Australia in India 2010

Hughes and Hauritz back for India Tests

Cricinfo staff

September 2, 2010

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Nathan Hauritz, under fire for his second-innings failures, celebrates fiercely, Australia v Pakistan, 1st Test, Melbourne, 4th day, December 29, 2009
Nathan Hauritz returns after recovering from a foot injury © Getty Images

Phillip Hughes, the Australian opener, has returned to the Test squad while his New South Wales team-mate, the uncapped 19-year-old fast bowler Josh Hazlewood, has also won a place in the 15-man pool for the tour of India in October. Offspinner Nathan Hauritz, whom Ricky Ponting had termed last month as a 'lock-in' for the India series and the Ashes, reclaimed his position as Australia's No. 1 slow bowler after recovering from a foot injury but wicketkeeper Brad Haddin was deemed to have not sufficiently recovered from an elbow injury.

The trio take the place of fast bowler Clint McKay, middle-order batsman Usman Khawaja and left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe, who were part of Australia's squad for the two Tests against Pakistan in July.

"The squad we have selected sees the return from injury of Phillip Hughes," Andrew Hilditch, the chairman of selectors, said. " [It] includes a very good mix of experience and new young talent with Steven Smith, Hughes and two young fast bowlers in Peter George and Josh Hazlewood."

Hazlewood rose to prominence during the Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand, and became the youngest cricketer to represent Australia when he played an ODI against England in June. The India tour will give him a chance to win a Test cap before he turns 20, in January.

His state team-mate Haddin, the first-choice wicketkeeper, is still not available giving Tim Paine another Test series behind the stumps. "Haddin is due to commence restricted batting in the next few weeks," Australian physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said. "He is on track to be available for club cricket and for New South Wales with the possibility of being available for selection in the India or Sri Lanka one-day series."

There was also no place in the squad for Victoria fast bowler Peter Siddle, a regular till a back problem ruled him out of action for seven months ago, who will test his fitness in this month's Champions League Twenty20 tournament in South Africa.

Two Tests form the first leg of Australia's tour of India, followed by a series of three one-dayers which ends on October 24.

Australia: Ricky Ponting (capt), Michael Clarke (vice-capt), Doug Bollinger, Peter George, Nathan Hauritz, Josh Hazlewood, Ben Hilfenhaus, Phillip Hughes, Michael Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Simon Katich, Marcus North, Tim Paine (wk), Steven Smith and Shane Watson.

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by   on (September 8, 2010, 8:30 GMT)

whatever be the bowling line up,VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar are going to pulverize it for sure.I expect both to raise their current 55 + batting average against australia to somewhere around 65,simply because this is the weakest australian bowling line up they are ever going to face in their career and under conditions extremely favouring the last 15 years they are the only 2 batsmen to have averaged 55+ against australia,followed by Brian Lara,Kevin Pietersen,Sehwag,Paul Collingwood who averages in the range 50-55.Sachin has 10 while Laxman has 6 Test centuries against Australia.also in ODI's Sachin has 9 and Laxman has 4 centuries against australia and both averages 46 with a strike rate of 85+.Also in the last 15 years Laxman's 281 and Sachin 241* are the highest scores against australia(no offences to Lara's 277 at sydney).Border-Gavaskar trophy starting next month is really an uphill task for australia,compared to the Ashes which will be be a cakewalk for Aussies.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2010, 7:59 GMT)

agree with jonesy2 except swap ronchi with hartly

Posted by jonesy2 on (September 5, 2010, 16:09 GMT)

im sick of this. why is white not in the squad? where is shaun marsh? why is hazlewood in there he has done nothing. drop paine hes obviously not the best keeper/batsman after haddin, i think ronchi is. and steve smith should be nowhere near the test team right now

Posted by   on (September 5, 2010, 12:00 GMT)

Either way, should be an interesting series.

As a Victorian, its dissapointing that a fellow Vic wont be there. But, White's now pretty much a ODI speciallist, along with Hussey and others, nd they are all getting on a bit. I do think that McDonald deserves another crack, he did very well in his 3 test matches but with Watson cementing a place, his chances are less likely.

Expect a fit and fired up Siddle to be in the test side in our summer, but who drops out. Bollinger? Harris? Johnson? . Siddle offers something different to the attack, that in your face aggression, and works all day (like Bichel), along with his handy batting at No.10!

There are a few up and comming Victorians destined to play for Australia in the next few years though with the likes of Jon Holland, and Matthew Wade coming though the system.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2010, 5:46 GMT)

Wheres the argument against White? "not test player material". Great point that! Well put!. White is a leader. He's only captained Vic since he was 20, led the state to being perennial finalists in almost all forms of state cricket. Langer couldn't say enough great things about him, appointing him captain-in-waiting here: Mark Waugh doing the same on numerous occasions. He's easily one of the best fielders in the country and has shown it in plenty of ODI's, and a especially good slip fielder (do test teams need those?). Then theres his batting, that's what he is, forget the bowling. His average of 42 is deceiving with half his career being focused on bowling. Averaged 49.86 in 07/08, 57.75 in 08/09 and 47.00 in 09/10 in the four day game. You can't be an impatient slogger and still average those runs in the shield. He's like Symo after he learned how to build an innings. Dangerous!

Posted by   on (September 5, 2010, 3:32 GMT)

@Gilly4ever, did you just call smith (the kid with the fc ave of 50) australias no.1 spinner? I sincerly hope this has been a mistake of comunication

Posted by bobagorof on (September 4, 2010, 12:55 GMT)

I'm glad to see some young guys being picked for squads. Most of them will be reserve players on this tour, with a chance to play only if there's an injury, but with a number of players in recent Australian sides being over 30 (Ponting, Hussey, Katich, North, Harris, Haddin) it is encouraging that the selectors have an eye on the future - something that didn't really happen 5 years ago. Hopefully when the next round of retirements begin, the young guys will be well-equipped to step in.

Posted by StarveTheLizard on (September 4, 2010, 9:13 GMT)

I think you have to be Victorian to push White or McKay as test prospects. White is a good one-dayer and an excellent 20-20 player. He is not test player material. McKay has had his chances. He did okay to start with but is, essentially, toothless at the international level.

I ask you, in all honesty, apart from North, who would you replace?

The only Victorian who was robbed in recent memory was Hodge. Now there is a tragic case. Scores runs in test cricket and gets dropped. Scores runs at state level and gets ignored.

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (September 4, 2010, 7:36 GMT)

I don't mind Hughes being given another chance, while Hauritz deserves another shot to see if he can be the 2nd spinner behind Smith (or 1st, if Smith starts failing) but I don't know about Hazlewood or George - neither of whom have done enough to warrant this selection. It looks like, barring injury, they will just be on the tour for the sake of getting experience. I would rather see players who could genuinely make the side, like White, David Hussey or McKay, being in the squad. With Marcus North's position surely being extremely tentative, Michael Hussey somewhat out of form and Watson not exactly stable, I think that we need that backup - which Hazlewood and George simply cannot provide. Now is not the time to blood youngsters.

