Coach Justin Langer is under immense pressure in the media as well as lovers to stem the rot in cricket. The Aussies are winless in their last six Tests and Langer is pinning his hopes on the pitch that is virgin at the Optus Stadium to draw level. The likelihood of winning the Border-Gavaskar trophy back of Australia rests a favorable result on here although there is simply not enough data available to make an assessment of the pitch.
The new place has hosted only one Sheffield Shield (first-class) game in which New South Wales defeated hosts Western Australia last month.
True to the character of pitches within this part of the nation, the speed bowlers, who could create significant seam motion throughout the game were aided by the surface. The pitch, reportedly, also yielded plenty of pace and bounce. According to a report on Cricket Australia’s site, the neighborhood curator plans to leave a good deal of grass on the pitch for the second Test which may prompt the captain who wins the toss to bowl first.
The major question for the team management is if they want to include Mitchell Marsh because of the bowling option.
Even if it had been snapped about four places he would still be right. He’s absolutely fine. He has obviously had issues with it before but he is 100 percent ready to proceed.
“Chris Tremain’s not coming so we have got 13 instead of 14. The 3 quicks pulled up quite well (in the first Test). Peter Siddle’s prepared to go if we need him to perform with the Test match it’s the squad.
“They have had a few days off. India is in the exact same situation, although I would have had four or three days off. It is probably the 1 area where we felt we are not wearing down the Indian bowlers enough this Test match. It’s going to be sexy on Friday and it’ll be an important toss I’d imagine.”
However, Langer encouraged his batsmen to show patience if they are to counter the Indian bowling line-up.
“It is Test cricket. Allan Border used to say there’s more time in Test cricket than you imagine, therefore in batting, you can bat so much time. That’s one of those messages to our batsmen — Peter Handscomb, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, and all our men are there much time in Test cricket.
“Among the things we speak about is partnerships and patience, creating pressure on the opposition. So, it’s one of the important virtues of being a prosperous Test cricketer,” he signed off.