Australia v India, 4th Test, Adelaide, 2nd day

Clarke and Ponting double-tons keep Australia on top

The Report by Brydon Coverdale

January 25, 2012

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India 2 for 61 (Gambhir 30*, Sehwag 18) trail Australia 7 for 604 dec (Ponting 221, Clarke 210) by 543 runs
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Michael Clarke drives down the ground, Australia v India, 4th Test, Adelaide, 2nd day, January 25, 2012
Michael Clarke made 210 © Getty Images

Michael Clarke entered this Test with a whitewash on his mind. After two days, he could hardly have hoped for Australia to be in a stronger position to push for it. A day that started with Clarke and Ricky Ponting both bringing up double-centuries and producing the highest Test partnership ever recorded at the Adelaide Oval ended with India two wickets down, and still 543 runs in arrears.

Of course, Australia lost three top-order men in the first session of the match and it didn't hurt them, but after nearly 11 hours of roasting in the field, India's batsmen must find some energy on the third day to match Australia. At stumps, Sachin Tendulkar was on 12 and Gautam Gambhir had reached 30, with India on 2 for 61, and on the best batting pitch of the tour India needed someone to bring up the team's first century of the series.

Already they had lost Virender Sehwag, who was brilliantly caught by Peter Siddle off his own bowling on 18. Flat-footed and stuck to the crease, Sehwag toe-edged a ball high to the right of Siddle, who thrust his hand up and pulled in one of the best catches of the summer, and nobody was happier than Ed Cowan, the man who dropped a regulation chance at midwicket when Sehwag had 5.

India were 2 for 31 when Rahul Dravid (1) was bowled for the sixth time in the series, the victim of a strange occurrence when a Ben Hilfenhaus delivery ricocheted off his elbow and down on to the stumps. The Australians hadn't found much swing in the hot Adelaide conditions, but the two breakthroughs gave them a strong start after the outstanding work of their own batsmen.

By pushing the total to 7 for 604 before Clarke declared the innings closed, Australia gave themselves a chance of a third innings victory in the series, something they haven't achieved in more than 60 years. India haven't lost three Tests in a series by an innings in more than 50 years. There's plenty of cricket to be played before such a scenario becomes a realistic possibility, but the groundwork had been laid.

The 386-run partnership between Ponting and Clarke was the fourth-highest of all time for Australia in Test cricket, and all three of the stands above them on the list featured Don Bradman. Clarke became the third player in Test history, after Bradman and Wally Hammond, to score a triple-hundred and a double-century in the same series.

For the sixth time in the series Australia batted through an entire session, this time the first of the day, without losing a wicket. The runs flowed freely as India wilted. Clarke and Ponting went to lunch already having compiled the highest partnership ever recorded in an Adelaide Test, beating the previous record of 341 set by South Africa's Eddie Barlow and Graeme Pollock in 1963-64. By then, Clarke had his double-ton and Ponting was within touching distance of his.

Clarke brought up his with a clip for two through midwicket off R Ashwin and celebrated another monstrous innings in the series: after his unbeaten 329 in Sydney, he finished this innings with 557 runs already in 2012. All through 2011, he managed 618. He didn't add to his score after lunch; on 210, Clarke was bowled by Umesh Yadav, who kept at the batsmen, despite leaking runs.

Ponting was on 199 when Clarke departed, and his sixth Test double-century came with a strong front-foot pull to the boundary off Yadav. For a while, it looked like Ponting would go on to register his highest Test score, which stood at 257, but eventually the pull brought him undone when he picked out the deep midwicket, Sachin Tendulkar, who took a well-judged catch jumping to his left.

Already India had removed Michael Hussey for 25 with a very sharp piece of work from Gambhir at silly point. Hussey pushed the ball and took off anticipating a single, but Gambhir was good enough to collect the ball cleanly and aware enough to flick it onto the stumps, catching Hussey short.

It was an example of how India needed to field; half-chances had to be grabbed. There weren't always. Ponting was put down on 215 when VVS Laxman at midwicket grassed a chance off the bowling of Ashwin and Ishant Sharma had missed the chance for a return catch when Ponting had 186, the ball struck back at a catchable pace but the bowler not alert enough to get his hands to it.

In the end, India picked up a few wickets, including one off a good carrom ball from Ashwin that kissed the edge of Peter Siddle's bat and was taken by Wriddhiman Saha - his first Test catch. By that stage, India had taken 3 for 13, but Brad Haddin (42 not out) and Ryan Harris (35 not out) refused to make life easy for India and batted through until the declaration came after tea.

For India, it was another dreadful day. The film critic Leonard Maltin's entire review of Police Academy 4 was: "More of the same, only worse". It could also have been said of India in the field, particularly in the morning. The bowling was too often insipid, and Sehwag's captaincy uninspiring and conservative.

At times, he did not appear to think taking a wicket was that important. Ashwin was given fields that encouraged him to bowl straight, and both Clarke and Ponting picked off the runs with ease. Ashwin finished with an unwanted record of his own, his 3 for 194 the most expensive bowling analysis ever recorded in an Adelaide Test, but he had his captain to thank - or blame - for much of that.

By stumps, it was all down to India's batsmen. The pitch had plenty of runs in it. India just needed their batsmen to find them.

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Posted by Snick_To_Backward_Point on (January 26, 2012, 20:23 GMT)

Aussie top 3 fail again. That's surprising that.

Posted by ssanam on (January 26, 2012, 6:32 GMT)

India has proved that they are now unfit to play Test matches with a good team overseas.They should therefore refrain themselves from playing overseas and go back to India to start afresh.Australia did not ask India to follow on only to toy with the Indian bowlers in the field today and tomorrow.What a humiliation !!

Posted by   on (January 26, 2012, 5:27 GMT)

Well is this such a disciplined attack or just poor batting from the Indians. Only time will tell how far the Aussies have made progressed from their slump. They tour West Indies after this, so another easy outing for them. Having said that, no body would have expected India to spiral down so quickly. World beaters some 8 months ago and now doubt if they could compete even with Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe (with due respect to them though).

Posted by MdAshfaq on (January 26, 2012, 4:59 GMT)

I smell there is something wrong between the board and Bhajji and also between Dhoni and board they want to weaken Dhoni.

Posted by   on (January 26, 2012, 2:16 GMT)

its really hurting the indian fans like myself with the proceedings so far by the indian side batting and bowling. we indian fans would like to see some fightback atleast from our team. I do know how seriously they are taking this match, but team india is continuously disappointing us. Really felt bad.. why the selectors dint gave a chance to rohit sharma? after a loss like 3 - 0 nothing changed in the lineup. totally ashamed of the selectors.

Posted by venkikk on (January 26, 2012, 2:09 GMT)

thats it then. Some of us are still foolishly thinking of sachins hundred again. I hope now he never gets it.That way we start focussing on victories than hundreds.

Posted by wake_up_india on (January 26, 2012, 2:03 GMT)

The ability of this Indian team to absorb humiliation is unprecedented. Our propensity for hero worship allows cricketers well past their prime to retain their places in the team and build records that they would not have the chance to do in any other team. What we play in India is clearly not the same game they play in Australia and England.

Posted by LoveCric123 on (January 26, 2012, 1:48 GMT)

Abject surrender. That is what is really heartbreaking from a die hard Indian fan's perspective. Hats off to the Aussies. Professional, back breaking effort from the Aussies bowlers. Indian bowlers - so many lose balls, no discipline. All fat, rich and happy with their IPL contracts. The difference in fielding is also appalling. And captaincy? Less said the better. But, I do believe that once the aging superstars, who have done well abroad (stop that old carping guys, we have beaten you in your respective home turfs), go away, India will rebuild and will be back. Structural changes are required though. Congrats Aussies. You do deserve to thrash us 4-0, what a pathetic bunch. Apologies to all the fans who have turned up for such a one-sided contest from us.

Posted by RameshRayaprolu on (January 26, 2012, 1:36 GMT)

SRT can forget test hundreds forever. Now, if India can "afford" his services in ODIs (Just because so many youngsters are waiting to play), may be he can try achieving that through ODIs later this year...

This match is going to be another dumb one. On the field, Indian team always waits for opposition to declare, and while batting, they want to get all out as quickly as possible :) :) !

NZ vs ZIM is a better watch than this one !! Possibly ZIM can fight better than India...

Posted by Chris_P on (January 26, 2012, 1:22 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge. I see you're still consuming those sour grapes by the bucketload. Have you forgotten the records of your batsmen? They are being undone by an outstanding bowling attack, far better than your perceived "average team". India's role in the world cricketing pecking order is falling & should be sitting around 4, 5 or 6, with both Pakistan & NZ on the rise.

Posted by   on (January 26, 2012, 1:08 GMT)

Dravid loses his stumps again, Sachin pokes one outside off and Gambhir rocked with a short ball - Looks like Dejavu all over.. Can Indian's learn? Indian bowlers, learn from siddle how to direct a bouncer..

Posted by   on (January 26, 2012, 1:05 GMT)

I now think test cricket will stay as an Eng, SA, Aus (and maybe NZ due to Aus vs NZ rivalry).

Posted by   on (January 26, 2012, 0:50 GMT)

Australians after scoring 600+ give 100% to save even a single run by outstanding fielding..BUT THE GOD of cricket, after playing for 20 years does not realise the importance of each run !!!! Had he run the 3rd run which was a comfortable one, he would not have been out the next ball atleast :-/

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 23:35 GMT)

I really want SRT to score 100x100 today! Rest is meaningless!

Posted by chsj on (January 25, 2012, 23:35 GMT)

I guess Australia will be in big trouble in the following series after India (and the WI), they are so well fed with easy runs in the series that any slight challenge, they will be troubled no end. The next team to play Aus (not WI or NZ) should be really having it easy.

Posted by Rollindice on (January 25, 2012, 23:21 GMT)

@ praveenchopra on (January 25 2012, 09:10 AM GMT) i am sure indian great 5 batsmen will make big runs this time,sehwag 175,dravid 150,tendulkar 250,laxman 200,gambhir 150,so we will get 925 +250 from ashvin and we can pass 600 easily and australia will be in trouble ?????


Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 22:51 GMT)

If I remember correctly, Bradman said Sachin's style reminds him of how he played. He (Bradman) didn't say who he thought was the greatest. Anyway, I always admired Tendulkar for his batting stance, it's a model that can be adopted by a person who wants to learn how to bat.

Posted by srisri on (January 25, 2012, 22:50 GMT)

No one can question India's test ranking now!!!! Peace.

Posted by geoffw on (January 25, 2012, 22:22 GMT)

Wonder if the BCCI has the ticker for an Argus-style review and replacement of some of the management around the team ? Probably not. India's selectors and management have a lot to answer for. Fully letting down the Indian cricketing public for a start. Most of their young up and comers who are on tour who have not had a game for 2nds. Fancy not playing some of the your guys in the last Test. Shame on you.

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (January 25, 2012, 22:14 GMT)

@Snick_To_Backward_Point in 12 to 24 months time englands batting lineup will be about the same age as indias

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (January 25, 2012, 22:13 GMT)

@ Rama Raghuraman...Why can't an undeserving batsman be criticised in public?..Sehwag wagged when he was not under radar. After he scored that 280 odd agaist Sri Lanka he became noted. After that Sehwag has been worse than a tailender against good sides. Not just runs; he lacks confidence, determination, discipline.....he is a bad model... Richi Benaud is a respectable and great cricketer. Don't compare a plain person and a lucky cricketer Sehwag with Richi. Are you alright?

