Commonwealth Bank Series 2011-12 February 4, 2012

'I think we're favourites' - Clarke

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India won the World Cup last year and Sri Lanka were the runners-up, but Michael Clarke believes Australia deserve to be the favourites for the Commonwealth Bank Series, which starts on Sunday. Clarke is yet to lose a series as captain but the triangular contest looms as a different kind of challenge, and India's influx of new players after the Test debacle has given them some spark.

The series begins with Australia taking on India at the MCG, where MS Dhoni's men on Friday outplayed, and especially outfielded, Australia in the second Twenty20. It was the kind of energetic display that helped India to the World Cup title less than 12 months ago, but since then Australia have won all three ODI series they have played, giving Clarke hope that they can keep that record going.

"We're the No.1 one-day team in the world so I'd like to think that we're favourites," Clarke said. "But in saying that we have to be at our best. We have to play at our best to beat both these teams. They were both in the final of our most recent World Cup. We know the conditions very well in Australia and I'm confident if we play our best cricket we can win this series."

The Australians have gathered in Melbourne, with six members of the squad who were not part of the T20 outfit having spent time at home over the past few days: Clarke, Ricky Ponting, Michael Hussey, Mitchell Starc, Ryan Harris and the uncapped Peter Forrest. The inclusion of Forrest was one of the talking points in Australia's squad as they aimed for a mix of experience and youth, while Matthew Wade is also in line for his ODI debut.

Wade proved with his 72 opening the batting in the first T20, his 32 batting down the order in the second match and his athletic diving catch to remove Virat Kohli that he is not fazed by stepping up to international level, and he is likely to open with David Warner in the first ODI. That leaves Brad Haddin in a position of uncertainty, having missed the chance to impress with a big score in Friday's rained-out Prime Minister's XI match against Sri Lanka.

"The team has been picked for the first three games," Clarke said. "I think the selectors will talk throughout these first three games before they select the team for the next group of matches. Hadds just needs to get back scoring runs and keeping well, continue to play the way he plays. There's been a lot of talk about it. I don't think Brad's that bothered about it. He knows what he has to do - put numbers on the board and I'm sure he'll get another opportunity.

"I think guys have been picked on performance. I think the guys in the team have either performed for their state or for Australia and have been given an opportunity. In the back of your mind you do need to continue to look forward, but it's important especially against these two teams that we play our best cricket and concentrate on what's in front of us."

For now, that's a match against India in Melbourne on Sunday, followed by their first clash with Sri Lanka in Perth on Friday and then another battle with India in Adelaide two days later.

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

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  • POSTED BY Nandika on | February 7, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    i think aussies have good chance to win this cup but not easy beacuse they lost last time to sri lanka 2-1 ODI series at home.mentally they are afraid to sri lankans. sri lankans and australia are favoirites but graet battle.well according to me indians are not good enogh to play fast and bouce green wickets look at their last two series 4-0 twice.i think SL VS AUS final show to prove who are the best team to win this cup.i think NO 1 test team is australia because they can win matches on any condition any wicket.look at eng they lost to pak.SA they will sure lost to sri lanka if they play in srilankan pitches.

  • POSTED BY SL_Cric on | February 5, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    As a Sri Lanken, to me it's very strange to see Mahela as captain. Mahela havent played well for last tenths and because of his place in the team was FAIl, we lost many matches. We had a 39 years old LoW SCoring record during South Africa tour...But Once the MAHELA was dropped from the team for last TWO matches we started to WIN...We won last TWO matches by scoring 300+ TWICE...now Mahela again has come back to the TEAM...now we can EXPECT FAILIERS to continue...BAD TIME again for SRI LANKA.

  • POSTED BY randikaayya on | February 5, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    Whatever the outcome, a cracker of a tournament awaits... May the best team win! Goodluck to my Sri Lanka and Maiya!

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    I dun think so aussies are the fav's... youngsters are back... so india with the full power in batting, bowling n fielding is gonna make tough for both oz's n srilankans.. n moreover there is cycological advantage for india as they registered their series win last time they played in australia...!!

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | February 5, 2012, 4:37 GMT

    @ramesh dharshana parera . keep dreaming .

  • POSTED BY contactmhatre on | February 5, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    Oh yeah! The Oz are favorites, as they have good options in every department. Indians are playing a gamble with ugly spinners on a bouncy land.

  • POSTED BY eyballfallenout on | February 5, 2012, 3:10 GMT

    WHATS REFRESHING FOR ME IS WE NOW HAVE SL FANS ON THE BOARD. The comments are fair, honest and respectful to the other teams. Good luck Sri Lanka and your fans.

