The third Test starting in Perth on Friday could be the second last Ashes clash played on the WACA Ground pitch after Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron's predicted yesterday that future major matches would be played at the new 60,000-seat Burswood stadium.
Mr Waldron's prediction, made on a makeshift dirt pitch set up at the stadium construction site for a photo opportunity with Test player George Bailey, is the strongest message yet from the State Government that it wants major cricket Tests at the new stadium.
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Mr Waldron, who was an outstanding country cricketer, stressed that Cricket Australia and the WA Cricket Association would decide the venue for Test matches in Perth.
But he felt that once WA fans had experienced the new stadium with its better facilities, they would expect big games there.
"The WACA is the home of cricket in Western Australia and will continue to be the home of cricket in Western Australia," he said.
"The construction of this stadium with the ability to play cricket here, gives them flexibility to hold big matches here, the bigger Tests, one-day internationals, World Cup matches, Twenty20 competition."
Mr Waldron predicted improved technology would narrow the gap between the bouncy WACA wicket and a drop-in pitch that could be put in at the stadium after it was completed in 2018.
Bailey, part of a successful Australian second Test team on a new drop-in wicket in Adelaide, said that pitch had "played fine".
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