Australia v India, CB Series, Adelaide February 11, 2012

Clarke aims to keep hold over India

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Match facts

February 12, Adelaide
Start time 1350 (0320 GMT)

Big Picture

The triangular series roadshow rolls into Adelaide on Sunday, when Australia and India meet for the second time. Already Australia have jumped clear on top of the table thanks to victories in their first two games, while India are on the board having beaten Sri Lanka in Perth. Not that either team was that convincing against Sri Lanka at the WACA; Australia's batsmen struggled and India made hard work of a chase that should not have been too tricky. Adelaide Oval should provide the bats men with more comfort.

Australia have taken the opportunity to rest Michael Hussey, which should mean Peter Forrest will makes his debut at a venue he has enjoyed, at least in the longer format - he has two first-class centuries and an average of 65.14 at Adelaide Oval. Mitchell Marsh could provide some excitement if he is included. The captain Michael Clarke said after Friday's victory that while it was hard to change a winning side, it was also important to give opportunities to players, so Marsh and Forrest will both be firmly in the mix.

India are still searching for their first win over a Clarke-led side on this tour, their only victory over Australia having come in a Twenty20. The short turnaround for the hosts, who were due to arrive in Adelaide the night before the game, could work in India's favour.

Form guide

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In the spotlight

The WACA is not known as a spinner's pitch but Xavier Doherty certainly enjoyed bowling there on Friday night. He turned the ball, at times immensely, and picked up 2 for 24 from his ten overs. "He was outstanding once again," Michael Clarke said after the game. "He continues to be a very good consistent performer for us. He can bowl in the Powerplay, he's spinning the ball, I think he's an important player for us and he's continuing to do a good job."

Like Doherty, R Ashwin enjoyed bowling at the WACA against Sri Lanka, where he took 3 for 32. Adelaide Oval should also offer some assistance for the slow bowlers, although they must be careful not to drop short, given the small boundaries square of the wicket.

Team news

Australia will rest Michael Hussey, who was to remain in Perth, and Ben Hilfenhaus has also been released from the squad. Mitchell Marsh will join the group after playing in Western Australia's Sheffield Shield match during the week, although it's unlikely he and Daniel Christian will both play. Hussey's absence means Peter Forrest is almost a certainty to make his debut.

Australia (possible) 1 David Warner, 2 Matthew Wade (wk), 3 Ricky Ponting, 4 Michael Clarke (capt), 5 David Hussey, 6 Peter Forrest, 7 Daniel Christian/Mitchell Marsh, 8 Ryan Harris, 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Xavier Doherty, 11 Clint McKay.

India's rotation policy has meant changes in the top order, but a team spokesman said the policy was not rigid and the primary aim was to qualify for the finals. That could mean an unchanged outfit after their success against Sri Lanka.

India (possible) 1 Virender Sehwag, 2 Sachin Tendulkar, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Rohit Sharma, 5 Suresh Raina, 6 MS Dhoni (capt, wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Vinay Kumar, 10 Praveen Kumar, 11 Zaheer Khan.

Pitch and conditions

The Adelaide Oval surface is always good for batting. That said, Victoria batted first in a Ryobi Cup match there last week and were bowled out for 123. The forecast for Sunday is for a partly cloudy day with a top of 26C.

Stats and trivia

  • Australia and India have met in four ODIs at Adelaide Oval, all of which have been won by Australia
  • Australia's attack is so inexperienced at this level that their leading ODI wicket-taker is Michael Clarke with 53

Quotes

"The feeling in the group is really good. We're showing that we know how to win games of cricket, which is good and means guys are confident."
Michael Clarke

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

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  • Babloo3544 on February 12, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    Whatever the India combination be, India is nicely poised for another loss!

  • CricketFanInLosAngles on February 12, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    As usual Irfan will noto be selected. Seems Dhoni has been having some problem with Irfan for years. Also, rotation should be applied to Gautham and Sehwag. These two are failures in Australia anyway. Tendulkar should be in 11 always.

  • Hold_the_line on February 12, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    Posted by Hold_the_line on (February 11 2012, 06:57 AM GMT) Aus to win the toss, bat first, and win by 32 runs. Warner to win man of the match.

    So far, so good...

  • Hold_the_line on February 12, 2012, 2:59 GMT

    One thing which i do agree on in these threads is that there certainly is not a side in world cricket atm that can compare to the Aus of 1990s 2000s - there is no true world class side that dominates consistently over a prolonged period. What i believe we will see occur over the next 2 years is that the foundational cricketing structure within the countries will determine which ones field very strong sides and eventually one team will emerge from the pack. The debate that is raging over which team wins at home or away more than others has less bearing on what the future holds, than the quality, structure and productivity of that nations domestic cricket competition. A national side such as Aus in 2007/8 that looses its generation of stars and has to rebuild will always fall back to the pack, until a new generation get thier eye in. The pressure on todays national sides to perform immediate is absolutely rediculous. Consider Tendulkar who went more than 70 innings before his first ton.

  • on February 12, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    i am surprised that sewag is still kept as opener despite a consistent failiure. can we not get one good young opener out of 100 crore population. the same issue is applicable to dhoni. i remember in one of the on going match venkatraghavan was captain and he was made 12th man in next match. kapil was dropped in one match for rash batting. this sort of hard decisions are hard to hear in modern cricket

  • on February 12, 2012, 2:21 GMT

    indians are gonna win today.......ideal team india :sehwag,sachin,gambhir,virat,dhoni,jadeja,ashwin,pathan,praveen,zaheer

  • on February 12, 2012, 2:16 GMT

    if i am the couch of indian team i promise india will win 70% of thay all games 100% keep my words

  • on February 12, 2012, 1:59 GMT

    please bring Irfan pathan in place of ravinder jadeja and rahul sharma in place of praveen kumar.....!!!dhoni r u listening?

  • cosmos_kapil on February 12, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    Witnessing team India performance so far one can conclude that only some guys can play in that condition, and when the opponent is Australia it is rather more difficult. Where in the test series Indian players seems to be very keen for doing shopping individually and with family rather than to focus on practice or analyzing the weakness of opponents, the story of ODI's is not with too much difference either. Where in the 1st gave we witnessed they have no strategy whatsoever and leaked runs after the rain and fail to continue the pre-rain bowling. In the 2nd game even a meager total of 230 odd was hardly achieved. Only Virat and Ashwin are seems to be giving justice to their status. Ashwin seems to be more technically sound batsman compared to other so called specialists "batsmen". I think Indian team is most feared of losing a match and because of this they don't want to change however it doesn't has any effect on result. I think Pathan should be given a chance in place of Sachin.

