Australia v India, 1st Test, Melbourne, 1st day December 26, 2011

Cowan, Yadav shine on see-saw day

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Australia 6 for 277 (Cowan 68, Ponting 62, Yadav 3-96) v India
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Australia's batsmen scrambled to 6 for 277 against a shrewd and opportunistic India on day one of the Boxing Day Test, and would not have progressed that far without a meritorious debut from Ed Cowan in front of 70,068 spectators at the MCG.

Losing Michael Hussey to a decision that would have been reversed with the aid of technology - Cowan also had reason to query his exit - the hosts were still some way short of a substantial total by the close. Brad Haddin and Peter Siddle were established however, and their contributions will be critical when play resumes.

Cowan's 68, in 294 minutes and 177 balls, was no more or less than he had promised to deliver as a circumspect, organised opening bat. But its influence on proceedings was lessened by the others' failure to bat around him, save for an innings of 62 from Ricky Ponting that alternated between edgy and elegant.

India's captain MS Dhoni rotated his bowlers expertly, recovering from the hour after lunch when Ponting and Cowan had threatened to carry the day. India's refusal to accept the DRS also allowed the visitors to place pressure on the umpires Marais Erasmus and Ian Gould in the time-honoured style, achieving the desired result in the final session.

Zaheer Khan turned the day India's way with the removal of Michael Clarke and Hussey to successive, reverse-swinging balls, after Umesh Yadav demonstrated his knack for speed and wickets with a trio either side of a profligate post-lunch spell. R Ashwin accounted for Cowan in the following over and gained appreciable turn at times to suggest he will be a threat across this series.

Opening after Clarke won a quite ambiguous toss, Cowan and David Warner walked to the middle under overcast skies to a surface the offered the promise of early seam to augment the swing offered by the atmosphere. First strike was taken by the debutant, and Cowan responded by playing out Zaheer's well-directed opening over with plenty of nerves but just as much good sense. His first run arrived in the second over with a tap wide of mid on, before Warner commenced with a streaky inside edge to the fine-leg boundary.

From this inauspicious beginning Warner was quickly into stride, cuffing a handful of boundaries in between sensible pushes and nudges around the ground's vast expanses. Zaheer moved the ball and Ishant Sharma bounced it, but Australia's openers negotiated their opening spells with as much confidence as could be expected. The introduction of Yadav prompted Cowan to unfurl one glorious straight drive amid his otherwise abstemious defence, and Warner followed up in the same over by biffing the bowler through cover, then hooking uproariously into the crowd.

A brief rain delay broke the rhythm of the stand, and when the players returned Warner perished immediately, attempting to repeat his hook at Yadav and gloving gently behind to Dhoni. Yadav had his tail up, firing down his deliveries with plenty of speed, and had Marsh struck on the pad first up. Having played only one Twenty20 innings since his return to fitness after a painful back complaint that afflicted him in South Africa, Marsh did not look at ease, and to his seventh ball he walked too late into a drive and sliced it to gully.

Suddenly 0 for 46 had become two for the same score, and Ponting's arrival brought a crowd response that suggested both appreciation and trepidation for Australia's former captain. Off his second ball Ponting swivelled to hook a short ball, but was struck a stunning blow to the jaw. Ponting was still alert enough to side-foot the rebound away from his stumps, but it was another reminder of how his command over the bouncer has slipped ever since West Indies' Kemar Roach pinned him on the arm at Perth in 2009.

Through it all Cowan maintained his composure, cracking Ishant through the covers with some flourish to add a second boundary after taking a blow to the body from Yadav, and Ponting gradually began to find a little more equilibrium. He slipped over while pulling at Zaheer, but the ungainly follow-through was less important than the sight of the ball skimming to the backward square-leg boundary.

Resumption was delayed by further showers, and when it arrived India's bowlers lapsed in line, length and attitude. Cowan was granted the chance to gather momentum with a handful of boundaries, one a chancy cut over gully but the rest pleasingly fluent, and Ponting also took advantage of some wayward stuff from Yadav in particular. Swiftly the 50-run stand and the Australian 100 were raised, in a union between a Tasmanian living in Sydney (Ponting) and a New South Welshman renewed in Hobart (Cowan).

Some of Ponting's strokes were reprised from the pages of his regal best, one back foot punch off the toes from Ishant more than enough to get the crowd cooing. They were on their feet soon after as his half-century was raised, via a rather more ungainly slog sweep for three. The rain delayed the tea break and Cowan took his time to reach his own 50, but a nudge into the offside brought it in 120 new-ball-blunting balls.

Yadav returned to the attack for a spell near the interval, and found something approaching the vim of his morning burst. Ponting was unnerved by his first ball, rearing off a length, and dismissed by the third, which swerved away on a line just close enough to off stump for an uncertain batsman. VVS Laxman held the nick, the union was broken at 113, and Ponting's interminable wait for another Test century continued.

Clarke offered useful company to Cowan for a time, the pair adding 46 either side of the interval. India responded by tightening up, and only four runs had been accrued from three overs when Zaheer beat Clarke's outside edge with a delivery that zipped away, then forced a cuff onto the stumps from the next when the batsman shaped to cut far too close to his body.

The sin of Clarke's dismissal for 31 was compounded next ball, Hussey fending at a short-pitcher from Zaheer that passed close to, but did not appear to touch, bat or glove on the way through to Dhoni. The umpire Erasmus intuited an edge and raised his finger, and with no DRS recourse, Hussey had to go.

While Haddin averted the hat-trick, Cowan now let his guard down, cutting impatiently at Ashwin and was adjudged by Gould to have offered the thinnest of edges to Dhoni. Hot-spot showed no evidence of contact, adding another unhappy chapter to the saga of technology and its inconsistent use. Batting as though they were aware of the total's inadequacy, Haddin and Siddle dug in, and eluded a tight lbw appeal each. They will face a refreshed India in the morning.

Ishant and Zaheer had both been ruled fit and were joined in the attack by Yadav and Ashwin, who won the spinner's spot ahead of Pragyan Ojha. Australia's line-up was confirmed two days ago and there were no late changes, with Ben Hilfenhaus in for Mitchell Starc and Cowan named at the top of the order. Australia's 427th Test cricketer, Cowan was presented with his baggy green by Dean Jones, before the toss.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on December 29, 2011, 3:33 GMT

    Hahahaha...... DRS or not.....The Aussies don't seem too troubled. India is down for the count now.

  • on December 27, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    When the DRS was introduced the rules should have just made it mandatory. I think today people were confused that after Dravid was out it was referred to make sure it wasn't a no ball. Because the decision was referred and Dravid was not out it has made the situation even worse. Also the excessive appealing is in every country we have seen it time and time again. That was one of the reasons the introduction of the DRS was introduced. No other country has denied its use as I think it is fair towards both teams. So many times in the past have we seen bad calls now we have a chance to improve the game a little better by making it fairer. I don't understand why they do not wish to use it, especially if it comes down to winning the series and a bad decision is made against them a lot will just call it Karma and Australians will be branded in the Indian papers as Cheats. So the ICC should have a majority vote with the cricketing nations to see if it should be mandatory.

  • bobmartin on December 27, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    Here's a thought for all those who are still opposed to the use of DRS using the old " you win some, you lose some.. they eventually cancel themselves out" excuse. That is a fallacy. An incorrect NOT OUT decision can never compensate for an incorrect OUT decision, nor vice versa, because the simple fact is that they are two wrong decisions, and as every sane person knows, two wrongs never make a right.

  • passionateindian on December 27, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    @Dinosaurus....It is not that India said no DRS only for this series. They say no to every series. If Australia or any country has a problem with that...they are free not to organize a series. After such consistent approach throughout all series at home and away, just because Australia wants to use it, does not mean every country should agree to it. Looking at the past, Indian team should not agree to anything Australian team has to offer. People like Clarke have a tendency to wait for umpire's decision when they nick it to 1st slip...and then expect others to take their word whether they have taken a clean catch or not..and if you look at the records...he said it was a clean catch when replays suggested that it was not clean.... At that time every one called indians as whingers...now we all know who are the whingers..!!

  • bobmartin on December 27, 2011, 7:40 GMT

    @Rama Prasad.... "Both teams agreed to one set of rules" Wrong.!!! Both teams DID NOT agree a set of rules. The conditions set down by the ICC state that BOTH teams must agree to the use of the DRS. If one team (in this and almost every other case to date) India disagreed to it's use. So in fact it was the non-agreement of both teams that precluded it's use in this series.

  • on December 27, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    @phoenixsteve You needn't mention Sachin in the same breath as Bradman. Bradman himself did it :)

  • on December 27, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    @Hayden Field - The same argument of excessive appealing can be applied to the Australian team as well. The last time India toured here Dravid was given out caught behind when he had missed the ball by a foot. Yes, by a foot. The Australians had appealed like their lives depended on it. I wonder whether you advocated dropping Australia from world cricket then. Or even thought about fining the team $100,000 each for claiming 2 clearly grassed catches. From what you say, it sounds like 'excessive appealing' is a problem only when India does it.

  • jameswayne on December 27, 2011, 3:08 GMT

    I suppose by now everyone should have realized why the Indians do not want the DRS.The example was there for all to see today.Take the case of Ed Cowan and Hussey.They clearly did not hit the ball which even most of the Indian fielders knew but they keep on appealing like mad men and put pressure on the umpires to give them out.This is the famed Indian style of taking wickets by intimidating the umpires rather than legally take wickets.That is how this poor Indian attack get their wickets and that is how these Indians have been winning most of their matches in India where they play 90% of their cricket.They could not win even 1 match against England because they were too good for the Indians and are rightly No. 1 in Test cricket.If the umpires rule against them like Bucknor or Harper, the BCCI with the help of the ICC will kick them out of the Umpires panel.

  • Severian on December 27, 2011, 2:34 GMT

    Don't know what you were watching, cricdoc22, or what yarns your commentators were spinning, but millions of viewers have repeatedly seen Haddins' LBW-not-out pitch on middle and "hit" middle two-thirds up - routine HawkEye stuff. Most trainee umpires would have got that one right every time.

  • mcj.cricinfo on December 27, 2011, 1:55 GMT

    All this rubbish about technology being 100% is just a distraction. Nothing in life is 100%, nothing is perfect, however a system which only overturns the umpires decision when it is obvious that the umpire is wrong is a good one, and a better system than what we had before. Regarding the argument that it is the same for each team, well why don't they pick umpires with only one eye - it would be the same for both teams right? Picking a more defective system and then justifying it as equal is rubbish. The technology is more likely to produce a fair result. Why don't the BCCI want a fair result?

  • on December 29, 2011, 3:33 GMT

    Hahahaha...... DRS or not.....The Aussies don't seem too troubled. India is down for the count now.

  • on December 27, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    When the DRS was introduced the rules should have just made it mandatory. I think today people were confused that after Dravid was out it was referred to make sure it wasn't a no ball. Because the decision was referred and Dravid was not out it has made the situation even worse. Also the excessive appealing is in every country we have seen it time and time again. That was one of the reasons the introduction of the DRS was introduced. No other country has denied its use as I think it is fair towards both teams. So many times in the past have we seen bad calls now we have a chance to improve the game a little better by making it fairer. I don't understand why they do not wish to use it, especially if it comes down to winning the series and a bad decision is made against them a lot will just call it Karma and Australians will be branded in the Indian papers as Cheats. So the ICC should have a majority vote with the cricketing nations to see if it should be mandatory.

  • bobmartin on December 27, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    Here's a thought for all those who are still opposed to the use of DRS using the old " you win some, you lose some.. they eventually cancel themselves out" excuse. That is a fallacy. An incorrect NOT OUT decision can never compensate for an incorrect OUT decision, nor vice versa, because the simple fact is that they are two wrong decisions, and as every sane person knows, two wrongs never make a right.

  • passionateindian on December 27, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    @Dinosaurus....It is not that India said no DRS only for this series. They say no to every series. If Australia or any country has a problem with that...they are free not to organize a series. After such consistent approach throughout all series at home and away, just because Australia wants to use it, does not mean every country should agree to it. Looking at the past, Indian team should not agree to anything Australian team has to offer. People like Clarke have a tendency to wait for umpire's decision when they nick it to 1st slip...and then expect others to take their word whether they have taken a clean catch or not..and if you look at the records...he said it was a clean catch when replays suggested that it was not clean.... At that time every one called indians as whingers...now we all know who are the whingers..!!

  • bobmartin on December 27, 2011, 7:40 GMT

    @Rama Prasad.... "Both teams agreed to one set of rules" Wrong.!!! Both teams DID NOT agree a set of rules. The conditions set down by the ICC state that BOTH teams must agree to the use of the DRS. If one team (in this and almost every other case to date) India disagreed to it's use. So in fact it was the non-agreement of both teams that precluded it's use in this series.

  • on December 27, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    @phoenixsteve You needn't mention Sachin in the same breath as Bradman. Bradman himself did it :)

  • on December 27, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    @Hayden Field - The same argument of excessive appealing can be applied to the Australian team as well. The last time India toured here Dravid was given out caught behind when he had missed the ball by a foot. Yes, by a foot. The Australians had appealed like their lives depended on it. I wonder whether you advocated dropping Australia from world cricket then. Or even thought about fining the team $100,000 each for claiming 2 clearly grassed catches. From what you say, it sounds like 'excessive appealing' is a problem only when India does it.

  • jameswayne on December 27, 2011, 3:08 GMT

    I suppose by now everyone should have realized why the Indians do not want the DRS.The example was there for all to see today.Take the case of Ed Cowan and Hussey.They clearly did not hit the ball which even most of the Indian fielders knew but they keep on appealing like mad men and put pressure on the umpires to give them out.This is the famed Indian style of taking wickets by intimidating the umpires rather than legally take wickets.That is how this poor Indian attack get their wickets and that is how these Indians have been winning most of their matches in India where they play 90% of their cricket.They could not win even 1 match against England because they were too good for the Indians and are rightly No. 1 in Test cricket.If the umpires rule against them like Bucknor or Harper, the BCCI with the help of the ICC will kick them out of the Umpires panel.

  • Severian on December 27, 2011, 2:34 GMT

    Don't know what you were watching, cricdoc22, or what yarns your commentators were spinning, but millions of viewers have repeatedly seen Haddins' LBW-not-out pitch on middle and "hit" middle two-thirds up - routine HawkEye stuff. Most trainee umpires would have got that one right every time.

  • mcj.cricinfo on December 27, 2011, 1:55 GMT

    All this rubbish about technology being 100% is just a distraction. Nothing in life is 100%, nothing is perfect, however a system which only overturns the umpires decision when it is obvious that the umpire is wrong is a good one, and a better system than what we had before. Regarding the argument that it is the same for each team, well why don't they pick umpires with only one eye - it would be the same for both teams right? Picking a more defective system and then justifying it as equal is rubbish. The technology is more likely to produce a fair result. Why don't the BCCI want a fair result?

  • on December 27, 2011, 0:51 GMT

    Being the most powerful cricketing nation, why would India oppose UDRS ? Because umpire decisions mostly favor them. Look what happened yesterday.

  • hyclass on December 27, 2011, 0:50 GMT

    The obvious question to be asked is what those who oppose the DRS system are afraid of or have to hide.DRS has manifold advantages in that it removes opinion and the perception of bias from the fraught decision making process. DRS is incapable of making a disputed decision less correct. It lacks the capacity for an agenda,dealing soley in technology based evidence. It has two possibilities. One-that it will resolve a contentious decision which,to the naked eye appears in doubt. Two-it will confirm that there is so little evidence to determine the validity of an umpires choice,even with the aid of technology,that the original decision is as valid as any that may be made,given the known facts. In all cases,it only improves upon human judgement. One wonders,after the scandalous mis-treatment of Umpire Harper,why DRS isnt mandated. Daryl Harpers record in India Tests was peerless.Despite a supporter outcry,DRS technology in the commentary box vindicated 8 of 9 of Harpers disputed decisions

  • naitikphysio2002 on December 27, 2011, 0:22 GMT

    Question for all the oldies commentating S"TOP CRYING ABOUT DRS".... Did you have DRS when you played cricket. then why now.. keep it simple........ its test cricket, the puriest form of the game then why don't we keep it like that way. why are you making all the fuss about DRS. Test cricket is test cricket no matter who is given out, mike hussey or Sachin Tendulkar or even Sir Donald Bradman. In that case why even have umpies on the field when you can do everything sitting outside the ground by cameras and DRS.

  • on December 27, 2011, 0:09 GMT

    Why do people cry over DRS, its already been agreed even before the game has started. Its not implemented in the middle of the game. Peace.

  • on December 26, 2011, 23:39 GMT

    Both teams agreed to one set of rules. Both teams started playing. One too many decision went against Aussies. And they started doing what they are good at - whinging... Go Aussies..

  • on December 26, 2011, 23:23 GMT

    How I wish Varon was fit..instead of Mithun/Vinay-Venkatesh prasad clones

  • LillianThomson on December 26, 2011, 23:19 GMT

    I'm a bit over the "India v Everyone Else" DRS debate. But we should talk about India's quicks. I was not that impressed by Yadav - he reminded me of Waqar Younis in the Caribbean in 1992-93: good strike rate but so expensive that he let the other team get more runs on the board than they should. I don't rate any fast bowler shorter than Malcolm Marshall! Meanwhile Ishant and Zaheer were both pretty good, but these are back-to-back Tests, so we need to wait and see whether they can sustain this. It will be a better series if they can. The real disappointment was Ashwin. Finger spinners rarely dismiss the top order in Australia in the First Innings, but their job is to contain and bowl 20-8-40-1, not 26-2-71-1. He looks much more like Mohammed Hafeez than Saeed Ajmal! If Yadav and Ashwin had been able to bowl more accurately and if Dhoni had given them better fields 277-6 could have been 215-6, which is a different ball game.

