India in Australia 2011-12 November 30, 2011

India's Test specialists to leave early for Australia

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The Test specialists of the Indian squad will leave early for Australia, even as the ODI team completes its home assignment against West Indies. A board official told ESPNcricinfo that Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Ishant Sharma and Pragyan Ojha are likely to be on an early flight, the exact date for which is yet to be decided. They will leave either on December 8 or after the BCCI awards function on December 10. India's first tour game begins on December 15, eleven days prior to the Boxing Day Test.

Laxman, one of India's Tests-only players, welcomed the development. "Luckily for us we are going ahead this time, so we will get a lot of time and opportunity to get acclimatised to those conditions," Laxman told ESPNcricinfo. "I firmly believe that how much ever simulation you do in India, it's always important to get to Australia and get used to the conditions. The net practices and training sessions will be very critical for us to get used to the conditions as early as possible.

"Personally, because of past experiences, you know if you do certain kind of drills it will help you to get used to the bounce. But it is not the same as actually batting there." Laxman, though, didn't know when exactly he will be flying and who he will be flying with.

Unlike India's last tour of Australia, when the team left immediately after completing a Test series against Pakistan, this schedule allows the Tests specialists more flexibility in their preparations. The last time, the BCCI attracted flak for arranging only one warm-up game; this time, India will be playing two warm-up games before they face Australia in the first Test in Melbourne.

Last year as well, the Test specialists left early for the tour of South Africa, while the ODI side played against New Zealand at home.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • sunny1307 on December 3, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    Dream Scenario-India wins test series 2-0,sachin is man of the series,completes 100th ton at the mcg,ponting is dropped forever after the series.Well this is what most Indians think judging by there comments.But the reality will be something like this.1.Australia winning 3-0,a draw at adelaide.2.Ponting is man of the series with 3 tons and 583 runs from 7 innings.3.Sachin scores 210 runs in 8 inns with 1 half-century.4.Yadav and Aaron are spanked all around the park.5.Dravid is highest scorer for India with 408 runs and 2 tons.6.Dhoni,Dravid,Laxman,Aaron and Ashwin are the 5 players who return fully fit back to India.Sorry to say all this but reality bites,i said the same before england tour and all Indians laughed.........

  • here2rock on December 3, 2011, 1:00 GMT

    How arriving early going to help the seniors? Climatise? How, your manager throwing tennis balls in 5 star hotel rooms balconies? It sounds like good holidays for the seniors accompanied by their manager. This is joke right? I see nothing in India's preparation which suggest that it is a well thought out tour, two practice matches (one of which is a two day match) against a Cricket Australia's Chairman X11 on a non test match/shield cricket venue. It is all disaster for India! Get ready for 4-0 white wash by Australia!

    To put the tour in perspective this will be like two practice matches for Australia in Ludhiana, Punjab!

    I would love to say the right words for BCCI tour planners but I can not say it on Cricinfo. I am a extremely disappointed Indian Cricket fan. We give ourselves no chance! I will be taking holdiays from watching India getting beaten not because they are a bad team but very poor planners.

  • Naresh28 on December 2, 2011, 22:04 GMT

    Ubiq: Praveen kumar thrives on great wrist position. With him its not about speed. Also sometimes bowling slower allows better swing - Praveen has this special ability and thus his success for India. He will be missed. Right now we have three - in Khan, Ishant, and YadavAaron is a waste of a slot in Indian team.

  • S.Jagernath on December 2, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    Without Dravid and Tendulkar,India might struggle in the future.The only young batsmen that seem to have the technique to adapt away from the sub-continent are Ajinkya Rahane,Cheteshwar Pujara & Rohit Sharma.India are lacking an allrounder with ability to average higher than 40 with the bat and about 30 with the ball and manage to bat at 6.

  • S.Jagernath on December 2, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    The senior players are doing the right thing by going to Australia early,with their age they need to get used to those conditions again.Indian batsmen have been very successful in Australia,their bowlers have struggled though.India will have to be very specific about their team selections for each test due to the differences of each pitch.At Perth they should consider four seam bowlers.

  • skepticaloptimist on December 2, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    @LillianThomson - I completely agree that a neutral series vs Pakistan would have been a far superior preparation to that provided right now. However, the diplomatic tensions play a huge on role on fixtures, as we probably know. For me, as an Indian, it would be an intriguing prospect to see India play Pakistan in a neutral Test series.

  • Raj12345 on December 2, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    @Paras Rishi Don't forget 2003 World Cup final & Ponting. Ripped indian bowling

  • Naresh28 on December 2, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    VARUN does not yet seem like a complete bowler. Maybe the selectors should have chosen IRFAN PATHAN ahead of him. I have just checked the player stats on him - he has taken a good 905 wickets in all formats of the game. The pace attack needs careful selection for Australia. Varun is still learning. Yadav is impressive, Khan and Ishant pick themselves, for experience and left arm variety I would definetly pick IRFAN - Sreesanth is good only in rare patches.

  • Johnny_129 on December 2, 2011, 10:40 GMT

    Why not send the whole team a bit early to give them more time to acclimatise. Surely, the BCCI can afford it - would be like taking a bucket of water out of the ocean. It is a huge series, after all. No one needs more time to acclimatise than the opening batsmen - Sewhag & Gambhir's performance would be crucial to Team India's success down under. Furthermore, IRFAN PATHAN is a must for the Oz tour - no matter how talented a bowling line-up is, there is no substitute for experience - India's bowling is lacking experience! Pathan is not only talented and experienced but he is finding his form of old and he can play in Oz. Would not surprise me if India's new bowlers fail in their first test series in Oz.

  • on December 2, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    have India ever won a series in Test Australia? I know they have not recently, but what about a while back?

  • sunny1307 on December 3, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    Dream Scenario-India wins test series 2-0,sachin is man of the series,completes 100th ton at the mcg,ponting is dropped forever after the series.Well this is what most Indians think judging by there comments.But the reality will be something like this.1.Australia winning 3-0,a draw at adelaide.2.Ponting is man of the series with 3 tons and 583 runs from 7 innings.3.Sachin scores 210 runs in 8 inns with 1 half-century.4.Yadav and Aaron are spanked all around the park.5.Dravid is highest scorer for India with 408 runs and 2 tons.6.Dhoni,Dravid,Laxman,Aaron and Ashwin are the 5 players who return fully fit back to India.Sorry to say all this but reality bites,i said the same before england tour and all Indians laughed.........

  • here2rock on December 3, 2011, 1:00 GMT

    How arriving early going to help the seniors? Climatise? How, your manager throwing tennis balls in 5 star hotel rooms balconies? It sounds like good holidays for the seniors accompanied by their manager. This is joke right? I see nothing in India's preparation which suggest that it is a well thought out tour, two practice matches (one of which is a two day match) against a Cricket Australia's Chairman X11 on a non test match/shield cricket venue. It is all disaster for India! Get ready for 4-0 white wash by Australia!

    To put the tour in perspective this will be like two practice matches for Australia in Ludhiana, Punjab!

    I would love to say the right words for BCCI tour planners but I can not say it on Cricinfo. I am a extremely disappointed Indian Cricket fan. We give ourselves no chance! I will be taking holdiays from watching India getting beaten not because they are a bad team but very poor planners.

  • Naresh28 on December 2, 2011, 22:04 GMT

    Ubiq: Praveen kumar thrives on great wrist position. With him its not about speed. Also sometimes bowling slower allows better swing - Praveen has this special ability and thus his success for India. He will be missed. Right now we have three - in Khan, Ishant, and YadavAaron is a waste of a slot in Indian team.

  • S.Jagernath on December 2, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    Without Dravid and Tendulkar,India might struggle in the future.The only young batsmen that seem to have the technique to adapt away from the sub-continent are Ajinkya Rahane,Cheteshwar Pujara & Rohit Sharma.India are lacking an allrounder with ability to average higher than 40 with the bat and about 30 with the ball and manage to bat at 6.

  • S.Jagernath on December 2, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    The senior players are doing the right thing by going to Australia early,with their age they need to get used to those conditions again.Indian batsmen have been very successful in Australia,their bowlers have struggled though.India will have to be very specific about their team selections for each test due to the differences of each pitch.At Perth they should consider four seam bowlers.

  • skepticaloptimist on December 2, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    @LillianThomson - I completely agree that a neutral series vs Pakistan would have been a far superior preparation to that provided right now. However, the diplomatic tensions play a huge on role on fixtures, as we probably know. For me, as an Indian, it would be an intriguing prospect to see India play Pakistan in a neutral Test series.

