Australia v India, 2nd Test, Sydney, 4th day January 5, 2012

Another humbling defeat

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan
Stats highlights from Australia's emphatic innings win in the second Test in Sydney
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In the 100th Test at the SCG, Australia completely bossed the game from day one and handed India their sixth consecutive away defeat. Here are highlights from a facile win that sees Australia go up 2-0 up with two to play.

  • This is the tenth time that Australia have beaten India by an innings in Tests and their third innings victory against India in Tests at the SCG after the wins in 1981 and 2000. India's highest margin of defeat at the venue is the innings and 141 run loss in 2000. Australia's last innings victory came against West Indies in Brisbane in 2009.
  • India have now lost three of their last six away Tests by an innings. On their tour of England, they lost the Edgbaston and Oval Tests by an innings. It is also the first time since 1967-68 that India have lost six straight away Tests. The last time this happened was between 1959 and 1968 when they lost 17 straight away matches including two consecutive series 5-0 in England and West Indies.
  • India's record at the SCG now stands at 1-5. The last time they won a Test at the venue was back in 1978. Since then, they have lost three and drawn two matches.
  • Michael Clarke became only the fifth player to score a triple-century and pick up a wicket in the same Test. Graham Gooch, Sanath Jayasuriya, Chris Gayle and Virender Sehwag are the other players to achieve the feat.
  • In their last 22 innings (completed and declared innings), India have passed 300 only four times. This is the first time since the final Test in West Indies that India have managed to cross 300.
  • Ben Hilfenhaus, who picked up his second five-wicket haul in the series, has taken 15 wickets in his last two matches at an average of 18.06. In contrast, in the last Ashes series, he picked up just seven wickets in the entire series at an average close to 60.
  • Australia have now improved their head-to-head record in home Tests against India to 24-5. Their overall record against India now stands at 36-20.
  • The 100th Test at the SCG ended in a victory for the home team. At both Lord's and Melbourne, the only other venues to host 100 Tests, the home team ended up winning the 100th Test. For England, it was the two-wicket win in 2000 against West Indies and for Australia, it was their 337-run win in the Boxing Day Test in the 2007 series against India.
  • Sachin Tendulkar put on his ninth century stand with VVS Laxman. He has been involved in more century stands with Rahul Dravid (20), Sourav Ganguly (12) and Mohammad Azharuddin (9).
  • Tendulkar scored his 65th half-century in Tests and his fifth fifty-plus score in Sydney in five Tests. He has now scored 785 runs at the venue at an average of 157.00.
  • The 56-run stand between R Ashwin and Zaheer Khan is the eighth fifty-plus partnership for the eighth wicket for India in Tests in Australia. Three of these have come in matches played since 2008.

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  • on January 7, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    Well said Mr orlurmsana you are very correct he is the player who always playes for improving his own records,shabsh !!!

  • on January 7, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    its better for Sachin / Dravid to retire respectfully....and make a way for players like Saleem Jaffer / manoj Tiwary / Rohit Sharma...Dravid was clean bowled middle stump 5 times now in 2 test..one time of a no-ball...even Sachin is playing for himself...Dhoni claiming his side will come-bak in last 2 Test...if they dont then atleast Sehwag and Gambhir shud also be exited from the National Team..!!

  • Anuj_Sakhuja on January 7, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    @orlurmsana: being a Sachin fan i agree i am partial towards him. but do u suggest that he bats for himself and his doing well isnt benefitting the team? you can keep saying that he is playing for himself but in doing that is he not also playing for the team? or do u expect him to start playing badly so his score blends in with the general individual scores of our team. his playing well is definitely improving his personal stats but it also happens to benefit the team. so next time before expressing your personal grudges against anybody in public, not just tendulkar, use your mind because you make yourself look more than just foolish.

  • Banad on January 7, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    Oh Common.. stop blaming Indian team so much by saying they are only good at subcontinent.. even the great Australian side never won matches when they travel sub continent, so are they flat track bully ??

  • Aashish_goyal on January 7, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    @orlurmasana...what the other 10 players did for India??why Sachin is criticized even if he scores.If he was worried about his avg. he could have crossed Bradman's 100 easily but he plays only for team India..Do you even care SRT has 20 centuries against the world's top team Australia with an avg of 55.Compare this to Dravid who scored just 2 centuries in almost as many matches and playing more deliveries.So who is playing for the records??

