Australia v India, 2nd Test, Sydney, 3rd day January 5, 2012

India facing ordeal after Clarke's triple-century

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India 191 and 2 for 114 (Gambhir 68*, Tendulkar 8*) trail Australia 4 for 659 dec (Clarke 329*, Hussey 150*, Ponting 134, Zaheer 3-122) by 354 runs
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Matthew Hayden, Mark Taylor, Don Bradman, Michael Clarke. That is the list of the men with the highest Test scores for Australia after a day on which Clarke not only wrote himself into the record books but also declared early enough to give his side a strong chance to push for victory over India. Clarke ended Australia's innings with his own score on 329, choosing neither to seek the glory of chasing down Brian Lara's world-record 400, nor even Taylor's iconic 334, the best score by an Australian Test captain.

Instead, he chose drinks in the middle session - the halfway point of the game - to declare Australia's innings closed at 4 for 659. His partner, Michael Hussey, had just reached 150. His thinking as he and Hussey walked off to a standing ovation from the SCG crowd was clear: on a good pitch, Australia would need time to bowl India out, especially with the chance of rain on the fourth day. Personal milestones meant nothing. The team goal was all that mattered.

By the close of play, Australia had two of the ten wickets they wanted. Virender Sehwag had gone in the fourth over of the innings. He flashed hard at a wide ball from Ben Hilfenhaus and was brilliantly snapped up at point by David Warner, whose split-second leap up and to his left allowed him to clasp his hands around the ball and remove India's quickest scorer for 4.

Hilfenhaus also accounted for Rahul Dravid, who was bowled for the third time in the series. On 29, Dravid moved his front foot across in line with off stump but left enough of a gap for the bowler to nip a ball in between bat and pad. The Wall is in desperate need of some mortar, but don't expect the former bricklayer Hilfenhaus to supply it.

At stumps, India were 2 for 114, still trailing by 354, and the Australians needed to find a way through the defences of Sachin Tendulkar, who was on 8. Unexpectedly, given his struggles in the first three innings of the series, it was Gautam Gambhir who was giving them the most trouble. He had reached 68 and was playing positively, having struck nine boundaries.

Already he had his highest Test score in more than a year. However, Gambhir had been given a life on 66 when James Pattinson found his outside edge in the dying stages of the day. Brad Haddin dived to his left and for the second time in the series moved too far; the ball sailed between his arms while his gloves kept moving further towards first slip.

The Australians knew it could be a costly let-off, for runs had flowed easily for Clarke and Hussey on the third day. In three hours of cricket, they added 177 for the loss of no wickets. In fact, from 4.43pm on the opening day of the match until 2.10pm on the third day, Australia had put on 622 runs for the loss of just one wicket, that of Ricky Ponting, who fell for 134 midway through the second afternoon.

And while Hussey finished with 150 not out, the third day was all about Clarke. He not only became the sixth man to score a Test triple-century for Australia, his innings was also the best by an Australian captain in a home Test, surpassing Bradman's 270 at the MCG in 1937. It also broke Tip Foster's 108-year-old record for the highest score in an SCG Test; his 287 on debut was passed when Clarke drove a boundary through extra cover.

That was a record that could not be overstated, especially in the SCG's 100th Test. Over the years, 3747 times batsmen have walked out on to the Sydney Cricket Ground to commence a Test innings. In all of those performances, nobody has ever scored as many as Clarke did over the past three days. He went to lunch on 293, and it took barely ten minutes after the break for his triple-century to arrive.

It came with a flick off his pads for a boundary off Ishant Sharma, an appropriate shot for Clarke had punished anything on his legs throughout the innings. In truth, there was hardly a region of the ground in which Clarke didn't score freely: he drove through off and down the ground, cut, pulled and glanced with ease. He was slow out of the blocks on the third morning, ensuring he got himself set again, but never did his innings stagnate.

He was helped by the presence of Hussey, who became the third centurion in Australia's innings. In a 334-run partnership with Clarke, Hussey kept the scoreboard ticking over at a reasonable rate. He brought up his 16th Test hundred with a single tickled towards third man off Sehwag's offspin shortly before lunch, and he pumped his fists with delight.

Although it was Hussey's fifth Test century since the start of the Ashes last summer, he had also fallen for three golden ducks during his past nine innings. At no did India seriously look like breaking the partnership, although R Ashwin bowled an impressive, searching spell in the opening session.

The action in the middle became so predictable that in the ABC radio commentary box Harsha Bhogle and Kerry O'Keeffe entertained listeners by challenging each other to eat the world's hottest chilli. Meanwhile, in the Channel Nine box, Ian Healy quizzed Bill Lawry on pigeon diseases.

But all eyes were fixed on Clarke as he reached his triple-century, and when he declared less than an hour later. It was a captain's innings in every way, just as he delivered in Cape Town against South Africa in November. Australia lost that Test. Clarke made sure they won't lose this one.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • g.narsimha on January 6, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    mr 5wombats , BAESED coparision of indian- pak cricket , now i believe why U are so alergetic to india , agreed the names u refered were great bowlers , no doubt, we lacked fast bowlers of thier past fame but their is no comparision in batting &spin dept thats why instead of having such great bowlers thier out side home record , wins in aus, eng , sa, wi are poor campared to india, we won more matches than pak in these countries , i think yr disliking india may be due tothe fact that yr team has not won any thing in india & baring last series in2 decades, the domination by india till yr so called great home vectories must be a reason for india not bieng in yr liking , cricket is a game of stats , and stats on this site indicate our teams over all performance out side home is better than pak ,specially in eng, aus, wi &sa ,baring imran all their famed bowlers were equally famous for wrong reasons,iNO NEED FOR ELOBRATIONS PROVE ME WRONG WITH STATS ,IF U CAN ,

  • ssanam on January 6, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    Team India has finally been sized up by Team Australia.Australia will white wash Team India this time.India roars occasionally when they come across a weak team.Australia is not a week team.IT knows how to play cricket.

  • g.narsimha on January 6, 2012, 2:09 GMT

    MOHMADUSMANJI, Agreed over all performance in by-lateral matches pak dominated india but that was during 80s-90s, when even though we had great players they lacked killing instinct , agressiveness ,where as you had som e india specific players like salim malik wasimraja , zaheerabbas, atiqjaved saeedanwar who in so many ocations took away gaqmes from india friom no hope position the senario chachanged in the last decade , as you said in the contest of inds erlier performance , cant taken in present cotast the same applies to u as your teams domination over ind was age old story but stats will stay , reg coments on india , as we are doing badly ur having field day , alot of your people are making all sorts of negitive coments but when i gone through archies on yr 3-0, 5-0 white wash in aus, in 09-10, no indian comented this this way as we are not in the habit of poking in others affairs , or enjoying on niebhours adverseries ,

  • LillianThomson on January 6, 2012, 2:06 GMT

    You cannot extrapolate anything positive for either side from this SCG Test. The wicket is stone dead, and only comes to life for 20 overs with the new ball because the surface is grassy. Before everyone gets carried away about "4-0" I maintain that these are two well-matched flawed teams. Tendulkar or Laxman could easily get a century (or a double, or a treble) on this track and the result may well be a draw. India are unlucky/careless to have already lost Dravid, because this pitch is tailor-made for their geriatric batsmen.

  • zenboomerang on January 6, 2012, 1:46 GMT

    Haddin last year played 9 Tests with a batting average of 20.9, about the same as the Test averages of Johnson & Siddle - so he is not there for his batting skills... Been dropping catches regularly - so not there for his catching skills... Today - moving far too slowly - missed a hard catch for Siddle... Too many byes from frequent fumbles & slow to the ball movement... Just wondering what his actual job is?...

  • Rajesh.Singapore on January 6, 2012, 0:18 GMT

    We wish Clarke for his fine innings and selfless decision to declare for the nation eventhough he may need another one session only to break the world record at the test match. Once again indian bowlers failed to break the partnership now all the burden goes to the batsman and now Gambhir got back the form with the fine knocks and Sachin may reach the record to score 100 and Laxman average at this SCG more than 90 and Virat Kholi can score 100 and ask all the australian fans to shut off their mouths and our great captain Dhoni also got the form at the first innings Ashwin may do something if all happend successfully we can bring Australians to bat again and ask Ashwin to spin the ball at the final day to save the game and live the series, still we have the oppourtunity to pull back the game to our side and prove once again we are the greatest team in the world

  • on January 5, 2012, 23:35 GMT

    pleaseREF MY Postings of 5 th jan at 10-18&10-25AMGMT. The situation prevailing for India now is so crucial that a WAYOUT from the grip of Aussies seems to be a Herculian Task. Since we ware not playing with a target now either to win of to be beaten the huge Deficit can not be taken in par with the Targets on the final day of A test match where history does not favour a target beyond 400 as healthy. But here we are fighting to survive.neither to win nor beaten,so there is still hope for us technically to score beyond the deficit & make Australia to bat again.That means either to force a draw or to avoid an Innings Defeat.if our efforts can be extended until the last session of 7 th with a possible lead of 125 to 150 runs,then something ,hopefully favour of India could happen.for this a second Innings score of593or618 is required. Can India [Sachin's,Gambhir,Kohli,Laxman,Dhoni,Aswin,Sahir,Sharma& Yadav together]do this to achieve the score with their combined effort? SreedharMundanat

  • big_al_81 on January 5, 2012, 23:33 GMT

    Loving the entertaining fantasy scenarios of Dinesh CC on here - good on you for injecting some humour in contrast to the amazingly bitter rants of the likes of Apoorv Pandey. And as someone else said, these forums seem to have started ranging all over the place and dragging several other less relevant teams into the discussion. I'm pleased to see that a good number of Indian fans are just saying well done to Australia. Well done from England too. The key to all this is bowling. Australia's is getting stronger and India's remains as weak as ever. Big runs from the Indian batsmen wouldn't have won this Test, just drawn it. There's too much discussion about whether this person or that would score runs in this county or that but to win you need to bowl the other side out twice and historically India just draw far too many games - a higher percentage (44) than any other nation and much higher than England and Australia. It suggests the problem with getting sides out isn't new.

  • dms1972 on January 5, 2012, 23:17 GMT

    @likeintcricket. I'm not sure what your point is, or even where you get your facts from, but Ponting and Hussey both have averages over 50.

  • zuber21886 on January 5, 2012, 23:07 GMT

    why has India to be such a big losers abroad, even if a loss, but a fight should be there, like it was going in previous tours

  • g.narsimha on January 6, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    mr 5wombats , BAESED coparision of indian- pak cricket , now i believe why U are so alergetic to india , agreed the names u refered were great bowlers , no doubt, we lacked fast bowlers of thier past fame but their is no comparision in batting &spin dept thats why instead of having such great bowlers thier out side home record , wins in aus, eng , sa, wi are poor campared to india, we won more matches than pak in these countries , i think yr disliking india may be due tothe fact that yr team has not won any thing in india & baring last series in2 decades, the domination by india till yr so called great home vectories must be a reason for india not bieng in yr liking , cricket is a game of stats , and stats on this site indicate our teams over all performance out side home is better than pak ,specially in eng, aus, wi &sa ,baring imran all their famed bowlers were equally famous for wrong reasons,iNO NEED FOR ELOBRATIONS PROVE ME WRONG WITH STATS ,IF U CAN ,

  • ssanam on January 6, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    Team India has finally been sized up by Team Australia.Australia will white wash Team India this time.India roars occasionally when they come across a weak team.Australia is not a week team.IT knows how to play cricket.

  • g.narsimha on January 6, 2012, 2:09 GMT

    MOHMADUSMANJI, Agreed over all performance in by-lateral matches pak dominated india but that was during 80s-90s, when even though we had great players they lacked killing instinct , agressiveness ,where as you had som e india specific players like salim malik wasimraja , zaheerabbas, atiqjaved saeedanwar who in so many ocations took away gaqmes from india friom no hope position the senario chachanged in the last decade , as you said in the contest of inds erlier performance , cant taken in present cotast the same applies to u as your teams domination over ind was age old story but stats will stay , reg coments on india , as we are doing badly ur having field day , alot of your people are making all sorts of negitive coments but when i gone through archies on yr 3-0, 5-0 white wash in aus, in 09-10, no indian comented this this way as we are not in the habit of poking in others affairs , or enjoying on niebhours adverseries ,

  • LillianThomson on January 6, 2012, 2:06 GMT

    You cannot extrapolate anything positive for either side from this SCG Test. The wicket is stone dead, and only comes to life for 20 overs with the new ball because the surface is grassy. Before everyone gets carried away about "4-0" I maintain that these are two well-matched flawed teams. Tendulkar or Laxman could easily get a century (or a double, or a treble) on this track and the result may well be a draw. India are unlucky/careless to have already lost Dravid, because this pitch is tailor-made for their geriatric batsmen.

  • zenboomerang on January 6, 2012, 1:46 GMT

    Haddin last year played 9 Tests with a batting average of 20.9, about the same as the Test averages of Johnson & Siddle - so he is not there for his batting skills... Been dropping catches regularly - so not there for his catching skills... Today - moving far too slowly - missed a hard catch for Siddle... Too many byes from frequent fumbles & slow to the ball movement... Just wondering what his actual job is?...

  • Rajesh.Singapore on January 6, 2012, 0:18 GMT

    We wish Clarke for his fine innings and selfless decision to declare for the nation eventhough he may need another one session only to break the world record at the test match. Once again indian bowlers failed to break the partnership now all the burden goes to the batsman and now Gambhir got back the form with the fine knocks and Sachin may reach the record to score 100 and Laxman average at this SCG more than 90 and Virat Kholi can score 100 and ask all the australian fans to shut off their mouths and our great captain Dhoni also got the form at the first innings Ashwin may do something if all happend successfully we can bring Australians to bat again and ask Ashwin to spin the ball at the final day to save the game and live the series, still we have the oppourtunity to pull back the game to our side and prove once again we are the greatest team in the world

  • on January 5, 2012, 23:35 GMT

    pleaseREF MY Postings of 5 th jan at 10-18&10-25AMGMT. The situation prevailing for India now is so crucial that a WAYOUT from the grip of Aussies seems to be a Herculian Task. Since we ware not playing with a target now either to win of to be beaten the huge Deficit can not be taken in par with the Targets on the final day of A test match where history does not favour a target beyond 400 as healthy. But here we are fighting to survive.neither to win nor beaten,so there is still hope for us technically to score beyond the deficit & make Australia to bat again.That means either to force a draw or to avoid an Innings Defeat.if our efforts can be extended until the last session of 7 th with a possible lead of 125 to 150 runs,then something ,hopefully favour of India could happen.for this a second Innings score of593or618 is required. Can India [Sachin's,Gambhir,Kohli,Laxman,Dhoni,Aswin,Sahir,Sharma& Yadav together]do this to achieve the score with their combined effort? SreedharMundanat

  • big_al_81 on January 5, 2012, 23:33 GMT

    Loving the entertaining fantasy scenarios of Dinesh CC on here - good on you for injecting some humour in contrast to the amazingly bitter rants of the likes of Apoorv Pandey. And as someone else said, these forums seem to have started ranging all over the place and dragging several other less relevant teams into the discussion. I'm pleased to see that a good number of Indian fans are just saying well done to Australia. Well done from England too. The key to all this is bowling. Australia's is getting stronger and India's remains as weak as ever. Big runs from the Indian batsmen wouldn't have won this Test, just drawn it. There's too much discussion about whether this person or that would score runs in this county or that but to win you need to bowl the other side out twice and historically India just draw far too many games - a higher percentage (44) than any other nation and much higher than England and Australia. It suggests the problem with getting sides out isn't new.

  • dms1972 on January 5, 2012, 23:17 GMT

    @likeintcricket. I'm not sure what your point is, or even where you get your facts from, but Ponting and Hussey both have averages over 50.

