India Vs Australia: Tim Paine accepts India were better team

Florence Fletcher
January 8, 2019

Batting, bowling, selection and tactics were poor against India and Australia have to admit they were just not good enough.

"If he is your best bowler, you give him space to work things out and not mount more pressure on him, because you don't want to lose a guy like that who is so skilled and wins games".

Aside from man-of-the-series Pujara, a big part of their success in Australia has been executing their bowling plans to deprive the Australian batsmen of playing their shots.

But Kohli, who scored 593 runs at 59.3 including two tons in England previous year, proved a source of support after completing India's maiden Test series win in Australia. The morning session of the fourth day was washed out as well, following which the ground saw a bit of play in the second session and the abandonment of the final session.

Talking to the media in the post-match press conference, Kohli was asked about his feelings having achieved his dream of winning a Test series overseas. The culture we've been able to build over the last 12 months.

"When Indian cricket respects Test cricket we know the fans are going to come in and watch Test cricket".

'In Perth, I thought we played a very good game of cricket but when we went to Melbourne and Sydney, we've been outplayed in all departments'. "It's amusing, in a big series of four Tests you go back to a couple of key moments in the very first Test where we let ourselves down and you get to the end of the series and it's really hard to take".

Australia struggled without batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner, who are serving a 12 month ban for the ball-tampering controversy in South Africa last March. Even with the rain around, the Indian dressing room was devoid of any tension as they were already leading the series 2-1 and the draw would mean a series victory to them.

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If this victory is put into perspective with some of Indian cricket's famous away series wins, it will be right up there both in terms of novelty as well as quality.

The opening match between the two sides was ended in a draw in Kingstone before India bounced back and recorded a win by seven wickets to take an unassaible 1-0 lead in the series at Port of Spain. "That's why India won this series", said Paine.

"We said that to be successful in Australia, we need to make sure that we need to take the cut and the pull out of the Australian batsmen and then focus the attack on our strengths, so that's exactly what we did".

'That's the determination and the ruthlessness, the mindset with which this team went out to play in this series.

Australia's two most experienced batsmen, Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh, scored one half-century apiece.

"I wouldn't say they bowled badly, I would look at it as we have batted well, ' Kohli said".

The skipper acknowledged that "in an ideal world" younger players, such as Travis Head, would have required a lot more runs before getting to pop on a baggy green. "We have faith in them going forward", he said.

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