‘This is a disaster’: Allan Border and Matthew Hayden BLAST Australia’s ‘panicky’ approach after tourists lose NINE wickets in a session AGAIN as India wrap up series win
- Australia resumed on Day Three on 1-61 but collapsed to 113 all out
- Tourists lost second Test by six wickets as India won Border-Gavaskar Trophy
- Australia had lost the opening Test by an innings and 132 runs in Nagpur
Cricket greats Allan Border and Matthew Hayden slammed Australia’s ‘panicky batting’ after a disastrous second innings collapse in Delhi on Sunday.
Australia’s wait for a first Test series win in India since 2004 will go on after the hosts wrapped up the Border-Gavaskar Trophy by winning the second Test by six wickets to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-match series.
Vanquished by an innings and 132 runs in Nagpur in the opening Test after losing 10 wickets in a single session in their second dig, Australia managed to lose nine at the Arun Jaitley Stadium.
The tourists resumed on 1-61 on Day Three of the second Test, leading by 62 after Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne put together a useful 38-run partnership before stumps on Saturday.
But any hopes Australia may have of setting an imposing target evaporated in a chaotic morning session, in which the tourists lost 9-47 as they crumbled to 113 all out.
Steve Smith (left) and Marnus Labuschagne were out for nine and 35 respectively as Australia collapsed to a six-wicket loss on Sunday against India
Smith was out playing a sweep shot to Ravi Ashwin as Australia lost nine wickets in a session
Ravindra Jadeja (middle) finished with career-best figures of 7-42 as India ran riot
Australia’s attempts to sweep Indian spinners backfired spectacularly, with Steve Smith, Matthew Renshaw and captain Pat Cummins all dismissed while trying to play the same shot.
‘I’m angry about the way they went about it today,’ Border said on Fox Cricket.
‘It was panicky, frenetic sort of batting […] nobody got in there to stem the flow with some good defensive cricket.
‘They were all just getting out playing sweep shot, reverse sweep to just about every ball.
‘You can’t get away with that on that sort of track. You’ve got to have a method.
‘You’re not playing on a flat belter where you can expand your game. When playing on a difficult surface, you’ve got to work out where your scoring options are and bat some time at the crease.’
Border was particularly scathing of Smith’s dismissal: ‘When you’re playing cross bat shots and the ball is not bouncing, he miss that by a mile,’ he said.
‘You’re just giving the opportunity for the umpire to give him out.’
Hayden was similarly brutal about Australia’s approach, lamenting the Aussies had undone all their hard work from Day Two in a session.
‘I can’t believe what I’ve just witnessed here,’ he said.
‘These are world-class players, and they’ve got everything to win and everything to lose in this session.
Ravi Ashwin took three wickets in 16 overs as India secured a series win against Australia
Allan Border (left) and Matthew Hayden were scathing in their assessment of Australia’s performance in the second Test of the series against India
‘They did it so well last evening in those few overs. Strong scoring rate, good defence, proactive batting.
‘But what we’ve seen here is a disaster for Australia. They’ve gone way over the edge in terms of their aggressive play.’
Head departed in the first over of the day, edging behind a delivery from Ravi Ashwin that turned sharply, before India’s star spinner trapped Smith LBW for nine.
Worst was to come as Australia lost four wickets for no runs in 11 deliveries before the drinks break as Ravindra Jadeja removed Labuschagne, Peter Handscomb and Cummins, while Ashwin trapped Renshaw in front.
Mike Hussey was far from impressed with Cummins’ ill-advised attempt to slog-sweep Jadeja out of the park, describing it as ‘just a horrible shot’.
Alex Carey and Nathan Lyon temporarily steadied the ship with a 15-run partnership, only for Jadeja to remove both of them within a few overs.
The all-rounder then completed his superb performance by bowling debutant Matthew Kuhnemann for a duck to finish with figures of 7-42, the best return for an Indian bowler against Australia in Test cricket in 19 years.
It left India chasing a modest target of 113, which they reached with six wickets to spare before the tea break.