Australia v India, CB Series, Adelaide

Clarke aims to keep hold over India

The Preview by Brydon Coverdale

February 11, 2012

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Match facts

Xavier Doherty choked the runs, finishing with 10-0-24-2, Australia v Sri Lanka, Commonwealth Bank Series, Perth, February 10, 2012
Xavier Doherty has become an important player in Australia's one-day side, according to the captain Michael Clarke © Getty Images
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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.

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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


"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

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Posted by Babloo3544 on (February 12, 2012, 3:49 GMT)

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

Posted by ZedInLosAngles 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.

Posted by 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...

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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

Posted by   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

Posted by   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

Posted by   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?

Posted by 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.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2012, 1:48 GMT)

bring irfan and drop praveen kumar

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