Australia v India, 3rd Test, Perth January 10, 2012

India 'break quicker than anyone' - Haddin

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Australia's vice-captain, Brad Haddin, believes India "break quicker than anyone in the world" when the run of play is against them. Despite having had a difficult series himself, including dropping two catches, Haddin has turned up the heat on India ahead of the third Test in Perth, describing MS Dhoni's men as being "as fragile as any team in the world".

Speaking on Sydney radio ahead of the Australian team convening in Perth, Haddin said the side had discussed keeping India in the field for as long as possible during Australia's long first innings at the SCG. As it turned out, Michael Clarke made a triple-century while Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey both scored hundreds, and Australia took a 2-0 series lead.

"We spoke about a bit of that when we were batting," Haddin said on Sky Sports Radio Australia. "The longer we could keep them out on the field the bigger chance we had of breaking them.

"We know this side can be as fragile as any team in the world if things aren't going their way and they can turn on each other and the media turns on them pretty quick. We knew if we could keep them out there and put the numbers like we did on the board we knew we'd get the rewards because they break quicker than anyone in the world."

In their second innings, India made 400 but still fell 68 runs short of making Australia bat a second time. Sachin Tendulkar was one of India's stronger performers with 80 and although he has been the visitors' leading run scorer during the series, Haddin said the Australians felt they had discovered a way to keep him relatively quiet.

"What we have found is if we can build enough pressure on him he wants to score and he wants to feel bat on ball and he wants to get into a rhythm," Haddin said. "We find if we can push him a little wider, make him feel for the ball a bit we can build enough pressure to get a chance and it's worked in the last two Tests.

"We've found he can be a bit uncomfortable in the areas [Peter] Siddle's been bowling to him. l knew if we could build enough pressure we can create a chance to get him. He's a great player and it's always a privilege to play against guys like this. There's been a lot of talk about his hundredth hundred but from our point of view it's our job to make sure he doesn't get it this series."

The Australians arrived in Perth on Monday and were set to begin training on Tuesday. The third Test begins at the WACA on Friday.

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  • nitin_m8 on January 13, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    Boy, are we a terrible batting side.

  • rajwanii on January 12, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    so true mr.haddin......i agree....india .....so called world champs lol......

  • igorolman on January 12, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    I can sort of see where Haddin is coming from, as the body language of the Indians in the field in England and Australia was and is appalling. Shoulders slumped, back on heels, they look like kids who just want to bat and bowl, and see fielding as an unpleasant chore to be endured (Suresh Raina, although he couldn't play the short ball, was a shining exception to this). However, of all the players in the world, Haddin is surely the last person who should be shooting his mouth off. All it can do is backfire on him, and his place is not so much under threat as on a knife-edge - see those two clangers he made in the first two games? His batting has been irresponsible here and in SA and I for one can't believe there isn't a better keeper in Australia.

  • nitin_m8 on January 11, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    India's biggest problem maybe bowling, but batting is not a small problem either. In the last 9 away test matches, India has scored more than 300 only twice (i.e 2 out of 18 innings). How can you win a game with that kind of a record. Out of those 9 games, India has now lost 6 and won only one. That's a terrible record and if these numbers don't cause concern I don't know what will. I think the only reason we think bowling is a bigger problem is because of the batting star power we have on paper. But numbers don't lie and it's time we accepted that we are in fact a very poor batting side. Time for some ruthless cleanup of the batting lineup.

  • Harry_Kool on January 11, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    The headline should add "Indian fans break quicker than anyone else". Anyone doubts it, read the 200 odd posts below....LOL.

  • FLIPPER_99 on January 11, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    These comments are totally true however harsh they might be.. Indias time as a world dominant side is now slowly fading away and soon after the retirements of the big guns they would just be a second grade team as they dont have a proper bowling or batting line up.

  • on January 11, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    @to all--i don't think that Indian team is a fragile team even i m not a gr8 supporter of this team.I just wana say why do Australian forget that they are also champion in their subcontinent not in Asian pitches .check the previous records of Australian and England.They dig their craves in Asian pitches,because they also also don't know how to play the low balls.So, stop saying that Indian players cant play in the bouncing pitches.1st just clean ur mess and then give advise to other or talk about others.and haddin should know the word which is called game's spirit.by saying this,again he told that all players of Australian team are arrogant,egoist and swellhead.to talk about someone u should have that much knowledge about him.at this time i don't think that he has that much knowledge and experience. :P

  • jo_cricfan on January 11, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    India has given the chance for everyone to speak this way with their performance... I hope Indian team performs better in the next 2 matches... All the Best TeamIndia...

  • Sunjive on January 11, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    The Actual Performance of Team India while in England ( 4-0) and at present in Australia ( 2-0 at the moment) is there for all to see. There is an Old Hindi saying that when Elephants walk Dogs bark, so, if they really want to Redeem themselves they have to "Just Do It",,, and Prove themselves. Haddin is just playing his part in a "Strategy", nothing wrong with that. Paper Tigers or Real Ones,,,we will know by the end of this Month !!!

  • wclplayer on January 11, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    Haddin should concentrate on his batting as well as there is Tim Payne waiting for the spot and haddin might break his Career quicker than any player in the world.

  • nitin_m8 on January 13, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    Boy, are we a terrible batting side.

  • rajwanii on January 12, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    so true mr.haddin......i agree....india .....so called world champs lol......

  • igorolman on January 12, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    I can sort of see where Haddin is coming from, as the body language of the Indians in the field in England and Australia was and is appalling. Shoulders slumped, back on heels, they look like kids who just want to bat and bowl, and see fielding as an unpleasant chore to be endured (Suresh Raina, although he couldn't play the short ball, was a shining exception to this). However, of all the players in the world, Haddin is surely the last person who should be shooting his mouth off. All it can do is backfire on him, and his place is not so much under threat as on a knife-edge - see those two clangers he made in the first two games? His batting has been irresponsible here and in SA and I for one can't believe there isn't a better keeper in Australia.

  • nitin_m8 on January 11, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    India's biggest problem maybe bowling, but batting is not a small problem either. In the last 9 away test matches, India has scored more than 300 only twice (i.e 2 out of 18 innings). How can you win a game with that kind of a record. Out of those 9 games, India has now lost 6 and won only one. That's a terrible record and if these numbers don't cause concern I don't know what will. I think the only reason we think bowling is a bigger problem is because of the batting star power we have on paper. But numbers don't lie and it's time we accepted that we are in fact a very poor batting side. Time for some ruthless cleanup of the batting lineup.

  • Harry_Kool on January 11, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    The headline should add "Indian fans break quicker than anyone else". Anyone doubts it, read the 200 odd posts below....LOL.

  • FLIPPER_99 on January 11, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    These comments are totally true however harsh they might be.. Indias time as a world dominant side is now slowly fading away and soon after the retirements of the big guns they would just be a second grade team as they dont have a proper bowling or batting line up.

  • on January 11, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    @to all--i don't think that Indian team is a fragile team even i m not a gr8 supporter of this team.I just wana say why do Australian forget that they are also champion in their subcontinent not in Asian pitches .check the previous records of Australian and England.They dig their craves in Asian pitches,because they also also don't know how to play the low balls.So, stop saying that Indian players cant play in the bouncing pitches.1st just clean ur mess and then give advise to other or talk about others.and haddin should know the word which is called game's spirit.by saying this,again he told that all players of Australian team are arrogant,egoist and swellhead.to talk about someone u should have that much knowledge about him.at this time i don't think that he has that much knowledge and experience. :P

  • jo_cricfan on January 11, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    India has given the chance for everyone to speak this way with their performance... I hope Indian team performs better in the next 2 matches... All the Best TeamIndia...

  • Sunjive on January 11, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    The Actual Performance of Team India while in England ( 4-0) and at present in Australia ( 2-0 at the moment) is there for all to see. There is an Old Hindi saying that when Elephants walk Dogs bark, so, if they really want to Redeem themselves they have to "Just Do It",,, and Prove themselves. Haddin is just playing his part in a "Strategy", nothing wrong with that. Paper Tigers or Real Ones,,,we will know by the end of this Month !!!

  • wclplayer on January 11, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    Haddin should concentrate on his batting as well as there is Tim Payne waiting for the spot and haddin might break his Career quicker than any player in the world.

  • mTw_cheetah on January 11, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    Ah nice Mr.Haddin ! Once you are in a jungle and you find the lion sleeping, you don't hop around playfully expecting the lion would never wake up. You take every step in caution, watch your feet before you land on a pile of fallen yellow leaves .. and you did that ! Let's see how many claws get your neck in Perth !

  • samuelinus on January 11, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    +1 for Michael Harding :) It's like everyone is walking over the Indian Team. Time to shut them up!!! 2-2 Why not? Eternal optimist :)

  • on January 11, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    indian supporter should not behave like, they should agree that their cricket standard is still very low. they should make many bouncy pitch as it is possible...no ta flat one where ordinary shevag can hit 300 so easily....

  • OkyaBokya on January 11, 2012, 4:37 GMT

    I am still not convinced that Rohit will get chance in Perth. MSD is very reluctant to change the team. He usually likes to give players long run. And there are no signs to suggect Rohit will get a game. Its just fans have assumed that Rohit is playing. I will be pleased if Rohit gets a chance though.

  • Mitcher on January 11, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    The only problem here is with who is saying it not what was said. Trash talk is a bit of fun. Both teams have engaged in it in the past and present, so spare us the moral outrage. As for England fans gloating Australia has "stolen" their game plan. The current English side didn't invent line and length. Though I guess a few fairweather English fans probably didn't watch much cricket for the past 20 years while they were getting pummelled. Welcome to the party!!

  • theRule19 on January 11, 2012, 2:00 GMT

    You still cannot write off the Indian team. They have been in such situations many a times. Lets see what they come up with in Perth.

  • Hodra99 on January 11, 2012, 0:48 GMT

    One word to sum up Haddin's Comments.....TRUE

  • on January 11, 2012, 0:45 GMT

    big call from a B-grade keeper who crumbles under pressure himself.....

