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12 Dec 2018 by Rob Esteva

Australia vs India – 2nd Test Match Preview & Prediction

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AT A GLANCE

When is Australia vs India taking place? Friday, 14th December, 02:20

Where Australia vs India taking place? The WACA, Perth

What is the expected weather for Australia vs India? Temperatures as high as 36c on the first day but there should be cloud over the weekend although rain is unlikely to be an issue.

What channel is Australia vs India on? The match will be shown live on BT Sport 2

Where can I stream Australia vs India? Australia vs India will be streamed live on the BT Sport app

Are tickets still available for Australia vs India? http://www.ticketmaster.com.au...

LAST MEETING
India beat Australia by 31 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

AUSTRALIA

Captain: Tim Paine

  • Defeat in the first Test was a tough pill for the Aussies to swallow especially as they came within 31 runs of a fantastic victory so they will not be too disheartened by that result although they know they have to bounce back immediately.
  • The pitch at the WACA should suit their fast bowlers but they need Mitch Starc to get his rhythm back after a relatively average performance by his high standards in the first match, and they know that they trio of pacemen really are key to their hopes of any success in this series.
  • Travis Head only bowled a couple of overs in the first Test which was something of a surprise and they could ideally do with another bowling option to ease the burden on the four frontline bowlers, but given their fragile batting that seems unlikely to change here. Aaron Finch may find his place under threat if he does not produce the goods here after his two failures in the first Test.

INDIA

Captain: Virat Kohli

  • India were impressive in the opening Test and deserved their victory but they could have made it much more convincing had it not been for some rash batting in the second inning when they should have put the game completely out of the home side’s reach.
  • Rohit Sharma was given the nod ahead of Vihari in the first Test and he had a mixed performance with 37 and 1 runs to his name, but he has been ruled out with an injury here so Vihari or potentially Jadeja could come in at number six especially with Prithvi Shaw missing through injury once again.
  • Ashwin bowled 86 overs in that first Test and he will miss this Test as India have a few concerns about the workload of their frontline bowlers so it would be no surprise if they did rotate and give Bhuvneshwar Kumar a start and go with four pace bowlers especially given the talk about the Perth pitch being so suited to pace and bounce.

THE PREDICTION

The first Test was highly entertaining and even though it looked like India had the clear edge and would run away with it, the Aussies kept battling the whole way and came close to pulling off an impressive win. Much will depend on how this pitch plays and if the Aussie bowlers can click into gear. They should be improved from the first Test as they did not quite hit their stride so the overs will only benefit them here. That said, the Indian pace bowlers are arguably just as good so unless they have issues hitting the right length, they can cause just as many problems to the more vulnerable Aussie batting line-up. This match is so important for the home side to bounce back immediately, but they could find themselves up against it once again.

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