Australia suffered two separate collapses as they crumbled for 9-237 declared on day one of the second Test against India in Hyderabad.
And not surprisingly it was skipper Michael Clarke who stood tall among the ruins.
Clarke top-scored with 91 and was ninth man out at 236 before making the bold decision to declare with one wicket in hand and bowl three overs at the home side before stumps.
2nd Test – Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium
2 March 2013 – Day 1, Session 3
India 1st Innings
India reached no wicket for five.
With only No.10 James Pattinson and No.11 Xavier Doherty left, Clarke had hit out on 91 and was bowled by spinner Ravindra Jadeja (3-33), falling nine runs shy of his 10th hundred in 23 Tests as captain.
Clarke and Don Bradman (101.51) are the only two players in cricket history to have led a side for more than 20 Tests and averaged over 70 as skipper.
Matthew Wade, batting with a fractured cheekbone following a training accident on Friday, played a crucial knock of 62 after Australia had chosen to bat and lost their first four wickets for 63 runs.
The No.6 batsman and wicketkeeper shared a partnership of 145 with Clarke, which is a record for the fifth wicket for Australia in India.
Australia’s top order fell cheaply on a pitch showing early signs of variable bounce.
Paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3-53) dismissed David Warner (six), Ed Cowan (four) and and Shane Watson (23) and Phil Hughes (19) was caught behind to spinner Ravi Ashwin.
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Clarke and Wade went to lunch at 4-83 and added 104 without loss in the middle session.
Wade threw his head back in disgust after slicing a wide ball from spinner Harbhajan Singh to point where he was caught by Bhuvneshwar Kumar at 5-208 after tea.
The dismissal of Wade triggered a collapse of 5-28.
Moises Henriques, the allrounder who scored two half-centuries in his debut in the first Test in Chennai, was bowled by Jadeja for five.
Debutant Glenn Maxwell was caught behind to Jadeja for 13 at 7-233 and Peter Siddle was out for a duck three runs later with Clarke on 91.
Clarke hit nine fours and one six from 186 deliveries and was in fine touch following his century in the first Test in Chennai which India won by eight wickets.
Australia made two selection changes, recalling left-arm spinner Doherty and including Maxwell at the expense of offspinner Nathan Lyon and left-arm quick Mitchell Starc.