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India shines at putting on "sideshows," and Australia's Test series in Australia was hampered by them

Tim Paine-led Australia lost the four-match Test series 2-1 to India earlier this year.

Thursday, 13th May 2021

Australia's Test captain Tim Paine said that his side "took their eye off the ball" against India and were distracted by the "sideshows" of the visitors that saw them lose the home Test series 2-1. India was initially reluctant to fly to Brisbane, and Australia had no idea where the series' final Test would be played, according to Paine. Paine told the media at a Chappell Foundation event in Sydney that India is brilliant at distracting with stuff that don't matter, and that Australia fell for it during the home Test series.

"Part of the challenge of playing against India is that they're really good at niggling you and trying to confuse you with things that don't really matter, and there were times in that series when we succumbed to that," he said.

"The classic example was when they said they weren't going to the Gabba, and we had no idea where we were supposed to go. They're really good at putting on these sideshows, and we let our guard down”

Despite missing many key players, India was able to make history by winning the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Brisbane.

India was without Virat Kohli, who returned home after India was bundled out for 36 in the first Test, their lowest score in Test cricket.

In the next Test, Ajinkya Rahane took over from Kohli and led the visitors to a series-leveling victory. India then earned a hard-fought draw at the SCG.

Rishabh Pants match-winning knock on the final day of the final Test helped India win the four-match series 2-1.

The News Talkie Bureau




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