Australia v India, 4th Test, Adelaide, 3rd day January 26, 2012

Australia in control despite Kohli ton

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Australia 7 for 604 dec and 3 for 50 (Clarke 9*, Ponting 1*) lead India 272 (Kohli 116, Siddle 5-49, Hilfenhaus 3-62) by 382 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

It took until the third-last day of the series, but India finally found a Test centurion on this tour after Virat Kohli showed the fight that his colleagues have lacked. But on the national holiday of both India and Australia, there was more for the hosts to celebrate, as Peter Siddle finished with five wickets and Australia ended up with a lead of 382. By stumps, India still faced a major challenge to save the Adelaide Test and avoid a whitewash. If they do lose 4-0, it won't be Kohli's fault.

He was the last man out in India's innings as he chased quick late runs, and was lbw to Ben Hilfenhaus for 116. The Indians fell 133 short of the follow-on mark but Michael Clarke chose not to enforce it, preferring to give his bowlers a break and ensure India had the task of batting last on a pitch where that isn't always easy. By stumps, Australia were 3 for 50, but unless India could skittle the rest cheaply on the fourth morning, the wickets meant little to the match.

David Warner chipped a return catch to R Ashwin for 28 and Ed Cowan (10) was trapped lbw by Ashwin's arm ball, but it was the dismissal of Shaun Marsh sandwiched in between those strikes that the Australians least wanted to see. Marsh was lbw to Zaheer Khan for a duck, completing a series in which he has scored 0, 3, 0, 11, 3 and 0, and sealing his certain axing for the tour of the West Indies.

At the close, Michael Clarke was on 9 and Ricky Ponting had 1, and Australia were likely to aim to bat until about lunch on the fourth day before giving their bowlers the chance to attack India's batsmen again. To avoid defeat, India will need somebody else to stand up in that batting line-up besides Kohli, whose maiden Test hundred was the high point of a dismal tour for the batsmen.

Kohli did have support from Wriddhiman Saha between lunch and tea, and it appeared the two were going to steer India through a session without losing a wicket, something they haven't achieved in the series. That goal proved out of reach when Saha misjudged a leave in the final over before tea and lost his off stump on 35 as Ryan Harris nipped the ball back in.

After the break, Siddle (5 for 49) was quickly on a hat-trick when he had Ashwin lbw for 5 and then Zaheer nicked behind for a golden duck next delivery. Ishant Sharma survived the hat-trick ball and gave Kohli some support in scoring 16 before he missed a ball on off stump and was bowled by Hilfenhaus, who finished with 3 for 62.

Umesh Yadav finished not out without having to face a ball as Kohli picked up a few late boundaries with creative hitting over cover and down the ground, which followed some tense words exchanged between Kohli and some of the Australian fielders. It was a fine innings from Kohli, who brought up his maiden Test hundred with a two through the off side, initially caught up in the moment and celebrating after taking the first run before he realised a second was on offer.

He showed his senior colleagues how it was done on a surface not offering a great deal of assistance to the bowlers. In the second session India added 103 as Kohli and Saha both turned the strike over, Kohli especially going for his shots. He brought up his second half-century of the series with a boundary through midwicket off Hilfenhaus, and he was willing to go after the spin of Nathan Lyon and Michael Clarke, including with a slog-sweep for six off Lyon.

His fight was important for India after their miserable pre-lunch session, in which they lost three wickets. By the time Australia lost their fifth wicket they had 520 on the board; India had 111. In the first session of the day they lost Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir and VVS Laxman as the pressure from Australia's bowlers and fielders built up.

Gambhir and Tendulkar survived the initial morning period and took their partnership to 47 before the introduction of Siddle ended the stand and gave Australia a major boost on the national holiday of both countries. He drew an edge from Tendulkar (25) and the ball flew low to second slip, where Ponting did well to get his fingers under the ball to take the catch.

Siddle proved himself Clarke's go-to man when he also got rid of Gambhir for 34. Not for the first time in the series extra bounce troubled Gambhir, who fended a well-directed short ball that flew high into the off side and was snapped by Michael Hussey, who did well to run in from gully and take the catch diving forward.

It was a fine spell from Siddle, who entered the match with only one Test wicket for 241 runs at the Adelaide Oval. His strikes were followed by a wicket for Lyon, who turned the ball impressively and found an edge from VVS Laxman (18) when the batsman tried to run the ball fine. Brad Haddin completed the catch, and India's pain continued.

Kohli granted them some relief later in the day, but a mountain of work remained for them to save the match.

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

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  • anukrtiti on January 27, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    the best thing was aussies words back to the aussies but in indian style by virat ..........but yes a wonderful ton by virat but there's no need of it................ because anything can't help india if they don't do well in the 1st innings bowling or fielding!!!

  • nwone on January 27, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    @puneriMisal- the players you are talking about are match winners and more apropiately four of them being called legends.these players have already performed at such a high instinct through out their carrer that they are worth for this spot.However,if u need to replace them you need to find the players of virat kohli's caliber, may be rohit sharma fits best.but similarly,the question arises-would you danger team's result for an oversea series that is an important one.our domestic players are not upto such level, they need to have some county experience.however,after 8 continous humilations, BCCI should take some bold steps now.

  • on January 27, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    IPL should be abolished and ICC should step in to check the corporates spoiling the game. If the Board wants to continue with T-20 , it should be free from sponsors. Also, we should have separate teams for each version with a minimum of One day and T-20 fixtures to be fixed per year in order to maintain the fitness of our players. If this is done, the quality of Indian cricket will definitely improve.

  • on January 27, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    Sachin has done it again .The much hyped cricket great who is compared to Don BRADMAN has not scored a single century in the last 21 innings .This takes not only the cake but also the whole bakery ! Even in the LARWOOD era the Don scored a century This is precisely the kind of situation when the Don would have not only got. a double century ( or at least a century ) to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat .It is high time he is sacked instead of waiting for the great day when he hopes to score a century .We surely need better batsmen to keep our reputation intact in international cricket .The non-performers must me sent home and new blood brought infused into the team .Why is this man singled out for special treatment when in innings after innings he has revealed his incompetence .And to compare him to the great Don is the height of foolishness .

  • on January 27, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    Hope India will face defeat today. Hypocrite will not remain conquered at last,there must be a fall for them.

  • puneriMisal on January 27, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    It seems that BCCI has pressure from marketing and media to allow sehwag, sachin, dravid , laxman , dhoni to include in test team rather than have players who can perfrom.Can any one explain how can a professional setup include non-performers in its team ? No one expects this flaw from a body which is run by full time professionals who are getting handsomely paid.

  • SydneyIndi on January 27, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    Thanks for all response to my previous post guys; especially to Gibbo. He seems unbiased and a thinking cricket fan. @crikey: Just in case U don't know, hit the mute again to unmute! I hit the mute when the cheerleading starts (which is most of the time!). I strongly suspect U don't use mute; U like the cheerleaders. Perhaps U should ask Richie, Bill, Tony & heals to wear cheerleaders dress also. Wait on second thought U may not want to see it! I don't know; I will leave it up to U. @xylo, VivGilchrist, meaty & Kevin Jong: I am nto sure what U saying. Looks like U are very smart men (?) and very unbiased (???). Clarke didn't enforce follow-on to give rest to bowlers? Tell me when can U enforce follow-on & give rest to bowlers as well. (May be 50 years ago when they used to have a rest day? or when it rains?). If there is isn't such a ossibility U should agree with me (pigs might fly?). Trust me even if OZ has 600 run lead they wouldn't ask India to follow-on. Scar is too big!

  • Al_Bundy1 on January 27, 2012, 0:48 GMT

    @aarifboy - We don't want SRT to score a century in ODI. He is jinxed - whenever he scores a century, India loses. Remember last years World Cup? We lost whenever he scored a century. During the WC finals, people in India were praying that let SRT score runs, but not a century, so that we can win the World Cup.

  • Punters_Mate on January 27, 2012, 0:42 GMT

    @ chokkashokka, the no one wins away from home arguement is fanciful nonsense. It is expected that teams will perform better in their own environment however most teams at some point have good away performances. As an example Australia has won a series in India in recent years and in fact has won four times in series in India. How many series has India won in Australia? Your whining about pitches mimics Gambirs childish comments. Poms had no problem winning on our pitches ans neither did the proteas. Suggesting that India prepare turning dust bowls to suit themselves is exactly what they have always done and why they get horribly exposed overseas. Your suggestion is akin to winning the shortest midget competition.

  • Chris_P on January 27, 2012, 0:36 GMT

    @SydneyIndi, You might be a cricket fan, but sadly, your knowledge of cricket appears not great. You only need to have reviewed the last few years at Adelaide to note that the pitch turns nasty on the last day, so help me understand, would you prefer to bat or bowl on a pitch that goes that way? You speak of scars, what about the 4-0 drubbing from the Poms and currently 3-0 here? The away averages for India for the past 12 months is like 24 with the bat & 58 for with the ball, would that not leave any scars? On another note, try listening to ABC grandstand on the radio with Harsha, Henry Lawson & Skull O'Keefe with the tv mute. Now THAT is pure entertainment.

  • anukrtiti on January 27, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    the best thing was aussies words back to the aussies but in indian style by virat ..........but yes a wonderful ton by virat but there's no need of it................ because anything can't help india if they don't do well in the 1st innings bowling or fielding!!!

  • nwone on January 27, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    @puneriMisal- the players you are talking about are match winners and more apropiately four of them being called legends.these players have already performed at such a high instinct through out their carrer that they are worth for this spot.However,if u need to replace them you need to find the players of virat kohli's caliber, may be rohit sharma fits best.but similarly,the question arises-would you danger team's result for an oversea series that is an important one.our domestic players are not upto such level, they need to have some county experience.however,after 8 continous humilations, BCCI should take some bold steps now.

  • on January 27, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    IPL should be abolished and ICC should step in to check the corporates spoiling the game. If the Board wants to continue with T-20 , it should be free from sponsors. Also, we should have separate teams for each version with a minimum of One day and T-20 fixtures to be fixed per year in order to maintain the fitness of our players. If this is done, the quality of Indian cricket will definitely improve.

  • on January 27, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    Sachin has done it again .The much hyped cricket great who is compared to Don BRADMAN has not scored a single century in the last 21 innings .This takes not only the cake but also the whole bakery ! Even in the LARWOOD era the Don scored a century This is precisely the kind of situation when the Don would have not only got. a double century ( or at least a century ) to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat .It is high time he is sacked instead of waiting for the great day when he hopes to score a century .We surely need better batsmen to keep our reputation intact in international cricket .The non-performers must me sent home and new blood brought infused into the team .Why is this man singled out for special treatment when in innings after innings he has revealed his incompetence .And to compare him to the great Don is the height of foolishness .

  • on January 27, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    Hope India will face defeat today. Hypocrite will not remain conquered at last,there must be a fall for them.

  • puneriMisal on January 27, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    It seems that BCCI has pressure from marketing and media to allow sehwag, sachin, dravid , laxman , dhoni to include in test team rather than have players who can perfrom.Can any one explain how can a professional setup include non-performers in its team ? No one expects this flaw from a body which is run by full time professionals who are getting handsomely paid.

