Australia v India, 2nd Test, Sydney, 1st day January 3, 2012

Australia on top after day full of wickets


Australia 3 for 116 (Clarke 47*, Ponting 44*, Zaheer 3-26) trail India 191 (Dhoni 57*, Pattinson 4-43, Hilfenhaus 3-51, Siddle 3-55) by 75 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

In the 129 years since the SCG hosted its first Test, batsmen's lives have been made infinitely easier. Pitches are now covered. Boundaries have been shortened by ropes. Helmets have allowed batsmen to hook with impunity, and they do so with heavier bats. It is to the credit of the bowlers that the contest between bat and ball remains gripping. So it was on the first day of this match, as James Pattinson and his Australian colleagues, and then Zaheer Khan for India, dominated proceedings.

By stumps on the opening day of the SCG's hundredth Test, 13 wickets had tumbled - more than the 11 that fell on the first day of Test cricket at the ground back in 1882. India's captain MS Dhoni chose to bat on a pitch that featured some grass, but his batsmen didn't back him up. Dhoni was the only man to score a half-century in India's innings of 191, which ended soon after tea, and it was the wrong way for India to start a Test in which they needed victory to retain a chance of winning the series.

Briefly, and surprisingly, their total appeared competitive, for Australia's inexperienced top order wobbled to 3 for 37 against the swing of Zaheer. But through Michael Clarke and Ricky Ponting, Australia wrested back the advantage. At stumps, their partnership had grown to 79, Australia's score was 3 for 116, and Ponting (44 not out) and Clarke (47 not out) both looked in ominous form.

Things could easily have gone badly wrong for Australia after Zaheer's early strikes. David Warner edged in the first over of the innings, the catch snapped up by Sachin Tendulkar at first slip after it bounced out of the hands of VVS Laxman at second. In Zaheer's next over, his first ball caught the edge of Shaun Marsh's bat and was taken by Laxman, placing Zaheer on a hat-trick.

It continued a disappointing return to Test cricket for Marsh, whose golden duck followed 0 and 3 in the Melbourne Test. This time he played limply at a ball he should have left alone, returning the favour from earlier the day, when Laxman fell to a similarly poor stroke that was edged to Marsh in the cordon. Both men would be happy with their catches, neither with their choice of shot.

Zaheer's hat-trick ball was negotiated by Ponting, but a few overs later the opener Ed Cowan became Zaheer's third wicket, trapped lbw for 16 to a ball that struck him just in line with off stump. It was a fine spell of bowling from Zaheer, but the partnership of Clarke and Ponting, both of whom played some fine pulls late in the day, gave Australia a strong chance of a first-innings lead.

But as India showed in their first innings, good starts from two men don't necessarily mean anything. Dhoni finished unbeaten on 57 and Tendulkar, searching for his hundredth international hundred in the SCG's hundredth Test, made a confident 41 but a distinct lack of support from the rest of the batting order cost India dearly.

Again, they were beaten by an excellent bowling performance from Australia's three fast men, Pattinson, Ben Hilfenhaus and Peter Siddle, who between them collected all ten wickets. Watching the strongly-built Pattinson bound in and attack some of the world's best batsmen, it is easy to forget how inexperienced he is - this was the first time he had played a first-class match at the SCG.

He betrayed no nerves and struck in the first over of the Test: his third ball pitched on leg and nipped away from Gautam Gambhir, who edged to first slip for a duck that continued his slump. It was tough going early on for India's batsmen and Rahul Dravid departed for 5 off 33 deliveries when he inside-edged onto his leg off Siddle and was taken by Cowan at short leg.

That brought Tendulkar to the crease to a standing ovation, as is the case in every innings he plays these days, and he played some wonderful cover-drives as Siddle bowled full, seeking an edge. But while Tendulkar was calm and classy, his partner Virender Sehwag never looked completely settled.

There were a few typical Sehwag flashes and he was lucky not to be caught at second slip on 23 when he edged Hilfenhaus and Ponting put down a simple chance, and a Siddle offcutter beat the bat and sailed over the stumps. Sehwag's luck ran out on 30 when he got a regulation edge behind off the outswing of Pattinson, who had returned for another spell and bowled full and fast to test the batsmen.

It was precisely that sort of delivery that Pattinson used to get rid of Laxman (2), a man who has tormented Australia over the years, especially at the SCG, where his Test average before today was 96.20. Laxman didn't move his feet and wafted at a drive before he was well set - but it was Pattinson's outswing that ensured the edge behind.

That left India at 4 for 72 at lunch, and although Tendulkar and Virat Kohli steadied and batted solidly in the half hour after the break, the wickets again started to fall. Kohli was done in by Siddle's aggression - two bouncers were followed by a fuller outswinger and the batsman didn't move his feet well enough, edging behind for 23.

Soon afterwards, Pattinson picked up the huge wicket of Tendulkar, who had looked good in his 41 but played on when he tried to drive a fullish ball wide of off stump. A ton of tons would have to wait. R Ashwin and Dhoni steadied the innings with a 54-run stand but in the last over before tea, Ashwin (20) edged to slip and off the next ball Zaheer fended a catch to short leg to put Hilfenhaus on a hat-trick.

After tea, Ishant Sharma survived the hat-trick ball but few more - he also gloved a well-directed Hilfenhaus bouncer to short leg. Siddle finished the innings by having Umesh Yadav caught behind for a duck off a full outswinger - India's last three batsmen all made ducks. Australia's lower order showed in Melbourne how important late runs can be; India may rue their tail's inability to stick around and support Dhoni, who ran out of partners.

His decision to bat was sound, but much of India's batting was not. Their chances might now rest with the bowlers.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Precioustar84 on January 6, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    @Paullie - which team perform in both formats currently? I don't know of any. When did I say India was no 1? Its you people that have it in your heads that India is no1 just because India has won a World Cup after ages. Had Eng or runners-up SL won it, would you all have reacted the same way? No! Any other team would've deserved the win or respect or whatever you want to call it but not India. I was merely pointing out that comparing WC with tests by certain people is pathetic. Tests require different MINDSET than WC pressure does so by winning WC does not make you no1. There's a difference between World Dominance like past Aus used to have. Cricinfo please publish.

  • Abu.Ashhad on January 4, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    Indian: if we have Superman, batman, spiderman and captain planet instead of Laxman, dravid, gambhir and Ishanat so we wcan beat australia easily.... Guys give us break. At least you should admire all of your team and need to support your team as recently they won the WC almost with same team, however WC was surely politize by BCCi and IPL... Anyway who are saying, they are lions of home so i am very much sure that we(pak) or SL will beat them very easily in their home grounds ;) probably BNGl will draw too :p

  • on January 4, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    There is nothing left to comment except waiting for the disaster to strike on 4thor 5th Day ,if not on 3rd itself! SreedharanMundanat

  • JG2704 on January 4, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    @brittop on (January 03 2012, 23:38 PM GMT) - Nice one. Was trying to think of English examples but the only ones I thought of from recent years were Sidebottoms and Broads and both the sons would have played a considerable time apart etc and Arnie only played one test

  • JG2704 on January 4, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    @Full-Blooded-Wallop on (January 03 2012, 11:46 AM GMT) Not sure if you realise this but test cricket, ODs and T20s all require different skills/attributes. For some reason England have never sussed the formula to be a consistent OD side. Why - I do not know and England were admittedly awful. However England did win the last Ashes series in Australia and then (in similar conditions in the same country) lost the OD series 6-1 - see where I'm coming from?

  • JG2704 on January 4, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    @Posted by on (January 03 2012, 11:20 AM GMT) Re - Who is this spiritwithin? What English batting line-up? Doesn't he see what Zaheer and Umesh are doing in Australia? - well on today's (Jan 4th performance) admiring Clarke and Ponting . BTW , there have been a multitude of Indian fans on English based threads , purely to either drum up stats from yesteryear , equate OD form with test form or to make excuses etc

  • 5wombats on January 4, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    @krici_lover on (January 03 2012, 22:57 PM GMT); Need to set the record straight here. You are mistaken about excuses during the ODI series. Wombats made a point of NOT making any excuses - so if you say you "remember" - no you don't. Please publish this reply.

  • on January 4, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    if irfan is there i would be help for indian team... replace virat by rohith...

  • True_Indian-Cricket_Fan on January 4, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    Bad bowling by India except Zak no one has looked good with the bowl...the batting failed..look at the current score aus hav a 100+ lead..with both ponting & clarke set on 100z.. If they can bat so well then why cant our batsman bat?whats wrong with Ishant,Yadav & Ashwin..if India lose this series the seniors & Dhoni should be blamed..their time as the best batting line up in the world is over.

  • Meety on January 4, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    This is at the moment looking like a horrendous thrashing for India. Punter & Pup look like they will have to give their wickets away to get out! Other than Zaheer, Kholi looks like the next best bowler (although I'd have to say Sharma has tried hard). Maybe Kohli can bat #8 as a bowling allrounder (sorry - had to put that in!).

  • Precioustar84 on January 6, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    @Paullie - which team perform in both formats currently? I don't know of any. When did I say India was no 1? Its you people that have it in your heads that India is no1 just because India has won a World Cup after ages. Had Eng or runners-up SL won it, would you all have reacted the same way? No! Any other team would've deserved the win or respect or whatever you want to call it but not India. I was merely pointing out that comparing WC with tests by certain people is pathetic. Tests require different MINDSET than WC pressure does so by winning WC does not make you no1. There's a difference between World Dominance like past Aus used to have. Cricinfo please publish.

  • Abu.Ashhad on January 4, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    Indian: if we have Superman, batman, spiderman and captain planet instead of Laxman, dravid, gambhir and Ishanat so we wcan beat australia easily.... Guys give us break. At least you should admire all of your team and need to support your team as recently they won the WC almost with same team, however WC was surely politize by BCCi and IPL... Anyway who are saying, they are lions of home so i am very much sure that we(pak) or SL will beat them very easily in their home grounds ;) probably BNGl will draw too :p

  • on January 4, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    There is nothing left to comment except waiting for the disaster to strike on 4thor 5th Day ,if not on 3rd itself! SreedharanMundanat

  • JG2704 on January 4, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    @brittop on (January 03 2012, 23:38 PM GMT) - Nice one. Was trying to think of English examples but the only ones I thought of from recent years were Sidebottoms and Broads and both the sons would have played a considerable time apart etc and Arnie only played one test

  • JG2704 on January 4, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    @Full-Blooded-Wallop on (January 03 2012, 11:46 AM GMT) Not sure if you realise this but test cricket, ODs and T20s all require different skills/attributes. For some reason England have never sussed the formula to be a consistent OD side. Why - I do not know and England were admittedly awful. However England did win the last Ashes series in Australia and then (in similar conditions in the same country) lost the OD series 6-1 - see where I'm coming from?

  • JG2704 on January 4, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    @Posted by on (January 03 2012, 11:20 AM GMT) Re - Who is this spiritwithin? What English batting line-up? Doesn't he see what Zaheer and Umesh are doing in Australia? - well on today's (Jan 4th performance) admiring Clarke and Ponting . BTW , there have been a multitude of Indian fans on English based threads , purely to either drum up stats from yesteryear , equate OD form with test form or to make excuses etc

  • 5wombats on January 4, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    @krici_lover on (January 03 2012, 22:57 PM GMT); Need to set the record straight here. You are mistaken about excuses during the ODI series. Wombats made a point of NOT making any excuses - so if you say you "remember" - no you don't. Please publish this reply.

  • on January 4, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    if irfan is there i would be help for indian team... replace virat by rohith...

  • True_Indian-Cricket_Fan on January 4, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    Bad bowling by India except Zak no one has looked good with the bowl...the batting failed..look at the current score aus hav a 100+ lead..with both ponting & clarke set on 100z.. If they can bat so well then why cant our batsman bat?whats wrong with Ishant,Yadav & Ashwin..if India lose this series the seniors & Dhoni should be blamed..their time as the best batting line up in the world is over.

  • Meety on January 4, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    This is at the moment looking like a horrendous thrashing for India. Punter & Pup look like they will have to give their wickets away to get out! Other than Zaheer, Kholi looks like the next best bowler (although I'd have to say Sharma has tried hard). Maybe Kohli can bat #8 as a bowling allrounder (sorry - had to put that in!).

  • on January 4, 2012, 2:26 GMT

    If I was an indian, I'd stop watching cricket. :)

  • on January 4, 2012, 1:53 GMT

    Aim sorry !.with all humbleness aim never in the habit of Boasting! But now I cant help it because what I had posted before the Match commenced is being proved in to to.! That's,perhaps not boasting, but Experience with the game speaks itself! Any how, Clarke got his 100Sydney people are happy with the Local Hero. Now it is the turn of Ponting! The score is touching 300 rapidly. One touched that mark even if Aussies declares at 300+,India would be beaten miserably.any way innings defeat could be possible only if Aussies reaches 400+. Of course they would try for that! So India's fate once again hangs in Balance!of course Team India & Indian Spectators are used to this kind of Agony from time God help India by the Weather God s deciding to strike with rain..that's the only hope at least for a drawn Match now. Winning here has already been ruled after an hour from the commencement of the Day..Now the rest for a routine ritual by the Aussies! GOD HELP INDIA SreedharMundanat

  • on January 4, 2012, 1:43 GMT

    There is a forecast of a possible storm later today. Looks like the entire Indian population of over 1 billion people has been praying for RAIN, RAIN and more RAIN, and I guess God answered it.

  • hnlns on January 4, 2012, 1:22 GMT

    MCG - Aussies win by 122 runs. SCG - Aussies win by "AN INNINGS AND 122 RUNS !!" this seems to be very likely scenario, looking at the way Ponting and Clarke are toying with our bowling.

  • longandshort on January 4, 2012, 1:08 GMT

    Only 11 players are playing cricket. The Indians are spectators with the best seats in the house.

  • longandshort on January 4, 2012, 0:43 GMT

    Take a lesson India. This is how its done. Ponting and Clarke will both get 100s. This will make ST, Laxy and the Wall look so poor with the bat. Noticed the Aussies constantly talk to each other. Do not see that with the Indian batsmen. This is hard word not lazy cricket like the Indians trying to hit every ball to the ropes.

  • sathish008 on January 4, 2012, 0:09 GMT

    Dhoni and India doing same mistakes again and again, and expecting different results. As an Indian fan, it is really hard to see them performing very poor overseas. We are far better team than how we are actually playing. Need lot of changes in strategies.

  • brittop on January 3, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    @ravi1967; @migara: As Chris Cairns debut was only 4 years after his father's last test, I reckon quite a few players played against them both. Graham Gooch certainly did.

  • on January 3, 2012, 23:24 GMT

    As a Pakistani I would like INDIA to do well as win the series in Australia first time in 64 years and to achieve that milestone DOHNI has to be very very sensible,need to use his bowlers wisely as Clark did on the first day of 2nd test.


  • on January 3, 2012, 23:23 GMT

    I think this is a great chance for Aussies to complete a clean sweep.

  • Dismayed on January 3, 2012, 23:20 GMT

    I think Australia were fortunate the Indian batsmen played some very ordinary shots. Siddle and Pattinson were all over the shop, very inconsistent and benefitted greatly due to Hilfenhaus' consistent pressure.Marsh once again showed us he may be a very good short form player but has neither the technique nor temperament for the real stuff. Tom Cooper is rising in my books as a future middle order batsmen and I think Khawaja should have remained in the side.

  • Meety on January 3, 2012, 23:15 GMT

    @ krici_lover - I must say that there has not been much excuse making from Indians this time around, although there was tons of it in England. I think that most Indian fans realise that this is the best Indian side available. @Dismayed - you're sort of right. They were a lot more loose than in the previous test, but did tighten up throughout the day & Hilfy was outstanding! If you got wickets on merit, Hilfy should of had 6 wickets!

  • LillianThomson on January 3, 2012, 23:14 GMT

    A large part of the blame belongs with the BCCI. There is a tried and tested way of winning in England and Australia: arrive six weeks before the First Test and play at least 4 First Class matches against the counties/states at the Test grounds before the tests start. Or, if you're the BCCI, play home and away series with the West Indies until way after you should have arrived in England/Australia in order to raise even more revenue, than play no First Class cricket locally before the First Test, and act surprised when the batsmen don't adapt to the conditions. Similarly, why carry around ageing has-been batsmen long after their use-by date expires, and allow them to damage their own legacy? Tendulkar has now dropped out of the top 15 all-time Test averages, which tells a story of a career which should have ended on a high twelve months ago.

  • Rowayton on January 3, 2012, 23:10 GMT

    SirViv, you are right that Hilfy and Siddle did not do much against England - however, it is clear in retrospect that Hilfy was not fully fit in that series (still recovering from back injury), and should not have been picked. Also Siddle is a far better bowler when he has others bowling well - he cannot carry an attack on his own. Who knows how the next Eng v Aus series will go, but I wouldn't be taking short odds on England. My prediction for today - if Clarke and Ponting can last the first hour, India are dead ducks. And Haddin to make 60 at least.

  • on January 3, 2012, 23:09 GMT

    Whitewashed from England and now from Aussies. For Indian fans better pick an other sport to cheer. Pakistan won its all 6 series on foreign pitches unlike India paper tiger team :D

  • LillianThomson on January 3, 2012, 22:58 GMT

    India cannot compete as long as they carry around has-beens like TENDULKAR (away Test scores in the last 12 months of 34, 12, 16, 56, 1, 40, 23, 91, 73, 32 and 41) and LAXMAN (12, 0, 85, 87, 56, 3*, 10, 56, 54, 4, 30, 2, 2, 24, 2, 1 and 20). DRAVID probably deserves a one year stay of execution (his away scores in the same period are 40, 112, 5, 55, 5, 34*, 103*, 36, 117, 6, 22, 18, 146*, 13, 68, 10 and 5) but even he has 5 scores of 10 or less in his last 17 away Test innings, which isn't good enough at this level. All three used to be great batsmen. But that was when they were younger men.