  • on February 12, 2012, 1:48 GMT

    bring irfan and drop praveen kumar

  • Babloo3544 on February 12, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    Whatever the India combination be, India is nicely poised for another loss!

  • CricketFanInLosAngles on February 12, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    As usual Irfan will noto be selected. Seems Dhoni has been having some problem with Irfan for years. Also, rotation should be applied to Gautham and Sehwag. These two are failures in Australia anyway. Tendulkar should be in 11 always.

  • Hold_the_line on February 12, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    Posted by Hold_the_line on (February 11 2012, 06:57 AM GMT) Aus to win the toss, bat first, and win by 32 runs. Warner to win man of the match.

    So far, so good...

  • Hold_the_line on February 12, 2012, 2:59 GMT

    One thing which i do agree on in these threads is that there certainly is not a side in world cricket atm that can compare to the Aus of 1990s 2000s - there is no true world class side that dominates consistently over a prolonged period. What i believe we will see occur over the next 2 years is that the foundational cricketing structure within the countries will determine which ones field very strong sides and eventually one team will emerge from the pack. The debate that is raging over which team wins at home or away more than others has less bearing on what the future holds, than the quality, structure and productivity of that nations domestic cricket competition. A national side such as Aus in 2007/8 that looses its generation of stars and has to rebuild will always fall back to the pack, until a new generation get thier eye in. The pressure on todays national sides to perform immediate is absolutely rediculous. Consider Tendulkar who went more than 70 innings before his first ton.

  • on February 12, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    i am surprised that sewag is still kept as opener despite a consistent failiure. can we not get one good young opener out of 100 crore population. the same issue is applicable to dhoni. i remember in one of the on going match venkatraghavan was captain and he was made 12th man in next match. kapil was dropped in one match for rash batting. this sort of hard decisions are hard to hear in modern cricket

  • on February 12, 2012, 2:21 GMT

    indians are gonna win today.......ideal team india :sehwag,sachin,gambhir,virat,dhoni,jadeja,ashwin,pathan,praveen,zaheer

  • on February 12, 2012, 2:16 GMT

    if i am the couch of indian team i promise india will win 70% of thay all games 100% keep my words

  • on February 12, 2012, 1:59 GMT

    please bring Irfan pathan in place of ravinder jadeja and rahul sharma in place of praveen kumar.....!!!dhoni r u listening?

  • cosmos_kapil on February 12, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    Witnessing team India performance so far one can conclude that only some guys can play in that condition, and when the opponent is Australia it is rather more difficult. Where in the test series Indian players seems to be very keen for doing shopping individually and with family rather than to focus on practice or analyzing the weakness of opponents, the story of ODI's is not with too much difference either. Where in the 1st gave we witnessed they have no strategy whatsoever and leaked runs after the rain and fail to continue the pre-rain bowling. In the 2nd game even a meager total of 230 odd was hardly achieved. Only Virat and Ashwin are seems to be giving justice to their status. Ashwin seems to be more technically sound batsman compared to other so called specialists "batsmen". I think Indian team is most feared of losing a match and because of this they don't want to change however it doesn't has any effect on result. I think Pathan should be given a chance in place of Sachin.

  • on February 12, 2012, 1:48 GMT

    bring irfan and drop praveen kumar

  • on February 12, 2012, 1:41 GMT

    As evryone I too ws thnking y still waiting to drop Sehwg. Bring Jadeja to opening or 1 down slot so that he can prove his batting ability. Also if Raina is not performing in this match, replace him with Tiwary or Pathan. In bowling must give a chance to Umesh and Pathan. My playing 11 is Sachin, Gambir, Jadeja, Kohli, Rahul, Tiwary, Dhoni, Pathan, ashwin, Vinay, Umesh.

  • on February 12, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    I think Raina is taking his place for granted. Very irresponsible attitude when it comes to batting. He does not like the short ball and out of frustration he tries to play the pull, which is not his strength and to be precise does not know to play the shot. He should be sidelined and Tiwary should be given a long run to prove his mettle.

  • yasask on February 12, 2012, 0:57 GMT

    i support sri lanka. but indias xi should look like this:

    1. ravindra jadeja 2. manoj tiwari 3. sachin tendulkar 4. virat kohli 5. rohit sharma 6. ms dhoni 7. virender sehwag 8. irfan pathan 9. vinay kumar 10. zaheer khan 11. ravichandran ashwin

  • kAzX on February 12, 2012, 0:55 GMT

    Can guarantee an Indian win today.

  • TheTrueSport on February 12, 2012, 0:29 GMT

    what has suresh raina even done for the indian team? he is just holding a temporary spot in the absence of yuvraj. a more able allrounder replacement than raina for him is irfan, and pretty much everybody else agrees with this.

  • jiten27 on February 12, 2012, 0:25 GMT

    please please drop these two player if you want to win this game dhoni, start checking cricinfo public coment otherwise public will loose interest in cricket and stop watching cricket, drop sehwag and zaheer, aussie knows very well how to bowl sehwag aqnd get him out, aussies knows zaheer bowling and they will kill his bowling very well so no point. its better to take parthiv and irfan in. if parthive not than rahul sharma but not sehwag. sacdhin should play why he worried swing his shoulder, should not afraid of getting out, if you r out , out so what ...... swing the shoulder like sehwag.

  • Ajay_Toronto_ on February 12, 2012, 0:13 GMT

    Bring Irfan in, in place of P Kumar; and Manoj Tiwari in place of Sehwag; let Virat open (with his technique and current form, he is the best equipped to face up to the new ball alongside Sachin); Sehwag may be aggressive but also very, very, very, very, very rarely delivers...he like Bhajji needs to understand that a place in the team can never be guaranteed for long in absence of good performances...also, the importance of a good start cannot be ignored in a 50-over game...team selectors, hope you are reading...

  • on February 11, 2012, 23:43 GMT

    Y not pathan...i am fan of preveen kumar...but looking at his recent performance, i guess he should be replaced by pathan as both as swing bowlers. Only difference pathan brings is more reliability in batting and fielding.

  • Ameega on February 11, 2012, 23:26 GMT

    I am not an Indian fan, but like if India try a different opener than Sehwag. with this form he would not make a single half century for the remaining ODIs. If you try another one instead, you may get at least one from him in next 5, for sure. Playing with Sehwag is like playing just 10 players.

