Australia v India, 4th Test, Adelaide, 4th day January 27, 2012

Australia four wickets from a 4-0 whitewash

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India 272 and 6 for 166 (Sehwag 62, Lyon 3-57) need another 334 runs to beat Australia 7 for 604 dec and 5 for 167 dec (Ponting 60*)
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Whitewash, clean sweep, shutout. Whatever you like to call it, Australia were on track for a 4-0 series victory over India by stumps on the fourth day in Adelaide. Four wickets stood between Michael Clarke's men and the completion of a remarkable feat. India finished the day needing a further 334 for victory, but a comeback from Kapil Dev is more likely than one from India in this match.

At stumps India were 6 for 166, having been set a target of 500. To put that in perspective, the highest successful chase in all of Test history was 418 by West Indies in Antigua nine years ago. The best in Adelaide was the 315 that Joe Darling's Australia chased down against England 110 years ago. In the past century, the highest Test chase in Adelaide was less than half of what India required in this innings.

Ishant Sharma was at the crease on 2 and Wriddhiman Saha was yet to score when India walked off, any minuscule hope they had having disappeared along with VVS Laxman and Virat Kohli in the dying stages. Laxman and Kohli had steadied, relatively speaking, with a 52-run partnership when Laxman fell victim to his own wristy tendencies.

Clarke set a leg slip, a short leg and a short catching midwicket for Laxman facing the offspin of Nathan Lyon, and on 35 the batsman complied with a flick straight into the hands of Shaun Marsh at short midwicket. The ball had rocketed off the bat but Marsh's reflexes were good enough, and Laxman was left to wonder if it would be his final act in Test cricket.

But even more remarkable was Kohli's departure. India had sent in Ishant as a nightwatchman, traditionally a position that requires a lower-order batsman to maintain the strike and protect the specialist. Instead, Kohli wanted so desperately to face the last over of the day that he pushed the final ball of the penultimate over wide of mid-on and raced off for a risky single.

The ball was collected by Ben Hilfenhaus, whose momentum was carrying him away from the stumps, but his fast throw hit the stumps and Kohli was run-out for 22. It was a wonderful piece of work from Hilfenhaus, hardly the nimblest of Australia's fielders, and as Kohli walked off he thumped his fist on his own helmet in frustration at his ill-judged run.

Already Australia had seen the backs of Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar. It was the wicket of Tendulkar that really got the hosts going, as it left India at 4 for 110 and ensured that despite Tendulkar's greatness, he had had no serious impact on the series, finishing with 287 runs at an average of 35.87.

Tendulkar was caught for 13 at short leg when he inside edged onto his leg off Lyon and the ball bobbed up to Ed Cowan. Tendulkar walked off to a standing ovation, but at least Australian fans will see him bat again, during the one-day series. Another all-time great, Dravid, almost certainly walked off an Australian ground for the last time a short while earlier.

On 25, Dravid's thick edge off the bowling of Ryan Harris was snapped up by Michael Hussey at gully. Australia were making good progress after Sehwag gave Indian fans a brief glimmer of hope with a brisk half-century. He was so aggressive to anything wide of off stump that 54 of his 62 runs came through the off side, including all 12 of his boundaries, as he gave little regard to the risk of being caught.

Eventually his downfall came when he miscued an attempted slog off a Nathan Lyon full toss and was caught at cover. Already India had lost Gambhir, who will finish the series with a disappointing average of 22.83 after he pushed at a Harris delivery and was caught behind for 3.

India had come to the crease after Clarke allowed his own batsmen to play for three overs after lunch in order to set the target of 500, before he declared with Australia on 5 for 167. Ricky Ponting finished unbeaten on 60 and Brad Haddin was on 11.

As Homer Simpson once pointed out after observing that it was time to play the waiting game, "the waiting game sucks. Let's play Hungry Hungry Hippos!" Such was the case in the first session as Australia accumulated more and more runs without any sense of urgency, despite already having ample to defend, with both teams waiting patiently for Clarke's declaration.

Australia added 104 in the first session for the loss of two wickets. Clarke had just started to lift his tempo against the spin of R Ashwin when he feathered a catch behind for 37 off Umesh Yadav, and Hussey was adjudged lbw to Ishant Sharma for 15.

As the innings moved on, India's batsmen could see that some runs remained in the pitch but the surface was only going to become more difficult, perhaps another reason why Clarke delayed his declaration. Whatever the case, India knew they would have to completely rewrite history in order to escape with a victory.

By stumps, any slim hopes they had were gone.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on January 28, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    @5Wombats: Never did I say , it doesn't count because it is not India? I only said, aussies should not crow this much, as they are winning only in their backyard. Of course we are sad and embarrassed. But the fact still remains the same, we win at home, and you win at home. That's it. The day england and australia comes and beat us at home(now don't quote me stats from dinosaur age), I will come and truly accept that you people are the champs. Hats off! But anyways Aussies were better the team this series and I accept. Congrats!

  • dunger.bob on January 28, 2012, 2:23 GMT

    @ Nilesh Trivedi : I suppose dropping out of Test cricket altogether could be fairly convenient. That way you could claim to be the best in the game but never actually have to prove it. .. It would be a shame to see India drop out, but hardly life threatening. What is more disturbing is that you seem to want to bully your neighbours and a few others in joining you. .... THATS the attitude that many of the rest of us are starting to get very, very sick of. .... forget Flat Track Bullies (its a myth anyway), the Boardroom Bully attitude is the most repulsive thing about Indian cricket right at the moment.

  • karthik_raja on January 28, 2012, 1:51 GMT

    @Isaac.. U echoed my thoughts bro.. Well said.. Its okay to criticize, bt we Indian fans r really going overboard.. I hv never seen such harsh words frm English/Aus fans.. Shame to b a Indian fan.. No.. Not coz my team isn't winning.. Its all coz of the biased/non-sporty fans around here.. How come some1 who havent faced a single ball in International arena hav guts to write very LOW abt game's greats.. Bad..

  • on January 28, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    India paid dearly for having extended the senior career far too much !!, though the writing was on the wall. No planning to ease them out and bring fresh talents step by step.It is very sad to see the top players leaving at a very low spirit. At least now BCCI should act intelligently

  • Freewheeler on January 28, 2012, 0:54 GMT

    Along with Dravid and Laxman, Dhoni needs to retire from Test cricket as well. I am not sure why no one has uttered a word against Duncan Fletcher? He has overseen the swiftest fall from grace of any national sports team. His continuation is untenable and frankly, ludicrous. The young guns are likely to misfire more often which will lead to widespread disillusionment and declining television revenues. It hurts me to predict that Test cricket will die a slow death if the Indian audience is disinterested. In modern times, no sport can afford to be played over 5 days and test cricket's days are numbered. So, please order DVD sets of vintage test classics to pass it down generations. Amen!

  • Samreidd on January 28, 2012, 0:06 GMT

    If a team can't make at least 300 runs an innings in the last 3 matches, that team should be disqualified from playing further tests.

  • 5wombats on January 27, 2012, 23:41 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster. Well, it wasn't as if you weren't warned. We told you India would not win a single Test match in Australia and we told you india bowlers would not be effective anywhere (they might be in India, but we'll see). BTW we absolutely LOVED this comment; "Congratulations to the Aussies for beating up a dead snake". That actually made us laugh! We also noticed your comment; "India have been ABYSMAL". We think we said that back in August.... didn't we? Anyway, moving on. With humility/reality seemingly having taken its firm grip, we offer you some Shakespeare; "I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him". This is offered as the mood of the moment. Truce? Please publish.

  • doosra95 on January 27, 2012, 23:39 GMT

    @Al_Bundy1 he is a fiction made by Indian media, under pressure not single performance,only individual glory.

  • on January 27, 2012, 23:10 GMT

    I see thunderstorms are forecast for Adelaide today. Will rain save India and make Clarke regret that he wasted valuable wicket taking time by Ponting and co procrastinating at the batting crease instead of enforcing the follow on? One thing is certain, the game would have been well and truly over by now, with Australia having three innings victories in the series given India's pathetic batting throughout this series. That said, I still don't think the rain will save India, as it seems it will only be isolated rain, but I will laugh one day when a captain is deprived of a win through rain by his over cautious thinking in not enforcing the follow on. Australia have this complex against enforcing the follow on after the debacle of Calcutta 2001. The fact is, they should have easily drawn the match in Calcutta, and even if they did not enforce the follow on there, they still would not have won the game, given the batting by Dravid and Laxman at their respective peaks. Not so now!!

  • 5wombats on January 27, 2012, 23:01 GMT

    @Isaac on (January 27 2012, 21:23 PM GMT) - SUPERB comments from you. First Class. The 5 of us stand to applaud you!!!!! ALL should read your philosophy.

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on January 28, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    @5Wombats: Never did I say , it doesn't count because it is not India? I only said, aussies should not crow this much, as they are winning only in their backyard. Of course we are sad and embarrassed. But the fact still remains the same, we win at home, and you win at home. That's it. The day england and australia comes and beat us at home(now don't quote me stats from dinosaur age), I will come and truly accept that you people are the champs. Hats off! But anyways Aussies were better the team this series and I accept. Congrats!

  • dunger.bob on January 28, 2012, 2:23 GMT

    @ Nilesh Trivedi : I suppose dropping out of Test cricket altogether could be fairly convenient. That way you could claim to be the best in the game but never actually have to prove it. .. It would be a shame to see India drop out, but hardly life threatening. What is more disturbing is that you seem to want to bully your neighbours and a few others in joining you. .... THATS the attitude that many of the rest of us are starting to get very, very sick of. .... forget Flat Track Bullies (its a myth anyway), the Boardroom Bully attitude is the most repulsive thing about Indian cricket right at the moment.

  • karthik_raja on January 28, 2012, 1:51 GMT

    @Isaac.. U echoed my thoughts bro.. Well said.. Its okay to criticize, bt we Indian fans r really going overboard.. I hv never seen such harsh words frm English/Aus fans.. Shame to b a Indian fan.. No.. Not coz my team isn't winning.. Its all coz of the biased/non-sporty fans around here.. How come some1 who havent faced a single ball in International arena hav guts to write very LOW abt game's greats.. Bad..

  • on January 28, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    India paid dearly for having extended the senior career far too much !!, though the writing was on the wall. No planning to ease them out and bring fresh talents step by step.It is very sad to see the top players leaving at a very low spirit. At least now BCCI should act intelligently

  • Freewheeler on January 28, 2012, 0:54 GMT

    Along with Dravid and Laxman, Dhoni needs to retire from Test cricket as well. I am not sure why no one has uttered a word against Duncan Fletcher? He has overseen the swiftest fall from grace of any national sports team. His continuation is untenable and frankly, ludicrous. The young guns are likely to misfire more often which will lead to widespread disillusionment and declining television revenues. It hurts me to predict that Test cricket will die a slow death if the Indian audience is disinterested. In modern times, no sport can afford to be played over 5 days and test cricket's days are numbered. So, please order DVD sets of vintage test classics to pass it down generations. Amen!

  • Samreidd on January 28, 2012, 0:06 GMT

    If a team can't make at least 300 runs an innings in the last 3 matches, that team should be disqualified from playing further tests.

  • 5wombats on January 27, 2012, 23:41 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster. Well, it wasn't as if you weren't warned. We told you India would not win a single Test match in Australia and we told you india bowlers would not be effective anywhere (they might be in India, but we'll see). BTW we absolutely LOVED this comment; "Congratulations to the Aussies for beating up a dead snake". That actually made us laugh! We also noticed your comment; "India have been ABYSMAL". We think we said that back in August.... didn't we? Anyway, moving on. With humility/reality seemingly having taken its firm grip, we offer you some Shakespeare; "I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him". This is offered as the mood of the moment. Truce? Please publish.

  • doosra95 on January 27, 2012, 23:39 GMT

    @Al_Bundy1 he is a fiction made by Indian media, under pressure not single performance,only individual glory.

  • on January 27, 2012, 23:10 GMT

    I see thunderstorms are forecast for Adelaide today. Will rain save India and make Clarke regret that he wasted valuable wicket taking time by Ponting and co procrastinating at the batting crease instead of enforcing the follow on? One thing is certain, the game would have been well and truly over by now, with Australia having three innings victories in the series given India's pathetic batting throughout this series. That said, I still don't think the rain will save India, as it seems it will only be isolated rain, but I will laugh one day when a captain is deprived of a win through rain by his over cautious thinking in not enforcing the follow on. Australia have this complex against enforcing the follow on after the debacle of Calcutta 2001. The fact is, they should have easily drawn the match in Calcutta, and even if they did not enforce the follow on there, they still would not have won the game, given the batting by Dravid and Laxman at their respective peaks. Not so now!!

  • 5wombats on January 27, 2012, 23:01 GMT

    @Isaac on (January 27 2012, 21:23 PM GMT) - SUPERB comments from you. First Class. The 5 of us stand to applaud you!!!!! ALL should read your philosophy.

  • taipanic on January 27, 2012, 22:59 GMT

    I wrote earlier congrats to Aussies for looking honestly in the mirror after the Ashes debacle, and making the changes they needed to become a better team. I should have added that when BCCI looks in the mirror, it is Narcissus who looks back. It seems they are either unwilling or incapable of making the honest self assessment that they need to make. Yet it is the only way out of the mess they have gotten Team India into by not facing the reality of a declining team and their own self-centred and self-deluded priorities.

  • Harry_Kool on January 27, 2012, 22:56 GMT

    @@hhillbumper. How's those sour grapes buddy? You were spruiking before both away series how your team was going ot thump England & Aus 4-0. How's your memory, as pointed out by numerous others, we only just won in SL, something your mob haven't done since 1996!! And unlike your mob, we have beaten your guys in your back yard. Humble pie, tastes awful when eating with the sour grapes. You represent everything that is wrong with Indian cricket.

  • 5why on January 27, 2012, 22:45 GMT

    Sack the Srikkanth led selection committee immediately. Install Saurav as the Chairman of a newly constituted committee. Ask Dravid, Sachin Laxman and Dhoni to step down from Test matches. Breed Ranji trophy performers into the Test Team. For example, WHY IS DINDA MISSING IN ACTION IN AUSTRALIA? HE HAS BEEN A LEADING RANJI WICKET TAKER!

  • DebashisCalcutta on January 27, 2012, 22:41 GMT

    slightly off topic - Can anyone enlighten me on the reason why our GOD Sachin Tendulkar does not play T20 for the country but plays in IPL?

    (I am not a fan of t20 neither do I hate it , and I am not questioning the format but the intention )

  • vickyrIND on January 27, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    This should be the KNOCKOUT puch for India. That their time is over and need to start from the beginning.

  • rickyvoncanterbury on January 27, 2012, 22:24 GMT

    @hhillbumpe thanks for putting it into perspective for us, so we have not lost any of our last 4 series against SL SA NZ and india. that gives me great comfort, especially knowing that englands batting lineup for the ashes will be about the same age as indias now, and as i write this that same batting lineup in uae has only past 200 in 3 innings once, and there best batsman broad saying we cannot chase any more than 250 in the second test in uae (as u said everything is looking rosy)

  • on January 27, 2012, 22:18 GMT

    yeah yeah now blame the sri lankans :-P can't even win a match in overseas......but call'em self the champs ....don't worry a triangular is coming we'll see..

