Australia in India 2012-13 February 7, 2013

'Big role' for Australia's fast men in India - Siddle

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Australia's spearhead Peter Siddle believes pace bowling will be the key against India on the upcoming Test tour, despite the likelihood that the matches will be played on pitches offering significant spin. The first group of Australia's Test players flew out for India on Thursday while many of their team-mates remained at home to take on West Indies in the ongoing limited-overs series.

Siddle, Jackson Bird, Ed Cowan, Moises Henriques, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, James Pattinson and Steven Smith all departed in the advance party and will prepare for the first warm-up match in Chennai, which starts on Tuesday next week. There are two tour games at the Guru Nanak College Ground in Chennai before the first Test, which begins at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on February 22.

The make-up of Australia's first-choice Test side remains unclear following the retirement of Michael Hussey after the most recent Test series against Sri Lanka. Australia have the option of including Glenn Maxwell as a spinning allrounder alongside three fast men and Nathan Lyon, but they also have the choice of an extra specialist batsman, Khawaja, or a seaming allrounder, Moises Henriques, or a second specialist spinner, Xavier Doherty.

Whatever side is picked, there will be mountains of work for Siddle and his fast-bowling colleagues, Pattinson, Bird, Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc during the four-Test series. Despite the fact that nearly three quarters of the wickets that bowlers claimed in the recent India-England series fell to spinners - only 28 of 110 wickets went to fast bowlers - Siddle believes Australia will rely on the quality of their pace attack.

"The best way of attacking India is with whatever your best line-up is," Siddle told reporters at Melbourne airport on Thursday. "The way we've won Test matches for years now has been with our pace and I think that is going to play a big role. But Nathan [Lyon] is going to play a big role at the other end, and his game is going to flourish even more with the pressure we build at our end.

"Combined, we'll do well and definitely be able to take 20 wickets. We're strong, we've got a good set of quicks going over and we've got good back-up for Nathan over there with spin."

Siddle is one of only four members of Australia's 17-man squad who has played Test cricket in India, along with Johnson, Shane Watson and Michael Clarke. Siddle made his Test debut in Mohali in 2008 - it was there that he first established his reputation as a tireless workhorse - and he said the key to bowling in India was patience.

"Trying to bowl as straight and be as patient as we can be [is important]," Siddle said. "We were lucky enough that after the Sydney Test Glenn McGrath spent a bit of time in the rooms with us and we got a good chat with him, sat back and listened to how he went about his business over there.

"It's always been the case, even for a spinner - still patience. Indian wickets are hard work, the games go a little bit slower because the wickets are hard to score on. It is about patience, bowling to your fields and setting the right fields with your captain. Our side is disciplined enough now to go about it in that way. That won't change this series."

The second group of Australians - Maxwell, David Warner, Matthew Wade and the young spinner Ashton Agar - flies to India on Saturday and will be followed by the remainder of the group on Monday, the day after the final ODI against West Indies.

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

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  • jazzaaaaaaaa on February 7, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    He is right to an extent. The key will be the type of fields the captain sets. The reason why Australia won in 04 was because they set ring fields with lots of midwickets, short covers and fieldsman in front of the wicket. They didn't have fieldsman on the fence but lots of fielders around the circle. With McGrath, Gillespie and Kasper bowling stump to stump and having such great control, Australia's quicks got a lot of wickets from LBWs and bowls. I would say the problem Australia had in 08 and 10 besides not having those greats was that Ponting's fields were a touch more defensive and there was no pressure built because there were fieldsmen on the boundary giving away singles. If Clarke has a lot of attacking fieldsmen in front of the wicket and the quicks show good control and patience, they are a good chance.

  • dunger.bob on February 7, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    I can't see that Australia has a choice really. Pace is our strength and that's what we should go with. .. wouldn't it be great if Lyon stepped it up a bit and becomes a genuine threat as a spinner. People forget how many catches went down off him this summer. .. I think Bird could be a trump card in India. He has the ability to hold his line for long periods which forces the batsmen to do something if they want to score. They can't just sit back and wait for the bad ball because you rarely get one off him... Starc has to play as well. That's a no-brainer imo. .. that only leaves one more spot so it has to Siddle or Pattinson. I'd go with Sids. He's an inspiration just about everytime he bowls. ..

  • venkatesh018 on February 7, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    Aussies need 5 bowlers in the XI. My pick will be Siddle, Starc and Bird as the pacers(if Pattiinson is 110% fit then he can replace Bird), Lyon and Doherty as spinners(Starc has to be the all rounder and bat well in Chennai). The speicalist batsmen will be: Warner, Watson,Hughes, Clarke, Khwaja and Wade(although I would have preferred Haddin). At Hyderabad and Mohali, Moises Henriques should replace Doherty in the XI.

  • SherjilIslam on February 7, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    Starc is the main threat for India, Pattinson if remains fit can trouble India, and Siddle is 100 percent giver.So seems to me a decent bowling attack. But the problem for Australia would be their batting.One poor session against spin can take the match away from them. From the Steve Waugh era, all India-Aus matches are being played with high intensity and competetive sprit I am keeping my fingers crossed.Hoping for an even and exciting contest.

  • landl47 on February 7, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    Saying that Australia will attack India with pace is making a virtue out of a necessity. That's their strength and they will likely play to it. Whether it's a formula that will win them the series is another matter.

