SCG pitch on solid ground: CA
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.