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

Australia undecided on all-pace attack

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Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon might have to wait until the morning of the match to find out which of them will carry the drinks for the third Test against India in Perth. The Australians trained on Thursday afternoon at the WACA and were greeted by a pitch that had lost some of its colour from the previous day but was still green enough to encourage the fast men.

Australia played four fast bowlers against England last summer and won on a similar surface. However, the curator Cameron Sutherland said it was important not to read too much into the green tinge, which was partly caused by a new type of grass the WACA groundstaff had used over the past few years, and Australia's captain Michael Clarke said selection would be tough.

"We haven't selected a team yet," Clarke said when the Australians arrived at training on Thursday. "I haven't even seen the wicket today. I'll make sure I have a look before training and we'll make our decision tomorrow morning."

Asked what he would need to see to encourage him to play four fast men, Clarke said: "Exactly what I saw yesterday: a wicket that was pretty hard and had a lot of grass ... and we'll give it another day as well, see how it pans out the rest of the afternoon and have tomorrow morning to make the decision."

Conventional wisdom would suggest that India's batsmen would have more trouble against an all-pace attack on a pitch expected to offer plenty of bounce. The offspinner, Lyon, has taken only two wickets in the series and has spoken of how challenging it has been to bowl against India's batsmen due to their quick hands and ability to score anywhere around the wicket.

However, Clarke said he did not feel India would necessarily be more susceptible to pace at the WACA than spin, and he said he was loath to enter any Test without a slow-bowling option.

Whatever the Australians decide, they will be pleased to regain Ryan Harris, who took nine wickets in the Perth victory last summer. Harris has been sidelined since the first Test of the South African tour in November with a hip problem, and has had a string of other injuries during his short international career. He has spoken of his nerves at the possibility that he could break down again, but Clarke is confident Harris enters the Perth Test in a good space, physically.

"We get Ryan Harris back, who is as good a fast bowler as I've played with through my career and he's had a lot of success," Clarke said. "Being a fast bowler is much tougher than being a batsman, on your body, the actual workload and the pressure that goes through your body when you're bowling. Rhino bowls high 140ks and runs in hard.

"In series like this, when you have back-to-back Test matches, there's always extra strain on the guys. It's more so for fast bowlers. I'd love to see Rhino play every Test match now for the rest of his career but who knows how long it's going to go for. He's in a really good place, he's fit and strong at the moment. He's bowling as good as I've seen in the nets and I know he's looking forward to this opportunity."

The inclusion of Harris will be part of a straight swap for James Pattinson, who has been ruled out of the rest of the series with a foot injury. That leaves the Lyon-Starc decision as the only issue for Australia's selectors and Clarke said he believed Starc, who made his Test debut against New Zealand in December, had a bright future for Australia.

"Mitchell is a very talented young player," Clarke said. "We've seen him have a little bit of success over the last 12 months, whether it be first-class cricket, domestic cricket or for Australia. I think he's got a bright future for Australia. He bowls left-arm, he's quite tall and a very strong boy. He bowls good pace.

"It is certainly an advantage to have that option, even in this Test match, to give him an opportunity or to go with our spinner. But I think you're going to see a lot more of Mitchell over the next few years, that's for sure."

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on January 13, 2012, 2:22 GMT

    if starc bowls short of a length in Perth, he will be punished - the secret is good length and let the bounce kill them. As for Lyon vs Starc - Lyon is hopeless and Clarke turned to himself and Hussey more in Sydney (says a lot) - so I would have preferred to see Ben Cutting or Harris get a run. Wont matter - it will be over in 3 days and the fourth bowler will be the 'rest' and change of end bowler

  • Marcio on January 13, 2012, 2:09 GMT

    I see they've gone with Starc, which is probably the best decision. I do think Lyon is a potentially very good spin bowler, so they should look after him. But for this game, given the wicket and the way the Indians have played fast bowlers so far, Starc is a smart choice.

