Australia won the toss and decided to bat first against India in the second Test at Perth Stadium, Perth.
Here is what the captains said:
“We are gonna have a bat first. With hot weather around, the wicket might crack up later. We are happy to be batting first. We are gonna back our boys. It is great to be here as it is an amazing stadium.”
“We would have batted as well. I have seen an ODI game happen here and it had plenty in it for the bowlers. Just another Test match for us. We are not taking anything complacently.”
Australia’s unbeaten home record against India in Tests is in grave danger now. The hosts lost the series-opener by 31 runs and another loss will see them not only concede an unassailable lead in the series but also the Border-Gavaskar series. For the first time in their history, they lost the first game of a Test series to India at home. Coming into the second game, Australia will have a lot of issues to address, the struggle of top-order being the top-most priority.
On the other hand, India too will be looking to sort out their persistent problem of batting collapses. They suffered two batting collapses in Adelaide and would be desperate to avoid another in the upcoming games. As far as the Perth pitch is concerned, batsmen from both the teams will have to be careful. The curator has prepared a green-top and given that both the teams have solid pace-bowling lineup, the batsmen will have their task cut out.
Here is the playing eleven of both teams:
Aaron Finch, Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Tim Paine(w/c), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
Lokesh Rahul, Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli(c), Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant(w), Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah