New Delhi: The most intriguing Test rivalry between England and Australia will resume once again on Wednesday, after a gap of nine days, as both the teams meet for the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston.
The series is evenly poised at 1-1. However, after receiving a thrashing in the 2nd Test, the hosts are certainly on the back-foot.
Even after having a psychological edge over the home team, the biggest issue tourists are facing at the moment is the poor form of their skipper, Michael Clarke, who has struggled so far in the series.
Ageing skipper didn't look comfortable at all and literally struggled to middle the ball consistently.
The New South Wales player is known for his footwork. But in the last two Tests, his footwork and technique looked quite vulnerable and indifferent while facing English bowlers.
Clarke, who has 28 Test hundreds under his belt, has accumulated just 81 runs in the last four innings.
However, Pup played an unbeaten knock of 44 in the 2nd innings of the practice match against Derbyshire, but he needs to score a big knock to regain his lost confidence.
Oz skipper should take a leaf out of Alastair Cook's book, who played an outstanding knock of 96 under immense pressure in the 1st innings of the Lord's Test.
The best policy for Clarke would be to adopt a gung-ho approach while batting and put the bowlers under pressure.
Having runs under his belt will not only boost his confidence as a batsman but also help him to lead the side by example.