Tim Paine warns India ahead of 2nd Test: Heard Perth pitch will be really fast

first_imgIndia have clinched an unprecedented 1-0 lead against Australia in the ongoing four-Test series and the pressure is on Tim Paine’s hosts to make sure the top-ranked visitors don’t run away with an unassailable lead in the second Test, starting December 14.However, captain Paine and former captain, Ricky Ponting believe the struggling Australians have a good chance of putting the pressure back on India at Perth’s new Optus Stadium, which is all set to host its first Test match.The two teams will not be playing at WACA stadium, which was known to offer some of the fastest tracks in the history of the sport. More often than not, Australian pacers had wreaked havoc on visiting teams at the iconic venue.However, there is a bit of uncertainty over whether the drop-in wicket at the Perth Stadium can match the WACA in terms of the pace and bounce.As it turns out, Paine has insisted that Virat Kohli’s Team India will be welcomed with a “really fast” wicket at the new venue.The Australian captain also backed Mitchell Starc, saying the under-fire paceman will be a handful during the second Test. Starc picked up five wickets against India during their 31-run defeat in Adelaide but the left-arm pacer looked far from impressive.”When Starcy’s on song, there is no better bowler in the world, particularly with the new ball. In Perth, the conditions will suit him down to the ground … from what I am hearing, the wicket is going to be really fast so he’ll be a handful,” Paine told”He didn’t set the world on fire but I think, for a long time, there’s been a really big gap between Starcy’s best and his worst. And from what I’m seeing, that is getting closer and closer every day. Was he at his best? Probably not. But I still thought he played his role.”Perth will suit Australia more than India: PontingPonting echoed Paine’s opinion, saying the Perth pitch will suit the Australian more than the visiting Indian team. However, he stressed the need for the hosts to bounce back quickly in the ongoing four-match rubber.”I think Perth will definitely suit our guys a lot more than the Indian players, but the Aussies need to bounce back pretty quickly. They played pretty poorly this week and got within 30 runs. And that’s not saying India played at their absolute best either, but they’re absolutely capable,” the batting great said.He added: “There’s some positives to take from it but they’ve also got to take a good hard look at what they’ve done through this game and make sure they do it a lot better.”Australia’s pace attack will be hoping to come to the party after an ordinary outing at the Adelaide Oval. While the likes of Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood will be raring to go, it will be interesting to see if the hosts opt for a fourth pacer in the playing XI.On the other hand, it’s not easy to count out the chances of a lively Perth becoming Australia’s graveyard. India’s improved pace unit showcased their worth in the first Test and given the fragility of the Australian batting unit, expect another cracking contest between bat and ball in the second Test.Also Read | Prithvi Shaw back to training ahead of Perth TestAlso Read | The Pujara Sr maxim that never fails CheteshwarAlso Read | ICC Test Rankings: Kohli retains No.1 spot, Pujara back in top-5 after Adelaide heroicsAlso See:last_img

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