  • Raj12345 on December 2, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    @Paras Rishi Don't forget 2003 World Cup final & Ponting. Ripped indian bowling

  • Naresh28 on December 2, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    VARUN does not yet seem like a complete bowler. Maybe the selectors should have chosen IRFAN PATHAN ahead of him. I have just checked the player stats on him - he has taken a good 905 wickets in all formats of the game. The pace attack needs careful selection for Australia. Varun is still learning. Yadav is impressive, Khan and Ishant pick themselves, for experience and left arm variety I would definetly pick IRFAN - Sreesanth is good only in rare patches.

  • Johnny_129 on December 2, 2011, 10:40 GMT

    Why not send the whole team a bit early to give them more time to acclimatise. Surely, the BCCI can afford it - would be like taking a bucket of water out of the ocean. It is a huge series, after all. No one needs more time to acclimatise than the opening batsmen - Sewhag & Gambhir's performance would be crucial to Team India's success down under. Furthermore, IRFAN PATHAN is a must for the Oz tour - no matter how talented a bowling line-up is, there is no substitute for experience - India's bowling is lacking experience! Pathan is not only talented and experienced but he is finding his form of old and he can play in Oz. Would not surprise me if India's new bowlers fail in their first test series in Oz.

  • on December 2, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    have India ever won a series in Test Australia? I know they have not recently, but what about a while back?

  • on December 2, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    @avmd I am ROFL at your prediction. We don't know which team Aus will be fielding, They are rightly at no.4 , hardly as strong as England in all dept. (drop catches in current test), India will have a much fitter ,stronger team than the one in England + Srilanka will also play there later. I don't want to predict Pak series like you, in 2005 it was INZI and AKHTAR who won them the series. So is Inzi=Misbah? Current team is supposed to be rebuilding unlike 2005. Spin attack is Very Good though.

  • SupertrampMS on December 2, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    Ravichandran Ashwin also should head to Australia early,So that he can complete the run by the time others reach there

  • on December 2, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    With Praveen Kumar not going, we need a replacement. I dont know whether selectors are tracking Irfan Pathan. He has really done the hard yards now. His pace is as amiable as PK and has taken wickets by the truck load. Also, a decent bat to boot. Ideal replacement for PK

  • LillianThomson on December 2, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    One day the BCCI will provide an Indian Test team with adequate preparation in advance of a major Test series. India's abject 2011 surrender in England contrasts sharply with Pakistan winning two tests there in 2010 even though they were more focused on fixing than on winning their matches. To be quite honest, why didn't India just schedule their long-overdue Test series against Pakistan to take place in Australia or South Africa immediately after the SA v AUS series? Two tests on bouncy wickets against Gul, Junaid and Ajmal would have been good preparation for playing against Siddle, Starc and Lyon. But no, the BCCI thought that a home series against West Indies followed by an awards function was appropriate preparation.

  • Keshav21 on December 2, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    @avmd: Any time india will be ready to beat pakistan. But as of now let us wait for kangaroo curry....

  • on December 2, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    @Vishnesh23. Do you mean to include non-cricketing trips, too? Like, for medical reasons, Wimbledon etc...? Then may be1

  • atuljain1969 on December 2, 2011, 5:33 GMT

    It's time to blood exciting young fast bowler "RISHI DHWAN" from H.P. Just have a look at him while bowling and his performance statistics for current & last year. He is worth trying, when Praveen kumar is out of the Australian tour. WATCH OUT NATIONAL SELECTORS / ZONAL SELECTORS.

  • Nampally on December 2, 2011, 1:05 GMT

    If an advance party is going, there should be a physiotherapist going with them to dea lwith any injuries.Also do they have a place alloted to set up the training camp like,say Sydney cricket ground.Who is the Manager or PR guy accompanying these cricketers? I think if an advance party is going , all these need to be arranged before hand and the party should be at least11 players, not just 5 guys.BCCI should either do it properly or forget about doing a half baked job.Players will only get used to the local pitches by playing on it and having all the associated facilities provided to be looked after to.As far as we know the replacement for Kumar is yet announced. Why this deli dallying?. Make an announcement & Get the job done with by giving the player sufficient preparation time to be away from the family for 2 months. Irfan pathan is the likely candidate based on his form, fitness and current record & needs.Announce it & get going.BCCI Sloppiness extends even to such selection.

  • on December 2, 2011, 0:45 GMT

    @cricnanada. Your comment on Zak going EARLY & returning EARLY reminds me... When I used to manage an office in my younger days, I had an Accountant who used to do a lot of private tuition on Accounting. Most of the days he used to come late to office in the morning. When I confront him, he used to reply:" Sir, I will compensate my coming LATE, by going EARLY in the evening"! EARLY should cancel out LATE, no? --- A good accountant, who was accurate enough to know that every 'debit' should be balanced by a 'credit'.

  • avmd on December 2, 2011, 0:40 GMT

    At the moment, Indian team is better than Pakistan, due to the great batting line up. And, if India-Pak series took place toady, India would be the favorite, both in tests and ODIs. But, by March, things will be different and series will be a very close one. Reason ? hers is it. India, as expcted , will come back from down under, beaten, bruised and bettered, and will be low in confidence, a la England return. While Pak will be in a high after beating England in UAE by then.

  • here2rock on December 1, 2011, 23:21 GMT

    All I can say is have a nice holidays seniors!

  • Pritt32 on December 1, 2011, 23:14 GMT

    India can win the series, provided they gain some first class matches. Their away record is quite abysmal and needs improving. Adapting to Australian pitches is important, as pitches are bouncy and Indian batmen are susceptible to quality pace bowling which Australia do boost with upcoming players. India cannot afford to underestimate the Australian team as they are rebuilding and are still a spirited team. India needs to bat well and not throw their wickets away recklessly as they did against England and West Indies. Experience will count as Dravid, Laxman and Tendulkar will soon say farewell as they are getting on, but it time for fresh players to shine. Good luck to the Indian team and show what you are made out of by raising their performance outside India.

  • on December 1, 2011, 21:03 GMT

    the result of this series will be decided by india's middle order, yes the age old veterans dravid,tendulkar,laxman, i mean to say they are the only ones standing between australia's victory or a draw. the max india can do is win in sydney, aus 3-1 if you ask me, and watchout for pat cummins(if he plays) the 18 year old is going to give a tough ime to the indian batsmen (specially raina,dhoni and the tailenders) , pattinson and starc also look good under aussie conditions, i dont see india winning this series

  • on December 1, 2011, 18:51 GMT

    The last time India was in Australia, Hayden had boasted that they would not need 3 finals to decide the series, how true was that! A lot of boasting in this forum as well, there would be a few eggs on some boasting Aussie faces.

  • Raj12345 on December 1, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    @Sheykh Usman Asif I guess Eng & WI had bouncy tracks. Oh forget Bhajji did excellent job in both places. Highest wicket taker * won all matches for India.

  • Vishvesh23 on December 1, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    is this Sachin's 100th tour abroad??????

  • on December 1, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    RT Ponting : 8 innings , 87 Runs average just below 11. Farewell at Adelaide Oval.

    Dismissed 5 times by Ashwin (Yes, the guy can't play spin) & 3 times by young Quickies.. Aaron/Yadav.

  • Nampally on December 1, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    @cummin_Hazelwood: Australians are still in experimental level with their XI. In addition, the susceptability of the Aussies against the left arm bowlers is well known. India is not entirely relyinbg upon Zaheer. In fact his selection is subject to proving his physical fitness. Yadev, Aaron, Iahant, Ashwin, Ojha and Irfan pathan (if selected) will be the key bowlers.So your assumption of total reliance on Zaheer is incorrect. India has faced most of the Aussie fast bowlers in the IPL - Tate, Siddle, Watson, Cummins are all known players. I expect an even battle with Australia having the home advantage. Indian batting is quite capable of facing the Aussie pacemen - OZ do not have any good spinners while India has. OZ batting is mainly dependent on Watson, Hussey, Clarke & ponting. Watson & Johnson may not be available because of injuries. So Aussie batting is not exactly powerful. If Indian bowlers perform to their potential, don't be surprised to see well balanced India winning!.

  • on December 1, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    A friend who saw my post on sending a whole lot of guys to Aus in advance asked me two questions. 1.Why do you want to send Raina there, who is not in the team? 2. Why you didn't ask for sending Saha & Rahane, who are in the team? Raina: Selectors can assess whether it is good to chose him for the following ODI series there. Rahane & Saha: I don't see any chance of either of them getting into the playing 11. Just to soak in the test atmosphere in Australia, there is no need to go there in advance. Let these two be ready with match fitness by playing in the ODI against Windies! In case, if they are needed in an emergency... BTW, despite the fact that he Aussie team is in the re-building process, it is going to be a tough series for India.

