Australia’s batting just not up to Test standards at the moment: Mark Waugh

first_imgAustralia’s batting just not up to Test standards at the moment: Mark WaughBrief scores: India 622 for 7 declared (Pujara 193, Pant 159 not out, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4 for 178). Australia 236 for 6 (Harris 79, Handscomb 28 not out, Cummins 25 not out, Kuldeep 3 for 71). Australia trail India by 386 runs. Australia lost the wickets of Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Shaun Marsh and Travis Head after lunch and captain Tim Paine followed soon after the tea break on Day 3.advertisement Rohan Sen SydneyJanuary 5, 2019UPDATED: January 5, 2019 16:07 IST Mark Waugh slammed the shot selection of the Australian batsmen on Day 3 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTS4th Test Day 3, brief scores: Australia 236/6, trail India (622 for 7 declared) by 386 runs. Marcus Harris (79), Kuldeep Yadav (3 for 71)Australia squandered a good start and lost 4 wickets in the 2nd session on Day 3Khawaja and Harris had added 72 runs for the first wicket4th Test, Day 3 Scores(Full scorecard)Brief scores:India 622 for 7 declared (Pujara 193, Pant 159 not out, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4 for 178)Australia 236 for 6 (Harris 79, Handscomb 28 not out, Cummins 25 not out, Kuldeep 3 for 71)Australia trail India by 386 runsCricket legend Mark Waugh joined the bandwagon of former Australian players criticising the home team’s batsmen after yet another poor outing in the ongoing Test series against India on Saturday. Australia were struggling at 236 for 6 on Day 3 when bad light and rain forced the stumps to be drawn early in the fourth Test.The hosts are trailing India by another 386 runs in the first innings with Peter Handscomb (28) and Pat Cummins (25) at the crease and four wickets in hand.The tourists only need a draw to claim a first series win in Australia and the home side’s hopes of preventing even that faded as they blew a solid start to lose five wickets after lunch.Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Shaun Marsh and Travis Head were all dismissed after lunch and captain Tim Paine followed soon after the tea break.A ripper from Rahane for another breakthrough on day three.#AUSvIND | @bet365_aus pic.twitter.com/AloLI08vB9cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 5, 2019Most of the Australian batsmen made starts but only opener Harris was able to get past the half century mark — his 79 was the highest score by the home side in a series during which India have pillaged five centuries.”Disappointing to say the least, I thought we were in for a big day. I thought Marcus Harris played beautifully, I had him tagged for at least a hundred maybe 200 early on. But really the story of the summer for the Australian batting is that a lot of players got in, they looked quite good and then got out to really poor shots.advertisement”I thought the Indians bowled okay, there was nothing in the pitch for them, was a very good batting track today. So really the Australians got themselves out rather than great bowling,” Waugh said after the day’s play.The surface that India’s batsmen had plundered almost at will for two days was still offering little movement for the bowlers and the Australians will be cursing themselves for some soft dismissals after the solid start to the day.Here’s the wicket of Marcus Harris shortly after the lunch break.Stream via Kayo HERE: https://t.co/CaiEbSjKbT #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/kPHTAcjkU3cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 5, 2019″We are all searching for answers. These guys are good players they have all got ability but I just think at the moment they are caught in between playing for their spot and playing too negatively. Then they’ll play the big shot to try to release the pressure.”At the end of the day we are not batting for long enough periods. Maybe take a leaf out of Pujara’s book. Just dig in there even if it looks ugly for a little while, get through the tough spells. These were the best batting conditions of the tour so far and we just didn’t cash in. There is a real lack of confidence within the batting group.”It’s not just one thing that’s going wrong it’s a combination of things. There’s been some good bowling no doubt about that from the Indians but the quality of our batting is just not up to Test standards at the moment. The shot selection is not good enough, they are the key components that we need moving forward,” Waugh added.The great Steve Waugh spoke to https://t.co/7zqZfeoFWf about Australia’s fourth Test selections and the messages he has been sharing with Justin Langer and Tim Paine #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/hOYTUVGOi3cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 4, 2019Former captain Michael Clarke then asked Waugh on air if Australia have the best top-six batsmen in their lineup at the moment to which the former national selector replied in the affirmative.”Don’t forget we are missing Steve Smith and David Warner, you take out the best two players of any batting team in the world I think you’re going to leave a whole there. That is one excuse that we can hang our head on.”Forgetting about that, the depth of batsmen around Australia, there’s a lot of players around the same standard and averaging about the same amount in first-class cricket. So it’s very difficult for the selectors to pinpoint anyone who is standing out. No one’s really knocking the door down.”But I think once we get Smith and Warner back, assuming they are picked in the team, the strength of the batting will look a lot better. At the moment we have just about got the right players in there but they are just not doing the job,” Waugh said.advertisementAlso Read | India vs Australia 4th Test: Kuldeep, Jadeja trigger Australia collapse on rain-hit Day 3Also Read | Not getting babysitting gigs: Fans react as Kuldeep playfully pulls young mascot’s cheeksAlso Read | Spotted: Shane Warne advises Kuldeep Yadav before Chinaman bowler’s 3-wicket haulAlso Read | India vs Australia, 4th Test Day 3: HighlightsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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