Mickey Arthur slams Australian batsmen

Mar 04, 2013, 08:20 IST | IANS

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.

Australia head coach Mickey Arthur

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.

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