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    MCG to lose Test?

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    If the bad weather prevents from the MCG from hosting the Boxing Day Test, I say good luck to the Telstra Dome. I just hope that the people turn out for Test at the Telstra Dome if the MCG ground isn't match fit.

    At least on the bright side is that they no play will be lost to rain (unless they open the roof), even if there is a huge downpour in Melbourne, so that would have to be a plus for TV viewers and specators at the ground
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    Being a big A.F.L fan, i don't quite like the idea of playing cricket in the Telstra Dome, even though it's better for everything, i just dont like the idea.

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    Hope Not, MCG is the home of Victorian Cricket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by masterblaster
    Hope Not, MCG is the home of Victorian Cricket.
    Some could argue Test cricket for that matter, with the first ever match being played there.
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    As compared to playing on a substandard outfield that could cause serious injuries, if you have a better option, I'm all for to hearing it.

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    I'm sure the 'Gabba could host it.

    Believe it or not, as a through and through Qlder, I love the boxing day test being in Melbourne. Nothing better than getting up around 10:15 on boxing day, getting ready to watch the rain fall.
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    By having the game at the telstra dome, the retractable roof could be used. The MCG looks like a mess at the moment, too much construction work, and the field is sandy atthe moment. field and pitch being made up elsewhere I think.

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    a bit sandy? ha! there's not a speck of grass on it at the moment, its all just mud. they're getting it ready to be an athletics track for 2006 commonwealth games. neways, re: craig's comments about substandard outfield, sounds like you haven't really heard of telstra dome, or "death valley" as it used to be termed. with the retractable roof in place, the grass is well below the standard of the mcg. and can i remind you all that there is still a month and a half for them to lay new grass, and the pitch will be dropped in, as per usual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vic_orthdox
    a bit sandy? ha! there's not a speck of grass on it at the moment, its all just mud.
    LOL I don't see the problem myself! - Just get Brett Lee on from one end to take advantage of any uneven bounce there may be and get Warnie on from the other to take advantage of the extra grip.
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    When the running track is put in - surely the MCG would be the only mainstream Test venue that has a running track around it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vic_orthdox
    a bit sandy? ha! there's not a speck of grass on it at the moment, its all just mud. they're getting it ready to be an athletics track for 2006 commonwealth games. neways, re: craig's comments about substandard outfield, sounds like you haven't really heard of telstra dome, or "death valley" as it used to be termed. with the retractable roof in place, the grass is well below the standard of the mcg. and can i remind you all that there is still a month and a half for them to lay new grass, and the pitch will be dropped in, as per usual.
    How long does it take for new grass to grow?

    As long as you don't dive and use your knees - ala Simon Jones in the 'Gabba in 2002, then I think you should be fine.

    It astounds me that fielders still use that fielding technique - surely that is a knee reconstruction and a whole year out of the game at least just waiting to happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig
    When the running track is put in - surely the MCG would be the only mainstream Test venue that has a running track around it?
    It won't have a running track around it, the base for the athletics track will be under the grass. If it were to have a regulation athletics track around the playing surface, the ground would be ridiculously small.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dasa
    It won't have a running track around it, the base for the athletics track will be under the grass. If it were to have a regulation athletics track around the playing surface, the ground would be ridiculously small.
    Or just plain ridiculous

    I agree about Telstra Dome. A little bit of moisture on that grass and no one can keep their feet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dasa
    It won't have a running track around it, the base for the athletics track will be under the grass. If it were to have a regulation athletics track around the playing surface, the ground would be ridiculously small.
    So they just remove the grass when it is needed?

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    No i don't think so, latest reports are that it will be ready
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