Posted by hhillbumper on (January 25, 2012, 22:03 GMT)

Jonesey 2. Have you noticed the irony that since having a South Afircan coach you have started to win the odd test. Maybe they should bring back a good old Aussie coach cause that was succesful

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (January 25, 2012, 22:00 GMT)

Shattered! Devastated! What else can an Indian fan say with the proceedings thus far in the final test?

Posted by JG2704 on (January 25, 2012, 21:52 GMT)

India's selection policy seems strange for sure. Apart from in the 1st test they have looked very unlikely to take 20 wkts in any test , so why have they not added another bowler to their attack at the expense of an inderperforming batsman? And is Rohit Sharma not that good then? He must be feeling devastated being out there and not getting a game under such circumstances. To lose 3-0 (or more likely) 4-0 is not great , but to do so having not even tried different options must be sickening. How many changes have India made out of choice in this series?

Posted by JG2704 on (January 25, 2012, 21:52 GMT)

@jason79 on (January 25 2012, 08:56 AM GMT) - India are not the number 1 test side in the world. As well as Australia are playing right now , I wouldn't take read so much into it. Drawing a home series vs NZ is as bad as whitewashing India is good - no disrespect meant to NZ. The SA series leveller was the best performance and had that come after the NZ series I'd say Australia were definitely on their way back. Having said that I did think the series could go either way - so time will tell whether it was Australia being exceptional or India being bad.

Posted by DaBigDawg on (January 25, 2012, 21:42 GMT)

BCCI, Srinivasan, Srikanth, Dhoni, Sehwag - all seem to be in a complete utter state of denial. Any "admission of failure" seems only to be attributed to "the batting unit failed". There is no mention whatsoever about the bowling debacle. YOU NEED 20 OUTS TO WIN A TEST! Who really believes this team can do that? Does anyone even remember the last time there were so many "big hundreds" (300+, 200+, 150+) by one team? If that is not a reflection of India's inept attack I don't know what is. But, do you really think BCCI and their cronies care? In T20 and ODI - the object is to limit the opposition wrt bowling and then short bursts for batting - that's all they care about. And, ohh...BTW - they aren't even successful at doing that...not if you consider repeated 500+ to 600+ in an innings a success. Wow...I never thought I'd see a team so comprehensively beaten in every facet of this wonderful game: batting, bowling, fielding. Very sad indeed.

Posted by Rockyraj2k5 on (January 25, 2012, 21:39 GMT)

BROTHERS !! look at stats of last year u will find that Dravid,laxman and tendulkar averages are over 40 total year they played

But peoples like Gambhir,Sewag and Dhoni have been problem and this guys are the future of indian cricket ??? i seriously doubt !!! neither mukund even fit in indian team !!! last time and before that even openers got a big score !! india won the matches in australia !! i feel Dravid should Bat at no.5 and ask kohli to bat at no.3 so he get quick score and u will find score something like 100/2 instead of 50/2 in 20 overs !!! come on the days of hard test cricket are over india not even able to survivour a complete single day !!

and please change the coach !! look for someone like darren lehman

Posted by MisterObvious on (January 25, 2012, 21:32 GMT)

Just for some historical perspective, 79 years ago to the week, the most dramatic test match of all time (arguably) was played here at Adelaide - the 3rd match in the "Bodyline Series" of 1932-33 against England. Aus WK Bert Oldfield was brained by a Harold Larwood bouncer & suffered a hairline skull fracture before being stretchered off in front of a shocked crowd. Captain Bill Woodfull, who was hit over the heart by a Larwood scorcher, said later in the dressing room that, "Only one team is playing cricket out there and it ain't the English" (paraphrased). Now *that* was drama. So, will there be any such thrills today in Adelaide? Unless a stray dog sneaked in overnight & piddled on the pitch to make it sticky then the only suspense will be if the Indians can make a mountain of runs or not on a wicket tailor-made for them to do so, obviously.

Posted by InnocentGuy on (January 25, 2012, 21:30 GMT)

Sachin, please at least play for personal record now. Just play, man.

Posted by californian on (January 25, 2012, 21:15 GMT)

The same Indian team given a break from cricket will become world beaters again. The cause of the poor showing is due to too much cricket played And the additional cricket played in the Indian IPL, Is the main cause. The format although short. Is a mental and physical drainer and played over 3 weeks, Results in draining the physical/mental fitness of the players, which is quite the opposite required for a tour of Australia or South Africa. It also alters the batting and bowling styles and affects the batsman more with shot selection during a test match. Especially on fast bouncy pitches. The players and officials will not admit because of the money. The good performances are in patches but not consistent, if not it's poor. Consistency requires the players to be mentally and physically fit when selected to play.The solution is not about dropping the players and selectors but scraping IPL. If that's not going to happen then limit senior national players from IPL.

Posted by dunger.bob on (January 25, 2012, 21:10 GMT)

@ rahulcricket007 : Upper case is shouting. Also hard to read.. @ chishtyirfan: "no matter, where they win or how they win.Currently England world's no. 1 team. this is the fact." .... Actually it matters a lot... The Aussies fully intend to knock England off their perch and they know that the only way to do that is win as many games as possible. ... Lots of Pom fans seem to have your attitude.. I hope your players don't think that way. .. Then again, maybe I should be hoping they do ... @Haz Austin : "Well Done team Australia u have proved once again ur the best team in the world." .. .. thanks for that, but not true. We seem to be on the way back but we've got miles to go yet. ... @ AlfAlpha : .. its really frustrating that there are still people out there who think that One Day & Test cricket are the same game. Success in one form is no guarantee of success in the other....

Posted by MisterObvious on (January 25, 2012, 20:53 GMT)

A little over 3 hrs till game time & I'm thinking the Little Master is poised perfectly to get a double ton today. He'll have Gambhir to partner him then Lax, Saha, Kohli, Ashwin to provide solid support down the order. It's a perfect scenario! Flat pitch (hell, Harris drove with disdain for 35* & might've got a century of his own), motive (the hundredth 100 in front of a big, appreciative crowd + a free meal at Outback Chickenshack), plus statistical probability (you have to succeed eventually after so many failed tries) all point to it.

But I also believed Steve Smith would be the second coming of Shane Warne. So I have been known to be wrong.

Time will tell, as always. But that's obvious.

Posted by Prakshalan on (January 25, 2012, 20:51 GMT)

Here is the new look for TeamIndia-2012

Staff: * Sachin Tendulkar : Team Coach * Rahul Dravid : Batting Coach * VVS Laxman : Commentator * Sehwag : Team Manager * Dhoni : Team psychiatrist Squad: 1. Gautham Ghambir (captain) 2. Virat Kohli (vice-captain) 3. Rohit sharma 4. Suresh Raina (All rounder) 5. Jadeja (All rounder) 6. Ajinkay Rahane 7. Manoj Tiwari 8. Vriddhaman Saha (wicket Keeper) 9. Parthiv patel (wicket keeper) 10. Ashwin (spinner) 11. Ojha (spinner) 12. Praveen Kumar (fast bowler) 13. Umesh Yadav (fast bowler) 14. Ishant sharma (fast bowler) 15. Zaheer Khan (fast bowler)

Goooo India..!!!!!!!

Posted by hhillbumper on (January 25, 2012, 20:50 GMT)

Has anyone seen Jonesey 2. Normally he would be on here going on about a great Aussie outfit.Shame all their decent players will be gone soon.As for that top 3 what class and skill they have,Make Phil Highes seem like a classical technician.

Posted by mark2011 on (January 25, 2012, 20:49 GMT)

wow greate performance from AUS. why indian started criticising their team... oh great indian people insulted SL team when they lost to SA,too much boasting india.. now what's happening... another great defeat for india is waiting...pls india get out quickly twice and take 0-4 GREATE DEFEAT... hi hi world champs...atleast now realised india not at all great team...

Posted by explorer76 on (January 25, 2012, 20:48 GMT)

It is amazing how most of the comments from indian fan are already talking about the batsmen's failure even though the indian innings has just started and many of the batsmen have not even batted. Why are the fans unable to see that for last two days it has been their bowling which has been letting them down. Throughout the series the focus has been primarily on batting failure even though it seems to me that the bowling failures have been even more serious. It seems that indian fans pin all their hopes on the batting - as if its OK that the blowers have conceded more than 600 but the batsmen should be able to chase it anyway.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 20:16 GMT)

This has been such a shameful series for indian team after england. 2nd Test Clarke 329*,Ponting 130+,Hussey 150*. 4th Test Clarke 210 and Ponting 221. Such a shameful performance by Indian bowlers and batsmen = useless team.

Posted by Nampally on (January 25, 2012, 20:13 GMT)

I was one of the Indian fans who expected India to win the series 2-0. Like many I am shocked @ the team. When a team plays so irresponsibly ignoring all the fundamentals of batting & bowling as present one, there is no hope of winning. Captaincy has been poor, bowling off target & inconsistent, batting reckless & irresponsible. BCCI & the Selectors must take the brunt of blame for picking such an unbalanced squad. Corrective actions needed ASAP. Replace the present Selectors with Kumble, Gavaskar, Ganguly,Kapil. They can appoint a new Coach,Captain & select the squad. It is not easy to teach Old dogs new tricks. So choose a young squad & develop their mental & physical toughness first. Focus on producing results not excuses. India has at least 30 guys who are very capable Cricketers. Coaching Camps for bowlers & batsmen are the way to go.BCCI must spend at least 50% of its profits on Cricket. This should include preparing indoor pitches simulating the Aussie & English conditions.

Posted by bdsmaruf on (January 25, 2012, 20:09 GMT)

you guys how say sachin plays for his personal record. i think u r jelous to him or u have other reason to say like this.

Posted by Raj12345 on (January 25, 2012, 20:04 GMT)

We have lot of potential to be tried out. Pujara, Mukund, Rahane, Badri, Tiwary, Dinesh Karthik. We are almost lost 8 test matches now. If we lost all 8 test ,mathes with these new players, then it was satisfactory. Now if we change team and loose one more, there crazy fans waiting to change team and ask for dravid, sachin, VVS again.

Posted by xylo on (January 25, 2012, 20:00 GMT)

At the beginning of this series, there were reports of Dravid suggesting Ponting that he dare not quit. How the irony has sank in!

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (January 25, 2012, 19:59 GMT)

Now this test is in the hands of Gambhir and Kohli. One of them needs to step up and score a century and then some to save us from certain defeat. Don't expect much from Selfishkar. He will freeze after crossing 70. The Oldies were gr8 during their time. Now they have overstayed their welcome and should be DROPPED after this match. Viru and Ishant should also be dropped along with LAX, THE HOLE (formerly known as THE WALL) and Selfishkar.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (January 25, 2012, 19:52 GMT)

@jonesy2, I there being no contest that England are far better than Australia, don't you feel the gloss has been taken off your current home series win seeing that England served the once great India up on a plate for a middle-ranked, average Australia?

