The Australia coach, Justin Langer insisted Tim Paine is hundred per cent ready to play the second Test against India commencing from December 14 in Perth. Meanwhile, the right-hander had suffered a blow on his right hand’s index finger during the 31-run loss against the visitors. Moreover, after Tim Paine broke his finger in 2010, he had to face several operations. However, Langer allayed fears ahead of the Perth Test, starting Friday.
Paine is fit to play Perth Test – Langer
“He is the toughest pretty boy I’ve ever met in my life,” Justin Langer joked as he fronted the media on Tuesday.
In addition to, the former southpaw praised the wicket-keeper batsman by saying he has had an issue before also and he knows how to manage things. However, the coach said Tim Paine is fine and will play the second Test.
“He could have snapped it [his finger] in four places, and he would be right. He is fine and has had issues with it before. But he is 100 per cent ready to go.” Langer further added.
Meanwhile, Australia had lost the series opener by mere 31 runs. Before heading toward Perth Test, there were many questions over Mitchell Starc’s form. However, Aussies speedster only managed to pick up five wickets in the opening Test match against Virat Kohli’s men. Justin Langer is although expecting a better performance in the next game.
“We probably just felt short in not wearing down the Indian bowlers enough this Test match,” he said.
I expect better cricket from them in Perth game, says the coach
Furthermore, Langer is hoping some brilliant cricket from his men. It will preferably be a wicket full of swing and is expecting the pacers to impose something complicated on the oppositions in Perth. He is also confident the seamers will grab the opportunity and will do their work accordingly.
“It’s going to be hot on Friday. Hopefully, on a wicket which is conducive to a little bit of swing and seam, the bowlers will get the job done.” Justin Langer concluded.
Meanwhile, the second match of the four-match Test series will commence from December 14, 2018.