Australia v India, 2nd Test, Sydney, 4th day January 6, 2012

Hilfenhaus takes five in Australia's innings win

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Australia 4 for 659 dec beat India 191 and 400 (Gambhir 83, Tendulkar 80, Laxman 66, Ashwin 62, Hilfenhaus 5-106) by an innings and 68 runs
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This was supposed to be India's best chance to win a Test series in Australia. It has taken only eight days of cricket for Michael Clarke's men to deny them that goal. On the fourth afternoon in Sydney, an attack led by Ben Hilfenhaus deconstructed India's formidable batting line-up, bit by bit, to secure an unbeatable 2-0 series lead with victory by an innings and 68 runs, Australia's first innings win over India in 12 years.

The last such result also came at the SCG, in 2000. Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman were all part of that side, as they were members of the outfit that lost this time around. It is unlikely they will have another chance to beat Australia at home. For now, India still hold the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, and should they win in Perth and Adelaide they will retain it. But their grip on it is as weak as Chris Martin's forward defence.

This was an Australian victory that will be remembered for Clarke's unbeaten 329. But on the fourth day, it was a second consecutive five-wicket haul from Hilfenhaus that was the highlight. Hilfenhaus completed the success with the final wicket when R Ashwin, who had made a fighting 62, skied a pull and was caught by Nathan Lyon running around from mid-on.

The Australians were overjoyed. Clarke especially was thrilled. His declaration on the third day, when he could have chased personal milestones like Brian Lara's world-record Test innings of 400, was designed to ensure Australia would win the match. They did so with three and a half sessions remaining. Clarke is not the kind of man to harbour any regrets. The win was everything.

He knew better than anyone that batting on the SCG surface was not particularly difficult, and as Tendulkar and Laxman put on a 103-run stand his mind might have flicked back eight years, to a 353-run partnership between the same men at the same ground. Fittingly, it was Clarke with his left-arm spin that ended the partnership, and India's hopes of saving the Test.

Tendulkar had reached 80 and seemed to be on track to register his long-awaited hundredth international hundred in the SCG's hundredth Test when Clarke changed the course of the day. He produced a delivery that was accurate enough to draw Tendulkar into a stroke and turned just enough to catch the edge, which ricocheted off Brad Haddin's gloves and was snaffled by Michael Hussey at slip.

When the new ball arrived, the other architect of that one threatening partnership, Laxman, on 66, fell to a near-perfect delivery from Hilfenhaus, who finished with 5 for 106. The ball angled in and then nipped away to beat the outside edge of Laxman's bat, clipping the edge of the top of off stump, and the batsman could scarcely believe his fate, confident as he appeared that he had covered his wicket.

From there, the wickets fell steadily. MS Dhoni (2) chipped a return catch to Hilfenhaus, who seemed to think it was a bump ball. But the umpire's decision to have the third official check on the shot revealed it had lobbed cleanly back to Hilfenhaus without touching the ground, surprising some of the Australians.

Virat Kohli was lbw to James Pattinson for 9, a fraction unlucky as the ball kept low, but there was no question over the decision. Peter Siddle joined in by removing Zaheer Khan, who had made an entertaining 35 when he slashed hard at a delivery outside off and was taken by Shaun Marsh running back from extra cover.

Briefly, Ishant Sharma and Ashwin staved off the Australians with a 42-run stand, but Ishant (11) was lbw to the offspin of Nathan Lyon. That was the only breakthrough of the match for Lyon, who also collected just one in Melbourne and has not removed a top-six batsman since the first Test of the summer, against New Zealand at the Gabba. Though usually loath to change a winning side, Australia might consider replacing him with Ryan Harris at the WACA.

There are far more questions for India. For a while it looked like they might take the match into the fifth day as they worked through the first session for the loss of only one wicket, that of Gautam Gambhir. He missed the chance for his first Test century in nearly two years when, on 83, he stood on the crease and reached his bat a long way forward to the bowling of Siddle, who found a leading edge that was snapped up by David Warner at point.

Tendulkar and Laxman continued to fight. Laxman played some of his trademark wristy flicks through the leg side, against the fast men and also the offspin of Lyon, and Tendulkar showed off some wonderful cover-drives early in the morning. Shortly before the lunch break, Tendulkar upper-cut a frustrated Pattinson over the sole slip for another boundary.

But it was all a big tease for the Indian fans. In a match where three Australians made tons, including one triple-hundred, India needed more than a handful of pretty half-centuries. There are questions over their batting and their bowling as the Perth Test approaches. They have a week to sort out their problems.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Hammond on January 9, 2012, 23:59 GMT

    @g.narsimha- your comments are laughable. Firstly it was Gilchrist who captained Australia to the last win in India, Steve Waugh had retired. Secondly your comments about the "early" days when everybody used to lose in India are false- plenty of touring teams since the last war succumbed to spinning wickets and dodgy umpiring. My point is that India have only won 5 matches in Australia since 1948. So statistically that is one test match win per decade for India in Australia. Can't compare the two teams really, Australia is light years ahead.

  • g.narsimha on January 9, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    SFGOLDENGAT in the last decade our team won 23 away matches & third in overall away wins after AUS, SA, at this period we were fifth in home victories so UR claim that india only won in india during KRISTENS period is devoid of facts , similarly ur assertion that our top batsman doesnt have the technic in playing out side INDIA , than just check their stats on this site ,they scored hugely in aus, sa,eng wi , sachins over seas ave is higher than home,as at present even they are failing collectivly in 2 series u cant brand them as only home track bullies , see thier indivisua lstats in these countries HAMMAND i never claimed that ur team didnt win series in IND , majority of those wins were in erlier stages when ind used to lose so aften to every visiting team, during last decade ur teams performance was not convincing in ind baring one series win by steave waugh, after that nothing, my piont is if these matches are played in ind the result would have been same2-0-INDIA

  • sathishvaiju on January 9, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    India all out for 42, Friend i think it would be in your dream on some day LoL!

  • Sprit_of_Cricket on January 9, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    I personally think we should call the news of the world to revealed what happed to India. I have doughts that India is more capable of threat Australia according to the team they have . I am very disappointed to see that there was no sprit of cricket in India's team by throwing their wickets like an armature team. I think to save the India team we need to wake up and have a big heart to allow other youngster by keeping max two senior player in side. So that youngster can learn more on the field with seniors expirences. A country who has talent in millions is seem to have none because most of the current player sleeping on their past best performance and believe that's it. No one remember yesterday when you have a war today.

  • on January 9, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    IND showned their class and they are really Tiger at home and Rabbit in overseas. They are so pathetic. At the moments there are 3 top teams ENG,SA and AUS. Middle teams are PAK,SL,NZ and minnows are BAN,ZIM,IND and WIN. This is the reality. Actually this is the weakest AUS team in recent history. No proper opening pair,Spinner is pathetic,New past bowlers.

  • Hammond on January 9, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    @g.narsimha- Australia have actually won 4 TEST SERIES in India. India have won 5 TEST MATCHES in Australia. You work the mathematics out.

  • Meety on January 9, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    @topeleven - quite laughable to suggest that Captaincy was the reason why India lost. Not trying to take wickets & not scoring enough runs were the main reasons. If Oz got 4/600 odd, surely the famed Indian batting line up should of matched that & hence drawn the game????? @g.narsimha - true, I don't bag Indian batsmen for being flat track bullies, its demeaning to great cricketers. Indian batsmen have adapted well to local conditions with LOW bounce & adjust well to turn. These are valid skills in cricket. The only problem is - that it renders your batsmen EXTREMELY vulnerable outside Asia. India need to have more FC & Test pitches with Bounce & Seam, (not all but some at least)!

  • on January 9, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    @ SFGoldenGate spot on mate .couldn't have put it any better. cheers

  • CandidIndian on January 8, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    JG2704-There is no question of taking personally as what you mentioned in your post is truth and bitter reality.Unfortunate thing is BCCI and many of my fellow Indian fans dont understand a simple fact that there is hell lot of difference between limited overs cricket and test cricket.Much more skill, quality, practice and patience is needed in test cricket and for that you have to prioritize test cricket just like England(well deserved no1 team) has done.Dhoni who is a poor test cricketer himself has very little idea about this format ,and he gives chance to cricketers on the basis of their ODI performances.Like you pointed out correctly, India has big problems as far as test cricket is concerned, and big changes have to be made if they want to compete outside subcontinent against quality test teams.

  • aslamPK on January 8, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    @Ajay Devan, You have selected conditions/performances for India. What should be conditions for Australia. 1) only hussy ponting clarke warner cowan haddin can bowl. No other is allowed to bowl.............................

  • Hammond on January 9, 2012, 23:59 GMT

    @g.narsimha- your comments are laughable. Firstly it was Gilchrist who captained Australia to the last win in India, Steve Waugh had retired. Secondly your comments about the "early" days when everybody used to lose in India are false- plenty of touring teams since the last war succumbed to spinning wickets and dodgy umpiring. My point is that India have only won 5 matches in Australia since 1948. So statistically that is one test match win per decade for India in Australia. Can't compare the two teams really, Australia is light years ahead.

  • g.narsimha on January 9, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    SFGOLDENGAT in the last decade our team won 23 away matches & third in overall away wins after AUS, SA, at this period we were fifth in home victories so UR claim that india only won in india during KRISTENS period is devoid of facts , similarly ur assertion that our top batsman doesnt have the technic in playing out side INDIA , than just check their stats on this site ,they scored hugely in aus, sa,eng wi , sachins over seas ave is higher than home,as at present even they are failing collectivly in 2 series u cant brand them as only home track bullies , see thier indivisua lstats in these countries HAMMAND i never claimed that ur team didnt win series in IND , majority of those wins were in erlier stages when ind used to lose so aften to every visiting team, during last decade ur teams performance was not convincing in ind baring one series win by steave waugh, after that nothing, my piont is if these matches are played in ind the result would have been same2-0-INDIA

  • sathishvaiju on January 9, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    India all out for 42, Friend i think it would be in your dream on some day LoL!

  • Sprit_of_Cricket on January 9, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    I personally think we should call the news of the world to revealed what happed to India. I have doughts that India is more capable of threat Australia according to the team they have . I am very disappointed to see that there was no sprit of cricket in India's team by throwing their wickets like an armature team. I think to save the India team we need to wake up and have a big heart to allow other youngster by keeping max two senior player in side. So that youngster can learn more on the field with seniors expirences. A country who has talent in millions is seem to have none because most of the current player sleeping on their past best performance and believe that's it. No one remember yesterday when you have a war today.

  • on January 9, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    IND showned their class and they are really Tiger at home and Rabbit in overseas. They are so pathetic. At the moments there are 3 top teams ENG,SA and AUS. Middle teams are PAK,SL,NZ and minnows are BAN,ZIM,IND and WIN. This is the reality. Actually this is the weakest AUS team in recent history. No proper opening pair,Spinner is pathetic,New past bowlers.

  • Hammond on January 9, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    @g.narsimha- Australia have actually won 4 TEST SERIES in India. India have won 5 TEST MATCHES in Australia. You work the mathematics out.

  • Meety on January 9, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    @topeleven - quite laughable to suggest that Captaincy was the reason why India lost. Not trying to take wickets & not scoring enough runs were the main reasons. If Oz got 4/600 odd, surely the famed Indian batting line up should of matched that & hence drawn the game????? @g.narsimha - true, I don't bag Indian batsmen for being flat track bullies, its demeaning to great cricketers. Indian batsmen have adapted well to local conditions with LOW bounce & adjust well to turn. These are valid skills in cricket. The only problem is - that it renders your batsmen EXTREMELY vulnerable outside Asia. India need to have more FC & Test pitches with Bounce & Seam, (not all but some at least)!

  • on January 9, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    @ SFGoldenGate spot on mate .couldn't have put it any better. cheers

  • CandidIndian on January 8, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    JG2704-There is no question of taking personally as what you mentioned in your post is truth and bitter reality.Unfortunate thing is BCCI and many of my fellow Indian fans dont understand a simple fact that there is hell lot of difference between limited overs cricket and test cricket.Much more skill, quality, practice and patience is needed in test cricket and for that you have to prioritize test cricket just like England(well deserved no1 team) has done.Dhoni who is a poor test cricketer himself has very little idea about this format ,and he gives chance to cricketers on the basis of their ODI performances.Like you pointed out correctly, India has big problems as far as test cricket is concerned, and big changes have to be made if they want to compete outside subcontinent against quality test teams.

  • aslamPK on January 8, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    @Ajay Devan, You have selected conditions/performances for India. What should be conditions for Australia. 1) only hussy ponting clarke warner cowan haddin can bowl. No other is allowed to bowl.............................

  • SFGoldenGate on January 8, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    Funny to see lots of Indians blaming their coach Duncan Fletcher. The famous batting line-up collapsed regularly which comprised of 4 players (Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman) with more than 550 test, 45000 runs under their belt. Their experience is 11,16,22 and 16 years respectively. Bowler ZAK is around for 11 years. So, after at least 11 years of cricket if you expect that coach will come up with every strategy in the field every ball then it is ridiculous. Many people are pointing that during Kirsten time they were winning and when Fletcher came they started loosing. LOL. These people still fail to see that under Kirsten they were mostly playing at home condition and these players technique sucks big time in overseas condition. The way they are playing now, it would be impossible for Kirsten to bring any positive change in the present team if he was still around. After all, India lost due to batting failure and the batting legends are not 15 year kids that need coaching.

  • on January 8, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    @RandyOz- the key phrase in your last post is "Since the Ashes"- since Australia got hammered at home against the actual best team in the world. Best of luck next year, and get your excuses ready.

  • on January 8, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    An innings defeat...............If this is performance is in SYDNEY? What can we expect in Perth and Adelaide?

  • Naresh28 on January 8, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    @Sachin bashers - (1)Sachin has the most runs amongst the indians in Oz (2) In England he had scores of 56 and 91 (3) In SA he topped only Kallis scored more. I agree that one youngster in the eleven is being denied but he is still performing and will leave after Oz

  • on January 8, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    BEST TEST EVER. RECORD BREAKS, PUNTER'S AND HUSSEY AWESOME KNOCKS!!! HILFENHAUS TAKES FIVE!!!! CLARK'S TRIPLE HUNDRED!!! I DO LOVE TO PURCHASE A DVD ON IT!!!

  • on January 8, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    'Australia can't take 20 wickets' - Zaheer Khan said this after Bangalore test match in 2008 . After seeing the pathetic display by the Indian bowlers aided by a very defensive field placements by MSD at SCG it looks like India can't take 10 wickets let alone taking 20 .Being an Indian it was painful to see the mauling at the hands of Aussies . But credit needs to be given where it is due , well played Australia . cheers

  • RandyOZ on January 8, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    Easily the best team on the planet right now. Have lost virtually nothing since the Ashes. The depth is so deep the rebuilding took less than a year, what a team.

  • topeleven on January 8, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    We lost the game because of poor captaincy. When 37-3 Dhoni didn't attack much or attack at all. As suresh Raina has a weakness for short ball so do Michael Clarke. England exploited the weakness and had a short leg even in one day's. But Dhoni didn't do that. So the bowlers bowled too fullish length(Melbourne asked for that but they bowled back of length)and never surprised the batsmen with bouncers.So Dhoni should not wait for things to happen. Being cool is his attribute but that does not mean he should be less in thinking too. All these days Dhoni had a bit off luck smmiling at him but not always it will go in his favour. He has to take some bold decisions on the feild

  • on January 8, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    This is not the first time Indian top order batsmen failed. Even in Windies & England tours, except Rahul Dravid no other batsmen scored. Apart from Dravid's centuries,the contribution from all other 10 players were not even 200, because we rarely scored 300 runs,in an innings in both the series. Very recently, in Hobart, NZ were all out for 150 runs against the same Australian Team, in their first innings. But their bowlers bowled extreamly well and won the match for NZ. It is simple .We have failed in all the Departmants including Captaincy and Coaching.

  • Naresh28 on January 7, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    India need a good opener like Aakash Chopra. Here is a stat from a Ranji match:- A Chopra c Sandeep b Hassan 142 591 450 9 1 31.55 He scored 142 faced 450 balls.

  • Meety on January 7, 2012, 22:30 GMT

    @landl47 "...Siddle and Hilf were good enough for India, but not for England last year..." hmmm interesting way to look at it. In 2009 Hilfy & siddle were the leading wicket takers in the series, so according to you, there is no chance that they had a bad series BELOW their NORM & could be improved? In 2009 Anderson took JUST 14 wickets in 5 Ashes Tests at an average of 45! Hauritz outbowled Swann in the 3 tests they went head to head in. Even MJ outbowled the BEST england have got & Broad was underwhelming in Oz, Finn got dumped because he could sustain ryhthem over the summer & most of his wickets are against Bangladesh, Swann did nothing against India in the test series or the ODI series in India - perhaps he should be replaced??????

  • CandidIndian on January 7, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    Dravid_Gravitas-You have hit the nail but wasn't all this going on since Dhoni got test captaincy.BCCI and Indian selectors have not drawn line between Test cricket and ODI cricket. Raina ,Yuvi who were part of team in England hardly played longer format even at domestic level before that,but they were taken due to their ODI form which is ridiculous.Just because Dhoni is a good ODI captain , that does not mean he will be good in tests too both as player and captain, same goes on with Kohli ,Raina, Yuvi and Ashwin.As simple as that, give the test cap to players who prioritize tests,thats the only way test cricket can be saved in India.I may sound cynical but i wont be surprised if any upcoming ODI series in future is tagged as revenge series .Dhoni is not at worry, as he knows ,this year India will be playing at home ,and he will get away,who cares about handful of test cricket fans in India like us when milllons of other fans would forget this loss if India wins any ODI tournament soon

  • CandidIndian on January 7, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    Dravid_Gravitas-You have hit the nail but wasn't all this going on since Dhoni got test captaincy.BCCI and Indian selectors have not drawn line between Test cricket and ODI cricket. Raina ,Yuvi who were part of team in England hardly played longer format even at domestic level before that,but they were taken due to their ODI form which is ridiculous.Just because Dhoni is a good ODI captain , that does not mean he will be good in tests too both as player and captain, same goes on with Kohli ,Raina, Yuvi and Ashwin.As simple as that, give the test cap to players who prioritize tests,thats the only way test cricket can be saved in India.I may sound cynical but i wont be surprised if any upcoming ODI series in future is tagged as revenge series .Dhoni is not at worry, as he knows ,this year India will be playing at home ,and he will get away,who cares about handful of test cricket fans in India like us when milllons of other fans would forget this loss if India wins any ODI tournament soon

  • CandidIndian on January 7, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    First of all, as die hard Indian fan i am disappointed but will keep supporting my team in their tough times.However my main worry is same flaws in captaincy of Dhoni came up when India toured SL and SA,where results were 1-1, it was a mistake that no steps were taken in improving that.When we call India world champions, we forget that they are champions in ODIs which is totally different from test cricket .Level of cricket played in tests is much higher than any kind of limited overs cricket.Eng and Aus both have test cricket top on their priority list,so no wonder Indian team got found out ,first in Eng then in Australia.Dhoni is a great ODI captain but a poor test captain, this fact should have been accepted long back but unfortunately for BCCI Indian media and many fellow Indian fans a good limited overs cricketer qualifies for playing test cricket on the basis of form in ODIs.Virat,Dhoni,Ashwin,Yuvi,Kohli are excellent odis players but poor test players.

  • StatisticsRocks on January 7, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    People keep callin us World Champions, which we are, but the WC we won was for ODI and not test matches. We Indians agree that the downfall has started and this was expected. Also it is the media that calls us the best batting line up in the world. Yes, we were that once, not any more. On paper the batting lineup looks daunting and deservedly so, coz of what these batsmen have acheived in the PAST. At present they are not anymore and this is a fact. We don't mind the loss but the way we are losing is not acceptable. We want the team to show some fight before going down. It is time for the oldies to retire after their long glorious careers. It is time to say Goodbye including SRT whether he gets his 100th 100 or not. Let the youngsters come in and not get old just waiting for thier chance. Kohli should be dropped from test matches. Bring in Pujara

  • on January 7, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    It is certainly disappointing the way India lost to Aussies in the two Tests.Why only now, even in Windies and England, except for Rahul Dravid, there was a batting failure. Media is obsesed with Sachin's hundredth 100.That's why the actual problems are not addressed properly. We praise them to the sky one moment and boo them immediately after a loss.Dravid was the highest run getter in 2011. But, just in a week he has become old& should retire ,because he is getting out "clean bowled" and not for stupid poor shot! Kallis was not that success i n 2011,but see in Cape Town against SL, he was the Man of the Match for scoring 224 and taking 3 wickets and 5 catches. Similarly, the Aussie media had written the obituary for Pointing,because he was a total failure and had not scored century for 2 years.Now he scored a century, the media doesn't know where to hide. Let us wait. Give the credit to Australia because they have beaten us in all the departments.

  • on January 7, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    I Believe Gambhir will rock.. He is very agressive yet thoughful and minded player

  • g.narsimha on January 7, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    HAMMAND -Same quastion when did AUSTRLIA compate in india , if scoring on flat batsman friendly pitches is that much easy than how& WHY your greates failed in india , RICKIPONTINGS AVE- 26 in india SEE OUR top fouir performance in your country ,all ave , 50 + your team is also velranable in alian coditions , reg your second point , 85% revenue of icc is generated from india , if india is out than how you will run cricket , who cares your ASHES if INDIA -PAK resumes cricketing ties , those matches will atract more than billion, first perfom in sub continent than make such statements ,if perfomance in aus& eng only metters to be judged as greatnes, we can also claim reg sub continent ,

  • bobmartin on January 7, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    @Hammond "@Suresh Lalvani- I suppose we should ignore 6 decades of interesting umpiring in India as well then? I have some initials for you- DRS!"... Well said... Wasn't it the abysmal umpiring standards on the sub-continent that largely contributed to the introduction of the ICC Panel of neutral umpires. Unfortunately, sooner than admit that their team was being outplayed, the Indians, in particular, cried foul every time what might have been a 50/50 decision went against them. So..lo and behold, the ICC introduce DRS... Guess what ? India will not agree to its use... yet still whinge and gripe at any decision they think is an injustice... the very thing the DRS was designed to eliminate.. And still they veto its use... Now that is what I call shooting yourself in the foot..

  • cric4lyf on January 7, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    @ Lord_Dravid....stop crying

  • joelaugustine on January 7, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    Expel Tendulkar from squad(call it a fairy farewell, respecting his abilities) build a quality young side(who can handle short pitched balls pretty well) plan for the next Australian tour from now onwards .I think it's the lone way out of India's misery.

  • StatisticsRocks on January 7, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    @SFGoldgenGate: I would be the first to agree Indias performance has been good but nothing extraordinary as u rightly pointed out. Those STATS were mainly to those who keep compalining abt how Indns score records only at home and not outisde and how we are flat trak bullies. I was one of the many Indns who had said India didn't deserve the # 1 test ranking as India did not produce quality fast / spin bowlers who could take 20 wickets so, dont get so worked up as I am not glorifying the pathetic display by the Indians in the last 6 test matches. India needs to revamp the system that produces young talents and learn from other countries.

  • g.narsimha on January 7, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    SFGOLDENGATE- THAN TELL ME WHY AUSTALIA WAS DEFEATED IN INDIA, ENG was PATHEITC AS ALWAYS, GONE EMPTY HANDED for the last 2 decades , IS IT ONLY INDIA IS REQUIRED TO WIN in your place , WHERE AS YOUR TEAMS have ALSO NOT DONE GREATE THINGS IN OUR PLACE your team was defeasted in india last time NOW U DEFEATED US IN YOUR HOME WHAT IS THE BIG deal in that why both teams can t be termed as home tigers, before comenting see our greates performance in AUSTRALIA THIS time they are FAILING and people out here as if they never scored arun out side india

  • bobmartin on January 7, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    @gracie29..."Great innings from Clarke - but now is time for the captain to take on the number 3 spot" I agree that it was one of the great innings of the modern game, but I feel that there are still a lot of unanswered questions about Clarke's consistency. Yes, in his last 13 test innings he's scored 819 runs, but 731 of those have been made in just 4 of those. In the other 9 innings he averages less than 10 with the highest being 31 and in 5 he didn't even make double figures.

  • on January 7, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    india should start playing the domestic sides of the countries they visit............if by chance they succeed then they should b allowed to play against that country's international side.....................even if india had played against the sides of westren australia,victoria or new south wales the result would have been the same so they should not be allowed to play australia.......teams like bangladesh,india,srilanka and zimbabwe should only be allowed to play against the domestic sides then they should play test cricket in that country.....................one sided matches that give results in 3 or 4 days are not going to do any good for test cricket.........!!!

  • aadhavkrissh on January 7, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Yeah! the 3 biggie's were on a big time for drop, not only them fault because is it only they are the team 11, and what after the 7 on play.. and most breaking captain Dhoni.. he is n't even better than R.Taylor of NZ cap, in test match captaincy list.. he proved some with them(aus) without big head's.. If 3 were failing then it's not only them also captain... 2things -- left them boldly at-least 1 or 2, or boost them what u trusted most.. please consider other left out's from the team waiting to cement their place, b'coz i feel no new comer can't prove their just like virat... rohit is okay but other experience will justify the role needed their...am sure..

  • hhillbumper on January 7, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Jonesey 2.Warner and Marsh are best new batting talent in world.How about Bravo.Wait til we pick james Taylor.Also Lyon really? I guess you were the same bloke who was going on about all the spinning talent in Aus.You still lost to NZ and SA. So yeah greatest team ever.Keep dreaming mate

  • bhrangi on January 7, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    @ Deepak G Nair : if they cant beat a team , they ll be happy if it is beaten by others. thats y they are criticizing us. we were missing /cant find SL fans here as they are also having the same situation in SA.

