Melbourne Cricket Ground rated average by ICC after Boxing Day Test

first_img Press Trust of India MelbourneJanuary 1, 2019UPDATED: January 1, 2019 12:17 IST Melbourne Cricket Ground saw a huge attendance on the Boxing Day for the 3rd Test between India and Australia. (@BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia won the Boxing Day Test by 137 runs at the MCGInternational Cricket Council rated the MCG pitch as averageThe Perth pitch in the second Test between India and Australia was also rated averageThe ICC has rated the MCG pitch used for the third India vs Australia Test as “average”, very similar rating to the Perth Stadium track for the second Test.According to a report in Sydney Morning Herald,”The Melbourne Cricket Club’s bid to hold on to the Boxing Day Test has been boosted after the MCG was given an average rating by the International Cricket Council following India’s 137-run win.As per reports, the ICC confirmed the rating on Tuesday, a marked improvement from the three demerit points that they earned after last year’s drawn Ashes Test.A rating of average means that the ground does not get demerit points from ICC.Under ICC rules, a venue loses international status if it tallies five demerit points over a rolling five-year period.The MCG track came under scanner after it took India nearly two days to post 443 runs even premier batsman Cheteshwar Pujara attributed their sedate batting to the nature of the track.However when India bowled during the last three days, the track seemed to have come back to life with Indian pacers accounting for 15 of the 20 Australian wickets.According to the newspaper, “Despite this rating, the MCG pitches will undergo a major revamp under curator Matt Page. He had worked diligently to improve the sand base and add moisture after the Ashes debacle but the venue is about to invest in up to four new pitches and greater technology.”The current pitches are about 15 years old but will continue to be used next season. It will take about three years for the new pitches to be grown.advertisementThe MCG rating comes after the new Perth stadium was also given an average rating, which surprised many, including Australian coach Justin Langer, who thought it deserved a higher ranking.Also Read | How Virat Kohli makes newcomers comfortable in the Indian dressing roomAlso Read | Justin Langer slams Smith-Bancroft interviews: That was just another distractionAlso Read | How sports stars around the world welcomed 2019Also Read | Drop Aaron Finch and open with Usman Khawaja: Pointing’s advice for rattled AustraliaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Melbourne Cricket GroundFollow India vs AustraliaFollow ICC Melbourne Cricket Ground rated average by ICC after Boxing Day TestMelbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) had got three demerit points from ICC after a drawn Ashes Test between England and Australia last year.advertisementlast_img read more

Most Canadians still investing with their heart

While we’re only human, wise investing means more than simply following your heartTORONTO — Two-thirds of Canadians surveyed by the Bank of Montreal are not able to keep their emotions in check when they make investment decisions and a majority have invested on impulse.The BMO Psychology of Investing Report also finds four-in-10 respondents to the Pollara poll say emotions play a role in their investment decisions.And 60% say they’ve invested on impulse at least once.The most common emotions respondents reported were anticipation, trust and fear.The report also found that many Canadians are unaware of how to make an investment and lack the confidence to do so.About 44% say that they are not confident when investing, while only one-quarter do careful and extensive research when making an investment decision.The report is the second in a series of Canadian mindsets when it comes to personal finances. A previous report found 60% of Canadians engaged in impulse shopping and mood-lifting impulse purchases cost Canadians $3,720 annually.Like shoppers, investors need to ensure they’re in the right state of mind in order to make the best decisions that they do not later regret, said Serge Pepin, vice-president of investment strategy at BMO Asset Management Inc.“While we’re only human, wise investing means more than simply following your heart,” he said.Pepin added that reading the business section of newspapers and magazines, researching online and seeking advice from experts can help ensure they are making the most informed investment decision.The report also revealed that 41% of respondents don’t believe they’re investing enough — with 90% of those saying they haven’t saved enough to invest and 83% saying they want to pay off debt before investing.The survey results are from online interviews with a random sample of 1,000 Canadians 18 years of age and older, between Nov.6 and Nov. 8.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population. read more

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