Warner says Clarke`s decision to bat higher would stabilise top order

Sydney: Opener David Warner has claimed captain Michael Clarke`s decision to bat higher in the third Test against India in Mohali would provide more stability to Australia fragile top order.

Clarke has considered promoting himself as high as No. 3 for Thursday`s third Test against India at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, driven to action by the top-order failures that led to the humiliating innings defeat in Hyderabad last week.

Only in the first innings of the first Test in Chennai has Australia progressed past 100 before losing its third wicket.

Clarke is unlikely to bat any higher than No.4 beyond this series but on the subcontinent a leap of two places to first drop is on the cards in an effort to add the solidity which is severely lacking, the paper reported.

Warner said he thinks it will stabilise them a lot, adding instead of losing three wickets they might only lose one wicket and rotate the strike more.

Warner added he doesn`t think it is necessarily having Clarke at number three, adding it is about the top four knuckling down and scoring runs and that is the main issue.

The swaggering left-handed batsman said if they can do their job right, there is no reason to reshuffle the order, adding he thinks that is the reason why selectors are thinking about it.