After the two teams shook hands ending the fourth Ashes Test in a draw, the pitch of the Melbourne Cricket Ground is under fire. The whole match was dominated by batsmen and dismayingly in a lifeless wicket which neither assist pace nor spin, England failed to bowl Australia out in the final day of the match.
The English captain blemished saying, “That’s as flat a wicket as you’ll ever see – another four days and it would be exactly the same. We did everything we could on a very flat wicket that was not offering the bowlers very much at all.”
Even Australian skipper Steven Smith, under whose batting effort Aussies saved the match, criticized the pitch saying it was easy for batting.
“I just think it just needs to do something, it hasn’t changed over five days and I’d say if we were playing for the next couple of days it probably wouldn’t change at all either,” he said.
“It’s got to find a way to have some pace or bounce or take some spin or do something.
“Obviously we saw a reasonable amount of reverse swing throughout the game but the ball just gets so soft so quickly because the surface is quite hard itself. It gets soft and doesn’t carry through and it’s really difficult to get people out,” he further added.
Therefore the MCG authorities said they will carry a full-review of the pitch.
MCC chief executive Stuart Fox said, “While this test pitch did produce a good contest, it has not contained the pace and bounce that we expected,”