Australia v India, 4th Test, Adelaide January 23, 2012

Australia aim for 4-0 whitewash

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Match facts


January 24-28, Adelaide Oval
Start time 1030 (0000 GMT)

Big Picture


Four weeks ago, the first Test started in Melbourne on Boxing Day amid great expectations of a closely-fought tour and India's best chance of pulling off a series win in Australia. Now after three Tests, none of which have lasted five days, the best India can hope for is a consolation victory in Adelaide. They will do so without their captain MS Dhoni, who was suspended after India's loss in Perth due to slow over rates, and under the guidance of the stand-in skipper Virender Sehwag. At least Adelaide Oval is a venue that will give the Indians hope: in their past two Tests there, they have managed a win and a draw.

As is so often the case in dead rubbers these days, there are plenty of sub-plots to keep things interesting. There is the question of whether leadership will bring out the best in Sehwag, who has had a disappointing tour with only one half-century. There is debate around the future of VVS Laxman, the most vulnerable of the seniors in India's middle order. And there's the ongoing hundredth hundred saga.

For Australia, Michael Hussey has announced his intentions to play on for the next Test tour, but the last Test of the home summer is traditionally a time for farewells, so for Australia there is the chance, albeit slim, that Ricky Ponting or Brad Haddin might call it quits after the game. There is the matter of whether Shaun Marsh or Ed Cowan can score a big hundred to secure their place whenever Shane Watson returns.

There are enough reasons to watch this Test over the next five days. Now let's just hope the match lasts that long.

Form guide

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Players to watch ...


Last time the Adelaide Oval hosted a Test match, Nathan Lyon's main job was to cut the grass. Now his brief is to bowl offbreaks to some of the world's best handlers of spin. It has been a remarkable rise for Lyon, who joined the groundstaff in Adelaide last summer before being plucked out of net sessions by the state coach Darren Berry to play in the South Australia side. The rest is history. Expect plenty of support for Lyon in his first Test at his adopted home venue.

Virat Kohli has shown that there is batting talent in India beyond the seemingly untouchable seniors. He is yet to make that big hundred that will really launch his Test career but his 44 and 75 at the WACA were impressive contributions as wickets tumbled through India's two innings. He should enjoy batting at the Adelaide Oval, where he can make himself a permanent member of the Test side with a maiden century.

Team news


The offspinner Lyon will return, and the only question for Australia was which of the fast men would make way. The answer came on the day before the match: the left-armer Mitchell Starc was squeezed out and was named 12th man. Starc was impressive in Perth but still falls below Peter Siddle, Ben Hilfenhaus and Ryan Harris in the pecking order.

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

Dhoni's suspension will mean the inclusion of the backup wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, while R Ashwin should return after the ill-fated experiment of using Vinay Kumar as a fourth seamer at the WACA. A progressive selection panel would consider giving Rohit Sharma a chance at the expense of the out-of-form Laxman, but India's selectors are expected to stick with the proven Laxman.

India (possible) 1 Virender Sehwag (capt), 2 Gautam Gambhir, 3 Rahul Dravid, 4 Sachin Tendulkar, 5 VVS Laxman, 6 Virat Kohli, 7 Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 8 R Ashwin, 9 Zaheer Khan, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Umesh Yadav.

Pitch and conditions


The Adelaide Oval pitch is usually viewed as a batsman's paradise, but often there is something in it for the fast bowlers early on the first day. "It will always produce spin later on as the game goes," the curator Damien Hough said. "Normally there will be a little bit of inconsistent bounce on days four and five, so I wouldn't expect anything else."

The forecast for the match is hot and sunny for all five days, with temperatures expected to hit 37C on the first day.

Stats and trivia


  • Virender Sehwag has captained India in three previous Tests, for two victories and a draw
  • Ricky Ponting needs 81 runs to reach 13,000 in Test cricket
  • Should Australia win, it will be their first series whitewash against India since 1999-2000
  • Australia have won just one of the past four Adelaide Tests

Quotes


"Anything less than a 4-0 defeat of this powerful Indian team will be a disappointment to all of us."
Michael Clarke

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • on January 25, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    so sorrycome india, nothing going good for india, unfit and out of form batsmen have become major cause of india's expected 4-0 whitewash.

  • Musafir366 on January 24, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    Ref: my first post. about Gav. it was made in India :) as usual with the help of Umpires other wise Gav. would had taken more 100 ODI's to get to his hundred.

    People are picking those fellows who are outside this team. so do they think that if they would been the part of team India can be saved. Fool's dream i think :)

  • Musafir366 on January 24, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    Go sachin Go. we want your 100th Century. even it takes 1000 match to do so . heheheheheheheheheheh

    Same happened with Gavasker when he failed to make century in ODIs till the 107th ODI against NZ

    what the losers..........................

  • saffe on January 24, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    wished rohit sharma make it to playing eleven.Dont know y management is sticking to great guns rather than playing guys who are in form.May be they want to white wash 4-nil......i will be surprised if india can pull of a draw.

  • on January 24, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    I wonder what type of betting is on: India lose by an innings or not? Losing the match is guaranteed. Whether it is an innings defeat or not is something to watch for. Our over rated batsmen were doing rigorous practice before start of 4th test which they didn't do from the beginning. I don't know why?

  • on January 23, 2012, 23:23 GMT

    Fingers crossed for 3 miracles to happen: "Sachin makes 100, Dravid does not get bowled out and Laxman does not get surprised on getting out"

  • scaceventura on January 23, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    people should stop about 100th 100 of sachin...

  • on January 23, 2012, 22:43 GMT

    It's last chance for India to defend themselves from another humiliating defeat. Winning or losing never bothered to me, it's the fighting spirit and killer instinct which was missing in both the series. It was ordinary eleven individual playing rather 1 united team. Anywayz, IMO this should be with batting order n playing 11: Gambhir,Dravid,Kohli,Sachin,Sehwag,Rohit,Ashwin,Saha,Zaheer,Ojha,Yadav. Best of luck to Team India!

