Sydney, Mar 1: Australia captain Michael Clarke has urged his players to show more hunger during the second Test against India in Hyderabad on Saturday, adding his team needs to take their lessons from their eight-wicket defeat in Chennai.
“The series opener did not go to plan and there are a few lessons we must take out of it,” Clarke wrote in his column for News.com.au.
“First and foremost, our bowlers and batsmen need to display more consistency and patience. Wickets and runs don’t come in a hurry on pitches like they turned out in Chennai and we have to be prepared to stick to plans and slog it out for long periods to achieve success,” he added.
“We’ve got to be honest with ourselves in selecting the XI for Hyderabad, taking the experiences of Chennai and the local pitch conditions into consideration,” he further wrote.
Clarke further added: “It’s easy to look at our attack in the wake of our first Test loss and question whether we got the balance right but what’s most important now is making sure we get our preparations right for Hyderabad.”
“The spinning options of Xavier Doherty and Glenn Maxwell, along with the pace of Mitchell Johnson, will all come under consideration,” he wrote.
“It’s now up to the rest of the batting unit to show that hunger and resolve at the crease. Not enough of us cashed in in Chennai,” he concluded. (ANI)