  • Sanj747 on January 27, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    @hhillbumper our last series on the subcontinent was in SL which we won. Sure we have to perform on all tracks. We do that much better than India for sure as India are 7-0 down heading to 8-0 in Eng and Aus.

  • rickyvoncanterbury on January 27, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    @frontfootlunge you are as boring as the indian cricket team, they make the same mistakes all the time to

  • VivGilchrist on January 27, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    @hhillbumper, only a fool shoots off in the fashion you do. Lack of humility will always lead to a crash. You sound like the type of person that would sledge kindergarten kids for not being able to read.

  • mysecretme on January 27, 2012, 22:01 GMT

    @ChandrasekharB Aussies did that because they did not have any good replacements. Even now, all the middle order players they have tried out, suck spectacularly. The only ones who are performing are Clarke, Ponting and Hussey. With India, the case is different. Kohli has performed, Sharma has recently shown good touch and is waiting in the wings, even Rahane played well in England ODI's. Ojha is a better bowler than Ashwin. We have replacements and are stubbornly not using them. When you see Lyon's performance in Adelaide, you understand what Ashwin lacks- offspinners drift. Without that, Ashwin will never be a test class bowler. Gambhir got one 50 and played for the whole series. Sehwag did the same. MSD is really pig headed. His luck was covering up for a lot of his faults, but since it deserts him when he tours, he is getting exposed. It no longer looks like he takes victory and defeat the same. It looks like he doesn't care as long as he gets appearance money.

  • Mitcher on January 27, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    @hillbumper: deafening silence? How good has ausralia been in subcontinent recently? I'm glad you pose this question. Conveniently in you wrap of our recent results, you omit Australia's victory in Sri Lanka just months ago. In fact, I'd be surprised if any team in world cricket has a better record in Sri Lanka in the past decade. So, bad record in India, sure. In sub continent/turning tracks. Not so much. But congrats on your rant anyways.

  • Andrew_Aung on January 27, 2012, 21:42 GMT

    Another loss for the Indians, out-classed and out-performed in all departments, batting, bowling and fielding. This should be the time for the board to take hard look at their long term plan. I believe they got into this probelm cause they are unwhilling to accept that they have a problem, unwilling to change and willing to adopt to old ideas and norms where as other teams have changed their attitude, inclusion of DSR is one example that comes to my mind, improving on palyer's fitness and athleticism are the other... Ausies have 2 oldies in their team, they have performed with their bat, good for them. But they have key aspects that none of other 3 oldies have, that is fitness and motivation to perform not only with bat but also int the field.... I also see allot of people blaming the coach, like Ain Chappel has pointed out, if you are playing in this level, there is nothing a coach can do, he/she can only point out some key techniques that a player can improve on.

  • on January 27, 2012, 21:42 GMT

    Well basic matter is lost in this discussion. Indian team can't play in fast bouncy pitches and that has to be looked at hard and fast. Way they got out in last 8 Innings and also in England ( I was in the ground for many a time), you may ask that our top batsmen have lost their accuracy and speed of reflex. Good sportmen retire at the peak of their career not when they have 8 test defeats out side India in a row. I think one dayer will tell the same story unfortunately, like they did in England.

  • Al_Bundy1 on January 27, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    Dravid has to go - he has lost the art of batting. Same thing with Laxman and SRT. They need to go. Ironically, so-called GOD of cricket never shows up when HIS team needs HIM most? What kind of GOD is HE?

  • Sateesh on January 27, 2012, 21:36 GMT

    I am fan from 8 years old and follwed for last 20 years. Always wanted a cricket team should be a plyers game . Names and records should not matter at all when cricket is played or any new game is played. Sachin should break anwars record or sehwags record. Indian politics and cricket will never change. We have to accept these defeats If we dont want to change our system. An innings will gaurantee a plyer for life time and a win in one tournamnet will wipe off all the humiliating defeatsin previous games. If we enjoyed worrld cup victory with same players then we have to accept this defeats. If the middle order is packed for 15 years and number 4 position is booked for 25 years, who will get motivation to play for country and where is compettion. Middle order players fight for opening position and specialist openers will not even get a chance to prove.. Hatts Off to Indian cricket system - An angry cricket fan

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 27, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    The BCCI is like a pilot who is DRUNK. The aircraft that's crashing is obviously the Indian team and the passengers are the fans. It has gone BEYOND embarrassment for India at this point. Now it's a dead snake. Congratulations to the Aussies for beating up a dead snake. I still don't think the Aussies are a good team bar a few individuals. Michael Clarke and Ponting have scored pretty much every run for them. The bowling looks decent but not exceptional. India have been ABYSMAL. The BCCI has a HUGE problem to tackle now. No more can they fool the press or the fans. ENOUGH with worshiping cricketers as IDOLS. I suggest Indians to go to temples or other religious places for that. Time for some serious decisions. Dhoni, the captain should resign along with Srikkanth, the chief selector. Dravid, Laxman and Tendulkar should call it quits. We need a NEW and YOUNG India. A dynamic reflection of our GREAT land. It's time for change... YES WE CAN !!

  • Isaac on January 27, 2012, 21:24 GMT

    one of you. They consider all Indians as sentimental idiots. Shame, not only for the players but to every one of you too. Drag yourselves down but leave the country alone, especially the players who are trying their best. If all what one does has to end in success, why is India such a poor nation in spite of all its wealth? Why are you all sitting and squirming in a country that is so poor. You are the reason for the country to be so poor so should you have be banished and kicked out of this world? Please guys be there for the team stop being in the moment. Good days will come by.

  • SirViv1973 on January 27, 2012, 21:23 GMT

    Congratulations to India for making it to the last day of the last test match for a change. Will their board now have the courage to order a review in to the teams shocking performance on this tour. Some how I doubt they will as they don't play another meaning full test series outside the sub Continent for 2 yrs! It's a shame that they are not playing Pak in March as they were scheduled to, as I think they might have ended up getting whitewashed again and surely the board would have had to had taken some drastic action then.

  • Isaac on January 27, 2012, 21:23 GMT

    To all fair weathered Indian fans across the globe, Wow, is that all you have? Why don't you sling mud at yourselves even more? A good example to all you idiots are the Aussie and English fans. They never let their country and players down. Have you'll forgotten how the Barmyarmy travel in the 1000's to cheer their team even when they were at their lowest ebb? If you think sport is only about wining I think you have no right to be sports fans. You are better off to be at home sitting and watching television and cry for the soap operas with your mom's and sisters. Mouths and minds that said the current Indian squad is the best ever (just 8 months ago) have turned coats and are abusing the team like a dog for dirtying the carpet. Just imagine the condition of the players who read it. I mean it would be nice for the players to feel the whole nation is behind them. Not be dancing around them when they win. Shame on you, do you know how people perceive Indians? They have no respect to any

  • DaBigDawg on January 27, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    What's the "excuse" this time boys? The Adelaide pitch is close to a sub-continent pitch...low and/or uneven bounce, not built for pace but some spin...AND YET - the batting failed: if we claim to be the best against spin - they how come we are been crushed by Lyon...by all accounts a mediocre spinner? Our best batters are falling to their spin?!?!?!...so, again...what's the "excuse" this time boys?

  • cric_tamasha on January 27, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    Good Forum to release the frustration for the Indian die-hard Cricket fans.... but who is listening..... Indian team Management is the most rigid and worst Management.... After constant losing they will not change the losing combination... not even the losing batting order.... The Coach should be sacked with immediate effect ...both the bowling coach and main coach....They have made the guys so defensive in approach.... Aus scored at 4 or 5 an over and we are scoring 1 or 2 in an over .....how boring ??? SRT need to realize , he cannot block and every ball and save his as*...Srikanth needs to be sacked as well....How can he choose Vinay kumar for ODI team.... anyway for ODI the this should be team :

    1. Rahane 2. Patel (WK) 3. Sehwag / Sachin (any one) 4. Kohli 5. Rohit 6. Raina/ Gambhir (any one but mostly Raina) 7. Irfan 8. Jadeja 9. Ashwin / Rahul sharma 10. and 11. Zaheer / Praveen / Umesh ( any two)

    Dhoni can play in place of Patel in few of SL matches

  • shreesoft on January 27, 2012, 21:09 GMT

    Whether Duncan fletcher have anything to do with this failure or not can be debated but one this is sure he is a bad omen should be taken out ASAP. i am sure this old man is not the right coach for india who can motivate this team

  • on January 27, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    In defense of the Seniors

    We Indians are quick to banish our best - look what the Aussies did with Ponting- they gave him umpteen chances and he took the opportunity to score against India - for God's sake Rahul Dravid scored hundreds in England not too long ago - but we are more interested in asking him to retire because he got out in Australia. I agree Laxman is out of form but was he not the guy who won us a Test match and a series recently. No one is blaming Duncan Fletcher who has delivered another flop in Australia. We need Kirsten back. We did not give a chance to either Sharma or Ojha - whose fault is that - Dravid's is it? Cmon Guys-treasure the best - we have two of the best scorers in Test Cricket - let them play!

  • hhillbumper on January 27, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    God winning in Australia is so easy isn't it.Best team in the world back on top once more.By the way all you Aussie fans how good have you been in the sub continent in the last few years? Deafening silence as usual. Your top 3 is world class though isn't it.What happens to your batting when Ponting,Hussey and Clarke go? bet Bangladesh could give th Aussies a good go.So drew with Saffers,Drew with Kiwis and beat a badly demoralised India (who had been walloped by England) Yep it is all going well then

  • Ponting_the_best on January 27, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    @ Front-Foot-Lunge - 47 was against SA and SA lost 9 wics before that innings for 47. The 51 all out against a team that barely competes with the top 6 is not very far from my memory and Eng lost the series too and lost by an innings. In SL rain saved a 2-0. In Abu Dhabi all your batsman seem to be wearing blinds when Ajmal is bowling. With another decent batsman in Pak team Eng could have returned home with all 3 tests lost. About the Ashes, there were days when bookies talked about scoreline by which Eng would lose and I bet 4-1 was a safe bet; back then Ashes was a formality. So prepare to play with this Aus team. There are no Miches, Nielsens, whites, and useless folks. I by no means suggest that Aus are no 1 but there are not very far from Eng or SA. India was never in contention. Eng caught India off guard and not the best XI due to injuries but Aus beat them with their eyes wide open.

  • Mervo on January 27, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    All this talk of making 'rank turners' in India to restore pride is so foolish. Aside from the fact that cricket is supposed to be played on a turf wicket - not rolled mud - the batsmen will never learn how to play in SA. the West Indies, the UK or Australia if they keep playing on dirt wickets. India have some good fast bowlers and yet they cheat them of careers by such wickets. To prolong the careers of these gentlemen of cricket any further would be saddening for many of us to watch, as we would like to remember them as they were. Good bye Tendulkar, Laxman and Dravid. Sewag will soon follow, so time to start rebuilding, not pretending.

  • mysecretme on January 27, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    contd.. Neutral points: Dhoni gets the gloves back. Will he retire from tests now? Saha seems to be a better keeper than him. I have an idea, Dhoni should play as a pure batsman at number 5 behind Kohli. Negatives: 1)Indian bowling will never be analyzed. The batting was pathetic, but the bowling never got the Aussies out except once. That does say something about their quality and intelligence. The never tried anything new- no slower balls, no yorkers. The only thing they tried was to go round the stick every two overs, without practicing it in the nets. IMHO, the bowling and fielding department sucked similarly 2)Indian slip fielding- with Rahul and VVS in decline and definitely retiring, I don't know if we will get good replacements. 3)Strategy and thinking seem to be clearly lacking in Indian team. And there seems to be no fresh thinker around.

  • JoseBautista on January 27, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    i still like dravid!! he defines cricket!!!

  • on January 27, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    Bradman retiring with the average of 99.... now if Tendulkar retires with 99 international centuries he should be happy that he can be compared with Bradman in that respect too.

  • JoseBautista on January 27, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    we need more players like dravid!! tendulkar playing poorly too but dravid is usually the one being questioned! reports say that dravid could anounce retirement soon! that is bad, and what a great player he is!! always shadowed by sachin and all that! too much short cricket has made this happen!! please India start focusing on test more!

  • mysecretme on January 27, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    Positives for India: 0)We have found Ganguly's replacement. Its Kohli. He had agression already, and boy can he play when he gets pissed. He has to work out the meaning of night-watchman though :). I have a simple solution. Send him 2 down. 1)We know how to phase out our senior players now. We don't have to find out good replacements. They have simply become worse than the bench. 2)We can try actual openers now, instead of middle order bats. All Indian Ranji team openers would be really happy with our openers performance. 3)We will stop picking Vinay Kumar in a test squad. And Praveen comes back. Irfan will be back too. :) :) 4)Sachin need not concentrate on his 100th 100 now. He can simply concentrate on crossing 50 first :) 5)Ashwin can stop flighting the ball again. He can go back to being the carrom player as batsmen will try to score against him rather than waiting for loose balls. Neutral point 1)Yuvraj can make a comeback to test team again based on oneday performance

  • 5wombats on January 27, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    @Full-Blooded-Wallop on (January 27 2012, 13:07 PM GMT) - that's right, business as usual. India get another absolute drubbing and some clown comes on and says; "It doesn't count because it's not in india". Get real. If Test Match results don't count - then, you know what - DONT BOTHER TO PLAY THEM. None of the rest of us will miss a country that can't bothered to take Test match cricket seriously. Please publish.

  • Kavum on January 27, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    The greatest Indian ever: Gauthama the Lord Buddha, taught that we need equanimity to remain balanced and present in the flow, between pleasure and pain. Indian fans take a deep breath and look objectively and compassionately at the "big picture" before stoning and burning effigies and cricketers' homes. Its just a game: cricket (not burning and stoning). You will, insh'allah and deo volente, see the Indian tricolour rise in triumph once again on the cricket field. We of the South Asian cricket-loving brotherhood mourn with you at your incomprehensible loss and abject incompetence in foreign climes. However, we will support you in your renaissance and renewed climb to no. 1 in the test rankings, whenever that may be. Like Russel Peters (another great Indian) says, collectively try to "Be a man" for the present.

  • dicky_boy on January 27, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    LILLIAN THOMSON SPOT ON NO ONE EVER TALKS ABOUT TENDULKAR BEING DROPPED,WHILE HE PLAYS IPL AND OPTS OUT OF ODIS FOR INDIA SELFISHKAR

  • DMS1111 on January 27, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    "47" is still bitter but slightly better then the "46" you English made against the WI a couple of years ago..Amazing what a couple of other countries players have done for English cricket...

  • Advanced_Donkeys on January 27, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    I hate Sri Lankan umpires.They always spoil the party.

  • Sports4Youth on January 27, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    @ Full-Blooded-Wallop : ... absolutely right. Not long ago Ponting and his men were thrashed in India and that time Laxman was the tormentor. But now the seniors are like old tigers, so they will go away. But we have new tiger cubs like Virat, Rohit, Rahane etc growing up. Soon they will take over. In any case Aus cannot beat India in India.

