Rohit Sharma takes a dig at Pakistan after losing to Australia

Skipper Rohit Sharma said he was bored of talking about India’s pitches after the hosts lost the third Test to Australia on a wickedly turning Indore track on Friday.

“This pitch talk is getting too much. Every time we play in India it’s always about the pitch,” Rohit told reporters after his side’s nine-wicket loss.

Rohit highlighted the first Test between South Africa and the West Indies, which ended inside three days on a fast Centurion surface on Thursday, and said that batting-friendly tracks, like the ones in Pakistan’s home Test series, produced “boring” contests.

“People have to play well for the game to last for 5 days. games are not lasting for five days even outside India. Yesterday, in South Africa, the game got over in three days. If the pitches are helping the bowlers, the batters need to try and test their skills,” Rohit said.

“It’s not about always making sure that we are playing on flat pitches and the results don’t come. In Pakistan, there were three Test matches played. People were saying it has become so boring. We are making it interesting for you guys,” he added.

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Pakistan’s recent home Test series against New Zealnd ended in a draw as the pitches were widely criticised for being too batting friendly.

Lyon returned match figures of 11-99, with his eight wickets in India’s second innings setting up Australia’s victory.

The win was only Australia’s second in Tests in India since 2004 and stand-in skipper Steve Smith said he had enjoyed the spin challenge.

“I prefer this more than just a genuine flat wicket that goes five days and can be boring in stages,” he said.

“There’s always something happening on these wickets — you’ve got to really work hard for your runs.”

The final Test of the series begins on Thursday in Ahmedabad.

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