India in Australia 2011-12 December 16, 2011

Australia struggle to combat swing - Rohit Sharma

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Rohit Sharma, the India batsman, has said that Australia have a weakness against swing bowling that India will seek to exploit during the upcoming Test series.

"I heard they're having some problems against swing bowling, so we are very much putting all our thoughts together," Rohit said. "We will try and come hard at them where swing is concerned. We have a very good bowling unit which can put pressure on the Australians."

Rohit's comments echoed those of Zaheer Khan, who said on Thursday that India's bowlers will be aiming to exploit Australia's problems against the moving ball.

Australia were dismissed for less than 150 five times over the last two years, and collapsed for 47 against South Africa and 136 against New Zealand in their last two Test series. But Rohit said India were focussed on their own preparations rather than their opponent's struggles.

"We're not really concerned about what's going on their side. We want to focus on our preparation. It's a good sign they are having a batting camp, so we know their weaknesses and what they've gone through the last couple of weeks. We have all kept that in mind going into the first Test match. We will walk out there and we need to put pressure on them rather than taking the pressure on us."

India drew their two-day game against CA Chairman's XI, making 6 for 320 in reply to CA's 6 for 398. Rohit scored an unbeaten 56, while Sachin Tendulkar made 92 and VVS Laxman 57 before both retired to give others a chance to bat.

"It was a good preparation. We just wanted to get into the groove first. There's another practice match as well. [There wasn't] much for the bowlers on a flat track and the batsmen also got the runs, so I think we should be very happy with the way things have gone for batters and bowlers."

There was some concern for India when Ishant Sharma left the field after bowling only 5.3 overs on the first day, but Rohit said it was "just some discomfort" and that Ishant had seen a doctor and should be ready for the Boxing Day Test.

India have never won a Test series in Australia and Rohit admitted it was something that they think about, but "we would like to take one Test match at a time and see how it goes".

The first Test is at the MCG, where Tendulkar will resume his quest for his 100th international hundred. "Me and my team-mates, all of us and all the Indians, we don't want him to wait for too long now," Rohit said. "It's been a while, but I hope he gets the 100th century in the first game."

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  • Naresh28 on December 19, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    @subash - Yes the chance is there. Only problem is the pace bowling which is lacking when compared to Australia. India need to select better with its limited pace bowling pool.In the second tour game in progress right now, Australia are clearly testing out to see who is the best left armer. They have 4 left armers in this game so one will emerge to replace injured Johnson. Their planning is spot on.

  • on December 19, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    This is best possible Chance for India to register the series wins in AUSTRALIA,If India fails they never able to beat Aussies in atleast next 100 years thats the sure

  • on December 19, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    Rohit sharma should get a great chance to play first test against austalia.india got a classical and talented batsman ever in recent past like rohit sharma In young cricketer .rohit is better than virat kohli in form of test cricket .virat is also good. i hope selecter will consider about rohit . best of luck rohit.

  • Naresh28 on December 18, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    @nampally -I think India should send Nehra, Pathan and Sreesanth as backup and replacement bowlers. As you said before Rahul Sharma could also be a good choice.

  • Trapper439 on December 18, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    I think many people are reading too much into Rohit's statement. I'm sure that he was just answering a reporters question as honestly as he could. As an Aussie fan it annoys me when our players get labelled as "arrogant" and the like when often they are just giving honest responses to questions from the media, so I have no problem whatsoever with Rohit saying this. I'd much rather hear a player speak openly like Rohit has here than give a canned and pointless soundbite. Besides, he's right.

  • on December 18, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    Ishant is out ... will see now how Srikanth and co gonna avoid IRFAN ?? gonna bring back Sreesanth aravind>??? or Laxmibathi Balaji ??

  • on December 18, 2011, 3:50 GMT

    look who is talking india strugglesin 2011 bh teams tour sa australia out for 47 india won in durba fastest pitch even scored 600 there tendulkar sco red 2 hundreds ponting 3 ducks one fifty in 2005 australia humilited by england in england india won against same attck in england in 2007 in england aussies lost to england in own backyard atleast past ten years england are humiliated in india and no 8 teamnewzealand beat aussiesin australia lolzzzzzzz no8 team beating you in australia thinking about winning from india the team humiliated you in perth so who is the team weak against playing swing bounce australialast five years not winning inhome

  • hyclass on December 18, 2011, 2:45 GMT

    While Im sure the magnificent Indian side will give its best as always,there must be a general awareness that its bowling attack is very thin,even given Australias current fragility.Those Indians who havent yet visited Australia should be aware that we dont have the cult of celebrity here.To us,great cricketeres are men who we admire for their ethics and courage,but at the end of the day,theyre just doing their job like the rest of us.None of the Australian cricketers stand on ceremony and if I were to meet them at the pub,theyd probably share a drink.When going to the MCG to watch the Boxing Day Test,as I have done since 1975 in the heyday of Lillee and Thomson,I celebrate the quality of the opposition & admire their differences as much as I enjoy Australias success.I look forward,like most Australians to watching the great Indian batting lineup,some for the last time in this country.On Boxing Day,I will be hoping that India bats so I can see Sehwag & Tendulkar in action.Cheers Boys.

  • on December 18, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    India should beat Australia comfortably in sydney and perth. Melbourne is going to be the tough one for india. Due to the large outfield and India being a poor fielding side our fielding is sure to get exposed. Hobart would be anyones game. So it should be a 2-2 or a 3-1 in favor of India. This is going to be one exciting series.

  • hyclass on December 18, 2011, 2:35 GMT

    In context,it should be observed that many teams have collapsed for sub-100 scores in the last 2 years.There was a vogue to preparing ,'results'wickets on which batsmen of any era had little hope of surviving,based on the entirely erroneous premise,propogated by self-interest groups,that more results were required in Test matches to maintain interest. Little could be further from the truth with more than 70% of test matches bring results and the remainder being predominantly affected by weather,which will happen in 5 day games.Who in India will rate the recent Test finish against the WI as anything other than unforgettable? The 7 run win by NZ v Aus must surely excite.Test cricket is the enactment of delayed gratification and acts of courage,endurance,teamwork and substance.It was once cited as promoting the manly virtues and has been widely respected for its character building qualities in our youth.T20 has none of this.Teams succeed on unified purpose and belief.Where is Australias?

  • Naresh28 on December 19, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    @subash - Yes the chance is there. Only problem is the pace bowling which is lacking when compared to Australia. India need to select better with its limited pace bowling pool.In the second tour game in progress right now, Australia are clearly testing out to see who is the best left armer. They have 4 left armers in this game so one will emerge to replace injured Johnson. Their planning is spot on.

  • on December 19, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    This is best possible Chance for India to register the series wins in AUSTRALIA,If India fails they never able to beat Aussies in atleast next 100 years thats the sure

  • on December 19, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    Rohit sharma should get a great chance to play first test against austalia.india got a classical and talented batsman ever in recent past like rohit sharma In young cricketer .rohit is better than virat kohli in form of test cricket .virat is also good. i hope selecter will consider about rohit . best of luck rohit.

  • Naresh28 on December 18, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    @nampally -I think India should send Nehra, Pathan and Sreesanth as backup and replacement bowlers. As you said before Rahul Sharma could also be a good choice.

  • Trapper439 on December 18, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    I think many people are reading too much into Rohit's statement. I'm sure that he was just answering a reporters question as honestly as he could. As an Aussie fan it annoys me when our players get labelled as "arrogant" and the like when often they are just giving honest responses to questions from the media, so I have no problem whatsoever with Rohit saying this. I'd much rather hear a player speak openly like Rohit has here than give a canned and pointless soundbite. Besides, he's right.

