Australia v India, 1st Test, MCG, 4th day December 29, 2011

Quicks fire Australia to 122-run win

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Australia 333 & 240 (Hussey 89, Ponting 60, Yadav 4-70) beat India 282 & 169 (Pattinson 4-53, Siddle 3-42) by 122 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Australia's fast men obliterated India with bowling of sustained hostility and direction to deliver a handsome 122-run victory to the hosts, on day four of the first Test at the MCG.

James Pattinson, Ben Hilfenhaus and Peter Siddle made a fearful mess of India's batting, sharing nine wickets between them to bring a swift conclusion to a match that had fluctuated often over the course of the previous three days. In doing so they finished with the ball what had started with the bat - Australia's tail deflated India in the morning by stretching the target to 292.

Pattinson's contribution on his home ground was telling, first stroking an unbeaten 37 then firing out Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman while also softening up Sachin Tendulkar for Siddle, who claimed him with his first ball after relieving the younger Victorian. The end arrived 70 minutes after tea, Australia claiming a 1-0 series lead in their quest to regain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

The result was a vindication of Australia's team selection and the full length pursued by the team's pacemen under the guidance of the bowling coach Craig McDermott. The captain Michael Clarke and the coach Mickey Arthur will now focus their efforts on ensuring the heights reached on day four in Melbourne are not undone by a poor follow-up in Sydney, as has been the pattern in recent Tests.

By contrast India's surrender exhumed the batting shortcomings exposed by the unhappy tour of England earlier this year. The difference at the MCG was that Australia had to counter a far stronger visiting bowling attack, on a well-prepared pitch that remained lively throughout the Test. It was watched by a 189,347 spectators, the most for a Test between Australia and India in this country.

In the morning, Michael Hussey had added only 10 to his overnight 79 before receiving a blistering delivery from Zaheer Khan, but Pattinson and Hilfenhaus frustrated India's bowlers with a stand of 43 that took the total to 240. Pattinson's unbeaten 37 was his highest first-class score, and there are sure to be better days with the bat if he retains the technique demonstrated here.

Hilfenhaus proved a worthy ally, playing one or two sparkling strokes of his own. The visitors slipped all too easily into run-saving mode against the hosts' last pair until Hilfenhaus edged Ishant Sharma into the slips. The last team to achieve a fourth-innings target of such dimensions was South Africa's 4 for 297 to beat Australia in 1953.

Resuming with a lead of 230, Hussey and Pattinson began soundly, finding gaps here and there, and occasionally stepping out to attack bowling of high calibre. Pattinson's good-morning cover drive to Umesh Yadav was the equal of anything managed by a batsman in this match.

Hussey was fortunate to go past 80, flicking at a Yadav delivery that swung down the legside and getting the merest of touches - as revealed by Hotspot. Zaheer persisted, however, and soon he found a dastardly delivery that pranced at Hussey and moved away, clipping the outside edge on the way to MS Dhoni. An outstanding ball to conclude an outstanding innings.

Pattinson leant into another consummate cover drive from Yadav, but on 15 he did not control a hook and offered up a swirling chance. Running in from fine leg but never sure of himself, Zaheer dropped it. From there each run accrued was painful for the visitors, the partnership assuming unsavoury proportions for India and making it past the drinks break. R Ashwin was introduced as Dhoni searched for the wicket, but it was ultimately collected by Ishant.

Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir began the chase carefully, Sehwag even offering a rare forward defensive blade to Hilfenhaus. But he could not contain himself totally, and Hussey was delighted to grasp a sharp chance from a sliced forcing stroke as the interval beckoned.

Gambhir's angled bat outside off stump remains a source of considerable encouragement for bowlers taking the ball across him, and Siddle completed an unhappy match for the opener soon after lunch when a snick was held neatly by Ricky Ponting.

Dravid and Tendulkar had provided the greatest resistance in the first innings, and in the second wanted to assume similar roles as Dravid dug in while Tendulkar was busy, scoring with pleasing freedom. But their union was to be split by Pattinson, who found a ripping delivery to seam between Dravid's bat and pad, and have middle stump leaning at a drunken angle. Victim of two princely deliveries, Dravid was bowled in each innings for only the fourth time in his long career.

Laxman completed a Test that returned three runs in 36 balls when he flicked heedlessly at Pattinson and presented a catch forward of square leg, Ed Cowan's first in Tests. Australians with long memories held their collective breath while the umpires checked for a possible no-ball, but Pattinson's foot had seemingly landed millimetres within the legal zone. So rarely has Laxman been dismissed so softly against Australia.

By now the Australians had inexorable momentum behind them, and Hilfenhaus pinned Virat Kohli lbw first ball. Bat, pad and ball were all in close proximity, and Kohli lingered at the wicket upon his dismissal. However replays offered precious little evidence of an edge, even if India deigned to employ the DRS that might have saved him.

Aghast at the chaos all around him, Tendulkar had been stretched by Pattinson's speed, hostility and movement. Siddle relieved his younger club and state team-mate, and first ball gained the wicket Pattinson had so strived for. As dictated by team planners, the ball was full and moving wider, Tendulkar's square drive was airy, and Hussey's hands safe. At 6 for 81, evening flights to Sydney were being booked en masse, but Dhoni and R Ashwin picked off a few runs before the interval.

Ashwin's 30 gave him a more respectable batting contribution for the match than many of the rest, but he failed to ride Siddle's bouncer, which skimmed off the wicket to produce a skier and a simple catch for Cowan moving around from short leg. Pattinson returned to the attack and became embroiled in a brief sledging match with Zaheer, the bowler striking a boundary over point and a steepling six over long on before squeezing another catch to Cowan under the helmet.

Dhoni's will to frustrate Australia ebbed away, and an unbecoming heave at Pattinson resulted in a drag onto the stumps. Ishant and Umesh Yadav resisted briefly, but Clarke called Nathan Lyon into the attack and Yadav obliged by swinging into the deep. David Warner held a smart catch to begin rich and deserved celebrations.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Abhayaprada on January 1, 2012, 23:17 GMT

    @True_Indian-Cricket_Fan - I think the BCCI should follow other successful teams and develop captains for different forms of the game. Eventually I can see three captains being used as there is too much mental switching from one form of the game to the next. Dhoni used odi formula in defensive structure in the last test and it did not work.

  • True_Indian-Cricket_Fan on January 1, 2012, 2:04 GMT

    The match was great..but all credit to the aussie pacers they bowled brilliantly..the Indian pacers were also good but the lacked the plot to get the tail out.. Dhoni was too defensive..i think its time for the BCCI tO think about a new captain in tests..its very tough for dhoni to captain all forms of the game..his performance is also dipping in the tests..Sehwag or Gambhir should be made the test captain to reduce his burden.

  • on December 31, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    Dhoni should say, "its a wake up call for us".

  • zenboomerang on December 31, 2011, 5:14 GMT

    @Wozza-CY... O'Keefe is an exciting option... If you had Watson in the top 6, you could drop Lyon & bat O'Keefe at no.8 - with Siddle at no.9 & Pattinson at no.10 you would have a very strong batting line-up & have 4 good medium-fast bowlers & still have 3 spin bowlers in O'Keefe, Clarke & Warner... That would make a much stronger team than our current one...

  • zenboomerang on December 31, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    @hyclass :- "Sehwag,Dravid,Tendulkar,Ponting and Hussey,all with peerless batting records and averages over 50,struggled to put scores on the board,despite copious recent Tests in varied conditions." ... lol ... Didn't you see the last Test?... Ponting(122), Hussey(89), Tendulkar(105) all got over 50 & led in their teams total match runs... You also fail to acknowledge that the bowlers collectively were at their best in line & length... :- "The recent trend to livening pitches up is farcical"... Yes it is... It has been going on the decades... lol... It is also funny that Pattinson was twice not out with good scores, Siddle & Hilfy batted well, while Ashwin & Ishant looked like top 6 batsmen...

  • zenboomerang on December 31, 2011, 5:09 GMT

    @dunger.bob... Yes, a tough call to change any of the bowlers - though Harris has consistently performed at a top level & been our no.1 strike bowler in recent years... I'd leave Harris for Perth where he got a 9-for against England last year... Also agree on batsmen - we need to give them time in the middle to get an idea about their form against an opposition team...

  • pete5900 on December 31, 2011, 3:43 GMT

    1) The board needs to seriously consider the composition of the test team. Dhoni is a great ODI and T20 captain. The debacle in England and this loss shows that we need a strategic thinker in the Test Team who is willing to attack the opposition for 5 days and not just 50 overs. 2) Sachin the great is like the Friend who is not available when you really need him. 3) Viru needs to shut up and not make statements like 300 is an easy target. 4) Kohli needs an attitude adjustment. Just because you perform well in T20/ODI in India you can have an inflated ego. There is a lot of talent in India, perform or perish. STOP showing off and get your act together.

    5) Finally its time the trio think about moving ON. Dravid/Laxman are an exception but Sachin please please please peform when needed. You failed in the World Cup Final...Semi Final was a gift..

  • ZAIDI9 on December 31, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    remember i told u earlier that india is not good team abroad. indians donot have so many victorioes outside the country that's y they always hesitate to play outside...haha that's the reason u know even thier so-called strong batting line flops in australia

  • hyclass on December 31, 2011, 1:33 GMT

    For the most part,Dhonis captaincy was unobtrusive & excellent.He is captain of a team under scrutiny from over a billion people & has several former captains in the side.Under these conditions he limited Australia to 333 & 240 on its home pitch,an outstanding effort.Any criticism of this result is misguided.When India began its 2nd innings,many still considered its world class line-up could chase down the runs.The pitch played two paced & at varied heights & tested the batsmen of both teams.Australias tail was playing in its home conditions,hence its greater success,where Indias tail were being asked to adjust upwards for often considerable bounce.If the top order struggled to cope with the varied pace,bounce & swing,then the lower order were bound to.Ashwin didnt test the tail in the way he would have done in Indian conditions.The ball doesnt turn as far or fast here.Hence the greater success of wrist spinners.If India had batted first,its just as possible they may have won the match

  • on December 30, 2011, 23:35 GMT

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=1;continent=1;continent=3;continent=4;continent=5;filter=advanced;innings_number=1;innings_number=2;innings_number=3;innings_number=4;orderby=won;spanmax1=30+Dec+2011;spanmin1=01+Jan+2000;spanval1=span;team=6;team=7;template=results;type=team For ppl who think that india have won more matches outside subcontinent! take a look, pak and ind both have won 13 tests each !

  • Abhayaprada on January 1, 2012, 23:17 GMT

    @True_Indian-Cricket_Fan - I think the BCCI should follow other successful teams and develop captains for different forms of the game. Eventually I can see three captains being used as there is too much mental switching from one form of the game to the next. Dhoni used odi formula in defensive structure in the last test and it did not work.

  • True_Indian-Cricket_Fan on January 1, 2012, 2:04 GMT

    The match was great..but all credit to the aussie pacers they bowled brilliantly..the Indian pacers were also good but the lacked the plot to get the tail out.. Dhoni was too defensive..i think its time for the BCCI tO think about a new captain in tests..its very tough for dhoni to captain all forms of the game..his performance is also dipping in the tests..Sehwag or Gambhir should be made the test captain to reduce his burden.

  • on December 31, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    Dhoni should say, "its a wake up call for us".

  • zenboomerang on December 31, 2011, 5:14 GMT

    @Wozza-CY... O'Keefe is an exciting option... If you had Watson in the top 6, you could drop Lyon & bat O'Keefe at no.8 - with Siddle at no.9 & Pattinson at no.10 you would have a very strong batting line-up & have 4 good medium-fast bowlers & still have 3 spin bowlers in O'Keefe, Clarke & Warner... That would make a much stronger team than our current one...

  • zenboomerang on December 31, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    @hyclass :- "Sehwag,Dravid,Tendulkar,Ponting and Hussey,all with peerless batting records and averages over 50,struggled to put scores on the board,despite copious recent Tests in varied conditions." ... lol ... Didn't you see the last Test?... Ponting(122), Hussey(89), Tendulkar(105) all got over 50 & led in their teams total match runs... You also fail to acknowledge that the bowlers collectively were at their best in line & length... :- "The recent trend to livening pitches up is farcical"... Yes it is... It has been going on the decades... lol... It is also funny that Pattinson was twice not out with good scores, Siddle & Hilfy batted well, while Ashwin & Ishant looked like top 6 batsmen...

  • zenboomerang on December 31, 2011, 5:09 GMT

    @dunger.bob... Yes, a tough call to change any of the bowlers - though Harris has consistently performed at a top level & been our no.1 strike bowler in recent years... I'd leave Harris for Perth where he got a 9-for against England last year... Also agree on batsmen - we need to give them time in the middle to get an idea about their form against an opposition team...

  • pete5900 on December 31, 2011, 3:43 GMT

    1) The board needs to seriously consider the composition of the test team. Dhoni is a great ODI and T20 captain. The debacle in England and this loss shows that we need a strategic thinker in the Test Team who is willing to attack the opposition for 5 days and not just 50 overs. 2) Sachin the great is like the Friend who is not available when you really need him. 3) Viru needs to shut up and not make statements like 300 is an easy target. 4) Kohli needs an attitude adjustment. Just because you perform well in T20/ODI in India you can have an inflated ego. There is a lot of talent in India, perform or perish. STOP showing off and get your act together.

    5) Finally its time the trio think about moving ON. Dravid/Laxman are an exception but Sachin please please please peform when needed. You failed in the World Cup Final...Semi Final was a gift..

  • ZAIDI9 on December 31, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    remember i told u earlier that india is not good team abroad. indians donot have so many victorioes outside the country that's y they always hesitate to play outside...haha that's the reason u know even thier so-called strong batting line flops in australia

  • hyclass on December 31, 2011, 1:33 GMT

    For the most part,Dhonis captaincy was unobtrusive & excellent.He is captain of a team under scrutiny from over a billion people & has several former captains in the side.Under these conditions he limited Australia to 333 & 240 on its home pitch,an outstanding effort.Any criticism of this result is misguided.When India began its 2nd innings,many still considered its world class line-up could chase down the runs.The pitch played two paced & at varied heights & tested the batsmen of both teams.Australias tail was playing in its home conditions,hence its greater success,where Indias tail were being asked to adjust upwards for often considerable bounce.If the top order struggled to cope with the varied pace,bounce & swing,then the lower order were bound to.Ashwin didnt test the tail in the way he would have done in Indian conditions.The ball doesnt turn as far or fast here.Hence the greater success of wrist spinners.If India had batted first,its just as possible they may have won the match

  • on December 30, 2011, 23:35 GMT

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=1;continent=1;continent=3;continent=4;continent=5;filter=advanced;innings_number=1;innings_number=2;innings_number=3;innings_number=4;orderby=won;spanmax1=30+Dec+2011;spanmin1=01+Jan+2000;spanval1=span;team=6;team=7;template=results;type=team For ppl who think that india have won more matches outside subcontinent! take a look, pak and ind both have won 13 tests each !

  • 5wombats on December 30, 2011, 21:01 GMT

    @Marcio; hey mate. Yeah - wow - never saw 700+ posts on cricinfo before. Cricket defo the winner. PS. Now we know how you got tough! Happy New Year!

  • Naresh28 on December 30, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    Just a thought - maybe things are not okay in indian camp between coach (Fletcher) and some members of team. Indian players must miss Kirsten. Planning and comms are important. Anyway that is not an excuse as we lost fair and square.

  • Naresh28 on December 30, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    @JG2704 - I agree with your option a quality "all-rounder" is needed as oposed to only fast bowler. I feel that india needs to be selecting left/right batting combinations next time as there is only gambhir the lefty. Dhoni was worried about the size of field before the test indicating that India feilding is poor to control areas. My initial thought was that he would select both Kohli and Rohit with one oldie sitting out. Gambhir needs to return to domestic cricket and work on his batting. Batting order needs revising - Kohli and Rohit need to come upto 3 and 4

  • recycle-bin-is-empty on December 30, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    @TexasCricket and @Mohammad Hoque rightly said bros,pretty much similar to my thoughts.Just replacing old players with the new ones for the sake of making a change doesn't make any sense especially if the old ones have still got it.It is totally unfair to say that they play for their records,if Sachin really cared so much about his 100th ton,he could have easily made it by now by playing against WI at home or earlier in tests.Our team is talented just like theirs,but they were more determined and played more positively.The way their tailenders piled up some 180 runs is enough proof of that.We had this same attitude in our team until about an year ago,it was their in SA too this year in 2nd and 3rd tests,dont know what exactly went wrong after that.

  • cric4lyf on December 30, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    bcci please arrange tour of bangladesh at india so that sachin can score his century or call zibabwe if he is afraid of bangali bowlers.lolz

  • shikhargupta on December 30, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    since 2002 india hav' nt won the toss in overseas ist test match except in bangladesh, west indies and that always cost the team. That is the main reason that india could not win series abroad.iAnd i think this time also India will not be able to win series.

  • on December 30, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    aaah it hurts best batsmen of world .............palyed like sheeps in ront of ausssiiiiies............hahahah.........m happy.......!!!!!!!

  • maniojvasnani on December 30, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    as usual india showed a very very poor batting performance,i think india should play some games with zimbabwe and bangladesh and get some winning experiance,i think dhoni needs to concentrate on how we can develope killer instint attitude like the aussies,i think tendulkars 100 on this tour looks very impossible,i agree that tendulkar should be given zimbabwe games so he can make his ton,and i think he should retire on the high note like how lara did,dravid u should stay.i am waiting for the tour to end and see india fare,not hoping that they will do good,dhoni get some killer instint lessond from the aussies and teach your boys that too.

  • Harmony111 on December 30, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas:-

    I agree. Dhoni has a problem dealing with the tail. Its one thing if one tailender plays a brilliant knock like Broad's 70 when Eng were 120/8 and another thing when they are given free singles by setting poor field. Also, Zak should have taken that catch - any one else would have done that, he just did not run smoothly there. Also, Dhoni is tests is a bunny-for-all and either should decide to play aggressively before getting out inevitably or should stop playing tests. Viru can be the captain in tests anyways. India's poor batting is responsible for these kind of defeats along with Dhoni's poor captaincy. I honestly expected India to chase 292 even when we were 37/2. Laxman did nothing too. Gambhir and Kohli too should have done better - even 30 each from both of them would have covered this defeat margin. Only good news was a good show by the bowlers - which ironically was seen as our weakness.

  • Harmony111 on December 30, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    @Chris_P/Harry_Kool:-

    While we are at it, a latent cause of India's first innings collapse was that Dravid was struggling a lot (Loss of focus + Good bowling both) and his extremely slow innings nullified the quick runs scored by Viru and Sachin. And on top of that, he got out just when he should have carried on after Sachin's dismissal. It was unholy of India not to have crossed Oz score of 333 after being 214/2. While you laugh at my suggestion of India being 514/6 on Day 3's end, I think 90% of the fans (Ind+Oz+Neutral) had similar ideas - put your hand on your heart and say nay to that? Anybody would say that wishing for <300 AO at the score of 214/2 is wishful thinking and it is highly probable that a team would at least cross 400 if not more from there on. Sachin, Dravid and Lax (who ought to be dropped) - all got out without adding much to the total and India lost the match right then. Good bowling from Oz Yes but aided gleefully by India. I would drop even Dhoni if I could.

  • Harmony111 on December 30, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    @Chris_P/Harry_Kool:-

    Lest you think I am not praising the Oz bowling, let me say that I have liked Hilfy since his '08 tour and was impressed by Siddle. He has improved a lot in the last few months; I never rated him that highly in the past. He has added some pace as well as skill and it showed. I still think he has a raw mind and he can be broken if one goes after him so India need to do that against him from now on. Patty was sharp too. The biggest diff is that Oz have a more reliable tail than Ind and it starts later for them. Indian tail starts from Dhoni itself and that's the weakest link. I am sure you too would agree that this match was a lot closer than the 122 run margin and India should actually have chased 292 esp since they had ~2 days. Most disappointing were GG, Lax and Kohli who were AWOL. Oz need to think about Marsh/Haddin too. Oz played well but India showed distinct signs of playing better than in Eng. This would be a closer series, MCG notwithstanding.

  • Harmony111 on December 30, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    @Chris_P/Harry_Kool:-

    It would help both of you a lot if you realize why I replied in that manner to that METTLE article. That article was like me praising India's batting for Zaheer Khan hitting a solid six even when the match was all but over. That article was clutching at straws, it was premature. The Oz bowlers came back the next morning but both these are disjointed events. Barring SRT/Dravid's wickets, the others were rather tame dismissals and India could have done a lot better. 8/68 is inexcusable. My point about 6/514 wasn't a prediction but a scenario that I wanted the pessimistic fans to think of, just to feel better. Come on, you would think of Pattinson getting a Hat Trick or a DW/RP 100 - won't you? I have also mentioned elsewhere that I like Hilfy since his '08 tour. Talking about 2/214 - If the batsmen are playing for stumps and so slowing down how does that become good bowling? A few misses don't make up for a whole day's batting.

  • on December 30, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    well its the old nemesis of the indian batting fast bowling and high bounce...... the fact is even a average disciplined bowling on a very suitable batting track can be hazardous with theses over rated batsmen.....

  • TexasCricket on December 30, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    wow! cmts about bringing Dinda, Bhat, Mukund,Jaffer haha,, !!!. The only other person who might have a chance to be in the Test team is Pujara & is supposedly Injured. India lost this because Aussies played aggressive, took their chances and went for the kill. Defensive fields when opposition is 27/4 will not get you anywhere. That yielded them a 100+ partnership and a victory. India would never play like the way Ponting & Hussey batted if they are 27/4.Its all your attitude. Win at any cost. Ganguly had that hunger. Dhoni will never have it. He is a very good ODI player & captain. But TESTS are different and its about time he is given notice. He needs to show up for tests and prove he is good enough player.. Those who worry too much about Sachins 100, He will keep playing till that happens.. so let him play his game. how many other quality batsman are there to replace him in tests for India. Let the man get his 100 and go out in all glory. He is not keeping any one away from tests.

  • Marcio on December 30, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    One thing is for sure. The game got people interested. Over 700 comments here. And when I checked the Sydney Morning Herald online after the game there were over 3000 people opening the page at that time. I have never seen a page on that site with I've about 700 hits at any given time! So cricket is the winner, as they say. It was a hard fought game which wasn't decided till near the end. That's what we want to see!

  • yagerbombs on December 30, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    It is always entertaining to read these comments after a result ! Everyone wants every change they can think of..... having watched the match this time, I personally think no change is needed for India, because these guys are just not talented enough ! Yeah, you can drop some and get someone else in, but if you are just not good enough, it won't help, will it ? Australia's bowling is too good for these batsmen and their overall batting is too good for the Indian bowlers. I am sure both teams wanted to win, but only one team was and will be capable of doing so. So lets stop blaming Dhoni and company, accept the fact that they are a very poor test cricket team and even if they all perform at their best, they will not be good enough to post a win !! This one is going to be another whitewash, mates !!

  • Romenevans on December 30, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    I'd rather see a young Indian batting lineup, learning and getting wrapped up under 100 runs per inning, than see those oldies playing in the team because of their "RECORDS"

  • yagerbombs on December 30, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    It is always entertaining to read these comments after a result ! Everyone wants every change they can think of..... having watched the match this time, I personally think no change is needed for India, because these guys are just not talented enough ! Yeah, you can drop some and get someone else in, but if you are just not good enough, it won't help, will it ? Australia's bowling is too good for these batsmen and their overall batting is too good for the Indian bowlers. I am sure both teams wanted to win, but only one team was and will be capable of doing so. So lets stop blaming Dhoni and company, accept the fact that they are a very poor test cricket team and even if they all perform at their best, they will not be good enough to post a win !! This one is going to be another whitewash, mates !!

  • on December 30, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    Of course India showed poor display of Batting. However, still it is out of my sense that why mjority of people are shouting for Sachin and Dravid retirement. Why people are keep saying both of them should retire from cricket? If they are in poor form then its a different case. I think it is non-sense thinking. Sachin is the highest scorer in both innings and Dravid is the second highest scoreer in the first innnigs. Still sachin is better than any young fresh bloods. Leave them alone.

  • recycle-bin-is-empty on December 30, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    I think a big part of the reason why we lost match lies in the poor captaincy of Dhoni. A lot of people here are blaming the fab 4 and asking them to retire, but the problem doesnt lie there (If not for them, our team would be folding below 100 a lot of times in these overseas tours).The problem lies in the attitude and mettle of our players and theirs.Aus players always have this never say die attitude in every match (barring some few exceptions).Even in this match,until the last day,about 80% of the time,India were in control.But our team went too complacent and failed to grab those chances,many times bcoz of Dhoni's poor and defensive field setup.Compare that to Aus,when they once sensed their chances of victory by posting a target of 292, they went straight for the kill and our players meekly surrendered.What India needs right now is a captain with a fighting spirit who can inspire team.Someone like Ganguly or Waugh,not Kohli(he is just brash). And I think that guy is Gambhir.

  • heshan666 on December 30, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    okay okay,well done australia.i think this may be another collapse of india in overseas.i bet they can't pass 300 in next three test matches.if they can go to that figure ,that would be a more pleasure for them than a victory.if sachin want his 100 th ton,please get a match with Bangladesh or Zimbabwe.Sydney is a spicy pitch than the melbourne.So congrats 2 both teams.

  • sashwin on December 30, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    BCCI must insist that Indians will play only spin bowling, and all pitches in the world must resemble the dustbowls of India. All forms of cricket except IPL should be banned, and characters like Ambani and Mallaya should be made presidents of BCCI (as if N Srinivasan knows cricket).

    Seriously, India seems to have agreed to tour Australia just because Sachin can achieve his 100th ton. More than Indian team, BCCI's attitude is disgusting. They will selectively use and dump UDRS when they want to. Dhoni's keeping is also disgusting, Parthiv Patel is much better.

  • bobmartin on December 30, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    Posted by Andrewproxy on (December 30 2011, 05:32 AM GMT)

    "I don't want to rain on anyone's parade in relation to Sachin, but what on earth is an "international hundred". Nobody ever adds up the hundreds in different forms of the game, no need to do so now because he is approaching a round number."

    I agree.. if/when it comes it will simply be another record...and what is a record, it's something that has been done... in other words it's history. What really matters is what he does in the following innings when what he has done in the past counts for nothing.

  • recycle-bin-is-empty on December 30, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    First of all congratulations to Australia, they truly deserved to win this test. Australia were playing without the services of some of their key players like Watson, Cummins and yet managed to win . Though the pitch was tough, the last time any team successfully chased a score of above 250 was almost 50 years ago in MCG and the avg 4 innings score is some 190 or something, but still, when our team takes so much of pride in our famed batting lineup then they should have chased 292, there were 2 full days to them. Whats the point of all these stats and above 50 avgs if you cannot play under tough conditions when it actually matters. Even tailenders of Aus (and R Ashwin too), batted with so much determination than our lower middle order batsmen- VVS, Dhoni n Kohli. Bowlers of both teams did good job. I think Ganguly should give some tips to Dhoni about field placements and how to get out the tailenders, why did he spread the field when Aus were 6 or 7 wickets down in both the innings.

  • on December 30, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    @cool2cool @Asjad uddin and @Apoorv Panday: Pakistan current cricket team v Pakistanis admit is one of the weakest Pakistani cricket team ever but even then and with all the mountain of problems v have gone thru in the past few years v have still been able to produce new talents who have won us matches against all oppositions in all conditions and not just sub-continent conditions. When Pakistan was strong in the era of Imran, Javed, Zahir, Majid nd others and then in the era of Wasim, Waqar, Saeed, Inzamam, Saqlain nd others V WERE WORLD BEATERS IN ALL CONDITIONS. Luk at India. This is supposedly ur strongest team who have just become WORLD CHAMPS but still struggles miserably 2 beat oppositions outside sub-continent conditions. Bro no hard feelings but if u bring Pakistan into any discussion then it has to be answered. U guyz need gud FAST bowlers who can win u matches outside sub-continent. AS GEOF BOYCOTT always say that BOWLER WIN TEST MATCHES ND NOT BATSMEN :)

  • on December 30, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    @Asjad uddin and @Apoorv Panday: Guyz get ur facts right b4 commenting anything about any team... Pakistan drew 3 test match series against South Africa in South Africa in 1998 and then we also won a test against them in South Africa in 2007 under Inzamam's captaincy held b4 the 2007 World Cup.

  • on December 30, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    India lost to Australia due to poor captaincy and inconsistent batting. The three best batsmen batted brilliantly Sewag, Sachin and Dravid but not long enough to make it count. The greatest batsman in the History of Cricket never bats under pressure. I mean Sachin and where is his greatness if he cannot help India to win/draw. He falls far short in terms of temperament when you compare him with the likes of Bradman, Hutton, Hobbs, Gavaskar, Viswanth or even Laxman. A batsman becomes great when he comes off under an extreme crisis. For example, Bradman scoring 270,212 &169 in 1936 after loosing the first 2 tests & finally winning the series 3-2. Or Gavaskar's 96 in his last test against Pak in Bangalore or his 220 against W.I.in 1971 to draw the series in 1971 or his 221 at the Oval. Let us be pragmatic about Sachin. He is not the greatest.

  • JG2704 on December 30, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    @sawifan on (December 30 2011, 03:38 AM GMT) - You're probably right , but in the last 12 months or so how many tests has he failed in compared to where he's achieved something? Mind you the Aus selectors persevered with Ponting and Hussey and without their scores in the 2nd inns.

  • JG2704 on December 30, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    @dicky_boy on (December 29 2011, 15:33 PM GMT) - As I posted before on another thread , maybe there is so much cricket that it is hard to reach the top in all 3 formats. India chose to prioritise the WC and England achieving no 1 test ranking. Both were slight gambles , but both teams achieved their main objective.

  • JG2704 on December 30, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    @g.narsimha on (December 29 2011, 15:02 PM GMT) - I'd - like many of your fellow countrymen - would be more concerned with India's immediate and long term future than quoting meaningless stats from yesteryear just to win a petty side squabble

  • JG2704 on December 30, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    @Indiaforever on (December 29 2011, 19:09 PM GMT) - Agree - give the guy a chance. Sachin , Dravid etc can't go on forever. Surely VVS or Gambhir should make way first

  • JG2704 on December 30, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    For those who want Dhoni out - who should replace him as WK/Batsman?Also sorry if I'm repeating myself but I'd be interested in Indian fans views on my views on dropping 2 batsmen (GG and VVS) and bringing in R Sharma and another quick bowler - maybe one of the Kumars? India bat deep on paper but despite past stats etc it is their batting as opposed to their bowling which looks the weaker at the moment. I just feel that India could have an effective bowler at the expense of an ineffective batsman

  • on December 30, 2011, 10:04 GMT

    Toss was so crucial , had India batted first , result wud've been different .I fail to understand how could the selectors ignore the likes of Wasim Jaffer ( Opener/ for Gambhir) ,who has been in the form of his lifetime during current Ranji season scoring tons and tons of runs. How , how in the hell they ignored the classy Rohit Sharma and played the rash Kohli - who is good only score back at home v/s the likes of weak teams like B'desh, Windies.Play Kohli in SCG again and prove me wrong if he even gets to double figures.

  • hyclass on December 30, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    @David_Gravitas...I have a strong recollection of you predicting Australia would lose 1 or 2 -nil if Zaheer was fit.He bowled superbly.@Cpt.Meanster called Australia pathetic and predicted a whopping 1- nil win to India.Hmmm.@AidanFX...I agree that Lyon cant be dropped yet-only that,particularly given Hollands performance in the tour match and Lyons 0 & 6 22.5 overs,1 for 91 and lack of drift,that by the 4th Test,I expect there to be some doubt over his place.If you dissect Marshes career record,match by match,you will see the utter predictability of his results and why his 1st class average remains under 40.His success always comes against modest attacks on flat wickets and then falls away fast and hes always injured.Warner still has a lot to prove.Take away his runs against SthAus and Zimbabwe on flat pitches and fast small grounds and you find a player who struggles with bounce and movement and better attacks.He averages 46 for NSW and has poor ODI and List A averages.

  • hyclass on December 30, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    The recent trend to livening pitches up is farcical.In this Test match,Sehwag,Dravid,Tendulkar,Ponting and Hussey,all with peerless batting records and averages over 50,struggled to put scores on the board,despite copious recent Tests in varied conditions.Coming out to bat,either at the start of their innings or not out overnight was fraught,bourne out by noone going onto a hundred.The pitch played two paced and two heights and continued to move around to the end.It failed to go into the final day by some distance,costing CA in both crowds and media revenue.A myth has been created that results pitches are necessary and good for the game,despite the majority of Tests ending in results and most of the rest being weather affected.No fact bears out the need for such pitches.When high calibre professionals struggle,the lesser ranks have little hope.It is my contention that if batsmen can handle a swinging delivery at 145-150kmh and a turning ball with close in fielders,they deserve rewards.

  • Romenevans on December 30, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    @ sawifan - Ganguly, Gavaskar, Shreenath, Kapil Dev they all won India matches, should we also call them back? Grow up and end this obsession for "Legends Never Die". They have done their job and its time to move on...

  • Precioustar84 on December 30, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    Some of the comments here are as if India has lost the entire series already. I'd expect people to do this after second test but jumping the gun after first test is a bit of crazy talk. Why should Sachin and Dravid have to retire when all other batsmen failed too? At least they are dependable unlike Dhoni and Gauti. And, I don't understand the big deal about Kohli. How else will he learn to adapt in abroad conditions if he isn't given chances?? Its his first time in Aus and 4 tests old so give this guy a break. I hope to see Rohit in for Gambhir. Don't understand why Gambhir HAS to be included with current form; at least theres an excuse for our so-called Captain Cool. Cricinfo please publish

  • on December 30, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    what a win by aussie, if India drop Dravid and little master their team unable to make 200 runs..come on see the match figures....India will trash by 4-0..lolz Aussie should bring khawaja instead of marsh

  • Salman_Mughal on December 30, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    ..Well , I have one suggestion for all Indian Cricket Team Fans, Stop underestimating other cricket nations, it really surprises that Indian Fan is not comfortable with any other teams performance, They start comparing Indian team with other team.. even Srilanka Playing Pakistan, South Africa playing Srilanka, Pakistan Vs Bangladesh, Newzeland Vs Australia.. you will find someone degrading and comparing Indian team with them.... Please be big hearted .. and i really appreciate Dhoni's comment accepting that Australian Bowled well.. and batsman did mistake...so guys.... don't underestimate any team.. it can be anyone's day.. you wont see sehwag scoring 200+ in every match or Herath picking 9 wickets in a match.. performances come but not often...so accept your defeat and praise the winner..

  • heshan666 on December 30, 2011, 6:52 GMT

    "one of the best in subcontinent "struggle to get a victory in overseas.even they couldn't go past 300 at last few series in abroad.Great to see young Australian fast bowlers rolled indian's genius batsmens.i hope this series will end 4-0 victory for Australia .

  • on December 30, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    Why are Indians fans saying newzealand newzealand.. They did have quality paceman with bracewell martin southee pretty much quality than india's whose best bowler is ... Umesh Yadav.. with all respect for him..!!

  • on December 30, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    how many times we have seen this...iindian selectors dont like technically sound batsman...they prefer sehwag,kohli,vijay,yuvi,raina.....these players are flamboyant but yet they dont have the technique to play quality bowlers in test arena...

    plzz plzz....consider jaffer,badrinath,rahanae,mukund and pujara...these four are the best after ganguly,sachin,dravid and vvs..!!

  • alfaomega on December 30, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    another test match lost overseas due to the same old reasons...inability to get the tail out, poor running between the wickets, batting collapses and fidgeting after personal records...when will India learn??? 1st innings...aus 214/6...end score 333...ind 214/2...end score 282 2nd innings...aus 27/4, 180/8...end score 240 neither did India's tail wag in the 1st innings nor did the top order fire in the 2nd innings if they had even converted 1s to 2s, 2s to 3s, the 1st innings deficit would have been wiped out and that itself would have made a significant difference. The "strong" Indian batting line-up is just a myth since they have repeatedly collapsed overseas time and time again and consistently failed to deliver or grind it out when its really mattered. Its only when Sehwag and Dravid have collectively fired that India has won. The rest just add up to the 11. All said and done, India did not deserve to win. A test they should have handsomely won, has ended in whimpering defeat.

  • Sano27 on December 30, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    Well well India once again showed their weakness in swinging conditions outside subcontinent.....I think the 3rd day first session decides the game....brilliant performance by Aussies quicks....also they batted well for the last wickets...from 214/6 & 152/6, they added another 200+ runs & seems to be a crucial factor which decides the game...

  • on December 30, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    1)Sehwag despite posting high scores even overseas, is very inconsistent,especially overseas(37.38 in 60 knocks) and has a weak record in chases(30.28 average in 30 attempts).This year was particularly bad(384 at 29.53). 2)Gambhir's technical problems have been amplified by a lack of confidence and form in the last two years. 3)Rahul Dravid is close to his best but chases are now beyond him. 334 runs at 23.86 in 19 ( after 68* in 2006).He used to be vital in chases especially overseas(50.67 average in chases, now 40 ). 5)Laxman, after a good SA tour, has had a mediocre one in WI and a very bad one in Eng. He is our best bet in chases now and he scored only 3 runs in the entire test. 4)Sachin, the world's greatest exponent of converting fifties into hundreds is failing in that task. Also cannot convert starts like he used to. 6)How many has it been since Sourav? Yuvraj, Raina, Pujara and now Kohli. All have failed overseas. Future?bleak. Rohit may not change the trend.

  • rahulcricket007 on December 30, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    @kavindeven . but i m sure sachin will get out in 70s or 80s against school team too .

  • nripan on December 30, 2011, 5:49 GMT

    everyone have some word to say against the indian batting and i still believe that it will be 2-1 in favour of india. india will win in SCG and WACA and Adelaide will be a draw.why curse the batting lineup? they have still 6 more innings to prove. Dont 4get that India in Aus is much better than Aus in India.

  • birdz_eye on December 30, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    Wao 600+ comments it shows how much Indian fans follow their cricket & its heart breaking to see how often their over hyped side ditch them. Reading through the comments I saw people dragging Pakistan just to feel a bit better after this souring defeat. Thats understandable cuz this cure works well every time. Biologically it is difficult to bowl fast consistently for people from subcontinent. Pakistan is an exception even there fast bowlers belong to a certain region they don't come from all over country. It was good to see an Indian bowler bowling fast but how long he keeps on bowling with this pace that is a question. Well injury season is about to begin for the Indian greats I feel for the Indian fans.

  • Andrewproxy on December 30, 2011, 5:32 GMT

    I don't want to rain on anyone's parade in relation to Sachin, but what on earth is an "international hundred". Nobody ever adds up the hundreds in different forms of the game, no need to do so now because he is approaching a round number.

  • SanjivAwesome on December 30, 2011, 5:26 GMT

    Aus played so well. They deserved the win. This is comforting for all Aus fans that their young guns are so good. Perhaps we will once again see a dominant Aus cricket team for another decade. As for India, I have come to the conclusion that it is not our batting or bowling. Rather it is Dhoni's captaincy and field placements that are causing the country lost games. Has time come for Dhoni to relinquish his unimaginative and non-innovative captaincy of our team? I think so. Who will be Indias next captain?

