Australian skipper Michael Clarke is ready for another litmus test having conceded that the conditions at the PCA Stadium here are pretty "similar" to the ones they encountered in the first two Tests of the four-match series.
Australia coach Mickey Arthur has claimed his team`s morale is not rock bottom following two crushing defeats against India in the ongoing Test series, but he admitted some players are still shell shocked at the difficulty of succeeding in the harsh Indian conditions.
The Australian cricketers behaved like "sitting ducks" in the opening two Test losses against India, said wicket-keeper Matthew Wade as he called on his teammates to be more aggressive and take some load off skipper Michael Clarke
Desperate to claw their way back in the series, Australia`s chief coach Mickey Arthur today said they were not averse to the idea of making a few changes in the playing eleven if that can bring good result for them.
Australian batsmen haven`t been able to survive enough overs in the last two Tests to know what it is like batting on a typical Indian track on the fifth day of a match and that prompted them to practice on the Test-match strip here today.
Launching a scathing attack on their cricket team for a spineless show in the second Test, the Australian media today dubbed their players as "pale warriors", who did not have the stomach for fight and the legs to last the distance.
With the second cricket Test between India and Australia ending prematurely on the fourth day here on Monday, the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) has decided to refund the ticket amount for the final day.
Livid after a second successive meek surrender by his team, Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke today said the performance is "unacceptable" and chided his batsmen for not taking enough responsibility.
Left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty on Monday said the Australian batsmen need to take a cue from the performances of Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay in order to save the side from the ignominy of another crushing defeat in the second Test match, here.
Indian seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar today said that his main aim was to bowl "within the stumps" and that has helped him pick up three top-order Australian wickets on the opening day of the second Test here.
Australian skipper Michael Clarke on Friday reckoned that spin will "again play a big role" in the second Test against India here but was non-committal on whether he would go with an extra spinner or a fast bowler.