India v Australia, 2nd Test, Hyderabad, 3rd day March 4, 2013

Spin tightens India's grip on game

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Australia 237 for 9 dec and 74 for 2 (Ashwin 2-42) trail India 503 (Pujara 204, Vijay 167, Maxwell 4-127) by 192 runs
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Cheteshwar Pujara and M Vijay set about breaking a bunch of records on the third morning in Hyderabad before Australia's spinners struck regularly to curtail India's innings. Like Australia offspinner Jason Krejza's wickets on Test debut in Nagpur four years ago, the breakthroughs didn't come early enough to worry India much, as the home side's lead expanded to 266.

Australia's batsmen then had their technique against spin rigorously tested in the final session, and the abundance of deliveries that spat off the pitch or shot low meant India could entertain thoughts of an innings victory. The batsmen were so tied in knots against the turning ball that in one 12-over spell, Australia made only 10 runs despite David Warner powering a six, which was cleanly taken in the stands by former fast bowler Merv Hughes.

Australia decided the way to handle the spin was to go for the sweep, but both Warner and Phillip Hughes messed up the shot to be bowled soon after R Ashwin switched to bowling over the wicket. Hughes' position in the side is becoming increasingly untenable as he remained unsure how to score against spin, gloving the ball on to his stumps for a duck. Ed Cowan survived the testing spell to remain unbeaten at stumps, with Shane Watson keeping him company.

Batting had seemed so much easier in the morning when Vijay and Pujara stretched their stand to 370 runs, India's largest second-wicket partnership and the country's fourth biggest overall. Though Vijay missed out on a double-century, Pujara underlined his reputation as a big-innings player with his second Test 200.

As on the second day, India began cautiously despite having Australia on the mat. After a handful of watchful overs in the morning though, Vijay and Pujara unfurled their strokes. Once again Australia's spinners couldn't maintain a good length early on, producing plenty of boundary balls. Pujara repeatedly played what is becoming his signature shot - the powerful cut in front of point - and Vijay played plenty of effortless and easy-on-the-eye drives.

The frustration increased for Australia as a close call for lbw against Pujara was turned down off Xavier Doherty in the 106th over and a Vijay outside edge flew through the vacant first slip in the 109th.

Finally, there was some relief for Australia when the much-criticised Glenn Maxwell got one delivery to spin and bounce forcing Vijay to edge it to backward-short leg. It had been almost 110 overs since their previous wicket.

The wickets came much quicker after that. Pujara got to his double-century with a stylish on-drive - his first boundary in the V - before he fell playing a shot that has resulted in his dismissal several times in Tests already: the hook.

For the third day in a row, a healthy crowd had turned up - around 20,000 of them were in though it was a Monday - and plenty of those wanted to watch Sachin Tendulkar bat. After more than a day padded up, Tendulkar came to the middle, greeted by a defeaning roar, but he didn't last long, playing a leg-side ball off the face of the bat to the keeper, with the third umpire stepping in to determine whether there was bat involved.

MS Dhoni then showed why he's such a dangerous batsmen when a team is pushing for a declaration, hitting a series of boundaries behind point that quickly swelled India's lead past 200. He fell for a 43-ball 44 as a drilled drive was taken on the second attempt by Xavier Doherty at mid-off. Ravindra Jadeja followed to another second-attempt catch, this time Maxwell reacting sharply off his own bowling. The terrific catching continued as Cowan made amends for an earlier drop by pouching India's last remaining specialist batsman, Virat Kohli.

India's final six wickets went down for 43 runs, though there was plenty of encouragement for the home side's spinners during that phase, as the ball ripped and spun from Doherty and Maxwell. Doherty's dismissal of Ashwin, in particular, would have caught the attention of India's slow bowlers: a fizzing delivery, it bounced and took the shoulder of Ashwin's bat through to the keeper. The late wickets flattered the Australian spinners' figures a bit, with Maxwell briefly in the hunt for a five-for.

India's tweakers made an early impact far earlier in the innings to leave Australia yet again hoping for a Michael Clarke special.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY gopinath2468 on | March 4, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    This is not a indo-aussie series,this is a speed vs Spin series..

  • POSTED BY CandidIndian on | March 4, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    From last two years performance of Indian team in test cricket has been poor to say the least hence good performances in both tests is a big surprise especially against Aussies which is a high quality test side.In this test Pujara and Vijay showed extreme patience in the beginning and once they got set it became easy to score when bowlers got tired.Batsman from both sides are batting in positive state of mind and with intent , only difference is that while doing so Aus batsman are losing too many wickets.Today Indian lower order batsman played too many attacking shots unnecessarily and then Warne and Hughes did the same.This just shows that majority of batsman failed to adjust according to wicket,except Clarke and Wade for Aussies,while Pujara and Vijay for India.With big lead of 266 on a deteriorating wicket,its great chance for India to go 2-0 up.We have not won series against any top test side from two years now, so as an Indian fan hoping for the best.

  • POSTED BY ScottStevo on | March 4, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    @RednWhiteArmy, Why would anybody with a brain move Clarke when he's scoring so many at 5? They wouldn't, as it's plain stupidity. He's hardly hiding from the "new" ball when he's constantly in at 30-3/40-3/50-3, is he? Hughes is a real disappointment on this tour, but those saying he's done well only against ordinary outfits need to revise why he was hyped in the first place - for hammering SA in their own back yard - arguably the best attack in world cricket. Not that he shouldn't go, as he clearly can't buy a run at the moment. Maxwell and Doherty are awful with the former not suitable for any form of international cricket. The selectors have got it completely wrong here and Aus will certainly pay for it as there looks like no chance of making up the deficit, let alone posting a total for India to chase.

  • POSTED BY satishchandar on | March 4, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    Well. I won't say Australians didn't plan at all. They did plan and bring in a left armer in place of a right arm offie against a right hander dominated Indian batting lineup. Though he is Doherty. Atleast it stemmed the run flow a bit though wickets were not coming when it needed to. While they showed that intent in bowling department, they should have shown it in the batting lineup too. Unless you get the right left combo going on or attacking the bowlers, you are not doing anything to upset their rhythm. They just allowed the spinners to bowl and bowl on. You need to have the concentration levels of Cook or hitting ability of KP to do it. Else, go SA way. Amla and Kallis never allowed Bhajji to bowl to his plan. They made him bowl as per their mind. Bhajji was driving but in the direction decided by Amla-Kallis..

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    The very debate about which team is better is stupid. Australia has one modern great- Clarke and another cricketer who might go on to become great- Pattinson! Patto's performance is at least two notches higher than someone like Steve Finn in the subcontinent- and that is saying something. India has one flamboyant captain, one probable great in Pujara. Both teams are in extreme transition- Perhaps Australia's batting is a little less secure than India's, given that without Clarke they would have had a pretty bad run in the past twelve months- all the more to celebrate Clarke as the modern great than just a wonderful player. In truth, Clarke is the true successor of Brian Lara. Finally we have someone single handedly leading his team to victory- the last was Brian Charles Lara. It would be cruel to either team to go ahead and weigh them against each other. However, I would rate Clarke as a better Captain than Dhoni, which places Aus ahead too as a team!

  • POSTED BY Sugath on | March 4, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    There is something really funny here. for 371 runs Aussies could get only one wicket and then next nine for just 133 runs. Then Aussies first two fall to sweeping, and that for starters is the last shot to play. The pitch does not sound too tricky and it is possible to stay for 8 to 9 hours without losing your wicket. Let us see how things will unfold tomorrow and whether Aussies will delete sweep from their vocabulary.

  • POSTED BY hycIass on | March 5, 2013, 0:15 GMT

    @Popcorn agree 100%. Its obvious to me that none of the current batting lineup can play the sweep with any confidence so FFS stop playing it, and stop playing across the line. Virtually all the Austalian batsmen have been dismissed Not Playing Straight. It is absolutely imperative they present a vertical bat today if they are going to bat for any length of time.The tactic of sweeping worked spectacularly well for Matthew Hayden in particular in India and obviously its peceived wisdom that you have to sweep often in India to suceed. Yet Michael Clarke has shown this isn't ncessarily true, he scores runs with few if any sweeps,and it should be patently obvious to Cowan, Warner, Henriques, Wade and Watson that they should NOT be playing this shot, or indeed many cross batted shots.Khawaja got a 80 odd against Botha and Lyon earlier in the season and combined sweeping with using his feet and that's the best way to combat the spin.Now is the time for application and concentration.

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | March 5, 2013, 0:05 GMT

    Agree with @ cricketsunami - I think Indian team playing with 9 members in the team. Look at the 1st player in the team "Sehwag" last 14 innings consistently he is failing. Look at the 11th player "Ishanth Sharma" he bowled more than 60 overs without a wicket. Why are the selectors still backing these 2 non-performers?? Everybody should be made accountable - including the selectors.

  • POSTED BY Shaggy076 on | March 4, 2013, 23:57 GMT

    karthik_raja - Thats too much common sense for the ICC to implement. I like the idea od slow motion replays rather than a "predictive path", that way you would only overturn the existing umpires decision with clear proof.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 23:38 GMT

    Cowan is doing what any opening batsman should do - stay in! Sure he is scoring a little slow but he has application. With the spinners - Doherty has bowled well in trying conditions and was rewarded with 3 wickets. And Maxwell did well too. Australia needs the solidarity of George Bailey in the middle. Drop Hughes, move Clarke up one spot, then Watson, Bailey etc. It's a bit strange that Bailey doesn't seem to appear in sides when Clake is captain. Is there an issue here?

  • POSTED BY gopinath2468 on | March 4, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    This is not a indo-aussie series,this is a speed vs Spin series..

  • POSTED BY CandidIndian on | March 4, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    From last two years performance of Indian team in test cricket has been poor to say the least hence good performances in both tests is a big surprise especially against Aussies which is a high quality test side.In this test Pujara and Vijay showed extreme patience in the beginning and once they got set it became easy to score when bowlers got tired.Batsman from both sides are batting in positive state of mind and with intent , only difference is that while doing so Aus batsman are losing too many wickets.Today Indian lower order batsman played too many attacking shots unnecessarily and then Warne and Hughes did the same.This just shows that majority of batsman failed to adjust according to wicket,except Clarke and Wade for Aussies,while Pujara and Vijay for India.With big lead of 266 on a deteriorating wicket,its great chance for India to go 2-0 up.We have not won series against any top test side from two years now, so as an Indian fan hoping for the best.

  • POSTED BY ScottStevo on | March 4, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    @RednWhiteArmy, Why would anybody with a brain move Clarke when he's scoring so many at 5? They wouldn't, as it's plain stupidity. He's hardly hiding from the "new" ball when he's constantly in at 30-3/40-3/50-3, is he? Hughes is a real disappointment on this tour, but those saying he's done well only against ordinary outfits need to revise why he was hyped in the first place - for hammering SA in their own back yard - arguably the best attack in world cricket. Not that he shouldn't go, as he clearly can't buy a run at the moment. Maxwell and Doherty are awful with the former not suitable for any form of international cricket. The selectors have got it completely wrong here and Aus will certainly pay for it as there looks like no chance of making up the deficit, let alone posting a total for India to chase.

  • POSTED BY satishchandar on | March 4, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    Well. I won't say Australians didn't plan at all. They did plan and bring in a left armer in place of a right arm offie against a right hander dominated Indian batting lineup. Though he is Doherty. Atleast it stemmed the run flow a bit though wickets were not coming when it needed to. While they showed that intent in bowling department, they should have shown it in the batting lineup too. Unless you get the right left combo going on or attacking the bowlers, you are not doing anything to upset their rhythm. They just allowed the spinners to bowl and bowl on. You need to have the concentration levels of Cook or hitting ability of KP to do it. Else, go SA way. Amla and Kallis never allowed Bhajji to bowl to his plan. They made him bowl as per their mind. Bhajji was driving but in the direction decided by Amla-Kallis..

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    The very debate about which team is better is stupid. Australia has one modern great- Clarke and another cricketer who might go on to become great- Pattinson! Patto's performance is at least two notches higher than someone like Steve Finn in the subcontinent- and that is saying something. India has one flamboyant captain, one probable great in Pujara. Both teams are in extreme transition- Perhaps Australia's batting is a little less secure than India's, given that without Clarke they would have had a pretty bad run in the past twelve months- all the more to celebrate Clarke as the modern great than just a wonderful player. In truth, Clarke is the true successor of Brian Lara. Finally we have someone single handedly leading his team to victory- the last was Brian Charles Lara. It would be cruel to either team to go ahead and weigh them against each other. However, I would rate Clarke as a better Captain than Dhoni, which places Aus ahead too as a team!

  • POSTED BY Sugath on | March 4, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    There is something really funny here. for 371 runs Aussies could get only one wicket and then next nine for just 133 runs. Then Aussies first two fall to sweeping, and that for starters is the last shot to play. The pitch does not sound too tricky and it is possible to stay for 8 to 9 hours without losing your wicket. Let us see how things will unfold tomorrow and whether Aussies will delete sweep from their vocabulary.

  • POSTED BY hycIass on | March 5, 2013, 0:15 GMT

    @Popcorn agree 100%. Its obvious to me that none of the current batting lineup can play the sweep with any confidence so FFS stop playing it, and stop playing across the line. Virtually all the Austalian batsmen have been dismissed Not Playing Straight. It is absolutely imperative they present a vertical bat today if they are going to bat for any length of time.The tactic of sweeping worked spectacularly well for Matthew Hayden in particular in India and obviously its peceived wisdom that you have to sweep often in India to suceed. Yet Michael Clarke has shown this isn't ncessarily true, he scores runs with few if any sweeps,and it should be patently obvious to Cowan, Warner, Henriques, Wade and Watson that they should NOT be playing this shot, or indeed many cross batted shots.Khawaja got a 80 odd against Botha and Lyon earlier in the season and combined sweeping with using his feet and that's the best way to combat the spin.Now is the time for application and concentration.

