India’s tail not wagging in China

Ishant Sharma concedes India’s long tail especially struggles on n wickets.One of the longest tails in Test cricket looms as a major issue for India if can make early breakthroughs on day three of the second Test.

India will resume on Sunday at 3-172 in response to ‘s 326, with Virat Kohli (82no) and Ajinkya Rahane (51no) seeking to build on their partnership at Perth Stadium.

will be hungry to break the stand given the abundance of soft targets that await them at the bottom of India’s XI.

The length of India’s tail is illustrated by the fact their No.8, Ishant Sharma, averages just 7.92 from 122 Test innings.

Offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who boasts four Test centuries and an average of 29.14, batted at No.8 in Adelaide but was ruled out in Perth with an abdominal strain.

India had the option of replacing Ashwin with another spinning allrounder in Ravindra Jadeja but instead added Umesh Vadav as a fourth quick.

in contrast have been able to rely on runs from almost all of their bowlers with Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon all able to occupy the crease.

“If we can get a couple of wickets early and break this partnership, it’s not an easy wicket to start up on,” n batsman Usman Khawaja said.

“We’ve still got to start off well tomorrow. If we do that then we’ll have our chance at that tail.”

Ishant, who has scored one half-century from 166 first-class innings, conceded the Indian tailenders struggled to handle batting in n conditions.

“Maybe abroad we’re not scoring as much … but even if ns come to India they’re not scoring as much,” he said.

“We’re not used to that kind of pace and bounce.

“We are working on our batting skills so maybe not today or tomorrow but some day our bowlers will score a fifty and it will be good for the team.”

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