Cricket – ‘horrible feeling’ streets of Paine missed catches in Sydney draw

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SYDNEY, Jan.11 (Reuters) – Australia captain Tim Paine said he felt he had let his bowlers down with his wicket as India went through the final day of the third test in a draw on Monday.

Paine believed Pace Unit and Australia spinner Nathan Lyon had created enough chances to beat Tourists for a win and a 2-1 lead in the series if only the rest of the squad. had taken his catches. bitterly disappointed, I am proud of my gate service and I probably haven’t had many worse days than today, ”he told reporters.

“It’s a horrible feeling knowing that our fast bowlers and our spinner moved their hearts and gave their all to the team.

“I definitely feel like I’ve let them down and have to wear this. But I’m a big boy and I have another chance next week.”

While disappointed to be held to a draw from such a strong position, Paine said there were some positives to take from the game – including their two highest innings in the series.

“I thought it was an awesome test match cricket game. I thought India was fighting hard as we knew,” he said.

“We’re definitely back closer to where we want to be as a batting group, we probably left a few more in the opening innings, but I think there are some positive signs,” he added.

Paine was unable to update reporters on the injury to newbie opening batsman Will Pucovski, who was rushed to hospital for shoulder scans after an awkward fall as he was in the field on Monday.

The Australian skipper also joined in the condemnation of the racial abuse allegations against Indian Mohammed Siraj by part of the crowd on day four of the match, which is being investigated by the Cricket Australia and New South Wales police. I think it is bitterly disappointing, “he said.” I am really disappointed that this has happened in Australia. I just wanted the Indians to know that we don’t tolerate it either. “

The two teams fly to Brisbane on Tuesday, where the potentially decisive fourth test begins on Friday.

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