India in Australia 2011-12 December 30, 2011

Sydney pitch likely to resemble last year's

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Sydney's 100th Test pitch should offer plenty to the fast bowlers on the first day, as the curator Tom Parker said he wanted to emulate the surfaces prepared for the previous two New Year's matches, against England and Pakistan.

Each surface was full of life on the first day before settling down and turning later, and Parker said those characteristics epitomised what he has wanted to do with the SCG surface since taking over from Peter Leroy in 1997. Twelve months ago Australia battled to 4 for 134 on a rain-interrupted first day on the way to an innings defeat, while in the first week of 2010 the hosts were bundled out for 127 before recovering to record a dramatic victory over a dysfunctional Pakistan side.

"I was happy with that [pitch for the game against England] and I was happy with the previous year's as well [against Pakistan]," Parker told ESPNcricinfo. "The last two years we've really got it together and it has really come up well. I'm hoping to have a pitch somewhat similar to that.

"That's the ideal scenario and that's what we're aiming for. I don't see why that won't happen. The weather's been kind to me and the forecast is for hot sunny days in the lead-up to the Test and the first couple of days of the Test, so I don't see why it shouldn't be perfect for us."

Parker's expectations will add intrigue to the questions of selection, as Australia mull over the possible inclusion of fast bowler Ryan Harris. Michael Clarke, the Australia captain, has not ruled out the use of four fast bowlers after the quicks did the lion's share of the damage in Melbourne.

As it did last year, Sydney has spent much of spring and summer cloaked in heavy cloud and frequent rain, only occasionally enjoying the sort of sunshine Parker would prefer. But in the lead-up to the New Year's Test the forecast has improved, allowing groundstaff to get some sun onto the wicket and outfield.

"There's been a lot of rain around but we have the covers on as well; we've had a lot of matches up to date and it hasn't affected our preparation too much on the centre," Parker said. "The thing that's been a bit of a downfall for us is the overcast conditions more than the rain.

"The hours of direct sunlight have been fairly minimal on several days, and that's been a bit of a pain as far as grass growth goes. In saying that, the outfield's in tip-top condition, as is the centre square."

The arrival of the centenary Test has coincided with the return of Sydney's more traditional type of pitch, offering help to batsmen, fast bowlers and spinners in equal measure. The often lively surfaces of the 1950s and 60s gave way to slow turners in the 1980s and parts of the 90s, before Parker took on the long-term project of returning the track to its classical attributes.

"That's what I've always aimed for. It has always been my goal to produce pitches with an even coverage of grass and pitches that were going to play consistently over the period of the match. We've got that mix pretty well right now.

"As long as you're going into the match with great preparation and good grass coverage, nice even moisture throughout the pitch, it usually pays off and the pitch will play consistently. I like to pride myself on the pitches playing consistently without the balls being one up and one down. Over the course of the five days the pitch changes and the pitch should change, but as long as it is consistent I'm pretty happy with that."

As for the centenary, Parker is delighted to be preparing pitch No. 100 at the grand old ground. "It is a tremendous honour. Not a day goes by that I don't feel privileged to work here. When you look at the history of the SCG, it is fantastic, and to be a major part of that is a great honour. I'm really looking forward to preparing the 100th Test pitch at the SCG I can assure you."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • t20superstars on January 2, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    I bet you guys that tomorrow when i wake up, am gonna here that Sachin Tendulkar has scored his 100th ton in the 100th match at the SCG...to add to that..there's enough left in the making for this great legendary batsman of all times..!!

  • on January 2, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    @ RandyOZ mate you are living on razor edge love to have opinion battle with u .Yet Three test to go and your numbers are already concluded.Every one Know If Indian Batting Clicks (Hopefully in Sydney) no one in World can save ur Australian Pace batteries,We have dominated McGrath,Gillespiee,Lee,Warne.Johnson etc etc in the Past thats why we edge 12-11 against Aussies since last fifteen years when Ind-Aus series were given Official reclamation as Border-Gavaskar Trophy,The present Crop of pace bowling are doing well but that doesnt means they cant be mastered

  • pprash_2002 on January 2, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    I observed that nowadays test matches are completed in 3-4 days time only.Just see few years before there is more no of tests were drawn,this is bcoz now people are trying to play more shots or fail to tackle the pressure.bcoz of too many 20-20 cricket this situation arises, same away fans attitude is not good as they like more fours& sixes.they dont like good defensive batting like gavaskar,dravid now. we need good defensive players who can stretch the match to the longer period.

  • RandyOZ on January 2, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    We could lay out a minefield and we would still beat India. Shaun Marsh you are on notice.

  • zenboomerang on January 2, 2012, 0:41 GMT

    @Marcio... The 'green' wkts last year were an exception - the La Nina was the strongest for decades, so we had a lot of rain & humidity... We are returning to drier conditions, so we should see more normal conditions in the coming years... I used to get frustrated with curators making pitches that suit the opposition, but realised that I couldn't have it both ways... We have always tried to create a result wkt which is "Australian" - most fans want a result rather than a draw, which of recent times with a weak batting line-up has meant of fair few losses at home... I'd now put up with that in preference to 4 draws any time...

  • Lord_Dravid on January 2, 2012, 0:15 GMT

    @Sheraz Alam...dont make yourself sound unwise by trying to degrade tendulkar a master of this sport. in fact in trying to do so you degrade yourself.

  • dicky_boy on January 1, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    @yorkshire pudding let me assure if we still play one or two grandpas, dhonis whos is the worst test batsman i have ever seen and gambhirin our team , we may even lose a home series, I know that's unlikely but given this oldies policy, I think it's possible Unless dhoni steps down and stops breaking a billion hearts with his irresponsible batting

  • Marcio on January 1, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    Today Mike Hussey said the wicket looked to be LESS green than the SCG wickets in the previous couple of years. So you can scrub out all the comments below, including claims the curator is trying to make a green track to favour the home side. This is one of the things that amazes me about Australia. So often we prepare wickets that favour the opposition - e.g. the green wickets for the English seamers last year. Why don't we just do what they do in other countries and be done with it?

  • YorkshirePudding on January 1, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    @dicky_boy, fair point, so lets look at recent past (since Jan 1995), India against all teams away P96, W24, L34. India in England were 2 wins from 14 tests. England in the same period P95, W27, L33. England in India during the same Period was 1 win from 8 tests. This was during a period when england were at thier worst in regards to players, and selection policy. Both teams are pretty even in thier away form during this period, I admit england have been helped by away results over the last couple of years....I still think its going to be a struggle for england in the Sub-continent. the only team that can really claim to have dominated in the sub-con was the WI's of the late 70's and 80's.

  • on January 1, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    Bowlers get a chance to do well in all three departments, Batman just their batting and close-in fielding. They aren't preferred for the deep fielding positions because of their poor throwing arms. So a batsman who flops in both innnings of a test match that is lost should try to do everything to come up better in the next match or else just voluntarily, ask the team to relieve him for playing in domestic games to revive his batting or get rid of technical flaws. International matches which places country's pride in stake is not a practice bed for returning to form.

  • t20superstars on January 2, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    I bet you guys that tomorrow when i wake up, am gonna here that Sachin Tendulkar has scored his 100th ton in the 100th match at the SCG...to add to that..there's enough left in the making for this great legendary batsman of all times..!!

  • on January 2, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    @ RandyOZ mate you are living on razor edge love to have opinion battle with u .Yet Three test to go and your numbers are already concluded.Every one Know If Indian Batting Clicks (Hopefully in Sydney) no one in World can save ur Australian Pace batteries,We have dominated McGrath,Gillespiee,Lee,Warne.Johnson etc etc in the Past thats why we edge 12-11 against Aussies since last fifteen years when Ind-Aus series were given Official reclamation as Border-Gavaskar Trophy,The present Crop of pace bowling are doing well but that doesnt means they cant be mastered

  • pprash_2002 on January 2, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    I observed that nowadays test matches are completed in 3-4 days time only.Just see few years before there is more no of tests were drawn,this is bcoz now people are trying to play more shots or fail to tackle the pressure.bcoz of too many 20-20 cricket this situation arises, same away fans attitude is not good as they like more fours& sixes.they dont like good defensive batting like gavaskar,dravid now. we need good defensive players who can stretch the match to the longer period.

  • RandyOZ on January 2, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    We could lay out a minefield and we would still beat India. Shaun Marsh you are on notice.

  • zenboomerang on January 2, 2012, 0:41 GMT

    @Marcio... The 'green' wkts last year were an exception - the La Nina was the strongest for decades, so we had a lot of rain & humidity... We are returning to drier conditions, so we should see more normal conditions in the coming years... I used to get frustrated with curators making pitches that suit the opposition, but realised that I couldn't have it both ways... We have always tried to create a result wkt which is "Australian" - most fans want a result rather than a draw, which of recent times with a weak batting line-up has meant of fair few losses at home... I'd now put up with that in preference to 4 draws any time...

  • Lord_Dravid on January 2, 2012, 0:15 GMT

    @Sheraz Alam...dont make yourself sound unwise by trying to degrade tendulkar a master of this sport. in fact in trying to do so you degrade yourself.

  • dicky_boy on January 1, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    @yorkshire pudding let me assure if we still play one or two grandpas, dhonis whos is the worst test batsman i have ever seen and gambhirin our team , we may even lose a home series, I know that's unlikely but given this oldies policy, I think it's possible Unless dhoni steps down and stops breaking a billion hearts with his irresponsible batting

  • Marcio on January 1, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    Today Mike Hussey said the wicket looked to be LESS green than the SCG wickets in the previous couple of years. So you can scrub out all the comments below, including claims the curator is trying to make a green track to favour the home side. This is one of the things that amazes me about Australia. So often we prepare wickets that favour the opposition - e.g. the green wickets for the English seamers last year. Why don't we just do what they do in other countries and be done with it?

  • YorkshirePudding on January 1, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    @dicky_boy, fair point, so lets look at recent past (since Jan 1995), India against all teams away P96, W24, L34. India in England were 2 wins from 14 tests. England in the same period P95, W27, L33. England in India during the same Period was 1 win from 8 tests. This was during a period when england were at thier worst in regards to players, and selection policy. Both teams are pretty even in thier away form during this period, I admit england have been helped by away results over the last couple of years....I still think its going to be a struggle for england in the Sub-continent. the only team that can really claim to have dominated in the sub-con was the WI's of the late 70's and 80's.

