India A v Australians, Chennai, 2nd day February 17, 2013

Tiwary, spinners make it India A's day

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Australians 131 for 4 (Watson 84, Saxena 2-14) trail India A 451 (Tiwary 129, Gambhir 112) by 320 runs
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Australian batsmen lost four quick wickets just before stumps on the second day of their tour match against India A in Chennai. After India A scored 451, Australia got a strong start as their openers Shane Watson and Ed Cowan put on 116, scoring at more than five runs per over.

But once Cowan was trapped lbw by left-arm spinner Rakesh Dhurv for 40, No. 3 Phil Hughes was stumped in the next over off Jalaj Saxena. When Usman Khawaja and Watson had put on only 10 for the third wicket, Dhurv struck again to dismiss Watson for 84, who was scoring at nearly run-a-ball. To follow the earlier trend, Saxena picked the fourth Australian wicket in the next over, disturbing Usman Khawaja's stumps. Matthew Wade and and Moises Henriques survived the remaining six overs before stumps, after they lost their four wickets for 11 runs.

Resuming the day at 338 for 4, CM Gautam was dismissed in not much time by Peter Siddle for 38 and Saxena gave able support to Manoj Tiwary who brought up his hundred with a six off Xavier Doherty. Once their 76-run stand was broken with Tiwary's wicket, Dhurv scored a quick 21 and the Australians picked the last four wickets for five runs. Saxena was unbeaten on 30 before he picked up two wickets in eight overs later in the day.

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  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    I think a few things will be different in the test match. Most of the time the bowlers on show will be the fast men and the seamers and if they keep things quiet then the spinners might be in for luck as people come after them and actually gift them a wicket or two. Make no mistake, India would be tough for the aussie batsmen and charging the spinners before settling down will not work . They should be selectively aggressive and I expect the tail to wag and that might well hold the key. I did hear that the aussies were reversing and that might well hold the key. If Australia makes runs and for that they should hold their heads, they will push India. Otherwise the series would be one sided. Ramanujam Sridhar

  • POSTED BY Mooses on | February 17, 2013, 22:44 GMT

    A close look at the scorecard shows that the Australian pace bowlers only bowled in short spells and a limited number of overs early. They all kept it tight, with at worst 2.22 runs per over. In a test match, 3 pacemen, 1 pace allrounder, a spinner plus Michael Clarke could work. The pacemen can keep it tight in rotation from one end and bore the Indians out. If they try to attack the spinner at the other end too much, this could well lead to wickets, especially if the spinner can focus on bowling tight as well. In the absence of 2 world class spinners, this might be worth a shot.

  • POSTED BY rosh280 on | February 19, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    It will be tough for australia if they want to perform in india. once they get form it will be a different story they cant be defeated easily. From these matches, we can analyze that we have plenty of young talents ready to kickoff their show. Jalaj saxena, rakesh dhruv, manoj tiwari,abhinav mukund, murali vijay, cheteswar pujara, cm gowtham, parvez razool. it is a long list. It will be a pipedream for everyone. I definitely feel rakesh dhruv, jalaj saxena, parvez razool,ravindra jadeja and aswin are the great spin alrounders. I really feel pankaj singh, deepak chahar, iswar pandey should be given chance to bowl more in the innings they are great fastbowlers we have right now to test and use with bhuvanesh kumar.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | February 19, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    @ Doogius on (February 18, 2013, 6:18 GMT) - mate you said "...Lateral movement doesn't = grass its from root structure.." - roots are a part of the grass structure!!!!!! Therfor GRASS!!!! You are aware that Geology is the study of rocks?? You seem to think that Biology & Geology are the same- "...A green top has everything to do with geology, I can water and fertilise it till eternity but if the biology and the soil type don't support it, I'll get a desert..." Wrong The fact is they can play cricket in the UAE - yes? Therfor they can grow grass in a desert. I am fully aware of the differences between India & Oz in terms of pitches. I stated there was differences between the two. (By the way as there is no underlining function in making a comment I use capitals to EMPHASISE specific words, just explaining so you don't take offense!)

  • POSTED BY bumsonseats on | February 18, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    meety the indian cricketers have no idea what a green top is. the nearest to one was the test NZ won in australia last year. the wickets in aus/ eng are very similar apart from a little more bounce in oz but the grass is the same length. in saffaland the pitches are stacked very heavily in their favour to colour and length of grass. which i would say its as much of an advantage as spinning wickets in ind, sl, bd and pak were ever they are playing. i cannot understand why they cannot prepare wickets with grass, gods they can get as much rain granted a certain part of the year only but it could be done. then you could have bowlers that bowl fast an help them when they travel to certain countries

  • POSTED BY kc69 on | February 18, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    Even though Aussies look rusty in this 3 day match but Micheal Clarke will make a huge difference in actual tests.Luck for Aus that this was a 3 day match

  • POSTED BY binu.emiliya on | February 18, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    The team for first test:Shewag,Vijay/Dhawan,Pujara,Sachin,Kohli,Dhoni,Raveendra Jadeja,R Aswin,B Kumar,Ishanth,Ohja

  • POSTED BY oze13 on | February 18, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    Following on......the inevitable slide of Australian cricket continues unabated! Looks like Warnie was right. The ol' fella might have to play as well!

  • POSTED BY GMathews on | February 18, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    Sundara Rajan Sampath@ you are absolutely right, our crickters are so selfish and they are not worried about Indian cricket, our captains got so much authority, If Australians in that situation they must not do the same, our young batsmen lost a chance to bat, bowlers who is waiting ( Vinay,Kulkarni,Nayar) for Indian team chances havn't got opportunity to bowl,

  • POSTED BY www.cricketforever.net on | February 18, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    I am happy the way Indian spinners bowled but what about the seamers ? I mean, the figures tell it all ! Gony, one of the worst bowlers.. We need some better fast bowling talent... ! I am not sure that Ashwin is a great spinner either :/ ! He's just another mediocre spinner ! I guess the probable team will be :

    1) Sehwag 2) Dhawan 3) Pujara 4) Sachin 5) Kohli 6) Dhoni 7) Vijay/Rahane 8) Ashwin/Harbhajan 9) Ishant 10)Kumar 11)Ojha

    I want Rahane to be selected ahead of Vijay !! Bowling looks a little weak but the batting should be fine.. ! or atleast we should hope so !

