[caption id="attachment_785586" align="alignnone" width="628"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/MCG.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-785586" alt="Melbourne Cricket Ground" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/MCG.jpg" width="628" height="355" /></a> MCG curator Matt Page will have heaved a sigh of relief (AFP Photo)[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>The <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/icc">International Cricket Council</a> (ICC) has rated the Melbourne pitch which hosted the third India-Australia Test as 'average' a year after it was rated poor for producing a drab Ashes draw. <p></p> <p></p>The rating Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) has been given by the ICC is the bare minimum passing mark for a cricket pitch which keeps it from copping demerit points. A below average rating would have resulted in one demerit point while a poor rating three points. <p></p> <p></p>A pitch that ends up collecting five demerit points across five years will lose international status. <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/india/">India</a> regained their lead in the ongoing four-Test series with a <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/india-vs-australia-3rd-test-india-beat-australia-by-137-runs-take-2-1-series-lead-784731">137-run win</a> at MCG that saw the contest lasting a little over four days. The first two days of the Boxing Day Test were dominated by India batsmen which saw Cheteshwar Pujara hitting a century raising fears of another draw. But from Day 3 onwards, bowlers began calling the shots as batting became difficult on the pitch that began showing visible signs of wear and tear. <p></p> <p></p>A bouncy Perth pitch that was the venue of the second Test also produced a result with the hosts claiming a victory with ICC rating it as average too. However, several former cricketers and current Australia coach Justin Lager were left baffled by the 'average' rating.