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‘Still annoys me that we lost Test series to India’: Australia captain Tim Paine

Tim Paine turned the primary Australian captain to lose a Test series to India at house when Virat Kohli’s males beat Australia 2-1 in 2018-19. A few years later, Paine has an opportunity to set the report straight as India are slated to play 4 Tests in Australia ranging from December 17 in Adelaide. Ahead of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, the Australia Test captain, nonetheless, admitted that the defeat to India in his first project on house soil nonetheless annoys him.

“Certainly for me sitting back it still annoys me that we lost that Test series,” Paine informed 2GB’s Wide World of Sports radio.

“Whether we had Steve or David or not you don’t want to be losing any Test matches or Test series you’re involved in, so that still grinds me a little bit,” Paine added.

Paine was handed over the management of Australian Test aspect after common captain Steve Smith and vice captain David Warner had been slapped with year-long bans by Cricket Australia for his or her involvement within the ball tampering scandal in 2018 in South Africa.

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The dynamic duo are again within the combine for this series and Paine mentioned Australia have a robust all-round aspect.

“We’re a much better all round side. Not just adding Steve and David back into it, which is a hell of a lot of runs to add back into a side, but I think every other cricketer in that team has improved in the last 18 months as well and we’ve been playing some really good cricket.

“Whereas back then I think we were finding our way through a really challenging or different type of set up.”

Paine, who has led Australia to 10 Test victories in 19 outings, mentioned the loss drives the gamers concerned within the series to do higher and even Warner and Smith are keen to present what they’re able to.

“I know that it drives a lot of the guys that were involved in that and I certainly know Steve and David are looking forward to coming back and showing just how good they are as well.”

The two groups are set to lock horns once more on Australian soil in a four-Test series with the opening Day-Night sport in Adelaide beginning December 17.

“Everyone is absolutely pumped. The key is going to be last time we didn’t get enough runs, this time, I think a few of our players have spoken about it.

“If we can make their fast bowlers bowl more overs than last time, I think our attack showed we can get the 20 wickets one way or another.”

(With PTI inputs)


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