Australia v India, 2nd Test, Sydney January 1, 2012

Hussey nervous about Tendulkar

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Australia are wary of Sachin Tendulkar ahead of the SCG's 100th Test, an occasion seemingly scripted to produce his 100th international century. Before the teams trained at the ground on New Year's Day, Michael Hussey said Tendulkar's return to the scene of three of his most satisfying innings carried portents of doom for the hosts.

Tendulkar was denied a hundred in Melbourne by a sharp delivery from Peter Siddle in the first innings, then sank with the rest of the batsmen in the second. But in each innings he showed the sort of touch that may easily bloom into a large score at the SCG, and Hussey said he was "nervous" at the thought.

"I am a bit nervous because the stars seem to be aligning with Sachin needing one more 100," Hussey said. "The 100th Test match in Sydney - he's made runs here before - it's a little bit ominous but hopefully we can make him wait until after this series and he can get a 100 in the first game of the next series that he plays."

Enthusiasm for Tendulkar's pursuit of his next 100 is vast among followers of the game both Australian and Indian, and Hussey remarked on the odd sensation of playing before a home crowd willing an opponent on towards success. "I do find that strange," Hussey said. "I can assure you that everyone in our dressing-room does not want him to make a 100. I think our bowlers down in Melbourne did an outstanding job, not just to Sachin but to all of their batsmen.

"They've got one of the best batting line-ups ever and the plans that we set and the way they [the bowlers] executed them were second to none. For a reasonably inexperienced attack to be able to do that job, and for long periods of time which is something we've been really working on, it's a real testament to the bowling group."

Irrespective of how well Australia's bowlers performed in Melbourne, they know Sydney may be quite a different scenario. While the pitch will offer some early assistance to the quicks, it shows less of the green tinge that has characterised its appearance in the previous two Test matches against England and Pakistan.

"Just from walking across the ground, it [the pitch] looks a lot less green than it has been over the last few years," Hussey said. "Certainly, in the last few years, I think the Sydney pitch has changed texture from when it used to be a real dust bowl and helped the spinners. The last few years have been really seamer friendly and there's been overhead conditions to help that as well."

In 2004 India stacked up a leviathan 7 for 705 in the first innings at the ground, while four summers ago it was 532, before Australia recovered to win in dramatic and acrimonious circumstances. Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid played in each match and will want to emulate those tallies.

"They're very experienced players. They know their game so well. They've played in Australia before," Hussey said of India's batsmen. "So I would expect them to bounce back very hard and we're going to have to make sure we're ready for a real counterattack. They'll be very determined.

"[But] we can take a lot of confidence out of the game in Melbourne. The way our bowlers were relentless with their line and length to the Indian batsmen, they know they're going to be in for a tough series."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Ponting_the_best on January 4, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    Continued --- Ponting (4th innings) 143* out of the 288 target against SA, 100* against SA in SA, 86 off 84 against NZ in NZ, 62 against SA in SA (with Steyn, Philander and Morkel in the opposition and Aus won by 2 Wics). Last 2 are small targets but I point it out because out of the 24 matches India lost in the 4th Innings, India too had low totals 1997-WI-target 120 (india a.o 81, sach 4), 1999 Pak target 270+ (Ind a.0 232 sach 9). Also of the 24 innings there were innings where a solid knock from Sachin could have drawn the match. There are also a few innings where India lost by 50-120 runs. Off the 51 centuries a couple could have come here and won matches. One thing is, in the 4th innings monumental career averages don't really count - only thing that counts is to play under pressure.

  • Ponting_the_best on January 4, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    @ TendulkarDgr8 - firstly your stats are based on 15 innings where India won in the 4th innings. Off the 5, 50+ contributions he made, the only 100 he made was setup was Sehwag (Sehwag won MoM for a 80 odd of 60 balls inspite of getting 9 in the first innings). So it is really unfair to say Sachin won the match for India. Off the other 4, in 2 of the innings he came in when half the runs were knocked off by the top 3. One was against WI recently (no comments), With SL he got out with 100 runs needed and Laxman scored a century. None of them are matches won by Tendulkar; he had a contribution. Compare that to Lara - 153* vs Aus (with Mcg, Gill, War, Mcgill) and played for last 60 with # 10 and 11; scored 80* in a match with SL in a match where 208 was the highest score in an innings.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 2, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    I hope LillianThomson got a chance to read the newspapers in Australia/Sydney over the last 3 days and throws some light and convinces us about how all those thousands and thousands of Australian normal people are related to Indian Cricket and so are talking of the 100th century. Yeah, right! LOL..

  • TendulkarDgr8 on January 2, 2012, 22:04 GMT

    I am tired of all those ignorant people who keep saying sachin does not win matches for india... So here are some statistics... Sachin averages 66.59 in the matches won by India... This is the highest average for an Indian batsmen who has played more than 10 test matches. Compare this against his average of 38.09 in test matches india have lost and you will know who is the match winner in the Indian team. And for those people who keep saying he does not play well in pressure situations... Well sachin has an astounding average of 72.5 in all the games that India have successfully chased in the 4th innings... This is second only to VVS Laxman... He has an average of 23.4 in the all matches india lost batting 4th... This only prooves that India wins which sachin plays well and india very rarely wins when he does not do well... So knock off your baseless accusations against Sachin who has served the game and the country for more than 21yrs...

