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

The pain then, the happiness now

The humiliation of last summer's Ashes defeat has been in the back of Michael Clarke's mind ever since that day in Sydney nearly 13 months ago
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Taking in the significance of a 4-0 pounding of India, Michael Clarke pondered the highs and lows of the game he has made into his life. As he reflected on the pain and happiness it had brought him, he recalled nothing so much as Joy Gresham, the American who married the noted author and academic CS Lewis before dying of cancer. In a cinema depiction of their lives, Gresham tells Lewis: "The pain then is part of the happiness now - that's the deal." For Clarke, the pain then is part of the happiness now.

First, the pain. Last summer, minutes after the conclusion of an Ashes mauling by England, the stand-in Australian captain Michael Clarke sat in the basement of the SCG's Bradman stand. He was asked if his country's cricket was in crisis, whether the national team had to learn from England, whether or not he was worth his place in the team. Looking drained and pained by the experience of the series and the stress of captaincy, Clarke was nobody's idea of a conquering hero.

Today, Clarke strode again to face the television cameras and audio recorders in Adelaide. He did it as the undisputed leader of his team, as its best batsman, as its man of the series, and as its most striking example of the improvements made over the preceding 12 months. There was happiness in his voice when he spoke, but also some fatigue. No-one has worked harder to change the direction of the national team than Clarke, and no-one is entitled to derive more satisfaction from the way it is now purring. His reflections bear repeating.

"One day you can go out and make a hundred and in the second innings you can make a duck, you go from the best player in the world to the worst player in the world in the same day. And I have experienced that a few times throughout my career," Clarke said. "I think South Africa was a great example of that, I made a 150 innings in Cape Town and in the second innings I made no runs and it felt like I got a pair because the team lost. It is a hard game and you're never on top of this game the whole time.

"The Australian team is a great example, the last six months it has been an up and down journey and it will continue to be but the key is to try and be as consistent as you can possibly be as a team and as an individual player. In all the sport I have played as a kid growing up, I believe cricket is the hardest game but that is what keeps bringing you back.

"Days like today, when you have success and you win and you put in such a lot of hard work, we sit in the changeroom this afternoon and look around at each other and say all the hard work we have put in, it's worth it. But we went through the same pain that India is feeling right now 12 months ago, we lost the Ashes. It's really nice to be on the other side of the fence today."

The humiliation of that Ashes defeat has been in the back of Clarke's mind ever since that day in Sydney, when he gave frank and honest answers to the problems he saw, and took far more responsibility for the state of disrepair the team had fallen into than the Cricket Australia chief executive, James Sutherland, the coach Tim Nielsen, or the chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch. Of those three only Sutherland remains, a measure of the changes that swept through CA in 2011. Clarke took the loss particularly hard, and transformed his regrets into resolve.

"Individual players who were a part of last summer remember it very [clearly] and knew we had to do a lot of work to improve our games both personally and as a team," Clarke said. "It's a very special feeling to sit here beating India 4-0, knowing that last summer I couldn't buy a run."

It is doubly special for the fact that Clarke's transformation has come to mirror that of his team. The bowlers have been revitalised under the guidance of the bowling coach Craig McDermott, scything through India's batsmen with rare monotony. They have done it with discipline, fitness and an exemplary full length, an approach that has found swing and seam in the shot-lockers of bowlers who had looked straight up and down for long tracts of last summer. Peter Siddle epitomises this change more than most, and it was fitting that he sat alongside Clarke as the man of the match in Adelaide, having snipped five Indian wickets from their first innings when the pitch was still at its best. Nathan Lyon's spin has continued to develop quietly, the slow bowler's place not in question for the first time since Shane Warne retired.

Among the batsmen, Clarke has found another level of crispness and sharpness that had looked entirely out of his reach against England. With the company of the renewed Ricky Ponting he has forged the sorts of partnerships Australia desperately needed to cultivate, concentration unwavering and scoring rates pleasingly rapid. At the top of the order is a fledgling partnership between David Warner and Ed Cowan, a marriage of contrasts that deserves to be given time to develop further. Buttressing the order at No. 6 is Michael Hussey, one of few players to attain a high standard against England, and even fewer to reach it again against India. The only problem in the order is the meagre scoring of Shaun Marsh, but it is one that has a chance to be resolved over the next month of ODI and Sheffield Shield matches.