Posted by Runster1 on (September 4, 2010, 1:34 GMT)

@Sachin_da_yaar What r u thinking? Sehwag has awful leadership for international level. He should be the last resort. Dhoni may be inconisistent with the bat but is a brilliant captain, and i reckon currently he is the best wicketkeeper captain and arguably the best test captain now (maybe ponting or whoever is captaining england could contest for this) plz sumbody who is playing fantasy gaming champions league post their LPIN here! I really wanna play in sombody elses league (btw, my screen name is Runster1 as u shud knw)

Posted by Okakaboka on (September 4, 2010, 1:32 GMT)

Sorry Jazzaaaaaaaa, that bowling attack is not going to dismiss Victoria, particularly if Hodge plays (the most ripped off cricketer in History) . Look at the Victorian attack: Siddle, Nannes (if he plays), Mackay, Hastings (who can bat) and McGain. Rogers is actually better than your openers. Hussey, White....and Wade...who IS a better keeper AND more reliable bat than Haddin. Oh, I didn't mention MacDonald if he is fit. Nope, my money would be on Victoria. State pissing contest aside, we want the best Australian side selected. The one picked isn't. George should be in the squad.....yeah, Hastings was from NSW...and I'd have him in the squad! Selections need to be based on results, potential and demonstrated talent.....and an X factor. White has this...great potential leader.

Posted by Chris_P on (September 3, 2010, 23:22 GMT)

@@ Psyc_s. Not asure where you got your information from, but no one I have ever spoken to in the last 10 years or so has ever thought playing India was ever going to be a walk in the park. The last couple of series they have toured have seen huge crowds to the test series, and I hope this continues, but you have to understand the reasoning behind the Ashes interest. This has been going on since 1877!, It is part of the cricket mix in Australia due to the tradition of these series. Even when we were beating them easily, the crowds would always turn up. As for the NSW/Vic argyment, wake up & smell the coffee. There isn't even a NSW selector on the panel! And the point is correct on what would happen if NSW had all their test players available for the whole season.

Posted by   on (September 3, 2010, 15:54 GMT)

Why not just pick the NSW side and be done with it...

Posted by   on (September 3, 2010, 15:34 GMT)

I am excited with Peter George's prospect, if he gets it right, he will surely be the ideal replacement for Glenn McGrath.......hope he gets a chance to play a match......

Posted by eyballfallenout on (September 3, 2010, 14:41 GMT)

My 11 in order, Katich, Hughes, Ponting, Clarke, Hussy, Watson, Pain, Johnson, Hauritz, Hilfy, Bolly. 12th M Hazelwood. Not a bad team, not sure how they will go on crappy wickets though. Should win the ashes though after the indian warm up. (just for Psyc_s).

Posted by manasvi_lingam on (September 3, 2010, 14:17 GMT)

The batting order appears to pick itself but bringing in Hughes for North is a good idea. Watson can be the 5th bowler as always and in case a spin option is required there's Clarke and Katich.

Posted by chad_reid on (September 3, 2010, 12:10 GMT)

let hughes open drop watson to 5 or 6,completely drop north from the team and also bring in kreja as another spin option and also bring in white coz batting line up is not strong and also most players are out of form.

Posted by jazzaaaaaaaa on (September 3, 2010, 12:01 GMT)

Lol its funny how all the moaners are complaining that there are too many NSW players and not enough from Victoria and QLD who made the Shield finals. Yet no one seems to mention that the reason why they made the finals was because NSW had all their best players missing. Lets take a look at a full strength NSW side: 1. Jaques 2. Hughes 3. Katich 4. Clarke 5. Kawaja 6. Watson 7. Haddin 8. Smith 9. Hauritz. 10. Clark 11. Bollinger. Then there's Warner, Bracken, Lee, Copeland and Hazlewood. If all the Aus players were available for their states, no way would Victoria or QLD beat NSW, as was shown in the Champions League when NSW had all their players, they comprehensively won the tournament and beat Victoria easily along the way.

Posted by   on (September 3, 2010, 10:50 GMT)

i would put the australian fast bowling as better than their the top katich and watson have been almost prolific however watson is not a correct batsman and probably would find it difficult to play spinners...north while not being in recent form is in the side because he has a record of propping up the side after a top order failure but many think his bowling might be worth a try in india...otherwise hughes would have tobe played in his place and he does not seem tobe a middle order player

Posted by diss on (September 3, 2010, 10:02 GMT)

@ Psyc_s Imagine if Pakistan had a team comparable to India and they played against each other in a 5 Test home and away series every 2 years. Amazing. You can't help but have everything else pale a little in comparison. And no Australian seriously views India as a walk in a park. Even in the years where Australia were world beaters, India were a stern challenge and I always loved following those games.

Posted by   on (September 3, 2010, 9:03 GMT)

Batting looks thin with strong bowling options...

Posted by spun_thru-thg8 on (September 3, 2010, 8:44 GMT)

If its not a rude question....who are these Queensland and Victorian players wrongly left out the Australia side the best contenders from Victoria would be Rogers, Hussey and White and the first two are both the wrong side of 30 and part of the problem with Australian cricket is the proportion of the side thats reaching their "use by dates". Whites got a claim but they probably wish his bowling was more effective. Siddle would be a contender if fit while Mckay seems better suited for limited overs and McGains not threatening ex Queenslander Hauritz for a spot. Phil Hughes may be from New South Wales but apart from that he has youth on his side and a decent record at test level. As for Queensland who is pushing for selection... Carseldine maybe or Chris Simpson or is Symonds making a comeback.Who is it that missed out there??? Maybe if NSW wasnt providing so many capable players at Test level they would win the sheffield shield more regularly.

Posted by Psyc_s on (September 3, 2010, 6:37 GMT)

One problem with Australian team and Aussie supporters is they treat all matches apart from Ashes series are useless. They talk in such a way that coming to India and playing is just like they can win every match but they don't want to win, in order to get the feeling of losing. Irrespective of the result of first test match they will start talking about the positives they gained for Ashes series. England team have the same attitude of seeing all the teams except Australia & Newzealand are in Third World. As Aussies fear to lay seaming wickets for England, India has the same thing in preparing Bouncy wickets to Aussies. Altogether that is real test of playing Away test matches in new conditions.

