15 Dec 2010

WACA pitch a question mark for crucial Ashes test

6:17 am on 15 December 2010

Australia might delay until tomorrow the naming of their final 11 for the pivotal third Ashes cricket test against England in Perth.

The question of how much pace and bounce will be on offer remains open after curator Cameron Sutherland expressed hope but no certainty the pitch would be as fast as others in the series.

Both sides are keen on the idea of sporting conditions, offering Australia the chance to level the series at 1-1, or England an opportunity to seal the Ashes before Christmas.