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Controversy-hit Australian team turns to psychologist for help

Down in the dumps, the beleagured Australian squad is all set to get help from sports psychologist Michael Lloyd in order to restore the morale of the squad, which has taken a beating after two disastrous defeats and internal strife. 

According to a report by News Limited published in the Daily Telegraph, Lloyd has been flown in to India to work with players following Australia's 10th worst defeat in their 136-year history in the second Test.

The psychologist will arrive in India at a time when the visitors are trying to cope with an unprecedented sacking of four key players on disciplinary grounds, which included vice-captain Shane Watson, pacers Mitchell Johnson and James Pattinson, and batsman Usman Khawaja on Monday.

Doherty, Clarke
Xavier Doherty (left) and Australian Test team skipper Michael Clarke. File Pic/AFP

Lloyd works across several CA-affiliated teams and was scheduled to arrive before Australia's tour turned sour. But Lloyd's presence now comes at an opportune time as Australia's players come to terms with the axing of four teammates and how they recover in time to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy.

"Before the tour, we identified this as a good opportunity for him to work with guys before the second and third Tests," a Cricket Australia spokesman was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

"Michael (Lloyd) works across a lot of our programmes and a lot of our teams. He is familiar with a lot of the players. It was a pre-planned arrangement, it's nothing to do with the past two days. Some of the players have existing relationships with him."

"Not everyone has to speak to him but he is here if the players want to seek some help," the spokesman added.

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