Posted by   on (September 3, 2010, 6:31 GMT)

Would be an even better team without Hussey and North

Posted by   on (September 3, 2010, 6:30 GMT)

Goodness me, all the moaners from the colonies have popped their heads above the ramparts eh? Hughes - Given, Hauritz - Given, Hazelwood - Best young fast bowling prospect since McGrath. It's not NSW fault that the talent is concentrated in the Premier State. Stick to VFL gents

Posted by AndrewFromOz on (September 3, 2010, 6:16 GMT)

Probably still not enough NSW players for Cricket Australia's liking. Btw, who won the Sheffield Shield last summer? Couldn't have been Victoria... none of their players are deemed "good" enough...

Posted by   on (September 3, 2010, 5:53 GMT)

@ Krishnan_Narayanan TN are champions? ..what have they won i can remember its Mumbai who has won Ranji for last two years ..not to mention they win it most of the times ....

Posted by deanc on (September 3, 2010, 5:45 GMT)

Good balanced Aus squad. North 'should' make runs given the conditions and his ability against spinners. This series will test Paine's keeping ablity behind the stumps. Obvious outcomes are two batting draws unless the hosts prepare 'result' pitches which is unlikely. No UDRS is a disappointing outcome for both teams, aparently the hosts prefer controversy over fairness.

Posted by   on (September 3, 2010, 4:54 GMT)

a little surprised about the lack of qld and vic players in the squad, as they have been the best 2 sides in the shield comp for the past 2 years. I spose it just proves you need to have a blue cap before you get a green one

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (September 3, 2010, 4:50 GMT)

If India win - they are @ home and batsman friendly pitches. If India lose- they are very poor side in home coditions too! If India won abroad - opponent was not strong. If lost - shame shame... LOL

Posted by tanstell87 on (September 3, 2010, 4:05 GMT)


Vijay,Badrinath,Balaji, r all given chances ahead of Uthappa,Pujara and Rahane......who r deseving candidates......but Srikanth iz only promoting TN dem chances again nd again...

Posted by Puppster23 on (September 3, 2010, 3:35 GMT)

tritha16... Oz already have Smith in the squad, so why should they have any more spinners!!!

Posted by Chris_P on (September 3, 2010, 3:29 GMT)

@havocsat. What you say is correct, but still, India have not beaten a quality team away from India, which was the original statement. And yes, there are a lot of NSW players, but have a look how many have transferred there (Watson, Katich, Hauritz). Clarke, Smith, Bollinger, Hughes deserve their place and clearly, Hazelwood is groomed for the future. Ifall these players were available for the full Sheffield Shield program, do you really think Victoria would have won it? I agree, if there was a spinner worthy enough to be picked, another quality spinner would have been better, but the cupboard is bare. The pace attack will surprise many as they will be better suited to Indian pitches (except Hilfenaus) than English pitches. Watch Doug Bolly being the surprise package. Anyone writing off Tim Paine as just a backup keeper will be surprised. One of his earliest innings in fc cricket was scoring a double century against a strong WA as an opener! Not a bad way to start I would suggest.

Posted by   on (September 3, 2010, 2:56 GMT)

Why not just send the New South Wales team? It is plain to see that the old boys club is alive and well. David Hookes was right.

Posted by DanielP on (September 3, 2010, 2:07 GMT)

They should just start handing NSW players a baggy green cap when they give them the blue one. That would save time.

Posted by redneck on (September 3, 2010, 1:09 GMT)

how thankful must north be about taking a 5 for at lords! if he didnt do that i doubt he would have got a ticket to india. good selection overall, siddle is the only person missing from a full strength team in my view. very interested to see the bowling make up of the aussies??? will hilfey be given a shot in unfavorable conditions or will they go for a second spinner? or even try the bean pole george out? anyhow going on the typical indian pitch the team who wins the toss will be the only team with a shot of winning barring a freak colapse ala headingly!

Posted by   on (September 3, 2010, 0:49 GMT)

finaly ! hughes and hauritz got their places in team!

Posted by Okakaboka on (September 3, 2010, 0:12 GMT)

This team is a National Scandal. What is Andrew Hilditch thinking...he is not!!! The Australian team is NOT NSW with a couple of others. Hazelwood....You are joking! Young Hastings from Victoria is a much better bowler. North.....Help us all! How big a list of better players do you want! There are guys playing District Cricket who are better than him. Come on selectors...get rid of your prejudices and select the team professionally.

Posted by Rooboy on (September 3, 2010, 0:08 GMT)

@Adrian Bartsch, I agree. Along with the point you make, let's also not forget that Hughes dominated Steyn and co, who were really out to intimidate him with the short stuff. So to say Hughes has a weakness against short pitched bowling on the basis of a couple of poor innings is a bit premature in my mind. @BalldiƱho II, I like that suggestion ... Hughes in, Watto to 3, Punter to 4 and North out. I also think Callum Ferguson is a better long term option than Khwaja, I know he's coming back from injury but his performances in ODI's for Aus have already shown he is up to the international level. But given that Ferg plays for South Australia and Khwaja for NSW, I think we can tell which one will be preferred.

Posted by spun_thru-thg8 on (September 3, 2010, 0:00 GMT)

Fail to see how this side is top heavy with new south welshman when katich and hauritz both debuted as test players while playing for other states and watson hasnt turned out for NSW yet and isnt likely to. Just like a lot of football codes these days where you come from from means less than who can affiord your services. As for the Victorians absent from the squad I agree that White should get another chance he batted reasonabley well last time in India, though maybe his reduced role as a bowler has limited his opportunities. As for Siddle the last place a fast bowler fresh from a back injury should be re-introduced is India...sure he will return to consideration for the ashes. Where Dave Hussey is concerned its unfortunate he didnt play tests but seriously the last thing Australia needs is an another over 30 test debutant with a limited shelf life. Good on the selectors for getting younger players into the side thats been needed for some time. Hope we get a contest in India..cantwait

Posted by SP31 on (September 2, 2010, 23:41 GMT)

They should have picked Usman Khawaja in place of Marcus North as North's current form is not that great and Usman is doing really good in Domestics, so he should have given chance.

Posted by   on (September 2, 2010, 22:41 GMT)

There should have been a match in Mumbai.....It has not hosted matches for some time now.....I guess series will be dominated by batsmen partly because of pitches but largely due to weak bowling line ups and strong atting lineups of either teams...... My prediction India 1-0......Only chance for Australia I guess is if Mohali produces Green track and India bats first

Posted by smudgeon on (September 2, 2010, 22:30 GMT)

Seems a reasonable side. I probably would have dropped North in favour of giving Usman Khawaja a chance at the top level, and maybe picked Siddle (I'm thinking he isn't 100% fit yet?) instead of Josh Hazlewood. I think whatever the makeup of the side, it's going to be an India win or a drawn series at best. It's always a tough gig being a bowler in India (few Australian bowlers have done well there), and I think Australia's batting lineup lacks the talent of India's. As a Tasmanian, here's hoping Paine & Hilf really put in a good show! About time there was a bit of disproportionate representation from a state other than NSW :)

Posted by   on (September 2, 2010, 22:02 GMT)

@tirtha16 - Steven Smith is the second spinner (Leg Break Googly) in the squad. He is also a decent bat.

