Australian skipper Tim Paine held his hand up and took duty for dropping three catches that most likely value his facet a win on the ultimate day of the Sydney Test.
The wicketkeeper dropped Rishabh Pant twice off Nathan Lyon and Hanuma Vihari off Mitchell Starc that allowed India to salvage a draw.
“I am bitterly disappointed. I pride myself on my keeping and yeah, I haven’t had too many worse days than that,” mentioned Paine.
“It is a horrible feeling knowing that you know, our fast bowlers and our spinner bowled their hearts out and gave everything to the team and I certainly feel that I let them down. So I have got to wear that but yeah I am a big boy and I will get another crack at it next week, so move on,” he added.
Paine mentioned that the staff was disillusioned in not getting the job performed regardless of creating probabilities however mentioned there have been sufficient optimistic indicators after a crushing defeat within the final match at Melbourne.
“We wanted to win the game and thought we created enough chances to do so. I thought it was an awesome game of Test match cricket. India fought bloody hard like we knew they would. We are disappointed not to get a win but there are good signs for us after the Melbourne Test match,” he added.
‘No hurt performed’
The Australian skipper and India’s R. Ashwin had a little bit of verbal duel happening in the course of the innings with the Indian batsman not joyful on the chatter from behind when he was on the brink of take the strike.
Speaking about it Paine mentioned: “I think there was just a bit of by-play going on about wasting time. We were getting a bit frustrated, we let him know, and he had a bit to say back. Again, I think it is all part of the game and there’s no harm done.”
Paine additionally praised Rishabh Pant’s innings however mentioned he was not apprehensive at any stage that Australia was in any hazard of shedding the sport.
An awesome innings
“I thought throughout his whole innings we were creating chances to get him out; we just had to hold one. I thought Lyon was bowling well. He played an amazing inning and some superb shots. We know that he has got that in him and is a huge talent. But we also know he gives you chances and we just had to hold on to one so.”
“I assumed it was an excellent innings. I assumed we bowled fairly nicely to him. We had a lot on the board and knew both we might win or it was going to be a draw,” Paine responded when requested if the knock reminded him of Ben Stokes’ unbeaten ton that helped England beat Australia by one wicket in Headingley final yr.
Commenting on the incidents of racial abuse hurled in opposition to the Indian gamers by members of the group, Paine mentioned, “It is bitterly disappointing. We have said, you know, Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricket team we don’t condone any sort of abuse particularly racial abuse.”
Paine went up and spoke to the Indian gamers whereas he was batting on the fourth day when Mohammed Siraj complained about it.
“I just wanted to let the Indian team know that we were with them on that and said it is not condoned by any of us. I am disappointed when that happens when teams come to Australia and we want it to stop. I just wanted to make sure the Indian boys knew that we are also against it and we support them,” he added.