SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 06: Usman Khawaja of Australia celebrates his century during day two of the Fourth Test Match in the Ashes series between Australia and England at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 06, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

With a 2-0 series lead over South Africa, Australia can seal a maiden appearance in the World Test Championship final if they complete a series whitewash this week in Sydney.

With the SCG pitch predicted to be similar to Indian wickets, the clash is also serving as a great opportunity to prepare Australia for a tough series in India - a place where Australia has succeeded just once in over 50 years.

The conditions are tipped to be dry and spinning with both sides opting for two spinners. The pitch will indicate how Australia could tackle the Indian conditions.

"It's a huge connection to India," Australia's captain Pat Cummins told reporters on Tuesday.

"Fast bowling and reverse swing is going to come into it, which we can expect in India.

"Probably get more spin overs here, our batters are probably going to face more spin here as well, so it's a really good connection.

"Even personally, captaining here might be a little different to the last few Test matches."

The World Test Championship leaders are Australia with 10 wins in 14 games with India in second with eight wins. Both sides are likely to to face off for the second-ever WTC final at The Oval in England during June.

The previous edition saw New Zealand win against India who qualified over Australia due to Australia being penalised for slow over-rates.

Australia lost four points for being two overs behind in the 2020 Boxing Day Test. Captain Pat Cummins wants to make sure that doesn't happen again and sees the WTC title as a huge incentive.

"It was still a new concept so even things like overs rates – it wasn't really spoken about as importantly as perhaps what we think about it now," he said.

"Every point is vital. (Now there is) lots of communication with the umpires, they are always keeping us abreast of where we are.

"I think we got down to nine minutes down at one stage (in a recent Test) so we just made sure we had Trav Head or 'Smithy' (Steve Smith, two part-time spin bowlers) as an option and we got back basically within a couple of overs.

"Having just missed out on the World Test Championship final last cycle, that was always going to be a big goal.

"I think we've been playing fantastically, we've put ourselves in that position to earn that spot early which is a huge driver for us.

"It's always exciting going to England and playing an Ashes series, but adding in a World Test Championship final is huge.