Australia v India, 1st Test, MCG, 2nd day December 27, 2011

Australian seamers show mettle against the best

India were undoubtedly on top, but James Pattinson and his fast-bowling colleagues showed a willingness to toil hard against the best batsmen in the business
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In Hobart a fortnight ago, Australia's developing attack bowled to a New Zealand team that collectively hadn't scored 10,000 Test runs. When Sachin Tendulkar walked out to join Rahul Dravid on the second day in Melbourne, the bowlers were faced with 28,302 runs in one pair, the two highest scorers in Test history. At Bellerive Oval, the pitch was as green as saag. At the MCG, it was as flat as a roti.

At stumps, the Australians walked off with India's score at 3 for 214. The visitors were unquestionably on top. But Australia could not have been unhappy with the work of their attack, a group that has morphed several times since the tour of Sri Lanka in August. Not since that tour have the bowlers had to work in unhelpful conditions. Here, they toiled hard, and could not be blamed for three missed chances in the field.

The efforts of James Pattinson were especially impressive. Despite being the youngest and newest member of the bowling group, Pattinson was the most threatening. Consistently, he hurried the batsmen, and he beat them with subtle movement. An hour after the tea break, he sent down a delivery that the speed gun clocked at 153kph. It was an encouraging sign in his third spell.

Against New Zealand, the ball hooped on command for Pattinson in friendly conditions. Here, he needed a back-up plan. When asked last week how he would cope against quality batsmen when the ball was not moving, he said he needed only to look back at the career of Glenn McGrath to see what a fast man should do in such circumstances.

"In the end it all just comes back to building pressure," Pattinson said at the time. "The Indian players like to score runs quickly, so if you build pressure on them and be aggressive, I think that's all you can do. The best bowler in the world, Glenn McGrath, did that for all of his career, he built pressure and he got the rewards for it."

In front of 52,858 of his hometown fans, Pattinson puffed out his chest and steamed in again and again. He did not back down when his follow-through line intersected with the path Virender Sehwag took while running, but nor did he take the tete-a-tete too far.

He could have had Sehwag on 11, when Michael Hussey at gully couldn't hold on to a tough chance. He should have had him on 58, but for Brad Haddin's misjudged dive behind the stumps. The wicketkeeper moved too far to his right and fluffed the catch. So instead, Pattinson bowled Sehwag himself, the ball seaming in just a touch and cannoning off the inside edge onto the stumps.

It was part of a fine spell from Pattinson, who at tea had 1 for 25 from 10 overs. In truth, each of the fast men sent down at least one good, strong spell, and each of them finished the day with one wicket. Pattinson and Peter Siddle could have had more.

Siddle shook off the frustration of bowling Rahul Dravid off a no-ball and instead shattered the stumps of Sachin Tendulkar. It came in the final over of the day, when he still managed to hit the 150kph mark. On a day when Siddle didn't find much swing or seam, such stamina was all that his captain Michael Clarke could ask for.

Even Ben Hilfenhaus was in the mid 140kph region late in the day. Hilfenhaus was playing his first Test since being dropped after the Ashes last summer, when his outswing was early, predictable and too easy to leave. Here, his movement was more varied, happened closer to the bat, and his lines were straighter. He picked up the wicket of Gautam Gambhir with the new ball, the batsman uncertain which way the ball was moving.

It remains a concern that Hilfenhaus loses his impact when the shine has worn off the ball. Of Australian bowlers with at least 50 Test wickets, Hilfenhaus has removed the greatest proportion of openers. More than anything, that shows how ineffective he is when the ball stops moving. Again it was the case at the MCG.

Perhaps that was the time the Australians would have used a fifth bowler, had they included one. But they chose the right line-up. Daniel Christian's medium pace would have rested the fast men, but it's hard to imagine him troubling India's powerful batting order. In fact, it is difficult to find a fit fast bowler who would have improved Australia's attack.

Each of the fast bowlers sent down at least as many overs as the offspinner Nathan Lyon, who was neither a success nor a failure. He might have a bigger role to play in the second innings.

Clarke will need to manage the workload of his fast men carefully on the third day, with strong batting still to come and the Sydney Test to start in a week's time. But if they toil like they did on the second day, he will be proud of their efforts.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • zenboomerang on December 29, 2011, 22:35 GMT

    @jacobs_the_man... Did you watch a different match?... Looking at the bowling stocks of India, SA, NZ, Aust - I would say that they are in very good shape & with great young talent emerging it look likes it will be that way for many years to come... As for your :- "Its a shame when all the runs are coming from a 38 and 2 37 year olds"... Cowan top scored in the 1st Aust innings, Warner, Clarke, Haddin, Siddle, Pattinson, Hilfenhaus contributed good runs... Ashwin was 4th & 2nd highest run scorer for India...

  • jacobs_the_man on December 29, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    Oh how the mighty have fallen. Two of the best test playing nations now in the same catagory of NewZealand. At least when the kiwis knocked Aussies over in their last test they actually bowled well. India chucked away nearly all of their 2nd innings wickets.Then For all the australian comentators saying how brilliantly their bowlers bowled. Painfull. Its a shame when all the runs are coming from a 38 and 2 37 year olds. At least all the nations are coming closer together as the standard drops.

  • Harmony111 on December 28, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    @Chris_P:-

    Now that day 3 has ended with Oz 179/8, I am sure you would be busy coming up with excuses instead of waiting for any Indian excuses. Btw, you said no excuses were being offered and at the same time using the "IF" there, hope you see the contradiction. Moreover, Hilfy and Siddle have more exp than Harris and Cummins anyways - how do you then call them inexperienced? Hilfy has been there for more than 3 yrs. And before you think I am biased against Oz bowlers, I had always thought of Hilfy as a good bowler - more reliable than Siddle. I was impressed by Hilfy when he bowled in India last time. Finally, on this flat track of Day 3, Indian bowlers have done much better against Oz batsmen. Hoozzat for showing mettle?

  • Harmony111 on December 28, 2011, 13:43 GMT

    @dharmadasa :-

    Well, if you think that saying 214/3 indicates good bowling is correct then anyone can see who is being foolish and wishful here.

  • Harmony111 on December 28, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    @ Harry_Kool / harry93:-

    Obviously both of you don't know that praising bowlers for showing mettle before they have done anything special is laughable. Oz bowlers bowled well on Day 3 and so deserve the praise. But if 214/3 shows bowlers' mettle then what does 27/4 and 179/8 mean? India finished Day 2 on a strong note and also on Day 3. Now that Oz are merely 230 runs ahead, I am sure both of you have your feet and hand and nose and ears in your mouth. You could even swap if it gets boring. Would love to see your faces right now, come back here on Day 4/5's end.