  • funkybluesman on January 13, 2012, 1:20 GMT

    Prior to Warne coming along Australia would pretty much always play four quicks at the WACA. It was only Warne being the bowler he was that they would keep the slow bowler in for really pace friendly conditions. Lyon actually shows a lot of promise and could do well, but he isn't a Warne that screams for inclusion even on the most pace-friendly conditions. In Sydney it was like Clarke finally brought him on when he absolutely needed to because he'd bowled the three quicks as much as possible. If Watson was in the team providing a fourth seamer, then you'd probably keep the spinner, but against a team like India, unless it's really spinning conditions or you have a spinner of Warne's calibre, then it's better to go with the seam attack.

  • Micgyver on January 13, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    Agree with Redneck,if Watson was playing,play Lyon.But im all for the 4 paceys playing.

  • smudgeon on January 13, 2012, 1:07 GMT

    I quite liked what I saw of Starc against the Kiwis. It's a bit naive of people to expect that he's going to be the finished product in his first two tests, especially so young (although I can understand why, given the debuts of Cummins & Pattinson). I'd like to see him get another run, although I feel that perhaps he'll have to wait his turn as the current mix of bowlers is working well. As appealing as the idea of four quicks sounds, you kind of have to weigh up whether it's better to go with Lyon & let him sink or swim against the best players of spin. He's a smart kid, and you can tell he's learning with every match. For the Indians, I would like to see them swap Ashwin for Ojha, rather than the adding another quick. I just have a feeling that spin is going to play a key role in this test. And not just by way of another of Sehwag's "mystery ball" he unveiled in Sydney :)

  • landl47 on January 13, 2012, 0:55 GMT

    I'm always sad to see a side go into a test with no spinner. Spin is an essential part of cricket, especially test cricket, and a game where there is no place for a spinner is the poorer for it. Australia has a problem in that Lyon isn't close to being a top-class spinner; in the 2 games so far he has two tailend wickets for 180 and, even more problematically, has gone for 4 an over, so he hasn't been able to keep an end tight. Still, since Aus without Watson haven't got a real all-rounder, Aus can't play 5 bowlers and I think Lyon will be out. Fortunately I don't think there's any way India will drop Ashwin; he's a defensive rather than an attacking bowler, but he does bowl fairly tight and he's looked a better batsman than some of India's alleged batting stars.

  • Rooboy on January 13, 2012, 0:22 GMT

    lol Sir_Freddie_Flintoff!! Lyon's test bowling average is just over one run per wicket more than the so called 'best spinner in the world', Swann. Just goes to show how overrated Swann is when his test average is barely superior to a club cricketer ...

  • redneck on January 13, 2012, 0:00 GMT

    if we had watson id be for playing lyon but we dont so i think we should go with 4 quicks with clarke to roll the arm over if needed! hussey isnt a bowler and shouldnt be used as one!

  • kempy21 on January 12, 2012, 23:55 GMT

    The longer term picture needs to be looked at here. The main difference between Lyon and Starc (bowling styles aside) is that Lyon is viewed as the #1 spinning option going forward, whereas Starc would be in amongst 3-4 young bowlers ready to take that next step in a few years. In my opinion we need to be putting Lyon's development ahead of Starc's and Lyon needs to play against the best opposition he can. Which are the Indians. There is a long line of fast bowlers in the country who will be vying for selection or re-selection (when fit) (Johnson, Cummins, Pattinson, Cutting, Hazelwood, Faulkner, Copeland, Starc) and it would be folly to give one of those bowlers a chance for 1 test for the sake of your #1 young and developing spinner - who has performed very well against SL, SA and NZ prior to leaner times here.

  • bitofcricket on January 12, 2012, 23:31 GMT

    lol Sir Freddie. Just keep hoping the tour of India was an anomoly!

