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

Can't bat, can't bowl

This was India's fifth-worst series as a bowling unit, and their ninth-poorest with the bat. More stats highlights from the match and the series
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  • India's 298-run defeat is their eighth in a row in overseas Tests, which is their second-worst run in away games. Their worst was between 1959 and 1968, when they lost 17 in a row. In these eight Tests, India have lost four by an innings and two more by more than 290 runs.

  • The margin of defeat is the eighth-largest for India in terms of runs. Five of those eight have come since October 2004, and two within the last six months. In Australia-India Tests, this is the fifth-largest in terms of runs, with Australia being the victorious team in four of those five.

  • This is only Australia's sixth clean sweep in a series of four or more Tests. Three of those have come since 2000 - the Ashes triumph in 2006-07 and the win against West Indies in 2000-01 being the other two before this one. For India, it was the fifth time they'd lost all games in a series of four or more Tests. Before the defeat in England last year, they'd lost 4-0 in Australia (1967-68), 5-0 in West Indies (1961-62) and 5-0 in England (1959).

  • Australia's batting average of 49.43 in this series (runs per wicket, excluding extras) is their eighth-best in a series of four of more Tests. The last time they did better was in the 2006-07 Ashes at home, when they averaged 50.86. India's was their ninth-worst in a series of four or more Tests. Since 1990, only once have they performed worse - against Australia at home in 2004-05.

  • Conversely, India's bowling average in this series was 51.11, which is their fifth-worst in a series of four of more Tests. Second on that list is their performance in England last year, when they averaged 58.45. This means two of their five worst bowling performances have come in the last six months.

  • There've been 16 series of three of more Tests in which India's big four - Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman and Sehwag - have all played in at least three Tests. Among those 16 series, India's average in this one is the lowest; their previous lowest was 23.11, on the tour to South Africa in 2006-07. On the tour to Australia in 2003-04, they'd averaged 47.22. In the 24 series that Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman have played together, this is the second-worst average for the team, next only to the average of 19.82 on the tour to Australia way back in 1999-2000.

  • For Australia, one of the biggest success stories of the series was Ricky Ponting. His tally of 544 runs was his highest in a series since the 2006-07 Ashes, when he scored 576 in five Tests. Overall, it's his third-highest aggregate in a series.

    S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo. Follow him on Twitter

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    • pcraju on January 30, 2012, 5:05 GMT

      India's bowling is not upto standards in overseas as usual which is expected. India have been dominating only through batting all the years. If the top indian batsmen who are world record holders cannot score a single hundred in eight innings, they have not prepared themselves to play in a seaming condition like in Australia. What were they doing when they were preparing for good amount of time before the 1st test started? Didnt they know how the ball would be bowled in Australian wickets? Were they still sticking to their traditional methods of batting and expected they can do the same thing everywhere? If they cannot bat according to the conditions abroad, how can we consider them world class batsmen? Most of the australian bowlers in this series were new to test cricket, I was glad when I saw that Lee, Johnson wont be there as part of their bowling unit. But these guys were better than them as well. All credit goes to the bowling coach McDermott. India need to give a deep thinking

    • drinks.break on January 29, 2012, 12:24 GMT

      @Daniel Broadbridge - run outs.

    • sawifan on January 29, 2012, 4:26 GMT

      @Arjun Calidas... u really need to give the whole 'if umpiring had have been better we would have won in AUS last time' theory a break. Its old, and unfounded. First of all, that Sydney test was lost in the end because u couldn't bat out an over of part time spin. 3 wkts to M Clarke in an over. Secondly, even if India had have won the Sydney test, who is to say they would have won in Perth, cos the mind sets of both teams would have been far different. It happened, India lost the series, deal with it! By continuing to look at past results, ur team will never look forward. After last years Ashes debacle, no one was pointing out the 5-0 white wash in 06/07, cos it was old news. Deal with ur short-comings now India, cos more pain will await you!