  • RSBali on January 23, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    I made a promise to myself that I will not be watching any cricket for this series. It is so one sided and just waist of time for someone who enjoys a fight between the bat and ball.

  • on January 23, 2012, 22:02 GMT

    What did ishanth Sharma do in last 7 bowling friendly pitches to find a regular place..15 wickets in 7 games without impacting single spell or innings.. There are far better players in domestic who have expreience.. Underrated bowler with no variations.. You cannot survive with no variations.. He seems to have just one delivery that comes in to right handers.. So pity .. give Mithun/Ojha a chance..just for a change and give them a chance to prove..

  • on January 25, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    so sorrycome india, nothing going good for india, unfit and out of form batsmen have become major cause of india's expected 4-0 whitewash.

  • Musafir366 on January 24, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    Ref: my first post. about Gav. it was made in India :) as usual with the help of Umpires other wise Gav. would had taken more 100 ODI's to get to his hundred.

    People are picking those fellows who are outside this team. so do they think that if they would been the part of team India can be saved. Fool's dream i think :)

  • Musafir366 on January 24, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    Go sachin Go. we want your 100th Century. even it takes 1000 match to do so . heheheheheheheheheheh

    Same happened with Gavasker when he failed to make century in ODIs till the 107th ODI against NZ

    what the losers..........................

  • saffe on January 24, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    wished rohit sharma make it to playing eleven.Dont know y management is sticking to great guns rather than playing guys who are in form.May be they want to white wash 4-nil......i will be surprised if india can pull of a draw.

  • on January 24, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    I wonder what type of betting is on: India lose by an innings or not? Losing the match is guaranteed. Whether it is an innings defeat or not is something to watch for. Our over rated batsmen were doing rigorous practice before start of 4th test which they didn't do from the beginning. I don't know why?

  • on January 23, 2012, 23:23 GMT

    Fingers crossed for 3 miracles to happen: "Sachin makes 100, Dravid does not get bowled out and Laxman does not get surprised on getting out"

  • scaceventura on January 23, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    people should stop about 100th 100 of sachin...

  • on January 23, 2012, 22:43 GMT

    It's last chance for India to defend themselves from another humiliating defeat. Winning or losing never bothered to me, it's the fighting spirit and killer instinct which was missing in both the series. It was ordinary eleven individual playing rather 1 united team. Anywayz, IMO this should be with batting order n playing 11: Gambhir,Dravid,Kohli,Sachin,Sehwag,Rohit,Ashwin,Saha,Zaheer,Ojha,Yadav. Best of luck to Team India!

  • RSBali on January 23, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    I made a promise to myself that I will not be watching any cricket for this series. It is so one sided and just waist of time for someone who enjoys a fight between the bat and ball.

  • on January 23, 2012, 22:02 GMT

    What did ishanth Sharma do in last 7 bowling friendly pitches to find a regular place..15 wickets in 7 games without impacting single spell or innings.. There are far better players in domestic who have expreience.. Underrated bowler with no variations.. You cannot survive with no variations.. He seems to have just one delivery that comes in to right handers.. So pity .. give Mithun/Ojha a chance..just for a change and give them a chance to prove..

  • on January 23, 2012, 22:01 GMT

    I thnk Rohit Sharma, Rahane & Ojha must in team..... senior players must be kick out right now!

  • WeirPicki on January 23, 2012, 21:53 GMT

    Any chance Sehwag, Dravid or the vastly overrated Tendulkar can score some runs in this match? Oh that's right, the pitches are too green, too bouncy, the sun is the wrong colour, the crowd wear odd clothes......hopeless team and very overrated batsmen. They can't bat in South Africa, England, New Zealand or Australia.

  • Shan156 on January 23, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    Wish they played Rohit Sharma in Adelaide. However, who do they drop to accommodate him? The Indian big 3 may not have set the world on fire with their performances recently but deserve one more chance. I am not an Indian fan but I really wish Rahul, Sachin and VVS get a big one here. These three deserve to go out on a high although Sachin looks like he still has another Aussie tour in him. I have a feeling that the Indian batsmen will come to the party in Adelaide. Do they have the bowling to enforce a win? Let's see. May the better team win.

  • chuckmeister on January 23, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    Who came up with the schedule?? Why is there such a huge gap between tests

  • on January 23, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    Hopw india will find some rythem before going into 20/20s and odis... GL india !

  • on January 23, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    Its amazing how these great batsmen are failing....no doubt they are greats of the game but if they are not performing they shouldnt be in the side....

  • on January 23, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    This pitch will better suit us...hoping of old rahul dravid of Adelaide Oval, plus 100th ton of SRT accompanied by much needed ton from VVS...Want to see two spinners Oja and ashwin with zaheer and yadav to play !

  • myStraightTalk on January 23, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    Australia will do better then england in defeating India. Coach should go for youngsters even if they loose so that he can still keep the job.

  • bighit14 on January 23, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    Very eagerly waiting for this test match to end in just 2 days. Come on India. Its been a long time since any nation has lost a test in 2 days and its one great opportunity

  • IndianCricketFan001 on January 23, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    This pitch will spin like crazy on 4th and 5th day. India will take Australia out surely.

  • on January 23, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Almost Time to Say "Bye, Bye Miss Team India Pie". Go Aussies bring this over-rated team down to earth and transform them once again into the Indian Team. It's been too long a Frog last kissed a princess. Go Aussies Go!

  • rahulcricket007 on January 23, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    @SANJAY37B . WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY REAL WHITEWASH ??? WAS THE WHITEWASH IN ENG WAS IMAGINARY .

  • AKS286 on January 23, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    who will take the wicket of umesh yadav lyon or harris? hilfy & siddle tough time to u all bcoz harris & lyon are in the squad.@potatis i accept that lyon is the world's best spinner (it does't matter the whole world accepts it). again harris will take 2 wickets in each inning.adelaide pitch is gud for spinners so interesting to watch marsh he will score in this pitch. but clarke,warner,marsh has to do practice of bowling tooo. becoz world's best spinner is not trustable.

