Sheffield Shield match suspended due to unsafe MCG pitch

Ruben Hill
December 9, 2019

During the 16th match of the ongoing season of Marsh Shield between Victoria and Western Australia in Melbourne, Western Australia batsmen got hit not once but on numerous occasions due to a "dangerous" MCG pitch.

Shaun Marsh was hit by a sharply rising Peter Siddle delivery, before Marcus Stoinis copped the same from Andrew Fekete. Stoinis (2 not out) and Cameron Green (7 not out) will resume proceedings for the visitors tomorrow.

"I can't see us getting back on", Marsh said. According to a statement on cricketcomau, Cricket Australia's (CA) digital platform, the decision to call the day off was taken after talks between the umpires and the two captains Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh.

That delivery made the officials take the big decision of suspending the game as they deemed the pitch risky for play. Such an incident is happened in a Sheffield Shield game in Australia.

There have been numerous instances when matches have been called off due to pitches being poor.

However, the main concern that arises at the moment is how safe the track will be when it hosts the traditional Boxing Day Test between Australia and New Zealand a few weeks later.

Hence, in case the game gets abandoned, both Western Australia and Victoria will get three points each along with "the average total bonus points that were accumulated per team across the other two matches played in the round of the abandoned match". We will also work closely with MCG groundstaff in the lead up to the Test match", he added.Roach further stated that the safety of the players is their "highest priority" and applauded Gillespie and Joshua for their decision."The safety of our players is always our highest priority. The MCG pitch has come under heavy scrutiny in recent times. After this, the ICC gave the pitch a mean ranking after the Test towards India final 12 months.

The MCG pitch, which produced a tiresome draw in the 2017 Boxing Day Ashes test against England, received a "poor" rating from the governing International Cricket Council.

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