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Paine admits to Australia’s shortcomings in Adelaide
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Paine admits to Australia’s shortcomings in Adelaide

Australia skipper Tim Paine admitted there was little time to regroup after their defeat to India in Adelaide Test but said he had no doubt over the fact that under-fire fast bowling spearhead Mitchell Starc would bounce back in Perth.

The second Test starts on Friday with India full of confidence after their first win in Australia in a decade, and first-ever in the opening Test as they search for a maiden series win Down Under.

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Australia skipper Tim Paine admitted there were shortcomings in Adelaide.

India were four down with 41 runs on the board but a gritty hundred from Pujara ensured that his side got enough on the board to challenge the opposition.

"We thought we could have cleaned them up on day one for 200-210 and we let that slip a bit. Clearly we'd like to score more than 230 in a first innings in Australia. There's things we do need to tighten up."

‘Starc would come good’

Starc received criticism for some of his wayward spells, where the left-arm paceman had lost his radar which included costly byes, in India's second innings. But Paine said the left-arm paceman would come good.

"He didn't set the world on fire but I think, for a long time, there's been a really big gap between Starcy's best and his worst," said Paine.

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"And from what I'm seeing, that is getting closer and closer every day. Was he at his best? Probably not. But I still thought he played his role."

‘Top-order must deliver’

Another area of concern for the Aussies is their opening batsmen. Debutant Marcus Harris scored 26 in each innings and showed enough to warrant another crack, but white-ball specialist Aaron Finch failed both times, out for a duck and then 11.

Paine acknowledged the top order must start firing, but indicated they are likely to stick with the same line-up although there could be further discussions with coach Justin Langer before the team for second Test is named.

"Justin's the coach and he's got a fair say. So I imagine if he wants to talk about it, it will be on the agenda when we get to Perth."

'Stoinis should come in for Handscomb' - Warne

With the track at new Perth Stadium expected to be bouncy and seam-friendly, spin great Shane Warne said he would like to see all-rounder Marcus Stoinis replace middle-order batsman Peter Handscomb.

"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 (Sheffield) Shield match and a 60 in the Shield game before," said Warne.

"But mainly it would be for his all-round capabilities, just to relieve a little pressure on Starc who might be able to bowl one less spell and be a little bit better."

Paine himself is a slight doubt after being on the right finger by a Mohammed Shami delivery -- the same finger that has required several operations in the past.