    The real question for Australia is whether their batsmen will make enough runs to give the bowlers a shot. India's a tough place for batsmen, especially those brought up on hard, fast wickets. However, Aus brings in momentum from their summer series, so they'll feel they can do well and confidence is half the battle.

    I'm looking forward to a fascinating series.

  • goldeneraaus on February 7, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    Australia's only recent success in India, 04, was down to the brilliance of Gillespie, Kasper and Mcgrath, who even on featherbeds wore down a strong batting line up. Siddle is 100% right that you should stick to your strengths, unfortunately spin isn't Australia's and instead of trying to force miracles from Maxwell n co they should indeed back their seamers and hope for the best from their batsman in order to have a shot in India. It is the same way SA have been successful in India, its not every team that has Englands luxury of being able to beat India at their own game.

  • India_s_the_best_ on February 8, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    I hope india draw the series..if india loses this series then there is no big surprise..whenever a aus series starts it wil be ind batting vs aus bowling but this time aus bowling vs ind ????

  • thebatsmansHoldingthebowlersWilley on February 8, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    Should be a great series. Australia's decent pace attack against India's frail batting, and India's spinners against Australia's inexperienced top order. I think a lot hinges on Michael Clarke's form - i can't see anyone else in the top order making big hundreds.

  • getsetgopk on February 8, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    Its not the fact that India lost 0-8 over the past few months that annoys me but rather the lack of intent and insatiable hunger to succeed at the pinacle form of the game. This lack of will and intent is a very well known secret and most India fans if not all know this. I heard some time back that a former Indian selector talked about removing Dhoni as test captain after the 04 Eng tour but then came the decree from BCCI's chief himself that "Dhoni is is good for business" and hence those voices were squashed aside. Clearly Dhoni is the best captain Ind had in the ODI format but he should not be in the test team and that much is crystal clear. Dhoni himself sort of vaguely admitted it when he said 'I wont run away from responsibility of leading the test team'. Which if you ask me he's yelling to find someone else who can take charge and try out something different. He maybe committed to the cause but clearly lacks the required skill set.

  • chepujaradon25 on February 8, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    as indian fan, even i know this series will be in favor of australia 2-0 atleast. Starc will show Sehwag and gambhir his place. the only hope for india is if cheteshwar pujara and virat kohli maintain consistency and see off the aussie quicks because their spinners will be quite easy to handle. the real challenge will be whether australian batsmen can handle spin. they are relatively inexperienced so that will be the battle to watch.

  • jazzaaaaaaaa on February 7, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    He is right to an extent. The key will be the type of fields the captain sets. The reason why Australia won in 04 was because they set ring fields with lots of midwickets, short covers and fieldsman in front of the wicket. They didn't have fieldsman on the fence but lots of fielders around the circle. With McGrath, Gillespie and Kasper bowling stump to stump and having such great control, Australia's quicks got a lot of wickets from LBWs and bowls. I would say the problem Australia had in 08 and 10 besides not having those greats was that Ponting's fields were a touch more defensive and there was no pressure built because there were fieldsmen on the boundary giving away singles. If Clarke has a lot of attacking fieldsmen in front of the wicket and the quicks show good control and patience, they are a good chance.

  • dunger.bob on February 7, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    I can't see that Australia has a choice really. Pace is our strength and that's what we should go with. .. wouldn't it be great if Lyon stepped it up a bit and becomes a genuine threat as a spinner. People forget how many catches went down off him this summer. .. I think Bird could be a trump card in India. He has the ability to hold his line for long periods which forces the batsmen to do something if they want to score. They can't just sit back and wait for the bad ball because you rarely get one off him... Starc has to play as well. That's a no-brainer imo. .. that only leaves one more spot so it has to Siddle or Pattinson. I'd go with Sids. He's an inspiration just about everytime he bowls. ..

  • venkatesh018 on February 7, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    Aussies need 5 bowlers in the XI. My pick will be Siddle, Starc and Bird as the pacers(if Pattiinson is 110% fit then he can replace Bird), Lyon and Doherty as spinners(Starc has to be the all rounder and bat well in Chennai). The speicalist batsmen will be: Warner, Watson,Hughes, Clarke, Khwaja and Wade(although I would have preferred Haddin). At Hyderabad and Mohali, Moises Henriques should replace Doherty in the XI.

  • SherjilIslam on February 7, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    Starc is the main threat for India, Pattinson if remains fit can trouble India, and Siddle is 100 percent giver.So seems to me a decent bowling attack. But the problem for Australia would be their batting.One poor session against spin can take the match away from them. From the Steve Waugh era, all India-Aus matches are being played with high intensity and competetive sprit I am keeping my fingers crossed.Hoping for an even and exciting contest.

  • landl47 on February 7, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    Saying that Australia will attack India with pace is making a virtue out of a necessity. That's their strength and they will likely play to it. Whether it's a formula that will win them the series is another matter.

    The real question for Australia is whether their batsmen will make enough runs to give the bowlers a shot. India's a tough place for batsmen, especially those brought up on hard, fast wickets. However, Aus brings in momentum from their summer series, so they'll feel they can do well and confidence is half the battle.

    I'm looking forward to a fascinating series.