  • krici_lover on January 3, 2012, 22:57 GMT

    @5wombats - You can go through entire list of comments - don't think you will find any excuse from an Indian. Every indian has praised australian bowlers and criticised indian batsman and selectors. We are not like English man. I remember your excuses during last ODI series played in India. And you better keep your excuses for coming series against Pak in UAE. You are going to need them badly LOL. But yes against England those were facts because no matter how many matches England win in England they will remain a very pathetic team in subcontinent. Yet to win a series in India since 1984. Please publish. While India has just lost one series in last 3 series played in England.

  • InsaneBolt on January 3, 2012, 22:40 GMT

    Raminder, if you are generous enough to grant a couple more to Ponting, he would have his highest test score !

  • InsaneBolt on January 3, 2012, 22:39 GMT

    As India head to Perth, odds are Aus would be 2-0 up. Middle of a prestigious series is not a time for wholesale changes as several of my frustrated friends have been clamouring for. As it is, Gambhir is completely out of depth & will have no chance of redeeming on the wicked bouncy WACA strip. If we are once again unkind to Dravid, asking him to open, Rohit can be fitted in. He & Virat playing on either side of Laxman should give a sense of balance.... I HOPE.

  • RameshRayaprolu on January 3, 2012, 22:35 GMT

    I already foresee this tour to be exactly similar to the English tour :( !!

  • Dismayed on January 3, 2012, 22:29 GMT

    Did the writer actually watch the days play? Siddle and Pattinson were all over the place. Hardly excellent they benefitted from a very ordianary batting display and constant pressure from Hilfenhaus.

  • Mervo on January 3, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    Sachin is a great cricketer, but for mine he is definitely second to Jacques Kallis. Kallis has a higher average in test cricket and, as a younger man, is now not far behind Tendulkar's number of test centuries AND he has 271 test wickets. That makes him the best cricketer in the last 50 years in my book.

  • on January 3, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    Australia on top at the moment of course.this is being Home pitch of The Captain Clarke& is in combination with the former Captain. Both are good with Bat and already settled down.difficult to separate them.but the morning Dew always do something as a convention in the game of Cricket,I India can now bank upon this old belief.And that's the lone hope to give some peace of Mind to Team India& Indian Spectators & followers on TV & Media,. Thanks to channels like Cricinfo for their services as in some places of World & remote areas of India the cable TV may not be available. The ball to ball comments & describing the game as it happens is a Blessing in disguise to all.thats a big help. So we could hope Yadav ,Sharma or Aswin strike in the morning. Irfan Pathhan could have easily carried out this Mission.His absence is really felt now.Unless aussiesvare restricted to 250or 260 there does not appear to have any chance for India at least to make it a Drawn match let alone winning! Sreedharan

  • on January 3, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    Bring in Irfan Pathan for God Sake please.

    BCCI selection policies are not allowing him to be selected. Maybe a case of having two pacers from Baroda not being allowed.

    He is more than useful in Australia , remember his MOM performance in Perth.

    Better batsman than some of our regular batsman.

    Rohit should be selected ahead of Virat.

  • RandyOZ on January 3, 2012, 22:21 GMT

    @jkaussie - considering they boo'ed in Melbourne, the answer is no.

  • on January 3, 2012, 22:16 GMT

    go OZ....4-0 to India...Paper Tigers LOLX.

  • iNsiDers on January 3, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    to all indian fans: are you guys bleeding blue or the color of blood has turned to the actual, red ? :) Love from Pakistan .... to Aus. hahahaha ;)

  • men_in_blue22 on January 3, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    2 hours on 2nd day will decide this game. anyway Indian batsman will come back in 2nd inning.

  • toucheandsuch on January 3, 2012, 21:55 GMT

    I have been observing that no one seems to be talking to Umesh Yadav. Contrast this with the mid on/mid off chatter you will see when Zaheer or Ishant are bowling. Umesh doing well is critical and as his novelty wears off, he will need to be guided to mix it up a bit. I also noticed Gambhir silent and stoic at short leg. Whatever his current predicament with the bat, the man nearest to the batsman must be talking - if nothing else to encourage the bowler! Come on Team India, show (and speak) some fight and aggression....

  • __PK on January 3, 2012, 21:55 GMT

    Precioustar84 - your team only deserves to be respected if it can perform in both formats at the same time. Otherwise it's not a real no 1 team. The Indian cricket are known as Koalas to Australians.

  • kingishere on January 3, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    Every Indian wanted to forget the England series because it was a nightmare. But unfortunately the selectors also forgot that there was a Guy called Abhinav Mukund who showed the character and technique to occupy the crease for a long time which the opener is expected to do. Or did they drop him because he has not made so much of commercial sense for the BCCI than the current bunch that they carried to australia?

  • SirViv1973 on January 3, 2012, 21:28 GMT

    @Land47, think you made some good points, Pattinson is a great prospect and has done really well so far, Cummins 2 showed huge promise in his one test, but hes only played 4 1st class games and will not be able to learn has trade at test level, he will need more 1st class experience before he becomes the finished article and I think oz selectors cld do worse than put him with an Eng County for a few games nxt summer and perhaps send him on an A tour next time they go to asia. my main point though is that these 2guys are the only real bright sparks for oz at the mo, Clarke is of course class but the batting is still relying heavily on him, pont and Hussey who will both retire soon yes Watson will return but although he is consistent he dosen't make really big scores, the current 3 at the top have a lot to prove and Haddin's future looks shaky. Siddle, Hilfenhaus and Johnson where all cannon fodder for Eng last year so I guess what i'm trying to say is Oz fans shldn't get 2 carried away

  • dalboy12 on January 3, 2012, 21:28 GMT

    Test cricket is actually in an exciting place at the moment - anyone can beat anyone. South Africa just lost to Sri Lanka, We (I'm a Kiwi) beat the Aussies. India not looking good here and might be in for a hiding in this test but wouldn't be surprised if they do win a test in the series. The so-called big four - India, England, Aussie and South Africa are not as good as they were 2-3 years ago, they are all more than beatable. India have to be worried about their batting when was the last time they scored over 300 away from home?

  • potofazherbaizan on January 3, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    Ponting, Clarke, Hussey and Pattinson will give Australia something like 200 runs lead.

  • on January 3, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    If Australia get a lead of 100 or more, India might be unable to climb out of the hole it is in now.

    I cannot understand what the problem with the Indian bastmen is now. Did most of them become very bad in the span of one year?

  • RSBali on January 3, 2012, 21:01 GMT

    Rain, Rain please come and save Indian fans ego....I am nervous about Two Chucks and their comments at the end of India's 2nd defeat and 6th overseas. Oh man they are brutal but hilarious!

  • SirViv1973 on January 3, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    @RandyOz, is talking his usual brand of nonsense, every1 else on here knows that this isn't the best attack in the world! As for the match itself India need a huge day 2mor to get themselves back in to this series, they will need to make inroads early. If they can restrict Aus to less than 100 lead they will still be in the game as the pitch curator has said he expects batting to get easier after the first day. Problem for india is they will need to make well over 300 maybe even 400 in the second inns to give their bowlers a chance and that hasn't looked like happening for a long time away from home. Surely this is the last chance saloon for VVS, if Gambhir fails again he will surely be surplus to requirements for the time being at least.

  • RSBali on January 3, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    End of Day 2: Pointing - 256 NO Clarke - 210 NO End of Day3: Australia Ist Inning - 610 for 5 Declared India 2nd Inning - 45 for 6 Ashwin - 3 NO Dhoni - 2 NO

  • Saqib_Sheraz on January 3, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    Australians just need to have a 100+ lead and they will won, very simple.

  • shamlaatu on January 3, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    This is an interesting dilemma; On one hand the Indian fans are crying out a river about oldies and over age players like Dravid, Tendulkar and Laxman being replaced with the "Young blood", and on the other hand the so called "young blood" like Kohli and Ghambir are performing even worse. This test match is not over yet but I guess the Indian fans instead of crying should pray for the sky to cry, I mean, HEAVY RAINS,,, this is your last resort to save this test.

  • Precioustar84 on January 3, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    I'm so sick of reading comments like "world champs only at home" blah blah are you people comparing WC to Tests? Seriously, keep those comments for ODIs and then I'll believe it. India's main goal was to win WC at home like no one else has and we did. England's goal was to be no1 Test team in decades and they did. Both these teams deserved what they have achieved. You cannot compare test performance with WC performance. Totally different formats and mindset needed to play both. Currently Team India is performing horribly in tests. Many Team India fans have accepted it and know the TRUTH but do our selectors know or even care? No! They wont care because Regionalism and Favoritism is far more important for the Indian selectors. Cricinfo please publish

  • 5wombats on January 3, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    @Marcio on (January 03 2012, 10:54 AM GMT). Get over it, Australia aren't that important. We're not here to have a crack at Australia. No, England fans are here to see if india fans are going to make the same excuses as they made in England. Also - many india "fans" were hugely disrespectful of England during the ODI series in india. So what is happening here is payback. "It will make your fall from grace all the sweeter for us". LOL. Is that the best you can manage @Marcio? I'm disappointed! Please publish.

  • Rakim on January 3, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    When Indian "legends" retire from game, Indian team might get better in batting department.

  • Jerseyite on January 3, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    I have been crying out loud for a year now. Dravid for all his runs and success in England this year, should have been axed a year ago. I was never impressed with his nonstop catch dropping and poor form since last year. Yes, he came good, but that was after he was offered a life in Jamaica by Windies' buttery fingered fielders. I agree, he did dig in and play well in England. But Dravid, technically, is not the same player as he was 4 years ago. Also, I have always thought that in Australia, other than that memorable Adelaide Test Match in 2003, it hasn't been a happy hunting ground for him. Australia is a place for stroke makers and Dravid isn't one. Sooner or later, they will find a way t get you out. Earlier, he could get by with his technique, but now with that wanting, he really has nowhere to go.

    He is just late int the shot, or has problems outside offstmup or is get caugbehind or in the slips far too often. The England success may have delayed the inevitable but its time

  • rust01 on January 3, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    Those making excuses about the pitches being prepared to suit the home side need to think about your own pitches before making hypocritical comments.

  • rust01 on January 3, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    @dickie_boy your post is irrelevant as we are discussing test cricket. You are changing the subject to suit your needs. BTW India go into every world cup as favorites only to fail in most of them.

  • faisalbinyahya on January 3, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    I believe that a player like Kohli would have performed much better had he not been put under tremendous pressure thanks to the senior partners. And India need to do some unorthodox thinking as well, like maybe giving a chance to Yuvraj and Suresh Raina who have experience and have the fire. If Sehwag can be given a chance why not Yuvi and Raina. Laxman and Dravid need to retire for sure. Sachin may not be making centuries but he should be given a chance to comeback.

  • on January 3, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    Ponting, clarke and hussey will make big tons against weak indian bowling only zaheer can trouble aussies and australia will post 450+

  • on January 3, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    Cant understand why India in recent times has such a bad record in away series....yes i understand our subcontinent pitches are very very slow compared to quick australian wickets but India has the best batting line up in the world. Almost 500 tests experience bw sachin, dravid and laxman ... and they still cant strengthen their batting line up.....Well if India doesnt do well in away series then they dont deserve to be No.1, simple as this !

  • on January 3, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    Cpt.Meanster, could not agree more.. thats the only way to out of this situation.. and young players also takes time to adjust .. isnt like they come in the team and making centuries straight forward.. you gotta give time to youngster to cement the place.. india surely wasting time on these old legs.. they better hurry before its too late

  • Anshul_Dev_Mehta on January 3, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    Guys, this is not the time to throw in youngters :), remember we have not found a replacement for Sourav Ganguly in 3 years, you guys expect to find 4 world class middle order batsmen in a week. Having said that, I think if you guys look back at the England tour, Rahul Dravid was the lone man standing for us, thank him for the fact that the 4 tests were not over in 7 days. Sachin Tendulkar cant stop getting better. Its only Sehwag,Gambhir, and Virat that have not been successful as yet in australia.The openers falling early does not make the job of the middle order easy, remember a part of the job for the openers is to make the ball old.

  • MyMeeru on January 3, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    Hello BCCI, For GOD's sake, take out Lakshman. He is good for nothing. He needs bating practice from Ishant or Ashwin. Also, cut pay for every misfield and catches.

  • OzWally on January 3, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    Love the comments about the "home" pitch prepared for the Aussies. Did you people even watch the day's play? The ball seamed very little after the first 45 minutes. Dhoni had no hesitation in batting. Not a cloud in the sky to aid swing. All comemtators called it a great batting track. If you're afraid of seeing grass (and not even green grass) on a pitch and the ball bouncing above the knee roll, you need to find another game to play.

  • lakx_s on January 3, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    @ABRAR-JANJUA, @Front-Foot-Lunge, The stats are real. It is a fact that AUS batsmen are struggling and I never implied that India was better than Aus in AUS. I Just wanted to point out that Australia have not dominated but still won because Indians had bigger problems. I tried to make the exact point as "Front-Foot-Lunge" that the best 11 play and you cannot be on top when most of the players are struggling. Cricket with different types of pitches which require different skills is more like a decathlon where you may finish last in one event but as long as you dominate and compensate for it in your strong event you will still finish on top. But when only 4 batsmen have 50+ scores with no 100s in your strongest event means that overall AUS is ALSO struggling. So it is not just India which struggles in bouncy pitches but everybody, just that India are the worse than some of the teams. If India can compensate for it on spin friendly pitches then it evens out but what about AUS.

  • sk12 on January 3, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    My most optimist self keeps telling me this - Oz can still be dismissed for about 300 at tea tomorrow, the pitch would then be fully dry sun beating down and great for batting, Sehwag scores a rapid century (with lots of luck and half chances of course) with Sachin, Laxman and Dhoni chipping in along with the tail, get to 350 and set them about 250 target on the 4th day, then with the roughed up pitch and uneven bounce we get them under 200! But my head takes over and says "Keep dreamign my friend.. keep dreaming"...

  • knan on January 3, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    Another bad day in the office for the Indian batters. As SRT and Dhoni showed, a positive frame of mind is a must in these conditions. At least in England, the Indian team had the excuse of injuries and bad bowling as a reason for the heavy loss. But here, there is no such excuse and a 4-0 thrashing is on the cards unless the turnaround starts happening at Sydney. With prediction of rain tomorrow, it is absolutely a must for the fast bowlers to wrest the initiative in the first session, using the expected heavy atmosphere. Selectors Mohinder and Hirwani should perhaps tell Gambhir and VVS that they will be dropped for the next match unless they perform. Both the batsmen have been very tentative and perhaps the threat of being dropped would make them play fearlessly. Having said all this, it must be admitted that the Aussie bowlers with their full lengths have been a handul for the Indian batsmen. Pattinson and Siddle have been outstanding

  • on January 3, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    what i think is just a better and young team..... and a thought that anyone can be replaced if not performed good... its better to play with 1) SACHIN 2) SAHWAG 3)GAMBHIR 4) VIRAT 5) ROHIT 6)RAINA 7) DHONI 8) ASHWIN 9) ZAHEER 10) VARUN AARON 11) UMESH YADAV

  • SanjeevHN on January 3, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    The main difference between the teo sides is the length of their bowlers. Especialyy Ishant. For a while he is bowling pretty short. If you play against good teams and good batsman, you need to bowl fuller. I feel it bettter to be driven than cut or pulled.

    Zaheer is prime example of this. He doesn't have pace but he pitches the ball up all the time. Especially in case of Kokaaburra balls where seam goes off pretty early and if you wants something to happen with that ball then you need to pitch it up

  • on January 3, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    @ TRAM totally agree...da indian selectors are carried away by some nice looking advertisment guys like vijay,kohli...infact they are giving them test caps to oneday players like kohli,yuvi and raina and dis will destroy dere confident in limited version of the game too..da most unluckiest player in world cricket is badri. a classic test player..unfortunately he played well in da last IPL and was selected to the windies tour and he didt perform to his potential in the one dayers..if he didnt do good in the IPL he wuld have played the test series instead of one dayer where he was da leading ranji scorer last year...imagine leading domestic scorer of india last season didnt get a single test match last year though selectors kept telling we gave chance for youngsters..test players shuld be of SOLID TECHNIQUE..not fair and handsome thunderbolt players...lineup shuld be jaffer,mukund,sachin/dravid,badri,pujara,rahane/rohit,dhoni,ashwin/ojha,ishanth,umesh,zaheer..

  • sk12 on January 3, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    Its pretty clear that Dravid's reflexes have slowed down greatly. Wouldnt be surprised if he retires at the end of the series. Sachin looks ok, and Laxman has never been comfortable against the moving ball. Dont remeber seeing the ball moving around so much for so long in the 03 and 07 OZ series.

  • on January 3, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    Dhoni reminds me the great Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin who never motivates any of his bowlers or policies whatsoever either. India looks like the team of 90s with Venkatpatthi Rajju and Sunil Joshi able to fight only at home and deeply humiliated on fast tracks. Only difference was that Azhar was a great batsman indeed. But no matter always treat to watch Sachin batting...

  • dicky_boy on January 3, 2012, 17:32 GMT


  • dr.jha on January 3, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    i'd love to see them bat at perth... i bet they won't cross hundred there...

  • landl47 on January 3, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    I think the Indian supporters are beginning to see that the England tour wasn't a fluke, it was a measure of the current quality of the Indian team against decent seam bowling. The Australians bowled steadily, but the wicket wasn't vicious and most dismissals were simple failures of technique. Australia itself has major problems at the top of the order; Warner, after saying before the game how he'd changed his approach, was out for 8 in the first over! Marsh played a dismal shot and his test average is down to 35, which is in line with his career first-class average and is about how good he is. Cowan played well briefly, but then missed a straight ball from Zaheer by playing across the line. Ponting and Clarke (Ponting with some luck) showed that neither the wicket nor the bowling had any real demons. Australia need to build a big lead tomorrow and they'll be 2-0 up in the series.

