Australia inflicted psychological blows on India: Mickey Arthur

Mickey Arthur mocked the Indian batting line-up and claimed he now has “information” on them to execute the plans better in Sydney Getty Images

By Ashish Shukla

Sydney: Dec 31, 2011

Australia cricket coach Mickey Arthur has thrown down the gauntlet to India’s famed batsmen by claiming that they have “chinks in their armour” and his team’s young pace attack has inflicted “psychological blows” on them for the remainder of the ongoing Test series.

“They all have chinks in their armour. They all come with great records and fantastic scores. Yet every batsman in world cricket loves to keep scoring. If we can step the dot balls up and build pressure, it’s a way in for us. Pressure is the name of the game in Test cricket,” said Arthur after his young pace attack laid low the Indians in both innings of the first Test.

“We could keep them under the pump (in Melbourne) long enough. I would like to think we have struck some psychological blows,” stated Arthur as he looked to build an early lead into a 2-0 advantage during the second Test at the SCG, starting on Tuesday.

Indian batsmen appeared shell-shocked against the pace trio of James Pattinson, Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus at the MCG, losing their last eight wickets for 68 runs in the first innings and being all out for 169 in the second. The pace trio took as many as 19 of the 20 Indian wickets

Arthur, who had earlier coached South Africa, mocked the Indian batting line-up and claimed he now has “information” on them to execute the plans better in Sydney.

“I do think our bowlers were very good. I do think we executed over plans very well. I do think we now have a lot of information we can use going forward. We will alter our game plan slightly for the top four of the six.

“There is enough information to enable us to do it.”(PTI)