Posted by SJinUS on (January 25, 2012, 19:50 GMT)

It is high time that we got rid off Sehwag from the Test team. He is not meant for this type of game. Yes he has single handedly rescued team India in a handful of tests in the past. But it is ridiculous to see the way he gets out time and again. Opening batsmen in test cricket have to be most resilient to adapt to various ground conditions. They cannot survive with one style of play. Hard hitting and flaying an attack can only work once in a blue moon. India has far better options than him in several youngsters. Sehwag should be just considered to play in 1-days and twenty 20s. His ridiculous plays at the top exposes the World's best middle order to the fire of new ball and pressure. One of the biggest reasons for our batting failure in tests is him. Selectors are blind or what???

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 19:45 GMT)

Due to misbah's gr8 inings....... Pak is still very much in the match & if they able to manage 300+ score..... then we definitly have a a cracking match in our hand...... Inshallah pak will win..........:)

Posted by SRI62 on (January 25, 2012, 19:25 GMT)

Let's forget about our senior batsmen. Most of them will be playing their last test match but the issue on hand is our bowling.We are not able to get our opposition out. We do not have good pace bowlers and spinners. Instead of making conditions amenable for pace bowling in India, we should send committed youngsters to Australia, South Africa and England to train in their academy. The successful younsters should then be drafted into our test team to play test matches in Aus, SA and England. BCCI have enough money power to make this idea a possibility. Our training in Indian conditions have not yielded results and we should not rely on our training. It is sad but we should face the reality. A test team which is rated as top 3 should have quality fast bowlers. I feel that our fast bowlers do not have the commitment and patriotism expected of them. We should make all our ptiches spinner firendly and we should produce quality leg spinners because they will be real match winners.

Posted by Snick_To_Backward_Point on (January 25, 2012, 19:07 GMT)

Enjoy it while you can Aussies because somewhere between 12-24 months you guys are sliding all the way down to the bottom. The reason is clear: outside of Clarke, Ponting and Hussey you can't bat. Haddin is AWFUL and your top 3 wouldnt look out of place on the village green. You got a couple of greenhorn bowlers that look OK against an ageing batting line up but untested against decent opposition. All in all this is your swan song b4 the long-term blues. Like I say, enjoy it while it lasts.

Posted by psur47 on (January 25, 2012, 18:58 GMT)

It is time Sehwag realized that he was not playing one day cricket on dead Indian pitches. He needs to pay attention to basic batting technique and move his feet, get in line and play with the bat close to his body. His specially made customized bats will not help him cope with the moving ball on fast bouncy Australian and seaming English pitches. He is not really an opening batsman (temperament and technique wise) - he started opening just to get into the Indian test team as he found too much competition in the middle order. It is time to get rid of him from the Indian test team and replace him with a genuine opening batsman.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 18:57 GMT)

It is not too late and there is a good chance of saving this Test. Rest of the Indian batsmen should apply themselves and not play rash strokes. This is only the first innings. Hope commonsense prevails and Sehwag as Captain shuffles the batting order. If the new-comer Ashwin could bat and score under any cirucmstances and on any sort wicket, why not the established batsmen, like Sehwag, Ghambir, Dravid, and VVS Laxman. Go for it guys, use your experience and make Australia bat again. Play your usual game and do not try anything new.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 18:49 GMT)

It does not logically make any sense in India pursuing with the same opening pair despite their continuous failures in recent times. Dhoni was lacking the imagination but what happened to Sehwag. As a captain, he should have sent in Dravid and Ghambir to open the innings and he should have gone middle order when spinners and/or new ball is in use. Dravid, for all practical purposes has been opening the innings by going to bat within the first couple of overs. Test Team selection has been wrong from day one. India is known for his spin strength but we have been playing with one spinner and/or no spinner. The left-handed spinner Pragyan Ojha would have been difficult to play by Australians when bowling with Ashwin from other end. Dravid could have kept wickets and Rohit Sharma could have played this test as an additional batsman.

There was no need for VVS and Dravid to try to rectify in the match the flaws pointed out nby the coach. Nets are there for this.

Posted by JG2704 on (January 25, 2012, 18:46 GMT)

India's selection policy seems strange for sure. Apart from in the 1st test they have looked very unlikely to take 20 wkts in any test , so why have they not added another bowler to their attack at the expense of an inderperforming batsman? And is Rohit Sharma not that good then? He must be feeling devastated being out there and not getting a game under such circumstances. To lose 3-0 (or more likely) 4-0 is not great , but to do so having not even tried different options must be sickening. How many changes have India made out of choice in this series?

Posted by Rumy1 on (January 25, 2012, 18:30 GMT)

Hence Test team for coming home series looks like this..Wasim Jaffer, Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara / S.Badrinath, Md. Kaif (Capt.), Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, W.Saha (wk), Harbhajan, Zaheer, Ishant/Umesh, Pragyan Ojha. Jaffer is without doubt the best and most complete Test opener in the country today. He is all class. This new lookTeam looks a great blend of class, freshness and promise for the next four-five years. Rest three spots could be given to: Ibrahim Khaleel (2nd WK) / S.Sreesanth, Manoj Tiwary and PA Reddy. Please remember Aussies just appointed a T20 Captain in Bailey wherein Bailey is yet to make even an international debut. Sometimes one needs to take an out of the box decision to fix an extraordinary situation. Cameron White was woefully out of form and quite a few of the team members were new in the team. Indian Test team is at that crossroads and this is their extraordinary moment where an out of box decision is required to frame a proper solution to the team's problems

Posted by nide on (January 25, 2012, 18:20 GMT)

Am looking another Innings defeat, another whitewash and another Mr. Tendulkar's bad cricket. Mr. Tendulkar is playing for their personal record not for his team.

Posted by S.Seshachalam on (January 25, 2012, 18:12 GMT)

Bold immediate decisions by BCCI is a must. Why not have a brand new young team for future build up. 1) Ajinkya Rahane 2) Abhinav Mukund 3) Virat Kohli ( Captain) 4) Rohit Sharma 5) Manoj Tiwari 6) Chetheshwar Pujara 7) Irfan Pathan 8) Naman Ojha ( wicket keeper) 9) Ravichandran Ashwin 10) Pragyan Ojha 11) Umesh Yadav ..........have a good pool of batsman and bowlers and have a clear rotation policy Virat can be captain. Just like how Smith of South Africa was made captain at the age of 22. Good results followed. Enough of long trust in the big 4. Let the young guns take over for the good of Indian Cricket. Coach and Slection committee also need immedaite changes.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 18:08 GMT)

Although I hate Ponting and his boorish behavior, to give credit where it is due, it was an excellent innings by the ex-Australian skipper. He silenced his critics who prior to this series were calling on selectors to sack him. Well played Ponting.

Posted by Rumy1 on (January 25, 2012, 18:05 GMT)

So we saw more of the same. Enough man.Time to rest Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Sachin and Laxman. Clearly, Sehwag is the most irresponsible player in team. This is proved time and again. Good time to bring Jaffer, Badrinath, Pujara and Kaif for the Test series at home. Wasim Jaffer, Badri and Pujara would be a great blend. Kaif would be a great addition as well. Kaif has always been a captaincy material. Make him the Captain. Besides youngsters, you need some experience too. Both Kaif and Jaffer are in early 30s.Sounds much better than greats in 38s / 39s. Time to blood in Rohit Sharma too.Bring back Harbhajan. Ashwin remains an avg. Ranji level offie who has carrom ball. Ashwin stands sorted out by international batsmen including lesser mortals like Bravo,Chanderpaul, Russel, Rampaul, etc. Pragyan Ojha should also be brought back in. He is a much better bowler with lot more variation and skills than this Srikanth favorite - Ashwin.Time to confirm Saha as wk and bring I.Khaleel as 2nd wk

Posted by Rumy1 on (January 25, 2012, 18:00 GMT)

So we saw more of the same. Enough man.Time to rest Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Sachin and Laxman. Clearly, Sehwag is the most irresponsible player in team. This is proved time and again. Good time to bring Jaffer, Badrinath, Pujara and Kaif for the Test series at home. Wasim Jaffer, Badri and Pujara would be a great blend. Kaif would be a great addition as well. Kaif has always been a captaincy material. Make him the Captain. Besides youngsters, you need some experience too. Both Kaif and Jaffer are in early 30s.Sounds much better than greats in 38s / 39s. Time to blood in Rohit Sharma too.Bring back Harbhajan. Ashwin remains an avg. Ranji level offie who has carrom ball. Ashwin stands sorted out by international batsmen including lesser mortals like Bravo,Chanderpaul, Russel, Rampaul, etc. Pragyan Ojha should also be brought back in. He is a much better bowler with lot more variation and skills than this Srikanth favorite - Ashwin.Time to confirm Saha as wk and bring I.Khaleel as 2nd wk

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 17:34 GMT)

When Pakistan got white washed in Australia in 2010, the comments of the Indians fans were quiet humiliating, but atleast Pakistan put a fight in 2 test matches and came close to winning dismissing Aussies at very low scores, finally beating Australia in 2nd test Leeds and dismissed the Aussies on 88. Then in England, Pakistan won a test and 2 ODIS, not like a pure white wash :D Hafeez or Sehwag, Ghambeer or Taufeeq, Dravid or Azhar Ali, Misbah or Dhoni, Ashwin or Ajmal, Gul or Ishant? Last year stats will show you all, hope not to hear any bad comments about Pak team again :) the best team in 2011 statistically proved :D

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 17:31 GMT)

by the way everyone is doing rohit rohit,,,,do u even know his record in 72 ODI is just 28 which is much below average,,and out of these 72 ODI his record on fast pitches is absolutely bad...check urself on this site..even experts say that he cant play fast bowling well

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

Totally lost faith in the team. Wonder how many Indians wake up early morning to watch the match. I bet it would reduce by time just because the players have disappointed their fans and the attitude is so pathetic.The problems are deep rooted starting from selection, coaching, team management and training systems. We may have to teach our children what cricket is because BCCI is dependent on sponsors and tickets. Sponsors depend on viewership. Viewership depends on fans. Fans watch only if they like the game. I am afraid in the near future Indians will dislike the beautiful game of cricket.

Posted by Raj12345 on (January 25, 2012, 17:22 GMT)

I will not recommend to select both Raina & Kohli on test team. Since we need best guy Kohli on ODI and he needs some rest, make sure he is always on 1 Crore list. But Raina should not be in test or ODI. Not seen any contribution by him in as batsman. No doubt he is great fielder. It is time give chance to DK who was sidelined by Dhoni for specific reason.

Posted by IndianCrazyFan on (January 25, 2012, 17:12 GMT)

It was a great performance from Clarke and Ponting. Ponting looks like rediscovered his form with Indian weak bowling attack. Though Yadav is good in chunks he was too expensive and allowed Aussies to get more confidence built and in end build a huge total. He should try to limit the run rate.

India on other end looked like already losers losing Sehwag and Dravid. Shocking to see Dravid's play not able to tackle bowlers whom he did exceptionally well in England just 5 months back. With India's current string of scores not crossing 300+ it will be another innings defeat on cards unless Sachin or Kohli steps up and play a real champion performance.

