The nature of the MCG track has been amongst the headliners in world cricket. Not long back, the pitch offered at the Optus Stadium in Perth for the second Test also got questioned. Meanwhile, the former Australia captain, Ian Chappell, has labelled the Melbourne wicket, as the weirdest he has seen. Also, he said he didn’t see a pitch changing so rapidly in such a short period.
Chappell unhappy with MCG surface
Speaking to Macquarie Sports Radio’s Summer of Cricket, Chappell said he is surprised to see the nature of the pitch at MCG. As India could manage just 215 for two at stumps on day two, Ian didn’t shy away from taking a dig at the MCG track.
“I’ve never seen a pitch change so drastically in a short period of time,” he said.
“This is the weirdest pitch I’ve ever seen – I’ve never seen a track where the ball bounces twice before getting to (the wicketkeeper) and then suddenly even in the second hour, the ball started to go through a bit.
Meanwhile, the batsmen did face some blows on their body on day one; with both Mayank and Hanuma Vihari being on the receiving end. Later, Virat and the centurion, Cheteshwar Pujara got hit too. Looking at all these factors, the former Aussie great called for a change of a surface in future.
Not only this, last time around during the 2017/18 Ashes, the Test at MCG got drawn. Moreover, the ICC labelled the pitch as Poor.
Pujara gets out on a low-bounce delivery
The questions didn’t get ended on day two as well, as Pujara was at the receiving end. As he completed his 17th Test hundred, and the first at the ‘G’, Pujara looked good for a huge score. However, a delivery from Pat Cummins, which particularly didn’t bounce, broke the shackles and got him out.
Meanwhile, India is standing tall at the moment in Melbourne. They have crossed 350-run mark and have lost five wickets, with Rohit and Pant at the crease.