Australian captain Tim Paine congratulated India for their historic series win and conceded that India outplayed them in the big moments in the series, after losing the four-match series 2-1
Australian captain Tim Paine congratulated India for their historic series win and conceded that India outplayed them in the big moments in the series, after losing the four-match series 2-1

Australian captain Tim Paine congratulated India for their historic series win and conceded that the visitors outplayed them in the big moments in the series, after losing the four-match series 2-1 at the Sydney on Saturday.(ALSO READ: Top performers of Border-Gavaskar Trophy)

“Tip our hats to India,” said Paine during the post-match presentation at the SCG. “We know personally going to India and playing in foreign conditions, how difficult it is. Congratulations to Virat and Ravi. Huge effort to come and win a series overseas.” (ALSO READ: ‘Best Indian team I’ve been part of’ says Man of the Series Cheteshwar Pujara)

In the last two Tests, no doubt (India outplayed us). (We) Had our chances to win in Adelaide. India outplayed us in big moments in that Test. In Perth we did well. But we were outplayed in these last two Tests. So they deserve to win the series. There’s always positives,” said Paine. (ALSO READ: India win first Test series in Australia following SCG wash-out)

Talking about Australia’s performance, in which one one Australian player managed a score a century, Paine said that the team will be focussing on the positives from the series.

“I know there’s been a lot of gloom and doom of late. (We have) Got some talent in this team. Obviously got some talent who aren’t playing. They were playing against potentially the best pace attack in the world. Hopefully, they’ll learn.

“Message (for the fringe players) is to keep scoring runs. That’s the currency in cricket. We’ve got guys outside the group that are putting pressure as well, so that’s a good thing. Our group is under no illusions. Cricket is a funny game. We know it can turn very quickly,” said Paine.

After an energy sapping series, Australia now set sight on series against Sri Lanka, and Paine says the team will take their team out before starting preparation for upcoming series.

“(I) Will go home for a couple of days now. And some of us will head to the Big Bash. And then we’ll have an eye on the preparation for Sri Lanka which is a big series for us next,” added Paine.