  • Empire-Of-Cricket on January 3, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    No Need to worry guys!!!everything will be alright just tom morning....their quicks are good enough to let our line up down but still thats not our matter of concern...we still have a chance...if sachin can hit his century in second innings....everything will be flip.......

  • on January 3, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    Where the hell is MARCUS NORTH????

  • TheAceofSpades on January 3, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    I don't know how long the Indian senior batsmen are going to play cricket. I really think that its time that these people retire for the good of Indian cricket. India has to look beyond Sachin, Rahul and Laxman now .Selection panel has to infuse young blood to the Indian Test cricket team but they cannot unless these seniors retire. C'mon, how long are these people going to play cricket now? May be one or two years. Is it going to make any difference? But it is certainly going to make a difference if young players like Rohit or Cheteshwar Pujara are given a chance because they are our future. These players are not even given a chance to play against weaker teams like Bangladesh or WI.

  • dicky_boy on January 3, 2012, 17:23 GMT


  • intcamd on January 3, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Laxman andGambhir should be rested; Laxman perhaps permanently. Not sure who can replace; too bad Pujara is not available; dont think Rohit Sharma would do any better

  • Desihungama on January 3, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    Pakistan managed to beat both Eng and Australia on English sporting pitches in 2010. Indian batting greatness is fully exposed playing outside of sub continent. Even a gifted World Cup from Pakistan could not uplift their game. Just come back to India and play your Cricket. While at it, please also exert your justified pressure on ICC to change the entire itinerary, FTP or whatever and have everyone come play in India only. Chumps.

  • on January 3, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    Is this first Australian tour for the Indian Cricket Team? What are the lessons learnt by them from the previous tours? Why the Selectors have filled the team with stroke players, and not at least one defence player? why Chopra, Mukund, Pujara etc..were not considered? What was the foresight in selecting aged players like Sachin, Sehwag,Rahul, Laxman etc... Is it to encourage them for achieving personal records like 100th century?... will any one apply their minds on this?

  • JoydeepGupta on January 3, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    It has been more than 3 years since Ganguly has retired but we are yet to find a suitable replacement for him. Our tails starts from #5 now. Shame!!

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 3, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    A complete OVERHAUL is needed in Indian cricket. This CANNOT continue much longer. I ask the Indian selectors to show some GUTS and act like men. This pathetic patronizing of the Indian senior players is getting UGLY and disgusting. Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman must be THROWN out of the team a.s.a.p and young batsmen need to take their places. India won't win any more games for the near future but that's FINE. India can lose with young blood than with all the grandpas. India can wipe the floor with WI and Bangladesh but that's FINE... youth brings flair and versatility. Having said that, Gambhir should be axed from the team. Enough chances given to a non-performing guy. Rohit Sharma and Ajinkye Rahane should be brought in for stability. No need for TOURISTS in the Indian team. Send them and their families back to India. It's safe to say a 4-0 whitewash is on the cards for SURE. What a total waste of Indian tax payer money by sending these guys on a trip to Australia.

  • G.AJAY on January 3, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    The problem India is having as it did in England is " just too many wickets have gone in the first session of Play. Blaming the team composition that Dravid, Tendulkar, VVS Laxman are old and useless and should be taken out is ridiculous" The last series India had lot success since they not loose too many wickets in the first session - there by removing the shine and thus the middle order was successful. Now the issues: Gauti needs to stop fishing outside off stump, Laxman is simply not moving his feet, maybe he should stand a bit further up on the crease, Kohli does not know where his offstump is. Sehwag has always been like that, so can;t blame his game plan." Bowling: U.Yadav, I.Sharma need to support Zak, and hold up one side - choking, rather than bowling 4 good bowls and bowl 2 others for boundaries"

  • on January 3, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    all pitch curatots gives dvantage to their home side and construct pitches for home benifit. we have seen performences of both australia and england abroad these days. australia were just creating history when they were 27 for 9. england are as much bad out side as much good at home please dont say bouncy tract..........this is for home advantage.......send this balling attack to india......sehwag can hit 500 in one

  • NikhilNair on January 3, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    Gambhir will have to either score well in the second inning, or dropped... there's is not doubt about his talent, but it's his confidence which is lacking. If Sehwag can bat for at least 100 balls, the team would be in a good position; his aim should not be getting runs, it should be facing more balls because Sehwag can score runs easily... the problem is staying at the crease. Though I thought Kohli was a good choice, maybe Rohit Sharma was the better one with some previous experience in Australia. Well, about Dhoni... he saved his face with the half century, but it was all useless with some disappointing captaincy. The senior players WILL have to take the responsibility... Sachin looks like he will play a big inning any time... let's hope it will be in the second inning. And the bowling unit looks like it only consists of Zaheer khan... i didn't watch the bowling, but doesn't seem to be ruthless. Let's hope Yadav and Zaheer will fire tomorrow with some help from the spinners.

  • dicky_boy on January 3, 2012, 16:20 GMT


  • Cric_info_pak on January 3, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    atlast indian fan also realize that india is home champion..... i use to say tht when india was No 1 they never beat aussie in austriala they never win in south africa not even in srilanka when murli was there ........ league 1 and league 2 that india south africa england n aussie in league no1 n week pakistan srilanka n other r in league 2 now wht india even can't play in league 3 teams like bangladesh n ireland also beat india in their home condition

  • on January 3, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    VVS said that the australian agression brings the best out of him. Well, in 3 innings, the australian agression has certainly bought the best "OUT" of him. Let's hope for the 2001 Kolkata miracle to happen in Sydney !!

  • on January 3, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    The BCCI need to hastly arrange a series against Bangladesh, New Zealand, West Indies or Zimbabwe in India to retain the number 2 test ranking.

  • on January 3, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    Now that the Indian team has batted (collapsed) first, there is a good chance for the Aussies to finish the match inside three days....

  • hnlns on January 3, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    Some of the comments about performance of "world class batting line-up with many many thousands of runs" cannot be more damning than this and is absolutely true. Indian batsmen are a pampered bunch always asking for featherbeds fit for school boy level cricket and not knowing what to do when the ball is bouncing even hip high and seaming/swinging about even a single degree. How can such a team perform well when they choose to play on rank dead pitches against very very weak West Indian team ? One could easily predict what was going to happen in Australia after the hammering they got last summer in England. God knows when BCCI gives orders to prepare the pitches resembling MCG and SCG and groundsmen stop dancing to the whims and fancies of home captains.

  • USAPakCricFollower on January 3, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    No wonder India does not want to play Pakistan now! It would be lights out.

  • on January 3, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    if the result was reversed i wonder how many comment would be on here baying for Australian blood

  • prsubbu on January 3, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    May I request the Australian team to drop Tendulkar's catches, bowl short and outside the line of stumps so that he can finish his 100th Century and call it a day (or dropped)? oh, by the way, I hope he does not have any more new personal targets to achieve in his never ending career. All the promising guys, waiting for these grandfathers to retire, have started getting older too....

  • on January 3, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    Ponting please show us what a great batsmen bats like in testing times for the team, on a seaming wicket. Maybe this will restore our faith in Great Batsmen.

  • on January 3, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    A bunch of idiots are running Indian cricket. Their only goal is to make money which is detrimental to the sport. Australia, England are different set of conditions and u need to play a lot in those type of conditions to master it. We used have our top players play county cricket and thats why Dravid, Ganguly used to play well in England. Nowadays all they do is play IPL during off season and make millions. Their calendar is packed and no time to adjust to any new unfamiliar conditions. Why is no Indian player playing in the BIG Bash in Australia or Country cricket in England. Australian players have played in IPL and are getting used to Indian conditions and excelled in the last tour to subcontinent in SriLanka. The problem is not talent but we lack people who can think strategically & plan to be the best team

  • on January 3, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Shocking batting display by the Indian batsmen once again.

    Sehwag needs to understand the value of his wicket and shouldn't throw it especially when the other guys are really struggling. Gambhir probably needs to spend some more time with his wife. He looks completey out of socks. Mukund can be a good replacement. Rahul shudn't try too much to absorb the pressure by himself. He needs to be positive and enjoy his game. All praises for SRT who looks in good nick, but needs some luck. VVS looked okay against WI n in the practice games, but looks pathetic currently.. He too needs to get out of his defensive shell as in the case of dravid. Kohli needs some more time before he is all set for the test of the test matches.

    The team which dominates the morning session on day 2 will have an upper hand. All the best Team India!

  • Me_A_Gemini on January 3, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    @cric4lyf: Well said buddy....They have been proved big mouth losers yet another time...I think BCCI could help its team by changing some cricketing rules which could be favorable to indian hopes at all....big shame for india once again

  • jonnybtestmatch on January 3, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    Indian fans need to relax regarding the criticsim of Dravid. He has proven to be reliable, even when the conditions suit the bowlers, aka tour of England. Also think Ghambir is class but should bat down the order, as he seems to struggle with leaving the ball outside the off stump. I think Mukund was dealt with unfairly as he looked to have a solid technique/ temperament at the top of the order against the moving ball in England. Still think Sacin has runs left in him, but the time for VVS to depart has come. His technique has always relied on a good eye, and with age the eyes start to go and the lack of foot movement really will count against him. Australian fans need to be wary of their over optimism as they still have a fragile order that can be skittled at any time. Also think to state that they have the best attack in the world is ridiculous as they have not proven themseleves in foreign conditions and have not faced an in form line up as yet.

  • 9-Monkeys on January 3, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    While I like Marsh he needs to score runs in the second innings (if Australia bats twice). If he fails again and Watson is fit for the next Test I'd like to see the following top six: Cowan, Warner, Ponting, Clarke, Hussey, Watson. Fully fit Watson offers the additional bowler Australia will need when they are not rolling sides so easily. He is not an opener (he just doesn't convert enough of his starts to 100's) but is an ideal #6, in that he can settle an innings in trouble if needed or alternatively score quickly and maximise on a good start. Cowan and Warner need to improve but should be given a little more time to do so. Marsh and Khawaja, or others (but who?), need to step up in the Shield because while Ponting and Hussey are traveling well right now, for the long term good health of Australian cricket they probably shouldn't be in the side in 12 months time.

  • Padmanan on January 3, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    Use Sachin and Sehwag along with Ashwin to restrict Australia.

  • drnaveed on January 3, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    better India should leave playing test cricket for a while(on their own) , and give some more time to IPL. you accept it or not this is IPL that has caused this much demage to the Indian side than any thing else, they dont realise it and will not. it will not make any difference to the indian side even if they go to Australia a year early for the preparation of a test series. by the way where are the 150 plus speed fast bowlers they have it, have they kept them for some future Bangladesh or zimbabwe series ?????????.unlike India ,our Pakistani side does not have any big big names as india has, but there performance is far more better than indian side, considering that out country is 10 times smaller than india. yes, very strange,so far injury problem has not followed the Indian players,who knows.............

  • pranav19p on January 3, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    It is absolutely ridiculous how after one day of test cricket, people have already started posting ridiculous comments about the Indian team and its players. Firstly, with regards to the Indian batsmen's so-called inability to play on wickets outside of India, it is a highly untrue statement to make. Dravid's average away from home is higher than his average at home. Tendulkar's away average is in excess of 55. Laxman averages a healthy 48 in Australia. Sehwag averages 55 in tests in Australia. Gambhir averages 49.75 away from home, which is higher than his home average. Incidentally, for people giving him a fair shares of stick, this is his first time playing a test in Australia. And the team that played Australia in the famous victory at Perth in 07/08 contained 6 players from the current team. So I don't think India has any problems as far as ability is concerned. Poor cricket has been the decisive factor in the Oz tour so far.

  • TRAM on January 3, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    Is it any new discovery that a batsman should have 1. Sound technique + 2. Reflex + 3. fitness ? It is easy to measure 2&3 factors by observing his fielding levels. Dravid/VVS who were once average fielders are now worst fielders. Fortunately SRT caught the catch DROPPED by VVS. India selectors neglected good players with all above qualities - such as Mukund and Badri. Both are great fielders and technically very very sound. Most importantly both performed reasonably well in their initial chances. (Badri 56 against Styne & co in his first of the only 3 innings chance he got and Mukund repeatedly played for many hours in England, when every one else failed). You only reap what you sow. Ind selectors failed to invest on youth and technique. I am afraid now that they are going to destroy other careers such as Rahane by sending him opening (as they did to DKarthik). Mukund should open with Sehwag. Badri,Rahane,Tiwari,RSharma, etc should play middle order. (test matches I mean)

  • drnaveed on January 3, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    better India should leave playing test cricket for a while(on their own) , and give some more time to IPL. you accept it or not this is IPL that has caused this much demage to the Indian side than any thing else, they dont realise it and will not. it will not make any difference to the indian side even if they go to Australia a year early for the preparation of a test series. by the way where are the 150 plus speed fast bowlers they have it, have they kept them for some future Bangladesh or zimbabwe series ?????????.unlike India ,our Pakistani side does not have any big big names as india has, but there performance is far more better than indian side, considering that out country is 10 times smaller than india. yes, very strange,so far injury problem has not followed the Indian players,who knows.............

  • Silverbails on January 3, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    OMG, it looks like this spineless batting team is SURELY heading for another humiliating loss! And, this to a rather second - rate bowling attack, compared to what most teams have been used to in the past from the Aussies. Well, let's see if the bowling attack can conjure up anything...Playing on the flat tracks of the subcontinent is surely NO PREPARATION for such a gruelling tour. And, as for the much - vaunted batting, they need to shape up, WITH PATIENCE - this IS Test Cricket after all, and not the IPL!! WHEN are they going to WIN their NEXT overseas Test, that's the REAL question here. Otherwise, it'll be SEVEN LOSSES in 12 Matches!!! Much is the mental brittleness of this team. And, what is Fletcher doing about it? Perhaps time for a New coach, already?!?! Well, here's to the Indian 2nd innings...

  • vinchester on January 3, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    After the UK whitewash, the Indian bigwigs said it is one off case. Now are they going to say it is two off case! and then they will still go on with the same batting order!

  • DrMNAhmed on January 3, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    I hope Indian fans learn some humility and modesty after this disappontment. Its good to cherish your team's victory, but please stop ridiculing other teams. SL fans are best in this regard as their side has seen great achievements over the years but them do not go about insulting other nations and players. Learn to accept defeats and failures. Learn to accept you will win in certain conditions at certain places. You will lose at others. Its part of the game. If you start winning test series after test series, home and abroad for a period of atleast five years, then you can afford to be this much cocky and over-confident.

    The same goes for the English as well. They have won an ashes and beaten up Asian sides on their tracts, but its not anyway close to what the great OZ or WI sides achieved in their prime. Remember you were lowest ranked test side in 1999. Pak beat you in your own home grounds in three consecutive series i.e. 1987, 1992 and 1996. Only change is permanent, nothin els

  • on January 3, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    well done world champs,, haha well done TEAM INDIA,, hahahaha

  • sarosh_siddiqui on January 3, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    On paper, India is the strongest batting line but in reality it is only in Indian pitches. You can't play cricket with heavy records.

  • bismoy on January 3, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas its not sachin who needs to retire...its time for hyped dravid to retire.Fact is dravid is an average player against geninune fast bowler. Avg 45 in Australia and Avg 29 in South Africa.Compared to this tendukar avg far far more.Hence time for hyped dravid to retire...calling him wall is wall takes 5 min to break now days.

  • Empty-Sequence on January 3, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    @ full-blooded-wallop Appreciate it but we all know another 4-0 is on the way.

  • rahulcricket007 on January 3, 2012, 15:02 GMT


  • krishna_cricketfan on January 3, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    @@chris_p: Your observation about the aging of the Indian greats is correct. As I was watching the game, I could see that the reflexes has gone down. The Australian bowling is pacy and to play that speed consistently from both ends is not easy. The aging batsmen have to concentrate harder and also score runs. But how long? Slight drop in concentration will be disastrous against a disciplined bowling attack. On the other side, when was the last time Ponting dropped such an easy catch as per his standard? That is also due to slowing of reflex. Indian cricket waits for disastrous results before taking some action as always.

  • cric4lyf on January 3, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    @ BCCI...u made conspiracy against pakistani young talent becoz u were afraid that with Amir & Asif pakistan can easily knock out every team..and sachin will be afraid of facing see at your young talent....shame to be called young talent (kohli who only plays in india and is ranked in top 10 batsman) absolutely ridiculous

  • bMike on January 3, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    There is a big difference between India & other world champions in last 25 years. See Australia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan all of them had to play away matches to win the world cup. That's why they have been true world champions. The only way current Indian team can win a world cup is playing all matches at home. That's why home champions couldn't win at least a single ODI in England soon after the world cup.

  • Sano27 on January 3, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    opening position seems to be the greatest worry for the Indians......i still cant understand why they still keep Gambhir in the team....he's the weakest link in the team....its even more worse that the reserve opener is Rahane....he never played in the opening position in domestic cricket & failed in 3 innings in the practice match....anyway good job selectors!

  • SachBro on January 3, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    @peterrox Quality players? Yuvi, who can't bat for his life in tough conditions. Watch his innings in Aus last time around where he and Dhoni were constantly beaten by an average Brad Hogg. Mukund? Are you serious? He couldn't put bat to ball in Eng, Srikanth was the only reason he got selected in the team. Wasim Jaffer? He was too in Aus last time around and batted like kaka. Rahane and Rohit Sharma are the only two players I would like to see in the team, that too at the expense of Gambhir and Kohli. Age has nothing to do with contribution, even at his late 30s Sachin is still contributing, there are no 100s but there are 40s, 50s 70s and 90s. I would take them any day over a no- performing youngster who bats like a rabit caught in headlights on a highway.

