Langer ready for pacey track in second India Test

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Although the Australian top-order failed to deliver in the first Test match, no changes are expected as the home side are bereft of choices in the continued absence of the banned duo of David Warner and Steve Smith. This is probably one of the best group of fast bowlers India has ever had.

Having gone down swinging in an enthralling Adelaide Test, Australia barely have time to pick themselves up off the canvas before another potentially bruising second contest against a confident India in Perth.

The Indian pace trio comprising Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami claimed 14 wickets to help India register their first win in Australia in ten years.

"Consistency was a bit issue (on previous tours) and that's something we've addressed with the bowlers".

"We chat regularly. we're really good mates". There's one-per cent factors, which we insist on even during practice.

"It's very simple work".

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"I remember coming to Test matches here all the time. they're great memories". Each time it's a little different of what they need to execute. We just test as to how far they've executed each time.

Australia are drawing encouragement from their gallant run chase when they gave India a bigger scare than many predicted. "It would have been great to play at the Waca where it has always been but to get the opportunity to play at the new stadium will be pretty special in the first Test there". With the little help with the wicket, the bowlers will love to bowl. "Whatever is offered, we are happy".

Speaking up on the pitch for the second Test, Arun said, "We really haven't taken a look at the wicket. Irrespective of the conditions, we are open to playing on any kind of surface given to us". "We are up for it and we are prepared for any conditions that may exist at the ground", he added.

He also had word of advise for his bowlers. In case, captain Tim Paine decides to go in with an extra bowler, vice-captain Mitchell Marsh may get a look in.

Arun reserved special praise for R Ashwin for his role in Adelaide's win. "Spinners mature a lot with age". May be they are like wine. He gave us the control bowling close to 90 overs for 147 runs and six wickets, you can't ask for anything better because he would allow the fast bowlers to take turns and he could control at one end. You can't ask anything better. That's the job he was interested in. I think the selectors have made a decision that Finch is the right guy to be opening for Australia. "Most of the conversations linger around a spinner, it's important he discovers what are the things he can do, and for that to happen, the coach can give him the necessary feedback because most often what the bowlers think that they are doing and what they are actually doing can be different things and if you can bridge the gap, that's when the bowlers can grow".

Perth Stadium curator Brett Sipthorpe is keen to produce a fast, bouncy wicket that would not be out of place at the WACA.

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