Stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane feels the Indian team needs to back itself and stick to its plans despite the humiliating loss in the first Test in which India was bowled out for 36 in the second innings.

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Speaking ahead of the second Test that starts in Melbourne on Saturday, Rahane, who will lead the side in Virat Kohli’s absence, said, “In Adelaide, we had two good days but, it was one bad hour where we lost it completely. The preparations have been good and, the chat was all about backing ourselves as individuals and as a team. We want to play to our strengths and try to stick to whatever we had planned for the first Test.”

No pressure

With Shubhman Gill replacing the out-of-form Prithvi Shaw as the opener for the second Test, Rahane has vowed not to put pressure on the openers.

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