Australia skipper Tim Paine is recovering from a finger injury. Photo: Dave Hunt/EPA

PERTH – Australia named an unchanged side Thursday for the second Test against India in Perth, with Aaron Finch retaining his spot as an opener and skipper Tim Paine recovering from a finger injury.

The home team are gunning to level the four-Test series after losing a hard-fought opener in Adelaide by 31 runs.

Once again Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazelwood and Pat Cummins will shoulder the bowling on an expected pacey wicket with Nathan Lyon the spin option.

There was some speculation that Peter Siddle could replace Starc who was wayward at Adelaide, but selectors opted to stick with him.

They also retained Finch to face the new ball despite his first Test failures and talk that he could move down the order with Usman Khawaja bumped up to opener.

Mitchell Starc of Australia catches Ajinkya Rahane of India during day four of the first Test Match in Adelaide. Photo: David Mariuz/EPA
Mitchell Starc of Australia catches Ajinkya Rahane of India during day four of the first Test Match in Adelaide. Photo: David Mariuz/EPA

Paine was a slight doubt after a delivery in Adelaide smashed into a right finger that has required several operations in the past, but has been declared fit for the Test that starts Friday.

The Australia team is: 

Marcus Harris, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Travis Head, Peter Handscomb, Tim Paine (capt), Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc

Agence France-Presse (AFP)