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | March 5, 2013, 0:05 GMT

    Agree with @ cricketsunami - I think Indian team playing with 9 members in the team. Look at the 1st player in the team "Sehwag" last 14 innings consistently he is failing. Look at the 11th player "Ishanth Sharma" he bowled more than 60 overs without a wicket. Why are the selectors still backing these 2 non-performers?? Everybody should be made accountable - including the selectors.

  • POSTED BY Shaggy076 on | March 4, 2013, 23:57 GMT

    karthik_raja - Thats too much common sense for the ICC to implement. I like the idea od slow motion replays rather than a "predictive path", that way you would only overturn the existing umpires decision with clear proof.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 23:38 GMT

    Cowan is doing what any opening batsman should do - stay in! Sure he is scoring a little slow but he has application. With the spinners - Doherty has bowled well in trying conditions and was rewarded with 3 wickets. And Maxwell did well too. Australia needs the solidarity of George Bailey in the middle. Drop Hughes, move Clarke up one spot, then Watson, Bailey etc. It's a bit strange that Bailey doesn't seem to appear in sides when Clake is captain. Is there an issue here?

  • POSTED BY Int.Curator on | March 4, 2013, 23:32 GMT

    Regarding pitches and skills sets to play on them. The pitches that produce the best spectacle to watch and play cricket are not flat, dead, crumbling pitches. Half the skill set is eliminated. Give the players an opportunity to play strokes rather than graft an innings. Give bowlers the opportunity to bowl fast. I know which pitches I prefer to watch cricket being played. It's hard fast for 2-3 days and rips and spins for 2.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | March 4, 2013, 23:31 GMT

    That's a good comeback from Australia and there was always the feeling that a few wickets might tumble once they could break through that one big partnership. More than a few wickets tumbled but then it was more than a big partnership too. Australia are still an outside chance if they can set India any sort of reasonable target but there's still a lot of work to do still to even avoid an innings defeat.

  • POSTED BY Silverbails on | March 4, 2013, 23:19 GMT

    Let's not write off this Aussie side just yet...look at what happened with England. And, the Aussies are renowned fighters, particularly with their backs against the wall. And, if Clarke gets in, and has a willing partner...well, who knows, particularly with a pretty weak bowling attack. Maybe the track will, at last, help the Indian spinners, but let's see what happens on Day 4. Again, the first hour's going to be crucial, particularly if Clarke comes in. NOT one of my favourite cricketers', but a good player of spin...well see how it goes from here...

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 23:00 GMT

    I agree with Nerk. In the first innings, of Australia's 9 wickets 8 were due to the batsman playing across the line. Pujara and Vijay showed what rewards you get from playing straight. They batted beautifully for a day and a session. The Australians stood in the field and watched this and surely they would have learned something. But obviously NOT. Warner and Hughes both out bowled trying to sweep, when both balls could have been driven to mid on (or long on). So we are clearly going to still have to put up with watching Australian batsmen get out playing in the opposite manner to what the suits the pitch. I know no-one cares about this series and the focus is all on the Ashes, but we are going to get smashed in England if we don't learn to adjust our game to suit the conditions.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 22:57 GMT

    Cant Believe how easy Warner Hughes threw away their wickets 4 overs left of the day why Play risky shots? theres no need for runs as best Result for Australia is a Draw, anything outside Leg stump can be kicked away please learn this.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 22:53 GMT

    To cricketsunami - you are correct in those players not contributing but you forget that India's best two players for the first two matches have been Dharmasena and Erasmus, but you forgot to add those two to your playing roster. FYI: 10-0 is the LBW count in favour of India - yes that is 0 for Australia

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 22:51 GMT

    Today I heard that MA was serving it up to the Australia Team, so let me remind him of something.

    He was complicit in the Quiney/Hughes Affair, he was part of the management team that put enough pressure on Hussey for him to quit test cricket on the eve before the Indian Tour/Dual Ashes Series, he has been part of a training team that has wrecked most of our top bowlers, he didn't prepare Lyon or Cowan or others for the tour, he helped select a tour team full of players that can't bat or bowl at test level (T20/ODI Players), he selected substandard teams for the trial games, he selected a sub-standard team that was full of players that can't bat or bowl at test level (T20/ODI Players), he hasn't replaced Bird and there is no replacement on the way for Watson.

    So is it Micky Arthur or Mickey Mouse?? It's time to grow up!!

    Ps. I wonder if the MA, as Coach, has the authority to demand that MJC bat at 3 or 4, not that I want this, but I am wondering if he has the authority.

  • POSTED BY Phat-Boy on | March 4, 2013, 22:45 GMT

    @ScottStevo. Yes, Hughes succeeded against a good attack in their own backyard. However anyone who watched that series would know that what they dished up to him was, by and large, rubbish. Steyn got him out with a wide short ball for a duck in his first innings and they proceeded to try and get him the same way for the rest of the series. If they had their time over again, they'd destroy him. Don't forget they didn't have Philander at that stage either. Anyone with an unorthodox technique that gets them to international level generally takes a little while to be found out. David Warner is absolutely hopeless against spin but it has taken 16 or 17 matches for a team to work that out.

  • POSTED BY Jayzuz on | March 4, 2013, 22:44 GMT

    @2nd_slip, everything you write is wrong. You only had to wait 22 mostly very successful tests before your prediction about Clarke's captaincy was right, eh? Because he declared at 9 down! That is simply laughable. Name any captain who has succeeded every time he has taken a risk (and this was hardly a huge one - little to lose and lots to gain). As for good fast bowlers not being able to bowl in all conditions, @Joseph-Langford. Well, are we now to assume that Maxwell and Doherty are great spinners because they get wickets on a manufactured dustbowl? The fact is that there are only 2 Australian fast bowlers in this game, and one is doing better than any other pacer in India in recent times. Or did that escape your attention? Why do you think India have opened the bowling with a spinner yet again (2 innings out of 4). Maybe they know something you don't.

  • POSTED BY Robofk on | March 4, 2013, 22:23 GMT

    I see lots of INDIAN fans commenting here that India is playing best cricket now, they are back in form, back on top of the world. But remember guys this is the worst team Australia had in the last 50 years. I am from India a good cricket fan but not a blind Indian fan. I like to see good test matches Aussies is playing like Bangladesh here I am sure Bangladesh can definitely beat this Aussie team in SC pitches. Cricket is not growing in most part of the world. You may not agree with me, you may say hey there are lots of people are playing 20-20 now. But folks 20-20 is not cricket. If any of you have doubt about the quality of cricket just ask Sachin about the quality of bowling attack he faced in his early career and the attack he is facing now. Aussies is also in a situating like West Indies in early 2000's , they need another 5 years to become a competitive in Test matches. Philip Hughes is their best domestic batsman now see how he is performing in India now, poor quality.

  • POSTED BY Dhanno on | March 4, 2013, 22:13 GMT

    Cowan/ Clarke to bat whole day tomorrow and get 120 runs lead. Final day with the lead at 200 australia declare and bowl india out for 160. Ok enough for wishful thinking, but australia has couple of batsman who can stay at crease tomorrow and make a fight of it. This is a better surface than first test and hope it makes for interesting 4th day, even though the chances are of innings defeat/ small run chase for India.

    For india, the same problems persist : if you take away 2nd wicket partnership, india basically folded. Somewhere i read that Dhoni again played his typical innings when team is looking to declare. NO. Dhoni can only play one way and it will not be useful when you are 230 for 7 against better bowling. Similarly, indian bowlers kept avg aussie batsman in check but with better players of spin these guys are out of ideas in 5-10 overs. If Clarke takes the attack to them and is supported by 1 fellow, Dhoni will spread the field in blink of eye.

  • POSTED BY Mervo on | March 4, 2013, 22:13 GMT

    Doherty was awful but Hughes is worse. He can read spin except off the pitch. His dismissal was embarrassing. Where is Okeefe and Kawaja?

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | March 4, 2013, 22:05 GMT

    @RednWhiteArmy on (March 4, 2013, 12:42 GMT) Problem is that if Clarke moves up the order who comes in at 5/6 and does the rebuilding job now Hussey has gone? If Clarke is playing the outstanding cricket he'd been playing in the middle order I think changing it could be more disastrous.

  • POSTED BY sunnymate on | March 4, 2013, 22:00 GMT

    Well DOne Team INDIA. Critics will be keep on talking but Successor do not bother them. if some is talking abt pitches or spin helpful. you are wrong it is the same pitch where bhuvi bowled he got 3 top order wickets and we all out you on 237 and it is the same pitch where we scored 500.. the pitch was helpful for the pacers for first 2 days.. but OZ pacer is nt good enough and OUR batters were excellent. to play spin is also an ART and part of cricket. if subcontinent team cant perform in Abroad they dont knw how to play at PAce bowling but if OZ, Kiwi,ENg , Africa cant play in subcontinet its spin flat track attacks. CMON SHOW SOME GUTS and PERFORM IN INDIA

  • POSTED BY hodge4pm on | March 4, 2013, 21:46 GMT

    Apparently there is a player in the 2012/2013 Sheffield Shield that is averaging 113, has scored 2 centuries and 3 fifties from 10 innings, has a top score of 200*, bats at three scores at a good rate and has played well for Australia in the past.I might be understating "played well". The guy is keen, he must play. Fair enough huss lost the passion...this guy hasn't. Hughes isn't ready to bat No.3, either is Usman and Chris Rogers, well enough said. Everyone has opinions , they mean nothing, opinions are mostly uneducated and based on emotion, you can hide behind an emotion but there is no hiding from a statistical fact! Also, pup needs to man up and bat at No.3, lets see how good he really is? Let the new kids bat at No.6. The greats bat at No.3 (sometimes No.4 if they are a bit precious) batting any lower is shameful, embarassing. He's throwing the boys to the lions! Please pup lead from the front, end the slaughter and become a man.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 21:43 GMT

    @sawifan - Also you point out the "(until recently)" part in your comment, well for australian team that "recent" period has been continuing for five years. Now, if you allow India even half the leniency (you claim you're being rational, dont you? so why not) ..that is two years, and look at the record for three years before that. toured every country except for aus & eng and not lost a single series FOR 3 YEARS. Add to that the home performance where theyve won most of the series. So yeah, I've put my case, while full-on proof. If you're gonna deny so many facts, then I'm going to go no further in this discussion. Cheers

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 21:37 GMT

    Not like I'm biasing my team or something. I rather give them stick when it's due but please, absurd comments aren't called for. When two teams do the same thing and both are treated differently, and with some rash & rude irrational remarks, someone needs to point out the reality,

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 21:36 GMT

    @sawifan - Appreciate you replying. However, I have done my homework before making a comment..sorry, yours arent accurate. Let me rectify them. India have beaten SL in SL many times in ODIs, and once in tests i believe (at least it was a draw Im sure), and at home beaten them all the time (speaking all about after 2008). All the series home AND away vs South Africa have been tied 1-1. Beat Australia 2-0 (4) at home, lost 2-1 (4) away in 2008. And again did a mini-whitewash, beating them 2-0(2) in 2010. Then lost 4-0 away, in 2012. At the moment, it seems like another 2-0 here. Beaten WI in WI. Beat NZ Home & away. Beat England Home & away in 2007-08, while lost home & away in 2011-12. No offense, but if all those away performances translate to doing nothing apart from home, then you need a reality check. Also Aus doing badly in all country except India means there needs to be something fishy ? Please..it just proves India somehow manage to do what others couldnt..

  • POSTED BY Nerk on | March 4, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    Doherty bowled well, better than his figures suggested, and thoroughly deserved his three wickets. Would have been better had they decided to play a second spinner, instead they decide to play Cam White MK.II. I have nothing against Maxwell. In fact, he has a good old fashioned off spinning action. He can turn the ball and he sure can bat. But he is not a test quality player yet, and India showed why. Pujara and Vijay took 5 an over off him without doing anything special, except wait for the bad ball and boy there was plenty. The selectors fail again, picking a player for his 'all round abilities' when sometimes it is better to play someone who is a specialist. BTW, well batted Pujara and Vijay, excellent performances and deserve much credit for showing Aussies how to bat on this surface.

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | March 4, 2013, 20:54 GMT

    @ savi fan-- india have test wins in every country on this planet . also apart from aus , india won in every test nation. whereas aus too have poor record in all subcontinent pitches.

  • POSTED BY sonicattack on | March 4, 2013, 20:41 GMT

    @Bob Young. Absolutely. agree with you entirely...it is completely pointless going down the 'what if' route, and sometimes there are too many posters on here who will wander off along that road...guarantee that if Cowan scores a century tomorrow someone will helpfully point out that he should have been caught, well, he wasn't so move on!

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | March 4, 2013, 20:34 GMT

    Posted by kir.vas on (March 4, 2013, 12:19 GMT) I think Indian team playing with 9 members in the team. Look at the 1st player in the team "Sehwag" last 14 innings consistently he is failing. Look at the 11th player "Ishanth Sharma" he bowled more than 60 overs without a wicket.

    Kir. Vas throw in Bhajji in that lot and india is effectively playing with 8 players other three are filling up fielding spots.

  • POSTED BY lionspaw on | March 4, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    According to my point of view, Great Bowlers are the players who can take wickets in any type of conditions. My dear australian fans who have commented on pitch conditions, please stop whining which you guys always do. Great fast bowlers tend to get wickets in flat pitches too. What is the greatness about taking wickets in bowler friendly pitches. Any jack, dick , tom and harry can do that. Glen Mcgrath, shane warne, wesley haul, courtley Ambrose, walsh, Muralidaran, few more used to take wickets any types of pitches. So stop whining, just find some great bowlers like in the past.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    Unfortunately the current selectors have not sorted out the top order problems - Watson, Warner, Cowan and Hughes. These four look vulnerable against any bowling attack. I don't believe that Warner has the technique to be a test batsman and Hughes is confounded by decent pace or spin bowling. I would pick Watson as an opener (provided he is bowling) with Cowan, Clarke at three and Khawaja at four. I would include Chris Rogers at five as well. Unfortunately there is not enough first class cricket being played at the right time for players to demand selection due to the BBL. Until that sideshow is sidelined, the results will be predictable.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    Australia is one down in the series and has to score almost 200-runs behind with 8-wickets in hand to avoid an innings defeat. It could have been worse had both openers not been dropped, though Cowan has fought on and done his job for MJC facing a century of balls. I think that we should stop blaming at the players and look at the selectors and coaches as they continue with their visionless planning, and belief that only NSW'men can hold a bat.

