Sydney: Australia captain Michael Clarke says he's never seen more grass on a Sydney Cricket Ground pitch and predicts it will suit a pace bowling attack as the home side attempts to complete a 5-0 Ashes sweep over England.
The state of the wicket could see fast-bowling all-rounder James Faulkner included for the Test beginning Friday, possibly to replace middle-order batsman George Bailey. It would be Australia's first change to the starting XI in the series.
If Australia doesn't make any changes, it would be just the fourth team to do that in a five-Test series. Only England against Australia in 1884-85, South Africa against England in 1905-06 and the West Indies against Australia in 1991 were able to retain the same starting lineup in a five-Test series.