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

Australia's dominance is refreshing

The SCG's 100th Test featured a very convincing Australian side, led by a natural captain
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Domineering. There is no other word for it. Australia's innings and 68-run victory over India at the SCG was the most comprehensive mauling meted out to an opponent of note in more than two years, and the hammer blow in a series that had begun with the visitors considered favourites. How strange and distant that seems now. Michael Clarke's team are some distance from the finished article, but they will not remain so for long if performances of this completeness can be delivered on a regular basis against the teams sitting above them in the ICC's Test rankings.

Over the past year, Clarke's men had shown themselves capable of dizzy heights and depressing lows, peaking in Galle, Johannesburg and Melbourne but slipping away alarmingly in Cape Town and Hobart. They entered the Sydney Test having not won more than one match in a Test series since early 2010, a firm marker of how inconsistent their displays had been. This was acknowledged clearly by Clarke, who is part of a leadership and management axis being marked closely on results by Pat Howard, the Argus review-installed team performance manager.

But, as anyone who tried to play Shane Warne's flipper more than once can attest, foreknowledge does not necessarily make the task any easier. Awareness must be followed up with strong planning and sustained performance, something so elusive either side of the captaincy handover from Ponting to Clarke. Some level of inconsistency was to be expected, but the extremes of Clarke's first three Test series as captain could not be repeated, as that would undermine the foundations being put in place for a settled team to prosper over the remainder of the Australian summer and beyond.

Knowing this, Clarke advocated and received an unchanged team for Sydney, starting 2012 on a note of stability and reassurance for the players under him. The bowlers especially have benefited from greater cohesion and understanding of their roles, under the vigilant bowling coach Craig McDermott. It was they who set the match up for the winning with speed, swing and bounce on the first day, perforating India's batting with the full length of McDermott's preference, then boring into the tail with short-pitched relish.

So much has been said about Clarke's innings, which towers over all other individual efforts in this match. But in the context of the Test it was less important than the fact it spanned two partnerships as sturdy as granite, 288 with Ponting then an unbeaten 334 with Michael Hussey. Like the combinations provided by the bowlers, it is the runs scored in such unions, so much more than a lone hand, that define a match. Clarke could not have flown so high without Ponting and Hussey, just as James Pattinson could not have have ripped out four of the top five visiting batsmen without Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus offering support on day one.

The declaration arrived halfway through the scheduled five days, preventing Clarke from going on to greater personal glory but allowing maximum time for his team to bowl India out. Having stood in the field for more than a few long days against the twirling bats of Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman, Clarke knew he may need all of the two and a half days at his disposal. He was rewarded for his decision with two wickets on day three, a tally that could have been three with a safer pair of gloves from his lieutenant Brad Haddin.

Still, Tendulkar and Laxman remained to be dislodged, and after Gautam Gambhir's belligerent 83 they crafted the foundations of what may have become a significant union. Nathan Lyon created a few half-chances and had one loud lbw appeal turned down but, bowling down-breeze, he was unable to find a way past two batsmen who have clattered many a spinner over the years. So it was left to Clarke to have a go, and soon after lunch he made the crucial breakthrough, coaxing an edge from Tendulkar as he yet again became tentative on the outskirts of his 100th international century. Haddin's gloves provided an accidental assist to help Hussey claim the catch, and the celebrations were in keeping with the significance of the moment as well as the golden touch of Clarke in this match. His field placements were adroit as ever, removing both Virender Sehwag and Gambhir with men neatly placed at point - a position so many international teams have taken to posting deep as a matter of course.

Tendulkar's wicket opened up one end to the second new ball, though it was not the new man Virat Kohli who fell first. Ben Hilfenhaus benefitted from his off-season efforts to use more of the crease, angling the ball subtly into Laxman then bending it away to flick the top of the stumps, a delivery every bit as good as the one that accounted for Rahul Dravid in the first over of day three at the MCG. Save for the resistance of R Ashwin, the rest followed meekly. It was a case of one team learning to impose itself by beating another that has seemingly become all too used to the motions of defeat.

India's present failings are wide-ranging, but their sequence of six consecutive away defeats have come against the best team in the world, England, and another that is starting to look like it might be in a position to challenge England by the time the 2013 Ashes roll by. At the head of that team, in all probability, will be Clarke, who has put his leadership beyond all doubt by completing one of the most outstanding Test matches from a leader.

This is not to say Australia are without flaws. The top order lacks experience and rhythm, Haddin's standing as a leader in the dressing-room is being weakened by flawed glovework and flighty batting, and Nathan Lyon took only one wicket for the match, albeit against gifted players of spin. Ahead lies Perth, where Ryan Harris will be a likely inclusion for a pace quartet that could do truly fearful damage to Indian minds already filled with self-doubt.

Many members of this Australian team, both players and support staff, spoke of the Boxing Day Test as the best victory they had been a part of. Low-scoring and fluctuating, it provided the exhilaration and relief of a struggle won over a higher-ranked opponent in front of an enormous crowd. A week later and those same players may have to revise that declaration. The SCG's 100th Test did not turn out to be the contest yearned for by purists, but there was plenty of satisfaction to be drawn from the sight of a domineering Australia, led by a natural captain. It has been a while.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Meety on | January 8, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    @mixters - if the world revolves around India, as you seem to think so, I would say the current Oz side has the potential to do better in India than its predecessors. Why? Warner & Marsh I feel are more suspect in Oz than on lower bouncing wickets (see Warners back to back T20 100s recently?). Marsh has performed better in India than in Oz. Also MJ (when fit) would be selected for tours of India as he is quite good there.As for pedestrian spinners given Ashwin's series average is 74.50 I don't think Oz are too badly placed particularly if you consider Clarke's bowling average is 22!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | January 8, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    @jonsey2 - I would've thought #1 myself, or maybe that's just the bowling attack at this stage

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | January 8, 2012, 0:53 GMT

    Australia's fast bowling battery is as good as South Africa. Both are better than England. England starts playing soon so will see. All round I think Australia is ahead of England - Clarke,Hussey and Ponting were just great. In Warner Australia has a great fielder if only he can get his batting going like he does in t20 and ODI's

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | January 7, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    What does the fact that if any player is out-of-form just play against India they will regain form tell you? Come-on wake up!!! Our bowlers dont look or feel as though they can do it. At least with batting we can make up for it somehow. Poor starts by the opners have played a big part. We should be playing two of three seniors in any one game - not all three. Our feilding is pathetic.