  • Powerpuffgirl on January 3, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    Another hopeless performance by team India. Not a single batsmen has any clue how to play in foriegn conditions. I agree with some of you that they are getting old. But the younger ones are even worst. Gambhir and Kohli should sincerely be dropped from the side. They have absolutely not shown any signs of improvement. Get Rahane and Rohit Sharma in. I am not sure thats going to make any difference but at least we can try. I think this match is going to over in about 3-4 days. At this point 4-0 looks very probable.

  • cric4lyf on January 3, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    Jobs avaialble for indian players after 4-0 defeat against australia.

    Dravid: Mason job since he is job in building walls Sachin: Batting coach for under 10 school boys Dhoni & kohli: Bar dancer Ishant sharma: can work at zoo for washing giraffe Yadav & Ashwin: i guess you can get chance to play in bangladesh league and IPL Ravi shastri: Joker (since he is good in praising his team)

  • Sano27 on January 3, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    @THE HAWKS EYE:u cant compare SACHIN with BRADMAN....both are the true legends in the history of cricket....u simply comparing them with the statistics....dude BRADMAN played in 1940's and now the game changed alot...while comparing both of them u have to consider the changed conditions also.....SACHIN was not only a test player but also a great ODI player.....dont u know that??

  • SachinRao on January 3, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    Its pathetic to watch the batsmen fishing outside the off stump. Gambhir, the less said the better, who gets out to a similar delivery 3 times in a row?? Duncan Fletcher is considered an expert on technique?? Rahane is out of form and we have no other opener (Even he bats in the middle order). Get in Rohit for Gambhir, he can't do worse than him. I would make a weird suggestion, Have either Rohit or Dhoni open the batting. If we had Irfan, we could have an opportunity to play 5 bowlers.

  • NALINWIJ on January 3, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    How did 13 wickets fall on this pitch? THIS IS NO GREEN TOP. Firstly Australia bowled brilliantly and apart from Tendulkar and Dhoni none of the Indians batted well. Australia also has a problem they have three left handers who all fell to Zaheer bowling on the corridor of uncertainty.That fantastic line does not cause as many problems to right handers and if Australia does not replace some of these left handers with right handers then Zaheer will have 3 bunnies. India has enormous problems at present and have done nothing to deal with the eventual retirements of the fab4[3] and things will not ease up in Perth.

  • Romenevans on January 3, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    LOL! Everything aside, and its a final Bye Bye to Mitchel Johnson. His career is over after these awesome blowing attack with Pat Cummins Ryan Harris, Mitchel Starc, Copeland roaring to go in. Time for a new "Tattoo" Mitch? LOL, you won't be picked in IPL now, as they banned you and clark already. May be time for Big Bash eh! Common Mayyte :P!

  • NairUSA on January 3, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Exteremely difficult to watch Indian star batsmen faring badly against an average but enthusiastic seam lineup. Full credit to the australians for taking advantage of their home conditions. Getting out unscathed from this test will be an uphill task for Team India unless australian batsmen decide to repeat their past batting collapses. Let the best team win.

  • Lord_Trickster on January 3, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Claydo78 very interesting point re Haddin - I started noticing this in 2005 in England - Katich, Langer etc retaliating to the baiting of English fans. It has continued since. Perhaps our players egos are just so out of control they can't handle what Bay 13 fans love to call "Good Natured" sledging. All day chants of "<Insert opposition name here's> a wanker" doesn't quite have the same bite as the british style - they certainly got under Johnson's skin in 2009 and 10/11. Perhaps we need some training in how to smile and wear a thicker skin. Oh and Marcio - please, you're just embarrasing. England are scared of us? Really? Either don't judge others by your own mentality, or grow up or graduate from Primary school. Please.

  • on January 3, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    @Valavan in that case Australia are a better side than England because they won in SL just few months back and pakistan dont play at home whereas England even lost to west Indies in 2009 and they are the last to do so Don,t worry by next ashes England will carry a team which has lost a series in SL,UAE and of course on FLAT TRACKS of INDIA, NO English team can ever Emulate the great AUSSIES....

  • jmcilhinney on January 3, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    @RandyOz, so this is the best attack in the world, huh? Before this game, James Pattinson had played 3 tests for 20 wickets at an average of 15.2 and a strike rate of 29.6. Vernon Philander has played 3 tests for 24 wickets at an average of 12.4 and a strike rate of 21.7. So, Philander is better than Pattinson so I guess that must mean that Hilfenhaus and Siddle are better than Steyn and Morkel, right? You were calling for Siddle and Hilfenhaus to be out of the team barely days ago and now they are the best in the world?

  • avi82 on January 3, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    4-0 whitewash definitely!!

  • cric4lyf on January 3, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    remarkable display by young aussie bowlers....thanks GOD it was not indian bolwers otherwise indian media would have shown us several time (pakana).....if watson is back india will lose 4-0 and with innings defeat.

  • Valavan on January 3, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    @bhrangi, when did England run away from India. In 2008, it was 2 test series and India won in chennai, drew in Mohali, and if you see the scores in all 3 completed innings by england it was 316, 311 and 302. We dont come here to speak how good we are. But dont underrate us, as i said you can speak when it happens, First sort your own batting and bowling issues in Australia, and ofcourse as an English fan, we know we arent decent in ODIs. We dont give billion excuses if we lost just as you all did in summer. cricinfo please publish.

  • cricketcrazy555 on January 3, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    Ishant Sharma should learn how to build pressure on batsman in test cricket, he can't bowl consistent length in at least one over. Gave too many runs to after zaheer picking 3 wkts. There was a definite chance to pick 2 or 3 more wkts. I think Ashwin playing in the team as lower middle order batsman than a strike bowler.

  • Romenevans on January 3, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    Those who are bashing Kohli are clueless people who knows nothing about cricket. This bloke has only played 5-6 test matches, it takes time to develop fine cricketers for long period guys! They don't just come in the team and starts scoring tones of tuns. Look at shaun march and David warner, they are also getting out cheaply by our rookie fast bowlers at their backyard, but aussie management isnt talking about dropping them. Ian bell, Hashim Amla,. AB Develiers they all came in the scene just like Kohli is going through this period. He is a star in the making and he needs time to learn and develop his skills. For Christ sake he is just a 23 years old kiddie. Look at these 40 years old daddies struggling to score runs and you expect kohli to score triple hundred on 2nd test match he is playing in Australia? Grow up people and think about future. It is time for Oldies to gracefully retire and let the team go through the re-development process.

  • cric4lyf on January 3, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    another shame for world champions. i think india deserve to be called home champs rather than world champs. Pattinson has shown that indian master blaster is only master at home..where is their so called young talent virat kohli...only make runs at home grounds..plzzz stop showing us india classical moments and programs like that...india must call zimababwe at home to make remaining records..

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 3, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    Australia 37 for 3 and Dhoni attacked for a while and then resorts to low intensity game yet again before the close of play by letting Sehwag bowl the last but one over and never ever applied pressure by bringing up the fielders into catching positions for the final few overs. Ridiculous Captaincy coupled with horrendous lines from Ishant and Yadav. Very disheartening as an Indian fan. The less said about our batsmen the better. Dravid seems to be rattled by the clean bowled dismissals and the hit in the stomach at MCG - footwork gone for a toss all of a sudden. Sachin should retire gracefully rather trying to look pretty and assured at the crease for his 30s and 40s. His hunt for that 100th 100 is proving very expensive. VVS - well - no comments - horrible is the only word. Can these trio come good in the second inning at least. Very very disheartening. Overall, I think it is poor cricket by the Indians coupled with some excellent pressure by the Aussie pacers. Well done Australia!

  • on January 3, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    Indian Cant Play overseas,We are home loins

  • cricketcrazy555 on January 3, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    Abhinav mukund, Mohammed Kaif, Irfan Pathan & Ashok Maneria should brought in to the Indian team.

  • Nampally on January 3, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    Another pathetic batting by the India with Tendulkar & Dhoni being the only batsmen who batted confidently. Inclusion of the suicidal Gambhir was the worst decision in final XI- India straight away played one short in batting.Add to this was the unexpected failure of Dravid. Laxman is out of form & Rohit Sharma would have been a better choice.This Indian team needs reinforcements - an opening batsmen + a pace bowler + an all rounder to avoid England Tour show. ZAK put India in a competitive position with his 3 Wkts. but the other seamers failed to provide him with adequate support to get the job done. So India is on the back foot again facing an uphill task. If ZAK & other seamers can get the Aussies out by Lunch time & restrict them to<220, India still has a chance to put up a better show. India in the second innings should put Gambhir at #8 after Ashwin and should open the innings with Dravid & Sehwag.It will give Gambhir a chance to make a contribution >ZERO!.Sad Day indeed.

  • on January 3, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    Look at Kallis and Sangakara's performance. I still rate Kallis and Sangakara above Sachin Tendulkar. I think Kallis and Sngakara much more better player in test cricket than legendary Sachin Tendulkar. They can alwys score big run at any difficult situations. Sachin is in good touch but he got lack of concentration and he can't survive in the crease.

  • Romenevans on January 3, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    It has to be coach's responsibility as well. After T20 World Cup in West Indies, Gary Kirsten was so upset with the performance and fitness level of Indian players. He reported back to BCCI and they worked on it. Result? 2011 WC Win and a decent tour in South Africa. This Duncan dude already started giving excuses like "India Struggles in overseas tours, and foreign teams struggles in sub-contnet" WTH? is this a joke? Australia recently defeated Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka. This a complete Chaos! I believe Duncan is the upcoming next Greg Chappel for Indian team. Hopeless is the word.

  • Romenevans on January 3, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    Yawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwn! ICC should not forcefully decide the maximum age limit for retirement. They should not allow any player to play the game over 35 years. I'm bored of these hopeless oldies, playing the game just because they want to stay alive in the records history books.

  • cking on January 3, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    Cricket is a team effort which is totally missing in Indian team, how are you suppose to win when you put all the pressure on few players. Indian team collapses when Sehwag fails at top followed by Dravid and Sachin end of story. Laxman is a great player but it is time to call it and bring likes of Rohit Sharma on. Gamhir is not good opener for overseas wickets find a better one i would suggest let Kohli open and Rohit Sharma in the middle order and bring Irfan Pathan back in The only Genuine Allrounder. Just a reminder for Indian team IF YOU KEEP ON DOING SAME THING YOU WILL GET SAME RESULT TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT IF NOTHING ELSE ATLEAST YOU WILL SURPRISE YOUR OPPONENTS. Lets hope team India bounce back in this test....I doudt that though

  • Romenevans on January 3, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    What about the top order gambhir and Sehwag who are supposed to see off the new ball so that middle order batsmen can cash in when the sun bake the wicket during the second session? When the coach his clueless and talking rubbish, then God save this Indian team. Gambhir and sehwag are the culprit and major cause of collapse! Hopeless gambhir always ready to poke it on the off stump away moving ball and then ready to go sit back the dressing room. When it comes to field he just stand at the short leg says "Nothing" to cheer up the bowlers. What a hopeless cricket he is.

  • on January 3, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Gambhir needs to warm the bench while he works out where his offstump is......I say, bring in Rohit Sharma at #4; in addition, move Dravid to the opener's slot....Laxman goes in at the fall of the first wicket, and Tendy follows {hopefully without being affected by the recurring nightmares related to a certain illusionary landmark.......:-) }

  • ABRAR-JANJUA on January 3, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    @lakx_s hahhahaha you must be kidding..really Funny stats..LOLZZZZZZZZZZZz

  • on January 3, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    India is a very good team no doubt about that but only in home conditions . They have good batsmen but unexperienced bowling attack. Tommorow first 10 overs are going to be very important from either of the teams . If australia get through that period then they will not look back and if india get a couple of early wickets then they are back in the game.........

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on January 3, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    @lakx_s, you are really missing a vital piece of intel in the profoundly amazing conclusion you draw from the batting averages in the series so far. You've forgotten that when India play Australia at test match cricket, it's the best 11 cricketers that India put out Vs the 11 best Australia can muster. Given the huge beating India received in the last test and the amount they lost by, how can you conclude that India are the better team just because they have 3 of the top 5 batsmen in the averages table? It's immaterial. What a deluded, easy to dismantle opinion you own.

  • sharkwolf on January 3, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    India is the worldchampion of Indian Pitches... correct me if I m wrong...

  • ajayb92 on January 3, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    If india cant get australia out within 250, then there will most likely only be one result in this match given how poor India's batting overseas is (unless of course it rains). Need sehwag to play out of his skin in the 2nd innings, he's the only one that can throw the aussie bowlers off their current consistent lines and lengths.

  • cyniket on January 3, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    there's a familiar pattern emerging here. lots of delusional optimism, followed by a defeat, then excuses, blame, overreaction. then it starts all over again before the next game, now where have i seen this pattern in the fans behaviour before? oh yes.... when india were playing in england.

  • ABRAR-JANJUA on January 3, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    Bcci must arrange an Odi Series with Kenya, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh or Ireland on ''Flat Tracks'' to give sachin a chance to get past his land mark...Smart Stats shows the ''smart'' overseas record of team india...

  • BustIPL on January 3, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    Dhoni again proved that it can be done but these so called seniors are holding. There is pattinson to end their prolonged careers. How many will relish if for example tendulkar hits that 100. It is the riducule of the batsman who drew comparasions with bradman.

  • on January 3, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    i am sorry to say i think we are going down down ward fall has started

  • Avi56 on January 3, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    What Steve Waugh said was right...the team that bowls well will win the series...though India's bowling is relatively very good this series...the Australian Pace attack is dominating...

  • HawksEyeFocused on January 3, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    Now Sachin has to wait for Zim and BD series on India's 'bouncy and quickest' wickets to complete his 100th 100 'elegantly'!!! No offense!!!

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  • on January 3, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    @JG2704 i think its too much faith in the current batsman. there records show that there is a big score around the corner, but i dont think aus bowling and opitches will help get them back in the groove....

  • on January 3, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    This series is finished for India...Only grace is to avoid a 4-0 loss to Aus by drawing next 2 games somehow. Need to rest Gambhir, Ishant, VVS, Virat and use Rohit, Ajinkya, Abhinav and call in Irfan Pathan- an allrounder... The only way out for India for forthcoming abroad series is to play ODIs before test matches so that batting line-up can get some confidence as India generally plays 50 over game well due to restrictions on bouncers.... moreover they will get used to the surface ,,,, and when the test matches begin.. they will be in a better frame of mind and much more confident having competed in ODIs...

  • EdGreen on January 3, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    To be fair to the indians they've toured SA, England and Australia in the last year - three mean quick bowling units.

  • Ayanmalik on January 3, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    I think it is only the pressure of not performing abroad on Indian Batmen otherwise they are very good and their is no reason to win against this Australian team. When they do not think of pressure they would really perform well and would win. So Indian team should not take pressure and shoud play their natural game. This is the one and only way to perform outside India.

  • dsig3 on January 3, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    Marsh playing up to his first class standards. Enjoyed watching him prove me wrong in SL but to get out with those 2 shots to the slip cordon really gives me doubts. Pity there is no first class cricket going on so that Khawaja can put more pressure on him.

  • on January 3, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    i thnk india should drop gambhir for now......m amazed by idiotness of our selectors ...dey havent nt picked a single backup opener in the whole squad of 18 playerss ...i dont knw y wasim jaffer is nt getting a chance...he is must better to handle in dis condition and time to drop virat and bring back rohit....he is lot more techinically correct than virat some sense dhoni before its too late

  • shishirji on January 3, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    some batsmen from both teams should sign up for "ART OF LEAVING".......ASAP!!!!!

  • on January 3, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    i am sorry to say i think we are going down down ward fall has started

  • ManrajJ on January 3, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    @Werner Blomberg The best thing that has happened to Sachin is that he has not been able to score that 100 with so much attention. It just makes us realize that since ST scored so many 100s with so much ease, it seemed scoring 100 was pretty easy. Now we know is is damn tough to score a 100. Neverthesless, he could not add another 100 but he has been adding 40s, 50s, 70s and 90s. So stop complaining and comparing with Lara who has come and gone with 34 centuries...Sachin is 50% more :). Even if Sachin does not score a 100 for rest of his life still he will be ahead of Laras, Pointings, Kallissssss and alikes.

  • on January 3, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    Coverage of Star Cricket has been really poor. How can they change the best design and commentary team of original channel 9. How many times we have seen a cricket match in recent past without Bowling Speeds (infact i fear for entire series/tour) ? If this channel cant improve with their commentary team and continue with those persons who use buttler English this will be the start of their downfall in Indian market. Very sad to miss Harsha Bhogle, where are you man ? You are the man that attracted so many viewers worldwide, whichever channel you will work for we will be favourites to that.

  • PrasPunter on January 3, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    @Full-Blooded-Wallop , yes you are right . Any one who underestimates the indian team is doing so at their own peril . The series is far from over. Premature to comment about the direction the series is poised to take. Early wickets and Aus will be in trouble. Aus is slightly ahead but it can go either way.

  • jp1989 on January 3, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    I don't believe that making wholesale changes can achieve anything as the problem is so deep rooted that India will never produce a whole batting line up of tecnically correct batsman who can be a success in foreign conditions until they begin creating similar pitches but at the very least they can give themselves a chance by selecting the best 11 possible. I said to my friend when laxman made a 160 odd against west indies in india on a flat track that his place would not even be questioned until the end of the aus series (by which point it will be to late) and rohit had no chance no matter how runs he made and ultimately it would cost India many test matches just like keeping a toothless spinner (Harbhajan) in the team did. Some may argue that India would still have lost and they may be correct but games hinge on moments such as when at 214/4 a rohit 30 or 40 could have led india to a 20/30 run lead rather than a 50 run deficit but hey ho 5 in 3 knocks is what we get from lead foot.

  • HawksEyeFocused on January 3, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    Why is Tendulkar compared to Bradman? Bradman scored 29 centuries in just 80 innings. While Sachin has scored 99 centuries in 747 innings. If Bradman had played this many innings then his total centuries comes out to be 540 centuries or if Sachin had played 80 innings he would have scored just 11 centuries. So in both cases Tendulkar stands no where near to Bradman !!!

