[caption id="attachment_780050" align="alignnone" width="628"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Justin-Langer-AFP.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-780050" alt="Australia coach Justin Langer. @ AFP" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Justin-Langer-AFP.jpg" width="628" height="471" /></a> Australia coach Justin Langer. @ AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><strong>Perth:</strong> Australia coach <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/justin-langer/">Justin Langer</a> has heaped praise on the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/waca">Western Australia Cricket Association</a> (WACA) curator for dishing out a perfect wicket for the inaugural Test at Perth s new <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/optus-stadium">Optus Stadium</a>. <p></p> <p></p>Australia snapped the remaining five wickets in just about an hour on the final day of the second Test to secure a <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/india-vs-australia-2018-2nd-test-australia-crush-india-by-146-runs-in-perth-to-level-series-1-1-779888">series-levelling victory</a> with the two Tests remaining on Boxing Day and January 3 at Melbourne and Sydney respectively. <p></p> <p></p>On a deck which was expected to assist the pacers, offspinner <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/nathan-lyon/">Nathan Lyon</a> bagged the Man of the Match award pocketing eight wickets, including 5/67 in the first innings to lead the hosts to an emphatic 146-run victory. <p></p> <p></p>"A couple did something off the cracks, but that's OK," Langer, who has secured his first victory as coach, told <em>FOX Cricket</em> after the match on Tuesday. <p></p> <p></p><strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/india-vs-australia-2018-we-thought-the-fast-bowlers-were-going-to-be-more-productive-for-us-virat-kohli-780015">We thought the fast bowlers were going to be more productive for us: Virat Kohli</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>"It's like if you play on other wickets and it spins every now and then, it might spin out of the rough. It had everything. Nathan Lyon was probably the difference. <p></p> <p></p>"He was not only man of the match, but we selected the spinner (and) India didn't. We saw what a great influence he had on the game. It spun, it bounced, it was fast, there was bounces, it swung a bit. <p></p> <p></p>"Anyone who says there's anything wrong with that wicket, they must have been watching a different game." <p></p> <p></p>Indian pacers, especially <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/mohammed-shami/">Mohammed Sham</a>i, bowled a hostile spell with <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/marcus-harris">Marcus Harris</a> and Lyon both copping blows on the helmet. <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/aaron-finch/">Aaron Finch</a> was struck on his right index finger by a short delivery from Shami and was <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/india-vs-australia-2018-aaron-finch-cleared-of-serious-injury-cricket-australia-779009">sent to hospital for x-rays</a>. Shami then decimated Australia in the second dig with a six-wicket haul. <p></p> <p></p><strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/articles/india-vs-australia-2018-mohammed-shami-breaks-anil-kumbles-record-of-most-overseas-test-wickets-in-a-year-779373">Mohammed Shami breaks Anil Kumble s record of most overseas Test wickets in a year </a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>"Shami's spell after lunch (on Monday) he's not renowned as an ultra-aggressive bowler, but it was ultra-aggressive, and it was nervous to watch," Langer said. <p></p> <p></p>The former Australia batsman said the pitch brought back memories of the old WACA wicket fast and bouncy. <p></p> <p></p>"For so long at the WACA Test match it's almost part of the drama or theatre it's going to be a fast, bouncy WACA wicket," he said. <p></p> <p></p><strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/india-vs-australia-2018-when-we-looked-at-the-pitch-we-did-not-think-about-ravindra-jadeja-virat-kohli-779997">When we looked at the pitch, we did not think about Ravindra Jadeja: Virat Kohli</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>"We probably haven't seen it for a long time, but we saw it here. That was like going back to the heyday of fast WACA wickets."