  • lokphy on February 11, 2012, 23:16 GMT

    I think we should have : irfan (drop ravindra jadeja), umesh yadav (drop praveen), rahane (drop sehwag), and manoj tiwari (drop raina) keep rest of the guys. The batting order should be : sachin, gambhir, rohit, manoj, dhoni, rahane, irfan, ashwin, umesh, vinay and zaheer. Keep sachin as he is still better than most of these guys.. also rohit can be used as another spinner. plz. comment..

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 11, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    Agree with @AvidCricFan - Pathan should be in the playing 11 in place of Praveen Kumar. PK has been pretty ordinary so far. Manoj Tiwary should play in place of Suresh Raina. Raina has been playing for 5 years but has failed to cement his place as a batsman. He does not deserve a place purely for his fielding. Keep rotating the opening batsman slot. Only 2 of those 3 seniors should be allowed to play. Ideally Rahane should be given a chance, but he has already been sent home.

  • KukaSekhon on February 11, 2012, 22:27 GMT

    Bring Irfan, Manoj Tiwari drop Sehwag, Tendulkar

  • on February 11, 2012, 22:25 GMT

    No one seems to be talking about Rahul Sharma?? The amount of times he beat the aussie batsman is just phenomenal for the number of games he has played. Surely he needs to be given more chances. Real talent there

  • AvidCricFan on February 11, 2012, 21:49 GMT

    Pathan should be in the playing eleven in place of Praveen Kumar. PK has been pretty ordinary so far. At least Irfan Pathn can be handy with bat and fielding.

  • Siva-The-Human on February 11, 2012, 21:14 GMT

    My Team selection is 1.Sachin 2.Sehwag 3.Kohli 4.Tiwari 5.Rohith 6.Dhoni 7.pathan 8.Jadeja 9.Ashwin 10.Vinay and 11.Khan. I think this the better winning Team. Please try this dhoni.

  • on February 11, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    I dont really understand what is goin on in the mind's of Indian THINK TANK,y is Irfan Pathan being ignored. He is been in prime form.It is quiet evident in his ranji performance as well nd the last ODI he played,he has got his banana swing back in his armoury and could prove to b a handy batsmen when compare to other's. Ravindra Jadeja neither is a full time bowler nor a full fledged batsmen.neither can he win matches with the ball nor with his bat single handedly. I hope irfan get's a game and show's what is he made of.gudluck irfan grab ur oppurtunity & make it count.

  • on February 11, 2012, 21:03 GMT

    Considering Raina's poor form in both the ODI's...Tiwary should be given a chance...that will add strength/stability to the middle order...and both Kumar's were pretty ordinary against SL...so umesh/pathan should be given a chance..that will be a better playing eleven for today's match!!!

  • on February 11, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    IRFAN PATHAN'S SWING IS BACK AND HE LOOKED DANGEROUS AGAINST WEST INDIES IN THE FINAL ODI... AND EVERY INDIAN WITNESSED HIS DETRMINATION .. HE IS MUCH MORE FITTER AND AGILE.. WARNER AND WADE WONT BE ABLE TO PICK HIM.. MS DHONI IS DUMB WHO CANNOT IDENTIFY REAL TALENT AND WAITS FOR NON-PERFORMERS TO COME BACK IN FORM AND PERFORM... YOU HAVE TO PLAY PATHAN WHEN HE IS IN FORM AND NOT MAKE HIM WAIT

  • jiten27 on February 11, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    please nomore zaheer khan, give chance to irfan pathan, we can use him on both ways. isaw zaheer batting useless and bowling too. its better of take other bowler instead of him. i ddid not see anything special, taqke parthiv instead of sehwag, he is more reliable than sehwag. dhoni start listning to public please.

  • on February 11, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    REPLACE JADEJA WITH IRFAN AND BRING RAHUL SHARMA IN FOR PRAVEEN KUMAR THEN BOWLING ATTACK WILL LOOK LIKE THIS-- ZAHEER, IRFAN , VINAY, ASHWIN , RAHUL SHARMA ALSO IRFAN AND ASHWIN CAN BAT AT 7 AND 8 RESPECTIVELY SO WE GO IN WITH 8 GOOD BATSMEN AND 5 GENUINE BOWLERS ROHIT IS OUR STAR BATSMAN AND SHOULD BE PLAYED IN ALL THE GAMES MS DHONI SHOULD NOT REMAIN ADAMANT AND CHOOSE THE BEST PLAYERS

  • on February 11, 2012, 20:42 GMT

    Hope Irfan gets a chance tommorow.....

  • kitten on February 11, 2012, 20:20 GMT

    'If rotation is going on why is jadeja being given every game despite him not doing much for the team`s cause ?' Did this writer not see the game against SL. Jadeja and Ashwin helped India win this one, when India were 6 wickets down for about 180 or so. Raina is the one who is not performing with the bat. He is definitely a brilliant fielder, but his batting has suffered lately. He should be 'rested' and Manoj Tiwari given a chance. Pathan should replace Praveen for this match. My eleven would be.....Sehwag, Tendulkar, Kohli, Rohit, Dhoni, Tiwari, Jadeja, Ashwin, Pathan, Vinay Kumar, and Zaheer. This team will deliver the goods. Go India Go.

  • wolf777 on February 11, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    Raina is running scared of short balls and Australians know that...he is a walking wicket. Manoj Tiwari should be given a chance. What Raina plays for CSK? Never mind...

  • Lakpj on February 11, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    Have Aussies forgotten Callum Fergusan? he is a very good player. I don't think he had done anything wrong in the chances that he had got, if I'm correct he averages over 40. Ponting/Hussey brothers can't play on for ever, aus need young players to take over. Callum is one of those.

  • on February 11, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    Why are they dropping Gambhir? They should put him at 3 and drop somebody else like Jadeja. Gambhir is more experienced

  • on February 11, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    Irfan is a better bowler than both Kumar's and he is a better batsman than 1/2 the team. Dhoni is bound by his personal biases and prejudices and he does not make decision in the best interest of India.

  • on February 11, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    Duncan Fletcher has been a poor Manager. He is probably the reason why the team has not been able to lift itself out of the rut. He was bad on the England tour, and he is probably at his worst - this Australian tour. He is devoid of ideas, and none of the players have a good word about him. Dhoni is a confused man, probably because of Fletcher's non-performance. India needs a team of wise men to advise the think tank ` the likes of Mohinder Amarnath and Bishen Bedi.