  • RasCric on January 7, 2012, 4:08 GMT

    After this series, Australia will be no 3 in ranking and India no 4. Both back where they belong.

  • on January 6, 2012, 23:58 GMT

    @orlurmsana: So the problem is that he is scoring runs when the others failed to stand against the Ausie bowlers?? Isnt a batsman supposed to be scoring runs, anywhere and everywhere?? & not sure what do you mean by "SRT plays only for himself"?? Every run he scores contributes equally to the team's cause...If the team does not collectively click as a unit you tend to lose matches! So how does it make Tendulkar selfish?? whatever happened to common sense...?

  • on January 6, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    Openers continue to expose the middle order? But wait, Aussies were 37 for 3 and its their middle order that picked up the slack from their first 3. I assume, if not above, Indian middle order is atleast on par with Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey? And they were not facing McGrath, Gillespie, Brett Lee and Warne together. Ok, its a given that Pattinson is bowling well. But wickets to HIlfenhaus is school cricket you left 3 balls out and the 4 ball came in. BTW, our "test" specialists went to AZ 10 days earlier this time and you were supposed to start stronger. Why is that we always wait till our rear is on fire?Opening slot needs a change. Drop Kohli and push Dravid down. Let Abhinav Mukund open, Gambhir can come in one drop and Dravid can bat after Tendulkar. On the bowling front, we need to replace the tired legs. Mithun should walk in. But having watche Haryana's Harshal Patel. Someone who is hitting the deck hard like him would be a good choice.

  • Criketanand on January 6, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    @orlurmsana . so what do u want him to do differently. he was the only one to play well. did u want him to bat for everyone. if he had got out on zero, would that have helped. if he had scored a century would that have helped. u statement doesnt make any sense. how has he been selfish in scoring those runs in this match and how could he have been unselfish ?

  • saurab2 on January 6, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    its amazes me how people are behind sachin.. they say he is playing for his records, he is selfish player, he is not letting youngsters come to the side and all this and that blah blah... let me just remind you again... as many times in past also in this game also he is the highest scorer for india.. 141 runs.. its not his fault that his team lost because the bowlers could not bowl out Australia even once and other batsmen did not perform as they should have.. About youngsters tell me who has the caliber to replace him.. Kohli has been the best among youngsters.. he has failed again and again.. Rohit has not been upto mark most of the times even in one days.. who is as good as him and waiting to play for india... Cricket is a team game and to win a game 4 to 5 players has to be outstanding performer with others supporting these 4 to 5 players... Its very rare that a single person can win test on his own.. and more rare for a batsmen to do it...

  • on January 7, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    Well said Mr orlurmsana you are very correct he is the player who always playes for improving his own records,shabsh !!!

  • on January 7, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    its better for Sachin / Dravid to retire respectfully....and make a way for players like Saleem Jaffer / manoj Tiwary / Rohit Sharma...Dravid was clean bowled middle stump 5 times now in 2 test..one time of a no-ball...even Sachin is playing for himself...Dhoni claiming his side will come-bak in last 2 Test...if they dont then atleast Sehwag and Gambhir shud also be exited from the National Team..!!

  • Anuj_Sakhuja on January 7, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    @orlurmsana: being a Sachin fan i agree i am partial towards him. but do u suggest that he bats for himself and his doing well isnt benefitting the team? you can keep saying that he is playing for himself but in doing that is he not also playing for the team? or do u expect him to start playing badly so his score blends in with the general individual scores of our team. his playing well is definitely improving his personal stats but it also happens to benefit the team. so next time before expressing your personal grudges against anybody in public, not just tendulkar, use your mind because you make yourself look more than just foolish.

  • Banad on January 7, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    Oh Common.. stop blaming Indian team so much by saying they are only good at subcontinent.. even the great Australian side never won matches when they travel sub continent, so are they flat track bully ??

  • Aashish_goyal on January 7, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    @orlurmasana...what the other 10 players did for India??why Sachin is criticized even if he scores.If he was worried about his avg. he could have crossed Bradman's 100 easily but he plays only for team India..Do you even care SRT has 20 centuries against the world's top team Australia with an avg of 55.Compare this to Dravid who scored just 2 centuries in almost as many matches and playing more deliveries.So who is playing for the records??