  • heathrf1974 on December 26, 2011, 23:05 GMT

    One thing's for sure, when Australia play India the temperature in both fan's camps rises a bit. I do believe the UDRS or DRS (whatever it is called) should be brought into international cricket. Even though it may not be 100% accurate surely it gets more decisions correct than relying on an umpires eyes and ears?

  • Dismayed on December 26, 2011, 23:03 GMT

    Dravid_Gravitas our boards did not agree. The Indian board refused after many pleas by the Australian board. The simple fact is the ICC is run by the Indian board to the detriment of the game. That is why we have so much T20 and meaningless 5 and 7 series ODI's. To provide television revenues. Nothing to do with what is best for cricket. The fact you sit at your computer(technology) and espouse muddled conflicting statements and conveniently question what is the best technology available today highlights your one eyed barracking hypocracy.

  • Jason1979 on December 26, 2011, 23:01 GMT

    cant believe how much the aussie fans are whining about those 2 decisions and India's refusal to use the UDRS. shows how nervous they are about their team's prospects in this series. 277/6 looks like a decent enough score on a first day MCG pitch to build on with your tail and bat india out of the game. india have traditionally done poorly at the MCG and i dont seem them getting past 300 even once in this test.

  • Silloh on December 26, 2011, 22:33 GMT

    For one of the leading countries in the world when it comes to technology it is mind baffling why when it comes to cricket, the Indian cricket board is not supportive of DRS. To me use of the technology based on some criteria can only serve to improve the standard of umpiring decvisions. In the West Indies past great era some umpires could not make decisions at times due to the terrific speed of Holding , Garner , Roberts and Marshall. Now ,there is an opportunity to address that for the mutual benefit of all, the question is why is there a reluctance by the Indian Board , with the full understanding it's not a 100% proof.

  • on December 26, 2011, 22:27 GMT

    Think of it this way, if DRS were there, India would have won the Sydney Test in the last series and indeed the first series win in Australia!!! Remember the Test saw 10 decisions go against India and 3 against Australia!!! So, we Indians are the ones who should have been asking for DRS!!!

  • crying_game on December 26, 2011, 22:26 GMT

    To all those supporting DRS: If it is the solution to all problems and will clean up all controversies, why restrict reviews to two per innings? After the two are used up, what happens? it is things back to normal? If it is the be all end all, then there should be no restrictions on reviews, right? If it is an issue of time waste where captains excessively ask for reviews then there is already a penalty for over rates for fielding teams and the batting team can be penalised for going over a certain number of reviews turned down. In any case, the hot spot was found wanting in the dravid incident in England. So why is it so reliable for Cowen now?

  • on December 26, 2011, 22:22 GMT

    Hot Spot is a useless technology. Very fine edges do not get picked up. Batsman have even said they have nicked it themselves yet nothing appears on Hot Spot. This is why India refuse the DRS I am sure of it. I wrekon Cowan nicked that one today. If we had use of the snickometer it would have shown a fine edge. Snickometer in my opinion is far more reliable than the Hot Spot, if DRS is going to be used to determine weather or not a batsman has edged a delivery this is the way the ICC should be heading.

  • hhillbumper on December 26, 2011, 22:10 GMT

    Tendulkar the greatest player ever? Lets see Sobers,Bradman, Hammond, Richards all of these are better.Against good bowlers with match on the line how many has he ever won?

  • a1234s on December 26, 2011, 22:04 GMT

    the problem with UDRS was highlighted by Cowan's decision. He was clearly out. There was a loud click when the ball passed his bat.

    But the hotspot showed absolutely nothing.

    You can expect umpires to err. But a machine which has been certified 100% fool-proof has to be spot-on every single time.

    BCCI's hesitance is due to this very thing. UDRS has to be 100% accurate. Otherwise, it will create even more controversies.

  • CMCMCM on December 26, 2011, 21:51 GMT

    If the main doubts from DRS arise from accuracy of the system wrt LBW decisions, why not just make DRS available for all decisions aside from LBW. Catches, runouts, stumpings, no-balls etc are all black and white, and removal of human error in those fields would remove most of the angst that comes from incorrect decisions. Personally I am happy that the umpire is in the best position to judge LBW - not a camera up in the stands - and am happy to accept the occasional borderline call on LBW...

  • BlackArcher on December 26, 2011, 21:44 GMT

    The author talks about the lack of edges on hotspot but says that Haddin escaped a "tight appeal"? That is clear and obvious hypocrisy! Had their been DRS, he had no chance of surviving that one, it was as plumb as they come.

  • Nampally on December 26, 2011, 21:40 GMT

    @dinosaurus: Common Sir,Get Real. Cowan scored only 68 and you are saying that a bad Umpiring decision cost him his century on Debut? If you do your Maths right he needed 32 more runs to reach his century. Sachin Tendulkar over his life time in international matches got out over 30 times in his 90's!.What are the odds of Cowan reaching his Century is anybody's guess!. You must also note Cowan had several close LBW appeals against him turned down.RahulDravid of India was given out by the Umpires even after DRS did not rule him Out, three times in a Row this year in England series of Tests.If that type of DRS is applied here it is likely Cowan might have been given OUT anyway, irrespective of DRS. I proposed a solution - Make DRS decision Final - in case of inconclusive decision, the benefit of doubt goes to the batsman.Let CA, BCCI & ICC discuss the UDRS of this type for the next 3 tests.Do you Agree?

  • map27871 on December 26, 2011, 21:39 GMT

    It's a joke.If the ICC want the technology used,it should be used for all test matches,no exceptions!But,I forgot,India pretty much runs the game!If they didn't get their way they would probably go on strike or pull out all together and just play their boring,money hungry IPL.ICC needs to show some balls!I think 300 could be a reasonable score on this wicket with enough movement and bounce to trouble the Indians.It will depend if we get bloody Sewag out early or not and hopefully get Tendulkar out cheaply.While Dravid is a very good player,his performances in Aus have been ordinary to say the least and hopefully Laxman fails for once against us!

  • on December 26, 2011, 21:36 GMT

    These young players are rising........enjoyed their performances but no one is that exiciting than Patt Cummins.......man you are bowling to that line of batting consisting of Amla, Smith, Kallis, de villers........Now I am DIE HARD fan of AUSSIES

  • mcj.cricinfo on December 26, 2011, 21:28 GMT

    Two decisions on the first day left a bad taste in my mouth, all because of the BCCI. Politics is responsible for two bad decisions not being overturned. Politics is responsible for team supporters feeling ripped off because we know that in every other series the the technology would assist the umpires and that the decisions would reflect to a much better degree what actually happened. All this rubbish about technology being 100% is just crap. Nothing in life is 100%, nothing is perfect, however a system which only overturns the umpires decision when it is obvious that the umpire is wrong is a good one, and a better system than what we had before. Regarding the argument that it is the same for each team, well why don't they pick umpires with only one eye - it would be the same for both teams right? Picking a more defective system and then justifying it as equal is rubbish. The technology is more likely to produce a fair result. Why don't the BCCI want a fair result?

  • on December 26, 2011, 21:27 GMT

    If India were to receive those decisions against them, I could imagine them complaining once again, and refusing to play until the umpires had been replaced by different ones! This constant appealing to the umpires borders on being against the spirit of the game. Appeal only when you are sure the batsman should be given out, the whole world is watching and your reputations as gentlemen are at stake.

  • sonicattack on December 26, 2011, 21:10 GMT

    Well, I thought that it was a good day of Test Cricket. Comments here show how low Australian cricket has sunk in the last few years in that most of the chat is about poor umpiring and lack of DRS - if Aus had ended up 350-1 (in their heyday it might have been) umpires would not have got a mention.

  • cool2cool on December 26, 2011, 21:08 GMT

    @Henrik Lovén: Why should Sachin alone speak about UDRS (in support or aganist) in public? Has anyone likes of Kallis, Ponting did this? If yes, please share it.

  • cjscanada on December 26, 2011, 21:01 GMT

    @Alexk400, have you heard the old proverbial," Luck favours the brave". Make sense of your comments. Dhoni is a cricinfo appointed captain of the world. When you have bowlers coming in from injury you cannot risk overutilizing them. Guess in your dictionary there is more digits than 100 when you refer percent. Stop exagerating! Meanwhile talk about the subject and stop dragging Sachin and BCCI into everything. For that matter BCCI is not my favourite. Also all you Aussie whiners get a life. Remember the days when Aussie ruled cricket, everything was their way or no way. Today you guys are in the spot we were. It's hot there is'nt it? By the way be a cricket fan. Enjoy the determination and guts of Ed Cowan and Ricky Ponting, the bowling of the Indians. Have faith in your cricketers, and lets enjoy cricket dished out and stop behaving like kindergardeners. Cricket is like a roller coaster and that is what makes it interesting. No Indian, no Australian, just plain cricket. Be articulate.

  • cool2cool on December 26, 2011, 20:59 GMT

    @HawK89: Everyone knows who was benefiited more because of horrible decisions during India's tours of Australia in 2007-08, 2003-04 and 1999-2000. Also, India is against UDRS because it is error prone. England did manage to change India's mind during India's (horrible) tour of England and the sub-set of UDRS was available for that series. If Australia is in favor of UDRS, why they didn't convince India to use it during this series? May be Australia is little cautious about it seeing how bowlers were benefited in SA. So why blame India alone?

  • on December 26, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    "Sachin is the most gifted cricketer the world has ever seen!" Steady on there, he is not that good. In fact, he is not even the most gifted Indian cricketer, an honour that should be split three ways between K.S. Ranjitsinhji, Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev. But your outcry is highly indicative of how Indian fans view Tendulkar and the peril the Indian Board faces if it were to suport UDRS in the face of the "Little Master's" known feelings on the matter. This is why Mr Tendulkar himself should speak out in support of DRS but does he? No! One is left to wonder why...

  • on December 26, 2011, 20:50 GMT

    UDRS or No UDRS; On current form, Hussey couldn't have survived for long.

  • on December 26, 2011, 20:39 GMT

    @stalefesh - I don't like bcci but this is the best thing for cricket...**it needs little controversies.** For your kind Information, this is a sport and NOT a Reality Show to have controversies to boost TRPs .. Sports need to fair in decision making - coming up with correct decisions ..

  • on December 26, 2011, 20:37 GMT

    It always helps to have technology, makes the game clean and controversy free.

  • dinosaurus on December 26, 2011, 20:36 GMT

    Ed Cowan is a gentleman. Of course he isn't going to put on a crybaby act. But that doesn't mean that he is ignorant of the fact that he wasn't out. And he misses out on a century on debut also!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 26, 2011, 20:32 GMT

    Enough of this fun now comrades :). Get over it dear fellow fans, both Aussie and Indian. Our boards have agreed to play without DRS and the conditions are the same for both of us. If there are way too many howlers that go blatantly against any one team, be it Australia or India, let us stand united as fans of this game and come up with constructive proposals rather than bashing BCCI or CA or ICC for marginal decisions that might go either way on any given day. For now, let us realise that the match is delicately poised and a good first session by Australia may put India on the verge of defeat and a good first session by India may give that final death blow to Australia's chances in this match. Keeping my fingers crossed for an exciting 2nd day.

  • RichardW on December 26, 2011, 20:21 GMT

    To Siraj Durrani,who thinks that Jacques Kallis is a more gifted cricketer than Sachin Tendulkar.You Sir,are completely and utterly correct,he is an absolute legend of the game who deserves far more respect than he receives.

  • on December 26, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    Amazing bowling by Umesh made for an exciting day. It was fun to see the Aussies finding it difficult to negotiate pace bowling

  • bobmartin on December 26, 2011, 19:59 GMT

    Whether you like the DRS or not, surely there should be some better way of deciding it's use in a series other than by both sides having to agree. Since all visiting sides have to play using the home teams facilities, then if those facilities include DRS, so be it, the visitors should just have to accept it. It seems that India get to choose whether or not the DRS is in use in all series in which they are taking part, which strikes me as grossly unfair on the teams that want to use it. And let's not forget the people who are also forced not to use it... the umpires.. They are all in favour of it, yet they are denied it's use and then have to face a barrage of criticism when they get a decision wrong that could have been corrected.

  • on December 26, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    @alexk400 ...dude why dis kolaveri di??

    common man, DRS has nothing to do with who is who's fan... and after all 'To Err is Human' ...where's the charm watching test cricket without errors....support your Fav.. but enjoy the game..

  • on December 26, 2011, 19:38 GMT

    All this uproar over the UDRS is meaningless. Erroneous umpiring decisions will be for both sides and so it all even outs in the end. Moreover, Cowan's dismissal puts a shadow on the accuracy of technology as the umpire and everybody around seemed entirely convinced immediately that it was out. Even Ed Cowan didnt look too surprised and hasnt unequivocally stated that he was NOT OUT in the post-day conference. He is not sure himself about it. I think Aussies are in a very good position with 277/6 and will probably reach 350. Indian batsman will really struggle to even reach 250. They will be hoping to get away with a draw.

  • cricdoc22 on December 26, 2011, 19:33 GMT

    This hoopla about DRS is unnecessary. India is adamant on few issues with it, justifiably so...rest of the world have their viewpoint and they have their point too. Contrary to popular opinion tht the first day was an example in which the DRS would have been useful, I think that both viewpoints had their moments. The blatant caught behind off hussey and the more close call on cowan are the ones in favour of the 'yes' sayers. Also their was a confident lbw appeal against haddin that was ruled not out, but on replay showed that was clearly out. in this instance the ball tracker was not available because of the fact that their were too many variations in the intensity of light on the pitch owing to the shadows falling across. thus even on referral it was goin to be out..thus find a middle ground or make technology foolproof...

  • Nampally on December 26, 2011, 19:26 GMT

    To all the guys, including Clarke & Cowan, moaning for DRS to be introduced uniformly in all games I suggest they also consider pushing for UDRS to be FINAL. All Indian Fans & Indian players would love to have UDRS Not DRS, where Umpires cannot over rule the decision of DRS. Thats the issue here. When this expensive technology is in place, Umpires keep your hands off. Technology is reviewing Umpires decision & is the Final authority. I again quote how Dravid was given out thrice by Umpires in the recent Indian test series Vs. England by over ruling DRS.This is totally unacceptable way to use the DRS. Now Aussies are getting ruffled just because they think the Umpires erred by ruling 2 CBW in favour of India. But then How many LBW decisions went against India too? It is best if ICC, CA & BCCI get together & decide the fate of UDRS in next 3 Tests. That will be the right solution to this alleged Flawed Umpiring !.

  • theRule19 on December 26, 2011, 19:08 GMT

    Being an Indian fan, I am against the BCCI for not using UDRS, because although not 100% full proof, it is atleast 90-95% accurate in bringing the correct decision and justice to the game. Any player be it Sachin or Ponting, or any other bowler even, can be hard done by an umpire's wrong decision when (they themselves are) not sure and the last tour of Aus. proved it. I heard Shastri and other commentators who are strongly against it which is not right. Once again it should be considered by the ICC above all and not worry about what the cricket boards of individual nations think in order to bring justice to the game.

  • stalefresh on December 26, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    Indian should have bowled out aus for 200, and now they will loose. For all ausies screaming about drs let me remind you cricket has been played like this for 100 years and the rules are same for both teams. I don't like bcci but this is the best thing for cricket...it needs little controversies.

  • on December 26, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    If therre is any doubt, then everybody should use technology irrespective of how many chances are there to use the technology. And Ed Cowan is out. But what can we comment about his dismissal on technology. When india toured Aus last time, what happened to UDRS? So many great's are sitting in commentory box, analyzing the players mistakes, and mean time what the third umpire is doing? For every out or not out decision why can't he call the umpires' on field about their mistakes and make it correct immediately.

  • HawK89 on December 26, 2011, 19:04 GMT

    I remember last time india was in AU. zaheer swung the ball away from matty hayden's cover drive and was given out with the ball miles away from the bat. This is why india don't want UDRS, because they get those types of decisions towards them.

  • on December 26, 2011, 18:59 GMT

    Haha, sachin the most gifted cricket the world has even seen, I think kallis is more gifted, more than 10,000 runs over 250 wickets, and a better fielder, shows what you know?!

  • SmellyCat on December 26, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    I think the cricket was good.. as fans thats what we love.. DRS or no DRS... Don't blame BCCI for everything.. or as others said.. stand up and be counted..

    If India can finish off well tomorrow and limit Oz to 325 and the openers give a solid enough stand of 50+.. then they can dictate terms.. the inexperience Oz bowling may crack..

  • Prized-Ass on December 26, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    Just alittle Karma for Mr Cricket It was on India`s last tour of Australia in the Sydney Test match that Mr Hussey knicked the cover off the ball & stood there , which then turned the match on a sour note ... Remember take the good with the bad & umpires are only human too ... So the only hyprocites to all this is the Australian journalism .. When technology & the DRS system can be put into place around every Test playing nation with equally advanced technology equipment etc hot spot Then thats when the ICC should step in & make it compulsory for all countries Cause as we have seen in some Test matches & the DRS being used places like Sri Lanka & Bangladesh had no access to Hot spot being used .. And just watch the Australian media jump all over it if the decisions in this Test match start to even out

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 26, 2011, 18:51 GMT

    @Alexk400, I'm a die-hard Dravid fan and I'm against DRS. Not just Sachin fans but many Indians are against DRS irrespective of whom they idolise.

  • Mitcher on December 26, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    Nevermind DRS... Yadav seems a very promising bowler. But is that one of the worst haircuts in Test cricket history? I wish technology could eliminate that howler!!!

