Tim Paine cries foul after Australia lose: We served India pitches that suit them

first_imgAustralia captain Tim Pain lashed out at the Melbourne Cricket Ground pitch curator after his team’s 137-run loss against India in the Boxing Day Test on Sunday.Australia needed to chase down 399 for victory but got bowled out for 261 with India pacers and Ravindra Jadeja running through the batting lineup in nearly three sessions.Paine, who said he would have bowled first at MCG if he had won the toss at the post-match presentation, had harsh words for the curator in another interview.”We’ve rolled up some wickets that have taken away from our strengths, which is pace and bounce,” Paine said in an interview with Macquarie Sports Radio Cricket.”You never go to India and get served up green wickets. They’ve come out here and we’ve served some wickets up that really suit them. Having said that, they’ve outplayed us and we’ve got to go to Sydney and improve,” the wicket-keeper added.Paine also rued Australia’s inexperienced batting lineup which proved to be no match for “one of the best bowling attacks in the world”.Australia needed to survives the final day’s play of the third Test but had just two wickets in hand.Rain wiped out the first session but it couldn’t delay the inevitable any further as Australia lost its final two wickets in just 5.3 overs in the second session.”We are going to learn from it. We are probably playing against the best pace attack in the world right now and our top-6 is pretty inexperienced. We should find positives and move forward.advertisement”The guys are working really hard and we have a huge challenge ahead of us in Sydney. The silver lining is, in the next few months, some world-class players will be available to us again. And in the next few years we will see some benefits of what has happened but we are under no illusion that we will have to work extremely hard to draw this series and then Sri Lanka is coming which is not going to be easy either,” Paine said at the post-match presentation.Australia had their hopes pinned on Cummins, who delayed India’s victory on the fourth day itself by scoring a fighting half-century. He managed to get his top-score in Test cricket on the same day he registered his career-best bowling figures of 6 for 27 which helped Australia restrict India to 106 for 8 as they pushed the hosts to set a target of 399 runs.Cummins’s inspired spell in India’s second innings coupled with his 63 off 114 balls drew a lot of praise from his skipper after the match.”Cummins has been superb all series. The quality was always there, but the Australian public can see his effort. We just need a few more guys to jump in with him,” Paine concluded.last_img read more