  • on December 1, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    @ oz fans:- India level the series in SA 1-1 & also dominate the last test. about last tour in Australia every buddy in the world know how u won the Sydney test result of that got smacked in Perth test followed by commonwealth bank series. Recently Aus got clean sweep in india also lost in World Cup.so please don't be overconfident oz.

  • fahadalam1 on December 1, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    o come on people!! Indian cricketers like Sachin, Dravid and VVS have served the cricket for such a long time and they have really played well everywhere! They deserve respect

  • abhyudayj on December 1, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    @ Cummins_Hazlewood- Presently every team is facing same problem they are loosing series overseas and winning the series in home condition,that no big deal,australia had started the new record there loosing the advantage in tests

  • on December 1, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    can my fellow Indians or Aussies have a look at the stats of emerging players tournament 2011 which was held in Australia and decide which of the new crop bowlers r better...here is the link thanks cricinfo - http://stats.espncricinfo.com/emerging-players-tournament-2011/engine/records/bowling/most_wickets_career.html?class=14;id=6593;type=tournament...can we fellow indians see yadav,aaron,vinay all have played in Australia this year and they need not go to Australia earlier and are familiar wid their conditions and those who criticise Vinay like anthing like they used to criticise Jadeja an year ago should see Vinay has best bowling average in tht tournament better than Aussies,Safas and NZ players...So Vinay or may be Unadkat(see his stats r gud too in Australia) is a worthy replacement for Praveen Kumar than mithun...Aussies should know India won tht emerging players tournament....Varun and Vinay have got more wickets than Starc and Vinay has better average than Starc in Australia..

  • on December 1, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    that's a good 1st foot forward... where was this sanity when India toured England this summer..???

  • eshwarmv on December 1, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    Being an Indian, a series win for India will be a spectacular result. First of all, the most important factor will be the first innings batting of the Indians. They should bat for at least 140 OVERS. This will ensure score of around 400 - 450. Then the bowling especially the spinners will come into play. If they can achieve these targets, then the aussies will find it tough.

  • cricnanda on December 1, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    Zaheer's case is the funniest. He will leave early from India, and then leave early from Australia.

  • RahulBhaskaranpinarayi on December 1, 2011, 15:38 GMT

    sachin have to play some one day international here. cricket is for entertain specters .if sachin plays people who watch the match will double.last 1 and half years (except wc) no of people who watch onday cricket is decreased. after sachin 200 people who watching one day cricket decreased highly(except wc).

  • on December 1, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    indian batting department will surely come good but realy worried about bowling department.. wont be easy 4 indians to scalp all 20 wickets.. lets hope for the best...

  • on December 1, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    BCCI is trying to cover itself from the future defeat against Aussies. They must have learnt something from England who have sent their batsmen to India and bowlers to SA for preparations before their next test series. All the players who are part of Test team and are not playing in ODI series v/s WI should have already traveled to Australia a difference of 2 -3 days by flying earlier than rest of team may not make a significant difference.

  • on December 1, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    hhahaha................who said ashwin gonna trouble aussies............ashwin is a bowler only on wickets in india which are dead ............on bouncy green track he will be a waste and a bad decision to drop a top class harbajan ..................india gonna suffer alot as they suffer in england..............

  • Raj12345 on December 1, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    hmm. You had very poor series in WI & Eng. Now that is been hided due to flat Indian pitches. I want to see 2001 Laxman, but that is not going to happen. Please retire and allow people like Puraja to take place. Oh forget, Pujara can't come to Indian team until Rohit, Kohli & Raina settle in middle order. Pujara take rest, shame on indian selectors.

  • Aravind_always on December 1, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    Bring back Irfan Pathan,he is back to his best in this season.He already took 21 wickets in 3 matches at an average of less than 15 in this batsmen dominating tournament including a 7 wicket haul in the first innings of the ongoing match..

  • Mittkap on December 1, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    Aussie dominance is the thing of past, everyone in Australian team has to play his best cricket to stop India beating them. This time around we will beat you at your home.

  • maddinson on December 1, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    I can't see India winning in Australia. Many are not aware that India didn't even win a test series in SL with there so called golden generation whereas Australia with their worst team in last 20 years won in SL. Australia with there very poor team also drew SA in which India have a terrible record. Australia have very good raw fast bowlers in their wings whereas India's bowling is solely dependent on injury prone Zaheer who is highly unlikely to last for all 4 test matches. At there best India can draw the test series.

  • jonesy2 on December 1, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    please bring the medium pacers khan and kumar and also harbhajan singh so we can see some big big scores from the aussie batsmen

  • jonesy2 on December 1, 2011, 14:40 GMT

    wont help. ya going to get belted

  • bigdhonifan on December 1, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    Australians will suffer really from Aswin and Yadav... If Ishant comes back to form with Zaheer and Sreesanth in team.. India have a definite chance!!!

  • Naresh28 on December 1, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    Aakash Chopra is my favorite Indian opener. He is so professional. I hope one of these days he is called back. He has a score of 57no in Ranji right now. His news articles remind me of Peter Roebuck.

  • on December 1, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    Real test of a batsman's technique is test cricket. A great player is tested in test cricket. All of India's top players including Sachin, Laxman, and Dravid have been tested in England this summer. None of them could handle the pace battery of English team except Dravid. Tough time for India in Australia!!!

  • on December 1, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    I think Irphan Pathan should have been selected , because he has a sheer talent and did well against Australia .He is also performing well in Ranji Trophy .

  • on December 1, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    Does Laxman actually needs to get accustomed with the conditions? He performs better than any other against Australia.

  • henchart on December 1, 2011, 13:43 GMT

    BCCI has enough money to waste by sending these so called 'Specialists 'early to Aus.It is not that it is going to help in taking 20 Aus wkts which is prerequisite to win a test.Indians are going to be walloped and their deluded fans disappointed.Wonder how some have the optimism to suggest Indians will beat Aus in Aus.

  • on December 1, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    india's bowling will not trouble Aus...the batting did nothing in Eng...at least the preparation for the Oz tour is being taken a bit seriously by the BCCI this time !! Thanks at least for small mercies..

  • on December 1, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    Dhoni, why are you hanging around Mumbai? Your batting form is NOT in the best shape. Your experience in Aus is also limited. Why don't you also go to Aus in advance and try to regain form in Aussie conditions. Let Ishant and Zak also go there in advance. If Zak, breaks down again, let it be BEFORE the first test starts. Since Ishant is also carrying a problem (postponed from corrective measures), same argument (as in the case of Zak) holds good for Ishant too! None of the three are in the ODI team currently playing WI. If India wins the 2nd & 3rd ODI also, a whole lot of guys should be packed off soon including Sehwag, Gambhir, Raina, Kohli, Ashwin, Aaron, Yadav etc. Last two ODI can be captained by Rohit Sharma (hopefully, it will help him mature faster). And many others waiting in the wings (newbies like Shahane, Tiwari, Rahul Sharma etc as well as some of the sidelined ones like Uthappa, Nehra, Irfan etc can play the 4th & 5th ODIs). Will have standbys too,.. in case...if...?

  • on December 1, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    All the yakity yak about the so-called Indian 'Giants' getting used to the conditions early....Dont forget: Tendulkar missed the whole tour of West Indies just to get used to the English conditions before the tour, so he could get his 100th in England (read Lords)....But....how did the great Sachin fare in the winless tour???? Anybody??? No??? Well, alright then. Fact is, India rely too much on luck (and on Ravi Shastri and co.), once they run out of it, as they did in England, their batting lineup is ripped apart and the bowling attack is bludgeoned.....Dont even get me started on the fielding (Donkeys on the Field?)...

  • on December 1, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    As we see PK is ruled out of the tour down under ... can be replaced by Irfan Pathan dont forget he was the MOM the last Test match we won in Perth and he is back in form with 3 five wkt haul this season

  • Big_Poppa_94 on December 1, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    @Justin Starling Don't get too cocky. Australia's dominance in cricket is waning. India will edge out 2 -1 winners. I say so and so does Rainbow Dash aka the FASTEST PEGASUS PONY IN ALL OF EQUESTRIA.

  • sharkwolf on December 1, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    @ Nand... relax nandy... the last tour in england raise an alarm in every indian's mind, i dont see any improvement sorry...

  • on December 1, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    Zaks back in form n grinding... India can surely win this one if all can put their socks up..