  • bhrangi on January 7, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    @Raminder_Bali: i am tired of seeing these comments abt Indian pitches, If in INDIA, if it is dead pitch, then y india only scoring , opposition dont have spinners / batsmen hu?? before 2 months we hav seen how N0-1 test team played in india or u guys may even tell that BCCI doing some magic to change it as dead pitch only when IND batting LOL.,.,

  • bobmartin on January 7, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    A lot of criticism and blame for the recent losses is now being directed at Duncan Fletcher... Sorry guys.. wrong target.. The majority of the Indian team is the same as it was under Gary Kirsten who according to those same people was the bees knees... And again, as someone has pointed out, it's not the coach who has let your side down, it's the 11 who took the field.. However, as is the wont of a lot of these supporters, a foreign coach is a far easier target than your own overrated over-hyped superstars who are the real culprits..

  • jo_cricfan on January 7, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    Really disappointed by the Indian team's performance... Winning and losing is a part of any sport... So losing is not a problem but the way in which they are losing is a problem... No fighting spirit at all... They are meekly surrendering... But as an Indian fan I hope for the best and Wish Indian Team performs better in the rest of the series... All The Best TeamIndia... We are always there to support you...

  • OzHarris on January 7, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    We are in a position where teams like bdesh question about our ranking. they think they are better than us but every time they play they play out of their skin Unlike INDIANS. we 'll not learn. Its about poor fans who get disappointed most of the time and iam one em. Thanks TEAM INDIA

  • gunnerr4life on January 7, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    Usman Khuwaja should replace Marsh !!

  • JG2704 on January 7, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    @most Indian fans please don't take this personally but Ind seems to be on a downward spiral as far as tests are concerned.I know many said about the England tour- IPL,Injuries,TirednessThe reasons I don't totally buy this is because after IPL Ind played WI and rested many of their key players.Dravid who wasnt rested was the only batsman who left Eng tour having performed well.Zaheerwas used by many as a reason why they lost the series but surely even on his top form he'd have only help close the gap and in this1 looked very ineffective against an Aus batting line up which showed vulnerabilities both vs SA and weaker NZ bowling line ups.I think you have probs in this format of the game.I'm not one who says Ind can't play away-stats from yesteryear mean nothing anyway.But what I will say is that the(same)Indian batsmen of old would not have looked so vulnerable so often as in recent tests.Maybe more Indian test batsmen should play domestic cric overseas for experience of diff conditions

  • ayon_duke on January 7, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    @Anushman you want the oldies to retire?:/ Sachin tendulkar is the leading run scorer so far!the youngster as well the best ODI batsman virat kohli totally failed! & you want to put more youngsters in the team! remember what clarke said in the presentation? you always need experience in your side! so stop blaming oldies without reasons!-.-

  • adsat on January 7, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    I still think that Tendulkar is superstitious (as many cricket players are) about his 100th 100 as to when and where and against whom to score it. If you watch his last few innings (incl the recent one against the WI in Mumbai 96) since this euphoria started, he got closer to his 100 but virtually threw his wicket away. In Mumbai he needed only 4 to reach the landmark. He could have easily done that in singles. In Melbourne he got out in the last over of the day when he was well set. In the second inns in Sydney again he was well set. But when he passed 70 he went into his shell and was playing Clarke as if he was playing Warne in his heyday.That tells u something. How can a champ who is well set and nearing his 100 gets out in a manner that he got out to a bowler who is not a regular one? Mind boggling!!!

  • adsat on January 7, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    I still think that Tendulkar is superstitious (as many cricket players are) about his 100th 100 as to when and where and against whom to score it. If you watch his last few innings (incl the recent one against the WI in Mumbai 96) since this euphoria started, he got closer to his 100 but virtually threw his wicket away. In Mumbai he needed only 4 to reach the landmark. He could have easily done that in singles. In Melbourne he got out in the last over of the day when he was well set. In the second inns in Sydney again he was well set. But when he passed 70 he went into his shell and was playing Clarke as if he was playing Warne in his heyday.That tells u something. How can a champ who is well set and nearing his 100 gets out in a manner that he got out to a bowler who is not a regular one? Mind boggling!!!

  • adsat on January 7, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    The writing was on the wall for the Indian selectors to see when this Indian team struggled in India to win against the below par West Indies team. They, somehow, just managed to win the first two tests and couldn't even pull off a win in the last test match in Mumbai when only less than 250 score was needed. This pathetic situation was in their own backyard, then how could you expect them to win in someone else's territory?

  • stark-truth on January 7, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    Indian fans have to stick their heads out of the sand now. Staistics are important yes, and longevity goes a long way in accumulating for the runs and centuries records. But an average is a best indicator of how solidly performances do stack up to the rest and levels the playing field a bit. More so, performing in such mega matches Downunder scores far more in the books of connoiseurs. Clarke, Ponting and Hussey have showed up terribly the trio of Tendulkar, Dravid and Sehwag.

  • spinkingKK on January 7, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    Whenver my friends in Australia told me that this was India's best chance a test series win here, I always disagreed. India's best chance was in 2003 and 2007. They had a batting line-up which were very experienced, versatille and still young enough. Austalian bowling had experience, but not too much of energy. Austalia was somewhat relying on their spinners and it was good for India. But, the current setup is different. Australia got young fast bowlers who had no experince of playing in Kolkatta 2001, India's batting line-up is full of old guys with limitations on running between wickets, catching and fielding. India of today doesn't have a hard working spinner like Kumble or fierce competetor like Harbhajan. When I compared these two teams pre-series, Australia was better in all the departments - except for the experience. I can't imagine that by replacing seniors with Rohit Sharma, Badrinath or Pujara would have improved the performance.

  • PallabBanerjee on January 7, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    Let us accept the fact that Cricket or football is not in our blood, because these sports need a lot of mental and physical strength which we Indian lack. However, to overcome this the other most important aspect required is the pride to represent and play for the country, which can act as a tonic and make us better performers but with todays cricketers who only have one point agenda and that is too earn more and more, what else do we expect , but only one loss after another.

  • RasCric on January 7, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    If NZ can beat Australia in Australia, and India cannot, does that mean NZ is better team than India :P

  • on January 7, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    In late breaking news a country with a billion people finds something other than cricket to channel their passion into.......

  • nachami on January 7, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    I displayed the bowlers analysis for the India V Australia tour in Australia in 2008. Out of 4 tests, 3 won by Australia and one drawn. In the drawn match, all our then batsmen contributed so well which might be the reason for a draw. However in all the three matches which were won by Australia, our batting was absolutely horrible though our bowlers did reasonably well. According to me, if we need to win a test match, our batsmen have to score. Bowlers will automatically fall in line. As simple as that! Anybody could challenge. Let our batsmen score in first innings 400 + at Perth - the same set of bowlers would deliver the job for the team. We can play with 5 bowler concept. Drop Kohli and bring in Ojha. See the result.

  • nachami on January 7, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    INDIA AUSTRALIA 4TH TEST MATCH IN AUSTRALIA 2008 - BOWLERS ANALYSIS

    Bowling O M R W Econ RP Singh 4 0 14 0 3.50 pathan 36 2 112 3 3.11 (3w) Sharma 40 6 115 3 2.87 (8nb, 4w) Harbhajan48 5 128 1 2.66 Kumble 30 4 109 1 3.63 (2nb) Sehwag 19 2 51 2 2.68 SR Tendulkar 1 0 6 0 6.00 SC Ganguly 3 1 6 0 2.00 (1nb)

    RESULT : AUSTRALIA WON!!!

  • nachami on January 7, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    INDIA AUSTRALIA 2ND TEST MATCH IN AUSTRALIA 2008 - BOWLERS ANALYSIS Bowlingg O M R W Econ RP Singh 16 2 74 1 4.62 (2w) I Sharma 14 2 59 0 4.21 (2nb, 1w) Harbhajan33 6 92 2 2.78 A Kumble 40 3 148 4 3.70 (7nb) Tendulkar 2 0 6 0 3.00 Yuvrah 2 0 11 0 5.50 AUSTRALIA WON!!!!

  • nachami on January 7, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    INDIA AUSTRALIA 1ST TEST MATCH IN AUSTRALIA 2008 - BOWLERS ANALYSIS Bowling O M R W Econ RP Singh 20 3 82 1 4.1 (1w) Harbhaj 20 3 61 0 3.05 Ganguly 3 1 15 0 5 (1nb) Kumble 25 4 84 5 3.36 Tendulkar 1 0 2 0 2 AUSTRALIA WON!!!!

  • JG2704 on January 7, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    @Meety on (January 07 2012, 01:37 AM GMT) - I'll partly bow down to you on that one as I wasn't an ESPN user back then. In fact I luckily stumbled across this website when I was trying to keep up with a Somerset match and SKY text was rubbish so I did some googling. What I can say is that there were a heavy percentage of Indian excuse makers re the last England tour and an extremely small percentage that gave Eng any credit or even lambasted their own team. Most nations would do the latter (natural instincts). And on that ill fated OD tour most of the small number of Eng fans who stayed and too the hostilities made no excuses for the bad form .One of the points I'll add is how many fans said that the ZK injury was such a huge factor. In the 1st Aus test he did well but in the 2nd test.. and this is against an Oz batting line up which in the last year or 2 have been behind Englands. Even now all we still get it from some quarters.

  • sweetspot on January 7, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    What is really much worse than seeing India lose is seeing all of India's loser fans, who can celebrate when winning, but cannot hold back from cursing when the team is down. Any team can go through slumps, for whatever reason. I personally don't have any problem with India doing well just at home. And just the other small matter of Test cricket - it is boring and dying. Glad India are focussed on the ODI format.

  • sweetspot on January 7, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    And what does this great Australian victory prove? Something we should have realized a long time ago - ALL teams are good at home, and sometimes this rule changes. No team these days can dominate while travelling, and sometimes this changes. So what? What is all the ruckus here about?

  • DMS1111 on January 7, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    Rapidstar.....but we still beat India.....2 from 2 so far....i bet you were crying after the first 2 test results..

  • on January 7, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    I don't think there will be any changes in the Indian team for the next test. Bringing rohit in for kohli won't make any difference. sehwag has to play for atleast 20 overs.. gambhir should be aware of the balls outside off.. if these 2 can make 100 together.. then our middle order will be in a good position to score runs freely.. then dhoni down the order can bat in his natural style and kohli ashwin can make some contribution.. 400 easy.. now the rest depends on discipline bowling, attacking field and decent fielding. 2-2.

  • gracie29 on January 7, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    Great innings from Clarke - but now is time for the captain to take on the number 3 spot. I personally have wondered whether he would ever be a suitable first drop,but his variety of hundreds over the past year has made me think he might be the best candidate. His 151 in SA and his fluent hundreds in Sri Lanka and Brisbane are further evidence to suggest maybe its time for him to take on the resonsibility of being the man to shape an innings...... not simply ressurect it. You know it makes sense!!!!!!!

  • mrcool on January 7, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    Give chance to Robin uthappa....his technique is suited to fast pitches...but unfortunately selection is based on records on flat tracks in domestics where uthappa fails...

  • on January 7, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    India will never win a series in australia and south africa. Not even in their dreams.......lol

  • SHAKIB_IS_CLASS on January 7, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    All aussies are praising punter now for his knock in this series so far where as the same aussies were questioning the place of punter in the team. Similaly some of the menbers in our team are not performing in this series but they will bounce back surely.

  • SFGoldenGate on January 7, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    @IndnCrktfan, Why not break down team India's performance as a team. You have individuial players with many records but how many of them are in winning cause? From 2000 onwards India's record is little better but nothing extra-ordinary. So, stop yours stats show. @Nampally, I am really disappointed at you now, because a wise man and great cricket fan like you is trying to find faults with the coach now. But do whatever makes you happy. Coaches does not play in the field and I do not think legends like big 3 is not doing well because of the coaching. After all they have almost 35,000 runs and 475 test experience under their belt.

  • Hammond on January 7, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    @Suresh Lalvani- I suppose we should ignore 6 decades of interesting umpiring in India as well then? I have some initials for you- DRS! And by the way, if India doesn't care about test cricket that's fine by us, they've never actually given us any competition in Australia anyway. We can wait for the ashes every few years to get some decent cricket played. In the interim watch the rise of football in India after people get bog bored of flat tracks, flat track bullies and no foreign touring teams. Best of luck with that!

  • Sakthiivel on January 7, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    India doing their best. Cant do anything, other than showing doors to old men in the team. We dont have the bowling attack to take Aus Wickets. We never won in Aus before but we will win one day. Keep hope and trying Team India..

  • on January 7, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    A lot is said about the team we fielded...Frankly this is the best we got. Except maybe Virat there is no other slot. Dhoni and Duncan have no new ideas and they are probably just waiting for the oldies to retire. I doubt that dropping the oldies now is a smart idea. We need to persist and let them prove their worth. If they cant till end of series then some should go. This is also a result of poor planning...we hardly send any players for A tours in advance of a big tour. And then ones who did well in the only A tour are not being played (Vinay and Rohit).

    All the best team - show your class in the next match.

  • on January 7, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    Dhoni is the poor test captain of all time..he got a wonderful team and he doesnt know how to lead them in a test match..Ganguly didnt have this kind of team and they performed like champions in Australia..Indian team won test matches under dhoni's captaincy and please dont think this is because of his tallent...

  • on January 7, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    Indian fans instead of being adamant over certain issues and getting bit of emotional, should learn to embrace current team situation and try to support Team in upright way. No use of speaking about past records or umpiring decisions, for they cannot change our team's fortunes. I hope CRICINFO publish my sensible comments.

  • aaish on January 7, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    after this series laxman should retire and within one year sachin and dravid also get retirement before transfer there so called knowledge to youngster (i hope).. if all three gone together, India will be in disaster situation..

  • on January 7, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    Before the start of series indians fans hoping india win for 4-0 after melbourne it was 3-1 now 2-2.Guys please stop dreaming this indian team never win any test series outside home so please watch home matches and IPL

  • on January 7, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    BCCI soley behind Indian debacle, why they let ICC to have Indian cricket team tour outside India. This is the main reason.

  • jonesy2 on January 7, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    hhillbumper --- hahaha ummm i havent been anywhere mate considering australia havent been losing at all king clarke is yet to lose a test series and a think it will be a long long long time till he does, maybe never. lyon is a quality spinner who has only played 9 tests if you werent a fool you would know that he will be the best in the world soon enough. weak top three? haha shaun marsh and david warner are the most talented new batsmen in the world since michael clarke debuted and watson is the best player in the world albiet he is injured right now. doesnt matter if the quicks get injured there are so many superstar fast men to come in as back up due the to ridiculous depth something that no other nation could dream of hilf isnt even first choice!! hahahaha

  • sunny1307 on January 7, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    There is still some unfinished business for Ponting.I believe he should continue in tests until January 2014 home ashes in Australia and then retire from tests.Then he could concentrate whole year on odi's and play till 2015 world cup which will end in february and finally retire.Targets for punter 1.Beat india in india in a test series in march 2013,beat england in england august 2013,beat england in australia jan 2014 and finally win back the world cup :)

  • on January 7, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    this is the most weekest side of austrlia which ever india faced since four series,look at ausies spin dept Lyon so pathetic,look at auesies opening batsmna cown,marsh and warner..if india is still unabale to beat them then am sure they cant beat BD as well in BD...icc plz rethink over india test status

  • sony_sr on January 7, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    The same team was winning majority of the matches under kristen. how come it fail this much miserably now. isn't it fletcher who is the only difference now?

  • Moggy1 on January 7, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    I have just finished reading all the comments and am surprised at the vitriol of the comments by [I presume] Indian supporters towards their team. It is certainly painful to lose [Ashes defeats definitely leave scars] but the role of supporters is surely to support their team. Constructive criticism and suggestions are one thing, wholesale bagging of the team is another. I fully expected that we would lose this series given the apparent strength of the Indian batting but have been delighted by the performance of the Australian team, everyone contributing in one way or another to the overall result. Brad Haddin's form at the moment is a bit of a worry but it is not so bad that it would be worth disrupting the team by dropping him. The return, in form, of Hilfy was an enormous bonus. I wish Sachin would get his century, the constant reference to it is getting tedious and it must be playing on the mind of even so serene a batsman. Go Australia at Perth!

  • on January 7, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    @IndnCrktfan: exactly this is the problem with u guyz, u always talk about individual records...why don't u talk about the indian team as a whole...i'll tell u indian team has better win/loss ratio in both tests and odis just against bangladesh,zimbabwe,srilanka and newzealand...all ur claims have just been a humiliation for u guyz...u always come up with the statements like everybody is jealous of u guyz but apart from india nobody else thinks india to be the greatest team, yes at home they are unbeatable...now face these facts rather than making lame excuses!!!

  • landl47 on January 7, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    If India think they have a problem now, think what it will be like in a couple of years when RD, ST and VVS are all gone and Sehwag and Zaheer are 35. This is already a very old team by modern standards and the cracks are starting to show. The Aussies are rightly celebrating their win and Clarke's performance in particular, but a closer look reveals some ominous signs. The two old guys have been the only batsmen to support Clarke and they'll be gone in a couple of years, too. Siddle and Hilf were good enough for India, but not for England last year. Pattinson looked to be wearing down by the second innings- speed down to the high 130s/ low 140s and not moving the ball, result 1-106. Lyon has got 2 wickets, Nos. 10 and 11, in 2 tests for 180 runs and he hasn't been able to keep an end tight. Haddin looked terrible behind the stumps. This is the same Aus team that was rolled over for 47 by SA and lost to NZ at home. Don't get carried away by the euphoria of beating a weak Indian team.

  • shamlaatu on January 7, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas.... Apparently there is a huge majority of that 1 billion people who love Dhoni. Have u stopped to wonder why he is most highest paid cricketer in the world? There are only a small majority of old school cricket lovers like u n me r left. Rest of the world has moved on to this bang bang T20 style of watered down cricket standard. My problem is not team India itself but the Indian media that puts this team on such a high horse as if Indian team is some sorta God sent army of impregnable warriors that can't be messed up with. The media should learn a lesson of not putting this team so high that it looks like standing on its last leg on top of a cliff because it's gonna hurt a lot more when the team falls off the clif to hit the rock bottom.

  • bhrangi on January 7, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    @loveupak on (January 06 2012, 18:30 PM GMT) : Dude even i was also thinking of same fact, But we are facing it and have to face it - Indian team fan. Some fans passed arrogant fans on other team and they left, most of us suffering. When India lose, people here were happy and started to comment., when India starts to win these bashes disappear. Thank god ESPN have censor in allowing comments.

  • Leg-Breaker on January 7, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    Sehwag's cavalier attitude has cost us the game - time and again he exposes the middle order early and force them into a defensive rather than consolidating mode. Clearly, the flat track bully and a proven abject failure is persisted with because he makes 200 against WI in Indore and 114 against Bermuda?

    His exultation at reaching 200, a personal milestone demonstrated the lack of team spirit. Critics will argue the runs he makes goes to the team's tally - but the quality of runs matter. If Clarke has scored 400 it would have gone to Australia's total but would not have helped Aussies much because of the time. He realized it and declared and that exemplifies the team spirit.

    If we lose let us lose with game triers, men who at least try sincerely like a Gambhir or Dravid - not lazy bums like Sehwag.

    Please publish

  • y.deva on January 7, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    No matter what India is one of the toughest team to beat in any country. Guys just because you lose one or two series you can't name a team bad. Australians lost ashes in England and in Australia that is in last summer, not too long ago. Any country is tough to beat in their home country, even Bangladesh is tough to beat thats why they lost in Zimbabwe. So stop talking non sense and let the countries play ther cricket we fans enjoy and stop our nonsense of words..

  • on January 7, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    There used to be an Era when Sunil Gavaskar was playing for India in Test Cricket.in those days as soon as Sunil Gavaskar gets out people used to come to a decision that India was destined to be beaten, and invariably this happened those days. After watching the Syn Deny Yest I have come to the conclusion That India is not different even today.As soon as Sachin gets out !one could safely presume that India would be beaten.I think this trend might continue for a long time unless some kids or new borne of today become Cricketers & d for a new generation team some times in the year 2035. But then too winning by India is doubtful because of environmental problems. By the year 2035 !the Earth is going to have maximum fever at the verge of collapse as a result of Increase in Global Temperature on earth,.as we can not make INDORE stadiums with big A/C plants installed for playing cricket,it is better if we forget of any golden days for cricket any more.April22012 is enough for us. Sreedharan

  • ANIL777 on January 7, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    The line and legth of INDIAN bowlers was not perfect except Zaheer Khan the other two pacers were worst in the 2nd test they should have to learn from the Aussies Pacers how to maintain their LINE n Length, an for the third Test rule out Umesh and ishant get back IRFAN n OJHA in the playing eleven.

  • bhrangi on January 7, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    @All Fans: Don't write off India completely in overseas, India is not consistent in TEST that is the fact. Overseas / subcontinent condition, our batsmen don't have temper ( thanks to IPL) except 3. Even in INDIA, our team ll struggle in TEST against good attack. MIND U we are World Champs in ODI, I still hope, its very very hard to beat INDIA in ODI, irrespective to condition. Don't tell about last ENG tour, all matches were close even the rain and injuries played major part. Even ENG fans hav to accept that.

  • RasCric on January 7, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    Probably now it is the right time to call Indian team a Dad's Army. Can't catch, caan't dive, can't bend their backs, can't move their feet. They can't even score a ton even on a flat track like sydney. Even the title of flat track bullies seems inappropriate now. They are now just backyard bullies.

  • bhrangi on January 7, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    @JG2704: I didn't mean to say all Eng fans some one like 5wombats, he ll say excuses and said when ENG loses in INDIA (" Heat won something like that ) and ll try to show himself as unbiased fan. Dude ur exceptional

  • waqarhashmi on January 7, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    read most of the comment all u friends write.. well to me beaing indian team fan i would like to suggest to catoons who run BCCI, please only arrang home serious with weeker teams like zambabway, b,desh, scotland or holand so our so called run maschines can pilup runs and break all the batting records and our bowler can fly high getting wicket. please stop embarrassing us and stop overseas trip. our money macking star are only good posing for tv. APPNAY GHAR KAY SHEER. "SHAME"

  • truebleue_cricfan on January 7, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    Dhoni, BCCI, Indian selectors = Ostriches with heads buried in sand.

  • LillianThomson on January 7, 2012, 3:55 GMT

    @SureshLalvani thinks that with better umpiring India (featuring Tendulkar, Laxman and Dravid) would have won their last three series in Australia! Three series ago they lost 3-0, by massive margins of 285 runs, 180 runs and an Innings and 141 runs. The umpiring must have been as bad as Suresh's memory! Two series ago they drew 1-1 against a weakened Australia, and failed to take 20 wickets in either of the two other Tests. Last time around they lost 2-1 and in the final (drawn) match took only 10 Australian wickets. The umpiring must have been really bad if it robbed India of victory. Indian fans should acknowledge what neutrals (I'm a Kiwi) have been saying all along. India - Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman and all - lost heavily in 99-00 and 07-08 and only drew in 03-04 because both Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne were absent.

  • inefekt on January 7, 2012, 3:24 GMT

    Indian fans, you need to realise that your great triumvirate are heading towards the twilight of their respective careers, the inevitable end of career slump is fast approaching, if it's not already upon them. It happens to all great players (OK so Bradman still averaged 100+ in his final year but he's a statistical anomaly if ever there was one!). Also, your batsmen are facing a rejuvenated Australian bowling lineup - Siddle and Hilfy are completely different bowlers to those that were demolished by England last year while the likes of Pattinson et al are fantastic prospects who will trouble most batsman around the world, not just those in their twilight years. This new Australian side is still finding its feet, as the NZ loss highlighted, but when they finally settle (and hopefully minimise the number of injuries they are afflicted with) they will be a formidable opposition and should make their way back to be a top 2 or 3 test playing nation. It's no disgrace to be beaten by them.

  • nickydude on January 7, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    More than all the wins, Dhoni shud be remembered for the blunders he commited, in what would've been historic agression. For eg, no to gor for the win in Newlands, not to go for the 90 odd runs win in 15 overs in WI, goofing it up with his idiotic field settings when Eng were 124-8 & now this. Sorry, MS, not much diff bet u & others.

  • rapidstar on January 7, 2012, 3:10 GMT

    Australia didn't win, it is India that is lost due to bad captaincy from Dhoni. So, Aussie fans, don't over celebrate. Not so long ago you were trashed by England, a month ago you were all out for 47 against SA.

  • DebashisCalcutta on January 7, 2012, 2:56 GMT

    I feel really sorry to see my countrymen comment like this "atleast We were not bowled out for 47". etc as if we (indians) have the rights to belittle other nations if we scored more than 47 . Shame on us !!!! Oh no , wait , we can do that coz we are financially so powerful (what if we dont behave in a dignified way !!!) .... Ah yes , IPL is coming ...but I guess no point in blaming IPL , we spectators watch that and hence IPL is what it is , just the logic of demand/supply .. WE HAVE TO ACCEPT THAT WE DO NOT HAVE A SPORTING CULTURE IN OUR COUNTRY ..ITS A ONE-SPORT COUNTRY .... My $0.2 cents 1.Make the first class infrastructure better (lively pitches ) 2 . Develop a sports culture in the country

  • bodobodo on January 7, 2012, 2:37 GMT

    Many of the posters comment about retiring Laxman, Dravid and even Sachin. Do you guys remember how many new players India tried over last few years? Almost whole lot in England was new. What they did?

    These guys were atleast able to post 400 score in the second inning facing deficit of 500.