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    I think a few things will be different in the test match. Most of the time the bowlers on show will be the fast men and the seamers and if they keep things quiet then the spinners might be in for luck as people come after them and actually gift them a wicket or two. Make no mistake, India would be tough for the aussie batsmen and charging the spinners before settling down will not work . They should be selectively aggressive and I expect the tail to wag and that might well hold the key. I did hear that the aussies were reversing and that might well hold the key. If Australia makes runs and for that they should hold their heads, they will push India. Otherwise the series would be one sided. Ramanujam Sridhar

  • POSTED BY Mooses on | February 17, 2013, 22:44 GMT

    A close look at the scorecard shows that the Australian pace bowlers only bowled in short spells and a limited number of overs early. They all kept it tight, with at worst 2.22 runs per over. In a test match, 3 pacemen, 1 pace allrounder, a spinner plus Michael Clarke could work. The pacemen can keep it tight in rotation from one end and bore the Indians out. If they try to attack the spinner at the other end too much, this could well lead to wickets, especially if the spinner can focus on bowling tight as well. In the absence of 2 world class spinners, this might be worth a shot.

  • POSTED BY rosh280 on | February 19, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    It will be tough for australia if they want to perform in india. once they get form it will be a different story they cant be defeated easily. From these matches, we can analyze that we have plenty of young talents ready to kickoff their show. Jalaj saxena, rakesh dhruv, manoj tiwari,abhinav mukund, murali vijay, cheteswar pujara, cm gowtham, parvez razool. it is a long list. It will be a pipedream for everyone. I definitely feel rakesh dhruv, jalaj saxena, parvez razool,ravindra jadeja and aswin are the great spin alrounders. I really feel pankaj singh, deepak chahar, iswar pandey should be given chance to bowl more in the innings they are great fastbowlers we have right now to test and use with bhuvanesh kumar.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | February 19, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    @ Doogius on (February 18, 2013, 6:18 GMT) - mate you said "...Lateral movement doesn't = grass its from root structure.." - roots are a part of the grass structure!!!!!! Therfor GRASS!!!! You are aware that Geology is the study of rocks?? You seem to think that Biology & Geology are the same- "...A green top has everything to do with geology, I can water and fertilise it till eternity but if the biology and the soil type don't support it, I'll get a desert..." Wrong The fact is they can play cricket in the UAE - yes? Therfor they can grow grass in a desert. I am fully aware of the differences between India & Oz in terms of pitches. I stated there was differences between the two. (By the way as there is no underlining function in making a comment I use capitals to EMPHASISE specific words, just explaining so you don't take offense!)

  • POSTED BY bumsonseats on | February 18, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    meety the indian cricketers have no idea what a green top is. the nearest to one was the test NZ won in australia last year. the wickets in aus/ eng are very similar apart from a little more bounce in oz but the grass is the same length. in saffaland the pitches are stacked very heavily in their favour to colour and length of grass. which i would say its as much of an advantage as spinning wickets in ind, sl, bd and pak were ever they are playing. i cannot understand why they cannot prepare wickets with grass, gods they can get as much rain granted a certain part of the year only but it could be done. then you could have bowlers that bowl fast an help them when they travel to certain countries

  • POSTED BY kc69 on | February 18, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    Even though Aussies look rusty in this 3 day match but Micheal Clarke will make a huge difference in actual tests.Luck for Aus that this was a 3 day match

  • POSTED BY binu.emiliya on | February 18, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    The team for first test:Shewag,Vijay/Dhawan,Pujara,Sachin,Kohli,Dhoni,Raveendra Jadeja,R Aswin,B Kumar,Ishanth,Ohja

  • POSTED BY oze13 on | February 18, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    Following on......the inevitable slide of Australian cricket continues unabated! Looks like Warnie was right. The ol' fella might have to play as well!

  • POSTED BY GMathews on | February 18, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    Sundara Rajan Sampath@ you are absolutely right, our crickters are so selfish and they are not worried about Indian cricket, our captains got so much authority, If Australians in that situation they must not do the same, our young batsmen lost a chance to bat, bowlers who is waiting ( Vinay,Kulkarni,Nayar) for Indian team chances havn't got opportunity to bowl,

  • POSTED BY www.cricketforever.net on | February 18, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    I am happy the way Indian spinners bowled but what about the seamers ? I mean, the figures tell it all ! Gony, one of the worst bowlers.. We need some better fast bowling talent... ! I am not sure that Ashwin is a great spinner either :/ ! He's just another mediocre spinner ! I guess the probable team will be :

    1) Sehwag 2) Dhawan 3) Pujara 4) Sachin 5) Kohli 6) Dhoni 7) Vijay/Rahane 8) Ashwin/Harbhajan 9) Ishant 10)Kumar 11)Ojha

    I want Rahane to be selected ahead of Vijay !! Bowling looks a little weak but the batting should be fine.. ! or atleast we should hope so !

  • POSTED BY BULTY on | February 18, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    The Aussies are shrewd & use their brain much more than getting their individual skills honed further when it comes to practice matches especially when in India because they know the Indian selectors will put much weight on these practice matches to pick teams down the line. Giving Gambhir & Manoj centuries and again giving 5 & 4 wickets to the India A spinners (not batting to their full potential) are examples on how the Aussies can fool the Indian selectors. Definitely I do not want to take away the performance of the players concerned. But this is only a practice match and leave the performances at it.

  • POSTED BY pat_one_back on | February 18, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    Handy warm up! Usman in a great position to put heat on Hughes, Watson in nick, Cowan steady, Henriques bowling tight lines and handy with the bat, wickets for X. The bar has been set pretty low by Eng let's be mindful. Thoroughly recommend from the cricInfo series archive, 'A World of Pain' the wrap up of Eng's 9 wicket demolishing in India a few months ago, F-F-L's excuse ridden defiance is an absolute crack up!

