WACA curator Cameron Sutherland defended the actions of his ground staff, who were filmed drinking and lying on the pitch here Thursday ahead of the third Test between India and Australia.
Sutherland described the incident as unfortunate and said that his ground staff have been made to look like unprofessionals in the video shot by an Indian TV. A dozen ground staff were seen enjoying their drink on the WACA track on the eve of the match. "I was the one that removed covers. I was out doing the work initially and a couple of my staff came out and joined me. We were the ones that were lying on the pitch and that seems to be the issue. Well, yeah, we were working on it," Sutherland told ABC Radio.
Sutherland said the ground staff were present at the pitch till late Thursday night to make sure that the track was fine. "We thought there would be no one there and hard-working staff work behind the scenes in the offices who are obviously females and don't get out to the wicket, probably don't understand the Test wicket but they love the night before to go out and say, geez, well done boys."