Australia v India, 4th Test, Adelaide, 5th day January 28, 2012

Australia wrap up 4-0 whitewash

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Australia 7 for 604 dec and 5 for 167 dec beat India 272 and 201 (Sehwag 62, Lyon 4-63, Harris 3-41) by 298 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Before the Sydney Test, Glenn McGrath gave his typical prediction that Australia would win the series 4-0. Few people truly expected it to happen. But such has been the gulf between the two sides that four weeks later, Australia wrapped up a whitewash within 59 minutes on the last day at Adelaide Oval, the only Test in the series that India managed to take to a fifth day.

Australia's 298-run victory was finalised when Nathan Lyon found the edge of Umesh Yadav's bat and Brad Haddin gloved the ball cleanly, which led to celebrations from the Australians. Not wild celebrations, though. The restrained type of self-congratulation that follows a long period of work, with the knowledge that even more toil remains ahead.

That the 4-0 series win was not enough to lift Australia out of fourth position on the ICC rankings is an indication of how far the side had fallen, and how much work remains for Michael Clarke and his men. But they are the on the way up. Their next Test tour is to the West Indies in April, and there they can move up the rankings list, closer to their goal of regaining the No.1 spot.

For India, this was the culmination of a miserable year away from home. They remain in third spot on the rankings, but only just. They began the day at 6 for 166, with no hope of chasing the target of 500 or batting all day to play out the draw. The first wicket came when Ishant Sharma edged behind off Ryan Harris for 2, and that was closely followed by Wriddhiman Saha (3) also edging behind off Peter Siddle.

R Ashwin and Zaheer Khan stole a few boundaries but it was only ever a question of which bowlers would get the wickets. Zaheer skied a catch off Ben Hilfenhaus for 15 and the final wicket came when Yadav edged behind with the total on 201. That gave Lyon 4 for 63, an encouraging end to a series in which he was the least effective of Australia's four main bowlers, against batsmen adept at handling spin.

Harris ended up with 3 for 41 but it was appropriate that all four frontline bowlers, including Man of the Match Siddle, picked up at least one wicket. It has been their constant pressure throughout the summer that has kept India's powerful batting line-up in check. Significantly, it was not until the final Test of the series that India found a centurion, and then it was the newest member of the top six, Virat Kohli.

VVS Laxman averaged 19.37 for the series, Virender Sehwag averaged 24.75, Rahul Dravid 24.25, Gautam Gambhir 22.62, MS Dhoni 20.40 and Sachin Tendulkar 35.87. None of them scored as many runs as Kohli, whose 300 came at 37.50, and such results should encourage the selectors to give more opportunities to fresh batsmen.

The Indian bowlers were also below-par. Zaheer finished with 15 wickets at 31.80, a decent result and an indication that he keeps working hard even in trying circumstances, and Yadav showed promise with his 14 wickets at 39.35. But Ishant's five wickets at 90.20, Ashwin's nine victims at 62.77, and the folly of picking Vinay Kumar at the WACA all stood out as disappointments.

Hilfenhaus and Siddle headed the Australian attack throughout the series, and they were wonderful. Clarke and Ricky Ponting were outstanding with the bat. It was a complete display from an Australian unit that heading in the right direction. And a squad that can always look back on this 4-0 result with pride.

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

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  • on January 30, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    Well done.........................................................................................................................................................................

  • on January 29, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    @basit12 IND may be tiger against WIN,BAN & ZIM but not against SL. At the moment SL is better than IND for sure. SL lost to ENG in ENG was 0-1 only from 3 matches, but IND lost 4 out of 4 (clean sweep) against ENG in ENG recently. So SL is better than IND.

  • on January 29, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    Time for team india to get rid of some old stars and polish young talent.....india has yet to find a good replacement after kumble...

  • trumpoz on January 29, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    One thing that should be looked at it is the day-to-day leadership of the team ie captain and coaching staff. MS Dohni is a worse captain than Ricky Ponting - he is unimaginative, overly defensive and doesn't seem to inspire anyone. He lets the game float away. Sehwag proved himself to be a more astute captain by bringing Ashwin in early in the Adelaide test...... then unfortunately set the same negative fields hoping a batsman will make a mistake rather than forcing a mistake. Duncan Fletcher and the Coaching staff (particularly fielding) - WTF are you doing? You have got some amazing talent in that side and it is being wasted. Someone needs to 1) pull Ishant Sharma aside and get him to bowl an extra meter fuller 2) Teach Gahmbir to play the short ball instead of running his mouth 3) Tell Yadav to keep bowling the way he is 4) Pull the whole team in to line over their pathetic fielding performances. More disciplined training will help this underperforming Indian team.

  • AKS286 on January 29, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    @pak fans pak did't won test match. whenever pak won it is always written SHOCK. and dont compare pak team aginst india its like comparing KHWAJA to BRADMAN Lol (some pak fans says). still the survival of test match is depending upon 3-4 countries Oz,ENG,IND,SA or SL too. otherwise NZ,pak,BAN,ZIM,WI are resposible to make test match into extinct phase.

  • MASQ on January 29, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    It is very depessing for team India, being a Pakistani Cricket lover, very sad after seeing such a bad performance of team India in Eng & Aus. I think when the player get older he starts playing for his on pride and records. It can be the one of reason thats why such great batsmen couldn't deliver what they need to deliver or other expecting. One of bad performance of team india i ever seen. Now you can see the team india score 8-0. Anyways good luck in ODI/T20.

  • 3Dog on January 29, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    Ashwin's Bawling Average over 60, I. Sharma's Average over 90. is this a Joke ? I'll Never forget Ravi Shasthri's Face after loss.

  • on January 29, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    poor india cricket team............... well done australia ........

  • on January 29, 2012, 2:42 GMT

    Perhaps winning the World Cup was an ultimate achievement and has resulted in anticlimatic results and a lack of motivation and drive for Tendulkar, Dhoni and Sehwag. Dravid and Laxman have already outlived their cricketing utility. Examples of Saha and Kohli should serve as eye openers. You need fire in the belly which is missing in oldies. Time to blood the new trinity of Rahane, Rohit and Pujara alongwith Ashwin, Saha and Kohli and give all of them extended run for two years.

  • on January 29, 2012, 2:32 GMT

    I believe VVs should sacrifice by retiring other all three i.e. dravid tendulkar (even fourth sehwag) will be forced to retire.

  • on January 30, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    Well done.........................................................................................................................................................................

  • on January 29, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    @basit12 IND may be tiger against WIN,BAN & ZIM but not against SL. At the moment SL is better than IND for sure. SL lost to ENG in ENG was 0-1 only from 3 matches, but IND lost 4 out of 4 (clean sweep) against ENG in ENG recently. So SL is better than IND.

  • on January 29, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    Time for team india to get rid of some old stars and polish young talent.....india has yet to find a good replacement after kumble...

  • trumpoz on January 29, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    One thing that should be looked at it is the day-to-day leadership of the team ie captain and coaching staff. MS Dohni is a worse captain than Ricky Ponting - he is unimaginative, overly defensive and doesn't seem to inspire anyone. He lets the game float away. Sehwag proved himself to be a more astute captain by bringing Ashwin in early in the Adelaide test...... then unfortunately set the same negative fields hoping a batsman will make a mistake rather than forcing a mistake. Duncan Fletcher and the Coaching staff (particularly fielding) - WTF are you doing? You have got some amazing talent in that side and it is being wasted. Someone needs to 1) pull Ishant Sharma aside and get him to bowl an extra meter fuller 2) Teach Gahmbir to play the short ball instead of running his mouth 3) Tell Yadav to keep bowling the way he is 4) Pull the whole team in to line over their pathetic fielding performances. More disciplined training will help this underperforming Indian team.

  • AKS286 on January 29, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    @pak fans pak did't won test match. whenever pak won it is always written SHOCK. and dont compare pak team aginst india its like comparing KHWAJA to BRADMAN Lol (some pak fans says). still the survival of test match is depending upon 3-4 countries Oz,ENG,IND,SA or SL too. otherwise NZ,pak,BAN,ZIM,WI are resposible to make test match into extinct phase.

  • MASQ on January 29, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    It is very depessing for team India, being a Pakistani Cricket lover, very sad after seeing such a bad performance of team India in Eng & Aus. I think when the player get older he starts playing for his on pride and records. It can be the one of reason thats why such great batsmen couldn't deliver what they need to deliver or other expecting. One of bad performance of team india i ever seen. Now you can see the team india score 8-0. Anyways good luck in ODI/T20.

  • 3Dog on January 29, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    Ashwin's Bawling Average over 60, I. Sharma's Average over 90. is this a Joke ? I'll Never forget Ravi Shasthri's Face after loss.

  • on January 29, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    poor india cricket team............... well done australia ........

  • on January 29, 2012, 2:42 GMT

    Perhaps winning the World Cup was an ultimate achievement and has resulted in anticlimatic results and a lack of motivation and drive for Tendulkar, Dhoni and Sehwag. Dravid and Laxman have already outlived their cricketing utility. Examples of Saha and Kohli should serve as eye openers. You need fire in the belly which is missing in oldies. Time to blood the new trinity of Rahane, Rohit and Pujara alongwith Ashwin, Saha and Kohli and give all of them extended run for two years.

  • on January 29, 2012, 2:32 GMT

    I believe VVs should sacrifice by retiring other all three i.e. dravid tendulkar (even fourth sehwag) will be forced to retire.

  • Harry_67 on January 29, 2012, 2:29 GMT

    There is no denying the fact that the Indian team was beaten fair, square and emphatically. There is no doubt that the shortcomings of the Indian batsmen on bouncy, hard & green pitches have been exposed along with the weakness of their bowling attack. But what has surprised me even more is the enthusiasm and glee the so obvoiusly Pak supporters have taken to the net trashing the Indians... subtlety is not one of their finer points I guess. Seems like they have been waiting for this oppurtunity with much anticipation when they can vent their spleen, maybe it was hard for them to digest the fact that Indians have been successfull lately. Like I said the Indians were well and truly beaten, but great batsmen Sachin Dravid, Laxman, and Sehwag do not become pedestrian just because they flopped in 2 series. The issues will have to be addressed by the Indian team, selectors, and the board and god luck to them. At least they did not take money and bowl no balls or throw games....

  • on January 29, 2012, 1:29 GMT

    8-0 and all the surface favored pacers so it is only fair to have 9 turning surface at home to give our boys the advantage. If BCCI wants to play fair the board deserves to be sacked. Enough humiliation. The fans deserve better. Both England and Australia deserve to dance on a unplayable surface. Enough 300+ partnership when 11 batters cant hit 300 combined. The holy trinity deserves an opportunity to gain some respect before retirement. Nothing better than getting a 1000 runs each in those 9 tests at home.

  • crictalia on January 29, 2012, 1:05 GMT

    @AKS286 i thnk u shud say same to ur cptain who said this in press conf tht even tho we lost test match v r the worl champ

  • playitstraight on January 29, 2012, 0:40 GMT

    Just because India have lost two overseas series in a row, does not mean that everyone here have to use terms such as"lions at home, pussycats abroad" and "Bangladesh are better than India". India are going through a bad time right now, they need time and need to rebuild. If we fans have patience, then I'm sure the results can come. We just need to wait and see, and take the burden and pressure off of the under-performing batsmen and bowlers. If you take Sri Lanka for an example, they had a really bad time, not winning a Test for 18 months, but they pulled of a historic win in South Africa. Of course I highly doubt Indian fans wil have to wait that long, but it will definitely come. The even better news is that for 2 years all Test series are being played at home, so we can expect better performances.

  • VivGilchrist on January 29, 2012, 0:08 GMT

    @GVDRS, that is the mentality of India! That is why you will never consistently be a number one team. Such justification does not allow for improvement. How can luck make you win 4-0 by huge margins? I'm embarrassed for your countrymen with that attitude. Even the English supporters are praising Pak for the way have played. Eng will go back home after the series and look at why and how they lost. Aus lost the Ashes and did a complete review of the whole system. India lose 8-0 and make justification. Yes Aus drew with NZ 1-1 (by 7 runs), but that's probably what kicked them into gear for the Indian series. Always look to improve, not justify poor performance, by playing down the opposition.

  • Harry_Kool on January 29, 2012, 0:05 GMT

    Great effort from our guys, er're definitely on the way back. The Argus report has finally put some sanity in planning. Most of the Indian fans, although passionate, have acknowledged they came up short, but to those other who continually trash other teams BEFORE series and predict 4-0 victories & nowhere to be seen afterwards..........TOUGH! India's problems are there for all to see, so I'll refrain from comments as they are not my team. As for the Aussies, GO YOU GOOD THINGS!

  • on January 28, 2012, 23:54 GMT

    Is India real world Champions ??? i don't think so. For indian fans, please do not criticize other teams here after

  • on January 28, 2012, 22:33 GMT

    Truly sad, to see such a display. India need to go back to the BASICS. Discipline, fitness, passion, technique ....

  • on January 28, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    I am a Pakistani and seeing india loose wasn't a pretty site for us even though many ppl might think that! I truly believe india are a good side soo indians shouldnt be criticizing their team soo much for a couple of series loses even if they were very bad! This same team gave u the world championship, dnt forget that! Every team goes through rough patches....Pakistan is a prime example! But gr8 teams fight back like Pakistan did and im sure u guys will do the same!

