Australian legendary batters Allan Border and Matthew Hayden lashed out at their national side after suffering a second consecutive loss against India on Sunday.
India beat Australia by six wickets in the second Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2023 at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi, thanks to a seven-wicket haul by Ravindra Jadeja that set a career-high.
The opening session was controlled by India's spinner, who dismissed Australia for 113. With six wickets in hand, the hosts successfully completed the chase.
After the loss, Border and Hayden bashed Australia for the lacklustre performance against the Men in Blue.
"I'm angry about the way they went about it today,' Border said on Fox Cricket. "It was panicky, frenetic sort of batting […] nobody got in there to stem the flow with some good defensive cricket. They were all just getting out playing sweep shot, reverse sweep to just about every ball.
"You can’t get away with that on that sort of track. You’ve got to have a method. You’re not playing on a flat belter where you can expand your game. When playing on a difficult surface, you've got to work out where your scoring options are and bat some time at the crease."
Hayden was equally critical of Australia's strategy, expressing his disappointment that the Aussies had undone all of their Day Two efforts in a single session.
"I can’t believe what I’ve just witnessed here,' he said. "These are world-class players, and they’ve got everything to win and everything to lose in this session. They did it so well last evening in those few overs. Strong scoring rate, good defence, and proactive batting.
"But what we’ve seen here is a disaster for Australia. They’ve gone way over the edge in terms of their aggressive play."
India now leads the four-match Test series 2-0 and will keep the Border-Gavaskar Trophy no matter how the last two Tests turn out.
Australia will lock horns with India in the third match of the series at the Holkar Stadium in Indore from March 1 to 5.