As important as either of the aforementioned skills, Australia's fielding has lifted enormously. Catches are taken when they must be, dropped chances are few, and run-outs are collected at encouragingly regular intervals. Brad Haddin, like Marsh a rare struggler in the series, improved markedly in Adelaide, and held a smart catch for the final wicket. As McDermott and Mickey Arthur have done well in their coaching posts, Steve Rixon has brought an old-time thoroughness and enjoyment to the fielding and catching drills, a trait Clarke recalled from his early days with New South Wales when he sought Rixon's addition to the coaching staff. As had been noted by the Argus review, fielding is a useful measure of a team's happiness as well as accomplishment.

In Adelaide, Clarke's men felt very little other than a sense of tremendous achievement, but their drive to destroy India had been overwhelmingly fuelled by the bad days of last summer. The pain then is part of the happiness now.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • POSTED BY gpm86 on | January 30, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    @ Abhisek - who were the 5 non performers you speak of?

    Barring Marsh and Haddin....

    Lyon did the job he is required to do-took wickets when required. and for someone who hasnt been playing first class cricket longer than 12 mths, id be happy with those results. Plus he went to sri lanka and took wickets....

    Cowan I assume? given his debut series it was a pretty good effort....

    Warner? - you didnt witness that 180 he hit when the indians could barely hit the ball off the square?

    Who else? Hilfy, SIddle, Pattinson/Harris. Between the 3 lots hilfy 27 wkts, sids 23 and patto/harris 17 i think they safely took care of the series..

    Id assume you werent talking of clarke and ponting or hussey, who all avgd 2-3-4 times as much as any indian.

    Maybe you were referring to the 12th men?

    @Willmot- we drew a series in SA and beat Sri Lanka in sri lanka.

  • POSTED BY gpm86 on | January 30, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    at Dunger.Bob - he probably thinks he will be touring again in 4 years, still chasing that 100th 100...

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | January 30, 2012, 1:11 GMT

    Still a long way to go Michael... The bowling has turned around Australia's fortunes in the last 4 series - 2 wins 2 draws, while the batting still staggers from stop/start syndrome... Marsh failed 6-0 against India, while Warner & Cowan are works in progress... India didn't bowl to Pontings weakness which is staggering - the WI tour will be interesting...

  • POSTED BY on | January 29, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    Can India, will India, learn from the Australian experience in rebuilding its team, into a doggedly fighting team?

  • POSTED BY mensan on | January 29, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    Well done AUS. It was not easy to beat India so comprehensively on very supporting pitches. Pitches had no devil at all.

  • POSTED BY on | January 29, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    Australia and England regard Ashes as the thing. Losing the Ashes cannot be compensated by other wins for them. But wins against others make them feel they are not completely lost the winning art. And so regard victories, esp against SA and India (until 2012!), as important stepping stones. Clarke must be fully aware that he has unfinished business at hand. Only when the Ozs win back the Ashes in England again they can rest assured that the job is complete. Unlike India which forgot everything after the euphoric WC win, Aussies must not slacken their efforts.

    As Siddharth Monga pointed out in another article today that BCCI did not even consider a passing mention to the England whitewash in its award ceremony. An eloquent statement that India (BCCI or players) do not really care for Test cricket except mouthing the usual cliches. It is just not in their agenda. Having lost the dubious #1 Rank in Tests there is even less incentive for them to do anything to set things right.

  • POSTED BY Meeshakaran on | January 29, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    First of All Indians have to STOP this HERO Worship of Indian Crickters, aslo we should STOP OVERSTATING a cricketer when he makes a 50 and Praise him as if he is Bradman.

    Also India was obssessed with Aishwarya Rai "Pregenency" and Sachin's 100th century? WHO cares ? If Sachins makes 1000 centuries and the Result is 4-0 then What is the Use?

    Basically I am an ardent follower of Cricket BUT I did not watch 1 hour of the AUS-INDIA Series coz from Begining India Was a Loser.

    Congratulations Australia AT LEAST YOU SHOWED INDIANS THAT THEY ARE GOOD FOR NOTHING ON PACY WICKETS.

    ALSO STOP IPL IF INDIA WANT TO IMPROVE ITS CRICKET AND HERO WORSHIP.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | January 29, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    WELL DONE OZ. YOU PLAYED WELL AS A TEAM AND WERE RELENTLESS. PONTING IS FAR FITTER THAN OUR VETS. MY ONLY WISH IS FOR U TO DOWN THE ENGLISH. SA IS ON PAR WITH YOU GUYS.INDIA SHOULD BE RATED NO4 AFTER PAKISTAN.

