Ind vs Aus Test Series 2023 : EX-Australian Legend reveals the reason behind the lacklustre performance against India

Michael Clarke

Former captain Michael Clarke believes that “big, major mistakes” have been made during Australia’s miserable performance thus far on the tour of India. In Clarke’s opinion, Australia’s failure to play a tour game prior to the four-test series that started on February 9 was their biggest error. Instead, Pat Cummins opted to practise in domestic conditions before a brief camp near Bangalore before the series’ opening game in Nagpur. Two weeks later, the visitors have already squandered their chance to win back the Border-Gavaskar trophy and are trailing the series 0-2 in games.

Given that we didn’t have a tour game, I’m not shocked by what I’m observing. Biggest, biggest, biggest error. On Monday’s Big Sports Breakfast, Clarke suggested that at least one game should have taken place there so that players could become accustomed to the surroundings.

The first two Test matches have blatantly shown the Australian hitters’ incapability to play top-notch spin.

They attempted to sweep their way out of difficulty in Delhi, but that strategy was a complete failure. Aside from that, Clarke claimed that failing to cast Travis Head in the first game of the series was a serious error.

Prior to Australia’s team’s collapse to 113 all out, the southpaw led the squad in scoring with a 43 off 46 balls in the second innings. He also made his Tests debut at that time.

“Terrible, terrible choice for the first test. Guys sweeping in the second Test; we saw enough of that in the first Test game. When you begin your inning, the conditions are not ideal for sweeping. And they’ll never be ideal for a reverse sweep against the spin at the beginning of your innings “Clarke stated.

On a track with low bounce, half of the side fell to a sweep or reverse sweep.

“No matter how many assistants are present, you are playing for Australia. As a batsman competing at the highest level, you undoubtedly weigh the risks and benefits.

“On a surface like that, you might argue that my “swim between the flags” is to play straight and hit with spin.

“Let’s confine ourselves to these two hypotheses. I’ll be using a straight bat and playing every ball with spin “Clarke stated. He continued by saying that Australia ought to have studied India’s methods for batting in spin-friendly conditions.