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

Australia bowlers choke India with maidens

Discipline from the four-man pace attack meant the batsmen were forced to search for runs, and they perished in the process
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This series was meant to be a battle between a grand Indian batting line-up and an exciting Australian attack full of promise. After nine days of cricket, that contest has been won by the local bowlers. Comprehensively. The series is still, technically, alive. But by stumps on the first day in Perth, David Warner had his hand poised to pull the plug.

Warner gave the crowd lasting memories with his 69-ball hundred, but it was Ben Hilfenhaus, Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris and Mitchell Starc who really made this Australia's day by dismissing India for 161. Harris and Starc were additions to the side after the victory in Sydney, but it seems not to matter what arrangement of Australia bowlers takes the field this home season. They always do the job.

Nine times from nine innings they have bowled the opposition out this summer, for an average total of 225. Last season, England averaged 409 per innings in the Ashes. That three members of this WACA attack were part of the toothless group that faced England only highlights how far they have come in 12 months. It also serves to emphasise how poor India's batsmen have been.

Those two factors, combined with a green-tinged pitch, encouraged Michael Clarke, the Australia captain, to send the opposition in for the second time in his short captaincy career. For the first time under his leadership and the selection tenure of John Inverarity, a four-man pace attack was employed. Both were calculated gambles, and Clarke is proving more worthy of the "Punter" nickname than the more conservative Ricky Ponting.

Spin might be missed later in the game but more so by India, who also chose to go in without a slow bowler. By leaving out Nathan Lyon, who was handled with ease by India's batsmen in the first two Tests, Australia played to their strengths, and on the first day at the WACA, it worked.

Australia's success was largely due to the pressure they built. Maidens. A build-up of tension that lured batsmen into a stroke, into doing something they shouldn't have, trying to get the scoreboard moving. Seventeen of the 60 overs Australia completed were maidens. Conditions helped them in the morning, but their hard work was really on display after lunch.

As VVS Laxman and Virat Kohli tried to blunt the bowlers with a 68-run partnership, the Australia quicks toiled. They didn't fall into bad habits, which would have been so easy to do. The ball had largely stopped moving but they kept hitting the right lines. Serious width was rare. Loose deliveries were notable because they were so out of the ordinary.

The Australia bowlers kept plugging away at what they call the "fifth or sixth stump line", a corridor in which they feel the India batsmen eventually cannot help themselves from wandering down. It was this line that accounted for both Kohli and Laxman, as they played at deliveries from Siddle that they could have left and were caught trying to get the scoreboard ticking.

After both dismissals Siddle sunk down to the ground, squatting and taking in some deep breaths, a sign of the heat and the physical toll the day was taking on the Australia fast bowlers. At least they had a captain who knew how to rotate his men. The spells became shorter as the day wore on and the bowlers kept stretching, keeping themselves ready for another crack.

The greenest member of the attack, Starc, was reintroduced late and benefited from taking two tail-end wickets. He swung the ball in to the right-handers for most of the day, using the ocean breeze to his advantage. His lines were the most inconsistent of any of the bowlers, but it was not so much as to be costly for the team.

In the morning, Hilfenhaus hooped the ball late, in the manner he has become accustomed to this season. His outswinger that removed Virender Sehwag for a duck was almost perfect, angling in and moving away from an off-stump line, forcing the batsman to play. His remaining three wickets came to nothing shots from the batsman, Gautam Gambhir and MS Dhoni among them. But it was the consistent pressure he exerted that drew the mistakes.

Hilfenhaus picked up four wickets, Siddle three and Starc two. In his first Test back from injury, Harris managed only one, but it was the big one: Sachin Tendulkar lbw to a ball that nipped in off the seam. Harris went for less than two an over. It could be argued he didn't make the batsmen play enough, but that only increased the need for India to rotate the strike.

Soon after tea, India lost their tenth wicket. Some had fallen to good balls, others to poor shots, but right through the innings Australia kept up the pressure. Again, India's experienced batsmen failed to handle it. It's been happening all series. And the Border-Gavaskar Trophy will slip from their grasp because of it.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • zenboomerang on January 16, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    @disco_bob... Agree... It is the 'tightness' of the bowling that is making the difference - no Johnson has helped greatly in this as well as the resurgence of Siddle & Hilfenhaus... A completely different bowling unit to the one we had for the previous few years...