  • AlpsRock on December 30, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    Mr Crickey, I totally agree with you.The point here is India lost due to the one reason, 'Defensive attitude of Mr Cool' and nothing extra he did to win in terms of field placing nor showed any guts to try different..just waiting for Aussie to make a mistake and loose the wicket (in their tail enders), he should tried to change batting line-up in second innig..or show some guts..should have come up instead of VVS or something....

  • Romenevans on December 30, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    Can we please have an official ICC practice match for Sahcin versus some school team of sydney, so that he can score his 100th hundred and finally his Obsession will end there? Can we please? I'm scik of these records!

  • anver777 on December 30, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    Another poor display by Ind team in a away match & i feel lots more to come ...... Ind team's effort reminds me the Eng tour which they failed to win a single match..... Can they repeat it again ????

  • rawcrickettalent on December 30, 2011, 4:42 GMT

    Woah 618 comments !!!for just the first test match :P at the end of the series there might be 6018 comments :::

  • Prakmca on December 30, 2011, 4:38 GMT

    India's overseas nightmare continues. Dravid even after scoring 13000+ run in tests, never try to score quickly. Looks at the other batmen, Their strike rate what they are scoring now is far better than their career strike rate (Ex. Ponting, Jayawardanae..etc). But sadly Dravid still mantains strike rate of 35-40%, sometime less than his career strke rate which is 42%. Dravid, has to try to score little faster... No need to be a Sehwag. Atleast a strike rate of 55-60% is enough. Simply blocking the ball and staying at the crease will not help any more in modern day test cricket. It's good if he understands that.

    It's tme to give rest to Kohli and try Rohit.Rohit is supposed to be better test batsman than Kohli.

    We want india to thrash Australia in the coming matches. Good Luck.

  • on December 30, 2011, 4:36 GMT

    The two boxing day tests went as expected... MCG is a jinxed ground for India from the 90's and Durban a jinxed ground for the RSA in the recent past. So there is nothing out of the normal happening.... It is only in the 2003-04 series that Ganguly used his good offices to have the first test at GABBA and escaped this jinx. We cricket lovers should understand that some grounds are lucky and some grounds are not so lucky for the teams. In fact all the sports do have jinxed grounds, like court 2 in wimbledon. Let's hope that indians put a better performance in other venues

  • dr.sakil on December 30, 2011, 4:34 GMT

    wat da funny things is going on for india and bangladesh? when they bat , all batsman play like a bowler.....and also people are more interested for when shachin make his 100 hundreds....its better india play against bangladesh...shachin scores his 100 ...and end up all tension....only then we free from funny tension...................

  • nilakshan.anand on December 30, 2011, 4:29 GMT

    this is a big defeat for the indian team..MR.DHONI SAID THAT THEY HAVE A FIRST MATCH NIGHTMARE IN TEST CRICKET, HOPEFULLY HE WILL SAY THIS WORDS FOR THE WHOLE SERIES IF THEY PLAYS LIKE THIS..DHONI is not a gud captain at test level,he should drop down from captaincy in test..sachin wont hit his 100/100 in test if the whole nation keep on pressurising him like this.leave him free and he will surely score his 100/100 ton in next game.

  • TexasCricket on December 30, 2011, 4:14 GMT

    For all that matters, this match was over when India were bowled out for 50 less than the aussies from 200+/2. Mentally the batsmen were defeated. Had another chance given when they had Aussies at 27/4,but could not capitalize. Defensive field setting wont win you tests. Indian second innings and the game was done when sewhag was caught. Hopefully Laxman will bounce back for the next Test. Kohli should be playing ODI,s and not Tests. Rohit is a much more technically correct batsman and have proven that previously in the CB series (ODI though). Lets hope Sewhag & Laxman show up for the next test and kohli can field (12th).. Those who worry too much about Sachins 100, He will keep playing till that happens.. so let the man play his game. how many other quality batsman are there to replace him in tests for India. Let the man get his 100 and go out in all glory. He is not keeping any one away from the team !!!.

  • on December 30, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    Dravid did not seem to want to get in behind the quick delivery, much like a tail-ender. The wall had a very large gap between bat and pad, as Siddle found out bowling him 3 times.

  • AlpsRock on December 30, 2011, 4:07 GMT

    Who is Mitchell Johnson? Left arm all fast..allrounder, i think Siddle can match that! He is done now...let Pat..s take care of this!

  • sli_m_shad_y on December 30, 2011, 4:06 GMT

    the issue is that we dont have a good backup opener to replace GG - Rahane is good but to put him in front of the Aussies may not be a risk worth taking.. maybe Jaffer could have been a better backup.. how badly are we missing Kumble to bowl out the tail-enders!! all in all, i still trust the Indians to come back into the series at Sydney as we have done for quite some time now.. fact is all teams are good at home - we demolished the aussies when they came last.. live with it.. we beat aussies at Perth the last time so all the talk about Indians not being able to play on fast pitches is just a myth.. have faith, India will be back soon... 2011 was a great year - WC is a huge achievement!!!

  • on December 30, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    India's failure is because of no contribution from no 5,6,7 batsmen. I strongly feel rohit should be picked for next match instead of kohli. Dhoni is not contributing at all overseas. After 4 down there is no resistance from Indian lineup. Good to see ashwin settling at no8, but he needs to get wickets to be in the Indian lineup. Bowlers have done excellent job of restricting australia to gettable totals. To win the series from here India needs to getting their batting right.

  • vinnyrock on December 30, 2011, 3:58 GMT

    Would love to see this Australian team playing in Indian conditions and proving their superiority. Yes Indian team is only better in home grounds and pitches but it's nothing different than any other team. England, Srilanka, south africa, and Australia. Atleast Indian team haven't lost any test match this year in home grounds unlike Australia who lost against underdogs who rank 8th in ICC Test Rankings.

  • on December 30, 2011, 3:54 GMT

    Looking at most comments. one could safely conclude that,with the exception of few..there is no dearth of armchair critics,who hardly know anything about a game,forget cricket.

  • sawifan on December 30, 2011, 3:38 GMT

    I find it amazing how critical some Indian fans are of Laxman. The guy has won more tests for India against Australia than their beloved SRT (i'm not knocking Sachin, he is a master). As an Aussie fan i hope that Laxman does get the axe soon, he has been the bane in our sides for too long!!

  • AlpsRock on December 30, 2011, 3:29 GMT

    Well, in one line India lost this test and will loose all other will be. 'Dhoni's gutless and defensive mind set'. I don't see Dhoni doing anything in Test Cricket different than just being a kucky captain. He looks good..as top 4 (mainly Viru, VVS,Dravid, Little Master) made india No1, Dhoni has nothing to do with bat/ball or keeping. I agree he is a good captain in 1 day, won the WC for India, after Gauti did all the hardwork. Sorry to say Dhoni's bizzar field set up, no kill attitide (27/4 Aus), as well no innovation try (sending Ashwin, Himself or Kohi up the order to keep the VVS to rescue if needed alsol keep the Aussie under pressure thinking VVS is still there!)...In this regard Imran or Dada (Gangluy) was the best trying different gutsy move! Ganguly is the one who brought the winning/fighting attitude to lazy team! Dhoni, i think it's time to change for test captain!

  • Kashi0127 on December 30, 2011, 3:26 GMT

    This is the time fo Kris Srikanth and selection team to take a bold decision. If none of the top 4 grat come true, drop all of them - let them know if they do not anounce retirement they would be shown the door. If they do perform in remaining part of the series, then have a plan to to phase them out. Ths could be done by selectig only 2 of the 4 greats(?) for a match. Let them know regardless of their performance or even a impending 100th 100 one could be dropped. Keep them on their toes! By 2013 have them all out! As to Gambhir start looking at alternatives. Overseas he is near zero. Stay with Sehwag - as Vijay Merchant had called Chndarashekar, Sehwag is a calculated risk worth taking. Kohli days are over - he just does not have the spine against true pace. Hope Yuvraj comes back good - look at other young ctop too - Rohit Sharma, Manish Pandey, Robin Uthappa...

  • on December 30, 2011, 3:18 GMT

    I was watching the replay of the 4th day's play(evening- caribbean time) and the Laxman dismissal was definitely of a no ball. Any neutral viewer could see that. The foot seems to have landed with no part behind the line. I don't think that it would have averted the defeat though. The obvious change for India would be Sharma for Khol and probably Gambiri. I'm not sure how many tests Sharma has played but in the ODI's made the WI bowling look absolutely clueless whereas I don't think Kholi has done that well in tests or ODI's against the WI. As everyone else has said the Aussie batting looks vulnerable too especially in the last couple years and with recent SA and New Zealand series. I can't see the 4-0 because the teams look so evenly matched. Recent history suggests that the test playing teams are evening themselves out with England being slightly ahead of the pack.Case in point: two lower ranked teams beating higher ranked opposition.

  • on December 30, 2011, 3:17 GMT

    I recall that back in 1999 when Australia came from an all out position to win the world cup and after that they really started playing like world champions irrespective of the playing conditions they destroyed virtually every team and nailed every contest after it and was like a dream team to beat..Sadly the truth is not the same for the current ODI champions and the team that was not long the 1 ranked team in tests as well. The stories are repeating again Indian team has a mindset of performing well in home conditions and that ONLY where they are at the best..The fail to adapt to foreign conditions and this year time and time again it has been proved. I wish them luck for next match.

  • ahsha on December 30, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    Siddle was magnificent!Tough and uncompromising.Leading a novice pack of fast bowlers to a rousing victory.On this showing it is hard to see how India are going to score enough runs to threaten Australia.Give the Aussie bowling some credit!!

  • RandyOZ on December 30, 2011, 2:30 GMT

    Looks like Oz is well on its way back to its rightful place as the number #1 side in the world (in tests that is, we are still #1 in ODIs)

  • Saghyr on December 30, 2011, 2:29 GMT

    indian batting once again exposed badly.....!

  • Indiafan_from_Montreal on December 30, 2011, 2:17 GMT

    This Australian team was trounced last year at home by England while India was holding its own against SA. Now India is about to be trounced 4-0 by Australia. I am afraid that India's glory days, such as they were, are over. The team needs to develop new players who will struggle for awhile before they become competitive again. The batting looks feeble just as the bowling is starting to come together. I watched them in England twice this "summer" (as they laughingly call it in England) and was impressed by how superior England was in every aspect of the game. My rankings of the test teams are: 1. England 2. SA 3. Australia 4. Pakistan 5. Sri Lanka 6. India 7. NZ 8. WI.

  • Punters_Mate on December 30, 2011, 2:08 GMT

    Disturbing part was the lack of stomach for pace and bounce. Very few got behind the ball and apart from Dravid and Tendulkar no footwork. Leaden feet reaching for the ball Sehwag, Dhoni and Laxman and in the case of Gambhir, Ashwin and Zaheer a tendency to back away. If Perth is its usual self this could be embarassing.

  • Nampally on December 30, 2011, 1:46 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitos: Fans have reasons to be extremely disappointed with the indian batting which converted a winnable match into a a big Loss! Where is the great batting line up which is reputed to be the best in the world & that too against raw, young and inexperienced Aussie bowlers? Dhoni as a captain is not very inspiring & blundered. India lost at least 150 runs in the match due to his poor captaincy. But when it came down to the 4th innings, India needed 292 runs to win the game with 3 legends in the side + Sehwag - all scoring over 8000 runs in test Cricket. On a pitch which was NOT unplayable so as to let even Pattinson & Ashwin get over 30 runs, the batsmen must prove being better bats than the bowlers.Indian top 6 contributed 63 Vs. bottom 5 contributing 91 runs.This speaks volumes of lack of commitment, patience and grit on part of these batsmen.Why are the batsmen in the team when the bottom 4 bowlers+WK outscore them?No wonder the Fans are shocked & angry @ such poor show!

  • gitapat on December 30, 2011, 1:37 GMT

    Only four changes to the Indian team are required for the next Test: 1.Replace Gambhir by Abhinav Mukund 2.Play Rohit Sharma instead of Virat Kohli, 3.Drop Dhon iand replace him with Dinesh Karthick,and 4.Dravid to captain the Team India will win the next Test

  • dunger.bob on December 30, 2011, 1:23 GMT

    @g.narsimha :

    I take your point about India not being the only team that does well at home and struggles away. To some extent all teams are like that, it's only the degree that varies.

    I think what people are getting at is that the difference between India's results home and away is much greater than most of the other top sides. It seems as though India pretty much never wins away from home lately whereas other teams have the occassional success on foreign soil (even the Kiwi's, much to our embarrassment). Eg England flogged the Aussies in Australia last year, the Aussies won in Sri Lanka and drew in South Africa, Pakistan has had some good results recently etc etc.

    Those away wins really boost you up the rankings, and India needs a few very soon if they are to hang onto 2nd spot.

  • mysecretme on December 30, 2011, 1:16 GMT

    The problems I see with batting 1. Not playing full and good length balls well. 2. Playing across the line and in the air. 3. Being ultra defensive while playing straight. What happened to all those straight boundaries eh Dravid especially and others too? and 4. Gambhir Problems I see with fielding/captaincy 1. Slip position- Dravid's been consistently bad from the WI tour a year back. 2. Field settings for tail enders and experienced batsmen. Problems I see with bowling 1. Not enough slower balls and yorkers- exemplary effort though- Zaheer's presence is being felt 2. Not dominating the tail completely- again due to point number 1 I think

  • on December 30, 2011, 1:12 GMT

    Recent results show that there is NO clearly outstanding leader among the various NATIONAL cricket teams. England do not field a NATIONAL team; but only an international one. All the rest are going up & down. Australia were going down after the retirement of a few greats; now resurrecting beautifully, especially in thier attack. S.A. despite losing many of their talents to England, keep on churning out talented players; but some how or other losing important matches periodically. Srilanka shows glimpses of greatness as they did this week, but still have to show consistency. Pak is another breeding ground for supremely talented cricketers, but circumstances have pushed them to an effective "apartheid"at home. West Indies, if managed well & selected well, can beat any team on their day. Even the emerging NZ showed what they can do, last month. India? -- enough is said in these columns by hundreds of cricket lovers. Who is the clear leader? NONE, as of now!

  • Yusuff on December 30, 2011, 1:11 GMT

    Its game over for India. Once again the Indian Bowlers find it hard to bowl to their counterparts when they are batting. When Pattinson, Hilfenhaus and siddle can irritate you with their batting why can't Laxman, Kohli and Gambhir score with their bat.When u keep on bowling length ball to bowlers its in their arc and they will surely go for it. Our bowlers take the top batsman in Quick succession and find it difficult to take tailenders out of the equation. What a shame. As far as India's second Innings it looked like they were playing 20-20 match. Guys this is test cricket. U had more than five sessions in ur hand and the Target was a meagre 293. Scoring at 2 runs per over also u could have achieved it.This was a golden opportunity that has been wasted. Why don't u play Rohit sharma for Kohli. Rohit is in very good touch and he plays well under pressure. Kohli is more of a One day batsman. Anyway we wish Team India Best of luck for the rest of the series.Give Australia a good fight.

  • T-800 on December 30, 2011, 1:02 GMT

    Hmm.. Will this be a repeat of what happened in England, as far as Team India is concerned? I certainly hope not. India's traditional weakness away from home is reasserting itself. The only positive thing about this test as far as I am concerned is the performance of Umesh Yadav.

  • insightfulcricketer on December 30, 2011, 0:59 GMT

    I hope Laxman is put on a notice. This seems to be the only way he pays attention to his batting and similar applies to Shewag. Both these guys seem to play at their best only when their position in the team is on the line. Time to also move Dravid away from first slip and maybe make him stand at shortleg (just so we can hide him from the outfield). It is better to groom somebody else for this position than an oldie who cannot concentrate in such a crucial position.Two recent games have changed course after his lapses.Unpardonable.

  • dunger.bob on December 30, 2011, 0:58 GMT

    RandyOz : "Who goes if Harris is fit for Sydney? Maybe no one?". That would be my call. Harris is a good bowler, but the incumbants did nothing wrong, in fact they did most things right. I think the risk of disrupting the bowling unit is too great when you consider that Harris has a history of playing a Test, missing the next few etc.

    If Watson was fit, I think I'd bring him in despite having played no cricket recently, but that's the only change I'd make to the bowling.

    Marsh looked way out of his league, but he hasn't had much cricket lately either. I'd give him a decent run before deciding on him once and for all. He's no kid anymore and if he is good enough, he has to show us soon.

    There wasn't much in this I thought. The Indian seamers damn near won it for them. Ricky and Huss got us out of trouble with the bat because of their sheer class. The thing that worries me is that I just don't think any of the new guys are in the same postcode as the vets when it comes to raw talent.

  • on December 30, 2011, 0:55 GMT

    Goodness, look at all the comments. Having tried reading some of them, hardly anyone has mentioned what a great game of test match cricket it was. Either team could have won. We seem to forget (as Australians) that despite all the debates, the Sri Lanka & South African series' were in fact two superb contests. Lighten up.

  • Lmaotsetung on December 30, 2011, 0:44 GMT

    Good batsmen are becoming a scare commodity nowadays. And I'm not talking about the one-day wonders of the Rainas and Kholis of the world. I'm talking about good test batsmen with sound techniques and fundamentals. I believe the last good batsman to come out from all the test playing nations is Jonathan Trott and he made his debut in 2009, more than 2 years ago. Since then I've yet to see a batsman come out and be able to walk on any team in the world. Maybe some of the up and coming young blood will eventually go on to make their mark later ala Ian Bell who struggled early and now has fully reached his potential. JP Duminy, Virat Kholi, Surest Raina, Yuraj Singh, the list goes on and on...shows hints of superstardom only to come back down to earth.

  • playitstraight on December 30, 2011, 0:38 GMT

    First of all, congratulations to Michael Clarke and his men on a fine victory! Dhoni's timid captaincy must improve against tail-enders, then it is possible for the bowlers to take wickets. Ishant was very disappointing despite bowling well. In Test Cricket, the bowlers need to take wickets, not control the run flow like Harbhajan used to do and now Ishant is doing. Good luck India for the second Test!

  • Quddus-Mamu on December 30, 2011, 0:34 GMT

    Bangladeshi bowling line up is much better than Indian bowling line up. Only big problem with the Bangladeshi batting. BD batsman just don't know how to to bat, except Shakib.

  • on December 30, 2011, 0:20 GMT

    In my opinion, following facts contributed to the latest Indian overseas debacle:

    1) Lack of an agressive/energetic bowler to finish off the tail. Remember almost 130 runs scored by the Aus tail enders in the match, more than the margin of defeat.

    2) Lack of positive mind set in most of the Indian players, look at their face during the match, always an expression just like they are going to be in the losing side.

    3) The batting strength of Indian team is gauged based on their performance in the flat surfaces, reassess the batting strength based on their performance in the lively overseas wicket and pick players and prepare accordingly.

    4) Disappointing contribution from more than 50 % of the team members including the captain.

    5) Buckling in front of confrontation and sledging by the Australian players!!

    If the Indian team does not address these issues, another 4-0 thrashing is imminent!

    Good Luck Team India!!

  • righthandbat on December 30, 2011, 0:16 GMT

    From what I observed in this first test, the culprits for India are the poor captaincy of Dhoni (placing defensive fields when you have a team 4/27), terrible footwork of most of the Indian batting lineup and poor running in general, in both batting and fielding. Some poor fielding other than the running didn't help either. I feel like Tendulkar is the only batsman capable in these conditions and Sharma and Rahane MUST be given a go to replace some of this fragile top order. For me, Gambhir should be dropped without a shadow of a doubt and replaced with Rahane. I'd like Laxman replaced with Sharma, simply because he looked way out of sorts and Sharma's incredible FC record can no longer be ignored. Also, Chappelli wants him in, so gotta go with that. Also, for Dhoni to bat at number 6 instead of Kohli, who can bat at 7. I would definitely want Sehwag facing the first delivery.

    SCG team: Sehwag, Rahane, Dravid, Tendulkar, R Sharma, Dhoni (wk/c), Kohli, Ashwin, Zaheer, I Sharma, Yadav.

  • zenboomerang on December 30, 2011, 0:10 GMT

    I think some comments are just an over reaction to the result & are not an indication of the game... The pitch was perfect for good length seam bowling & would have held together for 5 days... All the seam bowlers bowled to their potential, giving little away... All the batters had problems dealing with the deviating ball & brought the contest down to who would be lucky enough to get some runs... As it turned out, both captains battled against small scores & did as well as could be expected... The match could have gone either way at many stages during the 4 days...

  • Harmony111 on December 29, 2011, 23:57 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas:-

    I agree. Dhoni has a problem dealing with the tail. Its one thing if one tailender plays a brilliant knock like Broad's 70 when Eng were 120/8 and another thing when they are given free singles by setting poor field. Also, Zak should have taken that catch - any one else would have done that, he just did not run smoothly there. Also, Dhoni is tests is a bunny-for-all and either should decide to play aggressively before getting out inevitably or should stop playing tests. Viru can be the captain in tests anyways. India's poor batting is responsible for these kind of defeats along with Dhoni's poor captaincy. I honestly expected India to chase 292 even when we were 37/2. Laxman did nothing too. Gambhir and Kohli too should have done better - even 30 each from both of them would have covered this defeat margin. Only good news was a good show by the bowlers - which ironically was seen as our weakness.

  • Gabbagod on December 29, 2011, 23:52 GMT

    Wow. I am amazed at the negative comments re Sachin here. Similar to what Ponting has endured here in Australia. Sachin is a true legend of the game and the game would be worse without him. I have had the unbridled joy of playing cricket in India in Jaipur for three seasons and I know the ordinary cricket fan would prefer to see Sachin bat on for as long as he can stand up - the day he retires, cricket will not be the same. India WILL come back . Australian bowling stocks look promising but the batting is still very fragile. Clarke and Warner have to stand up - they either make centuries or nothing. Marsh failed, Haddin failed - plenty of room to improve. And don't write off Kohli - he will still top India's runscoring in this series I think. ZAK bowled well, Ishant was unlucky : still going to be a very tight series.

  • shamlaatu on December 29, 2011, 23:44 GMT

    I think the best Indians could do is keep their fingers crossed and hope that Yadav does not follow the typical and traditional way of Indian pacers, i.e. "Start off very well and vanished into the dark shadows of anonymity even faster". I hope he doesn't come out as one of those who shined in the super favorable pace bowling conditions in Australia BUT turn into off spinners when come back home n bowl on graveyards in the name of cricket pitches in India. Indian team will pretty soon be an ordinary one when Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman hang their boots. That younger Indian team can always use a good pacer to support Kohli, Rohit, Rehanne, Prithvi, Pujara etc. Even though I am primarily a Pakistan cricket supporter but happily wish all the best to Yadav.

  • Harmony111 on December 29, 2011, 23:44 GMT

    The biggest problem that India are now going to face is that because of these frequent batting collapses + Inability to clear the tail, the other team is always going to think that its all a matter of one wicket to start the collapse and for their tailenders to just try to stay knowing fully well that Dhoni will employ some stupid strategy to offer them an escape route. Even if India bat very well and are 300/2, Oz would know that they can get India AO for 345. Its also imp to note that India just cant cross the 300 run mark so even 345 would be a record of sorts. I am afraid this is beginning to look like a chronic problem for India and must be treated before it become systemic. I would drop Laxman and ask Rohit to take over. I would give loads of counseling to Kohli who ought to do well given his ODI record. I would even suggest that Dhoni be dropped and Patel take his place. At least Patel would score 20 more runs than Dhoni, Viru can always be the captain. Zak must value his wicket

  • crickeyt on December 29, 2011, 23:35 GMT

    Oh well, the show moves on to the SCG. On a complete road of pitch, Sehwag will slam 150, Sachin will get his 100, Laxman will show his stylish flicks and Gambhir will finally back his talk with some runs. And all of us Indian fans will forget the routine inability to post 300 runs abroad and get back to hailing our batting as the greatest line-up ever with 50000 runs, 100 centuries and other useless milestones.

  • Harmony111 on December 29, 2011, 23:32 GMT

    @Chris_P/Harry_Kool:-

    While we are at it, a latent cause of India's first innings collapse was that Dravid was struggling a lot (Loss of focus + Good bowling both) and his extremely slow innings nullified the quick runs scored by Viru and Sachin. And on top of that, he got out just when he should have carried on after Sachin's dismissal. It was unholy of India not to have crossed Oz score of 333 after being 214/2. While you laugh at my suggestion of India being 514/6 on Day 3's end, I think 90% of the fans (Ind+Oz+Neutral) had similar ideas - put your hand on your heart and say nay to that? Anybody would say that wishing for <300 AO at the score of 214/2 is wishful thinking and it is highly probable that a team would at least cross 400 if not more from there on. Sachin, Dravid and Lax (who ought to be dropped) - all got out without adding much to the total and India lost the match right then. Good bowling from Oz Yes but aided gleefully by India. I would drop even Dhoni if I could.

  • Harmony111 on December 29, 2011, 23:23 GMT

    @Chris_P/Harry_Kool:-

    Lest you think I am not praising the Oz bowling, let me say that I have liked Hilfy since his '08 tour and was impressed by Siddle. He has improved a lot in the last few months; I never rated him that highly in the past. He has added some pace as well as skill and it showed. I still think he has a raw mind and he can be broken if one goes after him so India need to do that against him from now on. Patty was sharp too. The biggest diff is that Oz have a more reliable tail than Ind and it starts later for them. Indian tail starts from Dhoni itself and that's the weakest link. I am sure you too would agree that this match was a lot closer than the 122 run margin and India should actually have chased 292 esp since they had ~2 days. Most disappointing were GG, Lax and Kohli who were AWOL. Oz need to think about Marsh/Haddin too. Oz played well but India showed distinct signs of playing better than in Eng. This would be a closer series, MCG notwithstanding.

  • Harmony111 on December 29, 2011, 23:13 GMT

    @Chris_P/Harry_Kool:-

    It would help both of you a lot if you realize why I replied in that manner to that METTLE article. That article was like me praising India's batting for Zaheer Khan hitting a solid six even when the match was all but over. That article was clutching at straws, it was premature. The Oz bowlers came back the next morning but both these are disjointed events. Barring SRT/Dravid's wickets, the others were rather tame dismissals and India could have done a lot better. 8/68 is inexcusable. My point about 6/514 wasn't a prediction but a scenario that I wanted the pessimistic fans to think of, just to feel better. Come on, you would think of Pattinson getting a Hat Trick or a DW/RP 100 - won't you? I have also mentioned elsewhere that I like Hilfy since his '08 tour. Talking about 2/214 - If the batsmen are playing for stumps and so slowing down how does that become good bowling? A few misses don't make up for a whole day's batting.

  • men_in_blue22 on December 29, 2011, 23:04 GMT

    guys whole world made comments on sachin tendulkar's 22 years of cricket. all said laxman and dravid are greatest. that was one game indian batsmen did not do well. 3 more to go. i have faith in this team. this line up of "old batsmen" will come back in "this series". take my word and keep it.

  • m_ilind on December 29, 2011, 23:02 GMT

    Dhoni can take the blame for allowing the tail to wag. But the margin of defeat was 122 runs not 40-50! Our batting line-up needs to take the blame for the collapses in both innings. It does not bode well for the rest of the series.

  • Apurva76 on December 29, 2011, 23:00 GMT

    with their impressive performance SL showed their highly overrated neighbors how it is done in alien conditions

  • Lord_Dravid on December 29, 2011, 22:52 GMT

    @DR_NASIR...funny how people like you and many others who are not india fan neither a aussie fan have the most things to say to criticise india jealous much? let me tell everyone we'll be back we've just fully got use to aussie conditions..real battle begins from 2nd test afterall legends dont fail twice! :)

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 29, 2011, 22:47 GMT

    @Chris_P, thanks mate for praising our bowling. I would like to hear from Aussie fans what do you think of Dhoni's 'spread the field when the opposition is under pressure' tactics.

  • Imad_K on December 29, 2011, 22:46 GMT

    People keep going on about the different theories. The problem is simple - it is India's INABILITY to bat on quick bouncy tracks against good bowling. That was the problem in SA, Eng and now in Aus. If India were batting against this same bowling attack in India with the batting they have they wouldn't be scoring less than 300/500 runs an innings. Don't look at the Aussie batting etc because this batting and bowling line up is one of the weakest that the Australian team have had for a long time. People like Hilfenhaus and Siddle are normally the 3rd/4th best bowlers in an Aussie team. Even the Aussie batting contains about 2/3 batsmen that you would call reliable. But I can't imagine the Aussies scoring less than 300/350 again in an innings against the Indians in the tests to come as I'm sure they will sort their batting out and even with YadavZaheer being impressive if the top order fail again others even the lower order will manage to put some runs together.

  • hsitasP on December 29, 2011, 22:38 GMT

    Hats off to AUS for playing so well, especially the bowlers. Regarding IND, it's not all that dismal, the two positives being bowlers putting on a much improved show than that in ENG and looking menacing at least in patches. The other positive is that Sachin is in such good form, which is sure to motivate some of the others in the team. I suggest we switch to the 5 batsmen, 5 bowlers and 1 wk keeper formula. in any case, the no. 6 is not contributing much and the tail has shown it can bat a bit. The extra bowler will add variety to the attack, can even be a spinner as they work better in tandem.

  • BravoBravo on December 29, 2011, 22:24 GMT

    @crikey: obviously you know more about the pitch condition and wicket at MCG than Shewag himself who commented " We can chase anything comfortably under 300". I know one fact that IND batting has always been below average since decades. Look Pattinson alone scored 37 runs in AUS second inning and IND highest individual score in second inning was 32.

  • on December 29, 2011, 22:18 GMT

    BACKBONELESS BATTING BY THE INDIANS WAS THE RESULT OF THEIR DEFEAT. BOWLERS DID WELL RESTRICTIGN AUSTRALIA IN THE SECONDE INNINGS BUT HE BATSMAN FAILED. THE SO CALLED BIG NAME LUXMAN, KHOLI WAS A FAILURE AT THE VERY IMPORTANT TIME.

  • mamboman on December 29, 2011, 22:18 GMT

    The one huge plus coming from Australia's win is surely no NO ONE will be interested in the stupidity of the Big Bash league and our national energies will refocus on Test Cricket. That has to be a bonus.

  • disco_bob on December 29, 2011, 22:11 GMT

    It's good to not be seeing a pile of comments about Mitchell Johnson. Mitchell who?

  • Dr_Nasir.. on December 29, 2011, 22:05 GMT

    one month back every one was praising sehwag nd all indian batting line up...but wat is hapening now.....this indian batting linup have combined more then 50000 runs but cant chase 250 runs...... if bredman now came in this world and he heard that this lineup cant chase more then 250 runs....hope fully he would love to die again...

  • mamboman on December 29, 2011, 21:57 GMT

    Two observations: 1. Is Dhoni not the weakest captain of any touring side to Australia in living memory and 2. Why is India so obsessed with Tendulkar's 100th century? Haven't half of them been made in slap and giggle cricket or even worse, 20/20?

  • Dr_Nasir.. on December 29, 2011, 21:57 GMT

    sachan and laxman should retire now....dravid is pure batsman he should play til 40s.. and sehwag should be only selected in home series....he dont know how to play in bouncy pitches...i remember 1st bal pair in bermingham...

  • on December 29, 2011, 21:56 GMT

    As a Pakistani fan of Indian cricket, I am disappointed. First, I am disappointed by the selection of the bowlers. And I do not mean Zaheer, or IShanat or Yadav. They were good. But what are the other back up bolwers doing there?

    The batting side failed but Dravid, Sehwag, Sachin, Gambhir, even Kohliare excellent batsmen and after this expereince, they should prevail in the next game.

    Capataincy of Dhoni has been very poor. There is no plan or srtategy to win the game. He is too defensive and clueless at times. Not sure why is he rated a good captain in India. He is no match for Ganguly or even Dravid. I think Injdia must look at making chages here before the World Cup.

    I ndia just did not or was unable to take advanatge of the situation when it presented itself!!! Weak captaincy, weak coaching and therefore below average decissions.

  • on December 29, 2011, 21:54 GMT

    Reality is currently none of the team in world is best.. All teams are average as they just cant play in all conditions like australia of 2000s.... SO its cat and mouse race, also none of team can play well outside of their graveyard be it aus, india, england or whoever, all are kings of home.

  • on December 29, 2011, 21:54 GMT

    MrBrightside92 / JG2704 Nice of you guys not to gloat after all the stick you guys have received from Indian fans including myself after England's 4-0 series victory last summer, for which I humbly apologise. I always thought that a series of unfortunate incidents was the cause of India's problems last summer and the loss was a blip. It is now apparent that the problems are much more deep rooted and it is going to be a long and painful process before the team gets out of this rut.India have already lost Kumble and Ganguly and it is not long before Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman and Zaheer call it a day. The new guys are just not up to the job. I only hope the BCCI does not turn their back on Test cricket and concentrate on long and meaninglessness ODI series played mostly in India with the IPL as back up. after all for the BCCI cash is king.

  • crikey on December 29, 2011, 21:45 GMT

    With all this laying blame on Indian top 4, people tend to forget the tenacity of the australian bowling and the pitch conditions out there. It was not such an easy wicket as some people would believe.

  • Chris_P on December 29, 2011, 21:40 GMT

    @harmony111. With due respect, you were very dismissive of our bowling attack and referred to the 2/214 scoreline. The fact is that with Sachin ready to dominate and looking dangerous and Dravid digging in, the Aussie quicks kept them in check, even bowling Dravid off a no ball. Past bowling performances would have been severely punished, but this pace pack kept the pressure on & delivered after getting Sachin. That is what holding your nerve as a bowling unit is. Agree with Harry, how about giving credit where it is due? On that note, it's been refreshing reading to read MOST Indian fans giving credit where it's due. It doesn't always go your way, but true cricket followers acknowledge great efforts and I will give much kudos to the Indian bowling attack which surprised me and performed really well. Definitely a positive to come out of this test for you guys.

  • BustIPL on December 29, 2011, 21:39 GMT

    gregt123 why indian wish list is so long. they opposed DRs to avoid swan and wanted to avoid playing against bangladesh and pakistan to stay on fictitious number position. now they found their real place.

  • BustIPL on December 29, 2011, 21:36 GMT

    @Danny Bhatti indian bench strength has already been exposed. what they did against windies and now kohli for you.

  • Dr_Nasir.. on December 29, 2011, 21:28 GMT

    very very poor batting performance by team india.....why selecters are still beleving on old players sachin, dravid, laxman,....now they should think about retiremint....i think lagan(bollywood movie) team is beter team then this indian team....selecters should selected kachra, lakha, bhaven,baga, deva, nd arjun (lagaan team) in team india...they all atleast chazed 323 on slow and turning track but today big guns (on paper) cant do only 290 or less...another whitwash is reiling...very sad..

  • Harry_Kool on December 29, 2011, 21:23 GMT

    @harmony111. I only mentioned the bowling which you bagged. I might also add that you dreamt of 6/514 or was it 5/614? LOL. So it wasn't the Aussie bowling that got the wickets, but the poor Indian batting ing then? Of ocurse it wasn't the great English cricket that won them 4-0 but the poor Indian performances. For once, just once, how about giving credit where it's due. Get a clue about cricket.

  • Hayes.Adam on December 29, 2011, 21:22 GMT

    A wind of change both for Sri-lanka and India for the respective reasons , hope we see more of thrilling test cricket.

  • aus_trad on December 29, 2011, 21:21 GMT

    Before the start of the series, I predicted an Indian win, mostly because this is one of the weakest Aus sides in 25 years, with all the injuries, etc. Now I'm not so sure. India's batting looks very suspect, and their inability to finish off the Aus tail in both innings just about made the difference on its own. Probably India's best ever chance to win a series in Aus, but to win (at least) 2 of the remaining 3 is a huge task. One of the big factors in their poor showing in Melbourne was lack of preparation: you simply can't come from low, turning pitches to Aus, where wickets are much bouncier and truer on the whole, play just a few days of cricket against not even full-strength state sides, and expect to do well in the first test. At this rate the series will be lost for India (or unwinnable) by the time they have fully acclimatised. One of the reasons England did so well here last summer was their preparation: India needed at least two 4-day matches against strong state sides!

  • ozziemp on December 29, 2011, 21:14 GMT

    India should have won this test hands down. Blame it on the batsmen. Its harsh blaming everything on Sachin. Those who have watched the game will understand that he was the only batsman who was comfortable in these conditions. VVS,Dravid & Kohli were not good enough. Dravid apart from his first half of his first innings was a just searching for the ball.But still hope for the Indians. Atleast they didnt play as badly as they had done in England. Still time to pick up the pieces and give a good fight.

  • on December 29, 2011, 21:08 GMT

    Indian are lucky.........DRS was not allowed in this game. If DRS were there........the game would be over within 3 days. Now we know, why Indian dislike DRS??? Indian should play more cricket on bouncy and sporting pitch. They should play with Ireland before face Australia, S.Africa, England or even New Zealand.....it will help them a lot.

  • humheyglobal on December 29, 2011, 21:00 GMT

    India went to Australia not for winning the series but for Sachin's 100th century. He should retire immediately

  • on December 29, 2011, 20:58 GMT

    2011 would confirm that India current test team, even though they have some great batsmen,they will always be cosidered a good team (ranked #1) but never a great team....lets face it sachin is playing for records and that will delete some of his greatness...

  • cric7 on December 29, 2011, 20:55 GMT

    I don't know when will Indian team stop this!! making Ordinary Bowling to look like an Extra Ordinary Bowling and Class One. come on batters. if you had the right mindset, with two days to spare, 290 some runs were nice target to achieve. What is meaning of scoring 8000+ runs and not adding part of 290 into your own tally???

  • cric828 on December 29, 2011, 20:54 GMT

    Congrates to Australian , Indian team totally Clueless. MS Dhoni Shows lack of Intelligency. Indian team or Coach don't have any plan to win the Game. They should have plan out the Second innings in Plan A and Plan B. If we lose first three wicket in quick section should change the batting order and try something new to win. Sending Kohli after Dravid show or Send R Ashwin who show much commitment. I know this is the Game but winning is not always important but try and fighting for is the Win. Wish best of luck rest of series. They need to try something new....New....New.....

  • sanjeevmukherjee2006 on December 29, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    to all pakistani and sl ppl dont worry we will not suffer whitewash like wat happened to pakistan in aus and dont preach about how india suffers abroad we all saw how gud ur team is in eng and aus and yes sl fans dont jump up and down after one win in sa we also won in durban and sl won a test after more dan a year and talking about rankings pak can only play in abu dhabi beating bad teams like bangladesh sl etc

  • on December 29, 2011, 20:39 GMT

    Indian team must understand that they doesn't have a chance against any team outside home. Dravid, Sachin, Laxman, Sehwag's time is over.... wat cud you expect from a bunch of has been's? Bring in youngsters, give them 2 series to show what they can do and then decide. They cant rely on these guys, who should be coaching some youngsters now !

