Australia v India, 3rd Test, Perth, 1st day January 13, 2012

Warner's blazing ton destroys India


Australia 0 for 149 (Warner 104*, Cowan 40*) trail India 161 (Kohli 44, Hilfenhaus 4-43, Siddle 3-42)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

David Warner smote a magnificently brazen century to rush Australia to 0 for 149 after their quartet of fast bowlers dismantled India for 161 in dishearteningly familiar scenes for the visitors on day one of the third Test at the WACA ground.

In what was the joint fourth-fastest century in Tests, Warner utterly demoralised India in the company of the relatively obdurate but still free-scoring Ed Cowan. Warner was momentarily stopped by a blow to the head from Umesh Yadav, but recovered to clout his next two deliveries to the fence and moved from 95 to 101 with a rasping club over wide long-on from the bowling of the debutant Vinay Kumar. Unbeaten at the close, he did not give a chance.

The match is now streaking away from the tourists, who had placed themselves in a position of peril with another abject batting display. Sent in to bat by Michael Clarke on a pitch promising early movement in addition to its customary bounce and pace, India were 4 for 63 at lunch, and subsided not long after tea to undo the grafting of Virat Kohli and VVS Laxman, who added 68 in the afternoon to momentarily blunt the hosts.

That partnership aside, India once again failed to cope with the swing, seam and disciplined line of the home attack, comprising Ryan Harris, Ben Hilfenhaus, Peter Siddle and Mitchell Starc. Upon his dismissal of Laxman, Siddle sank to his haunches, in a sign of how much a hot day in Perth had drained Australia's bowlers despite their regular wickets, and he did not re-emerge after tea.

Hilfenhaus removed Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir at either end of the morning session before helping to round up the tail, while Siddle accounted for Rahul Dravid, bowled for the fourth time in five innings. Harris was sturdy in his first Test appearance since November last year, and had the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar to show for it. Starc nabbed two of the last four wickets.

Warner and Cowan began not long after tea, intent on building their most substantial opening stand together. There were a few nervy moments early as Zaheer Khan gained some early swing, and Cowan edged centimetres short of Tendulkar at first slip.

However Warner was striking the ball crisply, and he was given added impetus when Ishant Sharma chanced a few jibes. Warner responded with fighting words and a flailing bat, in what soon became a rare exhibition of unbridled batting aggression.

He drove Zaheer through mid off, pulled Yadav wide of mid on, and greeted Vinay's entry to Test cricket with the most impudent straight six. Warner would save his most telling blow for Ishant, who delivered a length ball only to watch it sail back over his head and rows back into the crowd.

Cowan was moving along quite swiftly himself, driving and pulling with good sense, and together he and Warner looked the most perfect of contrasts. In the space of 17 overs Warner had sprinted to 80, on what now looked the most friendly of pitches.

Warner's eagerness to attack brought him one moment's discomfort when he was too swiftly through a hook at Yadav and suffered a blow to the side of the head and helmet. After gathering himself and calling for new headgear, he spanked the next two balls to the boundary - there was toughness to go with the terrorising of India's bowlers.

His century duly and deservedly arrived before the close, and a sell-out crowd rose unanimously to salute two hours of awe-inspiring destruction.

India's openers fared very differently. They were confronted by a pitch that looked green but was already beginning to show evidence of cracking, which suggested it was not as moist as it appeared. Nonetheless there was still plenty of swing, seam and bounce on offer to Australia's bowlers, requiring astute judgment of line and length.

Sehwag had been at the centre of plenty of pre-match bluster surrounding his natural method, and the batsman looked tentative in his brief stay. Sehwag only faced four balls, the last of which was a beautifully pitched Hilfenhaus away swinger that flicked the edge and was well held by Ricky Ponting in the cordon.

Dravid walked to the wicket having been bowled in three out of four innings, and played at more than he might otherwise have done to avoid a repeat. He struggled for timing, however, and was so intent on defence that when Siddle delivered a leg side ball of full length, Dravid's unnecessarily conservative posture turned it into a yorker that clattered into middle stump via the pads.

Tendulkar drew applause for a trio of straight drives from Siddle that recalled his sparkling 114 at the ground in 1992, but was not in total command. Harris was rewarded for two unstinting spells before lunch when he seamed one back to pin Tendulkar in front of the stumps.

Next over Hilfenhaus ended Gambhir's stony-faced occupation, whizzing an offcutter across the left-hand batsman to prompt a push away from the body and an edge through to Brad Haddin. Gambhir admonished himself for succumbing to a nick for the fifth time in as many innings, the victim of another intelligent display of full, fast bowling from Australia.

Laxman and Kohli were more or less India's last hope of a substantial total, and their batting in the first hour of the afternoon was suitably grave. Starc, Hilfenhaus, Harris and Siddle continued to bowl well, but neither batsman offered quite so much in the way of probing bats that their predecessors had done. The ball grew older, the pitch settled under the sun, and the batsmen grew a little more comfortable.

The stand was gathering strength and tea was less than 10 minutes away when Siddle made a critical break. Bowling full and swinging wider, he tempted Kohli to press too eagerly forward, and the low chance was held by Warner at point. In Siddle's next over Laxman pushed firmly at a length delivery and offered a catch to Clarke at first slip.

Starc had been threatening to bowl the perfect inswinger for most of the day, and it was Vinay Kumar who received it to be palpably lbw. MS Dhoni played an ordinary stroke at Hilfenhaus to be caught in the slips, though Zaheer's ugly smear at the same bowler was arguably worse. Ishant edged Starc behind to complete what had become a procession - the last six wickets falling for 30.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Al_Bundy1 on January 14, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    It's still not too late to fix the India team. Get rid of the pensioners - Laxman, Dravid, and Tendulkar. Bring in young guns like Rohit Sharma and Manoj Tiwary. For bowling - get rid of the most over-rated bowler - Ishant and bring in bowlers who did well in Ranji Trophy - Irfan Pathan, Ashok Dinda, Taduri Sudhindra, etc. Please, no more IPL players in test cricket.

  • Al_Bundy1 on January 14, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    As much as Indians like to complain about their bowling, their batting has been their downfall in the last couple of years. It's easy to fix the India batting - get rid of the pensioners - Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman. Also Sehwag should not be allowed to play outside the subcontinent. Let him be our Flat Track bully. For bowling - get rid of that most over-rated of bowlers - Ishant. Give a chance to Taduri Sudhindra, Ashok Dinda, or Irfan Pathan. Cricinfo - pls post.

  • Meety on January 14, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    @InnocentGuy - too true. I couldn't believe Vinay is slower than Zaheer!!! @ Front-Foot-Lunge - Sth Africa hold the first two places, then comes Oz, an England XI is ranked somewhere near Isle of Mann! @JG2704 - it's not over yet, but on the other hand doesn't make the Ashes 2013 look very juicy????? @LillianThomson - it is funny that the Indian players sledge Warner, given he has plenty of experience in India & some people rate him as a low deck specialist!!!! @Truemans_Ghost - so true!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! @Dravid_Gravitas - I know why you call the pitches Grassbowls but really, what has been bad about the pitches? On Day 1 Laxman & Kohli were cruising, they got out to stupid shots that were forced on them by tight bowling. Isn't that what you want to see? Tight bowling = success??? == == == You know the Indian cricket team is in town when you have 636 comments & counting..........

  • cricsavvy on January 14, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    GO KARTING BOYS!!! You are here to enjoy, not to play cricket. Have fun. Hit few sixes (DLF Maximum in your terms!!!!) in the next IPL and everything will be forgiven and forgotten. Long live Indian Cricket.

  • Ashish133 on January 14, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    One thing this Indian team progressed in this entire series is reducing the number of days of a Test Match 1st Test - 5 days; 2nd Test - 4 days; 3rd Test - 3 days(almost sure) and 4th Test - 2 days (as per the trend).

  • disco_bob on January 14, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    Re Ashwin/Kumar, strange decision to replace one slow bowler who can bat and spin with another slow bowler who can er... bowl slowly.

  • RandyOZ on January 14, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    This Indian side is one of the poorest I have ever seen. Zimbabwe would smash this team. Grade-esque cricketers like Kohli, Gahmbir and Tendulkar are walking wickets and when you have the #1 attack like Oz do, they're going to take them. Harris was bowling wonderfully too. Really shows up how bad England's win was. We are crushing them twice as bad. Australia - what a team!

  • ssanam on January 14, 2012, 4:52 GMT

    What a pathetic display of Test Cricket Batting by Team India ! Ordinary Indian players in action against the professionals.This team must not be allowed to play the remaining(4th)test and be asked to go back to India to play in IPL !!

  • Hrit24 on January 14, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    This Indian Team is all in ruins. I'm an Indian myself, but I have a question: Is this Indian team any better than Zimbabwe or Bangladesh, whom people regularly call to be stripped of their Test status? They are losing every Test that they play overseas. By the way, it was a wonderful ton from Warner and I wish he can perform like this throughout his Test career.

  • on January 14, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    Indians who were shouting at the top of their lungs to strip Bangladesh of their test status-I think it is time India who are totally uncompetitive overseas, be stripped off test status when they play abroad!

  • Al_Bundy1 on January 14, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    It's still not too late to fix the India team. Get rid of the pensioners - Laxman, Dravid, and Tendulkar. Bring in young guns like Rohit Sharma and Manoj Tiwary. For bowling - get rid of the most over-rated bowler - Ishant and bring in bowlers who did well in Ranji Trophy - Irfan Pathan, Ashok Dinda, Taduri Sudhindra, etc. Please, no more IPL players in test cricket.

  • Al_Bundy1 on January 14, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    As much as Indians like to complain about their bowling, their batting has been their downfall in the last couple of years. It's easy to fix the India batting - get rid of the pensioners - Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman. Also Sehwag should not be allowed to play outside the subcontinent. Let him be our Flat Track bully. For bowling - get rid of that most over-rated of bowlers - Ishant. Give a chance to Taduri Sudhindra, Ashok Dinda, or Irfan Pathan. Cricinfo - pls post.

  • Meety on January 14, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    @InnocentGuy - too true. I couldn't believe Vinay is slower than Zaheer!!! @ Front-Foot-Lunge - Sth Africa hold the first two places, then comes Oz, an England XI is ranked somewhere near Isle of Mann! @JG2704 - it's not over yet, but on the other hand doesn't make the Ashes 2013 look very juicy????? @LillianThomson - it is funny that the Indian players sledge Warner, given he has plenty of experience in India & some people rate him as a low deck specialist!!!! @Truemans_Ghost - so true!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! @Dravid_Gravitas - I know why you call the pitches Grassbowls but really, what has been bad about the pitches? On Day 1 Laxman & Kohli were cruising, they got out to stupid shots that were forced on them by tight bowling. Isn't that what you want to see? Tight bowling = success??? == == == You know the Indian cricket team is in town when you have 636 comments & counting..........

  • cricsavvy on January 14, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    GO KARTING BOYS!!! You are here to enjoy, not to play cricket. Have fun. Hit few sixes (DLF Maximum in your terms!!!!) in the next IPL and everything will be forgiven and forgotten. Long live Indian Cricket.

  • Ashish133 on January 14, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    One thing this Indian team progressed in this entire series is reducing the number of days of a Test Match 1st Test - 5 days; 2nd Test - 4 days; 3rd Test - 3 days(almost sure) and 4th Test - 2 days (as per the trend).

  • disco_bob on January 14, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    Re Ashwin/Kumar, strange decision to replace one slow bowler who can bat and spin with another slow bowler who can er... bowl slowly.

  • RandyOZ on January 14, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    This Indian side is one of the poorest I have ever seen. Zimbabwe would smash this team. Grade-esque cricketers like Kohli, Gahmbir and Tendulkar are walking wickets and when you have the #1 attack like Oz do, they're going to take them. Harris was bowling wonderfully too. Really shows up how bad England's win was. We are crushing them twice as bad. Australia - what a team!

  • ssanam on January 14, 2012, 4:52 GMT

    What a pathetic display of Test Cricket Batting by Team India ! Ordinary Indian players in action against the professionals.This team must not be allowed to play the remaining(4th)test and be asked to go back to India to play in IPL !!

  • Hrit24 on January 14, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    This Indian Team is all in ruins. I'm an Indian myself, but I have a question: Is this Indian team any better than Zimbabwe or Bangladesh, whom people regularly call to be stripped of their Test status? They are losing every Test that they play overseas. By the way, it was a wonderful ton from Warner and I wish he can perform like this throughout his Test career.

  • on January 14, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    Indians who were shouting at the top of their lungs to strip Bangladesh of their test status-I think it is time India who are totally uncompetitive overseas, be stripped off test status when they play abroad!

  • zenboomerang on January 14, 2012, 4:12 GMT

    @satish619chandar :- "I guess the Aussie fans were tired and are not ready to comment on beating a silly team.." ... I for one was a little shell-shocked by our Oz bowling then our batting - speechless comes to mind... For a slight positive for India - England got thumped at the WACA last summer making just 187 & 123 all out... A wicket that suits good fast bowling as Yadav is showing & unluckily Zaheer having Warner dropped by the slips...

  • Sakthiivel on January 14, 2012, 4:11 GMT

    Even Ranji finalist are better than current Indian team.TN can score more than Indian team.

  • Babloo3544 on January 14, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    Vinay thought he was playing IPL. Sorry Indian fans, you yourselves are to blame - the more you guys go to see IPL matches, the lower will India sink in Test cricket.

  • on January 14, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    Poor India. Their test status should be withheld for 1 year specially outside of subcontinent. Playing with Bangladesh, Zimbabwe they can increase ranking!! lol

  • Venkatb on January 14, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    So this was the Aussie team that was all out for 47 barely over a month ago and then lost to NZ (who in turn had an even series against Zimbabwe), and now this merciless massacre - the Human Rights Commission needs to intervene. Tendulkar will be awarded a Bharat Ratna and will soon have roads named after him, but is now getting steamrolled! After all this massacre, Laxman and Ashwin will go, not Sehwag or Dhoni or any of the so-called bowlers and the reason is simple - Laxman and Ashwin do not sell shampoos or blades or motorbikes as much as Dhoni or Sehwag do.

    India needs home series against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe to regain prestige but then the BCCI does not deem these countries as big money-making draws - this money-chasing cancer is what is destroying India.

  • zenboomerang on January 14, 2012, 3:57 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas... You seem to be confused by what India's recent batting failures have been... It isn't the bouncy seaming pitches but by the quality & teamwork of the Oz bowling... Same as happened in England... Oz bowling team has finally found the form... We can lose Pattinson, Cummins, Harris & still produce a top bowling attack - last year we couldn't... Dhoni not bowling Ishant first up was a disaster. Leaving out Ashwin, the series 2nd highest run scorer for India was a brain-fade - he would never go for 7.75 runs/over... Re: batting in Asia - Oz form has been good over the last decade - beating India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh all in their own backyards & winning a series... Actually Oz has the best touring record of all Test nations - Oz 1.32 W/L; India 0.38; SA 0.74; Eng 0.88... BTW - the IPL is now training Oz batters on flat turning tracks & gaining experience in every game... Go IPL... :P...

  • sachinisgodlike on January 14, 2012, 3:10 GMT

    It is more fun to see all the domestic matches being played in India then seeing this test match. at least in the domestic matches, the game can go either way, but here it is a blow out.

  • on January 14, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    We love having Duncan Fletcher in Australia, last time he was at the WACA, gilly made the second fastest test century, and england surrendered the ashes 5-0 Now he is back, Warner makes the 4th fastest test century, and no doubt india will surrender the border-gavaskar trophy here at the WACA, perhaps 4-0 as well after adelaide. Would love to see Duncan Fletcher change teams every year to ensure he coaches teams touring to australia. Hey Indians, forget about Greg Chappell, you now have loads new material courtesy of Duncan Fletcher.

  • on January 14, 2012, 2:45 GMT

    Wake up you hopeless cricketers..... Stand up and show your guts to aussies..... Remember...... Entire sporting funds are eaten by you people with attention and support of 1 billion people, fading every other sport and sportsperson in India..... You should not be loosing so cheaply.......Or quit playing cricket..... Let other deserved sports shine......

  • ajayb92 on January 14, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    the embarassing thing for india is that Australia aren't even a good team, theyve got their own problems at the moment as well and would lose easily to England or South Africa but India's pathetic display has just covered that up. And for all those that say India would win at home, India should have lost the first test to West Indies but got out of that somehow. Against England or South Africa, india would have lost that series easily at home. England come to India in october, its time india start grooming for that series or else a debacle at home will occur.

  • Anwaruzz on January 14, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    Looks like India i.e., BCCI , at las,t will fancy to change their tour program and include a visit to Bangladesh, to boost their dented moral and have a away win + 100 100s for Tendulkar. Come on Bangladesh boys fancy your chances too !! Sorry that was sarcastic, but am sorry too at this massacre which continues for the Indians from the north pole down to the south. Wake up ! BCCI ! look how the aussies are doing with new players, try yours. Don't ruin cricket in India by selecting the has beens too much, it is more then time for massive change. It is getting boring with the same show and Shastri's commentating jinx

  • Sinhabahu on January 14, 2012, 2:21 GMT

    @bdcricketfan LOL good one! :D

  • on January 14, 2012, 2:19 GMT

    Surely this series will end up with whitewash 4-0... Indian Fans better keep away from watching cricket.

  • on January 14, 2012, 2:15 GMT

    Comeon INDIA u can make a good come back in the game u r the best in the world u can do it CHAKE DE.......

  • on January 14, 2012, 2:15 GMT

    India is clearly a beaten side. Their overall listless play is there for all but the blind to see. Simply going through the motions. Might as well pack up and head home. The Indian Express has derailed. Another whitewash looms. Part of the problem is the group of aging stars. Their stike bowler is 33, injury-prone, passed his prime, little fuel left in the proverbial tank; The Big 3 are all close to 40. Their pending exit will leave a manhole-sized depression in the makeup of the team and will take some years to fill. This situation shows the selectors and those who run Indian cricket have been asleep at the wheel for some time. Why weren't more potential replacements groomed? The Aussie pacemen have bowled superbly for the most part, exploiting conditions for maximum benefit. Just think, when they're fully fit, the Aussie selectors will have 8 of them from whom to choose! India will struggle to best the top tier teams for the next 3-5 years, especially in away Series.

  • truth1 on January 14, 2012, 2:15 GMT

    India should not get dishearted. There is a lot of time left in this match. Bowl wicket to wicket and keep line and legth and keep batsman at the off stump as much as you can. Things change quickly. we saw that in SA where it was all set for AUS and suddenly they were 47 all out. Indian team requires a change of some players who are off peak now possibly due to age. Aus also suffered the same recently before Ponting quit captaincy. Some upcoming indian players should also play in County Cricket to get used to pitches different than in subcontinent. Its not the end of the world! Make it a match buddy even if you lose. Good luck.

  • Surya_RX100 on January 14, 2012, 2:13 GMT

    Friends, India is not playing well. This is a fact. Let's not be this harsh on the team, especially Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar and Laxman. One bad test series should not take away the credits they achieved right through the past 16 years. I hope you all agree with me. Hope is the thing which moves us forward. Winning this test match is now even more difficult than India heading the Olympic games medals tally. Let's be hopeful that all these 4 will do some magic and draw this test. I know Clarke could be given us a target of 500 and put lead when India comes into bat for the second time in this match. One last thing, criticism should be fair. In this team of 11 players, please just dont bash the senior 4. We were all out for 161. Yes thats bad score. WHY CANT OUR TEST BOWLERS, BOWL IN A WAY TO MAKE IT HAPPEN, FOR AUSTRALIA TO BE AT 149 FOR 5 ATLEAST. Why can't our bowlers make a match of it. Did the Senior 4, write on a white paper, we that we r are to blamed for everything the bowler do

  • on January 14, 2012, 2:10 GMT

    I don't know why indian is performing sooooo poor rght now. I think Shewag is the main man to be ruled out of the tests bcz he is not a test player he can't give a good start to the indian team like warner then he is unfit to stay in INDIAN team show the way to his home now.

  • on January 14, 2012, 2:08 GMT

    Reason behind india's poor performance is IPL, indian batsman wants to touch each and every ball. Let them play only IPL, give them millions of dollars then they will perform. They are playing for themselves not for the country.

  • on January 14, 2012, 1:59 GMT

    Hope Warner goes on today to a big score. Start again and concentrate and score a double century. Put India to the sword, no mercy.

  • on January 14, 2012, 1:58 GMT

    Another batting failure … Bowling is even worse … Looks like everything will be over within 3 days. To think this is the team a year ago was ranked as the No 1 in the cricket world.

  • Sing_Indian on January 14, 2012, 1:50 GMT

    Hi INDIAN TEAM, IT'S OK ..... Don't worry about this series ...... The worst is not over ... We can get a 4-0 but remember and think of IPL ... Save energy for IPL ... Don't dive and field - you will get injured ...

    The IPL is starting soon. That is important for the nation, for the fans and you all too ($$$) ...

    Get ready for it ... Focus on it ...

  • gitapat on January 14, 2012, 1:44 GMT

    Reality has set it in. Sehwag and Dhoni are not capable of playing Test cricket other than in the sub-continent.They must go. VVS who has managed to do well in Australia despite his lack of footwork is being shown up by the Aussies as had happened to him in England. This must be his last series. Only Dravid (who is having a torrid time in Australia now) and SRT are still capable of performing. It is time that the selectors replaced Sehwag,Dhoni and VVS immediately and plan for the retirement of Dravid and SRT at the end of 2012.

  • on January 14, 2012, 1:37 GMT

    india can only win at home because they are home tigers yes i do believe they can beat zim,ban, anywhere but they can win only on flat tracks.thats how they won the worldcup.rahul and sachin are legends yes they can bat anywhere.

  • David_Bofinger on January 14, 2012, 1:27 GMT

    AnanthaKrishna Bhat - Why give up test cricket? With David Warner batting it's like T20 anyway.

  • goan_view on January 14, 2012, 1:26 GMT

    A positive side to all this humiliation is hopefully Indians will start focusing on other sports and their heroes like Saina Nehwal and Abhinav Bindra.

  • bustermove on January 14, 2012, 1:14 GMT

    The reason for recent India's failure is not that complicated. In 2004 for the final test of the series at Mumbai, the Indian top 5 were Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Tendulkar and Laxman. In 2012, some 8 years later, the top 5 guessed it, Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Tendulkar and Laxman. Add Zaheer Khan and that is more than half the team from 2004 still in the team. All (perhaps not Gambhir) have been "greats" of Indian cricket and deserve wonderful praise but that is simply not enough regeneration within a team for it to continue to be successful. Australia faced this predicament in the 1980s and again in recent years with the retirement of terrific players like Warne, McGrath, Gilchrist and Hayden and Langer and not enough new blood being brought on. My suspicion before the start of this series was that the slowing reflexes ofthe indian greats would be their undoing against an Australian bowling attack revitalised by new blood. I'd say things will get worse before they get better.

  • crictalia on January 14, 2012, 1:12 GMT

    @InnocentGuy .. lolz .. i rly lv the xplnation of V Kumar bowlng by u

  • CandidIndian on January 14, 2012, 0:59 GMT

    Dravid_Gravitas-I disagree that Sachin should go.Dravid did well in SA,Eng and WI tour, and then agaisnt WI at home, likewise Sachin may not have made century in this series but he is averaging more than 50,he did well against SA and WI too.Look at Sehwag and Dhoni, even tailenders bat better than these two guys in matches outside subcontinent.If someone has to go then Dhoni and Sehwag should be first and second in the line.Dravid and Sachin should be retained for a while just to give valuable guidance to youngsters which are likely to come in.Dhoni has been a failure in test cricket and Sehwag has been a failure in any form of cricket played outside subcontinent.

  • Stevo_ on January 14, 2012, 0:57 GMT

    Maybe should have listened to Greg Chappell RE an ageing team ?

  • Bang_La on January 14, 2012, 0:57 GMT

    With such dismal consecutive performances, why can't we demand India's degradation from international cricket? Forget what they achieve on their home ground, they miserably fail as a cricket team in every away matches! This is NOT cricket.

  • righthandbat on January 14, 2012, 0:54 GMT

    It would be an interesting experiment to simply drop everyone but Dhoni, Yadav and Kohli from the team, and bring in another 9 players from India who show promise - the Pujaras, Tiwarys, Sharmas, and so on for the next test. A baptism of fire like that would do no harm to Indian cricket.

    I think Tendulkar, Sehwag, Dravid and Laxman should be given one last home series for them all to retire from the game, and allow new players to come through. Essentially, India need players with good athleticism, can deal with Australian/English conditions and have a strong desire to play test cricket. Furthermore, they need more players like Yadav. Strong and over 140kph regularly. Finally, Dhoni needs to work on his captaincy and batting otherwise he should stick with ODIs and let some new bright mind come through.

    Credit to the Aussies today, Hilfenhaus in particular showed what a force he is when there is some swing for him. Underrated cricketer.

  • crictalia on January 14, 2012, 0:51 GMT

    its so funny to watch Vinay Kumar bowling on Wrld Fastest Pitch

  • on January 14, 2012, 0:50 GMT

    What is the largest amount of runs scored by a team without conceding a wicket? 334 unbroken Clarke & Hussey + 149 Warner & Cowan + more on Day 2

  • CandidIndian on January 14, 2012, 0:49 GMT

    Dhoni mentioned 2013 in his press conference as next tour of India outside subcontinent is in DEC 2013 .That is tour to SA followed by tour to NZ and then Eng.After yet another disastrous test series ,selectors should give the chance to youngsters and also a new captain who has test cricket on top of his priority list.My guess is selectors may hold on to Sachin and Dravid for a while but ,Sehwag and Dhoni who are younger than these guys has been badly exposed in series after series hence they should be first ones to be shown the door.Also it looks difficult that Laxman will be able to retain his place too.Its time to make hard decisions now, send Dhoni and Sehwag to limited overs cricket ,that should be the first thing which should be done,now or never.

  • dunger.bob on January 14, 2012, 0:46 GMT

    @hhillbumper on (January 13 2012, 09:23 AM: "Just heard the Aus commentators refer to Warner as being in the same class as Sobers". Then you heard wrong old mate. They were mentioned in the same sentence because they were talking about big hits at the WACCA, not their relative merits as cricketers. Must have been the accent that confused your hearing. @Faisul Yaseen ; Yes, I noticed the 800 runs for 1 wicket as well. Batting is not the only problem it seems.

  • on January 14, 2012, 0:35 GMT

    Those who have watched the game will know that Warner was immensely lucky on three occasions: a ball almost chopped on to the stumps went for four to fine leg, an edge fell short of Tendulkar at first slip and a streaky shot past point to reach his fifty. The rub of the green is definitely going Australia's way now. All I can suggest to Indian team is to persist with fuller lengths and set the field with mid off closer to the wicket. They got carried away by their predilection for short of a length to exploit the WACA bounce. They must try bowling fuller to let the ball swing.

  • ManCalledViky on January 14, 2012, 0:31 GMT

    Why so upset guys?? it's a game..just a game. These were the folks who made us no.1 , who made us proud by winning world cup. They are going through some difficult days and instead of supporting them we are making it difficult for them. We are making fun of them. We are questioning again and again the ability of a man who scored 99 centuries in the world of cricket. 99 centuries...this is something no one else could do before. Lets support our men wholeheartedly till the end of this series. England lost badly in India same happened with Australia when they visited India. So it depends on the circumstances. If Aussies are the experts of bouncy wickets we are the experts of flat pitches...They say we are a great team at home. same goes for them. If they are a better team why they couldn't win in India.

  • Digimont on January 14, 2012, 0:31 GMT

    Attention Indian team, in case you are not aware, the test series has begun! It seems you blinked and missed it.

  • on January 14, 2012, 0:23 GMT

    557 is too many posts to read , but , in case nobody has mentioned this , the ground staff could have held their "party" WHILST the Indian side were batting . It would not have endangered the run getting by this very discontented side . Old players will never be as good as they had been , once they are past their best. However they will keep trying to help Tendulker get his 100th. hundred , no matter what consequences it has upon the rest of the team . Nothing like an upbeat Aussie side on the paddock .

  • whitetigermax on January 14, 2012, 0:22 GMT

    India needs to rebuild their side and search for new talent. Australian cricket team not so long ago was full of older players that have been playing for a long time. Congratulations To Dave Warner on his century you have proven to critics you can play test cricket.

  • Sanj747 on January 14, 2012, 0:20 GMT

    Sad to see that India is rudderless. Dhoni is pretty much clueless. His state of mind or lack of was clearly demonstrated in his batting. Not a test player unfortunately. Likes the wham bham thank you maam stuff and that's about it. Can't see how you can captain, wicket keep and somewaht try and bat in all 3 forms of the game. I guess the $40m dollars a year makes it easy.

  • on January 14, 2012, 0:16 GMT

    Its time India injected new blood. Old players are keeping berth of new ones and they will not last till the end of 2012 so its better to start pumping in new blood. Also the new players could have not done worse. At this point in time Indian Batsmen would prefer to face Indian bowlers rather than Australian and Indian bowlers would fancy their chances against their own batsmen rather than Australian.India should put in Rohit, Virat, Pathans, Raina (on the condition that he will never try to hook or pull in his lifetime) and other top players from Ranjhi Trophy.Take out Sachin, Dravid and Laxman. Start making a team for worldcup 2015 or they will face the same fate in 2015 in Australia.

  • on January 14, 2012, 0:14 GMT

    The series was named as Agneepath-well agneepath did not have good ending, same would happen here. pathetic game!! Vinay kumar is horrible,any day ashwin would be better option.

  • on January 14, 2012, 0:03 GMT

    This is purely nonsense. The Australians very well knows what India can do. And the Australians had performed even worse in the past. They are no way the best always. Just we lost few test does not tell about the overall quality of Indian cricket.

  • Harry_Kool on January 13, 2012, 23:51 GMT

    Same guys bragging how their team was going to whip us now calling for their heads. Too late, guys, your geriatric team have held on far too long.

  • dunger.bob on January 13, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    @ chokkashokka: January 13 2012, 06:08 AM

    How ya going there mate? This is the second time you've posted the exact same article, more or less. I still can't decide if you are joking or serious. If you are actually serious about what you are saying I'd like to know where you got such a bewilderingly deficient attitude. The beauty of Test cricket lies in the different conditions you face around the world. The great players succeed in all conditions. That's why there are so few truly great players (and yes, little Sachin is one of the select few). You seem to think that the world of Test cricket will disintegrate if India pulled out. Wrong again. You know what? I'm willing to bet you know pretty much nothing about cricket and are only here to push your nationalistic wheel barrow. I'd be happy for you to prove me wrong, but I'm right, aren't I. Go on, admit it.

  • k_vegemite on January 13, 2012, 23:43 GMT

    Great to see the indian team being beaten like this :) It is the time that people stop treating these cricketers as gods and the govt start promoting other sports like swimming and tennis

  • AidanFX on January 13, 2012, 23:33 GMT

    @ landl47 - Predictable Eng bias from you - what's your point - Harris bowled a good many balls around the 140 mark - what does it matter whether his speed was fast-medium or fast? The guy bowled well coming back from injury. Starc bowled what we all expected him - to bowl a few a unplayable balls and few wayward balls, the guy is young. Yes he reminds me a bit of Johnson and Harminson, generally speaking he bowled well enough. Yes India bowled pathetic, no zip - stupid Dhoni didn't put Sharma on earlier who stood in Perth's sun before he bowled. But that said it is time to acknowledge the bowling unit is coming together. If they can do this without Watson, Pattinson, and still function the way they have the rest of the series then the signs are good. On the other hand Aus have bowled well when Harris left the side (then recognized as the best bowler). Cummins remains on the fringe and there are other bowlers around.

  • sqwerty12 on January 13, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    Hey India, just think if only you'd allowed the DRS you'd have a wicket now and things would be completely different.

  • on January 13, 2012, 23:24 GMT

    To AnanthaKrishna Bhat, really, just because India are playing badly in test matches, we should stop playing the true pinnacle of the game and just play the ONE dimensional hit and giggle that is T20. No one watches tests?? What about the crowds in Sydney and Melbourne?? and a near full house in Perth to watch Warner smash the Indian bowlers all around the park. If test cricket goes, so will cricket, as T20 is not TEST cricket, which is the only true test of a cricketer's skill.

  • GravyMon on January 13, 2012, 23:19 GMT

    @ bdcricketfan: Why would you want to strip a past #1 team like India of their Test status? India has always played to their true potential; right now, they're just not playing at home. It looks really bad only because India recently enjoyed, albeit superficial, a stint at the top of the TEST World as the #1 team. During the period of India's rise to the top, they won a mere 3 Test matches overseas, including a single Series win against WI. I call that Number One by default, and it just demonstrates how deeply flawed the ICC Ratings method is. Don't be too harsh on them.

    I found rather puzzling that no spinner was included. Ashwin has been a very economic bowler, and certainly would have slowed the Australian rate of scoring. As the WI found out some years ago, there's no point in playing 4 medium-paced bowlers for the sake of having 4 seamers. It's better to have 4 good bowlers of any kind!

  • madaftercricket on January 13, 2012, 23:01 GMT

    Its really funny how certain people bag the Indian Team. Anyone's guess where they are from. I have watched the Indian Team for a long time and enjoyed the ups and downs. They are going through a phase. It is hard to watch but I'm sure they will bounce back. Only a month ago Australia were bowled out for 47 on SA, but they turned things around at home. Im sure India will do the same. Haha

  • nlambda on January 13, 2012, 23:01 GMT

    Man it is amazing to see Pak fans mouthing off here! Don't you guys have a 0-12 record over 4 series in Australia? I guess memories are really short - the guy challenging Australians to play Pak for a "real contest" is just hilarious. It will likely be 0-15 after Pak's next tour.

  • TamilIndian on January 13, 2012, 22:44 GMT

    Atleast one of my teams is doing very well - we will lift the Ranji Trophy!

  • on January 13, 2012, 22:34 GMT

    I sincerely hope India will make a strong come back the second day. If they can retain Border-Gavaskar trophy from this position, then we'll have no problem accepting India as 'true world champions'.

  • gh_cricinfo on January 13, 2012, 22:33 GMT

    India should make fast and bouncy pitches at home. Secondly, they need young fast bowlers who can bowl at 140 + Km.

  • luks on January 13, 2012, 22:33 GMT

    Thank God Dravid_Gravitas will have to soon find a new nickname. I suggest Rank_Turner.

  • wicketman on January 13, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    This is truly a poor and incomprehensible performance on day 1 of a test match. It was quite clear from the England series that this team was not playing as a unit. It's not long ago that India were beating England in their own back yard and severely testing Australia in theirs. Why has no writer/analyst sought to ask what Duncan Fletcher is doing to rectify this problem or is he the problem!!!! In any other international sport six defeats and soon to be 7 would signal an unceremonious public sacking. Dhoni, Fletcher and the selection panel need to be sacked, Dhoni's captaincy has been waning even prior to England with some of his on-field decisions incredulous to say the least! This is not even a strong Australian side. Indian team; deal with your internal rifts, remember your representing your country surely that should mean something.

  • dulabhai on January 13, 2012, 22:25 GMT

    Maybe India will finally invite Bangladesh now...

  • Lala_Amarnath on January 13, 2012, 22:24 GMT

    I had earlier said in one of my comments that this match should be an interesting game for four days - my bad. Looks like it may get over on the third day. That will give everyone an extra day for some serious thought, introspection and team composition - oh wait, sorry - I meant go-carting.

  • cric_frank on January 13, 2012, 22:21 GMT

    Thats it,I dont want Dhoni to giggle and crack stupid jokes again at the end of this match 3-0,if he has any pride or shame left as a captain,player or a self-respecting individual,he should quit immediately and go home for his IPL coming soon.Along with the deadwood batting legends and the irresponsible joker Sehwag,Dhoni is the biggest cause for the slide ever since Melbourne.There is no business for a team who competed and almost won at Melbourne...(214-6&27/4) to progressively go down shaming the has to be in the MIND and Dhoni has made sure that this team carried the scars of English nightmare by his woeful batting and atrocious captaincy thus demoralizing them..Forget the pain that my country is going to go down 3-0 but the scariest thought is we might see history made..1000 runs by Aus and at least inns & 800 runs which will be the worst defeat in test cricket ever!! God save Indian Test Cricket!!

  • on January 13, 2012, 22:14 GMT

    Again time has proved that Indian team can only play well at home ground ONLY!! and PHAST bowling is not india's territory ;). Best PHAST ATTACK india can comeup with is Ishant and Vinay HALLARIOUS...lolsss

  • on January 13, 2012, 22:03 GMT

    UTTER DISGRACE!!!!! u cant get more worser than this !!!!!! just couting days when India can lose!!!! hurts lot

  • on January 13, 2012, 21:59 GMT

    Imagine warner and watson opening...truly frightening!