  • goldeneraaus on February 7, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    Australia's only recent success in India, 04, was down to the brilliance of Gillespie, Kasper and Mcgrath, who even on featherbeds wore down a strong batting line up. Siddle is 100% right that you should stick to your strengths, unfortunately spin isn't Australia's and instead of trying to force miracles from Maxwell n co they should indeed back their seamers and hope for the best from their batsman in order to have a shot in India. It is the same way SA have been successful in India, its not every team that has Englands luxury of being able to beat India at their own game.

  • India_s_the_best_ on February 8, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    I hope india draw the series..if india loses this series then there is no big surprise..whenever a aus series starts it wil be ind batting vs aus bowling but this time aus bowling vs ind ????

  • thebatsmansHoldingthebowlersWilley on February 8, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    Should be a great series. Australia's decent pace attack against India's frail batting, and India's spinners against Australia's inexperienced top order. I think a lot hinges on Michael Clarke's form - i can't see anyone else in the top order making big hundreds.

  • getsetgopk on February 8, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    Its not the fact that India lost 0-8 over the past few months that annoys me but rather the lack of intent and insatiable hunger to succeed at the pinacle form of the game. This lack of will and intent is a very well known secret and most India fans if not all know this. I heard some time back that a former Indian selector talked about removing Dhoni as test captain after the 04 Eng tour but then came the decree from BCCI's chief himself that "Dhoni is is good for business" and hence those voices were squashed aside. Clearly Dhoni is the best captain Ind had in the ODI format but he should not be in the test team and that much is crystal clear. Dhoni himself sort of vaguely admitted it when he said 'I wont run away from responsibility of leading the test team'. Which if you ask me he's yelling to find someone else who can take charge and try out something different. He maybe committed to the cause but clearly lacks the required skill set.

  • chepujaradon25 on February 8, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    as indian fan, even i know this series will be in favor of australia 2-0 atleast. Starc will show Sehwag and gambhir his place. the only hope for india is if cheteshwar pujara and virat kohli maintain consistency and see off the aussie quicks because their spinners will be quite easy to handle. the real challenge will be whether australian batsmen can handle spin. they are relatively inexperienced so that will be the battle to watch.

  • Shaggy076 on February 8, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    Tanstell87 - Back in 04 India could actually bat. Tendulkar and Sehwag have become easy wickets. Gambhirs recent record is poor and Kohli really hasnt set them alight in test cricket. Australia has a very good bowling attack, probably not as good as 04 but they are developing nicely. I certainly know what bowling attack I would prefer out of the two teams. Dhoni as well as removing Ashwin and Ojha also has to remove Gambhir, Tendulkar, Sehwag, Z Kan. He also has to try putting less fielders on the boundary and some more in catching positions. If I was a bowler I would never bowl to a Dhoni set field.

  • SherjilIslam on February 8, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    I don't know how people can predict anything with this Indian team.Some people predicting 4-0 in favor of India which is totally insane.I am a huge Indian fan but still can't digest these baseless predictions. India for sure can give Australians a good fight, but to me, if we even win the series or for that matter draw level it, i would be more than happy. The problem area are not one...we are suffering in possibly all departments.Neither our openers are settled, nor our middle order is in form.Even our spinners are looking clueless.To impose a threat to Aussies, we first need to settle our team combinations, by the end of first test itself.Then only we can try and force some results in our favor.

  • burnsy7 on February 8, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    Jackson Bird is Australias new Best Fast Bowler!!!!! He Balls a consistant stump to stump line but has the ability of swinging it both ways! He can attack and defend which will come in handy in india and the ashes series!!! Siddle, Star and Bird should make up their pace attack with lyon or johnson making up the 4th bowling slot! looking forward to this seris.

  • Indiafan_from_Montreal on February 8, 2013, 2:52 GMT

    I think this will be an easy series victory for Australia. History means nothing now; this Indian team has touched new lows with every series. The team management still has not woken up. This Australian team is not as good as England on paper but they may well do better than the 2-1 defeat that England inflicted on them. I am predicting 3-0 for Australia with one of the defeats by an innings. I think Starc will terrorise the Indian batsmen and Lyon and Doherty, while not as good as Swann and Panesar, will completely out bowl the Indian spinners (who are they anyway?).

  • wellrounded87 on February 8, 2013, 2:43 GMT

    @Arup Sengupta. I'm not sure how you think Aussies are low on confidence. They dominated india last time they played, and have dominant wins against WI and Sri Lanka. They also dominated 10 of 15 days against the number 1 team in the world. I don't think confidence is an issue at all.

    Front Foot... remember when that spray attack completely dismanted England in Perth?

  • tanstell87 on February 8, 2013, 2:09 GMT

    Australia's only success in India in last 45 years came in October 2004 when Tendulkar missed first 2 tests out of 4 with a tennis elbow & in the 3rd test some officials played spoilsport by dishing out a green track at Nagpur....most people forget India were verge of winning 2nd test at Chennai they needed 200 on day 5 with 10 wickets in hand & then the famous Chennai rain arrived,the game was washed out & India went into the 3rd test 0-1 down...India won the 4th test at Mumbai & the series was lost 1-2...McGrath,Gillespie,Kasprowicz bowled stump to stump but in absences of Tendulkar in first 2 tests made it easy for Australians to win finally in India..so it would have been 2-2...anyways i dont think the current Aussie bowling will bother India...the only thing Dhoni has to do is to play Amit Mishra or Rahul Sharma in place of good for nothing Ashwin & Ojha will do the rest.