  • on December 26, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    all the aussie supporters on here complaining. Test cricket used to be like this and the thing with tests unlike one day is if you have a decision go against you it shouldnt matter as much, its the nature of a test match. Firstly hussey hasnt been in the greatest of form anyway so yes his dismissal perhaps a touch unfair but delaying the inevitable. And as for cowan how can we be sure that hot spot just hasnt picked it up? It happened when india toured england. Dravid got a slight nick, drs didnt pick it up but umpire gave it out due to deviation of the ball. and when broad got an edge out of laxman and nothing appeared. AT THE END OF THE DAY ITS UNLUCKY, MUCH AS IT IS UNLUCKY THAT THE BALL MISSES AN EDGE BY A MATTER OF MILLIMETRES OR ISHANT SHARMA BOWLING WELL TODAY AND NOT GETTING A WICKET. So quit your complaining, and enjoy the test. Oh and p.s i'm england fan through and through.

  • on December 26, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    indian must have to accept DRS like other and i will tell you 100% india never win this series don,t forget my word they are just able to win in home

  • phoenixsteve on December 26, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    @IndiaNumeroUno.... You're partly right? Tendulkar is probably the most talented(gifted) INDIAN to ever play for India! He doesn't deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as the like of the great Sir Donald Bradman though! Come on Aussies!

  • on December 26, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    @Alexk400 I am a Sachin fan and am a huge fan of DRS....so hows that for your theory.......I am a Sachin fan coz he is a delight to watch. And for DRS =, we should have DRS coz it minimizes error eventhough not eliminate it. Also I am sure there are some Dravid fans who hate DRS after what happened in England

  • Shan_Karthic on December 26, 2011, 18:31 GMT

    Hussey's was a bad decision but for Cowan there a clear audible wood on ball noise around the time the ball passed him. Unfortunately there is no Snickometer to provide an analysis but I believe that would have provided a conflicting evidence/result to Hotspot. That conflict/lack of uniformity & reliability is the core reason for people opposed to DRS (forget about BCCI who may or may not have different reasons).

    If DRS supporters can prove that all technologies will provide the same result in all situations and that result will be more than 99% accurate, then the debate can be ended. Otherwise it is all hand-waving salesman pitch. Why can't they, without DRS, use all technologies for all balls in all matches for a year, and then present a report showing each technology result/prediction, actual event, conflict % & accuracy %? That would end this.

  • 4thslip on December 26, 2011, 18:30 GMT

    @ Dravid_Gravitas Yes Haddin's LBW was a howler and it should have been given out. lets get the umpire sacked for the series and threaten to quit the tour since it was clearly biased in favor of Aussies. Ind would have had a massive lead by now:) Its amazing how Indian fans call it part of the game when it goes for them but still moan and throw tantrums about Bucknor having a bad game(Sydney test). I completely agree with alexk400.

  • cric7 on December 26, 2011, 18:30 GMT

    @Alexk400 , you can think whatever you want. Here is the stand dude, When it comes to technology, it must be error free to implement; because the decisions are critical; what is happening here? the technology seeks human intervention to announce the end result and finally it is the result of human aided by technology. Now in the case of onfield umpires, they do make mistakes and it is human. that is ok here because humans make mistakes. So what India asks is give us a DRS, whether you look at that or I look at that or 3rd umpire look at that, the result should be same. When we go for tech, that has to be the only deciding factor. No human thoughts in it. Btw, luckily, ICC does not have people like you; then it will be the street cricket I played.

  • on December 26, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    Excuse me guys! I see some real silly stuff by people like @Alexkk. Sachin has fallen many a times due to umpiring errors. These trivial things don't matter as he being a genius, will make a 100 if not in one match, then in the other match. As for your suggestions on DRS, that's lame. As for the match, its evenly placed. Early breakthroughs tomorrow will put us on driver seat. As for Aussie fans, guys you win some and lose some. Hussey's out was evened out by Haddin's not out. As for Cowan, the guy was definitely out. Once again Hot Spot and Snicko failed by not recognizing a thin edge. Umpires for big series have a huge success %age of about 94-97%. And with DRS being close to 90-95% effective, what the use of it? had it been 100% effective, India would have accepted it. But foolproof the technology first, else the purpose is lost. Cricinfo please publish.

  • on December 26, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    Oh comeon !!! ..australian fans !! ..now please dont say hussey would be scoring a century if he wasnt given out :p ... andIndian batsmen are also going to play without DRS itself..... and btw u people already lost the right to talk about umpire decisions from sydney test itself. and dude Alex i appreciate u r so called excellent idea :p

  • on December 26, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    @moBlue.. Ya.. I could get that.. The story it tells is, this Aus is not the side which I saw growing up.. And it will never be in near future.. The arrogance and the confidence which I used to see in their faces is NO MORE.. Bt, any thinking captain(even wid weak bowling options) would hv put India to bat given the conditions.. Best way to put pressure on India is to ask them to bat in seaming conditions on the FIRST day of the tour.. I don't mean to say Indians will fail in that case.. Bt, it puts pressure on Indians than to ask them to bowl.. Dhoni would hv taken this decision wid big Smile.. :))

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 26, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    @LillianThomson, two blatantly wrong dismissals??? Those were marginal and they can go either way. That's the beauty of this game as it was invented - A great game of great uncertainties played by gentlemen. You take those and walk back instead of foul mouthing all and sundry. But somehow down the line somewhere the zeal to win at any cost shown up its ugly head and we just lost track that this is a great game with great uncertainties. We stopped enjoying the game for what it is meant to be. Next, there was only one blatant dismissal that was denied - that of Haddin's. That was plumb. It was India who were at the losing end because of that blatant howler by the umpire, yet again. Aussies should have been allout by now. Australia should consider themselves lucky that Haddin is still there and the scorecard reads 277/6 instead of 260/10.

  • on December 26, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    The Indians appeal in such an extreme way in unison it makes umpires unsure of themselves. The manner they do it is excessive. I am sure the "Indian Board" know this and realise that they will get a negative results if they used the system.

    I believe everyone behind the wicket knew that Hussey did not hit the ball (I did not see the Cowan wicket so I cannot judge). Fine them $100,000 each.

    Likewise fine a batsman who does not walk if he hits it and gets caught.

    Maybe we should look at dropping India from World Cricket and watch the uproar....the only reason the ICC does not stand up is that the BCCI line their pockets with gold. This is a fair system, and it will take the majority of dodgy decisions out of the game. For those who are saying Hussey hit the ball - invest in some new glasses - the ball was two inches from the bat.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 26, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    UDRS - Unreliable Deplorable Review System. Oh, wait a minute. Dravid supports it. So, as his fan, I too will support it :). What a shame that people are so myopic that not realising that they are supporting a non-standardised system, they are accusing BCCI of bullying and Indian fans as misinformed ignorants fed by Indian media. Little do they realise that a system cannot be certified as accurate by just basing on popular vote but by verifying it in detail. Let us not get into that unfounded whining mode of the 'informed' which doesn't help us 'ignorants' understand how you guys have tested it's accuracy. Let us discuss about UDRS, comprehensively, in its present format, its technological components, and see how it is valid and reliable. For the starters, what happens after the 2 reviews are exhausted?! @IndiaNumberoUno and moBlue, can't tell you how much I agree with both of you. Absolutely spot on.

  • hussainiiiii on December 26, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    Good day for both teamz..but i must say bad bad umpiring. Bad umpiring also make it india's day. ICC must appoint big umpires like Aleem dar or Tony Hill in these big matches. ICC wake up.

  • Kiap on December 26, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    Ed Cowan's 68 is NOT the highest score by an Australian opener in his debut Test innings since 1983.

    Marcus North scored 117 on 1st innings debut in the first Test at the Wanderers in 2009.

  • on December 26, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    Certainly Hussey received a rough one. Cowan, I am not sure. Haddin appeal went against India. So why no mention of Haddin LBW.

  • on December 26, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    My questions.. 1. Why limit number of reviews..?? 2. Why use Umpires.?? Ask for their opinion first and then challenge it.?? 3. Why there is no Uniformity in DRS..?? No, I don't mean the usage of DRS.. Some boards who can't afford for all technologies r given choice to pick their own.. Why so.?? Where is the uniformity there.?? 4. Why no consistency in DRS results.?? In England, even whn the DRS supports on field umpire call, why is it overturned.?? 5. Wt makes hotspot and hawkeye as benchmarks for perfection.?? Simply coz it is non-human.?? 6.Why blame BCCI for ur own board's incompetency.?? I mean, wt makes them to bend and lay down to BCCI(as many of u state here)..?? DRS supporters., any1 dare to answer..??

  • cyniket on December 26, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    I've been dreading india's visit for precisely these reasons. no drs, inevitable controversy, and, most of all, their legion of moaning one-eyed followers. makes the whole process so painful even though we always win. can't wait til we've won (again) and they've gone.

  • on December 26, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    India = controversy (DRS & Hot Spot) ridiculous

  • PBs09 on December 26, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    Ok let's forget about the DRS debate for a minute and think about this however, if the system was indeed set up to eliminate the howler, then why not just use the simple and inexpensive "television replays"?! Eliminates the howler!

  • on December 26, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    Ed Cowan is right, ICC has to take a uniform decision on UDRS across the series. We all know the deficiancies of UDRS and it was evident in England tour of India but it has to be uniform across all series. Let us fans atleast hope for few umpiring errors like today (includes Hussey's and Ed's ?!? and Brad Haddin's LBW) instead of blunders like 2007 Sydney where umpires did not even refer key decisions to 3rd umpire.

  • cricketisagame on December 26, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    @ jmcilhinney , well Mr. Physicist... would you be please kind enough to explain why then the heat sensing technology is a part of DRS? I am not telling that DRS has bug but my point is that its not foolproof and when you have a technology that is not a foolproof, why you spend millions of dollars to implement it? Why cant we accept the umpire's decisions like we did throughout the cricket history? If we have to implement the technology with millions of dollars, then it must be foolproof and serve fairly for both batsmen and the bowler. We have already experienced the Hot spot, sniko and hawk eye went wrong with the rules like 2.5 meters for example.

  • bigjai on December 26, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    Why are Aussies crying over DRS thing. They knew it from start that DRS is not going to be used and they agreed to it, so why this fuss now?? They should take it in a sportsman spirit and not complain about these things. Regarding the reaction of Mr. Hussey on being given out, Ian Chappel very rightly said - would a batsman give similar reaction if he is given not out, and if he knows it very well that he is out??

  • nikhilw on December 26, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    @Henrik Lovén: The indian team refuses to accept DRS because it is not conclusive. See various examples during India's tour of England where the hotspot did not show for genuine edges. To your point (which is baseless btw), it is unreasonable and irresponsible to accept a technology which is not 100% to override an umpire's decision on the ground, delay the play and override a neutral system which has worked for centuries.

  • bolerocf on December 26, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    Does the MCG pitch crack on the 4th and 5th day ?

  • Nampally on December 26, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    India had a great chance to get the Aussies out under 250 but for Dhoni's tactless captaincy ruined India's chances. If he wanted any defensive tactics it should be sensible - like bowling to Siddle with a deep point & a deep third man, for edged shots of Yadev. Changing ZAK after he took 2 wkts in 2 balls & replacing him with Ashwin, simply does not add up.Is Dhoni mentally fatigued? Clearly it was a sporting wicket where real pace succeeded as opposed to medium pace, as shown by Yadev. After all the hoopla, Ishant was a non factor. Only consolation was he did not walk out crippled.It was understood that ZAK is working his way back to full fitness & he did bowl steadily within himself & captured 2 Wkts.India need to finish the Aussie tail fast to restrict them to <300. Indian openers should give India a good start to put up a total which negates the disadvantage of batting in the fourth innings.Not withstanding Dhoni's blunders,India had a good day at MCG. Good Luck Indian batsmen!.

  • AvidCricFan on December 26, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    Why is commentary as well as live telecast not showing ball speed? I hardly see ball speed in this game.

  • TRAM on December 26, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    I am watching cricket since early 70's ... Todays game = Sub-standard bowling, sub-standard batting and sub-standard umpiring !! One in 10 ball will be a good line and length, mostly short /wide when full balls were the need... defensive fielding, pathetic ground fielding (zaheer,Sewahg) ... in spite of that Aus lost 6 wkts, with umpire contributing with his "umpiring-uncertainty" ... Horrible to watch. Except the media hype, all are low standard. Those who enjoy the "score fluctuations" and those who have their "heros" play will always enjoy of course.

  • SaneVoice on December 26, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    What defines a howler? It is a decision which can be clearly seen on tv replays. A faint nick that can't be caught on replays can't be termed as a howler. Frankly, do we need Hot-spot and hawk-eye to eliminate howlers? What is ICC really upto? They keep saying that we need all this technology to eliminate howlers! Really? Whether 75% (or whatever) of the ball pitched outside leg is a howler?

    In England they relied upon snicko to give batsman out when hot-spot showed nothing. Howlers are not feather-nicks that even hot-spot finds it difficult to spot but a clear inside edge (visible through normal TV replays) onto pads given as an LBW.

    Never seen such lack of common sense in a professional sport as old as Cricket! Sad!! Very Sad!

  • on December 26, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    DHONI is Too defensive at 214/6, offered too many easy singles & keep strike rotating. Why keep deep point and squre leg for Siddle ? He should have gone with short cover & short midwicket and attack more. Also if two decision were gone India's way then Brad Haddin's LBW in the 87th Over bowled by Zaheer is also very crucial. So it's a poetic justice at the end of the Day.

  • on December 26, 2011, 16:25 GMT

    It's amazing to see India continuing to get lucky in tests without the use of UDRS. I think there should be 2 sets of statistics/records for the game: one with UDRS and another one without it.

  • Chris_P on December 26, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    @cricketisagame It is due to those incorrect decisions that UDR was set up. I would caution raising one instance when there are a myriad of others that have gone against all countires and we all know of the umpiring efforts in India prior to neutral umpires. So let's leave that side as it will open up a huge can of worms and let's just discuss the merits of technology and why it isn't being considered when it has shown far greater consistency and margin of correctness that tne human eye.And given the elite panel of umpires have unanimously endorsed it, I can't see any valid reason why it shouldn't be used.

  • zesh92 on December 26, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    for all those people who are criticising DRS must listen that when umpire are umpiring there's 90% decision will be correct and when we use DRS almost 95% decision will be correct and BTW nothing is perfect in this world so there might be some flaws in it.and it will also reduce pressure on umps as well. so I prefer DRS should be used and should be mandatory

  • cricketcrazy555 on December 26, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    Indian test team fielding standard is very very poor

  • MeraBharatMahaan on December 26, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    I am surprised to see most of the indians openly supporting the withdrawal of UDRS and efending against poor umpiring decisions. They were the first ones to go overboard and use verbal abuse when few decision went against India earlier. The saddest part is Sachin tendulkar. Shame on Sachin for working against UDRS for his selfish reasons. He has become a disgrace to this gentleman's game and cricket ethics/spirit unlike our great Dravid.

  • truebleue_cricfan on December 26, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    I think Hussey was unlucky for sure. Not sure about Cowan. DRS is definitely useful when there is a big gap between bat and ball, as in Hussey's case. Not too sure about it usefulness when there is a feather touch that isnt picked up by hotspot or snicko. And Hawkeye definitely is at best an approximation of the ball's trajectory. I dont think it serves the purpose of giving out a correct decision. I believe it is best to use DRS without hawkeye in every series, but its usage must be selective. For example, in Cowan's case, DRS would not have shown any snick, but everyone believed there was an edge. In such cases, the umpire's original decision should stand. The right or wrong of the desicion should not come into picture and the batsman or bowler should take it sportingly, as in the pre DRS days.

  • cricketcrazy555 on December 26, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    India should have take 2 or 3 more wkts today, I am not impressed with Mr. Dhoni's captaincy today specially after 6th wicket. should have attack more.

  • meursault on December 26, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    @India NumeroUno: Where's the flawed logic in presuming that of two umpires with equal skills and experience, the one with access to multiple replays, slow-mos and the pause button has a better chance of getting it right than the one who has to do it all on only a first, live impression? If replays were useless, why have viewers and players alike been looking at them to see what happened for many years? Your plea for educated, rational comments is somewhat ironic.

  • GreenTeam-Elite on December 26, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    Why India is against DRS??? Can Someone Answer???

  • on December 26, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    It's deeply regretful even for me, an Indian, that Hussey and Cowan were given out incorrectly. I, however, still oppose DRS. I feel, an increased role of the third umpire and the right to ask for a simple replay is required. Moreover, the third umpire should take responsibility; meaning, a decision (or lack thereof) should be monitored individually by the third umpire (or get two, for that fact). That, I feel, should solve most of the problems. Regarding doubts, the benefit of doubt shouldn't go automatically to the batsmen, but the it should be seen individually. Seriously, just two things - increased role for third umpire, and slow-mo replays - could well put an end to this elongated debate. Again, I feel it's unfair on the players who are victims of wrong decisions, but till a better system is devised (not DRS in its current form), I think fans shouldn't make a big deal of it, whether it be Sydney 08 or today. FYI, SRT has been given out incorrectly on 99, vs Eng @ Bristol, 07.

  • Vijay_P_S on December 26, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    Good luck to all those who want to wait until the technology gets 100% foolproof cos that is never going to happen. No matter how advanced it gets, there is always going to be some amount of error in it. What we need to appreciate is that 1. In spite of its flaws, it gives more accurate results than human empires, 2. If it errs, usually those decisions are so close that they could have gone either way, which is acceptable, 3. It eliminates glaring howlers like Hussey's wicket which are unacceptable.

