Australia v India, 3rd Test, Perth January 12, 2012

Hosts eager to seal series

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Match facts


Friday, January 13, WACA
Start time 1030 (0230 GMT)

Big Picture


Once again, Australia arrive in Perth with a 2-0 series lead over India. This time, however, the circumstances are mightily different from those that faced the combatants in 2008. Then the dust was settling from Monkeygate, now the only dust is that of India's fragile batting, which has folded all too easily in four innings so far. Australia's 2008 team were also agitated and distracted by the Harbhajan Singh/Andrew Symonds case, and senior players spent as much time deliberating over that issue as they did worrying about how to defeat India at the WACA. This time Michael Clarke's team is happier, more settled and certainly better focussed on the task of sealing the series. India seem to be lacking the spark that they had entering the '08 match, fuelled as it was by their defence of Harbhajan, who has not made this tour.

The hosts, of course, are not entirely without problems. The inexperienced top order was brushed aside by Zaheer Khan in Sydney, and will need to fight for traction in Perth, while the spinner Nathan Lyon will want to be more impactful than he had been in Melbourne and Sydney. That is, if he is chosen - a well-grassed surface is tempting Clarke and the selectors to consider including Mitchell Starc as well as Ryan Harris for the Test, as a four-man pace attack provided Australia with their only win of last summer's horrid Ashes campaign.

India, meanwhile, have happy memories of the victory in '08, but appear far less galvanised than four summers ago. Ishant Sharma returns to the place where he first made his name, twice dismissing Ricky Ponting in that match, the second time at the end of a spell remembered by all who saw it. So far on this tour he has bowled better than his figures suggest, and may need to bowl a fraction fuller on the bouncy WACA deck to gain the wickets his team needs from him. Among the batsmen, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman are under particular pressure to offer decent support for Sachin Tendulkar, who has looked in fine touch so far, even as he is continually dogged by the barrier of 100 international centuries.

Form guide


Australia: WWLWW (most recent first)
India: LLDWW

Players to watch ...


Ryan Harris is at once Australia's most capable pace bowler and also the team's most tenuous. His battered body succumbed to a hamstring problem in Sri Lanka then a hip ailment in South Africa, cancelling him out of the Test plans for the remainder of 2011 as the team performance manager Pat Howard decreed that Harris had to get fit enough to bowl for five days on the run. To that end he has been eased back into the squad, training in Melbourne, carrying out the duties of 12th man in Sydney and now into the team in Perth where his nine wickets helped bring England briefly to heel last summer. In the absence of the injured James Pattinson, Harris' speed and swing will ask the most impertinent questions of India's batsmen - provided he can stay physically sound.

Depending on what you read, Virender Sehwag is either the reason India's tour is going badly, or the best man to pull his team-mates out of their current slumber. His fearless approach to batting has so far looked chancy in Australia, resulting in one Melbourne innings that was exciting but edgy and three cheap dismissals thereafter. Sehwag has battled to find his best batting rhythm against a concerted attack on his off stump, and can expect more of the same in Perth. However the WACA ground is a place where free-spirited openers can score with tremendous speed once they get going - see Roy Fredericks' effort in 1975-76 for ultimate proof - and Sehwag is well and truly due for a major score.

Team news


The only conundrum for Australia is whether to play the spin of Nathan Lyon or the pace and swing of Mitchell Starc. Though he battled for consistency in his first two Tests against New Zealand, Starc has shown the benefits of time spent with Wasim Akram this week, bending the ball late on a full length, with his high-arm action affording plenty of bounce. Lyon, though, is the sort of spin bowler who may benefit from the WACA's bounce and breeze.

Australia 1 David Warner, 2 Ed Cowan, 3 Shaun Marsh, 4 Ricky Ponting, 5 Michael Clarke (capt), 6 Michael Hussey, 7 Brad Haddin (wk), 8 Peter Siddle, 9 Ryan Harris, 10 Ben Hilfenhaus, 11 Nathan Lyon/Mitchell Starc.

Virat Kohli and VVS Laxman are expected to hold their spots ahead of Rohit Sharma, while Vinay Kumar's fast medium may be considered if India decide on an all-pace attack.

