‘Punch on the face’ before the match, what happened to Australia in India?

Sydney: The tour of India for the Australian cricket team proved to be very bad so far. The Kangaroo team lost badly in the first two matches of the Test series. Not only lost, but he surrendered within 3-3 days. Apparently the Australian team captained by Pat Cummins is on the target of every former cricketer of his country. Some are questioning his game, some on his mentality and some on his ability. Now former Australia great batsman Greg Chappell has even said that even before the start of the series, Australia itself had done its worst and what happened in the field was natural.

The Australian team had come to India only on February 1 but did not play any practice match here and prepared itself to face the spin attack of Team India against many domestic spinners of India. Then he gave importance to 2-3 spinners in the playing XI and adopted pre-decided strategy like sweep shot in batting, but first in Nagpur and then in Delhi all these strategies remained in place.

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‘Punch’ yourself before the ball hits

Seeing this condition of Australia in India, Chappell used sharp words on the performance of the team. Citing famous boxer Mike Tyson, Chappell said that the visiting team had punched itself in the face long before the first ball was bowled. Sydney Morning Herald In Chappell wrote,

It was Mike Tyson who said before his fight against Evander Holyfield, Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face. My concern after watching the first two Tests is that the Aussies punched themselves in the face long before the first ball was bowled.

Chappell questioned Australia’s preparations and plans for the current tour of India. He said, preparing a strategy is one thing but preparing it with mistakes is a futile exercise.

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Australia played with weakness, not strength

He lambasted Australia for playing with their weakness instead of their strength. Chappell said, Australia needed to play to their strengths to win this series. Spin bowling is not our strength. For this, choosing spinners in the team is not the way to achieve success in India. We should have picked our best bowlers and trusted them and supported the batsmen by performing well.

After losing the first Test in Nagpur by an innings and 132 runs, Australia decided to go to Delhi with only one fast bowler, captain Pat Cummins. He dismissed Scott Boland and left-arm spinner Matthew Kuhnmann made his debut in the Delhi Test. He too could not leave any impact and Australia got defeated in two and a half days.

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