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Blewett and Hodge divided over pitch

04/02/2004 05:15:56 AM Comments (0)

South Australian batsman Greg Blewett praised the Adelaide Oval pitch while Victoria's Brad Hodge talked up its dangers as the Redbacks prepared for a final-day Pura Cup run-chase today.

Set to resume at 2-75, with Blewett 38 not out and SA skipper Darren Lehmann on 22, the Redbacks needed another 279 runs to achieve their victory target of 354.

Blewett said he and Lehmann had found batting comfortable in putting on a 46-run stand late yesterday and he did not expect the pitch to deteriorate much more today.

"I think the wicket is quite good and you can't really defend like you normally can on a fourth-day Adelaide wicket," Blewett said.

"I think wickets are the main thing, so the first hour or hour-and-a-half is going to be really important."

But Hodge said the pitch was starting to play some tricks.

"Scoring 275 on the last day at Adelaide Oval is difficult any day," Hodge said.

"I don't think this wicket is as good as what it usually is and I think that eight wickets is certainly achievable.

"It's not diabolical by any means, but there's a little bit there for the bowlers if you get it in the right area."

He said an early wicket would put SA under great pressure.

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