India (probable) 1 Virender Sehwag, 2 Gautam Gambhir, 3 Rahul Dravid, 4 Sachin Tendulkar, 5 VVS Laxman 6 Virat Kohli, 7 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 8 R Ashwin/Vinay Kumar, 9 Zaheer Khan, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Umesh Yadav.

Pitch and conditions


India took some getting used to how green the WACA pitch appeared when they first arrived in Perth, but the January heat should allow it to dry out sufficiently to provide a fair Test surface. Close observation has revealed the grass to be of finer consistency than last year's, which may mean less seam movement than was gained during the Ashes match. Either way, there should be plenty of pace and bounce on offer.

Stats and trivia


  • Michael Clarke, Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey are the only current members of the Australian team to have taken part in the 2008 Perth Test
  • By contrast, India have retained Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, MS Dhoni and Ishant Sharma
  • Tendulkar returns to the scene of one of his most celebrated centuries - 114 against Craig McDermott, Merv Hughes, Mike Whitney and Paul Reiffel on a speedy pitch in 1992
  • A win or a draw would return the Border-Gavaskar Trophy to Australian hands for the first time since 2008

Quotes


"Everyone who comes and watches cricket in Perth wants to see batsmen ducking and weaving out of the way of short balls, batsmen getting great benefit for their shots down the ground, lots of square-of-the-wicket shots being played. If we get a fast, bouncy one [surface] this week, then I'm sure with the batting talent on display you'll see a lot of great highlights throughout."
Ricky Ponting is gleeful about the prospect of a pacy pitch

"It's always nice to come and play in these conditions. It's like an Australian team coming and playing on a rank turner in India, and winning a Test match. We would like to do the same thing again."
Rahul Dravid summons the spirit of '08

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on January 13, 2012, 1:43 GMT

    @ umar saud ... mate - why dont you look at the Indian squad composition before commenting .. Varun Aaron is sitting injured at home in Pune , India - we really miss his pace here else . all we have are fast medium 'seamers' like vinay kumar and mithun who are fromn the karnataka quota. Sad we cant even have an option beyond the three pacers playing . and please dnt get started on Irfan - another converted line and length fastish spinner ala munaf . Fear for the future of indian pace attack .

  • on January 13, 2012, 1:17 GMT

    India Needs Munaf Patel or Praveen.

  • smudgeon on January 13, 2012, 1:08 GMT

    @Meety - I have to agree about Haddin...if he walked the way he talked, we'd have no problems!

  • linusjee on January 13, 2012, 0:53 GMT

    Big mistake I suspect to take Ashwin out. He has actually been one of the more promising batsmen and it is time to nurture a true all rounder, something the Indian selectors have forgotten. Besides, who says spin on a bouncy track will not yield dividends? How about Clarke's ball that took out Tendulkar at the SCG? On a fast, bouncy track, spin may not turn as much but it sure jumps up a good deal from the good length spot and can be a handful for batsmen to handle.

  • coolitbaby on January 13, 2012, 0:20 GMT

    @Sateesh Thota : Do you actually know anything about cricket?

  • peterss on January 13, 2012, 0:15 GMT

    Pity that Rahane did pathetically in the practice matches. Rohit in place of Kholi would be the only change possible. And perhaps next match, Vinay Kumar in place of Yadhav if he doesnt perform well again. Ashwin can retain credentials as a batsmen.

  • GONESREE on January 12, 2012, 23:55 GMT

    I dont really understand why Laxman is targeted and saving is spot in playing 11... he is match saver.... I definitely understand the point for juniors of getting chance...Why people dont point at some other failures Gambir..Shewag...

  • keralatiger on January 12, 2012, 23:51 GMT

    India is still yet to unleash their secret weapon -Vinay kumar, The right arm wrist spinner .He can probably turn things around with his flippers and googles .Ozzies better watchout

  • Yaad_Aa_Gaya_Mujhko_India on January 12, 2012, 23:49 GMT

    Boy was I wrong with the predictions going into this series.. I said India wouldn't lose any matches but its going to be a Oz whitewash. Never have I been so wrong in my 20 year career as a fan of Indian cricket team.

  • zaf100 on January 12, 2012, 23:29 GMT

    Indian players should play for their team rather worrying about personal milestones. Sooner or later Sachin will get his 100 international hundred. He needs to keep playing his normal game and not worry about the final hurdle. Rest of the Indian batsmen seems like pass their sell by date on this tour. It's up to the selectors to decide whether they want to stick with Laxman and Sehwag or bring younger guys and look towards future, because 2nd overseas defeat wouldn't sit well with Indian public. This is Dhoni's biggest test as captain aswell because everybody wants some changes in the team to show some fight. Knowing Dhoni I don't see many changes because failure of seniors will suit his captaincy fine. No serious challengers for captaincy.

  • on January 13, 2012, 1:43 GMT

    @ umar saud ... mate - why dont you look at the Indian squad composition before commenting .. Varun Aaron is sitting injured at home in Pune , India - we really miss his pace here else . all we have are fast medium 'seamers' like vinay kumar and mithun who are fromn the karnataka quota. Sad we cant even have an option beyond the three pacers playing . and please dnt get started on Irfan - another converted line and length fastish spinner ala munaf . Fear for the future of indian pace attack .

  • on January 13, 2012, 1:17 GMT

    India Needs Munaf Patel or Praveen.

  • smudgeon on January 13, 2012, 1:08 GMT

    @Meety - I have to agree about Haddin...if he walked the way he talked, we'd have no problems!

  • linusjee on January 13, 2012, 0:53 GMT

    Big mistake I suspect to take Ashwin out. He has actually been one of the more promising batsmen and it is time to nurture a true all rounder, something the Indian selectors have forgotten. Besides, who says spin on a bouncy track will not yield dividends? How about Clarke's ball that took out Tendulkar at the SCG? On a fast, bouncy track, spin may not turn as much but it sure jumps up a good deal from the good length spot and can be a handful for batsmen to handle.

  • coolitbaby on January 13, 2012, 0:20 GMT

    @Sateesh Thota : Do you actually know anything about cricket?

  • peterss on January 13, 2012, 0:15 GMT

    Pity that Rahane did pathetically in the practice matches. Rohit in place of Kholi would be the only change possible. And perhaps next match, Vinay Kumar in place of Yadhav if he doesnt perform well again. Ashwin can retain credentials as a batsmen.

  • GONESREE on January 12, 2012, 23:55 GMT

    I dont really understand why Laxman is targeted and saving is spot in playing 11... he is match saver.... I definitely understand the point for juniors of getting chance...Why people dont point at some other failures Gambir..Shewag...

  • keralatiger on January 12, 2012, 23:51 GMT

    India is still yet to unleash their secret weapon -Vinay kumar, The right arm wrist spinner .He can probably turn things around with his flippers and googles .Ozzies better watchout

  • Yaad_Aa_Gaya_Mujhko_India on January 12, 2012, 23:49 GMT

    Boy was I wrong with the predictions going into this series.. I said India wouldn't lose any matches but its going to be a Oz whitewash. Never have I been so wrong in my 20 year career as a fan of Indian cricket team.

  • zaf100 on January 12, 2012, 23:29 GMT

    Indian players should play for their team rather worrying about personal milestones. Sooner or later Sachin will get his 100 international hundred. He needs to keep playing his normal game and not worry about the final hurdle. Rest of the Indian batsmen seems like pass their sell by date on this tour. It's up to the selectors to decide whether they want to stick with Laxman and Sehwag or bring younger guys and look towards future, because 2nd overseas defeat wouldn't sit well with Indian public. This is Dhoni's biggest test as captain aswell because everybody wants some changes in the team to show some fight. Knowing Dhoni I don't see many changes because failure of seniors will suit his captaincy fine. No serious challengers for captaincy.

  • on January 12, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    Australia are on a roll in their own backyard. Everything is a clicking for them. I remember in 1998 or later Australia needed 450 plus runs to win the test in Australia and they were up against wasim akram, saq mushtaq, Waqar y. and shoaib akhtar , they still did it.

  • on January 12, 2012, 23:24 GMT

    India are playing good cricket at the moment, but are having hard time turning their effort ino wins. There's no need to panic here as India has a humongous amount of talent sitting back home. Countries like WI, NZ, ZIMBW and BNG need to worry as they lack pool of talented players.