  • POSTED BY ponting100 on | January 29, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    @willmot - Australia beat Sri Lanka 1-0 in Sri Lanka in Aug-Sep last year.

  • POSTED BY farkin on | January 29, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    this just shows the lost test to NewZealand at Hobart in a hole new light

  • POSTED BY gpm86 on | January 30, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    @ Abhisek - who were the 5 non performers you speak of?

    Barring Marsh and Haddin....

    Lyon did the job he is required to do-took wickets when required. and for someone who hasnt been playing first class cricket longer than 12 mths, id be happy with those results. Plus he went to sri lanka and took wickets....

    Cowan I assume? given his debut series it was a pretty good effort....

    Warner? - you didnt witness that 180 he hit when the indians could barely hit the ball off the square?

    Who else? Hilfy, SIddle, Pattinson/Harris. Between the 3 lots hilfy 27 wkts, sids 23 and patto/harris 17 i think they safely took care of the series..

    Id assume you werent talking of clarke and ponting or hussey, who all avgd 2-3-4 times as much as any indian.

    Maybe you were referring to the 12th men?

    @Willmot- we drew a series in SA and beat Sri Lanka in sri lanka.

  • POSTED BY gpm86 on | January 30, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    at Dunger.Bob - he probably thinks he will be touring again in 4 years, still chasing that 100th 100...

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | January 30, 2012, 1:11 GMT

    Still a long way to go Michael... The bowling has turned around Australia's fortunes in the last 4 series - 2 wins 2 draws, while the batting still staggers from stop/start syndrome... Marsh failed 6-0 against India, while Warner & Cowan are works in progress... India didn't bowl to Pontings weakness which is staggering - the WI tour will be interesting...

  • POSTED BY on | January 29, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    Can India, will India, learn from the Australian experience in rebuilding its team, into a doggedly fighting team?

  • POSTED BY mensan on | January 29, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    Well done AUS. It was not easy to beat India so comprehensively on very supporting pitches. Pitches had no devil at all.

  • POSTED BY on | January 29, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    Australia and England regard Ashes as the thing. Losing the Ashes cannot be compensated by other wins for them. But wins against others make them feel they are not completely lost the winning art. And so regard victories, esp against SA and India (until 2012!), as important stepping stones. Clarke must be fully aware that he has unfinished business at hand. Only when the Ozs win back the Ashes in England again they can rest assured that the job is complete. Unlike India which forgot everything after the euphoric WC win, Aussies must not slacken their efforts.

    As Siddharth Monga pointed out in another article today that BCCI did not even consider a passing mention to the England whitewash in its award ceremony. An eloquent statement that India (BCCI or players) do not really care for Test cricket except mouthing the usual cliches. It is just not in their agenda. Having lost the dubious #1 Rank in Tests there is even less incentive for them to do anything to set things right.

  • POSTED BY Meeshakaran on | January 29, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    First of All Indians have to STOP this HERO Worship of Indian Crickters, aslo we should STOP OVERSTATING a cricketer when he makes a 50 and Praise him as if he is Bradman.

    Also India was obssessed with Aishwarya Rai "Pregenency" and Sachin's 100th century? WHO cares ? If Sachins makes 1000 centuries and the Result is 4-0 then What is the Use?

    Basically I am an ardent follower of Cricket BUT I did not watch 1 hour of the AUS-INDIA Series coz from Begining India Was a Loser.

    Congratulations Australia AT LEAST YOU SHOWED INDIANS THAT THEY ARE GOOD FOR NOTHING ON PACY WICKETS.

    ALSO STOP IPL IF INDIA WANT TO IMPROVE ITS CRICKET AND HERO WORSHIP.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | January 29, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    WELL DONE OZ. YOU PLAYED WELL AS A TEAM AND WERE RELENTLESS. PONTING IS FAR FITTER THAN OUR VETS. MY ONLY WISH IS FOR U TO DOWN THE ENGLISH. SA IS ON PAR WITH YOU GUYS.INDIA SHOULD BE RATED NO4 AFTER PAKISTAN.

  • POSTED BY ponting100 on | January 29, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    @willmot - Australia beat Sri Lanka 1-0 in Sri Lanka in Aug-Sep last year.