Posted by Nampally on (January 25, 2012, 17:11 GMT)

Why is India on the path of self destruction? They seem to find a way of getting out each time. This is such a docile pitch - considered as a bowlers' nightmare. Yet Sehwag & Dravid considered to be the heart of the Indian batting got themselves Out. When these are considered the leading batsmen, what example does it set to the rest of the team? This is the question I have for Sehwag both as a captain & a batsman. Where is the mental toughness - Dont you lead by example and set the others the basis for fight back? Dravid being bowled again - What is wrong with you? After the brilliant Bradman oratory, you seem to run out of steam. On a pitch closest to the Indian ones, Indian batsmen should bat with confidence instead of folding up like nine pins! It is extremely sad to see how 4 guys who were considered as "legends" so long, are looking so ordinary that even a guy playing in Ranji games looks far superior by comparison. Where is the pride to play or represent of Your country gone?.

Posted by hussainiiiii on (January 25, 2012, 17:06 GMT)

Am looking another Innings defeat, another whitewash and another Mr. Tendulkar's bad cricket. Mr. Tendulkar is playing for their personal record not for his team.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 17:05 GMT)

poor captancy,contributing poor fielding by indian captain!i dont know y indians are defensive in their approach.They are the big guns really should be ashamed of them selves!never in this series test match has seen the fifth day!its death of indain test team!right from the team selection india lost the match!rest to be seen in 2 days!

Posted by jonnybtestmatch on (January 25, 2012, 17:00 GMT)

It is difficult to see how on earth India has been this bad. Yes Aus have played well and there is no disgrace in losing a series there. The most dissapointing aspect is the manner of defeat. The same players have historically competed well in Aus and only those with a lack of cricketing knowledge can blame the pitch, ball weather etc. The fact is that the motivation is missing and IPL is ruining the game in India. If I was an Indian fan I would take less than zero pleasure watching the likes of Sehwag and Dhoni in blitz it all round the park in an IPL game, if I knew deep down that they could not perform on the grand scale. Enough is enough, shut down the farce of IPL, let cricket people run the BCCI and please let India perform on the world stage again. Even as an English fan I hate seeing hollow wins like ENG and Aus fans have experienced in the last year. I want to see a strong India and WI playing on bunsens and concrete tracks respectivley. Put a stop to this garbage.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

future batting line-up for tests-------------------------------- 1.gautam gambhir(captain),2.ajinkya rahane,3.cheteshwar pujara,4.manoj tiwary,5.virat kohli,6.rohit sharma,7.wriddhiman saha(wicket keeper) rest of them are the bowlers,which is not the headache right bowling line-up is same....lead by zak himself...p.ojha nids to get more oppotunity..... 1st few yrs. wud be a struggle for dis new nids to get support frm public....wen loses.....but wid more time in international cricket..they will rise more so....dis might not be a talented batting line-up....but sure sum gutsy players can provide the fight.....for the bench strength raina,mukund,r.bist(emerging star),rituraj(very gud pace bowler) must be given chances,few others like ashok dinda,must be given lot more chances because he is prfrming for many yrs. seniors must be given respectful farewell,bcs they hv servd for so long,almst decadend half....gautam gambhir luks a serious nd hard-working playe

Posted by 12thUmpire on (January 25, 2012, 16:56 GMT)

@The sceptics at the end of the Boxing day test questioning India's capability for 20 wickets, have not India taken 20 wickets since the end of Melbourne test? Give them time, … as they say, patience is a virtue…

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 16:51 GMT)

End of the Indian Crickets

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

The standard of Test Cricket all round the world has fallen since the 80s and the 90s. Unfortunately, all the records being set by the Aussie batsmen against the hapless Indian bowling are somewhat dubious at best....

So many series where one team clobbers the other team OR we have two very unskilled teams playing each other.

Posted by Sentryman101 on (January 25, 2012, 16:45 GMT)

Here are some steps India can take to dominate world cricket. Given the financial muscle it has, these should be easy to do 1. Only create dust bowl pitches that turn squarely on day 1 for all tests in India - truly test the techniques of overseas batsmen against spin 2. Have 2 (or more) teams - not 1. One for home games and the other for overseas games. 3. Home game team players practice on dust bowls. Overseas team players practice on swinging/bouncy conditions The world is moving away from one size fits all solutions - why not apply it to cricket teams?

Posted by san789 on (January 25, 2012, 16:32 GMT)

My dear Indian Fans.. Can you guys accept the fact that you guys did not deserve to be the world number one test side and the world champions of one day, you guys have played well only in India against teams like west Indies... IF you guys want to be champs for ever , please ask BCCI to have matches only in Indian Flat wickets.....Lol......

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 16:32 GMT)

Remember Chappel saying before start of series that 'Playing Kohli ahead of Rohit Sharma will be mistake'. The mistake has cost India dearly.Look at what he has done in first 2 tests where India needed a strong batsman at end of middle order at no.6 to hold up the falling innings and show some strength& resistance.First ball Kohli faces&plays across the line???????Irony that technically stronger batsmen are warming the bench while rash players like Kohli are wearing an Indian cap in the field....

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 16:30 GMT)

Duncan Fletcher and Eric Simons do not seem to contribute much. I hope, they are aware of the concept of 'resignation' / 'voluntary retirement' -- choose any word you want... but please take leave of the team entrusted to you. You two may continue your personal endeavors, which you seem to have left behind to come over to India to "assist" the Indian team. ( Please note: the same batsmen played brilliantly under Kirsten. Even Venky was a far better bowling coach than Simons. We don't need imported bowling coach & fielding coach just for throw-downs!)

Posted by TRAM on (January 25, 2012, 16:25 GMT)

I am bored with all the 'causes' for the Indian debacle such as: 1. Flat pitches in India 2. The legends are too old 3. India Poor captaincy, poor bowling, poor fielding, .. 4. Aus is too good 5. Srikkanth's poor selection 6. IPL 7. BCCI's greed.

The root cause for all the above is: Indians are compassionate. 1. Flat pitches are prepared to avoid injuries to batsmen. 2. Old players - Indians dont want to hurt the legends' feelings, by dropping them 3. Captaincy, bowling, fielding, batting etc are deliberately underplayed by India because they dont want to hurt Aussies. 4. Aus is too good, yes that is what Indians want to prove too, just not to hurt Aussies. 5. Srikkanth is compassionate as well , that is why he wont drop legends. 6. IPL - that is what people want to see. Canceling IPL would hurt the people. 7. BCCI is NOT greedy. They are only compassionate. Their aim is to make every country feel good, by keeping India at low rankings.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 16:19 GMT)

We should phase out VVS, Dravid, Sachin (after his 100th 100), Sehwag (he is incapable of adapting to different situations), Zaheer (aging & can not bowl too many overs), Dhony (if he can not upgrade his batting skills to the test match standards). We need a creative and aggressive new captain. A new wicket-keeper (who is there primarily for his keeping and only secondarily for his batting). From the current playing XI keep only Gambhir, Kohli, Ashwin, Yadav & Ishant. Even for matches in India, we should select, these five, those who were dumped on the bench for all the 4 tests, and new young players. We should try both Kohli & Rohit for captaincy, by sending 'A' teams abroad under their lead. The six who are phased out ( mentioned in the first line), can still play club/league cricket, delighting their ardent fans, and earning the extra income. For the cricket board, the FUTURE of Indian cricket should be more important.

Posted by zico123 on (January 25, 2012, 16:07 GMT)

neither of Dravid or laxman have to retire completely, but selectors should give more opportunity to younger players like Rohit, Kohli, Pujara, Rahane in test matches against weaker opponents and rotating the senior players, that way youngstars would get test exposure first against weaker teams, and then against stronger team you can pick best 11 on form.

Posted by Desi_In_US on (January 25, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

This is just painful to watch even for someone who is not an Indian. I was really hoping that Indian bastsmen will show up to the party and bat through the session. No matter how good you are with age your eye n hand coordination changes. Sehwag is like Afridi. He only knows how to bat one way. I really think he should consider batting down the order and get more runs. I would love to see Indian's bat through the day and push this into a draw. Body language so far from team India has been less than positive. India still has the plenty of batting power to push through. Question is, who is willing to take on that challange?

Posted by Rumy1 on (January 25, 2012, 15:56 GMT)

So we saw more of the same. Time to rest Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Sachin and Laxman. Clearly, Sehwag is the most irresponsible player in team. This has proven time and again. Good time to bring Jaffer, Badrinath, Pujara and Kaif for the Test series at home. Wasim Jaffer, Badri and Pujara would be a great blend. Kaif would be a great addition as well. Kaif has always been a captaincy material. Make him the Captain. Besides youngsters, you need some experience too. Both Kaif and Jaffer are in their early 30s. Sounds much better than greats in their 38s / 39s. Time to blood in Rohit Sharma too. Bring back Harbhajan. Ashwin remains an avg. Ranji level offie who has carrom ball. Ashwin is almost sorted out by international batsmen including lesser mortals like Bravo, Chanderpaul, Russel, Rampaul, etc. Pragyan Ojha should also be brought back in. He is a much better bowler with lot more variation and skills than this Srikkanth favorite - Ashwin.Time to confirlm Saha and let go Parthiv/karthk

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (January 25, 2012, 15:51 GMT)


Posted by zico123 on (January 25, 2012, 15:51 GMT)

lets give the Test captaincy to Gambhir, who knows may be captaincy will bring best out of him and he will start scoring tons after tons again, just like Clarke is doing now.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 15:41 GMT)

India haven't lost three Tests in a series by an innings in more than 50 years. Says it all.

Posted by TRAM on (January 25, 2012, 15:38 GMT)

There is no mention about the catch Dravid dropped off Clarke off Aswin's first ball of a new over from the other end. Dravid reacted very late and made it look like it its not a catchable one ! DRAVID WAS NOT READY TO DIVE AT ALL. Then why does he stand in slips, esp for a spinner ??? The only fun I had in the 2nd day's play was when Ravi Sashtri raised his voice (sarcastic) like "here is the chase by VVS"... "this time both VVS and Dravid chase.." etc The 3 people giving honest attempt in fielding are Kholi, Gambhir & SRT, not that they are great fielders, but one needs to try at least, right. Of course Saha is the best. After a very long time it is heartening to see a good keeper for India.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (January 25, 2012, 15:37 GMT)

Get rid of Srikanth and the entire Selection committee. They brought this SHAME on India by refusing to let go of seniors. Bring back Greg Chappell as India's coach. He had shaken up things by making the seniors contribute. Replace Srikanth with Ganguly. Ganguly has a great eye on spotting talent. Get rid of all non-performers - Viru, Ishant, THE HOLE, LAX and Selfishkar. They have failed miserably and they need to be DROPPED immediately. We have plenty of young talent - Rohit, Rahane, Manoj, Pujara, Mukund, Badri, etc among batsmen and Ashok Dinda, TP Sudhindra, Irfan Pathan, Pankaj Singh, etc. among bowlers.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 15:29 GMT)


Posted by nachami on (January 25, 2012, 15:20 GMT)

I think people are bliind and have no sense.. Why to talk only about Ashwins performance who has only done a decent job. He could have taken 5 wickets had Laxman / Dravid not dropped catches. What about the contribution of other bowlers? Why are we targeting only the spinners? It is very funny that people are talking about Harbajan. What is the so great thing Harbajan done in Australia in the past.. Will somebody check the statistcis. People talk as if Bajji will do this and that. If he could do now, why DID HE NOT DO in Australia in the past? Simple Answer from me : 1. THE PITCH HAS NOTHING FOR THE BOWLERS. Australians are in great form and they scored 600+. 2. Indian batsmen, though capable, could not withstand in pressure of looking at the socre of 600+. It is like Tamilnadu lost Ranji Final where Toss was the matter. It is sad that we lost the toss!!

