India were a better team in the series, admits Tim Paine
The next assignment for Paine and Co. will be starting later this month when Sri Lanka will tour Australia for a two-match Test series.
Published - Jan 7, 2019 2:45 pm | Updated - Jan 7, 2019 2:45 pm
India and Australia played out a draw in the fourth Test after continuous rainfall over the large part of Day 4 and Day 5 affected proceedings and Australia’s chances of equalizing the series. With the anti-climax, India won the series 2-1 and thus creating the history by becoming the first Asian team to win a series Down Under.
Aussie skipper Tim Paine accepted his team was beaten by a better team after a series loss on Monday. The 34-year-old paid tribute to Kohli and Co. saying its always difficult to come overseas and win a Test series and the Indian Team has outperformed them in each and every department of cricket.
The Hobart born right-handed batsman admitted that the visitors were deserved winners, particularly after dominating the final two Tests and congratulated the Indian Team over their first ever series win on Australian soil.
You have to tip your hat to India
“I think we have to [say we ran into a better team]. You have to tip your hat to India,” Paine was quoted as saying in post-match presentation. “We know personally going to India and playing in foreign conditions how difficult it is to win overseas so congratulations to Virat [Kohli, captain] and Ravi [Shastri, coach] and their team.
“It’s a huge effort to come overseas and win a Test series and first time it’s ever been done is a great effort so well done to those guys,” he further added.
The next assignment for Paine and Co. will be starting later this month when Sri Lanka will tour Australia for a two-match Test series, Paine called for improvement from his team. Without their two best batsmen in Steve Smith and David Warner due to suspension, Australia struggled despite winning in Perth against India but believed it all can turn really quickly.