  • on January 13, 2012, 2:22 GMT

    if starc bowls short of a length in Perth, he will be punished - the secret is good length and let the bounce kill them. As for Lyon vs Starc - Lyon is hopeless and Clarke turned to himself and Hussey more in Sydney (says a lot) - so I would have preferred to see Ben Cutting or Harris get a run. Wont matter - it will be over in 3 days and the fourth bowler will be the 'rest' and change of end bowler

  • Marcio on January 13, 2012, 2:09 GMT

    I see they've gone with Starc, which is probably the best decision. I do think Lyon is a potentially very good spin bowler, so they should look after him. But for this game, given the wicket and the way the Indians have played fast bowlers so far, Starc is a smart choice.

  • funkybluesman on January 13, 2012, 1:20 GMT

    Prior to Warne coming along Australia would pretty much always play four quicks at the WACA. It was only Warne being the bowler he was that they would keep the slow bowler in for really pace friendly conditions. Lyon actually shows a lot of promise and could do well, but he isn't a Warne that screams for inclusion even on the most pace-friendly conditions. In Sydney it was like Clarke finally brought him on when he absolutely needed to because he'd bowled the three quicks as much as possible. If Watson was in the team providing a fourth seamer, then you'd probably keep the spinner, but against a team like India, unless it's really spinning conditions or you have a spinner of Warne's calibre, then it's better to go with the seam attack.

  • Micgyver on January 13, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    Agree with Redneck,if Watson was playing,play Lyon.But im all for the 4 paceys playing.

  • smudgeon on January 13, 2012, 1:07 GMT

    I quite liked what I saw of Starc against the Kiwis. It's a bit naive of people to expect that he's going to be the finished product in his first two tests, especially so young (although I can understand why, given the debuts of Cummins & Pattinson). I'd like to see him get another run, although I feel that perhaps he'll have to wait his turn as the current mix of bowlers is working well. As appealing as the idea of four quicks sounds, you kind of have to weigh up whether it's better to go with Lyon & let him sink or swim against the best players of spin. He's a smart kid, and you can tell he's learning with every match. For the Indians, I would like to see them swap Ashwin for Ojha, rather than the adding another quick. I just have a feeling that spin is going to play a key role in this test. And not just by way of another of Sehwag's "mystery ball" he unveiled in Sydney :)

  • landl47 on January 13, 2012, 0:55 GMT

    I'm always sad to see a side go into a test with no spinner. Spin is an essential part of cricket, especially test cricket, and a game where there is no place for a spinner is the poorer for it. Australia has a problem in that Lyon isn't close to being a top-class spinner; in the 2 games so far he has two tailend wickets for 180 and, even more problematically, has gone for 4 an over, so he hasn't been able to keep an end tight. Still, since Aus without Watson haven't got a real all-rounder, Aus can't play 5 bowlers and I think Lyon will be out. Fortunately I don't think there's any way India will drop Ashwin; he's a defensive rather than an attacking bowler, but he does bowl fairly tight and he's looked a better batsman than some of India's alleged batting stars.

  • Rooboy on January 13, 2012, 0:22 GMT

    lol Sir_Freddie_Flintoff!! Lyon's test bowling average is just over one run per wicket more than the so called 'best spinner in the world', Swann. Just goes to show how overrated Swann is when his test average is barely superior to a club cricketer ...

  • redneck on January 13, 2012, 0:00 GMT

    if we had watson id be for playing lyon but we dont so i think we should go with 4 quicks with clarke to roll the arm over if needed! hussey isnt a bowler and shouldnt be used as one!