  • on December 18, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    Ishant is out ... will see now how Srikanth and co gonna avoid IRFAN ?? gonna bring back Sreesanth aravind>??? or Laxmibathi Balaji ??

  • on December 18, 2011, 3:50 GMT

    look who is talking india strugglesin 2011 bh teams tour sa australia out for 47 india won in durba fastest pitch even scored 600 there tendulkar sco red 2 hundreds ponting 3 ducks one fifty in 2005 australia humilited by england in england india won against same attck in england in 2007 in england aussies lost to england in own backyard atleast past ten years england are humiliated in india and no 8 teamnewzealand beat aussiesin australia lolzzzzzzz no8 team beating you in australia thinking about winning from india the team humiliated you in perth so who is the team weak against playing swing bounce australialast five years not winning inhome

  • hyclass on December 18, 2011, 2:45 GMT

    While Im sure the magnificent Indian side will give its best as always,there must be a general awareness that its bowling attack is very thin,even given Australias current fragility.Those Indians who havent yet visited Australia should be aware that we dont have the cult of celebrity here.To us,great cricketeres are men who we admire for their ethics and courage,but at the end of the day,theyre just doing their job like the rest of us.None of the Australian cricketers stand on ceremony and if I were to meet them at the pub,theyd probably share a drink.When going to the MCG to watch the Boxing Day Test,as I have done since 1975 in the heyday of Lillee and Thomson,I celebrate the quality of the opposition & admire their differences as much as I enjoy Australias success.I look forward,like most Australians to watching the great Indian batting lineup,some for the last time in this country.On Boxing Day,I will be hoping that India bats so I can see Sehwag & Tendulkar in action.Cheers Boys.

  • on December 18, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    India should beat Australia comfortably in sydney and perth. Melbourne is going to be the tough one for india. Due to the large outfield and India being a poor fielding side our fielding is sure to get exposed. Hobart would be anyones game. So it should be a 2-2 or a 3-1 in favor of India. This is going to be one exciting series.

  • hyclass on December 18, 2011, 2:35 GMT

    In context,it should be observed that many teams have collapsed for sub-100 scores in the last 2 years.There was a vogue to preparing ,'results'wickets on which batsmen of any era had little hope of surviving,based on the entirely erroneous premise,propogated by self-interest groups,that more results were required in Test matches to maintain interest. Little could be further from the truth with more than 70% of test matches bring results and the remainder being predominantly affected by weather,which will happen in 5 day games.Who in India will rate the recent Test finish against the WI as anything other than unforgettable? The 7 run win by NZ v Aus must surely excite.Test cricket is the enactment of delayed gratification and acts of courage,endurance,teamwork and substance.It was once cited as promoting the manly virtues and has been widely respected for its character building qualities in our youth.T20 has none of this.Teams succeed on unified purpose and belief.Where is Australias?

  • on December 18, 2011, 2:30 GMT

    i would have so liked to see india pick ravindra jadeja in this team, he is a good fielder a very decent batsmen againt quick bowling. Has good technique and is a very good left arm spinner who can bowl 20-30 overs of accurate spin. I think they should have picked him ahead of abhimanyu mithun,........... big mistake.

  • hyclass on December 18, 2011, 2:22 GMT

    Australias problems arent swing or spin or injury.They arent a changing of the guard.They are an overwhelming lack of uniformity & direction & a tidalwave of inexcusable & inconceivably obtuse policies by CA.The consequence of long term failure by a highly capable & credentialed Australian Team,was the Argus Review chaired by possibly the greatest & toughest businessman in Australian history. It was necessary to arrest the runaway train that constituted the selection,coaching,planning & public statements by CA. These were men who undermined the State competitions & curators at every turn,both publicly & by policy,who overturned the formerly successful use of our Institutions of Excellence,who ruined the 2nd XI competition & destroyed the long successful & internationally mimicked processes & structures.They deliberately misquoted the stature & success of cricket in this country.Their only interest was undermining traditional cricket to make T20 seem viable here.Hayden was one of them.

  • diva1234 on December 18, 2011, 2:18 GMT

    hey my man,@ dravid_gravitas -- can you give me your expert opinion on why zaheer did not play the tour game, after all he was the one who came out in england vs india 1st test, do you think he is above match practice and all when Tendulkar played the game?

  • Nampally on December 18, 2011, 1:57 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas: The news item in the Hindu Newspaper of 18 Dec. states that the decision on Ishant will be made within 24 hours by the team management in Australia.It also states that Ishant will not be playing in the 3 day fixture against CA chairman. It concludes by stating that even if Ishant does play in first test his form would be indifferent due to lack of practice since after last test against WI.Ideally, Ishant should be sent back & get surgery done on his ankle. Including his half hearted bowling will not add much to India's bowling.The Selectors need to send 2 replacement seamers NOW to make it a 18 man squad.

  • gogoldengreens on December 17, 2011, 23:26 GMT

    Australia batters have a weakness against swing - the low scores over the past 18 months or so would back that up... However India have a weakness to playing anywhere other than their own backyard - Look at England tour and the fact they have never won a series in Australia... Maybe the chance to see which team can over come there weakness the best!!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 17, 2011, 23:25 GMT

    @PS84, what I understand is that they are looking for a replacement for Ishant Sharma within the next 24 hours. It is not a - just in case situation. At least that's the news. If this is true, I'll really really find it hard to follow Indian Cricket closely. I know how much time and energy I am putting in our matches. If a fan like me cannot be respected by BCCI and one of our own players (remember the truly delightful thought of Dravid during Bradman Oration - disrespecting the Fan is disrespecting the Game), then cricket will slowly but surely die in India.

  • Mitcher on December 17, 2011, 21:38 GMT

    4-0. Nuff said. Okay, need to get to 25 chars.

  • Precioustar84 on December 17, 2011, 21:20 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas - I also read on CricketBuzz app on my phone that they are searching for Ishant's replacement. Article wasn't clear whether they mean IN CASE if he is not fit to play Boxing day or if he gets injured prior to it. He will not be participate in second practice. What annoys me is why even take a chance on him since he's so injury-prone? Why can't our selectors just choose bowlers who are already fit instead of throwing someone in the middle without any practice and all?? Seems like a set up for failure to whoever that might come in last minute. This can't be fair on Dhoni as everything is still left up in the air. None of the selectors seem to be taking selection seriously even after what happened in England. Cricinfo please publish.

  • Nampally on December 17, 2011, 19:58 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas: Yes Aussies are weak against swing bowling & so is India. In this case the same rule applies to both the sides.Aussies have admitted it publicly as well & they are working on it. So why bring this matter up except to stir up things & gets the backs up of the opponents. This is the actual issue.An experienced interviewer would not have mentioned it. Let your performance on field speak for itself. Also it looks idle boasting when India has their aces ZAK & Ishant of" suspect fitness"! Ishant left after one over into the tour- for medical attention!.If anyone mentioned Rohit playing Zero tests, it is mainly to draw attention to credibility of his statement.You may be surprised to know that there may be quite a few of cricinfo commenters who have played, if not tests, atleast high level cricket for a number of years.Many comment under some "pseudonym" to avoid being detected. So your last statement is not quite correct.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 17, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    There's some news on rediff that India is looking for a replacement for Ishant Sharma. If this is true, then BCCI and Ishant Sharma have taken the Indian fans for a ride. This is utterly disgraceful of them, if this is true.

  • NairUSA on December 17, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    Rohit has his facts straight here. Australia can go down against good swing bowling. However, it is debatable if Team India's swing bowlers can click this time around. The spin bowlers might turn out to offer more challenge than the seamers. Let us hope that the bowling unit performs well in Aussie land.

