How Australian Media reacted to defeat in the first test versus India

India’s humiliation of Australia in the 1st test of the Border Gavaskar side has not been received well by the Australian Media.

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How Australian Media reacted to defeat in the first test versus India

India’s humiliation of Australia in the 1st test of the Border Gavaskar side has not been received well by the Australian Media.  Australian batting was completely trounced by the spin twins Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, and a superb century by Rohit Sharma sealed their doom.

The total of 91 in Australia’s second innings was its lowest ever in India. Former Cricketers including former captains have come out to criticise their side which they lost by an innings and 132 runs.

Australia had received “a devastating reality check in their desire for world domination by India’s spin masters,” according to the Sydney Morning Herald, while Sydney’s Daily Telegraph called for change. Another major newspaper wrote: “Pat Cummins’ side has been humiliated in the first Nagpur test match, Changes needed.”

Former captain Allan Border claimed the team should be “embarrassed” and would be left with “so many scars”.

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“I hope our players are embarrassed by that performance. It’s just poor all around. It’s hard to believe it’s happened so quickly,” he told Fox Sports.

“It seems like we overthought this particular tour and who should be there, who shouldn’t be there. We’ve started as badly as we possibly could. Hopefully that’s rock bottom.”

During an interview with Fox Cricket, the former cricketer slammed the right-handed hitter, saying that Australians who are known for playing hard-nosed cricket and seeing a batter give a thumbs up is ludicrous.

“Play with a harder edge. I mean, we’re giving blokes the thumbs up when they’re beating us outside the off stump,” Border said.

“What the hell is going on? That is just ridiculous. Don’t go stupid, but Australia plays hard nose cricket. We’re even giving someone thumbs up … bloody hell,” he added.

Questions were also raised as to why team dropped in in-form Travis head in favour of Matt Renshaw who score 0 and 2 in test.

“The axing of Travis Head looked silly on day one and positively stupid on day three after Australia’s dreadful performance,” said the Telegraph.

“He must return. But Travis Head alone would not have raised the Titanic.”

Mark Waugh: “Very disappointing”

Former Australian cricketer Mark Waugh praised Axar and Shami’s batting performance while also stressing that the dropped catches by the Australian team proved “costly.”

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Mark Waugh

The Australian legend believed that Pat Cummins and team should have bowled more short pitched deliveries.

“The pitch was fresh, it looked like it was spinning a lot more. They got Jadeja out early on. You have got to give credit to Axar Patel and Mohammad Shami, they batted really well. There was a dropped catch for Shami, which was costly. I think from my point of view, Patel batted really well”, he said.

“I would have liked to see Pat Cummins bowl a bit more. I don’t think they bowled enough short stuff. When the tail enders start to form a partnership and look comfortable on the crease, I believe it’s worth to roll the dice a little bit.”

“There have been too many bruises from this game to move forward (with the current side),” he said. “If Cameron Green is fit, he has to come in and Head has to come back in.”

“I know the surface is slow but never know what you can get out of it. I think Australia only bowled two or three short balls in the entire innings. I think they should have hit the pitch hard and see what happens. Maybe the Australians are guilty of not trying enough and waiting for something to happen, a mistake by the Indian batters maybe”, he further added.

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