  • Imran-Akram on January 13, 2012, 21:57 GMT

    Vinay kumar is selected bcoz he looks alike dhoni!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on January 13, 2012, 21:56 GMT

    @InnocentGuy -Too good mate. Couldn't stop laughing...;-)

  • MazMK on January 13, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    IPL has destroyed the Indian Cricket ..............

  • alpharomeo1 on January 13, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    This Indian innings is a slap on the face of all those people who wanted to drop VVS Laxman and Kohli for this Test match. It is because of their 80 run partnership, we have this score.

    The players to drop are: Dhoni, Sehwag, and Dravid (who is having a horrendous series so far. Gambhir plwyed well. Make him the captain for the next Test. Mithun should have played instead of Vinay.

  • on January 13, 2012, 21:49 GMT

    very poor performes once again from indian batsman and bowler well done aussi you deserve to beat india 4-0 i think indian team are really look dead like SL

  • Godhelpus on January 13, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    Pathetic Indian cricket team, what a disgrace, they should be in celebrity big brother, rather than representing a nation of 1.2 billion. They think they are film stars, India's top celebs, but they should be playing for their village cricket teams. Unfit, lazy and simply an embarassment .

  • Padmanan on January 13, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    BCCI should consider to form two teams. One for Domestic and IPL. Another team for only international tour. The international team should focus only on International tour and should not waste their energy in IPL for money.

    Guys... wait and watch... Current Indian team players will rock only in IPL games. Money is first... country is next for them. They don't have guts like Zaheer and Ashwin during the batting. Shame on Indian Cricket team and BCCI.

  • alpharomeo1 on January 13, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    This Indian innings is a slap on face of all those people who said VVS and Kohli should be dropped for this Test match. It is because of their 80-run partnership we have this score and Gambhir played well too. Younger players are no good. I don't think Rohit would have done any better than Dhoni if he played.

    Players who should be dropped for the next Test are Dhoni, Sehwag and Dravid (who is having a horrendous series so far).

  • on January 13, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    I think Bangladesh has performed better than India in their previous tour of Australia and England. I hear from many Indian fans that how pathetic Bangladesh is and how talentless Bangladeshi players and they don't deserve to play test cricket. I think the Indians should seriously consider never to play any test outside India. And also stop thinking they are a champion side. To be honeset they are just better than Bangladesh and WI and probably on par with New Zealand, nothing more!! Indians talk the talk but don't reallly walk the walk!!

  • on January 13, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    I grew up watching the Indian team. As a bowling unit, we've always been thrashed, but we've always prided ourselves on our batting. Watching Laxman work his wrists, Tendulkar with his magic, Dravid, roughing it out against all odds. It's the same guys. The problem, in my opinion is that they are just being sent in without any instructions/orders. They are experienced players, but someone needs to be in-charge . They need to be told to perform or perish. Ganguly, brazen as he was, had that. He had a commanding presence in that dressing room. When he spoke, everyone listened. He could inspire these guys when they were down. He always had ideas. He would gamble. Shuffle the deck, if nothing else. Dhoni, on the other hand, just plays the waiting game. May work in ODIs, but in a test, you can't really expect things to just eventually work out. You need to act. HE must talk to the boys. Set an example and show that he's in charge. Sehwag could probably do it, but he isn't really performing.

  • Mitcher on January 13, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    David_Gravitas: if Australia scoring at 7+ an over isn't enough to convince you this is not a grossly unfriendly pitch. Have a flick through yesterday's cricinfo commentary. A number of mentions of the pitch playing very few tricks with no more than a reasonable amount of sideways movement. To suggest this is the equivalent of a rank turner is at best uninformed and appears to be a pretty bad case of sour grapes. There is a huge potential for this pitch to deteriorate late but india's abject performance means they've almost certainly foregone the opportunity to bowl last. A complete lack of application is to blame. Not the pitch. Agreeing with chokkashokka won't do much good for your credibility.

  • gogoldengreens on January 13, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    India always gives in too fast - just read the posts by their fans... Perth once you get set & used to the bounce is a brilliant batting ground with electric outfield as the fact that 4 of the 7 fastest hundreds in test match history have been at Perth (3 of them have been in the past 5 years).... Just think what would happen if Sehwag goes nuts in the second innings on this pitch & Tendulkar stays in for two sessions and Dhoni has a blinder as well.... However being realist and an Australian fan think of how many runs we can get today with our 10 wickets in hand and watch em chase leather around in the sun.. Second innings will be lots more chin music India.... Good luck

  • kanjithem on January 13, 2012, 21:07 GMT

    I wrote during the England series that if India plays similarly when in Aust, they would play the Aust team back into form - which they wer not right up to the 2nd test against NZ. My prediction has now materialised. This team has completely dismantled the pride and fighting capacity that Ganguly and Kumble instilled. Here on, hard decisions have to be made. Realisations - that India will never be No 1 again in a long while - have to be accepted. And India need p;layers - young or old - who will lay their life on the line, and not stick their bat out to the moving ball in the hope that the edge will carry. And India certainly does not need bowlers, albeit good at their trade, who do not have the guts to stick it out with the bat. Let's give this tour a decent burial and look to the future. Remember that Fletcher started disastrously with England before turning it around. Hope the same happens with India.

  • funnykumar on January 13, 2012, 21:05 GMT

    One more interesting observation between the past not-so-bad tours of Aus is that in almost all the matches the openers saw the shine of the new ball off.. they played atleast 10 opening overs.. Mind you that plays a huge huge huge difference on bouncy pitches where an early wicket will endanger the middle order who has to contend with the new ball where all most all the edges carry to the slips and that too when the first drop is the walking wicket R.Dravid... opening partnerships doesn't matter in Sub continent pitches... but in overseas they do matter more so in Australia... My advise to BCCI just don't organize overseas tours and don't humiliate, irritate, outrage the cricket lovers of Indian team.. If you want to come out of this mess and want to keep the true cricket enthusiasts with the game.. then give more importance to the bowlers then batsmen... take all the measure to encourage bowlers.. Pay them more compared to the batsmen.. attract young guns to take up fast bowling.

  • Andanio on January 13, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    BCCI has to start developing at least few seam pitches to get their batsmen a taste of what is waiting for them outside classic Indian Pitches. There are no words to express the disgusting show Indian Team has put up so far. Either the MSD has lost control over his men or indeed their is rift between the playing 11. There is no co-ordination, no execution of plan, no back up plans and most importantly no intend to stay on the crease for a full session. This is the most toothless batting and bowling performance by an Indian side. At least in England they had an excuse of injuries, but here they have to rely on the LUCK! Which of course they are out off as openly admitted by V Kohli. Firing few seniors is not going to help them, if Ponting and Hussey can get their mojo back, Indian seniors will find it too.Indeed, every Indian player should ask himself does IPL or TEST cricket what matters to them most and stick to that format.

  • funnykumar on January 13, 2012, 20:54 GMT

    And I looked at the past not-so-dismal-performances of touring Indian team in Australia in 2003 and 2007... I thought their bowling line up was not as good as the current one.. but there is not much difference.. they had Lee, Johnson etc... there were good fast bowlers.. but there was at least one seam bowler whom Indian batsman felt comfortable and milked runs.. and that in turn released the pressure built from the other 2 seam bowlers.. that lead to the arrival of spinner at around 25th over.. no matter who the spinner was Indians were always going to score against them... now when you compare with the present series.. Aus have Pattinson ( who is fast hits the right length consistently..) who works with Hiflenaus ( who is a very good swing bowler)... then there is peter siddle ( a fielding captains dream first change bowler who keeps on running hard and hits the right areas).. where will the batsmen score runs?? Continued...

  • 5wombats on January 13, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    @Si Baker (January 13 2012, 15:41 PM GMT). Wombats absolutely and completely agree with you. No sympathy. None. The ungracious horrid gloating of hundreds of india fans during England's short (and pathetic) ODI series in india was a blight and should never be forgiven. Trouble is - the worst offenders (and we all know who they are) are now not here fronting up on cricinfo. They are now hiding from the consequences of their own boasts and big talk. Only the genuine India fans; fans who really care about Test cricket and about the direction that the BCCI is taking cricket in India - are here now. It's all fine to follow your team when it is winning - the true test of a passionate follower is whether they come out to bat when their team is losing. So - to you true India fans that are here now; @Nampally, @Dravid_Gravitas, and a few others, experiencing what Australia fans experienced just a year ago - we applaud you. Please publish.

  • on January 13, 2012, 20:49 GMT

    I really think that team india should hire a bowling coach from Pakistan, it may be Sarafarz, Waqar or wasim or any other pakistani bowling legend. They should bring soil from eng, Aus, SA to create such fast tracks at their home. I Have never seen any indian bowler expert in reverse swing, although this art is now common in all over the world. I am sure they can learn it & I suggest they should learn it from the real inventors.

  • dulabhai on January 13, 2012, 20:47 GMT

    This was pathetic. Let's strip India of their test status.

  • on January 13, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    @InpressiveTeer, I think these parts of your comment shows everything wrong with Indian cricket:

    "Watch one of your inspirational innnings and get that spark back.

    They are still a great team just some flexibility and spark (junoon) is required Batting order in my opinion - Gambhir, Dravid, Kohli, Sachin, Sehwag, VVS, Dhoni, Ashwin/Ojha, and three seamers"

    Cricket is not just about batting. India do not have ONE test class bowler, and yes, I am including Khan. None of the bowlers know how to bowl more than 10 overs in a day, they are just one day men who can't bowl on anything that's not a typical subcontinental track.

    You need to go back to basics, stop focusing so much on the big batsmen and try to institute a system that gives young bowlers a chance to develop their skills in ALL conditions over 4 days. You can't bat to victory without bowlers.

  • RSBali on January 13, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    Indian media is trying to make news out of anything to distract the pathetic performance of their cricket team. News like ground staff drinking on the ground during an anual ritual is funny. Next they are going to say that steak was on the menu in the hotel resturant where the team was stationed. My advice to media will be comment on the cricket and not on the side shows.

  • on January 13, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    I think IPL has dented Indian test cricket really hard. I m a Pakistani fan but feeling for poor Indian fans. But I know, IPL is cuming, these so called icons will perform there and Indian fans will forget everything and will again start worshipping their icons

  • Zeus777 on January 13, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    You can only thank indian media for making Legends out of these ordinary players.

  • KEhsan on January 13, 2012, 20:39 GMT

    If all the Indian fans care about is those T-20, and all the money and glory is in whacking the ball and scoring a quick 25 runs, or in bowling 4 overs on dead pitches basically trying to fool an always charging batsman on length and speed, this is what you will get.

  • on January 13, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    since indian team cant save the tests from here i want Warner to score 400+,thats the only thing i m looking forward to

  • on January 13, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    Stop playing test cricket. Noboddy watches them anyway

  • funnykumar on January 13, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    Once I started pondering on all the past accomplishments of this great Indian team.. I came up with this.... Indian team weren't deserving the WC 2011 glory... Except for the match against Aus in QF where they played out of their skins... in SF Pakistan has given so many chances to the Little Master that even the man himself should have been embarrassed getting those 80 odd runs...and when Pak came to bat there was this carelessness about the way they batted... Can't say india deserved to win that match.. Then comes the final.. where it looked like the Sanga had gifted the WC trophy to the BCCI by his poor field settings and who was that guy conceded a Six to MSD? yeah.. kulasekara.. if vinay kumar is considered as club bowler than kulasekara should be a first change bowler in gully cricket.. Continued...

  • Precioustar84 on January 13, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    ps. Root cause for India seems to be that they have given T20 and ODIs too much emphasis. Someone posted this about India's AWAY performance on Facebook so had to share because its hard to digest --

    "BEFORE IPL - INDIA won the first ever Intl T20 in South Africa but lost test 2-1 and odis; Won the Test series in England by 1-0 but lost odi by 3-4 (although gave hard fight)... Won Tri-series in Aussie, Came SO close to Test win against Aus by 2-1.

    AFTER IPL- Lost 2 major T20 world cups, lost to England IN Test and ODIs *(in Humiliating way), Now losing to Aussie too."

    Fair to say that too many matches are played in India since IPL and too much priority is given to needless IPL. Team India we were going upward prior to IPL so for me it all boils down to eliminating IPL or reducing it to every 2 years if BCCI wants to retain whats left of us Indian fans and ever want to see team india perform decently in away matches again. Cricinfo please publish

  • segga-express on January 13, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    Despite being unoriginal I'd say that there are 3 problems with this India team. They can't bat, they can't bowl and they can't field. Clichés aside, there is a lack of discipline in the batting and bowling shown by India. Flirting with balls better left alone when batting, pitching too short or giving too much width when bowling, failing to keep their legs together when fielding (I thought every 13 year old was taught the long-barrier?). I have been impressed by Australia's rebuilding since the Ashes and as an Englishman I'm hopeful next time might see a contest. It would be nice to see Warner continue for a few more hours. I think Lara's record may be safe but Astle's 200 could be in danger if the rate of scoring isn't curbed!

  • InnocentGuy on January 13, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    This is a sinister plot by ECB. Appoint Fletcher as coach to lead India astray.

  • The_bowlers_Holding on January 13, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    As an Englishman my natural loyalty is with England and anyone who is playing Australia; however after last summer and the arrogance of posters on here unable to give credit to the opposition I am now England and whoever is playing India. Part of the problem seems to be the lack of fight when it is not going well, capitulation in a nutshell. The media hype over IPL and treating players (all legends apparently) like film stars is another factor. Australia have fight in abundance and have simply done the basics better whether it be batting, bowling of fielding and Aussies can take defeat on the chin and not spout endless excuses. Indian test cricket needs to take a look at itself in the mirror and make the changes that are so patently required. Australia seem to be on the road back.

  • Shva on January 13, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    Team India played a below par cricket. These days every body is saying that Team India is out of form. But few months back when India played against England in England, they were clean swept by team England. After that India made over 300 runs in every ODI's played on Indian soil against England. Now they went to Australia and they are out of form again. In real sense, team India lacks the habit of playing outside India. I think Australia will make it 4-0

  • on January 13, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    Nice to See australia pounding indians........... A loss to INDIA is always sweet

  • on January 13, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    Warner 4th fastest test century against India. I failed to understand what is happening with indian team. I think team india will go back to 90s again.

  • on January 13, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    WACA is heating up with Warner!

  • Desihungama on January 13, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    So who is killing the Test Cricket? Bangladesh or India?

  • rajithwijepura on January 13, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    Well done team India. You should play 2 IPL's in a year.

  • bhavi_best on January 13, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    after this type of performances from indian cricket team, i dnt mind them losing d series 4-0 because i dnt care abt them now... 1 thing indian team is dng is dat dey r killing d popularity n passion of cricket in india... now atleast der wil b more fans for 'the beautiful game' football in india...!!! n m loving it

  • Desihungama on January 13, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    Hey Australia! Come play Pakistan if you are looking for a real contest. Anywhere will do.

  • Precioustar84 on January 13, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    Why does India have to change its pitches when Eng, Aus come to India, they have no better show than this? Why take away HOME advantage?? Isn't that was Eng and Aus are doing? I think if we put all the "senior" Indian test batsmen in India currently, they still won't be able to bat and score runs. They are in denial about age because one cannot be flexible emotionally, mentally, and importantly physically with AGE. India has already mastered how to dominate at home so next step would be to practice practice on green tops for away matches but don't eliminate home advantage. Let others accept THAT challenge and lets also learn to accept THEIR challenge. Anyway, currently I'd rather lose with NEW batsmen than like this. Cricinfo please publish

  • shovwar on January 13, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    I can understand India cant bat in fast n bouncy pitches but what happened to Indian Fast bowlers? India seriously needs to get it all together...

  • Nampally on January 13, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    @Impressive Teer: Sir, Your comments fall on deaf ears. Dhoni is too stubborn to listen. I was devastated to see Day 1 scores! Indian cricket is in a downward spiral. Dhoni's brand of captaincy only works when everyone produces 100%. A Captains' role is to motivate the players to produce this 100% effort. Dhoni does nothing to inspire his team on field. He can only play one way - his way. His selection of XI is irrational & illogical. His bowling changes are weird as is his field placing. Instead of trying to correct his blunders, he tries to justify them. Indian batsmen are throwing away their wkts. chasing balls outside the off stump instead of challenging the bowlers to get them out.Indian batting & Bowling have hit the rock bottom in this Test. From the Sydney test & this one, it looks as though the Indian team is teaching the cricket world how to lose a test by an innings in 3.5 days! This team has no guts,no fighting spirit & highly undisciplined. A Sad day for Indian Cricket!

  • Iyer on January 13, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    This is what will happen if they dont listen to Iyer. I have been writing all over the internet for the following line up for this test match: gambhir, rahane, dravid (WK), sachin, rohit,sehwag, kohli, zaheer, ishant, yadav and kumar.

    I have been campaigning for the drop of Dhoni, yuvraj, raina from test cricket played in overseas. They listened only partially (dropped yuvi and raina).

    I have been campaigning to send harbhajan home forever. Hope they don't bring him back.

    Send Laxman and Dravid home forever, even if they score double/triple centuries in the remainder of the series.

    Build a team around gambhir, sehwag, rahane, rohit, kohli, mukund, badri, pujara. Have the guts to drop sehwag if he is not in form. Nobody is indispensable.

    Although i m a tamil iyer from madras, i think ashwin has a major weakness in playing short pitch deliveries. Hope he could overcome that weakness quickly. Otherwise his role would be similar to Harbhajan's.

  • on January 13, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    Warner played his shots with freedom and intention. Well done to him! The Indians need to play like him. They need to put the defeats behind and play with freedom and intention. Losing even 4-0 is not the end of the world. They DON'T need to go out there and fight. Unfortunately, this is what the fans and the media will tell them and it won't work. They next need to play their natural game! They have class, they just need to go out there and let go!

  • on January 13, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    Sehwag, Dhoni and Dravid say "We do NOT have a problem"

    The statistics show otherwise, losing the last 6 test matches is cause for great concern.

    This indian team with its veterans are only able to play on flat pitches back home in india.


  • PAK-92 on January 13, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    Why is it so hard for the Indian selectors to drop the senior has-beens for younger players. There times are up. They don't even need to drop them all at once. Just one player per series. Why Ashwin was dropped for this test is anybodys guess when he is batting better than the seniors. The flat track kings can not cope in these conditions as evidence in England and Australia suggests. Why is Rohit Sharma in the squad if they are not going to pick him. And one player who I was impressed with in England was Rahane, who should replace the flat track bully Sehwag. I think the bigger problem lies in the batting as their bowling will always remain below par!

  • on January 13, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    India with its great batting line up does not seem any different from its neighbours overseas

  • InnocentGuy on January 13, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    I guess this was no joke - Anand really was serious about the medium-pace academy for nothing else can explain the final session bowling on Day 1.

  • on January 13, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    It's all over for INDIA. It will be another 4-0 whitewash and 8 away test matches defeats.

  • on January 13, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    India can play only in the subcontinent!! They can play only the ball with no bounce no swing. Shame India!! You can do nothing outside the subcontinent. ICC should rethink about India's Test status. Another thing can be done , Test status for India can be made available for India when they are playing tests in home ground other else not!!

  • OzWally on January 13, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    To "chokkashokka", you call this an abominable wicket?!? Are your eyes painted on? Hopefully after seeing what Warner and Cowan did on this same pitch in just over 20 overs you will realize it isn't the wicket. And the same with SL's performance in SA. They made 47 AFTER SA had no trouble compiling 302. It's not the pitches mate. It's a lack of fighting spirit in the tough times. The story of the "Emperor's new clothes" also comes to mind. I did see some glimpses of effort in the field though, oh wait, that was a seagull saving another Warner boundary.

  • on January 13, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    There is no way that india beat australia in this series. India should try 10 specialist batsmen+ ashwin in adelaide atleast to draw match :)

  • srisri on January 13, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    No worries guys.... BCCI just announced immediate steps to solve this crisis. On an emergency basis they are organizing home test series with Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and Kenya next month.

  • on January 13, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    I would really request the Indian cricket team to ABANDON cricket for sometime and go back to their trenches. This humiliation for the so called 'world number one' is just too tragic to digest.

  • dulabhai on January 13, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    An advice for the Indian fans...after this performance by your team.. please don't bad mouth Bangladesh ever again.

  • Night_Fury on January 13, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    i tell u all guys... i can play better cricket... BCCI pls take me in test side and let these guys play IPL for there lives....what a waste........

  • PAK-92 on January 13, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    Can't decide what was worse, the indian batting or bowling display. However, take nothing away from the Australians, they are dominating India. India should be glad Watson is injured because he and Warner together would have destroyed India. I just can't imagine how the Indians will cope once the likes of Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman retire. And as far as the bowling goes, well its got to be the 2nd worst of the top 6 teams after Sri Lanka. When India were whitewashed by England, the excuse was that 'Zaheer Khan was injured.' Well now India have probably there best possible test XI and I wonder what the excuses are going to be this time around?

  • on January 13, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    Poor Team India. I sympathize with Indian fans.

  • Nampally on January 13, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    Srikant picked Mithun & Vinay as replacements for Praveen Kumar & Aaron. He ignored more suitable candidates like Irfan pathan, Dinda, etc.In the very first match Vinay plays, he has been hammered by the opener Warner. Again Dhoni had a chance to ask for replacements when Ishant's injury was first observed & also after the mauling his bowlers took in the Sydney test. Dhoni declared this team is "the best" & refused any replacements. It is better to reinforce when the team this bad just to save India's face & dignity. But Dhoni & Co are bent on destroying team India.Rohit Sharma should have played in all three tests- instead of warming the bench. He is the best middle order batsman & future of Indian batting.The young team that played against WI would have done much better than the present bunch of irresponsible cricketers playing in this Australian series.At least they would have fought to the last ball instead of this chicken hearted Lot which has lost the Test On DAY 1. What a Team!

  • faff on January 13, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    sehwag is pathetic in pitches where the ball moves around... he averages 28 in england, 20 in nz, 25 in sa!! and people say he is world class....

  • cricsuhail on January 13, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    look - Indialost a important toss. And then made a mess of its batting chances. warner played a blinder. we still have 4 days in this match and cricket is an enigmatic game. I wish our (india) batsmen play postive cricket - they are just playing under a lot of pressure...unbelievably circumspect.... if only they can play freely... this afternoon was an example.. then things would have been different. As for Warner... Hayden is looks like..

  • on January 13, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    Wake up you hopeless cricketers..... Stand up and show your guts to aussies..... Remember...... Entire sporting funds are eaten by you people with attention and support of 1 billion people, fading every other sport and sportsperson in India..... You should not be loosing so cheaply.......Or quit playing cricket..... Let other deserved sports shine......

  • criclover112 on January 13, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    India, to help get back some shred of respect and overcome this complete humiliation, hold a couple of seres against the minnows in India. And if then team India feel adventurous, hold a series against SA (chokesters), India might win against them as they pretty much choke against everyone (even the depleted srilanka won a test match against them). India team has been exposed badly.

  • on January 13, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    Wake up you hopeless cricketers..... Stand up and show your guts to aussies..... Remember...... Entire sporting funds are eaten by you people with attention and support of 1 billion people, fading every other sport and sportsperson in India..... You should not be loosing so cheaply.......Or quit playing cricket..... Let other deserved sports shine......

  • mtangent on January 13, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    It's about time to overhaul the team and get rid of non playing players like laxman,dravid, kohli and bench sehwag and infuse some new talent in the side. Also, there is no confidence on any players face when you see the close up's. Looks like bunch of schoolboys cricket team playing club cricket and disgracing the Indians. Gavaskar was right when he said that they have gone for sight seeing and not playing. How true. Should also forego the other games and return to India and make money in IPL and other endorsements !!!!!

  • burleighboy86 on January 13, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    What a talent. Rivals Gilly for sheer brilliance with the bat. We all thought Gilly was a once in a lifetime freak, but Warner could well be around for much longer doing the same thing. Despite his unbridled flair, he doesn't really play any wayward strokes. Has a phenomenal eye, and picks up the length as quick as I've seen. Well done Dave. What a way to truly signal Australia's resurgence toward cricketing dominance.

  • usernames on January 13, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    @heghhm - Ha! Really? Bangladesh have become so much better these days? I must have missed a bit of cricketing action then. Last I heard, one of their batsmen labeled the opposition as ordinary and got beaten. Let Bangladesh win some tests on their home turf; we will talk of anything else afterwards.

  • usernames on January 13, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    @Bikas RD - You know, you can't convince someone who conveniently chooses to ignore a few results. Fact is, India have been very good as a touring party in the last decade. Were they pathetic before that? Yes. Are they pathetic right now? Absolutely. Does that take anything away from what they achieved from 2002-10? No.

    You can't discount the fact that they drew with a very good Australian team in 03-04, won in Perth, drew with SA, won almost everywhere else. But some individuals are adamant on just ignoring those matches and label India as a cricketing country that has never performed overseas and is almost equal to Bangladesh. No amount of facts is going to change their opinion, no matter how hard you try.

    Having said that, the current Indian team is just showing up, they are playing atrocious cricket and Australia is playing far, far, far better as a team. There is nothing wrong in accepting that.

  • on January 13, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    @ Bikas RD why u are bashing pakistan here.....your so called legends fall today like a deck of cards against accurate aussie bowling attack.....dont bring pakistan here.if u want to show your anger then show it to your indian team.....who played pathetically now your focus should be on how to avoid the better think of that...cricinfo please publish

  • mrkhan555 on January 13, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    india is almost going to get an other shameful white wash.this is only because of their batting. india has got big batting lions like schain,dravid,sawaag etc but they are only good in india,zimbabwe,bengla desh,sri lanka and even they are not successful in pakistan.they cant face short pich bowling. a whitewash in two consective series is shamful for even a week side like bengla desh but how much it is embarasing for a worldchampion. we will have to say that they bacame worldchampion by chance. anyway i hope they will recover in india

  • GibyBangalore on January 13, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    Another one sided match! It seems that Indian players are spending their Holidays in Australia and playing some matches to kill time. Under prepared and mendtally down team. No body including the captian is failed in applying seriousness. The body language of players in the field says that they are eager to get back to India or finish this match as early as possible and go for their scheduled sight seeing and other tour plans before the last test. Great bowling and great field commitment by the Australian players. There is something seriuosly wrong with this Indian test team. Out of form of few players are acceptible But, here, the entire team is out of form.

  • Shan156 on January 13, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    @trumpoz, are you sure Warne enjoyed bowling here? His bowling average of 36+ at Perth suggests that this might be his least favorite venue in Australia. Also, Sachin may well return down under for another tour. The little master still has a lot to offer. I don't expect Dravid and Laxman to return though.

  • nlambda on January 13, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    This is just sad... what I fear is that this will further drive spectators to the IPL, creating a negative cycle. BCCI will then push for more T20s and we will get more and more players with shady test skills. BTW, I do not believe that Sehwag is "out of form". He is underprepared for swinging, bouncing conditions and that lack of preparation is getting exposed. He was unprepared in England and has again let the team down. Going the Harbhajan Singh way?

  • srisri on January 13, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    Don't worry guys.... Sachin, Laxman and Dravid can win us test series in AUS in 2015 if not 2019 or 2023. Of course, I am not kidding, they won't retire until they get the series in AUS & SA.

  • on January 13, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    Historically India has been the worst team when it comes to the greatest gap between performances at home and abroad. Unless Perth and Adelaide are confronted by tsunamis or earthquakes, a 4-0 whitewash is a formality. One billion people in India are the cause of these defeats in England and now in Australia. These billion people love it when India thrashes visiting teams at home. Their players become heroes and Gods. The thrashing of visiting teams at home on tailor-made pitches means the whole country is ecstatic. Due to overwhelming demand for home victories, Indian fans, cricket administrators and cricketers themselves get more of the same pitches. When the same team goes abroad they are clueless. Only after Indian fans, authorities and cricketers accept that home victories mean nothing, will they get proper pitches at home and their performances overseas will improve; until then India cannot have it both ways.

  • on January 13, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    sehwag has till now played good only on those pitches where even a specialist bowler can score a handsome runs. whenever he has scored good whole of indian lineup has scored good in that particular match. he just scores well in 1 match n makes a waste of his counting in following 8 to 10 matches. whats d use of such scoring n world records. he shud be axed first.

  • sathish008 on January 13, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    It is really heartbreaking to see the way India are playing. This tour is all over. We may show improved performance in Tri-Series, But test series result decide your tour. You let your fans down India. But still we are with you!!!

  • Shan156 on January 13, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    If anyone thinks India is having it bad, spare a thought for poor Duncan Fletcher. Looking forward (?) to his 8th successive defeat as coach in Australia and 12th in 13 tests?

  • on January 13, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    @lilian Thompson....hheehe never tell an Indian that their team performed worse than a Pakistani team....that is like stepping on a roaches underbelly. No Indian can forgive such an oversight!

  • Shan156 on January 13, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    India should play to their strengths and their strength is spin. Play both Ashwin and Ojha in Adelaide and drop the over-hyped Ishant Sharma.

  • Shan156 on January 13, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    @Christoph Donges, because teams play to win. At least, Australia does. Playing for a draw is acceptable only if there is absolutely no chance to win. Teams may think about it in the 4th or 5th day. Thinking about it before the test begins shows a defeatist mentality. And, why would Australia do that when they are winning against this Indian team?

  • theRule19 on January 13, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    Guys don't blame the (Indian) bowling attack. Even bowlers like or are encouraged to bowl only when their team has runs on the scorecard to defend.With pathetic batting and fielding, no bowlers can even feel like bowling. Attacking field placements are just not there and if they are they don't have fielders to stop them to create any sort of pressure. Only ones to be blamed is the coach, the batsmen and the fielders, bowlers come last in that regard.

  • Shan156 on January 13, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas, Forgive me for thinking that you were a true cricket fan. By agreeing with that drivel posted by @chokkashokka, you have proved that you are yet another Indian fan who can't admit defeat gracefully (btw, this game is still not lost; there are still 4 days to go in this test - cricket is a funny old game, anything can happen. While it doesn't look good for India atm, they can still win this test). No one would complain if India prepares square turners. It is within their rights and teams should try to win in such conditions too. That is the beauty of test cricket. That is why Dravid and Sachin are held in such high esteem because of their ability to play well in all conditions. But, chokkashoka thinks it is a disgrace to prepare fast and bouncy pitches. I am surprised that a knowledgeable cricket fan like you would agree with that.

  • wonderstar1 on January 13, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    @ all Australian and English fans. Enjoy your moment now.While we accept that we are totally humiliated and cant face quality fast and swing bowling except for Dravid and Sachin. But however, when you come to India be prepared to face rank turners and dont ever dare to complain that the pitch was not friendly or unplayable and when you lose accept the fact that you are poor players of quality spin bowling.

  • netcricketfan4ever on January 13, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    Now it is almost evident this test will fold in 4 days, this is what I would do if India is serious about doing something about their decline. For the next Test, I would play Rohit, Saha, Rahane and keep Kohli. There is little difference between losing 3-0 to 4-0. Well you could say, India should play for pride but pride is already out of the window. The end result would still be a bashing but at least, it gives Rohit, Rahane and Saha a good exposure. Dhoni doesn't belong to Test cricket, and you can take away the two veterans Laxman and Dravid or even SRT. If the pride hurts too much, you can say they were rested and play these guys. As far as bowling is concerned, there is no hope, you will be replacing rubbish with more rubbish. One change though, get rid of Vinay Kumar for ever and bring back Ashwin, he won't win you matches but at least he will score a few runs.

  • bobmartin on January 13, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    @ Kavindeven on (January 13 2012, 17:02 PM GMT)

    "Fletcher has fractured the injured Indian team. Enough said". What absolute nonsense...This is essentially the same team that Fletcher inherited from Gary Kirsten... full of players with a number of tests totalling hundreds one of whom is on the verge (as Indian supporters keep telling us) of getting to 100 international centuries. So kindly tell us exactly how Fletcher has fractured the team. I'm afraid you won't be able to, because you know that it's those self same players who have failed to perform, not the coach.. Unless of course you want to fall back on another favourite ploy of a lot of Indian supporters...i.e. blame anyone except the players. And never forget this.. it was some of those same players who led the revolt against Chappell when he was trying, unsuccessfully to restructure the team in order to make India more competitive. Now you are reaping the rewards of that and it serves you right.

  • on January 13, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    I think Indian team should not play into Aussie's strength. I would have played four spinners to their four fast bowlers, and told Sehwag to play his natural game.

  • Marcio on January 13, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    No, @Front-Foot-Lunge, I don't believe your spin. Australia are on the way up, and coming your way. If England were so great they wouldn't keep getting humiliated in ODI's. The difference is not talent, but technique and discipline, and Australia have improved in both these departments this season, which is why they are on their way to their 6th win in 10 tests (2 losses, 2 draws) since the Ashes. But keep dreaming about the past. You are living in it.

  • on January 13, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    Better they change the team enough of sehwag's and sachin's show ask them to retire i bet even Zimbabwe will beat current Indian team now BLOOD IN SOME YOUNG PLAYERS IN DOMESTIC CRICKET





  • on January 13, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    dhoni should cme up the order before laxman n tendulkar should play as opener

  • wonderstar1 on January 13, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas . U must be kidding mate? Actually, Dravid is the one who looks woefully out of form. why you want to replace the top scorer in the team? Just because you dont like sachin dont show your personal hatred here.

  • sathish008 on January 13, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    This is really Humiliating for India!!! Anyways well played OZ and Warner!!!

  • Romenevans on January 13, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    Dhoni >>> """Blah Blah Blah!!! Im sending Virat for after match press conference to take those stupid questions from media reporters, which i dont give a damn about...Im off for Go Karting...anyone coming? We'll practice after Warner will finish his 500 tomorrow...."""

  • Marcio on January 13, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    LOL, @landl47. As If England won the Ashes with express bowling. Anderson was lucky to break 130km/hr most of the time. Tremlett was about 135 most of the time, as was Bresnan. Australia's bowlers were 5-10 km/hr faster the whole series. Maybe Harris learned a thing or two from that. It must have hurt saying something good about Warner and co at the end of your post. That's the first positive you have ever made about Australia. Mind you, it came after 800 runs for the loss of one wicket. I suppose you HAD to make a grudging compliment after that, no?

  • Romenevans on January 13, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    @ InnocentGuy - ROFLMAO! Bwahahahahahaha! LOL that made my day. Vinay is a complete joke of a bowler, and he looks like as if his lungs gonna pop out of his mouth while running for his scorching run-up..and then BAM! 120 KPH dolly the bolly lolly pop. Bang! Warner send him out of the ground.

  • on January 13, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    This game is way too one-sided - Aussies are crushing the Indian team , Indians need to show some fight - the bowlers have to steup up m Dhoni has to come up with come motivation for the boys or this game is over in 2 more days

  • sk12 on January 13, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    It seems a strange case of the team spiralling backwards as the series progresses. I was actaully impressed wit the way we staretd off this tour and the England tour.. In England we were just a session away from drawing the 1st test, and got the 1st innigns lead in the 2nd. Here the 1st match was so very even till our 2nd innigs collapse at the end. And in the 2nd game we were bowled out for 230 odd but had them at 32-3 at one stage... Soemthign tells me its not just lack of talent thats causing us to play so badly - how els cld we have been No 1 for 2 years.

  • SantoshGhirnikar on January 13, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    I am crying and laughing at the same time. Crying because of the shame and humiliation India is suffering and laughing because there are still some supporters praying for a miracle that India will turn things around. Please wake up and smell the coffee. It's over for India! We are the laughing stock of the cricketing world.

  • on January 13, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    the olden days when mass rioting would sort out the resolve of a player. Either keep your head or lose it was india's own solution. From a team at the top of their peek at the start of the millenium with such hope and knowing that the possible could be drawn fromt he impossible such as at eden gardens is what kept india going till the very top. Not only have they lost that, but one fears all the hard work done by there four star studded batsmen and the likes of kumble/harbajhan over the last ten years is being undone in front of there eyes. One of the saddest most damning days in indian cricket.

  • NikhilNair on January 13, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    It's painful as an Indian fan to watch this series. The English Summer was supposed to be the best series in terms of contest between two great teams, but we were hammered in the worst possible manner. This series was supposed to be a comeback, with top players returning. First match... normal proceedings continued and we lost. But I had faith in my team, and at SCG, I was let down again. But still 2 to go, and my hopes remained. But after first day here.... I'm not sure if we will come back in this match. I live in U.S and just to watch my team live, I stay up late night. But after the top order collapse, I had no hopes from the rest and I couldn't watch anymore. I'm not sure if I will stay up any more to watch this series live. Please fight Team India... PLEASE! I hope for the best in the next 4 days...

