Mickey Arthur slams Australian batsmen
With India taking complete command of the second Test here yesterday, Australia's head coach Mickey Arthur did some plain talking to his batsmen
“We had a pretty tough chat with our batsmen this morning because we thought that probably they wasted a little bit of opportunity yesterday,” he said after the second day’s play at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here.
Australian batting collapsed on the first day, at a score of 237. India responded strongly with 311 for one on the second day. “I think it is a bit of bad luck. Bowlers worked tirelessly. It was really a good first session, but in the second session they start to dominate. They were both outstanding,” said Arthur.
Stressing the need for big partnerships, Arthur said: “Wade (64) perhaps should have gone on a little bit. I am more worried about guys getting out into 20 and 30s.”
Defending the axing of Nathan Lyon, the coach said the off-spinner has “technical issues away from the process of game” to work on. He, however, declined to elaborate.