  • on December 28, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    this is a match betwwen two good aggresive exciting teams lot likeengland cant play on any ofthe tracks greenor flat 2007 lost on india in england joke team just 6 months every subcontinent team will clean sweepthem hoho

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on December 28, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    Things have got to be bad in camp Australia when even our own esteemed 'RandyOz' claims that Clarke has 'no idea' as captain. Chin Up Randy, it may be tough at the moment, but in a few years who knows?

  • dharmadasa on December 28, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    What a wonderful day of cricket, added to which it is so satisfying to come here and see moBlue and Harmony111 humiliate themselves with foolish comments. Obviously, the teams are pretty well balanced, with the variation in fortunes owing a lot to differences in conditions on days 2 and 3. The game can still go the either team, but Indian top-order will need to hang tough. Congratulations to both teams for excellent fighting spirit overall, despite some lapses by individuals.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on December 28, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    As most said yesterday, this is an ordinary match between two VERY average teams. The Indian batting line up folded to a fairly determined home attack, the UDRS unable to save them this time! Hilfenhaus doesn't do a lot with the ball but even that proved too much for the famous 'flat track bullies'.

    Good luck down the bottom of the rankings table India.

  • dsig3 on December 28, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    Khan looks absolutely pedestrian in this match. Still a good bowler but Ricky Ponting bowls quicker than him.

  • zenboomerang on December 29, 2011, 22:35 GMT

    @jacobs_the_man... Did you watch a different match?... Looking at the bowling stocks of India, SA, NZ, Aust - I would say that they are in very good shape & with great young talent emerging it look likes it will be that way for many years to come... As for your :- "Its a shame when all the runs are coming from a 38 and 2 37 year olds"... Cowan top scored in the 1st Aust innings, Warner, Clarke, Haddin, Siddle, Pattinson, Hilfenhaus contributed good runs... Ashwin was 4th & 2nd highest run scorer for India...

  • jacobs_the_man on December 29, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    Oh how the mighty have fallen. Two of the best test playing nations now in the same catagory of NewZealand. At least when the kiwis knocked Aussies over in their last test they actually bowled well. India chucked away nearly all of their 2nd innings wickets.Then For all the australian comentators saying how brilliantly their bowlers bowled. Painfull. Its a shame when all the runs are coming from a 38 and 2 37 year olds. At least all the nations are coming closer together as the standard drops.

  • Harmony111 on December 28, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    @Chris_P:-

    Now that day 3 has ended with Oz 179/8, I am sure you would be busy coming up with excuses instead of waiting for any Indian excuses. Btw, you said no excuses were being offered and at the same time using the "IF" there, hope you see the contradiction. Moreover, Hilfy and Siddle have more exp than Harris and Cummins anyways - how do you then call them inexperienced? Hilfy has been there for more than 3 yrs. And before you think I am biased against Oz bowlers, I had always thought of Hilfy as a good bowler - more reliable than Siddle. I was impressed by Hilfy when he bowled in India last time. Finally, on this flat track of Day 3, Indian bowlers have done much better against Oz batsmen. Hoozzat for showing mettle?

  • Harmony111 on December 28, 2011, 13:43 GMT

    @dharmadasa :-

    Well, if you think that saying 214/3 indicates good bowling is correct then anyone can see who is being foolish and wishful here.

  • Harmony111 on December 28, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    @ Harry_Kool / harry93:-

    Obviously both of you don't know that praising bowlers for showing mettle before they have done anything special is laughable. Oz bowlers bowled well on Day 3 and so deserve the praise. But if 214/3 shows bowlers' mettle then what does 27/4 and 179/8 mean? India finished Day 2 on a strong note and also on Day 3. Now that Oz are merely 230 runs ahead, I am sure both of you have your feet and hand and nose and ears in your mouth. You could even swap if it gets boring. Would love to see your faces right now, come back here on Day 4/5's end.

  • on December 28, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    this is a match betwwen two good aggresive exciting teams lot likeengland cant play on any ofthe tracks greenor flat 2007 lost on india in england joke team just 6 months every subcontinent team will clean sweepthem hoho

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on December 28, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    Things have got to be bad in camp Australia when even our own esteemed 'RandyOz' claims that Clarke has 'no idea' as captain. Chin Up Randy, it may be tough at the moment, but in a few years who knows?

  • dharmadasa on December 28, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    What a wonderful day of cricket, added to which it is so satisfying to come here and see moBlue and Harmony111 humiliate themselves with foolish comments. Obviously, the teams are pretty well balanced, with the variation in fortunes owing a lot to differences in conditions on days 2 and 3. The game can still go the either team, but Indian top-order will need to hang tough. Congratulations to both teams for excellent fighting spirit overall, despite some lapses by individuals.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on December 28, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    As most said yesterday, this is an ordinary match between two VERY average teams. The Indian batting line up folded to a fairly determined home attack, the UDRS unable to save them this time! Hilfenhaus doesn't do a lot with the ball but even that proved too much for the famous 'flat track bullies'.

    Good luck down the bottom of the rankings table India.

  • dsig3 on December 28, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    Khan looks absolutely pedestrian in this match. Still a good bowler but Ricky Ponting bowls quicker than him.

  • perl57 on December 28, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    Comparing this article to yesterday, I really fail to understand how Australian seamers have shown any kind of mettle. They were taken to cleaners first by Sehwag (Do not give excuses for dropped catches) and then Dravid and then ultimately by the Mr.cricket himself. Today if Australian seamers have taken 7 for 70 odd then we had done better. Considering Indians are very bad when starting, Australian seamers have not just failed but miserably too.

  • Naresh28 on December 28, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    The calls that this is track is flat are amazing. Flat track bullies playing on another flat track. I thought these tracks are only found in INDIA. Mind you this game looks like it will only last four days as opposed to five. Someone even called this a 'roti' track. At least when a flat track is offered it is for TWO teams pitted against each other. For me its just nice to see two top teams playing a good game on whatever pitch is been offered.

  • on December 28, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    ishant sharma quickest bowler in match 154 fastestbowl quickly and well my indian counterpart chanting truddler like vinay just shut down know

  • hyclass on December 28, 2011, 7:04 GMT

    Further to CAs behaviour,there is Haydens public statement that he wasnt,'invested' in any traditional cricket,made while he was a CA and Qld Board Member. At no time did CA seek to refute his position as their representative. He further stated his intention to acquire a stake in a 'healthy lifestyle' KFC sponsored BBL team through his business,'The Hayden Way'-a clear conflict of interests which again drew no CA response. When pressed on this point,he quickly stated his intention to step down in pursuit of money.One wonders who was looking after the interests of traditional cricket in this country while all this was taking place.In response to the historical lows of the 2011 Ashes,CA were forced to announce the Argus Review. In order to defeat any conclusions of Argus,or the State Boards who remained opposed until due dilligence could be performed to determine viability of BBL,CA rammed the BBL through a year in advance of original proposal and before debate could take place.