  • dunger.bob on February 8, 2013, 1:08 GMT

    Hardly anyone rates Lyon but I think he could surprise a few people. The last time India was in Australia he clearly out bowled Ashwin imo. Against SA Wade was dropping catches, missing stumpings and generally keeping in a very sloppy fashion to Lyon for long stretches. Some of those misses were absolutely crucial and severely dented Lyons figures (as well as Aus's chances in the series). .. People should bear in mind that Australia is probably the harshest environment on earth for an off spinner. That's why we don't produce many. They usually get slogged out of the game before they get anywhere near first class cricket, let alone the test team. .. So, for Lyon to have survived as long as he has he must have at least some ability. .. I think Lyon will do his job and provide good support for the pace men. He won't just keep things tight either. He'll get his share of wickets as well.

  • IndianInnerEdge on February 8, 2013, 0:44 GMT

    Its pretty obvious going with pace is the Aus strenght, especially considering Lyon/doherty are no warne/mcgill(no offence meant)....clarke would do well to follow the 04 blueprint in which they had in/out fields, accurate off stumpish pace and seam bowling, and not much width, they dried up the runs for indian batsmen who traditionally prefer boundaries and are not reliant on singles/doubles (age old anathaema of indian cricket, along with a few dozen others!!!....), To me, i feell this will be evenly contested and Oz holding the edge with this superior bowling attack. For india to take 20 wickets, we need a dramatic migration (and induction) of Saffer pacemen - to bolster our popgun pace attack!.....However hoping Ishant. Yadav, Aaron etc pitch it up not bowl the short, width offering codswoddle that they serve up series after series, test after test....

  • on February 8, 2013, 0:39 GMT

    Did somebody quip that Aussies don't have great spin option other than pace? Just one full-time spinner in Nathan Lyon and Siddle is spot on here.

  • blink182alex on February 7, 2013, 23:12 GMT

    I still get disgusted every time i see Steve Smiths name on the squad list, how consistently rubbish at batting do you have to be to not be picked? Maybe he's in the side to tell a few funny's in the changing room just like Ashes 10-11.

    Although it was the England spinners that won them the series recently in India, look at how South Africa go in India, similar to us they don't have top quality spinners with their strength the quicks, i think we will have to do something similar with Siddle, Starc and Bird and Lyon.

    Can't play Doherty as he is just embarrasing, Agar has 4 times the amount of Shield wickets this season than Doherty despite playing half the games.

  • SevereCritic on February 7, 2013, 22:20 GMT

    The Indian bowling attack cannot take 20 wickets unless Aussies gift them at least 6 wickets a match. Just bat patiently and grind the Indian bowlers out. Like Cook did. Neither Aswin nor Ojha are good enough to consistently produce wicket taking deliveries unless the batsmen provide helping hands. Days of unplayable Indian spin is over. Aswin - an off spinner who cant bowl the offspin properly unless the pitch is a square turner. LOL. Cook didnt go over aggressive on the spinners. He just ground them to dust and made them look as ordinary as they really are.

  • SevereCritic on February 7, 2013, 22:06 GMT

    How many of these pacers can reverse swing consistently? As Jimmy Anderson showed in the recent series, if you can reverse, you can do well in India as a paceman. Steyn has done exceptionally well in India also. But then Steyn is a rare cookie. He does well in any surface. Another issue is Aussies are more of a "hit the deck" kind of bowlers. Indian surfaces have low bounce - so "bowl short, hit the deck" wont work. A page out of McGrath's skillset -- pitch it up and make them drive. Indian batsmen are naturally aggressive and cant curb their aggression -- they will chase one that should be left alone, edge and perish. So, PITCH IT UP!

  • Shaggy076 on February 7, 2013, 22:04 GMT

    This indian team is nowhere near where it used to be, there spinners are ineffective as are there pace bowlers. The captain Dhoni will have boundary riders on either side of the wicket from over 5. As such there bowling and field placing leaves little chances for wickets unless batsman are overly aggressive. So in essence I cant see India winning. Will our 3 pace attack one spinner be good enough - well we will find out. Also remember Clarke himself will be hard to face later in games, when able to bowl in my opinion he clearly is the best left arm orthodox bowler in Australia.

  • on February 7, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    From Indian point of view, the key is taking 20 wickets in all the test matches. I am sure Michael Clarke's wicket is the key. He is coming here to play the same role as Cook did in the England series. Indian should be very well aware. Their moto should be dont allow Clarke to score big runs, not ignoring other batsmen, but he is the key and since Aussies are low on confidence, they will look towrds their captain to provide that solidity and confidence since he has played in India in the past. And from India's batting point view, this series the top four has to fire, or else we are going to loose another home series. I hope the Indian think tank has these two key points in mind.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on February 7, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    The aussie 'spray attack' (remember the Mitchell Johnson song "He bowls to the left, he bowls to the riighhtt, Oh Mitchell Johnson your bowling is...." - The Barmy Army absolutely destroyed him) will be helpless in India. And the only aussie spin option is a Seamer masquearading as a spinner. What a pathetically naive approach australia have taken to this India tour.

