The Age – A live Test and a new broadcast rights agreement will provide cricket chiefs with even more reason to ensure the drop-in MCG pitch allows for an exciting contest on Boxing Day next year.

Summary

  • A live Test and a new broadcast rights agreement will provide cricket chiefs with even more reason to ensure the drop-in MCG pitch allows for an exciting contest on Boxing Day next year.
  • Having also renewed a six-year broadcast rights deal with Sony in India this year, CA will want to ensure everything possible is done to ensure its partners get the “return on revenue” they expect – and that’s primarily an exciting match where fans don’t leave the ground midway through a final session on day one because of a lack of action.
  • The lack of life in the pitch was still a talking point on Sunday, as Australia and England reflected on the drawn clash and made their way to Sydney.
  • England fast bowler Stuart Broad said the pitch had been “poor for Test cricket”.
  • The Test pitch was overseen by curator Michael Salvatore but that responsibility will go to Michael Page, from the WACA, when he takes charge soon.


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