  • kempy21 on January 12, 2012, 23:55 GMT

    The longer term picture needs to be looked at here. The main difference between Lyon and Starc (bowling styles aside) is that Lyon is viewed as the #1 spinning option going forward, whereas Starc would be in amongst 3-4 young bowlers ready to take that next step in a few years. In my opinion we need to be putting Lyon's development ahead of Starc's and Lyon needs to play against the best opposition he can. Which are the Indians. There is a long line of fast bowlers in the country who will be vying for selection or re-selection (when fit) (Johnson, Cummins, Pattinson, Cutting, Hazelwood, Faulkner, Copeland, Starc) and it would be folly to give one of those bowlers a chance for 1 test for the sake of your #1 young and developing spinner - who has performed very well against SL, SA and NZ prior to leaner times here.

  • bitofcricket on January 12, 2012, 23:31 GMT

    lol Sir Freddie. Just keep hoping the tour of India was an anomoly!

  • Meety on January 12, 2012, 23:27 GMT

    @ Sir_Freddie_Flintoff - I would suggest you focus on your boys in Asia matey, as they almost got beat by a bunch of amateurs & semi-pro's during the week & your "Lions" got rolled by Bangladesh A. So me thinks your 'talent' base is not that great, particularly given that the Pakistan Z team rolled your boys for less than 300 is pretty weak! LOL!!!!!

  • Meety on January 12, 2012, 23:18 GMT

    @AidanFX - Interestingly the great Richie Benaud says a sinner is a must with the Freo Doctor. I remember Monty Panesar doing very well here a few years back (albeit a slower WACA pitch). In the preview they were saying the grass was of a finer nature than during the Ashes so I am not as convinced a 4-prong attack is the way to go. Whilst I can't wait for Coulter-Nile to have a crack (would of been nice if it had been against the Indians on his home pitch), I think Cutting would of made the squad for this test if he had of been fit. Coulter-Nile can't be far off. @RandyOz - Coulter-Nile has been talked about since just before the Ashes last year, he isn't a secret. @Gordon Booth - my recollections of a "typical" WACA pitch is that its not easy to make big scores, so runs do flow fairly quickly, but pace bowlers always seem to see enough to stay interested.

  • dsig3 on January 12, 2012, 23:15 GMT

    I would usually say Lyon but he just isnt bowling enough overs in the last few matches. He needs to be able to give the other guys a rest even if he is not taking wickets. Maybe Starc can be tried, if the pitch is green it cant hurt and he will swing the ball.

  • dunger.bob on January 12, 2012, 22:47 GMT

    @ Sir_Freddie_Flintoff: Yes indeed, the Aussies are worse than hopeless. Not a threat to anyone, let alone the greatest team that has ever been or ever will be (that's your guys BTW).

    I can't see any reason for you to pick your best 11 next time you play us. I mean, why risk injury to one of your super-duper-mega stars when you're only playing against the Aussies. It's sort of beneath them, isn't it.

  • on January 12, 2012, 21:53 GMT

    Everybody's down on Starc because he bowled a bit short of a length to the Kiwis - have you seen the way India have been playing the short ball so far this series? He's a no-brainer selection as far as I'm concerned...

  • Aubm on January 12, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    Go with Lyon, neither are going to take any wickets, so may as well go with the guy who will get through his overs quickly.

  • NostroGustro on January 12, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    Starc looked average against the Kiwis, would be cannon fodder and a release valve for the Indians. Having said that, so would Lyon. Clarke appeals as the slow option, and the balance of the team looks better with him as the 5th (or 4th) bowler.

  • on January 12, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    I think India should be happier side if Aussie plays a spinner, b'coz at least there is a one bowler that they feel comfortable against!!

  • Nigels on January 12, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    Personally i feel they can go for an all pace attack...the captain can enter the fray with his occassional left armers which are better than Lyon's who has been pretty average so far...

  • AJ_Tiger86 on January 12, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    Lol! Starc, Lyon!! Just goes to show how pathetic Australian cricket is right now when these club cricketers are picked in the test XI.