    • on January 29, 2012, 3:55 GMT

      Problems existed but selctors ignored, perhaps indian government has to puts hand down by removing selectors and send notice to shameless crickters playing for longevity of thier finance, needs to have skill set to play test cricket. ipl has become a circus for jokers playing real cricket. indian heart has been abused by this shameless performance. not even one is saying it was disgusting performance, the captain was poor batsman to lead, then good batsman like the senior trio forget with age reflexes slow down. should have quit, 2 years back. sehwag maybe good no-5 but not opener no more has to sent out either has not learnt to be responsible even after so many years playing.bowlers cant do justice when runs are trickle to defend and fielding by old grand pa's enjoying sleep.

    • drinks.break on January 29, 2012, 3:01 GMT

      @DavidJeyaraj, I thought the implication was clear enough, but I should have spelled it out more clearly: they got 3x300+ scores in total, 2 of which were also 600+.

    • jamrith on January 29, 2012, 1:14 GMT

      Gambhir wants "rank turners" in India; Nathan Lyon, Swann, Panesar,Vettori,Tahir et al would skittle out this Indian team, and if they had to face Ajmal, Rehman and Hafeez, the Test would last only 2 days. So, Gambhir, just accept that this team can not bat, bowl or field.

    • bolyston on January 29, 2012, 0:48 GMT

      Given that India had a worst back to back series of England and Aus, does BCCI do anything to have our teams play on fast pitches. Is it really difficult to have such mock pitches in India? BCCI should consider atleast to provide the Ranji teams and players to practice. It embrassing always when India loses miserably outside of the sub-continent...BCCI do something...

    • on January 28, 2012, 23:06 GMT

      world champions hahaha....

    • on January 28, 2012, 23:04 GMT

      news flash...............they can't field too.................

    • on January 28, 2012, 22:32 GMT

      India, India, INDIA ! This has been truly a terrible display and it does not seem to be getting any better. Game for game, player for player, coach for coach - we have been thoroughly beaten. Hats off to the Aussies, for a fantastic display of the game in every aspect, batting, bowling, fielding and captaincy. We need to completely overhaul the current structures in place in India. To be world number 1, means playing consistent cricket, all over the world. Australia have done this and SA come a near second. I have truly lost my drive to watch India, going down without a fight. The entire approach has been poor and to have legends in the side ... Time for India to put `stardom and petty politics' behind, groom a new group of young players, prepared to play passionately for country, and not just STARDOM, fame and money. The IPL has definately contributed to this poor show. Test cricket remains `the best test of bat and ball' and should be the ultimate challenge in cricket.

    • pcraju on January 30, 2012, 5:05 GMT

      India's bowling is not upto standards in overseas as usual which is expected. India have been dominating only through batting all the years. If the top indian batsmen who are world record holders cannot score a single hundred in eight innings, they have not prepared themselves to play in a seaming condition like in Australia. What were they doing when they were preparing for good amount of time before the 1st test started? Didnt they know how the ball would be bowled in Australian wickets? Were they still sticking to their traditional methods of batting and expected they can do the same thing everywhere? If they cannot bat according to the conditions abroad, how can we consider them world class batsmen? Most of the australian bowlers in this series were new to test cricket, I was glad when I saw that Lee, Johnson wont be there as part of their bowling unit. But these guys were better than them as well. All credit goes to the bowling coach McDermott. India need to give a deep thinking

    • drinks.break on January 29, 2012, 12:24 GMT

      @Daniel Broadbridge - run outs.

    • sawifan on January 29, 2012, 4:26 GMT

      @Arjun Calidas... u really need to give the whole 'if umpiring had have been better we would have won in AUS last time' theory a break. Its old, and unfounded. First of all, that Sydney test was lost in the end because u couldn't bat out an over of part time spin. 3 wkts to M Clarke in an over. Secondly, even if India had have won the Sydney test, who is to say they would have won in Perth, cos the mind sets of both teams would have been far different. It happened, India lost the series, deal with it! By continuing to look at past results, ur team will never look forward. After last years Ashes debacle, no one was pointing out the 5-0 white wash in 06/07, cos it was old news. Deal with ur short-comings now India, cos more pain will await you!

