Australia v India, 3rd Test, Perth January 10, 2012

India 'break quicker than anyone' - Haddin

ESPNcricinfo staff

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.

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  • Nitin on January 13, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    Boy, are we a terrible batting side.

  • usman on January 12, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    so true mr.haddin......i agree....india called world champs lol......

  • Matt on January 12, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    I can sort of see where Haddin is coming from, as the body language of the Indians in the field in England and Australia was and is appalling. Shoulders slumped, back on heels, they look like kids who just want to bat and bowl, and see fielding as an unpleasant chore to be endured (Suresh Raina, although he couldn't play the short ball, was a shining exception to this). However, of all the players in the world, Haddin is surely the last person who should be shooting his mouth off. All it can do is backfire on him, and his place is not so much under threat as on a knife-edge - see those two clangers he made in the first two games? His batting has been irresponsible here and in SA and I for one can't believe there isn't a better keeper in Australia.

  • Nitin on January 11, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    India's biggest problem maybe bowling, but batting is not a small problem either. In the last 9 away test matches, India has scored more than 300 only twice (i.e 2 out of 18 innings). How can you win a game with that kind of a record. Out of those 9 games, India has now lost 6 and won only one. That's a terrible record and if these numbers don't cause concern I don't know what will. I think the only reason we think bowling is a bigger problem is because of the batting star power we have on paper. But numbers don't lie and it's time we accepted that we are in fact a very poor batting side. Time for some ruthless cleanup of the batting lineup.

  • Harry on January 11, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    The headline should add "Indian fans break quicker than anyone else". Anyone doubts it, read the 200 odd posts below....LOL.

  • yas on January 11, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    These comments are totally true however harsh they might be.. Indias time as a world dominant side is now slowly fading away and soon after the retirements of the big guns they would just be a second grade team as they dont have a proper bowling or batting line up.

  • Dummy4 on January 11, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    @to all--i don't think that Indian team is a fragile team even i m not a gr8 supporter of this team.I just wana say why do Australian forget that they are also champion in their subcontinent not in Asian pitches .check the previous records of Australian and England.They dig their craves in Asian pitches,because they also also don't know how to play the low balls.So, stop saying that Indian players cant play in the bouncing pitches.1st just clean ur mess and then give advise to other or talk about others.and haddin should know the word which is called game's saying this,again he told that all players of Australian team are arrogant,egoist and talk about someone u should have that much knowledge about this time i don't think that he has that much knowledge and experience. :P

  • Jyothi on January 11, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    India has given the chance for everyone to speak this way with their performance... I hope Indian team performs better in the next 2 matches... All the Best TeamIndia...

  • Sanjeev on January 11, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    The Actual Performance of Team India while in England ( 4-0) and at present in Australia ( 2-0 at the moment) is there for all to see. There is an Old Hindi saying that when Elephants walk Dogs bark, so, if they really want to Redeem themselves they have to "Just Do It",,, and Prove themselves. Haddin is just playing his part in a "Strategy", nothing wrong with that. Paper Tigers or Real Ones,,,we will know by the end of this Month !!!

  • chaitu on January 11, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    Haddin should concentrate on his batting as well as there is Tim Payne waiting for the spot and haddin might break his Career quicker than any player in the world.

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