Mumbai: After winning the first match at Adelaide, Australia was dominating in the four-match test series and it was expected that the host will continue to fire on visitors, but it wasn’t to be as the Ajinkya Rahane-led Indian outfit dominated the show from the opening day of the Boxing Day Test.
Despite winning the toss and batting first, Australia was just 195 successful in the first essay. And speaking at the end of the match on Tuesday, captain Tim Paine made no bones about the fact that it was disappointing to benefit India and gave them a chance to square the series.
“Very disappointed. We played some bad cricket, sloppy cricket for a major part of the game. Credit to India, they forced us to make mistakes with the bat, ball, and on the field. And when you do that against a quality team, it costs you,” he admitted.
Paine did not provide any information about the fact that Indians played better cricket throughout the game. He said, but again India needs to be credited because they have kept us under pressure.
The Australia captain said the team would face a batting crisis as they had failed to click in any innings so far. “We have batting issues and this needs to be resolved,” he said.
But the captain also praised Cameron Green for showing the nature of grinding it at the top level. “We saw the nature (green) we saw and played more games, then it will get better, which is exciting,” he said.
With the next Test to be played on January 7, Pine said that some boys could be released to play in the Big Bash League. “We’ll probably be together, although some people may release to play BBL games, mostly, we should be together,” he said.