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Australia banks on Perth's fast, bouncy pitch to outplay India

14 Décembre 2018

India's Ravichandran Ashwin (C) talks with Murali Vijay (L) and Rohit Sharma (R) as they walk back to pavillion after victory over New Zealand during the fifth day of the first cricket Test match between India and New Zealand at Green Park Stadium in Kanpur on 26 September 2016.

"You always doubt yourself as a person, you're not sure if you're going to fit in Test cricket". But if you are doing CSI-style, forensic analysis over the match and look for where it went wrong, you'd look at his effort with the second new ball in both innings.

He also said that he never felt that he doesn't belong at the biggest stage.

"But I realised pretty quickly they don't bowl any crap and they don't miss any chances that you give them".

Both shouts were turned down by umpire Chris Gaffaney, with Finch surviving a review of the first one as ball tracking had the Kookaburra narrowly clearing the bails.

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.

Pujara again was again the backbone of India's second innings, scoring 70 before the Australian bowlers rallied to take the last four wickets for four runs and restrict the visitors to 307.

"Starcy has been good for us".

I haven't got the impression the criticism in the media has got under his skin this time, but what I have sensed is that he's really up for this Test and this series and he's doing everything possible to prepare the best he can. Age wise you would say it's relatively experienced but Test match wise it's very inexperienced. I really don't think the pitch will play that badly. "We know it's going to be a highly competitive test and a huge challenge for our whole group".

Blues batsman Kurtis Patterson, though, proved runs can be found on the pitch as he scored a century in the same match. This was the second instance in the history of Indian Test cricket when India went into a Test with an all-out pace attack.

The star quick reportedly views the comments as a "personal attack".

"No I don't think it is a hoodoo at all", he told reporters.

Perth Stadium will become the tenth Australian venue to host a Test.

"And from what I'm seeing, that is getting closer and closer every day. So, it is good to be the person on the field now."... If it wasn't coming at 141km/h (the Indian pace attack's average speed in this Test), all the discipline in line and length would probably not have made the difference.

He was head coach of the Perth Scorchers when they were crushed by 71 runs in the BBL semi-final against the Hobart Hurricanes last summer.

Australia banks on Perth's fast, bouncy pitch to outplay India