Tim Paine and Ajinkya Rahane. (Photo by Mark Kolbe / Getty Images)
SYDNEY: Australia test skipper Tim paine indicated that his side was distracted by India team during the tour that ultimately saw the hosts lose the test series in January of this year.
India beat Australia by three wickets against all odds in the final test of the four-game series at the Gabba in January to take the series 2-1.
Paine claimed that the team led by Ajinkya Rahane created “side shows” by saying that visitors were not going to the Gabba (venue for the fourth test).
“Part of the challenge of playing against India is that they’re very good at taunting you and trying to distract you with things that don’t really matter and there have been times in this series where we fell for that, “news.com.au quoted Paine as saying during a function for the Chappell Foundation at SCG Wednesday evening.
“The classic example was when they said they weren’t going to Gabba so we didn’t know where we were going. They are very good at creating these side shows and we looked away from the ball.” , he added.
The last time a visiting team emerged triumphant from Brisbane Cricket Ground was back in November 1988 when the powerful West Indian team under the leadership of Viv Richards beaten Allan borderteam of nine counters.
What made the feat even more laudable was how Team India battled multiple injuries and mental fatigue – due to bio-bubble restrictions – to register a historic victory.
In the first test against Australia, India were grouped together for 36 and many pundits said the visiting team would face a 4-0 beating. But proving all critics wrong, the team led by Rahane have recorded famous victories in Melbourne and Brisbane.
The team also recorded a draw in Sydney and every step of the way the team overcame adversity.