  • Deepak on December 26, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    Seems like a biased match report to me. I watched each and every ball. "Shrewd & opportunistic indian bowling" Wow. That's sadly a supreme mis-representation of the Indian bowling. How about "smart & balanced". Another thing - you didn't mention anything about Haddin's wicket that could have been. He was plumb lbw and would have been given in DRS. And Cowan was clearly out; the "hot-spot" turned cold. So, in all fairness, it was only 1-1 for the DRS vs. umpires. Please be fair, Daniel.

  • on December 26, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    @cricketisagame...the use of udrs would atleast minimise the wrong umpiring calls.who cares if it is fullproof or not....

  • on December 26, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    @johnnybox.......... It's shame that people point out only when some thing goes India's way

  • ansram on December 26, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    India let slip a golden chance of bundling out the Aussies for 250 by choosing defensive tactics at the wrong time. This might cost them the game or at least a first innings deficit. Hope they get Australia under 300 then they are still in the game.

  • on December 26, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    What was so opportunistic about India's performance today? If two incorrect decisions against Australia and one against India makes it opportunistic cricket by Indians, then there is a whole world of derogatory adjectives one can think of for the history of the game, especially the Australian brand.

  • on December 26, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    @johnnybox........ its shame that people point out only when something goes India's way.

  • shishirji on December 26, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    some of the aussie fans cribbing about fairplay.......look who's talking!!!!!!

  • jmcilhinney on December 26, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    I'm a DRS supporter but it's not being used in this series so that's that. In the days before DRS we would have just had to live with the decisions that were made on the field today so this is no different to that. I feel for Hussey but I bet the same fans that are complaining loudest about his being given out are the same ones who were calling for him to be dropped for this test anyway. By their logic, he would have been out soon after anyway so what's the difference? It is kinda funny though that Hussey lost a chance to make good for his recent poor form due to what I consider to be an umpiring error and Haddin received a chance. All teams have had their fair share of calls go for them and against them anyway. If your team is really so much better than the other then they will win anyway.

  • on December 26, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    It's quite childish to assume how BCCI would react to one such poor decision against Sachin or Sehwag - All cricketers in the world have had poor decisions; Sachin has probably had more of those than any one else, and they're experienced enough to take it in their stride. It's only when things go ridiculously wrong like the Sydney test last tour that the BCCI makes a big deal about things, and rightly so.

  • SmellyCat on December 26, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    Dont know why DRS is made such a big issue.. its the same for both the teams - use or no use. There was cricket played with technology and no one complained. The author clearly biased in his analysis.. clearly missed the Haddin was plumb but did not recount that.

    Just get on with it.. you wont have job without India being such a powerful business center and cricinfo's main ad revenue coming from the sub continent.

    Not sure if this post will be approved..

  • Wefinishthis on December 26, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    Well said about Shaun Marsh hyclass, although to be consistent with my selection philosophy, he has been performing for Australia and he should not be dropped until he starts consistently underperforming. moBlue, with Hilfenhaus and Siddle in the side, India must be favourites for the series. With regards to the DRS, what they're doing with sheild games where the 3rd umpire can quickly review and correct the decision before the next ball is bowled is a brilliant idea and works fantastically. It's definitely the way forward providing that Hawk-Eye, Snicko, Super-slo-mo and Hot-Spot can be available for all series since they are all fallible, but together they make a very good case for a correct decision.

  • kiranphy on December 26, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    it would have been more furstrating for AUS if there was drs because hussy anyway out of form and not going to score but thye could have lost siddle as well because drs and who knows they might have been i worst condition

  • vishx on December 26, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    Hussey was unlucky, but it was a great delivery from Zaheer. Cowan looked out. Haddin (and possibly Siddle), on the other hand, was lucky with the LBW. So it evens out. Both boards agreed not to use technology. Those are the playing conditions for this series. Players on both sides should get on with it and not whine when the odd decision goes against them. Yes, a bad decision can shift the momentum or even decide a series. But that's the way it is. Cowan looks like he's here to stay and so does Yadav. Dhoni should have attacked a bit more in the last hour. It looks like a good batting wicket. This is going to be a closely fought series.

  • sandeep1978 on December 26, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    And if it had been India who had invented the DRS and implemented it, everyone else would then have said that it was deliberately bought in to help india's weak bowling attack to get wickets with marginal LBW decisions.Otherwise how will they get 20 wickets, and so on and so forth.India should know that off the field nowadays they will always be criticised.IPL is a crime but the BIG BASH is not bashed. Now, of course, if they agree to UDRS, it will be said that it will be cuz they r scared of sachin getting a howler on 99.

  • vertical on December 26, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    @cricketisagame technology is never full proof why do you think all those boeings keep coming down. The point is DRS is good enough and should be used.Rejecting a solution because it does not solve the problem completely is a logical fallacy.-- IND fan

  • on December 26, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    DRS : A foolish system to ruin dignity of the game. We have been playing ,enjoying the game and accepting the umpire's erroneous decisions at times.. But when this non-reliable technology system comes into picture umpires lost the confidence which they used to have years back. People commenting justice is not good for game's existence. winning or losing is part of the game and we need to enjoy with the existing norms rather than believing and depending on technology. Already the decisions like 20-20, power-play, only 2 bouncers etc., have screwed up the essence of the game.

  • Romenevans on December 26, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    Is there a button on my TV remote which i can use to mute only when Wasim Akram starts with his rubbish commentary? I mean, this guy is always trying to find something to say against India. Why they hire a Pakistani in an India Australia series. His English is terrible and he have no idea what's he's talking about. Ian Chappel asked him about how to bowl reverse swing with old ball and he was answering about how to swing a new ball. I mean He is pathetic and biased when it comes to talking about India. Indian's are down...No energy...(Of course after a 6 over spell a fast bowler will get tired LOL, What a joker!) Bowlers should run-in hard...i used to do this, that blah blah...Common we don't want to hear what you used to do Wasim..Get a break dude, please!

  • on December 26, 2011, 15:06 GMT

    Why is Sachin being blamed for India's refusal to accept UDRS. It is because UDRS is not fool proof and there is the possibility that it can be can be manipulated. People still can't believe how Sachin escaped the lbw decision against Ajmal in the world cup semi final and no technology in the world can convince Ajmal and the Pakistanis that Sachin was not out then. There are sinister theories floating around about that decision and how it was manipulated so the Australians need to respect the decision taken by India and accept it. Why do you want to force it on another nation? If there are going to be changes the Asians will get involved and England and Australia have to accept their concerns with grace. Is that not what sportsmanship is all about? Level playing field and all that jazz. And Sachin is an important player like your Don Bradman was. You have to accept that and not live in the past. Cricket is no longer the personal preserve of England and Australia.

  • sandeep1978 on December 26, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    I agree with what people say abt UDRS needing to be used but i also think UDRS tends to create more bad blood between teams sometimes. Ex. England, where Broad checked Laxman's bat for vaseline, which really pissed off many of us.It somehow brings allegations of cheating into into the picture,whereas in case of umpiring decisions it is put down more to luck. And abt sachin being given on 99 to a howler, we r used to him getting howlers for 20 yrs.

  • Momanno1 on December 26, 2011, 15:04 GMT

    If Hussey gets dropped it will a travesty of justice. To get out when you clearly did not hit the ball, then then chopped from the team is a damn disgrace. Just on the DRS- either every team uses it for every match, or no one uses it ever. For India to be above the law whenever they feel like it is insulting to the rest of us cricketing nations. And for the record, I'm an Aussie.

  • Dr_Nasir.. on December 26, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    is it indian strategi to not use one of the best umpire (aleem dar) in their own matchs.....wat is hapening in international crickt 3 best umpires (DAR..RAUF..ND TAUFEL) are not standing in recent on going matches...SA..SL nd INDIA ..AUS....

  • reality_check27 on December 26, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    what nonsense why was dravid given out incorrectly in england more than couple of times when hot spot failed to pick up and nick still he was given out so how is drs effective and had we had drs in 2007/08 series that sydney test would have been won by india i dont see anyone talking about that crickinfo do post this

  • reality_check27 on December 26, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    what nonsense why was dravid given out incorrectly in england more than couple of times when hot spot failed to pick up and nick still he was given out so how is drs effective and had we had drs in 2007/08 series that sydney test would have been won by india i dont see anyone talking about that

  • reality_check27 on December 26, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    u fucking assholes u never post my comments becuase u cannot digest reality and u want to lick english and autralian"s ass

  • Venkat_Gowrishankar on December 26, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    Shrewd and opportunistic ? ... Very biased in reporting.... I wonder whether the same would be written if Australia were to get a few fortunate dismissals.

  • cool2cool on December 26, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    1] Not sure about Cowan, but Hussey was definitely unlucky, but what's the fuss about it? So many horrible decisions were made against India during 2007-08, 2003-04 and 1999-2000 tours and those were supposed to be the "part and parcel" of the game that time, then what not today. India will definitely be at the receiving end again (already got one back), but it will again be "part and parcel" of the game. 2] UDRS is to use as per the mutual agreement between the two teams. India is against UDRS because it is error prone. England did manage to change India's mind during India's (horrible) tour of England and the sub-set of UDRS was available for that series. If Australia is in favor of UDRS, why they didn't force India to use it during this series? May be Australia is little cautious seeing the how bowlers were benefited in SA. So why blame India alone?

  • on December 26, 2011, 14:34 GMT

    Good news is ZAK & Ishanth are in good state...

  • amitgarg78 on December 26, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    @henrik Just in case you forgot, that (introduction of 3rd umpire) was nearly 2 decades ago. What has this got to with DRS in its current form? I don't think I have ever heard ppl complain about the use of third umpire. But that's human too!

    Why do sm ppl feel the urge to implicate sachin in this talk on DRS? He is not a fan of it and I believe , is well entitled to a view like you and I are, except that it is bound to be more informed than a normal tv viewer. Human errors are fine with me, but technology needs to be accurate at all times else what's the point? Isn't this how the game has always been played? Just accept the umpires call and get o n with it!

    If any Indian player gets a wrong decision, at least no one can blame technology for it!

  • Venkat_Gowrishankar on December 26, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    Why is it that nobody talks of the brad haddin LBW shout off Z. Khan. It was plumb and hit him on the back leg. That's how the game is played, you get a few in your way and you get some against- The game is a great equalizer. If you want uniformity and blah blah, then lets discuss all dismissals including the one's that have gone in favor. Ed cowan's was Out, just because HotSpot does not show mean he is not out . I feel bad for Hussey though, he got an absolute stinker of a decision. Another question, Why do you use DRS for Intl events only, it could help someone's career in the domestic circuit by avoiding these kind of decisions.

  • on December 26, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    wow wat a bowling yadav at 90 mpg strcuk aussies on helemt also zaheer greatest exponent of reverse after waqar wasim

  • on December 26, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    i believe the third umpire is equipped with the snickos and the hawk eye...y do u need hot spot? i remember the time when the ICC had allowed referrals for an LBW..i think it was 2002/03 the icc champions trophy in sri lanka was it? nt quite sure...we dint have hot spot then..u think its an LBW just ask the umpire to consult the third umpire..simple as that..again the benefit of the doubt should go to the batsman...the third umpire shudnt be there just for the run outs...

  • Beertjie on December 26, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    Posted by F on (December 26 2011, 09:37 AM GMT), please check the last Aus-India test at Adelaide 2008 before writing "Yet there was not a single test match in last ten years when an Indian Captain went on with five bowlers". In that match Kumble had as his other bowlers: RP Singh, Sharma, Pathan, and Harbhajan! But, of course, as you point out, he was a bowler!

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on December 26, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    haha..so aussies already looking for excuses...

  • big_cheese on December 26, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    Wow! That was one helluva report. India benefited (Zaheer to Huss) from lack of DRS - mentioned twice but Australia benefited (Zaheer to Haddin in 85th over) from the same - NO MENTION? (A close LBW call?) that was plumb in front Mr.Brettig. What do we gain from this biased reporting? Personal satisfaction, yes but is that all? I would rather read Roebuckesque reporting with Integrity - only if I had a choice.

  • enigma77543 on December 26, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    And the moaning & whining begins.......Well, personally, I don't really care whether DRS is used or not because either way both teams still have the SAME probabilities of getting bad decisions.......so why all the moaning when one or the other side gets the worse of it.....after all, didn't Steve Waugh say that both teams have to play on the same 22-yard strip or something like that? As for "putting pressure on umpires", why can't the Aussies do it? Afterall, Aussies have done not only that but WORSE, over the years....... India has every right to refuse DRS if they want to but on the other hand, other teams have a right to refuse to play India without DRS so the other teams should try & exercise that right.......Do you think when Eng-Aus held sway back in the days that every other team got a fair shake????? We all desire more bargaining power than we actually have........but folks, life is unfair.......so just get on with the game.

  • oranjizer on December 26, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    Everyone who is fighting for DRS should ask themselves a few basic questions... Was cricket played with such technology for all these years ? why in the first place was DRS thought of, was it due to bad umpiring ? If so who is responsible for improving the quality of umpiring ? If you are depending on a system which acts as evidence then dont you want it to be foolproof ? How can you believe in a erroneous system when you cant believe the umpire ? "Go for the DRS but only if it is foolproof" isnt this a proper and valid statement ?? How do you prove this wrong. the only simple thing i can think of is.. use third umpire replays.. if replays are sufficient to overturn then go with it, if inconclusive then carry on... same as what we do for run-outs !! why need additional technology.. cant you live without it ? Still, if in future we can come up with a foolproof technology which will only reduce to a great extent the number of wrong decisions, then im too fine with accepting it. foolproof

  • Sano27 on December 26, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    @Naresh28:well said dude....supporting a team blindly is a good thing....but we cant turnoff our heads against realities.....guys like Randy OZ might understand this atleast from now onwards.....!

  • manav599 on December 26, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    A very good Day's Play here.The perfect test match. Great kickoff to the series. Fabulous debue for Cowan and amazing outing for Yadav.Couldnt expect anything better this boxindg day (which also is my birthday-A perfect birthday gift for me by the two teams). This would have been it but for the DRS. So you see uniformity in DRS is so necessary. It is really dissapointing for the fans that some of their players could be not out against one openent but not the same in case of others. If there is no DRS at all, there wouldnt be much trouble accepting these umpiring errors. As of now, Day 1-Umpires put India on top a India's stratergy of no DRS completely baffles the Australian batsmen.

  • on December 26, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    Two close decisions by umpires took away all the credit from the Indian bowlers.

  • Srini_Indian on December 26, 2011, 13:38 GMT

    @ jmcilhinney: Your comment makes no sense. If hot spot doesn't detect, then there is no edge? I ll explain you. Hot spot uses high power, resolution infrared cameras which picks up the light falling on the object and convert it to temperature variations. When the batsmen edge the ball, due to friction at the time of contact, the whitish mark appears. So when the batsmen faint nicks, there is not enough friction to produce the temperature difference and hence hot spot fails in detecting the faint nicks. The hot spot also fails when the day is very hot due to the above reasons.

  • avi82 on December 26, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    After watching the day1 of 1st test I am sure the so called howlers like hussey's decision could easily have been overturned by seeing the slow motion replays alone. You don't need the expensive hot spot or hawk eye to arrive at that decision. Similarly in lbw decisions also if there is an inside edge it can most probably be detected by slow motion replays. This is the most cost effective solution at the moment. Remember the srilankan board does not even have money to give salary to its players, who will bear the additional cost of Hawkeye or hotspot. Also, even in the recently concluded India-England test series Rahul Dravid was given out twice based on replays even though hot spot could not detect any edge.

  • Alexk400 on December 26, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    To counter BCCI refusal to allow UDRS , ICC must change rule so that batting team decide UDRS for their batting. That way no one care about BCCI decision. Please implement so aussies can have UDRS when they bat and BCCI don't have UDRS when bat that way both can live with their decision!. Excellant Idea!

  • 12thUmpire on December 26, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    BCCI would have no problems with DRS if there's a provision on the number of referrals per innings - Two for India and zero for their opposition! Also the Indian batsmen should decide when they are out, and their bowlers decide when the opposition batsmen are out! That would reduce the pressure on umpires ;)

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 26, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    @IndiaNumeroUno, brilliant comments on DRS :)! But it seems Dravid supports DRS. So as his fan, I will also support it ;)...BTW, why would anybody call Hussey's or Cowan's as howlers? Those are very close calls. In fact, Haddin's was a howler. So, India lost a lot in this match till now because of that Haddin's decision. Australia would have been all out by now if the umpire didn't come up with that howler regarding Haddin me thinks ;)..

  • Alexk400 on December 26, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    I have come to a conclusion that Dhoni is not a good captain in terms of tactical stuff , he is just plain lucky. he loosen the noose many times on aussies. After lunch..etc many instances he refuse to attack and played waiting game. Some people are always lucky. End is what matters. I think he will win this test if aussie do not score 400 runs. DHoni may not have tactical stuff but he is a greatest Man manager ever in history of sports. He is future coach of indian team.

  • IndiaNumeroUno on December 26, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    DRS or no DRS - Sachin is the most gifted cricketer the world has ever seen!!

  • Alexk400 on December 26, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    I am 100% sure only indian fans against DRS are 100% sachin fans. I am 10000% sure of it. Only sachin need influence of umpires for him to be Not out. He can in India with BCCI help. I hope sachin fans don't come and whine about how sachin give out blatantly to a ball he never knicked or ball go over stump etc etc... Sachin is not GOD outside india. he is a selfish player for everyone other than sachin fans. People need to grow up. BCCI job is satisfy sachin needs so it gets public support and even govt support. So if BCCI against UDRS it is not them , they do not anything about cricket , it is what sachin wants. Sachin is kinda sneaky guy who score runs when no one seems interested. He is a oppurtunistic guy. He has been successful with his methods even at detrimental of the team interests. I am indian and i don't mind sachin gets out to zero and to even umpire mistake. I wholeheartedly support it.