  • POSTED BY big_al_81 on | January 7, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    I think a few people are getting a little carried away, but only a little. Australia have real hope for the future if they can keep some of their promising young bowlers fit. I think on present form they probably are about 3rd in the world after good results against SL and inconsistent performance against SA. Pakistan have done well so I think they vie for the 3rd place in my eyes. I'd put SA a clear 2nd though as they are a stronger bowling unit and far stronger batting unit, their problem as ever, is more mental than anything - that's rarely a problem for the Aussies. England over the last 2 years are the best by some distance but it'll be a challenging year ahead.

  • POSTED BY on | January 7, 2012, 13:26 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.........!!!

  • POSTED BY Clyde on | January 7, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    I don't know about domineering, but there is nothing pleasant about the sight of a fast bowler raising even a half-self-congratulatory fist in front of the batsman, which we have seen from Australia. It is rather pathetic, if not cowardly, as if the fast bowler's prerogative of aiming the ball at the head were not enough and the ego needed more, and as if it weren't the batsman who really showed courage. An image like the one we have been presented must be critiqued, if decent young men are to be interested in fast bowling. We as spectators need to be discriminating and support sportsmanship at every turn.

  • POSTED BY Okakaboka on | January 7, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    No...not convinced...troubled times ahead. Arthur stated tonight that other than Pattinson there would be no other changes in the Australian team because it is a 'happy' team! Good one! Arthur...Go home! If you can't see 18,000,000 unhappy people with Haddin's inclusion there is something wrong. We need a wicket keeper.... not a 'buttered fingered' individual who can't bat! What??? Do we have to barrack for Australia to lose in order to have an excuse to drop him. Inverarity...You have an excuse....Haddin is crap.....mega! And he makes us and the bowlers very unhappy!

  • POSTED BY andrew-schulz on | January 7, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    Interesting marker. Have you ever tried to check how often India have won more than one Test in a series in their entire history? Yet most experts were ignorantly rating them number one after they won 1-0 in two away series in England and West Indies in 1970/71. I guess if you won every series 1-0 you'd be number one forever. So it's a strange measuring stick. Why don't you check how many series West Indies only won 1 Test in the eighties?

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | January 7, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    How many batsmen in Test history have been 300 not out, been the captain of the team, declared & won when they could have easily gone on & made the greatest individual records of any era?... Only 1... Michael Clarke... lol... Says what Aussies think about their team mates, rather than themselves... Every other single individual achievement pales into insignificance...

  • POSTED BY Meety on | January 8, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    @mixters - if the world revolves around India, as you seem to think so, I would say the current Oz side has the potential to do better in India than its predecessors. Why? Warner & Marsh I feel are more suspect in Oz than on lower bouncing wickets (see Warners back to back T20 100s recently?). Marsh has performed better in India than in Oz. Also MJ (when fit) would be selected for tours of India as he is quite good there.As for pedestrian spinners given Ashwin's series average is 74.50 I don't think Oz are too badly placed particularly if you consider Clarke's bowling average is 22!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | January 8, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    @jonsey2 - I would've thought #1 myself, or maybe that's just the bowling attack at this stage

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | January 8, 2012, 0:53 GMT

    Australia's fast bowling battery is as good as South Africa. Both are better than England. England starts playing soon so will see. All round I think Australia is ahead of England - Clarke,Hussey and Ponting were just great. In Warner Australia has a great fielder if only he can get his batting going like he does in t20 and ODI's

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | January 7, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    What does the fact that if any player is out-of-form just play against India they will regain form tell you? Come-on wake up!!! Our bowlers dont look or feel as though they can do it. At least with batting we can make up for it somehow. Poor starts by the opners have played a big part. We should be playing two of three seniors in any one game - not all three. Our feilding is pathetic.

  • POSTED BY big_al_81 on | January 7, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    I think a few people are getting a little carried away, but only a little. Australia have real hope for the future if they can keep some of their promising young bowlers fit. I think on present form they probably are about 3rd in the world after good results against SL and inconsistent performance against SA. Pakistan have done well so I think they vie for the 3rd place in my eyes. I'd put SA a clear 2nd though as they are a stronger bowling unit and far stronger batting unit, their problem as ever, is more mental than anything - that's rarely a problem for the Aussies. England over the last 2 years are the best by some distance but it'll be a challenging year ahead.

  • POSTED BY on | January 7, 2012, 13:26 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.........!!!

  • POSTED BY Clyde on | January 7, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    I don't know about domineering, but there is nothing pleasant about the sight of a fast bowler raising even a half-self-congratulatory fist in front of the batsman, which we have seen from Australia. It is rather pathetic, if not cowardly, as if the fast bowler's prerogative of aiming the ball at the head were not enough and the ego needed more, and as if it weren't the batsman who really showed courage. An image like the one we have been presented must be critiqued, if decent young men are to be interested in fast bowling. We as spectators need to be discriminating and support sportsmanship at every turn.

  • POSTED BY Okakaboka on | January 7, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    No...not convinced...troubled times ahead. Arthur stated tonight that other than Pattinson there would be no other changes in the Australian team because it is a 'happy' team! Good one! Arthur...Go home! If you can't see 18,000,000 unhappy people with Haddin's inclusion there is something wrong. We need a wicket keeper.... not a 'buttered fingered' individual who can't bat! What??? Do we have to barrack for Australia to lose in order to have an excuse to drop him. Inverarity...You have an excuse....Haddin is crap.....mega! And he makes us and the bowlers very unhappy!

