Cricket legend's left-field idea to solve MCG 'farce'

The MCG looks set to remain the home of the iconic Boxing Day Test - at least for the foreseeable future.

Western Australia cricket officials have been making moves to snatch the showcase Test from under their Melbourne counterparts noses, but concede that it’s likely to stay in the Victorian capital.

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With continual concerns over an MCG pitch that has been branded a ‘farce’ by fans, Perth's 60,000-seat Optus Stadium has been floated as a possible option for the festive Test match.

The Western Australia Cricket Association is keen on the idea, with chairman Mike McKenna first raising the push last December.

He was again vocal in his calls for Boxing Day to be moved following the MCG's pitch issues last weekend that saw the Sheffield Shield match against WA abandoned.

MCG curators have come under fire after Victoria's Sheffield Shield match against WA was abandoned. Pic: AAP

Adam Gilchrist poured even more fuel onto the fire this week, backing up Michael Vaughan's claims that no ground had any God-given right to host an event.

But WACA CEO Christina Matthews admitted it wasn't at all likely they would claim the rights to cricket's showpiece Test.

"They (Cricket Australia) are not looking at moving anything from Melbourne on Boxing Day," Matthews said.

"We know how sensitive Melbourne people are about the Boxing Day Test.

"We're quite happy with the schedule, we've got a big BBL game that follows the day in Melbourne."

Adam Gilchrist has floated the idea of Perth supplying the MCG with their drop-in pitch. Pic: AAP

Gilchrist meanwhile would like to see Boxing Day played on Perth's drop-in wicket, be it at Optus Stadium or the MCG.

"The romantic, the historian in me would love to see it stay at that iconic venue," Gilchrist said.

‘No God-given right’ for MCG to host Boxing Day Test

"There's an obligation to maintain wickets and ... this hasn't snuck up on anyone, the Boxing Day Test and the fact these wickets are clearly starting to struggle.

"There's no God-given right. It would be a shame to see it leave there. But if they can't produce it, other options probably should be taken into account.

"Could you take one of these (Optus Stadium drop-ins) ones over there? Why couldn't you? Stick them on a truck couldn't you?"

Not that it's likely any time soon, given it took five hours to move the Optus Stadium drop-in wickets across the river from the WACA two seasons ago.

"You'd need a pretty handy truck. If they were in two pieces you could potentially do it. But not it one piece," Optus Stadium curator Brett Sipthorpe said.

"And the time it was on the road, the amount of drying that would happen while exposed, you'd need a week or two on it before you could play on it."

With AAP