Barefoot staff were pictured on Thursday night drinking and socialising in a twilight party on the WACA Ground pitch on the eve of the third Test between Australia and India.

Staff were captured by cameras walking and lying on the pitch, with the footage later shown to Indian players and team officials.

But Wood played down fears the pitch could have been damaged by the social event, saying the party had become a tradition since curator Cameron Sutherland joined the Perth venue in the summer of 2005-06.

“It is just a storm in a teacup,” Wood told ABC radio.

“It is just having a little bit of fun and saluting the ground staff and, in particular, Cam Sutherland.

“Cam was there, he was the person lying on the pitch putting the finishing touches to the wicket.

“It will be a magnificent Test wicket.

“There is a three-tonne roller going up and down the wicket. If that doesn’t give you an indication of what (little damage) could have been done (by people walking on it), nothing will.”

Former Western Australia coach Tom Moody also felt the incident had been blown out of proportion, describing it as a “harmless activity”.

The ICC’s Test match playing conditions states that ground staff should ensure the pitch area is roped off to prevent unauthorised access prior to play and also during intervals.

The match referee has the power to deliberate should any cases of dispute over the preparation of the pitch occur.

It’s unsure whether India will make a formal complaint, although ICC president Haroon Lorgat is expected to view the footage.

The pitch had become somewhat of an enigma before the match, with some people even dubbing it the Green Monster or the Incredible Hulk due to its green nature.

But the colour had largely faded by the start of play, although both sides still opted to go in with four-pronged pace attacks due to the expected extra pace and bounce the wicket would offer.