  • on January 23, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    Ojha, Ashwin, Rohit and Rahane should play this test match. All the best guys, if you can draw this test match, it will be a big boost for this team. The veterans will be heading to IPL and whatever "L" they can participate either as a player or mentor or coach. We saw your failures in England and now in Australia. May be IPL will be best for your age and technique.

  • David_Bofinger on January 23, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Is Starc's exclusion a matter of pecking order? Australia says it rotates bowlers now. They should be thinking about, amongst other things, who they want to bowl in the ODIs.

  • David_Bofinger on January 23, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    Dhoni's captaincy hasn't looked good in this series. It's tempting to think being a wicket-keeper and being a captain are both full-time jobs and nobody should try to do both, but Dhoni seems to have done well in the past. I agree "India aim for 3-1 defeat" would be a good headline.

  • Unmesh_cric on January 23, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    For God's sake, give a chance to Rohit Sharma! I am a fan of VVS Laxman, but I think he is out of form and should be rested for this match. Rohit Sharma has shown really good form recently...against West Indies, in Ranji Trophy and also in practice games in Australia. This is the right time to give him a Test debut. I am afraid the Indian team will try him out when he has lost his form!

  • Shan.z on January 23, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    indian selectors really need give chance to young players. Look at Yadav he is blowing alot better than the other. if they dont test their yonung player now then for the next 5 years they ll stay the way they are now..

  • on January 23, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    Sub-continent is rising....now its India's turn

  • srisri on January 23, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    I got cold. Indian batting is like my running nose, can't stop falling and the Aussie batting is like stuffy nose, can't get it out.

  • on January 23, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    Poor billionaire Indian cricketers can only wait for 4-0 whitewash as it doesn't take anything from them.What they aim is playing enough matches in the IPL.

  • riverlime on January 23, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    Forget the artificiality of the "hundredth hundred". Sachin is batting well enough to have earned his place on the team. He should be given the leeway to retire whenever he damn well pleases, fake landmark or not!!

  • devadsn on January 23, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    India (Batting order) 1 Virender Sehwag (capt), 2 Sachin Tendulkar, 3.Rohit sharma, 4 Virat Kohli, 5 Rahul Dravid, 6 VVS Laxman, 7 Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 8 R Ashwin, 9 Zaheer Khan, 10 ojha, 11 Umesh Yadav.

  • on January 23, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    India should rest Sehwag, Gambhir & Sachin who are part of the ODI squad and test the bench strength since there is nothing to loose ...... This might be the only chance to test bench strength (Rahane, Rohit, Mithun, Ojha) against Australia .....

  • on January 23, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    india have lost last seven straight test matches this" recent form" depicted in the article is absolutely wrong...

  • WellwisherINDIA on January 23, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    ANIL KUMBLE SAID IN THE INTERVIEW YOUNGSTERS ARE NOT GRABBING THEIR CHANCES-THEY DONT PERFORM IN THE TEST FOR THE SENIORS REPLACEMENT.but they dont get chances here, INDIA LOST THE SERIES VERY BADLY,THEY MUST HAVE RESTED ONE SENIOR IN EVERY THESE 4 TESTS,WOULD HAVE GIVEN CHANCE TO ROHIT AND RAHANE that's called grooming youngsters

  • on January 23, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    Do not beg for a place in India's National Cricket Team! Let it Chase YOU (as if it has got no other Choice)!

  • on January 23, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    last year when Pakistan won a game from Aussies in England some Indian fan taunt Pakistani that every time India play against Aussies they won 2-2 each just like that, so Dear Fan of Indian cricket team it was a part of game ,now see how Aussies Gang bang Indian Team. 4-0 definitively We are with u Aussies Go !!!!

  • MathewsAdelaide on January 23, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    @basit12 you have your answer here, SAHA is in the team not because of performance - batting or keeping, I feel its Dhonies interest ,If someone else is in the squad they will kick out Dhoni from test squad. We have long list better wicket keeper/batsmen in india like Uthappa, Naman Ojha, Dinesh Karthik, Parthiv Patel etc

  • on January 23, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    Match is a dead rubber no doubt but this match will decide whether series is whitewash or not so match is significant .In my opinion indians shud play all seniors and if they don perform they will have a leverage to drop them . I rate sharma above kohli and he hasnt got a chance in playing 11 so far is very unfair .There is no need of such greats if you lose series after series on foriegn soils.Learn from Pakistan when great individual players where playing results were 50 50 and now except younas khan all are fresh faces and results are in front of you.

  • on January 23, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    Are there going to be some retirement announcements, at the end of this test? From either side? Or, from both sides? Or, the greats from the past don't know the concept of "honorable exit" !

  • on January 23, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    @Nampally. How can one be "good at winning the toss"? If you have discovered a new theory, please pass it on to all the teachers in the world, who teach "probability theory" in mathematics. Please share, OK?

  • adarshrulz on January 23, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    get some inspiration frm sri lanka..

    they were 3-0 down and bounced back hammering the SAFFARS 3-2... u rock boys.. go go go

  • adarshrulz on January 23, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    its d last chance for best batting trios... show:em what uhe got boys...BLEED BLUE.... MEN IN BLUE>..

  • on January 23, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    India dont deserve to win simply

  • on January 23, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    Indians go ahead lose this one very badly so there is a panic and urgency for change then new youngsters new blood could be introduced to Indian team. All the players in India are playing forever. No old player should be allowed to play more than 3 Tests in a row he should be rested and a top notch player of the country should be inserted for giving him a chance to learn the ropes so he could be a savior for the country one day in the future.

    AL THESE CURRENT INDIANPLAYERS MUST BE FIRED ASAP LIKE PAKISTAN DID SO MANY TIME WITH THEIR TEAM. ONCE THEY FIRED WHOLE TEAM. IT SI STRANGE SOME OF WORLD FAMOUS WERE ALSO FIRED WHO WERE STILL HALF WAY DECENT IN PERFORMANCE LIKE WASIM, WAQAR, INZAMAN, SHOAIB, RAZZAQ, ETC. THEY DID NOT CARE HOW MANY WORLD RECORD THEY HAD. TIME WAS UP FOR THEM.THEY WERE TOO OLD AND TOO UNRELIABLE.