  • RasCric on January 7, 2012, 4:08 GMT

    After this series, Australia will be no 3 in ranking and India no 4. Both back where they belong.

  • on January 6, 2012, 23:58 GMT

    @orlurmsana: So the problem is that he is scoring runs when the others failed to stand against the Ausie bowlers?? Isnt a batsman supposed to be scoring runs, anywhere and everywhere?? & not sure what do you mean by "SRT plays only for himself"?? Every run he scores contributes equally to the team's cause...If the team does not collectively click as a unit you tend to lose matches! So how does it make Tendulkar selfish?? whatever happened to common sense...?

  • on January 6, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    Openers continue to expose the middle order? But wait, Aussies were 37 for 3 and its their middle order that picked up the slack from their first 3. I assume, if not above, Indian middle order is atleast on par with Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey? And they were not facing McGrath, Gillespie, Brett Lee and Warne together. Ok, its a given that Pattinson is bowling well. But wickets to HIlfenhaus is school cricket you left 3 balls out and the 4 ball came in. BTW, our "test" specialists went to AZ 10 days earlier this time and you were supposed to start stronger. Why is that we always wait till our rear is on fire?Opening slot needs a change. Drop Kohli and push Dravid down. Let Abhinav Mukund open, Gambhir can come in one drop and Dravid can bat after Tendulkar. On the bowling front, we need to replace the tired legs. Mithun should walk in. But having watche Haryana's Harshal Patel. Someone who is hitting the deck hard like him would be a good choice.

  • Criketanand on January 6, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    @orlurmsana . so what do u want him to do differently. he was the only one to play well. did u want him to bat for everyone. if he had got out on zero, would that have helped. if he had scored a century would that have helped. u statement doesnt make any sense. how has he been selfish in scoring those runs in this match and how could he have been unselfish ?

  • saurab2 on January 6, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    its amazes me how people are behind sachin.. they say he is playing for his records, he is selfish player, he is not letting youngsters come to the side and all this and that blah blah... let me just remind you again... as many times in past also in this game also he is the highest scorer for india.. 141 runs.. its not his fault that his team lost because the bowlers could not bowl out Australia even once and other batsmen did not perform as they should have.. About youngsters tell me who has the caliber to replace him.. Kohli has been the best among youngsters.. he has failed again and again.. Rohit has not been upto mark most of the times even in one days.. who is as good as him and waiting to play for india... Cricket is a team game and to win a game 4 to 5 players has to be outstanding performer with others supporting these 4 to 5 players... Its very rare that a single person can win test on his own.. and more rare for a batsmen to do it...

  • loyalIndianfan on January 6, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    Alot of people seem to state that Sachin plays for personal milestones.Maybe he should play for the team cause like Sehwag,Gambhir,Kohli & Dhoni and get out for 20's & 30's!

  • Rakim on January 6, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    Sachin now becomes the most over-rated player ever I mean EVER (Shoaib Akhtar's comments come to mind)

  • on January 6, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    GIVE A BATSMAN SOME DIAMOND OR something ..

  • on January 6, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    Why would you cal SRT average player... He has the fitness to carry on playing and score runs in every condition and against any opposition... He is once in a generation GEM that you and me are lucky to witness... India lost the plot when they took only 4 wicket in the match... were as the aus took 20... the quality of Indian bowler is the problem... in the WC india won because zaheer khan was taking wickets regularly (even bangaldesh scored 289 against them remember) ... on test matches you cannot have 1 single wicket taking bowler and expect to dominate for 2-3 days... specially when the pitch assists seam and fast bowling and oppositions have 3 bowler who look good enough to take wickets every ball...

  • on January 6, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    @ orlurmsana.. u r making accusation on Sachin. If he can improve his average than he can stretch his both innings. Test matches not win by 1-2 players(exceptions are there), there must be team effort !

  • on January 6, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    I feel like india have become the second bangladesh in world cricket now. they just cant stop from loosing tests after tests overseas. its pathetic to see our great players fall one after the other like nine pins time and again. if we are no.2 and were no.1 few months back then we should have played little differently. i have never seen our team perform so miserably overseas for a long time........ shame... its a big shame for all the cricket fans of indian team.

