CA Chairman's XI v Indians, Canberra, 1st day December 15, 2011

Ishant the focus on tough first day for bowlers

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Chairman's XI 6 for 398 (Cooper 182*, Robinson 143, Yadav 3-39) v Indians
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Stiffness, jet-lag, an ankle in need of re-strapping, or just micro-management on the part of Duncan Fletcher? Theories abounded as to the reason for Ishant Sharma bowling only 5.3 overs on the first day of India's opening tour match against a Cricket Australia Chairman's XI in Canberra, the most notable episode in a forgettable start for the tourists.

An uncertain 2 for 45 after being sent in to bat by the acting Indian captain Rahul Dravid, the local XI ultimately reached a bountiful 6 for 398, led by dashing centuries from Wes Robinson and Tom Cooper. Umesh Yadav was the most incisive of the visiting bowlers, striking once in the first session and twice at the end in gathering gloom. They were watched by the CA chairman Wally Edwards, while the Prime Minister Julia Gillard's partner Tim Mathieson was also in attendance to observe Ishant's enigmatic introduction to the summer of 2011-12.

Taking the new ball on a sleepy surface at Manuka Oval, Ishant went off the field twice in the space of his brief spell, and after his second exit midway through his sixth over, did not return. An Indian team official explained that Ishant had only planned to deliver six overs for the day, and when his ankle strapping came loose before it was concluded, he felt no need to return. Ishant was seen on the field later, but only to help run the drinks.

As a tall fast bowler still recovering from the duration of the flight to Australia plus a four-hour bus trip into Canberra, Ishant was understandably below his best, and will take time to find his rhythm over the course of the week. There is sound reasoning for India to monitor Ishant's left ankle carefully, given the debate about whether or not he required ankle surgery to repair ligament damage he sustained in the third Test against England at Edgbaston in August.

In Ishant's absence the rest toiled without much success against studious batting by the West Australian Robinson and the more attractive strokes of South Australia's Cooper. Robinson showed more flair the further his innings went on, following Cooper's example and ultimately blooming in a stand of 226. Pragyan Ojha and Vinay Kumar were on the receiving end of the most aggressive strokes, though no member of the bowling attack shone too brightly against batsmen largely considered surplus to the requirements of the imminent Big Bash League.

Yadav enjoyed early success when he had the Chairman's XI captain Ryan Broad edging behind to Wriddhiman Saha, and Ojha's subtle variations of pace and flight proved too much for Joe Burns, bowled on the back foot by a flatter delivery. But the afternoon session passed without another wicket, as Robinson and Cooper built momentum against an attack that called on eight bowlers.

A solid 2 for 186 at the tea interval, Robinson and Cooper accelerated with vigour on resumption, swatting boundaries to all parts. Ojha was subjected to particularly heavy punishment to return 2 for 149 from 25.3 overs. Robinson swung Ojha to the leg-side boundary no fewer than five times before he perished in the attempt to add a sixth.

Alex Doolan provided unobtrusive company as Cooper reached his century, but both he and Glenn Maxwell were beaten on the crease by Yadav in light that became increasingly murky. Dean Solway, a Canberra product, edged Vinay behind shortly before the close.

Cooper's display was both pleasant and authoritative, demonstrating why he is now being watched by the national selectors as a possible contender for the Australian side.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • playitstraight on December 17, 2011, 1:38 GMT

    Why should Rohit be given a chance ahead of Virat Kohli? Just compare the averages and strike rates in ODIs between the two: Kohli is 45-odd and Rohit is 34.81. Kohli's SR is 83 and Rohit's is 79. Kohli has played 3 tests and scored two half-centuries in 1 test in the recently concluded Ind v WI Test. Rohit is definitely a talent, but that doesn't mean that he can just jump into the ODI team.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 16, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    If India goes in with 6 batsmen, Rohit it is for me. There is no place for favouritisms here. We are already crippled in the bowling department and we don't want Dhoni to cripple the batting department by doing favours to Kohli. Enough of this Indian Cricket Naatak. For all thos who were thinking India didn't bowl full throttle just because it's a practice game, then why did our batsmen go full throttle? Shouldn't they also go half throttle so that the Aussies don't get a measure of our team as a whole? Simple, there is something seriously wrong with Ishant there. And probably Zaheer too. It is also possible that Ishant backed off once he saw that the surface is not a dodgy grassbowl for cows coz it makes no sense to bend your back unnecessarily on a batting paradise for a tour game. If that's the case, I'm more than happy with the situation. But you never know from this far ( O_O )!

  • Naresh28 on December 16, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    @binojpeter - Yes TP Sudhindra might one day play for India. The guy is 27 yrs - it seems he started around about 22 yrs playing cricket. I have seen his picture in his batting stance - looks fairly well built. From yesterday he has taken another two wickets today - the game should still be in progress. A total of 10 wickets in a game. Maybe if his team rises further he could get noticed by a selector. Still early days though. What amazes me is that there is bowling talent in India but we seem to discard some bowlers of the calibre of Sreesanth and Nehra. Sreesanth has the talent but needs a bit of mentoring

  • on December 16, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    @Sameen Tahir. LOL @your comment. Sachin and Laxman both retired because they wanted to give chance to Virat and Rohit to bat and practice on the pitch. All in all, good batting display-320/4 (NOT 6 because 2 retired). I'm sure when Sehwag gets into the groove,the opening pair will give a flying start. Bring it on! :) Cricinfo please publish.

  • gauravgairola on December 16, 2011, 9:53 GMT

    @Ahsan_Shere- laxman played most of his career at no6 because sourav used to play at no5 and india didn't had player like dhoni at no7 so he used to end up to play with bowlers.therfore could not score as many runs and also the fact that he has especial career against aus. makes him one of the greats of indian cricket.

  • GreenTeam-Elite on December 16, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    After first warm up match I feel it is going to be a tough series for both sides. I have storng feeling that Australians will come out in first test with pattinson and siddle bounces where Indian batting line up lacks. Irfan pathan should not ignore by the selectors!!! well best regards for both teams.

  • on December 16, 2011, 7:22 GMT

    rohit should be in the 1st test.....he plays the short ball well....has been consistent before his injury and now in the WI series....has done well here too

  • Ahsan_Shere on December 16, 2011, 6:59 GMT

    Can anyone please tell me why Laxman believes to be in the same slab with Tendulkar & Dravid. One will find it difficult to recall a batsman with 130 matches under his belt & haven't scored even 9000. Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardena, Ponting, Jaques Kallis, even Mike Hussey, Alistair Cook, Younis Khan, Chanderpaul, Sehwag, Kevin Pietersen etc all are better bat than him & most of them behind Dravid & all of them behind Tendulkar!

  • Drew2 on December 16, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    @dicky_boy the down side is of course that India have never won a series in Australia in the entire history of Test cricket - and this was during the era of the best Indian team ever. People keep talking about how well India have done in against Australia in the last 20 years. There is truth to that, but up the retire ment of Australia's stars, they weren't even close to Australia in dominance.

  • on December 16, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    Fully endorse 'Johny-129" &'Ahmad Abbas Khan's views-Irfan Khan should've been the bleeding, obvious choice ahead of Mithun or Vinay Kumar.Irfan is an awesomely gifted cricketer who has been terribly handled by our cricket establishment.Somehow he has fallen foul of Dhoni ,the selectors and even the press .It's a mystery to me that no journalist or cricket writer has taken up the cudgels on Irfan's behalf re the injustice meted out to him ,yet ,thankfully, he has got a huge fan base in India going by the respose of the general public in 'cricinfo'. Something happened in the 2009 T20 World Cup game against WI in England-Irfan bowled 2 overs for just 9 runs and was never used again in that game or ever since after that for India. I strongly exhort the selectors to come clean about why they have kept on ignoring a supremely talented cricketer like Irfan to the extent that now his confidence in himself as a batsman is shattered,yet he scored a century, 90,76 vs top Auss,Pak attacks

  • playitstraight on December 17, 2011, 1:38 GMT

    Why should Rohit be given a chance ahead of Virat Kohli? Just compare the averages and strike rates in ODIs between the two: Kohli is 45-odd and Rohit is 34.81. Kohli's SR is 83 and Rohit's is 79. Kohli has played 3 tests and scored two half-centuries in 1 test in the recently concluded Ind v WI Test. Rohit is definitely a talent, but that doesn't mean that he can just jump into the ODI team.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 16, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    If India goes in with 6 batsmen, Rohit it is for me. There is no place for favouritisms here. We are already crippled in the bowling department and we don't want Dhoni to cripple the batting department by doing favours to Kohli. Enough of this Indian Cricket Naatak. For all thos who were thinking India didn't bowl full throttle just because it's a practice game, then why did our batsmen go full throttle? Shouldn't they also go half throttle so that the Aussies don't get a measure of our team as a whole? Simple, there is something seriously wrong with Ishant there. And probably Zaheer too. It is also possible that Ishant backed off once he saw that the surface is not a dodgy grassbowl for cows coz it makes no sense to bend your back unnecessarily on a batting paradise for a tour game. If that's the case, I'm more than happy with the situation. But you never know from this far ( O_O )!

  • Naresh28 on December 16, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    @binojpeter - Yes TP Sudhindra might one day play for India. The guy is 27 yrs - it seems he started around about 22 yrs playing cricket. I have seen his picture in his batting stance - looks fairly well built. From yesterday he has taken another two wickets today - the game should still be in progress. A total of 10 wickets in a game. Maybe if his team rises further he could get noticed by a selector. Still early days though. What amazes me is that there is bowling talent in India but we seem to discard some bowlers of the calibre of Sreesanth and Nehra. Sreesanth has the talent but needs a bit of mentoring

  • on December 16, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    @Sameen Tahir. LOL @your comment. Sachin and Laxman both retired because they wanted to give chance to Virat and Rohit to bat and practice on the pitch. All in all, good batting display-320/4 (NOT 6 because 2 retired). I'm sure when Sehwag gets into the groove,the opening pair will give a flying start. Bring it on! :) Cricinfo please publish.

  • gauravgairola on December 16, 2011, 9:53 GMT

    @Ahsan_Shere- laxman played most of his career at no6 because sourav used to play at no5 and india didn't had player like dhoni at no7 so he used to end up to play with bowlers.therfore could not score as many runs and also the fact that he has especial career against aus. makes him one of the greats of indian cricket.