  • POSTED BY farkin on | January 29, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    this just shows the lost test to NewZealand at Hobart in a hole new light

  • POSTED BY analyseabhishek on | January 29, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    We might remember that this was not the first choice team for Australia. An all rounder like Shane Watson was absent and Shaun Marsh can score more in his sleep- just that he was in the middle of a nightmare! Ponting's rediscovered his touch and will carry on for another year or so before it ends- nobody is going to make the mistakes the Indian superstars made! So it looks pretty hunky dory but of course, the real challenge lies outside. People sometimes forget its tough to play overseas (read subcontinent) not just because you are not used to the conditions, but also that your opponent starts playing better!

  • POSTED BY on | January 29, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    @Willmot, Australia beat Sri Lanka away in September 2011! They drew away to the Proteas in November 2011!!!

  • POSTED BY sk12 on | January 29, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    Well done to Clarke and Aus. Still feel their batting needs som work, shouldnt get carreid away with this performance against a terrible Indian bowling. Their bowling looks very good though, excpt Lyon who needs to learn more variations. Interesting that all major teams currently - Eng, pak, Oz, SA all have a quite strong bowling attack, but not as strong in the batting. Off topic - Indians still ranked higher than Oz is a joke. But that ll be corrected soon, we ll fall below SL, NZ by end the of year.

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | January 29, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    Aussies are becoming too optimistics. Even West Indies looked surging against Indians and there were many closely fought contests both in home and away series against them.

  • POSTED BY BobCo on | January 29, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    Umm, Willmot, Oz played a 3 test series in Sri Lanka this last August/September, and they won that 1-0... that said, its not clear to me if any side is truly top shelf at the moment, everyone seems to be having at least a few problems right now. Pak, SA, Eng and Oz all look like good sides though, and a cut above the rest.

  • POSTED BY on | January 29, 2012, 2:21 GMT

    Very good article.Australia did well. Even though India didnt quite turn up they still had to do the hard yards & they did thus the 4 nil margin of victory. However Australia still has some work to do. Nathan Lyon isnt all that plus Haddin should call it a day. The series vs West Indies should be really interesting as West Indies should put up more of a challenge than India did despite being 7th in ICC rankings (which quite frankly 1 cant take too seriously). We pushed India both Home & Away last year. If Sensible decisions were made by WICB & 'captain' Sammy while we made the most of our chances India could well have lost both series last year! Our bowling has improved & If everybody is fit & focused we just might regain the Frank Worrell trophy in April !! hope spring eternal eh? lol

  • POSTED BY on | January 29, 2012, 2:20 GMT

    The pain then, the happiness now

  • POSTED BY on | January 29, 2012, 0:17 GMT

    Clarke and Siddle indeed epitomize the turn-around. For the most part of their careers, Clarke was regarded as too soft to be handed the captaincy, let alone the mantle of the team's top batsman.'Great' innings seemed too few and far between. Siddle, for all pace and aggression always seemed to be 'not quite fit enough', and wickets didn't match up to his skills. It's not like Australia have become the undisputed champs of yore, but they are on their way up. Heads will roll for India, but they need to brace for 2/3 yrs of similar pain to rebuild. The key is, to remember and stoke that pain, that hurt. If IPL, glut of meaningless ODIs and T20 matches obscure that, it'd be more darkness.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | January 28, 2012, 23:13 GMT

    willmot we have already crushed SL at home what are you on about

  • POSTED BY wrenx on | January 28, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    Good for Clarke, hard work paying off and all

  • POSTED BY Drew12 on | January 28, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    @ApurvDanke but that would have a single team, australia, on top of the rankings even if they don't win for a considerable amount of time from now. Not that I would mind! I think a 2 year system is reasonable. And away wins need to count for more. And if a team is whitewashed that should also attract a substantial penalty. Seriously, how bad can a team be to be whitewashed in a 4 (India) or 5 (England) series. I don't care if it is away from home, there is a lack of fight involved when a team cannot even muster a draw in a series of that length.

  • POSTED BY Drew12 on | January 28, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    Please people, before commenting know what you are talking about. willmot: 'Tests against Eng and Proteas or Sri away would be more thorough.' 1-1 SA in SA, won series in Sri Lanka. The way we are bowling now and the way Eng are batting, if the series was played now anywhere I would put money on Australia. All our bowlers are swinging the ball almost all the time. Adelaide was the only time we had any difficulty getting air movement but even then we were able to get something in the air.