    Again I look at the Lions tour and all I see is a wasted opportunity. SL currently have a development team touring Bangladesh and two batmen, 22YO and 23YO, have scored almost 250-runs. Tell me who in the Australian Team would be afraid of a young player scoring a 100 against the Lions??

    Can't people see ... AFTER CLARKE THERE IS NO ONE!!! Hence no threat!!! Good job selectors.

    In regards to when DRS will be used in India?? It will the next series if Clarke gets caught again off the face of the bat, then continues on to draw the game.

  • POSTED BY sawifan on | March 4, 2013, 19:52 GMT

    @Deepankar Mukherjee, most AUS fans have NO problem admitting to being a poor side in IND, we always had been. They point we make it, (until recently) we have won in EVERY other country, whilsy IND find it hard to compete, let alone WIN, in ANY other country. This isn't just about playing at home. AUS have a great record SRL, WIN, SAF, UAE, (even last time in PAK), NZL and until the last 2 tours, ENG. IND however have generally struggled everywhere except IND. So calm down a bit on your analysis, and do it properly! IND is poor away from home, and AUS is very poor, in IND. Not quite an even comparison, yeah?

  • POSTED BY bobmartin on | March 4, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    As an avid England supporter I'm hoping the Oz selectors are rigid enough to stick to the same squad come the Ashes... Not saying it's going to be easy.... but it sure gives us cause for more than a touch of optimism...

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    387/1 then 503/10 mmm.. I think curator forgot to run roller on the pitch! Its time to fire the poor guy! LOL

  • POSTED BY Porky_PigTheToon on | March 4, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    I'm NOT surprised to see most of the Aus fast bowlers getting humiliated in sub-continent. The fact is these so-called fast bowlers can pick wickets only on pitches that are suitable for fast bowling i.e. Green Tops. I mean what is the greatness in picking a 5 wicket-haul on fast and bouncy pitch of Aus (where there is every kind of assistance for a fast bowler) when you can't pick a wicket here in sub-continent which actually tests whether you are indeed a 'Real Fast Bowler' or just a 'Fast Track Bully' like Siddle, Starc etc.

    Instead of complaining, learn something from rookie B.Kumar, how he is bowling longer spells of 8-10 ovrs ,moving d ball both ways & creating all sorts of trouble for Aus batsmen who are known for playing fast bowling well.

    No wonder, Aus fast bowlers look like club level bowlers in sub-continent.

    You might win plenty of matches back in Aus with your "Fast Track Bullies" bt u have to prove urself in sub-contnt esp. in Ind whr teams (Aus) gnrly get EXPOSED.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    "From a score of 387 for 1, India lost their last nine wickets for 116 runs." Do you mean to say India scored 387 for the first wicket and lost next 9 for 116?!!!

  • POSTED BY QingdaoXI on | March 4, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    For next test Drop Sehwag, Jadeja and Ishant and play Rahane, Ojha and Awana (He bowled very well on Mohali wicket for KXIP in IPl and is also good for long format. So we Should have following team for Mohali Test: Vijay, Rahane, Pujara, Tendulkar, Kohli, Dhoni, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Bhajji, Awana, Ojha. Tendulkar should retire aftger this series So we can try our rebuilding straight form SA, the more the severe test, we will get quality batsmen and if they failed they will be scrap and will add to the list of Rathore, Gandhi, Ramesh, Das, Badani, Raina, Yuvraj, Gambhir. For SA series. Vijay/Dhawan, Rahane, Pujara, Rohit/M.tiwary, Kohli, Rayudu, Dhoni/CMGautham, Ashwin/Ojha, Bhuvi/Irfan, Umesh/Aaroon, Zaheer/Sreesanth. So they are total 18 players in the squad with cover for every dept. Sorry for Sehwag, Gambhir, Raina, Yuvraj, Ishant, Bhajji, Dinda, Saha and many more, Good luck for Sachin as he will retire after this series.

  • POSTED BY Surajdon9 on | March 4, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    The batting order needs an overhaul. If Watson is to stay he's better opening so would be inclined to move Cowan to number 3 (ala David Boon some years ago, and really a last chance saloon). Khawaja at 4, keep Clarke 5. In terms of number 6 the touring party is thin on batsmen so need to stick with Wade. Bowling - agree need to take the risk on Johnson as may leak a few runs though more likely a wicket taker. Maxwell to be replaced by Lyon.

  • POSTED BY Surajdon9 on | March 4, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    Problem really lies in the selection. How any team can select four openers and play them in team with top four really have no clue of playing spin. How much of ur top order has batted in domestic circuit like Hussey, Hodge and Hogg. Clarke also should be blamed for selection as he traveled India before and knowing that he required two or three specialist batsmen in these conditions who handles spin. Paine, Voges , Ferguson and Shaun Marsh would be far better than ur top order. Blaming ur spin bowlers is not doing great , they should get fare chances then only they will improve. But when u score runs around 400 it will definitely put pressure on India when they are batting and whatever the batting strength may they have. U re batting for a day like 20-20 and giving enough time for them to bat.I agree spinners may be of not great quality like shane warne but at least fielders should back them grab the catches...

  • POSTED BY creekeetman on | March 4, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    @ 2nd_slip.... sounds like you have it in for clarke, by the way the match against WI when clarke declared even though oz were trailing, oz eventually won. nothing wrong with his declaration in this test either, in fact it was a good move... just didnt work out. btw, im not oz, nor am i a fan of clarke.

  • POSTED BY 2nd_Slip on | March 4, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    Funny how I posted in one of Ian chapelles articles before the ICC awards where he a handfull of other cricket fans claimed Clarke was the best captain in the test arena!! How ironic that I was the only one who thought he was all bravado and nothong else. With Aus having suffered their worst humiliation in test cricket in a long while(beaten by Eng in their background) there just isnt any reputation to protect and the players at hand for Aus are just not in the class Aus cricket is known for, so knowing that Clarke comes up with outrageous decision( e.g. declaring in the first innings, declaring in West Indies when they were trailing, batting on and on against the Proteas when he should have gave his bowlers more time to have crack at them in the second test) trying to force the issue. In all Aus just dont have the talent to match South Africa and England at the moment which is really sad.Hope the dont do a West Indies on us and turn from world beaters to almost certain losers.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    Several posters are talking about how close this game would be if only....One even commented that India would have been 133/9 had it not been for the record breaking stand... But the whole point of the game is a collective issue.. ie how the team performs as a whole.. and the team which makes the most mistakes loses.. The reverse is also true. If the bowler makes mistakes.. the batsmen score runs...the batsmen makes mistakes, they get out. They call it cricket... Not What-If

  • POSTED BY popcorn on | March 4, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    I simply cannot understand our Selectors ' obssession with Philip Hughes.He couldn't play Englands's fast bowlers in The Ashes 2009,and was dumped. Watson took his place. He was ressurected for the series against New Zealand, and has found his place in the Guiness Book of Records for his famous," caught Guptill bowled Martin 4 times".He was dumped again and asked to go back to his banana farm.He came back to take - of all the people - the greatest number 3 batsmn Ricky Ponting's place. now he is a liability in the side. He has been out to Spin Bowling 4 times for a total paltry score of 6. Of which three times to Ashwin for a combined score of 1.By contrast, Chris Rogers,Rob Quiney are one Test wonders. Can we at least NOW FIRMLY SAY - he's OUT of the Test Side? Usman Khawaja is the RIGHT BATSMAN to take his place.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    Have a look at some of India's great talents

    Sreesaanth: 2nd worst ODI economy rate among bowlers to have bowled more than 1,000 deliveries in the history of world cricket.

    Ishant Sharma: 14 wickets in last 20 test Innings

    Rohit Sharma: 235 in last 15 ODIs at an average of 15.66

    Sehwag: 916 runs in last 32 test innings at an average of 28.62. Batting average against Australia in ODIs is 22 & against SA is 26 & Our Ex-cricketers call him a MATCH WINNER.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | March 4, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    @ Milhouse79 It's not Marcio, but Int.Curator who leads Indian pitch critics, claiming an absolute standard for "true cricket pitches," with zero tolerance for any but his perspective. Marcio's complains if pitch conditions don't suit HIS TEAM, & bemoans equally Hughes, Aus spin, Indian cricket, etc. - an equal opportunity pessimist.

    A Test Match challenges individual or team to overcome all conditions, to adapt & reconfigure plans & technique in response to situation, & above all, TO SURVIVE.

    Compare Warner & de Villiers, 2 attacking batsmen. Warner only attacks, often failing to see off the shine & convert starts. In Adelaide, as AB scored 33 off 220 balls, Aus even ceased attack, bowling loosely to tempt strokeplay. By refusing, AB dominated the play, upset their rhythm, & won 4 valuable hours. He overcame the "test," exhausted the Oz attack, helped SA ensure the draw, win a clear psychological victory & ultimately take the series.

    We agree: it's not the pitch, it's the player!

  • POSTED BY ScottStevo on | March 4, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    @Thefakebook, I think you'll find that Maxwell took four wickets when India were trying to hammer him to all parts - even more so than the 4.88 per over hammering he actually went for. The fact he took any wickets is meaningless as he bowled terribly and never looked in any way threatening, or that he could do anything other than toss it up and hope the deck was kind to him...ridiculous selection. The guy would have to single handedly win us this test match before I had any hopes for him as a test match player; and I think I'd prefer my chances of winning 4 lotteries on the bounce than that happening...

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | March 4, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    Both Clarke and Cook have showed how to bat on Indian pitches on with left hand and one with the right. I agree that both team are in transitions but Aussie experimentation is remarkable. First they tried one spinner formula and then resisted the temptation of supplementing him with doherty or maxwell. They tried another combination and it gave them seven wickets with India losing 9 for 100 odd runs. Aussies have even resisted the temptation of playing three spinners and are giving their quick bowling opations enough run. Pattinson has endorsed that strategy. Had aussies bowled first then keeping in view the success of Kumar (despite his medium pace) story would have been different but they resisted the temptation again choosing tougher conditions for their quicks. After two and a half whitewashes Indians are soft target for teams. So, even if aussies lose this one as well their experimentation will give some positives for sure.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    I'm going to ask this for the 500th time Why do you guys say "India will be a good team only if they play well abroad, irrespective of how much they trash others at home" when India win at home? Why not the same for Australia? When Australia beat India it turns into "HAHAHA India cant play abroad" Well guess what? Over the past two years, India has failed at abroad while has had success at home, AS HAVE AUSTRALIA.They only played well at THEIR home conditions too. People complained about the batsman-friendly pitches in India and considered them absurd.? In India (and Sri Lanka too) rank turners are what a non-batsman friendly pitch reciprocates to, just like big bouncy tracks in aus/sa/WI. And you still complain.. The only team that has outplayed in these conditions are England, and they have earned the respect for that. But Australians? please..Yes Aussies, according to your own logic, you are not a good team, because your team hasn't done well in India. It works both ways..swallow it

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | March 4, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Arnab Banerjee: But I think Australia is losing in the series and you say Clarke is leading to victory single handed.

  • POSTED BY SirViv1973 on | March 4, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    @Arnab Banerjee, Not sure how you can compare Finn & Pattinson in Ind conditions on the strength of Finn havin played 1 test there & Patto less than 2!

  • POSTED BY Jaffa79 on | March 4, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    Welcome back RandyOz! You don't usually comment on your team but even you now acknowledge that you have a team of mediocre cricketers! I suppose even someone as one eyed as you can't fail to comment on these thrashings. Looking at Australia's future Test commitments for the next year and a half, it looks quite omnious! Ind away, Eng away, Eng home, SA away, Pak away. Wow. I think you losing every one of those series is highly likely looking at your squad. Australia to be ranked 6th within two years! You heard it here first...

  • POSTED BY UnwedUnfed on | March 4, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    Let's be honest and point out the still-apparent flaws in the Indian team. 1) The opening pair remains a worry - let's not read too much from Vijay's knock here. He remains very susceptible to the waft outside off stump on a friendlier pitch for pacers. Gambhir and Sehwag seem done. Jaffer, for all his domestic success, was terribly found out abroad. It is time to throw Rahane/Rayudu into the deep end, methinks. 2) Ishant is done - he has had enough chances and at some point you have to realize that "heart" and "effort" are not enough to sustain an international career. Injuries aside, Umesh/Bhuvneshwar seem the best long term bets, and if we can get a good swansong from Zaheer that will be awesome. 3) No. 7 is a problem abroad - Jadeja won't be the answer. Irfan maybe if he can get some of his bowling mojo back. 4) Harbhajan needs to be discarded now. If he can't get people out on these pitches (and indeed, in domestic cricket) how is he ever going to face up to Amla and co in SA?

  • POSTED BY shillingsworth on | March 4, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    Harmony111 - thanks for your response. Sadly, old bean it bears no relation to my comment. I believe that Messrs Raina and Kohli referred to the unfairness of English wickets, absurdly describing them as 'greentops' and there you go losing the plot completely. As I said, the Indian pitches have been entirely fair for both the England and Australia series. Likewise those in England and Australia when India visited.

  • POSTED BY EverybodylovesSachin on | March 4, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    Al_Bundy1 Looks like from your comment if India gets all out for 100 you want to drop all the batsman from the team.. By the way based on domestic performance from Vijay and Pujara they got included in the Test team. Pujara had to score many runs in domestic cricket to secure his position in Test team..Do not judge based on one innings or one series..

  • POSTED BY Webba84 on | March 4, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    @RandyOZ Last I checked Cowan is still there. Its clear you dont like the guy but try not to judge him on imaginary failures as well as real ones.

