Fresh fears over unstable turf have prompted Hobart Hurricanes players to practise different sliding techniques in a bid to avoid injury while fielding at Marvel Stadium.
The maligned playing surface at the AFL-owned Docklands venue was labelled "horrendous" by Melbourne Stars batsman Nick Larkin after he left a large divot at deep mid-wicket on Wednesday night.
The incident in the outfield occurred after ground staff had to replace patches of grass that were causing problems for Perth Scorchers and Brisbane Heat bowlers at either end of the centre wicket the previous evening.
Hurricanes batsman Peter Handscomb said the issues had been raised during his team's planning for the crunch meeting with the Scorchers on Friday night.
The match could have huge ramifications for both teams' finals chances in a tight finish to the regular season.
"We've definitely taken note of the surface at Marvel," Handscomb said.
"We'll have a focus on trying to slide on your hip rather than your knees because it looks like you can dig your knees in and it can be a bit nasty.
"Obviously it's not great when you see people digging knees in and we've seen what damage that can do to players.
"Player welfare is huge but we've got to play these games and Marvel Stadium is still a great stadium.
"It's just more about managing your way around the ground and how you move and how you dive."
Larkin sent a portion of grass and dirt flying when he attempted to slide along the ground and prevent a boundary in the Stars' defeat to the Renegades on Wednesday night.
His knee dug into the ground, causing a misfield as the ball reached the rope but fortunately Larkin was unharmed.
"The ground's horrendous," he said post-match.
"It's soft, so you've got to be a bit more careful than that.
"I probably should have known better, but in the moment you try to make the play.
"I just went straight through the surface. It's pretty spongy."
Larkin has genuine fears there will be further issues as Marvel Stadium hosts two more games this week in the run towards the finals.
"You'll probably see a bit more of that if there's more games here," he said.
"I'm still standing, but maybe a heavier guy does a bit more damage to himself.
"I guess it's safe enough, but it's not ideal."
Australian Associated Press