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MCG pitch rated poor by ICC after dismal fourth Ashes Test

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first_imgAustralia sport Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Read more Jason Gillespie Cricket … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. The ICC Pitch and Outfield Monitoring Process has now returned a verdict of “poor” on the Melbourne surface, after ICC match referee Ranjan Madugalle submitted a report expressing the concerns of the match officials over the performance of the wicket. Cricket Australia now have 14 days to respond.Madugalle said: “The bounce of the MCG pitch was medium, but slow in pace and got slower as the match progressed.“The nature of the pitch did not change over the five days and there was no natural deterioration. As such, the pitch did not allow an even contest between the bat and the ball as it neither favoured the batsmen too much nor it gave the bowlers sufficient opportunity to take wickets.”The England captain, Joe Root, described it as “very unresponsive” in comments which prompted MCG authorities to announce a review of preparation methods, while the Australia captain Smith was also critical, despite his second-innings century.“I don’t think it’s good for anyone,” Smith said. “I think it just needs to do something. It hasn’t changed over five days, and if we were playing for the next couple of days it probably wouldn’t have changed at all either.”The rating of the MCG pitch is the last before the ICC introduces a revised process on Thursday.Under the new guidelines, the MCG’s poor rating would have accumulated three demerit points, with any venue accumulating five points over a five-year rolling period being suspended from hosting international cricket for 12 months. Mason Crane must be given the chance to get it wrong on Ashes debut The MCG pitch used for the Boxing Day Ashes Test has been rated poor by the International Cricket Council.The heavily-criticised surface produced a dull draw, with minimal pace and bounce on offer and a lack of deterioration thwarting England’s attempts to force a first win of the series.Australia scored 327 and 263 for four declared – with Steve Smith and Mitchell Marsh comfortably batting out the last two sessions – and England making 491 in their only innings. Share on WhatsApp Australia cricket team Share via Emailcenter_img The Ashes Since you’re here… England cricket team news Share on Messenger Topics Ashes 2017-18 Support The Guardian Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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