  • Chris_P on December 28, 2011, 7:01 GMT

    To the Indian followers; I got to add that I have been impressed with Yadav's bowling. Not really following Indian fc cricket greatly, I was led to believe your next best bowlers were used in England, but this kid is far superior to anyone I saw in England. Why has his inclusion been delayed so long? Ishant, while still going ok hasn't really developed much from last time he toured here as I expected him to be the spearhead. He seems to be holding back, or is it something I am missing?

  • hyclass on December 28, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    Interesting to see how CA explain the death of Test cricket in Australia after the usual huge crowds,the largest per capita in the cricket world,have turned up to watch the 2011 Boxing Day Test,as they do every year.Those crowds contain people of every age,sex and ethnic background. Sutherland worked assiduously to convince the public that change was needed due to demographic and age related factors. It was all a complete fabrication.CA spent more than 3 years making inexplicable selections,appointments and publicly denigrating our institutions,curators and one of the best first class competitions in the world. Their often breathtaking lack of vision and action defied all successful institutional and business models.I use the term,'defied' because it shows that their actions were not accidental.It has long been my contention that CA chose the moments following retiring greats as their most expedient to willfully run traditional cricket into the ground in desperate pursuit of BBL money.

  • RandyOZ on December 28, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    Absolutely NO MORE EXCUSES. Haddin is gone. See you later. If Arthur and Inverarity keep him I will leave cricket for the summer.

  • RandyOZ on December 28, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    @Dismayed, you echo my sentiments exactly. I said to my friends if Lyon is taken off here Clarke has no idea, and of course he was taken off. Clarke again crumbling as a cpatain under pressure.

  • on December 28, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    Very good bowling by aussies. They have come back strongly. This is going to be a close finish as aus build on lead but with sehwag anything is possible since there are still 2 days left.

  • on December 28, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    Very good bowling by aussies. They have come back strongly. This is going to be a close finish as aus build on lead but with sehwag anything is possible since there are still 2 days left.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 28, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    I want to ask again, where are the Ponting naysayers? Where are the guys baying for Hussey's blood? I'm an Indian but I want both these Legendary Aussies to convert their half-centuries into centuries. Go Ponting go....Go Hussey go....

  • hyclass on December 28, 2011, 4:21 GMT

    It should be evident,that despite the ridiculous hype,20/20 form is irrelevent to Test match cricket. Those in the media who should know better are having that myth rapidly exposed. Players in 20/20 usually have one bowler or less of international reputation,in each team bowling 4 overs and fields are different. The same principle applies to selecting Test players on brief sets of 1st class form without reference to who that form is against or under what conditions. The flaw in these results is that players lack complete games that can cope with the varied conditions that Test cricket throws at them.There is no comparison in stamina,endurance,patience and concentration between a 40 over match and a 450 over match. By record,Starc was never better than Bollinger.Watson,Cummins and Marsh injuries were inevitable.Warner and Marsh have incomplete games.Rotting away on age basis in 1st class cricket with 50+averages are Rogers,David Hussey,Katich and Hodge for ODI,all with peerless records.

  • chaitu14 on December 28, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    for me umesh is the pick of the bowler in the eries so far..and for aussie i would go with hilfenhaus. dont understand why everyones talking about pattinson..he is a good bowler but hes not the best in the series so far.for that matter of bowling tight line ishant has done the exact same thing for india. umesh is as young as pattinson to international cricket and in the first innings(in the second as well) picked up all three top order wickets. he is been outstanding from the fact that he came out of a country where good fast bowling is so hard to see and to teach

  • hyclass on December 28, 2011, 3:30 GMT

    Warner and Marsh fail again. Like clockwork,every prediction and observation Ive made on this Australian team in the last 12 months has come to pass. I was correct about Cummins and injury,Shaun Marsh and injury.The inability of Warner or Marsh to be convincing against quality attacks on pitches with bounce or movement.That their runs came against weak attacks on flat pitches.Marshes inconsistency.All that is left now is for Lyon who bowls with no drift and little variation,to be treated by the Indian lineup,the way they treated Hauritz. All I did was take the time to properly research the players,their opponents,where,when and against whom they made their runs or took their wickets and their stamina and injury records. Ignoring long term records or making selections without a record on which to base it,such as using 20/20 as a guide is the pastime of fools.One would expect the professionals employed to undertake the selection and appointment process to ovserve the same dilligence.

  • Harmony111 on December 28, 2011, 3:29 GMT

    So if 214/3 on Day 2 is called good bowling, how would you describe 27/4 on day 3? It was said that this wicket is as flat as a roti when India were batting. Has the grass suddenly grown back on day 3?

  • R.AkKi.S on December 28, 2011, 3:11 GMT

    Hmmm.. Aussies have won the the first session on the 3rd day very comprehensively, and taken a huge lead into this game. Something tells me this game can become very exciting with time. Beauty of Test Cricket.!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 28, 2011, 2:51 GMT

    So, there you go, Australia won that first session of day 3 and it's now their's to lose. How foolish I was that I felt very secure when Zaheer looked fit, forgetting the way we batted against the Windies at home. Well, with or without Zaheer, I can't rely much on our batting, anymore. Very well bowled Aussies. Gotta give it to them.

  • Harry_Kool on December 28, 2011, 2:40 GMT

    @harry93. I think harmony is still tyring to take out feet out of his mouth! LOL.

  • Fourworldcups on December 28, 2011, 2:34 GMT

    Consistency paying off here and Hilf, Siddle and Pattinson working very well together there, and also managed very effectively by Clarke. India effectively just lost 8 for 68 on a batting track. How do you like them apples?

  • crh8971 on December 28, 2011, 2:30 GMT

    Interesting to see how dismissive the Indian fans are of the Australian bowling and also how they don't seem to concede that it is possible to bowl very well and not take alot of wickets, especially against great batsmen. I think the author is spot on in his assessment. And to those Indian fans saying that Pattinson can't bowl you obviously know nothing at all about cricket. He bowls at very good pace, has fantastic seem position and can move the bowl. His bowling yesterdaywas extremely patient and mature. He will take over 300 test wickets easilly if hs body holds up. There are alot of predictions here about how the Indian batsmen will dominate this attack. As I am writing this the Aussies are back in with Indian having lost 6 for 80. So either this is a rubbish Indian batting line up or the bowlers might be decent after all.

  • RandyOZ on December 28, 2011, 2:00 GMT

    India's famous attack crumbles again! I guess that makes ours as good as England. Oh that's right it's actually better!

  • KingofRedLions on December 28, 2011, 1:59 GMT

    Harmony111 clearly knows what he's talking about.

  • Chris_P on December 28, 2011, 1:43 GMT

    @Harmony111. What excuses are you talking about? It was an analysis and a good one. If the catches were taken and Siddle didn't bowl a no ball for that wicket, India would have been in much dire circumstances, no doubt. And it showed in the first session on day 3. The fast bowlers bowling to the best batting lineup in world cricket & got on top of them, and this with a young & inexperienced attack. You want excuses, just read what your countrymen will be writing about the Indian batting collapse. That always makes amusing reading. I would add that with Harris, Cummins & Watson out, this bowling attack can only get stronger. Aussie pace trio, 10 wickets, India 51 runs behind. I rest my case Mr. Dreamer. I think they showed mettle. (6/514 at stumps? You're dreaming!).