  • on December 17, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    est performers in ODI tournament finals (Qual: 750 runs) Batsman Matches Runs Average Strike rate 100s/ 50s Gary Kirsten 20 1019 67.93 74.16 3/ 7 Viv Richards 18 836 55.73 84.78 1/ 9 Sachin Tendulkar 39 1833 55.54 87.41 6/ 10 Matthew Hayden 17 760 50.66 73.14 1/ 6 Dean Jones 30 1064 48.36 73.12 1/ 8 Aravinda de Silva 24 930 44.28 88.06 2/ 6 Sanath Jayasuriya 39 1613 42.44 98.35 2/ 13 Marvan Atapattu 26 969 40.37 70.01 2/

  • on December 17, 2011, 16:11 GMT

    Highest Test averages against Australia since 1990 Batsman Tests Runs Average 100s/ 50s Sachin Tendulkar 29 2748 56.08 10/ 11 VVS Laxman 24 2204 55.10 6/ 10 Virender Sehwag 15 1483 51.13 3/ 7 Brian Lara 31 2856 51.00 9/ 11 Kevin Pietersen 12 1116 50.72 2/ 7 Richie Richardson 14 1084 49.27 4/ 4 Graham Thorpe 16 1235 45.74 3/ 8 Shivnarine Chanderpaul 17 1303 44.93 4/

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 17, 2011, 16:11 GMT

    There's nothing wrong in the contents of what Rohit said. Whether it's right or not to say it is debatable. But, I'm sure he has the backing of the team's thinktank in saying what he said so honestly. Only some certain players all allowed to be brutally honest? Australia are indeed very poor against the swinging ball and that's what he said. Get over it folks. Rohit played zero tests to comment eh?? How many tests all the cricinfo boarders put together played again??

  • on December 17, 2011, 16:11 GMT

    one amazing stat highest average against austalia in australia since 1990 sehwag 59.50,sachin58.53 laxman 54 rahul 48.60 kaliis 49 kallis 45 lara 41amazing stats dude these areallgreats

  • Amol_Gh on December 17, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    I think people should stop referring players by their ages. The players that are in AUS are those who can play and are India's best representatives. What's age got to do with it? Any performing player should be a permanent feature of the team irrespective of whether he is in his fifties or sixties.

  • Nampally on December 17, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    @Wacco: You said "NZ were lucky to draw the series but India may not be that lucky". Indian batting is far superior to NZ or Australian. Indian batsmen need to be patient & tactful till they get used to the pace of the wicket. The Aussie pace bowlers are not that accurate because of lack of experience. Pattinson & Starc (both 21) just have raw pace, which looks hostile on the green Aussie pitches.If Sehwag stays at the crease for one session, he will definitely expose the weakness of the Aussie pace bowlers. I like to see grit & determination from Gambhir & Sehwag to see the new ball off & stay there for one full session of play. Good opening stand is key to Indian batting. The Indian bowling on the other hand is a work in progress. ZAK & Ishant have questionable fitness. If ZAK can bowl at his peak, he will tougher than any Aussie Seamer.Young Yadev is good and can take wkts.Ashwin's capability depends upon pitch. So India is much tougher than most Aussies think. Let the battle begin!

  • Amol_Gh on December 17, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    I hope Rohit Sharma is not a novice enough and understands that swing bowling at a good pace gets A-L-L sorts of batmen out. It doesn't matter to which club, nation they belong to and which competition they are playing in. The key is: Do the bowlers possess the skill to swing the ball and swing the ball at a great pace ?

  • Amol_Gh on December 17, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    Sachin looks in good touch. No other thing can be better than Sachin getting his 100th 100 IN AUS AND IN A TEST.

  • Dashgar on December 17, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    Rohit has never played a game in test matches before. He also isn't a bowler. Should learn from other players that you don't come out and talk about a team's weakness unless you can back up your talk. Australia might have struggled against James Anderson and Dale Steyn but India at the moment don't have the swing resources available to hurt them. It's like if Australia started talking about targetting a team's weakness vs spin bowling. It's a rediculous statement.

  • jonesy2 on December 17, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    australia struggle against swing as much as south africa and probably england, maybe england are more disciplined but they struggle to score, india struggle against swing and pace and bounce more than any team in the world maybe not as much as sri lanka at the moment. ie. if australia struggle against india's bowlers then what do you think india will do against the likes of pattinson, harris and siddle? i think sharma has forgotten that his team have to bat as well.

  • on December 17, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    India still has 140kph plus bowlers if ishant is injuired than replace him with TP Sudhindra(Madhya Pradhesh) or Parvinder Awana (Delhi) whr both bowl around 145 kph consistently ... not spinners like irfan or vinay

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 17, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    Let us forget peripheral issues here. We need to concentrate on that 6th batting spot and bowling options. Rohit, it is for me hands down for that final batting spot. He can even come in at 4 sandwiched between the two legends which provides better cushion and better guidance to this marvellous youngster. Bowling seems to be in some trouble. They couldn't reign in Australia's/Netherland's domestic batsmen. I'm very worried.

  • on December 17, 2011, 7:38 GMT

    who said irfan pathan should be in. he will be easily taken over by aussies. he was shaping good and got a wicket first ball but overall there was no threat by him many loose balls.

  • Naresh28 on December 17, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    @Jared @Shkilahmed - The biggest probelm is SRIKANT is not a bowler selctor by trade he is a batsman. Thus he does not understand bowling selections. I dont only blame him - BCCI as well. They would encourage a good bowling setup in India. THis is not only the present we are talking of the past as well. If KUMBLE had a vision it is now destroyed.

  • landl47 on December 17, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    I would be very surprised to see Rohit in the test team. Barring injury, surely the batting line-up will be Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman, Kohli, Dhoni? The only question is whether Kohli will be left out for an extra bowler, although none of the bowlers seem good enough batsmen to play at #7. The bowlers, assuming they are all fit, would be Ashwin, Zaheer, Ishant and Yadav. Zaheer has been a quality swing bowler, but at 33, coming off a major injury, there has to be a question as to how effective he will be. Yadav has some pace and looks a good prospect, but he's very inexperienced. Ishant looked an ordinary fast-medium bowler in England. Ashwin doesn't turn the ball very much and is probably a better ODI bowler than test bowler, especially outside the subcontinent. On the other hand, the Australian batting looks shaky. However, I'd back them to get decent runs against this attack. The real question is how India's aging superstars will bat against Aus's young quicks.

  • ats78 on December 17, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    Its funny to hear all the negative comments about India, this is the only team in the past decade which has given the Aussies a run for their money, Srilanka or Pakistan have never even one a match in Australia in the past 10 years forget the series, one poor series against England doesnt make india a bad team , besides they had just visited England just after the world cup, think about the euphoria the emotions and all, they were completely drained out, so this series will actually prove what Team India can do, wait and watch, anti Indians.. PS. to be jealous of India by other countries is understandable but dont post comments without thinking for the sake of it. RESPECT..

  • on December 17, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    Heheh.. Very rich of Rohit to say what he did... Having played a total of 0 tests so far :)... Anyway i suppose part of the blame is on the media for hyping up the inane comment and dedicating a whole article to it. He was probably asked the question and had to respond with something (relaying some kind of non-existent bombastic team strategy).

  • on December 17, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    dunno y v against our own team n tellin against rohit n zak... it ws uncalled for.. but it mayb some gameplan.. or gamble.. lets c.. neways i wanted to see cumins bowl to kohli.. hmmm it wil b tough for both teams..