  • POSTED BY Mad_Hamish on | January 28, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    @wilmot, Australia beat Sri Lanka in a series in SL recently, they drew 1-1 with RSA away.

    Haddin has been woeful with the bat and gloves batting Warne-Muralitharan Trophy (Australia in Sri Lanka), 2011 3 5 0 90 35 18.00 175 51.42 0 0 1 13 1 31 Australia in South Africa Test Series, 2011/12 2 4 0 76 55 19.00 140 54.28 0 1 1 11 0 9 Trans-Tasman Trophy (New Zealand in Australia), 2011/12 2 3 0 100 80 33.33 179 55.86 0 1 0 9 2 Border-Gavaskar Trophy (India in Australia), 2011/12 4 5 2 86 42* 28.66 179 48.04 0 0 1 4 2 and his keeping vs India was complete rubbish

    his last 10 tests he's averaging 25, his last 20 29 considering the commonly poor level of his glovework he needs to be averaging 40+ to be even worth considering

  • POSTED BY Drew2 on | January 28, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    Really Abhisek Bharadwaj? Are you forgetting the large number of injuries depriving Australia of a full strength line up? A line up that comprehensively thrashed your team. India have not only never won a series in Australia, they have never taken more than 2 tests in a rubber from Australia.....ever. If you think that Indian conditions are the ultimate test for success, you're wrong. It's the whole Test cricketing world. India have the biggest home advantage of any nation, and that is their achilles heel.

  • POSTED BY 4test90 on | January 28, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    willmot - what are you talking about ? Australia beat Sri Lanka in SL last September, beat SAfr at Wanderers in November and have not lost a series in Sth Africa since 1970. As for England, well - I just watched them get rolled for 72 and I don't hold too much fear about them !!l

  • POSTED BY puneet_usa on | January 28, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    @DUNGER.BOB@- I couldn't agree with you more as far as your comment on Sachin. Yes He should have acknowledged the crowd because they truly respected him all the way through and they came out in large number to bid him farewell on his last tour down under...I am still trying to figure out the logic behind his walking off the ground without any reaction to that die hard crowd- As much as I would hate to conclude about Sachin but " Does that mean he was seriously playing for the records all these years" Puts a question in my mind???

  • POSTED BY on | January 28, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    @Abhisek Bharadwaj.. Oz were the deserved winners and India deserved every bit of this humiliation. They can't win matches in India with Lyon but they will do well with the likes ot Siddle,Fenhaus and co, and replacing one spinner will be much easier compared to replacing Top 4 bastmen and 3 seamers. Zaheer Khan is the only paceman with some respectable bowling skill.

    Its a team game, true but not everyone performs but its the class of those who do to compensate for the others and India didn't have any who could do that.

  • POSTED BY eliotargy on | January 28, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    Congrats to the Australian cricket Ir was fun watching them get humiliated before, but it's also nice to see these guys lift themselves the way they have and achieve such results. Keep up the good work, boys.

  • POSTED BY Vpx23 on | January 28, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    CLARKE GABLE OF AUSSIE WOOD!!!

  • POSTED BY popcorn on | January 28, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    What a marvellous,touching,article!

  • POSTED BY on | January 28, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    really inspiring. the most important thing was the australian team never let go of their pain, instead use that as fuel to drive themselves towards their destination. and after 13 months of sheer hard work, the results are here for all to see.

  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | January 28, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    It could hardly have gone better could it. I expected India to win actually. ... I can't see the new regime getting carried away with the result either. Baby steps seems to be the order of the day. .. Not much has been said about Mickey Arthur, or even by him for that matter, but he seems to be settling into the job quite nicely. I'd dare say his KPI are looking pretty rosy right now. .. I was really happy for Punter. Nobody has taken more stick than him recently, so it was just fantastic to watch him wind back the clock and really give it to a touring side. ... on ya Ricky, it was beautiful to watch. .. Finally, Sachin. .. great as he is, would it have killed him to give the crowd a wave of the bat as he exited the Test arena for the last time in Australia. ..

