The boundaries are coming easy for the Aussies and Indians are sans a regular spinner, who could have stopped the run flow. Harris is looking excellent at the moment as he hits his fourth boundary of the morning. Australia are 41/0.
CHANCE: There is mix up between the two batsmen as Kohli comes up with a throw. That was close but Finch survives. Australia move to 30/0 as India still look for their first wicket.
FInally Umesh Yadav comes into the attack. Ishant has been ineffective and this looks like a good pitch to bat on. Probably Ishant needs to clam himself down and comes back for another spell. Australia are 28/0.
This is not looking good for Ishant as he has already given 12 runs in the over. He looks out of sorts for sure and India is certainly in trouble with one of the strike bowlers misfiring. Australia are 27/0.
This is not looking good for the Indians at the moment as they have not troubled the Aussie batsmen at all. He is conceding boundaries to Aaron Finch, and ginving easy runs. Australia are 19/0.
India has been erratic and wayward since morning. Even though they haven’t leaked a lot of runs, the bowlers have looked ineffective till now. Australia are 9/0 in 5 overs.
There has been no movement in the air off the pitch till now. Indian bowlers don’t have much help from the wicket as Australia reach 6/0 after three overs.
Australia are off the mark as FInch gets a great cover drive off Bumrah. What a cracking shot to begin with. Australia end the over at 5/0 as India look for their first wicket.
The first over comes to an end and it’s a maiden for Ishant Sharma. The bowler will certainly be under the scanner for no-balls. Australia are 0/0.
And the match gets underway. Ishant Sharma is the one to start the proceedings for India. Marcus Harris and Aaron Finch open for Australia. Let’s see how this new pitch behaves.
After the toss Kohli said, “We would have batted as well. But not a bad thing to bowl on day one on a wicket which has a lot of grass. We are happy with whatever we are going to do. I have seen one ODI game happen here and it had quite a bit for the bowlers. Pretty excited about that as a bowling side. We will look to get in and make some inroads with the ball.”
India (Playing XI): Lokesh Rahul, Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli(c), Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant(w), Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
Australia (Playing XI): Aaron Finch, Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Tim Paine(w/c), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
TOSS: Australia win the toss and elect to bat first. Tim Paine and Australia go with the same team as the first Test, and would hope to change things around in this match.
Kohli said at the pre-match press conference that he was impressed by the new arena and not concerned by a wicket that is set to favour fast bowlers, with Australia having a world-class line-up of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins. He pointed to his own attack of Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, saying they were “at the peak of their abilities”.
India skipper Virat Kohli was undaunted on Thursday despite losing prolific spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and batsman Rohit Sharma to injury as he looks to twist the knife in the second Test against Australia. The Test will be the first at the new 60,000-capacity Perth Stadium, whose wicket is likely to be fast and bouncy like the old WACA, just over the Swan River.
“I want to commit to the players more than anything else, I want to be a consistent person, a consistent voice around for the players. “If I don’t think I can fully commit to doing it for doing most of the time, then I won’t do it.”
He further added that T20 was a format which suited him more. “I’m probably more tactically up to date with the trend in that game that any of the others,” he said. “It fits into what I want to do – it’s not as a big a time commitment as it is with the other formats. “Like I’ve said to Justin all the way through – Justin will have me (around the team) one day out of every month just to be around – but if I’m going to do it, I want to be able to commit and not just look like I’m coming in and out.
“When he resigned, I just said to Justin straight away, ‘Mate, you have to take over all of these teams right now – you need to be the consistent person around the three formats with these players (and) if I can come in and help, then I’ll help where I can.” “Whether he (Langer) wanted it to be that way or not, that’s the way it had to be, but when I spoke to him straightaway, he didn’t want to upset me and feel like he was taking a job away. “At the same time, I knew he had to have those three jobs and those three roles.”
If you wind the clock back 20 years when some of these guys that are (now) playing international cricket or senior players in (Sheffield) Shield cricket, have a look who the coaches might have been around them at that stage and you’ll start to understand some of the reasons.” Ponting added. Ponting, who is also the head coach of the Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League, further revealed that he was supposed to take over as the Australian T20I team but the ball-tampering saga derailed his plans. “The plan was he (Lehmann) was going to continue on as Test and one-day coach, and I’d take over the entire T20 stuff,” Ponting said.
“Whether that’s the cricket academy (now absorbed into the Bupa National Cricket Centre in Brisbane) or the states, or the U-19s or 17s around the state set-up, I’m just not sure enough attention is being paid to coaching around Australia. “I think it might be the reason why we’re struggling to find those (top-level) players now.
Ponting gave his complete backing to Justin Langer, calling him “best qualified” for the job but said that lack of international competitive coaching opportunities is affecting on-field opportunities. “It’s been a topic of conversation for 20 years, about having the right people at the right places at the right times,” Ponting told cricket.com.au.
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has blamed the lack of top-level players in prominent coaching roles as one of the reasons for decline of Australian cricket.
After taking a 1-0 lead in the series, India now take Australia on the new Perth stadium. But the pitch here is expected to be a livewire, just like the previous one. Hello and welcome to the live blog of the second Test.