  • POSTED BY maxximoo on | February 5, 2012, 2:38 GMT

    time for some facts! IND are #2 ODI side according to ICC world rankings and a long way behind AUS (130/117). SL are #4. #3 are RSA. I agree it would be an awesome quadrangular with them here. Indian fans - keep chanting 'world champs' with all your might while you can! Next world cup in AUS and i dont think BCCI has quite enough power to force ICC to let you play your matches at home this time. I doubt you will make the finals. Enjoy your short stay at the top :P. meanwhile lets see some good competitive cricket from all 3 pleeeease!

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2012, 1:52 GMT

    India's performance depends on 2 factors 1)Opening partnership (need gambhir & sachin to open ,kholi,shewag,dhoni,raina,jadeja ,irfan,ashwin,zaheer,vinay or rahul sharma or praveen kumar , 2) Opening bowling (first 15 overs) no freebies {short and wide} as warner anyway is a player who can destroy any bowling and ashwin needs to use all his skills to apply pressure bowling tight, we need wickets in first 15 to put pressure .If shewag/raina fails in 2-3 matches then rohit sharma gets chance,jadeja will be effective against aussies not so against lanka,

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2012, 0:03 GMT

    Sri Lanka vs Aus final with Sri Lanka winning the tournament

  • POSTED BY Nandika on | February 7, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    i think aussies have good chance to win this cup but not easy beacuse they lost last time to sri lanka 2-1 ODI series at home.mentally they are afraid to sri lankans. sri lankans and australia are favoirites but graet battle.well according to me indians are not good enogh to play fast and bouce green wickets look at their last two series 4-0 twice.i think SL VS AUS final show to prove who are the best team to win this cup.i think NO 1 test team is australia because they can win matches on any condition any wicket.look at eng they lost to pak.SA they will sure lost to sri lanka if they play in srilankan pitches.

  • POSTED BY SL_Cric on | February 5, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    As a Sri Lanken, to me it's very strange to see Mahela as captain. Mahela havent played well for last tenths and because of his place in the team was FAIl, we lost many matches. We had a 39 years old LoW SCoring record during South Africa tour...But Once the MAHELA was dropped from the team for last TWO matches we started to WIN...We won last TWO matches by scoring 300+ TWICE...now Mahela again has come back to the TEAM...now we can EXPECT FAILIERS to continue...BAD TIME again for SRI LANKA.

  • POSTED BY randikaayya on | February 5, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    Whatever the outcome, a cracker of a tournament awaits... May the best team win! Goodluck to my Sri Lanka and Maiya!

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    I dun think so aussies are the fav's... youngsters are back... so india with the full power in batting, bowling n fielding is gonna make tough for both oz's n srilankans.. n moreover there is cycological advantage for india as they registered their series win last time they played in australia...!!

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | February 5, 2012, 4:37 GMT

    @ramesh dharshana parera . keep dreaming .

  • POSTED BY contactmhatre on | February 5, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    Oh yeah! The Oz are favorites, as they have good options in every department. Indians are playing a gamble with ugly spinners on a bouncy land.

  • POSTED BY eyballfallenout on | February 5, 2012, 3:10 GMT

    WHATS REFRESHING FOR ME IS WE NOW HAVE SL FANS ON THE BOARD. The comments are fair, honest and respectful to the other teams. Good luck Sri Lanka and your fans.

  • POSTED BY maxximoo on | February 5, 2012, 2:38 GMT

    time for some facts! IND are #2 ODI side according to ICC world rankings and a long way behind AUS (130/117). SL are #4. #3 are RSA. I agree it would be an awesome quadrangular with them here. Indian fans - keep chanting 'world champs' with all your might while you can! Next world cup in AUS and i dont think BCCI has quite enough power to force ICC to let you play your matches at home this time. I doubt you will make the finals. Enjoy your short stay at the top :P. meanwhile lets see some good competitive cricket from all 3 pleeeease!

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2012, 1:52 GMT

    India's performance depends on 2 factors 1)Opening partnership (need gambhir & sachin to open ,kholi,shewag,dhoni,raina,jadeja ,irfan,ashwin,zaheer,vinay or rahul sharma or praveen kumar , 2) Opening bowling (first 15 overs) no freebies {short and wide} as warner anyway is a player who can destroy any bowling and ashwin needs to use all his skills to apply pressure bowling tight, we need wickets in first 15 to put pressure .If shewag/raina fails in 2-3 matches then rohit sharma gets chance,jadeja will be effective against aussies not so against lanka,

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2012, 0:03 GMT

    Sri Lanka vs Aus final with Sri Lanka winning the tournament

  • POSTED BY on | February 4, 2012, 21:58 GMT

    Sri Lanka will hardly win 1 or 2 games. India have a lot of good young cricketers who can win this tourny!