  • POSTED BY TheBigBoodha on | February 18, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    In the end it was quite a good run for the Aussies. The top order got a second dig, which was great (thanks Mr Gambhir!). All batsmen seemed to have learned from the first dig. Perfect! Nothing can replace time in the middle. Main concern is with the spinners, of course. But then again if you are Indian you'd be just as concerned with the poor performance of the IND quicks - 0/120 in both digs at 5-6 runs an over is far too many to give away at the top of an innings. It really does put pressure on the spinner to perform, to make breakthroughs. Not a single wicket to an Indian pacer in the game.

  • POSTED BY Mary_786 on | February 18, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    @Shaggy076 well said mate, Clarke is a star and Cowan, Khawaja and Watson have all got runs so nothing to panic about, some folks like to jump to conclusions quickly.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    Judging by the economy rates of the three Aussie spinners allied to the fact that each was nevertheless able to take three wickets, it's pretty obvious that the India A batsmen had been instructed to go after them hell for leather (just as the President's XI did in the first warm-up game) with the specific intention of dissuading Inverarity & his fellow selectorial masterminds from picking a second specialist spinner at Madras. Why? For the very simple reason that the pitch there will be either a raging turner from Day One or a slow, low dustbowl: either way, you can bet your bottom rupee it'll be a seamers' graveyard. For Oz to go into the first Test without two specialist spinners (even taking into account their variable quality) would be utterly insane.

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | February 18, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    @satish_Xi Quite unbelievable. Here is a captain trying to win a Game, but most Inidian Fans like defensive MSD.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    Whose decision was it to ask them to follow-on? Even when Pak folded for 49, SA batted again - Obviously Ghambir does not want to face Aussie pace bowlers - he was lucky to get 100 in 1st innings since nicks did not carry - he knows this time around he will mess up - shrewedly he avoided batting again by asking them to follow on - depriving other Indian probables one more go at aussies - not a team man - Again using Rohit and Tiwary as bowlers - what happened to vinay and nayar - they also do not want to spoil their chances

  • POSTED BY heartbreakerz on | February 18, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    i'll still back Australia to win d series coz in d test matches they would be up against the likes of ashwin n harbhajan who are simply not good enough to play test cricket at present, if the aussies can play ojha (he is a decent bowler but certainly not a saeed ajmal) well then it won't be too difficult to beat india coz india's batting is not that good anymore...let's see how it goes

  • POSTED BY Shaggy076 on | February 18, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    Front-Foot-Lunge ; No need to panic on the result of a practise match. Test batting line up looking good, Cowan and Watson have shown form, Hughes has now had a taste, Clarke is a star and Wade, Khawaja and Smith have all made some runs this tour. Why woulld we panic about this a practise hit? As for the reminder of the Ashes you did very well in those two test matches. However that was some 3 1/2 years ago and since then we have had a pretty good ride, how have England done in that time?

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    dont want to read too much in the practice match,i remember England also struggled during practice match and also the 1st tests but they went on to win the series 2-1,thats y its called Practice Match..the scenario will be very different when Test series starts..i m sure our batsman will struggle against the same siddle+starc against whom India A batted so brilliantly...i just hope that pitches should help both the spinners and pacers as it happend during the recent ODI series against pak and Eng....

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    aus is gonna lose here 4-0

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | February 18, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    I can't get over the fact that 2 of the most mediocre spinners alive have spun out the best Australia have for a paltry 200. What a joke. What a feeble, pathetic display from a sub-class side. It's such a pity so many aussie posters are absent from the discussion today, it reminds me of the last Ashes when it was only English fans left in the 90, 000 capacity stadiums to watch the greatest sporting contest on the planet, and all because Australia were losing. Come fair-weathered fans, join the discussion, for the benefit of team Aus!

  • POSTED BY Dashgar on | February 18, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    Seems the only thing working for Australia in this game is the opening partnership. Going on that my first test lineup is this. Watson, Cowan, Hughes, Clarke, Warner, Wade, Henriques, Starc, Siddle, Lyon, Doherty.

  • POSTED BY satish_XI on | February 18, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    Seems like your efforts to heroics backfired heh ..Gambhir ... Y on the hell would you enforce the follow on., when you yourself need some batting practice !!

  • POSTED BY Jayzuz on | February 18, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    @Doogius, there is grass right beside the pitch - on the playing field! Your argument is nonsense. Everyone knows why there's no grass on the pitch, and it has nothing to do with climate or geology. Are you honestly saying that curators in India are incapable of planting and maintaining grass on soil? After 100 years of the game? Even you can't possibly believe that.

  • POSTED BY ajayrcs on | February 18, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    These Australians are very smart look at their srike rate. Indian are no so smart giving them enough batting practise to each their batsman.

  • POSTED BY Hammond on | February 18, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    @Meety- classic, getting your excuses ready in the middle of a tour match! Australia is going to get hammered, and I am going to absolutely love watching it.

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | February 18, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    @Jose Puliampata You are only waiting for them to Fail So that you can push your view that India doesn't have good bowlers. They have already done well and they don't need to prove anything. You guys just wait for them to fail and then comment about them negatively.

  • POSTED BY crkt4evr on | February 18, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    gambhir scroed just 12-15 runs againts quciks(starc, siddle, Henriques ) in his 100...now he doesnt want to spoil his match by playing again tht is the sole reason for enforcing follow on.....

  • POSTED BY sonviks on | February 18, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    Do n't know the inside story but Follow on should not be enforced .... feel like Gambhir taking revenge from BCCI by giving Aussies batting practice on 3rd day turning wicket ...

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    I am glad that Oz got a chance to play another innings. Now, we would be able to gauge the caliber of Dhruv & Jalaj! (Hope, they do well, though).

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    India may do well against the OZ, during this home series. But I am worried about India's plight in SA. India in SA, will be like Pak WITHOUT Ajmal! (Can you imagine what Pak's plight might have been without Ajmal?) Even the best spinners in India is nowhere near Ajmal's class. And our pacers are like the Pak pacers who played in the test they lost yesterday.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | February 18, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    @redneck on (February 18, 2013, 0:23 GMT) - yep by himself FFL drops the United Kingdom's average IQ down by about 10 pts.

  • POSTED BY satish_XI on | February 18, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    Gambhir shouldn't have enforced the follow on ... it only gives extra match practice to the australians ..

