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Australian captain Michael Clarke has dismissed Indian accusations of doctoring pitches to ensure the tourists' downfall.

"The pitches have been the same in Australia for the last two years," Clarke told reporters in Adelaide on Monday.

"In my opinion, it's very hard to doctor the wicket when you're playing against very good opposition.

"It's about preparing a pitch and then both teams playing on it.

"That will be no different when we go to India.

"I think it has been the same in Australia for a while now. The last couple of years, I have seen a little bit more grass on the pitches."

Indian opener Gautam Gambhir on Sunday said Australia had prepared green-top pitches tailored to suit their pace bowling strength.

"We're beginning to realise that when we go overseas, every country prepares wickets according to their own strengths," Gambhir said ahead of the fourth Test starting on Tuesday at Adelaide Oval.

"We have seen in the last three Test matches and even in England that there was a lot of grass and that helped the seamers.

"So once these people come to India, I think that we should not be hesitant in making turners.

"That is when we will get to know whether they're mentally strong."

But Clarke rejected the theory, noting a wider worldwide trend of juicier pitches.

"They were exactly the same against England - they were pretty similar in South Africa as well," Clarke said.

"So that is part of being an international sportsman - you travel the world and play in completely different conditions.

"I have played a number of times in India when the ball has spun so that will be no different next time we go there, I'm sure."


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