Finger no issue for Australia’s ‘toughest pretty boy’
AUSTRALIA coach Justin Langer has confirmed captain Tim Paine is certain to play the second test against India in Perth.
The skipper sent a scare through the Australia camp after copping a blow to his troublesome index finger on Monday before playing on the final day heavily taped.
Langer however quashed suggestions he might not be fit.
"He is the toughest pretty boy I've ever met in my life," he said as the team departed Adelaide for Perth on Tuesday afternoon.
"He could have snapped it in four places and he would be right. He is fine. He has had issues with it before. But he is 100 per cent ready to go."
Langer is expecting a fast and bouncy wicket at Perth Stadium to provide plenty for Australia's quicks as they look to level the Test series against India.
Australia's pacemen were outperformed by India in Adelaide as the tourists claimed a 1-0 lead in the four-Test series, and their hopes of reclaiming the Border-Gavaskar trophy rest upon winning the second Test starting on Friday.
"There's certainly some pace and bounce ... hopefully on a wicket which is conducive to a bit of swing and seam, the bowlers will get the job done," Langer said.