India’s Sideshow took our eyes off the ball during the test series: Tim Paine

Australian Captain Tim Paine recently attended a Chappell Foundation function in Sydney. While addressing the media Paine made one statement on Test series against India. Here is all about it.

Australian Captain Tim Paine addressed the media recently when he attended the Chappell Foundation function in Sydney. He answered several questions and expressed his thoughts on several things including Australia’s loss against India in the Test series earlier this year.

Tim Paine while addressing also talked about Steve Smith as he said “I think so. I don’t make that decision but the time I played with Steve as captain he was excellent. Certainly tactically he is as good as you get.”

“He’s probably a bit like me when I was at the start of my captaincy journey in Tasmania — he was thrown into a very big role at a very, very young age and he probably wasn’t quite ready for it.

Notably, Paine has never argued against Smith getting the job again, maintained his stance on Wednesday night. Paine further talked about Australia’s test series against India. He said they were distracted by India’s sideshows.

He said  “Part of the challenge of playing against India is they’re very good at niggling you and trying to distract you with stuff that doesn’t matter,” Paine said, “and there were times in that series where we fell for that.

“The classic example was when they said they weren’t going to the Gabba so we didn’t know where we were going. They’re very good at creating these sideshows and we took our eye off the ball.”

It is to be noted that Paine here referred to several media reports that Reported India will not play the Gabba series if they were to be put Under hard quarantines. However, those reports were false and India not only played the series but registered a historic win over Australia.

India in the Gabba scripted a record chase of 328 with 19 balls remaining on the final day for a thrilling three-wicket win, which also sealed the series. Rishabh Pant smashed a match-winning knock on the final day of the last Test to help India win the four-match series 2-1.

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