Chennai: India A coach Rahul Dravid has described the 119-run loss to Australia A as disappointing and said his team will look to sort out their batting frailties against spin and come back stronger in the next match of the triangular series. (Highlights: India A v Australia A)
“I think it is a disappointing all-round performance. First with the ball, then in the field and with the bat. The good thing I guess is that we have got four games to try and correct this,” Dravid said after India folded for 215 chasing 334 in the second match today. (Rahul Dravid Not Thinking Of India Coaching Job)
Dravid said the execution was poor on the field but his boys are motivated and would look to grab this great opportunity to impress the selectors with a better performance in the next games. (Rahul Dravid Named Coach of India A, U-19 Side)
“All these guys are youngsters and they are all trying to really impress the selectors and make a mark for themselves. I am sure they will be keen in each and every game that they play,” he said.
India A players didn’t play spin well in the Test series and in this game and Dravid said his boys can play spinners a lot better.
“It is an area that we need to definitely consider. You will remember the way Moeen Ali and others bowled in the Test series in England. Here, we were chasing a big total. I think we can definitely play spinners lot better than we have. Honestly, they played spin better than we have in the Test matches and even in this one-day game.”
It was the 239-run opening partnership between Joe Burns (154) and Usman Khawaja (100) in 35.5 overs that helped Australia A post a mammoth 334 for 4 in Chennai.
Talking about Burns’ innings, Dravid said, “He played well. It was incredible hitting and very good hitting against spin. You know he took his chances by playing shots and it came off for him today. They got a very good partnership. Both Burns and Khawaja set a good pace. It is a kind of wicket where if you have two set batsmen, it is important for them to carry on. It is not easy for new batsmen to come in and get going straight away.”
India A’s heavy loss has resulted in a poor net run-rate and they will be eager to make amends in their next match against South Africa A on Sunday.