  • zuber21886 on January 5, 2012, 23:07 GMT

    why has India to be such a big losers abroad, even if a loss, but a fight should be there, like it was going in previous tours

  • dms1972 on January 5, 2012, 22:58 GMT

    To all those who are either illiterate or have blatantly ignored the fact that I have repeatedly said Tendulkar is one of the all-time greats, my argument is not with those who believe Tendulkar is a great, it's with those who think Ponting isn't. They use double standards when comparing Tendulkar to Ponting, & use illogical arguments like, "he never faced Warne & McGrath", "he had great players around him making him look better than he actually was" & "he played well in the 2000's when the bowling was poor", yet don't apply these same ludicrous standards to Tendulkar. Their only valid claim to disregard Ponting's status as a legend is his record in India, & this poor record is basically due to one man, Harbhajan. But this isn't enough to disregard him as a legend because, as I, & many others, have pointed out before, there are many valid reasons why you could disregard Tendulkar's status as a legend. Simple fact is, they are both legends, and anyone who denies it, doesn't know cricket

  • RSingit on January 5, 2012, 22:50 GMT

    What happened to all of you? all you guys said this is the best team when it was selected in Dec and now cursing the same guys. The batting team was best you said... the weaker link was bowling... bowlers performed to their potential... but only batters have failed... its not new to India

  • on January 5, 2012, 22:32 GMT

    Perfect scenario for Tendulkar to score his first triple century (if he does not ran out of partners). The pitch is still very much batting friendly. Let us wait and see.

  • CricketingStargazer on January 5, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    @Nikhil42, if there were a prospect of a Day 4 washout, yes, but there isn't. In fact, rain should give better bowling conditions. Even if 2 sessions are lost, five and a half sessions to bowl out a side like India should be more than enough. As it is, if India show some resistence and get ahead, the declaration has just opened a tiny window of hope. Better to put up such a huge score that India would have no chance of a lead. I still think that the game will end on Day 4 or early on Day 5.

  • on January 5, 2012, 22:21 GMT

    another 4-0 whitewash is on the cards for india. im very happy for my team south africa at the moment. goes to show how similarly aus and sa are performing in their respective ongoing tests. aus needs 8 wickets on day 4 and sa needs 6 . thats the bottomline . clarke got a triple kallis got a double. ricky got a ton and ab a ton as well. pattinson, hilfy, siddle tearing india there and steyn,philander,orkel with tahir doing the same to the lankans. wow. cant miss day 4 . this is RIP to 2 subcontinent giants

  • on January 5, 2012, 22:15 GMT

    Haddin must go! Dropping balls regulary now even when it is not hit. Selectors missed there chance when Paine performed well when we were last in India. They cannot wait for Paine to get over this finger injury. We have plenty of young keepers that can do the job. It also helps the with staggering the removal of the old boys if they take Haddin now.

  • Twanger on January 5, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    If Brad Haddin is the best gloveman in Australian cricket then Australia is in a bad way. It is time. When Adam Gilchrist realised his wicket keeping days were over he splashed straight forward catches he quickly called it quits. Haddins effort last night is a Gilchrist moment. Time to go. Honourably or otherwise

  • yogi001 on January 5, 2012, 21:35 GMT

    @Nampally- I agree with your comments. Indian cricketers need to introspect. Apart from getting into strict discipline, they also need to set their priorities right. M.S Dhoni needs to step up on for this occasion.

    I would suggest to Indian think tank and Dhoni to promote himself ahead of Laxman and Kohli in this innings. Although times are against Indians and getting tougher as this series progresses but times like these bring out the hero in an individual and as captain Dhoni needs to show his real strength. India has played some wonderful cricket prior to and in ODI world cup. I think they need to show courage and strength to fight and comeback into this highly rated contest.

    My good wishes to both teams and lots of luck to India!! Chak de India!

  • Andanio on January 5, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    Getting rid of senior Indian Batsmen is not a quick solution to a much bigger problem. Hussey and Ponting were criticized for very same reasons, but look at them now. Every team does well in their backyards, so its not surprise that England or Australia are doing well against India. The question is how to improve Indian players body language and approach towards a game in the overseas series? Giving a deceptive impression of aggression is not easy but needs to be learned to stand your ground. Eventually all the pieces will start falling into place after the opposition gets equal reaction to every action.

  • on January 5, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    A selfless innings, but Clarke could have gone for 400, as Indians can be cheaply bowled out in a session

  • rahulcricket007 on January 5, 2012, 20:58 GMT

    @herath -uk you should comment on your sl team rather than indian players . your so much hyped jayawardne didn't even score a half century in 6 innings in sa & sanga scores only 188 runs in 6 innings at least our tendulkar scores 2 centuries on sa tour .

  • InnocentGuy on January 5, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    As foretold, the Aussie batsmen have all come roaring back to form thanks to the Indian bowling. If ever there was a good time for Sachin to score his 100th 100, it is today.

  • samudralakiku on January 5, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    @azk55khan - At this class India is not going to be invited by Bangladesh or Zimbabwe let alone other teams. Eventually when the viewers for India games reduce, BCCI will face the same fate as most of the other boards. That is the only time when BCCI and the team India will start introspecting. But it will be too late.

  • ggsg on January 5, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    MR MOHAMAD HOQUE WOW DO U HAVE ANY THING TO BACK U'R STATEMENT. Here's comparision from past 2 years 01 -01-2010 till today Rick ponting played 20 test runs scored 1362 @ an decent ave of 37.83 with 2 ton 10 fifties. Sangarkara played 18 test scored 1798 @ an excellent average of 59.93 with 7 tons and 6 fifties. Kallis played 17 test scored 1781 @ superb ave of 77.43 with 9 tons and 3 fifties. Sachin played 24 tests scored 2367 @ superb ave of 63.97 with 8 tons & 10 fifties. Agreed after WC sachin might not have been proflic run getter but still he no dud he has played 9 test scored 645 runs with a good average of 40.31 with 5 fifties. Remember most good player will be happy to have an batting average of 40 + when retired even the pundits believe it is good ave. May be not for u cuz it is the little master SACHIN TENDULKAR.

  • SAJIL_KERALA on January 5, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    @CRICKETingstargazer, when somebody served you free lunch, do you eat three persons meal just because it is free?

  • on January 5, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    aus have such a big lead that they can get india all out thrice so they dont hav to play in perth, aus would b 3-0 up after 2 test matches and indian team can have so much time for shoping

  • on January 5, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    Though I am an indian fan and want India to win the series, I really congragulate the australian batting and bowling attack.They delivered the goods as expected.Micheal Clarke,Ricky Ponting,Micheal Hussey,James Pattinson, Ben Hilfenhaus.Respect.

  • Nikhil42 on January 5, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    @CricketingStargazer- Ever considered the possibility that he declared cuz there is a forecast of rain and if it does rain on one of these days they still have the time to get them all out.

    @jmcilhinney- totally agree with your comment regarding Sehwag. I think we are all too blinded by his entertaining batting to realise that there are fundamental flaws which pretty much make him a extremely unreliable risk in away matches having good bowling pitches. He just throws his wicket away despite getting respite 2-3 times like in the first Test. While we persevere with Sehwag and Gambhir - younger and more inform players wait for there slim hope of getting a one odd test to prove themselves. I m not saying Rahane or Sharma will definitely do better but at least deserve a better chance considering how lame sehwag and gambhir's performance and form of late.

  • on January 5, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    sehwag,gambhir,kohli,ishant sharma all should be kicked out its about time they give a chance to irfan pathan and some other batsmen like badrinath and rahane sehwag can only make 200's on indian pitches when was the last time sehwag actually had a century on foreign soil gambhir should have been not picked even harbhajan bats better then sehwag,gambhir in foreign pitches india needs to bombs all their pitches put up some australia and england like pitches to have chance in the future only person i missed in the sqaud was yuvraj he can actually bat and irfan pathan he was the reason india won the perth test in 2008 bring him back in perth

  • dulabhai on January 5, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    Don't judge India by this tour or the last Eng tour. They will break 10 records in one day and score 700+ in one innings if they play Bangladesh at home!

  • Nampally on January 5, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    If Clarke can get a triple Ton, why not Tendulkar? The wicket is still good and the Aussie bowling is steady on or outside the Off stump & wait for the batsman to make mistake. This is how the Aussies won at MCG & how they got Indians Out Ceaply in the first. Let the balls outside the off stump severly alone and see who wins the game of patience. There is stronger reason for the Indians to play 5 sessions & save the game just as Aussies did to build a winning total. It is matter of mental strength. Gambhir, Tendulkar & the Indian batsmen need that discipline, patience and mental strength to fight back. The Pitch is still good and it will be as much of a challenge to the Aussies to get the Indian batsmen out as it was for Indian bowlers. Remember how Dhoni played in the first innings & how Gambhir is playing now.These are right models. Sehwag ignored & fell cheaply.Punish the lose balls but leave those swinging balls outside the off well alone.First session will set the trend -Good Luck

  • positiveindian on January 5, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    I think Clarke got too emotional and declared early. Not saying that India will survive and draw this match. If it does, it would be a monumental achievement, but I believe the pitch was still a paradise and you dont want to give the opponent a breather by giving them to bat in such conditions. Hoping against hope to see an Indian fight on Friday.

  • Lala_Amarnath on January 5, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    Things are happening exactly like every Indian fans worst fears playing out. Indian fast bowlers are not in a position to exploit the fast pitches, neither do they have the fitness to bowl 10-15 overs at top pace and accuracy. Spinners are useless on these non-turning pitches and they were counting on the batsmen making mistakes, which they did not and piled up agony.

    Indian batsmen are paranoid and playing under pressure against an ordinary pace attack. Once again the Indian batsmen have made an ordinary attack look top class and perhaps even propelled the aspirations and career of a few bowlers.

    India will fold up for less than 350 and lose the match. Stop talking about Sachin 100 everyone. It will happen when it will, if at all. Sehwag is not a reliable batsmen and should be told in no uncertain words to go out and make at least 25-30 runs before getting out, just like every other batsmen.

  • posybeon123 on January 5, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    gambir and sachin will score hundreds but yet clarke will be the MOM... the game is going to be ended in a draw

  • Moneypenny on January 5, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    @DINESHCC . Your breaking news were absolutely fab. Me and 2 of my friends nearly broke their backs as we burst into laughter and nearly fell off chairs.The best ones were V.kohli's bowling analysis of 2/499 in 3rd test and BREAKING NEWS OF 25.12.2019. I have another breaking news of December 25th, 2026: the indian captain Arjun Tendulkar rushed to hug his great father right at the batting crease for completing 100th century and said something in his ear which the big dad didn't appear to like as viewed by billions of worshippers. Arjun has just risked losing captaincy as he told his icon "dad at least retire now as you couldn't even come to the middle of crease for celebrating the 100th ton".

  • on January 5, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    I am disappointed that Clarke didn't go for the 400+. Aus will win the test, with 2 full days left. Another 15 overs would not have done much of a change.

  • 5wombats on January 5, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    @Apoorv Pandey; it's good that you raise the subject of Pakistan cricket. In wombats opinion Pakistan historically always better than India. Pakistan hand right royal hidings to England on many occasions in Pakistan and in England in Tests and ODI. Wombats still never forgive Pakistan for 1992 World Cup Final however..... You see, @Apoorv Pandey, Pakistan have fantastic tradition of superb fast bowlers who performed everywhere and took wickets against everyone. Look at these names; Imran Khan, Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram.... these are some of the finest bowlers in the history of the game. India never matched those players ever. Then the batsmen; Javed Miandad, Zaheer Abaas, Inzamam-ul-Haq.... These too are truly great players. Overall, Pakistan with fast bowling threat always historically better than india and india the poor relation in comparison. Wombats fear Pakistan much more than India ever since watching Imran destroy England a few times in the 1980's. They drew with Aus 1-1 2010.

  • BlueyCollar on January 5, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    Both Michael Clarke and Slazenger's marrketing department wrote their names in the history books at the SCG. Clarkes acheivment is obvious, Slazenger's just entered the top 10 list for world's worst marketing decisions. I hope the person responsible knows how to flip burgers.

  • on January 5, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    This is what happens when the whole team is focusing on one man to reach a landmark and losing sight of their own goals. Although, India had no chance of winning the world cup but my pre world cup speculation was always India winning the cup not because it was a worthy team but it was playing on the home turf. How many times they have proven that they are the lions of their own den and the biggest disappointment on foreign grounds. An 'underrated' bunch of 'losers' to be honest ; except Sachin, he is alright :)

  • shamlaatu on January 5, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    The only bad thing in this test would be that Shaun Marsh'a very ordinary batting standard on the Int'l level will be burried some where deep in the huge Australian victory. Shaun scored a 100 or two on dead graveyard of wickets on the intl scene otherwise he seems no different than an average Indian batsmen. "Hero at dead pitches and zero at the real deal". Khawaja should be called back, he should be given a solid spot for a longer run rather than being juggled around from No 3 to No 6, and eventually dropping him at the advice of Ian Chappell.

  • bobmartin on January 5, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    Posted by CricketingStargazer on (January 05 2012, 16:31 PM GMT) "So, Michael Clarke declared early because he didn't believe that he could bowl India out in 7 sessions? Sounds like he has no faith whatsoever in his attack!!!". Maybe thev've changed the attack from the one which has already decimated India's much vanlted batting line-up three times already. Wake up and smell the coffee... and I hope it tastes better than the bitter taste of defeat...

  • sanjay37b on January 5, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    Congratulations Clarke for tripple hundred.As rightly said by Ian Chappell,India should have given more outings in tests to upcoming youngsters after the England fiasco.It's repeated in Australia. Pujara, Rohit Sharma are there and should replace Dravid and Laxman.If Sachin fails to give India a respectable total in second test,he should retire with grace immediately after the second test.Sehwag should improve his technique or else he opens the door for his exit.India's selectors should be pro-active and do not make the youngsters suffer after sudden exit of top 4.India even needs to look for a alternative to Dhoni as captain.This present Indian Team is good for nothing and degrading the upcoming talent.

  • psur47 on January 5, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    The problem with Indian batsmen is that they are still in one-day cricket mode. Having custom made bats will not help Mr Sehwag if he does bother to move his feet ! The "Delhi shuffle" won't work in Australia, England or South Africa. Mr. Sehwag (and others) need to move their feet, get in line and play closer to the body. Ignoring basic batting technique may work on the dead Indian pitches but not in Australia or anywhere where the pitch is responsive and the ball bounces and moves on to the bat. The Indian batsmen are a bunch of overrated, overpampered, overpaid prima donnas. No-one in the present team (sorry Mr Tendulkar) has the technique of say Vijay Manjrekar, Pankaj Roy, Vinoo Mankad, Sunil Gavaskar (sorry Mr Tendullkar I am not impressed by your slashes over gully). Stop this Twenty20 nonsense, limit one-day garbage and maybe things might improve.

  • on January 5, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    The ODI side is getting much better results,it only means that the youngsters are beter.Time for the seniors to move on,though they can no longer exit with pride

  • alvinmanoj on January 5, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    @Tushar Vaja....Well Said friend....really loved it...hope Dhoni and fans read this

  • gung-ho on January 5, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    @Herath-UK - I have you seen you all over the cricinfo boards dissing anything and everything Sachin/India does and I have also seen you going ecstatic over anything and everything that the side you favor does. FYI - the worst game I have ever seen is this one, http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/63762.html - that my friend, was something that was done by a captain and his team playing for individual records and glory. And for the record, except for Aravinda De Silva, I would not pay to watch anyone from the team you favor; whereas I would pay to watch Tendulkar, Ponting, M Waugh, Kallis, Lara, Inzamam, Laxman, Rohit Sharma, Greenidge, Richards, Pietersen, etc., bat. Does not matter if these folks are playing for records or not -- they are in a different league altogether. Being patriotic and feeling obligated to support the country you are from are all good -- but try not to be prejudiced when you make comments about people/countries you know nothing about. Thanks.

  • JG2704 on January 5, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    @jmcilhinney on (January 05 2012, 07:56 AM GMT) I'm guessing in the past , the times when Sehwag has failed others have made big scores and this masks the naivety of the way he plays. Unfortunately for him all the Indian batsmen have been really off form up til now

  • JG2704 on January 5, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    Lol @Apoorv Pandey/RasCric - for posting stats from yesteryear which have no relevance whatsoever with this series

  • JG2704 on January 5, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    @Apoorv Pandey on (January 05 2012, 14:09 PM GMT) Re "loose to england but injured side" we only had Tremlett , Trott and Morgan injured in that series but we weren't complaining as we played OK without them. Nevertheless many thanks for recognising our injury situation. It makes a refreshing change.