  • POSTED BY andrew-schulz on | January 7, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    Interesting marker. Have you ever tried to check how often India have won more than one Test in a series in their entire history? Yet most experts were ignorantly rating them number one after they won 1-0 in two away series in England and West Indies in 1970/71. I guess if you won every series 1-0 you'd be number one forever. So it's a strange measuring stick. Why don't you check how many series West Indies only won 1 Test in the eighties?

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | January 7, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    How many batsmen in Test history have been 300 not out, been the captain of the team, declared & won when they could have easily gone on & made the greatest individual records of any era?... Only 1... Michael Clarke... lol... Says what Aussies think about their team mates, rather than themselves... Every other single individual achievement pales into insignificance...

  • POSTED BY mixters on | January 7, 2012, 1:23 GMT

    @baskar-guha "Australia is certainly a good team but I don't see them winning against too many teams outside of Australia. Two reasons - pedestrian spinners and inexperienced and possibly flawed top three. Additionally, who is pressing to replace Ponting and Hussey who will retire in the next 18 months. "

    Aust won test series in Sri Lanka and drew 1 all with South Africa in South Africa so I guess you dont know what happened in the world outside India in the last 3 months or what you are talking about

  • POSTED BY TheLoneStranger on | January 7, 2012, 0:28 GMT

    A great win, but Harris should have played. I was correct about Lyon being un-productive in this test, as he was in the last one. He should be discarded for Perth (but hasn't been) and return for Adelaide. I just cannot fathom the "thinking" of some of the scribes and the selectors. Four quicks should have played in Sydney and most definitely should play in Perth, but now that Pattinson is injured, the talk is that Lyon will now play. Why!!??? We have other good fast bowlers available to play, so why should Lyon play simply because Pattinson is injured? If the thinking was four quicks BEFORE Pattinson was injured, why change now? Play Harris AND Starc, and make Lyon 12th man or release him for a Shield or even a grade match if there's one on. I can only assume Marsh has been retained because it's his home track, but I'm STILL plumping for Katich's return to the side!!

  • POSTED BY bugs1960 on | January 6, 2012, 22:45 GMT

    Being an Indian supporter..I hate to say this..but under current form and record... Cook is the best Test Batsman, and the english with Bell,KP, Strauss,prior,broad with the bat and Anderson, Broad, Tremlett,Bresnan, Swann are simply the best team in the world...Australia will have to play out of their skins to get even close in 2013 ashes...as for India..well they r looking at a another 4-0 whitewash..unless something phenomenal happens...which seems unlikely...Yes Rohit Sharma should have played from Melbourne..

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | January 6, 2012, 22:40 GMT

    Don't get too carried away Australia. What you did to India, England have been doing to several teams including Australia :-) for the last couple of years. It's great to absolutely thrash a team but really after watching india in England last year any England fan could have told you that india were weak and could be turned over easily. Here is the way it looks; Aus have only 3 batsmen; Ponting, Hussey, Clarke. 2 of these are close to the end. There doesn't seem to be anyone coming through on the batting side. Haddin is a dud - but who is there to replace him? Bowlers? Harris, good but injuries :-( Fast but rookie (Pattinson) or tried and tested, but not that good (Siddle, Hilfenhaus). Finally, ominously - no spin bowler worth the name. This is a seriously unbalanced side who have already been found out many times in the past 18 months. This is the legacy that Clake has inherited. Clarke himself is a good player and decent guy - and a team can be built around him. But it's a big ask.

  • POSTED BY anexpat on | January 6, 2012, 21:53 GMT

    I won't go that far to say that Austrailia has regained the dominance. The same team came cropper against NZ & SA.They were bowled out for 47 and the Austrailian media described this humilation as lowest of the low. No need to remind what Enland did to them by thrashing them every where. It is the Indian team's sub-standard performance both with bat and bowl that is making them to look this good. They have allowed Ponting and Hussey to revive their position from the point of being kicked out of the team. So, please wait until they face South Africa and Enland before jumping the gun and start showering the accolade of refreshing dominace .

  • POSTED BY Beertjie on | January 6, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    You may be correct, Anand Jakhotia, when you write "i think the columnist is in too hurry to brand it as dominance." For me, there are certain boxes still to be ticked. I like your remark re Haddin, @brittop - can Pup take decisions? To anwer your questions, @baskar_guha: Watson (moving down the order) and Khawaja will replace Ponting and Hussey. The former will benefit from moving down the order (he could take on the second new-ball) and the latter will know his own game better by then. As for the top 3, yes that is a problem still, but there are hopes that the current 3 guys can develop over the next 18 months. As for the spinners, I'll admit that 18 months may be too short, but the 2 guys I'm punting are O'Keefe (a left-arm spinner - KP beware - and potential all-rounder) and Cameron Boyce. So whereas, I was bereft of hope 12 months ago, things are much better now and Oz should at least be competitive (with its superior pace attack - injuries permitting) in the next Ashes campaign.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | January 6, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    @dms1972:-

    In the context of your logic that you have expressed in other articles, should this triple century from Clarke and centuries from Hussey and Ponting be given any weightage?

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    need to play more with bangladesh

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    I'm hoping that the success of Hussey, Ponting, and of course, Clarke will ease the minds of the the youngsters at one, two and three and allow them to bat with more confidence. I'm sure that the past poor performances of the middle order was putting added pressure on the top three, hopefully, this will be one less thing they will be worrying about going forward.

  • POSTED BY Zeus777 on | January 6, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    SRT - Genius :'This win was not really convincing.' <------ hahahahaha

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    why blame india i think australian bowlers bowled well hilfy was gr8! pattinson destroyed india in first innings.. and we arent that gr8 defending low totals ... these things happen but i think credit should be given more to australia.. india played poorly but itsn ot like we were gifting match away only gift they got was toss (porr desision by msd and negative fields )

  • POSTED BY skip1968 on | January 6, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    Where is Irfan Pathan? Man of the match in Perth 4 years ago.Gifted bowler/allrounder consigned to the scrap heap.