  • heshan666 on January 27, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    Very miserable for all indians and all cricket viewers .Especially not only the defeats,the way they do lost their matches.But other hand,we have to give them full credits,because finally they could drag this game until the 5 th day.That will be a little bit advantage 4 them when they go to TRI SERIES.Whatever, indians will hope tomorrow morning with full day rain ,lightnings and thunderstorms!!!

  • Precioustar84 on January 27, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    ps. I don't think Aus are as great as they are coming out to be in this tour. I see Team India failing then an Aus rising. Currently Indians have given their wickets away far more easily meaning less work was needed to be done by their bowlers and batting against weak bowling from the Indians made it seem like form has returned for couple of them. There is still lots of work to be done with Aus team to go back to the dominating days and I'm sure their fans won't deny that either. Not too long ago was that 47 all out. For me, SA is FAR better team and could easily be the world dominating team. Anyway, people will continue to broadcast Failures and whisper successes as they say and that's so true for some Indian players who had played well in Aus conditions in the past if you actually watched the matches and don't rely on stats. Team India was NEVER this bad touring, had faced tough players, and even if they didn't win, they used to fight but its just that, used to. Cricinfo please pub

  • -ck- on January 27, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    @ lekharaj Sorry mate but if all the cricket world knows India as a batting powerhouse, with big 3 in it as well, then i think every 1 will cricket its power house n not criticise the 1 lying in the dark. India never had bowlers better than their batsmen. if batsmen had put any challenging total in any single innings, then v might hav seen a little bit of struggling in Oz batting as well. bowlers are backed by the batting performance, if batsmen dont perform, how can u think that bowlers will win???

  • Balaji_87 on January 27, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    Australians showed a great temprament with the Bat and the Ball. Michael Clarke used his bowlers exceptionally well in this Series. But neither Dhoni nor Sehwag used their bowlers well. Especially in this Match, the field setting for Ashwin made by Sehwag shows the Lack of Captaincy Skills in him.

    None of the senior players like Sachin, Dravid and Laxman shows any batting skills and none of them stood in the front to teach the Youngsters in the side. None of them showed their experience in their batting and especially Rahul Dravid - Record Holder for many # of Bowleds in a Series.

    I wondered How Indian Players not getting anything from the pitch where australians getting everything right in their way?

    I am Still waiting for the 100th Century from Sachin Tendulkar.

  • Desi_In_US on January 27, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    I know my comments here will not resonate well with most Indian fans, but honestly I feel sooner Sachin can get his 100th ton and move on, better for India. No doubt he will always be one of the most loved cricketers of all time. But there is more grace in leaving the stage when people are still applauding your performance then when the curtain is down. It's not so much him getting runs has impact on the team, but it's him getting out cheaply that causes the downward spiral. Laxman has never been a great overseas players except in patches. Dravid's eye n hand coordination is no where near what it use to be and Sehwag only knows one way to play. It's time to rebuilt and look beyond the fab4. Unfortunately that fairly tale era is over. More than likely, the next home series will erase all the bitternees, doubts and concerns of this series both from media and fans alike. Similar to what happened after England series. I hope India can save this game. Who knows maybe it will rain.

  • heshan666 on January 27, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    No surprise at all about these performance from IND because we all knew what did happen to them at ENG.But the sad thing is the way they loss these matches is really miserable for all INDIANS and all cricket viewers.They illustrated their performance like BAN,ZIM .But other hand ,we need to give full credits to them because they did drag this final test until the 5th day.So it may be a little bit advantage for them,when they go to TRI SERIES.

  • alvinmanoj on January 27, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    @@Sports4Youth: What impact has Zaheer made in this series in spite of protecting him for most of last season so that he can be available afresh for this series..?!!!

  • on January 27, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    There is no need to discuss anything about BEST v/s WORST.....After all this is Test cricket...I am surprised to see spectators are still going to ground and watch Test matches. Who has time to wait for result for 5 days :) :) Bravo Australia, You just announced that Final D day is a FREE entry......! Good luck for Revenue in Test Cricket. India is slowly signing out of Test Cricket...I think West Indies,Zimbabwe, Bangadesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka should do that too...What is the disqualifying rule for test playing nations?!!!??!! Count India is IN.....ODI and T20I is the generation all spectators are waiting for in India.

  • Balaji_87 on January 27, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    Hi All, How Indian Batsmen are giving their wickets as granted to the Australian Bowlers? India is always a team which shows nothing in resistence. One last thing India can save in this tour is Their Energy.

    India should dissolve the test team and should start to relook into the strategies and techniques. Zimbabve and Bangladesh cricketers showed a good resistence against the same opponent (Australia) in the past. Indians should learn from that.

    I think Indians lost their self confidence and not live upto their self respect.

  • on January 27, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    With this debacle I think the Indian fans honeymoon with Indian stars will end. And if they stop coming to stadiums to watch these heroes or on tv, then IPL which is based upon the stars drawing power will be in a crisis. What remains to be seen is what the big businesses who have invested heavily in IPL wd do? They cannot afford to let IPL die. So watch out for media spin to resurrect reputations (one possibile strategy) and keep IPL going...

  • tylerhans on January 27, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    @Sharique... Facts please http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=1;spanmax1=1+Jan+2012;spanmin1=1+Jan+2010;spanval1=span;template=results;type=team. India has a better win / loss ratio next to england. Two bad series doesn't make a team bad. We need match winning bowlers

  • Precioustar84 on January 27, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    First and foremost, CONGRATULATIONS TO TEAM AUSTRALIA and their FANS!! Totally deserve it! I will continue to support Team India through its good and bad phases but honestly I was DISAPPOINTED after England tour, and I am EMBARRASSED after Australian tour. My bigger disappointment/embarrassment lies with BCCI's management of Indian cricket. Coach Fletcher granted you are slightly new to this team but why is there NO plan whatsoever? Same old story for 8 tests? Really?! Not much we fans can do when BCCI are not being accountable, and are too busy passing the blame. Anyway, few comments from some cricket fans who don't seem to understand in being mere World Cup WINNERS are comparing it with Test format and World DOMINANCE. Winning a WC does not make you dominate the world all of a sudden. Its merely a competition held every 4 years. Sri Lanka in 1996, Pakistan in 1992, and Australia in 1987 were NEVER the dominating teams yet they won WC and deserved it just like India did in 2011.

  • srisri on January 27, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    hi @elan_ind...which world or u living in? BCCI is meant for money making not to improve the cricket, OK? Who cares about overseas loosing? BCCI will arrange test series in India with Bangladesh, West Indies so our Stalwalts can make double/triple centuries and tumble all the records. No need to change the pitches... that will spoil IPL entertainment ;-)

  • Cricket_Master_Mind on January 27, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    Unique analysis:- Fact is India have more Hero's and less Team player's. IPL & Media , commercials make them HERO'S. A sportsman attitude is Lost. Every indian individual is T.V hero Dhoni-Sehwag-Gambir-Tendulkar-Zaheer-Yuvi-Dravid '''Bary Darshan chottay pardash''' India needs Sportsman. India player's body language is sportsman less Actor's or hero. Too much Cricket To much Glamour Destroying Indian cricket. Only Aussiee proves a claim of World Champion when they were world cup winner;s

  • tylerhans on January 27, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    Jan 1, 2010 to jan 1, 2012 (Home and Away)

    Ricky Ponting - 19 (M) 1228 (R) 209 (H) 35.08 (A) Micheal Clarke - 21(M) 1389(R) 168 (H) 37.54(A) Sachin tendulkar - 23 (M) 2318(R) 214(H) 64.38(A) Rahul Dravid - 24(M) 1916 (R) 191 (H) 50.42(A)

    and we want them to retire because we are angry at them for losing the series?

  • knan on January 27, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    Michael Clarke should be complemented for the following 1) Winning the toss and electing to bat thus ensuring that the match did not finish in 3 days 2) Prolonging the Aus 2 innings to ensure that the match went to the 5th day 3) Try and get Sehwag back into form for the one-day series , thus keeping in mind the interest of the broadcasters

    On a serious note, the big 3 - Sachin, Dravid and VVS should immediately announce their retirement from test cricket. Sehwag, Gambhir and Ishant should be dropped from the test team to ensure that they do not take their places for granted. Sachin , if he wants to represent India, should be told in no uncertain terms that he cannot pick and choose the series he wants to play. Also , he should not be allowed to bring his family membets to the nets - never heard of such rubbish happening anywhere else . The contracts of all cricketers should be reviewed after every series .

  • RSBali on January 27, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    Some soul searching needed by our VERY_BIG three!

  • Harsha_Reddy on January 27, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    Well series is lost and one last crack at aussies for big3 (sachin,vvs,dravid).If these 3 believed they deserved one last chance at aussies they are well within their rights as they were pillars behind inida reaching #1.Now that is done and dusted i hope few seniors will come up and say we have nothing more to achieve and pave way for juniors. Thoughts of regaining #1 abck and then leaving is a bad precedence...time to hand over and being a dravid fan i think he would want to end a great career now rather than getting into the mode of one big knock, end on a high and all that .....Over to kohlis,rohits and others ...

  • Al_Bundy1 on January 27, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    Learn from Australia and Pakistan - how they rebuilt their team. Pakistan dropped non-performing star Yousuf and built their batting around a young Azhar Ali. They are batting much better than India even through they are know for their bowling, not batting. We need to drop the big three and build a batting unit around Virat Kohli. Rohit Sharma, Pujara, Tiwary, Rahane, etc can form our batting unit.

  • RoshanF on January 27, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    I see some very unscrupulous know-nots are having a ball with Tendulkar's poor series. It happens to all. Yes, age has caught up with him and of course too much limited over cricket in India - especially IPL. That does not give anyone any right to cash in and demean one of the greatest batsmen of all time. I too believe that at times Indians are too fussy over him but no doubting his greatness. Leave him be. As for popcorn, let me remind you of instances of biased Aussie umpiring which helped them win. Especially the tri-series in Australia in 1995 when shoddy umpiring helped your team to get past Sri Lanka in the finals. Of course a few months later Sri Lanka got revenge by absolutely thrashing the Aussies in the WC final '96. Then wasn't it shoddy umpiring which allowed the Aussies to 'win' the farcical 38 over WC final in 2007. Now that's horrific officialdom for you.

  • srikanth.k on January 27, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    i think even bangladesh even would hav put up a much better fight against aus,i dont think aussies will fare this badly if they visit india.Many thought that India will lose badly in their previous visit to aus,but sacking the seniors in not a remedy for this situation

  • CricLook on January 27, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    Its a real shame for India ...I cant remember any team who is in no 1 position in test ranking lost 8 consecutive test matches..same is true for any world cup wining team....India not only brought disgrace to themselves also misrepresented the sub continent...Now BCCI & indian fans can realize whats their team really worth of....100s of centuries ,1000s of runs can only satisfy none but indian fans..Let them obsessed with this attitude where team humiliate again..Go aussies go..No matter what the ranking says you are the true champion of cricket all the time.

  • aarifboy on January 27, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    India must not go to any other sereis with 4 Tests,when embarrasment becomes destiny its better to stay away some how :)

  • CRmadrid on January 27, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    First of all Ashwin bluffing at the press conference was a joke. Seniors should have taken the responsibility instead of sending a rooki to talk. Secondly, I see that BCCI is reluctant for change. Should learn from Sri Lanka, lost test series 2-1, lost one days 3-2 in South Africa (which is better compared to Ind) yet they opted to fire the captain & the coach! India must do the same & in need of a big change.

  • dsig3 on January 27, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    @Hodra99 ah yes Adelaide is not my favorite although I did not quite go so far as to predict a draw. We have bowled very well to take 16 wickets. I have lived in Adelaide and watched the ashes there in 2007 so I am not just throwing my opinions around. The fact still remains that every year there are a mountain of runs scored at the ground and it IS hard/impossible to take wickets at certain stages of the match. I know a bloke in Melbourne who flys to Adelaide every year because he loves the ground and watching tons be made. For me, I would rather go to Perth to see what a batsmen is made of.

  • Cannuck on January 27, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    Thanks you India for making our own SL team failures seem nothing. Compared to yours we didn't do so bad. Your 2 consecutive sweeps are huge comforts for SL, whom most Indian fans call flat track bullies... have you looked at a mirror lately guys? Having said that it's time both IND & SL need to do some major changes in their thinking. Both countries need to develop some green top tracks, not to host the opponents but for our future cricketers to develop. Make the spinning wickets for the opposition, but for heavens sake make some bouncy tracks for our boys to practice on. Is it that hard to figure that out? Just think how SRT, Aravinda's became great before IPL. Playing county, it's simple as that. Keep the IPLs, but use that money to fix the problems. I am sure AUS, ENG do have some flat wickets that their big practice before taking us on. So why not do the same for our selves. The fact is SL do want IND to well, but not be a bullying big bro. Let's fix our issues first at home!!

  • on January 27, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    Bad impact of T20s over indian Test cricket...awful

  • on January 27, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    I can't wait for Australia to tour India, and beat them AGAIN!!!!!

  • rahulcricket007 on January 27, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    WHITEWASH , WHITEWASH , WHITEWASH , WHITEWASH , WHITEWASH , WHITEWASH , WHITEWASH , WHITEWASH WHTEWASH .

  • Silverbails on January 27, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    With NO SPECIALIST batsmen left, 4 - 0 will probably be achieved sometime within the first hour, at worst, or certainly sometime well before lunch. ONLY positive here is that at least the Indians made it into the fifth day. As for KNOWING HOW to last out the fifth day in Australia, well that's just pure myth nowadays for THIS particular Indian Test team. Why does Sehwag ALWAYS play in such a cavalier fashion KNOWING the perilous position of his team. He should surely be dropped NOW. I really dont know how he's lasted so long, but we've had players like him before, who are just flash-in-the-pan players, such as Srikkanth, NO GOOD for the LONG HAUL, which IS TEST CRICKET. Ah well, I guess there's now the ridiculous flat track HOME Test Series to be played now, so that should make the BCCI feel better about Indian Test Cricket!!! No, let's just hope this is a WAKE UP CALL for them: a TRULY GREAT Test team can play cricket VERY WELL ANYWHERE in the World, and NOT just AT HOME!! How sad!!

  • on January 27, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    i still believe that SRT has 2-3 years left in him .....he didnt fail miserably at least he has an average of 35 in this series....some of his strokes during this series were simply majestic and during the first two tests he looked better than ponting(ponting was helped by some poor bowling from indian bowlers ) ,unfortunately he cudnt play a long innings......may the teams failure may have mentally drained him...but t to all those tendulkar basher's ....remember sometime back you called him ENDULKAR but look at the way in which he responded.....he will be back with a bang in the tri-series

  • topeleven on January 27, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    Pls don't think there will be any knee jerk reactions(as already our BCCI chief told) because all of our cricketers thought is in IPL only. So everybody will forget the debacle

  • cricfan2007 on January 27, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    I am sure IND needs re-planning for a better cricket team. However, I think we are watching one of the coin. What is the record of AUS, ENG, SA, WI in IND ? Are these teams equally good in home and abroad ? Someone can have a good or bad series. But what si the history of cricket team's performance home and abroad ? This should provide some food for more fair criticism of any side, not just IND. I am not IND's poor show by any means and they have a lot of issues.

