Perth loss due to pressure of 17th Test win : Buchanan

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Perth, Jan 21 (UNI) Australia's most successful coach John Buchanan claims that the home team's loss at Perth had a lot to do with the commotion about it's record 17th Test win and the controversies which cropped up in Sydney.

''Having been involved when there are records on, and with all the distractions occurring between the second and third Tests, that's all part of it,'' Buchanan said.

''It (the record) is what everybody expected. People were talking up the wicket, that it was likely to be over in three days. All of those things can play a part in the end,'' he added.

When no one gave India any chance of making an impact in the Perth Test against Australia, the visitors outplayed the hosts to register a memorable 72-run win.

For the last 11 years no visiting team has ever defeated Australia at Perth as the pitch is considered to be 'made to order' by the home side so as to suit their advantage.

The 54-year-old from Queensland compared the Perth loss against India to the defeat against the same side in 2000-01 when the 16-Test winning streak of Steve Waugh's all-conquering team was halted at Kolkata.

''It took me back to Kolkata, when after India's first innings we were expected to win. In that situation, sometimes the way forward is not as clear as it should be,'' Buchanan said.

Buchanan denied that the golden era of Australian cricket is over stating that the Perth defeat would galvanise the team, and spur them on to perform better during the final Test at Adelaide.


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