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India dominated the first day of the second Test in Hyderabad, forcing Michael Clarke to declare at 237/9 as he rolled the dice on bowling three overs at India's openers before the close of play. Australia lost wickets in bunches either side of the lunch session. In the morning session, the top four batsmen fell before the spinners took a further five in the final session. In between, Michael Clarke and Matthew Wade added 145 runs for the fifth wicket, a new record for Australia in India.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the star of the morning, taking the first three wickets to fall. The spinners took over in the final session, with Ravindra Jadeja taking three and Harbhajan Singh two wickets respectively.
Clarke topscored with 91, while Wade made 62 but no one else made more than 25, At no point, have this Australian team looked like a team capable of beating India at home. The quality – with the exception of Michael Clarke — is sorely lacking.
They do, however, not lack fighting spirit. Henriques and Lyon displayed that in the first Test. Matthew Wade is did that in the post-lunch session but on the whole, they just haven’t been technically good enough for Indian pitches.
Australia dropped Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Starc for the second Test in Hyderabad, replacing them with debutant Glenn Maxwell and Xavier Doherty. India were unchanged, which means Pragyan Ojha missed out on his home ground.
Michael Clarke won the toss and once again chose to bat first.
Having lost the first Test by a comfortable margin and with plenty of questions about their batting and bowling, Australia will have their work cut out for them to get back into the series.
First Published On : Mar 3, 2013 16:40 IST