  • POSTED BY Just_Do_It_Now on | February 4, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    Lets be realistic......Aussies are in no way favorites !! Remember the last time India played a one-day series here & India crushed Aussies 2-0 in the Best of Three Finals. 3rd final was not necessiated. Sri Lankans are solid too..!! They've scored 300+ in last 2 one dayers at SA. I put India & SL as favorites to play best of the 3 finals. Aussies...keep watching..!

  • POSTED BY foursandsixes on | February 4, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    India is going to put up a better show without aging seniors like RD and VVSL, and in form batters like Rohit and Virat. Aussies will have to eat dirt.

  • POSTED BY Sagay-Ed on | February 4, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    @IAS2009 India didn't have their full strength when they played ODI series in England. They were competitive enough to take the game close enough, but were missing it by not big margins as in test matches. Dont forget India won their last tri-series in Aus by winning the finals 2-0. You will get the your answers soon. Dont worry...

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | February 4, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    Sri Lanka lost to India in the WC final but that was played in India. Lankans should be the favourites to play in the final with Australia. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • POSTED BY rapidchase88 on | February 4, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    Well!! India have got enough kick in the last t20. One days are different games. There are field restrictions and power plays. Bouncy balls can be juicy if they hook or pull properly. India have got enough experience in these 40 days tour to understand about the pitches. I think now they can play better in shorter game with more youngsters. Though Sri Lankans are in a good nick, for them it takes more time to understand these pitches, as they just entered without much practice, washed way practice match also. I don't surprice if wounded Indians backing by young champions get into the finals or back home with CUP.

  • POSTED BY Raja.krishna on | February 4, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    Ravindra Jadeja will make it big.. Sachin struggles. Sehwag and Ghambir.. less said better..

  • POSTED BY Kyle_Jones235 on | February 4, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    Australia are favourites undoubtedly. Sl will have to fight hard.

    The key is Mahela Jayawardne, a lot of the pressure is fixated on him. He has been pinned with rebuilding the broken down Sri Lankan leadership. Not only that, his form with the bat has been very poor of late. Since he is an integral part of the middle order, and a symbol of stability, he must find batting form if SL want a successful tour.

    Dilshan has to improve his mental game. He will have to ignore the distractions concerning the past, and put all his efforts into reviving the role he had in the team before captaincy.

    I don't see spin having a huge role in this tour. India ofcourse are skilled at handling it, and I am sure the Aussies will produce fast, green pitches considering they are facing two subcontinent teams. Sadly, in my eyes the Sri lankan team lacks the pace needed to trouble these batsmen. Ofcourse there is Malinga but nowadays relying on one speedster alone just isn't enough against top teams.

  • POSTED BY on | February 4, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    And GreenTeam-Elite should realise we have played on green tops and won,don't forget the last CB series and win in perth test ,if not for bucknor i think sydney test would have been drawn. Don't forget the same Indian team with younger versions of these stalwarts were the only team to challenge Aussies in thier prime.Never forget that.They may the ghosts of their old selves but they batted in all conditions and proved themselves and have nothing to prove to anyone.They can bow out of the game their heads held high. We played against a better aussie team than this one last time around and the ageing stalwarts will be replaced by talented youngsters.All three teams are closely matched.

  • POSTED BY Ianbaggygreen on | February 4, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    @Ayush Raman - Brydon was making reference to Australia's 3 ODI series post-World Cup vs Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and South Africa. Therefore his facts are correct. Hope the Green & Gold can further stamp there authority as the number 1 ODI side, while it will be good to see if India can justify their World Cup title in a series with two strong limited overs sides. Best wishes to Clarkey and the boys.

  • POSTED BY Drew12 on | February 4, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    @wake_up_india the area within the box in a box plot covers the 50th percent of data and in a normal distribution the 50th percentile is at the centre of the bell curve but that distribution is based on a number of assumptions. I don't feel any are violated in the case of a batsmans average so that is fine. Incorrectly you state 'Note that "median score" is the score reached by the batsman 50% of time'' yet the median is the middle. If there are 11 data points the median would be the 6th. If 10, the median is the average of the 5th and 6th points. The median is only a more usefull stat than mean if there is a good deal of leverage involved. Had you looked at Cook's D before posting?