  • on January 27, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    Mr Front-Foot-Lunger, When you say Australia, "streets behind England", are you talking about the streets in South Africa? Don't say I don't understand geography. I used to, till I started taking a look at the "English" team!

  • on January 27, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    Bharat Ratna..for Sachin.. for what... only because he has been playing cricket for 22 years.. and have scored 30K runs...by running.. i think he was running for money... the more he scored.. the more he got.. he is a mean person... scoring for himself and never for country.. he should be given ultimatum .. his aim is to play cricket along with his son and hence stretching out his career by taking rest... and then direct entry into team XI... without practicing in Ranji... BCCI... Billionaires Control Cricket in India... are the most corrupt ... their aim is generation of money... IPL...is the only motive... not cricket...though i pity on VVS...who played many face saving moments.And dravid he is OLD and wall hardly has good bricks now, Sehwag the Joker , gambir the coward and Dhoni the Headless leader. And now to some of the Aussies die hard supporters ,Aussie are the best team and they have been for last 25 year , they are truly No.1 Side NO DOUBT. SA no.2 and England No.3, Ind No.8

  • zico123 on January 27, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    India have to draft in Pujara into Test cricket immidiately.

  • on January 27, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    oZ is just wining b'coz of the home conditions.......if we go bck in 2008 indian cricket team jst won the series b'coz of home conditions.....and now some good news Indian cricket team wall called rahul dravid is retiring from all forms of cricket after this series.......

  • MalolanR on January 27, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    To All Of The People Who Expect Green Tracks.....Neither India 's Climate Nor Curators Are Suited To Green Tracks.... We Cannot Have Green Tracks In Places Which Is Blazing Hot Or Freezing Cold........We Need A Lot Of Grass For Green Pitches..... But When Too Hot Or Too Cold The Grass Will Get Spoiled And We Have To Cut It...So Then Again It Is A Dead Pitch...

  • on January 27, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    @sports 4 youth and @sporty spice-why viru is the captain in your teams i will make gauti the captain he is more captaincy material more agressive even has led delhi to ranji title but i dont know why are we so keen for having viru in the team i will pick an allrounder maybe jadeja there he will give this team real balance he is great bat and bowl and dhoni i will give him another chance to prove himself he was third highest run scorer in england dont forget his 91 in centurioun two 70s in edbaston and his 57 in first innigs 50 in scg and some time ago 76 to save lords test in 2007 but wont have any problem if he doesnt play tests so that he can solely concentrate on odi and t20 where he is kings of kings

  • hnlns on January 27, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    This team must be the "WORSTEVER TEAM" from India in terms of performances in Australia. Even the teams of 1940s and 50s must have done a lot better than this one, on uncovered pitches exposed to natural elements, without all the facilities and prosperity that today's players enjoy. WHAT A SHAME REALLY !

  • Sports4Youth on January 27, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    @ rahulcricket007 : .. regarding your comments about india being a good ODI team dont forget that Aus is ranked no.1 in ODI format and India is ranked no.4. What makes you think that india wil not get a white wash in ODI. I will not be surprised if India is white washed in the ODI's as well. The only good thing about ODI's is that atleast Dravid and Laxman wont be there ane we can expect Praveen Kumar to return from injury and also Irfan Pathan may make it into the XI.

  • RK.Chandru on January 27, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    HOW ABOUT THIS????

    Men to go : Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Sachin, Laxman, Dhoni, Ishant....

    Suitable replacements from : Rahane, Mukund, Rohit, Pujara, Bist, Badri, Saha (Dinesh Karthik to back up), Ashok Dinda (Ritu Raj too early to be expose and needs to be nurtured)

  • taipanic on January 27, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    I have the utmost respect and admiration for the achievements of India's greats. Some of the most dominant batting I ever saw was at SCG in 2004, and of course there was the miracle win in 2001. 2008 was a great series too, despite the bad blood that unfortunately got in the way at times. What a shame that such a fascinating rivalry seems now only a matter of history. I hope this will be taken the right way, as a comment designed to create self-reflection, but I think part of the problem is hinted at by the guy who wrote here about Aus "imperialists". Same when Indian news media crowed how getting J.Howard turned down demonstrated India's power. It seems like a big collective chip that's been there ever since the British Raj. Since 1947 India has wanted to prove its greatness (and rightly so), with Team India a great outlet for that hope. Sadly, with the team in decline, there seems to be a desperate unwillingness to see the truth. Will the voices of Gavaskar et al be heard? I hope so.

  • IndianCrazyFan on January 27, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    Very heart breaking moment in Indian cricket. After WC victory this is a slap on face for Indian cricket and BCCI. I hope atleast cricketers will realize more value to test/odi than T20 and IPL. Clarke is good example for that. I dont see Dravid Laxman in 11 again for next series while Sachin should still continue and hold for sometime so he can help coach these youngsters and retire atleast end of the year.

    The 3 spots for grabs of Fab3 can easily taken over by Rohit, Pujara, Raina, Badri(though at 30 he is good), Rahane, Tiwary

    WC has ended gr8 memories but post mortem is heart breaking truth and reality of current state of the team.

    We will see some more white washes till our team settles completely. Lets face it but I hope we'll see new age Fab3/4 shortly.

  • Sports4Youth on January 27, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    @ Rahu007uk : ... yes you are right . The senior players should atleast now understand and retire. In any case the selectors do not have the spine of selecting youngsters as long as these oldies continue. Ragarding Rahul what makes you think that he will make it into the National team. Remember the great Sunny Gavaskar his son Rohan could not even make it into the Mumbai team.

  • on January 27, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    I dont expect the rite players to be selected unless and until Srikanth is there as a selector only selecting players who r not performing and not suiting to the conditions. I dont really understand how they selected vinay for test instead of Irfan who is way ahead gud performer in aus conditions which even a kid knows. Vinay is a wicket taking bowler but suits only to the t20 model(bcoz of lack of pace otherwise a gud line and length bowler). God save Indian Cricket from this guy(Srikanth) selecting wrong players for wrong conditions.

  • on January 27, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    There was not enough Changes made either in terms of batting line up in terms of shuffling the order or replacing a non performer with a performer(newbie) which makes the opposition team's calculation into a puzzle. The same applies for the bowling too. two of the captains Dhoni or sehwag never did it in this series. Dhoni in particular was pathetic in this series with his captaincy field placing or bowling changes at the rite time. knew this result would happen rite from the result of second test after observing dhoni. its gud he was given break(penalised) so that he can come out with a fresh mindset for the ODIs.

  • Mary_786 on January 27, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    Time to drop Marsh and bring Khawaja in, Marsh has scored 0, 3, 0, 11, 3 and 0 this series. That the record for the worst batting performance in a series by anyone?! (And I believe this includes both batters and bowlers at the crease)

  • East_West on January 27, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    Brydon you wrote"With Australia four wickets away from a 4-0 hammering of India, Cricket Australia have annouced that there will be free entry to Adelaide Oval tomorrow. Woeful from India, they have run out of their last excuse, this wasn't a green wicket, this was not a pitch helpful for the home fast bowlers, this was a flat batting wicket. Twice they have imploded against persistent high-quality bowling. They have nowhere to hide, however great their middle order may be. You can point to history, to their past records, to their earlier deeds overseas, but losing eight consecutive overseas Test is a massive, massive indictment"...THIS IS THE BEST TEXT I HAVE EVER READ IN A LONG TIME! We indians were Fake#1 and the attitude of these cricketes are laughable - These Fake 3 never showed they have a spine, Gautum is full of excuses and Sehwag never used his brains - the only few who have a big heart is the TAIL!! Indian fans - go back to what you do the best - write nasty comments!

  • RK.Chandru on January 27, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    If only The giants, The idols, The masters and LITTLE masters, The Gods have fallen to some lethal pace bowling, it can be digested. Falling to Lyons that too not due to any demons in the pitch or some great spin bowling; but, due to lack of application and reckless, irresponsible, gully cricketer like technique is inexplicable. This is the worst ever series in recent memory team India has ever played. We all cricket fans only expect the board and the selectors have the guts to revamp the team completely and let better cricketing sense prevail and not regional / religion based quotas. Naming three separate teams for Tests, ODIs and T20s will give well deserved chance for players who have been frustratingly waiting in the bench for quite long. Let selection not be based on investments made on a player by the industry and be purely on merit. The collective failure is a blessing in disguise and the interest of the team should come first than any loyalty towards heftily paid cricketers.

  • manas.tiwari9 on January 27, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    tommorow may be the surprizing day....may any of the three announce their retirment

  • Sports4Youth on January 27, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    @ Full-Blooded-Wallop : ... Yes Wallop you are absolutely right that this match is not over yet !!! and you are right that for the first time in the last 8 Tests India has mannaged to take the game into the 5th day. But it was made possible largely because of the fact that CLARKE DID NOT ENFORCE THE FOLLOW-ON. HOWEVER, In some ways it is an improvement. But guess what the seniors have not contributed in any way. this has been possible largely due to the efforts of Virat and Saha in the 1st innings, So what ever improvement has come, it has come from the younger talents. I hope in the 2nd inning Saha gets a good score or alteast 50+. Then it should convince the selectors that there are better players than Dhoni for test cricket.

  • ishrat1971 on January 27, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    Actually Duncan Fletchers role should also be examined as well as Eric Simmons as the bowlers also failed miserably. This time unlike the England series the management cannot blame the injuries. The batsmen were found out due to their slow reflexes and faulty techniques. The bowlers were haphazard and did not know the areas to bowl. Sachin who was the best batsmen in terms of runs only had an average of thirty odd. Also it seemed that he was more preoccupied with personal milestones rather than doing anything substantial. We did not see one gritty innings from him. We saw at least two from Kohli. the captaincy lacked imagination and it seems that the players are going through the motions and waiting for the one day series to start.

  • taipanic on January 27, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    I'm an Aussie fan, but I write this with a heavy heart, to see what India has become. We need strong Test nations, not self-proclaimed colossi with feet of water let alone clay. Full credit to the Aussie team for how they have improved after looking themselves honestly in the mirror following the Ashes massacre. In contrast this Indian team is like an empty shell, with no guts and no soul. Yet the people who matter refuse to see it, and so nothing will change. The president of BCCI said what was important is dominating at home. Gambir echoed him. But will they admit that the Adelaide wicket is close enough to playing at home for India and still they will be put to the sword tomorrow, same as the last 7 tests? Sadly, I doubt it. No overseas series for ages, so India might win a game or two at home, watch the IPL and all will be forgotten. Did Aus and WI dominate for years by just winning at home? (No, in case you were wondering.) Like I said, I write this because it's just so sad to see

  • Chris_P on January 27, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    @Full-Blooded-Wallop. "The match isn't over yet?" You still believe you can win? Have you been watching this series at all? Do you know anything about cricket? Anything?

  • Harry_Kool on January 27, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    @Full-Blooded-Wallop. Tsk tsk, such sour grapes. We, unlike your bunch, have won more than a few away series over there, and I can't recall ever gettting this type of flogging. You do your country a great disservice with your vitriolic posts. You and people like you were crowing before the series both here & in England how you were going to smash the series with 3 or 4-0. Yes we lost the past 2 series, but they were competitive, lost one match by an unlikely last wicket stand, and we were very much in rebuilding phase. Your team here boasted the greatest ever batting lineup, & performed like amatuers. Go eat your humble pie! Winners are grinners whilst losers, such as you can go please yourselves. LOL

  • Sports4Youth on January 27, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia-v-india-2011/engine/current/match/518953.html . . . .. .. Every one please take a look at these stats and I rest my case.

  • Sports4Youth on January 27, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    @ RandyOZ : . . i agree with you. I think that even SL and Pak have performed better that India in ovesees condiitons. SL atleast won 1 test in SA . When pak went to Eng to play Aus in 2010 they drew 1-1, Eng in Eng they were 3-1, We were 4-0 in Eng and in Aus. I think we are absolutely down in the barrel, there is no more place below to fall. If we start taking the right steps atleast now, then there is only one way to go and that is up-wards. But inspite of all these articles, comments and vids by S.Mangrekar do any of you serioisly think that the Board is listening to any of this ? Do you really think any thing will change ?

  • on January 27, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    I predicted Harris & Lyon will destroy India and so far they have. India's cricket has become very predictable. Lyon at best a very ordinary spinner has dismissed India 3* batters. Could u believe it. India have wilted to the psychological pressure employed by the Aussies. Long hours in the field, massive totals, & a good sledging, & the # 2 cricking nation has folded. In 8 innings Sachin has failed to make a century agst the Aussies. I lost a bundle on this guy. Don't ever compare him with the Great Lara again. Look what Clarke & Ponting have done to India. Sad day for India, the Inevitable is coming. WHITEWASH! I am so hurt.

  • Sports4Youth on January 27, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    @ rahulcricket007 . & . RandyOZ : ... compleately agree with you guys. most disgracefull are the senior players, coz they dont know when to walk away. even more disgracefull are the selectors who think that the playes will select themselves and then the selectors will only complete the formality of announcing the XVI. If they dont have the guts to drop the seniors then they should be sacked. When will we move forward. How long will a hand full people hold us ransom and keep making such stupid decisions.

  • on January 27, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    @BCCI and Team India,,,,, Money can buy you a worldcup, but Money can't make you champions :)

  • on January 27, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    truly speaking tendulkar ofocz has scored good against ausies but none of the centuries scored in aus against aus in test cricket INDIA HAS NEVER WONNNNNNNNNN...... and ya the year 2008 has been a year where PONTING scored his first test century in indian soil and TENDULAKR scored his first ODI century in AUS SOIL ....... both of them are of diffrent kinds so plz dont compareeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee .......... just bcz one scores the most runs and so on that doesnt mean he is the best

  • Marcio on January 27, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    @Ehsan_Satti, I'm predicting one slightly old guy to retire after this game. Unfortunately he is on the Australian team: Brad Haddin. He will not play tests for Australia again.

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on January 27, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    @Rahulcricket007- And then come back when we will start winning again,right?

  • Nampally on January 27, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    It was humiliatingly poor performance by this Indian team.The so called Legends did not deserve that status the way they batted. India could have been a far better team with Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary & Pujara in the middle order in addition to Kohli. Mukund is better opener than Gambhir. Only Kohli showed some fighting spirit thru' this series.Rest of batting was there just to go thru' the motions, utterly lacking in intensity & fight. As for the bowlers, India need to bring Yadev & Aaron up to the standard in accuracy & consistent length. These will be good opening pair supported by Ishant.India should never play without an all-rounder. Yuvraj (if fit) Raina & Jadeja appear to be good ones. In spin department Ashwin, Ojha & Rahul Sharma need to play in XI to get the experience. With so many youngsters, deeveloping a young guy to lead the team should be a priority. Karthick, Tiwary & Kohli are good candidates.India has 8 months to rebuild a younger team before next Test series.

  • GreatOnPaper on January 27, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    It really is the Death of an ERA (So Called - Fab 4) !!! Tragic Moments for Indian Cricket.. And pretty Shameful :(

  • Sports4Youth on January 27, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    @ rahulcricket007: .. all your suggestions well received, except your comment about mohali . I dont think mohali helps seamers. it is a very slow track as we saw in WC 2011 semi-final. scoring was difficult because the ball was comming slowly. First of all we need the will to prepare fast & bouncy wickets, once you have that then you will train the curators to achieve that objective successfully. Once the curator makes his mind clear and starts working in that direction you will surely get it. So the point is clear. It is not the curator who acts on his own sweet will. but the BCCI bosses want it to remain that way.