  • on January 28, 2012, 21:51 GMT

    I can't stop laughing, even Bangladesh wouldn't be losing like India ! Indian supporters you need find a closet to hide ! You are world champion, look what you have achieved ! I can predict now, next world cup India will not be able to reach second round, forget about defending the title !! Go Aussie Go !! Show us who are the real champion. It's alway was, is and will be Australia.

  • Rooboy on January 28, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    I remember during the 2005 Ashes, Duncan Fletcher had several 'smart' comments to make. Where is he now? Is he even on tour? It tells you a fair bit about someone when they mouth off when winning, then disappear when losing. Much like prasant_nsw who continually assured us india would win 4-0 but who hasn't commented since the Melbourne test. Nine losing tests in Aus in a row for Fletcher ... what a super coach, couldn't happen to a nicer person. Lost a fair bit of respect for Tendulkar too ... clearly he thinks he's too good to speak to the media or acknowledge the fans ... I thought he was a better person than that

  • willmot on January 28, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    don't compare Indian thrashings wit end loss, Eng in the game till the last hour but pathetic India gave up after session 1 day 1.

  • on January 28, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    i think indian team right now is a disgrace to world cricket, becoming world champions at their back yard and after that didn't even win a single game in England and now in Australia.....i am not saying that because i hate india or anything it just not seem right to me ! i think true champions are like Australia after winning each world cup they conqured the world of cricket and India on the other hand is not even losing everything but is looking morelike zimbabwe or kenya to be honest not even coming near other teams oversease, I am a Pakistani and i remember when we lost all 10 matches in australia but you can see they were far more competitive and absobing, then in England in 2010 Pak won 1 (out of 2) test against Australia and 1 (out of 4) against England . 2 odi's two against england and 2 twenty 20 against australia!!!! that means they performed poorly but not embarassing its a heck of a difference between these 2 cases, i can only pray indian cricket become better !!!

  • on January 28, 2012, 21:07 GMT

    gud show by aus and pak pak should keep the momentum on and work hard team India

  • cricket4ever6 on January 28, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    Looking at comments that India are flat-track bullies at home, poor on pitches abroad, etc., get some perspective folks! India was the first and only team to draw a test series with a *full-strength* Australia on their home turf in the first-half of the 2000s. No other team could do it, not Eng, not SA, etc. SA beat Aus in Aus a few years later, but that was when Aus was in decline. Every team is stronger in their home conditions, that's how things will always work. And to those who are praising Aus for beating India in India, yes that was a great Aus team, but that was also when India was NOT full-strength - Tendulkar was not playing after all! IMO SA is the only non-subcontinental team that has done reasonably well in India recently. At home, India and Australia were the strongest teams in the 2000s, but Aus was of course much stronger abroad. India has gotten better, and Aus has gotten worse, understandably due to the greats retiring.

  • on January 28, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    some serious work need to done to this Indian Team which is at one of it lowest point BCCI has to prove first get its priories correct then sack coaching staff and then force the big 3 to call it a day

  • ramAB83 on January 28, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    HI AKS286 - if u want de past stories den write a book abt them. but for current situation we need a win. its a matter of who stand before whom. just dreaming abt de past records and wins is not a solution for the future.

  • ramAB83 on January 28, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    They planned well and executed well and finally they deserve what they want.. hats off to clarke and co.. and am sure that they will became no 1 again.. and they will stand for long long time...!!!

  • nilb on January 28, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    Flat pitch bullies wont win a single match in other pitches.

  • on January 28, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    ‎2007-08 India in Australia: India atleast managed to win a test match (3rd test) and guess who was the M.O.M!! Yesss it was once again Irfan Pathan who started his splendid career in Australia itself in 2003-04. But this is time he's missing around and was replaced by Vinay Kumar :D

  • OzMongrel on January 28, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    Perhaps it's time we all took the blindfold off. T20 cricket is destroying Test cricket. The disciplines of fielding, the science of setting Test fields, the patience to wait for the loose ball - all of these things were alarmingly absent from the Indian team's performance. AND WHO CAN BLAME THEM? The BCCI has to make a decision about what it thinks is more important, the Test ranking of their team or the IPL. Indian Test players must be paid large enough match payments for Tests to ensure that they are not consistently worrying about their IPL contracts. How much would it cost an Indian bowler if he broke down on this tour and was not fit in time for the world's richest tournament? Australian players and those from other nations must aspire to be Test Match players first and foremost, and other forms of the game should be either stepping stones (eg Warner) or an added bonus. It is also time for the ICC to get a Test Championship in place, no more procrastination can be allowed.

  • jdhillon on January 28, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    First of all Congrats to Aussies for a superb performance. They outclassed Indians in every department. But, I won't hurried in ranking them higher. I will rank them number higher if they can repeat the similar performance in sub-continent. And, I am pretty sure they won't. Look at England.

    As I predicted before the series, it will be a whitewash, and it happened. You don't need a super genius to predict it. Think about it, what has changed since England Series, nothing except few top bowlers and batsman got back in this series. The core problem still lies there.

    CORE CORE CORE Problem for any team or player to perform consistently overseas is not adopting the local conditions. I think we all know this..Then, why they don't act upon it

    Take a look at Roger Federer - how he has performed so well on all the courts - by simply practicing on every court for months, not just showing up before the tournament. So why not every team and their players practice or play overseas more.

  • on January 28, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    Very True comment by Milap Raval, IPL is the Big culprit..... The biggest shame for Indian team is that the attitude they are showing. Mr. Shewag mentioning in post match conference, "whatever is happen is happened. Its time to focus on future." These were the exact words spoken by Mr. Dhoni after England series. They are not just willing to learn from Mistake. After the loss I would sack Mr. Duncan Fletcher. What he had done after England Series???? Remember Steve McClaren, former English national football manager/coach. He was sacked after England failed to qualify for Euro 2008. Training session are not up to the mark. We don't see but experts like Ravi Shastri and sunil gavaskar watches training closely they knew from the beginning that it will be again whitewash. My suggestion is that remove senior player as well as coach and support staff. make a new beginning just like corporate management. Clean everything thing

  • on January 28, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    Poor performance by Home Lions. At lest Pakistan a test win against Australia and England in England in Summer 2010.

  • Steve177 on January 28, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    I think it is time to build a new team. It is strange Indian players perform with such variation . I still cant understand why Sreeshant didnt tour Australia. Ishant probably has to go for some retraining . He need to develop some wicket taking deliveries. some times the way he bowls make me believe he is afraid of some injury . Look the way Australians bowl. They are not afraid of injuries - They bowl with passion and probably they concentrate on quality of bowling than the total time they can play cricket. None of the teams have lost 4-0 for 2 consecutive test series. May be too much emphasis on 20 /20 is the problem. Some Indians are proud of the fact that lots of revenue is generated in India for international cricket from 20/20 how ever if this is what is the future of test cricket for India it is time for a reevaluation.

  • CRmadrid on January 28, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    I'm glad this happened.Indians were put in to the right place. remember..? how much they bragged about them being the no1 test side in the world not so long ago..heh very funny.I sincerely wish they go to Bangladesh & lose 4-0 there too. (if Bang Crik board allowed india to come play that is..lol)

  • Juluru on January 28, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    Everybody keep talking about India being tiger at home and nothing at abroad. But the fact is current cricket teamss(every country) is like that. See the situation of England. They played continuously in bouncy and fast pitches and became No. 1 test team and now they lost two straight tests to Pakistan. Where is this No.1 ranking. Now, i can say the same thing about Australia. They are going to face the similar situation if they come to india/pakistan/srilanka. Sad to say but there are no No.1 cricket teams at this juncture of cricket world.

  • on January 28, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    there is saying ...when a elephant falls into ditch even a small mouse will also make fun of it cing his helpless condition .....its funny how other subcontinent team fans are making fun of Indian team even though they were crushed in subcontinent by india ..its funny to c so many fans from pakistan bangladesh or sl ...v lost to australia ..v didn't lose toa cheap subcontinent team .....australia is far better team thn any of u ppl .....elephant is always greater thn a mouse .....india will bounce back and will bounce back in style ....

  • Punjin on January 28, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    Thank you Ian Chappel. Hope India listens to you. IT IS INDEED THE CULTURE PROBLEM. More than administration it's the fans that need to change. STOP treating players like lords. They are just players n doing a job for which they get paid handsomely. Administration needs to have atleast 3-4 players lined up for each position. One fails, 2nd takes place and so on. Unless there is consistency, change to push them to perform better. STAR CULTURE needs to go and unless fans wake up, it will not happen. I have met and socialized with many cricket greats and its a shame the way asian players behave and act as lords where as English, S.Aficans, West Indians, Aussies are normal human beings after the game. WAKE UP INDIA N INDIAN SUPPORTERS

  • on January 28, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    O ye faint hearts worry not. The IPL is coming shortly and the Indian players will be hitting the ball out of the park and the commentators and media will only be too willing to call these players the best in the world. Cricket has been reduced to this shambles.

  • on January 28, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    Mr. Ahamed i know you are only talking about pakistan and just adding a name of Srilanka. Pakistan is also been playing and wining on the same turf for the past year. and even england lost two straight test matches they are still no. 1. so u need to get ur facts right. and if u have no knowlegde abt ICC ranking then u can go to their site and have some info abt it.

  • Smithie on January 28, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    Why are all you Indians not laying responsibility for such humiliation where it belongs - at the top of the BCCI. Srinivasan should resign as head of the BCCI and from the ICC Board concentrating on his first love - CSK. That way you would send a loud and clear message to the cricket world that conflict of interest is not acceptable ! Time for Indian cricket fans to make their voices heard loud and clear - rid yourselves of "Mr Cement" and his flawed thinking. "It will all be ok when we get them back on our rank turners" really ???????

  • on January 28, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    change the Entire Indian TEST SQUAD WITH GOOD Look and new captain.they are many players waiting for a chance to shine at international Level in test series..why are we still behind Sehwag,dravid,sachin,laxman and dhoni...look at australia they got good team now what would have happened if there where WATSON,CUMMINS,JOHNSON in the team of australia our test match would finished in 2 days...Give chance to new people like australia does

    My Next 16 Squad would Be...MUKUND,GAMBHIR(CAPT),Badrinath,Rohit,Pujara,Kohli,Karthik,ashwin/ojha,umesh,varun,irfan/rp singh with reserves as Ashok Meneria,Rahul Sharma,Shikar Dhawan,Sudeep tyagi,Pankaj Singh,TP Suhindra....how many people like this please tell or any changes let me know

  • on January 28, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    @ravichakra: Most of the media is blaming Dravid or Laxman. Why not Sachin bcoz he is legendary figure in the eyes of many Indians. So, if Sachin is not blamed of this failure it is not his fault. When ever India fails no one blame other players in the team always Dravid, Laxman and Sachin. Many expect always centuries from these players. Australian bowlers has worked on the weakness of Dravid, Sachin and Laxman very well in this series. India play very few test matches in a year and except Dravid and Laxman no other player is playing only tests. For test cricket lot of patience and concentration is needed, Dhoni, Shewag, Gambhir and others are getting used to shorter versions more than long version. So, selectors have to think very hard for picking up a good test side. Heartening one is Virat Kohli Ton..Nothing else and Ashwin is going to be great player for India in coming years. My request to all India fans is leave the retirement decision to Dravid, Laxman and Sachin plzzzz.

  • san789 on January 28, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    What a shame for Asian Cricket... I have never seen any team losing like this in the history...I am realy proud of our SL cricket team the way they played in England and South Africa... Only hope for India is to play against Zimbabwe in India and win some matches, I think ICC should think about the test status of India..... They won the world cup since the final was held in India, SL would have easily won it if it was played in a neutral venue.... This is a good lesson for Crazy Indian Cricket fans... Now they should start supporting Pakistan and Sri Lanka... Hope this will be the end of Saurav's and Ravi shastri's cricket commentary carrier as well

  • on January 28, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    Indian dudes who still think they should support their team after a heat-breaking whitewash should get some anger-management classes and learn to leash out their furry like other teams do.. they should also learn the fact that their top order batting and top batsmen like Tendulakar, Sehwag, Rahul and Lexman are too old for the game and should be kicked out if needed cuz they are so reluctant to quit and seem more like squared pegs in the round holes now.. shame on India for still claiming to be the world Champions cuz they are what we say in Pakistan "Kagaz k Sher.. Minto men dher.." (Lions made of paper, crushed like an empty cans..)

  • on January 28, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    now we can easyly say india's world cup win was nothing but a fluke.

  • on January 28, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    Another Shameful test series Loss for India

  • swingstowin on January 28, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    well its not the losses,but the manner they came should worry India. No offence, but Indian team was smitten and mauled in every match! They were outclassed in all three fields! Plus there was so little resistance by the Indian team... Pakistan were able to win a test match against England and Australia in England and almost inning defeated Australia(they lost the match-thanks to K.Akmal!) in Australia! I think they gave up this series long time ago! I am a Pakistani, and its just sad to see Indian team with so many legends(in batting line up) perform like that... Hope they do better in the one dayers!

  • on January 28, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    I can sum up what lacks in the indian departments of batting and bowling with simple words. For bowling; the indians lack skill, consistency, plan, and a direction. For batting; the indians lack motivation, mental fortitude, application, and to a degree of skill as well.

  • on January 28, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Another Shameful Series Loss For India

  • on January 28, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    well done ! well done ! well done !

  • on January 28, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    Indian Media and Indian Fans... Although I am a Pakistani but I was pained to watch New casters on your TV channels ridiculing greats like Tendulkar and Dravid. It took more than 50 years to produce a GREAT CRICKETER after Sir Donald Bradman. Tendulkar belongs to the next league and for heavens sake stop your mudslinging on him. He is all time great and should be respected by all and sundry. Have patience Indian public, Show patience for the great achievers of your country.

