Clarke backs Aussies to Bounce Back
Despite being completely outplayed in the opening two Tests by a rampant India, Michael Clarke has backed his Australian side to stage a comeback and level the series in the final two matches.
The Aussie captain has seen his side lose the first Test in Chennai by eight wickets, only to suffer an even heavier defeat in the second match in Hyderabad after going down by a humbling innings and 35 runs loss.
With Tests in Mohali and Delhi still to come in the series, Clarke has backed his beleaguered squad to prove they are still capable of coming away from this tour with an unlikely draw from this four-game series.
“It is not in our nature to give up without a fight. We have every chance of making a comeback and levelling the series. We feel if we win one, we can win two. Had there been a fifth Test, I am sure we would have won the series 3-2,” insisted Clarke to cricket betting news pundits.
“Winning the next two Tests is our main focus. But obviously it is going to be tough as India are playing really good cricket at the moment.”
Losing the series 4-0 would be a real hammer blow to Australia’s preparations for this year’s back-to-back Ashes series against England.
While there is no real shame in losing a Test series in India, suffering a series whitewash against an Indian side that is itself going through something of a transitional period would not be hard to take for Clarke.
While Clarke has been in the best form of his career since taking over the captaincy from Ricky Ponting; the same cannot be said for the majority of the batsman’s teammates, who have not made many friends in the sports betting news.
Until the rest of the team can begin to match their in-form skipper, then it is hard to see how Australia will have any chance of competing with England during this summer’s Ashes.