Too dry in India, too soggy in Australia seems to be the assessment of some cricket players. The Melbourne Cricket Ground is the latest source of complaints. It usually seems as though the losers are the ones who have the issues.
Batsmen Glenn Maxwell and Kevin Peterson, in their roles with the Melbourne Stars of the Big Bash League, felt the ground was too “juicy” for their liking. When the Ashes were there about three weeks ago, there were those who thought the MCG was too flat for a Test.
Those were no doubt some of the Pommers, who if the pitch had been prepared properly, sticky wicket and all that rot, the Test outcome would have been different.
Is it legal to say nasty things about the hallowed confines of the MCG?
ICC match referee Ranjan Madugalle was another who rated the deck “poor” during a Boxing Day Test between England and Australia that did not, apparently, supply enough drama.
The ICC actually issued a warning to the MCG that the MCG is on double secret probation and had better mind its p’s and q’s or an even more strongly, more official warning could be issued.
The Stars were beaten by the Sydney Sixers after batting first and managing only 7 – 128 after batting first. The Sixers reached that lowly target and lost just two wickets in the process, with 29 balls to spare.
Pietersen needed eight balls for nine runs. Maxwell hit three sixes, but could manage just another 10 before Sean Abbott dismissed him for 28.
The Sixers batsmen, on the other hand, must have thought the pitch just fine, or to their liking, at any rate, as Nic Maddinson and Daniel Hughes almost chased the target with 111 off 77 balls.
When asked if the pitch, which looked pretty good on TV, was adequate, Maxwell told Channel 10, “It might look that way (good) but it certainly is not playing that way. Balls are seaming, taking off and not getting through. They obviously tried to compensate with what happened through the Test match and put a bit too much water into it now.”
That is the sort of commentary that one would expect from a side that posted the third lowest score of any BBL team batting first.
The Stars should be grateful they do not have to play on our patch of lawn.