The MCG pitch. (Source: Twitter)

The Sheffield Shield match between Victoria and Western Australia at MCG was abandoned on Sunday after the inspection of the pitch. The first day of the match was also called-off due to a dangerous pitch.

“The MCG’s final match before this summer’s Boxing Day Test has been abandoned due to an unsafe pitch.

Only 40 overs were possible on Saturday’s opening day of the Marsh Sheffield Shield match as Western Australia’s top order copped a succession of body blows after they were sent into bat.

Divots on the pitch, caused by balls hitting the soft first-session surface, hardened as play wore on and made the pitch “unplayable”, according to WA captain Shaun Marsh,” Cricket Australia said in a media release.

The MCG pitch has been under immense scrutiny in recent years after the surface for the drawn fourth Ashes Test in 2017 was so lifeless it received a “poor” rating from the International Cricket Council.