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | January 6, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    We need Asian Ashes b/w India and Pakistan. The battle that gave us tendulkar.

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    With all due respect, but India shouldn't be a measure of dominance for the Australians. India is known for faltering on green bouncy wickets. It's a known fact that the Indians only perform on lifeless pitches. The Australians should measure against better opposition who actually can play on green wickets such as South Africa. These test series are irrelevant. Australia will be tested against the likes of South Africa.

  • POSTED BY popcorn on | January 6, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    It is useful to get an inside view of this Aussie bowling attack.Peter Siddle, whemn asked whether Sachin Tendulkar is the key wicket they would be eager to get, he replied" He's just another wicket.If we get 10 wickets and he is not out at the other end, that's all we want to get." Not overawed by big names,famed batting lineup and all such adjectives.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | January 6, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    @jonesy2, not nearly. Even if Australia win this series 4-0 they will still only be level third with India behind England and SA. Keep in mind that the ICC rankings are calculated over a rolling period of (I believe) two years. That ensures that a brief spike in either direction doesn't skew the rankings significantly. Australia had too many poor results for too long to be that close just yet. They were unlucky with the weather in SL but that 1-0 win over a lower ranked team wouldn't have helped appreciably. The 1-1 result in SA against a higher ranked team would have helped but then the 1-1 result against NZ at home would have hurt. The ICC rankings are about consistency over a period of time, not who's hot right now. Australia have been too inconsistent just recently even, never mind over the last couple of years. Their recent test cricket has reminded me of England's WC campaign.

  • POSTED BY mensan on | January 6, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    I can see another 4-0 whitewash for india. Perth would certainly be a defeat. Only adelaide's batting paradise may save india.

  • POSTED BY usernames on | January 6, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    Yep, truly a very good team. The only weak link seems to be Haddin. The top order will perform, if given time. They are going to be a very, very good team even after the batsmen retire so long as their bowlers keep bowling well.

    England, of course, is a better team but then, there is no need to compare. Australian team is going through a transition period and they will only get stronger as time passes.

  • POSTED BY hhillbumper on | January 6, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    I would just like to give a big well done to Lyon,Apparently the best finger spinner in the world according to some one here.He certainly knows how to get 1 wicket an innings

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    Whilst its a great win for Australia and our international bowling stocks look very promising, don't expect our dominance to last. That's not to say we won't be competitive but I think we'll remain rather erratic. The performances of Sheffield Shield batsman at the moment are hardly inspiring, a reflection of this is the inclusion of Cowan and Marsh who only have first class records averaging in the high 30's, of the younger players only Hughes and Khawaja have better averages. Doesn't really leave me with a lot of confidence in their ability at test level though I hope I'm proved wrong. Just not sure whose going to be able to prop up our batting once Ponting and Hussey retire.

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    Tendulkar had always been tentative approaching his hundreds. It is nothing to do with his elusive hundredth hundred. In both the tests, (excluding the tentative phase) he had been in terrific form. Hope he continues to be so in the next two too. Even the Australian cricket lovers would love to see and enjoy that, in his last tour of their country.

  • POSTED BY A.Ak on | January 6, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    Australia has a knack of jumping in to opponents shoulders. Australians show their angry against their opposition in their game and towards their opposition. India has the knack of letting their opponents to jump in to their shoulders and India show their angry at their team mates and board.

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    If an under performer needs to exceed expectations they need some lück go their Way. Every one will agree that Australia Player on the Road while it was swinging and seaming for India. But Aus would have still scores more than 300. I think India will do better in the next 2 tests. India needs to drop Sehwag and have Rohit to open and should retain Kohli as they need to build. Can't rely on 39 year champs for long.

  • POSTED BY mamboman on | January 6, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    How disappointed are we Australians, o see the Indians come here and perform in this disgraceful and unmanful manner. bring us the fighters of world cricket, not some grubby, spoiled Princes. bring us New Zealand, bring us south Africa, bring us some real men - like Pakistan!

  • POSTED BY Behind_the_bowlers_arm on | January 6, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    Australia are still very much a work in progress with a lot of work to do. A crushing victory over an Indian side who havent developed a transition plan for their great champions doesnt hide that. Despite their batting in this Test Ponting & Hussey need to be replaced soon so Clarke (Watson is injured too much) is the only certainty for the 2013 Ashes in the top 6.Warner, Cowan, Marsh, Khawaja, Hughes etc all still have it all to prove and none can be regarded as established Test players yet. Paine will surely replace Haddin as soon as he is fit and the fast bowling group (Pattinson , Cummins, Hilfenhaus, Siddle, Harris) is developing well while Lyon looks the best of thin spinning options. On the bright side if you'd have said in August that none of the series against SL, SA, NZ & India would be lost you would have got decent odds.

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    Australia's dominance is refreshing? What dominiance are you referring to? Dominance over India? So why should this be refreshing. Its not like India was dominant over Australia in Australia for so long that a reversal was needed.

    Or perhaps the author means world dominance. In which case he probably wasn't watching Aus cricket recently. And in any case even if this was so what would be refreshing about Australia dominating again.

    I am confused with this headline.

  • POSTED BY malepas on | January 6, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    I'm a PAK fan but likes Indian great batsmen, I think there is a time when you have to make tough decisions and I think that time for Indians is now, I think they have for too long, ingonored the need of constructive chnage in the batting line up and cheered thier batsmen on docile Indian traks, where they have been makiing loads of runs, I think this Sydney wicket as much like Bombay or Karachi wicket,,there was nothing in it and just scoring under 200 was not acceptable and they haven't done much in 2nd innings either apart from few 50's,,its not good enough on this wicket,,I think India should say goodbye to 3 of thier middle order and to Zaheer, bring in fresh blood like Sherma,Abh etc and stick with them for a while, they will suffer a dip but will come back again.Make 2 teams under 2 captn. No point posing what you don't have which is a good test team right now on foreign wickets.They should play Pak morel so they can get more compatative cricket and play against quality bowling

  • POSTED BY Vishnu27 on | January 6, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    @SRT_GENIUS:"This win was not really convincing". Oh, really? An innings defeat inside four days. Hmmmm...

