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Sport Cricket Australia plays down concerns over MCG pitch ahead of Boxing Day

10:10  07 december  2019
10:10  07 december  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Cricket Australia have attempted to allay fears over the MCG pitch after play was abandoned on day one of the Sheffield Shield match at the venue. With the Boxing Day Test against New Zealand less than three weeks away, Cricket Australia released a statement playing down concerns over the

Cricket Australia is confident of preparations for the Boxing Day Test at the MCG , where 10 days ago a Sheffield Shield match had to be called off due to a dangerous pitch .

Cricket Australia officials have attempted to allay fears over the MCG pitch after play was abandoned on day one of the Sheffield Shield match at the venue.

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Victoria had earlier won the toss and bowled, with Western Australia 3/89 in the 40th over.

Shaun Marsh was hit by a sharply rising Peter Siddle delivery, before Marcus Stoinis copped the same from Andrew Fekete.

Umpires called a stop to play, requesting the groundstaff roll the wicket before deciding to abandon play following another inspection.

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The State Government's announcement follows Cricket Australia 's (CA) confirmation the traditional Boxing Day Test would be played in Melbourne at the MCG , as a morale-lifter for the Victorian capital, which has been hit so hard by COVID-19. Crowd capacity will be confirmed closer to the match but

The MCG pitch has provided several years of dull draws and even an abandoned match due to safety concerns , but curators say removing the concrete slab underneath the pitch will rectify the Curator Les Burdett said he could all but guarantee this year's Boxing Day Test was one to watch.

With the Boxing Day Test against New Zealand less than three weeks away, Cricket Australia released a statement playing down concerns over the wicket at the iconic ground.

CA's head of cricket operations Peter Roach pointed out that a different pitch would be used for the clash with the Black Caps.

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Cricket fans have flooded social media to condemn the MCG pitch for the Boxing Day Test between Australia and India. These players could turn into some of the best performing players on your fantasy team - without needing a high draft pick to get them.

Just three weeks ahead of the Boxing Day Test between Australia and New Zealand, play was suspended indefinitely on the opening day of the Sheffield Shield match between Victoria and Western Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday.

"We’re very disappointed at today’s play being abandoned in the Marsh Sheffield Shield match between Victoria and Western Australia," Roach said.

"But we also acknowledge that there have been two previous Shield matches at the MCG this season without incident.

"Matt Page and the MCG groundstaff have more than two weeks to ensure the Test surface, which is a different pitch strip to the one being used in this match, is of international standard.

"We will seek to better understand the issues that resulted in variable bounce at the MCG on Saturday. We will also work closely with MCG groundstaff in the lead up to the Test match."

The pitch in Melbourne has come under plenty of fire in recent years, with the strip used for the 2017 Boxing Day Test being graded as 'poor' by the ICC.

Despite much talk in the build up, similar criticisms were aired during last year's match against India.

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Pitch condition raises concerns ahead of Boxing Day Test. The pitch situation presents a real concern for MCG management less than three weeks out from the Boxing Day Test. Cricket Australia head of cricket operations Peter Roach said the pitch being used in the Shield match was

The opening day of the Boxing Day Test drew more than 88,000 spectators last week, despite The ICC has given the Melbourne Cricket Ground pitch a poor rating for last week's drawn Ashes Test But in his report, Madugalle outlined the concerns of the match officials over the performance of the

Expect that pre-game focus on the wicket to ramp up again over the next few weeks following Saturday's debacle.

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