    No changes needed. Old is God. (No typo)

  • on January 7, 2012, 2:04 GMT

    Here we go again. Suresh Lalvani ( 22:46 PM GMT) claims the last 3 series would have been won by India BUT.(everyone pull out hankies please) . the silly umpires made hundreds of errors, all which favoured Aus. He is whinging about the Sydney test where the BCCI disgracefully demanded the sacking of the West Indian Umpire. Of course, there were no qualms in the next test (Perth) when 6 dodgy decisions all went India's way and they won that match. Maybe Suresh wants it back to the good old days, where test wickets in the sub-continent were like a dug-up road and local umpires gave every LBW appeal for their team and bugger all for visiting teams. No wonder no one likes you. England, South Africa and Australia all play on faster wickets and they all know this is India's weakness. In 2 tests so far, the only time the Fab Four have looked like scoring is on the day 4 Sydney pitch. Lucky for India, Patterson, Cummings, Johnston and Cutting are all wounded, so they do have a small chance.

  • Cric12345au on January 7, 2012, 2:01 GMT

    Brilliant innings from Clarke and Great bowling by Hilfa and Siddle to bowl india to 287 for 7. Too bad Pattinson is injured. Best XI when all are fit: Warner, Cowan, Ponting or Marsh, Watson, Clarke, M Hussey or Cooper or Khawaja, Paine, Pattinson, Cummins, Harris, Lyon. This XI will Hopefully regain the Ashes in 2013. The target should be to whitewash india 4-0 and will put them on 111 points with india dropping to 111 points( but india will be slightly ahead on the rankings ). From there, they should be aiming to win against WI to go to no.3. Then, they will need to beat SA to go to No.2. With that in the 2013 Ashes it will be a showdown between the No.1 and No.2 sides. XI for Perth: Warner, Cowan, Marsh, Ponting, Clarke(c), M Hussey, Haddin(WK)( i have no idea what he contributes to the team now), Siddle, Harris, Hilfenhaus, Starc. Cricinfo Please Publish.

  • on January 7, 2012, 1:59 GMT

    India able to Draw the series if the below things happen. 3rd Test team X1 & Strategy: * Opening Partnership must be 70 Plus * Need to reshuffle Dravid & laxman Position * Replace Kohli with Rohit Sharma * Alteast 2 Centuries & 2 Fifties from Top 7 Batsman * Include 2 Spinners (Just bowl as much as maidens with attacking field setup) * Include only 2 quick's(Zaheer & Umesh Yadav)

    1. Gambhir 2. Shewag (In Perth - 29&43) 3. VVS. Laxman(In Perth -27&79) 4. Sachin(In Perth- 114,15,71,13) 5. Dravid (In Perth - 93&3) 6. Rohit Sharma 7. Dhoni 8. Ashwin 9. Zaheer 10. Ojha 11. Yadav

  • on January 7, 2012, 1:54 GMT

    What are the problem with pakistan and Bangladesh cricket fans they are talking like that their team has won all the test matches in Austrailia com on Bangladesh.Do look into your team not ours.And SL also donno what happens

  • shramiac1 on January 7, 2012, 1:44 GMT

    Suresh Lalvani wrote; However, it is widely accepted that if the umpiring had been better in Australia, India would have won the previous three test series in Australia.

    Funnily enough, most other countries would say the same thing about their tours to India!!!!

  • only_sehwag on January 7, 2012, 1:40 GMT

    Dhoni will remain the captain of the indian team as long as he is bringing the IPL to chennai super kings....thats the hard truth...dhoni, kohli and gambhir should be dropped immediately...ashwin can be in the team as a specialist batsman...rohit and ashwin in place of kohli and gambhir...ojha should take place of ashwin as a bowler..

  • Meety on January 7, 2012, 1:37 GMT

    @JG2704 - I disagree that "...Most of us England fans don't do excuses..." the avalanche of excuses trotted out between the Ashes & the W/Cup was deafening & EVERY Pommy fan did it! Yes the Indian fans bemoaning their 4nil capitulation in England was tiresome & the recent ODI failure in India by the England side didn't see much excuse making (although there were some using the 2nd string, 3rd string arguement). That is FACT. I would say (bias) that Oz & Pakistan are the countries that use the least excuses, followed closely by NZ!

  • righthandbat on January 7, 2012, 0:58 GMT

    India have a great chance of winning the next match if they are willing to swing the axe and make a few changes. With Pattinson out, they will be facing a more experienced bowler in Harris, but at least one that isn't in great form. Gambhir, decent score or not should be returned to the nets to work on his technique. Dravid and Kohli could also return to the nets for a match. R Sharma, Rahane and Kumar would be my choices to come in, with Dhoni at 6 and Ashwin up to 7. It makes for a longer tail, but I think that Ashwin is good enough to be considered an allrounder.

    Team: Sehwag, Rahane, R Sharma, Tendulkar, Laxman, Dhoni, Ashwin, Khan, I Sharma, Yadav, Kumar.

  • on January 7, 2012, 0:56 GMT

    @ suresh lalvani ! don't blame ur faliures in australia. The simple fact is that ur team isn't good enough. They will be thrashed 4-0 like in 1999-2000.

  • RSBali on January 7, 2012, 0:44 GMT

    Don't worry my Indian supporters. Both Aus and Eng are touring India in 2013 to play 4 tests each. It will be dubbed as the revenge series and BCCI will prepare very supporting wickets that will turn square on day one and play with four spinners in the playing eleven.

  • adsat on January 7, 2012, 0:37 GMT

    The Indian fans are calling the Kiwis a weak side beating the aussies in Hobart. But look at the way they bowled in the second inns. That proves that this aussie batting line up is not invincible if the bowlers stick to their plans and not disturbed by the match situation. That is where the Indian bowlers went wrong. Bravo Kiwis.

  • on January 7, 2012, 0:31 GMT

    Well Well Well after 4-0 that is on cards and i can't believe my eyes that i am seeing world champs screwed and humiliated like this oh sorry i forgot World cup was in India who can win none other than Team India, Men in Blue, Dhoni 11 etc etc .....Come on guys get over it now stop seeing Tendulkar and praying for him for his 100th Ton as country is far most important than individuals and Clarke gave all of us perfect example i really sorry for the Indian team and i may suggest one thing they can invite any team like West Indies, Bangladesh, Newzealand to their home land after this Australian Thrashing and they can come back to number 1 spot this is the only way...And now please don't remind Shastri's Audi in 1983 or Sachin's screwing aussies in sharjah 1998 or Laxman/Dravid huge partnership at calcutta or semifinal win at world cup against Pakistan as everything is past now and live with in present and think about future but you can't because in future sachin's 100th ton is there poor

  • one-eyed-but-keepinitreal on January 7, 2012, 0:27 GMT

    @suresh lalvani after posting a comment about revisionism I see you have fallen into the same trap. India would not have won a modern series in Australia under a DRS. I don't know where you get your fanciful "widely accepted that" India would have won their last three Australian series but for umpiring from. Probably lala land. Decisions that advantaged India, both Tendulker and Dravid profited significantly after they should have been dismissed lbw early in the Sydneygate test, also occured. again I will add my own revisionism, but for some poor umpiring, instead of winning one out of their last four series in India, Australia would have won three out of four.

  • Ms.Cricket on January 7, 2012, 0:18 GMT

    India should give a chance to Rohit Sharma and Rahane in the next Test. On the next tour Dravid and Laxman, great as they are, will not be around while Rohit and Rahane could be. Indian fielding needs more spark. So best is to cut losses and look forward and gain experience for the future. India cannot win this series now so the best team for next Test should be Sehwag, Gambhir, Rahane, Tendulkar, Rohit, Kohli, Dhoni, Ashwin or Ojha, Zaheer, Ishant and Yadav.

  • adsat on January 7, 2012, 0:17 GMT

    The simple recipe for an Indian bowler is to bowl persistenly on off stump or just outside of it. The Indian bowlers in this match bowled either too much straighter, on the pads or on the leg side. That gave the Punter and Huss to regain their form. The aussie bowlers did the opposite. I am surprised that the Indian coaching staff can't pick up this huge blunder and address it. When J. Pattinson tried the Indian way in the Second inns, he went for a ride. If the Indians want to learn how to bowl, they must just get hold of all the VDO footages of Glenn McGrath's bowling and they will know what I am talking about.

  • ashes61 on January 7, 2012, 0:07 GMT

    Right, a look at AUS. Clinical demolition job over a side already in free fall. Well done. But no time for optimism generally. AUS remains a side in transition, looking for several (that's 7 or 8) new players who have yet to emerge. Who will be ready for the Ashes next year, away to the No 1 side by some distance, who shredded AUS a year ago by huge margins, & who are now even stronger? One very good bat (Clarke), two promising rookie quicks, but with still a huge amount to prove, and inexperienced. Siddle? Honest tryer, but won't be good enough. Always admired Hilf, now a genuinely better bowler, so he may make it. No-one else. No spinner whatsoever - should never have dumped Hauritz, least bad of a poor bunch. Obviously we'll see a new keeper. Batting? Punter & Huss yet again? Perhaps, if in form but it'll be a tough tour for old timers. Shield cricket in disarrray, Big Bash doing to your young bats what IPL has done to India. 5-0 not unlikely! I c'd be wrong, as in 58/59 & 89!!!

  • Principle on January 7, 2012, 0:01 GMT

    Well it was only a matter of time. Again, Indian cricket has become very arrogant and short sighted. I imagined Australia would win because their arrogance is natural, they don't pretend. When I was growing up I used respect the Indian team next to the West because they played hard but they respected their opponents. Humility was always an Indian quality that I admired. People like Gavaskar, Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman etc. Don't lose yourselves India, remain humble but maintain your competitive nature.

  • on January 6, 2012, 23:57 GMT

    Indian test team are long overdue for changes. They should have picked Irfan Pathan, playing 5 bowlers, they should have also picked a good leg spinner (Rahul sharma may be too inexperienced at the moment), and of course they should have picked Rohit Sharma. A more adventurous move would have been to let Ashwin open (if I am not mistaken, he is an opener at the state level?). For all that Dhoni has done - I agree with some other people here that he is not a test player and captain. My XI would have been: R Ashwin, V Sehwag (c), R Dravid, S Tendulkar, R Sharma, V Laxman, W Saha (w), I Pathan, I Sharma/ Rahul Sharma, Z Khan, U Yadav. I would have said play Kohli instead of Laxman, but seeing recent performances, Laxman is perhaps only marginally better.

  • on January 6, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    No point is blasting away the batsmen when India ONLY managed taking 4 wickets in whole test match!!! I think Indian team and their batsmen and bowlers are not tuned to play test matches anymore. Their body language, aggresiveness and commitment is obviouly lacking.

  • ashes61 on January 6, 2012, 23:42 GMT

    All going exactly as expected. I thought months ago AUS would win this rubber with their eyes closed, & they are. Even with such a weak AUS side (& it still is VERY weak) the fact that they managed to hold SA & NZ recently confirmed that they'd have no trouble with this lot. ENG ripped IND to shreds a few months ago (look at the margins again!) & IND simply have nothing left to give. On paper, a fine side with pedigree, but in reality, their rapid decline (only to be expected by now) puts them around 6th or 7th in the world, probably slightly ahead of Zim & Bang. Poor Tendulkar - once a God, now he's criticised for trying to get his 100/100. He's trying to score runs for IND in whatever way he can - any 50 or 100 will help right now! In 2011, only Dravid stemmed the tide. Why are we Poms so chuffed at this result? 'Cos Indian fans hijacked the Ashes comments here last year, screamig "We are No 1"! And we had a gutful of excuses from them all last summer, so well done AUS.

  • ZsZs on January 6, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    How come we do not get a dramatic headline when India has an innings defeat? Why does Cricinfo pick on the lower teams to do a sensational headline like: Another innings defeat for limp Bangladesh - by Monga on 12/12/11? Kind of imbalanced...hmmm

  • bullpit1 on January 6, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    What a pathetic display by India, If I was a fan I would follow another sport. That was the worst test I have ever saw. The fact that Dhoni couldn't care less about getting Clarke or Hussey out made me sick. Against India all a batsman has to do is hit the ball and there are runs, whereas against the Aussies it is the opposite. I hope it does go to 4-0 to be totally humiliated and then maybe some changes will occur. Has it occurred to anyone that there are no more hundreds left in Tendulkar, he is too old and Dravid got runs recently due to great luck, go back to the teats against the West Indies when he started scoring again he could have been out in single figures, but as we all know the WI are also pathetic and let him off the hook badly. He will not make another 50 in this series, his defence is shot, too old also - why not give Laxman the flick also.

  • Lord_Dravid on January 6, 2012, 23:25 GMT

    please dont talk about bangladesh here..it annoys me that they still have test status.

  • Lmaotsetung on January 6, 2012, 23:20 GMT

    Bowlers win test matches...PLAN n SIMPLE! A lot of Indians were overjoyed at Yadav's performance in Melbourne but I did point out how he got his wickets, i.e more batsmen error than good bowling. You can bowl 145kpm all day long but if you are straying on the pads and bowling both sides of the wicket, it aint gonna do you any good. Zak was done after his first couple of spells...could barely get over 125kpm on 3rd day. He was good on his first spell but that was it. Bottom line Ind bowlers can't build pressure and pressure usually leads to wickets. As far as the batting is concerned, Aus veterans used their experience and played according to conditions. Take their time to get in and once they see the bowlers tiring and straying on line and lengths, they went for the kill. All youngsters can learn from the Clarke, Trott, and Cook of the world. It's not about flashy shots...it's about survival and grinding the opposition down in Test cricket. It's as much mental as about skills

  • cyniket on January 6, 2012, 23:16 GMT

    @suresh lalvani, that might be widely accepted in india, but not by the rest of the world. everyone else knows that india have never been good enough to win in australia.

  • avijna on January 6, 2012, 23:10 GMT

    Why is India unable to produce a single good Fast (145 - 155) Bowler. India really needs 2 genuine quicks to win on Bouncy tracks. The fault is in the selection and encouragement. Pakistan has similar pitches to India. Yet they produce genuine fast bowlers, who do well in Bouncy tracks. The reason is simple the selectors in Pakistan will not consider anyone who bowls below 135MPH. Maybe India should start doing the same kind of selection to encourage picking genuine quicks. This may resolve some of the issues India has.

  • Str8Drve on January 6, 2012, 23:07 GMT

    Just a thought..Saurav is right..don't we all know Sachin (and thereby India) always does well if he plays positive, not waiting for a break or a ball change or stumps, just play the ball on merit ? Clarke's delivery was good but not good enough to get Sachin. Its just that Sachin was playing the waiting game and his concentration is not at its best when he does that. How many times have we seen him getting out just before stumps/lunch/tea ?

  • on January 6, 2012, 23:03 GMT

    This has to be one of the worst Indian teams to visit Australia. After so much hype it has come to this: The Indian batsmen are scared of the fast bowling and their bowlers lack penetration. Just look at the body language of the Indian players. Quite a few of them don't want to be there. Michael Clarke could have batted forever if he wanted to. India has to get back to basics and relearn to play the rising delivery. Kohli has had many chances and is a disappointment. Frankly, one can't see this team doing better in the series. It looks like another 4-0 defeat for them

  • Indiaforever on January 6, 2012, 23:02 GMT

    @crik4lyf how does clarke become a legend just because he has scored 300? Sachin and Dravid are both legends, even Clarke himself would agree to that. Your comment makes absolutely no sense. How many matches has clarke won for his team apart from this one?

  • dunger.bob on January 6, 2012, 23:01 GMT

    @Abdullah Shaikh : And there, ladies and gentlemen, is the core difference between the Indian and Aussie attitudes towards the game.

    Indians seem to be obsessed, obsessed I tell you, with statistics and records. To them, its all about individual glory. The good of the team is a secondary, almost incidental thing that sits far behind personal stats in the overall scheme of things.

    Aussie's on the other hand tend to go into any game with only one thing in mind. Winning. You will generally find 11 guys who are more than happy to "take one for the team".

    I know its dangerous and often wrong to make generalisations like that, but I can't help but think there is something to it in this case.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 6, 2012, 22:55 GMT

    I'm gutted. Sad story of Dravid, Sachin and VVS continues under the ODIish cum T20ish Test Captaincy of a gully standard cricketer. His nauseous 'front foot on the move and still in the air while the bat meets the ball' technique makes me sick in my stomach and his ODIish cum T20ish Test Captaincy is there for everyone to see, unless if people are blind. Enough is enough. I'm gutted. Why am I wasting my time when BCCI is blind and when Dhoni has no shame left in him?! Did he FOR ONCE say that he needs to at least think about the way he is Captaining our test team??? When a Captain is in such total denial, what can we do as fans? Is Cool the new synonym for Fool? Congratulations to Australia and Dhoni for shattering the dreams of a billion people....

  • heathrf1974 on January 6, 2012, 22:55 GMT

    India will have to begin changing some of their wickets and put some grass on some them at first class level. Without this many indian players are struggling to cope with the extra bounce. When England were struggling about 10 years ago, their main issue was professionalism. Under Andy Flower that has been addressed magnificantly and they are reaping the rewards. India will need to make some drastic changes as well if they hope to again regain their no.1 ranking.

  • likeintcricket on January 6, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    Wow!!! Great comment Mustafa. They deserve it...

  • on January 6, 2012, 22:46 GMT

    India have won the latest test series played in New Zealand & the West Indies. India have drawn in South Africa & Sri Lanka.

    Australia are thrashing India in the present series. However, it is widely accepted that if the umpiring had been better in Australia, India would have won the previous three test series in Australia.

    The worry is that after Sachin Tendulkar retires, very few people will watch Test Cricket in India.

  • 3inArow on January 6, 2012, 22:20 GMT

    India will NEVER win a series in Australia. All you worry about are stats and milestones. 4/659 dec. what a disgrace. My father once told me when Australia dominated test cricket from 1993 onwards that we could bot be fully respected until we won a series in India, when we WON the series in 2004 on Indian soil we proved ourselves as World Champions, India will NEVER do this therefore i cannot respect them as a team as i have never seen them perform to their ability in my country and usually go home losers. Go you Aussies 4-0

  • posybeon123 on January 6, 2012, 22:19 GMT

    loooooook at this. pathetic bowling. rohit sharma should play next game and ya cuz batting in first innings was the main point of downfall (and the bowling)... clarke isnt even like one of the best ..y did we let himhave a triple?

  • mustufa on January 6, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    Oh god plz stop saying Chak de india, after what has happened in the last 6 months, I won't even show my face here, with chak de india. Its more like Chuckh le india.

  • southafrican on January 6, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    I would think the Indians including their fans were more concerned with Tendulkar getting his 100th ton. This obsession took centre stage, while Clark showed excellent vision in sacrificing a world record within his reach. Winning a test match was far more important than personal milestones, and that he achieved this is a tribute to him. To the Indian fan admitting how much he enjoyed Pakistan being hammered by Australia some time ago, why criticise and deny Pak fans their share of joy at this point in time. Truth is you guys think you know cricket better than the rest of the world. No matter how much you shuffle your batting order or make player changes, you guys will always play second fiddle outside India. Live with it and accept it.

  • sathish008 on January 6, 2012, 21:43 GMT

    @Prithivi Raj - And we may lose the serious 4-0. Hope India will prove me wrong :)

  • cfhasib on January 6, 2012, 21:42 GMT

    Strip India's test status atleast on foreign soil, that is, they will only have Test Status if playing in home ground. That will keep the Indian fans in check who religiously advocate to ban Bangladesh's test Status.

  • JG2704 on January 6, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    I fear that this will now become a one sided series.After the 1st test I was preaching that Australia had the ability to collapse as shown vs SA and the weaker NZ and also in the 1st test the game was in the balance-swinging one way then the next-until the last day.Their bowling looked threatening too. In this game-apart from when Aus were 3 down-India were never in a position of hope and their bowling looked very tame even if Clarke,Hussey,Ponting had much to do with it.Fair play to Indian batsmen for showing some fight in the 2nd inns although none of the experienced Gambhir,Sachin and VVS converted their scores into 100s which was what was required.Don't really know what India should do from here.Rohit Sharma seems to be a must and Kohli looks very vulnerable but dropping Kohli is certainly just a short term fix.While India might have a great talent pool esp in the batting dept and in the shorter forms of the game it seems from what Ive seen that there is little depth re test player

  • pauldk on January 6, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    Dear Indian fans. After loosin some matches, I now read time and again your cries to axe 3-4 players (Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, Dhoni are mentioned in many comments). Are you out of your mind? That is nearly half your team. Look what happened to the Australian team when most of the greats, half the team, disappeared over the span of a couple of years. Aussies are lucky to still have Hussey and Punter to guide the youngsters coming through. Use instead the next couple of years wisely to ease new young players into your team, especially at a time when it can be done during all your coming home tests. Support your selected team and please don't dwell on history, stats, records and fights over who is better than whom (eg. Ponting v Tendulkar). It just makes no sense. Cricket is about winning, not about personal glory. A superb example is Clarke's declaration.

  • JG2704 on January 6, 2012, 21:40 GMT

    @ bhrangi on (January 06 2012, 11:24 AM GMT) - Most of us England fans don't do excuses. England were poor in OD cricket in India , just like they were in Australia earlier in 2011 where they previously won the test series in similar conditions.

  • JG2704 on January 6, 2012, 21:40 GMT

    @ Sunit P Mehta on (January 06 2012, 14:35 PM GMT) How can you say the Pakistan 10-0 hammering was a treat to watch and then start saying to them to "get a life" when Pak fans retaliate? A little contradictory there. If you're prepared to gloat when your rivals are in strife you should be able to take the retaliation a little better

  • JG2704 on January 6, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    @ IndianaJones79 on (January 06 2012, 15:07 PM GMT) - You are right. There are literally one or 2 changes from the side that toured England and Australia from the one that toured England in 2008. People should not generalize as you have - in the past - done ok on your travels. Having said that , this is the present/future and India do look to be on a downward spiral. It's awful when fans say that about the national team you love. I'm just pleased that the "Can't Play Away or in SC" tag isn't aimed at England/England fans.

  • JG2704 on January 6, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    @ Rajesh.Kumar on (January 06 2012, 15:11 PM GMT) Problem is that the older guys are coming to the end and they will have to blood the younger generation soon regardless. Even when your Gambhir's/Sachin's/VVS's are making starts they fail to convert them into big scores - which they would have done yesteryear. A few years ago Sachin or VVS or Gambhir would have gone on to score a century or even a double and they're just not doing that these days

  • JG2704 on January 6, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    LOL@Harmony111 on (January 06 2012, 19:05 PM GMT) for living on past glories

  • Andanio on January 6, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    Every Test match requires players with different caliber and array of qualities. It is hard to justify Ashwin's inclusion in playing 11 and most important his role in the game. Neither Ashwin nor any other spinner is going to get any support from test pitches in Australia till day 4/5. Indian Team can use Ashwin's duties provided they hang in there that long, the recent record shows something different. It will be good if Indian team play Rohit Sharma at his place. Its not the qualities of Ashwin are in doubt but India needs an extra batsman to support their highly unpredictable batting line. Their 4-5 batsmen can bowl 20 or so overs in a day to support their pace attack. Playing an extra but less experienced bowler won't help Indian Team looking at the forms of Ponting, Clarke and Hussey. The captain has to set up attacking field to exert pressure on the opposition. Test cricket is a game of attack and patience, mercy doesn't fit in that context.

  • on January 6, 2012, 21:09 GMT

    Team India u r trying the best. Don't think about the world's comments. U r doing good. I am just worried about the opener. I know that there is no use of advising him, so not doing so. Go on all the best for the rest of the matches.

  • mark2011 on January 6, 2012, 21:02 GMT

    Oh poor world champs... beaten by english and now by ausies.. before the series it was boasting that india gonna win the series.. now what hapnd? some indian fans were hursh commenting sri lankan team loosing to SA, and insulted them that they can't win a test matchs , but they won the 2nd test and surprised every one.Now where is these indian fans those were shouting at othrs.. why shewag can't score when it is most needed? he can score runs against weak side like west indies..?. and then SR is only looking for records.. well done W/champs keep this up...

  • Andanio on January 6, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    The Indian Test cricket and its execution of a test game reached the lowest point Yesterday! The cause, not a single problem but bunch of collective wrong decisions at every level. The Indian Cricket authority AKA BCCI needs to ask a question, whether they want to invest in developing a TEST cricket caliber team? If it is NOT, the team management and coaching staff will have far less issues to work on. A point to note, most TEST cricket dominating teams have leaders who do not participate in super short format of the game. Perhaps BCCI can look in to those options or get a deputy for MSD who can actually have a dialogue with his bowlers on field. The famous batting quadro finally stood up for the task but it was too late. Miracles do happen and test cricket is not new to that, however to draw a series like this Indian batsmen has to get disciplined-a lot and bowlers has to grow patience on out side the off stump line.

  • on January 6, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    The last time the Indian team scored 400 runs in an innings (not including their own backyards naturally) was in a similar situation at the Centurion, more than 22 away innings ago. Bravo! ... and we lost that one too much too similarly. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/463146.html

    The Indian batting unit overcame the "fear of chasing" in ODI games in the last decade, ... its time to overcome the "fear of playing away". Enough said.

  • Jack_India on January 6, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    Looking at the positive side, India were able to score 400 overseas. Not seen anything above 300 overseas in a long time. But then that's just 71 more than Clarke's individual not out score.