  • muthuthewaves on December 26, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    technology should be 100% accurate. With the presence of drs india got three wrong decisions in england. Hot spots have 90-95% accuracy. We cant rely completely on snicko's as well. In hawk eye we have prob with 2.5 meters rule and on field calls. When u apply a technology to reduce human error it should be 100% accurate. India never says that they dont need drs but they need with 100% accuracy.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 26, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    @Karthik Raja, very well said. Agree with you completely ;) These guys should first try to preach things to their boards. moBlue is also having a cracker of a time I guess ;) Look at his 'analysis' for Clarke electing to bat! Mint! ;)

  • pikk0n on December 26, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    On a side note, never have I seen so many Australian players in the 'Most number of Ducks since 2008' category. Was going through the list and it just gives me chills to see our middle order of Hussey, Ponting and Clarke being amongst the leaders. Then you've got our tail of Johnson, Siddle and Hilfy leading the way. Basically, 6 walking wickets. Totally unheard of in the previous era. I suppose this gives justice to my low expectation every time our openers get dismissed. :p

  • Severian on December 26, 2011, 13:11 GMT

    It is fascinating to see a leading cricketing country taking such a strong stand against the use of umpiring enhancement technology - DRS - while also making so little contribution to umpiring thru the Elite Umpires Panel, without which Test Cricket would cease. India has only ever had one umpire briefly on the Panel, none for the past 7 years, and is unlikely to have any in the near future. Perhaps the ICC should only assign neutral umpires to visiting countries whose umpires actually contribute to the international game. That will surely bring on a dramatic change to both the problems outlined above.

  • on December 26, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    Umesh bowled better than Zak and Ishant. Our opening bowlers would have been bowled better. Totally it is not a bad day for the indians. I don't understand why MSD set defensive field setting for the seventh wkt. If we go for attacking even if the score 300+ with the lost of another 2 wkts we may clean the tails by tomorrow. Last WI tour tail enders continuosly irritated the indian bowling attack. India needs to be more careful in this. If we bowled aussies under 350 we need to bat well to put pressure on aussies.

    Umesh and aaron would have included in the Eng tour itself. One thing is very clear Aussies top order looks fragile, if Zak fit for the entire series we have a good chance win this series.

    Umesh impressive he needs to be more focussed and to avoid two many boundary deliveries.

    The mixed results for the matches without DRS India lucky enough to get out Hussey and Cowan at the same time they missed closed LBW against Siddle and Haddin.

  • Vedahametham on December 26, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    As per law of averages when umpires make mistakes both teams are almost always benefited equally. Technology is good to use but robotics make a lively game mundane. You can see with the automated systems and no-reply emails cluttering your in-box how much frustrating it is. We can experiment with technology with limited number of referrals per innings.Again giving a decision making capability to the rival captains with collective responsibility. Always leave the judgement to the human which is rather interesting. if Sachin is spared in a bad decision and imagine Ponting is also spared in a similar kind, won't you be witnessing the artistry of batting. Think it as if luck had it. Same as a fielder dropped a catch where as 99 out of 100 he would have caught it. Do you use technology when purchasing lottery tickets. Even with so many algorithms and lots of technology you lose in stock markets. To err is human and to forgive is divine. In my view we just named it that divine is also human

  • saumitra.marathe on December 26, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    @Henrik Loven: I doubt whether it would affect Indian ckt mgmt if SRT was the first victim, while considering whether to support DRS or not. It may be commerce but surely not pro-Sachin behaviour. Sachin's legacy will certainly not get affected by this, as far as I am concerned. It's too trivial for his fan to even think abt it. However, as an Indian, it's nice to see that we can now influence key ICC decisions as well, which may be difficult for others to digest, who are habitual of seeing them bending it their way.. Also, do you feel that Hotspot is foolproof??

  • on December 26, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    First day was very interesting while UMESH YADAV very impressive taking first 2 important wickets and other hand debut COWAN Played with patience and guarding one end. Ishant sharma bowled very well but unlucky to get a wicket and pointing still not able to complete century since last 2 years. Well, australian should not complaint about BCCI decision not accepting DRS for this series which cost them MICHEAL HUSSY and COWAN wickets, same thing will happen when INDIA will be batting tomorrow. Tomorrow India should bowled them out under 300-320 and bat for 2nd and 3rd day and make at least 500 runs which they are capable of doing with there strong batting line-up.

  • VinodGupte on December 26, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    if AUS scores 350, it is game ON. i have a feeling that IND will struggle on this pitch tomorrow. and IND needs to clean up the tail. they are letting siddle score too many important runs. 350 will be a fantastic total on this pitch.

  • nav84 on December 26, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    cowan's dismissal if anything proved what a farce hot spot and snickometer are. only an ignorant wld say cowan did not nick the ball. it was written all over cowan's face that he was out. comeon aussies, stop whining. u r still in a pretty good position.

  • on December 26, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    its gona be a good contest between 2 good sides well best of luck to both countries and a great day for india go india a fan from PAKISTAN....:-)

  • A.A.N on December 26, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    Two wrong decisions, yes, this is the part of game my dear, but why some people were complaining about the biased umpiring against India before the start of the series. You have to accept it, and not to show lame excuses about umpiring after loosing the match.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 26, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    I would want to believe what Ed said about his dismissal and feel sorry to Ed that he got a bad decision. Having said that, it was a close one but not a blatant howler ala Bucknor/Benson style. Ed Cowan also said, "umpiring decisions always change momentum in the game". Thanks Ed for telling the obvious. People are lecturing me on how talking about umpires' influence on this great game is nothing but giving excuses. Ed, I can completely understand how you must be feeling because I have not forgotten how India wasn't able to close the game in 03/04 against your Champion side because of four 4th inning blatant howlers that kept on changing the momentum again and again and again and again.

  • ramli on December 26, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    Blaming Dhoni for defensive captaincy is useless ... with any-time-injury-prone-break-capable-fast bowlers in your team ... what can you do ... you have to give sufficient rest to them ... you have to bowl Ashwin for longer spells with obviously defensive fields ... this is where India is missing an all-rounder (like Kallis, Mathews, etc.) ... till then .. be patient ... cheers

  • ramli on December 26, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    India is NOT objecting to DRS just because Sachin says so ... Sachin has been erroneously ruled out without DRS any number of times ... it is not that ... India likes to be different and not willing to fall in line??? That is all ... cheers

  • sundar411 on December 26, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    Absence of same DRS saved Haddin. Why Daniel has no comments on that??

  • on December 26, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    @jmcilhinney - I guess you were sleeping during the Ind -Eng series. There were instances where no edges showed even when the pro-England claimed it. Vaseline they said. I say that is utter rubbish.

  • on December 26, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    oh...figured out it is india vs. australia going on in the discussion forum as well on DRS or is it india vs. the rest!!!

  • on December 26, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    This is quite funny. Every ozzie fan is whinning about DRS. Just give it a rest. The technology is not perfect, so are our umpires. If it isnt perfect, why use it? Just give it a rest. Before you say we use it to improve it - I have a suggestion. Get Lyons to open the batting. His batting can also be improved by playing him under real test circumstances. He can be the next Ponting. Give it a try. It might just work. Take the glass half full approach and nuture him. Play him as a batsman to improve him.

  • MrBrightside92 on December 26, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    It was ironic (I think) that watching the first session, there was a banner in the crowd enquiring about the whereabouts of Mr Bucknor. I am assuming it was related to Sydney 2008 (I may be completely wrong), anyway, there were some poor decisions that went against India in 2008, and reading these boards they're still talking about it 3+ years later! How do you minimise poor decisions? DRS! Does anyone want to completely rely on a guy over 50 who's been standing in the sun all day? Players make mistakes all the time and they're professional sportsmen, usually in their 20's! No one is saying its perfect....but it makes LESS WRONG decisions. Are the cameras for run outs 100% accurate? No...they aid the officials in minimising WRONG decisions..We shouldn't be counting who it effects...how do we know it's 1-1? Through looking at the replays? I just hope it doesn't affect the series...errr...like the last time India were in Australia....

  • Gupta.Ankur on December 26, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    Wonderful day for India , frustrating to see tailenders build up a partnership in the end...

    As for DRS, aussies will do well to ask their own board as to why it agreed to a "home" series without it.

  • keshav021 on December 26, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    Why is everyone complaining about INDIA not using DRS??? Its the same for everyone, dear aussies even india can't use DRS against their decisions and you have the same umpires when you are bowling as well.. so stop complaining and enjoy the cricket. If you are so worried about wrong decisions than get quality umpires.... if anyone has to be blamed than its the umpires who gave them out. Is their any rule in place for the umpires to not check with third umpire if they are unsure about the decision??? I'm will wait and see how many will complain if indian batsman are giving OUT... Finally talking about BCCI... get into reality mates... YOU HAVE POWER.. YOU RULE... :):)

  • on December 26, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    why only Indians are against of UDRS?? What has BCCI has to say on it? God Knows!!!!! when will we see fair cricket!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Goshhh

  • IndiaNumeroUno on December 26, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    The way DRS should be implemented:

    1. All components should be owned by ICC. Cost should be borne by all countries.

    2. All DRS components/ equipment should be standardised.

    3. There should be independent periodic verification/ assessment of all DRS components.

    4. An "ICC DRS Wing" should be setup by ICC which trains umpires, engineers, technicians etc from different countries w.r.t the DRS technology, usage, rules etc.

    5. The DRS Wing should produce multiple DRS "units" with each unit comprising of DRS tech, DRS engineers , DRS umpires etc. There should be enough "neutral DRS units" available to oversee international fixtures (much like umpiring currently).

    6. A DRS rulebook should be produced by ICC - downloadable by all.

  • frank2011 on December 26, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    @Ian Walker - Ohh please... Mike Hussey has a wonderful record of nicking the ball behind the wicket and standing his ground, waiting for the umpire to make his decision. Well Mike, the umpire made his decision today so you can go back to the dressing room and concentrate on your batting for the next innings (or game). Besides, I reckon decisions like this evens things out. If Mr Incredible (or yourself) can't take it, well tough luck to you guys: "THATS CRICKET". Get over it and get on with the game.

  • Okakaboka on December 26, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    Geez. Some of you try to justify the non use of DRS because India received a bad call too. Some even claim Siddle was out plumb LBW. Durrr! If it pitches outside the line it isn't out.....um....It pitched outside. Replay showed this...oh..woops you don't believe in using the technology. How do you know Siddle or Haddin was out? Did you study the replays...oh dear...but you used technology???? Around and around in circles we go. Okay: Hussey WAS NOT OUT - FACT! Cowan WAS NOT OUT - FACT! Haddin WAS OUT - FACT! Siddle WAS NOT OUT - FACT! The Earth ain't flat!!!!! Yes, and if your dear Sachin gets a dodgy call you will flood this forum with a flood of complaints. Send a message to administrators and tell them to stop high-jacking the game. Do you think the system used in tennis is flawed...It is brilliant...Stops a silly old fart making a clanger call that costs a player a match and maybe $500,000! I'm a tennis coach..at the tennis all the time and this system does NOT stuff up - ever!!

  • on December 26, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    Good day for indians expecting yadav to be a bit more consistent

  • on December 26, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    DRS - Damaged Life jacket. U can use it, but u cant save ur life....

  • on December 26, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    @maddy20 1-1 on the howlers? might have been if it was the same batsman but i know who i would have chosen to still be out there... anyways do both teams need to agree the use of DRS or does the ICC need to be involved. we have never had DRS before so these mistakes have been made for years... however i think either they should all have it or all not have it to end this debate... honours even i think...

  • dunger.bob on December 26, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    What I saw today for India

    Yadav. Strong and snappy. Hit 150 a couple of times, averaged 143. Move his designation up to "Fast" , drop the the "Medium" they had trailing it. Seemed to get extra bounce. Ian Chappel mentioned his rubbery wrists a few hundred times, and that would explain his ability to trampoline the ball now and then. The ball the really got Ponting was the ball before the one he nicked. Beautifully setup. He's got a real box-head too, which is always a good trait in a quicker. I reckon Brett Lee would have got an extra 60 wickets if he was a bit rougher looking.

    Ravi, the spinner. Yep, looks to be a spinner. That Rotator gimmick said he revs at 40 rps. Thats 33% higher than average according to the AIS or someone like that. Got a few to spit didn't he. Looks alright to me, but I didn't see any drift in the air either. Maybe later.

    Z. Knan. He's a cunning bugger. Looked OK physically today as well. We'll see how the 30 odd body pulls up though.

  • LillianThomson on December 26, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    At the MCG the 2nd and 3rd innings usually cancel one another out, so the result comes down to whether the team batting last can outscore the first innings of the team batting first. So whatever Australia turns 277-6 into tomorrow pretty much equates to the target India must chase on day 5. Or, to cut to the chase, while the second new ball is only 10 overs old Ishant and Zaheer need to knock over the last four wickets tomorrow before the score gets significantly over 300. It's currently pretty even, with 2 of Australia's 6 specialist batsmen wrongly given out (plus the keeper wrongly not given lbw). But the morning session tomorrow is crucial. For India, 290 all out will be fine. But 350 all out would be a disaster.

  • kabe_ag7 on December 26, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    The report mentions on multiple occasions the wrong dismissal of Hussey but doesn't state explicitly that Haddin would have been out if UDRS was there. Also "India's refusal to accept the DRS also allowed the visitors to place pressure on the umpires Marais Erasmus and Ian Gould in the time-honoured style", what is that supposed to mean? BCCI is wrong to dismiss UDRS, but India have suffered as much as they have benefited from it. Why do people (including Dan here) keep insinuating as if there is a conspiracy to not use DRS and then pressurize umpires? When India get bad decisions same people come and say that India 'deserved' it and refuse to accept that at the end of the day, the umpiring errors usually even out. Very sly.

  • SaneVoice on December 26, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    What defines a howler? It is a decision which can be clearly seen on tv replays. A faint nick that can't be caught on replays can't be termed as a howler. Frankly, do we need Hot-spot and hawk-eye to eliminate howlers? What is ICC really upto? They keep saying that we need all this technology to eliminate howlers! Really? Whether 75% (or whatever) of the ball pitched outside leg is a howler? In England they relied upon snicko to give batsman out when hot-spot showed nothing. Howlers are not feather-nicks that even hot-spot finds it difficult to spot but a clear inside edge (visible through normal TV replays) onto pads given as an LBW. Never seen suck lack of common sense in a professional sport as old as Cricket! Sad!! Very Sad!

  • silly_pt on December 26, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    Well, Hussey was not out, but from the view he got & sound he heard, umpire couldn't do better. Some will say that's the best time to use the technology but it isn't full proof as we know from the experience & also from Cowan's case where there was a faint edge but hotspot was showing a mark on his thighs instead of bat which was anything but near to the ball. One can also refer to the Dravid's last dismissal on English tour when hotspot showed no mark but Dravid later admitted to have got a faint edge. Numerous such instances can be showed. So there is no point in using a technology which isn't perfect. However I want ICC to take a lead on the decision of its use instead of playing boards, but before that it should address accuracy issue. Better place a committee involving technical experts to study its accuracy & when it get's accurate enough use it uniformly at your(ICC) own expense.Cricinfo publish.

  • on December 26, 2011, 11:54 GMT

    mr.snork dont play favouratism we indians are always treat other country sportman with great spirit and pride.you could not forget and all the world could not even when india last played in australia symonds was out two times and steve buknor just closed his eyes against it .symonds went on making 145 runs to get good lead .this is not sportmanship. And today cowans was clearly out and hussey had slight knick which was showed in hotspot clearly .so please do not make unneccessary hassle in the midst of a healthy series between a friendly countries we respect Australia as much as we respect other countries

  • cricfanparag on December 26, 2011, 11:54 GMT

    Where is Harsha? Really missed his commentary. I think espnstar should provide channel 9 Feed rather than this boring commentary.

  • on December 26, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    a series full of bad decisions in 2007-08 but u took the win then , just a couple of bad decisions and you are whining already......poor poor aussies......so DESPERATE!!!! Can't digest the loss against the Kiwis eh? And where is Phil we got swing bowlers and gully catchers too :P!!

  • on December 26, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    @Jacob Li OH YA, THAN WHY ENGLAND NEVER WON A WORLD CUP ".. Eng have always been a Average team who performs in patches only..

  • knan on December 26, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    If I recall correctly, Dravid was declared out by the 3rd umpire in England even though the evidence by Hot-Spot and Snicko showed otherwise. The umpire went by the sound that he heard as the ball passed the bat and not on the basis of the technology on offer. Here , the decision by the on-field umpire was overturned by the 3rd umpire. DRS is good , but ICC should make it very clear how it should be applied and not leave it to the umpires . I also agree with one of the opinions that the 3rd umpire should have the power to intervene and overrule any obviously wrong decision . For this to happen all technology evidence should be available as soon as possible and not after a couple of balls have been delivered ( the evidence from snicko seems to be a delayed one always )

  • LillianThomson on December 26, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    On a day like this, you notice the absent Big Guns - Cummins, Watson and DRS. What a shame that 277-6 is the artificial scorecard instead of 277-4, thanks to two blatantly wrong decisions which would have been overturned against any other opposition apart from India. Millwall FC's fans in London sing "Everyone Hates Us, We Don't Care", and if India keeps bullying everyone else into not having DRS they are going to have to adopt that song for themselves. Yet India's fans try to ignore that everyone else uses and appreciates DRS. Are they trying to ruin their own reputation?

