The MCG pitch for the fourth Ashes Test has been rated poor by the ICC, after only 24 wickets fell in a match that ended in a draw.
“The bounce of the MCG pitch was medium, but slow in pace and got slower as the match progressed,” Ranjan Madugalle, the match referee for the Test, said in a statement issued by the ICC today. 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.”
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