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    Contd.. he should have taken the match to the 5th day today by rallying the tail after better performances from Sachin and Lax and look at what he did.you cant blame him because thats what he knows to do.try to dig out a yorker with strong bottom hand and hit it out of the ground..apologies BUT this is test cricket and this not for players like him..hes no test No:7.please dont talk about his half century in first innings because that was his FIRST 50 in 6 test matches in Australia and after playing for 6 years you are what you are...A glaring example of Dhoni's ineptitude was visible in England.Praveen Kumar was generating a lot swing under conditions tailor made for seam and swing bowling and Eng batsmen negated him standing couple of yards outside the crease since he bowls at mid 120 ks...Any international keeper should have been able to stand up to the stumps to counter this..Remember Prior did this for Jimmy when Ind batsmen tried to stand outside the crease..

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    contd..India have spoiled English and Australian summers.(who will want to watch Adelaide test now).The fact is even opposition players and supporters will get bored mid way because this seems an Aus vs Bangla series.BCCI being preoccupied with T20 dont care .Even the other boards ..i am not so sure..(releasing players for iPL/Big Bash etc)..i am not blaming IPL for everything but if Indian team turns up and gets thrashed on all tours and the board does not seem to care,time to review test status away from India/Asia.After all why this farce..its better to let other teams who are committed to test cricket play the game.No disrespect meant here and i am just stating the obvious.Because as i mentioned earlier this Indian showing has robbed the Aus spectators off a competitive series(not to mention the agony of Ind fans).why waste every body's time and money if you are not up to it.ALSO IND SHOULD ACCEPT THAT DHONI IS NOT TEST CLASS OUTSIDE ASIA BOTH INFRONT AND BEHIND STUMPS.contd....

  • POSTED BY AidanFX on | January 6, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    Raju_Iyer - You are spot on - Bowling has been a positive right from SL in practically every game when C Mc took over - including the Hobart and Capetown loss.

  • POSTED BY bigyoyo on | January 6, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    Yes Australia have dominated but the more glaring thing to come out of this test is that India need to find a new direction and stop relying on the big names to get them out of trouble. Yes they got them to number one in the world but they look a shadow of that team, even at home where they nearly lost mathces to a poor West Indies team. They need a new direction and let the great players go so they can build new legacies and new greats. This worked for them when Harbajhan was finally deemed to have lost the snap and Ashwin came in with success at home. Give the younger batsmen a chance to shine without being in Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxmans shadow. They wll still have experience from Dhoni, Sehwag, Gambhir. It could also be the time to move Sehwag from the new ball and give him chance to get back to his destructive best.

    To end on a positive note - test cricket in Australia is the most entertaining as there are always runs, wickets and results and plenty happening!

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    I had predicted a 2-0 win for Aus with draws at Sydney and Adelaide only to be receive a lot of flak from Indian supporters before the start of the series.Now it is inevitable that scoreline would read 4-0 after Adelaide.While i agree that the major reason is Indian team is poor (aged batsmen past their prime,wayward bowling,lethargic fielding,substandard keeping and captaincy).it should also be noted that not enough is done by the board to ensure that Ind stays competitive throughout the series.For eg in 2003/04 when India had their best tour we had Bruce Reed as bowling consultant(wise move by John Wright).Here the bowlers are clueless except Zak and we have Eric Simmons who has not played a test match as consultant.Alos we should have replaced Paddy Upton with another mental conditioning coach when he left with Gary after WC.(see Dravid's face at press conf).But the fact is BCCI does not give a dime about this series.They are busy drawing schedules for IPL auction.contd...

  • POSTED BY Hammond on | January 6, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    @Abhinav Singh - If Australian batting is "Crap" at 4/659 then I would hate to know what adjective you would use to describe India's bowling. And as for England being the better side, we will just have to see. This Aussie team has lots of depth and lots of good young bowlers in the wings. Unlike the Indians. If this woeful, overrated Indian side loses to both England and Australia 4-0 then I would say the ashes will be pretty close. But I guarantee we won't be whitewashed by England like India were. And I agree with Jonesy- number 2 in the world seems like the right place for Australia at the moment.

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    Much maligned for his business adventures, Billy McDermott's bowling approach has been so refreshing. Changing Hilfy's bowling style to bowl much fuller has reinvigorated him and he's now taking wickets for fun like he did in the Shield the other year. Makes for much more exciting test cricket also.

  • POSTED BY shahab2058 on | January 6, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    Yah Australia's dominance is quite refreshing....The team with such immense talent and match winning attitude should be at the top... Team Australia has consistently ruled throughout and people all around the globe have so much expectations from them. I wish them good luck.

  • POSTED BY ecricl on | January 6, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    A great side in ODI arena but poor form in test matches where all it matters. IF you see its been the same history in Indian cricket, prior entry of ODI specialist batsman they had limited success but with emergence of ODI specialist player, IPL they gone to a height where other teams find it hard to compete with india. But for tests the so fit ODI or T/T players are chosen. who deliver great in home soil but in abroad their technique is exposed. look since yuvraj there were lots of ODI talent who never made it good in test, Kohli is the latest entry, Yusuf pathan is a T/T specialist who never manges well in ODI's. with dead pitches, spin dpendent bowling win possible at home but not in abroad. BCCI is making money, politicians are attracted to prized posts of BCCI or Mumbai cricket association etc, not fot cricket but for money, fame and the lucrative moments of passing time with players who r hailed like mumbai film star

  • POSTED BY brittop on | January 6, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    Does seem to be coming together for Oz. Now they need a Johnson-like injury for Haddin.

  • POSTED BY Raju_Iyer on | January 6, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    Austalia's bowlers did not let them down in their recent losses at Cape Town and Hobart. It was their batsmen who were the culprits and they almost repeated the act here by losing the first three wickets cheaply. Thankfully the senior members could take charge. For India on the other hand, the seniors have failed to step up to the required level and the young turks have been found wanting, thus compounding their misery. Let's see how well India can compete for the rest of the series, I am not writing them off yet nor is it fair to think that the era of Australian domination is beginning.