  • POSTED BY on | January 28, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    a bit too much of priase for sure though the Aussies won as convincingly as possible...but from wehre are the next line of batsmen coming??and also they can't win matches in India with Lyon ...I mean all he got in the series was Umesh yadav and also in Adelaide it was more due to the batsmen's mistakes rather than good spinning balls..a lot of work is also needed at the WK's position...it was a series won by a team where only 6 people played outstandingly to compensate 4 d rest 5 non-performers

  • POSTED BY willmot on | January 28, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    Aus now proven to be a decent team but no more, still only India they've thrashed.Tests against Eng and Proteas or Sri away would be more thorough.

  • POSTED BY Chris_Kiama on | January 28, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    Nice summing up Daniel. There is quite a lot of improvement yet to be had, and long term successors for Ponting, Hussey and Haddin yet to be determined with certainty, but immense progress has been made, especially amongst the bowlers, whose planning and execution provided the basis for the win over India. You can't win without taking twenty wickets, and 12 months ago that looked very unlikely. Two warhorses have been resurrected and some new ones have been discovered. We just need to get them healthy and keep them that way. For me as a follower and spectator, the most important thing is that the team is functioning like a TEAM, enjoying their cricket and supporting each other for every minute in the field. The excitement is back! Can't wait for series against the Saffies and Poms.

  • POSTED BY on | January 28, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    I hope Clarke has finally earned some respect from those who continually bashed him during his early days.

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  • POSTED BY on | January 28, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    I hope Clarke has finally earned some respect from those who continually bashed him during his early days.

  • POSTED BY Chris_Kiama on | January 28, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    Nice summing up Daniel. There is quite a lot of improvement yet to be had, and long term successors for Ponting, Hussey and Haddin yet to be determined with certainty, but immense progress has been made, especially amongst the bowlers, whose planning and execution provided the basis for the win over India. You can't win without taking twenty wickets, and 12 months ago that looked very unlikely. Two warhorses have been resurrected and some new ones have been discovered. We just need to get them healthy and keep them that way. For me as a follower and spectator, the most important thing is that the team is functioning like a TEAM, enjoying their cricket and supporting each other for every minute in the field. The excitement is back! Can't wait for series against the Saffies and Poms.

  • POSTED BY willmot on | January 28, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    Aus now proven to be a decent team but no more, still only India they've thrashed.Tests against Eng and Proteas or Sri away would be more thorough.

  • POSTED BY on | January 28, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    a bit too much of priase for sure though the Aussies won as convincingly as possible...but from wehre are the next line of batsmen coming??and also they can't win matches in India with Lyon ...I mean all he got in the series was Umesh yadav and also in Adelaide it was more due to the batsmen's mistakes rather than good spinning balls..a lot of work is also needed at the WK's position...it was a series won by a team where only 6 people played outstandingly to compensate 4 d rest 5 non-performers

  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | January 28, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    It could hardly have gone better could it. I expected India to win actually. ... I can't see the new regime getting carried away with the result either. Baby steps seems to be the order of the day. .. Not much has been said about Mickey Arthur, or even by him for that matter, but he seems to be settling into the job quite nicely. I'd dare say his KPI are looking pretty rosy right now. .. I was really happy for Punter. Nobody has taken more stick than him recently, so it was just fantastic to watch him wind back the clock and really give it to a touring side. ... on ya Ricky, it was beautiful to watch. .. Finally, Sachin. .. great as he is, would it have killed him to give the crowd a wave of the bat as he exited the Test arena for the last time in Australia. ..

  • POSTED BY on | January 28, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    really inspiring. the most important thing was the australian team never let go of their pain, instead use that as fuel to drive themselves towards their destination. and after 13 months of sheer hard work, the results are here for all to see.

  • POSTED BY popcorn on | January 28, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    What a marvellous,touching,article!

  • POSTED BY Vpx23 on | January 28, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    CLARKE GABLE OF AUSSIE WOOD!!!

  • POSTED BY eliotargy on | January 28, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    Congrats to the Australian cricket Ir was fun watching them get humiliated before, but it's also nice to see these guys lift themselves the way they have and achieve such results. Keep up the good work, boys.

  • POSTED BY on | January 28, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    @Abhisek Bharadwaj.. Oz were the deserved winners and India deserved every bit of this humiliation. They can't win matches in India with Lyon but they will do well with the likes ot Siddle,Fenhaus and co, and replacing one spinner will be much easier compared to replacing Top 4 bastmen and 3 seamers. Zaheer Khan is the only paceman with some respectable bowling skill.

    Its a team game, true but not everyone performs but its the class of those who do to compensate for the others and India didn't have any who could do that.