Australia wicket-keeper Matthew Wade admitted that India fought harder in the second Test at Bengaluru following their shock defeat in the Pune Test.
"The change from the first Test to the second Test was probably the initial shock. They certainly came out a little harder on day three, but we expect them to come hard," Wade was quoted as saying in an NDTV report.
"When you've got a caged lion you expect them to come out pretty hard, to get away. Indian teams are always quite aggressive. Dhoni was a different captain to Kohli, but that's just personality," he went on to add.
Wade stressed that Australia will look to beat India using their skills in the third Test at Ranchi. "Indian teams always go quite hard, if you give them a sniff they'll run with it. Our job is to make sure they can't get in the game so they can't get aggressive with us, and then really take the momentum away from us. But it's not really our issue. We've got to play good cricket, and beat them on skill," he said.
On his own approach, Wade stated, "I feel like I play my best cricket when I get in the contest. When your back is against the wall you've got to find a way to get up and about, so I still feel like that's a big part of my game. Getting older I probably tamed it down a little bit and I probably know when to use it a little bit more now, and when I need it myself. I probably don't use it a 100 percent of the time anymore, but I've still got it there if I need it. If there's a time I think it can be an advantage for us, sure - I'll go for it."
The third Test match starts from March 16 in Ranchi.
--By A Cricket Correspondent