Tim Paine To Focus On Performance, Not Preserving Record Against India

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Tim Paine To Focus On Performance, Not Preserving Record Against India

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"My focus has been on us improving and us playing the best possible cricket we can. We want to win every Test we play. At times it's not possible. We're playing the best Test team in the world at the moment who are playing really well," Paine admitted in the pre-match press conference.

Australia lost the third Test by 137 runs in Melbourne.

"I haven't thought too much about losing the series, that's for sure...some guys will use different things to motivate them. My motivation is making sure we're improving, competitive at all times and put up a really good fight against India," he said.

Paine said Australia's inexperienced batting line-up failed to get going in Melbourne, but will slowly learn from mistakes. No Australian batsman has scored a hundred yet in this series and it is something the skipper hoped would be remedied in this final match.

I was sent a letter by Cricket Australia's Chief Executive, James Sutherland in May asking about my availability to present the Border-Gavaskar trophy and I would have been happy to go. But he stepped down and there has been no further contact,
Sunil Gavaskar,
Disappointed I won’t be in Australia to present Border…
But the pitches in this series have not been as hard and bouncy as normal Australian pitches. But there is nothing to take away from Pujara's desire to score runs,
Sunil Gavaskar,
Disappointed I won’t be in Australia to present Border…
India are in control having scored over 300 runs - more than anything else, I am happy for Kapil Dev. In the past, whenever the New Year's Tests would be played, Kapil (whose birthday is on January 6) did not have good birthdays because India would invariably lose those New Year's Tests. Kapil would be able to celebrate his birthday in style this year,
Sunil Gavaskar,
Disappointed I won’t be in Australia to present Border…