  • on February 11, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    v wan IRFAN.......... pls bring irfan in playing 11.............

  • MN-USA on February 11, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    When will the saga of "100th 100" will end? to put the team in right direction. May be they are already pre-occupied with IPL (Easiest way to earn big bucks) that they can't wait to finish the tour... Guys Come on, leave the Failed "smoking big guns" aside and give opportunity to "young guns" who can be the future for team.

  • M.M.A.Shah on February 11, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    I am a fan of dhoni as i like his management skills a lot and his cool temper but i personally feel as pathan is in good form he should be given chance to prove himself.As history has shown that as far as the person keeps his egho in his pocket he will keep on getting success but the moment he takes out his egho out of his pocket he should start counting his bad days.

  • on February 11, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    If Dhoni is not going to play Pathan tomorrow, he can definately go to Afghanistan team they need some really talented players....!!! No need to waste his talent under Mr. Dhoni..!!! He has been proven performer in Australian condition, plus when given chance he proved against West Indies...!!! Even cricinfo experts couldn't find answer why he is not playing..???

  • on February 11, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    pity Tiwari.wonder the highest scorer of last year's emerging players tournament in Australia is not given a chance and most probably will not be given a chance in this tri series...rahane was 2nd highest scorer last year...so able replacements for raina/rohit and sehwag/gambhir were tiwary and rahane...

  • on February 11, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    Australia, I think had had enough of Haddin. Haddin should be in or out for future Oz teams had been settled. Wade made the grade. Wade made enough din with what he had done with both glove and bat, to make Haddin a had been in. But out for the moment, and perhaps for future, done and dusted. But, Haddin could still be in the middle of the T-20 din, which is rising its tempo all over the world. The latest din about that show-biz-cricket has come out of B'Desh. Long live the circus-cricket to accommodate all the had beens, and help them count the beens, all the way to the bank.

  • on February 11, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    Completely agree with Ismail and Azhar, team management should give Manoj Tiwary and Irfan Pathan a chance. Last time Tiwary played @home on a difficult pitch...he scored a 100 and should be the man India is looking for in Australia... Rohit is indeed a good player but he has to prove himself quick...we can't accept defeat in order to ascertain someone's position in the team. Choose and send players on a tour if you can ensure a place in the team or let them keep themselves in form @home. I don't still think Jadeja is a perfect allrounder on foreign soil. Overall, the body language of the team is still not up to a level to challenge Australia in Australia. Dhoni please take stern decisions for the larger benefit of the Indian team. Indian team supporters will take care of the rest! All the best in the Tri-Series

  • Vishal_07 on February 11, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    If you read between the lines of this "rotation policy" I think the idea is to drop Gambhir without calling it a drop. But why is Irfan Pathan not selected yet, I am not a big fan of his but come on, you have to give this guy a fair shot at playing. For the life of me, I can't understand what is going on in Dhoni's head when it comes to strategies. Is Mr. Fletcher behind all this "no change come what may" policy.

  • on February 11, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    Everyone's been talking about the three seniors. Sehwag is the other one who hasn't performed any better than the three. About time we rested him, straightaway.

  • on February 11, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    oh no clark is the leading wicket taker in this australian line up...poor ausies...pity on them...

  • on February 11, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    dhoni... wat itches to get patan in playing XI????

  • Nampally on February 11, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    @KAzX: I tend to agree with you. SL showed Indians how to do it even if they fell short by 5 runs. It is the poor XI selection, lack of intensity & poor batting that has caused this. SL came in with no experience of the Aussie conditions or their bowlers. Yet they put up a spirited show.Being ODI World cup winners, India should lead the way against an inexperienced bowling attack which follows just one mantra - Bowl consistently on or outside the Off stump & Indian batsmen will commit suicide. As simple as that!.Where is the intensity, commitment or grit. With only 2 double centurions in ODI cricket history in the XI, this team relies on Kohli & Ashwin to pull them out for wins!. Dhoni's one legged shots do not work in Oz land. Sachin, Kohli, Tiwary & Rohit have to combine their skills with Ashwin's to pull India to Victory. Can they do it at Adelaide?

  • vertical on February 11, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    well in subcontinent conditions at present form i will prefer jadeja.As for irfan pathan he would get a chance its a long series why are so many of you restless.As for yusuf pathan he averages a meagre 27 in 50 odd games definitely a not good enough.

  • TheTrueSport on February 11, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    Take out Raina. He hasn't produced with the bat, and he is only a part time bowler. Irfan should be kept in his stead, as he has pace with the ball, and may score some runs.

  • on February 11, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    while shewag was captain he gave chance 2 irfan may b he is from his ipl team or due 2 form but dhoni will nvr gv that opp coz he knw his csk will b in trouble if he get going so kill all pathan skill

  • on February 11, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    @Okaboka: Maybe if you ever realise that Mitchell Johnson is NOT "Johnston", you will find his name in NO. 5 in the ICC ODI bowler's rankings. Agreed he wasn't a consistent test bowler, but he always did well in ODIs and had a good WC. In fact, he has a great record in the subcontinent for an overseas seamer! It might help to be a bit more open and look at the facts..

  • yusuf97 on February 11, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    keep praveen out and bring irfan in. praveen is not taking wickets now. both can swing the ball but irfan can also bat and is more experienced.

  • kunderanengineer on February 11, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    Considering that it was Sri Lanka's first match in this tournament against Australia 2 days ago, I thought they put up a valiant effort which is all you can really ask of a team. If India could have shown the same character against Australia in the recent tests, I don't think there would have been a lot of complaints from the Indian fans. What we fans of the game (Indian and opposition) don't like to see is the proverbial "throwing in the towel" bit that we experienced both in England and now in Australia. At least we have a chance (as slight as it may be) to somewhat redeem ourselves by winning this CB series and silence those critics who are convinced that India is incapable of winning even an ODI series on foreign soil and only won the World Cup because it was played at home.

  • WellwisherINDIA on February 11, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    If there is a rotaion policy make it with bowling too. No indian bowlers are so outstanding in australia, both spinners and 3 pacers are performing almost good and same, Pathan and Umesh yadav also must get chances. Pathan is in good form and proved in Iindia,he can bat as well. Yadav was the best bowler in the test series, performed best aginst west Indies india also. Ashwin and Rahul sharma also rotoated accoriding to the situation. Sameway with batsmen ,younster Manoj Twary must get some chance as the part of rotaion.

