New Delhi: Former Australia captain Lan Lan Border has strongly criticized Australia A’s passive performance in the three-day practice match against India. Border criticized the team for not playing well and said such a performance was unacceptable for Australian cricketers.
After the end of the second day of the practice match, Lann Border said, “They conceded defeat. Australian cricket team, you can lose. Many times we have done poorly. I have done the same. I’m a part of it but I don’t think you’ll ever accuse the Australian team of not playing well. ‘
Australia A’s performance is unacceptable: Alan Border
He said, ‘His attitude, I don’t blame all of this, but it was a normal (inactivity).’
The former Australia captain said, “This is the most passive performance I have seen in the last season of any cricket.”
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“This is Australia’s A team, they’re representing Australia, they’re young players trying to make an impression,” said Border. It’s fielding, it’s bowling, it’s captaincy – it’s a shame, it doesn’t meet the criteria at all.
Australia A ended the innings at 10,108 in reply to India’s first innings of 1,194, followed by Mayank Agarwal and Shubhaman Gill with half-centuries and Hanuma Vihari and Habshabh Pant with centuries on the second day of the match on Saturday. The innings was declared on a score of 386/4.
Border (lan Border) also criticized Australia A captain Alex Carey, saying, “If Alex Carey had joined the race to become Australian captain, I think he would have to work harder now.”
Australia A, however, made a comeback in the fourth innings and scored 707 with the help of unbeaten centuries from Ben McDermott and Jack Weldermuth. Chasing a target of 473, Australia A struggled with a score of 25/3 at the time, but McDermott and Weldermouth helped their team out of trouble with a strong century.