Tim Paine became the first Australian captain to lose a Test series at home in India when Virat Kohli defeated Australia 2–1 in 2018–19. A few years later, Pine has a chance to set the record straight as India are expected to play 4 Tests in Australia from 17 December in Adelaide. Ahead of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, the Australia Test captain, however, admitted that the defeat India lost in their first assignment at home ground still haunts them.
“Of course while sitting for me it still makes me angry that we have lost that test series,” Pine told 2GB of Wide World of Sports Radio.
“Whether we were Steve or David or not you don’t want to lose in any Test match or Test series in which you still grind me a little bit,” Pine said.
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The Australian Test side was handed the lead after a year-long ban by regular captain Steve Smith and Cricket Australia vice captain David Warner for their involvement in the ball tampering scandal in South Africa in 2018.
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The dynamic duo are back in the mix for this series and Pine said Australia have a strong all-round side.
“We’re a lot better all round. Not only adding Steve and David back to it, which is one hell of a lot of runs to add back to a side, but I think every other cricketer on that team has beaten the last 18. Even months have improved and we are playing some very good cricket.
“When I come back I think we were really challenging or finding our way through different types of set ups.”
Paine, who has led Australia to 10 Test wins in 19 Tests, said the loss could give the players involved in the series a better performance, and even Warner and Smith are eager to show what they are capable of. .
“I know that it drives a lot of people who were involved in it and I definitely know that Steve and David are eager to come back and show how good they are.”
Both teams are set to lock horns again on Australian soil in a four-Test series with an opening-night game in Adelaide on 17 December.
“Everyone is fully pumped. Last time we were not scoring enough runs, this time, I think some of our players have talked about it.
“If we can bowl our fast bowlers more overs than last time, I think our attack showed that we can get 20 wickets on our way.”
(With PTI inputs)
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