  • GreenTeam-Elite on December 16, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    After first warm up match I feel it is going to be a tough series for both sides. I have storng feeling that Australians will come out in first test with pattinson and siddle bounces where Indian batting line up lacks. Irfan pathan should not ignore by the selectors!!! well best regards for both teams.

  • on December 16, 2011, 7:22 GMT

    rohit should be in the 1st test.....he plays the short ball well....has been consistent before his injury and now in the WI series....has done well here too

  • Ahsan_Shere on December 16, 2011, 6:59 GMT

    Can anyone please tell me why Laxman believes to be in the same slab with Tendulkar & Dravid. One will find it difficult to recall a batsman with 130 matches under his belt & haven't scored even 9000. Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardena, Ponting, Jaques Kallis, even Mike Hussey, Alistair Cook, Younis Khan, Chanderpaul, Sehwag, Kevin Pietersen etc all are better bat than him & most of them behind Dravid & all of them behind Tendulkar!

  • Drew2 on December 16, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    @dicky_boy the down side is of course that India have never won a series in Australia in the entire history of Test cricket - and this was during the era of the best Indian team ever. People keep talking about how well India have done in against Australia in the last 20 years. There is truth to that, but up the retire ment of Australia's stars, they weren't even close to Australia in dominance.

  • on December 16, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    Fully endorse 'Johny-129" &'Ahmad Abbas Khan's views-Irfan Khan should've been the bleeding, obvious choice ahead of Mithun or Vinay Kumar.Irfan is an awesomely gifted cricketer who has been terribly handled by our cricket establishment.Somehow he has fallen foul of Dhoni ,the selectors and even the press .It's a mystery to me that no journalist or cricket writer has taken up the cudgels on Irfan's behalf re the injustice meted out to him ,yet ,thankfully, he has got a huge fan base in India going by the respose of the general public in 'cricinfo'. Something happened in the 2009 T20 World Cup game against WI in England-Irfan bowled 2 overs for just 9 runs and was never used again in that game or ever since after that for India. I strongly exhort the selectors to come clean about why they have kept on ignoring a supremely talented cricketer like Irfan to the extent that now his confidence in himself as a batsman is shattered,yet he scored a century, 90,76 vs top Auss,Pak attacks

  • RISHI2016 on December 16, 2011, 6:38 GMT

    if practice match is an indication, Rohit should be given chance ahead of Virat...

  • waheed on December 16, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    Team India will face a huge challenge in this tour just because of thier bowling line up. Batting is always a plus for India and again this is best batting line up in world but they dont have good bowling line and also no bowling bench power like Pakistan.. Pakistan have Junaid talha aizaz cheema and many more to come after asif and amir

  • on December 16, 2011, 6:27 GMT

    why didn't tendulkar make a century why retired out at 92. can anyone explain?

  • on December 16, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    320 for 4 isn't bad at all :-) And Rohit too got a chance to play a decent innings. So the batting machine is getting into gear. Its the bowling that will worry all Indian fans.

  • on December 16, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    Kohli seems to be Dhoni's favorite and enjoys his confidence, but my vote would go to Rohit.

  • Naresh28 on December 16, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    ROHIT DEFINETELY. ONE OF SACHIN, LAXMAN,DRAVID,GAMBHIR should make way for either Kohli/Rohit in each game. This will give our future player some exposure. India has a DEARTH of batsman - choosing a slot for each in form batsman is major headache. ITS OUR BOWLING THAT NEVER GETS THE SAME ATTENTION.

  • on December 16, 2011, 6:10 GMT

    Good to see batsman getting feel of the conditions........... disappointed kohli has missed out....... it seems rohit has cashed in......... now wait for 2nd practice game with probable bowling unit for 1st test on boxing day....... Hope that Ishant's excuse is true........ way to go Blues.....

  • Naresh28 on December 16, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    ALL SACHIN bashers you guys are unrealistic, really. Here is a 38 yr old scoring 92 retired against Australlian club side. Please before BASHING - please view the 2010/11 South Africa tour by India. Sachin scored two centuries - 111no and 146. This was against Morkel/Steyn and co in the three tests. THAT IS THE REAL BAROMETER TO JUDGE HIM BY

  • sankar8000 on December 16, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    It seems a batsmen friendly pitch!Indian batsmen utilized the opportunity and made runs! This series is poised for a good fight.....

  • binojpeter on December 16, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    @Naresh28 I too was looking at T P Sudhindra's profile after seeing Ranji scores. He has already taken 88 first class wickets at an average of 22.45 which is awesome considering Ranji standards and his action is shown as Right arm fast. I really wish if I could see his bowling.

  • on December 16, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    Well, the batsmen have had a decent outing. Laxman and Dravid both got a feel, Gambhir too. Sachin played himself in too with a decently long inings and then retiring out to give Virat and Rohit a chance to bat.

    While the bowling unit didn't give too much confidence on yesterday's evidence, let's not forget that Zaheer wasn't playing, and Ishant bowled 5 overs. Ojha won't be the first choice spinner from what we saw yesterday, it will be Ashwin, if he fares better in the second practice match.

  • sehwaguparcut on December 16, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    Kohli or Rohit for the first test?

  • on December 16, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    Irfan well deserved because of his swing bowlling...Vinay and Mithun is poor selection

  • TheIndiaRockers on December 16, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    @Cric_info_pak---Pak last win against aus is in the year1995 & they got winded up by aussie with a huge innings defeat in pak as well as ouside for many many times. Sehwag scored triple ton in pak did u forget from that onwords saqlain no more in the cricket.lol stop commenting on india (1983 world champions in england,runner up in 2003 , world champions in 2011 what else we want to prove).Still i will respect aussie one of the great team in the world.Worrying part of india is bowling . please bring back pathan & sreesanth.

  • on December 16, 2011, 4:50 GMT

    Indian team will be in serious trouble if they cant win against Australia-3s, a team with zero international experience yet yesterday scored runs at ODI standard

  • on December 16, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    It would appear that the Little Master is getting sufficient&efficient form back to shine in the Boxing Day Test.he should get the k Long-awaited but eluding LandMark in Australia which is the most suiting platform to test his cal re. We wish him All the Best much. In advance This match though he might score a century ,it would just enter his first class records alone.but a century here could afford more confidence for him.Specialist VVSL too is doing well.but as no result is possible under any circumstances,the century from Tendulkar alone has some interest for the spectactors& followers of the match. SreedharanMundanat

  • puneriMisal on December 16, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    Physical fitness is the key, looks like the bowling unit is already treading on the path set in England !!!

  • dicky_boy on December 16, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    AND TO ALL THE INDIAN FANS MAKING JOKES ON THE INDIAN TEAM , WHAT A LET DOWN ESPECIALLY AFTER LAST DECADE OUR AWAY RECORD 1-1 2002 in aus ,AUS SAVED THE LAST TEST,2-1 in 2007 sidney test fiasco and we won in Perth and last test outplayed Aussies,At home beat them in all series except one in 40 years,ONLY TEAM TO HAVE CHALLENGED AUS WHEN THEY WERE AT THEIR PEAK AND BEATING IN MORE SERIES THAN THEY DID,1-1 in SA, WON IN NZ,ENG2007 , won the world cup ,test no 1 for 2 years, WHAT MORE DO U PEOPLE WANT ,

  • Johnny_129 on December 16, 2011, 3:35 GMT

    I am an Indian working in Aus - the performance of the Indian team in this tour match has caused all Indians a great deal of embarrassment! But the problems did not start here...it started when the selectors picked the Test squad - why the hell was Irfan Pathan overlooked in favour of Mithun and Vinay??? Irfan has been to Aus and performed very well before. Furthermore, he is a respected international standard bowler capable of destroying Aus single-handed on his day. His Ranji peroformance indicates that he is over his injuries. The only pace bowler that deserved to be selected ahead of Irfan is Zak (when fully fit). India has come here with an inexperienced pace 'attack' and as I (and many others) predicted earlier, they are already under the hammer! Notice to selectors, PLS GET IRFAN TO AUS ASAP AND THEN HAND IN YOUR RESIGNATIONS!!!

  • one-eyed-but-keepinitreal on December 16, 2011, 3:33 GMT

    @Dashgar, Young, where Nathan Lyon hails from, IS in NSW. Then again, reading the rest of your comments I would take anything you say with a very large grain of salt. Australia's biggest problem has been the homogenisation of our first class wickets. I laugh every time I hear Indian supporters use a win at the WACA as an example of their ability to play on a bouncy track - the WACA has been a flat track for about a decade. Once upon a time each Australian wicket had its own unique characteristics and our international cricketers played more domestic cricket matches. Playing in Australia was like playing on wickets all over the world - spin, seam, swing, bounce, pace, wicket deterioration all varied. The variety is not in our provincial grounds, thus, stunting player development.

  • Patchmaster on December 16, 2011, 3:23 GMT

    India are going to get more of the treatment they got in England - a right royal thrashing. They might win a few T20's or the odd ODI, but they just can't cut it against SA, ENG and even average old AUS in Test Matches.

  • here2rock on December 16, 2011, 3:21 GMT

    I can not understand the mentality of Indians playing these practice matches. They get into these holidays mood abroad that they always need a wake up call after the first test match is lost. They need to show intent right from the begining which is so far lacking. I am a very disappointed Indian fan.

  • Meety on December 16, 2011, 2:58 GMT

    @Truemans_Ghost - I agree, I wonder if sometimes they don't cause increased injury risk due to bowlers not doing the basics right?

  • on December 16, 2011, 2:25 GMT

    drop ishant from the team and take irfan to aussies toure..

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 16, 2011, 2:02 GMT

    Oh this indeed is scary! I'm seeing the obvious, an Ishant breakdown this time. I sincerely hope I'm wrong and that he indeed is match fit and not just 'fit'. What about Zaheer? Is he really fit? I thought only our batting is going to be a major problem looking at the way we batted against Windies. But now taking the spinners out of the equation due to the flat Aussie tracks, I shudder to think how can we take 20 Aussie wickets. I think I came across this box office hit before. Oh yes, in England it was (O_O)!

  • Naresh28 on December 16, 2011, 1:47 GMT

    2nd day and Australia are throwing 2 fast right arm and one left arm fast bowlers at Dravid and Gambhir. They have survived their barrage so far.