  • BustIPL on January 12, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    Aussies should keep the winning combination against India and continue to be relentless. It will give Lyon confidence to attack already battered indian batsmen who will have to prove that they are good against spin while they have given in so far in face of challenges outside their backyard. Lyon bowled only 17 & 5.5 probing overs in the first test and 8 & 20 in the second test. So, he had little chance to have a go at indian batsmen while fastmen were relishing on success most of the time. Despite that he got 2 wickets and maintained good economy rate. Furthermore, while three quicks were 'good enough' for indian batting on the comparatively less pacy pitches then they should be 'more than good enough' in perth.

  • Noboundary on January 12, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    Having 4 pacers means there will be atleast fresh all the time....not a great news for India on a fast bouncy pitch! Our fast bowlers are not as lethal as theirs.... but I expect the test to be a low scoring one... Australia won't bat great.. but we would score even less and lose the game! Dhoni as captian will ensure that!

  • bumsonseats on January 12, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    seems like the captain has changed his mind over which mitch he wants playing for him only a few month ago he was all for MJ now its MS he wants for the next few years. excuse me is MS the same bowler that got 4 wickets against NZ. im sorry on that showing MJ would be better waiting for. did not see much in him to think hes he could be any better. thats for sure as the captain would say.dpk

  • shix on January 12, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    the pitch looks same,the one we saw at Hobart against New Zealand, but there was overcast. here it seems different, hope it will be a good sun out there. i think starc will play tomorrow. also Michael Clarke & Hussey will play an important role as a part timers. so nothing to worry about keeping the seamers fresh.

  • stormy16 on January 12, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    Unless I am missing something its gota be Starc. The pitch condition and oppositionsuggest unless Warne, you will play an extra seamer. What are you expecting Lyon to do on a greenish pitch against the Indians - easily the bestplayers of spin. Put it this way - ask the Indians who they would rather see in the team andI am sure all eleven will vote for Lyon. Do we really think they would like a left armer comming at them on a fast bouncy pitch - its a pretty straight forward call.

  • AussieGreek on January 12, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    play starc, he bowled brilliantly in the big bash match in sydney with plenty of bounce swing and venom. Will be a surprise package in perth. Can then pick our best three quicks in Adelaide and Lyon can play again. Australia is really missing Watson as a bowler.

  • Texmex on January 12, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    On a greentop Aus batsmen are susceptible too. I think Indian batsmen will play shots. Should be interesting. Lot of hype around this test. Typical Australia.

  • Matt. on January 12, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    lyon can at least hold up an end. starc just relieves pressure. constant pressure is what has undone the indians so far

  • bumsonseats on January 12, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    the old adage if 3 pace bowlers cannot get 10 wickets,then neither will 4. play 3 pace and 1 spin, thats if your spinner good enough. i think indias is but, oh lyon not sure hes anyway near to be any good against players of spin bowling yet. or any time really, i think others should be looked at. dpk

  • Max_Broder on January 12, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    I think that Vinay Kumar will be easy meat for the Aussies, India's selectors will sure rue the fact that they did not take Irfan Pathan. I don't see India winning this test unless three batsmen score centuries, and get a considerable first innings lead over the Aussies.

  • Marcio on January 12, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    I think the pitch will suit both these bowlers. A lot of aussies underrate Lyon: he is a very good bowler, and AUS must look after him. Starc is also very promising, despite what some have written here, and he would be a real handful on this pitch. But he is raw. So its a bit of a gamble.

  • Slobberdog on January 12, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    What a choice: one guy who can barely pitch it on the square vs another who's taken 2 wickets (numbers 10 & 11) for 180.

  • on January 12, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    my vote is for Starc, he should be in the playing 11, plus the Indian batting lineup has most of the time crumbled against left arm fast bowlers, plus starc has the advantage of his height and if at any stage, spin bowling is required, clark can chip in a few overs himself, this is will an attacking outlook for aussies

  • RandyOZ on January 12, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    AidanFX - glad I am not the only one seeing the potential in Coulter-Nile.

