Paine defends Finch, Starc in unchanged Test team

Ravi Ashwin will miss the second Test in Perth

Australia vs India 2018, 2nd Test Perth: It will be a good toss to lose, said Australian captain Tim Paine on eve of the second Test against India, considering the grassy nature of the pitch and extremely hot weather. "He too is ruled out of the second Test", read a statement from the BCCI.

Now two questions arise: Where did Ashwin sustain the injury and how serious is the injury? "We understand that we do have a bowling attack which can bowl the opposition out as much as they are convinced about their attack".

The absence of the suspended Steve Smith and David Warner was exposed in Adelaide, where Australia made modest scores of 235 and 291 against a disciplined Indian attack as Shaun Marsh and Travis Head were the only home batsmen to hit fifties.

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Following a thorough survey of the players involved, the surface has deemed a success and suitable for Test match cricket. That could really get (Starc) alive and going.

"So why on earth was he not playing Shield games, or grade cricket, or any cricket leading up to the Test to get that rhythm?"

"I remember coming to Test matches here all the time. they're great memories", Harris said. "We're pretty much aiming for the exact same moisture content, and we're hoping for the exact same pace and bounce". "All I would say to him is he's just got to have that belief in himself and get involved in the game and I guess have that presence", Johnson added. Trent Copeland, the New South Wales medium-fast bowler, who analyses the game for various media outlets recently wrote that the Perth Stadium pitch was nearly identical to the old one at the WACA. "We haven't been asked about duration at all". We have to work hard for another victory. I don't know what's happened in the past, I've heard lots of rumours about commercial pressures and that sort of stuff but I've had no correspondence about that. 'More excited than nervous'The Test will be the first at the new 60,000-capacity Perth Stadium, whose wicket is likely to be fast and bouncy like the old WACA, just over the Swan River.

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Australia's woes extend to spearhead Mitchell Starc, who has been under the microscope having taken just 12 wickets in his past five tests, and his major control issues in India's second innings would not have improved his confidence.

"One thing I know about Starcy is when he cop a bit of criticism, normally he takes it pretty personally and that sometimes gets the best out of him".

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