Plenty of bounce in WACA pitch: Curator

Perth: The WACA Ground`s curator says Australia and India can expect plenty of bounce from the pitch when the third Test begins in Perth on Friday.

Cameron Sutherland said on Sunday he believes the wicket will play similarly to last year`s Ashes Test, when pacers Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris shared 18 wickets against England in a 267-run win by Australia.

Those conditions may lead Australia to opt for a four-man pace attack and leave out spinner Nathan Lyon, who made little impact in the first two Tests.

Harris and towering pacer Mitchell Starc have been called into the squad, covering the loss of James Pattinson to a foot injury.

India star batsman Sachin Tendulkar is still seeking his record 100th international century, having been on 99 since March. Tendulkar is the only Indian batsman to have scored a Test century at the WACA, although it`s not a venue the visitors have played at in recent tours.

Australia coach Mickey Arthur expects India will have problems with the conditions in Perth.

"Certainly in the first innings, they didn`t look comfortable," Arthur said of the Sydney Test. "They looked comfortable in the second innings ... (but) this is a wicket (Sydney), and Adelaide, that most resembles the subcontinent.

"The WACA is going to be totally different. There`ll be a lot of pace, a lot of bounce. It`ll be interesting to see how they go there."

India are expected to make a change to its batting line-up, with Rohit Sharma in line to make his Test debut and replace the struggling Virat Kohli in the middle order.

"Rohit`s had his challenges on wickets that bounce," Arthur said.

"He`s going to go into a furnace at the WACA because there is going to be bounce there. If he gets the nod, it`ll be very interesting."

Bureau Report

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