India 'break quicker than anyone' - Haddin
Australia's vice-captain, Brad Haddin, believes India "break quicker than anyone in the world" when the run of play is against them. Despite having had a difficult series himself, including dropping two catches, Haddin has turned up the heat on India ahead of the third Test in Perth, describing MS Dhoni's men as being "as fragile as any team in the world".
Speaking on Sydney radio ahead of the Australian team convening in Perth, Haddin said the side had discussed keeping India in the field for as long as possible during Australia's long first innings at the SCG. As it turned out, Michael Clarke made a triple-century while Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey both scored hundreds, and Australia took a 2-0 series lead.
"We spoke about a bit of that when we were batting," Haddin said on Sky Sports Radio Australia. "The longer we could keep them out on the field the bigger chance we had of breaking them.
"We know this side can be as fragile as any team in the world if things aren't going their way and they can turn on each other and the media turns on them pretty quick. We knew if we could keep them out there and put the numbers like we did on the board we knew we'd get the rewards because they break quicker than anyone in the world."
In their second innings, India made 400 but still fell 68 runs short of making Australia bat a second time. Sachin Tendulkar was one of India's stronger performers with 80 and although he has been the visitors' leading run scorer during the series, Haddin said the Australians felt they had discovered a way to keep him relatively quiet.
"What we have found is if we can build enough pressure on him he wants to score and he wants to feel bat on ball and he wants to get into a rhythm," Haddin said. "We find if we can push him a little wider, make him feel for the ball a bit we can build enough pressure to get a chance and it's worked in the last two Tests.
"We've found he can be a bit uncomfortable in the areas [Peter] Siddle's been bowling to him. l knew if we could build enough pressure we can create a chance to get him. He's a great player and it's always a privilege to play against guys like this. There's been a lot of talk about his hundredth hundred but from our point of view it's our job to make sure he doesn't get it this series."
The Australians arrived in Perth on Monday and were set to begin training on Tuesday. The third Test begins at the WACA on Friday.