  • StatisticsRocks on January 6, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    Again continuing for those who claim Indians only create records in Inda. Here is a breakout of Dravids 36 test Centuries

    Australia Home 1 Away 1 BNG Home 0 Away 3 Eng Home 1 Away 6 NZ Home 4 Away 2 Pak Home 2 Away 3 SA Home 1 Away 1 SL Home 2 Away 1 WI Home 2 Away 3 ZIM Home 2 Away 1 21 Away Centuries and 15 at Home you do the math now. I can go on and on

    Sunil Gavaskars Record AUS: Home 3 Away 5 Eng: Home 2 Away 2 NZ: Home 1 Away 1 Pak: Home 2 Away 3 SL Home 2 Away 0 WI Home 6 Away 7 18 centuries Away and 16 at Home. I can go on and give you the record of all India gr8's but hope this will sht you up 4ever

  • on January 6, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    This match and series just proves India are champions of cricket at home and the subcontinent but away on more bouncy true wickets, they are seriously over-rated. Lesson to Indian cricket- start preparing better wickets at home and your team will not be embarrassed overseas.....

  • Nampally on January 6, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    It was a disappointing batting by the Indians on a perfect pitch where the Aussies got 620 runs for the loss of just one wicket. The so-called legends never had the guts to play a long innings like 3 Aussies did.Losers always find a way to lose!.This is the same Indian side which was World #1 in Tests under Kirsten. India believed in themselves under Kirsten.Boy,what a difference a Coach like Fletcher made - 6 Test losses in a row!. England won #1 Test position as soon as Fletcher left them. Quite honestly if India has any chance of bouncing back they need fresh troops. This is a totally demoralized lot which was praying for declaration! Substitute Dinda for Ishant, Irfan Pathan orJadeja for Laxman or Kohli. India needs to fly in Pathan, Jadeja & Dinda straight away.The present XI is looking for saviours. Dinda & Pathan have bagful of wkts. in Ranji.Jadeja has a triple ton in Ranji & is great fielder & useful bowler.Selectors - Pl.restore Indian dignity rather than justify your stance!

  • humheyglobal on January 6, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    Well done Australia, they deserve it, because they are playing for the nation and not for the individual record of their players. India is touring Australia for Sachin's century and not winning the game. Sachin should be dropped from the team so that men in blue can win the next two games.

  • StatisticsRocks on January 6, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    Continuing my earlier post. All Good Things Must Come to an End. Its Time the Indian Board Starts infusing young talent and also makes changes to the existing System at the regional level to recognize and groom talented cricketers. Who r we kidding, no one cares about Ranji Trophy anymore. We need a system like in the US for college sports to identify the cream of talent. I am not saying we need mimick what the NCAA has done, but it produces great talents who go on to play proffessional sports. Players like SRT come once in a lifetime and he along with the FAB 3 (The Wall, Dada, and VVS) have given us Indians (much to the envy of others) immense joy and pride for several years. To be consistent and have the same passion even after 20 years is unthinkable.

    Celebrating Others Success brings more Joy thans one's own and makes one a bigger person. This is for those ignorants who r laughing at us.

  • fan.of.cricket on January 6, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    Well done Australia, congradulations. But I am sick of seeing India struggle in bouncy pitches for the last 26 years. They have not won a Test series since 1947 in Australia. Why do not this BCCI supposed to be richetst cricket bord in the world make some boucny pitces in India so that our batsmen get trained from younger age and do well on these countries like Australia, South Africa England and so on. Alright, the match would not be big scoring contest but can defenitely avoid this kind of shame again and again. This is rediculous, I can quarantee even and stronger state team would have given a tough fight against this Australian Side, If they were playing in India, but look at the result, heart breaking. Please BCCIi and the senior members should make changes on our pitches to create proper instinct among our batmen to paly shots.I want Indian crikcet to rule the world not on table but on the ground.Jai Hind

  • atiq_pak on January 6, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    well d0ne aussies, and punter y0u back again

  • StatisticsRocks on January 6, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    For all those who r laughing and claiming Indns create records only in India let me sht them up once for all by giving the facts starting with our Legend and the envy of one and all Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. As you all know the little master has scored 51 test match centuries and 29 of those have come while playing AWAY. Wait it was not just against minnows like BNG and ZIM here is the break out Australia : 5 Home 6 Away (11) BNG 0 Home 5 Away (5) ENG 3 Home 4 Away(7) NZ 2 Home 2 Away(4) PAK 1 Home 1 Away(2) SA 2 home 5 Away(7) SL 4 Home 5 Away(9) WI 2 Home 1 Away(3) ZIM 3 Home 0 Away(3) Can u do the match Success is a cycle, one moment u r at top the next moment u r at the bottom. This happens to every team and every individual. These Fab 4 hv given glorious years for us Indians and to many in the World and we are very proud abt that. All good things must come to an end. Our friends from up north who r laughing at least cricket is being played in IND unlike in urs.

  • on January 6, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    Before the start of series Dhoni had boasted in the press conference that his team will beat Aussies in Australia and bring the Trophy home after whitewashing the rivals. That dream has turned into a nightmare now. See what contribution came from Dhoni, Sehwag and Kohli. They could not even do what Ashwin, Zahir and Sharma did!.

  • Nerk on January 6, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    It is really strange. Before the series Indian fans, players and media were boasting that India would win this series, some people said at a canter. Two tests down and this has apparently turned into the worst Indian team ever! The fact is, on paper, India should have crushed this Australian team, and lets face it, they had their chances. But when Australia started getting on top, India submitted. Dhoni's captaincy, so wonderful when things are going good, is embarrassing when things go bad. He is a great leader, but not the best tactician. Zaheer ripped out three Aussie wickets, and then lost his rythem. Only Ishant looked test quality, and bowled well without luck. Ashwin scored runs, but his job is to take wickets and he didn't even threaten. Ojha should have played. Kohli looks out of sorts. But the series is not over, the Border-Gavaskar trophey is up for grabs. India are not beaten, and Australia have shown enough weakness to give even the most cynical Indian fan hope.

  • ben.pullan13 on January 6, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    I would like to see this current India team play Bangladesh - what a great series that would be.

    Well done Aussies, but aren't you a bit worried about still having to rely on Punter / Mr Cricket for your runs??? Admittedly, Clarke will be around for a while yet - but you need to find some proper young test batsmen. Not like the old days when there were batsmen who would walk into any test team languishing in Aussie state cricket.

    Safe to say, England will stay at no.1 for the foreseeable future.

  • on January 6, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    @sathishvaiju - "India never got all out for 47 runs LoL.." - no, but they have been all out for 42!. Why do Indian fans already predict a TEST whitewash of England off the back of an ODI whitewash, when England are known to be poor at ODI currently? You'd think they would have learnt by now about making wild TEST predictions......

  • one-eyed-but-keepinitreal on January 6, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    Funny how a form of revisionism appears when trying to justify a teams performance. I still see a number of Indian fans trying to argue that they would have won the last Australian series but for Sydneygate. I am not so sure. In that same test both Sachin and Dravid should have been given out early to plumb lbw decisions. Who knows who would have won. I'll add some revisionism of my own. In the last test series in India even though they lost 2-0 Australia should have won 2-0. The first test Australia lost the balance of poor decisions. The second test was a failure to clean up the tail (great innings by injured Laxman). mark it 2-0 to Aust. In the famous series where Laxman-Dravid belted a tired four man attack to even the series after Waugh enforced the follow on. No follow on no loss. And in the third match while chasing a low target following a brilliant double century by Hayden four of Aust top six were fired out by the home umpires incorrectly. 3-0 or 2-0 Aust. Ahh revisionism.

  • kwaish on January 6, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    There is a very easy solution for not having these kind of embarrassments again. We will not play overseas test cricket anymore in Aus/Eng/SA and may be NZ as well. Till then, we will go beat WI/SL/Bangladesh/Zim/Kenya/UAE/CANADA/USA etc.. Aus/SA/Eng will get tired playing against each other and anyway they dont have the money power and they will start consulting India for how to make playable pitches.. Thats it.. then we can go and play all these countries. These people are so ridiculous. They keep winning with top 4 batsmen with less than 5 test matches each.. Top 2 bowlers with less than 5 matches each.. 1 wicket keeper who is always about to be dropped. 2 aging batsman who were given the last chances. and 1 bowler with 30 matches and another one with 20. Wow. looks like a bad team, but then the expert team we have is so horrible that Kenya might win against us..

  • Cric_info_pak on January 6, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    on a pitch other teams score 700 or 600 like in england 700 plus score n now aussie 659 for 4 n strong india lost all 20 wickets with in 5 days .... losing is other thing but losing like this .... well india should stop palying top teams like aussie , england , south africa , pakistan n srilanka . they should play only bangladesh , w indies , ireland , holland not even newzealand they will beat them also very easly

  • NRPOnline on January 6, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    Old turks are getting tired now. With or without them, we're losing. Might as well get rid of them. Rahul, VVS and Sachin should bid adieu soon. Harsh reality but Gambhir and Sehwag are also getting complacent due to their presence thinking there is someone behind them who can salvage the innings. If it comes to replace all 5 at the top then be it. All of them complained about cramped schedule and acknowledged that this time it was much better. What happened to those comments? The team skittles twice and could take only 4 AUS wickets? Clarke took important wicket in II innings and Ashwin is unable to earn even a single scalp? This is ridiculous. They need to step back and change the course of action. Else Perth can test the toughest and brightest. No one stands any change there against Pattinson and Hilfenhaus. Yet, Sharma, Khan and Yadav will be hit all over the place. I guarantee.

  • Harmony111 on January 6, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    @5Wombats:-

    Don't forget Aus lost their last two tours 2-0 and 2-0 in India.

  • IndCrickFan on January 6, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    The only reason its happening is because the level of domestic cricket in australia is far competetive than in india....Once u cement ur place in Indian team , u will be a king even if u end up scoring 0.....the management is not strong enough or the system itself is not strong to find right talent and groom them......Talented players like Rohit Sharma are not given any chance whereas players like kohli are given chance upon chance...everybody know that its going to be a complete whitewash but just for the sake of inspiration some say india will come back...but that will not happen my friends...although i am die hard indian fan...but its just not possible...because nobody is ready to apply himself and has the guts and determination to stay on the pitch.......may be they can salvage some pride in ODI's..

  • hhillbumper on January 6, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    Jonesey 2.Good to have you back.You went a bit quiet when Aus were losing.Beating this Indian team don't make you that great.Been there and done that.You have no decent spin bowler.Your wicketkepper couldn't catch a cold in the South Pole.Your leading batsman apart from Clarke are all cracking on a bit.Your top 3 is weak as water and all your fast bowlers get injured all the time.Bowled out for 47 and lost to NZ and South Africa. Yeah as you say mate top of the world

  • on January 6, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    I dont know if some one else has already figured it out or not but it was a number game for Michael Clarke as 329* became his highest in Test cricket career which became equal to his First class highest 329* and now his highest score column are all equal with ODI an List A 130 and t20I and t20 67.

  • Lord_Dravid on January 6, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    @CRIC4LYF...u seem very jealous of tendulkar :D

  • on January 6, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    nope India u cannot win abroad...nothing more to it..

  • on January 6, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    Well done Aussies. A truly deserving victory proving the fact that World Cup winners need to go back to basics

  • bdsmaruf on January 6, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    india have the ability to comeback. sereis is not finished.next two match they gan win.good luck india.

  • on January 6, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    Pakistan can lend you Danish Kaneria....we don't need him anymore. He can bowl circles around Ashwin and Lyon

  • cyniket on January 6, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    do you remember all those jealous types queuing up to tell the english how easy it is to win in australia these days! turns out it it's not so easy. go on indian fans, why don't you admit you massively underestimated australia (and england) and massively overestimated india.

  • loveupak on January 6, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    after going through all the comments it is very clear that indian cricket fans have made a lot of enemies...pakistan was always there from the very start but to see srilankans and bangladeshis bashing indian team is really shocking, even there r some english and southafricans commenting here, questioning india's number 1 spot...i seriously think it's all due to the attitude and rudeness that all indian fans have when they were number 1...now it's the payback time guyz u criticized every team, now it's ur turn, face it like a man...:P

  • TRAM on January 6, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    Quote>> India batted against a team that boasted .. best pace bowling attack. For India, only .. and .. put up any significant resistance as the bowlers .. .. & .. ripped through the Indian batsmen. Surprising resistance by the tail allowed India to compile 183 .. <<End Does this sound familiar ? I just pasted the words from wiki on 1983 world cup. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1983_Cricket_World_Cup) From Gavaskar-Vishwanath to SRT-RD I have been watching. (the pattern started even before). India never ever ever had more than 2 batsmen in the XI playing well in swinging conditions. Even those two would barely manage to score above average. Similarly only one bowler would ever perform for India in swing bowling. My point: Keep your expectations in line with reality. If Ind wins (in pace / swing conditions), be happy. If they lose, IT IS NORMAL. They may be heros for you. But they are not world heros. My 2 cents for keeping many Indians' BP in check.. :-)

  • on January 6, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    There is no reason why we can't play better cricket in the rest of the two matches. We always had this kind of problem earlier too. Still we have a chance to prevent australia from winning the series 4-0. We have to make two changes I suppose. Vinaykumar for ishant sharma and rohit sharma for kohli. I think their confidence levels are low at this point of time. Even in the last tour we lost at sydney before winning the perth test. The silver lining is..most of our players started to middle the bat well. Who knows! The second innings score may be the beginning of team india's better performances. Let us not lose our hearts. Wish our team good luck for the rest of the tour.

  • on January 6, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    no big deal here, india just cant win away, in 2 ,3 years they wont be able to win 2 home too, they will join with west indies and Bangladesh very soon

  • IndianaJones79 on January 6, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    What Sachin had to do with both losses????????honestly i can understand people not from India criticizes Sachin, as their country did not produce player like Sachin, But why indians unfairly criticizes sachin. Come on guys this guy was the only batsman who looked authoritative in batting. He did not have luck also. He played one bad shot, and he was gone(Unlike pointing who was struggling even he mad 134 all the way). He scored 75,32,41,80. Come on stop commenting, if you dont have any logical to say!!!

  • theguynextdoor77 on January 6, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    As an Indian, I'm appalled by the performance of our Indian team. This was a golden opportunity for us to win in Australia. We reached there early, got 2 practice games and had our best team possible (barring Praveen). It's a pathetic performance by losing both the matches in 4 days. It reminds me of the Indian team in the 90's when all other teams had to do was prepare a fast pitch and our batsmen would roll over. Looks like another whitewash is in the cards!

  • on January 6, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    First Indian batsmen have learn how to play on a Sporting and Bouncy pitches. Indian are used to play on a dead pitch. I think that India should play more and more cricket with Ireland on their conditions....it will help Indian to learn how to play on Bouncy wicked. India should play Ireland before the face Australia, England, S.Africa even New Zealand.

  • on January 6, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    @Ayush Sharma on (January 06 2012, 14:57 PM GMT) unfortunately you do get a few fans that crow and gloat at others misfortunes however if you look at most of these forums indian fans are just as bad if not worse... in regards to changes in the team i really hope they give rohit a chance not sure about the bowling apart from zaheer...

  • JG2704 on January 6, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    @ IndianaJones79 on (January 06 2012, 15:07 PM GMT) - You are right. There are literally one or 2 changes from the side that toured England and Australia from the one that toured England in 2008. People should not generalize as you have - in the past - done ok on your travels. Having said that , this is the present/future and India do look to be on a downward spiral. It's awful when fans say that about the national team you love. I'm just pleased that the "Can't Play Away or in SC" tag isn't aimed at England/England fans.

  • JG2704 on January 6, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    @ Rajesh.Kumar on (January 06 2012, 15:11 PM GMT) Problem is that the older guys are coming to the end and they will have to blood the younger generation soon regardless. Even when your Gambhir's/Sachin's/VVS's are making starts they fail to convert them into big scores - which they would have done yesteryear. A few years ago Sachin or VVS or Gambhir would have gone on to score a century or even a double and they're just not doing that these days.

  • karl43 on January 6, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    At least india scored 400, they never got to 301 in 8 completed test innings in england last summer so congrate to india for reaching that milestone.

  • on January 6, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    another 4-0 is ahead. India is only capable of winning inside India with teams like WI.that was also a hard one for them last time.

  • on January 6, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    So far the series has gone as it was predicted by any realist. Aussies are far superior than this Indian team. I was looking forward to see Sachin's 100th hundred, but he is a class no doubt. The rest are just bunch of fakes !

  • on January 6, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    gambhir is the future.he is an aggressive guy with positive instincts.for our bowlers sake he should be named the captain immediately.atleast they wont have to bowl to defensive fields

  • Advanced_Donkeys on January 6, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    @Anshul Saini : "Bad opening pair"...excuse me sir! But not that long ago they were regarded as the strongest opening pair in the world".How pathetic!.

  • sachinisnogood on January 6, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    For all of Indian bashers and supporters : These are few facts. 1. Indian was test no.1 for a reason. At that point they were able to draw overseas series against tought opposition and India was undefeated at home. 2. From there on India should have improved its performance and start to win serieses outside India regularly. But what we have seen is a headlong plunge into the bottom. So the conclusion is that for a short while India was #1. But now it is probably just above zimbabwe (doubtful). So for all you bashers if you are questiioning India's #1 status you should discard what happened after India became #1. It's true they didn't have the ability to hold on to # 1 status. But they were # 1 for a short while - period. If you refuse to acknowledge that it is because of pure hatred or jealousy, just like the blind Indian supporters keeping on saying that they have best batting lineup in the world.

  • bplusa on January 6, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    Full marks to Aussies for winning this match convincingly.Feel sorry for the Indian Team that they can't win this series after losing first two tests. Any how Good luck to them and expect a come back in the remaining two matches.

  • thetruelies on January 6, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    team india again surrendered in just four days ..no surprise !!! .. this is nt the first time folks .we have already seen some great shows from team india like this in recent past on eng tour as well ,,but now ,seriously, i think smbdy have to rush in indian dressing room to convey them a msg that bcci have offered a special bonus for them if they could smhow make it up to fifth day of a five day SHOW n pls dont bother abt results we will make it even when they(aus) r cming here for playing.. ..lolzzz

  • Dr_Nasir.. on January 6, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    soo bad for india...india should play all players as batesman in next match becas thier bowlers are useles...thy cant get 20 wkts in the match .....in this test match bowlers got only 4 wkts...if thy play all 11 players batsman so most of them can bowl also...like sachan sehwag ,rohit kohli even dhoni can bowl on good line lenth.....hope fuly they can get 4 wkts in the match.....

  • RSBali on January 6, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    India needs to sacrifice a black rooster with red crown on the pitch and spatter the blood on the wickets to overcome the curse of 100th 100.

  • pete5900 on January 6, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    Australia was very confident, India was OVER-Confident. Lets start with the Captain first- MSD is an awesome thinker in the shorter format of the game only. A test match has 5 days and several sessions. MSD's luck cannot sustain for 5 days. His batting is not firing and he is under tremendous pressure. Needs a Break/change.

    Sehwag- Oh dear Prince of Najafgarh. I wish you would speak with your Bat more often. You are as unreliable as my cell phone reception. You DONT perform when needed as you are too obsessed with ur own game. Please for once play a reliable innings. What good is your 50+ average if you cant reliably bat through the first 20 overs consistently.

    Sachin- Please Please retire from Tests after your Century. You are attacking still BUt you CANNOT play a long innnings anymore. Ur 38 and not a 20 year old. We need more 150+ scores and not a 50-60 each time. Kohli - Stop Tweeting and perhaps more BATTING

  • Precioustar84 on January 6, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    New blood to come in now and even that at Perth? Do you people seriously think that will make any difference for us? NO! Because that means Rohit will be set up to fail on a pacy wicket and once again be ignored by the selectors. Dhoni has no confidence himself so how can he provide that type of mindset to rest of the players. For Team India fans like me, Dhoni has officially ruined the good change that Ganguly had brought to the team. Plus Ganguly led by example with his bat unlike Dhoni who has no business leading in tests. He really needs to stick to ODIs for the sake of cricket for Indians. Cricinfo please publish.

  • RahulBhaskaranpinarayi on January 6, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    if VVS.lexman is not performed well in this series .then make retirement plan for him that is this late Australia is coming back to India for 4 test like what happened to Ganguley case.I think Dravid too he again lost his momentum that he got in the westindise tore and England tore.Dravid ,lot's of ball playing and missing even though he is scoring is luck.His slip fielding is very bad.Sachin is looking very good but 100 th century problem is making big problem. if he played westindise one day in India then he cold been played down under with out century tension.main problem is that there is no left handlers in the middle order.Raina is not suited for test cricket. potential wise UV is the best but he too not suited to test,we want a player to replace Ganguley there like Ashley prince or left handed Dravid like proper test bats man at no 5.Laxman should bat either at no 6 or no 3.Selection of indian team is pathetic , Sreekanth main concentration is Tamil nadu only ....................

  • RSBali on January 6, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    Lets get the Indian team back, seriously and start the IPL next week so that our knee-high-bounce tigers can get their confidence back. Whole nation is demorliazied.

  • jmcilhinney on January 6, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    I would guess that Gambhir has done enough in the second innings here to maintain his place, although I doubt that it was really under threat anyway. That said, I'm not confident that he'll make runs in Perth. He was out prodding at good length balls outside off twice Melbourne and dropped by Haddin in the second innings here in exactly the same fashion. If Perth has some extra bounce then he'll get plenty more deliveries like that so I see him probably going the same way again.

  • on January 6, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    INDIANS are home ground team they cant perform well outside India and Mr. tendulkar needs to wait for his 100th century till any tour of bangladesh, westindies, zimbabwe in indian conditions thats a fact.............

  • on January 6, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    My dear Indian friends you don't need to worry about India losing to Australia this badly. Just call Australia to India afterwards, make dead pitches and take the revenge on them LOL

  • Herath-UK on January 6, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    Both Sri Lanka and India have lost the Tests on unfriendly conditions though there are encouraging signs for the Lankans with a first ever victory and several centuries by the batters,new stars in the form of Chandimal and Mathews. Unfortunately same cannot be said of India so far but there are two more Tests still,can they avoid a second consecutive whitewash? Ranil Herath-Kent

  • DebashisCalcutta on January 6, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    @jockoz - I am an Indian and I do accept the fact we can only win at home . I have been following cricket seriously for the last 20 yrs and seen the same sad story since then . Today , like always , I stand a dejected Indian .

  • Silloh on January 6, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    Congrats Australia ! Very well executed under superb leadership and by example from their skipper, Michael Clark. Obviously he is unselfish and could have broken more records but certainly has the team's interest at heart. Better luck in the next two tests India, but I believe you need more than luck to rebound, but we 'll see. When India toured the Caribbean and played the West Indies, ( ranked about 7 ) they were given a run for their money by the Windies . It is not surprising of their defeat, although some of their top players have returned. Wish Tendulkar had gotten his 100th, but he played right into the Aussies hand by being extremely being extra cautious. For what, to get another record ?? But then, mann .... he ain't no Michael Clark.

  • on January 6, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    indian bowlers were out of ideas and they can learn a lot from the discipline the aussie counterparts showed. this is a mighty blow not only to the players but also many fans who expected much better performances. any way its never late to start. lets hope that this indian team fights back

  • ankush0531 on January 6, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    Indiaforever... u are dreaming in day time.. because aus has shown stars to superstar indians in a day light...I think Aus will win 4-0 sreies. So far as kohli is concerned he has made allODI hundreds in indian flat piches and most of them come out from second inning in day night matches in due condition.. thats why he is successful in india. I stilll fill that kohli is technically very poor and not fit for test cricket. I think Rohit is most talented than kohli. Another good news for india is patinson out from series. hence indian team can sleep peacefully for some days. But wait result would come 4 -0

  • jmcilhinney on January 6, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    @Okakaboka, perhaps you missed the irony. Maybe you didn't read RandyOz' post after day 1 regarding the Australia attack being clearly the best in the world and bowling India out for below 200 twice proved it. RandyOz has very different standards when it comes to what proves Australia are good and what proves any other team are good. You too apparently, when those same "pop gun" bowlers helped England to three innings victories in the last Ashes, each of which was by a greater margin than this Australian victory. Of course, margins don't mean too much when there are declarations involved, as there was here and back then too. If Australia win three tests against India by an innings you can bet there will be plenty of Aussies, RandyOz at the fore, saying that it proves how great Australia are, yet the three innings defeats of the last Ashes are conveniently forgotten. England also beat India 4-0 with two innings victories, so this series can't really prove Aust are better than England.

  • on January 6, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    Kohli needs to be replaced with Sharma for WACA. Kohli can't even score on this belter of an SCG track. WACA is a lot more bouncy with a lot more lateral movement.

    The greatest difference between the two teams is their captain. One leads from the front and brings himself on to bowl to break a key partnership. The other just shrugs his shoulders and goes listless and defensive waiting for the batsmen to make mistakes. Dhoni is NOT a test captain. He needs to be replaced.

  • rajat-column on January 6, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    Still time to recall Irfan Pathan before Perth test if India wants to square series. Last time in 2008 also, he was recalled to the side in Perth test and he responded with Man of the Match performance. I don't know what problem selectors are having with him.