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    England is much better team. Austtrlian batting is crap. india is under performing. England will not be so generous. Ausies need to find batsmen. Next year ashes ponting, hussey wuill be ayera older and the younger guys are no good. Sorry aussies, count this performance out. Dhoni as a captain is not even half as good as ganguly who team really faought with the aussies. I think its time for dhoni to go and concentrate on one day and t20. bring parthive and make somebvody like gambhir captain who will not shy away from a fight anytime. dhoni is a waste at no 7. never contributes when teams need him in TEST MATCHES

  • POSTED BY cricmatters on | January 6, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    India made Australia look good by their lack lustre batting, bowling and fielding. They need to hire a motivation coach soon as no one looked like playing for five days. IPL has truly destroyed Indian Test Cricket and I doubt if people in India will follow cricket any more once Sachin retires from the game.

  • POSTED BY FoollyFedUp on | January 6, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    The best chance for a 4-0 thrashing. The Indian public is obsessed with SRT's 100th 100...MSD is wondering what's happening...Sehwag is busy swinging...Virat Kohli is busy sulking and the fast bowlers have no idea of line and length...Remains to be seen if the next 2 matches extend to 5 days.

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    india needs some introspect before perth test. australia once again proved why they can't be underestimated . RANDY OZ congratulations to you.

  • POSTED BY Mitcher on | January 6, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    I am LOVING the moments of success for this team, but they are still just that, moments With the apparent hilfenhaus/Siddle resurgences and emergence of the likes of pattinson and cummins (potentially more) I am bullish about the future of our pace attack. BUT, the batting is still a long way off. Clarke has been impressive even before the 300. And despite some rallying by Huss and punter their days are numbered regardless. The young brigade of batsmen MUST step up if real consistency is to be achieved. I am fully behind current top 3 but khawaja will be back. He's the real deal. Just needs time.

  • POSTED BY Nigels on | January 6, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    Well played Michael Clarke...am suprised that people would have loved you to break records...but what is the importance of records when the team loses or draws that particular match...it doesnt make sense at all.

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    From now on even A draw for AUS will ensure a test series victory...!! TCH TCH TCH India has been pschologicaly Scarred...!! Indian Players ~ They r runs making machine in their Backyard but they juxt cant seem to handle the heat outside their home..!! Dudes there iz a whole big world outside that plays cricket!! If u arent gud enough to challenge players from those sides who play at ur homegrounds all the time In IPL etc at their venues then whts the meaning of playing at INTERNATIONAL level....!! INDIAN PLAYERS must justify their position and potential and prove that they r as gud as the Hype created around them...!!

  • POSTED BY Simoc on | January 6, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    Great win to Australia with huge batting from our big three compared to their big three. As the series can't be lost it may be a chance to introduce Matthew Wade into the team. Haddin has been dropping catches and not getting up to the stumps to effect run outs. That's what he's there for. and now there are better glovemen.

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    Well done boys.....make sure consistency is retained......Pup your one eye should be on Ashes 2013.....make sure flaws or loopholes have been removed....I want 5-0 win over England come next Ashes.

  • POSTED BY yocasi on | January 6, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    At this rate, India would be lucky to lose only 0-4. After all, it could have been a five or six test series.

  • POSTED BY Buggsy on | January 6, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    Congratulations on the boys for another outstanding win, it's starting to feel good being an Australian cricket fan again. However we were in the same position four years ago against India, over-confident going into Perth and we all know how that turned out. The top order is still a worry, the bowling by Siddle and Pattinson in the second innings was pretty ordinary and the less said about Haddin the better. I still can't help but feel India is self destructing more than Australia forcing these results.

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    As a Indian fan, am very much disappointed wid this loss.. Believe me, I am not worried whn v lost in Eng 4-0.. Coz, I knw in Eng, v missed fit bowlers throughout the series to keep thm in chk.. Infact v played wid only 3 bowlers(Zak, Bhajji chose not 2 bowl after being selected in playing XI and RP Singh called directly frm vacation).. Some mad selections, fitness concerns, technically inept batsmen like Raina and Dhoni in middle order.. Add to that Lax's poor record in Eng.. And SRT's surprise lack of big scores.. Dravid/PK were d only saving grace on few occasions.. Most of these r onetime flaw/can b rectified.. So, 4-0 loss doesnt bring much worry to me.. Bt now, we hv fit&fast bowlers, technically correct Virat, SRT/Dravid/Lax's rich record in Aus, new spinning options.. It seemed like v hav enuf to give fight to Aussies.. Last test match even though lost, gud fight shown.. Bt in Sydney wr an improvement is expected, v hv gone down widout much fight.. Am very much worried now.:(

  • POSTED BY joseyesu on | January 6, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    Aus Dominance is gone with Mcgrath, Warne, Gilchrist. This team will be thrashed if the same players are in Ind series. There is no team present now, that can be a real domination as like AUS in 2000 - 2008.

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    Well done australia ! A huge win indeed. But i think the columnist is in too hurry to brand it as dominance. I KNOW MANY WOULD DISAGREE. but the fact is some very average cricket made this win look like a stroll. Eg : ishant dropping clarke, dravid dropping hussey & poor outfielding. And lastly some timid batting when all they need was to stay there as the wicket was flat[clarke's own words at post match conference]. I think the worse has already happened & its time india bllod in a youngster even if it means risking another humiliating defeat. bcos if not now it will not ahppen for another four years. I think laxman 's time is up despite his great effort. the running btwn wickets was so slow whereas clarke & hussey ran like hares.

  • POSTED BY BritbornAussie on | January 6, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    Indeed ai time to learn and grow. I liked "Haddin's gloves provided an accidental assist to help Hussey claim the catch, and the celebrations were in keeping with the significance of the moment as well as the golden touch of Clarke in this match." There is much about the magic of cricket in that.