Posted by tirtha16 on (September 2, 2010, 21:31 GMT)

This Australian team should have had one more spinner ....probably C.White or J.Krezja ...I don't see a good spinner in Clarke or North to support Nathan....and keeping in Indian conditions will be hard for the rookie keeper. Best of luck for him too..Hope to see some dry and cracked pitches at this time of the year in India....I think India will win this test series 1-0 or may be 2-0

Posted by Something_Witty on (September 2, 2010, 20:41 GMT)

I just hope the pitches that are prepared are sporting. If they are as they usually are it's going to be a boring series where batsmen's averages go flying up.

Posted by Krishnan_Narayanan on (September 2, 2010, 20:15 GMT)

@ tanstell87, pls dnt be mean.. There are already 4-5 players from Mumbai playing for India. Rohit, Tendulkar, Zaheer and only 2 from Tamil Nadu (Ashwin & karthik) in squad of 15 in ODI. Remember TN are the champions.. Pls dnt be cursing out all time..Its not only Srikanth's decision but also Dhoni plays an important role in selection. We are getting irritated by you guys complaining everytime.

On this subject of Australian team, i believe this team is not the strongest one which has toured India quite sometime but an equally impressive team. Lets hope there is an even contest in the series and make the tests go to the next level.

Posted by havocsat on (September 2, 2010, 20:11 GMT)

To all srilankan fans... just for u friends to get a real perspective of whr u stand... In all your 28 years of test match cricket SriLanka AWAY from home has won a grand total of ZERO test matches against Aus, SA, India. U have won just 2 against eng n nz. N this embarrassing record with the services of MURALI at ur disposal.. Wake up n smell the coffee guys...!!!

Posted by   on (September 2, 2010, 19:09 GMT)

No Cam White, Peter Siddle or David Hussey (who's a great vatter and probably better offspinner than Hauritz). We will be shipped. Maybe they're sending a second-rate team over so the best players are fit for the Ashes?

Posted by tanstell87 on (September 2, 2010, 18:53 GMT)

I see a lot of New South Welshmen are in the Victorians...who have won Sheffield Shield for last two years...this also happens with Indian team...even after winning Ranji Trophy for million times...Mumbai players dont find place in Team India... Greg Chappel(now Australian selector)being from Adelaide(South Australia) selects people from NSW...while our Srikkant selects players from TN !

Posted by   on (September 2, 2010, 18:39 GMT)

if australia wins even a one test match in india with this squad i will be suprised..

Posted by sonjjay on (September 2, 2010, 18:28 GMT)

@ Blue angel u got it right dude, they can only play in their home condtions and a bunch of people who geniunely lack appreciation for skill, nevertheless these guys couldnt beat us at home last year nor could beat us in their own backyard (test)this year, by the way sri lanka is going to australia for a 3 odi series we won an odi series in australia last time which again ur side will never be able to do...

Posted by havocsat on (September 2, 2010, 18:16 GMT)

Mr. Javed an interesting statistic for u... In the last 10 years ... India AWAY from home has a positive 1.15 w/l ratio... out of 60 test matches they have won 22 n lost 19 n this includes 2 wins each against australia eng wi n pak , 3 against sl, 1 each against sa n nz... Among other asian teams sri lanka in the last 10 years has a negative 0.65 w/l ratio.. Pakistan a worse negative 0.57 w/l ratio... Thats away and at HOME India has a 3.14 w/l ratio.... so really Australia can say bye to their chances to show anything of note here in India... Only commentary of interest wd be if India were playing them in australia cos then we wd have seen a tough fight!!!

Posted by elmo_leon on (September 2, 2010, 17:55 GMT)

aiyo! no peter siddle! :(

Posted by   on (September 2, 2010, 17:51 GMT)

It may be a dull series considering the flat pitches to be used in the series.Indian batting should outperform its Australian counterpart if the form of Aussies anything to go by.India can only win if they amass a huge score so that the opposition may crumble under the pressure of runs or somehow reverse swing the ball as Zaheer did in the last series.I dont see Australia winning any tests but still they can prove many of us wrong.

Posted by   on (September 2, 2010, 17:45 GMT)

I love Aussie vs India always but i m not a big supporter of slow and low pitches.. johnson & bollinger are fast bowlers they like to attach and Indian have a solid batting line up but i like to see a fight which is not possible on slow and low pitches.. i love to watch when Indian plays on Aussie Grounds :)

Posted by gottalovetheraindance on (September 2, 2010, 17:14 GMT)

@ blue _ angel thats a bit cocky dont u think seeing that Australia nearly lost 3 test matches in their own back yard last summer 2 Pakistan & West Indies beware u guys dont lose the ashes cause then a lot of ppl will b laughing their heads of

Posted by   on (September 2, 2010, 17:12 GMT)

i thing it is test for Aus bowlers aginst indian batting line up becz we have solow track in india.

Posted by   on (September 2, 2010, 16:57 GMT)

For India, bring in Irfan Pathan at number 7. He will be very useful than Raina or Yuvraj. With Zak, Bhajji and Ishant, I would like to see Ashwin in the playing 11. His bowling will definitely be a threat to the Aussies.

Posted by   on (September 2, 2010, 16:36 GMT)

india will win this test series,aussies have no chance to win this series.

Posted by   on (September 2, 2010, 15:58 GMT)

its a great chance for aussies to show against india pace attack of johnson n bollinger n their short pitched delivery'll be intresting to wwathch .It's like a net practise before ashes.

Posted by   on (September 2, 2010, 15:58 GMT)

where is Usman Khwaja???? Marcus North is Useless... Give Khwaja a chance 2 Play 4 Aus...gud 2 see Hauritz is back....

Posted by Javed2010 on (September 2, 2010, 15:34 GMT)

This is good australian test selection, only thing is Australia much stronger for India, specially the indian has great batting but very medicore, below test standard bowling side, this will not match to austrlian. Only good thing India playing on home ground thats make them comfortable, India never won a cricket series on abroad against good teams.Australia have advantage have played last series with Pakistan, which have world best bowling side. My all support to Australian team.

Posted by   on (September 2, 2010, 15:24 GMT)

It is interesting to see the coments regarding Hughes and short pitch bowling. Thomas has pointed out the weakness with the short ball and how he will go with Finn during the Ashes. Hughes has a good record domestically in Australia on fast bouncy pitches. I'm sure he will do ok if required, only time will tell! I think his selection in India will depend on what the pitches are going to be like & Hauritz's fitness. If they are dry, dusty (and doctored!) I think he will probably play. I can see Watson going to 6 (despite Aussie selectors saying they'll perservere with North). That way Watson will bowl more allowing Australia to go in with 2 spinners (Hauritz & Smith)& 2 seamers (Johnson & Bollinger) . if hauritz can't play (although he has been passed as 'fit'), North will bat at 6 and will be a back up spinner. Should be a good series!

