Buoyant India keen to carry winning momentum on to Perth

Australia's Peter Handscomb bats during the second cricket test against India in Perth Australia Friday Dec. 14

Australia’s Peter Handscomb bats during the second cricket test against India in Perth Australia Friday Dec. 14

Rohit Sharma jarred his lower back while fielding in the 1 Test at Adelaide. Now, Indian captain Virat Kohli, who has the advantage of a great bunch of fast bowlers, said that this prospect does not scare him, but it is really an exciting opportunity.

Team India earned a hard-fought 1-0 lead in the four-match Test series after beating Australia by 31 runs.

R Ashwin has a left-sided abdominal strain. "He is undergoing treatment, he too is ruled out of the second Test".

India had played four fast bowlers plus Hardik Pandya on the brutish Johannesburg surface earlier this year, winning the Test after having lost the series.

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That experience, he said, also gave them belief - "we are excited more than nervous looking at such pitches" - they can double the lead in Perth. We understand that we have a bowling attack that can bowl out the opposition now.

Coverage: Live Test Match Special radio and text commentary on every match on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra & BBC Sport website, plus desktop, tablets, mobiles and app. Australia understand how important Starc's form is if they want to pull things back, and that's why he was the only one from their first-choice pace trio to hit nets on Wednesday.

Aaron Finch was dismissed for a duck in the first innings of the first Test and 11 in the second.

Kohli's batsmen got off to a shaky start and needed man-of-the-match Cheteshwar Pujara's glittering 123 to achieve a modest first innings total of 250.

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Australian spinner Nathan Lyon was particularly frustrated, while skipper Tim Paine questioned whether the technology took into account the change in bounce as the pitch deteriorated.

Healy's tweet, posted before Warne's column was published, read, 'I'll just leave this here ...', accompanied with an excerpt revealing Starc boasts the highest strike-rate (50.2) of any Australian bowler with at least 100 wickets in Test history.

Kohli revealed the tourists, who were the last team to agree to the use of the technology two years ago, had sought clarification with Llong and Dharmasena, who will both stand in Perth.

All-rounder Hanuma Vihari is expected to slot in for Sharma, with the final spot between pacemen Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav or Ravindra Jadeja, who has taken 185 Test wickets with his left-arm spin and also averages 32.44 with the bat.

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