Sydney Cricket Ground pitch to assist both India, Oz: Curator

Sydney: Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) curator Tom Parker has said he wants to prepare a pitch that helps both teams rather than assisting the home team for the forthcoming 100th cricket Test at the stadium.

"I just go about preparing a pitch that`s fair and just for both sides. I think it will be somewhat similar to the Ashes pitch we had last season," a leading daily quoted Tom Parker, as saying.

Parker admitted that the SCG wickets would help both pacemen and spinners.

"It depends on the conditions of the day. If you get overcast conditions, the ball does swing around, move around through in the air a bit. But as the game goes on, the pitch here at the SCG, it always turns at some stage,” Parker said.

“I think the first couple of days of the Test it`s clear and then from day three there`s supposed to be some showers coming, but at this stage we`re looking at a nice clear run," he added.

Australian captain Michael Clarke has suggested that he might opt for four pace bowlers for the SCG Test against India, if the conditions were suitable.

The first three Tests of the Australian season have produced outright results on what have been widely regarded as lively wickets, which helped favouring pace bowlers.

Recent statistics have suggested that pace has a more profound influence on the SCG games, though it was widely believed to be spinner- friendly in the past.


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