Though Australia are staring at defeat, debutant Moises Henriques, who struck his second half-century of the match on a difficult Chepauk pitch doesn’t have a problem about India offering turning tracks. He urged his teammates to enjoy the challenge of playing on such conditions.
Henriques-Nathan Lyon’s unbeaten 57-run stand took Australia to 232 for nine in the second innings, giving the visitors a slender lead of 40 runs going into the last day.
“It’s terrific as we get to go to different countries and play in different conditions. It’s so enjoyable, even if it hits your glove it’s still enjoyable. It’s just good fun,” Henriques said after the fourth day’s play.
“It’s very frustrating when you get out. Very frustrating but you have to enjoy. That is the difference. I think it’s terrific that cricket, being such a world game, has so many different tough conditions,” said Henriques, who was batting on 75 at stumps.
However, Henriques admitted that the pitch was difficult to bat on and some of his teammates got out to superb deliveries. “I think the bounce was uneven. A couple of balls hit my gloves in the early part of innings and I was lucky enough that those balls went straight to ground. Luck went my way today. It is tough wicket to start on especially against spin,” he said.
“The Indians have quality spinners and it looked easier most times when it spun out there, but it became difficult when they hit the rough and the balls were jumping,” he added.