  • VJGS on January 27, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    My playing XI: 1.Rahane 2.Gambhir 3.Kohli 4.Sehwag 5.Tendulkar 6.Rohit Sharma 7.MS(Capt/Wk)) 8.Ojha/Ashwin/ Harbajan 9.Praveen Kumar 10.Yadav 11.Aaron. Dhoni would still be in the my XI because so far he has answered every one of his critics(like with his WC final innings just after being critic's favorite). So I think its just a matter of time before he does it again. I just hope he doesn't take too long.

  • on January 27, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    Has anyone noticed sequence in the decline of Indian cricket after rising to the no. 1 position? First, the BCCI chucked out the bowling coach and fielding coach unceremoniously. The bowling unit started lacking penetration since then and fielding has also become sloppy showing only occasional flashes of brilliance. In England, India did take the first innings lead in the first test but could not build on this lead, sustain the pressure to win the match. After first test in England, bowlers have been making initial dents but are failing to sustain pressure. The batting started catching up with bowling slowly and has overtaken both bowling and fielding in failure rate. So, throwing out the bowling and fielding coaches, in my observation is the beginning of the decline of Indian Cricket.

  • on January 27, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    I think Dravid must be the first of the big 3 to call it a day. He kepts getting bowled & is dropping catches as much as Malika Sherawat drops her clothes in movies.. But Laxman must be given an extended year to perform. He has got decent starts in the series but failed to capitalise. He was the MOS v/s WI before this tour. Sachin has only himself to blame. The sooner he gets to his 100 the better, after which he can retire gracefully from ODI's and hang around for tests till another couple of years. This guy, Sachin was our best batsman on this tour besides Kohli. People were calling for Ponting's head too and see how he responded back! Sachin bashers, sorry but you will have to endure him for another 14-15 tests probably. He needs it. He needs to show the world why he scored all those runs and why Bradman spoke so highly of him. Go Sachin Go.

  • TomCalder on January 27, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    8 consecutive away losses, and only 1 batsman has been dropped (Suresh Raina). When will the BCCI realise that it's time to get rid of the dead wood in the Indian line-up (Sachin, Dravid, Laxman) and play some young kids. At least they can't do much worse than the current bunch of jokers in there!

  • eagle8 on January 27, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    lol...have you guys seen Mr. Manjrekars commentary?? ahahahahaha he was complaining about kohli's LBW decision given by aleem dar ahahahahaha...that idiot indian doesnt know that kohli was LBW on 91 which wasnt given he is lucky to get a hundred by flook i must say...and its nice to see indians cry here and specially with this attitude no wonda they get hammered in australia...aussie aussie aussie oie oie oie

  • Sports4Youth on January 27, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    @ TDPAThomas : ... I agree with your comments about the future team for home tests. However, the next test is 7-8 months away. Till then the drunk selectors and public will enjoy the worth-less IPl (anti cricket Tourney) then they need rest of atleast 2 months because IPL saps them. Then every one will forget the past. . HOWEVER, i agree with your team, except why should Ishant be in the extras also when in this series he has taken 5 wikets @ avg.90. And in ENG he took 11 @ avg.58. His carreer avg after this match will be 37.89 and deteriorating continuesly. WHY do you want him in the squad at all. Instead take some youngster who can atleast learn.

  • Yazdegerd on January 27, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    4-0 was very clear destiny for India from first session of first test. You may say it Aussie wash. I am just wondering, would there be any post-match retirement press conference? Certainly NOT. You will see we soon old folks in action again in India. After tri-series, couple of T20 and off-course IPL will wash out all bitter memories of this tour from Indian fans mind. I wish all Indian players good luck for IPL. Another profitable session is waiting ahead of you.

  • elan_ind on January 27, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    Dear Indian Fans and BCCI - I was just waiting to write this comment for the last 3 days and finally got into act.

    From the 2 overseas series what BCCI and Players should have learnt: 1. BCCI should let the players to play county cricket or else make the pitches with green top for Ranji trpy & other domestic games. 2. Established players should be left out of IPL and need to play at county. IPL should be for only rookies who yet to get a platform to perform in high level. 3. BCCI should plan like the domestic fixtures are not clashed with international fixtures. Players should be selected on the basis of their performance in domestic level. I couldn't see anyone in the current Indian team had played domestic cricket in recent time. 4. Include a season of 3 or 4 day matches in IPL like one in county and all other club cricket. 5. BCCI should help the emerging players to groom and help them financially.

  • Sports4Youth on January 27, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    @ SportySpice .. i compleately agree with you. I am in perfect agreement with your Indian XI. Only thing i would like to change the order a bit. because Virat has proved himself in testing conditions, so he deserves a promotion. Gambhir, A.Rahane, C.Pujara, V.Kohli, R.Sharma, V.Sehwag(c), W.Saha/D Karthick, I.Pathan, R.Ashwin, U.Yadav, Z.Khan .. - reserves /Ojha/Mishra//Mukund/Murali K.

  • lekharaj on January 27, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    What about Bowlers? Why is every one after the Big 3, but the fact is Indian Bowlers allowed AUS to score runs freely? Why aren't the bowlers accountable?? When Siddle and Lyon can unsettle the great Indian Batsman , how did Indian Bowlers allowed Out of form Warner Hussey ponting to score centuries? I think Bowlers should should be as much accountable for this series loss, people just concentrate on Laxman and Dravid as always been the case in Indian Cricket. MISS THE BIGGER PICTURE

  • mdev.mp on January 27, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    Manish Pandey and Robin Uthappa are best players in Test cricket as for now. bCoz both can handle fast bowlers very well. Even Uthappa can keep wickets also. These two are young kids to watch....

  • on January 27, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    wow 4 - o a white wash greate. don't think this just a home victory for australia regardless of home conditions or rank turners india will not win a white wash against aussies,england, south africa not ecen against West indies

  • dms1972 on January 27, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    @selvasnz, are you serious? Siddle did absolutely nothing wrong! Yes, Kohli had to run around Siddle, but Siddle, in no way, deliberately obstructed Kohli. He ended his follow-through where he would for the majority of his deliveries. The batsman knows where the bowler runs after he delivers the ball and it's up to the batsman to avoid running in that line.

  • mdev.mp on January 27, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    When is INDIA series against ZIMBABWE. Atleast we can see INDIA winning test, Sachin can score Double hundred. See Sachin highest score in Test is 248 against BANGLADESH.....

  • on January 27, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    @Werner Blomberg 3438 runs against AUS in 35 matches with 11 centries and 15half centuries plz think twice before saying anything about TENDULKAR 1 bad series Doesn't make him avg player and BTW to win test matches u need quality bowlers at the end of the day u have to take 20 wkt to win test matches. ind failed in both departments.

  • on January 27, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    aus is a greatst team all time n india is great only on paper not in reality that is fact

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on January 27, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    And this match is not yet over!!

  • stormy16 on January 27, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    What a shocker by India and and for all those Indian fans who have been hell bent on calling the Sri Lankans 'flat track bullies' etc etc the time has come to eat humple pie and accept the reality that - India really are the flat track bullies. They have always been that for many years except the last few years when a quality side managed a few win overseas. Having got that off the chest - Kholi showed some real quality for the future and surely we have seen the last of Lax and Dravid overseas. I think they deserve a big Indian send off at home - lets face it they are to giants of Indian cricket and deserve a big send off and lets not forget these two guys performance over the years. They were instrumental in the Indian rise to the top with that record breaking partnership all those years ago against the Aussies. No dount there are many other Kholi's waiting (Rohit on the bench for start) who can take India forward again and for Kholi to start with the hundred in Oz is even better.

  • PACERONE on January 27, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    Indians are stubborn.Australia was down 1 year ago.they made the necessary changes and look what has happened.They even put Pointing on trial..and he has produced..shows that if you are a class player that when you are 20% less than you were at your peak you can still produce.Tendulkar and the rest have proven they cannot play when pressured.Don't be telling me about the amount of runs they have scored.Laxman and Dravid has either saved or won games for India.The others are playing for themselves.poor Dravid has had such a bad time..he can be forgiven for failing this time.When there was no opener in England he was asked or volunteered to open even after batting for a long time in the first inning.The mode of dismissals has been pathetic and soft.Australia are the most focused team in the world.They fight and try harder than any other team.They must also be well coached and plan well and stick to their plan...even sledging when they are down.

  • peterss on January 27, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    Mukund, Rahane, Pujara, Kholi, R Sharma, Badrinath, D Karthik, Ashwin, Z Khan, Ojha, Yadhav

  • LillianThomson on January 27, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    @HarryKool, I still think this is a boring flat wicket for batting. Australia only lost 12 wickets across two innings, and that in spite of having a very dodgy Top Three in their batting order. Sadly, Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman are past it, and Sehwag and Gambhir are technically flawed flat track bullies who need an even flatter track to bully! For reasons best known to our Indian friends, Tendulkar gets exempted from any talk of being dropped, but it's time their selectors dropped him AND Dravid AND Laxman AND Sehwag.

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on January 27, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Okay we lost. But Australians should have nothing to be excited about. You are playing in your backyard. Right. You too have lost last two series in India without winning a single match and losing 4. Agreed we lost in a disgraceful manner. Ageing greats and inexperienced bowling attack made the case worst. But from here we can only go ahead. Win a match in India and then crow as much as you can!

  • Al_Bundy1 on January 27, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    I told you - SRT never plays when the team needs him. And our pathetic supporters call him the GOD of Cricket. For what? Scoring tons against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh? In fact, all senior Batsmen are useless. All of them - Viru, Gauti, Dravid, SRT and Laxman - need to dropped NOW. Enough of this hypocrisy. We knew that they can't play fast bowling. Why can't they play spin?

  • RandyOZ on January 27, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    We now can see how poor the United XIs win against India was, and their true form is being shown in Pakistan. SA and Aus are miles ahead of everyone else and heres the proof.

  • on January 27, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    Front foot lunger dont be so defensive already. Your so called "English" team of South African ex pats will find a much more determined and disciplined unit of Australians the next time you run into us. We were served up to you on a platter last time primed to fail and it was the massive fail we had to have. Best thing that could of happened to us. We have battered an Indian team on the wane admittedly but its the way we beat them that should have you worried. And we did all that with a quarter of the team being passengers. We are going to improve and you should be worried. No doubt you will have added another South African or two by the time we next meet. I know of 3 Indians that are probably going to be on the market shortly. Interested in getting them a new passport too?

  • rohansrilanka on January 27, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    This is a Good lesson for Indian Cricket... first time in the cricket history a ICC setup a World Cup Win for Indians.. these Indians are start to destroy cricketing nations all over the world they manage to destroy Pakistan Cricket, but they cannot succeed on that Pakistan cricket bounce back well, Pakistanies have great youngsters like Akmal brothers and CO... Indians are trying to control Asian Cricket boards with their money.. it wont happen for ever Like Mr Ranatunga said IPL is a biggest joke, and its time for Australian rising..I really like to see Australian to be number 01 team they have pure talented cricketers not overrated jokers like in India

  • Kanthi_Y on January 27, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    Spare a word for the Indian bowling unit as well. On a fairly bowler friendly tracks out side Home we managed to bowel out England once; and as a 200% improvement Aus thrice. Boy... there were people talking about our bowlers ability to take 20 wicks in a match.. LOL. I guess most of the times India was outplayed by the time they come to bat. Its a shame for any team to helplessly wait for a declaration from the opponents. For all holy reasons there were 7 declarations from Aus and Eng. I wonder results would be no different even at home, if a better Spin playing country is on tour to India.

  • dms1972 on January 27, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    I'm guessing now that Tendulkar's century drought is creeping up towards that of Ponting's, those who were questioning Ponting's claims to greatness during his century drought will be doing the same for Tendulkar. I certainly hope not because, unlike Ponting-bashers, I can appreciate greatness when I see it. @popcorn, although, given his current form, it probably wouldn't have made too much difference, but you missed the absolute shocker of a decision that Shaun Marsh received. I didn't need to see any replays to know it wasn't out because it was very clearly NOT OUT! When things are going badly for you, the last thing you need is a call like that one.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on January 27, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    @ Hodra99, The echoes of 'Ashes' and '47' (I don't have all day to list them) - still feels bitter, doesn't it?

  • whyowhy on January 27, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    Popcorn you got it right, Dharmasena had the worst day of his life, might ruin his career..........Only the best should be in the middle, especially in an important series like this. Anyway now we can expect DRS to be implemented, Tendulkar has reached his end...BCCI does not want DRS only because Tendulkar opposes it..........a standing ovation from an aussie crowd is the best way to go out and give the young guns a chance. Farewell Tendulkar..........

  • Andross on January 27, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    @popcorn as an Aussie I am not convinced that the umpiring decisions in this test have had any serious impact on it, but what does irritate me is this insistence of Dharmasena's to check every wicket for a no ball, for two reasons: 1, as I don't recall it happening when India where bowling, it 'looks' as though he is being biased, whether he is or not.,

    2, it's his paid job to call no balls, & given that he's checked every top order wicket that Siddle & Harris took, & Harris in particular clearly had MORE than 1/2 his foot behind the line, it means that he's obviously not looking the rest of the time. The channel 9 commentators were saying that the bowler says where he would like the umpire to stand, & that perhaps he couldn't see the front foot; well I'm sorry, it is a basic requirement that the ump be able to see the front foot & if he can't, he should move so that he can--Tough luck to the bowler. I hope that the referee has a talk to Mr Dharmasena about this lack of professionalis

  • ajayrcs on January 27, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    Totally agree with popcorn about Umpires

  • on January 27, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    @popcorn : i dont know what match were you watching...DRS would have saved India and would not have hurt them...Virat Kohli had an lbw appeal on 91 which Dharmasena disapproved and DRS/Hawkeye suggested the ball missing the leg stump and tht Kohli was not out.Dharmasena was right..but Ashwin and Kohli lbw dismissals given by Aleem Dar were not rite as Hawkeye suggested both times the ball would have missed leg stump..DRS would have helped them both...so u better dont create false facts to support your arguments,,,

  • kevinpp24 on January 27, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    Indians - cooked by England and swallowed by Australia

  • rahulcricket007 on January 27, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    I WAS A BIG FAN OF HOCKEY WHEN I WAS A KID BUT AFTER SEEING INDIA'S BAD PERFORMANCES AFTER 2000 I STOP WATCHING HOCKEY COMPLETELY ,THEN I ATTACHED TO ODI CRICKET , THEN TEST CRICKET , THEN T20 CRICKET . . AFTER SEEING INDIA FAILING TWICE IN T20 WC OF 2009 & 2010 , I STOP WATCHING IPL & T20 MATCHES , I WILL NOW STOP WATCHING TEST CRICKET ALSO & IF INDIA CONTINUE THE SAME IN ODIS THEN I WILL STOP WATCHING THEM TOO .