  • MeraBharatMahaan on January 13, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    As an Indian fan, I humbly request ICC to withdraw test status and World championship title from India. I think, only match fixing could have helped such a pathetic Indian team to win world cup. Cricinfo, please publish.

  • romanc on January 13, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    Come back India, Come back, Yes it is bad time for India..But we will come back strongly...

  • dockhaul4 on January 13, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    Indian performance is just like same candy in a different wrapper every time

  • on January 13, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    leave alone tail ender they need someone to bat when our batsmen themselves score less than 2 digit

  • on January 13, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    Can understand how Warner feels so difficult beating a dead snake..

  • on January 13, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    India playing abroad is getting boring....Should get curtailed from away tours and concentrate on home matches.....Indian people at least deserve something and get something in that way

  • sk12 on January 13, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    Is there any chance at all that Aus would collpase to 300-320 all out tomorrrow?? Atleast a 0.1% chance, with Indians getting all the luck in the world.. like batsman distracted by a seagull, or getting run out backing up too far at the non-strikers end, or some freak dismissals.. Soem one plz say YES.. plz. I really wanna wake up from this nightmare..

  • Romenevans on January 13, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    @ jonnybtestmatch - Well said and couldn't agree with you more. But that's not gonna happen. I mean look what Indian test cricket is going through and BCCI released their IPL 5's schedule which is 2 months long. Look at the timing of this release, its like "We don't give a damn! Say what you want to say, Just Buzz off!" Can you imagine Companions T20 league? Fans dont want it, Broadcaster dont want it...sponsors running away and lol even cricketers don't want it (After getting out of it CSK's Dhoni said "Its a Blessing In Disguise, Because We will have more time for England's 5 ODI series). So there is no hope. Future? This shameless team will come back home and next 1-2 years India will play home series and probably their "Records Obsessed Flat track bullies" will thrash Sri Lanka or Bangladesh at home (Asia Cup, In March) and the general Indian cricket fans will forget about everything, and will start praising their "Cricketing Gods" again....Hopeless situation to say the least.

  • on January 13, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    india will save this test . dont worry guys

  • srisri on January 13, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    Mark my words... India gonna loose this one by an Innings & 500 runs. I am Serious. 4 more day to go and Aussies have 10 wickets in hand. Marsh will score a double hundred if not Warner.

  • er.Vaibhav on January 13, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    @omarzz what you are so excited about is this the old pakkistani mentallity when you can't do something on your own then jump with joy like kids when someone else does start exaggerating when pakistan beats india and thats not gonna happen save it

  • rajsc on January 13, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    @InnocentGuy on (January 13 2012, 17:05 PM GMT) ROFL buddy. nice one...

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on January 13, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    So England thrash Australia and India. And Australia thrash India. So what's happening in his series is essentially a contest between two middle-ranking teams. But the likes of Warner give it a bit of quality.

  • on January 13, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    India sucks big time! It looks like they can only play at home on flat wickets.

  • on January 13, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    This reminds me of India's tour to Pak in 1978, only in that case, it was our famed spin bowlers who were destroyed by Zaheer Abbas and co. In this case it is our famous batsmen who are past their "best by date". That tour marked the end of our spin quartet and started the rise of Kapil Dev. Unfortunately I dont think we have a similar hope in our batting at this point!!

  • cfhasib on January 13, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    Those who relentlessly denounces Bangladesh's test status for their performance, I think its about time to ask to strip India's test status on foreign soil. They should only be permitted to to play in their own local pitches only to keep their false sense of "Prides" alive.

  • theRule19 on January 13, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    Really time is up for all of the following to leave Indian cricket - Duncan Fletcher (in whose company even England struggled, wonder how BCCI appointed him), Sehwag (utterly reckless shot making without any foot work), Dravid (Aging player trying to regain his form and failing more often than not), Sachin (chasing that elusive 100th ton), Laxman (another aging player trying but to stay in the Indian team but really should have left a while ago). These people should leave the game with the dignity they have otherwise it would be pity if they are taken out of the team with disdain. Bring in young players who even if they fail, wont hurt and annoy much as this people while playing do. And any success (by these young players) will only make them better players.

  • objective_cricfan on January 13, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    Poor ESPN STAR still continue to show AGNEEPATH ad ! It should be changed to PANIPATH. The Indian team continue to pour cold water on the Indian fans.

  • Andross on January 13, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    Well done Warner, he has well and truly shown that he makes the grade at this level, which I admit I was hesitant about at first. And the bowlers have shown that they can operate even without Patterson. Now the biggest question marks remaining in the AUS side are Haddin and Marsh, who both need to state their case to remain in the team.

    India though, have plenty of work to do, possibly the psychological side first and foremost. I would have loved to know how this series would have panned out had India not lost to the Poms 4-zip, and if they lose this series, and it looks very likely that they will, their moral will take another crushing blow. Perhaps as people are saying that moral healing would be aided by more young blood, either way, they have a lot of homework to do.

    Full Credit to AUS though, they have gone from where I feared in the lead up to the series that they would lose 3-4 nil, and have outplayed India to go 2 up, with options on a third.

  • sk12 on January 13, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    Now Warner can achieve what Clarke couldnt (or rather didnt want to) - he has all the time in the world and a pathetic bowling attack to race to his 400..

  • er.Vaibhav on January 13, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    this really hurts...anyways well play australia and especially david warner

  • on January 13, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    @LillianThomson..i saw many times that u always try to give an example of pakistan,here too u said that pak competed against Aus in Aus far better than india and in the same time undermining india's win at home against Aus and few test wins in Aus,in 2003 Aus were only missing Mcgrath(Warne anywhere had no impact against indian team and was replaced by McGill who's a very good spinner then) and a champion side like Aus does'nt just depend on one bowler,so 1-1 in 2003 was very good result by that indian team,also india lost just by 1-2 in 2008 DownUnder,now compare it with pak who'r whitewashed 0-3 the last four times they visited Aus,is that u call as better fightback,pak just won one tests against aus(home or away) in the last 23yrs,so u r grossly wrong,the fact is Aus at their top has faced maximum resistance from india when all other teams were routed both at home and away,give credit where it's due,cricinfo pls publish

  • theguynextdoor77 on January 13, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    Another pathetic display from the Indian team. This series is becoming a joke now. Forget the best chance for the Indian team to win a series in Australia, if they can prevent a 4-0 whitewash, then that would be a miracle. As an Indian looking forward to competing in Australia after the dismal England tour, my head hangs in shame. The worst part is I really doubt BCCI would do anything (besides dropping a player or two). Shame!

  • kenishah on January 13, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    ind need somfin special from tendulkar n zahher. sehwag owes india a start now

  • InnocentGuy on January 13, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    Vinay runs up to bowl like he is going to deliver a 170 mph scorcher.. And then the batsman goes "What the..?". He swishes his bat twice thinking the ball is about to reach him and finds that it's still mid-way on the pitch. He then takes guard again, looks up, and drives inside out over cover and the ball sails into the stands. Vinay runs up to the batsmen and gives him a cold stare.

  • Romenevans on January 13, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    Fletcher has fractured the injured Indian team. Enough said.

  • ImpressiveTeer on January 13, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    To Team India - Please Try something Different. Watch one of your inspirational innnings and get that spark back. Its painful to see you guys succumb to defeats one after another.

    At this point the least they can do is change their batting order. They know it hasn't worked in several innings. Losing Sehwag cheaply has a very high impact to the rest. I also feel Kohli should be promoted up the order so he can draft his innings rather than playing the responsibility role at no.6 with the tail. They are still a great team just some flexibility and spark (junoon) is required Batting order in my opinion - Gambhir, Dravid, Kohli, Sachin, Sehwag, VVS, Dhoni, Ashwin/Ojha, and three seamers.

    Wish they read Cricinfo comments :)

  • MiddleStump on January 13, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    What are the captain and coach thinking? When the batting fails repeatedly, they make a single change in the side by replacing a bowler. Vinay Kumar is the 4th or 5th seamer on this tour and only got selected due to injuries to Praveen Kumar and Aaron. So in reality we have a 7th string seamer trying to take India out of the rut even as the batting continues to crumble. Once again 3 out of the top 7 in the batting order contribute nothing. This time, Sehwag, Dravid, and Dhoni combined for all of 21 runs. Why take Rohit Sharma all the way to Australia if he was not going to play no matter how poorly others bat?

  • bansamik on January 13, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    Hello everybody Paul Scholes coming back from retirement to play for Man Utd...Thierry Henry for please bring back Ganguly to team India so that he can save us from humiliation...only he can save India and immediately drop dhoni, dravid, laxman and tendulkar.

  • ToTellUTheTruth on January 13, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    Excuses...excuses..that's all we Indians live on. What a pathetic performance. The only hope we have now is for BCCI rolling their sleeves, find a cause, and fly the team back by 3rd day of this test. Atleast we can still look forward to the never coming 100th of Sachin.

  • bplusa on January 13, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    Looking at the scorecard on day 01; one can clearly foresee another tough day for Indians on the second day.I think this match 'll be over on 3rd day unless Indian Bowlers perform some miracle.Good luck to Warner for tomorrow.

  • HawksEyeFocused on January 13, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    India should learn some cricket from Pakistan young talented boys who did their level best as new team in the world cup with almost new faces accompl.. the highest 10/10 points but lost in semi with such experience batsman failing to achive nothing in Australia. Shame on Indian team ..Dhoni is good for nothing as captain top bating order is performing like nuts.

  • ishrat1971 on January 13, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    Agneepath series what a joke. Vijay Deenanath Chouhan must be grinding his teeth. The way Warner played India need a therapist to get over the first days play

  • on January 13, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    pathetic display by india once more. this really hurts. The old chaps have weak reflexes, making them unable to quickly react to Aussie pace bowling. They might survive on slow Indian pitches but don't stand a chance outside subcontinent.Time to groom youngsters now. In case Indians loose both remaining matches, they'd be demoralised and it wouldn't be surprising if they come cropper in ODI series too.Also surprised to see the timing of Dhoni hinting of retirement.

  • Omarrz on January 13, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    This is what happens when there are tooo many aged big names in the team. This Indian team is the 2003 WC Pakistani team. And this will be the story of Indian team after this tour: Pakistan dumped all the superstars after that WC and they were considered a mediocre team for the next 2 years. Indian started to boasting about their wins against Pakistan (forgetting the fact that Pakistan was a relatively new and young team and the thrashing they have received when Pakistan's superstars were at their prime).

  • MSH007 on January 13, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    India team, especially some of its senior players have been always over-hyped for some reason. Although Sachin has a great record, can someone post when and how many of his centuries have been made in a match-saving situations? I think most of them are on Indian soil either in the first innings or in the 2nd innings of an already dead test match. This will be their 7th consecutive defeat outside of India. Something needs to be done about that. Rohit should have played in this match in place of VVS. Vinay is such an ordinary bowler to have been used in Australia. Too disappointed by Indian Cricket Team.

  • Archchunan on January 13, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    Hey guys why you all forget the coach...? Duncun Fletcher. Doesn't he too not responsible for this?

  • SamRoy on January 13, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    All the pace bowlers in Australia's state teams' 2nd XI are better than Vinay and Mithun. Seems everyone is aware of the fact apart from Dhoni who seems to think differently. And if any Indian bowler is overhyped it is got to be Ishant Sharma. Average of 36.80 (seriously) and he is never dropped!

  • HawksEyeFocused on January 13, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    Once again the hollow greatness of Sachin Tendulkar has been exposed. Once again it has been proved that he can play well only in friendly conditions. Neither has he the talent to bat well in bouncy pitches, nor does he has the guts to handle pressure. But even now some fools will call him great just because he has made some records & some other fools will pray for his 100th century, rather than for India's win. I am sure when India plays at home he will get to his century & Indians will forget everything about this shameful performance. May this false great batsman never gets to his century...

  • landl47 on January 13, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    This is the most one-sided day of test cricket I can remember since England bowled Australia out for 98 and were 0-157 by the close on Boxing Day 2010. I started the day baffled by India's selection policy- Ashwin has been their second-most successful batsman after Tendulkar and he has also bowled accurately, if not with any menace. Why drop him for a medium-pacer? Then India's batsmen played as if this was a tough pitch, when actually the ball didn't do much all day. Hilf swung it, as he always does, but otherwise it was pretty much up-and-down stuff from Aus. Harris appears to be bowling medium-pace, perhaps in order to last through the game; though he's advertised as a fast bowler he hardly touched 140kph and most of the day hovered around 135. Starc bowled a couple of good balls and a lot of dross (remind you of anyone?) and Siddle tried hard and only lasted two sessions. Warner and Cowan feasted on India's bowling, showing the pitch was fine. India looks a beaten side already.

  • on January 13, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    Our champion team players deserve a second chance & i'm sure that they will do well in next series.... high time bcci thought of 4 test match series against SA in SA.

  • on January 13, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    this is where lara outclassed sachin...lara has played many heroics against best teams AUS and SA on their pace pitches and single handedly won matches

  • on January 13, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    As an England fan i am very happy to see Australia dominating India this series. Last summer we were dominating them just the same and at every turn Indian fans would continually think up ridiculous excuses to discredit our success. Most of these excuses revolved around the belief that we were only winning because Zaheer was not playing. Well look at this series! He is playing and the Indians are still getting dominated!

  • on January 13, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    i am happy for Aussiessss as an Australian fun, but i dont like them win such easily.. show some more fight indians..

  • on January 13, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    It's not a shame on the performance on Indian team but rather it's an utter shame on their attitude, approach and their batting technique on flat pitches abroad. These guys are least bothered to improve their batting on flat pitches. On top of this, players like Sehwag play like mad-bulls without being worried about audiences and throw wickets away.

  • shizam on January 13, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    Ha Ha Ha it is all exposed now. What people already knew is now confirmed by the consistent failure of Indian batsmen. Indians can only bat on dead Indian wickets like the one they recently made in Indur. Indian batsmen including tendulkar and sehwag have no technique or timing at all. The way tendulkar got out playing across (come on tendulkar is wayyyy tooo much over rated). A 4-0 white wash now looking a reality.

  • T.R.GHANCHI on January 13, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    Well, this has been a really poor performance by the Indians which has lead people to say that Australia have found their lost touch. The same would go to the Pakistan team. Just because they won the Bangladesh series, you cant really say they are on top of their game and would beat England easily in the UAE. I tend to disagree. It has always been difficult to beat Australia in Australia, no doubt. The real test for them will be when they play in Asia. India needs to drop Sewag and bring in Parthiv Patel, give that boy an opportunity at least. I think its about time for India to think about future and take constructive and bold steps.

  • on January 13, 2012, 16:16 GMT


  • Shan156 on January 13, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    Since Ed Cowan was dismissed at 37/3 in Sydney, Indian bowlers have taken a grand total of 1 wicket (Ponting) conceding 821 runs (and counting) in the process. God knows why India selected that trundler Vinay Kumar instead of Ojha. Ojha with his left arm spin would have been useful against players like Warner. Hard to imagine anything other than 0-3 for India. With their morale destroyed, it is hard to see them putting a good show in Adelaide. May be the end of the road for Dravid and Laxman. And, Indian fans, no excuses please.

  • on January 13, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    Aussie Aussie Aussie Aussie Aussie :P

  • Herbet on January 13, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    "When Srilankans won the world cup , they dominated the game"

    Did they?

  • SachinRao on January 13, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    The people most deserving to be dropped are: Duncan Fletcher and Eric Simmons. Duncan has only managed to spoil the techniques of the batsmen. Eric has only managed to spoil the techniques of promising bowlers like Yadav and has not been able to sort out Ishant. Useless set...should be sacked ASAP. The veterans have toured Australia many times and thus alien conditions and pitches is nonsense. Seriousness is an issue..Go karting, fishing in the middle of the tour ?? Captain discussing test retirement in the midst of a series ?? Overhaul required.

  • Sano27 on January 13, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    Its time to "REBUILD"....not only the team but also the selection panel.....Fletcher is also good for nothing.....Its time for the LEGENDS to keep way to the YOUNGSTERS....time for Dhoni to step down his captaincy.....!

  • Precioustar84 on January 13, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    Where are all the people that wanted Vinay in so badly? I will never understand your logic behind Vinay's selection in the team just like I never understand the reasoning behind BCCI and Indian selectors for taking him over players who truly deserve to be in the team. How can you bench Ashwin - second highest run getter for India? It sounds even absurd that a bowler is batting better than all top batsmen. I guess there is no such thing as credentials, you just have to have some luck and favoritism to get into the national team in India. As far as some folks here blaming pitches its only because when you people travel India, you don't seem to think the pitches are sporting when India starts scoring so some will post about it to annoy you but its by no means excuses. Its more of an exaggeration and lame "excuses" some of you bring when you come to India. Its sounds bitter doesn't it? ALL pitches are sporting whether its in India or Australia so please just accept the challenge!!

  • KarthicMahadevan on January 13, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    Dont blame the pitch. Australia and other top class teams can still manage a victory in the sub continent. Big Money and arrogance of the Indian cricket management has ruined the players and the sport. Stop throwing money at these players which they dont deserve...Kohli and others are only loyal to their IPL team owners and not to our national team...Where is the pride and competition playing for the national team. I am not saying this only because India in losing in Australia but India had no chance of winning a test series outside the sub continent as they are all now tuned to the 20-20 format and dont have the patience to stay at the wicket for maore than 1 hour....

  • on January 13, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    As an Indian fan, I consider India defeated in this test already. I do not want Aus to post a thousand runs or produce the biggest innings defeat ever, not more. If BCCI can arrange a home test series against Zimbabwe or Bangladesh at Mumbai, Banglore and Hyderabad to send off the fab 3 it will be good... Until then lets keep silent, because their careers do not deserve to end in embarrassment.

  • naga25french on January 13, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    black day for India test cricket .. Worst part is coming tomo ! i fear !

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 13, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    @indianpunter, I agree with most of your post. But I don't agree with the part on Dravid. Sachin has to go.

  • InnocentGuy on January 13, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    I agree, it would be surprising if Australia does not win 4-0. This Indian team deserves to mauled. I think a better way to drive home a point would be if the media NOT ask any questions to the team or BCCI - just ignore them, rather than asking questions about what went wrong and what plans for the next match/series.

  • Bilal94 on January 13, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    It will be an unfortunate end to Dravid and Laxman career but some heads are going to roll after the series.

  • kenishah on January 13, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    im jus gona say 1 thing 2 indian batsman go down to the ball dnt let the ball com up 2 u cos its not gona com wer u want it 2 soo mak it com wer u want it 2

  • on January 13, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    boy o boy we are in big trouble ,this is coming from an Indian.Although i hate to admit i think it is time big 3 retire ,despite the fact that i am a big fan of the 3 .they have rattled bowlers world over .It is better that they retire before being thrown out.well played aussies . I have high regards for u as well.

  • on January 13, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    TBH none of the Indian greats ever quit on their own they had to be dragged out..screaming and hollering..maybe Gavaskar and Srinath are the only two I can recollect who went out on their own... It is time to accept fact we cannot play well abroad and let this guys go, including a sehwag. Vinay Kumar seriously?? Hopefully he has played test for the last time...time to clean shop and let younger men in even though none of them are a Sachin or Laxman...time to go guys....

  • on January 13, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    Although I already know that Dhoni will be a humiliating exit. As of today, all the players are to blame for what happened in the test. When Australia was the best team in the world we lost many test to them but not as defeat as in Dhoni's captaincy.

  • Nampally on January 13, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Dhoni & Srikant have been boasting that this is the best team India can put. Dhoni said once more that India will win the last 2 tests to level the series. The batting collapsed for 161 & the worst thing is the Bowlers did not get a single wkt.for 150 runs at nearly 7 runs/over on the very same pitch Disgraceful display all round by both batting & bowling. I would much rather play the same youngsters that did so well against the West Indies in the last series. These so called "Legends"- Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar & Laxman - between them totalled <60 runs whilst the younger guys Gambhir & Kohli totalled 75. Indian Fans have been flooding these Cricinfo columns with all sort of bright ideas for the team improvement which always fall on deaf ears. Rohit Sharma, the leading run getter against the WI in the last series, is benched whilst the guys failing consistently are playing. It is humiliating for the Indian fans to see such chicken hearted display by this team.

  • Crazythhbsrth on January 13, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    I keep on reading about dropping the legends. If these experienced batsmen can't score runs in foreign conditions who will? I don't see any names being banded around. The real problems lie with the fact that in the whole of India there is one pitch. Low, Slow and Turning. In Aus, SA, Eng, NZ and W IND there are different pitches. Sort that out and in time you will have a more versatile Indian team, batting and bowling wise.

  • on January 13, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    I hate to say, "I told you so", but I wrote during the lunch break that "you can bet your bottom Rupee that when Australia bat, it'll look like a different wicket"...& so it proved. I also hate to say this - as I used to love the infectious but fair-minded enthusiasm of India's fans as well as the flair with which their team played its cricket - but I have absolutely zero sympathy for India nowadays, as their board has shamelessly attempted to sabotage world cricket through their ridiculous stance on DRS, their vulgar promotion of the IPL & their undermining of the Future Tours Programme. In addition, the vast majority of India's fans nowadays are horribly jingoistic & ungracious to boot - which is why you'll see almost every non-Indian on the Cricinfo forums supporting any team at any given time that India happens to be playing against. Go, Oz. Make it another 4-0 humiliation, please.

  • on January 13, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    I think Rohit sharma is not going to be included in 4th test. because if he is selecetd and performs well who is going to be responsible for his miss in first three tests.

  • spaldo on January 13, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    Yes the headlines will read the fastest 100 by an opener, yes the indian fans will scream for younger blood and a new era, and not to take away from an amazing tallent finding his feet or a nation that can not tollerate dominance in every format of the game, but where is the congratulations to a team who has finally gelled as a unit and a captain that has finally been given all he needs to lead his team. Clarke's field positions were exceptional, creating wickets when needed. Also the choice to bowl would be scoffed by former steely eyed monsters that would intimidate by getting the runs on the board. Positive playing to the conditions and strengths of the current team, good for cricket.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 13, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    @kavindeven, you wrote: "Guys you know what Dhoni, Sachin, Laxman and Dravid everyday talk while standing in slips? They say "Were we really the Test Champions Or it was a nice and well planned ICC ranking flaw" then sachin replies...":P Giiggle....Shhhhhhhhhh, you are not supposed to talk about that, Sangakkara already said it". Mate kavindeven. Thanks much. You have no idea how loudly I laughed. hahahahha....can't thank you enough for the laugh. ROFL....:D....that was a cracker of a joke mate...hahahaha....can't control my laughter....hahahahha....

  • gothetaniwha on January 13, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    I thought India had hit rock bottom after the second test , obviously not , feeble effort from India today - hope Warner has good rest overnight cause it could be carnage on day 2 and 3 if Aussie keep going Warner 300+ by tea .

  • sk12 on January 13, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    The one team that would be bewildered are the Proteas.. Even I cannot beleive how we got off with a 1-1 draw there last year, when Eng and Aus (who are of similar strength as SA) are just pummelling us. Pummel is a gross understatement btw..

  • on January 13, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    When a debutant makes repeated mistakes, It can be understandable What If the 20 years expreience make mistakes repeatedly Its just not digestable. Aussies have made India realize where they stand in world cricket. Its time for a drastic change and pick players on performace rather than 'Names'. Its amazing to see the same world's best batting line up became the worst batting lineup in closing stages of their careers.

  • on January 13, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    I am not going to watch those meaningless matches in the subcontinent where the Indian bashers bully fast bowlers & boost their ego & dont even mention IPL. Better to watch matches involving England, SA, Australia, Newzealand where the contests between ball & bat are more evenly balanced. Srinivasan & BCCI can watch the IPL!

  • renambo on January 13, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    When India can't get their 600 up and feed on some stats on a flat deck they don't want to know about it. They deserve to lose 4-0

  • on January 13, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Really makes me wonder why I wake up at 4am to watch this tripe.

  • CricketAbhimani on January 13, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    Oh what a relief! There was so much anxiety as to how India will fare. It's a relief since the match seems over now. Adeleide will be a formality. BCCI needs to find out reasons for the repeated debacle and make decisions. No point in passing personal comments against players. In sport, you win some and lose some. India has played really well for the last few years. Let's accept that. We fans just want to see 'true efforts' from our players. As Ganguly said on TV, it's strange that we can't bowl consistently in good areas which is how Aus bowlers got all their wickets. Hope players are not taking Tests lightly. They anyway earn a lot from IPL, which seems a permanent source of income. All talk about 'playing for country' is not really showing on the field. Hope we can see efforts on the field for the remainder of the series. We don't mind losing, as long as efforts are there. C'mon India, give your best! We are with you.

  • bobmartin on January 13, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    All this complaining about wickets... let's look at the facts.. Over a period of time, every team plays every other team at home and away.. So every team has to cope with different conditions. The team which regularly does that better than the others rises to the top of the table and the team that doesn't adapt e.g. India, gets overtaken. Simples !!!

  • royramesh on January 13, 2012, 15:26 GMT


  • on January 13, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    The time has come for accountability in Indian Cricket . Along with the Big 3 , we need to look for fresh openers & a fresh young Captain . Dhoni has hinted he ll retire from tests . So basically we need a fresh team with Zaheer to lead the fresh bowling attack ... Fresh 11 ... hard measures for hard results

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 13, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    @chokkashokka, agree with you to a very large extent. People who are criticising you should realise the following: 1) Just because their batsmen are scoring on this pitch doesn't mean it is not a grassbowl. I'm not ashamed in accepting that they are better on grassbowls as of now. 2) Just because our batsmen pile up huge scores and shoot the opponents for innings defeats in India doesn't mean that our tracks are not rank turners. Hard for the blokes to admit that they don't have the technique to handle spin. At least, matter of fact is, our yesteryear Legends have survived and thrived on all kinds of tracks. Age must have caught up with them now on grassbowls. But they are still good on our rank turners. So, SA, England, Australia be prepared for rank turners the next time you tour India. But what we should do is lay down grassbowls/grazing fields for practice domestically and never provide them for tests against SA, Eng, Aus. ONLY RANK TURNERS should greet them.

  • rahulcricket007 on January 13, 2012, 15:21 GMT


  • wolf777 on January 13, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    Warner go hit have all the time in the world and incompetent bowling to help you out. Dhoni, you got to resign buddy and let someone else take over the reign. If not for anything; at least, for us fans' sake you got to quit and don't forget your buddy Srikanth with you. You two need to accept the responsibility of the repeat the debacle of the England tour.

  • bunnays on January 13, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    It is time for India to drop the OAP (old age pensioners= Sewag, Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman) and bring in youngsters. Asian players are not geared up to play after 32, specially when u playing Australia in Autralia. They very effective between 23 and 30. PLEASE PLEASE PRINT POST THIS......Thanks

  • Romenevans on January 13, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    LOL! No. of comments on cricinfo's articles are always on the higher side, compared to India's batting score card. What a joke.

  • cric_freak88 on January 13, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    i think INDIA will be the only team wich wudnt mind TOURING PAKISTAN atm , atleast they'll get what they want in pakistan ... FLAT TRACKS !!

  • RakeshDash on January 13, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    Lovely innings from Warner...great batting display...somebody please put a fullstop to this test series. Seems like we are back in 90s.Its like waking up in the morning in 90s to find Ind 6/100 or Aussies 130 without loss. All credit to Aussies...very well played. BCCI should look in to phase out the biggies now. Once again congrats Aussies.

  • Marcio on January 13, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    Welcome to rock bottom, India. The great thing about the bottom is that there are are only TWO places to go: up - or sideways. Denial will take you sideways. But judging by the comments here, at least Indian supporters are not in denial . What about the management. I'm an Aussie, but even I felt embarrassed for India today. Brad Haddin must have really enjoyed this. How does that make you feel?

  • on January 13, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    You guys are simply Monday morning quarterbacks. Why can't you acknowledge the fact that, India is an extremely over rated team and SHOULD not play Cricket outside Indian wet, damp flat track. Indian team simply is not Good enough, PERIOD.

  • Romenevans on January 13, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    @Rollercoaster_27 - IPL provide plateform for young players? Give me a single example of a player who cam out of IPL scene and took the world by storm? Okay! I'll give you some. Jadeja? R. Ashwin? LOOOOOOL! Please. Period. Developing real Test players like Bresnon, James Pattinson, AB Devilliers, Warner, Ian Bell takes some serious skills, technique, mental approach and desire to fight, Not liek these flat track bullies that look like cats when they go out of Mumba, Chennai or Kolkata. Dravid, Sachin, Saurav, Laxman (I'm talking about Their Peak Days, NOT Present) were they all produced by IPL?

  • on January 13, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    Indian fans...... all the talk about how bad other teams are... and who should be stripped off test arena .........really!!!!!!!

    India should be forced to play test against Bangladesh in India! Every single Indian fan makes fun about BD, WI and ZB whenever they can. Let me tell you.................. Indian is no better than any of those teams when it comes to play out-side subcontinent!¬ -Signed by Me!

  • on January 13, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    Agree with Umar Saud......................

  • sohaibahmad on January 13, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    remove the "sacred cows" you cant drag them anymore...ST/RD/VVS/MSD need to go

  • cric4lyf on January 13, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    sehwag & tendulkar ...learn from excuse for bouncy pitches...and sehwag u play like skool boys..shame on u

  • on January 13, 2012, 15:10 GMT




  • luvofcricket on January 13, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    I don't know why we are making a big deal as if India has underperformed in this series.Even during the series with WI our batsmen against one of the most mediocre attacks that include Sammy and co struggled on INDIAN WICKETS not Australian wickets. We won because their batsmen struggled more against Indian spin. This AUSSIE BOWLING ATTACK IS DEFINITELY NOT OF THE MCGRATH QUALITY YET WE HAVE OUTPERFORMED OURSELVES EACH TIME WE CAME INTO BAT. Now I can safely rest without any tension as the Indians haven managed to make the test into a one way traffic on day one.

  • phoenixsteve on January 13, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    Great show by the Aussies who yet again have exposed India's flat track bullies as being just that. This looks like a 3 day test and frankly, India's performances to date have been unacceptable. Test cricket deserves better and this contest isn't sport as such. More akin to blood sports and not something which should continue. India would do better to concede the 4th test now and save themselves from further humiliation. A truly awesome display from the Aussies and their faith in Warner has paid off. he's out Sehwagged Sehwag - quite something to see! RIP Indian test cricket........

  • DMS1111 on January 13, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    That was a pathetic display by india.....comparable to many of Englands pathetic efforts over the last 20 years

  • Herath-UK on January 13, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    What is happening to Sri Lankan and Indian famed batting greats collapsing like ninepins on some juicy pitches outside the continent.Where is the problem,I wonder is it the IPL both groups involved heavily with. Ranil Herath -Kent

  • on January 13, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    So as long as India plays at home, and against opposition not of world class they will attain number 1 status.

    The batting without the trio as has already been mentioned is abject, but the so called "quicks" of India have let the team down here. What happened to the likes of Irfan Pathan, a genuine quick, oh i know. Once Wasim Akram stopped helping him, the "great" pace bowlers/coaches of India decided to change his action as they wanted the next Kapil Dev, result string of injuries and a drop in pace and a career in ruins. In a country with so much talent surely the time has come to concentrate on grooming serious pacemen. Get Indian Batsmen playing on the county circuits and in Australia and South Africa's domestic circuit.

    But as long as the dollars keep rolling in for the Boards and the players alike neither will have the motivation to improve. Finally, get rid of the coach the man is a joke, he made England at best a middle of the pack team and India is headed that way.

  • rayyanjamil on January 13, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    i think india should axe senior players from the team even master blaster because they r now not giving that service they given b4, time come to rush new bloods to the team for building indias future in next 15 yrs .because of them no any real talent batsmen r coming to the team

  • AbdullahShaikh on January 13, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    As far as form is concerned it was very much there in the WI series in WI and then again in India.In India they did well also against England in the ODI series. So bottom line just give them a few series with Bangladesh, New Zealand, WI, Zimbabwe and just see how they tear into the opposition like lions and tigers. And then you will also see the record number of runs flowing from the blade of these great legendary players.

  • ManjY89UkZ on January 13, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    Why are so many people turning on Dhoni. What he said wasn't so bad, youre acting like he committed murder. He wants to look at his physical state and form at 2013 to see whether or not the world cup is viable. The only way he can get too WC is by probably giving up test cricket.

    I read a comment saying drop Dhoni cause of his performances abroad. If we start slashing players cause of there recent performances abroad were gonna be left with Dravid and maybe ST.

  • on January 13, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    Bangladeshis, great chace to win test against mainstream team. Immediately arrange test series with India.

  • andrew27994 on January 13, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    WOW, David Warner was just awesome, a great player in the makings for Australia . Thoroughly entertaining batting. But I also must say some poor cricket all round from India, with both bat and ball. For some reason Team India have never put up a fight when they are going down. This was what Haddin was implying. Though he shouldn't have been the one from the Aussies making such a statement, it still is true. India can still win this if and only if they have the will to do it. Anything is possible but India have never picked themselves up in tough situations till now. Warner's performance would certainly deflate India, but the bowlers need to start making things happen tomorrow and quickly if they want ot win otherwise it just means that they want to lose and they don't have the passion or desire to win. It's up to them whether they want to make a comeback.

  • collegian on January 13, 2012, 15:01 GMT


    or go bowling in the evenings lol

  • samudralakiku on January 13, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    @rzaki - You think bangladesh will make life easy for this indian team. No way. India team is playing with 3 grand pa's, 1 doesn't care batsman (sehwag), 2 batsmen on low confidence (gambhir, kohli), 4 bowlers (don't know how to bowl or bat), one extra player who does not know anything in test cricket (dhoni). How can they even compete, let alone winning a Test.

  • tkaikobad on January 13, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    I think Bangladesh should play against India in Australia....

  • AbdullahShaikh on January 13, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    If you simply want to see quality cricket, no matter from where it comes, today you saw it. Today one side showed exactly how to bowl on such surfaces and the same side showed how to bat on such surfaces. Especially in the batting it was the Warner show today. No doubt fantastic batting. once in a lifetime form was that. last match Clarke produced the performance of his lifetime. Why is this happening ? is something so seriously wrong with our bowling and batting.

  • karl43 on January 13, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    wow, india look even worse than the shambles who got hammered 4-0 in england last summer, they seem drained of confidence and they can't even make any excuses for missing key players this time. Well played australia, after the defeat to nz you have bounced back very well.

  • Romenevans on January 13, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    LOL how about Sachin scoring His 100th 100 on the 4th innings of Adelaide test while batting with no. 11 tail-ender batsmen and the moment he score his 100th run and turn over the strike to Umesh and then next ball Umesh gets out. BAM! 4-0 (He actually did in 1st Test Match Vs SA In February 2011 series and Tail-ender got out and india lost the Test match but he scored his century and Greame Smith also asked this to sachin in post match conference...Sachin Said "No Comments")

  • rahulcricket007 on January 13, 2012, 14:54 GMT


  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 13, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    Guys, laying down fast and bouncy tracks is not the solution at all. Prepare rank turners in India. I agree with chokkashokka to a great extent - Think of this - In the past Dravid and Sachin have played on the same green tracks of NZ, SA, England and Australia with great success at most venues. Now they seem to be struggling on the same kind of tracks. Probably age caught up with them. Let us agree with that assumption. Next, just because age has caught up with them, doesn't absolve the boards in question for preparing grassbowls. No shame in accepting that their batsmen are presently better than our aged Legends on these tracks and even their own batsmen got shotout for meager scores on grassbowls. But all in all, they are better equipped to deal with grassbowls as of now and the curators, the boards come up with what - Grassbowls. So, yes, our batsmen are also better equipped to deal with rank turners. So Aus, Eng, SA better be prepared for rank turners when you guys tour us.

  • Vijaykumar_Indian on January 13, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    Recap: Mauled in Melbourne :-( Slapped in Sydney ===(> Breaking news: Punctured in Perth!!! Coming up…. Assassinated in Adelaide…

  • on January 13, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    India did not deserve this, feel sorry, they are not even making lame excuses this time... Ohhhh 4-0 is imminent

  • on January 13, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    India can only beat teams on home turn...sad for cricket..Even W.I give them a tough right in their own backyard...soon they will be at the bottom of the ratings...

  • on January 13, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    Does Indian Team Management realize that playing Vinay Kumar who bowls at 124km average and no swing or seam and zero batting capability was a bad choice? Do they realize that Irfan Pathan would have made a big difference when other bowlers fail? Do they realize that an all rounder who can bat is an assetto the team. As long as selection mistakes are made and players are selected for "non cricketing" reasons, this debacle is going to continue!!

