Former England skipper Michael Vaughan said on Thursday the green top on Perth wickets for the second Test could backfire on Australia against India. The second Test match between India and Australia is being played at the new Perth stadium and the hosts had prepared a green track to support pace and bounce.
Speaking to Foxsports on the eve of the 2nd Test, Vaughan said, “Certainly from seeing the Indian attack in England and at the Adelaide Oval, (Jasprit) Bumrah, (Mohammed) Shami and (Ishant) Sharma will be going to bed tonight thinking thank you.”
The Indian pace trio of Jasprit Bumhrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammad Shami played a crucial role in the visiting side’s first Test win at Adelaide, claiming 14 of the 20 wickets.
“The actual three quicks of India out bowled the three quicks of Australia. They were outstanding. It’s a big risk that Australia are taking.”
“They clearly need a pitch that they feel they can get at the Indian batsmen but I just look to the game at Adelaide Oval, it wasn’t the pitch, it wasn’t anything to do with the conditions. It was just that India produced more discipline for longer periods.”
Speaking about star Aussie pacer Mitchell Starc, Vaughan said his performance dipped in the second innings of the first Test despite the speedster claiming five wickets in the game. “Unfortunately for Australia one of their quicks didn’t quite get the radar right and I would say that went a long way to India just nipping over the line in that Test match.”