Sydney: Australia batting star Glenn Maxwell wants the Sydney Cricket Ground to be mean and green for Thursday`s World Cup semi-final against India despite the pitch`s reputation as a spinners` paradise.
Maxwell believes home field advantage could be key as the co-hosts look to end the defending champions` seven-match winning streak at the tournament, an impressive run which has seen them bowl out the opposition in every match.
"Hopefully we get a fast one (pitch). It has been a pretty good wicket this year and hopefully there is a bit of grass there as well," said Maxwell, who is desperate for a track which will play into the hands of an attack which boasts fast bowlers Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Johnson and Josh Hazlewood.
India have a woeful record at the SCG where they have triumphed just once in 14 ODIs against Australia -- with their only win coming back in 2008.
"They haven`t won a game against us all summer, hopefully we can make the most of that," said Maxwell in reference to Australia`s dominance in the Test and ODI series which preceded the World Cup.
"Hopefully that is pretty clear in their memories. We`ve been dominant all summer in the ODI format. Hopefully we can continue that."