  • on January 1, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    Bowlers get a chance to do well in all three departments, Batman just their batting and close-in fielding. They aren't preferred for the deep fielding positions because of their poor throwing arms. So a batsman who flops in both innnings of a test match that is lost should try to do everything to come up better in the next match or else just voluntarily, ask the team to relieve him for playing in domestic games to revive his batting or get rid of technical flaws. International matches which places country's pride in stake is not a practice bed for returning to form.

  • sahajpalsingh on January 1, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    I can tell you guys when Tendulkar will score 100th 100. Just tell me when India is playing Bangladesh or Zimbabwe at home?

  • Rajchamp on January 1, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    @YorkshirePudding : Can you please check something called as RECENT HISTORY?? If we check Since 1991( the last two decades) India have played 4 series in England. They LOST 1-0 in 1996, DRAWN 1-1 in 2002, WON 1-0 in 2007, LOST 4-0 in 2011. England during same period in India, LOST 3-0 in 1993, LOST 1-0 in 2001, DRAWN 1-1 in 2006 and LOST 1-0 in 2008. Now look from an unbiased point of view and you will clearly find that England have never dominated playing in subcontinent (Losing 3 series out of 4 and drawing 1 in India) while India have WON 1 series, DRAWN 1 and LOST 2. Not only this, check ENGLAND's recent series results in sub-continent: LOST 1-0 to SL in 2003-04, LOST 2-0 to Pakistan in 2005-06, LOST 1-0 to SL in 2007. India on the other hand, WON 1-0 in WI in 06, LOST 2-1 in SA 06-07, LOST 2-1 in AUS in 07-08, WON 1-0 in NZ in 08-09, DRAWN 1-1 in SA in 10-11, WON 1-0 in WI in 2011. Clearly India have DONE MUCH BETTER PLAYING IN UNFAMILIAR CONDITIONS IN THE RECENT PAST.

  • dicky_boy on January 1, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    Raj champ perfect mate, we should have turning, when Australia and loll come to India and get beaten,do anyone say to them to prepare spinnning tracks never Yorkshire pudding, England started playing before India, and check last 2 decades or 3 India won a series recently where as England did not , anyway as u said both are bad overseas , England look better now I accept ATLEAST outside sub continent if not more

  • on January 1, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    Offcourse the Aussies will prepare Fast and Bouncy wickets specially for matches against India.Why Aussies alone ? Any country will prepare fast and bouncy tracks as a strategy to defeat India in Tests.

    India can now counter pace with pace but it is the batting that needs to be looked into. With Gambhir (my favourite opener since Gavaskar retired) appears to be struggling against the short on and aornd Off repeatedly .and VVS / Virat dissappointing in first Test the result was expected,

    India must come out of the mindset of playing 6 batsman and play one more allrounder (in addition to Ashwin).That way even with 2 out of 5 batsman firing will be good for Team India.An extra bowlng allrounder will add variety as well as helkp keep the bowlers fresher !

  • on January 1, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    I can tell you guys when Tendulkar will score 100th 100. Just tell me when India is playing Bangladesh or Zimbabwe at home?

  • Chris_P on January 1, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    I go to many first class games at the SCG and let me confirm, it is no greentop, period. It certainly isn't the spinning track it used to be and it does favour the quick bowlers as long as they put the effort in. Weather plays a huge part on the first innings. If it rains in the days preceding the test, the bowlers get a lot of help early (last 2 tests there shows why). The only thing I can confrim is that it will NOT be the featherbed road offered to the Indians last 2 visits, but a good cricket wicket that should be a result pitch. The bowlers who put in the most into it will benefit the most. Let the test roll on and let's enjoy test cricket as it should be.

  • YorkshirePudding on January 1, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    @RajChamp, I agree to a point, especially about Pitch Preperation, each country prepares pitches that suit its style of play, which is largley influenced by the environment and Soil in the country/region where the pitches are. No-one is under any impression that teams form NZ, Aus, SA, and England have trouble playing int he Sub-continent. As for the away record stats, India have only won 5 from 36 Tests in England since 1960 giving a 13.8% win to played ratio, while england have won 8 in India from 43 giving them an 18.6% win to played ratio, not a great record from either team but somewhat contradictory to your assumption that England play worse In India than the other way round.

  • Rajchamp on January 1, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    Its so funny to read this NONSENSE all the time about India not winning overseas!! Which team has been winning overseas consistently?? SA have NOT WON a test series Since Dec 2008 AT HOME. Australia Have NOT WON a TEST MATCH in India in last 7 years forget series. England might have won 4-0 against India AT HOME in recent test series, but THEIR RECORD in SL and INDIA IS NOTHING SHORT OF PATHETIC. DO WE HERE ANY TALK ABOUT THEM PREPARING SPIN FRIENDLY PITCHES FOR THEIR DOMESTIC MATCHES?? NEVER. I don't know WHY ITS BEEN PROJECTED AS IF INDIA ARE THE WORST TEAM IN THE WORLD WHEN IT COMES TO PLAYING OVERSEAS. If anything, INDIA have done much better in comparison with other teams when it comes to winning matches overseas in the recent past. IF Teams like Australia, SA, NZ, England CAN PREPARE SEAMING/ BOUNCY WICKETS ALL THE TIME TO GIVE HOME ADVANTAGE TO THEIR TEAM, INDIA HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO PREPARE TURNING WICKETS WHEN THEY PLAY AT HOME. And in My opinion they should never change it.

  • cricket0007 on January 1, 2012, 1:15 GMT

    INDIA = the most OVER RATED team in the world.. go aussies beat them 4-0.. i have a feeling india will lose the next match by an innings margin

  • on January 1, 2012, 0:22 GMT

    another 4 day test match as indian will lose it on the 4th day

  • usernames on December 31, 2011, 21:04 GMT

    Most of the players I've mentioned have performed really well in first class cricket. The problem, in the last two years, is that we've picked people (Raina, Yuvraj, et al) who have not been *that* successful in FC cricket. Both Raina and Yuvraj have an average below 45 in FC cricket, in India. You can't really expect them to perform overseas.

    In my opinion, the selectors have already delayed the test debut of Rohit Sharma for too long. He is probably going to be the mainstay of our batting in the future so he needs to get a chance at the SCG and all the other 3 tests. Even if he fails in the first few, you have to persist with him instead of Raina or Yuvraj. Play people who have succeeded at the first class levels and you'll see better results with your youngsters. Choose them on the basis of ODI or IPL performances and you'll see horrible results.

  • usernames on December 31, 2011, 21:00 GMT

    @likecricket77 -- Boss, I agree with your comments re: Yuvraj & Raina. Kohli has shown that he is a very, very good player and I'm sure he will improve as time progresses. The mental part of his game is very, very good. The way he has established himself in the very competitive Indian middle order speaks volumes about him.

    Other than him, Rahane isn't an IPL star. He made his name in FC; in fact, he has the current high first class average of 67+ which tells you that he is a good player. He is going through a lean patch these days however, in the future, he is a part of our test team for sure. In fact, I would think the Indian test team around 2013-14 would look something like this:

    Mukund/Gambhir, Rahane, Pujara, Sharma, Kohli, Raina/Tiwary/Badrinath, Ashwin, Saha/Dhoni/N Ojha, Umesh, Ishant and one more pacer. The pace dept. will keep on changing, as it has to, but the batting will more or less resemble that exact lineup.

    ...continued (1)

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 31, 2011, 20:21 GMT

    Hmm.. some grass on the pitch is always the way to get some lively test cricket. At the same time both teams need to still maintain some variety in their bowling. I still do feel Sydney will offer some help for the spinners come days 4 and 5 IF the match does last that long (Hint: Another Indian batting collapse). I still feel Australia should retain Lyon just for that extra variation in the attack. It will also help to relive some of the quicks for a while. I think of it as a holding pattern. India on the other hand have no choice; they should persist with pretty much the same bowling which I feel has done WELL. It's the batting that should worry India most. I prefer throwing out either Gambhir or Kohli and drafting in Rohit Sharma. Otherwise.. it will be 2-0 after this one.

  • on December 31, 2011, 19:28 GMT

    I LOVE TEST CRICKET AND PITCHES IN AUS ENG AND NZ THEY PRODUCE RESULTS. AND ALSO FOR THE SURVIVEL OF ONE DAY, I BELIIEVE ONE DAY GAMES SHOULD BE CHANGED TO 30 OVERS AND IT WILL BE VERY EXCITING.I LIVE IN CALIFORNIA AND I AM THINKING OF MOVING TO A COUNTRY WHERE I CAN WATCH CRICKET ON DAILY BASIS.

  • BULTY on December 31, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    Reading through this article, I can think of only two things. Prerogative of preparing pitches is entirely with host nation and it's always done to benefit host team. Then why all teams visiting India complain that India prepares pitches to suit their style of bowling?. Very rarely has an Indian team complained that pitches were made to the liking of & at the instruction of home team. Second, talking about preparing lively pitches. In England, Australia and even in South Africa (to some extent) the weather permits there preparation of bouncy tracks; if such tracks are prepared in India then that will be bending the backs of bowlers, whether of home or visiting team and it's not going to be conducive to cricket in sub-continent, considering the hot weather and winter not being as cold as in these parts. BCCI nod to be given for as many young players to play in English county matches,that will be a very good experience & will help them in long run.

  • on December 31, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    Having watched the hihglight of Aus v Ind 1st Test, I have to say that India is poor. They will never be true world beaters as they continue to struggle on overseas pitches. India will need to introduce youngsters NOW before they can say they are a supreme Test team in a few years time. Otherwise, I can see Australia winning the series quite easily (like the debacle series in England) due to the fast pacy pitches at Sydney & Perth. Sorry to you all Indian fans for saying that but you will need to convince your Indian cricket board to seek the right formula to play Test cricket, like Pakistan is doing the right cricket at the moment.

  • samba5 on December 31, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    If the wicket helps to fast bowlers then there is no need to play the match.. these guys are downing the india's pride. if you get the strategy with 6 batsmen and 5 bowlers and 11 bowlers there will be no difference in the score, better to play with 11 bowlers.... now we had 11 useless members in the team.