  • on January 14, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    Question is,after so disgraceful nd humilating defeats,big names oldies like Sachin, Dravid, V.V.S.Laxman still deserve a place in team.A country of one billion cricket crazy inhabitants can not prvide suitable replacements of these veterens??? Why India does not take lesson fm Aust nd Pak nd give chance to youngesters?

  • RandyOZ on January 14, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    The sledging by the Indian players is hilarious, considering how pathetic they all are. 1/800 odd runs recently haha! A simple "look at the scoreboard" would've been the perfect comeback!

  • disco_bob on January 14, 2012, 1:48 GMT

    While I did think out bowling unit would do well this series, I must say that I am nevertheless pleasantly surprised as the level of consistency that they have show.

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

    1. This Test series is already lost. Hope it is only 3-0, instead of 4-0. So target the ODIs in Australia. Win all of them. Play Sachin in ODIs, so he can get his 100th Ton in one of the ODIs, hopefully at SCG or MCG. Also, he needs to reach 50th Ton in ODIs- he has already achieved that in Tests.

    2. India has to start phasing out seniors in slow manner in the next 1-yr. That's also the right time for the youngsters to groom at home, because no overseas tour for a while.

    3. Unless MS Dhoni hits few good knocks at least in home Tests in the next couple of seasons, he should be dropped from Tests. He is still a terrific player and captain in ODIs both home and away and continue to focus ODIs. Test captaincy can be handed over to Sehwag for a while, before finding a permanent slot.

    4. India needs genuine all-rounders. All great teams have fine all-rounders. We have great All-rounders in ODIs (Yuvraj anad likes), but not in Tests. Irfan Pathan and R Ashwin are potential all-rounders.

  • Noboundary on January 14, 2012, 0:17 GMT

    For all the hype there was out of the ordinary about the pitch... neither was the bowling great... it is just a combination of past-the-expiry-date batsmen, lack of leadership and toothless bowling that has resulted in this mess. Indians always look backwards and seem to be find it impossible to recognize that past glory is past.... they seem to have difficulty in understanding that what was good 5 years ago is not good anymore because no one can defeat the effects of aging!

  • mamboman on January 14, 2012, 0:10 GMT

    oh ! The over rated little tin gods of India once again go clattering. The law of Karma is avenging for your misdeeds of Sydney in '07-'08. If you had acted with honor then and not lies, you would have more self respect now.

  • pritpalpabla on January 13, 2012, 23:56 GMT

    Completely agree with the statement... But wasn't expecting this kinda batting display from Dravid, Laxman and Sachin... Completely heart broken...

  • Philip_Gnana on January 13, 2012, 23:29 GMT

    If you ever want to pick your worst ever cricket team. We have one playing in Australia and one playing in South Africa. I bet you can pick two good XI's from their squads. Dravid & Samaraweera will be in a World level... The Aussies are teaching the Indians a lesson which needs to taken seriously by the selectors. May this visit be the last for the most senior players who should retire gracefully now. Being thumped when you are rebuilding is acceptable but not when you have old guard hanging around.After having been at the receiving end when England gave the OZ a thrashing, the OZ sure have taken things on board and worked on their weak points and all credit to them. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • siddham2007 on January 13, 2012, 23:10 GMT

    Cant understand it... Forget performance in India, this is the same team that acquitted themselves so well in S. Africa a year ago. Did one year make that much of a difference? Did the World Cup serve the purpose of introducing complacency rather than firing the team up more?

  • zenboomerang on January 16, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    @disco_bob... Agree... It is the 'tightness' of the bowling that is making the difference - no Johnson has helped greatly in this as well as the resurgence of Siddle & Hilfenhaus... A completely different bowling unit to the one we had for the previous few years...

  • on January 14, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    Question is,after so disgraceful nd humilating defeats,big names oldies like Sachin, Dravid, V.V.S.Laxman still deserve a place in team.A country of one billion cricket crazy inhabitants can not prvide suitable replacements of these veterens??? Why India does not take lesson fm Aust nd Pak nd give chance to youngesters?