  • Cricket_theBestGame on January 11, 2012, 0:06 GMT

    tendulkar is a wonderful player no doubt. but he needs to go now while he is still in form. he is already 38yrs old and has what 15000+ test and 18000 odi runs. i don't think he needs to prove anything any further. he is a complete batsman. full stop.

    however, with him in the team he is stopping a young batsman from developing in the team (rohit etc) & the whole team relies on him everytime. his 100th ton is taking all the focus. i'm afraid he is kind of selfish player who wants to get 20000 odi and test runs. thats his main aim to me. govaskar has once said that he told sachin that he must get 20k test runs. maybe thats his inspiration now. reading that BCCI has arranged all home series in next 2yrs, he'll get it and then team india can move forward.

  • on January 11, 2012, 0:03 GMT

    If i am to put any money on this Indian team it would be that Sachin makes a century on this tour. So far no bowler has the measure of this great player. He is in ripping form & it's only a matter of time before he explodes. I can watch Lara bat all day, but these days I am really enjoying Sachin's batting. My biggest fear though, is that he will retire after making that century. I honestly believe that. By denying him this century, the Gods r preparing him for retirement.Maybe?

  • Marcio on January 10, 2012, 23:58 GMT

    Some people do like to go on. Come Friday this will be on no player's mind when the two teams take each other on. A storm in a teacup.

  • on January 10, 2012, 23:57 GMT

    India is a team that can only play on dead and flat pitches. I was absolutely shocked to see them loose with such a huge margin in the second test because the pitch was flat as it could get and they still managed to drop their 20 wickets like a pack of cards. Really, Indians need to learn one thing. FRESH BLOOD.

    I have been seeing these couple of names for as long as I can remember

    TENDULAR SEHWAG LAXMAN DRAVID ZAHEER KHAN

    If he were playing these days then GANGULY.

    I mean, how long have these men been on the field? 10 years? 15 years? I can't even remember an Indian team without one of these guys. When these guys make their way out, India will be second to only perhaps Bangladesh.

  • hhillbumper on January 10, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    reading some of the commen ts on here it would appear that India need someone to bad mouth them to get them going.Have you thought this might be why people think that they are brittle. One poster put on here that Tendular would have got a triple ton.No chance.

  • Lord_Dravid on January 10, 2012, 22:39 GMT

    Captain_Crick on (January 10 2012, 12:28 PM GMT) ''India 'break quicker than anyone' - Haddin Happy new year Haddin! Was the world cup 2011 given to Dhoni and his men broken? BCCI and ICC should take serious notice of this!'' true LMAO i think im inclined to agree!!!!!

  • aus_trad on January 10, 2012, 22:32 GMT

    I'm not sure Haddin is really in the best position to be criticising the opposition, given his current form. Be that at it may, what is potentially really foolish is saying that someone like Peter Siddle (a highly effective test bowler, but never one of the greats) has the measure of Tendulkar. I seem to remember reading that whenever Bradman heard talk of a bowler having his measure, Bradman would go out of his way to slaughter that bowler the next time he faced him. Tendulkar is no Bradman, but why prod the lion in his cage? Tendulkar has been batting beautifully, and has really got himself out so far in this series. Stand by for 150 in Perth?

  • on January 10, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    "Foolishness is doing exactly the same thing everytime and expecting a different result"- Albert Einstein. That applies to the Indian team very aptly.

  • smkurian on January 10, 2012, 22:04 GMT

    Brad Haddin? You mean the guy that Australia had in between Gilchrist and a REAL wicketkeeper. Gotcha, thanks.

  • charlie2921972 on January 10, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    Unfortunately India still lost both the test even after playing with 12 players--guess who is the 12th player---Answer----it is none other than Mr. Haddin. Thanks for dropping catches and hope he will be our 12 th player for next two tests too aiding in sqaring the series.

  • on January 10, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    Indian fans are more concerned about Sachin's 100th 100 than anything else but i am afraid they will have to wait for a home series against Bangladesh or Zimbabwe to achieve this goal. Asia cup is nearing too so India will have a match against Bangladesh; Let Tendulkar open against them and please forget it against Australia. The biggest target for India should be to avoaid another whitewash.

  • vickyrIND on January 10, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    Comes IPL all our Indian champs will be in form like anything. They are just waiting for this tour to get over and afterwards there in no foreign tour for Indian team in next 2 yrs so they will make plenty of runs on indian pitches and some of rookies will be stalwarts since then and will be considered and compared to Sachin, Dravid etc. BCCI plans in such a wonderful way that without the oldies this indian team need not to go out and yet maintain a good record with the rookies (in test cricket).

  • Jaggadaaku on January 10, 2012, 21:05 GMT

    It is said by an immature cricketer, but it is 100 percent true. IndianCricketer can break easily both - physically and mentally. We all know the result of England series in England last year under Dhoni's captain-ship. Captain-Dhoni who always trying to make everybody happy. So, if any bowler grabs 2-3 wickets in his first spell of 7 overs, he stops giving him bowling and put him aside until other bowlers get wickets. Under Dhoni's captain-ship no Indian bowler has got more than 6 wickets in an innings, and I have doubt Kumble wouldn't have got his 10 wicket haul against Pakistan if Dhoni was leading the team. The another problem of Dhoni's captain-ship is when 2 opposite team's batsmen start building their partnership, he never use all-rounder or part time bowler while in the history of cricket, we knew many captains like Azhar was using part time bowler and they get succeeded. Because batsmen become careless and distracted if there is part-timer. Remember, in same match, Continue..

  • on January 10, 2012, 21:01 GMT

    It was not easy to get india out twice cheaply, but this aging team, full of Oldies, seems now vulnerable..Indians r good on their home dead pitches. After Tandulkars retirement it will be difficult for India to maintain its position in the first three ranks.

  • ved_mishra on January 10, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    Well, I would say these things don't matter too much if you play good and fair game. Instead of wondering on who said what and trying to defend off-field, show your aggression and performance on-field. This is what matters most. When Peter Siddle bowled Dravid and realized that it was a no-ball, he came harder at them. When Clarke was making a mess of Indian bowlers, they should have come much harder at him.. to make him earn each and every single. A game always has win and lose as two aspects but it is the spirit, attitude and application that make you go a long way.

  • arunsmail4u on January 10, 2012, 20:36 GMT

    Cummon India! Show what u hav in u.. u hav done it before! n keep thoz blabberin mouths shut

  • hhillbumper on January 10, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    be honest India.He is right.The tour of England was god awful and even Bangladesh put up more fight.Don't worry youll be home soon and can convince yourselves you are tough and hard edged.Just look at all the posts about the pitches.Play on what is in front of you.

  • Shan156 on January 10, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    Rohit for Virat, Ojha for Ashwin and you will see an improved Indian performance at the WACA. I believe, Australia will win the series but only 2-1. India will definitely win at Perth or Adelaide. Their batsmen did OK in the second innings in Sydney and I expect them to bounce back at Perth. With Pattinson out, Indian batsmen will find it much easier. All these war of words would mean nothing. They would neither invigorate nor enervate this Indian team. If they choose to play the same XI, then God help them.

  • on January 10, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    And they thought they might escape the defeat by not using DRS because they know their batsmen including the over rated tandu cannot play on swinging and fast tracks. They like to whip balls from middle stump to leg side, play cover drives without any fear on the rise, pull balls which are not length balls, since ball does not swing and without any pace in their country. That's why they all make so much scores. As soon as they go in different conditions, those gods fell to the ground and opponents walk and stump on them. lollllllllllllll

  • on January 10, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    Its a torture watching India bat. No will to fight, no desire to win. We need fresh young blood.

  • gothetaniwha on January 10, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    hahah -u got to give it to him India has not shown any fight at all - only in the second innings when the game is gone , ICC should stop india having 4/5 match test series in AUS/ENG because they are simply not good enough away from home ,they would be beaten by ZIM if they toured there , and thats probably why they are refusing to tour some countries so there ranking does not slide any further . Can,t see India winning in Perth , he,s hoping Sharma gets some luck though in Perth - he deserves it ,if he gets a few outside edges hopefully it doesn,t go into the slips near Dravid .

  • x-squire-x on January 10, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    silly from haddin, could be the one thing that gets india back in the series.

  • TheBengalTiger on January 10, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    For all you slightly deluded people asking why Haddin cant say what everyones thinking. its because hes a proffesional cricketer! hes ment to show respect. Only australians think its acceptable for their players to behave like this. its embarrasing that their fans and players behave with such disrespect, but not susprising

  • srivatsan on January 10, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    That's the problem when you don't play. Keepers far off international standards like Haddin comment. Poor Paine and Ronchi, both are amazing behind stumps and bat much better than Haddin.

  • spence1324 on January 10, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    @Maximum6,100% agree with eveything you have just posted.I have also been saying all-along that the Australia game plan is a carbon copy of englands against india in the summer!

  • on January 10, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    With his penchant for throwing his wicket away and his shoddy work behind the stumps Haddin is just the kind of player that would fit in well into the Indian team.

  • StatisticsRocks on January 10, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    Even though the comments from Haddin was unnecessary, unfortunately it is true. The morale of the Indian team is very low (after 6-0 in test matches) and needs a spark to lift them up. The spark may be the 100th 100 for SRT which I am sure is on everyone's mind. I am not taking anything away from the Aus as they deserve to be 2-0 up in the series. But, Haddin should be focussing on his wicket keeping and batting skills instead of starting a war of words. I guess it is his tactics to divert attention away from him. I Hope these comments wake the Indian team up and help them to counter the Aussie attack. SRT should play his natural game as he looks very comfortable doing that. Once he becomes defensive even I fancy my chances of getting him out. Me Dhoni, Let's for once change the tactics and be extremely aggressive with close attacking fields irrespective of the score. I wish dada was here on this tour as only he can lift this team up.

