Australian wicketkeeper Matthew Wade has defended Michael Clarke's decision to declare on the opening day of the second Test in Hyderabad.
After winning the toss, the tourists reached 9-237 before declaring on day one following another resilient performance from captain Clarke, who hit 91 runs off 186 deliveries, while Wade added 62 as the two batsmen combined for a 145-run fifth-wicket partnership.
Clarke surprisingly called time on Australia's first innings in search of some late wickets but India held firm to close the day on five without loss at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.
However, despite failing to make a breakthrough during the final three overs of play, Wade is confident Australia, who dropped Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Starc in favour of Xavier Doherty and Test debutant Glenn Maxwell, can stifle India's batting attack.
"With the ball a little bit harder there was probably a little bit more up and down bounce in the first hour or so, hence the reason why we declared," Wade told reporters.
"We felt if we could get the ball in the right area, get one to stay low or jump up, we could get a couple of nicks or lbw's and we could have a couple of wickets tonight.
"That didn't happen but we're pretty confident that if we hit the stumps enough we are going to create enough chances.
Australia head into the second day with a 232-run lead and while they are under no illusions about the task at hand, Wade believes his team is capable of keeping the Indians at bay.
"These wickets here are so different to what we are used to playing on," said Wade.
"Any lead is an advantage at this stage so I feel if we bowl well enough tomorrow we can restrict India to under 230."
Wade, who overcame a fractured cheekbone to play in the second Test, eased the strain on Clarke with a controlled performance.
The 25-year-old struggled to find his feet in the first Test, managing just 20 runs across two innings (12 and eight) but returned to form on Saturday with an impressive supporting role.
"I felt in control today," he said.
"I felt like my plans against the spinners and quicks came off pretty well.
"It's still pretty disappointing to get out when I did, Michael and I built a really good platform.
"We lost a lot of wickets in that last session so it's satisfying in a way that my plans that I've been working on in the nets are working out in the middle but very disappointing that we couldn't kick on and have a really big partnership."
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First Posted 03 March, 2013 7:26AM AEST