Australian coach Justin Langer pointed out the lack of world-class batsman in his side and said that Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara had been the difference for the visitors. However, the hosts had lost the last game by 137 runs, and Kohli’s men are leading the series 2-1.
Meanwhile, Indian National Cricket Team skipper Virat Kohli so far had scored 259 runs from six innings. The right-hander also slammed a century in the first essay of the second Test and a half-century in the first innings of the third Test. On the other hand, Pujara is leading the board with 328 runs with the help of two centuries and one half-century.
“At this stage, the difference in the series is Pujara and Kohli, if we’re frank. Pujara averages 53 and Kohli has averaged 46 and got a duck in the second innings. The lesson we learn from that is he just absorbed all our pressure,” Justin Langer said Monday.
It was a tough Test match – Langer
The former Australian opener blamed the first innings of Australia’s batting as it led to a defeat at MCG. They only managed to score 151 runs as Indian speedster Jasprit Bumrah rattle the batting line-up scalping six wickets to his name.
“It was a really tough Test match. I’ve said from day one it’s going to be a real arm wrestle the Test series and it feels like that. It has been tough, we probably got the worst of the conditions in this Test match, and our first innings batting particularly was not up to the work we put into it. We feel disappointed and tired, but we are getting ready to refresh and get ready for the fourth one,” Langer added.
Moreover, Justin Langer backed Aaron Finch despite poor run form in the series. So far he had scored 97 runs from six innings including only one half-century. In addition to, he also partnered 100 plus runs for the first wicket along with Marcus Harris in the first innings of the second Test. However, it was the only Test match that Tim Paine’s men won convincingly by 146 runs.
“He (Finch) is having a bit of a lean run of it although he has got a couple of fifties. He got a 100 run partnership one Test match ago and that set up the whole Test match for us. Finch is a really good player and he is working harder probably than he has ever worked. He has got to somehow recharge his batteries over and over again. It is a great challenge for him at the moment and he will be better I think,” Justin Langer concluded.
The fourth and final Test will commence from January 3, 2019, at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).