Oman Observer (Oman) – SYDNEY: Tim Paine’s men did their utmost to avoid being the first Australia side to lose a test series to India on home soil but were outplayed in the key moments that might have swung matters in their favour, the 34-year-old said on Monday.

Summary

  • SYDNEY: Tim Paine’s men did their utmost to avoid being the first Australia side to lose a test series to India on home soil but were outplayed in the key moments that might have swung matters in their favour, the 34-year-old said on Monday.
  • India wrapped up a 2-1 series victory, their first in 71 years of trying, after the fourth and final test petered out in a draw at a rain-drenched Sydney Cricket Ground on Monday.
  • Installed as captain in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa last year, Paine has now overseen seven test matches and won just one — the Perth victory that tied up the series at 1-1.
  • Paine admitted his inexperienced side had been completely outplayed in the last two matches in Melbourne and Sydney but thought the series might have panned out differently had the Australians done better in the opener in Adelaide.
  • Paine said the Australians, still without their best two batsmen because of the bans handed out to Steve Smith and David Warner for their part in the Newlands scandal, needed to emulate the Indians when they take on Sri Lanka in a two-test series.


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