  • on December 29, 2011, 20:36 GMT

    The most important fact in indian cricket is that our Bowlers won us more matches than our exaggerated batsmen. The spin trio in 60's and 70's , Kapil Dev in late 70's and 80's and anil Kumble in 90's till mid 2000, won us more test matches than any (all) indian batsman. Indian bowling is/was always under rated and they have done more than expected and Indain batsman was/is always exaggerared and always under performed. The problem with the Indian Batsman is that they were never confident in facing good fast bowling in seeming conditions exception - Gavaskar and Dravid. Only occassion I remember where Indian batsman excelled in tough conditons is in 1971 series in west indies when gavaskar and Sardesai batted out toughest WI bowling attack to seal a series victory. Dravid - laxman 's effort in 2003 in australia is also worth mention. Barring these two Indian batsman do wonders only in subcontinent with courtesy from indian spinners. Though winning a test match all about taking 20

  • maddy20 on December 29, 2011, 20:34 GMT

    It is despicable batting by India. Its their poor batting of middle order in the first innings that cost us the game.If Laxman, Dhoni, Kohli had shown some spine, we would have got around a 50-100 run lead atleast especially after the good start by the top order. And give Sachin a break! He was the one who looked most positive of them all. Even Dravid di not look convincing(surprisingly). We might as well Laxman for Rohit and Kohli for Pujara. Kohli is a good ODI batsman but as far as tests are concerned he just doesn't cut it!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 29, 2011, 20:32 GMT

    Cricinfo please publish. Stop castigating our batting line-up during such an important tour. Shall we? I may not have the cricketing skills of Dhoni but have watched 'a lot' of cricket. People are making tall claims about our pitches, the inability of our batsmen, inability of our bowlers so on and so forth. Well, note that the opponent batsmen were also reeling twice at MCG when Dhoni, somehow, strangely, lets it go; same story in SA, same story in England and now same story Down Under. Commentators are crying about that pattern!! When there is a pattern in the results and a pattern in Dhoni's Captaincy in the field, why not consider that the results are more in sync with the Captaincy of Dhoni, instead of dissing a proven batting line-up over the years? Problem is Dhoni doesn't even seem to consider that he might be the bug here. I suggest only two changes for the next match. 1) Dhoni should learn to set fields for tailenders. 2) Rohit in place of the tweeting clown Kohli.

  • RSBali on December 29, 2011, 20:31 GMT

    They should not get a day off for finishing the match in 4 days. No work no pay. Duncun make them sweat.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 29, 2011, 20:30 GMT

    No seriously! Just look at the aussie scorecard - 5, 8, 3, 1, 6, 4, 0 - single digit pin-codes and then 60, 89, 37, 14 - four double digit scores which includes two tailenders. Who is to take responsibility for those four double digit scores that came against the run of play? Dhoni, it is for me. Our Captain allows the opposition off the hook much too frequently, or as a rule dare I say, for anybody's comfort except the opposition. 300 per se need not be the benchmark to win a test. Well, you might as well lose a test where the opposition scores 700 and you can't post 300. But how can one explain opposition going on to make decent scores from hopeless positions? The opponent captain is not a stupid to extend the same favour to our batsmen. This is the reason why we are not registering any wins at all whether we post a 300 or not. Sehwag's wicket before lunch is just not a wicket - it will be a huge blow that will take us down and pump up the opposition. Lot to lose there.

  • RSBali on December 29, 2011, 20:19 GMT

    Don't worry guys. Get used to it when it comes to international tours. BCCI in inviting Bangladesh and Zimbabae soon to play in India for 6 test series with each of them. BCCI is also lobbying to get Nepal and Afganistan test status. If the Sydney pitch also has too much bounce India should protest with ICC because our stars can not play on bouncy pitches and any ball that is bowled at more than 132 km/hr should be called a no-ball.

  • Deepak_Toronto on December 29, 2011, 20:19 GMT

    INDIA SHOULD GIVE CHANCE TO YONGSTERS.EITHER DRAVID OR LAXMAN SHOULD BE IN THE PLAYING ELEVEN. RAHANE,PUJARA,ROHIT SHARMA,JAFFER AND BADRINATH SHOULD GET CHANCE IN TEST TEAM. INDIA NEEDS TECHNICALLY CORRECT BATSMEN AGAINST QUALITY BOWLING ATTACKS LIKE AUSTRALIA,SOUTH AFRICA AND PAKISTAN. KOHLI DOE NOT THROW AWAY HIS WICKET BUT HE CAN NOT PLAY OUTSIDE INDIA AGAINST QUALITY BOWLING IF LAXMAN/DRAVID/TENDULKAR CAN PLAY AT THE AGE OF 35+,THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH JAFFER'S AGE. BRING IN PATAHN BROS,UTTAPHA, AND NEHRA FOR ONE DAYERS.GIVE REST TO GAMBHIR IF HE UNDER PERFORMS.PLEASE LEAVE SIR JADEJA AT HOME AND LET HIM ENJOY FAMILY LIFE. SEWAG SHOULD BE TOLD THAT NOTHING IS PERMANENT....EVEN HIS POSITION IN THE TEAM.THERE ARE LOTS OF LAPPEBAAJS AVAILABLE IN INDIA.

  • InnocentGuy on December 29, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    Is this the most comments for an article ever? 'India always lose the first test' is probably the dumbest thing we can say to feel better about ourselves. I thought India finally admitted to themselves that their team is weak, after the England debacle. But it looks like we haven't. Why is it so hard to play in these conditions? They played well in the tour games against some decent bowling. To be honest Pattinson/Siddle/Hilfy/Lyon bowled well but they are a far cry from McGrath/Lee/Gillespie/Warne. What exactly is the problem with Indian batsmen, I don't get. Despite what the fans/media say, I don't think any of the Indian players is under any false illusions. They all know what is needed to be done to play well and yet something goes wrong horribly every single time.

  • on December 29, 2011, 20:12 GMT

    None of the Senior players including Tendulkar showed any commitment to save the match of the kind you saw even the last batsmen in the Australian team showed . It is evident that the whole Indian team incl Tendulkar play for records and their individual averages but do not play for the Team that they portray all the time!!! it is very ironical that everyone was talking of Tendulkar's 100th 100 when the team needed it most!!...their body language was so atrocious yesterday and I believe this is going to be story throughout this series and they will be Thrashed to pulp !!

  • on December 29, 2011, 20:11 GMT

    Sydney, will be different as the weather has more humidity, and less bounce, india for sure will come back, Sachin will get his hundred there easily.

  • on December 29, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    India should play more ciricket with Ireland in Ireland soial....it will help them to learn how to play on bouncy wicket. I think that Ireland will be the best choice for India before they face England, S. Africa, Australia even with New Zealand.

  • marq7 on December 29, 2011, 20:02 GMT

    Oh c'mon guys. Oz won the 1st test against NZ and lost the next 1. Not to mention the similar performance in SA. If India looses the next test, then the death knells can be sounded. I did warn that it will not be easy going for the young Indian batsmen. The old guard are not as acute in skill, so we cannot expect them to perform herculean tasks every time. Don't believe? Ask Ponting and Hussey.

  • Digimont on December 29, 2011, 19:58 GMT

    India is on a roll, all the way down the rankings. Gambhir looks like Hughes, minus the attacking strokes, Sehwag has always been hit or miss. Dravid is no longer the wall, being bowled throught the gate he doesn't have 3 times in one match (inc the no ball). Laxman can't hit the ball off the square, Kohli looked like a rabbit in the headlights. Major problems India, major problems.

  • Punjin on December 29, 2011, 19:53 GMT

    MAJOR differences which no one seems to point out even the commentators- Cricket Guru's- 1, Australia fields better than India. 2. Australia runs more than India in all aspects of game. Where india takes one or two runs, Australia takes 3 or 4. That's how they score more and excellent fielding makes difficlut for india to score runs easily. 3. Australia bowls better than India, more in line with stumps- just look at how many clean bowled's. Not counting balls dragged by batsman to stumps. 4. Older players of Australia field better then Indian older players 5. Field placings are better by Australia. More attacking

    Main reasons for India's loss. Unless they improve in above areas- hard to win overseas.Sachin shud stay and help with his experience. Dhoni ideal for One day/T20. Selectors need to look at future and building. Match Australia's Youth & seniors with India's youth & seniors. Put pressure on Aussie batsmen, make it difficlut to score. Much improved Indy bowling now.

  • MZEEM on December 29, 2011, 19:53 GMT

    India is Lion at home grounds and "Geeder" abroad. Simple is that. Bottom line and period.

  • ns1000 on December 29, 2011, 19:53 GMT

    Did anyone just see Sri Lanka thrash South Africa after the first test debacle? India will never do this in Australia because they are more concerned about legends, records, image, etc. etc. If India is to be a good test playing nation, they need to give those really deserving today, instead of what they did may yesterdays ago. Give the captaincy to Sehwag.

  • Inaamulhaq on December 29, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    This shows true strength of Indian cricket team. They were hammered in England and now they are getting same treatment in Australia.

  • on December 29, 2011, 19:34 GMT

    I think Indian Team once again showing their inability to bat in bouncy pitches. Batting in bouncy pitches is the real problem. India needs to tackle this situation. My prediction is India will loose all the test matches like we had in England. Guys should get coaching from Sunny Gavaskar. Sunny G changed many loosing test matches to draw alone. Dravid has the ability but making mistakes often. I think best pace player was Sunny Gavasker. Survival for India very difficult though they bowl well. Batting problem!! No other philosophy or justification for this defeat.

  • Indiaforever on December 29, 2011, 19:09 GMT

    Why is everyone saying that Kohli is not capable of playing test cricket? firstly give him a chance, its his first test match in Australia, secondly he did pretty well at home against WI and showed that he can play test cricket. I know that was against WI and this is Australia but seriously give him a chance to shine. Everyone who says why isnt pujara playing, the reason is because he has just come back from injury and therefore he is playing a few domestic matches first. Wasinm Jaffer will not make a comeback to the Indian team, he is quite old now and we have other openers who are perhaps more capable.

  • Imad_K on December 29, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    Forget the experts, averages, excuses etc. I said before this series that India would lose with the reasons on Cricinfo. Before the England series I said India would get thrashed, they wouldn't score more than 270 in an innings, their bowling was too weak to get England out twice and their best hope was to draw a test match if Dravid/Tendulkar scored big. The problem with India is their bowling is weak even though in this test match their bowling was impressive and without Yadav they would have really struggled - but this is the weakest Australian team both in the batting and bowling departments I have seen for a long time. The biggest problem with India is that they can't play on quick bouncy wickets against quick bowlers and apart from 1/2 Indian batsmen all look so uncomfortable - that is why with such great batsmen they struggled in SA, Eng and now Aus. Gambhir so scared to play on the front foot, Shewag will only score once in 5 innings in these conditions against good bowling.

  • benjijess1 on December 29, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    Main reason for the lose was the batting strategy. Current philosophies have neglected to consider that in tests, one of the main role of the openers is to build a good foundation. In construction terms, it is near impossible to build something stable without a good foundation. Good foundation translates to occuping the crease for a long time. The requisitie runs will come. When one or both openers fail, it exposes the flank into which the opposition can make inroads. Under this philosophy, Sehwag should not open. Going by current form, Tendulkar and Dravid should open and focus on building a good foundation. That being said, Sehwag is unique player and provides a great option for the captain. Use him as a Floater. He bats at a floating position, when all goes well, he bats down the order if there are two quicks wickets up the order, he comes in. His reputation as a game changer preceedes him.

  • on December 29, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    It's all because of Indian domestic structure, if you go through the score cards you will see the 4-day matches completed with the 2nd or 3rd innings in process... you may understand my point!

  • Quddus-Mamu on December 29, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    Indian so called Strong Bating line up is only good for Indian home ground. Out side the country they are as good as Bangladesh team. Good luck with the 2nd test.

  • on December 29, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    1)jaffer 2)mukund 3)dravid/sachin,4)badrinath 5)pujara 6)rahanae 7)dhoni 8)ojha 9)zaheer 10)umesh 11)ishant 12)rohit

    in this batting line up u will not see thunderbolt so called promising youngsters...u will c players who will determiely wanted to make contributions..provided jaffer and badri are the experienced and very best of indian first class..one of dravid and sachin should remain...pujara is always a class act...rahane though is a top order player he can bat down da order...he can move up provided this top order fails and rohit can take no 6 position...

  • on December 29, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    Sadly, for India, it always starts from the second test!

  • nimal183 on December 29, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    Some indian fans stop make bad comments about Sri lanka!!! You heading for a white wash I'm telling you!!!

  • josh2david on December 29, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    Sachin and Laxman has to be dropped immedaitley, Sachin is playing for his records its very unfair on plyers like Rohit and pujara. If india is looking forward another few years they got to give a chance to youngsters.

  • Test_Match_Fan on December 29, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    retire Laxman, Tendulkar immediately. Retire Dhoni from Test matches and ask Kohli to play 1 days only. T20 and 1 day is not cricket. Success in T20/1 day will never lead to success in test matches. Go back to drafting players from Ranji Trophy success. The selectors obviously did not learn from the batting debacle from the English summer which is now continuing into the Australian summer. What a sad state of affairs. Brace yourself for another whitewash

  • Imran-Akram on December 29, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    Totally agree with Chaturvedula Murali Krishna.... Raking system need to be revised as it is very funny that how can a team like India can be ranked number without winning a series in Australia, South Africa, England, Pakistan and SL.... really really a bogus system.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on December 29, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    This match saw two average teams play a match in which no one really did extremely well. Certain players', mainly Australian, slightly-above-average contributions, made sure it was a win for Australia, and yesteryears's 'star batsmen' leave a match with critics again proclaiming the downfall of their careers. It was a match between two average teams. I wouldn't be surprised if in the future we have the smaller cricketing nations beating teams like India and Australia, such is the current state of their national sides!

  • on December 29, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    @ Chaturvedala Murli Krishna....... Ist of all for yourvery kind information Sachin & Dravid were only among runs in this test & instead of yelling on our Team, we shall be with them & support them in down time also.......we will certainly bounce back in coming matches...

  • on December 29, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    Aussies really outclassed india i thought this time BIG 3 will make difference and clinch series win as this one is definitely their last aus tour together but going down 1-0 it will be very difficult to win 2 matches .I predicted yadav will be main bowler for india and it happened and i also said if aussies made bowling track they will win .Indians should hope they bounce back in sydney and if BIG 3 didnt deliver in the series they should retire because thats unfair players like pujara and rohit are sitting on benches.I also didnt like preferring kohli over rohit as rohit game is more suited to tests and he should have done better .

  • Imran-Akram on December 29, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    Real "batting strength" of so-called "champions" has been exposed by 2nd strength Aussies bowling attack!!! Go Aussies go!!

  • gov544 on December 29, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    I'm not surprised at all Indian team don't play well in first test match nothing new end of the day it is just a game, the current XI is good enough to do well in Australia best of luck for the 2nd test

  • nirikh on December 29, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    It's good to see Aussies coming to the par. India is able to prove again that they can only play cricket at their own, bland, home pitches. Their so called star batsmen are only capable of making runs in Mumbai/Chennai/Eden type of inocuous pitches followed by their media making it look like they are real big guns! As soon as they get to real game situations, like MCG, the reality shows us their face!!!

  • on December 29, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    irrespective of past performances...this is the best possible TEST team for india

    jaffer,mukund,dravid,sachin,badrinath,rahane,dhoni,ashwin,zaheer,yadav,ishant

  • stark-truth on December 29, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    Yet another massively humiliating defeat for the Indian team. their much vaunted batting line-up is way over-hyped, if anything. Time and again they have proven they don't have what it takes to survive against a decent bowling attack overseas. Roll on the highway pitches of India and all seems fine, but move to helpful conditions and Tendulkar & Co. look like little boys lost in the woods! Shame on them for letting so many down so miserably yet again.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 29, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    Why am I not surprised? One failure by Dravid in one inning and tongues are wagging about his retirement. Utterly shameful comments. Sachin choked the whole year during important passages of play, instead of carefully pressing on into the next session, and people are talking about his 100th century in the next match and then the next and next..... Acknowledging good contributions of players other than Sachin, Team win and winning important passages of play are no longer important is it?

  • on December 29, 2011, 18:12 GMT

    India need to be more careful for the second test. Some of the Indian batsmen must adjust to the conditions and bat better. Else we will see the same result as in England.

  • on December 29, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    I thought Pakistan is one of the most unpredicted team but India's isn't any better. Pathetic loss.

  • Precioustar84 on December 29, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    Dhoni - few things you need to learn yourself. Yes, the batting failed but good that you gave credit to Aus bowling. Firstly, please learn field placements. I mean after having 4/27, you pretty much let Ponting-Hussey to take easy singles and doubles. Ponting was out on 15 but not given, and from there you should've set "attacking" field but the majority of the time you wait for batsmen to make mistakes. This is NOT acceptable in TESTS!! Secondly, should wicketkeeping and captaincy be the sole reason to be included in the team? If it was any other team, no7 would've been long gone by now. Cricinfo please publish.

  • krishna_cricketfan on December 29, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    I know Indian fans will be disappointed like myself. But can we have a reality check? Aussies bowled at 145 kph plus all the time and that is not easy to handle for the seniors like Dravid and Laxman. Age does catch up and we have to accept that. Sachin played well, but did not standup in 4th innings. Why can't he stay and take the fight even if we are losing? As for others they are out of sorts and I am not sure they will ever recover to play the pacers. If Aussies had gone with 4 pacers, then the result would have much worse for India. Aussies should never ever play spinners against India in this series. I will be happy if this series ends as 1-0 for Australia rather than 4-0. But the reality points to another white wash. Indian fans must accept the fact that pace is too much and that is not our area of expertise.

  • on December 29, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    well done boys. good to see that deserving team win the match...

  • jmo220 on December 29, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    Indian team play well in India. You take them out of India and they are a different team. They will punish the weak teams like WI and Bangladesh but aganist stronger teams they look like the WI. They play with fear and nervousness in their eyes. They should stay home and play IPL's.

  • mdev.mp on December 29, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    When will Sachin learn to BAT on these GREEN TURF pitches. He is not facing Mcgrath, Brett Lee or Shane bond now. But still he is unable to handle these rookie bowlers. Even Inzamam Ul Haq, Aravinda Desilva or Graeme Hick were better on green pitches. Atleast they are fighting with Aussies on their yard. Already sachin toured AUS 7-8 times. Atleast he could hav batted long in this test. Its too bad

  • on December 29, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    india will be white washed. They can only win in their country.

  • Pritt32 on December 29, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    India lack the killer instinct to finish off the job as tail enders scored 60 runs for the last two wickets. Sri Lanka secured victory against a very good South African team quickly and with urgency. They are playing outside home. It is sad to see India struggling away and cannot beat a weak Australian team. India can only beat the Aussies team unless they learn from their mistakes and the captaincy of Dhoni is a lot better, as he is too defensive and clueless at times. India need fresh talent in the next matches like dropping few of the batmen who performed poorly otherwise it will be same old story as the England tour of 4-0. The Aussies deserve to win the match, as they wanted to win and India did not deserve as they showed no fighting spirit and urgency. India need go to the next match with a winning frame of mind by being ruthless and taking pride in their performances by their batmen putting a price tag in their wicket.

  • MrBrightside92 on December 29, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    Don't worry Indian fans....I have two words for you 'New Zealand'...where are they ranked? Need to shake up your batting side though...everyone is too cosy...no fear of being dropped...have to open with Dravid...drop Gambhir...Kohli 3...rohit 5 or 6. You HAVE to put some young guys in and stick with them! They need experience. Nice for Oz batsmen making India look good with the ball (ZK aside)..Yadav seems better than I thought....though will like to see him/Pattinson at Adelaide..batsman paradise. Not worried about your fast bowlers RandyOz...2 out of the three in this test are two time Ashes losers...who's going to get the runs? Needing Ponting/Hussey again to save your skin against an average (but bowled above expection) attack...keep picking them Aussie selectors and leave Kwahja, Christian, Wade etc 'inexperiencing' test cricket until real fast bowlers come a-knocking! Happy New year! Great test by the way! India threw advantage away!

  • ns1000 on December 29, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    Agree with many posts to allow the Indian youngsters to play instead of Sachin, Dravid and Laxman. Dravid's fielding has also cost India in recent times. All three have so disappointed with batting in England and now Australia. Give the youngsters a chance to learn - even at the expense of loosing now. Future tours will be much closely contested as a result. Also, play another seamer as the Australian pitches are not conducive to spin bowling unless your last name is Warne.

  • on December 29, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    I am sure that India will come back strongly in SCG. Sachin should forget about his 100th century and should play his normal game.

  • Cric_info_pak on December 29, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    indian were telling that srilanka is weak team pakistan beat weak teams now srilanka beat south africa in south africa ... against pakistan they can't do any thing ... india think they ru strong only in their home grounds on flat picthes shewag got double hundred in odi ... wht he did in england n now is australia same for so called stong batting line up .... any team can get big score on indian batting pitches ...... home champions can't even beat bangladesh in bangladesh on fast track.....

  • Surya_RX100 on December 29, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    Reading many comments on the Fab 3. This is a game and the opposition played better. This is no way to treat your THREE TEST ICONS. Having followed cricket for the past 3 decades, and knowing the pattern which Indian tst cricket takes usually takes in an away series, I still trust Laxman, Dravid and Tendulkar would deliver in the remaining test series, and not for personal glory but on a team cause. As Dhoni rightly points, we must master cleaning up the tail. This ofcourse should not take away the effort put in by Zee Khan and Umesh. Let our disappointment on losing the test match defame the trio. Laxman failing in the 2nd innings of a match is really surprising. Lets give that hero a chance to come back strongly as he usually does against the Aussies. X can lie, Y can lie, Z can lie, but NUMBERS dont lie and that too over a period of 10+ years. Just wait and see how strongly Sachin would come back. After all it's his reputation and he would not disappoint us.

  • Nampally on December 29, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    @Sriniaiyer: India definitely needs a changed line up for Sydney Test. I do not agree in dropping Ashwin. He got at least 30 runs in each innings - more than we can say of the top 6 batsmen.He also took wkts. in each innings.India should drop both Laxman & Kohli and bring in Ashok Dinda & Rohit Sharma.Sydney is a fast bowler's wkt. & Dinda is theleading wkt. taker in Ranji this year. Also India needs a better opener & Gambhir has been very poor always flashing at the balls wide outside the off stump. He should be sent back to India & bring in Mukund, the leading opening batsmen in Ranji this year.The performance of Indian batsmen was disgraceful after so much hoopla about Indian batting legends! There is absolutely no reliability in the Indian batting. Laxman, Kohli, Gambhir & Dhoni batted much worse than Ashwin @ #9! in both the innings.Send Ashwin #6 Dhoni #7 then ZAK, Ishant, Yadev & Dinda.Mukund & Sehwag opening - Dravid, Sachin, Rohit Sharma forming the middle order.Thats my team.

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

    First the miserable defeat of India. Then comments about how Murali Vijay would have batted India to victory, how Pathan would have destroyed the Oz tai with his sheer pace, and how Tendulkar is preventing youngsters from getting a place in the team. Can't say which is worse. I do know that Tendulkar, Ponting, and Hussey are like good wine. They seem to get better and better with age. While Marsh, Gambhir and Kohli are still not out of batting diapers.

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

    I think people should stop bashing Sachin and realize he has scored more than 100 runs in this match and looked the best batsman between the two teams. It doesn't matter in which innings he scores his runs.. If you score more runs in your first innings you have to score that much less in the second innings to win the match. So as long as the batsman scores runs, it doesn't matter which innings it is.

    That said, the blame really lies with the other guys in the team like Gambhir, VVS, Dhoni and Kohli. If these four batsman, between the two innnings, had scored 123 runs, India could have won this match.

    I have no problems with India's bowling except for letting the opponents tail wag. Hey, can we give citizenship to Akram and bring him in the team or is that frowned upon?

  • 2.14istherunrate on December 29, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    That all conquering glorious 5-0 ODI victory in India in Oct suddenly looks like a sad pathetic joke. Well allstars, the real world of Tests is back and the wakeup call is issued.That was a flaccid and anaemic performance by Indai. The summer was not a dream, guys, but the real thing.And the real thing looks set to coninue if you do not put some back bone into it. Spineless 2nd innings.

  • mgsperera on December 29, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    OMG !!! Um a SL..what has happened to this bloody Indian Fans... We SL were strugling last 10 mnths or so but still we are supporting to our team..Guys these Indian Players will give a good fight in future matches..Dnt post such a disgusting comments abt them.Its very pathetic & disgusting to see all these comments..Sachin,Viru,Dravid,Laxman these guys are well tallented players in the world cricket, but try to understand that Auziz are very good at thier own soil.Two good teams meeting each other...Pls guys show some maturity ..All the best for both teams ...

  • ns1000 on December 29, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    India is a below average team outside the sub-continent and Dhoni is not as aggressive as he used to be. Need to replace Gambhir, Dravid, Laxman with Gavaskar, Vengsarkar and Kapil Dev...!

  • TRAM on December 29, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    @Rumy, your statement >>>Kohli, Rahane, Mukund,Yuvraj and Raina are not Test materials. They are good for short versions where technique and class are not virtues. <<<< Please dont exibit your cricket ignorance !!! When did Mukund ever play short version of games? He was the ONLY ONE TO STAY AT THE CREASE in England tour along with RD for several hours coming as OPENER and that was the only chance he got and he was dropped !!. Now they are trying to FIT Ajinkye Rahana who is not a opener. MUKUND IS A CLASS TEST PLAYER. Let the great Sehwag & Gambhir score 50 runs in PACE-FRIENDLY pitch against Aus, then you talk about class.

  • Raj12345 on December 29, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    @Raminder_Bali people like you, so aggressive comments against South Indian players so far, now jumped to Delhi players. RG deserved place, he is overlooked for many years. Selectors are wasted his carrier, now it is time to bring him and prove he is best middle order. Rahane just throw him away, even he is not eligible to play in india if opp is good bowling attack.

  • kazimusman on December 29, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    I must say if you want to prove yourself, you have to win overseas(it applies to every team), away win is very important for every team and if you are not winning away matches, then you must stop calling yourself champions.... I think Dhoni is over-rated captain, kohli is good in sub-continent, he needs overseas experience that may help him but i dont think india is lacking so much talent that they give him that many chances.... Well done zaheer and yadav, both of you were impressive. Congrats ausies, may be this will be an easy contest for you.....

  • rashidayub on December 29, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    Bring Rohit Sharma ' Kohli Can't Bat In Test ...

  • TRAM on December 29, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    Root cause: BCCI's deliberate flat tracks at home to boost the batting records & sixes & fours. India batsmen just dont know how to play in pace tracks. Ind pace bowler are not trained to bowl accurately (whats the use of bowling accurately in Indian pitches). Decades back Bombay & Delhi pitches used to be flat tracks, thus making those two state players score huge runs all the time (and thus getting selected in India team easily). Chennai & Calcutta used to be spin tracks. But in the last 10-15 years EVERY Indian track is flat or near flat. Every action has a an effect. And of course timidity of captain is also trade mark of Indians. Kapil, Srikkanth, Sehwag being some of few exceptions.

  • Silverbails on December 29, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    Congrats Australia! Well, as I had said when India toured England in the summer, can they beat the Aussies in theri back yard? Well, on this evidence, the answer is clearly a sorry "NO"!! They will STILL have to perform a miracle now...the batting looks completely insidious, and as for the bowling, well the old problem of demolishing the tail CONTINUES to persist with this team. Other teams - including the Aussies - don't seem to have this problem. Ah well, onto the next Test at the SCG...more of the same, hopefully not...but UNLESS this team bucks up it's ideas, and doesn't throw away it's wickets needlessly, then it's sure a recipe for a 4 - 0 drubbing in the Test Series, and a further slipping down the Test rankings. Well, here's hoping for something better in the future, otherwise the HOLY GRAIL of winning a Test series IN Aus. will remain...this team seems like Lions in India, but are merely sheep when away from home. I mean, ANYONE can play in the subcontinent!!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 29, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    I strongly feel that Dhoni is in denial of his negativity. I may be wrong but that's how I see it. I may not have the cricketing skills of Dhoni but have watched 'a lot' of cricket. People are making tall claims about our spinning pitches, the inability of our batsmen, inability of our bowlers so on and so forth. Well, note that the opponent batsmen were also reeling when Dhoni, somehow, strangely, lets it go; same story in SA, same story in England and now same story Down Under. Commentators crying about that pattern!! When there is a pattern in the results and a pattern in Dhoni's Captaincy in the field, why not consider that the results are more in sync with the Captaincy of Dhoni, instead of dissing a proven batting line-up over the years? Problem is Dhoni doesn't even seem to consider that he might be the bug here, as can be seen in his interviews and/or the matches that follow a defeat. That's the worrying part. Not our batting or bowling or not the least bit our sporting tracks.

  • Nampally on December 29, 2011, 16:45 GMT

    There is no excuse for such attrocious batting by the top 6 experienced Indian batsmen. Gambhir,Laxman, Kohli & Dhoni failed twice.When 4 out of the top 6 batsmen fail twice, winning is just a dream. Gambhir has made a mockery of opening batsman, always fishing for balls wide outside the off stump - get Mukund.The first 6 batsmen totalled 63 runs compared to 90 from last 5! Hussey& Ponting at least showed that they are still the experienced bats compared to Tendulkat & Dravid who betwn. them got half of Hussey's 89. "Fab 3 legends" looked anything but that. Where is the commitment, reponsibility & determination? A total of 300 looks like a dream for this team which prides itself on batting ! Gosh - It is England Tour all Over.The much under rated bowling on the other hand showed up very well. If only it could clear up the OZ tail India would have won easily.Get Rahul Sharma to do it. This is the only cheery news from this test.Has India got any Gutsy batsmen left - Rohit,Mukund,etc.

  • on December 29, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    BCCI must think about the new blood,no matter if India lose,win or loss is a part of the game make the brave decisions,make the fast tracks in India,cut IPL for senior players like Sachin,Dravid,Laxman,give them proper rest before any important series.I am from Pakistan but the true cricket lover.Some players from India think that they are the automatic choice which is a wrong thinking,performance is the key,after England tour failure BCCI should have handled these failed players strongly,which did not happens.Many players from other countries get retired when they think they need to give some chances to other upcoming players,but this is not happening in India for some reason.Dohni should learn to adopt some brave approach as a captain,failing to get tail-enders out is a prove that he is not thinking wisely, senior bowler Zaheer should advise to his junior bowler how to get the wicket,as a experienced bowler he should field on mid on or mid off.

    GOOD LUCK INDIA FOR NEXT GAME.

  • on December 29, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    1) Gambhir at #3 2) Kohli at #5 3) Dravid open with Sehwag 4)Tendulkar at #4

  • on December 29, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    This time Coach, Captain and Indian Team Management can't get away with excuses like"injured senior players" in England. I am not still giving up on them, but if they let the Aussies get under their skin (which they partially have by losing this test) they might end up losing 4-0 or 3-0 in this series as well.

  • Harmony111 on December 29, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    @Harry_Kool:-

    Oh come on, it's not as if the Oz batting has come out unscathed in this match. If anything, they were 27/4 and I am sure the Oz fans were every concerned and feared another 80 AO. Dhoni used wrong tactics at that time and allowed even the last 2 Oz batsmen to score 74 runs. If anything, the Indian bowling is much less experienced than OZ bowling with Yadav and Ashwin being less than 5 tests old. The reason why India lost this match was horrible horrible batting. People like Laxman/Dhoni should be dropped.

    And btw, that mettle article was written in a different context. I am sure had India chased down this total you won't have been asking me this question. In that case, the mettle article would have been conveniently forgotten and instead the excuse would have been the inexperienced Oz attack. Talk of shifting the goalpost.

  • InsaneBolt on December 29, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    The combined experience of 615 tests between India's top 5 withered against 50 tests of the Aussie pace trio !!!

    Maybe its time to lose with new players than to have GODS, WALLS ,TEMPLES & still lose anyways. Really, if the Fab 3 have the interest of Indian Cricket in mind, its time to plan a phased out retirement plan, than to say retirement is the last thing in their minds. Who said you should not go out with flags flying ?? Ask Sunny or Imran & they will tell you a thing or two about going out in style.

  • m_ilind on December 29, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    It's always the same thing! India's 4th innings chases depend on one man: Sehwag. If he falters, India loses, no matter what the target!

  • Balantine on December 29, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    I think India need to drop their senior players and rebuild the team with young ones. The old guys lack quick reflexes and cannot play the fast bowlers well.

  • shizam on December 29, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    If you look into the record books you will find out that indians can only bat on dead indian wickets like the one which they made in indoor recently after they got scared from WI. These are genuine fast wickets and the indian batsmen got exposed on it.

  • on December 29, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    Best of Luck India for the 2nd Test. You just got unlucky!!!! Well to win this series Aussies shouldnt take the Indian Team easily. They are capable of bouncing back even if they trail by 1-0

    The next match will be interesting we are heading to SCG!!! May the BEST win :P

  • praveen4honestremark on December 29, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    We need aggressive players... Even though dissapointed with batting, and all apart when we think about Indian team and its nature of playing...Indian cricket is never aggressive...we have to build that attitude from Ranji's and sack this old legs like Sachin, Dravid, Laxman as they can't be great contributors as they are not fresh legs. Think Practically..is Sachin so good as Ponting in being aggressive?? in field and in batting?? Aggressiveness is different to playing a class cricket. Sack this 3 and bring fresh legs, we have lot's of talent. And Dhoni i back becoz of being a good captain. But if he can't play well this series just even he should be fired..no excuses, Enough excuses from many years in test cricket. Funny,,..do we call this " best batting line up"?..we need winning batting line up...see aussie, they have an ok line up but they outplayed our middle order and that is Aggressiveness and playing for country. Cricinfo please publish for Indian cricket uplift. thank you

  • on December 29, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    Sachin, VVS, Dravid should retire immediately. It is unfair to play Sachin inspite of his failures, just for his 100th century. The selectors may try Jaffer, Mukund, Pujara etc.. and they will be familiar with the Australian pitches at least for the next series., as Sachin, Dravid and VVS will not be available. In test matches, at least one of the openers must play defence and save the wickets. If Virat kohli fails again, it may be better to bring in Rohit Sharma. Let us hope that the team will pick up in the next match.

  • ankush0531 on December 29, 2011, 16:11 GMT

    I think indian batsman's over confidence drown them. Yesterday sehwag said anthing under 300 hundred achivable... whch shows their over confidence..moreover virat kohli shuold be dropped from next test and he also be punished for showing his indecent gestures after being given out.. replay shows he was plum no inside edge..I dont think why indian opposes Review system..Why they are afraid.. if udrs shoud have been used india will lost by an inning margin..

  • on December 29, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    instead of gautam and virat give chance to rahane and rohit. they will play better than them

  • JustaName on December 29, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    Forgot the Left hander(opener) who played in ENG..He had a good technique compared to Kohli

  • on December 29, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    @Dhoni. A lesson from the Sri Lankan Team. Today, they gave just 9 (repeat nine) runs for the last 4 (repeat four) wickets in SA's second innings. That is what one would call, "finishing off the opposition".

  • imransangdil on December 29, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    LOL! I can't believe how Ind was ever a No. 1 team in test and ODi, that ranking system needs to be scrapped or it needs to be revised.

  • goodcricketer12 on December 29, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    It is sad to lose this test. Full credit to Aus pace trio. Hope batsmen put up a better performance at SCG. It is not a bad idea for BCCI to form a pool of batsmen suitable for pacy pitches. India has to take few positives from this test - Umesh,s bowling, Ashwin,s all-round ability. Good luck to both teams for new year test.

  • on December 29, 2011, 15:51 GMT

    If we are going to lose, I prefer to lose playing promising youngsters. At least there is something for the future. VVS and Dravid (in that order) should follow Ganguly's footsteps. Sachin was the best batsman, from either side, in this test. So, playing youngsters does not mean sacking the entire lot of oldies in one go. Lack of form should be the criterion to phase them out. Kohli should be given a chance. In the second innings, he was unlucky. The ball hit Pad & Bat at the same time. So, LBW was a harsh decision in a game where traditionally batsmen are given the benefit of doubt. In fact, both Rohit Sharma & Virat Kolhli should play, at No 5 & 6. Ashwin should be sent ahead of Dhoni. On the Oz's side, delighted to see Ponting's performance. Though I dislike him for his hateful behavior on the field in the past, I respect him as a consummate batsman. He still has enough gas in the tank, for more miles to log on!

  • theRule19 on December 29, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    Someone should explain Sehwag that this is not India. Here you need to apply yourself before getting in the scoring groove. You cannot just take every place you play for granted. He is a good batsmen but even good batsmen have to to have decent application. Gambhir, Laxman, Kohli look terribly out of touch and form. Sharma should replace Kohli and Rahane for Gambhir. As for Laxman, he should be given one more chance considering he is playing Aus. and should be replaced if fails. Dhoni should also shift the batting position just to see the mood of the batsmens form at a different position.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 29, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    Congratulations to Australia. They played really well and deserved to win. But, their life was made easy by Dhoni's defensive 'spread the field when the opposition is under pressure' tactics. I'm not offering excuses but just saying it as I saw it. I'm not taking the credit away from Australia. I thoroughly enjoyed their 'attack like a pack' mentality. Take a bow. But, as an Indian, I've to look at how my team performed. Dhoni's inexplicable field placements come to my mind first. But how does one explain the failure to post a reasonable total? Dhoni isn't responsible for the batsmen caving in! Well, that's where the opposition captain didn't let us off the hook while Dhoni continues to handover the advantage to the opposition when the opposition is batting. Even the opposition batsmen caved in twice here at MCG but I'm very convinced that Dhoni's 'spread the field when the opposition is under pressure' is the main culprit by letting the opposition batsmen off the hook.

  • on December 29, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    India has again failed in chasing a score. 292 was not a very difficult score with 2 days of play left. But our top order did not get in and play with maturity. Its surprising to see the way Sehwag, tendulkar,laxman and dravid get out. Although there are some of the best players in the international scene, they did not rise to the occasion and put up any kind of resistance. Ashwin played with much more positive attitude compared to our stalwarts.

    Also we need to learn how to play the short ball well. We have to be professional while playing cricket. Also more responsibility needs to be taken by our batsmen.

    Our bowlers did superbly but the batsmen did not rise to the occasion like Ponting and Hussey did for Australia.

    I just hope we do not have a whitewash like the england tour and fight back and still go on to win the test series.

  • shamlaatu on December 29, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    It was a bowlers' match, and techinically India should have dominated as they have the world's best batting line (on the paper atleast) to resist any kind of bowling but Australia scored more runs in both innings. Reviewing this game and looking at the margin of defeat, I think there was hardly a contest between the two which makes me wonder where are all those Indian fans who, at the end of 3rd day, thought India had already WON THIS SERIES ???

  • on December 29, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    Wow, heard Dhoni's comments.......... pitch wasn't too bad, batsman failed to apply themselves. Heard it all before. Usual story, a day to go when batsman should have applied themselves, Asking rate and with a day to go against a second string Aussie team is not much to ask. Shades of deja vous............ as someone said, tigers at home and cats abroad. Can't wait to see the young blood come in any sooner. Rohit Sharma definitely in for the next one. The old blood need awakening like Ponting did. No room for complacency now or the traditional shaking of the head.

  • GreenTeam-Elite on December 29, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    Finally the Deserving side has Won this test match!!! After Home Side Pakistan, Australia is my favorite team in the World. Good Cricket by Australia!!! I think result will be 4-0 or 3-1 in favour of Australia because they are looking better then Indian Side!!!

