Australian skipper Tim Paine has sent out an emotional message to the Australian supporters, requesting their constant support in the ongoing Test series against India, after being defeated by 31 runs in the the first clash at Adelaide.
“Just stick with us,” said Paine when asked to express any message in store for the supporters.
“You can see that we’ve got a group of guys who can fine really hard and have a crack and I think that’s all you can ask for.
“We’re learning on the job a bit, but I think the signs are there that we’re not too far away from clicking. And when we do, we’ll get some wins and start putting them together,” he added.
The hosts have opted to retain the same 14-man squad for the second Test against India in Perth. Chris Tremain, Mitchell Marsh and Peter Siddle are all set to rejoin the squad after being released for the JLT Sheffield Shield tournament.
The second Test is all set to take place on December 14 with a new-look pitch expected to favour Australia according to former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting.
“I think Perth will definitely suit our guys a lot more than the Indian players, but the Aussies need to bounce back pretty quickly,” he said.
“They played pretty poorly this week and got within thirty runs. And that’s not saying India played at their absolute best either, but they’re absolutely capable," added Ponting.