  • naveenpnayak on February 11, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    Huss deserved to play.. Poor selection from CA.. They should have rested Ponting instead of Huss.. Hilfi deserved a place.. he could have replaced Mckay or Harris..I dont see talent in Forest, So I would go with Mitchel Marsh for Ponting and Hilfi in place of Harris/Mckay

  • on February 11, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    I feel we dont need sehwag in the 11 ... Let him play in Indian tracks... India must open with gambir and sachin... Pk has been out of form for quite a while now not able to pick up wickets.. Vinay kumar has done reasonably well taken 4 wickets in 2 matches.... So india must leave out pk and bring irfan back ..... We need irfan so tat he can conribute with bat also.. India needs to depth its batting if it has to win against australia in these conditions.dhoni must bat at 5 rather than at 6.... 1.sachin 2. gambir 3.kohli 4. rohit 5.dhoni 6. raina 7.jadeja 8. irfan 9. ashwin 10. vinay 11. umesh yadav

  • puneet_usa on February 11, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    With so many people wanting to see Irfan Pathan in action with his all-round skills? What is Dhoni waiting for?? Very pathetic approach in the name of rotation- he is robbing the team which he has done successfully over the past few years…time to put an end to it--- I like the way Dhoni was compared to a " Bank Clerk" during test series. No passion or enthusiasm to perform for the country and give youngsters a go but he is quick to come up the order when things are all holly jolly for the team to take credit and maintain his 50+ ODI average by remaining unbeaten.

  • on February 11, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    by d rotation policy in d top order dhoni has tried to keep d focus away frm pathan while d truth is dat itz pathan who shud be dere in d team in place of either vinay or jadeja..... dere is surely some politics involved in this case

  • on February 11, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    my team: Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir, Kohli, Rohit, Dhoni, Jadeja/Raina, Irfan, Aswin, Praveen and Zaheer....this is the only best combination in available resources...

  • on February 11, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    australia and india both are below par teams at the moment and srilanka is below below par team so battles should be inetersting .The edge aussies have got in this series is home advantage , bouncy pitches and most importantly good bowling attack and thats why they are winning . But i assure you they will struggle alot against quality sides like Eng Pak & SA.India should play pathan instead of overrated jadeja .Watching ind vs WI series in india i have no hopes this same side doing good against Eng this year.Though Eng thrashed in UAE they will comfortably win next two subcontinent battles and will feel the real heat against proteas.

  • puneet_usa on February 11, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    Do get me wrong- the way this Australian Team is- Won't be surprised if both SL and IND make it to the finals...Funny things happen in cricket......!!!!

  • on February 11, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    dhoni if u don't want play irfan please send him india,he can play domestic cricket,why u waste his carrier

  • on February 11, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    Irfan is absolutly in form..he must b in playing 11 against Ausies..

  • Nampally on February 11, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    India should go with a team which has variety in bowling & reliable batting.Praveen has bowled well below his par so far. Does he deserve a place especially when 3 bowlers all in the same 125-130KPH ar playing? Yadev at > 140 KPH is a much better choice, if used in short bursts of 3 overs. Secondly, Raina's weakness Vs. pace is well established. M.Tiwary with his good batting technique is far better choice. Last but not least, Rahul Sharma is an accurate wrist leg spinner who will add variety to the bowling instead of Jadeja who was hit for 44 runs in 2.4 overs by the Aussies in the first ODI.Rahul would have got 4 wkts. had he taken 2 c & b in addition to 2 Wkts. he took. Rahul can bat as well. SL came close to beating this Aussie team thru' sheer guts. My winning team would be: Sehwag,Tendulkar, Kohli,Tiwary,Rohit,Dhoni,Ashwin,Rahul,ZAK,Vinay,Yadev.If an all rounder is needed get Pathan for Vinay.An inspired batting from India is sadly lacking. Will they do it for Once? Good Luck!

  • SnowSnake on February 11, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    Frankly no team has any hold over any other team. All teams appear to be specializing in home conditions and fail misrably in outside conditions. Australia has same problems that India has-- bleak future due to older batting lineup. Australian conditions appear to mask these problems just like indian conditons mask India's problems. Quality of cricket has gone down world over. When test games finish in 4 days or less, there are no winners in the world.

  • on February 11, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    If rotation policy is going around there why not with middle order...Tiwari is not worst as compared raina & rohi.give him a chance. Same is with Irfan pathan.. Rotation for alrounder... Give him a chance... Mr. Dhoni...

  • on February 11, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    For Irfan fans, I'm one of you. But I think Irfan is a liability in the field, whereas Jadeja is an asset. Both are equally capable bowlers and Jadeja is a better batsman. So Unfortunately for Irfan, it's Jadeja for now.... Unless he makes his bowling a killer one. Right now it's average. Or if Zaheer is rested, then he'll be the next good left arm seamer.

  • on February 11, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    If rotation policy is going around there why not with middle order...Tiwari is not worst as compared raina & rohi.give him a chance. Same is with Irfan pathan.. Rotation for alrounder... Give him a chance... Mr. Dhoni...

  • yusuf97 on February 11, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    dude... wat we have seen is sehwag sachin and gambhir are out of form. we saw them in test series. and also these three are not going to play next world cup. its the youngsters so wats the harm in giving them chance here they have to play th next world cup.

  • mrcool on February 11, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    Raina and rohit sharma plays good once in 5 matches...If this is case then why Robin uthappa don't get chance...he is more consistent than raina and rohit sharma in international matches...different criteria for different players..Manoj tiwari and irfan pathan should replace out of form rohit sharma and Raina..

  • Skycruiseraero on February 11, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    If this rotation policy is done to give exposure of these conditions to youngsters for World Cup 2015 why is rahane sitting ? Sorry to say but why is sachin playing ? hurts me to say but he wont be around in next WC , If rotation is going on why is jadeja being given every game despite him not doing much for the team`s cause ? why are Irfan and tiwary simply sitting ? I am sure guys like Irfan , tiwary and rahane will get 1 game each if they do well they will warm the benches again if they dont they will be dropped and the jadeja`s the raina`s will return.

  • adillove on February 11, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    I think India should drop Tendulker and Sehwag and try to give the new blood some chance as Australia is playing now in this series and I'm sure it will result in India's favour.

  • Herath-UK on February 11, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    Dhoni's form is like Mahela and he needs to contribute to India's cause. Let's hope he will lead from the front from here. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • playitstraight on February 11, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    When the captain who is not supposed to be a bowler has the most number of wickets in the whole team, then it clearly shows how inexperienced the Australian bowling unit is. If they bowl first, they will most probably win but if they bat first, then we have a good chance of winning as we are experienced chasers, even without the likes of Gambhir or Yuvraj. If Australia lose tomorrow, and we win against SL on Tuesday, then Aus vs India finals are guaranteed with SL out of the tournament. Come on SL, show some fight!!!

  • on February 11, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    wait.. what about irfan??

  • on February 11, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    where the hell is irfan!!!! the guy who is in form and played well against australia last season, he can bat and bowl, release him, atleast he can play some domestic in india, don't make such bowler a bowler carry drinks

  • on February 11, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    1 Virender Sehwag, 2 Sachin Tendulkar, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Rohit Sharma, 5 Suresh Raina, 6 MS Dhoni (capt, wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Irfan Pathan 10 Praveen Kumar, 11 Zaheer Khan is the best combination

  • desi_picasso on February 11, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    Its clear on Dhoni's strategies, he is afraid to give Irfan a chance in Australia because there is a good chances he'll perform good and will be difficult to take him out of team then. Dhoni will give all the chances to players he like...eg Vinay Kumar,RP Singh, Raina etc but if you are not in the lobby he plays against them.

  • on February 11, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    Why rotation, only among Sehwag, Gambhir, & Sachin? Why not among Raina, Rohit, and Tiwari in the middle? And among KP, Irfan,, and Yadav among pacers? Also between Ashwin & Roht Sharma for spin? Is it not the right time to expose as many potential candidates for the next world cup team to be held in that region?

  • rapidchase88 on February 11, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    Yes!! It is always good to retain winning team, change when team loose. So it is better to play all the players who beat srilanka in the last match. Everybody is looking for IRFAN PATHAN but he may not get a chance, dhone said he is not able to bowl beyond 110-125 speed. YADAV bowling 140-145 speed. If Irfan Patan cant improve his bowling speed difficult for him to get a place. Raina and Rohit still getting chances because of their good fielding and bowling options. Raina is spoiling with short ball hitting. He was failed twice. If he control short pitch balls well he can play lot better. If atleast one of them get 50 India looks better in batting.

  • on February 11, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    Ther is no point in having sachin in this aus squad since he is not going to play the next WC which is to be held in AUS only... So my playing XI for india is.. Sehwag , Gambhir , Kohli ,Rohit , Dhoni , Raina , Pathan , Ashwin , Jadeja , Zakh , Praveen.

  • on February 11, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    Dear Jagernath bhai .. Every captain has some blue-eyed boys without whom he can't function ! The boys named by u are all worthies and are raring to go .. but Dhoni & the coach will NOT have them .. what to do ??

  • kalyankk1985 on February 11, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    sorry it was irfan vs WI not england.

  • Okakaboka on February 11, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    Geez, why is Johnston still being talked about by some of you???? Lets get Haddin and Johnston back together and return to the days where the bye count was the top scorer for the opposition. I don't ever want to see Haddin , Johnston (or S. Marsh) represent Australia again......in any form of cricket!!!!

  • on February 11, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    @s.jagernath:i echo our views but you r missing quite a few names like Manish Pandey,Saurabh Tiwari,Abu Nechim,Robin Bisht,Vineet Saxena,T P Sudhindra,,bhuvneshwar kumar,abhishek nayar,unlucky guys like Rajat Bhatia,Badrinath,Mithun Manhas etc.. and many more names which I may have missed...But I really feel bad for Manoj Tiwari and Ajinkya Rahane not given chances even when they r in Indian team particularly because Manoj Tiwari was the highest scorer in the Emerging Players Tournament in Australia in 2011 followed by Rahane...so guys who have played already in Australia and those who were the highest scorers in the tournament particularly Manoj Tiwari hasnt got a game yet and I dont see him getting any games in this tri-series unlike Dhoni is being impartial and drops any1 of Gambhir/Sehwag/Raina/Rohit for poor performances wid bat...

  • kAzX on February 11, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    So then, doherty is the hero now???... So was Marsh sometimeback and then was warner... Chanel 9 commentory fools are so biased...The fact is all the teams today are at the same level..AU lost to NZ badly and couldnt score over 150 outside AU. Indias been facing the same outisde IN. England looked good but there 3-0 thrashing has only lead me believe..cricketers these days are useless..the standards have dropped since the arrival of 20-20.

  • Sakthiivel on February 11, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Every one asking for irfan pathan back in india team, What does he done?? nothing. Why you need him in the team. All Pathan supporters come up with data.!!!

  • kalyankk1985 on February 11, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    Guys please give it a chill. Irfan Pathan without his 135+ banana swing is not a good bowler .. and his batting skills are nothing more than no.8 or 9. Giving him allrounder slot of 7 or even 8 is dangerous considering how inconsistent he is. Recent England series when he played one match, he could get some swing only in first 5-7balls and later it was gone and he had to bowl slow spinners remaining match to save his figures. If he really gets his 135+ speed with banana swing, he can be taken into team as a pure bowler. We dont need his batting. If he can get runs, its ok but not required and compulsory. He was destroyed first time around in pressure of delivering with both bat and ball. If we want to get Irfan of 2004-2005, he has to just focus on bowling not batting.

  • rahulcricket007 on February 11, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    @SJAGERNATH . BECAUSE RAINA IS CSK TEAM MATE .

  • S.Jagernath on February 11, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    How is Suresh Raina being retained?he has done absolutely nothing to warrant any inclusion.The Indian team seems to not want to win anymore,the best possible team should be fielded.Shikhar Dhawan,Abhinav Mukund,Suryakumar Yadav,Dhawal Kulkarni,Pankaj Singh,Mandeep Singh,Iqbal Abdulla,Cheteshwar Pujara & Ajinkya Rahane are not even being considered yet they are such good cricketers,Pujara's L.A average is over 50,how can India ignore him?

  • rahulcricket007 on February 11, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    @hold the line . mate , don't look aus batsmen 's performance against india . i in england , kp , bell , cook scores double centuries against india , bell scores 235, 159 against india . but against a good bowling attack of pakistan kp , bell , morgan averages only 11 . your ponting scored heavily against india but what happen to him against eng, pak , sa in last 2 years ? this indian bowling line up carries a fatigue . who ever plays good against inida will flop in next series . examples are sl who played agianst india in 2008-2010 but now have lost their rhythm , eng which after thrashing india are being thrashed by pak . ponting who was highest run getter for aus in 2010 test series in india struggled in ashes to make runs .