  • buntyj on January 13, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    next winter 12-13 see indias home citadel crumble too; you cant ignore n devalue long format so long n hope to succeed; y dont youngsters skip this ipl and ask bcci to sponsor them for a full season of county cricket? they will certainly improve. and once they improve they will earn ipl high fees for more seasons too. but no this is a serious investment in their careers not a get rich quick scheme. so likely no takers. india is likely to learn in cricket as england did in soccer you can have the leading premier league or you can have a champion side, not the ipl is the consolation prize for india unlikely to figure in test crickets top 6 for some years ahead. and for those who felt that ability to play on greentops (merchant) or hook well n take blows ( m amarnath) were obsolete when selecting all time xis i suggest they reconsider; i reiterate that all batsmens averages in past 20 years need to be reduced by 5 and i submit asian batsmen by 7-8 to more accurately place them.

  • Romenevans on January 13, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    I'm sick and so tired of listening this that "India The No.1 Test Team" It was a flaw in ICC ranking which i don't know how it happened or it was intentionally done by the "FORCE, & POWER". Correct ranking of Indian Test team is 6 or may be 7. How could you be no.1 without beating any team outside sub-continent, and on top of it India was failed to beat NZ in India as well, and we all know that Ojha was plumb LBW out by Johnson, and Australia would have won the last Mohali test. So logically we didnt beat Australia at our home as well....Guys it was just an Illusion created by BCCI for heir business gains.

  • ahweak on January 13, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    The main problem is still India's bowlers. In recent times, this Australian batting line up has crumbled (remember the 21 for 9 and the NZ loss?) Any team with quality attack can do damage. These test matches are actually showing the glaring differences between the bowling of the two sides. Indian batsmen are playing poor shots because they don't get any loose balls to put away. I cannot recall an Indian bowler bowl the way Hilfenhaus did to Sehwag, pitched in the correct spot and deviated just enough. Just wonderful bowling from the Aussies. The England series was also about the bowling differences. India had them on the mat on a couple of occasions, but couldn't close it.

  • StatisticsRocks on January 13, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    If anyone who could bat for the Indian team, it was Ashwin and what do they do: Drop him. Aussies thanks again for showing us that we do not belong to test cricket.How anyone in the right mind ever gave us the #1 ranking is a mystery to me. BCCI may have bought the # 1 ranking. SRT,RD,LAX,Viru, please retire right now if you have any pride left in u.

    Aussies are scoring at 6+ an over and one man is going to score more than the entire Indian team did. To embarass us more, Aussies should declare now at 149 -0 and bowl India out for < 50. That way this match will be over in 2-days

  • on January 13, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    this is not the new story with indian cricket team

  • ashekahmed on January 13, 2012, 14:46 GMT


  • Herath-UK on January 13, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    What is happening to Sri Lankan and Indian famed batting greats collapsing like ninepins on some juicy pitches outside the continent.Where is the problem,I wonder is it the IPL both groups involved heavily with. Ranil Herath -Kent

  • Romenevans on January 13, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    Sachin is probably waiting for his Son Arjun's Debut, then only he will retire, so that there will always be 1 "Records Obsessed" Tendulkar in Indian Team.

  • RaMin90 on January 13, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    Teams such as Sri Lanka and India are going through a decline. A lot of their world class players are quite or very old now and will eventually leave the game sooner or later. The big mistake these two teams have done is not thinking of the future and developing their youth because players such as Dilshan, Mahela, Kumar, Sachin, VVS, Rahul etc are not going to stick around for long and once they're gone, both India and Sri Lanka will suffer even more especially in the Test arena than any other team. Remember when Australia lost most of top players due to ageing? We all know their history winning multiple world cups and series but once their top players left the game, Australia have declined as the most dominant team in the game. It took them over 5 years to rise up again and I congratulate the Australian Team for being so patient because many thought they were now finished.

  • Romenevans on January 13, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    @ jonnybtestmatch - Well said and couldn't agree with you more. But that's not gonna happen. I mean look what Indian test cricket is going through and BCCI released their IPL 5's schedule which is 2 months long. Look at the timing of this release, its like "We don't give a damn! Say what you want to say, Just Buzz off!" Can you imagine Companions T20 league? Fans dont want it, Broadcaster dont want it...sponsors running away and lol even cricketers don't want it (After getting out of it CSK's Dhoni said "Its a Blessing In Disguise, Because We will have more time for England's 5 ODI series). So there is no hope. Future? This shameless team will come back home and next 1-2 years India will play home series and probably their "Records Obsessed Flat track bullies" will thrash Sri Lanka or Bangladesh at home (Asia Cup, In March) and the general Indian cricket fans will forget about everything, and will start praising their "Cricketing Gods" again....Hopeless situation to say the least.

  • on January 13, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    I think there is serious problem in Fletcher's coaching.... Its time to change our coach....

  • holotropic on January 13, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    Warner belongs in a zoo...

  • on January 13, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    What is Sehwag doing in this team (other than creating factions and rifts within the team)? This selfish individual should be kicked out unceremoniously ASAP from the Indian team. His arrogance knows no bounds........

  • harcosh on January 13, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    Don't worry some time they may win last game

  • cking on January 13, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    Drop Sehwag bring Wasim Jaffer to open atleast you know he will not get out playing same stupid shot everytime. Laxman has to go Rohit Sharma should come in Ashwin is good for IPL bring Bhajji back Gambhir is done let Dravid open innings (he is coming in within first over anyways) Dhoni should not wait till 2013 but retire now BCCI should set up a series with Zimbabwe and let Sachin make his so hyped up 100th century so that himself and a billion Indians can move on and start thinking about winning

  • shamlaatu on January 13, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    Said it before and say it again; Chances are very slim that India could do better by playing "Conventional test cricket". They MUST do something out of the ordinary to get back in groove. And the simplest way is, Take the attack back to them Aussies and follow the rule of Offense is the best defense. Seriously this hasn't been a super good Aussie attack. These same pacers would be smacked all over the park on Asian pitches, it's just Indian batting is locked in mental shackles. They must understand that it's a war where might is right. Either leave ball if it's out the off stump or smack it for a four or six. THAT will shatter the confidence them Aussies, otherwise, these front foot defensive pushes, half hearted pokes at away going to take u anywhere.

  • StatisticsRocks on January 13, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    VoW First of all Dave Warner congratulations on a brialliant innings and showing us Indians how to approach the game. Gr8 knock.

    As far as India's performance is concerned, Please stop playing test cricket after this series.

  • on January 13, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    Some one said fought like Lion etc. There is no fought like lion etc. Its just win or loss. Winning with just 1 run - is good enough than tons. Lets just win - what ever it takes.

  • KV36 on January 13, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    Another whitewash on the cards, Lets drop these people and bring on new blood,

    K shrikant - I feel he is the one responsible for this whole mess. Dhoni Tendulkar Shewag Dravid Laxman Ghambir

  • on January 13, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    Australia once again show how powerful they are. Now that the openers are in form the only person not to score a 100 in the top six is cowan and he got 68 in the first test. Things looking good in the batting and bowlign department with cummins and pattinson ( the two wicket takers who with averages under 17 with the ball) are out and shows the depth. Watson is also due to return from injury and everything looking good for the australians

  • humheyglobal on January 13, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    Again no century for the paper god Sachin? Welldone Australia. I think the Indian players are concerned about IPL. If they got injury during the match they cannot play IPL, which means a huge loss of money for them. Whether they win the series or lost the series doesn't matter, they will get the match fee. They best way to rescue indian cricket is that BCCI should adopt performance based payment to players. If they played well let them get 100% money if not there should be some scale to make the payment.

  • on January 13, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    India should first play T20 - get batting confidence and timing going on. Starting tests on international grounds - isnt any more an option - considering the amount of time we play short form of games. WHere is Ashwin? The second top scorer of India is OUT and the worst scorer gets repeated chances? I would say take away Shewag, Dravid, Laxman, Kholi from Test. They no longer worth a try. Give ur reliable Raina a chance + new guys.

  • on January 13, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    World Champions have not won a single overseas match since World cup campaign. We have lost 0-4 to England and lost almost all the ODI and 20-20 matches. Now we are on the way to another 0-4 defeat. But I was wondering after seeing all these, Still Star Cricket is broadcasting an advertisement called "AGNEEPATH" series between India vs Aus.. I don't know why media from all around the world creating these kind of hype for India series. India have not shown any redemption in England last year, and now in Australia too. So India is India while playing abroad. Their batting legends are old enough to be batting coaches. But they are not ready to retire, because they want to achieve some personal milestones. After all these, India will easily forget everything and will play IPL 5 with all pride. Dancing cheer girls, firecrackers, songs in between overs and cash award for every sixers and boundaries.. Hail India.. Hail IPL 5.. Hail some selfish veteran cricketers..

  • qasim.haider1 on January 13, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    if sachin tendulker really wants indian cricket to prosper, he needs to retire after this series......

  • satanswish on January 13, 2012, 14:32 GMT


  • on January 13, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    Test status of INDIA should be taken offf//

  • cric4lyf on January 13, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    indian fans...handerchief for you....get ready ..its ur future

  • A_Yorkshire_Lad on January 13, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    @ Rajchamp - are you watching , my friend , are you watching ??

  • on January 13, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    well well well!!! y is everybody so surprised!!! Indian and pakistani batsmen r used to perform well ONLY on dead pitches and history stands witness to this fact.Y pakistan performs a bit better than indians is only because the former are a better bowling side>>>,i dont think both PCB and ICB has any iota of common sense when they keep laying out dead pitches in their domestic crickting structure,Both the boards must make it compulsary to prepare green top pitches in all circumstances and i am sure we shall get better results in future.

  • Nigels on January 13, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    one word.....PUMMELLED..!

  • on January 13, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    The Indian team is done! Its fate is just like that of hockey! Maybe children should start aspiring to be something else now.. Maybe football would be the next sport.. but sorry to say that unless something SERIOUS is done.. cricket is short-lived in our country..!! What an under-rated performance by India...they just didn't look like the former number 1 test team... Really have tears in my eyes while accusing our team in such a manner... hadn't had the slightest of hints that our team's fate was heading to such a big peril!!!!!

  • cric4lyf on January 13, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    A shame to call india world champs..their performance poor than zimbabwe..shame on indian legends and youngster..thanks IPL for destroying players

  • on January 13, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    Krishnamachari Srikanth should immediately resign. He and the other jokers (selectors) have just shown how unfit they are as selectors by playing favourites when picking the team for Australia. Irfan Pathan and Varun Aaron Should have been in the team!!!

  • pakspin on January 13, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    This is what happens when you play for records only and not for victory..India has always made dead tracks at home so Tendulker could make more centuries..and when he has to play good bolwers on good tracks he is exposed..can you call such a player one of the all time greats? I rate Azhrudin higher. India has to stop making dead pitches because that will only produce dead pitch kings like Tendulker/ghambir..yes you will have you records but it's sad when the top highest ODI scores of all time were scored on Indian pitches (194 Anwar, 200 Ten, 200 Sehwag) Now sehwag can't even touch the ball on good mean to tell me this side is supposed to be ODI world champions? Something fishy happend in that tournament. When mohammed Yousuf scored the most centuries in a year and the most runs he did it vs England in England & vs S.A in S.A and vs West Indies at home..vs S.A in S.A he was the only batsman making who do you rate higher him or Sachin?

  • Capt.Hilts on January 13, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    This blunder would serve as a blessing in disguise for India. A year ago, Australia was in denial - they were not consistent and still they weren't accepting that. Ashes debacle resulted in review and then Selectors (biggest culprit) were replaced. Coaches were changed, and result is for everybody to see. (Biggest factor although is that Johnson is not playing, his injury made way for Pattinson). Same way India will be forced to look back and make hard decisions, which will only help India in longer run. Although the willingness of BCCI to make hard calls, with larger than life players and their popularity means that ground up changes won't be as easy to make as Austrlians did.

  • soovi on January 13, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    don't be surprised if the team for the next series read like this Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Vengsarkar, Azharuddin, Ravi Shastri, Dhoni, Kapil Dev, Srinath, Zaheer khan it wont be a bad idea...isn't it?...somewhat like the present old team

  • Krisheyet on January 13, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    I think this pitch is good bowling pitch until 60th over or 1st innings and after that it change into good batting pitch like indian pitch. First change the pitch and then change v.v.s, dravid , and sachin one by one .ok

  • on January 13, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    Indian players see yourself and your Australian counterparts.It seems to be match between national team and local nukkad team.Its shame on Indian cricket players.Duncan Fletcher is the real manhoos for the Indian Team.Kick him & the entire senior player out of the Away tournaments.

  • AbdullahShaikh on January 13, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    It happens dude. just forget this day and try to do someting new tomorow

  • on January 13, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    Really shame. I'm contemplating to stop watching cricket for another 10 years. Let's stop blaming the selectors. They are really in a spot as to whom to rely upon. Bringing in new faces is like selecting tweedledom over tweedledee.

  • on January 13, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    INDIANS never learn from there mistakes..... what ever happens they will stick to there losers... indian players young or old will never learn to play better overseas... because thy BCCI dose not let there players play county cricket as long as IPL is going on...... Indians will never be able to over come there ego issues and keep ruining telented cricketers...

  • Damos_Team on January 13, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    @Rukky on (January 13 2012, 10:30 AM GMT) - interesting team selection. Why bother with the 3 bowlers though - why not just pick 11 batsmen?

  • rohita25 on January 13, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    no doubt from no where it seems that this men in blue playing as team india....something is definetely wrong, the way they surrendered is very pathetic and disgusting, i have never seen team surrending like this in last 16yrs....this was the platinum chance to win in australia by 4-0 but now it seems will defeat 4-0. bcci really needs to take some action to save indian cricket.....dhoni i really ashamed because of you that u being a captain still giving statement of retirement evening b4 match is very rediculous....i will not see rest of the tour

  • Sheeloo on January 13, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    We all knew before the tour started that India will be struggling against Australia. They had earlier struggled against England too. We are basically star worshipper, worshiping Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, Dhoni etc. We ont realise that they are professionals who care about their earnings rather than India's pride. They care more about performance in IPL rather than for their country. I would not be surperised if they decide to retire from playing for India to concentrate more on IPL. We too along with media people have to share the blame. These people will again perfrom in India and we will again start worshiping them. The day Tendulkar will score his 100 century, we will forget all his poor performances abroad and start celebrating it. Media will hail him as next to God. After all media need to sell itself too. Board, selectors and the players are in their comfort zone - only the fans are in panic mode,and frustrated. So dont worry just enjoy the good cricket, played by whoever wherev

  • Raj12345 on January 13, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    agree that senior has to go. no look back at what they have done during 2011 which is 11 years before. Then what youngsters we are talking, is it like Raina & Kohli on test cricket. This is a big joke of the year. Bring Puraja, Tiwary & Badri on to test. Keep ODI performers safe.

  • puneet_usa on January 13, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    For me and rest of the Indian cricket supporters- This is the most disgraceful period in this history of our cricket in last five years- Is there any way out??? I am getting dishearted time and again- and still sits infront of the TV waiting for something to change..!!!!

  • marq7 on January 13, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    @chokkashokka: SA scored 300+ on that minefield FYI. You are justifying India's tag as being flat-track bullies. Every other team goes to Aus, Eng & SA, play in the same conditions, perform reasonably better. Eng beat Aus in Eng & in Aus own backyard, what's your point? You should only have flat pitches to make your team look good? Even the WI pacers gave Ind a hard time both home & abroad. The matchwinners in the Indian team are Sehwag and Dravid. Without them performing, they don't stand a chance. @indiaworldchamps2011: every team knows what kind of pitches to expect in India and the importance of winning the toss With all of these foreigners playing IPL in India, they should get used to the conditions by now.

  • AidanFX on January 13, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    Hard to believe this day rivals Sydney day 2 for most one sided day of Cricket. The score line as it stands indicates it is truely a 'pitch that has something it is for the bowlers & the batsmen'. India looks like the worst #2 team ever. Waner's inns was special - it was NOT a 20/20 bash, it was sensible batting. The guy did't come out trying to smash boundaries. He ran quick singles and accumilated 2s & 3s with the occasional boundary, he launced himself when his eye was in but a calculated inns they did negate a pitch that moved a bit all day. Cowan supported brilliantly. Patient bowling by the Aus. Interesting the diff in run rates.

  • Gagan_melbourne on January 13, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    This is a very welcome wake up call for indian selectors.. All that talk about this is the best indian chance for India to win series in aus. Kris should resign and the Indian test team should go through a full reform and the likes of pujara, rohit sharma and other talented batsman included if the future has to be considered seriously or else this shamefull performance would go on and on just like the bright stars of tomorrow are fading away fast, also i believe dravid, sehwag and vvs should definitely be dropped for the final test and ajinkya rahane, rohit should be given a go. viney a big no no no for nay indian team...

  • RedBank on January 13, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    How ironic Warner's batting must have reminded Indian fans of Sehwag's batting at "home". Looks like India will be neighbors with Bangladesh in test ranking after this series 4-0 whitewash :-)

  • on January 13, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    This was a very sad day for me.. India really dissapointed me.. One of the hardest years in my timeline supporting India from 2007. I don't know how the want to bounce back with this scorecard really....

  • on January 13, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    its just hard to believe that a batting line up comprising of some of the greatest batsmen ever to have played the game is falling over in this manner again and again. Its time now for major changes in the Indian team.

  • on January 13, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    why Ashwin was left out of the squad ? If he was in the Indian team, he will get our team total to 250+. Rohit sharma should atleast play one test match in australia.

  • MENDIS_Forever on January 13, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    India -Sri Lanka , both are in a black hole these days.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 13, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    I'm gutted. Feels like the Aussies have come all the way to New York and kept beating me black and blue for no fault of mine. This is devastating to say the least. Can't help but understand how awful the Aussies must have felt when VVS and Dravid tortured them at Kolkata. Where are those good old days? Can't help but think how awful Warne must have felt when he was taken apart by Sachin and Co. If I have to think of sweet moments of Indian Cricket, I invariably end up with some test matches but not any of the World Cups in the shorter formats. Dear BCCI, please take care of IPL and ODIs. But test match cricket is no step-daughter. Treat her with love and respect. Is that too much to ask? For the starters, please drop Dhoni first, from anything that is remotely connected with test matches. He ain't no test match cricketer. He will push more and more Indians away from Test Cricket. Kohli JUST DOESN'T DESERVE a place ahead of Rohit. Dhoni is just unreal and incorrigible.

  • mixters on January 13, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    @chokkashokka your comments are rubbish if the mine field in south africa was a bad pitch SA could not score 300. You have no idea how the rest of the world laughs at people like you.Inda will not tour they will stay home and play with themselves? can anyone think of another word for that?

  • MazMK on January 13, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    IPL has destroyed indian cricket !!

  • David_Boon on January 13, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Well, well, well, looks like Brad Haddin was right after all. I've never in my life seen a team give up on day one of a Test. The way India's tail batted basically summed up their entire performance. 8/150 and Zaheer is trying to smash sixes from his first ball - does he have brain damage? Show some pride in your performance.

  • on January 13, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    BCCI should outlaw our team from touring anywhere outside the subcontinent. The problem isn't talent...its psychological. We tend to overestimate even third grade teams. Unless we defeat our own demons, its no use moaning about records and averages.

  • rajsc on January 13, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    oh! so embarrassing! A champion team will be the best anywhere in the world. After the world cup, for a while I thought India are the real champions, but sadly was proved wrong in England and now Australia. Australia might lose if they play in India- but that is not an excuse though.

  • abideenm on January 13, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    I am still hopeful, India will get its respectable loss. India plz dont make me wrong. BTW, If you think today was a oneday match than Aus has lost the game by 12 runs

  • Bytheway on January 13, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    India should refuse to play on grassy seaming tracks just like they refuse to use the DRS. So long as they make it clear at the start of the series, everyone will understand. There may be a few murmurs about India using their financial might, but they will get their way. Problem solved and India's "formidable" batters can pile on the runs. If that does not work, they could insist that they have a say in selecting the opposition team. BCCI just need to be proactive and not expect team India to compete in a hostile environment.

  • JayPmorgan on January 13, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    India is a supposed "economic super power" with a population 55 times greater than that of Australia, yet is cannot find 11 players to at least put up a fight. Full credit to Australia for producing what potentially appears to be a world beating pace attack but India really need to look at this abject lesson in humiliation. World Cricket needs a strong Indian side and I hope they are quick to redress the situation. It seems to have been a combination of players past their sell by date and egos/bank balances bloated by the IPL. Usually in world sport, a players earning potential is directly linked to their ability but this does not seem the case in the IPL. How else can you explain someone like Ghambir get 2M USD + ? Reality check needed quick .

  • on January 13, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    indian teams is blighted by aussies completely ,wat a dissapointment performnce so pathetic,now indian bowlers open the mouth of a new T 20 palyer to get settle in test cricket,indian test status should be provoked now plz icc concider this request and this shuld be very clear msg to indian fans now they are home champions not world champions.

  • jazzaaaaaaaa on January 13, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    @ Emile Goddaer: Australia just played South Africa a couple of months ago on their own turf, and South Africa could only manage a drawn series.

  • Mill1 on January 13, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    What is sad is that, I don't think there is a point in discussing whether it's the batting or bowling etc which is failing. It's everything. Opening batsman, Middle order, Wicketkeeping, Seam bowling, Spin bowling, Fielding, Energy and Enthusiasm on the pitch, Attitude on and off the pitch, Training work, Physical Fitness during series and preparation during off time. There is simply NO department where India can lay claim to a single positive right now. It is a very sad situation, especially after the likes of Dravid, Ganguly, Kumble had done much to increase the pride of India playing abroad in the last 10 years with good series in England (2007), Australia (2003), Pak, NZ etc....

  • rajeshtheterminator on January 13, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    dhoni should retire from tests after this series of australia so that the seniors may atleast get a feeling that a youngster like him retires then there will be a responsibility for them also to retire....only this is a way the seniors can be brought into a mood of retirement if not they will be playing for the next five to six years making India loose the mathches. Respect must not be given to Tendulkar,Laxman, Dravid at the cost of loosing mathches. What might have been dhoni passing through captaining a old team with Tendulkar,Laxman, Dravid ................

  • B.C.G on January 13, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    Before this series began,there was talk of Sehwag scoring the first 500 or 400+ anyway.Any takers

  • on January 13, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    Hahaha once again the poor uncles and the poor Indian team is thrashed badly by the Aussie on day1. Very soon we will also see 4-0. I think they should only play in India to have respectable results and Sachin uncle scoring centuries and making records.

  • Venkatb on January 13, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    This Indian team is fast being consigned to the dust-bin - with each test, the team is reaching new lows - in any other team, change would occur fast and early but here we have philosophical discussions around individuals having an occasional bad outing! After the Adelaide Test (which may last into the 4th day perhaps), the BCCI should come under Government control with good administrators and men of integrity (maybe India is scarce here too!), all player contracts immediately nullified, pick about 40 players and subject them to a military camp environment and rigor for about 3 months (rather than give Dhoni, SRT and co. honorary military ranks) - India has debased itself by fawning to this Indian team, and global teams are pounding us mercilessly and repeatedly to drive home that point! Start a Hazare-type movement where Indians should boycott the IPL and products of sponsors - let us see if we can bring about this large-scale change!

  • NairUSA on January 13, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    It was hard enough to watch experienced batsmen fold against medium pacers. Full credit goes to australia for swinging the ball against the faulty technique of Indian batsmen.

    Before the tour started, australians had a problem against swing bowling. Now, it appears as if Indians have proudly took over that mantle. Any chance of Team India packing up soon and leaving australia?

  • Hodra99 on January 13, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    This is great! India's short sightedness has finally reared it's head. All the former chest beating Indian supporters suddenly have turned on their own. Blind freddy could have seen this coming, and because India have not blooded enough younger players with test credentials, they will fall behind for a number of years now. Inexcusable really from a cricket mad nation and one with such a large pool of players to pick from.

  • nareshgb1 on January 13, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    @ashdan: "Small boy David destroys mighty Goliath". LOL, what Goliath?

  • musa441 on January 13, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    well india deserves this the continous efforts of destroying pakistan cricket by not allowing pakistani players in champion league and ipl and showing arrogance all over the world has back fired on them. its justified after all the arrogance and proudness always ends with shame and insult!! this is what indian cricket is facing!! i dont hate indians but i hate the arrogant indian cricket!!

  • tiggerNpooh on January 13, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    Regardless of what happens in the rest of this test , it is time to give the youngsters who'll form the crux of the batting for the next several years a decent run. Keep emotions and sentiments aside and start that with the next test by playing Rahane for Sehwag or Gambhir and Rohit Sharma for Laxman. Bring in Pujara, Tewary for the next series, tell Dravid he has 1 series to treat as his farewell series. He deserves that much. It's okay if we lose with these youngsters, we aren't doing any better now. The bowling future unfortunately isn't bright. Bowling one side of the wicket and at a consistent length are the basics that apart from Zak none have followed. If Kohli can be given a long rope in batting why not Ashwin in bowling ? Ishant needs a good coach and some time off to work on the technical flaws that have left him bereft of wickets.

  • Marcio on January 13, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    I am making a small fortune today in my Indian effigies company. Selling like hotcakes...

  • on January 13, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    I was thinking 250 is good total on this wicket, tomorrow morning will be important to see and If Indians bowler don't get 5/6 wickets they need be withdrawn and send whole lot of new young bowlers. At 150 India should have claimed at least 4 wickets. Now I believe India needs to change his batting line of sure because old guys has lost their reflexes now.

  • Marcio on January 13, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    The Aussies again were very disciplined in their bowling. Even when India were about 4/130, they were still tight and relentless. They have basically been doing the same thing the Poms did last year. On the other hand India were all over the place, and Warner partied hard. I'll be up tomorrow to watch him bat in! For India's sake, I hope he is not still batting after tea. If that is the case, the score could be anything.

  • on January 13, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    The viewers/fans many of whom are not actual players, are following the game meticulously and expressing in very clear terms as to who should play in the team and how. It is shocking and ridiculous that the selectors and team management is not keen on that. The selectors and team management does not have any commitment for the game, professionalism and even love for the nation. Absolutely shameless.

  • on January 13, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    Indian mail batsman for overseas are very old now,for them it is not possible to play like their old form.We have to find their proper replacement,as we all know no permanent replacement has not found against Ganguly

  • RSBali on January 13, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    Who says IPL is hurting cricket? Warner is a product of IPL and look he makes cricket interesting. Warner go for 400 tomorrow you may not get this change again against a pop-gun attach. Huge fan of Warner and Marsh. Marsh also due for a big one tomorrow. Go IPL stars Go!!

  • dms1972 on January 13, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    @Emile Goddaer, interesting comment. Nothing like making a fool of yourself, "I can't wait for South Africa to humiliate Australia". Don't forget, just 2 months ago, South Africa "smashed" Australia 1-1. And you say "don't get too cocky too soon". People who live in glass houses really shouldn't be throwing stones.

  • on January 13, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    Not a single individual has performed upto his capabilities in the series…its really humiliating for Indian fans.

  • on January 13, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    India should think of two persons from Sehwag, Tendulkar, Dravid & VVX. At this time all of four are under-pressure due to performance. I strongly believe Rohit is not going to be included in Last test. If he is selected and he performs well, then who is going to responsible for his not selection in first 3 tests.

  • Raki99 on January 13, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    Wow, again An abject Failure on All front. Just give the game to AUS. and move on to the next one. I thinK our test team is just too old and pathetic.

  • AbdullahShaikh on January 13, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Well. Lets face the truth. let me see how i can put it. Warner Played like Sehwag. May be the spirit that charged Sehwag in the previous decade has now abandoned him and has now taken a liking for Warner. or should i say that the days of Watson, Sehwag & Gayle have ended and the Era of Warner has started. Now Warner is the new Sehwag, Hayden, Gilly ..... etc. Boss Warner has announced himself in Test Cricket and is now here to stay. let us see if CA selectors will be patient with him like the BCCI selectors. Regarding Ishant, i seriously think that this should be his last series. Atlieast for the last 2 years i am hearing that "he bowled with a lot of heart without any luck". Also the top Tro in the indian batting order deserves from fresh consideration. they were heroes and i love them for that. I will always remember and respect them for their Deeds in the last decade, But now it is time to move on. Get A.Rahane, R.Sharma & S.Raina back, the youth brings a lot of freshness on d table

  • Shreks on January 13, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    Drop that Dhoni then things will be okay for India.Also what happened to the "spin sensation" who was supposed to replace Bhajji he was pathetic as well.Pick Bhajji,Pathan,Rohit,Pujara then things would be fine.Also i believe Shewag must be dropped from the next test and a chance has to be given to Rahane.

  • on January 13, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    By the end of second session tomorrow Indian bowlers & fielders will be praying to put them out of this misery. They are playing with zero confidence & pride. The time they are going to spend in the field & the temperature at Perth will tire them. Just reminds us the value that Ganguly brought to Indian team. I have been watching cricket religiously from 1992 and the only Indian team which fought with pride in all conditions was the one under Ganguly. Kumble & Dhoni just carried on from there with the team he built & got all the credit. Now we are back to square one.

  • Ibanezfan on January 13, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    India MUST drop the seniors after this tour. I guess you cannot drop Tendulkar yet because of the riots that'll ensue, and the sheer number of people who seem to care about that meaningless 100th 100. But Dravid, VVS, Sehwag, Gambhir, Dhoni & Zaheer must be dropped. This is coming from a Dravid fan who can't bear to see him falter. And the carte blanche given to Sehwag has to end. I know he's scored the odd overseas century over the years, but his job is to see off the new ball & he's failed miserably at that. When comes time to hunker down and guts it out, he fails every time. I don't know why everyone overlooks the fact that he doesn't fulfill the first criterion for a test opener - Bat out the new ball. The extra runs he'd score as a stroke-maker are only a bonus. I get the feeling India believed the hype around them. They thought all they had to do was show up and Australia would capitulate. Now, they'd prefer to be anywhere but on an Australian cricket ground.

  • a1234s on January 13, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Laxman, Dravid, Sachin... please retire. your reflexes are failing you.

    technique is impeccable.. but you are getting slow..

    I don't want to see you guys retire in shame.

    please retire after this series.

  • on January 13, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    India should play against Bangladesh although they might not win but at least Sachin can score his century.

  • prsubbu on January 13, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    Oh... What a great performance from the Indian team once again.... Keep it up Boys. Outstanding performance especially from Sehwag, Dravid, Sachin and our Very Very Special (VVS.Laxman) player. With your performance, you are assured of playing in the test for another couple of decades... And I have no words to express how great our bowling unit is... Australia has managed just 800+ runs (combining the last 2 innings) with the loss of one wicket (Ricky Ponting). I would say this is the greatest team of all times... Great team, great selectors, GREAT... GREAT... GREAT...

  • Rajeev129 on January 13, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    @Rukky with just 4 bowlers India had conceded about 800 runs for the loss of Punter's wicket (as said by Faisul Yaseen), with your squad there will be no limit for Aussies.

  • Mickey_Ho on January 13, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    @Chokkashokka, how can you complain about the pitch in SA where SL got skittled for 47? SA batted FIRST and scored 300...Subcontinent teams need to man up and get some practice on real wickets instead of playing on airport runways

  • Sarandeep on January 13, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Best batting lineup in the world, indeed. Barring Gavaskar and a pre-2006 Dravid, no Indian batsman has consistently scored well in swinging and bouncy conditions. While Sachin fans might be offended, the fact of the matter is that he has generally filled his boots on flat pitches abroad (note: there are a lot of such pitches) or when the openers have given India a good platform. While his technique is one of the best the problem lies in the mindset. Just like today, he played some great straight drives but with wicket falling, just couldn't cope.

  • TexasCricket on January 13, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    That's what we call the INDIAN spirit. we will agree to give up completely before even staring this test, by picking Vinay as part of the four pace bowlers !!!. In ODI s you can hide a bowler through by not giving 10 overs, bowling right after a wicket, etc. Sincerely hope Dhoni at least come true by DECIDING to quit one format as rumored and it is TEST cricket. No offence but we need some drastic measures to gain respect back, say within next 5 years. Need to bring these youngsters up. Rohit, Kohli, Rahane, Umesh yadav, Varun Aaron, manoj Tiwari, Pujara,.. Ravindra Jadeja,... a good pool of young players.. Then again all will be forgotten as soon as IPL season starts.....

  • HuntersGold on January 13, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    Wow..India failing again? In any sport, the coach is asked to explain his teams performance...where is duncan Fletcher? We all know every player out there is more then capable of thumping Australia on a good day. I ask...why did the Indian team perform better underGary Kirsten ... let me tell you a secret - he knew how to motivate these blokes. As an Indian (south african) we all grew up differently, talented..yes, but can we hanle the mind games and the pressure....not until you know how to deal with the Aussies!!!. Get a Coach that undertsands they great players and you will see a difference...pow wow...Sewagh!!!

  • on January 13, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    Yes the leaving of Gary Kirsten had the expected effect!

  • on January 13, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Where is GOD? he is disappeared from ENGLAND series i think...

  • buntyj on January 13, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    there may be something to the modern theory that apart from practice players need time off -and go karting- on a long tour- however, this is contrary to fans expectations built on experience to date when practice was seen as the key to improvement (unless there was a delusion after sydney that theres no need to improve); such modern theories (interestingly supported by greg chappell) can only win public support if they are seen to work- that is if the teams performance improves; when it doesn't as now then it reinforces traditional practice oriented approaches of gavaskar, boycott etc- they didnt do worse and at least fans felt the players were trying would vvs n dravid like to themselves step down at adelaide to give rahane n rohit a break? with nothing to lose. also rahane plays n scores in traditional format in middle so would like to see him at 3- also indias next series out of asia is after 18 months so it would be valuable . hope, selectors will be patient with them as with kohl

  • DINESHCC on January 13, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    Australian players are wasting their energies. They should declare their 1 innnings score of 0/0 and 2nd innings score at 10/0 so that they can win the test match by 9 runs.

  • on January 13, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    Sehwag, Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Sachin, Kohli, Pujara, Dhoni, Ashwin, Aron, Yadav, Zaheer.......... This team can perform better than current team irrespective of conditions. I would still prefer dhoni as our test captain.

  • AMUSMANI on January 13, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    India must learn how to play away from home.If they dont learn than try to play all the series in india :D Autralia keep Rocking...

  • GlobalCricketFan99 on January 13, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    Since IPL, Indian players have been going downhill. Their approach for test matches is completely wrong. You can not slog and hope for the best which they do successfully in T20. In test matches they need to learn to build their innngs. Just look at the batmen's strike is a one day strike rate. The next set of young players will be fed on T20 and one day cricket - hardly a good recipe for test cricket. They also dont have any world class bowlers.

  • Naresh28 on January 13, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    Dhoni always loses the toss. When he won one - he batted in the prevoius test. Making wrong decisions like leaving out ROHIT. So many fans commented before the game "DONT PLAY VINAY" in the eleven. We need tall batsman with good strides to face pace and bounce.

  • on January 13, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    An innings defeat on the 4th day is likely, as is a 8-0 run of defeat for the T-20 cricket nation! Perhaps, only two Indians did not see this coming - an ultra-cool but clueless Dhoni and a delusional Srikkanth. Most of the fault can be intelligently traced to the deep penetration of the ills of T20 and IPL into the ethos of Indian cricket. This particular Indian team, symbolized by Dhoni, plays a Test match like a T20; it has the stamina and endurance that vaporizes in about 3-4 hours (this is how India has taken 3 or 4 early wickets, then the players hang their heads for 2 days waiting for a mercy of a declaration) and it overall lacks the depth of character needed to prevail in a longer format. It is sad to see Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman's fantastic careers end with such ignomy, most of it due to a mafia BCCI, selectors that lack vision and a Captain that overplayed his good fortune!

  • DINESHCC on January 13, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    Even the ground staff knows the fate of this match much earlier and celebrated Aus win with a Mid pitch Beer party before start of the match. Anyhow they can again have such party after 1 1/2 days play.

  • Brenton1 on January 13, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    Dont worry Indian fans - soon your flat track bullies will be back in India and then the rest of the world will have to hear how great they are.

  • buntyj on January 13, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    in one of my pre match comments i posted that a realistic goal for india at perth would be to try to take the test to the 4th day- by all accounts this wasnt going to be the flat perth track of 07-08; i also mentioned india would miss ashwin's batting- he seems to be like shastri a better bat than bowler but so long his bowling doesnt deteriorate he could be more useful andmay be kumble like a safe catcher at gully; read mallets column on his technical deficiencies as a bowler- but surely these can be corrected with hard work; basically perth is also a good batting track when its usual fast (unlike indias last test) but not for attrition; its a track on which attacking batsmen with strong back foot play and ability to hook prosper (did engineer get a 50 at perth for world xi?) but this is a lost art in india so once a perth track with more for the bowlers than on indias last tour was ready india's batting failure was predictable india missed dinda but no godfather unlike vinay/mithun

  • ABRAR-JANJUA on January 13, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    Waiting to see Fastest Double Hundred from Warner...another innings defeat is on card...

