"I believe he (Ferguson) should play".
"Any rescheduling would have included all teams having significantly shortened, and unreasonable, breaks in the post-Christmas Shield window".
Australia are hosting Contemporary Zealand for a three-Take a look at series beginning December 12 in Perth. "We have every confidence that the MCG groundstaff will learn from the experience of the Shield match and turn out an excellent pitch for Boxing Day".
New Zealand's chances might depend on how they deal with the unknown with a day-nighter at Perth Stadium starting on Thursday before they move onto the more traditional Australian summer fare of test matches in Melbourne and Sydney.
The Black Caps copped body blow after body blow in the series opener, with Trent Boult ruled out with a side strain and his replacement, Lockie Ferguson, needing scans on his calf on his Test debut.
Australia vs New Zealand, 1st TestLabuschagne batted through the final two sessions on a Perth Stadium pitch which was unresponsive before coming alive under the lights.
Optus Stadium's only other Test saw Australia defeat India by 146 runs past year on a particularly lively, pace-friendly wicket.
"It puts a (cricket) test into huge perspective", Langer said. Scorching hot weather is forecast for the first three days in Perth with Australia widely expected to field the same XI to the one that crushed Pakistan.
Lockie Ferguson could be the ace in the pack for the Kiwis.
"A lot of people think that I'm very unusual, I think he tops me personally", Smith said. I think he has loads of time against quick bowling.
"He almost brought up his hundred in Adelaide with a six over mid-off so I wonder whether that will be starting to enter his mind here to Santner", Katich said.
"It just helps to play the ball a bit later and I think (Williamson) plays it a bit later than anybody else in the world".
"Very good team, New Zealand".
"It's a hard call; it's one they have to consider because if it's a one for one and you keep Santner in probably Southee is the one they're looking at", he said.
"But in the unlikely scenario that they did (have a problem), we'd obviously love a contingency plan in place to make sure we can deliver the coverage for our loyal customers".
It's understood the Shield match could have been salvaged had match officials chose to delay the start for a session and roll the pitch for an extra two hours.