Australian legend Shane Warne has urged the national selectors to bring in an all-rounder for the second Test between Australia and India at Perth.
Speaking on Fox Cricket's show Cricket 360, Warned said that India were let off hook in Adelaide as hot conditions rendered Australian pacers ineffective and the team lacked a fifth bowling option.
Warne also added that Marcus Stoinis should be brought into the side to release the pressure from bowlers.
“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 Shield match and a 60 in the Shield game before,” Warne said.
“But mainly it would be for his all-round capabilities. Just to relieve a little pressure off Starc – who might be able to bowl one less spell and be a little bit better.”
The former leg-spinner suggested that batsman Peter Handscomb could make way for Stoinis in the Australian playing XI at Perth.
India were once reeling at 127/6 in the first innings before Cheteshwar Pujara's sublime 123 helped India reach 250. Good work by Indian bowlers helped visitors gain a 15-run lead which was later converted into a target of 323 as Aussies were wrapped up at 291, handing Virat Kohli and Co a 31-run win and 1-0 lead in the four-match series.
The second Test match between Australia and India starts on Friday, 14 December, at Perth. It will be the first Test that will be played at the new venue.