  • rapidchase88 on January 10, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    Never heard about Sachin presence itself lifts dressing room? If Sachin stays in other end some batsman play more confidently? Sachin wicket gives more happiness to any other bowler in the world, why? An Iconic Player, Cricket GOD. Otherside a SHY batsman, Poor Captain, Play for self. Most number of OUTs in NERVOUS 90's than any other batsman in the world. Well All in All there might be 100 reasons why India is loosing, but NOW when INDIA is Batting 90 out of 100 fans may be looking for one thing for sure, SACHIN's 100th 100 than winning a match when he is staying at the crease. If he gets out "WE BREAK QUICKER THAN ANY ONE", I think it is true that is what happening. I hope "We JOIN TOGETHER AND FIGHT QUICKER THAN ANY ONE" after his TON. (more happy if we can do without his ton also)

  • on January 10, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    I'll be hard press to disagree with Haddin. The only problem is, it's coming from Haddin. And by the way, Wade wouldn't just replace Haddin like that. The ACB don't operate like the BCCI, they think before they act.

  • ask4om on January 10, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    ICC should limit indian team to play only in india so that they can maintain their ICC ranking to No.1. Other wise I can see indian team below No. 4

  • on January 10, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    All out for 47. That's quick.

  • BigGeorgeMehemood on January 10, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    Many keepers better than Haddin eg. Mushy, Taiboo, my boy Ramdeen from WI, all better with de glove than Haddin! Had done!

  • csowmi7 on January 10, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    lol brad haddin was the last guy i expected to say something like that considering his wonderful position as the teams leading run scorer and best wicket keeper. No sarcasm intended. He's one of those guys who basks in the glory of the team's success without doing anything himself. Kinda like Sreeshanth in the world cup final. He should learn a thing or two from Clarke who did all the work and didn't gloat about it. Brad Haddin's a mere shadow of Gilchrist. If trashtalking and intimidating an ageing Indian team will boost his self-esteem by all means run your mouth. Aint gonna make a difference to your dismal wicket keeping and poor batting skills.

  • Criketanand on January 10, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    what haddin has said id true. i am an Indian supporter but even i think Indians break faster than any other team

  • crick-follower on January 10, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    All these Haddin bashing will be legitimate only when India bounce back at WACA (which I doubt it). And if, India is unable to outclass Australia at WACA then Haddin should be appointed as coach of Team India. That is fair I think...........for both sides.

  • on January 10, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    I think Indian cricket team has passed their glory time when they used to give the answer in field by beating the opponent commenting like this. For example 2010 Sri Lanka tour, they beat them considerably after their captain made comment "India do not deserve the no. 1 position in Test"...

    Alas!! very sorry to say, now the days are over.... it is sure they are going to loose the series 0-4

  • on January 10, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    haddin's talking is pretty much like his keeping. And such a shame really. I thought under michael clarke australia were far more respectful and certainly better in the way of sportsmanship but apparently after reading comments like this i was mislead. Such a shame they have humble modest respectful men like mike hussey, ricky ponting and michael clarke and then also have the likes of haddin.

  • shreesoft on January 10, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    Haddin is true , he may have performed badly but he has said what most of cricket fans have seen for the last 7-8 months . india is as fragile as it can be outside india. Dhoni is clueless and eveytime plays the same old record that we didnt batted well. who will tell him that most of matches we lost because of extra defensive fielding and dhoni just dont get involved . he should be sacked as a test captain . i dnt know how BCCI can keep him as a test player after loosing 6 test in a row without a major score and he is one of the worst leader to have around when you are playing test match.

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  • samudralakiku on January 10, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    @ramli - Haddin is damn right about this. The point you are making is not correct at all. WI shows a lot of spirit in the field and India is no where close to WI team. Even the weakest WI team bowls and fields with spirit that no Indian team carries. PAK may be a bit like India team. But they are far better than this. 47 by Aussies is no reflection of what Haddin pointed out.

  • crystosis on January 10, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    Atleast the series will be interesting. Haddin going the extra mile to prove himslef as the team man and save his place in the team

  • Saqib_Sheraz on January 10, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    I am 100% agree with Haddin, they aren't mentally stronger than other teams.

    Indians, overall team performance strongly depend on seniors, if they fall flat, whole team collapse like hollow wall...

  • on January 10, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    This is what Imran Khan said " "When you have suffered a setback, that really is the time to reflect, why you suffered a setback, and correct the mistake and keep going towards that ideal, because the problem is it is not a defeat that destroys you, it being demoralized by defeat that destroys you.

    Successful people are not those who don't make mistakes but who analyze their mistakes and eliminate them. As long as you keep learning from your defeats you will always keep coming back and get stronger all the time."

    India might just be ready to get back to HADDIN ! lol

  • OzWally on January 10, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    Haddin says what the rest of the world knows and Indians won't admit. This team lacks heart for the tough fight And don't give me WC 2011 as a counter point. We are talking 5 day test cricket where it takes an entire team to prevail.

  • 2.14istherunrate on January 10, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    it's not that long since the Melbourne stadium was cleared out by after tea on Day2 of a match, and the later stages of the Ashes series played out in front of mostly english crowds.It's even less time since the ACB could not reach into its pocket for a few measley bottles of bubbly for England to enjoy at the end of the series. The 'Recession' was blamed buit we all know deep down what it really was- APPALLING SPORTSMANSHIP. If that was not a symptom of broken Australia, I do not know what was. No doubt RandyOz and jonesy2 have their own take on these matters such as there being an important greyhound race at 4.00pm on Dec 27 2010, etc. And in the case of India here, well howza about thank us for doing the job for you last summer.No-one whinges like an Aussie.

  • DrJem on January 10, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    Haddin is a wicketkeeper (apparently) not a genius. He said some things probably without thinking. Even if this was thought out; he'd hardly be the first player of any sport to try and get the opposition thinking about personal square-ups rather than the game in hand. And the fact that Haddin himself is playing badly at the moment isn't that relevant - how many people here commenting can play at anything like these guys level? Doesn't stop us being able to appreciate quality play (Clarke, Sachin), or the fact that I wouldn't be able to SEE a Pattinson ball, let alone catch it, doesn't mean I don't know Haddin should! For the more vitriolic pro-India comments two things: 1) Pointing out how badly Australia played against SA, Eng, NZ makes India look worse, not better 2) Your players hopefully would pay no notice at all to Haddin and certainly not be spurred on by his comments, national players shouldn't need to be spurred on by some dropkick's opinion!

  • ElvisKing on January 10, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    The words "describing MS Dhoni's men as being "as fragile as any team in the world" " does not mean that Indians are vulnerable only it means that all the teams are vulnerable, including this Australian Team , bowled out for 47 in these days of modern Cricket ? Have you seen Indian Team bowled out for such alow score in recent times ? So better understand what you are speaking or writing. This is Media at its Best, pitching one Player or Team against another ! So you and I keep on exchanging words and they are in good bizness !

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 10, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    @InnocentGuy, lol..that would be hilarious! hahaha...a moment to savour for us and to contemplate for Haddin......

  • InnocentGuy on January 10, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    The biggest joke would have been if in the middle of this interview CA announced Wade has replaced Haddin. Some things just HAVE to happen and it's really sad if they don't.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 10, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    Thanks for the trash talk Haddin. I was just thinking how badly we all are missing this. If only you could back up your trash talk with less trashy keeping and batting! But I guess that's a bit too much to expect from your glove-work. BTW, can you catch a cold at the poles? May be you would say Influenza virus doesn't survive at the poles and so you won't catch a cold at the poles. Move on bro, cover your bases first. You are just helping the Indians to strengthen their resolve.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 10, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    During our tour to Windies I was very critical of Fletcher and Dhoni. Now after all these months, this is what we have. Dhoni is clueless irrespective of Fletcher - circa India at Newlands. But still since Fletcher took over, the clueless protocols have taken a totally different proportion - Windies escaping from us and Fletcher finds no fault in Dhoni; in England - England escapes from a hopeless situation; Windies in India - the series result is not a true reflection of the contest; in Australia now - Dhoni is clueless in a class of his own. What's Fletcher doing? What are his credentials as a player in that minnow Zimbabwe team? Didn't Kapil Phaji thrash his team by a nice rearguard action at Turnbridge Wells? What was Fletcher doing then? I guess Fletcher doesn't have an idea as to how to guide the team he is playing in or the team he is coaching, when the opponent is on the mat. This is what I understand of Fletcher. I guess he needs to go along with Dhoni.

  • SomeCents on January 10, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    Is Haddin trying to detract from his performance by spilling team secrets and spurning the Indians? And maybe get friendly with some of the media? You offer up juicy info to the media, you become a darling! Everything he says is true but should a vice captain be speaking so openly?

  • willmot on January 10, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    Well, whatever you think of Haddin's keeping it's still good enough to be part of the side that's currently give Indial yet another pasting... but then I geuss you don't really have to be that good to beat India abroad.

  • wewanttobatlikesachin on January 10, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    Setting aside Haddin's form I think he has made a fair point and has summarised India's sub-standard better than anyone else.

  • ramli on January 10, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    Haddin is wrong ... there are many leaders ahead of India .. pakistan, WI, etc... and of course .. aus ... remember 47 ... very recent .. hi .. hi

  • tradetekbiz on January 10, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    Truth is the truth, no matter who it comes from, not sure why indian players and fans are attacking the messenger rather than the message ... and in this case truth must hurt Zaheer Khan and other Indians, that's why all of this anger over his comments can be seen by indian players and supporters. Tell you what when you've won a match or two like Haddin's team then you attack back.

  • Captain_Crick on January 10, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    India 'break quicker than anyone' - Haddin

    Happy new year Haddin! Was the world cup 2011 given to Dhoni and his men broken? BCCI and ICC should take serious notice of this!

  • on January 10, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    Well Haddin is right !! Where is khiladisher ?

  • on January 10, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Revealing about sachin's weakness at this point of time is it a tactical blunder from haddin or is it a double bluff? only time will tell...!!!

  • SirEngland on January 10, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    I think Haddin plays in the IPL. Well done IPL! He is biting the very hands that feed him!

  • on January 10, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    As a pakistani i was supporting indian team against aussies in this series but i am disappointed by indian batting very much .As far as hadden s comments are concerned he should nt comment with series still going on though i believe aussies have won the series it is very difficult for team india to win two consective matches .India has lost their best and only chance by losing first test which they would have easily won i cant see them winning in perth.

