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I want a fair pitch in Perth: Clarke
Ben Horne
21:20 AEST Mon Nov 26 2012

Australian captain Michael Clarke has taken a pointed swipe at WACA groundstaff, desperate for the world No.1 ranking to not be decided by the coin toss.

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 groundsman 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," Clarke said.

"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."


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