Australia vs India ODI series - Australia wields selection axe

Hope Soto
January 4, 2019

This throws weight on the point made by Australian skipper Tim Paine, post the third Test match against India. "Show some respect." Virat Kohli Juggles with the Ball While Waiting for Tea During India vs Australia, Day 1, Sydney Test; Umpire Takes Away the Ball (Watch Video).

According to a report in Sydney Morning Herald, the rating by ICC was revealed on Tuesday.

It was partly for that reason he was picked in Australia's side for the SCG Test, with selectors preferring another bowling option on a wicket that is traditionally known for turning.

Indian leads the series by 2-0.

Fortunately, the average rating means that MCG has escaped losing the worldwide status.

The 31-year-old former Adelaide Oval groundsman has taken 17 wickets in the first three Tests against India.

One demerit point will be awarded to venues whose pitches are rated by the match referees as below average, while three and five demerit points will be awarded to venues whose pitches are marked as poor and unfit, respectively.

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

Under the ICC's pitch review system, which came into effect in January previous year, if a pitch or outfield is rated as being substandard, that venue will be given a number of demerit points.

The MCG had been under pressure after India batted for nearly two days in their first innings on what appeared to be another lifeless deck.

Cheteshwar Pujara, who notched his slowest career ton, had stated that the pitch was hard to bat on.

Shaw had to return home after suffering an ankle injury while trying to complete a catch on the boundary during India's four-day match prior to the Test series. MCG has always been a happy hunting ground for Australia.

The Australian bowlers have also been very good but their batting has collapsed time and again.

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