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

Sheffield Shield Match In Australia Suspended Due To Dangerous MCG Pitch

Sheffield Shield Match In Australia Suspended Due To Dangerous MCG Pitch

During the 16th match of the ongoing season of Marsh Shield between Victoria and Western Australia in Melbourne, Western Australia batsmen got hit not once but on numerous occasions due to a "dangerous" MCG pitch.

Western Australia batsmen Shaun Marsh and Marcus Stoinis sustained several blows to the body struggling to adjust to the unpredictable bounce of the surface in the contest against Victoria.

"We're very disappointed at today's play being abandoned in the Marsh Sheffield Shield match between Victoria and Western Australia", Cricket Australia's head of cricket operations Peter Roach said.

With an aim to resume the match on time on Sunday, the umpires made a decision to call off the day's play with Western Australia standing at 89 for three after being asked to bat.

The poor pitch was a concern for curators ahead of the highly anticipated Boxing Day test against New Zealand, although the strip used on Saturday was not the one earmarked for the upcoming test.

"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."We will seek to better understand the issues that resulted in variable bounce at the MCG on Saturday".

"We will seek to better understand the issues that resulted in variable bounce at the MCG on Saturday".

Umpires called a stop to play, requesting the groundstaff roll the wicket before deciding to abandon play following another inspection. "We will also work closely with MCG groundstaff in the lead-up to the Test match", he added.

"The safety of our players is always our highest priority".

Australia's Trans-Tasman Trophy series with New Zealand starts in Perth next Thursday.

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