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What on earth is going on with the MCG pitch?

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9th December, 2019

The MCG ground staff just can’t seem to get it right.

After years of flat lifeless pitches, including an unprecedented ‘poor’ rating for the road that got served up in the 2017-18 Ashes, they went too far in the other direction when the latest Sheffield Shield match was abandoned because the pitch was unsafe.

We were joined by Roar cricket expert Scott Pryde on the Game of Codes podcast to work out just where it’s going wrong.

Listen to the discussion:

The MCG’s damning stats

Last five Tests
2018: India 7/443d and 8/106d def. Australia 151 and 261
2017: Australia 327 and 4/263d dr. with England 491
2016: Pakistan 9/443d and 163 def. by Australia 8/624d
2015: Australia 3/551d and 3/179d def. Windies 271 and 282
2014: Australia 530 and 9/318d dr. with India 465 and 6/174

Last ten Sheffield Shield matches
Western Australia vs Victoria: WA 8/93 – match abandoned after 39.4 overs
New South Wales vs Victoria: NSW 294 and 0/129 dr. with Victoria 7/307d
Queensland vs Victoria: Queensland 183 and 306 def. Victoria 9/300d and 130
New South Wales vs Victoria: NSW 159 and 179 def. by Victoria 9/445d
South Australia vs Victoria: South Australia 244 and 230 dr. with Victoria 351 and 2/22
Victoria vs Western Australia: Victoria 9/242d and 5/208 dr. with WA 296 and 6/213
South Australia vs Victoria: South Australia 322 and 8/370d dr. with Victoria 345 and 8/273
Tasmania vs Victoria: Tasmania 172 and 2/424d dr. with Victoria 144 and 5/106
Western Australia vs Victoria: WA 243 and 3/281 dr. with Victoria 450
Queendland vs Victoria: Queensland 5/452d and 4/184d dr. with Victoria 9/436d

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