  • SydneyIndi on January 27, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    Thanks for all response to my previous post guys; especially to Gibbo. He seems unbiased and a thinking cricket fan. @crikey: Just in case U don't know, hit the mute again to unmute! I hit the mute when the cheerleading starts (which is most of the time!). I strongly suspect U don't use mute; U like the cheerleaders. Perhaps U should ask Richie, Bill, Tony & heals to wear cheerleaders dress also. Wait on second thought U may not want to see it! I don't know; I will leave it up to U. @xylo, VivGilchrist, meaty & Kevin Jong: I am nto sure what U saying. Looks like U are very smart men (?) and very unbiased (???). Clarke didn't enforce follow-on to give rest to bowlers? Tell me when can U enforce follow-on & give rest to bowlers as well. (May be 50 years ago when they used to have a rest day? or when it rains?). If there is isn't such a ossibility U should agree with me (pigs might fly?). Trust me even if OZ has 600 run lead they wouldn't ask India to follow-on. Scar is too big!

  • Al_Bundy1 on January 27, 2012, 0:48 GMT

    @aarifboy - We don't want SRT to score a century in ODI. He is jinxed - whenever he scores a century, India loses. Remember last years World Cup? We lost whenever he scored a century. During the WC finals, people in India were praying that let SRT score runs, but not a century, so that we can win the World Cup.

  • Punters_Mate on January 27, 2012, 0:42 GMT

    @ chokkashokka, the no one wins away from home arguement is fanciful nonsense. It is expected that teams will perform better in their own environment however most teams at some point have good away performances. As an example Australia has won a series in India in recent years and in fact has won four times in series in India. How many series has India won in Australia? Your whining about pitches mimics Gambirs childish comments. Poms had no problem winning on our pitches ans neither did the proteas. Suggesting that India prepare turning dust bowls to suit themselves is exactly what they have always done and why they get horribly exposed overseas. Your suggestion is akin to winning the shortest midget competition.

  • Chris_P on January 27, 2012, 0:36 GMT

    @SydneyIndi, You might be a cricket fan, but sadly, your knowledge of cricket appears not great. You only need to have reviewed the last few years at Adelaide to note that the pitch turns nasty on the last day, so help me understand, would you prefer to bat or bowl on a pitch that goes that way? You speak of scars, what about the 4-0 drubbing from the Poms and currently 3-0 here? The away averages for India for the past 12 months is like 24 with the bat & 58 for with the ball, would that not leave any scars? On another note, try listening to ABC grandstand on the radio with Harsha, Henry Lawson & Skull O'Keefe with the tv mute. Now THAT is pure entertainment.

  • AvidCricFan on January 27, 2012, 0:29 GMT

    Instead of unnecessary verbal browl, Gambhir should focus on improving his batting in all conditions. He has been found wanting on bouncy wickets. He is 30 and should be at the peak. If this is the best we can get from him, he is only an average player. The four greats of Indian batting (Shewag, Dravid, Tendulkar and VVS) together could not put 100 runs while Ponting and Clarke each scrored double hundreds on a batting friendly wicket.

  • Millz1729 on January 27, 2012, 0:24 GMT

    I agree with you, Syed4cricket, it might be a good idea and if it works, it would pay off. I would love to see Australia's reaction!

  • crikey on January 26, 2012, 23:39 GMT

    Question for sydneyindi, if you press the mute button how can you here the biased commentators?

  • sammysam on January 26, 2012, 23:39 GMT

    Just goes to show that India must make the tough decisions and drop the old players ie: Dravid and Laxman and let the young players into the test team. They have more hunger and desire for success as proved by Virat. First England now Australian white wash.. Pull your head out of the sand selectors.

  • AussieYankee on January 26, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    Hello @SydneyIndi. It looks like you forgot the test in Sydney of 2004, where India had a lead of 229 and did not enforce the follow on.

    And yes, Kolkata 2001 was the greatest test ever. Where else can a person get 13 wickets for the match and a hat trick and NOT be man of the match. Had it not been for that hat trick by Harbhajan Singh, Australia would still be batting.

  • xylo on January 26, 2012, 23:36 GMT

    @SydneyIndi: Ganguly said exactly what you said - scars from 2001. Ian Chappell answered it rightly, a one-word summary being 'meh'. India carries on 4 'greats' from that match, while Australia have only 1, and have moved ahead. That the Indian XI has not changed much since that match should give you a huge hint as to what is wrong with the team.

  • VivGilchrist on January 26, 2012, 23:31 GMT

    @Sydneyindi, you really know little about the game. Aus didn't enforce the follow on because his bowlers had just bowled 90+ overs in 35 degree heat and today would be more of the same. Maybe the Lionhearted Indian bowlers could have done it though? Btw is Gambir complaining about this pitch?

  • Guthers007 on January 26, 2012, 23:30 GMT

    @Ir Hamid Mushtaq you must be dreaming, Sir. Believe it or not, they might re-float the Titanic, as well!!

  • AussieYankee on January 26, 2012, 23:29 GMT

    Hello @Sydneyindi. The Indians also learned from Kolkata 2001, because they did not enforce the follow on in Sydney 2004 when they had a lead over Australia of 229.

  • OzWally on January 26, 2012, 23:14 GMT

    The only question remaining is will the Indians make it to a Day 5 in this series? Perhaps Clarkie won't declare until tea, to give them a better chance. I used to have a folding deck chair that was harder to put away than this Indian lineup.

  • on January 26, 2012, 23:07 GMT

    SydneyIndi - Yeah I'm sure that the Australian's are scared by a once off flash in the pan come back that occurred more than 10 years ago and not because Clarke saw the need to rest the fast bowlers after bowling in searing heat or that by batting again it forces India to bat last on a pitch that has always been difficult to tackle in the 4th innings of a test.

  • on January 26, 2012, 22:56 GMT

    It is very very difficult for a sportsman to realize that they aren't that good anymore. The big three are no exception. They have overcome lean periods in the past and recent past wasn't even that bad for them individually. Dravid had a fabulous tour of England. Tendulkar had incredible last few years. Laxman has been ok too in the recent past. We can't blame them for not bowing out on their own. Sportsman generally can't leave the sport they have been playing for a long time so easily. We have many examples. The selectors did not drop them and they are playing the test now. Can we at least wish them all the best in the second innings? They have been instrumental in creating great memories for Indian cricket. Don't they deserve at least best wishes in return? I wish them all the best and hope at least one of them scores big. And I am not even from India!

  • Meety on January 26, 2012, 22:41 GMT

    @SydneyIndi - I think that living in Sydney is clearly not the place for you! == == == First order of business, congratulations to Kholi. I don't particularly like the guy, IMO he's not as likable as VVS or Dravid or Kumble or Srinath, (I was also a Mo Azzhar fan, but that is a WAS). Kholi batted very well. I thought he was a little lucky in Perth, but not so in Adelaide, (although he certainly had the Sachins in the 90s!). Some of his cross bat shots were first class out of the middle of the bat. Well played, Rohit Sharma should of played! == == == Clarke's not enforcing the follow on is a good one. The bowlers need a rest, I think had we rolled India for 150 (i.e no Kholi), he would of sent them back in. However wisely, the only chance India had was in inching 100-a50 runs ahead & routed Oz on a decaying pitch. I note Ashwin was getting some tough turn on Day 3, it will really start to deteriorate after Lunch in the heat. If I was Sehwag, I'd bowl Ashwin unchanged ALL innings!

  • gibbons on January 26, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    @SydneyIndi - thankfully we have unbiased voices like yours to reveal to us Clarke's fear at this stage of the series...

  • dms1972 on January 26, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    @umbuly, yes I'd like to contradict what you're saying! With India it's basically 6 out, all out, but Australia are guaranteed at least another 100 runs from their tail end batsman.

  • Nampally on January 26, 2012, 22:23 GMT

    It is strange turn of events that a youngster like Kohli showed up the 4 so called "Legends" - who batted anything but legends. Kohli demonstrated how to score against Aussie bowling - which is no better than average. This is the second test where he showed his class & justified his spot. Thanks to Saha's support, Kohli could give some degree of respectability to the miserable Indian batting. It is a shame that despite all the fans clamouring for dropping Laxman during last 2 tests, the Indian Selectors persisted with their stubborn irrational XI.Rohit Sharma could have given the Indian team the 1-2 punch similar to that of Ponting & Clarke for the Aussies.Laxman again got out to a careless shot. Now India have to get the Aussies out & restrict them to a low score if they have any chance of a draw -Mission impossible!. Indian bowlers are so erratic that Sehwag went with 2 of his best bets in Ashwin & ZAK.Ojha & Rohit Sharma's omissions were huge selection blunders with obvious result!

  • SydneyIndi on January 26, 2012, 22:12 GMT

    Hey! Clarke did not enforce follow - on with 300+ lead! Yes, VVS, RD and SRT look mediocre now. But VVS and RD have left a big and ever lasting scar on the Aussies by their epic in Kolkata in 2001. The Aussies have never enforced follow - on against India since then and they never will! By the way as an Indian fan in Sydney we get live coverage of these tests on Ch9 only and it was pathetic to see the expert (? or biased?) commentators on Ch9 defending the decision of Clarke not enforcing the follow-on. Not once they mentioned the scar of 2001! I agree with Gambhir's comments about pitches but I still want him to rectify and improve on playing the short ball effectively. Ch9 commentators are suffering from SAS (Smart Alec Syndrome) and clearly biased in my view, especially Heals & Bill. Clearly not. By the way, I still enjoy cricket on Ch9 as an Indian fan. How? I just press the mute button on the remote! Not that hard really!

  • Mervo on January 26, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    If Mr Kholi is concerned about what is said to him on the field, well it should be the same in South Africa and the West Indies, so get used to it Mr Kholi. Welcome to test cricket! It is a bit more serious and complex than T20. You also should suggest that your colleagues stop doing the same to Australian players and stop making obscene gestures.

    Unfortunately you used up all the luck that your team members could have benefitted from. I have never seen a player, play and miss outside the off stump so often. He does not seem quite good enough to even get the edge. The others made one mistake and were out. He had so many play and miss opportunities. There are lean days ahead unless he improves his technique.

  • on January 26, 2012, 21:10 GMT

    Belive it or not! India still has an outside chance to win this match. If they dismiss Aus for less than 150, which is possible, since the wicket is turning, the will require less than 500 to win, which can be achieved in 150 or so overs. Aus only has Lyon, who is a pretty ordinary spinner and Indians play spin very well anyway.

  • on January 26, 2012, 21:06 GMT

    If I had a say in selection for Australia I'd drop Marsh down to domestic in a heartbeat, as soon as Watson is fit it's all over for him. Personally I'd like to see Watto return at no. 3 and let Warner/Cowan continue to build an opening partnership like they did in Perth. If Cowan can't perform Clarkey needs to get over his grudge with Katich and let him back into the side, he's batting brilliantly domestically and has been the one saving grace with the bat the last couple of summers apart from Watson.

  • Syed4cricket on January 26, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    I partially agree with sentryman... Change the Batting order give the Australians a surprise.. Let Saha open with Gambhir followed by Kohli Tendulkar,Sehwag Dravid, Laxman, Ashwin,ishant,Zaheer and Yadav... Believe me this should work.... They may be able to bat out 5 sessions... and save this match. The other option is to tell every batsman from no 1-11 to go all out attacking.This will surprise the Australian Bowling and they will be forced to change their line and lengths. Sehwag should go all out right from the first ball. The worse that can happen is India will get out cheaply and lose the match by a big margin... which is bound to happen anyway.. so why not go down fighting.. atleast give these Australians a Shock Treatment...

  • hvijay.1985 on January 26, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    It is a mark of how embarrassingly India have played that even Australian supporters want to see some fight from our batting greats!

  • GravyMon on January 26, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    Congrats to Virat Kohli on scoring his first Test century, the first of many to come! Well played!

    Kohli, on this tour, has demonstrated a quality and skill that so few Indian batsmen before him ever exhibited. It's that rare ability to really compete in unfamiliar conditions and do one's country proud. This can only augur well for India in the future. By the way, what other "goodies" are the Indian selectors allowing to go sour on the shelf?

  • Patchmaster on January 26, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    I'm know the the AUSSIE fans are keen to make Warner out to already be a legend, but in truth, he looks pretty ordinary against spin. In the two matches he played against specialist spinners, he's been all at sea. He has potential, but has a long long way to go. Plus Anderson will have him for breakfast in English conditions.

  • Guthers007 on January 26, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    All over for Marsh, who never deserved to be there in the first place! And all over for the Indian cricket team!!

  • on January 26, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    @ mithun bannerjee : completely agree with your point... make Kohli bat at no 3 in 2nd innings and Dravid @ 5.. Laxman @ 6.. maybe make Saha bat at 6 and Lxman at 7 ... that is the perfect indication for VVS Laxman to know that his time is up .. Thanks for the meories mate !! Let us remember you as a champion, not as a walking wicket...

    I am an Indian but I take my hats off to peter Siddle... he has bowled outstandingly in the 4 test series. i dont know why Gambhir was idiotic enough to badmouth him when Gambhir himself has barely scored a run... Peter Siddle can be a champion bowler and can be a legend if he is handed properly for the next 4-5 years.. hes strong, fast & tenacious !! I dont think any Indian bowler has any of these 3 qualities..

  • jaygoogly on January 26, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    I guess every one agrees Indian Team showing has been pathetic so far. We see only a see a little ray of hope here and there and Virat's century probably is one. How ever comments like , Come to India we will show or some thing like that from Gambhir , Virat and Ashwin demonstrates a fragile mindset. Hope fully these guys will grow out of it and with expected transition of the seniors the team becomes more responsible and take real pride in playing for the national team. BTW, One thing that puzzles me is the description for India as "Flat track bullies". If the track is flat then should it not provide the same advantage to the touring teams ? If we continue to demonstrate such fragile mindset strong teams like Australia and South Africa will probably itching to put the "flat track bullies" myth to rest?

  • on January 26, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    every one is saying that india good in home condtion like aussies in australia. now tell me when did india white wash england or australia or atleast west indies

  • miraclez on January 26, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    Duncan fletcher should b kicked out as coach of indian team....atleast they should try by reshuffling the batting order and in my book gambhir should have gone and rahane should have been given a chance in this game...

  • JG2704 on January 26, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    I feel that India are in a bit of a quandry at the moment. Their senior batsmen who used to be so dependable seem to be falling apart time after time. I think that none of these batsmen want to go out on such a run of bad form but is the form likely to return?Team India might now be a victim of these players past form as I feel the selectors feel loathed to drop any of these guys who have been great servants over the years. The problem is that if they keep being picked and keep underperforming then they risk tarnishing their legacy further. I did say early in the series when others wanted Kohli dropped that they should continue with him throughout the series regardless of how he performs as he is the teams potential future and needs the experience. He showed signs of improvement in the last test and to score 100 in a match where his fellow senior batsmen are failing takes alot. Maybe the future isn't so dim after all.

  • Al_Bundy1 on January 26, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    The 3 senior batsmen in Indian team have become a liability. Please drop them immediately along with Viru and Ishant.

  • Lala_Amarnath on January 26, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    Ok guys enough said, stop blaming the senior players for the poor performance of the Indian team. You have to realize that they are used to TURNING pitches. All of them were out PLAYING for the turn, which was absent from the Australian pitches. Take my advise BCCI and implement the following three:

    1) Make more turning pitches, that way when Holland or Netherlands tours India, we can trouble their batsmen with the spin 2) Come up with an even shorter version of the game - say ten overs each side or 12 overs max. 3) Shorten the boundaries. It s physically too imposing on the senior players (and some bowlers) to chase the ball all over the ground

    This way our players will be back in the pavilion before they break a sweat - gotta look good for the shampoo commercial.

  • Al_Bundy1 on January 26, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    Totally agree with @Werner Blomberg about Sachin. He never plays when the team needs him. What's the point of all those runs if you can't save your team?

  • on January 26, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    It makes more sense to give chaces to the youngsters than to the oldies statistics. I dont understand going ahead with Laxman and or Dravid and instead tried Rohit Sharma... at max it would have failed... but it would have been worse than now.... Its the amount of money these guys make that the motivation to win for the country is not there. They should contribute ALL the money they made n thhis tour to charity. I am disgusted with the approach ... billon guys wake up at 5 am only to see the same story.

    Today morning on one channel I was watching the republic day parade with intense pride...on the other channel on QView I watched in shame at the "world champions" with abject spineless peroformance.... BCCI stope being run by the moneymaker and instead think about national pride and accountability

  • on January 26, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    agreed mithun banerjee. u said just wat i wanted to say... kohli could have got 150+....@ no.3 position........

  • hhillbumper on January 26, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    That Aussie top 3 really is the best in the world isnt it? Also is this the same Siddle that England larruped all over the place.Amazing some of the posts from Jonesey 2.Best bowler in the world and awesome batsman.Do you not get to watch the rest of the world play cricket mate.

  • umbuly on January 26, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    Without Ponting and Clarke, Australia is about the same compared to India. Their top order and tail enders perform about the same as Indian counterparts. The diffference is made by Punter-Pup combo. If any two of Sachin, Dravid, VVS are in good form the matches could have been evenly poised I believe. Any contradictions to this??

  • mensan on January 26, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    Warner and Cowan are certainly overrated. Warner is still to face quality spin bowling while what I have seen of Cowan so far, he seems very limited ability player. I expect both of them fade soon.

  • on January 26, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    i think this time dravid should give a catch without scoring it would be better than getting bold again and again how we can say he is a wall

  • aarifboy on January 26, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    when ponting scores australia wins,but when sachin scores india doesn't.time for sachin and dravid to go from tests.sachin should oncentrate on one days now.

  • Zulfi65 on January 26, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    It is time to revamp the entire Indian cricket i.e the team, coach and selection committee. Virat Kohli's century proved that selectors and the team management are wrong in not giving chances to Rohit Sharma and Rahane in this series despite of failures by the seniors. There is no logic in team management''s decision to continue with the senior players like Dravid and Laxman who are down psychologically. We need a new look team with new captain Ghambir. Shehwag should come at no. 5 with Mukund and Ghambir to open the innings. Rahane, Virat and Rohit Sharma should come as middle orders. Dhoni to continue as wicket keeper. (Wriddhiman Saha will be unfortunate not find a place) Zaheer Khan, Aaron Varun and / or Umesh Yadav as medium pacers with Ashwin and/ or Ohja as spinners. what about Tendulkar? Only he has to decide. a final request to BCCI. Let them find a strong team of curators to prepare a lively pitches in India.

  • Syed4cricket on January 26, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    The Biggest difference between India ansd Australia has been PONTING..... he has been the main cause of Misery for India. He has Saved the Australian Batting in every innings of this series right from the Melbourne Test to Adelaide. Morever he has taken excellent catches of our Main Batsmen at crucial junctures to tilt the game in their favour and to top it has been instrumental in saving atleast 25-30 runs by his remarkable feilding... Just think and reflect on this.....

    DRAVID ...why did you hell did you give inspiration and hope to this wounded Tiger.. He has now become the Indian Team EATER.....

  • Hrit24 on January 26, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    Congrats, Virat Kohli, for a beautiful ton amidst all this disaster. As an Indian, I feel hurt about the Indian team's performances. For all their services to Indian cricket, I think the famed batting quartet are past their prime now. They were brilliant and almost impregnable in their salad days, but I think now they should retire for the future of Indian cricket. Youngsters like Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Rahane, Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron, Sreenath Aravind, or even Vineet Saxena (the star performer for Rajasthan in the 2011-12 Ranji Trophy Final) should be given a chance at Test level. I know Indian cricket will fare much better.

  • on January 26, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    peter siddle wouldnt be the third best bowler in the south african team let alone the best in the world

  • gauravbanodha on January 26, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    i was furious when ian chappell suggested that tendulkar should take retirement. but now i m convinced he was right. only retirement can put an end to tendulkar's miseries.

  • rkannancrown on January 26, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    When Kohli made his one day debut & did not get big runs for a few matches, the knives were out. After establishing himself in the one day side, he got his chances & has deli8vered when it mattered. The selectors need to show more faith in a number of youngsters who have delivered in patches - Mukund,Sharma, Kartik, Jadeja, Ashwin, Ojha,Raina etc. The team has failed badly because the core - Sehwag, Gambhir, Sachin, Dravid, Laxman & Dhoni- has let the team down. Youngsters need to be nurtured but the ageing over the hill guys need to be shown the door if they do not retire by themselves.

  • on January 26, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    Going by the entire series , one thing which really struck me is how much Indian batting line up is static . Ok ! Taken that its a bad series, our greats are fading slowly , different batting conditions but end of the day its a sport . Is there any doctrine which says batting order has to be like this ! Dravid -3 Sachin 4 , Laxman - WHEREVER - its like a couch is laid to rest in those positions.. there was not a single instance where the batting order was changed ! Why do you need a Zaheer Khan at no 7 , who doesnt even bother to stay for 10 balls at the crease . Even Umesh Yadav tries his best to stay at the wicket NO body has the courage to say that ok Dravid is failing lets change the order ! Let Kohli go up at no 3 , or a surprise with Gambhir dropped down the order . People are so much worried and concerned that what if we change and it doesnt fire !Or we may send a wrong signal that Indian batting line up is under a panic . Is it anyways firing with the current batting order !

  • gauravbanodha on January 26, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    if dhoni is like a python who waits for things to happen, sehwag is like a python who is interested only in porcupines.

  • jonnybtestmatch on January 26, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    @ VRINDARSH. Whilst I think you raise a very interesting point I am not altogether sure it is justified. Cricket is not necessarily about strength but technique. I can understand where you are coming from in regards to the lack of fast bowlers produced in Indian cricketing history, but the ample amount produced in Pakistan suggests their is more of a cultural difference rather than genetic. I feel the Inidan public props up their batsmen as idols or villians and the bowlers always take the back seat in terms of publicity. Why this is I am really not sure. Maybe the pitches have played a part, but I believe the pitches have been made so flat because of this cultural trait. I believe India need a fast bowling national idol to glamorise bowling and encourage the younger generation to become quickies. I believe the only way they can do this is to aid the quick bowlers by offering some form of encouragment in terms of pitches. Only then will India truley be able to compete in all situations

  • TRAM on January 26, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    Both Kohli & Ashwin were wrong lbw decisions ! AGAIN a catch went begging at 2nd slip off Clarke in Ashwin's bowling (away from Dravid). Why cant Indians attack ?! What is the fielder in deep square leg, deep point etc are doing? So what if a boundary is hit? This is atrocious captaincy. It would have been 4-for by the close of play !! No mention in the article about these.

  • on January 26, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    What will India achieve even if Laxman & Dravid scored 100's in second inning. At best could drawn the test.India will play their next overseas test tour in 2014(excluding New zealand) by then our so called our great experienced & on the paper run machines will be in their early fourties(if Srikant is our selector). Rohit and Rahane are in Australia because Srikant make sure that Tamilnadu makes Ranji Finals in place of Mumbai.Rohit is best indian Batsman along with Kohli and Watching them bat well together could have soften the harsh reality that cuurently India have the worst & Irresponsible opening pair, worst and Old middle order,worst and indisciplne pace attack, and the world's slowest athletes in any team Game.

  • MrSlickJerk on January 26, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    peter siddle is definitely a good bowler but he aint the best bowler in the world by any distance. Its just india batting poorly.

  • Leggie on January 26, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    Would love to see the Indian team put up one final fight. The pitch is turning, and if Ashwin manages 2-3 early wickets, Australia may not think of a declaration. *IF* this happens, Australia may declare with a "teasing" score and not an "impossible" one. This way, the Indian seniors will be given one last chance to go out on a high. Their destiny - how dignified they leave - is in their own hands.

  • on January 26, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    Loads of comment about dropping Dravid, ppl should understand you don't drop anyone just because of couple of failures. Not long ago he had 3 centuries in a tough series with England. May I ask what Sachin has done to deserve the place not Dravid ? Oh btw some of you also about to drop kohli and bring in Sharma . What now ?

  • Chris_P on January 26, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    Jonesy, let him get some form back with WA. All he showed was that T20 form is a useless barometer for test readiness. He was on a hiding to nothing, & unfortunately has come up short, big time. It's good winning with 10 guys, but we need everyone performing! The pitch is turning mean, mean & ugly. I wouldn't want to be batting last on it. This series won't erase, for me anyway, the outstanding contributons the Indian legends have done for the game, I am a little saddened that the Indian transition phase started & ended with Ganguly.

  • Sentryman101 on January 26, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    India needs to re-shuffle its batting order for the second innings. Gambhir and Saha should open. No. 3 Kohli, No. 4 Ashwin, 5 Sehwag, 6 Dravid, 7 SRT, 8 VVS, 9 Ishant, 10 Yadav, 11 Zak. They might actually cross 300 with this batting order

  • on January 26, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    How is it that everyone in the famed Indian batting line up has flopped collectively so many times in succession. I am guessing that the probability of the Top 5 failing so often must be very very low.... Perhaps Rajesh the stats man can figure this out for us?

  • ashu.lifeisbeautiful on January 26, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    The obstinate mentality of the tour selectors will cost us this test match. The simple reasoning that our middle order is "out of form" and needs to be replaced by 2 reserve batsmen (Rohit & Ajinkya) who have traveled all the way from India for exactly this kind of scenario was ignored. Or was it that they would have got a chance only if the regulars broke their bones. This is stupidity at its best ! The last test was a good opportunity to field young blood, sadly it is lost.

  • Ponting_the_best on January 26, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    I'm pretty happy that at the end of the 8 tests, India are shown exactly where they belong. Maybe # 3 or 4. India is definitely better than SL, WI, Pak, NZ but not 1 or 2. 1 and 2 is for SA and Eng to fight out and 3 and 4 is for India and Aus to fight out. Also sad to see a million excuses on pitches, bad luck, conditions, seniors-time-over, IPL from a few of Indian fans and Indian players too. I mean what can you say when Ishant says "we got a few edges but they fell short", common sense says get the slips in a couple of meters. What can you say when Gambhir talks about rank turners at home...the thinking is pretty clear that India want to retain the #1 by playing only on pitches that suit them. Pretty ordinary thoughts.. I'm happy the umpiring has been good. Can't let a fabulous Aus performance ruined by whining about "bad decisions".

  • Sam_k14 on January 26, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    This shows why India's world cup victory is a mere fluke. This was the same scene when they won the WC in 1980s. West Indies came to India and clobbered them big time. India is not the real world champion in Cricket.

  • Jack_Mohsin on January 26, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    Yet another humilating defeat is at indians door, very disappointing display. I believe these bunch of players have achieved everything for india so interest toward game is lacking, i have watched entire series carefully and noticed onething that all indians player were below spark and interest. There was hardly any integration between passion and talent. This is a right time to show seniors a path i.e exit door.

  • Ngaraj on January 26, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    All these yesteryear heroes struggling miserably against the Aussie pace attack, began their career playing any pace attack admirably. Compacency and lack of committment has made them lose this and no doubt, they need to lose their place in the side. This needs to be done rather ruthlessly as it can catch up with the youngsters who could learn the wrong approach rather than the right things from these seniors.. and lets face it, Dhoni has lost his golden touch and just deserves to retain captaincy only in one-dayers until he is proved otherwise.. but, certainly, he needs to be replaced for the Tests!!

  • Love-Pak on January 26, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    In last eight test matches in England and now in Australia one thing is clearly proven that Indian batsmen are FLAT TRACK BULLIES. Most of their records are on flat pitches in India and against weaker sides. They are lion on Indian grounds but onec they go abroad and plays on seeming and bouncy pitches they become just like mouse.

  • MisterObvious on January 26, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    @jonesy2, who said, "[Marsh] is an awesome batsman . . ." - Unless by "awesome" you mean someone who's averaging minus 3 runs (or however low it is) per innings over a whole series then you might wanna buy a new dictionary as the old one could have a misprint or two. Number 3 bat is the most crucial in the lineup - often coming in when an opener has gone cheap & needs to then steady the innings & calmly build the score & not get out early himself & thereby put the jitters into the middle order. Which is, sorry to say, what Punter did versus the Poms in Oz. I'm glad RP's the Comeback Kid at number 4 but he really, really hurt the team during the last Ashes. Can't afford that with Marshy, either. Especially in tougher matches. He's gotta go back to shield cricket & work his way back up & in.

  • RameshSubramaniam on January 26, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    In addition to Dravid's woeful batting, do not forget the catch he dropped of Hussey in the first test match which is the differnece between Win and loss in the first test. After that its all history.

  • on January 26, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    its time for India to go out with the old n in with the new. Dravid, VVX and Sachin have served india well its time for them to go. let the youngsters start their career.

  • thinktank1 on January 26, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    I want to say something about shaun marsh. I am not sure why he has been failing again and again in this series.. but I have seen him playing in an IPL match.. I remember that ball.. RP Singh bowled an away swinging ball pitched outside off and it is a very difficult ball to any left hand batsman in the world (remember how McGrath got ganguly).. but to my surprise shaun marsh connected the ball very very well.. middle of the bat on the rise.. FOUR all the way.. that was the only delivery I have seen him playing. I am sure he has got great talent.. Australia should persist with Marsh. -Raja.

  • on January 26, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    In the Indian team, I would like to see the inclusion of Ajinkya Rahane ahead of Rohit Sharma ... I find him a more exciting player to watch and his game would be well suited for test cricket ... I want to see both of them in the team by then end of the year ... And its good that Virat has finally cemented his place in the side with this ton

  • jonesy2 on January 26, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    peter siddle is now the best bowler in the world by some distance

  • jonesy2 on January 26, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    marsh's series would have been funny if he hadnt been coming off a back injury. drop him? haha thats even funnier. he is an awesome batsman and you dont just drop an awesome batsman, you keep them on as the player that you selected for the reason that you selected them

  • Advanced_Donkeys on January 26, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    Marsh family is in a lean patch.I meant both.Son and father.

  • Iftikhar.Uddin.Khattak on January 26, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    Aggression !Aggression !Aggression ! Share Aggression that has been shown by Aussies, I mean how will they ve played m surprised why they are not on top of the rank in all formats of Cricket game. Almost every test match has played they ve always kicked out team India on 2nd day, I will must give credit to their batsmen as they ve shown great temperament aggression and played positive cricket throughout the series. The key of their success in the series as they ve always maintained v good run rate and scoring big runs as forcing Indian team on back foot resulting huge wins even ings defeats as well. Peter Siddle has bowled the dream bowling of every bowlers in modern day cricket, on such bating paradise and flat wickets he has produced some exceptional deliveries that has no answer from Indian legends defense and not only in this match but in whole series they ve equally contributed with batsmen performance. Long say short every team should learn from Aussies how to play cricket

  • avi82 on January 26, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    At the start of the series and even after the first test I was supporting seniors, but after this performance I think if they any shame left then they will resign on their own. We have missed a great opportunity by not giving chance to Rohit and Rahane. I think it is time for even Sehwag and Gambhir to go, they are just not good enough anymore. Also Saha seems to be a much better keeper than Dhoni and technically little better than him. Selectors can gradually think about retiring him from tests and keep him exclusively for one dayers and T20's.

  • KarachiKid on January 26, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    @Werner Blomberg, lol. Though I see your point and partially agree with it but you cant be so hard on Tendulkar. First he is slightly better than how you depict him. Secondly do you want to make 1.2 billion ppeople your enemies ? lol. I think Dravid, Laxman, Ponting, Kallis, Lara, Inzamam, Sangkara are real fighters and match winners. Sehwag is unique case of only a match winner but not a saver. Finally Tendulkar I always say is a record making machine - thats it.

  • StatisticsRocks on January 26, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    The problem with some of the senior Indian players is that that they are very tentative. One would think with all the experience behind their back they would play their natural game but No. When SRT is doing what he does best, scorecard keeps ticking but he goes into a shell and that is his downfall. I am not taking away anything from the Aussie bowlers who have been so disciplined and pitching at the same spot over and over again like a machines (Which by the way Indian bowers should learn) and make it so hard to score by not giving any loose delivaries. Unless BCCI is willing to make drastic changes I don;t expect India to win test matches even in India

  • StatisticsRocks on January 26, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    A century at last by an Indian and yet that is not good enough to save the match. I am still unclear why Clarke did not enforce follow-on. I am guessing coz he wanted to rest his bowlers as it was hot out there.

  • bobmartin on January 26, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    @chokkashokka.... "So India failed away from home - granted. Now why is this such a big deal? This Australian team is playing at home - so why is their victory at home any different from the ones that India have"....

    The one major difference, which appears to have escaped your attention, is that occasionally some teams win away as well.. India didn't in England, (which is why they got knocked off their perch), and they haven't in Australia. It says little for a team, erroneously regarded by their fans as the best in the world, that they can't win a single test in the last two series away from home.

  • rahulcricket007 on January 26, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    @WERNER BLOMBERG . AGREE WITH YOUR SACHIN PART .

  • RangaAdithya on January 26, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    The happenings in Adelaide clearly shows India are ready for hattrick innings defeat. There is no more point in watching any format of game, be it one day, T20 or test match in which India is playing. How can they play like this, not even one consolation win?? Are they mentally frightened facing Aussie bowling?? Let us pray that at least we can save the match rather another innings defeat. Kudos to Clarke and his men!!

  • thinktank1 on January 26, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    Dhoni managed to win tests in India with whatever resources available.. mainly due to spin bowling and zaheer.. In England and Australia spin bowling doesn't work.. especially bhajji's ordinary performance.. So when your main strength suddenly falls flat, you ll lose matches and in a horrible way. Now Dhoni has lot of thinking to do.. 1) How to tackle opposition with fast bowling.. 2) who is going to be the next big spinner from India ?? Since next 2 years Indian team plays in sub continent.. right time to groom a specialist spinner.. and strengthen your bowling attack in coming seasons. :) Pujara, Rohit - get ready. Laxman is anyway going to retire after this series. Not sure of Dravid.

  • rahulcricket007 on January 26, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    MY FUTURE TEST TEAM FORM INDIA : RAHANE , MUKUND , VIRAT KOHLI(C) , ROHIT , SEHWAG ,PUJARA , SAHA (WKTKEPPER) , ASHWIN /OJHA , UMESH , ZAK , PRAVEEN . RESERVES: GAMBHIR , PATHAN , ISHANT , RAINA , DINESH KARTHIK (WKTKEEPER). I HAVE SELECTED SEHWAG AT NO.5 BECAUSE I THINK HE CAN MAKE RUNS AGAINST OLD BALL . AFTER ZAK TAKES REITREMENT ISHANT SHOULD BE SELCTED , BUT HE NEEDS TO CHANGE HIS LINE LENGTH , MAY BE HE SHOULD CONSULT WASIM AKRAM WHO IS THEIR TOO & HAD GIVE FEW TIPS TO STARC IN PERTH TEST .

  • on January 26, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    If India is going to retain old guard, the defeats will be order of the day. These aging players validity period has now expired. It will do more harm than good to the players and also to Indian Cricket. It is trues every body like see their favourites play and score a hundred or take ten wickets. However Indian Board has to take hard decisions but not popular ones. It is high time India select a young talented team and give them enough tine. Within two years they will be on winning path. But till then everybody, including fans, have to be patient. If not Indian cricket will continue towards the graveyard of cricket

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

    Well there has been lot if articles and discussions stating that India is struggling on pitches with swing and bounce .Today when India is about to face 8th overseas loss,one thing is clear that its not pace and bounce,it has been a complete batting failure.The pitch in this match has no demons, its a flat pitch still Indian top 5 collapsed.Sehwag has been the poorest by far and on current form Indian batting is likely to fail against any quality attack on any kind of pitch. Full support to team India in this tough time as a fan,however necessary changes should be made as soon as possible.otherwise even so called rank tuners which Gambhir wants back home, wont be able to save Indian team from facing another whitewash.

  • chin-music on January 26, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    Kohli's batting towards the end of the series exposes the truth that is obvious to anybody with an open mind , but which most Indian fans cannot bring themselves to accept. In foreign conditions, Kohli is probably India's best batsman at the moment -- & he is is'nt even amongst the best 5 batsmen across both teams. That lack of ability ( & not pitch , sledging, IPL, etc , etc ) is the principal reason why 4-0 is a perfectly fair indicator of the difference between the 2 teams.

  • manas.tiwari9 on January 26, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    it will be good if bcci cancel the remaining tour if they dont want to see whitewash in triseries too....

  • Harry_Kool on January 26, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    @arvin. If we have lost then I am shuddering what you think India has done! fyi, the last day in Adelaide, recently, is hazardous batting for the batting team, much better to be bowling on it than batting. All Clarke has done is tighten the screws. The pitch was a tough one for the bowlers, they earnt their rest, unlike the pie chuckers from your mob.

  • binqose on January 26, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    as much as i like watching shaun marsh bat, he has failed dismally in this series and the the amount of talent on the fringes of Oz cric, it's time to look else where. a very jittery start to 2012 for the marsh's, first daddy "unfairly" axed by SL and now son axing himself from the Oz Test team - with a string of poor performances in a series that has proved almost too eezy for all his team-mates.

  • jimgraham on January 26, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    When the Indian cricket team arrived in Australia, it came with the expectations of having a great batting line-up and some untested bowlers. Australians had their own doubts for their team, specially the batsmen. After four test matches it has become obvious that almost all the Indian batmen have offered nothing but embarrassment. The bowlers with the exception of Zaheer have failed to stop the Australian onslaught. May be, Yadav and Ashwin have had glimpses of some success but they too have failed. Time for Ishant to go back to IPL or whoever will take him. Australians are almost certain of causing another blow to the Indian team.

  • MisterObvious on January 26, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    Australia's batting woes continue in the top order. That puts an unsightly dent in an otherwise good day for the homeboys. It's the same old song as in the first innings & previous matches in the series. Why? Numbers 1, 2, & 3 are all left-handers, that's why - fodder for Zak's away swing & seam movement. And now, in this second innings, against Ashwin's right-arm off-spin as well, which drifts in & cuts away from the lefties. Three left-hand bats one after another are a liability IMHO - lets opposing teams come up with a more focused & coherent attack strategy. Anyway, Marsh will surely be shown the door (and don't let it hit your bum on the way out, mate) so we'll be down to two of 'em at the top of the order. Wait, Khawaja's a leftie. So's Hughes. I'd say let's recall Katich but he's one, too! There's a theme here. Where's Watto?

  • on January 26, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    I like Jose's team with 2 changes -

    OPENERS: Mukund & Rahane, No. 3. Pujara/Tiwari, No 4. Rohit, No 5. Kohli, No. 6 Raina/Gambhir, No7 Saha, No.8 Ashwin/Ohja. No 9. Aaron, 10. Ishant, No 11. Yadav.

    Captain - Raina/Gambhir Reserves - Praveen, Vinay, ....

    Give this team a couple of years to gel.

  • on January 26, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    India must be the worst team to have ever been number one. No one really felt that they actually were number one and honestly they were simply holding on to it until the Australian got back on their feet. As to Sachin, when Indian needs runs you simply wont get any from him. He's no Kallis nor Lara..he wont win you a test match and when it comes to pressure he's never up to it. Don't bother with the billion people nonsence Sachin doesn't even tune into them. He Can bat but he always looks like he would get out every ball and that's funny with the number of runs he has. With men like Chanderpaul and Lara and Kallis and Ponting u can pretty much gauge that u can turn off the TELEVISION and come back to see them still on the park but with Sachin its never so. If he's not out over night you can bet that he wont add much when play resumes..i've seen it so many times.

  • on January 26, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    @VRINDARSH

    Excellent point you make although many factors contribute to the overall outcome. For a long time i have always stated that the indian cricket players need to visit the gym not only for the major lack of fitness but also to gain some additional muscle. If one observes the indians chasing a ball or two in the outfield of a cricket ground you will notice the acceleration/running pace is far from quick. Look at the male actors in bollywood now days, they certainly have very good physiques, far to large for cricket although the cricketers could certainly learn a thing or two.

    During their ODI against England in India, India managed to take the ODI series clean and won by a larger number of runs and wickets than England did in the ODI series in England. It was a team of youngsters who managed to achieve the defeat with ease.

    Rahane, Kohli, Rohit Sharma, M S Dhoni, Raina, Jadeja, Ashwin, Yadav, Zaheer, Aaron, Ohja

    This should be the new indian team.

  • Mary_786 on January 26, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    Aussie selectors please drop Marsh, he is injury prone, has an average of lower then 38 in shield and is showing his true colors, Bring in Khawaja who just scored a 100 for NSW and is the long term number 3 if given the chance that Marsh has been given.

  • svragav82 on January 26, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    Though Iam an Indian, I loved to watch the Test Cricket today..! Beautiful lessons learnt by both teams. 1st session -> Australia Showed the world how you have to bowl in a flat track wicket where you dont get any assistance for your bowlers. 2nd session - India was under tremendous pressure and the Youngsters showed the world how to handle the pressure. Hats off to the Australian fielding plan and Kohli & Saha's attitude in batting.

  • Silverbails on January 26, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    Hopefully, Indian can survive the fourth and fifth days, and escape with a draw!! But, do do this at least SOMEONE OTHER THAN KOHLI will NEED to bat with him out there!!! Have Dravid, Tendulkar and VVS forgottnen HOW to bat for LONG PERIODS?? And, there's ABSOLUTELY NO PRESSURE on TRYING to score quickly; just to OCCUPY the crease would be an achievement in itself for these players on this WORST Aussie tour that I can EVER remember. What comes AFTER this Test debacle will NOT MATTER one jott!!! Come on India...at least PRODUCE ONE FIGHTING TEST MATCH for ALL of your beleaguered fans....COME ON....!!! It's not that we hate losing, it's just the COMPLETE ABJECT MANNER of these defeats that really and truly hurts...!!!!

  • jameswayne on January 26, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    Sitting in the comforts of their homes and the expert commentators from the AC Com boxes commenting that Clarke should have enforced the follow-on and so on. Blah blah blah. There are 2 simple things that teams gain from not enforcing the follow-on. One is that the bowlers can have a break of atleast a day and come out fresh, and the second is that the pitch will obviously deteriorate for the team batting last. It is just pitiful, clumsy and foolish on the part of the people who watch and even play cricket for decades but do not recognise such simple logic.

  • VRINDARSH on January 26, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    Food for thought: What happened to the ranking of Indian and Pakistan Hockey teams when Astro-Turf was introduced? We both slipped, because as a race we are not physically stronger than Europeans. So my guess is if India also starts to prepare pitches like western nations, the ranking has a more probability of plumetting than rising.

  • on January 26, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    guess what. Most of the people commenting here tonight were calling for Kohli to be shafted after the Sydney test. Tells ya what "experts" we have here.

    To me it looks like the old blokes of the Indian team just wanna be home counting up their money and doing ads on TV rather than standing in the sun with hard cricket balls flying around their heads. India really needed to bite the bullet and find a place for Rohit Sharma and Ohja for this match. They didn't and will lose or at best draw. It also looked a pretty poor indictment what Sehwag thinks of the opening bowlers when India opens with their one class act and a spinner who wasn't considered good enough to play the last test.

  • Andross on January 26, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    Why the heck is everyone saying that Clark did the wrong thing? It's been 35 degrees or something out there today, and the bowlers have every right to be tired, and don't forget, this isn't Perth, this pitch is only going to deteriorate from here, therefore, getting a quick 100-200 before chucking the Indians back into bat simply insures that A they have an almost unöpposable lead, and B the Indians will be batting on the worst conditions, sure they probably could have put them back in won by another innings, but I fail to see how this is going to make them LOSE the test.

  • Andross on January 26, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    @Adnan Siddiqui Well for a start, they'll hopefully leave Johnson out, I've never liked him, he's far too inconsistent for a test bowler, & except for a few matches when he's been brilliant, the only reason he's remained in the side is because he had no competition, that has now changed. as for Patterson & Cummings, the best thing I think would be what they've hinted at doing, which is take them all along for a tour and rotate them, giving 1 guy a rest every match. And Watto is the simple, he goes in instead of Marsh, & needs to bowl less than previously because the rest of the attack does it's job.

    @goldy001 I think that Kolhi's batting indicates how good a batsman HE is, not that the Aus attack is less dangerous, he batted fantastically for his 100.

    @chokkashokka Garbage! Countries have always prepared conditions that suit their own teams, including India, that's why we don't all play tests on concrete, or do you utterly fail to realise how much teams value beating india @ home?

  • indianpunter on January 26, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    where is Dravid_Gravitas and his "make Dravid the captain" calls? hiding in a hole somewhere, i am sure

  • Chris_P on January 26, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    @chokkashokka. Can you change the tune, it is getting monotonous. We been preparing the same pitches since the mid 1800's. It's what we play on all the time, want to prepare on similar ones? Prepare the same back home!

  • sluxman on January 26, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    India's problem is and has always been its bowling which has no sting. You need at least 2 classy bowlers at any point in time, but we can hardly count the number of match winning bowlers that India has produced since the exit of the spin quartet in 1980. Theoretically if a team scores 1 run, they can still win the match, but if the bowling dept is dead, the best the batsmen can achieve is a draw for the team. If the current crop of bowlers do not hit a bowling average of less than 27-28 within 20 tests, they should go. If none achieve a good average, we should stop playing for a while and focus on the basics like the pitches. We can prepare home pitches to suit our batsmen but not end up killing the bowlers.

  • on January 26, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    While the first three test matches were embarrassing for the Indians, we as Australian cricket supporters know how good the Indians used to be and were hoping for a final performance that is fitting of a team, with so many former great players. This performance is actually the worst on tour. The Adelaide wicket is absolutely flat and could not be any flatter to bat on. Even the Indians bats who have show a strong dislike for any ball raising above waist height, would have licked their lips at batting on this pitch. Time to stop blaming the wickets Mr Gambhir and the team management for your inept performance over the last few months. Your bowlers could not get wickets on wickets which were conducive to bowling and now can not get runs on an Indian style wicket. Improve your techniques against a ball that bounces above the waist by improving the wickets at home, so they are not so spin friendly. Zaheer Khan - your are scared. You are batting at 9 for your Country - stop running away.

  • binender123 on January 26, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    LOOK AT THIS YOUNG GUY....I AM SURE HE HAD PREPARED WELL TO FACE THE AUSSIES....IF THIS IS BEEN TRIED BY OTHER PLAYER'S IN THE TEAM INDIA WOULD NEVER GO IN SUCH WORST WAY.....GOOD LUCK VIRAT.....

  • saqskhan on January 26, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    @Arvin...Correct decision by Clarke not following-on, a target of 500 is enough for Ind...Aus can declare after lunch tomorrow, and to chase the target of 500 is not only difficult but also impossible...no one i mean no one in the history of cricket has chased 500 runs in last innings and that too chasing against this quality of bowlers where Ind didn't even score 300 runs in an innings....cric info..please upload some mature and valid comments on cricinfo..Arvin, hope you are reading this.

  • on January 26, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    Two gems amongst the gloom for India. Kohli and Saha. Both were up for the fight and showed application. I also think highly of the standard of wicket keeping by Saha. 3 byes in a 600+ innings is a fine effort indeed. Australia will win the series 4-0 and I hope the Indian selectors get the message. Youth needs to be injected unto the side and home wickets need more grass so both the batsmen and bowlers can improve their techniques and skills. Putting your head in the sand and dismissing defeats outside of the sub continent as no matter will not improve your cricket.

  • arvin on January 26, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    by not enforcing followon australia laready lost... saying their bowlers were tired enough to bowl another 14 overs is poor excuse for a so called team of professionals...

  • on January 26, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    It gives more happiness when Kohli scored a century at this situation...I feel it is greater than sachin's 100th Century...Congrats buddy..We are are proud of you...

  • on January 26, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    However sad it is, it's time to go for VVS and Rahul. The only players who can play Test matches outside are Gambhir, Virat, Rohit from the current lot let us bring Murali Vijay and Badrinath to join them. Sachin will be there for some more time and Shewag has to bat down. In a way, he is responsible for Rahul's problems as he invariably gets out very early and that is forcing Rahul to play very defensively, leading to his downfall. Let Gambhir, Murali Vijay, Rohit, Sachin, Virat and Badrinath form part of our Test batting with Shewag as a replacement for Sachin, after he retires. As far as WK is concerned, let Saha be tried for some more time with Ambati Rayudu as an alternative. From a Bowling perspective, the current crop is fine. We can have Sreesanth and Bhajji in the squad. Let Test matches be seen separately from One day matches and let one day matches have a different selection criteria as compared to T20. Most important is to improve the quality of our pitches and other a

  • on January 26, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    The series loss in England was a wakeup call for Dhoni to have a plan to phase out the seniors gradually and bring youngsters into the Test team. In that series, Dravid was the only batsman in form, while new guys like Suresh Raina struggled with the swing, due to which he was dropped. Virat has finally scored a 100. It is upto Duncan and Dhoni now to go back to the drawing board, make a vision and mission statement, chalk out a plan to resurrect Indian cricket from the ashes. Dhoni, time to bring in Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Pujara, Suresh Raina, Praveen Kumar, Varun Aaron, Irfan Pathan, Sreesanth, Dinesh Karthik, Abhinav Mukund, Pragjyan Ojha, not to forget Yuvraj Singh once he is fit.

  • on January 26, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    While Australia have utterly vanquished India they should not get complacent. After all, only 3 of their recognised batsmen averaged over 45 for the series with all three being over 30 and two of those closer to 40 and just before this series those two were being roundly criticised for overstaying their welcome in the team. The massive triple and double tons shouldn't hide the fact that the rest of the batting was mostly substandard.

    With Marsh, Australia were effectively a wicket down every innings before they started and the rest of the top order was barely passable(Warner made two huge knocks but also a lot of middling scores). A better bowling attack would have undoubtedly made things far harder for the exposed veteran trio in the middle order and who knows what could have happened.

    Australian bowling was the real gamebreaker here but even so we shouldn't forget that Siddle and Hilfenhaus weren't exactly greeted with enthusiasm before the series due to their journeyman stats.

  • on January 26, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    Shame to Sachin Tendulkar. All other ageing player like ponting, hussey, chandarpaul. kallis, sangakara, jayawardane still in their peak form and can play long innings whereas Cricket God Sachin can't play long innings. I wish he would play for another 10 years. After considering his recent performance he should seriously consider his retirement

  • Chris_P on January 26, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    Now where are all you guys who were calling for Kholi's head after the 2nd test? I feel for Rohit, who will be pitched into tests without the proper grounding due to the poor transition planning of Indian cricket. Kudos to Siddle, bowling on a pitch that offered nothing, and to a distinguished batting lineup, put heart & soul into his bowling. His figures don't reflect what impact he had, but Ryan Harris was tireless as he maintained pressure with immaculate line and consistent pace, not allowing any freebies to the batsmen. What a great asset to have when Pattinson & Cummins are out. Let's look after him, selectors!

  • AKS286 on January 26, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    thanx to the SIDDLE. i think siddle read my comment that "tough time for siddle & hilfy becoz the world's best spinner & Oz best fast bowler both are in the playing squad (LYON & HARRIS) in the adelaide."BEER & coulter nile & mckay must replace these flop BEST.

  • baskar_guha on January 26, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    Indians have been comprehensively out-played and out-coached by the Australians. Time for India to dismantle its test side and rebuild with youth who have decent skills but are ready for a scrap and are tenacious. The new side may well need a new coaching staff as the current one seems impotent and a new captain as Dhoni seems ineffective as a test captain and may not have the desire.

  • on January 26, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    If India by any chance are going to save this match... they need a reshuffle ... my bet would be the following : 1. Gambhir 2. Kohli 3. Sehwag 4. Dravid 5. Tendulkar 6. Laxman 7. Saha 8. Ashwin 9. Zaheer 10. Ishant 11. Umesh Then need to try Kohli opening is to see if he has the technique to perform well as an opener since Sehwag has already indicated that he is keen to go down the order when one of the seniors calls it a day and secondly, even if Sehwag still opens or if we find another suitable opener with Kohli coming in at No.3 ... there are chances that he might come in to bat pretty early most of the times like Dravid ...

  • mars2009 on January 26, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    India should prepare two teams - one consists of all starlets with millions of runs under their belts. They only play in home condition, other consists of all youngsters like of Kohli, Ashwin, etc. Everybody will be happy, no blame on the gods of Indian cricket and their averages , runs , 100's keep on going.

  • Sheela on January 26, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    In Indian teams, a person is selected who is a batsman and can also keep wickets to some extent. This is a wrong policy. Wicket keeper should be selected solely for his keeping ability and if he is also a good bat then this should be treated as bonus. Dhoni's defensive field sets have never stopped the opposition to score at 4 or more runs per over in Tests. If the wicket taking is not the airm no opposition would throw away their wickets and make free gifts to the opposition. Facts should be accepted as facts and no excuses trotted out.

  • gimme-a-greentop on January 26, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    well played Kohli. South African cricket lovers knew this kid was class when we saw him bat in the one dayers last time India where here. Love the picture of him getting his hundred on the main page! He looks like he is about to attack and eat any Australian that gets near him..

  • Sheela on January 26, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    Several times Indian batsmen got starts and almost on all occasions did not contribute to the team with big scores. As a foreign critic stated that in India players do not announce retirement and indirectly mentioning that all such players are thrown out and this in way blames the selectors and the Indian Cricket Board administratiors who have never accepted any responsibility for the fiascos. Right now is the time when Indian pitches are prepared not as a graveyard for the bowlers and sleeping beauties favour btsman. First innings lead in Ranji matches should not be given any credit and for this Board is to be squarely blamed for not prepating right kind of pitches.

  • on January 26, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    @shrastogi - our bowlers have put team performance ahead of individual glory in this series. your 4 wicket per innings threshold is therefore meaningless. i think you'll find the australians have averaged 20 wickets per test - something the indian bowlers cannot lay claims to.

  • tamrafi on January 26, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    Output was temporarily increased by using more fertilisers and pestisides and reducing the gaps between crops. Older crops were retained for shorter benefits and as new plants take time to produce. It has caused depletion of soil quality and these temporary measures will no longer work. We need to plant new seeds, replenish the soil by giving more gaps between crops and removing older crops and nurturing younger crops. - Views from an Agriculturist about the India Team

  • madras_boy on January 26, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    I bet we can't score more than 300 in the second innings... Just by not allowing Indians to follow on, it looks more like Australia wanna give a chance to India to draw this game to avoid 4-0 humiliation ... Will the Indians take the chance ? Lets watch...

  • jimgraham on January 26, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    What a pathetic performance by Indians, except Kohli. Its a shame, I don't feel like talking about cricket any more with my Aussie friends. In fact, there is nothing to talk about. We must look forward to the youngsters and hope they will take India to the same heights as we have seen them in the recent past years. Its time to thank the oldies (Laxman, Rahul) and maybe Mahi for their contribution and say good bye. Bring on the stars of future.

  • trumpoz on January 26, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    @chokkashokka - still pulling out the line about doctored test match pitches.... rofl..... Adelaide serves up a belter and you still whinge. You could work for the BCCI mate, along with Gautam Gambhir. Great bowling by Siddle and the Aussies. Craig McDermott should be given an OAM for the bowling performance of this team in the last 6 months. Ashwin will be a handful tomorrow with footmarks around the place, and Zaheer will always be troublesome. Unfortunately for India, Australia lead by 382 runs and will have a lead of 500 by lunchtime (or an hour later). Even if the Aussies do collapse India will have to make 400+ on a wearing pitch. A whitewash it is then :-D

  • MaruthuDelft on January 26, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    Can you believe? There are 9 vacancies. Except for Kohli and Zaheer everyone exle must go including Dhoni and Umesh. Umesh for all his wickets still has not sorted it out; may be soon he will find a way to get to batsmen's minds. Dhoni? What a failure he is? In England, Australia and SA he is a nothing in tests but a champion in India; Gambhir, Sehwag, Dhoni all same. We must find a openers; Rahane and Mukund are not good. Pujara and Rohit too are not good; just see the recordings of the las SA tour. Raina no question. Badri I am not sure. Only Pragyan Ojah and to some extent Praveen Kumar along with Zaheer and Kohli are the players good enough for international cricket in India.

  • on January 26, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    Time has come ! Its a literal wastage by not allowing Rohit Sharma despite the big guns failing. Is there something jinxed for the Indian Senior Batsmen ??! Virat and Saha fought. Its time to retire , even Sachin. All those master blaster innings will surely be remembered but currently they should move on. If Rohit , Virat and Raina get chance in Test matches so that they can prove their ability. The selection panel needs a serious look.

  • wix99 on January 26, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    I think Australia's new selectors have done a pretty good job except for sticking with Shaun Marsh through this series. Shane Watson or Usman Khawaja should take Marsh's spot for the next Test series in the West Indies.

    Still Australia shines in comparison to India. I think India need to radically change their team and get a new captain.

  • dunger.bob on January 26, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    chokkashokka : Man... I see you are still on about the pitches. We need to have a serious talk... first order of business is to say that I do understand your point. Most teams are home bullies but I think it's important to understand that it's actually always been that way. In the past there have been some shocking cases of home ground advantage but that's part and parcel of the game. Golfers have to contend with different conditions around the world, so why should cricket be different? The real point is that if you can win some games away from home, you improve your ranking more than if you Just win at home. .. almost in the words of Monty Python, ... "every little away win is precious".

  • A.Ak on January 26, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    Time to think about - Gambhir(VC), Sehwag (Cap and VC), Dhoni (Cap), VVS- all have not scored a hundred in away game in long time. India poor form is all due to these 4. Sachin has not scored ton in the last 21 inngs, but he had some good contribution with the bat. Dravid is the only batsman who scored hundred in away game in the last 12 months (3 in Eng, 1 in WI). Its good to see some one new joined the list now.

  • on January 26, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    Will someone please explain to Zaheer khan what his role as a number 8 batsman is. As it is his bowling has not been as hot as it was touted to be and whenever he comes out to bat it seems his intention is to get back to the pavilion as fast as possible.

  • hnlns on January 26, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    To me, as things stand at end of today, Aussies have already won the match, they can just add in a few more runs quickly with Clarke and Ponting both on a high after their first innings heroics. Reaching even 300 on the last innings for this brittle batting lineup will be equivalent of climbing Mount Everest without oxygen. 4-0 is very much on at this stage, unless the Adelaide weather and/or Indian batting make a miraculous turnaround.

  • TeamRocker on January 26, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    Being an Aussie supporter, you would have thought that I'd have enjoyed today's play, but no such luck. I can't help feeling that the future looks grim. Clarke, Ponting and Huss have scored all the runs in this series, while Warner done nothing but score 180 at Perth, Cowan's made a couple of half- centuries and Marsh has performed worse than I can say. Khawaja and Hughes were the other two 'bright young stars', but they both had to be dropped. What's going to happen?

  • on January 26, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    Great performance from this batsman inspite of india probabaly loosing this series.

  • on January 26, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    india lost first 3 test becouse of batting but still no changes there accept forced changed of wk due to dhoni suspension that is sign of a team that doesnt want to learn doesnt want to improve vvs should have been out i have great respect for him but still . the pateince with young players has to be there like with kholi and they will become future stars. this has to be the last of vvs dravid and sachin whatever may happen in 2nd innings and even viru needs to be dropped. gambhir is too good a player not to good a century for 2 years he has played well in this series since 2nd innigs at scg but not converting his starts in perth he did get a unplayable ball but not this one it could have been a non wicket delivery easily .saha showed good technique played well ms dhonis place in test side is in doubt now with saha batting and keeping well it is in real trouble . no hope of this test a draw will tough again a whitewash. really hurting as an indian fan . but will suppourt them

  • on January 26, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    Everybody was talking that Marsh was the next best thing since his Debut Hundred against SL, the person to make a Debut hundred before him was Marcus North. North had 4 hundreds before he was dropped. It is most likely that Marsh would never be back in the test side. 4 ducks in his last 5 tests does not help him. Back to shield cricket for him. Watson to take his place.

  • on January 26, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    Everyone talking about how wonderful the Aussies hav been bt wat abt a gud top 3...I guess if u tek out d Bull's 180 out f pic, d combined runs scored by the Aussies top 3 is 250 which is not a very gud sign over a series of5 innings....Inverarity, please do something

  • Herath-UK on January 26, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    Do not get despondent Sachin has one more innings to get his coveted century. Sanga did the same at his last Test in Rose Bowl so wish Sachin the same. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • RasCric on January 26, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    Virat kohli, you are now legend of indian cricket, now you get to play next 50 tests without need to perform again :P

  • AKS286 on January 26, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    no doubt no questuion. throw out warner & marsh and bring KATICH & JAQUES. again i'm sorry to my total nine comments that HARRIS will take 2 wickets in each inning but (a/c to many fans) the Oz best fast bowler gives me return slap, that he is most worst than i thought LoL.i asked one question that who will take the wicket of U.YADAV HARRIS or LYON but he was not out. lets see in second inning. who will take- the best Oz fast bowler HARRIS or the world's best spinner in the world LYON.

  • None_for on January 26, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    Peter Siddle is a massively improved bowler. A heard earned 5 wicket haul. Well done, mate.

  • on January 26, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    Memo to Indian selectors: The only Indian to score a century this series is a 24 yo with a good technique who has been given 10 tests to get established. Maybe there is something in that ? A lot easier to score runs in the middle rather than carrying the drinks.

  • darth_whore on January 26, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    Time for some axing my friends. Drop Sachin, Dravid, VVS, Sehwag and Dhoni. Enough of them. The top three will retire pretty soon. So why not start laying the foundation for a new team from now onwards. They will be remembered, yes, for their valiant and masterful innings. But they have to go. 8 straight defeats (those who are hoping that India will save the test match should cease smoking weed immediately) isn't a joke. Dhoni irritates a lot nowadays. He never had and never will have the tactics to lead a young team. You need someone like a Dada to do that. Kohli should take on the mantle some time later but for now make Gambhir the captain. If drastic steps are not taken then India will spiral down like the Windies have.

  • Sshawn on January 26, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    where is Warner in this Match .. won the last match for Aussies and lost in translation..I think he need to come down from Clouds and play to prove he is worth more then one test..Shhhhshh

  • on January 26, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    bring rohit , mukand, inplace of dravid, laxamn , no hope from bowling dept, but zak, nehra, ashwin , yadav can be accaptable.

  • indianpunter on January 26, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    It has been clear for sometime now that the seniors in the team are not pulling their weight. The erstwhile "assets" have now become huge liabilities and its time for them to move on, or else be dropped. Dravid, Laxman and Sehwag have to go out right now. Its unbelievable that they havent yet called time on their careers. Everyone saw today that youth when given backing and confidence, prosper. The elder statesmen lack the bottle for a fight, no motivation to go on and are physically unable to last 5 days ( creaking terminators, how apt !!). More importantly, their continued presence in the team makes it hard for anyone to make the hard calls and risk annoying the all powerful "senior coterie".

  • dsig3 on January 26, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    Is Gautam Gambhir the worst player of the short ball of all time for an opener? No wonder the bloke only wants to play on spinning pitches, he is completely inept when it gets above his waist. He makes Phil Hughes look like Ricky Ponting.

  • on January 26, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    Adelaide test was very much over before it started. Indians never showed intensity or skills to match Australian flare .. Series was over much before final test started .. Its better Australia declare on this score n bundled out India to save time and space on web servers ..Sorry sponsors but invest properly next time when India tours abroad.

  • coeurlion on January 26, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    Finally, some fight from India via Kohli! It had to take a young 'un, hungry for success, getting his maiden test 100 to say to us Aussies, 'Enough is enough!'. Good support from Saha... again a young one (in the shadow of MSD) trying to make a name for himself. What does this say to the 'creaking terminators'? I believe Pup made an error... he should have enforced the follow on. Let India stare another innings defeat in the face. But Australia still holds the whip hand.

  • shrastogi on January 26, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    Much as one wants to appreciate aussie bowlers' domination a few stats put things in perspective. Despite taking 20+ wickets in the series both Siddle and Hilfenhaus do not average 4 wickets per test though they have one inning to correct that record. So is Harris but he has played only 10 tests. Starc and Pattinson have played very few test to be considered for this stat. Hence they look more menacing as Indian batsmen have made them look that way. Credit goes to bowling coach Mcdermott and Micky Arthur for devising right bowling strategy against Indians whose own indifferent form hasnt helped the things. Kohli played well so one wishes after having lost the series at Perth Indians could have played Rohit Sharma in place of Laxman. Indian thinktank is trying but their efforts are not bearing fruit. Still in second innings one would like to see India experment with batting order.Let Sehwag bat in middle order or Kohli at five/ Laxman at six or even Laxman at 3. This may show some fight

  • saqskhan on January 26, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    Result - Aus won by 200+ runs....Sehwag out cheaply before 10 overs, Dravid bowled again, Sachin once again fail to make century, Laxman thinking off how to play his last innings and getting out once again..the same old story will continue in the last innings also..nothing new, switch off your TV tomorrow if you dont want to see Ind losing again.

  • on January 26, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    Peter Siddle is the leader of the bowling attack.Whom will the selectors drop when Watson,Johnson, Pattinson and Cummins returns? A challenge that the selectors would welcome..In the Carribean, they could consider playing two spinners at certain venues.Nathan Hauritz deserves something here. Congratulations to Kohli for the fighting century...

  • Prakmca on January 26, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    This is ridiculous to play Laxman after 7 continuous failure right from england tour. Whose decision it is? is this sehwag or team management. What is the challenge of playing young Rohit? It's time for Dravid and Laxman to go out giving way for youngsters. Even in second innings even if Laxman / Dravid scores hundred also, it's not going to fulfil long term. Time to axe them from the team. Rohit needs to be given more chances (like Kohli) not just a one or two test matches. Lot of damage control has to happen, time for team management and selection committee to apply their thought process. Atleast take some good decisions... PLEASE don't count of aging and non performining players.

  • Andross on January 26, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    Well done the Australian bowlers once again, proving that they're not just whatever the opposite equivalent of a 'flat track bully' is.

    I was however seriously annoyed today of the return by the umpires to Melbourne; the first 3 of the seamers wickets today where reviewed by the umpires; now in the case of the Tendulkar dismissal, maybe it was warranted, although Ponting usually says if he is unsure or knows that he didn't catch it, & it would be nice to go back to the days where the umpire would ask the fielder, "did you catch it?" & be satisfied with the answer, but that aside, there was no sense at all in the other 2. Siddle had plenty of his heel behind the line to Gambhir, & I'm sorry, but if as the umpire (and I forget which of the two it was) if you couldn't tell that Harris had > 1/2 his foot behind the line when he dismissed Sarha, you need glasses.

