Australia 'bit scared' of India, says coach David Saker

Last Updated: Tue, Oct 03, 2017 17:57 hrs
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It is rare to find any Australian team going down without a fight. But the trend of Australian dominance seems to end as India hammered them 4-1 to win the five-match ODI series.

Australia managed to pocket a win in Bangalore but by then the series was gone. Come Nagpur the Kangaroos were vanquished by the men in blue as Steve Smith and Co. have failed to challenge India.

India were ruthless in their approach and Australia's stand-in coach David Saker admitted that team is a "bit scared" of Virat Kohli's men.

"It's not mainly personnel, I think it's mainly just their mindset and where they are in their games. A lot of them are playing a little bit scared, which we try not to do. We try and make sure they play with a lot of freedom and express themselves as much as they can. But when you're losing, you play scared, you go insular and you start looking at number one. I think there are little bits of that," Saker told

"It's not dramatic and we know we can fix that. I think the talent is there," Saker added.

Australia's ODI form has been on the downhill but Saker hopes that the turnaround is just round the corner.

"Obviously our away form has been quite dreadful, so we have to have a look at that. The next World Cup is away (from home). I don't think it's all doom and gloom; I think there's some talent in that team. But there's no doubt we have to probably re-jig a few things and see where we are," he said.

Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, James Faulkner and Hilton Cartwright have been replaced by Jason Behrendorff, Dan Christian, Moises Henriques, Tim Paine and AJ Tye arrive for the upcoming T20 series.

"After a long tour, India can sometimes get you down and wear you down, but (by) getting five or six new guys into the squad after what's happened in the one-day series, we'll be really determined to bounce back," Saker said.

"Bringing almost half the squad in who haven't been here for the four weeks so far is going to be exciting. In Twenty20 cricket we're definitely going to go out there (to) express ourselves and have some fun," he signed off.

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