Australia still a good team, but are losing in crucial moments, believes Adam Gilchrist

PTI, Nov, 10 2016

Mumbai: Australia are scheduled to travel to India for a four-Test series in February next year, and former captain Adam Gilchrist has said that going by their recent outing, the Aussies need to work hard on identifying big moments where they lack consistency.

The once formidable Australian team, has recently lost fourth Test on the trot after being overwhelmed by South Africa at home.

File photo of Adam Gilchrist. Reuters

File photo of Adam Gilchrist. Reuters

And Gilchrist feels more often than not the Aussies are letting their opponents bounce back into a game.

"Australia shouldn't be panicking. They were very much in the dominant position in that Test match (at Perth against South Africa). Even in at least two of the Test matches in Sri Lanka, they were really in dominant positions and then they let the opposition make a comeback. So that's their biggest concern and they need to work hard on this aspect," Gilchrist told PTI in an interview in Mumbai on Thursday.

"Australia need to identify moments in the game, where they need to work hard and not let the opponent back in. That's what all the good teams do in any nation. Australia can take confidence from the fact that they are good enough to compete with all their opponents and they are doing that, but then they are losing the big moments.

"So I would expect them to make a comeback. I think it's going to be great rest of series against South Africa. It will be a terrific series against Pakistan too," the legendary wicket-keeper batsman said.

Gilchrist, who is here as the brand ambassador of University of Wollongong (UOW), on Thursday announced Vigneshwaran Subramani of Chennai as the recipient of the 2017 Bradman Foundation Scholarship, at an event.

The UOW Bradman Foundation Scholarship is offered to one undergraduate or post-graduate student from India every year.

Asked if its batting department failed Australia in the Test match against South Africa in Perth, Gilchrist said: "Yes, absolutely that was evident in Perth. Neither of the two sides batted well in the first innings.

"Australia had a great opportunity to post a huge first innings total but they didn't grab that opportunity. South Africa made the correct adjustments in their second innings and made a huge total," said the 44-year-old left-handed batsman, who has scored 5,570 runs in 96 Tests.

Australia had recently lost the first of three Test rubber against South Africa in Perth by 177 runs. The second Test of the series will be played at Hobart from 12 November and the third in Adelaide from 24 November.

Before the rubber against South Africa, Australia were whitewash 0-3 by Sri Lanka in an away Test series in July-August earlier this year.

Published Date: Nov 10, 2016 | Updated Date: Nov 10, 2016

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115