Team India feeding off past laurels: Jeff Thomson

After watching India succumb to England last year, Aussie pace legend Jeff Thomson says he had no doubt that the tourists would suffer the same fate Down Under.

updated: February 01, 2012 12:09 IST
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Melbourne: Australia pace legend Jeff Thomson said that he wasn't surprised to see India suffer a 0-4 whitewash against Michael Clarke's men in the just-concluded Test series here. "I saw them (India) play in England when I was down there for a holiday and some work. And that's why when they came to Australia, I predicted another whitewash. Some of my mates didn't agree with me. But I knew that India would suffer the same fate. Though I did expect a slightly better performance since Australia is a rebuilding side with many rookies. But in the end, I am not surprised with the result.

"India just gives me the impression of a side that is feeding off past laurels, living in the past so to speak. They don't seem to have a vision for the future. How do you explain none of their batsmen getting dropped after three horrible performances at Melbourne, Sydney and Perth? It's a side that refused to make changes," the New South Welshman told MiD DAY on Tuesday.

Thomson (61) felt India's Big Three - Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman - will score runs on flat tracks at home later this year to prolong their careers. "I don't want to be too harsh on them and say that they should call it a day immediately. But I know that they'll probably go home and score runs on flat wickets, and everyone will forget about what happened in England and Australia. I've seen a lot of Indian teams tour Australia, but I have never seen them go this badly. Some of them have been here so many times, but still haven't figured out what's to be done (to be successful). India have never won in Australia and I don't see that trend changing in the future," he said.

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