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“Paine’s captaincy was wobbling a bit throughout the series,” points Jonathan Agnew

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BBC “Test Match Special” commentator Jonathan Agnew joined The Sports Doyen for an exclusive conversation for our new show, “Voices of Cricket”. When host Kushagr Dixit pointed that this win is right up there among the greatest triumphs in Indian cricket history, he exclaimed “It definitely should be”.

Agnew is one of the most revered names in the world of cricket commentary, having been with the TMS team for nearly three decades and describing some of Cricket’s most iconic moments in recent years, including the 2019 World Cup final and the Ben Stokes heroics at the Lord’s.

Among the many things he discussed on the show, he did speak very highly of the Indian side that went all the way in Australia and breached the Gabba fortress, where the hosts remained unbeaten for over three decades.

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“To beat Australia in those circumstances is absolutely incredible. I remember we were previewing the last Test, looking at India’s disadvantages and Australia’s dominance at the Gabba, no one gave India a chance and to win in the manner they did, was incredible. It (India’s win) does asks some questions about Australia and I’m sure England will take note of it when they go to Australia,” Agnew said.

“Aussies don’t like pressure on them”

The former English fast bowler also was unimpressed with Tim Paine’s captaincy and expressed how shocked he was to listen to the conversation he had with Ravichandran Ashwin during the 3rd Test at the SCG.

“I felt Tim Paine’s captaincy was wobbling a bit. This was before many of the incidents happened in the series because it has been a stop-gap. Australians were under caution and clearly, they don’t like it when they get a bit of a stick when they’re at home.

And the captain of the Australian Test team, saying that to a highly respectable cricketer like Ashwin (Referring to the sledging that took place at the SCG). Why would you say something like that to someone like him? It shows that they don’t like the pressure very much. England must take note of that,” He added.

“Smith had no business in the crease”

Talking of Steve Smith’s shadow batting incident – “I felt quite strongly that Steve Smith shouldn’t have been there at the crease. The crease is the batsman’s, it belongs to him, if you aren’t batting, get out of there, it’s not your business. With Paine not being at his best, I felt for a second Smtih could captain Australia in the England series but later I realized he has too much baggage himself.”

Watch the full interview here –


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