Surrey chief executive Paul Sheldon insists there will be no 'cooking the books' when it comes to producing a pitch for the Ashes decider at The Oval.

England must win to regain the Ashes urn in south London next week, but Sheldon says Oval groundsman Bill Gordon will not be under ECB instructions to create a 'result' pitch.

"Bill is left to get on with his job and we do it the same way each time," Sheldon told the Daily Mail.

"If we start fiddling around or trying to make it spin more or seam more, it won't work.

"There will be no cooking the books just to produce something to England's advantage. The pitch will be a very fast, bouncy wicket with an even covering of grass."

"There will be a bit of life in it early on and it should spin a bit towards the end. But it will essentially be a batting wicket. Games often go to five days here, but you tend to have a result."

Only four of the 18 Tests at the ground since 19991 have ended in a draw, although one of those was in 2005 when England held off Australia to win the series 2-1.