  • POSTED BY dms1972 on | January 6, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    @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.

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    2As.. "Awesome Australia.." I might b wrong.. Bt I wud again say, the decision to bat first here is terribly wrong.. Whn better batting conditions are definitely after first day, u shud hv backed ur bowlers to get 6 r 7 Aus wickets on helpful first day wicket.. Instead batsmen were backed to survive tough first day.. Thats a bad decision.. Esp, wid Gambhir's out of form and Sehwag's inconsistency.. U shud hv atleast one solid opener.. U cant risk more than 1 quick wicket @ start of play.. Ind batsmen barring Sachin didnt look comfortable in testing conditions.. I expect a shuffle in team XI in next test.. Wid Ashwin proving to b more than handy batsman, can v afford to to hv one more bowler in place of Kohli..?? This s where, v miss a allrounder like Irfan.. It wud b nice to get him for next Test.. His swing cud prove handy.. Else, get Vinay/Mithun/Ojha in the team as 4th bowler.. We desperately need wickets.. Ind Team will hav a lot to discuss after this Test..

  • POSTED BY rahul9450 on | January 6, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    killer instinct had again getting old heights. New attack & bench shows they are back again to ancient times of glory.

  • POSTED BY AidanFX on | January 6, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    Yep another great match this summer - good cricket to watch with a mixture of wickets and big scores. The just over 400 score line flattered the Indians a bit; was helped by Haddin's glove-work. The Aus bowlers at the moment just look a lot more potent than India. They weren't as good the 2nd inns (were near flawless) - but they did what they needed to do in view of the circumstances. Lyon should be at least retained in the squad - I am indifferent whether he plays in Perth or not, for Harris. The top order is slight concern. I am not convinced by Marsh - but I am not sure dropping him (if Watson still unfit) is the solution because the constant changes to the squad is part of the issue with the top-order; lack of stability and continuity. Warner merits his place in the side by what he did in the field alone. If Watson is fit - then I think he comes in for Marsh - I would hate Warner to be dropped. It takes time and games for a settled batting line up to muse.

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | January 6, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    Despite some obvious flaws, I wrote here on cricinfo after the Hobart test that "I just can't join the doomsdayers." I'm glad the Kiwis won that game. It meant much more to them than us. Still the mockers from India and elsewhere were saying Australian cricket would need a decade to be a force again. What nonsense! Since the Ashes debacle they have won 5, lost two and drawn 2 tests. They have won every ODI series after the WC as well. Far from being the end of the world, it is pretty good. No doubt they are not number one, but they are still a decent team, and gradually improving. Hopefully some of the batting weaknesses can be fixed up. They need to start phasing out a few old timers as well. Haddin would be my first choice. Hussey still looks the best of the old boys, and can stay another two years, if form warrants. He is such a professional! Ponting should retire within a year. But nothing like the Indian attack to make you look young again!

  • POSTED BY ravi_hari on | January 6, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    Winning and loosing are part of the game. It is the way you do that is more significant. No2 ranked team comes with favourites tag and gets mauled in 2 consecutive tests. What more you want. The old tag of 'tigers at home and cats outside' is haunting India again. 6 consecutive losses overseas supports this tag. Beating Windies or any team at home is not we are looking for. Rest of 2012 India has series at home and they will bounce back and every one will talk high about them. This is foolhardy I would say. These 6 tests have exposed Indians enough and a serious thinking is a must. If Dhoni and BCCI fail to react like they did at England drubbing, it will only kill Indian cricket. Dhoni should learn from Clarke on how to lead from the front, set fields for his bowlers and how to motivate the team. On paper India is way ahead but on performance it is just the reverse. 3 aging batters win it for Aussies while 3 aging batters loose it for India. Should we axe them?Think about it BCCI.

  • POSTED BY SRT_GENIUS on | January 6, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    This win was not really convincing.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | January 6, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    Great summary. The bowlers did set this match up, Clarke resued it with some great support. The reality is - that this pitch whilst giving some assistance on Day 1, was a batsmen's pitch & for India to lose 20 wickets well inside 4 days (versus Oz 4), showed some serious problems. Dravid (rightly known as the wall), has been castled 6 times in 8 innings. That is a worry. We now go to Perth & the liklihood of a searing WACA pitch - ouch!

  • POSTED BY amjadmayo on | January 6, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    No.3 battaing postion still little concern for AUS. Khwaja must in for Marsh.

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | January 6, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    WELL UPTIL NOW I WAS AGAINST INDIA SINCE ENGLAND TOUR BUT FROM NOW I WILL SUPPORT INDIA BECAUSE THEY HAVE SHOWN SOME FIGHT BACK IN 2ND INNINGS IT WAS VERY CONVINCING TO SEE INDIA CROSSING 300 AFTER SUCH A LONG TIME .GAUTI , SACHIN , LAXMAN , ASHWIN PLAYED INNINGS BUT NO BODY CONVERT THEM INTO HUNDERDS , DISAPPOINTED BY KOHLI , ITS TIME TO GIVE CHANCE TO ROHIT IN PERTH TEST . WELL PLAYED AUSTRALIA . YOU WERE ALL OVER INDIA FROM FIRST DAY . DHONI NEEDS TO SORT SOLUTIONS TO THE PROBLEMS . HIS OWN BATTING IS UNDER CRTICISM . I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SEE ISHANT

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    Time to review India's test status outside Asia.Really the figures made against them dont mean much.Pup and Punter were sitting ducks barely 12 months back against England.They didnt demolish SA either (although Clarke had a gr8 150).This triple century is only as good as as one made against Bangladesh.And India definitely dont deserve 4 test match series.Aus players (both batsmen and bowlers)will get their averages boosted but remember you are still light years behind England.India is not a team in decline ITS A DECLINED TEAM which fizzled with WC victory.Only Indian selectors and players dont realize this(or feign ignorance).I hope Uas carry these passengers to England fopr Ashes it will be 5-0 in 2k13 with Punter,Hussey,Haddin and all...LOL...this series will prove detrimental to Aus cricket in long term mark my words

  • POSTED BY baskar_guha on | January 6, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    Australia is certainly a good team but I don't see them winning against too many teams outside of Australia. Two reasons - pedestrian spinners and inexperienced and possibly flawed top three. Additionally, who is pressing to replace Ponting and Hussey who will retire in the next 18 months.

