Australia Test skipper Tim Paine on Monday opined about Team India's maiden Test series triumph on Australian soil in 2018-19 and said the defeat to the Virat Kohli-led side still 'annoys' and 'grinds' him.
Paine was roped in as skipper of the 'Baggy Greens' after the famous ball-tampering scandal in South Africa involving Steve Smith, David Warner, and Cameron Bancroft. Apart from the defeat to India, the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman, so far, has done a decent job as a captain.
As Virat Kohli and his side prepares to defend the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in the upcoming tour Down Under, Paine has recalled the 'annoying' defeat to the visitors last time out. He feels his side should not have conceded the series defeat, irrespective of the fact that Australia was without the likes of Steve Smith and David Warner at the time.
"Certainly for me sitting back, it still annoys me that we lost that Test series. Whether we had Steve or David or not you don't want to be losing any Test matches or Test series you're involved in, so that still grinds me a little bit," Paine was quoted as saying by 2GB's WWOS Radio.
Paine explained what makes Australia a better Test team besides the addition of Smith and Warner. He also added that Smith and Warner are ready to make their presence felt in the upcoming series.
"I think we are a much better team all around. Not just adding Steve and David back into it, which is a hell of a lot of runs to add back into aside, but I think every other cricketer in that team has improved in the last 18 months. We've been playing some really good cricket as well, whereas back then I think we were finding our way through a really challenging or different type of set up," the 36-year-old added.