No pressure from Sheffield Shield finalists: Manuka Oval curator Brad Van Dam

Manuka Oval curator Brad Van Dam says he hasn't been pressured from either NSW or Western Australia to prepare the pitch a certain way for this week's Sheffield Shield final in Canberra.

NSW captain Steve Smith said after last week's three-wicket win against WA he hoped it would be flatter for the decider starting on Friday.

Meanwhile, WA coach Justin Langer has warned his NSW counterpart Trevor Bayliss from directing Van Dam to produce a batting paradise, given a draw means the Blues secure the Shield.

"I've had no correspondence with either coach,'' Van Dam said. "I had a chat to them at the end of the match, and they saw the process of how the pitch was progressing during the Shield match.

"Hopefully it will be as close to the pitch they just played on.''

Van Dam predicts the pitch will be a little bit drier than the one used last week and that spinners will again be a factor in the second innings.

He believes there will be more runs in the first innings, after WA made just 82 and NSW replied with 186.

"Definitely, in the first couple of innings, there will be a bit more in it for the batsmen, but, in saying that, the first innings of the last Shield match was a bowler's domain,'' Van Dam said.

"For me there's actually more pressure [than preparing the pitch for last year's one-day international between Australia and the West Indies].

"You don't get the opportunity to do four or five-day pitches, so this is a big challenge.''

The story No pressure from Sheffield Shield finalists: Manuka Oval curator Brad Van Dam first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.

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