  • Harmony111 on December 28, 2011, 1:40 GMT

    @harry93 :-

    Ha. That still doesn't mean that this article was correct. Oz bowled well today and got the wickets, yesterday they were struggling to take wickets.

  • on December 28, 2011, 1:30 GMT

    @RandyOZ, you were saying? Go Hilfy.

  • harry93 on December 28, 2011, 0:57 GMT

    Even better bowling on Day Three. ROTFLMAO @ Harmony111

  • Harmony111 on December 27, 2011, 23:10 GMT

    @Valavan :- Day 2 of the tour and already Oz fans making excuses? If the missed chances are the excuse then is it India's fault? Anyways, if these things count then doesn't it mean that India have already won the last tour 2-1?

  • Harmony111 on December 27, 2011, 23:06 GMT

    I am surprised to see that some Indian fans here have such a negative and weak mindset. If you keep on thinking of what might go wrong then how would things get moving? You are expecting 2 quick wickets tomorrow morning and then the new bowl and then rain and then another 2 quick wickets and then India being AO <300. Why can't you think about India going to lunch at 314/4 and then ending the day at 514/6? See? It already feels good, isn't it? I laugh at those who say that Siddle made a good come back on the basis of just one wicket. If I was asked, I would love to face such bowlers all day who would let me score 71 runs before getting me out. Come on. This is test cricket, the batsmen won't middle every ball - we can't say the bowling was good on the basis of just a few missed shots. The 3rd column in the bowling chart matters the most - It shows a total of 3 wickets so far. I rest my case.

  • Harmony111 on December 27, 2011, 22:55 GMT

    @indianpunter :-

    With all respects, may I ask you not to appropriate yourself as the spokesperson of Indian fans and/or morality lessons please? India are 214/3 and Oz fans are going gaga over their bowling attack, saying that India were batting on a flat track etc etc. You don't see all that and then try to lecture the Indian fans? May be you are an Oz masquerading using a misleading id. Who knows?

  • popcorn on December 27, 2011, 22:37 GMT

    It is very heartening to see the young quick James Pattinson bowl so well so early in his career.It augurs well for ur fast bowlin stocks that young Pat Cummins will be back by he end of the summer. The wily warhorse,swinging the ball away,is a great asset. And Peter Siddle - no words to describe him - he gives 100% each time - with ball AND bat AND fielding.The fact that he clean bowled experienced Rahul Dravid AND Sachin Tendulkar shows he is brilliant .Funny that the Umpire should use DRS, ONLY to check if a no Ball when a wicket falls. Why not a nick? Ed Cowan, Mike Hussey, tough on you.

  • on December 27, 2011, 22:30 GMT

    australia should go with pattinson and cummins for the next game, the two of them together are gonna be a very difficult proposition to handle

  • Harmony111 on December 27, 2011, 22:24 GMT

    Coverdale trying to find some positive for Oz from the day's play. Oz bowling was unimpressive all day. If you start counting a few occasional misses as good bowling then you might as well start saying a roti is just a pizza with no cheese. As far as Dravid goes, he was lacking focus in the beginning but the Oz bowlers still couldn't get him. If Siddle bowls a no ball then it is his problem not India's. Like someone said - India are 214/3 with the 3rd one coming just before stumps and Coverdale calls it good bowling. ROTFL.

  • OttawaRocks on December 27, 2011, 21:49 GMT

    Don't worry Marcio, for someone talking about denial he seems to be in a lot of denial himself. There is a reason behind Australia's 47 and several subpar 150 innings. My bet is it isn't the last.

  • Dismayed on December 27, 2011, 21:47 GMT

    Pattinson was by far the pick of the day. Why is Lyon ripped out of the attack as soon as the batsmen attack him? He bowled with good control, had Dravid reaching for the ball. Clarke should stop being led by Ponting. No matter how hard Siddle tries he just will never be the leader of the attack we need. All well and good to put the batsmen on the back foot but has to follow up. Or at least have a short leg in place with his continual short pitched attack. Looking forward to the future with Cummins, Pattinson, Starc, Faulkner. Couple of years of Harris and Johnson coming and going for these guys to mature. But we need a Captain who will support his bowlers not rip them out of the attack as soon as the batsmen go after them.Clarke is not the man.

  • SRAM20 on December 27, 2011, 19:58 GMT

    When India bats well, the pitch becomes flat? And to be honest Coverdale, if you don't know about Indian food, better not talk about it. All rotis are not flat. Most rotis are uneven in shape.

  • Naresh28 on December 27, 2011, 19:49 GMT

    Whoever of India/ Australia win this series, we are guaranteed to see some good games. These are not two average teams as one commontator described them. These are two top tier teams. Enjoy the game and remember you win some and you lose some. At the end of day its no use writing off any team whether they are minnows or top tier team. Ridiculous comments and predictions are not realistic and only at end should we really comment.

  • Marcio on December 27, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    India got everything their way on day 2. The batsmen, other tsan Tendulker looked poor. As an AussieIi like to seee indians in denial. It means no more than 24 houirs before the inevitable correction arrives.

  • Naresh28 on December 27, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    India could do with Rohit Sharma in place of Gambhir. Gambhir has done well in past, but his confidence levels are low. Hope we see this change in the next game. Also I think Oz desperately need Cummins back in the squad. He is a good bowler and India need to be wary of him. India should try to win this first game to be truly in the contest - otherwise I see lots of draws.

  • on December 27, 2011, 19:28 GMT

    I wonder if all the folks putting down the young Aussie attack even watched the match live or just logon to cricinfo at the end of the day, read the score and then decide to post comments based on that. None of the Indian batsmen looked completely in, with the possible exception of Tendulkar for a brief spell. It is a testament to Dravid's temparement that he gutsed it out and any lesser batsman would have thrown it away. A young bowler like Pattinson deserves credit for holding his own against arguably the most destructive test batsman there is as well as the no.1 and no.2 top scorers in the history of test cricket.

  • on December 27, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    Aussies did a huge mistake by not taking dan christian who would have been a bonus for them .shaun marsh is a great batsman but he is just back frm injury so he cant give his 100% and shd have given christian a try atleast resting marsh for 1-2 tests so he would have been back with a bang if shaun marsh fails to score proprrly his confidence will be low and could carry same confidence thru out the deries.and in form christian can bowl at 140 kph and he could have made gud vobtributions with both bat and ball atleast 2-3 wickets.

    People writting off christian just becoz he bowls at 138-140 kph thts ridiculous .we saw bresnan who bowls at 132-135 kph grabbing 3-5 wickets cant christian do that ?? And what great did mr.pattinson who bowls at 145 + do ??

