Basit Ali criticizes Australia for adopting a defensive strategy, saying, "This is a plot to remove Pat Cummins from the captaincy and restore Steve Smith."
Australia is easily in control of the fourth and final Test of the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy after scoring 480 runs in the first innings.
Australia is easily in control of the fourth and final Test of the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy after scoring 480 runs in the first innings. Basit Ali, a former cricketer for Pakistan, wasn't amused by that and criticized the visiting squad for their defensive strategy on both days of the match.
In a shocking video, the 52-year-old added that Australia is presently aiming for a draw because their plan is to replace Pat Cummins as captain with Steve Smith, who excelled during the third Test in Indore. The former cricketer also made fun of Andrew McDonald, the team's coach, by referring to him as an ordinary player with an ordinary mentality.
"Australia played like the squad from 1970 to 1980, in my opinion. They won the draw, scoring 255 points on Day 1 and 225 points on Day 2. Although it appears that Australia is ahead 2-1 in the game, India actually holds that advantage. They have continued to take a protective stance simply because they have advanced to the World Test Championship finals. The attitude that Steve Smith and their mentor Andrew McDonald adopted was very depressing. Their coach was a common player, and his way of reasoning is also very common.
In addition, I want to emphasize that this is a scheme to restore Smith as their new skipper and to relieve Pat Cummins of his captaincy. Australia wants to play a draw so that Smith can once again be in charge with his chosen group of players after Smith led Australia to victory in the third Test, according to Basit Ali, who was cited by the Hindustan Times.
Usman Khawaja scored 180 runs in the first session thanks to his excellent bat work, but Basit Ali also criticized him for his approach. According to him, Khawaja's knock was very egotistical, and the only player who stood out during the game was Cameron Green (114 off 170 deliveries). "Usman Khawaja performed like a Bangladeshi batter. He came across as very cautious, and I believe it was a selfish move. After playing 422 deliveries on this pitch, you make 180 runs. Only Green appeared to be an Australian hitter, continued Ali.