News – The challenge confronting MCG staff has been laid bare by a frank assessment of the Test pitch in Perth, which was formally branded average by match referee Ranjan Madugalle.

Summary

  • The challenge confronting MCG staff has been laid bare by a frank assessment of the Test pitch in Perth, which was formally branded average by match referee Ranjan Madugalle.
  • AAP understands Madugalle, the ICC’s chief match referee, gave the lowest possible pass mark to the pitch produced for the second Test between Australia and India.
  • Madugalle was also responsible for the rating of ‘poor’ given to the MCG a year ago, a grading that raised fewer eyebrows at Cricket Australia given it followed a Boxing Day bore draw on an incredibly docile drop-in deck.
  • Two of the past four MCG Tests have resulted in draws, with curator Matt Page working hard to inject some life into flat pitches that have copped widespread criticism.
  • Madugalle was in charge of the first half of the four-Test series between Australia and India, locked at 1-1, but Andy Pycroft will be match referee at the MCG and SCG.


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