India lose Ashwin, Sharma to injuries for 2nd Australia test

PERTH, Australia (AP) It's predictable to forecast bowling attacks featuring four fast bowlers for a cricket test in Perth, where the pitch has traditionally offered extra pace and bounce.

Usually, though, the discussion revolves around an Australian battery of quicks and rarely would that prospect extend to India's attack.

But with offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin ruled out of the second test because of a side strain, India selectors are considering it. Australia, meanwhile, confirmed its starting XI on Thursday and stayed with its three frontline pace bowlers and offspinner Nathan Lyon.