  • spot_on on January 6, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    @Sabaysachi Dash : Lol on your comment "dear am sure you must have danced on streets when India won d cup." Listen mate. there is nothing to cheer about the world cup moments.. trust me. I know a real lot more on BEHIND THE WORLD CUP SCENE than you.. so no SHOULD HAVE or COULD HAVE can take an effect on me. We know a certain Australian team which Bulldozed any team on its way in any part of the world. Don't bring in comparative analysis :-) You will have to face more lot than facts.. Try to accept the fact that Indian cricket is over-hyped... Good to see that some of the Indian players showed some fighting spirit during the second innings. Sehwag - 219 .. Broke Sachin's Record of 200 .. Clarkey 329* - Did not chase the record even though he had half the test match in his pocket... Clarkey gave ample time to his bowlers to pick wickets and they did. Captaincy in Aussie Cricket team in INHERITED by showing character not like the Indian Cricket team. Know the difference and respect :)

  • prnthv on January 6, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    HMMM yet an other loss for the MSD boys.Is that kohili really useful and why not rohit?Rohit is in top form guys and by keeping him on bench he may loose his form,he realized the mistakes what he did in the past,vastly talented player and i bet u guys he is an other tendulkar for team india and will play the bouncer well than any player in the team. As an Indian fan,we are expecting far from what they played they have the talent their problem is not abroad but something is going wrong.Please concentrate guys do it and only you peope can do it no one can do thats for sure.just remember the world cup moments how joyful,happiness u people gave for us. STILL WANNA SEE IN PERTH THAT U GUYS DO BETTER. ALL THE BEST GUYS.YOU PEOPLE ROCKS!!!!!

  • on January 6, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    "Posted by Narain T Narayan on (January 06 2012, 12:48 PM GMT)

    The fundamental problem lies in BCCI's reluctance to prepare grassy wickets in India. That is what happens when you prepare pitches wickets tailored to suite Indian batting. the solution.... get rid of all existing curators and invest in technology like bowling machines and have batsmen play on fastest modes at slightly short of good length. Encourage fast bowlers to bowl at least 50% short pitched deliveries at nets. I have seen the nets session in India. Its a joke. Batsmen ask bowlers to feed them half volleys. C'mon guys get real. There is a very apt saying for India.... Every dog is a lion at home"

    BEST comment and completely TRUE!!

  • on January 6, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    bring in m.vijay who has a decent avg in test,rohit should play and i.shrama has lost his rythm,mithun can be the best replacement

  • Precioustar84 on January 6, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    @Sree Bala - Agreed! But you forgot to mention Dhoni's captaincy which always gets overlooked because of other's failures. When will his position get questioned in Tests? Its not just one series any more. BCCI is not at all professional compared to other boards. They admit there are problems and look for ways to fix it; whereas our board likes to ignore at all cause.

  • on January 6, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    Australia did the best against World Cup champion , most of the people were predicting a win for India in this test but the strong stand of Michael Clark took it away from Indians, that was superb performance.

    Congrats to all Australians...

    Let's see what India brings in the next match

  • Rivaldoooo on January 6, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    The issue is that all the players are comfortable knowing that they wont be dropped. And unfortunately sachin is worried about his record book. What did the top 6 batsman contribute and Dhoni's batting is pathetic as well. I hope the next test we don't lose by an innings.

  • on January 6, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    We should play all 10 bowlers

  • Indiaforever on January 6, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    Well done to Australia. There are positives for India to take from this match, for example we have got some batsmen in form everyone in the top 8 apart from kohli has scored a 50. This performance is better than the England performance. i think that Kohli needs to move up the order to number 3 because in ODIs he plays at 3 or 4 and is one of the best in the world and i dont believe he has suited to bat at number 6. As a result i would move Dravid to open and drop Sehwag or move them down the order. We also need too change one of our bowlers, either Yadav or Sharma for one of the other two. I still believe we can draw this series 2-2. CHAK DE INDIA!!!!

  • Beertjie on January 6, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    @spot_on, like you I'm not an Aussie, but have supported the team all my life. However, that domination won't come back soon, I fear. Warne and McGrath were wonders for a decade and a half. Players of the quality of the Waughs, Haydos, Punter and the rest won't all be around for half that long again. So "competitive" is what I hope we can expect. That means firstly good test batsmen rather than T20 hitters. I'm relieved to see Punter and Huss back in the runs but their replacements are still far away on the horizon. And of course the top order too needs to be determined. The fans should not be misled by the easy victories over the over-rated Indian team. There's still a lot to be done before beating South Africa and England!

  • on January 6, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    The middle order collapse was the reason for loss I think. Recollect that Australia was 37/3 and India was 243/3 today. Had our middle order batsmen Kohli and Dhoni stitched together a big partnership, the picture would have been different. We were deficit by 68 runs. Had 2 or 3 batsmen stepped up and rose to the occasion, we could have atleast drawn the game. Anyways, good for Gambhir and Laxman. They are back in form. Someone please replace Sehwag. His bravado is too much.Never performs when team needs him. Remember him getting out for Duck in World Cup finals, and now falling for 4 runs.Retain Gambhir as he is the only left hander in team,O pen with Ashwin and Gambhir. Take an extra bowler in place of Sehwag and replace Kohli with Rohit Sharma. Good to see 400 on board though. Hope to see Sharma in Perth. Cricinfo please publish.

  • MothiMB on January 6, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    New blood should come in. For a change, Ashwin should come ahead of MSD. And Virat needs a little bit of bench time - he gets good starts and then gifts his wkt away. Rohit and ashwin should come in after VVS and SRT (in that order).

  • csowmi7 on January 6, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    India has really been reduced to a mere shadow of their past glories. Let us not forget that at a time when australia was ruling world cricket it was only India which could challenge them and win a test in their backyards including breaking their record of 16 consecutive test wins twice. Dhoni could learn a thing or two from Ganguly and Kumble who helped us believe that we could win abroad

  • csowmi7 on January 6, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    Really disappointing to see the Indian team going down in this manner that too after the euphoria of the world cup. I feel that it is not an issue of skill but an issue of mindset and old age creeping in our batting line up. Tendulkar could have easily gotten 2 centuries already this series and our batsman has scored runs in the past in Australia against better aussie bowling attacks. With all respect to the aussie bowling attack none of them except maybe pattinson are in the same league as mcgrath, lee, warne and gillespie. India has proven in the past 10 yrs that they have the ability to win abroad. We have beaten england in england 1-0, west indies many times,a close loss in australia last time which would have gone different if not for sidney gate; 1-1 in sa which could have been 2-1 if not for a kallis innings new Zealand and drawn series in australia many times before

  • on January 6, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    Why changes in the team now? We have already lost the series, with no hopes of winning the remaining matches. What difference it makes, if we lose the series with 2-0, 3-0 or 4-0? When we don't have face at all, what is face-saving? Don't make any changes now. Let the series be completed with the same team. I am damn sure, now, our "efficient" players get injured during practice sessions. Pl. wait. Now, they will play other players as eye-wash, and these spare players will not get opportunity in the next series. who doesn't know all these dramas?

  • imJoheb on January 6, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    Do you see a minow beating a test playing team?

  • on January 6, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    We were in similar situiaton during 2007 australia tour, we came back strongly in perth test. I am expecting similar tourn around.

  • Rajesh.Kumar on January 6, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    Fellow Indians who say that we should kick out all the oldies (VVS, SRT, RD) should think again. Actually these oldies are making runs, while youngsters like Kohli are failing. Actually, once this trio retires, I see a great decline in the quality of Indian batting. Because there are hardly any players in the domestic circuit who have shown any great talent in the area of batting. So future of test cricket in India is very bleak. But India will continue to do well in ODIs and T20s, because the younger generation of batsmen is good in this slam bang variety of cricket. As a matter of fact, I am not a great fan of test cricket because it wastes too much of time. And most people in India also don't care much about test cricket as is obvious from the lack of crowds in the test matches.

  • IndianaJones79 on January 6, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    Some of Indians conveniently forget that This was the same Indian team who won England 2007, Performed well against Aus 2003/2007 eventhough Aus were playing with 14 players(Including umpires), They won in NZ/WI/PAK/Sri lanka. Drew series against SA. So please don't generalize things like India does not perform better overseas. Please have complete knowledge of cricket. Yes India is not showing fighting spirit and playing pathetically. So they deserves all criticism. I agree with you on that Part. But the biggest issue we have is Dhoni. This guy does not score run, is very adamant about his captaincy. He was the one who set defensive field in both test when Aussie were in trouble. He surrendered the game in both cases.

  • andrew27994 on January 6, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    As for Australia, I think Haddin should continue playing as he has a very good batting record at Perth. Marsh should make way for Christian as he provides depth in both batting and bowling. Starc should replace Lyon as he hasn't been impressive on this tour. Michael Clarke should bowl more often as he has been very successful against Indian batsmen.

  • on January 6, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    guys india won 5 overseas matches than pak 2 n SL 1 in last decade.... y people say india win only at home...although i agree this team sucks but that largely bcoxz of bad opening pair n young guns...cricinfo pls publish

  • NikhilNair on January 6, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    Dhoni should resign as Test captain, kick Sehwag who only cares about his style of batting and cannot adjust to team's needs... I'm not sure who could be captain (Maybe gambhir?). Sachin didn't score a 100 just yet, but he seems to be in great touch, and I hope he will make it big next test. And maybe it's time to drop kohli and bring in R. Sharma (got experience in aus. and performed last time) or I. Pathan (better choice cuz he's a gr8 all rounder)? But oh well... it will never happen cuz it's the Indian Cricket Team, where it's the history that matters... not the present track record.

  • Chymera on January 6, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    I think the top teams should allow the lesser teams to atleast win one match... else how will the MINNOWS of the new world get their confidence back. As a side swipe; this is one of the reasons why BCCI won't agree a match with PK. They know they will get trashed... again.

  • andrew27994 on January 6, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    I think India should try something different at Perth. It would be ideal to go with an extra seamer to replace Virat. I think Mithun would be the best option (though I don't like his bowling) because he offers that extra depth in batting. He looks like a decent lower order batsman. Dhoni should bat at No.6 and Ashwin at 7. Mithun if selected should most probably bat at 8. As for Rohit, I think it would be ideal for him to play in Adelaide. India don't need extra batsmen in Perth. As it is they haven't played their best. Maybe Rahane should play the next match because though Gambhir scored well in the 2nd innings today I still think his technique is out of shape. He was lucky to be dropped by Haddin. Also I notice that India's bowlers can be put under pressure easily. So if they have a 5th bowling option like Mithun, it would ease the pressure of the other bowlers. I would like Mithun to be used as a supporting bowler rather than a main wicket-taking bowler like Zaheer or Ishant.

  • on January 6, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    Its a festive season for all anti Indians ..reading the few comments here it seems that some folks are happier to see India lose than watching Australia win. Having said that, hats off to Clark.. Declaring when he was on 329....that is brave. Overall a champion display of cricket from a team better than India ...without any fuss or drama.. The better team won the game with ease..I am sure any/every Indian will agree with that. And as for everyone here who is happy to see India lose....grow up.

  • Advanced_Donkeys on January 6, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    At least Sri Lanka today avoided innings defeat.The so called former #1 team India went for an innings defeat.I hail Sri Lankan team is better than this Indian children's team.Anyway..Indian fans will forget this defeat,and will go on to sing the song "WE are the (WC) champions..."forever.

  • vinchester on January 6, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    The so called Gods/maestros/masters of present Indian team instead of saying " I am enjoying the game & will continue in the team " should say " It is time for me to retire & let an youngster take my place" The country will appreciate this more !

  • bee-eer on January 6, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    after the Eng v Ind series started, and India were beaten in the 1st test, indian fans said that their team were slow starters. Perhaps now would be an appropriate time to start (having lost six tests in a row)

  • on January 6, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    The + ve thing for India in this test match is after 11 overseas test matches and 21 inngs India able to score 400 runs. Gambhir, VVS confirm their place for next test match.

  • Rakim on January 6, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    Series is sealed now. I'm sure in next match they might actually make a 400. So be careful Indian bowlers

  • brittop on January 6, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    Indian fans do make me smile. You keep calling for loads of new players to be brought in, but when they are, you then call for their replacement if they don't perform instantly (Kohli & Ashwin - Yuvraj & Raina previously)!

  • cric4lyf on January 6, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    This week was the week of legend....Kallis scoring 200, clarke 300, ponting 300...hahah this shows that tendulkaris not a legend ....sorry indian fans but thats true......

  • cric4lyf on January 6, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    Tendulkar showed that he considers his century more than his team thats why he was out being nervous of reaching his century..shame on mean player of the century..

  • on January 6, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    I remember how the Pakistanis got hammered 10-0 by Australia not too long ago. That was a treat to watch. Now they are here using aliases and talking smack. Get a life.

  • cabinet96 on January 6, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    @5wombats. There's always ODI series though. They'll never learn.

  • jonesy2 on January 6, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    the mighty australians are back. this all done without the worlds MVP and a top 2 bowler in the world.

  • on January 6, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    Hai all,

    I sense that India is going to make minimum 2 changes for third test. One is, Rohit relacing Kohli & Ojha replacing Ashwin. Is it correct change?

  • on January 6, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    Without being cynical and pessimistic, Indian cricketing problems are very complicated. The Indians have a trend of losing away series. The stats speak for themselves. Like Bangladesh the Indians suffer from self-belief and psychological shortcomings. To make matters worse, the Indian batting line-up simply cannot play on bouncy green wickets. This has been proven time and time again. However, this time around the Indian batting line-up has been exposed to the bone. If there were any excuses or doubts during the first test we can now safely claim that the Indians lack the skill and judgement to play bounce and movement. I'm sorry to say, but the amount of runs accumulated on dead pitches by Indian record holding batmen are negligible to say the least. We can now safely assume that the Indians heavily rely on dead pitches with no bounce to be able to perform. The harsh reality is that unless the flat track bullies don't learn to play bounce and movement this trend is going to continue.

  • avi82 on January 6, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    Definitely India can be called flat track bullies. They can only win in subcontinent pitches and nowhere else. Even Srilanka at least won a test match in SA and lost 2-1. Older batsmen are fading now but the newer ones are pure flat track bullies not to mention about bowlers. Tough days ahead for Indian cricket.

  • Ajaz.Ahmed on January 6, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    its more about the mind set rather than anything else.....Dhoni and men hav started to think they hav nothing else to prove where as Aussie every player is there to prove his worth....

  • kazimusman on January 6, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    srilanka is loosing, india had no answer infront of aussies, what is happening to sub-continent cricket...i am hoping Pakistan will do well against fathers of cricket.

  • qasim.haider1 on January 6, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    when india needs a time-consuming innings the "great" sachin tendulker plays a very "fluent"knock of 80, such is the class of this man that when the team is losing and the situation demands him to occupy the crease he scores fluently and gets out on a score which has no effect on the match but keeps him away from criticism .............he is not a match winner or in this case a match saver

  • cricketcrazy555 on January 6, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    Congratulations to Australian Cricket team & the Management..........Real professionalism

  • Sheela on January 6, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    One pertinent point missed or ignored by all critics - viz. - Dhoni's defensive field settings have allowed the opposing batting to score at 4 or more runs per over. Ths is really surprising. If the aim is not to take wickets and merely restrict the flow of runs, let us accept that Dhoni as a captain has no faith in his bowlers and rh purpose of run saving by Dhoni has totally failed.

  • Sheela on January 6, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    One pertinent point repeated state by this writer.

  • Sheela on January 6, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    So far in the current series in Australia batting has totally failed, bowlers have proved themselves not capable of taking 20 opposition wickets in a match. Fielding where no great talent is required, yet even here a big flop show was seen. Everyone knew that Austrlians wickets to be fast and bouncy and if the Board/Selectors/Coach etc. have not realised these, time each one of them quit their jobs and leave the management to competent men.

  • on January 6, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    well again proved Thad India can only play their home pitches.... with lower rank teams like BD ZIM etc ...its very diffculft for them to paly outside thier home this will b again 4-0 and great tendulkar will not reach 100th century becaz he only knows to play on home and flat pithes against lower rank teams ...and no comments for other players becaz its waste of time they dont know cricket expect dravid

  • on January 6, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    poor batting in the first innings...los the match..ashwin is playing really well...he want to up the order...give chance to irfan pathan and rohit for next match.....ghambir and laxman finally got some runs....still they are not feell comfortable in the grece...1)sehwag, 2)tendulkar must open the innings...3)dravid ...4)laxman....5) rohit sharma....6) dhoni.....7)ashwin...8) irfan pathan....9) ishant sharma....10) zaheer khan...11) umesh yadav......this is my 11 for the next match..this line up will win the match ......and give a good fight.

  • getgopi on January 6, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    Ashwin is pretty good. A much better overall display from the Indian batsmen than in the first Test. I am quite sure Umesh's and Ishant's fast bowling will be back on track in the next test. I certainly hope that next time at least three tour matches will be arranged for any team visiting a country with very different pitches. I can't wait for the third test to begin!

  • bilalAWAN on January 6, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Now where is Apoorv Pandey???

  • itsthewayuplay on January 6, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    The Aus batting is weak but Ind are not the team to expose them. Instead Ind has made Aus batsmen look invincible. It's back to the bad old days when out of form batsmen used to look forward to playing Ind to play themselves back into form eg Ponting. This tour also highlights, again, the managment of Indian fast bowlers. Ishant had an excellent tour the last time round and has looked very ordinary this time with injuries in between. This is the same story for any Ind pace bowler with potential such as RP Singh on his 1st tour to Eng and then seeing him last year. Fast bowlers reach their peak from about 27 onwards and their workloads must be managed until they reach this age.

  • Okakaboka on January 6, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    @jmcilhinney...Nope...This argument is not valid. This was a mega mega mega....flat track. England bowlers would have been little pop gun bowlers on this track. They can't get above 140 consistently and there was very little swing. Besides, we have Haddin behind the stumps and he is worth about 3 wickets and 30 byes .......to the opposition's advantage. Yes, your wicket keeper is a billion katrillion better than ours.

  • on January 6, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    Australia will win series by 4-0

  • itsthewayuplay on January 6, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster how many more chances would you give Kohli? He failed in the tests in WI and in the 4 innings in Aus so far. Kohli is a ODI / T20 player and maybe on Ind tracks but he needs to work on his technique for fast bouncy pitches. I would replace him with Sharma. Gambhir has also been a concern only scoring runs after the pitch had flattened, not what you want from an opener. Sehwag is good when he gets going but how often does that happen. Ind prefer exciting openers and ignore less flashy but more consistent and effective openers such as Jaffer, Banger, Chopra etc. Perhaps it's time to reconsider this approach at the top of the order.

  • on January 6, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    Indians must fire/sack their coach and sort out their indian bowling syndrome.

  • Momanno1 on January 6, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    DO NOT drop Nathan Lyon. This has happened with EVERY other spinner since Warnie. Young guy takes heaps of wickets to start off with, and gets dropped the second they dry up a tad. "That was the only breakthrough of the match for Lyon, who also collected just one in Melbourne and has not removed a top-six batsman since the first Test of the summer, against New Zealand at the Gabba". Give the guy a chance! In the first innings, India had already lost 5 wickets before Lyon came on to bowl. How can he take wickets of the top 6 batsmen if he isn't being given the chance to bowl to them? Cricket teams need a spinner, and Lyon is the best one we've got. He deserves a place in the Test XI, let's just keep him there and give him more opportunities to bowl.

  • tahi_hq on January 6, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    its the matter of money that brings india to lime light otherwise who will interested to talk to a team like this....money can buy players can't produce quality players...how could india refuse to play with bangladesh?

  • on January 6, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    one of the reason of this humiliating performance of india is IPL.

  • YorkshirePudding on January 6, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    @mdev.mp : you should look at the stats for Aswin he has the 2nd hieghest average of the Indian Batsmen in this series, and SRT's 100th 100 is a contrived milestone and has little meaning to anyone but indian fans and statisticans, hes cant even manage to reach the total of 100 FC hundreds.

  • on January 6, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    I think This Indian Team got Everything after winning the world cup,, So they dont have any ambition in there cricketing Carrier So Indian Selectors Should Change Some Player Like Gambhir, VVS Laxman, Dhoni Kohli in Test Squad.....

  • on January 6, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    The fundamental problem lies in BCCI's reluctance to prepare grassy wickets in India. That is what happens when you prepare pitches wickets tailored to suite Indian batting. the solution.... get rid of all existing curators and invest in technology like bowling machines and have batsmen play on fastest modes at slightly short of good length. Encourage fast bowlers to bowl at least 50% short pitched deliveries at nets. I have seen the nets session in India. Its a joke. Batsmen ask bowlers to feed them half volleys. C'mon guys get real. There is a very apt saying for India.... Every dog is a lion at home

  • itsthewayuplay on January 6, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    Ind fans keep talking about winning this or that series but we have to go back to basics first. Once the team is happy with selection and this includes fitness,form, ability to acclimatise in foreign conditions the bowlers have to use the new ball wisely then stick to line and length and the batters have to be patient. By being bowled out cheaply, the batsmen are making life difficult for the bowlers who are spending way too much time on the field. Forget the results and play cricket at a standard expected from professionals, develop a winning mentalilty then start talking about winning series overseas.

  • on January 6, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    the biggest mistake of BCCI is 4 matches test series in australia it should be 3 matches or less because it is better to lose 3-0 than 4-0

  • tragicmagic on January 6, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    I am an Australian and I love the way Indians play cricket some of the time...

  • dms1972 on January 6, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    The thing I can't work out is where Gupta.Ankur gone

  • on January 6, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    I need to meet the man who gave rather bestowed Indian cricket team the "Number One" test team in the world. This team is just a Bangladesh team in Indian jerseys. Can't bowl, can't field, can't throw, and last but not the least can't bat against a rookie Aussie pace "attack" that was hammered by England last year.

  • itsthewayuplay on January 6, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    It's inexplicable - unlike the Eng tour Ind have no complaints about team selection or acclimatision with several players arrived early but the results and performances are the same. In the 1st test the bowlers put themselves in a good position then fail to finish off the tail in both innings and batsmen throwing their wickets away. This 2nd test was a total embarrassment as Aus were scored more with 4 wickets than Ind did with 20. Yet again Ind let Aus off the hook from 37-3. Whilst the Aus have bowled a consistently nagging line and length, it has not been exceptional. Aus went almost an entire day without losing a wicket and Ind unable to bat a session without losing one. In Eng it was Dravid and so far only Sachin has stood out in terms of his strokeplay but not with big scores.

  • on January 6, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Very disappointing. Could not bear to watch most of the match. Had bought willow package with so much expectation. Best my friends that India would atlast take it to fifth day. Vir at kohli does not belong to test cricket yet. Very disappointing. Perhaps India should stop playing tests outside India.

  • nathangonmad on January 6, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Do I sense another 4-0 ? India have really looked weak this tour.

  • aus_trad on January 6, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    I agree that this was possibly India's best ever chance of winning a test series in Aus. It's never easy here for teams from the sub-continent, but given the (apparent) weakness of the Aus team, and the (apparent) strength of India's batting (Sehwag-Dravid-Tendulkar-Laxman: maybe the best 2-3-4-5 in history??), and Khan back in the team, I tipped an India win. As an Aussie, I am happy to have been proven wrong! But seriously, what is wrong with India (I know a lot of people would have an answer to that question, though not necessarily the same one...)? As I said in another comment, one thing which India got badly wrong is the lack of proper warm-up matches. They needed probably three 4-day matches against state teams to have some hope of being at their best by the 1st test. Already after 2 tests the series can't be won! One of the things England did so well here last year was their preparation, and they reaped the reward. Hoping for a closer result in Perth!

  • 200ondebut on January 6, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    It is a shame that a great side such as this is made to grovel by England and now Australia. I am sure it is not how the greats such as Sehwag & Laxman would want to end their careers.

  • noplay on January 6, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    Maybe, just maybe, the Indian players do not want to play test cricket. Was that evident in the series against England and a very poor West Indies team? What's all the rushing to finish the matches early? The Indian selectors missed an opportunity to make changes in the batting line-up during the West Indies series. They had no option but to go with the same big four to Australia. Congratulations Australia, you bit the bullet made the changes and are building a new team

  • elan_ind on January 6, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    Kholi, Yuvraj, Raina and all the youngsters are good players but they miss the tactics of test match batting. Surely they can be great players if they spend one or two county seasons. BCCI should plan their calender as it would allow players to learn basics in frequent interval! Regarding Oldies they look like without any plan when batting! They should be hunger to get runs as we seen Hussy and Ponting! Dravid did well in England but he didn't look the same here... The WALL shouldn't loose the strikes 4 times in 2 matches! its hurting as an indian fan....

    there is nothing to feel for 6 straight loss overseas because nobody should forget Australia or England heavy defeats iin India... all team is king in their backyard.. Even a single test match win is fair good!!! let us look for the remaining matches..... GO INDIA GO!!!!

  • BarmyIan on January 6, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Time to drop Tendulkar, this 100 100s malarky is getting in the way of Indian cricket forming a decent side and is distracting away from the team's performance.

  • on January 6, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    Pathetic performance. Indian team should be ashamed of themselves to first humiliate the nation in England, and now in Australia. Words cant describe the anger I am feeling. Unacceptable performace.

  • Crazy_Pk on January 6, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    Ashwin must be promoted as a opener. Dhoni shud resign frm test cricket bcz he does not deserve. Sehwag should select a job for 12th man (A man who brings drinking water in field). Tendulkar should stop to see dream to complete 100 of 100s. Of course dravid should join commentary box replace of wasim and shastri (bcz both have big mouth) who else... yeah Laxman... he should be promoted as a match viewer only in his own home. The great Kholi (Indian Thinks Only ) should play only IPL, he looks good in this tournament. Zaheer... he is only man in Indian team right now who is giving more than 100 %.

  • zuber21886 on January 6, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    whats the major factor for Eng, Aus and others for their wins: their boards, their coaches, their pre-match preparations, their ex-players coming in with advice and plans?? what is it, what is there that India lacks overseas, they have the quality batsmen, no doubt in that, were all fit for these tests, so what is the factor haunting India?

  • dms1972 on January 6, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    I'm totally confused. I was under the impression from all the pre-series talk from Indian fans, that this was going to be an easy series victory to India. @rahulcricket007, interesting observation you made about how long it took Michael Clarke to score his first double century. It took Tendulkar 10 years of Test cricket before he scored his first double century.