  • kdevil3 on December 17, 2011, 5:11 GMT

    seeing abinav Mukund in Ranji ...he should get some opp right nw to prove

  • rahulcricket007 on December 17, 2011, 4:35 GMT

    BRING BACK IRFAN PATHAN . VINAY & MITHUN ARE COMPLETE WASTE NEITHER SPEED NOR SWING IN THEIR BOWING . ALSO IF ISHANT IS INJURED THEN PLEASE SEND IRFAN AS A COVER FOR HIM.

  • on December 17, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    Why the heck is the Indian team (Zak/Rohit)commenting on Oz's frailty against swing! No team is immune to quality swing these days. Indian Cricketers should follow their compatriots (Tendulkar/Dravid/Laxman) & keep their mouth zipped until they have proven themselves such as the English did on their last tour of Oz. Come on seniors - please impart some sense. Our bowling is itself on shaky grounds. Pattinson/Siddle & co. have enough firepower to dislodge Indians on these wickets. Rohit is not even sure of his debut yet. Focus-Focus-Focus on your art mate!

  • jjk1493 on December 17, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    @chris_P your comment is illogical...just because England plays the swinging ball better doesn't mean Aussies do too..just look that their respective pitches, england has swinging wickets whereas aussies have bouncy ones...Sure the indians got sub300 due to swinging conditions in England, but thats cause of England's top bowlers...India losing to England isn't the same as losing to New Zealand...(nzl is one of my favorite team's so don't bash me nzl supporters)

  • Wacco on December 17, 2011, 3:27 GMT

    @ChrisP -bang on target.Just to add- India is not only vulnerable against the moving ball but also the bouncing ones. So its a double whammy! NZ have just drawn the series - India may not be that lucky. Lets see....

  • Vishal_07 on December 17, 2011, 3:26 GMT

    This story has been blown out of proportions. Indians are doing a little trash talk, which until now Aussies used to do. Nothing wrong with that but it needs to be followed up on field.

  • AidanFX on December 17, 2011, 3:04 GMT

    India have a "very strong swing bowling line up"?

  • on December 17, 2011, 3:02 GMT

    for all those people , who are saying indian team rather work on their batting instead of planning how to trouble ozzi batsman, i would like to say, 3 indian bowlwers are currently in top 15 icc bowler rankings , despite the fact that they bowl on flatter decks in the indian subcontinent, and also i wanna say that don't underestimate speed of indian bowlers because all three can bowl (ishant,zak,umesh) can bowl around 140+ ...so this time they are not indian bowllers,,,,,,,,but INDIAN BOWLING ATTACK..

  • hopeless_selection on December 17, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    Lets face it, Australia's bowling has been fairly poor over the last few years. with two new hopefuls, the Aussie line up is starting to look at best like a mediocre bowling attack. I don't think bowling is their biggest worry though, batting has been woeful. out for 47 against south africa - i reckon seven hills 1st grade would have at least made a 50 that game.

  • IPSY on December 17, 2011, 2:53 GMT

    From what I saw happened to these Indian batsmen in England, I strongly believe it's a repeat performance in Australia again; and even worse against these Aussie fast bowlers on these Australian bouncy wickets. I think that the Indians would be highly dependent on Dravid and Laxman as usual to save them. They have shown in the past that they are capable of doing so. However, they have an additional bright star, in the person of Rohit Sharma, whom I think will do well. If none of these three clicks, they are going to be in serious trouble. I don't about the present status of the Indian bowling attack. We will have to wait and see. I wish them the best.

  • on December 17, 2011, 2:29 GMT

    @Jared : Autralia is not different either, after all the greats like mcgrath and warne retired, Mitchell ( joke ) johnson was leading ur attack...:) then u tried hilfenhaus, siddle, bollinger, cummins, pattinson , endless count of spinners, and ur openers...I too find it difficult to follow ur cricket...and besides these we have won a cricket world cup ..don forget that ..and u guyz lost 2 ahses...wat say

  • Rdprasad on December 17, 2011, 2:17 GMT

    Sounds like every dog is a lion in his backyard. India in England then England in India what was the story then. Australia in India - ummmms and now India in Australia mama mia ......which the crookie crumble Mr Ponting. Love the comments. Ram

  • Rdprasad on December 17, 2011, 1:57 GMT

    Oh Aussies and Aussie presses always have the same cry. U are a great sports country. Only one can win so why the cry enjoy the cricket. The Kiwi's gave u something to worry about and what will Indians do will dampen ur spirit further so cheer for the good team and enjoy the cricket on the Boxing Day...May the best team win. Ram (Kiwi+Aussie)

  • Precioustar84 on December 17, 2011, 1:55 GMT

    I'm pretty sure you were just answering questions from media but PLEASE let the performance do the talking Rohit!! You contradict yourself when you say things like you guys are not thinking about opposition but then speak about giving them pressure. ALL teams and their batsmen struggle against GOOD swing bowling. Leave these types of nonsense talks to the Aussie cricketers who surprisingly have been quite this time around. Looks like England whitewash wasn't enough to learn from for BCCI and the selectors as far as bowling dept is concerned. Hopefully Dhoni and co are truly working on our weakness rather than focusing on the opposition's issues. please publish

  • on December 17, 2011, 1:31 GMT

    Someone explain me why Praveen is broken at this very key moment? A true player will pull all stops to play the top opposition. I sense more politics than the given reasons here. The same case with Irfan Pathan. He should have been part of WI series and in AUS playing the tour game, but no! We have newbies in.. This is sheer lack of foresight and planning. I wonder why likes of Kapil, Imran, Marshall Coukd sustain for longer periods without injuries. Theses days, the pace bowlers break down as soon as the person standing next to them farts!

  • on December 17, 2011, 1:30 GMT

    Truth one 1. Both Indians and Aussies are completely emotional ( Based on totalitarian of comments against rohit) 2. ppl complaining abt lack of bowlers in India. We dont have luxuries like in Aus or NZ to produce ppl who ve stronger build like them. hence the problem. Ask pakistan for it they may produce 100 fast bowlers in a weeks time. 3. Indians are better in intelligence that is always shows in their batting. 4. Series will be tough fought not cos indian bowling is weak. clarke has to show his mettle as captain. 5. One pathetic thing abt oz is their dropping of simon katich.. When complete top order is failing and there is no shaun marsh . I feel the best is to bring him back.. 6. I feel it will be India which may win the series 1 and draw 3 matches. one may go for close quarters with oz ...

  • me54321 on December 17, 2011, 1:18 GMT

    There's a reason the Aussies may have a weakness against swing bowling, it's because it doesn't swing much in Australia. Hobart was just the exception to the rule, so it does seem like a strange comment to make. England won the Ashes with sustained, fast, accurate bowling, utilising the limited swing (conventional and reverse) on offer as much as they could, and then backed it up with heavy scoring from their batsmen. I'm looking forward to a series between two teams which are obviously vulnerable, but also have (fading) stars who may produce moments of excellence. Aus have faster, better bowlers though, so they're firm favourites in my eyes.

  • Chris_P on December 17, 2011, 0:03 GMT

    Rohit, do you recall that your own team failed to go past 300 runs in 8 digs against England? I would worry about your team handling swing bowling first. The Indian "swing bowling" on show against England also averaged 70+. For those who suggest Indian bowlers have mastered swing bowling have an unusual grasp of cricket.

  • Nampally on December 16, 2011, 23:24 GMT

    Much as I respect the batting & bowling skills of Rohit & ZAK, their statements are uncalled for. Indian Cricketers must realize that they will be bombarded with 4 Aussie seamers bowling at >140 KPH with huge swing & bounce.Rohit better learn how to cope with it rather than talk about what Indian bowlers plan to do.I will ask Rohit the same question as to his experience against swing bowling? .I will say again that" people living in glass houses shouldnot throw stones at others". The irony is apart from ZAK India has no swing bowlers who can exploit it like NZ seamers did. P. Kumar & Irfan Pathan are the best exponent of swing.Kumar is injured & Pathan dropped despite his excellent form, on grounds of fitness - How fit is Ishant? My suggestion to Indian batsmen is to focus their strategy on playing the Aussie pacers. See the new ball off cautiously - first 15 overs, then build up some aggression. These young guys cannot take punishment & they will fall apart. Then the Game is ON!.