  • kmgnath on January 12, 2012, 23:23 GMT

    Indians failed misireably until this match. The only problem is the openers, India has always performed well when the opening stand is good. There is one more problem, Dravid's tentetive stands at the crease. Is it because , he is expecting short pitched ball next?. Sachin is in great form, I haven't seen him in this form earlier. Can we expect 400 from him? answer is YES and NO. YES --> such a great from, once openers give decent start and see off the new ball, or somebody gives partnerships. NO --> Sachin has predetermine shots once he think he is seeing the ball well, which makes his down fall, on the other hand, Shewag playes the ball on the merit in his own way. Can I expect something from Indian team? sure, either they win this match or heads to roll. My strong bet is on the Indian Opening Batting pair, if they perform well and see of the new ball then, India can perform well. MSD captaincy is very sick in test cricket, may be because of old players on the field.

  • JustIPL on January 12, 2012, 23:21 GMT

    Aussie should seal series when fab4 are still a witness after having extended careers. fab4 have plenty of performances that have contributed to australias decline but aussies are now bouncing back. the best way is to deny SRT the 100th hundred and whitewash as well.

  • Meety on January 12, 2012, 23:01 GMT

    Oz top 3 will need to perform. I base this on the fact that given its not common to score back to back tons, that means our middle order will be highly unlikely to back up a 2nd straight time. So if Oz is to get a big total in the 1st innings, it really needs one of the new guys to perform, (or maybe Haddin puts his performance where his mouth is)!

  • on January 12, 2012, 22:56 GMT

    indian team... why have u brought Varun Arun for?? remove umesh yadav .. keep ashwin he can score runs... n take wicket too.

  • on January 12, 2012, 22:51 GMT

    India needs to be focused upon their team performance rather individual performance. From the beginning of the tour, team india probably looked forward Sachin's 100th 100 not how to play good cricket and win the matches. Besides India required to reshape their squad by involving young cricketers.

  • shahbazhussain on January 12, 2012, 22:51 GMT

    @Kiran Kumar C, you have to wait for that until the Team India comes back home and fulfill your wishes at home. No luck on Australian soil at least this time!

  • Pritt32 on January 12, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    It is imperative India have a good first day. The pitch will favour the bowlers and on these tracks India batmen are very vulnerable. India need to score 350 runs in the first innings if they bat first. If Australia goes past 350 runs in the first innings, India will struggle as their batmen are out of form and Aussie bowling attack is formidable. If they score less than 200 runs in the first innings and allow Australia to take a 200 runs lead, then the game is gone. In terms of selection, India would be better going with all pace attack, but does not pose any threat as Aussie pace attack is a comparatively lot better. India should surrender playing test cricket for some time and not bother playing at Adelaide if they do not show any signs of improvements. Indian fans patient is going very thin. Team India gets your heads down and show some pride. This match is crunch time for the lacklustre Indian cricket team.

  • on January 12, 2012, 22:22 GMT

    Just wish to see good performances from both sides. May the better team win.

  • GMathews on January 12, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    would like to see some changes in the indian batting and bowling attack, dont want to see that loosing eleven again.. hopefully Rahana get achance..

  • MathewsAdelaide on January 12, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    its hard to believe Dhoni or team management scared to make any changes in the last two test LOOSING TEAM COMBINATION. I think they will give chance to Kohli untill he make big score,they dont mind it could be 20- 30 tests,he is the best onday batsman currently India have,if they continue with him in the test this way he might loose his confidence in the ondays too. PLS.. PLS..give a chance to Rohit instead of Kohli in Perth, Rohit was in good form in west indies and india,he could be a part time spinner as well in the absence ofAswin. I wish Vinay kumar and Rahane get a chance to playing eleven. Aswin could be replaced with Vinaykumar, Vinay also can bat little bit. Or retain Aswin also and drop VVS

