Indore achieved double what we expected from this tour: McDonald
Australia head coach Andrew McDonald has admitted that the Indian team needs to be “absolutely perfect” to challenge them in home conditions and the Indore Test compared to what his team had imagined for the tour. achieved twice as much. The Australian team, which lost the Border-Gavaskar series after losing the first two Tests of the four-match series within three days, made a spectacular comeback in the Indore Test match.
The team defeated India by nine wickets from the very first ball on a spin-friendly track. McDonald told ‘ESPN Cricinfo’, “When you play in India, for success you have to achieve perfection, you have to be around it.” I think apart from losing six wickets within 11 runs, we were close to that perfection in that match.
McDonald said the key players in the team are learning about playing in sub-continental conditions and this will set them up for great success in the future. “Every player’s journey in the subcontinent starts somewhere and I am sure there is a set of players who will come next time with more experience and ready for the challenges,” he said. This part of the subcontinent (India) faces different challenges than other parts.
He said that had the team not played bad cricket in Delhi in one season, Australia would have had a chance to win the Border Gavaskar Trophy. He said that luck also supported the team in Indore. The coach said, “Marnus (Labushen) was bowled on no ball. Apart from this, we also capitalized on the opportunities very well. Usman (Khwaja) took a flying catch. (Steve) Smith’s catch at leg slip played a big role in winning this match.
If we compare with the Delhi Test, Smith dropped one catch each at first slip and Matt Renshaw at leg slip. We lost everything in one hour of bad play. Despite playing good cricket, we had to pay the price by losing the Test match. ”””’ He said, ′′ We were able to achieve double what we thought for this tour in Indore.