Australia’s Test captain Tim Paine blames team India for their loss in the home test series. Tim said that his team “took their eyes off the ball” against India & were distracted by the “sideshows” of the Indian team which resulted in their loss in the home test series by 2-1 scores.
Tim Paine further said that India was hesitant to travel to Brisbane & thus Australia was not aware that where the final test match of the Border Gavaskar Test series will be played. While talking to media at the Chappell Foundation function in Sydney, Paine said that India is very good at distracting with unnecessary things & Australia fell for that “side-shows” in the Test series at home.
“Part of the challenge of playing against India is they’re very good at niggling you and trying to distract you with stuff that doesn’t really matter and there were times in that series where we fell for that,” Paine was quoted as saying by news.com.au
“The classic example was when they said they weren’t going to the Gabba so we didn’t know where we were going. They’re very good at creating these sideshows and we took our eye off the ball,” he added.
In the Australia home test series, India despite losing a number of their star players managed to create history by winning the test match in Brisbane in order to clinch the Border Gavaskar Trophy. India was playing without their Captain Virat Kohli who flew back to India after the end of the first test where India was bundled for their lowest score in Test Cricket i.e. 36
Ajinkay Rahane took the responsibility of captaincy after Kohli went back to India on paternity leave & thereby led India to a series-leveling win in the second test match. India then managed to register a draw at the SCG. And in the final test, Rishabh Pant played a match-winning knock on the final day of the fourth test match to help India register a stunning 2-1 win in the four-match Test series.
For latest cricket news & updates follow Cricketflicker!