9 News – The new pitch is in at Optus Stadium ahead of Sunday’s fifth one-day international between Australia and England.

Summary

  • The new pitch is in at Optus Stadium ahead of Sunday’s fifth one-day international between Australia and England.
  • The wicket has spent three years at Gloucester Park, where scientific analysis and research has helped in creating the pitch which has been housed at the stadium since November.
  • While the pitch looks similar to most drop-in wickets seen in Australia, new WACA curator Matt Somerville says the data gathered helped create a unique wicket.
  • The pitch has been used in three practice games and CEO Christina Matthews says the feedback has been very positive.
  • The ground staff have felt pressure to try and replicate the WACA wicket and avoid the trend of recent one-day pitches, which offer little for bowlers and are dominated by heavy run-scoring.


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