Play between Victoria and Western Australia abandoned due to risky MCG pitch

Tanya Simon
December 9, 2019

Cricket authorities are scrambling to make sure the Melbourne Cricket Ground is able to host the Boxing Day test after a domestic game at the ground was suspended on Saturday due to an unsafe pitch.

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 think about.

Shaun Marsh and Marcus Stoinis were each struck multiple times by bouncers on day one of the clash between Victoria and Western Australia, forcing the umpires to step in and call a halt to proceedings because of the danger posed by the pitch.

Roach further applauded the decision of umpires Phillip Gillespie and Geoff Joshua to suspend the opening day's play and use roller on the wicket in an effort to address the variable bounce before the resumption of the match on Sunday. Such an incident is happened in a Sheffield Shield game in Australia.

It is being believed that owing to some soft patches on the pitch, it created divots, which led to the ball bouncing unevenly.

It followed talks between the umpires and captains Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh.

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Marsh declared the Sheffield Shield match against Victoria should be abandoned.

Interestingly, the Shield match was being played on the pitch adjacent to the Test pitch, which had earned positive reviews, earlier this season.

"We are going to search to higher perceive the problems that resulted in variable bounce on the MCG on Saturday". Cricket Australia said it would work closely with MCG staff to ensure the best possible track is prepared for Boxing Day.

In the recent times, the MCG pitch has come under heavy scrutiny for being lifeless. Last year's pitch against India was again slow, and got an "average" rating, but the visiting attack managed to take 20 wickets to comfortably beat Australia.

Following the 2017-18 drawn Ashes Test in Melbourne, the International Cricket Council (ICC) gave the wicket an unprecedented "poor" rating for providing so little assistance to bowlers.

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