Thursday, March 7, 2013

Retaining the trophy big thing for us, Arthur says

HYDERABAD, March 7, 2013 PTI

Desperate to claw their way back in the series, Australia coach Mickey Arthur on Wednesday said they were not averse to the idea of making a few changes in the playing eleven if that can bring good result for them.

"Look, I would be lying if I say that we are not contemplating changes. We do have to reassess the whole situation. We have got two Tests to stay in the series and retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, which is big thing for us.

We would try to assess and field the best possible team to win and if that means making changes, we surely will," Arthur replied when asked about the composition of the team for the third Test, beginning in Mohali from March 14.

The coach tried to put up a brave face and said that the morale of the team is 'very good' despite huge defeats.

"As a team, we have to work really hard for a turnaround but morale is very good at the moment. We have done some soul-searching on Tuesday night and guys have come back strongly."

"It becomes a case of balance for him (Watson) now. He has decided to put all eggs in one basket. When he was bowling, he was our No.1 all-rounder and now he is among the top six batsmen and he knows his responsibilities.

"He has played well so far without excelling. He knows that and aware of that. I think we are all waiting for a big innings from him and nobody knows that better than Shane (Watson)," he said.
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