Published: Fri, January 04, 2019
Sport | By Matt Richards

Australia vs India - 4th Test Match Preview & Prediction

Australia vs India - 4th Test Match Preview & Prediction

The rating means the MCG did not gather a demerit point, of which five would result in a suspension from hosting any worldwide cricket for 12 months. In the second innings, he top-scored with 42 runs, which proved crucial in India clinching the Melbourne Test. While the dependable Pujara (130*) struck another solid century, his third of the series, to defy the Aussie bowlers and stay unbeaten at stumps, Agarwal (77) impressed with his second half-century in as many Tests.

According to the newspaper, "Despite this rating, the MCG pitches will undergo a major revamp under curator Matt Page".

The MCG is often the preferred venue for the Boxing Day Test in Australia.

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According to a Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) statement, the Indian batsman will join the squad on January 8, when the team begins its preparation for the One-day International (ODI) series starting on January 12.

Fortunately, the average rating means that MCG has escaped losing the worldwide status. It will take about three years for the new pitches to be grown.

Head managed just 15 runs in three matches during Australia's 2-1 defeat to South Africa in November, while Short made a duck in his only match.

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In order to improve the standard of pitches around the world, ICC had introduced a disciplinary system that would rate the Test the venues as very good, good, average, below average and poor.

Notably, a ground doesn't get any demerit point, if it is rated average by the ICC.

A pitch that ends up collecting five demerit points across five years will lose global status. Cheteshwar Pujara had attributed their sedate batting to the nature of the track. On the opening day of the Test match, only two wickets fell. It became more lively. But this time, one thing that was missing here was the quick Australian surface that assists bounce and pace.

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