India has already started their campaign with a victory in the first test by 31 runs at Adelaide Oval, the next station India will be halting is at Perth. The second test will start from December 14 at Perth Stadium, a win for India will put Australia under pressure.
About the Venue
The Perth Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium located in the suburb of Burswood in Perth, Western Australia. It is primarily used for Australian Football and it is also the new home ground for Big Bash franchise Perth Scorchers. It holds the capacity of 60,000 spectators inside it.
India and Australia will be the first 2 teams to play an International Test match on this venue.
According to Australia’s head coach Justin Langer, the pitch of Perth is expected to bring more bounce and more movement from the drop-in wicket. Pace and Bounce will be playing a major role in the Perth test, the Australian pace-trio Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins who did not get too many wickets compared to off-spinner Nathan Lyon who got 8 wickets in the entire match, they will get benefit with their immense attack with pace.
From India, Ishant Sharma will be responsible to use his nasty bouncers for sending opposition batsman back to the Pavillion, as we saw in the 2nd innings of 1st test how he used a lofty bouncer to dismiss Travis Head the top-run scorer for Australia in the 1st Innings.
Shaun Marsh will be the key for Australia as he is the local boy to play at his home ground and he has played for Perth Scorchers he would be familiar with the conditions of the stadium. Australia’s second vice-captain Mitchell Marsh is likely to come back as he was dropped in from the playing XI before the Adelaide test. Marsh as an all-rounder will be very useful with both bat and ball.
Looking at Cheteshwar Pujara’s form with the bat, India will expect him to be consistent in further tests, he already leads the board of top run-scorers and would like to maintain it.
All 3 results are possible as Australia can bounce back, as their skipper Tim Paine said ‘“it won’t be more difficult, as every test match is a huge challenge” in his post-match press conference. The top order of Australia’s batting line-up will surely learn from their lower order’s performance in the 1st test and we will witness a tough game at Perth. India would take the complete advantage of their 1-0 lead and will be looking to continue their dominance in the next match.