    India shd win the first 2 tests before the likes of pat cummins,ryan harrus,johnson and watson join to put aussies under confidence and this is the best bowling line up for india if any one gets injured.then things can go opposite

  • on December 27, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    @mo blue

    exactly dude u r spot on.when i read this article and the connents i felt the sane.aus was pathetic and are a miles miles behind the great indisn batting line up.before this series started aussies were soo much over hyping this pattinson and he cant rattle the stumps !!! Pat cummins is a great prospect i agree but pattinson is just below average bowler accept that.he cant take a 5 for on this pitch against this batting line up.he is just over hyped thats the fact .aussies call sehwag and sachin as flat track bullies same sehwag made 195 on the same aussie pitch and he made 67 today equal to the highest score in the aussie team byponting and cowan.

    Siddle is aggressive like dale steyn but he is miles behind steyn in wicket taking abilities.if aus wants to take 20 indian wickets then they need pat cummins ,ryan harris and mitchell johnson otherwise they cant and mitch starc is wayy better than pattinson and hilfy who is out of form.

    With laxman,virat kohli ,dhoni and ashwin

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 27, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    Yes, they bowled very well. Lyon cut a sorry figure so far though. The match is still very delicately poised. Just one good session by any team has the potential to shut out the other team from the match. IF Dravid, Ishant and VVS can put the Aussies at bay before lunch (remember the new ball is due with some helpful conditions pre-lunch), then India will be in a much better position than the Aussies. Not much is lost for the Aussies, as yet. India is just slightly ahead of them. IF Dravid and VVS depart early, I'm not sure if Kohli, Dhoni and Ashwin can counter their bowlers unless the pitch flattens out a lot. Mouth watering contest beckons us on day 3. Bring it on folks!

  • on December 27, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    It was a good day of cricket but if a team drop three/four catches and two of their frontline bowlers are ineffective then no point in blaming the pitch or DRS. Indians were not at their best but scorecard reads 2114/3 so how on earth this was good bowling? From a neutral and unbiased angle there were few good spells but overall nothing to write home about. Mr brydon you obviously were watching a different game....! I think Aussies are to be blamed for picking a one dimension attack and dropping the catches, DRS or BCCI had nothing to do with it... :) but a couple of early wickets can make a difference. My conclusion Indians played average and bowling was good at times but average mostly and fielding was pathetic. Let's not hate and learn to appreciate.

  • krishna_cricketfan on December 27, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    Pattinson was the most threatening bowler on day 2. Pace combined with technique did really bother the experienced players. I keep my fingers crossed for the coming set of batsmen to score well against this pace attack and especially Pattinson. He is a very tough bowler to handle. The match is even and this Australian Pace attack is a very good one.

  • OttawaRocks on December 27, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    The match is still in the balance. If Ishant gets a few quick boundaries before getting out (say India gets to 235 by then), it will set a positive tone for India for the rest of the day. Laxman will be coming in with a larger runs cushion and Dravid will have become settled by then. Later in the day when the Aussie bowlers are tired Dhoni and Kohli will have a much easier time negotiating them. If on the other hand, the Aussies get a couple of quick wickets then the Indians will be fighting a collapse. Why? Because Dhoni, Kohli and Ashwin are less experienced on these pitches and facing a fresh Aussie attack will be tougher, especially an inspired one. Although Kohli did get a century in the tour game and that experience will help him, I can't put him in the same bracket as Dravid, Tendulkar and Laxman just yet. Prediction: if it goes India's way, India will be 420 AO; if it goes Aussie's way then India might be 270 AO.

  • Alexk400 on December 27, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    Hilfenhaus was kinda disappointing..he used to bowl 150 in india. He was more robotic here. if they had cummins in place of hilfenhaus and also aussie need an all rounder. I like lyons but sehwag even make muralidharan useless. Once cummins comes back , aussie bowling is awsome. All they need now batsman to show up. Drop hussey for sure.

  • Rahulbose on December 27, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    I was most impressed by the attitude of the seamers, they kept running in all day with intensity and did not get rattled against Sehwag. But the spinner Lyon was a let down, if the Aussie plan was to build pressure then Lyon provided the safety valve. Plus Clarke went on the defensive too quickly in the 3rd session.

  • Peterincanada on December 27, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    It was a good day's play. India have their noses slightly in front but as Bill Lawry used to say add 2 wickets to the total and see how it looks. Hoping for another good day tomorrow and a good series.

  • inswing on December 27, 2011, 16:50 GMT

    Agree, Australia bowled very well, especially Pattinson and Siddle who showed their quality. Dravid was troubled most of the the time against these two and looked like he could go any time. Sometimes the scorecard does not reflect how good a bowler bowled, and this is one of these times. Similar to how Ishant bowled some good spells in the first innings but doesn't have much to show for it. The pitch is not completely flat, it has a little something for the fast men. My prediction is that India will surpass Aus total, but not by much.

  • luck002 on December 27, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    The pitch today was still slightly helpful for the bowlers,but aussie bowlers' perseverance should be commended.They ran in hard and hurried Indian batsmen.But I would like to point out that they were menacing in 1 or 2 spells,not throughout the day.They were just between good and average otherwise.Would reserve judgement till the end of the series.

  • on December 27, 2011, 16:45 GMT

    Mettle - 1. Courage and fortitude; spirit, 2. Inherent quality of character and temperament. Idiomatic: Prepared to accept a challenge and do one's best. Mr Coverdale certainly has proven his point which is that even if successes have been few and the Indian batsmen are gaining the upper hand, the Australian attack has not wilted (yet?) under pressure but are fighting all the way and make full use of their abilities even if neither of them are Lillees, McGraths or Warnes.

  • moBlue on December 27, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    i think i am seeing a pattern here between AUS and SA - fans and selectors alike - a problem we don't have in IND. AUS and SA fans believe what they want to believe! they are not swayed by facts! this article is a prime example as are comments by AUS fans who are in denial about their team and how pathetic they are - at everything, on the basis of evidence on days 1 and 2 at the MCG! hussey dropped a catch, their batters self-destructed against a tepid attack [come on! we IND fans are realistic about our bowlers down under. we are not delusional. that was not a great bowling attack AUS faced. AUS fans, wake up and smell the roses! :) ], and today, i was surprised at how weak their bowling is! i bet you delhi - let alone mumbai! - would have mauled this bowling "attack" by AUS at the MCG today! yet the AUS fans think IND can be easily beaten, just because they wish it! the same happened to SA last year at durban! SA never learned! now SL is hammering them at durban! go figure!

  • kabe_ag7 on December 27, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    "As flat as a roti?" First, roti is not all that flat. Second, what happened to the grass that was apparently there yesterday? Vaporised?