  • AidanFX on December 26, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    Hmm Ponting played well for about 60 - but looked sketchy early in the innings at times. Played some terrific pull shots; but i don't know he is an enigma at the moment. Obviously Ponting has made lots of scores of 50- 99 in his career - but the Ponting of old under those circumstance you expect him from where he was to get a big one... the way he got out was a bit awkward and there were a few balls that stood out where he also looked awkward. Clarke on the other hand looked brilliant from ball until he was dismissed. He looked almost almost entirely untroubled and then he just got out. He is performing good with bat by and large but some of his dismissals are a bit lazy. Cowan looked good and solid (almost Katich like). Oh and don't get me started about the DRS - too angry right now as a spectator of this beautiful sport.

  • haq33 on December 26, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    I fail to understand why India's army of fans blindy defends the BCCI's rejection of technology that the rest of the world accepts. It is cow-towing to the extreme, such exceptionism for 1 country is UNTHINKABLE in any other sport where no one team holds such a monopoly as India does in cricket, and it invites criticism on dodgy-decision-days like this - which will be EVERY day of test cricket until you accept the technology. It is only logical to follow the rest of the world on this issue, and it is also proven by facts that the extra technology improves decision accuracy overall. It is no good hoping that all the bad decisions simply balance each other out in Indian test matches, when other teams play tests with a higher accuracy of decisions that are better games of cricket as a result. Wake up Indian CRICKET fans and stop worshipping the BCCI.

  • spence1324 on December 26, 2011, 11:48 GMT

    @Randyoz yeah mate there were 70000 people in the MCG today but were are the Australia's, because it looks like a home test for india to me ha ha

  • IndiaNumeroUno on December 26, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    Funny thing is had it been CA or ECB against DRS then we would be hearing things like:

    1. The umpire is mean to be trusted, that's the basic tradition of the game. 2. Technology is good but should be proven and standardised. 3. All components of the technology must be verified by independent assessors. 4. Brilliant stance by ECB/CA not to be pressurised into using technology, but making a informed and mature decision till the tech is proven worthy of implementation. 5. The decision of the umpire is for both teams, just because there is no DRS doesn't mean one of the teams is suddenly disadvantaged.

    ... and so on :-))

    I mean they did ban bouncers from fear of West Indian bowling didn't they?!!

  • shankar_boys_Palani on December 26, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    The way Indians bowled today was exactly the same how the Spatans 11 played their game in KPL. Really happy to see that Zaheer is completely fit and this is the time for Acid test to Indian batsman. Let's see how they handle the pressure.

  • m_kamb on December 26, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    my india always on beneficial side for wrong decisions,india in south africa series,australia in india ,india in england.so its clear why india dont want udrs

  • IndiaNumeroUno on December 26, 2011, 11:41 GMT

    @Hayden Jones: "The Hotspot used in Australia and India are different. Stop saying that it's flawed"

    LOL!! This is precisely one of the gripes with DRS!!!!

    Why is it not STANDARDISED ?!!!

    (sorry for capital letters.. but people seem to be deaf here :-)

    I'm happy BCCI is taking a stance against DRS (in its present form).

  • IndiaNumeroUno on December 26, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    @Snork: "Can you imagine if Sehwag & Tendulkar were given out like Huss & Cowan??" We have seen enough of these over the years.. especially in Australia.. I think they still play in the spirit of the game - without sledging.

  • on December 26, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar was the first "victim" of upstairs umpiring and as long as he continues to play, India will persist with their unreasoned and irresponsible opposition. This also lessens the man and his legacy, which is a self-inflicted shame.

  • dunger.bob on December 26, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    @moBlue

    I just want to check that I've got this straight. You're saying that it would be easy for the crooks to pull a swifty with this technology, which the broadcasters usually also have access to as well but on a separate data feed ( there's a rudimentary audit, in real time, right there I believe). They would have to achieve this without the third umpire noticing anything amiss by the way, because the third umpire runs the show up there. Presumably you're talking about the crooks infiltrating the technical staff, not the actual umpire. Finally, the ball can be followed at around a thousand frames a second, so any sudden deviation should stick out like the proverbial you know whats. You can't simply deviate the ball willy nilly, you would have to substitute a completely different delivery.

    Mate, at the end of the day wouldn't it just be easier to get to the players if you were interested in some skullduudgery. I understand what you are saying, but I can't agree with it all.

  • johnnybox on December 26, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    It is a shame that India will only accept the review system when Tendulkar is incorrectly given out on 99.

  • atthipatti on December 26, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    @RandyOz...There is a nice word that I want to give to HotSpot...but the comment may go Godforsaken. I would rather have a human error than a technology erring. As for your hope of Sachin getting a howler on 99, I would take it any day!!! Would Prove SRT's still the King of Kings!

  • Marcio on December 26, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    Have no idea why Clarke chose to bat in those conditions-.I said the only way India will win game in this series is if they bowl first on green pitch in the rain. Maybe Clarke knows something I don't. Still 250-300. Was always going to be a reasonable score in such conditions. If AUS make 350 it will be very good. Looks like the pitch is not going to flatten out as much as last years pitches, so AUS will be confident of getting a first innings lead here, ESP if the rain clouds hang round.

  • Aussasinator on December 26, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    Should be an interesting test.

  • dariuscorny on December 26, 2011, 11:14 GMT

    someone tell Dhoni,why's he so defencive?214/6 spread the field Siddle-Haddin add 63 runs what was that?he is been commiting thse blunders for a while now.Wht kind of benefit did India draw on previous occassions using these tactics, is a mystery.Just bring in the killer instinct into ur approach Dhoni ti will benefit India.please do listen.attack

  • dicky_boy on December 26, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    Randy oz one thing is for sure oz is a great multiple world cup winning team Unlike England who every one knows just won. Some series at home and one elusive one in Australia , World cup is a world cup, England did not win any perioooodddd

  • dicky_boy on December 26, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    Maddy 20 good one lol randy will say now hussey would have scored 500 haha

  • cricketisagame on December 26, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    The talk of DRS is never ending. The people who support the DRS knows themselves that the system is not foolproof and we saw that in India-Eng series and few games in thw world cup notably Ind-Eng. If you do not have a foolproof system, why you need them. Cricket has been played for long time enough to accept the umpire's decision until a foolproof technology comes into effect. People are quick to talk about the OUT decisions given to Aussie batsmen but not those not outs. No one even talked about how S.Bucknor helped Aussie save the series but all of sudden the one bad decision makes all big talks here.

  • SirViv1973 on December 26, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    @RandyOz, Why bother bringing Eng in to this ? besides I don't think your Maths is really up to it! England has 9 test grounds with the following capacity's Lords 28K, Edgbaston 25K, Rose bowl 25K, Oval 23.5K, OT 22K, Durham 19K, Leeds 17.5K, TB 17K, Cardiff 15.5 K, which is a total of 192,500. I'm no mathematician but i can quite clearly see this is a few more than 70,000!

  • IndiaNumeroUno on December 26, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    1. The statement "DRS is more accurate than human umpires" is based on flawed logic, since DRS itself is being used as the benchmark to verify & quantify accuracy. Most people fail to grasp this simple fact.

    2. Lots of Match referees have questioned the accuracy of certain components of DRS. Top of the list being HotSpot and Hawk Eye (or should we say Cold Spot and Cataract?)

    3. There is still no agreement on who pays the cost of using DRS.

    4. DRS itself is not standardised and is subject to vagaries of local technology.

    5. DRS components have not been verified, certified or have had any due diligence done by independent agencies. We have to take the word of the makers (sellers) of the technology at face value.

    6. DRS rules are not clearly stated. Prime example is the 2.5m rule for LBW.. no one seems to know about this and when it was invoked there were challenges as to why 2.5m? why not 3m or 3.25m?

    Please keep these things in view in order to give educated comments.

  • on December 26, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    @randyOZ, we dont regret to getting out for a howler for sachin.Because there are many more nineties to come and go for sachin.Even Bradman might also got out for atleast one howler.Resulting that his average slipped to 99.94 without touching the feet.But thats the beauty of the game.Can you apply a DRS for footbal game. never time permits. Already while we are doing for five days, You are requesting a slot for around half a day for DRS. Just enjoy the beauty of the game. If you are still on DRS, just remove the field umpires, and we may see the each and every result at TV screen through off field umpires.

  • Siddiee on December 26, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    @ Kavindeven - spot on, it's inexplicable to set an in out field aginst an opponent who has lost its top order without many on scoreboard.

  • JustIPL on December 26, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    It is much better performance by aussies batting as compared to the one against black caps. India have certain edge in batting due to Fab4. 277 is good score despite out sorts batting form and aussie response will improve through the series. If aussies bowling picks up then they can save this series easily.

  • hattima on December 26, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    Haddin would have been given not out as the 'virtual eye' was not working at that time because of 'light situations', and India would have lost a referral. If people want 'consistency', shouldn't we demand 'consistency' in the performance of technology as well? At least what happened was much fairer to both teams!

  • NeoTheSaviour on December 26, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    Being Indian fan, I cannot understand why Indian players have got problem with DRS. You should be wise enough to use your reviews and it is definite help to everyone. But I must add, persons providing footage/pics to third umpire should also be neutral. In current age its not difficult to tamper with video footage and finally its only matter of 1 or 2 degrees this side or that side. ICC should make it compulsory in all matches.

  • Lord_Dravid on December 26, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    hang on!!! clarke did say he either wants drs consistently to be used or dosent mind playing the old ways without drs..so here we go we're playing this series without it so whats the fuss?? i dont believe in technology anyway look what happend with hotspot in england its soo unreliable..cowan i think was out! BUT good and bad decisions even out anyway so aussies stop moaning!!!!

  • trumpoz on December 26, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    1 howler against Australia 1 against India..... I don't care about people thinking 'it is fair, it balances out'..... the DRS is there to assist to erradicate howlers from the game. There were 2 terrible decisions today. The DRS would have allowed them to be overturned. TheICC needs to grow a set and not only madate the technology, but standardise the installation and use of the equipment at all grounds in the world so everyone has the same technology for every international venue.

  • on December 26, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    Surprised by the amount of support for the Cowan decision. The guy who said it wasn't a howler is right, but it is the kind of decision that the DRS has helped be overturned. The Hussey decision was bad, though. And I must say it's been another painful day of viewing for an Australian fan - our batsmen shouldn't have to fight tooth and nail to make 300 runs. Ironically the young blokes are the only ones looking like they know what they're doing. Warner and Cowan are the goods.

  • Cricket_Lover-SARU on December 26, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    Mr. Micgyver! I am sure you are not a cricket fan! Because else you will not ask that question, as who INDIA think they are? They r the SUPERPOWER of CRICKET.

  • Captain_Oblivious on December 26, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    If there's any more bad decisions against the Aussies, they should have the umpire in question axed and threaten to cancel the tour.

  • AKmAK on December 26, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    @Micgyver- Why that because without India in cricket it is popular only like rugby or netball..Does any one cares????... that's all. No need to bend to any technology unless it was proved cent percent accurate. Of course many accepted DRS, why coz they don't have any other choice in all means.

  • jmcilhinney on December 26, 2011, 10:38 GMT

    To those claiming that HotSpot is buggy and has been shown to be incorrect, I say rubbish. There are no bugs. HotSpot detects heat. It displays different temperatures with different shades of grey. If there's no heat to detect then HotSpot can't show it. That's not a bug. It's the laws of physics. Also, the fact that there have been occasions that players are sure there was an edge and HotSpot didn't show it does not mean that HotSpot was wrong. More likely it means that there wasn't an edge. In Cowan's case today, I thought I heard an edge and that he was out but there was no evidence of an edge on standard replay, HotSpot or Snicko. That was just a mistake by the umpire, but certainly one that I can understand. Remember that HotSpot is a heat detector, not an edge detector. It's more sensitive than an human umpire though.

  • allblue on December 26, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    Another compelling day's Test cricket, and most of the discussion here is about DRS. It's a shame it has to be this way, but the cat's out the bag now, the technology exists whether the umpires are using it or not and when clear mistakes from the on-field umpires are not corrected because DRS is not being used it leaves a bad feeling all round. It occurred to me reading the comments here that I am old enough to remember before we had neutral umpires in Tests. Back then every country had reason to feel hard done by on occasion, because even if not intentional, home umpires did tend to favour the home side. So now we have neutral umpires. Are they perfect? No. Are they better than what was before? Yes. I feel the same way about DRS. It's not perfect, but it does prevent some errors so it is better for all concerned to have it than not.

  • Slysta on December 26, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    Ow. India's day in the end, and if Hussey and Cowan had some bad luck, it was poor dismissals from Ponting and Clarke that opened the door. I'm afraid that for me, Siddle + Haddin = 63 runs in 22 overs = flat flat pitch, and Australia will need 350 this innings to keep the deficit manageable. India will score big in their first innings, and we will need to be disciplined in the second dig. Regarding UDRS: people are not comparing apples with apples. The cheap Hotspot technology in England is a farce: people need to understand that Australia is the home of these technologies, and that we do them far better than anyone else, because we spend the money. I loved that guy who said Cowan was "clean out" - what a joke. No actual evidence at all. And he knew he wasn't out - he even started to call for the referral, until he remembered that he wasn't allowed to...

  • Wozza-CY on December 26, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    Unlike many NZ supporters, I won't fall into the trap of condemning their team after one innings of a test match (like they did after the 150 in Taz), but I feel the Ozis should be in a better position at the end of todays play. A lot of starts there without a big score could hurt us. There's a lot to be admired about the way Ed Cowan goes about his work. A calm assured presence prepared to work hard for his runs is just what Oz needs right now. However, that angled bad causes him some trouble when the RFM comes around the wicket. He missed a couple & inside edged plenty of them. A good debut though. The bounce in the wicket should keep Pattinson & co interested & just quietly I fancy Lyon to get a bag full. When India bowled well they runs were hard to come by, when they bowled poorly runs came fast, so a lot will depend on how our bowlers go. Hope the tail wags because we'll need every run IMO

  • KissKiss on December 26, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    I was at the ground so it may have been different on tv but I would have been very disappointed if I was an Indian fan. Despite the overcast conditions and first day pitch India appeared to be bowling well too short and wide. They rarely seemed to put constant pressure on the Australians who again got them selves out more often than not. On that pitch in those conditions India should already be batting

  • on December 26, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    DRS needs to be used for all matches now, especially for something as obvious as Hussey's dismissal today. Most people have gotten used to the DRS system and like the way it has changed the game. India are taking the glass is half empty approach to the technology because it can obviously save more trouble than it causes. What's especially sad is that it had to be obvious to at least a few, if not all, of those fielders that Hussey didn't hit it. A shame that the series had to hit such a note on the first day of the series but almost inevitable against India it seems these days.

  • rahulcricket007 on December 26, 2011, 10:27 GMT

    @kavin davan . agree with you .

  • on December 26, 2011, 10:25 GMT

    Where are the two best Umpires of todays Cricket, Aleem Dar and Asad Rauf ?. They both should be there for this series

  • Naresh28 on December 26, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    @RandyOz - TRY TO BE A BETTER FAN. You kept writing Indian team off. Now you will have to eat your words. Every team should be respected even a minnow can derail your team on their day. Okay India does not have fantastic bowlers but they do give the opposition a go every now and then. Its called respect. The game is still young. India still has to take your tailenders out and then batters face the music. Just enjoy a good game between two top class teams.

  • on December 26, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    typical india going back 20 years, they dont like something so they have a cry and get their way.. the DRS is obviously correct to have in test matches, typical that in the first game (with australia) with no DRS that the umpires make horrid calls and guess who has to cop them..? if there is still such concern about hawkeye or eagleeye or whatever the stupid name they want to call it, how about this for a proposal: a batsman is not allowed to question an LBW simply to see if the umpire is right, the batsman MUST cop the call, if a batsman nicks one onto his pads and is given out he can tell this to the umpire and then have it referred, but the projection of the ball is not referred.. after all, that is the point of DRS isnt it? to eliminate the howler.. close calls with LBW are a part of the game, but being given out caught when you didnt hit the damn thing is a joke, so DRS is the smart option..

  • on December 26, 2011, 10:21 GMT

    I am not a supporter of BCCI's firmness on DRS but it's funny how people reason out DRS for Australia's backstage at the moment. There is almost the same chance for both teams. In fact Haddin got one lucky break with LBW turned down of Zaheer. What about that??? All Indian batsmen also have the same chance of getting out or let-off as Aussies.

  • kantipur on December 26, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    You know BCCI don't want DRS because they gets most of the decision. In the series against West indies india got decision even when bowler didn't appeal to the surprise of the bowler.

  • on December 26, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    now its umpire mistake and badluck to australia and i wonder what if 2 INDIANS batsman were given out like that... both the umpires would ruled out from the series :) GREAT!

  • Shivh on December 26, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    @rust01: Hotspot is not flawed??? I think you have not seen India-Eng test match in Eng. There was one incident of Dravid, if I am not wrong, where in hotspot did not show anything but third umpire believed he was out and was given out. Everybody, including me, agreed that there was a nick. There was a definite sound which was clearly heard. Having said that, use of technology debate should be reached to a conclusion and should be made consistent in all series.

  • g.narsimha on December 26, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    Same old story unable to cotain the tail , how ever not a bad day for us ,particularly , we always struggled in tour opener ,yadav's bowling is a treat to watch hope he prove the critics wrong , its also a huse disopointment to our friends ,who as usual were dreaming of our humiliation , if we finish the tail early in the morning we will have a chance in this match

  • muthuthewaves on December 26, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    @randyoz dont cry. India are not worse than aussies take 2008 sydney test as instance. Aussies need retired steve bucknor as umpire to win or they will be getting thrashed like today. Ponting and clarke had no clues on their wicket deliverys. Senior players struggling against mediocre bowling(according to aussies). Wait and see ZAK IS BACK.

