Australia captain Michael Clarke is predicting a bold showing from his side in the third and fourth Tests against India, despite being flogged in the opening two matches.

The skipper has made a quick visit to the Taj Mahal with wife Kyly before his squad resume training in Mohali on Sunday ahead of next Thursday's third Test.

And despite the fact he's the only batsman in Australia's top six to be averaging over 30 in the series, Clarke says the tourists won't be a pushover in Mohali and Delhi.

"Yes, we can come back in the series," Clarke said on Saturday.

"If we can win the third Test in Mohali then we have a chance to make it 2-2 (and retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy).

"Had there been a fifth Test, I am sure we would have won the series 3-2," Clarke was quoted as saying in The Times of India newspaper.

"We know it's going to be tough but it's in our nature not to give up."

A raging turner in the first Test in Chennai followed by a low, slow wicket in Hyderabad have been gold mines for India's spinners.

Australia's slow bowlers have been hammered and the quicks found little joy in either Test apart from James Pattinson's 5-96 in Chennai.

Pace spearhead Peter Siddle's record in the current series of two wickets at an average of 81 is an ugly sight and the 28-year-old admits he needs to lift.

"I debuted there (in Mohali) back in 2008. There has always been a little bit more bounce there," Siddle told reporters.

"It's going to be nice to get back in there in the rooms and see the place where I did get my opportunity.

"Hopefully a few more scalps would be nice too.

"Personally, the consistency hasn't quite been there, so you're not building that pressure and the batsmen aren't feeling like they're struggling to score.

"I've definitely been lacking there.

"It just comes down to being able to build that pressure for long periods of time.

"In Australia in other series in the past I've been able to do that, which has helped the team."

Siddle said a drawn series would be a massive achievement for the Australians.

"If we level the series we retain the trophy and that's what it's all about," he said.

Punjab Cricket Association secretary MP Pandove says the Mohali pitch will retain its tradition of offering pace and bounce and will be good for both teams.

"It will not bring out a one-sided result as has happened in the first two matches," he said.

 

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