  • GreenTeam-Elite on January 2, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    Hussey!!! No Need to be Nervous about Tendulkar or any other batsman Just prepare a Green Top Pitch and See the Result, All So Called GODS will be Out Under 15 on Score Board!!!

  • on January 2, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    Why do you guys keep spouting India king of flat track bullocks? You are king of crumbling sub standard pitches and 6 spinners. If your spinners can't take wickets then even SL can knock up 1000 runs. Your spinners are crap now, time to make green pitches and let your 120kph bowlers wobble them.

  • Isteaz on January 2, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    All said & done Sachin is the best batsman of all time!!!

  • ian_ghose on January 2, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    Hosts nervous about who?

  • on January 2, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    sanga is the greatest batsman ever no argues about that

  • on January 2, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    Continue with previous post

    Sachin Plays at no. 3 and 1 or 2 wickets down is not a worst condition for the team.and some cricket lovers are talking about wisden top -100... they should see carefully wisden... for example In Top 100 innings by bowler .. there is no name of shane warn in top - 100. even Harbhajan Sing got place 4-5 times in Top 100, and friends Murli Dharan also is not able to got a place in top - 10, while Anil Kumble is on 2nd no...

  • Ponting_the_best on January 4, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    Continued --- Ponting (4th innings) 143* out of the 288 target against SA, 100* against SA in SA, 86 off 84 against NZ in NZ, 62 against SA in SA (with Steyn, Philander and Morkel in the opposition and Aus won by 2 Wics). Last 2 are small targets but I point it out because out of the 24 matches India lost in the 4th Innings, India too had low totals 1997-WI-target 120 (india a.o 81, sach 4), 1999 Pak target 270+ (Ind a.0 232 sach 9). Also of the 24 innings there were innings where a solid knock from Sachin could have drawn the match. There are also a few innings where India lost by 50-120 runs. Off the 51 centuries a couple could have come here and won matches. One thing is, in the 4th innings monumental career averages don't really count - only thing that counts is to play under pressure.

  • Ponting_the_best on January 4, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    @ TendulkarDgr8 - firstly your stats are based on 15 innings where India won in the 4th innings. Off the 5, 50+ contributions he made, the only 100 he made was setup was Sehwag (Sehwag won MoM for a 80 odd of 60 balls inspite of getting 9 in the first innings). So it is really unfair to say Sachin won the match for India. Off the other 4, in 2 of the innings he came in when half the runs were knocked off by the top 3. One was against WI recently (no comments), With SL he got out with 100 runs needed and Laxman scored a century. None of them are matches won by Tendulkar; he had a contribution. Compare that to Lara - 153* vs Aus (with Mcg, Gill, War, Mcgill) and played for last 60 with # 10 and 11; scored 80* in a match with SL in a match where 208 was the highest score in an innings.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 2, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    I hope LillianThomson got a chance to read the newspapers in Australia/Sydney over the last 3 days and throws some light and convinces us about how all those thousands and thousands of Australian normal people are related to Indian Cricket and so are talking of the 100th century. Yeah, right! LOL..

  • TendulkarDgr8 on January 2, 2012, 22:04 GMT

    I am tired of all those ignorant people who keep saying sachin does not win matches for india... So here are some statistics... Sachin averages 66.59 in the matches won by India... This is the highest average for an Indian batsmen who has played more than 10 test matches. Compare this against his average of 38.09 in test matches india have lost and you will know who is the match winner in the Indian team. And for those people who keep saying he does not play well in pressure situations... Well sachin has an astounding average of 72.5 in all the games that India have successfully chased in the 4th innings... This is second only to VVS Laxman... He has an average of 23.4 in the all matches india lost batting 4th... This only prooves that India wins which sachin plays well and india very rarely wins when he does not do well... So knock off your baseless accusations against Sachin who has served the game and the country for more than 21yrs...

  • GreenTeam-Elite on January 2, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    Hussey!!! No Need to be Nervous about Tendulkar or any other batsman Just prepare a Green Top Pitch and See the Result, All So Called GODS will be Out Under 15 on Score Board!!!

  • on January 2, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    Why do you guys keep spouting India king of flat track bullocks? You are king of crumbling sub standard pitches and 6 spinners. If your spinners can't take wickets then even SL can knock up 1000 runs. Your spinners are crap now, time to make green pitches and let your 120kph bowlers wobble them.

  • Isteaz on January 2, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    All said & done Sachin is the best batsman of all time!!!

  • ian_ghose on January 2, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    Hosts nervous about who?

  • on January 2, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    sanga is the greatest batsman ever no argues about that

  • on January 2, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    Continue with previous post

    Sachin Plays at no. 3 and 1 or 2 wickets down is not a worst condition for the team.and some cricket lovers are talking about wisden top -100... they should see carefully wisden... for example In Top 100 innings by bowler .. there is no name of shane warn in top - 100. even Harbhajan Sing got place 4-5 times in Top 100, and friends Murli Dharan also is not able to got a place in top - 10, while Anil Kumble is on 2nd no...

