Sydney, Mar 7 (ANI): Former batsman Damien Martyn has lambasted Australian batsmen for their shambolic batting performance against India in the first two Test matches, accusing them of showing a lack of fight.

The former Test batsmen was the player of the series in Australia's historic 2-1 win in India in 2004, scoring two centuries and topping the scoring tally with 444 runs at an average of 55, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Martyn said Australia's batsmen had failed to heed the lessons about playing in the subcontinent, adding he was more disappointed probably by their second innings in Hyderabad, saying the wicket was hard to bat on, yes, it's doing a bit more and turning more.

Martyn added but to be bowled out in a session, it's just disappointing in the sense that, where was the fight?

Martyn added he is not saying they need to make 400 or whatever, but just in their shot selection and running between wickets, adding batting in India, or batting on any wicket, the harder the wicket is, the longer you bat it becomes easier because you're used to the conditions, you're used to the ball coming on.'

Meanwhile, Martyn also took aim at the make-up of the squad in India, saying the shortage of depth in Sheffield Shield cricket was a major problem but believes selectors are not picking the best side possible. (ANI)


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