Australia captain Tim Paine struggled to hide his disappointment while he searched for some positives after India’s 2-1 series victory was confirmed after the final day of the fourth Test in Sydney was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain.
It was India’s first ever series win in the longest format Down Under, after 11 attempts, and the tourists also became the first team from Asia to win a Test series in Australia.
While the Aussies were missing David Warner and Steve Smith, two of the best batsmen in the world, due to suspensions Paine still felt that his team had enough to beat India.
The wicketkeeper said: “We’re really disappointed. We know we had some guys missing but we honestly felt coming into this series that in Australia, we could beat India.
“But throughout the series, more often than not when those big moments came up, Virat (Kohli) scored a century or (Cheteshwar) Pujara scored one, or (Jasprit) Bumrah bowled a great spell and got them through those moments.
“Their best players stood up in the big moments.”
Asked if there will be changes to the squad for the home Test series against Sri Lanka, starting on 24 January in Brisbane, Paine said they will keep faith with the majority of the players that did duty against India.
The Australia Test skipper continued: “I have faith that the guys we have around the team are the right guys – (we) just have to keep putting some faith and trust in them.
“They are learning on the job a bit, but I think we’ll get there.”
Olivier targets England spot. This will go down well.
Names and numbers on Test shirts? THE GAME’S GONE. (It hasn’t.)
As second leading wicker-taker in Test cricket history, Shane Warne is in a great position to pick out the world’s best bowlers.
If Virat Kohli “has a good World Cup” then India will win the tournament, says Ricky Ponting.
Over-rates seem to be the trendy new thing to get irate about in cricket at the moment and probably with good reason too.
Imagine getting this sort of ovation when walking out for a net session. What a guy!
Australia coach Justin Langer admits he is excited to have Steve Smith and David Warner back.
South Africa have confirmed they will have to do without Hashim Amla for their last competitive matches before the World Cup.