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Australia decide to go with unchanged line-up for Perth encounter
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Australia decide to go with unchanged line-up for Perth encounter

Australia will field the same playing XI for the third Test in a row when they face New Zealand in the first Test at Perth which will be a day-night contest.

Coach Justin Langer has been working hard to form a consistent playing XI but after handing over a thrashing to Pakistan side in two Test series, there is not enough need to make changes for the upcoming assignment against the Black Caps.

"We've been playing some really good cricket, happy with the way it's going so we're trying to get a consistent team together," Paine told reporters ahead of the Test match.

"And as I touched on after Adelaide (second Test against Pakistan), the great thing is we've got guys that are performing really well.

"That's what we wanted so we're going to go with the same team."

That means Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood will lead the pace attack with James Pattinson and Michael Neser sitting out.

Paine suggested that he might consider making a change for the next two Tests in Melbourne and Sydney.

"But at the moment the three big fellas are fit and firing," he said.

Australia’s record at the new Perth Stadium is superb as they have never lost a Test at this venue. They have also won all six day-night Tests played so far, starting from 2015.

On the other hand, New Zealand last played a day-night Test two years ago against England in Auckland.

The weather forecast could also have an impact on the pitch and the visitors as the temperature could go up to 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) over the first three days.

Paine insisted the conditions won’t have a lot of effect on his players as they are used to the hot weather in Australian summer.

"We're a professional team. Our preparation and recovery is a little bit more important," he said.

"We're all Australians, we're all used to it probably barring me and 'Wadey'," he added, referring to team-mate Matthew Wade who plays with Paine for Tasmania, which has a cooler weather.

"But it's just part of the job now and it certainly won't affect us. We thrive on these conditions. I think it can be a real advantage to us."