  • POSTED BY dustbowls on | March 4, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    India can be called a good team, only if they learn to win on the bouncy swinging conditions in Aus, SA, Eng or NZ.

    unless and until they do not win regularly against these oppositions in their backyard, India would always be considered as poor travellers...

    It remains to be seen how the younger brigade in Kohli, Pujara, Vijay etal measure up against the quality pace attack of Aus, SA or Eng on green tops...

    The upcoming tour to SA will prove if India are worthy of being called a good test team, or are they still flat track bullies....

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | March 4, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    Another poor show from Warner, Cowan and Hughes. Why do we keep accepting this? Doherty will hopefully never play tests for us again.

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | March 4, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    @Gappistan: Where did I mention they will get "the so called 200 lead" on fourth day? There is fifth day in test matches as well as far as I remember. Indian bowling today was pretty ordinary as always. Warner gifted away his wicket. The key here is to stay at the wicket and runs will come. If players like Vijay and Pujara can stay at wicket for so long, why not Clarke and Watson. If the Australians stay at wicket the whole day tomorrow they will definitely get lead of 100 runs by the end of the day.

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | March 4, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    Agree with @govindsdeshmukh - Indian Domestic competitions should never be used as measure of a player's talent. There the mentality is to draw the match by just tuk tukying. Bowling standard is below pa. Any one can score double and triple centuries. Look at Jadega. He scored 3 triple hundreds in Ranji Trophy. But in test he is having problem scoring 10 runs. Tendulkar scored centuries in the domestic games he played but here he is nothing but baggage. Sehwag, Tendulkar, Ishant Sharma, Harbhajan Sing should be axed. They are nothing but baggage dragging team India down with them.

  • POSTED BY vathabivaranan on | March 4, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    Against pace/swing/move away from India, not only Indians all other country batsmen struggle particularly in SA. It is nice to see them struggle against spin.

  • POSTED BY kc69 on | March 4, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    A better day for Australia compared to yesterday.Attempt to score quickly seems to have caused the Indian lower order collapse.However the performances of Maxwell and Doherty are more worrying factor for Aussies because Indian spinners will now have complete help from the pitch.Australia really needs to do something magical to save this match from here.I would deem Hyderabad wicket as a perfect test wicket in India where ball helps seamers the first day and Spinners later on(no doubt about the tremendous crowd turnover).Also draws a conclusion that after Shane Warne the era of spin bowling in Australian cricket has ended.

  • POSTED BY samincolumbia on | March 4, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    2 dropped catches off Warner and Cowan from India in the 2nd innings and both off of Kumar!! This is ridiculous. Looks like India is playing as if they have already won the match and just going thru the motions. Cowan would have been out on duck when he was dropped by Dhoni and he is still around.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | March 4, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    @AMAZINGFAN: Yes Pujara is the fastest to reach 1000 test runs. In fact during the last 6 tests he played, he has about 640 runs at an average of over 100! More Bradman like average!. It is consistency against all types of bowling & talent which converts into big scores, unlike Rohit Sharma's talent. As for his overseas performance, let us not judge him without seeing what he does. Remember the great Bradman never played anywhere else but in England & Australia. As regards his playing ODI's, does India have any batting when they fall like 9 pins against Junaid & Umar? The Top 4 batsmen were wiped out in a Jiffy by Junaid's pace & Pattinson would have done the same in first Test, when Pujara & Tendulkar saved that by showing hoe to play fast bowling. By all means India has a right to exclude Pujara from ODI's. But please do not include him in the squad only to bench him & prevent him from playing crucial Ranji Matches for his state. That is exactly what Dhoni did!.Ojha is now benched!.

  • POSTED BY Captain_Crick on | March 4, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    India's best spinner, Ojha is still not in the playing eleven! Drop Bhajji, Sehwag and bring back Ojha and Wasim! India's batting collapse later today must be a blessing in disguise or was it a deliberate team strategy for the 3rd test? (who knows what goes on during these team discussions) 1) They could pick 2 Aussie wickets with 2 days still left. 2) Aussie selectors would be tempted to pick Doherty and Maxwell again for the 3rd test and might well drop their best spinner Lyon again. 3) Dhoni's intent of removing Lyon from the Aussie attack is already accomplished, his other secret wish would be to retain Doherty and Maxwell for the 3rd test. Aussie selectors have a tough job on hand to pick the squad for the 3rd test. Overall, surprising selection of playing XI from both the teams.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    V happy to see Austrailia struggle against Spin bowling from India. Whenever a team from Subcontinent visit Aus, SA and England, players are tested in swing and seaming and bouncing conditions and players are ridiculed of their inability to play there. I will be happy to see Australia demolished for a 4 0 whitewash

  • POSTED BY AMAZINGFAN on | March 4, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    @big_al_81,pujara is very lucky to have played most of his test matches in india,he is yet to score runs in overseas,having said that there is no doubt that he is the best test batsman in the country.....i stil wudn't call him as next dravid and he may have scored 1000runs much faster than sachin,dravid but it is to be seen whether he can match the consistency of sachin and dravid .....@to those people who want pujara in odi team,well he is not suited to odi's(poor running between the wickets and poor fielder)

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    Has Murali Vijay played his last test innings? If he could buckle down and apply himself well for this innings, when his test spot is in a spot of bother, why could he not have applied himself earlier? So he plays for his own needs of being in the team and not for the team? Yeah, he got a big hundred, but should he be in the team?

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | March 4, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    @TheBigBoodha: Even if MSD does not make more than 2 runs in Aus what does it prove? It only proves that he can't play in those conditions but can murder bowlers in home conditions. How is this any different for your bowlers like Starc and Siddle? In fact Pattinson too at several times looked rather ordinary. What has happened o guys like you? Why are you ppl so so so blind to common sense? Are you people blind by choice? Your whole stand is so much self contradictory. If these wickets are flat ones, good for batting then why are Aussie batsmen failing? If these wickets are spinning wickets then why are Aussie spinners failing? If these wickets have nothing for fast/swing/seam bowling then why B Kumar gets the ball to move and took 3 wickets?

    What is your whole damn objection? Boring cricket? Aus lost 5 wickets yesterday and Ind lost 9 in a single session. Boring? Huh.

    Doctored wicket? Define what doctoring is. It is the same for both the side in any case.

  • POSTED BY big_al_81 on | March 4, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    Pujara. I'm confused. The 2nd FASTEST Indian of all time to 1000 runs and it hardly warrants a mention (in innings which, in batting terms, is what matters)? I'm a regular critic of Indian cricket, especially the hype over not much, but this guy has done REALLY well. He's got there faster than Tendulkar, Sehwag, Gavaskar. But the best thing is he scores runs well, with quality - I can actually imagine him doing pretty well overseas because he has a decent technique. It's early days, but he has done properly well here and I feel he deserves more of a mention. How is his achievement not even mentioned in the article or the sidebar to it? How is it barely discussed in commentary. It's not just an Indian achievement, it's a world cricket achievement - he's joint 12th on the all time list. Should we not pause and celebrate and say well done young man!

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | March 4, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    Guys lets not get carried away. We did good, but there are still two tests to go. Even though it looks like there's no coming back for Aussies in the series at the moment lets just stay humble and enjoy the moment.

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | March 4, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    Kudos to the Hyderabad crowd for showing the other Indian venues - notably Mohali, where 20 ppl show up for Test matches (over 5 days) - how to support the Indian team. All this despite poor facilities. I hope the BCCI takes note. Why do they always give Mohali a Test Match when Australia visit? Mohali is the only venue that can't generate crowds even for IPL games lasting 3.5 hours.

  • POSTED BY realfan on | March 4, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    @TeamRocker HUGHES 2 POINTS???? he scored 4 in 4 innings and 0 against spin..... may be you are adding score to HIS scorecard.... and siddle 3.5???? he took 1 wicket in 2 matches...again are you trying to add wickets in HIS wickets list.... and i would give clarke 4( only for batting . and 0 for captaincy and team selection ) and wade 3.5???? for what dropped chances? or low score ????

    and ishant sharma 2 ??? he dint even get 2 wickets.... watson 3 points??? he dint even make total of 100 runs in 3 innings so far.... and sehwag 2??

    leave it.... your rating has to be changed from the base... not only australian rating even indian rating also....

  • POSTED BY David_Boon on | March 4, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    Terrible, horrible defensive cricket by Australia. First, Starc was made to bowl around the wicket so as to not create footmarks for the Indian spinners to aim at (footmarks outside a right-handers off stump - Warner, Cowan, Hughes, Wade, Pattinson, Starc all left handers). Second, they drop Starc all together, and replace him with Glenn 'Disgrace to Test Cricket' Maxwell, who can't bat or bowl, and has a terrible attitude (tried to sledge Mahela for heaven's sake). Then, they drop Lyon, he of the Test bowling average of 33 and SR of 67 - identical numbers to Harbhajan Singh, who has 400+ Test wickets. Finally, Clarke - the best spinner in the team - didn't even bother bowling to try and brake up a 380 run partnership. The Argus report was supposed to solve issues like this, but, as most people knew at the time, the problems start at the top. James Sutherland needs to go, and he can take his entire 'management team' with him.

  • POSTED BY samincolumbia on | March 4, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    How come the modern day Bradman aka Ponting had an average int the 20's and the Bradman-in-waiting Hughes (as per aussie fans) cannot score a run on these 'FLAT' pitches of India?

  • POSTED BY big_al_81 on | March 4, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    @GRVJPR. Records don't lie - I couldn't agree more. And that's why you have to choose which records you boast about. Some Indians, like yourself it turns out, are very excited by large batting averages. Some fans of other teams, are excited about actually winning matches too. Winning overseas is never easy, unless you're South Africa who are better overseas than at home. But the records, which don't lie as you point out, show that India are dreadful overseas at actually winning Tests, which, to some fans at least, is more important than just batting well. You yourself seem to have noticed the glaringly obvious reason for this - hardly any good bowlers - certainly outside the SC. One here, one there, but almost never an actual team attack since, well, the 70s. Can't the IPL pay for an academy or something to teach bowling. Having one decent spinner (perhaps the 5th best spinner in the world after Swann, Ajmal, Herath, Panesar) doesn't promise much better for the future.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    Cheteshwar Pujara scored more 1000 runs in test cricket on his 11th test. He is 5th among all test players (after Sutcliffe, Weeks, Bradman and Harvey). The last time any test player took fewer tests to reach this land mark was in 1950!

  • POSTED BY t20-2007 on | March 4, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    In this match the australian team has only one decent spinner..who is not bowling atall PuP clarke...:P

  • POSTED BY azurecharms on | March 4, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    will see how many double hundreds pujara and vijay make overseas!

  • POSTED BY SamRoy on | March 4, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    India's best batsman based on technique and ability currently are 1.Pujara 2.Kohli 3. Rayudu 4. Rohit. That should be India's middle order in SA. Best spinners are 1.Ojha 2. Ashwin Best pace bowlers are 1.Umesh Yadav 2.Bhuvneshwar Kumar

  • POSTED BY phunny_game on | March 4, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    The so called Aussie spinners... Everyone here knows they weren't threatening at all except a few occasions... It was just that Dhoni was looking to bat australia out of the game and played a false shot... Had he and batted patiently till tea just like Kohli was trying to do, these 3rd grade spinners would have been in shambles...

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | March 4, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    @Prash Smith: Thanks for the daily laugh. So, Vijay is a potential great, eh? Wow, how easily we use the term "great". BTW, congrats on passing the "Tebbit Test".

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | March 4, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    @Aussiesfalling: You mean "airs and grace"....no wait...I like "heirs" better because he really has no heir! Marius (and what a great name he owns too) makes a blunder every other day it seems, even when he's performing 3rd man duties. Didn't the Pakistanis object to him recently? You're quite right, he does what he wants - but too often incorrectly! Last summer, I briefly chatted to him while collecting his autograph, he's a very nice bloke, I must say. And at the end of the day, that's what really matters!

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | March 4, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    @clarke501: No my dear no. Ind players clearly meant they were unable to do well on those wickets while the Aussies were able to do well and had said that back home on spinning wickets it would get reversed. They did not say that the Aussies were playing boring cricket. At no point did any Indian player make any comment that patronized the Aussie performance. But here a no of Aussie fans do just that. CP gets runs here, they say ah he gets runs in India --- so? If getting runs in India is so easy then why are Aussie batsmen doing so poorly? Indian spinners get wicket then they say ah they get wickets in India --- so? What happened to your spinners? If Aussie fast bowlers fail in Chennai they say these are not good for fast bowling, meaning your fast bowlers are slaves of suitable conditions to take wickets and get exposed elsewhere. What happened to your Starc? He was your Tsar Bomba huh. MSD failed in Aus, Starc/Siddle failed in India --- what is the difference?

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | March 4, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    Ive been saying it for months and months that Clarke hides down the order yet ozzie fans criticised me then, well not so many of them do now. Clarke needs to move up the order and take responsibility, he is the australian captain afterall. How much longer can ozzie fans watch the top 4 struggle? He is their best batsmen, your best batsman normally bats at 3 or 4 for good reason.

  • POSTED BY Thefakebook on | March 4, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    @TeamRocker mate I'm surprised you didn't rate Clarke 10 and Patto is 5 I'd say(5-fer in a clay court mate that's huge).

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    The more I see of Clarke, the more I am convinced he belongs to the league of modern greats. Him, Cook and Amla are three batsman who should be counted soon in the league of Lara, Tendulkar, Ponting and Kallis; Amla though has the luxury of not batting against the best bowling attack in the world. As for this match, I have followed Australian cricket for too long to count them out of this match and the series. One freak innings like of Dhoni's in first test match can turn the match on it's head. Overall, Australia need to unearth or groom a genuinely good spin bowler or two. England showed recently what a really good spinner can do on Indian pitches and beat us at our own game.

  • POSTED BY bumsonseats on | March 4, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    not sure scott stevo. i understand your reasoning in that he should not move up the order purely because the top 3/4 are not doing much. but do you not think if he moved to 3 he could stabilise the top order. then a couple of the guys who are struggling, baring in mind 2 of the top 4 are basically T20 /odis player.who do not have it in them to play any other way than the hit and miss of the shorter form. warner is now starting to be found out, and hughes i have to be fair still needs to get his stance and general game to sort out which has been found out time and time again.