  • likecricket77 on December 31, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    I do not seen any point in taking IPL losers like Yuvraj, Kohli, Raina, Rahane, etc who can't bat when the ball bounces barely above the waist. They are fundamentally very average batsmen who look like heroes at home and make even average bowlers like Ravi Rampaul look like Andy Roberts. England and Aus have tailenders with better batting skills. Make bowlers friendly wickets in India otherwise don't bother touring abroad. They are a national disgrace. Also readjust ALL indian player's average down by 10 points. They are simply overinflated by scoring on dead wickets. We have seen what skills Tendulkar and co possess when they come up against any reasonable bowling in England.

  • Rajchamp on December 31, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    @sarathy_m2 : Well, India lost Sydney test in 2008 because of 11 UMPIRING BLUNDERS, and went on to win at Perth which is known as the fastest wicket in Australia. While Australia lost a 4 test series in 2008 2-0 and got white washed 2-0 in test series India during 2010. India have won test matches on seaming and bouncy wickets in England (except 2011), SA and Aus in recent past. While Australia have not won a single test match in India since 2005, having lost 4. Its for everyone to see who are home bullies and fold up like a pack of cards as soon as the ball starts turning.

  • on December 31, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    sachin's avg at SCG is 221.33 where all of his matches played at SCG started on jan 2 only ..

  • g.narsimha on December 31, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    BRAVOBRAVO it appears that you are well conversant of indian performance , than you may be knowing during the last decade we are no-3 in away wins list , and 5th in home wins ,now some stats on your great team, during the last decade when cricket is played there in 2000 sl beat you 2-1in pak,2003 your team won against sa 1-0,in 03-04 ind beat pak in pak -2-1, sl drew in -04-05 , pak won 1-0 aganst india,in05 sa beat pak i-0 in 07-08 ,in 2009 draw against sl ,these are very pathetic result campared to indias home & away performance during this period your over all performance in ENG, AUS SA is even worst , til ldate you won just 3 , matches in, aus,could not win a serier against aus& eng in decades either in home or away.now even if you win AGAINST ENG in UAE IT DOESNT COUNT BECOUSE SHARJAAH, DUBAI ARE MORE THAN home for you , as you wont consider our home victories as achievements same applies to you also ,

  • SirViv1973 on December 31, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    Why are so many Indian fans on here referring to this being a green top ? The Curator said the pitch will be similar to last year. How could Eng make 644 on a green top ? I've also seen it mentioned that the pitches in Eng were green tops, again Eng made a score of at least 478 on each surface last summer. I can only see Ind away test record improving when they get used to playing on good pitches that have a bit of life in them, rather than the flat lifeless tracks you normally get in Ind. Perhaps the BCCI should be looking to prepare better test pitches at home which would help Ind ability to perform away. The pitch at Mohali has been known in the past to offer a bit more than most other pitches there, perhaps more tests shld be played there in the future

  • ProdigyA on December 31, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    Dhoni needs a kick from behid and also kicked out of the Test team particulary while playing abroad. Mr Dhoni if you cannot perform while batting you can use some sense as a captain and place better attacking fields

  • Rumy1 on December 31, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    If SCG is going to be a quickie track then we had it. I shudder to think fate of likes of Kohli and Gambhir. Hope Srikkanth and Amarnath do something about it. Hope they airlift Badrinath and Jaffer straightaway to SCG. Lest we are perhaps staring at 4-0 scorecard. We hear that Ryan Harris is returning to bolster their pace attack. 5-6 team players who could be depended upon to deliver are Dravid, Laxman, Zaheer,Ishant,Umesh and Dhoni with gloves. Rest are more or less individual contributors and not team players.Sehwag is a hit and miss guy. So forget about him.Gambhir doesn't belong there so he is done. Sachin has to score his 100 so his focus is there.Kohli is a shorter version guy.I don't understand why he continues to be in despite proven shortcomings and Test failures.Ashwin is an average Ranji level offie with a carrom ball who speaks good english.In Tests carrom balls do not have utility especially against likes of Ponting, Clarke,Hussey and Warner who have all the time to play

  • veerakannadiga on December 31, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    ahhhhhh! Another loss round the corner. God save India

  • DINESHCC on December 31, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    KAARTHICK.EYE. If it is sachin's fav. ground, then why the game was lost in 1999 and 2007

  • on December 31, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    Dear Indian fan Why you are upset with one single defeat,Still three test matches are yet to go and fortune can be turned in a matter of one match too.If India Australia series can be discussed Aussies were the front runner in the majority of the series and India have manage to found their ways to beat them.In first Test Its not like Aussie steam rolled India,Its India who lost as many advantedge which capitalised magnificently by Aus,India have shown in the patches that they could have won the Melbourne test too....

  • on December 31, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    Why not try strenghtening bowling attack ?

    2 or 3 out of our 6 top batsman are struggling to fire.In these conditions pressure of scoring about 300 in second innings (3rd or 4th in Test match) could be too much and even adversely affect the application required to put up a good score in 3rd innings or chase around 250 in 4th innings. Aussies are sure to prepare fast pitches to exploit the pressure further.

    It there fore is essential to restrict Aussies at 250s or thereabouts which is not an esy task.

    Our bowlers are are doing well well and bowling out Aussies for lower scores will infact support the batting. which for the moment appears to be struggling. ut seem to be getting tired towards end of the innings allowing the tail to add plenty of runs.

    It is worth trying strengthening our bowler at the cost of 1 batsman.It will help our bowlers to maintain freshness to wards the end of Aussie innings and there fore bowling them out at lower scores

  • LillianThomson on December 31, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    It's amusing to see Indian contributors writing "wait until we get you on slow turners in India". South Africa toured there in 2010 and drew 1-1, and six months later Australia missed the same outcome by 1 single wicket. England last toured India with a much weaker side three years ago, and lost only when India chased down 387 in the fourth innings. And when a very weak New Zealand toured India last year, India won 1-0 but in the first two Tests took only 29 New Zealand wickets. So it appears that India can't handle foreign conditions at all, but that Australia, England, South Africa and even New Zealand have no such trouble in India.

  • on December 31, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    India should play more with bangladesh & zimbabewe to get better, they will loose all the matches in australia as they did in england. even with mediocre australia they are loosing. They need another gavaskar or vishy to play better cricket .

  • rahulcricket007 on December 31, 2011, 8:02 GMT

    @sir viv 1973 . england made 644 last year because they have batsmen to play against good bowling . while our indian team is full of flat track bullies . they will not make 644 runs in the whole series . india will lose the series by 4-0 . and in every innings will get out under 100 ( maybe 50 too ).

  • nomy786 on December 31, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    i m agree alot of guys here india is flat picth team.second they need to give rest sachin and invite bangladesh or zimbabway india and then add sachin in team so he can get his great achivement 100 th 100 and they should trust new blood like shrama kholi rayney and i think they going to give india some relax coz aus team not tuf as tuff they been in past so they not going to make fast picthes so all games going to 4 or 5 days and might be see draw also aus not going to rip india off like england did i was sad to see indian batting in first match i hope they play better in second match i mean better like sehwag and dhoni style work i love it how they play cricket and amazing sehwag had 8000 test cricket runs wow wow

  • on December 31, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    Well come to Graveyard-Sydney Team India!!Pack the team with fast bowlers Clarke and victory will be ensured in 3-4 days time.Bowl them at places where it hurts the most Clarke.Ribcages..Believe me you will see these demigods crashing!!

  • zenboomerang on December 31, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    @James_10... Clarke is not a no.3 let alone a no.4 - all his runs come from the no.5 position, so why move him from where he bats comfortably?... Smith?... lol... O'Keefe, Henriques much better with bat & ball... Smith's form this season batting is just average in SS - he is 10th for NSW & 28th across all the States - definitely no standout... His Test average is 28 for batting while 73 for bowling... He doesn't rank as an batsman in SS let alone at Test level where he has failed... Let the kid grow up & get some years of cricket into him... This current Indian team would smash him all over the ground like England did at the SCG last Test there - 13 overs 67runs 0 wkts @5.15/over...

  • andrew27994 on December 31, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    I still think India have their chances in Sydney and I predict Tendulkar will also make his 100th ton in this match. After all his record is the best in the world on this ground and he is the man in form. India lost the last match due to complacency, especially in the 2nd innings where they underestimated the Aussie tailenders. Dhoni obviously wanted to avoid the fact that they were complacent. But this is what India have always been doing. They lose the 1st match and then make a comeback in the next(with the 1 exception in England). If they want to win the next match they have to show commitment from the first ball till the last ball of the match. Having said that I also think Australia will look even stronger once Harris and Watson join the side.

  • crickprof on December 31, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    hope that AUS will defeat IND with 4 - 0

  • RahulBhaskaranpinarayi on December 31, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    Even though aus spinners was less impressive ,i would suggest them to play with one. Because their line up look one dimentinal.Play with spinner give verity more because all their fast bowlers are right handed bowlers.main reason for collapse in Indian batting line up was there is no left handed batsman(Gambir is out of foam).For indian team is looked ishanth sharma is more suited than gambir as a opener for india.India is needed one thing that just forget tendulker 100 th hundred.I will shurley drop virat kohli and put one left handed batsman (But no body in the team ) so i will play with Rohit sharma and ojha instead of R.ashwin.Main problem is that the team selection was very poor especially on Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha,Abimnu mithun,kohli,Rohit sharma.In the above list 2 or 3 them does not deserve to be selected.they could select 2 left hand opening batsman so tht one could played in middle order.But india's bawling looks stronger.

  • kaarthick.eie on December 31, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    sachin's fav ground will continue

  • shikhargupta on December 31, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    In last 10 ten test match played in overseas by India, India just able to score 300 or more only 2 times. Its big concern for MS & Co. to stay alive in the ongoing test series.They need to score atleast 400 on the board to put pressure on the opposition. And also opener need to fire. India bowlers need to learn how to get tail out early.

  • Kolpak1989 on December 31, 2011, 6:58 GMT

    Hopefully the SCG pitch is lively and Australia play four quicks. Then we might be able to see whether India's top/middle order really are flat-track bullies or whether they are have the class to outshine a resurgent Australian pace attack. Should make for a great game given Sachin averages 221 at the SCG and VVS averages 100+ as well.

  • changanacherry on December 31, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    drop flat track player Kohli. Put technically correct Rohit Sharma and bowl first. India can win if Dhoni present an attacking field.