  • DamieninFrance on January 12, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    Pace battery looks good, not to mention a future line-up of any mix of Hilfenhaus, Siddle, Pattinson and Cummins! Would love Harris amongst that group, but age and fragility mean he's always going to be a match(winner) by match(winner) option. Honestly, would love to see the Indian selectors take a punt and bring in some youth. No disrespect to the ageing Indian batsmen, but with the lack of international experience afforded younger Indian cricketers, it's hard to see India retaining their aura of greatness for much longer.

  • Ishaan1 on January 12, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    Whatever the scenario India have got to get Vinay Kumar or Mithun in coz the Aussies are playing Ashwin far too easily..sorry to say. And I would get Rohit Sharma in for Virat Kohli coz Rohit has the experience of playing here on India's last tour down under whereas Virat is struggling

  • buggyboy on January 12, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    If Pattinson wasn't injured then it would have been a clear choice for 4 quicks.

  • on January 12, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    Pity that Starc is the only other option in the squad. Someone like Clint McKay would have been a much easier choice. Starc has had his chance and blew it. It'd be a huge risk to give Starc another try at this stage, even if the pitch is helpful. Lyon has been very good the past year. Tough choice but I'd be leaning towards the proven performer even if the pitch and conditions might not help him. Lyon should play.

  • plod on January 12, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    Geez a lot of uneducated observers out there, Nathan LYON has bowled well enough in his very short test cricket career to be persevered with. After all, why is Brad HADDIN's shocking form being overlooked? What's he close to getting some long service leave? I have Nathan LYON in all of his test matches and I like what I see. He gives the ball a decent rip and isn't frightened to give it some air. Mitchell Starc bowls like Mitchell Johnson, not a lot of thought process, bang the ball in short, bowl a lot of nothing deliveries, not a strike bowler. I see a lot of excellent quicks in Shield cricket who are ahead of Starc, but, are not getting looked at. Luke Faulkner, is a good allrounder, a lefty who is a thinking bowler. He has a lot more upside than Starc has. I'd put Gary Putland from SA up against Starc. Yeah ridiculous isn't it. Yet PUTLAND does swing it and pitches it up!! So riddle me this Batman, why is STARC in the test squad?

  • on January 12, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    playing 4 seamers is a good idea as long as u can bowl the opposition out cheaply,but when things get tough,once the batsmen start scoring tons,4 seamers strategy can hurt the bowling team ...... i would recommend 3+1 combination

  • on January 12, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    Readers should realise it's been 34c+ for a week now,while the wicket may do a bit earlt,it normally settles into a batting belter for those who get behind the ball and play straight,Sachin Tendulkar being one.To include Starc would be risky,although Johnson picked up 9 last year,Lyon could bowl vital overs,flight and bounce being the key,turn at the WACA is scarce,unless you're Shane Warne.Even then Warnie relied on flight & bounce more than turn.Tomorrow is forecast as cloudy & 35c,so expect it to be 45c+ in the centre.Michael Clarke,newly popular & more highly respected says he is reluctant to bowl first or play without a spinner,I do agree,spinners have had some success at the ground.We must give this bunch of players time to develop,not put the boots in as soon as they lose a game.

  • Sunjive on January 12, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    I am amazed that the Aussies are even contemplating whether they should or should not go in with a 4 Pace Bowlers attack..!! The Choice is Clear-For all to see- The Pitch and the Indians' vulnerability to Pace. And surely Clarke can turn in with some overs to maintain the Overs Rate... having taken the Prize Wicket of none other than Sachin ! Or is ..Michael Clarke doing MS Dhoni a ..."favour"?

  • vivek_khyati on January 12, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    australia have the luxury to take brave decisions.. one way of overcoming this decision can be to go with all 4 and still have lyon, and drop marsh who is not in good touch.. with clarke, ponting and hussey in such ominous form, they can manage without marsh.. still, i feel going with full battery of pace attack will be a good option, as it is an open fact that indian batsmen are vulnerable to pace and bounce.. clarke and hussey can provide rest to pacers (of course, if required !!)