  • POSTED BY binu.emiliya on | February 18, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    I am very sad to know that Monish Parmar is not even included in the Gujrath Side,when he was playing in the U19 he was a very effective off spinner with Murali type bowling action,and when he debut in Ranji agaist Odissa he got 6 in the first inninges umpires call for suspect bowling action ICC cleared him,but after that i did not see him in any match except one KKR match in the IPL

  • POSTED BY Doogius on | February 18, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    @Meety, have to agree with CM, despite the fact you win the shouting match. To suggest that India and Australia have the same conditions for developing pitches is so far from wrong its funny. I could spend the rest of the next 4 posts explaining why but you'll yell at me too and I'm sensitive. Lateral movement doesn't = grass its from root structure (a geological and growth density function). Bounce = clay (i.e Geology) content pure and simple. Hence why the SCG and WACA make a special effort to get their pitch dirt (Bulli Clay for the SCG and can't remember where the WACA comes from). A green top has everything to do with geology, I can water and fertilise it till eternity but if the biology and the soil type don't support it, I'll get a desert. Anyways, suspect it won't be the pitch that decides this series, more Australias inability to play anything that moves slightly...

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | February 18, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    NEW indian young spinners showing good signs:- Easool,Saxena

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | February 18, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    Both Jalaj and Dhruv not played any IPL while most of the new talent india tested was through IPL short cut route. I am sure there many many more capable players in the domestic circuit outside IPL.

  • POSTED BY LetThereBeLogic on | February 18, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    @Julie: Should we concentrate on the match that is being played right now? As for SA, there is a time.. And it would be better if Australia prepares for Ashes than worrying about India.. lol.. You won't like tom comment on India's performance in SA just because Australia is losing to England at Home AGAIN :D BTW, in this match, your Australia is 8 down 199.. So talk about that...

  • POSTED BY LetThereBeLogic on | February 18, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    @Dinesh k. Singh: Dude, this articles is about day 2. Gambhir and Rohit scored those runs on day 1..

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    Looks like, india has already whitewashed australia in this series, all matches by innings. like they did to england. grow up world champions, it is a practice match. if you are happy only performing at practice match, it is ok. your immense talented batsman and bowlers will be dead in upcoming south africa tour. all matches will be ended within 2 days. don't bring up 2010 series. tendulkar was in his best form. but now, none of indian batsman stand a chance against steyn, even kallis will rip up your dummy great batting line up by his bowling only.

  • POSTED BY Prats6 on | February 18, 2013, 4:22 GMT

    If India could only play the warmups and not the real match, we would be champions !

  • POSTED BY HansonKoch on | February 18, 2013, 4:00 GMT

    I hate how all the other teams are using Mental Disintegration now and Australia are the only nice guys left.

  • POSTED BY crkt4evr on | February 18, 2013, 3:59 GMT

    anyone thinking that gambhir rohit getting back to form should realise that 75ovrs out of 120 were bowled by spinners(who certainly v knw r nt goin to b threats) and pacers(serious threats) were having economy of 1 smthng....so its still inconclusive

  • POSTED BY Meety on | February 18, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster on (February 17, 2013, 18:18 GMT) "...The terrain and soil content in India does not allow for green tops unless the groundsman is willing to do so..." You do realise that is a classic contradiction! The ONLY difference between India & Oz in terms of pitches is BOUNCE. Lateral movement for seamers comes from GRASS. Indian curators USUALLY shave ALL the grass off a pitch. IF, a curator left grass on the pitch you can get seam. A GREEN TOP has NOTHING to do with geology. Totally different concepts.- "Do Indians demand spinning wickets when they visit Australia" - No but they complain all series long when they don't get them & label anything that bounces or gives a pacer any encouragement a Green Top when they are clearly NOT!

  • POSTED BY Mary_786 on | February 18, 2013, 1:43 GMT

    No one is talking about sachin but i think he will have a big series. For us Clarke is the key and if the youngsters such as Hughes, Khawaja and Wade can work around him then we will have a chance. I have a feeling Lyon may not get the entire series as one of the other spinners may push him out.

  • POSTED BY Jayzuz on | February 18, 2013, 0:24 GMT

    It's hard to believe that after thrashing the bowling for 6 runs an over to get to 0-120 odd, that the introduction of two spinners with avge to poor 1st class records (30 & 40 avge respectively) could suddenly shift the scoring rate to 0.6 runs/over & the loss of four wickets for a dozen runs. Many of these AUS players toured the WI, SL & UAE recently and played pretty well against Ajmal, Narine & Herath, winning the vast majority of games, winning all the test series, 2 of the ODI series & drawing just 1 ODI series. Many of the wickets were worse than the one in the current game, from what I can gather. So I suspect this is just a hiccup, probably bought on by changing tactics to defensive mode in the last hour before stumps, which wasn't very bright. Looking at these two Indian bowlers' records, they are not going to run through a team, & certainly not twice in 2 days - if anyone is thinking there might be an outright defeat. But another innings for the AUS top order would be good

  • POSTED BY redneck on | February 18, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    just goes to show how important winning the toss and batting is in india. dont really think theres much else to read into this match. @Front-Foot-Lunge that would be 3.6 and over not 5 and he took 2 wickets. henriques would be in my XI for this series, hes making more runs than uzzy and he can bowl a very tidy spell!

  • POSTED BY TheBigBoodha on | February 18, 2013, 0:02 GMT

    I think the English government needs to take a series look at the British education system. Graduates can't count, as evidenced by @FFL belief that Lyon went for 5 runs an over (hint: 5 is not equal to 3.68). @Millhouse 79 claims that ENG are ahead of AUS on all ICC rankings (Hint: when the numeric is the same, one is not higher than the other, as with the 116 pts for both teams in ODIs). Geology appears to be flagging amongst Brit graduates as well, as evidenced by @Cpt. Meanster's delusion that Indian geology is responsible for "not a blade of grass" being on the test wicket (hint: the same Indian geology puts grass on the playing field, right beside the pitch - Ho Ho Ho indeed).

