India vs Australia: ‘Played some poor, sloppy cricket’ – Tim Paine on Boxing Day Test defeat


India vs Australia: ‘Played some poor, sloppy cricket’ – Tim Paine on Boxing Day Test defeat

Tim Paine

Tim Paine
Tim Paine

After a mind-blowing victory in Adelaide, Australia failed to replicate the same at the Boxing Day Test. The Indian team clinched a series-levelling win on day four at the MCG. Tim Paine’s men suffered an 8-wicket defeat against the Indians before they go to the New Year’s Test in Sydney.

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Aussie skipper Tim Paine expressed his disappointment after a one-sided loss against Ajinkya Rahane and co. He pointed out the mistakes the kangaroos made in all three departments of the game. He also credited the Indian team for putting their opposition under pressure despite coming from an infamous defeat at the Adelaide Oval.

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“Pretty 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. But again, need to credit India as they put us under pressure,” said Tim Paine during the post-match presentation ceremony. 

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The Australian bowlers have impressed throughout the series, however, their batsmen failed to put big runs on the board. Paine slammed his batsmen for their failures but hailed the youngster Cameron Green for playing a gritty knock of 45 in the second innings. The kangaroo skipper also hinted at releasing a few players to play in the Big Bash League ahead of the next match.

“We have issues with the batting and need to get it sorted. We’ve seen the temperament that he (Green) showed and as he plays more games, he’ll get even better, which is exciting. (On the team plans in coming days) We’ll stay together probably although some guys may get released to play BBL games but mostly, we should be together,” he added.

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