Posted by   on (September 2, 2010, 15:20 GMT)

it will be a good series and tough one for AUZEEEE.........

Posted by   on (September 2, 2010, 15:01 GMT)

i feel australia is not the threat it used to be...... without a decent enough spinner u cant conquer india... besides ponting is on the road downhill........ his days at top r over n done with... hussey is a pedestrian in india........ tim paine is at best a substitute wicket keeper....... watson though has potential...... clarke is the key in indian conditions................ hilfenhaus n bollinger r good at best...... johnson is not at his best............... on the other hand with the return of the three biggies....... tendulkar, dravid n laxman in the middle order and with the devastating sehvag n gambhir combination as openers we have the best batting line up in this world..... though, to blow the aussies out india need to get zaheer n harbhajan fully fit n kicking........ second n third seemers r a worry though.......... n if we play two spinners its a tie between ojha n mishra........ both are average at best. ashvin needs a look in though but not in this important series.....

Posted by Gordo85 on (September 2, 2010, 15:01 GMT)

Oh no Cricket Australia has fallen back into it's bad habbits again. It looks like there are eight New South Wales players in the pool. I am glad to see Peter George in there since he does deserve a chance unlike some other players. I can't understand why they have picked Josh Hazlewood in the pool since he doesn't even deserve to be in it, he has only played 6 First Class games and I find it a joke. They should have picked a Victorian for starters since there is not one listed in the pool at all. Maybe because New South Wales and Victoria the teams don't like eachother and thus influences the selectors to give a raw deal to the Vics?

Posted by Farce-Follower on (September 2, 2010, 14:56 GMT)

Thank god the first test is not in Bangalore - which Oz would have walked away with. But still my prediction 1-1 (Mohali to India and Bangalore to Oz)

Posted by blue_angel on (September 2, 2010, 14:55 GMT)

well..hope it will be a great series...all these mess due to match fixing has been a pain in the neck..i believe it will be a real cricket thing..not some puppet dance. but i saw some srilankan comments...boys get a life.....murali is gone now..srilanka is nobody without murali..and if some team is overrated then it is srilanka..not india..india has atleast managed to win some matches in australia..n srilanka is pathetic in australia. stop being morons...count yourself lucky if srilanka ever manages to win a test match again outside srilanka.......get a life and enjoy cricket.....

Posted by   on (September 2, 2010, 14:49 GMT)

This will be a battle of the bats, there are going to be many fresh bowlers on both sides vs many experienced batsmen. I hope the pitches are not flat tracks, any bowler for either side who does well here has a bright future. That all said it feels like this is a warm up for the ODI's as the WC is coming up soon, it feels like this will have 5 fake WC Finals, ready for the real thing in 6 months

Posted by landl47 on (September 2, 2010, 14:42 GMT)

This seems like a curious selection to me. There's no way to evaluate the young players (George, Hazlewood and Hughes) based on the low, slow, flat wickets in India. I'm assuming Australia will keep the same side as lost to Pakistan in its last match and let the youngsters just get the feel of a test squad. India really isn't that good a team at the moment, just a side hanging on through the last glory days of Tendulkar, Dravid (both 37) and Laxman (35). Their bowling shouldn't trouble the Aussies unduly. Australia to win and get an entirely false sense of security heading into the Ashes.

Posted by Sachin_da_yaar on (September 2, 2010, 14:33 GMT)

India Will Surely win the Australia Test Series, if go in with following Combination.

Playing-11 : Gambhir, Sehwag (CAPTAIN), Dravid(VICE-CAPTAIN), Sachin, Laxman, Raina, Dhoni(W-K), Harbhajan, Zaheer, Munaf Patel, Ojha, 12th Man : Yuvraj, 13th: Murali Vijay, 14th: Irfan Pathan, 15th: Abhimanyu Mithun/ Unadkat, 16th: Cheteshwar Pujara.

Pls. Selectors, Consider the Above Combination, as India Surely Need Consistent Performers like Pujara, Munaf and Ojha. Irfan definitely deserves a Place, as an All-Rounder he gives a Good Balance to he Team, India Surely Needs Young Legs Like of Abhimanyu Mithun, as he can Bowl with A Lot of Energy & Passion. Also, we shall start giving International Exposure to Pujara, as he is going to Perfectly Fit in Shoes of Laxman, after the Later's Retirement from International Cricket. Till than, Pujara shall be made a Permanent Member of Indian-16.

Most of Australians Are low on Experience on Indian Pitches, It won't be Easy for them to WIN in INDIA.

Posted by crikkfan on (September 2, 2010, 14:31 GMT)

Da-Silva1996 There are 2 sides to the same coin - the indian team that does not look good to you drew 1-1 against SL in SL - Sehwag was terrific, Sachin and Laxman were in fine nick and Dravid was out of form. They didnt have their front-line bowlers Zaheer and Bhajji. If India gets their main bowlers back and on home pitches, no way are they going to lose any series - only once has it happened against Australia in recent memory (Gilchrist's side).

Posted by Chris_P on (September 2, 2010, 14:29 GMT)

Nothing too surprising about the squad, Usman Khawaja got a start in the touring side in England due to Hughe's inury, his time will come, he is too classy not to play test cricket. North's chances are quickly running out, but at least the selectors are conssitent, after all he did perform in NZ, and that is one very difficult place for batsmen to score. He was never going to be dropped after 2 tests. Bollinger will be the surprise packet as these conditions will suit him better than England and he has been very complimentary of the Indian conditions & supporters. Apparently he was a big hit with his IPL fan base. For those asking about Shaun Marsh, his one day/T20 form is great but his 1st class record is average and not even in the top 15 batsmen, so no way would he be have been in the mix. This isn't one day cricket, test cricket needs different disciplines that not every cricketer possesses.

Posted by Yassar on (September 2, 2010, 14:12 GMT)

Suprised at the exclusion of Usman Khawaja. He wasn't given an opportunity in the two test series against Pakistan despite the batsmen not doing too well. I would have thought he would have been good back-up for Marcus North who is really struggling.

Posted by Sachin_da_yaar on (September 2, 2010, 14:01 GMT)

India Will Surely win the Australia Test Series, if go in with following Combination.

Playing-11 : Gambhir, Sehwag (CAPTAIN), Dravid(VICE-CAPTAIN), Sachin, Laxman, Raina, Dhoni(W-K), Harbhajan, Zaheer, Munaf Patel, Ojha, 12th Man : Yuvraj, 13th: Murali Vijay, 14th: Irfan Pathan, 15th: Abhimanyu Mithun/ Unadkat, 16th: Cheteshwar Pujara.