  • briggsy00 on December 16, 2011, 23:22 GMT

    If the ball ain't spinning India won't be winning. Simple as that without spinning condition the Indian attack will struggle to take 20 wickets. Infuse only hope is that the Aussie selectors keep denying the best talent a go.

    Mitch starc is not good enough for test better with the white ball Brad haddin has to make way for Matthew wade Poring or hussey must make way now.

    My Aussie team would read

    Warner, Cowan marsh Watson Clarke ferguson wade faulkner pattinson cummins Lyon Yes a few won't be available due to injury for boxing day Boxing day test Warner cowan Bailey watson Clarke ferguson wade siddle pattinson Lyon Boyce

  • Lord_Dravid on December 16, 2011, 22:52 GMT

    those we say indian bowlers cant swing the ball obviously dont watch indian cricket..ishant will angle in the ball and trouble the batsmen like he did on the last tour..zaheer will defo swing the ball then watch the spinners take over where the aussies will have nightmares like they've always had against spin! then lord tendulkar and co will take over the procedings :D

  • pinhead9810 on December 16, 2011, 22:41 GMT

    Why are people dwelling in the past?? India got thrashed, it happens, it doesn't mean it's going to happen again. India are preparing in advance, this should give them some idea what to expect. This series will be an interesting one, as I truly believe this is India's best chance to win in Australia for the first time; Can't really tell if they will or have a chance in the future.

  • on December 16, 2011, 22:34 GMT

    Mr.Shrikanth you messed up lot of times before that? why irfan out from Indian squad? I prefer Munaf Patel more than mithun and vinay kumar.........even Harbhajan should be in. Why not? with this kind of bowling attack India will surely loose this series

  • Vijay_P_S on December 16, 2011, 22:32 GMT

    Is this a deliberate ploy by the Oz to give flat decks to Ind in practice matches?

  • on December 16, 2011, 22:23 GMT

    This is just a loose talk.. Something Aussies used to try that would lower the confidence of the opposition.. We should stop giving out statements like these and show everything on our performance..

  • on December 16, 2011, 22:02 GMT

    It's odd - I'm quite a big cricket fan but I'm never sure who India's best bowlers are. I've only actually seen Zaheer play once and I think he was carrying an injury at the time because I could have sworn he went wicketless in at least one innings. I saw Ishant Sharma's emergence, but then read about him falling away though apparently he's back. It seemed like Harbhajan was the man to captain the attack but he's gone for good it seems. Piyush Chawla (sorry, that spelling's probably wrong) announced himself but I've heard nothing since, Irfan, Yuvraj, Praveen all these names keep getting thrown around... did Sreesanth fail? This isn't to be snarky to the Indians, I'm just saying as an outsider I find your bowling tribulations impossible to follow. There's an element of excitement to it, I suppose, because come Boxing Day I have no idea who'll be bowling at the Aussies...

  • on December 16, 2011, 21:52 GMT

    asterix.gaul...makes valid points, quality swing bowling will always trouble the best, there's nothing you can do about it.

  • on December 16, 2011, 20:38 GMT

    The current aussie attack does not match with enghlish bowling attack who staged spectacular whitewash in the summer. If aussies can control indian batting like english did which is difficult as there is no IPL factor this time, they can easily win. Indian bowling has struggled against the windies who played many close games in indian backyard.

  • binojpeter on December 16, 2011, 20:33 GMT

    I am an Indian fan, but I tell you Rohit, everyone including Indian batsmen struggle against swing bowling; so stop word tactics and concentrate on your job at hand.

  • on December 16, 2011, 20:17 GMT

    Wait & watch how this series unfolds... Lets not dwell upon how we faltered in England... One bad series does not take away the efforts made by this Indian team... Motivate, instead of pulling past strings... Stop being so critical... Wish India luck...

  • Matt. on December 16, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    i'm sorry but india struggled more than australia did against quality swing. we didn't get whitewashed! i've never seen an india deliver quality swing anyway

  • luck002 on December 16, 2011, 19:49 GMT

    If UDRS is not used(as i think is the case),then ultimately India wii suffer bcoz recently SA and NZ used the UDRS to get some tight LBW decisions in their way.Of course other way round is true,but seeing AUS batting problems against swing and seam bowling,IND might have gained more than the AUSSIES.

  • on December 16, 2011, 19:28 GMT

    this is the best chance 2 win first test series against the most dominent cricketing nation australians.irfan pathan should have been given preferences over mithun or vinay kumar bcoz of his form and experience .

  • asterix.gaul on December 16, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    If the Indian team thinks it can beat Australia's batting line up with swing, they'd rope in Irfan Pathan to cover for Zaheer Khan's likely breakdown. It is a bummer that Praveen Kumar is out for he would have been the bowler who would have troubled the Aussies; he did in the CB Series in 2008 . I don't see Ishant Sharma or Umesh Yadav being able to swing at high pace. Irfan gives you 5-man bowling attack and a little more batting in the tail. And by the way, if you understand cricket, you know that high class swing bowling does everyone in, and not just the Aussies. Just ask the Indian top order what happened in England. Jimmy Anderson just curved it and it harpooned to the stumps. Indian fans -- keep your words soft lest you have to eat them.

  • on December 16, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    It is right that australian batsmen can't handle swing but i don't think this indian bowling line-up seam or swing and take 20 wickets in test even on a greenish track i predict australia thrash india 3-0 or 4-0

  • cric4life88 on December 16, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    I totally agree with Dravid_Gravitas, this is going to hurt indian stategy for the tour. One can only hope for better. Naresh28 is has spoken very truely, guys we have to wait and see first to analyze the whole picture...calm down ppl. Those who think Irfan should be there, well do not worry I can assure you he is ready and packed if he gets a call. This is going to be a vey important tour for Ishant Sharma, I just hope he gets better because my eyes are on him. I also can't wait for Punter to make some runs at last, which I'm sure he will. Sachin's 100th ton, rising stars from both teams, Zak and Punter rivalry...and many more features of this tour will make the TOUR of the year. Very excited!!

  • Cricket_Guru on December 16, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    Ha Ha ha, The fellow who has not yet played a single test match and averages 27.60 in ODIs played in Australia starts commenting about Aussie batsmens problem with swing. Let me see how you perform against Harris, Starc, Pattinson...

  • CricNtruth on December 16, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    @Rishi Surendran , Not bigger joke than selecting Murali Vijay/Mukund when India has such powerful batting pool.

  • on December 16, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    Rule # 1 - Never underestimate your opponent - I wouldn't say Aussies are weak against swing and fire them up before the series starts.

  • on December 16, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    sorry to all Indian fans,but I think India gonna loose badly this summer in down under.Because 1:Most of Indian bowlers are inexperienced and only a fool can compare them with the fit and firey South African and NZ bowlers.On the other hand Australia has a decent and fresh pace attack.Even I didnt mention fitness of Zahir and Ishant.2.Agreed that India hv a very formidable batting order but the problum is that the great three all are nearing 38 and playing in fast and bouncing conditions might be a bit tricky.With slow reflections it will be difficult for them to face some quality bowlers.3-It might be the last series for many stalwarts of world cricket from both sides so I will like to call it FAREWELL SERIES for some of the great and very best batsmans from both sides.In famlier conditions and against ordinary bowling I fancy good series for Hussy,Ponting and Clark.with the bowlers like Vinay Kumar,Methun inexperienced Ashwin chances of aus getting out twice are very unlikely.