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | February 4, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    India has a bunch of keen youngsters who will boost its fielding. Also in Rahul Sharma, India has a talented wrist spinner who will exploit the Aussie weakness against leg spin.The selection of team bowlers is critical factor. In the tests, Aussies did not play against Jadeja or Rahul, both specialist bowlers in short formats.ZAK & Praveen are both good with the new ball. Ashwin is likely to be the 5th bowler. Clarke may be riding on his triumphant Test results, he is likely to face a different looking Indian bowling.The Indian batting however needs to gross improvement for India to do well. The top 6 batsmen will have only one newcomer in either Raina or Rohit Sharma. Clarke is basing his team's favourites status on success of his pacemen. It is widely expected that Tendulkar& Sehwag - only 2 double centurians in ODI - will rise to the occasion.If they do the Aussie all pace attack will be severely exposed.It won't be walk in the park for the Aussies, much as Clarke wishes & hopes!

  • POSTED BY criclanka on | February 4, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    watch out sri lankan team is well balanced and has MJ, the best captain. good luck sri lanka.

  • POSTED BY GreenTeam-Elite on | February 4, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    No Doubt about that Australians are the Most Favourite Side in this Tri Series. I Think without Emotions Australia and Sri Lanka will Play Final for this Tri Series because Sri Lanka can Play better then India on Green top Pitches. No Doubt India Played well in Second t20 match but don't forget that almost 80% Australian Players were New in an International t20 Series!!! Well I Feel Indian People Should be Realistic!!! They Should Accept that Indian Team can not Play well on Green top Pitches.

  • POSTED BY IAS2009 on | February 4, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    really, India will play like world champions, that is what i heard in England's ODI in England. The phrase should be "India will play like world Champion in India (only)" since they win WC in India. the bouncy pitches will not make it easy to play through the line every ball on front foot, that is possible in India only. It will be good to see how Inidan top order handle the rising ball.

  • POSTED BY on | February 4, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    @ zenboomerang The series last season between Aus and Eng that you mentioned Ponting did not play in that series. Clarke captained the first 6 games and White Captained the last game.

  • POSTED BY CSI_R2C on | February 4, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Don't forget about the SRILANKA,They have chased 300+ score in the last 2 games against south africa.Also they got few young lads & because of that they have a good combination in the team.Obviously Aus will be the favourites & SL will meet them in the final.This time SL will be not done the mistake which they had done against IND in the WC final...

  • POSTED BY agupta429 on | February 4, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    I feel a void in this series though. I REALLYYY wish South Africa was involved in this to make it an Epic quadrangular :D

  • POSTED BY jplterrors on | February 4, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    lol jonesy2 the best side is more consistent and dosent always find themselves 22-9, best side atm NZ

  • POSTED BY Sagay-Ed on | February 4, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    Aussies will see a different Indian team in the tri-series. India will play like champions with their full strength team (only Yuvraj is missing).

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | February 4, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    @Hiran Lakmal Panditha... Agree - no country is outright favorite in this series... SL always turn up to play in Oz & love their attacking spirit... SL won the last series (2010) played here 2-1 with Malinga batting magnificantly in the 1st game at the MCG - never forget that innings (& the loss for us)... Oz only managed to win the last game by bringing in Starc & McKay (who were match winners) & not bowling S Smith... A great series to watch...

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | February 4, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    @Ayush Raman... Re: the last 3 series - you are missing the point... The last 3 ODI series since he became captain in 2011... Bang v Aus 0-3, SL v Aus 2-3, SA v Aus 1-2... All away from home... Last at home ODI series Aus v Eng 6-1 with Ponting captain...

  • POSTED BY on | February 4, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    honestly austrilla will always be the favorites, because they play with different teams and change it up, but if somone from india team is reading this, you can compete if you choose the following team, 1. tendulkar 2.sehwag 3.gambir 4.kohli 5.rohit sharma 6.suresh raina/praveen kumar 7.dhoni 8.ravidera jadeja 9.Irfan pathan 10. ashwin 11.yadav

    this basically gives you like a 10 person batting line up. and two fast bowlers and spinning options as well. if you want 3 fast bowlers take raini out, since jadeja gives a spinning option, plus great fielder.