  • on February 11, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    during 2003 world cup, india were short of keepers which made rahul to have the gloves. in 2007, we were going under some forgetable phase under the then coach Mr.chappel and india were in need of a better captain and coach. in 2011, india went into the world cup as favorites still with not that so good bowling line up. in all these years india were searching for all rounders, now look we have genuine all rounders in the name of jadeja, ashwin and pathan. even praveen can bat like we saw in england. it is kind of funny that now india are running short of quality batsmen. when will we see a full fledged indian side. this is the question of every hardcore indian cricket fan.

  • on February 11, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    Dhoni is showing partiality towards irfan pathan for some unknown reason.If the rotation policy is going on.Then why irfan pathan is not given a chance.He deserves to be in the playing eleven

  • jonesy2 on February 11, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    Leggie and kAzX -- was that like a joke, like the opposite of reality? because if it was then well done.

  • on February 11, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    The present situation is Australian team is inexperienced and and playing well and India are much below their best,Remember in last CB series Indian batters struggled throughout the ODI series againt Australia and came good in their own terms in Final to take the series 2-0.I STILL BET INDIA WILL WIN THE ODI SERIES 2-0

  • jonesy2 on February 11, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    couple of months ago i said doherty was the best one day slow bowler in the world. love someone to suggest otherwise.. for this game this would be my lineup--- warner, wade, s marsh, clarke, m marsh, faulkner, christian, coulter nile, starc, harris, doherty.

  • on February 11, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    This is lottery period for India as there are no Cummins, Pattinson and johnson in AUS squad and if they won't grab this chance than forget the dreams of defending WC 2015

  • on February 11, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    Why dont India do rotation policy for middle orders between Raina, Rohit & Tiwari. Tiwari is not as bad compared to raina or rohit. Pathan should give chances to show his ability.

  • Leggie on February 11, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    @kAzX: fully agree. This Australian side looks very vulnerable. Many a times, Indian bowling attack and the lack of will to fight by the Indians masks the vulnerabilities of their oppositions.. In England a few month ago, India let England off the hook many a times and England looked world class before being found out by Pakistan. The pattern appears to be the same with Australia. Ricky pointing continues to fall over to be trapped lbw, Hussey lacks the consistency he showed early in his career and in my opinion Christ Wade / Warner plays too many risky shots. Australia has found saviours in Clarke & in some unlikely ways David Hussey. This team is certainly not the world class of 1990s / early 2000s, but let's face it... Which team is????????

  • on February 11, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    dhoni making partiality against irfan pathan. why not giving chance for the irfan pathan.

  • vivek_khyati on February 11, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    indian team won the match against sri lanka only b'coz of cool temperament of jadeja and ashwin. it is beyond understanding why raina and dhoni played such reckless shots when there was no need. even kohli needlessly took the risk of close single even when he had just hit a 6 and moreover when he was having cramps. there is no way india can afford to keep jadeja out of playing 11. he is best utility player at that position. even if pathan has to be given a chance it should not be done at jadeja's expense. sachin should be rested and gambhir brought in. actually, sachin needs to retire now. there is no point in continuing as it is blocking the path of grooming one new player for next wc, which is going to be played at australia itself.

  • premendrasinghal on February 11, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    Rohit Sharma should be dropped. Because of Dhoni's statement that, he will rotate Schin, Sehvag, and Gambhir. Rohit is not looking that serious as he should. Also I am doubtful about Kohli's fitness now if he is dropped there can be chance for Manoj Tiwari and Ajinkya Rahane. There would be a very difficult to choose from any one of them. Manoj Tiwari is sometimes play over confidently once he start middling the ball on bat and Australians are very keen to capitalize that as they have done with Sehvag. Ajnikya Rahane will look more cautious to retain his place in squad than his natural batting ability because he know that he got a temporary place and that could be challenging one for Dhoni select any of them. I think the priority should be given to the mental ability and adaptability over skill as Dhoni has shown faith in Raina and Vinay Kumar after so many failures. If you see technically both the players are not that good but something good has been observed by Dhoni in them.

  • on February 11, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    i think Australia should rest ponting.. send peter forrest at no. 3.. play mitch marsh at hussey's slot..

  • on February 11, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    Australia's bowling injury crisis means this game might be really close like the last and we will have to punch above our weight. If only Aus had a fully fit squad, we would be seeing Pattinson, Cummins, Lee, Johnson, Starc, Harris, Bollinger, Siddle, Hilfenhaus, Cutting, Faulkner, McKay, McDermott, Copeland and Coulter-Nile all fighting for 4 spots! India are really lucky they are playing against a 2nd string Aus side on placid tracks this summer...If they had actually batted on a real green real track like Hobart, one wonders what would have happened! Lol..

  • mdshahid on February 11, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    I want to ask one question from Dhoni. He said Irfan Pathan has just come in so tell me if you dont give him the chance then how will he prove his place in the Indian team.You are giving the chance to Rohit Sharma and other players like Ravindra Jadeja.Still they are not performing well but still you are giving the chance in each and every game and saying that they are our future because they will play 2015 worldcup.So tell me why dont you see irfan pathan as Indian Future.He is also a young player and he is the one player who played a main role for winning the ICC world t20 under your captaincy.

  • rahulcricket007 on February 11, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    I M SAYING AGAIN , IF YOU HAVE TO GIVE YOUNSTERS CHANCE THEN WHY NOT GIVE MANOJ TIWAARI IN TEAM ? TIWARI IS ALSO A GOOD FIELDER LIKE RAINA . RAINA HAS BEEN OUT ON SHORT BALLS . HIS WEAKNESS IS KNOWN TO ALL TEAMS . EVEN 130 KPH SL BOWLERS WERE TROUBLING HIM WITH SHORT BALLS . DROP EITHER ROHIT OR RAINA& PLAY WITH TIWARI .

  • mdshahid on February 11, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    I am hundred 100 per cent sure that tomorrow India is going to lose the match.If India want to win, then they have to do one thing and it is very much important for the team management and Dhoni to do.They should bring Irfan Pathan back in place of Parveen Kumar or somebody else.This is the only way which will help India to win the match against Austalia.I am fuly surprised after watching many games as they continue ignoring irfan pathan.Why i want to ask this question.