  • tim_peace on January 12, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    Regarding the batting, in the words of Ravi Shastri, we need to bat (out) sessions from day 1 (not just when trying to avoid innings defeat) starting with Sehwag who must with great responsibility. I found it amusing to see Tendulkar being criticized for his batting when he has topped the Indian Batting and has looked in great touch every time and his series average is the same as his career average. I would like to see how Rohit Sharma handles in the bounce at Perth. On a long term basis, young batsmen must be either given ample opportunity to play in Australia or we must prepare a few bouncy grass tops for our Domestic games so that they dont get embarassed abroad. Playing on such pitches will help the upcoming fast bowlers to know how to control the swing and use the bounce to get wickets abroad. The BCCI must also wake up to the fact that we need more tour matches (than just two 2-day matches) to get used to the conditions as this was the reason for the disaster in England as well

  • on January 12, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    1. V Sehwag, 2. G Gambhir, 3. R Dravid, 4. SR Tendulkar, 5. RG Sharma, 6. VVS Laxman, 7. MS Dhoni*†, 8. P. Ojha/ R. Ashwin 9. Z Khan 10. U Yadav 11. Ishaant Sharma/ A Mithun ++

  • tim_peace on January 12, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    Though he hasnt bowled great, it would be a shame to drop Ashwin as he is second on the Indian Batting Averages and 5th overall which means that only 3 Aussie batsmen (Clarke. Ponting & Hussey) followed by Tendulkar were better than him! Maybe he can be taken in as a batsmen!! Its time Dhoni nominates a senior player or two to talk to the bowlers on the field and pep up the atmosphere during play. It was sad that even Zaheer did not encourage Umesh Yadav and Ishant when they were unable to take any wickets. Also Dhoni must create the pressure by having attacking fields on both sides. Its a shame to watch a genuine pace bowler like Yadav bowl without a slip. This can seriously demoralize a budding young bowler whose potential has to be tapped by giving him some good confidence on the field.

  • on January 12, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    Winnable - : Sehwag(Capt), Gambir, Dravid, Sachin, Rohit, Laxman, Dhobi, Zaheer, Yadav, Vinay, Ojha.

  • on January 12, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    I think Dhoni has not nothing wrong. he is as cool as always.. Its just the batting and bowling which are not clicking and his contribution in overseas games is pretty similar overseas and is consistent with average in 20's and no hundreds in his career. Its again upto Dravid, Sachin and Sehwag to do what they have been doing. Laxman, Kohli and Gambhir might play a good innings to save their careers.Ishanth with 12 wickets in last 6 away matches (bowling friendly conditions) is still being persisted and is expected to be get wicket of ponting again after 4 years.. Rohit who has expreince of playing ODI's in australia is not given a chance. Want o see Rohit and Ojha in 11 .. atleast to try sometihng different.

  • Precioustar84 on January 12, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    Whatever the Aussies consider won't really matter because we, India, will lose either way. It leaves a bitter taste in my mouth but I have to believe in reality. Indians mastered how to win in India to win the World Cup and now have completely forgotten how to play abroad. We were always a decent team travelling abroad but all that was given up when we had a chance to win WC at home as no other hosting team has done before. This is the price we are paying for doing that. But hope that BCCI will change India's cricket schedule for the next 2 years if they ever want to see India win abroad again and get its "decent travelers" status back let alone good travelers.

  • on January 12, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    Cmon India....Fresh morning and a fresh Start..Stun the WACA..U gotta do it..Zaheer,Ishant,Umesh start afresh and even the batsmen around...!!!Things gottu change..Win the attitude.. All the best.... :) Lot of cheers and support......

  • on January 12, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    The problem with Team India is Mental and the Aussies know how to exploit it.Hope Indians sorted out their problem and will show up today to play Cricket and beat a team which is not that great.

  • on January 12, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    india misses Yuvraj and Hrabhajan Singh. They are lions. with them indian teams attitude changes. Ashwin ..and virat dont have it. thats the problem. Bring in Irfan Pathan PLZ PLZ PLZ PLZ PLZ

  • CricketFanInLosAngles on January 12, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    Rohit should replace either Virat or Laxman. Preferrably Virat.

  • harryindia on January 12, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    i ve alwaz been india well wisher but seeing the current situation n form m pretty sure india wil lose in 3 days...

