MCG below strain to ship contest after Gabba let-down | Cricket News

MCG below strain to ship contest after Gabba let-down | Cricket News
MCG below strain to ship contest after Gabba let-down | Cricket News
MELBOURNE: The Melbourne Cricket Ground is below strain to provide a pitch that delivers a fairer contest between bat and ball within the Boxing Day Test between Australia and South Africa after the series-opener on the Gabba was over inside two days.
Australia gained the Brisbane Test by six wickets as batters struggled on a green-top pitch that was criticised by South Africa captain Dean Elgar and earned a “under common” score by the International Cricket Council.
Along with followers denied motion lasting as much as 5 days, broadcasters additionally misplaced out on promoting income.
Cricket Australia operations chief Peter Roach mentioned the governing physique had no management over MCG curator Matt Page and his work on the pitch however would interact with him within the lead-up to the Test beginning Monday.
“We count on our curators, once more, to search out that steadiness between bat and ball given the distinctive traits of the venue they’re at,” Roach instructed reporters on Wednesday.
Last yr’s Boxing Day Test was over inside three days, as Australia thrashed England in a one-sided Ashes contest.
Australia vice captain Steve Smith mentioned he hoped Melbourne could be kinder to batsmen, score the Gabba pitch as “most likely” probably the most tough he had ever performed on in his residence nation.
“Some balls had been sitting within the wicket, making divots, some had been zinging by and it was simply extremely arduous to bat towards,” Smith mentioned on Wednesday.
“Whether it was unsafe or not, it is not likely my place to guage, nevertheless it definitely wasn’t straightforward to bat.
“As a batter I’d like (the wicket) to do some bit much less.
“I believe it is a positive steadiness simply making an attempt to get that even contest between bat and ball.”
Australia will look to seal the three-match collection with one other victory in Melbourne.

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