  • on January 2, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    Mr.. aqua_omer

    Below are few Statistics from Sachin Tendulkar Test Match Hundreds: 1) Sachin highest score in a test match was 248 runs against Bangladesh, at Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka on 12th December 2004. 2) Sachin lowest score among his 51 hundreds is 100 against South Africa at Cricket Association Stadium (2), Nagpur on 9th Feb 2010. 3) Number of Test Hundreds Scored against individual Team

    a) Australia Sachin Tendulkar scored 11 Test Hundreds b) Bangladesh Sachin Tendulkar scored 5 Test Hundreds c) England Sachin Tendulkar scored 7 Test Hundreds d) New Zealand Sachin Tendulkar scored 4 Test Hundreds e) Pakistan Sachin Tendulkar scored 2 Test Hundreds f) South Africa Sachin Tendulkar scored 7 Test Hundreds g) Sri Lanka Sachin Tendulkar scored 9 Test Hundreds h) West Indies Sachin Tendulkar scored 3 Test Hundreds i) Zimbabwe Sachin Tendulkar scored 3 Test Hundreds

  • atthipatti on January 2, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    @RandyOZ, True!! "Bradman is at least 5 times better than Sachin." That makes him at least 6 times better than Dravid, 7 times better than Lara, 8 times better than Sanga/Kallis & Ricky Ponting in nowhere in the scene right?? Hats off & what a start to 2012 with your first piece troll!!!!

  • on January 2, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    Most of us have not seen brad man bat but 50 years after his retirement from cricket we still regard him the best batsman ever this is because of his test avg close to 100 right similarly 50 years from now who would have not seen srt bat will regard him as the best ever because of his record of 100 international hundreds believe me no one will come close to it so when it comes cherish the moment

  • on January 2, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    dont you guys have anything better to talk abt than this nonevent?

  • on January 2, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    bradman was great in his time time but sachin is ovibously the greatest batsman this generation will see......

  • on January 2, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    "This is just the way the Australians fool Indians, "stars are aligning" "100th. Test at Sydney and 100th Century for Sachin" , so that Sachin may become complacent and lose his wicket.Australians know that if Sachin does score big then they will not have any chance of winning the Test Match. No they are plottiing exactly how many bouncers they are going to bowl and how many outside the off stump line in an over they will bowl to Sachin and Gambhir,who cant face bouncers and cant resist playing the ball away from his body. And if Sachin cant get out they will go for more vociferous appeals for LBW decisions against Sachin and ultimately one of the Umpires may just succumb to the appealing. Before the Melbourne Test the Australians were praising India as the Worlds best batting line up and so the Indians became complacent and lost Test. Its important to remember that MCG was meant to be Australia's paradise and Indians waterloo so losing at MCG should should be taken as a pinch of salt.

  • on January 2, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    This is funny. Indians losing 1-0 and saying they will win 3-1. 1st try winning a test then talking about conclusions. Look what happened against England? Destroyed! India should talking about on how to be the Aussies than about Sachin's 100s. Its not about him. Its a team sport. He may be a great batsmen but he is so rubbish in the field and nowadays you have to be good at both.

  • RandyOZ on January 2, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    Sachin really isn't much better than Australian grade cricketers. The pitches are so flat in India that anyone could score there. Bradman is at least 5 times better than Sachin.

  • muthuthewaves on January 2, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    Sachin haters take this. Had sachin played for australia or south africa that team wont loose a single match. See the crowd in any part of this world they wil stand up and respect this man. This happens everywhere except india. Its shame for us.

  • ccrriicc on January 2, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    No doubt about it - Tendulkar is a legend too. But Hussey shouldn't be nervous about Sachin - it is Sehwag - he scores India wins, he fails India fails. Sehwag is far greater a batsman than Sachin - simply because Sehwag impacts the outcome of every match he plays in!

  • on January 2, 2012, 1:29 GMT

    The Aussies are a bit nervous as the stars seem to align with the Little Master getting close to a 100th 100 in international Cricket. Can he do it at SCG's 100th Test?

  • AvidCricFan on January 2, 2012, 1:03 GMT

    The aging Indian line up is a liability. India needs to rewamp the line up. However, there are is real young talent who can fill the shoes of these oldies. Too much of T20 and ODI cricket early in cricketer's career is pretty much killing the time to develop skills needed for the test cricket. In the mean time, I will not be surprised to see repeat of English summer.

  • aqua_omer on January 2, 2012, 0:56 GMT

    Doesn't matter whether Sachin gets his 100th Hundred or not as his record shows that out of his 99 international hundreds, only a handful of those have been match winning!! when wisdon came up with best 100 inning somewhere in early 2000's, Sachin name wasn't there in even top hundred where B.C Lara's name was twice in top 10. Though I don't 100% agree with that ranking but Sachin hasn't made such valuable contributions. All of India's amazing wins have come courtesy Dravid or Laxman who have won games where as Sachin has scored when team needed least, and my money is that he will score a hundred in probably Adelaide and by then it will be a dead rubber, as Australia will be 2-0 up or 3-0 up!

  • on January 2, 2012, 0:54 GMT

    Like it or not;

    Bradman was the best in his time and all time.

    Sachin is good in his time and will be the one challenged always for his records.

    How the records came does not matter. They came for a number of reasons. Give them their dues taking nothing away from either.

  • on January 2, 2012, 0:51 GMT

    Final series score Ind-Aus---> 3-1 Mark my words!

