Australia badly need Smith-Warner: Tim Paine
In the aftermath of some sorry batting display at MCG that cost the third Test, Aussie captain Tim Paine came admitting the team is in dire need of Steve Smith and David Warner, the banned star duos of the country.
Tail ender Pat Cummins became the sole fighter of the team, scoring 63 only to lengthen the defeat margined by 137 runs forced Paine to acknowledge that lack of world class batsmen rampaged the competency of the team for fighting teams like India.
“I think it’s inexperience, it’s pressure, India’s bowling attack is probably as good as most of us have ever played,” he said.
“I think it’s pretty clear that if you take two or three of the best players out of anyone’s line-up around the world, you’re going to struggle a little bit at times and you are going to have inconsistent performances.
“The silver lining is that we do have world-class players that are available soon to come back into this side, and clearly when they do they will make a huge difference,” Paine said.
With the win, India have just taken the unassailable lead of 2-1 in the four match series.
Australia were skittled for 151 in their first innings reply to India’s massive first innings total of 443 for seven (declared) built by a patient 106 runs knock of Cheteshwar Pujara’s with skipper Virat Kohli restrained to 82.
Aussie skipper Paine said, “We spoke about how Kohli went about it (his 82). We knew Pujara, and even Kohli, one of the most explosive batters, got to 20 off 25, 26 balls, then the rest of his innings took whatever it was,” he said.
“For the best player in the world to change his innings and play like that, if you can’t be on the same field as him and watch him and learn from what he is doing, then you are in the wrong space,” he added.
Australia added all-rounder Marnus Labuschagne to the squad of the fourth and final Test match.