  • moBlue on December 27, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    what "mettle"?!? siddle bowled a beauty to sachin! other than that, there was hardly anything memorable! hilfenhaus [and lyon] would be played contemptuously by an IND first-class batter at melbourne after the first 20 overs were up! what on earth did the author see that i missed? isn't the scoreline evidence of what i am talking about? maybe when IND pile on 705 at sydney in the second test - as they did in 2003 against a much stronger bowling attack - then AUS fans will see the light! 'cuz what i saw today in terms of AUS bowling was pretty pathetic - except for the one ball by siddle that would have bowled anyone! for instance, even on a bouncy track, knowing IND does not play bouncers well, AUS never attacked the rib cage with a short leg and a deep backward square leg! yet they showed "mettle"? they got hammered - as they deserved to be - if you ask me!

  • on December 27, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    @ Dimbeswar Talukdar Better than you spelling.

  • jplterrors on December 27, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    the only mettle the seamers showed was when they were shown the meatle of the advertising boards of the BOUNDARY from the ball going there so often.

  • indianpunter on December 27, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    Indian fans ( and i am one) commenting on this forum should learn to appreciate and respect the opposition. It was a tough day for the bowlers and i was really impressed by Pattinson and Siddle, the latter who bowled with venom and produced an absolute peach to get rid of Sachin in the last over of the day ( in which he hit 150 kph). Hope laxman and dravid can get going and a lead of 100-120 would be fantastic.

  • AvidCricFan on December 27, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    Sachin was batting magnificently without giving any chance to the opposition. His wicket at the end is a blow to Indian side. One or two quick wickets will bring in batsmen who are not known to handle bounce. Hope VVS and RD carries through in the morning session tomorrow. Only then India will be in a commanding position.

  • on December 27, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    Well done Siddle for making such a strong come back. In Pattinson(if he stays fit) Australia have a probable champion. Dissappointed at Sachin not getting to his century again. But he seems to be least bothered and is playing positively like of the old- that is a positive thing for India. Dravid has to go ahead and hold one end up till at least the next 40-45 overs. If that happens and he automatically scores around 150-160, then people like VVS and Kohli can push India's lead to around 150+. That wont be easy though. Expect a very hostile spell of fast bowling from Pattinson and co in the morning and fear at least one of the next three batsman might fall cheaply. So be very careful India. If the morning is won with Ishant as the only damage, the match is then in our hands. In case their is a collapse though, advantage Australia. wow! Test Cricket is the best!

  • on December 27, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    The MCG pitch is by no means a "roti". Just because India lost only 3 wickets in 2 sessions on a pitch, doesn't make it flat. Pitch had bounce and Australia bowled decently, though not superbly. You have to take into account the fact that the bowlers did create chances, but it was bad fielding that let them down. You cannot afford to drop Sehwag 2-3 times and then expect your bowlers to deliver. Then, you had Sachin accumulating 30-40 runs in his first 30 minutes on crease. That's what took it away from Australia. I seriously believe if they would have gotten Sehwag early, and with bit of luck, Dravid, score would have been different at the end of day. Mr. Coverdale won't have been terming the pitch as "Roti"

  • on December 27, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    The MCG pitch is by no means a "roti". Just because India lost only 3 wickets in 2 sessions on a pitch, doesn't make it flat. Pitch had bounce and Australia bowled decently, though not superbly. You have to take into account the fact that the bowlers did create chances, but it was bad fielding that let them down. You cannot afford to drop Sehwag 2-3 times and then expect your bowlers to deliver. Then, you had Sachin accumulating 30-40 runs in his first 30 minutes on crease. That's what took it away from Australia. I seriously believe if they would have gotten Sehwag early, and with bit of luck, Dravid, score would have been different at the end of day. Mr. Coverdale won't have been terming the pitch as "Roti"

  • Valavan on December 27, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    @ssenthil, dont crow loud before the end of the match, make sure india make a lead, 3 dropped catches and unfortunate no ball bowled, just the fortune was in india's way, if aussies pip dravid and laxman along with nightwatchman early, the match will take a U-turn. Well still Watto,harris in bench, do you think Oz gonna give you SCG and Adelaide of past, dont get fooled if they give a seaming strip. No good spinner in Aussie, so dont expect SCG to be a slow wicket as it was tailormade for Mcgill and Warne in past.cricinfo please publish

  • on December 27, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    IN MY OPINION IF WE LEAVE PATTINSON THAN INDIANS WERE MORE IMPRESSIVE THAN AUSSIE ATTACK . THANX TO ZAHEER FOR COMING BAK IN FORM ON RIGHT TIME N ON RIGHT MOMENT

  • on December 27, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    Both Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar struggled to find runs, in the last session. That's good bowling, indeed. The pressure got to them, and Tendulkar had his furniture re-arranged in the last over of the day.

  • AidanFX on December 27, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    I also though it was very good character of Siddle - to have bowled Dravid in the manner he did only for the wicket to be overturned and then bowl out Tendulka with a similar delivery that late in the day was outstanding. The ball to Dravid was a jaffa went on to middle stump - moved off the seem with no inside edge - beat him pure and simple to have that overturned would have been disheartening; so to also clean bowl Tendulka (no inside edge) similar deilvery (but more off side) but well pitched up was very good skill but even better character. He has talent and heart - Siddle needs to go to a new level now.

  • AidanFX on December 27, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    The bowling was decent - Aus reallly need to (use cricket jargon) "take those half chances" - Oh Haddin is more under the radar than ever. We long for a reliable keeper; kudos to his stumping of Ryder but time and time again he is proving to be a liability for the arguably the most important position on field. So India battered well - I know Sewag's natural game is to attack - but I felt he was batting ridiculous at times - although overall a good innings. Pattinson looked sharp again - Siddle bowled "without luck" - Heff was average. I though Lyon wasn't bad but could have tried some more things.

  • AidanFX on December 27, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    The bowling was decent - Aus reallly need to (use cricket jargon) "take those half chances" - Oh Haddin is more under the radar than ever. We long for a reliable keeper; kudos to his stumping of Ryder but time and time again he is proving to be a liability for the arguably the most important position on field. So India battered well - I know Sewag's natural game is to attack - but I felt he was batting ridiculous at times - although overall a good innings. Pattinson looked sharp again - Siddle bowled "without luck" - Heff was average. I though Lyon wasn't bad but could have tried some more things.

  • on December 27, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    I don't understand why the present captains are going for only 4 bowlers, when they have keepers who can bat decently. If 6 batsmen cannot do the job, what will a 7th one add? Why not go for the 5th bowler who can bat a bit. With a 5th bowler India could have got a couple more wickets at the end of day 1 and partly same could be said of Australia on Day 2. With just 4 bowlers, they get so tired and just are not able to as effective in the last 1 hour.

