Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke’s participation in the fourth and final Test against India is shrouded in uncertainty due to his sore back © AFP

Mohali: Mar 18, 2013

Australia skipper Michael Clarke was happy with the way his boys showed some character in the third Test but gave the credit to India for winning the third Test at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium on Monday.

“I think we showed character. But we have to give credit to India,” said Clarke, after Australia surrendered the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

Clarke said the start provided by Shikhar Dhawan (187) and Murali Vijay (153) was the key. The duo added 289 runs for the first wicket.

“The start that Dhawan and Vijay gave was outstanding, and all credit to them. The way we came out and fought with the ball today is amazing, but once again the Indian batters showed us that once you get in, you have to score big,” he said.

Clarke hoped to finish on a high in the fourth and the final Test in Delhi starting Friday.

“We are disappointed, but hopefully we can finish on a high in Delhi. Over the past two years, we have been consistent at home, but not away from home,” he said.

Clarke said there are some areas where the team has to work hard.

“We continue to learn, there are some positives but there are certainly areas we can get better. I told the boys this morning that we can win the match. We always look for ways to win,” he said.