  • Built_4_the_Kill on January 2, 2012, 0:30 GMT

    Sachin and Don are two different planets. Frankly speaking if Sachin was playing cricket during Bradman's time and/or vice versa, for sure there would have been a very/very thin line to separate two greats. I have seen some old footage of Don's innings and I can bet that he wasn't a technically sound batsman . However no one can question his hand/eye coordination which made him a legend (Only Sehwag has that quality and that is why he is currently sitting on two triple centuries). Whereas Sachin is technically a very sound batsman. Frankly speaking bowlers of this generation are able to get him out is because he offer them his wicket. Very rarely you find him getting out by an playable delivery. Now come to records. Whether or not he is after the records it is totally irrelevant... because if he is after the records who is benefiting most (after himself)? Yeah.... you all guessed it right... It is team India. Salute to (Late) Don Bradman and Salute to Sachin (living legend).

  • wagon_wheel on January 1, 2012, 23:58 GMT

    @ Ramesh Soundararajan continued... It will be the only reason that Sachin will always remain a great of the game and will and should be mentioned in the same breath as Bradman. In fact I will also consider Sunil Gavaskar, Vivian Richards, Brian Lara and Kallis in the same league. Just to conclude, it is not only insulting Sachin but also insulting Bradman when we compare batsmen of different eras and different playing conditions. The greatness of Sachin will only be understood when we will not see the Little Master on a cricket field after he has retired. I rest my case.

  • Alexk400 on January 1, 2012, 23:57 GMT

    Aussies are over hyping sachin ability to score runs under pressure. It is just mind game. They appointed hussey as a attack dog. he will say things that makes indians happy and they lose badly in the field. Aussies don't respect sachin because even though sachin can score , he never play any role in winning the game. He do not score fast when a milestone nearby. They identified him as weakness...they think he is a dead weight and pull down indian ship by just talking about 100. Aussie will talk more about sachin 100 than any other players because it is fun , if sachin succeed they can say we told you so , if not they are double happy. One stone , Two mango. Excellant.

  • wagon_wheel on January 1, 2012, 23:52 GMT

    @ Ramesh Soundararajan Ifs and Buts can't change facts. Who knows Bradman might have averaged only 50 in the current day matches. Who knows if Bradman could have stood upto the fierce West Indian bowlers with the same elan as Sunil Gavaskar, Who knows if Bradman could have managed Shane Warne the same way as Sachin has, There are several more such ifs and buts which dont add to facts. The fact is that Bradman played in the 30's and 40's against a single opposition and Sachin has played in a different era. If statistics are the only yardstick, then Sachin has etched a name for himself in the annals of cricket. But we all know that its not only statistics which are measure of a player's ability. Sachin has played against varied oppositions, in different eras and has stood up to both spinners and pace bowlers on all kinds of pitches with the same panache. Thats the only reason that Barry Richards is considered a great of the game even though he hardly played international cricket.

  • Drew2 on January 1, 2012, 23:46 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar is a testament to longevity. Because he is a special talent, he has been carefully managed all of his career to achieve batting records which seem to be more important than winning matches. Therefore, as a matchwinner, there are quite a few better than him, let alone Sir Donald Bradman. So how do we measure his greatness - accumulater of runs and centuries because he has played so many matches? If his strike rate was 60 to 70 in Tests, maybe then I would think about him being close to the best. Averages don't mean a lot, especially when they include quite a few innings against sub standard Test bowling. No doubt he will still average over 50 without these countries in mind, but so will many other batsman with better strike rates.

  • wagon_wheel on January 1, 2012, 23:42 GMT

    @MZEEM Quite an irony that you are not being honest with your thoughts. Sachin may or may not be greater than Bradman but he is atleast not 1000 times smaller than Ponting and Kallis as you suggest.

  • CaughtAndBowled on January 1, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    I think it is deliberate ploy by the opposition to take the edge out of Indian batsman by heaping praise on them. England did that successfully in the last tour and I guess Aussies too are following it to the letter.

  • sam_m on January 1, 2012, 20:52 GMT

    The most praise heaped on any Indian lineup is by the opposition players... Against good bowling, the lineup fails time and time again.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 1, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    Guys, get a grip. What's this insularity in dragging The Great Don into this? Can't you Sachin fanatics talk about Sachin instead of dragging That Great Man Bradman into this mud? Shameful and disgraceful. Did you all forget what Dravid so convincingly conveyed to the whole world, at the Bradman Oration, and especially to Indians? Bradman is THAT YARDSTICK against which batsmanship is compared. Now you Sachin fantatics cut the crap and talk about Sachin. You guys are for sure an embarrassment for Sachin himself. Please publish.

  • Nishat_India on January 1, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    Typical Australian strategy to put the master under more pressure to get his 100th hundred.

  • on January 1, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    @Fawad - He plays cricket and records are made... Why do people give him a bumrap for being a record-chaser? You like and you grow hair; you don't live your life to grow hair. Yes, it's a Dhoni/Salman Butt kind of analogy, but that's what essentially the truth is. ||| Tendulkar is playing with reasonable fluency, but isn't in the form in which we're used to seeing him. In the first innings, he shouldn't have given up on his attacking way; in the second innings, he got a little too tentative. And what kind of crappy deal is this: He top scored for India in both innings and yet he's still the one to be blamed. Sucks to be him.

  • rustin on January 1, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    Call this "reverse sledging" . They did the same to Laxman last time around and it worked. They know a caustic remark will only bite back at them considering the calibre of players like Sachin.

  • Django on January 1, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    Who gives a da.n about a tupid made up record. What a farce this has turned out to be. Not one triple hundred, nt even against his fav bangla, who cares about miniscule centuries. India's best batsman over the last decade has been Sehwag. And easily too.