  • RS_Cric_11 on December 1, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    It's good that few of the indian's are going early to australia. But, key is Sehwag & Gambhir is still playing in India. The fate of INDIA's batting revolves in these two openers. If they provide a 100 runs stand and one making a tripple figure mark, hardly INDIA looses (any part of the world). I'ld definitely prefer Rohit sharma in Australian Condition than Kohli at number 6. Rohit has the extra bit of time to play his shots also he handles the bouncers quite well.. Given a fair state of mind Rohit is a better player than Kohli.. No doubt.. But Kohli has got a good temperament which Rohit also showed in last couple of One day Games.... Harbhajan 'ld have been icing on cake because except harbhajan no one hits aussie hard on face than actually the ball.... we need his aggression on field to lift up the others.

  • on December 1, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    The Aussies are waiting, as are our new crop of young quicks, who are are faster, bigger, stronger and will be better then previous generations. Dravid and Laxman will struggle, the indian bowlers will find it hard, and therefor they should get ready to lose again in Australia!

  • on December 1, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    I think that India should win the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and the selectors should have selected Harbhajan Singh as their third choice spinner. Pragyan Ojha has not played a test match in Australia, so he will have a little bit of difficulty.

  • elangoct on December 1, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    Last time in England Sachin was there for more than a month before the first test started. And we all know what happened there. And now, 4 of them are going. We can expect a 4-0 whitewash by the aussies. :)

  • Romenevans on December 1, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    This is the same team that went to SA earlier in January this year, and they did well by winning the Durban Test and then leveled the series, despite that fact that SA groundsmen created their tailor made pitches for green top bullies, but we fought hard there, and SA couldn't even win the series at their backyard. Now England tour? That's history. 8 Injured players coming back to their country, it never happened in the history of the game. Hopefully there will be no injuries in Aus, and we'll beat hem down n under.

  • stormy16 on December 1, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    What on earth are some of you talking about. I think this is a good idea and I would even consider sending some of the younger guys who have never played in Oz like Kholi. Its not like there is a shortage of talented batsman in India to play in the one day series. Like NZ, this will be Indias best chance to beat Aus who are under pressure on form and injuries and I doubt the senior Indian players being around for the next Indian tour to Oz.

  • on December 1, 2011, 10:07 GMT

    i see another hope in Indian future pace department. Bhuvnesh Kumar from UP he has not got express pace, but he swings the ball and got nice bouncers up his sleeve, he can be groomed and trainers should help him to improve both his speed and fitness level.

  • satish619chandar on December 1, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    Ubiq : Can your granny swing the ball like PK? I guess PK has good control over swing than most of the bowlers today..

  • on December 1, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    4 aussies :- They should keep in mind why BCCI put the key player for rest in WI series.. All are ready to knock the back In Aussies backyards... eagarly Waiting :)

  • spiritwithin on December 1, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    @Ubiq..will u please import ur granny to india they need her for their attack :P

  • dariuscorny on December 1, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    its simple,if all the Indian players picked at first are fit and fine through the test series,India has enough arsenal to bombard Australia at their own den.like in England if the side gets depleted at the rate of knots India wud feel the pressure. @ sfjamal beating ultra mediocre sides doesnt make Pak a world class side.they hv a ok bowling unit and hv a pathetic batting line up.go through the side u urself will realise that.

  • BibhuMisra on December 1, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    They are leaving early because they are planning to come back early. Besides, shouldn't we send the new players (Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli etc.) who have not played in Aus before, for some extra practice?

  • on December 1, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    I know the India has a strong team heading into Australia, but it is still an uphill task to beat the Aussies in their backyards. Australia may still have the edge, and one should not be surprised if Ricky Ponting gets big runs.We can still look out for the hundredth century from Tendulkar. One year from now, I reckon that we won't see the likes of Tendulkar, Ponting, Dravid or perhaps Laxman playing international cricket.

  • on December 1, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    At least a team of eleven should be go ahead to Australia so that they may get some practice matches to get acquaint with the condition there, but not less than that.

  • Haleos on December 1, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    @alex : remember the last Ashes and those innings defeats? ouch..

  • sameer997 on December 1, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    IndianS hv got to win this, especially after want happend in uk

  • on December 1, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    same wID INDIA AS THEY HAD IN ENGLAND...

  • on December 1, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    Lovely: The comments are better than the article. I could be watching a comedy show. lol

  • ramli on December 1, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    Good move ... for whatever it is worth... what about Dhoni? Why is he not going early?? He is the one who needs to get acclimatised to TEST cricket. Good Luck MSD!!!

  • Ubiq on December 1, 2011, 8:27 GMT

    Indian team is good but on seaming conditions they'll have problems surely!!! If Indians had proper bowlers then Australia wud not be my fav but again my granny bowls faster then Parveen Kumar whois their new bowl bowler.

  • on December 1, 2011, 8:13 GMT

    ahhh....the same aussie over confidence i can sense reading the comments over here ....BRING IT ON i say ....

  • VinodGupte on December 1, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    Ponting, one of the greatest, will be history after this tour. A rookie always troubles him and India has plenty of them. If he is selected for the series, that is.

  • VinodGupte on December 1, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    well, it did not help them on the tour to ENG. hope it does this time round.

  • on December 1, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    The reputed Indian batting line up is inconsistent! They had a poor run in England sparing the great wall Rahul Dravid! The collapse of the senior batsmen in the last test against westindies led the match to a thrilling draw!So, these batting stalwarts should prove their mettle against the Australians in Australia, which is a paramount task! If they do, they will be the firrst Indian team to defeat Australia in a test series in Australia.

  • on December 1, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    after this series aus will go 7th place in test team.india will win the series 2-0.

  • on December 1, 2011, 7:44 GMT

    india will win the series with 2-1 lead

  • on December 1, 2011, 7:40 GMT

    @alex- atleast we have never been bowled out for 47! :P. and for your information, we are currently No.2 in Test rankings. yea we were whitewashed in England, but such things happen in cricket

  • Naresh28 on December 1, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    India should revive Irfan's career by giving him a game in the current Windies ODI. Between Nehra and Irfan - Nehra is a good ODI player and Irfan might come back in the test squad some time soon. Signs are good. I feel these selectors acknowledge that India misses a good left armer - Zaheer is the best but can be injured.

  • anver777 on December 1, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    Is this going to be a repeat of a Eng-Ind series ??? as we all know Ind mostly struggles out of their den................so i think like in Eng they will also struggle big time in Aus conditions !!!! also for most of the seniors its the final Aus tour so hope they come good !!!!

  • NoMeRcY-RaGE on December 1, 2011, 7:21 GMT

    sehwag and gambhir will provide d rapid n good starts...dravid sachin n laxman will carry d good work forward...kohli\rohit and dhoni can den take it to a streatch....tokin abt bowlers....zak ishant ash and umesh will be at par with what is required to take 20 wikets in australia...england tour was a blunder and past us...get over it peeps....bt i want ponting to score though want aussies to lose too....it has to be the best series....come on INDIA...keep ur critics at bay...n prove the faith of ur fans...push aussies down n under

  • sweetspot on December 1, 2011, 7:19 GMT

    @chishtyirfan - Correction: India have 3 bowlers who can bowl 145+ consistently.

  • on December 1, 2011, 7:12 GMT

    I would suggest to give Aaron and Yadav rest for last 2 ODIs against WI and send them with these player. They are new at this level and definitely need more time than others to get used to the conditions. You can also plan the same for other players as well. You can try new players against this WI team and hopefully, India will win series against WI in first 3 ODIs itself and this would make things easy for BCCI.

  • on December 1, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    Good move. Now, go there, get some tennis balls that bounce more for batting practice and start working out in the nets.. What happened in England was past.. Australia is a different soil & side.

  • cute_devil1 on December 1, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    Anybody thinking about a 400 for Sehwag. An nice topping would be if he achieves it in a day. That is what I call height of Imagination!!!

  • lekharaj on December 1, 2011, 6:52 GMT

    Does it make a difference , when they go to AUS? Come on they are international cricketers , people these days look for all kinds of excused...end of the day they have to score run and take wickets Too much of it is already being made, pitch , conditions,getting familiar to conditions there.. Play as world champions and don't try to find excused even before series has started..AUS team looks medicore this time around!

  • on December 1, 2011, 6:52 GMT

    i dont think there will be a roch or rusel in australia but india are always in trouble if australia has a real pace battery...harris, cummins, starc probably who can alternate with siddle or bollinger...obviously the indians new ball bowlers have some pace too but one has to remember that praveen took most wickets in england...while the indian test batsmen are quite good one saw how their opening batsmen were fending off the west indies fast men even in india...india's spin duo might be a better bet as ashwin can bat and bowl and ojha does bowl well off and on...

  • orangtan on December 1, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    Despite all the interest in cricket, few people in India take it up as a professional sport, most go to work in the thriving Indian economy. On the other hand, Pakistan's economy is in the doldrums, and many young men have no option but to become fast bowlers but most of them burn out fast.

