Australian cricket commentator Jim Maxwell lets loose on Auckland's Eden Park

Both the Blackcaps and Australia have very little trouble find the boundary rope at Eden Park.
Both the Blackcaps and Australia have very little trouble find the boundary rope at Eden Park. Photo credit: Getty

They may have pulled of the highest run chase in Twenty20 cricket history, but some Australians still hold concerns over Auckland's Eden Park as a cricket ground.

Cricket commentator Jim Maxwell has blasted the legitimacy of the venue, and believes it gives too much lenience to the batsmen.

Having been set a mammoth 244 by the Blackcaps to win in their Tri-Series clash, the Australian batsmen made light work of the target, getting home with more than an over to spare.

Speaking to Andrew Gourdie and Jim Kayes on RadioLIVE, Maxwell believes the lack of competition between bat and ball at Eden Park is not in the spirit of the game.

"I just think as a cricket ground, it's a bit of a joke," he said.

"You got benign and bowlers who are just like waiters in a restaurant serving up the drinks for the batsmen, it's not much of a contest.

"The trouble is with a ground like that you can take the risk and half get away with that and get six, instead of being caught.

"The quality of a contest depends on the right balance of the risk and reward.

"If you're going to have these games, at least give the bowlers some incentive by leaving a bit of grass on the pitch."

Listen to Andrew Gourdie and Jim Kayes on RadioLIVE every Sunday.
Listen to Andrew Gourdie and Jim Kayes on RadioLIVE every Sunday.

Maxwell admits the appeal of the boundary-hitting, short formats does have a place in cricket, but hopes it does not have a trickledown effect on Test cricket.

"It's all about making sure, certainly in Test cricket, maybe it doesn't matter in this frolic cricket with the white ball, but with Test cricket where it is a bit more serious, there's a bit more of character and skill involved across the board.

"I think you need to have a good contest and maybe the pink ball will help that cause when the play a day/night Test in Auckland."

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