  • sriniaiyer on December 29, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    Gambhir seems to be lacking in confidence these days as evident by his hesitant prods and flashes outside offstump.Also Ashwin is a good asset on Indian surfaces.Replace Gambhir with Rohit.Let Dravid open with Sehwag.Irfan should have been in the team. Vinay Kumar should play instead of Ashwin for next test.

  • RSBali on December 29, 2011, 15:38 GMT

    Import these drop-in pitches (fast and bouncy) in India and let all domestic matches should be played on them. What is BCCI doing with the billions sitting in the bank. Else cricket will go the way hockey went with the advent of astro-truff. Other option is to play against Bangladesh, Zimbabae, Sri-Lanaka and in near future with Nepal and Afganistan. China will be touch to beat in next few years as they are getting trained by Pakistan. It is a pity that a country of 1.3 billion can not produce a geniune fast bowler.

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 29, 2011, 15:38 GMT

    I woke up this morning and still feel utterly sick with India's spineless display. No matter how much I try to forgive them the feeling simply won't go away. Somebody please ask Virat Kohli to stop TWEETING while on tour. I am sure Kohli spent most of his time 'tweeting' than in the batting nets... goes to show by the way he looked like a clown while batting. Gambhir, Kohli, Laxman are all flat track bullies including MS Dhoni. Having said that I still want Dravid and Sachin to retire with immediate effect. Let India lose with young players... I don't mind that. But when you have 'Gods' in your midst there are simply no excuses folks. Stop worshiping cricketers my fellow Indian supporters.

  • ATIF_SHAHZAD_Cricket_Fan on December 29, 2011, 15:38 GMT

    On few days will will see Tendulkar injured,Dravid injured , Sehwag soulder injury, Gambher injured hahahahahahahaha infect these players afraid to play outside India they are just IPL tigers or nothing else time to use new blood and through these old bulls in dust pin.

  • on December 29, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    14 successive inings outside without reaching 300! this is pathetic what are they expecting from ghambhir after 3 yrs of failure? y give him one more chance? just drop and give chance to ajinkhya rahane.dravid cnt catch in slips at all have to think about dravid and laxman they are no more fit for cricket better they try their future in coaching or commentatary. this must b last series for dhoni in test cricket if he performs than ok other wise has to drop him from test squad

  • dicky_boy on December 29, 2011, 15:33 GMT

    GOD ASKED ALL INDIANS ONE YEAR. BACK , U HAVE TWO OPTIONS 1. WIN WORLD CUP AND LOSE ENGLAND , AUS SERIES 2. LOSE WORLD CUP AND WIN THESE SERIES ALL INDIANS PRAYED FOR SECOND OPTIONS, CRICINFO PLEASSSEEEE PUBLISH

  • on December 29, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    Maybe its time to bring Aaron into tests. BUT what about the much vaunted batting line up. First against England and now against Australkia they struggle against top class pace/swing bowling.

  • JustaName on December 29, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    We can expect another 4-0 white wash to follow.

    Sewag...(Can he just shut his mouth and "See the Ball,Play the shot") Laxman.. should just play only in India and Ranji.. A failure in ENG and lost his touch at the end of theircareer.. Need to replace DINDA for Ishant.. Dadaa may be right on DINDA !!!!! Kohli..just go and learn Test Cricket BCCI will not drop 10dulkar until he reaches the 100th test which will take another 10 years.

  • on December 29, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    Calling the Indian team as the best batting line-up in the world is a joke! People like Sachin, Dravid and Laxman need to retire after this series at any cost. They are disgracing themselves in the last stages of their careers by getting beaten repeatedly abroad. It would be better if we had people like Pujara, Vijay, Rohit in the team and the team loses by an innings.

  • immit13 on December 29, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    What a waste of time & interest following Indian team!Honestly hve wasted some time this year getting over & over excited about winning WC2011.Downloaded highlights of all matches of WC as a win like that comes once in a decade or two.BUT bygones are bygones they should not expect even their most ardent supporters to support them if they can't play and win outside India.Seriously it looks that they miss the technique to play on pitches which have PACE & BOUNCE.Gambhir,Kohli,Rohit Sharma,Raina & even Dhoni can bat only on our Indian tracks, take them out of India and they are absolutely ordinary. Sehwag,Sachin,Dravid & Laxman are getting old and losing their quick reflexes so not able to pick the line n length of bowlers quickly,PLEASE RETIRE. No point in keeping any hopes of this series being different to what ENG series was like.It wasn't a FLUKE but a BITTER FACT..it will only be smart for us Indian fans to accept it UNLIKE our Team which still believes such loses r mere accidents...

  • g.narsimha on December 29, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    LAST time AUSTRALIA toured INDIA with stronger team compared to present young team , they lost 2-0 ,ENGLAND THRASHED US IN ENG in all formrats but the same team was pethatic in INDIA with in days,it appears that every team pl;ays better in their own back yard in favourable conditions ,if we are bad travellers the same tag aplies to all these teams as they wins nothing in our place only good in their country , unless& untill they wins in india why cant these teams can also be branded home tigers as they are also cant win out side thier country.

  • on December 29, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    Why has nobody mentioned the fact that the combined number of runs scored by Ghambir, Laxman, Kholi, and Dhoni in the first innings was 22, half as many as as Siddle who scored 41 and the combined number of runs scored by the same four batsmen in the second innings was 37 the same number as Pattinson .Since the margin of defeat was 120 it was only required that 2 of the four batsmen to perform in either of the two innings for India to have got close. It is also time somebody sat down with Shewag and told him a test match is not the "Shewag show" the man threw his wicket away just before tea in the first innings and just before lunch on the second. "all this if it is in my zone I hit it " buisness wont do. either Shewag buckles down with the team situation in mind or it is time to send Shewag back to the IPL.

  • satanswish on December 29, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    Kohli is not fit to play Test cricket. Anybody watched the shot played by Dhoni for his wicket? That was plain reckless & immature cricket by Dhoni. He maybe successful win limited overs format but definitely not worth playing Test Match cricket. On the other hand, Aussies really deserved this massive win with the way they fought with 4-27 situation in second innings. As I predicted earlier any target in excess of 200 will prove too much for Indians to chase. Brilliant bowling by Siddle, Hilfenhaus & Pattinson. Way to Go Aussies, Oi Oi.

  • on December 29, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    There are still 3 tests left India . . . You can only improve from here. The Ausies aim to move up the test ranking ladder and they will move from no. 4 to no. 3 if they win this series. If RandyOZ's bragging reaches the heavens when his team is ranked 4th, can you imagine what it would be like if Australia moves up the test rankings to no.3?? It will be nothing less than unbearable. I implore you to take these Ausies on. FIGHT!! If you do, you will win. Never fear them, because this is what they feed on. This is exactly what they wanted when they had the Proteas on the ropes at Newlands with a lead of 180 odd and coming in to bat. They wanted the Proteas to sit down and die, but having just about being knocked out already, the Proteas got up and FOUGHT . . . the result you all know. The entire Australian batting line up disappeared in a 47 run puff of smoke. FIGHT them and never give up and you will overcome them!

  • on December 29, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    It is good time to try new batsman i don't think tendulkar, laxman, dravid or sehwag has more cricket left

  • loung_singh on December 29, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    totally disgusting from india..and especially from dhoni...a guy who doesnt know how 2 hold a bat is d captain of the team..doesnt bcci knows that even harbhajan singh (2) and ashwin have scored test centuries in india ? so why not make them the captain why dhoni? during england tour everyone said dat it was lack of preparation and injury 2 zaheer that caused india d series but here inspite of playing 2 warm up games and zaheer playing and bowling well now what is d excuse? why cant the great indian batting line up which includes so called "legend" , "matchwinner", "god" tendulkar achieve the combined score of above 300 in 10 consecutive innings overseas?

  • g.narsimha on December 29, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    LILIAN THOMSON it apears that U have not watched the match other wise u would not have repeated the same ranting on INDIAN bowlers , in this match we have seen some very high quality FAST BOWLING i repeat it is fast bowling ,all our three INSIANS clocked inexcess of 140+ UMESH & ISHANT CROSSED 150 +ocationally,u people worried how could INDIANS take 20 au wickets, they not only took wickets , some time squared few with shear pace , WATCH HIGH LIGHTS , our batting ,fielding& bad captaincy let us down ,after reading coments of pakistanis i just checked the stats to find out what is thier performance in AUS,, WE WON 5 MATCHES where as yr team won 3 , u people harping on indias home victories , yes we perfom in home but ifound your team even could not win in home during those days in PAK, yr TEAM HAS NOT WON A SERIES against ENG IN THE LAST DCADE,LOST 2001 -I-O IN PAK DRAWN 1-1 IN PAK in 2004, SA BEAT in PAK, in 2 decates no series win against AUS,IN HOME OR AWAY.

  • RSBali on December 29, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    Indian batters are papers tigers who are bullies in the sub-continent conditions. They have to prove againt Australia, England, New Zealand and South Africa. They looked even worse then my village team on bouncy and fast pitches. Look at how Ghambir/Kohli got out. Give Rohit and Rahane a chance as these Delhi boys need to get to advertisement shoot for IPL.

  • on December 29, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    India's vulnerability against bouncy pitches has been proved once again.....they struggled in England and now in Australia. Hope they can sort out their problems against fast and grassy pitches.

  • on December 29, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    @Asjad Uddin Posted on (December 29 2011, 13:22 PM GMT) answer no it was last year. @cool2cool Posted on (December 29 2011, 11:31 AM GMT) answer again no it wasnt UAE. PLs can people keep to the article if it makes some of the indian fans feel better by stating how other teams arent doing well or havent then you need to be on a kids forum. there are cricket fans on here and some people who are actually talking about constructive criticism. OK so india have lost the 1st match as dhoni said they havent always started well. i do think they need to blood a few new batsman as soon as possible Rohit looked good against the WI. Yadav looked promising with zaheer, although they struggled against the tail I think the first innings for india was also to blame they were in a good postion and should have piled on runs.

  • on December 29, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    ir hamid pak never won in australia against australia it was in england were aussies struggle and india won series against england in 2007 and won tests in sa and since2003 won one test in australai in this match also india competed well pak was whitewashed in australia india won in perth and still india performed well but 4 day belongs to aussies wat a team still they are no 1 in my opinion just has to sort batting a bit in world cricket aussies have harris johson cummins and siddle can bowl at150india have aaron 150 yadav 150 ishant sa steyn and morkel england finn all others mediocare green track bully lanka none pak none gul is detoriated both india aussies have to sort batting a bit against good attacaks like sa can be exposed also now india also posses good attack

  • on December 29, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    randy oz your attack isbest in world m indian but awesome bro england are all flat tracks truddlers 132 except finn aussies have cummins pattison siddle johson and harris one more this this aussies attack demolish fit india full side not like england injured side also randy even indian bowler are quicker than england yadav 150sihant 152 aaron 150 but both aussie india need to sort out batting but one thing is true both team produces great cicket always lots of crowds india aussie rocks and congrats for aussie win still think real no 1 india no 2 aussiie bowling attack little better

  • on December 29, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    Great match! Well done Aussies ...after the way they bowled in India's 1st innings, i had a gut feeling 230 would be too much to chase. As an Indian fan, I see India's bowling getting better... It was fantastic in this match. They however need to figure out how to cleanup the tail. Starting with Stuart Broad in England, the tail has done a lot of damage after the top order has been sent back. On the negative side, its a very bad sign to see bat-pad gap in Dravid's defense. I mean its ok with any other batsman ...but not Dravid's ... does bode well for India.

  • ramki.star on December 29, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    All foreign trips should be banned when the team is not able to win a single match. When England tour was a disaster, now Aussie tour is a holocaust. India cannot deserve to be no.1 in tests by winning on weaker countries and gaining points! There was a talk about Tendulkar taking a bowling assistant. At whose expense? Now what happened to his batting then and what happened to his bowling assistant? Is he carrying luggage for him? Rohit Sharma is in good form, why kohli was included? Fletcher was a badluck to england team and now he is carrying his shani to our indian team i suppose. Well done Aussies!

  • Crazy_Pk on December 29, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    MSD should quit immd from test cricket as he is not good for test team. Parthive is good replacement for his job as a WK. ZAK is good for test team captain

  • on December 29, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    ir hamid pak never won in australia against australia it was in england were aussies struggle and india won series against england in 2007 and won tests in sa and since2003 won one test in australai in this match also india competed well pak was whitewashed in australia india won in perth and still india performed well but 4 day belongs to aussies wat a team still they are no 1 in my opinion just has to sort batting a bit in world cricket aussies have harris johson cummins and siddle can bowl at150india have aaron 150 yadav 150 ishant sa steyn and morkel england finn all others mediocare green track bully lanka none pak none gul is detoriated both india aussies have to sort batting a bit against good attacaks like sa can be exposed also now india also posses good attack

  • steve19191 on December 29, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    Posted by RandyOZ on (December 29 2011, 06:32 AM GMT) 190,000 fans in 4 days, that's more than they get in an entire summer in England. Australia really is the home of test cricket.

    Your quite right RandyOZ, but then when we have weak teams like the aussies and India touring its all over in 2 and a half days !!!!!

  • Crazy_Pk on December 29, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    I have gone through all the comments whatever published here and ppls are thinking that Indian will defeat aus in SCG. Freinds! let me show you mirror yr team are cats and you will also agree on this comment when SCG test will get finish and MSD will repeat same words in press release what he says every time

  • SFGoldenGate on December 29, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    Amol_Ind_SA, G.Sri and rahulcricket007, A few days ago I had a chat about match-winning abilty of Tendulkar overseas. The 4th day was the approriate stage for him to prove me wrong. But as usual he failed to stay. People says that how Tendulkar alone can win matches if others play bad. You tag him as the GOD and he must be capable of doing miracles. remember Lara's 153 or Lax's 281 (and many other effort). Finally , if you look carefully you will see that his average is maintained over 50 in this match also. In Aus his average is very good but never produced win . In Sydney he scored 241 but some other folks from both team scored heavily in that match, dont need to be GOD. Look at Hussey's 89 in the second innings, everyone was falling , yet he kept one end, added the vital runs with tails that made the difference. His 89 may not be as classy as Sachin's 241 or many other nice knock but definitely more useful. I hope IND comes back so that we can see some decent cricket

  • Rumy1 on December 29, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    On another note I still have faith in the greats to deliver outside India. Sachin has never been a known finisher or a match winner in Tests as Dravid and Laxman are. However, cricket is a team game and it is time now we let go our fascination with Sachin's international 100. It really doesn't matter.It's the team's performance that counts and not Sachin's.Sehwag is definitely a hit or miss batsman. One can never count on him to deliver.So if he delivers fine if he doesn't we say that is how he plays.If it is so, what is his utility value for the team.Whenever we talk of him there is 'if' word attached with his performan.If he performs, if he fires, if he clicks and so on.It is time he plays for the team's interests. Team's interests are paramount.This applies on Sachin as well.I don't think we should expect a 100 from Dhoni on testing pitches.He clearly has his limitations and so long he performs with his gloves (which he is) and provides cool leadership, any runs from him are bonus

  • mensan on December 29, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    True it was India's full fledged team that got beaten by Australia B team. Wonder what will happen when Cummins and Watson return.

  • Rumy1 on December 29, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    It is yet another capitulation of famed paper batting line up against some quality, determined, disciplined bowling. What is Gambhir, Kohli, Ashwin doing out there. Gambhir has been woefully out of form and confidence for last year or two. It is a shame that Hussey who is Australia's highest run getter in 2011 was on chopping block but Gambhir who is the lowest run getter in Indian team for 2010/ 2011 is still firmly entrenched in team. What a collosal mistake. Serious observers of cricket have always felt that likes of Kohli, Rahane, Mukund,Yuvraj and Raina are not Test materials or atleast not Test ready. They are good for short versions where technique and class are not virtues. Bowlers around world will keep making lives hell for these folks for serious flaws in technique and team's interests will continue to be compromised.Players have to be Test ready when they debut as technique will be on serious test.I think it is time now we bring in desrving players like Jaffer and Badrinath

  • on December 29, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    aus is better than india .go aussies aussies

  • cool2cool on December 29, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    @Salman Zafar: Thanks for the information buddy, I was not aware about that. If you have read properly, I was replying to a comment which was unnecessarily comparing India and Pakistan. BTW 1999 was two separate test series, one ended in 1-1 draw and Pak beat India in the test championship. They didn't won the series 2-1.

  • maddinson on December 29, 2011, 14:40 GMT

    haha, best batting line up was so funny to watch

  • Rumy1 on December 29, 2011, 14:40 GMT

    With Ojha replacing Ashwin (an avg Ranji level spinner but overhyped) at SCG, it's time to test Rahul Sharma,Iqbal Abdulla and Brahm Bhatt before our own Bhajji returns to Test team after injury.Gambhir's weakness against short pitched stuff on bouncy tracks and his penchant to play square of the pitch on fast tracks is well proven.His record of last two years with repeated failures on overseas tours hasn't concerned the selectors yet.An opener of Jaffer's talent,calibre,technique and temperament is ignored and Gambhir has been persisted with.This is nothing else but miscarriage of justice.Hope Mohinder Amarnath is listening as Srikkanth's plate is already full with Mukund,Vijay,Rahane and his son. Kohli is clearly an overhyped talent. Yes he is good in shorter versions and he should remain there.For Tests,skills a few notches higher are required to survive.Badrinath will be a good replacement and not Rohit.Pujara is another who comes to mind.Fly in Jaffer and Badri to Sydney right now

  • on December 29, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    bring rohit sharma in place of kohli...rohit has experience batting on australian pitches

  • on December 29, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    again the same result.loss

  • on December 29, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    Full marks to Oz team for a creditable win. I have a technical question. Let me preface saying that it is not in Kohli's defense. In his second innings dismissal, the replay showed two things. The BALL, BAT & PAD were close together at the moment ball made the impact. Two: The hot spot, (whose accuracy, I have doubts), showed a bigger hot spot on the pad and a smaller hot spot on the edge of the bat. When the ball hits BAT & PAD at the same time (when the gate,bat-pad gap, is smaller than the diameter of the ball), it is neither Bat-Pad nor Pad-Bat. Cricketing norms demand the benefit of doubt goes to the batsman. So, should it be LBW, or Not Out? Any expert comment from anyone?

  • on December 29, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    pak crick feroz m indian i accept but ithink sachin still looking good dravid and laxman time has come to retire he might have score centuries against england but still think england attack is ordinaary compared to aussies and sa saxhin was great against sa here he looked assured lakman is awful dravid and laxman should retire but indian bowling looks awesome yadav 150ishant 152 aaron is unfit can bowl quick

  • on December 29, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    It is too predictable for India in foreign tours...... i.e

    1. little bit of initial flare in the start.. 2. little bit of good batting in the start

    THEN

    DESTRUCTION

  • Siddiee on December 29, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    @ popcorn - true, dhoni has been pretty lucky to achieve what no Indian captain before him could. To add , his captaincy robbed India of what could have been first series win in SA earlier this year. He is too defensive and i cant think of any effective knock by him in tests in past 2 years especially in overseas. Moreover his comment after losing the match was ' we are known to be slow starters' is inacceptable and this attitude shows what captain thinks of his team. Many would disagree but Gambhir is the right choice for captaincy for his aggression and analytics.

  • on December 29, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    This Indian cricket team must show some self respect and grit to fight the Australian team and make it a competitive series. Our batsmen must play to their potential and make sure they are playing for the country and their millions of fans.

  • eshwarmv on December 29, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    For all cricket loving Indians. Here is a STAT that is worth pondering for a while. In the last 8 test matches OUTSIDE in India (3 in WI, 4 in ENG and 1 in AUS), the team has touched 300 only TWICE. If u can't get 350 in an innings, no team can win a test match.

  • on December 29, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    a sad performance from indian day 4 a day of complete aussies dominace spoiled what was turning out to be a brillant test match tendulkar was only indian batsmen who looked good 1 test blues just dont seem to end even coming almost 12-18 days before now i am known to be very optismistac indian fan still hope india can win series which looks tough becouse seeing how india is batting perth will be tough not forgetting that was place where won last time around but i have confidence we take inspiration from last tour where lost at mcg by 337 runs and made a great comeback to be cheated at scg for a loss and the big win at perth and a draw in adelaide i will have 2 changes sharma for kholi ojha (as sydney turns for ishant/umesh) tough chose

  • zico123 on December 29, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    had enough of Gambhir, he needs to be dropped ASAP from both Test and ODI team, he needs to go back to domestic cricket, sort out his technical flaws before playing for India again. he has developed such bad habbit of dabbing ball to thirdman, that it is out of his control now, even when 4 slips are waiting against new ball he is playing dab shot, and getting out in same manner behind the stumps again n again, he has to sort out this flaw in domestic cricket first, meanwhile India can try Rohit Sharma at opening may be, or Dravid opening and Rohit at 6.

  • DrMNAhmed on December 29, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    As a Pakistani fan, I admire and respect Indian team, they have done well at home, they are very tough to beat at home, infact all good sides are very hard to beat when playing on their grounds. The problem is, the Indian fans need to learn how to celebrate their team's success. Whenever their team wins (home or away), they start posting comments that not only show their love and respect for their players (and that is completely acceptable) but also direct insult, humiliation and bullying towards other teams (which might not even be invloved!) The classic examples are their bantering against Pakistan and to a lesser extent Sri lanks. This is not acceptable. You may argue that some OZ fans (and infact some players) also demonstrate similar behaviour, but then look at their record. They do this because they are that damn good and do it on a consistent basis. Success brings on arrogance, but you got to have it in abundance to be so arrogant (not that I support being ignorant)

  • JG2704 on December 29, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    Well done to Australia. I said yesterday that I thought that over 250 and Australia would have the edge although I did not feel that India would be bowled out so cheaply. What Australia need to try and do now is forget about this test and start the next test as if the teams are on an even keel to avoid complacency and go into the match as though they're preparing for the best India rather than one where the batting line up folded twice. India should take heart from the NZ 2nd test which we should not forget was the previous test.

  • JG2704 on December 29, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    As others have pointed out , it has been India's batting and not their bowling which has been the big weakness. Personally what I'd want if I was an Indian fan is to alter the balance of the side. That would mean making some brave decisions. So I'd go for a 5/1/5 line up and drop a batsman to make room for a bowler. Although Kohli's form has not been great in the test arena I think it would be good to at least give him the whole series as you've already tried Raina in England and that didn't work and you need to give the younger players a chance. So I would drop Gambhir and Laxman and bring in a bowler and R Sharma. I also wonder if batsmen can psychologically switch off if they have (on paper) a strong batting line up - your wicket not being as important as there is depth below you? Some have said that this is a very bad Indian team but on paper it does not differ too much from the one that got them to no 1.

  • Rumy1 on December 29, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    Referring to @senthil he must note Ashwin's 3 out of 4 wickets were of No.10/11 batsmen (Hilfenhas and Lyon). 2 of 4 wickets that Ashwin took in Melbourne were dubious decisions too. At best his performance was lacklustre.Ashwin may be OK for ODI/T20 but it is Test matches where skills, technique and temperament are really tested. Experience in recent Test series with West Indies and in Melbourne Test match clearly showed that this averag offie stands sorted out by likes of Bravo, Russel, Chanderpaul, Ponting, Hussey, Cowan,etc. Carrom ball may be a wicket taking ball in shorter versions but not in Tests as batsmen are not in a hurry in Tests to make runs as in ODIs where there are limited over. On Indian tracks, evry Ranji spinner looks as threatening as a Warne or Kumble but the story changes when they go abroad. That is where real skills are tested. Dhoni will be better off if he plays Ojha in Sydney as Ojha is far more skilled spinner than Ashwin is. Moreover he is a left armer

  • TRAM on December 29, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    Root cause: BCCI's deliberate flat tracks at home to boost the batting records & sixes & fours. India batsmen just dont know how to play in pace tracks. Ind pace bowler are not trained to bowl accurately (whats the use of bowling accurately in Indian pitches). Decades back Bombay & Delhi pitches used to be flat tracks, thus making those two state players score huge runs all the time (and thus getting selected in India team easily). Chennai & Calcutta used to be spin tracks. But in the last 10-15 years EVERY Indian track is flat or near flat. Every action has a an effect. And of course timidity of captain is also trade mark of Indians. Kapil, Srikkanth, Sehwag being some of few exceptions.

  • rashidayub on December 29, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    India .. Really Hard Side But Just 0n Thier Own Soil ' They Should Now Drop Ghambir As Well As Kohli Cz Ashwin Can Bat Better Then.

  • on December 29, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    well done India...Losing is a habit, hence maintain. Iam proud of you. Its hard to find words, because you people are just amazing. Your ability to lose from winning positions is just out of this world.

    Keep it up...

  • Valavan on December 29, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    oh ye, still some fans wait for a 3 - 1victory over aussies. probably that could happen in favour of aussies. India are slow starters, did this phrase work out in England, every team faces the storm, India doesnt have the firepower to counterattack pacemen in alien conditions. so many predictors and astrologers yesterday predicting a MCG win, now none of them is here, blame dhoni, eveyone in world knows Dhoni isnt a test material out of subcontinent, i think Laxman can better hang his boots or this may just continue, he is just sitting in the team for the 281 in Kolkata in 2001. I see Clarke lifting the border-gavaskar trophy, can the result be 2 - 1 or 3 - 0. Well dont expect SCG to be spin friendly since there is no good spinner in australia, australia seem to come with 4 prong pace attack - HARRIS,HILFY, SIDDLE and PATTINSON. cricinfo please publish

  • on December 29, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    i dont know why some one is not happy about ashwin and yadav .as a rookie yadav has done a very nice job and as in the case of ashwin in melbourne which will support the pace bowling has done a prety decent job .......why the people blamming them if the so called batting unit has fired we might not given the first innings lead and we might not lost the match by 122 runs .....the disastor is due to the batsmen only some work should be cut out to adjust to the australian conditions .......as for kohli he s new to test cricket if he dint do well, he will be replaced by rohit sharma but what about experienced gambir and laxman ??????????

  • Romenevans on December 29, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    Ridiculously defensive attitude and denial for accepting the negativity in Dhoni is the key reason behind the collapse in England and now here in Australia. Few days back i read an article here about Dhoni not sure about playing in 2015 WC, i hope this will happen sooner or later for sure and we'll find a new attacking captain who can challenge the opposition and believes in counter attack, rather than hopping for things to happen on their own.

  • zico123 on December 29, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    same story again n again, SHAME Team India, they keep making same mistakes again n again, how can they win if they won't seize initiative, they had Aus at 214/6 in 1st innings, from there couldn't grab the opportunity, Aus scored 333, then India was at 214/2, opportunity to take big lead and seal the match but only to fold next 8 wickets for 67 runs, then again had Aus 23/4, let them get off again to 140/4, then again had Aus at 166/8, from there let them get off again to score 240, how do you expect to win a Test match like this!! SHAME Team India

  • Shrekk on December 29, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    @Asjad Uddin: Pakistan won against Australia last year...you've probably been waiting for sachin's 100th ton since and that's why it must feel like 30 years to you..

  • Richvii on December 29, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    Kohli is the most overrated batsman- Rohit, Rahane and Pujara( not in the team though ) have better technique. He can only bat on " batting wicket" . He may score at sydney, as the pitch is supposedly spin friendly.Srikanth as a selector should be removed as he is made a mockery of the selection process. Just imagine after the world cup, they just dropped Ashish nehra who bowled so well until he got injured and missed the final. Mithun and Vinay kumar- both from south are ordinary bowlers. Srikanth is a pathetic selector and blatantly practices favoritism.

  • on December 29, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    Very disappointing batting performance by India...I think day 3 and 4, 1st sessions were decisive and australia ceased the initiative in both these sessions....Dhoni failed with the bat on day 3 and lacked innovation and courage in field settings on day 4, wouldnt really blame the bowlers, this by far is india's best bowling attack in a long time...Batting was a let down, particularly Laxman who arrived more than 15 days before the first match and still could not contribute in both innings...Hopefully we put up a better show in SCG

  • on December 29, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    @Asjad Uddin Yes Pakistan did win in the last series in 2010 when Salman Butt was the captain. That series was held in England where the conditions are very tough too for subcontinental team. In Australia, they won in 95/96 series, which is not 30 but 15 years ago!

  • Crazy_Pk on December 29, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    @Kavindeven... hahahaha... I m agree with your comments regarding dhoni press conference

  • jmcilhinney on December 29, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    This match was probably a reality check for Ashwin after the more spin-friendly pitches in India but he still looked relatively good. He definitely performed the better of the two spinners, although Lyon did have a bit less opportunity. I think that it will be interesting to see how the two perform relative to each other for the series. The Sydney game is more likely to go the five days and they would probably both like to be bowling in the fourth innings there.

  • on December 29, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    Wow! with the likes of Tendulkar,Sehwag,Gambhir,Laxman,Dravid and a very good bowling attack India still loses to an inexperience Aussie side the four guys seriously need to retire or else its gonna be a whitewash for every overseas tour for India. Dhoni is defensive and a poor Test captain he needs to change his strategy!

  • on December 29, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    @RandyOz. If Harris is fit for Sydney, he can replace Lyon. A four-pronged pace attack will truly be lethal.

  • chaitu1237 on December 29, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    Heylo Guys...!! you know what every TEST series or ONE DAY series that started with the LOST MATCH would be the WON SERIES by INDIA....!! Don't worry once Sir Bradman said about Indain Test Team "in any team if the 1st batsmen went to pavilion the next one would be low ranked than him...but only the INDIAN players are HIH RANKERS till 8th BATSMEN...!! " See the batting line up dudes....Sehwag,gambhir,sachin,dravid,laxman,kohli,dhoni,..!! If everyone starts their contribution no wonder we can call the tream as WORLD XI.......!!! Team Blue Rawks...!!

  • Jack_India on December 29, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    Sachin looked really fluent batting, in fact the only Indian in this match so far who looked comfortable. He did score the highest in both innings. Too bad it wasn't enough.

  • BravoBravo on December 29, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    WE CAN CHASE ANYTHING UNDER 300 COMFORTABLY- Shewag the big mouth, 230 is a reasonable total to defend-Ponting the genius. These two statements tells the whole story and summarize the difference between AUS and IND. When the last time IND chased a total of more than 200 and when the last time IND mighty (??????) batting line scored anything 300 or more. They always fail, Shewag and Tendul they should play at home with ZIM and WI to improve their total. IND fan, keep pouring excuses till Jan 13 before yo bite the dust again. Congrats AUS!!!

  • jmcilhinney on December 29, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    Virat Kohli really strikes me as someone who should be a good test batsman but he really is yet to prove himself. I wonder whether he will be replaced by Rohit Sharma for the second test. Kohli did nothing here but then neither did most of the other batsmen so it's not really fair to be too down on him specifically. I suspect that India will stick with the same lineup for the second test but I would expect either Gambhir or Kohli to be replaced if they don't perform in Sydney.

  • Plz_Dont_Get_Whitewashed on December 29, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    @spiritwithin - I am an Indian fan! ;) ..... And I feel that even though India might draw or even Win the next one in Sydney, there is STILL "No chance in HELL" they can win this series !! :D As for the No.1 Ranking, we have got 2 years of "Home-Flat-Track-Advantage" to get it back..... so no worries for that!!! :P

  • on December 29, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    Guys just calm down...n how dare english and aussies criticising us for not playing well on bouncy pitches..our batting is goin thru a lean phase...but soon india will go thru transition and form a new team when old ones retire which is not happening and it will take sm tym to rebuild the team...dont we knw how the english team crumbles on slow dusty bowls of India.And what abt Australia,they lost on only 2 pitches in India tht assist pace bowlers in 2010 i.e. Mohali and Bengaluru..in ashes last year england played 3 or 4 practice games and were defeated in almost all b4 they trounced aussies..india had only 2 practice games one of which was short(2 days)..they r coming frm ind-wi series playing on slow pitches.they'll require time to adjust and this mcg test helped them atleast have sm practice..if eng who play on fast pitches require 4 practice games,then with this test india had 3 practice games..nw they should have no excuse saying nt enf practice...they might do well ahead...

  • on December 29, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    To the people calling for the senior Indian batsmen to be dropped - who exactly would you bring in that have got experience of playing a ball that is moving/bouncing a bit? otherwise bringing in someone off the back of T20/One day performances at home wouldl be suicidal.... you need to get your younger players playing county/provincia/statel cricket in SA/Aus/England - but would anyone want them?

  • on December 29, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    @cool2cool: TO UR QUESTION WHEN PAKISTAN WON A SERIES OUTSIDE SUB-CONTINENT?? bro JUST AT THE START OF THE YEAR WHEN V PLAYED AGAINST NEWZEALAND IN NEWZEALAND V BEAT THEM IN BOTH THE ONE DAY AND TEST SERIES. THEN AFTER WORLD CUP WE WON ONE DAY SERIES IN WINDIES ND DREW THE TEST MATCH SERIES. THEN AGAINST MINNOWS ZIMBABWE IN ZIMBABWE AS EXPECTED WE WON ALL THE SERIES. GO BACK TO LAST YEAR, V DREW TEST SERIES AGAINST AUSSIES IN ENGLAND 1-1 AND THEN ALSO DREW TEST SERIES AGAINST SOUTH AFRICA IN UAE.

  • NairUSA on December 29, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    Good game and the best team on the day won. Australia deserves all the credit for their sustained performance in their own backyard. However, Team India has the ability to recover and start winning the remaining matches.

    India was left short by their batsmen eventhough the bowlers fared considerably well. Hopefully, we can start seeing some wins that Team India is capable of producing. Best luck!

  • bobmartin on December 29, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    @Leggie... When I made that comment it was very early on in the piece, so quite clearly I could not, as you so kindly suggested, have read all the comments before I made it. I was merely asserting what should be obvious to all but the most blind of people, that Indian supporters are renowned for making excuses when their beloved heroes lose. Maybe this time round they were put off making them so that like yourself, they could decry me. However I do remember well the reams of excuses trotted out during their thrashing in England. So in some respects they have made a rod for their own back. To all those still whining about the Laxman decision, I can only say that either a) you don't know the Laws, so you shouldn't comment or b) you know the Laws but are too blinkered to see the evidence before your eyes. And as for being a home team; since 1999 India have have lost near enough 38% of their away tests compared to only losing 15% at home. That record speaks for itself.

  • yuio3456 on December 29, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    very good performance from the aussie bowling attack. i was expecting more fight and grit from the indian batting and it didnt come. very pleased to see ponting get runs, and get runs when there is a lot of pressure.

  • PACERONE on December 29, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    I had warned about getting carried away with wins against West Indies.I said Australia will not drop too many catches.W.I were dropping simple and crucial catches and this was been ignored because the batsmen continued to make big scores.Had W.I especially Sammy taken catches given the series would of been much different.Australian are also more aggressive and belligerent.Imagine numbers 10 and 11 with no close fielders and no short balls directed at the batsmen.India were too defensive.

  • cricketcrazy555 on December 29, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    We don't want legends who can't rise to the occasion, winning at home is not a great thing. It's high time now, bring new talent in the team who can be mentally strong.

  • on December 29, 2011, 13:43 GMT

    I did not see the match but this seemed to be a achievable target, perhaps the Aussies bowling was too good. Kudos to Indian bowling dept. for achieving 27/4. It is sad that the strong, experienced and long lineup in the batting department could not do anything.

    Overall an exciting match.

  • Me_A_Gemini on December 29, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    AS EXPECTED!! The same old hopeless indian team is playing outside home.Hopping for them to win something this time.

  • on December 29, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    So..India loses AGAIN in d 1st match of an overseas test series outside d subcontinent..will this pattern of over promise & under delivery ever break?

  • Jack_India on December 29, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    In the first innings India were on top 'the 1st time' when Aus was 214/6, but then let their tail take it to 333. Then India were on top again for 'the 2nd time' while batting at 214/3 but added only 68/7 on the third day to finish at 282. Then India were on top again for 'the 3rd time' when Aus slipped to 27/4 but let Aus reach 179/8 that day. Even then India had a better chance but let Aus reach 240. We need a FINISHER BOWLER. Someone like Waqar/Wasim to just come and clean out the tail.

  • on December 29, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    @Ir Hamid Mushtaq:they havent won a test match against australia in 30 years......

  • pkhunter on December 29, 2011, 13:21 GMT

    @indusfan, the first comment here, you said it.

  • Raj12345 on December 29, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    Kohli too hype in test. RG should be brought in now. Kohli played 5 tests, waste attempt. He can score runs in flat pitches in indian tests and that too weak bowling attacks. Where is puraja, you guys killed his life and given chance Kohli and now you are paying price.

  • Indiaforever on December 29, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    As an Indian supporter, i am very annoyed by how we batted in both innings but am very happy with the bowling. We are slow starters in series and so you can understand us failing in this test match. A lot of people have criticized Kohli but this was his first test match in Australia against a decent bowling line up, so we have to give him a chance. Laxman traditionally never starts a series well and so his performance was not surprising. The main problem for India i feel is MS Dhoni, not only is he not a test match batsmen his captaincy has become worse and worse, displaying defensive fields when there are tail enders in and you want to get them out as soon as possible is not the way to go. I still have hope and believe that we can win this series 2-1 or 3-1. Thank you

  • rawcrickettalent on December 29, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    being a cricket fan..... i want to see new blood in India .... I think the time for the 3 greats is over..... some ind fans might get angry but the truth is They dont really have the fire power that they had so now bring on a new indian team and begin a new era of cricket as all the teams are giving a new look except India!!!cricinfo please publish...

  • on December 29, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    BIT of luck and a bit of good playing but i"ll take it......... WEll done AUSSIES

  • israrkk on December 29, 2011, 13:11 GMT

    @ Asjad Uddin ... get ur facts right dude ... pakistan won a test match in australia in1995 n ur syaing tht they haven't won a test match in australia since 1980s era ... n also they drew with australia last yr in eng where conditions r more tough ... n they aloso won a test in south africa in 2007 n drew with them in uae last yr ... gte ur facts right mr asjad ...

  • RandyOZ on December 29, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    In England the United XI only bowled India out for a lower score than this once. Boy our bowling attack is mighty.

  • SnowSnake on December 29, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    Fair result. Although I had expected that India would do well due to better preparation but Australian bowling was superb. Congratulations to Australia.

  • on December 29, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    Well done Auzis. Well deserved !! Sweep these Inidans out of cricket.

  • ShanTheFanOfSachin on December 29, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    There is not argument that Dhoni did couple of mistakes(being defensive when he shouldnt have)which effectively bludgeoned the target.

    Having said that, Sehwag,Gambhir,Laxman and Dhoni have serious questions to be answered.Our top 6 average against AUS,ENG,SA away from home in the past 3 years: Sachin:50, Dravid:47, Dhoni:30, Gambhir:30, Laxman:25, Sehwag:21 Its clear that except first 2, no one is playing well. I seriously believe its time for these batsmen to be given a reminder about their performances if not dropped.Additional problem is except a couple all others are also liability on the field,cant field in slip,cant throw from deep,cant save few runs,cant score quick singles.Some of these might still score some runs this series,but still not sufficient if they cant be consistent.It will also do bad for future of Indian team if young players are not groomed at right age(Gambhir is an example).

    But its BCCI and no needless to say how they will act(Happy to be proved wrong!