  • x-squire-x on January 12, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    big gamble to include an average spinner like lyon on a pitch that looks like this, pity cummins and pat could'nt play, starc is also average but a better choice than lyon.

  • satish619chandar on January 12, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Lyon.. Having 4 seamers ll actually disrupt the roles now as the captain cant be sure of how and whom to use as his attacking bowler.. Surely one bowler ll be underbowled.. Better they can stick with same combo.. Lyon and Clarke ll provide breather for the fast bowlers to come and attack when tired.. I dont think they need 4 to do it as the current 3+1 combo is doing fine..

  • eyballfallenout on January 12, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    personally i would go the 4 quicks, because i believe in taking the 4 best bowlers into a match that will get you the wickets. the pitch is good for pace so go for it. Like in India can go in with 3 spinners if they have the best chance of wickets.

  • aussiecricketlover on January 12, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    i would probably go with LYON tbh.... i just dont think Mitchell starc is good enough.

  • on January 12, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    It is going to be 4-0. I can feel it.

  • on January 12, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    Dhoni should be more aggressive in perth to win ,Like India won the match under Kumble's Leadership. Drop kohli and bring rohit and in bowling drop Ashwin and replace with Vinay Kumar as Aussies are going with 4 fasters we dont need spin in perth like rohith and shewag will bowls if required,BEST OF LUCK India will ROCKS

  • Potatis on January 12, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    I hope they play Starc, and if the pitch turns at all in the match, Clarke can bowl himself.

  • Bone101 on January 12, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    I think Starc should get another shot by the look of the pitch.

  • jonesy2 on January 12, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    starc on this pitch is a no brainer. he would reek havoc

  • on January 12, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    starc can get Sachin out easily. He is tall and strong. Lyon is a total waste against India.

  • on January 12, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    I think Indian Fans don't have any rights to complain anything about the pitch as they too prepare favorable pitches to them when they play in India. I think we should give credits to Aussies as they are not preparing anything special against Indian team, these are the nature of Australian pitches. 4-0 is confirmed also look like no match will dragged to fourth day Tea

  • on January 12, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    wow!!!!!!!! that pitch look greener than any indian ground's outfield....... nightmare waiting for our batsmen........ though i wish best luck ........ ( not to win bt not get injured and bleed )

  • pj3000 on January 12, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    I'd prefer Lyon to play instead of Starc, but I won't be too fussed if we go in with four quicks. Just happy to see Harris back. Hope he takes a bagful.

  • Cricket.Nellore on January 12, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    If pitch behaves awkward with green grass on it (fibre grass! what he says) then it is very very intentional !!! Curator, CA are reponsible.

  • on January 12, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    The pitch seems to beautiful to see..Pacers of both the team will excited to see how things goes on... especially Ishant..Need to see the carry of ishant...Dhoni should vicely use his bowlers...If he hits it right, it would be bingo for india!! Indian batsmen need to be careful as should be the aussies!!! For now its even-steven!!!!

  • on January 12, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    Aus will win within 3/4 days whether they play 4 man pace attack or not.Now the point to be noted is about the "cheap runs" on offer against Indian bowlers.If Warner scores a 100 against Indian peddlers will he be the next big thing becasue of a blinder at pacy WACA.Warne once blamed Murli of taking cheap wickets against weaker nations.Every test side which gets a chance to play India is also getting that chance w.r.t batting now which should definitely be noted.Cricinfo just published a few memorable test knocks of last year.Highest tons(by Clarke and Bell) did not find a mention.probably it had to do with the opposition(India).time to reconsider India's test status overseas..well batsmen too may look clueless now but there the fault lies beyond them becasue all of them had proved their mettle atleast once before and if the team is still carrying those old jaded legs..its a different issue...please publish..