  • ragoose on December 1, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    @nkoch : Its unfortunate that you missed India's historic win in Perth (2007 series) after the Sydney test fiasco...

  • Alexk400 on December 1, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    if sehwag fails india will get bundled out....india can be aggressive only if sehwag flourishes...if not they get bogged down and lose wickets...90s all over again.

  • on December 1, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    It always be good for test player to go and watch the condition of the host countries because its a specialty of cricket that pitches and condition of each country are different and it will help to players like laxman, dravid, sachin who plays most cricket in other countries they will guide better to new player like varun, yadav etc.

  • pranab708 on December 1, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    @nkoch: Hi friend! Why don't you check your facts before posting something. The last test India won in Australia was in January 2008 at Perth and Agarkar didn't play in that one. The one you are talking about took place in Adelaide in the 2003-04 season. And if you are saying Australia are a depleted side, so is India due to a relatively green attack. None of our bowlers barring Zaheer (whose fitness is still doubtful) have any substantial test experience. So both the teams are starting on a fair ground, except that Australia has home advantage. Whosoever wins this one, should get the due credit.

  • Alexk400 on December 1, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    India will be bundled out by Cummins!. I am 100% sure.

  • chishtyirfan on December 1, 2011, 6:38 GMT

    wow.. India has two fast bowler now who can bowl 145+. Australia depleted side.

  • on December 1, 2011, 6:32 GMT

    Hope Aus repeat 47 All out

  • El_Toro_Loco on December 1, 2011, 6:32 GMT

    Didn't those self-proclaimed "test specialist" went to england ahead of the rest? The result of that smart move was complete smack down by english team.. Deja vu' all over again...Ciao P.S. waiting piyo_thanda_jeo_thanda.s comments....

  • on December 1, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    If MSD is not playing ODIs against WI, why not send him to Oz; he can hone his test batting skills even if his fingers are sore!

  • saqskhan on December 1, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    This will b interesting! Sehwag, Sachin, Laxman and Dravid are the players to watch out as Indians rely on these much more than anyone else, I personally feel Dravid is the key for India like he was always, Aaron and Umesh have a good future, they shud be given chance to tour Aus, SA, Eng and NZ and boost their confidence.

  • AbAdvani on December 1, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    last test win India had in Australia was in large measure to Irfan Pathan's all round performance -before that it was due to the Bombay Duck's bowling

  • on December 1, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    Let Sehwag and Gambhir also leave early!

  • on December 1, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    Before going to England , Indian team's confidence was high.......4-0 . they suck in fast tracks.

  • on December 1, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    Sachin Tendulakr had put up his tent at Lords prior to the Indian tour of England. He was there at Lords for almost a month, practicing and establishing his business, at the same time. The result is there for everyone to see. So, even if players travel a month advance to Autralis, it's of no use. If that's the case, no home player would get out cheaply in the matches because he's practising there the whole time.

  • cricpolitics on December 1, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    Looking at the new Australian fast bowlers bowling at NZ today is an alert for the Indians. I don't think Indians stand much chance of winning in Australia this time around. Indian bowling is very mediocre and is not capable of getting 20 Australian wickets. Indians should warm up for another clean sweep like in England few months ago.

  • atthipatti on December 1, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    @RandyOZ....Its not about embarrassing you by reminding you of your 47 Allout, but want to know what blinded your batsmen then???

  • CricIndia208 on December 1, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    India will win. In any case, India will do better than pakistan who have not won in Australia in SIXTEEN years. LOL!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 1, 2011, 5:59 GMT

    @spence1324 We missed that in your Ashes series too!!

  • on December 1, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    nkoch: You forgot perth 2008 ?

  • ListenToMe on December 1, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    I can easily guess who will succeed and who will fail. Laxman and Dravid will surely score centuries, but Scahin, Sehwag and Gambhir will fail for sure. I believe Rohit and Rahane should be in the playing eleven. Gambhir can be dropped. India's success will surely depend on these four: Laxman, Dravid, Rohit and Rahane. If 2 r 3 of these fail, India will surely lose the match.

  • on December 1, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    good decision by BCCI to send the test specialist batsmen early to settle in the aus conditions. This is going to be a tough series for both the team as both have to prove there points. Sehwag, Sachin, Rahul and Laxman will be the key for india whereas it may be the last series for Ponting. He has to prove his ability to remain in the side. Expecting something different from our fast bowlers.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 1, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    Australia can't win this because they lost service of Steve Bucknor!!!

  • spiritwithin on December 1, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    @LeftBrain..u have given too many analogy mate,despite india with high test rankings,despite india with two top batsman,despite despite...the thing is this Aus side with so much inexperience still drew the test series in SA who'r ranked even higher than india in tests,SA were also playing at home(added advantage for SA),SA were having a much potent attack with world's best bowler(Steyn) and world's best allrounder(Kallis) in the side..so its not that easy to beat aus in aus at the moment,just bcoz Eng won there 3-1 does'nt mean all teams will d the same thing down under..

  • mrgupta on December 1, 2011, 5:49 GMT

    @avmd: I am not sure what did you mean by your comment. Between 2003-07 when Aussies were at the peak of their powers India played 8 tests in Australia, Won 2, lost 3 and drew 3. Between 2007-10 when India was at its peak, Aussies played 6 tests in India and Won 0, lost 4, drew 2. In the last 8 tests between the two teams India has Won 5 and lost 0. In last 3 years India has lost only one series and that too Away from home, Aussies have lost 2 series at home and many more away. Looking at these stats i can hardly figure it out what did you mean by India taking it to 4th day if not 5th, Can you please elaborate your point?

  • on December 1, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    IRFAN PATHAN must replace injured Praveenkumar for the Test sereis down under.

    Irfan Pathan in infact is The Allrounder Team India is looking for.

    Current form and a look at his record in the 29 Tests he palyed so far is enough to know why he was looked upon as the next Kapil, that is before Greg Chappel arrived on the scene to change his bowling action.Then injuries kept Irfan away.

    Heartening to see The swing is back, and in 3 Ranji games he has picked up 15 wickets till now.

    Just put him onboard the flight to Down Under !

  • sherishahmir on December 1, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    Though past overseas records of team India is never that great, but since Dhoni has taken the charge things have been drastically changed and Indian team has started to perform superbly, under his great and calm captainship, India had won almost all major titles, T20, Wcup, Tri series in Australia,Number 1 test team honour and also T20CL twice. The only spot India got under Dhoni captainship is the recent disastorous tour of England which we all expected early to be of great interest as they were going as world champs. Virtually the coming tour would be the last tour for cricket greats, Sachin, Rahul &VVS and i am hoping this time, we would have great matches and series would meets its expectations, further hoping saching should also accompolish his 100th international century of centuries, as he truly deserved to that honour. Best of luck to team India and Dhoni.

  • on December 1, 2011, 5:43 GMT

    @nkoch: India won a test @Perth last time they toured in 2008-9. You are speaking about Adelaide Test in 2004.

  • spiritwithin on December 1, 2011, 5:41 GMT

    @ElPhenomeno..u r taking it too far mate,all teams even with all their experience needs acclimatization,thats the reason Aus team of past with their wealth of experience of subcontinent still used to visit india atleast 3weeks ahead,the English team came almost one ymonth early to aus for ashes last time even though most of their players had played in aus in 2006,now u r finding it an excuse that teams r going there early LOL,playing in different condition is never easy for any sides,even a legendary team of aus struggled in india most of the time...posting here is very easy but thats not the case in practical situation

  • insightfulcricketer on December 1, 2011, 5:36 GMT

    to clarify last win in Australia was in Perth test of '08 then Irfran Pathan and RP Singh had performed vitally as also did Ishant in getting Ponting in that famous spell. They also did very well in Sydney till they were "Bucknored" in-famously.

    Australia is an important cricketing nation with such a great legacy it will be fantastic if this team does well. Lets hope Zaheer goes and is durable enough to play in all 4 games and the 2 youngsters mature under him.Seems like a prayer but then what is sport without its glorious uncertainities?

  • bobagorof on December 1, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    @rahulcricket007: You're obviously not paying attention to the selection of three new, talented fast bowlers in the squad to play against New Zealand. Also, Johnson won't be playing, as he is out for the summer with a foot injury. Australia's attack is looking much better than it was against South Africa.

  • bobagorof on December 1, 2011, 5:31 GMT

    India should talk themselves up before this series. Australia has a raw bowling attack and a brittle batting lineup. There's no way that they can defeat the might of India. The Aussies may as well go home. In fact, let's just cancel the series and declare India the winner right now. Or, we can sit back and see a close and intriguing contest unfurl. Australia's attack is raw, but there is a lot of talent there, and they will be boosted by the return of Watson, Harris and Cummins after the NZ series. India will need to adjust to conditions. Spinners on both sides will have to be on top of their game. I will watch with interest.

