The Australian bowlers, who were outperformed by the Indian bowling unit, will once again play a crucial role if the hosts are to have any hopes of reclaiming the Border-Gavaskar trophy. Australia have to avoid defeat in the second Test at Perth, where the pitch conditions remain a mystery, to stay in contention.
Only one first-class match has been played at the new stadium in which New South Wales beat Western Australia last month.
According to a report in The West Australian, bowlers benefitted from good seam movement on the drop-in wicket which was also praised for its bounce and pace.
The curator at Perth, Brett Sipthorpe is set to produce a grassy surface for the second Test and has predicted that the team winning the toss is likely to bowl first.
Langer hopes the wicket can replicate the conditions at the WACA, which was famous for its pace and bounce.
“I’m really fascinated and can’t wait to see what the Optus wicket brings,” Langer said.
“I went and watched a bit of the game, NSW versus WA. Certainly some pace and bounce. We’ve (also) seen some pace and bounce in it during the one-dayers and T20 game.”
Langer has also cleared the air about Tim Paine’s availability and said that the skipper will certainly play in Perth despite the injury scare on Monday when he hurt his finger while batting in Adelaide.
Paine’s index finger has previously had seven surgeries in as many years.
“Painey is the toughest pretty boy I’ve ever met in my life,” Langer said.
“Even if it was snapped in about four places he’d still be right. He’s absolutely fine.
“He’s obviously had issues with it before but he is 100 per cent ready to go.”
Langer further added that the batsmen need to be able to build bigger partnerships, but was impressed with his side’s fighting spirit in Adelaide. The half-century partnership between Pat Cummins and Travis Head in the first innings was their best in the match.
First Published: December 11, 2018, 2:26 PM IST