Cricket wicket testing
Drop-in wickets have been used in Australian stadia since 1996 and are currently in use at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Spotless Stadium (Sydney), Etihad Stadium (Melbourne) and Adelaide Oval.
Since August 2014, Perth Stadium has been working with representatives from the WACA, Cricket Australia and the Perth Stadium construction contractor, Multiplex, on the design of the playing surface and the drop-in cricket wickets.
A prototype drop-in tray and wicket has been developed with the same soil profile and grass as the current WACA ground wicket. This prototype was tested by State Cricket players under match conditions and closely monitored by expert curators and consultants from Cricket Australia and the WACA.
Following the successful completion of the testing phase, five drop-in cricket wickets are now being produced and the footings will be installed in the Stadium pitch in early 2017. The wickets will be stored in the nursery located next to the outdoor practice wickets on the northern side of Perth Stadium.
September 2015 - February 2016
- Installation of tray and turf soil.
- Preparation of the wicket for first testing phase.
February - March 2016
- Prepare drop-in wicket to meet the necessary requirements for a Test Match and One Day International match.
- Test and monitor pitch performance by replicating conditions for both a Test Match and a One Day International match.
- Installation of the wicket footings on the Perth Stadium pitch.