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    WACA curator Page was taken to hospital

    WACA curator Matt Page was taken to hospital on Monday after being bowled over by his own centre square covering.

    The WACA pitch debacle was a big headache for curator Matt Page - literally.

    Page was taken to hospital with concussion on Monday after being wiped out by his own pitch coverings during the recently-concluded Ashes Test in Perth.

    In video footage that has since gone viral, Page was standing to the side of the wicket when a big gust of wind blew away the huge centre square covering.

    As it became air-borne, Page took a step towards it in a bid to stop it from blowing away.

    But he instantly realised he was no match for the giant tarpaulin, and was violently bowled over by it.

    England captain Joe Root was also near the pitch at the time, and hid behind burly umpire Paul Wilson to avoid being cleaned up.

    WACA chief executive Christina Matthews revealed Page had to be taken to hospital later that day.

    "He's home now, but he suffered concussion. So that gives you an indication of how ferocious the winds were," Matthews told ABC radio on Tuesday.

    "He's OK. He was in hospital for a few hours yesterday afternoon.

    "It was a bit of a shock for us all."

    The ground staff have been criticised for allowing water to get into the pitch.

    Play was delayed by three hours on the final day as they tried to dry out wet patches on the pitch with leaf blowers.

    Matthews will investigate whether anything more could have been done to avoid the wet patches, but she denied there had been a split in the coverings.

    "There was actually no seeping," Matthews said.

    "The problem occurred on Sunday afternoon with the torrential rain and winds that we had.

    "Some of the water from the covers spilt onto the hessian, which created a wet patch on the hessian.

    "Overnight, it sweated quite a bit and the sweat had nowhere to go, because the hessian was already wet.

    "So that created the wet patches on the wicket."

    Page revealed last month that he will quit the WACA after the third Ashes Test in order to take up the head curator's role at the MCG.


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