  • on February 7, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    You didn't need to come soo early... Indian team would have taken 2 test matches to get used to the conditions and pitches they would have played... This time MSD and Srini would find a new way to be headlines may be he might ask to shift all matches to ranchi or chennai... by the time they would settle the issue cricket would be over

  • Harmony111 on February 7, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    @dunger.bob: It may please you to know that India historically have been very charitable to 1. Lefties 2. Debutantes 3. Out of Form players. From Damien Fleming to Jimmy Adams to Flower to Franklin Rose to Jayasuriya to Saeed Anwar to Hayden to Ponting to Cook to KP to Panesar; Ind tend to allow all such players to get runs/wickets. I remember how Fleming got wickets in Mumbai vs India in WC 96. I remember how Jimmy Adams/Flower batted for hours vs us. I remember how we allowed a Panesar to take wickets and KP to score 186 vs us. How a Fraknlin Rose took 7 wickets on debut vs us when today no one even remembers him beats me.

    So your team's inexp should be a strength in hindsight, they come with no baggage. Just like Eng went to Aus in 2010 with young players. Add to it our team's downhill path. The only thing that now remains is to lose to an inexp team at home. We still don't have our batsmen in form and our bowling is still weak. So who will win? I wud say 55:45 Ind, may be 53:47.

  • Nampally on February 7, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    The Aussies have genuine pace bowlers in Starc, Pattinson, Siddle & Johnson. Indian batting had trouble facing Junaid & Umar Gul in the ODI series which included Gambhir, Sehwag, Kohli & Yuvraj as the top 4. Hopefully India will have in the top of the lime up 4 genuimnely good players of Pace bowlers.India enter this Test series with an unevialble 1-11 Test record. I do not wish to hazaed a guess either for the squad or the XI. With unpredictable selectors the team could include anyone. But one thing is clear that if they bench the best players as it is the common practice, the pricfe paid would be severe - a series sweep. India has only 3 or 4 players who have correct defence & footwork to cope with the pace bowlers in 145 KPH range. Hopefully these guys would be in the XI. Secondly, the Aussie batting currently is not firing. Hopefully India take aedvantage of the same & get them out. Clarke & Watson will be the main batsmen & look out for a most under rated spinner Lyon.

  • karthiksuhas on February 7, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    well actually Australia will play 3 or 4 seamers in all the tests, coz they have that absurd self belif that their seamers will repeate what they did last year in Australia!!! if that happens its a comfortable white wash, coz they shud think that they are not as good as Mcgrath or Gillespe and its only and only with spin they can attack this sort of Indian batting line-up... and they should also be aware that extra runs that seamers conced will be tougher for the Batsmen to score coz it will be only spin and spin in both ends in both ways... And this series even lights of Ashwin and Harbhajan will be fired up coz there are plenty of left handers in Australian line up.. this is real test for Michale Clarke's captanicy, coz its easy to win on GREEN TOP Pitches on low confidence team and tell ull become NO 1... if u want to really become NO 1 u shud win an series in INDIA which is daunting task!!! and with only seamers its impossible!!!

  • GlobalCricketLover on February 7, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    I think their pace attack is going to be the key. If SA were to visit India now, you can be very sure that they will put up an excellent show and it is also a given that their pace attack would take 70% of wkts..not spin. You have to back your strength.

  • Ragav999 on February 7, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    I can't of many spinners having a good record against India in India compared to their overall career average. Shane Warne & Muralitharan struggled in India for more than a decade. So it is best to go in with 3 quicks & one medium pacer like Copeland who is unfortunately off the selectors' radar. Suffocate the Indian batsmen till their patience runs dry should be the strategy as the Aussie fastmen can't blast the Indians out in 60 overs.

    The Aussie batsmen would do well to roll back the years and watch the video clips of Martyn, Lehmann and Hayden in the sub continent and learn a few tricks. India is one of those places where wickets fall in a bunch in Tests and Aussies should be wary of that as it is one of their shortcomings after their greats retired.

  • 30-30-150 on February 7, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    Without decent spinners, it is almost impossible to win a Test series in India. I don't think Doherty and Lyon are gonna trouble the Indian batsmen like Swann, Panesar and Tredwell did. The quicks can't pick all 20 wickets by themselves. Gonna be a tough series for the Aussies now that their batting has also been weakened due to the retirements of Ponting and Hussey. Wade picked ahead of Haddin? Nah, I think the Aussie selectors have missed a trick or two here.

  • nickdanger on February 7, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    I can already see Tendulkar getting bowled by Starc....

  • SnowSnake on February 7, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    India is very weak test team. There bowling options are thin and batting brittle.

  • Beertjie on February 7, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    @Big_Maxy_Walker on (February 7, 2013, 9:46 GMT), there is another way. If the wickets are hard to score on all rounders like Maxwell and Henriques will likely not show the necessary patience right? You will require Watson, Warner, Hughes, Clarke, Khawaja, Wade + 5 bowlers who can take wickets. How can Maxwell complement Lyon? He can't so Doherty + Lyon must play together with 3 quicks That leaves the batting dangerously weakened but bits and pieces players won't help you exert pressure either. Best then select bowlers that can bat like Siddle, Starc, Pattinson/Johnson. But Bird will be a good choice because he bowls straight as Siddle suggests. Taken together this suggests that no one was paying much attention to combinations: simply going out on a wing and a prayer. Sad state of affairs. Btw touring in March is different because there will be much less swing than when England toured. Agree @venkatesh018 on (February 7, 2013, 6:56). Cowan will fail, Oz will lose and then rely on luck

  • Arrow011 on February 7, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    Australia even if they are weak they are the only team which goes for a win from ball 1 to the last ball. Sachin has to score very heavily for India to throw a challenge.