  • atuljain1969 on December 26, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    as expected, India allowed Ponting to regain his form and another of India's inability came to fore, that is to get the tailenders bowled out in short span. India was in a dominant situation when 6th wicket had fallen, but allowed Australia to end the day without any further loss. If australia scorees more then 350 tomorrow, then ball will in India's court to save this match.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 26, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    Let me repeat - If Zaheer and Ishant are fit this is going to be 1-0 to 2-0 in favour of India. If they are not fit, it is going to be 2-0 to 3-0 in favour of Australia. Fingers crossed ( O _ O )! It's a treat to watch the skill of Zaheer Khan. I think he is the most cunning fast bowler in the world today!

  • whitesXI on December 26, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    @maddy20 - yes Hussey and Cowan out, Siddle and Haddin in, I know which two I would prefer batting. As for Cowan and hotspot, this series and the Aus/NZ series have the upgraded hotspot which is much more accurate than the hotspot 1.0 that the IND/ENG series had and if there is doubt then the decision should go to the batsmen. I love how ppl discredit hotspot but swear by snicko, which is far more innaccurate, we here plenty of noise when the ball clearly misses the bat and ignore it but when the ball comes close then there must have been an edge bcoz of the sound?!!! In the umppires defence if you hear a nick then you make the call, tough luck for Cowan, but get he did have a good debut all the same.

  • Drew12 on December 26, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    OK weighting things up... Cowan and Hussey vs Haddin. I would take the first two any day especially considering they fell together. With DRS the Indians would have no appeal on the Haddin decision anyway because the umpires probably would have been rightly more circumspect in their analysis of the previous cases - any doubt goes to the batsmen. No doubt in my mind Hussey would have been given not out by Erasmus had DRS been in play. I feel strongly that the Indian team and management are cheating all other teams they compete against by refusing to use DRS. I rarely concur with Tony Greig's coments but this time I do completely - straight after the Hussey decision: 'We now know why India don't want to use the DRS'. Every country who can afford it should put their foot down and refuse to play (tour or host) India unless they agree to use DRS. See how quickly the BCCI change their stance then. IPL can continue because the interest outside India (for spectators) in that is dying anyway.

  • azzaman333 on December 26, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    The Indian refusal to use technology may have cost Hussey his career. And Cowan clearly didn't hit it, no HotSpot, nothing from Snicko, and the slow-mo zoomed in replay indicated no deviation or change in rotation of the ball. Absolutely ridiculous that we can't use the technology to significantly improve the reliability of umpiring decisions, especially when the umpires themselves are in favour of it. India were unlucky with Haddin, but Cowan and Hussey are leagues ahead of Haddin in terms of ability and importance to the Australian batting lineup.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 26, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    Hot spot = blot spot. Good riddance. Never spend bucket loads of money on some junk that lacks consistency. As long as it is not owned by ICC, it can never be fair. I completely agree with moBlue. Cowan was out so easily and note that the broadcaster showed hotspot replay and once it didn't show the edge, they just didn't show the replay again for nearly an hour or so. What a joke this blot spot is! Haddin was so plumb. Australia got away with one there. I feel for Hussey, especially with the axe hanging over his neck.

  • on December 26, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    The black arm bands were worn, because the Aussie Media manager lost his twin dauughters at childbirth yesterday. Watching here in Canada am appalled not only no URDS, but the commentators, including the great sledger Capppeli, saying what a great a ball by Khan it was when it clearl missed the bat by a metre. Hussey should be upset ! Hope that Sachin does not get run out on 99 on a bad call, or maybe he should so the BCCI would get into the 21st century.URDS makes the game a lot more consistent. BCCI, you don't own the game, just the IPL. Let us purists enjoy Tests with the correct calls The game should be played by the same rules every time. Am an Aussie who has been lucky to play in 4 continents, see you guys in St. Lucia in March Aussie Pete

  • RandyOZ on December 26, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    It may sound odd, but Mike Hussey needs to hope the bowlers fire big time. This is because if they don't they will have no choice but to bring in Christian to replace him. Hussey is skating on very, very thin ice.

  • on December 26, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    @All who r blaming and insisting BCCI to go for DRS., why dont u act wisely..? Blame ur respective cricket boards for accepting wt BCCI demands.. And insist ur own boards to boycott India tours.. First claim ownership over ur own boards and thn dictate terms on BCCI.. If u don't hv guts, then live with wt is available.. :)

  • niceslacks on December 26, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    One thing to remember is that whilst Ishant and Zaheer did bowl well today, given their layoffs, they are no guarantee to maintain this fitness for an entire 4 test series. I would say there was certainly something in the wicket, and if Australia can press to 350, they are a chance to do damage with their pace bowlers and restrict India to a similar scoreline, then the game will be on. Also, with Bhaji no longer in the team, if you can get into the Indian line up early, and this is a new ball wicket, then the tail is not as strong. Ashwin does have a test century of course, with no other scores yet, but on a very different wicket to this (one where West Indies managed to make 590), and it will be interesting to see how he handles the bat here. It's all quite intriguing.

  • on December 26, 2011, 9:45 GMT

    Hussey was definitely not out, question closed. I don't think Cowan is out though. No contact on Hot-Spot, no sound on Snicko. India is an average team with good appealing skills, which enables them to win against average teams, but get smashed by good teams like England

  • on December 26, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    The Hotspot used in Australia and India are different. Stop saying that it's flawed.

  • ajayb92 on December 26, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    277/6 is a better score for the aussies than people think...alot will depend on sehwag tomorrow, the new ball has done quite a bit traditionally on mcg pitches so if he gets out early then things would be very interesting. Saying that, the pitch will be best for batting on days 2 and 3

  • on December 26, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    Interesting days play - can't wait for it to start up again tomorrow. I can only hope that the whole series is as enthralling.

    As for those saying that the DRS is not a hundred percent accurate, consider this: is it more or less accurate than umpire's decision on the field? It is more accurate. Ask yourself, then, why would India oppose more accurate decision making? *submits today's scorecard as exhibit A*

    That aside, let's hope that if the umpires are trigger-happy, they're at least consistently trigger-happy.

  • on December 26, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    Hats off to Umesh Yadav ....brilliant bowling !!!

  • tim_peace on December 26, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    Technology is important but more critical is the correct use of it. What is the assurance that the right replays are being shown to the umpire? If you remember the Bridgetown test in the West Indies, Dhoni was given out of a no ball because a different (legitimate) delivery was shown to the umpire. In this case the error was tracked but how can we be sure that such errors are not missed. The technicians must be well trained and qualified and the replays must be supervised. But it will be tough to ensure this worldwide.

  • on December 26, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    I have a firm a belief that India's bowling attack is far more menacing then Australia. A half cooked Zaheer was able to dominate players like Hussey, Clarke and Haddin. The question should always be asked of Indian batting. They have had players like Sachin Sehwag, Rahul ,Ganguly and Laxman in past ten years. Yet there was not a single test match in last ten years when an Indian Captain went on with five bowlers.I mean if you have such a star studded batting orders, why don't you have enough faith on them. Why do you have to pick a Kohli instead of a fifth bowler. The issue of a batsman being a captain has lot to with this aspect of Modern Indian Team. In fact there are not enough bowlers in Cricket today who have the privilege to lead a team. The last one Courney Walse. Having said that Indian Bowlers did bowl very well. All of us know had India batted first on this MCG track they would have succumbed. Indian bowlers will perform good.

  • on December 26, 2011, 9:33 GMT

    It was a battle between a spineless batting and a toothless bowling. But even this was made electric by the capacity crowd at the MCG... Having watched the day from up close.. i should say it is going towards a thrilling finish,,, FORGET the records...

  • moBlue on December 26, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    @Karthik raja: you are absolutely right! IND may have been in trouble had clarke decided to insert IND in after winning the toss. but my guess is that knowing that sehwag scored 195 by tea-time the last time he played at this venue [in 2003 - he did not play at the MCG in 2007] against an experienced attack led by brett lee who even tonked him on the helmet without necessarily unfazing him, AUS may not have wanted to gamble, perhaps, especially with their inexperienced bowling attack? *that* decision of clarke's is very telling! the previous AUS teams would have put IND in. this one might not want to bat fourth [with good reason - considering the amount of turn ashwin managed to get on day 1! :) ] because their batting is so fragile, and might have been afraid of the pressure IND may have put them in if they got away to a big score! hence they batted. but my prediction is that this AUS team is in all sorts of trouble!!! if zaheer stays healthy, this will be our first series win in AUS!

  • on December 26, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    277-6 POSSIBLEY BOTH THE SIDES LITTLE BIT DISSAPPOINTED,With Brilliant Partnership between Ponting and Cawon Australia looked to score around 325+ in first day but ended up below potenatial score,Where as India hadnt pushed hard to clean up Aussies when they had them at 216-6 with Haddin and tails are follow.But still India s weak bowling ,Great Batting Wicket and Australia at 277-6 India are shade ahead in this teat match

  • on December 26, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    Exactly who is running cricket these days? Is it the International Cricket Council or the Board of Control for Cricket in India? OK! So the Indians do not like the DRS and have elected not to use it. However, why should that prevent their opponents from using it if they want to? Personally, I am not a great fan of the DRS being available to any teams. Rather I would prefer the available technology - Hot Spot, Snicker etc., - to be used as a monitoring device by a third umpire to ensure that the correct decision is given as far as the technology can determine the decision without any doubt. A similar concept is used in tennis where players are allowed three challenges per set relating to line calls. Players are there to play and the decision making should be the sole responsibility of the officials. If players are unable to accept that they should get out of whatever sport they are participating in and go back to being amateur players

  • ajayrcs on December 26, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    I am so amazed why UDRS is not used. If India don't want to use UDRS let not give'em but Australia wan't to use then they should be given their 2 challenges. This wrong decisions made this test diappointing and Huge Disaster for Hussey because it will be tough to bat in Second innings Especially batting at 6. But I think India might loose this test.

  • on December 26, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    A good day of cricket...will be a real shame if the series doesnt live upto its expectations.. @214/6 India were on top..but hadding and siddle hung in there and managed to make the day even..(i dnt knw y bt this pair reminds me of broad and swann).. i expect the Indian seamers to go for the kill 2mw..good to see ponting score some runs..simply love those hook shots..got a real beauty from umesh.. and all those cribbin abt hussey- the DRS is flawed!!yes he got a poor decision.bt then thts the game..u need to accept it and just move on..and it was nt that horrendous as compared to the howlers in 2008 @ sydney..some1 here said BCCI might try and change the umpire..well hell yeah..if instead of goin to the third umpire u ask the captain of the opposition to check whether the ball was grounded then yes..a change is required!!

  • sankar8000 on December 26, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    For Me Hussey was not out but Kowan out! The same time lbw for siddle and Haddin were not given when they were plumb...but these doesn't matter....India bowled well but could have been better....

  • on December 26, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    mikehussey wasent out it was a bad decision husseys wicket proved costly

  • ssenthil on December 26, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    The Days Honour is even but I m disappointed with Ishant some extend despite he bowled lot better then his numbers showing. But the problem with him was he was inconsistent just like Morne Morkel, doesn't follow a good ball with another good ball to apply the pressure. Ashwin was a bit erratic early on, Few short balls and few on the pads but he improved by the day ends. Impressed with Zak bowled well and 23 overs in a day is hell a lot. Proved he is fully fit. Umesh is impressive as well but didn't use much bouncers after hitting Ponting on the helmet and instead he bowled short which is pulled easily. India fast bowlers should never bowl short, they should go for a perfect bouncer or a full length. Ed Cowan was impressive and unmovable while Ponting played well after a long time. Hussey was unfortunate and Siddle was impressive with bat. India need to Polish off the Aus Tail before they could reach 330. Anything over 350 meant I m dead sure India never win this Test.

  • Romenevans on December 26, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    @RandyOZ - Brad Haddin was also given not out on a plumb LBW. So its 1-1, go cool off now.

  • on December 26, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    RandyOZ...dude, if anything India and Sachin in particular have been targets of unruly decisions maximum number of times down under. get the facts and then talk! I am not against technology but I don't see any harm if the same is not used. Its not like now when India is bowling the Umpires will rule and when Australia bowls DRS will be used. Rules need to be consistent in a match and thats what it is. Fair for both teams!And eventually all this bad and good decisions evens out in long run. Today's ruling for Cowan and Hussey was not a bad one! It might be hrash one, but not bad..given that they were damn close calls and umpires are humans. These were no way close to the crazy stuff Bucknor did to India last time down under and before that also there have been senseless Umpiring against the Indians...so stop cribbing and watch the match...If anything just teach the Aussi batsmen to respond in a more mature and peacefull way to such howlers as Indians do..polite and accepting at all time

  • imransmalik on December 26, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    Forget about the DRS fora while India is missing a chance. Now the match is in balance. If Australia reach to 350 tomorrow it will tough for India to handle. The pitch seems to help a little bit the seamers and bounce is very good. Had India not show the tiredness at the end of the match which is becoming usual in their play, I though they had the Australian by the neck.

  • Dismayed on December 26, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    Im with you Hyclass. As for Cowans dismissal the snicko clearly showed the noise was as the ball went into Dhoni's gloves. Enough is Enough India must stop tyring to own the game. All available technology should be used all the time. Enough of the Indians childish behaviour. Their champions will always be tainted by their appealiing for dismisslas that are obviously not out. True Champions do not behave like this.

  • Aussierise on December 26, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    Ease up on marshy@hyckass!...ok so you make some valid points about his previous state form and injury concerns (but lets not forget how the shane watson saga was for about 6 years).... him, ferguson, warner, and clarke, and maybe even cowan after what was seen today (mid aged batsman who should be entering into there prime and understanding their games a lot better should be the nucleus of our next assault on the top test ranking) we need to get as many test matches into these blokes as soon as possible. He has the talent (e.g. as seen in the IPL against the best bowlers in the world) and just needs a fair run in the side.... I think a big score will not be far away.

  • on December 26, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    who will win this test ??????????????????????????????????

  • Snork on December 26, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    What a joke! Can you imagine if Sehwag & Tendulkar were given out like Huss & Cowan?? The Indians would take their bat and ball and fly home and we (Australia) would be called unsportsmanlike!Zaheer even looked sheepish after it was given out and flashed up on the replay. Cricket is a world game not India's to pick and choose what rules it wants to adhere to. It is an indicatement on the other Test playing countries that they won't stand up to India over this DRS issue. If they don't like it we should all refuse to play them, not much point having all the broadcasting money/rights if no one is going to play them!!

  • Okakaboka on December 26, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    To those of you going on about Hot Spot being dodgy...Not really. 95 % of the time it is spot on. One should use ALL evidence...Hot spot, replay, snicko etc to determine if a batsman is out. Blind man Freddy with one of those stick things would have seen Hussey wasn't out. Even the seeing eye dog would be jumping up and down screaming...errrr.....barking.... "Woof... NOT OUT..er..woof" He probably would have gone out next ball but that's not the point! India even had a gall appealing it missed by that far. Um, can some one tell that umpire that cricket balls swing...they move off a straight path......Huh?Oh, he left his seeing eye dog at home!

  • on December 26, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    Would say India bowled a bit too short and never experimented the full length delivery around off stump. Normally in the first hour of play runs down the third man is common but that never happened for some time which indicates the bowlers hit the pitch hard and was waiting to make the batsman a mistake which australia did six times today and one for the umpire. C how comments pour in when india bats and gets a poor decision

  • BradmanBestEver on December 26, 2011, 9:10 GMT

    Agree with rust01 - the Indians need to forget about the method of getting a dismissal where they bowl short at the batsman and all the fielders go up and put pressure on the umpires hoping to get a wicket. Just start playing fair please.

  • on December 26, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    dont touch yadav's action only ting required is experince he wil hit better length as series goes on i think he has natural action which is so good no need to do naything with it LOL

  • imi2839 on December 26, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    regarding the decisions....i am with sourav ganguly its one-all...hussey's one would have been reversed by DRS but so too zaheer's lbw at the end of the day which was plumb...so it balances, zaheer gets a wicket either way....

  • on December 26, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    cowan was clean out..hussey was not out..but siddle also given not out..and siddle is in better form compared to hussey

  • MrBrightside92 on December 26, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    @ RandyOz..there wasn't 70,000 at the G towards the end of the first day of the last boxing day test....still intriguing match up between India and Oz...good to see Zak and Ishant on the field and well played Yadav. Zak looked a shadow pace wise though he does have some guile...would he have played if Praveen was fit? I don't think they both should play at Zak pace. How supple will they feel this morning? Do like the look of Warner/Cowan opening. Neither side have completely messed up....India do need to stamp their batting authority from the off...

  • moBlue on December 26, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    @ alexk400: did you grow up on a staple of ODIs and T-20s, my friend? test cricket has 5 days of play and 3 sessions during each day, and somewhere around sessions 2 and 3 of each day, the old ball starts to reverse-swing and some bowlers - like akram pointed out as a commentator today - can control the reverse-swinging ball better than they can control the new ball! you were very premature in your judgment, my friend... evidently. :)

    IND bowlers will do just fine in AUS this time around against these batters as long as zaheer stays healthy. did you notice how much turn ashwin got [with bounce, of course] on day 1 at the MCG?!? if IND bat reasonably well, AUS will be in trouble in the second inning much more so, perhaps, than when they faced the left-armed [terrific] vettori! so... i am not worried about IND's bowling at all!

  • on December 26, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    Yes India, save for the last 30 odd overs of the day you did very well. My candidate for man of the series, R. Ashwin started quite well getting the wicket of E. Cowan who was beginning to look like a centurion at 68. After day 1 his figures reads 26 2 71 1 at an economy of 2.73 runs per over; not bad at all. If M.S. Dhoni knows what is best for India he will employ Ashwin very soon tomorrow where he will continue the Australian demise. Two or three more wickets for you tomorrow Ashwin! Go boy!