  • on January 6, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    whoever is named as spot_on : dear am sure you must have danced on streets when India won d cup. as far as India's performance is concerned ..yes it was pathetic..but most of the teams struggle while on tour.. same happens to Australia/Eng as well.. i believe if they manage to pull up a win & draw in remaining tests..it should urge well for Indian team..

  • on January 6, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    india is practising for 2015 world cup.its just beggining,aussies going to open their mouth in wc 2015 when they see indians beat their team

  • meursault on January 6, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    Fantastic team-oriented declaration by Clarke. I think that makes him the first Australian to make a 300+ score against quality opposition (not Zimbabwe when weak like Hayden's 380) and win the match -- which is the most important thing. He's played some great innings in losing causes over his career (a great hundred at Lords, his amazing 150 in South Africa earlier this year), so it's good to see him return his batting to the decisive India-beating role that he also effectively achieved on debut.

  • adsat on January 6, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    Guys, you are missing the point. Every team is a "lion" in their own backyard, incl the aussies. Last year (or before that) they lost 2-0 in India. England beat India 4-0 in test series in England but immediately after that they were routed in ODI series in India. And remember, every team has its prime time. The West Indies are a good example of that. One or two losses doesn't make a team better or worse. This is the same aussie team which was bowled out in SA under 50 just a few months ago. We can't just put the aussies on a pedestal simply because they beat India. Remember, the NZs beat the aussies two matches ago.

  • r1zzy on January 6, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    @ SAJIL_INDIAN...lol very true....but you forgot a couple of things....if Sachin gets his 100 then india automatically win the match....under no cicumstances is DRS to be used....and lets not forget the IPL is the most important thing to India as long as they have this theyre happy. India are you Bangladesh in disguise.....

  • on January 6, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    Bring back Dinesh Mongia and Mohammed Kaif.Replace Ashwin with Sanjay Bangar(he is a better bowler).

  • andrew27994 on January 6, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    Well, well, yet another disappointing performance from India. Clearly things don't seem to be right ever since Duncan Fletcher became the new coach for India. Ever since the World Cup, India through a lot of struggles have only managed to win 3 tests, draw 3 tests, win 7 ODIs, lose 3 ODIs and win a T20 against West Indies. Against England, they have lost 4 tests, 2 T20s and 3 ODIs, 1 ODI tied and another ODI abandoned and won 5 ODIs( played in India). And now lost 2 Tests against Australia in Australia. Well the results speak about his influence on the team. He has had enough time to get settled with this team but yet there seem to be no signs of improvement. He might have to worry about his position as India's coach. As for the next match, I think Rahane nad Rohit should replace Gambhir and Kohli. Though Gambhir was the top scorer in the 2nd innings, I still think his technique should be questioned. Its still not upto the mark and he had a bit of luck.

  • bobmartin on January 6, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    Posted by 5wombats on (January 06 2012, 10:09 AM GMT)

    "After this I never, EVER expect to see any crowing or gloating from any India fan ever again"

    Wishful thinking mate !!!

  • Lord_Dravid on January 6, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    under immense pressure, more than the aussies we managed to score 400 which shows if we're serious we can score big. we've got great individual talent in our side we just need to play as a unit then we can beat the aussies easily.

  • Kashi0127 on January 6, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    @ truebleue_cricfan I disagree. Instead of 3 days, India should get handicap overseas. India gets 3 innings and the opponents 2

  • on January 6, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    Paper lions/tigers have been maulled by pup & his young team. India is not deserved to stay intop 4 if they get white washed again.

    An nirate Indian fan

  • on January 6, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    When Gavaskar made comments after 1st test everyone jumped on him. Now they wi;ll understand his point. Last time India played well to win in Perth because of acrimonious Sydney test. But this time no such incidents. I wonder whether they can overcome the walloping they received in two tests. They must be mentally scarred to come out of this unscathed. I only hope India has bottomed out after this series. Otherwise they will be competing with West Indies as once upon a time champions role. They might go below Windies after the Stalwarts hang their boots.So far everyone was praising how cool customer was Dhoni. But after this series we will be longing for an aggressive captain in the mould of Ganguly/Kumble. Still we have time if only we can show some commitment and fight for rest of the series. Otherwise the test following in India will take a nosedive.

    Jitendran

  • VVS_a_class_act on January 6, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    Sad to see India in this position. Accepting the defeat. Its all happening since NZ toured India last year. Dhoni should rethink his strategies. At SCG, India lost the match when MSD won the toss. He should have opted to bowl first on fresh track. After first day, the pitch seems to be very good for batting. Frankly speaking Oz bowlers also failed in 2nd innings. James Pattinson's bowling was exposed in 2nd inn. It proved that at most he is a decent bowler. Not so gerat as every one is thinking. Except VVS dismissal, all other fell for ordinary deliveries. No credit to bowlers. Virat should be dropped, he looks completely out of sorts.Rohith will be a good choice. May be Ojha is better choice than Aswin barring his batting. Above all MSD should change his mindset. Need to play an attacking cricket.

  • stark-truth on January 6, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    India's only chance would be in the last Test once they are 3-0 down. Going back to the days of Waugh, Aussies have a record and reputation of losing the last dead match in Test Series.

  • rahulcricket007 on January 6, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    @5WOMBATS . DON'T WORRY ALL INDIAN FAN WILL START CROWING WHEN YOU WILL TOUR IN INDIA .

  • on January 6, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    Omer Shahid! I really agree with u. Indian tean can win the matches only in the homegrounds but they can not win a single match out of india. They are getting ready for another whitewash. congrts Aussie. As a Srilankan fan from Sydney.

  • bhrangi on January 6, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    @5wombats: Lose or win is a part of game. India's problem in overseas is same as ENG in India. But No excuses right now our team is not all good in test team particularly in overseas.:( . Anyway u can fly high because its ur time. I want u to be there when ENG tour IND. I want to see ur excuses,like u said " Heat won" after the defeat in 1st ODI, when the No-1 test team cant even bat for 50 overs and score the 200 runs LOL.,

  • burleighboy86 on January 6, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    As much as everyone talks about Ricky Ponting and Hussey aging, and not being able to put the big scores together, it is India's veteran stars who are struggling. As great as Sachin is, there are small cracks opening up in his game. However, he is still the greatest threat to Australia. He is generally unfazed by all the bowlers, and for the most part, his technique still remains impeccable. The big concerns are Laxman, and particularly Dravid. The nickname of "The Wall" could surely be dead after this tour. He's playing away from the pad. He is closing the face on the ball, and his feet are looking very heavy. The latter being the biggest sign his age may be getting the better of him on the quicker Australian pitches.Despite that, I don't think he's ever felt truly comfortable in Australia. I can't say I've seen him play many great innings here. Laxman has always been an enigma. The class still remains, but it seems he's going down the path Mark Waugh went. His brilliant eye is gone

  • Hondarocks on January 6, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    You can see the "skill" they learn in the ipl really shining through. India should go back to being minnows and just play odi and t20 (aka baseball). As for the Aussies I never doubted their ability to come back hard. We will be heading to the number 1/2 position in test (real cricket) rankings sooner than I thought. All thanks to the Indians and their so called "gods"

  • on January 6, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    Look at the so called best batting side aussies thrashed again great work hilfy and clarke was amazing and again aussies proved that they wont play for records they played for country and win great work and congratulation to aussies

  • atthipatti on January 6, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    Some guy even gone on predicting moronically a 2-1 or a 3-1 result in India's favor if Zak is fit. The change now is that Zak is fit and this "fan" is nowhere to be seen and India are 0-2.

  • on January 6, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    The Kangaroos are always tough down under. But i personally think Micheal Clark made a huge mistake by declaring a bit too early. in any case in the end they had more than a day to spare. This was once in life time opportunity for Clarke to go past the best in the World and write his name in the record books for a long long time to come. i think he was too occupied in the mind with winning the test and did not pay much attention to the record book. or may be he was not aware which is not likely. Any case a great innings could have been better.

  • kashijee40 on January 6, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    Basically India is playing far more defensive. " The lions of their own backyard" is true to some extent. India has most solid bating line up and yet they cant put up a total.. They lost to England and now they are also exposed here as well. England deserves to be Number 1 in test ranking. HOw can they desrve the complement of solid batting line up if they cant play fast bowlers in bouncy pitches.

  • hnlns on January 6, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    Come on SRT, score your 100th hundred on the most challenging red hot WACA pitch which will be worth 10 hundreds on the rank dead pitches in India. People still remember you with awe for that glorious 114 in a losing cause on a rank fast bowler's dream pitch. At least, a gutsy show in Perth would help in salvging some pride. Come on team India, regardless of what happens in Perth and Adelaide, try to show some guts and fight it out. Don't cave in meekly without even a semblence of fight. If Perth test goes the way of Melbourne and Sydney tests, Aussies might look at spicing up the batting paradise in Adelaide to hand a 4-0 drubbing.

  • 68704 on January 6, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    It is very disappointing for any Indian fan who had hopes for his team. We lost the match on the first day after being bowled out for 191 on what was essentially a good wicket. If we had been only 2 or three wickets down at lunch, things would not have turned so bad . I think the greatest problem has been the fitness of the bowlers. When you play back to back test matches you need experience and a different kind of fitness. You will notice the senior australian pacemen like Hilfenhaus and Siddle played much better than Pattinson despite his tremendous promise. Zahir was the only one who bowled decently. I think the way the Indians batted in the second innings showed that they can do it. Of course conditions were ideal, wonder how Perth will be. I think we should learn something from Clarke who put his team first , way above the world record which was there for the taking. Lets not worry about sachin"s 100th century and worry about the team"s poor performance sridhar

  • 2929paul on January 6, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    Having watched this India team up close in England last year, and watching them now on tv, it seems to me that they have lost their motivation to perform on the big stage, certainly outside of their home county. It's sad to see this decline in standards from some truly wonderful cricketers but as many of them already have legendary status at home, it only remains to put in the occasional big performance in front of the home crowds, in the preferred Indian format of ODIs or T20s, and all is well. Perhaps that is why Dravid is the only one who really seems to be trying his hardest in the Tests. Is it time for a clean out of the old guard and to bring in a whole new raft of young, hungry, motivated young men? Possibly but it will never happen.

  • kam_uk on January 6, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    India are just concerned about the IPL - the players are overpaid and are not interested at performing on the international scene anymore. This is very reminiscent of the England football team, following he creation of the Premier League.

  • on January 6, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    Maybe some of the diehard Indian supporters should read this and contemplate whether some of their Test cricketers ought to follow suit.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia-v-india-2011/content/current/story/548383.html

  • on January 6, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    The lions of their own backyard "Champo Team India"........True

  • on January 6, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    I think this is a false dawn for Australian cricket to be honest I still think they have major problems. But India right now are making them look better than they really are, you cant go into a test series without a good solid work out and preperation in those conditions that are foriegn to you. Look at England in the 2010/11 Ashes series, they arrived a month before the first Ashes test and played several warm up matches.

  • on January 6, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    Leave aside India's loss. ( What else can we do ? ) But why is everyone targetting Sachin ? The hype about 100th century... here I remember Pele's 1000th goal... that too was much awaited , emotional moment. Once even Pele thought that he is not destined to score the magic figure 1000. Finally, he had revellation... 1000th goal is just a number.. and it is just like any other goal.. later he scored total.1263 goals.!!!! ... I am sure ,already he is batting well ( much better than his colleagues as in all recent innings, he is the top or second best scorer for India) Sachin will score still better soon.

  • kavalurian on January 6, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    Though people say Bhajji is out of form, he is a big match player and I'm sure he wouldn't have allowed Clarke and punter score. Clarke has some weak technique against Bhajji and he proved that many times.

  • on January 6, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    As a neutral supporter I was suckered in to look forward to this series. The first test at the MCG looked like a good game but India couldnt remove the Aussie tail and then also couldnt really bat. This performance was spineless, weak and certainly not befitting of team that classes itself as one of the best teams in the world - in the shorter form maybe, but obviously not test cricket overseas. Wish I had spent more time on my job than constantly checking an inevitable cricket result. For all the hype of Indian batting (excl Sachin), their batting status in world cricket is over-rated, so over-rated that is almost disrepectul to other top batsmen. India will be mopped up in Perth even without Pattinson in the Aussie team.

  • othello22 on January 6, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    What a collossal performance from Australia. India, SA and England have been laughing into their breakfast cereal over the past few years watching the rabble once known as the Aussie cricket team stumbling around the place... But while their fans in their recently acquired arrogance and confidence will refuse to admit it, I have a feeling that Flower, Strauss, Cook and Co. will have seen this with a look of concentrated alarm on their faces. England are still the best team in the world, no doubt, but Australia will seriously threaten their claim to the throne in 2013 if they continue in this vein of form, provided they can sort out their top order issues and get a new wickie. Clarke... What more to say, other than you beauty! Fitting that he made 329 and declared just short of numerous batting records, playing against a team and nation obsessed with batting statisics and milestones...And then crushed them completely by removing the Little Master short of his ton of tons. Poetic.

  • Romenevans on January 6, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    Gary Kirsten! If you're reading this, Please Come Back, We Need You! :( From a Sad, Demoralized and Humiliated Indian Fan! Please!

  • zaf100 on January 6, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    Six defeats in six overseas test matches says it all about Dhoni captaincy, not brave enough to drop grandad's from the team. India's fielding is embarrassingly poor with senior citizen in the team. Bring young blood in the team and you will see the difference. Selectors are fully responsible for the mess india's in, they should have learnt from their past mistakes of England horror show. Right now it seems like all players are playing for their place rather team cause. I have my doubts about Ashwin bowling but prepared to give him more time. Time for shake up in the playing eleven is right Mr Dhoni otherwise your neck is on the line. Do the unthinkable and drop sehwag, Laxman for start and give clear message to seniors that you are prepared to take tough decisions and show them who is the boss. Play with no regrets attitude at least you can say I did it my way rather some body forced me to make those decissions. Good luck Perth next. :-(

  • amjadmayo on January 6, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    I am saying again and again batting is not a problem for Indian, there is great concern is our bowling. Our bowling is too weak to out any team twice in a test match. If batting fails then our bowling fill the gap of batting, like Pakistan. But that it not happened, we lost again & again and never learn from our mistakes, more horrible thing. Now time is to come, see off some old fellows with great honor. Inject some new and technically correct player in batting department and good swing & seam (aggressive) bowlers in bowling department. If BCCI have not changed these things it might be worse results come in future.

  • THINK_BEYOND on January 6, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    It is also time to find out a good fast bowling and spinning allrounders for our test team. If selectors have issues with Irfan and Jadeja and believes that they are not good test players...no problem then go and find out somebody else. For a country whose population is about to cross that of China, if BCCI is unable to groom young talents like Aus, SA, England and even Pakistan are doing, that too being the richest board, then each of their members incl. the selectors should resign !!

  • nilakshan.anand on January 6, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    i hope indian will loose the series 4-0 and dhoni will step down fron capatinc..even srilanka is beating south africa in south africa and fighting well in the 3rd test,but india is very very worst and going down the rank,INDIANS dont have the fighting sprit in them..i think bangladesh will win the current indian team...

  • GRAMMY_SACHIN on January 6, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    For winning a Test Match abroad, lots of things has to go your way. Right from planning to Toss to Execution of Strategy to Form & fitness of key players to strong focus to Sustain the Momentum to Creating Consistent Pressure while bowling. Unfortunately, it seems that some or the other is missing in this Team (though they were very competitive in MCG for most part, infact Ind were on the upperhand on Day 1 & Day 2). I am sure the Team is hurt (especially the seniors) and SRT, RD, VVS should come together & inspire the younger ones (to raise their performance beyond their capabilities) by their own performance, as well as through appropriate mentoring. I think fletcher needs to play a big role leading upto WACA Test. One good performance (like SL in Durban) will change the complexion of the series. All is not last. We must quickly come out of these 2 losses and come hard at AUS (even sledge them if required) to use it as a motivation. Only hope for us is this AUS is also vulnerable !

  • T-800 on January 6, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    No matter what happens in this series, including a 0-4 whitewash, I still hold that this does not prove Michael Clarke's captaincy abilities. India suffered a similar whitewash in England. Like I have said in a previous post, Indians are a peculiar side in the past 15 years or so in that they are weak overseas. The Indian Cricket board does not mind this as long as the team does well at home. Real test of Clarke's captaincy will when Australia plays teams like England (the Ashes), South Africa etc and of course in International tournaments like World Cup.

  • nilakshan.anand on January 6, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    i hope indian will loose the series 4-0 and dhoni will step down fron capatinc..even srilanka is beating south africa in south africa and fighting well in the 3rd test,but india is very very worst and going down the rank,INDIANS dont have the fighting sprit in them..i think bangladesh will win the current indian team...

  • THINK_BEYOND on January 6, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    Time for total restructuring of Indian Test team. Dhoni should be made captain for only ODI and T20 and dropped from Test team. Time to replace the Famous 3 (except Sachin, alarm is ringing for the other two). If Gambhir cannot deliver in Perth and Adelaide, he should be dropped as well. Sehwag our one match wonder should open only in Indian conditions, and against teams like Zim, Bangaldesh (outside India). Against Aus, Eng, SA the selectors should pick up a technically good batsman; effectively I am suggesting to replace the opening combination. Players like Zaffer + Dinesh Karthik are much better. It is also better to give chances to youngsters like Mukund, Pujara, Rohit. It is important to give them exposure - what will happen when Famous 3 will retire on their own. I am surprised a much better player like Rohit Sharma is sitting in the bench and off-form players like Gambhir and Laxman are making the final XI.

  • satish619chandar on January 6, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    Australia are a deserving winners.. Series lost for India but still lots of pride remain.. With the whole world now coming "India can win only in Asian pitches" after al l the things done in last 10 years drawing series in England, SA and Aus when they were in full cry and winning in WI,NZ and England quite handsomely.. Atleast one win in the remaining two matches could save some pride if there is any left after England and this series.. I did expect the team to do bad once the batting greats retire but never when they are in the team.. I expect BCCI to do something once the series is over and conduct a review and change the support staff(Changes to team is obvious)..

  • on January 6, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    sachin tendulkar will not complete his cetury against austrailia

  • AndrewFromOz on January 6, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    Starting to like the thinking behind the Australian team... At first I thought the declaration was too early, but I think it was 1. to show faith in the bowlers and their ability to get though the Indians and 2. to finish the match as soon as possible to give the bowlers a longer break before Perth. Then I wondered why on Earth Clarke was bowling a day after his marathon batting effort. I think it is bacause Harris will come in for Lyon in Perth and Clarke will be the spin option and wanted some real match practice. Some smart tactical thinking by coach and captain...

  • oceans287 on January 6, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    well iam a indian but always support the aussies no matter what ..... india getting defeated is not new but getting DEFEATED IN 4 DAYS this all is happening bcz of too much of cricket and especially too much of IPL ... it ahs to made once in 2 years and 20 20 not nesscary it has to be played very tour ...... these formats detiorate the long standing innings not only for INDIA BUT ANY TEAM IN THE WORLD .... getting defeated in 5 days now people r getting defeated in 4 days and even senior players r getting out quickly and arent playing patiently

  • Pritt32 on January 6, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    India showed some fighting spirits in 2nd innings by batting better, but could not avoid the inevitable. The visitors had a mammoth task of saving the match. It proved too much for them. The poor first innings of 191 and the poor bowling/fielding performance proved costly for India. The match ending in 4 days raises serious concerns. In the next 13 days, India needs to focus. Serious discussions are required to analyse performance. Fletcher should contact Kirsten and find out what can be done to lift the disjointed Indian team. India has to drop few players for failure such as Kholi, I.Sharma, Sehwag and rest one of the older players. India will have to work very hard and it will not be easy, as Aussies hunger to win will be greater and 4-0 is possible based on current form of the Indians, but I hope it does not happen. Team India is going through a very patch and need to recover.

  • on January 6, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    Q: What do Gavaskar, Dev, Singh, Tendulkar, Laxman, Dravid & Khan - in fact, every single Indian to have played Test creicket - have in common? A: None of them managed to win a Test series in Australia.

  • on January 6, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    Just remember the morale of the Aussies (with a 47 all out in the backdrop) before commencement of the Series on the Boxing Day. Indians have proved to be the best opponent for boosting the confidence of any team or an individual. Aussies (and Ricky in particular) have grabbed the opportunity gleefully.

  • on January 6, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    Lion of the house, collapsed outside.

  • on January 6, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    Well done Australia. They won with total authority. I was there on the first day. All looked even as the Aussies also lost 3 wickets. Note: David ran four runs and then lost his wicket. The same enthu also helped him take some great catches. Day two: In the first over Ricky took 3 runs and Zaheer should have gone at Michael immediately but wasted time going around the wicket and that gave enough time for him to catch his breath. Key moments are lost. The Indians should have more drive. They have to go for the kill every ball like the Aussies do. I live very close to SCG and the weather changed quickly last night. It rained and was very windy. I looked out of the window many times on my way to the loo and hoped that the Indians will survive the day. The Aussies are great athletes playing Fantastic cricket and the Indians are Great Cricketers trying to play cricket. Hope the Perth test will provide entertainment to both the Nations.

  • rajachandra on January 6, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    Ever since Media went overboard on that elusive hundredth hundred from Tendulakr, Indian's performance has fallen to abysmal depths ! It is time Media stops this barrage of unwanted pre- Test match hype. Cricket is not played for personal glory or milestones and if that guy is so per-occupied let him take break from Test Cricket. Let the Team play for the country and its glory.

  • wrenx on January 6, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    Congratulations to Australia. Wish the match had been more competitive though - hopefully our Indian cousins will come hard in the next match. It must be a reassuring feeling for the Australians to know that this series is safe and cannot be lost. Hopefully, this will mean they will play with more freedom and confidence, which should make for more attractive cricket. Just like Clarke & Hussey did, once they bagged their milestones.

  • on January 6, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    @5wombats defeat conceded. this was beyond shameful. my only wish is that australia should have been in the western hemisphere. then the matches would have been telecast in the evening. and my days would not be spent in depression and misery.

  • reality_check on January 6, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    India has proven themselves to be a very mediocre team in last 6 tests going back to England whitewash. Batting is one thing India can count on but looks like that is only if they are playing in the sub-continent. Media hype around "team India" rock stars and Sachin's 100th 100 makes the Indian team look much bigger on the paper than they actually are on the field. Although tough but supposedly the world's "best" batting lineup with Sehwag, Sachin, Dravid and Laxman should have taken this match to the fifth day and made Aussies bat again. Having miserably failed to do that in 4 innings only proves one of two things i.e. a) Aussies are super humans or b) Indians are very ordinary. Good luck with the remaining tests as that is all what India can count on.

  • on January 6, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    This is not a one off.There is a continued decline in the side.Ever since the SA tour, where we blew an opportunity to win the third test by letting Kallis bat with ease.Then being timid and accepting a draw in 3rd test in Windies when we should've gone for a win, the disaster in England, the decent win over Windies at home when we should have dominated them and now this.Letting a side in chaos gain confidence, form and win--and that too in an emphatic manner. I am sorry Mahi, you are a WC winning captain and no one can take that away from you, but its time you stepped aside from the Test captaincy.Hard decisions must be taken and it should start with the captain.Your laid back attitude rubs on the players and there is a serious lack of fight.Something we never would've seen under Ganguly.

  • jonesy2 on January 6, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    ravi_hari ---- very well said. the bench strength and depth of australia is truly amazing

  • steamingdreams on January 6, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    Another eye opener day for visitors. Flat pitches at home, record breaking batting tons and irrational applauses won`t earn them easy sail anywhere else. 2-0 or whitewash or even an equalizer must not put fans in any more dreamy heavens of greatness as whatever has been the show till now is a lot embarrassing for "world champions". Wishing Indians a realistic approach at home to earn some respect away.

  • JG2704 on January 6, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    I fear that this will now become a one sided series.After the 1st test I was preaching that Australia had the ability to collapse as shown vs SA and the weaker NZ and also in the 1st test the game was in the balance-swinging one way then the next-until the last day.Their bowling looked threatening too. In this game-apart from when Aus were 3 down-India were never in a position of hope and their bowling looked very tame even if Clarke,Hussey,Ponting had much to do with it.Fair play to Indian batsmen for showing some fight in the 2nd inns although none of the experienced Gambhir,Sachin and VVS converted their scores into 100s which was what was required.Don't really know what India should do from here.Rohit Sharma seems to be a must and Kohli looks very vulnerable but dropping Kohli is certainly just a short term fix.While India might have a great talent pool esp in the batting dept and in the shorter forms of the game it seems from what Ive seen that there is little depth re test player

  • on January 6, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    The lions of their own backyard "Champo Team India"

  • on January 6, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    The lions of their own backyard "Champo Team India"

  • truebleue_cricfan on January 6, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    All overseas test matches involving India should be restricted to 3 days, LOL. They cant even last 4 full days of a test match. This is the only way they can compete overseas.

  • on January 6, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    It seems as though we've got our bowling sorted out. With Harris and Cummins we'll be spoilt for choice!!! Still need a lot of work on the batting though with out best batsmen aged. But we've got time to prepar for the Ashes to return to their true proprieter. Australia!!!!

    I think Marsh should be given another chance. No point playing Lyon. He's basically nothing more than a token spinner.

  • on January 6, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    lol @ INDIA .. Even NZ Is Bettr Then India Now .. You Indians Called PAKISTAN NZ SRI WI Minnowss , Where India Stand Now ? Go Aussies Gooo .. Go For KILL !!!

