The MCG track drew criticism from both teams after the drawn clash between Australia and England saw only 24 wickets fall over five days
The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) has received an official warning after the pitch for the fourth and penultimate Ashes Test match was rated “poor” by the International Cricket Council earlier this month.
The track drew criticism from both teams after the drawn clash between Australia and England saw only 24 wickets fall over five days, the only stalemate in a series dominated 4-0 by the host as they regained the urn.
Australia scored 327 and 263 for four declared, while England scored 491 in their only innings, with match referee Ranjan Madugalle saying in his report that the surface did not allow for an even contest between bat and ball.
The MCG has escaped a fine but been given an official warning for producing a ‘poor’ pitch for the fourth Magellan Ashes Test https://t.co/KfKvRffn19
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) January 12, 2018
Cricket Australia did not contest the rating given by Madugalle, the governing body said in a statement.
“CA…highlighted that the ground is a frequently used venue that has no history of preparing poor pitches for international cricket,” the ICC said.
The ICC said there was a commitment by both the Melbourne Cricket Club and CA to improve the pitches presented for international cricket at the MCG in the future.
With some of the crap wickets we get to play on in the sub continent the ICC scrutinise the MCG wicket what a joke!!
— Merv Hughes (@MervHughes332) January 12, 2018
The Melbourne Test was the last to be rated under the ICC’s pitch and outfield monitoring process, with a revision of the system coming into effect from Jan. 4.
Under the new process, if a pitch or outfield is rated as being substandard, that venue will be allocated a number of demerit points, which will be active for a five-year period.
The MCG will host the first one-day international between Australia and England Sunday.