  • POSTED BY Brutha_Moss on | February 4, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    @ Ayush Raman. Your stats may indeed be accurate but have you failed to read the sentence in it's entirety. When Bryan Coverdale says 'since then' he is referring to the 2011 world cup, he is talking about all ODI series played by Australia since last year's cup, not tri-series.

  • POSTED BY on | February 4, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    Since WC 2011 no country had a great success in their tours. But Australia had some decent tours in SL and SA. In SL they have won both test & ODI series,lost both T20s.In SA won the ODI series & squared the test series.Aftr Ozs Sri Lankans are the better tourists so far.see the stats.. In England they were defeated by 1-0 of 3 match series in the early summer, Indians were thrashed 4-0 in late summer,In ODIs they were defeated as 3-2 as 5th was very close encounter, aftr that Indians were defeated 4-0 in rain effected series. In SA, SL won a test match and ended up test series with 2-1, we all know what happened in ODIs same as Engalnd,Their only comprehensive defeat came against Pak in ODI series.No other country had much tours than SL,Oz and IND.Yes NZ had a gud run, but most of them played against minnows.I think the Tri-seris is wide open for all three teams.but Oz & SL are much ahead than Ind,If Ind try hard for their potential can come in to the final.Oz is nt the only fav..

  • POSTED BY on | February 4, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    I am sorry to say Brydon Coverdale but your statistics about the Commonwealth Tri series are wrong. As you said "..but since then Australia have won all three ODI series they have played, giving Clarke hope that they can keep that record going." India has won the tri-series in 2008. Australia hasn't won the tri series since 2006 and England won in 2007 after their 5-0 ashes wash out. Also India has played 6 ODI tri-series since it started in 1980 and Australia has won 5 of them.

  • POSTED BY on | February 4, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    dont under estimate lions..let see what will happen..

  • POSTED BY on | February 4, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    Yes Pup... in your backyard you ARE the favorites. You don't need a post secondary degree to figure that one out. Besides India would be more than happy to play as underdogs. Knowing Dhoni the captain he would certainly welcome such a tag. India are better off as underdogs. It's that tag that made them win the inaugural T20 world cup in '07. It's that same tag that made them win the previous CB series in '08. So Pup yeah go on and wear that favorites tag with pride buddy. We shall see how it all pans out. Oh and don't forget there is a third team in SL who can also share the favorites tag along with you. No thanks, India are UNDERDOGS now and they should be just fine with that.

  • POSTED BY wake_up_india on | February 4, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    It was a different Indian team that played the last T20 match. The fewer members of the Test team that are in the remaining matches the better. Incidentally, I ran some stat analyses on different players considered to be "good batsmen" and found, quite surprisingly, that their career-wide median scores and other statistics are amazingly similar inspite of very different playing styles -- with one exception, Bradman, who stands out. Here are the results.

    Net Median Prob. < 10 Prob. > 100 Tendulkar 15470 34 0.23 0.16 Sehwag 7821 31 0.24 0.13 Dravid 13288 33 0.24 0.13 Ponting 13200 31 0.24 0.15 Bradman 6996 56.5 0.18 0.36

    Note that "median score" is the score reached by the batsman 50% of time. You might expect Sehwag, to have a much lower median than Tendulkar or Dravid but that is not true. Thus career-wide stats may not be a good indicator of a batsman's performance in the next match. Perhaps a statistic over some recent number of matches, i.e. form, is more relevant.

  • POSTED BY ajayrcs on | February 4, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    Favourites not at all carrying some useless bowlers can't make a team favourite bowlers like Daniel Christian and Brett Lee who are below average bowlers. every one pointing at Haddin's retirement what about Brett retirement its now or never. he looked so easy to hit for six. Why Hlifenhaus not included in squad?

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | February 4, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    obviously, australia are the number one side by so far its embarrassing for any other country.

  • POSTED BY SLfan on | February 4, 2012, 3:45 GMT

    I really love to see this Aussie side doing well in this series because they are not arrogant yet attacking. They are not over reactive when a wicket is fallen yet they celebrate it with great fun. They don't put up thousands of excuses when they lost, but simply they give credit to the opposition. Also their current captain is a gentleman and always play the game with right spirit....Good luck to the Aussies as well, but really want to see Sri Lanka winning the series.

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  • POSTED BY SLfan on | February 4, 2012, 3:45 GMT

    I really love to see this Aussie side doing well in this series because they are not arrogant yet attacking. They are not over reactive when a wicket is fallen yet they celebrate it with great fun. They don't put up thousands of excuses when they lost, but simply they give credit to the opposition. Also their current captain is a gentleman and always play the game with right spirit....Good luck to the Aussies as well, but really want to see Sri Lanka winning the series.