  • HawksEyeFocused on January 3, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    If Indians can not bat on Melbourne and Sydney wickets then what will happen on Perth wicket..... India all out for 22!!! The God, The Wall, Mr Reliable, The Cool, and all those big names have shown their true character. GO INDIA GO.............. JUST 2 MORE TEST TO LOOSE AND THEN ANOTHER 4-0 THRASHING....Yet Dhoni will continue to enjoy the leadership....... He is the most inept leader India has ever produced!!!

  • Lmaotsetung on January 3, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Test and ODIs are completely different format. One where you can wait all day long for the bowler to bowl to your strengths and leave balls after balls while the other you need to practically score on every ball you face. Field setup also very different, different balls one use the cherry the other the white ball. England got badly beaten in ODI in India in 2008 just like this past October but almost won the the Mumbai test. Goes to show how different both formats are.

  • on January 3, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    its very unfortunate to watch the world champions who r performing kile Bangladesh outside the subcontinent. personal landmarks have been given more emphasiis no body talking about how to win? defenetly australia will become a better side after the series..........indian batsman cant handle the pressure outside this has become universal truth. ballers have impressed no doubt..........

  • HawksEyeFocused on January 3, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    Readers / commentors dont get disappointed or dishearted, we will soon arrange Zimbabwe or bangladesh or weak west Indies to India and will reach the following. 1. sachin 100th century. sehwag 200 , gambhir 100, VVS 200.

  • on January 3, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    It's really depressing to see the likes of Dravid and Laxman fail at the big stage against Australia. Gambhir and Kohli seem to be the weaker links in this Indian batting line up. Dravid and Laxman need to score big to pose any kind of threat to the Australians. Sachin seems to start well, It's just a matter of time before he gets to that Landmark which has been haunting him for quite some time. Let us Indian fans not pressurize him. He'll surely score big soon. PS: I DONT THINK ITS GONNA BE A 4-0 WHITEWASH THIS TIME!

  • big_al_81 on January 3, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    @ Full-Blooded-Wallop. Great name, daft comments! You make the all-too-frequent mistake of confusing ODI discipline with Tests I fear. India have never, ever, no not even once beaten Australia in a series in Oz and have a relatively poor record in England - about 2 Test wins in the last decade or so and plenty of absolute thumpings.Yes, India have travelled a little better in the last decade but they're still poor travellers overall. Truly great sides can consistently win series anywhere and in my lifetime that's been true only of Australia until about 5 years ago and before them the WI. India were never close to that class and much as I hate to say it, I'm not convinced England will reach that status either despite being comfortably the best just at the moment. I'm talking about Tests all the way through here, please don't get confused. We're rubbish at ODIs but best in the long format. Right now. And we'll enjoy it cos it's rare, not cos we're scared of a largely untested Oz attack!

  • andrew27994 on January 3, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    Also I think Australia should go with 4 seamers in the next match because that's their strength. Lyon shouldn't be playing on these pitches. He can fancy his chances in the subcontinent pitches. As for Marsh I think either he should bat at No.5 or 6 or don't play. I think it was a wrong decision for Ponting to bat at No.4. Though he has had a bit of success already I still feel that he can bat at No.3 better than any other batsman in the team. As for India, they must drop Gambhir for the next 2 matches. Rahane should play as he has not only been in good form in first class cricket but also looked very promising in England. I know that many people might think it's crazy but I think it would be better if Kohli bat ahead of Tendulkar and Laxman at No.4. He might feel more confident at the crease when he knows that Tendulkar and Laxman are yet to bat and he has got nothing to lose. Also I think he will learn a lot from Dravid. Tendulkar has had success at No.s 5 & 6.

  • usernames on January 3, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    The domestic structure and our pitches are at fault here, nothing else. Even when these players retire, I'm not too positive we have the bench strength to compete in these conditions in tests. ODIs are a different ballgame and the Indian team will be very good there for years to come.

    I hope I am wrong and our youngsters better the current players however that is very, very unlikely!

  • DINESHCC on January 3, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    FULL_BLOODED_WALLOP: When almost all the Indian fans have given up, you are still backing our team. I appreciate your confidence level. But the game is lost. Another 4-0 is in the offing.

  • usernames on January 3, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    To those who are advocating for inclusion of youngsters in this team, I agree with you on that it'll improve the intensity in the field and perhaps improve the *current* performance too. However, there are two problems.

    Apart from Rohit Sharma and maybe Pujara (he looked uncomfortable in SA), there is no one who you can say is technically proficient. If you need to stick to the crease and leave some balls, you need to be mentally very strong as well which again isn't a feature of our younger lot.

    Two, the next two years, we're going to play test cricket mostly in India. This is a horrible, horrible schedule. What will happen is our star-crazy nation will make stars out of mediocre batsmen who will make merry on Indian pitches and then, all of a sudden, when they face good bowling attacks in conditions that support fast bowling, they will succumb to not only the quality of the opposition but also the pressure.

    ... continued.

  • 200ondebut on January 3, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    @full-blooded-wallop - well done for supporting your side. It must be hard staying positive when they keep getting humped and you know in two or three years most of your best players will have retired. Add that to the fact that you have all these wonderfully talented players coming through - but in test matches on proper wickets they just can't seem to transfer the skills they have learned in the IPL. It will be like having a team of Micheal Bevans. It is good though you manage to stay positive - and while England continue to be crap at ODIs you'll have something to cling on to. Well done!

  • on January 3, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    I was surprised, no Indian Batsman got injured after MCG. Is it going to happen after SCG??????????????

  • satanswish on January 3, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Cmon Indians, your captain Dhoni is not fit himself for Test cricket. Test cricket exposes limitations of this fellow to the core. No doubt he is one of the greatest ODI & T20 skipper but I don't find him up to the potential when it comes to the most matured version of cricket ie. Test Match Cricket. Though scorecard shows some runs against his name, those runs do not come with proper test cricket shots. When fielding, this guy goes defensive with field placings. India is yet to score proper 300 runs away which they have totally failed in 2011. Even against weaker team like West Indies, India failed to post 300 aggregate in Carribeans. Sorry Indians, get prepared for another 4-0 whitewash. Your captain ain't skilled enough for Test Match Cricket.

  • bhrangi on January 3, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    @Valavan: Dude, England is same as INDIA, England also cant play in sub-continent pitches even worse than IND, u cal our pitches as dead or whatever, if our batsmen scoring then y urs were not in the same deadly, flat pitches.. ENG hav escaped from test last time u toured in IND, but this time u cant be ready LOL

  • jkaussie on January 3, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    Great to see Tendulkar walk out to bat today, and a young Aussie kid holding up a sign saying "legend" and cheering his head off!! :) Every time he has come out to bat in the series so far he has got standing ovations from the whole crowd, as he should. A cynical part of me wonders whether the same respect would be shown another great player by certain opposition supporters - I would like to think so.

  • andrew27994 on January 3, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    I think this was a good day's test cricket. Australia dominated the 1st session but India fought back hard in the 2nd session. The 3rd session was mostly dominated by Australia so overall it was Australia's day today. But no one can rule India out of the match yet since Australia would have to bat last on what promises to be a turning wicket on the 5th day. Therefore, Australai must look to make the most of this good start by batting well tomorrow. If they fail with the bat then they would have to bowl their best in this series and make sure they dont have a target in an excess of 250 because it won't get easier. But usually the Sydney pitches promise good batting pitches on day 2 and day 3. So ideally Australia should try to score at least 300 to be on the safer side. India's problem on the other hand is that neither Yadav nor Sharma have troubled Australia as much as they did at the MCG. They need to get early wickets in the 1st session to get themselves back.

  • on January 3, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    Hayden once said, "Present batsmen are all grown up playing the ball, while we were grown up leaving it". There are very good young batsmen, but they need to learn a lot from seniors. Sad to see the youngsters (from both teams) poking at the ball impatiently.

  • da_man_ on January 3, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    @Full blooded wallop; The fact is India has been hammered in Tests this year. Comprehensively. If you still want to talk about "just you wait till the end of the series" well we're halfway through, and the series is slipping. Keep your head buried in the sand lol.

  • Silloh on January 3, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    Sure Australia is on top after the first day , but this is a test match with four full days to go and we have seen the Aussies folded quickly before. I am mot suggesting this will happen ... in fact to Ponting's credit I wish he smashes another hundred and silence the few arm chair detractors. Amazing, that after one day there are comments already about changes to the Indian team. Also, this series is not about Tendulkar man and getting his hundred ton. I bet the Aussies are thriving on such with this added pressure to the man. The Aussies pace attack looks good and no one can fill Shane Warne's boots, but is this their best replacement ? Come on India, restrict the Aussies and take the honours on the second day so fans can see another exciting test match.

  • on January 3, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    @Werner Blomberg but lara didnt score 99 hundreds to score 100th one .... :D

  • Siva-The-Human on January 3, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    As Iam Indian, I accept we are flat track bullies only. Today morning I wakeup and watch the match Iam so disappointed. I think still they don't try to know how tackle the fast bowler in seaming pitch after England series. Iam so disappointed.

  • jp1989 on January 3, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    India's problem is simple the pitches they are brought up on have no pace or bounce hence the only time the batsmen are tested is on away tours and the result; never being able to make a respectable total because they simply don't have the technique to cope with even a modicom of seam or swing movement. How people keep bringing up the old guard i will never understand as Dravid and Tendulkar are the only Indian batsman who have the game combat such conditions. What upsets me as an Indian fan is that the only young batsman i have seen with the same technical attributes to be a success abroad (Rohit Sharma) has been overlooked despite his form and ability while Laxman lives on past glories achieved on flat decks.

  • mautan on January 3, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    Katich.Experience.Katich.Experience.Katich.Experience.Katich.Experience.This is test cricket, not T20.

  • on January 3, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    I don't see India winning this test if they allow Australia to gain a 150 lead tomorrow. The Aussie pace attack is just too good for India at the moment. Even a lead of 150 is sufficient on this pitch for Australia.

  • 1_234 on January 3, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    I hope you find it interesting:

    Mat Won Lost Tied Draw W/L Overall: 459 112 144 1 202 0.77 In India: 232 75 49 1 107 1.53 Away from India: 227 37 95 0 95 0.38

    Best formula to become a number one team is to play HOME series :)

  • usernames on January 3, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    @Werner Blomberg - I have seen these types of comments many times however, I've never understood how do quantify and thus compare greatness.

    Lara and Tendulkar were both great players but to say that one was better because of a certain attribute would be belittling the achievements of the other. If you call Lara a big match player, someone who would have got this 100th century or w/e ages ago (which is an assumption), there can be a counter argument that Sachin bats under immense pressure and handles pressure better than anyone else and thus he is a greater player. This can go on ad infinitum.

    Both were/are great; let us not compare their greatness.

  • Hammond on January 3, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    @ Jyotishman Sharma- "a single ashes win"? England are 3-1 ashes wise since 2005. India are 2-2 against Australia in the same period (with two home wins) and it looks like they will lose yet another series in Australia. For a team that has only won 5 test matches in Australia since 1948, they seem to be a little overconfident. England have won 23 test matches in Australia, and have beaten them 5 times at home since 1948. When India have managed to win just even one test series in Australia then start comparing yourselves with England. @Full-Blooded-Wallop- there are 3 lions on the English coat of arms, that have been there since 1154.

  • Valavan on January 3, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    @Full-Blooded-Wallop, all teams can call their teams when they stick to consistency, well ye i dont measure England only if they win in India, if they win in any 2 of the 3 subcontnent sides, they justify it. Anyway dont get it too personal, ENG vs PAK is not happening now, you can say that Eng is afraid of Pakistan when it happens and if Pakistan justifies your statement. Anyway good luck to you if you manage some pride in australia. cricinfo please publish

  • HawksEyeFocused on January 3, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    Well well well!!! I'm very much convinced by India's consistency. How consistently they are losing test matches on bouncy tracks!!! It's a great shame for the team India to lose a match or being white-washed overseas in the presence of Ten,Sehwag,Dravid,Kohli,Gambhir,Dhoni,Laxman and Zaheer Khan!!! A historical shame!!! They are the heroes of flat and lifeless wickets. It seems BD/Zim, not India is playing against Aussies. Aussies have resolved to win in a clearer form than Eng as last year they white-washed India 4-0 in Eng. India is destined to retain its lost position that's FIRST...................... FROM BOTTOM!!! No offense!!! Muhhhhhhhhhhhh....hahahahaha

  • freddieraghu on January 3, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    @ Jyotishman Sharma... Had Zaheer and Umesh been there in England series, England would have won all tests by innings... and Bell, Cook, KP would have added one more century to their list. And Stuart Broad would have scored a century as well.

  • on January 3, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    No wonder England trashed this Indian team 4-0, they are just terrible. How do India justify their number 2 test ranking?? This just shows you how flawed the ICC test ranking system is. Even New Zealand put up a better fight against Australia than India in the last test series which ended 1-1. India only reached number 1 in tests because of playing most of their tests at home and beating average test side away from home from 2007-2011.

  • heathrf1974 on January 3, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    The Australian bowling attack is bowling well but to compare to England's is way too premature. Lets see how this current series pans out and how England go against Pakistan, then we may have a better idea.

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on January 3, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    @Vlavan I was commenting on the statement by spiritwithin ''England has the best batting lineup which has allround temperament in testing condition to tackle any bowling attack'' if it is so, atleast they could have won a single ODI in Indian conditions? Isn't it?. And yes england is not winning tests in India! Regarding this series, it is far from over, and in recent times though we have failed we haven't reached the nadirs of 47..98..99..136 made by ''teams who can bat on fast tracks''

  • on January 3, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    Sachin is a great player. But when it comes to getting batting milestone he doesn't seem to have the ability to handle the pressure. He needs to get back into the odi's an increase his chances to get past this so called 'landmark' and get back to scoring big in tests. Lara is the better player though and never seem affected by the things outside of his mind and no one would dare challenge me when is say that Brian Charles Lara would have gotten this 100 a long time ago in a flurry of strokes on the grandest stage.

    That is what puts them apart..lara was a big occasion player.

  • lakx_s on January 3, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    When matches end in less than 4 days then the win cannot be considered significant unless it is an innings defeat. If it was not an innings defeat then obviously both the team's batting struggled.In this series only 3 players have scored a total of more than 100 runs in this series so far, Ponting,Tendulkar and Sehwag. The next 5 are Cowan, Hussey, Dhoni, Dravid and Ashwin. That is 5 of the top 8 batmen are Indians. In other words Australian batsmen are worse than India on their home pitch. They won because 3 of the top five are australians, in other worst words Australia won because the couple of players who scored some runs were slightly better then the Indians. But if most of them struggle at home with single digit scores against a weak Indian attack, what will happen against ENG and SA and in the away series in IND,SL and PAK on spinner friendly wickets.

  • on January 3, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    I wonder how both laxman & Dravid got out early! Sehwag I understand ....why can we not hold on for even a day! in a 5 day match...can we really call ourselves a professional side?

  • Mary_786 on January 3, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    Time to drop marsh, he looks completely out of sorts on aussie pitches, an average of 37 in shield cricket and he only got a 100 on debut because it was a flat pitch, he won't have flat pitches all the time, bring Khawaja or Watson in at 3.

  • on January 3, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    need to change batting order.. problems is with opening partnership... team is feeling pressure start... change the openers & everything will be under control. Please India don't spoil our 2012 by repeating story of 4-0 defeat.

  • ravi_shankar88 on January 3, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    @Chris_P dude,i'm an indian fan & i completely agree with you,like ravi shastri said in the commentry(not sure you can listen to him in your country)aussie bowlers like pattinson were quick learners and they can easily adjust to any conditions and also know which line&length to bowl at a batsmen. on the flip side,indian bowlers like ishant takes too much time to settle down and h've no clue about the line&lengths then end up bowling too many short deliveries.

  • kasyapm on January 3, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    Though it is really disappointing to see VVS fail in pressure situations, I don't feel he should be dropped. It is not just about his record in Australia, but his current form as well. He had a century,a 50 & couple of 30s against WI in the last tour and he had a 50 in this tour game. Hoping for him & others to make amends in the 2nd innings and and the rest of the series. But, I can't say the same for Gambhir. He has not looked comfortable at all so far. Probably the time to try Rahane as an opener.

  • on January 3, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    Who is this spiritwithin? What English batting line-up? Doesn't he see what Zaheer and Umesh are doing in Australia? It only cements my belief that England might as well have lost the series had both of them been there in summer 2010. But i will have to agree that the Indian batting line-up needs to be tinkered with. Ironically, they are the cause of India's recent spate of losses abroad. And the selectors must throw in the youngsters into the cauldron to blood them. I don't mind seeing India lose a series, but losing like England is not acceptable. And i simply dont understand what this noise by English fans here is all about? I think Abu Dhabi 2012 is very highly anticipated. A single Ashes win has put their heads right above the clouds and they seem to continually justify their Ashes and India wins against all other losses. Get away English folks. Let us Indians and Aussies enjoy the heat!

  • ManrajJ on January 3, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    Why are you guys always after Sachin, Dravid and Laxman. What do you want them to be replaced with? Virats and Rainas? Dont remember Sachin/Dravid/Laxman(SDL) having major issues with thier techniques overseas, where as these Virats and Rainas have serious issues and never seemed promising. SDL might not be scoring runs at the moment but they can start doing any moment. Since SDL are in their sunset period, we need to try others. But not replacing them at once. Imagine a team here without Sachin, Dravid and Laxman, Hahaaaa India wont even reach 100. So we have two slots to try - Gambhir and Virat, try and get both these slots stable before shaking the already stable likes of SDL.

  • Valavan on January 3, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    @Full-Blooded-Wallop, First sort your teams problems in OZ, then come and speak about PAK vs ENG. Your cricket ignorance is shown when you speak about ODIs when all others speak about tests. cricinfo please publish.