    • on January 29, 2012, 3:55 GMT

      Problems existed but selctors ignored, perhaps indian government has to puts hand down by removing selectors and send notice to shameless crickters playing for longevity of thier finance, needs to have skill set to play test cricket. ipl has become a circus for jokers playing real cricket. indian heart has been abused by this shameless performance. not even one is saying it was disgusting performance, the captain was poor batsman to lead, then good batsman like the senior trio forget with age reflexes slow down. should have quit, 2 years back. sehwag maybe good no-5 but not opener no more has to sent out either has not learnt to be responsible even after so many years playing.bowlers cant do justice when runs are trickle to defend and fielding by old grand pa's enjoying sleep.

    • drinks.break on January 29, 2012, 3:01 GMT

      @DavidJeyaraj, I thought the implication was clear enough, but I should have spelled it out more clearly: they got 3x300+ scores in total, 2 of which were also 600+.

    • jamrith on January 29, 2012, 1:14 GMT

      Gambhir wants "rank turners" in India; Nathan Lyon, Swann, Panesar,Vettori,Tahir et al would skittle out this Indian team, and if they had to face Ajmal, Rehman and Hafeez, the Test would last only 2 days. So, Gambhir, just accept that this team can not bat, bowl or field.

    • bolyston on January 29, 2012, 0:48 GMT

      Given that India had a worst back to back series of England and Aus, does BCCI do anything to have our teams play on fast pitches. Is it really difficult to have such mock pitches in India? BCCI should consider atleast to provide the Ranji teams and players to practice. It embrassing always when India loses miserably outside of the sub-continent...BCCI do something...

    • on January 28, 2012, 23:06 GMT

      world champions hahaha....

    • on January 28, 2012, 23:04 GMT

      news flash...............they can't field too.................

    • on January 28, 2012, 22:32 GMT

      India, India, INDIA ! This has been truly a terrible display and it does not seem to be getting any better. Game for game, player for player, coach for coach - we have been thoroughly beaten. Hats off to the Aussies, for a fantastic display of the game in every aspect, batting, bowling, fielding and captaincy. We need to completely overhaul the current structures in place in India. To be world number 1, means playing consistent cricket, all over the world. Australia have done this and SA come a near second. I have truly lost my drive to watch India, going down without a fight. The entire approach has been poor and to have legends in the side ... Time for India to put `stardom and petty politics' behind, groom a new group of young players, prepared to play passionately for country, and not just STARDOM, fame and money. The IPL has definately contributed to this poor show. Test cricket remains `the best test of bat and ball' and should be the ultimate challenge in cricket.

    • wagon_wheel on January 28, 2012, 21:06 GMT

      @Naveed Khan Ya ya.. India should be restricted to play only at home and Pakistan always outside home. India may or may not play well outside home but Pakistan does not allow outsiders to play at home. Ask Sri Lanka, they will tell you better

    • Rumy1 on January 28, 2012, 20:39 GMT

      The Test team for forthcoming home series should look like this....Wasim Jaffer, Rahane, S.Badrinath/C.Pujara, M.Kaif (Capt.), V.Kohli, Rohit Sharma, W.Saha /I.Khaleel (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.

    • Rumy1 on January 28, 2012, 20:38 GMT

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

    • Rumy1 on January 28, 2012, 20:35 GMT

      The Test team for forthcoming home series should look like this....Wasim Jaffer, Rahane, S.Badrinath/C.Pujara, M.Kaif (Capt.), V.Kohli, Rohit Sharma, W.Saha /I.Khaleel (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. 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.

    • Rumy1 on January 28, 2012, 20:33 GMT

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

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

      Mr Rajesh you are clearly a stats wizard. How about reconstructing the ICC points tables (Test and ODI) with a 50% bonus for away wins/draws? Would be a very interesting analysis say over the past two years. Would make a fascinating basis for a Cricinfo article. How about it ?

