Michael Clarke to move up from No.5 in Mohali Test

Michael Clarke said his occupying the No. 5 slot had worked in the past. "It probably hasn't worked in these two Test matches, it worked against Sri Lanka and did pretty well against South Africa through the Australian summer," he pointed out.

updated: March 05, 2013 16:27 IST
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Hyderabad: Having steadfastly resisted the temptation to move up the batting order, Michael Clarke conceded on Tuesday (March 5) that after Australia's shambolic top-order display in the first two Tests, he was left with no option but to promote himself from the No. 5 position he has occupied for a while now.

Clarke, Australia's captain and their best batsman in this series with a century, 91 and 31 in three of the four innings, was undone by a beauty from Ravindra Jadeja on the fourth morning of the second Test. His dismissal for 16 hastened Australia's tryst with defeat.

"I think I have no choice," Clarke said shortly after India opened up a 2-0 lead with an innings-and-135-run victory. "Again, it hasn't been about me, it's about trying to do what's best for the team, and I think now, especially in these conditions, I have to bat higher."

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