  • gujratwalla on January 28, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    Time for the old stalwarts Tendulkar,Dravid and Laxman to hang up their boots now and immediately or go in disgrace later.They have had their time now India needs new,younger,fresher blood.It happens to all great sides.No use beating about the bush the guys are over the hill.give chances to chaps like Rohit and the new generation.The Tendulkars,Dravids and Laxmans don't grow on trees.Face the facts and hope for the best.Good luck you Indians!

  • on January 28, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    Posted by AKS286 on (January 28 2012, 10:15 AM GMT)

    @crictalia ur comments are ridiculous. indian team won tthe W.CUP of 50 over match. this is test match. and india won dominantly xcept ind vs eng. i beliv that india is still very powerfull team in ODI's.the 2 double tons in ODI no batsman ever imagine. SRT score 200 at the age of 38 in which most players busy in taking retirements.

    @AKS286 Brother Indian r the world champs n the 2 double tons amazing Sehwag n 10dulkar.. But the question is where they made those double tons?. Sehwag in india tendulkar in india. Where r the double tons across india.......

  • AKS286 on January 28, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    a/c to many fans after whitewash every senior players has to take retirement. ok then after ashes loss (05-06) all english players has to retire. after last ashes ponting, clarke,hussey,siddle,hilfy,watson are present all has to be retired on that time. u talk about young players-- nZ whitwwashed by b'desh in the ODIs wat u want 2 say?

  • on January 28, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    India is going to play all their upcoming test series at home for the next 2 years. They will win those series, all their batsmen will score heavily and boost their average and everyone will join the "Sachin is the greatest batsmen club" once again. Such a load of bull.

  • Mary_786 on January 28, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    Shaun Marsh needs to be dropped. It is that simple. He is a good ODI and an excellent T20 player, but he is abysmal at the longer game. 10 years of first class cricket reflect that. His test record reflects it as well. He will occasionally turn in fine innings (like that 141 at Pallekele) but he will never score consistently and will only ever average in the mid-thirties. Keep Shaun Marsh for the limited overs cricket matches, and pick a player who is actually suited to longer-form cricket for the tests - i.e. Usman Khawaja.

  • on January 28, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    Well done Australia u have shown the indian team where the belong...... so sad of U tean INDIA.... Now this is going to be so bad for the image of the IPL which is actyally ruining the Indian team.... Indian will regret not letting pakistani players play in there IPL..... Australia u are ready to play pakistan............. stop playing weak teams like india, bangladesh, zimbawe........... Pakistam is the team u should be playing with....!!!!!!!!!

  • puneet_usa on January 28, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    ALL MY FELLOW INDIAN CRICKET FANS- GUYS WAKE UP TO OTHER SPORTS AS WELL...CRICKET IS NOT THE END OF THE WORLD...TRY TO THINK GLOBALLY NOW...WE NEED TO GET OUT OF THIS CRICKET BOX...LEANDER PAES JUST GOT DONE WINNING THE AUSTRIALN OPEN MEN"S DOBULES AND HAS ALSO A CHANCE TO WIN MIXED DOBULES AS WELL....INDIAN BADMINTON,BOXING TEAM,SHOOTING TEAM,HOCKEY TEAM,WEIGHTLIFTING TEAM,ETC ARE MAKING PROGRESS AT SUCH A GOOD RATE THAT WE NEED TO START MOVING AWAY FROM CRICKET...ITS NOT WORTH YOUR TIME....THANKS...

  • on January 28, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    just end the IPL..... Otherwise u will only see the indian players winning in the IPL..... its really rusting the players.............

  • on January 28, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    Brimming with confidence and determined to win their first ever series victory India toured Australia a midst a huge fanfare and were hopelessly whitewashed in a 4-nil defeat all with huge innings margins by an underrated Aussie team. Shame India shame.

  • on January 28, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    A nothing team, don't know how become world champs , white washed twice since WC 2011 , Lions at home due to home ground support & from home umpires & turning pitches. Away what they are the results speaks by itself 4-0 to Australia.

    Carrying the weight of old horses in this new arena like Draivd , Tendulkar, VVS etc , they must retire to give chance to new talent shame on them that they are still there & not announced retirement in post match presentation.

    Very very bad performance since WC 2011. Shahid

  • wajahatkhan on January 28, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    white wash is required every 2 years to clean the dirt but not in a single year. 2 white wash for india is astonishing. it means they are have more dirt to be cleaned. wake up. dont destroy your clean country.

  • on January 28, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    Well done Australia.......Yes India did very badly...no doubt about it. But the test for this Aus team has not yet started. Too early to make a call that they are back as a strong force. Let us see how they perform when they play in unfamiliar conditions. Look at England.....world No.1 team getting thrashed by Pakistan when they play in unfamiliar conditions. This is the situation with all current teams now....this is where the windies of the 70s and 80s were different as they won everywhere. They were the best team ever. Steve Waugh's team was only after them. No excuses for India defeat.....time for a wake up call to the BCCI to act.

  • on January 28, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    at morning ..when i saw IND whitewash by AUS....WOWO it was great breakfast for me....

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on January 28, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    To all those saying India is tigers at home. Kindly speak some logic. There is something called comparative grading. India is the best team at home by some distance. Aussies lost to NZ at home!!! and were all out for 47 when they toured Africa. They lost last two series against India in India 2-0 and 2-0!! England can't play spin. They are good only at their grazing fields and there bowlers can't bowl without clouds. Just few minutes back they are all out on 72!!! The world is full of hypocrites.Why single out India and criticize when the whole world is struggling outside their dens. Atleast we are undefeated at home! and have performed quite well all over the world from 2007 to 2011. And then these two series happened!

  • majesticmaniac on January 28, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    Make Virat Kohli test captain (Graeme Smith was 22 yrs old when he was made captain). Laxman has to go NOW. Dravid 6 months later, Tendulkar one year later. We need them to groom the younger players. Dhoni has to retire from Tests and focus only on T20 and ODI. Sehwag needs to be dropped down the order in away test matches because he does not have the footwork to play swing. Gambhir needs to be given more time. Also Selectors need to start looking for young fast bowlers right from the streets, and build a pool of fast bowlers who can all bowl 145ks. Start focusing on fitness, and start preparing for the next tour RIGHT NOW.

  • on January 28, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    india how about touring Pakistan now. Good idea isn't it?

  • Itchy on January 28, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    @Rajendar Reddy M: really, green tops? Adelaide is the flattest deck in the country and Aus made 604 and India followed that with 250-odd and 201. If you can't score runs in Adelaide you will never score them anywhere. Proven by the series result really!

  • on January 28, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    My 2 cents, bring Bangladesh or Zimbabwe to visit India, that way all the players will get their form back and guess what the bonus will be..the 100th 100 for Sachin too!!!!

  • Imad_K on January 28, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    What can the teams take away from this series? I predicted a long time ago and before both the Eng & Aus series that India would get thrashed - my comments were posted on Cricinfo. The problem with India is that they have a weak bowling attack but more importantly India with all their great batsmen CANNOT bat outside the subcontinent against good bowling on bouncy tracks. Even against a very weak Aus team India got thrashed. Aus also shouldn't get too carried away. They have about 2/3 reliable batsman in this team which played well whereas the other batsmen struggled against such a weak bowling attack. Bowlers like Siddle (who I think is great), Hilfenhaus haven't just become W Akram, B Lee overnight against a batting line up that cannot bat in these conditions. What did Siddle & Hilfenhaus do against Eng - nothing. But with the bowling Aus don't have a concern because 3/4 of their best bowlers are injured and this is really their reserve bowling attack.

  • Cormar on January 28, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Gambhir's staying in the team is absolutely surprise for me. Ian Chappell and Ganguly had said in the commentary that they dont think Gambhir's technique will be effective in Aus. After this series, I like to see him getting dropped. Try someone else. Wasim Jaffer comes to my mind closest.

    After 2003 series of australia indian batsmen had a terrible time when aus came to india later. Then everyone was telling they are too aged. But see, they have performed even after then. I think indian star batsmen are going through a phase like that.

    About bowling, when india went to australia last time, all 4 bowlers were wicket taking bowlers. Irfan, Kumble, RP Singh, not to mention Ishant Sharma. Ishant's form is a concern now. I like to see Irfan replacing him. Zaheer khan is a comedy. He only took wickets in Perth and Melbourne where it is absolutely good for fast bowling. Fact is that he does only well when it is reverse swinging. In auz conditions it wont reverse swing much. So do Umesh..

  • on January 28, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    Sachin is Master Blaster... but only in India.... Dravid is wall.... but only in India.......... Laxman gives strength to lower middle order...... but only in India...Sehwag demolishes the bowling line... but only in India.. I think ICC should change the title name from World Champion to India Champion.

  • cric4lyf on January 28, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    go go india..look wat pak has done to eng the no 1 team...come we will beat u too

  • adityacv83 on January 28, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    We are getting used to such embarrassments in test matches against good and average teams on foreign soil and we will soon forget the loss and again start cheering our team once it starts winning matches against minnows like Bangladesh and Zimbabwe at home. We Indians never change and let's accept this fact.

  • basit12 on January 28, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    India is tiger against Srilanka, Wstndis, Bngldsh, & zimbabwe

  • Bangla.tiger on January 28, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    Tigers at home pussy cats abroad .. Indian Team. after retirement of shachin, laxman and dravid india going to be mouse.

  • on January 28, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    IND is tiger at home and pussycat in abroad.0-8 no any subcontinent team lost like this ever before. After 0-8 still IND is third in ICC ranking.How is that ?...If this happen to SL or PAK the ranking will be differance.SL played nine matches at overseas win 1 loss 4 drew 4 but SL loss more points than IND.How come this be?? Still IND is above AUS. Hereafter I do not believe this bogus ranking.

  • Itchy on January 28, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    @GVDRS: I hope you are joking as otherwise you did not watch any of the tests - Clarke's 329 was about as technically correct as you can get. Hardly any chances and most balls hit off the middle of the bat. The only test where India were even close to being competitive was in Melbourne and they still lost by a significant margin despite a bunch of dud decisions against Aus batsmen (Cowan, Hussey). Check the replays if you don't believe me!

  • deol84 on January 28, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    Laxman,Tendulkar and dravid should move on now there are some another sports they can try on now like gilly danda,kabadi,kanchee and pigeon catching.

  • Herath-UK on January 28, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    If there is a greatest cricketer ever, he of course cannot be part of a team of such repeated debacles,at least we are now clear on that account. With Sri Lanka joining, the tri series will be more competitive, I hope Ranil Herath-Herath

  • piecricket on January 28, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    indians admit it you lost now just accept you lost 4-0 and stop trying to make excuses or anything the first step they must make is accepting there played appauling

  • on January 28, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    Congratulation to the Aussies team. That are gives good performance in the serices. When team india give 3rd class performance. if indian player play IPL they gives good performance b'cas money is matter but in international money lass compair to IPL. Responsible to this performace BCCI and Player of indian team and IPL......... and also responsible is Chairman of selection commit S. Shrikant..... and BCCI president....

  • on January 28, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    Tigers at home pussy cats abroad .. Indian Team

  • AKS286 on January 28, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    @crictalia ur comments are ridiculous. indian team won tthe W.CUP of 50 over match. this is test match. and india won dominantly xcept ind vs eng. i beliv that india is still very powerfull team in ODI's.the 2 double tons in ODI no batsman ever imagine. SRT score 200 at the age of 38 in which most players busy in taking retirements.

  • India_calling on January 28, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    well finally its gone now.....same as others it hurts me too but this is the time to support them rather than discourage...m also the Indian fan who had enjoyed and cried with the win & loss of our team but its time now for the team members to groove up and work on the weakness....I dont want the seniors to retire now only as its a privilege to watch them play anytime whether it require me to sleep for 4-5 hours and wake up @4am....but at the sametime they need to show their best and let the bad time past.....I know its just a matter of time and soon we all will again praise them.....Good Luck my CHAMPS...:-)

  • on January 28, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    Bangladesh is much better team than india in overseas.the 'champions' are going to be whitewashed in the ODI series.their fake pride is collapsed now.

  • EvilQuill on January 28, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    @Gupta.Ankur, where art thou?

  • on January 28, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    i m really surprised by the way indian team responded to australian conditions.i am really sorry for this witewash.dhoni has been really criticized for captaincy and it is true because his test average figures show him not a good captain. but this defeat gives them positive signs in form of yadav ....really wicket tacking option

  • on January 28, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    In 1967/68 Australia won 4-0 test series against India but Late Tiger Pataudi was briliant, now after almost 44 years same result ie 4-0 white Wash,it means no improvement to Indian Cricket

  • on January 28, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    it was cause no difference to the players. They have the Ipl in which they will give 100%. Who cares about test cricket. Apart from the players special praise should go to selectors aswell.

  • GVDRS on January 28, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    Its not at all good batting or bowling by Aus only poor performance from Ind. Just before this series Aus lost one match and levelled the series againt NZ.don't forget it. Just before that series they bowled out for 43 in an innings..........but Ind is not like that. In Clarcke 329*, technically good shots are countable on fingertips..... if luck supports Brad Haddin / Ricky Ponting also can make 5 wicket hauls and Hilfenhaus can make centuries... One thing is right .it is a lucky time for Aus..I suggest to pray for its continuation.