    • Vish213 on January 28, 2012, 18:25 GMT

      Sometimes they make me feel so frustrated. Why they are always defensive when playing so bad? Some of the players keep defending balls,untill they manage an lbw or edge. Specially Raina in England.What good are you doing to team by playing 50-60 balls and scoring 8-10 runs?? Secondly I don't understand why Indian fielders stand so away from Aussie batsman like they don't want them to score in boundaries-look the number and ease with which they score singles and let the pressure off them. Very contradictory, Aussie fileders stand very close to batsman,giving him lesser number of angles to score on. Indian batsman are not even scoring on the balls of spinners, HOW CAN YOU ONLY KEEP DEFENDING WHEN YOU HAVE 4-5 CLOS-IN FIELDERS of a spinner?? Are you waiting for your bat to give an edge or bat-pad catch to them??Unbelievable....

    • Vish213 on January 28, 2012, 18:16 GMT

      @DavidJeyaraj : I guess he meant 300 thrice,600 twice. ONE of the 300 crossings was 600 crossing too,so you should count it as(innings are inside angle brackets): <3>*300,<2>*600,,<1> inning is common in both. So total innings - 3+2-1

    • Romenevans on January 28, 2012, 17:46 GMT

      When i think about Indian Cricket, Passion and self respect, team above records, only one name comes in my mind, Anil Kumble. Rest all are suffering with a disease called "Selfishness"! Enough said.

    • on January 28, 2012, 17:33 GMT

      I agree we played really bad and I agree there needs to be soul searching and I can't understand Viru's answers. Its plain and simple that the Australians kicked our butt real hard. But asking for retirements of all seniors is not the answer. Of the new young brigade only Virat has come up with promise in Test arena. We have tried Yuvraj,and Raina and they did not capitalized on it yet. Pujara and Rohit should be brought in alternately in place of Laxman. Gautam Gambhir needs to get of the high horse and get back to training to improve his skills on handling the ball leaving away from him. Viru is Viru and he will never change but he may be better served in middle order on wickets providing swing. Need to seriously prepare the opening pair with test mentality and proper technique. Bowlers need to understand the test cricket and be consistant and be patient on bowling in the right channels. Umesh, Arron and Ishant can be good but need some brains on how to handle the pressure.

    • rsurya on January 28, 2012, 17:05 GMT

      If Indian batting lineup gets out for 190 then Australian batting line up is worth only 160, but our bowlers does not match their bowlers, so they score 600+. But our selector sees it as a batting failure. once they lost first 2 matches its all over. 3rd and 4th are just obligations to finish the series. one bowling spot with isharma is the loop hole they exploited and built on it. Still he is in the top list in selection.

    • dissapointed on January 28, 2012, 16:36 GMT

      India should be banned for a decade for destroying yet another Australian summer of cricket. Last time they cried and threatened to go home, this time they just wandered around the oval pretending to be athletes. Seriously, I hope CA finds some other teams to play, maybe Canada would be a better choice?

    • on January 28, 2012, 16:09 GMT

      Do we still have TEST PLAYING STATUS..........INDIA should loose the playing status.....

    • ansram on January 28, 2012, 15:59 GMT

      They can't field either. All "rounders", team India!

    • Drew12 on January 28, 2012, 15:21 GMT

      @DavidJeyaraj did you miss the term 'completed'. The point was that Australia only completed 4 innings (ie all 10 out - I haven't checked that but sounds about right) and made those totals.

    • on January 28, 2012, 15:13 GMT

      Just because I like statistics...in the 16 innings of the last eight Tests, India batted for 90+ overs eight times, but the maximum is only 110.5 (2nd inns in Sydney). Opposition bowlers have taken 4+ wickets in an innings sixteen times. Indian bowlers have conceded 100+ runs in an innings twenty times, eight of those also without taking a wicket. Opposition bowlers have only conceded 100+ runs four times in thse matches (but Swann was 6/106 at The Oval, and Hilfenhaus was 5/106 at SCG). For what it's worth...