Posted by JohnRoberts on (January 25, 2012, 15:13 GMT)

"Clarke brought up his with a clip for two through midwicket off R Ashwin and celebrated another monstrous innings in the series. . ."

As a professional writer, I urge you to look up the word 'monstrous'.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (January 25, 2012, 15:04 GMT)


Posted by Jerseyite on (January 25, 2012, 15:03 GMT)

I am so happy this happened and Dravid was found out. The England series was an aberration. I had realized long back, in fact in 2009/10 that Dravid's time was up. He was lucky that some third rate fielders in Windies dropped him repeatedly and he was made to look better than he was. Agreed, he played well in England and India as a whole flopped, thereby making him look great. But we all knew Dravid's time was up. If he has any shame left in him, he should retire. There's no point giving great Bradman Oration speeches if you can't follow your own words. Indian cricket needs to blood youth and for that to happen, old daddies like Dravid need to retire.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 14:59 GMT)

Indian fans are saying, "When is the IPL starting? I am tired with these TESTs."

Posted by sAsad786 on (January 25, 2012, 14:50 GMT)

I wonder why sehwag set a defensive feild for ponting and clarke when India were in position of getting autralia out within 300. Also when ponting was batting into the90s, sehwag bowled himself rather creating pressure on PONTING by giving ball to his frontline bowler. JUST RIDIULOUS CAPTAINCY..!!

Posted by RK.Chandru on (January 25, 2012, 14:43 GMT)

Even if the aged warriors are replaced, India's batting woes would continue as long as the selectors do not have the guts to remove both the openers and replace them with Rahane and Mukund or someone else. India's problems start right at the top and penetrate further. What's the use if even someone's 165 innings (and other person's 85 innings) experience hasn't taught him any lessons. This is neither a gully cricket bowling nor, he's a Bradman. In ignoring to respect the opposition and their attack, Sehwag has exposed himself and made himself a laughing stock. Do not once again find the poor south Indians an easy meat and criticize or dispense only VVS and Ashwin and feel comfortable. Replace both the openers first and Ishant with a suitable bowler. Half of the team's problems will be solved.

Posted by Drew12 on (January 25, 2012, 14:39 GMT)

@Rama Raghuraman your comments beg the question: how many test matches have you played and watched. Richie Benaud is the undisputed gospel of cricket wisdom. His knowledge of the game and ability to discern technical flaws and bring colour to its history is one of the reasons he is held in the highest regard in Australia as a commentator. The other being his wit. I'm almost convinced that you have never seen Sehwag bat live. He is the stand and deliver type of batsman taken to an extreme. Apart from an initial trigger movement, his feet are bolted to the pitch. The majority of the Indian batting contingent is not disimilar. That is why they have struggled to post 200, let alone 300, in this series.

Posted by pkhunter on (January 25, 2012, 13:59 GMT)

Duncan, please leave. The same players were doing astonishingly well under Kirsten. The coach has more bearing on a team and its psyche than people realize.

Posted by Mill1 on (January 25, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

Mukund, Pujara, M. Kaif (Captain), R.Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Badrinath, D.Karthik, Irfan Pathan, Zaheer Khan, Umesh Yadav, Pragyan Ojha.

I dare the BCCI to select the above 11. With the current team, its not just the batting of veterans which has been poor. Everything, Opening batting, Middle order, wicketkeeping, Seam bowling, Ashwin's Sping bowling, Fielding, Attitude and Enthusiasm + Captaincy have all been poor. The guys in the 11 above have all done enough to be given an extended run in the side and who knows you may find some stars of the future. Ojha with left arm spin would have been a much bigger threat to Aussies than Ashwin...BCCI and management caved into Ashwin's hype and marketing value!! The same was done when they overlooked a rejuvenated Murali Karthik in preference of Harbhajan.

Posted by DMS1111 on (January 25, 2012, 13:43 GMT) this the first time you have watched cricket.......wait till NZ play a test and then you will definately want to watch paint dry...

Posted by prapatelp on (January 25, 2012, 13:23 GMT)

Please team India save your self a humiliation and try to play for atleast 4 days. If you look past 7 test overseas india with the best batting line-up have only managed to cross 300+ score just once and the test match has been over witihin 4 days or less. I know Dravid and Laxman are due for the departures from the team but has anyone thought how long will the coach stay. I think BCCI are just spending money in the wrong place. Bring a coach who can make a team not break a team. Indian players are looking as lifeless as a rock. Winning against WI on home turf!!!! is nothing to be proud of. In my opinion all the politicians should leave from the BCCI office and have former players govern it and that is the only way indian team will survive or else we are seeing the emergence of a new Bangladesh team right here in India.

Posted by Romenevans on (January 25, 2012, 13:17 GMT)

1. I stopped watching T20. 2. Then i stopped Watching ODIs 3. Now i stopped Watching Test matches 4. I'll stop coming to cricinfo. The END!

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 13:12 GMT)

wow very happy to see more results like this, we want to come an end to BCCI dominance.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 13:05 GMT)

Aptly named Agneepath series....the Indians have been roasted....there is nothing left but to get back home, get some soul searching done, change the selection committee, change the team. Dravid, are still heroes to the nation. But pls retire. Drop Ghambir, Sehwag ..keep them for home tests...if needed. Send our players to play in England county. Make Mohinder Amarnath the batting coach...he is the only one who scored prolific runs outside the country. Drop Srikanth as the head of selection board....he is useless. Prepare rank turners at home, so the visitors get a taste of thier own medicine. Create a good system for fast bowlers, spinners and batsmen and most importantly fielding and fitness. And for Gods sake STOP Regionalism. We are Indians first. pls select talent. otherwise we will keep waiting for another Dravid, Tendulkar to score. Sehwag...pls forget cricket. u are like a dice that is thrown. Not worth the gamble.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (January 25, 2012, 13:04 GMT)

This should be the last test match for THE HOLE (formerly known as THE WALL), VVS, and Viru. Dump them in the Indian Ocean. They have brought SHAME on India.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 12:57 GMT)

After Sehwag's dismissal, Richie Benaud commented in Sky Sports ' Youngsters seeing dismissal of Sehwag will note that there was absolutely no footwork and will understand the virtues of technical batting'. More or less something to the effect.As far as batting is concerned, Sehwag with his performances is many times more endowed than Richie the batter[Test ave- 24.45].There have been occasions when Sehwag has shown he has superior defence/footwork even than Sachin and others -against SL, Aus. where he applied himself. THE foot work is also seen when he charges down the track against spinners.Conceded Viru is fading fast and may soon lose his place in test team.I would be happy if he quits.He has already given such cricketing pleasure that no other cricketer can ever give.But for Benaud to sort of publicly rebuking his style and his stature is not acceptable to me. Raghuraman

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

INDIA'S most horrible performance i hve ever seen..........

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 12:53 GMT)

all indian fellows, lets not call this team as INDIA TEAM, we can call only BCCI team

Posted by gmt3872001 on (January 25, 2012, 12:48 GMT)


Posted by Stymie on (January 25, 2012, 12:47 GMT)

Slightly off-topic, I had Cricinfo on all day with the commentary flowing. We also have a TV in the meal room at my work. I doubt it was mere coincidence that the people who sneaked in to get score updates/see Punter and Clarke get their doubles, etc. were there again and again at the same time as me! We also have a wide range of folk with disparate religious and ethic backgrounds going mad over the TEST CRICKET. I think people generally underestimate the popularity of this format. In Australia, anyway I can assure you interest has not waned.

Posted by prabhat112 on (January 25, 2012, 12:46 GMT)

BCCI should now give a farewell to dravid and laksman as early as possible , and tell sachin to be ready as well. Most important task which BCCI will face is rebuilding . So even we dont have replacements ready for dravid and laxman , still some young guys who have performed good in domestic and especially in seaming conditions (someone like Ravindar jadeja ,vineet saxena , robin bist etc ) should be given chances against big teams in Test matches even though in indian conditions . Again there shd be planned replacements for someone like Sehwag who will lose his agility within 2 3 years(he doesnt hav much now). Ishant shd be sent to Rehab to find corrections and once he does he can be a better bowler . And the other young bowlers need to be properly luked after so that they atleast dont loose their basic and special skills. Cricket is a religion in india. If properly handled , indians can becum the best in the buisness and that too for a long long time.:)

Posted by TrumperLives on (January 25, 2012, 12:36 GMT)

Hey India, if you want a competitive game of cricket, you could play the Australian Women's team, or our Blind team.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

Stick a fork in it. This match is done. let's not blame BCCI, older players not resigning, the selectors etc. Blame everyone including the fans. The whole country just got caught up in the hoopla of the IPL, dancing girls, big money and some success on the field. The success was not real. They won the world cup at home. They won several series at home and had one great away tour in Australia when everything came together including a terrific performance from newcomer Ishant Sharma. They were still hungry then. But with that success and the success of the IPL, the hunger was replaced by arrogance. It went to straight to everyone's heads including Sharma's. The result is that he has become ordinary just like the rest of team. India, blame yourselves collectively. Pick up the pieces collectively and get on with it. However, the allure of the IPL with its big money and dancing girls may just get in the way. It could be long and horrible fall from grace.

Posted by Crazy_Pk on (January 25, 2012, 12:30 GMT)

Hi guys, see my prediction. Tendulkar will score a 100 here. cheers for all indians fans atleast some thing for their joy in this tour. .... Hahaha Good work by clark & ponting... This is real class batting. My dear IPL fans and team Ind players, you must learn from it... IPL is not a world class cricket where you guys hit 6s & 4s and make smile you should world class cricket

Posted by dms1972 on (January 25, 2012, 12:19 GMT)

What I'd like to know is; Where are all the Indian fans who were saying India would win this series 4-0?

Posted by sjitendran on (January 25, 2012, 12:16 GMT)

Thats it. No more watching of Indian Test cricket. BCCI has successfully disamantled Test cricket atleast for Indian cricket by shambolic selection and backing on wrong horses like IPL read money making tamasha, May be they did that thinking now Indians will only follow IPL because that is the only form they can shine. But now the real fans should boycott so called tamasha, IPL and send a strong message. There is a saying "The flame burns brighter before it goes out". I think that's what happened to Rahul in England. I think both stalwarts Dravid and Laxman are not only failing with bat but also dropping vital catches. This shows both of them have problem of reflex and can't react fast enough. It is hightime both of them retire gracefully after this serires. India is paying the price for foolish selection policy. Greg Chappel has said it right"Ignore youth at your peril".Rahul & Laxman should not prolong the agony as it is painful to watch a Master look like a novice with no clue.

Posted by Nightwing32 on (January 25, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

Awww just when Haddin was getting in form.

Posted by bMike on (January 25, 2012, 12:05 GMT)

Mark Waugh is 100% current. India is number 8 in both tests & ODIs outside India. India should be called home champions until 2015 & world cup should be held again this year anywhere outside India to select real world champions.

