Captain Tim Paine has declared himself a certain starter for the second Domain Test against India despite requiring treatment on his troublesome finger in Adelaide.
Paine sent a scare through the Australian camp during his innings on Monday when he copped a blow on his right index finger, the same digit that required seven separate surgeries after he first broke it during an exhibition match in 2010.
The skipper was sporting some tape on the troublesome digit following Australia’s 31-run loss, but said he was in no doubt for the second Test in Perth, starting on Friday.
“The finger’s fine, good to go,” was the skipper’s succinct summation when asked about it during a Facebook Live chat with the Australian Men's Cricket Team page following the match.
Facing Indian quick Mohammad Shami during his innings of 41, Paine gloved a short ball down to square leg and called for attention from medical staff before continuing his innings.
Paine’s former teammate and long-time ally Ricky Ponting was quick to note where the ball had struck the Australian skipper.
"Where he's putting that tape on now is exactly where he broke his finger," Ponting said in commentary for the Seven Network.
"Right up in that joint closest to the knuckle is where had the bad break.”
Australia will retain the same 14-man squad for the Perth Test; Chris Tremain and Mitchell Marsh will re-join the squad having been released for JLT Sheffield Shield duty while 12th man Peter Siddle will also travel to Perth.
Despite going 1-0 down in the series, Paine said the way his side fought on the final day in Adelaide gave him belief that a breakthrough win – which would be his first as captain – wasn’t far away.
“Just stick with us,” he said when asked what his message was to Australian supporters.
“You can see that we’ve got a group of guys who can fine really hard and have a crack and I think that’s all you can ask for.
“We’re learning on the job a bit, but I think the signs are there that we’re not too far away from clicking. And when we do, we’ll get some wins and start putting them together.”
Domain Test Series v India
Dec 6-10: First Test, Adelaide Oval
Dec 14-18: Second Test, Perth Stadium
Dec 26-30: Third Test, MCG
Jan 3-7: Fourth Test, SCG
Australia squad: Tim Paine (c, wk), Josh Hazlewood (vc), Mitch Marsh (vc), Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Chris Tremain
India squad: Virat Kohli (c), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant (wk), Parthiv Patel (wk), Ravi Ashwin, Ravi Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar