Australia v India, 4th Test, Adelaide, 1st day January 24, 2012

Ponting and Clarke demoralise India again

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Australia 3 for 335 (Clarke 140*, Ponting 137*) v India
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Michael Clarke knew when he won the toss that this Adelaide Oval pitch would be perfect for batting. As the team's No.5, he wasn't expecting to be in before lunch. When he and Ricky Ponting came together in the opening session, Australia were 3 for 84. It wasn't quite precarious, but nor was it secure. By stumps, they were 3 for 335. Clarke and Ponting both had hundreds. It was Australia Day, 48 hours early.

On a day when the temperature hit 37C, the Indians were down on energy and, by stumps, they were down on hope. The series was already lost, but this match was a chance to regain some respect. For a session, it appeared they were going to do that. Of course, if the pitch remains this good, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and Co might also fill their boots, but first they'll need to get through Australia.

Already the Ponting-Clarke partnership had swollen to 251, and was reminiscent of their 288-run stand at the SCG earlier this month. That partnership was followed by an even better triple-century stand between Clarke and Michael Hussey. The captain MS Dhoni was unable to find a way to break through that combination, and he might have been glad of his suspension for slow over rates as he watched Sehwag struggle with a similar scenario in Adelaide.

Not that India didn't have their chances. On 36, Clarke chased a wide delivery from Ishant Sharma and edged to where first slip should have been, but Sehwag had the fielder floating at second slip instead. So early in an Adelaide Test it was a strange field setting. Not long after, Sehwag removed the slips entirely. How he intended to find a wicket was anyone's guess.

Shortly before stumps, Ishant again found the edge against Clarke, on 133 at the time, with the second new ball. This time there were two slips in, but VVS Laxman at second could not cling on diving to his right. It would be understandable to be exhausted in mind and body at the end of a long, hot day, but India simply needed every half-chance to be taken.

By the close, Clarke was on 140 and had overtaken Ponting, who flew out of the blocks before settling in throughout the afternoon and went to stumps on 137. It was Ponting's second century of the series, and unless he makes a surprise retirement announcement, he will be on the plane to the West Indies for Australia's next Test tour in April.

It was apparent from the start of his innings that Ponting was in vintage touch. He played three classic Ponting strokes, a punchy straight drive, a searing pull and a back-foot drive through the off side. All were perfectly timed and all ran away to the boundary, and after lunch the runs kept coming with lofts off the spinners, crunchy drives and ones and twos that kept the scoreboard ticking over.

He settled in to his rhythm and passed 13,000 Test runs, the third man behind Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid to reach the mark, but a subdued bat-raise and handshake with Clarke was all that the milestone brought. As far as Ponting was concerned, plenty of work lay ahead. He brought up his hundred with a boundary cut behind point off Zaheer Khan from his 164th ball, and this time he did celebrate.

At the other end, Clarke was already catching up, having taken to the offspin of R Ashwin. He brought up his fifty with a lofted boundary over mid-on off Ashwin, and followed with three boundaries in another Ashwin over, all through the off side, as runs flowed easily for the Australians. Clarke's century arrived from his 133rd delivery with a steer to the third-man boundary off Umesh Yadav, who had a horror day and finished with 0 for 87 off 12 overs.

Clarke's innings was all the more impressive given the situation when he came to the crease shortly before lunch. Early in the day's play, Sehwag showed some tactical nous by introducing Ashwin within the first 15 minutes. His intention was to keep a check on David Warner, who had launched Umesh Yadav back over his head for an all-run four in the second over of the game.

Warner was keen to go after the fast men but was more hesitant against the spin, and while it was the Zaheer Khan who trapped Warner lbw for 8, Sehwag's move had ensured Warner stayed quiet. Ashwin added a breakthrough of his own when he pushed a ball through the big gap between bat and pad left by Shaun Marsh, who was anticipating spin and missed a straight one.

The ball clipped his off stump and Marsh was out for 3, continuing his horror series and perhaps giving John Inverarity's selection panel an easy decision when Shane Watson returns from injury. Marsh's Test scores since returning from a back injury now read 0, 3, 0, 11, 3. From either side, only Nathan Lyon is averaging less with the bat than Marsh this series.

After Marsh departed, Ponting and Ed Cowan steadied with a 53-run partnership, both men keen to keep the scoreboard ticking, but a lapse in concentration on 30 ended Cowan's innings. He drove Ashwin straight to short cover and it was a soft dismissal, especially coming as it did within a quarter of an hour of the lunch break, on a pitch promising plenty of runs.

After lunch, Ponting and Clarke showed Cowan what he was missing. And they showed India how hard it would be to finish the Test series with a consolation win.

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

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  • Meety on January 25, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    @Whale_Fart - LOL! Didn't read anything of what you said, just love the handle, LOL!

  • ahsha on January 25, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    I have to say it!THIS IS THE WORST INDIAN CRICKET TEAM EVER...HaHa

  • Meety on January 25, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    @SydneyIndi- it is also clear that you haven't read ANY of the reasons given over the last couple of months as to what has gone in Perth. The pitch was relaid about 8 years ago. Got that? Okay, in those first few years the pitch was sluggish & there was no cracking up of the pitch. It did not behave like a WACA pitch of old. India were lucky (outplayed Oz) that they enjoyed the experience of playing on one of the slowest WACA pitches ever, a pitch that afforded Sth Africa a record 4th innings run chase a year or so later. The WACA has been re-sown with an emphasis on getting it back to the way it was. It was GREEN 3 days prior, but after being shaved & baked in the hot sun, was NOT a green top! Sydney also was relaid after a couple of decades of almost sub-continent features. It now resembles the SCG of the late 1950s according to Richie Benaud when it use to be one of the fastest pitches in Oz! No HINT of doctoring anywhere buddy, you need to be a bit more observant before you speak!

  • Meety on January 25, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    @BigGeorgeMehemood - love your test ratings, I could live with that!!!!

  • Meety on January 25, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    @SydneyIndi on (January 25 2012, 03:35 AM GMT - LOL! For starters Oz BEAT England at the WACA last year during the Ashes! SECONDLY, the GABBA is one of the FASTEST pitches in the world. THIRDLY Belreive (Hobart) was just about the greenest pitch anybody has ever seen! FOURTHLY - NOWHERE did I say that NZ played at the WACA!

  • SydneyIndi on January 25, 2012, 3:57 GMT

    Hi Imad_K. Yes both will score 400 + . Check the score. They may also keep India in the field for all 5 days. Just for a laugh!

  • zenboomerang on January 25, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    @Nampally... Completely agree - where is Ojha?... No matter who won the toss India needed 2 specialist spinners in this team... So far Sehwag has put up very unusual fields & used Inshant poorly at the beginning of the innings - same as Dhoni did in Perth... Sehwag is bowling himself to get the over-rate up, where as Ojha would have been going for wickets... Poor selection process & just average captaincy... Re: Yadav - when Bracewell 'lost it' when bowling against Oz, the captain Taylor went up & talked to him, then supported him by standing at mid-off & encouraging him - Bracewell turned it around & the rest is history...

  • SydneyIndi on January 25, 2012, 3:35 GMT

    Thank you for your comments 'Meety'. With respect, being a 'MOST PURE cricket fan', you need to get your facts straight. NZ played in Habart & Brisbane not in WACA. Both Brisbane & Hobart were slower pitches not greentops! In SCG India did play well in to 4th day and yes there was no spin even on the 4th day! Indeed WACA wasn't a greentop when you lost to England last year. Do you still hold the same views after this Mr MOST PURE cricket fan?

  • Whale_Fart on January 25, 2012, 2:00 GMT

    There is no fun in cricket with this level of disparity. They might as well play with the school kids and call themselves world class. This Indian team is more then pathetic. I guess, youngster in India would be excited with this performance, they will get some calls now to play for India. This is worst ever I have seen after early 80s for India. Another inning defeat in progress.

  • on January 25, 2012, 1:55 GMT

    A world number one team being battered four times in a row … Indian selectors will never learn. They are blind to see that the team's bowling is completely in disarray. For a test, it is important to have spin and India's only hope is Harbhajan - and how he is left out after 3 complete wash outs. The only hope for India is Australia to make a declaration and their top order Schwag, Gambir Dravid, Tendulkar put up a show …

  • Meety on January 25, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    @Whale_Fart - LOL! Didn't read anything of what you said, just love the handle, LOL!

  • ahsha on January 25, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    I have to say it!THIS IS THE WORST INDIAN CRICKET TEAM EVER...HaHa

  • Meety on January 25, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    @SydneyIndi- it is also clear that you haven't read ANY of the reasons given over the last couple of months as to what has gone in Perth. The pitch was relaid about 8 years ago. Got that? Okay, in those first few years the pitch was sluggish & there was no cracking up of the pitch. It did not behave like a WACA pitch of old. India were lucky (outplayed Oz) that they enjoyed the experience of playing on one of the slowest WACA pitches ever, a pitch that afforded Sth Africa a record 4th innings run chase a year or so later. The WACA has been re-sown with an emphasis on getting it back to the way it was. It was GREEN 3 days prior, but after being shaved & baked in the hot sun, was NOT a green top! Sydney also was relaid after a couple of decades of almost sub-continent features. It now resembles the SCG of the late 1950s according to Richie Benaud when it use to be one of the fastest pitches in Oz! No HINT of doctoring anywhere buddy, you need to be a bit more observant before you speak!

  • Meety on January 25, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    @BigGeorgeMehemood - love your test ratings, I could live with that!!!!

  • Meety on January 25, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    @SydneyIndi on (January 25 2012, 03:35 AM GMT - LOL! For starters Oz BEAT England at the WACA last year during the Ashes! SECONDLY, the GABBA is one of the FASTEST pitches in the world. THIRDLY Belreive (Hobart) was just about the greenest pitch anybody has ever seen! FOURTHLY - NOWHERE did I say that NZ played at the WACA!

  • SydneyIndi on January 25, 2012, 3:57 GMT

    Hi Imad_K. Yes both will score 400 + . Check the score. They may also keep India in the field for all 5 days. Just for a laugh!

  • zenboomerang on January 25, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    @Nampally... Completely agree - where is Ojha?... No matter who won the toss India needed 2 specialist spinners in this team... So far Sehwag has put up very unusual fields & used Inshant poorly at the beginning of the innings - same as Dhoni did in Perth... Sehwag is bowling himself to get the over-rate up, where as Ojha would have been going for wickets... Poor selection process & just average captaincy... Re: Yadav - when Bracewell 'lost it' when bowling against Oz, the captain Taylor went up & talked to him, then supported him by standing at mid-off & encouraging him - Bracewell turned it around & the rest is history...

  • SydneyIndi on January 25, 2012, 3:35 GMT

    Thank you for your comments 'Meety'. With respect, being a 'MOST PURE cricket fan', you need to get your facts straight. NZ played in Habart & Brisbane not in WACA. Both Brisbane & Hobart were slower pitches not greentops! In SCG India did play well in to 4th day and yes there was no spin even on the 4th day! Indeed WACA wasn't a greentop when you lost to England last year. Do you still hold the same views after this Mr MOST PURE cricket fan?

  • Whale_Fart on January 25, 2012, 2:00 GMT

    There is no fun in cricket with this level of disparity. They might as well play with the school kids and call themselves world class. This Indian team is more then pathetic. I guess, youngster in India would be excited with this performance, they will get some calls now to play for India. This is worst ever I have seen after early 80s for India. Another inning defeat in progress.

  • on January 25, 2012, 1:55 GMT

    A world number one team being battered four times in a row … Indian selectors will never learn. They are blind to see that the team's bowling is completely in disarray. For a test, it is important to have spin and India's only hope is Harbhajan - and how he is left out after 3 complete wash outs. The only hope for India is Australia to make a declaration and their top order Schwag, Gambir Dravid, Tendulkar put up a show …

  • Babloo3544 on January 25, 2012, 1:51 GMT

    Great match for India. Aus will declare around 650 and India will make ~ 220 in either innings - end of story. I don't feel sorry for Indian fans at all, the more you guys promote IPL, more more you will lose. Soon India will start losing in ODI's as well outside the subcontinent. T-20 being a 20 over match, the chances of winning it is always 50-50 for any team weak or strong, so India will only win ~ 50% of the international T20's and lose all others matches in the 3 formats. Good work Indian players and Indian fans, keep it up! You should be demoted into second tier and should not be allowed to play with the other Test playing nations.

  • on January 25, 2012, 1:45 GMT

    From Pak fan: Be patient indian bros! time will come when your team will have some fresh players. The thing that make me wonder why not the team management give a chance to the young players. Please do not insult or blame Tendulker, Dravid and Laxman. They have done their job in the past so many times. I know it's funny to see 3/449 AUS but India can do the same thing and draw the match. Wish you best of Luck to the indian team!

  • SydneyIndi on January 25, 2012, 1:40 GMT

    Thanks for the response to all those on my previous post. One of them refers to a player by the name of Pontiff. Who is that? But seriously guys U haven't responded to my issues. Why were the pitches in WACA & SCG different this time for India! Indeed when you lost to England last year at WACA it wasn't a greentop then! This time it may be a pure coincidence I suppose!! India is unable to play both spinners in this series, why do you think that is? Just think, would U win 4 - 0 in India! Answer is NO. If U think U will, dream on! Isn't it obvious enough for you!

    As for India, if we want to be No.1 we need determined & well prepared players (not those who think they are gods and do not listen to anybody) to play O/S. Otherwise how do U expect to be No. 1 if U win only @ home beating the hapless OZ and England to the pulp?

  • dms1972 on January 25, 2012, 1:31 GMT

    @rahulcricket007. What does Dhoni have to do with anything I said?

  • NoExcuse on January 25, 2012, 1:23 GMT

    Looks like the Aussies will wrap it up by tomorrow, which means the Indians will get an extra 2 days to get used to the conditions down under!

  • on January 25, 2012, 1:18 GMT

    It is worst gift Team India can give to Indians on the occasion of India's 63rd Republic Day .... Strong batting by Auz during this series... especially Ricky Ponting, who was considered having forgotten his cricket before this series, has been performing extremely good.. only shows that Team India does not have right type of BOWLERS to take wickets at the right time.. Except for once, never Indian bowlers could even take all the 10 wickets in an innings... with this type of support from their bowlers, how can we expect our great batsmen Sachin / Dravid / Laxman / Veeru / Gambir / Dhoni to perform... though no doubt Auz bowlers are too good in attacking and taking wickets at regular intervals...

    Gudos to Auz batsmen who are unbeaten with their 300 runs partnership for the 4th wicket..

  • on January 25, 2012, 1:11 GMT

    India sux outside of India

  • world.cricketer on January 25, 2012, 0:26 GMT

    another triple from both i guess somebody needs to tell umesh about his bowling it is taking away the pressure created by zaheer by giving easy boundaries

  • SmartStrategy on January 25, 2012, 0:26 GMT

    Why is nobody talking about Duncan Fletcher and the bowling coach Eric Simmons? What are there roles? Are they giving valuable tips and making sure things are well taken care of in the net practice sessions? It's the same Indian team that performed exceedingly well overseas before the World Cup (during Gary Kirsten's era). I don't think it is simply the ageing batsmen, because Dravid/Laxman had scored splendidly not few months ago. How is it possible that within a few months they get so old so soon? Tendulkar is 39 and still looks good. Ponting and Hussey 37 yrs, but they are the ones who have played match winning roles in this series. Dravid at 38 had played superbly in England. Points to ponder!! Sack Duncan Fletcher and hire someone young who brings fresh ideas to the team. Get a bowling coach, who himself has been a great bowler (like Walsh or Donald)!!

  • dude01 on January 24, 2012, 23:55 GMT

    Come on india! I am keeping hopes for you! Come You are so good! But why do this bad??? Get A better team , if you are having some diffuclties

  • Al_Bundy1 on January 24, 2012, 23:49 GMT

    This is why Punter will always be considered a better batsman than Selfishkar. Scoring centuries against weak opposition is meaningless. A champion batsman is a person who can score runs when his team needs it most. Punter has been doing that for more than a decade. On the other hand, when team India needs runs desperately, Selfishkar is nowhere to be found.

  • Imad_K on January 24, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    Will one of these break the world record or will Australia declare again? Let them break the world record this time if they get a chance - why not keep India in the field for all 5 days just for a laugh. Break all the records. 3-0 or 4-0 what's the big deal - same thing really.

  • Meety on January 24, 2012, 23:16 GMT

    @SydneyIndi - you are a joke. Oz NEVER doctor pitches. The green tops for the NZ series, FAVOURED NZ. The SCG would of taken spin late in the match but India didn't force the game into the 3rd day. The WACA was re-laid a few years before India's win & was not performing to its normal charactoristics - India won. The WACA is playing the way MOST PURE cricket fans want it to play. BTW re: WACA IF India could of forced Oz to bat again on Day 4 & 5 they COULD of been bowling into big cracks!

  • auscrktfan on January 24, 2012, 23:11 GMT

    @LillianThompson.. Popgun attack??? The same "popgun" attack rolled India for 161 and 171 in Perth.. Seriously you are not helping improve the perception that you have very little cricketing knowledge..

  • Punters_Mate on January 24, 2012, 22:56 GMT

    Worst captaincy I have witnessed in any form of the game and at any level. Deep point all day allowed a minimum two singles per over without any risk to the batters on a very docile wicket. Bowlers were forced to alter their line to try and prevent the singles and got too straight and were belted through the on side. Not once did he try any different tactics and the end result is a days play at a tick under four an over.

  • on January 24, 2012, 22:13 GMT

    Should be a great Test series in Australia this summer - when do India get here??

  • IndiaNumeroUno on January 24, 2012, 22:12 GMT

    Looks like Indian seniors are just waiting to get back home... no interest in playing for the country... only in advertisements and contracts!!

  • one-eyed-but-keepinitreal on January 24, 2012, 21:59 GMT

    47 -a very low score indeed. It has been mentioned a few times in this post already and will continue to be mentioned. Lets add a little perpective......prior to Australia being bowled out for 47 in SA.....SA lost their last 9 wickets for less than 47 to be bowled out for 95, following the introduction of Watson. if Watson had been introduced earlier...who knows..the wicket seemed to make the right type of bowler (Watson and Philander) unplayable for a little over two hours before it flattened out for SA's final innings. Having watched Clarke's first innings 151 (a much better batting effort than his recent 300+ no) perhaps the wicket was that tough over the first two days....maybe he should have got out earlier ensuring that the match didn't make it to the third day...

  • SJinUS on January 24, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    Australia are bowling at the right places and their Indian counterparts are not consistent in their lines and lengths. Following the recent overseas test losses, one has to admit the impact of Twenty 20 games into the batting style of Indian players. They've lost the patience and judgement of what balls to play and what not. I am not against IPL or Twenty 20, but when test batsmen play it a lot of Twenty 20, they tend to lose a lot of their batting quality. That is the key to perform well in tests, anywhere in the world. Even the bowlers lose the patience and tend to go defensive with the twenty 20 impact. I am not excluding the Indian captain either (in setting fields). Dropping seniors and picking juniors is not the solution.

  • chanad78 on January 24, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    Honestly it reflects the true professionalism of the Australians which has brought them to this position. Especially how you think about the game!!!! Indians have to think about Test cricket ( which is real cricket) instead of wasting their talent in IPL like stuff.

  • one-eyed-but-keepinitreal on January 24, 2012, 21:42 GMT

    @lillian thomson - I stand by my original comments. All that you have added to the conversation is a reason why Australia were able to win Adelaide tests after losing the toss. Post McGrath and Warne, Adelaide is still producing results. The major disappointment with Adelaide is that, like Indian wickets, it is heavily balance towards the side winning the toss (or first innings runs). In Adelaide, with two evenly balanced sides, the team winning the toss should win the match as they should not have to bat on the fifth day. the previous five seamers in Australia (and the Galle turner) were better wickets because, while balanced towards bowlers, they were consistant across innings.

  • Harry_Kool on January 24, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    @suli7. You are warning us? The only batting has been Ponting, Hussey & Clarke? I guess you must have missed the batting fireworks of our openers in Perth. Pity, it was spectacular. I seem to recall Warner scoring more than both Indian innings? I might also just remind you that the good bowling attack of South Africa was met recently and a 2 match series ended up 1-1. You use the word humiliating at the Aussies, I guess after the tours of England & Australia, that word comes up easily to you. However, unlike you, I appreciate the great value the Indian batsmen have provided to the general cricket enthusiasts the past dozen years or so. Some have probably stayed a little too long, and the Indian transition plan appears to be non existent, which will mean plenty of heartache shortly, but every country needs a broom swept through them. We have had ours and are back on the rise. And stop eating those sour grapes!

  • on January 24, 2012, 21:35 GMT

    thank god my pakistani team is doing great.

  • on January 24, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    Pleased to see Ponting back to form. One of the modern greats.

  • on January 24, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    I love how we're now being informed by so many Indian supporters that the pitches in England & Australia have been 'doctored'. Last summer England posted scores of 474-8 (dec), 544, 710-7 (dec) & 591-6 (dec) on those 'doctored' pitches, while the leaderless, ill-disciplined rabble disguised as the Indian Test team failed to get past 300 even once. During this series, we've seen Australia do pretty much the same thing to India's popgun joke bowling attack. When are the Indian fans going to stop deluding themselves into believing that India are anything other than Asia's 3rd best team (a long way behind Pakistan & Sri Lanka, & only marginally ahead of Bangladesh)?

  • crictime11 on January 24, 2012, 21:23 GMT

    Clark realllly seems to be in form these days for australia and as for a note on india, i wonder how they won the world cup... ever since the WC, their performance has jst declined steeply! Im betting evn canada get beat this indian team lol

  • crictime11 on January 24, 2012, 21:10 GMT

    i don't generally care for the ausssies but hey whn its against india.... goooooooooooooooooooooo auuussssies! :}

  • SmartStrategy on January 24, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    What is surprising is that Indian team is not showing any intent and sporting aggression. One can accept with a quality and rejuvenated Aussie bowling, even the best batsmen can falter when the ball is moving a bit, but the way India has been defeated is more saddening than the series loss itself. Batsmen not able to collectively score 300+, not a single century, no 100+ run partnerships, bowlers hitting short of length (yet to see a good yorker), even spinners not showing accuracy, horrible fielding, defensive captaincy, all at the same time culminating in massive innings defeat. It's ok to loose a series, but not showing any contest and surrendering is simply unacceptable. After all sports is an entertainment and teams should show some contest until 5th day before loosing to keep the audience interested!! India have lost plenty of overseas Tests, but had never done this horribly ever. Is it Duncan Fletcher messing up with the techniques or being lazy?

  • one-eyed-but-keepinitreal on January 24, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    @gursharan singh - nz won a test not the series, they tied the series 1-1.

  • cking on January 24, 2012, 20:59 GMT

    BIG MISCONCEPTION THAT TESTS CAN BE WON BY HAVING TWO OR THREE GOOD BATSMAN NOPE YOU NEED TO HAVE GOOD FAST BOWLERS WHO CAN BOWL REGULARLY OVER 145 KM/HR AND CAN BOUNCE BUT NOT GO INTO A GAME LIKE DEAD MEET. WE WILL PLAY IPL AND MAKE MONEY I LOVE BCCI AND INDIAN TEAM

  • Aussieresurgance on January 24, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    @Gursharan Singh - mate, that is the best commentary I have seen in here in a long time! Could not have expressed it better bar the last comment. What is the IPL?? ;-) Despite all the money and hype, I still cant help look at it as an extended hit and giggle and with the annual merry go round of players there is no loyalty or way for an outsider to pick a team to go for.

  • on January 24, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    I am sick of seeing same consistent failing Batting Order. Why we should change Bowlers? Bowling is not an issue. Fix the batting - bowlers get enough inspired and may try few tricks. They dont have any room to try new things. Room comes with confidence. That comes thru batting and scoring minimum runs.

  • bingohaley on January 24, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    Good man Ponting!

  • on January 24, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    @ IndnCrktfan: My dear friend, you claim that Australians win only on their home grounds. Can you please tell me where did the Aussis win the 3 world cups? Why dont you just accept the fact that they are brilliant cricketers. All those talking about Doctor pitches, can you please tell me who doctorated the pitches in India for Tendulker to get to his 100th hundred which he eventually did never get?

  • on January 24, 2012, 20:47 GMT

    It is heartening to see so many Pakifriends wishing our team good. Aakhir apne bhai bandhu hi hain! Honestly, good players and people like Dravid and Sachin are loved and respected everywhere. Same holds true for someone like Younis.

  • on January 24, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    i bet india bowling was easy for ponting to score his second century of the series we could always see this coming against india, It even happened in the world cup.Its just that pace bowlers are ideal for him when batting!!!

  • landl47 on January 24, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    India have already lost pretty much any chance of winning, especially with 3 seamers and only one spinner in the side, but if they can't salvage a draw here then they really have hit rock bottom. The session before lunch was interesting, but after that it was India bowling poorly and Australia cashing in on a pitch that was a road. Australia gets to 600 today and then India will have to show some backbone. We'll see if they have any.

  • on January 24, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    For a brief period before lunch, I thought there was a chance this game might see 5 days, but no. Ponting and Clarke have ensured this will be another 3 day affair. Tomorrow they will bore India into tedium and then declare, and our batsmen will show how to get out twice in 2 days.

  • matt2039 on January 24, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    The definition of stupidity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome. Que the INDIAN CAPTAIN

  • on January 24, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    Next is Pakistan turn to Batter Inidia ..lol z z

  • TrumperLives on January 24, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    Apart from their batting, bowling and fielding, India are a good team. Go back to the IPl please and leave Test cricket to the professionals.

  • BigGeorgeMehemood on January 24, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    RBYTNOKWTFWWI! Dont LOL! It looks like India will be drowned in Aus. sand reef before they go back home 4-0. So if West Indies beat dem Australian in the Carribean coming up, that should mean WI is No1 in de world. So it should be 1-WI, 2-Aus., 3-Pak, 4-SA, 5 -Eng, 6 - NZ, 7 SL, 8- India, 9 Bang.

  • on January 24, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    Well... I don't UNDERSTAND, I really mean I DON'T UNDERSTAND this Asian psyche at all.... When an Asian team wins world cup the same team is called HERO'S and if a bad patch comes they become DEVIL' S.... How mean of us? Regardless it's Indian,Pakistan Sri Lanka or Bangladesh, we act like kids who when get's a new toy jumps around and move like a king and when he doesn't get one he acts like he never got one!!

    We should CHANGE and allow our players to play with a mind even if they loos their people all over the world are with them.

    Peace From Pakistan.

  • on January 24, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    These are real exciting times for cricket. Unprecedented decline of Indian cricket from No.1 test team & ODI champions to good-for-nothing in just 6 months. England finally reach the pinnacle of cricket. Aus all out for an unimaginable 47. Zim successfuly chased 329 in an ODI against NZ (cruelly went unnoticed) and NZ, in turn, win their first ever series in Aus. India's pummeling and a solitary victory over England after 4-5 years of misery makes Pak fans think they are unbeatable. Ever-proud Sri Lankans go back to their 1980s performance repeats. And I'll agree with the great Bishen Singh Bedi when he says 'All this will be beforgotten when the IPL starts in April'

  • short_cover on January 24, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    Here is a recommendation for cricinfo statsguru. Batting performances should be calculated separately while batting on bouncy/seaming tracks (Aus, Eng etc) vs sub-continent. Similarly bowling performances should also be calculated separately for sub-continent vs others. This would give a better perspective of good batsman and good bowlers.

    A batsman having good record on sub-continent pitches should mean less if his average is not so good on other tracks. Bowlers who do good in sub-continent also should be rated higher then those who only do well on bouncy/seaming tracks.

  • hhillbumper on January 24, 2012, 19:49 GMT

    its funny hoe the pitches seem flat when india bowl and so difficult when they bat.Is this what they mean by pitch doctoring. i think we should be told why this keeps happening to poor india.sarcasm is such a curse

  • Rooboy on January 24, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    @suli7 - thanks, I'll keep your bitter comments in mind as I celebrate a whitewash of the team 'most likely to finally win in Aus'. Winners are grinners, losers can say whatever they want, no one cares ...

  • Nampally on January 24, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    Admittedly this is a good batting strip.Everybody knew it would be like Indian Pitch, including the Indian team. Why did they not include Ojha & focus on spin?Astonishing lack of planning to deal with a flat pitch. The rule was simple - 2 Seamers + 2 spinners of different type. Who took wkts. in India on flat pitches? Those guys are right in the team yet Ojha is dropped.Now be prepared for" leather hunting". Why did Yadev bowl so recklessly - 12 overs @ 7.75 runs/over? Ishant plays every match with one wkt or none! These 2 youngsters Yadev & Ishant, are not doing their job. Captain's job to get them on tracK! The worst is yet to come - Day3 onwards. On this very same flat pitch, Indian batting cannot fail & then suddenly say either they batted "irresponsibly" or the pitch suddenly became unplayable. We heard this thrice so far. You need to play with heart & with a Will to win."Durpook" or chicken hearted guys should not be in the Indian XI. Produce WINS instead of non stop excuses!

  • Chris_P on January 24, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    @SydneyIndi, Doctored pitches? Doctored pitches, fyi, are pitches that produce dramatic results for BOTH teams eg.Mumbai 04. Where have the Aussies fallen over? @Front_foot_lunge. Both average teams? One team is leading 3-0. Either one is up a level or the other is down, but both average,? I think not. What is average, or below average is India's fielding. That is awful. For others who think this pitch is a batting paradise, Adelaide usually turns nasty by mid session day 4, and the bounce is very variable on day 5. It is usually the hardest to bat on then, however that wasn't the case on 03/04 when India batted well to win. Good effort by Pup & the Pontiff.

  • Yazdegerd on January 24, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    Is it going to be a first 5 days test in this series. If it will happen, than we must give full credit to India. Between, Is there any chance for Clarke to go behind 400 runs in this test? He seems very composite and in great form. Question of the year, would some Indian players announce retirement at the end of test?

  • on January 24, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    Actually, India is less interested to play Test Cricket. Their body language is when the 90 over will be finishing??? They lost the interest over long version of Cricket and all interest moved to T-20 where the money is. I think they are carrying the plan of BCCI.

  • 12thUmpire on January 24, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    Were Australia better off sending Starc @ №3? This position seems problematic for some like Marsh and his coach Langer who often batted there like №11! Starc surely would have made the runs Marsh scored and provided more bowling options

  • on January 24, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    come on indian fans don't be so disappointed...sachin, sehwag, vvs, rahul are all class player and i am saying that honestly because they have performed solidly for many years...we pakistani people also love them performing to their peak..do not push them out ruthlessly and give them their due respect And let them step out with grace...yuvraj, ajankya rahanay, rohit sharma are there to fill up the places but in the bowling department why not take munaf patel even if he was performing consistently

  • gothetaniwha on January 24, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    I hope Clarke rubs it in don ,t declared score 1000 then declared series already won time to break some records , shouldn,t take more than two and half days to bowl India out twice , keep them out in the sun , tire those pensioners out ..

  • haq33 on January 24, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    Don't feel too down Indian friends. Ricky Ponting is a LEGEND whose fighting spirit transcends cricket and even sport itself. No shame in being floored by such a guy.

  • myStraightTalk on January 24, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    Ponting has better record then Tendulkar when comparing his talent for the team winning rather then personal pefromance. Ponting was the captain for most of his carrier and secured 3 world cup (2 world cup as captain). Tendulcar failed as a captain is the biggest black mark for him.

  • on January 24, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    Lucky MS Dhoni. He must be praying to his lucky stars

  • suli7 on January 24, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    I want to warn all the Australian fans not to pin too much hopes on this Australian team & not to get too excited by their drubbing of Indian team. In reality their batting just depends on the trio of Hussey, Ponting andClarke And rest are just the spot fillers. Against the good bowling attacks like SA , Eng, Pak even their trio will not be able to save them from huimilating collapses on regular basis & as for their bowling i dont think it is the big deal the stronger batting teams like eng & sa who plays pace and swing better than these overhyped indians. and as far as indian team is concerned until they dont realise that bowlers are more important than batsmen in tests & do not change their batting dominated mentality they will continue to be just an average team in test level. their media and experts keep critising the batsman for not making 400 or 500 in every test like that is the norm. they never criticise their bowling which in reality is the main cause of their debacle in tests

  • RameshRayaprolu on January 24, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    I dont think Ponting/Clarke can get out in the next 4 days :) :) !! meaning, India loose this game by an innings and 200 runs....

  • bplusa on January 24, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    The way Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke are playing 600 Plus is very much on the cards.If it happens then it 'll be extremely difficult for India to even draw this match (Keeping in view their present performance with the bat). All eyes on Indian Bowlers if they manage to get Australia out within a score of 450 there 'll be some interest otherwise another humiliating defeat is anticipated.

  • Rahulbose on January 24, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    Change of Captain did not result in change in tactics. Same old ultra defensive fields combined with erratic bowling, general lack of energy, and some dropped catches. There really ought to be a knockout rule in cricket, its written in every Indian player's face. We have lost already, can we go home now.

  • rsurya on January 24, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    Srikanth says batting failure. what will now he say? bowling failure. Then may be fielding sloppy. Then captain failure, then pitch failure, then ................... I watch cricket for entertainment I have IPL5 approaching soon so why worry. Just switch to sony set max.

  • on January 24, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    Pleeeeaase BCCI....give our players some rest. We viewers are fatigued by continuous cricket. Likewise, Players are fatigued too. Now is the right time to get back our players. They are not money making machines. Even school childrens are getting 60 days break. There is a limit for the body and mind.

  • rahulcricket007 on January 24, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    INDIAN TEAM ALONG WITH SRIKANTH & SRNIVASAN MUST BE DROPPED INTO SAHARA DESERT FOR ONE WEEK

  • csowmi7 on January 24, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    True Ponting is champion cricketer but by no means is he a Tendulkar. Tendulkar has 15 centuries in England,Australia, and South Africa compared to Ponting's 4 in the subcontinent. He doesn't have the all round game and magic that Tendulkar possesses. Tendulkar made a name for himself at a very young age scoring centuries in testing conditions where his entire team failed and has scored big against he best attacks in cricketing history Mcgrath, Pollock, warne, Akram, Waqar, Lee, Walsh, Murali, Steyn, Imran and many others. Yes Tendulkar is under pressure now but I would like to see how Ponting plays at 39.

  • MOHDsarfaraz on January 24, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    its just bcoz of our bed bowling performance,if a international bowler umesh yadav can't control his bowl,it does'nt mean to be in team India,,,Indian team must required a fast and controlled bowler,if you bowl well thats give so much confidence to batting side,batsman perform sometimes but bowler didn't perform like wow,,they need more practice ishant shrma,and umesh yadav,find a controlled fast bowler for team INdia, plz show them some macgrath or wasim akram videos,,proud to say that bcoz i love JUST CRICKET,JAI HIND

  • on January 24, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    What happened to Indian side, india should choose / select to Pragyan Ojha, he can be better option to this test in place of either Ishant Sharma or Umesh Yadav, this pitch is perfectly suited to ojha, now it is looking like india will face whitewash of 4-0.

  • coolitbaby on January 24, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    @prsubbu : You are back again to being your bitter, complaining self. If you perform badly at work/school should we request you being thrown into the ocean?? Relax buddy, it's just a game. No need to get so bitter.

  • Romenevans on January 24, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    ROFLMAO! Sehwag Captain and india will lose it 4-0 and then in the after match presentation Sehwag will have to be presented there for all the humiliation and for press conferences as well. LOL! Nicely done Dhoni, a true blessing in disguise. What a Genius.

  • CricketingStargazer on January 24, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    @Kavum, given that England drew 1-1 in South Africa and won 3-1 in Australia on their last two winter tours their away record isn't so bad. The problems come with the mind games about spinners in Asia. Even so, that is overstated: the last two series in India finished 1-1 and 1-0, which is hardly devastating form. The important thing her is that India are looking so clueless that it is hard to see where they go from here. You can argue for dropping as many as 6 players from the next series. The problems didn't even start in England: the series in the Carribean was far tighter than anyone expected and West Indies could easily have ended up sharing the return series in India if they had had more confidence. What is obvious is that there are questions against all the top 5 sides right now and India are not really testing how good Australia are.

  • mrkhan555 on January 24, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    where the indian fans have gone after the shameful defeats....indeed when india play in india and doing well so people will make so noise that you cant listen anything....and when opponent team start performing well you cant even hear a whisper. its mean they cant see good cricket. indian public only wants india to win.poor indian fans and poor indian team.and poor world champion rather fake world champion. the real champions are australia,england,and pakistan

  • on January 24, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    I just felt something is missing in this series, a "follow on", more embracement for India is expected in this tour.

  • on January 24, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    loving the scorez! go aussies! cant wait 4 when u'll come t&t 2 mash in the WI! i wil soooo be dere :))! dont take 2 much advantage of india! :(

  • deol84 on January 24, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    another flop show,now flop batsman ricky ponting scoring runs against lack luster indian bowling.I hope and pray for our batting atleast score 500plus runs when we bat,but 4-0 looks on the cards.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 24, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    Guys, let's get a reality check. Shall we? This is almost the same Australian team that was made to toil and even lose a match to the historical minnows New Zealand. Our team is at fault for this debacle. Stop blaming the pitches please. Our captains are letting it slip. 5 catches through the slips have gone begging. Need we look further? It's not as if RESPECT Clarke, Cowan and Ricky didn't offer catches to our slip cordon. There were nobody to hold those sitters. Look at our defensive captains not at the pitches.

  • MdAshfaq on January 24, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    I think there some think wrong between BCCI and Bhaji ? I think board and some team player want to weaken Dhoni that's why the performance to the Indian team so........

  • HawksEyeFocused on January 24, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    A Message to Team India from BCCI!!!Well done!!! Stick to our plan. Don't try to win all the remaining matches as well. We want to fix all these matches in Australia foolprooflly as we had done it in 1996 Semi-Final against Sri Lanka. The three Pakistanis were not expert. They had to come to us to team how we have been fixing matches and making the whole world fool esp. our crazy Indian fans. But no problem these crazy Indian fans would never know our plan as we have strong financial muscles. Jai Money Hare India!

  • prsubbu on January 24, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    Well, Probably another triple century (and not out) from Clarke. At the beginning of this series, his average was about 46 and at the end of this test match, it is going to go above 50. Thanks to great bowling attack from India. The Indian team should be dropped in the Indian Ocean (along with the selectors) on their way back.....

  • Nampally on January 24, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    Another disappointing day for India, as usual. Its a reminder of Sydney test where the records were set & those records are in the danger of being broken by Clarke & Ponting. To start with Indian XI was a wrong one. After 3 tests of same bowlers, Indian bowling needed a different look. I clearly expected Ojha & Ashwin operating in tandem on a pitch closest to the Indian pitches. Instead Fletcher & Dhoni went for an unchanged team from the first 2 tests with Saha replacing Dhoni. The real change must start with an improved XI instead of same old one. Ojha was the missing bowler who would have made the difference.Aussie righties are weak against leg spin.Since Rahul Sharma is not in the squad the next best guy is Ojha. Why bring him to Australia just to warm the bench? Ojha was the indian trump card in a winning test series against WI along with Ashwin caliming 42 out of 60 wkts.When the winning bowlers are excluded how can you expect to take 20 wkts?Another leather hunting on Day 2 !.

  • on January 24, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    The captain MS Dhoni was unable to find a way to break through that combination, and he might have been glad of his suspension for slow over rates as he watched Sehwag struggle with a similar scenario in Adelaide.

    Seriously?? Grow up

  • warneythebest on January 24, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    @ derrida_derider: if ponting and clarke bat the way did today india can only pray for a merciful defeat..the aussies will not allow india draw!!! clarke proved that in sydney... unless india also bat well and post atleast 400+ this probably will be a repeat of sydney maybe even worse!!!!! c'mon ponting and clarke go higher than 288!!!!!

  • on January 24, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    @godimbored- he is a pakistan fan you are responding to.

  • Kaze on January 24, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    @Frank Jansz Cummins destroyed SA in SA what more needs to be said. You look at Pattinson and his action, pace and direction and you can see class there. Aus bowling is going to be top, these players just need more experience. The batting however needs Ponting and Hussey to stay around for a year or two more. Warner is a huge discovery at the top what they need now is a good #3 and Watson is a stop gap but not a real fix he is a #6. They need Hughes back, he needs to fix his issues he's a quality player barring his issues. Would love to see Hughes opening with Warner and maybe Khawaja at 3 if he can get his priorities right. The last test he played he batted like he didn't care. Oohh and dump Haddin why he is there is a mystery to me.

  • StatisticsRocks on January 24, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    @ Imad here we go again. Dude where do u think Aus is beating India, its in their own backyard, so did the English. Look what Pak is doing to England outside of England. These same teams that beat India will lose in India. So what does that make them heroes away..

  • on January 24, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    @reality Check. I loved your comment brother, its so overwhelming to see a such a good comment from a pakisthani brother :)

  • StatisticsRocks on January 24, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    Once Again we take 3 quick wickets and let the advantage slip away.....How many times have we seen this...We lack killer instinct like some teams like PAK, SA have. one of the reasons I guess is because PAK, SA, have very good bowling units. BCCI will have to revamp the regional competetion and off course pitches more geared towards bowling (fast and spin). 4-0 is ivevitable as Aus will score > 550 and India will be bowled out twice for less than that score.

  • on January 24, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    If India could not bat well in their Ist Inning, the 4-0 whitewash is MUST.

  • on January 24, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    make good pitches in india,then only we will get good fast bowlers,then only we can win matches in overseas.bored of spin bowling from both ends for 90 overs in test matches in india in a dusty pitches(india and srilanka both are doing same thing for years)

  • braveknight on January 24, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    Indian Players need to be fitter than they are now - this is the main problem look at Sehwag, Sachin and Laxman - and then compare them to someone like Ponting who is 37 yo. Stop eating bhajjis and start working out so you have more energy and can chase balls, take catches etc.,. its a pity to see these senior players getting broiled and battered down under!

  • sk12 on January 24, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    @godimbored - Mate that was a sarcastic comment (born out of frustration and disappointment of course). Even funnier is the fact that you base your loyalty based on one guy's comment.

  • on January 24, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    yes the Aussies are having a great series but dont you guys forget that their recent best score was 47 all out !!! so nothing to feel bad !!! Great people are noticed when they do bad and ordinary onez when they do good !!!

  • DaBigDawg on January 24, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    They say the definition of madness is "...doing the same thing over and over again..and, expecting different results...". BCCI, Srinivasan, Srikanth, Dhoni, Sehwag...sound familiar????

  • on January 24, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    Aus is thrashing India in every aspect of the game no doubt but there is reality check for them in stats of last 3 tests as well .Most of the scoring has been done by middle order ponting clarke and hussey .Warner is just like old sehwag he will fire occasionaly reliability consistency zero .They are up against very weak team but they lost a test against NZ which is one of the weakest test teams but had bit decent attack den Indians .They will struggle alot in coming days when likes of ponting and hussey will retire in coming days .and when face SA ENG PAK bowling attacks .

  • on January 24, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    i dont knw why india taking wicket early but they r not capitalise hopefully we will get wickets tomoro mrg

  • shamlaatu on January 24, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    I am not ready to buy the argument that Indian performs well only in India. I believe this Indian team as full potential to score big in Australia. It's just all in the brain. The Indian batsmen have folded themselves into some mental shackles they find it impossible to break. Indian team can change it's approach towards this game and turn it upside down overnight just by assuming that instead of Australia they are playing against Pakistan. And then see how their bats talk. I am a Pak supporter and I know its WAR when the game is between Indian and Pakistan BUT When India is against Australia or Pakistan is against England, both India and Pakistan support each other. I am supporting India here and would like to see Sehwag turning loose on these Aussies pacers which are really NOT THAT SPECIAL. Put these same Aussie pacers on any Asian pitch and they will thrashed all over the park. Even in Australia they are not bowling magical deliveries. Its just Indian team is having a mental block.

  • Rakim on January 24, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    @godimbored hey mate, I think urfipak was in sarcasm mode :D. Me too hope Aus crush India for the sake of cricket ;)

  • on January 24, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    A few more test matches against India and Ricky Ponting will reach his hundredth century quicker than Sachin !!!!

  • on January 24, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    shame...on india.....all they care about is their personal milestone....like sachin's 100th 100 and sachin reached 14000k runs, rahul reached 13000k runs....damn!! we don't care bout sachin's 100. m really feeling ashamed...when u luk to the other team, clarke didn't bothered to complete his 400 runs in an innings and declared saying he wanted to be remembered as the best test captain of Aus. This is really high time SACHIN LAXMAN DRAVID should make way for the youngsters..

  • on January 24, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    India cant batter out Aussies again........

  • mazhar1 on January 24, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    Being a pakistani supporter who has suffered for all sorts of reasons, 0n and off the pitch, i find it a bit sad to see so many of my fellow pakistani's dance on india's cricket grave...all teams go through phases.. they will be back. what we all really need is games of cricket between the 2 nations...sport is about tribalism , but some of the comments are out of order!

  • on January 24, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    What a spineless spirit shown by Team India and the interim captain. Honestly speaking, i feel India got lucky with the 3 wickets, as I didnt see any spirit by the bowlers. Well it is time for BCCI to ponder up on how long they want to hang on to SRT, R.D and VVS. Time and again, one has yelled at BCCI tht they have juiced all out of those three. Records are not important, winning is. All three are done, and India are compromising when playing those three. Its time to look at the future.

  • zico123 on January 24, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    BCCI pls stop this torture which is going on for 8 consecutive overseas Test matches, either do something to about it or scrap all future overseas Test series of India, we viewers can't take this anymore, it is painful to watch them

  • Abam on January 24, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    True Indian cricket fans should stop watching IPL and International matches involving Indian team, they should encourage and watch domestic(except IPL) matches. Like Anna's andolan we should bring changes in our cricketing system for better future of cricket in our country.

  • ElvisKing on January 24, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    Its the same sort of Dhoni like Captaincy from Sehwag , defensive all the way. I wonder how the selectors do not look properly at a Captains performance in the past games and decide on the best captain for the team. Sehwag is not the captaincy material at all from the way he handled the matches against the WI, losing a winning game. Its not necessary to make a Vice Captain lead the side if the Captain cant play. You can always select the other option. The main problem with Team is that they do not have capatain who can bring in new ideas and turn the game around or at least give your bowlers the field placement they deserve to get the wickets. If I was Ishant Sharma I would say I definitely want 2 slips and a gully or 3 slips and a gully if I am to bowl my line to take wickets or I donot bowl ! We keep on reading here from Espn editors that "Unlucky Ishant" all the time. Its better you guys stop writing that, since he cannot be termed unlucky if the field placement is not right.

  • reality_check on January 24, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    Ok people give these guys a break. It's not easy to play in Australia against Australia but it's impossible when Aussies smell blood like they do now. They thrashed England 5-0 when England had much better bowling attack than India. I was however; not expecting the Indian batting lineup to just roll over the way they did in last three tests which is a shame for the likes of Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman. Sehwag is just a flat track bully so I won't even count him as a proper batsman. Time for BCCI to get to the drawing board. I am Pak fan BTW.

  • godimbored on January 24, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    @urfipak - you are joking, right - Australia should 'behave' and let India win at least one Test? Is that the way it works in India? Before I read that remark I rather hoped that India would win this last Test. Having read that, I hope Aus crush India into the dust. And you don't often hear an Englishman wish an Aussie team well...

  • on January 24, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    I find a lot of these comments bagging India very interesting. Didn't Australia lose a test to New Zealand not long ago and New Zealand were missing their best player Vettori. I would not get too carried away with the form Australia is showing. The new aussie bowlers have yet to be tested. Not long ago England's out of form batsmen were finding form against the aussie bowlers. As Clarke said Australia has got a long way to go yet. One series win does not mean much especially against India away from home. True test will be against England in England and India in India.

  • Marcio on January 24, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    @SydneyIndi, blaming the pitch is just sad. There have been 4 very diffeent pitches served up for this series, and the ones in Sydney and Adelaide have been favourable for the Indian team. If the pitches were being doctored all would have been green tops. Sydney was low and slow and dry. Adelaide dry and flat. What more do you want? All pitches to be like that? if India get thrashed even in India like decks its not the pitch that is the problem. I suppose you will blame the pitch for all the wide and short deliveries of the bowlers; and for all the misfields of the Indian fieldsmen. The pitch probably threw them off.

  • ashu.lifeisbeautiful on January 24, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    No change in batting lineup including possibly no change in batting positions reflects a stubbornness which can only spell doom for any team on a losing streak. I wonder whether BCCI indeed think Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma as batsmen for the future ! .... atleast let those 2 guys enjoy a proper holiday at one of the beaches. The same lineup of batsmen when they walk out to bat will be subconsciously affected by fear of failure. Infact the selection of the same batting lineup itself reflects a FEAR in the MIND mentality.

  • Imad_K on January 24, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    The fact remains that India can only play in the subcontinent. India have no bowling attack and can't play on these bouncy tracks against good quality bowling - all obvious an apparent against SA, Eng and now Aus. This must be one of the weakest bowling and batting line ups the Aussies have had for a long time. Most of their best bowlers are injured and their batting line up consists of probably 2/3 batsmen that you could rely on but against this Indian bowling line up even the tail can score runs if required. Even against this weak Aussie team the Indians have been outplayed and are getting thrashed.

  • DaBigDawg on January 24, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    They say the definition of madness is "...doing the same thing over and over again..and, expecting different results...". BCCI, Srinivasan, Srikanth, Dhoni, Sehwag...sound familiar????

  • IndianCricketFan001 on January 24, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    india will come back on 4th day. pitch will spin.

  • abuukasha on January 24, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    Another whitewash on the way, really big shame for Indian cricket.

  • on January 24, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    After a great start Sehwag gave up a very commanding position. Bringing on Ashwin early was a great move something Dhoni has yet to do. Then he wrecks it by having a second slip instead of a first slip. How does he expect to get a wicket with no second slip and then no slips at all! After lunch India needed to restrict by bowling maidens and dot balls to build pressure, but they let Australia back in the game and then Sehwag overbowled himself and did not bowl Ashwin and Khan enough. End of day one and a likely result is another innings defeat sadly. Hopefully Sri Lanka will do better as it is getting rather boring and predictable.

  • DMS1111 on January 24, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    it was great to see the Pakistanis flog England.Poms looked to have the worst bowlers in the world.Go Pakistan

  • D.S.A on January 24, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    Look at these green wickets! No chance whatsoever for batsmen...oh wait...

  • on January 24, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    Money is good but too much of the moolah is not good. There is too much money in the Indian Cricket and understandably if you are a millionaire by playing one domestic season you do not have the hunger to win.

    I do not blame the team for their performance it is the sponsors and the administrators who are at fault for infusing so much money into the system.

  • on January 24, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    Nice to see punter show some of his talent. Thought he had been gathered in by old father time but there is some life in him yet. Playing more upright and not falling across his stumps, vintage Ponting drives. The pup is in rare form and runs will flow if there is not an early breakthrough in the morning. I canhardlt believe the Indian fielding positions. Slips either too close together, floating out of position or missing all together.... and those two fielders for the mis timed on drive...ludicrous! I did like the tactic of bringing on the off spinner early, it curbed Warner and helped bring about his dismissal. Marsh should be dropped so he can find his form and Cowan is worth perservering with. A solid prodder can stop those dismal collapses we hve seen too often from the Aussie team. Why india did not give a couple of young batsmen a run in this test goodness only knows. Rohit Sharma deserves a chance. Very Very Shaky Laxman could have been rested.

  • DMS1111 on January 24, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    To SydneyIndi....excuses...excuses...i think you could even play for India.... To LillianThonsom....please do hold your breath

  • on January 24, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    Ricky Ponting was in fine form.thats champion

  • on January 24, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    Dreadful and pathetic. I wont be surprised if this test match on a so-called flat pitch ends inside 3 days. When the Aussie bowlers come, we will see bounce and pace and life on this pitch and Indian batsman holding on for dear life. "The pitch has quickened up" they will say. The sky will suddenly start appearing overcast. The whingeing Indian bowlers will later say - they got the best of the conditions. The reality is simple - there is just a huge gulf of skill between the Indian cricketers and their Aussie counterparts in all aspects of the game.

  • on January 24, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    ricky still can extend his carrier for long time

  • sharkwolf on January 24, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    Hehehehe...I dont know why they dont go for real pacers...genuine fast bowlers

  • Nightwing32 on January 24, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    In accordance to Marsh the reason he's in the team is because he is a talent. Khawaja had as many chances and scored less. Marsh came back from injury and I guess BBL innings wasn't enough maybe he should have waited to Windies series but look he is a great player. We don't need Katich (who's not doing well anyway), we don't need to drop Haddin at the moment until Wade gets more time. We don't need to rush Watson until he is 100% fit. This team is fine, It was only a few months ago when Marsh was the best batsman in the Australia Team in the series against Sri Lanka and South Africa (before injury) I am sick of people trying to play selector, they are doing a good job and seen what Marsh has done. The least we can do is support our players as Australians.

  • iBilal on January 24, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    i stayed up late till 3 to watch the match. Being a Pakistani, it was difficult for me to chose my fav between Ind and Aus but I was so happy to see India taking 3 wickets before lunch. I feel Sehwag captanicy was terrible; just when Ashwin was creating pressure by bowling out Marsh, Sehwag took him off.

  • on January 24, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    well done punter and pup.marsh has to go though.

  • on January 24, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    A good attack will take wickets regardless of conditions, the fact the Indian bowlers have failed on four distinct pitches shows their attack lacks mental fortitude. They failed in England as well, enough excuses India, your greats and your bowling attack need to go back to the drawing board.

  • on January 24, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    Soloution.........? 1.Sack Dhoni as TEST captain and drop him from TEST squad,Bring in Dinesh Karthik in ,make VIRAT KOHLI captain,yes,Remember How Smith tranformed the SA at such young age? 2.SACK Dunccan Fletcher,Bring in KUMBLE +GANGULY in coaching staff 3.LET dhoni play and captain ODI 4.DROP dravid and laxman,bring in Rohit,pujara,rehane. 5.TRY with irfan pathan and Ravinder Jadeja in TEST 6.SACK the current selectors,appoint DEAVID and LAXMAN chief selectors These are basic issues,if these earliest they are sorted better would be

  • on January 24, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Its Indian kind of Pitch,India also has running making machines nothing to worry,still long way in the test.we will makes runs too.,Not only Australians can do dat.I agree,they have not had good time till date in the Tour,Cricket is a funny game,Anything can happen

  • AtticusFinch on January 24, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    The entire Indian Team along with the Selectors and the BCCI Chairman needs to fly to the Andamans for a longish vacation. In the Cellular jail on Bread and water for a few months!

  • Silverbails on January 24, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    Sadly, the only thing the Indians can HOPE for in this Test is a DRAW - and, that is about as good as it's going to get. It's either that, or another pathetic 3 day annihilation of this so - called Indian Test Team. So, at the end of this Test, it's either going to be 3 - 0 to the Aussies or, more realistically, a 4 - 0 drubbing is on the way. The Adelaide Oval traditionally is better to bowl on at the beginning of the innings. So, if the Indians are finding it hard NOW, what chance is there of any sort of win - NIL, that's what!! What on earth was Sehwag thinking of getting rid of the slips? HOW on earth does he think the Aussie batsmen are going to get out? Mr. Srinivasan of the BCCI only seems to be interested in the IPL, and that's where the Indian cricket administrators are looking for some sort of a "salvation". How sad!!

  • Ian_Mac on January 24, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    As usual ... well said "MEETY" ... I'm in total agreement with your opinions.

  • shahbazsiddiqui on January 24, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    ricky ponting and michael clarke both are excellent batsman .......india now are in trouble....i predict india looses this test match by 125runs and one inning.so 4-0 is the result .....WHITEWASH.

  • popcorn on January 24, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    A worthless Indian side with an unimaginative captain who takes off the slips on Day One! Hope their ego baloon is punctured to submission now.

  • rahulcricket007 on January 24, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    @DMS1972 . DHONI IS ALREADY TAKING REST . INFACT HE IS CELEBRATING HONEYMOON WITH HIS WIFE ON THIS TOUR , THEY HAVE SEEN SO MANY TIMES IN THE FAMOUS GARDENS OF ADELAIDE , AT PERTH IN GO-CARTING , IN MELBOUNRNE IN SHOPPING MALL .

  • Feeenom on January 24, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    India seriously need a good pace attack... Australia is cashing an edge they have in both departments... Bowling is xtremely vital in desperate times, as Pakistan is fairly a good example for their resilience in world cricket with comparatively an avg. batting strength.

  • on January 24, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    mdev.mp - Lean patch? So lemme get this right - we get swept in england....then win in india...then get swept in australia again... and thats a 'lean patch'? Its obvious that we do not have the capability to play on bouncy or grassy pitches. Add to that the ridiculous captaincy that both Dhoni and Sehwag have shown - i mean, why would you remove a slip so early in the innings? Ridiculous

  • ammad_ansari on January 24, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    Pathetic performance by india....I think they need to hire the services of psychologist. they are mentally down and out. Only one way to go for india now that is to go down to no 6-7 in test ranking.

  • Kavum on January 24, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    New world championship just approved by ICC for the team that manages to lose: 1) the most test matches 2) away from their own continent 3) by the biggest margins. No guesses as to who the undisputed Champs (or Chumps) will be. England may be a close runner up if they don't pull their socks up in the UAE. SL and WI fighting hard...

  • othello22 on January 24, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    Ha, Gambhir whinges about the Aussies doctoring pitches and producing green tops to suit their own players... Well, I don't know about anyone else but that Adelaide pitch is about as close to an Indian pitch as you'll get outside of India. Flat, dry, beatiful for batting and will probably crumble and take turn on days 4 and 5, if the match lasts that long. So when Australia completes the 4-0 whitewash, what will be Gautam's excuse then?

  • on January 24, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    We are seeing the end of an era for Indian Test cricket (about which seemingly the BCCI cares little... so why are they still in post?). It is genuinely sad that many fine players will end their careers as part of a team in sudden and steep decline. Harbhajan has gone, as will VVS, Rahul Dravid, SRT and Zaheer in short order. Sehwag too is nearer the end of his career and clearly is no captain. For things to change, to really change in India (which is so important to world cricket) the BCCI needs to be disbanded and a new governing body installed, led by Rahul Dravid (in my opinion). Sadly, that will only happen when India are heavily beaten in their own backyard in a major test or ODI series, more than once. A great shame.

  • pvpatil on January 24, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    thehawkseye enouagh is enough,wat did pak do wen they toured australia,so just keep to urself.

  • RVC-38 on January 24, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    @Potatis maybe my grammar needs improving but please read it again.

  • world.cricketer on January 24, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    today's match was real boring, India looking for draw nowif not lose) india is not playing to compete they are giving opportunities to score easy runs.

  • csowmi7 on January 24, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    An interesting fact. Before this series from 2000-2009 the Indians had won more games against the Aussies. 9-5. That too against the famed number 1 Aussie side consisting of mcgrath, lee, warne, ponting in his prime, martin,langer,etc. The present Indian side lacks the passion and fire that led them to the top. India needs more aggressive players like Ganguly and Kumble and needs fast bowlers like Kapil Dev and Javagal Srinath who would bowl their hearts out every over.

  • SydneyIndi on January 24, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    I'm amused @ bay_13 comments. Yes, Aussies doctor pitches; they lost to India in Perth on India's last tour! and it was not prepared as a greentop then! SCG turned last time; no turn this time for anybody! (perhaps scared of Indian spinners?). Besides Aussies go to India and loose every time and every time they winge how hot it is (is it not hot in summer in OZ?), how the pitches turn (OZ does not have a good spinner right now; none of them would be selected for any State team in India! true?), dust bowls ( no dust exist in OZ!), stomach upset, etc. Funnily enough all that winging disappears when they play in IPL (money makes it all go away!) The truth is every home team is doctoring the pitches but I am afraid Aussies are the worst. On another matter, Ishant wants to bowl back of length only? Back of length! when? where? to whom? Any one telling him (coach?) to bowl fuller? If yes, is he incapable of it or wouldn't listen? Thinks he is also a god now? If so he should be dropped.

  • mano.mcse on January 24, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    its Australia day, Indian bowlers working hardly but they getting easily.its good batting pitch, India will take and show our batting power.its a world champion team. don't forget we were no:1 team in test format. so don't loss this game.

  • world.cricketer on January 24, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    @Cricket_4_Blood:- good one but sachin played well,than any other player forgot about virat and ishant

  • Pubguy9 on January 24, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    I just hope for the long term success of the Australian team that avergares and stats aren't being inflated against a weak opponent..When we come up against a real test playing nation we could see some players getting found out..

  • mdev.mp on January 24, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    Its a huge waste to play 22 years of International cricket and cant even help a team to Draw a test match atleast. Even the greatness of BC LARA is that, He was able to demolish Australian attack single handedly when wickets are tumbling at the other side...Hang up your boot Mr. SRT

  • mrkhan555 on January 24, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    india world champion.....what a joke...they are same like zimbabwe or bangla desh....everybody thinks that india should give up cricket...in the population of more than a billion they never produced a proper fast bowler nor a greatest spinner like murli or shane warne....only they produced some batsmen those can play on only dead and slow wickets not in australia,england,or africa and these poor batsmen can play good only against week sides... see the history of team india in australia, in england in soth africa....and at the end of the day i will say to indian fans that if they wanna see their team strong than finish the stupid IPL

  • csowmi7 on January 24, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    The Indian's are playing ponting who was woefully out of touch into form with their listless bowling. Lets hope Tendulkar gets that wretched 100th hundred as it is creating mental torture for him. He was in sparkling form before his 99th hundred in South Africa and in the world cup. Once he gets it he will make at least 5-6 more before retiring as he is a class act.

  • mano.mcse on January 24, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    i hope India will give to Aussies some slap.

  • on January 24, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    I am very mush unhappy with the Indians.They r just a mess in cricket new era.Hope they come back strong tomorrow !!

  • Mill1 on January 24, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    I simply can't understand why Pragyan Ojha has not been selected (just because their is so much hype about Ashwin). Ojha has already proved he is very effective on foreign pitches, having helped Surrey have a great end to their season and taking a lot of wickets in County Cricket. What was the point in sticking with Sharma who doesn't seem able to change and pitch the ball up and get the batsmen playing or get it in the corridor.

  • csowmi7 on January 24, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    Sad to see the once great Indian team fall to such a poor state of affairs. The Indian fans all over the world deserve better than this. Really pitiful bowling and insane captaincy. It all fell apart when sehwag turned to yadav after lunch instead of ashwin and zak. The Indian bowling lacks the venom to bowl out any side when things aren't going right for them. Bring in the youngsters Dinda, Harshal Patel, Varun Aron, and Pankaj Singh for any sort of change in fortunes in the future.

  • saffe on January 24, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    sehwag was very much defensive!even though its a batting wicket unfortunately india got 3 wickets.I feel SCG is in the making!hopefully australia will declare close to 700 and will bowl out india 2 times easily.I dont feel is there a gutsy guy who can crawl out a 200 or 300 in adelaide!team selection has been poor!talented guys still sits as 12th man and water man!

  • LillianThomson on January 24, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    @oneeyed comments on my ignorance in stating that this is a "boring flat Adelaide track" and continues to remind me that there have been positive results in 17 of the last 20 Adelaide Tests. I am aware of that statistic, but I would like to point out that that time span coincides with the emergence of Warne and McGrath and then Australia's Test dominance from 1995 to the late 2000s. Warne and McGrath could make run accumulation almost impossible, as they showed in England's second innings in 2006-7. I think that India's attack is weak - only Zaheer is international class - but I also think that the absence of Pattinson and Cummins reduces Australia to a popgun attack too. This track is tailor-made for Gambhir, Sehwag and Laxman to cash in and for Tendulkar to get that 100th hundred that no-one outside the subcontinent recognises.

  • sjitendran on January 24, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    Well BCCI has successfully turned Indian cricket fans away from Test Cricket. What the hell they were thinking. Picking the same team that lost so miserably in past three tests, This is the right time to try out as the youngsters have series is already gone. But the wise heads decided against it. May be with youngsters fielding would have improved. Now no more watching of Indian cricket for me. They can play IPL for all they want and no one outside India wold watch that. Indian Cicket is not for me anymore. Disgusted Indian fan.

    Jitendran

  • true_point on January 24, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    The Indian Cricket team has been having a disastrous tour of Australia. Here are some suggestions to cricketers, BCCI, ICC and others. 1) Pakistan plays their "HOME" matches "abroad". BCCI can use their clout to arrange "Abroad" series to be played at "Home"; 2) Before the test match, any green grass on the pitch has to be painted brown with brown hair color; 3) Since India is having problem batting first on a fresh pitch, opposition captains can not put India into bat first in the interests of the game In case the Indian captain chooses by design or mistake or stupidity to bat first on a fresh pitch, 300 runs should be automatically added to the score. So India starts with 300 for no loss in their kitty. 4) BCCI should demand bonus from the foreign boards and share it with our cricketers as part of their performance based incentive. Reason is many an out of form batsmen and out of form bowlers find their form after playing with India. Shelf life of other cricketers gets extended.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on January 24, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    Every Aussie knows that England served up India on a plate for Aus to take, so this isn't a great surprise. England thrash Australia, Eng thrash India, Australia trash India: So this series is a mid-ranking contest between two mid-ranking, average teams. You can't argue with the facts.

  • Philip_Gnana on January 24, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    This was a perfect opportunity for the young guns to play in the final test. India, still opted to give their seniors ...may be their swan song. Looks like it is going to be a long wait for them to get their opportunity. Demoralised, humiliated, unprepared, not thought through and a different mind set compared to the Aussies. India has only one way to go now and that is UP. You cannot be any lower than where they are now. Time to ring in the changes - Wholesale that is. The talent that India has and with that population, they should be able to put out 3 or 4 "test Teams". IPL, India rethink. This is what the IPL has cost you. MONEY Corrupts and the Love of money corrupts absolutely. At least India is not alone, they have the Sri Lankans to join their club. Misery they say likes company. We may see more of those Indo-SriLankan Tests/ODI/T20 for sure. Well done Pointing & Clarke. Making hay while the sun shines and good on you too. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • on January 24, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    aus did a gr8 thing by preparing a sub continent type of wicket now they must beat india hre also

  • x-squire-x on January 24, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    lol @rahulcricket007, in other words you are admitting that india is only good at the shorter games... we already knew that

  • on January 24, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    Only playing strong opponent u will get stronger....good luck for 'Team India'...:)

  • Rohan_K on January 24, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    Just wait and watch the inevitable - 4-0....

  • analyseabhishek on January 24, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    The talk of a consolation win is ridiculous. I can bet my bottom dollar that the indian team itself is looking for a consolation draw!

  • on January 24, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    A more interesting match to start tomorrow. I bet the Indian players will be thinking more about PAK vs ENG rather than concentrating on their own game. Thats why the drop catches I reckon.

  • mdev.mp on January 24, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    Whatever happens we are the WORLD CHAMPIONS for 4 years...that is so important. Its ok champions, some lean patch.

  • on January 24, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    I guess if allowed make Saurav Ganguly India's non-playing captain like they do in Tennic Davis Cup. Even sitting in commentary box, not being actually on ground, he could easily pick the field positions where a ball would fly off the bat and are kept vacant. Like a 3rd slip in 1st session could have made the difference. No doubt he understands the opponents better than most on ground. Also less said Sehvag's about *best bowling unit ever* the better. In Aus, you need special spell like the Agarkar's to win the match. Else you need to be skillful enough like Kumble to keep them guessing. Udav has pace, but not enough control. Zak alone cannot do much. Ishant the unluckiest actually don't bowl to make batsmen play, hence not that effective. Ashwin still too new to tell about, and Vinay Kumar is just filling the gaps. Where are bowlers who can dominate? Batsmen are failing, yes, but if opponents are piling up huge mountain, they are bound to be under pressure by ball one an d fail.

  • HawksEyeFocused on January 24, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    I'm extremely happy at the superb decline of team India. I've enjoyed it more than Pakistan beat England. Please carry on team India. You are the source of entertainment to the world these days and I wish in future also!!! Hats off to team India for their 'mercurial' performance!!!

  • on January 24, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    Clarke is having the time of his life.

  • SenorPepper on January 24, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    Where are the people that chastised the Aussies to not allow a single victory in the first test to get to their heads because 'India always performs poorly in the opening test of an away series...' Sadly, much like the many flat-track bullies in the Indian lineup, most Indian fans are front-runner bullies. I have a feeling that this is going to be our lot for the next few years at least as India slowly transition the batting greats and usher in new faces. Kohli, Sharma, Pujara, Rahane, and a few new faces will eventually help us climb our way back. But, until then, to the utter consternation of all the loud-mouthed Indian fans everywhere, agony is here to stay for a while.

  • Meherdeen on January 24, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    It was too many expectation by the Indian fans. Also, the Indian players have lost confidence as all of us would have seen the body language of the players. Its high time to check what is happening in Sri Lankan Cricket and follow suite. Changes in the team is a must and before the India dives down on the ICC Ratings. Anyway best of luck India.

  • righthandbat on January 24, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    @Adeel9 - Sharma has been the unluckiest bowler of the series. He's bowled pretty well and when there isn't a first slip in place it's hard for the edges that go there to be taken.

    India should have played two spinners and dropped Yadav from this game or any of their senior batsmen and taken a risk with 5 bowlers. Ashwin was handy but now Clarke and Ponting are set to put this game beyond doubt, particularly with a strong and in-form Australian bowling line-up.

    India need to think about this many things after this series if they w ant to return to the number one ranking.

  • on January 24, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    How many wkts has I Sharma taken in this series so far? I don't think he should have been in the team, I said it before. I know Yadav bowled badly today,but he is an attacking bowler. Ashwin bowled well & should have been supported by Ojha. India was unable to build pressure. As we have seen the Aussies have a team with 2 batters,once they r gone there is really nothing left for the spinners to run through. India erred again. Once the Aussies reach 500runs, India's lights r out. Harris & Lyon will destroy India, I hope not.

  • Supa_SAFFA on January 24, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    On this track at this stage of the series OZ shouldn't bother going for the win. Just keep India in the field for as long as possible, maybe until day 4, and aim to smash some records.

  • on January 24, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    My Predictions for this match......Australia will bat tomorrow for 2 sessions and pile up a score to 600 and put India to bat. Looking at the scores on the board the Indian Team will shiver and shake while batting which will give Australians the outside edges to take easy catches and then they will be all out for 205, then India will be requested to bat again as they will need batting practice and before we all know half of India will stop watching Television as the they won't be interested anymore and Australia will get India all out again with an innings defeat. Isn't that going to make us all frustrated!!! Well folks thats what is on the books. I bet you the bookies can really make some good money out of this match.

  • on January 24, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    we have done it again, by making an out of form batsmen to regain his form, yes you guessed it right ponting is back.

  • on January 24, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    I think with the start of IPL, Indians players are not motivated any more for playing their country. They know they can earn easy money. They are successful at home because they play their own game, pitches are good so they get their runs. Although still they are not bothered. They are again not bothered playing outside country,they are not worried about result and gets out on good tracks like T20 player. No positive intentions at all. I can not understand Indians selector they have got hell of talent in India but still don't bring motivated player. Perhaps India need separate team for playing inside India and outside India. Tendulkar and Sehawag may average 100 then and can break Sir Bradman record of avg.

  • on January 24, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    Indian team is exposed to the all cricket lovers, No doubt they have awesome batting line up but all the batsman except the great ones like sachin or rahual all the other players only scored in Indian conditions including sehwag whose batting avg in home might touching 70 or 80 but outside his avg is less than 30 and the most important thing is that their is no bowler in indian bowling line up who can win matches for you guys except zaheer Khan. Indian can never win matches without a match winner bowler and sorry to say indian never produce any great bowler.

  • on January 24, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    Its a flat wicket. australia might score over 500 but i think india will score close to 500 too. its going to be hard to get 20 wickets. Great to see Ricky doing so well. he has been our 2nd best batsman behind bradman and would have been sad to see him go out they way it looked like he would. great to see him score runs. Hope Haddin Fails and drops catches. We need to find another keeper and apparently Tim Paine wont be coming back as a keeper. Is MS Wade's keeping good enough. Question is who is our best keeper. Is Peter Nevill our best keeper. Ben Dunk. I would like to pick the best keeper and if he can bat thats a bonus. i would rather a guy taking wickets rather then dropped catches and missed stumpings. I guess Wade is first choice, but i liked Nevill's keeping in the big bash, even ronchi's keeping looked sharp.

  • urfipak on January 24, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    These Ausies must keep this in their mind we are giving them millions of rupee for playing in IPL, if they keep on doing like this to us we should ban them from playing IPL, this attitude of Ausies is completeley unacceptable. they should behave & let india win in atleast one match.

  • on January 24, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    I swithced on telly at 7:30 in morning[IST]and the scorecard read 97/3 just before lunch. I went to my work & decided to check d score at my lunchtime[13:00.IST] & it read 335/3.Who said history doent repeat often.At the start of the series, dravisd paid tribute to ponting that he's still the most fearred aussie batsman. now ricky should thank dravid & co for resurrecting his career.The tour for both the indian team & fans alike appears to have been going on for ages.Pls somebody pull the curtains on this horror yet boring show.

  • boehj on January 24, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    500 is par on this pitch I reckon. I'm in Adelaide and it's hot! It's been hot for a week and it'll remain that way all match. Dropping catches on days like this is inexcusable. India need quick wickets tomorrow morning or else a couple of doubles are on the cards. Adelaide has an uncanny knack of going down to the wire so India definitely shouldn't be thinking all is lost yet.

  • Jishnu.v.v on January 24, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    Pathetic team selection by India. I felt ojha and rohit sharma should have been taken in. Why cant you attack in test match? Dont seem to understand what is Sehwag trying to do??

    Expect a Sydney like finish here. Would want India to get whitewashed and selectors to think about a better Indian team.

    Why are they repeating the same mistake a hundred times??

  • on January 24, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    WORST has lost its definition , once you see indian bowlers performance. If they cant pick 20 wickets they can never win. Dull Lazy players , they just want to relax & wait for opponent to do mistake . Ishant's 9 out of 10 bowls were not on stumps.. if u don't ask them to play u have to be on their mercy to give you wicket. Hopeless performance .. TO BOOST INDIAN CRICKET .. U NEED SOME SRONG ATTACKING BOWLERS & NO LAZY PLAYERS ..

  • mano.mcse on January 24, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    definitely India will give some slap. I'll write some command.

  • rahulcricket007 on January 24, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    I HAVE A REQUEST FOR CA & BCCI . PLEASE STOP THIS MATCH & DECLARE AUS WIN BY 4-0 & INCLUDE AN EXTRA T20 GAME IN PLACE OF IT .AT LEAST THAT WOULD PROVIDE SOME COMPETITION & ENTERTAINMENT TO FANS .

  • on January 24, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    Dohni can be a top captain on One day & 20-20..... Test matches.... looks like he is in mars!!! Another innings defeat for sure!!!

  • rahulcricket007 on January 24, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    A LOT WAS SAYING ABOUT SAHA BEING A GOOD WKTKEEPER THAN DHONI BUT WHAT ABOUT HIS TODAY 'S SHOW ? HE DIDN'T GO FOR THE CATCH OF CLARKE EVEN WHEN THEIR WAS NO FIRST SLIP IN THE PLACE.

  • mysecretme on January 24, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    Apart from sehwags captaincy, I have an issue with Indian spinners. Ashwin doesn't bowl off-spin at all. If an off-spinner is bowling properly, there should be a drift away from the batsman in air( and then the ball should bite off the pitch and turn in if the pitch helps). There is no such drift for Ashwin. This makes it a lot easier for any right hand batsman to advance down the wicket against him and tonk him around. The only option Ashwin then has is to pitch the ball short and pray that the batsman mis-hits the hook/mow. If you can't fool the batsman in air, then you will get thrashed in Australia. I don't know what all these Indian spinners learnt from watching Kumble's last series down under. With respect to fast bowlers, there was no effort to reverse swing the ball and no effort to try slower balls and cutters. I have a serious issue with Zaheer. He seems to have completely given up guiding juniors- maybe to save his place in the team.

  • on January 24, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    I think going into lunch the India had the slight advantage.Of course Aus had been there before in the series and have recovered from 3 down.After lunch when Sehwag opened with Umesh i think the intiative was lost.When Clark was yet to settle down it was the best time to bring on your two best bowlers of the first session-Ashwin and Ishant-at least they kept the runs down.Umesh came and it would have been a tought job for any plumber in the world to put a plug on his leaking.Not having slip fielders in the proper position(Ist and 2nd if there are only two) is a crime in test cricket-these floating positions dont get u anywhere-neither it gets you wickets nor does it save runs.And seeing two short midwickets was actually a joke-this fielding set up is good only if ur bowlers are accurate and bowl to a plan.Of course the Indian bowlers especially Umesh had a different plan today.

  • on January 24, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    WORST has lost its definition , once you see indian bowlers performance. If they cant pick 20 wickets they can never win. Dull Lazy players , they just want to relax & wait for opponent to do mistake . Ishant's 9 out of 10 bowls were not on stumps.. if u don't ask them to play u have to be on their mercy to give you wicket. Hopeless performance .. TO BOOST INDIAN CRICKET .. U NEED SOME SRONG ATTACKING BOWLERS & NO LAZY PLAYERS ..

  • rahulcricket007 on January 24, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    @JONATHAN JOSEPHS . YOU FORGET THAT KHWAJA ALSO SCORED 62 IN SECOND INNINGS IN SECOND TEST IN SA WHICH AUS WON .

  • Potatis on January 24, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    @rickyvoncanterbury, thanks for confirming that Australia have the worst bowling attack in the world. I was unsure, myself, as they ripped through 20 Indian wickets in each of the last 3 tests, and Sehwag rated them the best attack he's faced. But now I know they are the worst bowlers in the world, because you said so. I also look forward to seeing games played on those green tops in India. You can easily look up Australia's playing schedule if you are really interested.

  • prabhat112 on January 24, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    A 10 year old kid can play a bowler like ishant . Bowls short , wide and then thinks he is unlucky .

  • one-eyed-but-keepinitreal on January 24, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    @lillianthomson - 17 out of the last 20 Adelaide tests have ended in a result. Your comments show a lack of cricketing knowledge, but, I am not surprised...I have read some of your past comments. Adelaide normally deteriorates significantly by the fourth day, especially when it is as hot as it currently is. winning the toss, and first innings runs, are normally very important. With two evenly matched sides the team winning the toss should win the match. It is not uncommon for both sides to score 500+ in the first innings and get less than 200 in the second. So the team batting first could still lose even with a 500+ total as England found out in 2006.

  • trumpoz on January 24, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    Sehwag had something with Ashwin's early introduction. He then lost all credability as a captain when he went with a floating slip and then no slips on the first day of a test match. THe biggest concern for Australia is the lack of a number 3 batsman. Warner will either make runs or he wont. Cowan has been playing reasonably well and got out to a good catch. Marsh has just kept getting out. I dont think Khwaja is the right person for number 3 at the moment he needs to be more positive in his approach. Maybe drop Marsh for the tour of West Indies, move Ponting to 3 (?) and slot Watson in at 4. For now I will enjoy watching the Indian fans getting stuck in to their own team. Players like Gahmbir, Sharma and Kholi and their comments about 'wait till you come to India' make me want to see the team beaten soundly over and over again.

  • rahulcricket007 on January 24, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    HOPEFULLY THIS TEST WILL LAST AT LEAST 4 DAYS . BECAUSE AUS WILL PLAY TOMMOROW WHOLE DAY TO MAKE 600 THEN THEY WILL JUST DECLARE BEFORE STUMPS , INDIAN SCORE TOMMOROW WILL BE 25/2 AT STUMPS , ON THIRD DAY AFTER TEA WHOLE INDIAN BATTING WILL BE ALL OUT FOR 255 WITH SACHIN & KOHLI MAKING 50s , CLARKE WILL ENFORCE FOLLOW ON , ON STUMPS ON THIRD DAY INDIA 39/2 , ON DAY 4 AFTER TEA INDIA WILL BE BOWLED OUT FOR 292 WITH ASHWIN , DRAVID & KOHLI MAKING 50s & INDIA WILL LOSE BY AN INNINGS & HOPEFULLY I WILL SEE LAXMAN ANNOUNCING HIS RETIREMENT , GAMBHIR , ISHANT , DROPPED FROM TEST TEAM & TO SEE SOME COMPETITIVE CRRICKET IN ODIS & T20S .

  • on January 24, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    Astrologically 2012 wasn't supposed to be a good year for the Indian team and its turning out to be true Lol.

  • Romenevans on January 24, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    ..........................................H.O.P.E.L.E.S.S!!!

  • mysay on January 24, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    Even if a senior player steps up with a century +, I would say back home the BCCI needs to seriously add new blood to the Indian team. I doubt India having the talent to fill some major boots in the Indian side, but by doing so, at least come a few years they would have matured enough. As even under present times averaging 20 will be much better than what is contributed by the seniors. Forget world rankings; forget World Champions, time to graft the team to re immerge with a competitive intent.

  • on January 24, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    Defeat is bad.. India will come off it.. 'The seniors' still have a role to play.. Let us not write them down..

  • Potatis on January 24, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    I don't mind Marsh being dropped now, he's had a long chance to prove himself. I'm not worried about the openers. Warner can't get a hundred every time, and Cowan didn't get out early. It takes a while for him to make 30, so it's not like an opener who fails in the 1st or 2nd over and sends jitters through the side. He looked solid, not flaky. The score was 84 when he got out. What matters is that others in the side step up when the top 3 don't get a big score. Look at the games where teams post huge targets, there are always some low scores where good batsmen miss out. Ponting and Hussey are doing the job today, as in Sydney. Warner and Cowan had a long partnership in Perth. Marsh has been a passenger, just replacing him with anybody will add strength to the line up, let alone Watson. The openers may do better in the 2nd innings if required. India's bowling gave a lot of runs away today, it was very shoddy. Hopefully Aus bowlers will bowl tight lines again and not return the favour.

  • mysay on January 24, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    I do agree with many of the comments. Mainly about SRT. He is a champion player no doubt, but is personal performance what makes Champions??? Indians need him the most as the "Get out of Jail Free" card, but I don't think I have ever seen him single handedly win a match for India. It's a team effort, but a player of SRT's caliber should be able to do it. I have seen Saurav do it for India in the past, as well as Dravid, but still they are the unsung heroes, as SRT takes all praise all the time. It's a shame. I also think Australia deserve to win, as a comment says if Australia had three early wickets they would have kept the noose around India, but Sehwag had other plans. His intent, only he will know. Looks like he just wants Aus to put up as much as possible and just hope the declaration comes soon. Even on a flat track you can bet your bottom dollar that Australia will come out all guns blazing, and making "wickets" happen. This series is done and the writing is on the wall.

  • on January 24, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    Indians have lost it... This series along with the England series has been frustrating... No other words to describe it.. After this series loss(whitewash), i bet the Indians will name their next series 'The REVENGE series' which will apparently be in their own backyard.. And once again they'll call themselves the champions.. No doubt we are the World Champions.. But We also have been World No 1 in tests, recently.. And to watch this kinda performance from team India disgusts me.. :(

  • on January 24, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    After watching the first day's game, the chances for India's victory have gone.Now we have to think for the draw to salvage some pride on a good batting wicket.Still the chances for a draw also seems to be difficult one considering our past record in this series.The pitch at the Adelaide is a perfect batting track but it will behave differantly when our batsmen arrive on the crease.The reason is very simple,the confidence of our batsmen is at low ebb at present.If our batsmen do not score on this lovely track then they have no business to complain.They must perform in this match in all respect otherwise test career of many players will be over

  • bay_13 on January 24, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    It has become one of the best parts of the test series lately reading the comments of the Indian supporters on the daily reports. Apparently the Aussies are doctoring pitches? Australian pitches have always been the same. Perth has always bounced and seamed. Sydney has always had turn and provided plenty for the bowlers. Stop thinking up excuses for such a dismal effort. Every nation prepares wickets based on their environment. you only came out here with perhaps one quality bowler, three questionable medium pacers and two spinners who put next to no spin on the ball what did you expect to happen?! Yes your wickets will probably turn and be total flat dustbowls, just the same as they always have been.

  • on January 24, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    he he,india can't do anything outside their country.hope their fake proud is collapsed.they don't want to play with Bangladesh-Bangladesh shouldn't play against them!

  • veerakannadiga on January 24, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    Australia are well on their way to win 4-0. Congrats to Ponting for a well deserved century & also for completing 13000 test runs. We Indians are a honest bunch of people. We are proving to all & sundry that 0-4 against England was not a fluke.We are capable of many such whitewashes. Dare anybody term us one time wonders.

  • on January 24, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    Shame on us as indians, a country with a billion+ population, still we can not produce quality bowlers. IPL to be banned as its taking our cricket towares a business than a sport and em very shameful for this. Big defeat is on the way now

  • on January 24, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    Let's just hope Mitchell Johnson doesn't ever come back from the injury. He'll ruin Aussies good form within 5 minutes

  • AjitDJ on January 24, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    I really hope India lose this test too. Otherwise, BCCI would sweep this series loss also under carpet and keep bragging about home series wins and IPL.

  • thinktank1 on January 24, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    I just opened cricinfo for a normal daily update and saw the headline.. ricky and clarke demoralise India.. whatttt.. test match already started ?? very boring series and this is not a surprise.. India just don't have that killing instinct.. and MS Dhoni deserves some rest.. he has been playing non stop cricket. :)

  • dms1972 on January 24, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    He may be only the 3rd player to score 13,000 Test runs, but once he's batted as many innings as Dravid and Tendulkar, Ponting will have scored more Test runs than both of them. Ricky Ponting is a LEGEND!!

  • WindDEMON on January 24, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    I will be surprised if this year's IPL will be a hit There are tours clashing with The IPL schedule . . . . with performance like these it will be interseting to see ho INDIA performs in the TRI-series if they'll loose then there will be serious doubts over whether INDIA really deserved the WORLD CUP OR WHETHER WHAT HASHAN TIAKARATNE SAID WAS TRUE

  • on January 24, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    Its getting embarrassing now.... at first it was a laugh but now don't even read the scorecard, although i m a pak fan

  • on January 24, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    Ridiculous... it is a dead rubber... why cannot they let Rohit, Rahane, Ojha get some experience in Tests?!!!... after 4 years these guys will have to come back here.. and not Dravid, Laxman,Tendulkar..for that matter even Sehwag and Zaheer would not be there... We are on a losing streak.. why cannot they change the playing eleven??

  • Herath-UK on January 24, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    Indian bowlers and fielders should get their act together tomorrow if they don't want another white wash.Sri Lanka should give them some strength managing to contrive a win in Durban after a hammering earlier.India should understand they have got the wonderful opportunity of having a fourth Test which is not available to other subcontinent teams and should reap benefits to fit the bounty. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • dms1972 on January 24, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    Ricky Ponting equals LEGEND!!!

  • Adeel9 on January 24, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    Why the heck is Ishant still playing?

  • meejee on January 24, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    ....ooooooohhhhhhh the HORROR continues ................

  • satish619chandar on January 24, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    As a Indian, i am very sad we are not able to complete the "Come back to form" series on a good note.. Getting Marsh out was indeed a black mark in the series in India.. Hope they atleast lets Haddin to come back to form tomorrow..

  • dsig3 on January 24, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    Another Adelaide flat track. Great job by pup and rick but its going to be hard work getting the 20 wickets on this track even against the ancient Indians.

  • cricket_lover_82 on January 24, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    Again India is on the verge of 4-0 and may be another inning defeat. This is the best indian side you have although the World Champion and on the other side aussie don't have player like Hayden, Langer Macgrath, Warne, Lee, Gilchrist.

    Shame on all the indian senior players.....

  • on January 24, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    If India were three down in the first session, they would have folded the innings by the end of the first day. Fortunately Australia won the toss. Unfortunately, we could not get break through because of wrong field placings.

  • kashijee40 on January 24, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    i must say that clarke is having the time of his life. On the other hand India is having a nightmare. I think the Indian bowling is ineffective and as well as batting is concerned the Senior players are letting them down. Sewag and VVs must be dropped and as far is sachin is concerned how can v called him the "GREATEST" as he cant even make a century in crucial times when the india needed it the most. India must rethink their stategy otherwise the downwall is near

  • salman_ak on January 24, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    India is looking down the barrel at a 4-0 white wash.The best they can do now is draw this one. But that would require the big guns like sehwag, sachin, laxman and dravid to fire.

  • on January 24, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    I simply fail to understand ,as to why we are bowling to there strength, its high time they understand that to get the batsman out bowl to his weakness and we help the batsman settle and the we get battered and we are all over the park , true character of a sports person who would excel under all adverse situations , hence they are called great, with the Indian team its just one fable ,

    keep to ur basic , and see what miracle will happen,

  • on January 24, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    It seems none of the Indians have Test captaincy skills. From the second test onwards people are crying about removing of close-in fielders by Dhoni. It seems Sehwag is not wise to learn from Dhoni's mistakes.

  • Kavum on January 24, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    Inauspicious time for the Marsh family... dad gets sacked and older son cannot buy a run... hope Mitchell carries the family colours forward. Don't know what is up with India but hope they turn the corner soon. An Indo-Pak test series on neutral soil will be a real treat right now.

  • RVC-38 on January 24, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    these flat track bullies from Australia, will not know what hit them, when they go to India and get hit with the green tops and rank turners they are now preparing. good luck oz also do not get to cocky Australia. I have read on cricinfo. that the english fans know you are no good, and you have the worst bowling attack in the world. when do Australia play South Africa, Pakistan, New Zealand or Sri Lanka anyone who thinks about the issues or wants to discuss the days play, anything other than threatening what they will do to Australia in 12 to 18 months time. sorry about generalising but the squeaky wheel.

  • on January 24, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    Having conceded 335 runs on the opening day of the test Match, i still believe that bowlers are far more younger than the much famed batting line up. Had Batsman scored considerable runs in earlier matches, the outcomes of the matches would have been different and there would have been much more changing, chirping and enthusiasm at the ground today. Second thing for god shake please stop calling Ishant an unlucky bowlers. Someone who have played more than 44 test matches should average far better than what Ishant averages. I mean after playing 44 test match his average should hover in between 25 to 30. The problem is with his head, his falls over to his left right after the delivering the ball. Therefore whenever he pitches up the line become awry and he goes for run. Then to compensate he opts for just short of length deliveries.In such cases batsman so get beaten outside off stump but never get an edge and at last India should have had gone with two spiiners in the game.

  • derrida_derider on January 24, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    This pitch is a batsman's paradise. To have any chance of salvaging a win India needed to win the toss - now the best they can hope for is a draw, which is the probable result.

  • on January 24, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    This Indian team looks so pathetic. They have disappointed their fans a lot lately. Their body language was telling the whole story; as if they were not interested to play the 4th match and were forced to do so. This is ridiculous! PS. Aussies all the way! Way to go! Looks like teams are getting back from where they had started. Ind to their past miserable days and Australia - Pakistan to their past glorious days.

  • Ross_Co on January 24, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    Give 5-Nil Fletcher a bowl.

  • Cricket_4_Blood on January 24, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    1.GAMBHIR- In India he looks like RANBIR , but in overseas he looks like the old NAMBIAR. 2.SEHWAG- In India he scores 200 in an ODI, but in overseas he hardly scores even a 20 in a Test innings. 3.DRAVID- in India he's the WALL, but in overseas he has a big HOLE unable to stop the ball hitting stumps. 4.SACHIN- In India he's a GOD, but in overseas he's going MAD to score his 100th ton. 5.LAKSHMAN- In India his batting looks ELEGANT, but in overseas he looks like an ELEPHANT on the field. 6.DHONI- In India he's a FLAWLESS Champion, in overseas he's a CLUELESS Captain

  • on January 24, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    History has shown the world, anyone who wanna make its name, be it an Individual Player or the Team.... they just keep waiting for a series with India .... May be this is the road for Australians to get to their Invincible skills....

  • NoBlood on January 24, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    India Shame Down Under !!! What else to comment ................. Its just ruthless for Indian Fans...

  • Rawlonski on January 24, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    More of the same team, more of the same result...... don't do anything silly like plan for the future India

  • AnilRosh on January 24, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    There is say " that you can woke up a guy who is sleeping but not a guy who acts that he is sleepig" India's selection procedure is going with similar pattern, We cannot see the team beyond the 14 , Continuos failure of batsmen overseas , Bowlers are bowling without any cue. Field placements are horrible ( it looks shewag wants to play a One day rather test match) . What is Duncan is doing in the board room god only knows. in past few days selection committee chairman justification and Gambhir statement of playing to the strengths in home ground all indicates one thing we are not having any clue what is happening and what needs to be done for TEST CRICKET. The out come of Adelaide is quite predictable and thanks to India to bring back the confidence of "Ricky Ponting" if at all some one to be thankful to India it is Ricky

  • karthik_raja on January 24, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    Well played Ponting and Clarke.. Ind's fortunes didn't change with captain.. if u r giving 4 rpo wid defensive field, y not try attacking field set.?? If u r not going to attack wid atleast 3 slips in place, wts d point in picking 3 fast bowlers.?? U can very well play 2 spinners and atleast try to keep things quiet and qucikly get the overs done.. Atack Attack Attack.. Thats shud b only way to play here.. And, Wt happnd to Umesh.?? This pitch is batting beauty.. If not for Ashwin, we wud b still bowling to Warner and Cowan it seems.. Another bad bad day on field for Indians.. Look @ Ponting.. A lesson for every1 who s calling for senior's head in India.. Btw, Ponting shud b thankful for Dhoni & co for reprieving his career.. lol.. Jus kidding.. :)

  • on January 24, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    Again our neighbours let us down very bad first day for india after getting early three wickets .They would have mounted pressure by close in feilders and 4 slips and guly when clarke cm into bat .Now i guess Aus will make 600 plus runs and then match will either be draw or defeat for india .Rohit still missing .Pathetic selection .It will be interesting now if VVS and Dravid score tons in lost cause would that be sufficient to extend their carriers .Want to see strong indian team and soon play with us arch rivals

  • chad_reid on January 24, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    this is just getting embarrassing and boring to be honest no fight form the Indians at all

  • Meety on January 24, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    Well winning this test is not impossible, only have to look back about 8 years when Oz & India both scored massive first innings (500+ I think). Oz lost. The difference is the 2012 Indians are shot ducks. If I were Pup, I'd bat thru Day 2. There is a difference between Adelaide & Sydney. Adelaide WILL deteriorate under the hot sun & he won't want to bat again, Oz will want to bat into Day 3, using up the best conditions for batting. The pitch could show variable bounce on Day 3 if it remains hot. I think Clarke should aim for 700. == == == Seriously, how did Sehwag think he was going to get a wicket. VVSs drop of Pup COULD cost another 200 runs!!! Not wanting to jinx Punter, but I think he will be looking to clock up a big 200+ score. If India don't get these two out BEFORE Lunch tomorrow, records WILL tumble!!!!

  • on January 24, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    The Indians today really reminded me of the Aussies last summer. Some pretty good effort at times from the bowling with the odd jaffer, totally negated by some loose stuff, poor fielding, poor catching and totally incomprehensible captaincy. They could be oh so much better. Well batted by Ponting in particular i think. I thought he didn't look to great until when he was on 21 came that pull shot followed by a spectacular back foot drive in the same over. At that point he started looking good! Clarke just looked like he'd resumed his innings from Sydney, a few streaky shots but whadaya say, he has transformed since moving back to 5 and taking on the captaincy.

  • on January 24, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    I always thought India never had a wicket taking bowling attack. That is the reason they are more successive on batting tracks batting first. Also, they easily give up hope, drop catches, have a low spirit (except when in home ground). Marvelous batting by two of the greatest batsmen tough. India should hire Pakistanis to do the job for them, players like Ajmal, Wasim, Waqar. I hope India looses this test match as well so they can be atleast PROPERLY humiliated.

  • LillianThomson on January 24, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    It's a boring flat Adelaide track. It's letting Ponting look better than this aged incarnation of him really is, and it will provide India's flat track bullies the chance to score "hundredth hundreds" etc. Pitches like this are killing Test cricket, because it is just a boring run-fest. If either team contrives to lose this match they should be expelled from Test status. Please wake me up if Abu Dhabi provides a more sporting track tomorrow........ I won't hold my breath.

  • SRT_GENIUS on January 24, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    I think Sehwag removed slips to avoid looking better than Dhoni... he is such a good team player!

  • on January 24, 2012, 7:49 GMT

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  • on January 24, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    Delighted to see RP getting back to the league he belongs... and MC for once again showing his class... from the current crop , I believe MC and AB are a class above the rest... Disappointed with Team-India again.. the attitude is still the same... hope that change of format will bring some positive cricket and intent from their part. Hope selectors will not show the door to Shaun Marsh..even RP had a similar tour stats back in India...

  • Nigels on January 24, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    it is going to be a long long 5 days for India or should we say 4 days....they seem not interested @ all...

  • anindya_mozumdar on January 24, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    As a very strong supporter of Australia, I am EXTREMELY worried about their future. It looks like their top three batsmen in this series will be Clarke, Ponting and Hussey. Ponting and Hussey are in the twilight of their careers, while Clarke is on the wrong side of 30. Cowan and Warner are "nothing" players who would not be able to go above 30 runs against quality fast bowling of South Africa and England, while I would be surprised if they can manage beyond 10 runs in the subcontinent (consistently, one-off innings do not count). Marsh has shown a lot of promise, including playing well in Sri Lanka and the IPL, and the selectors should not drop him after this series. I do not see any Australian player who would be able to score consistently in all pitches (like the opening pair of Langer and Hayden). Even I doubt if the bowlers will be as good as Gillespie/McGrath in the subcontinent.

  • Captain_Oblivious on January 24, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    now, i've been watching cricket for over 30 years and i'm trying to think of the worst team ever to visit australia in that time... zimbabwe in 2003 would be up there, bangladesh maybe... or india in 2011/12. too hard to say.

  • Haleos on January 24, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    India started on the backfoot by selecting Dravid and VVS. We will never learn. Match will be over within 4 days.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 24, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    Man, just slaughter us once and done with it. What's with slaughtering us in installments?

  • on January 24, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    ponting will retire at the end of the 10 2013 ashes tests

  • rahulcricket007 on January 24, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    I GUESS PONTING MAKES DOUBLE HUNDRED IN THIS MATCH & TAKES RETIREMENT AFTER THIS MATCH ON A HIGH NOTE BECAUSE I M SURE HE WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO SCORE SO MANY RUNS WHEN HE WILL FACE STEYN , PHILANDER & CO. LATER THIS YEAR . ANY BODY CAN MAKE DOUBLE HUNDERDS EASILY AGAINST THIS INDIAN ATTACK . IN ENG COOK , KP , BELL MAKE DOUBLE HUNDREDS , IN WI SERIES BRAVO MISSED THE DOUBLE HUNDRED , CLARKE HAS ALREADY MAKE A TRIPLE IN THIS SERIES & IS ON THE COURSE IF ANOTHER BIG HUNDRED SO IS PONTING .

  • on January 24, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    it is understood ..............4-0 white wash now

  • George13 on January 24, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    Hopeless..Being an indian it is really tough to accept this..

  • on January 24, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    Groundhog day is upon us again. An exact replay of the last 7 test matches

  • on January 24, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    I don't know why everyone blames Ishant Sharma Today he balled better then Zaheer Khan the fielders are just simply not supporting their bowlers and the intensity in the field is not good I think they have given up on this match as well.Today Clarke gave 2 chances and everybody knows catches win matches but without hope there is no one India can win this match.

  • Itchy on January 24, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    Good call by Benji straight after lunch in the match commentary "I'm going to go right out there and say it. These two will bat right through this session and possibly through the day." Well said Nostradamus!

  • sudhakar_billapati on January 24, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    the same story repeated again even with change of captaincy-not keeping agressive field when it has to be kept,keeping strange positions like 2nd slip without a first slip in early part of the test,waiting for some wrong to be committed by aussies to get a wicket but not trying to get a wicket.It seems indians are running out of ideas.

  • SAcricFan on January 24, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    India's bowling unit is far too weak, they will battle to take 20 wkts in India, the usual in test cricket is that batters setup the matches then the bowlers go and win them, how is India ever going to win a test match with this bunch!

  • sjhussaini on January 24, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    This has been quite poor performnce from Team India, this strategy of playing with T-20 attitude is not going to work. Why there is no Leg Spinner in the Test side, players like Ashwin can do well in limited overs but not in Test matches. India should rethink the strategy and include players who can bowl the oppisition out.

  • rahulcricket007 on January 24, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    WELL , WELL LAXMAN CAN'T MAKE RUN THESE DAYS ,CAN'T RUN QUICKLY B/W THE WKTS , CAN'T HOLD CATCHES IN SLIPS . STILL HE IS IN THE TEAM & AS I PREDICT AFTER SYDNEY TEST THAT INDIA WILL BE WHITEWASHED & ROHIT SHARMA WILL NOT BE INCLUDED IN ANY TEST IS GOING TO BE TRUE .

  • Mervo on January 24, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Thank goodness for the older more experienced players. The 'young guns' would have been all out by lunch. Let's bring back Katich as number 3 for Marsh. We need more experience, ability and form, not more youth for its own sake.

  • Abhimanyu on January 24, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Nothing can save this Indian team now, even a change of captain is no use. It was pretty obvious that India was again playing defensive cricket by not attacking the Australians. There should have been three slips in place at all times when the bowlers were bowling with a new ball. India are now just waiting for Australian declaration and nothing else.

  • eyballfallenout on January 24, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    this is good but we will need to bat for most of tomorrow and post more than 600 to be great.

  • cricnitz on January 24, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    Wonder how NZL managed to beat this team!!!!!!!!!

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 24, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    The pathetic Indians are at it again ! I think Indian fans should now accept that India are heading towards the same direction as the West Indies. There is no intent to win games and in all respects the Indians have totally forgotten what it means to win in test cricket. Absolutely dismal and abject performance by them. This is a disgrace to the nation of India. I never expected India would become a minnow team in test cricket so soon. Well welcome to the bottom of the table team India. I expect Australia to score at least 500 and then bundle out India for under 200 twice. This game should be over by day 4. So much for an Adelaide revival.

  • rust01 on January 24, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    Great batting by Ponting and Clarke. I am however worried about the top 3. They are just not performing and there does not seem to be anyone else putting their hands up. The batting coaches have some work to do.

  • on January 24, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    Same old story Which has been the regular feature of this Test series Indian attack once again failed to capitalised the start they have got at 80-3 They allow Australia to dominate ,This series probably played to save Ricky Ponting Test carear

  • vint on January 24, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    hopefully india's batsmen can do the same damage going into late day 2 and day 3!!! Need to show a bit more pride INDIA!!!!

  • swat1999 on January 24, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    Wel. Its true but sad as Cricinfo say 3rd session on day 1 India usedd as a punching bag for Australia. Hopeless cricket from former number 1 Test side, they looks tired & frustraded, just waiting for the declaration.

  • johnathonjosephs on January 24, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    Marsh needs to go just like his daddy had to from Lankan team. How is it that Marsh gets 4 Tests of bad scores and still gets the green light while Khawaja gets 2 tests of average scores in the 30s and is axed?

  • allblue on January 24, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    This Indian side is a busted flush and has been for some time. The problems are fundamental and preparing "rank turners" for home Tests is most definitely not the answer.

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  • allblue on January 24, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    This Indian side is a busted flush and has been for some time. The problems are fundamental and preparing "rank turners" for home Tests is most definitely not the answer.

  • johnathonjosephs on January 24, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    Marsh needs to go just like his daddy had to from Lankan team. How is it that Marsh gets 4 Tests of bad scores and still gets the green light while Khawaja gets 2 tests of average scores in the 30s and is axed?

  • swat1999 on January 24, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    Wel. Its true but sad as Cricinfo say 3rd session on day 1 India usedd as a punching bag for Australia. Hopeless cricket from former number 1 Test side, they looks tired & frustraded, just waiting for the declaration.

  • vint on January 24, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    hopefully india's batsmen can do the same damage going into late day 2 and day 3!!! Need to show a bit more pride INDIA!!!!

  • on January 24, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    Same old story Which has been the regular feature of this Test series Indian attack once again failed to capitalised the start they have got at 80-3 They allow Australia to dominate ,This series probably played to save Ricky Ponting Test carear

  • rust01 on January 24, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    Great batting by Ponting and Clarke. I am however worried about the top 3. They are just not performing and there does not seem to be anyone else putting their hands up. The batting coaches have some work to do.

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 24, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    The pathetic Indians are at it again ! I think Indian fans should now accept that India are heading towards the same direction as the West Indies. There is no intent to win games and in all respects the Indians have totally forgotten what it means to win in test cricket. Absolutely dismal and abject performance by them. This is a disgrace to the nation of India. I never expected India would become a minnow team in test cricket so soon. Well welcome to the bottom of the table team India. I expect Australia to score at least 500 and then bundle out India for under 200 twice. This game should be over by day 4. So much for an Adelaide revival.

  • cricnitz on January 24, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    Wonder how NZL managed to beat this team!!!!!!!!!

  • eyballfallenout on January 24, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    this is good but we will need to bat for most of tomorrow and post more than 600 to be great.

  • Abhimanyu on January 24, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Nothing can save this Indian team now, even a change of captain is no use. It was pretty obvious that India was again playing defensive cricket by not attacking the Australians. There should have been three slips in place at all times when the bowlers were bowling with a new ball. India are now just waiting for Australian declaration and nothing else.