Posted by Akheel on (January 25, 2012, 12:02 GMT)

@Dinker_Rkn-Thanks mate.Hope your team turn tables in the ODI's. that said,my team SL will have thing or two to upset the apple cart.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 12:00 GMT)

India need a young, aggressive leader rather than dhoni or sehwag at least at test level. Right now there is not much option though. Bring back irfan pathan, drop ishant sharma at least irfan would score some runs.

Posted by THINK_BEYOND on (January 25, 2012, 11:55 GMT)

Indian team selection is an example of what's eating away our society at this moment i.e. 'lack of fairness' and 'dominance of regionalism'. In your corporate life you must have noticed several such occurrences where people get promoted or selected based on their regions rather than based on actual talent. Don't want to pin point, but we know BCCI is dominated by people from few regions and some of illogical selections are just the result of that. Cricinfo please post, there is nothing that I mentioned that lot of other Indians would disagree.

Posted by sjitendran on (January 25, 2012, 11:54 GMT)

No more watching of Indian Test cricket, BCCI has successfully turned away Indian fans from Test cricket, thinking that now they will more following for IPL tamsha. But it could have adverse effect on them. There is a saying "The flame burns brighter before it goes out". I think that's what happened to Rahul in England. I think both stalwarts Dravid and Laxman are not only failing with bat but also dropping vital catches. This shows both of them have problem of reflex and can't react fast enough. It is hightime both of them retire gracefully after this serires. Rahul who has strong admiration for his hero Steve Waugh should not prolong the agony and end as his mentor did.

Posted by er.Vaibhav on (January 25, 2012, 11:54 GMT)

alright indians are playing badly and deserve every critics but for those who are questioning india's no.1 position and being world champions in past especially pakistanis you should know that if you were not playing well from past two years then that doesn't mean that you should not be wc1992 champions or if aus is on 4th position right now that doesn't mean they didn't deserve their no.1 position in past..whats done is done indian deserve and what is being done right now by us then we also deserve this plz comment on current series no useless junk plz

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 11:51 GMT)

@Towfeeq Ahmed You have made true analysis of team India........................................

Posted by sudhakar_billapati on (January 25, 2012, 11:50 GMT)

@Yarms and others who always say we will show our strength when eng,aus or sa comes to india,which we already did plz,plz..........check the facts with eng,in 2001.1-0(3 tests),2006 1-1(3 tests),2008 1-0(2 tests) with aus,in 2001,2-1(3 tests),2004 1-2(4 tests),2008 2-0(4 tests),2010 2-0(2 tests) with sa,in2000 0-2(2 tests),2004 1-0(2 tests),2008 1-1(3 tests),2010 1-1(2 tests)

i am showing the rsults of matches played in india only that too in last 12 years. see india won the series against all above teams once against sa,twice agains eng,thrice against aus,but never never humiliated the opposition as we got from england and aus in last 7 tests.

so we have to accept the team india failure and give some respect to oppsition team.that is sportsman spirit.

just bcos they were defeated in india does not justify our humiliation.

we have to accept that our players potential r not upto that mark.

and have to condemn our players overconfidence

Posted by er.Vaibhav on (January 25, 2012, 11:46 GMT)

according to me persons who should be dropped first are not dravid,laxman,ishant and should be inidan selectors and team management who are just mindless and stubborn to give chances to these players and continuously dropping rohit,ojha neglecting players like badrinath...

Posted by er.Vaibhav on (January 25, 2012, 11:41 GMT)

@indian fans some of us are still expecting for india to win..plz be a little realistic what can you expect from these old horses..only thing thats gonna happen to us is gambhir will make half century tomorrow and will get dismissed around 50 sachin as usual will get out in his nervous 70's and 80's,no resistance of any sort from useless and shameless laxman who is not going to retire no matter what happens,kohli will play some good shots and india will be following in the 2nd inning with a trail of 400..

Posted by Dilruksh on (January 25, 2012, 11:40 GMT)

bcci shouldnt have paid that large sum of money aftr their world cup win.and the best part is that they accepted it.when it comes to sri lanka after the world cup win arjuna didnt accept the money from the board saying that we played for the country and not for money.such a shame bcci

Posted by Silverbails on (January 25, 2012, 11:37 GMT)

Please, please let this match go into the fourth day!! It's br really nice to draw the match, let alone win it, which ain't going to happen!!! Time for Dravid to retire, as the swinging and seaming ball seem to have found him with a MASSIVE hole between bat and bat these days. So, "The Wall" is rather crumbling; or, there's at least a massive hole in The Wall!!! As for Sehwag: perhaps it's NOW time to DROP HIM from the Test team, and for him to come back in some first class matches in England, or Australia, 'cos he CAN'T seem to play the swinging and seaming ball, either!!! Can India draw: only time will tell, although the omens aren't good there!!!! Fresh talent need to be blooded in NOW!! How about giving Mukund (who didn't do too badly in England, where the ball does move around a bit!!) a consistent run in the Test team? Anyway, come on India....things can SURELY only GET BETTER from here on in...!!!

Posted by SanjuMenon on (January 25, 2012, 11:37 GMT)

If there are any out of form batsman (apart from India), please contact your Cricket Board to have a series with India......You would become No.1 in World Ranking after the series.....

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 11:34 GMT)

guys lets stop criticizing indian team. we know that they didnt played according to their potential. This is the worst ever performance by india. WE all expected India to put up a fighting performance. It didnt happen. What we need to do now is support our team rather than criticizing them. Dhoni as a test captain seems to be lacking skills. We need an aggressive captain like ganguly. I am not saying that Dhoni is not a good captain. He has improve a lot as a captain to lead a team in a test match.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 11:33 GMT)

@Akheel--Meety is an Aussie fan..have read his comments and even conversed with him before(right from last years Ashes)through cricinfo posts..and i must say.."his comments are the best accolade Indian team has received this summer"which is thoroughly undeserved.Knowing his cricket gyan just cant make out why he is talking about an Indian win!!!!even suspect it is a kind of mental disintegration tactic...(since players are already disintegrated(they were.. soon after Sydney test) think Aussies want even the Indian fans too be mentally detached from the series ..right now posters are more committed to the game than the players....evident from the number of comments in cricinfo....@Meety please dont mistake genuine Indian fans..we are not supporting this spineless,detached and flawed Indian performance. i would request a proper perspective on 2 players who have been gr8 in this series--Ricky and Warner..they wont ever get such a 'friendly' opposition(bow+field)from a top test nation.

Posted by SanjuMenon on (January 25, 2012, 11:32 GMT)

It would be ideal if India starts the reform the team. The great 3 should decide their future. Throw out the old Duncan out of our team and bring back either Sourav Ganguly or Ravi Shasthri as Indian Coach. Let the new team learn how to play test matches (Sri Lanka, Kiwis series are ideal for experimenting this). Where are the new bunch of spinners in India? Are there any one? Ashwin is a batsman now who can spin a bit.....but definitely not on the pitches he won't like.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 11:32 GMT)

Why cannot we afford 3 teams - One for Test, one for ODI And one for T20. This will ensure the players are used to that format and the results may be different. Surely, BCCI can afford that luxury.

Posted by Supa_SAFFA on (January 25, 2012, 11:31 GMT)

I've always found it breathtaking how some Indian fans can watch a game between two other teams and then comment in a such way that makes it all about India and their own heroes. Well here I can do the same and say that it's all about the SOUTH AFRICAN coaches. Gary Kirsten's stint with India coincided with their most successful era ever and now Mickey Arthur seems to be starting a famous turnaround of Aussie fortunes. I can't wait for when these coaches clash for the no 1 test ranking next summer.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 11:29 GMT)

I agree with Nev_19. VVS, Dravid and Sehwag are to be replaced. Probably these batsmen are not confident like what they used to be once and they do not have the appetite to stay and make more runs. Sehwag comes to the top as far as throwing his wicket is concerned. Then Dhoni. . . I think it is better to rebuild the team. If Kris Srikkanth's argument of the whole unit failing, then replace the whole unit.

Posted by popcorn on (January 25, 2012, 11:19 GMT)

Will Indian Selectors and fans wake up? Mark Waugh said correctly that India are 8th in the world in AWAY Test Series. Two whitewashes are better than one.

Posted by Gozunder on (January 25, 2012, 11:14 GMT)

Seems to be a deliberate ploy by the Indians to underperform. Seems to be the only way they can get Fletcher out of the team. He wasn't a unanimous choice, he was BCCIs choice, quite surprisingly without consulting any of their technical committee or the the Indian players.

Posted by Biggus on (January 25, 2012, 11:14 GMT)

Well, I'm just hugely disappointed with this summer's test series Vs India. Despite what some may think we Aussies like a tough, hard-fought competition and this has been anything but. Sure we like to win, but we also like to think we earned it, not just had it handed to us on a plate. Forget India, this is starting to get embarrassing for us too. Geez, I hope India play better in the ODIs as I can't watch much more of this tame submission.

Posted by world.cricketer on (January 25, 2012, 11:14 GMT)

disappointing that ASHWIN missed the double hundred figure .............. aus should have allowed Ashwin to reach 200 any how he wont feel any embarrassing.

Posted by ramps_wi on (January 25, 2012, 11:12 GMT)

Wey, this is pressure yes, what will happen to WI in March ......

Posted by bobmartin on (January 25, 2012, 11:12 GMT)

@ jason79 "Just before this series , it was believed the good ole days of Australian Cricket has come to an end ,with a not so confident series levelling in South Africa and against New Zealand , one expected them to crumble against the No 1st Test team in the world -india" Is this according to the BCCI World Rankings, or the Indian Supporters Ratings, or the Best Team at Home Table.. because it sure as hell isn't in accordance with the only table that matters.. i.e. the ICC Rankings Table...

Posted by Stark62 on (January 25, 2012, 10:58 GMT)


At least the Indian bowlers have completed a century! :P

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 10:57 GMT)

@dr.mehraj: correct but BCCI and most indian don't understand this

Posted by Nev_19 on (January 25, 2012, 10:55 GMT)

India has been DISGRACED by the Asinine Selectors & Board. Some of the seniors, notably Rahul Dravid & VVS Laxman are so shameless, selfish, and IN DENIAL that they will not go until PUSHED OUT. It is time to keep Sachin Tendulkar so he can mentor the new comers. Push Virender Sehway down the order, and bring in Rohit Sharma & Cheteshwar Pujara.

Posted by Sagay-Ed on (January 25, 2012, 10:55 GMT)

@VivekAhuja - You are a true Indian supporter like me. Most ppl who comment here are not supporters but critics.

Posted by Vincent49 on (January 25, 2012, 10:53 GMT)

I agree why indian players are being seduced by money in the ipl, test cricker will faulter Boycot IPL!

Posted by swat1999 on (January 25, 2012, 10:50 GMT)

Ponting-Clerke partnership enjoy to punish India & they make sure 4-0 white wash to the Indians.

Posted by RasCric on (January 25, 2012, 10:50 GMT)

Hahahahahahah! funny seeing indian predictions again. Wake up, you will lose thsi test in 4 days.

Posted by David_Boon on (January 25, 2012, 10:44 GMT)

Gotta love all the Indian fans here who seem to think their team can bat long enough to secure a draw. India have looked atrocious with the bat for ages now, this series has only highlighted that. Their players do not have the mental fortitude to overcome their technical problems. Dravid is a perfect example: keeps getting bowled because he's clearly too slow to react, and can't adjust his technique to compensate. Unless Sachin makes 400 India don't stand a chance to save this match.

