Cricket Australia lauds Steven Smith and his team for performance against India
Cricket Australia chairman David Peever lavished praise on the Australian team for their performance in the recently concluded Test series in India.
With most experts predicting a 4-0 series victory for India, Australia showed a lot of resilience and had a chance to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy until the third day of the Dharamsala Test where they were bowled out for 137 in the second innings, thereby allowing India to chase down a slender target of 106 runs and seal a 2-1 victory.
The series also saw Australia clinching their first victory in the Indian soil since 2004 during the first Test in Pune which they won by a whopping 333 runs and that too in conditions conducive for spin bowling.
"As the team arrives home over the next two days, they will find that all of Australia is immensely proud of their efforts," said Peever in a statement released by the board.
“Some gave them little chance of testing the world's number one team, but instead showed resilience, adaptability and a determination to overcome the difficulties they have experienced in recent years in such conditions.
"They came very close to winning the series, but did achieve Australia's first Test win in India since 2004."
The defeat in Pune to Australia was India's only loss in their extended home season which comprised of 13 Tests and one player who played a pivotal role in not just the first Test but throughout the series was Steven Smith.
In the four games, Smith amassed 499 runs including three centuries at an average of 71 and Peever lauded the 27-year-old along with the support staff.
"There were many fine individual performances, but none better than those of the captain.
"Steve showed yet again what an outstanding leader he is becoming, and his honesty and gracious comments at the end demonstrated the qualities that Australians expect from their Test captain.
"Credit must also be given to the Bupa Support Team staff, who helped the squad prepare so well in Dubai, and then guided them through the lengthy visit.
"It was a tough series, as we expected and indeed welcome from our Indian hosts. Cricket at this level is highly competitive, and it is incumbent on all involved, players and administrators, to honour the protocols and standards of behaviour that underpin the spirit of cricket."
Australia ended the international season ranked third in the ICC Test rankings with India and South Africa taking the top two positions.
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