  • ProdigyA on December 31, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    For heaven's sake, will somebody put some sense into our brainless captian Dhoni to not place stupid Dravid in the slips. Still how many more matches do we need to lose to learn that lesson. Even after repeatedly dropping catche all thru the year which have cost so so dearly in the past, we still persist with this guy in the slips. I JUST DONT UNDERSTAND.

  • on December 31, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    its not about players(young or experience),,,it's all how coaching staff doing.. aus thinking more ahead than indian old coaching.... when gery was their india was doing way better than now even overseas too with same players....

  • Eight8 on December 31, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    @jmcilhinney : pretty spot on. And will generally make for the best test matches.

    @satish619chandar : of course countries generally prepare pitches that suit their own team, but this might also be because a country's pitches environmentally have certain characteristics and the national team develops its game and players to suit those characteristics.

    I don't think opposition fans complain about raging turners. More we complain about matches that end in draws with 1700 runs scored and only 25 wickets falling. These pitches aren't conducive to the long term viability of test cricket imho.

    As a test match and cricket lover I like the fact that different countries have different types of pitches. I love the idea of watching my team "test" themselves in all conditions and against all teams. Won't always be easy and won't always suit their style, but isn't that what test cricket should be all about? Everyone plays each other in all conditions and then determine the best overall team.

  • RoJayao on December 31, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    Hmmm enjoy the enthusiasm and passionate support of Indian fans, you are worthy adversaries. But you guys are seriously deluded and genuinely believe your team is just as good now as it always has been......it's NOT! Scoreline 1 nil Australia. 1 NIL 1NIL 1NIL 1NIL 1NIL 1NIL! Don't worry though, after we've polished the floor with your team 4 NIL, you have that wonderful and highly memorable and meaningful IPL to look forward to!

  • koldmeat on December 31, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    No doubt India will lose all the matches. They are a rubbish team playing abroad.

  • DINESHCC on December 31, 2011, 5:59 GMT

    Full_blooded_wallop, Ind_Cric_girl and all other Indian Fans: Please accept the fact. The present Indian captain and the team is not competent enough to beat even newzealand in their own backyard. For the entire series the curators need not prepare green pitches. Even in overseas flat pitches they succumb under pressure.

  • Silloh on December 31, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    Will India be renamed the great flat pitch team champions ?? Only time will tell. Ishant Sharma certainly looks a better opening batsman than Gambir. Australia cannot afford to allow Sehwag to bat three times in one innings. This could prove to be costly next test.

  • Rajchamp on December 31, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    Its mainly a battle of experienced Indian batting lineup vs outstanding Australian bowling attack. Indian bowling if they continue to bowl disciplined line and length will be able to get the Australian batting line up out relatively cheaply on a lively pitch. And Indian batting is classy enough to bounce back from the Melbourne disaster. I think this lively track could will back fire badly on Australia. All hopes on the Legends in the Indian batting lineup.

  • peterrox on December 31, 2011, 5:43 GMT

    Dear Australian selectors please drop LYON , because even indian Tailenders are playing his spin with ease and pleasure ,playing LYON is like inviting INDIAN TIGERS to rip apart the second test ......It will take 10 eyars of continous bowling from LYON to get wickets of DRAVID, LAXMAN , TENDULKAR,SHEWAG,DHONI, KOHLI,,,,,, Ohhh my god !!!!!!

  • AidanFX on December 31, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    @ James_10 - Well interesting wish Smith for Lyon/ Marsh - Interesting how you note his first class ave is actually higher than Marsh; Marsh needs to prove his worth - failing one Test is fair enough but on the back of his repeated injuries he needs to show he can be a solid player who doesn't lose his wicket easily. In any case Smith isn't not currently in the sights of the selectors for Tests matches. I do hope he is still on the radar I believe he can become a successful all-rounder. Most of us want Wade to come into the side - but I assure you the selectors are intent on keeping Haddin in the side this series; esp with the injury to Watson. His substandard keeping is frustrating to watch - and if Aus are serious about winning Ashes back he is not in their plans. But personally like you I am hanging out for Paine to get fit. I like your preferred 11 team. The only way I see Haddin getting dropped is if he drops another sitter and fails both innings (single digits).

  • on December 31, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    Yes, India lost first test,but this series belongs to India.....wait and watch everyone Specially Mr.Gavaskar!

  • Sanj747 on December 31, 2011, 4:43 GMT

    Rohanm79 not sure how one can compare anyone to the Don. The great scored at a much better average than anyone in history and didn't have helmets and covered pitches to deal with.

  • BravoBravo on December 31, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    Seems like AUS has to lower the intensity of their game when they play with IND in Sydney as to leave some competition between a CLASS team (AUS) and a HYPED team (IND). Spectators need a game worth their money. I am sure that audience were not happy and felt cheated on the whitewashed series played between ENG and IND in the summer of 2010. Request to AUS: please give some consideration to MIGHTY(??????) IND batting line, let them have a graceful exit after defeating them.

  • sarathy_m2 on December 31, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    So the FLAT-PITCH-WINNERS are going to lose again !

  • PG65 on December 31, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    The England ghost is looming large on the horizon. Indian batting is in disastrous shape to say the least. Gambhir & Laxman have carried their England form to Aus & Dravid is looking a pale shadow of himself. Ajinkya Rahane' penchant for scoring ducks will ensure that Gambhir gets a long life line. Sehwag is as unreliable as ever & even the great SRT is finding the going tough. Virat needs some runs badly but it is time to induct Rohit Sharma into the playing XI. Dhoni is as clueless as ever & then we are down to the tail. All in all a pretty consistent side from the bottom where everyone is struggling.

    Aussies are no pushovers. What made the Indians think they could vanquish a top class side simply beats me. In England they complained about lack of acclimitization but they don't have that excuse now as they came in 2 weeks before the first test. Thank God Pat Cummins is not there or else this famed Indian batting line up would be shot out for under 100. India deserves to be thrashed

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on December 31, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    Quite surprised to see how quickly some of the indian fans change their tones and stances just after 1 loss. I believe our team has enough firepower to demolish mediocre aussies 3-1 or 2-1...have faith and back our team.What happened to australia when they toured us last two times? 2-0 and 2-0 :P so they are in their backyards and will obviously provide some fight and not count cookies. Sydney will witness something special. Go India...

  • ind_Cric_girl on December 31, 2011, 3:22 GMT

    Aussies will be mauled, period. Cherish the freak gift while teh new year lasts.. Go INDIA Go..

  • From-Toronto on December 31, 2011, 2:27 GMT

    Looks like India needs to do away with the likes of Dravid, Laxman and also Dhoni should not be included Test side.India may be able to save couple of test matches but looks like series will go to Australia 2-0

  • on December 31, 2011, 1:47 GMT

    It is always difficult to win on foreign pitches. India are a capable side and that's why they reached number 1. It is always about home pitches. Look at England. Trashed India in England and then came to India to get trashed. What does that prove. I do agree that India should make some practice tracks to simulate Australian/English pitches, only to practice though. It is time for Gambhir to take rest and re-evaluate. Laxman takes a little time to come up to speed, but after his failure in England, this should be his last chance for a while - play him only in India. Kohli deserves more chances, but so does Rohit.

  • Patchmaster on December 31, 2011, 1:41 GMT

    How have India become such a weak side ? It's fascinating to see their fall from grace, and yet great for the game of cricket.

  • Kaze on December 31, 2011, 1:32 GMT

    It's hilarious to see people say Marsh should be out the side, obviously they didn't watch the SL series. I would have never put Cowan in the side to begin with, this is a better side for Sydney: Warner, Hussey, Marsh, Ponting, Clarke, Smith, Wade, Pattinson, Siddle, Harris, Hilfy Just replace Smith with Watson when he is fit and leave Lyons out the side for now. Make green tracks and blast out India that is the way to whitewash them.

  • paultjohn on December 31, 2011, 1:20 GMT

    open with Sewag & Ashwin (ashwin was opener in Ranji and now he's playing better than Gambhir ), drop- out of form- Gambhir & include Rohit Sharma who will do good with these conditions. Dhoni should set aggressive field to our fast bowlers...we should and will win in Sydney...

  • on December 31, 2011, 1:12 GMT

    Australia should leave out Siddle. All these claims of him be a rejuvenated leader of the attack are rubbish. Since coming back into the side in South Africa, he has only averaged marginally better than his career bowling average, which doesn't go in his favor considering the extremely bowler friendly pitches that have been played on lately. Harris is Australia's best bowler by miles and should walk straight back into the side. Leaving out Lyon would be ignorant at best.

  • Imad_K on December 31, 2011, 0:18 GMT

    If India don't want to get thrashed like they did in England which I predicted long before the test series and also said they would lose in Australia (commented on Crininfo before this test) - they need to get their batsmen in the nets, turn the bowling machine onto approximately 90mph and bowl short and at their bodies. Then pick the people that can hook, pull and unlike Gambhir and others not turn their face away from the ball. That is the main problem and that is why such a talented team can hardly score runs against good quick bowling on fast bouncy tracks - SA, Eng and Aus. Even if they don't actually get out to the short ball you can see the way that they are reluctant to come forward and get behind the ball how troubled they are on these pitches even when the ball is pitched up. This Aus batting and bowling team must be one of their weakest teams for a long time but I'm sure in the coming tests they will start scoring big even against this improved Indian bowling attack.

  • subbass on December 30, 2011, 23:35 GMT

    Should be another easy win for the Aussies. India will be mid table soon in the rankings, there just not a 5 day team. God knows how they manged to get to number 1 in the world. I still can't work out how they managed it, luck must have played a huge role.

  • rohanm79 on December 30, 2011, 23:21 GMT

    Great news..Indian batsmen will be able to do really well and hopefully Sachin will score his century..and finally put a stop to this comparison against the Don who was playing in totally different circumstances...there is no comparison to Sachin at all...

    also dont forget only the first Test is lost...if the entire result is based on the first tests then there is no need for a 4 test series would there?

  • Wozza-CY on December 30, 2011, 23:12 GMT

    Not sure why Indian fans are unhappy with this type of track? Their bowling unit equitted themselves well in Melbourne & will only get better. Oz batting has been collapsing with regular occurance so why get disheartened? If India bowl first they could set themselves up nicely & SRT average over 200 @ the SCG.

