Following a disappointing performance in the first two matches, the Australian camp is hunting for some success formula. The batting has been Australia’s biggest pain so far on the tour and when it comes to tell the batsmen how to play, coach Mickey Arthur
has termed Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay as the players to learn from.
Both right-handers made a massive impact in the series. Vijay smashed a massive ton, whereas Pujara scored a double century. On the other hand, the Australians failed to show any fight with the bat. In reply to India’s huge total of more than 500 runs, the
Aussies collapsed on meagre 131. As a result, they suffered a huge defeat by an innings and 135 runs.
When asked whether the main reason behind Australia’s collapse is lack of skill or lack of patience, he replied: "Neither. I’ve asked our batsmen to learn from the way Pujara and Vijay played. The way they went about their innings was a lesson to all our
batters about playing in these conditions.”
“You know they scored 47 runs (actually 49) in session one on that day, 106 in the next session and, because they were still batting at tea, they scored 150 in the last session of the day. If you’re still batting, you can get to score a lot of runs but you
need to bat till tea. They were very, very good examples to our batsmen on how to go about an innings in the subcontinent."
Clarke had already criticised his batsmen for playing poor strokes. The coach also described what actually went wrong. He stated that he has talked with the skipper about the entire problem, and hoped for something special in the next two games.
He added, "Our whole conversation around this second Test match was about playing with a vertical bat, not a horizontal bat. So, when we lost two wickets to the sweep (David Warner and Phillip Hughes on the third evening), I wasn’t best pleased, put it that
way. Especially as our briefing that morning had been ‘I hope you all noticed about how Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay went about their business’.”