  • RandyOZ on December 29, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    In England the United XI only bowled India out for a lower score than this once. Boy our bowling attack is mighty.

  • playitstraight on December 29, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    Only if the DRS was there then India could have got not only Hussey, but Australia would have got Dravid and Sehwag. Why doesn't Dhoni want the DRS? It makes life much easier for both teams and umpires. We can't rely on Sehwag all the time, Laxman must fire at some time as he does against Australia. Dhoni's timid captaincy against tail-enders must improve. Good luck India for the next test!

  • thekillersatyam on December 29, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    actually dhoni ...the great captain of India is totally responsible for the defeat....he surely has lost that touch of magnificence from the series of west indies remember the last test when INDIA didn't go for the chase of 180 in 40 overs..... that lay the foundation of the debacle and as we know what happened in ENGLAND was really shambles.....beating england HOME in the odi series was no magic just easy dollies and we saw in this this dhoni's lacklusture tactics took the game away twice once when aussies were 27/4 and then on the fourth day......the difference between a 250 and a 290 really caused the undoing........it really feels bad to see this as an INDIAN fan, and if it isn't for the big three I really don't find people other than them taking any responsibility, a word of thought for KOHLI aggregating runs in ODI's well, all I can say is he is overhyped all those runs in INDIA, SRI LANKA and BANGLADESH...4 overseas tests in 5 overall and you can easily see his performance....

  • Romenevans on December 29, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    Its been 10 innings! YES 10 DAMN INNINGS overseas when Indian batsmen didn't even manage to score 300. How long it will take them to learn from them? What the hell Duncan Fletcher doing? They used to blame the bowlers in past for everything, and now when bowlers clicking 150/kph and bolwing so well, its the batsmen who are the culprit and on top of that it is Dhoni's stupid, defensive and full of gambling captaincy that has cost us these overseas loses. And mind you nothing will happen to DHONI as long as Srinivasan is there on top of BCCI. The effect of this rubbish will be shown in next IPL, when you'll see those empty grounds! CSK sucks! Go Fetch that!

  • RandyOZ on December 29, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    @Indian fans - what happened to 4-0 whitewash you were gonna give us? HAHA!! 4-0 to us more like it. The nursing home let 5 indians out again and they all failed, just like against the United XI!!

  • on December 29, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    yes Its a horrifying defeat And more importantly we have lost 5 test matches in a row overseas . That is defenetely worrying as far as the team is co ncerned . But what went wrong in the game ? Nothing as far as the bowling is concerned . Classic performance from the seamers , And Ashwin too bowled well in a flat wicket . Its the batting that has let us down in both the innings , Very dissapponting and worries for the team . I felt that Dhoni s captaincy was not upto the mark for sure . Too defensive in the felid . Gave away too many singles for pattinson and hilfenhaus . But overall as record goes chasing in mcg is not easy but The indian batsmen has to take up the blame And we people of india are pretty sure that Sydney is our place and we will show our power . . Cheers guys :) :)

  • noplay on December 29, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    What do people mean by saying India has lost a good chance to win? India didn't lose a good chance, they lost the match. If they could have won, they would have put the Aussie bowlers to the sword. They had as much chance as a snowball in hell

  • on December 29, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    Cheers For Aussies !!! A great day of the "Indians pathetic performance" in Australia ! Don't show any mercy to Indians ,, crash them & drag them down from their so called Hypes !!

  • Romenevans on December 29, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    Can we please get rid of Sourav Ganguly and Wasim Chakram (LOL) from the commentary team? Both of them are having some serious commentating curse on Indian team. Manhoos they are in Hindi if you say! Been noticing this since the English summer tour.

  • Romenevans on December 29, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    if ICC allows Dhoni will surely go ahead and place his fielders in the stands. What kinds of a joke this guy is? No 10 and 11 batting and he has his fielders on the boundary? Don't even put them on the boundary, send them to pavilion, they'll field from there.

  • abdullahnoor007 on December 29, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    Well Done India, 3 more to go. Buhahahaha.

  • on December 29, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    I am waiting when Indians players injuries start.............Hopefully in next few days..

  • on December 29, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    @cool2cool! what pakistan has got to do with this? But u asked when pakistan won the last series outside subcontinent. The answer is that dis year pakistan have beaten newzealand and zimbabwe, both of which r outside subcontinent.And pakistan last beat india in india 2-1 in 1999 including the asian test championship kolkata test !

  • the_predator on December 29, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    i do not understand the fuss aboutthe ageing stars........Sachin was by far the best batsman (nearing 39) of the two side in this match......only once he got beaten in second innings......his first inngngs was a treat to eyes (such great nock it was). He was so comfortable against each and every bowler....can anyone in this forum say that he did not play well? before getting out he was looking fab. aus point of view, they were saved by two so called ageing star......i do not think aus have any replacement of ponting at the moment. There are people who are saying india should step down as test nation! comeon....same thing would happen to NZ/SA/ENG when they come to subcontinent while playing spin......in that case they also should step down as test nation......and after that lets stop playing cricket altogather! the real wory for india is technical faults of dravid. I did not ever see dravid so fragile. Also dhoni has to come to the side on hismerit as batsman, and he has to score run

  • jonnybtestmatch on December 29, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    Test match cricket has been of such quality in 2011 and I really hope the ICC review the stucture of cricket in the future to allow for more 4/5 match series rather than 2/3. As for this game even as an English fan I am glad to see Hussey/ Ponting contribute given the ridiculous criticism levelled against them in the pre match hype. As for India it all looked very familiar and I believe the time for VVS is coming to a close. Despite performing well with the ball, it is the form of Ghambir, Sehwag, Sachin and Dhoni that is the most worrying ( not just based on this game but the tour of England too). I would love to see Rohit Sharma take the place of VVS as the young man is amazingly talented and good in the field also. I think Dhoni should try and play in the most aggressive manner possible as he looks like getting out at any moment when he looks to defend. Ghambir is class but just needs to be backed by fans and board alike.

  • on December 29, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    I am great admirer of indian cricket team but come on guys, if you can not beat this weak Australian team with the likes of Tendulkar, Dravid, Zaheer, Dhoni, Sehwag and Lakshman in the team, then forget about calling urself world number 1. People are talking about 100 centuries for Tendulkar but would that matter if india is losing.

  • on December 29, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    conclusion : India can't play outside india.

  • Kashi0127 on December 29, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    BTW like I have said before. We have two underperforming teams playing. India winning against Austraila would'nt have meant much considering Australia's current state. But losing to them is the pits.

  • on December 29, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    It is time to accept that the Indian batting juggernaut that dominated world cricket for the last fifteen years is grinding to a halt. Indian cricket has serious problems if not addressed will mean the death of test cricket in India. Shewag's irresponsible batting and Ghambir's lack of form are also serious concerns. Dravid and Laxman have reached the end of the road. Although Dravid's form with the bat has been great in the last year both he and Laxman have become liabilities in the field. Tendulkar and Zaheer have 18 months at most. The young batting replacements just not good enough at this level, Kholi the best of the bunch was seriously exposed,Raina was exposed in England which only leaves Rohit Sharma. The positives are Yadav, Ishant and Ashwin but they bowling efforts are negated by Dhoni's captaincy and his tendency to spread the field when the tail is batting.

  • Kashi0127 on December 29, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    Indian Board need to be commended for having only a 4 test series. 4-0 looks better than 5 -0.

  • Romenevans on December 29, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    After this Australia tour and humiliating 4-0 white wash, India will have no overseas tours left for coming 1-2 years and these 4 oldies will again start scoring runs on flat tracks against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. So this never ending story is here to stay for at least 2-3 more years. Wow, im losing my interest now from this hopeless Indian team for overseas tours. If these 4 oldies have any respect left for themselves, they should be retired after this tour, or else god knows what will happen, because by the time their replacement young players like Rohit Sharma, Pujara, and others will be in their 30's.

  • on December 29, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    Dhoni sucks when it comes to captaining in Tests. Without the captaincy, he wouldn't be in Test XI of Bangladesh, let alone India.

  • Romenevans on December 29, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    Do the BCCI now have guts or courage to do the same to Laxman, Gambhir and Dhoni what they did to Harbhajan on behalf of poor performances and form?

  • Romenevans on December 29, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    VVS Laxman before the series started "Aussie aggression gets the best out of me" and his best is 1 and 2 in both innings. Wow what a champion with a big mouth but no doing. For Christ sake, please take retirement with pride before they throw you out of the team.

  • Romenevans on December 29, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    3rd Jan 2012, Sydney Test. Umesh Yadav and ZAK steaming in. Australia 8/100. Here comes Dhoni, Deep backward point, long on, Long off, No Slips, No Short Leg…easy singles! Bam! Pattinson scored his maiden 100 and Ben Hilfenhaus playing on 99, with Nathan Lyon itching to go and score a triple hundred to show Indian top order batsmen, about how to play overseas.

  • Kashi0127 on December 29, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    So what's excuse Mr. Dhoni now? Probably too tired of watching Indian team on television over and over. I am sure mental fatigue would have set in.

  • Romenevans on December 29, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    First vs South Africa 3rd test 2nd innings, Steyn and Morkal, field spread, BAM! Test Match Saved. 2. Trent Bridge test vs England 124/8 Stuart Broad and Bresnan come, Bam! Test Match Gone! Here comes the MCG, 27/4 field spread Bam! Test Match Lost! How do you deal with this idiot? What a waste of an effort made by our bowlers.

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

    So its 5-0 overseas Now? Flat track bullies are back! It's an Insult to Zaheer Khan to be a part of this pathetic batting team. Zak is a so precious to be wasted by these bunch of batting clowns. Great show Zak, loved the commitment and great skills.

  • on December 29, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    well i must say i thoroughly enjoyed the match despite the fact wht result ws at the end of the day both teams had their moments where they could capitalize the situation India failed to grasp it nd australianz as always delivered whn given a chance.. ! i really thnk indian batsman should have played better specially in the second innings, dismissals of Dravid Kohli Gambhir really surpised me coz these players have gud techniques and have the guts to play on any surface and against any opposition, but dravid has some serious issues playing in-dippers, his technique seems to have some vulnerable flaws which are being exposed by Aussie bowlers, so he needs to work on that 2ndly Kohli , though he is a lil young at this level playing australia in australia is always tough bt his dismissals were being so soft i mean he is player having an oneday average of more thn 50 and was playing like he has never played swing bowling before,,, very casual.

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

    Dhoni releasing his new Biography "Blueprint of How To Lose A Test Match From Wining Positions" Limited edition, go grab your copies before sale ends without a single buyer.

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

    Dhoni was so keen to go back to the pavilion. Was he in hurry to prepare his boring speech? Full of excuses, same old blah blah blah! "Well we treid, but he bowled Well….Well We will again try and they will agan bowl well…Well..Well…Well the tour has already ended and Bam the result is 4-0. Speech over! This guy is a joker and go ask him for tips if you want to learn "How to lose a test match"

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

    Dhoni was like a Santa with bag full of gifts for the Aussies. 27/4 Punter and Huss! Come mates I have a nice Christmas present for you! Punter: What? Dhoni: "Here we go! I'll spread the field and you have easy singles with some cookies and hot milk. If you still feel the pressure created by Zak, let me know ill replace him with Sehwag bowling and from the other end ill come and bowl and let Dravid to do the keeping so even if you'll have an edge by chance, he'll drop you. Merry Christmas Aussies! Ho Ho Ho! From Dhoni! Period! Disgusted!

  • Romenevans on December 29, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    Enough is Enough! India's bowling is always been criticized, but the fact is our bowlers always creates the momentum but it is the inability of Sehwag and Gambhir to give us the solid start and then 3 oldies are not good enough to be there for at least a session. Sachin is obsessed with his hundreds, Laxman is too old to play the game and Dhoni is a complete Joke when i come to batting in Test matches. Very happy for the bowling and disgusted by the pathetic batting.

  • go_pk_go on December 29, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    Indians always goods in making excuses (lack of preparation, too much cricket, too many injuries and blah blah ) and never accept their defeats. It high time for india to realize that their oldies should retire, dhoni is not capable of playing test cricket and their young players does not have enough temperament to play test cricket. go india go ...

  • cloudmess on December 29, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    India are still a very good side, but their collective mindset is always to take the most defensive/conservative option. Had they used DRS in this game, they'd have got Australia out for a much lower score 2nd time around. The spread field made it easy for Pattinson and Hilfenhaus to prosper in their last-wicket partnership. Chasing 292, the Aussies would have dreaded Sehwag coming out all guns blazing, hitting boundaries from the first over. Instead, the out-of-form Gambhir took the first delivery, and proceeded to poke around for an over or so, setting the tone and allowing the Aussie bowlers to settle - Sehwag did not get the strike until almost the 3rd over. And these were just observations made over half a day's play. India seem too concerned with playing the game "correctly" rather than going out and doing what the opposition least wants them to do. Ganguly always understood this (despite being a moderate captain in many ways), and it is where the Indian team miss him the most.

  • heathrf1974 on December 29, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    This series is far from over. SCG and Adelaide will suit India better and the Aussies still have trouble getting wickets against India using spin. The Aussie quicks will have to maintain their form and their batting consistency will have to improve if they hope to take the series. I was very impressed with India's bowling.

  • Harmony111 on December 29, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    Horrible performance by India. It was stupid enough to go from 214/2 to 282 and then allowing the Oz tail to score that many runs. Dhoni surely needs to look for some advice from others on how to keep the pressure up. He has been very ordinary in some of his plans for the tail. This test match was just like the 2nd Test match against Eng. In fact worse. Like there, India failed to get a big total in the 1st innings and allowed Oz to score runs in the 2nd innings and then failed to even put up a fight in their 2nd innings. I was and am in a very bad mood right now and this defeat has spoiled my new year celebrations. The vacations has been ruined. Laxman's time is perhaps over. Zilch contribution. I guess Dhoni has to say good bye to tests since he does not give the viewer any confidence that he will stay. I was at least expecting India to fight while chasing 292, instead say simply collapsed. The pitch and the bowling was helpful but not all that great to be AO for 170 in 47 overs.

  • genuineIndianFan on December 29, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    Everyone talking about the experienced Indian batting line-up failing :- but one must recall how often this famed batting line-up have performed outside the sub-continent? You can just count with your fingers on one hand. The true fact is that Indian batsmen have still a long way to to post a threatening total in pitches like these. If at all they have won matches abroad, it is because of their bowling, not batting. But still people only talk about their batting legends. The bowlers performed exceptionally in this test as well, but that is just not enough to win a test, you need runs on the board.

  • Blessington on December 29, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    WOW.......... PONTING IS BACK TO FORM AND ITS A JOYOUS MOMENT! Indian needs to stop boasting of batting trio and get into serious business. remember loss of 5 in 5 Away tests has come with the presence of batting trio who was unable to even draw a single test match. As an indian m very proud that aussies are coming back to where they belong and India keep boasting of past glories and remain living in world of utopia. congrads aussies keep it up....... No.1 belongs to u and go hard in getting it back...

  • Mescalito on December 29, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    Great game! I really enjoyed attending the first day. Nothing beats live test cricket. Bit disappointed there wasn't a good Indian partnership today to make the game more interesting but I really enjoyed all the fast bowlers efforts in the game. Great to see so much great bowling and seeing batsmen constantly under pressure. Also great to watch Tendulkar bat. Certainly a class above all other batsmen in the match and world cricket. Looks to be a great series. Australia has exciting youth but with youth comes inconsistency and India has fantastic experience and The Little Master. Just 3 more great matches. I don't care about the results

  • shishirji on December 29, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    where's the good old test cricket batting of 90's????? india had 2 days, full 5 sessions to make 292 i.e they only had to score 50 odd runs per session........very disappointed , total failure of batting. plz publish.

  • yorkshirematt on December 29, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    Apologies for the digression but have lost count of the number of times someone has wriiten india only lions in India. Surely the true symbolic animal of India is the tiger?

  • ravi-1967 on December 29, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    Due credit gi ven to Australia who played very well. Their new captain Michael Clarke is a pretty good leader. The behavour of the team on the field is also not bad as it was in the past.

    What have the 4 great guys done. Specially Sehwag, he played the most irresponsible stroke that a opening bat (also vice captain) can play and got out. It was not a one day but a test match where we had close to 150+ overs to do the job. The situation demanded batsman to stay and score and not take risks. How long can you tolerate that this is the style Sehwag plays and hence he is not blamed by any one. Even the past cricketers appreciate his approach whcih is wrong.Dravid, Sachin and Laxman have completely let us down as fans of Indian cricket. If India do not change their approcah for the next 3 tests we would slip to 4th rank in the ICC rankings.We have 4 great batsmen and hence they should be asked to ensure they score and another bowler should be used. Kohli should be dropped.

  • on December 29, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    according to me the biggest blow for india was when tendulkar got bowled in d last over of the 2nd day

  • cric4lyf on December 29, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    tendulkar must learn from ponting...he always fail to deliver when required...go go aussie...we want 3-0

  • Crazy_Pk on December 29, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    Are we going to see Ind-Eng series replay here in Aus ?. MSD should promote ashwin as a opener with sehwag and kick on ghambir ass. This beggar has been lol since he has married. We all know very well that this is last australia tour for tendulkar, laxman, dravid and might possible sehwag also but these four idots will not do any thing in this tour we should kick them beggar and send to home on very first available flight and ask managment to replace with some new blood.

  • on December 29, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    the real problem for india are gambhir, kohli nd dhoni............. gambhir has the problem of chasing leather outside off, he survives on indian pitch but on bouncy tracks downunder he is gonna struggle for runs.......... kohli is not a good test batsman, he is at ease in a limited version where there are no slips waiting for his edges........... nd dhoni, well i think everybdy knows how bad he is a batsman in tests, however i feel that dhoni should always play aggressive nd make a quick 40 or 50 rather than defending most of the time for his hard earned 15

  • Philip_Gnana on December 29, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    The Indian fans need to consider their team before they write silly stuff about other teams. The Irony here is that Sri Lanka is giving SA a lesson in their own back yard. Australians are getting better by the day with their young team which India cannot say of theirs. India will be on a slide soon as Australia emerge and England consolidate their position as the UNDISPUTED NUMBER ONE TEAM. India were only No 1 because of the system and not on merit. Well done Australia in teaching the Indians a lesson. Long may it continue. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • on December 29, 2011, 11:54 GMT

    Our first test match syndrome continues to haunt us . Yes Australia has a good bowling attack and Pattinson seems an exciting prospect. Throw in Patrick Cummins and I am sure Australia can at least get twenty wickets consistently. How Ricky Ponting must wish that these kids had been playing the ashes last time around! Having said that , India has quality batsmen and I am sure Dhoni, Gambhir,Kohli and Lakshman will not fail twice in a test match again. The heartening thing for India has been the fast bowling. A quicki word of caution though. This australian batting is pretty weak, so that has to be factored in. In a sense it will be a wonderful contest of a good bowling side against a wonderful batting side, once it settles. The series promises to be interesting. Dont write off India just yet. Sridhar

  • on December 29, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    @RandyOZ - it doesn't help that the "home of cricket" only holds 28000 - about a quarter of the MCG! Plus not many games went to 5 days against India lolololol! Hope to be visiting relatives in Melbourne at chrimbo 2013/14..... Is there a series around then? :)

  • Leggie on December 29, 2011, 11:41 GMT

    @bobmartin, if you notice NONE of the Indian fans have given any excuses. Please read all comments carefully. On the same lines, I find it rather strange that other countries take every possible opportunity to muddle Indians' overseas batting records. Any Indian cricket fan would admit that India's batting record has been poor the last one and a half years, but then one cannot take away what these gentlemen have achieved over a decade. Sachin, Dravid, Laxman and Sehwag have all had some excellent innings to talk about overseas. One or two series failures abroad does not make them bad players.

  • Kaze on December 29, 2011, 11:41 GMT

    Leave grass on other tracks for this series Aus 4 Ind 0

  • on December 29, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    @Apoorv Pandey: Wrong, Pakistan recently won against both England and Australia!

  • spiritwithin on December 29, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    @raja7177,dropped catch of hussey did'nt proved costly,he added only 20 runs more,u have to see the number of runs by whiich india lost-its 122 which means aus were a far more consistent compared to indian team in the tests

  • on December 29, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    @Sai Ratna Swaroop "Only india has chance to win test series in australia.better luck next time.all the best for the rest of the matches"

    I think you'll find England won a game or two this/last year.

  • Tom_Bowler on December 29, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    Australian fans always show up in big numbers. Just look at the final day in Melbourne last season, 85000 turned up in fancy dress to watch their team get beat by an innings and Engalnd retain the Ashes. It's just a shame they all dressed up as empty seats.

  • cool2cool on December 29, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    @ LillianThomson: If you have read properly, I was replying to a comment which was unnecessarily comparing India and Pakistan. And Pak won in UAE, which was supposed to be the home series for PAK, wasn't it?

  • on December 29, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    Clearaly Aussies outplayed india in all departments be it bowling or batting...Dhonis lady luck has gone for TOSS he needs to be more imjinative rather then assumptions...FAboulas FOUR are also fadeing..good work by bolwers espesially YADAV..it was a great test match...Lets hope SYDNY will be awakener for indians other wise it will english summer again.

  • pikk0n on December 29, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    Brad Haddin is horribly out of form. Since the Ashes, he has completely lost the ability to bat and I'd really like to see Wade in to replace him. The only thing going for Haddin here is he outscored Dhoni??!!! I saw Dhoni's dismissal in the second innings and noticed one glaring flaw. His lack of foot movement. He seems to bat like Afridi. I have always rated Dhoni highly. Thought he'd overtake Gilchrist as the best keeper-batsman but going by what I just saw, he'd just be a better than average keeper-batsman who is able to hit the ball really hard. Has this always been the way Dhoni bats? Laden footed? I swear the last time I saw him, his feet were moving nicely and he was such a different batsman back then. So far, both keepers have disappointed.

  • raja7177 on December 29, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    Just bad fielding cost us the match? How many times in recent days dravid has dropped sitters. Is it really useful to hav a player who scores 60 odd in an innigs and drop sitters?

  • Rakim on December 29, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    BTW what is nationality of Umesh Yadav? Is he a Pakistani bowler? hehehe

  • Rakim on December 29, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    No disrespect to anyone but Indian batting line-up is highly over-rated. I mean whats point of 50+ averages and scoring 100 100s if you can't win match against rookies and ordinary bowling.

  • raja7177 on December 29, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    Sorry to all dravid fans. Its time for him to retire. There is no use of scoring a 60 odd in an innings and dropping catches. Just spare a thought on how many catches he has dropped recently. Every one here only talking about our batting and bowling but really is it that much bad? The only thing which is bad is our fielding which should be improved to a grt extent.

  • HamsterSteve on December 29, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    To wallos34: Yes, Ponting was the most consistent batsmen in the match, and yes, Hussey's innings was the difference. However, Ponting is playing largely on the considerable guts that he has - lots of footwork and timing issues - and is no where near the player of old. Hussey has been OK until recently, but he was lucky DRS wasn't being used in this match. The clock is ticking very loudly with these two. We have to pick younger players and put up with the dreaded inconsistency that comes with it (remember the early to mid 80s !) until we turn up some good players at this level. I think Warner, Cowan, Marsh and Khawaja all have the goods, but we need to be patient. We have a history - we did stick with Langer, Hayden, Martyn, Steve Waugh, etc. generally just a little too long, and my point is that they are showing a tendency to repeat this mistake with Punter and Huss.

  • on December 29, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    hmm india lost but still they competed well pitch was good for bowling aussies bowl well but still if we leave england india bounces back 2011 sa2008 australia perth and for pakistanies your team is more pathetic than india outside atleast india won odd test pakistan not won a single test last ten years aussies has to improve batting both the teams i think they have bowlers but batsmen are struggling a bit great series going

  • AidanFX on December 29, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    It is scary to think Watson is still yet to return - who is has shown he is a crucial bowler in team (Capetown) ... I take it he will not be fit for Sydney though if Harris is being considered.

  • popcorn on December 29, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    I wonder if the BCCI and Selectors will paper over this loss,or take stern action.This is 5 in 5 Away Tests in a ROW that India has lost - 4 nil to England and now the MCG Test. Mainly on Dhoni. Sack him.He has been just plain lucky so far. His captaincy lacked imagination, was defensive, and the match was lost from Ball 1 of Day 4. Go back to the 4 nil drubbing India got from England and you'll find serious lapses in Dhoni's captaincy. His Test batting record - AWAY is pitiful. Very rrarely have thee been wicket keeper Captains - Gerry Alexander of the est Indies, Adam Gilchrist for just two Tests, and Kumar Sangakarra.Impossible to do sit - ups for 600 balls in 100 overs TWICE in a match and focus on batting or Captaincy.His wicket keeping is no great shakes. So why is he there in the Team? A Captain HAS to perform - batting or bowling. Gambhir the youngest, and having some experience,should be his replacement.

  • LillianThomson on December 29, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    @cool2cool - what has Pakistan got to do with this? (BTW, you asked when they last won a series away - the answer is last week!) India will sadly always struggle as long as bastmanship is respected more than the art of fast bowling. Someone like Ishant Sharma was perfectly designed to bowl fast but he has not developed due to unsuitable diet, lack of guidance from senior fast-bowling teammates and lack of first class experience on helpful tracks. Zaheer is the best medium pacer in the world, but India needs three tall fast bowlers who can bowl over 145 kmh, be accurate and economical and can lift the ball into the batsman's ribs off a good length. But for the moment their headlong plunge from Number 1 to Number 5 continues unchecked. Number 6 if Sri Lanka win any more overseas Tests!

  • rahulcricket007 on December 29, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    I THINK INDIA SHOULD STOP THINKING ABOUT TEST MATCHES ANY MORE . LIKE IN THE EARLY 2000S WHEN INDIAN TEAM RANKING WAS NO.5 OR 6 IN TEST . & WERE VULNERABLE OUTSIDE HOME , BUT NO INDIAN CARES ABOUT THE RANKINGS AT THAT TIME . IN FACT THEY HARDLY WERE INTERESTED IN TEST CRICKET . INDIA WAS A POOR TEST TEAM & WILL REMAIN IT . MY ADVICE IS THAT INDIA SHOULD QUICKLY TURN INTO ASSOCIATE NATION & GIVE THEIR TEST STATUS TO IRELAND . I M REALLY HURT BY INDIA'S DEFEAT . WITH THE HOLE WHICH GANGULY LEFT AFTER THIS RETIREMENT AT NO.6 WHICH IS STILL NOT FILLED , GOD KNOWS WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN SACHIN , DRAVID WILL RETIRE ? INDIA ALL OUT UNDER 100 EVERY TIME THEY PLAY OUTSIDE HOME . THAT 'S WHY I M SUGGESTING INDIA SHOULD STEP DOWN AS A TEST NATION . WELL PLAYED AUS & SL WHO ARE GOING TO WIN THEIR FIRST MATCH IN SA .

  • on December 29, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    Usual stuff. India lost the first test.// Current trend: Getting whitewashed abroad. // Indian batsmen: Successful in making a second-string bowling attack look like fearsome.// James Pattinson: Don't call him good Prospect. He is already a good all-rounder.// Sehwag: Hussey is too good a fielder. So cut down on uppercuts.// Laxman: Live on the past// Rahul: Bowled thrice(incl. no-ball)? what's happening?// Indian bowlers: For the first time, you are a pleasure to watch.// Peter Siddle: What a fighter!// Ricky Ponting: The best Australian batsman.// Gambhir: Aussies are already good slip fielders. They don't need more practice.//

  • on December 29, 2011, 10:54 GMT

    Bit of luck and a bit of good playing but I'll take it.. Well done Aussie

  • Avi56 on December 29, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    The problem here is INDIA just like to play safe and are not aggressive.....They want to play safe so that they do not lose the series and their rankings....but teams like Australia and England currently do not have the strongest players as before but have the determination and play aggressively... today the australians just did that...the oz team did manage to play good at the lower order and scored a moderate score....look at the aussie determination...the batsman just said it is all yours and that what motivated them and you gotta se the batting and bowling complimenting each other....The way indians bowled was very impressive but unfortunately the batting never complemented each other...they had 2 days to score 292 runs and 10 wickets and could have stayed there till the end of next day...india's aggresiveness is not playing in a tricky way instead show strength and hit in the air

  • Amol_Gh on December 29, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    There was nothing real bad in the pitch. IND has to first overcome their fears, psychological barriers and to just apply themselves to the pitch. Fear is the reason why IND folded out in spite of there being a fifth day still to go. Everything else went so right till the third day. I hope they apply themselves mentally in the second test. Runs will come automatically.

  • on December 29, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    @ RandyOZ, strange about the crowds! when Australia were the best Test team I'm sure England had the bigger crowds and now England are number one in the world and Australia aren't the crowds swap round!

  • on December 29, 2011, 10:49 GMT

    Well done Australia. This was India's B team. 4-0 to Australia? This Indian team will not beat Australia in Perth or Brisbane.

  • AndrewFromOz on December 29, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    Really a great test match. Could have gone either way. Pleased that all those people saying Siddle should be dropped have all gone quiet. Yadav is a genuine talent. Dhoni needs to handle him carefully and not overbowl him into injury (as per Cummins). Great to see Zaheer bowling so well. As for young Patto... Strong young lad... Imagine a fast bowling trio of Patto and Cummins led by Siddle.. Scary stuff!

  • nadu_1975 on December 29, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    Technically India lost its best oppurtunity the gain the upper hand against an Aussie team which has lost its aura but surely is on the prowl again. I have been a great fan of this Aussie team and their never die attitude. Just compare the greats on the two teams on paper. We have Sachin+Rahul+VVS presumably the three greates test batsmen of our times. And the bowlers they r facing Pattinson+Siddle+Ben(And NOT any Glenn+Lee+Jason) Please if u cannot milk these bowlers with so much experience then its all over 4 us in overseas tours. Team selection again is absurd please throw out Kohli he just is in 2020 mode u cant have player playing a test 2 inngs is an angled bat first ball.Again this is the best Indian team on paper who can upstage the Aussie at home provided they get past Patt+Cummins+Siddle+Ben etc

  • cric4zh on December 29, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    indian team like a doog always barks only his territory!

  • rahulcricket007 on December 29, 2011, 10:40 GMT

    @SANJAY KN . SAMARWEERA IS LABELED AS A FLAT TRACK BULLY BECAUSE THIS WAS HIS FIRST CENTURY OUTSIDE SUBCONTITNENT . WELL THERE IS NO SHORTAGE OF PEOPLES WHO EVEN CALL SACHIN A FLAT TRACK BULLY . WHO HAS SCORED 5 CENTURIES IN SA , 4 IN ENG , 3 IN NZ , 2 IN WI , 6 IN AUS , TOTAL 20 CENTURIES OUTSIDE SUBCONTITNENT . THOUGH SAMARWEERA PLAYED REALLY WELL .

  • spiritwithin on December 29, 2011, 10:40 GMT

    @Plz_Dont_Get_Whitewashed,indian bowler surely proved that they r not a pop gun attack for sure,ishant was bowling consistently close to 150kmph,Yadav was close to 145kmph,zaheer as usual is a clever bowler,..if u call ur bowling as inexperienced than what about india??dont think Ashwin,Yadav & ishant r veteran either..only zaheer is an veteran bowler,dude aus batting line up also has clarke,ponting,hussey and haddin who r not youngster :P...anyway aus deserved to win this tests and may be the series later on, best of luck for a tough contest ahead

  • Major_Hammad on December 29, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    Ponting & Husseay are the batting hero for Aust in bowling favour conditions. Ponting shuts the mouth of critics with fifties in both innings, what a top class player Ponting. Ponting will be top scorer and Hussey 2nd top scorer at the end of series.

  • crocket2 on December 29, 2011, 10:38 GMT

    The Aussies better be looking after their 3 fast bowlers tonight. Not only did they take nearly all the wickets, they scored 132 runs between them for the Test. What did we win by? About 122 runs!!

  • on December 29, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    A great chance/opportunity has been goofed up by Dhoni & Co. We had all the time and talent in the world to score the required runs but unfortunately and very surprisingly our batmen threw away their wickets in an irresponsible manner. As if to add insult to injury the 3rd umpire too played his part against India in that VVS Laxman was given out to a no ball which is very clear from the replays and it does not require any expertise to judge in this case atleast.

  • hhillbumper on December 29, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    Did a fan on here really try to blame this lose on Laxman getting out. What about the other wickets mate or was that just bad luck.Losing to what is one of the weaker Aus teams in years must really hurt.looks like you could be looking at another 4-0 loss.Also cool2cool There was a hint of match fixing this summer about India.Either that or they were the wrost team to visit this country in the 25 years I have been watching cricket.If they weren't bought off then they must really not like representing their country.

  • zaf100 on December 29, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    India's main problem at the moment is selectors are not brave enough to get rid of ageing stars. They have learnt nothing from the humiliating defeat India suffered in England. It's is always difficult for batsmen to win matches when you reach certain age because your mind says your are still good enough to play at test level but body find it difficult to recover as quickly as when you were in your twenties. Youngsters bring more energy it's time for seniors to retire gracefully not immidiately but after this series. On paper India is a very strong unit but unfortunately professional sport is very ruthless business and expose all human frailties and that's exactly what's happening to Indian players. Personal glories means nothing if you don't win. It's is very difficult for players to admit that they have passed their best and it's time to retire. That's where selectors job starts if they don't see what's happening than they are not doing their job honestly. Be brave selectors.

  • spiritwithin on December 29, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    @Steve Hamilton..i think india is playing with three oldies(sachin,dravid,laxman) not four,sehwag 33,gambhir 30,kohli 23 still have enough cricket left in them :)...the oldies r surely struggling at the moment but u cant neglect the good show by aussie bowlers,more than these oldies failure its these bowlers who bowled those superb deliveries,very difficult to negate even by young batsman..

  • brusselslion on December 29, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    Well played Australia; cracking win.

    Glad to see that, if the comments here are representative of the general view, and after 12 months of denial, then the penny (finally) seems to have dropped with the Indian supporters: As a Test team you are on a downward spiral. With the exception of Dravid, the batsmen are inconsistent. The lack of a decent 1st change bowler, who can bowl outside of the sub-continent, is a big problem and Dhoni's eccentric captaincy certainly doesn't help.

    So by the middle of next year, Test ratings based on current performance will probably read: 1. England 2. South Africa 3. Pakistan/ Australia 5. New Zealand/ Sri Lanka 7. India/ West Indies.... Oh dear!

  • HarishVS on December 29, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    The last Aussie 4 wickets added 119 runs in the first innings which was almost the margin of defeat for India. Indian Fast bowlers made costly mistake of bowling to the strength of Ponting by some loose short pitch stuff and welcomed him back to his form. Ponting followed up with a classy innings in the second innings. Leaking those many runs to the tail will not help the cause to save a test in Australia. Otherwise, Indian pace attack was good. Kohli does not seem to have it in him to get runs in the MCG pitch. He has already toured twice and has not looked like he is the same qaulity batsman in West Indies or England pitches than he is at those one day matches in flat pitches of India. By the time he fights it out her to get any runs for himself, the tour might well be over in favour of Aussies. Kohli is still a good player but he need to work on his technic further in a different platform than being useless in the remaining tests. Rohit Sharma need to be batting at SCG.

  • spiritwithin on December 29, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    well well just as i predicted at the end of Day3,i said that even the 230 lead which aus had at the end of day3 is enough to secure them a victory and it proved right,happy to see indian bowlers doing well but against the same story by indian batsman...my prediction before the start of the series was 2-0 to aus now i think i sud change it to 3-0,maybe 4-0 depending on their performance in the 2nd tests,@Ken Oliver,fully agree with ur view,the veterans sud have done better and both the openers looks so out of sort but even the aus openers looks very improper to handle the test cricket..the real difference b/w the two sides r the way aus lower order rallied behind one of their main batsman everytime...a good young emerging aus which we r seeing at the moment,infact inspite of their loss to NZ Aus has done quite well in the last three series and now in the 1st tests....

  • Pritt32 on December 29, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    India's poor away continues. I feel India may lose the series unless drastic steps are taken. The Aussies quick bowlers troubled the star line up Indian batting, but many would say ageing. The reasons for India's big loss * Negative captaincy from Dhoni, as India could have showed more urgency to finish the innings and not change field settings needlessly when home side were 29 for 4. * Dropped catch from Dravid of Hussey * Awful batting from senior players particularly Laxman and Gambhir who struggle in swinging conditions.* India's stubbornness of the review system. India needs a reality check, as they cannot no longer depend on ageing players. R.Sharma should be given a turn, as he has potential and perhaps drop Laxman, as he is out of form. The bowling is good, but there is still room for improvements as far too many short balls. India need to focus and plan for the future, as some of the current crop of players will soon be yesterday stars.

  • cool2cool on December 29, 2011, 10:25 GMT

    @ Crazy_Pk: When was the last time your team won a test series outside of sub-continent? When was the last time your team won a test series even against India in India? In your own way "hahaha". But I can understand your feeling of not having a home series against a good team in coming future.

  • on December 29, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    Adaptation is the key....one has to apply himself completely to get to know the bounce and pace of the pitch.....am afraid majority Batsmen from both sides didnt actually get used to the pitch.....Nice to see new pacemen standing up and perform........Hope the remaining part of the series is even more enthralling....

  • RandyOZ on December 29, 2011, 10:21 GMT

    Our batsmen really need to pick up some slack. The brilliant pace battery cannot keep digging us out of the mire (with BAT AND BALL). Shaun Marsh seriously needs to perform. On a positive note what about the 190,000 over 4 days, that's as many as England get in an entire summer. Australia really is the home of test cricket!

  • andrew27994 on December 29, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    This has been a very disappointing performance from India. Once again they have thrown away another good chance of winning. India's problem here has been complacency during matches when they think they have the upper hand. India won the 1st two days of the test match. Even when Australia were 27-4, they were in the game but no excuses for conceeding runs to the Aussie tail( In case you noticed Pattinson scored more runs than any of the Indian batsmen in the 2nd Innings) I feel that this Indian team has a serious chance to regain their No.1 title. The bowlers impressed me but they got complacent later on in the test which was utterly disappointing. As far as batting is concerned I think Gambhir should be replaced with Rahane because he has been struggling a lot with his technique. As far as Kohli is concerned, if he gets another chance I would like to see him move ahead of Laxman and maybe Tendulkar. I think the bowlers should keep it up and continue to be aggressive.

  • SirViv1973 on December 29, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    @steve Hamilton, agree with your comments. I said before the series started that VVS was looking vulnerable and I think this will be his last series. I think India should seriously think about dropping him for SCG, Sharma needs to get his chance. I think the big question marks before the match were about India's bowlers who in the end did very well, it's the batting where the problem lies along with Dhoni's captaincy. You can't help thinking that India have missed a massive opportunity here, there still has to be big question marks as to if Zaheer's fitness can hold for 4 tests in 5 weeks and Aus have big players who can come in and potentially improve the team i.e Harris and Watson.

  • cool2cool on December 29, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    @ Yousaf Khan and Fahad Memon: At-least Indians don't bowl no-balls and their captain don't encourage them to do so. The captain himself take good meal instead of eating a ball. And as far as playing abroad, when was the last time Pak won a test series abroad? As far as win against SL, it was in UAE and were conditions and supporters similar to Pak.

