Team India might have fallen badly in the Pink-ball Test match in Adelaide but Australia captain Tim Paine has warned his team against taking the very “talented Test match side” lightly.
India were bundled out for 36, their lowest ever Test total till date before losing by 8 wickets in just two-and-a-half days of the series opener. Players including Joe Burns and Josh Hazlewood had talked about the ‘mental scars’ India would be carrying into the marquee Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). But Paine doesn’t want his team to think in that fashion about a “proud cricket country India”. The 36-year-old has reminded his troop about the 2019 Ashes, when they had to settle with a draw despite taking lead twice in the series.
“We can’t pay any attention to mental scars, whatever that people are talking about. We know India is a proud cricket country. They are an extremely talented Test match side with lots of dangerous players,” he said on Friday.
“The moment we take out foot off the pedal and think we are going all right, we saw in England in that fifth Test, that we can come unstuck pretty quickly. So, a huge focus of ours since that fifth Test in the Ashes has been winning after winning and our attitude towards the next game,” Tim Paine has said.
India are expected to make a few changes for the Boxing Day Test. KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant are almost certain of replacing Virat Kohli and Wriddhiman Saha, respectively in the playing XI. Paine is aware about the threat these “dangerous” players possess for his team.
“The last week we have been fantastic in the way we have prepared for this game. We know that some of the players they are talking about coming in to their side like a KL Rahul or a Rishabh Pant are dangerous players who like to take the game on and will play positively. If we give guys like that an inch, they will take a mile.”
Test three and four can be real battle for India if they lose Boxing Day Test
Tim Paine also talked about the drawbacks of bio-secure bubble, saying that the team not winning can find it more difficult. The Tasmania batsman predicted that India would implode if they are put in similar position like in Adelaide.
“Living in a hub or a bubble, it is certainly easier when you are playing well, there is no doubt about that,” Paine said.
“But, the flip side to that is, you are really close, you are really tight-knit and you are always around each other. It can go both ways. We have been on overseas tours before to India or South Africa and we were bowled out for 50. It can be really difficult, so, again … that’s why it is so important for us to turn up with the attitude that we turned up with in the first Test.
“We know they [India] are not going to roll over. We are going to have to work our backsides off to get them in a position like we did in Adelaide. If we can do it again, then Tests three and four can become a real battle for them. But, first, we have got to start well and put them back under the pump.”