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Sport MCG pitch too dangerous in Sheffield Shield match ahead of Australia's Boxing Day Test

07:30  07 december  2019
07:30  07 december  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Western Australia batsmen Shaun Marsh, Cameron Green and Marcus Stoinis were all hit by deliveries from Victoria’ s pacemen, which rose sharply and unexpectedly on a lively day -one The situation presents a real concern for MCG management less than three weeks out from the Boxing Day Test .

The Boxing Day Test match is a cricket Test match held in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia involving the Australian cricket team and an opposing national team that is touring Australia during the

Play has been suspended indefinitely in a Sheffield Shield match at the MCG because of dangerous pitch conditions, less than three weeks out from the Boxing Day Test between Australia and New Zealand.

HOBART, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 01: Peter Siddle of Victoria in action during the Sheffield Shield match between Tasmania and Victoria at Blundstone Arena on October 31, 2019 in Hobart, Australia. (Photo by Steve Bell/Getty Images)© Getty HOBART, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 01: Peter Siddle of Victoria in action during the Sheffield Shield match between Tasmania and Victoria at Blundstone Arena on October 31, 2019 in Hobart, Australia. (Photo by Steve Bell/Getty Images)

Match officials called a halt to play 45 minutes into the second session on day one of the fixture between Victoria and Western Australia.

Western Australian batsmen Shaun Marsh, Cameron Green and Marcus Stoinis were all hit by deliveries from Victoria's fast bowlers, which rose sharply and unexpectedly on a lively pitch.

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Boxing Day , pitch , Mitchell Starc, Ashes, curator, poor rating, Virat Kohli, Tim Paine, Australian MCG curator Matt Page "was as disappointed as anyone" with the way the most recent Sheffield However the most recent match between Victoria and Western Australia petered out on the final day

Peter Siddle rattled both Marsh and Stoinis with nasty rising deliveries that crashed into their helmets during fearsome spells either side of the lunch break, while a fierce Andrew Fekete ball fired into Stoinis's ribs.

Both batsmen were assessed by medical staff before carrying on.

There has been no official word on when — if at all — play will resume. Captains, coaches, umpires and curators were meeting to determine a course of action.

"There were multiple balls that sort of vertically deviated more than acceptable and struck players on the helmet and body," Sheffield Shield match referee Bob Parry said.

"Obviously that's when the umpires felt it was becoming dangerous and player welfare has to be front of mind."

Mr Parry said he was hopeful the match would not be abandoned.

"We're treating it like a rain delay where you can recoup time up to an hour today and carry over an hour to the each of two subsequent days," he said.

The pitch will reportedly not be used in the upcoming Boxing Day Test, although the development could prove to be a significant embarrassment for Cricket Australia and the Victorian state association.

Western Australia was 3-89 when play was stopped, with Siddle (3-21) the most productive of the home side's bowlers.

Earlier, inexperienced opener Jake Carder (44) survived the opening session to steer Western Australia to 1-77 at lunch before falling victim to Siddle in the second over after the break.

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