  • MrSlickJerk on January 23, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    @sharj33l be careful what you wish for.....punk.

  • smjr on January 23, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    I cant see Indian winning this test it will be either be a draw or Aust win.Indian players are on the aging side Tendulkar , Dravid, Laxman , Zaheer past their peaks. Last time they won at Adelaide is due to fast bowling of Agarkar, but now i dont feel that any indian bowler would be able to repeat this feat. On the other hand there is a large hue and cry over indian losing overseas test series one after another,people should see that Aust was badly beaten by England at home last year and they also lost to india (in india) 2-0 and again 2-0 in the last two series. Thats the way how things goes in sport particularly in cricket. There are some bad days and some good days. Australia,India,England,Pakistan and South Africa are all great teams and there is not much difference between them. Any of these team can beat other team on its day.

  • ishrat1971 on January 23, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    @ Sanjay 37b why should the fab four retire now. They have a good chance to play at home and in subcontinental conditions for the next one year. Anyway no one will remember once ipl starts.

  • rahulcricket007 on January 23, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    THE THING WHICH I CAN'T UNDERSTAND IS HOW THE HELL ISHANT SHARMA IS STILL IN THE TEAM ????? THIS GUY HAS AN AVERAGE OF 37 IN TEST MATCHES . GOD SAVES INDIA IF SELCTORS CONTINUE HIM IN THE TEAM AFTER THIS SERIES . PLEASE , PLEASE , PLEASE , PLEASE , PLEASE PLEASE , PLEASE DROP HIM .

  • VivGilchrist on January 23, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    Looking forward to Adelaide test, going to be a great match

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

    Hi I. Think you are all great and I love you very much

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

    sticking to the same playing eleven has not served india any good in this series.. this is the last test.. dhoni is serving a one match ban.. it is a good opportunity for indian team to try out some thing different.. gambhir will get lots of chances in future also, so let rahane be given a go.. even laxman and dravid are not in their best form.. let dravid sit out for rohit sharma, as he can score fast and can even bowl some spin bowling for which adelaide track is suitable.. there is no point in losing while having all your best players.. if rohit, rahane, ojha plays, they will get some experience of playing in australia and at least some thing will be achieved even from loss.. is this the age for the stalwarts like sachin, viru, dravid, laxman, gambhir to learn lessons from loss??

  • givemefood on January 23, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Come on.. the probable list should exclude Dravid or VVS, and include Rohit. India is destined to perform poorly why not have Rohit give it a try? 4-0 is inevitable. I can't say well played Australia...

  • Al_Bundy1 on January 23, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    We can still Draw this test and Salvage some pride. DROP VVS AND PLAY ROHIT. DROP VIRU OR GAUTI AND PLAY RAHANE. Play Kohli at 1 down. Drop THE HOLE (formerly known as THE WALL) down the order, or drop him off the team. Even our spinner Ashwin is a better batsman than VVS or the THE HOLE.

  • on January 23, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    Better sachin will be replaced by some one to avoid a defeat in 4th test. Viru think about it.

  • MathewsAdelaide on January 23, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    Thanking team management/captain keeping LOOSING COMBINATION again except Saha, poor Rohit Sharma..

  • on January 23, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    If Sachin want his name always after Don Bradman he should retire here and remain on history books that he has scored 99 Centuries just like Bradman's average of 99. Will we see a jersey number of 99 for MI team ? he can take suggestions from his compatriot Lankan Muralidaran in that issue.

  • TheAceofSpades on January 23, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Who cares about the hundredth hundred?? Its over-hyped and absolutely inconsequential. We want a win and that is all that matters.

  • on January 23, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    india wil loose tis one also......

  • on January 23, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    I think team details betting order should be like Sewang, Rahena, Dravid, Sachin, Kohli, Rohit, Raha, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Oja, Umesh Yadav good choice. because give the change the youngstar and also looking forward ODI serious

  • on January 23, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    Aussies can not get a better chance to whitewash India without lucky (unlucky)Dhoni

  • AidanFX on January 23, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    meh pitch won't offer Indian "any respite" - their problem is mental - they have turned to the "come beat us on our turf instead of focusing on the Test to play - Seriously Aus should go in this game to maul them and maul them hard

  • Crickathon on January 23, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    Is the so called 'grooming of youngsters happening at all?!?! This cant be done by making the player sit in the benches. This series is a lost cause, why cant the three biggies step aside and let both Kohli and Rohit play in the same eleven atleast in an insignificant match like these so that they get some exposure? Also in the home series vs WI, we had sealed the series 2-0, the third insignificant match at Wankhede could have been ideal for the biggies to step aside and give the youngsters the exposure, but they didnt. They are so selfish to play even in the insignificant matches just to save their name..the so called 'putting team above the individual' is all farce as far as indian cricket is concerned.

  • szaranger on January 23, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    4-0 all the way.. pathetic Indian team..

  • 185sau on January 23, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    It Seems that India Doesnt learn from its past mistakes, Now Every Indian Supporter is looking for the 100th century of Sachin Tendulkar, otherwise there is nothing much in the 4th test....

  • on January 23, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    If Dravid can keep wickets then we can give a chance to Rohit or Gauuthi should make way for Rohit. In any case Sachin should open the batting with Dravid and Viru whould bat after Laxman. Ishant should be dropped and Ojha should be added.

    So my pick is I which the Indian team team should go out with 1 Sachin Tendulkar, 2 Rahul Dravid / Rahul Dravid (wk), 3 Gautam Gambhir / Rohit Sharma, 4 VVS Laxman, 5 Virender Sehwag (capt), 6, Virat Kohli, 7 Wriddhiman Saha (wk) / Rohit Sharma, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Zaheer Khan, 10 Pragyan Ojha, 11 Umesh Yadav.