  • rajithwijepura on January 28, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    India not yet in their deserved rank. They should rank below WI. Just a little bit higher than BAN. Well done AUS.

  • on January 28, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    untill 2020 india will not play test cricket against Bangladesh in home ground....because india always thinking Bangladesh is ordinary test team. now my question which team is ordinary india or Bangladesh?

  • Vpx23 on January 28, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    GREAT COMMENT ALI RAZA...HAHA..THIS INDIAN TEAM WILL LOOSE TO A BLIND BANGLADESH TEAM TOO COZ THE MANAGEMENT & THE SELECTORS HAVE BECOME BLINDED WITH MILLIONS OF MONEY ALL AROUND THEM..

  • on January 28, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    THUNDER DOWN UNDER!!!!!!!!!!. Great Work by the Aussies. They deserve No.1 Spot. India should learn from its mistakes.

  • on January 28, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    they are refusing to host bangladesh telling that we are not worth playing with them...how funny!!! I think bangladesh should play more with better teams than India... :P

  • rohansrilanka on January 28, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    hi All Indian fans... accept the fact, Indian team is not talented enough to beat any team in the world.. its simply overrated team by media and the ICC..Sachin is not a match winner he is simply play for his own record to reach 100th hundred, Murali can take 1000 wickets if he play for another 2 years, but he retired from great respect.. they are all time greats, this is a downfall of indian cricket... Pakistan, Australia and Sri Lanka will rule the cricketing world from now on...

  • anukrtiti on January 28, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    truly disappointing!!!!!!!!!!!!! the aussies have maximum of their batsmen more than 300 runs in the series and even they play this score at once and we have just one in person-kohli in just 300..............

  • breathecricket on January 28, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    We are simply an average or just above average team. And the results reflects that. Even our cricket pundits like Gavaskar or Ravi Shastri had not expected a whitewash which shows their misplaced confidence. If we go to South Africa in two months for a test series, make no mistake the result would be the same. Never is a series victory remotely possible. The same team can do very well in home series.

    The Lesson to cricket fans in general is LEARN TO KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT. The lesson to our cricketers particularly like Yuvraj, Kohli, Harbhajan - learn to be humble at all times. The lesson to the seniors in the team - please leave when you are hailed and not when you have failed. do not wait till the last straw of skill is exhausted. The lesson to some others - Do not keep saying that the great players know exactly when to go. They may not. Selectors would do the job. Lesson to selectors and BCCI - No use. They are not likely to learn. They are only behind money!!!

  • Zulfi65 on January 28, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    we need a complete overhauling of Indian Cricket instead of blaming Dravid and Laxman. The team management, coach and the captain should be held responsible for not giving a chance to Rahane, Rohit Sharma and Ohja. we should not ignore the failure of the openers - Shehwag and Ghambir and failure of Ishanth Sharma. How long are we going to wait for Tendulkar to make his 100th international century? We are eager to wait for the reaction of BCCI. Are they going to take a serious note of this poor performance? or are they just remove Dravid and Laxman and concentrate on the forthcoming IPL which is a money spinning tamaasha? let us wait and see

  • iNsiDers on January 28, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    Hello CHAMPIONS - you cant even win if you play 4 innings in a match :) Well Done Aus

  • funkyandy on January 28, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    This Indian team is a disgrace. Every one of them is a millionaire from cricket... even Ashwin and Yadav have more money from their careers than IVA Richards or Sir Garfield ever made in their careers! And yet they continue to disappoint. And the Indian response? "lets prepare rank turners at home". A terrible attitude!! So go back to your 20 over knockabout and pin all your hopes and dreams on a tacky, hollow, domestic tournament. Keep Dravid - get rid of Sachin and VVS - only playing for themselves!

  • swat1999 on January 28, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    India Should play T20 Match only they are not fit for TEST CRICKET. Their player are rich. Test match is wasting of time and unnecessary sunburn for them.

  • on January 28, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    Bunch of tourists, just happen to play game of cricket in between sight seeing!

  • WalkSchmalk on January 28, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    Rahul, the questions you ask seem rhetorical to everybody but yourself apparently. Yes, that the batsman couldn't find a way to turn momentum in a string of 8 successive away losses does mean they should be in line for the axe. That they are the wrong side of 35 makes them the more obvious candidates for axing than those younger than 30. The stark reality is that cricketers peak and then get progressively worse as they age. Young men can improve or be coached to do so. If you asked the four greats their feelings I'm sure they'd tell you honestly they are aware they may be dropped. Ponting and Hussey made runs to put off their enforced retirements but it is still coming. The question for the Indian selectors is do they want a orderly transition where they retain some experience or do they want to look up in a year and find five of their top seven are performing badly and need to go. learn from Australia - make the transition and extended smooth one and not a single cataclysmic event

  • bip_melbourne on January 28, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    its all about the attitude and adapt the culture . Team India not sure how to paly outside their comfort zone , even though they had some good results in south africa last year jan ( if DRS was on they could have lost the 2nd test against safrica) Devilliers and Prince were not out, but given out+ Zaheer was out, but not given ouit. Time for india to adapt the DRS and get some fresh young bloods eho got the aggression and right attidute .

  • ponting100 on January 28, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    Aus won the series also by 2 innings and 525 runs. Australia took 80 wickets in the series, whereas India could only manage 46. Australia scored 2372 in 6 innings runs, India 1847 in 8 innings.

  • Imz25 on January 28, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    Pulverised. That would be the appropriate word to describe.

  • Bijoy.A.J on January 28, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    congragulations to australia.....they are back to their tremoundous form...ricky ponting & michle clarke back to their form........bowlers wre doing excellent job.... a dream come true....4-0 whitewash...........

  • on January 28, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    It's baffling to see everyone targeting the 3 seniors when they have been the only performing players in the recent past.. It's just that none of them have played any magical innings other than Dravid... but kindly remember Tendulkar came close to scoring a hundred in 2 or 3 innings.... it's only that they have not been clicking together in the same innings... Please point out why Rohit Sharma should not replace Gautam Gambhir? Gambhir is not that great a fielder, nor is he scoring runs.... no one talks of dropping Gambhir... i'm not saying i want Gambhir to be dropped... i'm just pointing out that the same criticism being thrown at the seniors is applicable to all the batsmen in the side... Hence, is dropping the seniors the real way out?? it's just an idea put in to everone's head by the media who have been portraying them to always be the ones to pull India out of trouble.... They failed to do so in England and Australia, and hence, are they of no value to the team??!!

  • on January 28, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    In the past any team that would be whitewashed would go back to a self-introspection mode but not this cash-spoilt Indian team which still believe they can have the IPL, beat WI at home and have the top rankings...just see how brass they have been in defeats, the team needs a total change, the selectors have to take drastic steps just like dropping Harbhajan...drop all the batsmen except Kohli and bring in Pujara, Rahane, Rohit,Parthiv, Mukund and Nayar ..develop a pace attack around Zaheer, Umesha and Varun Aaron and give more chance to Ojha as he is definitely the best spinner India has got currently

  • on January 28, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    Over a billion to choose from and still can't assemble 11 that can win a Test series in a country with just 1/50th of their population!

  • on January 28, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    Aussies started the series as underdogs with only one advantage of playing @ their home venue. Whereas India went with their most powerful line up, the so called World cup team. Credit goes to Aussies who played w/o Watto, Bollinger, Katich & not in form Ponting, Clarke & Haddin. So the conclusion here is India can exhibit decent form only within the sub continent but not outside - Venue backing was the only reason India was crowned as the World cup Champs. Wish they don't get hammered by teams like Zim & Bangaldesh. Even if that happens - it'd not flash as a surprise.

  • on January 28, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    No wondering of this Indians result about a team "talk much do less" sam- Dhaka

  • crictalia on January 28, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    Don't worry India.. u can again becum World Champ wthot winning like u becme last time ... if SA is beaten by Aus and Englnd is beaten by Pakstn ...Simple ...

  • Precioustar84 on January 28, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    Congrats to the Aussie supporters and of course Aussie Team!! Too bad it wasn't much of a fighting tour as expected prior to the start of the series and a sad way to end Sachin, Laxman, and Dravid's last legs of away tours. Knowing BCCI though, couple wins in ODIs and then in IPL circus coming up not much with change (here's me hoping to be proven wrong once again). As a die-hard Team India fan, I will continue to support you and will NOT abandon a sinking ship no matter how upset I am because at end of the day, Aussies played WAY better and India didn't. If you do NOTHING after 4 or 5 test straight losses, then NOTHING will be the end results for the think-tanks in India. Cricinfo please publish!

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    Congrats to Clarke Ponting Warner Hussey Hilfenhas Siddle and Pattinson......

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    Champions .....hahahahaha they can't win against pakistan's blind cricket team if its played out of india i can bet on that

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    Yes Indian team in Australia played Pathetically,Whatever bad remark should be given might be Valid But lets Dont forget their Contribution to Indian Cricket and made proud of us before this series,Humiliation and Jubelition are the part and parcel of the Game.Every Glorious things always have the end and the Bitter truth are that the ends are full of sads and disspointments.Sachin Dravid laxman Sehwag definatley much below par given their Standards and are end to their carear aswell but before Cricticising them mercillessly Dont forget their achivement Indian Cricket.Even Australia who are walkng away with 4-0 whitewashed Today Exactly year ago mauled badly 1-3 from England side in Australia.Lost the World Cup to India bowled 46-all out against SA and lost to Kiwis at Hobart a month ago.where every News Paper Declared Australian Cricket in Crises.

  • mlkt on January 28, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    sehwag says they were trying.....dont think anybody here will differ from the fact that we saw no fight from the team...whether batting, bowling or fielding....and on top of that...the captaincy!!!!!!!....the official statement from team management is that no senior is thinking of retirement...ok, they have the right to retire whenever they want....but when the team has consistently failed and when these seniors too have consistently failed to perform and r losing without showing a fight.....the only alternative is to DROP THEM....BUT WILLL BCCI AND OUR SELECTORS HAVE THE INTENT TO DO THIS?????.....after those glorious careers of theirs, if they have to leave like this, then they have to take some blame on themselves too for this state in which they r finding themselves!!!!!!!

  • dinbagatcricinfo on January 28, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    All could see was that they were totally disinterested in the proceedings. How can they become match fit, if they do not play domestic cricket. Dhoni seems interested in only One Days and T 20s.

    Like Sehwag said, let us forget what has happened and concentrate on the upcoming matches. So there is no shame in losing as there are some many matches, that people will forget anyways, so no worries for Team India !!!

    Everyone has taken for granted their places. Are there players who could challenge the seniors for a place ??? What has the BCCI done to create a pool of players worthy of playing test cricket. Every youngster today is trying for a place in the IPL and nothing more.

  • wajahatkhan on January 28, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    when things get dirty then you try to have white wash, but nobody do that twice in a year as indian have done. so use life time white wash so that u should not waste the emotion of your own and of your fans. my formula:... 1 x white wash is enough for 4 years for a house who lives clean 2 white wash in a year for dirty living nature ppl

  • jiten27 on January 28, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    india senoir player willingly retire and give chance to youngster and supoort. please retire. its not your cup of tea for allofd you. i bet if rohit sharma could have played , he will be like kohli. rahul dravid play like child afraid of the ball. laxman play like he us learning cricket. sachin you should play like king not like mouse, come out from crise hit thge ball like bullet, you got experience why you worried play like sehwag fee arm, you got technic to hit the ball. sehwag you should play as is, you should as s hit the ball hard donot worry about what other say. gambhir your carrear is over, you should give the cricket. zaheer and ishant both r no good give chance to some one, find the bowler thoes can do somethig with bat to, like abid ali, solker, irfan pathan .

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    Congratulations Australia. i was little upset as they did not win this match by an innings. Still 4-0 is something greate though it has come against a weaker team (though they think they are strong) it shows that with money you can control the ICC but not the cricket in the field. ..

  • vmanbalaji on January 28, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    It is Mr. Dhoni who is reponsible for the loss. He had personal vengeance against Sreesanth. It is atrocious that he quoted Sreesanth during SA tour that "you can not watch Sreesanth playing like Bradman even if he want to play like one", he must have been bothered of his own batting. A fast bowler need not be an MBA from Harward or Houston, he can have his own idiosyncracies, as long as he plays for team winning, it is fine. People do not talk about India Team attitude, it is the performance, runs & wickets count. Sreesant swinging bothways at 140+ could have been a handful for Pontings & Husseys, if not Clarkes in this series. A player requires Captains' confidence which was not there in case of Sreesanth. I remember his contribution in Nagpur in removing well set Sanga & Mahela in paving for win as well as his dismissal of Kallis in Durban resulting into India Win. This guy was rare species as far as India fast bowler and must have been persisted with. ALAS God sees truth but waits

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    lol another 4-0 Whitewash...i think IND shud not play more than two tests in ENG/AUS/S.AFR/NZ...Ind is only good at home..where they play in FLAT Track...Congratulation to AUS for an easy cake win..

  • CivilGaurav on January 28, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    Dont understand what Duncan Fletcher is doing as the coach.There is not a word from him, when the team is falling like ninepins. He has made an all conquering team a pack of spineless losers. Also why could'nt a practice game be included after the second test? It would have gone a long way in deciding whether Rohit/ Pragyan/Mithun are good to be included in the next couple of tests. The last time around in Australia performance in the practice game had changed the team's fortune in the last two tests by including Shewag instead of Yuvi.

  • seantells on January 28, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    the way i see it the era of test cricket in IND on downhill , too many short version of the game and desires are grown, on account of that killing the test cricket temper n talents.

