Shaun Marsh and Marcus Stoinis get brutally hit: The ‘dangerous’ MCG pitch made batting extremely hard against fast bowlers.
During the 16th match of the ongoing season of Marsh Shield between Victoria and Western Australia in Melbourne, Western Australia batsmen got hit not once but on numerous occasions due to a “dangerous” MCG pitch.
After Victoria captain Peter Handscomb won the toss and invited the visitors to bat, Victoria’s bowling received uneven bounce to make batting hard for the opposition batsmen.
Coming in to bat at No. 3 in the 11th over, Marsh got hit after good length deliveries bounced out of nowhere to hit the batsman on the body.
Much like Marsh, all-rounder Marcus Stoinis also coped some serious blows after getting hit by the likes of Peter Siddle and Andrew Fekete. Having hit on the shoulder initially, things were taken seriously after Fekete hit Stoinis in the ribs.
It was at this point in time that the play on Day 1 was eventually called-off with umpiring conducting a conversation with Handscomb and Western Australia captain Shaun Marsh.
It is worth mentioning that the officials are planning to start the match tomorrow at normal time. However, how well the pitch will behave on Sunday remains to be seen. The ground staff was seen rolling the pitch for nearly an hour after the play was abandoned on the first day.
At stumps, Western Australia were 89/3 in 39.4 overs. Stoinis (2 not out) and Cameron Green (7 not out) will resume proceedings for the visitors tomorrow.
Shaun Marsh and Marcus Stoinis get brutally hit
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 7, 2019
How Twitterati reacted:
Looked a bit like every innings in which Border scored hundreds against the Windies in the 80’s
— Mark Ritchie (@markritcho) December 7, 2019
Imagine old @shoaib100mph bowling at this pitch at 160 + KPH
— سيد وقار (@syedwaqar82) December 7, 2019
What’s happened to the MCG pitch? Was a pudding when England were there a couple of years ago.
— Ben Jolley (@ben_jolley2) December 7, 2019
The MCG the pitch that keeps on giving… or failing…. I forget which one.
— Thomas Paul (@tom_schmiddy) December 7, 2019
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