We need our banned stars: Australian media react to massive defeat in Melbourne

first_imgWe need our banned stars: Australian media react to massive defeat in MelbourneIndia vs Australia, 3rd Test: Following their first-ever Boxing Day Test defeat to India at home, Australia cricket team has been facing criticism from their media and former cricketers. advertisement Akshay Ramesh MelbourneDecember 30, 2018UPDATED: December 30, 2018 18:43 IST Steve Smith and David Warner scored nearly 40% of Australia’s total during their 2-0 win over India in 2014-15 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSA leading Australian daily has said the national team needs Smith and Warner back at the earliestAustralian players, barring Pat Cummins, have received ordinary ratings for their performances at MCGAustralia suffered a 134-run defeat and conceded an unassailable 2-1 lead to India The writing was on the wall ever since Australia were bowled out for 151 in response to India’s 443 for 7 declared in the first innings of the Boxing Day Test. Pat Cummins and forecast of rain on Day 4 and Day 5 gave the hosts a glimmer of hope but Virat Kohli’s men were relentless in their pursuit of a famous win at the big G.India were restricted to 106 in the second innings but by then they had enough. Cummins, who shone with the ball in the first innings, came up with a valiant 63 but Australia eventually folded up for 261 and lost their first-ever Boxing Day Test at home against India by 134 runs.Tim Paine’s men also conceded an unassailable 2-1 lead in the four-Test series to the visitors, who are now bidding to become the first team from the Asian country to win a Test series in Australia.Australia had been struggling for consistency ever since they lost their former captain, Steve Smith and vice-captain, David Warner to ball-tampering bans in March. And with the world number one Test side displaying a ruthless intent, Australia’s growing concerns are being exposed.The Daily Telegraph has echoed the thoughts of arguably the majority of Australian fans with a piece, titled, “Aussie woes laid bare: we need banned stars”, right after the hosts suffered the heavy defeat at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.”Any tentative plans Cricket Australia had to gauge the dressing room attitudes on the return of banned stars Steve Smith and David Warner have been thrown out the window following their MCG massacre,” the news daily adds.advertisementWhile Cameron Bancroft, who tampered with the ball on the insistence of Australia’s leadership group in Cape Town, has served out his nine-month ban, Smith and Warner will be free to play domestic and international cricket from March 30 in 2019.Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts had recently said that Smith and Warner’s form in the upcoming T20 leagues will be assessed for their international comebacks. However, it seems more likely that the two prolific run-scorers will be back, wearing the Baggy Green at the earliest.Australian experts rate teams’ performances at MCGMeanwhile, Andrew Wu and Jon Pierik rated India and Australia players’ performances on a scale of 1 to 10 in the Boxing Day Test for the Sydney Morning Herald.While there were no surprises that Pat Cummins got 9.5 out of 10 for his all-round effort in the third Test, Jasprit Bumrah was rated 9 for his Man-of-the-Match-winning efforts with the Kookaburra.Aaron Finch got a rating of 1 on 10 after twin failures in the MCG Test. “At the crossroads as a Test opener after twin failures. Playing for his career in Sydney if he gets the nod,” the newspaper added.Rating captain Paine 5 out of 10, the SMH said, “Not his usual high standards with the gloves though this was not a keeper’s pitch. Showed usual fight with the bat.”Meanwhile, Mitchell Marsh, who was booed at the MCG, got a rating of 2 on 10 and according to the SMH, axe looms for the all-rounder.On the other hand, former Australia cricketers have given their verdict on the Boxing Day Test with quite a few of them heaping praise on the Kohli-led visitng team.While several cricket experts have pointed out at the batting failure as the primary reason for Australia’s struggles, legendary leg-spinner, Shane Warne came down hard on the Aussie pacers, especially Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, for their failure to take wickets up front with the new ball and later on with the older ball in 2018.Thoughts out of Melb. The Boxing Day test should be a – D/N match next year. Pat Cummins is the all rounder Aust are looking for & is a future Aust Capt. Also, It’s not just the batting that needs serious attention, the bowling stats for 2018 aren’t good. In-depth column comingShane Warne (@ShaneWarne) December 30, 2018India led by @imVkohli were too good for Aust in Melb with some standout performances from Pujara and Bumrah in particular. Bumrah is world class and a handful on any surface. Look forward to the SCG test where Aust look to square up what has been a high quality series.Mark Waugh (@juniorwaugh349) December 30, 2018Interesting how both @imVkohli & @Jaspritbumrah93 praise the significance of the Ranji Trophy in their player development. Shame we’re not sharing the same sentiment with Sheffield Shield. #AUDvINDTom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) December 30, 2018Very convincing win from ???? congratulations. For ???? @patcummins30 was the standout ??Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) December 30, 2018Also Read | Watch: India players congratulate 7-year-old Aussie co-skipper Archie SchillerAlso Read | Virat Kohli gives away his pads to young fan at MCG after Boxing Day Test winAlso Read | Devastated by reactions to my comments, didn’t mean to insult Indian cricketers: Kerry O’KeeffeAlso Read | Watch: Virat Kohli leads Team India’s victory lap as MCG cheers historic triumphAlso See:advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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