  • dms1972 on January 13, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 Why pick on Kumar? It's not like the other bowlers did any better! The only bowler Warner treated with any respect was Sehwag.

  • on January 13, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    if india wants to win the match they wants the help of bad umpairing biased agaisnt opponents. unless they cannot win match. thats what they always opposed to using DRS system. because they cannot believe themselves so they need help of bad umpairing. that is happend even in world cup semi final against Pakinstan in 2011. umpairs ignored so many wide balls wich would have brought so many runs.

  • on January 13, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    Just relax indians... MS Dhoni said after losing the first test that we are late starters...So Keep Believing it will happen....:-) World Champions inside...World Losers outside...!!!

  • RVC-38 on January 13, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    now here is an idea have the ipl in australia, you get to play the game your currently good at and learn to how to play the traditional game on all wickets. remember you like to remind us we cannot play on indian wickets will thel ipl change that???

  • Naresh28 on January 13, 2012, 12:53 GMT


  • AdnanKayani on January 13, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    @chokkashokka : what about the other teams scoring hundreds of runs in same match on same wickets, in SA vs Sl match on same pitch SA scored 302 runs first, in Sydney aus score 650+, in England also on same tracks Eng score 400+ regularly, so be realistic and not be over emotional as far as rank turner is concerned this is our right which we will use when our turn come, but keep in mind after kumble and bhaji we even not have spinners to expolite such conditions

  • on January 13, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    New Zealand, South Africa recently won against Australia and i felt this will be a series equally poised. But looking at the matches, feel like what the hell....... We deserve to come below Zimbabwe and NZ.

  • on January 13, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    @chokkashokka: In case you failed to notice, SA scored 300 on the same pitch where SL was bowled out for 43, and Australia crossed 600 with Clarke getting 329 at Sydney. Australia is near India's total on the SAME track where India was bundled out. As for rank turners, I am all for them, as I like any pitch that produces a result. It could take 5 days instead of 3 if both teams play equally well, especially on a pitch like the SCG had. Pakistan keep losing at Australia because they are just not good enough, not because Australians doctor pitches, and the same should apply to a team that is losing to an Australian side that got bowled out for 47 not too long ago, and lost to New Zealand at Hobart. Australia has the world's best and most complete range of test match wickets, and they are justifiably proud of them!

  • GreenTeam-Elite on January 13, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    Finally Australians got another Adam Gilchrist (Warner) in their Squad!!! I think India will lose this test match too!!!

  • Kaze on January 13, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    It's funny how Indians were saying before the series started how they needed Zaheer Khan to be fit to win the series. Now look how fit he is, he is going at 7 rpo lol

  • Harmony111 on January 13, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    Well, what can one say after a day like this? I used to think that rock bottom is the lowest of all bottoms but we are sinking way beyond that. We are already below Mariana Trench actually. It is painful to see your team being 161 AO and then the other team scoring 149/0 at T20 rate. Viru, Lax, Dhoni must go. Good bye to them. I am also surprised at the thinking of team management here. Why was Vinay Kumar selected in the first place? Just because the wicket is flat it doesn't mean we should play 4 fast bowlers esp when only one and half of them can be called fast. I would have kept Ashwin. If any, I would have dropped Laxman and played Rohit. This is serious situation. Shocking that this team can't even bat a day or even 2 sessions. Batsmen don't get runs, bowlers don't get wickets, Captain fails every time with bat as well as tactics, coach is doing god knows what and the board is busy with future business plans. This is not due to T20 or IPL, the problem is lack of mental strength.

  • on January 13, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    very very poor show,just goes on to show that this team is 'tiger at home lamb away',not sure if they can win even at home at the moment..losing is part of the game but to surrender meekly so consistently(7 match in a row outside india and continuing),but we also have to credit aus for doing so well and even when many of their legends retired their team did'nt struggled like indian team at the moment..the best thing to d is to retire al the senior player bcoz even with them india is not doing well so better think about the future and most importantly make better pitches for domestic league,we want batsman who cud play well in all conditions and not just in flat tracks

  • Crazy_Pk on January 13, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    My dear Indian fans.... Now you should ask BCCI to stop this IPL and domestic cricket matchs and they should arrange some gulli danda matches bcz these guys(indian cricket team) deserve for it. Dhoni... The captain who won the WC, i like him but he is not good enough for test cricket. VVS and The Wall game has finished now and Tendulkar, he is greatest batsman ever I seen, but he should play for a team not for his 100th of 100th.

  • on January 13, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    Shame on Indian Cricket.. I thought they would have got Rohit sharma in for laxman.. but as Indian Tradition we dislike to drop seniors thinking that they perform well i slightly doubt the tall batsman still could defend yorkers which siddle bowls to him Shit laxman.. But i would rather say one of worst decision to drop the spinner Ashwin.Any team you change It won't make a difference 4-0 is on cards, we are well past our prime needs more soul searching and strengthen the system, make IPL once in 2 years tourney

  • Akif-Ali on January 13, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    Is this the same Australian Team who looked miserable in second test against reckless Kiwis?? I guess Aussies dint change, its poor Team India with so many legendary walls, providing kangaroos a chance to climb up on ranking Table.

    Dear Team India, please stop humiliating cricketing fans around the world, stop playing cricket abroad, stick to your home soil if you really want your best batsman to reach to 100 of 100s

  • on January 13, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    Pls dont forget the likes of Sehwag , Dravid , Sachin , Laxman were the same men who almost won the series in 2003-04 . But now its just blatant display of lack of commitment and motivation on their part. the zeal is missing ...the fighting spirit is gone????

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

    RickyVonCanterbury, the answer to your question is simple - India has a few other good batsmen who if given the right experience could be the Dravid / Laxman for the future. However, in the eyes of Mr. K Srikanth & N Srinivasan who head the Selection Committee for India & BCCI respectively - those cricketers do not have the right qualification to replace Dravid / Laxman on 2 grounds - a) they belong to regions outside of South India b) they do not even represent a South Indian IPL franchisee. Their cricket-playing abilities though undisputable do not count. MS Dhoni as captain of N Srinivasan's CSK is required to follow Srinivasan's mandate - ensure representation of SOUTH even if it drowns India, SOUTH has to be visible in team India - at least SOUTH is visible !

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

    Now India are playing like Bangladesh.

  • on January 13, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    Ashwin was the second leading run scorer for India, even after today's. he s dropped and Vinay Kumar who never impressed in any match not even in IPL got a chance to play....Result match is now like a T20

  • on January 13, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    now this is very serious...indian board and selectors will have to take some harsh decisions against some big names,further they will have to give more priority to test cricket,look at england and australia...they have county T20 and big bash league,but the priority is always test cricket....even Michael clarke understood this thing,so revived his career by focusing on be honest winning world cup is of no use if u lose 8 test matches is a row abroad,really humiliating....because of india, popularity of test cricket will also go down because every match is now a days only one sided,just because of the names of some old champions people still come to watch test match,as soon as they retire it will also BCCI give priority to test matches,if your test squad is good,other format will also attain quality

  • on January 13, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    inida - if you dont do things differently the results will be the same - drop someone and play rohit - others are delivering

  • on January 13, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    after such a tremendous bowling effort from the aussiess, Warner literally rapped the indian bowling.....

  • coeurlion on January 13, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    @chokkashokka... enjoy your delusion! What you seem to forget, SA, ENG and AUS wickets are faster and bouncier, by definition. But there are no 'demons' in them. There are runs for the batsmen, and wickets for the bowlers... if you WORK for them. India 161 all out, Aus 149/0... who worked harder? By your OWN comments, you have intimated that India ARE 'flat track bullies'. Further to your comment, India is #2 and going down like a lead balloon, and believe me, cricket is beyond India and the BCCI... it will survive. Remember the Ashes? That's our Holy Grail, along with the English fans. I don't see India in the equation. Run along now, enjoy your 50-odd day schedule of IPL (hey, our players will take the cash!)... but for the rest of us, we'll play real cricket... for our country... along with SA, Eng, SL,NZ, Pak, WI et. al. Thankfully, not all Indian fans are like you...

  • on January 13, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    What happened...I cant digest it...Indians need to bring in young talent and forget about gods of cricket and their's about the game not self glory

  • Sanj747 on January 13, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    chokkashokka your comments are why India lose tests. They arew a pathetic lot of flat track bullies.

  • on January 13, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    Very pathetic show. They are not using their heads. They are committing the same mistakes again & again. What Fletcher is doing? Sack him first then Dhoni for showing no leadership skills when the things are going wrong. The bowlers excluding Zaheer are bowling at all places except in the right place & the skipper is not talking to them. We want a firm & astute leader.

  • on January 13, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    Dhoni (non playing captain) will blame his batsmans and bolwers. Davis cup tennis has this concept of non-playing captain, now this is introduced to Cricket by BCCI, and chief selector.

  • on January 13, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    A champion team always beats a team of champions.

  • on January 13, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    chokkashokka please let BCCI boycott the rest of us, then we won't have to put up with the likes of you. The only reason you're complaining is your team look like flat track bullies. You can stay at home and play your IPL amongst yourselves, the rest of the cricketing world will soon forget you.

  • birdz_eye on January 13, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    SiriLanka down & out, India down & Out, Bangladesh...... well better not to mention heere! Its up to Pakistan now to lift the Asian pride, honestly the only current Asian side that has the ability to Take 20 wickets in test matches. So I guess all the subcontinent fans will be backing Pakistan against arguably the best current test team England. After Sirilanka & India disappointments everybody should now cheer for Pakistan :)

  • ufff on January 13, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    India deserve this n will never learn from their mistake..i dont know the hell is going with sehwag..why he cant stand n show some patience..why he is not learning his mistakes from previous test matches..result of this match also will come out in 3 days n obviously we all know who is going win!!!

  • DINESHCC on January 13, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    4TH TEST SCORE CARD: India I innings 20/10 (Extras 19), D.Warner 1/1, R.Ponting 9/9 in 25 overs - B.Haddin dropped 32 catches in the 1st innings. Aus. 1st Innings 655/0 declare in 24 overs (R.Harris 345 n.o., B.Hilfenhaus 305 n.o. - VVS.Laxman 0/499 - India 2nd Innings 35/10 in 40 overs (I.Sharma 17, Extras 16, S.Marsh 2/9, E.Cowan 7/7 - B.Haddin dropped 37 catches in the 2nd innings). Match Stats: Aus won by an innings and 600 runs on the first day itself. In the press conference Sachin Tendulkar confidently said that he will score his 100th 100 against Kenya immediately after the test status is awarded to them.

  • on January 13, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    @chokkashokka: You are most certainly right. The BCCI with all their wealth and influence should force every other nation to play galli cricket instead. This will ensure India's dominance once again. The curator definately needs to be taken out as you say for coming up with a wicket that doesn't allow batsmen who can only bat on slow, turning wickets from making runs. As Warner proved, this wicket is a nightmare to bat on for anyone brought up on galli cricket. All the curators outside of India really need to lift their game.....

  • RVC-38 on January 13, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    @Stark62 Warner's innings would have been really special had he done that against a quality bowling attack, so does this it was not special, from my seat it looked pretty good

  • elmicko on January 13, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    Hmmmmm..... calls for the sacking of Ponting and Hussey have subsided - what might this series be if they were dropped before the start ! India are chock full of great batsmen who if they lived up to their reputations might have made this series much more competitive. Aust have dismantled the best batting side in the world with quality full line and length bowling ... and unearthed some great fast bowlers for the future. If India could find some mettle, at least Adelaide might be interesting

  • on January 13, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, this Indian selection panel has been stark raving mad for the last year

  • on January 13, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    Mr. Cool captain we now be waiting for the declaration. Even Ben hilfy will be dreaming of getting a test hundred against pop gun bowling attack provided his captain does not declare the inning after scoring 550/3

  • ilovcricket on January 13, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    @rickyvoncanterbury its simple - the players are used to certain playing conditions and are masters of those conditons; they are very proud when it comes to money and power, this is what was told to the centurion today by a certain player in the indian team "come to india and we will show you who we are" that means it does not really matter what happens "overseas" for indian players...the ego plays a big part in the name of the game

  • sandeepquirk on January 13, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    I don't think the Indian team has any reason to feel bad about Day 1 @ WACA. They do not seem to have any accountability at all, and seem to be oblivious about the fact that millions of Indians are waking up at odd hours to watch them play. Its just disheartening that we as a nation are treated poorly by our government, and off late the only semblance of hope that was, too lets us down without even a tinge of an apology, to us.

    We are Indians after all incompetence and mediocrity is a given thing. Be happy that we won a world cup, and probably for a while.

  • gunnerr4life on January 13, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    That is exactly what happens when you copy your opponent and play with 4 pacers ! Use your own minds for God's sake ... Australia included Stark who is a quality bowler and India picked Vinay Kumar ! That's a joke !

  • Akif-Ali on January 13, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    India will lose this test by an innings & 500 runs :p

  • on January 13, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    For India, its time to ignore these cricketers rather than showering them with money and fame. They are playing and behaving like spoiled brats. Sehwag can be the Captain - of all the Indian brat cricketers for his most irresponsible attitude on field and Dhoni the Vice captain for his reckless attitude off the field. Ask BCCI for the Balance Sheet of its financials and the cricketered for a show of their Conscience and Guts (if any). Both will not show it.

  • jmcilhinney on January 13, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    Spectacular innings by David Warner. It's nice to be able to play with no pressure on you but, regardless, you've still got to play and he really did.

  • on January 13, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    Dhoni will be back to CSK in a few month time hitting sixers and will lead them to another title. Chakrams and Shastris will be going ga ga over Dhoni's resilience and intelligent captaincy, and ability to lead from the front.

  • Herath-UK on January 13, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    What is happening to Sri Lanka's and India's famed batsmen collapsing like ninepins on some juicy pitches abroad.Because both teams are heavily involved the evil may lie in the IPL and both countries should look hard on this aspect. Ranil Herath-Kent

  • on January 13, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    Whilst I have the greatest respect for the majority of Indian commenters on cricinfo, I am getting a little tired of hearing the same old excuses pop up from some here, and an abject refusal to face the facts. 1. The pitches are not doctored to counter Indian batting, they are showing the same historical flavours they have had since before India started touring here. 2. Sachin's 100th 100. I mean please. All these great batsmen with all this great experience are not being psyched out by it. A true champion rises to the TEST of test cricket regardless of any pressure. I think Sachin is a champion and his time will come. He is just being bested at present. 3. The coaching. Great players dont need coaching. John Buchanan had the easiest coaching job in world cricket at the helm of the great Australian team of last decade - just ask Warnie or Chappelli :) The fact is you have been outplayed tactically/mentally/skillfully and BCCI refusal to create alternative pitches at home is a punish.

  • Mahebn on January 13, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    Change s needed. Dravid s best one at 3. but for how long? bring kohli at 3. dravid at 5.start preparin new team right from top. it s usual nw for india to fall the same way. but instead of vinay ashwin wud hv been justified. its painful to see a team of wrld class players bein gettin out cheaply. change the approach,attack them. don wait for balls Dravid. only thing we need to do s attack their bowlers.giv ishant new ball.remove one either dravd or harm in losing perth test by removing a single senior player so tat in future v can hv one gud young blood. if al seniors go at a time then it ll b more worse to play in foreign grnds.

  • DINESHCC on January 13, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    BREAKING NEWS: Many records fallen after the 2nd day of Perth Test. Highest individual score of 400 n.o. set by Lara has been overtaken by M.A.Starc by scoring 522 n.o. - The highest team total set by SL was overshadowed by Aus by scoring 1161/1 - The highest margin of defeat set by England (By an innings and 579 runs) has been rewritten by Aus with the margin by an innings and 999 runs. India's second innings score of 1/10 is a world record and B.Haddin dropped 27 catches in the 2nd innings which is also a world record. Vinay Kumar's magical figure of 20-0-719-0 is also another world record. In the press meet after defeat, Dhoni's is confident of beating this Aus team in the next test.

  • KBowser on January 13, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    @chokkashokka. I agree, what a terrible pitch. Warner got hit in the head and almost couldn't get to his 100. India's plan to tire him out might work. He might be so tired from swinging his arms that he won't last past lunch on the second day (by which time he will have 300). As for Sri Lanka's effort - that was also a terrible pitch. What were they chasing? 300? The pitch must've changed between innings. Living in denial buddy! On another topic, why do so many people care so much about individual stats? 100 centuries... X runs, Y average etc. Who cares? It is a team game, and real teams play to win, not play for their stats.

  • jmcilhinney on January 13, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    I say this not to goad or belittle the Indian teams and fans but India are now, to my mind, pathetic. That's really a bad thing for cricket around the world. It's often said that one of cricket's weaknesses, especially test cricket, is that it's played by so few countries. India are obviously one of the most important of those few countries, having a population probably greater than all the others put together. As an England fan I want England to beat India (and everyone else) but there was definitely less satisfaction in the last series in England than if it had been close. Cricket needs a strong India. The more strong teams the better but cricket particularly needs a string India. Indian fans and officials said that the England tour was an aberration. Surely after this tour, which is going the same way but may end up even worse, they will have to follow England and Australia's lead and launch a proper investigation of what's wrong and how to fix it.

  • ab_cricket on January 13, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    Agree with a lot of people here. This is becoming frustrating now, Indian team of the 90's was much better than this team. You get up early in the morning see the score on TV and by 11 am start cursing the day. NO SPINE, faded quality of batsmen and unintelligent bowlers is how I sum up this Indian Team.

  • on January 13, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    i would be surprise if Australia cant win the series 4-0.this Indian team deserved to be trashed badly

  • hhillbumper on January 13, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    looks like lessons weren't learnt from the Summer.i can understand getting walloped by England but really losing to this poor an Aus team.India you have got as low as you can really.These are the same bowlers who we smacked round Aus so what are the big 4 doing? maybe you should just play at home where you feel comfortable.

  • Rollercoaster_27 on January 13, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Contd: Infact individual brilliance of the FAB 4 has made up for our mediocre bowling attack more than once and unfortunately now that they are failing for once, all the knives are out on them. Yes, they have surpassed their shelf life and they should have taken a call, do u think just replacing them will yield results overnight???? THANK THE FAB 4 FOR COVERING UP FOR A MEDIOCRE BOWLING ATTACK FOR THE LAST DECADE AND THE SYSTEM ON WHICH INDIAN DOMESTIC CRICKET RUNS BY, thats where the problem lies. We have talented youngsters, given the right direction, we will be competitive again but stop blaming the IPL and the FAB 3 and DONT GIVE UP ON OUR TEAM JUST COZ THEY HAD ONE BAD YEAR. God Bless !

  • on January 13, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Very disappointing, I only got to see the first 30mins before going to work then come home to read this scorecard. Expected more from Sehwag, feel sorry for Tendulkar as he has far too much pressure and expectation to score runs. As a New Zealander I find it quite offensive that all the commentators referred to New Zealand as a "warm up" before India arrived, when we showed more fight and were far more competitive than India & actually won a test "which India dont look like doing at the moment". Its about time Australia gives New Zealand more than a two test series as New Zealand needs more Test Cricket on Aussie pitches!!!

  • big_al_81 on January 13, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    @ Rukky. I agree India's bowlers are a problem, I've been saying it for a while but I don't think the answer is to just play 3 of them. Unless you're thinking of playing Dhoni as a bowler in the side you've selected? @ Stark62 - I'm not quite sure when England last struggled very badly against Pakistan - we beat them pretty comprehensively last time round. And I'm not sure it's wise to hold up Amir and Asif as examples of anything - terrific bowlers but in jail and brought shame to a great cricketing nation. Let's concentrate on Pakistan's future perhaps?

  • reality_check on January 13, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    BCCI "appointed" itself to the #1 test ranking in the world last year without winning a series in Eng/Aus/SA thus leaving the door open for these teams to prove a point beyond any reasoable doubt that India is actually a #5 or #6 team in the rankings so I blame BCCI. The thrsahing started on Eng tour and it will conclude in Adelaide with 8-0 drubbing. BTW... the god of cricket Sachin has not managed to make any difference in 13 away innings that he has played so far in Eng/Aus. So much for the the lofty labels.

  • on January 13, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    i am a Pakistani...and trust me this humilation of indian batting is unbearable... i hav always maintained a stand that if a team could be made using indian batsmen and pakistani bowlers than i can bet no team in the world could beat them... but sorry i have to take it back.. this is not the kind of performance i expect from a buch of legends... i would suggest immediate crunching test match battles between india and pakistan whether in india or pak so that Pakistanis could learn batting techniques or could atleast try to copy the Great Wall and Indians also get a chance to play against brutal bowling attack... i think lack of Indo-Pak contest hirting both teams... from a well wisher of sub-continent countries

  • jam-11 on January 13, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    why all r talking about vinay kumar. what other great bowler did? He is playing his first test, now you people are shouting. what sachin,rahul,vvs,sehwag,dhoni,ishanth,gambir,khan(only this innings) did? so called experience. if vinay is not there then India will bowled out Australia with in 200? R u people crazy. First drop Dhoni(good captain for Indian soil) Only DADA and Kumble are the captain who can wins India in Australia.Drop both waste opener bring Rahane,mukund. Drop vvs bring Rohith.Drop Ishanth bring Sreeshanth(Aaron). Give one more chance to Rahul(Last year top scorer and top scorer in last 3 series) Sachin you........

  • mike_b on January 13, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    @chokkashokka - part of being a cricket fan is being able to accept when your team gets beaten mate.To blame the Perth wicket for India's bad performance today shows a lack of grace,reality & cricket history knowledge.The Perth wicket has ALWAYS been fast & bouncy.We used to take hammerings at Perth in the 80s from the Windies. To suggest it has been fixed is just plain bad sportsmanship.Your guys knew what to expect & have been found out by being ill prepared to cope with a fast bowlers wicket. Likewise your fast bowlers have failed to take advantage of the conditions. A younger Sachin and VVS have hit brilliant 100s there in the past but alas they are now older with slower footwork which is a "must have" on such a wicket.The beauty of test cricket is that the wickets are different in each country.The great players adapt and perform. Sachin has batted brilliantly here in the past but Father Time has now tapped him on the shoulder & he should step aside to give the next Sachin a go.

  • SAcricFan on January 13, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    India are in serious trouble, just cant see this weak Indian attack being threatening in any conditions, after this tour India should start afresh, bring in the youngsters, abide by the DRS and try build a team for the future, at the moment there cricket is going nowhere...

  • on January 13, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    I was willing to give them the benefit of the doubt until now, but I truly feel that India's performance is probably one of the most disgraceful things I've ever seen on a cricket pitch. State teams would eat these guys for lunch. Heck, my local cricket club U12 side could probably shoot out the Indian top order before lunch at this rate.

  • KYZA on January 13, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Well Played David Warner, Magnificent batting, whadaplaaaayaaa! he do well in tests and I think he will improve as time goes he plays more test matches, I feel for India, but as many of you have said these batsmen, great batsmen, Sachin, VVS, Dravid, to some extent Viru, they are at best a bit past it now, I have to agree with Warne's comment of playing Rohit Sharma, and sticking with Kohli as India's NO 3, MS Dhoni is a flat track bully, he has the ugliest technique I have ever seen, which was so horribly exposed in England last year, he is also at best average keeper. India problems lie in them not having many young players coming through, where are the new young players, as soon as the 3 big guns retire, Sachin, Dravid, VVS once gone who will be the middle order, should they be trying to groom these guys now rather than getting hammered and then having brand new players come in, they also played too many seamers, Viru not great spin bowler, they need quality, I worry for India

  • inturu on January 13, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    if your not in form please play one match with indian team..deferentially you will get good form

  • Rollercoaster_27 on January 13, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    Abysmal to say the least :( BUT am actually quite surprised to see soo many comments against the IPL and the FAB 3 :( Firstly, everybody can only see the financial side of playing in the IPL but what they cannot see is how it can provide a platform for many young talented players to express themselves and to earn a living, Although HOCKEY is our national game, cricket is always been given the thumbs up, and IPL encourages talented youngsters to take up cricket as a career, and u cannot say IPL destroying Indian Cricket. Its just a platform but INTERNATIONAL CRICKET - WEARING AN INDIA CAP, tats something else, anyone would be proud to represent a BILLION people. So stop complaining against the IPL. Secondly the FAB 3, i have been watching cricket since middle school, almost from 10 years ago, when have we have had 3 QUALITY MATCH winning bowlers? There is been an odd KUMBLE/SRINATH and now ZAHEER, v need quality bowlers to win test matches. to b contd

  • BravoBravo on January 13, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    Once again IND has proven that their batting line is miserable and below average and worse than SL batting line. Little master Tendulkar and Big mouth Shewag are the black sheeps there. They should be sacked from the team as their presence does not make any difference on the outcome of the matches. People are blaming Dhoni for the failure of team, in m opinion a captain is as good as the team is. If IND looses this match, either they should be stripped off of the Test status or only restricted to play in India on their home grounds, or occasionally in SL, nowhere else.

  • wnwn on January 13, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    Surely the time has now come for India to replace the 3 batting greats. Give Tendulkar plenty of ODI's so that he can get that 100th hundred and then plan for the future. They have plenty of batting talent like kohli, rohit, pujara, rahane, manoj, raina who need to be persevered with and given a fair chance to prove their ability.

  • on January 13, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    What a nice game by Australia, the so called legends of my country are yet crumbling on test grounds abroad. CONGRATS BCCI and INDIAN CRICKET TEAM for making it yet ANOTHER MILESTONE IN ESTABLISHMENT OF IPL and losing respect, legendary and class in cricket. Dhoni's gesture regarding test makes HIM ELIGIBLE for summarily fired out of Indian cricket team!! No surprises after a super-prestigious and wealthy IPL I can expect even SACHIN too running behind money. BECAUSE THERE MAIN FOCUS IS IPL AND PLAYING FOR INDIA IS LIKE A QUALIFYING ROUND.

  • TheAceofSpades on January 13, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    India just doesn't have the team to go and play abroad. I don't know what prompted the Indian think tank to select Vinay Kumar. ...Vinay Kumar???? ... R kidding me?? A man who doesn't even have enough pace to bowl on a surface like Perth in selected against Australia who thrive on such conditions. Also, selectors have to start thinking about the future Test team. I think its time to drop the aging players. V need an Argus Committee.

  • das.suman on January 13, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    again india going for a england , injury was an issue but here??...selectors and bcci must take it seriously ....

  • on January 13, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    Well, I think Indians don't deserve to be world champions. They should give the trophy back to ICC. World champions never loose like that..... its a shame for the game of cricket. A champion side should play like champions...... and this Indian side is playing like a club side......... I have never seen a champion side playing like that..... When Srilankans won the world cup , they dominated the game and proved themselves to be true champions...... then Australia , when Australia won the cup they dominated the game and proved themselves to be real deserving champion side.... but I don't know what is India doing......... they don't have even a single quality of a world champion......... I am disappointed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • kanerc on January 13, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    mansoor777: Do you understand at all how test cricket works??? India did not win the first day by 12 runs - India were absolutely hammered today. India scored at 2.66 an over for 60 overs. australia scored at 6.47 for 23 overs and havent lost a wicket!! THats a flogging no matter how you try and dress it up. Praveen chopra - Whats to say the australian batsmen wont bat india out of this match in their innings? I'd certainly have a bet with you. I'd be backing australia to win by an innings... Again. Face up fellas. Indias time at the top is a distant memory. I imagine they'd get a similar hiding in South Africa too.

  • SAperspective on January 13, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    hi why not call sharukhn Khan , salman khan , why because they over-hype dhoni, Kohli etc... this does not produce better stronger sportsman, it produces false heoes who do not have to focus on sport but all adverts, game shows etc.

    It is sad that at the point of battle 2-0 Dhoni decides to talk about retirement. which means he wish this can absolve any resposibility for the current disaster.

  • Yevghenny on January 13, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    rickyvoncanterbury , totally agree. This is not test cricket, I now understand what Michael Holding was saying about test cricket being easier than 1st class cricket for scoring runs - against India anyway. They aren't even trying to get wickets.

  • on January 13, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    Indian team is not listening and taking any steps.....i think Aussie team should boycott this series as there is no competition...both teams are playing towards an aussie victory

  • inturu on January 13, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    first of all drop MS Dhoni ,V Sehwag,I Sharma and V Kohli ..they are good for T20s Not for Testes..need search Young guns for replacement sachin,laxmn and dravid

  • on January 13, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    Good Show Cricket Team India,keep it up; at least cricket crazy Indian cricket fanatics will think of stopping looking at these cricketers as Super human being and ordinary mortals like us.Loud mouth Srikkant K(C)an't you see the writing on the wall and give chance to youngsters, what 's the risk, the result can't be worse than now.The Great SLC,RD,VVSL & VS have had their days ,now let new young crops take the fight.After all one time we stopped rooting for Rajesh Khanna, Ever Crying Dilpkumar,Bharat Bushan and started looking for Amir, Salman,Rithick and giving the deserving place for Zintas,katrinas,last but not the least Sunny Leon.The King is Dead; Long Live the King

  • B.C.G on January 13, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    Before this series began,there was talk of Sehwag scoring the first 500 or 400+ anyway.Any takers

  • Snick_To_Backward_Point on January 13, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    Pride before a fall. Denial before prolonged, epic failure. I should stick to T20 and ODIs to pump up that rapidly deflating ego folks. "You held the cricketing world to ransom when you had no right to do so." How true is that statement?

  • TheLoneStranger on January 13, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    Warner actually gave two chances; the first when going from 46 to 50, when he square cut a ball that went through the fingers of the gully fieldsman on its way to the boundary. It could have been caught, but it would have been a brilliant catch, and that would seem to be beyond the Indians at the moment. The second chance came when he was nearly run out when sent back by Ed Cowan. Had the throw hit the stumps, he was dead meat. Having said that, it was a magnificent knock. He should now be a permanent fixture in the side unless injury or poor form intervene.

  • on January 13, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    Cant really be done anything about this anymore. Indian batting is not up to the mark to play fast swing bowling. Anyone can score a triple hundred in India but abroad..on pitches where the bounce is true..the Indian batting lne up looks silly. Granted the inclusion of Vinay Kumar baffled most viewers...but even if there was any other change made instead the story would have remained the same. Indians cant play disciplned swing bowling...coupled with pace and chance. Wonder why the BCCI doesnt invest in fast and grassy pitches to be made in India ..atleadt for coaching purposes

  • vatsatheboss on January 13, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    @geedubnz : As if all the other countries are pretty good! If Eng/Aus/SA, whichever team u support, come to india and find a turning track, they cry like anything saying 'its not a sporting pitch'..atleast we indians accept that we have a problem and we need to improve.. India has performed well sometimes when the conditions were against them like durban, perth, etc.. Has any of the above mentioned teams done well on a turning track? Nope..because they dont know how to play spin.. So please don't talk as if the other teams are strong in all departments..they re not.. and you whats worse? They complain like babies, if the conditions are not in their favour and go the age-old strategy of saying "not a sporting pitch"..

  • Naresh28 on January 13, 2012, 12:08 GMT


  • rishab.cricfever on January 13, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    all of us proud Indian fans after an exciting day of test match cricket has d following challenge for this ordinary Aus team : MAKE A SPORTING DECLARATION TOMMOROW AT 400/0 AND TRY TO WIN BY AN INNINGS IF YOU DARE

  • on January 13, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    OH NO!! Now has the need arised when the BCCI will make 2 squads for the Indian team. One squad will play in India and the other one will always tour other countries.

  • thebigk on January 13, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    Had Ashwin been in the match ,India would have reached atleast 200....

  • Aspraso on January 13, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    Are India still amongst the test-playing countries? Can't there not be a full ICC membership for T20-only playing nations only?

  • B.C.G on January 13, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    Well,dhoni employed attacking fields for most of the day & got pummelled.Indian bowlers...........oh India don't seem to have any

  • on January 13, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    @praveenchopra - are you day dreaming?

    I am not able to understand why Vinay and not Irfan. Dhoni could bowl faster than Vinay.

  • DINESHCC on January 13, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    RAHULCRICKET: You forgot Harshal Patel of Haryana (originally from Gujarat). He is better bowler than Rituraj Singh. Or for that matter better than Ishant, Umesh and Vinay.

  • on January 13, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    This is the first Indian test team in almost ten years which has its playing 11 without a spinner...that itself is a big blunder..And If at all team INDIA plans to play like this in the future, Let the BCCI not send Indian team ABROAD..Thei CAN call all the international TEAMS TO INDIA..THAT WILL BE THE BETTER IDEA..I AM TIRED OF WATCHIN INDIA LOSING AGAIN N AGAIN..\

  • on January 13, 2012, 12:03 GMT


  • Kaze on January 13, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    Good to see India dragging the old people along once more they will be down at bottom with WI in no time. Go Aus thump em and make it 3-0

  • on January 13, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    most humiliating day for India in recent times. Batsmen are batting as if they are first time in the field, and bowlers are bowling as if they are playing with a plastic ball !!

  • on January 13, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    Why India did not play its best batsman i.e. Ashwin?

  • cookie07 on January 13, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Indians being targeted in foreign countries is now becoming too common. Not sure why the Oz police is staying away. The Indian government should step in to ensure that the 11 players are not hounded in foreign lands.

  • on January 13, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    if you are removing a player by seeing he is not performing his roll well then remove sehwag also with ajinkya rahane...Rahane had played well in England where no one was able to perform. And if they are not going to give him a chance then for what they have taken him along with team.

  • DMS1111 on January 13, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    Emile Goddea....aussies just played SA and the series was 1-1.....where were you...on the moon

  • on January 13, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    @chokkashokka posted at 0608GMT...your post is exactly the reason why lots of us in the rest of the world support any team against is ok for you to prepare dustbowls for us to play on, but we shouldn't give you a bouncy track? Get over yourself, if the track was so difficult to bat on, please explain the Aussie batting? Maybe the problem is that your much vaunted batting line-up is just a bunch of flat track bullies, and don't have any technique to speak of! Your bowlers also were unable to bowl one side of the wicket at a decent length, and please don't tell me the swing disappeared in the 10 minutes innings change!

  • Ayanmalik on January 13, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    If indian batting wanted to get their form back, specially Sehwag and Laxman they should play against pakistan lol. If not they will lost their position very soon from indian team. Indian batting is not more in form at all they need to play their natural game

  • MoeedSami on January 13, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    INDIAN Team has requested ICC to make Test for 3 days becuase they want to visit Australian Beaches!

  • on January 13, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    is hilfy in his dream series or r the indian batsmen really this worse..?? Indian fans shld atleast now realise n stop arguin with their counterparts here..aussies r playin fantastic cricket in tis series...kudos to them...i had thought aussie batsmen wer outta form before the series started n now am realising tat actually the Indian batters r n wer always outta form...Sachin pls retire man donno how many more years ur gonna play n block some youngster gettin into the team..

  • on January 13, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    i don't understand the same pitch Australia is batting on but the Indians are falling down one after just if we look Schin is the only who plays well. the only reason according to my point of view that indian player are playing defensively they dont attack auzi bowler that why if we look at Rahul he bowled out all time while plalys definsive shots the bowl finds the gate through his pad and bat. i think they should attake on poor deliveries and find some rooms for em while batting it is not gonna be easy for them with 2.+ run rate.

  • jezzricho on January 13, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    The BCCI are killing Indian cricket! surely all you Indian fans must be sick of your team being given the softest opponents on the lowest flattest tracks possible? Team India score huge totals at home against often the minnows of cricket while other teams are playing in trying conditions against quality opponents...the outcome of this is Aus along with most of the other top teams are battle hardened and ready for a fight whilie India slump there shoulders and give up as soon as they face any sort of challenge overseas. BCCI need to have a good hard look at themselves and realise its about time your curators produced wickets with a bit more movement...your batters may not average 55 but they will be a much better allround team and your bowlers will b very thankfull and develop soo much quicker. Team India are not playing a test overseas for 2 years after that tells you enough about BCCI, imagine how poor India will be in 2 years given there new team will have no experience!

  • Nightwing32 on January 13, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    Yay Haddin was correct. Too bad we didn't keep Phil Hughes, he could have got into awesome form with this Indian bowling attack. Love those Warner sixers.

  • gerardpereira20 on January 13, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    After the England fiasco many people were willing to give the team the benefit of doubt, low moral caused by injuries to key players and all that. However it is now clear that what the team has embarked on is something worse than match fixing, it is cheating the paying public by not trying. How else can you explain what went on in England and is now happening in Australia. How can you explain the fact that a talented batsman like Rohit Sharma warms the bench when a non performers like Laxman and Shewag are picked after repeated failures. How can you explain India going into a test match with a trundler like Vinay Kumar masquerading as a quick bowler. Urgent and drastic measures are required before the BCCI kills test cricket.The team has to be disbanded and built from scratch. It is time to say goodbye to Dhoni, Shewag,Dravid, Laxman Tendulkar and Zaheer. The replacements cant be any worse.