  • on December 16, 2011, 1:42 GMT

    68/1pm just 18 overs looks as if the Veterans have seen my comments in early Postings wher I desired Fast scoring patterns. They did just the same. We can hope them to be faster as the Captain of thecside is acting on the field Sreedharan Mundanat

  • on December 16, 2011, 1:38 GMT

    The second Day though India as usual lost an early wicket in the Form of Rahane,the veteran WALL Dravid&GreatGG do appear to be in the process of accomplishing their Mission with a healthy 57/1 in about 16 overs. A good score for a match of this sort acquiring experience with pitch. & Australian Type of Pace Bowling.The present Stars at crease is incidentally the Best to achieve this gain of knowledge with the veterans Sachin& VVSL to follow their path.Thus by the Boxing Day's arrival in a matter of 12 days, The Team India could safely hope to reach the position where they would be ready to strike with BAT&BALL.! But Little more fast scoring is also required at the moment to score at least 350 on board to enable our Bowlers also getting more Experience with older pitch than first day.so our established veterans with support from other batsmen need to improve scoring pattern to achieve dusts ciao score fast. This is the need of the moment because the limited HRS,. SreedharanMundanat

  • posybeon123 on December 16, 2011, 0:47 GMT

    where is ASHWIN HUH??? try him on the ausi pitches

  • on December 16, 2011, 0:37 GMT

    guys......amit mishra is in the top hundred test batsmen in the world. Amit mishra is the hundredth best test batsmen in the world....HAHAHAHA what a joke the rankings really are, and btw ishant sharma is not the hundredth bowler in the ranking. Hes actually 20th.

  • thisisSSR on December 15, 2011, 23:59 GMT

    This is not at all bad, considering the jet lag, new world all together...the fresh lads performed fair. No need to worry. Ojha bowled pretty fair enough being a leg-spinner that's not bad, runs are good, wickets are more important, considering he got hit for 5 sixes, he was trying to turn those deliveries into opportunities, as finally the sixth one he succeeded. So runs are not bad in test cricket, considering how you are conceding, the intention of bowler is important.

    However, Aussies are fairly new but not taken to be taken light because these are the situations which actually produces new legends for legendary teams. We might see a new Damien Martin/Slater/Waugh/Hayden coming out as a result of this series. Test match cricket history is a long standing testimony to these, what I would like to call "heroic" situations.

  • Moneypenny on December 15, 2011, 23:56 GMT

    Its not about practice match or first match on a tour. It appears that Indian players are scared of defeat. Not a good sign I am afraid! If Zaheer is fit to play a test match then why didn't he go into this match? so that Aussies can't look at his bowling? After many months of lay off should he be allowed to bowl in the first place without being tested? This match reminds me their tour match against Sommerset. Just because NZ won a mtach doesn't mean India will automatically win everything. NZ had a positive mindset and NZ bowlers are much superior. Remember how NZ bowlers bowled on dead Indian pitches?How they turned around a certain defeat against Zim on an away tour. Dravid wins a toss and doesn't allow batsmen to have practice reflects the fearful mindset. This is where Aussies are really good: an opposition scared to death.Good luck to both teams though all of this might be a bit too early to conclude.

  • Naresh28 on December 15, 2011, 23:52 GMT

    India does have lots of untapped talent in bowling. Its a matter of BCCI to put structures in place to tap into it. Dont know if ita difficulty or maybe we unearth a Zaheer Khan and then sit back and are content with the one - instead of building a pool. Right now the worry is Ishant Sharma - if he is injured rather correct this by sending him back home and getting a replacement. A talented player like Sreesanth sdould be worked on rather than discarded. Maybe we need a selector(ex-bowler) who focuses on bowlers. Thinking pace not spin.

  • Naresh28 on December 15, 2011, 23:38 GMT

    @indian fans Maybe a bowler like Madya Pradesh fast bowler - TP Sudhindra should be looked at. Making lots of in roads in Ranji games. Have not seen the guy bowl. But knowing Indian Selectors they would not look at a team like MP. He took 7 wickets in first innings and already taken another 1 in the 2nd innings. Anyone know anything about him, seen his action?

  • Dashgar on December 15, 2011, 23:37 GMT

    NSW the State was never the problem in Australian Cricket. Rather the NSW Blues was. Remember that Katich and Hauritz were always given preferential treatment but they aren't born in NSW. Also Lyon is from ACT, not NSW. The problem is that players in the NSW system constantly seem to have technical flaws in their batting or not be strong enough to stay fit bowling yet they get picked almost exclusively. It says a lot that most of the best New South Welshmen going around have left their state and become way better players abroad. Imagine how good McGrath and the Waughs could have been...

  • on December 15, 2011, 23:37 GMT

    Mr.Nam ally's comments refers. Yes .I agree with mr Nampally. Since ZAK has not played for India for some time now,it could be good idea to include him from next practice match so that he could get acquainted withnlatest style of pitches meant for Test matches, Evidently as Captain Dhoni had said earlier the advance specialist sent Down under should be utilized to get a fair knowledge of the Australian Pitches unless there is any specific reason for not including him SreedharanMundanat

  • Chris_P on December 15, 2011, 22:49 GMT

    @David Carbone . I guess enough people have pointed out your statement re: NSW players, but let me add this. You guys let Cosgrove go to Tasmania and he was instrumental in winning them the Sheffield Shield. He was probably your nest bat but you let him go and you question other state's credentials? On this match, I think, not sure, but the Indian side was just having a loosening up session, I hope so anyway. The pitch, despite what some say, is not a flat batting track and has actually aided bowlers more this season. It was correctly pointed out that although, possibly a 3rd XI side, it was full of in form players who are all trying to impress. Let's not forget either that Cooper is an international player having played T20 & ODI for The Netherlands, so is well versed on facing quality international bowlers. Kudos to him for grabbing any opportunity coming his way.

  • basusri133b on December 15, 2011, 22:47 GMT

    Why on earth did Dravid decide to field after winning the toss ? All it did was expose our bowlers in a very negative light.

    The performance of our bowlers should be a wake up call to the Team Management. I trust Mr Srikant is paying attention, after all he is the one who selected these bowlers. God forbid, if either Ishant Sharma or Zahir Khan get injured. Then we will be well and truely exposed.

    We should select 5 bowlers for the Test matches, anything less will pose problems.

  • on December 15, 2011, 22:39 GMT

    Richard Hadlee once said...it's true bowlers win matches...but batsmen save matches. So irrespective of what India's bowling attack looks like on boxing day test, it would be a huge shame if we lose that test match. I am dead sure that India is going to lose by at-least 150 runs (or by 8 wickets). Our so called ('paper-tiger') batting line-up is going to crumble. 2-0 is my prediction for the series!

  • RandyOZ on December 15, 2011, 21:54 GMT

    Ishant is typical of Indian bowlers, medium paced and cannon fodder. Tom Cooper won't be the last Aussie to belt this attack around this summer.

  • vamanan on December 15, 2011, 21:54 GMT

    Did Ishant plan to deliver only 6 overs on a day? If this is so real, why he needs to play this match. What a confidence a player can gain by bowling just 6 overs?! It would be as equivalent as to do some throw downs for practice.

  • vamanan on December 15, 2011, 21:45 GMT

    When we tour away, we make new stars in the opposition camp. No wonder India will help oz to find few stars in this tour too.

  • vamanan on December 15, 2011, 21:38 GMT

    The excuse flood already started its journey. Is there a support person employed by BCCI to support Dhoni in finding / presenting excuses. If not, this position has to be seriously considered. No wonder the person in this position will soon become star and darling of the team. When will we hear a good performance away from home without any excuses. Million dollar prizes await for the person who throws the best answer.

  • Nerk on December 15, 2011, 21:27 GMT

    @TrueSach - I agree with what you say, you cant take too much notice about results in practice matches. But they are far from meaningless. In fact, as you point out, they are about players spending time in the middle, getting match practice and fitness. They are usually described as meanings for playing such matches. As I recall, last time India were here they could have won if they were better prepared, playing practice matches such as this.

  • Mahesh-Cricketfanatic on December 15, 2011, 21:24 GMT

    Did anyone notice a very important point - INDIA WON THE TOSS AND ELECTED TO FIELD - Really does it make any sense to bowl first when ideally you would want you batters to get some much needed practice on a first day wicket after the England Tour Embarassment- No other team would have done that.

  • Mr.Moody on December 15, 2011, 21:06 GMT

    its indian darkest cricketing days because they depend on over-rated Ishant sharma...oh come on indians he is ranked 100TH in bowling [see his ranking on cricinfo]...try to find someone else who can take you wickets!!!!

  • Shan156 on December 15, 2011, 21:05 GMT

    It looks like India will play only spinner and it will most likely be Ojha. I believe they should try Ashwin out. He looks like he is a far better spinner than Ojha (although Ojha is the senior spinner).

    Umesh looks like he will do very well in these conditions. Ishant may miss out through injury. But, if Zaheer is fully fit, then India should win this series easily. The Aussies have decent bowlers but are they good enough for Sachin, Rahul and, more importantly, VVS? Guess not. I can't see India losing a test (because the Aussies simply cannot take 20 Indian wickets) and if the Aussie batsmen cannot play the NZ seamers (I understand conditions may well be different), they don't stand a chance against Zaheer. It will be hardly surprising if India wins it 2-0.

  • Mahesh-Cricketfanatic on December 15, 2011, 20:50 GMT

    @Chetan007 :- "No wonder if tomorrow the pitch will be suddenly become bowler friendly when Indians come out to bat....." - I JUST LOVED THAT COMMENT, SPOT ON MATE, YOU HIT THE NAIL, LOL....LOL.... Seriously i was laughing atleast for a good two minutes :).

  • palla.avinash on December 15, 2011, 20:41 GMT

    for those whose appose vinay kumar who has taken most wickets as pacer in england and west indies series its him no other when praveen struggled against england and rp singh cannot get wickets in ranji tophy the only misjudgment is bringing mithun in place of irfan patan,but even mithun bowls in good in tests like ishant he doesn't deserve place in odis and t20 due to the length they bowl pitching it up.vinay kumar is the best replacement bring dinda or patan instead of mithun not rp singh.vinay kuamr is not a buffet or street bowler at all.he is leading wicket taker pace bowler inodis against england and westindies

  • on December 15, 2011, 19:59 GMT

    @Cric_info_pak India has outperformed pak in aus,sa and wi and even England (except last tour) . stick to your team instead of taking potshots at India.

