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INDvsAUS: Kim Hughes urges India not try to doctor the tracks

The wicket was a shocker said Kim Hughes

By Rashmi Nanda -

Steve Smith-led Australian team even though has won the first Test of the four-match series, but India would come hard at them in the remains game of the series, felt former Aussie skipper Kim Hughes.

On Sunday, Hughes told TOI, "If someone had told me we are going to dismiss India for 100-odd in both innings and win by 333 runs, I would have told him - what have you been smoking? Australia will enjoy this victory but would understand that India would come hard at them. I don't think India were complacent at all. It's just that they had a bad game."

He also urged the Indian team management not to dry the pitches, "The wicket (in Pune) was a shocker. If you see, pitches against England were good cricket wickets, but if you try to doctor the tracks, it can bite you on your bum. I am sure the one in Bengaluru will be a fantastic one."

Hughes takes a jibe on India's poor fielding, "India are a good fielding unit, but in this game, it was very poor. I believe catching is all about confidence and when they dropped so many, they lost it. You can't give a player of Smith's quality four chances. The last time he would have been given this many was when he was probably four years old."

He pointed out that India was poor with the use of DRS and said, "India was done with their two reviews very early (in the second innings). The second referral - where the batsman ought to have known whether he hit it or not - was just bad cricket. You need to use your referrals smartly."

Hughes also praised the pacers from both the teams, "While Steve O'Keefe was the man of the moment, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood too bowled splendidly for Australia. Starc's ball to dismiss Cheteshwar Pujara was just brilliant. For India, Umesh (Yadav) was the standout bowler as he bowled a superb line and was disciplined."

When asked did training on turning wickets in Dubai come in handy for Australia? Hughes said, "I am not sure what worked (for us). We had got Muttiah Muralitharan to work with us (when we played Lanka last year) but it didn't work. Let me put it this way - if it works, you look like a genius and if it doesn't - then you can look dumb."