India vs Australia: We are really disappointed, says Tim Paine

These are not easy times for Tim Paine. His team has been beaten by India. And Australia’s highest individual score in the India vs Australia Test series has been, shockingly, just 79.

Australia skipper Tim Paine feels losing the Adelaide Test was the turning point in the series.   -  Getty Images

These are not easy times for Tim Paine. His team has been beaten by India. And Australia’s highest individual score in the four-Test has been, shockingly, just 79.

Asked about the turning point of the series, Paine said, “I think the obvious one was the Adelaide Test. We honestly feel that we let that Test slip. We thought we had a number of opportunities during that Test to go well ahead of the game and when those key moments came up, India outplayed us to be honest.”

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He added, “Looking back now, if we had won that Test, then won Perth, we got outplayed in Melbourne, and here there has been rain, it could have been 2-1 the other way. It’s funny, in a big series of four Tests you go back to a couple of key moments in the very first Test where we let ourselves down.”

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The Australian captain said, “We are really disappointed. We know we had some guys missing but we honestly felt coming into the series that in Australia, in particular, we could beat India. But throughout the series, more often than not, when those big moments came up, Virat scored runs, Pujara scored runs, Bumrah bowled a great spell and we couldn’t quite get through those moments.”

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Paine elaborated. “That’s why India won this series, their best players stood up in the big moments or when they were falling behind in a game, one of their good players dragged them back into the contest or when they were in front of the game, they put their foot on us.”