  • POSTED BY Edwards_Anderson on | February 17, 2013, 23:38 GMT

    Sunil yes the amount of spin talent is amazing in India but they are not short on batting talent as well, you could form 3 teams with the amoung of batting talent available there. @Mr.Ronan interesting to note that you said Cowan got runs in both innings whereas he got 40 today and Khawaja got 30 odd in the first match, give Hughes and Khawaja a fair go mate, its their first time in India and it takes time to get used to the conditions. Watson and Cowan got all their runs against medium pacers and as soon as spinners came on Cowan got out straight away followed by the other 3 wickets. And Warner might not be fit for the first test which will mean Watto will open with Cowan and Hughes and Khawaja at 3 or 4. Hughes and Khawaja will have big series and use this form to launch into the ashes.

  • POSTED BY GMathews on | February 17, 2013, 23:05 GMT

    @Nampally I totally agree with your comments, specially about Tiwary,Kohli and Pujara, you always give some sensible comments mate,,

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 22:50 GMT

    Judging by the economy rates of the three Aussie spinners allied to the fact that each was nevertheless able to take three wickets, it's pretty obvious that the India A batsmen had been instructed to go after them hell for leather (just as the President's XI did in the first warm-up game) with the specific intention of dissuading Inverarity & his fellow selectorial masterminds from picking a second specialist spinner at Madras. Why? For the very simple reason that the pitch there will be either a raging turner from Day One or a slow, low dustbowl: either way, you can bet your bottom rupee it'll be a seamers' graveyard. For Oz to go into the first Test without two specialist spinners (even taking into account their variable quality) would be utterly insane.

  • POSTED BY BobCo on | February 17, 2013, 21:57 GMT

    Umm, Dinesh? You know Gambhir and Sharma made their runs on day #1, yes? This is the _2nd_ day's play report, so talking of Tiwary and co in this report seems perfectly balanced to me. Maybe cricinfo do write some irrelevant stuff at times, but this isn't one of them.

    Not sure about Tiwary's quality spinner comments. Harbhajan has been average for a long time; it will be very surprising if he gets much of his old form back again. Ohja and Ashwin are good, honest spinners. They'll test Aus team, no doubt, but it will be a surprise if either team can manage to run through the other through this series. Think India will just have enough, though, for a much needed series win, as the Aussies do lack a bit of experience, and not just in sub-continental conditions.

  • POSTED BY Street_Hawk on | February 17, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    @Dinesh: don't even know if you follow cricket properly or have problem understanding english..Tiwary scored his century today and spinners took all the wickets, again, TODAY...so they made the DAY for India A, Gambhir and Rohit had made the day YESTERDAY

  • POSTED BY Shaggy076 on | February 17, 2013, 21:44 GMT

    India seem to unearth good spinners, but dont be too concerned australian fans as we will only have to play Ashwin or Jadeja along with Ojha in the test matches.

  • POSTED BY Shaggy076 on | February 17, 2013, 21:39 GMT

    Dinesh K. SIngh; That all happened on the first day and they were given credit on the first day report.

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    So it was only Tiwari and spinners who made it India A day. What about Gambhir's century? or Rohit Sharma's 77. Come on cricinfo give them a bit of credit too.

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    This is all mental trap being set up by Australians. Come test and you will know they did not play well in this match deliberately to let Indians believe this Australian team is a push over.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | February 17, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    @AvidCricFan: Dhurv was 9th in the Ranji Bowling averages with total of 36wkts. from 8 matches. Nadeem was 4th in the Ranji averages with 42 Wkts. from 9 matches. So by rights the Selectors should have given Nadeem the first chance ahead of Dhurv - both LH orthodox spinners. But politics always over rule the performance in India. As for J.Saxena, he is fine all rounder & an off spinner. He is one of the 3 promising young off spinners apart from Rasool & V.Joshi. So he deserves a chance to show his talent. He did well with the bat & the ball. Both Rasool & Saxena will make Ashwin work a little harder to retain his spot!.As for your young spinner Harmeet, he is not amongst the top 50 of Ranji bowlers.How can he be selected without any performance. Harbhajan also has "No performance" to show but walks in- lots of "God Fathers. The Selectors have totally ignored 2012 Ranji Match performances.There is No known Selection Criteria for the Test team or India A Team. So Politics Govern/Rule!

  • POSTED BY bumsonseats on | February 17, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    england learned the hard way by loosing the 1st test against india by daft selection policy in that we only played 1 spinner. but the difference between aus and eng is we had 2 world class spinners were as aus has, well not lets go in that in great detail.the indian batting line up is as poor as they have had, i guess in over 25 years and their spinners other that that 1st test against eng are as poor as they have ever had. for eng to win by out spinning them baring in mind they won the first 3 tosses. the aussies need to go in with their best 3 pace bowlers and one of the spinners either 1, as either is as poor as the other. they need the skipper to bowl as if he can he will be the best of the spinners. so taking everything in to consideration 2 - 2 i think the aussies will be well pleased

  • POSTED BY AvidCricFan on | February 17, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    I don't understand bowling selection for India A team. Neither Saxena nor Dhruv can make the test team. Why isn't young talent like Harmet Singh given a chance? Tiwari has once again made a case that he has much better determination than Rohit Sharma. In the recent England one-day series, Rohit had only one good score to boost about. He may have natural talent but doesn't have good head to succeed.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | February 17, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    Well done Tiwary, I am sure your day will come soon!. I had mentioned that the 3 guys who will replace Dravid, Tendulkar & Laxman in batting are Pujara, Kohli & Tiwary. I also mentioned that mu 2 Indian Test Captaincy candidates are Pujara & Tiwary. I still maintain that & I am confident that it will happen soon. Dhoni has already built an ill feeling by "benching" Pujara in all 3 ODI vs England, recently & benching Tiwary several times in the past. When a Captain benches the only 2 young batsmen with best technique & sound defence, something is fishy. One of these 2 will replace Dhoni soon, if Selectors put aside politics. There are 6 contenders for opening bats.In bowling the 3 off spinners in contention are J.Saxena, Rasool & V.Joshi. The LH spinners in contention is Nadeem.All RH leg spinners have been destroyed by Dhoni via "consistent Benching". Rahul Sharma was the best one.What incentive exists for anyone to take up leg spin? Tiwary as a leg spinner has the best potential!