  • Divinetouch on December 15, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    Cric_info_pak

    Wherever India play their players will always put BharatMa first.

  • landl47 on December 15, 2011, 19:53 GMT

    India has a couple of problems here. Whatever they say, the fact that Ishant can't get through 6 overs with the fiirst test only a week and a half away is a major concern. Even more worrying is that Ojha took 2-149 at an economy rate of 5.84 against a very lightweight Aus batting line-up. It doesn't look as though he'll be effective in Aus conditions. On the plus side, Yadav bowled well and Zaheer, seems to be healthy. However, with Ashwin not likely to be able to extract much menace out of the test wickets, it's asking a lot for those two to bowl Australia out, even an Aussie side as weak as this one.

  • on December 15, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    India playing 5 day cricket away from home ha ha. Australia are poor but far too good for India!

  • SanjivAwesome on December 15, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    Dhoni and Fletcher, as an Indian fan, I have opened a desk file titled "Excuses" to list the pathetic reasons you might start giving for lame performances on this tour of Australia, like you did in your last tour to Eng. So far on my list - 1. Jet lagged, 2. Loose Strapping ...

  • TrueSach on December 15, 2011, 19:33 GMT

    Indian team has a habit of not treating the practice matches seriously. But I do agree these are all meaningless matches. Players just want to spend a little bit of time in the middle, get some match practice, don't get injured and keep their focus on the real test matches. So don't get carried away by the big scores posted by CA XI. This time around, team is well prepared. They will give a tough fight to Aus and with a little bit of luck, who knows.....

  • Chetan007 on December 15, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    No wonder if tomorrow the pitch will be suddenly become bowler friendly when Indians come out to bat.....

  • Chetan007 on December 15, 2011, 19:17 GMT

    I hope Australia to bring their yester year star playes to play against the like of Vinay Kumar.. I heard a news of bringing Hayden back for T20. This is the best time if he wants to make a comeback. Play him in the T20 match against India. Vinay Kumar will surely try his best to make it easy for him to comeback with a century.

  • on December 15, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    Vinay and Mithun will be the buffet bowlers who will extend Ponting's and Hussey's careers. They should also bring Phil Hughes so that he can gain some confidence. After all, Vinay and Mithun will provide him much better run-scoring practice than even the domestic cricket bowlers in Aus. I have no idea why they would not select Pathan. He may not be even 10% of Wasim Akram (that he is somehow made out to be) but at least he has experience over two tours to Australia and can swing the ball both ways (at his very best ONLY). There is an infinetesimal chance he can get some wickets compared to Vinay and Mithun.

  • Chetan007 on December 15, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    Three quotas from Karnataka. Except Dravid no one deserve to be in the National team. Please selectors think of India than your state. Please select the players who deserve not the likes of Vinay Kumar who does get the wickets because of his balling but due to the mistakes of batsman. We already have struggled for that in England. No one wants the same situation here. We already have lost two of our bowlers who can be very much handy in these condition. Australians were struggling against swing bowlers. If more swing bowlers were being selected, it might be more beneficial of our national team. I don't know how Vinay is being considered as swing bowler. I didn't find him swing much. He is just an ordinary bowler. Better to select Ashok Dinda than the likes of Vinay. I'm not saying that Dinda is a good bowler but much better than Vinay.I don't understand what selectors were doing. Please stop selectors to represent their particular zone/state but to represent only our great nation India

  • on December 15, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    Indian bowling without Zaheer looks pedestrian. I am glad that Dhoni has taken one potential excuse out of the series "Under prepared" now other excuses like "Pitch", "Crowd", "Umpires", "Crowd" should also be taken out of the series.Dhoni and India team please do not make excuses if you lose and do not gloat like pompous Ass if you win. India is the world's most whining and arrogant team.

  • cric009 on December 15, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    @Cric_info_pak - It's good to see some Pak fans back on the board because Pak has been able to win a couple of games recently among all the batting controversies! Well, the world champions have won lots of test matches under Dhoni outside India as well. Look at the stats and rankings urself.

  • on December 15, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    I don't understand why people over react over this warm up match, And guyz please don't be so negative..movie yet to start..Chak de india..India will rock this time and win the series in australia.

  • on December 15, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    Indian batsmen's injuries will start from tomorrow. It will keep ON until Aussies tour is finished and some home series start so that they can thrash opponents at home..

  • Vilander on December 15, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    What is wrong with Ishant ? if they have mismanaged him again, then some heads need to roll. And result is not surprising when you take pathetic trundlers like Vinay and Mithun unfortunate that Aaron got injured.

  • steve19191 on December 15, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    And so the excuses start LOL As stated in many previous posts India will be ranked 5th by July 2012....No bowlers = no chance even against a very very poor Australia.

  • sashi94 on December 15, 2011, 17:59 GMT

    I think vinay kumar is the biggest waste in this team. His action and his ipl heroics are not international quality. He needs to jump 15 feet in the air before he lands to deliver the ball at 125 kph. Irfan pathan is surely missed. As far as comments from our neighbors.. jealous we are atleast doing well at home and you guys dont even have home matches?

  • Vinodha19 on December 15, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    Warm up matches are not for winning they are for adapting to the condintion. Indian bowling depends on zack fitness. I remember last series against S.A. in S.A. where india thrashed by an innings in the 1st test(as same as england) in the absent of zack.But in 2nd test india bounce backed and bowled S.A. for 131 runs in 1st innings and won the 2nd test and drew the series in the presence of zack. Here he may not pick heaps of wickets but he inspires and guide other bowleres to share wickets. (same happened in WC). All the best india.

  • on December 15, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    indian bowling is pathetic but whole Australian team playing like a pathetic team.i think there is 3.0 result for india (i m from Pakistan)

  • Stevo_NZ on December 15, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    Nothing like bowling to Hughes, Ponting, Hussey and Haddin to give your bowlers confidence and form. Go India. Wake up Australian selectors, bring in the youth before you lose all your fans.

  • Cric_info_pak on December 15, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    austalia is not good now as past n india were never good so this willl be equal contest.... ohh i forgot home ground champions are playing in australia .. .... india should play bangladesh n ireland out side india ( home Champions) they can have equal contest .... ahahahha

  • imrankhan76uk on December 15, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    do go after india's bowling on first day. what 5's by opening pair...thats stupid... these bowlers are not capable of anything big anyway but having a go at them on first days performance abroad is bit too much. wait and watch... hope we get good series... i still want Aussie to get thumped by big margin

  • Recordkar on December 15, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    I have agreed to bring back Pathan, I want to see who is that bowler most of the people are taking about. I know one who when played for India used to bowl at 125-130 with out taking any main batsman wicket and used score some runs. I think he is the same. But looks like an Ian Botham or Imran Khan looking at the comments.

  • WC2011Champs on December 15, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    Nothing new here. Vinay and Mithun are going to get thrashed every match. The oz batting lineup that has been struggling will all get back in form in test one. They will score 600+ every match against the likes of Vinay and Mithun. And enough of "late starters" and "will bounce back", not after thrashing received from England.

  • hris on December 15, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    yup India start slowly. things will fall in place once the real battle begins right? just like what happened in england. hehe things will fall alright.

  • Precioustar84 on December 15, 2011, 17:12 GMT

    Once again, why most of us Indian fans want Irfan Pathan there has been proven here. Don't understand the logic behind selecting Vinay, Mithun, and Ishant at all. Vinay can't perform at home or away so why does he keep getting chances over and over again is beyond me. Australians - if you guys are looking to get your form back, Vinay's bowler that will be sure to give you that opportunity again and again.

  • Dalajit on December 15, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    This is going to be an interesting series as India is struggling with their pace bowling attack and Australia is struggling with their batting which proved in NZ series. So a weak Indian bowling and a weak Australia batting...let's see what is store to come in this series. But India has to make up good with their strong and experience batting line up. Let's hope Sehwag fires in Test...and we have result in every match.

  • on December 15, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    India's pathetic bowling resources exposed again...

  • Chetan007 on December 15, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    Vinay Kumar and Umesh Yadav had been played in Australia with India Emerging Team. Only Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron were handy with the ball. Though Vinay Kumar had taken wickets - the tailenders that too in the 4 day. Only 2 wickets of all what he had taken were on 1st and 3rd day.It was a far better if Pathan has given a chance. As per the spinners I think Rahul Sharma will be very much handy with the ball there as his balling styles suits the kind of picthes built there. May be Ashwin will find some wickets there.

  • RSBali on December 15, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    Dooni and Duncan, if you loose this series like you humilated us in England this summer, you both are toast. Get your act together and I do not want to listen to your silly and lame excuses regarding the process is followed etc . The hang-over of the world cup should be over by now.

  • HimanshuKapoor on December 15, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    We have Zaheer still fighting for fitness, Ishant bowled only 5.3 overs, Mithun was completely out of form, Vinay Kumar have 5.23 runs per over, only silver lining in the cloud was Umesh yadav against a second grade Australian team. India will miss Varun Aaron, Irfan Pathan should have been picked up for Vinay Kumar or Abhimanyu Mithun. I see India losing the first test by atleast 200 runs if not an Innings defeat. Only a great display my Batters can draw the Boxing day test.

  • jonesy2 on December 15, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    symsun -- indian batsmen superior to their counterparts?? haha yeah maybe the chairman's XI although i would say tom cooper is better than most of the indian batsmen especially in aussie conditions

  • on December 15, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    I still feel that adding Harbhajan and Irfan Pathan to the line up will give India an edge. Present bowlers need more experience in international cricket. Both Irfan and Bhajji can also supplement the batting talent.