  • RandyOZ on January 14, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    The sledging by the Indian players is hilarious, considering how pathetic they all are. 1/800 odd runs recently haha! A simple "look at the scoreboard" would've been the perfect comeback!

  • disco_bob on January 14, 2012, 1:48 GMT

    While I did think out bowling unit would do well this series, I must say that I am nevertheless pleasantly surprised as the level of consistency that they have show.

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

    1. This Test series is already lost. Hope it is only 3-0, instead of 4-0. So target the ODIs in Australia. Win all of them. Play Sachin in ODIs, so he can get his 100th Ton in one of the ODIs, hopefully at SCG or MCG. Also, he needs to reach 50th Ton in ODIs- he has already achieved that in Tests.

    2. India has to start phasing out seniors in slow manner in the next 1-yr. That's also the right time for the youngsters to groom at home, because no overseas tour for a while.

    3. Unless MS Dhoni hits few good knocks at least in home Tests in the next couple of seasons, he should be dropped from Tests. He is still a terrific player and captain in ODIs both home and away and continue to focus ODIs. Test captaincy can be handed over to Sehwag for a while, before finding a permanent slot.

    4. India needs genuine all-rounders. All great teams have fine all-rounders. We have great All-rounders in ODIs (Yuvraj anad likes), but not in Tests. Irfan Pathan and R Ashwin are potential all-rounders.

  • Noboundary on January 14, 2012, 0:17 GMT

    For all the hype there was out of the ordinary about the pitch... neither was the bowling great... it is just a combination of past-the-expiry-date batsmen, lack of leadership and toothless bowling that has resulted in this mess. Indians always look backwards and seem to be find it impossible to recognize that past glory is past.... they seem to have difficulty in understanding that what was good 5 years ago is not good anymore because no one can defeat the effects of aging!

  • mamboman on January 14, 2012, 0:10 GMT

    oh ! The over rated little tin gods of India once again go clattering. The law of Karma is avenging for your misdeeds of Sydney in '07-'08. If you had acted with honor then and not lies, you would have more self respect now.

  • pritpalpabla on January 13, 2012, 23:56 GMT

    Completely agree with the statement... But wasn't expecting this kinda batting display from Dravid, Laxman and Sachin... Completely heart broken...

  • Philip_Gnana on January 13, 2012, 23:29 GMT

    If you ever want to pick your worst ever cricket team. We have one playing in Australia and one playing in South Africa. I bet you can pick two good XI's from their squads. Dravid & Samaraweera will be in a World level... The Aussies are teaching the Indians a lesson which needs to taken seriously by the selectors. May this visit be the last for the most senior players who should retire gracefully now. Being thumped when you are rebuilding is acceptable but not when you have old guard hanging around.After having been at the receiving end when England gave the OZ a thrashing, the OZ sure have taken things on board and worked on their weak points and all credit to them. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • siddham2007 on January 13, 2012, 23:10 GMT

    Cant understand it... Forget performance in India, this is the same team that acquitted themselves so well in S. Africa a year ago. Did one year make that much of a difference? Did the World Cup serve the purpose of introducing complacency rather than firing the team up more?

  • on January 13, 2012, 22:28 GMT

    Once again the loosers are making noise over the pitch party,what kind of behaviour is this from Indian Cricket Board? They want to justify the poor cricket from Indian team by blaming WACA grounds man,what Indian cricket has to say about the 4-0 in England,was there any pitch party?what about Melbourne and Sydney losses,were there any pitch party?This is the end of Indian proud period,cricket is not played with the money only,it need lots of team spirit,big names are means nothing,take example of Warner he out played India in the Perth test on his own,he is not a big shot,but full of team spirit and want to win the game for his team.Neither DOHNI nor SHAWAG are useful for the test side,they are waste.IPL is every thing for these loosers.

    Captain need to fight from the front,Dohni has to step up and change his batting order by coming after Tendulkar and try to stay on the wicket and play the big innings.WAKE UP INDIA WAKE UP.

  • boehj on January 13, 2012, 22:19 GMT

    Indeed. McDermott really requires recognition here. The plans are clear and they're being carried out beautifully by the quicks. The lack of patience by the Indian batsmen (top/middle/tail) is exasperating though. What's going on?