  • yzagee on January 6, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    @orlurmsana : It's unfair to say that Sachin played for himself. As a top order batsman, it's his duty to score runs and he did his job fairly well. We can't blame him for the team's dismal performance. India lost just because the other batsmen couldn't score enough runs. Over his age old career, he has been scoring consistently and that's the reason he has so many personal records against his name. I agree he got a couple of very good opportunities in the past to win the match himself but threw away his wicket. Apart from that very tiny black spot, he has an outstanding career. It's a pity India couldn't make use of his valuable contributions to win more matches, especially abroad.

  • on January 6, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    @orlurmsana: ur point makes absolutely no sense... wat ru blabbering now... he is the oly person who has been scoring tis series and when he scores u say he plays for personal milestones... ABSOLUTE RUBBISH

  • on January 6, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Its wrong to blame Sachin for playing well!! Yes it is a little disappointing that Sachin is hardly ever there when India need him the most. I will still like to think that All is not lost. Time has come for Rohit Sharma to come in the team. I would have loved to have Pragyan Ojha playing, but Ashwin's value as a number 8 is unmatched. Anyways Ashwin will get the best bounce of his life in Perth. Would have loved to see Pathan- a better batsman and bowler in those conditions, and a much better fielder in the side though.

  • on January 6, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    After the 6th consecutive defeat abroad, one wonders if it wasn't shameful of Dhoni to ask for a track in the Mumbai test, which turns from Day 1. Why can't he ask for fast tracks which has bounce, a bit of grass and assists pace bowlers - which would help the batsmen prepare better playing tests outside India. We might lose a few tests - but then we wouldn't fold up so miserably at every test played abroad. The way we are playing outside the sub continent, I doubt if we will beat any of the top 5 teams on their home turf. And we go gaga by the records of the famed Indian batting line up !! It's time BCCI woke up and took some harsh decisions.

  • on January 6, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    those who are SAYING THAT SRT ISN'T GREAT AND MAD. LITERALLY MAD. COMMON. THAT PUNTER CAN'T SCORE IN INDIA OR ENGLAND. DRAVID CAN'T SCORE IN RSA,AUS(except 2003). and check SRT's record...

  • on January 6, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    When M Clarke dismissed Sachin I realized that the Gods r delaying this century for a reason. And that reason is to prepare Sachin for retirement. Yes SRT will retire after making that 100th 100. SRT has been playing for his fans for yrs, and needed an exit strategy, the 100th 100 will provide him with one. Destiny is controlled by higher forces not man. M Clarke 329n/o & the prized wicket of SRT, that's what destiny can do.

  • on January 6, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    Player Tests Innings Runs 100s 50s 0s Runs/Test Runs/Inn Tests/100 Innings/100 Sachin 186 307 15409 51 65 14 82.84 50.19 3.65 6.02 Dravid 162 282 13206 36 63 8 81.52 46.83 4.50 7.83 Ponting 160 273 12912 40 60 16 80.70 47.30 4.00 6.83 Kallis 150 254 12260 41 55 13 81.73 48.27 3.66 6.20 Lara 131 232 11953 34 48 17 91.24 51.52 3.85 6.82

  • on January 6, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    Strange comments indeed.Here you have a player who has consistently scored for the team but gets criticized for a loss while all the others in the team are struggling to even open their accounts. What can one say about such critics.If we had three more batsmen with similar batting consistency we would not be embarrassed with losses so often. People need to think seriously before they air their views .

  • crikbuff on January 6, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    I am amazed at how ppl keep finding fault with Sachin Tendulkar. Is it his fault if the other players don't perform?

  • teacher3469 on January 6, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    As an avid Pakistani fan I am bewildered at the nonsensical arguments claiming that SRT is an average player. These people need to wake up and look at the stats.Tendulkar to my mind is the greatest batsman ever! The DON played 52 Tests in which 37 were against England- every good player has a good record against a team. Look at Sehwags record against Pakistan! I find it unbelievable that SRT has played every innings with the craft and expertise that the others should be trying to emulate not asking him to make way for untried players.The main problem for India is that they do not have a bowling line up that can take 20 wickets or exert any type of pressure on the opposition for a prolonged period!