  • on December 1, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    well we did the same (leave early) on England's tour and it was forgettable one !!! hope its gonna be different one here , all the very best folks :)

  • on December 1, 2011, 5:17 GMT

    One small thing nkoch, you might have forgotten the Perth Test win in 2008 under Kumble.. You are mentioning about the 2003 win in Adelede, where Agarkar and Dravid destroyed aussies.

  • pravineswar on December 1, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    I believe more than Laxman, Dravid & Sachin players like Kohli, Ohja, Ashwin, Ishant & Umesh Yadav need to be sent to get acclimatised with conditions. These players are young and for most of them this is first trip down under, so it is imperative they are sent along with seniors. It would be ideal to sent Gambhir too but since he is not in great form it is better to get confidence by playing against WI first. Also, Praveen Kumar's replacement should play last two ODI's to see his confidence and fitness and stand by to Zaheer should be named. I once again stress importance of Kohli playing at No.03 Down Under to give him confidence and i believe this will be our first step towards future. Do not want India to struggle like Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand in rebuilding process.

  • AdY113 on December 1, 2011, 5:03 GMT

    Highly Anticipating Cricket Fantasy to return for this tour !!

    ~AdY~

  • on December 1, 2011, 5:02 GMT

    anything is possible but you cant use a random flip of acoin to decide the outcome India has greater than 50 percent chance.

  • TerryRoberts on December 1, 2011, 5:01 GMT

    @nkoch: the last victory india had in austrailia wasnt cause of ajit's bowling... but other bowlers called RP singh, Ishant... Remember that spell from Ishant at perth to ricky ??

  • Gupta.Ankur on December 1, 2011, 4:55 GMT

    I think india is gonna do exceedingly well in Aus. Last 2 times Mr.Bucknor made sure that we end up on the losing side, but not this time...

    And yes miracles like Eng beating India "4-0" will never happen again......

  • on December 1, 2011, 4:49 GMT

    The new pack of Aussie bowlers look decent in the first test against NZ, and don't forget if Zaheer is not up to it India's inexperienced bowling attack might also be in line of fire against Aussies in their own backyard.

  • Percy_Fender on December 1, 2011, 4:49 GMT

    Australia lost the Ashes in England in 2005.Yet when England went to Australia in 2007,they were thrashed 5-0.There were a lot of injuries or just loss of form to the English players on that tour and they lost badly. The point is that since that was the usual reponse from England to their traditional rivals,Aiustralia, people never spoke much about that one- sidedness of the series. Subsequently England have gone on to become No1, after beating Australia in the Ashes 4-1 in Australia and India the then reigning No1 to get to pole position.The point that people tend to overlook is that England triumphed against India in England when the conditions were all in their favour and India suffered the loss of many key players,apart from inexplicable loss of form in others. Luck which had been so good to Dhoni all along just deserted him this time So India's loss in England was par for the course considering all the above mentioned factors.They are now in the process of recovery.

  • john_inverarity on December 1, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    @nkoche u seem 2 hv a short memory last time ind won in aus was at perth n maybe u r da only one who xpects ind 2 fail n dont say aus are depleted harris n watson wil b back n missing johnson is a blessing in disguise 4 aus n aus fans

  • satish619chandar on December 1, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    If India wins series by third match, we can afford to send Viru and Gauti along with Rohit to Australia and keep the rest of the team here along with the likes of Uthappa, Vijay and other fringe players..

  • JoseDavis on December 1, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    What can they do there by leaving early? Practice in the nets? Who is going to bowl to them? Get local Australian fast bowler? I don't know how useful will be this move.

  • on December 1, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    sachin is not so critical as laxman for this series

  • SamRoy on December 1, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    I still wonder how some Indian fans think that India are favpurites to win in Australia ? Does India have a good chance (because of the slightly fragile Aussie batting and slightly inconsistent Aussie bowling). Yes they have. But favourites? Come on, when did India win in Australia? Answer is never. So how come India will be to reach a feat they have never reached in 64 years. Is it the worst Aussie team of all time? No way. 1977-78 and 1985-86 were way worser. Especially 77-78 when Aussies won with a 'C' team (Packermania). Moreover Indian fast bowlers have always been slightly sub standard (except Kapil Dev, Srinath (awful in Australia) and Zaheer (injured after 2nd test on both previous tours). Bottomline is, Australia favourites but India have a chance.

  • nkoch on December 1, 2011, 4:32 GMT

    most critical factor in India's favor is, they are expected to fail. Cricket is a funny game. don't be surprised if India topples depleted Aussies. Remember last test win India had in Australia was thanks to Bombay Duck Ajit Agarkar's bowling. So, anything is possible in game of cricket.

  • on December 1, 2011, 4:32 GMT

    indians need skilled players like laxman for this series and dhoni as the captain who is master strategist.Australian side is already lacking in confidence.It is not a big deal to defeat them.

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on December 1, 2011, 4:29 GMT

    It's gonna be an absolute carnage. Expecting atleast 15 centuries from Indians. Sehwag may get his 3rd triple hundred,afterall he is never going to get such a popgun candy attack.

  • NairUSA on December 1, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    Team India should prove the way they have been proving for the past many years. Play good cricket and win. It does not matter whether you have express paced bowlers, spinners who can turn the ball square or sledging wicketkeepers. All it matters is to have a set of decent fit players and a winning attitude. Team India will bring that to the Australian shores this time around.

  • on December 1, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    the loss in england produced a pair of gud fast bowlers,a gud pair of spin after kumble n bhajji.gud players for 6th positon......i am okay vth the team touring australia.....i think these three veteran players will surely critical for india,as they are the experienced one.watch out for laxman as he has the most gud performances against australia.....

  • aseemsharma on December 1, 2011, 3:59 GMT

    @ rampulaparthi: Look at sehwag's overseas record!

  • on December 1, 2011, 3:57 GMT

    India will have to really step up their game. From what I saw in the test match against west indies, india will be convincingly thrashed if australia play decently. Only a very fired up india, can really beat australia at home. I predict an australian win for sure, but I'm waiting for a good series and to be proven wrong.

  • on December 1, 2011, 3:51 GMT

    "Zaheer and Ishant are decent bowlers, but not good enough"? You gotta be kidding me. Tell me a better 135ks bowler than Zaheer Khan. He is as good as good old Mcgrath.

  • rahulcricket007 on December 1, 2011, 3:49 GMT

    @ORGANTON . WHAT FAST BOWLERS AUSTRALIA HAVE ? SIDDLE HAVE PLAYED AGAINST INDIA IN PAST , JOHNSON IN THE TEAM IS ACTUALLY IS A GIFT OT INDIAN BATSMEN TO SCORE RUNS , LYON THE GOOD SPINNER WILL BE PROVED MOST EXPENSIVE AGAINST INDIA AT THE END OF DAY , ONLY CUMMINS IS GOOD . BUT YOU KNOW ONLY ONE GOOD BOWLER CAN'T WIN MATCH FOR YOU OK . ALSO SUPPOSE INDIA GET OUT ON LESS THEN 300 IN EACH INNINGS LIKE IN ENGLAND THEN DID YOUR AUS HAVE BATSMEN TO MAKE 500 + SCORES LIKE ENGLAND . REMEBER INDIA HAVE TWO FAST BOWLERS NOW WHO CAN BOWL 145 + .

  • satish619chandar on December 1, 2011, 3:36 GMT

    @spence1324 : One bad, even worst series and you guys hold it for as long as you can!! Have fun with a small piece of cake!!

  • on December 1, 2011, 3:33 GMT

    Aussies will thrash india in this tour....its gonna be a repeat of the England tour

  • gestapo on December 1, 2011, 3:19 GMT

    sfjamal i agree india never produced great quickies like pakistan did and does,,but among the subcontinent teams, india's overseas record over the last 7-8 years is way better than pakistan's or SL's . Pak has won just one test against aus in the last decade,,india is the only team that has challenged the aussies in their prime,, am not saying india is the greatest team, but a much better team than SL,Pak.

  • on December 1, 2011, 3:18 GMT

    what a bunch of doubters commenting against INDIA , you guys are so overwhelmed by england loss that you now cant think ahead .

  • saqskhan on December 1, 2011, 3:16 GMT

    What about the openers? Will Sachin, Dravid and Laxman open the innings, they will get their chance only when Sehwag and Gambhir gets out, so who should be sent first, openers or middle order? This is not good, its like a discrimination,this depends on team performance, its not only Dravid, Sachin and Laxman will win the match for Ind...Selectors, please think about this.

