Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar run between wickets during day two of the first Test match between Australia and India at the MCG … the Aussies rolled India for 282 and 169 on their way to a 122-run victory.SYDNEY – Australia’s bowlers will alter their strategy against four of India’s star-studded batting line-up in the second Test in Sydney as they look to build on their first Test wrecking job.
Sparked by its pace trio, Australia rolled India for 282 and 169 on its way to a 122-run victory at the MCG.
“I do think we’ve got a lot of information out of the Melbourne Test match that we can use in the series in terms of batting strengths, where we need to be,” Australia coach Mickey Arthur said yesterday.
“So we’ll alter our game plans slightly to four of their top six.
“Pressure is the name of the game in Test cricket.
“If we can dry the Indian batters up for long periods of time like we did at times in Melbourne, we showed that they all had chinks in their armour.
“They all come with great records and they are fantastic players, no doubt about that.
“But every batter in world cricket likes to keep scoring, so if we can stack the dot balls up and build pressure that’s a way in for us.”
Arthur said that while he liked to think Australia struck some psychological blows in Melbourne, he expected the vastly experienced Indian team to hit back hard at the SCG.
“They have shown under (Indian captain) MS Dhoni that they have that inner strength, they have a belief and they will be hitting us hard in the second Test match.”
He had confidence in spinner Nathan Lyon’s ability to handle any potential assault from India’s batsmen after returning figures of 1-91 off 22.5 overs in Melbourne. “I think we’re going to get a lot of overs out of Nathan if it is a typical SCG wicket,” Arthur said.
The second Test starts at the SCG on Tuesday.
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