  • on January 6, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    Here we go, the 'Indian players are selfish' bandwagon starts again. All these theories are just baseless. If someone is scoring runs - they are flat track bullies, but if they arent - they are selfish. Probably time to make up our minds. It's acceptable to say they dont care, but I wish people would just give reasons or examples where/why Indian players are selfish. Lets talk about normal test cricket - assuming this is not a close chase for runs with a high run rate (it rarely happens).

    Being selfish in test cricket usually means you want to score runs - and runs is what's good for the team. So, if you are scoring runs, you are helping the team, and thus, playing for the team. From a batsman's point of view, to win matches you need to occupy the crease and/or score runs. Not everyone is a Sehwag, and some people are slow, and cautious starters. Slow starts were always part and parcel of the game - where players have to get their eye in, and essentially see of the good bowlers or

  • on January 6, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    @ orlurmsana - I wish all 11 players start playing for their own stats without relying on somebody else to do their own job. Its a team game but that doesn't mean you keep on depending on others to do the job for u. Have a standard for urself and keep it bettering in every game, the world will fear messing up with u.

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

    Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar's contribution. Total score: 41+80=121 Match average: 121/2=60.5 Career average: 56.03

    India has lost 6 consecutive test matches abroad. They have failed to stand against the Australian bowlers. And here is this guy who keeps on playing for himself, keeps on improving his average, keeps on worrying about the only things that he has always worried about: his personal stats. What a useless player.

  • on January 6, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    To be fair they should stop playing overseas..they reuire only batting tracks spinner freindly tracks ..its just a shame ..they should play only IPL ...

  • sugars on January 6, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    first off congratulations to australia on a game well played..its always nice to prove the indian fans that india can only cut it on the sub continent..where are those indian fans who seem to have known so much in the just concluded india west indies series..they knew the solution to west indies cricket but it seems they don't know how to fix theirs.sachin and co its time to call it quits.don't let the game run away from you like its doing now.

  • Rumy1 on January 6, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    Kohli and Ashwin should be dropped and Rohit Sharma and Pragyan Ojha must play in Perth. No questions about that. Although WACA is a pacers delight I wouldn't risk playing average Ranji bowlers like Vinay or Mithun. Wonder how they made it to the team. 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 experienced 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. Laxman No.6. Rohit will sit out. Irfan will replace Ashwin at WACA, Perth. Mr.Srikkanth are you listening??

  • on January 6, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    hahahaha INDIANS Masters of own pitches. I bet if India play Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe, they will be white washed in any format :p Real cricket starts outside.They say " EVERY DOG IS A LION AT HOME" :p

  • dockhaul4 on January 6, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    6th consecutive defeat??? and they were world no. 1 just an year ago?? sad to find India in such a situation because its not players but the selectors and B.C.C.I. to blame for that

  • Raju_Iyer on January 6, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Actually seeing these stats makes me feel better; when have India really dominated Australia in Australia? So why be unusually harsh on M/s Dhoni and team? Let us keep the faith and hope they compete will in the remaining two tests.

  • ecricl on January 6, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    yes SRT is a average player of that groupwhich contains players like lara, ponting, cKallis, Sangakara, Dravid etc..........they all above other players. They got a certain class to which they belong, none is better than one. All are far far below par to Bradman. The crucial thing is how long one played? if u r good enough to be selected as batsman for 150 test then u shud be at least hitting a century in every 5 tets. That makes 30 century quite a lot. SRT has so far played 187 test, at least 35 more than kallis or ponting. if they do play 187 test too they too likely to have 50 century. and if they decide to open in ODI they might also been pushing 100 international hundred. so SRT is not special player........but just a member of elite playrs group who are not at all comparable to bradman. dnt wish to talk abt hit miss viru, how he could be chosen as opener in all time ICC team the ans is it was voted by headless subcomtinent india supporter who vote by heart not by brain

  • ecricl on January 6, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    its same old story for india.Lion at home mouse abroad. even then their supporters boast about their team.what they can say only is come and play in india and we will teach u lesson.India is not the only place where winning matters most. India is a tough place to play for other nations. But if a nation wins all other places barring in india i m ready to admit that team as world beater (winning in India for that team will be a great achievement).But a team consisting of so called world beaters and Gods cant win outside India can it be a great team ? SRT is stuck on 99, some day will get 100. this is nothing special which others think of. Look carefully SRT didnt get his first ODI hundred before started opening (if i remember right) and that also after playing after 100 ODI (If i M right). Kallis palyed 150 test and has 41, Ponting has 40 may be he too has played aroubd 150. SRT is just an average player. An average player of that particular group which contains players like ...