  • POSTED BY screamingeagle on | March 4, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    @Swamicricketanand, maybe all the top order guys making 80s in the same inning is your definition of a stable batting lineup? Some score, some dont, as long as everyone gets scores consistently, thats ok. So far all of them, except Sehwag has had good knocks, so what exactly is your point?

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | March 4, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    @TeamRocker: 2 pts for Ishant Sharma? Wow, you are generous.

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | March 4, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    And coming to the Australian batting, it has been even more so abysmal. Even if India win this series 4-0, I wouldn't rate it higher than the 2-0 whitewash we gave to NZ few months ago. Disappointing to see Australian team in shambles. Would really like to see Australia tour Bangladesh for a Test series in the coming months .

  • POSTED BY screamingeagle on | March 4, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    @Jayzuz, since you term the Indian spinners only decent first class bowlers, I guess I am well within my rights to call the Aussie bats second grade bats? However, your remark on the fast bowlers was amusing. An Indian medium pace bowler gets 3 and the high quality pace bowlers get zilch? Wonder who the trundlers are...

  • POSTED BY Rags57 on | March 4, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    India had a great opportunity to completely shut the door on the Australians in this test. Being merciless and ruthless is a trait of champion teams and India have once again showed they don't belong in that league. Losing nine wickets for 116 after being 387 for 1 is a crime. They should have ended the day at 600 for 7 and declared tomorrow morning with a 425-450 run lead. This would have shown that they are a really dominant team in Indian conditions. They may still win the game with a day to spare but they lost an opportunity to shut the Australians out not only in this test but the entire series.

  • POSTED BY screamingeagle on | March 4, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    @Jayzuz, since you term the Indian spinners only decent first class bowlers, I guess I am well within my rights to call the Aussie bats second grade bats? However, your remark on the fast bowlers was amusing. An Indian medium pace bowler gets 3 and the high quality pace bowlers get zilch? Wonder who the trundlers are...

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | March 4, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    Thanks to Pujara - Vijay partnership of 370 that India reached 503. The last six wkts. going down for 43 was poor show. Jadeja fell again for just 10 runs posing the question whether the dropping of specialist spinner Ojha for "all rounder" Jadeja was justified? Jadeja does not produce as a batsman & is an economical spinner whilst Ojha is a wkt. taker. SRT failed again whilst Kohli did not play a big innings.From 376 for 1 to 503 all out was grossly lower total than expected. The Aussies fought back but they have an uphill task ahead. Dhoni for a change gave Ashwin more bowling than Harbhajan & Ashwin responded by caliming both the Wkts. Ojha on this turner would have put the Aussies on its knees. Jadeja is economical but does not get the same turn as Ojha nor has he the flight variations of Ojha. The 2 best spinners for India are still Ashwin & Ojha. Preferring Bhaji or Jadeja to Ojha has caused lot of ill feeling. Pujara answered MSD emphatically for dropping him in last 3 ODI's.

  • POSTED BY screamingeagle on | March 4, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    @Marcio,playing smart cricket in ones own country is somewhat easier than when touring. As India found out and now Australia is. Btw, your comments, I did not bother with all of them, just a couple was enough to get the idea you were peddling, ie Indian tracks are loaded against Australia and that is unfair, unsportsmanlike etc...You might want to get into your head that Australia when touring is just an average team and that when playing on turning tracks, they are kind of feeble. Btw, turning tracks is not something I invented, some tracks do help spinners, not just seamers. Good luck with ashes, btw.

  • POSTED BY ozziespirit on | March 4, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    @RednWhiteArmy: Have to say I agree with you. Clarke does hide down the order and I've been wanting him to move up for ages. Our top order is as useless as it appears on your tv screen, and Clarke never wants to go and sort it out himself. Fellow Aussie fans: There is a difference between facing the new ball and facing a 30 over old ball. @ScottStevo: You're seriously saying just because Clarke comes in at 30/3 every time that's an equivalent to opening? You've clearly never been a batsman. Whenever fans like RedWhiteArmy say that Cook's in a different league because he opens, they're right. It is completely different to facing a tired attack, a used ball and a game plan that involves more than just all-out attacking. Cook is in a different league to Clarke.

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | March 4, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    @GRVJPR: Excellent points, these are the facts and despite our weaker suit (bowling), our record of series wins in countries such as WI and England is superior to countries which boast about their so-called great bowling stocks. You need to take 20 wickets to win a Test, we've done better than expected considering low pace bowling stocks, if the people responsible for our cricket place emphasis on the bowling, and supporting wickets/infrastructure, we should be able to go several notches higher.

  • POSTED BY thebatsmansHoldingthebowlersWilley on | March 4, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    So many chickens coming home to roost for Australia... terrible spin bowlers overrated fast bowlers (Starc dropped after one test...Siddle ineffective) Poor top order (four opening bats and none of them know how to craft an innings) Poor selection and man-management I think another Argus review is needed!!

  • POSTED BY Y.Kumar on | March 4, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    Why did the umpire give benefit of doubt to bowler ? The bowler is given benefit of doubt advantage, which is not fair on the part ofumpire.

  • POSTED BY TeamRocker on | March 4, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    As an Aussie supporter, I was horribly disappointed with Australia yesterday. However, they have pulled things back slightly (very slightly), and might just have a chance if this partnership can hang around for another 100-odd runs. Amazing performance by Pujara and Vijay, and giving India a massive shot at this test match. As for the side comparison, this is what I would rank the teams: India: Sehwag- 2 pts, Vijay- 2.5 pts, Pujara- 4 pts, Tendulkar- 3 pts, Kohli- 4 pts, Dhoni- 4 pts, Jadeja- 3 pts, Ashwin- 3.5 pts, Harbjhajan- 2 pts, Kumar- 3 pts, Sharma- 2 pts Total: 33 pts Aus: Warner- 2.5 pts, Cowan-2.5 pts, Hughes- 2 pts, Watson- 3 pts, Clarke- 5 pts, Wade- 3.5 pts, Henriques- 3 pts, Maxwell- 2.5 pts, Pattinson- 4 pts, Siddle-3.5 pts, Doherty- 2 pts Total: 33.5 pts Pretty similar, but I think India are far better in India right now due to their spin attack (batting and bowling). Overall, I think Australia are a bit better on the whole.

  • POSTED BY Thefakebook on | March 4, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    Hey haters Maxwell took four wickets now only if he scores a 50 or Ton and OZ get lead of 40-50 again and he gets wickets again in indian 2nd innings I can't wait to see the comments on that report.:)

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | March 4, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    Well Played India. CP has fully replaced Rahul Dravid. Hie is the fastest to get to 1000 and will serve India for long period of time. Vijay seems to be cementing his place. Dhawan or Unmukt Chand should be tested for Sehwag's place. Sehwag needs to retire. His brand of cricket "see the ball, hit the ball" is over now because he cant see the ball now at this age and failing eyesight. Jadeja has proved to be an excellent bowler and fielder. He should focus on his batting and play a few long innings. Once Umesh is fit Ishant sghould be dropped. BK and Umesh will make seam bowling combo with Ashwina dn Jadeja spin. Other bowling position should be a floating one where a fifth bowler in form should be selected.

  • POSTED BY din7 on | March 4, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    well as expected aus is losin another one, nothin strange aus does have a very poor batting line up, leave apart their spin bowlin..no need to blame aus fast bowlers, when batsmen score just 247 on this flat deck and with almost no spinner u cant expect fast bowlers to take all 10 wickets on this paata.. lyon shld not been removed but i gues they want to give hm a lesson which is good....i still dont understand why khwaja doesn't find a place in this mediocre batting lineup..he has the best technique of them all and if rightly supported and looked after he could make an excellent test batsman but aus management just want to ruin his career..he will probably lose his confidence if they continue to ignore him and select cowen, watson, hughes etc etc. havin said that india too is a mediocre test team, and VIjay..hahahah isn't a test player..once he goes abrod his career will be over and also jadeja..they are just 10 to 20test players and nothin else!

  • POSTED BY siri12345 on | March 4, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    It will be interesting to see if aus will declare in this innings too lol

  • POSTED BY cricketanand12 on | March 4, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    @Sugath To stay on crease for 8-9 you need to have exceptional technique and ability to play on these turning tracks..once the cream time for batting ended all the indian batsman were dismissed and how could they tackle ashwin and jadeja is their biggest problem and even they make 350+ runs more,then indians will need to get 160+ in 2 or 3 sessions ehich is not tough as indians are habituated to play on these tracks.

  • POSTED BY Jaffa79 on | March 4, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    Hey Marcio...I thought you weren't going to say anything on these pages until the summer? Why are you whinging about the pitches? India prepare turning pitches...wow! What are a turn up! Did you expect anything else? Look...it is as alien for them playing on a bouncy track as it is for the Aussies on turning tracks. I personally like the differences between wickets around the world and think that it is one of the beauties of Test cricket (there is a hint in that, in that it is meant to be a TEST!). Stop crying and accept the inadequacies of your team rather than bleating on about the pitches. England smashed them at their own game, why can't you? (I think we all know the answer to that one!)

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | March 4, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    I have been a strong defender, indeed promoter, of Clarke's captaincy, but I think he made a critical error in the Indian innings. Having picked two spinners (even if they are numbers 2 and 3 while #1 sits on the sidelines) he should have bowled them together. The whole point of having a left- and right-hand combination is to get the batsmen playing the wrong lines. Instead, for well over 100 overs he had the spinners at one one and the quicks at the other. Not only does that fail to take advantage of the spinners' strengths, but it puts more strain on the quicks because they have less time to recuperate between overs than if another seamer was bowling at the other end.

    When Clarke finally bowled Doherty and Maxwell together, once India were 5 down, they went through the other 5 in no time. India bats down to #10, so that was no mean feat.

    Dhoni won't make that mistake. It will be spin all the way for the rest of the Aus innings and they'll be lucky to avoid an innings defeat.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    When a cricket team is at it's worst, all the followers can do is blame the selectors, who in the main just do the best with what they have to work with.

  • POSTED BY heathrf1974 on | March 4, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    A better day for Australia. However, any day would be a better day compared to yesterday. But the damage has been done and India are looking good to wrap this test up.

  • POSTED BY Wallaroo on | March 4, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    I agree with RednWhiteArmy to some degree.

    Michael Clarke is a good captain but not a great captain or leader, he need to go up the batting order where he can lead by example. Either he should climb or we need to elect a young captain like the Saffa's did with Graeme Smith.

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | March 4, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    Records don't lie. The fact is that Indian batsmen have score more runs in Australia and england then the other way round despite facing more powerful bowling line ups. The fact that our youngster like Virat Kohli can go on first tour to Australia and score a big hundred tells the mettle of Indian Batsmen. If only India had a good powerful pacers the results would be in our favor. Between 1998 to 2008 Aussie bowling was most potent and you will be surprised that Indian batsmen amassed more runs in Australia then even South Africa and england in that era. As fasr as winning is concerned, bowling has been a problem for India.

  • POSTED BY realfan on | March 4, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    well played vijay ... but its too early for him to judge him as a settled opener.. he lacks footwork required for the opener spot to play overseas...

  • POSTED BY keralite on | March 4, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    I think the Chennai pitch was much better than this pitch.There was something for everybody who was ready to put their hundred percent. This pitch seems much more batsmen friendly. Australia could not score above 450 due to their terrible batting. I still can't understand why Australian batsmen are playing as if they are afraid of our bowlers? Before the series started I was expecting a more or less even contest. But the way things are going 4-0 is on the cards. Well played Pujara and Vijay. There are only two match winners in Australian team- Clarke and Pattinson. P. S.- I can bowl some ripping leg breaks..If I get an Australian citizenship do I have any chance of being selected in the next match :P

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | March 4, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    @RednWhiteArmy, you make the same post every time, and it remains just as pointless each time. Do you really think Clarke is afraid of the Ishant Sharma and Kumar on these deader-than-dead tracks? When India have opened the bowling with spin in two of the 4 innings to date? Certainly I think he should bat higher. But the reality is that in India it is easier to face the new ball on the new pitch. Clarke is not hiding from anything. He comes in when the ball is turning sharply and the pitch deteriorating.

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | March 4, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    @Arnab Banerjee, all you have to do is look at the respective record of these teams over the last two years to see that Australia is a far better team. And at least Australia gave India standard tracks in Australia. We can all see what's happening here in India. Still, there has been a lot of unusually stupid cricket and selections for this tour. I say "unusual" because the team has an excellent record over the past two and a half years, and they have played very smart cricket, for the most part. This has been very uncharacteristic indeed. A lot of the problems are simply due to the fact that there are at least 4 players who should not even be in the squad, who are barely first-class standard, let alone amongst Australia's best players. There are, admittedly, also a lot of inexperienced players there. Most of the team have not played test cricket in India before. Only three, as for this game.

  • POSTED BY realfan on | March 4, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    @Int.Curator so why cant the players who play well on those so called great pitches , play here as they did there?????? or may be its the way around, those so called great pitches are just a bunch of flat tracks where not only host players can play, but also INDIAN play well on those grounds( you can have a look at statistics for your confirmation)..????? simple as that... you fail to understand the different conditions of different countries, and you want the pitches to be same all over the world to aid your players....as i said very KEEN cricket observer will know all the aspect of cricket and doesnt complain about pitches....

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | March 4, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    Saying Hughes only scored vs SL misses the point. SL's bowling attack is no worse than India's, and Herath is a better spinner than anything India have. The issue is the conditions. Hughes would score plenty against this attack in neutral conditions. And I do mean "neutral", not Australia necessarily. The conditions so far in this series are not anything like neutral.

    It's a pity Warner gave away his wicket. Australia would actually not too far out of this game if he was still there, and we had a couple of decent spinners in the team. One, even.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    @Prash Smith, agree with you completely. He needs to control the tendency of playing too many shots early in the game. He has done justice to his talent only on few occasions and needs to crave for more. One thing that I love about him is his elegance, occasional flamboyance and stylish stroke making.

