Tim Paine was understandably disappointed after his side lost the second Test against India. Australia failed to capitalise on their outstanding win at Adelaide as they were completely outplayed in all three departments. Paine admitted that his side played sloppy cricket and the credit for that goes to team India who constantly put them under pressure.
Australia was ordinary with the bat in both innings of the Test. They had no answers against the Indian bowling attack who were relentless with their line and length. On top of that, the failure of Steve Smith again with the bat once again exposed Australia’s batting line up. The hosts could only make 195 runs in the first innings and 200 in the second which didn’t trouble an inspired team India.
We played poor and sloppy cricket- Tim Paine
After losing the Test, Paine complimented team India and gave them credit for bouncing back and dominating the boxing day Test match. As far the positives from the Test for Australia is concerned, Paine could only talk about all-rounder Cameron Green who showed promise with the bat in the second innings.
“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. 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 mostly, we should be together”, said Paine in the post-match presentation.
Meanwhile, team India wrapped up the Test match on day 4 as they comfortably chased down the target of 70 runs. The man of the match skipper Rahane remained unbeaten on 27 alongside debutant Shubman Gil who made 35 runs. The 4 match series is now levelled at 1-1 with the third Test scheduled to begin on January 7 at Sydney.