How Peter Kazakoff is turning this footy field in Mackay into a pitch fit for international cricket

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Peter Kazakoff and his team are turning this sporting field in Mackay into a pitch for one-day international cricket. The curator says there's more to preparing an oval than just mowing.
A freshly mowed lawn can be the envy of a neighbourhood, but imagine having some of the world's best cricketers test out your turf.

On his first day on the job as curator of a large regional sporting facility, Peter Kazakoff had the added pressure of making sure the grass could handle three top-level matches.

"There's a lot of pressure, but I try and use it to my advantage, it gives you motivation," he said.

"It's a skill level I really enjoy."

Peter Kazakoff says the pitch in Mackay is heavy clay soil and very similar to what he's used to working with at the Gabba. ( ABC Tropical North: Melissa Maddison

Mr Kazakoff, who's previously worked at the Gabba in Brisbane, has had just a three weeks to turn his new home turf in Mackay from an AFL field into an international standard cricket pitch.

"It's definitely a challenge, and there's more to it than just mowing.

"You've got to make sure it's the right level and then…
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