  • POSTED BY itsthewayuplay on | March 4, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    The curator's admission following the Chennai test gives a real problem for Indian cricket. Has India's ability to play tet suddenly imrpoved or is Australia a much worse team than India and England in these conditions? I suspect it's the latter, but certainly Ashwin bowling so far in this series has been improved than anything he's done before. And Jadeja who has been more of a containing bowler in the past has looked threatening. But again the question is how much is due to the pitches and their preparation, the skill of the bowlers and the opposition? Regardless of the result of this test and series, Cricket India has to make decisions for the future of Indian cricket and that starts with giving 3 players an opportunity in place of Sehwag, Tendulkar and Harbajan.

  • POSTED BY OziIndiacircketlover on | March 4, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    Pujara played like Dravid. I hope BCCI will give him chance in ODI, rather give chance to Oldie Sehwag. Australian team is struggling in India because of spin. In Australian team have no good spin bowler and batsmen are struggling to play spin bowl except Micheal Clarke.

  • POSTED BY Mary_786 on | March 4, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    @Edward_Anderson good points. Our top 5′s last 10 matches each have averaged as follows: Cowan - average 32 Warner - average 38 Watson - Average 28.3 Hughes - Average Average 28.5

    And Clarke in comparison Clarke - Average 83.5

    Shows how good Clarke has done but the others have to raise their game. I am assuming that Watto goes home for the third test for the birth of his child so Khawaja will come in(and about time he got a hit as he is a key man for the ashes) but will Cowan and Hughes be able to get away with low scores, big innings for Cowan tomorrow.

  • POSTED BY shillingsworth on | March 4, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    @Harmony111 - You say that the Indian players 'don't blame the wicket for the losses'. Perhaps you need to study the comments made by Kohli and Raina ahead of the 'revenge series' (their phrase) in which they referred (inaccurately) to the 'greentops' they had faced in England. I agree with you - there is nothing wrong with the wickets on which this series is being played. Worth mentioning too that Australia have won the toss on both occasions and failed to make full use of it.

  • POSTED BY S4CHIN_IS_GOD on | March 4, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    @Harmony111- well said mate. Test match is a test of skills. Aussies are struggling big time against spin. Just like Indians were struggling against pace in Eng and Aus. May be due to the fact, there are great spinners in Aus recent times. Enjoy cricket and learn. Just like England.

  • POSTED BY Webba84 on | March 4, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    @Int.Curator As an australian fan myself I think your attitude is horrible and smacks of sour grapes, I doubt you'd be spouting it if Aus were winning right now. The fact is batting on these pitches is not that hard but Aus batsmen aren't using their brains at all and have not adjusted. Story goes like this -> Aus top order out sweeping, Indian top order double century and 150+ no sweeping until late in the innings, Aus batters in again and then out straight away sweeping. This has nothing to do with the pitch and everything to do with brain-dead stupidity. There is no defense for Aus in this.

  • POSTED BY cbradbury on | March 4, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    'There is something really funny here. for 371 runs Aussies could get only one wicket and then next nine for just 133 runs.'

    Nothing funy at all - simply good tactics by India. By letting Doherty and Maxwell take a few wickets it virtually guarantees that Aus will select them again...leaving India in complete control of the series. Doherty is not even a spin bowler really - more a straight up and down, dibbly dobbly slow medium pacer.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    We used to blood players in the middle order and then if they did well for a few years, move a few them up the order to account for retirements. Ponting, Langer, Martyn and Katich are all names that started in the middle order and gradually got to the spots they were later well known for. We even did it with Clarke, but he seems to have not yet gotten over the average time he had at no.4. Seems like a much better player now and would do well at no.3 in my opinion. Need to start bringing in young blokes who can turn us around in the middle order and stop bringing in so many openers.

  • POSTED BY RednWhiteArmy on | March 4, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    Ive been saying it for god knows how long but Clarke must overcome his fear of the new ball, grow some of his own & move up the order. The team is crying out for leader in the top 4 & Clarke keeps thinking about number 1. He will never have the same respect as Captain Cook.

  • POSTED BY SirViv1973 on | March 4, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    I thought Clarke may have been wise to drop Hughes down the order today. It was always going to be odds against him holding out until stumps and it would have made sense to have sent Watson in at 3 (espically as it looks like thats where he will be batting for the reset of series). With just one wicket down Aus would have had a better chance of at least taking the game to a 5th day. As for Hughes having been given the soft reintroduction to the team against the SRL's pop guns he has again come up short as soon as he has had to face anything other than military medium pace. I Think Aus seriously need to consider picking a David Hussey or Chris Rogers for the ashes if they are to increase their chances of posting challenging scores.

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | March 4, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    All the finger pointing at Chennai Super Kings players is kind of looking really silly now. Some people just have to indulge in it, so it cannot be helped. All the numbers suggest the biggest value to this Indian team is coming from CSK players. That is exactly what the IPL is supposed to do - unearth and groom talent to play for India. What is wrong with the most successful team providing the most players? Get with the program, haters.

  • POSTED BY swauzzie on | March 4, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    If hughes plays in the next game - I'm gonna quit watching Oz cricket. If they can drop Lyon but hold onto Hughes - what's the point in watching anymore?

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    X Doherty will not be X test player for some time. Maxwell did well to impress Sachin, after all he is MI recruit. Pujara will keep scoring consistently and Vijay should as well keep working on his success. Now, next test will create more headaches for Australia and they may have to drop Henriques or Hughes to accommodate Lyon. Thus, they will have better verity of spin. On Indian front Sehwag looks in trouble and Jadeja will keep grooming under the wings of captain Dhoni. Otherwise team looks settled !!!

  • POSTED BY Edwards_Anderson on | March 4, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    It has been a good day for us Was really hoping for none for but frankly I was not expecting to even be batting yet. Cowan has done his very best Faf impersonation. He is in the 20′s now so this is his danger zone. I am sick to death of scores between 20 and 40.Warner did ok but should have left the sweep alone. He looked much more decisive today though. Hughes is now in trouble. Khawaja will be in for Watson next test(And about time as he is our best young batsman) so Smith, Maxwell or Henriques has to play as a top six bat. We cannot do worse. I feel sorry for Hughes, I believe he tries very hard and I thought he had turned a corner this summer but i am not so sure now. Watson, your moment of truth is now. You have no more chances in this series. If you want to be a certainty for the ashes you need a score right here. wade caught one. well done son.Henriques will be hoping to channel his first test. Siddle may have to make way for Johnson next time around.Pattis has got a big heart

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | March 4, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    Doherty and Maxwell finally showed up and did a good job for Australia. Sehwag and Tendulkar got out in their usual way. It's time to drop Sehwag, Tendulkar, Ishant, and Bhajji. These 4 non-performers have been a burden on our team for last 2 years. Like I said many times on this board, there's no shortage of talent in India. Please replace Sehwag with Jaffer/Chand, replace Tendulkar with Rayudu/Tiwary, replace Ishant with Shami, and replace Bhajji with Rassol. With these 4 non-performers gone, we can reclaim the no. 1 spot in test cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    It's quite clear who is the better team in the subcontinent although Australia certainly showed some grit and determination once the massive partnership was broken. Let's see if India can do to them what they did to us in their home conditions not to long back, a clean sweep. Pujara is clearly our new Dravid and number 3 is secure. Time to make Vijay a regular and bring in Rihane. Sehwag is over unfortunately and its time to stop selecting him on past performances. Kohli should come in at 4 as the best batsman in the team (no disrespect to the great master). Sachin still remains a force but needs now to move to five so that he can stabilize things after a collapse. Dhoni is perfect at 6. Ashwin/Jadeja at 7. Kumar at eight. The rest is what is to be decided. Harbahjan is also not the force he was but can be given another test before moving on to Ojha. We should persist with jadeja. He offers a lot with his batting, bowling and fielding and will come good soon.

  • POSTED BY bumsonseats on | March 4, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    india i would have thought would be disappointed with the score they finished with they should have put the game to bed and clocked up minimum of 600+.

  • POSTED BY karthik_raja on | March 4, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    @Harmony111 on (March 4, 2013, 11:53 GMT) is RIGHT!!!. I hv been repeatedly saying "DRS without HOTSPOT/Ball Tracking technology is the way to go". As much as I hate to see SRT's dismissal, I am very much happy that it gave us a proof of DRSystem can be made very simple. I will repeat again. A FAINT EDGE which ONLY HOTSPOT can detect is no HOWLER by any means. Also, Inside edge/Pitched outside leg LBW decisions doesn't require HAWKEYE. Simple slow-mo can get us 99.9% of correct results. "Imaginary path" should be left to Umpires. B4 u start bashing BCCI, I am almost sure that BCCI has problems only with HOTSPOT/HAWKEYE bt not against the whole DRSystem. Else, they wudn't hv agreed to use DRS in Eng Tour. PS- I am not a fan of BCCI. :)

  • POSTED BY Gappistan on | March 4, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    @mzm149 Ur optimism or sense of humor is commendable. Warner is already back to pavilion and he is the only one who can score quickly erase the deficit and get the so called 200 runs lead in fourth day.

  • POSTED BY kir.vas on | March 4, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    I think Indian team playing with 9 members in the team. Look at the 1st player in the team "Sehwag" last 14 innings consistently he is failing. Look at the 11th player "Ishanth Sharma" he bowled more than 60 overs without a wicket. Selectors where are you??????

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | March 4, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    @Int.Curator: So what you are saying is that your players grow up in certain conditions and the moment they are out of them they struggle (or get bored to death). Same thing happens to players from SC too. Now which one of these is right or wrong? Which one is worse? At least the Ind players did not blame the wicket for the losses, they admitted that they struggled on those wickets while Aus made full use of them. And then they said they will do the same back in India. But look at the way comments here have been made that refuse to even recognize that the wicket is the same for both the sides and one side is doing well while the other side is doing poorly. Hardly anything positive is being said by some ppl here. All they say is that the wicket is flat or a dust bowl or doctored and that somehow India are paying unfairly. Even the umpiring is not being spared. Count of lbws for both the sides is being kept as if it is some law that lbw count must be evenly shared.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    When will Australia see sense and discover that Phil Hughes is just not up to Test Match standard? His technique is poor, suffocated against quality spin in this series and has also been found out by good fast bowlers throughout his inconsistent career thus far, i.e. Chris Martin, Andrew Flintoff, Ashes 2011 bowlers, etc. I have never seen him play a convincing leg glance. He specializes in flashing outside off-stump with little regard for the consequences. And yet Australians here have been laying into Ed Cowan mercilessly and without letting up? His technique is far more solid! He will finish his Test career with a 42-45 average if he gets the chance!

  • POSTED BY kowalski on | March 4, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    @Int.Curator, so you believe "this" australian team can suddenly learn to bat well after 3 days of Seam and Swing and the pitch starts spinning? Styen Demolished Indian team in Nagpur. England won in India with lot of help from fast bowlers. No Excuses for lack skill against spin bowling mate, first day or 5th, "They have to bat"

  • POSTED BY VinodGupte on | March 4, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    this is the risk with opening with players like sehwag and warner. they murder the bowling attack in one game but get out cheaply in the next 15 games. what's the point? you need patient players to take the shine off the ball. AUS woes are because of a weak opening stand.

    aside, should hughes consider another career? surely, he won't play for AUS again after displaying such a horrific weakness against spin?

  • POSTED BY Int.Curator on | March 4, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    How good are Ashwin and Singh playing on pitches designed for them? Where else will Australian cricket endure playing on flat , crumbly pitches like this? Should Australia cut their losses and focus on preparing a team to take on England for the all important Ashes Series?

  • POSTED BY satishchandar on | March 4, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    When you travel abroad, you need to have a plan for it. In recent times, i would point it towards England. They went with Tremlett, Bresnan who were on comeback but had height as advantage to Australia and came to India with different skillset. Australia needed to put in a different skillset when traveling to India. Players who play spin. Hughes who recovered from bad international outing last year is now again pushed back before Ashes. I felt no need for him to be here. A Smith would have done a better job than him under these conditions. One more important thing. With the number of left handers in the top order, India have made their intentions clear by playing Bhajji ahead of their best spinner in Ojha just for that specific purpose. If Australia had shown intent, they might have tinkered the batting order a bit by playing one right hander at 3 and rotate strike to have a right-left combo going to unsettle the pff spinners. England did it splendidly.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    Aussies have pulled back slightly but yet again they havent shown foresight in the batting.Why bring Hughes ahead of Watson & Clarke when he is a walking wicket this series.

    Honestly I have never really rated Hughes very highly though some of the aussie pundits think otherwise.

    I hope to see Watto play well tomorrow and along with others give a good account of themselves.

    With the way the wicket is starting to play up more tricks, I dont think Aussies would be able to save this match but atleast play for pride.

    Going forward in the series at the interval, I think they should drop Hughes for the Mohali test match and bring Khawaja in. He wouldnt play any worse. Break up the order wherein Cowan & Watto could open, Khawaja at 3, Clarke 4 & Warner at 5. Keeping in view Pattinson s past injuries, manage his workload well and bring Starc or Johnson for him.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | March 4, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    Sachin's dismissal clearly clearly clearly shows why DRS in its current avatar is overkill, esp when ppl say it is meant for howlers only. The umpires used simple slo-mo replays and used common sense to deduce that if there is a noise when the ball went past the bat and there was nothing else there then obviously it must have hit it. Simple. I did not like Sachin getting out but the process there was ample proof of what some Indian fans have been saying about using slo-mo replays instead of the whole paraphernalia of DRS. I am absolutely convinced that if we talk of HOWLERS then referral to a simple slo-mo replay would suffice in ALL the cases. I repeat --- ALL the cases. A HOWLER just can't be missed in a replay.

    Meety: Mentioning you specially here.