Posted by senmanoh on (January 25, 2012, 10:43 GMT)

Sachin's letter to Indian captain

To Whomsoever it may concern

+ I'll only play @ 4 in tests and open in ODIs. This is non negotiable and final + I need a night watchman when a wicket falls in the last 20 overs of the day + I'll play for time from 1st over after tea + When my batting starts to look ugly, I want Ravi in commentary box explaining how dangerous it is for the batsman even if the ball barely rises to my knees

Posted by No_1_again on (January 25, 2012, 10:39 GMT)

@satish619chandar - also come late to the ground so you ball lesser overs (LOL) to your opponents

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (January 25, 2012, 10:35 GMT)


Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 10:33 GMT)

Does capital letter make comments more readable? I am sure most people skip those comments. Dont try to catch attention forcefully,if your comment is good readers will read it.

Posted by Haleos on (January 25, 2012, 10:31 GMT)

@syedmkr - very well said. Some fans will still come to their rescue but time hs come upon them now.

Posted by Haleos on (January 25, 2012, 10:29 GMT)

@praveenchopra - did u time travelled and put that comment? lol.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (January 25, 2012, 10:26 GMT)


Posted by Stymie on (January 25, 2012, 10:22 GMT)

Despite the disappointing performance of the Indian team this tour, I have enjoyed the action thoroughly following the Ashes disasters. The Aussies sustained some level of success following the departure of Warne and Co., but we all knew the writing was on the wall. I see the moment that the delusion ended was AUS vs SA at Perth 2008 when the visitors reached the 4th innings target of 414 no problem. The 'Summer of Clarke' has given me renewed hope for the future. I think he will drag the young guys along with him to escalating and enduring success.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 10:22 GMT)

Regardless of what happens in this test or the next, nothing will change , BCCI won't care neither will the players.The best way to wake up BCCI is to stop watching IPL.Once the money dries up we can hope to see some change.Till then , dont be surprised if the ball suddenly starts swinging and we loose the rest of the wickets in the morning session.So who ever reads this comment , please spread the word STOP WATCHING IPL.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (January 25, 2012, 10:20 GMT)


Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 10:19 GMT)

Shewag to be dropped for one series. Dravid and VVS should retire. Dhoni to be dropped for one test series and stripped off captaincy in tests for ever. Rahane, Dinesh Karthik, Rohit Sharma and Badrinath in for next test series onwards. Ishant Sharma to be dropped and Varun Aaron to be in, for tests as well as for ODI ever.

Posted by AlfAlpha on (January 25, 2012, 10:17 GMT)

India - don't worry guys - we can still WIN this one - India always start slowly on tour - we are world champions, only reason for Oz to do good right now is Dhoni has been banned from match.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 10:14 GMT)

What has gone Wrong with Indian Batsmen,I really don't understand guys !!!

Posted by dr.mehraj on (January 25, 2012, 10:12 GMT)

i am so happy that india is going to be humiliated badly by the aussies. because what they do in international cricket is "just business". they have taken this game to a level of money building machine. all the channels shows their star player's add....etc. etc.i wonder how they make time for their practice sessions. all they know is to how to play IPL & tv commercials. once again salute to aussies for bringing team india in ground & their so called "AGNEEPATH" series whitewash. u deserve it team india:)

Posted by VivekAhuja on (January 25, 2012, 10:06 GMT)

Still 3 days left in test. Sachin will get a century & India will post total of 500+ Then a 3rd inning co-laps of Australia. India will try to win on Day 5. RESULT : - Match Drawn or India finally made it 1-3.

Posted by Slysta on (January 25, 2012, 10:04 GMT)

Sigh, LillianThomson, there have been 17 results in the last 20 Tests in Adelaide. Not bad for a "hopeless featherbed", and compares favourably to most venues around the world. It'd be easy to forget on the basis of this summer's fare, but Test cricket is actually a FIVE-day game, and predictions of a "bore draw" are highly premature. In the last 10 years alone, two sides have made 550+ in the first innings of the match - and gone on to lose the Test. Including, in 2003, an Indian side reduced to 4/85 in pursuit of Australia's first-innings 556. Conditions are supposed to be good for batting sometimes (although I too prefer the more even balances we saw in Brisbane and Melbourne earlier in the summer).

Posted by RasCric on (January 25, 2012, 10:02 GMT)

India after each match: MCG: It was a seaming wicket, unfair! SCG: It was a green wicket, Unfair! WACA: It was a bouncy wicket, unfair! Adelaide: It was a flat wicket, unfair!

Posted by AidanFX on (January 25, 2012, 10:01 GMT)

Yah AO administrators must be pleased; as also Channel 9 - Tendulka survives so he has a chance to get his hundredth- thousandth - millionth - billionth - trillionth, gazillionth 100

Posted by satish619chandar on (January 25, 2012, 9:51 GMT)

Present state of Indian cricket : While bowling - Wait for innings to finish and batting. While batting - Finish off the match asap and leave the ground sooner..

Posted by ferdous06 on (January 25, 2012, 9:49 GMT)

Looks le another innings defeat is on it's way. Love to hear comments from those arogant Indian fans.

Posted by TheLoneStranger on (January 25, 2012, 9:48 GMT)

Surely now Marsh will go? He should never have played this test. Katich or Khawaja should have been recalled. This test could still finish in a draw. India only has to show some application and they should be able to bat themselves out of trouble, but can they? Perhaps they are not mentally/psychologically up for the challenge. Time will tell, as they say in the classics.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (January 25, 2012, 9:46 GMT)


Posted by Mervo on (January 25, 2012, 9:42 GMT)

Ashwin was so bad, the worst figures for a spinner there for many. many years. he came with a strong reputation, but have proven to be toothless.

Posted by saqskhan on (January 25, 2012, 9:41 GMT)

I Hope we will get to see some changes after this Test series, a combination of young players like Rohit, Badrinath, Raina, Rahane will get chance to prove their talent...Sachin, Dravid and Laxman must retire from the International Cricket even Sehwag should also go out from Test cricket and play only ODIs and T20s. If selectors are reading this then please check out the team XI below and do think of it. 1) Gambhir 2) Rahane 3) Rohit 4) Badrinath 5) Raina 6) Kohli 7) Dhoni 8) Ashwin 9) Zaheer 10) Yadav 11) Pravin Kumar 12) V. Aaron 13) Rahul Sharma

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 9:40 GMT)

4-0 here we come, number one ranking here we come

Posted by Yarms on (January 25, 2012, 9:37 GMT)

All I can say is that some of the comments come from "fair weather friends"..... Anyone who has played cricket (or sport for that matter) at any level will realise that times are good and times are bad.. India is going through a bad patch at the moment and I agree time for Dravid and Lax to step down. They will after this series.. Its their last chance to to leave with pride... It would be interesting to know what Australias and England record is in India ovre the past 10 years?? Undoubtedly we struggle against the seaming and bouncing ball... they struggle with spin and low wickets.. If we are flat track bullies.. whay dont they succeed on our wickets?? The key to our future is not just axing people.. but to look at the domestic conditions to prepare pitches with pace, bounce and grass.. This is the oly way we will play consistantly well overseas in the future!

Posted by Akheel on (January 25, 2012, 9:37 GMT)

@Meety- you Sir, A genuine indian Fan. RESPECT

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 9:34 GMT)

While the opposition captain is dealing in 300s and 200s, the great indian captain isnt too far 30s and 20s...TEAM INDIA is a joke in cricket !

Posted by Dolci on (January 25, 2012, 9:31 GMT)

I agree with truebleue_cricfan 100%.

Posted by VJGS on (January 25, 2012, 9:24 GMT)

Real pity to see a great like Dravid, playing his last series in Australia, getting bowled out so often. The Wall is crumbling. But no one can blame him for not trying. Everyone knows how hard he trains in the nets. Guess his time is really up. Hope at least VVS comes good this match.

Posted by Invincibless on (January 25, 2012, 9:23 GMT)

I have a gut feeling somebody from Indian team is gonna get double century.. MOST probably it will be Ashwin.... his missed his double while bowling though...

Posted by ravi_hari on (January 25, 2012, 9:20 GMT)

A familiar sight all through the series. However, this time the chances of Indians doing better are brightened by the pitch which looks good for batting for another 2 days. However, there are 2 aspects we need to examine - India have lost Dravid and the ball is keeping low quite frequently. Throughout the series the wkt of Dravid has been the nemesis of the team. Once Dravid is gone most of the batsmen folded up without a fight. One odd innings from Sachin and Kohli were too little to save the team from defeat. The second aspect is more threatening. Indians have to bat through atleast 170 overs to reach 600 and then look for a lead. Throughout this series India have batted for 141, 170 & 123 overs in the three tests. Expecting them to play 200 overs in the first innings is wishful thinking. However, it is not impossible. If Sachin and Laxman dig themselves in they can atleast salvage a draw and avoid another innings defeat. A collapse tommorrow will end it all and innings win for Aus

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 9:16 GMT)

Well done MC and RP....Beautiful batting bad bowling from Ishant, Umesh.. Feilding not upto the mark...03 dropped catches and that too of the players of these caliber....

Posted by ThirdRenegade on (January 25, 2012, 9:16 GMT)

Well, I'm an Indian but surely wish Pup, Punter & other Aussies grind the meat out of these Indians because they aren't worth their salt. Some sense should have surely prevailed to at least select Rohit Sharma, Pragyan Ojha & Abhimanyu Mithun. If these extras are kept in cold storage, they will never like to travel like baggage every time the team loses on foreign tours! How this team will beat any international side on their soil is beyond me after this cascade of losses. The team is just going through the motions & looks listless & limpid. I think the selectors better start the catharsis & dissect the series plus decide which of the seniors need to be persevered with. At this rate even a Sri Lanka tour may be infamous for a sure series defeat. Struggling batsmen, ineffectual bowlers, lack of spirited resistance don't augur well for an international cricketing side. The writing is surely on the wall!

Posted by KKRajesh on (January 25, 2012, 9:15 GMT)

Any player who are struggling with their form (batsman/bowler) would like to play against India success guaranteed.!!

Posted by syedmkr on (January 25, 2012, 9:12 GMT)

The time has come now; both aged, lazy fielders on field & less productive/fragile batting when scoring runs, DRAVID & LAXMAN should announce theire retirement on the 3rd day which is the last day of this WHITE-WASHED SERIES.

Posted by praveenchopra on (January 25, 2012, 9:10 GMT)

i am sure indian great 5 batsmen will make big runs this time,sehwag 175,dravid 150,tendulkar 250,laxman 200,gambhir 150,so we will get 925 +250 from ashvin and we can pass 600 easily and australia will be in trouble

Posted by ravikb on (January 25, 2012, 9:10 GMT)

I lost interest in cricket with this kind of performance from Indian team. I'm not going to watch any more cricket involving India.

Posted by ali00 on (January 25, 2012, 9:08 GMT)

Hats off to Punter for his brilliant batting and i also congratulate Punter and Clarkey on their double handred.

Posted by prabhat112 on (January 25, 2012, 9:07 GMT)

Is this the end? thats it? two years of rule in subcontinent and then pathetic surrender . I thought no. 1 will be longer or at least indians will be around it for a long time. But with this defeat which is inevitable , india will go back to 4th i guess. and then till september when all will be playing test except india , it will go and touch the bottom along with some teams . Why BCCI isnt luking into this and inspecting it ? Ranking should be a matter of concern and moreover the manner of defeat should be given a thought. If Bcci does sum R&D they will atleast find out a raw solution to not let players defame india through their performances.