  • sanjaykn on December 29, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    That shows this team only wins in sub-continent. Even samarveera who was billed as flat track bully exorcised his ghosts in a splendid manner on a durban bouncy track! Waw srilanka looked much better team than indians with such under rated bowlers sending africans packing! Bless them they will make it 1-1 and may upset the proteas! mean while more heart ache awaits indian fans!

  • sanjaykn on December 29, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    WOW, australian bowling looks awesome even with another young guy not in the team out injured( and no johnson, watson either!) Had he been there indians would have been out under 100 in both the innings and this match would have been over under 2 days! They could not roll over aussies in both the innings! This defeat was not surprising! No way you can chase more than 175 on that wicket even in the best of times! Bowling lacks penetration with captain being defensive and showing no imagination and pluck and plan!

    A terrible disappointment for die hard indian fans who nurtured dream of winning down under!

    India miss shreeshant( he would have pitched the ball up and made them talk with aggressivness, yadav impressed but showed his inexperience). pathan also would have been handy!

    Ashwins line succked! so does ishants line( he could have produced the spell like ambrose did! only wishful thinking i guess!).

    Another 4-0 drubbing aint ruled out! That would mean 8 over seas losses in a row

  • on December 29, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    Its a very poor display. A team can loose the game. However, loosing the game without battle, is a very big shame. India can't even fight in overseas. It is true that laxman is unlucky although he struggled a lot. Overall is a very very poor batting display. Of course Sachin showed very solid performance. However. the way he threw the wicket is unacceptable. He need to cntrol temperment. It is not acceptable from Sachin the way he got out. Shame to him. But all the best for next test

  • Plz_Dont_Get_Whitewashed on December 29, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    As I had mentioned yesterday: India had "No Chance in HELL" !!!.... of winning this Test or the Series! :P Interestingly the so-called "Pop-Gun" Bowling attack of India were able to take 20 Aus wickets without getting tired / injured, but the "Best Batting Veterans" of the World were not able to go past 100 Runs (in the 2nd innings) against an inexperienced / young Aus Bowling attack!! ;)

  • on December 29, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    indian Team:( Lions at HOME JACKALS elesewhere

  • RandyOZ on December 29, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    Surely now it is time for Brad Haddin to get the flick?We cannot keep carrying this utter liability

  • on December 29, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    my thing india lost tests ODI IN Ausss pakistan win tests ODI IN UAE england

  • on December 29, 2011, 10:09 GMT

    cric7. You are aware that it doesn't matter if the front foot is in the air or landed? Have a look at Law 24 part 5b. As for the india batting display. It was a pretty poor performance from the Indians all day. Once again setting very defensive fields for a 10 and 11, then proceeding to go about their run chase in a very haphazard manner.

  • wallos34 on December 29, 2011, 10:07 GMT

    to cric7 You cannot have DRS one way. Both Hussey and Cowan were not out in the first innings.

    to Steve Hamilton Careful what you say about the older players as Ponting was the most consistent batsman this test and Hussey's 2nd innings was the difference.

    Hilfenhaus impressed on his return and looks like the bowler he was a couple of seasons ago. The depth of fast bowling in Australia looks good with Harris and Cummins still in the wings. Australia's batting still looks brittle at times but the ability of the tail enders to add runs is often overlooked. It is important, but also captaincy here played a role as less than aggressive tactics from Dhino attributed to the Australians adding more runs than they should. All in all this series looks closer than some predicted and I am looking forward to the next three tests.

  • venkatesh018 on December 29, 2011, 10:07 GMT

    Despite the anti-climax of day four, I think this is India's most promising start to an Australian tour, however ludicrous that may sound. India was the team which had moments of ascendancy both with bat and ball and every time we let the Aussies back. This series is unlikely to be one-sided like the England series because for all the riches in its bowling, Australia's batting is looking its weakest in a long time. So, there is still lots of hope for India. More than Sehwag, we need Gambhir to get back to his best form and the rest of the batting will click automatically, though Virat Kohli looks increasingly out of place at this level.

  • on December 29, 2011, 10:07 GMT

    Typical Indian batting line up fail in 1st test game. India will bounce back. and all of you guys talking about aging players well I don't see anyone new coming in scoring anything, all of these new comers are totaly fail in these conditions, i see raina playing in Eng. had no idea what he was doing.so just wait and see.

  • Patchmaster on December 29, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    India looked really really poor. Not many Indian fans on here tonight - weird ;-)

  • on December 29, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    Nothing to complaint about the fourth day's play. The mistake was done in the third day. Yes. When the Indians resumed their innings at 214/3. No one offered resistance to the wickets. If any of the batsmen showed some potential and faced the bowling track for that session, the next session would have been in favor of the batting team and ultimately India would have been right on top.

    OK. Past is past. India has got one extra day to prepare for the Sydney Test. Let them practice and perform better

  • honestno2 on December 29, 2011, 10:04 GMT

    Indians quickly find some excuses.....quickly please.....hahaw

  • on December 29, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    @Fahad Memon Sadly it's unlikely Pat Cummins will be bowling in the Tests, he may be fit for the ODIs at a stretch. Shane Watson is hoping to be fit for Perth. I don't think Indian fans should be disingenuous towards their batsmen by saying Australia is fielding 'amateur' bowlers - every bowler was a debutant once, and James Pattinson looks like he could be one of our best. Likewise Siddle and Hilfenhaus have been dropped in the past but have fixed everything wrong with their game and come back as entirely new players. There's no Bollinger, Harris and Johnson but with the way this line-up is performing there mightn't be again...

  • on December 29, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    Has anyone actually realised that the top run scorer for the match was Ricky Ponting!

  • rajufer on December 29, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    Indians are chanmpions in India only... Fortunate to Indians the world cup 2011 held in India.

  • bullpit1 on December 29, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    What a joke India is, cannot beat the worst Australian team in 30 years. England absolutely dismembered a more experienced Aussie side last year. The coach followed by Dhoni should be the first to go. How can you win here when you set ultra defensive fields, the Indian fieldsmen are at least 10 metres further back than the Aussie fieldsmen, hence all you need to do is hit the ball and presto runs. i'm glad the Aussies smashed the indians, this will be another wake call after the debacle of england. No excuses about Zaheer missing now. Just pure stupidity by the Indain cricket board. I predict that a 4-0 result plus no Indian will get a century or take 5 wickets !

  • jmcilhinney on December 29, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    I think that fast bowlers the world over often make fools of themselves by trying to stare down a batsman or having a bit too much to say, but Pattinson looked like a child when he was making faces at Gambhir. The guy is in his third test match and he's already proven to be seriously mouthy. I'm sure plenty of Aussies will say that he's just being aggressive or not backing down or whatever but I know exactly what they'd say if a bowler from another country behaved the same way toward Australian batsmen. Talented or not, he seems rather arrogant and cocky to me. Let's hope it turns out to be just the impetuosity of youth and he matures in time or else he might end up being Australia's second fast bowler to kick an opposition batsman on the field.

  • on December 29, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    No matter, how great batsmen Tendulkar and Sehware are, the truth of the matter is that they are flops when it comes to 4th innings run chases.

  • spence1324 on December 29, 2011, 9:53 GMT

    Some hard facts for indian fans Last 5 overseas tests Won 0 LOST 5 NUFF Said!......

  • on December 29, 2011, 9:53 GMT

    It has been happening from the series against England, our batsmen are throwing their wickets against not-worthy balls. Today Sehwag, Gambhir, Laxman, to some it was the Tendulkar also (leave dhoni because i don't consider him as a pure batsman in Australia), they just threw their wickets on outside off stump balls. And I don't understand Dhoni's strategy against tail-enders, why we din't attack on them rather giving them chances of making singals and doubles... even Dhoni himself has accepted that India has to learn to finish tail-enders but I think here u have 2 learn first Mr. Captain Cool. @Yousaf khan- don't worry even me as a Indian will support pakistan against England but to see if England would be losing than only India will grab their no.1 spot. and I think u first check the rankings because India is on no.2 and don't will be at no.2 even after this series also....pakistan is on no.5 with 99 points and can not even dream of coming near to India (118 points)..

  • one-on-the-arm on December 29, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    Just got home from the MCG - great win Aussies, but I'm very disappointed a high-quality match ended up as a blowout today. Reputations and career averages/aggregates count for NIL with an effort like this afternoon's. First Test match of a tour and a gettable 4th innings total in fantastic batting conditions, and all India can do is fire blanks - intimidated by a 21yo fast bowler playing his third match. It seems India's credibility is taking a battering one test match at a time. Body language of team during Pattinson/Hilfenhaus partnership said PLENTY. With Cummins to return, Australian bowling attack will give England a run for their money. All that's needed now is some emerging batsmen - and with half a shield season yet to be played, Aussie cricket is suddenly looking in good shape.

  • Cric_Pagal on December 29, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    The Indian team is now like a vintage car where the odometer is showing a million miles. We need to quickly replace the engine otherwise not only will it stall but we wont have the requisite replacements ready.

    Time to thank Laxman for his heroics, drop Sehwag again to put some brains into him and quickly find replacements for The Wall and Bhagwan. Kohli has too much attitude for someone who has scored runs only on the dusty pitches of India.

    Park emotions aside and lets be clinical with the Sydney test team.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on December 29, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    A Full Strength Indian side on a flat pitch lose to Australia......hummmmm........

  • jmcilhinney on December 29, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    Lot's of people like to say that Tendulkar is selfish but I think that Sehwag is the selfish one in the India team. The guy obviously has a great deal of talent but he seems not to care at all about the situation he's batting in. When he goes for his shots and it comes off it looks great but India would be much better off with his scoring at a lower strike rate and staying there for longer. Even if he doesn't make more runs at least he will have blunted the bowling a bit more, which is a test opener's primary role. If he really has that much talent then surely he can apply it to his defence as well as his attack. If he can't then I think India should get a real test opener and drop Sehwag down the order.

  • hhillbumper on December 29, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    Where was Tendulkar? He never achieves anything when pressure is on and should have been able against a rookie attack to make the total.looks like India are going to lose another series badly.Wonder how long it will be before the excuses come out.looks like the lessons of recent overseas tours have not been learnt.Bye india enjoy your time slipping down the table.

  • trust_27 on December 29, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    I am stunned to see that everyone is pointing fingers on Kohli and Gambhir for the failure...what did Laxman achieved. In 15 long years how many matches had he won for the country....very few compare to others...have played over 100 test matches and still is so much susceptible to swinging deliveries. While he was opening he never cope up with the role....once he came to the middle order he could succeed but still if you count it won't be many. In 131 test he had managed a score of 8600+ which is not that many...compare him to Mike Hussey who also is almost of the same age what will you get. Only plus is that atleast the bowlers bowled to a plan...though not thoroughly successful but still managed some success. I would rather have Rohit in place of Laxman instead of Kohli...who atleast is capable to saving some very vital runs which Laxman will never. He is a liability when comes to running between the wickets and when fielding in the deep.

  • Sakthiivel on December 29, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    Good work Aussies.. India need to bring Mukund and Rahane for opening . And Rohit sharma in the middle order for Kohil.. Good thing is that our blower done well where before the series many says Indian cant take 20 wickets in a test in aus..

  • DazTaylor on December 29, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    Message to the Aussie fans: Expect the Indians on here to now say they will smash you 3-1. When Australia win the next test too, they will say 2-2 etc etc.

  • on December 29, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    Congrats to Australia. You never write off the Aussies they will always bounce back

  • gothetaniwha on December 29, 2011, 9:45 GMT

    India,s batsmen meekly surrendered again . They learn,t nothing from the thrashing that England gave them last year ,always finding a excuse- being under done ,zak being injured , They are too OLD .... ,but must say there bowlers bowl well Yadav esp .can,t see anyway back for India expect 3/0 or 4/0 result .

  • on December 29, 2011, 9:45 GMT

    Indian supporters what were you expecting apart from Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar the rest of the indian batsmen are flat track bullies. and the australians will kill India with their seam bowling. pattinson was fantastic looks a brilliant prospect.iam also impressed with yadav he bowled fast and furious looks like india have produced a genuine fast bowler. ishant sharma was also impressive and ashwin is good too with both the bat and ball.only problem is indians batting.india played well but their batting let them down and so did their inability to finish the tail. but good match and sets the tome for a good series. hopefully india will play better cricket and give australia a challenge.

  • CustomKid on December 29, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    @Cric7 in the first innings Hussey & Cowan were both adjudged out yet neither hit the ball.VVS might consider himself unlucky but it swings and round-a-bouts my friend. The cricket gods have a funny way of passing judgment. The indians will bounce back I'm sure.

    As happy as I am for the Australian win they are still very inconsistent. After three years I've finally accepted this fact but when they do win it makes it all the more special. I became too accustomed to the team circa 1989-2007 lol.

    Best of luck Aussies, still room for improvement but if you can find that consistent level of cricket you'll beat most team on any given day.

  • jmcilhinney on December 29, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    @cric7, you might want to learn the rules. The bowlers foot was not behind the line after sliding forward but it was behind the line when it first impacted the ground, which is what matters. How can you say "poor VVS" when he hit the ball straight to the fielder? If you do that you deserve to be out and if the bowler oversteps when you do it then you can consider yourself very lucky. You say "poor batsmen" when they are given out caught when they don't actually hit the ball, like Hussey.

  • honestno2 on December 29, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    Hahahaw....Home track bullies are back ;)......

  • sharkwolf on December 29, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    You said it" So Aussies should play poor to help India win. Sorry but the fact remains same... If I am proven wrong, I will be the happiest in the world..." Msg to BCCI, please make some live pitches in Indian grounds...

  • one-eyed-but-keepinitreal on December 29, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    @cric7 - i think you need to you need to check up on your cricket laws before you make clearly incorrect comments. When Pattinson's foot came into contact with the ground (does not matter which part) part of his foot (does not matter if it is raised) was clearly behind the line. His foot then slid forward....not a no ball. Laxman was correctly given out. This was the way the third umpire and just about everyone bar you saw it. Technology got this right and would have got a number of other decisions right. Did you see Cowan's edge in the first innings? Even though snicko, hotspot, and a photograph showing clear space between bat and ball couldn't. Was this evidence of hotspot's failings rather than an incorrect (while not poor) decision?

  • featurewriter on December 29, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    I think it's a little premature to start condemning the Indian team. The game was in the balance a number of times. That said, Gambhir doesn't seem to have the style to play on Australian wickets. Likewise, Kholi, who is a tremendous talent, needs to adjust his batting style to accommodate the Aussie pitches. I'd move Dravid to opener and replace Gambhir with Sharma. Like most Australians, I'm surprised Sharma can't get a start. He's an incredibly talented batsman. I was impressed by all the bowlers. Ishant was very unlucky not to take more wickets, and can probably be credited with setting up others for his colleagues. And to those calling fo Laxman to be dumped, that would be a huge mistake. He bats better than almost any foreign player on Australian wickets. From the Aussie perspective, our real short-term challenge is where to slot Watson back into the team. I think Cowan deserves his spot. I'm still not convinced that Marsh is Test material. He'd be the one I'd replace.

  • cricmatters on December 29, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    India needs to do some soul searching on this gutless performance. Gambhir like Phil hughes for Australia is a walking wicket with his bat dangling out give the slips catching practice. May be Dravid should open with Sehwag to give a chance to Rohit Sharma, a player who really has true Test match technique a chance. Virat Kohli is a super flop and should be replaced with someone who knows how to play the moving ball. It is India who needs a batting camp with Ishant Sharma and Pattinson leading the way on how to survive on lively wickets. India should not pick Test teams based on one day and 20-20 form as it is like picking a baseball team for a Cricket match.

  • on December 29, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    its time India invest some money and effort into developing new talent rather than wasting it on the IPL!! ...the current leaders of the BCCI knows nothing about cricket!!..Just a bunch of politicians who care about money and leisure!! All they care about is Money!...there's plenty of talent out there in India, but yet they dont even consider looking at those skillful youngsters who are competitive....Its time India learn from their neighbours Pakistan, who even in their darkest times, showed great spirit and determination to win games. Whats the point in having the Richest Cricket Board in the World when your first string test team plays like a bunch of old grannies??

  • ssenthil on December 29, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    @Rumy1, I think you have watching some other match then what Ashwin bowled in this match. I agree that he has bowled few more short balls then my liking as well but He had a match return of 4/141 at 35.25 Avg from his 51 overs and his E Rate is 2.76, which is anyway 100 time better then H Singh Avg over 100 in this country. Even G Swann went about 40 runs per Wicket and top of that Ashwin has a Batting Avg of 30.50. All his wickets were clear out unless you are blind/biased or both. He also unfortunate to add Hussey to his name, when Dravid dropped a sitter at First slip, which proved damn costly for India. If India has to drop any1 It should be Laxman then. He Avg just 22.75 during his England tour and started in worst possible way here with Rohit waiting, laxman should be axed? If Ashwin return with below 40 Avg in this series, is best by a spinner can get in Australia. Even Murali had an bowling Avg abt 100 here. Don't be such a biased/blind person to comment abt a good bowler.

  • enthusiastictruth on December 29, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    Pattinson adds much needed agro into Aussie attack. Controlled agro, ala Lillie, warne, McGrath. Also Garner,marshall, Akram, Snow.

  • on December 29, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    once again it has been proved that INDIA can play good cricket only in INDIA.they will be whitewashed that"s for sure.they can only win against the west indies.how they say that they r da best, when they can"t pass 300.actually they r very much involved in criticizing weak tems.thatzz why they r not determined at playing good cricket.SHAME ON THEM.ONCE WHITEWASHED BY ENGLAND ANOTHER TIME INDIA WILL BE WHITEWASHED BY GREAT AUSTRALIA.THEY SHOULD EMPHASIZE ON PLAYING GOOD CRICKET RATHER THAN CRITICIZING WEAK TEAMS.LOL.....WAKK

  • g.narsimha on December 29, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    Very disoppointing, The Greate Work From our young bowlers was Done by the bad fielding & batting, our batting greates are failing far to aften now a days ,the batting slump which resulted in total white wash in ENGLAND was also seen in home series against WI ,It was a golden apportunity to take lead in the series ,if a team after reducing opponants 27 for 4 allows to recover deosnt deserve a win , good fight back by AUSSEEs specially PONTING dereves credit ,we feel sorry for our bowlers , if this flop show from our greates continues in coming matches than we must think of taking few hard decisions, for future ,now bowling looks improved, now our friends who always looks for apportunities, must be on their feets ,screaming at the top of theif throats & celebrate our defeate , we hope new year brings some luck &cheers to us HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL COMENTATORS ON THIS PAGE ,

  • candyfloss on December 29, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    Well played to the aussies.You played really well and deserved to win.As far as our Indian team is concerned well lots to say and lots to write but why bother.Over to all India haters, enjoy.

  • satish619chandar on December 29, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    @Guys calling for dropping seniors.. Surely the step will be carried out from next series.. Unfair for any youngsters to be directly put into Australia.. Plus, we are still finding the replacement for Ganguly.. Let us first find him and then can think about dropping the next guy..

  • krishchen on December 29, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    India needs a better captain than Dhoni, if not good Must drop the over rated palyer & captain Dhoni & sub continent specialist Gambhir According to Dhoni "Overall, it was a good year", they only lost 4-0 to England, because there were only 4 test matches

  • on December 29, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    Oh dear DRS anyone? lol!

  • teletnt on December 29, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    Cric7 allow me to educate you on the laws of cricket as it pertains to the front foot No Ball. Law 36.5 (ii) states: " For a delivery to be fair in respect of the feet, in the delivery stride...the bowler's front foot must land with some part of the foot, whether grounded or raised, behind the popping crease." In the explanatory notes it is further explained that even if the bowler were to land within the popping crease and then slide forward so that his foot is beyond the popping crease with no part behind the crease then it is a FAIR ball because the umpire must only consider where the foot landed - any movement after landing is irrelevant. Having seen the replays I can assure you that both the on field umpire and the television umpire made the correct decision. Hope this gives you a better perspective.

  • mamboman on December 29, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    @cric7 - learn the rules before you begin spitting sour grapes everywhere!

  • on December 29, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    Sachin cannot score when his team needs him! Averages only 24 in the 2nd innings in Australia and that's when you chase down the targets. Great player only for stats ..and of NO use otherwise. Time for India to come back to earth and realize this team isn't going too far. 4-0 to Australia, go Australia.

  • satish619chandar on December 29, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    @Anti Indian team : I do agree Indian batsmen were poor by their own standards.. But please dont mar the brilliant bowling effort by Aussies by saying them amatuer.. They were well oiled machines.. Yes they are inexperienced but with huge potential.. This bowling was one of the best i ve ever seen.. Every ball was perfect.. Relentless attacking bowling.. Hats off..

  • on December 29, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    Only india has chance to win test series in australia.better luck next time.all the best for the rest of the matches

  • wiggz_s90 on December 29, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    Can we get some unbiased commentary for the Sydney test???...Ch9 is a joke and that's coming from an Australian supporter!!!

  • on December 29, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    Very Well said Yousaf, Indian arer lions in india, not against pakistan in india though, they have lost more than they won at home against pakistan. India and thier batting is just average and nothing to feel specail about tendulkar, cz he also is lion at home, what he did in england tour on bouncy and seaming tracks...... I can play better than tendulkar on Australian tracks i bet????

  • mamboman on December 29, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    Oh wha wha wha listen to all the whiny Indians. Your team of little tin Princes was crushed by a hungrier, more determined, battle hardened side. Get over it. I bet they play the race card and threaten to cancel the tour by lunchtime of day 2 of the next test.

  • on December 29, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    'Playing Kohli ahead of Rohit will be a mistake'. Mr. Chappell, u were rite. I also don't see a reason why Pujara, the hero of Bangalore test, wasn't included in the team. Mark my words gentlemen, Kohli will fail miserably if he is played again.

  • on December 29, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    It is a more of batting debacle while India is satisfied with the bowling attack. Out of the non performing batsmen viz., Gambhir, Laxman, Dhoni and Kohli, we cannot replace Dhoni being wk and captain. we cannot think of another captain atleast by now. Laxman should not to be replaced too considering the class in him. India should really think of reshuffling and replace the other two men: Gambhir and Kohli with Rohit and Rahane (no other option left out) for the second test. Ashwin should remain in the team even though he did not perform upto the expectation as the pitch was more in support of pacers than spinners and he can also bat a bit.

  • rahulcricket007 on December 29, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    well before the start of series everybody talk about how indian bowling will take 20 wkts ? nobody talk about the weakness of our batting which failed to score 300 in england .we haven't filled the hole left by ganguly at no.6 position . yuvi , raina , kohli all are failures . in next test batting will be the main concern .

  • on December 29, 2011, 9:21 GMT

    i dont know why india still persisting with old guns,inspite of having very good young talent on banches back in home? What i belive these gys were part of every tour since four series india deafted outside the subcontinent,why young talent is waitng on banches now? Dravid,Tendulkar,laxman and dhoni shd be dropped now.Murli vijy,shrma and raina are far better players. evry tym if luckly bowling perfome then batting fails,team with seven top class batsman by stats(50 AVG EACH) cant chase down 292 then this is so pathetic....

  • 3inArow on December 29, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    Cop that team India, your Dad's Army batting line up will never excel here in AUS whilst they continue NOT to use their feet playing against the moving ball. Sachin as always was the only one to show any footwork and i'm never going to knock a legend, i also respect Dravid but there were some bad signs. Sehwag is Sehwag hit or miss, Gambhir is a proven flat track bully, VVS does have an awesome record against us but how long go was that 281 now? Virat has shown his class in the ODI format and should be given time to develop as he'll learn so much out of this tour if he is persisted with. Your fielding overall is down right lazy, in the first innings we scored an extra 35-40 runs due to poor fielding. From a bowling perspective the signs are way more encouraging Zaheer is getting older but gee he can make the old ball talk, Ishant will get better on the tour, Ashwin is not a major threat, but Yadav looks very very promising with the new ball, experience will improve his 3rd & 4th spells

  • Romenevans on December 29, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    Almost 40 years Old Daddies Playing against 20 years old kiddies and getting knocked over. What a shame.

  • ahmad25 on December 29, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    hi all ,end up of a great test match and poor batting display of indian so called great batting line up.they cant play swing and bounce and can bat only on flat tracks.cheers to Australia for showing india what they actually are.

  • sanjaykn on December 29, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    And whatever saurav achieved in 2000's is coming un done! If only he had better bowlers 2003 series was ours to take and kapil also blew it in 1985 and ofcourse rain ruled out the series win for india! I do not see them winning here with this kind of performance that too with perth menace and adelide draw looming! Terrible new year gloom for indian cricket fans here! I rest my case.

  • on December 29, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    ‎5th straight loss overseas...this batting line-up has failed to cross 300 in the last 10 inning (just touched 300 in 1 inning).....need to make changes in attitude.....need to play positive....Dhoni needs to play like Sehwag....Rohit Sharma should come in for Kohli...drop Gambhir and Dravid should open.....Ojha should come in as a 5th bowler for Sydney as it will be a spinning pitch.....please pass on the advice to Indian team....we have lost 5 matches in a row overseas....it's embarassing!!!

  • vinchester on December 29, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    Even if India loses4-0, our selectors will still select the famed four or five for the next foreign trip; be it to timbuctoo or kingdom come. ; these players will say they want to continue playing as they are enjoying the game! our selectors dont have the guts to tell them to go .

  • vkypak on December 29, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    wow wow wow......now where r u mr.sehwag..yesterday u said anything under 300 woul b easy to chase able.......india are just know to play at their home...their batsmen are just at home

  • St.as.ram.rod on December 29, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    @cric7: what a spurious argument.. firstly VVS was out, as it is where the foot lands and not final position of the foot.. If u have played cricket and bowled fast, you should know the foot slides after landing hence this provision. And there was Ian Chappel (one of most exp commentators) and Ravi Shastri (most outspoken and straight commentator in the world) on commentary team, and surely they have much more credible knowledge to raise a question. The only thing Ian Chappel said that there was a case for Third Umpire could have looked a few more time. So it is wrong to say it is not right.

    As for mixing tech with human,there are atleast 7-10 incidents in recent past that such type of No ball dismissals were overturned and rightly so. So even in case there is a case of this being No ball then also there is no argument to say this mixture is wrong.. Comeon guys become more open hearted and just cause BCCI is saying against DRS, we should nt blindly support. I am also Indian bt its nt

  • manoj_realfan on December 29, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    @Yousaf Khan you can dream of no. 3 but its never gonna happen. last time wen eng and pak played v all know wat happened... hope pak players don repeat the same.. india cannot do anythin without the 3 senirs in aus and v all r going 2 see the comeback of the batsmen

  • rahulcricket007 on December 29, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    @yousaf khan . keep dreaming . first beat england then we will talk .

  • hmmmmm... on December 29, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    There are obvious positives and negatives for the two teams but the really big difference was the negative captaincy of Dhoni - he really spreads the field anytime a batsmen hits more than one ball off the square. Clarke, apart from the strange period where Hussey continued bowling after tea in the indian first innings allowing Tendulkar to settle in, remained very aggressive and showed patience even when a few went to the boundary and retained catching fielders and catches came. Similarly, Indian teams never seem desperate for the extra single or to turn a one into a two - it always seems they are waiting to hit boundaries.

  • sanjaykn on December 29, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    Extremely disappointing performance by the indians! They first dint get australia out under 200 in the first innings and failed to capitalize on a good start! And when australia were 27 for 4, india failed to fold them out under 120! This match was india to lose and they blew it! They need rohit sharma instead of kohli. And shewag needs to bat responsibly( he threw his wicket way on both the occasions and that kind of batting wont win matches abroad! He is 33 and learn to adopt!) These are not subcontinent belters and balls above wrist height needs to be left alone! Lakshman looked hopelessly out of touch and if he wont make runs this series he can kiss his career good bye! Tendulkar drive on the up on the offside has always been risky and he needs to avoid it till set! Rahul dravid, I do not know what to say( getting bold again and again). This has been a spineless peformance by the indians and bowling doesnt have stamina to blow away the tail( no yorkers, and too many short

  • Tom_Bowler on December 29, 2011, 9:10 GMT

    Exciting game and further proof that Test cricket is the ultimate form of the game. Here we had two teams lacking in quality but by trading errors they generated interest that their level of skill couldn't produce.

  • on December 29, 2011, 9:10 GMT

    @yousuf khan:ahh!!!pakistan at no 3 in test....for kind info pakistan have never won a test match in australia after 1980....they have never won a test in south africa....india have performed much better in overseas

  • manoj_realfan on December 29, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    @Chris_P; you are absolutely right; India are weak in chases especially in overseas; really disappointing to see the batting collapse(especilly when you wake up at five hoping to watch india chase like i did); chase will be possible if sehwag fireemains s r dravid remains till the end of the innings; sachin was never a big 2nd innings player in overseas; hope dhoni understands his mistakes and puts a better fielding plan(wats the coach doing); i also don understand why people want hussey dropped jus bcoz of a few bad innings against nz; aussie fans pls explain.

  • ste13 on December 29, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    It is difficult to say whether 291 was chaseable. However, If Ashwin and Yadav scored some runs, the same could have been expected of top 6. But they failed miserably. Full credit to Aus bowlers, but India need to refresh batting dept.

  • Romenevans on December 29, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    After this Australia tour and humiliating 4-0 white wash, India will have no overseas tours left for coming 1-2 years and these 4 oldies will again start scoring runs on flat tracks against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. So this never ending story is here to stay for at least 2-3 more years. Wow, im losing my interest now from this hopeless Indian team for overseas tours. If these 4 oldies have any respect left for themselves, they should be retired after this tour, or else god knows what will happen, because by the time their replacement young players like Rohit Sharma, Pujara, and others will be in their 30's.

  • on December 29, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    @Abhishek Goswami I totally agreed with ur comment Indian Team need Captain like Ganguly...India Won the Cup it was not Dhoni captaincy that was ganguly's team that team developed by ganguly.

    Laxman should retire from cricket its time give some chances to youngster.

    Indians can only scores 500+ in sub continent outside india they r useless

  • on December 29, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    The difference in the match was Australia's wagging tail in both sets of innings, India were very competitive though and I still expect a tight series. Gambhir looks lost on Australian pitches-should replace him with Rahane for the next test.

  • sankar8000 on December 29, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    It seems India is heavily relying on Sehwag's performance! If he fails that is all! Sure He will win a Test but rest?? It seems aus will win series 2-1. hmmm....

  • St.as.ram.rod on December 29, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    It was a shame the post match comments that Indian Bowlers couldn't stop Aussie tail enders from getting 60 odd runs... The way Indian Bowlers played was to say the least commendable.. The onus was on much celebrated Indian batsmen who were suppose to win us this match from yesterday's situation. Shewag yesterday confirmed anything less than 300 will be ok..

  • satish619chandar on December 29, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    @Chris_P : Very well put up.. Exactly the one in my mind..

  • MiddleStump on December 29, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    The 'mighty' Indian batting line up to take note. Peter Siddle in the first innings alone scored more runs (41) in this test than Gambhir, Kohli, and Laxman combined in BOTH innings. Ditto for Pattinson in the second! For a few years now, India's tail starts at number 6 regardless of whether it is Yuvraj, Raina or Kohli. And Dhoni's bizarre field placing even when the opposition is struggling only adds to his batting miseries. Congrats Australia for exposing the obvious defects within the first four days of this series.

  • rod81 on December 29, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    Good win by Australia, nice to see some really agressive and high class fast bowling by Australia. India once again when outside of India the going gets tough India is found wanting. Mitchell Johnson no chance of getting picked when fit. If Pattinson and Cummins can stay fit we will dominate Cricket for the next 10 years.

  • GibyBangalore on December 29, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    Collapse! It seems that Indian batting heros didnt have enough net practice, eventhough they laded on Australian soil pretty early. The way Virat, VVS Laxman, Gambir and Dhoni got out creat this doubt. Some excellent bowling from Australian bquickies are also a reason for the collapse. But lazyness was also at its best with Indian batters. Gambir seemed not to have prepared to open a test innings oversease. Instead it looed like he was asked to play T20 game. It seems that India seem to surrender first matches (whether it is test or one day) all the time in every serioes, as observed from Dhoni's post match talk. Hats off to our bowlers. They proved that we have not only quality batters but bowlers also.

  • Captain_Oblivious on December 29, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    "Another 5-0 loose for India on way ?" Well, in a 4-Test series that would be a REAL thrashing... ;) But seriously, can people stop talking about India having the best batting line-up in world cricket? It's England by a country mile, crucially with a strong and consistent middle order. For Australia, Ponting was my MOM although Pattinson was obviously excellent. Siddle has been good too. For India, Yadav was outstanding... not only for his pace and movement, but his temperament is terrific. Every time he got hit around, he'd bounce back with a great delivery, and looked like he was enjoying his cricket. I still can't figure out Ishant Sharma - looks a million dollars when bowling, tall, quick, good bounce, hostile, consistent line.... but he just seems to be missing something, similar to Javagal Srinath. Maybe a yard too short? . Maybe he needs to chat with Peter Siddle, a bowler I didn't want to see in the Baggy Green only 12 months ago!

  • LillianThomson on December 29, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    I watch Test cricket to admire the bowling, and while Zaheer was excellent and Ishant was acceptable I have major concerns about Yadav and Ashwin. Test cricket is not about bowling 3 wicket-taking deliveries per over. It is about building pressure and keeping the same batsman on strike while the bowler sets him up, e.g. three dot balls on offstump followed by an away swinger. Yadav took a lot of wickets, but he conceded four runs per over, and repeatedly let new Australian batting pairs add a quick 30. That's simply not good enough in Test cricket. Ashwin was even worse: his stock off-break is not pitched on a steady line or length and he makes it easy for batsmen to pick him off. Both of them need to play an awful lot more First Class cricket before they will be ready for top level Test cricket.

  • satish619chandar on December 29, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    Crowd was as bad as anything u would see.. Booing an umpire when he was checking for error? Really bad.. They did show good spirit for Sachin(Well he gets it anywhere in the world) but could well avoided booing umpire for checking no ball..

  • DMS1111 on December 29, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    OZIND95...are you saying India lost because they did not have the option of the DRS.......DRS works for both sides....simply well done Australia.

  • cool2cool on December 29, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    Third umpire (Paul Reifel) took "no time" at all and judged ball as OK when Laxman was dismissed. This is what happens when there is technology, but umpires don't want to use it properly. I am not saying it would had made any difference to the result though. Australia eventually was a better team and won comprehensively in the end. Congratulation to them for winning their first match against India since Sydeny 2008.

  • nav84 on December 29, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    india will win draw at least one test match. so just chill :D :D

  • Rumy1 on December 29, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    I am not an astrologer but be rest assured if they persist with Gambhir, Kohli and Ashwin India will again lose the SCG test notwithstanding that Sachin and Laxman have an excellent record at SCG. Ojha must be brought in place of Ashwin. It's time they also have a look in at Rahul Sharma and bring Iqbal Abdullah / Brahm Bhatt into national reckoning. Rahane, Kohli aren't Test materials at all and they should go Yuvi, Mukund and Raina way. Jaffer and Badrinath must be flown to Sydney right away to replace Gambhir and Kohli if they want to save the series.

  • yorkshirematt on December 29, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    @azhar hassan you may well call me biased but I think it would be reasonable to say England are head and shoulders above the rest at the moment? At least they can bat properly and consistently in test matches. Batting collapses used to be an english speciality but I can only recall four major ones in the last two years, that contributed to us losing. Other teams have one every oher if not every test. I'm not saying England are perfect but surely they are head and shoulders above the rest at the moment. Many county attacks would relish bowling at most of these so called test teams.

  • oze13 on December 29, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    A good win for Australia. However, the series isn't over yet despite India's weaknesses. Their batsmen are easily bullied when not batting on subcontinent pitches and their attack is popgun at best. But, Australia's batting can collapse at any moment. Despite all their batting boot camps and coaching too many Aussies play with crooked bats to score runs consistently. Pattinson plays straighter than most of the Aussie top order. India can still run through the Aussiie batting line-up with their mediocre attack. But their batsmen will need to show more heart against an improving Aussie attack! Dhoni also needs to step up to the plate in Tests away from India. In the Test series against England he was made to look like a schoolboy. He needs to show more desire for the battle in both captaincy and personal performance.

  • BruceYardley83 on December 29, 2011, 8:52 GMT

    Well done Australia. A good game of cricket to watch. Some significant positives for both sides in this match. For India I thought that Yadav looked like an excellent prospect and that Sharma had recovered some of the form that made him such a dangerous bowler on his previous tour of Oz. I also like Ashwin. He bowled well on on a pitch that was fast bowler friendly. We all know how good Zaheer Khan is but it is nice to see that there are some young Indian bowlers emerging. For Australia, it was great to see Hifenhaus back and in form and Siddle and Pattinson bowling so effectively. Well done also to Ponting and Hussey. I will have to stop calling for you both to be dropped lol.

  • Night_Fury on December 29, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    Being a die hard Indian fan, this has been disappointing. Congrats to Australia but they deserved to win.the story might have been different if Dravid had held on to hussey's catch. This is India's 5th consecutive away loss and we have not notched up 300 abroad since long time. Wld there be a change in batting line up?.. don't know...but gautam and dhoni need to perform. bowling looks ok and india has always been a slow starter... Win the toss and bat at SCG. don't think australia will change the wining 11. have to take a leaf out of what SL has done to SA. (although SA commentators are still believing the SA may chase 450. bah....) India has to find inspiration from somewhere otherwise 4-0 drubbing is inevitable.

  • on December 29, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    A fascinating test match with India showing a traditional weakness on wickets that aren't Indian. Badly mauled on English wickets this summer and now a bad start in Australia. These weren't however "rogue" wickets but generally good batting tracks where, in England, the ball moved around and at Melbourne, bounced. India cannot find their way back to number one Test Playing nation until they adapt to playing on wickets away from home. There is no devine right in this, it is a matter of application.

  • Yayakhan on December 29, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    It is right time that selectors start making a team without Drivid, Laxman and Tendulkar. The wall no more seems to have the rock hardness, laxman wrist work has no more fluent and Tendulkar was never a match winner. Bring young talent and start build a new look team Inida!

  • hussainiiiii on December 29, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    I think now it's right time for Indian big guns to think about retirement. Bcoz they even can't score 300+..very shameful performance for indains. Mr. Sachin it's a right time for your retirement.

  • on December 29, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    enough of the Three greats Players now change then with new players

    New Indian Test XI should 1.V.Sehwag 2. G.Gambhir 3.W.Jaffer 4 .Dheeraj Jadhav 5 .S.BADRINATH 6.C.Pujara 7.MS DHONI 8.R.ASHWIN 9.ZAHEER kHAN 10.ISHANT SHARMA.11.UMESH YADAV

    RESERVED PLAYERS SHOULD A.MUKUND,P.OJHA,I.PATHAN.V.AARON.RAHUL SHARMA,ROHIT SHARMA.D.KARTHIK,ATUL SHARMA

    HOW MANY PEOPLE ARGEE THIS

  • MaruthuDelft on December 29, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    How come Ashwin is playing even first class ctrcicket? Look,,,his deliveries don't have the Zip. Whether you are a quicky or tweaky if your deliveries are not alive after hitting the pitch you won't be good enough but lets see. Then Dravid..Block Block Block...so boring. If his intent changes he will score. Ghambir has no talent to play good bowling. Laxman's body has gone older than its age. Team for next testshould be..Sehwag, Dravid, Kohli, Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma, Dhoni, Ashwin, Ishant, Zaheer, Yadav and Pragyan Ohja.