  • on January 12, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    india is going to lose again

  • on January 12, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    Mr. Dhoni - If you see record of this ground, first 2 days good for bowlers and then little assistant to batsman. Another thing whoever bat first, won more matches. BUT just think what is our thing from our side. If we bat and bowled our like Sydney test match then problem, but if we bowl first then there is a good chance to bowled them out on first good bowlers day. so If you won the toss then go for bowl.

  • on January 12, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    Wish to see India Win. Sachin 100, Sehwag, Laxman, Dravid Firing.. All the best Team India.........

  • seantells on January 12, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    let me guess, Oz's are palyed the game n mind game well, Ind is flimsy when it comes to handling all that , i think in 03 days game will be over.

  • on January 12, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    india will lose this match again

  • on January 12, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    Wat ever,,, come on india....

  • BellCurve on January 12, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    Graeme Gooch played Test cricket until he was 41 years and 195 days old. He scored his last century when he was 40 years and 314 days old. Tendulkar is currently 38 years and 264 days old. Taking a read across from Gooch's career, Tendulkar has another 2 years and 50 days to score his 100th 100. He should get there. It's not time to hit the panic button quite yet.

  • on January 12, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    i would choose Rohit over Virat and Vadav for the Ashwin for thsi game.

  • on January 12, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    we want sreesanth also..... his perfrmance in aus. is very gud.. so v vant sreeee

  • mrcool on January 12, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    Indian cricket team selectors are so sure that this match will end in 3 days as they are announcing odi squad after 3 days.

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 12, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    Mark my words.. if India go out with an all pace attack then they will be in trouble. The Indian pacers except Zaheer Khan are not in the same league as Australian pacers. Ishant Sharma is currently without rhythm, Umesh Yadav is good but has lack of experience, Karnataka 'pacers' Vinay Kumar and Mithun are average. So it's a pathetic bench for India. I still feel India should play one spinner because Indian bowling operates decently with some variety. Ojha would be the best choice since Ashwin has proven useless so far. Can't blame Ashwin because Australia has always been cruel to spinners. So 3 fast bowlers along with Pragyan Ojha is the way to go. I can't believe captain 'cool' hasn't still checked out the pitch. This shows the carefree attitude of team India which worries me. This isn't some recreational activity.

  • truth1 on January 12, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    Bets wishes and Good luck to Indian brothers.

  • on January 12, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    why the title is HOSTS EAGER TO SEAL THE SERIES.... it should be VISITORS EAGER TO FIGHT BACK......... come on india IT IS YOUR TIME IN PERTH ..... but to be honest india will have to raise the standard of the quality of test cricket they have been playing in the recent past.... most importantly batsmen will have to deliver and score at least 400 in first innings if they bat first....

  • mmrrr27 on January 12, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    india have a PACE attack? thats definitely news to me..

  • on January 12, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    india is ready for another Bistee Kharab Event.

  • on January 12, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    Its going be a humiliating defeat again. I doubt if India make 200 runs if they bat first. What hurts a die hard fan like me me is the manner in which India fold up abroad on seaming wickets…it has become a routine….what is even more appalling is that the most powerful boards in the world makes no effort to change the nature of pitches in our domestic cricket.

  • TRAM on January 12, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    It doesn't matter what the zillion fans and older generation players yell from the bottom of their stomach, the playing XI will be unchanged. Because, one 50+ score is enough for all senior batsmen to hold on to their position for next 20 matches. Where as newcomers, for example Badri, even if he scores a 50+ on his debut against Styn & Morkel, will be thrown out if he fails in his next 2 innings.

  • on January 12, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    india wins its real we know

  • on January 12, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    australia dont have fire power in their batting to score on fast pitches....ausie will lose terribly..

  • on January 12, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    Aussies will go with their pace attack and try to hold gavasker/border trophy and also looking for 4-0 victory. come onnnnn aussies chak day phattay

  • Andanio on January 12, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    Indian Team has some fond memories of this place, but this time when they walk out they have to be cautious. Its Perth, the seam and swing balling track, they are two games down in the series but most importantly they have to be worried of the seam specialist Ryan Harris. Its this ground where he played a major role in 2010-11 Ashes series. He is going to charge in with lots of confidence, being on top in the series and to prove himself. Indian batsmen should spend analyzing his action and balls before walking in to Bat. MSD has to put his act together and also explain Viru about his role in the team. Playing Kohli is a wise decision keeping in mind its a long term investment for the Team. However to play Ashwin or not should be decided only based on the assurances of the Indian Batsmen that they will extend the game to fifth day. Australia is riding high and they should go for the kill to prove their supremacy.