  • MZEEM on January 1, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    Sachin Vs Bradman? We must stop comparison. Bradman was legend Sachin is not. Bradman played for the country but Sachin plays for his records. Watch the first test against Australia and see what he has done. Ponting and Kallis are more than one thousand times better cricketers in all fields of cricket than Sachin. Therefore be honest with your thoughts and sayings.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 1, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    Coming to what Mr. Cricket says - Listen Hussey. Please don't rub salt into our wounds by saying that we have the best batting line-up. You sure like to give some back-handed compliments. Don't you? Didn't know you were such a naughty, wily oldie! You are not only making fun of them but also rubbing their egos and trying to make them less focussed with your praise. Cunning strategy! Good for you Hussey! But I'm sure Dravid, Sachin and VVS will not let your praise to play on their minds and will focus as they have been for their entire careers. Bring it on Mr. Cric. It's SCG now....Good luck to all the oldies of either teams.

  • on January 1, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    Bradman Vs Tendulkar? Of all test playing teams, Sachin has an average of 136 against Bangladesh and 76 against Zimbabwe. Agreed, Zimbabwe was a tougher side till 7/8 years back. Surely, England during Don's time, was a much tougher bowling attack than Bangladesh today? Sachin averages in the 40 to 60 range against everyone else. Don's batting average reveals a skill ahead of time and far ahead of what was offered as competition. Sachin is clearly the best of the lot in his time, but not superior. Bradman's record looks like Sehwag in Indian pitches on steroids. Over a 20 year period and but for WW 2, his numbers would have been even more astonishing.

  • sweetspot on January 1, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    Rohit Sharma coming in for Kohli will be much anticipated by many Indian fans. Not that Kohli is suddenly unfit for the job, but he seems to be a slave of that poke outside off. Much like Gambhir, another player I can see being left out. If the Aussies are focussed on Sachin, then it should be good for the other batsmen.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 1, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    And somebody was saying nobody outside India cares about Sachin's 100th international century. Who was that again? Oh, LillianThomson it was!

  • on January 1, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    Im just disappointed seeing tendulkar bat 2nd innings. That force me to doubt a bit in his abilities. Im very confused..... the way india batted and Dhoni captained I don't see India come along in this series. Dravid don't also looked easy and I wont surprise if he can't make it in this series. His body language was just not positive.

  • on January 1, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    @ kavinden seems u hav been at sleep for some years as laxman has won many test matches for india after d eden epic............. his inning against aus in mohali and one in sl helped india snatch win 4m d jaws of defeat.......

    one thing i hav noticed is that wenvr d opposition sledge indian team in media then india perfrms lot bettr n wenevr dey praise india for its form and resources , indian team cant even put a fight

  • on January 1, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    @Jordan Jaws Ettridge :...No doubt Don Bradman was the greatest Test batsman ever...but Sachin is the greatest Cricketer ever......At the time of Bradman, most of the matches were being played against one opposition( England)....

  • Rags57 on January 1, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    By talking and hyping about the 100th hundred for Sachin, even the Australian media is diverting India's attention from winning the Sydney test. Like Kapil Dev has often said whether or not Sachin scores a century is not important - it's the Indian win that should be of paramount importance to all - both the Indian players and the fans. To take a parallel, just because the great Don did not end his test career with a hundred average does not make him a lesser great. The same is true for Sachin - even in the unlikely event that he does not get his hundredth hundred before he calls it a day, he will still be an all time great. So, can we (at least the Indian fans and the team) shift our focus to an Indian win at Sydney?

  • on January 1, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    "They've got one of the best batting line-ups ever and the plans that we set and the way they [the bowlers] executed them were second to none. For a reasonably inexperienced attack to be able to do that job, and for long periods of time which is something we've been really working on, it's a real testament to the bowling group."

    no use- it may be best within India. No use.they cannot win matches. they can only be called as GOD. so media's GOD of cricket.

  • on January 1, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    So its all about records again. I thought Sachin once said that he doesn't play for records. Well it seems like he and rest of the people are talking more about him getting the 100 than winning a match or as a matter of fact their first series here. With the experience, the pandits were all with Indian team. I am not sure why are they so afraid of young and inexperienced Australian bowling attack.

    Once again, excellent stuff by Australian team. Firstly, by putting extra pressure on Sachin to focus on his century and then taking away the series. They are least concerned with Sachin making a record. I hope India lifts up their game even though my support is with Australia :)

  • Vishal_07 on January 1, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    It is time for Laxman to go. He has played great for India over the years but if he is pursued continuously I am afraid it will come to a situation where he won't be picked versus now he can retire on his own terms. He should emulate Ganguly. Have Kohli and Sharma play for a year, then have Dravid retire and Tendulkar a year after that (get Tiwary and Pujara and other folks in).

  • Deepak on January 1, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    Saching seems in good nick, but he's getting out after looking good. That can happen. Hope he soon gets his 100th 100. But, more importantly SOMEONE (or 2 batsmen) needs to get a century for India in this test. India need to score more than 300 - they seem to have gotten into this rut of scores below 300 (big scores at tracks like Eden Garden don't count, seriously). Common India!!