  • Nampally on December 15, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    I personally feel Ishant should be sent back rather than play him half fit with bandages.A fit & in form Irfan Pathan or even Ashish Nehra is a far better Seamer than injured Ishant. India needs bowling very badly. In the opening game Ojha was very poor with 2 for 149 at a rate of nearly 6 runs/over.Absence of third strike spinner who can take wickets- like Rahul Sharma- is another Selection Boo-Boo. India should add Rahul Sharma to supplement spin.His accurate,fast & bouncy leg breaks are just ideal to dismiss Aussie batsmen(weak against leg spin) on their pitches. Ishant's injury + Ojha's ineffectiveness has left India with Minus 2 bowlers. The other 3 bowlers are ZAK,Ashwin & Yadev. Both Vinay & Mithun bowled poorly in their first game & are likely to be ineffective. India must immediately replace Ishant with Irfan or Nehra + add Rahul to make Indian bowling more effective & capable of taking wkts.Otherwise India with just 3 bowlers are likiely to repeat their England performance!

  • on December 15, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    Abbas Mehmood

    Atleast they have a home where people want to visit and not go somewhere else to play their home games....

  • on December 15, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    Vinay kumar and Mithun were wrongly selected to the Australian tour as they were able to generate pace only , not able to put the ball in the right area ; This is a worrying factor as Australians are known to capitalise once they settled in the first one hour of their batting.

  • Nutcutlet on December 15, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    Ishant injured? There's a surprise! The tour hasn't started yet and a major strike bowler can't get through 6 overs! It's not as if he was injury free when he left England, but bugger all has been done about it.

  • Bloody_Hell on December 15, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    I would only take two things out of the first day; the performance of Umesh Yadav \nd the performance of Tom Cooper. All else is irrelevant. 100 runs in a session...yes please!

  • Alexk400 on December 15, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    Indian players are playing for money to stay in the team and hiding their injury. There is a big disconnect between Bcci/selectors and players. It is exposed again.

  • on December 15, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    call pathan and remove mithun and vinay....dey r waste...

  • rajuiksol on December 15, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    Sachin will Score at least 2 centuries on this tour.

  • Mahesh-Cricketfanatic on December 15, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    I am still astonished at how Vinay and Mithun have been picked for the test series, seriously are we saying that these are the "FAST" (LOL) bowlers we have in the country. i know some of the folks have been saying that they are the leading wicket takers in the country blah..blah..blah etc, but tell me one thing, whoever has played cricket at any level will know this, there are two ways you can take wickets - 1) getting the batsmen out (by this you know what i am trying to say) and 2) batsmen getting out themselves - can anyone tell me how many wickets have these 2 really taken by getting the batsmen out in domestic cricket. Also for a bowler you need to have some weapon to get the batsman out, what are the weapons that these two have other than bowling at 125 - 128 Kph - LOL

  • on December 15, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    Can not belive the excitment around the coming Test series. 103 Comments and counting for a practice match.Cant wait for the for the coin to go up in the air on the boxing day. I still think India missed atrick by not incluing pathan. Will see what happend. Umesh and Aswin are really impressive.It all will boil down to how Zahher and Ishanths fitness hold for the Indians.

  • YorkshirePudding on December 15, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    This may only be a warm up match but these batsmen are hardly world class,, these guys wouldnt even make it into the Current Australian line up, International bowlers should have been all over them, even Ojha couldnt contain the batsmen. Even I expect this Aussies to win the series based on this. as for the references to Zaheer, he'll be lucky to get through 2 games before injury, let alone the entire series.

  • on December 15, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    @ Abbas : Hope you have not forgotten that India DID beat Aussies, who i am sure you would agree had a much better side then than the one at present, in Perth, which doesn't exactly have ankle height bounce last time around and also that in ODIs India beat Australia and SL fair and square.. one bad English tour and the likes of u are questioning India's credentials, besides India also drew against south africa in South Africa in tests earlier this year..you can keep on talking 2 the Hand buddy :)

  • rahulcricket007 on December 15, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    HMMM. INDIANS BOWLERS TOILED IN FIRST DAY OF PRACTICE MATCH BY SECOND STRING AUSSIE TEAM . SOME IMPORTANT PLAYERS DIDN'T PLAY IN THIS MATCH . ONE IMPORTANT BOWLER ONLY BOWL 5 OVERS IN THIS MATCH & LEFT FIELD .WAIT , WAIT , I HAVE WATCH THIS MOVIE EARLIER . THIS MOVIE WAS RELEASED IN JULY 2011 AND THE NAME OF MOVIE WAS " INDIA 'S WHITEWASH IN ENGLAND".

  • PallabBanerjee on December 15, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    Only time will tell what a blunder the selectors have made by selecting Mithun and Vinay. I am sure either one of them would certainly play atleast one test in Australia, not because of their reputation but only because either Zaheer or Ishant would have to opted out because of injury. The selectors should have selected Irfan instead as he would have been 100 times better than Mithun or Vinay.

  • imdk07 on December 15, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    It always wonders why India picking Vinay and Mithun instead of far more better players than them. Vinay and Mithun no were match for Praveen to pick them as backup. eventhough Vinay has same pace as PK he never matched him in the skills and attitude which PK has. And to add Vinay and Mithun mostly climbed lower order batsman as their wickets and they never ever troubled any of the top order batsmen except Windies Batsmen on previous series. How selectors adjudging Vinay and Mithun as backups when they're not really performing enough to be in the International stage.

  • jnanesh41 on December 15, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    is irfan pathan a SUPER HERO ?? he cant take wickets consistently in domestic matches!! vinay kumar was highest wicket taker in ranji 2 times in past 3 years... if vinay is a bad bowler ..irfan is worst!!

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on December 15, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    So the task becomes more easier for India. They managed to pick up 6 wickets against CA Chairman's XI (which is clearly stronger in batting than Aussies national team) without the best pacer in world zaheer and best spinner in world ashwin.Lol, tough times beckons for hosts :P

  • zico123 on December 15, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    now it is very risky to play 2 fast bowlers who are not fully fit, if they break down in the middle of the match, match is over then n there. on the other hand if Zaheer and Ishant break down before the match and India have to play both Vinay and Mithun, match is still over then n there, what rubbish selection is these, 2 half fit bowlers and 2 waste bowlers (Vinay and Mithun), BCCI pls pls send Irfan Pathan as acover ASAP

  • dicky_boy on December 15, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    Guys is live telecast available for this practice game

  • rahulcricket007 on December 15, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    @FRONT FOOT LONGUE . ISHANT WAS NOT SUCCESFUL IN ENGLAND BECAUSE HE IS NOT ABLE TO SWING THE BALL BUT IN AUSTRALIAN HARD , BOUNCY PITCHES HE IS VERY HANDFUL .

  • zico123 on December 15, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    BCCI should send Irfan Pathan also to Australia as cover, as we are unsure of fitness of our 2 best bowlers Zaheer and Ishant, i just hope both of them are fit and fine and demolish Australia, Vinay and Mithun are waste for Test matches

  • manishkulk on December 15, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    Ponting will hit 3-4 centuries in this series due to this pathetic bowling attack. Many who are out of form will be back in the form due this lousiest bowling attack of all times. India will get crushed by innings defeat in 2 matches as Aussies pile up 600+ runs and the hyped batting will give away to raw pace and enthusiasm of Pattinson and others. The writing is on the wall. Indians are in denial, they just don't have bowlers to play outside subcontinent. The weakest link here this school grade level bowling attack and no spinning tracks will make guys like Ashwim and Ozja as bagholders to carry everywhere for nothing.They will give away 100-200 runs for a wicket here and there. Even New zealand attack is 10 times better than current lot. The Indian selectors are as Mohindar once said "Bunch of Jokers", they extend 20-50 over attack to test matches. That's not gonna work. The hyped Sachin will again fall short and come back empty handed.

  • Nampally on December 15, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    It was clear indication that pace bowlers need speed ,accuracy & control to get wickets.Ishant was a suspect & amazingly he was included in the squad despite unproven fitness.India still has ZAK with questionable fitness in the squad. When will the Selectors learn? At the same time Irfan's fitness was used as an excuse to drop him!.On Australian pitches - fast & bouncy - Spinners like Rahul Sharma will succeed. He was inexplicably excluded! He was benched for 12 games before giving him a chance in the XI. When he proved his calibre even on a flat & dead wicket, shouldn't he have been included? Rahul would have been the most effective spinner on Australian pitches agaisnt a team susceptible to leg spin.So the choice of Irfan & Rahul was essential instead of Mithun & Vinay.India will sadly miss its best bowling choices!I was quite puzzled as to why India fielded instead of focussing on batting practice - Inda's strength.An additional day would have given them a break after long travel.

  • on December 15, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    Nothing new here. For past some time Bharat has always been a slow starter on abroad tours. Things will fall in place as time progresses.

    One bright spot on the first day is Umesh's success. In recently concluded AUS-NZ test match swing bowling was the decisive factor and our medium pacers will come in handy here.

    So, now worries and let's enjoy the cricket.

  • on December 15, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    i hope india gets a nice white wash at least. It would be humbling for them, and it would make them understand that they are only good at home provided the pitch has a bounce up to their weak knees..........

  • Lord_Dravid on December 15, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    im not worried by india bowlers performance at all..we got to remember all our bowlers except ishant havent played in australia before and this is a PRACTICE match where our new bowlers will this and the next practice match to get use to the conditions thats the whole point of it!..and zaheer hasnt bowled in this match either so maybe not soo worrying afterall ..its just a practice match people.. i urge every critics and pessimists to take a chill pill!

  • symsun on December 15, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    Indian Batsman are far superior than their counterparts. Surely they are going to score 350+ in all 1st innings. Only worry here is the bowling. Both Ishant and Zaheer are prone to injuries. It would be great if they could bowl at least 30 overs in a day together (spells mainly at day start and end). India can cheer success only if they play with 5 main bowlers (4 pacers). So my XI: S, G, D, S, L, D, A, V, Z, I, Y

  • Futurrackz on December 15, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    really even I agree with the fact that inclusion of Irfan will not only add the glitter to the Indian bowling lineup but also make it an even balanced one with the bat, especially when it comes to considering australian conditions, as not only he is good particurly when he is getting the bowl to swing as of we have seen him in the last match he played, but also he is a good player of pace bowling with the bat ..

  • usernames on December 15, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    How many of us really take mock tests as seriously as actual examinations?