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

    Utterly dismal performance by the "best Batting side" in the world. Please, stop humiliating the nation when outside of India. This is a clear example of the straw tigers that we have bred in our team. These guys drop like flies when playing overseas. India should give new talent a chance and let go of these out of fashion and out of class batsmen. There is a lot of talent available in India. Make sporting pitches before it is too late. India would have ended up top from the last if the world cup was held outside of India.

  • Morgsy on January 13, 2012, 21:28 GMT

    In all honesty I've been saying for years India are little more than flat track bullies. The only reason the likes of Sehwag and co have such impressive stats is because they dine in on buffet bowling at home where the pitches do nothing. If he were raised in Aus/Eng/NZ/SA and played with a technique like that I doubt he would have amounted to anything more than a semi talented first class journeyman.

    India may think they rule the cricketing world but the truth of the matter is their team is over rated and their IPL and ridiculous refusal to embrace the DRS are ruining the global game and turning them (and their fans) into spoiled little jokes

  • bombay4u on January 13, 2012, 21:10 GMT

    We need to attach the Au bowlers to throw off the lines and pressure they build, doing so if you get out its ok but not without a fight, i belive Kholi and VVS were doing right and they should have exasted the au and start taking runs off them just when they got out. I think mulitple indian batsman are out of touch contributing to the problem, along with week bowling unit, i dont know why was Aswin dropped, he was the secound highest run getter in the team that is struggling for runs.. Thhis selectors needs to be fired

  • hhillbumper on January 13, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    Bit of swing,bit of accuracy and a complete lack of patience.Cricket is not a difficult game at times. This is not wonder bowling but good honest stuff and India look like they can't cope. What does it say for the sake of modern techniques that an acknowledged batsman like Dravid or Tendulkar can keep being undone.kudos to Craig McDermott though

  • on January 13, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    It's surprising how any of the comments sections of these recent articles have yet to register a single comment. But then seeing how this overhyped flat track weaned team is crumbling so miserably (heck they make even Bangladesh look good), perhaps the lack of comments can be justified

    And must mention that Kohli's putative 'sledging' is, if anything, a hopeless and shameful admission of a defeatist mentality of a spoilt brat who cant wait to go back and make merry on Indian batting heavens..Sadly though, most Indian players coming out today are more of over the top type, who cant miserably back up their lofty talk with action..

  • baskar_guha on January 13, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    Laxman, Dravid, Sehwag, Tendulkar didnt get out wandering way outside the off stump. They got out to good deliveries, some very good. The reality is that all the Australians are bowling quite a few wicket taking deliveries and the Indians except for Zaheer are not. That is the difference between the two teams.

    Dont think the Australian batting is that much better than the Indian batting even in Australia. It is just that the Australians face the insipid Indian attack and the Indians face the sharp Aussie attack.

  • JustIPL on January 13, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    Simply they were not upto the mark tried to survive on the pitch that's why the maidens. Everyone, even indian supporters anything other than this. Vinay kumar was added to bolster the star studded batting lineup of the past. These guys might now play veteran cricket.

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

    India is going to lose this Series as there is nobody in the line-up who can stand up to the aggression of the Aussies. Its a bitter truth and also an important one. If you notice, we all are dependent on Sehwag. We need a solid one-down, a job Dravid has consistently failed to do. I remember one line that Saurav Ganguly said on air," In India, we have only three top openers -- Sehwag, Gambhir and Wasim Jaffer." So why not bring this guy called Jaffer and give him another opportunity. Lets see if he can do something magical. He can be a solid backi and also is in good form. Come on BCCI, move over. Your arrogance has to go. And you have to back down. For cricket. And also remove Laxman and bring in Rohit Sharma. And Irfan Pathan for Vinay Kumar. Ashwin can be retained and one of Umesh Yadav or Ishant Sharma has to go. If only Dhoni goes. What say about this team : Sehwag, Gambhir, Jaffer, Sachin, Rohit, Karthik, Irfan, Ashwin, Zaheer, Umesh, Ishant. Sehwag CAPT. and Zaheer VC

  • on January 13, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    poor and awful indians playing poorly and awfully

  • InnocentGuy on January 13, 2012, 17:08 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.

