After Chennai Test defeat, Clarke says India completely 'outplayed' Australia

Chennai, (ANI): Australian captain Michael Clarke on Tuesday conceded that it was Mahendra Singh Dhoni's double century that turned out to be a game-changer as they were completely outplayed by India in the first Test.

"They outplayed us. Mahendra Singh Dhoni certainly led the charge and I thought Virat Kohli was outstanding as well with his hundred. But it certainly was Dhoni, who changed the game," a dejected Australian captain told mediapersons at the post-match conference.

"It (Dhoni's innings) certainly had an impact on the game. Dhoni contributed a lot to India's success in this Test match. But like I said, Kohli made a fantastic hundred. Ashwin got seven wickets in the first innings and five in the second. Those were three very good performances. We were completely outplayed," Clarke added.

"I think there are areas in both teams you need to focus on. There are weak areas in the Indian team we did not attack enough. If we had got 150 or 200 on the board (for them to chase), we might have been able to expose or at least see how they played on a deteriorating wicket. A lot of credit has to go to India."

"We've got the same options we had before this Test. We need to assess conditions once we get to Hyderabad. Australian spin took three wickets in first innings while fast bowlers took a lot more," said Clarke.

He added: "That does not mean to say we got it right by playing three fast bowlers and a medium-pace all-rounder. We need to look at conditions again and work out what we think is the best XI."

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Commenting about the picth, Clarke said: "I think the wicket played better than it looked, to be honest. Both first innings, the wicket was pretty good for batting. The second innings, it did deteriorate. It spun and bounced a lot more. The bounce was inconsistent."

He added: "I like to see a result in Test cricket, and the fact that the game went five days says to me that it's a pretty good Test match wicket," Clarke, in fact had some good words for the Chepauk strip.

At the same time, he admitted that Australia didn't bat well in the second innings.

Clarke said: "It's not just about selection. It's about how you perform. I don't think we bowled well enough in our first innings and we certainly didn't bat well enough in our second innings."

Clarke said: "You're going to face both if you're playing against India. They've got two right-arm off-spinners along with Jadeja and Ojha. I think you have to find a way against the ball spinning in both directions. I think it's more personal preference. We have just got to find a way to execute our skills better, with bat and ball."

He added: "For me, I don't think it matters too much. I got out to a ball spinning away in the first innings, and to one spinning back in the second innings (laughs). I'd like it to go dead straight. That would be nice."

"If we don't have a third fast bowler, Moises can certainly don that role. I think it's very exciting the way he's started. He's been a very talented player for a long time, and it's nice to see that potential come to the forefront in his first Test match."

The Australian cricket captain said: "Bring more spinners to India? Bring the whole country in soon! Warney's (Shane Warney) is in town. We'll see, if he's available!" he commented on a lighter vein. We have spinning options with Xavier Doherty and Glenn Maxwell. We'll assess what the pitch is like and then make that decision."

Clarke defended the field that was set for off-spinner Nathan Lyon who was hammered for 215 runs.

"The plan was to try and take wickets. The most important thing is to have fielders in catching positions. But if everyone's in saving a single, it's much easier to hit boundaries. You want to take wickets, but you also want to give Nathan a little protection as well. That's why we had the fields we had." (ANI)

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