  • uexplorer on January 28, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    India boasting a new rivalry against Australlia.. :) . They should think again... Sachin is a master but he can play bad also... Give him a rest ...

  • ForgeNZ on January 28, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    Breathtaking arrogance by Sehwag. To say oh well who cares we beat them in India 2-0 .. Sorry that is shocking. Dont even have the grace to be embarrest

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    After the first test Glen Mc Grath said India will lose 4-0, wow like his bowling he was very correct. Mc grath was not disappointed at all by Indian team. Australia do prepare well for any format of cricket. They have appointed a good coaching persons like Mc McDermott(for bowling), Steve Rixon for fielding,etc. Australia played without good players like M Katich, Brett Lee, Mitchel Johnson and Bollinger. Ponting & Clarke were completely out of form in previous series. Selectors of Australia were under pressure to select new players in place of Ponting and Hussey. See they performed with lot of consistency compared to other new players.Whereas Indian team removed a good bowling coach like V.Prasad bought an old coach like D Fletcher. Of all where does the experience of Sachin, Dravid & Laxman gone.In the whole series not a single century was recorded expect V Kohli and that too for lost cause. In Adelaide and Sydney, India could have shown better performance in batting. Sad sad.

  • ravichakra on January 28, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    @ burleighboy86 : If you could only see Dravid struggling, how come the others did not score? What happened to your God of cricket who cannot play spinners on a flat batting track defending 27 out of the 30 balls faced from a spinner of mediocre calibre? How come Gautam Gambhir continued despite ensuring that Dravid was at the crease almost in the 3rd or 4th over of the innings? How come Dhoni continued despite being the major culprit with bat, goalkeeping and captaincy? How come Kohli kept getting chances despite failures? What about Laxman? What about Sehwag? Indian mentality is to deride Dravid and Laxman at the first signs of failure but the others can go scot free behind these two batsmen's failures. Why is it that Dravid and Laxman should retire first? Dravid was the only scorer in the last series. Why not Sachin? How many more years will the team carry this baggage of he achieving his individual milestones at the team's expense? How many matches has he saved or won us

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    Now, after the clean white wash of 8-0 in overseas assgnment (England & Australia), our players will be 200% fit and racing for coming IPL, b'cas in each players head hangs min. 1 crore money and only they can spend max 2-3 hrs on the field. All fishy interviews will be given by the non-performing seniors and we will hear to them, curse them and immediately forgot and we repeat cursing selectors at a later time, when these seniors were not selected for upcoming series. If all the four (Dravid, Laxman, Tendulkar & Sehwag) really feels that they have national spirit, they should immediately retire from the first class cricket and allow for the youngsters. Give one more chance to Gambhir; I think he will not give much catch practice to the opponents henceforth. Why blame the much experienced bunch of selectors alone? They have brought glory in getting India No.1 status and it will be seen they will bring back the same glory if their term is extend by another couple of years.

  • Ibanezfan on January 28, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    Dravid must quit NOW. Before his performance becomes a laughing stock on par with Sachin's 100th. (I know I won't be the only one sighing in relief when that cursed 100 is finally completed.) I've said repeatedly that he should've quit after the England tour. It felt like the right moment then. Turns out it was. It's clear he's not quite the player he was a few years ago. Dravid is, to me, the best Indian player overseas, on par with Gavaskar. He must quit now to ensure he's remembered for his triumphs and his grit, that steel will that powered India's rise to the top under Ganguly. I want to remember him for those tenacious, yet elegant, counter attacks that he has been a part of more than once. He's given us many wonderful memories and must not mar them with this death spiral he's found himself in this tour. It's heart rending watching the most important Indian batsman of the most successful Indian team struggling to enjoy what he loves most. Just this once, Rahul, you must give up.

  • vinchester on January 28, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    At the end of Indo pak series in the 50's an aged Vijay Hazare made around 70 not out in the final Test, but was sent packing & not selected for the ensuing English tour by Lala Amarnath the chief of the selectors. This turnedout to be a blessing in disguise as it brought a Poly Umrigar & Borde. Mohinder I hope u will deal with the seniors in the side just like your papa.

  • samindashj2002 on January 28, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    Sri lankan fans unhappy how SLtean perform overseas..just look at indian team they are losing 4-0...4-0..but our team 1-0..1-0..2-1...see bad time every one every teams has...just back and surport your team..winning , losing part of game..

  • jimmi73 on January 28, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    Actually India's strong bating line up, loose the confidence, other wise how it possible that such strong bating line up ,fail in every match , 5 Giant of batting (Sewag ,Ghabir ,Dravid , Sachin , Laxman ) failed in every match , so this means they loose the self-confidence , there is need to get back their confidence , they are all great batsmen and still they have special to deliver for India , India also should concentrate to produce the quality bowlers , who can take the 20 wickets in test cricket , otherwise its not possible for them to beat , Australia , England , S.A ,Pak. I suggest to Indian that exchange some batsmen with Pakistan bowlers, as they need fast bowlers and we (Pakistan need some solid batsmen).

  • miraclez on January 28, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    Duncan Flecher should be sacked immediately....

  • rahulcricket007 on January 28, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    IF ANY BODY LOOK CAREFULLY AT THE THE PHOTO OF INDIAN TEAM DURING PRESENTATION CEREMONY , YOU WILL SEE ONLY VIRAT KOHLI LOOKS SAD & HURT WITH THE DEFEAT , OTHER PLAYERS ARE SMILING .THIS TEAM IS UTTERLY SHAMELESS .

  • on January 28, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    well done aussies.....good job.......u guys gonna b No.1 test playin nation as u were b4......

  • ravichakra on January 28, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    Not sure why Dravid and Laxman face the axe on the first signs of failure whereas Sachin continues despite failure after failure. Maybe he has the ability to camouflage his failures with some inconsequential scores and add to his kitty and show that by the way he scored some runs in the series. For example, his 91 in the Eng series and now his 80 in this series are good examples of how his runs have come when the outcome of the match are a foregone conclusion and he being incapable to change the course of the game. He has consistently done that throughout his career. Dravid and Laxman need to learn to be selfish and forget about the team like he does and score some runs when they know the result of the match to salvage their positions. I am sure it is not in their vein to do so - team players that they are. A look at the numbers - Dravid scored 655 runs in the last 16 innings (the only player who scored in Eng), Sachin has 560 runs in his last 16 innings. Who should retire first

  • rahulcricket007 on January 28, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    WELL , WELL 8-0 LOSS & STILL SENIOR PLAYERS DON'T WANT TO RETIRE . SEHWAG STILL SAYING THAT WE ALSO WON IN INDIA . LOOL HOW CAN WE INDIANS HOPE WITH THIS TEAM FOR WINNING A SINGLE TEST OVRSEAS NOW ???? THIS TEAM DOESN'E WANT TO CHANGE .

  • on January 28, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    Tails between their legs!! I hope they lose the ODI's as well and then a few more and then the selectors may just blink. Batting on flat tracks at home and then dancing aroound on grass... Innovation is the only way and the change needs to start from the pitches at home. No restarting here.. format the entire system!!

  • whitewash0-4 on January 28, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    I need only one change to Bcci Test Team batting order. dravid no.4 sachin No.3 laxman no.7 kohli no.6 dhoni no.5. This only Problem India Not scoring runs . IF YOUR GIVEN OPPORTUNATY TO YOUNG PLAYERS BCCI TEAM GOTO ZIM,BAN TOUR....NEXT FEW YEARS

  • CricketFirstLove on January 28, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    4-0 drubbing in England and now the same again. Our paper tigers on flat surfaces should play only on home grounds and make individual records. The team can go to hell.

    High time 35 plus all retire including Tendulkar, let some youngy be groomed on that slot. We are individual performance worshippers. Time has come to wish for the team not individual performances.

    Move out oldies ando make room for the young future team of India. If they do not retire then the selectors must axe them

  • Lara4life501 on January 28, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    Brian Lara's last test in Australia 226 (202 in day against Warne,McGrath,Lee,McGill,Sydmonds) Sachin Tendulkars last test in Australia 25 and 13...on the same ground,same pitch against a team of decent bowlers,with no super stars.Says it all for me.Lara never played a test series in Australia with scoring a 100,never played a series against Australia in which Warne and McGrath didnt play.As Australian, I can say easily the best player to visit our shores was Brian Lara,Sachins performances in the Eng & Aus series has just further cemented by my belief that as a batsman,Tendulkar is behind Lara.That is also the belief of Messers,Mcgrath,Murilithuran,Akram,Gillespie,Swann.You are great Sachin no denying that...but your No LARA!!!

  • on January 28, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    We have totally lost our respect and pride in this tour this is for sure, it will take a pretty much long time to recover it. Our team India has shown how the test matches will be played in the shortest formats. Like T20 our Indians has modified the game in to short test matches. Means getting all out in the shortest possible without troubling the opposition bowlers. Now our world champion team is playing like kenya or less than kenya.

  • ravichakra on January 28, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    @ burleighboy86: How one sided can comments get from the media, fans and the cricketing fraternity! Sachin is contributing........ to what his personal milestones. How many matches has he saved or won India a match in the last 5 years? He has been pathetic in the last two series and gleefully skipped the WI tour. Why should Dravid or Laxman retire first? If it has to be anybody it has to be Sachin who should retire along with Dhoni (waste as a batsman, goalkeeper and captain), Gambhir. Why does Sachin continue in the team despite not contributing to the team cause for so many years. Statistics looked at correctly will tell even in 2010 when he was the highest scorer during the calendar year, we required Laxman thrice to save or win us matches from hopeless positions. Dravid was the only run getter in the Eng series but one dismal series and he has to leave, but Sachin can continue despite failing for two series on the trot so that he can get more personal milestones. Be fair!

  • on January 28, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    to build a very cometitve Indian Team we have to take some bold decsions, this series result is wake up call for the selectors to widely think about indian cricket's future and they need to froget about current players individuality those who are passing by age of 35 let them retire from international cricket inorder to give the chance to youngsters to give enough time for them to go for long way to be competitive in international level and lot of ladders to climb. lot of promising talents in domestic level forget about partiality and find out who is suitable and give them chance, if not Indian cricket wil be worse than this

  • FarooqAltaf on January 28, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    India lose 0-4. No shock there. All the teams have rough patch along the way. But the way the team has played that was shocking. No fightback from them at any stage except for momentary glimpses. BCCI should really be concernred

  • warnerbasher on January 28, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    how was punter not the man of the series? In every innings he scored runs when Australia had lost early wickets and only failed at perth coming in at 2 for 200+. The bowlers bowled well however were bowling to some rather average batsmen well beyond their best days. The inevitable return to number 1 has commenced. Need to sort out the top order batting though and perhaps look at Haddin and Husseys future very closely. I have no doubt Tim Paine will replace Haddin when fit and much like the sudden rise in the bowling expect a batsmen or two to suddenly emerge. The failure of Marsh has prolonged Hussey's career and in my view that is a shame for Australian cricket in the long term. As for Landl47 comments I remember Jimmy Anderson throwing pies in australia in 2006/2007 only to emerge as a world class bowler. I am expecting your foreign born batsmen to face a very stiff challenge from the Aussie bowlers next year in the old dart.

  • on January 28, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    Pathetic battting display by our team India's batsmen. None of the player has shown the intent to make big scores or making big partnerships. Even after the post match conference which was attended by viru, he is not ashamed by his performance and he looked so relaxed as if he won the trophy. Every indian cricket fan is bleeding and our team has lost the respect as a world champion. Disastrous batting diaplay by against the second line bowling attack by the aussies. This tour for team India is not for playing cricket but shopping and gokarting. I am deeply hurted with the performane of our team. These players dosen't have the pasision and don't know the value for playing for the Nation. Vuru has spoke in such a way as if it is a small test series and his attitude is as if he has score trible century in this test where as the reality is he batted disastrously in this series. Every indian batsman came to the crease as if they came for the net practise.

  • on January 28, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    Congratulation to India for escaping another innings defeat....

  • Mr.Optimistic on January 28, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    My Answer to all Indian Fans about the Defeat: "Oh, You didn't see that coming!"

  • Hayes.Adam on January 28, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    A sad display of cricket from India and Sri Lanka in recent Tests , I bet Tri-Series will be dominated by Australia.

  • on January 28, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    India should play more away games and even practice outside India to learn to apply their skill in other environments. The person who should be motivating the team is the one who should be fired, as this was an unmotivated performance except for Kohli and Zaheer. Ishant Sharma has always been a mirage. India should look at other options. Australia has found a surprising leader in Clark and will soon be in contention for nr. 1 again, as usual. This result should give South Africa and others ample warning about NEW ZEALAND, who performed admirably against this very same Australian team and who are grossly under-estimated. The NZ bowling attack were able to bother Australia's batsmen and are going to shock teams who go to NZ unprepared. Beware of the Black Cap bowlers. Don't say I didn't warn you.

  • on January 28, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    guys there is no way of scolding up players its all we need to scold up the BCCI becoz BCCI produce match a lot in the indian soil all the indian soil are batting pitch. they should reduce the playing in india and start up playing a lot in abroad and know abut the pitch.joining in the league matches in the abroad and knowing about the pitch there will help india.this is the only way we can become number 1 again :)

  • on January 28, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    Congratulation AUS !...I am really happy today as AUS completed much deserve 4-0 white wash.Where is this anti SL bashers like Sameer Devadiga,valvarayar,and so on?..When SL last toured ENG & SA they all condemned SL by putting various bad comments.Even they said SL all out 32 & 87 for first and second innings like that.But SL lost 0-1 and 1-2 respectively where as IND 0-4 white washes (on both occasions). What to say about it?..Even BAN team will play better than this.At least hereafter try to respect other team as well.Anyway among the subcontinent team PAK is the best next is SL.Then the IND & BAN.This is the reality.

