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The MCG curator Matt Page works on the pitch during an Australia training session

Australia v India, 3rd Test, Melbourne

Inside the MCG's pitch reboot

The need for a rethink at the MCG was clear after a "poor" pitch rating last year. Matt Page, the ground's curator, deconstructs the process and planning behind the changes to the pitch

The first day of the Boxing Day Test had over 88,000 fans in attendance

Australia v England, 4th Test, Melbourne

MCG pitch rated poor by ICC

Australian cricket has been embarrassed by the ICC rating the MCG drop-in pitch for the Boxing Day Ashes Test as "poor" following a dull draw in which only 24 wickets were taken over five days

Largely empty stands at the MCG at the start of the game

Australia v New Zealand, World Cup 2015, final, Melbourne

Size not the only challenge for NZ at MCG

Clever as New Zealand's fans have been in lampooning questions about the size of the MCG with the tag #MCGsobig, it is difficult to find anyone who does not think the ground's vast dimensions will make a difference to the World Cup final on Sunday