Melbourne: Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) pitch, which hosted the fourth Ashes Test, has been rated as 'poor', the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Tuesday. The decision was taken under the ICC Pitch and Outfield Monitoring Process.
ICC Match Referee Ranjan Madugalle submitted his report to the world's cricket governing body expressing the concerns of the match officials over the performance of the pitch which saw Australia scoring 327 and 263 for four declared, and England scoring 491 in their only innings,
This report has been forwarded to Cricket Australia (CA), who now have 14 days to provide their response, according to an ICC statement.
"The bounce of the MCG pitch was medium, but slow in pace and got slower as the match progressed. The nature of the pitch did not change over the five days and there was no natural deterioration," Madugalle said.