"It's basically what we've been asked to do - provide pace, bounce, a bit of live grass and let's play cricket", said Sipthorpe, who had earlier predicted a four-day finish and wasn't anxious about trying to get the game to last the distance. A fiery surface with cracks so wide you could insert a whole finger, or lose a key, the WACA ground offered visiting batsmen their sternest test even if its liveliest days had been left in the past.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan feels preparing a green track for the second Test in Perth could backfire on Australia against a pace-heavy Indian team.
".there have always been great memories for me coming to Tests in Perth and hopefully I can create some memories for young kids coming to games at the new stadium". The Mumbai lad sustained a back injury during fielding and was taken off the field immediately.
The match appeared over when Pat Cummins fell at 259-9, but Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood defied India's flagging attack with a last-wicket partnership of 32 runs. Ashwin scored a crucial 25 in Adelaide in partnership with Cheteshwar Pujara to shore India up in the first innings. Kuldeep Yadav and Parthiv Patel did mot make the cut, which meant that Hanuma Vihari was a strong bet to be a like for unlike replacement for Rohit Sharma.
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. "India might win the series but it's not going to be easy", Butcher added.
Harris also backed Mitchell Starc, saying he was sharp enough in Adelaide and all geared to play this second Test as well. This becomes only the tenth venue used in the 141 years they have been playing Tests in Australia, so we have that considerable piece of history ahead of us today in WA. "We can not be satisfied with one win, we have to keep repeating good things if we want to win series".
But he has come under heavy criticism, including from Shane Warne, who labelled Starc's work with the second new ball in both innings in Adelaide "atrocious" in his News Limited column on Friday. "Pretty excited about that as a bowling side". While he has avoided those modes so far on this tour, his shot selection has been far from admirable. We are happy to be batting first. The BCCI said Shaw, 19, was "recovering well" but was still undergoing treatment.
India's win was their first in Australia in a decade, and their first ever in the opening Test as they search for a maiden series win Down Under.
Rohit had been ruled out with a jarred back while Ashwin picked up a side strain.
On the eve of the game, both pitch and outfield were nearly the same colour - lush green.
"Time will tell what the wicket brings..."
"It's pretty special to play in a Perth Test".
"For the majority of the Test, Starcy actually bowled really well", he said.