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Series loss to India still annoys me, says Aus captain Paine

Source: PTI  -  Edited By: Harish Kotian
November 24, 2020 15:33 IST
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'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.'

IMAGE: India captain Virat Kohli has a few words with Australia skipper Time Paine during the second Test match in Perth, in December 2018. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Australia's Test captain Tim Paine admitted the series defeat to India two years ago still 'grinds' him, but pointed out that the hosts boast of a better all-round side this time around.

 

India had stunned Australia 2-1 to win their maiden Test series Down Under in 2018-19, which was Paine's first assignment as skipper on home soil.

The wicketkeeper-batman was handed the charge of leading the Baggy Greens after the 2018 ball-tampering incident that saw the then skipper Smith and his deputy Warner being slapped with year-long bans.

"Certainly for me sitting back it still annoys me that we lost that Test series," Paine told 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.

The 35-year-old said the every player involved in the loss has improved in the last couple of years.

"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."

India had won the first and third Test at Adelaide and Melbourne respectively, while Australia claimed a victory in the second game at Perth with the final match ending in a draw.

Paine, who has led Australia to 10 Test victories in 19 outings, said the loss drives the players involved in the series to do better and even Warner and Smith are eager to show what they are capable of.

"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 teams are set to lock horns again on Australian soil in a four-Test series with the opening day-night game in Adelaide starting 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."

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