  • DINESHCC on January 23, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    India's performance: MCG - 4 days, SCG, 3 1/2 days, WACA 3 days. Now 2 1/2 days in Adelaide

  • on January 23, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    I wonder what Sehwag will do while opening. He is a good, aggressive batsman on slow and dead pitches, but its a test match. Absolutely no place for him especially if you are playing against Australian in Australia. Let's see what he do in next match

  • Cryptyritu on January 23, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    Surely they will win 4-0. :)

  • Fitzy16 on January 23, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    They picked saha mate because he's the only back up keeper on tour....

  • on January 23, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    I am very disappointed to see Mitchell Starc left out of the squad. He was very good in Perth. Hope to see him back soon..

  • amit.80s on January 23, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    India should go with 2 spinners and leave Ishant out he seriously need a rest and also need to sort out his techniques no doubt he's talanted and always bowls his heart out but he's not bowling wicket taking deliveries. He always bowls short or back of good length which takes LBW and Bowled totally out of contest. If he can fix his line and length he can be very lethal but thats where BCCI or coach should steps in and give him all the help he want and I think Walsh would be the right guy to sort out his techniques or even Srinath coz his bowling is similar to them. Take example of Jimmy Anderson who become so lethal after he learnt the inswing like Mohd Asif, Siddle got ressurcted by Mcdermot, Starc learning to bend the ball from Akram and Morkel getting tips from Donald.

  • on January 23, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    I think that dravid or laxman must be rested and india should give a chance to rohit.

  • sharj33l on January 23, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    better luck indian team... i am wishing for your defeat:-)

  • PACEGUY on January 23, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    ALMIGHTY GOD bless Micheal Clarke for showing some honesty and humbleness

  • xxfactor3 on January 23, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    I hope ojha gets a game instead of ishant. ishant has proved hes useless not only in India but also outside sub-continent. India shud stick with their best strength ie 2 pacers n 2 spin this is the best way to go in any condition. All the best to Sehwag for his captaincy. Hope we make it 3-1. GOOD LUCK INDIA.

  • on January 23, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    Rohit shoul get a chance, at least after 3 unbearable defeat of India...

  • on January 23, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    When are the Australian selectors going to dump Haddin he is well passed his use by date and is keeping a younger more talented keeper in Matthew Waide out of contention.

  • DasaradhiR on January 23, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    India is not learning from their mistakes. I am a BIG fan of VVS. But the fact of the matter is, India should invest in youngsters. Even if if it costs this match. Play both Rahane and Rohit. India should have some one touring Australia next time who can say, "I Know Australia".

  • sanjay37b on January 23, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    IT WILL BE 4-0.A REAL WHITE WASH.AT THE END OF 4TH TEST,EXPECT SACHIN,DRAVID AND LAXMAN'S TO ANNOUNCE THEIR RETIREMENT FROM ALL SORTS OF CRICKET.SACHIN WILL REMAIN ON 99 CENTURIES.

  • on January 23, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    I think the title should be "India aim for 4-0 whitewash" 'cos there's pretty much nothing else they are aiming for right now...

  • basit12 on January 23, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    India will lose last test match.. Because it is problem of indian selector. Why they select saha? they have another choice: Like dinesh kartick. You know, why they select saha, because he is playing in Chennai supper king.

  • Sachit1979 on January 23, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    I seriously think that Gambhir should make way for Rohit Sharma and in place of him Dravid could open with Sehwag and Kohli could play at number 3. If selectors have plans to give rest to Dravid in coming future then its time that first somebody should replace him at number 3 because number 3 for any team is most critical batting position in test cricket and replacement for it can't be done overnite.

  • on January 23, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    india will win the last test match

  • on January 23, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    no comments from India its look like disappointing, i believe Aussies can win. and also i like to see a 4-0 white wash. Go Aussies Go !!!!!

  • linusjee on January 23, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    Big mistake. Time to play Ojha in place of Ishant. Spin will win the day.

  • on January 23, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    At the period even a draw will be Great result for India

  • on January 23, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    "Anything less than a 4-0 defeat of this powerful Indian team will be a disappointment to all of us." ....please read between the lines....if they were really that POWERFUL , u wouldnt be up 3-0 , with 2 innings victories . would ya pup...

  • VivGilchrist on January 23, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    Haddin should announce his retirement from all forms of the game prior to the start of this Test. That way he can play without speculation and receive a final goodbye rather than being (hopefully) dropped. Huss should also retire from Tests ONLY, leaving an opening for a new guy for the WI Test series, and Ponting retiring from ODIs only after the tri-series. This will allow for some smooth transition over the next couple of months.

  • on January 23, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    come on guys i know you can do this, make it 3-1... chak de india...

  • Potatis on January 23, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    Hmm, this last test offers a chance to give some experience to some inexperienced players since the series has already been won. Australia are going for the throat though, picking the strongest team available (except for Haddin, but maybe this will be his match!). I like this attitude, they should always play the strongest sides and win as much as they can. Starc's time will come.

  • on January 23, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    Ojha and Rohit should get a chance in the team. They are desperate to prove themselves. But, really dont know why India keeps these useless VVS, Gambhir etc. even after giving them opportunity for 6 innings. If Ashwin returns in place of Vinay, it is good for the batting too.

  • SamRoy on January 23, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    It's not just doom and gloom for Indian cricket. Everybody has to bid the game goodbye. In Indian cricket there is a tendency to play beyond your time. Kapil did it for more than a year, Kumble (my fav. cricketer) did it for about one extra series, Laxman and Dravid are doing it. Both should have retired in the first test versus West Indies but the lure of an Oz series was too much to dismiss. Well, as always, it is Indian cricket which is suffering. Tendulkar must also be phased out by the end of 2012.

  • on January 23, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    Aussies are going to over joy this time!!!hope Indians could at lease can save the game!!!