  • RandyOZ on January 27, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    India are an embarrassment to test cricket. Disgraceful cricket and their batting is to blame. Apart from Kohli everyone has been a failure.

  • on January 27, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    As I have posted earlier, I think the first major change should be the coach... Dhoni or Shewag as captain - no discernible change in the result.

  • VJGS on January 27, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    I suppose that the Indian team now wants to be congratulated on finally dragging the match to the 5th day. Well, they certainly surprised me by surviving 2 sessions of play. I would say that the Australian bowlers need just one more session to clean the tail.

  • DMS1111 on January 27, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    England were eventually going to get better after 20 years at the bottom of the pack.....They should be called the World Team anyway with all the imports from other countries playing for them....

  • on January 27, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    it was better to loss with players like raina,kohli, rohit ,big three have lost thier respect and they are still in effort to loss their remaining respect.

  • Rahu007uk on January 27, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    Sachin it seems wants to play until his son joins him.... Like Indian politics and Bollywood we have dynasty rule in every single field. Media has made Sachin and it is their duty now to bring him down. Lakshman is collecting his pension pot as he know once he finishes his test career he has limited options of making money. I am surprised why Dravid is still there. He is a man of self respect and he should have quit after England tour on a high.I guess these fellows have some tough calls to make in the next 2-3 days. It is going to be a one long flight back home....

  • PrasPunter on January 27, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    @dunger.bob , didnt you see it coming from an indian fan ? mate, you missed it. They are back to their "aussies-are-arrrogant" cries. The truth is that we are a hated lot since we have beaten every team to pulp in the past and showing signs of a return to our fold now. Go Aussies !!

  • rahulcricket007 on January 27, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    @GEORGE13 . INDIA SHOULD COME HOME IF THEY DON'T WANT TO SUFFER WHITEWASH IN ODIS . I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN , WE R STILL A VERY GOOD ODI TEAM .

  • jonesy2 on January 27, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    well i dravid, laxman and tendulkar should be annoucing their retirements after this, it makes absolutely no sense for them to continue, wont give them or indian cricket any benefit to keep playing, not that i want the to retire because great players should play till they drop but if say ponting and hussey were 38 and had suffered through 2 straight whitewash's, the first against an average team, they would be almost certain to go. but on another great note its very nice to see that australia are again the best team in the world by a long long way, full strength india team dispatched on some good batting pitches

  • on January 27, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    Sack the coach things will be right on track

  • Rahu007uk on January 27, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    I once sat next to Clive Lloyd in a plane and I asked him - why did he quit so early? His response in typical Carribean style was 'Man, it is better leave when people still ask me why rather than people saying when?... I guess Sachin, Dravid and Lakshman should learn something from the great Clive Lloyd as people are now asking when are you leaving? They should gracefully retire now otherwise they will end up looking like circus jokers who passed their prime and still dragging along...

  • rahulcricket007 on January 27, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    ACCORDING TO MY 6 MONTH LONG ANALYSIS FOLLOWING CHANGES IN INDIAN TEAM SHOULD BE MADE : 1. DROP DRAVID , LAXMAN , SACHIN( HE CAN COMPLETE HIS 100 IN ODIS ), 2.DROP GAMBHIR ALSO & MAKE MUKUND & RAHANE OPEN.3.PLAY VIRAT KOHLI AT NO.3 , ROHIT AT NO.4 & PUJARA AT NO. 6 SLOT 4. TRY SEHWAG AS A MIDDLE ORDER BATSMEN AT NO.5 , HE CAN PLAY RECKLESS SHOTS AGAINST OLD BALL WHICH DOESN'T SWING TOO MUCH .5.DROP DHONI & INCLUDE SAHA OR KARTHIK AS WKTKEEPER .6.TRY ZAK , UMESH , ASHWIN/OJHA , PRAVEEN AS OUR BOLWERS , ISHANT SHOULD BE SEND TO COUNTY CRICKET TO LEARN SOME BOWLING TIPS 7. MAKE KOHLI OUR CAPTAIN , HE WAS THE CAPTAIN OF U19 WC WINNER TEAM .8. REMOVE ERIC SIMMONS & MAKE WASIM BHAI OUR BOWLING COACH & STEVE WAUGH OUR MAIN COACH .9.REMOVE SRIKANTH & MAKE GANGULY OUR CHIEF SELECTOR . 10 .STOP PREAPARING DUST BOWLS FOR OUR RANJI MATCHES & MAKE SOME GOOD WKTS THAT HELP BOTH FAST BOWLERS & SPINNERS . THE PERFECT EXAMPLE IS MOHALI PITCH WHICH IS GOOD FOR BOTH SEAMERS & SPINNERS

  • chaitu2u on January 27, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    I am happy they r having a whitewash. they deserve it, i think some real hard decision must be taken now, select a all new team with a new captain. because if u got to remove the seniors only because they haven't performed, u got to follow for the rest also namely Dhoni, viru, zaheer khan,gambhir, who haven't done anything at all in this series n gave away there wickets so cheaply... they played senseless batting, plz BCCI do something abt test cricket...u don't change now then u got to get ready to be hammered in Indian pitches too shortly... because the way other teams r progressing in test cricket it will not take much time for the likes of Australia , england , south Africa to defeat us in our own den n whitewash us here too

  • Herath-UK on January 27, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    Unfortunately battle inside battle gets the prominence and the team loses the track;Sachin's century immediately becomes the focus each time he has to come to bat making the Indian distraction from the cause as well as every opposition team getting more committed with bowling getting tighter to prevent him getting to that against them.Sad, he should be a nervous wreck and once the goal acheived he will contribute more to the team.Ranil Herath -Kent

  • on January 27, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    I think India must realise that winning only at home is not going to make them the No.1 team in the world. Also the big three in the middle order have to make way for younger players. Remember what happened to the Australian Team when Lillee, Marsh and Chappel retired at the same time!!! They went through a real low before bouncing back in style.

  • on January 27, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    Happy to know we are goin to loose after dragging to the 5th day

  • Harry_Kool on January 27, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    @selvasnz. How are the sour grapes? I guess you want a box of tissues as well? You are clutching at straws, Siddle is entitled to stay on his line, read the rules. Anyway, Ishant was sent out as a nightwatchman. You know what they are supposed to do? Protect the batsman ny taking most of the balls! So why did Kholi try to keep the strike? Your guys are chasing 500 runs, not 200. get over it and offer some credit where it's due.

  • popcorn on January 27, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    Were it not for the generosity of Umpire Dharmasena,and no DRS,India would have been in deeper trouble. Virat Kohli was clearly out lbw on 91 yesterday,NOT GIVEN,Michael Clarke was not out, GIVEN OUT CAUGHT BEHIND, Mike Hussey was not out lbw,GIVEN OUT,and Laxman was out lbw,NOT GIVEN. Who will Umpire the Umpires and rap them on their knuckles? If a cricketer disagrees with the umpire's decision, he is treated as a schoolboy, and fined for dissent.Sic. As for India's abysmal performance,I hope they open they open their eyes now, after two whitewashws in a row,and climb down from their sand castle that they made for themselves,dreamimg that they are the Number One Test Nation.I am reminded of Aesop's fable," The Emperor wore no clothes".

  • SportySpice on January 27, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    Test team for the future:

    At Home: Any TOM, DICK, HARI

    Away: Gambhir(with a reworked defence)/Mukund, A Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, V Sehwag(c), V Kohli, W Saha/D Karthick, I Pathan, Ashwin/Ojha/Mishra, U Yadav, Z Khan

  • Hodra99 on January 27, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    @dsig3...I remember a couple of days ago you bemoaning the Adelaide pitch...a boring drawn test match you said it would be...I laughed then, and I laugh now. Adelaide has produced some of the best matches in recent times, and most of those results have been achieved on the final day.

  • Hodra99 on January 27, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge...nice try mate. You must have a very very short memory..what happened to your mighty England last week?? Also India were never great

  • dunger.bob on January 27, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    @ cricketcritic : I thought you were going along really well, getting your point across and calling things as you saw it. Then you went and did this. "Grow up Aussie, forget your arrogant imperialist attititude that convinces you the Aussie was is the only way." In what way are we imperialistic ..

  • TDPAThomas on January 27, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    Hats off to the seniors for their long service. If anyone wants to continue to play till he desires let him continue. But he shouldn't depend on his past glory. 8 Test loss are a big insult for any Indian. BCCI should stop regional politics. Sack Srikkanth & others for good. Parthiv & D.Karthik are better than Dhoni & Saha in test cricket (any children who follows cricket knows it). Don't play any seniors except Zaheer in upcoming Indian series, If they play they will score centuries and everything will be forgiven, same old story. What about this team.. 1. A.Mukund, 2.A Rahane, 3.C.Pujara, 4.V.Kohli, 5.Rohit Sharma, 6. P.Patel(D.Karthik), 7.R.Jadeja, 7.I.Pathan, 9.R.Ashwin, 10. Zaheer Khan, 11. Umesh Yadav (12.S.Raina, 13.Patel/Karthk, 14.Ishant Sharma, 15. P.Ojha, 16.Rahul Sharma, 17.Varun Aaron) NB: Before crying about Jadeja, pls have a look into his Ranji career

  • NightStalkeR on January 27, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    @veerakannadiga - hahahaha, that's funny! I can't stop laughing. But seriously, you're telling me that in a country of 1 billion people, they can't find anyone who smashes the deck at 150km/h+? Why don't they just bowl yorkers every ball? As for fitness - look at the aussie team - big, strong, powerful, athletic looking. As for most of the Indian team..........well the opposite to that. Cos I wanted India to actually win this one, this is how I wanted it to happen - Gambhir (3), Sehwag (276), Dravid (25), Tendulkar (106*), Laxman (51), Kohli (22), Saha (2), Ashwin (14), and Ishant Sharma hitting the winning runs (2*)

  • Stolen1 on January 27, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    Dear cricket lover, i am from Pakistan and staunch fan of indian cricket team due to their power pack batting stock, i agree with all of you that age has caught them badly and the all 3 are approaching to 40. Mr. Dravid was in his prime form of his career only 6 months ago with the same age and Tendulkar had also scored plenty of centuries over the last two years than all of suddedn what happended to all these mastero, we have to find out the root cause because Mr. Ponting has ruled out this theroy that due to age factor one performances waned and you all can judge well. to the some extent i agree that age really matters but in this case there is something wrong in the bottom. seconly BCCI needs to find out some quality pace bowler who can turn the table in indias favor through their bowling, look at the Zaheer and ishant they are not capable to bundle out the opposition twice and they have to find to world class spinner to remain top of the chart otherwise lion at home mice in abroad.

  • bobmartin on January 27, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    @ Posted by atuljain1969 on (January 27 2012, 10:08 AM GMT)

    " Indian cricketers after reaching Top in all the forms of cricket, have lost the motivation to perform."

    I don't know which Indian team you are talking about, but it can't be the one which has just been hammered by both England and Australia since they have never been top in ALL forms of the game. They may be the world cup holders, but that did not make them the number 1 team in the ICC ODI table..In fact they have never been the number 1 ODI team. They have also never been the number 1 T20 team either. That table has only been in existence for a short while and guess what, India did not win the last T20 world cup and England, who did, are the number 1 team. Still 1 out of three isn't bad I suppose, and we obviously mustn't let facts get in the way of pure speculation must we

  • on January 27, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    As i said yesterday Sachin does win nor save test matches. He never gets any when needed and thats A FACT. And to the guy who said that india was a great team...please. No one respected them as number one.

  • rohjr1234 on January 27, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    maybe their feet arent moving as well as before and the reflexes arent quite up there.. giving them another test is not the right way to go about things.. what they require is a masive farewell and being one of the biggest fans of laxman and dravis its time for us to thank them for what they have contributed tirelessly over the last decade and half.. they need to be reminded of what they have done in the past and not what happened this summer.. even though they havent performed over the last few tests they shouldnt be depressed that their career didnt end on a high.. for they were far above that.. they were the god's of cricket which most opponents feared.. for they shall be immortal forever.. This is a sad sad day for indian cricket..

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on January 27, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    The once-great India were humiliated and destroyed by England. They were simply SERVED UP ON A PLATE by the English for Australia to take easily. This series is mediocre at best and easily forgettable, played by two middle-ranking teams whose even most die-hard fans would begrudgingly admit are streets behind England.

  • rohjr1234 on January 27, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    I am lost for words.. Whether the big four shall remain is the question.. they do not have time one their side to prove their form.. i am in tears as this might be the last test match for one of them.. will they be given another chance.. may be its not the wisest thing to do.. but how ever they have performed in the last two series it shall not be binding on what they have contributed during their career and by throwing words and tarnishing their name is not the right way.. its sad that they had to face such a scenario at the fag end of their career. i am one of the biggest fans of VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid , with the kind of performances they have shown in the past, i patienlty watched every test hoping we would see one of those miracles that they have pulled off so consistently over the decade.. but it was in vain everytime watching them get out to not what i would call as fantastic bowling on the OZ's part..

  • Cricket_fan85 on January 27, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    I am seeing lot of voices asking the "FAMOUS 3" to retire .. I would vouch their views and I would like to raise my head and say " The Indian team should change".. any body with a little bit of cricket knowledge would agree that MSD is not a sort of captain for test matches.. He is very defensive and wait for things to happen.. NOT THESE DAYS SIR.. We need a captain like Saurav and Michael Clarke who want to go for it rather than let it come to you. I am interested to see Abhinav Mukund and Rahane opening and then Rohit , Kohli and pujara and Saha to follow..Ashwin, Ojha, Umesh, Aaron and Ishant can form the team .. this is the best I could think off.. We need youngsters to lead the side and Virat should be an ideal choice.. Young Legs, Young Hands and no fear . this is what WE WANT TO SEE

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on January 27, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    Shame for VVS to go out on such a low note ...but he must go. Probably Dravid as well as India need a boost of youth and enthusiasm. Kohli has shown the way forward and i'm sure there are more like him champing at the bit for a chance. As for Australia i would have given LONG odds on them bowling India out 8 times in 4 Tests before we started ... and that without Watson, Cummins & for the last 2 Tests Pattinson. Still have the same doubts about the top 3 and it has been Ponting, Hussey & Clarke who have done most of the hard work. And the first two wont last forever. Hopefully tomorrow it is Lyon that can finish it off to give him a boost and continue his development.

  • on January 27, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    India should play ipl only as they are no more international team now, as when you feel defeat only then you can win, playing for ipl you lost the feeling now they are shameless like gambhir saying we will see them on spin track , what a foolish statement, and people like kohli feeling no shame of 4-0 but saying 100 is a big answer to crowd, he dont know 2 double hundred from aus what was that? paly like a time, not individual .. if you got hundred it doesn't mean aus crowed will feel shame, why feel shame in the end result will count not your stats, what selfish thinking, not a team player, its a franchise's player

  • Rastaman21 on January 27, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    Even the Irish would have done better than this abject Indian team. One word about Wridiman Saha; I thought he was outstanding behind the wickets, surely better and more agile than Dhoni. Again, Saha will be back in oblivion after Dhoni's return. Dhoni's place in the Team should be by merit, if not as wicketkeeper, than as a batsman. He has sorely disappointed with the bat as well. Time to change the Test Captain; leave Dhoni as captain for T20 and ODIs as he's better suited in that format. Be bold and select a young captain like Kohli for instance. Selectors should be given the boot for conytinually selecting palyers based on their reputation rather than performance (Example: Gambhir has been out of touch for about 2 years now). Ganguly should seriously consider taking up the role as selector as India need someone who speaks his mind. Period.