  • POSTED BY Lmaotsetung on | March 4, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    PLEASE let Hughes score some runs. It's good for the cricket economy and besides we really really really need him for the Ashes :-)

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | March 4, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    I suppose, though, we have to give some begrudging respect for Australia's fighting spirit today. No team comes back from 1/300 after scoring 230 odd. The game could have become an absolute embarrassment to Australian cricket. Instead it will merely be a heavy loss. Not much a of a positive, I know, but after day two... The fielding and bowling was good. I think Australia can still win games here, if they can just tweak a few blatantly stupid weaknesses and mistakes, most of all at the selection table.

  • POSTED BY Simoc on | March 4, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    Crikey the spinners got 7 wickets. Time to bring in Lyon for Siddle in the next. Then we'll be on even terms even if it took the brains trust two lost tests to work out. Everyone else knew before the first test. It will be hard to pick Hughes again. I think Smith may be given a make or break opportunity and Khawaja held over for the Ashes. Right now Oz needs a couple of century makers from anyone that feels inclined to bat a long time.

  • POSTED BY phunny_game on | March 4, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    Dhoni played that shot straight to the fielder so that people could watch SIR JADEJA's batting... Maxwell got between Sir and a boundary... And he is also getting a high price at the ipl... Ominous signs... SIR is gonna be very angry at you, young man..!!!

  • POSTED BY handyandy on | March 4, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    Should be Hughes' last match of the series but really our whole top 4 is pretty ordinary. Clarke might have to move up the order. Perhaps they should look at someone like George Bailey for England.

    Barring a miracle it should be all over tomorrow.

  • POSTED BY Int.Curator on | March 4, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    @ 28041991 your over KEEN opinion has led you to miss the point. Australian cricket players aspire to playing on the worlds great pitches. Pitches that are hard and fast paced for 2-3 days and rip and spin for the final 2 days. AUS, RSA, ENG, NZ consider this a good fair pitch for cricket. Indian pitches are not conducive to pace bowling. The spectacle of a good fast bowling athlete is missed in India and their team. Now if you were KEEN you would have known that.

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | March 4, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    @phunny_game you are right. Just reckless batting from jadeja and harbhajan singh. I dont think there was any order from the team to accelerate(looking at the way kholi was batting). Kumar and Ashwin should definitely bat up the order than Sir Jadeja and ojha should replace Harbhajan. Enough of 100 tests drama.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    I think the BigBhooda has missed the point of bilateral cricket!! The Aussies do create pitches that play to their strengths, thats what India are doing.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    Wanted: 4 bloody-minded Aussie batsmen with the ability, desire and patience to bat for a day. Clarke is obviously one. Cowan looks like he wants to, but he looks vulnerable coming forward and seems unable or unwilling to rotate the strike. He absolutely has to do this when the OB/SLA combo is bowling and his partner is a right hander. Watson? As always a question mark over his stamina, but he's playing good straight bat so far. Wade and/or Henriques? Moises seems less confident than in his first Test.

    And there's no point blaming the pitch. If India can get 500 with Tendulkar failing, it can't be all that bad.

  • POSTED BY CricketBirbal on | March 4, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    Actually India would have been all out for 133,if not for the 370 run partnership. So nothing to cheer about for others.It is a routine affair. Dhoni & Kohli saved the blushes in 1st Test and here Vijay & Pujara did the job. Who will do it in Mohali? Perhaps Tendulkar has to really rise to the ocassion now with Sehwag if he is chosen or with Dhawan. The Indian batting is really not as mighty as it seems.They also collapse.

  • POSTED BY Harlequin. on | March 4, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    As a pommie, I'd like to thank the Aussie selectors for destroying the confidence of Lyon and O'Keefe (one half-decent and one good spinner) and the Indian tailenders for making sure Doherty and Maxwell (two quarter-decent spinners) are the ones in favour for the Aussie test team with back-to-back ashes coming up.

    As for Pujara, another excellent knock. However he is in the same situation as Philander at the moment; excellent start to a career which has mostly been played in home conditions. If he can do it in Eng/SA/NZ then we can start talking of him as a suitable successor to Dravid (if there is such a thing!)

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | March 4, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    Its just embarrassing to think that Hughes is the best Australia can offer up. The most brittle top order in world cricket just got even worse. Yet another Australian cricketing shambles.

  • POSTED BY phunny_game on | March 4, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    I think Aussies can make a comeback... Ed Cowan is looking solid and Watson is a lottery, u never know when he can score a breezy ton... With Clarke, Henriques and Maxwell to come, they are most likely to go past the deficit... The real question is how much can they score after that... Since there is a lot of time still left, if they can manage a lead of over 100, we never know... !!!

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | March 4, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    A strange day, and pretty much confirms that India is no great team. Australia is playing horrible cricket and selecting teams that are unsuitable for the conditions. On the bright side, Phillip Hughes won't play for Australia again - how can anyone be that bad against spin? Khuwaja will now get his chance. Why did Warner throw his wicket away like that, against a nothing delivery? The Indian spinners just aren't that good, not even in these absurdly manufactured conditions. The success of Maxwell and Doherty at the end really proved that. These two are not even first-class standard bowlers, as has been pointed out. Rotate the selectors, please! Somebody said that rugby guys were behind the rotation policy. I'm thinking maybe that have taken over the selection panel and net sessions too, because we sure are playing like buffoons!

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    Indian batters made sure that great spinners maxwell and xavier will play the nxt match so that they ll seal the series without any hiccups such as lyon....

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | March 4, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    Cowan and Watson looking solid. I hope they score big after this start. Good partnerships are needed here. If Australia gets lead of 200, result would be very much in their favor.

  • POSTED BY phunny_game on | March 4, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    As predicted, a wicket started a an unending collapse... Stupid batting by Jadeja and Harbhajan. Bhuvi should have been sent before bhaji, he showed in the last match that he has a wise head on his shoulders. He can hold one end up and support the other batsman... Harbhajan is just immature even at his age and experience to play that shot even when a world class batsman is at other end...

    When will we get rid of ishant, can't bowl, can't bat, and is as awful in the field as the Green lantern movie!!!!

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | March 4, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    Couldn't Warner learn from the Indian batting. Does he absolutely HAVE to try and bludgeon himself in every time.

  • POSTED BY Samar_Singh on | March 4, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    From the last 2 test series Pujara has shown that he is a horse for the long race. India has found a sound batter at #3 (Dravid's replacement).He is got most of the shots in his armory . It would be nice to see how he performs in SA/AUS/Eng conditions.Good luck.

  • POSTED BY Damo_s on | March 4, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    Great to see the Australians getting a beating before the Ashes. RandyOz and friends will probably not make an appearance today I suspect. One cant help but think the Indians let them off the hook a little by collapsing later on in their innings. The Ozzies do have a sniff at salvaging a draw if they can bat into the 5th day.

  • POSTED BY Marif4 on | March 4, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    I expected india to play full day today & make the Aussies tied & frustrated which whould have helped them for getting them out cheaply, even this would have helped for the next match. This would have brought their moral down. India did not utilize the hard work of Pujara & Vijay and the remaining 2.5 days.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    It is difficult for Aussies to take it lying down . A tour they will like to complete soon and forget .

  • POSTED BY crashed on | March 4, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    @ChrisCole43 There is no DRS in this game - DRS is where a team want to overturn a umpire call which they believe is not correct. The umpires when in doubt is by all means within their right and correct in referring the decision to the third umpire even where DRS is allowed. One example I can give as a simple explanation - when a run out has been created - if the umpire is not sure if the batsman made it b4 or after the bails were broken he can refer it to the third umpire - and that were in place b4 they even had DRS. I say again DRS is being utilized by a team trying to overturn an umpire call which they believe were not correct and neither India nor Australia in this game can do that. One umpire call came from Erasmus that were a LBW decision and could have been overturned if challenged in the first inning ... espn commentary .... 4.2 132.2 kph ... Marais Erasmus thinks this is hitting the stumps, replays suggest it is, but they also show it pitched just outside leg stump ...

  • POSTED BY Samar_Singh on | March 4, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    Though the score card suggest India really out played OZ but take away the 370 run partnership then India is 133/9 . This is not good sign for India as well.. Same was the case in 1st test where the ninth wicket partnership of of about 130 odd runs of MSD with tailender was the defining moment to the Test. India also hasn't been going that great either. Unless Oz learns to play spin they are in serious trouble in the sub continent.. And Oz best batsman Captain Clarke should be batting bit higher in 4th position.He is batting too low down the order. Looking forward for some more competitive 3rd and 4th test.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    @dustbowls - Then how about, India going to Aus in 2008 and going down 2-1 (including the sydney howlerfest), then beating Australia 2-0 at home, hell they even won the CB series IN AUSTRALIA. Again belting them 2-0 in 2010 at home, losing 4-0 away, and if they win this match .. 2-0 so far (which means, 4 tests at home from 2010 and 4-0) Over the longer period of time, it's actually going to be 7-6 in India's favour or should I say , (7)-(5+sydney).

    I'm sorry, I dont like to make such bitter remarks, but it's more a dose of your own medicine ;)

  • POSTED BY Vindaliew on | March 4, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    @ dustbowls - it is not the same Australia and India, though - India lost Dravid and Laxman, while Australia lost Ponting and Hussey. The gap between the next generation successors is the telling point now.

  • POSTED BY greatindiancricket on | March 4, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    australians have their fast bowlers for chin music,we have spinners for spin music

  • POSTED BY greatindiancricket on | March 4, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    australians are becoming jealous for this situations..but this is a gr8 lessn for them that if there is chin music,indians can do spin music superbly...so it is a tit for tat situation..i think every country has their ability and choice to prepare.they are not going to donate the tournament to the visiting side...superb india....

  • POSTED BY Chris_Howard on | March 4, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    Hughes is the new Graeme Hick. Superman in domestic cricket; Clark Kent in Tests.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    Both of these teams' selectors should talk to Englands' selectors... they might learn something. Terrible, muddled selection from both teams. Also, why the hell is Clarke still coming at 5? Face up to your responsibilities Clarke...

  • POSTED BY dustbowls on | March 4, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    Well, India toured Australia and the result was 4-0. Now Australia r touring and the result might be 2-0 or 2-1 in favour of India. So that explains which is the better team overall..

  • POSTED BY Mitty2 on | March 4, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    Yet another series and another weakness found for phillip hughes. Not a single run scored against spin and out four times. First his weakness was bounce, then facing straight bowling, then swing, then caught guptill bowled martin, and now spin.

    does he have a strength (apart from sri lanka's medium pace trundlers)?

    I'm going to have with the undescore names "john_smith", who haven't yet posted a comment without talking up khawaja, bring him in.

    but then again, watson's leaving after this test, and hughes has to go. so who else other than khawaja? surely not maxwell. He is a disgrace to test cricket.

    I want more experience, and it's too early for doolan and burns, especially in india, so maybe a bit of a horses for corse; chris rogers. Three centuries this year with a FC average of 50, the last of his kind in all non sub continental domestic circuits, he's in form, and has nothing to lose.

    My preferred XI: Cowan Warner Khawaja Clarke Rogers Henriques Wade O'Keefe Patto Lyon Bird.

  • POSTED BY Freewheeler on | March 4, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    I am kind of disappointed with the fans' emotionally driven discussion of Ashwin vs. Harbhajan. Ashwin is an average spinner, but even that performance far outweighs Harbhajan's record over the past 4-5 years. I do not remember even a single match since 2001 that Harbhajan helped India win with his bowling. For those who claim that he has 400 test wickets, give Ashwin the same number of tests and he'll get 500. Furthermore, Ashwin is a more reliable and responsible batsman than Harbhajan Singh. I am actually happy that both are playing in the same match for people to clearly see the difference between them, calm down, and let go of their parochial sentiments. If Ojha had played instead of Harbhajan Singh, the Aussies would have stared down the barrel much earlier.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    I think, Philip H is being made a scape goat to protect Rob Q from the trial by spin. Ain't it so, John I ?

  • POSTED BY ChrisCole43 on | March 4, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    Whilst I agree with DRS i think that some of these referals by the umpires in this test (for both sides) have been dreadful. Right or wrong - this series has no DRS. There was a bat/pad call for an Aussie (can't remember who) and SRT today. In my eyes the umpires should have known that the ball carried and therefore the catch was valid but it was referred anyway - why? I think therefore that the umpires are actually advocating the advanteges of DRS and are getting a second opinion on whether there was bat involved. This shouldn't happen if there is no DRS

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | March 4, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    Hughes is officially a walking wicket again. Surely, Khawaja will be back for the 3rd Test. Just give him the run extended to others and see how he goes.

  • POSTED BY Sando008 on | March 4, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    I think after the 1st innings performance of Indian team aussies will stop blaming about pitches. Indians has shown some great temperament in batting and got the huge lead which is sufficient to beat Australia. Australian spinners finally got some wickets but it was too late. So far the conditions suggest that it is the India all over the Australia in 3rd day. I am finding hard any chance of aussies team in this match

  • POSTED BY Meety on | March 4, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    Warner's dismissal is pretty dissappointing. Fair enuff it was a massive ripping turner, but he just didn't protect his stump.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | March 4, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    Doherty now has an ave of 70, so I 'spose Arthurs was justified in bringing him. == == == The really funny thing is, Maxwell is yet another example of an Ozzy spinner actually having a better Test record than the Shield average. One innings sample data is not great evidence, but Hauritz, Lyon & Krezja are 3 examples as well. Imagine if SO'K beats his Shield average in Tests? (Imagine)

  • POSTED BY realfan on | March 4, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    @Int.Curator so much for a pitch understanding by a KEEN cricketer...... and also a KEEN cricketer is also able to understand that playing on all kind of surfaces, and against all kind of bowlers( spin for that fact) is a part of cricket... and those who succeed will become great.....thats what a KEEN cricketer should be able to understand.....

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    @TheBigBoodha - True but not entirely. There's a difference between piling up 500 , (including a thrashing of 150 in one session to those spinners) before the so called "folding"; and getting out altogether for a mere 200 odd.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    u never know with the aussies fighting spirit. they have the history to come back hard after got down in early parts of a match. As an indian i am scared with the fighting spirit they shown since lunch on day 3.