  • POSTED BY vshan1314 on | January 6, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    I think its time to either change Captain of India Mr. MS Dhoni or BCCI needs to step up and reduce the Test Match format to a 4-day match when ever India plays against any top order opposition except for teams like Bangladesh, Kenya etc.

    Its pity that a team which was named No. 1 just an year ago is finding it hard to last for complete five days and make scores beyond 300 in any inning's. People are furious about Sachin and make stupid statements like let him get his 100th century so that he will leave International Cricket and make way for youngsters, where as our beloved captain always thinks about breaks, even today after the match he stated "we have 5 days before next match we need to take a break and come back fresh" whereas the old man will put on his pads n go for practice right after he gets up in the morning. So do we want to see a dedicated old man carrying billions of hopes for 2 decades on his shoulders or people who see cricket as just a game and nothing more to them?

  • POSTED BY AidanFX on | January 6, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    Whatever may be said in press conferences and interviews; I have little doubt that Tendulka's 100th 100 is weighing the team terribly. It is compromising his performance - I don't mean this in any sinister way. Every inns he has looked in nonchalant form - and then just got out - there bowled against Siddle was a jaffa. The Indian team cannot wait long enough for him to get it not merely 'because they want it for his sake' but because deep down they know its burdensome to the teams success.

  • POSTED BY JustOUT on | January 6, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    Well done Aus.. Sachin's dream of winning a TEST series in Aus is still dream. This was the last chance for the senior batsmen, but they were beaten graciously.

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | January 6, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    surely australia are ranked at least second now?

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  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | January 6, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    surely australia are ranked at least second now?

  • POSTED BY JustOUT on | January 6, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    Well done Aus.. Sachin's dream of winning a TEST series in Aus is still dream. This was the last chance for the senior batsmen, but they were beaten graciously.

  • POSTED BY AidanFX on | January 6, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    Whatever may be said in press conferences and interviews; I have little doubt that Tendulka's 100th 100 is weighing the team terribly. It is compromising his performance - I don't mean this in any sinister way. Every inns he has looked in nonchalant form - and then just got out - there bowled against Siddle was a jaffa. The Indian team cannot wait long enough for him to get it not merely 'because they want it for his sake' but because deep down they know its burdensome to the teams success.

  • POSTED BY vshan1314 on | January 6, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    I think its time to either change Captain of India Mr. MS Dhoni or BCCI needs to step up and reduce the Test Match format to a 4-day match when ever India plays against any top order opposition except for teams like Bangladesh, Kenya etc.

    Its pity that a team which was named No. 1 just an year ago is finding it hard to last for complete five days and make scores beyond 300 in any inning's. People are furious about Sachin and make stupid statements like let him get his 100th century so that he will leave International Cricket and make way for youngsters, where as our beloved captain always thinks about breaks, even today after the match he stated "we have 5 days before next match we need to take a break and come back fresh" whereas the old man will put on his pads n go for practice right after he gets up in the morning. So do we want to see a dedicated old man carrying billions of hopes for 2 decades on his shoulders or people who see cricket as just a game and nothing more to them?

  • POSTED BY baskar_guha on | January 6, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    Australia is certainly a good team but I don't see them winning against too many teams outside of Australia. Two reasons - pedestrian spinners and inexperienced and possibly flawed top three. Additionally, who is pressing to replace Ponting and Hussey who will retire in the next 18 months.

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    Time to review India's test status outside Asia.Really the figures made against them dont mean much.Pup and Punter were sitting ducks barely 12 months back against England.They didnt demolish SA either (although Clarke had a gr8 150).This triple century is only as good as as one made against Bangladesh.And India definitely dont deserve 4 test match series.Aus players (both batsmen and bowlers)will get their averages boosted but remember you are still light years behind England.India is not a team in decline ITS A DECLINED TEAM which fizzled with WC victory.Only Indian selectors and players dont realize this(or feign ignorance).I hope Uas carry these passengers to England fopr Ashes it will be 5-0 in 2k13 with Punter,Hussey,Haddin and all...LOL...this series will prove detrimental to Aus cricket in long term mark my words

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | January 6, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    WELL UPTIL NOW I WAS AGAINST INDIA SINCE ENGLAND TOUR BUT FROM NOW I WILL SUPPORT INDIA BECAUSE THEY HAVE SHOWN SOME FIGHT BACK IN 2ND INNINGS IT WAS VERY CONVINCING TO SEE INDIA CROSSING 300 AFTER SUCH A LONG TIME .GAUTI , SACHIN , LAXMAN , ASHWIN PLAYED INNINGS BUT NO BODY CONVERT THEM INTO HUNDERDS , DISAPPOINTED BY KOHLI , ITS TIME TO GIVE CHANCE TO ROHIT IN PERTH TEST . WELL PLAYED AUSTRALIA . YOU WERE ALL OVER INDIA FROM FIRST DAY . DHONI NEEDS TO SORT SOLUTIONS TO THE PROBLEMS . HIS OWN BATTING IS UNDER CRTICISM . I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SEE ISHANT

  • POSTED BY amjadmayo on | January 6, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    No.3 battaing postion still little concern for AUS. Khwaja must in for Marsh.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | January 6, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    Great summary. The bowlers did set this match up, Clarke resued it with some great support. The reality is - that this pitch whilst giving some assistance on Day 1, was a batsmen's pitch & for India to lose 20 wickets well inside 4 days (versus Oz 4), showed some serious problems. Dravid (rightly known as the wall), has been castled 6 times in 8 innings. That is a worry. We now go to Perth & the liklihood of a searing WACA pitch - ouch!

  • POSTED BY SRT_GENIUS on | January 6, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    This win was not really convincing.