SCG pitch on solid ground: CA

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - THE WORLD - BEN HORNE

CRICKET Australia has given the much-scru­ti­nised SCG wicket its green tick of ap­proval for to­day’s Twenty20 opener against Pak­istan.

A re­cent NSW Sh­effield Shield and one-day cup match had to be moved from the venue af­ter the late fin­ish to the Syd­ney Roost­ers’ NRL sea­son im­pacted on the readi­ness of the cen­tre square for the start of the sum­mer.

How­ever, CA op­er­a­tions boss Peter Roach has no is­sue with the ground. The SCG left no stone un­turned in mak­ing sure the pitch was right, call­ing in for­mer Ade­laide Oval cu­ra­tor Les Bur­dett to help over­see prepa­ra­tion for the T20 in­ter­na­tional.

The 11th-hour NSW sched­ule change a fort­night ago was not a re­sult of the pitch be­ing un­suit­able, or the out­field be­ing an is­sue. Rather, that the sur­round­ing wick­ets on the cen­tre square were un­der­pre­pared. It’s un­der­stood the block is still not at full grass cov­er­age, as it needs heat to grow en­tirely, but it has been deemed well and truly suit­able for an in­ter­na­tional fix­ture.

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