Australian captain Tim Paine said Friday that a “proud” cricket nation like India will not pass the Boxing Day test in Melbourne, citing KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant as potential threats. India will enter the second Test, which starts on Saturday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), after a humiliating defeat in the series opener in Adelaide. But Paine is not in the mood to take it easy against their battered opponents who plunged to their record lowest Test score of 36 last week.
“Well, we can’t pay attention to mental scars or whatever they’re talking about,” said Paine, who was named Man of the Match in the first test, during a virtual press conference.
“We know India is a proud cricket country, an extremely talented test match with many dangerous players.”
Paine, who has led Australia in 20 Tests so far, remembered the Ashes last year when England rebounded in the fifth Test to level the series after 1-2.
“We saw in England that we can get loose quite quickly … the moment we take our foot off the pedal and think that things are going well.
“A huge focus of ours since that fifth test since the Ashes win after winning. But we’ve been fantastic in the way we prepared for this game.”
With their Captain Virat Kohli (paternity leave) talisman and pacesetter Mohammed Shami (injured) unavailable, India will make a whopping five changes.
“We know that some of the players they are talking about like KL Rahul or Rishabh Pant are all dangerous players who want to get into the game by playing positively.
“If we give them an inch, they will cover a kilometer. So we have to be tough tomorrow, just like in Adelaide, and prepare to stand up again for another five-day battle.
“We know we won the first test well, but it wasn’t until day two at stumps, we were in a serious fight, so that’s the attitude we take on the next test.”
The skipper is aware that living in a bio-safe bubble can be tough for the tourists, especially if they are 0-1 behind after a heavy defeat.
“Living in a hub or a bubble, it’s certainly easier if you play well, no doubt about that, but the downside to that is that you’re very close, you’re very close and you’re always together. Other.
“It can go either way. We’ve been on overseas trips to India or South Africa before and we were provoked before 50. It can be very difficult, so that’s why it’s so important for us to come up with the attitude that we showed up in the first test.
“We know they won’t roll over … We’ll have to finish our backs to get them in a position like we did in Adelaide.
“If we can do it again, Tests three and four could be a real battle for them. But first we have to start right and put them back on the pump.”
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