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India to face fastest pitch in the world at WACA

India are likely to be up against a four-pronged Australian pace attack in the third Test at Perth's WACA ground, which has returned to being the fastest pitch in the world.

cricket Updated: Jan 10, 2008 17:45 IST

India are likely to be up against a four-pronged Australian pace attack in the third Test at Perth's WACA ground, which has returned to being the fastest pitch in the world.

"From what we have seen so far and the reports from (curator) Cam Sutherland, it is certainly getting back towards what it used to be like," fast bowling legend Dennis Lillee, also the Western Australia Cricket Association president, said.

Left-arm chinaman bowler Brad Hogg, who played in the first two Tests, faces charges of verbally abusing Indian captain Anil Kumble and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

The charge carries a ban of two to four Tests which could make the spinner ineligible for the third Test, to be played on his home ground.

The selectors are expected to consider unleashing Shaun Tait as part of a four-man pace attack in Perth as the conditions suit pace over spin, 'The Age' reported on Thursday.

"I wouldn't tell (the selectors) what to do. All I know is it should be fast and bouncy, and certainly a whole lot better than what we have had for a long time there now," WACA chief executive Graeme Wood said.

Perth was the scene of Australia's most recent draw, in December 2005, on a low, slow pitch that moved former swing bowler Terry Alderman to call for authorities to "dig the thing up".