  • Doogius on January 23, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    This had better be Hads last game for Australia irrespective of results. Every person in oz wants him gone, except the selectors. Yes, Hads we know your trying, as we get told by all your teammates after every game but its fairly obvious your not good enough anymore. If you really cared about Oz cricket and not your central contract - retire (p.s. not holding my breath...)

  • mano.mcse on January 23, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    don't consider other country cricketer, especially Pakistan.they don't have any rights to give a commands.

  • KK_Cricket on January 23, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    Think India should make a bold move, replace Vinay Kumar with Ojha and bring back Ashwin in place of Laxman. Saha will anyway replace Dhoni.. India needs to make a strong statement by winning this one comprehensively and take the momentum to the limited overs leg

  • mano.mcse on January 23, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    i hope this time, without dhoni possible to win, because he couldn't do anything past three matchs.seniors always good(Sachin, dravid, vvs). sehwag, gambhir will make to huge partnership we'll manage the game.

  • addicted_to_chaos on January 23, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    Go Clarke go...... you are almost there........

  • satish619chandar on January 23, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    "It will always produce spin later on as the game goes,".. Sydney might have spun too!! Wish the game lasts that long..

  • on January 23, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    Need to get Rohit and Ojha into the dead rubber to give them experience in future tours, which might help in long run.. But Indian selectors will never change and the system will not change.. Someone change the system.. Its not indiidual game Its a team game.. where names and centuries shouldn't matter.. Greg Chappel once tried to chnge it and make it ausie way and was thrown out.. Indians need Indian way.. Hatts Off to BCCI..

  • rahulcricket007 on January 23, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    NEXT TIME I WANT ONLY 2 TEST MATCH SERIES AGAINST ENG , AUS & SA . A 2-0 WILL LOOK BETTER THAN 3-0 OR 4-0 . CUT 2 TEST MATCHES & INCLUDE SOME T20 GAMES WHICH WILL BE INTERSTING TO SEE BECASUE OUR INDIAN TEAM CAN'T PLAY TEST CRICKET .WAIT , WAIT .... IN THE ICC FTP PROGRAM INDIA IS SCHEDULED TO TOUR ENG & AUS 3 TIMES FOR PLAYING 5 MATCH & 4 MATCH SERIES . HMMM , SO IF 4-0 WHITEWASH WAS BAD THEN WE SHOULD BE PREPARED TO FACE A 5-0 WHITEWASH IN OUR NEXT ENG TOUR IN 2014 .

  • on January 23, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    IF DRAVID HITS A CENTURY INDIA WILL WIN.

  • rahulcricket007 on January 23, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    "ANYTHING LESS THAN A 4-0 AGAINST THIS POWERFUL INDIAN TEAM WILL BE A DISAPPOINT FOR US ." MR. CLARKE IF THIS INDIANTEAM IS POWERFUL THEN WHAT WILL YOU SAY ABOUT SA , PAK , ENG ? AUS WILL WON BY AN INNINGS & MATCH WILL BE OVER IN 4 DAYS & HOPEFULLY LAXMAN TAKES RETIREMENT AFTER THIS MATCH & ISHANT SHARMA SHOULD BE DROPPED FROM THE TEAM .

  • on January 23, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    "At least Adelaide Oval is a venue that will give the Indians hope: in their past two Tests there, they have managed a win and a draw" - Well, time for them to add "LOSS" to this list and complete their history here!

  • johnathonjosephs on January 23, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    Why does someone have to retire? Just because its traditional? Don't want to see either Hussey or Ponting retire, they still have a lot in them

  • jonesy2 on January 23, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    india's selectors are pathetic. rohit sharma must be going insane. lots of short ball i say would be a good ploy for the aussie fast men.

  • johnathonjosephs on January 23, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    What I don't understand is, after 7 consecutive losses (4 by innings) outside the subcontinent, how is India still ranked 2 in the Test Rankings???

  • landl47 on January 23, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    If Australia wins, it will be the same series result as England against India. If India wins, it's a dead rubber game anyway. Neither side is introducing any new talent. The pitch is expected to be a road. I think I've covered all the points of interest.

  • anver777 on January 23, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    Ind need to bounce back collectively & try to avoid the whitewash which i think is a tough task.....Aus in other hand will surely give their100% for a 4/0 series win !!!!

  • nikhilbengeri on January 23, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    "Virat Kohli has shown that there is batting talent in India beyond the seemingly untouchable seniors...." Few days back, the same people said that he should be dropped and should not be picked against Rohit Sharma. I feel the media's, even cricinfo's, (don get me wrong) intervention is either making or braking the careers of people. I dunno whether this wil be posted, but I feel the media should stop exaggerating things.. At the beginning they say something then they suddenly drift some wre else. This series is down and dusted (We all know we have to bear another brunt), but lets give some time to people and not rush & become judgmental. VVS & Virat have some real talent. They will prove it I'm very sure..

  • Meety on January 23, 2012, 4:14 GMT

    Surprised that they didn't leave naming Starc as 12th man until the day of the match! Unless it was to suit the BBL?

  • Brumby90 on January 23, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    Yet again, poor selections continue. The media and the like seem to believe Adelaide is some spinners pitch and its is UTTERLY false. Adelaide has never been good for spinners for many many years. In fact, spinners do FAR worse than fast bowlers. Wake up and look at the figures selectors. Get over your obsession with using rubbish spin bowlers.

  • gannyboy on January 23, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    Bad move by Aus they should have played Starc instead of Harris. Starc brings in the much needed variety in the attack. As far as India is concerned they should play both Ojha and Ashwin and drop Ishant ( who has not looked good plus he can not bowl to left handers). Would love to see Rohit get an opportunity but I doubt if the Indian team have the guts to ask one of the big three to sit out.

  • SachinForever1991 on January 23, 2012, 3:40 GMT

    Gooooo India we got this!!