  • JG2704 on January 5, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    @George Janev on (January 05 2012, 14:20 PM GMT) - By the same token , what if Clarke and Hussey had gone on for their own benefit and then Australia had India 6,7,8,9 down but ran out of time to bowl them out? There could be weather about etc. Realistically surely the chances of the Indians holding out for a draw because Aus haven't given themselves enough time to bowl them out again far exceeds the chances of India passing Aus by that margin and then bowling Aus out. If India were to do that Clarke would only feel bad for batting badly in the 2nd inns , surely he would feel worse if he didn't quite give himself enough time to win the match by batting on too long?

  • alvinmanoj on January 5, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    @Apoorv Pandey.....He is just another frustrated Indian Fan who enjoys India victories in Indian soil like the WC....so please respond to his comments and add salt to his frustration...

  • on January 5, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    i feel sachin should try to get 100 in this test and put the monkey back.never mind that we lose the test but this will release the pressure that is with him and the whole team which blindly follows him to deliver all the time.laxman should play a sensible knock.i m really not bothered abt losing a match but it bothers when we dont put off a fight.

  • on January 5, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    200 from Sachin won't even make a differnce in this game. AUS are going to win.

  • on January 5, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    What the BCCI needs to do is set up a cricket academy in Australia or England and bring out a good crop of players by making them play in these conditions from the start. That is the only way India will ever be able to produce cricketers who can play well on fast tracks. Like Ian Chappel once said, its a lot easier for a batsmen to adjust to lower bounce than to higher bounce. The fact is that no matter how talented a cricketer from India is he will always struggle on fast pitches, probably for no fault of his own. the only way out is to get 20 year old upcoming cricketers to shift to Australia/England and play their cricket there.

  • alvinmanoj on January 5, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    @ George Janev India won that match In India, Indian can win any matches in India, Just as they won the WC, Please be practical and think what can India do in Australia or abroad except SL, for the matter of fact

  • FairGameFan on January 5, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    India going in the right direction for a 'gud ole cut azz'. I predicted 4-0 in favour of Australia and I stand by that prediction. If you think this is going to be the low point of 2012 for the Indian team, wait until the English visit. Although that side in my opinion is an ordinary side, they play as a unit. 2-1 to to the English is my prediction. By the way this match finishes on the fourth day.

  • on January 5, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    India looking as poor as Zimbabwe or Kenya.............their ordinary bowling was exposed in this test match. The only bowler who bowled with heart was the new guy Yadav......the others looked very very ordinary. I see nothing less happening than an innings defeat !! And lastly, Ian Chappel was right at his claim that India can never stamp their authority in the no.1 test team spot !!

  • Archchunan on January 5, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    Well done Clark and Australia! But the tragic drama continues for millions of fans like me as ever it was in the past. How many tims we were beatten like this, suprisingly still some of our have faith in miracles. Forget it guys, this is it. This is the reality. Our team is no idea about our expectations. For them this is just a match. They aren't paid for win matches. They are paid for just play as they want. For get it. I'm going to play some chess with my son.

  • Venbob on January 5, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    Ganguly and Akram's commentery is so boring. Saying the obvious things over and over again (like Aussie pitches bouncy and Indian pitches slow!). Plus Ganguly keeps on telling the Aussies how to set the field for the Indian batsmen. Very silly! Some of the discussions I like to hear is why India doesn't prepare a special bouncy pitch a couple of months before these tours and hire a couple of Aussies or SA fast bowlers (county level) and practice against them. Sehwag should be dropped for a couple of tests as a punishment for playing rash shots and not caring about the team and the country. BTW, Ian Chappell's commentary is great!

  • Indiaforever on January 5, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    Firstly i would like to say well done to Clarke and Hussey on two brilliant innings. but you cant say that Australia are on their way back to the top of the rankings, when they pile on 600+ againt an Indian attack which isnt that great and on a flat pitch. What happened against New Zealand and against SA there batting failed miserably. regarding India we can only go upwards from here and i dont even believe that we have fully lost this test match yet because the pitch is flat and we have many players who are capable of scoring 100s. Although i agree we need a miracle.

  • r1m2 on January 5, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    I think Captain Clarke is the greatest thing to happen to Australia since Shane Warne. I would identify as Clarke's captaincy skills as the definitive reason for Australia's success of late, despite having such an inexperienced team. Although it seems having Mickey Arthur as the coach has also helped them to propel to the next level against India. I think Ponting was too lucky to lead the team that he lead and ended up with all kinds of captaincy records, but would've really struggled had he been provided this present team instead (as once can see with his records since the retirement of the big guns). Clarke's come good on his batting promise too, and it's really impressive what he's been doing with the bat, while leading the side with brilliance.

  • Archchunan on January 5, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    Great effort Clark! Congratulations! Well Well Well Mr. Dhoni, what do you have to say? Is it the same pitch which Indians bowled out for just 190? You may say " it's good wicket to bat on when see off the new ball, Micheal played really well, infact both Micheals played fantastic cricket and utilised the wicket in their favour. Yeah, our batsmen need to occupie the crease for longer period. We can't blame ourselves, because the aussies have played fantastic cricket both with bat and ball!" . Is this you are going to say by tea tomorrow? Please add the following as well... "And it's funny that our fans are getting upset for the way how we lost, they should remember this is not the 1st time we are getting lost like this. I think our fans should be more cool headed like me. My team or myself is not responsible for their daydreams. They follow our cricket because they are just fools. They should know how to handle their disappointments. We are paid for play matches not to win! mind it"

  • hhillbumper on January 5, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    just seen haddins catch.That man is so classy.Do the Aussies want a spare wicket keeper.WE have quite a few classy ones who can actually catch the ball. Let us know what you feel Randy and we can do a deal if you want.WE will send you a wicketkeeper but only if phil Hughes doesn't come to Worcs to lower the quality of our domestic scene.

  • Nampally on January 5, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    Irrespective of the result of the second test, India needs to reinforce its squad with at least 4 new players. Mukund as alternate opener, Dinda as a seamer, Pathan & Jadeja as all rounders. This team is poor in batting, bowling & fielding. There has been so much idle talk about the Indian batting being strong.I would much rather go with just 5 specialist bats, WK, 2 all rounders + ZAK, Yadev & Ishant or Dinda.5 batsmen could be 2 out of Mukund, Gambhir & Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma/Kohli.This is the only way India can match the Aussie team in both batting & bowling. Dinda is a wicket taker like ZAK & so is Pathan. Yadev can provide the pace & the second all rounder Ashwin or Jadeja the spin option. The present squad does not give Dhoni much option of playing the reserves as they are strictly bench players. Also Laxman & Gambhir or in poor form - although Gambhir has just woken up at SCG. India cannot win with the present squad which is unbalanced & lacking in confidence!

  • Pritt32 on January 5, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    Team India needs a good kick in the backside. Sehwag should be left out of test squad, as he is a selfish player. Gambhir, Kholi, Laxman, Dholi and Sachin need to occupy the crease for long periods by playing with application just like Ponting, Hussey and Clarke showed.If the players fail to perform tonight, then they should not bother playing test cricket anymore. The patience is going very thin with Indian fans. Management and selectors should stamp their authority on players now. It is embarrassing to see India losing without any fight. Now it is time for disciplining players for failure. This is the only way now, as I am fed up with the Indian team

  • ahweak on January 5, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    Excellent batting by Clarke, Hussey and Ponting. As mentioned in a cricinfo blog, India's test cricket performance has plummeted and it does not look like improving anytime soon. Here is a suggestion for the Indian players. Throw away your passports and refuse to tour. You can still earn a lot in the IPL and wait till the next world cup in the sub continent. There is nothing more demoralizing to the fans than to see their team give up on the field and wait for declaration.

  • rahulcricket007 on January 5, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    @south afircan . but if you check the record of india -pak after 2000 in odis & tests you will find india are ahead with 14 - 10 in odis & in tests by 6-4 . in odis i have also counted the wc 2003 & 2011 games .

  • rahulcricket007 on January 5, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    @greenand gold machine .you are saying that aus 's true test will come in 2013 ashes . to remember you they had to play a 4 match test series in india later this year . so are you thinking that indian tour will be easy for australia . beware you india is playing like minnows ( or even bad than minnows) at overseas but they play as lions in home .

  • Simha99 on January 5, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    @Surhud29: Could not agree with you more. Ganguly can be objective in his criticism of Indian players but should not be revealing their weaknesses. It's like giving free advise to the Aussies - not that they need it. Manjrekar did the same thing when he retired. Hope these former cricketers turned commentators realize that their worth is in their objectiveness and analysis of the game - not in revealing secrets of former team-mates, particularly when the chips are down.

  • on January 5, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    Yes!

    The Biggest is not just " personal milestones mean nothing"

    The Biggest is not just " Devastating my Rival"

    The Biggest is not just about " creating a media hype"

    The Biggest is Not about " a fake bharat ratna"

    The Biggest is about " Leading from the FRONT" The Biggest is about " DELIVERING WHEN NEEDED MOST" ! Do I need ...?

  • hhillbumper on January 5, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    Just seen Sehwags dismissal.See ball,hit ball,get caught leave ground.It is amazing that this bloke ver got any runs and hopefully this and England tour end the myth he is a good player.He is a good hitter of poor bowling but even against this modest Aussie attack you have to wonder how he gets in the team.Good at 1 dayers when piches are flat but really a test opener in anything but flat conditions?

  • CricketingStargazer on January 5, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    So, Michael Clarke declared early because he didn't believe that he could bowl India out in 7 sessions? Sounds like he has no faith whatsoever in his attack!!! Why not declare an hour after Tea and get up to a lead of 500 and END it?

  • Herath-UK on January 5, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    All applauds to Clarke for not going for personal glory.Can we ever imagine Tendulkar who is generally accused as a record hunter doing such a great feat? Well done Micheal,your deed shows you are a Great. Ranil Herath-Kent

  • on January 5, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    4G - Go Gritty Gautam Gambhir ! or Gritty Gautam Gambhir Gone.. we will see soon.

  • on January 5, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    At the end of 1st test, Dhoni said he needs to come up with a plan against Aussie tail ? Well, he did. Don't take more than 4 wickets and don't let the tail bat :-) Bravo !

  • Nampally on January 5, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    Clarke got a triple Ton whilst Ponting & Hussey each got a century. This after 37 for 3 to 651 for 4 is simply an amazing achievement of grit and determination of these 3 batsmen. This should be huge lesson for the indian batting which failed miserably on the first day on the same pitch. Clarke alone got nearly twice as many runs as the Indian Total. If India has the same guts & determination and with most of their batting in tact should play 3 sessions on Day 4 & 2 sessions on Day 5,the match can end up as a draw. But can they do it with their rash batting which throws away wickets by playing like drunken sailors? Ponting desperately wanted to score a century & he did with will power. Can Tendulkar get his century with the same determination of Ponting?Gambhir who batted well must keep leaving the balls outside the off & play straight bat drives as he did so well.This partnership MUST match Clarke & Ponting's,to save this match & restore dignity to Indian team & its batting.Good Luck!

  • on January 5, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    Fabulous stuff indeed Aussies! No doubt I saw the best of test cricket in this series!

  • bobmartin on January 5, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    This must be a plumb batting track... right ? Then the so-called best batting line-up in world cricket should have a field day tomorrow... God will get his much-hyped hundredth hundred and there will be others to deify after putting up a mammoth total and making day 5 one for all cricket fans to savour as Oz struggle to save the match. On the other hand, reality will kick in and when I wake up and tune in tomorrow at 05.00 UK time, it will be all over. How on earth India managed to ever become the number one side in the world and still cling to the number 2 spot baffles me. The test series v England and their performance so far in this one shows just how poor India really are in anything but home conditions. And let's not forget, this is largely the same Oz side that England trounced in Oz not too long ago and you Indian supporters had the temerity to criticise England's number one spot. Now who's having the last laugh... Not India.. that's for sure.

  • on January 5, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    the way india playing bangladesh will start winning from next series. India need young cricketers like raina,yograg,kohli and the other young guys.no reason to let play those olders for personal records.

  • Gillys_club on January 5, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    The declaration was a well thought and good decision. You just need to see tomorrow's weather forecast to realise that. Irrespective of whethet Tendulkar, Gambhir, Laxman and Dhoni get their act together or not. 468 is a big enough lead. It's a lead not a target. And the declaration gives enough time to bowl India out even if tomorrow is washed out alot..

  • krici_lover on January 5, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    Pakistan supporters - can you please compare the result of previous 2 pakistan's visits (prior to 2011) to Australia and England with India. If you do so you will get the clarity. Moreover the point system that had put India on top was not devised by BCCI. It was the same system which had kept Australia on top for so long. India has just had 2011 a bad year. India reached to top by consistently winning at home and putting up fight abroad. Which other team failed to do therefore India was a top. Agreed India can only WIN at home it means no team has been able to defeat India in India that concludes all those teams are also LION at home against India. India cleaned Australia last time in India and what is the problem if Australia clean sweeps India in Australia. That means both are equal. Loss is loss then be it by 1 wicket or 10 wickets. Please publish.

  • SAJIL_KERALA on January 5, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    @George Janev, Sachin and Laxman are not playing at home against USA or Canada.

  • blackerthanyourhate on January 5, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    Home Victories are just the tale of the past.Ridiculously boring.

  • on January 5, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    @ apoorv pandey! u don't knw the stats. Here is the link for the no. of matches won by both ind and pak from 2000-2011 outside subcontinent. U can see that both ind and pak have won 13 matches. So it is not as u think! http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=1;continent=1;continent=3;continent=4;continent=5;filter=advanced;orderby=won;spanmax1=29+Dec+2011;spanmin1=01+Jan+2000;spanval1=span;team=6;team=7;template=results;type=team

  • a1234s on January 5, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    the only way India can save this game is with Sachin and Gambhir scoring slow centuries.

    Otherwise, it is curtains and India's golden generation will go without a test series victory in Australia.

  • on January 5, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    India need to bat to occupy wicket, but must hit the full balls. Rahul perished because he was more defensive on that ball than required. Enjoy the game, loose it, but bat with a balance of mind. If indian batsmen become too defensive, the aussie bowlers will feel more confident to attack with full balls. Put some pressure back to Aussie bowlers.

  • AidanFX on January 5, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    To those saying Clarke should have battered on because of the whole Eden Gardens (EG) game 2001 - stats show the folly of this view... EG: Aus 1st inns (Aus batted 1st in that game) 445 Syd 2012: 659 (214 run diff); India 1st inns - EG: 171 Syd: 199 (28 run diff). Then India forced to follow on scored 657 2nd Inns and set a chase well over 300. India then bowled Aus out fairly deep into the 5th day. The margins are thus very different. In terms of this match India should take an entire day to just to be about or near equal the Aus total - then they need to set a total. The two wickets Aus have now may prove to be vital. I will also point out the forecast is for rain tomorrow. It bewilders me people are having a go at Clarke for declaring. I would have thought the thing Aus is crying out for post Argus is an aggressive captain (like Taylor). With aggressive captaincy is a degree of risk - but a captain should back his bowlers.

  • hary_14 on January 5, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    It is always easy to criticize about the losing team.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on January 5, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    Current Rankings as they should be:

    1) England 2) A country mile of space 3) South Africa 4) Australia 5) Sri Lanka 6) Pakistan 7) India 8) New Zealand

  • on January 5, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    @ Apoorv Pandey you should check the record Pakistan is the first asian team which won a test match (Durban test) and drew series in SA in 1998 and manage 0-0 in 2010 against SA and also win test matches against australia and england (both away matches) So you should pray for rain in this match and next two matches otherwise another 4-0 whitewash is awaited for so called world champions

  • Naresh28 on January 5, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    WELL DONE CLARKE, PONTING AND HUSSEY. GREAT BATTING INDEED against a bad bowling/fielding team. INDIAN FAN

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on January 5, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    Aussies have placed themselves in a precarious situation. A lead of 468 with two and half days still to be played. Are you kidding me?? Have they forgotten that fact that cricket is a game of glorious uncertanties...they have left all the scope to be defeated..Indian batsmen have failed 3 times..doesn't means we will fail again...if a decent batsman like clarke could hit a triple.Legends like srt and vvs can blow them to smithereens! gambhir back at his best..kohli must be having some thoughts in his mind :P dhoni is a fighter and ashwin has got the same no of centuries in 9 innings which punter has in his last 33 :) beware aussies!!

  • 1egend on January 5, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    This Indian Team never deserved No. 1 spot in Test Ranking.

  • hhillbumper on January 5, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    I thought Ashwin was the beat finger spinner going.Also thought Lyon was a world class spinner?

  • krici_lover on January 5, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    @jmcilhinney: I couldn't agree more with you on Sehwag and his approach to game. Very valid points. Aggression is accepted as long as it is controlled. Playing mindless shots and hiding behind the cliched "natural game" is not international cricket. Be it England or Australia - openers have been biggest let down for India in 2011. Before 2011, in previous 2 tours to England and Australia, where in Australian India drew one and lost one 2-1 (incl controversial sydney test) and in England where India drew one and won other, openers provided good foundation for middle order to capitalize on. While in 2011 it has never been the case. Some bold decisions in test team are also need of the hour as those were taken in ODI setup few years back and result is CB series in Australia in 2008, WC 2011.

  • on January 5, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    this is the time when Tandulkar's 100th 100 will count.

  • on January 5, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    Sachin should get his act together and forget about the milestone of 100th ton atleast in this test. So that he can concentrate on his game and play with a free and positive mind. Also good to see Gambhir coming back into form.

  • satish619chandar on January 5, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    @Nutcutlet and other guys.. too much emphasize on team game stuff.. When Lara scored 400, it was selfish as he went at the expense of the team batting out more time knowing the pitch is flat.. Apart from that, i wouldnt consider any innings selfish.. Especially Sachin's.. His centuries were all scored at good rate.. If Sachin scores century and team scores some 400 runs and still lose, wont it be a confidence booster? It happened in SA when the team was certain to lose and Sachin scored 50th century.. We won second match and drew third match where Sachin again scored a 100.. @aadhavkrissh: You should ve read comments for yesterdays play if u were expecting comments on Dhoni's captaincy..

  • AidanFX on January 5, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    George Janev on - wrong on two accounts firstly; the forecast is for rain tomorrow; I imagine Clarke factored this into his thinking. Secondly; check the scores of the match you refer to - very different scenario; India only made a slightly lower 1st inns compared to the one this game, and Aus first innings in that game was considerably less than this match. I would also suggest you really have no right to make assumptions on the motivations of Clarke - the feeling I got was the guy was focused on what he felt he needed to win the game.

  • TaylorSwift on January 5, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    India should call-off the remaining two tests. This is getting ugly. Congrats to Pup, Punter and Huss.

  • Andanio on January 5, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    It is always sad to see when great batsmen had to defend a score to play off remaining days rather than making contributions towards winning a game. Batting six full sessions (hopefully only three if the weather permits) is still a mammoth task for strong Indian batting line, which is showing cracks. It remains to be seen whether the Australian pace attack can expose those cracks further to win a much justified victory. Michael Clarke's much earned respect by excellent batting show certainly deserves further credit for declaring at a stage where new records were round the block. Its TEST cricket and the game is still on!

  • crickprof on January 5, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    as sanjae manraiker said, IND should get rid of from aging playes, now time IND to act fast and remove the old lions.........

  • on January 5, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Performance by indian players not far from disgraceful

  • on January 5, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Drop Sehwag for the shot he played. See how Gambhir responded to all the criticism. We can save this match by batting the best we have ever done. Push Virat ahead of Laxman so that he can play a career saving innings and also hopefully a match saving one as well in the company of Gambhir. Also would like to see if Dhoni pushes himself like he often does in one day matches. We can still win this series 2-1. Go for four seamers in Perth.

  • on January 5, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    Contrary to the opinion expressed in this report, the declaration was a bad decision. India was not closed out of the match. If Tendulkar, Laxman Gambhir and Dhoni get their act together, the could have a lead of 120/30 odd by lunch on the 5th day. anything could happen from there. By batting through to stumps and picking up an extra 140/50 or so runs Clarke could have totally demoralized India. the psychologocal impact of such a scenario could well bring on a spiritless response from India's batsmen. As it is, On a good batting pitch, India can actually win this match in much the same way that they won a similar match against Australia in India several years ago. the so-called "unselfish" declaration was actually a stupid move that Clarke thought would make him look heroic. I hope it doesn't cost us the match.

  • southafrican on January 5, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    Apoorv, as we speak SL following on vs SA. Overall SA VS India 12-7 to SA tests, 40-24 to SA one day. Not bad for a 10th ranked team' Pak vs India 12-9 to Pak in tests, 66-47 to PAk in one days. Not bad for for a team you consider inferior to India. Live with it, most cricket fans outside India know India to be an average team not to be feared by any team except Bangladesh.

  • ggsg on January 5, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    Mr TAWFIQ CHOWDARY lets disect bangladesh performance overall 73 test matches played can u guess how many they have won and loss ? for u'r information they have won 3 out of 73, and lost 63 test out of 73. and 7 drawn test. Now lets see INDIA have 460 test won 112 lost 144 and drawn 202 and 1 tie. now lets see if we can compare indias first 73 test matches spanned 1932-1961 india had won 6, loss 29 and drawn 38 matches. I hope tawfiq this should answer your question. Any way BCCI were the one which supported bangladesh test status.

  • MyMeeru on January 5, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    I see no fire in Indian players body language. Is it a infectious from the coach? BCCI needs to seriously consider replay Mr. Duncan Fletcher. BCCI needs to bring Kristen back or someone like him. Also, bring a bowling coach like Wasim or someone.

  • jmcilhinney on January 5, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    I support the decision to retain Ponting and Hussey up to now and that selection decision has been vindicated. I do agree with various others that Haddin should have gone by now and certainly should now. He didn't have a chance to fail with the bat but he has dropped a relatively straightforward catch that could mean the difference between a win and a draw. Australia will probably still win so it won't take on that significance but Haddin has been underperforming with both bat and gloves for some time so his place in the team simply can't be justified. Form may return with the bat, as it has for Ponting and Hussey, but the manner in which Haddin has been getting out is as much of a concern as his low scores. I don't see a return to form with the gloves though, as it's not like batting where one mistake can be the difference between a duck and a century. Unfortunately though, I doubt he'll go before the end of this series at the earliest.

  • Vilander on January 5, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    Fab stuff from Aussies. They totally demolished india so far.

  • Surhud29 on January 5, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    I would request Sourav Ganguly to stop revealing our Batsmen and Bowlers weak points on air. The co commentators keep on asking such questions to him and he reveals all minute details on air. Secondly, MS Dhonis fielding tactics are questioned repeatedly, It gets very boring when Mr. Akram says the same lines again and again. Look at Aus fielding today, first they had short leg which disappeared after gautis few fours, Slips were reduced to 1 or max 2, later the point fielder moved deeper and eventually became deep point, Lead of more than 400 runs with sehwag being dismissed, i have not heard a single commentator talking about this except once for Mr. Chappel. Does this mean Michael Clarke is not confident about the lead?? Sometimes the Batsmen are too good to be dismissed and for the record all these commentators and critics have also fallen for same field settings!!!!

  • Vilander on January 5, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    Poor Poor Indian cricket team,No point in following cricket in India anymore, no wonder ratings for cricket are in a steady decline. Better off following bayren munich tour of india. Cricket would be good riddance, and the highlight is,looks like the rest of the cricketing world would like it when india is not around anyway gauging from the excellent comments for pak and bd fans.

  • on January 5, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    pakistan doesnt play outside like india india 2011 played top three teams in sa drew 1-1 loose to england but injured side and aussies series going go check this decade india play outside and won odd test matches and series in englnd 2007 did pakistan ever wonin perth india won 2008 won in durbanindia won 2 times 2011 2006 did pakistan won any series this decade in england might be 15 years backl yur just jelous praying india looses and you get time to blame pakistan just fixes match smashed by aussie in aussie 2009 both test onewhich was without gilchrist hayden in 2008 india 2-1 in australia and won in perth won cb series no team apart nz has done this decade

  • Beertjie on January 5, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    Fantastic knock by Pup!!! Take a bow Punter and Huss. I'm glad to be proven wrong and I hope you guys continue to perform both this year and next. But don't be afraid of the rotation idea Huss. It'll ensure guys like DC, Khawaja, and some of the bowlers are all good to go for the Ashes next year, if needed. I just hope an Aussie victory doesn't continue to mask Haddin's uselessness. Do you hear the outcry against him, John Inverarity? Bring in Wade now and we can se later whether it'll be him or Paine for the job.

  • isildur_elendilson on January 5, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    @gogoldengreens - hmmm clarke and ponting edgy at end of day 1, then score freely on the 2nd and the 3rd day. Look for bounce tomorrow for sure. Check out the first test as well, :) india finish batting strong overnight, next day there would be bounce . India get some bounce when they bowl, and there you go , aus get a better batting track

  • RasCric on January 5, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    Now gambhir and tendulkar will make centuries in lost match. And will play on for next three years based on that.

  • hhillbumper on January 5, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    Jonesey 2.To be the best you have to beat the best.last time I checked we stuffed you in Aus in your own backyard.The only change is Pattinson for the bowling. So yeah we will keep it warm for a while longer

  • IAF_Rocky on January 5, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    India is looking down the barrels and 6th straight away loss in test knocking the door.Indian test cricket is going through tough phase ,but i still feel this team has the potential.Don't forget the very same players were responsible for our no.1 test status till recently.So friends may be our team needs our prayers and best wishes instead of our curses.Lets hope against the hope ,may be india can make a come back as it did in 2001..Sachin who is looking in good touch may deliver for INDIA..

  • on January 5, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    here is too much india pakistans matches chat i m sick of that. To All indian i tell u the record of all matches played between india and pakistan and result is in front of u and give comment neutrally.Total test played between india and pakistan=59 ,won by pakistan=12 and won by india=9. total ODIs played between india and pakistan=120, won by pakistan=69 and won by india=47, so wat u say all result is front of you and else you home players see the series between you and Australia not see ur past..and wat i say about ur uncles that are still playing and just play to make centuries

  • on January 5, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    Good decision by clarke to declare inning for the team and not looking for his personal milestone now sachin should retire as he is only playing for his record i.e.100th international century

  • bilalAWAN on January 5, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    @Apoorv Pandey. Check these stats first. In indo-pak test matches pakistan have won 12 out of 59 and india have managed only 9 victories. And in 120 ODIs pakistan have won 69 and india have just 47 victories against pakistan. So these stats show you that indian team have never been better than pakistan.

  • TheIndiaRockers on January 5, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    clarke and is best, excellent performance by aussie.@pak fan this comments belongs to india vs aus , what pak is doing here. just a single recent series win against sl will not put on top, dont forget sehway 300 in multan, dravid 277 in pak, we have won both odi & test series in pakistan & in india lol. stop worring about indian team.i hope india will fight hard to draw the match, come on srt & gauti show ur class act to save the match & keep india away from whitewash.

    pls publish

  • Rakim on January 5, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    Indian players can learn from Clarke, TEAM COMES FIRST, PERSONAL RECORDS 2ND. @ Tawfiq Chowdhury: Bangladesh did show more fight against England than India.

  • Ibanezfan on January 5, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    I'm getting tired of the way Sehwag just doesn't spend time at the crease when it's really required of him. Is there even a real plan to save this match? If he'd stuck around for a few hours with Gambhir to see off the new ball, Dravid could've come in and done what he's expected to do. The same old spiel about just letting Sehwag play the way he does is not serving Indian cricket well. With Dravid struggling against the new ball, Sehwag should have, at the least, seen off the new ball to give Dravid and Sachin a chance to bat this one out to a draw. Instead, Dravid is more of an opening batsman on this tour, covering for either failing opener. With Dravid gone, I don't see India batting out two full days. I expect it'll only be a few hours tomorrow before the game is done. Sachin looked unsure today and the rest of the "batsmen"...well, not much to talk about there. But, here's hoping against hope.

  • aadhavkrissh on January 5, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    I don't know why everyone commented here was to save or not to blame DHONI for his ruthless captain-ship.. If team wins a lot of price for him, if it not then AL together blaming batsmen fails, ball is n't up.. then what is captain-ship.. when the situation is going wrong then a worth leader has to find a good plan, at-least to distract the players(bat's) by fielding, pressure bowling's like this pace pitches, energy flow on yawning... No plans... 4-0 one another is India's chances..

  • bobbo2 on January 5, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    Looks like the children's show that is the IPL is starting to show what it will do to Indian cricket. I want India to to well but it seems they are only flat-track bullies (Tendulker and Dravid aside). Away from home against any decent attack they have fallen to pieces recently.

  • on January 5, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    @Tawfiq Chowdhury: There is a reason why India are 2nd or 3rd in the world. I agree we struggle on faster bouncy pitches but at home we are a mighty force but with regards to Bangaldesh can't recall them ever winning a Test match Home or Away. They have not improved since the day they started playing cricket. Hence the reason why don't deserve Test Status. You could argue do they deserve One day status. Hope that made sense to you.

  • YorkshirePudding on January 5, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    Well done to Pup, great to see him out of the douldrums and leading from the front as a captain should do.

  • Nutcutlet on January 5, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    Having watched 2/3rds of the day's play (I have to sleep sometime), a few thoughts occur (1) After some initial token interest, lasting about 40 minutes when Dhoni set fields that suggested that he was not on automatic pilot ( as he was through day 2) the Indians went into damage limitation mode, although Sharma actually bowled quite well. Not once did I see any encouragement for him from his captain or his team mates. He looked a lonely and forlorn soul smiling wryly to himself now and again. This is a team game, not that the Indians seem to bother with that. (2) Isn't it good that Tendulkar is not out overnight? His presence tomorrow should add a few thousand to the gate - that will please a lot who like the balance sheet more than the scoresheet.(3) The situation is right for SRT to get his hybrid 100 and as India will lose anyway, it will be well in context with a team that puts individual records ahead of team performances. So much for stats! Team comes first, as MC demonstrates!

  • g.narsimha on January 5, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    disopointed,but nothing is going in our way, lets hpoe , whether we can salvage some thing , if remaining bats men plays to thier talent ,now it appears that all teams are unbeatable in home conditions, this ausse team was beaten in india , now they are dominating where as other teams home wins counts but india is only bradedas as home tiger others home wins against india are great but their defeats doesnt count ,well pl;ayed aus , no excuces .

  • praks1311 on January 5, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    @Tawfiq, we win at home at least :P

  • bilalAWAN on January 5, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    @Apoorv Pandey. Pakistan won against india in india 4-2 in 2005... So you should not comment

  • deconstruct on January 5, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    I just can't understand one thing: Indian team gets mauled, first in England and now in Australia, yet, the only thing Indian fans can think of, is Pakistan!!! Why bring Pakistan into it? Come out of this Pakistan obsession, and, for a change, try some objective, constructive criticism on your own team. At least, when Pakistan loses, we have the guts and the fairness to criticize our team instead of making silly comparisons with India. I'm not saying India did not deserve the No. 1 test ranking when they reached it, nor that they did not deserve to win the World Cup. But all that is behind us: the present Indian team is a very average outfit consisiting of aging batters and mediocre bowlers - face it!

  • cricketcrazy555 on January 5, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    Indian bowlers habited to blame curators. Shame

  • Dr_Nasir.. on January 5, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    can any one think....???is 2012 will be the year for batesman....as 2011 was for the bowlers....!!!!!!!

  • on January 5, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    lets see how great player sachin and laxman are.thats the real test for both of them.its very hard for india to play for 2 whole day.lets see if the can draw...

  • greenandgoldmachine on January 5, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    I agree with gogoldengreens....India are a team of champions, not a champion team, each of them looking after themselves....they don't play for the benefit of the team....too much favourtism to keep all those old batsmen in the team and their not doing the job.....There is still alot of cricket left in this series for them to come back though time is running out for India very quickly.....As for Australia their tru test will come against England in the next Ashes series....though the team is building nicely

  • Shan.z on January 5, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    well well well where the hell the great indian batsman's are now? they are only great in their own yards...where is @khalid bla bla crap....

