ONE look at the Manuka Oval pitch and some inside knowledge from Brad Haddin has convinced Michael Clarke the winless West Indies are going to be difficult to contain on the flat surface.
In stark contrast to the prodigious bounce and swing that brought the Windies undone at the WACA Ground, the ideal batting conditions in Canberra are sure to deliver another run feast for the Australian team's inaugural visit to the national capital.
Wednesday's one-day international is 100 years in the making, but the Windies are desperate to crash the party in front of the sold-out 11,000 strong crowd and keep the best-of-five series alive after consecutive losses.
Clarke arrived in Canberra on Tuesday to be greeted by a pitch that generated more than 600 runs in last week's Prime Minister's XI game.
The Windies ended up on the wrong side of the ledger despite scoring more than 300.
Clarke consulted Haddin, who played in the game and learnt his trade in Canberra.
''Hadds obviously knows these conditions really well and I think I learnt a lot just looking at it today,'' Clarke said. ''It probably suits batting a little bit more.
''When you don't have to worry about as much pace and bounce in the wicket it allows you to play [with more freedom] at the start of your innings.''
Promoters will be praying the tourists can put up a better effort than what they produced in their back-to-back losses in Perth.
Another victory to the hosts will deliver Australia an unassailable 3-0 series lead and suck all life out of the remaining two games.
Big guns Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard have yet to fire in the series for the Windies, scoring just eight runs and one run respectively in the opening two games.
''As we've seen with the West Indies team, they've got a lot of talent and we've seen that in patches this series,'' Clarke said.
''So far we've managed to keep their big players pretty quiet, which is going to be important again tomorrow for us to have success. But we know if the likes of Gayle and Pollard get in, they're very hard to stop.''
With the exception of injured opener David Warner, Australia have named a full-strength 13-man squad including all-rounder Shane Watson, who will return to the international arena for the first time since breaking down with a calf injury while bowling in the Boxing Day Test.
Watson will be restricted to batting, but Clarke is hopeful it's only a temporary change.
''I would really like Shane to be an all-rounder, it's been his greatest asset to our team,'' Watson said.
''When he's at the top of his game with the bat and he's not bowling, he's still in our best six batters in all three forms of the game, but he needs to be at the top of his game.
''Everyone including Shane hopes that if he gets back into his batting and he's scoring runs, he can slowly get back in his bowling as well. I'd love to see him as an all-rounder because he's one of the best all-rounders in the world.''