Pup Clarke gives batsmen pep talk to lift morale after heavy Hyderabad defeat

Sydney, Mar 7 (ANI): Australian captain Michael Clarke has given his ailing batsmen a pep talk in order to lift their morale following two heavy defeats against India in their ongoing Test series.

Australia have lost by eight wickets and an innings and 135 runs and face a daunting task to win the remaining two matches on India's turning pitches and retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, News.com.au reports.

Clarke, who has scored 268 runs at 67.00 in this series, is Australia's only specialist batsman averaging over 30 in the series, and the skipper has also confirmed he would move from No.5 into the top four for the third Test in Mohali starting on March 14.

Coach Mickey Arthur called a training session on Wednesday on the day-five wicket in Hyderabad after India had completed their thrashing of the tourists by lunchtime on day four.

Arthur said the opportunity to have a centre-wicket training session on an authentic day-five pitch, complete with loose soil and footmarks, was too good to pass up.

Arthur added they had a chat this morning with their batsmen about forming a partnership, forming a bond, investing in the other batsmen, adding Clarke was doing that.

Arthur further said when Clarke talks the other players listen because he's so experienced, adding he went out of his way today to make sure that he connected with every batsman and give them every bit of advice that he could to try to help them through their net session to ultimately make them better players.

The coach further added that the boys have just trained exceptionally well, and they did a little bit of soul searching last night and the guys have come back strongly this morning so morale is very good. (ANI)

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