Australia’s captain Steve Smith is simply delighted after assessing the strip laid down at the WACA, for the second test between Australia and New Zealand. After winning the first test in Brisbane comfortably, the Aussies will want to wrap up the series in Perth, a ground that has traditionally been a fortress for them.

In a recent interaction, Smith said that since the Kiwis have not played at the WACA much, it will be a benefit for the hosts. “That probably helps us a little bit,” Smith said. “It’s a place that takes a little bit of getting used to. I think as a batsman it takes a little bit longer to get in. It’s nice to know some of their players haven’t played here and we’ve got a lot of experience here. The groundsman thinks there’s going to be quite a bit of pace and bounce, which is going to be nice.”

Smith said that the hosts have named an unchanged side, and Peter Siddle will continue to be the 12th man. Siddle was talked about. He’s bowling really well at the moment but we’ve won the last Test with this line-up,” Smith said.

 

“Josh’s loads are quite high at the moment — he’s bowled quite a lot over the past month or two,” Smith said. “So it was definitely spoken about. But we think he’s going to do a great job… he bowled really well last time he was here, against the South Africans in the one-dayers.”

The presence of Nathan Lyon will be crucial for the hosts at the WACA, and Smith reiterated that. “It’s nice to have a spinner that bowls really well on bouncy tracks… there’s a good chance he’ll bowl quite a few overs,” he said.

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