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India outplayed us on all fronts: Clarke

Australia were bowled out for just 131 on the fourth morning in Hyderabad to lose by an innings and 135 runs and go 0-2 down in the four-match series. The defeat means Australia become the first side in history to suffer an innings defeat having declared in their first innings, and Clarke admits they could have few complaints about the result.

“I think India deserve a lot of credit, they outplayed us in all facets of the game in this Test match,” Clarke said.

After declaring their first innings on 237 for nine on Day One, Australia then saw hosts India run up a mammoth 503 in reply with Murali Vijay (167) and Cheteshwar Pujara (204) putting on 370 for the second wicket.

Clarke wants his batsmen to take some lessons from that stand, with only three Australians getting beyond 30 in the entire Test.

“I thought the partnership the two Indian players put on in the first innings was fantastic and I think we need to learn from that,” said Clarke, who top-scored for his side with 91 on the first day.

“I think our batters have to take responsibility, we haven’t scored enough runs in our first innings in both our Test matches and that’s unacceptable in the best of batting conditions.”

Australia have time to regroup following the loss with the third Test in Mohali not starting until March 14, and Clarke has promised his side will make full use of the time. “There will certainly be no break in between, there’ll be nothing but hard work.”  

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