Hyderabad: Xavier Doherty might not have been very effective with the ball, but has an advice or two for Australia’s batsmen.
He feels that they need to take a leaf out of Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay’s book. “We need to look at how disciplined they were yesterday and again this morning.
“That’s how we’ve got to be. We have got some quality players at the crease, with more to come. We know that we need to find a way that works and keep the good balls out.
“Yesterday they absorbed all the pressure we threw at them early on and scored runs later in the day. It’s game on if we do the same thing tomorrow. But there’s still plenty of hard work left to be done,” the left-arm spinner said on Monday.
With Australia still trailing by another 192 runs at the end of Day III of the second Test, Doherty said the visitors’ initial aim on Tuesday would be to wipe off the deficit and have some wickets in hand at stumps.
“Our primary aim is to be there till stumps tomorrow. If we bat all day long, we should be in front by the end of the proceedings,” he said.
Calling it a “pleasing” effort to take India’s remaining nine wickets for 192 runs, Doherty agreed that the visitors had been undone on the second day itself.
“We needed to put in a better effort than yesterday if we were to knock them over. We took nine for 190-odd, which certainly was a pleasing effort.
“The damage, though, was done yesterday. So there’s still a lot of work for us to do to get ourselves back in the game.”
Doherty admitted that he did come across fears of going wicketless in this Test.