  • Irfan_Pakistani on January 3, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    Kohli must be replaced by Rohit Sharma................i m Pakistani but fan of Rohit

  • dr.jha on January 3, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    india have a habit of selecting technically weak but aesthetically pleasing batsmen over the years ... and its costing them dearly... where are the technically correct ones... where's manoj tiwari, where's badrinath , where's rohit sharma... no they won't be picked... who'll be given chances at test level... typical flat track bullys.. the rainas.. the kohlis , the uthappas ... oh and not to forget.. ganguly...

  • GRAMMY_SACHIN on January 3, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    I think we are going back to days of late 90s when only Little Master used to bat like a batsman and others used to come to the crease & go off in a flash. There is no point in brooding over the batting failures. The Fab 3 have done reasonable well, but under Ganguly they all started to perform collectively well, hence the impressive overseas victories from 2002 onwards. I think it is time now to take tough decisions by the selectors in phasing out the seniors, knowing well that the next 14 tests after this tour (3 in SL, 11 in India) will be in batsmen friendly tracks, and allowing seniors to continue will only delay the in-evitable. Time for blooding in younsgters in those series (at least 2 should play in every test match along with oldies -- either of Kohli, Pujara, Rohit, Raina, Yuvraj, Rahane) so that they get test experience before the SA tour. Make changes when we play at home to gain experience. Allow the seniors to bid adieu in those series in this order VVS, RD, SRT

  • on January 3, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    England and Australia are same in critisizing the India like "flat track bullies" or some thing like that. But while taking wickets they say we are the number one in bowling attack. Why is this double standard?. Even though they are taking wickets, Indian batting are not upto the mark. Some of the batsmen and bowlers who are not performing well before indian series, like stuart broad in england and hilfenhaus in aus do well against india. This is the fate India always facing. And another one, If we consider or say sachin is god, they will redicule us. But they praise what ever new bullies like pattinson or cummins perfomes well, like they are the saviour of OZ future cricket. Time will tell who are the best after sustaining so many tests and matches.

  • Jawaidnazir on January 3, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    It looks like Australia is playing against Bangladesh. India's dream of number one test team will be broken after completion of trip of Australia.

  • on January 3, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    @spiritwithin, Australia is a better attack than England , Don worry ur english attack will be shown their class in By Pak and Sl later ,As INDIA already showed on turning tracks by beating u 5-0

  • ajayrcs on January 3, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    Where is Ian Chappell, Mark Taylor who voiced for young talents? for what putting australia 2 For 8 runs. What they have to say now Whether Ponting should retire or not? Everyone remember him for loosing 3 Ashes series which stuffed with so called greats Warne, Mcgrath,Lee,Hayden,Gilchrist But anyone remember that Ricky Ponting is the only captain to win Ashes 5 nil or i say whitewash and guess who was Man of series 5-0 was Its Sir. Ricky Ponting. So, Ausstralia can only think of winning this series 4-0 then they required experienced Shoulder of his. For better Future of Australia he need play for atleast 3-4 years more.

  • on January 3, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    india would never have a potent bowling attack as long as the likes of ishant sharma are there. had there been someone to support zaheer, australia would also be struggling as india did. dont understand why is he kept playing again and again inspite of below average performance. irfan would have been a much better option for his swing.

  • Itchy on January 3, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    @big_al_81: Don't you mean the Rest of The World or the Kolpak XI, rather than England? The team that represents England is currently No. 1, but I suspect if Australia sticks with some of the players they do have at their disposal (not necessarily the ones playing this match) then they can get back up near No. 1. Khawaja (or Watson, if fit) in for Marsh for a start.

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on January 3, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    It is so amusing to see how the foxes(read england) and wolves (read oz) claiming themselves to be the king of jungle after gaining an upperhand over the sleeping lion(ind).They conveniently forget that Lion has been devouring on them since a long time...both in their dens and his. And they will be massacred once they visit the lion's den again in dec 2013 and feb 2013 :P :P :P

  • gogoldengreens on January 3, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    Shaun Marsh is now showing the form that backs up his first class average of 38 with only 7 100's in 12 seasons of cricket... His purple patch has now gone!! If the flat track bullies give into the chin music like this at the placid SCG cannot wait to see them at Perth - even Mitchell Johnson can rout teams there!!

  • on January 3, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    Although Sachin looks in good and solid touch, still he is in poor form. He can't survive for longer times. You can see other ageing batsman like Kallis, Sangakara, Hussey, Ponting still in their peak and can score big hundred whereas Sachin failed consistently to score century and getting big score.

  • Meety on January 3, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    @Chris_P - I agree, I don't label Indian batsmen as flat track bullies as the fact is, if it was easy to score runs in India - everyone would be doing it. However, as Mark Taylor said recently - he believes the Indian trio (VVS, wall & SRT) don't get tested as much as Huss & Punter on home pitches. NZ in Hobart were a lot more formidable than NZ in Calcutta. == == == @ Stumps I'd say Oz were well on top, but that is based on 20 odd years of expecting Oz will make 400. Since the sub 100 totals (Newlands inc), I don't take anything for granted. I must say I am loving this recent trend of seam friendly conditions. OK we got pantsed in Sth Africa, but fought mag memorably, slaugtered the Kiwis in Brizzy, then stooped badly in Hobart, low & behold we bounced back again at the G! People bag the Ozzy side - but man are they great entertainment! I think I enjoy watching Pup's boys more than any other Oz side in the last 30+ yrs!

  • peterrox on January 3, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    When Rahul Dravid , Vvs Laxman , Tendulkar will quit the Game '' !!! they are all near to 40's.. please for God sake give way to Youngsters . we are loosing quality players for these oldies ( Rohit, Wasim jaffer,yuvraj, Rahaney, Mukund) Any wayz best of luck to india for the sydney test ...

  • DINESHCC on January 3, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    RAHULCRICKET: India won the 1986 England Series 2-0 and not 2-1. But those days were golden days for Indian cricket and players played for the country and not for something else.

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on January 3, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    @DINESHCC , Saar that could never happen, as aussies are already 3 down :P

  • ashes61 on January 3, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    Surprised that the Indian handwringing still continues. We had it throughout the whole of 2011. Why the shock? This Indian side passed its peak several years ago & has been in serious decline for more than 2 years, with impressive swansongs from SRT in 2009 & Dravid last year only delaying the inevitable. Their fielding standards are woeful & the team (when infused with youngsters) can compete now only at pyjama level. It was sad & very embarrassing watching Sehwag being asked to open in a Test, floundering like a village blacksmith. Only a moderate AUS side (& this transitional team is still VERY moderate) is needed pocket a 3 or 4 margin Test series win. Although AUS's batting problems are now worse than ever, they do, at last, appear to have found a couple of fairly promising young quick bowlers. Far too early for the hype they're getting though. Inexperience and fitness problems will have their day, as they do with all youing quicks. But good luck to them - they're needed badly.

  • Marcio on January 3, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    Great to see the Poms back on here bashing Australia again. Shows they are scared. As if Australia have stood still since the Ashes! If we are to believe the Poms Hilfenhaus and Siddle are forever the same bowlers as they were during the last Ashes series. With that kind of logic James Anderson is the same weak-spirited bowler who got thrashed all over Australia a few Ashes series back, when ENG lost 5-0. Personally I'd be happy if you guys and your media keep repeating this "England are number 1 forever and ever story". It will make your fall from grace all the sweeter for us.

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on January 3, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    @spiritwithin: And that's why they were thrashed 5-0 in India ROFLMAO....Be afraid , pakistan is also waiting for you... LOL

  • Jawaidnazir on January 3, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    My comments remain unchanged (Indian players are tiger when they are in home)

  • inthebag on January 3, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    India look like a beaten side, they just gave up today. Without Zaheer they'd be in real strife, it's little wonder England dispatched them so easily. If they repeat that effort tomorrow the series is toast.

  • Yevghenny on January 3, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    India in the past were always capable of putting in performances with the bat overseas in the past because their players would go and play first class cricket in foreign conditions in order to prepare for overseas tours. They do not have any time in the schedule to do this now with the IPL and Champions League eating up so much time in their calendar year. They may very well settle for the IPL, but for years to come it will rely on the foreign test imports adding the glamour with occasional cameo appearances from Indians not good enough for test cricket

  • warnerbasher on January 3, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    I think India need to load up their team with South Africans. Thats if England have left them any.

  • spiritwithin on January 3, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    @RandyOZ,did u just said Aus has the best bowling attack in the world and they r the rightful owner on no.1 rank??i dont think beating this toothless indian batting lineup who's struggling since English makes Aus as the best attack,hate to admit but currently England has the best batting lineup which has allround temperament in testing condition to tackle any bowling attack and their bowling is versatile with anderson,tremlett, bresnan, broad, Finn , swann is too hot for any batting line

  • on January 3, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    those who bashed MSD's form and technique in eariler reviews have to remain silent now. He's a lion hearted batsmen, u cant made that in nets often. He saved a test (first test in lord-2007)eventually turned to win the Series against ENG IN ENG. His contribution with Sachin in First test OF SA tour . his two 70's in the 3 test against ENG proved his mettle as a WKeeper batsman.

  • Kashi0127 on January 3, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    Selectors did not have a great strategy of phasing out oldies. They could have kept only 2 of the top Great 5 in any match (dravid,tendulkar,laxman,sehwag) on a rotation basis regardless of performances and blood youngsters. I think its now time for India Board and Selectors to get down to business. Its time to rebuild folks... lets forget Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman and Sehwag. Gambhir and Kohli are not test class anyways. Lets rebuild with youth - even if we get beaten by Zimabwe , Bangladesh and probably Nigeria, so be it. Lets look at the future. Clean the slate friends - there could be hope tomorrow, even if thats 3+ years away.

  • Herath-UK on January 3, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    Top order batting has not yet shown it is anyway different to the rut they were in England. Ranil Herath-Kent

  • smanda9 on January 3, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    Interesting comments ranging from ecstasy to despair !!! This, my friends, is what Test Cricket is all about. I love the energy and youthful exuberance of Pattinson. 2012 seems to be the year of bowlers - and let's hope this continues and balances all the negative impact the "hit and giggle" T20 format has had on batsmen worldwide. Wish someone places a lifeban on IPL, reprimands players who are interested in ads & commercials vs the game, incentivizes those who place national duty on top of the petty IPLs and Big Bashes. I am an Indian fan and still would want the better of the two teams to win.

  • on January 3, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    I would dare say that India need to look for youngsters who can deliver. There is no way Zaheer is going to play for the next 10 years . We need to slowly drift away from Dravid, Laxman and Tendulkar to look for some players who can take the pressure and play.

    Dhoni to me was very defensive today although he looked by far the best of the batsmen today . He should go for the kill . He should have had a bat and pad for Clarke but he was concerned about loosing runs . I would like to see players like Rahane, Mukund and some young openers who can deliver to play for Indian test team . I hate to say this but this is the stark reality. We are always banking on tiring horses and when are we going to put our foot forward and say " enough is enough, lets go for young legs".. For all these we should have a strong domestic pitches and bouncy pitches and batsmen who can play in any conditions. Till such time, we will be left wondering why our team not delivering in foreign conditions.

  • thebarmyarmy on January 3, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    Oh dear India getting beaten by a minor. They seem to get beat by everyone these days.

  • yorkshirematt on January 3, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    @ randy oz Where was this "deadly" attack in last year's ashes then? Yes you have pattinson now but siddle and hilfenhaus played in the ashes and looked distinctly average.

  • big_al_81 on January 3, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    @ RandyOz. That's fighting talk worthy of the great tradition of Aussie optimists. You've got a promising attack but serious injury worries over several. Will Watson ever be able to play more than a few tests at a time - and even when he is he's not going to rip through proper test line-ups is he? Cummins looks a very fine prospect and Pattinson's doing brilliantly but honestly, they've played 2 and 4 tests between them so I have to say that's optimism of the most rose-tinted sort.You really wouldn't want to rely on Siddle and Hilfenhaus to form a geat attack. The number 1 ranking is in the hands of the right team and that team have more bowling riches than any other as well as serious batting quality. England are number 1 hands down! Not for long probably but in terms of proven quality over a number of tests there's no contest! We don't get to say it often but for the time-being it's the truth, in stats and in reality.

  • PG65 on January 3, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    I had predicted that India would be routed after the first test at Melbourne & the thrashing would be worse than England. It is all falling in place as this bunch of players lack character to stay on & fight. Australia have demonstrated that their bowling department has lost none of its sting though its batting may not be that strong like England or SA. Gambhir & Laxman should be playing their last test as their careers are virtually over. The writing is on the wall for The Wall as he has safely carried his poor form against the Windies to Oz. Sehwag needs to be warned as he is putting the team under duress with his cavalier approach which is helping no one. Kohli in my opinion needs one more opportunity as he is a talented fellow & needs to adjust to top class bowling on bouncy pitches. Mukund needs to be encouraged & Rahane with Rohit should bolster the middle order. Pain in the short run but might pay off in the long term.

  • JG2704 on January 3, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    Australia have the upper hand at the moment but let's also not forget that India were something like 214-3 overnight and looking comfortable when chasing the Oz total in the 1st inns of the last test. Aus can collapse too , both teams major weaknesses in the 1st test is their batting. Very surprised India didn't make any changes. Is it that they have faith in their current batsmen or have no faith in potential replacements?

  • JG2704 on January 3, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    @TRAM on (January 03 2012, 01:36 AM GMT) - Probably a reputation thing. I suppose the other players had all achieved in the past whereas Mukund hadn't. Not saying it's right but probably true

  • DINESHCC on January 3, 2012, 10:10 GMT


  • on January 3, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    I will most definitely blame the natorious IPL for bringing such disaster to indian's world class batting material, no doubt they had never been so comfortable on overseas pitches in the past too, but such toothless & spineless peformance was never ever witnessed

  • Chris_P on January 3, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    To all Indian fans. Lay off your guys! These guys have provided sterling service to your country the last 12 years or so and have done so with incredible consistency. How about offering some credit to an outstanding bowling attack that are bowling out of their skins? You mention guys who are untested in test cricket and these kind of pitches, that's a solution waiting for disastrous results. The simple fact is that reflexes, eyesight & the body don't operate the same way in a 30ish body as in a 20 something body, especially when you're approaching 40. Time waits for no one! India's immediate & future problem is the transitioning of their aging stars, and to be blunt, they have waited too long, for you will lose 5 or 6 top players over a 2, perhaps 3 year cycle and then, thigs WILL be dim.

  • Hammond on January 3, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    @RandyOz getting a little ahead of oneself hey? This is the same Indian batting lineup that lost 4-0 against the true number one bowling attack in the world. And I wouldn't be betting on Australia next time the ashes come around either- England have batsman that are certainly not just flat track specialists. Australia have done well but they are number 4 in the world (just barely ahead of Pakistan) for a reason.

  • on January 3, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    India has a long way to go in AWAY matches..i reckon White Wash again..AUS too strong for poor IND batting line up...IND has big

  • MathewsAdelaide on January 3, 2012, 10:03 GMT


  • on January 3, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    looks like v r heading for a repeat of the england series, atleast on the batting front where v cudnt muster more than 300 runs anytime

  • puneriMisal on January 3, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    Amazing to see India's performance in home and away series and the same type comments at a detailed level. But has the teams over seas performance improved !!!

  • rahulcricket007 on January 3, 2012, 9:52 GMT


  • on January 3, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    i want simon katich back.also more fast and bouncy oitch with ryan harris in the team

  • hhillbumper on January 3, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    Randy Oz.Ohh the greatest attack ever.Apart from Pattinson these are the same bowlers who got smacked around by England last year.Yeah Pattinson looks good but against this lineup who wouldn't

  • MathewsAdelaide on January 3, 2012, 9:47 GMT


  • on January 3, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    This is the right time for sachin and lakshman to retire from test cricket. bcci have to take a look of india"s performance in over seas. they get struggle due to bouncy pitches which they are always plays in dead pitches of india. so please atleast change half of indian pitches to bouncy pitches. then only india can succeds in overseas otherwise they have to hide themselves in india and fake others teams that they are dominants of world cricket.

  • MUQ1 on January 3, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    I think it was again a case of India trying to get runs too quickly. Thanks to ODI and T 20 s and IPL s ...most batsmen have forgotten the art of staying put in the crease. Just look at the runs, 300 + runs scored at the fall of 13 wickets? Is it not strange?

  • dscoll on January 3, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    Why is Lyon playing? Everyone, except it would appear the Aus selectors, knows Ind are good against spin and week against pace. Aus need a 4 man pace attack to really put the boot in. ps Im English but i've bet on an Aus series win.

  • Claydo78 on January 3, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    Great display from Australia's three quicks, pattinson is looking a class bowler! And he deserves the success he is having by proving his worth in shield cricket by taking wickets! The way it should be. How unbelievably arrogate is Haddin? The bloke is keeping and batting very poorly but has the hide to stick hands out to the crowd when he took two simple catches because he is getting criticized! This guy must get dropped, punter and Huss have thrown to the wolves but you never see them lowering themselves to haddins standards!

  • Krish_00 on January 3, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    We cannot blame Indian batsmen totally as the top 3 did score 50 + in the MCG I Innings . It was a good performance playing only the first test in Australia . When bowling is intimidating , the only way to score runs is to attack and that is what attempted by the Indian batsmen. Even if 3 click, the score could reach 300 which would be competitive. Unfortunately this did not happen today . In Australia no team have survived by just leaving the balls and defending for hours !

  • on January 3, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    India have now mountain to climb if they wants to be competative in this Test match.If India loose Sydney test they will be definatley whitewashed 4-0 by australia

  • a1234s on January 3, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    We made the english bowlers look top notch back in July. And now the Aussies look like superhumans against us. Most of the wickets have been caught behinds. Can someone show the indians how to play a squarecut please!

    it is painful to watch batsman after batsman trying to play on the up and perish.

