After Perth, Melbourne Cricket Ground Pitch Gets 'Average Rating' from ICC

After Perth, Melbourne Cricket Ground Pitch Gets 'Average Rating' from ICC

After Perth, Melbourne Cricket Ground Pitch Gets 'Average Rating' from ICC

Earlier, The ICC also rated the Perth pitch for the second Test between India and Australia as "average".

The International Cricket Council have rated the pitch for the recent third Test between Australia and India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground as "average".

This was not about making history, he said, more about proving that a team already ranked number one in the world in tests could do the business on the rock hard wickets of Australia as well as the slow, brown pitches of home.

'Despite this rating, the MCG pitches will undergo a major revamp under curator Matt Page.

It was partly for that reason he was picked in Australia's side for the SCG Test, with selectors preferring another bowling option on a wicket that is traditionally known for turning.

Fortunately, the average rating means that MCG has escaped losing the worldwide status.

The rating means the MCG did not gather a demerit point, of which five would result in a suspension from hosting any worldwide cricket for 12 months.

Why was the MCG track under scanner?

Any venue which accrues five demerit points over a rolling five-year period will be unable to host worldwide matches for 12 months.

The concerns regarding the MCG pitch had gained momentum during the first two days of the third Test when India went on to pile up a massive total of 443 runs in their first innings. Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari are unbeaten at the crease and will be looking to put the match firmly beyond Australia's grasp when they come out to bat on Day 2.

The proposed change is meant to encourage curators around the world to produce pitches that deliver a better balance between bat and ball, while also reducing home-ground advantage. It became more lively. But this time, one thing that was missing here was the quick Australian surface that assists bounce and pace.

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