Published: Mon, December 09, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Match abandoned at ‘dangerous’ MCG after Shaun Marsh, Marcus Stoinis sustain blows

Match abandoned at ‘dangerous’ MCG after Shaun Marsh, Marcus Stoinis sustain blows

Play was called off at the historic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) during a Sheffield Shield match, Australia's domestic competition of four-day matches, on Saturday due to unsafe condition of the pitch.

After Victoria captain Peter Handscomb won the toss and invited the visitors to bat, Victoria's bowling received uneven bounce to make batting hard for the opposition batsmen.

Match officials called a halt to play at 1.55pm, 45 minutes into the second session, when a fierce Andrew Fekete delivery fired into Stoinis' ribs.

In a statement, Cricket Australia says it will work to ensure the best possible wicket for the Boxing Day Test.

As far as the playing conditions of Sheffield Shield are concerned, if an abandoned game can't be rescheduled or relocated, points will be split between the two sides.

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Though the suspension had raised concerns as to how the pitch would perform during Boxing Day Test, CA's head of cricket operations Peter Roach shrugged off fears regarding the same.

The first day of the match between Victoria and Western Australia on the home match Sheffield Shield, the sport was declared by the umpire.

But Saturday's Sheffield Shield clash between Victoria and Western Australia was called off, leaving organisers and MCG curators scrambling in a worrying sign.

"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 worldwide standard", he added. 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". In recent times the pitch has been criticised for being lifeless.

Last year's pitch against India earned an "average" rating even though the tourists took 20 wickets to comprehensively win the match. Following the 2017-18 drawn Ashes Test in Melbourne, the ICC gave the wicket a "poor" rating after the batsmen scored heavily in the game.

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