  • on January 3, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    Well all i can say is that india needs some khul ja sim sim in their batting department. Such a famed batting line up is failing when it steps out of the subcontinent which is making the image of the team as not a world cup winner but a roaring lion in its own den and a cat when it leaves its den.

  • Yevghenny on January 3, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    What a surprise, India neglect the longer form of the game (how many of their stars have turned out for 1st class matches?) in favour of the shortest and are now getting their just deserts. India must do something about this lack of competitiveness abroad

  • ListenToMe on January 3, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    Several comments here asking to replace almost all batsmen with their favourite batsmen. Some say Sehwag is ODI specialist! The truth is that we are not good in bouncy or swinging tracks. All of our batsmen except Dravid are not good in these kind of tracks. So no need to blame a particular batsman for the failure. I think what we need to do is replace the out of form batsmen with talented youngsters. Kohli and Gambhir should be replaced with Rahane and Rohit.

  • TheMehssiah on January 3, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    As much as I'm enjoying seeing India's "legends" dragged over the coals again, I have to take issue with RandyOz's assessment of #1 attack in the world. I'll stick my neck out and say that I don't think any of the current Aus attack would displace anyone in the England and SA side. Would Hilfenhaus really oust Steyn or Anderson as the swing bowler? Not a chance. Pattinson is competing with Broad and Morkel, and once again that's an easy decision for me. I've always liked Siddle despite calls from Australians for him to be dropped recently, but I'd take Tremlett, Bresnan or Finn over him, and right now I'd have Philander too. Spin is a no-contest at present.

    The fact that India have been dismissed for two sub-200 scores, and weren't in England, proves the form of Dravid. Nothing else.

  • rahulcricket007 on January 3, 2012, 9:35 GMT


  • g.narsimha on January 3, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    saadnaseer now you dont have any fast bowler ,your cheemas , junaid are bunies , 120+ bowlers we have seen even struggling against minnows bd , now your main weapon is spin that too in sub continent, no bowler visibile of the quatity of zaheer& yadav so dont pok in our affairs.

  • Wacco on January 3, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    india exposed- they have limited resources other than the dwindling oldies. They are moving down the ladder pretty fast. This team, I bet, will struggle to match even NZ in juicy pitches. Only the subcontinntal piches can be their saviour....Patto is absolutely correct - any quality bowling whoever it may be will rip them apart. Just paper-tigers!!

  • drnaveed on January 3, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    it was on the cards,the story of indian cricket team(as was in the series in england) repeating itself. just accept it ,they are tigers or lions, what ever you call them, on their home ground is a true fact, so it is bitter.this could be last series for laxman ?.india is such a strong batting line up on paper only,doesnt deliver on the field.dhoni has the result of that england series on his mind from the first test ,so he is very defensive from the beginning, sachin perhaps have to wait for some next series on home ground for his record.

  • drnaveed on January 3, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    it was on the cards,the story of indian cricket team(as was in the series in england) repeating itself. just accept it ,they are tigers or lions, what ever you call them, on their home ground is a true fact, so it is bitter.this could be last series for laxman ?.india is such a strong batting line up on paper only,doesnt deliver on the field.dhoni has the result of that england series on his mind from the first test ,so he is very defensive from the beginning, sachin perhaps have to wait for some next series on home ground for his record.

  • crikey on January 3, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    Sad to see so many horrible comments about the indian players. Cricket at the moment is about any team beating another team on any given day, maybe with the exception of england [ and their time will come too]. None of those players are trying to play badly and have earned the right to play for their country, which I have no doubt they do with honour. So the theory is stick with your players and let the selectors do their difficult job. There are no guarantees that new players will do any better or that current players will not come good. May the best team win.

  • sandy_bangalore on January 3, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    This clearly showed that all Indian batsmen, except tendulkar and dravid/laxman(though they are out of form) are FLAT track bullies and are clueless when the ball starts doing even a bit. It was sickening to see sehwag hit that 219 against a bunch of trundlers led by Darren Sammy on a pancake flat wicket, knowing all the while that he would struggle here. How this team got to No1 should feature in the next edition of Ripleys believe it or not!

  • on January 3, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    for next text test Include Rohit sharma & rahena...remove guathi & kohli.....,mean while try to export Rahul sharma,Mukand,Pujara,nehara, to the next to next test match playing X1 will be ---Mukand,viru,dravid,sachin,rohit,pujara,dhoni,zaheer,nehara,yadav,ruhal sharma...if this team defiantly will beat AUS

  • righthandbat on January 3, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    Dhoni must take the initiative as captain for the second innings and stop the rot by completely changing his batting order around. Tendulkar and Sehwag should be opening, with himself elevated up to 4 after Dravid to try and prevent another collapse.

    On the rest-of-the-series note: Kohli showed promise in the first innings and I think should be retained. Gambhir and Laxman are on thinner ice than he is.

  • Hawk_Pk on January 3, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    @ Malik77 on mate..

  • on January 3, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    just cant belive i refused to belive these guys are kings at home mouses away but now i am also doubting zak showed a way back but the others dint captilise tommorow get early wickets or it will be long long long day ,match and series tommorow is the day that is going to be series deciding day

  • bugs1960 on January 3, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    It has started again.At this rate we are certainly staring at a prospect of a 4-0 whitewash!!! I think Gambhir should make way for Rohit sharma as a minimum. We can also fly out Mukund / Ajinkya as these guys will certainly last more than Gambhir. Also VVS is in bad shape against the moving ball as his form is carrying through from England. So we should blood the youngsters for experience.

  • on January 3, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    Lets be fair guys.... Rohit Sharma should've been picked ahead of Kohli. Its Border-Gavaskar trophy , we Indian fans look upto, its bigger than World cup itself. U cant risk loosing the series playing and experimenting with Kohli once he already flopped in MCG.Now a defeat with a spare Aus innings is sure to follow

  • Pritt32 on January 3, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    India is heading for another defeat against a much improved Australian team. Clarke and Ponting will score centuries and this will make India's batting performance look pathetic. Selectors need a reality check and plan for the future. Drop Gambhir, Laxman, Kholi and perhaps Dravid, as their lack of application is putting the team down. India needs fresh talent such as R.Sharma, Jadeja and Rhane and Pathan. If India continues to put faith in the same players, then India is heading for a whitewash as they are struggling against Aussies quick bowlers. 191 is a poor display. It is worth trying, as India might salvage something from the series. It is horrible and frustrating to see India play, as there is no passion and fight to win. The only solutions are new players and change structure of cricket in India. 2012 is looking bleak for team India, but can only get better if drastic changes are made.

  • truebleue_cricfan on January 3, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    I am still not convinced about Rohit Sharma's ability outside the offstump. He has been known to poke at deliveries outside the offstump with that lazy style of his. Not sure bringing him into the side will sort things out for India in the middle order. Batsmen with the penchant to fish outside offstump can get away with it in ODIs where there are no slips or gullies, but in tests it is a different ball game. Pujara would be a better bet in test matches. One change I would make to the next test would be to shift Sehwag to the middle order and let Gambhir open with Dravid (unfair as it may be to Dravid). Or bring in Rahane to open with Gambhir in place of Kohli.

  • on January 3, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    Death Of INDIAN TEST CRICKET , 4-0 well on cards, come on Australia show the world that its not just England who can beat INDIA 4-0 , If that happens then England's crown is surely in Danger, @RandyOZ enjoy this summer mate after a horror against England last year.....

  • AidanFX on January 3, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    At the moment Marsh is a liability - perhaps he got a good score in a recent 20/20 but he is prob underdone with all his injuries - right now Katich coming in his spot seems like a logical move. I would say Khwaja also but Katich make the most sense.

  • on January 3, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    Well well well sorry tale for india so called world best batting side aussies thrashed them 191 Look at the name Gambhir Sehwag Dravid Sachin Laxman Kohli Dhoni.....

    Indian Cricket Board are depressed they want flat small track in australia so sachin can complete 100th century and Sehwag wants to break Lara record.....

    If Ryan Harris Cummins and Watson is the part of the team thn India definetly bowled out sum whr around 100........

    I've never seen top team in ICC ranking perform like that... ICC whats ur criteria of rating ??????

  • on January 3, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    I find it most suitable day today to comment on indian cricket team's overseas performance - they are "lions of their country-yard..........but of their own". Cynosure & centre piece of attention as long as any commercial deal is offered, but on the grounds when they are required to fullfil their national duties, THEY ARE SECOND-TO-NONE, but from the BOTTOM. ha ha ha ha.................

  • on January 3, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    It's high time India opt for rohit sharma or Pujara in place of kohli. And probably rahane in place of gambhir. An even u can give a look at utthappa in place of dhoni coz utthappa can keep as well while Sehwag can captain In place of dhoni.

  • cricnitz on January 3, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    I would still back the Eng team to thrash Pattinson , Hilfy and Siddle in Australia

  • Mr.Optimistic on January 3, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    I think it's HIGH time for INDIA that they put the old players in the shelf. What they need is to groom young players to replace the likes of Dravid, laxman etc.. These guys have contributed enough already! India has become too dependent on them. They won't deliver for ever. Once they are out of form this is what happens to Indian Batting. It takes a Slump! Also Sachin, Dravid, Laxman have come to the final stages of their career. If India does'nt find suitable replacements for them soon, These low totals would be increasingly prevalent. As for the Bowling, I don't think India ever stood a chance against the likes of Aus, Eng, SA etc.. The Board has to sort it out.

  • baskar_guha on January 3, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    The lack of footwork of most Indian batsmen against bowling with bounce and movement is shocking to witness. There is no way they can consistently make runs on such pitches. The problem is that this lack of footwork against seam and bounce is an epidemic among Indian batsmen thanks to being fed on flat/turning low bounce decks. They are what they eat. Don't see any short term solution to India's stated goal of winning in South Africa, England and Australia until and unless they have variety in the decks they have for first class cricket in India.

  • saqskhan on January 3, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    Once again poor performance by India, we must accept now that we are not playing good cricket in overseas, Ind overseas win are in WI, ZIM, NZ..but the record in ENG, SA and AUS is not good, only a few time we fought but the result was same for the rest. What will happen when Sachin, Dravid and Laxman retires one after another..Selectors shud give chance to young guns from now so that they dont have pressure later on. Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwari, Robin Uthappa, Badrinath these players can fill in for Sachin, Dravid and Laxman. Selectors if you read this do think of it.

  • cricnitz on January 3, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    Lets all pray for rain for the next two days , to prevent 2-0

  • AKS286 on January 3, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    where are those peoples who said that my hero my idol, the legend ponting should retire. lots of talk about khwaja,marsh,fergusons.RICKY PONTING is immortal. jaques ,voges katich will be in for marsh.BEER is the deserving spinner in all 3 formats of the game. bring BEER. throw out lyon.lyon not taking wickets but also did't effective with the test cheers for BEER.

  • ssenthil on January 3, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    Unless Dhoni going to play with better players India looking at whitewash. I don't think Dhoni have enough replacements with him Australia. As many as Half of the team burdening the team. G Gambhir, VVS Laxman, Virat Kohli and I Sharma are really burden to team and we don't have that many players to replace this out of form players. Virat had a best chance at redemption today but once again he chased the ball which should have been left out. With this kind of technique same as Gambhir both play in Delhi's Kotla not in Australian pitches. Rahane didn't do anything good in both practice matches and Rohit perhaps replace either Virat or Laxman and Vinay may replace Ishant but still India is going to look at another whitewash unless Sachin converts his start in to a very big score

  • Hondarocks on January 3, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    India is going to be obliterated by the Aussie pace attack! Even if one of them gets injured there is still plenty of talent to replace them (e.g. Harris, Watson, Cummins, etc). This is one juicy series, to show that India is a thoroughly overrated team with an even more overrated batting line up. Can't believe people still call their meek batting line up "star studded".

  • roger_harps on January 3, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    @ RandyOZ What has our ponting done huh?? Our selectors should have dropped ponting long test 100's for last 3 years huh? and to say he is the greatest is big joke..we aussies should admit and call spade a spade..LOOK AT pontings disastrous performance in India and sub continent...

  • ste13 on January 3, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    It is beyond my understanding, why there have been no changes to the Indian team. Both Gambir and Laxman are out of form and should have been replaced. It must be really frustrating for Rohit Sharma to warm the bench once again.

  • spinkingKK on January 3, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    India leave everything until the series is lost. The signs were there that Gambhir is struggling and Dhoni just persisted with the same line-up as if the first test was just an aberration. You just can not waste a player like Rohit sharma who is in good form this long. I can see that Australian fast bowlers are charging up against the seniors and when the young guy Virah Kohli started playing well, there was not much coming from them until the delivery which got Kohli out. I think playing both Rohit and Kohli is the way to go. Drop Gambir and get Ashwin to open with Sehwag. But, its all too late now. Dhoni's captaincy was still defensive. When Australia were 3 down, there was no forward short leg for the fast bowlers and there were atleast 2 catches in that area which went begging. He just let Ponting and Clarke get settled. Now, 500 runs could be scored and India could lose by an innings and 200 odd runs. By the way, can everyone just forget about that 100th 100?

  • buntyj on January 3, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    expected 4-0 defeat prior to indian team reaching oz , seen nothing to change my views

  • cricnitz on January 3, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    I think what goes up , comes down as well. Of all the runs VVS has scored against Australia , it is now gonna come full circle . Aussies are going to get better of him. Who would've imagined that people would even think of 'dropping' Laxman against Austraila . Tough ..

  • ravikb on January 3, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    I have a strong feeling that India will come back strongly to bundle Aussies out for less than 250 and will bat well in the 2nd innings to set up a win in this test match. Come on India. We have had enough disappointment last year as far as test matches are concerned. Don't need another disappointing year this year.

  • on January 3, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    Selectors please give ur attention to badrinath..hw can u judge his talent in just 2 test matches..look at his first class performances...100 tests and still going on..he deserve another chance..he will be a better test player

  • truebleue_cricfan on January 3, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    Time to consider Sehwag as a pure ODI specialist, maybe? Or perhaps move him to the middle order where he can be a bit more effective. Sehwag has the ability to score quickly but also has the ability to throw away his wicket equally quickly and that is something you do not want in an opener. Rahane can open with Gambhir. Kohli would probably miss out if that is the case.

    Another strategy for India would be to play 5 bowlers. Clearly, it wont make much of a difference to the total if there is one batsman less.

  • on January 3, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    I hv not seen Irfan bat lately.. If he is still handy wid bat like he used to be, better bring him for 3rd test in place of Kohli/Laxman.. As much I hate to say this, Lax in his curr form shud make way for an allrounder.. And replace Gambhir wid Mukund.. Mukund faired really better in England.. Lax and Gambhir can get their places back in next series.. Bt. for this series, we need a opener who is not willing to get OUT atleast for 10/15 overs.. Esp whn Sehwag is other opener, we need one solid defensive opener as Mukund. I am not goin 4 Rahane coz, he s not regular opener and we need a lefty to open along Sehwag.. And Irfan in the team will bring bowling options 4 Dhoni and also a LEFTY in lower in middle order.. If Mukund and Irfan cant be brought in, let Dravid open(anyways he comes to bat in first 3 overs) and include Rohit/Rahane in the side.. Only negative of this will be - no left handers in the XI.. plz note that the suggested changes r only for this TEST series..

  • on January 3, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    "Of the 24 wickets that James Pattinson has taken in four Tests so far, 17 have been of batsmen in the top five, and four of those 17 have been dismissed for ducks" This is an amazing stats .. This guy sure gonna be a super star in future!

  • RandyOZ on January 3, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    Pattinson is an absolute star. This attack is clearly number 1 in the world. The fact that this is the first time since 2007 that India has been bowled out twice in a row for under 200 proves that. You may as well return our rightful #1 rank now because this bowling attack, still missing Harris, Cummins and Watson, could take take apart any batting lineup in the world!

  • on January 3, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    Same is the case with kohli and gambhir...I don't know about any other players..but ROHIT SHARMA is someone who has the potential, technique and temperament to play anywhere in the world. I don't know why indian selectors keep selecting guys like gambhir, kohli and raina....bring someone in like ROHIT SHARMA if you don't want to embarrass urself..

  • akbarbirbal007 on January 3, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    another toothless display by india..its now a matter of time before it all gets over.. ponting and clarke will make merry tommorow and score tons of runs unlike the indian batsmen... laxman and dravid should have batted with more application

  • mrcool on January 3, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    I will blame poor domestic structure.They were selecting players based on ranji matches instead of talent..Robin uthappa has shown good technique in cb series just coz he is not flat track bully and average record in domestics they are ignoring him.look at umesh yadav poor domestic record still getting wickets..abhinav mukund had shown in england that he can stay longer..and they dropped him..selection should be based on talent else players like uthappa , rohit sharma,manoj tiwari will be wasted.Robin singh had average record in ranji still he got success in international matches..Ranji performance should not be criteria.if yes then give only chance to inform players not players like laxman and gambhir who plays tests after long time..

  • on January 3, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    Some teams till now have a solid bowling attack they are england , south africa , australia and pakistan .Srilanka depends upon welegedara and herath , newzealand has brownlie, while zoaheer khan is the only dangerus bowler of india.

  • buntyj on January 3, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    if rahane is mid order in long format give him a mid order chance; unless kohli n laxman score in 2nd innings neither should play at perth this oz attack is best fielded by oz since 99-00; not surprising india out early especially with adverse age factor; juniors not yet worthy successors but can learn n r better fielders; oz missed a trick by not playing harris, india mayve struggled to reach 100; not a bad wicket once you get in in unlike mcg youll stay; later this year year think indian team will be rahane, mukund, kohli, pujara, sharma, jadeja, wk (msd?), ashwin, p kumar, zak (or dinda), yadav india would beat sl, zim, bd on greentops even at home; india now has bowling to take 20 wickets abroad with 3-4 of 6 seamers: zak, pk, ishant, yadav, aaron, dinda and with ashwin as spinner (ojha, rahul s in reserve) and jadeja as 5th bowler, allrounder, 2nd spinner. can now afford to prepare home wickets closer to what batsmen will face abroad;unfortunately batting is in decline

  • Mitcher on January 3, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    @Gupta.Ankur: Where art thou?