Pls. Selectors, Consider the Above Combination, as India Surely Need Consistent Performers like Pujara, Munaf and Ojha. Irfan definitely deserves a Place, as an All-Rounder he gives a Good Balance to he Team, India Surely Needs Young Legs Like of Abhimanyu Mithun, as he can Bowl with A Lot of Energy & Passion. Also, we shall start giving International Exposure to Pujara, as he is going to Perfectly Fit in Shoes of Laxman, after the Later's Retirement from International Cricket. Till than, Pujara shall be made a Permanent Member of Indian-16.

Most of Australians Are low on Experience on Indian Pitches, It won't be Easy for them to WIN in INDIA.

Posted by SachinIsTheGreatest on (September 2, 2010, 13:58 GMT)

Da-Silva1996, good points!! A 5-wicket(one a tailender) thumping is a "narrow" defeat and any brilliant suggestions for why SL were hammered 2-0 in their last series in India. Oh sorry, it never happened, did it?

The Aussie bowling is strong and India would underrate it at their own peril. And why has Kreijza not found a place in the team anymore? Form or injury?

Am glad though the Aussies remembered to announce a team for this pesky little sideshow before their "real" battle begins in November :-p

Posted by Balajipost on (September 2, 2010, 13:24 GMT)

I am Indian Fan, but unlike few of my countrymen not unrealiztic or given to hype. I think this is a very good Australian side. I would have said the series would be toughly competed if Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan are available. Without them I feel this would be 1-0 in favour of Australia at best. Many seem to suggest Marcus North is a bad choice. But he is a good player of spin and I think he is going to come good. Looking forward to an interesting series.

Posted by   on (September 2, 2010, 12:43 GMT)

I am so looking forward to this contest, last time Aus did well in India although 2-0 score line in favour of india doesn't indicate that. I am so very much disappointed to see that only 2 test matches will be played, at-least 3 test matches are must since these contests are mouth watering. I am little concerned about India as they have pathetic record in the opening game, this time I feel that bouncing back would be difficult....... Lets hope for the best !!

Posted by katycat on (September 2, 2010, 12:36 GMT)

Marcio, if you actually took the time to read my message properly you would have noticed I was referring to North, not Hughes.

Posted by David47 on (September 2, 2010, 12:26 GMT)

@mattinbgn - you would be a, um, ah, Victorian?? The reason that Victoria has won most of the domestic comps over the last couple of years would be.......??. Meanwhile, NSW has won most of the international stuff (ie the Australian side). Oh, and all you Indian supporters - man, I'm gonna have some fun on this blog if Aus win the test series - can't wait for your excuses; sorry, comments. But I agree with the comments re North. And Watson should drop down to the middle order.

Posted by jpa170478 on (September 2, 2010, 12:26 GMT)

India to win the series, but as usual Indian supporters in some kind of dreamland. Ranked number 1 at the moment but certainly not all conquering team like Australia was for a long time or West Indies before them. India, South Africa, Sri Lanka, England and a developing Australia are all very competitive

Posted by Seers on (September 2, 2010, 12:20 GMT)

In reality, since becoming opener Watson has scored 990 runs in 22 innings at an average of 47 and with only one century. That's a very good return but nothing great. In comparison Hughes was dropped, yet has a better record of 615 runs in 13 innings at an average of 51.25 and two centuries. Similarly Phil Jaques scored 902 runs in 19 innings at average of 47.5 and 3 centuries. Therefore, Watson has the worst record of the 3 at opener. Plus the other benefit of having Watson in the middle order is to get rid of the North liability and use Watson for more bowling.

Posted by PRasHanT_PoL on (September 2, 2010, 12:15 GMT)

I think they shud drop MARCUS NORTH & CAMERON WHITE deserves da place. CAMERON WHITE Great Player ALL-ROUNDER...

Posted by   on (September 2, 2010, 12:11 GMT)

Hughes is a fascinating addition. I'm an English fan myself so it's hard for me not to see this series through the prism of the Ashes; in selecting Hazlewood and Hughes I think that it's fairly clear that the Aussies selectors are doing similar. Hughes is in there to give him a taste of Tests again on slow wickets against an attack who aren't suited to exploiting the one obvious weakness that was exposed over here last year. I'm sure that he will have been working hard on how he deals with bounce at pace, but this series isn't going to show whether or not he's been successful, only if and when he faces up to Finn will we all know. With regards North, I think that Ponting clearly sees him as some sort of lieutenant in his team and is unwilling to drop him in favour of yet another inexperienced player in the face of the upcoming challenge of two settled, highly competitive teams. That, and, inexplicably, he seems to rate his spin. Is there a good reason for not giving Katich a go?

Posted by   on (September 2, 2010, 12:09 GMT)

It will be fun to watch test match bw aus n india ..specially SEHWAG vs Aussie attack but we hav to wait for Indian squad im sure they will also make mistake in selection...

Posted by Da-Silva1996 on (September 2, 2010, 11:44 GMT)

Judging from the Sri Lanka-India tests the India number ranked team does not look good apart from Sehwag.Sri Lanka won the 1st test with ease but then after Murali's retirement were in rebuilding mode with regards to the bowling hence the draw and narrow defeat.Sehwag can only perform so much but recently he has been getting out in ODI's to the better teams like Sri Lanka so Austrailia should not be concerned about him because the entire Indian overrated team is under fire to perform and you can sense something is about to give sooner or later because they are seriously lacking new talent and the current crop of players are tried and tested failures.Austrailia are in rebuilding as well but their new generation of players have performed no too badly and they have a great chance to put the Indian team away especially when they are down in the dumps.

Posted by   on (September 2, 2010, 11:25 GMT)

To the guy that said DROP WATSON DOWN THE ORDER, are you insane? He's been one of the highest Run Scorers in World Cricket since becoming an opener why would you change that?? If anything put him at #3 and drop Ponting down the order as he hasn't delivered there for quite some time!

Posted by   on (September 2, 2010, 11:22 GMT)

This will be a very tough series for India.... Australians have a good record on Indian Pitches! Good Luck India!

Posted by Marcio on (September 2, 2010, 11:19 GMT)

@shaunmarsh you ask "How can Hughes fail so much yet continue to be given so many chances?" Hughes has a test average of 51 and a first class average of 60, I suspect your definition of "fail" needs some adjustment.

Posted by   on (September 2, 2010, 10:43 GMT)

Marcus North gives a completely different view on spot-fixing..... he could bag a king pair dropped 27 catches in one match and go for over 100 runs in his 10 overs and yet still will never be dropped....

