WA Today – The Victorian Bushrangers are hoping for a MCG wicket that is not a reprisal of the “slab of concrete” served up during the Ashes when they host Queensland in the Sheffield Shield this week.
- The lifeless drop-in deck used during the drawn Boxing Day Test when former England captain Alastair Cook posted an unbeaten double century was considered so sub-standard the International Cricket Council formally rated it ”poor”.
- Cricket Victoria operations manager Shaun Graf said he had met with MCG curator Matthew Page and hoped there would be more grass on the wicket.
- Graf said discussions about how to ensure the wicket was in better shape for next summer’s Test against India had begun, with one suggestion being to stage shield matches on wickets either side of the Test strip in a bid to create “wear and tear”.
- “We have certainly had discussions, Cricket Australia, Cricket Victoria and the MCC, in relation to next year in how we will structure up the drop-in area, how many decks we will put in there, how they will use the wickets as well in relation to maybe not making the Test wicket as sacrosanct because previously they have never played games on either side of it until after the Test match, which means there is no wear and tear and the (Test) wicket doesn’t get anyone running up and down on it,” he said.
- Former captain Cameron White is likely to lead the side, as new skipper Peter Handscomb will be in South Africa with the Test squad.