MCG pitch gets poor rating by ICC

Its about few months only when International Cricket Council (ICC) rated Dhaka wicket poor after Bangladesh-Australia’s Test series. Now it has gone against Australia after ICC rated the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)’s wicket poor after the fourth test match between England and Australia which ended in a draw.

The match referee of the Melbourne Test Ranjan Madugalle said: “The bounce of the MCG pitch was medium, but slow in pace and got slower as the match progressed. The nature of the pitch did not change over the five days and there was no natural deterioration. As such, the pitch did not allow an even contest between the bat and the ball as it neither favoured the batsmen too much nor it gave the bowlers sufficient opportunity to take wickets.”

Australian captain Steve Smith himself was not impressed with the Melbourne wicket: “It didn’t change for five days and I would say that if it was played on for the next couple of days it probably wouldn’t change either. It needs to find a way to have pace and bounce or spin. We saw some reverse swing but the ball gets soft and doesn’t carry.”

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He added: “I don’t mind if they (the wickets) are flat but they need to have pace and carry. This wicket had none of that, it just skids. The ‘keeper and slips were standing so close. I don’t think it’s good for anyone.”

Now Cricket Australia has two weeks to respond to ICC after their complain.
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