Australian skipper Tim Paine gave credit to the Indian team for outplaying them in the four-match series. Paine who was handed over the captaincy of sinking Australian team said he knows how difficult it is to win overseas. In fact, this is the maiden Test series win for India on the Australian soil.
India won the first Test match by 31 runs. However, they lost the second by 146 runs at Perth. Subsequently, they won the third Test match by 137 runs and took a 2-1 lead in the series. In fact, they had their noses in front in the final Test match. However, rain and bad light on the last two days of the Test match evaded the winning margin of 3-1.
Tim Paine said while talking in the post-match presentation, “Tip our hats to India. We know personally going to India and playing in foreign conditions, how difficult it is. Congratulations to Virat and Ravi. Huge effort to come and win a series overseas. In the last two Tests, no doubt. Had our chances to win in Adelaide. India outplayed us in big moments in that Test. In Perth we did well. But we were outplayed in these last two Tests. So they deserve to win the series. There’s always positives. I know there’s been a lot of gloom and doom of late. Got some talent in this team”.
Tim Paine gave credit to India’s bowling attack and believes it is the best in the world. Furthermore, he hopes that his batting unit, which led the team down will learn from its mistakes and will correct them in the upcoming time.
“Obviously got some talent who aren’t playing. They were playing against potentially the best pace attack in the world. Hopefully, they’ll learn. Message is to keep scoring runs. That’s the currency in cricket. We’ve got guys outside the group that are putting pressure as well, so that’s a good thing. Our group is under no illusions. Cricket is a funny game. We know it can turn very quickly. I’m fine, thanks (mentally drained?). Will go home for a couple of days now. And some of us will head to the Big Bash. And then we’ll have an eye on the preparation for Sri Lanka which is a big series for us next”.
Meanwhile, Australia would be disappointed by their dismal show. They had a potent bowling unit in Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon. However, they were not able to deliver the goods with the bat. Thus, Australia has a lot of work to do and would like to rectify their mistakes in the upcoming series against Sri Lanka.
On the other hand, India and Australia will lock horns with each other in the three-match ODI series.