3 Mar 2013

Australia in trouble in second test

6:51 pm on 3 March 2013

Australia has crumbled to 9-237 declared on day one of the second Test against India in Hyderabad.

And not surprisingly it was skipper Michael Clarke who stood tall among the ruins.

Clarke top-scored with 91 and was ninth man out at 236 before making the bold decision to declare with one wicket in hand and bowl three overs at the home side before stumps.

India reached no wicket for five.

Matthew Wade, batting with a fractured cheekbone following a training accident on Friday, played a crucial knock of 62 after Australia had chosen to bat and lost their first four wickets for 63 runs.

The No.6 batsman and wicketkeeper shared a partnership of 145 with Clarke, which is a record for the fifth wicket for Australia in India.

Australia's top order fell cheaply on a pitch showing early signs of variable bounce.