  • neilrajendran on January 1, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    This particular feed-back is to Mr Ettridge, I fully agree with u on all pts i.e., no helmet, body line tactics excepting 1 i.e., Mr Bradman had traveled only 2 d countries of Eng, WI, Nzl that's all if I am correct he toured India only once & above all he played most matches in Aus & his average outside is great but nt outstanding. & can u say with 1-day cricket intro would he have played with same intensity, certainly not. Look Mr Bradman played not more than 60-80 days of crictet (test) per year. But barring 1991 in which India hosted 1 test vs Lanka in India & 3 odis apart from Asia Cup of 4 matches & the rest of years from 1989-1997 played minimum of 120-160 days of international cricket alone excluding all I class games. Can yr so called Bradman play so much cricket with same intensity & passion. Even Aussie great Warne himself doubted Bradman's capability over this as he rightly commented as I've not seen Bradman play my opinion is Sachin is the greatest to have played cricket.

  • on January 1, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    People who compare against Bradman and say Tendulkar is not as good as Sir Don must be joking. People have never seen Don play and they have seen this God play. They know it very well that Don is light years behind Sachin. Long Live Sachin. Whether he gets that 100 100s or not, his other 99 does not become waste.....

  • on January 1, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    Drawing comparison between Sachin and Bradman is ridiculous. They have played in different eras. If the Don played in uncovered pitches without any protective gears, technology advancement these days have allowed the team management study the video footage of the player very closely and chart out strategies. We do not real time footage of how Don played. Sachin himself is not bothered about him getting compared to his peers of current crop or yesteryear's.

  • ssenthil on January 1, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    @Jordan Jaws Ettridge, Perhaps you have forgot Bradman never played apart from Australia and England and only against Mediocre bowling. There is no bowling like Bouncers those times as Body-Line series tells you when he is attacked towards his Body, his Average dropped drastically is another proof. Nothing to deny Bradman is a great batsman but he Proved nothing nor faced the sterner Tests as Sachin. Sachin Avg in Bangladesh would be greater then Bradman for a comparison as England were very similar to Bangladesh during those days.

  • likecricket77 on January 1, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    India winning is way more important. Sachin scoring a century is irrelevant. A contribution of 10 runs to win the match is more important than getting a 100 in a losing cause. If we as Indians understand the simple fact that the TEAM is more important than some useless individual landmark, we could produce a no. 1 team. And by no.1, I don't mean the fake no.1 team built on subcontinent achievements.

  • on January 1, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    hi happy new year to all.hope in 2012 indian can beat australia.india should play 4 pure fit fast bowlers .if ishant and zaheer not fit play abu nechim and ashok dinda along with vinay kumar and umesh.i presume if 6 batsman cant do any thing let us play 5 batsman.

  • Herath-UK on January 1, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    Tendulkar will acheive his goal definitely here or somewhere else but the Indian team should concentrate more on beating Aussies ,otherwise they may wake up to find they are struggling to wade off a whitewash similar to the one experienced in the UK.You can't deny somebody's class whether on flat pitches or bouncy ones as Sanga showed in Durban and I'm sure his golden moment will dawn with the new year. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • Gupta.Ankur on January 1, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Tendulkar is obviously the greatest batsmen of all time and india despite its recent failures has arguably the greatest batting line-up of all time...

  • indianpunter on January 1, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    Instill false sense of security among the Indian batsmen, make them think about their inflated records, massage their egos.. make them think that everything is fine.. and then knock them over. I hope the Indians dont fall for this tactic ( again)

  • PrajithR on January 1, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    @Jordan Jaws Ettridge... But the only decent team Bradman played against was England... If you consider only AUS vs ENG (min 6 matches), highest avg are - Bradman- 89.78, IJL Trott- 86.42, E Paynter- 84.42, SG Barnes- 70.50, H Sutcliffe- 66.85, etc... How would have Bradman played on a Subcontinent spinning paradise? You will never know... But to call him best solely because he scored heavily anainst ENG is not fair

  • on January 1, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    Bradman was from New South Wales and its destiny that Sachin will score his 100th ton in Sydney and pay tribute to Sir Bradman who thought Tendulkar reminded him playing of his younger days.

  • Nampally on January 1, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    Yes, I felt that Sachin will get his century in the first innings at MCG. He was playing full of confidence but he fell in the last over of the day - nervousness got the better of him. Even in the second he batted confidently. His opening stroke of a Six over the third man was a fantastic shot which put hillfenhouse at his place. When the same bowler pitchedhim outside the off Sachin once again cut him thru the slips for 4. That was great batting. It was a pity he could not keep it going longer with his strike rate around 85!.Idon't care what critics say, if he keeps playing with such confidence in Sydney, the Aussie seamers will be hiding for cover.India has a huge chink in their armour - Gambhir.His addiction to fishing at balls outside the off will bring his career to termination.With one opener OUT before the game starts,India does not have an alternate opener either.Rohit will displace Kohli for one spot.Will Gambhir be replaced by Rahane?India needs good opening stand to succeed

  • on January 1, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    I may be wrong but somehow I cant help the feeling that this is also a kind of aussie tactic to put pressure on tendulkar in disguise of praise .....

  • green_jelly on January 1, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    One bodyline series, where the opposition watched videos and planned an attack, reduced Bradman's average by almost half. Tendulkar is probably the most scrutinized batsman in cricket history, and he is still going steady. Work that out for yourselves.

