Australia’s bowling went awry and let India off the hook on day three of the fourth Test, Aussie paceman Josh Hazlewood admitted.
India went from 6-186 in their first innings to a total of 336, just 33 runs behind Australia thanks to a 123-run partnership for the seventh wicket between Washington Sundar (62) and Shardul Thakur (67).
The inability to crack the partnership has severely reduced Australia’s prospects of victory with two days remaining at the Gabba. Australia must win to regain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, with the series locked at 1-1.
“There’s a bit of frustration there, when they’re six down you think you’re well on your way to knocking them over. But, in this day and age, teams bat all the way down, especially a team like England or something,” Hazlewood said.
“I think we missed our mark a little bit, we were a touch full or a touch short and a bit of width here and there, so we just let them off the hook a little bit there and probably didn’t build pressure the way we wanted to. So, again, credit to them they batted beautifully and we’ll have a look at that for the second dig.”