Defending his team's tactics in the drawn third cricket Test against India, Australian vice-captain Brad Haddin on Thursday said the hosts earned the right to go about the way they wanted after playing India out of the series.
Australia put themselves in a comfortable position by taking an overall lead of 326 runs by the end of the fourth day as the third cricket Test headed for an exciting finish, with India needing to go for a all-out win to keep themselves afloat in the series.
Indian vice-captain Virat Kohli's temperament was once again tested after the batsman was hit by a Mitchell Johnson return throw followed by the two players getting into a verbal duel on the third day of the ongoing third cricket Test, here on Sunday.
Notwithstanding the 2-0 scoreline in favour of the home team, former Australian all-rounder Michael Bevan is impressed with the brand of cricket played in the series and feels Indians have a good chance to bounce back in Melbourne in the third cricket Test, starting tomorrow.
Stung by two successive defeats and hit by a dressing room unrest, India go into the must-win third cricket Test against Australia here on Thursday seeking to salvage a tour which seems to be falling apart both on and off the field.
Tiff between two Delhi lads Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan, which made the dressing room atmosphere a bit tense during the fourth Day of second Test against Australia, seems to be over now as both the top-order batsmen were looking friendly during India's intense training session on Wednesday.
Though, Australia are looking up beat to clinch the Test series against India when both the teams meet for the third time during the Boxing Day Test at MCG, poor form of all-rounder Shane Watson and wicketkeeper Brad Haddin is still an area of concern for the hosts.
The spinners tightened the screws on Pakistan after paceman Trent Boult struck three times with the new ball to put New Zealand on course for a series-levelling victory in the third and final test in Sharjah on Sunday.
England captain Alastair Cook was pleased with the way he handled the huge pressure he felt under to make his first significant scores of the year and set his team on their way to a first win in 11 tests against India on Thursday.
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni today blamed his batsmen for the "soft dismissals" which saw them suffer an embarrassing 266-run defeat in the third cricket Test and said they would need to discuss their four-bowler strategy ahead of the fourth rubber.