  • bombay4u on January 13, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    We need in india to stop produccing lifeless wickets, this should be banned. I want to see sporting wickets and bounce in india at all level, there should be BCCI responsibility and nurturing the lower organization and support to produce good quality wickets before we can produce good batsman who can play on them. I would ban any pitch that does not bouce atlease chest hight on the first day of the match and no lower then six inches anove waite height, we need to improve this wickets I blame BCCI for just benifiting financially from cricket and not doing enough to better indian cricket in my openion BCCI should be held accountable also to not have sucssesion plan for the aging players, not rotating bowlers and batsman to give younger guys enought oppourtunity, now they will need to do it out of nessacity. I do not LIKE BCCI.

  • Mitcher on January 13, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    Absolutely great to see Aussie bowlers newfound discipline but no good getting carried away yet. Definitely improvement on last year but much to prove before they can reproduce these results against England, or India in India. But making good progress and I am very happy with that for now.

  • SirViv1973 on January 13, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    Another Innings defeat beckons for India which would be their 4th in their last 5 tests away from home. I guess the worst thing about what has happened to them in this series is is this is their first choice team, they are not missing any key players. I get the feeling we are saying both Dravid and Laxman in their last test series.

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

    It was certainly a good day for Australia but it was much too one-sided to be a good day for cricket. India need quick wickets today otherwise it will just be a case of waiting for the inevitable. If the comment by Kohli is any indication India are resigned to defeat. Regrettable.

  • InnocentGuy on January 13, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    What a joke this line up is. Kudos. I should have stopped following cricket after April 2, 2011.

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

    @BRYDON COVERDABLE & ALLTHOSE AUSSIES WHO THINKS THEIR AUS SIDE HAS AGAIN GONE IN THE PAST 2000S WHEN THEY WERE DOMINANT . YOU NEED TO THINK AGAIN . ANY ONE CAN WIN MATCH AGAINST THIS INDIAN TEAM . AUS'S PERFORMANCE AGAINST SA , ENG & PAK WILL MATTER .

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

    I dont think players like Dravid (wall), Tendulkar (legend), VVS can be choked or dettered by bowling maidens. Sehwag & Gambir may be, but it did not happen that way to them. The bowling was just good and according to the pitch and conditions. The Aussie bowlers deserve credit for keeping this famed batting lineup in control.

  • on January 13, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    TO Gambhir : HAVE U MAKE IT LARGE ????

  • ShashidharHundi on January 13, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    Though lot of Indian cricket fans are suggesting for a complete change of batting line up, I don't think that will do any good. If batsmen of the caliber of Dravid, Sachin and Lakshman are not scoring, I don't think any other youngster in the country can score against this attack. These Australian bowlers are bowling spell of their life in this series. It is really a treat to watch their bowling. This bowling attack will test any batting line up with their current form. Mcdermot has made a big difference with his training of Aussie bowlers. Indian bowlers were no where near to the line Aussies adopted. I think India need a bowling coach in the mould of Mcdermot. Michael Pringle of SA has made a big difference to Rajasthan's bolwers with his training. May be BCCI should consider him as a bowling coach. Sehwag's position in the team is really a big question after today's dismissal. I think in tours like Aus, Eng & SA you need some one in the mould of Wasim Jaffer OR Akash Chopra.

  • the_Prince on January 13, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    LuX, Ten, dvd and sew are the big name but India need to find their replacement as soon as possible otherwise the future of test cricket of India would be the dark...

  • Hassan.Farooqi on January 13, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    [quote]The Australia bowlers kept plugging away at what they call the "fifth or sixth stump line"[/quote] I remember in 70's Pakistani commentators pulled their hair trying to understand why Pakistani batsmen have to get out chasing "going away balls" pitched outside the off stump. Then in 90's I saw Indians with the same problem as Aaqib Javed bowled in what Geoffrey Boycott called "No Man's Land". A place just outside the off stump where the Indian batsmen kept guessing if the ball will come in and hit the stumps, and go out and nick the outside edge to slips. India or Pakistan, same problem since 70's.

  • on January 13, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    india is in a sight of another humiliating defeat .... virat said "come to india"... looking at the present scenario it would be better not to invite them and compound our defeats... dhoni should step down to save his image and face value..

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

    wowwww. wat a stuf by david...