  • beyondcricket on December 1, 2011, 3:15 GMT

    Leave the batting side, Indian bowlers are going to be handful on fast bouncy tracks of Australia. No doubt Australian players know their conditions better, but with Varun Aaron, Umesh Yadav regularly ticking 140ks plus with good line and length and Ishant proven himself in Australia, It aint going to be easy for Kangaroos. Wait a minute...and i am not even counting Zaheer...We should not forget, its not the bowling but the batting that led to England series loss. Key players missing, Sachin not firing, new players not used to those conditions....But i am backing the Indian batting line up...otherwise how did they win test matches in Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and won a test series 4 years back in England on seaming, fast, bouncy vouncy conditions?!!

  • avmd on December 1, 2011, 3:15 GMT

    In Zaheer and Sharma, India has two decent but not threatening bowlers. Ojha and Ashwin are good spinners but unlikley to be getting many wickets in Australia. Yadev and Aoron are promising but not of international class yet, not in Australia, where bowler like them play not beyond the grade cricket. Good luck India, please try to take the tests atleast to the 4th day if not the 5th.

  • on December 1, 2011, 3:11 GMT

    Cannot wait for this series!

  • rahulcricket007 on December 1, 2011, 2:59 GMT

    THANK YOU ENGLAND FOR GIVING US A WHITEWASH OTHERWISE THIS WOULD NEVER HAPPEN .

  • rampulaparthi on December 1, 2011, 2:55 GMT

    @ cricket geek : transition is not always smooth when 3 - 5 ppl leave immediately ( australian case : langer , hayden , martin , mc.grath , warne n gilchrist ) indians have enough talent on bench in the likes of rohit , kohli , aaron , umesh , ashwin , raina . We have to wait and see how much rohit and kohli apply themselves downunder

    @ ppl who call indians flat track bullies , VVS , Sachin , Dravid and sehwag have scored in every nook and corner of the world . I can say with an asserting tone that sehwag is the batsman who carries the flamboyance and attitude of the once invincible australian team , he makes batting look as arrogant as hayden and gilly used to do.

    lets just hope indians put a good show downunder , im expecting either aaron or umesh to come to limelight like ishant and irfan did in the previous tours.

  • sfjamal on December 1, 2011, 2:49 GMT

    Indian team is doing good on their powerful media, Home crowd and pitch advantage. Outside India, they always been below par. Highly over-rated team. Batting, no doubt has depth; but its the wicket taking bowlers who win matches and unfortunately, India always lacked genuine pace bowlers; Unlike Pakistan. Good-luck India in Aus. I predict another whitewash!!!

  • orangtan on December 1, 2011, 2:27 GMT

    If you thought England was bad, the Australian tour is going to be much worse from an Indian standpoint, they have got fast bowlers sprouting everywhere and Lyon is a good spinner.

  • orangtan on December 1, 2011, 2:24 GMT

    @RandyOz why not have a proper discussion instead of constantly stooping to insults to get your point across /

  • getsetgopk on December 1, 2011, 2:22 GMT

    Another serious drubbing awaits India in Australia.

  • NRI- on December 1, 2011, 1:52 GMT

    Thie time the attack with Aaron, Yadav and Ashwin looks good. If Zaheer is also fit, then all 4 bowlers would be test class whereas in England it was really pathetic to see Sreesanth, RP Singh and an unfit Bhajji carrying the load. The batting also looks good with Sehwag starting fit and classy batsmen like Rohit & Rahane in the reserves instead of Raina & Yuvraj. Australia looks vulnerable and thankfully the Indians are not playing at the Gabba and Hobart.

  • on December 1, 2011, 1:49 GMT

    @ Randy OZ

    47 ALL OUT !!!!!! YOUR TEAM in a pitch with a bit of life !!!!

  • samincolumbia on December 1, 2011, 1:36 GMT

    Australia's hero in the last test series, Bucknor, is not around this time!!

    And I am sure Ponting would do anything to give his average on the 'flat' pitches of India some semblance of respectability!! lol.

  • zico123 on December 1, 2011, 1:32 GMT

    com'on India, forget about Sachin's 100th 100, just win the Test series against Australia down under, Australian bowling attack is not great, Indian batters should apply themselves, bat long hours, put big totals on the board, then Australia will crumble

  • Steve_Stifler on December 1, 2011, 1:28 GMT

    Wait a second. Didn't this happen before the disastrous England tour as well, that some players left early to 'get used' to the conditions? We all know how that series panned out. Hah!!

  • zico123 on December 1, 2011, 1:27 GMT

    very good decision, infact Sehwag and Gambhir should leave early too, they need to get acclimatised to those conditions, as they need to give India good opening stand, if India have to put up huge scores on the board, specially because none of them have a hundred offlet and are short of runs

  • Kaze on December 1, 2011, 1:20 GMT

    Good so when they get whitewashed there will be no excuses

  • on December 1, 2011, 0:18 GMT

    why all are saying India alone ? India has proven themselves overall outside the world..2008 perth win,2011 durban etc... India is the only team to break Australian streak twice of winning consecutive matches(16 tests) .. If India needs to prove themselves outside,other teams also need to prove in India..If ppl say India dunno play to in fast tracks, then other teams also dunno to play in turning tracks..Spin bowling is also a part of cricket..Let others prove in IND..then talk.. we will prove

  • CricketChat on December 1, 2011, 0:07 GMT

    Sachin has indeed become a Test specialist like Dravid and Laxman. It is obvious he is reluctant to play ODIs these days. I hope he gets his 100th 100 so he can retire along with the other two asap. May be the Australian tour will become a watershed tour when the last of famous four will be out and Ind welcomes new, fresher faces in Ind team.

  • on November 30, 2011, 23:59 GMT

    RandyOZ Last time Shewag and co were in Australia, carnage ensued. If it hadn't been for Bucknor it would have been 2-0 to India.Time before that India put 700 odd on the board. Test matches between India nad Australia between 2001 and 2011 read 9-6 in favour of India, check your facts mate. Still you have to be grateful to the ACB for preparing flat tracks for their guests.

  • Andy500265 on November 30, 2011, 23:37 GMT

    @RandyOZ: There's a difference?

  • on November 30, 2011, 22:50 GMT

    @ElPhenomeno 47 ALL OUT !!!

  • wolf777 on November 30, 2011, 22:29 GMT

    Zaheer Khan's fitness questionable…Praveen Kumar pulled out even before the start of the tour…and Shivlal Yadav in the tour manager… wait…I have watched this movie before…

  • fredie on November 30, 2011, 22:29 GMT

    @ElPhenomeno Mate all teams with almost all their top players have been playing visting india twice a year(ipl and champions league)but none are even able to compete in india the reults shows where india havent lost a test series for past 6 -7 yrs in india.I do feel australia is a easiest place to travel bcos the ball doesnt move as much as in eng or sa.Also draviid ,tendulkar and laxman have scored more outside than in india so it is not abt flat tracks but abt getting used to conditions...and lastly tracks in india are not flat mate yeah u can say that till day2 they are but from day 3 it is difficult....u cant predict the bounce , there is rough for spinners,reverse swing etc the avg of sac,dravid and lax in 2nd inng of these lax has above 50 avg thats why he is very very very special

  • on November 30, 2011, 22:16 GMT

    Just like few players left early for England to get acclimatised and we know the stats very well. Other then Dravid no one was up to the mark.

  • RandyOZ on November 30, 2011, 22:02 GMT

    Did they mean test specialists for flat track specialists?!

  • on November 30, 2011, 21:58 GMT

    Doesn't matter if you go early or later. India should win this series down under, tired of all the wait for all these years. The 99 tour was a disaster, 2003-04 was competitive, 2007-08 was marred by controversy. We have waited long enough, team India should take a leaf out of England's ashes win in 2010-11. They never let the aussies dominate. Forget about Sachin's 100th ton, win the series !!

  • higheraveragethandg on November 30, 2011, 21:36 GMT

    Good that they're getting there earlier than Eng tour. I agree that batting legends will take some replacing but I'm not so pessimistic about the future. Tests are won by bowlers and the likes of ashwin, yadav, aaron are showing encouraging signs. The reverse swing these youngsters have already got bodes well as the control will come. Well done to the selectors for taking the plunge and picking them..thought Aaron could've been picked back end of Eng tour

  • nyc_missile on November 30, 2011, 21:34 GMT

    Good move, at least they will have the opportunity to shed any possible rustiness due to lack of match practice for a month.And why is Dhoni not going ? He desperately really needs to work on his batting in Tests,haven't seen a meaningful innings for years now,barring a chancy against WI recently.I know he is resting but leaving a week early is only going to benefit him.

