Tim Paine is the toughest pretty boy I have ever met: Justin Langer

first_imgAustralia coach Justin Langer has confirmed that captain Tim Paine will be fit and ready for the second Test against India, despite suffering a finger injury in the Adelaide Test on Monday.Paine copped a nasty blow on his right index finger while trying to save Australia from a defeat on Day 5 of the first Test. But was unable to do so as India won the match by 31 runs, defending 323 on the final day of the match at the Adelaide Oval.”Painey is the toughest pretty boy I’ve ever met in my life,” Langer said. “Even if it was snapped in about four places he’d still be right. He’s absolutely fine. He’s obviously had issues with it before but he is 100 per cent ready to go.”Paine was hit on the same finger on which he has had seven surgeries in over seven years.Both teams have a very short break before they resume their rivalry in the Boder-Gavaskar series on Friday.Langer also spoke about the pitch at the new stadium in Perth and expects to seem some pace and bounce from the wicket.”I’m really fascinated and can’t wait to see what the Optus wicket brings. 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,” Langer said.Meanwhile, Paine and former captain, Ricky Ponting believe the struggling Australians have a good chance of putting the pressure back on India at Perth’s new Optus Stadium, which is all set to host its first Test match.advertisementThe two teams will not be playing at WACA stadium, which was known to offer some of the fastest tracks in the history of the sport. More often than not, Australian pacers had wreaked havoc on visiting teams at the iconic venue.However, there is a bit of uncertainty over whether the drop-in wicket at the Perth Stadium can match the WACA in terms of the pace and bounce.As it turns out, Paine has insisted that Virat Kohli’s Team India will be welcomed with a “really fast” wicket at the new venue.Also Read | Tim Paine warns India ahead of 2nd Test: Heard Perth pitch will be really fastAlso Read | ICC Test Rankings: Kohli retains No.1 spot, Pujara back in top-5 after Adelaide heroicsAlso Read | Alyssa Healy takes a dig at Mitchell Johnson for criticising husband Starc on airlast_img

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