Brisbane - Another 300-plus run pitch was
likely for the second one-day international against India in Brisbane,
Australia all-rounder James Faulkner said on Thursday.
The Australians comfortably ran down
India's 309 for three to win the opening ODI in Perth by five wickets on
Tuesday and Faulkner said to expect the same flow of runs at the Gabba on
"Everyone was quite surprised by the
way the wicket played in Perth, it was very flat and we saw a lot of runs
scored," Faulkner told reporters.
"I think any time you see 300 runs
scored and chased it's definitely a flat wicket.
"I'm expecting the same sort of
scenario here as well, I haven't seen a one-day wicket that hasn't been flat
here for a fair while, so it should have good pace, carry and be a good contest
"In general it's a tough gig bowling
in Perth and here.
"Runs can be scored so fast due to the
pace on the ball. Everyone got hit the other day so I don't think you can
single out one or two bowlers."
Indian opener Rohit Sharma scored an
unbeaten 171 in his team's innings in Perth, but Steve Smith and George Bailey
both scored centuries to get Australia home on a lifeless WACA pitch in the ODI
"Every time you go onto the ground you
try to entertain, I don't think you specifically go out there and think 'I want
to put on a show', it's more worrying about what you can do to contribute to the
team," Faulkner said.
"The revolution in T20 cricket and how
successful the Big Bash League has been this season with the crowd numbers that
have attended and also on TV, it's only going to get bigger.
"It's an exciting time for cricket in
general, you're seeing a lot more high scores in the one-day format as well.
That's entertaining enough."
Rohit Sharma said there were no safe scores
in ODI cricket in the modern era.
"When you bat first you actually don't
know what is a defendable score. You get 340 and again it is not a safe score
anymore," Sharma told reporters.
"When we were batting in the middle
(in Perth) the idea was to capitalise and bat as long as possible, considering
we have got a couple of newcomers in the middle order.
"The top three batsmen - myself, Virat
Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan - it is a big responsibility to bat as long as
"So I think 309 was a pretty good
score on that track but as Australia batted really well and if you don't take
wickets in the middle of the innings it is always going to be difficult
especially here in Australia," he added.