Arnav Chopra ∙ Feb 20 2023, 2:30 PM

Pretty poor: Coach Andrew McDonald unimpressed with his side's effort

image-lecqvffqAustralia Press Conference (Source: Twitter)

After facing two humiliating defeats in the first two Tests of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, the Australian side are having a hard time in the subcontinent. 

The players were unable to counter the threatening spin-duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja on the slow-low turning tracks of Nagpur and Delhi.

Many of the former cricketers have gone against the visiting side's tactics of sweeping every delivery which led to them losing too many wickets causing a collapse in both games.

After all this, the head coach of the Australian side Andrew McDonald accepted his side's inability to cope with the challenge, as he believed they weren't up to the mark.

"We've got to be better than that, that's the bottom line. We've got to own it and we are not here to shy away from the fact that wasn't good enough,"

Moreover, he mentioned that they were in control of the game at one stage but couldn't hold on to the chances as the Indian side made a strong comeback courtesy of spinners who got both Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith in no time.

"We felt like we had India in a really vulnerable position, it was the first time in the series we saw the fielders back and Ashwin having to control the tempo. Usually it's pretty much a ring field and hard to rotate the strike and we felt like Marnus and Smudge had the game in their control at 2 for 85 looking to extend that lead,"

Furthermore, he straightway called their gameplay poor because they couldn't handle the pressure that was building up in their mind.

"The rest was pretty plain to see, pretty poor. It's once again pressure and, in this case, more perceived pressure than anything. In the first game we were coming from a long way behind."

Australia will next engage against India in the third Test that would be played from 1st March in Indore.