Mohali, Mar 14: Australia have flown in a sports psychologist to help the Test team in India after two successive losses in the ongoing four-match series.
Sports psychologist Michael Lloyd has landed in India and joined the visitors before the start of the third Test in Mohali on Thursday. The opening day's play was abandoned without a ball bowled due to rain.
Australian website news.com.au reported on Thursday that Lloyd has joined the team. Cricket Australia (CA) official told the website that the move was planned before the tour and not after the sacking of four players due to disciplinary reasons.
Shane Watson, James Pattinson, Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Johnson were axed from the squad for the third Test.
"Before the tour we identified this as a good opportunity for him to work with guys before the second and third Tests," a Cricket Australia spokesman was quoted as saying by the website.
"Michael (Lloyd) works across a lot of our programmes and a lot of our teams. He is familiar with a lot of the players. It was a pre-planned arrangement, it's nothing to do with the past two days. Some of the players have existing relationships with him.
"Not everyone has to speak to him but he is here if the players want to seek some help," he added.