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Legendary Australia pace bowler Glenn McGrath has announced that India “must get back to the basics” after their nightmarish 3-1 defeat to England.
McGrath was disgusted with India’s fielding and suggested that they work on getting the fundamentals right before they move on to anything else.
“The Indian team’s fielding was diabolical,” McGrath told NDTV. “The bowlers did okay and they created opportunities. But when you drop catches, it is frustrating.
“Things are pretty bad and India must get back to the basics. They will be touring Australia and there is not much time fix the problems.”
Unless they make some serious improvements, McGrath believes that India will relive their nightmare all over again when they tour Australia in December.
“Australia have come a long way,” he said. “They have won the Ashes and they will be waiting for India. It will be really tough for India in Australia.”
There have been many pundits and former players questioning whether the Indian players simply don’t want to play Test cricket anymore. But, McGrath believes that the passion is still there, even though it was not shown during the latter part of the Test series against England.
“Test cricket is the ultimate challenge,” he said. “It’s a lot of hard work and how you play the game over five days needs a lot of skill and fitness. I will imagine that Indians want to play Test cricket.”
However, McGrath admitted that he was pleased when India picked pace bowler Varun Aaron.
“Very happy to see Varun get an opportunity,” he said. “Fast bowling is all about creating pressure and building bowling partnerships. You can’t get a wicket every over. Three maiden overs can build pressure. India have a lot of work to do.”