PERTH – Australia captain Tim Paine won the toss and elected to bat in scorching hot conditions in the second Test against India at Perth Stadium on Friday.
India lead the series 1-0 after a 31-run win in Adelaide and have made two changes with key spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and experienced batsman Rohit Sharma ruled out injured.
All-rounder Hanuma Vihari, who can bowl off-spin, is in for Sharma with India opting for Umesh Yadav as Ashwin's replacement, meaning they go into the Test with an all-pace attack.
Australia are unchanged with Aaron Finch to open the batting with rookie Marcus Harris.
“Obviously it is very warm today and I said this wicket will crack up under the hot weather,” Paine said. “Everyone has recovered really well and we're raring to go.”