MCG pitch too dangerous in Sheffield Shield match ahead of Australia's Boxing Day Test
The MCG pitch is deemed unsafe in a Sheffield Shield match in what may prove to be a significant embarrassment for Cricket Australia in the build-up to its marquee Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.Match officials called a halt to play 45 minutes into the second session on day one of the fixture between Victoria and Western Australia.
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Peter Siddle is in contention for a shock Boxing Day call up after Justin Langer named him as an option to come into Australia's squad for the injured Josh Hazlewood.
Siddle hasn't played for Australia since the Ashes but is a chance for recall for the Melbourne Test against New Zealand.
"The obvious (squad replacement) would be Peter Siddle actually. He did a really good job in the Ashes, he's bowling very well for Victoria and it's at the MCG where he's played a lot of cricket," Langer said.
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It's easy to see why the umpires made the decision they did.The Strikers quick bowled two overs before the Thunder's innings was cut short half-way through the fifth over.