'Big fallout': Cricket legend blasts Aussies after series defeat

Chris Young
·Sports Reporter
·3-min read
Former Australian bowler Shane Warne has predicted there will be a number of changes made to Australia's Test team. (Photo by Chris Hyde - CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images)
Former Australian bowler Shane Warne has predicted there will be a number of changes made to Australia's Test team. (Photo by Chris Hyde - CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images)

Spin bowling great Shane Warne has predicted the Australian Test team will undergo a series of changes after losing the fourth Test to India in stunning fashion.

Australia failed to regain the Border-Gavaskar once again as the injury-riddled Indian side eked out a gutsy three-wicket victory at the Gabba, prompting widespread criticism of the home side’s failure to capitalise on a strong first innings.

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Similar struggles to pick up second-innings wickets, which hurt Australia in both the third and fourth Tests, have also become a talking point.

Warne, in the wake of the lost series, predicted there would be a ‘big fallout’ as a result.

““I think there’ll be a huge fallout from this,” Warne said in commentary.

“There’s not too many times that you lose to the second or third (choice) side.

“That’s not taking anything away from those Indian guys that played but their first selection side, there’s probably only two or three players in that side who would play.

“Their tactics will come into question, and they have to. Bowlers will come into question, people’s spot in the team will come into question. It has to.

“You can’t just deflect it and flick it off and say India were too good for us.

“Yes they were, but Australia had so many chances in this series to bury it and crush India, but they couldn’t do it. They just couldn’t do it.

“There’ll be a big fallout from this.”

India pull off miraculous Test series comeback

A freewheeling Rishabh Pant has stormed Australia's Gabba fortress in record-breaking fashion, helping India snatch an astonishing three-wicket win to cap one of the greatest Test series of the modern era.

A stoic Cheteshwar Pujara refused to release India's four-year hold of the Border-Gavaskar trophy on a dramatic final day of the four-Test series, weathering 211 balls and 10 body blows while denting Australia's hopes of victory.

Pujara's vigil set the platform for Pant to complete a venue-record chase of 328.

The dashing keeper-batsman made remarkably light work of the pressure-laden situation, bringing up the winning runs with a driven boundary off Josh Hazlewood.

India's pacemen Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur celebrate the victory in the fourth cricket Test match against Australia at The Gabba in Brisbane on January 19, 2021. (Photo by PATRICK HAMILTON/AFP via Getty Images)
India's pacemen Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur celebrate the victory in the fourth cricket Test match against Australia at The Gabba in Brisbane on January 19, 2021. (Photo by PATRICK HAMILTON/AFP via Getty Images)

Pant finished 89 not out, securing victory at 5.37pm (local time) with three overs remaining.

The once-in-a-generation defeat could have long-term ramifications - at a minimum it has clouded Australia's path to this year's world Test championship final at Lord's.

It was a fatiguing and frustrating Tuesday for Tim Paine and Australia's attack.

The ignominy, for a range of reasons, may linger longer in their minds than the heartbreak at Headingley that Ben Stokes inflicted in 2019.

The highest successful chase in a Gabba Test was previously 7-236, which Australia completed in 1951, while this shock loss ended Australia's 32-year undefeated run at the venue.

With AAP

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