Hopes of hosting an Ashes Test cricket match at Australia’s new Perth Stadium later this year have been given a major boost after it was confirmed that drop-in pitches for the venue have been completed.
According to ABC, five drop-in pitches have been curated at Gloucester Park racecourse and will be transported to the Burswood site this week.
The pitches, which have been prepared using the same soil profile and grass as the WACA Ground, will be stored in a nursery at the under-construction 60,000-capacity Perth Stadium and dropped into the wicket footings as required.
Perth Stadium is scheduled to host an Ashes Test between Australia and England in December, despite management working to an official opening date of March next year.
The venue is currently 78 per cent complete, with the playing surface due to be laid in June.
Last month it was suggested the Perth stadium would not be ready in time for Australia’s game with England due to delays in the construction of a pedestrian footbridge at the site.