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  • ecricl on January 6, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    its same old story for india.Lion at home mouse abroad. even then their supporters boast about their team.what they can say only is come and play in india and we will teach u lesson.India is not the only place where winning matters most. India is a tough place to play for other nations. But if a nation wins all other places barring in india i m ready to admit that team as world beater (winning in India for that team will be a great achievement).But a team consisting of so called world beaters and Gods cant win outside India can it be a great team ? SRT is stuck on 99, some day will get 100. this is nothing special which others think of. Look carefully SRT didnt get his first ODI hundred before started opening (if i remember right) and that also after playing after 100 ODI (If i M right). Kallis palyed 150 test and has 41, Ponting has 40 may be he too has played aroubd 150. SRT is just an average player. An average player of that particular group which contains players like ...

  • ecricl on January 6, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    yes SRT is a average player of that groupwhich contains players like lara, ponting, cKallis, Sangakara, Dravid etc..........they all above other players. They got a certain class to which they belong, none is better than one. All are far far below par to Bradman. The crucial thing is how long one played? if u r good enough to be selected as batsman for 150 test then u shud be at least hitting a century in every 5 tets. That makes 30 century quite a lot. SRT has so far played 187 test, at least 35 more than kallis or ponting. if they do play 187 test too they too likely to have 50 century. and if they decide to open in ODI they might also been pushing 100 international hundred. so SRT is not special player........but just a member of elite playrs group who are not at all comparable to bradman. dnt wish to talk abt hit miss viru, how he could be chosen as opener in all time ICC team the ans is it was voted by headless subcomtinent india supporter who vote by heart not by brain

  • Raju_Iyer on January 6, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Actually seeing these stats makes me feel better; when have India really dominated Australia in Australia? So why be unusually harsh on M/s Dhoni and team? Let us keep the faith and hope they compete will in the remaining two tests.

  • dockhaul4 on January 6, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    6th consecutive defeat??? and they were world no. 1 just an year ago?? sad to find India in such a situation because its not players but the selectors and B.C.C.I. to blame for that

  • on January 6, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    hahahaha INDIANS Masters of own pitches. I bet if India play Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe, they will be white washed in any format :p Real cricket starts outside.They say " EVERY DOG IS A LION AT HOME" :p

  • Rumy1 on January 6, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    Kohli and Ashwin should be dropped and Rohit Sharma and Pragyan Ojha must play in Perth. No questions about that. Although WACA is a pacers delight I wouldn't risk playing average Ranji bowlers like Vinay or Mithun. Wonder how they made it to the team. 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 experienced 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. Laxman No.6. Rohit will sit out. Irfan will replace Ashwin at WACA, Perth. Mr.Srikkanth are you listening??

  • sugars on January 6, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    first off congratulations to australia on a game well played..its always nice to prove the indian fans that india can only cut it on the sub continent..where are those indian fans who seem to have known so much in the just concluded india west indies series..they knew the solution to west indies cricket but it seems they don't know how to fix theirs.sachin and co its time to call it quits.don't let the game run away from you like its doing now.

  • on January 6, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    To be fair they should stop playing overseas..they reuire only batting tracks spinner freindly tracks ..its just a shame ..they should play only IPL ...

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

    Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar's contribution. Total score: 41+80=121 Match average: 121/2=60.5 Career average: 56.03

    India has lost 6 consecutive test matches abroad. They have failed to stand against the Australian bowlers. And here is this guy who keeps on playing for himself, keeps on improving his average, keeps on worrying about the only things that he has always worried about: his personal stats. What a useless player.

  • on January 6, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    @ orlurmsana - I wish all 11 players start playing for their own stats without relying on somebody else to do their own job. Its a team game but that doesn't mean you keep on depending on others to do the job for u. Have a standard for urself and keep it bettering in every game, the world will fear messing up with u.