We were completely outplayed by India: Clarke

Feb 27, 2013, 07:46 IST | Agencies

Australia captain Michael Clarke admitted his team had been "outplayed" after they slumped to an eight-wicket defeat to India in the first Test at the MA Chidambaram Stadium here yesterday

India needed a little less than one session to seal the win yesterday, with Australia adding just nine to their overnight score to be bowled out for 241 before India rattled off 50 quick runs.

Michael Clarke

Clarke made 130 in what had looked a decent first innings total of 380 for Australia, but India took the game away from them with captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni making a mammoth 224 and Virat Kohli 107 in India’s reply of 572. An unbeaten 81 from Australia’s debutant Moises Henriques highlighted their second innings but Ravichandran Ashwin took five for 95 to set up India’s victory.

“Full credit has to go to India,” Clarke said. “They played outstandingly, especially Dhoni. That innings changed the game completely. And Ashwin’s bowling.
“Moises’ debut is a positive, but we have got to turn things around. Work hard in the nets and get ready for the next Test match. The pitch looked a lot worse than it played.

“Second innings, it played tougher, but that’s what you expect in the subcontinent. No excuses, we got outplayed,” he added.

Asked whether Doherty will feature in Hyderabad Test, Clarke said: “Right now I can’t answer that question. I need to see the conditions in Hyderabad, wait and see what the wicket is like, and then the selectors can meet and make a call on that.”

Lyon was the lone spinner in team for the first Test. The second of four Tests begins on Saturday in Hyderabad.

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