  • Hold_the_line on February 11, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    @ kAzX Amazing. Australia is fully 15 points clear of the next contender on the ODI championship table, and that next team being India, who they have wiped the floor with this summer. This Australian side is displaying strong and consistent performances. Several of its batsmen also played in the tests and one in particular scored a triple and double centuary. Your comments are very hard to take seriously. BTW Australia recently won in Sri Lanka in the test series and drew in SA, so home advantage is not something they depend on, unlike India have shown.

  • xylo on February 11, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    It is funny to see that India is planning ahead for the 2015 WC by giving the young legs a lot of chances, but when it came to tests, having known that there would be no more away tests for 2 years, all three seniors did not/were not made to budge. Maybe the BCCI expected tests to die soon?

  • mthw on February 11, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    @kAzX... I guess you are bagging out Australia? I guess you are talking about the team that beat Sri Lanka this year 'away'... and also drew a test series in Sth Africa (winning one test) 'away'.... This consistent negativity by some so called supporters during a time when we are trying to blood new players is getting so tiresome... I am happy to see new players in the team and the team scraping through to win... This is what happens when new players enter international cricket... Over time they grow and will become dominant... You can't expect new players to come in and play like Mcgrath, Hayden, Warne, Gilchrist... Get over it and get in behind your team...

  • kAzX on February 11, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    2 new balls and home conditions is covering up the lousy performance with batting of such an oridinary team. Rain came into their rescue against the indians and they nearlly lost against the lankans. This team can only win at home.

  • on February 11, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    then why is gambhir not playing what rubbish is this sachin is not going play 2015 worlc up this is ridiculous to keep a talented gautam gambhir out and what about that suresh raina he cant play short he should just play cricket at Kanpur he will be the best player in world there not here . IS INDIA REALLY HERE TO WIN ??

  • MADHURYA.VARTSHNEY on February 11, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    rotation is good keeping in mind 2015 world cup because indian team will have rohit,raina,kohli ,manoj tiway,p kumar ,v kumar. the team will not be certain about the fitness of sachin,yuvraj, zaheer,sreesanth,munaf,ashish nehra. so stop talking about it ,we will find good result out of rotation policy

  • on February 11, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    Michel Clarke means real business. Remember that with the inexpericened bowling attack Aus whitewashed Ind 4-0 in test series. Beware ind it is wake up call. End your honey moon period & working towards your goal. If you want to defend WC, 2015 pull up you scoks. Improve all the depts. 100% each in batting,fielding & bowling.Develop 2nd & 3rd line of attack. Take a feather of Aus cap you will get peacock feathers. Best of luck Cricket is always the winne.

  • on February 11, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    its the time to replace vinay kumar with pathan to increase our batting depth

  • peterss on February 11, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    Raina's weakness against the short ball is not the most well kept secret anymore! Rahane or Tiwary should replace Raina. He is the opp captain's delight when he walks out to bat. Rohit can be given another chance but not for too long!

  • on February 11, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    The Australian attack may be inexperienced but they already won two matches and three of those bowlers in Harris, Starc and McKay all have stike rates of around 20. That is better than Brett Lee strike rate of 29.1, who needs him when you already have 3 bowlers who are better.

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  • on February 11, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    The Australian attack may be inexperienced but they already won two matches and three of those bowlers in Harris, Starc and McKay all have stike rates of around 20. That is better than Brett Lee strike rate of 29.1, who needs him when you already have 3 bowlers who are better.

  • peterss on February 11, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    Raina's weakness against the short ball is not the most well kept secret anymore! Rahane or Tiwary should replace Raina. He is the opp captain's delight when he walks out to bat. Rohit can be given another chance but not for too long!

  • on February 11, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    its the time to replace vinay kumar with pathan to increase our batting depth

  • on February 11, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    Michel Clarke means real business. Remember that with the inexpericened bowling attack Aus whitewashed Ind 4-0 in test series. Beware ind it is wake up call. End your honey moon period & working towards your goal. If you want to defend WC, 2015 pull up you scoks. Improve all the depts. 100% each in batting,fielding & bowling.Develop 2nd & 3rd line of attack. Take a feather of Aus cap you will get peacock feathers. Best of luck Cricket is always the winne.

  • MADHURYA.VARTSHNEY on February 11, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    rotation is good keeping in mind 2015 world cup because indian team will have rohit,raina,kohli ,manoj tiway,p kumar ,v kumar. the team will not be certain about the fitness of sachin,yuvraj, zaheer,sreesanth,munaf,ashish nehra. so stop talking about it ,we will find good result out of rotation policy

  • on February 11, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    then why is gambhir not playing what rubbish is this sachin is not going play 2015 worlc up this is ridiculous to keep a talented gautam gambhir out and what about that suresh raina he cant play short he should just play cricket at Kanpur he will be the best player in world there not here . IS INDIA REALLY HERE TO WIN ??

  • kAzX on February 11, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    2 new balls and home conditions is covering up the lousy performance with batting of such an oridinary team. Rain came into their rescue against the indians and they nearlly lost against the lankans. This team can only win at home.

  • mthw on February 11, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    @kAzX... I guess you are bagging out Australia? I guess you are talking about the team that beat Sri Lanka this year 'away'... and also drew a test series in Sth Africa (winning one test) 'away'.... This consistent negativity by some so called supporters during a time when we are trying to blood new players is getting so tiresome... I am happy to see new players in the team and the team scraping through to win... This is what happens when new players enter international cricket... Over time they grow and will become dominant... You can't expect new players to come in and play like Mcgrath, Hayden, Warne, Gilchrist... Get over it and get in behind your team...

  • xylo on February 11, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    It is funny to see that India is planning ahead for the 2015 WC by giving the young legs a lot of chances, but when it came to tests, having known that there would be no more away tests for 2 years, all three seniors did not/were not made to budge. Maybe the BCCI expected tests to die soon?

  • Hold_the_line on February 11, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    @ kAzX Amazing. Australia is fully 15 points clear of the next contender on the ODI championship table, and that next team being India, who they have wiped the floor with this summer. This Australian side is displaying strong and consistent performances. Several of its batsmen also played in the tests and one in particular scored a triple and double centuary. Your comments are very hard to take seriously. BTW Australia recently won in Sri Lanka in the test series and drew in SA, so home advantage is not something they depend on, unlike India have shown.