Australia suicidally push themselves in a rabbit hole in Adelaide — Twitter Reactions

At one point in time, Australia were in a commanding position in the first Test at the iconic Adelaide Oval, having picked up some quick Indian wickets. "You love seeing that passion in sport", Langer said.

Virat Kohli had said ahead of the series that there will be a bit of banter but he doesn't see lines being crossed.

However, Australian coach Justin Langer defended his side's approach and said that there are many players in the side who are still learning and coming to terms with their roles in the side. Tendulkar, who played his first match against Australia in 1991, and his last in 2013, faced a different era of Australian cricket compared to the current side that is rebuilding in the wake of the ball-tampering fiasco.

The inexperienced batting lineup floundered in its first Test outing on Australian soil, and the Tasmanian great said the problem goes beyond the Test team.

He added that his team was "fighting their backsides off".

"It's pretty hard to accept that we have 10-15 batsmen in Australian first-class cricket and only a couple of them average over 40", Ponting told the Cricket Australia website. You can't give these guys 30 or 50 matches of Test match experience.

"It's got a lot to do with this wicket, it's got a lot of grass on it it's really, really hard work, it's nipping around, you never really quite feel like you're in".

Australian opener Marcus Harriscan't believe it after being dismissed by Ravichandran Ashwin before lunch. But pointing the finger at the batsman alone does a disservice to how well the spinner Ashwin bowled (3/50 from 33 overs) to heap pressure onto the locals.

"There's areas we can get better at, but I'm definitely not getting caught up in this "we're too slow, we're not attacking enough" business".

Vanessa Coleman

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