  • Lord_Dravid on January 10, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    these are outrageous and totally unnecessary comments Haddin and the aussies have all planned to make such comments against india and are playing mind games like they always do. Funny how mediocre players like haddin have the most things to say about masters of the game e.g tendulkar.. take no note of it!!

  • on January 10, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    Haddin said the Australians felt they had discovered a way to keep him relatively quiet. What a joke from Haddin? Dont' forget that Sachin is still highest run getter so far in the series.

  • serious-am-i on January 10, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    Haddin should include himself in the player who breaks up faster than anyone. He is a shame for Australia he's not even half of what Gilchrist used to be. He is worse than Ian Healy as well. This Indian team should be cut short of the fantasies they are living with. It looks playing Tests are just a boring day at office.

  • YorkshirePudding on January 10, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    @Marcio, well considering most fans travel to see the Ashes not the ODI aftermath, which FYI if they did the entire Test tour cost them upwards of £7,000 if travelling without a group in a group it was £10,000 and the best part of 5 months off work. Not many can afford both.

  • Markus971 on January 10, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    Can you believe that! His problem is, that he hardly has a good game with the gloves!.. Where's D.Berry? You heard from "him" when Gilly was Keeping, it makes you wonder why. Gilly probably made half the mistakes with the Gloves that Haddin has..... & "He could Bat"!! So why is Haddin still playing? C'mon Matty Wade!

  • on January 10, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    I'm a firm believer in action rather than words. So basically from a cricketers point of view this means let your batsmanship and bowling do the talking. No need for vitriolic words. Of course Haddin has nothing much to offer. Remember these words "A man who turns to using his fists is a man who has run out of ideas". This applies to Haddin as he is void of ideas and so now can only critisize the opposition rather than focussing on his own faults. He can't bat, bowl or wicket keep.I hope he's reading this. He needs to get himself an education also, judging by his interview.

  • Cricket.Nellore on January 10, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    @Dipak Rajwanii: Whats the point whether SRT make century or not, when his team does not win any match? Ridiculous admire of game. Why cant sachin make century when it is in need?

  • on January 10, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    Poor India, should know how to play outside of subcontinent! They should play only with 2nd string teams, specially outside of india!

  • AidanFX on January 10, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    Hhm did Haddin have some kind of bet with a team mate regarding how many responses he would get on crincinfo if he said what he just said?

  • on January 10, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    2 major problems in Indian Cricket.. 1) The ever dependable Mr.Cool captain Dhoni is not using his brain much and not leading from the front.. 2) Indian pitches are flat and this struggle continues forever. -Raja Krishna from India

  • hmmmmm... on January 10, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    Behind_the_bowlers_arm - I have been wondering the same and share your suspicions, why else would they not replace Haddin, who has been completely atrocious with bat and gloves! It is rich for a guy who himself loses his head at every turn to call someone on not handling pressure...the energy lost in such pointless interviews would be better placed with a bit more catching practice or perhaps a study some videos of tendulkar batting to see what you might improve.

  • on January 10, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    @cricfanatics, i dont think any indian is any position to rub an away tour whitewash in anyone elses face right now. one in england, and another one in australia on the way.

  • on January 10, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    I agree with Behind_the_bowlers_arm. Paine is and has been touted as the next generation wicketkeeper, and a possible future captain. His batting is skilled, although he may not blast his way around, and his keeping is tight. Personally I'd have him in there now, if not for his injury. Haddin's jibe was unnecessary, perhaps his final gambit to fire himself up for Perth. Once Paine returns, I think Haddin will be hard-pressed to maintain his spot, vice-captain or not.

  • Cricket.Nellore on January 10, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    India break quicker than anyone. I understood the right way of words.(haha..) Breaks should be applied quickly. Brother Haddin, you please put higher gear with your hands

  • on January 10, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    While its pretty rich for "butter fingers" Haddin to comment on anything, its really hard to have not noticed the lack of fight in this India team when things are going against them. How many times did India look like they were waiting for the other team to declare in England and now Australia? Dhoni needs to be much more proactive in looking for wickets and inspire his team more, the WKs meant to be the heartbeat of the team.

  • on January 10, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    "India is vulnerable when things are not going their way" that's quite perfect and its been proved in last couple of matches. But haddin shouldn't speak like that. we don't really like this stereotype mentality. Team india also comments like that against other poor team. So I can say its " Tit for tat"

  • on January 10, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    If this was Michael Clarke doing the talking we would have no option but to agree ... Haddin is probably the worst performing player in the Australian team and its pretty funny to see him talk about India when he can neither bat nor keep properly!

  • SAperspective on January 10, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    oh the travails of India, get sharukh khan and salman khan to bat. India can live so closely to fantasy like Bollywood that they over hype people like Dhoni and kohli. As athletes how does india compare to other countries. Quite simply if you asked some Indian players to have a foot race against the australian team .I am sure they will be left behind.

  • Valavan on January 10, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    Haddin should concentrate on keeping rather playing mind games. Paine is waiting until the axe will fall on haddin. cricinfo please publish.

  • on January 10, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    Mr Haddin,first focus on your keeping than commenting about the opposition team's performance. India can make a comeback at any point of time and if your keeping continues the same way, you might be costing the 3rd test to India.

  • nitin_m8 on January 10, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    After losing the series in England and here, i think the answer is pretty obvious and haddin's right. india's got a sucky team. cant bowl, cant bat, can go kart though! such a let down and why doesn't the media ask these idiots some tough questions in the press conference. it's amazing how none of these folks show any amount of pain about losing a match. i think they've gotten so used to losing so much now that it's probably the best time to do major surgery and throw out the old guard dravid/laxman and also some of the new kohli/ashvin. it's time to fire the entitled folks and rebuild the team. We have enough talent through the IPL to start experimenting and find the next star.

  • AndyPe on January 10, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    Haddin has simply said what most cricket followers think, but would not say out of politeness in all reality. I agree though that Haddin should really get his own house in order (ie recent wicket keeping skills and shot selection) before coming out with comments like this. But Indian & Pakistani cricketers have always shown tendencies to start turning on each other when the pressure comes on. These traits, along with their general laziness in areas like fielding and running between wickets will always mean they are behind the eight ball. Having greats like Sachin, Dravid & Laxman has meant these areas of their game have not cost them as much as they should have because of the runs scored by these guys. I have the greatest admiration for the talents and sportsmanship of Sachin and Dravid and I look forward to seeing them both (tinged with sadness), for the last time, in Perth this weekend. And will be the first to applaud when either or both of them scores a ton. Hope its a great game

  • on January 10, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    Does India break quicker than anyone else in the world? Really? I believe the Indians have been better than Australia(in batting) in overseas tests because we never get all out for scores of 47, 80, 88, etc in a single season.. Please check the scorecards of your recent tests.

  • GoCho on January 10, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    @keep_right The Aussies just won a test series in SL; even when they lost 2-0 to India, the matches were evenly fought (remember Laxman and Ishant?). Compare that to the spineless performance in England and Australia and you know Haddin's analysis is correct!! That he is the least qualified among the Aussies to make that statement is a different matter altogether

  • correctcall on January 10, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    Can Duncan Fletcher unite a squabbling Indian dressing room- a very worthwhile read in yesterday's Brisbane Courier Mail by Robert Craddock- recommended! Is DRS part of the discontent?

  • on January 10, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    SRT will make that ton next match and shut all his critics like he has been doing for last 22 years

  • sachinsjaihindustan on January 10, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    I must say that Zaheer Khan was too quick to respond. Given that India are 2-0 down in the series, they should focus on how they are going to approach their upcoming matches, because their is still LOTS of cricket left, with the T20s and ODIs to follow. If they get too involved in these personal war of words from the opposition, their game will deteriorate even further. If India wants to prove Brad Haddin wrong, then it is imperative that they let the ball and bat do the talking, instead of players in press conferences. I hope my fellow Indian fans realise this as well.

  • bleedblue_sach on January 10, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    Indian should play hard atleast now. A kid like Haddin, who cannot grab Catches and is struggling to contributte a littl with bat is saying a lot of stuff.....

  • umairasgharbutt on January 10, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    India please mind it and feel the heat !!

  • tinysri on January 10, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    Indians lost the fighting spirit ... Badly needs a captain like kumble or gangully

  • sharidas on January 10, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    Very few teams in the world play better when the run of play is against them. And it is also due to the capabilities of certain individuals in the team, who have an indomitable will to do well when the chips are down. I must agree with Haddin,that if you look at the body language of us Indian Players,we certainly give a lot away. And in the current Australian side except for Hussey there are no players who do not crumble.

  • spence1324 on January 10, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    @jessev,fickle would be how I would describe it.

  • Nutcutlet on January 10, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    Haddin may be right, but I find that his comments say more about him than the Indian side upon which he is pouring contempt. Anyone who disrespects the opposition before the series is won is setting himself up for a strong dose of hubris backwash! It somehow goes against the grain for a current Australian player to come up with these sorts of remarks. It's not as if he has covered himself in glory recently either. I hope someone has a quiet word with him about thinking before he speaks. For now, all he may have done is strengthen Indian resolve - what else has he achieved?

  • ShoaibAfridi on January 10, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    Thats pretty big talk from someone with very mediocre abilities and career.

  • Faizan_Bahadur on January 10, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    @cric_fanatics....what khan1983 said is absolutely right...no point in getting pakistan into this..they were not the No 1 Test team few months ago....they never had a best batting line in the world...there is no point in running away from the fact that indian team players are a flat track bullies now....even after England series Dhoni said himself that we play 75% of tests at home so, I m not worried abt our away test results..So I think what India is getting is due to this thinking of Dhoni.They r much better team than thier recent away series performances...They just need to take some pride in it.

  • on January 10, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    did u notice how the writer did not leave his name. a definite media beat up. If you write something about players put your name to the article scum bag

  • RichDeGroen on January 10, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    a lot of talk about 47 all out. might pay to remember that Aus still won a test in that series. they drew it one all. remember what winning a test against a top side feels like? And even in the all-out-for-47 test, Aus still managed to make the opposition bat twice... This may not be the most gifted Aus side we've seen, but they play hard, and in Clarke they have a proactive and imaginative skipper. Their young bowlers have some venom and confidence. These are all qualities that India sorely lack... and for that reason I can't see them winning a test in the series. Maybe if Zaheer fires up and produces a great spell... but really, they don't even look like a competitive team at the moment.

