There was not a lot that the Australian staff may have modified through the fifth day of the Sydney Test, Marnus Labuschagne mentioned on the conclusion of the competition on Monday.
“We played a (drawn) Test match today but it’s a Test series and we’re here to win,” Labuschagne, who scored 91 and 73 within the two innings at SCG, advised cricket.com.au.
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“Regardless of the result of this game, if we won or it was a draw, we had to go to the Gabba and win. So nothing’s changed for us – it’s a matter of changing our focus and making sure we take them down at the Gabba.”
Hanuma Vihari (23 not out off 161 balls) and R. Ashwin (39 not out off 128 balls) batted out the whole night session on Day Five after Rishabh Pant (97 off 118 balls) and Cheteshwar Pujara (77 off 205 balls) produced a combative 148-run stand as India completed at 334 for five in 131 overs.
Labuschagne mentioned Australia was anticipating a little bit extra assist from the fifth-day pitch however credited India for hanging on for a exceptional draw.
“A day-five SCG wicket usually has a little more rough, a little bit more inconsistent bounce, but when a team blocks out 131 overs, that’s fair play to them,” the 26-year-old mentioned.
“They batted well, they grinded well, and I think we couldn’t have changed much. You have respect for the opposition and you respect the way they play. It’s Test cricket. No one that’s playing Test cricket just lets it go. They all show heart because they’re playing for their country.”
Australia tempo trio of Pat Cummins (26-6-72-1), Josh Hazlewood (26-12-39-2) and Mitchell Starc (22-6-66-0), and spinner Nathan Lyon (46-17-114-2) couldn’t break India’s resolve because the visiting staff snatched a memorable draw.
“I’d by no means say it was an off day, I think they put the ball there for long periods of time,” Labuschagne mentioned.
“We played really well. Probably that first innings we could’ve probably got a few more runs, but apart from that it was a really good game from us.”