  • givemefood on January 12, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    Goodbye Dravid. I predict poor scores from you. And that too @ a SR of 36 or under. Granted that Kris Srikanth tried to get you back (insipid decision) into ODIs but recollect how BCCI had dropped you earlier thereby ending your ODI career. I don't see your end with Test Cricket any different. Oh.. goodbye VVS as well.

  • on January 12, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    rohit sharma should be there in place of virat kohli

  • stormy16 on January 12, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    Yes Aus come to Perth on a high but lets not carried away this is the same team that failed to beat NZa few weeks ago and had some serious batting horrors in the middle order which thankfully seem to be past them. Yes Sewag again is a key but I feel Ishant is due for something big and the WACA wicket could be his best chance. Dont think the fancied Indian batting order is looking forward to this wicket and if Aus can get a decent score I cant see India pushing them over. The key will be Sewag of course and if the Indian attack can keep Aus to a decent total as I feel the Aus attack will keep India to managable totals.

  • on January 12, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    we will win this match

  • Romenevans on January 12, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    Tendulkar won't retire until his son Arjun makes it in the Indian team. So the record obsession continues from one generation to another. Pheww! hopeless situation.

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  • Romenevans on January 12, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    Tendulkar won't retire until his son Arjun makes it in the Indian team. So the record obsession continues from one generation to another. Pheww! hopeless situation.

  • on January 12, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    we will win this match

  • stormy16 on January 12, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    Yes Aus come to Perth on a high but lets not carried away this is the same team that failed to beat NZa few weeks ago and had some serious batting horrors in the middle order which thankfully seem to be past them. Yes Sewag again is a key but I feel Ishant is due for something big and the WACA wicket could be his best chance. Dont think the fancied Indian batting order is looking forward to this wicket and if Aus can get a decent score I cant see India pushing them over. The key will be Sewag of course and if the Indian attack can keep Aus to a decent total as I feel the Aus attack will keep India to managable totals.

  • on January 12, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    rohit sharma should be there in place of virat kohli

  • givemefood on January 12, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    Goodbye Dravid. I predict poor scores from you. And that too @ a SR of 36 or under. Granted that Kris Srikanth tried to get you back (insipid decision) into ODIs but recollect how BCCI had dropped you earlier thereby ending your ODI career. I don't see your end with Test Cricket any different. Oh.. goodbye VVS as well.

  • Andanio on January 12, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    Indian Team has some fond memories of this place, but this time when they walk out they have to be cautious. Its Perth, the seam and swing balling track, they are two games down in the series but most importantly they have to be worried of the seam specialist Ryan Harris. Its this ground where he played a major role in 2010-11 Ashes series. He is going to charge in with lots of confidence, being on top in the series and to prove himself. Indian batsmen should spend analyzing his action and balls before walking in to Bat. MSD has to put his act together and also explain Viru about his role in the team. Playing Kohli is a wise decision keeping in mind its a long term investment for the Team. However to play Ashwin or not should be decided only based on the assurances of the Indian Batsmen that they will extend the game to fifth day. Australia is riding high and they should go for the kill to prove their supremacy.

  • on January 12, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    Aussies will go with their pace attack and try to hold gavasker/border trophy and also looking for 4-0 victory. come onnnnn aussies chak day phattay

  • on January 12, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    australia dont have fire power in their batting to score on fast pitches....ausie will lose terribly..

  • on January 12, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    india wins its real we know

  • TRAM on January 12, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    It doesn't matter what the zillion fans and older generation players yell from the bottom of their stomach, the playing XI will be unchanged. Because, one 50+ score is enough for all senior batsmen to hold on to their position for next 20 matches. Where as newcomers, for example Badri, even if he scores a 50+ on his debut against Styn & Morkel, will be thrown out if he fails in his next 2 innings.