Michael Clarke urges curator to prepare ‘fair pitch’ for Perth finale

Sydney: Australian captain Michael Clarke has urged the Western Australia Cricket Association (WACA) ground staff to prepare a fair pitch for the final Test match against South Africa in Perth.

So concerned was Clarke after he played a Shield match for NSW in Perth two months ago, he told curator Cameron Sutherland he expected fairer batting conditions for the third Test starting on Friday.

Clarke won the toss and sent Western Australia in on a volatile wicket in September, and the Blues had the game comfortably won within three days.

Australia must win the third Test to usurp South Africa at the top of the Test rankings, and Clarke wants a fair fight.

“I hope so. I spoke to the grounds man when we played the game for NSW and made it very clear I was disappointed that a four day Shield game only just lasted (three) days,” a leading Australian daily quoted Clarke, as saying.

“I`m hoping for a wicket that`s good for batting but also bowling - a fair contest. I think we`ve seen that in Brisbane, we`ve seen that here (in Adelaide), two very tough battles. I`d like to hope a toss of the coin doesn`t dictate who wins this third Test match,” he added.