  • on January 1, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    whatz a big deal... sydney is more of the Subcontinent flat track.... and can we stop the 100th 100... b4 start of every test match.... getting more of a routine!

  • on January 1, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    Most people always have a feeling that Sachin does not win Matches. For the recent loss in Melbourne some of his critics blame him. India were 214 for 3 when sachin was dismissed in the first innings for 73. But then the procession started and India were bowled out for 280 odd runs. If a team has to win all players need to contribute. You cannot expect India to win if Gambhir, Laxman, Kohli gets out in both innings without any contribution. Also Dhoni's captaincy leaves a lot to be desired. He is so defensive in his field setting which implies his mindset. Tendulkar has been playing well excepting missing his three figure mark on many occassions recently. Do not put undue pressure on him. Let him enjoy his game and it is high time others in the team (Excluding Dravid) are made accountable.

  • Herath-UK on January 1, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    Tendulkar will acheive his goal definitely here or somewhere else but the Indian team should concentrate more on beating Aussies ,otherwise they may wake up to find they are struggling to wade off a whitewash similar to the one experienced in the UK.You can't deny somebody's class whether on flat pitches or bouncy ones as Sanga showed in Durban and I'm sure his golden moment will dawn with the new year. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • sahajpalsingh on January 1, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    Loss of work $200 Ticket of match $60 Beers $100 watch indian looose the match PRICE LESSS

    What a team king of flat pitches.......

  • on January 1, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Its high time we started giving personal milestones less importance. The media should stop highlighting the 100th century as it will come when it is suppose to be. I mean , think how many indian fans will be happy to see Sachin score 100th ton but India lose the series?

  • on January 1, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    I have a lot of respect for hussey I want him to score as much as I want srt to score but the difference between the partnership between hussey had with ponting and sachin had with Dravid was the strikerate on one hand hussey had ponting who was also scoring freely on the other hand srt had Dravid who after being set also had a strike rate of 30 I think this will be the deciding factor in the series

  • SL_BiggestJoke on January 1, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Tendulkar is far better than Bradman anyday!!

    Conditions are MUCH tougher now:

    1. Pressure of more than a BILLION expectations (how many for Bradman? thousand?)

    2. Faster, more athletic bowlers with more physio and directed training.

    3. Better, athletic fielding.

    4. Facing teams from across the world (not mostly England like for Bradman)

    5. Playing in more varied conditions across the world (again.. unlike for Bradman)

    6. Playing against computer generated "technical analysis"... with teams trying to "figure out" a batsman nowadays. Very potent tool!

    Bradman had it easy for him in comparision really! he was a good man... but Tendulkar is in a different class.. the GOD class :-)

  • on January 1, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    Whatever the result maybe of the upcoming test match, it is for certain that Indian batting line up needs to prove themselves, as this young Aussie bowling lineup is not going to be easily rolled over. It is extremely good to see two sides giving all they got, as it helps younger players and the audience really enjoy the game to it's fullness.

    I was a bit disappointed with Indian batting line up and Dhoni's captaincy in MCG test, since tailenders should have not been given so many runs and Indian batsmen should not have just collapse like a deck of cards. I hope to see a really good bounce back from Indian side in the SCG test and hope to see them put up a fight worthy of their reputation.

    All the best to Sachin for his 100th century and I hope he get it over with, so that he can focus on his cricket properly without this added burden hanging over him. I also look forward to see how well Indian quicks, especially Yadav and Ishant bowls in the rest of this series.

    Happy New Year

  • on January 1, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    Its just the way Hussy feels. The main focus should be to win the test match and compete. Tendulkar should bat normally and it does not matter if he can not score his 100. Other batsmen have to compete aswell. Dhoni's captaincy was a bit laid back in the 1st test and he should be more proactive and not go on defensive as soon as tail enders start hitting a few

  • on January 1, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    Better than Bradman? Tendulkar? No way, he is easily the second best batsman to have played, but doesn't even come close to bradman. Conditions were so much tougher when Bradman played (no helmet, uneven pitches, bodyline, 5 month trips on a boat to play a series), and he still managed an average of close to 100, Tendulkar is great but nowhere near as good.

  • on January 1, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    @lavindeven 0 not at all he has done more than that won us many matches in last few years dont see only his centuries there is a lot he has done

  • Guduji71 on January 1, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    India needs youg blood to beat Australia. You can not beat Australia in the series with these old legs. India should concentrate on how to win matches not on how & when 10 Dulkar will complete his 100th 100. Dhoni is lucky captain but not intelligent. As a matter of fact he is not capable to captain India. His batting is down, his captaincy is week he has no idea how to get the tail out. Indian's cricket team's future is not bright with Dhoni as captain.

  • mqp68041 on January 1, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Sachin will get this time......all the best

  • rahulcricket007 on January 1, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    "THEY HAVE GOT BEST BATTING LINE UP ". HUSSEY YOU ARE MAKING FUN OF INDIA . AREN'T YOU ? AT PRESENT GAMBHIR , DHONI, KOHLI ARE WALKING WKTS IN THIS TEAM & NOTHING CAN BE SAID ABOUT SEHWAG & LAXMAN TOO .ONLY DRAVID & SACHIN GIVE PRICE FOR THERE WKT .

  • on January 1, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    It takes one Mr Cricket to recognize and appreciate another one. In fact, it is so nice to see that many Australians also would love to see Sachin achieving the feat; may not be against them -- but still! Hats off to their sportsmanship.