  • on January 28, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    Why dont Indians admit that they can only play good in India...they won the world cup by flook...because it was held in India...they can't win the worldcup anywhere else...specially if its held in SA, Eng, Aus or westindies...dont curse ur players...just play a series in India and the same players will win the series for India...this is the truth and i know it may hurt too...

  • on January 28, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    India has to do a lot of introspection. Sehwag must be dropped or at least rested for the next test series. Harbhajan was punished for a lesser misdemeanor. BCCI must go back to the drawing board like Australia and England and try to find solutions instead of gloating on the World Cup Victory and individual milestones.

  • Crazy_Pk on January 28, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    I am 200% sure that if Indian team is playing against Zim but in Australia, Zim will be the winner team and there is big possibility that Zim will close this match in 4 days only. Hahahahahahaha. Can't stop my laughing.. Hahahahaha

  • on January 28, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    i dont understand how india was no.1 .. after looking last two series of india in overseas it is cleared that they were not deserving.. they only know to play in their own land.. :D now they are not able to play against a good test team.. they should play only against BAN and ZIM :D

  • prao81 on January 28, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    Indian cricket will never improve. Just saw Rajiv Shuklas comment on TV " We took corrective measures after England series , that is why we won 5-0 against england in odi's and also against WI " If we have people like this at the helm ,test cricket will die soon in India , does he know the diff b/w test and ODI ?? Everybody is already talking abt ODI , sehwag said we are world champions ..even PAK is moving forward , maybe if other test playing nations give us test matches like Bangaldesh to play say 1 test series or something we might realize the importance ...

  • AtticusFinch on January 28, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    @Madi Mike - Tendulkar is the "Holy Cow". It is blasphemous to even think of dropping him or ask him to go even if he goes the next 100 tests without scoring anything significant. Remember 'ENDulkar'? This was the headline that Times of India brought out a few years back and they were castigated for that. Sanjay Manjrekar, too, a few years back said Tendulkar was past his prime and should make way for new comers and he was ostracised for a few years for that remark. Now Manjrekar is all praise for Tendulkar despite his non-performance. Oh no no no, Tendulkar cannot be questioned. You will be targeted if you say even one word against him. And the Padma Bushan recommendation? It is the biggest joke in the last couple of decades rivalling Obama's Noble Peace prize. Dont abuse the 'God' if you know what is good for you.

  • Crazy_Pk on January 28, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    Now good time is coming for all Indian fans and cricketers as well bcz IPL is going to be start now. and you guys are capable for this cricket only. hahahahahahaha... Now Enjoy IPL & try to forget this defeat Hahahahahaha

  • on January 28, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    At last something there for india in this series.. they managed to work in a test for 5 days which is first time in series :D .. . they even didnt manage to draw a one game :)

  • gothetaniwha on January 28, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    India should jump on a plane straight away to NZ (be there tonight) and go and play Zimbabwe in a three day test - a team of there level , and let NZ play a 3rd test against AUS .

  • viveks_11 on January 28, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    Heights of craziness shown by Indian Batting line up against Australia ....I am glad that the series has only 4 test matches.... Sehwag - Irresponsible batting Gambhir gave good catching practice to Australian slip fielders Dravid purchased stumps to the Australian cricket team - He made demand for stumps Sachin wasted time for all of his fans to watch him batting to get his 100th test match hundred Laxman - bored of batting for an Indian cricket team and gave a path for youngsters for the next series Kohli - Showed his character Ishant - Proving himself as unlucky but he is not for fact Zaheer - showed his experience on bowling but acted totally opposite on batting Umesh Yadav - good pace and little bit luck favors him...but have to be consistent Ashwin - Nicely batted ..and average bowling...shift as a top order batsman

  • on January 28, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    And as if the test matches were not enough, India now has to play ODI's as well. Yay for more embarrassment coming down our way!

  • on January 28, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    Losing badly is another story,but to be shameless, with little regret is what is most annoying about the present Indian team. Players with attitude that translates into hubris for the team need to be shown the door. Sehwag, seems to be least bothered about the match-result as long as he gets to bludgeon a couple of boundaries & sixes. Ishant,has this tremendous "positive attitude" that means absolving himself of all the blame for non-performance. It is strange that Rahul's fall has been so sudden, there seems to be a big mental block apart from the technical flaws that seem to have crept into his repertoire. VVS seems, to have been found out by the nagging Australian accuracy that bowled to a plan & executed them to perfection. Sachin is overwhelmed by the 100th ton & seeing his teammates fall like a pack of cards around him. All in all a dismal performance. while the seniors need to be phased out while Viru, ishant, gauti need to be dropped for lack of application esp viru.

  • on January 28, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    Well! another 4-0 loss! I guess the team needs a new energetic smart aggressive captain, not a happy go luck captain (like Dhoni). Next the MRF pace foundation or whatever needs to mould out strong fast bowlers with the 135 or 140+ pace with great accuracy in terms line and length and consistency. There should be a reserve readily available like Aus and Eng has. Master swing. We need our former spin legends to coach in a spin generation of bowlers who are wily enough to perform anywhere with a quiver full of doosras and theesras or charsobeeses. Younger batsmen are in plenty so I dont think we need to panic there. They need to work on bettering their techniques and they should do good. New legs means quick on the field and better fielders (hopefully). Most importantly, I would say aerobic based strength and stamina improving fitness regimen for these top 25 players.

  • on January 28, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    i like the result 0-4...........now selector will think about retirement of senier player...as i think dravid and laxman has to retire himself before they will be thrown out..as far as sachin is concern no one has guts to tell him to be retired but i think he is playing well so let him alone....my biggest worry is fast bowling out of asian condtion..can we dont find a good fast bowler out of 121 bl people???

  • burleighboy86 on January 28, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    Out of the entire Indian batting lineup, I thought Dravid looked the most out of his depth. His feet are not moving, his bat is far from the pad and was caught on the crease endlessly. A legend needs to come to an end. At least VVS showed glimpses of what he is/was capable of. He still retains his wristy brilliance, but is failing to make the runs. A bit like Mark Waugh at the end of his career. Sachin is still contributing, and he'll know when the time is right to leave the game. What can't be shied away from though, is the extreme pressure the Aussie bowlers put on the Indians. Their line and length, as well as consistency, was well up there with the bowling attacks featuring Warne, McGrath and Gillespie. If anything, it is the bowlers who will take Australia back to the top. Tests aside, India should offer some resistance in the ODI's and T20. I'll back Sachin in to score his 100th 100, and possibly announce he won't be back. Well played Aussies

  • Sam_k14 on January 28, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    This shows a fluke World cup victory does not make it a truly a world class team. India shpuld start playing teams like Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. Who knows, Sachin might even score a century!

  • on January 28, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    Cant understand y Dravid should be out. Tendulkar should be the 1st to go since he has neither scored in England nor Australia, whereas Dravid has failed only now. Its clear from above Dravid is the most underestimated Cricketer in India.

  • AKS286 on January 28, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    thnx to siddle,pattinson & hilfy in bowling side and ponting & clarke from batting side. warner is not suitable for test cricket, give jaques,voges ,katich, coulter NILE & beer full chance uninterrupted chance to play the full series.

  • veerakannadiga on January 28, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    Congrats Australia. In a short time from now,they will regain their No.1 position, where they truly belong.(I am not saying this because they beat India, but I have been saying this for quite some time now).This team is going to be unbeatable once the likes of Watson,Cummins,Pattison etc rejoin the team.This Aussie team is going to stay as No.1 for a long time. As far as India is concerned,we can take heart from the fact that it can get only better from here as they cannot go down any further. Immediate/drastic changes in the Indian team is more a emotional reaction as it will do more bad than good. We need to rebuild & rebuild we will, in due course.

  • indianpunter on January 28, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    All is well..all is well... all is well..

  • on January 28, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    Fantastic ! Collective failure of indian batsmen ! Congrats AUS...

  • on January 28, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    as i always said India is not that international side which can win games all over the world. as for as home series is concerned they are very good at home but teams like Pakistan and Australia still manage to fight team India at their home venue, but Indians do not have the ability to perform well in seem & swing conditions, as a result they failed to create any impact in away tours. we are proud of Our Pakistan Team which in spite so many controversies played unbelievable cricket in the last 2 years, any other side would given up is such circumstances. well done team Pakistan.

  • hnlns on January 28, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    Will BCCI and our selectors wake up to fact, at least now ? They should not live in the past but look to live in present and build up for future. It is no use having batsmen with 50,000 odd runs collectively when they cannot score even 1000+ runs collectively against a set of bowlers who are mostly freshers and very raw. Ignoring young talent and fresh faces is doing and will do major damage to Indian cricket. Let there be some sense of urgency in rebuilding process at least now.

  • on January 28, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    For all the Indian supporters - don't just blame your ageing batsman, but there were far more problems than that. Sure they were poor, with only Kohli and Tendulkar averaging over 30 in the series BUT of more concern was the fielding as opposed to Australia. The Indian fielding cost them over 50 runs per innings, being sloppy and lazy. The running between wickets also cost them badly, with 30 or 40 runs missing, due to lazy running. The biggest disappointment was the bowling. They barely looked like bowling Australia out once let alone twice to win a match. Zaheer Khan was OK with 15 wickets. Yadav was promising for the future however and should be the leader of the attack and is sharp. Ishant Sharma with 5 wickets at 90.2 was terrible and Ashwin with 9 wickets at 62.77 was average. What was really bad was the batting of the Indian tail who surrendered meekly, scared and were running away from the Australian quicks. The Aussie tail offered good runs, while the Indian tail gave nothing.

  • on January 28, 2012, 4:57 GMT

    indians are never dominating in overseas conditions,but really 4-0 is unacceptable particularly after england tour ofcourse one cant expect different results with same preparation and same mistakes

  • Rumy1 on January 28, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    Time to let go the greats for sure including Mr.Greatest Sachin Tendulkar. The four greats, Gambhir and Mr.Cool Dhoni should be let go. Time to call back some experienced guys who were ignored for long for no reason or fault of theirs. Get the best available young talent into the team and move on. The Test team for upcoming home series should look like this....Wasim Jaffer, Rahane, S.Badrinath/C.Pujara, M.Kaif (Capt.), V.Kohli, Rohit Sharma, W.Saha (WK), Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma/Umesh Yadav and Pragyan Ojha. The other three spots could be for S.Sreesanth, Manoj Tiwary, and PA Reddy/ I.Khaleel (2nd WK). Extraordinary problems need out of box thinking to solve. Look at Aussies. They have appointed Bailey as Captain of their T20 international side even when Bailey is yet to make an international T20 debut.

  • on January 28, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    it is high time the senior trio quit the Game with respect and save the icricket fans from further pain.Sachin can get a chance for his wild goose chase of 100th century against Bangaladesh,Zimbabve etc.please BOSS retire

  • hnlns on January 28, 2012, 4:52 GMT

    The statistics tells it all. No more excuses to cover up the most glaring mistake of glossing over the humiliation in England and doing nothing to correct it. BCCI chose playing against West Indies before a tough tour like this one. Batsmen were not even made to play on surfaces with decent bounce and pace against West Indies quickies. An examination of our batsmen's technique by Rampaul and Edwards on lively surfaces would have been sufficient indication of how things would turn out in Australia. Ignoring all these lead to yet another humiliation. Will things ever change at BCCI ? Look at the kind of pitch provided for Ranji final. Will we ever see our "SENIOR PLAYERS" compulsorily playing on green tops, at least in Ranji Trophy matches from now on ? Will they be told in plain language that they need to show their mettle against local talent with decent medium pace and swing on green tops to be eligible for selection ? When are we going to see an end of doctored pitches ?

  • sarathy_m2 on January 28, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    This is the right time for Bang, Zim and Ken to call India to play at their home conditions, so they can also celebrate whitewashes!

  • on January 28, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    India should rank at the bottom. They dont deserve a 3rd rank.

  • on January 28, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    This is a perfect lesson for we all sub-continent teams. Throughout the history we were doing two big mistakes. 1] Keeping faith on old players instead of young blood 2] Never taking to consideration of rest of the world conditions. I hope that Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid & VVS Laxman will not follow the footpath of Sanath Jayasuriya!!!!

  • on January 28, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    Called it right at the start of the series. No excuses left for the Indians, they have proven that they cannot win a war of attrition with their current lineup of has-beens. This was a flat batting track and once again they failed to make 300. It wasn't green, it had no real demons, especially in their first innings, and there wasn't much seam or swing. Virat Kohli will be remembered as a whinger, regardless of his 100, whereas Ashwin will be remembered as the only one with the class to front up to the media when the chips were down.

  • gh_cricinfo on January 28, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    Inida should think to retire its seniors gracefully otherwise it would continue to happen on overseas tours.

  • on January 28, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    Congratulations Team India for 8th Lost in Test without interruptions.