Posted by Runster1 on (September 2, 2010, 10:41 GMT)

I dont see how these changes will completely alter or influence the result of the India-Australia tests. PS: Hey cricinfo fellas; are any of you doing cricinfo fantasy gaming Champions League? I dont really know that many people on this website, so could you plz post your LPIN here! You now know my screen name (Runster1) so u knw who to accept etc. PLZ! btw: I really like IPL and T20 and stuff. PLZ post it and accept me!!! :D

Posted by   on (September 2, 2010, 10:31 GMT)

i think they shud drop MARCUS NORTH n Usman khuwaja deserves da place wea is he ?

Posted by   on (September 2, 2010, 10:30 GMT)

Its a decent squad, wonder will these bowlers be much effective in India. They failed last time badly with a good bowling side.

Posted by   on (September 2, 2010, 10:27 GMT)

Understand people's misgivings about North... But he's still, unfortunately, the incumbent. Perhaps the selectors are allowing him the opportunity to fail? Not sure why a couple of you are bigging up Shaun Marsh for the test side. He's got a terrible first class record and doesn't even play 4 day cricket for WA. Presume his backers here are IPL fans :-/

Posted by indnumerouno on (September 2, 2010, 10:12 GMT)

india win 2-0 if aussie batting fails,india win 1-0 if aussie batting punches above/at it's weight.....key players for the aussies would be watson,johnson,ponting,clarke and hussey...!katich in my opinion could be a bit of a surprise package for the indians as he has done well both in england and NZ which r alien condition for the aussies

Posted by Puppster23 on (September 2, 2010, 10:09 GMT)

@Joseph Mcgahan You know that Hughes averages close to 70 in FC cricket and 50 odd in test cricket, whereas Marsh has a very ordinary FC record!! Hughes is unorthodox, but still he is an awesome talent and would score tons of runs for Oz in years to come.

Posted by   on (September 2, 2010, 9:56 GMT)

well i don't think that this Australian side can win the series against India,,,, if u look at the both sides there is a hell of difference of the batting,,, i.e. Punter, Pup & north are not in a good touch, whereas the indian batting strength is awesome,.,,, but if we compare the bowling line up then Australians are leading. Doug,Johnson,Watson etc. are better than indian bowling. so its going to be a great contest but Indian side will be Favorite in this Series.Cheers

Posted by mattinbgn on (September 2, 2010, 9:52 GMT)

Needs more New South Welshmen. Nine in the team is not enough. Also, good to see that no Victorians (the team that won the last two Sheffield Shields) in the team. Way to go, Chappell and co...

Posted by   on (September 2, 2010, 9:52 GMT)

My best playing 11 for this series: Phillip Hughes, Simon Katich, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke, Michael Hussey, Shane Watson, Tim Paine (wk), Nathan Hauritz, Doug Bollinger, Mitchell Johnson, Ben Hilfenhaus. Series will be either in favour of Australia as 2-0 or drawn as 1-1. Doesn't look like India winning this series.

Posted by Gupta.Ankur on (September 2, 2010, 9:50 GMT)

Australia's batsmen will find it difficult to cope with indian conditions esp. their batsmen who are lead by poor-attack bully in ponting...

Also their bowlers can only bowl straight deliveries at 90 m/h............which will only aid the world's best batting line-up...

Posted by C.W.Beer on (September 2, 2010, 9:48 GMT)

it will be interesting to see how punter will perform on slow indian pitches.......... especially when he is struggling... I think smith shoudn't be there ... his bowling is just a bonus.... otherwise u can't rely on him totally..he should be considered for no. 6 .....

Posted by   on (September 2, 2010, 9:46 GMT)

would like to see hughs out and a betsman with real talent/style in the team eg one of the marsh brothers, same goes for smith

Posted by   on (September 2, 2010, 9:34 GMT)

If Hussey and North fail...

1. Hughes 2. Katich 3. Ponting 4. Clarke 5. Watson 6. Paine/Smith 7. Pain/Smith

Posted by sankar800 on (September 2, 2010, 9:29 GMT)

Eagerly waiting for this test and odi series!

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (September 2, 2010, 9:26 GMT)

I guess that the question is whether or not a slightly erratic India will have the desire to push for a 2-0 win. Almost despite themselves they find their lead at the top of the ICC Test Championship increasing to a gaping chasm and a big win against Australia would certainly shut up the doubters.

Posted by Naren on (September 2, 2010, 9:18 GMT)

I think narayanan and shashank are typical indians who does not understand the reality and live in a dream world of the hyped Indian cricketers. Except for Sachin.. I don't think anybody in this Indian team is capable of surprising visiting teams. They are also used to playing in dead tracks these days. So even if they get a sporty indian wicket they are going to have a hard time against any team. Don't underestimate players like Johnson... they can be in any extreames.

Posted by   on (September 2, 2010, 9:16 GMT)

Australian team is never easy to beat, irrespective of their team compo.. It will be a tough contest and India will have to again rely on the big guns to fire (Sehwag, Sachin, Dravid and Laxman).

Posted by StarveTheLizard on (September 2, 2010, 9:14 GMT)

Hey Ujjawal, if the results are 2-1 then we will definitely know the fix was in. I believe there are only two tests.

Posted by   on (September 2, 2010, 9:12 GMT)

in india the australian top order could prove tobe brittle and i think they have no substitute for a batting failure in the top order.. kerry okeefe was a good left arm spinner and smith still seems tobe in the learning stage...australia should try three pacemen and two spinners in india...phillips hughes too could succeed since the indians dont have any sharp aggressive pacemen and the slow pitches are not conducive to bounce...india need to look at sprucing up their fast bowling

Posted by StarveTheLizard on (September 2, 2010, 9:09 GMT)

What's with these selectors? Hughes had a couple of low scores, then was dropped. North is a freaking passenger for months but you can't prize him out of the order with a crow-bar!

Watson hasn't had a good score as an opener in any form of the game now for a while. I don't expect there to be any change to Australia's fragile line up in Mohali, however. The Aussie "think tank" has form that's even worse than North's. (Do people bet on the number of stupid decisions these guys make? It's just a thought.)

If Watson opens and North is in the eleven then I switch allegiance and cheer for India!

Posted by katycat on (September 2, 2010, 8:54 GMT)

Keeping North in the squad is ridiculous. How can he fail so much yet continue to be given so many chances? Shaun Marsh should have been given the opportunity instead.

Posted by Something_Witty on (September 2, 2010, 8:47 GMT)

and Popcorn, that's very harsh on Hughes. I don't see how he was one of the main reasons we lost... he only played in two of the five tests, one of which we completely dominated.

Posted by dineshdutt on (September 2, 2010, 8:47 GMT)

SO THIS IS THE BEST TEAM FROM AUSTRALIA......... Welcome to India. Especially the newcomers. Its gonna help you a lot. You are going to face the number one team, number one batting line up here... Watch out for Dravid... He'll be back to the sublime touch once again....... Can't wait for such tests...... India vs Australia..........