  • killbillgbu on December 16, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    Hmm....this must be why Irfan Pathan was left out? because he can swing the ball well? It is sad to see that selectors do not see what our players see as important weapons to beat Australia

  • prashkannam on December 16, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    BTW THIS CUMMINS FELLOW HAS TAKEN 6 WICKETS ALREADY AGAINST SAAFS ALLRITE ...........BUT HES JUSS PLAYED IN 1 TEST AND EVE N I HE WERE 2 PLAY HE WUD HAVE BEEN THRASHED ALL ROUND THE PARK BY THE BIG 3 OF INDIAN CKT-SACH RD AAND VVS. BTW 1 TEST IS TOO SHORT A TIME 2 JUDGE HIM AS A GREAT PROSPECT SAMES THE CASE WITH ASHWIN...LET THEM PLAY AGAINST ALL OPPOSITIONS IN DIFFT CONDITIONS AND THEN JUDGE!!!

  • orangtan on December 16, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    So Aussies are weak against swing, are they Rohit ? And what do you know about facing swing bowling young man? This is the weakest Indian team in a long time taking into account the age of the 3 seniors and bearing in mind that neither Zaheer nor Sehwag will last the course. Come to think of it, quite a few Indian cricketers may be swinging all the way home as they did from England.

  • sawifan on December 16, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    what a load of rubbish from a player yet to play test cricket. Sure Australia have struggled against swing bowling, but so has everyone else!! ENG v IND 4-0, due heavily to swing bowling. SAF all out for 96, due to swing bowling. Both AUS and ENG losing matches in ENG v PAK, due to swing bowling. And even AUS only victory in the last Ashes was because of swing bowling. Let's face it, all teams struggle against sustained, quality swing bowling, and after a 4-0 drubbing in swinging conditions, u'd think the Indian players would have the sense to to keep quiet, especially after the recent performances of the young Aussie bowlers. they are firing, it the batsmen who are not, and really only ZAK is a swing bowler in the IND camp. Anyway, fingers crossed for a top series!!

  • on December 16, 2011, 16:45 GMT

    no udrs in the series...bcci is not convinced wid it....but channel 9 will use it for the viewers

  • kriskini on December 16, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    If India can manage to win this series then they have a a great chance to top test ranking table. Next series against England,South Africa, Australia,Sri Lanka will be played in INDIA. Also next England series is against Pak/Sr Lanka is in sub continent.

  • on December 16, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    i wonder hw did the bcci agree to use UDRS in tis series.....nw where wil tis game head too...

  • on December 16, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    People here talking bad about rohit sharma must know the fact that he is a batsman with enormous talent. He can play in all conditions.. I have seen him batting against the likes of shaun tait, Mitchell johnson and other quickies.. his technique is very very good.. and as there is no bajji in the team, someone has to play the mind games before the game and team management feels rohit is the go to guy.. it is not rohit's decision to pass such comments to the media..

    THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION IS.. Which bowler in Indian side can swing the ball consistently apart from zaheer( can't trust this guy) ?

  • on December 16, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    Without the UDRS, the series will look extremely silly. Please bring it on. When all the other countries accept it, why on earth India have a problem with it? If we look at the World cup matches in the knock-out stage, it was the UDRS which won India the crucial matches.

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on December 16, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    Few pointers. 1. Aussies can't play swing. Aussies can't win on challenging turning Indian tracks. 3. Means they can neither play spin nor pace! 4. Folded for 47 against a decent attack. 5. Lost against no-8 team. Scrapping test status anyone?

  • mano-e-mano on December 16, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    ha ha wat a joke...as rightly said by a few..it is extremely hard to play agnst quality swing bowling...we all know how well india played in eng .... cudnt even win a test..lol... and look whos talking ...rohit..hasnt even played a test match... doesnt even know wat swing means... i bet he wundnt hav told dat comment if he had played in england... just check out!!! 2 comments coming out from indians abt swing...one who left indian team in eng to make them suffer a withewash (zaheer),..other hasnt even played a test match...(rohit)..now well,, i guess others know how hard it is to play quality swing since they toured eng...

  • on December 16, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    Selecting Vinay Kumar for a test match is the biggest joke in cricket. Forget about getting wickets, he even struggle to keep the runs down. Mithun looks almost the same from the performances seen so far.

  • on December 16, 2011, 15:38 GMT

    Aus may be struggling against quality swing bowling. But who will deliver it? Limping Ishant and Zak? It would be surprise if both can bowl 15 overs together a day. As before, India is on the shoulders of batmen. If they are failing, it will be more worst than Eng tour.

  • Sudhakar86 on December 16, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    Zak n Umesh are more than enough. If needed Irfan will be sent to thrash them ! Go INDIA Go! Rohit the next INDIAN no.4! All the best..............

  • abhay8157 on December 16, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    Irfan needs to be in the team if Swing has to trouble the Aussies. i GUESS selectors will know once the 1st test is lost due to lack of it by the current bowling squad.

  • inswing on December 16, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    This is the classic sign of a change in guard. It was Australians who would always attempt mind games before every series, "targeting" one the top batsmen of the opposition. Now India has developed the audacity to claim weaknesses and play psychological games. Times are a-changin', my friends.

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

    AUSTRALIANS ARE PATHETIC AGAINST SWING AS WELL AS SPIN ALONG WITH A VERY POOR BATTING SIDE. I PREDICT INDIA TO WIN 3-0.

  • rahulcricket007 on December 16, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    I CAN ASSURE YOU IN WHICH WAY INDIAN BATSMEN WERE GOING TO OUT ON MCG TEST . FIRST WKT WILL BE OF GAMBHIR (HE WILL CHASE A WIDE DELIVERY WIDE OFF STUMP TRYING TO SCORE THIRD MAN AREA ULTIMATELY GETTING EDGE IN THE SLIPS ) SECOND OF SEHWAG AFTER MAKING 40-50 RUNS ( I DON'T KNOW HOW HE WILL GIFT HIS WKT), 3RD OF SACHIN EITHER HE WILL SCORE LESS THAN 30 OR B/W 90-99 , 4TH WKT WILL BE DRAVID AFTER MAKING A CENTURY FIFTH WKT ROHIT MAKING 20 RUNS 6 TH WKT DHONI MAKING 10-15 RUNS 7 THWKT LAXMAN MAKING 70-80 RUNS AND THEN THE REAMING WKTS WILL GET OUT UNDER 20 RUNS .AND INDIA WILL SCORE 330- 380 RUNS IN FIRST INNINGS AT MCG WHICH WILL NOT BE ENOUGH FOR THE CLUB LEVEL BOWLING ATTACK OF OUR TEAM .

  • zico123 on December 16, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    Khwaja has very strong technique, he could be Rahul Dravid of Australia for future, he has to stay in the team, when Shaun Marsh returns Ponting has to make way for him, simple as that, at 37 years of age with 2 year run draught, there is nothing to gain from him, Australia would still have experience of Clark and Hussey in the midlle order

  • zico123 on December 16, 2011, 14:54 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

  • Naresh28 on December 16, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    TOO MUCH BANTER FROM INDIAN PLAYERS. CONCENTRATE ON OUR OWN PROBLEMS. AS WAS SAID BY A OZ FAN WE COULD NOT FACE SWING IN ENGLAND. COMMENTS SHOULD BE MADE AFTER GAMES AND NOT BEFORE LEAST THEY MAKE ROHIT EAT HIS OWN WORDS.