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | February 17, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    @swauzzie: HO HO HO... we already have excuses READY from some of the Aussie fans to defend the pathetic and listlessness of their bowling attack on challenging Indian pitches. All they need is a green top and that too in India of all places. Guys, haven't you all had geology classes during your school days ? The terrain and soil content in India does not allow for green tops unless the groundsman is willing to do so. Why would home advantage be taken away? Do Indians demand spinning wickets when they visit Australia ? Try to come up with a better excuse. We all know who will win the next Ashes and it's definitely NOT Australia.

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | February 17, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    @papa-tango Yes you are right aussies have lost last 4 tests in India comprehensively played under two test series.

  • POSTED BY GMathews on | February 17, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    @SamRoy, brother I did not mention Tiwary is better than Rayidu but with international experience and current form I would prefer Tiwary, also he is the player must get chances how Rohit Sharma got in the Indian cricket team,definitely Rayidu is in my 15 member squad where currently he is not, remember one thing Rayidu's position is occasional wicketkeeper do you think Dhoni will support him to be in the team? probably he has to wait till the end of Dhoni's career, that's what happened to other wicket keepers. As you stated if "idea of cricket" all depends on Tiwary and Rayidu ,then that idea is absolutely ridiculous mate!!

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | February 17, 2013, 17:58 GMT

    How humiliating for Lyon. On a rank turner, a spinner's paradise, he fails to turn a ball and concedes five an over. That's not as bad a 6 an over for Agar, but who is really surprised by any of this - and all at a time when England have Swann and Monty. This is just pure humiliation for Australia.

  • POSTED BY MuraliUK on | February 17, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    I agree with Harmeet Singh. There was so much of praise from Ian Chappell. Similarly Sandeep Sharma. Wasim Akram was full of praise. But they are not performing well in Ranji and other domestic games even. They shpuld have been given a game or two against the visiting team to show their mettle. I hope Viajy will do well. Should not miss his opportunity with Shikar Dhawan just behind him. I also hope Yadav, Aaron are back soon. We need them for South Africa. What about Pervez Rasool?

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | February 17, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    Do India have guts to replace their test captain with someone who likes to attack and win. Attitude will decide who will win this series.

  • POSTED BY tickcric on | February 17, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    If you are Tiwary, you wont get chance, despite performing, as there is no player who can be dropped to make a place for you. But if you are Ashwin or Rohit you will keep your place in the team, irrespective of performance, as there is no one to replace you, the great player of future! Smart selection policy.

  • POSTED BY Papa_Tango on | February 17, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    This will go as expected: India just are not cut out for top level cricket. But they need to take heart that they had made Aus sweat it out a bit. In reality every other team would at least drawn one test at worst and not going to lose 4-0 hopelessly like India will. Harbhajan and the remaing trundlers will get a whacking and will go into hiding. Virat kohli the less said the better.

  • POSTED BY Papa_Tango on | February 17, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    well done Ozzies , you will beat this side . Indian fans should accept their shortcomings against foreign countries in India, Engl;and did well beat India 2-1. Oz will whitewash India again 4-0. Cant wait.....

  • POSTED BY Jimmyrob83 on | February 17, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    Is this the same Tiwary who flinches at the sight of a fast bowler?

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | February 17, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    Experts in India are quick to criticize young cricketer's but when they put up good performance, like Manoj Tiwary did today, they all disappear somewhere!

  • POSTED BY desiboy454 on | February 17, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    Even though the Aussies might have trouble with spinners, I guarantee it, they will either win the series or draw. MSD is gonna play half of CSK. The starting XI that will happen in chennai: 1. Sehwag 2. M. Vijay 3. Pujara 4. SRT 5. Kohli 6. Jadeja 7. MSD 8. Ashwin 9. B. Kumar 10. Ishant 11. Ojha.. the openers will be complete failures and ashwin will probably average 50 with the ball. Honestly I would like to see a diff playing XI, with captain as Pujara, he is much calm headed and knows how to captain in the long form. I also want SRT to have a great series and retire with respect, he deserves that, I agree he should have retired a good year or so ago, but he deserves a good farewell. My playing XI 1. Dhawan 2. Rahane 3. Pujara (capt) 4. SRT 5. Kohli 6 Rayudu (Wk) 7. Jadeja (spin option) 8. Bhaaji 9. B. Kumar 10. when fit Yadac, but now Sreesanth 11. Harmet singh (19 year old left hand spinner).. this team might lose a lot of games early on. LETS GO TEAM INDIA

  • POSTED BY balajik1968 on | February 17, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    The basic problem with Dhoni is : he last played a domestic match in 2005. So he is not aware of talent coming up and being basically conservative, he does not try new blood unless forced to. Also the Dhoni Srinivasan nexus is something which is dangerous and is harming Indian cricket. By making himself unavailable for Irani Trophy and available for the Corporate trophy, Dhoni is doing something dangerous.

  • POSTED BY Cricketfan101 on | February 17, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    @Arup Ratan G Have You Not Heard of a Guy Called Pujara Who Got Consectutive Double centuries Against England

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | February 17, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    good work indian spinners , this shows lack of backbone aus have for tests on turners, hope sachin gets mauled by aussie quicks so he leaves the game for better batsmen , also sehwag is waste of space as is ashwin.past indian spin legends must be turning in their graves seeing arm bowler like ashwin lead indian spin attack.bring back rejuvenated bhajji ,if only for mental edge over aussies. dhoni need to score big or leave it for cm gautum. clarke is overrated and wud be ruthlessly exposed by bhuvi and ojha(one of best spinners in world). watson is one raging bull who if let loose wud cause mayhem in indian gardens , uprooting everything.siddle is my favourite bowler considering his past record in india(lols).the less said about aussie spinners the better,if p.chawla was born in melbourne he wud have played 100 tests for them by now.

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    Slectors.....Come on! Pick Tiwary.....he is the only guy to give India BIG hundreds

  • POSTED BY SamRoy on | February 17, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    @GMathews If you think Tiwary is better than Rayudu then you have no idea of cricket. Any way, I agree with on the fact that Dhoni is a very bad test captain but not just for team selection; it is his field setting that has harmed India the most. He is an ultra-defensive captain who sets fields for bad-balls and keeps on leaking singles. Opposition batsman get set that way, and when the really loose ball comes they are still able get a boundary or six even with a spread out field.

