MCA sources: 'Wankhede track will aid spin from day 3'

"No special preparations are being made. The World T20 and Ranji matches have happened here. We have to prepare well for an international match and we have done that," said the source.

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File photo of the Wankhede Stadium.   -  PTI

A Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) ground staff said the pitch for the fourth India versus England Test is expected to assist slow bowlers from the third day.

"The wicket will be normal. It won’t turn on the first day and it might slowly start turning (assisting spin) from day three," the source told PTI on Monday.

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England's 0-2 down in the five-game series after a draw in the series opener in Rajkot and losses in the next two games at Visakhapatnam and Mohali.

The visiting team must win the game here in order to have a chance at squaring the series in Chennai, slated to host the final match from December 16-20.

"No special preparations are being made. The World T20 and Ranji matches have happened here. We have to prepare well for an international match and we have done that."

"We got 20 days to prepare the wicket as a Ranji Trophy game was shifted away from the stadium (to another venue). In our opinion, there will be little bit of bounce.

"We are watering as per the usual procedure. There was a little dew factor that we had to take into consideration and have done watering accordingly. Because of the dew, we watered it less," the source added.

The sources dismissed reports that team management instructed them regarding the preparation of the surface.

Another MCA official said that "it will be good wicket" where one can expect good cricket, adding around 60-65 per cent season tickets are have been sold.