  • cric-rash on January 5, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    Gambhir is a man of big occasions,Some of his fine innings came under extreme pressure. Remember his innings in T20 final VS pakistan, His Marathon innings in Napier,that innings in WC final which really won the cup for India and his half centuries in Capetown.Hope he will deliver one of his ever best in SCG

  • Boollins on January 5, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    I was at the SCG today. The pitch is still great for batting, and I believe that Gambhir and Tendulkar/Laxman will make significant contributions. Gambhir was excellent this afternoon. I suspect that Australia will win the series comfortably but Indian fans need to keep faith in their side. It's a great side that for whatever reason just isn't coming together at the moment (I suspect it has a lot to do with the coach - his main tactic seems to be to place hope on a combination of strong individual performances and errors from the opposition). Ashwin was terribly disappointing, can't help but think Bhaji would have made a difference!

  • AidanFX on January 5, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    Through this series I have often felt the comments get seriously side tracked from the content of each article - but how is it we are now all talking about Pakistan?

  • Happy_AusBang on January 5, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    This poor showing by India has inflated Australia's achievements. It was a torture to watch Indians dish out ball after easy ball on the pads of the Australian batsmen. The rare ones that were pitched on the off stood up nicely to be hit for boundaries. The fielding was atrociious and the captaincy was worst when one looked at the field settings. This Indian team will struggle against even Sri Lanka if they play outside the sub-continent.

  • Silloh on January 5, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    Awww ... man the "slow pitch" world champions are now facing an ordeal. Could it be too much IPL and 20 overs ? I just don't think so. What is happening is the combination of Aussies experienced batsmen , young fast bowlers and a strategic thinking captain who has the team jelling and in good spirits. Hats off to the Australian administration as their hard work is beginning to pay off. Even the daily television commentary by past players is first class . (WICB in the Caribbean please note) India on the other hand have about four players 33 + , looking a bit jaded in this series (except for Khan ) and a captain who does not talk too much . Does he listen to his bowlers at all when setting the field ? Hope India at least show some fighting spirit in their second innings but their current ordeal is deep and far and wide. Will be difficult to save this test with impatient Sehwag back in the pavilion.

  • on January 5, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    what a player! what a sensational inning by clarke......!HATS OFF TO HIM.....

  • Major_Hammad on January 5, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    Great and Superb Tripple Hundred by Clarke. Also Excellent batting by Hussey and Ponting, congratulation to all.

  • DINESHCC on January 5, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    BREAKING NEWS OF 25.12.2019: Indian fans are eagerly waiting for Sachin's 100th Century on the boxing day test in Melbourne. He is also needed one more run to complete 16000 test runs. Today sachin is also greeted by Australian Cricket board for playing his 325th test match.

  • ashes61 on January 5, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    Before day 3 I thought AUS might declare midway through the evening sessiion, at around 750, giving their quicks an hour against v. tired batsmen, & still 2 more days to finish them off. Had Clarke or Hussey got out, even that v. long AUS tail would have prospered again this IND "attack." So I thought Clarke might just get near the Lara record, although felt the odds against his batting yet another two sessions or more were a bit long. Hadn't realised there was a rain warning for day 4. Woke up this morning to see score - good for him. Right decision, although without rain danger I'd have gone on till after tea. Credit is due for ignoring individual records, but not too much, as they should NEVER be considered anyway, especially for oneself. Obsession with personal records/stats is harming Test cricket. They are merely incidental, and if accrued regardless of the result, are worse than meaningless, like Lara's 400. No record attempt is worth the tiniest risk of missing out on Test win.

  • azk55khan on January 5, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    India needs to invite Bangladesh at home, So India team will creat a huge score plus Sachin Tandulkar will complte his 100 century as well, It is possible only if India play vs Bangladesh at home not abroad.

  • DINESHCC on January 5, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    BREAKING NEWS: Wasim Akram, Imran Khan, Ian Botham, Allan Donald, Shane Warne, M.Muralidharan, Sarfraz Nawaz, Richard Hadlee, M.Marshall, C.Walsh, C.Ambrose, John Emburey, G.Dillee, D.Lillee, A.Javed, G.Mcgrath, C.Mcdermot, J.Gillespie, D.Morrisson, S.Pollock, A.Demel, R.Rathnayake withdrawn their retirements from test, ODI and T20 and wanted to play matches against India.

  • DINESHCC on January 5, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    BREAKING NEWS: T.Dilshan, R.Taylor, B.Taylor, M.Rahim, Misbah, G.Smith, D.Saamy are licking their lips and are waiting for their turn for matches with India.

  • DINESHCC on January 5, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    3rd TEST SCORES: India 99 All out (Ishant Sharma 55, Ashwin 40, R.Ponting 4/12, M.Clarke 6/50). Australia 999/2 dec (N.Lyon 350, P.Siddle 275, B.Hilfenhaus 300 n.o., V.Kohli 2/499). India 2nd Innings 101 All out (Zaheer Khan 64, U.Yadav 32, M.Hussey 6/22, B.Haddin 4/10). Aus won by an innings and 799 runs

  • shanmugham_ump_tpt. on January 5, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    support INDIA they need us right now.

  • ramli on January 5, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    Dravid can NO longer be called a WALL .. that was breached long ago when he started to get clean bowled TOO often ... of course .. he still remains as the most useful player on overseas tour .. it is just not happening this time in aus .. bad luck India ...

  • on January 5, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    3 Australian "Master Chefs" cooked the Indian goose and it's taste is sensational....

  • sajjad.kernel on January 5, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    i dont know when will indians learn from their mistakes and start using their heads....they are underdogs when playing abroad so they should be watchful and do some planning before entering the field...

  • on January 5, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    I think its time to throw dhoni out of test team, due to his consistent poor performance, he has been successful due to good players in indian team, not by his performance.When he sees india is in good condition he promotes himself up the order and make good runs, but when team looses quick wickets , he comes at his no. 7 position. In world cup final gautam gambhir came to field when india lost sehwag in the first over and played so brilliantly. when india got in better position 114/3, he brought himself up the order to become the hero. He played bad in all matches before final.He just plays for his performance. check his stats in last few years.

  • DINESHCC on January 5, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Clark missed a golden opportunity of scoring 500 runs in an innings and also another record of "record margin of win" by an innings and 680 runs.

  • on January 5, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Gambhir looked very solid an confident ha today :) good if he makes the dropped opportunity count more :)

  • DINESHCC on January 5, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    VENUGOPAL NAIK: Actually it is not SA but Bangladesh and Zimbabwe are asking ICC for four test series with India now

  • cool2cool on January 5, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    @mhb1: You are correct buddy. But in the most of the earlier years, India was under British rule and didn't got much opportunities to develop as a Cricketing nation. Pakistan on the other hand started their cricket as an independent nation. Also Pak players always are much better naturally gifted than Indians. And regarding earlier matches between India and Pak, most of the times these two teams used to play not for wins but to avoid defeats. Therefore you can see so many draws between India-Pak. BTW Pak are on a revival and are a dominant side today and hope they will win against England. And give us the opportunity to go head-to-head against English fans (just kidding :)).

  • shanmugham_ump_tpt. on January 5, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    Iam little worried about the comments posted by, as a cricket lover and umpire nobody wants to perform badly the thing in this game is the lack of application and commitment in our players.(some time luck also) hope they will bounce back may the Ganguly's wish and Our's will repeat as calcutta match. all the best -------- good luck TEAM INDIA

  • VivGilchrist on January 5, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    So Warner can snatch a blinder at full speed in the gully to his left with the ball moving away from him with his bare hands and Haddin... well I might just join the rest of you and go and punch a wall....

  • Naresh28 on January 5, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    WELL DONE TO CLARKE, PONTING AND HUSSEY - they showed the Indians how to bat. Hussey has this great, best cover drive of a left hander. Clarke has good bat speed, footwork, and timing. Indian bowling is poor in unhelpful conditions while Oz made it happen with that extra pace. As an Indian fan I hope rain and the remaining batsman can save this game as a draw. It is my hope that they put up a better fight in helpful conditions for next two games. Dhoni's captaincy is poor - the decision to bat first when early conditions were going to help the bowlers.

  • Kaze on January 5, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    4-0, 4-0, 4-0 go Clarke and Australia

  • on January 5, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    I think the state of the Indian cricket team now in Australia gives us some telling signs and in effect showcases the malaise that India as a country and the BCCI suffer from- that is of not letting go. Australia on the other end has been brutal in phasing out the old with the new but we as a nation find it hard to do just that.This series-so far- has shown that the erstwhile legends of Indian cricket -be it the Dravids,Laxmans and even Sachin would struggle when faced with lively bouncy conditions and balls thrown by 20 somethings at over 150kmph. We just don't have that firepower to counterattack anymore. Its hightime that we inject fresh blood into the team and then build a potent team around them -as otherwise this overseas tragedy is going to get sadder and sadder by each passing test match!!

  • on January 5, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    Huh Indians say Bangladesh does not worth test status but do they worth test status?

  • cricketdebator on January 5, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    I am so dissappointed with the performance of India in the series so far. Although I have always felt that India is one of those teams that performs consistently well ONLY at home, I thought they would do well in this particular series. Unfotunately, that is not the case, and instead, at the moment they remind me of a leaderless, rudderless ship adrift at sea in rough conditions. Poor India!!! Another 4-0 whitewash beckons.

  • on January 5, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    rascric you check records in 2006india won one day series 4-1 in pak and in 2004 3-2 and win tesstseries in pak so they won in pak na so pakshould not commnet

  • RSBali on January 5, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    Lots of Indian fans like me hope that Indian batters some how pull a draw and make the critics of Indian cricket eat a humble pie. Then it reminds me of a saying - If wishes were horses beggers would ride.

  • on January 5, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    May be the uncles in INDIAN team need to say good bye now !!!

  • on January 5, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    southafrican care about your team this year indian were out of form still they beat sa insa and drew series thanks to kallis sa saved series and worst team fom asia lanka smashed them so i think sa isno 10 team

  • jkaussie on January 5, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Wow, what a great innings. To their credit, I think Ishant and Ashwin bowled really well in the first session, a testing time for the batsmen but they knuckled down beautifully. Track is looking pretty flat now though, with a lot less bounce so it should suit the Indian batsmen better - will be a telling day tomorrow for the series I reckon.

  • on January 5, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    buddy stop showing fake records check again pakistan has won nothing away series and india have won oddtest every seriess also2007 series in england and mr nasir sehwag has two hundred in australia did any pakistani have

  • VivGilchrist on January 5, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    @gogoldengreens, I totally agree. Haddin is terrible. That was a catch any good keeper should have taken. On a good batting pitch like this one you have to take your chances. The keeper sets the tone in the field and he is the weak link. Congratulations to Clarke for his triple but it's time to drop one of his mates.

  • gogoldengreens on January 5, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    All the talk about India v Pakistan abroad consider how many tests India would win if all their games were played outside of India like Pakistan do? How did India ever reach the top in world rankings?? Never play well away from home - Never take cheeky singles if it not a boundry too lazy to run for more than a walked single - lazy in the field dordal around - batsman play for averages not team outcomes. They are a team of outstanding players... They are not an outstanding team

  • abideenm on January 5, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    This is a golden chance for Tendulkar to make is 100's 100. the pitch is also supportive. in other words we can say, another 100 from Tendulkar, only for his own record and useless for Indian team

  • on January 5, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Its a big test for Sachin to prove his greatness and to prove the worthiness of his place in the team. Look at all other ageing Batsman, Like Kallis, Hussey, Sangakara, Ponting all of them in their peak form in their career, however, Sachin TTendulkar in the declining stage of his career. In reality, after WC Sachin Tendulkar form dropped significantly. I still rate Kallis, Sangakara, Ponting and Hussey are much better batsman than Sachin Tendulkar. No doubt. All of them have abilty to score big century and ffrequent century, but Sachin loss the ability

  • on January 5, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    Hai,this is pandu. Our team not playing good cricket.it happens in any team some situations.In this conditions we should give moral support to our team members.As a Indian.This is our responsibility.

  • Slysta on January 5, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    Re Brad Haddin: Whether he takes really good catches occasionally is completely irrelevant. What is relevant is that 99% of regulation chances are accepted... and Haddin is running at about 75% in that area. Who knows what that drop will cost us - Clarke took another 150 off the Indians after Ishant dropped the caught-and-bowled on 182.

    I just hate to see our pacemen busting their guts, making things happen, and then seeing simple chances go down behind the wicket. Five hours after stumps and I still want to bite things.

  • swingstowin on January 5, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    really disappointing to see indians bat like that! they know bowling is their weak link and they rely on their batting...but the truth is their batting has been a let down lately and their bowling hasnt improved. resulting in performances like today!the second innings has been better but it will take a herculean effort by indian batters to save this match. And Mr. Clarke,very very well done

  • rahulcricket007 on January 5, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    @rascric . the test serie was won by india by 2-1 in 2004 in pak . get your facts right loool.

  • on January 5, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    Why shame on Indian Captain? After bearing the load of captaincy, batting and wicket keeping in all the three versions of the game and including IPL, winning a world cup, leading and them keeping India on top of Test cricket for close to 2 years, winning a T 20 world cup and 2 IPLs, scoring more than 6000 runs in ODI's with an average of 50+, including an innings that won a world cup final, being the most successful wicket keeper of India with dismissals and runs scored in both odis and tests, there is no need for him to shame

    Its the entire team to be blamed, mainly our high profile batting order, which couldn't get the team past 300 in last 9 overseas innings

    Well played Clarke, but the comparisons with Dhoni are pointless

  • Slysta on January 5, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    India just need to keep plugging away, they'll probably overtake Michael Clarke tomorrow, maybe even only 12 wickets down :).

    Should be 13, of course: one of these days we'll bow to convention and pick an actual wicket-keeper :(.

  • popcorn on January 5, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    A true Team man, Michael Clarke put winning the Test over individual records.The way he was fluently playing on a batting friendly pitch,he could easily have surpassed Sir Don Bradman's and Mark Taylor's record of 334,Mathew Hayden's record of 380,Brian Lara's record of 400 -yet, he wanted to give his bowlers EVERY chance in seven and a half sessions (225 overs) to bowl out the Indians. That he was not helped by Brad Haddin flooring a simple chance is a tragedy. A Masterful Tactician Clarke.

  • genghis07 on January 5, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    In England all summer India got thrashed and our cricket-ignorant mainstream Indian fanfare tried to give lame excuses.Now these overhyped, overpaid, spoilt demi-gods have no place to hide and are exposed.The test results for India all summer and now in Australia, have not much to do with the opposition or team composition, it has got to do with the POOR QUALITY CRICKET that India generally plays led by media circus, gutless superstars & inevident BATTING COLLAPSE against pace and swing.

    Sachin was set in the 2nd innings at MCG but simply decided to throw his wicket away driving wildly outside offstump. Before he actually got out at MCG he also tried to play theIPL-standard upper-cut shots oustide offstump over the wicketkeeper's head with 5 batsmen down, bowlesr bowling at 90+ mph on a bouncy track and his team losing. The seniors are there for their value in long innings. not just to look good to their fan base for the next IPL.BCCI should try to learn from CA & put them on notice

  • on January 5, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    IF INDIA MANGE TO SAVE THE TEST MATCH IT MIGHT BE AN EPIC DRAW THEY CAN DO IT BUT NEED WILL AND APPLICATION, KOLKATA 2001,ADELAIDE 2003,MUMBAI 2004, MOHALI 2010 ARE THE PRIME EXAMPLE WERE THEY SNATCHED VICTORY FROM THE CERTAIN DEFEATS BUT RIGHT NOW THEIR WIN CAN BE REGARDED IF THEY MANAGE DRAW FROM THIS CERTAIN INNING DEFEAT.TOUGH BUT NOT IMPOSSIBLE STILL 8 WICKETS IN HAND ,EASY BATTING CONDITION,PRACTICALLY INEXPERIENCE AUSSIE BOWLING LINE UP

  • gogoldengreens on January 5, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    @isildur_elendilson... India bowled out for 191 on first day. Australia 3/37 then a 200 & 300 run partnerships & then India bats again and Australian bowlers are moving the ball around... How is that doctoring a pitch???