  • ICET on December 29, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    As a Pakistani support. i was really focused in this match. It was 50/50 most of teh sessions. But was disappointed with the Indian bastemn they have the top best 7 IN TEH WORLD, AND CHASING 292, SHOULD HAVE BEEN EASY. I think they dont play for each other anyomore, just records, and stats...

  • on December 29, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    Awesome win Australia

    "Actually Indians should be happy India started well in this series considering the margin of defeat. VVS never starts well in a test series but i am sure he will make it up in the following tests. Even though India lost , i am optimistic of a good show , India making it 2-2 or winning 3-1"

    I seem to remember the same excuse in the summer..... and I hope the same result happens. This India will never be No.1 as they cant win outside the subcontinent.

  • on December 29, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    It was very difficult to beat australia in australia but this australia team is not so strong even this team performed very well I think India is minow outside India

  • cric7 on December 29, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    Another Proof for what happens when you mix human with technology. VVS was not out. The 3rd umpire did not consider where the foot landed. It was clearly a NO BALL and poor VVS. Yes, the back of the foot was in line when the front was in AIR. When the front landed, bowler clearly overstepped.

  • amarnath79 on December 29, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    This is where Bhajji would have helped India. He is at least the same if not slightly better than Ashwin. But its his fire and energy against Australia that would have helped.

  • on December 29, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    When Shewag fails team India fails.

  • on December 29, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    INDIAN BATSMEN HAVE FAILED AGAIN OVERSEAS,THAT TOO FIVE MATCHES ON THE TROT ....GAMBIR AND LAXMAN ARE NOT AS BEFORE .THEY BOTH HAVE DONE A LOT TO INDIAN CRICKET ESPECIALLY LAXMAN .. WITH DUE RESPECT WE NEED THEM TO FIRE IN FULL CYCLINDERS AGAIN .....AND ABOUT THE BOWLERS THEY HAVE DONE A PRETY DECENT JOB ....THE BATSMEN MUST WORK HARD TO SURVIVE IN AUSTRALIA AND TO SHOWCASE OUR REPUTATION AS THE BEST BATTING UNIT.......

  • Nev_19 on December 29, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    It's a tough series for India - facing Australia in their conditions; we need everyone pulling their weight! Unfortunately, I see G Gambhir & VVS Laxman as passengers. R Ashwin was disappointing. It is time to free up R Dravid's position to youth; his time is past us. Our selectors need to do a better job in being professional (like their Australian counterparts) as opposed to being emotional - performances, not reputations ought to count! People like G Gambhir canot be allowed to choose which series they'd like to play; we need performers! I'd like to see R Sharma in the team!!!

  • PrasPunter on December 29, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    A good victory for us to begin with. But i think we should accept this with all humility and prepare well for the next ones. Beware that the indian team is full of class and they come back really really well when beaten. No reason to think why they wont do it again. Hence we should not get carried away by this one but stay calm, cool , focussed and not underestimate the team with the most powerful lineup in the world. Go Aussies !!

  • Rumy1 on December 29, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    On another note I still have faith in the greats to deliver outside India. Sachin has never been a known finisher or a match winner in Tests as Dravid and Laxman are. However, cricket is a team game and it is time now we let go our fascination with Sachin's international 100. It really doesn't matter.It's the team's performance that counts and not Sachin's. Sehwag is definitely a hit or miss batsman. One can never count on him to deliver. So if he delivers fine if he doesn't we say that is how he plays.If it is so, what is his utility value for the team. Whenever we talk of him there is 'if' word attached with his performan. If he performs, if he fires, if he clicks and so on.It is time he plays for the team's interests. Team's interests are paramount.This applies on Sachin as well.I don't think we should expect a 100 from Dhoni on testing pitches.He clearly has his limitations and so long he performs with his gloves (which he is) and provides cool leadership, any runs from are bonus

  • on December 29, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    great play by aussies.india's batting weakness in overseas is once again exposed. they have to recover quickly otherwise another 4-0 on the way...the big problem was under restimating the young aussies team.india should bring rohit sharma instead of kohli.it's shame that having so much talent in the country the team doesn't have a correct replacement for ganguly.

  • Ijaz2001106 on December 29, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    Well Done Aussies !!! INDIA on papers very strong batting card and in the field the WEAKEST. I think INDIA need to HOST Zimbabwe for 4 Tests and then in 08 innings may be SACHIN will score his 100th 100. INDIA has to improve a lot and lot

  • on December 29, 2011, 8:36 GMT

    James Pattinson 3 matches 20 wkts and 88 runs. Legend in the making.

  • AidanFX on December 29, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    @ Hyclass totally agree with your synopsis of Test cricket vs 20/20. The issue with Marsh is an interesting one; His form in SL and SA was worthy but looked underdone and horrible in this Test; I am still a fan of Hughes but his confidence is completely shot. I guess Watson is inline to replace Marsh if his form does not improve - But I agree O'Keefe should be looked at. But at this stage not at the expense of Lyon.

  • cric7 on December 29, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    Another Proof for what happens when you mix human with technology. VVS was not out. The 3rd umpire did not consider where the foot landed. It was clearly a NO BALL and poor VVS. Yes, the back of the foot was in line when the front was in AIR. When the front landed, bowler clearly overstepped.

  • DasaradhiR on December 29, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    Facts are bitter. India has long list of problems on hand and most of them will take time to solve which i can't see happening before the series ends. 1) Gambhir's technique on bouncy pitches, 2) Kohli/Rohit's teparement overseas, 3) Dhoni's ineptness when ball is doing bit, 4) Inability to run through the tail 5) Running between wickets with aging legs 6)* Never ending discussion on Sachin's 100th century..... and the list is far away from ending.I don't see Indian team having enough amunition to win a match in the series unless Australia fails miserably. So Aussies should play poor to help India win. Sorry but the fact remains same... If I am proven wrong, I will be the happiest in the world.

  • on December 29, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    it is one sided series result is 4-0.when we will see Cummins in action can someone tell me.he is very talented bowler.ICC should support on uniformity in DRS.

  • on December 29, 2011, 8:27 GMT

    I thought both sets of bowlers performed extremely well on a pitch which was no batting paradise but which was better than the match scores would suggest. The difference was the very disappointing performance by the Indians - your veterans should have done better. Also both your openers have nowhere near the technique needed for Test openers on wickets with any life at all in them. Gaumbhir and Sauhweg need to go back to batting school to learn to keep their bats vertical.

  • on December 29, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    when you lose the advantage many times, Aus 214-6 then 333, India 214-2 then 282, Aus 27-4 & 166-8 then 240, you can't win any game.....somehow i feel India z back to what it were in 1990's.....talent z dre but an aggressive leadership z missing......another Dada like captain z needed otherwise i fear that we'll keep on losing outside the sub continent...

  • on December 29, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    SEHWAG,GAMBHIR,SACHIN,DRAVID,LAXMAN,DHONI,KOHLI.....but whats the use?? they cant even chase 292 against amatuer bowlers..their proffessionalism is of no use....could be a 4-0 again

  • on December 29, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    It could have better performance by india.Waiting for the reply by india in the second test,surely a cracking match would be happen there at sydney jan 3....best of luck india!!!!!!!!!

  • on December 29, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    so team India again proved they are only lions at home.so-called Indian batting fire collapsed like wall of sand.the senior citizens of Indian team again fallen to young bowling barrage of oz.another pathetic point for India.they have not even crossed 300 in last 5tests overseas.watch out for Pakistan they are son going to grab India no.3 position by defeating England....................so sorry for poor Indian supporter who think there so-called hero will lead them to glory.

  • on December 29, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    oh!no india now can only win 3-1 series...

  • on December 29, 2011, 8:24 GMT

    Many of us outside of India have thought this for some time - the ageing stars of Indian batting are now starting to become a liability, esp. against a swinging ball. They have all been fabulous players, but India cannot afford to have four older batsmen still, while suppressing the inclusion of excellent young players like Rohit Sharma. Australia has, and is still to an extent, making the mistake of retaining older batsmen beyond their use-by-date, and have paid the price of not blooding younger players. Maybe India can afford to have two or even three of these older batsmen, but not four. On recent performances, Sachin, Dravid and Sehwag are OK for the moment, but VVS should be dropped immediately. Ideally, one of the other three needs to go when they next lose form.

  • on December 29, 2011, 8:24 GMT

    What we forgot to learn from England tour was the problem is our batting. We were miserable in England and likewise in Australia. What happened after England tours all bowlers were axed , batsman remained to repeat the story another day. Those who forgets history are demed to make past mistake again !!!Enjoy the batting collapse ride for remaining of the tour, the problem we have is no youngster are getting enough chance or not even pushing the oldies... Poor Virat our next batting sensation is a sitting deck felt sory for him did not stand a chance in front of quality bowling in such pitch , when Sachin , Dravid or Ganguli came in to test matches they showed that they belong there in England & Aus pitches!!!

  • buntyj on December 29, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    not really a surprise that india lost once oz lead was over 200 (drops by dravid, zak costly) but was surprised by batting capitulations days 3,4 ; 5th overseas test defeat in a row, listless captaincy by msd, oz bowlers better despite injuries to cummins, harris, watson; yadav raw, zak no longer pacy nor useful with new ball tho good with old, ashwin needs indian pitches, ishant difficult to score of but not likely to get the edges; while india did well to get 20 wickets this oz line up has been bowled out for under 150 5 times in last year or so with under 100 3x and even under 50; vvs record at scg n adelaide better than at mcg so may improve, dravids been out bowled a lot in past 2 years, kohli will be under pressure at scg another failure n sharma in t3,t4 n will be difficult for kohli to return after test failures overseas in windies too; seems to be going odi specialist raina, yuvi way; rahane for gambhir will also be stronger possibility if gauti fails at scg;

  • Azhar.Hassan on December 29, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    Well to state the obvious, a really bad batting performance from India - especially given the depth and experience in their batting lineup. They can really have no excuses - they are all fit, they arrived in Australia ahead of time to prepare and they are not exactly facing the most fearsome of Aussie bowling attacks. The bowling for India did quite well in the end. As for Australia, it is a team in transition - very ordinary bowling attack other than the newcomer Pattinson. With regard to the Aussie batting - well, not much there either other than aging 'legends'. But I guess there really is no team in test cricket at the moment that could be rated as excellent or one that is head and shoulders above other teams.

  • Rumy1 on December 29, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    As regards Ashwin we have always maintained that he may be OK for shorter versions where skill and class are not on test. It is Test matches where one's skills, technique and temperament are really tested. Experience in recent Test match series with West Indies and the Melbourne Test match Down under shows that Ashwin has already been sorted out by the likes of Bravo, Russel, Chanderpaul, Ponting, Hussey, Cowan, etc. Carrom ball may be a wicket taking ball in shorter versions but not in Tests as batsmen are not in a hurry in Tests to make runs against limited overs available. The two wickets that Ashwin took in Melbourne were dubious decisions. At best his performance was lacklustre. On Indian tracks, evry Ranji spinner looks as threatening as a Warne or Kumble but the story changes when they move out. That is where real skills are tested. Dhoni will be better off if he plays Ojha instead of Ashwin as Ojha is more skilled spinner than Ashwin is. Moreover he is a left armer.

  • kevinpp24 on December 29, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    Full strength Ind vs Inexperienced Aus and the result is Aus won comfortably by 122 runs. Both teams had their moments and lucks at various stages but the "Experienced and Full strength India" cant take the pressure while Young Aus bowling bowled out Best batting lineup cheaply twice. Now Aus should gain lot of confidence from this win and improve their batting in Sydney. Go Aussies!!!!!

  • lekharaj on December 29, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    GG Not Good enough in Tests Overseas Sehwag Plays only in first innings Dravid Consistent Sachin Not a match winner anymore Laxman Plays only in second Innings in second half of the series Kohli To be played only in India for tests Dhoni Do not expect test runs

    What else do you expect with team like this in the first test of the series ?

  • Rumy1 on December 29, 2011, 8:13 GMT

    It is yet another capitulation of famed paper batting line up against some quality, determined, disciplined bowling. What is Gambhir, Kohli, Ashwin doing out there. Gambhir has been woefully out of form and confidence for last year or two. It is a shame that Hussey who is Australia's highest run getter in 2011 was on chopping block but Gambhir who is the lowest run getter in Indian team for 2010/ 2011 is still firmly entrenched in team. What a collosal mistake. Serious observers of cricket have always felt that likes of Kohli, Rahane, Mukund,Yuvraj and Raina are not Test materials or atleast not Test ready. They are good for short versions where technique and class are not virtues. Bowlers around world will keep making lives hell for these folks for serious flaws in technique and team's interests will continue to be compromised.Players have to be Test ready when they debut as technique will be on serious test.I think it is time now we bring in desrving players like Jaffer and Badrinath

  • Leggie on December 29, 2011, 8:11 GMT

    By far the worst period in Indian Test cricket in recent times. The batting has been found wanting repeatedly on bowler friendly conditions. The problem lies in three places.., the top - where there is no contribution apart from the hit/miss Sehwag, no replacement for Ganguly three years since he retired, and Dhoni's continued lack of form when playing in non subcontinental pitches. Combined this with the three aging middle-order batsman, this is hardly inspiring. If India does not adjust quickly, let the India fans be ready for another 4-0 whitewash meted out at the hands of a rookie Aussie attack

  • srtm on December 29, 2011, 8:11 GMT

    If dravid,gambir,laksman continue to play like this one more 4-0 whitewash is for sure. If India does'nt win a series against this australian side they should not think about winning in australia in future!!!!

  • mensan on December 29, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    Great comebacks from Australia. The induced collapse in India first innings and then hold nerve when at 26/4. India has now lost 5 consecutive away tests. Dravid bowled in both innings, this was amazing. Can anyone tell if he bowled twice in the same test earlier? BCCI must arrange 5 test home series again Bangladesh and Zimbabwe to give Tendulkar a chance to score his 100th 100; otherwise it will remain a dream.

  • on December 29, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    Well played by the Aussies!!!

  • mahmood_chowdhury on December 29, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    Beware cric world... Aus showed all the signs of rising to the top... Indians r no match...

  • mojo121 on December 29, 2011, 8:02 GMT

    Bad luck india but they need to play good outside of India aswel Asain Teams are not good Abroad

  • on December 29, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    From our perch in the Southern Stand behind the bowler's arm it was disappointing to see a mediocre performance by the Indian batting line-up. Yes,theAustralian bowling was much better than anticipated prior to the match. All three Australian seamers performed well-beyond general expectatations.That's the half of it. With the exception of the Little Master the much vaunted Indian top six disappointed. The openers,Dravid in the second diig and Laxman,Kohli and Dhoni showed themselves lacking in technique or grit or both. The lack of a DRS was a talking point amongst Southern Stand regulars throughout (and everyone and everywhere else it seemed) . It altered the process of the game but not,we suspect, the outcome!

  • on December 29, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    Another 5-0 loose for India on way ?

  • CMCMCM on December 29, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    Isn't it amazing what bowling consistency can do to defend a moderate score! (Mitchell Johnson take note...) Great to see such quality bowling from both sides in a thoroughly entertaining match. As happy as I was with the win for Australia, I would have traded the win to see Sachin get his 100...

  • cricketcrazy555 on December 29, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    Once again India proved that they can win only at Home

  • on December 29, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    India's Dad's army could not withstand fire power young aussies. It is shame on the World's best(??) batting line-up. They have shown once again they have not recovered from Shellocking of England. There is no IPL execuse and the seniors were here for practice more than 10 days. For some unknown reason India always loses first test in an overseas matches. Now unless the team recovers India is on the sliding path which Australia has just overcome.

  • on December 29, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    Go Australia.... PUNTER IS THE HERO...

  • Chris_P on December 29, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    Lots of questions were asked prior ot this game. 1) Australia's batting lineup was a little fragiel… nothing changed, it still is. 2) The Aussie bowling lineup was slowly improving with the young quicks stepping up…. That happened so a tick there. 3) India's bowling line-up was an unknown factor, maybe pedestrian and perhaps struggling… This was the biggest positive of this test, the India bowling attack went really well, Yadav has potentially a long career as a spearhead & deservedly so. Kudos to them. 4) India's batting lineup would run roughshod over the inexperienced bowling attack. This was no doubt the biggest disappointment for the visitors. The averages are against them, not batting, but age. A 30ish cannot consistently repeat what you did easily as a 20yo and therein lies India's problem. The longer a test goes on, the impact of fielding will also kick in. That's an issue that India can address so it will be interesting how they manage their transitions.

  • on December 29, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    This is really shame for India to be bundled out in 4th innings.Its shame to the senior pro as well as the captain.MSD has to change his mindset,be attacking mode otherwise another series loss in overseas.

  • lekharaj on December 29, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    No Surprise India Lost the match today, expected the same scoreline. Actually Indians should be happy India started well in this series considering the margin of defeat. VVS never starts well in a test series but i am sure he will make it up in the following tests. Even though India lost , i am optimistic of a good show , India making it 2-2 or winning 3-1

  • on December 29, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    Wow 4-0 is on the way. Congratulations Australia

  • Simoc on December 29, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    Excellent win to Australia. The quicks look so much better when they pitch it up especially Siddle who has improved out of sight. The selectors got it right and their critics have been shown up as poorly educated followers of the game. But can Australia do it again? The last three series have been win one, lose one. Hopefully Marsh and Clarke will deliver runs in Sydney and the quicks will keep moving the ball around. Congratulations to the Oz team for that performance.

  • AB-50 on December 29, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    Another familiar Indian batting collapse ! Much before even the tour started, India's weak bowling attack & the fitness issues of Zak & Ishant were speculated upon,but finally,it was the 'famed Indian batting' ,which gave such a pathetic display when their bowlers,esp the young debutant Yadav & later the seniors also put up a decent show.While batting also,Ashwin & Yadav displayed more spunk than the likes of Gambhirs,Laxmans & Kohlis,not to speak much of Dhoni.This is not to belittle the herculean efforts of their Hilfenhouses,Pattisons,Siddles et al and the old gurards like Ponting,Hussey(written off by most, down under)& the debutant Cowan who,with their never say die spirit ensured victory for their team.

  • manav599 on December 29, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    What a great boxing day Test Match. 4 days of extreme excitement. Good performance from Asutralian bowlers. Nice work from Ponting-top scorer of the match. He played 2 really important innings in pressure situations. Pattinson was brilliant. Nobody could get him out the entire match! Good bowling too. Even Indian's bowled well. Howver both teams need to sort out their batting problems. These kinds of collapses cannot be allowed too often. Dhoni had a terrible match. He gave it away at important times. Gave oppurtunities to Haddin and Siddle in 1st innings and then Ricky and Hussey in 2nd innings. Today morning was just dismal, how can someone go defensive to No. 10 & 11? That just shifted the entire momentum and took the match away. I have always felt Inda is such a good a team that Dhoni's errors (quite frequent & huge acoording to me) mostly go unnoticed. Not this time around though.

  • veerakannadiga on December 29, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    Nothing surprising in this defeat. India are always billed as non-performers abroad.They lived up to it.Before the match started, we were all discussing how bad our bowling was....... but it was the batting that let us down. Virat Kohli has to tour with India A teams to fine tune his batting skills in Tests.Dravid,Sachin & Laxman flopped together.There is no replacement for these three. Gambhir seems to have taken up the role of assistant fielding coach, honing the skills of the opposite slip fielders.Future looks bleak.We can expect some more defeats(if not whitewash) in this series.Only positive is Yadav.Anyways Australia played very well to win. Feel happy for Pointing.Congrats Australia.

  • only4gladiators on December 29, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    Congratulations to Aus Team,and Flat track bullies did it again,They never won a series outside the subcontinent and Laxman and Kohli What are they doing.Gautam gambhir It's better to drop him for the nex test,Dravid's pessimistic approach cost india the match he never rotate strike especially in the second innings..Resurgence of ponting and Hussey is good sign for Aus Cricket..Dropping Shaun marsh for the next match vl be better and oh my god why Haddin still in the team.he is just pathetic all credit goes to Australian bowlers and clueless indian batsman Well done Can India Repeat 0-4 again in down ounder The begining is promising it seems

  • theRule19 on December 29, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    Good on Australia. Always thought that Indian team would struggle once Dhoni decided to be over defensive yet complacent at times ever since Ponting settled in and got out. He rather should have attacked with attacking field settings and then go to the defensive if the bowlers were going for runs. He even let the lower order Aussie batsmen score easily which in turn gave them enough to bowl at. Well! hope he fixes the fielding flaws (including drop catches) and urges the so called experienced batting line up to deliver in the up coming games.

  • on December 29, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    This defeat is not a shocking news for Indian fans this was decided only after Sachin's dismissal in 1st innings when Dravid was struggling to score runs and with Laxman's record in MCG we should not have expected any lead. But Umesh and co brought us some hopes by turning the game into our hands and in the end it was only to reduce the margin of defeat. We have lots of positives to draw from this match especially bowlers rhythm and form.

    Very happy that cricket world is still producing young players like Pattinson, De Lange, Cummins etc. who had all the skills to succeed in longer version games.

    During SA tour when Cummins name was highly floating in everyone's mouth i was the only one having commented that Pattinson is better than Cummins in terms of Aggression, Line & Length, Sharp Bouncers, Fitness, Batting etc. please refer that comment in http://www.espncricinfo.com/south-africa-v-australia-2011/content/story/536766.html?comments=all#comments.

  • Harry_Kool on December 29, 2011, 7:38 GMT

    Well harmony111, did the Aussie quicks show mettle or not? LOL.

  • bobmartin on December 29, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    Well played Oz. As for India, well the so-called best top 6 in the world have yet again failed to produce the goods when needed away from home. One thing is certain, although Indian batsmen may be short of runs, their supporters will not be short of excuses.

  • hyclass on December 29, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    In a repudiation of years of propaganda by CA & their insistence that traditional cricket was dying in this country & 20/20 desperately required, Test cricket is the premier crowd drawing summer sport in Melbourne. Over 189000 people in 4 days- per capita,the highest in the world.The crowd was replete with young people as always.There was compelling evidence that 20/20 form is irrelevent & even harmful to Test cricket. Marsh,who was heavily supported on the basis of 99* in BBL immediately preceding this Test,made 0 & 3.He could have been out several times & looked terrible. His average continues to plummet towards his 11 year 1st class record & his results follow a very familiar pattern.His strike rate remains below Dravids. Lyon took 1 for 91 from 22.5 overs and is reduced to buying tailend wickets against well prepared opposition.I expect there to be calls for O'Keefe before this series is over.Outside a streaky/courageous hundred,Warner has 3,3,7,12*,and 37 posing more questions.

  • stormy16 on December 29, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    Well the star studded batting line up crumbled against a young attack with a handfull of games - what a shocker and this is now 10 innings outside India where they have failed to reach 300 - talk about flat track bullies! Thoroughly dissappointing batting display by what is argubly the best in the world boasting the the top two run getters in history. No doubt India are looking forward to Sydney and more placid conditions. Full credit to the Aus bowlers who were hostile and on the money as were the Indian bowling unit. Yadav is a real find and quality seamer who will bolster the Indian seam stocks in year to come but the batters have a lot to think about. It wasnt the easiest wicket to bat on it must be said but when it mattered the most, the Indians crumbled.

  • swat1999 on December 29, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    Old story "Indian misery against quick bowler in foreign soil" I'm not surprised!! Outcome is expected......

  • lekharaj on December 29, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    Indian Batting order as per Stats: GG Not good in Tests overseas Sehwag Plays only in first Innings Dravid Consistent Sachin Not a match winner anymore Laxman Plays well only in second innings in second half of the series Kohli Can Play only in India Dhoni Not a test player anywhere in the world except India

  • kashif670 on December 29, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    okay this was a well experienced indian team against a in experienced aus team!.. i expected better from india ... hope this isnt another whitewash!

  • Morgsy on December 29, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    Once again India prove they are only flat track bullies....

  • on December 29, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    i think it's time 2 rebuilt a different team india outside asian pacific to give young guns chance..... and change in batting order also recommended.. kohli should be dropped & rohit should make his debut...laxman must walk down to no 6 & dhoni must be promoted in. Gambhir must be rested & rahane has to be given chance to show his caliberity.

    The discussion over 100th hundred now should have been stopped ..

  • The_bowlers_Holding on December 29, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    Well done Australia the young quicks look promising, pitches with a bit in em make for so much better test cricket. I watched the end of the Aussie innings here in England and the field placings and the body language of the Indians was poor but no doubt the defeat will be down to the weather or Gavaskar not being fit or umpiring decisions or ......

  • Sweno on December 29, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    Australia has some good depth to launch from considering the players not in the team because of injury or non selection. Here is another great team Australia could field if all were available:

    1. Watson, 2. Katich, 3. Khawaja, 4. White (c) 5. D Hussey 6. Christian 7.Paine 8. O'Keefe, 9. Harris 10. Cummins 11. Copeland

  • miltonabdh on December 29, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    India needs to make a couple of changes in the team for the second test at Sydney: Gambhir should be replaced by Rahane and Kohli by Rohit.

  • on December 29, 2011, 7:24 GMT

    Ahhhh... :D is this the tour of england all over again???

  • on December 29, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    It has been long time since India are given chances to play AWAY TEST MATCHES, but their performances have been consistently poor in the away test matches, I think they should play away test matches only against Ireland or Netherlands, may be Afghanistan and Nepaland try to win.......... and then proceed.... and there should be two tyres in the AWAY test world and there should be rules of Promotion or Relegation to avoid the kill of cricket......... after ages of playing away test matches if one team keeps playing away test matches regularly with regular losses, it certainly hurts their confidence....... surely the Indian team is not that much weak ........

  • on December 29, 2011, 7:22 GMT

    Some great bowling by aussies. Some series concerns about india They bowled well but they didnt out early the tail in the end which was cost them a lot.

    Why india not impressive outside india???? I think they should put Rohit sharma in the team instead of Kohli.... they failed in batting Giant Batting line up not impressive at all outside india They lost in england and now in Australia 1st test. Ishant Sharma was not impressive at all his bowling average is 36 which is not as a test bowler Yadav and ZK was impressive but the main corcern was batting and i m shocked Top Batsman like Sehwag. Sachin, Dravid, Laxman they just bowled out in 169 its a pathetic performance

  • on December 29, 2011, 7:21 GMT

    Yea Aussies Won Love You All ^_^

  • sandeep5028 on December 29, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    it's really hearting for indian fans........but Australia play good cricket.we hoping India comeback strongly in sydney with the bat.my first choice player is ROHIT SHARMA for 6th position .he is a fanstics player of fast bowling...........

  • Rahulbose on December 29, 2011, 7:19 GMT

    I was looking on the lineups for these two teams yesterday. And man for man in almost each position India has a better player. This loss just confirms that Indian legends in the side have big past records that no longer match their current capabilities. Just like Aus should drop Ponting, India needs to overhaul its test lineup.

  • kaushal_raut on December 29, 2011, 7:19 GMT

    I am frustrated by perfomance of Indian batting perfomance.They proved that Enghish summer was not just a accident.I think this should be last test series for Laxam.He has to retire now.His reflexes are slowed down.Picking Kohli ahead Rohit was big blunder.I think Gambhir is another Hughes in making and can't trust Sehwag.I don't believe Dhoni is test batsman.

  • trumpoz on December 29, 2011, 7:19 GMT

    Top win by the Aussies. One of the commentators summed it up pretty well. The Curator should be given man of the match. Great test match wicket, and produced some really good, tough cricket. India have a great find in Umesh Yadav - bowls some trash but bowls some damn good balls - will take a lot of wickets. Can any og the Indian supporters please tell my why Ishant Sharma doesn't get more wickets - the guy is a fantastic bowler yet everyone else is getting them.

  • Sweno on December 29, 2011, 7:19 GMT

    Would love to see Cummins & Pattinson open the bowling for Australia! Will Harris get another game? Can we get Watson & Christian into the same team to really bolster our bowling stocks?

  • on December 29, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    Ghanta. Well played Aus.

  • on December 29, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    This match was really mind blowing

  • AidanFX on December 29, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    This was a terrific match - that ebbed and flowed in favour of both teams at various times. On the back of the NZ and SA series what a treat Test cricket is at the moment. This is the most potent Aus bowling line up for a while. The batting is still a concern with collapses in both innings but there were also some positives in those innings to work with and build on and keep improving. Just about nigh the perfect pitch. Nice to see seam movement every day of this test.

  • ozind95 on December 29, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    India lost on two grounds their refusal of using the DRS and their inabilty to Adapt to bounce and or to be able to use the boune to their advantage. Poor fielding.

  • ATIF_SHAHZAD_Cricket_Fan on December 29, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    India can't play outside india.

  • on December 29, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    Very Well deserved Victory by Aussies. Keep it up for the rest of the matches. Batsmen need to improve their batting. Result should be 4-0.

  • popcorn on December 29, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    This is a superb allround performance by Australia. We have very good fast bowling stocks now. And solid experienced senior batsmen Mike Hussey and Ricky Ponting.And good fielding. Shaun Marsh must shape up in his batting. So also David Warner. His catching and fielding is phenomenal.Michael Clarke's captaincy is brilliant.

  • on December 29, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    Full credit to Australia. Their bunch of relatively inexperienced bowlers destroyed the vastly experienced Indian batting. Of course, it remains to be seen how these guys bowl in unhelpful conditions outside Oz. For India, this should be very embarrassing, with all the talk of early preparation and adjustment. Anything over 200 to win outside home and the team just seems to freeze.....The bowling was a pleasant surprise, and it was heartening to see the Aussie batters ducking consistently. Gambhir's technique seems to be inadequate on these pitches. Maybe he cannot be replaced, but they definitely should replace Kohli with Rohit Sharma. Even Ashwin seemed to be more comfortable than Kohli. Hope this is an evenly balanced series.....

  • jimmyshell on December 29, 2011, 7:12 GMT

    Comments from Indian supporters over the last three days have suggested Australia had a very mediocre bowling attack. What do they have to say now? Considering Cummins and Harris are both out injured I would say that Australia has an absolutely outstanding attack and will do for a long time. Without the hindrance of Johnson relieving pressure at the other end with 4 balls and leg wide sprays this Aussie attack has become a revelation.

  • KK_Cricket on December 29, 2011, 7:12 GMT

    Not sure how many, but I believe in my Indian team... Batsmen need to apply themselves.. No point in letting these ordinary bowling look threatening by giving away wickets as they did in 1st innings.. Come on India.. its now or never.. 3 more tests to go... We can still win the series...

  • on December 29, 2011, 7:12 GMT

    We failed in second session. Aussies did a very good job in this test match. Congrat's to them. Good to see Indian bowling is getting better and need whole team to click together to beat Aussies. Its not impossible to beat them at their home soil now..

  • TheOnlyEmperor on December 29, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    From the Indian fans' viewpoint this match was depressing at the display of lack of application and shoddy execution of plans by India. Crumbling for no reason from 214/3 in the Ist innings to reckless play by the top order in the 2nd. I for one don't believe in the Indians looking for demons in the pitch, before/during/after every match/series. It's all about application of bowling and batting skill. People who showed grit, batted well without offering chances. The bowlers who were able to move the ball inward and outward got wickets. The bowlers who maintained the line and length on the off stump line were tight and difficult to get away. India was sloppy when situations demanded tight bowling and fielding...and for that matter batting too. Those who went fishing outside the outside the off stump met their doom. Ian Chappell has clearly said before the match that the MCG was no place to practice the drive. Ponting and Sachin both fell at critical moments doing just that! contd...

  • Sweno on December 29, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    Where does Pat Cummins & Shane Watson fit into the team when fit?

  • Crazy_Pk on December 29, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    Hi guys you remembered what i predicted yesterday that india will score max 180-200 as i know india capability when they play outside of india. Yes they are big side at home, on paper and their own media as well but you will agree with me that they are very fail side when they play out side of India whether playing against bangladesh. hahaha... My next prediction is that Indian will loose this series 3-0 or 3-1, it's 200% sure write my words. One more thing one of your major bowler going to be unfit in next match then think what will you do... hahaha

  • VinodGupte on December 29, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    four batsmen must take all the blame for this loss - Gambhir, Kohli, Laxman and Dhoni. If only they had scored a little more, IND would have won this match. Well played, AUS. You played as a unit and showed the attitude you had shown in the past two decades. You showed that no big centuries are required to string p'ships. decent 30/40/50 should do equally good. that's where these four indian batsmen failed. Dhoni's defensive captaincy is yet another reason why AUS was let off the hook. That's not the first time it has happened.

  • on December 29, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    Reasons for Indian defeat 1) at 216-6 With Haddin and tails at crease India fancy to restrict Aus to 250 instead the tail wag and take the total to comfortable 333,2) At 212-3 with seven Wickets in hand India all set to take a 1st inning lead of at least 80-100 collapsed and conceed the lead of invaluable 51.3) In second essay when Aus reeled at 27-4,India in all counts must have dismissed them below 150 but Dravid dropped Hussy and they piled up 240 to set the Target almost 300 which was too dificult for Indian to chased down at MCG,Howeve Full Credit to Australia they capitalised on the crucial moments and India faltered at the same time due to pressure.Dhoni s Captaincy also mindless defensive at the time when India were on top.Australia not the Australia of old but once you remove the pressure on them they still make u pay for it.Still Great test match and Well Won Australia

  • UmarFarook on December 29, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    Not to worry about the defeat. Indian can bounce back in time. They fought very hard.They lost just one match out of 4. Young Australian played well and congrats to them. Credit must also be given to Indian bowlers specially Yardav. You wait for their turn.

  • ParamIyer on December 29, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    So for the umpteenth time, India lose the 1st test in a Series. Can any one draw a conclusion why? 12 days of preparation, early arrival for few of the seniors goes to naught? Should the BCCI have 1 practice test match? Time and again seniors have failed in the 4th innings of the 1st test match. Time and again we have allowed tailenders to muster an important partnership. Time and again folks like Sehwag and Tendulkar have played rash shots! Where does India go from here? mentally they would be happy that they are playing in Sydney which has been traditionally a happy hunting ground for Indians. but would the lesson be learnt ever?

  • on December 29, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    Aussie rockZZZZZZzzzzz. 47.5 OVERS.

  • on December 29, 2011, 6:59 GMT

    Hehehe First of all Congratz to Aussie! And second Indian batting line up proved himself again that they can bat only on home pitches lol. It was very interesting match really enjoyed... Champions you are gonna lose 3 more test matches too so be Patience and clam... Best of Luck Aussie... :-) Cricinfo I hope you'll post it... :-S

  • indusfan on December 29, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    I would rather have four ordinary players who will do something than having four world class players who do nothing when required.

  • GRAMMY_SACHIN on December 29, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    I saw someone's comment in the commentary that Ashwin should be slotted at No.6. I quite agree with that as he has lots of batting talent (he started off as an opener bye the way). I feel he could be next Ravi Shastri (may be more talented than him) to serve India for a long time as an all-rounder, which will allow India to field 5 bowlers regularly in Test Matches (and also handing one more lfe line to Bhajji). India should look for a batting allrounder (read Irfan or somebody similar) India should play Ojha in place of Virat in SCG and bring back Rohit for WACA & Adelaide. Rahane may get a chance if Gauti fails again in SCG & WACA.

  • MDCP on December 29, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    great job by the young aussie fast bowlers.... INDIAN batting line up though strong has been badly exposed and GAMBHIR, such a flat track bully shud be dropped... he is still to prove hiself on bouncy, pacy tracks on a consistent basis

  • on December 29, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    Big 3 - Dravid, Sachin and Laxman.. please save us... we are expecting you all three to fire in the rest of the matches.

  • landl47 on December 29, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    In the end, although Australia made more mistakes, they also had more courage than the Indians. After being 4-27,for Australia to reach 240 was a gutsy effort. In contrast, once Sehwag went, India seemed to lose heart and never looked like making the runs The Australians bowled reasonably well, but it was a pretty spineless effort by the Indian side. The series against England, when India never made more than 300 in an innings, revealed the cracks in the once-mighty Indian batting. Their middle order batsmen are running on memories, Gambhir twice played the kind of shots that got Hughes dropped, Sehwag is just a wild slogger now and Kohli isn't so good with fielders round the wicket. Dhoni's batting and his captaincy both left a lot to be desired. For Australia, Pattinson had another good game and the seamers worked hard. The batting was bad, though; being rescued by the tail in both innings doesn't say much for the top order batsmen. It was a fun game to watch, though!

  • on December 29, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid,Laxman,Dhoni : Shame ! You have personally lowered the flag of India and drubbed it into the ground. I hope you will find a way to outlive this in your life time. Yes... I know this is a sport and I am all for some one winning and some one losing....but this is callousness.

  • ahmad25 on December 29, 2011, 6:54 GMT

    hi all ,end up of a great test match and poor batting display of indian so called great batting line up.they cant play swing and bounce and can bat only on flat tracks.cheers to Australia for showing india what they actually are.

  • baskar_guha on December 29, 2011, 6:54 GMT

    In Australian conditions, Australian and Indian batting are on par and unlike in the past the Australian and Indian bowling are almost on par this time around. What made the difference in the MCG test is the toss. The scores decreased by about 50 runs in successive innings and India was at the short end.

  • bapiojah on December 29, 2011, 6:53 GMT

    The much over-rated Indian batting lineup fails again overseas....but I think it is no surprise..given the fact that they perform only on dustbowls of India.. Every defeat overseas allows people to point out deficiencies in India's bowling... but stats show that it is mostly the batting failure that has forever let India down overseas..be it in SA, Eng, or Aus. Time to accept the fact that Indian batsmen are only brilliant individually, but rarely as a collective unit and fails badly when most needed. And oh..Hats off to the Aussis.. they have proven that there is no such thing as a weak Australian team..only less greater than those of previous era.. time for them to challenge the Mighty POMS has come..

  • on December 29, 2011, 6:53 GMT

    India lost this test match not because of their bowlers, who I think were pretty good overall, neither because of their top order (batsmen 1-4), but solely because of their middle order batsmen (batsmen 5-7 . . . Laxman, Kholi and M.S. Dhoni), however much I admire all three of them. These 3 scored a total of 43 runs in this test match, while Australia's middle order (batsmen 5-7 . . . M.J. Clarke, M.E.K. Hussey and B. Haddin) scored 155 runs. The difference (in runs) between the two middle orders is 155 - 43 = 112 runs, which is just about the losing margin. There is no way that India is going to win a test in Australia if this pattern is going to continue for India. Their middle order must fire! This glaring middle order batting collapse of India highlights the incredible value of one R. Ashwin who bats at no. 8 in the side. He scored 61 runs in this match, which is 18 runs more than the entire Indian middle order scored.

  • ramz_01 on December 29, 2011, 6:52 GMT

    Im A Sri lankan.i dnt like india bt i hv serious qustion abt dis indian batting lineup.i cnt understand y dis great indian batting lineup under fireing abord.soo many runs between those g8s bt nvr evr fire consistenly against good quality bowling line up.i dnt hv answer 4 dis nd i dnt thnk their z any soulition either.5 consecative losses?

