Michael Clarke reveals time-wasting was never an option

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Australia captain Michael Clarke has revealed that time-wasting never crossed his mind as India completed a series win, taking an unassailable 3-0 lead.

The defeat also puts into question the recent decision to send four players, including vice-captain Shane Watson, home for failing to do their homework.

Needing 133 in 27 overs, Australia could have used tactics to slow the over rate down. However, Clarke got through an extra nine overs and claimed his focus was to keep the series alive.

Speaking to ESPN cricinfo after the match, Clarke said: "We still believed that we could win the Test.

"It was all about taking wickets. We had to try to win the Test match and even if you defend, the best form of defence is taking wickets."

Despite losing four wickets, India chased the relatively small total in 34 overs.

It is the sixth consecutive Test Australia have lost in India and Clarke has admitted that his side need to be better when playing in foreign conditions.

"We're playing some really good, consistent cricket at home back in Australia, in conditions we're very used to, very accustomed to, but we're not performing as well as we'd like when we go overseas in conditions we're not used to," he said.

Clarke reserved special praise for India's batsmen and believes that his batters aren't scoring heavy enough. Clarke himself is the only Australian to score a hundred on the trip.

He added: "Credit needs to go to the India batters, that's for sure, and as a batting unit that's what we're trying to do as well.

"We're making just as many fifties as India but nowhere near as many hundreds. 

"We have to be more disciplined once we get to fifty, to stay nice and patient, swim between the flags I guess and go on and make a big score."

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