Graeme Swann and Andrew Strauss get to grips with the MCG strip
Leg-spin great Shane Warne believes Australia will take a 2-1 lead going into the final Test in Sydney in the new year. "Australia will win here [the fourth Test in Melbourne] because they have all the momentum after their win in Perth," he said in his column.
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Former England captain Nasser Hussain believes Australia would be taking a huge risk if they eschew a specialist spinner and play a four-man pace attack in Melbourne. "The MCG 's drop-in pitches can go low and slow as the game develops," he said.
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Former England coach Duncan Fletcher says fast bowler Steven Finn should not be dropped just because he is conceding more runs than any other bowler. "It may cost you 30 or so runs an innings, but as long as Finn is getting wickets - and he has been getting key ones at crucial times - England should not mind paying that price," said the Zimbabwean.
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The Sydney Morning Herald says Australia captain Ricky Ponting "faces the most important net session of his career" on Friday as he "attempts to prove his fitness for a potentially career-defining Boxing Day Test".
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Meanwhile, England's Kevin Pietersen has hit the streets of Melbourne to stock up on his last-minute Christmas presents. "Come on Melbourne! Don't disappoint," he tweets.
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