  • Dismayed on December 30, 2011, 22:59 GMT

    Sounds like the perficet pitch to bring back the Australian with the highest batting average for 2011. He also bowls legspin for the last couple fo days. Steve Smith. Still find it hard to believe we cant find room for an allrounder rather than going with 4 quicks we know this pitch will always spin days 4 and 5. Good putches should offer assistance to all facets at various times. Not play like a concrete road. Nothing worse than drawn matches with 1200 runs scored. Tendulkar will make his 100.

  • dicky_boy on December 30, 2011, 22:53 GMT

    Ok I cooled down lol Ok guys look even the great australia. Team struggled in India last thirty years winning one series 2-1 , so we're they not the best team , there is no pre requirement that you have to win here, no country can win everywhere always, ok I understand WI as an exception And also dhoni has no spot as a wk batsman in the team , and please remove gambhir , kohli CRIC info PLEASSSEEEE publish

  • Des_65 on December 30, 2011, 22:52 GMT

    GreenTeam-Elite, why should ICC ban Slow Flat tracks? Then, why not they ban Green Top Tracks where the matches are finished in 3-4 days? Spectators (and sponsors) are paying for 5 full days. The same thing was done to hockey being played on grass. You cannot and should not change rules to suit your strengths since you don't want to lose. Should tennis be played only on grass courts like Wimbledon or also on clay, astro-turf & concrete courts as well? If you make all pitches in the world to your strengths, then it is biased & myopic view. Play on all types of pitches and then decide who is the best.

  • chokkashokka on December 30, 2011, 22:52 GMT

    why don't they officially make test matches played in australia, england and south africa 3 days? And there should be no complaints when spinners open the bowling for test matches played in India - and the timing of those tests should be moved into the Indian summer months.

  • James_10 on December 30, 2011, 22:51 GMT

    This is how I would like to see the team named for the Sydney test. 1: Cowan, 2: Warner, 3: Clarke, 4: Ponting, 5: M.Hussey, 6: Steve Smith, 7: M.Wade, 8: Pattinson, 9: Siddle, 10: Harris, 11: Hilfenhaus. In my opinion Warner will be omitted as soon as Watson can play again. Marsh is not up to it, Khawaja and Hughes along with Warner just need another 12 months to develop back in first class. Clarke can take some responsibility as captain and move up to number 3. Smith takes Marsh's spot but bats at 6, he averages even better than Marsh in first class and can bowl... tbh he is pretty much the best number 6 going around atm. Wade should come in because Haddin is jsut all over the shop.... poor keeping, loose strokes etc, and Lyon would be in my best 11 but jsut seeing how aus quicks troubled India has me put Harris in over him. My best 11 if all were fit right now would be: 1:Watson, 2:Cowan, 3:Clarke, 4:Ponting, 5:M.Hussey, 6:S.Smith, 7:Paine, 8:Pattinson, 9:Siddle, 10:Cummins,11:Lyon

  • IndiaNumeroUno on December 30, 2011, 22:44 GMT

    2-1 to India... keep watching :-)

  • on December 30, 2011, 22:32 GMT

    Daniel: What is dysfunctional Pakistan Side? They had Australia by their knuckles and then threw away the match. There is not an iota of doubt that it was done deliberately because by that time odds of Australia Victory were so low that Bookies were offering very lucrative returns. Betting was made in Dubai, Mumbai or Karachi and match was lost in Sydney. Perhaps the only person who did not know was Mohammed Yousaf the Pakistan Captain.

  • likecricket77 on December 30, 2011, 22:17 GMT

    I don't know why this is a surprise to anybody. India has not produced a true great since Gavaskar who could play abroad. Rahul comes closest. and oh, someone please give Sachin a 100. 15000 useless runs and counting...

  • on December 30, 2011, 21:58 GMT

    * amarnath79* India lost because of poor commitment and Ashwin did well. 4 quicks, you're joking, you guy 2 guys who can bowl a genuine quick ball on the odd occassion, same team, more metal and then it will be a better contest... Hell, the Aussies have no idea who is in or out of their team and they won :)

  • on December 30, 2011, 21:23 GMT

    And, there were a lot of comments regarding Sehwag scoring 500 runs? lol! I would be amazed, if he scores total 500 runs in the whole series and I highly doubt if he gets to a three figure even once in this series!

  • Rumy1 on December 30, 2011, 21:00 GMT

    If SCG is going to be a quickie track then we had it. I shudder to think fate of likes of Kohli and Gambhir. Hope Srikkanth and Amarnath do something about it. Hope they airlift Badrinath and Jaffer straightaway to SCG. Lest we are perhaps staring at 4-0 scorecard. We hear that Ryan Harris is returning to bolster their pace attack. 5-6 team players who could be depended upon to deliver are Dravid, Laxman, Zaheer,Ishant,Umesh and Dhoni with gloves. Rest are more or less individual contributors and not team players.Sehwag is a hit and miss guy. So forget about him.Gambhir doesn't belong there so he is done. Sachin has to score his 100 so his focus is there.Kohli is a shorter version guy.I don't understand why he continues to be in despite proven shortcomings and Test failures.Ashwin is an average Ranji level offie with a carrom ball who speaks good english.In Tests carrom balls do not have utility especially against likes of Ponting, Clarke,Hussey and Warner who have all the time to play

  • JG2704 on December 30, 2011, 20:56 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas on (December 30 2011, 06:32 AM GMT) - There are a number of reasons why India lost to Australia. I didn't watch the match as a whole but I'll take your word for it re Dhoni's captaincy. I felt the same with Cook in the OD series vs India in India. Is there anyone you think should take over the captaincy?

  • JG2704 on December 30, 2011, 20:56 GMT

    I find it amazing how people read so much into the result of one test match which was swaying in favour of one side one minute and the other the next. I remember after day 2 (I think) and India were something like 214-3 and an Oz fan was doom and gloom saying that India would be scoring comfortably in excess of 400. Now the Indian fans seem to be all doom and gloom predicting a 4-0 whitewash. Am I the only person on these boards who saw Australia fold for less than 50 3 matches previously and saw Australia beaten at home by NZ in the previous test? Australia have the capabilities of beating anyone on their day but also have the capability of capitualating. 122 runs seems alot but until the last day it was a test which could have gone either way. By the way , surely this is a test where India should drop a batsman in favour of another pace bowler. Gambhir and VVS out and R Sharma and a pace bowler in - any thoughts?

  • crickprof on December 30, 2011, 20:41 GMT

    IND should give chance to new batsmen, sehwag, tendulkar, laxman and dravid has played enough and they are old now, they must be replaced by young talented batsmen........

  • hhillbumper on December 30, 2011, 20:22 GMT

    Why is it that as soon as a pitch has life in it it is a green top.Just because a lot of Indian pitches are flat and dead that does not mean that a ball that actually bounces is bad.Surely world class batsmen can play on all sort of pitches.For too long bowlers have just been practice for over paid batsman to swat about.Cricket is about the challenge between bat and ball.If not then produce the pitches that are seen in India and see how good their batsmen are.As for turners the Oval in the summer was a turner and India just could not do what they needed to.Having been rolled so easliy by a poor aussie attack what hope is there for India

  • GMathews on December 30, 2011, 20:02 GMT

    Every one wants uniformity in DRS, no one bothered uniformity in PITCH CONDITION/ pitch preparation ''its ridiculous, I wdn't know its possible, world is so advanced why cant ICC to initiate on this, most of the Asian countries have flat/batting friendly pitches if fast bowling trio Pattinson,Siddle,Hilfenahas play in Indore/Chennai/Rajkot/Multan/Dhaka/Kandi they wouldn't get a single wicket in a test. Same way sometimes great spinners cant get a wicket in the Australian pitches. Briefly Australian fast bowlers are KINGS their pitches, Indian spinners are KINGS in their pitches. India may go with 4 spinners to play a test in india.I feel only one sport has this trouble, when you play football in Brazil or Europe things are the same. These days ground support for all the cricketing nations receiving everywhere, that is not a factor for the result. If all the pitches in the world show similar behavior deserved team will have success, ranking system gon to be perfect as well.

  • Silloh on December 30, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    A fast Sydney pitch will certainly give Australia the edge. Their fast bowlers looked sharp in the last test and should be even better in the next test. India has a team with star batsmen and can rebound and this will be great and exciting for test cricket. The pitches in India are slow compared to Australia and after this test their batsmen should be more in tune to conditions. After this test we will know how the series will be heading. Some of the players on the Indian team looked quite ordinary against the West Indies in the Caribbean and although they must not be written off , I believe they are overated.Time will tell.

  • ROXSPORT on December 30, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    The best thing for India to do at Sydney would be to leave out Ashwin in favour of Ojha. Pragyan is a genuine wicket-taking bowler while Ashwin was easily sorted out even by the Aussie tail. And, for God's sake, no more chances to that flat track bully masquerading as a class batsman - Virat Kohli. Better play Rohit Sharma (as should have been the case in the first palce). Personally, I would like to see Abhinav Mukund bat in the middle order. That guy has got it in him to succeed in the long run, though may be lacking in technique at this moment. I am surprised nobody noticed the steady improvement in the lad on the Windies tour. And when given a chance to bat in the middle order in England, he got a hundred. Again nobody noticed that. He is one guy who should be nurtured properly & he could be the next Gauti for India.

  • YorkshirePudding on December 30, 2011, 19:28 GMT

    I didnt think australia would pull of the win when India were 214/3 at the close of play on day 2, but India somehow managed to salvage defeat. The good news is that Zaheer looks like hes bowling himself fit again, though the batting is a worry as Gambhir, and Laxman havent fired yet. In the field the Australians look very eager while India seemed to maintain the performances they put in during the Summer against england. Australia looks fragile, without Ponting and Hussey, Cowan had a great match Warner though was indifferent, and Clarke seems to be searching for form.

  • Mitcher on December 30, 2011, 19:05 GMT

    Pretty obvious those moaning about pitches didnt actually read the full article. As mentioned previously, a pitch offering something early for quicks, flattening out for good batting, before turning late - if that doesn't sound like the perfect test wicket then you don't understand the game. India's previous two tours saw some of the flattest Aussie decks in decades so I hardly think they've been hard done by historically. The only thing keeping test cricket alive are the quality pitches being rolled out in aus, SA and eng.

