Former Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath said the Australian batsman was a bit negative in his outlook in the second Test against India at the MCG. Led by Ajinkya Rahane, India piled up the hosts for 195 runs in the first innings and then took a 131-run lead. Australia set a target of 200 runs in the second innings, giving the audience a target of 70 runs to chase.
India easily chased down the target by 8 wickets while remaining 1-1. McGrath said that Australia’s batsmen were batting for survival and from here ‘Australia let themselves fall’.
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He said, I was a bit disappointed with my batsmen. They were kinda negative, didn’t show intent, weren’t proactive and they just came back, and it was more about surviving and attacking the bowlers than looking for a run, “McGrath said in the Unpable podcast. Said on
“Australia let itself down a bit,” he said. He also missed a few catches. David Warner should come back to the side as well as give him a little lift. But I would like the batsman to bat without any fear and just bring himself back and go out and see what he can do. “Added McGrath.
He said, “You have to give credit to India, the way he batted (in Melbourne), the changes made by him had a big impact, Rahane really got the opportunity to become captain. I think he showed how to handle situations and bat against a quality bowling attack. “McGrath continued.
Both teams will play the third Test match in Sydney from Thursday.
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