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The fourth Ashes Test in ended in a draw. The pitch was flat and had nothing for the bowlers. The pitch has been rated poor by the ICC on Tuesday. “The bounce of the MCG pitch was medium, but slow in pace and got slower as the match progressed,” said Ranjan Madugalle, the match referee. “The nature of the pitch did not change over the five days and there was no natural deterioration. As such, the pitch did not allow an even contest between the bat and the ball as it neither favoured the batsmen too much nor it gave the bowlers sufficient opportunity to take wickets.”

Steven Smith criticised the pitch after the Test, saying it need ways to find bounce, spin and pace. England could only manage to pick up two wickets in the 80 overs they bowled.

This wicket had none

“It didn’t change for five days and I would say that if it was played on for the next couple of days it probably wouldn’t change either. It needs to find a way to have pace and bounce or spin. We saw some reverse swing but the ball gets soft and doesn’t carry,” Smith said.”I don’t mind if they are flat but they need to have pace and carry. This wicket had none of that, it just skids. The ‘keeper and slips were standing so close. I don’t think it’s good for anyone.”

This was the last time a venue was reviewed under the ICC Pitch and Outfield Monitoring Process. The governing body is set to introduce new process from January 4. According to the new process, a venue will be allocated demerit points if it does not satisfy the requirements. The points will be active for a period of five years.

“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,” ICC said in a release.”When a venue accumulates five demerit points, it will be suspended from hosting any international cricket for a period of 12 months, while a venue will be suspended from hosting any international cricket for a period of 12 months, while a venue will be suspended from staging any international cricket for 24 months when it reaches the threshold of 10 demerit points.”