    • USIndianFan on January 28, 2012, 14:16 GMT

      Probably Gambhir needs to be dropped for a series, maybe Sehwag too. Replace them with maybe not as talented openers, but make them hungry. Laxman needs to move on. Dravid may need to reassess himself. The coach needs to be changed. And Dhoni needs to be put on notice. Maybe drop him for a couple of series as Test captain and put in Kohli instead. We need a captain who can hold his players and himself accountable, and has some pride in himself (which Kohli seems to have). Try new bowlers. Give a chance to Pujara, who seemed pretty good. If Yuvraj recovers from his sickness (that tumor does not seem to be non-malignant the way he is treating it), bring him back.

      Ensure that there are at least 2-3 pitches in the country that are fast and have grass on them. Require them to be used at least for home games and require all test players to play quite a few matches on them as a criteria for selection.

    • BellCurve on January 28, 2012, 14:03 GMT

      Tendulkar and Dravid have a few Test records that their fans shouldn't be too proud of. Tendulkar has played in the most Test matches (125) which his team has failed to win. Tendulkar has played the most innings in which he failed to score fifty or more (195). Tendulkar has played the most innings in which he failed to score a century (260). Tendulkar has lost his wicket more than anyone else (279). Dravid has been bowled more than anyone else (55). Tendulkar has been caught more than anyone else (163). Tendulkar has been out LBW more than anyone else (59). Maybe it's time for this duo to call it a day?

    • on January 28, 2012, 13:38 GMT

      How can the Indian bowling average be more than the Australian batting average? Did they award runs to the umpires??

    • theswami on January 28, 2012, 13:35 GMT

      Drop Gambhir, Dravid, Laxman, Ishant, Vinay Kumar. Send Yadav on A team tours abroad rather than playing him in the ODIs. He must be up for the next test series 8 months away. Strip Dhoni off captaincy. Place Sehwag in the middle order. Blood Mukund,Shikhar Dhawan & Rahane for the opener's slot. Rohit Sharma must become a regular. Give Bist, Rituraj Singh, Pankaj Singh & YoMahesh a look in. Never again select Vinay Kumar or A.Mithun, even if You-Know-Who's Sports Management company says so..

    • Gizza on January 28, 2012, 13:32 GMT

      Why do you forget "can't field". All the people protecting Laxman and Dravid are forgetting that in particular.

    • anand1987283 on January 28, 2012, 12:50 GMT

      @Naveed Khan: Don't you think England should also be allowed to play only at his home (or in aus or sa where pitches assit only faster bowlers) looking at their current performance. They are as pathetic or even worse than India was in England.

    • amjadmayo on January 28, 2012, 12:42 GMT

      Learn for Pakistan team India......................

    • Ramesh_Joseph on January 28, 2012, 12:41 GMT

      Many times such defeats are also opportunities.

      Its time to blood youngsters into the side. While doing this, we may lose a few series or matches..but eventually it will pay-off, once these youngsters start playing well. Its better to invest in youngsters and lose a few rather than win a few at home and then become the laughing stock of the world when we go abroad.

      But does the Board and selectors have the guts to take a call or will they take the easy option and let things drift? Unfortunately, the various statements coming from the players or the Board does not give much hope.

    • Brusia67 on January 28, 2012, 12:20 GMT

      Firstly, my comiserations to Indian cricket fans, at the start of the series experts were split on who would win. I honestly think that if india had won or drawn in melbourne, they would have had a different outlook leading into Sydney and Perth. That said the main difference between the two teams was captancy, tactics and team spirit. Looking at his tactics onfield over the past 6 weeks, Doni seriously needs to go to captaincy 101. Team spirit starts with the captain, as do tactics and team belief In the last 12 months Australian Cricket has taken a long hard look at its self and swallowed the bitter pill, that medicine has stated to show on the field. Following the ashes defeat CA was in denial. Selectors and Management were saying they had done nothing wrong. The Argus report said otherwise. Mediocre performances off field led to mediocre performances onfield . Players need to learn to play in all conditions, not just on flat pitches and rank turners. You wont win overseas

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

      To add to the stats pointed out by drinks.break - During the entire series Australia lost 41 wickets for 2205 runs while India lost 80 wickets for 1787 runs - as simple as that ! Cringe cringe.......