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | February 4, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    obviously, australia are the number one side by so far its embarrassing for any other country.

  • POSTED BY ajayrcs on | February 4, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    Favourites not at all carrying some useless bowlers can't make a team favourite bowlers like Daniel Christian and Brett Lee who are below average bowlers. every one pointing at Haddin's retirement what about Brett retirement its now or never. he looked so easy to hit for six. Why Hlifenhaus not included in squad?

  • POSTED BY wake_up_india on | February 4, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    It was a different Indian team that played the last T20 match. The fewer members of the Test team that are in the remaining matches the better. Incidentally, I ran some stat analyses on different players considered to be "good batsmen" and found, quite surprisingly, that their career-wide median scores and other statistics are amazingly similar inspite of very different playing styles -- with one exception, Bradman, who stands out. Here are the results.

    Net Median Prob. < 10 Prob. > 100 Tendulkar 15470 34 0.23 0.16 Sehwag 7821 31 0.24 0.13 Dravid 13288 33 0.24 0.13 Ponting 13200 31 0.24 0.15 Bradman 6996 56.5 0.18 0.36

    Note that "median score" is the score reached by the batsman 50% of time. You might expect Sehwag, to have a much lower median than Tendulkar or Dravid but that is not true. Thus career-wide stats may not be a good indicator of a batsman's performance in the next match. Perhaps a statistic over some recent number of matches, i.e. form, is more relevant.

  • POSTED BY on | February 4, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    Yes Pup... in your backyard you ARE the favorites. You don't need a post secondary degree to figure that one out. Besides India would be more than happy to play as underdogs. Knowing Dhoni the captain he would certainly welcome such a tag. India are better off as underdogs. It's that tag that made them win the inaugural T20 world cup in '07. It's that same tag that made them win the previous CB series in '08. So Pup yeah go on and wear that favorites tag with pride buddy. We shall see how it all pans out. Oh and don't forget there is a third team in SL who can also share the favorites tag along with you. No thanks, India are UNDERDOGS now and they should be just fine with that.

  • POSTED BY on | February 4, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    dont under estimate lions..let see what will happen..

  • POSTED BY on | February 4, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    I am sorry to say Brydon Coverdale but your statistics about the Commonwealth Tri series are wrong. As you said "..but since then Australia have won all three ODI series they have played, giving Clarke hope that they can keep that record going." India has won the tri-series in 2008. Australia hasn't won the tri series since 2006 and England won in 2007 after their 5-0 ashes wash out. Also India has played 6 ODI tri-series since it started in 1980 and Australia has won 5 of them.

  • POSTED BY on | February 4, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    Since WC 2011 no country had a great success in their tours. But Australia had some decent tours in SL and SA. In SL they have won both test & ODI series,lost both T20s.In SA won the ODI series & squared the test series.Aftr Ozs Sri Lankans are the better tourists so far.see the stats.. In England they were defeated by 1-0 of 3 match series in the early summer, Indians were thrashed 4-0 in late summer,In ODIs they were defeated as 3-2 as 5th was very close encounter, aftr that Indians were defeated 4-0 in rain effected series. In SA, SL won a test match and ended up test series with 2-1, we all know what happened in ODIs same as Engalnd,Their only comprehensive defeat came against Pak in ODI series.No other country had much tours than SL,Oz and IND.Yes NZ had a gud run, but most of them played against minnows.I think the Tri-seris is wide open for all three teams.but Oz & SL are much ahead than Ind,If Ind try hard for their potential can come in to the final.Oz is nt the only fav..

  • POSTED BY Brutha_Moss on | February 4, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    @ Ayush Raman. Your stats may indeed be accurate but have you failed to read the sentence in it's entirety. When Bryan Coverdale says 'since then' he is referring to the 2011 world cup, he is talking about all ODI series played by Australia since last year's cup, not tri-series.

  • POSTED BY on | February 4, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    honestly austrilla will always be the favorites, because they play with different teams and change it up, but if somone from india team is reading this, you can compete if you choose the following team, 1. tendulkar 2.sehwag 3.gambir 4.kohli 5.rohit sharma 6.suresh raina/praveen kumar 7.dhoni 8.ravidera jadeja 9.Irfan pathan 10. ashwin 11.yadav

    this basically gives you like a 10 person batting line up. and two fast bowlers and spinning options as well. if you want 3 fast bowlers take raini out, since jadeja gives a spinning option, plus great fielder.