Published: Thu, December 13, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Perth curator in hot water with Cricket Australia

Perth curator in hot water with Cricket Australia

India named a 13-man team for the Test starting Friday, which is set to be played on a fast and bouncy Perth Stadium wicket.

Batsman Rohit scored 37 and one in the first Test has jarred his lower back.

The Australians often complain about doctored pitches when travelling overseas, particularly through the sub-continent.

India could, for only the third time in their history, go into a Test match without a specialist spinner.

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"Ravi Ashwin has a left-sided abdominal strain".

India, who are trying to win their first Test series in Australia, could opt for either of their fast bowlers in Kumar or Yadav instead of spinner Jadeja as the Perth Stadium, which is hosting its inaugural Test, is expected to be pace friendly.

This has heightened expectation that the tourists are likely to unveil a four-pronged pace attack and will consider bowling first as they eye taking an unbeatable series lead in the best-of-four Tests to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

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India's Ravichandran Ashwin and Rohit Sharma are out of the second Test against Australia, who are unchanged for the game which starts on Friday.

All-rounder Hanuma Vihari is expected to slot in for Sharma, with the final spot between pacemen Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav or Ravindra Jadeja, who has taken 185 Test wickets with his left-arm spin and also averages 32.44 with the bat.

"They are at their peak, all of them together and it's something that we as batsman look at as an opportunity to put in good performances", Kohli said of his attack, rated India's most potent in years.

"We understand that we do have a bowling attack which can bowl the opposition out as much as they are convinced about their attack".

The curator has already said that the pitch will be a fast one and that it will be great for the fast bowlers.

"We understand that if we bat well, we will definitely get the result that we want". If they do so, in Perth, it could be the second time this year, both under Virat Kohli.

It remains to see if Virat Kohli and Team India decide to take a courageous call and include either Bhubaneshwar Kumar or Umesh Yadav in the playing XI ahead of Ravindra Jadeja on a Perth pitch which will have plenty in offer for the seamers.

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