The pitches in this series have been criticised for being uninspiring and somewhat dangerous with uneven bounce so it will be interesting to see how this one plays after the Test last year against India.
The first Test was a fantastic match with very little to choose between the two teams and this match promises to be something similar. The pitch is expected to be a little slower than Centurion so the batsmen may find it a little easier even if scoring may not necessarily be any quicker.
The toss has been absolutely fundamental in the first three test matches and it will likely be the same here with the preference to bat first in hot temperatures. Both teams will want to avoid spending a long time in the field early in the match and batting fourth so the toss remains key once again.
The first match looked to be a formality when New Zealand hit such a big first innings total but credit to Sri Lanka for showing incredible fight. They dug in better than they did in the entire home series against England and deserved the draw ultimately.
After two highly entertaining Test matches, this series could not be more finely poised coming into the Boxing Day Test at the MCG. India are likely to make of couple of changes to their batting line-up which arguably suggests they are less comfortable with how their team is shaping up right now.
The first Test was highly entertaining and even though it looked like India had the clear edge and would run away with it, the Aussies kept battling the whole way and came close to pulling off an impressive win. Much will depend on how this pitch plays and if the Aussie bowlers can click into gear.
These two nations are coming off recent Test series but there was a stark contrast in the results and performances. Sri Lanka were dominated by England on home soil and it was only really the favourable conditions for spinners that made them remotely competitive.