Mickey Arthur expresses concern over Australia's poor batting against India

Mickey Arthur said that Australian batsmen need to stitch big partnerships © Getty Images

Hyderabad: Mar 3, 2013

With India taking complete command of the second cricket Test in Hyderabad on Sunday, Australia’s head coach Mickey Arthur did some plain talking to his batsmen and said he expected them to score big.

“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 in the first inning. India responded strongly with 311 for the loss of just one wicket on the second day.

“I think it is a bit of bad luck. Bowlers worked tirelessly. It was really good first session but in the second session they start to dominate. They were both outstanding today,” said Arthur while praising Murali Vijay and Cheteswar Pujara, who put on 294 runs for the second wicket without getting separated.

Stressing the need for big partnerships, Arthur said the batsmen should go beyond 20s and 30s and ensure that they don’t lose wickets in clusters.

“Wade perhaps should have gone on a little bit. I am more worried about guys getting out into 20 and 30s,” he said

Matthew Wade (64) lost his wicket at 208, triggering a collapse.

“Two-three days test match is left. We are backing up batsmen to stand up when they need to in the second innings,” he said when asked how demoralizing it would be to lose the second consecutive test.

Arthur pointed out that only four Australian players out of the 16-man squad have come to India earlier. “We set out and spoke about this trip right at the start. I said you guys don’t realize how hard it is going to be. You don’t realize how hard it is to come to India and win it. Not many sides have done it before.

“You only understand how hard it is only when you go through it. I am hoping that our younger players pull up lot of experience from this and will come better and stronger,” said the Australian coach who faced some tough questions from Australian media persons.

“It is very easy to ask us questions,” he remarked while defending the changes made in the team that lost the first Test at Chennai.