  • POSTED BY kc69 on | February 17, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    Even this exceptional performance will not get Tiwari a chance in playing eleven atleast for domestic test.

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | February 17, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    Dhruv and Saxena did well. They are not even the best spinners in India. I feel for Nadeem - he's the best left arm spinner in India, but he couldn't get a single game against Australia. Parvez Rasool is the best off spinner - he proved himself in the only game he got against Aussies.

  • POSTED BY sriram2596 on | February 17, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    nice attitude shown by Gauti...... nd its really annoying wen ppl say that this is a DO-OR-DIE series 4 SRT!!!! :(

  • POSTED BY GMathews on | February 17, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    Best Indian eleven for Chennai test captain Kohli or Pujara:- (Wasim Jaffer, Pujara - openers), Kohi , Sachin, Manoj Thiwary, any other in form wicket keeper - not Dhoni, Jadeja, Amit misra - unlucky player & current best leg spinner-can bat, Harbajan, Bhuvanswer kumar, Dhinda (Rest 4 players - Ishant,Ojha, Shikar Dhavan, Rahane, Rayidu)

  • POSTED BY GMathews on | February 17, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    where did Dhoni performed in the test, he always get credit from other players performance in the test, of course he is the best ODI and T20 player & captain in the world, but he has got no idea about test cricket, if you just need a captain job why don't you get Ganguly in that position? he is great in that, another blunder is Sehwag, we cant select a player as per reputation, It must be as per form and performance, Wasim Jaffer is d same age of Sehwag he is in tremendous form he had 75 runs average in the last year domestic cricket, also he is a typical test player, he would have preferred ahead of Murali Vijay ,not clear why india consider all teenagers in the squad, see Pak Yunus and Misba they score centuries in the tests (continued in to 3rd comment)

  • POSTED BY GMathews on | February 17, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    What Indian selectors/Dhoni/BCCI they do with such a great batting talent MANOJ THIWARY? Poor fellow has skill like Dravid, Laxman, Sachin, Ganguly but they don't consider him, he has a bad luck of injuries. He came to Indian team while Dravid's captaincy unfortunately got injured , since then he is trying to get in the Indian eleven, hardly played couple of ODIs scored a century with match winning knock, this is the right time for him to come in the team - when he is in form, instead of ODI & T20 players like Raina, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj, Aswin etc. and he is getting aged too, other wise he will be another Wasim Jaffer soon, Out side world not aware whats happening in Indian cricket, Dhoni acts like a dictator why do india need Aswin, Isant , Murali Vijay his followers in d test? BCCI and selectors support him blindly, which cricketing nation wont sack a captain like Dhoni from test cricket?????Who lost his 10 test out of 11, 2 out of 3 in Indian dead spin friendly piches(contd)

  • POSTED BY Mr_Ronan on | February 17, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    Wow what a collapse by Aussies losing 4 for 11. We were smashing the Indian attack at 0 for 116 at better than 5 runs per over! Pity we wasted it. I'm pretty happy with the Aussie batting so far in the warm ups though. Cowan has made runs both his innings, Watto dominated in his first dig, Wade made runs first Test. Khawaja has failed twice but won't play in the first Test anyway, while Hughes' failure today is no real concern given his barntorming recent form. What is worrying is that neither Warner nor Clarke will have had a bat in India prior to the first Test. Good to see the spinners reel in the Indians in the morning session but that success was against the middle to late order so it doesnt paper over the cracks of their struggles against Gambhir and co. Siddle, Starc, Bird, Lyon and Henriques should be the 5 bowlers for first Test.

  • POSTED BY pitch_curator on | February 17, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    @ Swauzzie -- Why does WACA always produce RUBBISH bouncy wickets which make for PATHETIC viewing?? why cant they produce good spinning tracks like India that make for good viewing? FYI -- On an average more Indians come to watch a home game than Aussies. Does that mean Aussies prepare pathetic pitches?

  • POSTED BY KingofRedLions on | February 17, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    LillianThomson, what exactly are you talking about? They haven't decided the team for the first Test. How can a strategy be "brainless" if it isn't even their strategy?

  • POSTED BY Samdanh on | February 17, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    I am not sure how these 4 wickets fell; whether while bastmen trying to attack or even while defending. Aus should learn from mistake Eng made in their first innings of their recent India series, Eng batsmen fell to a score of 190 odd - most of them trying to attack than focusing to stay longer. The best part was that was the last time they committed such harakiri. Result of their learning: 2-1 series win against odds. Best way to score big against spin is remaining patient and scoring only of odd bad balls, rotating strike with singles etc. Aimless attacking would be playing into the hands of India whose only mehtod of winning would be turning out bald grassless pitches where their spinners can turn match winners

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    I am really surprised that Starc couldn't impart any influence among the Indian batters.....and the way Australian top order surrendered to third choice indian spinners. Can't predict anything on test match results....

  • POSTED BY CRIC_FAN94 on | February 17, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    @swauzzie From 2009 to 2013 ,19 tests are held in INDIA in which india won 11 ,lost 3 and drawn 5

    From 2009 to 2013 ,23 tests are held in AUSTRALIA in which australia won 14,lost 5 and drawn 4

    The records seems to be similar in both the countries ,so it doesnt depend, what sort of pitches are prepared by the curators.Result is important at the end of 5th day

  • POSTED BY www.cricketforever.net on | February 17, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    @swauzzie how can u claim it was a poor wicket ? The match was not aired, Nothing like that written in the article ? Living in your own figment of imagination ?

  • POSTED BY bumsonseats on | February 17, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    oh dear is the follow on looking to be on the cards,maybe not as its only a 3 day day game but that would put the cat among to pigeons if it happened. i expect a hard morning session ahead tomorrow. as to the comment about no grass on the test wicket what do you expect at least you seem to be having spinners to play against which England did not get.

  • POSTED BY swauzzie on | February 17, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    a good question to pose is perhaps why can'y Indians make a reasonable pitch? why are they always providing rubbish clay dustbowls that make a boring game to watch for the spectators & fans in general?