  • dsig3 on January 27, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    Does anyone else realize this will be dunkin donut Fletchers second whitewash in Australia. Has he ever coached a winner down here in tests? I hope ricky finds him after the match. More vengence for punter after the ashes in 2005.

  • on January 27, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    why this India cricket team struggling to Australia.what happen?they are superb batting line up.are they mentally upset? or ???????????????

  • dsig3 on January 27, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    Dharmasena is having an absolute shocker. I was big wraps on him after the world cup but he is out of his league at the moment. Needs to try and finish the game well or else he may go the way of the man he replaced. Dear old asoka de silva.

  • hhillbumper on January 27, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    God almighty India.What excuses can you come up with now.Over last summer it was cause you had players injured.so what is the excuse now.None of your players looked like they even cared.If I was you I would keep quiet for a few years and go home and pretend you still have a chance against real teams.It is not as if this Aussie team is ven much cop.Their top 3 is a farce a wicketkeeper who can't catch and a rokkie spinner.

  • JustOUT on January 27, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    So.. for all Indian team fans.. never ever call your TEST TEAM AS BEST in the world blah blah.. They are best only in flat tracks(i doubt now after this test match). So, next time when you comeout to type here, add yourself that we are good at home and sore losers outside. They somehow begged SA & AUS to convert their ODI series as TEST series at home and enjoyed a draw and win agianst them.. but now, you guys proved that your flat track bullies. Shame on you guys.

  • on January 27, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    Well good bye India. It's a shame your cricket management subjected you to this. The warning was there after England and was ignored with hubris. They also brought animosity to themselves by giving the finger to people in Australia where everyone knows if you "finger" you'd better be prepared for the comeback. Go home, rebuild and come back with some reason for your pride. And please, no more concentration on meaningless stats like 100/100's. Look what that did to a man of Tendulkar's stature. Good luck.

  • manas.tiwari9 on January 27, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    it will be good if our team trios retire with positive note like kumble...otherwise if this performance goes on they will be droped like ganguly and may not get another chance in the team.....now IPL teams are not intrested in laxman...if he want to be a part of team he may be take place as a mentor not as a batsman..(accordind to DANIK JAGRAN hindinewspaper)....its beginning.. the sooner they realise the better will it be...

  • manas.tiwari9 on January 27, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    ENGLAND and AUS whitewashed india......and now waiting for SA and NZ tour to get washed...because team cant perform overseas away from subcontinent....the first thing bcci should do is to fire fletcher whatever the loss may be....i think he is the unluckiest coach for indian team ever.....and regarding the team let young blood come in...its high time for seniors to retire. we all know that they have given a lot to indian team but now they are ageing and they should realize that... the only positive thing of this series was virat's hunderd and ashwin's ability to bat....good luck for triseries

  • kishkapil on January 27, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    as all in india are saying that the trinity of indian cricket must be replaced with youngsters now, i too hope this happens.but there should be a process to it. rahul dravid, though had a phenominal 2011, should be the first to go coz as soon as he arrives, he just kills the flow of the game.i have heard commentators say that they have seen him spill a catch rarely, but nowadays it has become a common factor in the indian slip quard.rahul n vvs laxman rarely hold on to any catches nowadays.comin to vvs, his time to go is near too, due to lack of reflexes with age.bad batting also contributes to it.then the god of cricket goes, even if he fails to score his 100 th ton.please leave on a high Mr. tendulkar, coz the country cant see you struggling to make runs.i am a staunch supporter of tendulkar but enough.retire before you too become a liability for the team like rahul n vvs.i am disappointed, sad n angry like the whole country team india has let down.and yes viru, gautam n dhoni. rip.

  • atuljain1969 on January 27, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    As I predicted before the start of series India will loose 4-0, it is a fact now except last day weather intervention. So what happened wrong , I give below foll. reasons :

    1. Indian cricketers after reaching Top in all the forms of cricket, have lost the motivation to perform.

    2. England and Australian, Bowlers have consistently bowl on good length on outside the offstump hence testing their patience.

    3. Indian bowlers have on the other hand failed to bowl consistently a good line and length balls

    4. Indian greats are living in their own world, they fail to realise the fact mentioned in sl no.1 and even after straight 8 th loss are not retiring.

    5. BCCI or selectors are shying away from their responsibility in dropping them,instead they are hoping they will retire on their own.

    6. They say class is permanent, form is temporary, if that is the case, these Indian greats are never going to be dropped unless they retire.

    7. Seniors have lost self confidence and unable to agree

  • indianpunter on January 27, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    The test series which many thought is going to be a very close contest is coming to a dreadfully one sided finish tomorrow. By not calling time on their careers Rahul Dravid and VVS laxman who have given so much joy to so many people over the years have clearly over stayed and have lost the opportunity to have a farewell game they deserved. Both Sehwag and Gambhir have gone on record stating their preference to drop down the order. It has to be mentioned that Zaheer Khan bats with less resolve than a school kid playing in a club game. Some of the senior players have clearly lost the ability and the hunger to fight it out in the middle. It is no coincidence that youngsters like Kohli, Yadav and Ashwin have done relatively well in this series.

    BCCI did not see a need for a comprehensive review after the England debacle and plenty of well documented excuses were thrown around to justify that performance. The onus is now on the BCCI

  • on January 27, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    Why do sehwag/gambhir/laxman deserve another chance ? Between them in the past 11 tests, they have scored one century ( laxman against WI at home ). Averages - Gambhir - 26 ( 20 w/o WI ), sehwag - 27 ( 17 w/o WI ), laxman - 37 ( 21 w/o WI )

  • on January 27, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    Four wickets to take for a four nil series victory! A great achievement by the favourite sporting team.

  • Lord.emsworth on January 27, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    For Heavens sake! Show some spunk and at least try to save this game Indian tailenders! Perhaps now your selectors and fans will realize that the ageing batsmen in this former great Indian team HAVE to go! Nothing lasts forever! In with the new!

  • anukrtiti on January 27, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    i never expected that i have to see kohli run out in such a critical situation......................really seroius bad overseas days forworld champions india !!!!!!!!!!!

  • on January 27, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    i think India should arrange a farewell match for laxman in India to get him retired,and give a chance to rohit sharma, and the last match of upcoming series would be the farewell of dravid, and then put sehwag down and mukand up. Captaincy should be given to kholi as he is aggressive and young , and mad , although not a good human but a cricketer.

  • Herath-UK on January 27, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    A very poor performance by any standards for a team that wanted the best.A similar situation led to the Sri Lankan Board to make some significant changes in the selection process,captaincy and coach so I'm sure Indian fans would be waiting eargely to see some positive outcome from this debacle. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • on January 27, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    India should be made to return there match fees. you journos took a massive attack at Pakistan. Always an easy target (what is it with the Media and Muslims?)

    How about you call it as it is. This has been a singularly inept performance by a side that never looked it even wanted to earn its money for being here. Drop this to a 3 test series in future and give us an extra match against the kiwis or even a series v zimbabwe, they will at least fight for pride.

    Go home India, dont waste our time.

    To the Aussie side, and administration. Thank you. After being humbled last year it looked a long way back, a couple of big calls left to be made but Arthur was a very good one, as was promoting Warner and Cowan!!

  • on January 27, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    I am pretty sure Aus will wrap-up India by half an hour tomorrow

  • g.narsimha on January 27, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    Worst performance in a decade , huge dissapointment ,this may be blessing in disguise , time for taking hard decisions , the performance of yadav, kohli, ashiwin saha , reinforces the faith that all is not that bleak , we have youngesters with class , pujara, rohit raina even jadeja can be roped in tests , feel sorry for disgracefull exist of our greats .

  • ravi_hari on January 27, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    Thousands of comments will be written on why India lost, who is responsible, etc. I think the best way to explain another white wash is to say that a better team led by a better captain won! Eversince the collapse at MCG, Indians never looked like they want to win. An accident or an incident can put down somebody for sometime and will take some effort to recover. It is almost impossible to explain how 11 people suddenly blank out and just accept the course of events for over a month! I think the entire Australian team should be declared Men-of-the-series instead of choosing only one. I am sure Clarke or Ponting will get it. It was a complete team effort and though Marsh and Haddin would consider themselves lucky to be part of this, they did contribute in some way or the other to the great victory. Yet, Aussies will sit down to re-look at every member's contribution and a few heads are due to roll before they embark on the Windies tour. Return of Watson, Cummins and Pattinson is a given

  • miraclez on January 27, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    India definetly needs couple of allrounders...

  • Gozunder on January 27, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    No major overhaul needed, only a minor fix, Duncan Fletcher has to be sacked with immediate effect!

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

    The test series which many thought is going to be a very close contest is coming to a dreadfully one sided finish tomorrow. By not calling time on their careers Rahul Dravid and VVS laxman who have given so much joy to so many people over the years have clearly over stayed and have lost the opportunity to have a farewell game they deserved. Both Sehwag and Gambhir have gone on record stating their preference to drop down the order. It has to be mentioned that Zaheer Khan bats with less resolve than a school kid playing in a club game. Some of the senior players have clearly lost the ability and the hunger to fight it out in the middle. It is no coincidence that youngsters like Kohli, Yadav and Ashwin have done relatively well in this series.

    BCCI did not see a need for a comprehensive review after the England debacle and plenty of well documented excuses were thrown around to justify that performance. The onus is now on the BCCI to map out a clear vision for the future of Indian Test

  • on January 27, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    saddened by the lack of commitment more than the result. batsmen of the highest calibre not able to last one session. sachin should have run 3 on the ball prior to his dismissal in the 1st innings. u got to make your own luck. our wounds of the england series were just beginning to heel. this is going to leave a big crater in our hearts. gud luck for the T20 and the one dayers.

  • bijuouseph on January 27, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    India has too much cooperative mentality. They check who don't get wicket; they give wicket on base of that, In England tour first three tests one fast bowler get first test five wickets or more for another in second test and remaining to third. Remaining spinner got in remaining test. Same like that Leon remaining in this test; they will give him in this test. Seniors please stop play. Give chance to youngsters if youngsters or under-19 player if play, same result or at least draw we can expect. If one all-rounder spinner included in this match sure he can exploit this pitch with Aswin. For what these long batting line up they are doing nothing. Avoid at least one and include one all-rounder spinner in any place and in three pace bowlers place one all-rounder fast bowler specially Isanth Sarma's place. In Renji so many option now but committee cannot see that performances. They don't know the players name too

  • imransmalik on January 27, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    great team needs now new blood

  • dsig3 on January 27, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    Well done to Lyon! Before this series I was hoping that he would come through without being completely destroyed. I did not care if he didnt take bags of wickets as long as he held his own and he did that and better. Despite how the Indians are playing they are still incredibly good against spin. Lyon is so inexperienced and young but he has done his job. A major, major test passed by Gaz.

  • D.Sharma on January 27, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    I know people will defend Sachin "God" Tendulkar for no reason. What has he done in this series? NOTHING. Scored only 93 more runs than Dravid and 132 more runs than Laxman. People were raving on about how Sachin was the best batsman and he should be the only one to play on for a couple of years. Big deal. Only Dravid has averaged above 50 since the Jo'burg win and people want him kicked out. Tendulkar has not even scored a single 100 in this period. Tendulkar has "god-like" stats, but will never have god-like performances in tests.

  • Kavum on January 27, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    I wouldn't be too hard on Kohli since I have seen Ishant bat. He (Kohli) is the only positive that the Indians can take from this shambles. Ashwin impressed all too briefly - but there is a hint of potential there unless Bob Willis gets in the way. Kohli showed guts, talent and chutzpah in his demeanour and now should be in the pipeline for a leadership role. Sri Lanka should generously provide SRT with his hundredth hundred during the tri-series and then that little psychological contretemps should be dun and dusted. Hope India fight and show their mettle in the ODI series since SL will most likely be walked all over by the Aussies. With Pakistan giving England something to think about in the UAE, South Asian cricket must lift its head again - especially away from home.

  • Cricket_4_Blood on January 27, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    At this moment If I have a wish to ask from God, I will ask him to take me to meet Mr. GUPTA.ANKUR, the one who is hiding under the shell since 26th Dec. What a pathetic situation & not even my enemy should go through this humiliation which he is facing at the moment. He should be the most shameless Indian fan around the world for making some meaningless comments before the start of the series. Grow up Indian Fans. It's all over.

  • MSoundar on January 27, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    i feel very sad for the great Indian batting legends Sachin, Dravid & Laxman, this series might not have been like this, if they had performed as they did all these years. I wish their test career should not end in this manner, as many would think it is going to be.

  • antselector on January 27, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    Well, all that praise for Kohli, and he runs himself out just before stumps. If this is all Indian fans have to get excited about, they are not in for much success in the next 5 years. Once again, the Aussie quick's stand up whether with the ball or in the field. Cant wait to see what Sri Lanka have to offer in the ODI's, because it cant get much worse than this Indian test team. All the focus on money and short form cricket, they almost seem like they don't care....... actually if they did, with the talent they have, surely it wouldn't have gone this bad. Indian cricket is rotten and needs an urgent wake-up call. Maybe it is too late.

  • ian_ghose on January 27, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    Looks like Kumar Dharmasena's had some generous offerings from the BCCI. After poor decisions against Marsh, Hussey and Clarke, he seemed hell-bent on letting Laxman score 500, choosing not to give some clear LBW decisions, in addition to checking for no-ball for Dravid's dismissal, when half of Harris' foot was behind the crease. And yet, inspite of Dharmasena's assisstance, India looks primed for another humiliating defeat- the greatest batsmen of all time - Rolling on the floor laughing my a** off! p.s. why doesn't Tendulkar walk even when he knows and everyone else on planet earth knows that he has nicked it?

  • trumpoz on January 27, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    I think the cricinfo commentators summed up the situation really really well with this closing remakr:With Australia four wickets away from a 4-0 hammering of India, Cricket Australia have annouced that there will be free entry to Adelaide Oval tomorrow. Woeful from India, they have run out of their last excuse, this wasn't a green wicket, this was not a pitch helpful for the home fast bowlers, this was a flat batting wicket. Twice they have imploded against persistent high-quality bowling. They have nowhere to hide, however great their middle order may be. You can point to history, to their past records, to their earlier deeds overseas, but losing eight consecutive overseas Test is a massive, massive indictment". The flat-track bullies have failed just as spectacularly as the rest of the series. Virat Kohli is the only positive thing to come from this tour for India. BCCI needs to read the writing or they will spin down to struggling to beat Zimbabwe.

  • candyfloss on January 27, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    Finally this nightmare is going to end for us,hope we do well in the odi's.

