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Kumble looks to Sydney after India's painful 1st test loss

Kumble looks to Sydney after India's painful 1st test loss

The disappointment was evident on the pained expressions of the Indian fans, who began a steady procession out of the Melbourne Cricket Ground after tea Saturday with their team facing a certain first test defeat to Australia.
It wasn't just the fans who were feeling the pain after India was bowled out for 161 in its second innings Saturday, losing by 337 runs with more than a day to spare.
"It hurts, not just as an individual but as a team that we haven't put up a good show, and I can tell you we will address that in Sydney," India captain Anil Kumble said.
Australia declared at 351-7 late on the third day and India _ which conceded a 147-run defecit when it was dismissed for 196 runs in the first innings_ needed to chase an unprecedented victory target of 499.
The highest successful run-chase at the MCG was England's 332 against Australia in the 1928-29 Ashes series. Only three teams have ever completed a winning run-chase in excess of 400 runs in the fourth innings of a test.
The match was evenly poised after the first day when Kumble took 5 wickets to dismiss Australia for a seemingly modest total of 343, but India's much vaunted batting lineup failed and the home side's bowlers were clinical in taking their wickets on the slow MCG pitch.
With three tests remaining for India to salvage its first ever series win in Australia, Kumble says all attention must now be focused on the second test starting Jan. 2 on a faster and more spin friendly Sydney Cricket Ground wicket.
"It's important that as a collective unit we come out there and do the job," he said. "Everyone is equally disappointed. It's mainly a mental thing and that is something we will address so we are hungry for success when we go to Sydney."
The decision to elevate Rahul Dravid up the order to open the batting, in order to make room for Yuvraj Singh, has already come in for some harsh criticism.
Dravid finished the match with just 21 runs from 217 balls and Singh recorded a duck in the first innings and 5 in the second.
Kumble defended the selection and maintained that no decision on the makeup of the team for the next test would be made before inspecting the Sydney wicket.
"It's difficult when Yuvraj is playing so well and we don't pick him, you say why not?" Kumble said. "Then when we put Rahul up the order and then make way for Yuvraj, you say 'no you shouldn't have done that'.
"There are always ifs and buts ... but I need to look at the team dynamics and who is batting well."
Kumble said the entire XI should shoulder the blame.
"It was a collective failure on the batting and it's not up to me to blame one person," he said. "It's not just about one person getting 100, it's about the team getting to 350-400 regularly, which we have done in England and South Africa. Our concern is that our collective batting comes up to our potential and we get a big total."
India came off a 1-0 series win over Pakistan but played just one disrupted warmup match ahead of the first test here, and much has been made of the lack of preparation.
"It was not enough, but I don't like to give excuses. Having said that we require more acclimatization," Kumble said. "But we had our moments when we could have got on top of Australia, particularly on the second day which we didn't do.
"With this batting line up I was confident we could have matched their score if not get better."
The last match between the countries at the Sydney Cricket Ground ended in a draw after India batted first and scored 705.