India suffered a heavy defeat in the second Test at Perth and the pitch at the new Optus stadium did receive a lot of attention for its spice and variable bounce. Both sets of seamers and Nathan  Lyon ruled the show and batting was a difficult job on the strip. However, both captains did not raise any such concerns after the match.

The ICC in its assessment of the pitch has labelled it 'poor' based on the report filed by match referee Ranjan Madugalle. This sparked off a Twitter war between former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra and former Australian quick Mitchell Johnson.

Unimpressed with the rating, Johnson tweeted, "Nothing wrong with it. It was exciting to watch a contest between bat and ball for a change and not these dull flat tracks being served up constantly. I'd actually be interested in knowing what a good pitch is? Hope for another exciting test at the MCG."

However, Aakash Chopra took a different stand and said that the pitch had very inconsistent bounce and cited the example of a delivery from Hanuma Vihari in the first innings to Marcus Harris which jumped up from a length and took the glove of the batsman.

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Johnson was not done yet, he hit back saying that it was a very enjoyable pitch for the fast bowlers and as a fan, he thoroughly enjoyed the contest when the fast bowlers tested the batsmen out with short-pitched stuff.

This sparked off a war of words between the duo who tried to nail home their points.