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This is probably India's best group of fast bowlers ever: Bowling coach Bharat Arun

Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah took 14 of 20 wickets at Adelaide Oval in a fine debut as a pace trio on Australian soil that helped fire the tourists to a 31-run win on Monday.

This is probably India's best group of fast bowlers ever: Bowling coach Bharat Arun
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Bowling coach Bharat Arun has heaped praise on the pace attack following their impressive performance in the first Test against Australia, terming them as the best group of fast bowlers India has ever had. 

"So far, yes. I can say that not only now, [based on] what they did in Adelaide, but what they've done over a period of time, in South Africa, in England and now in Australia. This is probably the best group of fast bowlers India has had," said Arun when asked if this was India's best bowling attack of all time. 

India are treating their pace bowlers like prize-winning thoroughbreds after the series-opening win over Australia in Adelaide while cautioning them against straining too hard at the reins when the second match gets underway in Perth.

"I think fast bowlers are a precious commodity and they need to be taken care of like what you do with a racehorse," he said while interacting with reporters.

"And that`s exactly what`s happening."

Friday`s test will be the first played at the new Perth Stadium, which has a drop-in pitch and succeeded the WACA as the city`s premier venue for internationals.

Perth Stadium curator Brett Sipthorpe is keen to produce a fast, bouncy wicket that would not be out of place at the WACA.

Arun said India`s bowlers would welcome that prospect following the relatively unhelpful track served up at Adelaide.

"Definitely with a little help from the wicket, obviously the bowlers would love that sort of a wicket," he said.

"Again, whatever is in the offing, we are happy with it."

However, he said he would urge his bowlers to stick to the same recipe that brought success in Adelaide- consistency and sustained pressure.

"You can be carried away with the extra pace and bounce but again you need to understand that on any responsive track, what is really going to be successful is your consistency," he said.

"And that`s exactly what we`re going to work with the bowlers."

While the quicks were akin to racehorses, Arun likened spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who took six wickets and bowled a huge load at Adelaide, to a fine wine.

"Spinners mature a lot with age, maybe they`re like wine," he said.

"He helped us gain control. He gave us the control, bowling close to 90 overs for 147 runs and six wickets, you can`t ask for better."