Australian team put a great fight on the whole Indian tour from the very first match at Pune. Though they went their home back with nothing in their hands, but Mark Waugh, the CA selector, feels that Aussie team gain the confidence despite the series loss.
He believes players has done really well on this tour and set new standards for players in those tough conditions of India, where Australia is known for their struggle.
India snatched the victory from the visitors after winning the Dharamshala Test by eight wickets. Once, Australia was smelling the series win in Bengaluru, but India kept fighting hard and eventually won the series. Though, Waugh says players should be proud of their display after getting written off before the first ball of this tour.
Waugh said while talking to cricket.com.au, “There’s been nothing between the two teams. I believe we’ve played equally as well as the Indians on the tour.”
“Obviously in this [Dharamshala] Test match we haven’t played quite as well, but there’s been a lot of positive signs from the Australian camp. Individuals have done well so we can take a lot of confidence from playing well in conditions where we don’t normally do well,” he further added.
“To be one-all going into this [Dharamshala] Test match, if you said that before the start of the series you would have been pretty happy. We like to win, of course. But the positives are it’s been great viewing and Test match cricket has probably been put back on the map a bit.”
Australian captain Steve Smith won Player of the series award for scoring 499 runs in four matches including three centuries. Apart from him, all other players gave consistence contribution with bat and ball. Pat Cummins came back in the Test arena after a gap of 6 years and replaced injured Mitchell Starc.
Cummins showed that he has not rusted and bowled his heart out throughout last two Tests. Waugh praised all players while saying “(Cummins) got three wickets in India’s first innings but I’ve seen guys bowl worse and get seven wickets. He bowled superbly ... he was unlucky. So it’s great signs for Pat and he’s done a great job.”
“Josh Hazlewood has been enormous again and I think all our bowlers have bowled really well. Nathan Lyon and O’Keefe have carried a huge workload and done well. Matt Renshaw, this Test match he was disappointing but overall I think you’ve got to give him a tick for his series.”
“Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb have been inconsistent, but they saved the match in the third Test. Glenn Maxwell made a hundred. I think Matthew Wade has kept really well in tough conditions and shown good signs with the bat.”
The only player who was out of colour throughout this series was Vice-captain David Warner, who scored only one fifty in the first innings of Dharamshala Test. He was in good nick during Australia’s summer but didn’t carry his form here.
“It’s probably really only David Warner who’s left a lot of runs in the bank. He’s been the one player that’s struggled and he’s one of our bigger players. So there’s no doubt his form has probably hurt the result in the series. But I think every other player could almost say they’ve done well and at times have really shone. So overall, pretty good,” Junior Waugh concluded.