  • Vilander on November 30, 2011, 21:28 GMT

    Aron and Yadav could have gone too or better wi odi series could have been 3 odi and the whole team could have gone.

  • on November 30, 2011, 21:27 GMT

    India should opt for DRS for aus series. just getting into the memories of those tests when India were on verge of victory in australia and poor umpiring took it away....that was worst for cricket...

  • bapina.prusty on November 30, 2011, 21:20 GMT

    For the whole Australian team.....I think one man in the Indian team is enough...... VVS Laxman....:P

  • spence1324 on November 30, 2011, 21:05 GMT

    @Deeppanjan Datta ha ha ha competing hard in there DNA LOL i must have missed that during the england tour!

  • Rakim on November 30, 2011, 21:02 GMT

    Logical thing to do after Eng's pwnage

  • LeftBrain on November 30, 2011, 21:00 GMT

    Well India visit Australia quite regularly, they should know thier pitches and conditions in-side-out. It is still a good move as they are trying to learn from their failures of England series. For the record Idia never ever won a series in Australia. Considering this Australian side is too inexperienced and going through a massive re-building process and given the fact that India is placed way too higher then Australia in IC ranking, this should technically be a cake-walk for India. If despite of the Aussie inexperience, despite of India having two hihest run getters of all time, if despite India placed higher then Australia in ranking, India fail to win all the matches, it should be a sahme for them. It will also conform the fact that Indians are just flat track bullies and tiger-at-home sort of team.

  • kriskini on November 30, 2011, 20:57 GMT

    First test if India wins the toss they must field. Looking for Sachin's 100th ton India may be bowled out for 100.

  • dalboy12 on November 30, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    Is Zaheer Khan going to available and fit for this series, I think India will really need him if they are going to have a bowling attack to trouble Aussie in Aussie. The pitchs there will not take a lot of spin - the Australian groundsman will make sure of that (and fair enough that hometown advantage), with the Aussies attack like it is now, you can expect fast bouncy pitches. So Sharma's going to need some help.

  • on November 30, 2011, 20:21 GMT

    Some sense there. For all their rankings and shizzle, India hasn't won a series in Australia. They might not be the all conquering team chock-full of greats now, but competing hard is in their DNA. Besides, Mitchell Johnson being out of the team might be a blessing in disguise since that'd allow them to look beyond a non-performing certainty in the team sheet, just like India were carrying Harbhajan. Let's hope we have a tough, even series.

  • itsthewayuplay on November 30, 2011, 20:07 GMT

    Finally one of the many harsh lessons learned in Eng being addressed. The key point here is not about winning or losing but that of acclimatisation so that the players can give the best performance possible and compete against Aus as we did under Ganguly. I believe the team should focus on the process and the let results will take care of themselves. Whilst this is positive news, most of the players going early already have experience of Aus conditions and would have like to seen Aaron and Yadav go early as well.

  • on November 30, 2011, 20:01 GMT

    all the best specialists. whole world is waiting for 100th ton

  • on November 30, 2011, 19:59 GMT

    As an Indian fan I hope we witness a cracker of a series in which the Indians give the aussies a run for their money..

  • on November 30, 2011, 19:54 GMT

    good luck team india.....sachin 100th century in australia... go india

  • on November 30, 2011, 19:52 GMT

    Awesome ! This is nice planning. I hope to see Varun Aaron perform at his very best in Australia.

  • Cricket_Geek on November 30, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    Seeing the difference in class of the present test specialists to the future of Indian cricket like the likes of Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Yuvraj Singh & to some extent Suresh Raina we tend to wonder if India will reaching the heights it did in away tests in the last 5 to 6 yrs or so.Today's cricket has devoid Indian cricket of a solid No 3 like 'The Wall' Dravid, 'Classy' Tendulkar & '2nd Innings Specialist' Laxman. I am not saying the new crop will not reach such heights but thats going to take sometime if at all it happens. Does the selection committee & the Indian public have the patience to persist with a group who may not perform immediately but may improve over time. Who is going to take the vital No 3 when Dravid decides to call it a day. I sure none of the present crop is equipped to take that spot especially on difficult pitches away from India. Kohli/Rohit Sharma/Pujara one of them I guess are the most likely ones. Are they equipped enough? Only time will tell

  • ElPhenomeno on November 30, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    Guys as experienced as in India's batting line up talking like this is bizarre to me. Its good they're going there early but they play in australia every other season. How much time do you need to get acclamatise? Its a great excuse but it won't help still if you can't win against this aussie team. I guess scoring runs on flat tracks can only take you so far.

  • arvindthiru on November 30, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    A rare good move in the interest of the game by BCCI

  • on November 30, 2011, 19:05 GMT

    lets hope so this ll bring some positives

  • kitten on November 30, 2011, 19:05 GMT

    Very good idea. These are some of the guys who have played well against the Aussies, and hopefully will do so again. VVS simply loves the Aussies, and who knows, maybe Sachin will complete his 100th century in Aussieland? I have a feeling he will. Good luck to the Indian Team. I am sure you will do well. This blend of seniors and youth, Kohli, Rohit et al, will bring some excitement, and I for one am looking forward to an exciting series. Hope Zaheer is in the thick of it.

  • on November 30, 2011, 19:05 GMT

    Really? Sachin Tendulkar is now a Test Match specialist?! Puhleeze. That's sacrilegious, that person holds almost every record in ODI's.

    Sure, he doesn't play ODI's any more against low-quality opposition, but that's only so that he remains fit for better opposition. He's gonna play against Aussies in colored clothes. After all, who won us the two finals of the last tournament we played down under?

  • on November 30, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    Shivlal Yadav was manager during the disastrous tour of Engiand and now he is back for the tour of Australia... Hope it works this time for Team India to turn out victorious...

  • on November 30, 2011, 18:55 GMT

    SO DOES THIS MEAN SACHIN WONT PLAY 4TH ODI MATCH

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  • on November 30, 2011, 18:55 GMT

    SO DOES THIS MEAN SACHIN WONT PLAY 4TH ODI MATCH

  • on November 30, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    Shivlal Yadav was manager during the disastrous tour of Engiand and now he is back for the tour of Australia... Hope it works this time for Team India to turn out victorious...

  • on November 30, 2011, 19:05 GMT

    Really? Sachin Tendulkar is now a Test Match specialist?! Puhleeze. That's sacrilegious, that person holds almost every record in ODI's.

    Sure, he doesn't play ODI's any more against low-quality opposition, but that's only so that he remains fit for better opposition. He's gonna play against Aussies in colored clothes. After all, who won us the two finals of the last tournament we played down under?

  • kitten on November 30, 2011, 19:05 GMT

    Very good idea. These are some of the guys who have played well against the Aussies, and hopefully will do so again. VVS simply loves the Aussies, and who knows, maybe Sachin will complete his 100th century in Aussieland? I have a feeling he will. Good luck to the Indian Team. I am sure you will do well. This blend of seniors and youth, Kohli, Rohit et al, will bring some excitement, and I for one am looking forward to an exciting series. Hope Zaheer is in the thick of it.

  • on November 30, 2011, 19:05 GMT

    lets hope so this ll bring some positives

  • arvindthiru on November 30, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    A rare good move in the interest of the game by BCCI

  • ElPhenomeno on November 30, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    Guys as experienced as in India's batting line up talking like this is bizarre to me. Its good they're going there early but they play in australia every other season. How much time do you need to get acclamatise? Its a great excuse but it won't help still if you can't win against this aussie team. I guess scoring runs on flat tracks can only take you so far.

  • Cricket_Geek on November 30, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    Seeing the difference in class of the present test specialists to the future of Indian cricket like the likes of Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Yuvraj Singh & to some extent Suresh Raina we tend to wonder if India will reaching the heights it did in away tests in the last 5 to 6 yrs or so.Today's cricket has devoid Indian cricket of a solid No 3 like 'The Wall' Dravid, 'Classy' Tendulkar & '2nd Innings Specialist' Laxman. I am not saying the new crop will not reach such heights but thats going to take sometime if at all it happens. Does the selection committee & the Indian public have the patience to persist with a group who may not perform immediately but may improve over time. Who is going to take the vital No 3 when Dravid decides to call it a day. I sure none of the present crop is equipped to take that spot especially on difficult pitches away from India. Kohli/Rohit Sharma/Pujara one of them I guess are the most likely ones. Are they equipped enough? Only time will tell

  • on November 30, 2011, 19:52 GMT

    Awesome ! This is nice planning. I hope to see Varun Aaron perform at his very best in Australia.

  • on November 30, 2011, 19:54 GMT

    good luck team india.....sachin 100th century in australia... go india