A dangerous pitch which caused the opening day’s play to be suspended has been repaired as South Australia’s Sheffield Shield game against Queensland is set to resume.
Play at Adelaide’s Karen Rolton Oval was stopped after 50 overs on Tuesday when Test star Marnus Labuschagne was repeatedly struck on the gloves by balls rearing from a good length.
With Queensland 1-87, umpires, SA skipper Travis Head and Bulls captain Usman Khawaja elected to halt play to allow repairs on a problem area on the pitch about one metre squared.
After remedial work, play will recommence on Wednesday with Labuschagne, who was not seriously injured, to resume on 21 with opener Bryce Street on 45.
The fixture is crucial for both Head and Khawaja, who are bidding to claim Australia’s No.5 batting spot for the first Test against England starting on December 8 in Brisbane.
Khawaja is listed to bat next for the Queenslanders but just how the pitch behaves is unknown.
“No one has got any guarantees on what this (repair) work will do,” match referee Steve Davis said on Tuesday.
“The groundsman is quite confident this will help … but until we get back on and see how the ball behaves, we won’t know.
“If it did again, we have to question ‘well that didn’t work, what do we do now?’
“The safety of players is paramount.”
Rain is forecast in Adelaide on Wednesday after showers washed out Tuesday’s opening session.