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Official warning for MCG

Reuters
Sunday, January 14, 2018

MELBOURNE - The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) has received an official warning after the pitch for the fourth Ashes test was rated "poor" by the International Cricket Council (ICC) earlier this month.

The track drew criticism from both teams after the drawn clash between Australia and England saw only 24 wickets fall over five days, the only stalemate in a series dominated 4-0 by the hosts as they regained the urn.

Australia scored 327 and 263 for four declared, while England scored 491 in their only innings, with match referee Ranjan Madugalle saying in his report that the surface did not allow for an even contest between bat and ball.

Cricket Australia (CA) did not contest the rating given by Madugalle, the governing body said in a statement.

"Cricket Australia... highlighted that the ground is a frequently used venue that has no history of preparing poor pitches for international cricket," the ICC said.








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