luck.”
The last time Australia played a Test in Hobart, the hosts were rolled for 85 in the first innings and 161 in their second, lasting a combined 93 overs against South Africa.
Adam Voges, Callum Ferguson and Peter Nevill never played another Test, with only David Warner, Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja remaining in Australia's current top seven.
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