  • on January 27, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    wow 4 - o a white wash greate. don't think this just a home victory for australia regardless of home conditions or rank turners india will win white wash against aussies,england, south africa not ecen against West indies

  • rohansrilanka on January 27, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    Now its shown to Cricket World Indian (so called TEAM INDIA) is no longer World champions, its simply a overrated team, by the ICC, and the Indian Media, they dont wont to use DRS because they afraid of that, but without the DRS Aussies manage to beat Indian... in the cricket world cup, its a biggest mystery how Indians' won the cricket world cup, such a team losing 4-0 to England to Australia...

  • Harry_Kool on January 27, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    Where are you LillianThomson? The boring test match with the never ending batting track will result in few wickets and a stack of runs with one big boring draw? I figured at the time you knew little to nothing about the Adelaide track, but gave you the benefit of the doubt in case you knew somethiing that was different from previous years. Guess what? You don't. However, I do agree with you that the other test in progress is seeing both teams putting up a fight. It's not our fault one team here has decided to put their feet up & not compete.

  • Mikecricket on January 27, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    Australia should finsh it off tomorrow very quickly.

  • veerakannadiga on January 27, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    I have always kept saying, we Indians, are a bunch of honest people. We are proving that what we have achieved before can be be achieved again. Our 0-4 against England was not a fluke, here is an encore. Cheers.

  • on January 27, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    another 4-0 white wash....hope india will play better against uae and hong kong...they still have to improve a lot to compete against kenya and bangladesh

  • NightStalkeR on January 27, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    This would have to be the most pathetic display I have ever seen from a touring side. The Indian team should hang their heads in shame. I was looking forward to a tight contest, but all they have succeeded in doing is making the side that is India the laughing stock of international cricket. If I was a selector, I would first drop over half the side, then I would resign my post. Just forget about the rest of the tour India and go home now to avoid further embrassment!

  • S.Seshachalam on January 27, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    High time to push out the seniors and non performers and blood in youngsters like Rahane, Mukund, Tiwari. Kohli should be made captain and Rohit the vice captain. Remember the under-19 world cup was won by India under Kohli's leadership.Let's have a totally new look test team. Even God may not know what is in store for India in the T-20 and ODI triangular series! The coach and selection committee chairman should also be sacked in order to save Indian cricket. BCCI guys better wake up....

  • karl43 on January 27, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Another pathetic, spineless, gutles, shambolic performance by india and another 4-0 massacre overseas, how the mighty india have fallen from their No1 status which was always dubious as they have never done much outside of india, unlike australia who used to thrash everyone home and away for a 15 year period. Congrats to australia for a thoroughly professional and clinical performance against a bunch of bollywood actors dressed as cricketers.

  • mlkt on January 27, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    indian batsman have done really well to prove ricky ponting's statement wrong...ponting suggested that it is very difficult to take 20 wickets on adelaide pitch....now there r two questions for indian fans........should these senior batsmen be dropped and asked to perform at domestic level like any out of form player OR they should be told that enough is enough u should retire.......second question is that if they have to be retired, should they be asked to retire immediately or we should wait for the next home test series(which is around 9 months from now) and give them a respectable farewell....considering their services to indian cricket....

  • eyballfallenout on January 27, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    Well done aus, i am really happy how you guys bowled on a flat wicket. This was the real test after the good wickets we have had in the series.

  • cricketcritic on January 27, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    Tomorrow will be the end of a very disappointing series for India. Hard to comprehend how bad they've been. The seam attack looks toothless and looks like age has caught up with the old batting superstars. Kohli has been a joy. Australia have been good, but how good? They've simply gotten the momentum over a poor opponent.

    Second in the disappointment stakes is the behaviour of the Aussies. It's constant. It was Siddle today. Coming after yesterdays silly kids packing up on Kohli. Ponting's physical contact was by no means the settling down measure the C9 commentators made it out to be. Strategic bullying tactics. And a cursory shake of the hand at then end of the innings is not compensation for an afternoon of abuse. Grow up Aussie, forget your arrogant imperialist attititude that convinces you the Aussie was is the only way.

  • Meety on January 27, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    Kholi, Kholi, Kholi - funny how Hilfenhaas has the last laugh! LOL! A common phrase used in Oz, is give yourself an upper cut, well you gave yourself a right hook, but you're supposed to take your helmet off! LOL! I suppose it was the crowd that made you get run out! == == == On a more sombre note, sad to see the exits of Dravid, VVS & Sachin, they came here in the dream of winning in one of India's frontiers, & have been dispatched in some cases maybe unlikely to play another test innings. I thought Dravid showed a hell of a lot of fight despite being really all at sea, & probably should never tour off the sub-continent again. VVS, well he got out TWICE to Lyon, (a bowler who is suppose to be a hack but has better stats than Ashwin), he is likely to have played his last test. And Sachin, the noose around his neck is the 100 x 100s. Maybe he should retire with 99, that would be something he'd have in common with The Don?????

  • on January 27, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    lol.......bangladesh better dan india........

  • Mr.Optimistic on January 27, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    India Once Again failed due to their poor batting on a pitch considered ideal for batting. This isn't even Australia's best bowling line-up.

  • Mervo on January 27, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    Clarke has averaged 125, Ponting 115 and Hussey in the 80s in this series. Our most senior batsmen have produced the goods, without Shane Watson. Thank goodness they were not knocked off by our crazy media. India on the other hand have been complete 'lambs' away from their slow low wickets. They have some hard decisions ahead after, now seemingly, a 9-0 whitewash against Australia and England. If that is not a message, I don't know what is.

  • abverb on January 27, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    Laxman/Dravid missed a golden chance to make a 250+ score and secure their place in the team for next 10 years !!!

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

    What a woeful performance. C'mon enough is enough seniors. Its time for your guys to move on. That's it. History is history.. If you 3 are self-respected individuals, its time for you guys to retire and make way for youngsters.

  • AidanFX on January 27, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    I stated Aust would maul india - despite the placid flat Adelaide wicket (which to this point has barely scuffed up or broken apart come the end of Day 4); I only saw a win for the Australians and neither a victory or boring draw to India on dead wicket. Why because Aus have the 'wood on them'. All through the series the Aussies have exploited the conditions and managed to get subtle movement both ways. This is just a consequence of the seam being in a better position upon release and landing. Most of the time the wickets have not been lethal. The fact in the Aussies bowled consistently better than the Indians. On the whole they have battered better too. But too much has been made of the pitches I saw this victory precisely because Aus in both batting and bowling have been more energetic, prepared, and organised (although batting has some holes). The running in this ins between the Inds was just atrocious - the writing was on the wall start of the inns.

  • nwone on January 27, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    India from the last five years 2007-2012. 2007-won T20 world-cup-then we lost our consistency in T20, except for world cup matches.ranked as a bottom level team in t20's now as so our pathetic record shows the number of matches won and lost. 2010-no1 test team- and gradually falls now after this series shows that the team is only good at home and we are again losing our image from top to bottom. 2011-won world cup-lost in england and same is going to happen in australia...... The only problem is our CONSISTENCY LEVEL , we get the title but we could not hold on to yet.We need to fix this problem.we need to be consistent if we need to be on top again.

  • ramli on January 27, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    madness from kohli .. but more than that ... what about Sehwag? .. is it not recklessnesss? what about Lakshman? Is it not complacency? What about the timid approaches of dravid and tendulkar? Any way ... don't worry seniors .. you have almost two years of non-stop home test series to redeem your careers and there is the retrograde selection panel to wholly support you ... and the fickle public memory!!

  • on January 27, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    ABSOLUTE SHAMELESS PERFORMANCE!!!!!! THE WORST FACE OF INDIAN CRICKET!!

  • Unifex on January 27, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    Although they're going to fall comprehensively vanquished, the great Indian batsmen will be remembered with great respect and affection by Australian fans. Sachin, Dravid and VVS are class acts and have played some of the most impressive and amazing innnings ever seen in this country. They should be saluted.

  • Imz25 on January 27, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    India have been pulverised in this series. Nothing else needed to be said!

  • on January 27, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    How great ur middle orders be...there is no excuse for eight consecutive overseas defeats...Adelaide will be the eighth one and it will be officially declared tomorrow...may be before we take our first sip of bed tea..

  • SmartStrategy on January 27, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    When would you wake up BCCI and the selection committee? Eight straight loss, NOT a single contesting test, pathetic show in all departments of the game- are these not enough yet? Perhaps, another couple of home series loss is likely in the near future.

    Inconsistent bowling, no quality spinners (at least something India used to be proud of), horrible batting, sloppy fielding, terrible captaincy, unintelligent press conferences, coaches not able to rectify the errors in the players (batsmen getting out in the similar fashion), timid selection process, lack of initiatives...etc etc... Hard to point out one single factor. There has always been mismanagement and other issues with BCCI. Now all of them showing in the results.

  • dunger.bob on January 27, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    Looks as though the Aussies have done their bit. Sure looks like 4-0 now. Losing Kholi like that was a 9 inch nail in a 6 inch board. .. Now, if Pakistan can beat England 3-0 we will have a new No 1. South Africa will be at the top. Englands glorious reign will be over.. :) ...So I've been told by a bloke who reckons that's right .. Wouldn't that be a great way to get into the new year?.

  • vint on January 27, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    team india has probably got the biggest differentials between the one day unit and the test unit.... test team cant bat(these days), cant bowl and definitely cannot field and it has been shown up in these 4 tests... Now Geoff marsh got sacked for poor performance... should the same apply to duncan fletcher??? If so who is the best candidate to lead India?? would love someone to answer this question!!

  • nwone on January 27, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    wow! india-the world champs.thanks to micheal clarke that he decided to bat another innings otherwise the match would have been over before lunch.another thing, why are indian's behaving in such a manner that nothing has happened and they are carrying out things normally.After such humiliations by the hands of first english and then aussie teams, i believe that the board needs to re-think at a major scale.especially selectors should be new atleast.krish srikant should resign,if he has some shame left.

  • George13 on January 27, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    The inevitabe 8 straight losses are simply irrepairable and disgraceful..india should come back home soon so that they do not suffer a whitewash in the T20s and the ODIs..sorry for this frustrated remark..

  • Bangla.tiger on January 27, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    India need to play test cricket againts team like zimbawe , ireland.

  • timmyw on January 27, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    I would like to see an end to on field abuse of any kind, and from the crowds. That is one thing that always mars cricket for me. People acting like children exscept there isn't anyone there to tell them to behave with respect towards others. Sometimes this turns me off cricket. Next time the Indian team visits, I sincerely hope they have a more pleasant experience, and are able to put up more of a fight. I'll certainly miss the likes of Dravid and Tendulkar and Laxman.

  • Rastaman21 on January 27, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    Being an Indian supporter, it's very painful watching this team give in all the time without even a semblance of a fight. Michael Clarke had shown some "compassion" by not enforcing the follow-on. If India had indeed followed-on, they would have likely lost their 5th Away Test out of 6 Away Tests by an Innings (they lost the last 2 in England by Innings as well). This absolutely abject display is appalling and a poor advertisement for the game. Even the non-Innings defeats were by massive number of runs. Only one thing to do: follow what Sri Lanka have done and have a complete overhaul- change Test captain (Dhoni not cut out for Tests), and change the Selectors (Srikanth gone past his sell-by date and biased with the South players selection, replace him with Ganguly as you need someone who speaks his mind and take action), change the coach (Duncan not really for India, perhaps someone like Tom Moody would be more suitable). Really sad days for Indian cricket.

  • selvasnz on January 27, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    Hi, its very sad to see the Indians batting such a poor performance, at the same time, I want to say about Aussie bowlers reactions - Siddle obstructions while Kohli running, see the replay about the Siddle's action after he bowled, he really obstructed him, Kohli took one arch to pass him to avoid the collision, thats deliberate act form Siddle. In the replay never shown about it, instead they are showing only the throw from the Hilfenhaus.

  • ada007 on January 27, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    India wins second innings hip hip hurray

  • Ali_J_01 on January 27, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    i want to see thunder down under ad.. Why AUS IND series is always intense..lol...i havent seen that ad since 2nd test match..

  • on January 27, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    Indias hopes are gone, so should Gambhir, Sehwag, Dravid, Laxman, Dhoni and Zaheer

  • OZrocks_forca_barca on January 27, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    well its a good news for indian cricket...at least they have lasted till 4 days and they are 1st time in the series in day 5 :D good jobs lads....continue this kind of performance ahead...this will make everybody proud....you must play till 5 days at least its a test!!!! job well done india!!!

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  • OZrocks_forca_barca on January 27, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    well its a good news for indian cricket...at least they have lasted till 4 days and they are 1st time in the series in day 5 :D good jobs lads....continue this kind of performance ahead...this will make everybody proud....you must play till 5 days at least its a test!!!! job well done india!!!

  • on January 27, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    Indias hopes are gone, so should Gambhir, Sehwag, Dravid, Laxman, Dhoni and Zaheer

  • Ali_J_01 on January 27, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    i want to see thunder down under ad.. Why AUS IND series is always intense..lol...i havent seen that ad since 2nd test match..

  • ada007 on January 27, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    India wins second innings hip hip hurray

  • selvasnz on January 27, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    Hi, its very sad to see the Indians batting such a poor performance, at the same time, I want to say about Aussie bowlers reactions - Siddle obstructions while Kohli running, see the replay about the Siddle's action after he bowled, he really obstructed him, Kohli took one arch to pass him to avoid the collision, thats deliberate act form Siddle. In the replay never shown about it, instead they are showing only the throw from the Hilfenhaus.

  • Rastaman21 on January 27, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    Being an Indian supporter, it's very painful watching this team give in all the time without even a semblance of a fight. Michael Clarke had shown some "compassion" by not enforcing the follow-on. If India had indeed followed-on, they would have likely lost their 5th Away Test out of 6 Away Tests by an Innings (they lost the last 2 in England by Innings as well). This absolutely abject display is appalling and a poor advertisement for the game. Even the non-Innings defeats were by massive number of runs. Only one thing to do: follow what Sri Lanka have done and have a complete overhaul- change Test captain (Dhoni not cut out for Tests), and change the Selectors (Srikanth gone past his sell-by date and biased with the South players selection, replace him with Ganguly as you need someone who speaks his mind and take action), change the coach (Duncan not really for India, perhaps someone like Tom Moody would be more suitable). Really sad days for Indian cricket.

  • timmyw on January 27, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    I would like to see an end to on field abuse of any kind, and from the crowds. That is one thing that always mars cricket for me. People acting like children exscept there isn't anyone there to tell them to behave with respect towards others. Sometimes this turns me off cricket. Next time the Indian team visits, I sincerely hope they have a more pleasant experience, and are able to put up more of a fight. I'll certainly miss the likes of Dravid and Tendulkar and Laxman.

  • Bangla.tiger on January 27, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    India need to play test cricket againts team like zimbawe , ireland.

  • George13 on January 27, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    The inevitabe 8 straight losses are simply irrepairable and disgraceful..india should come back home soon so that they do not suffer a whitewash in the T20s and the ODIs..sorry for this frustrated remark..

  • nwone on January 27, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    wow! india-the world champs.thanks to micheal clarke that he decided to bat another innings otherwise the match would have been over before lunch.another thing, why are indian's behaving in such a manner that nothing has happened and they are carrying out things normally.After such humiliations by the hands of first english and then aussie teams, i believe that the board needs to re-think at a major scale.especially selectors should be new atleast.krish srikant should resign,if he has some shame left.