  • zico123 on December 16, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    whats the point in teaching oldies like Ponting and Hussey to play swing ball at the age of 36-37 in batting camp, doesn't it make more sense to invest the time on youngstars like Khwaja, Hughes, Warner etc, Ponting and Hussey got to go now, specially Ponting, he is on 2 yr run draught, how much more Test matches he can buy with a promise of big innings to come!!

  • MalolanR on December 16, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    Is There UDRS For This Series......cricinfo pls publish

  • on December 16, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    SELECTORS ,stop this regional bias ONCE AND FOR ALL , you know as well as we do that Mithun and Vinay are below par .We need IRFAN THERE PRONTO .PLEASE DO THE RIGHT THING MR SRIKKANTH FOR ONCE PLEASE .

  • rahulcricket007 on December 16, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    NOW I UNDERSTAND WHY EVERYDAY SOME WORDS ARE EXCHANGED FROM THE INDIAN CAMP ? THEY HAVE BEEN IN AUSTRALIA FOR ALMOST ONE WEEK BUT THEY HAVEN'T FEEL THE HEAT OF MIND GAMES THAT USUALLY EXPECTED WHEN INDIA GOES DOWN UNDER . THIS IS GOOD. WHO WANTS A QUITE SERIES ? BRING ON BHAJJI & SYMONDS , WE WANTS TO FEEL THE HEAT THIS IS THUNDER DOWN UNDER .

  • skepticaloptimist on December 16, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas--Gosh, dude, stop overreacting. Have you participated in any copmetetive sports yourself? It's not uncommon to have little niggles, and it's always good to take appropriate caution; that, in this case, is to visit the doctor and make sure everything is fine. Nothing wrong with that really. Don't take such things out of context.

  • on December 16, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    What is amazing, yet unnoticed, is how quiet the one-time-mighty Aussies have been in the build up to the series. A few years ago, you could bet the Aussies would have been eager to start a mind war through media.

  • on December 16, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    lets just hope india does well regardless

  • prashkannam on December 16, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    Quote Unquote "It's a difficult one. I think ... I think it's err ... I think, I don't know what I think really." Michael Hussey on the scheduling of the Big Bash League during Australia's Test series against India Hey Hey !! Aussies mumbling jumbling the Michaell doesnt know what to say anyways yes indians got mauled in England but aussie were out five times 2 swing for the past 2 years against england 5-0 last year against saafs so rohit is absolutely right and to all the despondent aussies pls bear with this comment.

  • skepticaloptimist on December 16, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    To start with, nothing wrong he said. He didn't even assert that Australia has problems with swing; he merely said that there's a perception that Australia do given their performances in the recent past, and India would like to exploit if there is a problem. Moreover, why are people over-reacting. When Australia were in India, guys like Mitch, Haddin, even Hauritz talked about India's apparent weaknesses. There's nothing wrong with getting a head start psychologically; in fact, the Aussies themselves are the masters of this craft. Again, nothing wrong with it. People seem to have a problem when Indians or Pakistanis get a head start on battle of words; when RSA, England, and Australia are involved, it doesn't sound strange. Double standards much?

  • khiladisher on December 16, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    AUSTRALIAN BATSMAN HAVE BEEN VERY POOR AGAINST SWING AS WELL AS QUALITY SPIN THROUGHOUT HISTORY AND IT BECOME MORE PRONOUNCED NOW-HAVING BEING BOWLED OUT BELOW 150 RUNS -6 TIMES IN 2 YEARS SHOWS A CHRONIC PROBLEM-WHAT COMPOUNDS IT IS A POOR BATTING LINE UP-AND PONTING AND HUSSEY BEING BELOW PAR LAST 2 YEARS{HUSSEY ONLY PERFORMED IN THE LANKAN SERIES}.INDIA TO WIN AT LEAST BY 2-0 MARGIN IF NOT MORE.ZAHEER WITH HIS SWING AND ASHWIN WITH HIS CARROM BALL-ALONG WITH THE GREAT INDIAN BATTING LINE-UP WILL WIN US THIS PRIZE.

  • Lord_Dravid on December 16, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    i love what rohit sharma is saying! no force on earth is going to stop us from spinning and swinging them out!! we hearby declare war on the aussies! :D

  • DalesGuy on December 16, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    Rohit, I think it is better first to 'walk the talk' and then you can do the talk!

  • couchpundit on December 16, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    Dude--its all right Australian's have weakness for Swing, but who is going to swing the ball? Sharma who is supposed to bowl only 6 overs in a game? Zaheer who would might break down any time? Vinay who doesnt have decent record off late? Mithun who cannot bowl a consistent line?

    who are you kidding?

  • SaifQazi on December 16, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    i suppose he wasn't in the test squad to England which saw not only Australia in 2009 struggle but the star-studded Indian side with big names struggling to the extent that when the tour ended that they hadn't won a single match.

    I mean Rohit Sharma perhaps forgot his U-19 WC final also. Cumon Rohit, you are a young man, still looking to cement yourself in the Indian side. Make this tour count to make your place in the side permanent, instead of squabbling and dabbling on things that won't make any difference to your chances getting into a jam-packed Indian side. Cheers.

  • Nampally on December 16, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    First it was ZAK & now it is Rohit Sharma who is commenting about the Aussie weakness against swing bowling. This is bit rich after India dropped one of their star swing bowlers, Irfan,from the squad.India just has ZAK who can truly call himself a swing bowler. Ishant is injured- should be replaced with Irfan NOW. Vinay & Mithun are just passengers. Yadev is the solo guy fit and is capable of going all out. ZAK coming back from his injuries is still a suspect in fitness.So India doesnot have the right bowlers to exploit the Aussie weakness unlike NZ or SA did.It is best if the Indian batsmen learn to watch the new ball which shows prodigious swing in the Aussie conditions.The away swingers must be watched carefully & "no fishing outside the off stump" rule must be strictly practiced.Indian batting has to come out big to be competitive. It is Gambhir who always goes wildly after the balls wide of the off stump & needs to avoid this.Learn to shoulder arm to be safe rather than sorry!.

  • chilled_avenger on December 16, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    First try to save your own career,Rohit! Scoring runs against West Indies and failing miserably against South Africa this year is still not enough to justify your place in team. Why don't you use such brilliant deducing capablities to figure out why almost all of your good scores have come against Zimbabwe,West Indies and the depleted Sri Lanaka which participated in Zim triangular last year! Its so sad for Indian cricket that batsman like you are expected to take over from greats like Sachin,Dravid and Laxman!

  • RJHB on December 16, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    Not sure why an Indian batsmen is commenting about other batsmen's weaknesses, maybe he should make some runs first, then comment! Australia's, and for that matter any team's struggles against the quality swinging ball is nothing new. Go back as far as you want and you'll find high quality swing bowling gets teams out. India's batsmen are by no means immune from swing if its good, Rohit Sharma least of all!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 16, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    There you go! This is just unacceptable. Ishant goes in with an existing injury and sees a doctor after bowling 5.3 overs. Thanks to Rohit for laying it our for us. I was speculating, speculating and speculating the whole night. Now, the cat is out of the bag. This is plain unprofessional. I won't be able to see this carnage all over again - bowlers breaking down in the middle of the first hour or so of such an important tour. This is very saddening the way BCCI and the players take us, the fans, for a ride.

  • ranjit.sg on December 16, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    A lot of the Indian players are talking big before the series. I only hope they live up to their word!

  • FairGameFan on December 16, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    Whilst the Indian claims of an Aussie weakness against swing bowling, did they themselves not got thrashed by the English because they could not play the swing or bouncing ball? When you point one finger at the Aussies the others are pointing back at you.

