Michael Clarke expects his team to give India tough team in last two Tests
His team performed below all the cricketing standards in the opening two Test matches against India, but Australia skipper Michael Clarke has not yet lost hope. The visiting side is currently 0-2 down in the series, but the captain has vowed to make a strong
comeback, saying that his side will give a lot of tough time to the Men in Blue in the remaining two encounters.
Australia’s performance in the second game was particularly awful. While Indian batsmen such as Murali Vijay and Pujara batted superbly, no Aussie batter could tackle the conditions. Thanks to Clarke’s ton, the Kangaroos scored 200-odd runs in the first
innings, but when the skipper fails in the second innings, the side could only collect 131.
As a result, the tourists faced an embarrassing loss by an innings and 135 runs. Only chance they have is levelling the series, and Clarke is quite hopeful for something like this. The next game is due to be played at Mohali, starting from March 14th.
The fourth and final encounter will be hosted by Delhi from March 22nd to 26th.
"It is not in our nature to give up without a fight. We have every chance of making a comeback and levelling the series 2-2. We feel if we win one we can win two," an optimistic Clarke said about his team’s chances.
"We have to win the next two Tests to level the series and that is our main focus. But obviously it is going to be tough as India are playing really good cricket at the moment."
Clarke was really disappointing over his team’s terrible act, but admitted that Team Blue was by far the better side on display in the first two games. He further shared:
"No excuses for the defeats. We were outplayed in all facets of the game — batting, bowling and fielding. The credit must go to India. But we need to improve as team. We have learnt from our mistakes in the first two games, and I feel we still have plenty
of time to correct our flaws before the next game."