  • on December 15, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    dont knw y the aussies or outsiders r criticising our pace attack...vinay and mithun are newbies..they will require time to adjust to australian conditions..they havent even played a test there..they r just tried at international level to test whether they r gud enf at tht level or not..and the only 2 specialist medium fast bowlers ishant(if fit) and yadav are most likely to play boxing day test along wid Zaheer and their combined figures on a flat track are 20.3-6-46-3...these r pretty decent figures...ojha has bowled 25.3 overs..that means 41 overs were bowled b virat,rohit(8 overs for 56 runs),vinay and mithun(130 runs in 30 overs combined)...in those 41 overs 196 runs were scored..in actual test our main pacers will bowl around 45-50 overs and not 20.3 overs...

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on December 15, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    Ishant just reminds me of the gaping gulf between England at the top of the world and India at god-knows-where. Who could forget during the summer, when Jimmy Anderson and co were sending a stream of Indian batsmen back to the pavilion, and when Ishant started bowling he conceded about 6 runs an over averaging about 1 -180! LOL

  • Kruger81 on December 15, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    Although too early to say but my belief, which I hope a few others will share, is that this series will prove yet again the main weakness in the Indian cricket team, i.e., their bowling. My sense is they will be left wanting in Australia, just as they were in the England series in England. [One man ( Zaheer Khan) does not a team make!]. Indian batsmen will be under pressure each time they go out to bat to bail out their bowlers, it is going to be tough for them to leave Australia with a win. It will be an intriguing contest however as Australia are going through a rather unsettled phase themselves, that might help to even things out.

  • hattrick_thug on December 15, 2011, 13:31 GMT

    Didn't the first practice game against "substandard" opposition during the England tour follow the same script as this game? And we know how that tour ended up.

  • manishkulk on December 15, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    English tour started the same way and rest is the history. The Indian bowling attack is complete joke. It's s shame to have these kind of bowlers and take them on International tours. Vinay Kumar with his 120km speed show the class of this attack. India simply has no chance outside subcontinent spinning tracks. The guys like Ashwin will get exposed on this tour. All in all I see another bad series loss. Ishant excuse is funny. I would not be surprised this guy breaks down. They should have rested him after WI series. Let him play only outside subcontinent and have only spinners in India. Zahir is hyping a lot however he too will fall flat. The best choice would have been Irfan Pathan than losers like Kumar. The vaunted batting line will start falling apart just like what happened in England once Aussies pile up 600+ runs, Ponting will make 2-3 centuries and get back into prime form. All in all I predict complete disaster on this tour. Mark this post and check it after the tour

  • liaqathussain on December 15, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    its just a practise match, but im surprised to not see zaheer khan not come on and bowl a few overs,,,

    it would be a joke if zaheer breaks down on the morning of the test along with ishant,,

    still feel ishant isnt a threath,, more so yadav is

  • RSBali on December 15, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    Jet-lag, my foot. The wheels are coming off in the first hour of the tour. Get Irfan Pathan on the next flight.

  • on December 15, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    The teams' performance shows that the experience cannot be replaced in such short time. Harbhajan had great success against Aussies. Thgere is very good line up oif batsmen but If you need solid bowling performance in this tour, get Bhajji back in the line up till the newcomers have some more experience under their belts. Experienced players like Sachin, Rahul, Yuvraj, Harbhajan can be good role models for the upcoming players.I really liked Rahul Dravids comments about keeping the game clean and maintaining ethics and high standards on and off the field.

  • on December 15, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    That is just smoke for the Indians " Down Under" fire still to come. Best of luck guys.

  • njr1330 on December 15, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    Tom Cooper is of course, already an international batsman; having played many times for Holland !

  • getsetgopk on December 15, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    398 by a c grade Aus against indias 'best' bwoling attack, another drubbing on the way...

  • OMGitsSrikanth on December 15, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    Irfan pathan should be recalled to save indians in test matches.These 2 journeycrickers Mithun,Vinay kumar will spoil indian cricket.It seams Srikanth palns to resign after india's whitewash by AUS 4-0.

  • Sano27 on December 15, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    conceeding runs at a rate of more than 4 runs per over not seems to be a good thing from the indian bowlers.....Ojha doesnt seems to be a good option in autralian conditions....Rahul Sharma might be a better choice....the pace bowlers having 130 case speed are going for runs very easily....except swinging conditions VK is not effective & Mithun is useless....hope Zaheer,Ishant & Yadav can lead the pace department.....juz wondering that everyone is backing only Irfan due to his recent domestic performances.....Ashok Dinda & M Goni also looks in good rhythm as both of them had already pickd up 20+ wickets in this domestic season.....why the selectors cant see this...

  • on December 15, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    Why am I getting the same feeling I got after the first practice match in England.

  • on December 15, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    Just started. Lots of pain r waiting for India. All the stars r going to return from Australia by showing the excuse of Injury! LoL!

  • Lmaotsetung on December 15, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    I couldn't stop laughing reading at all those comments...a sense of deja-vu...sort of an eerie feeling actually. I swear I was reading these same comments 6 months ago when Somerset played India...LOLZ! AMAZING!

  • vishky on December 15, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    it is very disheartining to see indian ppl cricticising the crickeing team...this is wat happens to the ppl in india they take credit when this team does extemely well and the smae ppl start cricticising them when the team lose a match.....the media too follows suit, i urge the ppl to support the sport after all one has to win..(P.S the same is the case with all the sports in india and i feel sad abt it).....i hope the indian team does well

  • BustIPL on December 15, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    Rahul Sharma is a good spinner to go with Ashwin. Yadav and Varun are good fast guys. So, go with this attack. Zaheer, Ishant, Ojha are all doubtful for me. Vinay, Mithun dont belong here.

  • rahulcricket007 on December 15, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    @GAUARAV KAPUR . I WAS ALSO THINKING THE SAME AFTER THE PRACTICE MATCH AGAINST COUNTY SIDES IN ENGLAND BUT THEN ZAHEER LEFT THE FIELD AFTER 13 OVERS , INDIANS FAILED TO BOWL OUT ENG ON BOWLER FRIENDLY CONDITIONS WHERE INDIA CAN'T EVEN MAKE 300. PRACTICE MATCHES ARE NOT JOKE . WE HAVE TO TAKE THEM SERIOUSLY . DID YOU STILL BELEIVE AFTER THIS POOR SHOWING BY INDIAN BOWLERS (MITHUN , VINAY , OJHA) THEY CAN STILL TAKES WKTS IF THEY PLAY AT MCG BOXING DAY TEST .

  • AbAdvani on December 15, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    VINAY KUMAR AND MITHUN WILL ENSURE THAT THE AUSSIES WILL NEVER HAVE TO PLAY SECOND INNINGS IN ALL TESTS -MR. SRIKANTH, IT IS NOT TOO LATE -GET THE LIKES OF PATHAN AND NEHRA TO REPLACE THESE TWO.

  • rahulcricket007 on December 15, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    I HOPE VINAY OR MTHUN GETS INJURED IN NEXT PRACTICE MATCH &PATHAN CALL AS A REPLACEMENT FOR THEM.

  • on December 15, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    Ishant if injured , den PATHAN cums in..........Waiting for IKP to return.............Cant play with d waste bowlers of Karnataka.........

  • baskar_guha on December 15, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    This game is fodder for psychological warfare. India should play 5 specialist bowlers in every test and make the 6 batters deliver the goods.

  • rahulcricket007 on December 15, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    ITS NOT LATE , GIVE A CALL TO IRFAN PATHAN INSTEAD OF VINAY , MITHUN (SPINNERS EVEN HUSEY, AFRIDI CAN BOWL FASTERN THAN THEM )

  • stuartk319 on December 15, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    @jonesy2; are you serious about Swann being no good here? I'm Aussie and he ripped it to shreds in Adelaide and was easily better than any Aussie spinner in the other Tests. Dangerous to read too much into this match either way IMHO; though good that Cooper is turning starts into big scores now in first class matches.

  • on December 15, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    white wash for india, without a doubt, indian test cricket, will join west indies and newzealnd, in no time,

  • jmcilhinney on December 15, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    It's hard to read too much into this game, although I'm sure some will or already have, but there's definitely not too much to specifically encourage the Indians. I think that this game is more about stretching the legs and acclimatising. The second warm-up will be more telling I think. If India give up this many runs in that game, then it's time to be concerned.

  • Naresh28 on December 15, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    Flat track ?I still feel India should go in with 5 specialist bowlers. Ohja did take two wickets.The three pacers - Zaks, Yadav and Ishant. Ashwin and Ojha might come into the frame as the game goes on. Also they can be used in between to rest the pace bowlers. Long spells are tiring and might open up injuries. If the bowlers dont take wickets our batting comes under strain. Wonder how Duncan Fletcher and Dhoni will plan this. Tradionally India uses four bowlers and the rest are batsman

  • AidanFX on December 15, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    58 comments on a practice match...??? I am not looking forward to seeing the comments section when the Test series actually starts

  • SamRoy on December 15, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    I hope India open with Vinay and Mithun in every test. That way I guess every Australian batsman from Warner to Haddin will get past 50 in every innings. And a few double hundreds, many hundreds and at least four declarations. India should start paying for bringing journeyman bowlers with them and India loses the series 3-0 or 4-0. Isn't it understandable that one only brings bowlers who are good enough to play tests in the test squad. In this squad there are atleast two journeyman cricketers Wriddhiman Saha and Abhimanyu Mithun.

  • on December 15, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    The practice match did good to indicate the difference between the likes pf Umesh Yadav and Vinay Kumar. I am worried whether we are yet prepared to improve over the ordinary performance we showed in England. Let's see.

  • Truemans_Ghost on December 15, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    I know the point of these matches is to give practice to the visiting team, but these 13 vs. 13 games are a pet peeve of mine. I think tour games should still be proper games of cricket with a chance of a result, between 2 teams of 11 players who want to win.

  • Samdanh on December 15, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    It is dangerous to predict based on performance in these two matches. While Indian batting is far superior, their bowling can be potent enough to trouble Aus batting. Come the Tests, Indians will be turned on as much as the Aus team. Let us look fwd to some quality cricket

  • on December 15, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    SOS Sreesanth ! Or Pankaj Singh 6 foot 5 inches and bit of swing. Hopefully praveen gets fit by the third test !!!

  • orangtan on December 15, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    @Prozak, just remember Australia lost to India in India in 2008 and 2010, as faras I know both teams played on the same pitches.