  • on December 16, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    Yes Reverse Swing and Turning ball have been Australian Traditional Weakness.We have Seen England Hit Australia hard in Swing in last couple of Ashes Series where as Indian Spinners had been handful for them especially in subcontinetns

  • AUSOME_AWESIE on December 16, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    OMG OMG dude do ya even know what happened in England a few months back!!!! talk bout the pot calling the kettle BLACK!!! if Mitch were even in ok ok form and Cummins fit u guys would n even last 3 days!!!!

  • heathrf1974 on December 16, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    All batsmen have a weakness against accurate swing bowling.

  • N.Sundararajan on December 16, 2011, 13:21 GMT

    ESPN Cricket staff and other media people ! Can you please leave the youngsters and inexperienced persons alone---and not talk to them for soundbytes ? YOU are harming them and also harming Indian cricket ! Let them learn to play and perform---and not talk ! Don't abuse these inexperienced fellows to fill up your columns and commentary pages !

  • Valavan on December 16, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    First of all rohit sharma himself will struggle in swinging conditions, he comes to speak about OZs who grew up facing swing bowling at the best. He seems to play mind games as mcgrath did in past. Hilarious. cricinfo please publish.

  • spence1324 on December 16, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    Sharma LOL LOL and india can play seam and swing?.We all sore india's ' bollywood ' stars look like the local village team in england didn't we sharma. Maybe you should work on your technique now that you are not playing on your batting ' superstar ' pitches me thinks!

  • N.Sundararajan on December 16, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    Rohit sharma, please learn to keep your mouth shut on matters which are not your speciality. You are hurting and harming Inida ! You are still a very junior person --- stlll unsure of your place in the Indian test XI. Just because you have travelled to Australia on the last tour does not yet make you either senior or expert ! You are only provoking the Australians into harsh responses--both verbal and on the field of play. If you are serious about playing for India in the long-run, then learn humility and sobriety from Rahul Dravid, Sachin, Laxman and from Dhoni, your captain ! Australia are likely to sort you out soon in this series ! God save India from such loudmouths and upstarts---who are keen to shoot their mouth rather than perform on the field!

  • PiyushD on December 16, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    Who is there to Swing on Indian side, except Zaheer and Ishant and with Ishant being a risk (zaheer also) of breaking down. Praveen Kumar and Irfan Pathan will be missed, Indian Jokers(Selectors) screwed up by sending Mithun ahead of Pathan and Vinay ahead of Nehra.

  • krnataraj on December 16, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    ha ha the word of words have begun! usually the aussies start it but looks like the young indian brigade who have a lot to prove have started to blabber. the likes of rohit, kohli, raina need to first improve their techniques on green tops instead of criticising the australian batsmen. let the bat do the talking. let the youngsters be focussed on their strengths and learn from such an important tour. as far as zak is concerned let us see if the will play all the matches or sometime during the series just hold his thighs and walk away. next time around there will be nor srt, dravid or vvs so this tour is going to be highly important for the young brigade who must use this tour to learn and use the experience in the future tours down under.

  • on December 16, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    Bad luck Virat!! Love u, but at No.6 its Rohit all the way.

  • LillianThomson on December 16, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    Australia - like everyone else - has a weakness against fast swing. But India only has Zaheer who is a medium pacer, Ishant who is medium-fast and Yadav who bowls fast-medium without bounce. Hardly Dale Steyn, Jimmy Anderson or Doug Bracewell, but quite similar in pace to Geoff Boycott's granny. The wicket-keeper may well stand up to the stumps for Zaheer after his opening spell - if he hasnt already broken down - so there isn't even going to be a slip cordon, once the ball goes soft after twenty overs, let alone catching opportunities.

  • on December 16, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    These loud mouths have begun talking rubbish already. Indian bowling attack is the weakest in the world (worse than Bangladesh). If batsmen don't perform, Indians will receive a sound thrashing from the Aussies. This series will be competitive only if Indians bat and bowl very well.

  • bighit14 on December 16, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    Oz's swing weakness is gaining too much of popularity (more than needed). We should not forget that Indians have weakness against bouncers and swing both (And this weakness is more when compared to Oz's weakness). So we should have a mindset to tackle our weakness rather than targeting Opponent's weakness.

  • on December 16, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    If its true that Aussies struggle on Swing,, then shame on Selectors for not selecting Pathan.

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  • on December 16, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    If its true that Aussies struggle on Swing,, then shame on Selectors for not selecting Pathan.

  • bighit14 on December 16, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    Oz's swing weakness is gaining too much of popularity (more than needed). We should not forget that Indians have weakness against bouncers and swing both (And this weakness is more when compared to Oz's weakness). So we should have a mindset to tackle our weakness rather than targeting Opponent's weakness.

  • on December 16, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    These loud mouths have begun talking rubbish already. Indian bowling attack is the weakest in the world (worse than Bangladesh). If batsmen don't perform, Indians will receive a sound thrashing from the Aussies. This series will be competitive only if Indians bat and bowl very well.

  • LillianThomson on December 16, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    Australia - like everyone else - has a weakness against fast swing. But India only has Zaheer who is a medium pacer, Ishant who is medium-fast and Yadav who bowls fast-medium without bounce. Hardly Dale Steyn, Jimmy Anderson or Doug Bracewell, but quite similar in pace to Geoff Boycott's granny. The wicket-keeper may well stand up to the stumps for Zaheer after his opening spell - if he hasnt already broken down - so there isn't even going to be a slip cordon, once the ball goes soft after twenty overs, let alone catching opportunities.

  • on December 16, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    Bad luck Virat!! Love u, but at No.6 its Rohit all the way.

  • krnataraj on December 16, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    ha ha the word of words have begun! usually the aussies start it but looks like the young indian brigade who have a lot to prove have started to blabber. the likes of rohit, kohli, raina need to first improve their techniques on green tops instead of criticising the australian batsmen. let the bat do the talking. let the youngsters be focussed on their strengths and learn from such an important tour. as far as zak is concerned let us see if the will play all the matches or sometime during the series just hold his thighs and walk away. next time around there will be nor srt, dravid or vvs so this tour is going to be highly important for the young brigade who must use this tour to learn and use the experience in the future tours down under.

  • PiyushD on December 16, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    Who is there to Swing on Indian side, except Zaheer and Ishant and with Ishant being a risk (zaheer also) of breaking down. Praveen Kumar and Irfan Pathan will be missed, Indian Jokers(Selectors) screwed up by sending Mithun ahead of Pathan and Vinay ahead of Nehra.

  • N.Sundararajan on December 16, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    Rohit sharma, please learn to keep your mouth shut on matters which are not your speciality. You are hurting and harming Inida ! You are still a very junior person --- stlll unsure of your place in the Indian test XI. Just because you have travelled to Australia on the last tour does not yet make you either senior or expert ! You are only provoking the Australians into harsh responses--both verbal and on the field of play. If you are serious about playing for India in the long-run, then learn humility and sobriety from Rahul Dravid, Sachin, Laxman and from Dhoni, your captain ! Australia are likely to sort you out soon in this series ! God save India from such loudmouths and upstarts---who are keen to shoot their mouth rather than perform on the field!

  • spence1324 on December 16, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    Sharma LOL LOL and india can play seam and swing?.We all sore india's ' bollywood ' stars look like the local village team in england didn't we sharma. Maybe you should work on your technique now that you are not playing on your batting ' superstar ' pitches me thinks!

  • Valavan on December 16, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    First of all rohit sharma himself will struggle in swinging conditions, he comes to speak about OZs who grew up facing swing bowling at the best. He seems to play mind games as mcgrath did in past. Hilarious. cricinfo please publish.