Australia captain Michael Clarke says side's preparation for third Test defeat by India was poor

Last Updated: 18/03/13 6:41pm

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Australia captain Michael Clarke admitted his side's preparation for the six-wicket defeat to India in Mohali was far from ideal.

In the lead-up to the lost third Test, and series 3-0, one-match bans were handed out to vice-captain Shane Watson, James Pattinson, Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Johnson for failing to make a presentation on how the side could improve following the heavy defeat in the second Test.

The suspensions came on the back of the second match which the tourists lost by an innings having declared after their own first innings, the first side in history to do so.

"I think we showed character," said Clarke who had agreed with coach Micky Arthur's decision to ban the quartet after the ignored a team thinktank exercise.

"But we have to give credit to India. The start that Dhawan and Vijay gave was outstanding, and all credit to them. We are disappointed, but hopefully we can finish on a high in Delhi (on Friday).

"Over the past two years, we have been consistent at home, but not away from home. We continue to learn, there are some positives but there are certainly areas we can get better.

"I told the boys this morning that we can win the match. We always look for ways to win."

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