Sydney: With India heading towards their sixth consecutive overseas Test defeat, veteran batsman Rahul Dravid on Thursday said his team has quality batsmen but they need some inspiration to fightback and save the second Test.

"The key for us is to keep them on the field for a long period of time. If we can keep their bowlers and fielders on the field for more than 100 overs. Then we can put them under pressure and some of their bowlers wilt", said Dravid after the third day's play during which Australia declared for 659 for 4 in the first innings before reducing India to 114 for two in their second essay.

"Sadly in the three innings we have played so far, we haven't been able to do that. They kept up on the field for a long time today. We need to try and do that.

"We have probably been in the field much longer. They put us under the pump. The real key for us is to keep them in the field for that long. They are coming in hard, running in hard.

The last spell they bowled really well. After drinks the last 15 overs they came in really hard. That's one of the challenges," he added.

Hoping that India would be able to bat after tea tomorrow, Dravid said, "That's where the real challenge is. If we can hang in there, play out time, and have them on the field for a long time."

Dravid refused to predict whether India would save the Test by batting out the next two days.

"I don't know we can think about saving the game right now. We need to go out there and show some fight. And bat as long as we can. Who knows what can happen? We have got quality batsmen who can bat long periods. I am sure the guys will go out and fight and do the best they can," he insisted.

(Agencies)