Mitchell Johnson, Australian pacer opined that pacers will have the best opportunity to turn the result of the game at Perth. He said that the new stadium which would be the venue of the second test between India and Australia is quite impressive. He played Big Bash League for Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League in February earlier this year.
The Optus Stadium, Perth is all set to host the debut test and Mitchell Johnson believes that it gives greater scope for pacers to do well. He said “There will be a lot of pace and bounce. The fast bowlers from both teams will have a gala time on this strip which I reckon is the fastest pitch in Australia,” to the press today.
Johnson played for Perth Scorchers against Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League at the Optus stadium and felt that it is a more advantageous pitch for the hosts. He was surprised about why Gabba Stadium was not staged for the first test against India.
Gabba stadium, Brisbane was a lucky ground for Johnson. He picked 313 wickets from 73 test matches at an economy rate of 3.33. He felt that Brisbane and Perth stadiums provided an advantage for Australia.
Michal Clarke felt that he is not sure that this ground supports pace like the WACA stadium and Sunil Gavaskar also opined that Indians are ready to welcome bounce and pace and that he is confident about the performance of Kohli’s men.
Former captain Ricky Ponting felt that “I think Perth will definitely suit our guys a lot more than the Indian players, but the Aussies need to bounce back pretty quickly,”
“They played pretty poorly this week and got within 30 runs. And that’s not saying India played at their absolute best either, but they’re absolutely capable. There are some positives to take from it but they’ve also got to take a good hard look at what they have done through this game and make sure they do it a lot better.” He concluded.