  • on January 10, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    Haddin should worry about his own place in the team.

  • on January 10, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    If Australia had batted first things would have been different. Australia scored 600 odd mind you in the 4th innings India scored 400. Sachin was batting well and got out to Michael Clarke. Cricket is a funny game. Please enjoy!

  • on January 10, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    @keep_right and everyone else claiming Aussie teams can't play on turners, don't forget this same team that won a match in SL when the ball was turning square and the pitch was deemed unfit to host Test matches. Theres no point in finding comfort by claiming Aussies can't play in the subcontinent because they clearly can.

  • on January 10, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    You know why I don't to read these news comments and vulgarism. Lots of big mouth WILL appear in form both camp. No honest confessions can be available.

  • zuber21886 on January 10, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    once, just once get pressure on Aussies and all their strategies will break down.

  • ROCKY28 on January 10, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    Haddin and Aussies do have the bragging rights and rightly so!! They really pummelled India at Sydney. Personally it gave me some respite from all the cockiness that Indian media was displaying before the series(mind you, not the players but the media) and intutively a number of Indian fans would have feared what has happened. Guess more than breaking it is the non chalant attitude that the Indians display on field. Hope they are as hurt as we are by the losses. Having said that why is there always this talk that pace and swing conditions are real test as opposed to flat tracks/ spinning wickets in subcontinent? Both the teams play on the same pitches so there are equal opportunity. so why does Aus/ Eng famed batting line-ups come a cropper in India and loose? Not to mention how some of these superstar bowlers (of green pitches) have been washed and hung to dry in Indian conditions.. so what about the test of bowler's ability to bowl in unfavourable conditions..

  • ansram on January 10, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    Haddin, of all people, is saying this. He is lucky to be still in the team and perhaps trying to cement his place by sledging. All teams "break" when they are against the run of play, as the Aussies showed when they collapsed to 21/9. Regarding the discovery of weakness in Sachin, almost every team has been claiming this - that is why he is still continuing to score a 50 in every game.

  • Chandr04 on January 10, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    Sachin has breaked a lots of tattics like this in the past. The thing is he can able to manage all fielding team's pressure but cant able to handle his fans pressure. thts the problem. He will get his hundredth hundred in perth definitely. After tht go and get the interview from siddle & haddin.

  • rajithwijepura on January 10, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    I just came here to see the comments from Indian fans. Nice one Haddin. So true. "India break quicker than anyone". Go and break them in to pieces in next two test.

  • cric_fanatics on January 10, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    @Khan1983...10-0 in 2010..pak vs aus....go and refresh your memory...

  • Ragavan_AS on January 10, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    Mr. World No.1 wicketkeeper !!! you are a keeper that has neither the flamboyance of Gilchrist nor the finesse of Healy. Pl.get some advices to improve yours before you talk about others. Hope there are no mirrors in the aussies' dressing room.

  • on January 10, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    i think haddin has lost his wits. Its better he concentrates on his keeping- skills b4 he breaks out of the aussie team, or rather is kicked out of the team.And in reply 2 ocmments of vic nicholas, i dont think any indian palyer predicted to white-wash australia. well that statement would be blatant eye-wash.

  • on January 10, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    I am surprised Haddin has a face to say something like this. Guess he is afraid of being axed from the team and trying to please somebody to continue in the team. For India it is the same story last series. Melbourne lost, Sydney lost and India turnaround to win in Perth and draw in Adelaide.. Hope it repeats (with a win in Adelaide as well).

  • vishwa_a on January 10, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    Everyone talks how some Indian batsmen don't perform on fast pitches. What about thinking this perspective -- why Australian batsmen start dancing on the pitch when ball begin to turn on 4th and 5th day in India! Is Cricket only about playing on the fast tracks?

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on January 10, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    Instructive to see the different comments from Mike Hussey & Haddin in the last couple of days. Hussey ... measured respectful careful classy. Haddin ... risky boastful & lacking any sense of irony given his & Australia's recent fragility. To me the lack of transition to the next keeper is indicative of the weakness of Australian cricket. The introduction of the likes of Pattinson has shown that moving forward is the way to go. I can only infer the selectors don't want to pick Wade as they want to wait for Paine & it would be awkward if Wade succeeded.

  • JesseV on January 10, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    Yorkshire pudding. As much as I don't like to agree with a Pom, some Aussie fans really are fair weather fans. It's really disgusting. Now we are going well again everyone is a fan.

  • on January 10, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    @ deepak! btw haddin is right about india crumbling under smallest of pressures as well. And australia are a better side than india. u have to accept it !

  • ste13 on January 10, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    Agreeing that Hadding is the last person who should say that, there is something in it. Yet, if entirely true, this mental weakness still comes from fading reflex of the aging stars. Contrary to what many say, I still believe that India reached their peak in 2008-winter 2010 and at that time they were deserved no. 1 team. Of course it co-incided with change of generation in other teams, but still... Emergence to the top was short-lived due to the age of key players. Now there is no way back - Kohli, Sharma and ot others should be brought in. The sooner, the better

  • Nsaharan on January 10, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    Aussie Cricket Players should stop this non-sense and play some real cricket. As if a defeat will not crack the aussies.- If India would have won the SCG test Aussies would have gone mental.They wouldn't know what to do next So is team India now they have the capabilities to bounce back .Also the OZ's should not forget theie worst innings and should consider Loosing or be it sledging is just a part of this beautiful game.Just enjoy every bit of it.

  • SamAsh07 on January 10, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    You Indian fans are obviously jumping down to conclusions without even reading the article, Haddin is talking about "his" unit, his team, he is talking about the unity they've shown that has kept India at bay. He even talked about Siddle. Learn to interpret an articles meaning before jumping down to conclusions that make you look crazy.

  • on January 10, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    The point is, when India is in the darkest hour, they are managing a 400. If they found the best batsman's weakness, "He" is still scoring a 80. But the team who knows everything has folded for 47 not long ago. If India is like NZ, then I see that this series is still alive. good luck Haddin, try to score double digits please

  • LillianThomson on January 10, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    Can't catch, can't bat, has far too much to say for himself. Could Brad Haddin be related to Kamran Akmal?

  • LillianThomson on January 10, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    These are big and ill-advised comments. He is basically saying that in "Godfather" terms, India is the Fredo Corleone of the subcontinent. The big brother, but too mentally flawed to succeed at the top. England were qualified to claim that after winning 4-0, but Australia should wait until they have at least secured the series.

  • Khan1983 on January 10, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    He should have added 'outside India', cuz after all the 'Flat track Bulls and the Kwik Tracks Wet cats' managed to win world cup in their backyard. And after this they will again go back to their comfort zone for two years, win series after series and will become No.1 again. And their mediocre batters and bowlers will become gods for swampy army. Don't worry India, Flat track tests are just around the corner.

  • on January 10, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    Just because Aussies dominate India and England dominate India doesnt mean they are good teams. Indian bowling lacks flair. But you cant say you are strong enough yourselves. Ricky wouldnt have come to form if it was not for India. He loves to bat against India. Both Ricky and Hussey. Do you remember 47 runs Mr.Haddin??

  • warnerbasher on January 10, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    Bit strange from a bloke who is lucky to be in the team. The weakness in Tendulkars game is he fills his boots when the going is easy yet is missing in action when the conditions are tougher and the pressure is on. His record is testament to that. Check his performances in 2nd innings runchases. Give me Laxman and Dravid when the pressure is on anyday

  • vinayespn on January 10, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    Dhoni can use Haddin's comments to motivate his team to play fearless cricket in Perth. The best way to react to such statements is to perform on the field - the way Srilankans performed post Kepler Wessels damaging statements after1st test in South africa. If India manage to pull it off in Perth, it would be interesting to hear from Haddin again.

  • Nigels on January 10, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    i for one would not be drawn in this arguement (Haddin on Sachin) but one thing for sure, the Aussie dominated world cricket for a decade....! they pummeled all these teams left right and centre....for the english to start bragging about an Ashes victory on an Australian team which was going through its stages of the cycle would not be a wise thing..to the English and India Fans...dominate World cricket for a decade then we can start comparing....

  • on January 10, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    I agree with all the angry and "showing him the mirror" comments for the greatest butter fingered wicketkeeper of them all, the one and only Mr Haddin. However I would also like to say that his argument (however tasteless) is not entirely without its merits. Team India has literally gone home to Haddin's place and invited him to make these unintelligent comments . I am a great fan of team India but then losing 6 (or is it 7 ? ) testmatches in a row abroad agst perhaps the only credible opponents (barring SA) is serious and requires introspection or better still, a fierce fightback by the whole team (like in the 2nd batting inns of the Sydney test, though the Oz score was too much anyways) .Until then just sit back and see the whole world laugh, there IS no choice ......unfortunately.

  • lateswing_witholdball on January 10, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    i agree... this is pretty accurate description

  • Nightwing32 on January 10, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    Comments are fair. People hate Haddin because he's the one out of form in the Australian side. That's it. I bet if he scores 100 and stuff. The next one to be 'hated' will be Lyon, Marsh, Warner or Cowan. We need to get over 2000-2007, it is done. One problem I have about all this is that it could bite Haddin back and Haddin is out of form, so timing not so good.

  • on January 10, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    The common theme on Melbourne talk back radio today was that Haddin would be best advised to put his head down make some runs and maybe hold onto some catches. Irrespective of what the private team opinion is of this current Indian squad, there is no need to air it so publicly and ridicule your oponent. Having said that, Indian players were arrogantly predicting a white wash of Australia in the Indian press prior to the series, so it goes both ways. Just perform and leave the hubris to the respective fans.

  • mick82 on January 10, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    hussey went to great lengths to give respect to a wounded india leading into this test. haddin undoes all that and gives insight into tactics. what a dud he is

  • on January 10, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    Every Tom, Dick and Harry are privileged to comment on Indians at the moment. Haddin is no exception. He is still the vice captain, what a pity. No doubt he will be axed if he does not his arrest his own breaking down. I thought he is breaking even quicker than the Indians.