  • conquerer47 on January 28, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    The best the media should do is allow the captain and specifically key players to say what they have in mind, am sure they must be feeling as miserable as we the fans or even worse. Sometimes these down fall happens, but one has to understand how quickly each of them put this failures behind and bounce back for the one day series, as two mauled teams(IND & SL) are up against Aussies. When you allow the cricketers to talk and take the conversation based on their statements, we will be able to understand more on the problems they are facing. BCCI should learn a lesson that pitches has to be tailored in such a way that the IND cricketers should be at home, when they tour abroad, not like fish out of water. We have the capabilities to do well, am sure the year ahead we will see a better TEAM INDIA.

  • Shan156 on January 28, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    Well played the Aussies. No one expected this series to be this one-sided. A lot of us thought that India would win although Austraila would fight hard. I think this defeat is worse than the defeats they suffered in England. At least, there were some excuses (some genuine, others, not so). However, there could be no excuse for their defeat in this series. Citing Harbhajan's absence is really clutching at straws. India have declined as a test side and need to make some drastic decisions to continue rebuilding. That means showing the door for a senior or two. OTOH, the Aussie bowling looks really good - their effort to take 20 Indian wickets for little in this wicket was brilliant. Tougher tests await but for now the Aussies have an embarrassment of riches in the fast bowling department. Their batting though really needs improvement. A good bowling side will roll them over for not too many (like the Saffers and the Kiwis showed).

  • binojpeter on January 28, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    Things have come a full circle for India. I remember in 1999-2000 when India lost the away series in Australia 3-0 and home series against South Africa 2-0 followed by Saurav Ganguly and John Wright taking over the reins starting with home series win against Australia. At that time, India were No:5 behind Australia, South Africa, Pakistan and England. Now we will be No:4 at the end of season and maybe even No:5 after that if Pakistan rise up rankings. Now we should try to find some inspiration from how Australia rebuilt after the departure of their greats. Their fast bowling options are now exceptional, Lyon is useful spinner even though not upto stature of Warne; their batting still needs to be set even though it was more than enough against weak Indian bowling line up.

  • on January 28, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    Dhoni is the captain of the best indian cricket team , Ganguly is the best captain of the indian cricket team , I think Dhoni and his Men's are still adhered with the world cup glorious , you ppls has to do something different according to conditions . Damn sure this will gain a name for india as The NO:1 Spot is just based on their maximum Home test played in last two years

  • RVC-38 on January 28, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    not much can be added to what has already been said everyday since day1 melbourne on boxing day, so not to kick anyone while there down, thanks for coming india and good luck with the rebuilding.

  • on January 28, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    I feel instead of the seniors leaving totally, a rotation policy should be enforced to give the young guns test experience. In about 2 years, they should be ready to take up the mantle. But to be fair, Raina and Yuvraj did nothing to justify that they were ready to take over from the fab four. Only Kohli has done something now. Rohit and Rahane should be given chances now. Maybe drop Dravid to 5 or 6 and see how it goes with Kohli at 3. But seriously, with bowlers taking centre stage worldwide, we must find bowlers capable of taking wickets on helpful surfaces like the Aussies did if we believe we are a top team. Also for those calling for Dravid's head, only one overseas tour ago he was our only light in the darkness. We really forget things fast.

  • Percy_Fender on January 28, 2012, 4:19 GMT

    A new beginning is obviously called for. Umesh Yadav and R Ashwin are the types that will evolve considerably. Rahul Sharma needs to figure in the longer formats selectively along with Ojha. Then we need to get the likes of Surya Kumar Yadav who at 21 seems to have the spirit of an early day Sehwag.There are others we know about who should become regulars. Like Pujara,Sharma, Mukund,and Rahane.And please let us not think of making Kohli the Captain The big guns Sehwag,Gambhir,Dravid Laxman and Tendulkar need to be rested if they do not want to retire. Duncan Fletcher should be given complete freedom to do as he pleases and create a team for the future.Other names who could make a big impact are Ankit Bawne,Abu Nechim and Varun Aaron. The selectors should be a 3 man non regional team under Mohender Amarnath. We must change the bowling coach immediately. We should get some South African who seem very dedicated.Merrick Pringle is an example. Maybe Fanie De Villiers or Shaun Pollock.

  • on January 28, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    Mission Humiliation comes to an end. Way to go Team India.

  • on January 28, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    shame on u team india. sachin, dravid, laxman, dhoni time to go

  • on January 28, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    Congratulations Australia!! You deserved to win. But how good you really are? We will have to wait to find out. Perhaps any local Australian team would have beaten India as well....

  • mdev.mp on January 28, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar plays ZIMBABWE very well. Once Henry Olanga got his wicket in his first over in an ODI, then next match Sachin blasted Olanga's deliveries to fence. He is so good against Zimbabve. We want to host IND v Zimbabwe series again.....

  • on January 28, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    This shows that Indian side can only win matches at their home. 8 defeats in 8 matches, how a team can win a test match without a match winning bowler, even the indian batsman only taught how to play at flat pitches, sorry to say but indian side is just a flat pitched champions. They can not win a series outside their home unless they will not have a match winning bowlers and they needs to change their batting as well. on the other hand this also shows that Australia is back..... Go Aussies Go Aussies :))

  • on January 28, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    India never had a great bowling attack like Pakistan,Australia,England etc.And their batsmen are only good only on dead Indian Subcontinent wickets.

    Congrats to australia and shame on India.Indians just proved that they are paper tigers.

  • dpkece on January 28, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    It will all be forgotten after IPL and home test series. Dont worry Dhoni you are here to stay.

  • VivGilchrist on January 28, 2012, 3:55 GMT

    As an Aussie I think India need to come off auto-pilot. To carry the same top 6 all the way through a 4-0 whitewash is absurd. There is too much a sense of entitlement in the team. India lack energy. I give Zaheer, Aswin, and Yadav praise but Ishant who probably should be most suited to Aus conditions looked terrible. It's time I think for Dhoni to give away the captaincy. Keeper/batsman shouldn't be expected the responsability of captaincy as well. Irfhan Pathan, who is a great player,should have played at 7 with Dhoni at 6. This would have given them 5 genuine bowling options.VVS and Dravid have brought many people joy but for the sake of the team maybe is time for a change. Sehwag should bat at 5 and Gambhir needs to lose the loser mentality. Oh..and Duncan Fletcher .... Seriously?

  • LillianThomson on January 28, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    India can go one of two ways at this crossroads. OPTION 1: do nothing, blame "bad" wickets in England and Australia, prioritise IPL, veto DRS, pat themselves on the back as "World Champions (sic) and continue to lose away series. OPTION 2 - LEARN by phasing out old players sooner, sending Zaheer, Tendulkar, Kohli and Dhoni to a boot camp for hard work and constant humiliation to see whether they have the hunger and character to come back and most importantly encouraging lively wickets at home, knowing that this will improve long-term results. The bowlers sum up the problems: Zaheer is too lazy to follow through after delivery, Ishant has never learned how to bowl, Yadav can't find a line and length and Ashwin is a T20 player.

  • on January 28, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    thank goodness this joke of a series is over. what a lopsided and dull affair.

  • devangjpandya on January 28, 2012, 3:45 GMT

    this is what happened in this year's most elite Indian domestic trophy (Ranji trophy) final: Rajasthan won the toss (n won 50% of the match there itself)... then they batted for EIGHT sessions on a flat wicket n scored 621 (Aussies would've scored those in 5)... then Tamil Nadu got bowled out for 295 in 4 sessions... yet they were not made to follow-on by Rajasthan who batted the whole next day... n Rajasthan won on basis of 'first innings lead' (??!!)... this is the mentality n condition of our players n coaches... if players emerging from such a system get whitewashed 8-0, wat else can we expect?

  • BanCricFan on January 28, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    Don't understand why India is unwilling to host Bangladesh. 'Ban vs Ind series' would be a more competitive cricket than this one.

  • landl47 on January 28, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    Good job by Australia. They applied pressure and the old guard for India couldn't handle it. Australia has a long way to go to challenge for top spot (most of the guys who succeeded in this series were the ones who were walloped by England last Summer), but it's moving in the right direction. The worrying thing for Aus is that the new batsmen look brittle and Ponting and Hussey can't go on for ever. As for India- this is a team in total disarray. To lose 8 successive test matches, including four by an innings and two more by around 300 runs, is what you expect of a newly admitted test side, not one with the record India has. This team has to be rebuilt, especially the batting. Not one player averaged 40 or scored as many runs in the series as Michael Clarke did in one knock. The bowling was better only by comparison with the dismal batting. The BCCI needs to get its act together, start using DRS, bring in young players and try to get back some respect.

  • on January 28, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    Sheepish Dhoni Shameless Viru

  • on January 28, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    shame on "team India"!!!!!!! a real "RAG TAG BOB TAIL OUTFIT"" and nothing more!!!!!

  • mali_jr on January 28, 2012, 3:33 GMT

    I am looking forward to at least 2 retirement anouncments. Rahul Dravid & VVS Laxman.

  • boehj on January 28, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    50 wickets between Hilfy and Siddle is an excellent performance. It was all rather clinical.

  • Mervo on January 28, 2012, 3:29 GMT

    I am surprised that Siddle was Man of the Match. Very odd. he did take 5 wickets on a slow easy pitch, but Ponting made 221 and 60no. Very odd, unless Ponting knocked it back. The really good news is Ponting is not retiring after all the media harassment.

  • on January 28, 2012, 3:28 GMT

    Australia sabotage 2011 champions m indian team exposed ,

  • on January 28, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    India have now bad time,better luck next time.When australia come to india, v till take revenge.Australia had made green tracks, we v make turning pitches in india.

  • on January 28, 2012, 3:24 GMT

    India looked awful. If I were an Indian selector I would bring youngsters in place of Dravid, VVS and Tendulkar

  • avmd on January 28, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    Next time India's overseas test should be a 3 day test, give'em a realistic chance to draw at least one.

  • on January 28, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    Clarke.............................. really off you man. You done it like a mastermind. A few of the captains have done what you have done this summer. Really a proud moment for Australian cricket. The most promising thing was about Clarke's game plans and even more than that it was a success you have got through it. Great achievement. Contrats to The Legend............. Punter. You have done it again. It was like like memorable test series ever. We were getting how hard these guys have worked hard. But the real heroes who are behind the scene are NSP. Congrats to John Invararity, Andy Bichel, Joeff Marsh and the great coach Micky Arthur. What a fine display of cricket. But now the mission still far away of becoming No. 1 test side in the world. All The Best to Clarke and his Baggy Army!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on January 28, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    Indians deserved what they have to deserved!!! Their over confidence give them a great indication!!! That was superb the WC champions 2011 was Lost to Englnd and Australia as 4-0 White wash!!! Ohh Good WHY INDIA WAS CHOSEN FOR CB SERIES? It should be AUSTRALIA , SRI LANKA , PAKISTAN. IF this happens this could be a great Combat!!!Recently Sri Lanka played well in the Last tour against South Africa!!! and they greatly comeback to their form again!!!Pakistan has a great bowling attack with Ajmal (Best Spinner at the moment) and Afridee . So if this happens this series could have be a Great one.

  • candyfloss on January 28, 2012, 3:07 GMT

    Well congratulations to the australians on the victory,you have steam rolled us in one of the most lop-sided contests ever.Pattinson looks a real find.As far as our Indian team is concerned well lots to talk about but I guess but not here.Its been a mortifying series for us as it was in England.As they say failure is a stepping stone to success so hopefully we can revive the team by making sweeping changes from here on .Once again Congratulations.

  • JoseBautista on January 28, 2012, 2:49 GMT

    we need more players like rahul dravid and sachin, ganguly, laxman in the future. Kohli is the only one i can think of that is a future star. So is uthappa, etc. But the indian selectiors need to be smart from now! the country should develop guys like dravid who are able to play test cricket! let's get back to how we used to be!! it isn't so hard!!

  • on January 28, 2012, 2:47 GMT

    No excuses clearly Whitewashed...ohh my God 8* Consecutive Losese...!!

  • dunger.bob on January 28, 2012, 2:45 GMT

    Great, now lets start playing some first class cricket and get the batting sorted out.

  • on January 28, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    What a performance from australia... Hopefully india brings back the pride in odi's

  • Ameega on January 28, 2012, 2:37 GMT

    I am sad of the Indian team, specially SRT and Dravid in a so devastated Indian cricket. However I am happy if Indian team, BBCI and fans learn that there are other respectable teams and talents in this cricket world than Indian team and their MASTER players.

  • on January 28, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    it is not less than another innings defeat as the team india scored 473 altogether in both innings and far behind 173 runs of aussies 1st innings.(as australia won 298 runs)

  • on January 28, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    Watching Laxman, Tendulkar and Dravid bat was agonising and painful. These guys were defending half volleys when in their prime they would have dispatched such deliveries to the boundary. It was clear they are well beyond their expiry dates. All seniors ( Dravid, Laxman and Tendulkar), Ishant Sharma, selection committee, coaching staff and Duncan Fletcher must be relieved from tha duties immediately. Get Venktesh Prasad,Lalchand Rajput and Robin Singh to caoch a brand new team.

  • Okakaboka on January 28, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    No it wasn't a complete display by the Australian unit. It was one by four and a half players: Siddle, Hilfenhaus, Ponting, Clarke and Pattinson (0.5). The rest really did little....Warner...one big innings, Cowan...2 okay innings, Hussey ...one innings. The rest were passengers so there is still much development to go. Marsh ...that's it....should never represent Australia again. Haddin....should never represent Australia again. Tricky situation when Pattinson comes back (our best bowler) Who do you leave out? And, there is no spot for Cummins until Harris is injured....'spose that won't take too long!

  • No_1_again on January 28, 2012, 2:34 GMT

    Well done guys. On the path to #1.