    • Scube on January 28, 2012, 11:55 GMT

      @Usamah: Assuming that u r a Pak fan, I'm afraid my friend, ur team is giving a run for their money for the world's #1 team! So, the Board for Cremation of Cricket in India can't consider playing u during such miserable times! Zim just got bowled out twice in a day! So, they stand a good chance of facing India soon! After 1 or 2 hard fought victories against them, BD might be considered next! So, Pak needs to wait for few more years!

    • mamboman on January 28, 2012, 11:52 GMT

      How do your statistics explain India's pathetic lethargy in the field? Or the boneheaded captaincy of Dhoni and whoever was in charge of the last disaster? The ridiculous selections? How do statistics explain Sehwag's selfishness or the lack of courage in sending Ashwin out to the press conferences instead of those truly responsible? Statistic show the effect not the cause!

    • hmmmmm... on January 28, 2012, 11:32 GMT

      On these stats, Viru, you would have lost playing street cricket! What I'm wondering is how the statisticians could show the hapless attitude or denial shown by the Indian team?

    • on January 28, 2012, 11:10 GMT

      annus miserabilis does not mean one quits the business.. india no doubt has a major issue.. but even in the past 15 or so months, india performed exceedingly well in south africa, which is an alien country too.. in the past four years, india has won a series against england home and away.. the only team to do so.. if the umpiring had been better, india would have won in australia the last time around.. criticism for the sake of it should be avoided.. just because the majority thinks that ipl is ruining first class cricket does not mean it is true.. ipl is not the cause.. it is the law of averages and age catching up.. india is in a catch twenty two situation.. it cannot let the big three retire.. the people who fill in do not have half the talent that they possess even now... at the same time, they need to blood in youngsters.. i would hate to be in the selectors' shoes now.. they did a magnificent job until just a year back when india was at the top.. and one bad year, they are bad!!!

    • on January 28, 2012, 11:10 GMT

      i wonder whether bcci will consider hosting pakistan

    • DavidJeyaraj on January 28, 2012, 11:06 GMT

      @drinks.break: Can you please explain how a team can score 3x300+ and 2x600+ in 4 innings?

    • Sanj747 on January 28, 2012, 11:01 GMT

      Great stats and very revealing. Sehwag doesn't think there is a problem. Says it all. Have totally lost respect for Sehwag. Both him and Dhoni don't give a damn. I really hope India continue to crumble as there is a basic lack of respect for the game from the leadership.

    • sg05 on January 28, 2012, 10:33 GMT

      SELECTOR k.srikanth need to bring new decisions by send out ishant(8 foreign matches not taken atleast 8 wic),laxman,dhoni(in test only,avg in foreign pitch is worst) may be Gambhir too(struggling in short balls in foreign pitches) .Earlier days SELECTORS out non performance players but now its not happening so, after this series we believe selectors will make changes............

    • on January 28, 2012, 9:56 GMT

      "To score runs against such a good bowling line-up has been good"- Michael Clarke said during presentation. Everyone knows how true it is.

    • umairasgharbutt on January 28, 2012, 9:34 GMT

      haha world champions, keep the cup and keep losing !!

    • baksh1982 on January 28, 2012, 8:36 GMT

      Mr. Rajesh could you please email these facts to the Indian selectors. What more do you need than facts. It's the biggest proof atleast for failure.

    • drinks.break on January 28, 2012, 8:19 GMT

      And another damning stat: in 8 innings this series, India only managed to cross 200 three times; in 4 completed innings, Australia crossed 300 three times and 600 twice.

