India tour of Australia: Tim Paine said Australia have issues with thier batting and they need to overcome it if they are comeback from the 8-wicket thrashing in Melbourne. India leveled the series after bossing the Boxing Day Test under Ajinkya Rahane’s leadership.
Tim Paine’s men were comfortably outplayed in the Boxing Day Test by India at MCG (AP Photo)
Australia captain Tim Paine did not hold back as he conceded that the hosts played “poor and sloppy cricket” against India in their 8-wicket defeat in the Boxing Day Test. Paine said Australia have problems in their batting order which they need to address before the 3rd Test, starting January 7 “somewhere in Australia”.
Australia were bundled out for 195 and 200 in the two innings as they managed to avoid an innings defeat but slipped to an 8-wicket loss in the 2nd Test. India gunned down a 70-run target with 8 wickets to spare and leveled the series after losing the Adelaide Test.
This is also the first time since 1988-89 none of the Australian batsmen managed to post fifty in a Test match at home. Apart from their batting struggles, Australia were quite poor on the field as well, dropping quite a few catches.
“Obviously, we are disappointed. We played some poor cricket, sloppy cricket for a major part of the game. Credit to India, they forced us into mistakes with the bat, ball and also on the field. And when you do that against a quality team, it costs you,” Tim Paine said.
India were relentless with the ball as they picked up 20 wickets despite not having the likes of Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav (for the most part of the second innings). Mohammed Siraj, on debut, stepped up and picked up 5 wickets, while R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Jasprit Bumrah chipped in with crucial wickets.
Tim Paine credited the India bowlers for keeping up the pressure throughout the Boxing Day Test.
“Need to credit India as they put us under pressure. We have issues with the batting and need to get it sorted,” Paine said.
It was remarkable to see Ajinkya Rahane leading from the front as India, without Virat Kohli, bounced back from the Adelaide horror where they were bundled out for their lowest-ever Test score of 36.