  • jonesy2 on December 26, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    game completely ruined. disgraceful umpiring, hussey and cowan should still be out there. indian bowling impotent as expected.

  • Prasant_NSW on December 26, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    Umesh is the fine finding of the year.. Well done India. India's performance is outstanding.. Man two ducks!! so called in form Shaun and proved out of form Hussey.. They ensured giving constant trouble to Clarke's men in all sessions.. Poor aussies. Yadav, Man of the Day stood tall, he was like dinosaur to them. :D.. Shaun, what a poor shot.. Selectors now should not take T20 performance into consideration. CA was stupid so as Marsh, he is still in T20 mode ddnt manage to ground the ball. Warner is no compare to Sehwag, world is gonna view the fastest test 100 coming in tomorrow from his blade. Looks like Ponting's mind has started working after Yadav blown his helmet. May be one more blow will reverse his score into 0's ultimately to retirement. - Prasant UNSW.

  • on December 26, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    dear tim time.well i dont think cowan was not out.even sniko meter for marsh showed something there for a nick chance.but i believed its a game of uncertainity.

  • SanjivAwesome on December 26, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    Evenly matched on the first day between both teams. Wow 70K people watching test cricket.

  • tim_peace on December 26, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    The DRS technology cannot be used until it is accurate and consistent. Regarding someone's wish that Sachin gets out on 99, he has already been subject to several bad decisions over the last many years but he accepts them like a man and gets on with the game. I'd like to quote Ian Chappell who asked why batsmen dont get upset when they are wongly 'not given out' (and do not walk as well) knowing pretty well they were out!

  • rust01 on December 26, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    Sundeep, hotspot has in no way proven to be flawed. BCCI needs to get with the times. It will be interesting to see your opinion when India gets some bad decisions. Get the umpire sacked perhaps?

  • Micgyver on December 26, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    Great day of cricket marred by 3 wrong decisions,2 against Australia and 1 against India.I find it difficult to believe in this day and age if there is technology there to assist the umpires,why not use it!Every other country is quite happy to see this system in use so i ask the question,who does India think they are??!!

  • maddy20 on December 26, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    @RandyOZ Siddle was out plumb too but it wasn't given. 1 -1 howlers in favor of either teams. As for Cowan that is clean out. We have all seen how worthless hotspot can be in the Eng-INd series(wiz: Vaselinegate or whatever it was called). Shoot your next excuse kid!

  • ravi_hari on December 26, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    A perfect curtain raiser to the next 19 days of test cricket. The series will go this way only - seasaw. Australia can be satisfied that they were not bowled out and their tail wagged well. Two men in trouble showed signs of fighting back - Ponting and Haddin. Hussey was unlucky which means he will have his chance in the second innings. A big one there would give happy headaches for Clarke once Watson is declared fit. Cowan-Warner combination looks good and Marsh should bounce back in the second innings. Which means Watson can take his position at No. 6. Having come close to 300 Aussies will look to get as close as possible to 350. That would be a good total if their bowlers do well. If they can bat through the first session, then the pressure on India would be high as they would have to score quickly to get the lead by the end of day 3. If rain plays spoil sport, this test might end in a hard fought draw. Umesh is the find for India. Pattinson has a job on hand tomorrow as does Lyon.

  • Dhoni_fan_from_a_dada_era on December 26, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    Cowan is here to stay. same can't be said about Ponting. How could he nick that after doing so well to see off the initial threat and settling down!!

    India bowled hot and cold...they need to be more precise if they really want to salvage pride... this is the best chance to win a series here and this should not go unnoticed.

  • moBlue on December 26, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    to those who say IND got hussey's wicket due to there not being the DRS. perhaps so. but cowan seemed out to me - despite hot-spot - because i heard the nick off the stump-mike... which failure on hot-spot's part seems to justify IND's objections to the DRS on the grounds that DRS is not accurate. also, may i point out to you that not having DRS did cost zaheer a plumb lbw of haddin [see the cricinfo report for details]. so... that made it even.

    personally i would like to see DRS be uniformly enforced - but audited as well to eliminate possible corruption which is not impossible with such technology. a frame adjusted here and there could result in a ball "appearing" to pitch outside the leg stump. any of you thinks i am being paranoid? in this era of spot-fixing? that is why i'd rather that the real "howlers" were eliminated via action replays but let us not go to technology that might be manipulated, unless a terrific auditing system is put in place! right now there is no auditing!!!

  • Sano27 on December 26, 2011, 8:52 GMT

    277/6 in the 1st day seems that both sides played very well & a little edge goes in favour of the bowling team.....its good to see ponting in nice rhythm....Umesh just showed his ability once again as a frontline bowler,Ishant looks impressive evnthough wicketless & the most important thing is to see Zaheer Khan back in action....Zaheer once again showed his ability with the old ball....now overall Indian bowling attack looks to be pretty good.....

  • on December 26, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    RandyOZ, last time round , the howlers wern't in the Indian's favour. If you'd seen the India WI series, you would have seen how many times HotSpot gets it wrong. It is thoroughly unconvincing tech.

  • on December 26, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    RandyOZ, last time round , the howlers wern't in the Indian's favour. If you'd seen the India WI series, you would have seen how many times HotSpot gets it wrong. It is thoroughly unconvincing tech.

  • on December 26, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    how would you account for haddin's non-dismissal ? cowan was out neck and crock but there was no hot-spot edge..goes on to show that there is no substitute for good consistent umpiring...

  • jmcilhinney on December 26, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    Well, today won't do anything to settle the DRS debate. India were a bit lucky but then I wouldn't call either the Hussey or Cowan decisions howlers. I thought I heard an edge from Cowan, although there's no evidence to support that there was. Whether he was out or not, that was a great ball from Zaheer to Hussey. I'd say that both would have been overturned on review, as would Haddin's LBW. It's tough on Cowan, who might have gone on to score a hundred. It's also tough on Hussey, given the precarious position of his career at the moment. I like that Cowan seems to understand what the actual role of an opener is: occupy the crease and put away the bad ball. India bowled well at times but I feel that they could have had Australia all out if they had been a bit more consistent. It's good to see that Zaheer and Ishant got through the day with no apparent health issues. Where did this all-rounder named Siddle come from? I'd say the game is in the balance at the moment.

  • on December 26, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    i am from pakistan,dosnt matter india win or lose this test match but am really impressed way Yadav bowled today,since last decade i saw first indian bowler who is bowling yorker length and bouncers very well,this is what indian need to achive in bowling depratment,test cricket is all about beauty of fast bowling,way yadav bowled today it waz very obfuscated for me,little a bit work required on his bowling action but as series will proceed he will learn alot,atleast he shdnt get injured,it waz Mix day.

  • on December 26, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    What do you mean by "the absence of DRS allowed the Indians to place pressure on the umpires"? They appealed, the batsmen were given out. For that matter, Haddin was out lbw too, but he was given not out. I wish the article hadn't struck this tone at the beginning. Otherwise, an engrossing day's play I guess.

    And for the record, Hotspot is the buggiest piece of cricket tech ever. It went wrong so many times in the India WI series it should have been rejected outright.

  • moBlue on December 26, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    Mark my words: AUS are in trouble in this series! i've been saying for a while now to all the naysayers who pooh-poohed IND's bowling that IND would do just fine if zaheer was healthy, because unlike them, i did not underestimate his ability to reverse-swing the ball, which happens to be more effective at his slower pace [and not at a higher pace, ironically, when the ball won't reverse-swing as dramatically]... zaheer proved me right today. IND should do fine in this series. the 4 batters who piled up 705 (!!!) against an experienced AUS attack led by brett lee in sydney in 2003 and tortured AUS throughout waugh's last test are all around and in fine nick right now. i also noticed something unexpected! ashwin got an awful lot of turn - with bounce, of course - on day 1 at the MCG!!! this bodes very well for IND! he seemed a bigger threat today than bhajji ever had in AUS! i can't wait for ashwin to bowl when AUS bat second!!! IND are in great shape despite the AUS recovery at the end!

  • SirViv1973 on December 26, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    Honors even after the first day I would say.

  • moBlue on December 26, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    i've been saying for a while now to all the naysayers who pooh-poohed IND's bowling that IND would do just fine if zaheer was healthy, because unlike them, i did not underestimate his ability to reverse-swing the ball, which happens to be more effective at his slower pace [and not at a higher pace, ironically, when the ball won't reverse-swing as dramatically]... zaheer proved me right today. IND should do fine in this series. the 4 batters who piled up 705 (!!!) against an experienced AUS attack led by brett lee in sydney in 2003 and tortured AUS throughout waugh's last test are all around and in fine nick right now. i also noticed something unexpected! ashwin got an awful lot of turn - with bounce, of course - on day 1 at the MCG!!! this bodes very well for IND! he seemed a bigger threat today than bhajji ever had in AUS! i can't wait for ashwin to bowl when AUS bat second!!! IND are in great shape despite the AUS recovery at the end! IND not notoriously slow starters this time arnd.

  • Okakaboka on December 26, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    With raw batting skills, how come Peter Siddle is more valuable with the bat than Johnston? You have to give it to him.....bats with grit and tries to stay at the crease. It would fitting IF he could make a 50 given he has saved Australia from total embarrassment in recent times. That said, Australia will need at least 350 to be competitive in this game.

  • on December 26, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    Good day for both the teams, with Ind slightly ahead.. Someway, I feel Clarke has missed a trick by not sending in Ind to bat.. Ind would hv been more edgy than Aus under this condition.. Personally, I am happy Ponting has got some runs first up.. I hope, Ind wud wrap Aus tomorrow to less than 300 and take a lead of atleast 100 by end of first innings.. Gud luck for both the teams and make it a competitive one..

  • AP_88 on December 26, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    A riveting first day's play, both teams will be a bit disappointed given the positions they were in at different times of the day. Solid display from Cowan, seemed very assured against the new ball and should be a very good foil for someone like Warner. Yadav, too displayed raw pace and should be a handful this tour!

  • on December 26, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    It's such a shame that a fantastic day of test cricket was marred by the decisions on hussey and cowan. The ICC need to make DRS mandatory for all future test matches no matter who is playing. The ICC has to be strong enough to stand up to the BCCI even if India don't like the DRS. By the way the Australians wore black arm bands because their media manager's twin boys both died recently.

  • RandyOZ on December 26, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    As for all the English, the 70,000 there today could've filled all your grounds simultaneously. Cricket is far from dead here.

  • mmrrr27 on December 26, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    now we all know why the BCCI doesnt want DRS. it takes their umpire pressurising tactics out of the equation. ravi shastri was trying his utmost to justify the bcci's stance during commentary. two major decision's i.e. hussey and cowen's dismissal wouldve been over ruled out if drs had been used.

  • Romenevans on December 26, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    Ind vs England Trent Bridge - England 124/8 Dhoni spread the field, Stuart Broad and Bresnan scored runs freely. Chance Missed. Today 214/6 Dhoni spread the field, Siddle and Haddin allowed to take singles easily. What's wrong with this guy? If you can take top 6 easily and then chok the tail for runs and wickets will come automatically. I don't get this from Dhoni, and why he do that always? Oh Yes he did the same thing vs SA in 3rd test this year in 2nd innings when he spread the fielding for Steyn and Morkal and they scored freely. Test Match Saved! Something is wrong! Publish this please!

  • RandyOZ on December 26, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    This is exactly why India don't want the UDRS, so when they pay off umpires like this the howlers can't be reversed. I seriously hope Sachin gets out on 99 to a howler.

  • RandyOZ on December 26, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    This is exactly why India don't want the UDRS, so when they pay off umpires like this the howlers can't be reversed. I seriously hope Sachin gets out on 99 to a howler.

  • rahulcricket007 on December 26, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    i was extremely disappointed by dhoni 's tactics in last one hour of play . he should have attack to rip through the aus lower order . instead he set defensive field . and what about ishant. seems like he doesn't know how to ball lower order batsmen . bowling outisde wide to siddle allowing him to set on crease . zaheer once again show he is one of the best reverse swingers in the world . umesh yadav was expensive but produces some stunning deleveries , especially the ball to ricky ponting .

  • on December 26, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    "India's refusal to accept the DRS also allowed the visitors to place pressure on the umpires" - come on ! ! ! want to get some media attention by starting a controversy?? How can you blame someone not accepting a flawed product?? Hotspot is a bunch of joke - it has been proved far too many times.

  • on December 26, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    Removing husseys faulty dismissal, I think it's Aussies day 1

  • dhonivisiri on December 26, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    @R Krishna Rao.. The Aussie team Media Manager and his wife lost their twin children at birth today morning.. Hence the black arm band

  • usernames on December 26, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    Eh, now, RandyOZ will say Australia will make 700; Siddle 200 and Haddin 300.

  • akshayaram on December 26, 2011, 1:56 GMT

    Ponting looks positive at the crease.He looks set for a big score.

  • on December 26, 2011, 1:53 GMT

    Finger crossed...lets hope Indian will get Punter soon...or else...he will be very lethal...

  • hyclass on December 26, 2011, 1:46 GMT

    I remember objecting to Marshes selection for Test cricket on the grounds of being extremely injury prone and inconsistent. He hadnt played more than 4 games in a 1st class season before succumbing to injury and his record showed that on the very rare occasions when he did score a 1st class hundred,his form fell away rapidly.His 3 1st class hundreds of the last 4 years all came against the very weakest attacks on flat wickets-SthAustralia and SL.When he collected a hundred in his first Test,many were ready to say I was incorrect and good luck to them. I predicted within one run,his next two Test scores and that by his 4th match,we could expect single figure scores. His last two Test innings have now been ducks. From his first Test innings,it was clear that he edges from gully to slip,depending on the pace of the wicket,before he reaches double figures.That happens every innings.His sub 40 1st class average over 11 seasons,is an accurate reflection of his game,not an abberration.

  • on December 26, 2011, 1:42 GMT

    @Alexk400... 2 wkts for india and there were lots of misses..what do u have to say ab that..

  • Olives on December 26, 2011, 1:22 GMT

    Yea right Aussies are killing themselves , 2 already gone

  • Avidcricketlover on December 26, 2011, 1:08 GMT

    Haha. Mr.Alexk400, To me , It looks like they are struggling !! I suspect a good score for Huss though !! Cowan may be a 50 by the end of the day !! He doing the basic right as of now except a very few mistakes !! Ponting looks frightened !!

  • on December 26, 2011, 1:07 GMT

    india have a better bowling it looks like aus have no quickie with 100 wickets but india have 2 with more than 100 pattison and umesh both young and promising ans spinner ashwin 3 test 22 wickets lyon 8 test 22 wickets

  • on December 26, 2011, 1:04 GMT

    If Ricky gets his form back dont blame indian bowlers just appreciate the legend

  • Alexk400 on December 26, 2011, 0:31 GMT

    Aussies are killing indian bowlers. NZ bowled lot better than indians. Not even a single edge. It is going to be long day for indians.

  • Lord_Dravid on December 26, 2011, 0:20 GMT

    OMG what has Zak done to his hair?! haha someone said he looks like a 60s bollywood hero! ha!

  • on December 25, 2011, 23:35 GMT

    I ballsy decision by Clarke, a good one too in my opinion as it will test the top order and give a good indicator of which Aussie batsmen are fit for the big time and which aren't.

  • on December 25, 2011, 23:25 GMT

    Why are the Aussies wearing black bands?

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  • on December 25, 2011, 23:25 GMT

    Why are the Aussies wearing black bands?

  • on December 25, 2011, 23:35 GMT

    I ballsy decision by Clarke, a good one too in my opinion as it will test the top order and give a good indicator of which Aussie batsmen are fit for the big time and which aren't.

  • Lord_Dravid on December 26, 2011, 0:20 GMT

    OMG what has Zak done to his hair?! haha someone said he looks like a 60s bollywood hero! ha!

  • Alexk400 on December 26, 2011, 0:31 GMT

    Aussies are killing indian bowlers. NZ bowled lot better than indians. Not even a single edge. It is going to be long day for indians.

  • on December 26, 2011, 1:04 GMT

    If Ricky gets his form back dont blame indian bowlers just appreciate the legend

  • on December 26, 2011, 1:07 GMT

    india have a better bowling it looks like aus have no quickie with 100 wickets but india have 2 with more than 100 pattison and umesh both young and promising ans spinner ashwin 3 test 22 wickets lyon 8 test 22 wickets

  • Avidcricketlover on December 26, 2011, 1:08 GMT

    Haha. Mr.Alexk400, To me , It looks like they are struggling !! I suspect a good score for Huss though !! Cowan may be a 50 by the end of the day !! He doing the basic right as of now except a very few mistakes !! Ponting looks frightened !!

  • Olives on December 26, 2011, 1:22 GMT

    Yea right Aussies are killing themselves , 2 already gone

  • on December 26, 2011, 1:42 GMT

    @Alexk400... 2 wkts for india and there were lots of misses..what do u have to say ab that..

  • hyclass on December 26, 2011, 1:46 GMT

    I remember objecting to Marshes selection for Test cricket on the grounds of being extremely injury prone and inconsistent. He hadnt played more than 4 games in a 1st class season before succumbing to injury and his record showed that on the very rare occasions when he did score a 1st class hundred,his form fell away rapidly.His 3 1st class hundreds of the last 4 years all came against the very weakest attacks on flat wickets-SthAustralia and SL.When he collected a hundred in his first Test,many were ready to say I was incorrect and good luck to them. I predicted within one run,his next two Test scores and that by his 4th match,we could expect single figure scores. His last two Test innings have now been ducks. From his first Test innings,it was clear that he edges from gully to slip,depending on the pace of the wicket,before he reaches double figures.That happens every innings.His sub 40 1st class average over 11 seasons,is an accurate reflection of his game,not an abberration.