  • anubhav31 on January 5, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    If india looses another test match by an inning (this one sure they are going to loose by an inning),scoreline should read 5-0 instead of 4-0

  • Dr_Nasir.. on January 5, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    hoo.... atlast indian players got some rest after almost 2 days feilding....hope sehwag is enjoying in dressing room beacas he is no worry to come again in to the feild....he is totaly useless in away series.....he should be selected only in home sereis....

  • cric...scholar on January 5, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    Hi to all. somebody here talked about Pakistan's record on away venues. Some Indian Fan called it a joke and try to show That India has been superior than Pakistan On away venues in last decade. Let us sort it out. First things First. In last Decade India has been on the verge of arise, perhaps in the best ever shape in international cricket, while Pakistan has been declining more and more. still if you check the record from 2000 since now in tests on away venues, there is no much difference. Pakistan played 59, won 20 and lost 26 while India played 76, won 24 and lost 26. India does not have any significant edge over Pakistan even in its prime. So admit that both India and Pakistan have been poor on away venues.

  • Stark62 on January 5, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    @ aproov pandey

    Pakistan actually beat both Bang and Nz in their territory plus, last year they rolled over this similar Australian batting line up for 88!

    But I hope you enjoyed the whitewash Eng gave you and the one Aus are going to give you very, very soon.

  • satish619chandar on January 5, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    @likeintcricket : They play well on sporting fast wickets because they grew up learning to play there mate.. No offense but still it is a advantage.. We do see opponents usually struggle in spinning sub continent tracks but home team score at will.. It is because they grew up playing on those tracks.. Two totally contrasting conditions they are.. I would love to see a day when the fans consider spinning tracks also a sporting one..

  • nikhilb239 on January 5, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    What is with Tendulkar that whenever India seems definite to lose the match he goes into a shell and just blocks the ball rather than playing positively? Unexplicable batting.

  • jonnybtestmatch on January 5, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    Please India for the sake of world cricket sort this out. Michael Clarke played a quality innings but it seemed inevitable that someone would get a huge score. Like the series in England Dhoni appears to have given up as a captain. His scruffy glovework sets a bad example and there appears to be a real lack of energy with him as skipper. I would love to hear from any indian fans as to why they think there test team is so weak at the present, and please don't talk about pitches etc because both Oz and ENG managed to amass huge scores on the same tracks. Hope Sachin can save India but feel this may be a step too far

  • southafrican on January 5, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    Tribute to Clarke for unselfishly not going for Hayden or Lara records within his reach. India are no way the top test team and Dhoni should have warned his own team rather than the Aussies before the match started. BCCI should not by virtue of financial power be allowed to dictate how cricket should be run. Most teams are comfortable with DRS and the majority should decide on its permanent use. India are being shown to be an average team outside their own country and are being taken apart by a new generation of Aussie quicks. IPL has put India in a position to control the ICC, and to systematically weaken its arch rivals Pakistan who with less resources have a better head to head record and are better travellers.

  • gogoldengreens on January 5, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    Time for the selectors to do a Haddin on Haddin & drop him... Will be just like his misses during a game... Bye Byes

  • likeintcricket on January 5, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    I think Clarke declared too soon as he should have played 25-30 overs more to post a score close to 750. It is easy to pick up 2-3 wickets in the last 10 overs against a tiring team.

  • Ibanezfan on January 5, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    Congrats Michael Clarke. A 300 in a test match is always awesome, never mind what the haters may say to diminish it! As an Indian fan, I appreciate how the Australian skipper walked in with a sense of purpose and seized the initiative. On current evidence, there is just no way Dhoni can match that. In the testing moments, Dhoni just couldn't step up to the plate. Surely he's not the best candidate for test cricket captain that India has. He merely inherited a good team that is now on it's last legs. I wouldn't be surprised if Dhoni manages to lose the home series to England. He almost lost a home test to the Windies not too long ago!

  • on January 5, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    thrs certainly no chances of draw..above all if they draw that will set tempo for rest of series..all depends on how sachin and laxman plays...and all ppls who r talking non-sense about indian cricket team need to check last few series Australia played..they r as vulnerable as indian team.

  • likeintcricket on January 5, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    No player in Australia and South Africa have batting averages in 50's except Kallis but they play better cricket on sporting and fast wickets.

  • on January 5, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    If Sachin & Gambhir do not stay at the crease for the first three hours,then the just alternative left for India is to bank upon The Rain God to protect them. Australia,Newzealand & Srilanka are all nations playing Cricket to expect rain in their home pitches at any time during an year. There does not appear to have any difference in this regard as to whether it is Summer,Winter or Rainy Season in this regard. So god is Great!.Let us hope so there is no other way of consolation for India apart from Sachin,Gambhir,Kohli,Laxman & Dhoni all doing their job. It looks a Match drawn at the end looms! This is the Optimistic hope Aswin also maintains at the moment! SreedharanMundanat

  • Mitcher on January 5, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    I would say thank god haddin didn't get a chance to bat and fill his boots in dream batting conditions. But it doesn't seem he is under any pressure whatsoever despite his rapidly declining performances with gloves and bat. He can prob also thank hussey and ponting whose revivals will leave selectors even less willing to drop a senior man.

  • JG2704 on January 5, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs on (January 05 2012, 07:28 AM GMT) - I'm sorry to say , but it looks like more than that. It seems that India are grossly inferior in all dept right now and even the bowlers can't take wickets now. Obviously huge credit must go to the 3 experienced Oz batsmen too. If I was an Indian fan I'd almost be hoping that Gambhir and Laxman fail . If they get a half decent score and India lose then the likelihood is that they'll retain their places and I think they need to change some personnel. I would however keep Kohli in there as he is potentially India's long term future. We must also remember that it is harder to slot into a vulnerable batting line up than one which is on top. ST , RD and VVS all need to be replaced in the not too distant future

  • JG2704 on January 5, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    @Naveed Khan on (January 05 2012, 08:14 AM GMT) - Come on. Be fair , India got to number one over years of decent performances. Maybe they had more home series etc - I don't know the history - but the umpires are neutral and whether or not you agree with DRS (I do agree with it BTW) , if your theory about neutral umpires being swayed towards giving decs towards India in India is true then surely these same umpires would sway towards the hosts when India are away.

  • JG2704 on January 5, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    Fair play to Clarke for putting the team first. It must have been tempting to go for the 400 or at least try and pass Hayden's record. It's strange that so many were calling for Ponting and Hussey's head in recent weeks and they've gone and proved all us critics wrong. Who knows what might have happened if 2 less experienced batsmen came in when they were 3 down. I'm afraid it looks dodgy all round for India and unlike in the 1st test when their bowlers performed apart from when India had Aus 3 down , there have been no high points at all.

  • JG2704 on January 5, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    @James Badge Wing on (January 05 2012, 08:17 AM GMT) - I've criticised England for leaving declarations too late in the past. Sorry to bring the last Ashes series back but (I think it was the test in which Eng went 2-1 up) I was screaming at England to declare much earlier especially as there was bad weather predicted for the final day. Aus were I think 4 or 5 down overnight - I think it might have been Hussey and North at the crease or one plus Haddin. Anyway , luckily for us we took the wickets required early and won the test , but about an hour after it ended there was a downpour which would have ended the test. I'd say if India do surpass Oz then you have to hold your hands up and say fair play to them but if you go on too long and then fall just short you'll always be kicking yourself for not giving bowlers enough time. It's not as though there's a risk that by India passing the Oz total they can go on and win the game.

  • on January 5, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    We can see that the old timers scored centuries, Ponting, Clarke and Hussey. Will this happen for long. Making a triple century and having three old timers scoring runs is just a one off. This doesn't solve Australia's problems with the top order. They were only lucky and fortunate that Ponting, Clarke and Hussey all got on with it. Clarke's style of captaincy is very aggressive. Ponting and Hussey have only got a few years left, and Clarke will lead this team into the future without them after they retire. So, he has an inexperienced batting line up at his disposal. Because of this it is vital for Ponting and Hussey to stay for as long as they can. Interesting to see how the rest of the year goes. It is only the first test of 2011. Don't try to think that this is the Australia of 2000-2007 when Hayden, Langer, Gilchrist, Warne and McGrath were still playing. Australia will rebuild again without Hussey and Ponting soon. The team cannot overly rely on old timers.

  • honestno2 on January 5, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    Someone told me that These Indians call theirself Champion.........lolx...

  • on January 5, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    India is facing an ordeal or ritual can not be said at this stage!but one aspect of the game is certain if Gambhir&& Sachin continue with the present trend of the last few overs of the game without bothering to score but to stay at wicket as long as possible playing with extreme caution,both together coul hope for a Drawn match.it is very rare opportunity among Indians to see such a trend after a long time. Patience & Caution are the Key words for India for next two days.If both maintain this ,they both could get century too without any problem.It would be an occasion to rejoice for both as well as the National..Motherland is the first preference for Sachin .Then everything would come his way automatically.this is the Best occasion for both to amend for allowing Melbourne to slip away from them!!. So let us hopefully wait for Sachin & Gambhir to act.The first hour of morning of 6 th is very important for them & the Nation.they should remember that CRORES look for them SreedharanM

  • RasCric on January 5, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    @Apoorv Panday, what world do you live in? Pakistan managed to draw against australia 1-1 in their last series and beat england in at least one test. Unlike Indians being whitewashed everywhere . And FYI, in 2004, Indian won one day series by 3-2 and test series was drans 1-1. Get your facts right before you speak.

  • ashes61 on January 5, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    Well, while 1.2bn Indians clamour for Dhoni's head, have a look at Mike Atherton's column in "The Times" this morning and see who he nominates for his cricketer of the year for 2011. None other than MSD - for the leadership qualities he feels are missing in so many other skippers. But Indian fans don't come out too well from his piece, which won't surprise that many ENG fans after the past year. And after a week or so of the present series, AUS fans seem to have had enough of them too! Perhaps after this Test we'll hear a little less less drivel.

    By the way, the SCG track doesn't look THAT bouncy to me. Bet the Indians are looking forward to the WACA!

  • RasCric on January 5, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    Well done Clarke! Big difference between players playing for country andso called legends playing for own records.

  • crikey on January 5, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    Disappointed to see the declaration early.Would have liked to have seen Clarke go for the 400. Sachin now has a great chance to score 100 on flat track. Tomorrow mid lunch would have been much better.Now aussie bowlers can potentially be out there for next 2 days.Tire them out. Not a good decision at all in my book.

  • Lmaotsetung on January 5, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    Aus declared because of rain in the forecast. They are going for the win and not personal milestone which is commendable.

  • on January 5, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    THE CHINK IN THE ARMOUR OF INDIAN REAM IS GETTING EXPOSED BIG TIME, FIRST IN ENGLAND AND NOW IN AUSTRALIA, OUR PLAYERS ARE MORE WORRIED ABOUT THEIR PERFORMANCE IN THE IPL THAN TEST CRICKET,IF WE CONTINUE TO PLAY ON DEAD PITCHES IN INDIA TO SUIT OUR BATTING/BOWLING WE WILL IN A MATTER OF TIME GO TO THE BOTTOM OF THE TEST RANKINGS,ANOTHER WHITE WASH IS LOOMING LARGE IN AUSTRALIA,NOBODY CAN SAVE INDIA, EVERY INDIAN BATS FOR HIS SURVIVAL ONLY NEVER FOR THE TEAM, RIGHT TIME FOR SACHIN TO COMPLETE HIS CENTURY TOMORROW AND RETIRE FROM CRICKET.

  • truebleue_cricfan on January 5, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    This match is sort of similar to the Lord's test in 1990 where Gooch scored 333. i think Eng declared at 653/4 or something like that. They batted first then, and India replied with Azhar's century and managed to just avoid the follow on through Kapil's assault on Hemmings. Sadly they dont have a Kapil to atleast ensure they dont go down by an innings in this match.

  • RSBali on January 5, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    I do not see light at the end of the tunnel for India for next few years. Australia has made a serious dent to the soul of Indian cricket. It will take few years to repair.

  • Naresh28 on January 5, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    After this series India should look at a complete revamp of team. open with Mukund and Akash Chopra. Dravid, Laxman and TEndulkar may still score on this tour but really they should say farewell to the game. Shewag is also to ireesponsible and Dhoni is not a good captain. Yuvraj could make a better captain. Raina, Kohli are good fielders.A bowler like ATUL Sharma needs to be called up.

  • chin-music on January 5, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    Wow! In one stunning move, Clarke drove home the difference between the cricketing culture of Ind & Aus . You can bet most Indian players, media & fans are struggling to understand this strange phenomenon - a player actually meaning it when he says he plays for team wins & personal milestones count for nothing !! Remember Tendulkar's sulk & major media hysteria when Dravid declared with Sachin on 194 to attempt a win ?

  • on January 5, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    Now i fully believe that it was mostly the Indian batsmen's fault in the first innings and moderately good bowling by the Aussies. That was amply proved in the last hour of play. That is how test match is played. If Sachin and Gambhir keep on leaving the bowl continually, the Aussie bowlers would ultimately be frustrated to bowl at the stumps, and thats when the runs are scored in Australia... you keep on chasing full bowls outside off, you are liable to perish after sometime!

  • mhb1 on January 5, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    guys there are centuries by the indians too 4 centuries by four of india's frontline bowlers hahaha

  • pranab708 on January 5, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    Clarke could have easily gone for the record. May be another 20 overs and he could have achieved the milestone and Hussey would've got his double. This is a great example of selfless batting. Better than any record breaking innings achieved without a purpose (including Lara's 400). Pup comes of age and is now a real Bulldog. Indian players should be thankful to him for the declaration. The test is as good as lost for the Indians but still they were pathetic in the last 10 overs. From 2000 onwards we thought India has improved in their overseas performances but looks like the wheel is turning backwards.

  • truebleue_cricfan on January 5, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    Just read Andy Zaltzmann's article and realized that India has given away a 294 and a 329 not out within a very short span of time to two different batsmen. Wow, this really puts into perspective india's club class bowling. I dont know if it is the bowling they should be more worried about or their batting. How do they even hope to compete with this team of non performers? The next day or two will unravel even more of their incompetence hitherto never seen on a cricket field.

  • KKRajesh on January 5, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    Time for Sehwag to be dropped. No more chances.

  • on January 5, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    I wish Laxman and Gambir makes the so called experts eat humble pie a la Hussey and Ponting..and in the process saves the test for India.

  • azmal007 on January 5, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    bravo clarke.....U've made us proud. Keep going like this.....

  • righthandbat on January 5, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    Gambhir must now go on and make a big score, a career-defining innings of 150+ with good contributions from Tendulkar downwards. India need to take on a particularly sporting declaration from Clarke and grab the opportunity to bat well and bat long. The Australian bowling attack may be good but it has been shown to be poor many times in recent years. India need to provid application and positive strokeplay so they have a chance to at least prevent a series whitewash.

    For Australia, Haddin's missed catch is the final straw. They need a solid keeper and another keeper deserves a chance at Test level.

  • AidanFX on January 5, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    It is evident there was more in the pitch day 1 - and the aussies exploited it and Ind on the other hand crumbled - they too picked up 3 wickets. Then the wicket flattened out - no doubt, although I am adamant it was not a dead flat wicket with absolutely no life. After they took three wickets early 1st Day they took the peddle off when Ponting and Clarke came together from then on. From there 1 wicket Day 2, and 0 for exactly half day's play Day 3. It is evident the Aussie bowlers struggled more today than day 1 - but it was also evident they were more purposeful and more capable of hitting consistent lines and lengths. I think they were wayward early. This is what impresses me most about Pattinson - for someone so young he seems to be able to adjust him self so well. Siddle also once he had his rhythm going was relentless. It was nice for Hiff again to get wickets. Not their best bowling performance this summer but solid again. Haddin ... hmm ???

  • Tootsie on January 5, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    All the hype leading up to this test was about Tendulkar. There will be even more pressure on him now.

  • Nish8738 on January 5, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    Clarke you have getting alot of respect lately. ur wonderfull ininngs of 151 in SA was amazing and u called it rubbish because ur team lost. ur an amazing cricketer pup!!!!