  • POSTED BY Sunil_Batra on | February 17, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    What amazes me is the amount of spin talent in India, every warm up game we see guys show their talent which is good for India but dangerous signs for us in the first test. I think its time for Watson to go back to opening in tests, Watson, despite his problems in recent years, continues to have a first class and test batting average good enough to open and he is experienced in the position. I'm also glad he wouldnt be bowling till the ashes, because we cant afford to have a player who is available only 50% of the time, and I suspect his batting will improve if he concentrates on that aspect of his game and ignores the bowling. Of course there is talk of his bowling coming back later in the ashes asnd that will be great. Heat is on Cowan, Khawaja and Hughes to show they can bat in spin friendly conditions and i back them to come through.

    Given Warner's injury we will have:

    Watson Cowan Hughes Khawaja Clarke Henriquez Wade Siddle Patterson Bird Lyon

  • POSTED BY CRIC_FAN94 on | February 17, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    @street_smart I agree with you,selectors need to bring ROHIT,RAYUDU,TIWARY into the team and they should kick out SIR JADEJA and RAINA from the test squad and should not be selected in the future.

    I remember ROHIT hitiing a century against australia in a practice mach in 2010 when they toured us and he was also scoring heavily in practice matches on the australian tour 2012 ,but he was ignored on the two occasions.

  • POSTED BY Mary_786 on | February 17, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    @LillinaThomas i am very worried about Lyon but this game proves we may need to go with pace bowlers. From the looks of things the lineup will be Watson, Cowan, Hughes, Khawaja, Clarke, Henriques, Wade, Siddle, Starc, Johnson, LyonThough Warner is a key player for us, its good that Watson and Cowan may open in the first test as it allows us to see who is the better man for the job. I have been advocating Watson as the man as he is tailored made for opening but Cowan can prove me wrong in the first test. Ian Chappell made some very good points today on why Watto should open too. Hughes and Khawaja didn't get to settle in today but both can be key players for us in the series as well. I wonder if Gambhir and Tiwary will be included for the second test.

  • POSTED BY LillianThomson on | February 17, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    The brainlessness of Australia's "3 quicks plus 1 spinner" strategy has been exposed already.

    The spinners took 8 of the 10 wickets, even the kid took more wickets than Siddle and Starc combined.

    And John Inverarity has already commented that there is not a single blade of grass on the Test wicket.

  • POSTED BY street_smart on | February 17, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    What else Tiwary need to do to make a cut in the Indian test team?

  • POSTED BY street_smart on | February 17, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    What else Tiwary need to do to make a cut in the Indian test team?

  • POSTED BY LillianThomson on | February 17, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    The brainlessness of Australia's "3 quicks plus 1 spinner" strategy has been exposed already.

    The spinners took 8 of the 10 wickets, even the kid took more wickets than Siddle and Starc combined.

    And John Inverarity has already commented that there is not a single blade of grass on the Test wicket.

  • POSTED BY Mary_786 on | February 17, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    @LillinaThomas i am very worried about Lyon but this game proves we may need to go with pace bowlers. From the looks of things the lineup will be Watson, Cowan, Hughes, Khawaja, Clarke, Henriques, Wade, Siddle, Starc, Johnson, LyonThough Warner is a key player for us, its good that Watson and Cowan may open in the first test as it allows us to see who is the better man for the job. I have been advocating Watson as the man as he is tailored made for opening but Cowan can prove me wrong in the first test. Ian Chappell made some very good points today on why Watto should open too. Hughes and Khawaja didn't get to settle in today but both can be key players for us in the series as well. I wonder if Gambhir and Tiwary will be included for the second test.

  • POSTED BY CRIC_FAN94 on | February 17, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    @street_smart I agree with you,selectors need to bring ROHIT,RAYUDU,TIWARY into the team and they should kick out SIR JADEJA and RAINA from the test squad and should not be selected in the future.

    I remember ROHIT hitiing a century against australia in a practice mach in 2010 when they toured us and he was also scoring heavily in practice matches on the australian tour 2012 ,but he was ignored on the two occasions.

  • POSTED BY Sunil_Batra on | February 17, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    What amazes me is the amount of spin talent in India, every warm up game we see guys show their talent which is good for India but dangerous signs for us in the first test. I think its time for Watson to go back to opening in tests, Watson, despite his problems in recent years, continues to have a first class and test batting average good enough to open and he is experienced in the position. I'm also glad he wouldnt be bowling till the ashes, because we cant afford to have a player who is available only 50% of the time, and I suspect his batting will improve if he concentrates on that aspect of his game and ignores the bowling. Of course there is talk of his bowling coming back later in the ashes asnd that will be great. Heat is on Cowan, Khawaja and Hughes to show they can bat in spin friendly conditions and i back them to come through.

    Given Warner's injury we will have:

    Watson Cowan Hughes Khawaja Clarke Henriquez Wade Siddle Patterson Bird Lyon

  • POSTED BY swauzzie on | February 17, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    a good question to pose is perhaps why can'y Indians make a reasonable pitch? why are they always providing rubbish clay dustbowls that make a boring game to watch for the spectators & fans in general?

  • POSTED BY bumsonseats on | February 17, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    oh dear is the follow on looking to be on the cards,maybe not as its only a 3 day day game but that would put the cat among to pigeons if it happened. i expect a hard morning session ahead tomorrow. as to the comment about no grass on the test wicket what do you expect at least you seem to be having spinners to play against which England did not get.

  • POSTED BY www.cricketforever.net on | February 17, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    @swauzzie how can u claim it was a poor wicket ? The match was not aired, Nothing like that written in the article ? Living in your own figment of imagination ?

  • POSTED BY CRIC_FAN94 on | February 17, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    @swauzzie From 2009 to 2013 ,19 tests are held in INDIA in which india won 11 ,lost 3 and drawn 5

    From 2009 to 2013 ,23 tests are held in AUSTRALIA in which australia won 14,lost 5 and drawn 4

    The records seems to be similar in both the countries ,so it doesnt depend, what sort of pitches are prepared by the curators.Result is important at the end of 5th day

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    I am really surprised that Starc couldn't impart any influence among the Indian batters.....and the way Australian top order surrendered to third choice indian spinners. Can't predict anything on test match results....