The 16th match of the ongoing season of Sheffield Shield between Victoria and Western Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground has been abandoned as Western Australia batsmen got hit by a slew of deliveries that bounced awkwardly offthe good-length.
Cricket Australia said, “A decision was taken that no further play would be possible in the match,” in a media release on Monday (8 Dec).
The decision was taken after the inspection on the second morning of the match, Captains of both teams (Peter Handscomb and Shane Marsh), on-field Umpires(Phillip Gillespie and Geoff Joshua) and Match referee Bob Parry discussed the issue with MCG ground staff and Chief of operations at MCG before coming to the conclusion that the Pitch is too dangerous to continue the play.
Earlier, Victoria captain Peter Handscomb after winning the toss, chose to bowl first. On the first day itself Victoria’s Bowlers got uneven bounce off the surface as Western Australia’s batsmen got hit numerous time.
Western Australia Captain Shane Marsh, coming in to bat at No. 3 in the 11th over, got hit after good length deliveries from Peter Siddle and Andrew Feketein particular extracted some steep bounce off the surface. All-rounder Marcus Stoinis coped a few serious blows before one delivery from pacer Andrew Fekete hit him on the ribs in the 40th over of the innings.
After this umpire called off the play for the day after having a conversion with Captains. At stumps, Western Australia were 89/3 in 39.4 overs with Stoinis (2 not out) and Cameron Green (7 not out) on the crease.
Worth mentioning here is that Umpires tried to start the game on the second morning also, as they used heavy roller to settle the uneven bounce and check if the pitch behaves properly, but to no avail. At last match has to be abandoned rewarding each team three points for the abandoned match.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 7, 2019