  • Mitcher on December 30, 2011, 19:05 GMT

    Pretty obvious those moaning about pitches didnt actually read the full article. As mentioned previously, a pitch offering something early for quicks, flattening out for good batting, before turning late - if that doesn't sound like the perfect test wicket then you don't understand the game. India's previous two tours saw some of the flattest Aussie decks in decades so I hardly think they've been hard done by historically. The only thing keeping test cricket alive are the quality pitches being rolled out in aus, SA and eng.

  • on December 30, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    Then this match also no need to expect more from India (Bounce and speedy pitch. Within three or three and half days enough for Australia for 2-0 lead. We need all rounder spinner or like Irfan in Kohli's place.

  • mymissioniscricketandonlycricket on December 30, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    How about testing Aswin's batting potential at number 4? At least it can produce some Psychological pressure on Aussie, also it seems he doesn't throw his wicket.

  • rahulcricket007 on December 30, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    I HAVE ALREADY LOST FAITH IN INDIAN TEAM . PREPARE GREEN OR FLAT WKT THEY WILL BE BOWLED OUT UNDER 200 IN BOTH INNINGS .

  • on December 30, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    india will be white wash..............

  • usernames on December 30, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    Well, green pitch or not, I don't expect *this* Indian team to win one test in Australia. They aren't going to do this. :-)

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on December 30, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    @Talha Shahzad : So that India can give Pakistan some company at the bottom of the test rankings? Must be very lonely down there.

  • er.Vaibhav on December 30, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    i m still with my indian team and each of its player including skipper msd no matter what happens no matter what you all say..i supported them all when they were having a blast and i will support them in this ongoing tough phase..they all are gonna bounce back even if not soon but surely they will...all the best india you rock

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on December 30, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    @Ramesh Dharshana Perera : Congratulation on your test win in SA recently. 1st test win in SA in 30years they tell me. Who exactly are the flat track bullies again?

  • serious-am-i on December 30, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    arghh.... Australia is surely going to face an uphill task when they tour India. They will be welcomed with turning square pitches from day 1. Anyways about the match, who ever bats first seem to be going to go through a torrid time. Only rain can save the first innings playing team. Can some one ask Dhoni to call for "Tails" in the tosses ? He wants only heads and the home teams surely know how to spin the coin to get the coin as Tails. Ganguly would have been a perfect option in such a pitch ahead of Kohli because of his medium pace, anyways that's not possible and Mithun is not a batsman guys he may have scored on flat dead tracks he can't surely play bouncy wickets I guarantee that. It will be like visiting team tail enders playing Anil Kumble.

  • myStraightTalk on December 30, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    4-0 whitewash is defenitely on the card since the indian team lack playing as a unit.. they should have changed the captain after the england whitewash... if it were other team they would not keep giving chances to failing player and captain.

  • TexasCricket on December 30, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    India Should be willing to play 4 quicks , by no means this does not call for (slow) Vinay!. -no offense-. and a spinner -Ashwin. Drop kohli and keep him for ODI's. and there is the test team. Dravid most likely will not be bowled again in this series...Laxman will show up hopefully. Above all Dhoni should be willing to play to win and be aggressive.. we will know by second day of Sydney test...

  • ankush0531 on December 30, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    This is wise move by the Ausies..They should go for four seamers in reamainning three test matches. Lyon is useless against indians.. indians are very good against top spiners at turning track.. so it is my humble opinion that lyon shuld be dropped for remaining matches.. lyon is a very ordinary bowler with no skills.. even umesh yadav can bat against him ... dhoni is very defensive captain in the world..u can observe his tactics..

  • ROCKY_NELA on December 30, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    India have to come back strongly, definitely India is missing Varun Aaron as the 4th fast bowler but have to continue with the same squad with one replacement Rohit Sharma in place of Lakshman or Kohli, as in Australian conditions class & technique is more important rather than aggressiveness. Seeing the Sydney conditions and previous matches information India have to bowl 1st and have to close the Australia side in a day or day and half and pitch favors batsmen from 2nd day to 4th day which would be help for Indian's if they bat second..

  • TexasCricket on December 30, 2011, 17:09 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.

  • keencricketer on December 30, 2011, 17:08 GMT

    This is good perspective on the pitch and the players. Sure, India lost the MCG Test badly and if there is some insight into how the preparations goes on barring the stupid IPL it is professional. The purist form of the game sometimes ends up being a simple victory for one side when there is lack of cohesion for a session. Anyway, to cut the matter to the base, Sure the Indians will go back to their drawing boards and work out what their issues were, and mind you Australia needs to capitalise on the victory and also look at how they can keep focussed on their job as the series is far from over. Dont rubbish the Indians and also dont get carried away by the Aussies with just one match. Remember Pattinson has only played 3-4 matches and there are far more critical matches conditions to face in his long career (I hope), Just as Hussey found out who was looking to be axed has been the aussie saviour. Sure Sehway and Gambir should play more responsibily and see out the first session.

  • icemankimi on December 30, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    If its going to be a seaming pitch then they shud go with rohit sharma instead of kohli.. He can handle the shorter better than kohli and can bowl some offies if needed ....

  • Texmex on December 30, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    "Each surface was full of life on the first day before settling down and turning later"

    Let us see whoever wins toss should insert the opposition. So the toss is crucial??

  • SirViv1973 on December 30, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    @Anil Babladi, Your bowlers bowled extremely well during 1st test, I haven't seen much of Aron or Mithund but have seen plenty of Praveen and he would not have done a better job than the trio you had at the MCG. I find your comments a little strange as the defeat had nothing to do with your bowling attack!

  • krishna_cricketfan on December 30, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    @@Imran-Akram : Just to remind you that India, Pak and SL are considered "home tigers". When did these team win a series in Australia?

  • SirViv1973 on December 30, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    Not sure why so many Indian fans are already writing their team off here. All the groundsman has said is it will be similar to last year! Eng made 644 on it last year! Aus should have made more than the 280 they got batting first, truth is they were a beaten team before the game started. India need to start showing a bit of fight there are still 3 tests left, this was the last game of the series in the ashes.

  • on December 30, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    Indian batsman like the Sydney pitch compare to mcg. we do well here last two times very close to victory, if umpiring decisions are true we can win last time, our teams pace attack looking very sharp, only the century partnership r.ponting and hussy help them victory at mcg, the batsman should take some more care we can win at scg.

    Australaian batsman are not enjoy the indian attack

  • on December 30, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    india scored 705/7d on this pitch b4! and looking at India's 2nd test records, India should win!

  • iluvcricinfo on December 30, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    This may backfire..This happened last time in Perth and we have seen this recently (SA vs SL) too..Better make a pitch that lasts for quality five days..

  • heshan666 on December 30, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    How pathetic India now??. It's going to be tough and tough for them .They are already on the brink in this series ,So sydney pitch will be more bounce and more carry.if they will lost the toss and then what happen??? .Exactly they will collapse under 100 or 150 surely.

  • SirViv1973 on December 30, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    @RandyOz, so after 1 good bowling performance Aus are suddenly the n01 bowling attack in the world! It certainly didn't look that way when Eng's batters were smashing u to all parts this time last year, your lot were even out bowled by little New Zeland in Hobart a few weeks ago! As for Harris don't expect much more from him as it's only a matter of time before he has to retire from tests due to his persistant injury problems, Cutting hasn't even played a test yet! and Cummins has only played one game & will clearly need to be managed properly as he has already picked up a bad injury which will keep him out for 2 mths. Personally I do think he is a great prospect but he will not be able to learn his trade in the test arena and will need to get some first class games under his belt if he is going to be effective in all conditions.

  • on December 30, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    I commented on another Cricinfo article yesterday that we should focus on our bowling. I say we have to find a way to break the 5 match slide. We cant keep hoping the batting comes through. Might as well be proactive and make a change. Take 5 bowlers into the game. I wish Praveen could be that bowler but right now I'd take any 5th (quick) just to have ample resources. Our four bowler approach loses steam and a 5th bowler should hopefully make a dent on wagging tails. A sixth batsmen will not perform a rescue act if the first 5 have failed. The best approach is to bet on the top 5 batsmen and give our bowlers the best shot at making the task easier for the top 5.

  • AKS286 on December 30, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    playing test cricket without a specialist spinner is not a good idea. i've doubt on hilfy that he will bowl well or not. bcoz hilfy is not a consistant bowler. tendulkar, laxman, dravid, sehwag gambhir are very tough batsmen they can bounce anytime anyplace. where is johnson injured or not? 1 experienced bowler is needed to tackle srt, wall & vvs. johnson can bat too. one left arm pace bowler is needed. johnson, siddle pattinson. beer must get a chance. beer has the capability to become a world class bowler in all 3 format of the game.spinner is very useful to bowl out tailenders.3 pacers & beer gxcellent combination. and just 1 test match passed out. never under estimate the WORLD champs. and five world class batsmen too.

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

    I'll be interested to see where India go if they are 2-0 down at the end of the SCG Test. In England everyone blamed the absence of Zaheer and Sehwag for large parts of the series and poor preparation. They have Zak and Sehwag back and have had a proper build-up so can they really go on about being slow starters? The problems lie in the depth of the batting and the bowling. The number six slot is a real issue and, apart from the exciting introduction of Yadav, the bowling looks weak. There is too much reliance on Zaheer and there is no guarantee his body will hold up. Australia are there for the taking but I can't see it happening.

  • CricketFanInLosAngles on December 30, 2011, 16:11 GMT

    Gambhir should be rested. He is out of form and has to sort out the short balls. Kohli is good but has the weakness of moving across and playing on leg side. I would go with Rohit who is more complete and correct player. He would be great in Aus conditions and is in form. As for the SCG pitch, I think it will help Indian bowlers more in the later stage of the game. Last game result was because India lost it more than Australia winning it.

  • Pritt32 on December 30, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    Indian batmen appear to struggle on pitches favouring bowlers and there is pace in the pitch. I fear the Aussies will take full advantage of this and bowl out India for low scores in Sydney. The only way to avoid this fear is for Indian batmen to have plenty of practises prior to the match to overcome their weaknesses by analysing where they went wrong in the Melbourne match. The bowling is looking good, but needs the killer instinct to finish the job quickly and stop giving easy pickings. I hope team India put on a much better performance in the batting, otherwise it will same story as England.

