Steve Smith is backing Melbourne Cricket Ground curator Matt Page to deliver an acceptable wicket for the Boxing Day Test between Australia and New Zealand.
The final match at the MCG before that contest – the Sheffield Shield clash between Victoria and Western Australia – had to be cancelled on Saturday due to an unsafe pitch.
Umpires called off day one after Western Australia batsmen Shaun Marsh and Marcus Stoinis were struck multiple times amid unpredictable bounce.
Cricket Australia promised to ensure there is a wicket of “international standard” for December 26, though, and Smith has no doubt Page will do the necessary hard work.
“I’m sure they’ll produce something good for us on Boxing Day,” the Australia superstar said ahead of the first Test in Perth this week.
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“It’s a really fine line with that wicket. Pagey is a very good curator – he’ll be working as hard as he can to try to get a wicket that is suitable for bat and ball.
“These guys have a really tough job. They’ve tried a lot down in Melbourne but not been able to get something that is a bit more bowler friendly.
“They’re going to work hard over the next couple of weeks to get us a good wicket for Boxing Day.”