Michael Clarke: We must learn from India thrashing
Tuesday 05 March 2013
Michael Clarke, the Australia captain, conceded his side were outplayed by India as they slumped to a comprehensive innings defeat in the second Test – making unwanted history in the process – but pledged "no stone will be left unturned" as they look to get back into the series.
Australia were bowled out for just 131 on the fourth morning in Hyderabad to lose by an innings and 135 runs and go 2-0 down in the four-match series.
The defeat meant Australia became the first side in history to suffer an innings defeat having declared in their first innings, and Clarke admitted they could have few complaints about the result.
"I think India deserve a lot of credit, they outplayed us in all facets of the game in this Test match," Clarke, who top-scored for Australia with 91 on the first day, said.
After declaring their first innings on 237 for 9 on the first day, Australia then saw India run up a mammoth 503 in reply with Murali Vijay (167) and Cheteshwar Pujara (204) putting on 370 for the second wicket.
Clarke wants his batsmen to learn some lessons from that stand, with only three Australians getting beyond 30 in the entire Test.
"I thought the partnership the two Indian players put on in the first innings was fantastic and I think we need to learn from that," Clarke added. "I think our batters have to take responsibility, we haven't scored enough runs in our first innings in both our Test matches and that's unacceptable in the best of batting conditions."
Australia do not play again for eight days, but Clarke said: "There will be no rest - it'll be hard work."
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