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No repeat of tour game pitch: SCG curator

SCG curator Justin Groves says the pitch for the fourth Test will be different to the batsman-friendly one produced for India's tour game a month ago.

No repeat of tour game pitch: SCG curator

SCG curator Justin Groves says the pitch for the fourth Test will be different to the batsman-friendly one produced for India's tour game a month ago.

India started their Test tour of Australia on a batsman's paradise at the SCG but curator Justin Groves insists there will be no repeat this week.

A total of 1,113 runs were scored across three days of India's tour game at the iconic venue a month ago.


An inexperienced Cricket Australia XI compiled a total of 544 from 151.1 overs in that clash, frustrating the tourists on a flat pitch.

"We've had a bit more preparation time for our pitch here. Also the weather is a lot different too," Groves told reporters.

"We had a fair bit of rain leading into that tour match, and even during the tour match.

"We're now hotter, a bit more humid and our weather is really good for the five days. It's going to be a lot different to what it was for the tour match."

Groves suggested the strip for the fourth Test between Australia and India will offer few surprises.

"A green tinge on days one and two ... turning late in the game and a bit more unpredictable as the game wears on," he said.

"We're really happy with it.

"We do have some hot days coming up, so we've got enough moisture in our pitch to make it last five days and produce an even contest."

The fourth Test is the only match in this series that won't feature a drop-in pitch, and comes after decks in Perth and Melbourne were graded average by the match referee.

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