SOS for Les Burdett to save MCG pitch

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Cricket Australia has issued an SOS to legendary pitch doctor Les Burdett in a bid to save the Boxing Day Test.

The MCG and its head curator Matthew Page are under increasing pressure after the recent Shield match was abandoned due to a dangerous pitch and concerns over player safety.

It followed concerns the traditional Boxing Day contest could turn into another boring bat-fest.

Burdett, the former Adelaide Oval curator who retired in 2011 after more than 40 years in the business, will fly in to act as a consultant.

He is one of the most respected figures in the industry and uses touch and feel over technology in the preparation of cricket pitches.

The move comes as Cricket Australia officials reached out to their New Zealand counterparts to reassure them the Boxing Day pitch will be up to standard

Les Burdett on his last day as Adelaide Oval curator.
Les Burdett on his last day as Adelaide Oval curator.Source: News Limited

Warriors duo Shaun Marsh and Marcus Stoinis had to undergo concussion tests after balls spat up dangerously from the deck on Saturday and hit them on the head.

The match was abandoned after less than one day’s play.
The match was abandoned after less than one day’s play.Source: AAP

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