  • AidanFX on January 12, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    Well Given CA say they are implementing a "rotation policy" - now might be the time utilize it. I think Lyon has played every game from SL 1st Test - traveled to SL, SA and back home for another four Tests. Give him a rest. Moreover Harris as good as he is and class a bowler that he might be - one always bites their fingers the dude will break down mid game. Bring in an extra Seamer to cover him - (Starc seems to be the only guy on the selectors list - we may say Coulter-Nile but not an option here so Starc it is). Clarke will have to Bowl some overs. Bring Lyon back for Adelaide; which might be more useful for him on slower flatter wicket - especially 2nd inns where spinners come into the game more on that wicket. Horses for courses and rotation policy in one. The ptich is not only quick so I hear it is also has grass - a left armer with natural bounce on that pitch could be a nightmare for any good batsman.

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  • AidanFX on January 12, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    Well Given CA say they are implementing a "rotation policy" - now might be the time utilize it. I think Lyon has played every game from SL 1st Test - traveled to SL, SA and back home for another four Tests. Give him a rest. Moreover Harris as good as he is and class a bowler that he might be - one always bites their fingers the dude will break down mid game. Bring in an extra Seamer to cover him - (Starc seems to be the only guy on the selectors list - we may say Coulter-Nile but not an option here so Starc it is). Clarke will have to Bowl some overs. Bring Lyon back for Adelaide; which might be more useful for him on slower flatter wicket - especially 2nd inns where spinners come into the game more on that wicket. Horses for courses and rotation policy in one. The ptich is not only quick so I hear it is also has grass - a left armer with natural bounce on that pitch could be a nightmare for any good batsman.

  • on January 12, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    Aus will win within 3/4 days whether they play 4 man pace attack or not.Now the point to be noted is about the "cheap runs" on offer against Indian bowlers.If Warner scores a 100 against Indian peddlers will he be the next big thing becasue of a blinder at pacy WACA.Warne once blamed Murli of taking cheap wickets against weaker nations.Every test side which gets a chance to play India is also getting that chance w.r.t batting now which should definitely be noted.Cricinfo just published a few memorable test knocks of last year.Highest tons(by Clarke and Bell) did not find a mention.probably it had to do with the opposition(India).time to reconsider India's test status overseas..well batsmen too may look clueless now but there the fault lies beyond them becasue all of them had proved their mettle atleast once before and if the team is still carrying those old jaded legs..its a different issue...please publish..

  • on January 12, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    The pitch seems to beautiful to see..Pacers of both the team will excited to see how things goes on... especially Ishant..Need to see the carry of ishant...Dhoni should vicely use his bowlers...If he hits it right, it would be bingo for india!! Indian batsmen need to be careful as should be the aussies!!! For now its even-steven!!!!

  • Cricket.Nellore on January 12, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    If pitch behaves awkward with green grass on it (fibre grass! what he says) then it is very very intentional !!! Curator, CA are reponsible.

  • pj3000 on January 12, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    I'd prefer Lyon to play instead of Starc, but I won't be too fussed if we go in with four quicks. Just happy to see Harris back. Hope he takes a bagful.

  • on January 12, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    wow!!!!!!!! that pitch look greener than any indian ground's outfield....... nightmare waiting for our batsmen........ though i wish best luck ........ ( not to win bt not get injured and bleed )

  • on January 12, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    I think Indian Fans don't have any rights to complain anything about the pitch as they too prepare favorable pitches to them when they play in India. I think we should give credits to Aussies as they are not preparing anything special against Indian team, these are the nature of Australian pitches. 4-0 is confirmed also look like no match will dragged to fourth day Tea

  • on January 12, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    starc can get Sachin out easily. He is tall and strong. Lyon is a total waste against India.

  • jonesy2 on January 12, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    starc on this pitch is a no brainer. he would reek havoc

  • Bone101 on January 12, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    I think Starc should get another shot by the look of the pitch.