  • on January 23, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    Let Rohit play in place of Laxman who can be given another test for farewell. Ishant sharma should be rested and prayan ojha should be given a chance

  • cricinfo_2010 on January 23, 2012, 3:35 GMT

    Sachin should open with gambhir and sehwag at 4 or 5. Many advantages - Sachin can counter new ball easily, play freely since no wickets lost around, Sehwag can play well with bit older ball and less swing, nothing to lose, enhance Sachin's reputation that he can bat anywhere when team needs etc..

  • cricinfo_2010 on January 23, 2012, 3:31 GMT

    India should play Rohith Sharma for Saha. Dravid can keep and enhance value for the team. I will also prefer to play Ojha for Ishaanth, who is pretty much bowling like a machine with no target or plan.

  • on January 23, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    "Anything less than a 4-0 defeat of this powerful Indian team will be a disappointment to all of us." Michael Clarke

    Really? I do not know if this is an arrogant statement. Aus won because India was so bad. Hopefully, India will manage at least a draw if not a win. A lot will depend on how Sehwag and Gambhir manage the first 20-30 overs.

  • Ms.Cricket on January 23, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    India should be positive and give a chance to the untried. India's team for Adelaide should be Sehwag (c), Rahane, Dravid, Tendulkar, Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Saha (wk), Zaheer, Mithun, Ojha and Yadav.

  • on January 23, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    My team Shewag, rohit, dravid, sachin, laxman, virat, shah, ashwin, ojha, zaheer, yadav.

  • JustIPL on January 23, 2012, 3:11 GMT

    Whatever aussies achieve against india has to be validated against the top rated sides. Keeeping in view the english dribbing in UAE, a whitewash against india is not a parameter of supermacy perhaps at all.

  • on January 23, 2012, 2:56 GMT

    After India get thumped for their second successive 4-0 away tour, I wonder if there will be any changes in the captaincy or the lineup.

  • Hamidf on January 23, 2012, 2:54 GMT

    Comon Team India show them what you can do on "Flat Pitches"

  • ravimenon on January 23, 2012, 2:37 GMT

    It is a shame to Indian public, Indian Cricket and all Sports Fans that a talented guy like Rohit Sharma is not getting a chance to play for India. This is after repeated failures of all batters( whether Seniors or Juniors). It is high time now one of the Seniors to lift his hands up and say he is not playing in this test and let the chance to be given to Rohit.If he doesn't get a chance now, hewill have to wait for another overseas tour ( beyond subcontinent) to earn a place. In subcontinent pitches we are masters and those who play first test continues to play full series. This Rohit is in terrific form in domest cricket & even in ODI's and it is the right time to bring him in.

  • r1m2 on January 23, 2012, 2:36 GMT

    Okay this sounds retarded from Michael Clarke "Anything less than a 4-0 defeat of this powerful Indian team will be a disappointment to all of us."

    If he really thinks this Indian team is a powerful one, then it should NOT be a disappointment if Aus wins the series 3-1 or 3-0. It should be a GREAT achievement, defeating a powerful team period.

    However I do agree with everything in the statement minus "powerful". Maybe he's trying to be "nice" with words but it sounds funny.

  • on January 23, 2012, 2:34 GMT

    Laxman should be dropped. Why would you continue with not only an old player, but an out of form one, when he has failed at almost every attempt on the tour so far. The last test is a lost series has always seen the losing side try something different, and India should take this opportunity to blood young talent on the field. Saha comes in through uncontrollable means, but Sharma should come in to replace Laxman. Ashwin hasn't bowled overly well in the series so far, and I would normally want to see Ojha out there, but given his batting performances, and the fact he is still young and learning, he should be given another chance. Wise up selectors, how many losses will it take for you to make the right choice.

  • satishsasikumar on January 23, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    In the present situation, the words " powerful Indian team " by M Clarke seems to be laden with a bit of sarcasm . No wonder!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 23, 2012, 2:21 GMT

    Australia aim for it, they will get it if Dhoni was leading. Sorry - No Dhoni, No Whitewash. Simple.

  • world.cricketer on January 23, 2012, 2:17 GMT

    how many chances to ishant please through him away and search for better bowler

  • on January 23, 2012, 2:03 GMT

    All hope and expect good cricket not like last three tests ended early without any resistance.

  • on January 23, 2012, 1:42 GMT

    India aim for 0-4 white wash:-)

  • dsig3 on January 23, 2012, 1:41 GMT

    Clarkes comments are spot on. Coming into this series I thought we would be lucky to win it, but after seeing the way India have played it has to be 4-0. Unless India improve significantly we should be looking to finally get a win on the Adelaide surface.

  • shamlaatu on January 23, 2012, 1:32 GMT

    I think its ALL in the mind of the Indian batsmen or else these Aussies pacers are really not so extra special bowlers who are bowling unplayable delivers supported by some horrible swing n movement in the air. Put these same Aussie pacers in Dubai, Pakistan, India, SL or Bengladesh pitches n they will be smacked all over the park !!! I have said it before and I will say it again, India simply have to switch the gear in their brain and assume that they are playing against PAKISTAN instead of Australia and then see how the mental shackles are broken. By playing this conventional cricket that mostly consists of half hearted pokes at the front foot, feeble defensive pushes and getting odd boundaries off of nudges and miscue hits is NOT going to take India anywhere. They must launch a full fledged attack on the Aussies bowlers and take the fight to the opposition. This is the only way their chances of victory are going to be increased, and India can now really do it as Dhoni is out of it.

  • ausfor4 on January 23, 2012, 1:31 GMT

    All the best to Lyon. If he takes wickets in Adelaide, then the Indian batsmen will be all out of excuses. Good luck Aussies!!!

  • on January 23, 2012, 1:18 GMT

    Clarke comment is the ultimate 'rub in the salt to bruised egos & wounds' - wonder if the word 'powerful' to describe the indian team is a sarcastic one . To be fair , seems an ironic comment at best .

  • ved_mishra on January 23, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    This match now is a dead rubber. But let's hope India give a good fight. Virat Kohli and Wriddhiman Saha will be the players to look out for.

