Melbourne, December 8: A dangerous pitch has forced the MCG’s final match before the Boxing Day Test between Australia and New Zealand to be cancelled in Melbourne on Sunday (December 8).
Preparations for the December 26 Test were thrown into chaos after the Sheffield Shield clash between Victoria and Western Australia was suspended on Saturday (December 7). Umpires decided to call off day one of the match due to an unsafe wicket, after Western Australia batsmen Shaun Marsh and Marcus Stoinis were struck multiple times amid unpredictable bounce.
Cricket Australia (CA) released a statement, ensuring there will be a wicket of “international standard” ready for the Boxing Day blockbuster as organisers and curators were left scrambling. The teams returned on Sunday but after a morning inspection it was agreed for the match to be abandoned, despite extensive work from the ground staff.