  • Cricket.Nellore on January 13, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    India must try their batting order this way to loose their claimed pressure... 1. Yadav 2. I Sharma (he laso make 0 runs, however does not matter) 3. Zaheer khan (may not get bowled atleast like dravid) 4. Vinay Kumar (forget 100th 100.. vinay make atleast his 1st 100) 5. Dhoni (manage game with different look tail enders) 6. Kohli (No change, same position and he scores same and shows same fingure) 7. Laxman (No pressure to overcome, batting line up stil to come) 8. SRT 9. Dravid 10. Sehwag 11. Gambhir .... The last fours batsmen will surely make a min of 40 runs. Does this Sounds a work around, guyz?

  • on January 13, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    lol overrated Indian side :P

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 13, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    Well played Australia. Big up to you all. Keep it up. From a gutted Indian fan.

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

    What a moment it was to have been there to watch that last session today - already know that I will be saying that I was at the game where Australia took 4 wickets in the final session and then turned around and had Warner hit a 100 in the same session.......... amazing!

  • Cricket.Nellore on January 13, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    Laxman is a lost legend. He is sustaining with his past performances.

  • RSBali on January 13, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    BCCI blames it on Friday the 13th.......

  • on January 13, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    I think India needs to have a good think in where they are heading.They will always be looked at as show poneys.Lots of runs between them,but nothing to show for it.

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

    I dont agree that maiden overs could choke the wall, 10dulkar & VVS. The batsmen could not simply come to terms with the bounce of this wicket. throught out their life the indian batsmen have played on flat, dead, docile, batsmen friendly indian wickets wiere they get a lot of time and they get spoilt. And when they come of such wickets their techniques and greatness is always exposed.

  • CricketingStargazer on January 13, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    The obvious sceptical question is that if Australia really have come on so far rather than the opposition just being diabolically bad, why did Australia not win the home series against 8th ranked New Zealand? Maybe it is a little premature to hype this side which, just 3 Tests ago, did not look quite so good.

  • indianpunter on January 13, 2012, 13:13 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?

  • amjadmayo on January 13, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    Today Indian players murdered by Australian players first by blowing and then after great batting of Warner. There is lot to learn for Indian players, especially so called batting legends. Bowling display just looking like school boy playing in streets and hammered by heavy weights. Compete with wash on the cards for Indian again at overseas. It is better, if BCCI decides that Indian team not more plays outside India & only play in IPL.

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

    This series was meant to be a battle between a grand Indian batting line-up(of the past) and an exciting Australian attack full of (future) promise.

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

    This series was meant to be a battle between a grand Indian batting line-up(of the past) and an exciting Australian attack full of (future) promise.

  • amjadmayo on January 13, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    Today Indian players murdered by Australian players first by blowing and then after great batting of Warner. There is lot to learn for Indian players, especially so called batting legends. Bowling display just looking like school boy playing in streets and hammered by heavy weights. Compete with wash on the cards for Indian again at overseas. It is better, if BCCI decides that Indian team not more plays outside India & only play in IPL.

  • indianpunter on January 13, 2012, 13:13 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?

  • CricketingStargazer on January 13, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    The obvious sceptical question is that if Australia really have come on so far rather than the opposition just being diabolically bad, why did Australia not win the home series against 8th ranked New Zealand? Maybe it is a little premature to hype this side which, just 3 Tests ago, did not look quite so good.

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

    I dont agree that maiden overs could choke the wall, 10dulkar & VVS. The batsmen could not simply come to terms with the bounce of this wicket. throught out their life the indian batsmen have played on flat, dead, docile, batsmen friendly indian wickets wiere they get a lot of time and they get spoilt. And when they come of such wickets their techniques and greatness is always exposed.

  • on January 13, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    I think India needs to have a good think in where they are heading.They will always be looked at as show poneys.Lots of runs between them,but nothing to show for it.

  • RSBali on January 13, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    BCCI blames it on Friday the 13th.......

  • Cricket.Nellore on January 13, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    Laxman is a lost legend. He is sustaining with his past performances.

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

    What a moment it was to have been there to watch that last session today - already know that I will be saying that I was at the game where Australia took 4 wickets in the final session and then turned around and had Warner hit a 100 in the same session.......... amazing!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 13, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    Well played Australia. Big up to you all. Keep it up. From a gutted Indian fan.