After a scintillating Test match at Adelaide, now, both top-notch teams are set to clash at WACA in Perth. Meanwhile, ahead of the second Test at Optus Stadium, Australia’s head coach Justin Langer believes that a track with pace and bounce awaits for a challenge. However, he isn’t pretty sure of his prediction though.
Hopefully, it is a traditional WACA wicket – Justin Langer
Langer remarked he had watched a brief period of the game between New South Wales Blues and Western Australia, which seemed like there was a fair bit of juice for the bowlers to deliver for their respective sides.
Further, Langer feels that if Perth can offer an excellent bouncy wicket, it would be a great thing for the Test cricket. He added that it would be intriguing for everyone to watch, what is at the store for the crucial approaching game.
“I’m really fascinated and can’t wait to see what the Optus wicket brings,” he said on Tuesday (December 11).
“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,” he added.
“Again it’s an unprecedented period – the first Test match on a drop-in wicket in Perth at the new stadium. Time will tell what the wicket brings. Hopefully, that’s what it is traditionally at the WACA, that’s what we’ve talked about for a long time, pace and bounce. If we can get that, it’d be a great thing for Test cricket,” Langer maintained.
So far, only one First-class match has been played at the new stadium when NSW beat Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield last month. Bowlers got a significant seam movement from the drop-in wicket during that contest.
Well, it would be interesting to see, what the pitch offers at Perth. The second Test of the series will commence on 14th of December.