Yeah, a poor performance from Paine. Not only behind the stumps with rubbish keeping, but also his tactics and sledging that made him look inept overall. He would have been better off shutting up and concentrating on catching the ball. Giving his bowlers some reasonable instruction mightn't have hurt either. Wonder who devised their strategy? Too much short stuff (and leg side re Starc) made it far easier for the Indians than it should have been.
It's not the first time he has gone to water and simply lost the plot under pressure to close out a match. Would be happy enough for Smith to take over again, but he wasn't great tactically either. There doesn't really seem to be any other options at the moment.
So far the Indians have generally looked the better side for most of it, even with their injury list. Only for that pink ball batting hiccup in Adelaide they would have been up 2 nil. A credit to them the way they fought in this one. Our blokes never never seem to that, so well done to them. A very good side.
Paine was never a great Captain tactically and as a keeper, has for a while been showing obvious signs of being past his use by date.
That SCG pitch was also a disaster and far more helpful to our opposition who are used to playing on that style of wicket. Only 27 wickets from the bowlers (with 4 run outs) over five days. Was benign to start with and got better (worse) as the match wore on. We could play an extra day and probably not bowl them out.
Not as confident we'll do well at the Gabba, it's usually way overhyped also. If it does move around early, it usually flattens out into another Aussie batting paradise. The Indians should be favourites going to the next one even with their injury list.
We have a couple of world class batsmen and a couple of world class bowlers. Apart from the young fellas (too early to tell), the rest don't seem up to it at this level.