"If you go out there with an ego, you might as well not go at all". "Because that Dukes ball, it buries egos pretty quickly". You'll have to be the last batsman getting out. "Looking back now, if we had won that Test, win Perth, outplayed in Melbourne, then a washout (in Sydney), it could have been 2-1 the other way", he said.
"As a batsman, you just need to get used to pace and bounce (in Australia)".
"You have to get into a position where, you should not even look at the scoreboard or the number of balls, it's inconsequential, patience is the only thing that works there". Both Kohli and Shastri said that the Test series win in Australia was a more significant moment for them than the World Cup-winning moment.
"We can learn a lot from the way they went about it and we'll make sure we do". But come the next Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the ever-capable Ravindra Jadeja sprang into action, from picking up crucial wickets to scoring utility half-centuries, throwing in from the deep and bringing a great amount of positive energy to the side. "If the same batting unit can go out there more confident and believe that they can do it, it can be done, definitely".
"We're really disappointed. We know we had some guys missing but we honestly felt coming into this series that in Australia, we could beat India", said Paine, who has won only one of the seven Tests he has been in charge.
He also conceded that India were simply too good in the clutch. Shastri put the 4-1 defeat down to the ability of England's lower-order to repeatedly dig their side out of trouble, something Australia were unable to do against India.
"Their best players stood up in the big moments".
But he also suggested that not much will be changing. "We've got faith that the guys around the team are the right guys". The group of bowlers we have in this team have been fantastic for quite a while now.