ADELAIDE (AFP) – Australia skipper Tim Paine admitted there was little time to regroup after the first Test defeat to India, but said he had no doubt under-fire fast bowling spearhead Mitchell Starc would bounce back in Perth.The second Test starts on Friday with India full of confidence after their tense, 31-run win in Adelaide — their first in Australia in a decade, and first ever in the opening Test as they search for a maiden series win Down Under.Australia skipper Tim Paine admitted there were shortcomings in Adelaide, but he was largely happy with how the team performed.
“There was a number of reasons why we lost,” he said.
“We thought we could have cleaned them up on day one for 200-210 and we let that slip a bit. Clearly we d like to score more than 230 in a first innings in Australia. There s things we do need to tighten up.”Starc received some criticism for some wayward spells, including a string of costly byes, in India s second innings in Adelaide. But Paine said the left-arm paceman would come good.”He didn t set the world on fire but I think, for a long time, there s been a really big gap between Starcy s best and his worst,” said Paine.”And from what I m seeing, that is getting closer and closer every day. Was he at his best? Probably not. But I still thought he played his role.”One key area of concern is opening batsmen. Debutant Marcus Harris scored 26 in each innings and showed enough to warrant another crack, but one-day specialist Aaron Finch failed both times, out for a duck and then 11.Paine acknowledged the top order must start delivering, but indicated they are likely to stick with the same line-up although there could be further discussions with coach Justin Langer before Friday s team is named.”Justin s the coach and he s got a fair say,” Paine said. “So I imagine if he wants to talk about it, it will be on the agenda when we get to Perth.”On what is expected to be a bouncy and seam-friendly pitch at the new Perth Stadium, similar to the WACA Ground it has replaced, spin great Shane Warne said he would like to see all-rounder Marcus Stoinis replace middle-order batsman Peter Handscomb.”Perth, given what we are hearing, it s going to be a nice, fast bouncy pitch, so I would be making one change and that would be to bring in Marcus Stoinis who got 85 in the last (Sheffield) Shield match and a 60 in the Shield game before,” said Warne.”But mainly it would be for his all-round capabilities, just to relieve a little pressure on Starc who might be able to bowl one less spell and be a little bit better.”Paine himself is a slight doubt after being on the right finger by a Mohammed Shami delivery — the same finger that has required several operations in the past.