  • iluvcricinfo on December 30, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    If you expect something from India, they always fail..Don't expect anything from this Indian team even though they are paper tigers..There are too many flaws in this team.. Don't know how to get out tailenders..Don't know how to place fielders for tailenders.. Don't know how to field..Don't know how to run between wickets..AND don't know how to bat on fast pitches..Another 4-0 on the cards..

  • support123 on December 30, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    everybody is talking about bowlers and batsmen.but think indian players dropped 2 catches in first match also in england..already weakened attack and drop catches...how they can..so dont drop catches...and also poor decisions mostly going against india...and also look at laxmans dismissal ..you can see that was a no-ball.what about if third umpire gives wrong decision so i dont think any reviews or techs can work

  • sunny1307 on December 30, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    2nd Vodafone Test Australia vs India at SCG.India won the toss under cloudy conditions and send oz into bat.1st inns-Aus 133 (Ponting 69,Pattinson 14,Zaheer 4-50) Ind 277 (Sachin 79,Dhoni 56,Siddle 5-61) 2nd inns Aus 492 (Ponting 159,Hussey 80,Ashwin 5-139) Ind 94 (Ishant 38,Sachin 9,Harris 7-29).Result-Australia wins by 254 runs.

  • rapidchase88 on December 30, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    If it supporst only to fastbowlers then I include Rohit Sharma and drop Ashwin he got only 1 tail wicket in second inning. So our batting will become very strong with kohli and Rohith. And I use one of the batsman as partime bowler. rohit/sehwag/sachin all can spin few overs. We need one more batsman to get 400+ score, caz gambir,dhoni out of form and kohli playing first time in ausies. So better to take one more batsman. And I also replace Ishanth with Mithun/vinay, he did not trouble oz much in the first test. 8 batsmans and 3 very good quicks and rohit/sehwag/sachin using for spin part time.

  • on December 30, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    Adding one more quick is not a good idea, but according to my point of view rohit sharma should come in place of kohli as he is more experienced and is at the peak of his form and a very good player of short pitch deliveries. The rest remaining the same, we were just unlucky to loose the 1st test, hope to come back strongly this time.....

  • amarnath79 on December 30, 2011, 15:38 GMT

    India lost the last test because of Ashwin's poor bowling in the second inning on a bowler's pitch. Need 4 quickies going into 2nd test. Let Sehwag and Sachin bowl some spin.

  • insightfulcricketer on December 30, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    Batting in these kind of pitches does not require special skills but it is more of a crapshoot. Only Sachin from both sides and to an extent Hussey played with any assurance. Weak sides like current Aussie one would prefer pitches where batting is like a lottery and bowlers like Siddle look world class.This improves their odds. When the Aussie was a world beating one they had good cricket pitches because they were better skilled and knew that good players will come ahead on good pitches rather than vagaries of toss and pitch determining result.

    These kind of pitches is a tribute to the Indian team and its famed batsmen. This is also cricket of some kind.

  • on December 30, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    When you take into account the poor batting of both sides at this time and that the pitch is going to offer assistance to the quicks on the first day, unless one side really steps up and bats well then it looks like the winner might be determined by who wins the toss.

  • on December 30, 2011, 15:06 GMT

    i dont understand why players from foreign country complaint wen dey get a turning track in india..they always prepare green lush wicket bouncy,seaming ones which trouble the indians....its very frustating to see india getting defeated & question arises is dis a fair series?

  • inefekt on December 30, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    No JonnyB, Englands second string attack is nowhere near as good as our best lineup. Hilfenhaus and Siddle wouldn't make our first XI if there were no injuries curtailing the others. Harris, Pattinson, Cummins, Lyon and Watson as the allrounder is our preferred attack. Anderson, Broad, Bresnan and Swann aren't a great deal better. Bresnan was treated with contempt against the likes of Hayden, Gilly etc when he first came onto the scene, same with Anderson and I'm sure Swann would have been dispatched into the stands by the Aussie side of the early to mid 2000's. They have simply been fortunate to come up against some woeful batting sides that any half decent attack would tear apart. Don't fool yourself, England's attack doesn't contain any great players, none will go down in history alongside the likes of Warne, McGrath, Marshall, Hadlee, Imran et al

  • Vedahametham on December 30, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    Why do you all predict and see the glass half-empty. Just see it as half-full or better not predict and wait and watch. The same guys if India performs then will go on rendering unnecessary high praises. From past teams that toured Australia. This is the best balanced side we have sent. The only problem is with so much of T20, IPL batsman have lost the art of playing the ball along the ground or dropping the rising ball in the D. This inconsistency is because of the 20 experience. But professionals they call themselves with a fortune earning behind them should quickly adopt to all forms of cricket. Its like reading an epic patiently and get your thoughts away from the James Hadely Chase fast novels.

  • on December 30, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    Its now time to stop blaming our bowling performance, Infact its our batting that has let us down abroad in the recent time. Its time to say good bye to players like VVS Laxman and Gambhir to make way for youngsters, who are waiting for a chance to perform. Moreover if Dhoni doesn't learn fast from his maistakes as a test captain, its going to make even tougher for our players. Unfortunately, it seems that this tour will end exactly like English Summer tour.

  • Beertjie on December 30, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    Despite the temptation to leave Lyon out, this would not be a good idea at Sydney - the (new improved) WACA is a different story. But bringing Harris back is not worth it. Like others who are sceptical, it may be best to let him play the last two tests. that will enable them to see who to leave out when Lyon returns for Adelaide. I doubt Harris will last 3 tests in 3 weeks!

  • on December 30, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    Its bye bye India now. Going to be very difficult to win with their full strength team under performing

  • on December 30, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    Kohli can be replaced with Irfan.. a handful all-rounder with nice swing...

  • on December 30, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    Hopefully austrailaia would maintain its winning streak ;)

  • proscons on December 30, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    Another easy win for Australia and the only thing to discuss in Indian camps would be DRS. Their old-school tactics will take them nowhere. Learn from Sri Lanka & Pakistan.

  • Marcio on December 30, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    Obviously whoever wins the toss will bowl. So India shouldn't be disheartened as they have a decent attack and the AUS batsmen have looked dodgy of late. So India definitely in with a good show. But I admit if India bat first against Harris, Pattinson and co there is a chance they might get skittled for not much. I think Lyon is great spin prospect. But let's face it. We are not going to out-spin India in any series! We have to go with our strengths , not play to India's.

  • dsig3 on December 30, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    India will be better in this match. I really hope Aus dont get too complacent because I think we had just as many problems as India. Everybody is writing them off but if they put us in to bat on the first morning I dont like our chances to be honest. Why does everyone write them off considering Aus have crashed in every odd match? The teams are very, very even.

  • ramanan.ch on December 30, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    Get Rohit Sharma IN as soon as possible please. The only Indian player who has the technique against fast bowling and still young with fast hands! Virat Kohli is a fantastic player in Asian conditions and please save him for that. How the hell the selectors can forget his exposure in WI that quickly. ODIs may be ok. The skill of playing fast bowling in test matches does not just come in one Australien tour if you just let anyone play. The technique has to be learnt and Rohit has it. If still want to play Kohli, then get some other player out(may be Gambhir considering his exposure at the top now). But Rohit must play from now. Not in the last test by when India thinks the series is not that important for any reasons ! And believe me, Dhoni's captainship is NOT gonna win anything for us in the Test series. It has to be his batting. If he can't battle in the batting field, he has to release the spot. I still believe if he believe/applu in himself, he can make a good impact.

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

    Harris will play in this match for sure in place of Lyon or maybe Cowan because he is carrying a niggle.

  • satyajeetking on December 30, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    May be this is the biggest mistake Aussies r doing by preparing a pitch which will suit the fast bowlers.If we remember the perth test last time also promised similar results but what the Indians did was unexpected.So may be this pitch is a blessing in Disguise for the Indians

  • Rags57 on December 30, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    Given that India is being welcomed with green, bouncy and seaming tracks in England, South Africa and Australia, it is a pity that India does not have any plan of preparing players for handling these conditions. With Dhoni's short sighted approach crying for pitches that start spinning on day 1, I don't see any way by which India can ever aspire to become world no 1 again. BCCI is going to wake up only when we get to the bottom of the ICC rankings in a few years from now. If India needs to be a genuine contender for the 2017 world test championships there is some foresight needed NOW. Will the BCCI respond to the desperate call of the millions of Indian fans?

  • netcricketfan4ever on December 30, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    The thing I love about the Aussies is that no matter how strong or weak their side is, they always give their 100%. Very few sides do that. I won't be surpirsed if they go to the top of the Test rankings very soon. Pattinson is a great find and you have an injured Cummins and hopefully a fit Harris. Lyons may not be a Warne but looks decent. Down the line, India will realize how little their batting attack has achieved in terms of success abroad in the Test arena. It is probably unlikely you will see batsmen of the class of SRT, Dravid and Laxman play at the same time, yet they have not been able to achieve a Test series victory in Australia or South Africa till date. Of course, you can attribute the Indian bowling to it, but anyone would realize that the Indian batting has been just as poor as their bowling. They are a bunch of underachievers and highly overrated.

  • on December 30, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    Then it will be again tough for the indian batsmen .....they will be having tough time in sydney too so they should pace their innings very well ..as for the bowlers its ok but they should avoid giving width to the australian batsmen and dhoni should decide their bowling composition correctly before the match....... otherwise it will be again an white wash only ..........

  • yug20 on December 30, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    India should drop one batsman (V.V.S or kohli) and go with one extra pace-man and go aggressively at the Aussie.... bring mithun who can bat a bit as the 5th bowler. 1)shewag.2)gambhir.)dravid.4)tendulkar.5).V.S/Kohli.6)dhoni.7)ashwin.8)mithun.9)zaheer.10)ishant.11)yadav.

  • on December 30, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    I wish Indian bowling attack could gain some more tooth and does not fall way side. Mithun is a good bowler but we are really having a bad luck without varun aaron who could have been handful. Praveen was ideal foil. We just need Praveen or Varun or at least a pathan here. Then we need Lachchi and Kohli come to party and Dhoni blasting his way out as SCG will assist spin. Its looking very bleak and I see nothing more than 2-0 loss at the end of SCG.