  • Moppa on January 5, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    Okakaboka, I'm also not impressed with Haddin's keeping of late but you have a selective memory. His catch down the legside in the 4th innings of the win against Pakistan at the SCG was unbelievably good. Sure, that was two years ago, but it was certainly in the 'Haddin era'

  • Naresh28 on January 5, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    INDIA need to look at ATUL SHARMA in future. Fast and fit bowler. We need one goto bowler. Our bowlers are bad when the pitch is bad. The bowling should be better in the next two games. The pace is rythmic and allows batsman to get into a groove - thus its possible for batsman to bat with their eyes closed.I hope Sachin can score big tomorrow. Whatever happened to flat-track bullies on this fllat track Dhoni made the biggest mistake when he won the toss, he should have used the early life of the track and batted second.

  • mhb1 on January 5, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    @ Apoorv Pandey pak must be struggling but india are struggling the most as they first won at pak home after 50 years almost yes 50 years on the other hand pak won first @ india right after its 1-2 yr or existence in world cricket

  • on January 5, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    @gordyfargus 1ST comment - awesome !!

  • Jai_India on January 5, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    @ manikandan.p Dear our U. yadav and Ashwin has played only 4 tests. But their best bowler Pattinson also is equally inexperienced but he is the majour wicket taker. i feel this would be 4-0 series again. i am a big fan of the Indian team. But i cant say anything less than "hopeless". they dint even try anything in the feild. not even trying to set up a batsman. The way Sharma bowled yesterady he had all full pitched deliveries in an over. Why cant he mix it up. if he had done this in MCG it would have been a different story itself. Except ZAK dravid and sachin no one is trying even. See the shot sewag played today. at this stage he should not be thinking of even going near that ball. Absolutely ridiculous.. we lost the test wen Dhoni decided on the toss itself. What a stupid decision to bat first. Will any one ever do such a blunder? it is not that they are exceptional. It is just that we are not good enough for sure.

  • on January 5, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    They had to declare due to the chances of rain tomorrow.

  • on January 5, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    Now following England, Australia, Heard South Africa wants a 4 match test series against India in South Africa..... ;)

  • on January 5, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    Breaking News!!!!! BCCI are not happy at all with ACB they have asked ACB to prepare flat small ground so that sachin can make 100th century and Sehwag will break LAra's Record if ACB wont do that they will not send India next time in Australia

    BCCI also thinking to not to send India Outside Subcontinent for Test Cricket

    :D

  • Doogius on January 5, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    @Yorkslanka. You should have stopped at 'I think'. The previous capt. bled on the pitch for his team, yet the current captain couldn't stick around long enough to sing the team song. May have scored 300, but based on Punter and Huss's innings, the bowling wasn't exactly threatening. IF Oz had won in SA on the back of hairgels 150+, then we have a 'captains knock' that earns respect. This just shows that when the goings good, pretty boy can get going. No surprises there...

  • Kreacher_Rocks on January 5, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    Surprising to see so little enthusiasm from my country's fans in applauding Clarke. I thought he was just fantastic, coming in at a critical juncture and going from a match-saving knock to something that is almost certainly match-winning! Wonderful performance! A true captain's knock, if any!

  • sal485 on January 5, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    It is so sad , clark should have gone for world record.It is one in life time opportunity.He shouldn,t have worried about about indian batting.These over rated stars can,t even bat a single day.

  • abhilash.medhi on January 5, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    @ Sanial Khalid, Rashid Beig, Mohd Tadbir: How I wish the England-Pakistan series began sooner than it is scheduled to! It would have taken some of the attention from across the border away from the Indian team--they already have enough on their plates to deal with. On an unrelated topic, should there be another whitewash, it wouldn't be for lack of trying. There will be no 'News of the World' episode either.

  • jonesy2 on January 5, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    see i knew englands time at the top would be very very brief. cheers for keeping the top of the perch warm

  • satish619chandar on January 5, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs : Yes Rohit should have been picked for Kohli.. But Kohli was picked because, Kohli has performed very well in ODI format and had good exposure in internationals.. And regarding Bhajji, he had some 25-30 matches like Ashwin had today.. He was dropped in frustration..

  • on January 5, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    Brad haddin's miss of Gauthi cannot make any special in indian innings. But the drop by Ishant Sharma from the bat of clark is the turning point for clark. While getting 400 by lara, Ricky ponting said , lara didnt play for victory. Now if Clark do the same, lara didnot forgive him. Victory or draw are not a matter for India If they achieve by getting back australia to play for 1 run, then it would be a real positive in this match, considering the fact, they didnt touch 400 from long ago.

  • Nev_19 on January 5, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    What can we expect from Madmax Sehwag, and Deadwood Dravid. I am surprised at the comments - nobody seems to believe that we need to modify our approach & have a Test team comprising specialists that do not play the Hit or Miss T20. Those having a lucrative IPL contrcat should be left to ply their careers in T20 (incl. the national team). At the end of the day, we need to blood youngsters, and nurture orthodox technique (batting, or bowlig) that's appropriate for Test cricket.

  • on January 5, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    @JBW: I agree, Australia declared too soon -- your reasoning is completely correct, but not comprehended by Australian cricket captains. Anyway, Clarke is a pathetic wimp -- loses my respect. All of Australia wanted him to go for the record, or at least beat Bradman. He did not have the moral courage. How many people will remember yet another win by an innings and a bit, compared with those who would have been able to remember Clarke's 350 or 401? The gesture of declaring is pointless anyway, since it has probably a negative effect on Australia's chances of winning. If India can last 2.5 days, then we would have to bat again anyway, and on a worse wicket.

  • dms1972 on January 5, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    Where is Gupta.Ankur hiding?

  • on January 5, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    @Naveed Khan - Apart from your condescension, I would also like to point out the contorted statistics you are using do not provide tell why "India is being put in its proper hierarchy." India were the number one team, when they were, which are they are not anymore. Starting 2007, India have won (excluding Bangladesh, of course) two overseas Test series; moreover, India are yet to lose a series at home. In fact, India have only lost two matches at home in last six years or so. Regarding the overseas records, can you please show the statistics for other teams as well? The "weakened" NZ team was the same one which the Pakistani cricket team couldn't beat. Furthermore, what does the DRS have to do with "hierarchy?" It is Indian cricket teams prerogative, under the ICC's rules, of courses, to refuse to the DRS, which the team does not find worth using. I am not sure what you are trying to prove there. I am not surprised that you are perplexed--not at all, sir.

  • lakx_s on January 5, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    @UNIVERSAL_CRICKETER - I fail to understand how "NOT SELECTING HARBHAJAN SINGH" is "A BLUNDER". Harbhajan has played 2 series in AUS in 2003 and 2007. In 2003 he got just 1 wkt, in 2007 he got 8 wkts. Compare this with Kumble, 24 wkts in 2003 and an aged back from retirement kumble got 20 wkts 2007, for a total of 44 wkts in 7 matches, Harbhajan got 9 wkts in 4 matches. Kumble was the highest wicket taker for India in both the series, only Bret lee got more wkts then him in 2007. The Indian fast bowlers also never won anything for India. They just dominate some sessions or players. For e.g. Ishant became famous in the previous series but got just 6 wickets, mostly ponting, even now he has not got many wkts. India will always miss Kumble but the biased fans will never even notice it.Kumble is the greatest match winner India ever had. But never got credit for it.

  • Pritt32 on January 5, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    Well done to Clarke on scoring a triple century. Hussey chipped in with a century. India yet again struggled on a day 2. The pitch is a batmen paradise Australia deserves to win the match for an excellent display. I fear the series will be another whitewash, as nothing firing in the Indian team. There has to be serious discussions about future of Indian cricket. India will not save the match, as they lack the fighting spirit and are a disjointed team at present. The body language of the Indians was concerning yesterday. India will find it very tough to win any matches in the series. Personally, I think they will be better forfeiting the series and heading home play weaker oppositions to improve. This is disheartening to say. Things are not looking good for the Indian team and it is difficult to be positive.

  • on January 5, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    yes Pakistan did lost all test vs Australia but they beat England at their home last tour,while the Indians failed in both test and ODI. A over-hyped team who only knows to win at home.........xD

  • ansram on January 5, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    Is this the team that was ranked no 1? This team cannot score a 300 much less compete with a good opposition in an away series. Their bowlers are truly magnanimous and easily gift 500 or more once every three games or so. The captain is clueless and is waiting for the opponent to make mistakes or a declaration. Gambhir, Dhoni and Laxman need to be sacked for good. Sehwag is irresponsible and needs to exercise caution in a situation like this, this is not a first innings game.

    The ranking system is a joke. India should be ranked 6th or 7th. They can now regain the top spot by playing weaker teams at home. :)

  • joseyesu on January 5, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    If the Newzealand is asked to come back to play with Aus, then we can see whether Aus is moving forward or not.

  • on January 5, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    First of all Congratulations to Clarke- too bad you curtailed... you do not often get to score 300+.... Hope there are no more Clarke-doubters remaining... Prior to the series, I have commented that,"playing against India, is the best time for someone to reinvent His career.. especially Left-handed batsman" - well no LH, still Ponting has revived his art of making 100s just like Ian Bell did in Eng against India. Looking at the Indian team Line up, unlike the team against Eng, India has managed to field the best Eleven possible...and if they cannot do it.... it is back to the old days..where fans had to be satisfied with 100+ innings from some Individual player... too bad...

    I foresee at least three if not more "Retirement-clouds" ready to burst...

    On a lighter note, Dhoni must be Libran, He wants to balance the Eng defeat (4-0) with a (4-0) defeat from Aussies.. or Is he a Leonine.. too generous to offer the best opportunities to the 'less-fortunate' opposition

  • cool2cool on January 5, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    Ok it was home conditions, batting pitch (yes where Indians just collapsed :-) ) and weak bowling, but still Clarke played beautifully and scored 329* without a single chance. Congratulations to him. But wonder why he didn't go for highest individual score by an Australian(334 right?)? May be that is the difference between Australian and our thinking.... But the biggest moment of the day was when he didn't claim Gambhir's catch, history repeats itself, and he took the right step today. Well done....

  • gunnerr4life on January 5, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    Newzealand is better than India away from home . FACT !

  • othello22 on January 5, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    What a monstrous innings by Pup. I've been neither a Clarke apologist nor a Clarke supporter before today, but i'm sold now boys. That is how we do it in the great land of Oz. Kudos to Ponting and Hussey too, I laugh at the thought that everyone wanted their heads only a matter of weeks ago. KP was right, we spend too much time abusing our own when we should be getting behind them and willing them on as they do in other nations. No doubt the pathetic Clarke-haters will continue to complain, but those who know and love the game know that this man has now arrived, big time.

  • YorkshirePudding on January 5, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    @RandyOZ, werent you only saying a few months ago that Batting records against India were meaningless as they had a toothless attack. I see that attidude has changed now that Australians are scoring at will.

  • linukuruvilla123 on January 5, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    India would be really disappointed in losing two wickets today. They probably would have liked to have lost not more than one wicket today. Anyways, gambhir and tendulkar need to bat out atleast two sessions tomorrow and make sure india dont lose more than two wickets tomorrow. The pitch is not a minefield and hence its not something which is not impossible. A draw here would give the team the confidence it needs to go to perth and win there. hopefully the batsmen will finally come good and silence their critics. Hope india draw this test and win the series 2-1...

  • veerakannadiga on January 5, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    Sehwag & Dravid got out. Gambhir & Sachin tried their best to get out. Australia could well do with some batting practice for their upcoming England series..........so why not bat bottom up........ Ben & Lyon opening, 1 down Siddle ,2 down Pattinson .498/2. That's how far our bowlers get.Once again India will lose by an innings & 298 runs..Pathetic.

  • buntyj on January 5, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    the silver lining after a 4-0 thrashing in oz will be that surely no more talk of aberrations as after eng tour but the india will have to face reality our senior batsmen are overdue for retirement, juniors good fielders but not good substitutes as bats and need full season each of county cricket and/or oz club cricket for finishing touches that they wont get in india, our spinners arent likely to get wickets on days1-3 away no matter how many they get on helpful tracks in india and we dont necessarily have the best spinners, we now have respectable, good pace attack (young pacers would also improve by a full season abroad) but not high quality like eng, oz, rsa or pak. all our bowlers need bit of help from pitch. our true rank should be battling for 4-6 with pak n sl. time we produce test pitches in india that will help seamers too- will also help our batsmen to adjust better abroad; if we cant produce fast, bouncy pitches y not go in for drop in pitches as at mcg?

  • dockhaul4 on January 5, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    Indians are proving that their ordinary performances abroad needs to be addressed as early as possible. they must induct new blood into their batting line up otherwise further disasters waits ahead when in one to two years time likes of Tendulkars, Dravids and Lakshmans are going to retire. so pathetic to see the world champions being floored again and again in longer format of the game

  • hnlns on January 5, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    I think Sehwag richly deserves to be sacked for his irresponsible attitude to the team cause. He has had 4 chances without clicking even once. He will be a sitting duck and a mega flop on the bouncy pitch at WACA and wil only add 2 more failures if he were to be retained. Give him overdue rest and allow him to carry drinks. Let Rahane or Rohit come in his place and give it a try at least. Same for Laxman too. His fielding has been pathetic, probably a consequence of batting failures. Better that these two guys volunteer to sit out the rest of the series. Dravid should be next in line if he continues to get the stumps shattered with such remarkable regularity. Gambhir might have deserved the same treatment but for the fighting he put up today to save his place.

  • rust01 on January 5, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    James Badge Wing I also think we declared too soon. I would have thought they would bat until tea and really accelerate the scoring. Brilliant knock by Clarke and I hope this silences the people who constantly try to bring him down. I also think Haddin needs to go. That could have been a vital catch he dropped which any other keeper would have taken easily. He is too much of a liability.

  • on January 5, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    @VenkatRamanans.. Hope u didnt see the match live.. Aus were bowling a feet away in offside, all the time.. And they did right thing by not chasing thm, esp @ close of day's play.. U shud b happy dat Ind didn't lose more than 2 wickets today(Gambhir was dropped).. For all the reputation he has got, its Ideal situation for Dravid and Lax to deliver.. Unfortunately, former s back in pavilion now.. I am more worried abt Dravid, whose reflex has been in decline for last few years.. He had stellar series in Eng and WI wid Bat(only), bt after that, he is back 2 wr he left in SA.. I am just informed that, Dravid was OUT bowled 6 times of his last 8 innings.. And the catches he dropped recently hav proved very costly.. A gr8 player of his caliber doesnt worth it.. I hoped 4 a turnaround frm him this innings.. bt in vain.. We really need Dravid to step up in next 2 Tests, else it puts too much pressure on other middle order batsmen..

  • dicky_boy on January 5, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    MR GARRETH WE GET DEMOLIISHED BUT WE DEMOLISH TEAMS AT HOME LOL AUS 2-0 scores last 2 tours so we r even In odi we won in aus andindia lol

  • dicky_boy on January 5, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    WACCO IF BCCI DOES THAT ALL PLAYERS IN THE WORLD WON'T GET THEIR PAY CHECK LOL HAHA

  • on January 5, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    Clarke should go for 400 runs....tribute to him

  • on January 5, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    pakistan can win overseas joke of the day checkmate stats ofthis decade okk pakistan have been whitewashed okkk even lost to whitewashed by india in pak both test one day 2004 ha ha ha india is struggling since england series and they will come back but pak is struggling since ten years lolzz there opeaners averages 30in test india no 8 ashwinaverages 30

  • PiyushD on January 5, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    Well done Clarke, shame for Indian Captain if you have guts come out to bat at 5 and save the match for India.

  • UNIVERSAL_CRICKETER on January 5, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    BRYDON...I WILL REPEAT WHAT I HAD POSTED WHEN INDIAN TEAM WAS SELECTED FOR THIS TOUR............INDIA COMMITTED A BLUNDER IN NOT SELECTING HARBHAJAN SINGH....THE ONLY INDIAN TO GET UNDER THE SKIN OF THE AUSTRALIANS....AN OBNOXIOUS WEED ON AUSTRALIAN GROUND................ AND INDIA CAN ONLY WIN IF DRAVID & LAXMAN SCORES.....BECAUSE WHEN THEY SCORE RUNS....THEY GIVE SOLIDITY TO INDIA'S BATTING IN TESTS....CAN STAY AT CREASE FOR DAYS....AND FREES THE FLAMBOYANT STRIKERS TO PLAY THEIR NATURAL........& SOMETIMES IRRESPONSIBLE STYLE.....

