Tim Paine recalls Australia’s loss, alleges India of ‘creating sideshows’

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Tim Paine recalls Australia’s loss, alleges India of ‘creating sideshows’- Australia skipper Tim Paine has revealed that his side allowed themselves to be distracted during the four-match Test series which cost them the Test series earlier this year. India won the series 2-1 after breaching the Gabba fortress in Brisbane breaking Aussies unbeaten run at the venue in the last 32 years.

Tim Paine received a lot of criticism post-loss to India who were playing in absence of skipper Virat Kohli after the 1st Test loss where India got bowled out for just 36 runs in their second innings. But, India bounced back to clinch multiple victories and a draw in the next three Tests. The victory in Ajinkya Rahane’s leadership came despite the fact that a number of players from the India squad missed the matches after getting injured with standby players ending up making their Test debut(s).

Tim Paine recalls Australia’s loss, alleges India of ‘creating sideshows’

Speaking at an event in Australia, Paine pointed fingers at reports of India unwilling to go to Brisbane for the final Test amid strict quarantine rules. India eventually played in the fourth and final Test and retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

“Part of the challenge of playing against India is they’re very good at niggling you and trying to distract you with stuff that doesn’t really matter and there were times in that series where we fell for that,” Tim Paine said, as quoted by news.com.au.

“The classic example was when they said they weren’t going to the Gabba so we didn’t know where we were going. They’re very good at creating these sideshows and we took our eye off the ball,” he added.

Indian players received a warm welcome after a historic triumph in Australia.

Virat Kohli-led India will next travel to England for ICC World Test Championship (WTC) 2021 against New Zealand and 5-match Test series against England. The WTC Final is scheduled to take place at The Rose Bowl, Southampton starting June 18.

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