Indian cricket has been terrific in the limited-overs tournament for the past few years but they have achieved new highs by reaching the finals of the World Test Championship. After the pandemic, the team toured Australia and won the test series 2-1 even with the top players unavailable due to injuries. The rise of Rishabh Pant, Shardul Thakur, Washington Sundar, and Mohammad Siraj has instilled confidence into the team for the WTC finals. The Australian captain Tim Paine has spoken on the test series loss against India this January.
The Australia test captain Tim Paine has been trolled by the Indian cricket fans after he provided an excuse for a home series loss against India early in the year. He reiterated the fact that the Indian team distracted the Australian side ahead of the 4th test match at Gabba. Below is the statement was given by Paine regarding the Indian team.
“Part of the challenge of playing against India is they’re very good at niggling you and trying to distract you with stuff that doesn’t really matter and there were times in that series where we fell for that. The classic example was when they said they weren’t going to the Gabba so we didn’t know where we were going. They’re very good at creating these sideshows and we took our eye off the ball,” Paine was quoted as saying by news.com.au.
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The Australian captain Tim Paine was made the captain of the test team after David Warner, Steve Smith, and Cameron Bancroft were banned from international for 1 year. In 23 matches under his leadership, the Australian team has won 11 matches and has a winning ratio of 47.83%. He has been a fine performer with the bat and has 1534 runs in 35 matches at n average of 32.63. But with Ashes being scheduled in December 2021, it will be a waiting game for his place in the side. The other options for the selectors for the wicketkeeping slot will be Matthew Wade, Cameron Bancroft, and Peter Handscomb.
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