Australia captain Pat Cummins admitted that his team was neither “brave” nor “proactive” in their thought process which led toa crushing defeat in the first Test against India here on Saturday.
Australia were bowled out for 177 and 91 in their two innings with Ravichandran Ashwin (eight wickets) and Ravindra Jadeja (seven wickets) sharing 15 scalps between them. India won the opener by an innings and 132 runs.
Asked what actually went wrong for his team, Cummins replied: “Hard to know. That will be the review in the next few days.
“I think everyone came with pretty clear plans. The challenge is under the furnace to be brave enough to be proactive at the time. That will be the conversations over the next couple of days. We faced some pretty tough bowlers at times,” the Australia skipper said at the post-match news conference.
Cummins was categorical that his side’s defensive game won’t take them anywhere on Indian tracks. “You saw (Steve) Smithy and Alex Careyat times put the pressure back on the bowlers.
“I think it takes a bit of bravery, though it’s easier said than done. If you’re just facing ball after ball and the bowler’s pretty good, you’re going to get one with your name on it,” he said.
Cummins, though, failed to provide a satisfactory explanation for how his team was skittled out in a session between lunch and tea on Saturday.“Playing in India, the game really speeds up. It’s a good thing if you are on top. But if you are behind, it can be challenging.
“Their bowlers really put the pressure on us and next time we’ve got to find a way to manage that,” he said.