  • POSTED BY whofriggincares on | March 4, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    Yes I know Maxwell was expensive, but he did get 4 wickets and got turn and bounce. Doherty also turned the ball. Just saying. After the idiotic comments from certain English fans perhaps they will reject reality AGAIN and insert their own fantasy. The pitch will still play reasonably for the rest of today and at least a session or two tomorrow. Who knows , maybe if the boys can bat to their potential then the indians may be chasing a small deficit on the final day. And we all know this game is played largely between the ears. With maxy and X now knowing they can take wickets against this side who knows maybe a famous victory is possible. Massive long shot I know, but stranger things have happened in cricket. I mean we all thought the poms would never win the ashes back but they came up with a way to do it. Stack the side with Saffers and anything was possible. now that is strange.

  • POSTED BY realfan on | March 4, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    @TheBigBoodha so SA preparing green tops is a grest thing for you, then INDIA preparing spinn pitches is great thing for us..... and this is not typical spin pitch, remember BHUVANESHWAR kumar got more wickets than all the ausie pace attack got.... so basically you are afraid of this indian team coming to SA.... simple as that.....

  • POSTED BY Ganga789 on | March 4, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    I dont see the application from Indians as seen from Pujara and Vijay. Without application they might still win this one but poor scores here are going to haunt them in the next 2 tests. Aussie batters would do well to learn from these two and set high value for their wickets. Take time. Tire out the indians. Their bowling is not much to talk about. The fight is with the conditions..

  • POSTED BY Meety on | March 4, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    Well I think we may have won the Lunch to Tea session! Pity about the other 10 sessions before that!

  • POSTED BY TheBigBoodha on | March 4, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    Lap it up, @SV_Harish. The reality is that India folded to spin bowlers who are barely first class level in Australia. So much for the track.

  • POSTED BY Aussiesfalling on | March 4, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    Gopinath Kara on (March 4, 2013, 9:13 GMT) "I want india to be aggressive and attacking and raise the level of bowling and fielding. Its should be more of killer instinct. " I think you are wrong. India needed to be more ruthless rather than throwing their wickets away like Dhoni and Harbhajan did. Dhoni's run a ball cameo was not the way to post a total of over 600. England would not have made that mistake.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    @Int.Curator: Ashes is coming soon mate, I think this rubbish aussie team will struggle there as well. Please admit that you guys are a declining team and ashes will be the final nail in the coffin. Please have some excuses ready when your favorite baggy green will struggle there as well. I like your adj. used I think the same adj. is applicable to your pathetic team touring India. High time bat should do the talking like England did on their tour of India. They have proved if u r good, surface does not matter.

  • POSTED BY SV_Harish on | March 4, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    Please change your tilte "Spinners curtailed India to 503". India as outplayed Australia in their 1st innings batting with a mammoth total of 503 and they started hitting to loose wickets. They have lost wickets on their own and weak Australian spinners have nothing to do with restricting India's total.

  • POSTED BY TheBigBoodha on | March 4, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    And India opening with spin again. I fail to believe how any Indian fan can feel pride when conditions like this are manufactured for the benefit of the local team. I'd be embarrassed if this happened in Australia. The great thing is that the S Africans are also well known for creating such beneficial surfaces, and will serve up the usual green tops when India tour soon. Think death to all front-foot, bottom handed jabbers and spin bowlers. Dhoni won't make double figures. BTW, isn't karma a popular belief in India ;-)

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    PAYBACK TIME.....Learn some spin bowling My Dear Australia...

  • POSTED BY Jayzuz on | March 4, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    "Their performance in losing the last heap of wickets seems to be more damaging for Aussie frame of mind than their own" Well, we'll see about that, @Vaseem Ahmed. What annoys me is that the Indian spinners are only decent first class bowlers. Of course this is more than we can say about Doherty and Maxwell, nobody except an Australian selector would think that the latter two can play test match cricket. These tracks make very good fastbowlers look like village trundlers, and mediocre spinners look like Derek Underwood bowling on hot rubber.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    Vijay and Pujara played very well, got India into good position. As usual, after a great partnership, other players crumbled, with over confidance. At this point, India has a lead of 266. My main concern is , Indians do have conplacency, usually think they already won this game, and hardly bend their back, and put themself in wired situatition, where india need to chase some runs in 4th inning. I want india to be aggressive and attacking and raise the level of bowling and fielding. Its should be more of killer instinct.

  • POSTED BY Jayzuz on | March 4, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    Well at least they saved some face there at the end. Still, if the X Man and the Big Show can get 7 between them for about 100 runs (well, at the end), AUS are in big trouble. That a T20 specialist and an ODI player were ultimately a far bigger threat than world class fastbowlers on this track really tells you that conditions here are skewed to absurd levels. Making India bat again will be a huge task.

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | March 4, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    @Johnny_129 that was the result of the day although i am not sure that was the intent from the lower middle order . The tail went for reckless shots as if they too want to dominate the spinners. But there is enough turn and bounce in this match and it will be interesting to see how cowan and watson adopt their game now. May be a quick 20-30 and gift the wicket by playing rash shot.

    I do hope doherty is retained for other games in the tour.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    @Johnny_129: Indian team seems to have found merit in your suggestion. Their performance in losing the last heap of wickets seems to be more damaging for Aussie frame of mind than their own.....

  • POSTED BY Webba84 on | March 4, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    @Johnny_129 Looks like India followed your advice - bat Australia out of the game then gift their most rubbish bowlers wickets to confuse the Aussie selectors even further. Well played India, well played.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    its payback time aussies!!!

  • POSTED BY Int.Curator on | March 4, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    As a keen cricketer growing up in Australia, players aspire too, recognise and identify the best pitches in the world to play cricket. The characteristics that pitches such as Lords, MCG, Newlands, The Oval, SCG, Wanderers to name a few are all regarded and considered the pinnacle of pitches to play. When we see on TV dusty, flat, dry pitches crumbling first day we immediately regard them as poorly constructed and incompetently maintained, rubbish wickets that no first class cricketer should be made to play on. But in India these pitches are widespread and normal. This being the very reason Australians struggle on these pitches.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    Looks like i was proved correct again!! I said Vijay would become a very good batsmen and has the potential to be great. I've been saying this since he made his debut and I never once wavered in my opinion despite his previous poor performances. Nearly all of you Indian fans called for his dropping yet me being a neural brit saw his immense potential.Looks like I know your player's better than you.lol. He just needs to carry this form through onto bouncier faster wickets which i'm sure he can provided he curbs his attacking instincts.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    370 !!! All time record 2nd wicket partnership for India

  • POSTED BY Sunil_Batra on | March 4, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    Alot of doom and gloom around but on some good news. Cummins is back bowling in the nets again. Yes he was bowled too much in SA, but that wasn't the start of his problems. The start was in a Shield game when Katich made him bowl 52 or 56 overs which in a grade game he would only have been allowed to bowl I think 16 in a day and this kid bowled the most ridiculous amount ever seen. That was the start, as well as a bit of a dodgy action.And as for our batting Watson should head back next test for the birth of his daughter so Khawaja will come in which is much needed in the top order. On the upside its a new era and Henriques looks the goods. It just appears the transition period was poorly managed by Cricket Australia

  • POSTED BY Mary_786 on | March 4, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    I wouldn't be pointing the finger at the bowlers themselves for the way this game has gone.The selectors should take a big whack there for getting it horribly,horribly wrong.Lyon should never have been dropped after 1 test. And Maxwell is a part timer and just hasn't earned a baggy green with either bat,ball or even a combination of both.So the selectors are to blame there,but the biggest issue is with the batting.Whatever the bowling line up, they will always be under the pump when we have 5 of 6 top order players averaging in the 30s. Someone like Khawaja sits out and I know he averages 30 but he has had at best 1-2 games in a row at any one time unlike Cowan who has had 15 tests in a row. Give the kid a fair crack. You just can't win games of cricket when batsmen are being carried for prolonged period, some of whom have never really earnt their spot in the first place.

  • POSTED BY AravindaM on | March 4, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    Pujara is emulating Tendulkar and Dravid and scoring big tons in his early career.. Guess he is staying for a long time and hope he becomes the pillar of the Indian cricket... Should see his overseas prowess when India tours SA..

  • POSTED BY Paul_Rampley on | March 4, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    Well the Indians are playing really well! Pujara and Vijay well done! :) waiting to see sachin, kohli and dhoni do some miracles. But why are Indians always good in the home ground and trend to go clubs than for practice when oversees? On the other hand guess our players are just having a bad time I guess..i mean they have lost all the great players but clark is doing his best as always!! Khawaja is a must for the next test and i have a feeling Lyon will come back. Who i would pick between Johnson and Starc is a tough one.(I am leaing towards Starc to get another crack)

  • POSTED BY Baseball-Sucks on | March 4, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    Even though I don't like Indian Cricket (As I make very harsh comments on 'em), I must admit (As a Cricket fan) that India have found their top test batsman in Pujara. This guy is a treat to watch. He has cracked 2 double centuries within a month.I am now waiting to see how he does in away conditions. I hope he will do well there too!! Well done buddy, I would have praised you more If you weren't an Indian :P

  • POSTED BY Johnny_129 on | March 4, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    I hope India don't play dumb here - once they are certain of achieving their intended 1st innings target, they should gift Doherty & Maxwell a few wickets in order to ensure their survival in the following tests!! Over-belting Doherty & Maxwell would cause a change in the Oz bowling for the next match and the 'attack' may improve (can't see how though)! Oz could opt for an all-pace attack and that will improve their bowling. So my suggestion is to belt them and then reward them. Cheers.

  • POSTED BY Resultpredictor on | March 4, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    Congrats Pujara for wonderful double century. He is the future of Indian cricket. Hope he scores more big hundreds in future

  • POSTED BY subbsm on | March 4, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    As long as Guru Greg Chapel is in the helm of Aussie cricket.. nothing will change.. Greg did it for India what he is now doing for Aussies

  • POSTED BY Aussiesfalling on | March 4, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    I think that Erasmus is now my favourite Umpire. He always takes his time over a decision, has no heirs or graces and is clever enough to use the third umpire seemingly whenever he wants, despite officiating in India where DRS is banned. His involvement in the dismissal of Tendulkar today was a superb piece of modern umpiring.

  • POSTED BY Aussiesfalling on | March 4, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    I think that Erasmus is now my favourite Umpire. He always takes his time over a decision, has no heirs or graces and is clever enough to use the third umpire seemingly whenever he wants, despite officiating in India where DRS is banned. His involvement in the dismissal of Tendulkar today was a superb piece of modern umpiring.

  • POSTED BY subbsm on | March 4, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    As long as Guru Greg Chapel is in the helm of Aussie cricket.. nothing will change.. Greg did it for India what he is now doing for Aussies

  • POSTED BY Resultpredictor on | March 4, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    Congrats Pujara for wonderful double century. He is the future of Indian cricket. Hope he scores more big hundreds in future

  • POSTED BY Johnny_129 on | March 4, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    I hope India don't play dumb here - once they are certain of achieving their intended 1st innings target, they should gift Doherty & Maxwell a few wickets in order to ensure their survival in the following tests!! Over-belting Doherty & Maxwell would cause a change in the Oz bowling for the next match and the 'attack' may improve (can't see how though)! Oz could opt for an all-pace attack and that will improve their bowling. So my suggestion is to belt them and then reward them. Cheers.

  • POSTED BY Baseball-Sucks on | March 4, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    Even though I don't like Indian Cricket (As I make very harsh comments on 'em), I must admit (As a Cricket fan) that India have found their top test batsman in Pujara. This guy is a treat to watch. He has cracked 2 double centuries within a month.I am now waiting to see how he does in away conditions. I hope he will do well there too!! Well done buddy, I would have praised you more If you weren't an Indian :P

  • POSTED BY Paul_Rampley on | March 4, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    Well the Indians are playing really well! Pujara and Vijay well done! :) waiting to see sachin, kohli and dhoni do some miracles. But why are Indians always good in the home ground and trend to go clubs than for practice when oversees? On the other hand guess our players are just having a bad time I guess..i mean they have lost all the great players but clark is doing his best as always!! Khawaja is a must for the next test and i have a feeling Lyon will come back. Who i would pick between Johnson and Starc is a tough one.(I am leaing towards Starc to get another crack)

  • POSTED BY AravindaM on | March 4, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    Pujara is emulating Tendulkar and Dravid and scoring big tons in his early career.. Guess he is staying for a long time and hope he becomes the pillar of the Indian cricket... Should see his overseas prowess when India tours SA..

  • POSTED BY Mary_786 on | March 4, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    I wouldn't be pointing the finger at the bowlers themselves for the way this game has gone.The selectors should take a big whack there for getting it horribly,horribly wrong.Lyon should never have been dropped after 1 test. And Maxwell is a part timer and just hasn't earned a baggy green with either bat,ball or even a combination of both.So the selectors are to blame there,but the biggest issue is with the batting.Whatever the bowling line up, they will always be under the pump when we have 5 of 6 top order players averaging in the 30s. Someone like Khawaja sits out and I know he averages 30 but he has had at best 1-2 games in a row at any one time unlike Cowan who has had 15 tests in a row. Give the kid a fair crack. You just can't win games of cricket when batsmen are being carried for prolonged period, some of whom have never really earnt their spot in the first place.

  • POSTED BY Sunil_Batra on | March 4, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    Alot of doom and gloom around but on some good news. Cummins is back bowling in the nets again. Yes he was bowled too much in SA, but that wasn't the start of his problems. The start was in a Shield game when Katich made him bowl 52 or 56 overs which in a grade game he would only have been allowed to bowl I think 16 in a day and this kid bowled the most ridiculous amount ever seen. That was the start, as well as a bit of a dodgy action.And as for our batting Watson should head back next test for the birth of his daughter so Khawaja will come in which is much needed in the top order. On the upside its a new era and Henriques looks the goods. It just appears the transition period was poorly managed by Cricket Australia

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    370 !!! All time record 2nd wicket partnership for India