Australia name unchanged playing XI for Perth Test against India

first_imgAustralia are going to play with the same team in the second Test against India which starts in Perth from Friday.Cricket Australia announced an unchanged playing XI for the second match, which is going to be the first Test to be played at the Optus stadium.Captain Tim Paine, who had copped a nasty blow on his right index finger on the final day of the Adelaide Test, declared himself fit and will lead the side in Perth as well.Out-of-form opener Aaron Finch has also been given another chance to prove his credentials in the longest format after he managed a duck and 11 runs in the two innings of the first Test, which Australia lost by 31 runs to concede a 1-0 series lead to India earlier this week.”He just needs that one big score at test level to give him that confidence he has at international level in T20s and ODIs,” Paine told reporters.Australia playing XI: Tim Paine (c, wk), Josh Hazlewood (vc), Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Starc.”Yeah, no I’m fine. I’ve got a few niggles everywhere but I’m not alone there, I don’t think, at my age. Finger is fine, yeah,” Paine told a news conference.Paceman Mitchell Starc retains his place in the side despite what was perceived to be a sub-par performance in Adelaide, and will be looking for a strong performance in conditions which are expected to favour his skills at the new Perth Stadium.advertisement”Starcy’s been good for us. I thought the criticism he got this week’s been pretty unfair to be honest..”Barring two or three overs where he got his radar wrong, I think he’s bowled pretty well. We know his best is the best so we’re pretty pumped to have him in our team,” Paine said of the left-arm quick, who took five for 103 in the first Test.Australia playing XI: Tim Paine (c, wk), Josh Hazlewood (vc), Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Starc.India on the other hand, will be forced to make two changes in their playing XI after off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and batsman Rohit Sharma were ruled out of the Perth Test.Rohit jarred his lower back while fielding during India’s victory in the series-opener at Adelaide Oval and is undergoing treatment, while Ashwin, who took 6-149 in the first test, is unavailable due to a left-sided abdominal strain.Young opener Prithvi Shaw, who missed the first test after injuring his ankle while fielding during a tour match in Sydney is also continuing his recovery.”The team management is closely monitoring these players and a call on their availability for the third test will be taken at an appropriate time,” the BCCI said in a statement.India named a 13-man squad for the second test which starts on Friday at the new Perth Stadium, with Hanuma Vihari coming back in for Rohit to stiffen the middle order and left-arm spin bowler Ravindra Jadeja replacing Ashwin.The fast-bowling trio of Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah remains available, which could be significant if, as expected, the drop-in wicket at the new venue lives up to Perth’s heritage as a paradise for pacemen.India’s final XI will only be revealed once Kohli announces the team at the toss on Friday.India 13-man squad: Virat Kohli (C), M Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (VC), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav.Also Read | India will be undisputed No.1 in the world if they beat Australia: Mark ButcherAlso Read | More excited than nervous looking at lively pitches, says Virat Kohli ahead of Perth TestAlso Read | India vs Australia: Perth pitch curator unveils a green-top wicket for 2nd TestAlso Read | Have to be switched on from ball one against India’s bowlers: Marcus Harrislast_img

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