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'Nagpur pitch is diabolical'

Former players have taken to Twitter to voice their frustrations.

Proteas' player celebrate the fall of a wicket against India. Picture: CSA official Facebook page.

JOHANNESBURG - The cricketing community has expressed its outrage at the quality of pitch prepared for the third Test between India and South Africa.

After starting the day's play on 11/2, the Proteas were bundled out for 76.

Dean Elgar was the first to fall with the score still on 11, from there Hashim Amla and AB De Villiers were dismissed with the score on 1 before Faf Du Plessis was bowled for 10, leaving the team reeling on 35/6.

Dane Vilas was the next to fall for 1, before Simon Harmer and top scorer JP Duminy were dismissed for 13 and 35 respectively. Morne Morkel was the last man to fall for 1, bringing the Proteas total to 79, the lowest ever Test score against India.

Former players have taken to Twitter to voice their frustrations.

Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell described the pitch as diabolical.

This wicket is diabolical!! 9 legitimate wicket chances in the first hour with 3 plays and misses every over! #day2 #minefield #INDvSA

Former Proteas opener Alviro Petersen made his feelings clear.

Whilst its important to prepare a pitch to suit the home team, the answer is to give the visiting team the option to decide to bat/bowl 1st

Former English skipper Michael Vaughan was quick to criticise the wicket.

Test Cricket needs a championship more than ever now,so when poor pitches are prepared the Home team gets docked points .. #ICC

  • Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) November 26, 2015 Proteas spinner Robin Peterson weighed in.

Robin Peterson, "It's called Test Cricket because it tests the skills of the various disciplines. Not seeing much of this at the moment."

Former Aussie opener Matthew Hayden also had his say.

Baffles me why our great game needs to tamper with conditions in favour for results. Amazing quality teams #letitbe @StarSportsIndia