  • on February 7, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    Siddle was right if they had Mcgrath, Brett lee and Gillespe etc in their side, but this ozz side looks very young with lot of inexperience with spin ball. After the Eng debacle we don't think BCCI will look for spin friendly because Indian side also not looking good top order batting. This serious gonna be spin attack against ozz's seam attack. Both the side having few good batting and worst batting.

  • wake_up_india on February 7, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    Why are the likes of Kapil, Srinath, Bedi and Venkat not being consulted to improve the Indian team? No doubt, BCCI politics.

  • CandidIndian on February 7, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Siddle ,Starc , Pattionson and Johnson , well this surely looks like a very good pace attack for Australia.In case Gambhir ,Sehwag and Sachin ,all three of them play against this pace attack(which is likely) i think Aussies are big favorites in this series.However much depends upon what kind of pitches are given, in Eng series first test was played on usual dust-bowl then Dhoni demanded for sporting pitches and that opened the obvious weakness in Indian batting that is inability to survive against quality attack on sporting tracks.I am not sure of Australian batting though, Cook and Pieterson lead from the front and demoralized Indian spinners,who will do that job for Aussies?

  • Harmony111 on February 7, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    @Sunil_Batra: Your comment is somewhat against conventional thinking --- sometimes that is seen as good but in this case you are wrong dear. When Flintoff retired, everyone looked at it as a big big loss. And that indeed is the case. Eng went on to become a better team after that not cos they hit the right combination. That too was an imp parameter in their success but more imp they found Stuart Broad who was kind of a thinner, leaner Flintoff. Not only this, Eng owe hugely to Matt Prior who has made Eng much more resilient. Not only this, Swann too got in and showed he could get some runs too. JA improved a bit too with the bat though he was always there. Result? Eng lost Flintoff but made up for that loss with a high quality Keeper-batsman, Flintoff ver 0.7 in Broad, A bowler who could score some runs in Swann & JA. It is a case of -x1+x2+x3+x4. Flintoff went but others came in and made up for it.

  • brusselslion on February 7, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    Stating the bleedin' obvious: For Australia to win a match, they will have to take 20 wickets. Given the likely nature of the pitches, as a bare minimum, at least 10 of these wickets will have to come from the spinners. Does anyone really think that Lyon and Doherty are capable of taking that many wickets between them?

  • Chris_P on February 7, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    Both teams have either started or are well into their transition phase of their rebuilding. There's still plenty of boxes to tick for both sides to get to that complete team status with probably more questions than answers still out there. No doubt in my mind we will be on the back foot on India's home patch. The home side always has its "fortress" to overcome first. Our guys (hopefully) will come away from this tour much experienced, & with this tucked away, Clarke's long term goal will start getting to a point of reality. This side is slightly more settled than the last one, where our bowling options were evidently short. I do enjoy test cricket, & what it represents.

  • on February 7, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    Cannot wait for this series. This is what we want. Not interested in stupid 20-20 leagues around the world, no-one cares. Going to be cracking! Clarke, Ashwin will star - trust me!

  • on February 7, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    i agree with heathrf1974,to beat india u need pace,with spinners team rarely won in india,few exceptions r there like the recent England series,aus has few exciting talents coming up like pattinson,cummins,hope to see them in action,i want bcci to provide pitches like they provided during ODI series against Pak and Eng,its surprising that during ODI's the pitch was providing assistance to pacers and spinners equally and has so much bounce whereas in the test series the ball was barely bouncing and heavily loaded in favor of spinners..a pitch helping both pacers and spinners will be exciting

  • mazii on February 7, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    At present SA is the undeniable champions after winning all around the globe. India gradually slipping its glory with England just won in India. Australia also got defeated by SA in its home turf. Sub continent teams aren't doing any good to alter the fact that they can win in England, Australia and SA. Right now it's very difficult to beat SA and Pakistan in UAE. With no team giving tough time to SA, Australia have to get back its legacy, but who'll do that? lets see. As far as this series is concerned, India will give tough time to the present lot of Aussies. This series will be hard fought though because both teams are equally balanced sides. With no world class spinners in the hunt, Australia will rely on fast bowlers. On the other hand, Indian spinners are good enough to challenge some rookies in Australian side. But Clarke and Watson's wicket would be the turning points. SRT lost his ammunition, but even the low of SRT would be good enough against this Aussies side.

  • torsha on February 7, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    Australia has upper hand as Indian legends have retired. Zaheer is also not there. Bring back Harbhajan.

  • on February 7, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    go India go! Best of Luck. Both teams have youngsters. Young Team for both. Sreesanth and Yadav needs o rejoin the pace train .

  • bumsonseats on February 7, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    siddles right go in with 3 of what they think are their best pace bowlers. you have to play Lyon as he your only spinner, with the captain bowling his share. smith should be 12th man as that's all i can see him doing because at test level that's all he can bring to the party. i hope the captain can call correct 4 times in the tests, something cook could only call right on the last test. but it worked ok for England as they had good spinners and batters who against spin in this series did enough. the problem will be, can they score the runs which gives them that chance i fear not. the Indian skipper will go out for the spinning tracts but as seen he does not always get what he wants. i just fancy a 1 - 1 series. i hope the Aussies get better treatment from the bcci were your team will get practice against spinners and that your countries media can get the space so that you can commentate from the ground unlike sky who have to do the broadcast from a london studio.

