Australian batsman Maranus Labusuchagane praised the Indian bowlers for coming up with “new ideas” in the second Test that began here on Saturday, admitting that his side felt under pressure during a disappointing performance in the first essay.
Australia were dismissed for 195 on the opening day of the Test between fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah and off-spinner R Ashwin. India were 36/1 at the time of the stumps.
“Certainly, we could have done better. With Labsagne leading the way with 48 runs off 132 balls, we were told at a virtual press conference by official broadcasters Sony after the day’s play that there was probably no need for three dismissals.
He said, ‘They (Indian) were bowling straight and (we) were not scoring many runs off-side. The bowlers come up with new ideas, pressure to stop scoring, as they did today. I faced 130 balls (or) something (like). It is a challenge before us as a batting group and we love it. “
On his impression of debutant Indian fast bowler Mohammad Siraj, he said, “He is more of a fast bowler than a fast bowler.” He is about six feet, away from the Left. He definitely has skills. We have to make sure that we understand what they are trying to do and come back strong. “He also said that he was not impressed with a hit on his helmet because he was” addicted to it “and just” had to shake it “.
Asked about the Australian team’s fight with Ashwin, he said, “People are coming in a new way like the leg side field, bowling directly.” (We) are just understanding and learning what he is doing. This is the key. We always do as a batting group and are better off learning. ”
He said that the MCG pitch is helping the bowlers a little more than usual.
“During the game, we definitely had a chat. The teams have a very good bowling line-up and there was a bit more (pitch) in it.
“Today there was a seam and a bit more swing that was (which was) probably not commonly seen at the MCG. We have to adapt and make sure that we score big in the second innings. ”
After Bumrah’s LBW claim was rejected by the umpire in the 16th over, India asked for a review against him, Labuschagane said, “The technique was, I’m not sure (the right thing). To run away with it.” Lucky enough. ”
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