EXCLUSIVE: Paine lashes the pitches in the India series

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Australian captain Tim Paine has launched a scathing criticism of the state of pitches in Australia.

Speaking to Macquarie Sports Radio Cricket following India’s 137-run win in the third Test, Paine said it’s been “disappointing” that the pitches have suited the visitors more than the hosts.

“We’ve rolled up some wickets that have taken away from our strengths, which is pace and bounce,” Paine said.

“You never go to India and get served up green wickets. They’ve come out here and we’ve served some wickets up that really suit them.

“Having said that, they’ve outplayed us and we’ve got to go to Sydney and improve.”

India’s win in the Boxing Day Test means they will retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

Click PLAY below for the full interview with Tim Paine

But Macquarie Cricket expert Ian Chappell wasn’t having a bar of it.

“I hate this idea of each country preparing pitches to suit their players,” the former Australian captain said shortly after.

“Once you get to Test match level, you should be able to play on whatever is provided.”

Click PLAY for Ian Chappell’s response in full

Photo: Julian Smith / AAP

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