  • heathrf1974 on February 7, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    I agree with that. Most teams that have won in India beat them with pace and not with spin (an exception was England recently). All our bowlers will have to bowl tight.

  • Alexk400 on February 7, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    To beat india in india easy now. India lost their mainstay dravid. all other batsman are stroke makers. So if you can make ring field with 7 or 8 on offside and bowl to offside you get wickets. Key is always sehwag wicket. As long as he stays for 20 overs , it will be hard for aussies. Rest can be contained easily

  • dunger.bob on February 7, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    @ Harmony111 on (February 7, 2013, 10:12 GMT) : It's true that India has been a bit down lately, but our squad has virtually NO experience in India bar a few of the older guys. .. we are putting all of our eggs in the pace bowling department and hoping to hell it works. .. if the Indian batsmen can get on top of our fast bowlers you will win. .. England went a different path by playing two spinners, but they were forced into that because their quicks were largely ineffective. We are gambling that our fast bowlers are actually far better than England's and that they will do the job. .. it's all or bust for us. .. Exciiting, ain't it?

  • on February 7, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    its indian bowlers Vs Austrlalia bats for mine. dont believe that warner/watson will do anything in india.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 7, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    I donot think pace bowlers will get must support from Indian wickets especially at dry feb-march months. It will be low bounce and turning tracks for sure. Any batsmen who has guts will survive and score big.

  • Edwards_Anderson on February 7, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    Shaggy076 some excellent points and i agree with your reasoning on givign Clarke and Warner overs, i would hope the selectors look at your team as they would do well to go with that team for the first test.

  • AK47_pk on February 7, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    Any1 can beat india. Fast or spin dosnt matter anymore. Just build some pressure nd they,ll be falling like flies in heat. Weakest batting line up in tthe world atm or maybe just a bit better than zimbabwe. Fully behind the aussis nd supporting them all the way plus indian players are too worried to get injured right now as ipl is approaching.

  • Sunil_Batra on February 7, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    When talking about whether there is a need for an allrounder in a team, I think England have shown that it is by no means a necessity to achieve success. When Flintoff retired most people thought they would go backwards but infact they actually got better as they then started to pick their top 6 batsmen + wicketkeeper + 4 bowlers. That is the formula we should be looking at. Going by this formula you can accomodate both Cowan and Khawaja in the team, my preference is for Khawaja as he is a long term player for us but give Cowan the warm up games to show what he can do. The key thing is to show faith in the likes of Hughes and Khawaja and give them full series to show their stuff and not drop them after 1-2 games as this doesn't inspire confidence.Watson should be used in the Paul Collingwood mould. Part time bowler that comes on for 2-3 over spells just for something different and to try to break a partnership. He shouldn't be used in the workhorse allrounder type of position.

  • Mary_786 on February 7, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    Here are some stats on Watto:

    open with Katich 51.65 opening 43.67 overall since 2009 41.18 overall 37.02 open no Katich 31.47 not open since 2009 31.45 not opening 25.12

    For me the stats show that that Watson is a better opener than middle order batsmen. Which is why i am leaning towards Watson opening with Warner and Hughes and Khawaja to follow with Clarke at 5 where he has dominated. Though you can move Khawaja and Clarke around if required. If Warner Khawaja and Hughes can stand up for us in India then we can win but alot willl depen do nthese 3. And lets give Khawaja more then 1 game to show his stuff as he is a classy left hander made for test cricket. Siddle and Pattinson would be my 2 best bowlers. Siddle is the 3rd ranked test medium pacer in the WORLD. Pattinson when on is clearly the spearhead of our attack and can take wickets at any time.Starc is in hot white ball form, but the red ball game is different. Starc is an awesome talent,and would be my third best bowler.

  • on February 7, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    @Dunger.Bob, I think that is the best attack we can go in with. With Siddle and Bird just looking to be consistent and Starc swinging the ball. Lyon had good tours of Sri Lanka and the West Indies and I´d expect him to bounce back with wickets here. One thing is for sure, the Aussies won´t struggle for the lack of a good captain this time, they just have to build pressure and try the young Indian middle orders patience. I´m also expecting runs from Clarke and Hughes and, dare I say it, Maxwell, if he plays. Looks a good player of spin to me after watching him take on Ajmal and co. in the UAE last year.

  • Shaggy076 on February 7, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    Some strange selections here 1) Starc should never bat at 7. You ever go with 6 batsman or a Henriques or Maxwell who are ok at 7. 2) Someone picking 4 paceman, we have an offie averaging 32 having played most of his tests in Australian conditions he has to play., You cant go in with Clarke and Warner as your main spinner as they are unable to bowl more than 2-3 over spells. My team with the squad picked is the same as Jonesy2, but you could interchange Starc/Jonson or Pattinson/Bird and lose nothing. However, if we picked Faulkner as the allrounder in the squad and Okeefe as the second spinner I would have gone Watson, Warner, Hughes, Clarke, Khawaja, Wade, Faulkner, O Keefe, Siddle, Starc/Johnson, Lyon

  • Paul_Rampley on February 7, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    @Jonesy2 i like your team. Watto's 100, admittedly on the Manuka Highway, has virtually assured his return to the test team ( if it was in any doubt ). Perhaps Clarkey was just annoyed by Watto mouthing off because Watto is undermining Mr Ed. I would like to see Khawaja at 4 as he can be solid with Hughes at 3 as both these guys will dominate our batting attack for years to come. Particularly as the Wade 6 Allrouder 7 is full of risk and we'll be lucky to get away with it for long. So we will need six bats.

