The MCG had received heavy criticism from experts for preparing a lifeless pitch for the match against England last year, which was rated ‘poor’ by the ICC.
To add to that, all four Sheffield Shield matches last season were also drawn while two of the three domestic matches this year have ended in stalemates.
But the MCG curator Matthew Page has dismissed any such fears. In fact according to him, there is something for everyone on the wicket.
“We were unlucky not to get a result through losing the last day through rain, but there seemed to be a bit there for everyone,” Page told Cricket.com.au.
“There was a bit for the quicks, a couple of guys scored hundreds, and the feedback we got from that game was really positive.”
In the Sheffield Shield match between Victoria and South Australia last month, the average total across the three completed innings was 275, with Tom Cooper and Peter Handscomb scoring tons. On the other hand fast bowler Scott Boland picked nine wickets in the match including a 7/54 in the first innings.
Yet even though the last Shield match between Victoria and Western Australia played at the venue didn’t produce a result, Page is confident that the pitch will produce a result, and that there are lessons learnt from that match.
"We're pretty happy with where it is at the moment," Page said.
"It's just a case of monitoring the weather and then adjusting our plans as we see fit, but we're happy with where it is at and the weather is looking good, so we're in a pretty good spot at the moment."
“We went into that game trying to get it a little bit harder and a little bit drier … and we didn’t get the result we wanted,” he said.
“But we’ll learn from that, we’ll move forward and make sure it doesn’t happen again.
“We had three Shield games leading into this and the big plan for us was to play around with a few things to ensure we get it right for Boxing Day.
“We’ve got some things right … and other things we wanted to improve from.”
First Published: December 23, 2018, 11:46 AM IST