Australia have some soul searching to do

Last Updated: Wed, Mar 06, 2013 09:18 hrs

Credit to India for securing another win against Australia - they have performed strongly over the past two weeks and have thoroughly deserved both of their victories. Media reports in Australia have been harsh on the Aussie’s, which is to be expected with the standards set as high as they are. 

Of course it’s disappointing to lose both Test matches as comfortably as we did, but I actually don’t think there’s as much between these two teams as others are making out. Simply put, India like a good team does, are capitalising on their chances.

If you look back to the first Test match in Chennai, Australia’s bowling attack were in a good position; only 20 runs behind with eight wickets down, but their failure to close out the innings allowed MS Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar to take the game away from them. In Hyderabad, Australia were looking comfortable at 4/208 in the first innings, but collapsed for 236. Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara then put on a 370, second wicket stand, and once again the Test is taken away from them.

While it is true the one-percenters decide Test matches at the highest level, there’s no question Australia have some soul searching to do ahead of the next contest in Mohali. I have been saying this for the past two weeks but for too long now the team have been heavily reliant on captain, Michael Clarke, and the failure of our top order batsmen remains a concern. 

It’s time for those guys to step up and show they deserve to be in the side by putting runs on the board. Australia’s spin line-up is also a concern and has been exposed in the subcontinent, but you have to remember they are following the retirement of Shane Warne, a once-in-a generation bowler. It is wrong for Australians to expect them to live up to that standard, especially early in their careers.

Australia will know what they have to do moving forward. Individually, there have been pleasing performances from James Pattinson, Moises Henriques, Michael Clarke and Matthew Wade at different stages, but greater consistency is required. 

Collectively, it is essential they continue pushing forward when in good positions, stopping India from wrestling back ascendancy and killing off the contest.

You can’t afford to give this Indian side an opportunity – there are too many top quality players who love performing as they have been doing in their home country.

This challenge was always going to be tough, but if Australia are going to achieve their aim of being the best Test side in the world, then they need to be able to perform well in all conditions.

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