INDORE, INDIA - MARCH 02: The Australian fielders appeal for the wicket of Ravindra Jadeja of India during day two of the Third Test match in the series between India and Australia at Holkare Cricket Stadium on March 02, 2023 in Indore, India. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

The ICC has rated the Indore pitch as  "poor" following the third Test between India and Australia, which lasted just two-and-a-half days, handing the venue three demerit points.

The hosts were defeated by Australia by nine wickets after dominant performances in the first two Tests, dismissed for 109 and 163 across the two innings.

Commentary on the pitch started on day one when the hosts struggled, with the Test eventually dominated by spinners.

ICC match referee Chris Broad said that the pitch was "very dry" and provided little movement.

"The pitch, which was very dry, did not provide a balance between bat and ball, favouring spinners from the start," Broad said.

"The fifth ball of the match broke through the pitch surface and continued to occasionally break the surface providing little or no seam movement and there was excessive and uneven bounce throughout the match."

Holkar Stadium in Indore was given just two weeks to prepare to host the Test match, with the fixture originally scheduled to take place in Dharamsala.

Stand-in Australian skipper Steve Smith said he didn't mind playing on the surface.

"I personally really enjoy playing on these kind of wickets," Smith said after the win.

"I prefer this than just a genuine flat wicket that goes five days and can be boring in stages. There's always something happening on these wickets. You've got to really work hard for your runs. But it's showed that the guys can do it. Guys can do it, you've got to work hard for them and you need some luck. With this one, whether it might have been a little bit too extreme, potentially from the first ball. I'm not really entirely sure, but it was still another enjoyable."

India hasn't had a pitch rated as 'poor' since 2017, when the ICC handed down the grade after the Pune Test. The BCCI have 14 days to appeal against the sanction in Indore should they wish to do so.

The final Test between India and Australia will begin on March 9, held at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

India hold a 2-1 lead in the series.