Posted by truebleue_cricfan on (January 25, 2012, 9:05 GMT)

It sometimes seems to me that the Indians are taking their cricket too lightly. And I feel this is a result of Dhoni's leadership. Dhoni with his casual approach to cricket has taken away the fight and hunger in the players. The players don't seem to have intent and seem perfectly at ease in waiting for things to turn their way rather than making it happen. And if things don't go their way, they just dont care and attribute it to bad luck. Dhoni always talks about process and that if the process is in place the results will follow. Guess what, process alone isnt enough to win matches. You need to know how to make the process work for you.

Posted by PACEGUY on (January 25, 2012, 8:59 GMT)

786 Please just remember guys that these are two Cricketing giants, and that the competition has not been one-sided both these teams have been in control at some stage but mostly Australia (by the looks of the results so far).

Good Luck to both of them

Posted by prabhat112 on (January 25, 2012, 8:58 GMT)

These people are not eligible to play Test cricket . The great Gavaskar was so much ashamed of his 36(174 b) innigns at World cup that he never ever repated that mistake again in ODIs even if he got out without scoring. But sehwag and co. commits the same again and again and they are pretty ok with what is happening . Complacency isnt the word. becoz even a complacent person tries to justify his current position through his actions. They are a curious case of PETER'S principle. Promoted by media and fans to that much extent that they have now becum totally incompetent.

Posted by kishorekr on (January 25, 2012, 8:57 GMT)

Disaster looms for India. It would be a surprise to see them survive thru to the 3rd session on day 4. Someone here says there is a chance of India winning from here. Incredulous, I say! It would be wonderful if India could reach 120 from the score at stumps on day2, without losing a wicket.

Posted by jason79 on (January 25, 2012, 8:56 GMT)

Just before this series , it was believed the good ole days of Australian Cricket has come to an end ,with a not so confident series levelling in South Africa and against New Zealand , one expected them to crumble against the No 1st Test team in the world -india.But what followed was something totally contradictory to the script laid out .Australian Bowling which was quite pretty ordinary even with their main bowlers, were now awesome with their second rate bowlers , the batting which crumbled against the south african and New Zealanders started posting huge totals.What a diff , alomst same batting line which collapsed to 47 all out against S.A and now here ammassing 600 +..Where did it go all wrong for India ...Surely the performance they exhibiting now is something which you expect to see from Bangladesh or Ireland not froma team which has won the world cup.The Old stars must leave , no other choice and make way for young players

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 8:50 GMT)

Pre-1st test- We will win the series. Result= Lose - We always have been bad startes. Pre-2nd Test - We have a good record at SCG Result = lose - BCCI releases the IPL schedule. Pre- 3rd Test - We have won last year at Perth and we will repeat it. Result = Lose - "BCCI- We will beat them at home and be happy" Pre- 4th Test - "Ashwin- Indian batting camp isnt embarrassed" . all through the series people have been saying ishant is unlucky guys yea he has been unlucky that he hasnt been getting LUCKY wickets , come on you cant get wickets bowling short and wide lollies. Stop hiding him , Morkel had a lean summer (WAY better than ishant though) still people were questioning his position rather then bringing out the word "UNLUCKY". thing is we expect past performances to be repeated , we need to get over it.

Posted by JesseChuck on (January 25, 2012, 8:47 GMT)

first time ponting has scored 200 in long a time and micheal clark happy for you 300 and 200 great

Posted by Kashi0127 on (January 25, 2012, 8:46 GMT)

Waiting for Ponting to overtake Tendulkar in # of test runs so that we do not have to live with the hype

Posted by PiyushD on (January 25, 2012, 8:46 GMT)

SHAME, not only the way Team BCCI is playing but also their I don't care attitude, they have been failing regularly but nobody gets a kick, the 11 is same in every match the only reason extras are there is if someone is injured or banned and not if someone is not performing, they don't think they are answarable to Indian public.

Posted by LillianThomson on (January 25, 2012, 8:44 GMT)

Nothing has changed my view that this is a hopeless featherbed of a pitch, and that flat-track bullies on both sides should cash in. Tendulkar should reach his 100th hundred, Laxman should restore his fading reputation and India should comfortably secure a bore draw. After 2 days we still haven't seen 10 wickets fall in the match. But personally I'd rather watch paint dry then see batsmen accumulate easy runs, so as soon as the Test in Abu Dhabi started I switched channels to watch a proper contest between bat and ball.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 8:43 GMT)

The wicket fallen for indian at 26 and 31 same as the Aussies.So the next will go on 84 (Gambheer) Hope for some brilliant work from Sachin & Laxman. :)

Posted by stFleming on (January 25, 2012, 8:43 GMT)

Well great to see Ricky Ponting back in form...Absolutely crushed the Indians the whole series...

Posted by shahbazhussain on (January 25, 2012, 8:40 GMT)

India would need to bat twice or thrice to climb the 604-runs Everest? They have to explore themselves in the dreams tonight... there must be a magician coming in one of 11-player's crew to tell them how to bat, bat and bat... they have to stick like FEVICOL ads they regularly show on ESPN and Star Cricket. They have to take some of that glue in their dinner tonight and in the breakfast before diving in the field again. If they dont take FEVICOL - they wont be able to avoid undisputed 4-0 loss! (plz publish)

Posted by Haleos on (January 25, 2012, 8:28 GMT)

Hope The Wall with lot of holes and VVS retire gracefully after this series rather than having to be kicked out.

Posted by Meety on (January 25, 2012, 8:23 GMT)

Stumps Day 2, I think India were one wicket away from just chucking it all in, even allowing for the fact that at times in this series India looked like school kids (minus the energy), in the field just wanting their turn to bat. For India to win, (& it is still a remote chance), they will have to bat for two days & get 100 runs in front, then hope for a 5th day collapse. This would be based on India's batsmen amassing another 650 runs, which does not look plausible. The reality is, with the pitch wearing, India's main task is to be still batting in the 1st innings by stumps tomorrow, they would be close to the follow on if they achieved that. The first hour (been said before), tomorrow will go a long way to deciding whether India are up for the fight. I think Sachin has some sort of milestone he'll be chasing tomorrow too I've been told!!!!!!! BTW - got a gut feeling Lyon may pick up a few wickets tomorrow!

Posted by KarachiKid on (January 25, 2012, 8:22 GMT)

I predict century from Tendulkar and/or Laxman. But India would find it hard to save this match, let alone win from here.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 8:20 GMT)

Well Done team Australia u have proved once again ur the best team in the world.

I feel sorry for indian team :D

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 8:20 GMT)

Wondeful batting Ricky & Michael.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 8:15 GMT)

the way the australian pacers bowled today,it seems india is on road to another innings defeat here.the pitch is quite a beautiful batting surface,but australia is pounding pressure on the batsmen.i don't think they can resist this attack tomorrow morning.all hope lies on sachin and gambhir.they had done this before.otherwise...god help india.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (January 25, 2012, 8:14 GMT)


Posted by SHAKIB_IS_CLASS on (January 25, 2012, 8:13 GMT)

Superb batting by Ponting and Clark, expecting the same from any one of the batsmen from my team. Hope Gambir will do this time.

Posted by puneriMisal on (January 25, 2012, 8:12 GMT)

India should have played with 2 spinners which is their strength. Ideally 3 fast bowlers and 2 spinners would have worked. If 6 batsmen are not good enough then 7th batsmen would also not be enough. Lastly Sehwag should stop opening in overseas tests . Nothing much to say when all the batsmen are failing , but atleast play 2 spinners which is India's Strength and Australia's weekness against left arm spin

Posted by Ngaraj on (January 25, 2012, 8:03 GMT)

Kudos to Indian bowlers for making the out-of-form Aussie batsmen into making huge success in the last two matches.. Punter has his much-hoped-for and often-talked-about second innings in Tests.. And with that a good chance of his throwing Sachin's records out of the books.. The question now is whether this test would enter its fourth day or not.. Not exactly bad-mouthing the Indian batsmen (as it is unfair to do so the people who appear helpless and clueless!) but complimenting the Oz bowlers here!!

Posted by chishtyirfan on (January 25, 2012, 8:01 GMT)

no matter, where they win or how they win.Currently England world's no. 1 team. this is the fact.

Posted by Dilruksh on (January 25, 2012, 7:58 GMT)

oh it looks like anthr whitewash for sure.tendulkar and laxman r the only hopes.its time for dravid to make a decision

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 7:52 GMT)

This is the end of flat pitchers like sehwag,VVS i mean all indian side :P World champions of their home can't even win a single test match in good conditions or even pitch like this test match :D The major reason why indian side is losing is that they don't have a match winner bowler and on the other hand even their batsman are not going good cause they haven't taught how to play in good conditios, no doubt sachin is the great one but its part of life that he is not playing good but over all indian side needs to concentrate on international cricket rather than IPL. World champs of flat grounds :P :P

Posted by truebleue_cricfan on (January 25, 2012, 7:49 GMT)

All flaws of the Indian players have been exposed in the last 2 overseas tours. It is no secret that some of the Indian batsmen had holes in their technique. And the bowlers can be really abysmal on any day. There were signs even during india's ascent to the top, but all was hidden behind the home victories. Now that we are losing, it is all becoming evident. So it is not due to bad luck that India is losing. It is due to their inabilities with bat and ball. Where luck did play its part is when India became No 1 in tests. That was good luck. The sooner the team and BCCI accept this, the better for India. India had a good run,a lucky run. But it has all come crashing down, much like the stock exchange tends to.

Posted by zenboomerang on (January 25, 2012, 7:48 GMT)

Well I am sorry... Thought more from the Indian captain & expected a better showing in the field in the 1st innings... Still a long way to go - tomorrow is crucial for an Indian revival... Would love to see SRT get his 100 @ Adelaide - home of Bradman, who said SRT was the best batman that he had ever seen... Much history yet to go... Bringing laptop back to AO tomorrow... Hot & windy...

Posted by JustIPL on (January 25, 2012, 7:43 GMT)

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Posted by rahulcricket007 on (January 25, 2012, 7:43 GMT)


Posted by ponting100 on (January 25, 2012, 7:42 GMT)

Well done Punter and Pup, class you definitely are.

Great start to the Indian 1st innings as wel with Siddle taking a ripper of a catch and Hilfy bowling Dravid off his elbow.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 7:38 GMT)

There a too much of complacency, especially by Shewag for his place. He wants only loose balls to be given to him to hit. For that he doesn't need to be in Indian Batting lineup. Bowling is far from truth, as Zaheer has done more talking than bowling. Time for BCCI to get fresh talents and plenty of talents going in vain for not getting a chance. Since there are players who are complacent in IN team. Having played cricket myself, I understand the real worth of a place in playing eleven. Come IPL 5, everything soon will be forgotten. Nothing changes in IN team. Perform or Perish should only be the rule in IN cricket. They need to value their own place while playing for a nation.

Posted by indusfan on (January 25, 2012, 7:34 GMT)

Dear Australia, please let us play three innings and we promise still we will not cross your total

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