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Wednesday musing – cricket, MCG pitch mania…….

The International Cricket Council (‘ICC’) has now called the MCG pitch ‘poor’ based on the report by match referee, Ranjan Madugalle. It hasn’t taken the press long to jump all over that with the Age reporting that the MCG pitch produced for the Boxing day Test has become ‘infamous’ because it is the first Australian pitch to be described as poor. If that pitch was poor, then I wonder how pitches prepared on the sub-continent or in England would be described?

One only needs to Google the topic to find descriptions of sub-continent pitches as ‘diabolical’ and ‘a minefield’. One article reported the much vaunted South African Proteas’ batting line-up being skittled for a mere 79 runs with 33 of 40 wickets taken in the match falling to spin. In the 2015 Ashes series, there were complaints that pitches at Trent Bridge and the Oval had been doctored to suit England. In the Trent Bridge Test, Australia made only 60 runs and were all out before lunch on day one.

Certainly the MCC served up nothing as bad as that. The match referee’s rating was driven by his view that the pitch did not allow an even contest between bat and ball. Is that a bad thing? Clearly the ICC thinks so but I think it is much ado about nothing. But the fans didn’t agree as 260,000 spectators watched the Melbourne Test over the full five days.

With the new ICC points system coming in from 1 January 2018, the MCG has dodged being slapped with a three point penalty. Any ground that totals five points over a five year period can be
suspended from being used for ICC matches for one year. Given the past history of Test pitches, it would seem there will be plenty of grounds not seeing Test cricket due to suspension….can the ICC or Cricket Australia afford to suspend a ground that draws a crowd of 260,000? I think not!

What do you think?

The Gelding's tips for 16 October 2010

The Gelding is ready and raring to go for Caulfield Cup day at his home track.  Unfortunately, the weather may play a big part with Melbourne expecting a deluge of rain over the next twelve hours and many horses expected to be scratched because of the expected conditions.

As always the bets are on an each way and all up basis.


Race 2 Horse 1 – Skilled
Race 5 Horse 7 – Duble Anny (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 6 Horse 2 – All Silent
Race 8 Horse 1 – Shocking (also for the ladies at the Tennis club) – quinella it with Horse 17 Faint Perfume
Race 9 Horse 1 – Hot Danish

You can hear the Gelding discuss all the racing news with the Professor on Sportzfan Radio at 12.30pm this Sunday on 88.3 Southern FM.  Special guest this week by phone from Sydney will be the Sydney Colt.

Good luck and good punting and don’t get wet!!

The Gelding

Saturday 12 June: Mail In 3 States

We cannot ignore the strong leads in 3 States on Saturday. The mail is primed to make us a profit and back on a diet of lobster.

SYD r2 n4 HALLEYS This neddy was scratched last week because it is absolutely flying on the track & they didn’t want to chance their money in the wet. If it lives up to track work it will be saluting.

MELB r2 n3 ANNIVERSARY My mail from a ratings expert says Gai has well and truly beaten the handicapper by taken this neddy south. The rest is up to the horse. Big money has already gone on with corporate bookies

BRIS r4 n15 RINGA RINGA ROSIE a pocket full of $100 notes after this one wins. Anyone who follows me on Twitter knows I have been waiting 2 weeks for this one. Set for this 1 race. Climb on the bandwagon.

Money lost, nothing lost. Confidence lost, everything lost.