  • on December 29, 2011, 6:52 GMT

    what a let down...Is India going to keep losing games overseas? Kutta bhi apni gali mey sher hota hai....Sehwag scored even that many runs in the first innings because his catch was dropped a few times....

    well done australia. You deserved to win. Buckle up and get ready for the next match India!

  • gracie29 on December 29, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    Wow what a collapse.... Only the Tendulkar-Dravid partnership was a threat to Australian in this test... But of real concern is Dravid to me. Bowled twice and the second innings dismissal was shocking. I know he bats on leg stump but he his back leg is not getting him into line. He will struggle to hurt us if he plays like that. And why can't any of India's youngsters take their opportunities at number 6. Oh well, I should not get too arrogant - Aust. top 3 highlighted the concerns a lot of Aussies have about getting rid of legends like Hus and Punter. If u must get rid of one, get rid of Haddin for Wade....

  • on December 29, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    It's a hard-fought match from Indian bowlers but disappointment from the side of batsmen. We can never rule-out a fact that Australia is the far stronger team then us in many aspects so i am sure that selection for the next match will be as per the learning & performance in this match. Rohit Sharma will get a chance in place of Kohli but we need to keep faith on Gautam and i am sure he will justify his talent soon. The series is still open and we have 3 matches to improve and overcome. The bowlers has adapted the conditions and now very sure our top order batsmen will do it in the next match. I am still sure that we can win this series.

  • greatkhan on December 29, 2011, 6:50 GMT

    Another shame for India. Its ok losing, but the way they lost this match has to be addressed here about the serious problem that India is Having. All the big guns fail together once again. Virat Kohli is not yet prepared for Test Cricket atleast outside India. The bowling apart from Zaheer & yadav looks pretty ordinary, Ishanth looks completely lost, Ashwin is getting wickets because Aussies are known for bad players of spin bowling. Also, i think Gambhir neds some rest, he looks completely out of soughts. All in all i doubt India will be able to win this series or even a match. Being an indian i wish them all the best & want to see them take the series 3-1, but it looks difficult not impossible.

  • on December 29, 2011, 6:50 GMT

    It was always on cards- India can play best at home only

  • Nigels on December 29, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    How India lost this Test is beyond belief..How, i had betted on them successfully chasing down such a seemingly low target...amazing.

  • jmcilhinney on December 29, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    That was a very disappointing performance from India. The bowling was a step up from when they were in England but the batting was probably worse, and that's with no injuries to key batsmen. Some fans now might trot out the "slow starters" line but they did that in England too and things didn't get any better. I don't like the term "flat track bullies" because everyone is happier at home but there's no denying that these Indian batsmen have significant issues adjusting to conditions away. The bowling was mostly good from both teams. If India can keep their bowlers healthy then it looks like batting is their issue at the moment. If Siddle and Hilfenhaus can keep bowling like that then Australia have a serious bowling squad. I'll be at the Sydney test so I'm hoping for a better showing from India and that they can live up to that slow starters tag.

  • on December 29, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    no excuse can be made about this defeat.It was a full strength Indian team,each and everyone fit ,spending abpout 3 weeks to adjust to conditions, no bad decisions.

  • johnnybox on December 29, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    Test cricket is alive and well when played on pitches like this. Congratulations to the curator. Congratulations also to the supporters of both sides who acknowledged individual good efforts on both sides. It was delightful to be seated amongst supporters of both teams, each enjoying the game for what it is.

  • on December 29, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    The much awaited result for India. Will it continue this winter?

  • on December 29, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    Congrats to Oz once again. For India: earlier, I posted my full appreciation for the bowlers. Here's for the batsmen. Sehwag: Impetuosity continues. Gambhir: Angled bat and poking fetish. Dravid: Still good, but declining response time. Sachin: Amazingly,and contrary to public belief, did not allow the quest for100th 100 come in the way at all. Good effort for the team. VVS: Tentative. Kohli: needs a little more maturing and more experience on faster track. Dhoni: Not a test batsmen; and reluctance to attack the lower half of opposing teams. Ashwin: Good job from a bowler, who is in the team for his bowling. That's it!

  • on December 29, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    India is ONLY good at their home ground..

  • on December 29, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    Indian specialist bats like Gambhir, Laxman and Kohli has really disappointed, especially VVS. Gambhir is playing purely on reputation for the whole of 2011 & his confidence is very low. Any sane cricket lover & thinker will like to see either Rohit Sharma or Ajinka Rahane being given a go - but this is Indian cricket and BCCI Selectors, so reputation (and not form) counts...what a JOKE. This was tame surrender...albeit the pitch was very lively...but don't we have 3 batsmen who have collectively played double the number of tests whcih the entire Aussie Team has played to date...what the.....duck? NRayC-Dubai

  • on December 29, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    The different is 60+62 from a legend Ponting.

  • rajithwijepura on December 29, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    Australia were the best side 85% of the match. They deserved this win. Another poor all round display by flat track bully. I see another white wash for India. GO ON AUSSIES

  • m_kamb on December 29, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    INDIA lost the match by 122,runs scored by RICKY PONTING in the match.

  • SmellyCat on December 29, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    A deserved victory by Aussie.. India could have easily done the same had they done a bit better in first innings. However Daniel, as usual, is blinded by Aussism and cannot see anything else. Tendulkar was the most comfortable batsman in the whole tests.. I dont think Pattinson troubled him a bit... Just goes to show how desperate the Aussie analysts are.. just gloating over a win..

  • GRAMMY_SACHIN on December 29, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    An abject performance by the Indians after they were leading at the end of Day 1 & Day 2. That's what makes test cricket special that one or two good session, you are back in business. Great to see AUS ruthlesness. This kind of a wake up call (wounding) is very much required for the IND batsmen to fire in the next 3 tests. I hope for a cracker of a series, with possibly going the AUS way 2-1.

  • Arrow011 on December 29, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    It is time to punish Virat Kohli, Dhoni, Laxman & Gambhir who showed no stomach to fight. Gambhir's career is nosediving. Mankish Pandey should have been selected in place of Rohit Sharma as a back up.

  • on December 29, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    No comments today on India's Batting!...Wastage of a situation from where we could win handsomely...Congrats to Australlia and May the best team win the series!. Thanks ESPNCRICINFO for your commentry and accurate explanations.

  • dicky_boy on December 29, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    OH GOD WORST CAPTAINCY EVER, I KNOW THIS IS HARD BUT I ACCPT OLD AGING BATTING LINE UP , THIS SERIES IS NOT LOOKING GOOD , I WILL HAVE NIGHTMARES OF DRAVID BEING BOWLED , AND P,EASE DHONI RETIRE FROM TESTS, I WILL PRAY THAT U DO aus awesome bowlers

  • RandyOZ on December 29, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    India really are terrible overseas. Even Dravid struggled this time. I guess when you are facing Pattinson on fire you can't be too surprised. Yadav, Cummins, Pattinson, Philander - the best young quicks in world cricket!

  • sharkwolf on December 29, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    So,here we go again... outside Sub continent... things get shaky...

  • on December 29, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    Best battingline in world,wond erful cricketers,world champs,Some cricketers hv status of gods in the eyes of crazy fans!!!!!But all this on home grounds nd propagation of Cricket Commentators nd analysts like Ravi shastri nd Arun lal.Factually Indian Cricketers r mouse at foreign grounds!!!!!!! And that is the harsh reality

  • on December 29, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    same old story.bad play by India great work by Australia ,if all their bowlers get fit and their batsmen get runs they can become world no 1 again.only good thing for India is their bowling. rohit has better technique than kholi for aussie,sa conditions.raina and kholi are good only in subcontinent pitches.

  • IndieFan on December 29, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    The memories of England are back :(.

  • RandyOZ on December 29, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    England only managed to bowl out India cheaper than this once in their entire series. Just goes to show how good our bowling is at the moment. And we are missing 2 of our top 4 in Cummins and Harris. With Coulter-Nile, Cutting, Starc, Copeland, Hazlewood, George, etc in the wings, our bowling is going to be rolling teams cheaply for a long time to come!

  • AusAnthony on December 29, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    Afternoon all, can't wait to hear all the excuses for this so called great indian team....suggestion to all that is that the indians have not applied themselves to chasing totals for a very long time. Plenty of top order wickets fell to what we like to deem "millionaires shots" and these players need to be reminded that they are not playing on roads and test cricket needs surfaces like this to draw crowds in. 150 + people in Melbourne agree that they were entertained! So let's hear from the forum who India has to come into this much vaulted batting line up because let's face it time for change. for one I would suggest that laxman opens in Sydney as he has done successfully before, Gambhir has a rest and Rohit comes in to the middle.

  • Cricket_4_Blood on December 29, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    Hope you guys marked my words yesterday as I said 'India will be rolled out to 150' & that's what happened today (may be scored abit more due to last wicket P.Ship). If India can't beat this average Aussie side wonder what would have happenned if the Aussies had their past players in the likes of Hados, Gilly, Langer, Mcgrath, Warnie & Lee. India would have lost it by an innings & 500 runs. Unless Aussies play horrible and reckless cricket, GOD SAVE INDIA!

  • Bogelking on December 29, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    The match has spun away from the Indians contrary to their beliefs of winning their first boxing day test. Within a span of 81 runs, when 4 four wickets were in the dressing room it was only to foresee how much the Indians will ward of the inevitable. Needless to say that the lower order batsmen, accompanied with the skipper showed some grit to prolong the defeat. If the top order have shown half of the pluck that the lower order showed in adjusting to the conditions, the result would have been otherwise. But let me not digress. I have found usual relief to the fact that Indians are slow starters, and there are still three more to come. The Indians have to regroup themselves quickly that the defeat should not allow them to bog down. But there is some sort of relief. Unlike the earlier tours in Australia, the team this time showed some intent in patches to win the game, which is promising. Am really looking forward for the next test in Sydney. Hope India will come back strong upon them.

  • posybeon123 on December 29, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    i thiink that the indian bowlers get cocky and let other team's tailenders score more than wat is needed...

  • on December 29, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    Yes, Aussies have got off to a fine start. But the question is will they keep this momentum throughout this series. By watching their weak batting performance it's like a danger for them. Both the teams have shown fine performance in bowling, especially Pattison and Yadav. Probably Watto will be back for 2nd test. But Carke should not any risk in case of Watto. If he is 100% fit, then only he should be allowed to play!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ssenthil on December 29, 2011, 6:41 GMT

    Congratulations to Australia and Australian Fans. The tone is set for Australia. Aus bowlers also have a very easy task of removing only Sachin and Dravid rest are never threatening. Laxman seems to be a spent force and Virat is a sitting duck for moving balls and Openers are the best FTB in business. Provide a even a little flat track in SCG and you will lose. I hope India bounce back in style in SCG with Sachin's 100th Test century back up with Laxman Century

  • on December 29, 2011, 6:41 GMT

    Before the match Indian bowlers criticized for their poor caliber..but after the match it seems like Indian batsmen need some serious practice..what a turn around..congratulations to Australian side..!! They may not have the perfect team but still they know how to beat a team that's just made out of hype..!!! Bring in Rohit Sharma..get Kohli out.

  • suli7 on December 29, 2011, 6:41 GMT

    Indian batting line up has once again showed us that when they are tested in conditions which are only just helpful for the bowlers & the bowlers are just bowling in good areas they are just a average batting line up. In other words they are just a flat track bullies who are just having big names & hype because of the strong Indian media & 1.2 billion fan foolowing. i am sure if pitches continues to be helpful & Australin bowlers cotinue to bowl in rigt areas as they did in this match India wil have no chance in of even drawing this series lt alone winning it.

  • m_kamb on December 29, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    AUSTRALIA celebrating..................

  • DasaradhiR on December 29, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    Facts are bitter. But We have to admit them when they are facts. India has long list of problems on hand and most of them will take time to solve which i can't see happening before the series ends. 1) Gambhir's technique on bouncy pitches, 2) Kohli/Rohit's teparement overseas, 3) Dhoni's ineptness when ball is doing bit, 4) Inability to run through the tail 5) Running between wickets with aging legs 6)* Never ending discussion on Sachin's 100th century..... and the list is far away from ending. I don't see Indian team having enough amunition to win a match in the series unless Australia fails miserably. So Aussies should play poor to help India win. Sorry but the fact remains same... If I am proven wrong, I will be the happiest in the world.

  • on December 29, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    Lion in Home and Goat away. That's why INDIA planned to play all their world Cup Matches in INDIA as they were well aware that they cant win outside.This tour will also expose them as they were in England

  • ajmaldomintesswann on December 29, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    so as i predicted,easy victory for aussies..what a legend pattinson is going to be.i am seeing future mcgrath in him..same action,line and length but wxtra speed...and what about india??proved that they are flat track bullies.5th consecutive loss overseas..their only chance is in sydney...at perth,they will be more humiliated.i predict 2-1 australia.

  • VIVz_forearm on December 29, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    so much for our batting line-up...lost in England then called a 2nd grade england team home and beat them then beat WI now loose the first test on Aus soil...Pathetic!!!!

  • ultimatewarrior on December 29, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    Even so weak looking Australia had defeated so "injury free", well prepared and strong on papers, India, I can't imagine for what things Indian Team is waiting for to turn the tables........

  • on December 29, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    Few positives - Sachin in ominous form.. Bowlers luk gud and importantly fit.. Other than these, nothing cud b taken home.. As much I hate to say this.. Dravid's drop played a major part in this defeat.. He shud hang on to d catches.. And Dhoni shud come out out his defensive captaincy mindset.. A simple statement.. Aus bowled with better field placements and won the match..

  • on December 29, 2011, 6:38 GMT

    23rd year running and he still has that sublime touch. Rest ( excluding dravid) are surely flat track bullies. Batsman from both the sides have a lot to learn from tendulkar. If Dhoni and Co. continue batting like this, I see no reason in India not getting a 4-0 thumping once again.

  • scott-AUS on December 29, 2011, 6:38 GMT

    Great win by the Aussies. The 3 quicks were outstanding and Ponting & Hussey stood up when it mattered, there is no substitute for experience. I think Sachin will be disappointed with the way he got in both innings, he will be very hard to remove in Sydney. This is going to be a great test series!! Go Australia!

  • on December 29, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    Indian's deserve this big loss they are so much depending on the ageing trio.. wonder where we will see world champions after the big three go out of the test cricket..secondly they felt pretty over confident when they face the most inexperienced bowling attack for Australia for may years.

  • Digimont on December 29, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    Interesting that Pattinson wins MOM when he had the worst match figures of the 3 quicks 6-108 (Siddle 6-105, Hilfenhaus 7 for).

  • ssenthil on December 29, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    So apart from Dravid and Sachin, No batsman deserve to play a Test in 2012 based on form. Indian selectors learn that Bowlers are Poor after England Whitewash, They need another whitewash in Australia to realize they need to change the batting line up as well?

    The Away Avg for Gambhir, Sehwag, Laxman, Virat (Worst of all) and Dhoni is really Pathetic.

    I guess it's time to move on, Perhaps another whitewash will make things or India Batsman will find it a bit easier in SCG and score few and retain their place. But For a complete year, away from Home (None of them in Sub-Continent) shows who are real FTB and who are class players.

    Laxman have to do what Dravid had done this year, another bad performance, Laxman place will be seriously questioned considering Rohit in the bench.

    Kohli must spend a season with county against moving balls, else 100 out of 100 time, he won't even survive 10 quality fast ball. He is a sitting duck. Nothing much diff from Raina.

  • RandyOZ on December 29, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    England only managed to bowl out India cheaper than this once in their entire series. Just goes to show how good our bowling is at the moment. And we are missing 2 of our top 4 in Cummins and Harris. With Coulter-Nile, Cutting, Starc, Copeland, Hazlewood, George, etc in the wings, our bowling is going to be rolling teams cheaply for a long time to come!

  • on December 29, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    One change is for sure in the next match...virat will sit out for rohit...

  • on December 29, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    way to go india.way to go.

  • ssenthil on December 29, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    Indian Batsman in Tests for the year 2011:

    G Gambhir - 8 Matches 470 Runs @ 31.33, HS: 93, 4 Fifties and Avg in India: 68.18, Away Avg 27.50

    V Sehwag - 7 Matches 384 Runs @ 29.53, HS: 67, 4 Fifties and Avg in India: 49.00, Away Avg 17.37

    R Dravid - 12 Matches 1145 runs @ 57.25, HS-146*, 4 Fifties and 5 Centuries, Avg in India: 63.80, Away Avg: 55.06

    SR Tendulkar - 9 Matches 756 Runs @ 47.25, HS:146, 5 Fifties and 1 Century, Avg in India: 43.60, Away Avg: 48.90

    VVS Laxman -12 Matches 773 runs @ 40.68, HS:176*, 6 Fifties and 1 Century, Avg in India: 99.33, Away Avg: 29.68

    V Kohli- 5 Matches 202 runs @ 22.44, HS: 63, 2 Fifties, Avg in India: 57.50, Away Avg: 12.42

    MS Dhoni - 12 Matches 510 runs @ 28.33, HS: 144, 3 Fifties and 1 Century, Avg in India: 41.25, Away Avg: 23.06

    R Ashwin - 4 Matches 182 runs @ 36.40, HS: 103, 1 Century, Avg in India: 40.33 and Away avg: 30.50

    Conclusion in next message.,

  • pj3000 on December 29, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    I owe Hilfenhaus an apology: in the pre-match, I called him 'yesterday's man'. This Test has been the best I've seen him bowl. There's so much to like about Pattinson (with both bat and ball). If he stays fit over the next decade, he'll finish up with a ton of Test wickets and more than a few runs to boot.

  • MathewsAdelaide on December 29, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    Gambhir needs to get some tips from AKASH CHOPRA (to leave the ball) Sidney test two replacement required in the indian eleven Rahane for Ghambir and Rohit for Kohli........

  • Eight8 on December 29, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    Good test match. Good wicket that offered a contest. Tough fight by both teams and a great contest for viewers. We saw a golden age of batting over the last 15 years or so (partly helped by dormant pitches). Are we about to see a golden age of pace bowling? Lots of countries producing genuinely good prospects at the moment and will only be helped along if countries keep preparing contest wickets. 300 run innings are great for viewers (much better than 7-600dec scores!) and provide opportunity for 5 fors and centuries, and most importantly hopefully good games. If the match finishes on the 4th afternoon, so what? Better than boring 5 day draws. Well done Aussies and India on a great 1st test. Can't wait for the battle to continue in Sydney.

  • on December 29, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    Congratulations, Australia, for a well fought and well deserved win. Bowling groups from both sides did a fantastic job. Once Cummins also comes in, Oz attack will be even more potent. In the next match, they may even go for a four-pronged pace/swing attack. Though both bowling packs were good, Oz bowlers were more consistent and persistent. There were two more significant differences. One: the oldies of Oz delivered, but the Indian oldies did not (except perhaps Sachin, who was positive and good throughout his stay at the pitch). Second difference was in fielding. Oz fielders were 'electric'. All the 3's and some of the 2's Indian batsmen scored would have been sure boundaries for Oz batsmen, if India were fielding for the same shots. With the lethargic Indian fielding, Oz scored 4's, all by running, once.Or twice (?) Overall, the teams are well matched, except in fielding. So, we should have an exciting series to watch.

  • arun_padmanabhan on December 29, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    woeful batting display by the indian batsmen and credit to the young bowling attack of the aussies..seems like they have finally found a way to eliminate mitch!! for the 2nd test, india should stick to the same team..however, a strong message needs to be sent out to vvs and gauti..both of them have been a liability for india in the overseas tours..as far as the bowlers are concerned, they will only get better as the series progresses..

  • Precioustar84 on December 29, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    Congratulations Australia from a Team India fan!! This was always on the cards because my favorite team doesn't stop letting me down abroad lately. But its all good, we had a great match and result swung either way until Day 4. I had no expectations from Team India bowlers but they surprised me positively. Batting on the other hand, well, what can I say except I had a gut feeling even before the series started that if Sehwag doesn't click than no one will. All is not lost though. Looking forward to next test. :) ...And uh, how long will Dhoni escape performance check in tests? Captaincy and wicketkeeping isnt enough to win if you are bad at batting in Tests and field placements are a joke. No attack, only defense? Cricinfo please publish.

  • RandyOZ on December 29, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    The batsmen for Oz have a lot to answer for. This brilliant bowling attack keeps firing and delivering, and the batsmen keep letting them down. In fact the bowelrs even have to pick up the slack with the bat. Langer should be sacked at once and many players put on notice, no the least of which Marsh. Haddin should be axed immediately, we cannot keep carrying this clown.

  • OMGitsSrikanth on December 29, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    Aus deserves to win.Remove Ishant and Twitter boy kohli sould be rested for all tests to come and sent home to play ranji matches.he can score 130 odd runs in pratice match but in real match he scores Zero.At least give a chance to Rohit sharma..!!!

  • satish619chandar on December 29, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    I hate the first test syndrome excuse even now.. 15 days and two warm ups not enough? May be, we need to send 15 players to Australia and play whole time there and get them play in Aussie tours!! Order 2 more teams for SA and England too.. Else we have a simple solution.. Go the England way!!!

  • Naresh28 on December 29, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    INDIA LOST FAIR AND SQUARE. THE INABILITY OF CLEANUP OZ TAILENDERS AND SOME GREAT BOWLING BY OZ PACEMEN. BATTING LET INDIA DOWN - THE AUSTRALIAN TAILENDER PATTISON SCORED MORE THAN OUR FAMED BATTING LINEUP. WITHOUT SOLID OPENERS INDIA DO NOT HAVE A CHANCE - GAMBHIR CANNOT BAT AND WAS EXPOSED. SHEWAG GAVE WICKET AWAY.

  • Azhar.Hassan on December 29, 2011, 6:32 GMT

    Well to state the obvious, a really bad batting performance from India - especially given the depth and experience in their batting lineup. They can really have no excuses - they are all fit, they arrived in Australia ahead of time to prepare and they are not exactly facing the most fearsome of Aussie bowling attacks. The bowling for India did quite well in the end. As for Australia, it is a team in transition - very ordinary bowling attack other than the newcomer Pattinson. With regard to the Aussie batting - well, not much there either other than aging 'legends'. But I guess there really is no team in test cricket at the moment that could be rated as excellent or one that is head and shoulders above other teams.

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 29, 2011, 6:32 GMT

    It HURTS to see these so called 'legends' of Indian cricket fail so miserably. These guys who go on with their fat reputations giving false hopes to an ever expecting nation. What foolishness with all the talk about a supposedly 'weak' Aussie team. Look who got fooled now ? - the Indian public. It doesn't matter how soon these guys arrive in Australia, they are simply NOT good enough to win test matches abroad. The bowling was OK but not great, they had Australia in a spot of bother twice and failed to dismiss them for less. I think it's time Tendulkar, Dravid, and Laxman retired from the team with grace and their reputations intact. After this game, it's safe to say India will be hammered in the next 3 contests as well. I am willing to lose this series with YOUNG BLOOD at my disposal. However, I am sure the Indian public is NOT willing to lose with these 'legends'. It's time Indians stopped worshiping these guys. Play your tests inside India.. and quit touring overseas.

  • eliotargy on December 29, 2011, 6:32 GMT

    Nu, Indians really blew it. If they worked together instead of trying to be brilliant individuals, they would win games like these.

  • RandyOZ on December 29, 2011, 6:32 GMT

    190,000 fans in 4 days, that's more than they get in an entire summer in England. Australia really is the home of test cricket.

  • satish619chandar on December 29, 2011, 6:32 GMT

    A very good win for Australia.. Is England batting still playing on our batsmen? They are not at all comfortable in the crease.. Except for Sachin, all remained very vulnerable.. Largely it was due to relentless attacking bowling from aussies.. I think Dhoni need to take a cue from the captaincy point of view.. When the match is on hand, grab it by pulling it.. The way Zak was removed when reverse swing was going good for him and saved for a new ball which might not be required at all was very bad captaincy let alone the way the things were handled today morning against the last pair.. Aussies were deserved winners.. McDermott is just holding up the bowling department very well.. Langer has some great work to do though..

  • on December 29, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    Thats what India Outside India. doesn't matter whether its in England or in Australia! 5 in a row!! Why don't they play only in India? then no 1 can remove them from no.1 position!

  • ARIF3011 on December 29, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    Root cause of India's demise: inability to clean up the tail quickly. First innings: Aus 214/6 but ended the innings at 333 (119 runs by last 4). Second innings: Aus 166/8 but reached 240 (74 by last two). means, the tail gave them 193 runs which the whole Indian squad could not score in second innings. Interestingly, india was 214/3 at one stage but were bundled out for 282 (68 runs by last 7 wickets). Do we need to run more maths? Both teams had batting failures but India lost due to above reason.

  • RandyOZ on December 29, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    Where to begin? 1.) Haddin - no excuses left in the tank. TIME TO GO. Arthur and Inverarity are literally alienating fans with his continual poor selection. 2.) The batting camp - what did it achieve? On results - NOTHING. Marsh is also skating on very thin ice. 3.) Clarke - Poor batting again. Very inconsistent. A couple of hundreds between single digit scores is anything but consistency. Not leading from the front like Ponting did at all. 4.) Arthur - what has he brought to the team? Nothing has changed, the batting is still as bad as ever. Bowlers keep getting us into good positions and the batsmen let us down. 5.) Langer - should be sacked immediately, the batting is PATHETIC and NOTHING HAS CHANGED. 6.) The bowlers - brilliant. Who goes if Harris is fit for Sydney? Maybe no one?

  • birdz_eye on December 29, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    Great game no doubt, Indian team lived up to their reputation of being Meow in away series. It was the bowling not the batting that dominated the game & clearly Indian side has a weaker bowling attack then the Aussies. I am sensing another white wash like English series because Team India carries more test match ranking points than Aussies & surely they would like to climb up the ladder over the shoulders of this over hyped side. Full credit to Indian bowlers to make the match out of this game because the batters were supposed to re-perform the English series hits.

  • on December 29, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    Despite some fluctuation, Aus were all over India yet again & taught them a lesson, a good one. Another over 100 runs defeat to start a 4 match Test series, quite like England but then some ppl will come here arguing that India are the slow starters, they would come back to level series 1-1 n blah blah blah..... I just hope the scoreline doesn't read 4-0 at the end of this series!

  • ARJa on December 29, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    A great win by Australia considering their second string bowling attack going against India's top batsman. India are never going to learn and clearly looking down another 4-0 series if they don't use their brains. After the 4-0 defeat in England, MS Dhoni said "We are still the best in the World". Not sure which planet he is talking about. That arrogance is going to bring their downfall. The truth is Indians are as bad in Australia as the aussies struggle in India. And beating a team which is worst that a zonal team in India like the Windies at home is not going to change that. India bowled poorly to the tail twice in the match, and could not capitalize on a great start with the bat in the first innings. Non use of DRS made no difference. Kohli is not really compentant enough to handle the conditions, so he would have eventually walk back. Hussey was wrongly given out in the 1st innings and got a reprieve in the second. Add to that the missed chances, defeat was invevitable for India.

  • chad_reid on December 29, 2011, 6:29 GMT

    WELL DONE AUS...............

  • Mitcher on December 29, 2011, 6:29 GMT

    Cracking test match! Credit to both teams but also curator for a quality wicket. Very happy with the result but many questions remain for Australian batting. I was quite inpressed with Indian bowling with some wonderful spells from the veteran Zaheer and particularly the rookie yadav. Quite a find. Aussie bowlers' pace, aggression and, most importantly, control was also great to see. Bring on Sydney!

  • on December 29, 2011, 6:29 GMT

    TENDULKAR,,WALK,S OFF.. THATS THE STORY OF THE FIRST TEST... INDIA SURRENDERED MEEKLY ..... NO ,,VVS SPECIAL,, NO WALL IN THE SECOND INNINGS.. NO BLAST FROM VIRU... THE FLOPPY GAUTAM,,, VIRAT A NO TEST MATERIAL,,, DHONI HAD NO CLUE,,, WHAT,S NEXT,,,, DO INDIA HAVE THE CLUE ???

  • ListenToMe on December 29, 2011, 6:29 GMT

    Now the question is whether Kohli should be there instead of Rohit Sharma. Also Gmabhir is not in form and still playing. We have better players like Rahane and Rohit Sharma who are more stable and consistent. Kohli may score a century once in a while after a series of low scores. Gambhir also scores the same way. If India play Gambhir and Kohli in the next game too, I am sure that the result will be same unless the Aus batsmen perishe themselves. Wait and See!

  • Romenevans on December 29, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    Enough is Enough! India's bowling is always been criticized, but the fact is our bowlers always creates the momentum but it is the inability of Sehwag and Gambhir to give us the solid start and then 3 oldies are not good enough to be there for at least a session. Sachin is obsessed with his hundreds, Laxman is too old to play the game and Dhoni is a complete Joke when i comes to batting in Test matches. Very happy for the bowling and disgusted by the pathetic batting.

  • Marcio on December 29, 2011, 6:27 GMT

    I'll avoid the temptation to jab the ribs of some Indian supporters who were bashing Australia on day 2. This is a good win. Conditions were good for fast bowlers, and in the end Australia's were perhaps a little ahead of India there, although india's bowlers bowled well too. Brave decision to bat first by Clarke finally paid off. I was skeptical, but hats off to him. 333 runs was a v good score under the conditions. To all the Indian fans who left comments here after day 4 saying India were going to win easily, I'm afraid your knowledge of cricket is slim indeed. 250 odd was always going to be difficult if AUS bowled well. Siddle and Hilfenhous are 20% improved on a year ago, and that's turned them into decent test bowlers. Hilfy deserved his selection as he has bowled so well in all cricket this season. Great selections!

  • Lmaotsetung on December 29, 2011, 6:27 GMT

    Dhoni with the "slow starters" excuse AGAIN! I guess some things never change and to think they played 2 warmup matches and everyone were confident of a solid start to this series. February may be 2 months away but looks like Groundhog Day already...LMAO

  • MalikAftabAhmedAwan on December 29, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    Expected Results. This was bound to happen on fast tracks of Australia.

  • itsprogressive on December 29, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    What is wrong with India? This is second time they could have got more advantage by the use of DRS!!! This is sheer stupidity. And again the batting collapse has proved that India is only lion at home. Whenever they have to encounter fast wickets everyone falls and team as a whole does not offer any resistance.

  • on December 29, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    Every sign that the Australian summer is going the way the English summer went for the Indians!

  • on December 29, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    Now should we ask to make india stripped of its test status?...lolz

  • on December 29, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    Another BIG let down by the Indian batsmen!!

  • ian_ghose on December 29, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    Guess, only one team can win 4-0 now ;) Through all the howlers, a game played senza DRS and what have yous...Australia still beat India by a hundred runs and more. Imagine how big a margin of victory it would have been, had Hussey and Cowan not got those howlers. Who knows, this might be India's best result of the series (remember the England series anyone?)

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

    India really missed good chance of winning. Batting was really poor, Rohit Sharma should have been given chance ahead of Kohli. Kohli is like a tailender on bouncy pitches, scores only on flat sub-continent pitches.

    Dhoni's captaincy is pathetic for tailender, with everybody on the boundary allowing easy runs. Tailenders often make significant contributions against India now-a-days, Kumble is really missed & finally as always even out-of-form players scores big against India..

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

    india play very badly Australia's final two wickets batted 22.3 overs. India were 81 for 6 after batting 26.1 overs who better batsmen our bowler don't know how to ball tailnder and get them out

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

    Good bowling both sides.

    What a bummer 1-0 to Aust.

    Where are the killer Indian comments now ? :)

    Looking forward to Syd.

    And when you Indians decide to cut loose - remember - 1:0. :)

  • scc4cricket on December 29, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    Shame of you Team INDIA.... Deep Batting Lineup... IN ENG 5-0 IN AUS 4-0...

  • Andrewproxy on December 29, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    A summary of the comments underneath the daily ESPN Cricinfo reports this week: Day 1- Indians proclaiming that Australia's total will be annihilated by India's remarkable team. Day 2- Indians exclaiming that India will only bat once in the test, and questioning whether Australia could possibly take 20 wickets in a match at any time in this series. Day 3- Indians backing their team to snap up the last 2 Australian wickets quickly, and then Tendulkar and Co to chase down the total. Day 4- I can't wait to find out. Excuses I'd imagine.

  • gannyboy on December 29, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    Because of Dhoni's defensive captaincy India lost the first test. Even though I know Dravid has the most number of catches in Tests but the time has come to remove him from the slip area he is dropping vital catches. Virat has to Bat at no.3 that is the position he loves batting if not no.3 then give him the no.5 slot and push Laxman to no.6 and if you need to send someone as night watchman then send Ashwin instead of Ishant. For me the man of the match was Peter Siddle and its sad that the award is given on the basis of numbers .

  • usernames on December 29, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    Very, very well played Australia. Their quicks deserve credit for the way they played and Clarke's captaincy in the second innings was good too. Pattinson's one for the future.

    Very poor application from India batsmen. There was a clear lack of intensity from when they came in to bowl in the morning which is inexcusable at this level. The batting has been poor for a long, long time. Though nothing can be done for this series, there's a lot of thinking to do when they come back home. Dhoni needs to take his batting a lot more seriously and, as a captain, has to perform.

    I have a distinct feeling that we're going to see a 3-0, or maybe even 4-0 here; not because of the bowlers but because of the batsmen. You could have called me for drawing a long bow had this happened once but this exact story has unfolded in the exact same way for more than five times now.

    Australia was the better team in every department, no one can deny that. Well played and congratulations!

  • rahulcricket007 on December 29, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    no excuses from me . absolute pathetic batting display by india . kohli should be dropped & rohit should be given chance in next test . no fight shown by indian batsmen . laxman will have to make runs . he didn't make in england now failed in mcg .,

  • on December 29, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    Bring in Rohit.Virat is waste in Test Format.

  • on December 29, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    Worlds Champs only in house champions :P

  • on December 29, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    Well,,,, India got what they deserved,,, Austrlia might not be the team we used to see,,,, but they are still a mighty team,,, I will replace Lyon with Dan Christian for Sydney test

  • on December 29, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    14 times in a row indian batting line up failed to cross 300 mark (overseas). they were not undone by great bowling but poor batting and disciplined bowling. THIS time india is full strength, and no excuse of injury and preparations. so from this we can conclude that india can play only cricket like small games ( T-20 & odis)

  • East_West on December 29, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    hahahah! what a game! as i mentioned before this game [after reading Laxman's interview] that Laxman is going to be a huge failure.....he is supposed to be a test specialist but never scores - he has more failures than decent scores! this is not a character of so-called "was a #1 Test team].. we indians have no guts no dedication and no discipline........majority of these so-called test specialists went early to get acclimatized ..........for what???? shame, shame INDIA!!! what a loosers we are!!

  • dms1972 on December 29, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    So, this mighty Indian batting line up which, according to quite a few optimistic Indian fans, was going to score 500 runs in the first innings, couldn't even score 500 for the whole match against a bowling attack that (supposedly) weren't capable of taking 20 wickets. Suggestions of a 3-0 or 4-0 series win to India was just crazy talk.

  • on December 29, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    just a few days back all indians were calling Sirilanka minnows, SL is on track for a good victory whereas Indians faced a big loss by ordinary looking Australian team who even lost to NZ, i wonder what they will say now.

  • h.m.u.f.c on December 29, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    Dekh la ga India..lol.world's No1 batting lineup must have to do some thing special even to draw,otherwise their can be an other test sweep...although happy new year to Dhoni

  • SanjivAwesome on December 29, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    An awesome game of cricket. Aus were clearly better than India and deserved to win. I was happy to see Ponting back in the runs, with Hussey. I cannot believe many in Aus question their talent! As for my team ... India have repeated the heart break of the first test of their England tour. I am afraid this is showing early signs of another 4-0 obliteration on an overseas tour! I question why the Indian cricketers are accompanied by their wives? I am afraid their minds might be on shopping and sight seeing rather than shooting for victories. Now they manufactured a full day of shopping at Melbourne.

  • dsig3 on December 29, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    Great win for us. Well done to India. I think they did quite well and will be better in the next match. Why does Dhoni want spinning wickets? If you give young quicks a decent surface to bowl on this is what happens. Both teams are flawed but I hope this Aussie performance does not take away the focus from our terrible, TERRIBLE batting. At the moment our bowlers are taking all the wickets and scoring the runs. Langer is on thin ice.

  • Patrick_ on December 29, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    Can't understand why the famed batting lineup couldn't put up a fight in the fourth innings.

  • Meety on December 29, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    Well if this is a weak Oz team, what are India?

  • Clyde on December 29, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    The Gambhir fan had a feeling his pin-up would make a difference, but he did this by not scoring 123. Or maybe it is destined for the second Test, and the haruspex made a slight clerical error.

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  • Clyde on December 29, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    The Gambhir fan had a feeling his pin-up would make a difference, but he did this by not scoring 123. Or maybe it is destined for the second Test, and the haruspex made a slight clerical error.

  • Meety on December 29, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    Well if this is a weak Oz team, what are India?

  • Patrick_ on December 29, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    Can't understand why the famed batting lineup couldn't put up a fight in the fourth innings.

  • dsig3 on December 29, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    Great win for us. Well done to India. I think they did quite well and will be better in the next match. Why does Dhoni want spinning wickets? If you give young quicks a decent surface to bowl on this is what happens. Both teams are flawed but I hope this Aussie performance does not take away the focus from our terrible, TERRIBLE batting. At the moment our bowlers are taking all the wickets and scoring the runs. Langer is on thin ice.

  • SanjivAwesome on December 29, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    An awesome game of cricket. Aus were clearly better than India and deserved to win. I was happy to see Ponting back in the runs, with Hussey. I cannot believe many in Aus question their talent! As for my team ... India have repeated the heart break of the first test of their England tour. I am afraid this is showing early signs of another 4-0 obliteration on an overseas tour! I question why the Indian cricketers are accompanied by their wives? I am afraid their minds might be on shopping and sight seeing rather than shooting for victories. Now they manufactured a full day of shopping at Melbourne.

  • h.m.u.f.c on December 29, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    Dekh la ga India..lol.world's No1 batting lineup must have to do some thing special even to draw,otherwise their can be an other test sweep...although happy new year to Dhoni

  • on December 29, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    just a few days back all indians were calling Sirilanka minnows, SL is on track for a good victory whereas Indians faced a big loss by ordinary looking Australian team who even lost to NZ, i wonder what they will say now.

  • dms1972 on December 29, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    So, this mighty Indian batting line up which, according to quite a few optimistic Indian fans, was going to score 500 runs in the first innings, couldn't even score 500 for the whole match against a bowling attack that (supposedly) weren't capable of taking 20 wickets. Suggestions of a 3-0 or 4-0 series win to India was just crazy talk.

  • East_West on December 29, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    hahahah! what a game! as i mentioned before this game [after reading Laxman's interview] that Laxman is going to be a huge failure.....he is supposed to be a test specialist but never scores - he has more failures than decent scores! this is not a character of so-called "was a #1 Test team].. we indians have no guts no dedication and no discipline........majority of these so-called test specialists went early to get acclimatized ..........for what???? shame, shame INDIA!!! what a loosers we are!!

  • on December 29, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    14 times in a row indian batting line up failed to cross 300 mark (overseas). they were not undone by great bowling but poor batting and disciplined bowling. THIS time india is full strength, and no excuse of injury and preparations. so from this we can conclude that india can play only cricket like small games ( T-20 & odis)