  • Marcio on January 10, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    Yeah, right, @YorkshirePudding. And the almost complete absence of English supporters when England were getting thrashed 6-1 by AUS in the ODIs last year was just because they were tired? Sorry to tell you, we have moved on from the Ashes. It's a pity you guys spend so much time denigrating supporters from other countries. A little graciousness will serve you well for when things turn again.

  • _Australian_ on January 10, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    People need to read the article not just the headline before commenting. Haddin said "this side can be as fragile as any team in the world if things aren't going their way". This is true of any side who are not peforming. @YorkshirePudding if we are such fairweather fans as you suggest then how come we filled the stands in all tests last ashes? Why is it you englishmen all of a sudden think you are experts on all things cricket related just because your team is playing well at the moment?

  • jfgvjksnkka on January 10, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    People in Glass houses shouldnt throw stones Mr Haddin. How he is still in the Australian team after South Africa is anyones guess.

  • on January 10, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    Sad Part is not that Indians have lost, but Bradman's Australia has lost qualities associated with gentlemen's game cricket. Games are lost and won, given the happening of the day. Sad part is that cricketing world has a team best in tactics but not in character. This is loss for cricket not of india alone. God bless bradman for not being alive to see and hear Australian off ground exploits.

  • jonesy2 on January 10, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    all those saying haddin shouldnt have said it. baha please he is right and he is part of (even though he probably shouldnt be) the greatest cricketing nation on earth who can say these things. he is so right and he knows it. aussie aussie aussie

  • on January 10, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    i understand that India is not performing to their potential and Australians have performed much better than them but haddin was one of the weakest performer for Australia. . He did drop catches and didnt score any runs to boast about. He is alluding about pressure handling abilities of sachin who is very affable man and who always speaks with his willow. Sachin looked as the batsman who was most comfortable playing on those seaming conditions. Haddin doesnt have any right or authority to blabber about pressure situation. On several ocassions sachin has succeded in pressure mounting situations. He had always responded criticism with his willow and i am sure he will do that once again.

  • on January 10, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    i understand that India is not performing to their potential and Australians have performed much better than them but haddin was one of the weakest performer for Australia. . He did drop catches and didnt score any runs to boast about. He is alluding about pressure handling abilities of sachin who is very affable man and who always speaks with his willow. Sachin looked as the batsman who was most comfortable playing on those seaming conditions. Haddin doesnt have any right or authority to

  • on January 10, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    Here's what India's pace spearhead Zaheer Khan thinks of of Haddin's comments. "Haddin should focus on his keeping. That looked fragile to me. Since he is doing the talk, it looks like he has been appointed just for that."

  • Rahul_78 on January 10, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    Thanks Haddin! For what Kepler did for Lanka...this will do just fine for Indians! Lets start the match ASAP!

  • upen.rana on January 10, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    Lets talk about india only....this is true, what said by Haddin....every team comes under presure even austraila too in last couple of year, but i found india giving up most of the time.

  • OZrocks_forca_barca on January 10, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    what about your own batting sir? if it wasn't for those guys like clarke and hussey you would have broken aussie quicker than ever as u have been consistently doing over the past years in SA or when NZ toured OZ.

  • on January 10, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    Haddin should focus on improving his pathetic wicket keeping and let Indians mind their business. He should also look back at 2011, a year when aussies were bowled out thrice for less than 100 runs.

  • on January 10, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    Thanks for the comments Haddin... This indian team needed something like that....

  • on January 10, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    Teams that collapse to 21/9 should not be talking about breaking.

  • on January 10, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    Haddin by no means a perfect keeper himself is not performing better than any one else.but he has got a point.i mean seriouslywhen India won the WC in 83,they couldnt manage to win a single test match that time.and now in 2011 they won the WC again.and wow..not a sigle match in England and nothing much down under still.

  • Vignesh289 on January 10, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    Come on India, all worthless players are commeting on our performance. Show what we are!!!!

  • Wacco on January 10, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    Some of these Indian team members are pretty good at raising their fingers I suppose. This team is dead as wood with a captain who is scared of facing the reporters as well. i am sure they looking fwd to comeback as soon as their sightseeing is done.

  • Marcio on January 10, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    So what exactly has Haddin said that is any different from what Indian former players, media, and hundreds and hundreds of Indians here on cricinfo have said? The comments on this site are a hundred times more critical. Blatant double standards. What is it exactly that has offended the Indians (yet again)? Oh, I know. Haddin said they have a bowling plan to Tendulkar: putting him under pressure. That really is cause for outrage. LOL Is emotional maturity a dead concept?

  • on January 10, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    I disagree with almost everyone who posted comments here. Haddin has pointed out weakness in India. Instead of criticizing Haddin, I would rather go back to drawing board and fix the problem. For Indian team then Haddin has done a bit of favor by providing the 'outline' of plan with which Aussie are getting Indian batsmen out.

  • zohebahmed143 on January 10, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    I don't know why some ppl are talking abt the last series which is past, India was doing good at tht time..??? I f we go in past..take out the matches between india and australia 80% of the matches are won by Aussie.....!!However ,by looking ther present situation..indian team is dissapointing to thier indian fans....Accept the fact...Indians play for money not for country..See sachin..he wants to make hundred for himself...no one is thinking more than his hundered..the country should win ........See clark..he could have waited for long to complete 400 runs...on this he told more than his record the win is important...n thts a sportsman spirit...indians are far long.....!!!anyways......Aussie have a tendency to come back...n they have come back with a bang..!!! i would see this series 4-0 as the streak continues for india....!! lolz

  • Aravind2009 on January 10, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    No other test playing team could dominate HOME as well as AWAY like ausi did in 90s. But now no team has that potential even aus present team. that proves that as a team no country has ability to cope with foreign conditions & pitch. look what happened to england in india. so wait till AUS comes to india.

  • annys on January 10, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    Tatenda taibu is a better keeper batsmen than him so just ignore him :)

  • disco_bob on January 10, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    Hadding speaks the truth. Enjoy it India, here's a paper bag to put the pieces in.

  • on January 10, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    Haddin..FU..a team doesn't get to the top by being fragile or win the world cup..last time you were in India, India won the nail biters..just refreshing your memory!

  • on January 10, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    Haddin is loosing his senses. He should concentrate on his Keeping and also batting. As far as indian players are concerned once they get going and beat Aussies, then one thing is sure to happen, DROPPING OF HADDIN from the team. Right now it is being taken lightly because they have not lost these matches , if they loose one of these matches then the blame will fall squarely on Haddin.

  • on January 10, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    So: The Sledging has started! India: "Fragile as any team in the world"? Haddin: Don't forget Bangladesh. But then Team India doesn't play against a minnow like Bangladesh. It's not worth the advertisers time and money. Let Dravid, Sachin and Laxman retire, India will be begging to play against Bangladesh. Perth? Let the fireworks start. India is already in the Kangaroo's Pouch!

  • 9ST9 on January 10, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    whoa Haddin, If I were you I wouldnt do that, Remember what Keppler said about the SL team? That spurred a weakened team to bounce back. Sub continental teams , especially India and Pakistan are very emotional and sometimes comments can spur them on , having said that I admit India is a very fragile team But, which team isn't fragile now? SA are chokers, India are hapless overseas, the Aussies are very inconsistent, England are lions in their own den and kittens in the sub continent, Pakistan are so unpredictable, WI and SL are self destructing , in short today, all the teams are very fragile,mortal and quite weak.

  • on January 10, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    I dont know about anyone else but i say india makes some adjustments with the long break ahead of them, step up and try to draw this series. How many times can you deny the likes of Dravid, Tendulkar, Sehwag, Gambhir 100's?

  • KarachiKid on January 10, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    I think what Haddin is saying is true for ANY team, not just India. If someone scores that kind of 600+ run Aussies piled up, any team will wilt. In fact I think Indians did pretty okay to score 400 in the second outing. Anyway, SubContinental teams are not equiped to deal with bouncy and pacey wickets. As for Tendulkar, I think we all agree that he is not the kind of guy who will deliver big in extreme pressure situations. For that we have Ponting, Kallis, Peterson, Sangakarra, Dravid, Laxman, Inzimam (one of the best in pressure situations), Gilly etc. Nevertheless Tendular would be able to find a place in all time world eleven squad.

  • Praxis on January 10, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    Why doesn't Haddin think a little bit before saying these kinda things? He's the last player from the Aussie squad to be saying anything at all. 34 years of age & consistently not performing...

  • cricketlover1111 on January 10, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    may be india is weak in road, but we can still get them in there zone may be u can get sachin out, but odi is ours and runs come in like a drought you can sweep or beat us in test, but odi we come to our best sooner or later 100th 100 is there, no lair, stop bring kangarroo to a tiger

  • on January 10, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    So I see Haddin pulled the first blood here. I can only guess this is the most expensive comment Haddin has made and it might just do the trick for struggling Indian line up, however, my concern is that it will be matter of bone contention in any future series as well.

    I haven't seen little master getting out by a same bowler in every inning so don't know what Haddin is talking about here. However, drama from now on will be interesting to watch... I hope cricinfo post my comment this time. Pakistani Fan from USA.

  • Skooby on January 10, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    Since the wicket will be bouncy, the chances of getting bowled are less. Unless of course, the batsmen drags the ball on to the stump. So, the Indian batsmen should take arial shots, the way they play in one-day cricket, because Indian team scores more in one-day international than in test match. At least they can score 300+ in each innings, which is certainly better than what they have been scoring.

  • Tomis on January 10, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    Good on ya haddin! I don't care if you haven't scored runs recently, you waited in the wings a long time and deserve a chance. I'm loving seeing the Indians get destroyed...I hope it continues for the next 2 tests!

  • Jezinho on January 10, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    Regardless of the position that Haddin is in in terms of his own place in the Australian team, he makes a very valid point. Despite having the largest pool of players to choose from and with five of their top order averaging over 50, they have been soundly thrashed over the last 6 months by England and Australia - by 196 runs, 319 runs, Inn + 242 runs and Inn + 8 runs by England; by 122 runs and Inn + 68 runs by Australia. Aside from Bangladesh, not other test team has subsided in this manner over the same period. Indian fans who bleat about Haddin are kidding themselves. He is right.