  • on January 6, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    India has been exposed. Nothing more to write about. The batsmen barring Sachin look lead footed and the bowlers, at best look pedestrian. Dhoni's captaincy lacks imagination and he may look at reconsidering his test future after this series. The players look disinterested in perfecting their trades at the nets, lackdaisical attitude and general lack of intensity prevails. For those who call Sachin God, even 'He' can't save the Indians from being thrashed 4-0 again.

  • rmaganti on January 6, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    I think India are going through a phase, which is quite similar to the one after Javed Miandad hit a six in Sharjah to win a tournament. After that India rarely won against Pakistan in one dayers until that generation of players retired. India should start afresh with a clean slate in Test Cricket, atleast from a batting standpoint. The big three should make way to Pujara, Rohit and Kohli. If Gambhir or Sehwag fail consistently, they should be replaced with Rahane.

    The test team should be, V Sehwag/A Rahane, G Gambhir/A Rahane,C Pujara, Rohit Sharma, V Kohli, R Jadeja, MS Dhoni, I Pathan or P Kumar,R Ashwin, Zaheer Khan and Umesh Yadav. Give them a few years time. If Dhoni wants to retire before 2014, then Kohli should be made the captain. Do not go back to Sehwag. It will be a step in the wrong direction. In a few years time Zaheer would also want to retire, groom Abhimanyu Mithun and Varun Aaron to take over.

  • 5wombats on January 6, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    After this I never, EVER expect to see any crowing or gloating from any India fan ever again.

  • RasCric on January 6, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    I feel for Indian fans. It is probably against their religion to talk about their so called ledgends. So they have to find all other non existant reasons to blame. :)

  • spot_on on January 6, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    Fellas..I'm from India and I've always admired the Aussie way of playing. I haven't seen any team who surrender at pressure and never seen a defensive captain as Dhoni in Cricket.... I'm a serious supporter of Aussie dominance in cricket... I want them back on top.. No other team in the world could retain their top spot except the aussies.. I see a Border in Clarkey... Mark my words... Two more years and yet again the aussies are gonna rule the cricketing world for a decade or more. And For , India... well they Have IPL :D.. They are okay with that... So Indian Cricket supporters... Just Shut the he€k up and wait for the most known 4-0 whitewash... Hats off .. England and Aussie...

  • emadqazi on January 6, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    @SAJIL_INDIAN .. v rightly said...

  • on January 6, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    If India needs any changes to the team Shewag should be the one to be dropped from the team.. Aswin can open the innings and he cad do what shewag can do either Hit or Miss...and we can have Rohit sharma as additional batsman..

  • Chris_Kiama on January 6, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    Guys from India, you are having the same problem we had when so many good players reached the end of their careers. They're still good players, maybe just not quite good enough on lively pitches. We were saying the same about Ponting, Haddin and Hussey before this game. Don't be fickle supporters of your team, they need your best wishes now more than ever. I must say though that Dhoni seemed to let things drift and didn't harness the energy of the group the way Clarke has. Maybe his senior players are not supporting him the way they should. There needs to be some very honest self-appraisal and action to lift the effort to where it needs to be. I'm surprised by the calls to replace Ishant, he was far superior to Yadav in difficult circumstances, and very near as good as Zaheer. Ashwin is a real trier too, but does not spin the ball enough for Australia. The pitch was a beauty for batting after Day 1, but by Day 4 the Indian side were tired and dispirited. Show them some love!

  • g.narsimha on January 6, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    NO CONTAST, this is the first time in decade that a INDIA-AUS match was so one sided &one team was under tremendas pressure right fromthe first over of the match , usually as stats prove matches between these 2 are fought fiercly as happened in MALBOURNE, first inning debacle coast dearly , it is now clear , indians are under tremenus pressure but hard to bounce back , only plus is GAMBHIR, LAXAN ,SACHIN, are amongst the runs in second inning that will boost their confidence lets hope for better innext game .

  • on January 6, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    COME ON INDIA ONLY 2 MATCHES TO GO ,FOR A COMPLETE WHITE WASH ....:X ASHWIN IS THE SECOND HIGHEST RUN GETTER FOR INDIA IN THE SERIES AFTER SACHIN....THATS SHOW OUR SO CALLED FAMED BATTING LINE PERFORMANCE ................REPLACING A SINGLE PERSON CANT CHANGE THE PERFORMANCE OF THE OTHER TEN BUT THE PERSON COMING IN CAN INJEST NEW ENERGY TO THE TEAM'S ATTITUDE ....... .......AND ITS HIGH TIME TO LOOK BEYOND SOME SENIOR PLAYERS......

  • GRAMMY_SACHIN on January 6, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    Result is not a surprise after Day 1 capitulation. Tactical blunders by MSD, and the most striking is to bat first on a good wicket. Has India bowled first they might not have restricted AUS to 191 but would have definitely below 350, and with conditions iproving for batting India would have posted a similar score to make the test rivetting similar to the MSG Test. Guys showed reasonable fight in the 2nd innings. Thank God SRT's 100 did not come on a losing cause. Arguably the Best player in form in this series (despite 226 runs only -- though highest by an India by a long distance), needs good support from other end.

  • sathishvaiju on January 6, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    @Sal485 you want to get rid off old men Zaheer only bowler took 3 of 4 wickets , Sachin scored patiently 41 & 80 always very good as he is, Laxman - Very Very Special as usual.you want them to go then you are not an indian supporter tell me from which country you are.

  • Garryjovial on January 6, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    These are the darkest hours for team India and as a loyal supporter I am with them, These ups and downs are all part of the game...After the peak (World Cup) MSD and his men had won everything in the game. I hope, wish and pray this slump doens't last longer and India come back strongly and give us good night's sleep once again....Come On India!

  • AdelaideAussie on January 6, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    Okakaboka - How many wickets did the Indian Spinners take.......Lyon didn't do to badly considering the pitch was a batsman's paradise...

  • ZIMMYZIMMY on January 6, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    INDIA STILL NEED SACHIN TENDULKAR TO FIRE IN EVERY INNINGS.... HOW CAN WE WON ?

  • on January 6, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    Congrats Team Indian, our No.8 Bats man scored 50 in Australia..Super...great work Ashwin....you really showed how to bat on a pitch were all our paper tiger batsmen struggled(Sehwag)....:)

  • rajufer on January 6, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    Team India - Champions in India and only in India.

  • Rumy1 on January 6, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    Kohli and Ashwin should be dropped and Rohit and Ojha should play in Perth. No questions about that. No Dravid must be persisted with. Even 1/3rd of an out of form Dravid is better than the likes ODI wonders like Kohli or Rahane. Ideally, a major surgery is required mid way in the tour if some pride is to be salvaged as the situation is extremely dire. Rush Wasim Jaffer, Badrinath and Irfan Pathan right away in to Perth. If Bhajji is fit now he should be on the flight as well. Send Kohli, Ashwin, Gambhir and Mithun home. If Gambhir is to be persisted with then let Sehwag and Jaffer open. Gambhir can be No.3, Sachin No.4 and Dravid No.5. Irfan should replace Ashwin at WACA, Perth. Mr.Srikkanth are you listening??

  • on January 6, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    after the high point of the world cup, the team has not had the fight and the ambition to improve further..... another 4-0 is on

  • mdev.mp on January 6, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    Sachin should open the innings with sehwag since he the only batsman currently handling AUS pacers well. He should do some sacrifice when the team is in trouble. Can anyone communicate this msg to him...PLZ sachin do this. Get 100th 100

  • Mary_786 on January 6, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    Agree with Paul of Wyong, drop Marsh and get either Watson or Khawaja to replace him, he looks completely out of sorts in the team and needs to find some form in club cricket first given there are no shield games.

  • Itchy on January 6, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    As was stated by Ian Chappell, the biggest question mark hangs over Dhoni's negative captaincy - setting fields that his bowlers struggled to be able to bowl to. Yadav looked out of his depth when the wicket wasn't seaming around and he wasn't on his own.

    A trivia question: have India ever been beaten by another team that has only lost four wickets for the match?

  • Nightwing32 on January 6, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    @AidanFX: I just think it was a bad game for Haddin, he is a good keeper, one of the best in the world but it was a poor game. Matthew Wade is likely next in line because Tim Paine will be out of the game for a while or even longer, it is not looking good for him with that injury. It is really hard to be a keeper and imagine how insane it is for an international one. The only change is Pattinson for Starc and I guess the other is depending on the pitch as it could be Lyon for Harris.

  • PiyushD on January 6, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    Its impossible to say what could have happened if it was that way but truly speaking Dhoni has been a let down since the series in WI and company of fletcher has lot to do with it, same Dhoni with Kirsten was a different captain.Lack of imagination, blindly backing a player, Kohli should not have been first choice no 6, he failed miserably in WI and did nothin remarkable at home agianst WI either,Rohit Sharma should have been there at No. 6 from first Test in Australia, and surely he will get to play in Perth which is horrible place to get your debut as a batsman from subcontnent. Also Sachin needs to sit with someone to calm him down mentaly so that e can cross that mind block. Dhoni+Fletcher combo is not working, infact its pulling Dhoni down as a captain, we need to break this, make Sehwag captain for test, may be then he will put some price on his wicket and also we will see some agressiveness.

  • on January 6, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    Well done to Australia, especially Pup's triple century, Mr Cricket's 150 and Punter's ton were the highlights of an amazing four days.

  • on January 6, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    INDIANS .. TASTE THAT :P so called WORLD CHAMPIONS have been brought to earth real hard :D thanku aussies!!!

  • Leggie on January 6, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    I hope the team management does not get mislead by the 400 in the second innings as a sign of improvement and stay away from making changes for Perth. There should still be no place for Gambhir. His struggles at the top has created panic and he should be replaced with Rahane. On the same lines, Kohli's form and his mental state - clearly evident from the middle-finger outburst - calls for resting him at least for Perth. Dravid & Laxman should still stay given that we don't have an alternate replacement!

  • skepticaloptimist on January 6, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    The performance by the Indian batsmen, with an exception to Tendulkar, has been absolutely shambolic. Even Tendulkar, although very consistent, is failing to pile big hundreds that he should. I, along with many others, don't count Dhoni as a batman, so can't blame him much for his batting, but his captaincy was pathetic and truly did contribute to the bowlers' problems. All that said, Australia deserve every bit of credit for their victory. Great innings, of course, by Clarke. The bowlers were amazing for Australia and add India's pathetic batting and you have this: 4-0 score line. Rohit has to play the next game--doesn't matter on whose expense, but he has to play. I would even be tempted to play Saha for Dhoni; at least Saha is a better keeper, and obviously he can't be a worse batsman (that's just not possible). Congrats to Australia. No doubts, 4-0 should be it. I reckon Dravid should get slightly wider pads.

  • Saim93 on January 6, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    India is nothing outside of Asia, or better yet their nothing outside of home

  • on January 6, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    @indusfan I love your comment. :)

  • icckingofcricket on January 6, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    what has happened to the world champions.. Tendulkar, the most aged player is scoring runs at the age of 38 while younger experienced lot in Indian squad is consistently displaying poor batting performance.. another disappointment for fans :(

  • Marcio on January 6, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    To be honest I'd rather see India performing well. The first test was great, and close for 80% of the game. This one was a farce. What worries me is that the SCG provided the most "Indian" conditions likely to be faced on tour. Perth won't be much fun at all. Unless you are a fast bowler. Still, Maybe India will come back. I hope so.

  • on January 6, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    THIS LOST INDICATES THAT INDIA STILL NEED SACHIN TENDULKAR TO FIRE IN EVERY INNINGS...HOW WE CAN WIN ?

    PLZ REPLY

  • on January 6, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    Indian Team is not fast.:-(

  • CheerforUnderdogs on January 6, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    India will look to play Vinay Kumar instead of R. Aswin and Rohit Sharma for Virat Kohli.

  • on January 6, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    Tendulkar denied again? By Clarke? Oh boy, looks like Australia has already sealed this series. India should field players like Rahane and Sharma for the third test, because those guys need the experience. Rahane could come in for Sehwag and Sharma could come in for Kohli. Technically, the series is lost so with this approach, there's not much to lose. I guess Sachin has to score his hundred at Perth. Did I hear someone say Adelaide instead?

  • shahsal on January 6, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    rohit shd get a chance to play in d nxt game.Virat needs some rest and dhoni shd quit playing test cricket abroad.Its time for selectors to take some serious decision

  • jam-11 on January 6, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    Shame shame...... Please change the team please. Drop dhoni,gambir,kohli bring mukund,parthiv,rohith. please send ashwin up the order. he is the only player apart from sachin(also waste player) score more than 20 runs in every match. playing 11 parthiv,rahane,mukund,sachin,dravid,vvs,sehwag,ashwin,zaheer,ishanth(vinay) and yadav. all r waste players.(zaheer is OK) BCCI India can play well only in Asia pitches. so don't send our team outside,want to send,send Zimbabwe. Sachin think about India not 100 ton.

  • on January 6, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    India's had a woeful performance ever since their tour Down Under'

  • atthipatti on January 6, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    Got no option but to wait for WACA and hope boys do well...congrats to the Aussies bloggers!!!!

  • DINESHCC on January 6, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    "They have a week to sort out their problems". For the 4th test we will have more than 10 days to sort out the problems.

  • CarDroid on January 6, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    Sadly, even this drubbing is not going to change anything for Indian Test cricket. A decent show in a string of home Tests and it'll be business as usual, until the next overseas mauling. The "Faithful Husbands" tag is apt.

  • cricmatters on January 6, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    Another emphatic win for Australia though they will need a better off spinner than Lyon and a better keeper than Haddin to win matches against quality teams. India's main problems has been lack of self belief and grit shown by previous touring team under the leadership of Kumble. Dhoni is too quick to spread the fields and wait for batsmen to make an error rather than plan a dismissal. Had he given a bat pad position to Zahir Khan against Micheal Clarke, he would not have made a triple ton. Also out of form Ponting and Hussey have been allowed easy singles early in the innings to find their form back. Dhoni need to assert his leadership, set more attacking fields and encourage his bowlers and fielders to stay sharp on the field for five days if India wants to avoid another series whitewash. But I guess when you are paid more than 2 million for playing 6 weeks of pyjama cricket why would you bother about Test cricket.

  • vinchester on January 6, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    Instead OF saying " This is a one off case, I hope the BCCI & its bigwigs have finally realised where they stand in International cricket. ie 5th or 6th in the ladder. IF they want to go up the ladder, they have to bring in new faces and remove old legs from the team. I dont think Fletch has been of any use; I think Saurav, Kumble or Ravi Shastri woul be a suitable Choice.

  • ravi_hari on January 6, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    If 2011 was an year of debutants, 2012 promises to be a year of comebacks. Hilfy takes his second 5wkt haul on return and Peterson cracks a ton on return. It is a great effort from Hilfy. In fact Hilfy was the only bowler on both the sides who looked like taking a wkt with every delivery. After a shoddy first session, Hilfy cameback late on Day 1 and never looked back. His spell with the second new ball was amazing. Laxman's wkt was a beauty. It is strange that these Aussie bowlers are getting Dravid, Sachin and Lax bowled so frequently. It shows how well Aussies worked on their weakness and how well they are using the conditions to their favour. Come to think of it that none of the quicks were first choice selections. If Cummins, Jhonson, Harris were fit, none of them would have been picked. To perform so well shows the bench strength of the Aussies. If batting also does the same this team would quickly climb up the rankings. Warner, Marsh and Cowan need to fire like the veterans.

  • on January 6, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    Great play by the aussies, summed up by the superb dismissal of VVS Laxman off an absolute jaffa from the Hilf. Amazing display all round, here's hoping India can pick themselves off the canvas for a fighting end to the tour.

  • on January 6, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    nothing is going to change sadly. the way Australians dominated Indians was impeccable. In a match when Australians were pilling on the runs, Indians were a mere spectators, feeding them dollys. The dominance has definitely taken serious toll over Dhonis and the boys, by the time they willl get over it the series will be over. Final Verdict 4-0 and they wont have any excuses to offer this time around.

  • maxjanu on January 6, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    Hilfenhaus - 8/157 India - 4/659 at last india's terrible bowling attack has shown it's weakness - all it needed was a bit of the aussie's classy and experienced middle order.

  • on January 6, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    Well played Aus.. Am sometimes not happy wid Dhoni's adamant views.. Its always gud to backup wt u think/do.. Bt, not whn its failing.. Wts wrong in tryin different.?? Dhoni's tactics may b different.. Bt, need not b successful all times.. Wish Dhoni cud realize this and think out of box.. Happy that SRT didn't score that 100th century here.. If he had, there will b 2 negatives.. 1. A big group will talk abt his century and forget the loss suffered.. 2.A small group will talk completely negative abt SRT, that his century will b only in losing cause.. Wtever hppns r gud.. We were in similar situation even in last tour and v turned things around in Perth.. Hope our guys will take the few positives frm the match and look completely diff in Perth.. I wil also b happy if Dravid lifts his game up..

  • dockhaul4 on January 6, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    no other word but pathetic. Indian cricket is going downhill at least in longer format.i felt sorry for teams like New zeland and South Africa being given just two test match series against Aussies despite being competitive. why Indians keep trying old and similar men while there is so much talent available to be selected from

  • Red_Rooster on January 6, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    It was said that India had the best possible chance of winning in Aus, but India lost in the worst possibly way. The fielding, captaincy, bowling, batting, everything's wrong. India seriously need to work on a few things. Dravid the great man looks at sea. Sehwag's hit&miss recklessness is bugging me. He simply cannot be consistent, can he? Kohli has proved to be a failure in test level!someone get sharma! The only bright spot this tour has been Sachin, whose been delightful. He's been in masterly touch, despite not scoring a ton. For the sake of india, sachin needs to get that monkey off his back, get a huge one at perth, and the rest of the batting order have to chip in! India's bowling, too, simply cannot hunt as a pack! Ugh frustrating! 6 defeats!

  • sathishvaiju on January 6, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    India never got all out for 47 runs LoL...

  • mr.truth on January 6, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    australian players are stalwarts congratulations india players Please try to correct errors and try to equal

  • Mourian on January 6, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    Great victory to Australia and for Clarke

  • on January 6, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    Yet another humiliating defeat in rconditions that were not definitely not as bad as the Indian score card was made to look. The difference in the two teams is that while in bowling we are perhaps a shade weaker than them in batting the Aussies are far ahead of us. Almost all Indian batsmen have a habit of gliding the ball to slips quite regularly while all the big 3 batsmen who scored centuries in this match never attempt it unless they are squared up. There is a perceptible lack of footwork while dealing with balls on and around the off stump. As for Sachin I am trying to recall when was the last time that he has performed when India is at the back foot so as to save the match for India forget winning.I am glad he did not score his hundreth hundred in what was definitely a loosing cause and a hundred by Sachin would be great only if it had saved the match for us. It is also time to look beyond Dhoni who is failure as a keeper, batsman and also as a captain.

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 6, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    Here we go AGAIN !! 2-0 down and 2 more to go. It's hard to even expect the most die-hard Indian fan to expect a miracle at Perth. Sydney was the best pitch for batting and the Indian 'rock stars' failed to capitalize. Some TOUGH decisions have to be made with an eye on the future. Like Ganguly and Ravi Shastri pointed out, how about dropping one of the oldies.. most preferably Laxman and draft in Rohit Sharma ? I don't wish to drop Kohli because he's young and needs more games. It's also his first trip to Australia. Laxman is a LIABILITY. I know he scored a half century in the 2nd innings but his fielding is poor and his form is shaky. Dravid still has a decent technique for tough conditions so I would give him another game. It's time the selectors STOP playing games with the Indian public. Australia have set the tone.. it's now up to India to do the same. Be like MEN and do what's right for the country.. we need young blood folks. This series is OVER as far as I am concerned.

  • rickyvoncanterbury on January 6, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    did you see the standing ovation for the little master tendulkar, aussie cricket fans know a legend when they see one, good onya boys great win, I willl leave it at that so there is plenty of room for the legend bashers ponting v kallis v tendulkar v lara blah blah blah

  • Tom_Bowler on January 6, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Well done to Australia, a comprehensive victory and as an England fan I was pleased to see Ponting and Clarke do well. It seems to me they've taken a lot of stick for Australia's decline which has been caused more by a collection of brilliant team mates reaching the end of the line rather than any failings of their own. I wouldn't get too far ahead of yourselves though; of the batsmen who got runs only Clarke has a long term future and all your shiny new players failed once again. As for your "match winning" pace attack it features two bowlers who have been conrnerstones of successive Ashes defeats. Rock up with this team in 2013 and it'll be three in a row. Congratulations nonetheless.

  • on January 6, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    Drop Sehwag and also Dhoni who doesnt posses any qualities to be a Captain as his stratergies never worked.Sehwag never shined in second innings which ultimatly means that we are one down during chase and he is not a responsible cricketer too.Sehwag is not able to score the runs what Ashwin did and also Ashwin as a better footwork compared to him and times the ball well.We can have Ashwin to open the innings which will make a chance to Ohja.Dhoni should promote him up the order if he as the guts to face the swing and should lead from the front as what Clarke did.Blaming on Bowlers is not going to work when you gonna give then defensive field set..When he doenst have the courage to chase 88 from 15 overs in West Indies how come he can defend his team in Australia.He should learn from Dada to know what is a positive approach. Fletcher never possesed any qualities to be a coach and some how BCCI appointed him. We would have playes well without the coach rather to have one to have 6 defeat

  • on January 6, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    To avoid total humiliation by the Aussies, India top order should think about scoring some runs by themselves rather than expecting Tendulkar to score his 100th century in international cricket.

  • on January 6, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    Congrats! Aus...

    Best of luck India for next matches...

  • SAJIL_KERALA on January 6, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    In order to improve India's overseas record, and help to improve the statistics of our "great" batsmen, the BCCI, USA of world cricket must force ICC, UN of world cricket, to implement followinUmg rule. 1. Maximum bowling speed shall not be over 120KPM - in order to mitigate "unfair advantage" advantage enjoyed by India's rivals. 2. Bounce of the pitch shall not exceed the height of batsman knee 3. Size of the ground shall not exceed 100 mtr

  • bobmartin on January 6, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    Well played Oz... It's difficult to see any way that India can now even scrape a draw out of this series.. The Aussies will shortly have Watson fit, and that will be the only likely change, which can ony make the side stronger. India on the other hand have major problems and from what we've seen so far, not a lot left in the bank. And speaking of changes, wouldn't it be a nice one if we could confine ourselves to the main topic, that is Australia v India in this current series. Anything about any other series not involving these two sides is totally irrelevant.

  • YorkshirePudding on January 6, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    meh, It was only India, one of the weaker teams that were still reelling from a 4-0 white wash in the UK. I hope the likes of RandyOz remember to thank thier elder cousins in Europe for helping them attain this win. Seriously, good to see Hilfenhaus in the wickets again and Punter, and Clarke in the runs after a drought. Pattinson also looks the real deal, and could be a hand full in the UK next year providing he doesnt get injured.

  • realist1 on January 6, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    Dhoni will take so many positive from this game to Perth that we lost count of them already. LOL... Flat track bullies couldn't even cope in the flattest of all Aussie pitches. Still lost by an innings and lost in 4 days. Well, that's one positive for Dhoni, his players will get one extra day off.

  • on January 6, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    Shame on us as a team. No spirit for a fight. Can we really remove all the old boys. I mean even kohli,rohit n rahane can manage to win a test series against sammy lead windies in India. We lost 6-0 in england+australia. More to come. I fear we loose in perth as well. Last two time we were in in australia, we got a bit better flat pitches with no Macgrath. Even sachin's boring double in SCG didnt have Macgrath. Now these guys are old, and even rookies are finding flaws. Our captain himself is a bad player outside sub continent in test cricket. Karthik is a much better batsmen in these condition.

  • Attractivue on January 6, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    Very disappointing performance by the Indians. Sachin alone can't do it!!

  • on January 6, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    image what will happened WHEN sachin, dravid,layman will retire .P

  • manikandan.p on January 6, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    hello BCCI please kindly bring irfan, rohit, rehane, pujara in playing eleven. please takenout from our test team players like sewag, laxman, dravid& virat and promote ashwin to 6th poisition. if ther are win or loss nevermind,please allow them to take some experience.

  • on January 6, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    great win ! poor batting cost india the match & the series. i think it cannot get worse than this. Its time to blood in a youngster in place of some senior batsmen. whether its 2-0, 4-0 or 2-2 india is anyway not going to win this series. The dream of the three senior pros to win a series down-under is anyway gone. I hear chants to drop kohli but i think thats a mistake. he's learning & let us invest on him. Bring rohit in place of laxman[with due respect to laxman]. laxman fielding has been pathetic & dhoni is forced to place him in slip/short-cover bcos he is a bad athelete.he even spilled warners/ regulation at slip which fortunately sachin caught.Dhoni said brave words of levelling series & if he wants to take a chance take laxman out of the equation.

  • green_man on January 6, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    I believe, they could have wrapped Indian tail much earlier.............

  • Major-Maxx on January 6, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    finally it happend what was spoken for last 3 days as always .... the mightiest team (on Paper and self claimed) falls again..... Should we still be claiming to be best test team...soo much hype created by our media bla bla bla.... hmmmmmm

  • stark-truth on January 6, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    A thoroughly demoralising and humiliating defeat for the Indians - where Australians lost just four wickets in the match and still beat India by an innings and a hundred odd runs, with over a day to spare! the gulf in the two teams is too big to gloss over. Indian batting line-up is ageing and over-rated, their bowling is flimsy to say the least and captaincy is dithering. Aussie batting is massively built, bowling is mighty energetic and effective and captaincy....well, declared innings when himself on 329* in sight of world record to give his team full blast of time to work at the at the opposition second innings - what to say what an Indian skipper would have done had he been in such a situation!

