Australia v India: second Test, first day

Given the nature of the pitch it seemed a competitive total by the Australians

Given the nature of the pitch it seemed a competitive total by the Australians

They won the first of the four-match Test series by 31 runs in Adelaide and will be now looking to seal the series when the second Test begins at Perth on December 14.

Ashwin took six wickets in the first Test, while Sharma hit scores of 37 and one. On Friday, though, when the city hosts India for the second Test of the four-match series, the venue will not be the same.

But Paine says Starc will be licking his licks in anticipation of bowling on a bouncy Perth pitch from Friday in the second Test.

After a dominant first innings from the Australian bowlers - with only Cheteshwar Pujara (123) putting up a fight against the Aussie quicks - India were all out for 250 even with the first ball of the second day.

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. Brett Sipthorpe, the curator, hoped that the conditions during the Test would match what was served up in that game.

Shane Warne said ahead of the series he believed this Indian pace unit was one of the best the country has ever assembled - and he was right. Captain Virat Kohli has already said that this excites him and his bowlers, and now the batsmen will have to step up and be counted.

Skipper Tim Paine rubbished suggestions Australia might have considered dropping Starc in Perth.

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. But, just in case plenty of grass is taken off the surface come match morning, India left themselves with the option of playing Ravindra Jadeja as a specialist spinner.

Ashwin is receiving treatment for a left-sided abdominal strain, while Sharma jarred his back while fielding in Adelaide, the Board of Control for Cricket in India said. But this was before the final shave and while there is a promise of pace and bounce, only time will tell how the wicket actually behaves.

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