Smith expresses some concern over Chennai track

Updated: Feb 14, 2011, 08:54 AM IST

Chennai: South African captain Graeme Smith spoke on Saturday of his concerns over the track at Chennai`s MA Chidambaram Stadium, host of three World Cup matches.

After his team crushed Zimbabwe by eight wickets in a warm-up game at the venue with the spinners claiming six victims, Smith said he expected better wickets for the Feb. 19-April 2 World Cup.

"I don`t think it was a great wicket, it probably suited them," Smith said of the performance of his three frontline spinners -- Imran Tahir (3-35), Robin Petersen (2-21) and Johan Botha (1-18).

"The wicket probably helped them a little bit being, I think, maybe a bit under-prepared but they bowled well."

The South African skipper also expressed concern over the placidness of the track and the dew factor for day-night games.

But he added: "I expect the wicket to be better prepared for the World Cup games. (It`s) still early days, I think coming into those games the wicket will get a lot more attention."

Chennai hosts Kenya v New Zealand on Feb. 20, England v West Indies on March 17 and India v West Indies on March 20.

Bureau Report