Hyderabad, Mar 6: A distraught Michael Clarke will promote himself up the order in the remaining two Tests against India, saying his team's "unacceptable" batting performances has left him with no other choice.
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Clarke was livid on his team's shambolic performance in the first two matches against India, terming the visitors first innings score of 237 in the second Test which ended here today, as "unacceptable" since the pitch was best for batting on the opening day. Such has been the impact of those two heavy defeats that Clarke openly admitted that he has been left with no choice than to come up the order from his customary No. 5 position.
"I think I have no choice. 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," he said.
"I've got nine days to work it out. Wherever I can go and put some runs on the board to help the team," a visibly dejected Clarke said at the post-match media conference after India crushed Australia by an innings and 135 runs in the second Test to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-match series.