    • on January 28, 2012, 8:10 GMT

      India should be restricted to play Test Cricket only in Sub-Continent. This is mockery of Test Cricket. India lacks the skills and the ability to compete in Test Cricket outside the Sub-Continent. Why should the world wide Cricket fans of Test matches be subject to such abject mediocrity? We the fans want Test Cricket to be competitive. If it is not fought with skill and grit, then Test Cricket is boring. Indian Cricketers are making Test Cricket boring. ICC should take up the matter in next Board of Governors meeting that India should be limited to play Test Cricket on Sub-Continent pitches. It will Test Cricket more competitive and exciting. I urge global Cricket fans to write to ICC at its headquarters in Dubai.

    • CivilGaurav on January 28, 2012, 7:40 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.

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

      The biggest question of the series was: If Bangladesh had toured instead of India, would they have given such a bad performance and allowed Clarke to get a double and a triple century? I think not.

    • on January 28, 2012, 7:06 GMT

      Indian pitches are the most batsman friendly pitches in the world and add the lightning fast outfields to that. that's why indian batsman have high averages

    • on January 28, 2012, 6:57 GMT

      I want some more stats(Both AUS & ENG Series) like: 1.How many times India played 90 overs in their innings? 2.How many times india did not lose 4 or 5 wickets in one session while batting? 3.How many times Indian bowler went through with sessions without a single wicket? 4.How many time their top order batsman batted through at least 2 sessions? 5.How many runs India has conceded to tailenders and How many runs did Indian tailenders scored? 6.How many bowlers of Opposition team has taken 4 or 5 wickets? 7.How many times Indian Bowlers has conceded 100 or more runs in an inns.

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

      These stats only highlight the inability and inefficiency of this jaded team. But they have the next test match only after 9 months and that too in India. By that team they can win and the seniors will boost their declining average.

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

      These stats only highlight the inability and inefficiency of this jaded team. But they have the next test match only after 9 months and that too in India. By that team they can win and the seniors will boost their declining average.

    • on January 28, 2012, 6:57 GMT

      I want some more stats(Both AUS & ENG Series) like: 1.How many times India played 90 overs in their innings? 2.How many times india did not lose 4 or 5 wickets in one session while batting? 3.How many times Indian bowler went through with sessions without a single wicket? 4.How many time their top order batsman batted through at least 2 sessions? 5.How many runs India has conceded to tailenders and How many runs did Indian tailenders scored? 6.How many bowlers of Opposition team has taken 4 or 5 wickets? 7.How many times Indian Bowlers has conceded 100 or more runs in an inns.

    • on January 28, 2012, 7:06 GMT

      Indian pitches are the most batsman friendly pitches in the world and add the lightning fast outfields to that. that's why indian batsman have high averages

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

      The biggest question of the series was: If Bangladesh had toured instead of India, would they have given such a bad performance and allowed Clarke to get a double and a triple century? I think not.

    • CivilGaurav on January 28, 2012, 7:40 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.

    • on January 28, 2012, 8:10 GMT

      India should be restricted to play Test Cricket only in Sub-Continent. This is mockery of Test Cricket. India lacks the skills and the ability to compete in Test Cricket outside the Sub-Continent. Why should the world wide Cricket fans of Test matches be subject to such abject mediocrity? We the fans want Test Cricket to be competitive. If it is not fought with skill and grit, then Test Cricket is boring. Indian Cricketers are making Test Cricket boring. ICC should take up the matter in next Board of Governors meeting that India should be limited to play Test Cricket on Sub-Continent pitches. It will Test Cricket more competitive and exciting. I urge global Cricket fans to write to ICC at its headquarters in Dubai.

    • drinks.break on January 28, 2012, 8:19 GMT

      And another damning stat: in 8 innings this series, India only managed to cross 200 three times; in 4 completed innings, Australia crossed 300 three times and 600 twice.

    • baksh1982 on January 28, 2012, 8:36 GMT

      Mr. Rajesh could you please email these facts to the Indian selectors. What more do you need than facts. It's the biggest proof atleast for failure.

    • umairasgharbutt on January 28, 2012, 9:34 GMT

      haha world champions, keep the cup and keep losing !!

    • on January 28, 2012, 9:56 GMT

      "To score runs against such a good bowling line-up has been good"- Michael Clarke said during presentation. Everyone knows how true it is.