  • gtch on January 13, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    The excitement and enjoyment of Day 1 at the WACA cannot and will not be replicated in the useless form that is Twenty20 cricket. Does anyone remember a great Twenty20 game. Highly doubtful, what was the greatest day of Test cricket you've ever seen? I'm thinking that there are multiple memories that spring to mind. Twenty20 is for rich upper class Indians who love to throw around their money. Test cricket is the only REAL form!

  • JimmyDee on January 13, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    It seems clear to me now, that the IPL is responsible for bringing the once glittering careers of these batsmen, to an embarrassing, undignified end. Where once, Test Cricket was the pinnacle, the ultimate challenge for a cricketer, to showcase true talent amid all scenarios and situations in any given game, it almost seems secondary in terms of value and importance. These greats have been asked to "dumb down" their games and adjust their techniques accordingly, to make quick bucks for the fat and fatter. Hard earned admiration and worldwide respect, is being compromised, sacrificed, and cheapened for this reason. It's an insult to this great game to watch SRT, Dravid and VVS being subjected to this. I do not include MSD in this as i think his contribution as captain has been nothing short of pathetic, unmotivated, unimaginative. He cannot think beyond 1 day. Leave him there!

  • Cheeki on January 13, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    Time for the cull to begin in India Cricket. At least 2 years of pain in store for us Indian fans. Aussie power is awesome. They deserve to trash this Indian team 4-0. Better wrap up the test matches in 2 days to save us Indian fans the torture of enduring an additional day before the eventual humiliation.

  • KKRajesh on January 13, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    Declare Sehwag, Sachin, Dravid, Laxman and Dhoni are injured... and send some young blood from India to save the Adelaide test.

  • Harry0009 on January 13, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    I felt England tour was an aberration to an otherwise wonderful performance by India over the last 10 years but this tour to Down Under has really opened the debate whether they do have a Test team to compete at international level. I think this performance is not only pathetic but also puts a lot of question mark not only on the ability of the batsmen but the bowlers too. The so-called pacers Ishant, Umesh, Vinay including Zaheer are looking like club bowlers on such wonderfully helpful conditions. If an opposition team can be 149 for no loss on the beauty of a pitch like Perth which has so much of bounce and seam, then god only help such a bowling attack. And the way the bowlers are spraying the ball around and being clobbered at will just goes to show how 'good' our bowlers are!

    The overall performance of India has been disgusting to say the least, and which too shows why India is more keen on an individual getting a 100th ton than winning a test match.

  • bobmartin on January 13, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    @chokkashokka "yet another abominable wicktet - test matches in australia, eng and SA are just becoming a joke."... That's right... a terrible wicket.. absolutely unfair. Ah.. but wait a minute... aren't the Aussies using the same track on the same day ? No chance I suppose that the much-boasted-about Indian batters aren't able to cope with a wicket that give bowlers a fair chance... Nor any chance that the Indian bowlers can't exploit conditions like the Australian attack. Are you just too blind to see and admit, as many of your fellow countrymen have done, that your test team is not a quarter as good as it's been hyped up to be, or is it not in your nature to accept that you've been outplayed by better teams.. As if the series in England wasn't bad enough, to cop the walloping your getting down under must really add insult to injury.

  • on January 13, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    The Indian team is bahaving like a bunch of jokers & it seemed that nobody is interested in playing. There is a need of radical changes in the current team firstly by sacking MS Dhoni from the Test team & then everyone who is included in the team should prove himself in the domestic arena be it Sachin Tendulkar, Dravid or anyone else. This Indian team had let all the Indians cricket lovers down & furstrated & should be ashamed of themselves. Now only god nows what will happen next???????????

  • Smithie on January 13, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    Perhaps Srinivasan will order the BCCI to insist beer appears on all Indian pitches before play ?

  • rzaki on January 13, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    India should now play Bangladesh to get their confidence back. It should be a three match series, so that their batsmen can get at least three chances to bat and improve their averages. It will also help their bowlers to get into the habit of taking 20 wickets in a Test match.

  • on January 13, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    again a over hyped indian team who only knows to play rather than i have to say take advantage of home condition and they actually thrive the world cup as every single game they played at their home soil where they prepare the pitches only suit them.)D..losers learn this game plz.

  • funnykumar on January 13, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    For gods sake publish one of my comments... It was a pathetic show by indian team once again... and a thorough performance by the aussies...

  • rishab.cricfever on January 13, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    i think its more 2 do wid d psychological part of it all..another woeful display by India..dey were more concerned about d pitch rather than d opposition and as it turned out apart 4m first session it was a belter of a track..poor application by batsmen and thoughtless bowling finds the match done and dusted after the first day itself..wondering wat ALL changes can b done realistically when no one really is luking gutsy n spirited enough for a test match brawl !! SORRY STATE IF U R AN INDIAN FAN !!!

  • CricketPlayer1 on January 13, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    chokkashokka-I really hope you aren't so blinded by your love of India to admit that after the way Warner and Cowan dispatced the ball to all parts that maybe the pitch isn't as bad as you claim?! We live in an era where covered pitches are rolled to death and play like table tops-the movement and pace in this wicket is exactly what a real cricket pitch should be. Every country has a style of wicket and it just so happens that Indian pitches are slow, low, turners that means players like Sehwag can just whack through the line without footwork-most successful SA/Aus an English players use good technique and footwork (apart from trescothic) so maybe it's time technique was discussed and not the pitch! Dravid and Sachin can score runs on any surface because of technique

  • Jawz on January 13, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    No doubt India has been abject in their display and are a poor reflection of what they are capable off. But I still believe there is lot more in this Test Match and it is not correct to sign the obituary yet. Yes, India made a mistake in not bringing in Pragyan Ojha instead of Vinay Kumar (he is a pedestrian bowler who should never have been on the trip in the first place and Irfan Pathan would have been a better option as he is in form too). Ojha is a crafty bowler and would have made a difference. At least he would have been better than Ashwin who has bowled below par and those who are advocating for him for his batting then bring on Rohit Sharma and let the fourth bowler's duty be performed by the combination of Sehwag, Kohli and Tendulkar as anyway Ashwin the bowler is ineffective. I am still confident that India will bat very well in the second innings and will make a match of this. Tomorrow, Zaheer and Ishant are going to put up a special show. Australia may make only 300.

  • on January 13, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    And to think this performance has come in the absence of Watson and Johnson, just out of curiousity where are those 2? injuired?

  • on January 13, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    It was great 2 watch Warner's innings...superb hitting

  • on January 13, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    Indian team can only perform in India by making slow and batting tracks. Its track record of india that they never perform good outside india which shows that they don't have talent in bowling and batting. Because of the Indian sponsors ICC had given world cup to India otherwise they were not talented enough to win that. ICC is always biased in their ODI, Test and T20 ranking system, they always keep india at no 1, 2 or 3 despite of their so many defeats

  • hhillbumper on January 13, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    well if that's not the worst display by a test team I have seen then I don't know what would be.On another note I watched some of Warner's innings and the commentators were comparing him to Sobers.So nothing like hyperbole there then

  • FairPlayZ on January 13, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    Dhoni doesnot like Irfan as he is slow, how about Vinay bolwing at 120K..? Same venue Irfan took 3 wickets and scored with the bat.Shame on selection :(

  • spinkingKK on January 13, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    I am an Indian supporter. However, I don't care India losing like this. Because, I wasn't happy the way they showed arrogance very early in their No:1 ranking by making some bad remarks about the minnows like Bangladesh. Anyway, I did predict that India will lose this series convincingly even before the tour began. I wanted Laxman to be given another chance and now I think this is it for him and Dravid. Tendulkar should play his last test in Adelaide. India need wholesome changes. My team for the next test series is: Vijay, Mukund/Rehane, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Irfan Pathan(Vc), Karthik(Wk), Harbhajan(c), Ishant, Yadav, Sreesanth. India need to give importance to the fitness. By fitness, I didn't mean somebody who can stand or run. This is a sport and every players should be asked to do some streneous drill like fast (timed) running, fielding and catching with a very high standard. If they fail, they can't play. If you cant' be a proper sportsman, don't bother showing up!!

  • KKRajesh on January 13, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    I appreciate Indian team's effort to make it 161... !!

  • gtch on January 13, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    chokkashokka, your comments are disturbing, disgraceful and somewhat ignorant. There were only 10 wickets to fall today, and they were the 10 average Indian wickets. What would you like to see? 5 days of batting scoring 2000 runs and spin on after 5 overs as is the norm in the sub-continent? Methinks the Indians should harden up, play a few seasons on some green tops in the Sheffield Shield at the Gabba, I guarantee I you won't hear them complaining about a similar wicket to today's WACA. Look at where all the IPL money has got you Indians at the moment. NO RESPECT from the cricketing knowledgable as the only "REAL" form of cricket is TEST Cricket. And there is a reason it's called "TEST" match cricket. Do you think there was any whinging during the era of uncovered wickets??? As for the Srilankans getting rolled, SA got 301 batting first. You don't know what you're talking about. Please don't post that rubbish anymore. Please print this cricinfo to set the record straight!

  • eyballfallenout on January 13, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    Good morning jdhillon............

  • on January 13, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    Ed Cowan also deserves great credit. I hope he gets there tomorrow

  • on January 13, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    Great to see India losing. They deserve it and it was long overdue. Dhoni is exposed all this time he was riding on his luck with a talented players. If he is so talented then he should rise up to the occasion and lift India. India deserves to lose down under especially with what Harbajan Singh did during the last tour. Retribution is the word.

  • amjonline on January 13, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    I think Indian Cricket management should realise that the mix of senile and Juvenile players is not working at all. They should send all greats with thanks before it is full of regrates. The otherthing is the mantle toughness of players that they can stand infront of teams like Australia, England, SouthAfrica. They should learn from Pakistan that against all sort odds, deprived of home ground advantage, no petminent coach, cases of curruption, stiff and troublesome Board Management (Just gone) and everything els whenever their playrs get regrouped they become most tough side for any big team in the world I see only one reason that is mantle toughness. I think Indians are consuming Sachin Tendulkar quicker than natural he should be given a fair break both mental and physical becuase this great boy deserve it. Dravid alone sail through the Last summer in England we should thank him for his great contribution to the game differently.

  • Sarthak1305 on January 13, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    @Australia Fans: Enjoy the border-gavasker trophy you guys thoroughly deserve it. 11 years ago India stopped a marauding Australian team at kolkata and today it is the Indian team who is giving back to u the invincible authority which india once upon a time a decade ago question. Words from a completly dejected fan

  • TeamRocker on January 13, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    @chokkashokka- If Aussie wickets are so unsporting and impossible to bat on, then do you mind explaining how Australia got to 149 for none? Or how they made 600+ for the loss of four wickets? So, just quit making excuses for a non-performing team.

  • aahahaa on January 13, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    before the start of the series I thought Ponting, Hussey, would be gone by the time the series finished. this team not only has resurrected their careers but the batsmen have dug a deep hole for themselves. knowing the selectors and regional selection policy (how on earth would you explain Vinay getting into the side) nobody would get axed but then this line up has lost a lot of respect. do not wait for selectors to drop you look at your Eng and this series performance in this series and take a call yourself, would be my suggestion to them. walk away when you are ahead, even if slightly.

  • Vakka on January 13, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    agreed to "JustOUT" Sachin should be kicked first...laxman next....dravid next..... gambhir next (the person who fears to face the with 100 gram hands)

  • Truemans_Ghost on January 13, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    Australia are the new Pakistan- you never know whether they are going to be horrible or superb. Today has just incredible. Unfortunately with India you know exactly what you are going to get (does that make them the new England?)

  • Georgetown1 on January 13, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    Continue to play IPL and 4000 one days and be prepared to watch India fall to the bottom of the test rankings, with or without the old men. IF YOU FAIL TO PREPARE THEN YOU ARE PREPARING TO FAIL.

  • AayushUK on January 13, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    I am Indian living in the UK, therefore I used to support England in Cricket, when India was not playing with them, and I have to say Duncan Fletcher was hopeless, then, and made me actually forget about ever supporting England.

    When I heard that He got the India Job after Gary Kirsten, I thought here we go again, another Greg Chappell. The Great Geoffrey Boycott said once that Duncan Fletcther should have retired after the 2005 Ashes series, because he was Never Ever going to ever accomplish anything better than that. Well he hasn't and looks like he never ever will.

    What has happened since India won the holy grail which illuded them for over 20 years (world cup), they lost to England in England, crushed England in 5 ODIs in India (that was expected), had an average outing with the Windies in India, (admittedly without star names), and getting thrashed in Australia with Star Names. &I would like to iterate that Australia have just been humbled by Everyone.

    Throw Fletcher Out!

  • Wasim_Wasamadroota on January 13, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    All that beer spilt on the pitch last night must have dried up by just after tea time. Brilliant work WACA staff!

  • Cricket_fan85 on January 13, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Well!!. I am not going to comment on Indian Batting as no body seems to have batted but they were gving bowling and catching practice to Aussies.. Nice to see a competition inside the indian team as to which department is worst :( .. They had given enough batting practice to Clark, Hussey and Ponting and now they had moved to Warner and the top 3 !!!! .. I would like to highlight to everybody that Ponting and Hussey were in danger of loosing their place !!!!.. Good Job Indians in in increasing the morale or Aussies .. I have nothing to write about the way Indians batted or bowled !!!! .. I would like to congratulate the BCCI for sending their team to the countries where the home team is out of form to increase their morale and letting them know that there is a team which can loose as badly as it gets ..

    4-0 whitewash is looking inevitable to me !!!

  • on January 13, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    The Wall is like the Kudankulam Dam, both from South India, technical marvels, quite old....except that Kudankulam is still standing :D

  • kikump on January 13, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    Devastating day for India. In the hindsight, I can now, even more appreciate the contributions by the batting trio (SRT, RD, VVS) all these years. They scored loads of runs and lack of depth in bowling was never felt. Now, when they fail together the real issues in both batting and bowling surface up. Time to wake-up, for the Indian selectors.

  • on January 13, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    Welldone Warner you deserved it......shame india... u r not capable of world champ even....

  • AtticusFinch on January 13, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    @crindo77 . .. I absolutely agree with you. It is completely absurd that a Captain, instead of trying desperately to win, talks of giving up Test Cricket for a tournament 3 years on. The way he is playing he doesnt have to 'give' up Test Cricket. If the Selectors had some amount of sense,they would drop him from the Test team ASAP. He is pathetic as a batsman and a keeper. His Captaincy is something that everybody from Experts to media to ex-players ridicule. If Srikkanth and the BCCI had some amount of shame and responsibiility, they would sack him immediately after the Perth Test, give Kohli the Captaincy (like SA did with Graeme Smith) and ask him to take the first flight back home. He is a disgrace to the Captaincy, the Indian Cap and to his country.

  • highveldhillbilly on January 13, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    @chokkashokka - unfortunately your batsmen aren't playing fast bowling well - can't blame the pitches mate. Read carefully - good batsmen makes runs on all types of pitches. This pitch doesn't even look bad - nice bounce and carry, not much seam movement. The indians are in a bad frame of mind and some of them don't have the technique to handle quicker wickets (thing Sehwag in particular). That combination has been your main problem. Your other problem - very average bowling attack with only one fastish bowler.

  • 4test90 on January 13, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Since Australia were 3/38 in Sydney, India have taken 1 wicket for 770 !!!!!!!!!!!

  • armanigeorge2 on January 13, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    ooh great day for aussies bad day 4 indian team....david warner play like one day not a test....awesome batting lineup for aussies team.

  • KAIRAVA on January 13, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    Respect to Brad Haddin. Indeed, no other national team in the world break quicker than the Indian cricket team.

  • on January 13, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    In case India looses the current series 0-4, ICC should limit India's test status to playing in the sub-continent. It is becoming clear that India does not have the batting or bowling prowess to compete on international tracks in Test Cricket. To salvage Test Cricket from obsolescence, it requires to be competitive for at least 4-5 days. Both Teams must fight hard and keep spectators interested for that length of the period. India has shown to capitulate in 1-2 days making it one sided game. India's Test Cricket capabilities on faster swinging tracks is "Killing Test Cricket". India's test status should be limited to playing in the sub-continent.

  • on January 13, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    i got a feeling that if the curator had painted the pitch green, the indian batsmen would have failed miserably

  • rohjr1234 on January 13, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    the indians hav faltered once again.. the axe is just a few millimeters away from laxman's head.. well they say, hope is a bad thing but i will still continue to hope that these stalwarts that the nation has depended on will rise from the ashes like the phoenix..

  • LillianThomson on January 13, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    Kohli and Ishant must be mad to goad David Warner by claiming that it will all be different when Australia tour India. Australia won in India in 2004-05, and then lost 2-0 in 2008-9 when they lost the Nagpur Test in suspicious circumstances, and lost 2-0 in 2010-11 but were only one wicket away from drawing that series 1-1. I've lived in Australia for many years, and saw the 1989-90 and 1999-2000 Pakistanis put up far more resistance against full-strength Australian teams than I have ever seen India do, although of course India drew in 2003-4 against a weakened Australia without McGrath or Warne. The BCCI needs to analyse why Pakistan produces more fast bowlers and batsmen who are proficient on lively tracks. If they imitate the Pakistanis they should be able to return to the top of the Test pile. BTW, are Yadav, Vinay Kumar and Ishant really considered to be better than Irfan Pathan? Why??????????

  • Romenevans on January 13, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    Guys you know what Dhoni, Sachin, Laxman and Dravid everyday talk while standing in slips? They say "Were we really the Test Champions Or it was a nice and well planned ICC ranking flaw" then sachin replies...":P Giiggle....Shhhhhhhhhh, you are not supposed to talk about that, Sangakkara already said it"

  • jezzricho on January 13, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    @chokkashokka - Hahahaha r u serious bro? lol where do i begin with u?! Firstly your comments arnt getting published cause u have no idea lol an secondly India wont have to boycott world tours cause the way they play on REAL cricket wickets is pathetic at best..they will be demoted very shortly :)

  • Wasim_Wasamadroota on January 13, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    @chokkashokka, FYI cricket is a game invented by the English to be played on grassed wickets and test cricket has been played in Australia for nearly 150 years on grassed wickets. It's just a cultural thing - Aussies, South Africans and English (and NZers for that matter) are bred that little bit tougher and can handle a bit of pace, bounce, movement and chin music - see Dave Warner bounce back today. There was nothing in this wicket and it seems one team may have psyched themselves out before the start. Sooks.

  • VANILA on January 13, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    @ chokkashokka stop crying this are pure test Pitch, In subcontinent the batsman paradise wickets. Which is killing Test

  • satish619chandar on January 13, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    I guess the Aussie fans were tired and are not ready to comment on beating a silly team.. I think WI and SL who were considered much lower teams competed a lot better than the current Indian team down under.. As a fan, i am not able to digest such a incapable inapt submission..

  • srikanths on January 13, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    Just a warning to journalist friends. India doing badly is bad for the game. Just about 12-14 countries are playing cricket and ten of then serious cricket. India has the largest consumer base. These arm chair critics and intellectuals should seriously engage with the Board and try to bring in changes.

    It may sound bombastic , but the bottomline is , India's cricket downfall could well mean Cricket going down atleast in terms of the money involved.

    The bright side is , we will be rid of the Manjrekars and Boria Majumdars talking destructive non sense.

  • HawksEyeFocused on January 13, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    now we should not wait for 10dulkars century.against same aussi team like kenya and b.desh more runs than india.mera bharat mahan.

  • on January 13, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    It time for change of guard. Ageing players need to be phased out in a managed manner(Captain M S Dhoni has indicated his desire). Coach Duncan Flectcher should fully involved in the process of grooming young talent as he did for England. All in all very dismal and poor performance. BCCI should Invest in balanced pace attack. It will take time but will improve the situation.

  • Romenevans on January 13, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    In my wildest of nightmares...i never ever really thought about, How disgracefully these Indian Illusionary Legend's Careers will end....No one to blame though...they should have retired by now with respect and pride...Now no one is going to even think about and praise their stats studded careers....what a shame. Its all about timing....Proved right again.

  • indianpunter on January 13, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    Press the panic button !! As an avid supporter who has followed the highs and lows of the indian team for 25 yrs, i can safely say that this was Indian cricket's WORST ever day in a test match. Just when we thought that it wouldn't get worse than Sydney, we have plumbed to new depths.If this doesnt open the eyes of the powers that be, then what will? 1. Laxman Dravid and sehwag have to go. The first 2 as they have nothing to offer as players and sehwag because of poor form and even worse attitude. 2. How can Dhoni now captain this side? This is a listless, tired side on the wane. 3. India play all their test cricket for the next 2 yrs at home. Bring in young blood. I'd rather us lose with them. 4. Do a detailed review of the performance. Spare no one. This was called for after the disaster in England, but swept under the carpet in the guise of "injuries". 5. What is the coach doing? What is the bowling coach doing?

  • VANILA on January 13, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    Shewag should be drop first for long time he haven't scored much runs neither in One day nor in test except against weak opponents

  • GMathews on January 13, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    Current Indian team is not eligible to play test cricket, ICC must stop them playing test after Perth test,India can declare 4-0 defeat here itself ( Innings defeat in Adelaide too) Special thanks to Sehwag to introducing David Warner In the test cricket PLS .. PLS..oneday double century GURU learn some tips from Warner now..

  • Raj239 on January 13, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    This is embarrassing, totally gutless by the Indians. Many changes are needed. India need to play Rohit and Kohli next test. VVS needs to go, so does Dravid after tests and Sachin after ODIs there is no future in them. I think Indias future should be 1. Rahane(performed well in England has ability overseas)/Mukund 2.Gambhir (he is a good player if he works on his technique defending delieveries outside off in foreign countries, a season of county cricket would help) 3.Pujara(did well in England with India A, not just subcontinent bully, unlucky in SA cause Steyn got him with unplayable delievery)4. Sehwag (good when ball is not moving. 5. Kohli 6.Rohit 7.Dhoni(sadly he is best wk even for tests atm)8. Ashwin 9.ZAK 10.Umesh11. Praveen. Ishant has ability but needs to learn to take wickets in Ranji and county cricket aswell. Praveen and Irfan are good swing bowlers (something we lack atm). The Big 3 are not good quick enough anymore, and no more Rainas or yuvrajs in a TEST Team please.

  • romio_cricket on January 13, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    tendulkar should retire now...............

  • HawksEyeFocused on January 13, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    It's really shameful how cricketers like Sachin are looking for their own landmarks rather than team's benefit. The old man should step down citing his inability to feild and take singles but no these are trying to set an example to greed and set personal milestones. We need to chuck them out disgracefully and nip them at the earliest. Hope selector's learn their lesson and stop inviting them to shame entire country on foreign grouds. Alas victory for this team seems far.......

  • satish619chandar on January 13, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    As simple as that.. Though he was not the right person to say, what Haddin said is true..

  • Sakthiivel on January 13, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    @ crindo77 : Pls dont call no 2 ranked Test side, Feeling guilty and ashamed...

  • on January 13, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    we are not able to win matches in overseas. India please stop playing overseas cricket. Invite teams like Bangladesh & Zim then the big guns will fire & cement their spot(Sachin will score his 100th century, Sehwag will score 300, Dravid & Laxman will 100 in each innings). Very sorry to upcoming cricketers like Pujara, Rohit, Rahane, Mukund,Raina, etc., already we lost Yuvi from test squad

  • romio_cricket on January 13, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    tendulkar should retire now.....

  • csmart on January 13, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    dare any1 say abt our beloved Indian cricketers. its actually aussies who are using different pitches to bat & bowl.

  • funnykumar on January 13, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    All this while I thought is there any need for me to express my opinions at cricinfo... but now the time has arrived.. as a cricket lover I had enough of with this indian teams dismal performance... Coming to this particular series.. What hurts me more than the way the indian team has succumbed to the aussies is that cricket followers will forget all about this ignominious series and immerse in the IPL joy coming soon... On personal note I feel indian team should be thrashed in the remaining tests by innings defeat...

  • on January 13, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    Warner danced waca waca like Shakira in WACA!

  • KapilDadas on January 13, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    Sorry Dhoni! Time to move out of Test captaincy.

  • JG2704 on January 13, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    Obviously huge congratulations to Aus. Is it my imagination or are India playing exactly the same number of batsmen and what's more the exact same batsmen which were dismal in recent tests? What's the point of even having R Sharma on tour with them if he's not going to get a chance in such circumstances?

  • VANILA on January 13, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    India batsman can only play on flat track, All this Batsman Including Sachin made big numbers on Flat Track & weak opponents

  • on January 13, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    We hope we will be able to see Sachin 100's 100 in this Century. Well done India You deserve this.

  • agneepath007 on January 13, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    I think the all blame goes to BCCI as they have run the game on political basis, there only aim is to rule the game through money & for India interest only, any one who even dont know cricket can understand that ICC Future Calendar till 2020 is biased with India playing most of the games and mostly 5 test and 7 ODI Indian players will play IPL and earn billions of money for BCCI..!!

  • HawksEyeFocused on January 13, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    No 1 crashing down the rankings, test team in the world. 50,000 Test runs and 600 Test matches between them and not an inch of spine !! No national pride, no personal pride,no guts' only selfish agenda. An apology is needed to be made to the Australian public for the pathetic display, the team recalled and New Zealand requested to complete the tour to provide some respite for the spectators from the boredom. The only solution I see is for all India test matches to be home games. Tours are a strenuous business with villainous pitches, demon bowlers and bouncing balls.All too much for our luxury loving billionaires. Perth is closest to India, a midnight flight would be ideal. As there is no will to fight, flight is the best option so they can lick their wounds on the talk shows and lament that they were a whisker away from that century. The board needs to be proactive and some enforced retirements are very much in order.

  • romio_cricket on January 13, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    tendulkar should retire now.....

  • Drew2 on January 13, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    Since Australia were 3/37 in Sydney, India have taken 1/771 as of stumps day one at the WACA. Is that the most expensive wicket ever?

  • HawksEyeFocused on January 13, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    I hope this is test match, not T20 right?

  • Romenevans on January 13, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    LOL! Dhoni sent Kohli for after match Press conference, Is he that much afraid to answer those questions? Its a shame that a coward like him representing 1.2 billions people and a cricket crazy nation, where its a religion.

  • Ross_Co on January 13, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    Another triumph looms for Five-Nil Fletcher. What a true servant of Australian Cricket he's been.

  • on January 13, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    disgusted... no more words to describe the current state of indian cricket... Mr.Dhoni.. u might not have to wait until 2013 to decide on ur future... ur career has effectively ended after this series.... GOODBYE to Dravid, Laxman and Sachin... thanks for the memories..... u must retire now to protect your legacy....

  • Dolci on January 13, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    I think it is great to see the start of a turn around in the Aus Team. A young team that can only get better. They just need a good spinner and a new wicket keeper and they will be back at the top in a couple of years.

    I think a lot people are blaming the Indian batsmen for India's problems. I think its their bowling, poor fielding and bad capatancy that is letting them down. I wonder what the results would be if the Aussie batsmen had to face the same kind of bowling, fielding and capatancy from the Iindian team.

    One thing i dont understand how can India be the number 2 team when they loose so often and by big margins.

  • on January 13, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    David Warner is seems like next Gilchrist !

  • on January 13, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    @ Chokkashokka. That was a joke right. The alternative would be embarrassing. I can understand the frustration of all the Indian fans but they players are not to blame. Tendulkar, Dravis and Laxmann are legends that should not be mocked. Do you really have young talent to replace them on seaming wickets? Those calling for Tendulkar to be sacked must be kidding. He's looking by far the best in the lineaup and still world class. Sehwag WILL win you games if you stop getting into his head. One man doesn't lose a game but one man can win one. Those that can are treasures. If you want to find someone to blame, blame yourselves as fans for letting the IPL, 50 over cricket and high scoring pitches rule your game. Tour more, not less. Play County, not IPL. Treat your batman as men, not gods.

  • Vakka on January 13, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    its all controversy's going behind the green remove dhoni out from the team... i felt really happy wen the oldies wre going back to there pavillions.... no worries my poor indians bros.....we have the spirit and we will win 4-0 this series....ha ha ha :)

  • Captcroc on January 13, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    India were insipid for the second Test in a row. Time for Dravid and Laxman to move on and give someone else a go. If they stay on they will make runs on the rolled mud in India, but they are gone as far as playing overseas is concerned. Sehwag will get away with smashing attacks in India where the ball doesn't do much. This is the flogging that they deserve, and with an ultra-defensive captain, the scoreboard is a very good reflection on the day's play. England would give the Aussies a caning, so India is getting a second reality check within 9 months. This will be 0-7 out of 7 away tests.If that doesn't tell you something, I don't know what will.

  • ashes61 on January 13, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    AUS fans are having exactly the same experience ENG fans had a few months ago.You look forward to a good, competitive series against a supposedly top team. Then, inexplicably, for over after over, session after session, day after day and match after match, the opposition just doesn't turn up. It's not just that it's so one-sided, it's that the other side just doesn't seem to care. Old, overweight, clueless, shambolic and lazy in the field, lacking all direction and giving out no signs at all that Test match cricket matters, they pass from one match to another as if in a dream. Of course the big guns are past it, and have been for some years, with only the odd swansong left. Dravid was grea in ENG but he can't do it forever. A great fight, but he's "gone.". Blood the kids, yes, but I suspect their T20 backgrounds on Indian featherbeds will mean it'll be years before they understand Test crickent - proper cricket. They should refund ENG & AUS fans their entrance money.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on January 13, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    Basically, is there anyone left out there who deosn't believe this to be the current rankings?: 1) England 2) Fresh air 3) South Africa 4) Australia 5) Pakistan 6) Sri Lanka 7) India


  • HawksEyeFocused on January 13, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    Team India are not matched for Australia outside the sub continent. The Aussies fought like a lion even in Indian soil. That's the differences between the two team. India are basically spin players and they can never handle the pace of Aussies. India crumbles like a cookies to pace and bouncy track. Wait for 4-0 whitewash and a humiliating series. Team India suck! Cancel the tour go home and practice for at least 1 year in bouncy track against pace. Only then go for overseas tour. Don't forget the humiliation at the hand of England few months ago and the same will happen here again.

  • HawksEyeFocused on January 13, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    what a humiliting situation for a team boasting of being no. 1 a few months ago. They rather play all their matches at home and make centuries of centuries, dobble and triple hundreds and maintain their averages. I dont know why people still cant see the difference between flate wickets and a bit faster ones and then accept that Gavesker was the best ever batsman produced by India. Had these batsmen played on 80s wickets, they couldnt do much more than to manage an average of 40. Its all shame the way they are bundled out and then a club level bowling to follow it. Jey IPL and domestice seasons.

  • on January 13, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    Its time India should really start looking for fresh retiring a big bunch will create a very big hole which would be hard to fill in at once. This IPL T20 format is not doing any good to their new players and have destroyed the old players as well. It time oldies should retire with grace while they still can

  • Captain_Oblivious on January 13, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    @chokkashokka... It's the only way India will become the best Test team for a significant period... ;)

  • Mill1 on January 13, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    Apart from the terrible batting, there doesn't seem to be any joined up thinking in any department either by the team or management. Aussies have a problem with left arm spin, so why on earth haven't they played OJHA...who incidently has proved in county cricket he can get wickets on foreign pitches!!

  • ABRAHAM24 on January 13, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    thats all belongs to dhoni, srikanth.. they did not want yuvi, irfan to cement place for the test team.. they were giving 1 match for six months then dropped ...once yuvi was the the greatest fighter ever in india. he was forced to unfit the test team. now there is no fighter all are capable of surrendering..

  • on January 13, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    lol, Indian team becoming the most boring test team around.. hahaha or should i say entertaining team as in supporter from other side team..

  • nafishk on January 13, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    India's Test Status should be taken away.

  • Captain_Crick on January 13, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    The team is as good as its management. Had BCCI learnt from their past mistakes in selection policy, bench strength, grooming youngsters in overseas conditions, planning the players work schedule etc and given Test Cricket its due respect and planned/managed appropriately, these things would not have turned out the way it has.

  • on January 13, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    india shud ban themselves from playing overseas!!!jst play in india and our wn bcci run IPL!!!!!!!!!waste of time commenting on them!!!!!!

  • stark-truth on January 13, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    Team India - hang your head in shame. You are a bunch of ageing flat-track bullies, oh well, more like timid pussy cats who shudder at the sight of rookie Aussie pacers. Captain is a champion of bashing lollipop attacks on patta wickets but in helpful conditions, seems like an awkward player. And then the oldie keeps on dreaming about his 100th ton and forgets what India needs of him is to perform for the team.

  • on January 13, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    How could a team ,"NO. 1 ", fall such drastically. I mean all those players are still there, no one can get enough old in 6 month to play like this. Is the bowling standard has increased, or the INDIAN's batter's are overconfident (before ENGLAND tour) & now underconfident , to face any pace attack. Imean they were bad in home recently when they couldn't move there feet whenever reverse swing was present.

  • HawksEyeFocused on January 13, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    Dhoni was in great form today...people must have thought why Ishant Sharma didn't bowl early today?? it was because of Wasim Akram...he had suggested that Ishant should be bowling with the Wind but with start it was Zaheer who was using the wind so Dhoni waited till Zaheer gets tired, once he did Ishant was given the bowl to Zaheer end. but by that time ball got old and batsman got set...

  • SirEngland on January 13, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    T20 stuff from David Warner! He should teach Indian players how to play in the IPL.

  • jkaussie on January 13, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    When your on the receiving end of a day like this, the game doesn't look like a lot of fun does it? I certainly didn't expect such an abject capitulation from India and when Kohli and VVS were batting well I agreed with Ian Healy that 320 was a good chance but what a collapse. Then to see Warner and Cowan attack like it was a small 1 day target - the track cannot be to blame.

  • on January 13, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    i agree with Jagadeesan Ra, ashwin dropped to finish this match very quickly. if he's there he'll extend the innings one more da... wat an idea by india. see what happened today, indian fasters did nothing by adding vinay kumar as a fast bowler. they are doing worst than the previous match.

  • HawksEyeFocused on January 13, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Disgraceful,Disgusting,Pathetic,Shameful,Spineless,Miserable,Ugly,Spiteful,......I have no words to express my feelings.Please Anna,Give a clarion call to all Indian citizens and Sports lovers to boycott IPL matches and all goods and products promoted by these Cricket players.I think they will come to their senses only then.

  • on January 13, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    After Sydney Test Indian Team was urged to strengthen their batting by the inclusion of Rohit Sharma who is capable to bat and bowl either dropping Laxman or Kohli but why Ashwin was dropped?. ok. If Ashwin is replaced by Ohja then it is ok but why Vinay Kumar is selected? Are we having four real fast bowlers? If Australia hits above 600 then we are going to feel the absence of a real spinner.

  • SamRoy on January 13, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Well India dropped Ashwin who is currently better than Dhoni, Dravid, Kohli and Laxman in batting. So they deserve 161! And I hope (against hope) they give Dravid and Laxman a grand farewell by dropping them from the team for Adelaide. No point losing test matches playing grand fathers. Sachin Tendulkar also deserves a similar gift within a year's time.

  • HawksEyeFocused on January 13, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    This test match was like a father beating his son Jinxed indian team

  • HawksEyeFocused on January 13, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    800 for 1 wow God save Indian cricket.....

  • atuljain1969 on January 13, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    Why everybody is getting crazy about Indian performance. Why not talk about English white wash in last one day series in India just 3 months back. English are so poor, that they can't bat on flat Indian pitches and lost the series comprehensively.

    I would rather say, Indian pitches are much better then the overseas one. Simply because here, even the overseas team have to chance to play (on flat pitches) while overseas not only the conditions are overcast, pitches are made tailormade for fast bowlers. Why not team visiting from subcontinent ask for spin friendly pitches in these countries when opposite demand is made when they visit subcontinent and criticize our pitches. Why we not ask them why they are uncomfortable on underprpard pitches, if our batsmen could play well on them.

    This campaign is only to demoralise our players and make them feel worthless. Just look at the physique, our bowlers are not made for fast bowling and batsmen are not masters of playing consisten swng & seam

  • HawksEyeFocused on January 13, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    Dhoni maharaj please take your highly incompetent team and go back to India. Please ask all your senior players to just keep making new world records playing against Kenya, bangladesh etc. it's shame that you guys are playing like this. Hope all fans in India will treat you with Chappal ka haar. Shame on you.

