Australia v India, 4th Test, Adelaide, 5th day

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

S Rajesh

January 28, 2012

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VVS Laxman was caught behind off the bowling of Nathan Lyon, Australia v India, 4th Test, Adelaide, 3rd day, January 26, 2012
VVS Laxman's poor form contributed to what was the worst batting stats for India in a series in which their four big names all played in three or more Tests © Getty Images
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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.

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    Posted by 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

    Posted by drinks.break on (January 29, 2012, 12:24 GMT)

    @Daniel Broadbridge - run outs.

    Posted by 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!

    Posted by   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.

    Posted by 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+.

    Posted by 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.

    Posted by 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...

    Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 23:06 GMT)

    world champions hahaha....

    Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 23:04 GMT)

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

    Posted by   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.

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