Two years after a pay dispute produced the most bitter of infighting, Australian cricket has rallied together in opposition to an AFL push for drop-in pitches at the SCG.
The SCG Trust, at the behest of the AFL, has formed a committee to consider drop-in pitches at the venue which has hosted Test cricket since 1882.
AFL club Sydney has long campaigned for the traditional pitch area at the historic ground to change but league boss Gillon McLachlan has now taken up the fight on behalf of the ground's tenants.
Cricket NSW (CNSW) has released sections of its submission to the Trust's committee, detailing fears that drop-in decks will result in "boring" contests that affect crowds but also the development of future players.
The Trust has not provided any timeframe for a decision, with CNSW chief executive Lee Germon hoping he will be given a chance to speak to the committee soon.
"We know we've got the support of the Australian cricket team. Justin Langer and Tim Paine have certainly supported our position on this," Germon told AAP.
"Cricket Australia support us. The Australian Cricketers' Association supports our stance. The fact it has unified the cricket community, it shows that this is the right thing to do. It illustrates we're on the right side of the argument.
"We asked for the rationale of the Swans. There was nothing new in what we were provided with - it'd present the ground in better condition and we can play earlier in the season.
"I'm confident the Trust won't go down the path of drop-in pitches if they go through the process, weigh it all up and see the risk of the SCG losing its premier status as a cricket ground."
Germon, who sits on a Moore Park precinct group with Swans counterpart Tom Harley, insists there is no ill will between their organisations.
"I had a meeting with Tom last week. The Swans are pushing for what they want, my perspective is we're fighting for what is right," he said.
CNSW referenced the MCG's dull surface, which became a global embarrassment when rated poor after the most recent Ashes Test in Melbourne, in its submission.
Proponents of drop-in technology point to Adelaide Oval as proof it can work but Germon suggested that is simplistic logic that overlooks how the change has affected spin bowling at the venue.
"Sydney and Brisbane are two of the best grounds for spinners and they're the only two natural wickets remaining," Germon said.
"Natural pitches form such a vital part of preparing the best possible international cricketers.
"If we go to lifeless drop-in pitches throughout the country, we'll produce an international team that is used to that."
Australian Associated Press