  • abdullahnoor007 on December 15, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    Well, this was already expected after india's poor display in england. They are good only at subcontinent soil. May be Australia is not as good as England in England due to which My results for this series are: Tests: 3-0 for Australia, as i believe that India would manage to draw one test T20s: 1-1 ODI Series: Australia Or may be the Indian team is deliberately under-performing to ease off Clarke's 11 :-)

  • Naresh28 on December 15, 2011, 10:21 GMT

    FLAT TRACK so cannot read much into this. Mind games may have began. I still feel India should go in with 5 specialist bowlers. Ohja did take two wickets. The three pacers - Zaks, Yadav and Ishant. Ashwin and Ojha might come into the frame as the game goes on. Also they can be used in between to rest the pace bowlers. Long spells are tiring and might open up injuries. If the bowlers dont take wickets our batting comes under strain. Umesh has proved that extra pace is required on these surfaces. Wonder how Duncan Fletcher and Dhoni will plan this. Traditionally India uses four bowlers and the rest are batsman

  • on December 15, 2011, 10:20 GMT

    Hathi ke daant khane ke aur dikhane ke aur.... its good work out guys.

  • on December 15, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    A famous indian saying : "Haathi ke daant khaane ke aur dikahne ke aur" we should take it easy guys. its just a tour match. Our bowlers should not utilise their energy on such games and we should not scream even if our batters fail tommorow, Let them get used to the conditions first. after all they are touring Aus. after 3 long years.

  • on December 15, 2011, 10:07 GMT

    I'm not much worried about this practice match. Yadav looks good enough, and with Zaheer back to fitness and Ashwin , a secret weapon, the bowling is not a big problem. Waiting to see how the batting takes shape though. It would have been better had they played with the final playing 11. Sehwag,Dhoni,Zaheer and Ashwin should have been in place of Saha,Vinay and Mithun. Hope nothing serious with Ishant,I wonder if Irfan Pathan might just be waiting for that flight.P.S: I would love to see the final 11 playing in proper order in second practice match. jet lag hardly seems to be an excuse As both Gambhir and Kohli, who were among the last ones to reach are playing this match. Cricinfo publish.

  • on December 15, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    rubbish selection by the selectors...irfan pathan must be in the playing 11.....he can swing the ball well n bat at any position....mithun and vinay kumar r waste in the side...hope the selectors take the right decision before the boxing day test.

  • jonesy2 on December 15, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    and whats more the only bowler who looks like they will have success is ashwin and foreign offies rarely ever have success in Aus, just ask harbhajan or swann. anyway

  • jonesy2 on December 15, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    haha duncan fletcher is going to see similar scenes like he did when he was last in Aus. 4-0?

  • on December 15, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    @Abishek what do you know about duncan when he coached english side? do you worked as assistant coach for him?

  • prozak on December 15, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    Looks like the indian fans need to start cranking out the excuses again. What is it going to be this time? India can't play in countries that start with an A ?

  • on December 15, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    I think everyone here shouldn't read too much into this...In fact, 3-39 for Umesh Yadav isn't a bad return at all. No Ishant Sharma, No Zaheer Khan, no Ashwin...this is a second string bowling attack at best. And except for the one long partnership, I don't really think the bowling was terrible...I think its too early to take calls on the team.

  • on December 15, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    Are the "big lanky" bowlers so fragile that they can't even bowl 6 overs after the so called 'long flight' ? And he was 'understandably below the best'? Just get this feeling that this might be another long tour ;)

  • Prasant_NSW on December 15, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    Ojha has been tested to the core in this match. He is not getting enough support from other end hence became expensive though he showed couple of batsmen the way back to pavilion. He shud learn controlling runs. Pace attack from Yadav and Ishant is promising.. Yadev being leading wicket taker also maintained good econ. We are going good. :) with Zaheer in the league its gonna be good series.. Please call I Pathan...

    - Prasant UNSW

  • on December 15, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    This s exactly the type of game the Indians needed to get out of their system as traditionally India always loose the first tour game. I am little concerned that Zaheer and Ishant did not take this opportunity to get some match practice

  • VinodGupte on December 15, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    did someone say IND has two spinners? wrong. we have four. don't you dare to forget a mithun and v kumar.

  • on December 15, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    let's get something cleared up...this game for india is to find 2 other bowlers beside Zaheer and Ashwin...and U Yadev got 3 wickets from just 15 overs bowled and ojha got 2! this is just to test out the unexperienced youngsters...that's y they asked for 2 games! so when India beat Australia in Australia..i am going to wonder where the trollers went

  • Avidcricketlover on December 15, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    I would bank on a pattinson or a cummings to do the job. Ponting is the going to be the talking point for everyone.

  • Avidcricketlover on December 15, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    Completely agreeing with Boris !.

    Unless this series has a few promising debuts, it doesn't make any sense to count this practice match for the series ! None of the Aussie batsmen are in form. The most surprising thing is why none of them played in this match. Tom cooper looks an international material. There was a similar effort in another practice match too. Mebbe versus SA. Mebbe he will switch his jersey for a baggy green cap. Warner is the best bat as of now. Push Huss to the top and play Ferguson. Swap Wade or Hartley for the ever failing Haddin. Push in another promising fast bowler. one of the likes hazlewood or the cuttings we hear of ! I really dont understand the logic of having discarded Hauritz. He was a genuine work horse. He can bat better than Hughes in the current scenario. He should have been playing. They lost him because of a couple of Indian series. Hopefully Lyon will survive. If I'm an Aussie, I wouldn't expect a spin bowler to take wickets against India.

  • on December 15, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    dsig3 Well Anil Kumble has by far the best record among overseas bowlers in Australia.

  • on December 15, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    nothing really suprising here. Really didn't expect mithun and vinay to do damage, and the spinners weren;t gonna be effective on the first day anyways on an australian pitch. Yadav was decent, and if zaheer and ishant can manage to not get injured, the bowling attack looks potent enough. Will have to see the batting tommorow though.

  • sharkwolf on December 15, 2011, 9:21 GMT

    LONG SUMMERS! best of LUCK Indians

  • on December 15, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    Rahul Dravid 's decision to test his bowlers at disposal was a good move.Umesh Yaadav seems to have justified the decision with 3/39 from just 15 overs.But the caeberra pitch does not seem to be behaving indifferently to Indian pacers generally.IshantvSharma whether he is at home or abroad is always a case of anxiety for the Team being Injury- pro!But the main fact remains that Indians have not introduced their main weapons in pace& Spin Zaheer Khan & Aswin.however, there there does not appear to have any cause for worry for the Indians with the Batting looks well balancedced with the veterans Trimoorthys Sachin,dravis& VVS with support from Gambhir,Kohli&againRohit&Jadeja& Sharma.Any how above all Ishant has to be cautious!One speciality with Australians are they always have new faces to excel like Cooper& Robinson a feature rarely seen in the batting Departments of other CricketPlayingvNations!This is one of the reasons why Australians always dominated in the past SreedharanMundanat

  • Moppa on December 15, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    David Carbone - so much for the end of the reign of NSW... Lyon, Christian and Cooper are all from NSW originally! Looking at the Shield more broadly, you can add in 'Tasmanian' Ed Cowan, 'Queenslander' Peter Forrest, 'West Australian' Michael Hogan and 'Tasmanian' Jackson Bird. So South Australian cricket is very dependent on imported talent and not really pulling its weight in terms of contributing to the national team (I'm born and bred in Adelaide, by the way). In fact Australia as a whole is amazingly dependent on NSW raised players. Which is why I don't buy into the NSW-biased-selection conspiracy theories... there are just lots of very good players in NSW.

  • midofo on December 15, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    It seems that Robinson knows how to construct a good innings. Maybe the selectors should be looking at a more mature player to open for Australia. Hughes might have a better average(48) in first class cricket compared to Robinson(35) but how many of those innings were on a batsmen friendly pitch at the SCG compared to the WACA.

  • sankar8000 on December 15, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    Any comment about pitch? Seriously I want to know.....This Indian bowling attack causes worry....Zaheer and Umesh are the ones to lead the attack!

  • on December 15, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    david cargone;all three are from nsw!

  • CricketMaan on December 15, 2011, 9:10 GMT

    Ah! That sounds familiar to what happned in Eng..Zak bowled just 4 overs and was declared fit for Lords only to break down..Hoping that isnt the case with Ishant..though good to see Umesh with very decent figures in his first outing. Mithun too was okay though wkt less..Vinay and Ohja are outsiders, but Ohja in Tests will be far different from what he did today. Over to the batters!!

  • harmske on December 15, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    let's not read too much into this performance...the manuka oval is possibly the flattest of all tracks. the second warm up game should hopefully provide a better indication of where the bowlers are at - and i hope to see zak & ashwin in that game.

  • on December 15, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    I m an Indian & I bet half of the Indian side ll be packing their bags as they ll start getting thrashed in the early one two tests of the series as excuse of injury. ISHANT already showing signs of injury. ZAHEER who is baby protected so dat he cant get injured in these practice matches ll be soon flying back to india after the exposure of 1st test due to injury MARK MA WORDS. N poor vinay n mithun ll be getting some harsh treatment by some non form players of Aussies n ll help them to prolong their career n get their FORM back. Dhoni don't kno of him what excuse he is going to make dis time. Same ll happen with batsman's. My prediction 3-0 australia.

  • vinchester on December 15, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    HOPE ISHANT is OK & not injury revisiting the Indians at the start of another again

  • subnys on December 15, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    Too much of conclusions are seemed to be drawn from the first day itself. Guys (whether Indian or Australian), this is just a practice match. Don't read too much into it. Even Australian teams sweat a lot when they play Board president XI in India.

    Not to forget the fact that players too tend to avoid stretching, when it comes to practice matches. So almost 400 score is OK. Its not at all time for the alarm bells yet.

    Chill baby!! GUYS dont forget that Sehwag, Dhoni, Zak and Sachin are sitting out.

  • on December 15, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    the bowling of Vinay and Mithun again showed that they r useless in Australia

  • unregisteredalien on December 15, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    @chad_reid and @boris6491 - quite so. This kind of thing is terrific for Australian Cricket but looks pretty bad for Cricket Australia. I know it's only a warm-up fixture, yada yada, but seriously, by keeping under-performing players in the national team indefinitely (except when they're injured!) we have no way to compare them to domestic players. Justifications from those close to the establishment that "there's nobody knocking on the door" to replace Ponting et al are self-evidently garbage; there are numerous chaps - whether you prefer fresh and talented or experienced and proven - who are going along great and could well be tried. By comparison, our new Test bowlers are doing very well indeed, which proves the Mitchell Johnson experiment to be the abject failure that most fans knew it to be more than a year ago!

