Australia batsman Travis Head says conditions will be perfect for fast bowlers in Adelaide ahead of their first Test against India.
The 24-year-old is very familiar with the surface at the Adelaide Oval having played there for his entire career so far for South Australia, and is now captaining the side.
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The left-hander admits he is expecting the surface to initially suit the pace bowlers, but the time will come for spinners.
Head said: “In the Shield games it’s been – a bit of a new-ball wicket, but the batters have got ‘in’ once the ball’s got a bit older and been able to score runs.
“And it’s spun, so I think it’s done everything really well (and) I think it will be a good wicket all round. “With the hot weather (35C forecast for Thursday), hopefully it’s got a lot of pace in it.
“I know (groundsman Damian Hough) Houghy is trying to get it quicker each time, and I think as the Shield season’s gone on here the wickets have become quicker.
“(Fourth innings) have been successful (for batters), but there’s been a bit of rough for spin, so I think with five days Lyno (Nathan Lyon) will come into the game.”