  • on January 1, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    dont try to do what eng did..eng had conditions and tired indian players so they managed to win 4-0....and also they had batting line up thats inform..looking at aus batting line up i feel india still win this 2-1 or 3-1 if they managed to win sydney test..if they draw sydney test then this series will be drawn one....but i get the feeling that ind win this 2-1..

  • mykhan on January 1, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    well, talking about Sachin's ability to score next 100 is foolishness, as the batsman of his class can score a century any time he so wants.... however, in cricket its about having luck also, its just that he has not been lucky enough these days. Australians may say what ever they want but i m sure that Sachin can score the 100th 100 in this series. mykhan

  • touqeer777 on January 1, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    I think its little bit late, he should be coach for England series but hopefully after this series he will be Pak coach.Pak team needs strict coach like him.I wish him best of luck.

  • sankar8000 on January 1, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    It seems Destiny pushing Sachin to get his 100th ton in Sydney!

  • on January 1, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    "I am a bit nervous because the stars seem to be aligning with Sachin needing one more 100," Hussey said. Wow these guys are really worried hah!!! and they know what that man Tendulkar can do to them......... Sachin should out and play his natural game and when he does that nobody can stop him. I am sure Siddle, Pattison and Harris will try so hard to get him out targetting his pads because as I see it they cannot get him out any other way so the easiest way is LBW. But I am positive that this Test is going to be very interseting. Good Luck India.

  • ssenthil on January 1, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    I m damn sure Sachin will score his 100th Test Century in SCG in it's 100th Test.

  • on January 1, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    Sachin needs that 100 more than his fans, so y criticise him? He is the best batsman to have ever played, lot better than bradman. As regards Hussey's statement that he should score 100 in 1st match after this series, does he mean the ODI Tri-series? Sachin will score 2-3 hundreds in these 2 series.

  • on January 1, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    No denying the fact that they have rattled us in the first test.....indeed this is a tough series...pattinson is a prospect for future!!!!!

  • Romenevans on January 1, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    LOL These days every team plot and plan against India by saying "The Best Batting Line-Up In The World" and then Records obsessed Indian batsmen gets overwhelmed and collapse like a castle of cards falling down. Great strategy though, really impressed. Keep praising these oldies with records and you'll keep white washing India. Great Job England, Great Job Aussies, Great Strategy Indeed! Instance Laxman is still in the team for the 281 knock way way way way back in 2001.

  • RoJayao on January 1, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    I think all of Australia would be very surprised if Tendulkar doesn't make a hundred at Sydney, maybe even a big one. The guy averages over 200 at the ground, he'll do it and do it well. What we don't need is the other batsmen joining the party this time. Go Australia, can't wait!

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  • RoJayao on January 1, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    I think all of Australia would be very surprised if Tendulkar doesn't make a hundred at Sydney, maybe even a big one. The guy averages over 200 at the ground, he'll do it and do it well. What we don't need is the other batsmen joining the party this time. Go Australia, can't wait!

  • Romenevans on January 1, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    LOL These days every team plot and plan against India by saying "The Best Batting Line-Up In The World" and then Records obsessed Indian batsmen gets overwhelmed and collapse like a castle of cards falling down. Great strategy though, really impressed. Keep praising these oldies with records and you'll keep white washing India. Great Job England, Great Job Aussies, Great Strategy Indeed! Instance Laxman is still in the team for the 281 knock way way way way back in 2001.

  • on January 1, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    No denying the fact that they have rattled us in the first test.....indeed this is a tough series...pattinson is a prospect for future!!!!!

  • on January 1, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    Sachin needs that 100 more than his fans, so y criticise him? He is the best batsman to have ever played, lot better than bradman. As regards Hussey's statement that he should score 100 in 1st match after this series, does he mean the ODI Tri-series? Sachin will score 2-3 hundreds in these 2 series.

  • ssenthil on January 1, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    I m damn sure Sachin will score his 100th Test Century in SCG in it's 100th Test.

  • on January 1, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    "I am a bit nervous because the stars seem to be aligning with Sachin needing one more 100," Hussey said. Wow these guys are really worried hah!!! and they know what that man Tendulkar can do to them......... Sachin should out and play his natural game and when he does that nobody can stop him. I am sure Siddle, Pattison and Harris will try so hard to get him out targetting his pads because as I see it they cannot get him out any other way so the easiest way is LBW. But I am positive that this Test is going to be very interseting. Good Luck India.

  • sankar8000 on January 1, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    It seems Destiny pushing Sachin to get his 100th ton in Sydney!

  • touqeer777 on January 1, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    I think its little bit late, he should be coach for England series but hopefully after this series he will be Pak coach.Pak team needs strict coach like him.I wish him best of luck.

  • mykhan on January 1, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    well, talking about Sachin's ability to score next 100 is foolishness, as the batsman of his class can score a century any time he so wants.... however, in cricket its about having luck also, its just that he has not been lucky enough these days. Australians may say what ever they want but i m sure that Sachin can score the 100th 100 in this series. mykhan

  • on January 1, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    dont try to do what eng did..eng had conditions and tired indian players so they managed to win 4-0....and also they had batting line up thats inform..looking at aus batting line up i feel india still win this 2-1 or 3-1 if they managed to win sydney test..if they draw sydney test then this series will be drawn one....but i get the feeling that ind win this 2-1..