  • big_al_81 on January 13, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    After 10 years of significant improvement overseas - they went from awful to average - which coincided with the rise of two batting greats in Tendulkar and Dravid, India appear to have just reverted to their more usual overseas form. The humiliations of the last 7 overseas Test matches show what the home Tests against a weak WI side were worth - not a lot! Congratulations to the Aussies, you can only beat what's in front of you and they're doing that comprehensively! No-one should take the ranking system too seriously - everyone outside India knows India been below average in Tests for some time, so to see them still ranked 2 is an absurd joke. SA are a better bet with the Aussies vying for it. England are justifiably No.1 but not by a massive margin.

  • coeurlion on January 13, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    Even as an Aussie supporter, I can't believe this! I really expected India to come back, considering what's at stake. But what I see is 'the Wall' bowled AGAIN... at this rate I'd call him 'the Swiss Cheese'... so many holes, and India all out for 161. Then Warner bludgeoning the 4th fastest test century, and Aus only 12 runs behind with all wickets remaining, at nearly 7 RPO! And all this after day one. Am I dreaming? Well, it's a damn good dream!

  • ashiitr on January 13, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    No, guys it's not Warner who scored a hundred this morning, it was Laxman who did so. They are telling us wrong. Even Sachin has 2 hundreds on this tour till now but nobody is telling us. It always happens with India. They always give us wrong information. We are 1-1 in this series. PS: We won by 2-1 on England tour but nobody knows.

  • HawksEyeFocused on January 13, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    BCCI will have to flex its muscle and ban test cricket and have only T20 so that they can make loads of money...

  • Zendall on January 13, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    Oh dear, India what has happened?? Australia is DOMINATING!!! Whoop whoop!! :)

  • RajeshMajji on January 13, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    I have a theory about India's continued failure. BCCI wants it's team to lose badly ensuring the(Indian) spectators lose interest in test cricket. Once this is done it's going to be IPL through the 12 months of the year. I guess they are succeeding. And for the rest of Test Cricket lovers...hope Ashes keeps imporving and CA and ECB ain't thinking the BCCI way; though the Big Bash has got me worried :(

  • on January 13, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    I understand everybody's frustration about the way India is playing, even I am very much frustrated but as an Indian fan I don't think we should criticize the team that much. After all they are human beings too, you only learn when you loose. Looks the Aussies, they were loosing consistently and seem to be becoming No. 1. Aussies fan always support their team in good or bad times whereas we indians only support our team in good times and criticize the hell outta em in their bad times. I think Fletcher is the problem, India needs someone young like Gary Kirsten to be a coach. I wish India would have appointed Justin Langer when he applied for the job. He would have been a very good coach. BCCI need to thinks a lot abt future. Firstly get the DRS play in every game, make it mandatory.

  • RVC-38 on January 13, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    could this be the first victory by an innings and 1000 runs ???????

  • Jawz on January 13, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    No doubt India has been abject in their display and are a poor reflection of what they are capable off. But I still believe there is lot more in this Test Match and it is not correct to sign the obituary yet. Yes, India made a mistake in not bringing in Pragyan Ojha instead of Vinay Kumar (he is a pedestrian bowler who should never have been on the trip in the first place and Irfan Pathan would have been a better option as he is in form too). Ojha is a crafty bowler and would have made a difference. At least he would have been better than Ashwin who has bowled below par and those who are advocating for him for his batting then bring on Rohit Sharma and let the fourth bowler's duty be performed by the combination of Sehwag, Kohli and Tendulkar as anyway Ashwin the bowler is ineffective. I am still confident that India will bat very well in the second innings and will make a match of this. Tomorrow, Zaheer and Ishant are going to put up a special show. Australia may make only 300.

  • benjer on January 13, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    They never best in away series against Australia,South Africa,England, Newzeland .They never try to understood their limitation to win the series of away match…….more bad time will come for India once The Wall, Little Master, Very very special will be exit from the team….

  • I.RAGHURAM on January 13, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    Here some people are seeking for the head of Dhoni.... Can anyone let me know who should be the next captain ???? Sehwag???? Gambhir ???? Dravid ???? Laxman ???? Kohli ????? Rohit Sharma ???? Ashwin ???? Zaheer ???? Harbhajan ????. Even if Clark (current Australian Captain) is made the Indian captain, India will loose... Cricket is a team game and majority of the 11 players have to perform...In the current team none are performing... It's time to move on... Build a new team for the future with young promsing players (Virat Kohli / Rohit Sharma / Ajinkya Rihane, etc.)... Their performance will not be worse than these experienced players... Secondly, improve the state of pitches for the domestic tournaments in India.. These are either batsman friendly or spinner friendly... We need bouncier tracks across India, wherein players have to play all their domestic matches.. I am sure after say 5-6 years, India will have a pool of very good batsman who can survive fast bouncing balls.

  • on January 13, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    DHONI should retire 4m test... and sehwag. ghambir, sachin , kholi should not get any advertisements. and must be banned for 6 months

  • nachami on January 13, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    Firstly, our batsmen should do well. This kind of below par score gives so much of positive energy among the Australian batsmen which reflects in their batting. Surely our bowlers cannot be blamed!! They need at least 400+ on the Board to display their skills. This kind of socre would demoralize them.. Simple logic - Our below par score gives so much of power to the Australian batsmen and even their tailenders will have the attitute to socre a 100!!

  • jonnybtestmatch on January 13, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    Can I jus ask the question, seriously do the Indian public still care about test cricket, in comparison to the shorter format.? Reading comments there are fans who seem to be disgusted with their team, which I actually see as a positive. The global game needs a strong India, like it needs a strong West Indies. I worry about India more than any country though as they seem to prefer ODI cricket, which is certainly inferior. I am not judging the whole nation on two bad series, but just wonder if the people and the board are prioritising IPL and T20. I hope that India will continue to prop up test cricket despite their shortcomings. Altough I am an English fan, there is no gloating but worry. The game needs India to be strong at test match level. Indian fans please comment

  • KarachiKid on January 13, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    Sub-Continental teams' batting is generally always fallible in Aussy conditions. The only anamoly was when three or four Indian batting greats were all at their peak between 2000 and 2010. Even today you cant blame the batting giants, the problem is that there are no replacements ! and credit goes to IPL and SubContinental (especially India's) obsession with shorter formats. We are more likely to see more of Suresh Rainas, Gambhirs, Yuvrages, Kohlis who can blast any bowler in batsmen friendly Indian pitches but not much elsewhere. Most of the recent successes of India have depended on old guns like Dravid, Laxman, Zaheer, Sehwag and to lesser extent Tendulkar. Solution is to do away with obsession for IPLs.

  • on January 13, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    Honestly, After England tour I started to hate England just cause they defeated India.. It's already seems to be 3-0 in Aus.. & I have been always hating them for always defeating India in the past... Now, however I don't anymore hate England or Aus.. I hate Indian team cause they like to loose & let other teams to win easily.. Kapil Dev said wisely.. "send Indian team on tour to the country who's really out of form -- I wonder how true..". I have no words to express my disgust..

  • stari09 on January 13, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    I bet you wont hear Cowan pipe up now about mandatory reviews and technology...if he is gonna moan like he did when he was given out about technology then he should walked today when he gloved it..

  • HawksEyeFocused on January 13, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    BCCI should think over it:- 1) why they select a team to play Test Matches,when the team is not willing to play. 2) Every one is waiting for IPL-5, and now we are simply zero................................., 3) If we want to play Test Matches we can call Sunny, M.Amarnath,Kapil Dev and S.Ganguly.

  • on January 13, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    On the plus side for India they won't miss Ashwin bowling in the fourth innings. There won't be one.

  • pcbp on January 13, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    @crindo77 : When all the Champion batsmen just crumbled, when even Zaheer struggled, you target Vinay Kumar? Give the guy a break. He did not sneak into the Indian side promising to bowl at 100 MPH. He has earned his cap based on his consistent performance on the domestic circuit.

  • bijuouseph on January 13, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    Sachin's hundredth century, lexman's flicks, wall of india Dravid what ever may be at least one draw in one match in this four matches. no need to win any match. That is also impossible. (because fast pitch) Only one solution is floating pitch, pitch we need bring from india then every indian players will score century. After this series also india will continue same method, spin supporting pitches they will prepare for internal matches......... amazing.

  • Msshan123 on January 13, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    This is an all too familiar scenario. You cannot mistake the commitment of most Indian players in most overseas test series. There are playing to their current potential in foreign conditions. Indians need to focus on the foundation - quality pitches in cities for youngsters to learn their skill, quality coaches, good disciplined local leagues for under 12s and 16s and long term commitment to development of young players. adequate change management in team for ensuring "Peter principle" doesn't hamper team development for individual success. It is a shame that the nation focuses lot more on individual's achievement than the team's growth. We need a cultural change - cricket and any team sport sadly is also a reflection of the country.

  • on January 13, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    World champions are being crushed like anything by the mighty Aussies. Before the white wash by English men has not been yet forgotten, Aussies are making the things worst ever for our beloved team. They are winning every session. Isn't there any hero remained in Indian team who can turn this over? I think Australia deserve to give us whitewash. Not a single overseas tour has been dominated by India, in recent times since we know cricket. We are good at just our homes. In any other part of world, except against Bangla, Windies and Zimbabwe; we were never 50% of what we are back here. BCCI should forcefully resign some of the older shoulders one by one, and should inject awaiting bench power (, even though we know this won't happen in India). One more humiliating tour. You can not remain on cloud 9 all the time, be it Indians or Aussies, and that's Cricket. If it gives you glorious days of victories, it also gives you sometimes unending griefs of unimaginable defeats!!

  • Mendis-LST on January 13, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    i'm a sri lankan, but felt very guilty having read above some of our indian fan's comments on their team and cricketers,... come on guyzz,, this is your world cup winning heros.. have some patience.. don't be so mean..

  • YorkshirePudding on January 13, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    @thebarmyarmy,actually they'll be wranked 3rd Equal with India, and it will be decimal points that decide the order....

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  • on January 13, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    India deserve a defeat by an Inning and 500 runs...............well played India

  • Sakthiivel on January 13, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    Where is Ashwin the only batsman in Indian team .........

  • sankar8000 on January 13, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    Total Humiliation for India.....Dhoni to Zaheer....Sehwag to Sachin...Rahul to Vvs no fight intent...really pathetic....

  • othello22 on January 13, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    Sad to see people headhunting Rahul Dravid - He was the only Indian batsman to show any spunk during the England series drubbing, leave him alone. Australia are bowling like champions, and this is not an easy gig. Others are more responsible. Sehwag? Vastly over-rated, I've been saying this for ages. Gambhir? Might as well paint a target on his forehead. VVS? Meh, way past it and should be dropped effective immediately for Rohit Sharma. Dhoni? lol he's a bunny, ok in limited overs cricket but way out of his depth here both as captain and a batsman. Tendulkar is still the little master but the team is folding around him like a house of cards, what can be expected of him now? 4-0 is coming my friends, cop that. Davey Warner you beauty!!!

  • Sakthiivel on January 13, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    Well well well.., Atleast now Indian OLD MEN in the team will retire. Now they cant say the same excuse given in England series.."""" Only one series we did badly """

  • on January 13, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    Death of Indian Cricket at WACA.

  • Cool_Jeeves on January 13, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    Tendulkar scored 15 runs, full of class. He was "really looking good until he got out". "None of the others looked anywhere as good as him". "He has been looking good but has not got the runs on this tour to show for it". "India is dependent on Tendulkar to put up a good show"...

    Thought this was the limit of being ridiculous till i read a report yesterday by Monga which said " Will Sehwag again get out to a careless shot or will he play a blinder like Fredericks?"

    WHAT???!!??? Sehwag play like Fredericks? Sehwag getting out to careless shots? He cannot play fast bowling man...wake up and smell coffee, all of you cricinfo writers...

  • on January 13, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    I think, we unnecessarily over-credited England after they thrashed India. England just played normal game; it was our team who is the BiGGEST criminal and responsible fir this. Aussies will also thrash india by 4-0 and mark my words; nothing will happen to team india. Not a single change will be done to the team. Everybody is secure in indian team no matter how worst he plays. No comments on Captain as there is nothing gonna happen to his pisition. In fact, I would rather request Bangladesh and Zimbabwe cricket boards to invite team India for a test series. It is a serious chance for them to improve their record. In fact, to add one final comment; ireland has a golden opportunity: have a test series with India and they can be awarded test playing nation status immediately....

  • on January 13, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    Can we field with a 22 member team atleast to see if we can bat 90 overs .... Even if we bring up all the so called talented ( in indian dead pitches) pacers from India , i dont think we can take 20 aussie wickets.. Basically BCCI dont have any plan to find out and nurture good talents and for them it is a business only.Now our players also want to make it as a business for earning and do they are into IPL , BPL, CPL etc... We should stop encouraging and watching crikcet forever else we need to have only matches between and countriesd like Kenya, Zim, Bangladesh etc. Also there should be a ranking system seperate for professional teams(like SA, AUS ) and one for a non professional teams where india can be at the top all the time .

  • on January 13, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    aussies are playing against a plate league ranji side...our national team is on a holiday!@!@

  • Night_Fury on January 13, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    what a century... i think indians are preserving energies for IPL 5. what we saw today was mass butchering by aussies.... i hope there are some repercussions of such horrendous display of cricket... we should be banned from playing overseas.... even though i think all the oldies barring sachin should be axed but i donot know whome to take apart from pujara....we donot have the players of the class of sachin,rahul,vvs and saurav.... we are still searchind for saurav's replacement. This is pathetic... players having no technique plays for IPL and earns more than enough. Dhoni also wants to retire from test/one day but will still go and play IPL. I hope i donot watch coming IPL season... few idiots making money at the cost of entire country. IPL is killing good cricket. Malinga retires to play IPL. soon others will follow suit.i hope this match finishes in 3 days and next one in 2 days. We Indians deserve nothing more than that. Long Live IPL

  • honestno2 on January 13, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    This is the way World champions Indians even know that they are up for 4-0 thrashing yet again....A friendly advice for Indian Fellows....Boycott touring any country it may help to improve your ranking and everyone will praise you...

  • ashdan on January 13, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    Small boy David destroys mighty Goliath

  • Stark62 on January 13, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    Warner's innings would have been really special had he done that against a quality bowling attack.

    Remember, English batsmen also thumped this pop gun bowling attack in swinging conditions but those same Englishmen struggled against Amir, Asif, Gul and Ajmal.

    If he does this against Eng, SA or Pak then he'll definitely be considered the next big thing!

  • on January 13, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    Come on guys, India deserve a bit of respect, they lost 4-0 to England, so what? didn't they beat the mighty Windies? You can't really blame Vinay Kumar, everyone know India don't have the talent in pace department, if a fast bowler can't perform at perth he can actually quit playing cricket of golf or tennis or even kabadi.

    awesome batting by warner, it was a pleasure watching him play.

  • on January 13, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    More than winning, our team is interested in 100th century for Sachin. It is better for Sachin, Rahul and Laxman to leave the team and give way for better players. There are much better players in waiting. Our team is just like our politicians, where they refuse to give way for youngsters.

  • 200ondebut on January 13, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    Wow - watched the end of Indias innings and it was embarassing. I know they shouldn't be relied upon but where was the fight from the tail end - they just gave it away. Didn't see Warner innings but I guess it was his typical entertaining slog.

    I am sure this is not how the likes of Dravid, SRT and VVS thought their careers would end.

  • Bisauni on January 13, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    Someone indian fan wa wondering in sa-sl match "This is the same team we played in WC final?". Now I am wondering, this is the same team that WON (i may not be in dilemma) World cup. Oh ya that was in India.

  • on January 13, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    @Shahnawaz Khaliq Wake up!! This is test cricket not a one day pyjama party.

  • kashif670 on January 13, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    white wash ...white wash ..whitewash!!!!!

  • on January 13, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    I love chokkas sense of humour,calling the WACA wicket rubbish. It is of course one of the best wickets in the world. Was warner batting on another wicket later in the day?

  • gordyfargus on January 13, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    So since the Sydney test started India 30 wickets for 752, Australia 4 wickets for 808. Even more impressive/depressing depending on who you follow Australia are 1 wicket for 771 since Cowan went out in Sydney.

  • sysplex on January 13, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    I will not be surprised the least if Australia delare sometime around 1st drinks tomorrow, at around 300 AND India would be bowled out before lunch and ICING ON THE CAKE, the results read 3-0, Australia, won't be long before it reads 4-0, Australia. Kudos India, I was just watching Virat Kohli speak about needing LUCK rather than some disciplined batting, bowling and determination to fight. Maybe the BCCI should also rope-in a Team Astrologer to find who'll have good luck in forthcoming sereis and select only those. Maybe, Virat Kohli will be the first to get dropped. Proud of being an Indian alongside this Indian team?!?

  • baskar_guha on January 13, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    This is a truly humiliating performance by India. No skill, no hunger, no pride. Their fans, even the zany ones, deserve better. Time to turn the page on the older players and get younger ones in. Rather lose with them.

  • Yevghenny on January 13, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    This indian side is a disgrace to test cricket

  • Spikelet on January 13, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    Are you Bangladesh in disgise?

  • sher-e-sikandar on January 13, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    India should be denied Test Status outside the sub continent ...

  • Kaaamraaan on January 13, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    simply a nightmare for BIG-NAMES-BATTING-ORDER for India,,, they r proving to be the lions against kenya,, zimbabwe and bangladesh....... and Mr. Warner u r a terreific player but plz dont disgrace and teach the elder indians how to bat,,, plzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • on January 13, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    Australia have scored 800 runs for the loss of Ricky Ponting's wicket.

  • Saeed.Lodhi on January 13, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    For India its time to bring in young players and bade farewell to Sehwag, Tendulkar, Dravid & VVX not to mentioned MS Dhoni ....

    For a team to remain at top, it has to perform consistently and in all conditions. Indian record overseas is appalling.

  • RVC-38 on January 13, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    i am australian and i cannot understand how a country with 1 billion cricket loving people cannot find 11 players that would play with pride and ability, Koli had a go, but thats about it, i am not talking about winning but show some pride, in the last few years the aussies have been on the backfoot, but i have never seen them give up.

  • Heghm on January 13, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    MS Dhoni is the poorest Frontfoot player so far. His strength is in backfoot and the aussies caught him right there. What would we think of it?

  • ssahs on January 13, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    i really wish after the disastrous Australian tour the Indian cricket board /selectors should sit with experienced cricketers and seriously consider 1) separating 20 20/IPL and test team 2) find more genuine pace bowlers for overseas tours 3)make overseas tours to just 3 matches till other teams also are ready to play more here also 4)give proper rest/time to players in between tournaments 5) make sporting pitches in india at least for domestic season /encourage players to play county cricket rather than IPL ,may God give all the wisdom to them .

  • rahulcricket007 on January 13, 2012, 10:30 GMT


  • Rukky on January 13, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    why vinay kumar???..very slow bowler ....they must have used Ashwin...could bat as well.

    and yes One Sharma there should be in Indian team...i.e. Rohit Sharma instead of Ishan Sharma..

    Better team it would be....Sehwag,Gambhir,Rahul ,Sachin,VVS laxman, Virat Kohli,Rohit Sharma,MSD,R Aswin,Zaheer,Umesh Yadav....What you thing guys ??

  • ste13 on January 13, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    Pathetic, but to the extent that it is sad. At least Aus offers some show to the public, with warner finding the rythm. Still, I do not understand why: 1/ one of better batsmen Ashwin was dropped, 2/ Sharma has been ignored once again - what is the pint in sticking to out-of-form seniors. Give a game to people who would at least enjoy it. Most of the current Indian team should play IPL only, while new test players should be selected.

  • on January 13, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    What an inning played by the new little master AKA David Warner thrashed an ordinary bowling of India its a SORRY TALE for so called best batting line up can ne one tell me whats the use of so many records??????? All we have seen the real talent of india outside india its a same sehwag who made 219 in 50 meters boundry against WI and now duck always following him :D

  • Saqib_Sheraz on January 13, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    so, Brad Haddin was right, we have to be very realistic, otherwise disappointment for fans only....

  • on January 13, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    India has been declared winner of test match at perth by BCCI, because Australia could not score 162 at the end of the day one.

  • Jawaidnazir on January 13, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    I wasn't expecting india reach 161 runs, I thought 100 runs maximum. So india did well.

  • Hawk_Pk on January 13, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    BCCI's smart moves of playing with only test greats may back fire, it will only expedite India's decline and speed up india's so called legends' retirements.

  • on January 13, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    Am sure we will all forget this tour soon after IPL or another home series domination on minority teams. India is a strong team they just lack the aggression.

  • on January 13, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    Mike Dennis in 1970s, Graham Gooch and Mike Gatting in 1990s and Indian aging stars 2010s .... seems like history is repeating itself. I guess Australia is not a place to risk playing aging stalwards with dodgy reflexes.

  • bighit14 on January 13, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    Thank God Ashwin has been dropped for this match. Otherwise he would have become the highest scoring batsman in this Series for India.

  • Heghm on January 13, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    1. Bangladesh could have out scored the so-called strongest batting line up. They talk tall. 2. Sehwag scored the highest individual score! Who says that? Habibul Bashar had better footwork than him. 3. I don't find a point 2 keep MS Dhoni in the so-called strongest batting line up. Dinesh Karthik is a far better WK-Batsman.

  • pdasd on January 13, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    The writing was on the wall, but we didn't saw it. When India went to West Indes after world cup our stars didn't performed to potential, we just managed to defeat them in tests and we allowed God of cricket to take rest for WI tour but allowed him to play in IPL. What a cricket Board we have! In England too we saw what happened to us, but again we made excuses that we didn't have Zaher Khan as if he would have taken 80 wickets in England in 4 tests and we would have won, just excuses and when WI came to India we just managed to defeat them in 1st test and in 2nd the victory was convincing but what happened in 3rd test was Shameful we should have defeated WI easily but our star studded batting lineup failed and we just managed a draw. And we expect the same batting lineup to stand against the Australian Team in Australia. I think we are living in a fools paradise. We are just interested in ipl

  • praveenchopra on January 13, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    do not worry,its only 1st inning,indian batting line is the strongest as dhoni said,indian batting stars will come back strongly and will put a mammoth total in 2 nd inning.who wants to bet?

  • on January 13, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    India's selectors have lost their way. Aussies played 4 quicks because the India top order was going before the 35th ov. Same as today. Aussies have no problem with quicks. They r at home to pace. So why play V.KUMAR? To do what? Kumar will not take 6 wks or make50runs in this match. Why drop Ashwin yr only allrounder? India need runs on the tin & they need batters to do so. The Ausiies have the measure of yr 1st 3 batters. So u need a batter, & no harm in trying Rohit or s/one else. A sad day for Indian cricket. They r looking worse than WI.

  • geedubnz on January 13, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    Dear India

    You're not as good as you think you are, or even as good as you thought you were.

    Your batsmen are past it, your bowlers are woeful.

    You have prospered whenever conditions have suited you. Whenever pitches are green, you have been pitiful.

    You have talked your young players up like they are gods, when they are no match to the Tendulkars and Sehwags.

    You have held the cricketing world to ransom where you had no right to do so.

  • on January 13, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    mithun pick up for tour of aus over irfan pathan and vinay kumar playing over him good to see that comon mr. captain and team selector good job we will win i hope

  • Shueb on January 13, 2012, 10:22 GMT


  • vallavarayar on January 13, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    Pathetic performance. If SL lack of fight against SA was expected, the hype surrounding this series artificially created a hope of a contest. Only to disappoint huge.

  • SRIDWI on January 13, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    Spineless Indian team proved their talent yet again. All the players played the way what was expected from their so called talent. The only surprise failure is Rahul Dravid who ruled the world test cricket in 2011 but failed in australia. More than his poor scores, it is his batting ability that has suddenly become like a tailender's. India made a stupid move by dropping ashwin who could have atleast taken India past 200. But blaiming tail when the top order fails is also incorrect. The fact remains India failed as a unit in all the departments. bowlers could not perform in a bowling track!!!!!!Irfan should have travelled iinstead of vinay kumar. lets hope that world champion prove their class in ODIs.

  • mansoor777 on January 13, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    Ashwin should had been taken as a Bastmen , atleast scored of india would had cross looks like One Day Score of Day 1. India 161/10 Aus 149/1 , Overall India Wins by 12 runs .

  • rahulcricket007 on January 13, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    also why did you drop ashwin , he should have scored 40 runs easily at the end & should have taken scorecard to 200 . also i want warner to play the whole day tommorow & score 300 so we can see some entertainning cricket on day 2 .

  • on January 13, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    I honestly have no idea what the Indian brainstrust is doing at this point. When all you have are tonk-fodder medium-pacers in your arsenal you DON'T drop your spinner for a crucial Test. What, did they see Aus do it and panic? Also, Dhoni may be the worst on-field captain in Test cricket right now. He looks absolutely clueless in the field. No innovation, no energy, no useful contribution of any sort. Even when he took a bona fide catch he was so understated about it the umpire didn't buy it and Cowan got a let-off. This display was shameful. (And I didn't even bother discussing the Indian batsmen. Good lord that was painful to watch. Far too much talent for this to happen, particularly not two series abroad in a row.) I feel sorry for Indian fans. They deserve far more than this.

  • glory21 on January 13, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    May be another 4 day test match

  • rahulcricket007 on January 13, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    @the hawks eye . good mate u r right . sachin didn't deserve bharat ratna . he has not done anything for nation . it should be given to dhyanchand , the man who made india 4 times olympic champions in hockey .

  • Mervo on January 13, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    baskar_guha - it is precisely for that reason - spinning wickets that spin from the first over - that India are in such dire straights. Use turf wickets with some bounce and develop fast bowlers as well as spinners, and you will have a better cricket team - on the field, not only in the board room.

  • Lmaotsetung on January 13, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    Don't see Vinay Kumar chirping too much like he did against Eng back in Oct. That 128kph medium pace won't work in test cricket. Welcome to the 1-test wonder

  • ak2207 on January 13, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    australia could declare now and still win the match by 10 wickets. they could bat till tea tomorrow and win by an innings on day 3.

  • saqskhan on January 13, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    The start was only wrong, Wrong team change,Vinay in place of Ashwin and chance to Rohit yet again, Ind is taking a U-turn to the cricket now, Sachin almost a year to complete 11 months and still searching for his 100th ton, he is not playing his natural game, he is in pressure to make his 100th ton..when r v going to see much hype Sachin's 100th ton, i fear if Kallis or Ponting win the race.

  • disco_bob on January 13, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    Always a pleasure to see India get their comuppance. See how long we can keep them in the field before they break and start turning on each other.

  • DINESHCC on January 13, 2012, 10:15 GMT


  • Meety on January 13, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    Well I have to say this would be a day of cricket that not many Indian players/fans/supporters would be proud of. Ouch! Oz played well, but that was an EPIC FAIL by India. I'd be AMAZED if there isn't some sort of dissension in the ranks. A team with quality individuals doesn't play that poorly for no reasons. Good bowling by Oz, I think on any other day against any other team they'd be bowling after Tea. To think we only played TWO tests against NZ!!!!!!!!

  • Marcio on January 13, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    Oh dear.......................

  • swat1999 on January 13, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    Ha hahahahaha what a match

  • on January 13, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    well india took a lone stand against DRS...this is what happens when you become ignorant..

  • on January 13, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    Team India- When are you playing Zimbabwe and Bangladesh in the second tier? This is what happens when a team is devoid of subtsance and is also arrogant at the same time. WAKA WAKA at the WACA in the mean time. Go Aussies Go! Make It 3-0 and the 4-0

  • on January 13, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    INDIAN TEST TEAM:an epitome of utter "besharmi"'s highly shameful feeling to see my erstwhile World No. 1 team....humiliating the whole country in front of the whole cricketing world...first in England and now in Australia....all the legendary batsmen(on paper ofcourse)....if u can't ply then plz leave and let others get their honest chance to prove their worthiness!!!!!!

  • gkannuchamy on January 13, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    It's time Indian cricket team fans stop eulogizing their 'men in blue' and start appreciating the talents from across the world.

  • on January 13, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    i cant wait for south africa to humiliate Australia, dont forget you lost to n.z the other day, so dont get to cocky to soon... South Africa will smash yas!

  • on January 13, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    Ashwin.. A T-20 Bowler in Test Cricket.. gd.. really gd.. Kohli...& Rohit SHarma.. well they performed gd in IPL teams .. so they are there in Indian team.. Poor Pujara.. performed well in Ranji matches.. still playing Ranji games..

    Only the Lord Survives... But in a team game.. he can't do it. again & again .. even after 22 years.. Poor for Indian Cricket.. You lost a Hard core fan.. :(

  • on January 13, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    One thing is not clear here....The day 1 one team getting all out for 160 and the other team is reaching 160 without no loss. What does this mean....There can be these options, pls correct me if i am wrong. 1. Aussies Bowling Well and they are breaking the indian wickets 2. Aussies bowling not well and indians are losing wickets by poor shot selection 3. Indians bowling pathetic that aussies are njoying there lollypop

    To me i think 2 and 3 seems to be perfect.

  • on January 13, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    iz it enf 2 indian's proud? i hope very much diz match should wit in 4days as early matches. congz to Australia

  • on January 13, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    India should stop playing test cricket.....very embarrassing performance

  • dsig3 on January 13, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    Wow, great watching David and Ed. Such a great time for Australian cricket at the moment. No demons in that pitch. Poor old Kumar had one of the worst starts I have seen and I saw Bryce McGain play his first and last game. Warner DESTROYED him!

  • PappiMind on January 13, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    Drop Duncan Fletcher's and appoint Rajnikanth the coach of the Indian Cricket Team.... ... ...... The Indian Cricket Team will win the series in Australia and also win FIFA and Hockey World Cup too....!!!!!!

  • on January 13, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    We should send our Ranji winner to Adelaide to save our face...

  • godimbored on January 13, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    The Indian seamers forgot that most basic of cricketing truisms - you don't get carried away by the bounce and bowl short at the WACA. Especially not to a T20 batsman like Warner. This game is effectively over now - very similar to last year's Boxing Day Test at the MCG. Outcome decided on the first day.

  • atuljain1969 on January 13, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    Well its like India playing in spinner friendly pitches in India, winning the toss, compiling more then 500 runs in ist innings and then demolishing the opposition, only that the story is in reversal mode in Australia. Australia winning the toss, putting India into Bat and India colapses.

  • garibaldi on January 13, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    @chokkashokka - I'm glad they published your comments, because we can all now see the extent of Indian denial when their team performs poorly. The "rubbish" wicket that you think should be banned, on which India collapsed for 161, seems to have played just about OK for the Australian openers... I wonder if it has anything to do with the skills of the players, then? No, no, it must (obviously!) be an international conspiracy against poor beleaguered India. No wonder India don't improve away from home - every time they fail, it's always blamed on something else!

  • on January 13, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    i think ICC should consider 4 day matches when INDIA is playing especially in ENGLAND and AUSTRALIA .....

  • on January 13, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    India r champions in their country only.outside country they r sad no bowler except zaheer.has much to bowl.and the power of batting is breaking ....Tendulkar shuld and bring new blood in.i think same copy will happened in england series as sad worldchampions.out side ur country ur nothing

  • on January 13, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    i also agreed the comments of "Crickercrazy555" India should be diffidently banned of playing overseas. They should be bound to India Soul.

  • on January 13, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    BCCI could be least bothered how the Indian Team fares in long as the IPL and other money making avenues exist. The selectors are a bunch of jokers.......mohinder amarnath was absolutely right! Vinay Kumar at best is a second string club bowler......but because of selectors whims and fancies is in the team to Australia......what about Irfan Pathan,

  • bigjai on January 13, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    Dhoni at the press conference at the end of the day: " We have figured out the reason for India's debacle in Eng and now in Aus .... Prior to both the series we played against the West Indies.. We will be no longer playing against West Indies."

  • on January 13, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    Well, I am highly disappointed & leaving watching Indian Cricket matches.. Thxs to IPL.. our team & sm of the Greatest players have forgotten their game.. The Defensive Wall ... Had gone too attacking.. & has a Big Whole in it now.. There is Nthg special abt VVS now.. lost his batting Skills.. bcoz played wd unskilled guys like Symonds for his IPL team.. Veeru is never bothered.. he will score a 500 smday.. on a Indian Pitch .. will be there in the Team for Next 10 years.. Dhoni.. doesn't know how to play Seaming delivery.. but in Chennai.. he will be the King.. Vinay Kumar.. if IPL wasnt there.. then we wd have never heard of this Guy. Ishant.. Lost his confidence once Sachin.. ne usko ek IPL match main dho diya.. never recovered from it.. Poor fellow.. Zaheer.. He will always be Fully fit.. for his IPL team.. but not for Indian Test Team.. Ashwin.. A T-20 Bowler in Test Cricket.. gd.. really gd..

  • om.pani on January 13, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    i think AUS media right.dhoni dont get any support from senior players

  • on January 13, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    Indians should play 20-20 Test matches in future.

  • abideenm on January 13, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    Can some body stop Aus, they want to wrap the match in 3 days. Sorry to say but it is really humiliating for India. A performance of low ranked team. Now india should think about respectable loss as Bangladesh team does ;)

  • on January 13, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    Indians will get 3 days to enjoy after this test match gets over in 2 days.

  • A.Ak on January 13, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    Same old story, replacing a performing player with some one eve nworse and kept the poor performing players in the team hoping they will do well one day, first wicket fell in single digit, team collapsed with in few runs (30 this time), failed bat till the second new ball. Reports said Ashwin was replaced by a pace bowler, still I couldnt figure out who?. help me.

  • Mervo on January 13, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    crindo77 - this is not 20/20 cricket. Phil Hughes should never play for Australia again as should Steve Smoth play for them again. Sloggers with no test technique are a waste of time. Warner will come off occasionally, but at least he has some technique. Cowan on the other hand looks the goods.

  • on January 13, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    Well dravid is yet again bowled and now holds the record for the most Bowled dismissiles . But I cant believe that this is the team that won the world cup. Really Bhajji should have been in the squad.

  • Uzair_Baig on January 13, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    Well done India.......another inning defect is on your way :)

  • on January 13, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    Aussies deserves 4-0 victory the way they are playing... And India should learn how to play in other countries rather than playing in their own backyard..

  • on January 13, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    i dont have any hope from this side........start preparing a new team including rahane, pujara,raydhu,badrinath,manoj tiwary, rahul sharma,rohit sharma,jaffer

  • on January 13, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    India's opening stands in last their 10 overseas Tests, beginning with the first Test of the tour to the West Indies, read: 15, 0, 1, 26, 13, 0, 63, 19, 0, 6, 8, 3, 8, 49, 22, 17, 0, 18. That makes for pathetic reading.....isnt that main reason for loss???share ur opinion???

  • on January 13, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    India is paying the price for their selection defects. Not selecting Irfan, Selecting worthless Vinay and Mithun, Not taking Rohit even in their third test, Retaining in-form oldies in the team, Not changing batting line-up even after debacle. changing bowling order by replacing Ashwin with Vinay. Not sure whether Dhoni afraid Ashwin will take a batsman's place if he was given a chance more!

  • on January 13, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    Really bad cricket from Indians at overseas... . I think instead of playing IPL, they need to start practicing more' n more on bouncy & swing pitches. This performance of Indians killing my Cricket craze and decided to not follow Indian cricket Team. so at least, can able to see and enjoy good cricket.... !

  • eshanp on January 13, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    Zaheer bowling at 7.33, Yadav at 8.00, Kumar 6.33, Ishanth at 10.33. This is a fine T20 match. When is the test starting? Whither Ashwin?

  • mohanan on January 13, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    India should follow the example of Warner and play their natural game rather than getting into a shell and lose wickets. "Offence is the best form of defence".

  • hhillbumper on January 13, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Just heard the Aus commentators refer to Warner as being in the same class as Sobers.So no sense of understatement or irony there then.

  • on January 13, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    Aussies seems to have an assembly of ruthless quickies ..... is fast bowling in their genetics or is it pure hardwork .... amazing!

  • eshanp on January 13, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    And the ausies are ton up, all wickets in hand and scoring at over 7 an over. Poor poor India. aussies might get up to 200 by end of day at this rate and another 4 days to go. Might as well hand win to the aussies today and go have some sun and fun for 4 days.

  • 2929paul on January 13, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    Saw it all in England last year. India have lost all their motivation since the World Cup. They feel they only need to perform at home, personal milestones are all that's important, if anything, and Test cricket thousands of miles from home is just too much of a chore. Good fun watching Warner today even if it is against this lollypop attack.

