Off The Field

Team did not follow batting plan: Australia coach Andrew McDonald

Written by Vipin Darwade

Australia coach Andrew McDonald was gutted with the loss in the second Test match at Delhi. Australia dropped the series after India took an unassailable lead of 2-0, winning the 2nd Test match by 6 wickets in New Delhi.

Speaking to SEN after the Test match, McDonald lamented the loss and said that things happened awfully quick. Australia once again collapsed in one session, despite doing well at the start in their second innings. The visitors were 61/1 at the end of Day 2 of the 2nd Test where Travis Head took charge of the play. 

After Head’s dismissal, early on Day 3, Australia collapsed for 113 runs, marking yet another embarassing tale.

“I think it will take a little bit more than 24 hours to get your head around it, it happened awfully quick,” McDonald told SEN.

“Frantic is probably the word (to describe the collapse). It felt like we were sort of rushing towards a total, we were in a really strong position at 2-85, driving the game, and it was the first time I’d seen (Ravichandran) Ashwin with defensive fields and (Ravindra) Jadeja as well, so we felt like we were controlling the game well there,” the coach explained.

“As happens in the sub-continent, you give an inch and they’ll take a mile. They got a little opening and they drove it to their advantage and suddenly the pressure that we built up during the game, and that was one of the real focuses of the game to shift the pressure to the Indian dressing room, it felt like we did that and then it just came flooding back to our change room,” rued the Australia coach.

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