AUS v IND 2018-19: Aakash Chopra and Mitchell Johnson get involved in war of words on Perth pitch

ICC has rated the Perth pitch as 'average'.

India and Australia played on a testing surface at Perth | Getty Images

India and Australia battled over five days in the Second Test at the Optus Stadium in Perth, which was the first ever to be played on the venue. Australia beat India by 146 runs to level the series after losing at Adelaide by 31 runs.

The pitch however was a topic of discussion as it had some uneven bounce and at various times felt a little dangerous, especially when India's fast bowlers Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah were steaming in on the third day.

As it turns out, according to a report of, ICC match referee Ranjan Madugalle has rated the pitch as 'average', which is the lowest pass mark. Adelaide's pitch had received a very good rating by the international cricket body.

Former Australian speedster, Mitchell Johnson slammed ICC for the rating in a tweet, "Nothing wrong with it. It was exciting to watch a contest between bat and ball for a change and not these dull flat tracks being served up constantly. I’d actually be interested in knowing what a good pitch is? Hope for another exciting test at the MCG"

Former Indian opener turned cricket expert, Aakash Chopra disagreed with Johnson's views and quoted his tweet saying, "Vihari bowled a bouncer on the ‘first day’ to dismiss a well set Harris. I rest my case"

This led to a series of tweets which saw Johnson getting worked up while Aakash tried to present his point of view. Here are the tweets:



By Saurabh Malhotra - 21 Dec, 2018

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