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Sport MCG pitch questioned after match abandoned

13:31  08 december  2019
13:31  08 december  2019 Source:   skysports.com

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A Sheffield Shield match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground was abandoned on Sunday because of a dangerous pitch , raising more questions about the A lifeless MCG pitch which produced a dull draw in the 2017 Boxing Day Ashes Test against England received a "poor" rating from the governing

Ground staff unable to make pitch playable for Sunday after game halted previous day following player injuries.

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A Sheffield Shield match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground was abandoned on Sunday because of a dangerous pitch, raising more questions about the fitness of the prestigious venue to host the Boxing Day Test.

The match hosted by Victoria was suspended on Saturday after Western Australia batsmen sustained blows to the body from deliveries rearing up at them, before being abandoned after a further pitch inspection on Sunday.

Cricket Australia released a statement reiterating the wicket for the second Test against New Zealand starting on Dececember 26 was different from that used for the Sheffield Shield match.

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Former Test batsmen Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb played down concerns over the Boxing Day pitch after the Sheffield Shield match at the MCG was dramatically abandoned because of fears for player safety.

Play was abandoned Saturday during a domestic game due to a dangerous pitch at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, just weeks before it is due to host the The match is the last one at the MCG before the second Test between Australia and New Zealand on December 26, giving cricket officials plenty to

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A lifeless MCG pitch which produced a dull draw in the 2017 Boxing Day Ashes Test against England received a "poor" rating from the governing International Cricket Council.

Last year's pitch against India earned an "average" rating even though the tourists took 20 wickets to comprehensively win the match.

Cricket Australia's head of cricket operations Peter Roach said on Saturday he was disappointed the Sheffield Shield match had been disrupted.

a man wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: Peter Roach addresses the media after play is abandoned for day two of the Sheffield Shield match between Victoria and Western Australia © Getty Peter Roach addresses the media after play is abandoned for day two of the Sheffield Shield match between Victoria and Western Australia

"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," he said.

"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."

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