  • jonnybtestmatch on December 30, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Why is there so much talk of pitches, why can't batsmen from both sides just perform on them. The Indian batsmen have toured overseas enough now to surely not worry about a bit of grass on the pitch. As for the Aussie attack being best in the world you must be joking. Would rather have England's second choice attack than Hilfenhaus, Lyon and Siddle

  • rahulcricket007 on December 30, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    MY PREDICTION : INDIA IST INNINGS 67 ALL OUT , AUS FIRST INNINGS 290 ALL OUT INDIA 2ND INNINGS 93 ALL OUT . RESULT AUS WON BY AN INNINGS & 130 RUNS .@CRICKETCRAZY555 . NO BODY IS EXPECTING COMBACK FROM INDIA , WE ALL KNOW INDIA WILL GET WHITEWASHED LIKE THE ENGLAND TOUR .

  • Imran-Akram on December 30, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    Another bad news for home tigers india!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • NairUSA on December 30, 2011, 13:38 GMT

    The matchup awaits. Hopefully a good pitch where everyone has a chance. Team India should be aiming to bat responsibly this time around as their bowlers can inflict the needed damage.

  • msreek24 on December 30, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    Dhoni please include one more fast bowler in the team, any way bowlers are the ones who are doing the batting and bowling.

  • longlivewoodoo on December 30, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    With 4 quicks on grassy pitch , india is the way to get white washed.

  • on December 30, 2011, 13:11 GMT

    indian bowlers should be more aggressive towards talenders, we lost close matches because of this.....this has been a great problem for india in recent years....even if this match also in 1st and 2nd innings around 150 runs had been given which is too much..

  • on December 30, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    Come on India! time to bat well and show Australia that you aren't pushovers. Time that Gambhir and Virat join the party.

  • on December 30, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    it was a good first test...but it is a history now nd India will definetly come back.....cmmon india jst do it...play with sme common sense,,,,go

  • rahulcricket007 on December 30, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    EVEN DRAVID WAS BETTER TEST CAPTAIN THAN DHONI , DRAVID 'S RECORD IN OVERSEAS WAS 1-0 WIN IN WI , 1-0 WIN IN ENGLAND , 2-1 LOSS IN SA . WHILE DHONI 'S IS 1-1 IN SA , 4-0 IN ENGLAND & PROBABLY 4-0 IN AUS NOW . ABSOLUTELY RUBBISH , PATHETIC CAPTAIN . CLEARLY A WASTE MATERIAL .

  • Gupta.Ankur on December 30, 2011, 12:35 GMT

    Well it seems win against India has gone into the head of the aussies......They haven't learnt from two batting collapses even in this test....

    If Aus bat first, they would be out of the contest in the 1st session itself...

  • 200ondebut on December 30, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    If I was an Aussie I would want the pitches as fast and bouncy as they could make them.

  • on December 30, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    hope Aus will thrash the overrated flat track bullies again

  • crikey on December 30, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    How can you be happy with a pitch like that. The team batting second builds up such a first innings lead that the team batting first is completely demoralised before they even start on their second innings. They might even need to score 250 just to get on even keel again, let alone build a lead to defend. Spending day 2 and 3 in the field takes it out of bowler and fielder alike so that second innings batting becomes more difficult. You cannot put to much life in a first day pitch.

  • on December 30, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    have green top n put india into bat 1st........lolx

  • GreenTeam-Elite on December 30, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    It's mean Hilfenhaus, Siddle, Pattinson & Harris all four are going to Hammer Indian Batting Line up by their quick deliveries!!! It always Good to watch a game on a green top pitch where batsmen struggle!!! Asian pitches should also be Fast Tracks!!! ICC should ban Slow Flat tracks!!!

  • AndyMack on December 30, 2011, 10:38 GMT

    So after he says it will turn later in the game, Aust consider leaving out a spinner..?? It's quite simple Pup, pick a spinner and 3 quicks, win the toss, bowl first.

  • on December 30, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    India needs to win this test in Sydney, or else it's gonna be a 3-1, or worst, 4-0 in favour of Australia. I think for India to have the best chance of winning in Sydney, they need to drop either Laxman or Kohli and play an extra spin bowler. Another possible selection could be to let the other spinner play in Sharma's spot, but this may not be favourable.

  • on December 30, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    Looks very exciting............

  • on December 30, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    Good Luck Sydney. Congrats for hosting 100th Test. Hope it offers good Pace battery.

  • warnerbasher on December 30, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    Hooray. We've been preparing featherbeds for these blokes when they have been out here on previous tours and its about time we reverted to preparing pitches to suit our strengths much like the doctored wickets they serve up when we tour India. As we saw from their tour to England this year only one or two of the grandpa's in their batting lineup can been deemed great when the wickets present a challenge to the batsmen. An average of 50 in india is like an average of 40 elsewhere. Let our quickies get stuck into these characters in Sydney. The bleating will begin again like last time when they lose in Sydney

  • Plz_Dont_Get_Whitewashed on December 30, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    India had the best chance of winning a Test in Aus when they were 214/3 at the end of 2nd day in Melbourne, but they squandered the chance and lost the match. Unfortunately for India, this is the Best Team they can have under the present circumstances - The most Experienced Batsmen and Fit & Fast Bowlers. There is not much they can do to improve this lot, but for Aus if they bring in Harris instead of Lyon, and Watson instead of Marsh then India won't be able to even Draw one single match ... we'll get steam rolled and lose 0-4 the entire series!!! :-((((

  • rahulcricket007 on December 30, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    I THINK IF AUS WON THE TOSS THEN THEY SHOULD ELECT TO FIELD FIRST , SO THEY CAN EASILY BOWL OUT INDIA UNDER 100 ON A FRESH PITCH , AND MADE 600 LIKE ENGLAND . TOIL INDIAN TEAM FOR 2 DAYS IN FIELD , & BOWL THEM UNDE 200 IN 2 ND INNINGS . AUS WON BY INNINGS & 300 RUNS .

  • atuljain1969 on December 30, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    In Australia India should not expect spinner friendly pitches, they will prepare only fast pitches. Message for BCCI that they should only prepare spinner pitches to support Indian cricket team in India.

  • sankar8000 on December 30, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    I think Sehwag,Sachin and Dravid must show Aussies that they can handle these pace and swing attack...Expecting a much improved performance from them..

  • on December 30, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    india better win the toss and bowl first! :S

  • AJ_Tiger86 on December 30, 2011, 7:44 GMT

    Making a bowler-friendly wicket would be suicidal for Australia. Especially given they have a 1-0 series lead.

  • Captain_Crick on December 30, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    Would be an interesting first day's play and a competitive test match overall. Indians would look forward to comeback into the test series and Australians would do well by including Harris in the bowling line-up and dropping Lyon. The famed Indian batting line up would be put to test once again. Australians have the upper hand but never count the Indians out!

  • on December 30, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    hum this is the time aussies should go with foy pacers,lyon shd be dropped and cummins shd be back in bwling line up..where is shane watson?

  • on December 30, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    result is 4-0............................................

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

    "Each surface was full of life on the first day before settling down and turning later". That sounds suspiciously like a test match wicket to me. That's exactly what all groundsmen everywhere should be aiming for.

  • Romenevans on December 30, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    Turn on day 5? Forget about it. India won't last for 3 days. All the batsmen will be under pressure to secure their place and in that process India will again lose because of their batting collapse. Bowling will come good again, as always! Then after match Dhoni: "Well, we tried hard but they bowled well in the right areas".

  • NairUSA on December 30, 2011, 6:38 GMT

    Will be pretty interesting to watch this game. Indian seamers must also relish bowling in this pitch if the prediction for bounce and pace is true. Hope the Team India batsmen can rise upto the occassion this time. Again, let the best team win.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 30, 2011, 6:32 GMT

    Fast pitch is not India's problem. Dhoni is. Ask Chappelli. He was just so annoyed with Dhoni. If Dhoni doesn't change his ways, I expect no contest. Good luck to both the teams.

  • satish619chandar on December 30, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    This is expected.. The whole world has seen how the Indian batsmen can perform on pitch that are true.. Unless the pitch is green, they can't be challenged.. Good move from Aussies to play to their strength.. My only request is, please don't whine if India produces a pitch that offers turn from day one..

  • on December 30, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    More bad news for India. Aussies now twisting the knife into the misery.

  • cricketcrazy555 on December 30, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    Doesn't matter how the pitch and conditions are going to be, one thing is sure India will loose the match again. I request all the Indian fans for not to have so many expectations on team India.

  • RandyOZ on December 30, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    Great news. The number 1 attack in the world, still missing Harris, Cummins and Cutting, will roll India for double digits!

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  • RandyOZ on December 30, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    Great news. The number 1 attack in the world, still missing Harris, Cummins and Cutting, will roll India for double digits!

  • cricketcrazy555 on December 30, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    Doesn't matter how the pitch and conditions are going to be, one thing is sure India will loose the match again. I request all the Indian fans for not to have so many expectations on team India.

  • on December 30, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    More bad news for India. Aussies now twisting the knife into the misery.

  • satish619chandar on December 30, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    This is expected.. The whole world has seen how the Indian batsmen can perform on pitch that are true.. Unless the pitch is green, they can't be challenged.. Good move from Aussies to play to their strength.. My only request is, please don't whine if India produces a pitch that offers turn from day one..

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 30, 2011, 6:32 GMT

    Fast pitch is not India's problem. Dhoni is. Ask Chappelli. He was just so annoyed with Dhoni. If Dhoni doesn't change his ways, I expect no contest. Good luck to both the teams.

  • NairUSA on December 30, 2011, 6:38 GMT

    Will be pretty interesting to watch this game. Indian seamers must also relish bowling in this pitch if the prediction for bounce and pace is true. Hope the Team India batsmen can rise upto the occassion this time. Again, let the best team win.

  • Romenevans on December 30, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    Turn on day 5? Forget about it. India won't last for 3 days. All the batsmen will be under pressure to secure their place and in that process India will again lose because of their batting collapse. Bowling will come good again, as always! Then after match Dhoni: "Well, we tried hard but they bowled well in the right areas".

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

    "Each surface was full of life on the first day before settling down and turning later". That sounds suspiciously like a test match wicket to me. That's exactly what all groundsmen everywhere should be aiming for.

  • on December 30, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    result is 4-0............................................

  • on December 30, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    hum this is the time aussies should go with foy pacers,lyon shd be dropped and cummins shd be back in bwling line up..where is shane watson?