  • ravi_hari on December 27, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    I dont understand why people pounce on Aussies when some body supports or appreciates them. They have been world champs for more than 2 decades and deserve the respect. I think the article was written with a lot of though into it. A No.4 team is playing a No.2 team and that too without their first choice bowling lineup. Just imagine if Harris, Cummins and Pattinson are bowling what would be the fate of Indian batsman. You have more than 50,000 runs scored by the top order facing upto bowlers who have just come into the game. Siddle and Hilfy were never regulars. Then how do you equate both the teams. The wicket definitely eased out and the way the Aussie tail wagged shows batting has become fairly easy. Yet Aussie bowlers toiled very hard and restricted Indians to a comparitively low RR. Now it is upto India to show that they are the superior team. Remember they need to bat in the 4th innings and even a 150 might be tough if the pitch deteriorates. Give Aussies their due.

  • on December 27, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    once Ryan Harris , Pat Cummins and Watson returns the attack should be unplayable!

  • LillianThomson on December 27, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    3-214 is pretty respectable for both teams - on days 2 and 3 the MCG is a dream batting track. If they get Ishant in the first half-hour it will be 4-220, with the new ball less than half an hour away. So if Lyon and Siddle bowl for the first hour, Hilfenhaus and Pattinson will be well and truly rested for the second new ball at around 250-4. That will mean a lot of pressure on Dravid, VVS, Kohli and Dhoni.

  • Universal_Cricket_lover on December 27, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    There was no lack of efforts from the bowlers especially Pattinson. Only hope Pattinson is selective about what he picks up from McGrath. Pattinson did well to keep the tete-a-tete short but wonder if the right elbow stuck out a bit at the last minute to cause the potential intersection. Just wondering aloud here. Any videos in youtube on this???

  • Marcio on December 27, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    Yes,they were good. With the exception of Tendulkar, the Indian batsmen looked very ordinary. Dravid was simply awful. Never seen a worse test 50 from a top class batsman. Gambhir was hoping all over the place, Sehwag unconvincing. I have never seen the ball beat the bat so many times in a single day of test cricket - well over 50 times by my reckoning. That there was not one slips catch taken was more to simple bad luck than anything. With luck they would have cleaned up IND for 200 or so. Still, it only makes Clarke's decision to bat first all the more bizarre, considering how green the pitch was yesterday and it was raining on and off - perfect condtions for fast bowling. The Indias would not have made 200. I will put it down to the same thing I have seen again and again with the team in recent years: dumbness. There simply was no excuse for not bowling in conditions which they may not get again for a long time: and gifting the indian doobly bowlers a real Christmas present.

  • on December 27, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    Good analysis by Coverdale. Very Interesting but biased. I have never seen if McGrath was ever trying to clock bowling by 150Kmph but his every spell looked like opponents wicket may fall any time. And my call for tomorrow , if Ishant Sharma manages few early overs, he will be hitting his highest test score.

  • lovemycric on December 27, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    Whats the buzz about flat and green pitches anyway? Its Australia's call to make the pitches they want. I guess they don't wanna make green tops since they have been regularly beaten on them: By the Poms in England & Australia, by India in Perth, by SA in SA, By NZ in Hobart and even by Pakistan in England.

  • on December 27, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    @rahulcricket007: Are you talking about the same Zaheer we saw who could get only 1 out of 5 left-handers out despite all the hype - and that too off a blind umpiring blunder?! He was lucky to have Clarke's wicket and his Haddin dismissal was also close to touch-and-go no-ball. I'm still not 100% convinced that delivery was legal. Only his Siddle dismissal was due to any skill. And he was the chattiest of the lot yesterday and had an arrogant send-off for his last wicket. Class indeed I should agree?

  • on December 27, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    @godfrey- i do agree that the rest of the line up is unpredictable..bt then 8 out of 10 times the batting clicks as a unit when they have a foundation..Sir Sehwag, Lord Sachin and Lord Dravid have given the rest a foundation..I expect the Indian batting to last the whole day 2mw..475-500 wud be a good total...and i dnt think the pitch is flat..there is something still for the seamers and ofcourse as the match progresses spinners will join the party......I wud say Indians are slightly ahead at this stage..having said that..2 out of 10 times the batting will fail and we might even get bowled out under 300.. may the best team win the match!!

  • on December 27, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    rahul even ishant and yadav canreverse and atgreat pace 2008 series against aussie in india ishant reverse won man of the seriesand yadav against west indies indian bowler are far skillful unlucky aaron not playing he alsoreverses well atgreat pace

  • on December 27, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    lolzzz watajoke fastest bowl bowled ina match by yadav150 andsaying pattison bowled 153 pattison seriously looking lotslower than siddle popgun attack

  • RandyOZ on December 27, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    Umm, Hilfenhaus again failed after about 3 overs. After this you may as well have had Hussey bowling all day. He is utterly useless. How the selectors can justify his selection we will never know. The bloke has never got a 5-for for christs sake!!!

  • on December 27, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    India so far has replied strongly, being 214/3. However, if the Aussie bowlers can get two or three quick wickets before lunch time on day 3, it will spell trouble for India. For an Aussie advantage, they have to get Dravid and Laxman out or else India will surge ahead on first innings big time.

  • on December 27, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    @The Indian commentors below: Were you even watching the same match??? It was Clarke's mistake batting first on this pitch. The sun was beating down today and was great for batting! And the Australian seamers were unlucky. Sehwag gave numerous chances despite being dropped thrice. Dravid nearly nicked close to 5 times in 1 spell today. Got bowled off a no-ball after umpire review which is unfair considering Hussey had no review options. Tendulkar inside-edged to get his first run and nearly caught off Hussey's bowling. And play being called off when there was a crack at Ishant at the end of the day. I know you biased guys won't open your eyes but if you can't appreciate an opposition at least keep quiet.

  • jedoralive on December 27, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    Siddle and especially Pattinson were good under the circumstances. The pitch had obviously flattened out a bit - I think Australias' tailenders demonstrated this. The Indian batsmen played beautifully but to their credit the Australian bowlers didn't fall in a heap. I wonder what an attack consisting of Harris, Cummins, Pattinson and Siddle (allrounder?) could have achieved today? India on top with Laxman and Kohli to come.

  • on December 27, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    it will be an awesome and nerve shattering match

  • on December 27, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    @Idol: was that a greentop..i don't think so..some juice was present that too for a short period of time

  • on December 27, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    I agree with Mr Coverdale. The pitch has certainly flattened out on Day 2 & the beautiful sunny conditions definitely helped the Indian cause too. Personally I thought the Aussie pace attack bowled as well as could be expected. They really stuck to their task against a quality batting lineup & are pretty unlucky not to be sitting in a better position right now. Pete Siddle's final spell was particularly inspiring. He seems like the guy to turn to when the pitch is not doing much & the ball is older these days. He's really picked up his pace & is bowling with good rhythm in the past few Tests. Wasn't much in the pitch for Lyon today but he bowled pretty well & will learn a lot from this series. I certainly hope that Clarke doesn't toss the ball to Warner again as his two overs were some of the worst bowling I've ever seen in a Test match. Both Tendulkar & Dravid batted beautifully today & looked in complete control. I think 333 was a sub-par first innings total.