  • on December 15, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    odinary cos only one bowler whos gonna play in first test actually bowled significant overs yadav mithun wont play...for ojha on first day wont be effective more over he iwll be replaced by ashwin zack back and ishant hope he isnt injured is totally diff bowling line up and indian bowlers specially yadav was concentrating on length to bowl rather than attacking still got 3 wickets.. in 15 overs

  • Sir_Francis on December 15, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    Very funny. I assume David Carbone is being ironic. Can't imagine he doesn't know that Cooper, Christian & Lyon were all born in NSW. As was Ed Cowan and so many other players these days.

  • on December 15, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    Hi, I am Just worried seeing Mithun and Vinay Operate here in the Practice match. They couldn't swing it , nor there was any pace behind the balls. Also Ishant is Injured and Bowled only 5 overs, out of series I Think !

  • jamrith on December 15, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    Ho, ho, ho, have a Merry Christmas, Indians, because come Boxing Day, you are going to be pummelled mercilessly. I really feel sorry for this popgun attack.

  • OMGitsSrikanth on December 15, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    Pretty ordinary performance by Vinay and mithun.Seams great days are yet to come when real strong AUS side will meet horrible pace attack of indians...:(

  • Maddy_Venki on December 15, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    Ishant's 5.3 Overs!!!! Cover up or Strategy?? Time will tell, but if it is an injury, Indians might as well call 2 extra spinners instead of Vinay and Mithun.

  • captain70 on December 15, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    dhoni better start jotting down a long list of excuses cause he is going to need them

  • satish619chandar on December 15, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    Bowlers need not worry.. The Australian batting lineup is different from this lineup.. Chairman XI had batsmen who were in form in domestic matches whereas the Australian 11 has a team which is struggling to score runs.. IF Indian bowlers get basics right, they can make things much better in MCG!!

  • birdz_eye on December 15, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    Action replay of the start of English tour for team India. Meow at away series lolz

  • ssenthil on December 15, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    Why don't the Indian team board in to the flight on 12th Dec and could have reached Australia on 13th Dec itself as they were boarded from Chennai itself after playing in Chennai on 11th Dec. Anyway, India could have batted first instead of bowling, giving the much needed exposure to the Australian pitches when we have to bat first

  • Lions11 on December 15, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    Vinay Kumar and Mithun are showing their class ! I hope all the other bowlers are fit and they don't have to play in any of the test matches. If not, we are going to pay for not picking Irfan.

  • disco_bob on December 15, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    It would be ironic if Ponting can resuscitate his career against Ishant, arguably the one who first sowed the seeds of doubt in Ponting's mind on debut.

  • on December 15, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    Ponting will certainly find form against this bowling attack....vinay kumar must lead indian bowling..

  • satish619chandar on December 15, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    This is what Baz told!! Aussies give flat tracks and make the bowlers tired.. BTW, bowlers were a bit erratic too.. Never mind.. This innings can well serve as a wake up call.. PLus, it would have given the bowlers a good workload too.. Waiting for tomorrow to look how batsmen shape themselves up..

  • dsig3 on December 15, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    Welcome to Australia, seems like yesterday you were threatening to fly home if umpires weren't replaced. So much hype about the 2 Indian spinners. When was the last time a foreign spinner had any serious success in Aus? They dont really. If your fast men dont improve, might be a long summer.

  • on December 15, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    So typical of Duncan.. give the least amount of respect to tour games.. wrt to the senior proz.. reminds of his english days..

  • dragonsworn on December 15, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    "As a tall fast bowler still recovering from the duration of the flight to Australia plus a four-hour bus trip into Canberra"

    Did they not realise that Canberra has an airport?

  • boris6491 on December 15, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    Perhaps we should replace the test batting lineup with the Chairman's XI lineup. On the evidence today, they fared quite well and with how unpredictably disastrous the Australian batting has been in recent times, maybe this is the way to go :|

  • on December 15, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    Good to see another Redbacks player being looked at as well as Christian and Lyon. The reign of NSW could possibly be over!

  • max_wicky on December 15, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    what an impressive performance from the Star Indian Front line bowlers. Almost 400 runs scored on a first day. seems they will get a real hammering from the Aussies.

  • RNikh on December 15, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    Pretty ordinary stuff from the Indians... This already gives us indication as to where Mithun and Vinay are. Ojha on Aussie wickets may not be the best option, so that's settled his fate for the first 2-3 tests. Hopefully some runs for gambhir tomorrow. Let Rohit too get some so as to give a pleasant headache to duncan and co. Not the most lively day tomorrow, but sure one to watch out for...

  • Sagarneel on December 15, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    As an Indian fan, I won't be too worried with this. I just sincerely hope that Zaheer returns to his best form. Hey will be the key player if India hopes to do win the series.

  • Dashgar on December 15, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    Shows the quality of a steady opening bat combining with a fluent middle order strokemaker. Cooper especially wil be a chance of higher honours this summer. A real potential replacement for Hussey at number 6. Robinson is still behind Cowan for a number of reasons. In the end its good to see the First Class pro's teach the Indians an early lesson in cricket in Australia.

  • rahulcricket007 on December 15, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    ONLY YADAV LOOKS PROMISING TO ME . WHY ISHANT BOWLS ONLY 5 OVERS ? IS HE INJURED ? IS INDIAN MANAGEMENT IS HIDING ISHANT 'S INJURY? WHY ZAHEER DIDN'T PLAY IN THIS MATCH? OJHA WAS THRAHED DOWN THE GROUND . HE SHOULD N'T BE SELECTED ON BOXING DAY. ALSO FOR GOD SAKE BRING BACK PATHAN IN THE TEAM AS WE ALREADY SAW VINAY , MITHUN WERE TORN APART BY THESE AUSSIE ROOKIES . MY OVERALL ANALYSIS IS:- INDIAN BOLWING IS SAME AS LIKE THE ENG TOUR , WE NEED IMPROVEMENT OTHERWISE INDIA WILL LOSE THIS SERIES EASILY .ALSO WHY DHONI DIDN'T PLAY TODAY?

  • chad_reid on December 15, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    just shows the depth of australian cricket when it comes to batting and guess what australian batting is struggling CA selection criteria is flawed or just too biased wake up selectors why are we getting such batting collapses when our domestic batsman are so good and doin really well

  • on December 15, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    sign of things to come...i hope indian selectors dont regretpicking vinay kumar

  • Gupta.Ankur on December 15, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    I think it was the perfect workout for indian bowlers.........obviously they weren't foolish enough to bowl full throttle in a 2 day game...

  • Every_run_is_important on December 15, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    Australians run fest starts from here. Indian bowlers have started leaking runs. When will India have set of bowlers who can take 20 wickets in a Test match outside India without conceding many? How will this set of bowlers take Australian wickets in a Test match when they are not able to take wickets of players from first class cricket? Now I can only hope that Indian batsmen score some runs collectively so that we can at least draw one or two Tests.

  • on December 15, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    I pathan should have a call soon

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  • on December 15, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    I pathan should have a call soon

  • Every_run_is_important on December 15, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    Australians run fest starts from here. Indian bowlers have started leaking runs. When will India have set of bowlers who can take 20 wickets in a Test match outside India without conceding many? How will this set of bowlers take Australian wickets in a Test match when they are not able to take wickets of players from first class cricket? Now I can only hope that Indian batsmen score some runs collectively so that we can at least draw one or two Tests.

  • Gupta.Ankur on December 15, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    I think it was the perfect workout for indian bowlers.........obviously they weren't foolish enough to bowl full throttle in a 2 day game...

  • on December 15, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    sign of things to come...i hope indian selectors dont regretpicking vinay kumar

  • chad_reid on December 15, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    just shows the depth of australian cricket when it comes to batting and guess what australian batting is struggling CA selection criteria is flawed or just too biased wake up selectors why are we getting such batting collapses when our domestic batsman are so good and doin really well

  • rahulcricket007 on December 15, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    ONLY YADAV LOOKS PROMISING TO ME . WHY ISHANT BOWLS ONLY 5 OVERS ? IS HE INJURED ? IS INDIAN MANAGEMENT IS HIDING ISHANT 'S INJURY? WHY ZAHEER DIDN'T PLAY IN THIS MATCH? OJHA WAS THRAHED DOWN THE GROUND . HE SHOULD N'T BE SELECTED ON BOXING DAY. ALSO FOR GOD SAKE BRING BACK PATHAN IN THE TEAM AS WE ALREADY SAW VINAY , MITHUN WERE TORN APART BY THESE AUSSIE ROOKIES . MY OVERALL ANALYSIS IS:- INDIAN BOLWING IS SAME AS LIKE THE ENG TOUR , WE NEED IMPROVEMENT OTHERWISE INDIA WILL LOSE THIS SERIES EASILY .ALSO WHY DHONI DIDN'T PLAY TODAY?

  • Dashgar on December 15, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    Shows the quality of a steady opening bat combining with a fluent middle order strokemaker. Cooper especially wil be a chance of higher honours this summer. A real potential replacement for Hussey at number 6. Robinson is still behind Cowan for a number of reasons. In the end its good to see the First Class pro's teach the Indians an early lesson in cricket in Australia.

  • Sagarneel on December 15, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    As an Indian fan, I won't be too worried with this. I just sincerely hope that Zaheer returns to his best form. Hey will be the key player if India hopes to do win the series.

  • RNikh on December 15, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    Pretty ordinary stuff from the Indians... This already gives us indication as to where Mithun and Vinay are. Ojha on Aussie wickets may not be the best option, so that's settled his fate for the first 2-3 tests. Hopefully some runs for gambhir tomorrow. Let Rohit too get some so as to give a pleasant headache to duncan and co. Not the most lively day tomorrow, but sure one to watch out for...

  • max_wicky on December 15, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    what an impressive performance from the Star Indian Front line bowlers. Almost 400 runs scored on a first day. seems they will get a real hammering from the Aussies.