  • on January 10, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    All are talking about 47 all our with SA, but AUS too bowled them out for 96.So thet means that is bowling pitch without doubt.But in Sydney IND can not avoid innings defeats even.And also AUS scored more than 650 runs just fall of 4 wkts. Still more than half a side is available to bat. May be Haddin having 100 mistakes but accept that IND also having a lot of problems than Hadding at least to avoid whitewash. Hope AUS finish the series with 4-0.

  • screamingeagle on January 10, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    Granted India is not the greatest when it comes to mental makeup, but they are not the worst either. As regards Sachin being sorted out, it is about time. After all it took them only 22 years, right?

  • on January 10, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    India need a strike bowler to win any game in Australia. Bring back Baji.

  • Oldpunk on January 10, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    Haddin should forget about the mind games and simply focus on how to catch a ball. I would like to see the selectors "rotate" him out of the side....maybe that won't happen until the end of the India test series.

  • on January 10, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    IF dravid hits a century india will win.............................

  • on January 10, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    At the moment india is strugging,they are once again proving that there champions only in their home grounds,not in overseas,if this continues indian test cricket will be in lots of trouble...

  • atthipatti on January 10, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    Haddin's comments just reflects the pathetic state of our Indian team! If a guy of Haddin's talant is ridiculing our team, it goes without saying there's no light at the end of the tunnel just yet!

  • Jaggadaaku on January 10, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    Sachin's wicket to Clark? Until Sachin fell to Clark, Sachin have survived against Siddle, Pattinson, Hilfy, and Lyon, and fell on the part-time bowler-Clark. Sachin even put Pattinson out of the match hammering him by nearly 5 runs an over. Dhoni's one more problem is he never change the batting order regarding the situation. In the second test, in 2nd innings, Sehwag shouldn't have been in opening because he wouldn't cross the 468 runs of lead and put challenging score to Australia and try to win in that such time. Dravid never get failed whenever he officially open the innings. Everyone knows how Harbhajan blasted century twice against NZ last year. Harbhajan faced most of the balls and let face one or two balls of each over to the other batsmen and blasted century. Even the newcomer-Ashwin did the same against WI. But our Mr. Cold always ran single on first ball, and the wicket has fell on the other end in the first innings. He even didn't try like that. I feel so poor when I saw.

  • baskar_guha on January 10, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    Hopefully this low blow from Haddin will spark the dormant men from India.

  • pj3000 on January 10, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    Oh Hads, what were you thinking? Wicket-keepers who can't catch sitters shouldn't throw stones. The team's winning, so Hads should be gracious about the state of the world - and grateful. He'd be under a heap more pressure to retain his spot if we were down in the series. As talented as he is, his form's been too patchy for too long. A couple of years ago, I thought Luke Ronchi was primed to take his spot. A pity really, as Ronchi in his prime was devastating with the bat and slick with the gloves. Only a matter of time now before Wade takes over the gloves, so Hads should stick to just keeping his head down - and hanging on to to more catches.

  • on January 10, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    i certainly agree with Haddin, but this statement would have carried much more weight had it come from someone who has much better credentials...Haddin's place in de AUS side is hanging by a loose thread and here is...making all de BIG talks! Players should earn de right to talk by performance. And by that, mere talking isn't enough but they hav to walk de talk as well!

  • on January 10, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    And he should have added that when things are not going the aussie way, they get obnoxious and whiney...I wish India had to face India's bowling, they too would score 600 plus and Sachin would have hit 150 centuries..lol

  • on January 10, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    Although I dont think Brad Haddin is a great player himself,I do agree with him on this occasion,he simply wants to say that Indian team is mentally fragile & gives up the fight pretty easily especially overseas when the conditions & the crowd are against them.

  • potofazherbaizan on January 10, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    Congratulations Haddin on saying things that describe YOU perfectly! By the way I'm an Australian supporter but I don't think that Haddin's got enough skills and results up his belt to say such things.

  • on January 10, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    It would be a glorious turn of events, if India and Pakistan whip their respective opponents in the coming week ! Would be fun to watch a Dhoni / Misbah smile as front page news, rather than the irritating smirks of Clarke/Strauss !

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 10, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    @Syed Ali, and Bangladesh should stop playing cricket.

  • YorkshirePudding on January 10, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    How Quickly he forgets how Australia were Broken last year in the ashes, using similar tactics, as the time went by as england (mainly cook and Trott) batted the the aussies broke, Ponting reverted to his argumentative best when things went against him (MCG), MJ lost his line and length when the england fans got on his back (He bowls to the left, He bowls to the Right), and in regards to the Aussie Fans, in the main they're just fair weather fans who disappear into the wood work when thier team dont perform

  • Mervo on January 10, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    SteveWhy - India have not lost two tests, but their last 7 abroad! Also, Sachin is not waiting for his 100th Test Century, but his 100th International century and this includes all his ODI games. These are games in which fielding restrictions and bowling restrictions apply and for which grounds are set smaller. I really can't see the point. Anyway, Kallis is the 'great man' not Sachin. Currently India are about equal to New Zealand.

  • Mad_Hamish on January 10, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    Considering the way Haddin has performed with the bat and gloves over the last year I don't think he's exactly positioned to talk about people not performing under pressure. Particularly his magnificent 0 from 3 as Australia collapsed to 47, a wonderful shot he played there...

  • MenFromMarts on January 10, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    If India win the next two games do they retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy??? If so I would not be so cocky Mr Haddin as Australia have not won the series yet. Granted a 2-0 advantage is comforting not getting the trophy is scary. Tom Triffitt must be next in line. An exceptional character and will benefit from having the older heads in his team at such a young age. The guy can keep better than anyone else in Australia and is a very handy bat. Tim Paine will probably not keep again and will hopefully find a place in the batting line up when Punter and Mr Cricket pull the curtain.

  • jakigui on January 10, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    TRUE!!! If india are the worldchampions they should be able to play n beat any team in any given condition. Australia were like that last decade. onemore thing remember NEXT WORLD CUP is not going to be india it is going to be in AUSTRALIA....GOOD LUCK INDIA!!!

  • Shalabh4cricket on January 10, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    Haddin Haddin Haddin...You are lucky to be in Australia squad..u r there becoz no 1 else is there and u shud thank to Gillchrist..even today Gillchrist is 100 times better then you and atleast he wont give such comments. I agree India is not playing good..but Haddin should also remember Australia's last tour of India.. Moral..You should be a great player or have enough respect in cricket worl before pointing mistakes of a WorldChapoin team and talking about The best cricketer ever (Sachin and Dravid)--

  • RandyOZ on January 10, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    Haddin could equally apply this title to his own batting and glovework.

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 10, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    WOAH ! here come a guy who has been BROKEN many times by the Indian bowlers in this series ALONE and now he's on about India's weaknesses !! this is so funny hahahah. Mr. Haddin, first try to not get broken yourself before dishing out your preachings. A player as BROKE as you should be the last person to talk about breaking others. I hope he remembers these words when he arrives in India for the IPL in April.

  • Deepak on January 10, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    Hmmm.....how long can you keep a dog from barking ? I was just waiting for these kind of comments from the arrogant Aussies. If the defeats haven't done that yet, this will sure fire up the Indians. Mr. Haddin - beware of a turnaround. The tactics that you talk of employing against the great Master are just purely negative. There is no 'technical weakness' that you have been able to find in 22 years. So, you go and try to bowl as many dot balls as possible. We've seen how easily your team breaks under the minutest of pressures. Ha ha...really, look who's talking ?

  • on January 10, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    I totally agree with LachieMosley that if Paine was fit, Haddin would not be in this squad period, only a weak person talks bad or put other ppl down, Haddin knows he is weak and he bearly made it to aus squad this time, so India dont worry about ppl they talk and they will talk just concentrate on your team and game is not over until fat lady sings, 2 more games left you can still Tie series and ODI, T20 you can beat them so stop talking and give them reply in the ground with your good game!!! btw I am pakistani myself but damn respect legend of cricket!

  • on January 10, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    All comments aside... I believe Haddin has hit Aussie Foot with his axe himself. He has provided the motivation for Tendulkar to go for the century. I will be really surprised if Tendulkar wouldn't score the ton in WACA. "When the going gets tough, the tough gets going"... No I am not an Indian. I am a Cricket Fan from Pakistan...

  • usernames on January 10, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    @Jacob Li: Whatever Haddin has said is his opinion so I won't comment on that however, as far as the 3rd best WK goes, there is difference between being actually good and being good because everyone else is bad.

    Even Dhoni doesn't do justice to his spot, tbh. Prior has been in good nick, recently but it remains to be seen how consistent he is over the next 4-5 years. IMO, there is no WK currently who has the impact of, for example, Gilchrist.

  • Meety on January 10, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    I wish I wish I wish I wish he didn't say that. Oz only need two more pieces of Test silverware & the Border-Gavaskar Trophy is one of them, (we almost own it). If India win the last 2 matches they take it home & we'll have to try & win it back in their backyard. Again I wish Haddin didn't say that!

  • IndiaNeedsBowlers on January 10, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    I'm a fan of Indian team, but I have to agree with Haddin. 1. Indian teams over the years have had a big problems with mental toughness. We see sloppy fielding, easy singles given etc. on the field and then we see batsmen getting out in heaps, run outs etc. and also very defensive captaincy, when they come under pressure. 2. It was last couple of years when we saw an Indian team fighting, after being down. Be it the last Aussie tour, where they won at Perth after being down 2-0, or in SA where they came back after being down 1-0. Also the way Laxman and Ishant played in the First test against Aussies last series(in India). there were signs of some mental toughness. But unfortunately since the English tour and if I may go back a little to the WI tour, where they did not got for the chase in the final test we are again seeing a very defensive mind set. time to bring back DADA. He brought the change that got us to No.1 eventually. We need someone like him to guide us back.