  • on January 5, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    pakistan can win overseas joke of the day checkmate stats ofthis decade okk pakistan have been whitewashed okkk even lost to whitewashed by india in pak both test one day 2004 ha ha ha india is struggling since england series and they will come back but pak is struggling since ten years lolzz there opeaners averages 30in test india no 8 ashwinaverages 30

  • on January 5, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    As an Indian Fan it is dissapointing to see our national team faring so poorly. I think India would have the maximim number of 300's agisnt them and also the maximum number of Innings Defeats. India should stick to playing Bangladesh, Ireland and Zimbabwe at home. Even West Indies would have fared better against the Aussies. The bowlers did not show an iota of spirit and were going through the motions awaiting a declaration. How many times has India been in this situation. Against England and now against Aussies. Sack the selectors who have selected a team without a vision and imagination. God save the Indian Cricket Fan to bear the torture of watching 4-0 whitewash against England and now ever possiblity of 4-0 against the Aussies. God save Indian cricket from BCCI.

  • on January 5, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    haaaaaaaaaaa poor indians

  • on January 5, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    Indeed an ordeal task but these r the times which should motivate a sports person to give his best. its an oppurtunity for the revered indian batting to show the world that they indeed r one of the finest. its all in the mind, u see. Its time sachin walk the line of his sponsor adidas- ' NOTHING IS IM POSSIBLE'. Congrats clarke for a superb triple ton where he was so cavalier bcos he was driven by the team goal in the mind-i.e score quick runs. if they dint get a boundary they ran hard & made 2's into 3's.splendid to watch !

  • on January 5, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    Am I the only one who thinks Australia declared too soon? Thats not a defensive option as there is no point declaring until you have 100 lead for every session remaining otherwise if the other team do survive long enough to pass your score it will take you longer to score the extra runs in your second inning than it would have if you just really raised the tempo of your first innings and scored the runs then, also it would really demoralize the other team. Of course Australia are big favorites either way but I think that ruling out having to bat again actually increases your chances of winning and not drawing. Bat once bat big!

  • isildur_elendilson on January 5, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    Well, the curator would get a pitch ready to suit aus bowling tomorrow, wouldn't we :) the same story as usual..

  • on January 5, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    I am glad that India is being put in its proper hierarchy. By playing home Cricket without DRS India rose to number 1 spot. Which Umpire would give a close decision against India and still aspire for a lucrative IPL assignment? They do not make such umpires anymore barring Simon Teufel and Aleem Dar. The vaunted Dhoni's overseas record is 7 Wins and 7 Losses in Test Matches, hardly telling! now when you consider out of those 7 wins, 2 are against Bangladesh, 2 against a weakened NZ and one against WI, I call his record below par, a mediocre effort at best. With that record, why does he speak with such haughtiness about every Cricketing issue? I am perplexed.

  • on January 5, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    Great show by two excellent batsmen: Clarke & Ponting. I admire their superb batsman-ship. But the bad taste about them as human being still lingers on. A catch falling short of Clarke, re-opened all those sad memories. Congratulations to both teams for their gentlemanly display in this series, more appropriate to gentleman's game

  • on January 5, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    indians again showing they just cant win overseas.. pakistan is the only asian side that can win abroad and that was only bc of the bowlers.. india is as bad as it was throughout the 90's and early 00's..

  • RandyOZ on January 5, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    India - 1 wicket in 2 days - yeh great attack they are! as hoping Ashwin made his double hundred!

  • on January 5, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    India on the way of another 4-0 whitewash!!

  • RandyOZ on January 5, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    Brad "the hack" Haddin needs to be dropped immediately. After Clarke, Punter and Hussey's brilliant centuries, and then solid, tight bowling by Hilfenhaus, Pattinson and Siddle, he has let the entire team down, not to mention the Australian fans. Brad you have let Australia down today.

  • jmcilhinney on January 5, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    I'm not suggesting for a moment that Australia didn't bowl well or that India didn't bat poorly on the first day but I do have to wonder whether there was maybe a little more in the pitch early for the bowlers than we thought. Clarke and Hussey in particular made batting look easy on days 2 and 3 and Ponting, while not his old self, was also able to battle through. Let's not forget that Australia also lost 3 early wickets on day 1. If it wasn't the pitch then it makes a mockery of those who wanted young batsmen in the side, three of whom failed, and for Ponting and Hussey to retire or be dropped, both of whom scored big. If India can make a big total then I'll think more that it was the pitch, which would make Dhoni a huge fool for sending Australia in. the Australian bowlers already seem to be doing more with the ball that India did though. India have the personnel to save this match. Do they have the will and application? Losing Dravid early was a big blow but they could still do it.

  • manikandan.p on January 5, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    hi guys don't blame our bowlers, because u.yadav, ashwin are played just 4 test only.the problem is our batsman and captain dhoni decision. history of this ground is 1st day help to fast bowlers and 2nd,3rd& 4th is favour for batsman.but i think it is one of the verygood captains knock. we will hope our batsman save this match?. i think our team management do some changes for next test. sewag, gambir,dravid,sachin,rohit,dhoni,ashwin,ohja/vinay,khan,umesh,ishant.

  • cmonaussie on January 5, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    Congrats Pup, incredible knock, great temperament!!! Only downside of the day was the negative bowling to Tendulker.. constantly two feet outside off and then the team applauding every delivery. It doesn't sit right with me. If India stacked the offside field and bowled two feet outside off a lot of our guys would have all there legside shots taken off them. I know it's test match cricket and it's all about mind games and building pressure but it feels negative.

  • yorkslanka on January 5, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    selfless declaration by clarke, which adds to the common thought that he is a decent guy as well as a superb cricketer...not sure if his predecessor would have done that?..India in big trouble unfrtunately for them, they will need their batsmen to bat well to have any chance in this match...

  • jmcilhinney on January 5, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    I would like to cast my vote again for Sehwag as the most irresponsible player in international cricket. I'll say again as I have said before, the guy is obviously very talented but has apparently zero awareness of conditions and circumstances. His ability to score quick runs can give India an advantage but quick runs really aren't the aim at the moment. That's of no consequence to Viru though. Virtually no footwork again and a slash in the air. It took a great catch to complete the dismissal but the aim should have been to provide no chances at all. Every player must be looking to improve their technique if there is an obvious flaw and Sehwag's lack of footwork is as obvious as it gets. Unfortunately, he plays so much on pitches that will forgive him that that he seems to be making no effort to change. A little extra bounce and he's spraying chances all over the place. India should really look to get a real test opener into the side and drop Sehwag down the order.

  • on January 5, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    i m smelling another white wash here..

  • Jaggadaaku on January 5, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    Dhoni, Sachin and Zaheer came Australia 2 weeks early on BCCI's expense to learn about Australian conditions and other factors. What had they done? Looks like just shopping and watching wild-life of Australia? They also went to England 3 weeks early last year to learn and check the conditions on of course BCCI's expense. What happened there? Indian couldn't win any of those matches-nor test, nor ODI, and nor T20. Indian blind fans still praise Dhoni, Sachin, and Zaheer. That is ironic. WOW!!!

  • on January 5, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    The good thing was, he did not compete to chase Brian Lara's 400, but best was to achieve glory of victory.

  • disco_bob on January 5, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    Tendulkars ton is going to be a bit of an embarrassed subdued affair. Really we've been hearing about it for so long the other day, Channel nine starts on about how we haven't been hearing about Tendulkars tone for a while. It's becoming a bit of a joke. It would be really classy if Tendulkar just did a bat wave and nothing else. That would be memorable and cool. Tendulkars ton, oh boy, can't wait to tell the grandchildren I was there when Tendulkar scored his ton. Mind you I had to follow him around the world for 6 frikken months but... cont p94 Opposite to ponting two years without a ton, at he's done enough though to just cling on. Highest scorer, saves test, wins by his innings. Only a couple of embarrassed, this is looking good oh... And when he got it it was such a delight a genuine delight. You can't force this stuff. And the slide and the smile and the mud and clarkey having a larf and the umpire enjoying what it meant. You cannot manufacture that.

  • Marcio on January 5, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    Don't know why he declared to be honest. Given the unique game situation, it was probably one of the few chances anyone will get to break Lara's record. Barring an earthquake, India aren't going to save this test. But just for fun I'd give the keepers gloves to Lyon, and give Haddin a bowl. That way both will get a chance to perform in this game.

  • Harry_Hotspur on January 5, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    Costly drop by Haddin at the end. His keeping has really dropped off lately. You could take a bit of the sloppiness from Gilchrist because he was such a great batsmen but I think it is time Australia picks the best gloveman, whoever that may be. Hopefully the wicket starts to deteriorate and we can polish the Indians off tomorrow.

  • zenboomerang on January 5, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    Well tomorrow will be a searching day for both teams... Lets hope Haddin doesn't drop yet another sitter this summer - his lack of runs & poor wicketkeeping are really starting to drag down the whole team... Lets hope he can lift like the bowlers & batters have done in recent games...

  • on January 5, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    Well done Aus.. Clarke,Punter & Huss.. Another tough day 4 India.. Sehwag, (whose big Innings which can set up a target for Aus) and Dravid, (whose big Innings which can help India draw the match) r both back in pavilion.. Few positives for India r 1.Better batting conditions 2.Sachin looked in gud touch in previous Innings till he ran out of partners. So if some1 can hv partnership wid him, he cud delay/avoid Aus win.. 3.Gambhir has come out positive.. Again, Hoping for a better tomorrow.. My hearty wishes for Clarke for his triple ton - a very gr8 achievement..

  • RandyOZ on January 5, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    Time for Haddin to be dropped. Absolutely no more chances for this hack. Disgraceful keeping.

  • Romenevans on January 5, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Finally some intent from Gambhir, which is good to see. Tendulkar as always playing for session end and almost played on to his stump. Lose it or win, so some passion and intent for fight guys, the fans will always support you. Please no surrender this time without fighting.

  • Okakaboka on January 5, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    Brad Haddin! ...?????...How many plaster walls have had holes punched in them because the worst state wicket keeper in Australia duffed yet another mega simple chance. HE IS NOT UP TO IT! Inverarity...Hello!!!....get rid of him. Geez, I bet Randyoz is furious to the point where he now needs a new keyboard! I do!...Woops, I broke another one! Haddin......Can't Bat...Can't wicket keep....can't do TV ads! Ahhhhhhh!!! We would have 'had' India in the bag!!! We have to go National to get rid of Haddin. Tell me....When was the last great catch behind the stumps????? Not in Haddin's era!!

  • pradeepbhat on January 5, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    Brilliant innings!!! better application from indians in 2nd innings, in better conditions though..

  • johnathonjosephs on January 5, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    India's problems can be attributed to Kohli's placement over Rohit Sharma, and Ashwin in place of Harbhajan. Pretty sad if you ask me

  • Wacco on January 5, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    MJC please dont give so much pain to the Indians ---BCCI will now announce they wont play cricket outside the subcontinent...!

  • on January 5, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    Wonder what excuse dhoni is going to produce when this test is over in 4 days (Hoping to be wrong). India lacks mental strength to put up any fight at all. You can tell from their body language that they don't want to be on the field. Shall we blame T20 for that? 4-0 is on the cards weather you believe it or not. See you in IPL 2012. :)

  • saqskhan on January 5, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    What an innings by the skipper Clarke...i thought he might go for the record. Ind need magic now to save this test, it was upto Dravid, Sachin and Laxman, with Dravid departed, there will be lot of pressure on Laxman and Sachin..Laxman is not in form and there will be a huge pressure on him in the 2nd innings. Poor Performance by India in overall categories. Dhoni was helpless and so his bowlers. Nothing to say much, Ind must try to past atleast the deficit.

  • MrGarreth on January 5, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    Wow India are terrible! Just as most of us suspected, that no1 ranking was nothing but a fluke. They dont just lose away from home, they get demolished!

  • VenkatRamanans on January 5, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    Indians didn't score at all in the last 13 overs. Gambhir, who once was scoring at almost run a ball until he reached 60, is now 68 of 124 balls. And Sachin is in 8 off 42 balls. They scored just 10 runs off the last 13 overs of the day, out of which, there was one inside edge for four, a catch dropped by wicket keeper for 2 runs, and a no ball. Which means they never tried to push the ball at all. There was about 7 maiden overs on the trot.

    I have seen this tendency earlier also with the Indian team particularly with Sachin and Dravid that they don't even try to score at all towards the end of a day's play, which to me, is utter nonsense, whatever be the situation of the game.

  • on January 5, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    Looks like a paradise for batsmen.But still Australia are the favorites to win after India's poor performance in first innings. Hope Sachin will get his long waited 100th international century in this match.

  • dsig3 on January 5, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    Haddin are you joking? Is that the best keeper in the country? Tim Paine could keep with his injured hand tied behind his back and still be better. This pitch is flat but there will be still enough in it for Aus to eventually win the game but you have to hold catches. Unbelievable.

  • Alexk400 on January 5, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    Indians need Anthony robinson special motivational seminar. Self destructing behaviour as of now.

  • PallabBanerjee on January 5, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    It was a very good oppurtunity for Clarke to score 400+ and till the whole day, because all the 11 Indian wickets can be taken within a day or day and half.

  • gordyfargus on January 5, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    The Aussies have done everything right, even made sure Ghambir got some runs to ensure he plays in Perth in which he is absolutely no chance of getting to double figures in either innings.

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  • gordyfargus on January 5, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    The Aussies have done everything right, even made sure Ghambir got some runs to ensure he plays in Perth in which he is absolutely no chance of getting to double figures in either innings.

  • PallabBanerjee on January 5, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    It was a very good oppurtunity for Clarke to score 400+ and till the whole day, because all the 11 Indian wickets can be taken within a day or day and half.

  • Alexk400 on January 5, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    Indians need Anthony robinson special motivational seminar. Self destructing behaviour as of now.

  • dsig3 on January 5, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    Haddin are you joking? Is that the best keeper in the country? Tim Paine could keep with his injured hand tied behind his back and still be better. This pitch is flat but there will be still enough in it for Aus to eventually win the game but you have to hold catches. Unbelievable.

  • on January 5, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    Looks like a paradise for batsmen.But still Australia are the favorites to win after India's poor performance in first innings. Hope Sachin will get his long waited 100th international century in this match.

  • VenkatRamanans on January 5, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    Indians didn't score at all in the last 13 overs. Gambhir, who once was scoring at almost run a ball until he reached 60, is now 68 of 124 balls. And Sachin is in 8 off 42 balls. They scored just 10 runs off the last 13 overs of the day, out of which, there was one inside edge for four, a catch dropped by wicket keeper for 2 runs, and a no ball. Which means they never tried to push the ball at all. There was about 7 maiden overs on the trot.

    I have seen this tendency earlier also with the Indian team particularly with Sachin and Dravid that they don't even try to score at all towards the end of a day's play, which to me, is utter nonsense, whatever be the situation of the game.

  • MrGarreth on January 5, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    Wow India are terrible! Just as most of us suspected, that no1 ranking was nothing but a fluke. They dont just lose away from home, they get demolished!

  • saqskhan on January 5, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    What an innings by the skipper Clarke...i thought he might go for the record. Ind need magic now to save this test, it was upto Dravid, Sachin and Laxman, with Dravid departed, there will be lot of pressure on Laxman and Sachin..Laxman is not in form and there will be a huge pressure on him in the 2nd innings. Poor Performance by India in overall categories. Dhoni was helpless and so his bowlers. Nothing to say much, Ind must try to past atleast the deficit.

  • on January 5, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    Wonder what excuse dhoni is going to produce when this test is over in 4 days (Hoping to be wrong). India lacks mental strength to put up any fight at all. You can tell from their body language that they don't want to be on the field. Shall we blame T20 for that? 4-0 is on the cards weather you believe it or not. See you in IPL 2012. :)

  • Wacco on January 5, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    MJC please dont give so much pain to the Indians ---BCCI will now announce they wont play cricket outside the subcontinent...!