India beat Australia by an innings and 132 runs in the Nagpur Test.
India has defeated Australia by 6 wickets in the Delhi Test.
Melbourne. Former captain Michael Clarke believes that Australia’s poor performance on the tour of India so far has been riddled with ‘big mistakes’. Clarke feels that the biggest mistake Australia made was not playing a warm-up match before the four-Test series starting on February 9. Pat Cummins instead opted to set up a small camp near Bengaluru before the first match of the series in Nagpur and practice by preparing conditions similar to Indian conditions at home. Two weeks later, the visiting team is trailing 0-2 in the series and has already missed the chance to win the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Michael Clarke said on Monday’s Big Sports Breakfast, “I am not surprised by what I am seeing, because we did not take part in the practice match.” Big, big, big mistake. There should have been at least one match to adjust to the conditions.” The weaknesses of the Australian batsmen against top spin bowling were exposed in the first two Tests.
In the Delhi Test, the batsmen of the visiting team tried to deal with the spinners by playing sweep, but this strategy failed miserably. According to Clarke, apart from this, another big mistake was not to feed Travis Head in the first test. Left-handed batsman Head top-scored for Australia in the second innings of the second Test with 43 off 46 balls as the entire team was all out for 113 runs. This was the first time he opened the innings in a Test match.
Clarke said, “Selection for the first test, big, big mistake. He swept in the second test, we saw a lot of sweep shots in the first test match. When you start your innings, they are not the right time to sweep. Half of Australia’s batsmen were dismissed while sweeping or reverse sweeping on a low bouncy pitch.
Clarke said, “It doesn’t matter how many support staff you have around you, you are playing for Australia. Obviously as a batsman playing at the highest level, you calculate risk versus reward. Clarke also said that Australia should have learned from India how to bat in spin-friendly conditions.
He said, “It seems that we are not seeing India batting. It is believed that these people know the conditions so well and accordingly they are playing. Why would we try to do something different when they’ve been so good?” This former captain said, “If we had scored 200 runs, we could have won the match. Our score was 60 runs for one wicket.
Australia lost their last nine wickets by adding 52 runs. India got a target of 115 runs which they achieved by losing four wickets. Clarke also raised questions on decorating the fielders of Pat Cummins on Sunday. He said, “I am not sure what happened to our strategy. We had only 100 runs. At one point, Cummins had four players on the boundary. There were two and a half days left in the Test match. You are either getting India out for less than a hundred or you are losing.
FIRST PUBLISHED : February 20, 2023, 16:22 IST