  • WeeBee on January 10, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    hmmm i am looking farward for a TOUGH CONTEST! ... Lets see How INDIA manage to come back! .. Its almost impossible to drawa this series. But Lets see how they fight back !!

  • neuron001 on January 10, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    whatever Haddin said makes sense, if you cant accept it why you start blaming Haddin. there are many players out of form from india too namely Laxman, Kohli... whatever Aussie says must be in the point of mind games, but with the description "break quicker than anyone", it seems they are spot on.

  • on January 10, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    i think that haddin should first improve his batting skills and then speak.

  • on January 10, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    I'm surprised at all the hate towards Haddin. Dropped catches? Watch one Indian domestic cricket match and you'll see more catches dropped than Haddin did in his whole career. Can't bat? He's the third best Test wicketkeeper/batsman in the world at the moment, behind only Matt Prior and MS Dhoni himself.

  • Cricket_Lover-SARU on January 10, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    Woow! Mr. Vice Captain. So you mean to say that it took Australia 23 years of international cricket to find out a weak link in the great man's batting, which actually isn't a weakness. To be tested on ones nervous comes naturally to every human being. Goes to show so much a particular player Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar has made Australia sweat in the field of cricket over and over again during all these years.

  • EDWIN_KIMBERLY_KIMCLIJSTERS on January 10, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    The so called MIND GAMES ARE BACK . HADDIN needs to remember tht so called FRagile team are world champions now . So Indians break quicker than others . Who are tht OTHERS ? Sa ? Eng ? Pakistan ? India has been whitewashed just thrice in last 13 years . Just consider how many times has the other team had been whitewashed by Australia alone ? We dont break quicker . India is the one team who are quick to bounce back aol often in recent years

  • cricket4evar on January 10, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    Unfortunately it is true about our team. We can get very weak minded when things arent going our way. That extends to the commentators and experts too who are calling for heads to roll. I feel we as a team are overated with the weakest bowling line up in the world

  • SteveWhy on January 10, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    Being a Pakistani, I think India is the best team in the world, just because they lost two matches, does not mean you can write off a team like them. Its takes a little time to adjust to conditions away from home, so enjoy it while you can Australia, Team India will be back in form soon. I now wish Sachin gets his 100th test century in this series.

  • on January 10, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    hmmm.....coming from a player like Haddin who has not done anything of note so far in the series, this should be taken as a joke by the Indian Team.....India bounced back last time and won the Test in Perth.....although it was a side that had performed much better despite losing the first two Tests....the second tests expecially India would have won had it not been for the fact that Australia had 10 decisions going their favor....all in all....sadly I do not see the same fight in the current Indian team.....a Kumble and Bhajji are missing.....Ashwin bats better than Kohli and Dhoni, but his bowling has been FLAT.....Yes, sadly 4-0 looms large!!!

  • LachieMosley on January 10, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    I dont think Haddin has the right for a verbal assault. He needs to not worry about sleding and start worrying about his sloppy batting and wicketkeeping. If Paine was fit, Haddin would not be in this side. SIMPLE AS THAT!

  • on January 10, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    very true

    we break easily

    all this media uproar is unnecessary. It is not important to win. that should not be the goal of the game. that is what is getting us. be prepared to lose. enjoy your game india.

  • Quizzy on January 10, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    Cricket is a funny game and it doesn't take long for tables to turn. Australia, beware of the wounded tiger who is fiercest! I am no Indian fan, but I also don't like those involved in the game, going public with comments about an opposition's weakness. If you know there is one, keep it to yourself and exploit it on the field. Remember no side is invincible and the best can be brought down to earth very quickly!

  • gokzzzz on January 10, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    India didn't do well so far in the series and I completely agree that oz owned us in till now but it does not mean that we lost the entire battle yet. So Mr. Haddin with all due respect please don't judge a team temperament by its current scenario and least you shouldn't be talking about it to say the least. You have been struggling for form in both keeping behind the wickets and more so with the bat. And I find it very funny when you say we bowled outside off to the little master and succeeded with it which clearly wasn't the case. Little master scored most of those. Firstly, stop commenting in the middle of the series and get on with the game. We are mentally tough than most of the teams and we always backed it up with some good show. If we do bounce back please do find some place to cover your face at that time. Good luck Mr. Haddin for the rest of the series who knows might be your last one.

  • dev_000 on January 10, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    Its been so long since i Commented on Cricinfo. Aussies are raking up something here... But haddin??? My advice to him... Try keeping WK position in the team before going around commenting on others... I truly hope India Thrashes Aussies at perth...

  • on January 10, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    Haddin's observation that India 'break quicker than anyone else in the world' is not only remarkably graceless, but has a rather amnesiac quality, coming as it does from a member of a team which, in the last 18 months, has been dismissed by Pakistan in Leeds for 88; by South Africa at Newlands for 47, last year's lowest Test total by any team, and Australia's lowest for 109 years; and by New Zealand in Hobart for 136.

  • on January 10, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    oh and I forgot to mention the fact that India came back from 2-0 down to put up a very good fight in the last 3 tests in the previous tour

  • bjg62 on January 10, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    No doubt, like everyone else, I'm flabbergated by this... Obviously, the 47 runs scored at Newlands not even two months ago was neither quick nor under pressure. Regarding his comments about SRT, he could substitute his own name for Sachin and Zaheer Khan for Peter Siddle and we would have a far more accurate story!

  • TamilIndian on January 10, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    There you go - aus players - you guys always did this even before the tour started - this time you were not sure about your strengths vs India... and didnt do it until now :-)

  • NairUSA on January 10, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    This 'keeper might have a point or two. However, as someone who drops catches, it is also hard to believe he implements these strategies.

  • ajayrcs on January 10, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    This comment is because everybody including indian cricket team itself knows this series will be a 4-0 whitewash. Because of better bowling attack of Australia than the last time, Thats why Australia is so confident winning at WACA.

  • CricFan78 on January 10, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    Haddin must have dropped his microphone after saying India is fragile

  • on January 10, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    haddin first must make 100 runs in this series before talking about some1's 100th 100...which is afterall just another number!

  • Woo78 on January 10, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    Strong stuff from someone who has underperformed of late. Perhaps Haddin should focus on his own game rather than writing the Indians' Team Talk for them. Given Sachin's record, it seems like a massive call for Haddin to claim they have worked out how to bowl to him. The fact that he scored 80 and was out to Michael Clarke suggest they haven't really figured it out, but rather that they realised if you bowl wide to anyone they are unlikely to score at a prodigious rate.

  • on January 10, 2012, 4:23 GMT

    inida can do better in perth with the same team

  • on January 10, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    India should stop playing in foreign countries.

  • RJHB on January 10, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    Haddin, don't be mouthing off about India when you are playing terribly yourself! We really don't need to motivate the India team so how about concentrating on not dropping catches and actually contributing with the bat properly!

  • Gabbagod on January 10, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    Before the outrage begins, may I be one of the first to laugh uncontrollably at the remarks at this poor excuse of an Australian cricketer. Now Mr Haddin, if you could catch and/or bat, I would be half interested in what you said. Unfortunately you can not do either - and catching is a bit of a prerequisite of wicket keeping. The sooner you are gone from our side the better, you have already played 3 series more than you ever should have.

  • on January 10, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    Its funny coz i guess Haddin dint watch Australia crumble like a cookie @ Hobart !!! Proves they can break too !!! They were the ones shivering , getting Expert tips and getting into batting camps before the series... not India !!!

  • Woodsy71 on January 10, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    Hey Brad, a quick message about "building pressure'...ITS BUILDING ON YOU. Theres some good young keepers in Australia, and they are gunning for you!! You are not the player you once were, blind freddy can see your struggling,and yet your still so quick to voice your opinions on other players weaknesses....just remember not to drop "The Little Master" on 99 this week at Perth, eh?

  • woodhaven on January 10, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    haddin is so right.love aussie attitude

  • takenaback on January 10, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    That's a silly comment coming from a player who could very well find themselves out of the team in the not too distant future. I actually think Pakistan break the easiest but Haddins comment is a bit rich coming from the Australian team who recently made 47 all out.

  • HellDiver on January 10, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    Comments like these by Haddin is just the kind of spark India needs to turn things around

  • jonesy2 on January 10, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    why is haddin getting spoken to? surely hes not playing?

  • Kaze on January 10, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    4-0 4-0 4-0 go Aus :) smash India

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  • Kaze on January 10, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    4-0 4-0 4-0 go Aus :) smash India

  • jonesy2 on January 10, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    why is haddin getting spoken to? surely hes not playing?

  • HellDiver on January 10, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    Comments like these by Haddin is just the kind of spark India needs to turn things around

  • takenaback on January 10, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    That's a silly comment coming from a player who could very well find themselves out of the team in the not too distant future. I actually think Pakistan break the easiest but Haddins comment is a bit rich coming from the Australian team who recently made 47 all out.

  • woodhaven on January 10, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    haddin is so right.love aussie attitude

  • Woodsy71 on January 10, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    Hey Brad, a quick message about "building pressure'...ITS BUILDING ON YOU. Theres some good young keepers in Australia, and they are gunning for you!! You are not the player you once were, blind freddy can see your struggling,and yet your still so quick to voice your opinions on other players weaknesses....just remember not to drop "The Little Master" on 99 this week at Perth, eh?

  • on January 10, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    Its funny coz i guess Haddin dint watch Australia crumble like a cookie @ Hobart !!! Proves they can break too !!! They were the ones shivering , getting Expert tips and getting into batting camps before the series... not India !!!

  • Gabbagod on January 10, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    Before the outrage begins, may I be one of the first to laugh uncontrollably at the remarks at this poor excuse of an Australian cricketer. Now Mr Haddin, if you could catch and/or bat, I would be half interested in what you said. Unfortunately you can not do either - and catching is a bit of a prerequisite of wicket keeping. The sooner you are gone from our side the better, you have already played 3 series more than you ever should have.

  • RJHB on January 10, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    Haddin, don't be mouthing off about India when you are playing terribly yourself! We really don't need to motivate the India team so how about concentrating on not dropping catches and actually contributing with the bat properly!

  • on January 10, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    India should stop playing in foreign countries.