  • jmcilhinney on January 6, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    @RandyOz, India managed 400 here while they were kept to 300 and below the entire series in England. England clearly have the best attack in the world and this proves it.

  • MrGarreth on January 6, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    Another 4-0 whitewash is on the cards! Dont see how India can stop the rot really. Theyve always been an over achieving team but now theyre being exposed. A country that has so many options to choose from since like everyone wants to play cricket there. Its inexcusable then to get whitewashed by any side. Really with all the best athletes in their country playing cricket in a nation of a billion something people really should be dominating the cricketing world. But far from it are India. And it will continue for as long as they choose to have wickets that can only ever breed spinners. Khan is the lone wolf out there and that is becausehe gained a lot of skill playing in England's county scene. I think India should pay England's counties to take some of their seamers. It must be torcher bowling day in and day out on Inidan pitches!

  • Wazzi on January 6, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    CONGRATS!!!! TO AUSTRALIA FOR BIG WIN All credit goes to Michael Clarke for his 300+ not out, great innings.

  • jmcilhinney on January 6, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    Another good bowling performance by Australia but the worry is that, with the bat, while the old-timers have rediscovered their form, the new-comers have lost theirs. If Watson is fit for Perth then it will be interesting to see who misses out. Cowan was the last man in so would likely be first man out but I'm not convinced that Watson and Warner is a good opening pair for test matches. I'd be tempted to lose Marsh, keep Warner and Cowan at the top, move Ponting and/or Clarke up and slot Watson in down the order. I don't see that happening for several reasons though. Haddin should be gone but I doubt that will happen before the end of this series at the earliest. Lyon may keep his spot if Watson is fit to bowl but if not then bringing Harris in for Perth would be the smart move. Maybe bring in Harris even if Watson is fit to bowl. If Harris does play and bowls well, who goes out for Adelaide, assuming that Lyon will come back in?

  • chad_reid on January 6, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    i read one of the comments on the Sydney test match before it began the individual stated that aus will bowl India out cheaply and than get a lead of 400+ declare and bowl India out on the 4th day and win by an innings with a day to spare i didn't believe that would happen so i laughed it off how right was he only thing he didn't get right was the toss he said aus will win toss and send in India to bat but that was one hell of a prediction

  • stormy16 on January 6, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    Poor show by India to say the least and there can be no excuses but what a show by the Aussies with both bat and ball. The drawn series against NZ and SA seem to be yonks ago and middle order collapses appear things of the past - well they were last year I guess! Aus's main issue at this stage is the top order but they will rest easy with the big three in the middle. Clark has been nothing but a sensation with the bat since taking over captaincy with hundreds and SL and SA before the SCG epic - why doesnt he have a bat sponsor? The only bright point for India is reaching 400 away for the first time since the Windies and this from a batting line that includes some of the all time greats is worrying. What's the more the next generation who have been given chances havent exactly shone either. The good news for India is after Aus they have plenty of games at home to maul all and sundry on flat spinning tracks!

  • ramli on January 6, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    It is very clear that the bottom order from Ashwin are accumulating at least 50-100 runs in partnership ... it is only dhoni and men above him in the order should show resoluteness and spirit lasting the entire test and not in bits and pieces of time ... the top order at present looks very unsure ... even the most experienced batsmen don't seem to evoke any confidence ... some changes will certainly improve the result ... Rohit for Virat ... changes in batting order ... pushing Lakshman to 3 ... dravid to 5 ... etc. ... do something ... otherwise ... it would be another whitewash ...

  • rahul9450 on January 6, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    now ashwin made more runs than dhoni since his debut. Sehwag isnt serious when needed. What about 150's score at last tour when he was saving his carrier.

  • sathishvaiju on January 6, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    Nothing to tell, Aussies played well congrats to them, good show by india in second innings.Waiting for Perth contest.

  • on January 6, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    Waiting for some new excuses form Indians(bullies of their home grounds). Hats off to Australians. Keep them crushing in rest of the series.

  • SHIVYADAV59 on January 6, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    I think dis defeat was a bad day in office for indian team.for waca they should use 4 men pace attack, by including mithun in d place of virat. Ashwin should play as an allrounder,he has capblity to play 40 to 60 run somthing inning, which virat is not doing.dhoni should show some confidence in batting of ashwin and also dhoni should come at 5th position,because laxman can bat longer with lower order then any one else. No need to panic that drop laxman or dravid as commenters like shastri or chappels are saying.good luck india.

  • ZMPK on January 6, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    It was expected after the lead of 468 Runs . All credit goes to Australians

  • jmcilhinney on January 6, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    India took a bit of a step forward in that second innings with their batting but their bowling took a big step backwards this match compared to the first. It doesn't seem right that a team can lose two games that way and not change the lineup but where do they make the changes? Gambhir and Laxman did enough to justify their places but I doubt they were in any danger anyway. Sehwag should not open in the next game but what's the likelihood of that? The most likely change would be Rohit Sharma for Virat Kohli. Kohli was a bit unlucky to get one that kept low when he looked like he might do OK on the second innings but is it fair to expect Rohit to do any better going cold into a test at Perth?

  • sajjad.kernel on January 6, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    it is almost impossible to win any single test match ever from now on....flat track greats are not greats....

  • YashSLC on January 6, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    will clarke get respect he was looking after this?

  • BritbornAussie on January 6, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    Thank you for a thorough review Brydon. However this was DAY FOUR. The Aussies could have and should have batted for at least ONE session more. The SCG is known for what it did this aftrennon on DAY 4. We shall never know what might have been.

  • on January 6, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    Heading for another white wash ?

  • Adnan143 on January 6, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    first step towards recovery of indian batting on tour, we managed to post 400 score, bring on perth, we will improve further as shewag will like bounce for upper cutt sixes over point, with tendulkar already in form and ghambhir is back with runs this overhyped aus bowling attack will hide for cover like today, and addelidae is more like mumbai so series will be draw and we will keep G-B trophy,

  • on January 6, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    at last India got 400 away from home.great achievement .all the great work done by sourav ganguly is buried. current Indian team lead by useless captain dhoni is like Indian team of nineties .lion at home and not even rat abroad.

  • on January 6, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    nothing much to say as this result was expected even befor the tour started. There is no question about equaling the series or india winning a single match, only one questions is whether indian team can play the 5th day at least once?

  • zenboomerang on January 6, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    Well I predicted a 2-1 series scoreline (probably 3-0 or 3-1 now)... India will have to bouce back in Perth... We have a strong pace attack on a pitch reknown for its bias to fast bowlers - last year both Harris & Johnson took 9 wkts each to thump England easily... Hope Kumar is included in the Indian team & maybe move Ashwin to no.7 unless he is left out - not sure if Kholi will handle the bounce now after his SCG performance... Tough call for Indian selections - sorry :) ...

  • faizanshah195 on January 6, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    India is an over rated cricket side...before the tour there was a big hype that the competition between the two sides is a tough one.......but looking at the two test matches its a really sorry site for the indian fans........i guess they should now start supporting the real talent of aussies instead of cheering some useless old age players....

  • mdev.mp on January 6, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    Its a grand welcome to new year by TEAM INDIA. Atleast we seen some fightback from INDIAN batsmen. These are the changes to be made for next game, otherwise 4-0 is assured. In the next Test 1) Sachin should open the innings with Sehwag as he does in ODI's coz he handles Fast bowlers very well in australia 2) Rohit Sharma in place of Virat Kohli 3) Ojha in place of Ashwin, Ashwin should contribute as bowler not as batsmen 4) Vinay Kumar in place of Umesh Yadav, coz Vinay can produce decent pace with variety of deliveries. He can trouble AUSsies with his swing like praveen kumar

  • ravi-1967 on January 6, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    India does not deserve to be number 2 also. I had supported the team during the England tour assuming that it was a one off bad series. Drastic decisions need to be taken.

    Sehwag to be dropped (Rohit should come in) and Dravid should open the innings (which he had done in Aus in 2007-8). Drop Kohli and bring in another bowler for the next 2 tests. Gambhir, Dravid, Sachin and Laxman should be told to ensure that they give their best. These guys have tons of runs behind them and having such an expectations should not be a problem. They have found their touch (based on the 2nd innings in SCG) and hence would do well.

    Hard decisions to be taken. Sehwag is useless and is also the vice captain whcih makes it very irritating that he bats so irresponsibly

  • RajkamalG on January 6, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    In England Indians and supporters could blame lack of fitness, absence of key players, too much cricket, lack of conditioning, difficult conditions, pitch, English commentators, media, T20, Stuart Broad, Alaister Cook, Harbhajan Singh for the zero win in 4 tests, 1 t20 and 5 ODI. What are the possible blames now? Can the team and the supporters at least get creative?

  • sal485 on January 6, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    Waiting for an excuse from Dhoni or indian fans for such a dismal performance.I regret only one moment in this test match ,why Clark didn,t go for world record.This indian line can,t bat for more than a day.Now 4-0 white wash is on the cards. After a decade of success (2001-2010) now this indian team is on the decline.They need to overhall their cricket to come out of this situation. Get rid of old men (Tendulkar,Dravid, Laxman,zaheer) and provide supporting pitches in india.So new talent can handle better tthan these old horses.

  • veerakannadiga on January 6, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    ICC please ban us from playing Test Cricket for at least 3-4 years. Our players should play county cricket in England (if selected) or we should shift our Ranji matches to Australia or South Africa if are serious of winning on seaming pitches. All said and done India & SL are good players of spin. Pace & swing torments us.,like wise Eng,RSA & Aus play pace very well but suffer against spin.

  • on January 6, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    There are some positives for India in this series: 1. Revelation that the top order is now evidently needs revamping. Otherwise we would still be worshipping the batting Gods who are neither retiring nor are they performing. 2. Position 6 now is firmly in the hands of Rohit Sharma. No more doubts about that anymore. 3. Zaheer's fitness is not a question anymore. 4. Strong tail - Ashwin's valient but futile effor to get some dignity in the second innings score is commendable. Lets look forward to Perth with these positives.

  • ozlover4mnepal on January 6, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    Dat's some gutsy performance from the underdogs of the series. Indians were the clear favorites but Australia dominated both the games! Transforming and Reshaping Australians dominated every game. BG Trophy has gone to the Ozs this time...

  • Aussasinator on January 6, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    I was one of those expecting this result and for Australia to complete a 4-0 wash up. The side looks distressed and lost. They want to get back home as it seems. One had a lot of admiration for Dhoni all along but although a captain is always as good as his team, this time around, his captaincy shortcomings have also been highlighted prominently. Sehwag has no right to play the way he did and Kohli's selection was a mistake, as Mark Taylor himself said ( he preferred Rohit Sharma which is right). Indian cricket has to start from scratch with focus on batting and bowling in foreign conditions. All the pitches in India need to be re-made and the BCCI has to turn as professional as Cricket Australia. I did not watch this test for more than a few minutes to check scores and I dont intend watching the rest of the series.

  • jockoz on January 6, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    I LOVE IT!!!!! The silence is deafining from the sub continent Cricinfo readers!!! I am waiting now for the usual calling for Dravid/Laxman/Tendulkars heads......Hey admit it you were beaten by a better team and the fact remains that you are NOT the #2 team in the world. That belongs to the Saffas and we are not far behind them. India #4 at best. The only place you can win is at home. The sooner you accept that and get over it the better.

  • peterss on January 6, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    India have to drop Kohli for Rohit. Perhaps Yadav for either of Ojha or Vinay Kumar. Even if it is a seamer's pitch in Perth, Ojha could be a better bet than a seamer. Ashwin cant be dropped given that he is the second leading run scorer.

  • veerakannadiga on January 6, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    At last we have some good news.We have crossed 300 in an innings. Hip Hip Hurray

  • on January 6, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    Ashwin has the second most runs scored and the second highest average for India's side this series. That says a lot. Second as much as I love Virat and Sehwag, neither has done anything to retain their place, Sehwag keeps throwing his wicket. At some point Rahane should be given a look. It could have been for Gambhir, but Gautham probably saved his place in the side for the next test due to today's knock. Yadav bowled poor lines so he could be dropped.

    As ridiculous as this is, I feel Vinay Kumar should be given a shot. Why? He bowls a consistent line, with a natural outswinger to an outside off line that should work wonderfully in the Australian conditions. Rohit obviously deserves a chance as well.

    Finally, the long term issue is Dhoni. He has not been hitting well, and his captaining has been mediocre at the best. Great ODI player. Not so much for tests. Ganguly's commentary has been damning.

    Alas, this is India. I love my country but I doubt that we see any real changes.

  • on January 6, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    At least there was some fight in the second innings still it is indeed a very bad defeat for India. Australia's 4 scored in access to 10 Indian batsmen batting twice. Take positives whatever they are and move forward to the next test. Please don't go into the psychological clout and give up.

  • JBJames on January 6, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    Extremly superb performance by Australia. Their batting and bowling are impeccable. Congratulations to Australia team. They deserve more wins. I can confidently expect now 4-0 win for Australia.

  • satish619chandar on January 6, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    The match was over in first day itself.. today we did see who all want to score some runs and try to salvage some pride.. Sad to see Virat in this position.. I do think Rohit should replace him but in 3 of the 4 innings, he came in when atleast 2 top order batsmen were dismissed in succession and came in when a bowler was in midst of a dream spell.. Whatever the reasons may be, but his job is to score runs and he need to improve.. Rohit need to be looked in.. Sachin is batting like a dream but rather unusual to get dismissed when well set.. Viru and Dravid cant be touched.. Gambhir and VVS just scored enough to retain the place and without any replacements, they will stay.. Bowlnig attack could have done well had there been a decent score to play with.. This is the best attack India got.. I doubt whether Ojha can make any difference on these tracks.. Ashwin's batting looks good enough to merit him a place in the 11.. Rohit in for Virat will be the only change(IF any) unless injuries..

  • Precioustar84 on January 6, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    Congratulations Aussies! For few minutes it looked like Clarke declared too soon but just a teaser for us Indian fans for sure. Good to see that Clarke has confidence in his team unlike Dhoni (Captain Fool, not Cool, IMO). Selectors have got to get serious now with Team India. Its getting ridiculous to allow certain players to stay in the team without any explanations. Sad to know that after this series is over, some players like Sachin, Laxman and Dravid may be FORCED out of the team but can't say that they didn't bring this upon themselves. And a bowler's average is higher than of a captain should speak HEAVILY!! Its us fans that keep cricket alive in India so they better start listening now!! Its fair to think that Rohit is set up to fail if he is included at Perth. Atleast I'll be happy not to see twitter boy Virat there but sad to see that Dhoni has officially ruined the hard work Ganguly put in the team. He is just too clueless in Tests; too bad there's no replacement.

  • on January 6, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    Indians can play, and set records while playing only in India!!!

  • Okakaboka on January 6, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    Will Haddin do the honorable thing....and resign? It will be interesting to see if this selfish and protected but worst keeper in the country is retained. Despite the win...there are problems with our National team. No openers..... disappointing performance from Lyon....in this test. Come on Inverarity...enough is enough....Haddin could have cost us this game. He is a midweek hack!

  • philipsmgp on January 6, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    shame shame puppy shame......what a humiliating shame to the lions on papers......

  • IndranilChoudhury on January 6, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    This was India's first 400+ score outside the subcontinent after 21 innings. The last one was in first test against South Africa in December 2010. Incidentally that was also in the second innings while trying to save an innings defeat. Like that time we failed today as well. Well done India. I can see the media playing to its gallery with another set of catchy hundredth hundred captions on the morning of Perth. They at least make money doing that. Wonder what's in it for us!

  • AidanFX on January 6, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    The only major weak link in the Aus team is Haddin (prob too early to call on Marsh). And quite frankly I could care less whether his batting form is good or bad - it is his keeping which is the problem. For some time the byes he has let go have been frustrating but now his keeping is literally at the point of liability; that's not an hyperbole. He dropped at least two catches (one taken by Hussey) and I am fairly certain he dropped Laxman when he was on next to nothing (may have dropped short - but I don't think so), making 3 dropped catches. The drop to Gambir was a sitter. He dropped one in the 1st Test. People can say Girlchrist was not as good as Healy - true, but you cannot tell me Girlchrist was not a much better keeper than Haddin is - granted Gilchrist's keeping went down hill late in his career but he was decent keeping to Warne and the fast bowlers through his career. Thing is Haddin is too old to improve now. Surely he is not in Aus plans post this series?

  • on January 6, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    guys check it out first I m not saying india is currently a gud team..they are worst ...but plzzz tell me how india get all dese tags like flat track bullies and home tiger... as they got these tag even before eng summer

    View overall figures [change view] Primary team India or Pakistan or Sri Lanka Opposition team Australia or England or South Africa Home or away away (home of opposition) Start of match date between 1 Jan 2000 and 31 Dec 2009 Totals in terms of batting team Ordered by matches won (descending) Page 1 of 1 Showing 1 - 3 of 3 First Previous Next Last Return to query menu Cleared query menu Overall figures Team Span Mat Won Lost Tied Draw W/L Ave RPO HS LS India 2000-2008 21 5 8 0 8 0.62 36.17 3.29 705 150 Pakistan 2001-2009 15 2 12 0 1 0.16 26.88 3.31 538 72 Sri Lanka 2000-2007 15 1 10 0 4 0.10 25.75 2.90 555

  • baskar_guha on January 6, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    Remember that India beat Australia at Perth in 2007-8 after Australia enjoyed a controversial victory at the SCG. Lets hope for a repeat from India at Perth to set up an interesting Adelaide test.

  • Abu.Ashhad on January 6, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    Sorry to say but it seems that next two matches will also one sided :p ... Anyway I am going to Dubai to see more entertaining series of two good sides of the world.

  • Liontamer on January 6, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    I dont think dropping Sehwag and Dhoni is the answer to India's problems. What might work however is a shakeup in the batting order and and more spin less pace. If India are to put up a fight, Dhoni needs to play a more aggresive role, he should stay captain, but opens innings with Gambhir and take the pressure off of Sehwag by dropping him down the order. Rohit in for Kholi and Rahul in for Ishanth. The mission for top order batsmen is to stick around for as long as possible and see the new ball through.

    Here is my Team for Perth Dhoni, Gambhir, Rohit, Dravid, Laxman, Sachin, Sehwag, Ashwin, Zaheer, Rahul, Yadav.

  • anuAddict on January 6, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    Time to put emotions behind us, euphoria of celebrating of things of no relevance to team and take some simple actions. Time to recognize, this is just about worst it can get: 1. Change of guard, new captain needed regardless of experience. Dhoni has proven to be a defensive, go-thru-motions captain, who hides his ignorance and lack of passion behind supposedly 'cool' exterior. 2. Thank VVS and bid good bye. He has been a loyal servant but we need young blood. Get Rohit in. 3. All other positions need to be handed on ability of perform over max 3 tests, no more!

    Enough of putting up with this crap.

  • munnaaticc on January 6, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    Dhoni's explaination- comin b4 15 days 2 aus is not enough, they shud come come b4 1 month else hahahaha....

    Now, team India's status is Pathetic+ (UN)atheletic= Patheletic.

  • anubhav31 on January 6, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    WOW so called legends bite the dust keep up good work :)

  • vrampoduval on January 6, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    Well Done Oz..You deserved to win. Dhoni should be removed from the test team and does not deserve to be the Captain of the side. He has a defensive mindset, looking for opposing teams to commit mistake rather than attacking them. Now 6 consecutive defeats in 6 away tests..gud record Dhoni!!!. Aussies make it 8 in a row by winning the last two tests..

  • dsig3 on January 6, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    Great win. Such a relief to finally back up a good performance with another. Still have lots of things that we can improve but it seems India may have few more problems. India were in the same position in 2007 but came back to win in Perth so we must keep the pressure up. The major difference I see from then and now is that the Indians were led by Kumble but now they only have Dhoni. Does Dhoni even care? how relaxed is the guy in the post match interview after that loss? To cool for school by half.

  • on January 6, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    No. 4 is turning out to be the lucky number for Indian cricket team. Here is why:

    1) The only two batsmen who were consistent were Sachin (No. 4 from the top) and Aswin (No. 4 from the bottom) 2) In the second test, not just they have scored 400 in the second innings they also had over 100 runs partner ship for 4th wicket and 4 partnerships in the second innings were above 50 runs ( i) 2nd wicket Dravid and Gambhir, ii) 3rd wicket Gambhir and Sachin iii) 4th wicket Sachin and Laxman iv) 8th wicket Zaheer and Aswin). 3) In the first test Zaheer took 4 wickets in the first innings and Umesh Yadav took 4 in the second innings and all India took is 4 wickets in the whole second test. 4)And above all both the matches ended within 4 days giving an extra day of rest to players and its a 4 test series...

    Any more ?

  • on January 6, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    hahahahahahaha............. indians are only can win in their own home grounds.....

  • on January 6, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    Sachin should know better than go after this absurd statistic of 100 centuries - which combines test and ODIs ... it is not like first class hundreds. it is proving elusive. He should focus on batting and enjoying himself and rest of team should focus on Batting -especially the top 6... After 4 innings - we have most below 150 runs. Duncan needs to speak to Kirsten to understand what worked and which buttons to press. Ashwin has to focus on his bowling (not restricting run) Ishant bowling a touch fuller. We should drop Kohli and get a bowler - move Ashwin up as anyone he is doing that job. Sehwag/ VVS/ Dravid - atleast 1/2 should be rested to allow some of youngster some time in the middle - it could help them to face Oz. ....... From Test #1 to Sliding down to bottom - NZ will beat us on current form Dhoni seems to be preferring short version of game - cannot blame him - from where he is he lacks hunger post T20, Test#1 and WC apart from CL T20...

  • on January 6, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    Now I know why everyone else including Sangakara were questionings India's ranking. one can't even imagine there #1 and #2 ranking and yet not being able to put up a good fight.AMAZING ICC.

  • indusfan on January 6, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    Well, it is time and again getting proven that it is better to have four regular players who will do soemthing than having four WORLD CLASS players who will do nothing when needed.

  • Adeel9 on January 6, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    Oh C'monn another 0-4 approaching. 1) Gambhir must be made the TEST captain. 2) Discard Ishant and get pathan 3) Rohit in, Kohli out

  • on January 6, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    The World champions are now under dogs after losing for an inning n 68 runs..... Boys wake up... come out from the image of World champion and take every game every day as a new day to prove against the world of cricket.........

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  • on January 6, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    The World champions are now under dogs after losing for an inning n 68 runs..... Boys wake up... come out from the image of World champion and take every game every day as a new day to prove against the world of cricket.........

  • Adeel9 on January 6, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    Oh C'monn another 0-4 approaching. 1) Gambhir must be made the TEST captain. 2) Discard Ishant and get pathan 3) Rohit in, Kohli out

  • indusfan on January 6, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    Well, it is time and again getting proven that it is better to have four regular players who will do soemthing than having four WORLD CLASS players who will do nothing when needed.

  • on January 6, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    Now I know why everyone else including Sangakara were questionings India's ranking. one can't even imagine there #1 and #2 ranking and yet not being able to put up a good fight.AMAZING ICC.

  • on January 6, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    Sachin should know better than go after this absurd statistic of 100 centuries - which combines test and ODIs ... it is not like first class hundreds. it is proving elusive. He should focus on batting and enjoying himself and rest of team should focus on Batting -especially the top 6... After 4 innings - we have most below 150 runs. Duncan needs to speak to Kirsten to understand what worked and which buttons to press. Ashwin has to focus on his bowling (not restricting run) Ishant bowling a touch fuller. We should drop Kohli and get a bowler - move Ashwin up as anyone he is doing that job. Sehwag/ VVS/ Dravid - atleast 1/2 should be rested to allow some of youngster some time in the middle - it could help them to face Oz. ....... From Test #1 to Sliding down to bottom - NZ will beat us on current form Dhoni seems to be preferring short version of game - cannot blame him - from where he is he lacks hunger post T20, Test#1 and WC apart from CL T20...

  • on January 6, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    hahahahahahaha............. indians are only can win in their own home grounds.....

  • on January 6, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    No. 4 is turning out to be the lucky number for Indian cricket team. Here is why:

    1) The only two batsmen who were consistent were Sachin (No. 4 from the top) and Aswin (No. 4 from the bottom) 2) In the second test, not just they have scored 400 in the second innings they also had over 100 runs partner ship for 4th wicket and 4 partnerships in the second innings were above 50 runs ( i) 2nd wicket Dravid and Gambhir, ii) 3rd wicket Gambhir and Sachin iii) 4th wicket Sachin and Laxman iv) 8th wicket Zaheer and Aswin). 3) In the first test Zaheer took 4 wickets in the first innings and Umesh Yadav took 4 in the second innings and all India took is 4 wickets in the whole second test. 4)And above all both the matches ended within 4 days giving an extra day of rest to players and its a 4 test series...

    Any more ?

  • dsig3 on January 6, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    Great win. Such a relief to finally back up a good performance with another. Still have lots of things that we can improve but it seems India may have few more problems. India were in the same position in 2007 but came back to win in Perth so we must keep the pressure up. The major difference I see from then and now is that the Indians were led by Kumble but now they only have Dhoni. Does Dhoni even care? how relaxed is the guy in the post match interview after that loss? To cool for school by half.

  • vrampoduval on January 6, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    Well Done Oz..You deserved to win. Dhoni should be removed from the test team and does not deserve to be the Captain of the side. He has a defensive mindset, looking for opposing teams to commit mistake rather than attacking them. Now 6 consecutive defeats in 6 away tests..gud record Dhoni!!!. Aussies make it 8 in a row by winning the last two tests..

  • anubhav31 on January 6, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    WOW so called legends bite the dust keep up good work :)