SYDNEY _ SCG curator Tom Parker is more concerned about preparing a pitch that is fair to both sides than one that assists Australia’s rampant pace attack against India in the 100th cricket Test to be played at the famous ground.
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With injury-prone spearhead Ryan Harris available again, captain Michael Clarke suggested he might consider a rare four-pronged pace attack for the SCG Test against India starting on Tuesday, 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, offering movement and bounce and favouring the quicker bowlers.

“I just go about preparing a pitch that’s fair and just for both sides,” Parker said.

“I think it will be somewhat similar to the Ashes pitch we had last season.”

Slow bowlers captured just three out of 30 wickets in last summer’s Ashes Test at the SCG.

While regarded as a spinner’s wicket a few years back, statistics of recent times have suggested pace has probably had a more profound influence on the outcome of SCG games.

Spinners have taken just 12 of 57 Shield wickets at the SCG this season.

Parker acknowledged the SCG wickets were just as likely to help the quicks as the spinners.

“It depends on the conditions of the day,” Parker said.

“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.

“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.”

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