  • on December 27, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    Three Wickets have fallen for 214 runs and still 7 wickets to be taken. I'm unable to understand how this is good bowling? Is Brydon trying to pep up the Aussie bowlers???? Indian batting is too strong man...

  • kunalbhatia on December 27, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    it was a great efforts by aussies.bowlers bowls their heart out without luck.bowling on a such flat track is always difficult ut they did the fantastic job.go aussies go

  • charlie2921972 on December 27, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    but for last three overs and to exclusion of Pattinson's bowling, the rest of aussie bowling was ordinary but India badly missed Shane Warne today

  • Naresh28 on December 27, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    Yes Australia have got some good pace bowlers. Pattison, Siddle and Cummins. They may be others for sure. With India it shows that not always will fast pace AID swing/seam. Maybe a slower pace bowler gives it time to do things off the pitch.

  • Gizza on December 27, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    Don't think the pitch was as flat as a roti. Maybe more like a dodgy taco or kebab where once in a while (even with the old ball) there was something for the bowlers. The no ball and dropped catches prevented further penetration into the Indian middle order and tail. The ball that got Sehwag out was a two-over accumulation of great bowling by Pattinson and he moved the ball a fair bit. I thought Dravid and Tendulkar managed to negate any horizontal movement. Dravid despite struggling to time the ball took a big stride forward when playing his forward defences. Sehwag OTOH didn't move his feet at all as expected so when Pattinson came back for a second spell it was a matter of time before it was game over for Sehwag.

  • on December 27, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    The Aussies pace attack is a good one. They r bowling to the best men in the business. Segwah is truly a phenomenal player, the other player close to him is not playing for his country but is also playing "Down Under", in the Big Bash. In this series the Aussies bowlers will be tested to the Max. Pitch condition will also play a great part. My call is the remaining Indian batters will not make 150 runs.

  • rahulcricket007 on December 27, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    It remains a concern that Hilfenhaus loses his impact when the shine has worn off the ball. Of Australian bowlers with at least 50 Test wickets, Hilfenhaus has removed the greatest proportion of openers. More than anything, that shows how ineffective he is when the ball stops moving. Again it was the case at the MCG. . AUS NEED A BOWLER THAT CAN BOWL REVERSE SWINGERS . BOWLERS ARE MOSTLY DEPENDENT ON HARD NEW KOOKABURA BALL TO GET EARLY WKTS . WHILE INDIA HAS ZAHEER WHICH CAN REVERSE THE OLD BALL EASILY & SWING THE NEW BALL .

  • ssenthil on December 27, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    Australian seamers show mettle against the best???? Really??? This are helping conditions for bowlers if not by large but some extend. So it's too early to say anything. Let them bowl against India in this complete Innings and then in Sydney and in Adelaide and then we can decide what is their mettle.

  • rahulcricket007 on December 27, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    are you kidding me? only pattinson was threatening .

  • Idol on December 27, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    I would like to understand why there needs to be an exaggeration or even misrepresentation of facts, just to prove the objective of the article. On Day 1, we had commentators commending Clarke for a "brave" decision in batting first on a greentop. And Mr. Coverdale, who is evidently, referring to the same match in this article, calls this pitch as flat as a roti, so as to prove the mettle of the Aussie seamers? However, I do agree with the rest of this piece. This was a spirited performance by an attack that is not Australia's first choice. I also agree that either Hussey or Ponting must not be playing this match, because the bowling will be under a severe workload if the Indians manage to play all of Day 3, and Australia cant afford anymore injuries to its bowlers

  • Flat_Pitch_Bully on December 27, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    Whoa - Brydon - get your head out of the sand box buddy!!

  • on December 27, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    only three wickets for 214..is that gud bowling???/

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  • on December 27, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    only three wickets for 214..is that gud bowling???/

  • Flat_Pitch_Bully on December 27, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    Whoa - Brydon - get your head out of the sand box buddy!!

  • Idol on December 27, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    I would like to understand why there needs to be an exaggeration or even misrepresentation of facts, just to prove the objective of the article. On Day 1, we had commentators commending Clarke for a "brave" decision in batting first on a greentop. And Mr. Coverdale, who is evidently, referring to the same match in this article, calls this pitch as flat as a roti, so as to prove the mettle of the Aussie seamers? However, I do agree with the rest of this piece. This was a spirited performance by an attack that is not Australia's first choice. I also agree that either Hussey or Ponting must not be playing this match, because the bowling will be under a severe workload if the Indians manage to play all of Day 3, and Australia cant afford anymore injuries to its bowlers

  • rahulcricket007 on December 27, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    are you kidding me? only pattinson was threatening .

  • ssenthil on December 27, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    Australian seamers show mettle against the best???? Really??? This are helping conditions for bowlers if not by large but some extend. So it's too early to say anything. Let them bowl against India in this complete Innings and then in Sydney and in Adelaide and then we can decide what is their mettle.

  • rahulcricket007 on December 27, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    It remains a concern that Hilfenhaus loses his impact when the shine has worn off the ball. Of Australian bowlers with at least 50 Test wickets, Hilfenhaus has removed the greatest proportion of openers. More than anything, that shows how ineffective he is when the ball stops moving. Again it was the case at the MCG. . AUS NEED A BOWLER THAT CAN BOWL REVERSE SWINGERS . BOWLERS ARE MOSTLY DEPENDENT ON HARD NEW KOOKABURA BALL TO GET EARLY WKTS . WHILE INDIA HAS ZAHEER WHICH CAN REVERSE THE OLD BALL EASILY & SWING THE NEW BALL .

  • on December 27, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    The Aussies pace attack is a good one. They r bowling to the best men in the business. Segwah is truly a phenomenal player, the other player close to him is not playing for his country but is also playing "Down Under", in the Big Bash. In this series the Aussies bowlers will be tested to the Max. Pitch condition will also play a great part. My call is the remaining Indian batters will not make 150 runs.

  • Gizza on December 27, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    Don't think the pitch was as flat as a roti. Maybe more like a dodgy taco or kebab where once in a while (even with the old ball) there was something for the bowlers. The no ball and dropped catches prevented further penetration into the Indian middle order and tail. The ball that got Sehwag out was a two-over accumulation of great bowling by Pattinson and he moved the ball a fair bit. I thought Dravid and Tendulkar managed to negate any horizontal movement. Dravid despite struggling to time the ball took a big stride forward when playing his forward defences. Sehwag OTOH didn't move his feet at all as expected so when Pattinson came back for a second spell it was a matter of time before it was game over for Sehwag.

  • Naresh28 on December 27, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    Yes Australia have got some good pace bowlers. Pattison, Siddle and Cummins. They may be others for sure. With India it shows that not always will fast pace AID swing/seam. Maybe a slower pace bowler gives it time to do things off the pitch.

  • charlie2921972 on December 27, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    but for last three overs and to exclusion of Pattinson's bowling, the rest of aussie bowling was ordinary but India badly missed Shane Warne today