  • on January 3, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    Worst decision of electing bat first without reading the pitch i kunderstand India only won overseas test by electing bat first in last 5 years i.e durban 2010, kingston 2011, perth 08, nottingham 07 neither victory came batting second but it doesn't mean to bat first on bowler friendly pitch very poor captaincy by dhoni aus 2-0 on the way

  • AidanFX on January 3, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    I am kind of over the hype surrounding Tendulka and his 100th - 100 - no doubt it will be a great feat; but why then was their minimal hype about Warne and Muttiah getting a 1000 test wickets? Why is this for a bowler any less significant (if we insist on combining both formats of International cricket)? Actually it would be very nice if Ponting can show he is capable of still reaching the 100 mark. I spose we find out tomorrow.

  • bapiojah on January 3, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    so India's spiral through the ICC test ranking me..there's gonna be more darker days..once Zak and Sachin retires....

  • on January 3, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    I hv never commented against any player's place in Indian XI, bt.. definitely Gambhir needs to b replaced if he doesnt score in 2nd Innings of this test.. It could serve him better than the team.. Even his replacement(who mostly wil b a rookie) cud struggle.. So, there s not much advantage for team by this replacement.. Bt, it wud give some time OFF for Gambhir to find his form back.. Sachin as usual @ his best til his wicket.. Dhoni atlast find the right formula for his batting overseas, though helped slightly by evened-out pitch.. After successful 2011, Dravid seems to hv gone back to 2010.. Zaheer, very impressive.. Very bad frm Laxman.. Can sense something gud frm Kohli.. Atleast the positive attitude.. Tomorrow, I hope for better field placements frm Dhoni.. Am really worried to read there were few deep fielders 4 Ashwin in last over of the day.. As a normal Indian fan, I AGAIN hope for "Better Tomorrow",,

  • Migara on January 3, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    @Ravi-1967: No as far as I know. Arjuna Ranatunga has played against Lance Cairns and Chris Cairns both at least in international arena

  • truebleue_cricfan on January 3, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    Again, it is upto India's bowlers to bring them back into the match. But then what is the use? The batsmen will fail them again in the second innings. This Indian lineup is discovering that they are not as good as they are made out to be. Batting in tests requires solid technique and an ability to leave the good balls alone. Having said that, there is a way that India can save this test yet....rain.

  • on January 3, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    I think when Gambhir got out and came back to the dressing room , Fletcher must have asked him , how could you even face 3 balls ! This is the actual picture of Indian Batting in Overseas conditions ! One more 4-0 whitewash - god forbid it rains and rains hard !Sewhag scored 30 but looked like he could have got out 30 times .... Feel Bad for the organizers - no body wants to see one sided matches ..... Next Match at least get Rohit Sharma and hopefully some of our indian bowlers will know that you need to pitch the ball up and not give Half Trackers !..

  • on January 3, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    @ Nev_19: I am surprised you are calling Dravid as a passenger.. He has been the lone battler for India all through 2011. Also he is the top scorer in tests too.. I cant believe what more people want from it.. But I do agree that Gambhir and Laxman need to raise their game or else they should be axed.

  • on January 3, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    its the time to replace virat kohli. bring in rohit sharma and likes of cheteshwar pujara and badrinath should be given chance.

  • on January 3, 2012, 8:27 GMT


  • Okakaboka on January 3, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    Our bowling attack looks a completely different unit! Johnston out...our WORST bowler...and replace him with Pattinson.....THE best bowler. As I have always said...Siddle is a very good number 3 bowler. Johnston would be lucky to make our third team now. Lets see - in order of skill: (A) Pattinson, Harris & Siddle (B) Cummins, Hilfenhaus & Starc (C) Cutting, George & Mackay (D) Herrick, Johnston & Coulter-Nile. Um, make it the number 4 team. Now our batting???? Clearly...the coach is important...well done Craig! Sorry Langer...go away... POSITIONS VACANT: Wanted - Batting coach. Must be able to teach thick-heads to leave wide balls alone.

  • Jishnu.v.v on January 3, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    Awesome bowling by the inexperienced Aussie attack. Luck is still not favouring our little master.The selectors need to take a decision regarding laxman and gambhir as they are struggling. Sehwag needs to learn how to play test cricket and how to play it patiently. Finally Dhoni has hit some form and it continues. Virat kohli also was impressive.

    At the end of the day some respite for the Indians too with Zaheer picking 3 wickets. Hope India is able to rattle the Australian middle order in the morning session tommorow and not let the aussies runaway with the game.

  • on January 3, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    No matter how many victories we have at home, the fact remains that we are suspect against genuine swing and seam bowling outside India barring a few exceptions like Tendulka and Dravid. Our recent performance in England was proof enough.

  • Andross on January 3, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Well it's not over yet by any means, my Indian friends... Australia bounced back from a similar position in Melbourne, and while I personally hope it doesn't happen I wouldn't rule it out, Test cricket is a funny game.

    But I do hope this puts an end to all of the naysayers of Australia's bowling line up, they are a first class bowling outfit, and fully deserve all the wickets that they get.

  • ramli on January 3, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    Abhinav was dropped in Eng despite scoring a 100 in a tour match ... why ... simply to give way to unfit stars ... now Ajinkya was preferred over Abhinav in Aus ... Ajinkya is talented but he is a middle order bat in longer formats .. how can he be able to negotiate opening burst from aus pace bowlers ... it is ok in ODI for anybody to bat anywhere .. but in tests .. you need specialists .. at least Abhinav showed skills of patience and stayed long at the crease in Eng ... if the seniors do not apply themselves ... this series is long gone ...

  • Captain_Crick on January 3, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    Seems like the Test heading for a 4th day finish once again with rain gods permitting!

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on January 3, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    It seems India just aren't that good at anything other than indoor cricket any more...

  • Malik77 on January 3, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    I just love to read comments from indian fans on a day like this!

  • satanswish on January 3, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    Pattinson you beauty!! Ideal bowlers to fill the shoes of McGrath, McDermott, Lillie & Thompson. I'm afraid all Indian batting lineup except Sachin doesn't look comfortable facing such top quality fast bowling. Only Zaheer looks wicket-taking bowler others are just plain hopeless.

  • AidanFX on January 3, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    India looked very ordinary in the field. If I were to compare them to Aus unit in the first Test - when India were cruising for about 2 for 200 or so... I am fairly certain overall the Aussie bowling looked sharper and their fielding looked more energetic than the Indians who have three wickets and still hold a lead. They seem to rely on wickets to be chirpy and energetic and when partnerships form they amble. I take it this one area how Eng exposed them massively not too long ago. Again Sharma bowled quite quick but still looked flat and uninterested. Another even performance from the Aussie seamers.

  • Empty-Sequence on January 3, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    Our batsmen did a great job, i expected them bundle out before 150 but they somehow managed to score 191. Great job guys!!! Wish Sehwag,Gambhir,VVS and Ishant play all the 3 remaining test matches, these guys deserve another Whitewash and sachin and zaheer plzz declare urself injured/unfit, u dont deserve it.Same applys to rahane and rohit go back home, Sent guys who r used to it like Raina, Yuvraj,Sree... Really enjoyed india getting thrashed!! Keep on going guys just 2 more test matches left.Cheers>

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  • trust_27 on January 3, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    I believe along with the Gambhir, Laxman, Sachin and Dravid India also need to replace Sehwag for his way of getting out. Its time that the indian so called strength the batting needs to be relooked and promote the young stars. If I have given Laxman so many chances, I would also give some more chances to Kohli, Rohit, Pujara, Rahane, mukund and so on.

  • cricketcrazy555 on January 3, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    It's time for selectors to take some bold and positive decisions & bring new talent in the team.

  • RandyOZ on January 3, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    Ponting again shows why he is the second greatest ever. You will never keep him down! Come on Punter go for a big one, show Sachin how its really done!

  • AidanFX on January 3, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    With all the criticism leveled against fielding sides for slow over rate - can the batsmen also be criticised? Tendulka had little right to hold up play the way he did when Hiffa was bowling - a tactic for sure. But that was nothing compared to Indian players having a drinks break only a few overs before tea. Both Fielding and Batting teams should be held accountable. It is frustrating umpires checking for no-balls when it turns out to be a comfortable legitimate delivery - where is this going - umps were refer every decision when a batsmen is practically sitting back in the dressing room and the fielding team is in huddle celebrating? Not good for the game if this scenario gets out of hand.

  • Al_from_OZ on January 3, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    India will not get rid of the tag "flat track bullies" until they can play against good pace bowlers and away from home. Only Dhoni and Sachin can hold their heads up today on the batting front and Zaheer on the bowling front. Looks like another whitewash similar to their trip in England is on the cards. Having said that Australia has unearthed some really good fast swing bowlers.

  • Crazy_Pk on January 3, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    Another innings which contain less than 300 runs... wow this is a team who wants to be no. 1 test side in world cricket.. hahaha. I think same result wud be in 2nd innings as well and oz will take lead 2-0

  • craigdrm on January 3, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    India are still a good side, just like they were when they went top of the rankings between 2007-2011. The problem is that the sides who had dipped at that time have now started to rebuild and are now alot stronger. India will not be number one again for a very very long time.

  • Naresh28 on January 3, 2012, 2:04 GMT

    IAN CHAPPELL has just mentioned what I have been saying. Bring Akash Chopra as an opener in tests. His a professional opener and gave tips to Indians before they started the series. I HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF GAMBHIR continues to give slip practice. Also SHEWAG is not suited as opener in tests. Bring in Mukund who is a lefty. Some seniors need dropping until they improve their game in the domestic cames.

  • Precioustar84 on January 3, 2012, 1:56 GMT

    I know this is a game only but I haven't been this frustrated as a Team India fan in a long time. What will it take for our selectors to take Gambhir OUT of the playing XI? How many bad to horrible starts do we need to see from him? At least there are reasons for VVS, Sachin and Dravid as this might be the very last away tour for them and I'd still put my money on these three aging batsmen than Gambhir. How long do Rohit and Rahane need to sit on the sidelines and watch this drama unfold? Sadly, this is the bitter truth-India will not win ABROAD with passenger players like Gambhir in the playing XI including DHONI!

  • Meety on January 3, 2012, 1:55 GMT

    Somewhat surprised that India batted first. Even though the pitch wasn't as Green as I thought it may of been. The key now (@Lunch), is that India battle to 250+. A sub-200 will hand the match to Oz. That being said, Oz got amongst the Kiwis in Hobart, & couldn't better their total.

  • vineetkarthi on January 3, 2012, 1:49 GMT

    With a team like this, do we really need an Opposition? Hubris at work here. India, wake up...

  • BustIPL on January 3, 2012, 1:47 GMT

    again we are entangled in averages. it is not surprising that india are 4 down. everyone expected that and the author feels india could win the series. If I were tendulkar then would have retired if dont get hundred in this match.

  • Stonecoldshrek on January 3, 2012, 1:47 GMT

    Looks like Pattinson could be headed for another Man of the Match award.

  • TonyHancock on January 3, 2012, 1:41 GMT

    Once again Indian batting fails. Pretty much the story if the last six months.

  • GardinerAG on January 3, 2012, 1:37 GMT

    Time to replace Ghambir, Laxman with Abhinav/Ajinkya , Wassim Jaffer

  • TRAM on January 3, 2012, 1:36 GMT

    PleasePlease Please check the stats in India's tour of England. Abhinav Mukund stayed at the crease for many many hours compared to ANY OTHER INDIAN BATSMEN. Why was he dropped ? Is there ANY opener in India who can STAY at the crease ???

  • 4thslip on January 3, 2012, 1:32 GMT

    4-0 on the way for Aussies!!!

  • Kashi0127 on January 3, 2012, 1:26 GMT

    Why can't Indian selectors understand simple fact that Gambhir is only good on flat sub continent wickets or weak opposition? Give somebody else a chance. There's Uthappa waiting at least he is exciting. Even Parthiv Patel might be good bet. Why expose mid order within 1st 5 overs always? And here's the simple fact - if Dravid is out cheap/early one can write this team off....

  • Nev_19 on January 3, 2012, 1:25 GMT

    It is time for PASSENGERs G Gambhir, R Dravid, and VVS Laxman to go. Our selectors need to show some courage & professionalism (rewarding performance rather than reputation) - just like their counterparts in Australia, England, S Africa, and N Zealand do. There are able & talented young cricketers being wasted, right now; bring in Rohit Sharma, and Cheteshwar Pujara!

  • on January 3, 2012, 1:17 GMT

    Poor, pathetic performance again. I don't understand why Laxman cannot resist driving when still new to crease. overall, it's a poor performance and the one that should surely see heads rolling. Never wanted to say this but the time's up for Dravid and Laxman. Hope they see the writing on the wall and retire gracefully at Adelaide. Dravid's lost his footwork, Sehwag never had one, Laxman still believes he's playing at Mumbai or Delhi rather than Melbourne or Sydney. And Gambhir has lost his batting skills. He's looking to steer the ball to either third man or square leg. Does he want to take a single? Is this an ODI?

  • kashifpk on January 3, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    india 60/4, hahaha another defeat for 'home tigers'.

  • on January 3, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    Bring on Abhinav mukund in place of gambhir , he is scoring greatly in the domestic matches and at least he can hang around for a few balls unlike gauti who is out of match practice .And as of Gambhir he need to play more 1st class games and come back strong in the DIS in australia .

  • on January 3, 2012, 1:00 GMT

    it is for sure another test that's going to be lost by india, Aussies are at it once again.

  • Raginggbull on January 3, 2012, 0:38 GMT

    Sehwag - wants him to play meaningful shots suits his experience and stature.

  • ravi-1967 on January 3, 2012, 0:34 GMT

    A very interesting fact whcih I just found out. Tendulkar played against Geoff Marsh in 1991-92 and now is playing against his Son Shaun Marsh in 2011-12. Is this the first time in test cricket. Can some one confirm if there have been a previous instance of a player playing against both father and son.

  • longandshort on January 3, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    ... and unchanged result from MCG.

  • on January 3, 2012, 0:14 GMT

    In my postings I had suggested the replacement of Gambhir,Kohli& Laxman & instead inducting Irfan,Rohit Sharma & Manoj Tiwari.first suggestion of Gambhir.'s replacenment proved right.he is back in Pavilion with a Glorious fate of Kohli & Laxman depends.the induction of Irfan,Rohit& Manoj could have certainly strengthened Batting & Bowling simultaneously.Now as Gavaskar said the same old story likely to be repeated.The words of Elders like Gavaskar would first look bad but later would prove to be Golden & Sweet like JOOSE BERRY!! ************************************ So it is time for India to listen to old Veterans! SreedharanMundanat

  • on January 2, 2012, 23:34 GMT

    Everything depends now on the Holy Trinity of Laxman, Sachin and Dravid, as India is batting first !

  • on January 2, 2012, 23:25 GMT

    that should be tough contest between two strong test sides, but aussies got slight edge over indian, as they have won last test. india also turned up strong. let see what comes out. hoping for good contest. best wishes. from Pakistan.

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  • on January 2, 2012, 23:25 GMT

    that should be tough contest between two strong test sides, but aussies got slight edge over indian, as they have won last test. india also turned up strong. let see what comes out. hoping for good contest. best wishes. from Pakistan.

  • on January 2, 2012, 23:34 GMT

    Everything depends now on the Holy Trinity of Laxman, Sachin and Dravid, as India is batting first !

  • on January 3, 2012, 0:14 GMT

    In my postings I had suggested the replacement of Gambhir,Kohli& Laxman & instead inducting Irfan,Rohit Sharma & Manoj Tiwari.first suggestion of Gambhir.'s replacenment proved right.he is back in Pavilion with a Glorious fate of Kohli & Laxman depends.the induction of Irfan,Rohit& Manoj could have certainly strengthened Batting & Bowling simultaneously.Now as Gavaskar said the same old story likely to be repeated.The words of Elders like Gavaskar would first look bad but later would prove to be Golden & Sweet like JOOSE BERRY!! ************************************ So it is time for India to listen to old Veterans! SreedharanMundanat

  • longandshort on January 3, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    ... and unchanged result from MCG.

  • ravi-1967 on January 3, 2012, 0:34 GMT

    A very interesting fact whcih I just found out. Tendulkar played against Geoff Marsh in 1991-92 and now is playing against his Son Shaun Marsh in 2011-12. Is this the first time in test cricket. Can some one confirm if there have been a previous instance of a player playing against both father and son.

  • Raginggbull on January 3, 2012, 0:38 GMT

    Sehwag - wants him to play meaningful shots suits his experience and stature.

  • on January 3, 2012, 1:00 GMT

    it is for sure another test that's going to be lost by india, Aussies are at it once again.

  • on January 3, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    Bring on Abhinav mukund in place of gambhir , he is scoring greatly in the domestic matches and at least he can hang around for a few balls unlike gauti who is out of match practice .And as of Gambhir he need to play more 1st class games and come back strong in the DIS in australia .

  • kashifpk on January 3, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    india 60/4, hahaha another defeat for 'home tigers'.

  • on January 3, 2012, 1:17 GMT

    Poor, pathetic performance again. I don't understand why Laxman cannot resist driving when still new to crease. overall, it's a poor performance and the one that should surely see heads rolling. Never wanted to say this but the time's up for Dravid and Laxman. Hope they see the writing on the wall and retire gracefully at Adelaide. Dravid's lost his footwork, Sehwag never had one, Laxman still believes he's playing at Mumbai or Delhi rather than Melbourne or Sydney. And Gambhir has lost his batting skills. He's looking to steer the ball to either third man or square leg. Does he want to take a single? Is this an ODI?