Fast And Hot Are The Predictions For Day One Of Second Test In Perth

13/11/2015 11:55 AM AEDT | Updated 15/07/2016 12:51 PM AEST
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Australia's paceman Mitchell Marsh (L) shouts a successful leg-before-wicket appeal against New Zealand's Doug Bracewell (R) during the fifth and the final day of the first Test cricket match between Australia and New Zealand in Brisbane on November 9, 2015. AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHAN --IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO COMMERCIAL USE-- (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

It's going to be a hot one for the first day of the second Test between Australia and New Zealand at the WACA in Perth on Friday.

With an expected top temperature of 36 degrees, Australia has named an unchanged side to face the Kiwis.

The visitors have had to make changes to their line-up with James Neesham returning to New Zealand for treatment on a recurring injury while bowling spearhead Tim Southee has tried desperately to overcome a back injury and declare himself fit enough for the Perth Test.

On Thursday night New Zealand was leaving the decision with Southee but with the likely view to letting him play, albeit slightly underdone.

The Australians with no such worries will be relishing the chance for the likes of Johnson and Hazelwood to let loose on the fast pitch in hot weather.

This is Mitch Johnson's home turf so the Kiwi batsmen could be in for a torrid time.

Australia's top order batsmen will be looking to repeat their efforts at the Gabba with Warner looking to break more records while Burns and Khawaja will be determined to cement their spots in the batting line-up and captain Steve Smith, coming in at number four, feels confident at the iconic Perth ground.

But Kiwi captain Brendan McCullum has urged his team to show determination and resolve to keep the three-Test series alive.

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