• Kohli fires up Ishant and Bumrah

    Captain Virat Kohli is confident fast bowlers Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah will perform well in relatively unknown conditions as India and Australia commence the second Test at the new Perth Stadium on Friday.

    The venue will host its first-ever Test match, with a green and quick pitch expected. The conditions will certainly suit Australia’s bowling attack, spearheaded by Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood, but probably India’s too.

    ‘We certainly get more excited than nervous looking at lively pitches now because we understand that we do have a bowling attack that can bowl the opposition out, as much as they are confident about their attack,’ said Kohli.

    ‘Obviously Australia is going to be a strong team in their home conditions and on a wicket like Perth, which probably offers you more than most other pitches in Australia. But we have an equal chance.’

    ‘When you have fast bowlers who are at the peak of their abilities it is always a great thing to have in the side. And as batsmen it gives us a lot of motivation and boosts us up to put in those significant match-winning batting performances, because we have so much belief in our bowling unit at the moment.

    ‘We understand that if we bat well, we will definitely get the result that we want.’

    The tourists sport an early lead in the four-match series after a 31-run victory in the first Test, but will be without the injured Rohit Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin. Opener Prithvi Shaw is still nursing an ankle injury.

    ‘We are definitely confident of the percentage of chances we have and we want to build on that. We need to keep repeating good things to win series,’ added Kohli.

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