2nd ODI: Expecting Brisbane pitch to be as flat as Perth, says James Faulkner

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Brisbane, Jan 14: Australian all-rounder James Faulkner reckons that the 22-yard strip used at the Gabba for the second ODI against India will also be "flat" but at the same time more "competitive" than the WACA pitch where both teams enjoyed a run-feast.

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"Everyone was quite surprised with how the wicket played at Perth. It was obviously very flat and we saw so many runs being scored. I think any time over 300 runs is being scored and chased, it's definitely a flat wicket," Faulkner said ahead of the second ODI against India.

A file picture of James Faulkner

"I'm expecting the same sort of scenario here as well. I have not seen an ODI wicket here (in Brisbane) that has not been flat for a fair while. It should have good pace and carry and should be a good contest again," said Faulkner ahead of the game.

Australia fielded an all-pace attach in Perth and are expected to go in with the same bowling combination at Brisbane as well.

"It's a tough gig bowling at Perth and here. Runs can be scored so fast due to the pace on the ball. The pitches don't really grip as much as the MCG or Canberra, ones that we will come up against later in the tournament. I think everyone got hit the other day, so you can't really single out any one due to how flat the conditions were," he said.

"The big change was the overs leading into the Powerplay, with batsmen tending to milk it around and staying, and then using that as a launching pad.

"That was obviously a dangerous time for any team batting if you lost a wicket before that five over period, it could halt your momentum. Likewise, if you didn't lose a wicket, it could help them set up a big total.

"I quite like the new rules. It goes back to five in the last 10 overs. It's still a massive challenge for the bowlers no doubt, but it's a bit more normal now," he added.

PTI

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