Posted by Something_Witty on (September 2, 2010, 8:42 GMT)

*Sigh*. Get rid of North and replace him with Smith or Hughes please. Everyone wants it, everyone knows it will come eventually, why don't you just get the unpleasant business over and done with?

Posted by The_Dynamite_Kid on (September 2, 2010, 8:42 GMT)

@Ujjawal Sinha Yeah, result would be 2-1 in a series of 2 Test matches. Great prediction.

Posted by Sameer_Ponnada on (September 2, 2010, 8:38 GMT)

A good test series on the cards..but then, flat Indian tracks do not make it as exciting as test cricket ought to be.. I hope curators come up with tracks equally benefiting bowlers and batsman..That will be a good opportunity for young Indian "spoilt" (as wasim akram said) batsmen..

Posted by chad_reid on (September 2, 2010, 8:34 GMT)


Posted by nataraajds on (September 2, 2010, 8:32 GMT)

Sehwag,Gambir/m.vijay , Dravid,Sachin,Laxman,Raina,Dhoni,Zaheer,Harbajan - these 9 players automatically get selected... the question is who will partner Zaheer and Harbajan? we have Ishanth, Mithun who were not very impressive in SL tour, Try sreesanth if fit or else try Irfan (play him in practice match against Aus & see) for spinners Ohja did well in 3rd test SL , so we try him again.

we don't have much options in bowling because all possible candidates have under performed during their opportunities- Mithun,Vinay Kumar, Dinda, Ashwin all needs international experience. let them more India A games and perform well there.

Posted by Saravjit on (September 2, 2010, 8:13 GMT)

Get Set Guys for Some More Magic from VVS Laxman , has had a great year with Great 100's , Match Winning ag SA & SL. We all remember his 6 100's against the Aussies , 4 of them in Australia.

Posted by   on (September 2, 2010, 8:02 GMT)

why usman khawaja is being left out without giving him any opportunity to show his talent???

Posted by Raju_Iyer on (September 2, 2010, 7:46 GMT)

Looking forward to a wonderful contest. Hope Ricky does not suffer the same fate as Hayden and Hauritz does not follow in Krejza's footsteps after their last tour. We will certainly miss Brett Lee but hope Australia's new breed of pace bowlers will fight it out. Of course it would be a delight to watch the likes of Clarke and Katcih. From India's perspective its a great opportunity for Ishant and Harbhajan to reclaim some of their lost glory and hope Rahul Dravid can make amends for his poor form last year. Just can't wait for 1st October. Long Live Test Cricket!

Posted by   on (September 2, 2010, 7:42 GMT)

Marcus North Staying is suprising 1. Khwaja should still be in the squad 2. O'Keefe should be in the squad for the fact that hes a better spinner than Smith 3.Hazlewood really? Trent Copeland has twice as man wickets as Hazlewood in 1 less game.

Posted by RaghuramanR on (September 2, 2010, 7:30 GMT)

It should suit Australia to have the first test against Mohali in Mohali. The batsmen and bowlers will definitely feel more comfortable. Dravid should be the key in India.

Posted by The_Dynamite_Kid on (September 2, 2010, 7:25 GMT)

Can't wait to see Ponting against Harbhajan Paaji again.

Posted by Paul-in-Finland on (September 2, 2010, 7:19 GMT)

Two practice matches...opps I mean two tests...

Posted by Gupta.Ankur on (September 2, 2010, 7:16 GMT)

This will be a very easy team to beat and a struggling ponting might actually do well to skip this tour...

Posted by s.bijoy1 on (September 2, 2010, 7:10 GMT)

A very good team in the indian conditions. The mix of young and experinece players will come handy during the course of trip.The guys who are going to have a great impact will be Smith and watson as they are the allrounders who can hit quick runs in no time.I'm waiting to see the contest !!! Be ware India No.1 ranking is there with you and it can be taken from you guys in no time. Please Bring in Guys like uttappa,sreeshanth,pujara,tiwary,i pathan,RP Singh. I think current indian pace attack lack destruction power,Nehra,ishant lack the wicket taking ability on the other hand RP Singh, Sreeshanth ,I pathan have that capability was the great example for the Win in CB Series, World Cup 20/20 2007 win. Please Srikanth this is the time put ur hands up and say i need world cup trophy to visit india and i ahd hold on 1983 world cup. Even you can consider experimenting I Pathan one down so that gives depth to the bating and even a bowling option.

Posted by   on (September 2, 2010, 6:57 GMT)

result is 2-1 ,all match are fixed

Posted by crazytaurean on (September 2, 2010, 6:48 GMT)

I wish Shaun Marsh finds a place somewhere in the squad, perhaps the ODI or T20 squad. He was a delight to watch in IPL-I.

Posted by KAIRAVA on (September 2, 2010, 6:37 GMT)

Australia's final XI for the 2 tests matches would be: Watson, Katich, Ponting, Clarke, Hussey, North, Paine, Hauritz, Johnson, Bollinger & Hilfenhaus. Those on the bench would be Hughes, Smith & the two newcomers.

Posted by   on (September 2, 2010, 6:28 GMT)

overall its good selection expect marcus north i still believe selectors should go with khawaja,white, david hussey or rogers anyone ahead of morth

Posted by Josh_Schon81 on (September 2, 2010, 6:27 GMT)

OK, good move by the selectors but I would love to see Chris Rogers, Pete Siddle, Ben Cutting or Chris Hartley. And how long til Harris and Haddin's back??? This would be my team for test #1 V India: Katich, Hughes, Ponting, Hussey, Clarke, Watson, Paine, Hauritz, Johnson, Hilfy, Bollinger. We need to get the formula just right for the ashes, and that's probably as watto down the order.

Posted by shashankvaish on (September 2, 2010, 6:19 GMT)

australia will definitely loose the series......they cant take 20 indian wkts........n given the red hot form of sehwag,sachin n laxman.....they will suffer....but also indian bowlers sans bhajji n zaheer r incapable a tough one for bowlers comin our way

Posted by popcorn on (September 2, 2010, 6:15 GMT)

The Selectors have chosen an excellent side for India.By the time the India tour is over, Ryan Harris, Brad Haddin and Peter Siddle will be fit for The Ashes. What a great side we have then! My only concern is Philip Hughes. Has he got over his bad technique failing in The Ashes 2009? His low scores, and poor opening partnership was one o the main reasons we lost the ashes in Englan. Hope he has had the sense to take tips from Greg Chappell, like Shane Watson did.

Posted by Iyer_Brain on (September 2, 2010, 6:15 GMT)

Slurp! Slurp! I see an Indian White wash against this inexperienced and not so hugely talented (as before) Australian side...

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