Chennai: After wrecking havoc on rival camp along with Rakesh Dhurv on the third day of second warm-up game, off-spinner Jalaj Saxena on Monday said they put Australia "under pressure" and the visitors would go into the first Test with "low confidence".
"I think that we played as a team and the way we had planned give our best and put the Australians under maximum pressure so that they go into the Test series low on confidence we did that to an extent," said Saxena, who shared 11 wickets along with Dhurv on Monday.
Saxena and Dhurv's exploits helped India A to dismiss the Australians for 235 in the first innings and leave them at 195-3 in their 2nd essay on Monday. Left-arm spinner Dhurv said their efforts lay bare Australia's defensive lapses and poor execution to spin bowling.
Saxena and Dhurv\'s exploits helped India A to dismiss the Australians for 235 in the first innings and leave them at 195-3 in their 2nd essay on Monday.
"As far as their batting is concerned, they don't play spinners too well, which benefitted us. The wicket was a slow turner. Their primary deficiency was in defence. They also, at times, failed to judge the speed of the deliveries," he said.
"It's not like our intensity was less. That's why we asked them to follow-on. We wanted to win the game. But they batted better. They were obviously trying to save the game and didn't attack us as much as they did in the first innings. They went into a defensive mode once Watson was run out.
The 31-year-old from Gujarat said if India can go 1-0 up then it will be difficult for the Australians to comeback in the four-Test match series, which starts on Friday. "Everything depends on how the Indian team plays in the first few matches. If India win the first one or two matches, then it will be very difficult for them to come back. Let's see how things go when the Test series starts," Dhurv said.
Saxena also said it was a good learning experience to play against the Aussies. "You can say this was a great opportunity for us. I wish there are more and more games for India A. For the last two years, the India A team has been going on foreign tours too, so that's a good thing for us youngsters," he said.