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Batting failure, lack of adaptability did us in: Dhoni

Last updated on: January 15, 2012 14:51 IST

'Batting failure, lack of adaptability did us in'

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Battered in just two and a half days, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the inability to quickly adapt to new conditions and the flop show of his batsmen were the reasons behind his team's series defeat against Australia.

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"We have not performed well throughout this series. In this particular Test, David Warner played really well and took the game away from us. We could only say that the batting made the difference. We could have scored enough runs in the second innings.

"The failure in the batting line-up is something that is hurting us," said Dhoni at the post-match presentation ceremony.

"It has been a tough series. We have not batted to the kind of potential we have. We definitely look to do well in the batting department in Adelaide (venue for the fourth Test). Our bowlers have shown that they are capable of taking wickets, it's just that we need to put some runs on the board.


Image: MS Dhoni reacts after losing the third Test in Perth
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'We have not adapted to the conditions well'

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Dhoni said his players have not been able to adapt to conditions quickly in the last two overseas series and that has taken a toll on the performance.

"Talking about the last couple of series including this, we have not adapted really well or too quickly with the conditions. We know that the conditions are quite different to what prevails in the sub-continent.

"When you come to Australia, you look for pace and bounce, in England you look at swing and in the same way, when you come to sub-continent, you look at turn and bounce for spinners. It's just that we have not adapted to the conditions well," said Dhoni as the hosts took an invincible 3-0 lead in the four-match series.


Image: MS Dhoni walks back to the pavillion after being dismissed
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Dhoni continues to back seniors

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India's famed batting line-up consisting of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Virender Sehwag yet again came a cropper in this Test at the dreaded WACA pitch but Dhoni defended the seniors, saying their experiences had bailed the team out of crises on a number of occasions.

"Not really (seniors not performing to their reputation), it's just that in some of the innings or series, you don't score.

"It's the back-to-back abroad series and you can say that they have not performed well but they have the experience and it really counts, we have seen that on number of occassions. Hopefully, they will come back strong (in the next Test)," he said.


Image: Rahul Dravid walks back to the pavilion after being dismissed
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Kohli, Yadav impressed in the Test

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Dhoni, however, had words of praise for miidle-order batsman Virat Kohli and young pace sensation Umesh Yadav.

Kohli slammed an impressive 75 under pressure in the second innings while Yadav took five wickets in an exceptional spell of sustained hostile bowling in Australia's first innings.

"That's the big positive for the team. If you talk about the batting, Virat batted really well in both the innings of this Test match.

"Not to forget there was lot of pressure on him as another talented batsman Rohit Sharma is waiting at the bench, so that's means he constantly pushing Virat, good to see him perform under pressure.

"Yadav is a very good bowler, someone who is capable of taking wickets," he added.


Image: Virat Kohli reacts after completing his half-century against Australia
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'It's a wonderful feeling'

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The victorious Australian captain Michael Clarke praised both his batsmen and bowlers in equal measure.

"It's a wonderful feeling. It's a great performance, especially David Warner, the way he put us in command. Again, a pretty tough batting conditions and that opening partnership between Warner and (Ed) Cowan will be remembered for a long time. Our batting has given us results in this series.

"Our bowlers did a good job. The bowling deserves credit, for getting out such an amazing batting line-up," said Clarke.

Clarke said after losing to New Zealand by seven runs in Hobart Test prior to this series, the Australian side has improved remarkably.

"Hobart was quite a tough wicket for the batters, the work we have put in, you can see the effects on our individual batters."


Image: Australian players celebrate after winning the third Test against India
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'We want to win this series 4-0'

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The skipper added that the sweeping changes at Cricket Australia after the Ashes debacle brought new enthusiasm.

"I thought our selectors from the past also did their best, the new coach, new selectors have brought new enthusiasm to the group which is exciting, the team has grown since the time I took over as captain, Ricky Ponting has helped a lot with his experience.

"We want to win this series 4-0," he added.

Australian opener Warner, who blasted the joint fourth-fastest Test century, said he hit the ball freely. "I was playing my natural game. The ball was coming good on to the bat and I was hitting it freely," said Warner.


Image: Australian players celebrate after winning the third Test against India
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'I look to score runs whenever I can'

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Asked if he considers himself a bit of an entertainer, Warner said, "I see myself as a batsman and look to score runs whenever I can. If the ball is in my zone I'm going to go after it. That's what I did.

"At the end of the day, in Test cricket most of the fielders are behind the wicket. So there will be a lot of scoring opportunities in front of the wicket," he added.

Warner shared a 214-run partnership for the opening wicket with Cowan (74) to help Australia take a 208-run lead.

"It's fantastic to bring up 200 with Cowan, we have found something there, we hope to continue it. It was a great achievement," Warner said.

About his celebrating his hundred, Warner joked, "The NBA could approach me after cricket".


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