Australian media lash out at their cricketers after India's win at the MCG

Australian media lash out at their cricketers after India’s win at the MCG

Chasing a mere target of 70 runs in their second innings, India easily accomplished the task within 15.5 overs after losing two wickets.

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India was low on confidence as they entered the second Test against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground after a humiliating defeat by 8 wickets against the Baggy Green. However, the visitors managed to bury the Adelaide ghosts and made a stunning comeback at MCG as they won the second Test by 8 wickets to level the four-match Border Gavaskar Trophy by 1-1.

The hosts had looked sloppy on the field throughout the second Test as they dropped catches and were not showing the intent of scoring runs. They looked dead against the fierce Indian bowling attack as they could manage just 195 and 200 runs respectively across two innings. India, on the other hand, registered a massive score of 326 in the first innings as the stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane hammered a stunning century.

Chasing a mere target of 70 runs in their second innings, India easily accomplished the task within 15.5 overs after losing two wickets. Australia’s loss at the Boxing Day Test didn’t go well with the local media as they brutally slammed the players and management for not showing intent and presenting an easy victory to the visitors.

The Australians were utterly outclassed at the MCG: Nic Savage

Sydney Morning Herald writer Malcolm Knox was among the many to troll the home team as he reckoned that Australia didn’t benefit from a comprehensive victory against India in the Adelaide Test as they were way too easy on the visiting side. “India needed only three bowlers to dismiss Australia for 200 on a good pitch; the thrashing in Melbourne was even more comprehensive than it looked.

“The only momentum Australia carried from Adelaide to the MCG was the great rolling swell of praise for how good they were. So overwhelming was the positive publicity that this column suggested, tongue-in-cheek, that they go easy on India in Melbourne. They did a pretty good job of that,” Malcolm Knox wrote.

News.com.au’s Nic Savage also showered praises on the Men in Blue for outshining Australia at MCG. Notably, no Australian batsman could come up with a half-century in the Boxing Day Test across two innings.

“The Australians were utterly outclassed at the MCG this week, with no batsman able to muster a half-century over the four-day contest.”