Wednesday 21 March 2018

Cricket: Clarke fumes at batsmen

Paul Bolton

Australia captain Michael Clarke blamed his batsmen for their crushing innings and 135-run trouncing inside four days by India in Hyderabad.

Australia became the first side in Test history to lose by an innings having declared their first innings and Clarke promised that no stone would be left unturned to stop the rot.

His side were shot out for just 131 on the fourth morning and went 2-0 down in the four-match series.

"India deserve a lot of credit. They outplayed us in all facets of the game in this Test match," Clarke said.

"Our batters have to take responsibility. We haven't scored enough runs in our first innings in both Tests and that's unacceptable in the best of batting conditions.

"There will certainly be no break in between; there'll be nothing but hard work. You don't get better sitting on the couch, that's for sure."

Australia have a week until the third Test in Mohali, to regroup and build some confidence ahead of this summer's Ashes series in England.

One option is for Clarke to move up the order as Phil Hughes, recently recalled to the Test side, has mustered just 25 runs in four innings batting at three in this series.

Only Ed Warner, with a patient 44, offered prolonged resistance against India's spin attack as Australia lost their last eight wickets before lunch.

Off-spinner Ravi Ashwin took 5-63. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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