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Remember The Telstra Dome ?
« on: January 15, 2006, 02:18:42 AM »

Well, here is an article talking abt the problems the organizers encountered during the Sl-Aus game, trying to maneouvre between closing and opening the dome roof



Roof becomes a tactic in farce at the dome

TELSTRA Dome's debut as an open-air cricket venue threatened to dissolve into farce last night, with the roof opened, closed and opened again in a night of confusion caused by a massive shadow across the ground.
Sri Lankan coach Tom Moody initially asked that the roof be closed for the second part of Australia's innings, which it was.

But the sun was allowed to shine again for the start of the tourists' innings, after he insisted that Australia be forced to field in the same conditions as the Sri Lankans had for most of their time, with an open roof.

Following talks with Cricket Australia, Cricket Victoria and the Australian Cricketers Association, the stadium originally had planned to keep the roof open for last night's tri-series opener between Australia and Sri Lanka, with one side of the roof to be closed late in the afternoon to ensure shade did not creep over the wicket, which runs north-south. All previous one-day internationals had been played with the roof closed because of the problem with a shadow crossing the pitch in the afternoon.

However, shutting only the western side of the roof made it possible for the shadow to "jump" the pitch during an afternoon drinks break so play could go on unaffected.

But not long after the western side of the roof was closed yesterday about 4.40pm, the Sri Lankans, who had two fielders positioned in the sun on the city side of the ground, requested the roof be closed.

While batsmen appeared to be unaffected, the shadow, which has been troublesome in AFL games, caused vision problems for the fielders.

The decision to close the roof was made in conjunction with both teams and umpires Simon Taufel and Mark Benson. The roof was closed completely by 5.18pm, during the 41st over of the Australians' innings.
Organisers then planned to open the roof for Sri Lanka's innings until match referee Jeff Crowe ruled the roof would be closed for the rest of the match so as not to alter the playing conditions again. But then the Sri Lankans intervened again, causing the roof to be flung open once more.

Australian captain Ricky Ponting said Telstra Dome could work as an open-air venue, saying the original plan was a good one. "It doesn't need to be fully closed at any stage," he said. "I think looking at it tonight, what we did in the second drinks break, by partially closing the roof to get the shadow across (the pitch), I think it should stay like that until the end of the innings."

But he conceded the sun glare that had troubled the Lankans had also been "a bit of an issue" for his fielders at the start of the second innings.

Sri Lankan captain Marvan Atapattu said his players had trouble seeing from the shadow in the pavilion side. He said they wanted the roof reopened for their innings because that was what had been decided in a meeting with the match referee before the game.

Atapattu also complained about the soft surface of the ground, which Australia dealt with by wearing football boots.
Telstra Dome will host two more cricket matches this summer, with Australia to take on South Africa there next Friday and on February 3.

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