Australia train hard ahead of 3rd Test at Mohali

Australia arrived in Mohali seven days prior to the third Test © IANS

Mohali: Mar 10, 2013
 
Seeking to revive their sagging morale, the Australian cricketers on Tuesday had an extended four-hour practice session ahead of the third Test against India, scheduled to be held from Thursday.
 
Trailing 0-2 after big defeats in Chennai and Hyderabad, the Aussies arrived last Thursday, a good seven days prior to the match, to get acclimatised to the conditions.
 
The Michael Clarke-led team reached the PCA Stadium in the morning.
 
The bowlers, including all-rounder Moises Henriques, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle and James Pattinson, bowled six-eight overs each.
 
David Warner, Shane Watson and Clarke had a good batting session.
 
Under the watchful eyes of their chief coach Mickey Arthur, the Aussie batsmen were assisted by many budding spinners of the PCA.
 
The Aussies have been troubled by the Indian spinners in both the matches. The visitors failed to survive enough overs in the last two Tests. They also had a fielding session.
 
After their arrival, the Aussies took time off to visit places of tourist interest while some players played basketball and some did shopping as well.
 
Australia lost the Chennai Test by eight wickets and the Hyderabad match by an innings and 135 runs.
 
The Indian team members will be reaching on Monday from their respective home towns.