  • on January 28, 2012, 2:31 GMT

    Aussie.. did it in style.. :)

  • on January 28, 2012, 2:27 GMT

    this will mark the downfall of indian cricket......!!! and the revival of australian cricket!!! it is time for the seniors to retire!!!!......

  • on January 28, 2012, 2:26 GMT

    India vs Zimbabwe test match will be interesting and evenly matched or Let's play with ICC Associates

  • on January 28, 2012, 2:26 GMT

    Great work by Ausus..... they deserve this victory. So called paper lions will b home empty handed.

  • realist1 on January 28, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    Indian cricket Fans are so quick to judge who plays Test cricket or who don't. Like they have been doing after every test matches involving BD, ZIM and W.I. Even to some extent they questions Srilanka's Test record abroad. They also laughed at Pakistan after they did well to beat Zim, BD and Srilanka. Remember Indian Fans, what goes around comes around. So when other teams are not doing well instead of asking to strip off their test status or question their right to play at highest level Please be considerate and encourage them. You will receive the same encouragement when your team does badly.

  • PACEGUY on January 28, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    4-0 OH MY LORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE WORLD CHAMPIONS OF CRICKET have suffered a 4-0 hammering from the Aussies. Lovely stuff though, I really do wish that Irfan Pathan and Yuvraj Singh were playing/ Still Well Done 2 both of these great teams and best of luck for the future/

  • on January 28, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    not white washed, simply dumped, no words to describe, this is a lesson for all those players, administrators, and selectors whom chases their personnel goals instead cricket loving country's' pride and privilege. tendulkar, it is great agony to him

  • on January 28, 2012, 2:21 GMT

    Hurraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh.....................................................!

  • on January 28, 2012, 2:19 GMT

    a whitewash..... :) daamn proud to say aaimma AUSSIE FAN....this is indicating d beginning of another dominating era of Australian Cricket.....

  • realist1 on January 28, 2012, 2:19 GMT

    Sachin should retire now. It would be heart breaking not to achieve 100 hundred but at least he will retire gracefully and it will also show us that he has taken the responsibility for the 8 - 0 away test matches outside India. Dravid and Laxman should do too. As for Shewag! Well I have never regarded him as a great even though he has scored tons of runs in Indian Sub continent but very little outside. So he can do whatever he wants, I am sure fair dinkum Indian selectors will boot him off the team, Test team, at least.

  • aisha.furqan on January 28, 2012, 2:15 GMT

    I wonder if India's women's squad could have done a better job then this squad did. My only hope is that India learns from this horrid mistake and focus more on Test cricket in their domestics instead of running after lucrative IPLs and the sorts. T20 won't bring you glory that being the number one test side did for them.

  • on January 28, 2012, 2:12 GMT

    A whitewash that has harked back to the dark ages of Indian cricket

  • indianpunter on January 28, 2012, 2:12 GMT

    Good heavens ! The carnage has ended and thank god this is not a 5 test series. Emotion aside, India needs to take a long hard look at their team and ask-" where do we go from here"? Here are my thoughts. 1. The seniors have to go NOW. Laxman and Dravid now and tendulkar within 6-10 months. There was an opportunity to play Kohli at 3 in the 2nd inns, but Dravid was not gracious enough to give up his spot. This surely means that the srs are dead weight pulling the team back. 2. Dhoni to be sacked as captain. Give it to Kohli and build a young team around him. 3. Drop the pretenders and players who dont have the bottle for a fight ( gambhir, sehwag and ishant). They can go back to playing IPL and making rude comments about the opponents. I think that money has tempered their will to perform. 4. Scrap the champions league ( pray, what good is it?) and shorten IPL to only 30 days. 5. Do a detailed uncompromising review on the flop show. My man for the job- Vengsarkar

  • chad_reid on January 28, 2012, 2:11 GMT

    well done aus but India had much to do with this loss with their batting but all in all aus bowled really well and batted ok not brilliant but ok coz ponting n clarke where the main contributors

  • on January 28, 2012, 2:11 GMT

    Just a shame on Indian players...

  • yuio3456 on January 28, 2012, 2:11 GMT

    great result for the australians. really surprised to not see ponting the man of the series, let alone the man of the match for this test. all his innings been under pressure, and apart from the perth test, he always got australia out of trouble.

  • on January 28, 2012, 2:07 GMT

    Can't believe India played so poor away from home, terrible....they could have barely score 250+ will that star batting line up. Wall, VVS and Sachin must go now!

  • johnathonjosephs on January 28, 2012, 2:06 GMT

    India should not be allowed to tour outside the subcontinent. Giving easy double centuries and triple centuries for batsman to break records. Its like teams inviting Zimbabwe/Bangladesh to tour so they can rack up runs/wickets

  • realist1 on January 28, 2012, 2:05 GMT

    Is India a minnow now in Test matches?? After back to back 4 zip away white washes Indian cricket team should reconsider playing more than 2 test matches in a series abroad. After seeing such a dismal performance I wonder Had Bangladesh played would they have done any worse? We the spectators were eagerly waiting for a good Test summer but What did we get? Absolute NO contest what so ever from MCG 2nd innings to the very last bowl at Adeliade. Such a Shame! Let Australia invite Bangladesh or W.I next time instead of India. I am sure we will see bit better contest, if they don't at least our expectation would not be sky high.... Play more IPL matches India!! I am sure your skills will improve in the test matches. Ciao

  • doosra95 on January 28, 2012, 2:01 GMT

    In this series this is how India fared Melbourne = Mashed Sydney = Smashed Perth = Pounding Adelaide = Annihilation

    Not for getting how they fared in England this is one hell of good memory!!!!!!!! Indian batting top five of VVS "WALL" TONDULKAR, Big Mouth Gambir And who can forget the Ultimate Slogger Sehwag, no matter how Indians remember them rest of us will see them as a team full FTB on home soil!!!!!!!!

  • Lmaotsetung on January 28, 2012, 2:01 GMT

    Take away Punter's resurgence and Clarke's Man of Series performance, Aussie batting is just as brittle as India's. This series was won by the bowlers no doubt about that.

  • tylerhans on January 28, 2012, 2:00 GMT

    India needs bowlers...... Enough batsmed old new and oldest!! need someone who ca take pressure off the batsman atleast once... import some from australia...pakistan.... new zealand

  • SLTPERERA on January 28, 2012, 1:54 GMT

    hard luck for indians...don't go away SRI LANKANS are warming up to challenge INDIA and AUSTRALIA...

  • mamboman on January 28, 2012, 1:54 GMT

    A shameful and inept performance from India. Just once, i would like to hear a Indian "supporter" own up and say they were outplayed, outthought and outfought by a far better team, rather than looking for blame, conspiracies and excuses. for them to do so only insults what has been a magnificent effort from the rejuvenated and refocused Aussies

  • dsig3 on January 28, 2012, 1:53 GMT

    What a fantastic moment for Australia. I thought that our bowlers would test India in the series but I had my reservations on winning it. I dont think India were anywhere near their best this summer but we never even gave them a chance to get off the deck. We were all over them. A little sad to see the big 3 batsmen leave these shores on such a dud note, they were truly great. I can admit now that they were the ONLY team to ever give us trouble even when we were at our best in the 90's and early 2000. Dravid, VVS and Sachin have nothing left to prove. A chapter has closed for both India and Australia. Our rivalry is finished for this generation.

  • CRICINFO_11 on January 28, 2012, 1:52 GMT

    Australia is a poor test team,india is a better test team,but ........ Retire from ....... Match cricket.this the only thing indian team needs from the .......? yesterday, happy independens day, today happy whitewash day.

  • on January 28, 2012, 1:50 GMT

    Shameful performance by Indian team.. Once again they show the world they can only win and make records in india or win series other wise they got few wins outside home pitches..

  • Badgerofdoom on January 28, 2012, 1:43 GMT

    I think even India's critics would have found it hard to predict that India would lose both the England and Australia series' 4-0. I'm not even an India fan but I've been disappointed about how they have imploded. I hope they have a good look at their team, 8-0 is beyond any excuses and contrary to what some seem to think all 8 matches have not been on green tops, is the Oval a green top? Is Adelaide? No India have lost on tracks that favor pace, spin or batting and have been outplayed in every aspect of the game.

  • caromball on January 28, 2012, 1:39 GMT

    well done Australia.India is back on their nees .this is a really good result for the big headed India and its players.India please continue the same form.

  • trumpoz on January 28, 2012, 1:38 GMT

    Well that finishes the torture for the Indian fans. The BCCI needs a review similar to the Argus review. Clear out the current administration, the dead wood in the team, and start to rebuild with a different philosophy. It was sad to see Tendulkar, Laxman and Dravid finish their last tour of Australia in this fashion but that is the way it goes. Lets hope the T20 and ODI games are more competitive.

  • SachinForever1991 on January 28, 2012, 1:36 GMT

    We wait for whiewash from Indians side in ODIs!! All the best and Hope Sachin gets man of the series award.

  • on January 28, 2012, 1:35 GMT

    Wao Very I like it v much....

  • Mukundan on January 28, 2012, 1:35 GMT

    As a die hard Indian fan, I am very disappointed. Where does India go from here? Each and every member of this team needs to be questioned about their technique, temperment and willingness to fight. Not even a sigle match was a close one. Ponting and Hussey were under pressure and now they are breathign easily. Only morale vicoty for India is that they have screwed Marsh's career for now. First thing, arrange a farewell last match for Rahul and VVS and bid them adieu with respect. They have done a lot to Indian cricket. Sachin is a different story and am not sure who in BCCI has the guts to ask him to retire. May be he gets his 100th 100 in the ODIs and then thinks about a well deserved rest. Sehwag needs to come at 4 or 5 in the future. Rahane, Mukund, Pujara, Rohit, Virat, Raina, Badrinath, Jadeja needs to be grooved for test cricket. 8-0 against Eng and Aus is very hard for me to digest. I am sure if fans are so upset, the players would also be upset. Hope there is bright light...

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  • Mukundan on January 28, 2012, 1:35 GMT

    As a die hard Indian fan, I am very disappointed. Where does India go from here? Each and every member of this team needs to be questioned about their technique, temperment and willingness to fight. Not even a sigle match was a close one. Ponting and Hussey were under pressure and now they are breathign easily. Only morale vicoty for India is that they have screwed Marsh's career for now. First thing, arrange a farewell last match for Rahul and VVS and bid them adieu with respect. They have done a lot to Indian cricket. Sachin is a different story and am not sure who in BCCI has the guts to ask him to retire. May be he gets his 100th 100 in the ODIs and then thinks about a well deserved rest. Sehwag needs to come at 4 or 5 in the future. Rahane, Mukund, Pujara, Rohit, Virat, Raina, Badrinath, Jadeja needs to be grooved for test cricket. 8-0 against Eng and Aus is very hard for me to digest. I am sure if fans are so upset, the players would also be upset. Hope there is bright light...

  • on January 28, 2012, 1:35 GMT

    Wao Very I like it v much....

  • SachinForever1991 on January 28, 2012, 1:36 GMT

    We wait for whiewash from Indians side in ODIs!! All the best and Hope Sachin gets man of the series award.

  • trumpoz on January 28, 2012, 1:38 GMT

    Well that finishes the torture for the Indian fans. The BCCI needs a review similar to the Argus review. Clear out the current administration, the dead wood in the team, and start to rebuild with a different philosophy. It was sad to see Tendulkar, Laxman and Dravid finish their last tour of Australia in this fashion but that is the way it goes. Lets hope the T20 and ODI games are more competitive.

  • caromball on January 28, 2012, 1:39 GMT

    well done Australia.India is back on their nees .this is a really good result for the big headed India and its players.India please continue the same form.

  • Badgerofdoom on January 28, 2012, 1:43 GMT

    I think even India's critics would have found it hard to predict that India would lose both the England and Australia series' 4-0. I'm not even an India fan but I've been disappointed about how they have imploded. I hope they have a good look at their team, 8-0 is beyond any excuses and contrary to what some seem to think all 8 matches have not been on green tops, is the Oval a green top? Is Adelaide? No India have lost on tracks that favor pace, spin or batting and have been outplayed in every aspect of the game.

  • on January 28, 2012, 1:50 GMT

    Shameful performance by Indian team.. Once again they show the world they can only win and make records in india or win series other wise they got few wins outside home pitches..

  • CRICINFO_11 on January 28, 2012, 1:52 GMT

    Australia is a poor test team,india is a better test team,but ........ Retire from ....... Match cricket.this the only thing indian team needs from the .......? yesterday, happy independens day, today happy whitewash day.

  • dsig3 on January 28, 2012, 1:53 GMT

    What a fantastic moment for Australia. I thought that our bowlers would test India in the series but I had my reservations on winning it. I dont think India were anywhere near their best this summer but we never even gave them a chance to get off the deck. We were all over them. A little sad to see the big 3 batsmen leave these shores on such a dud note, they were truly great. I can admit now that they were the ONLY team to ever give us trouble even when we were at our best in the 90's and early 2000. Dravid, VVS and Sachin have nothing left to prove. A chapter has closed for both India and Australia. Our rivalry is finished for this generation.

  • mamboman on January 28, 2012, 1:54 GMT

    A shameful and inept performance from India. Just once, i would like to hear a Indian "supporter" own up and say they were outplayed, outthought and outfought by a far better team, rather than looking for blame, conspiracies and excuses. for them to do so only insults what has been a magnificent effort from the rejuvenated and refocused Aussies