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Aussies have to overcome Ashwin threat to win

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Last Updated: Sat, Mar 02, 2013 04:33 hrs
Clarke hits ton as Australia recover from mid-innings slump

In order for Australia to level this Test Series, their batsmen have to find a way to play Ravichandran Ashwin.

For me, Ashwin was the standout bowler in both innings for India. He is a player of great ability and showed how much he thrives on the turning
wickets by taking 12 scalps in Chennai.

Unfortunately, Harbhajan Singh and Ravindra Jadeja present additional obstacles, with both capable of tearing through the Aussies on slow, dry
surfaces.

India's comfortable win in the first Test reminded me of their recent series against England in some respects.

The Poms fell short in the opener without two quality spinners, but changed things up in the second Test with Monty Panesar bowling alongside Graeme Swann, who ended up bowling them to victory.

I'd like to see Michael Clarke select another spinner in Hyderabad to assist Nathan Lyon. Xavier Doherty is probably the next cab off the rank,
with Glenn Maxwell and Steve Smith in the mix as well. Whoever it is, they'll need to lift the side with immediate effect, like Panesar and Swann
did, if we're to have any chance.

There has been talk over the past few days about James Pattinson being rested, which I wouldn't like to see happen. Removing him from the side takes away a lot of the Aussies' potency and I believe would be a mistake, especially after he did so well in Chennai.

Clarke is in good form with the bat, as we have become accustomed to, but he needs a platform to work with.

If our top order - Warner, Hughes, Cowan and Watson - can get some good runs on the board, it will allow him to come in and play his normal game with less pressure. Sam  with Moises Henriques, who was outstanding in his first Test.

In general terms, India will be confident after starting the series in emphatic fashion, but there are enough positive signs for the Australians to draw from. If not for Dhoni's individual brilliance, and an unlikely ninth wicket, first innings partnership, things could have been very different.

India are used to the conditions and play to their strengths very well, which is why the challenge is so great on the subcontinent. It's now up to Michael Clarke and the Aussies to try something different and bridge the small gap between both sides, and try and level the series at one win
apiece.

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