  • dms1972 on January 13, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    @thebarmyarmy, I do believe Australia will be ranked equal with India if they win 4-0

  • Bobby_Talyarkhan on January 13, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    Will all those India fans making excuses after the England tour finally face up to the fact that our team is now a joke overseas? New Zealand with their current bowling attack could crush India at home - the only places India can currently win (except India of course) are Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and possibly West Indies. All those people blaming the coach are making excuses for the shambolic administration, leadership and personnel (IN THAT ORDER). Of course good players don't suddenly become bad ones but they can get sucked into a comfort zone (winning easily at home and against minnows, not being asked to justify their places, given easy tours to boost their batting averages, allowed to perform as circus clownsl in ipl) which leaves them floundering against steely eyed, atheletic and disciplined opponents. Fletcher's task is to complete the task which Greg Chappell was not allowed to complete - to remove that comfort zone. This requires a supportive leadership and administration.

  • on January 13, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    So now India should raised againt bouncy tracks like what he did agaist DRS ;)

  • mtrivedi19 on January 13, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    I just wonder is Indian Test Cricket team out on a plan to make Test cricket history by playing worst test cricket ever and succumbing like this to again and again(7 test matches). This way Indians at home will loose total interest in test cricket when Indian Team Playing away. On serious note this team is only looking convincing while talking big with media and showing some finger magic, the point is they are not able to work out game plan in center. Captain speaking big things before test matches players following the same and once they are in middle just fall flat. I just cant remember in my lifetime such lacklustre performance by any test playing nations who are in top 4. No pride left and making fun of themselves. Being an Indian living in Oz I feel ashamed of this test team. This is utter nonsense, too frustrated to write anything abt bunch of jokers.

  • ONE4U on January 13, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    Wow! The Indian fans are calling for Ashwin the Spinner to strengthen the batting of India.

  • on January 13, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    @suhasa B K, india did not play four seamers in Durban. Ganesh did not play and Anil kumble was playing as a spinner

  • Kashi0127 on January 13, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    I saw BS Chandrashekar on TV today. Brought back old memories... what days. Whether India won or set wonderful (?) records like 100 100s or not, people like Chandra, Prasanna, Venkat and Bedi always excited folks and watching them was like chess game being pplayed. There was briefly Kumble who sparkled... but see what has become of Indian cricket now. Less said of Tendulkars and Sehwags the better. they live only for records fame and whatever.

  • PiyushD on January 13, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    Wonder when will Sehwag play? Wonder when will Rohit get chance, wonder why Dhoni doesn't want to make changes in a continuosly defeated team, wonder why Irfan Pathan was not considered for Australia,wonder why Ashwin was dropped today for Vinay Kumar.

  • rajesh21083 on January 13, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    better replace ashwin and rohit sharma instead of sehwag and laxman...

  • ratamaka on January 13, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    ICC should remove Test cricket status of india and Ireland should be given a chance to shine in Test arena.

  • on January 13, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    As I said after their two previous matches, India relies a lot on top order batsmen and if the first four falls, the others follow like a pack of cards - the domino effect as the rest wilt under pressure

  • vishimon on January 13, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    I think it would do their supporters a lot of good if India calls off play and concedes the match today itself rather than looking abs hopeless on the it is there is nothing left in the match and anyone can guess the outcome of the match...the only point of contention would be who scores 200+ in the aussie batting lineup ?... and whom much time will it take to get a 500+ lead ? think BCCI should intervene and atleast help settle that in the boardroom rather than on the field....

    Mr a huge fan of yours in ODIs...please have mercy on yourself and whole of India and retire from tests now !!!!

  • sjg27 on January 13, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    India are suffering frm a limited overs format over dose. thy are not playing with a determined and grity test mindset. the players are willing but their minds are not right and hence their epic failure

  • RoJayao on January 13, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    This is an Indian team as bereft of confidence and morale as I've ever seen. It's almost a bit sad.......almost!

  • on January 13, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    Indian Team is just like tiger of home ..........................

  • nitiinjain on January 13, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    Even though its painful as an Indian to see the cricket team performing so badly, I as a cricket fan love the one sided thrashing India is getting, Tigers at home lambs abroad is a justified title for India.

  • on January 13, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    poor india,i always said that they didn't win the world,they bought it.their performance speaks of that and the rest is understood.

  • JustOUT on January 13, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    Guyz.. World cup is different. its an ODI. I am wondering whether you guys know the diff btw TEST & ODIs. Dont comment anything as world champions blah blah. This is abt TEST cricket and talk abt that. I am sure after the great 3 or 4 retires, India will be ranked with either WI & Bangla or NZ in test ranking. MARK MY WORDS

  • chandureddy25 on January 13, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    its high time for seniors to take some rest at their homes.. and aso Dhoni should be taken down from the captain for test team

  • on January 13, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    No offense, but i think this reality check was needed for the Indian team who praise 0 quality players like kohli, raina, gambhir and also sehwag (outside subcontinent). bring ROHIT SHARMA in what wrong has he done? He is the only reliable young talent currently in India! Also, the recent scores does not seem to be a score of world no.2 test side with the so called strongest batting lineup of the world. I think its also a mistake of some indian fans who take it as offense when someone calls indian team flat track bullys...well if they had the chance to shut them up who accuse the indian team of flat track stars...but i think they further confirmed it! Also, its amazing that dhoni thinks he can stay captain till 2013? I mean he should resign himself if he lost again 4-0 in Australia after a shameful defeat in these loses arent with a little margine...look at the margin...they are big big defeats! best of luck!

  • satishsasikumar on January 13, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    Well Aussies are going Waka Waka at WACA....

  • crindo77 on January 13, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    Woke up this morning, switched on computer, thought I was looking at the Sydney scorecard. Then saw Vinay Kumar's name and realised oh no this is Perth. Switched on TV, saw Warner hit Vinay Kumar's lollipop bowling out of the ground for a six in the 9th over, and realised this is DEFINITELY Perth. Its a good time to get Khwaja and Hughes back in; nothing better than a coupla tons against the "no 2 ranked Test side" . LMAO. Btw, what sort of captain talks of retiring from Test cricket and presuming he will be selected for a ODI tournament 3 years away, when your team is looking at consecutive 4-0 thrashings? Oh hang on, I know the answer to that one " Captain Dermicool". Vinay Kumar better call up Devang Gandhi quick.

  • on January 13, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    India Deserve To Lose This Test Match For roppIng R.Ashwin..He is A capable Batting contributng spinner..

  • Techsters on January 13, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    Not sure how long we have to bear the aging stars...time for them to gracefully bow out and give an opportunity to players like Rohit Sharma who deserve a crack at the highest level. I am sure they won't fare any worse and we will at least start building the future.

  • AsherCA on January 13, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    In a lot of ways, I will be very happy if India loses this one 4-0. Then AND only then will the South Indian brigade in charge of Indian cricket look at getting rid of has-beens like VVS / Dravid. Both of them are screaming with performances that they are not fit to be playing Intl cricket. However, Srikanth & Dhoni are misusing their authority to keep these guys in the playing 11 to protect future South Indian selections from the danger of a Sharma / Pujara delivering & becoming irreplacable. They are clearly OK with destroying India, as long as SOUTH is visible (even if it is clear rubbish in terms of performance).

  • T20LIONS on January 13, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    Its a Same old story with indian cricket. Such a pity to watch indian team crumbling each passing day on this tour. I really wonder this is the same team who has lifted the world cup in 2011. Its time to give farewell to each of the senior pros like laxman and dravid. Also sehwag need to be disciplined in his batting approach. India does not need a match winner to fire in one of the game and his form slump for longer period of time whether its a test match or ODI, and by the time he regains the form the writing will be on the wall. If indian cricket goes into transition with the farewll of the senior pro. Atleast that will give some time and opportunity to develop younger player by the time 2015 come and one should be aware that we are coming to down under to defend the world cup title and the way we are playing in down under it is possible that we may not be able to defend the title for long.

  • cricketcrazy555 on January 13, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    Come on Aussies..........Crush Indian team like anything, we deserve the worst

  • on January 13, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    i know the reason why ashwin droppped? he scores with tails that extends one more india likes to finish quickly as possible to go kart and enjoy their trip.

  • jonesmo100 on January 13, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    @dsig - I think @thebarmyarmy was commenting on the ridiculous nature of the ranking system, which includes Englands current No 1 status, rather than commenting on the merits of the individual sides. You're being a bit chippy there 'mate'.

  • eshanp on January 13, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    And as predicted, Australia are batting at a run rate run rate of 6 per over. Oh dear

  • cricketcrazy555 on January 13, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    India should be banned of playing overseas.

  • on January 13, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    Fire all the touring side out of the international cricket atleast for 6-8 months and force them to play national cricket so that they will learn how to work on their technique nd meanwhile give chance to youngsters atleast they will resist the mayhem for india in tests overseas.Such a painful display by the wobbling old india

  • on January 13, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    good job India! what a performance by the world champions. they have demolished their fate in the first day and no hope remains. lets see how Aussies kicked them out.

  • on January 13, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    sheesh india are hopeless, bring back the kiwis

  • JustOUT on January 13, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    I would like to ask all the so called Indian fans on what the heck has happened to top 4. You know what, you guys should accept that, all the TOP 4 are just flat track bullies and even if they visit SA/ENG/AUS for N no.of.times, they cannot win a series convincingly. Its time for fab 4 to respectfully retire and give way for youngster who will take atleast 2 years to get used to test cricket. Shame!!

  • on January 13, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    cant belive this is same team tht won world cup only few months bk........

  • Pritt32 on January 13, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    Indian cricket is a shambles now. India cannot even score 200 runs in test matches, as they are struggling in the Peth Test on a bouncy track. India will be 3-0 down. There is no way Indian can get back in the game with a paltry first innings total of 161. India should forfeit this match and do not bother turning up to Adelaide if they play this standard of cricket. ICC should monitor India's progress and remove them if they continue to play like this. Indian selectors is a bunch of bone idle indviduals who are destroying Indian cricket. It will stay like this for some time,as it like talking to a brick wall. Ha Ha. It is a joke.

  • on January 13, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    India does not worth test status.

  • shaen on January 13, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    I hope England is watching. That sinking feeling again?

  • on January 13, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    seriously India veteran cricketers must retire after this series. Sachin can't score big.. vvs and dravid enough said.. these 3 can't even score 100 combinedly.. we need youngsters who can bat a bit but talented..

  • Matinhashmi on January 13, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    Indian players can only perform in IPL, BCCI should not send Indian team abroad, all the series should be in India. IPL should be twice in a year because team India can happy their spectators only in IPL or series inland. On the other side you can see no Australian player is attracted in Bigbash, they are only focused in their national task. Team India, don't worry, IPL about the start and we will rapidly forget you current performance.

  • SAJIL_KERALA on January 13, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    When a hopeless person is leading the team who cannot bat, keep, bowl, or think but can given lecture to media, I don't expect team India winning a single match in the tour.i

  • HawksEyeFocused on January 13, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    How about kabaddi kabaddi! BCCI should insist that all cricket playing nations must play kabaddi in the new Indian Kabaddi League 2012 immediately starting after the Aussie tour.

  • JB77 on January 13, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    Zaheer Khan should be dropped for his 1st innings batting, never mind what he might do with the ball for the rest of the match (it is the innings changeover as I type this). Ridiculous slogging attemps when another careful 20-30 runs (or more) could have been scored with Ishant....small stands like that can turn a game. You could see that he wasn't playing for the team - he was playing to settle scores from the media banter before the game. When your attack leader is doing that he needs to be reprimanded.

  • BalaSenty on January 13, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    Vinay was selected so that we get lowest total of the tour. Another innings defeat, I don't know who will score triple hundred and a double hundred for Australia. Shewag should be dropped......., like that whole team should be changed. Better to send India A side for the tour. Seniors can go back home like they had left England. I think Dhoni is comfortable to captain young Indian side. Indian team should feel the shame, but in stead they may enjoy the Australian food and life style. Loosing is habit for Indian team. Guys better stop watching cricket.

  • on January 13, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    This is all T-20 effect. IPL and its hooplas doing all the damage. Seniors are struggling and Juniors are having fun. This is not Test Cricket. Few are not even trying to stay there. I guess they have forgot that they are playing test cricket or forgot there is something called self-respect. Rubbish...Dhoni is not for test, captains inspire the team with there performance like he does in ODIs, here it is beyond his capacity.

  • Meety on January 13, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    @ dsig3 - we may be ranked lower than India, but assuming we win here, the only piece of Silverware we are missing for Tests is the Ashes. Not bad hey??????

  • chokkashokka on January 13, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    why are my comments not being published? These wickets are rubbish - no team should tour Australia, England or SA. These so called curators will be curing the lawns in suburban homes or herding sheep on the WACA if India boycotts foreign tours - which the BCCI should. Let the aussies, english and SA boards know in no uncertain terms who calls the shots in world cricket. No money no honey - simple. print that.

  • amitgordon on January 13, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    what a spineless performance, yet again! the bright period in the not so recent past where india shone brightly at the world stage seems like a flash in the pan. and we, the fans thought it was the begining of a new era. this is going from bad to worse, the only way to make a match of it is if australia obliges us with a collapse of their own (similar to the one they had against south africa recently!) please can we call the team back!!

  • on January 13, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    As I have said before, the Indian team has poor technique. They cannot play genuine fast bowling. Never have done that and never will. Go back to school bench abd start teaching them properly. The team is not worth more than 100 runs. And remeber to make the Indian wickets faster. Australian tour for Indian cricket will be like the Munich Olympics was for the Indian hockey team. Soon Zimbabwe and Bangladesh will be beating us.The base for good fundamentals was destroyed years ago and now you see it. Poor management -a sad story.

  • ratamaka on January 13, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    What do you expect? The ipl was an all-style-no-substance drama. 51 days of absolute mediocrity. But for a few international players, it was rubbish all the way. I've been making the same point for the last four years... Nobody would listen anyway. I hope they understand what really is wrong with them. I hope they kick the mediocrity out of their game and heads. I hope they wont take the IPL seriously anymore.

  • HawksEyeFocused on January 13, 2012, 7:57 GMT


  • on January 13, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    poor performance;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;

  • HawksEyeFocused on January 13, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    I think Sachin and gang can sing Britney Spear's song "oops I did it again" BTW, who was it who wanted to give a Bharat Ratna? (forget that most have not scored a century for over 1 year, this team has consistently lost by big margins abroad, over 6 tests in a year). They bring great shame to India. If they want to go go-karting, so be it. Resign from cricket. You have made enough money. Let others who are interested play.

  • on January 13, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    Current Cricinfo headline (or joke - I'm not sure) 'Dhoni Falls as India Show Fight'... Must be a different game.

  • on January 13, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    @thebarmyarmy and shantiratnamaj: Australia is playing in their home. So, if trash India in India 4-0 then they will get more points rather than they trashing India in their home. What is sad in the present cricket is that most of their teams are strong in their home conditions. Same ENGLAND team which trashed India in tests and ODI's in England was trashed by India in India.. So, India is good on flat tracks and foreign teams are not that good on flat and turning tracks. Mathew Hayden practice for hours before he toured India on slow wickets. The result he scored heavily in all the test matches. India team should have practice very well on fast tracks before they have toured Australia. Whatever it is late and I hope that India team draw a single test match.

  • baskar_guha on January 13, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    I don't think any Indian team would do better. They are just not used to these conditions and it may be too much to adapt. Next time Australia comes over, don't show them Mohali and Bangalore, show them Kanpur and Delhi which would turn from day one.

  • on January 13, 2012, 7:53 GMT


  • dnarmstrong on January 13, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    Agree with everyone saying that Ashwin should have played, even if you have to drop a batter and bat dhoni at 6, which is where he really should be batting anyway. I'd think you either make the call on dravid, who is 39, or sehwag. Dravid for mine. A disaster tour for the old firm at the moment, you may as well make the call on laxman as well when you know that sachin and viru may only have another year or two left.. Kohli looks good and rohit sharma should surely be playing already. Two big overseas series and India could lose every single test.

  • HawksEyeFocused on January 13, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    there was a time when Sachin used to get out , I switched off the things have changed, I switch on the TV n Sachin is out !!

  • mohanasundaram on January 13, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    i don't like this indian team reason for loses in aus ..............sachin & dhoni..............

  • HawksEyeFocused on January 13, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    INDIAN TAIL starts from Sehwag & Gambhir.....hehehe. In the second innings can we please open with Zaheer and Ishant......they have a better chance putting a better partnership.....Vinay Kumar can come in at No 3. Sehwag can play No 11.

  • HawksEyeFocused on January 13, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    The new rule should be that Sehwag will get 10 chances to get out. Till hen he can keep beating the ball and have a catch practice session with Australians. BCCI should fight for this new rule

  • HawksEyeFocused on January 13, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    Cricket rules should be changed to be like Football, the moment Sehwag enters the field to bat, umpires should give him a red card !!

  • HawksEyeFocused on January 13, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    India need to tour bangaldesh or kenya to boost up their confidence and also for sachin's 100. and then we can too enjoy india's victory. Pls BCCI dn't send this team to England or Australia.

  • on January 13, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    Indians are not fighting back... Better come home and play against bangladesh or west indies or zimbabwe... for records..

  • Precioustar84 on January 13, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    I can't even believe after 2 down, no one bothered to change up the top order!! Not saying Rohit in for Virat on this pitch would be good idea but I wanted to see Rohit, Virat and Rahane in there for someone else. Ashwin wasn't the one that needed replacement. Why doesn't anyone have the guts to speak up to the seniors?!? This alone proves most Indian fans and few others theory of how seniority rules in India. Or is it really favoritism? We love you Sachin, Dravid and Laxman and will cherish all that you have done for Team India over the years but pleaseeee please retire!! Its one thing to have faith in your batsmen as a captain but after 6 straight losses abroad, please stop this laissez-faire attitude and take things SERIOUSLY!!

  • HawksEyeFocused on January 13, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    Its high time for Dravid and Laxman to hang their boots... and Sachin should follow sooner... Every thing under the sun has some expiry and so too these OLD MEN. However, we should not forget the immense contribution from them... Let us all stand and give 'em standing ovation to make them realize their retirement...

  • HawksEyeFocused on January 13, 2012, 7:38 GMT


  • ROXSPORT on January 13, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    What is the use of having so much experience if it fails to produce runs, or even wickets for that matter (when bowling) ????? It is time to say good-bye to "the holy trinity" since they will never leave on their own. We saw it in England & we are seeing it again in Australia. These guys are well & truly past their prime & it is high time they are kicked out of the team. Otherwise, we are going to struggle even in the days to come with all the new ones having no prior exposure to international cricket & alien conditions.

  • on January 13, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    oh man, Laxmann and Dravid are collapsing too hard man... Poor Sachin (Veteren) and Kohli (rookie) - they cant get past their starts! Although Kohli looked very well poised today. I think he will replace laxxman / dravid next season

  • on January 13, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    is this the worst phase of indian batting line up....never saw them failing again and again in so many innings in a row abroad..8 innings in england...and 5 here....and keep on counting mates

  • trumpoz on January 13, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    As an Aussie I am genuinely disappointed Sachin Tendulkar didn't make many as this will be the last time I see the little master in a test series in Australia. India playing 4 quicks is a mistake - Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma have the potential to demolish the Australian lineup in the first innings and Ashwin could have done a lot with the extra bounce in the last innings (Warne always loved bowling in Perth due to the bounce). The Aussie bowlers have just been too disciplined for the Indian line-up thus far - just hope they can clean up quickly and the openers can survive the night.

  • indiaworldchamps2011 on January 13, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    looking at the pitch at WACA it looks really green and very bouncy n all the channel 9 commentators were very happy about the pitch calling it as a sporting pitch, but then the same people complain when they get a turning pitch.. in India turning pitch is a sporting pitch.. no matter what we say indian pitches will never be bouncy and pacey..

    having said that, in no way m trying to defend the pathetic batting performance by the indian team.. it is full of talented batsmen and have played in aus before and shud be able to bat in difficult circumdtances... will be interesting to see when england and aus go to india for tests..

  • Ngaraj on January 13, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    Great opening lines to this article.. Honestly do we need batters at the top order.. Dhoni should have packed the team with bowlers only.. because while batting he has little choice but atleast while fielding he will have more.. and perhaps eight to nine fielders too !!! Shame really on the much adored Indian batting line-up!! In most of the away tours, it happens that they play the test as limited overs tourney and by the time they come to terms to play tests, the series is almost over!!! Better they give the team a psychological training first and start the tests

  • sanjay37b on January 13, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    The Perth test will be over in 3 days.Australia will win the series 4-0.It's good news that at the end of Perth Test, we will get rid off Laxman,Dravid,Sehwag and probably Sachin.Let Pujara,Rohit,Yuvraj and Rahane replace these stalwarts.

  • romio_cricket on January 13, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    i think that for or the sake of indian last sachin and dravid should retire.....for upcoming talented cricketers....and sehwag should practice strongly for fast pitches because dead indian pitches can only give him 200 in homeland..

  • VinodGupte on January 13, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    sehwag must be kicked out or down the order. it is foolish to play him as an opener waiting for his once-in-30-games quickfire double or triple hundred. we need openers who can play out 15-20 overs without losing a wicket, taking the shine off, letting #3 and #4 consolidate. we don't need an irresponsible batter who plays for his own pleasure regardless of the match situation. sehwag's selfishness (playing for his own pleasure) is costing IND a lot. his selfishness has also won us some matches, no doubt, but it has lost many more. enough.

  • on January 13, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    Hope australian cricket team should be kind enough to allow sachin make 100 runs because on his own he cant manage 100 runs, leave aside winning the mtch...first England, then WI and now AUS - he is still struggling for 100

  • n_jraman on January 13, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    India defenitely need a batting coach to play main coach cannot do all things...sorry MSD ,as a captain or bowler you need confidence to bowl with runs on the board...but this is not happening..Right from WI seires in barbados to eng and india nd aus the batting has be fragile and they some how scraped through with one person or dusty indian pitches...indian cricket needs overall and infrastructure for pitches...all can say 'all is well',spirit is high ,moral is high..but what delviers on ground matters and we indian lack largely....hope we do well in ODI series ...4-0 very well written and polished!! and MSD resgin as captain of test side!!

  • on January 13, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    I fully agree with views expressed by other contributors. After the humiliation metted out to us by Aussies in Australia, BCCI has now a job cut out for it. laying Fast and Bouncy tracks in addition to present flat ones, a blend of experienced plus new faces in the team and inculcating a killer instinct in entire 16 players is the job on hand. This is not the end of test cricket for us. We have bounced back in the past and we WILL repeat the same. Players must themselves be going through hell and BCCI must address the core/actual issue of our ZERO preparedness for pitches like in Australia. Next overseas cricket series should be finalized only after full preparation on fast and bouncy pitches. Shiban

  • RameshRayaprolu on January 13, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    no surprises! expecting innings and 100+ runs win for the aussies. great going the same fight in other formats as well...........

  • on January 13, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    another spinless display which I must add now is happening with such regularity that one one tends to quetions the great oldies in the team or to be fair to them age just caught up with them....Kohli showed promise but like many times before he trows it away after doing all the hard work... While the daggers were out on laxsman and Kohli, Sehwag been a failure, Dravid has had a horrible series and he got brute of deliveries to conted with and Sachin just got too weiged down with 100 hundred..It would be a miracle if they survive leave today not even till tea and aussies will hamme them yet again..time to chick the dead wood and infuse new talent...BCCI has no vision and no guts and so we see ourselves in this rut..khodoes to them for ruining Indian cricket

  • NatarajR on January 13, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    Ha ha ha.... Well done India by dropping the only in form batsman - Ashwin... Now u would succumb for less than 200...

  • puneriMisal on January 13, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    Any team which posts 300+ plus has a good chance of winning the test match . The Indian team should think of dropping Sehwag down the order and push Dravid to open with Gautam in overseas test matches. If you go according to the stats in overseas conditions....

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

    yet another abominable wicktet - test matches in australia, eng and SA are just becoming a joke. 15-20 wickets falling in a day and games over in 3 days, What a travesty all in the guise of "sporting" wickets. The kiwis used to produce such grazing wickets and we all know what happened to them - the big boys from India stopped touring and now their former cricketers drive taxis. That is the exact fate that awaits the likes of these famished boards whose jealous eyes cannot see India as the world champion and No. 1 test nation in the world. A country that has attained the top of all formats - and now this is what these foreign boards have stooped down to. Another world cup finalist bowled out for 47 in under 20 overs in SA - how does that happen unless you play on minefields. Crickets will get polarized - watch out for rank turners that will offer square turn from day 1. No self respecting player would want to tour - what rubbish. Curator should be publicly flogged along with CA chief.

  • on January 13, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    Seems like an all familiar tale... We'd be lucky to score 200 plus this innings..

  • lippythelion69 on January 13, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    i just started following cricket...and picked India as my

  • damodhar on January 13, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    The team's still struggling at WACA with top order of the Indian batting line up back to pavillion. I don't understand why the so called talented bunch of Sehwag, Dravid, Gambhir,Sachin don't play their natural game rather trying to be defensive. This way you will never be able to put pressure on the opponents. Right from the very first ball you need to put pressure on the opponent whether it be bowling or batting. This is where mind games play important role.Positivity creativity that's the key. The fact of the matter is the team India do not come with any plans or strategies to keep pressure on the opponents instead gifts the match away if they are comfortably placed.


  • on January 13, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    It is surprising that Indian Veterans can't bat on these Aussie pitches as they have got huge experience behind them. Are they accustomed to only flat pitches? What BCCI is been doing all these years on this bouncy pitch batting drawbacks?

    It is a absurd decision to omit a bowler like Ashwin, who is a wicket taking n economical bowler in the side. On what basis Vinay kumar has been selected in the team? does he has a pace and economy? any valueable contribution in international cricket?

  • satish619chandar on January 13, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    I would haven't dropped Virat but still, not playing Rohit is a criminal waste of talent and form.. What is the form of Viru,Gauti and VVS? Adamant selection is really killing the team.. Not trying Varun in Englnad and not trying Rohit here are really puzzling.. Lets wait for the result to comment on Vinay to Ashwin pick.. Ashwin could ve played as specialist batsman itself :-)

  • satish619chandar on January 13, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    @ONE4U : Putting blame on that for the entire team??

  • dsig3 on January 13, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    @thebarmyarmy yeah mate, that really devalues Englands ranking doesnt it? You just concentrate on your games mate, dont worry the whole world will be watching you. How does it feel being the hunted?

  • shantiratnamaj on January 13, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    what a joke! you lose 4-0 and then still be happy you're ranked above Austrlia who thrash you 4-0? These are the wrong signals that kill Indian Cricket! When Dhoni does not smile and celebrate much after winning a match you guys call it "he is captain cool" he takes it easy - but do you realize now he does the same thing when his team is thrashed 6 matches in a row? He is struggling within himself - please release him our of captaincy.

  • on January 13, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    No way , if the team goes on in this way , we'll have to find a complete new side for India

  • on January 13, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    as usual. nothing new. hope Sachin socres a 100.

  • on January 13, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    Ashwin should be there for batting...

  • thebarmyarmy on January 13, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    Even IF Australia win 4-0 they still wont be ranked higher than India! LOL

  • cricketcrazy555 on January 13, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    Hahaaahaaaahaahahahaaaaaa, I am not surprised at all

  • on January 13, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    Wat the hell is happening with the batting.. Why no ashwin... wat the hell they r going to do with these fast bowlwers... they will do the same... we should have ashwin for batting... he's the 2nd highest scorer in aus in this series.

  • ONE4U on January 13, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    The Indian team is under the haunt of 100th 100.

  • Noboundary on January 13, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    Once again our expired senior players have failed... it is so foolish to change the bowling when the problem is with the batting! Except Dhoni and the selectors everyone in the world knew our problem was with the senior players who are well past their expiry dates. Drop Sehwag, Dravid, Gambhir, Laxman, Tendulkar and bring in new blood!

  • Dr.Hasan on January 13, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    Just a one line report of business as usual with a scoreline would have been sufficient to tell the readers how the sessions transpired. CANNOT believe that Ind didnt change their batting line!

  • ChuckyDoll on January 13, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    This is so painful to watch. I hope the bowling unit responds to make it competetive.

  • groundreality on January 13, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    Ha ha, "last recognised pair of VVS Laxman and Virat Kohli" when MSD is still to come. 'Nuff said!

  • on January 13, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    What an unbelievably stupid decision by India to play four medium-pacers (let's face it, none of them are genuinely quick) at the expense of the excellent Ashwin, a genuine all-rounder at No. 8 & one of only two potential wicket-takers at their disposal (the other being Zaheer). They've already subsided to 73-4 at lunch: two more wickets & that colossus of dependability & consistency, Zaheer, will be at the crease; & you can bet your bottom Rupee that when Australia bat, it'll look like a different wicket...

  • 4thslip on January 13, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    ashwin the star batsman is not in the team so I reckon India will fold for 120 odd.. 0-8 on the way for the champs

  • on January 13, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    Four seamers is a wrong move. To start with with, we are short of one batsman. And by all probability, short of one bowler too. Ishant / Vinay or both bound to fail in wicket taking front. Vinay and Umesh bound to leak runs. There won't be a spinner to arrest the flow of runs. Plus, India may need to struggle to bowl the minimum number of overs. Pitch can be same. But, what is applicable to Australia may not suit to India. Dhoni falling short of ideas off the field too.

  • on January 13, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    Same old story.Gavaskar seems right & justified in his remarks.after this innings when Australia coming to take a chance with Bat also,perhaps,we are going to feel the absence of Irfan the absence of Aswin ,it is likely yet another Tragedy awaiting the Indians.Sehwag it looks in sheer bad luck Down under.adds I'd wicket too points out to a bad spell of I'll Luck spells for the Guests. Disaster to cricket.noo one to blame except perhaps the selectors for. Not opting for Pathan! Sreedharan Mundanat

  • on January 13, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    why indian team are 100 for 4 or 5 every time ? As i am an Indian fan this is the poorest test cricket i have seen in last four years.

  • East_West on January 13, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    hahahahahaha INDIA, looks like I have to finish at least 25 characters...

  • Rooboy on January 13, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    Ouch. I guess Haddin was wrong lol. Immense fight and grittiness by the indian batting line up, on display for all to see yet again today.

  • on January 13, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    Dravid has to stop playing angular defensive shots - he is creating an angle and that creates a trap and is more prone to getting clean bowled.

  • hnlns on January 13, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    I am shocked and disgusted to see Lakshman and Sehwag still surviving in the side and by now, Sehwag has once more failed for a DUCK. God knows why there is so much hesitancy in dropping such consistent nonperformers, denying youngsters a great opportunity to show their abilities. Ashwin has been dropped even though he has performed a lot better than Sehwag. He should have been in the team along with inclusion of Vinay Kumar, in spite of WACA's reputation. At least it would have provided a bit more teeth to the batting as well as bowling.

  • on January 13, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    Well, Dravid's defensive technique is vulnerable to getting him bowled out every time he plays. First of all, he tries to create an angle and then plays the defensive shots. Well against moving balls, the later adjustment to defend - it creates like a trap of himself and then play the defensive shot.

    With this technique, it is just a matter of time, the moment he misses - it takes off his stumps.

    Look at Tendulkar, he always presents the full face of the bat and tries to defend straight without creating angle. Well, it is too late for him to learn or make an adjustment to his techniques. But no harm in trying if he has to succeed.

  • East_West on January 13, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    Sehwag the flat track bully and the Wall that creaks are back to pavillion! hmm..this is nothing new, and soon the famous VVS will be packing bags too...Shame on Dhoni! he didn't have guts to drop sehwag and laxman,..virat is still in the team!! hahaha! well, we will take 50 overs for the first innings..i will be surprised if Indians last 100 overs

  • jdhillon on January 13, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    It is already sounding pretty bad..Pacy Pitch, 4 Pace Bowlers to face now, Lost the toss and asked to bat first. My prediction is Ist Inning, India - 225 or less, Australia - 300 +, 2nd Inning, India - 310, Australia - 155 for 5. Australia has won the Perth Test by 5 wickets. Australia - 3, India - 0

    4th Test - India lost by an inning and 40 runs, And lost the series 4-0.

    This is bound to happen. We can try our best by praying but can't beat the Australian pace battery.

    I think i will go to sleep now and look up the score in the morning.

  • on January 13, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    From what I remember, the last time india fielded four quicks was in SA, Durban 1996. They were infact all from the same state of karnataka: Dodda Ganesh, david johnson, javagal srinath and venkatesh prasad.

  • Street_Hawk on January 13, 2012, 3:20 GMT

    still no Rohit Sharma..I think he deserved a chance today..I have seen enough of Kohli already...problem with Dhoni is he will never be a leader like Ganguly or even Kumble who took Indian cricket forward..Under Dhoni, India has won WC, T20 etc. but has not moved forward a single be honest, I may be partial but I would anyday take a captain like Imran Khan who would try to make things happen rather that sit around and let things happen

  • on January 13, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    If Australia only need a draw to win the series, why not select 10 batsmen + the best batting keeper and have the part timers bowl all day. It doesn't matter if India make 100+ runs as long as the 11 Australians can bat for 3 days or so.

  • on January 13, 2012, 3:03 GMT

    Viru is never a responsible cricketer , being an opener he must have enough patience to strike the bowl as well

  • SRV_india on January 13, 2012, 2:58 GMT

    Expected start by Sehwag. Go India go. I still don't get it, Why is rohit not playing? Stupidity in choosing Vinay kumar as replacement to Ashwin. Atleast they could have replaced Virat with Vinay. Ashwin is the leading second highest run getter for India in the last 2 tests while Virat's highest score is yet to pass 20.

  • SRV_india on January 13, 2012, 2:53 GMT

    India playing a big gamble. Seems Team India plans to finish the match as early within 3 days, so that they can enjoy vocation. 4-0 is on the cards for Australia

  • posybeon123 on January 13, 2012, 2:38 GMT

    where the heck is rohit sharma... and vinay.. he sucks and is pathetic but there is no other quick

  • satanswish on January 13, 2012, 2:28 GMT

    Test Will be over in 3 days max. with series score 3-0 in favour of Aussies. Thank you India for playing stupid flop eleven yet again.

  • Max_Broder on January 13, 2012, 2:19 GMT

    Be ready for the creaming of Vinay Kumar at the hands of the Aussies.

  • on January 13, 2012, 2:18 GMT

    The first two sessions of day one are one of the most important to decide the fate of this test & with it , the series. Dhoni wont admit but this was a toss he desperately wanted to win . Hopefully Sehwag's patented game may work here as chances will be created every few minutes . Need plenty of skill , will & luck to survive .

  • on January 13, 2012, 2:13 GMT

    leaving ashwin was that easy? they need a tailender to bat and only ashwin can.

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  • on January 13, 2012, 2:13 GMT

    leaving ashwin was that easy? they need a tailender to bat and only ashwin can.

  • on January 13, 2012, 2:18 GMT

    The first two sessions of day one are one of the most important to decide the fate of this test & with it , the series. Dhoni wont admit but this was a toss he desperately wanted to win . Hopefully Sehwag's patented game may work here as chances will be created every few minutes . Need plenty of skill , will & luck to survive .

  • Max_Broder on January 13, 2012, 2:19 GMT

    Be ready for the creaming of Vinay Kumar at the hands of the Aussies.

  • satanswish on January 13, 2012, 2:28 GMT

    Test Will be over in 3 days max. with series score 3-0 in favour of Aussies. Thank you India for playing stupid flop eleven yet again.

  • posybeon123 on January 13, 2012, 2:38 GMT

    where the heck is rohit sharma... and vinay.. he sucks and is pathetic but there is no other quick

  • SRV_india on January 13, 2012, 2:53 GMT

    India playing a big gamble. Seems Team India plans to finish the match as early within 3 days, so that they can enjoy vocation. 4-0 is on the cards for Australia

  • SRV_india on January 13, 2012, 2:58 GMT

    Expected start by Sehwag. Go India go. I still don't get it, Why is rohit not playing? Stupidity in choosing Vinay kumar as replacement to Ashwin. Atleast they could have replaced Virat with Vinay. Ashwin is the leading second highest run getter for India in the last 2 tests while Virat's highest score is yet to pass 20.

  • on January 13, 2012, 3:03 GMT

    Viru is never a responsible cricketer , being an opener he must have enough patience to strike the bowl as well

  • on January 13, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    If Australia only need a draw to win the series, why not select 10 batsmen + the best batting keeper and have the part timers bowl all day. It doesn't matter if India make 100+ runs as long as the 11 Australians can bat for 3 days or so.

  • Street_Hawk on January 13, 2012, 3:20 GMT

    still no Rohit Sharma..I think he deserved a chance today..I have seen enough of Kohli already...problem with Dhoni is he will never be a leader like Ganguly or even Kumble who took Indian cricket forward..Under Dhoni, India has won WC, T20 etc. but has not moved forward a single be honest, I may be partial but I would anyday take a captain like Imran Khan who would try to make things happen rather that sit around and let things happen