  • Nampally on January 23, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    India will make Michael Clarke eat his words! If India win the toss, the team has talent to post 500 on flat batting track - as per Curator. Dhoni's ban is a blessing in disguise. Sehwag is good at winning the toss & the Match. Expect big score from him, Dravid,Tendulkar & VVS/Rohit. Since both teams have good batting, the match will last 5 days. India is playing for dignity & pride & will tire the Aussie seamers thru' patience. The ball is also likely to seam & bounce less, to simulate the Indian pitch conditions. Hence the optimism about the Indian batting. I expect Sehwag to play both Ojha & Ashwin.This spin duo did well in the series against WI on wickets similar to Adelaide pitch. The dry weather with over 35 C temp will break the wicket by Day 4 to help these spinners. If Dhoni overrules by forcing Ojha out of XI, India will not be able to get 20 Wkts. to lead the match into a Draw.The team selection is a critical factor in India winning. Losing is not an option fo India.Go India

  • shamlaatu on January 23, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    With MS Dhoni out of it, I think India is really in for a victory.

  • on January 23, 2012, 1:08 GMT

    "Often there is something in it for the fast bowlers early on the first day"

    Really? I've taken a look at the last few Test matches here, and each time the side batting first has amassed 500+, typically with only 1 wicket lost in the first session. The only exception of course being Australia's famous 2/3 scoreline - but that was due to a harebrained run out and some early outswing in the 3rd over (nothing to do with the pitch). So I would suggest that Adelaide is invariably a belter of a batting wicket from the first ball onwards, and suggesting there is something for the bowlers is wide of the mark at best.

  • WeirPicki on January 23, 2012, 1:07 GMT

    India will again be rightfully thrashed. They are hopeless outside of their own country where they can influence the umpires in their favour. It's good to see the little ball tamperer struggle to get a hundred too. Even Ponting can do it.

  • WellwisherINDIA on January 23, 2012, 1:04 GMT

    Ashwin is back to the playing eleven, it strengthen batting line up,so its the best time to experiment ROHIT SHARMA in Adelaide test

  • GMathews on January 23, 2012, 0:59 GMT

    ROHIT SHARMA must be in the playing eleven,even if Rohit score "0" in the test, anyhow Laxman and Dravid they are not going to retire after this series, Laxman mentioned already about it,so they will have more chance in India to play test cricket,if you dont introduce like youngsters like Rohit Sharma now in Australia,when will he get australian bouncy pitch experience???? after 4 years???

  • NairUSA on January 23, 2012, 0:59 GMT

    I am sure the pitch will be a regular 'cow pasture'. Seems like lawn mowers are a rarity in that part of the world. Hope the Indian batsmen and seamers can put together a better display this time. Best Luck!

  • on January 23, 2012, 0:59 GMT

    India will rock this test.........

  • sankar8000 on January 23, 2012, 0:56 GMT

    India will Thrash Australia in this final test and give a shock to Aussies...

  • Raginggbull on January 23, 2012, 0:45 GMT

    C'mon India. Nothing to lose now. Show us a one good match.

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  • Raginggbull on January 23, 2012, 0:45 GMT

    C'mon India. Nothing to lose now. Show us a one good match.

  • sankar8000 on January 23, 2012, 0:56 GMT

    India will Thrash Australia in this final test and give a shock to Aussies...

  • on January 23, 2012, 0:59 GMT

    India will rock this test.........

  • NairUSA on January 23, 2012, 0:59 GMT

    I am sure the pitch will be a regular 'cow pasture'. Seems like lawn mowers are a rarity in that part of the world. Hope the Indian batsmen and seamers can put together a better display this time. Best Luck!

  • GMathews on January 23, 2012, 0:59 GMT

    ROHIT SHARMA must be in the playing eleven,even if Rohit score "0" in the test, anyhow Laxman and Dravid they are not going to retire after this series, Laxman mentioned already about it,so they will have more chance in India to play test cricket,if you dont introduce like youngsters like Rohit Sharma now in Australia,when will he get australian bouncy pitch experience???? after 4 years???

  • WellwisherINDIA on January 23, 2012, 1:04 GMT

    Ashwin is back to the playing eleven, it strengthen batting line up,so its the best time to experiment ROHIT SHARMA in Adelaide test

  • WeirPicki on January 23, 2012, 1:07 GMT

    India will again be rightfully thrashed. They are hopeless outside of their own country where they can influence the umpires in their favour. It's good to see the little ball tamperer struggle to get a hundred too. Even Ponting can do it.

  • on January 23, 2012, 1:08 GMT

    "Often there is something in it for the fast bowlers early on the first day"

    Really? I've taken a look at the last few Test matches here, and each time the side batting first has amassed 500+, typically with only 1 wicket lost in the first session. The only exception of course being Australia's famous 2/3 scoreline - but that was due to a harebrained run out and some early outswing in the 3rd over (nothing to do with the pitch). So I would suggest that Adelaide is invariably a belter of a batting wicket from the first ball onwards, and suggesting there is something for the bowlers is wide of the mark at best.

  • shamlaatu on January 23, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    With MS Dhoni out of it, I think India is really in for a victory.

  • Nampally on January 23, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    India will make Michael Clarke eat his words! If India win the toss, the team has talent to post 500 on flat batting track - as per Curator. Dhoni's ban is a blessing in disguise. Sehwag is good at winning the toss & the Match. Expect big score from him, Dravid,Tendulkar & VVS/Rohit. Since both teams have good batting, the match will last 5 days. India is playing for dignity & pride & will tire the Aussie seamers thru' patience. The ball is also likely to seam & bounce less, to simulate the Indian pitch conditions. Hence the optimism about the Indian batting. I expect Sehwag to play both Ojha & Ashwin.This spin duo did well in the series against WI on wickets similar to Adelaide pitch. The dry weather with over 35 C temp will break the wicket by Day 4 to help these spinners. If Dhoni overrules by forcing Ojha out of XI, India will not be able to get 20 Wkts. to lead the match into a Draw.The team selection is a critical factor in India winning. Losing is not an option fo India.Go India