    I wonder if umpires are becoming complacent about noballs, & when there is a wicket suddenly realise they haven't been looking.

  • Harry_Kool on January 26, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    Great effort Sid! Now this Michelle (5 for) is something you can be very proud of, against a top class batting lineup on an unconducive pitch.

  • PiyushD on January 26, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    same story again and again, team BCCI plays for themselves and not for country, failures are getting chances again and agani and in form batsmen keep sitting out waiting for the older ones to turn 60 soon.

  • dunger.bob on January 26, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    Congratulations to Kholi, that was a beautiful knock. Classy work young fella, thats the way to bat. The TV commentators nailed it when they said he should be batting number 3 in the 2nd innings. He is honestly the one and only Indian who has visibly improved the longer the series has gone. His time has come, what's the point of constantly having your best batsman running out of partners? Also, he has some fire in his belly. Not sure what was going on but he was getting arced up .. Wonder what he thought of Zaheer Khan's fabulous commitment to see him thru to his maiden ton .... Re Ashwin: .. .. Looks a very handy bowler to left handers. It was good captaincy from Sehwag to bring him on early with 3 southpaws first up in the order. The right handers have it MUCH easier on this pitch. A quick look at where the footmarks are should confirm that. .. Not making excuses for the top 3 BTW. They pretty much suck ATM and need some runs. ... Shaun Marsh may have played his last test.

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

    It is really immaterial whatever kohli achieves when the main target is to get the big 4 out. Ashwin, kohli etc. are given extra run and flourish in that. Kohli will not survive if he is the main target of the opposition bowling. He has an average of 27 and cannot be considered as a replacement of tendulka, dravid, sehwag or luxman.

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

    So India failed away from home - granted. Now why is this such a big deal? This Australian team is playing at home - so why is their victory at home any different from the ones that India have. England is not in the sub continent and is still struggling against a new PAK team. Test cricket has become a more polarized form - home countries taking home field advantage to new heights in the last year or so with England, Australia and SA leading the way. India, Sri Lanka and Pak will follow suit when the Eng, aus and sa teams visit. So basically this protocal started by the English, Aus and SA will make the contest useless. Test matches will be over in 3 days and hey we can preserve our bowlers that way. Kudos to the ECB, CA and SA - you've collectively given the sport a much needed oomph.

  • kex196 on January 26, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    "Faithful husbands who perform only at home"

  • Naresh28 on January 26, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Oz pace bowlers have been relentless. India needs ATUL SHARMA pace type. Rohit Sharma should have played this match. Shewag has not brought any difference from Dhoni. India should overhaul - BCCI, selectors, the TEAM from next test series onwards.

  • on January 26, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    Kohli, Rohit & Raina should be the core of the future Indian test team. All the seniors should be gradually phased out. One possible combination will be. OPENERS: Mukund & Rahane, No. 3. Pujara, No 4. Rohit, No 5. Kohli, No. 6 Raina, No7 Dhoni, No.8 Ashwin. No 9. Praveen, 10. Ishant, No 11. Yadav Reserves: Oza,, Rahul, Aaron.Tiwari. Saha

  • Mervo on January 26, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    Good to see that the Aussie 'young guns' were so good again. Let's hope that Ponting goes on for another couple of years. Just to annoy the ill-informed journalists we have in this country.

  • VJGS on January 26, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    Positives for India from this disastrous series: 1.Virat Kohli: The way he played in the 3rd and 4th matches after being under-performing in the first two. 2.Umesh Yadav: Bowled brilliantly especially in the third test. Got a little treatment in the fourth though.

    Negatives: 1.Seniors: VVS became hopeless; Dravid, the wall, started to crumble; Tendulkar - only Indian who looked good throughout the series, but still couldn't get the 100th ton; Sehwag - another disappointment. 2.R Ashwin: When he finally picked wickets int he 4th test, his economy was horrible. But one has to feel sorry for him - expected to lead the spin attack on his maiden tour, and that too against the mighty Ausies.

  • on January 26, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    Kohli showed the temperament to fight back. he just grown every test and gained his maiden test century. well played fella.. you showed how to put a fight against tough opponents.

  • VivGilchrist on January 26, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    Probably the worst complete Test series by an Australian batsman by Marsh. Let's hope a T20 half century doesn't guarantee selection for the ODI series. This boy needs time playing first class cricket, Surely Arthurs unnatural man-love for him won't stretch that far. Or will it?

  • manas.tiwari9 on January 26, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    indian innings will crumble tommorow and whitewash is definetly sure......now only god can save the team

  • LillianThomson on January 26, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    Kohli has proved what some of us have been saying all along: younger batsmen (30ish or less) can adapt better to faster, bouncier Australian conditions (and Adelaide) better than 37/38/39 year olds. India's selectors have thrown away Number 1 status when the competing teams are really flawed too. And they have thrown it away by letting Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman go on and on and on long after they passed their best. Tendulkar's not even averaging 40 in this series, and has looked half the batsman that Ponting is. And even Kohli, who looks promising, betrayed a Tendulkar-like obsession with his personal milestone once he entered the 90s and seemed to forget that he was part of a team.

  • goldy001 on January 26, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    you can just say by looking how virat kohli has played today that if you bat positively this australian attack is not as danegerous as what the other indian batsman has made them..there approach to the batting is just to survive and they are not doing any thing to distrub the line and length of the aussie bowlers..if you keep on defending, sooner or later you are going to get one ball who will get you out..So the they have to look to score rather letting the aussie to settle to their line ang length..just bat positively..try to score..i am sure these aussie baller will feel the heat once you star scoring against them..JUST BE POSITIVE while batting...

  • dms1972 on January 26, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    Those calling for Kohli's exclusion after the 2nd Test must surely be hanging their heads in shame!

  • sunwebsite on January 26, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    Kohli's batting is perfect example to bat on this track for Indians

  • on January 26, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    Looks like Warner isn't the new Hayden after all. Some real concerns for Australia's next generation batting line up. Once Ponting goes it seems that Clarke will have to score the runs in partnerships with his bowlers. Dumping Katich now looks like a huge error. Granted, Cowan and Warner should be given an extended opportunity - apart from anything, who else is there? But the selectors still need to find three batsmen to replace Ponting (eventually - no rush), Marsh who has been hopeless at this level and the over-rated Hussey.

  • johnathonjosephs on January 26, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    If Marsh is in the next Aussie team instead of someone competent like Khawaja, I will be forced to think there is some bias in the selection comittee

  • rahulcricket007 on January 26, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    iI HOPE LAXMAN , DRAVID ANNOUNCES THIER RETIREMENT AT THE PRESS CONFRERENCE .

  • MisterObvious on January 26, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Even though Peter Siddle comes from just down the road from where my Mum lives I still thought him a very ordinary bowler (emphasis on "very") until recently. Hey, his figures in previous tests at Adelaide, for example, were 1 for 241! Bowling too short, getting almost no swing & precious little movement off the seam, he hardly ever accomplished what he was getting paid to do - get batsmen out. So what's up with him these days? He's suddenly the go-to guy for a breakthrough & is pocketing wickets like a vagrant nabbing scraps in a dumpster. It's either the water he's drinking or it's the fact that he's fully fit & pitching the ball up. Kudos to bowling coach McDermott for whatever he's been whispering in Siddle's ear. Also, congrats to Brad Haddin's more talented twin brother on the neat catch off Lyon - or else it was really BH himself who actually held on to one for once.

  • AriGold on January 26, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    Now indian fans will forget all their miserable performance and just talk and talk about how kohlis innings is the greatest innings ever played or someting similar..lol..

  • Nightwing32 on January 26, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    Good to see Kohli doing well and Saha. Well like Hussey said "I'm not batting bad, luck is just against me" I wouldn't say that is for Marsh but now at least he was Shield and ODIs to show the selectors that he can play more tests. The pitch is doing heaps at the moment, so maybe get India to chase 500, declare at Lunch and then you have one and 2 thirds days to get them out.

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on January 26, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    India can't save this match -- no way --- they look very ORDINARY team.

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  • AusieBangaleeShameem on January 26, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    India can't save this match -- no way --- they look very ORDINARY team.

  • Nightwing32 on January 26, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    Good to see Kohli doing well and Saha. Well like Hussey said "I'm not batting bad, luck is just against me" I wouldn't say that is for Marsh but now at least he was Shield and ODIs to show the selectors that he can play more tests. The pitch is doing heaps at the moment, so maybe get India to chase 500, declare at Lunch and then you have one and 2 thirds days to get them out.

  • AriGold on January 26, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    Now indian fans will forget all their miserable performance and just talk and talk about how kohlis innings is the greatest innings ever played or someting similar..lol..

  • MisterObvious on January 26, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Even though Peter Siddle comes from just down the road from where my Mum lives I still thought him a very ordinary bowler (emphasis on "very") until recently. Hey, his figures in previous tests at Adelaide, for example, were 1 for 241! Bowling too short, getting almost no swing & precious little movement off the seam, he hardly ever accomplished what he was getting paid to do - get batsmen out. So what's up with him these days? He's suddenly the go-to guy for a breakthrough & is pocketing wickets like a vagrant nabbing scraps in a dumpster. It's either the water he's drinking or it's the fact that he's fully fit & pitching the ball up. Kudos to bowling coach McDermott for whatever he's been whispering in Siddle's ear. Also, congrats to Brad Haddin's more talented twin brother on the neat catch off Lyon - or else it was really BH himself who actually held on to one for once.

  • rahulcricket007 on January 26, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    iI HOPE LAXMAN , DRAVID ANNOUNCES THIER RETIREMENT AT THE PRESS CONFRERENCE .

  • johnathonjosephs on January 26, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    If Marsh is in the next Aussie team instead of someone competent like Khawaja, I will be forced to think there is some bias in the selection comittee

  • on January 26, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    Looks like Warner isn't the new Hayden after all. Some real concerns for Australia's next generation batting line up. Once Ponting goes it seems that Clarke will have to score the runs in partnerships with his bowlers. Dumping Katich now looks like a huge error. Granted, Cowan and Warner should be given an extended opportunity - apart from anything, who else is there? But the selectors still need to find three batsmen to replace Ponting (eventually - no rush), Marsh who has been hopeless at this level and the over-rated Hussey.

  • sunwebsite on January 26, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    Kohli's batting is perfect example to bat on this track for Indians

  • dms1972 on January 26, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    Those calling for Kohli's exclusion after the 2nd Test must surely be hanging their heads in shame!

  • goldy001 on January 26, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    you can just say by looking how virat kohli has played today that if you bat positively this australian attack is not as danegerous as what the other indian batsman has made them..there approach to the batting is just to survive and they are not doing any thing to distrub the line and length of the aussie bowlers..if you keep on defending, sooner or later you are going to get one ball who will get you out..So the they have to look to score rather letting the aussie to settle to their line ang length..just bat positively..try to score..i am sure these aussie baller will feel the heat once you star scoring against them..JUST BE POSITIVE while batting...