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Dangerous MCG pitch suspends a Shield game
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Dangerous MCG pitch suspends a Shield game

The history of cricket is sporadically filled with incidents of matches getting abandoned due to unreasonable pitches. A similar phenomenon happened in Australia during a game between Victoria and Western Australia in Sheffield Shield, country’s premier first-class competition.

The opening day of the aforementioned contest, played at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), was abandoned as the pitch portrayed a dangerous behavior. The track witnessed many deliveries rearing up and striking the Western Australia’s batters.

Including both skippers Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh and chief curator Matt Page, umpires held a lengthy conversation after which the first day of the game was called off. At this stage, Western Australia were 89 for the loss of 3 wickets, playing 40 overs.

The incident caused a bit concern to Cricket Australia as New Zealand is scheduled to play the boxing day game here in less than 3-week time. Earlier, MCG pitch came under scrutiny for being lifeless for Tests against England and India. It remains to be seen how Cricket Australia responds to this situation.