Tour game between Cricket Australia XI and New Zealand abandoned
The tour match between Cricket Australia (CA) XI and New Zealand at Blacktown Oval in Sydney has been abandoned after the pitch was declared unsafe to play.
After opting to bat first, CA XI posted a massive 376 without losing a wicket on day one as Aaron Finch went on to record a 200 off 263 deliveries.
His opening partner Ryan Carters was not far behind either as he crossed the 150-run mark keeping the New Zealand bowlers at bay.
The CA XI raced to 503 on day two, which is the record stand for any wicket for all first class games in Australia.
Just when CA XI declared 20 minutes before lunch with the wicket of Carters, the game was abandoned after a series of discussion between the ground officials, New Zealand players and the umpires. The match was stripped off its first class status as well.
It is learnt that couple of deliveries, which took off at the end of day one has raised enough concerns for the New Zealand players.
CA's head of operations Sean Cary confirmed the abandonment of the game due to "pitch concerns" while he assured that New Zealand will be given an alternative preparation ahead of the first Test.
"The decision has been agreed between the two teams to abandon the match due to the wicket's deteriorating surface becoming unfit for first-class cricket.
"Preparation of the wicket was compromised by poor weather conditions in Sydney early this week.
"In response, we're working with New Zealand Cricket to provide alternative preparation for the team ahead of next week's first Test."
At the end of day one, New Zealand coach Mike Hesson, expressed his displeasure on the conditions provided to them for practice, describing the pitch as "day four in Abu Dhabi."
"I'd describe it as a jigsaw with half the pieces missing," Hesson said of the pitch.
"Similar to about a day four in Abu Dhabi.
"They're unable to grow any grass here at this time of the year so it was basically like rolled mud with a little topping on it."
The first Test between Australia and New Zealand is scheduled to begin on 5th November in Brisbane.
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