Australia backing in Aaron Finch to open in Second Test in Perth

Ross Houston
December 14, 2018

The Indian pace trio Bumrah, Sharma, Shami played a vital role in the first Test at Adelaide, claiming 14 of the 20 wickets amongst themselves.

India lined up with four pacemen at the WACA Test in 2012 which Australia won by an innings and 37 runs.

India could, for only the third time in their history, go into a Test match without a specialist spinner.

The 2nd Test between India and Australia will be played at the New Perth Stadium in Perth.

But some wayward spells and a lack of aggression raised eyebrows among a batch of former Australian players, including Mitchell Johnson who criticised Starc for a lack of intent.

A fiery surface with cracks so wide you could insert a whole finger, or lose a key, the WACA ground offered visiting batsmen their sternest test even if its liveliest days had been left in the past.

But he ended up with five wickets for the match and captain Tim Paine said Australia never considered dropping Starc.

The domestic game was as a dry-run for this maiden Test.

Alyssa Healy has sent down a second jab at critics of husband Mitchell Starc as the Australian paceman faces more barbs from Shane Warne.

However, Vaughan, who is in Australia as a commentator, feels that a green pitch may not be the best idea considering the quality of the fast bowlers India possess.

Hanuma Vihari is the likely like-for-like replacement for the sixth batsman, Rohit.

Ashwin and Rohit have joined 19-year-old opener Prithvi Shaw, who is "recovering well" from a left ankle injury, on the sidelines.

"Time will tell what the wicket brings..."

So far in 2018, India's fast bowlers have a combined strike rate of 47.3 in Test cricket - their best-ever in a calendar year.

Outwitted by R Ashwin and Mohammed Shami in the two innings, Harris said he is working on his plans to tackle the Indian bowlers at the Perth Test beginning on Friday. "The message was clear - I needed more runs", he added.

"I went and watched a bit of the NSW versus WA game - there was certainly some pace and bounce there".

"We are definitely confident of the percentage of chances we have and we want to build on that", said Kohli at a pre-match press conference before the injury problems were announced. "We understand that we do have a bowling attack which can bowl the opposition out as much as they are convinced about their attack", he said.

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