Pink ball not easy to pick up, harder for batsmen: Tim Paine

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By: PTI | Adelaide |

December 18, 2020 7:48:48 pm





Tim Paine on means to his 73 on Day 2 (AP)

Sighting a pink ball snaking this manner and that underneath lights is “not easy”, Australian captain Tim Paine stated after his laborious half-century towards India’s menacing bowling assault within the first Day/Night Test right here on Friday.

Paine top-scored with an unbeaten 73 earlier than his workforce was bowled out for 191 on the second day of the match on the Adelaide Oval.

“Yes, definitely the quality of the fast bowling is exceptional. Pink ball that is probably another factor. It takes time to adjust and it is not as easy to pick up and I will tell you, it is harder for the player,” stated Paine at a press convention.

While batting was not easy, it additionally resulted in an ultra-defensive method being adopted by a couple of batsmen.

India, whose first innings ended at 244, prolonged their general lead to 62 runs by the top of the day’s play.

Paine admitted that it was not his workforce’s finest efficiency.

“Yes, (it’s) actually not our greatest efficiency however credit score to them.

“They (India) bowled really well, put us under pressure, we just could not get any momentum or any partnerships together, we couldn’t quite do that today, but our top order has done a good job for a fair while now.”

Senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (4-55) grabbed 4 wickets, whereas tempo spearhead Jasprit Bumrah completed with three wickets.

In their second essay, the guests have been 9/1 at stumps.

Paine stated that Australia, with the standard of bowling assault at their disposal, will definitely strive to make a comeback.

“At the top of the day, we’ve obtained to chase, we all know it’s going to be a problem, the standard of bowling is outstanding, something can occur tomorrow.

“We know our fast-bowling assault and Nathon Lyon, we thought his first 10 overs yesterday created plenty of possibilities.

“We have got the ability to take quick wickets, and obviously we will try and do that tomorrow, keep the scoreboard under control and hopefully one of our great bowlers has bit of run-on and somewhat momentum and I think and hopefully keep that score as low as possible.”

Pat Cummins dismissed India opener Prithvi Shaw cheaply within the second innings and the Australian skipper stated that the model new ball was given to him, as an alternative of Josh Hazlewood, as he will get to nip it off the seam.

“That choice was made (to open with Cummins), I really feel like most of this recreation, which has been uncommon for pink ball, it hasn’t actually swung, it has been nip of that swing and Patty has been our greatest in that.

“Basically he isn’t an enormous swinger of the ball, however he nips it extra of the seam each methods. Starcy (Mitchell Starc) underneath lights together with his tempo from his top, it is vitally troublesome to pick up anyhow.

“So, Josh was happy with that (decision) and he will playing a big role for us tomorrow.”

The four-match Test sequence is being broadcast reside on Sony Ten 1, Sony Ten three and Sony Six channels.

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