India not hurt by crushing losses against Australia, opines Michael Slater

Michael Slater played 74 Test matches and 42 One-Day Internationals for Australia Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Perth: Jan 12, 2012

Former Australian Test cricketer Michael Slater asserted on Thursday that Indian cricketers do not feel the pain when they fail as a team, and are not hurt enough after their crushing losses at the hands of Australia in the first two Test matches.

“India’s cricketers are so well-rewarded for their individual success, that it numbs the pain they should be feeling when they fail as a team. The two Test match losses they have experienced so far on this tour of Australia don’t appear to have hurt them as much as they should have,” Slater wrote in his column for Nine MSN.

The cricketer-turned-commentator said if an Australian side would have lost two Tests in any overseas tour, they would have done anything to turn things around, but not India.

Slater wrote, “I know that an Australia team that was two Tests down on a tour would be hurting and prepared to do anything to turn things around. India has never won a series in Australia, and yet they have turned up once again without enough time to properly prepare. That approach alone tells me that losing isn’t hurting them enough.”

Slater said the conditions at the Western Australia Cricket Association (WACA) will suit Australia, who will be better prepared as compared to India.

The former Test opening batsman said Indian batsmen will struggle against the Australian pace attack comprising Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle.

Slater added, “The dangerous thing for India and the rest of the cricket world is that Australia is learning how to win again. I don’t think there is enough hurt in the Indian side for them to fire up and turn things around in these last two Tests.”