    I reckon we will go Warner Watson Hughes Khawaja Clarke Wade Henriques Pattinson Starc Siddle Lyon

    Someone would have to be injured for Cowan to get in. My preference would be Bird, however they are keen on Patto. Johnners for all his past crimes and that's not a bad option as well.

  • Yarms on February 7, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    Difficult call in my opinion. The way Starc is bowling at the moment he could well blow India top order away and expose the middle order too soon. Its not necessarily about slow wickets but the speed through the air as well that why steyn and morkle blew us away. I think its important India have solid classical top order Ghimbir and Sehwag do not cut it. Perhaps M Vijay and Pujara to open.

  • Majorraki on February 7, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    The current Indian batting squad(supposedly their strength) looks vulnerable to both quality swing and spin bowling.Only Pujara looks capable of handling the new ball attack and himself along with Dhoni and Ashwin are the only ones who look capable of handling spin given current form of players.i still believe Australian Pace unit might not have the sting of English or South African pace attack but they definetly have the resources to take 20 wickets if supported aptly by Lyon/Doherthy combination.I predict a close series win in favour of Aussies or a drawn series.An Indian win the most unlikeliest scenario is down to how untested Australian batsmen are on spinning wickets.They didnt look good against herath on non spinning tracks-the only glimmer of hope for indians

  • sharidas on February 7, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    Obviously, each team has to play to their strengths. Pace is their strength, so naturally they have to depend on it. It's a wrong notion that pace bowlers will not have success in India. If one has quality, it will show. Right now, Indian test team is also in the re-building process. So it will be an interesting series to follow.

  • awalia on February 7, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    4-0 is on the making for india no spin no win in india

  • Thefakebook on February 7, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    I noticed no one give a damn about Stevie Smith!!Any way I still prefered SNJ O'Kiffe or Zampa but Xavier it is,hope Xavier can surprise us all.I think Maxwell should play and Usman as well.Starc and Siddle and Lyon are the stike bowlers with Xavier and Glenn as pressure builders.Pattinson & Jhonson can wait!Now Bird looks like a long term test prospect for OZs & may be they'll start taking him seriously if be bowls SRTendulkar over!

  • Harmony111 on February 7, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    Well Well, this Indian side has been giving us shocks for the last 20-24 months. Not even the most pessimistic Ind fan or the most optimistic Eng fan would have thought Ind would lose 0-4 in Eng. When it happened we all thought it was a one-off and that we will do better in the Aus tour - may be even win it cos Aus were struggling at that time - losing to NZ at Hobart. And what do we do? We lose 0-4 again to the weakest Aus side we played in the last 20-22 years. Still it was something of a one-off we felt and that we will be back to our usual self in the Eng-Ind series. It was our fort, our strength but we lost their too. It has been progressively down since the 1st Eng tour. Now I see some ppl again saying Ind will win 4-0. To be honest, I would be mighty pleased if Ind win this series i.e if at all. Even a 1-0 margin will be big for me. I don't know the itinerary but 3 draws will be tough & Aus will win 1 test at least & Ind winning 2 tests of 4 will be a huge task. A 1-1 draw?

  • Big_Maxy_Walker on February 7, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    australia just dont have an option given the spinners who were picked in the squad. 3 fast/1 spin its has to be. pattinson to me has fallen behind bird because of his unreliability. siddle, starc, bird, lyon. and please maxwell is not up to the challenge, hes a short form specialist who gets wickets due to batsmen having to lift the run rate in odis. plus his batting isnt up to it, wandering all over the crease, maxwell will get found out in india

  • Hammond on February 7, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    Of course the quick men have a big role in India given that Australia doesn't have any decent spinners. Thank you Captain obvious.

  • RednWhiteArmy on February 7, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    I cant wait for this series. It should be hilarious as the in-fighting begins even before the much tougher tour of the mighty, mighty England.

    4-0 to india, unless theres some rain around.

  • IndiaChampspakchumps on February 7, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    India to win 4-0. The No.1 ranking belongs to us, we will get it back in a year!

  • jonesy2 on February 7, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    i think the team will/should look like this: watson, warner, hughes, khawaja, clarke, maxwell, wade, siddle, starc, pattinson, lyon. perfect balance in my opinion and on paper that is a brilliant side covering all bases that should win anywhere, anytime, against anyone.

  • Rahulbose on February 7, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    Aussies will be touring with a lot of new bowlers. The series is in Feb - March so there will be less swing than during winter. It will be interesting how their bowling lineup copes with the conditions.

  • chilled_avenger on February 7, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge Just recently Tim Southee took 7-64 in an innings in India! So I don't think Anderson is the only pace bowler who can bowl well in India. Englishmen talk as if Anderson's performance was so extraordinary,but if you compare it to what Dale Steyn has done in India,it wasn't as great as you people make it out to be!

  • on February 7, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    be patient, bowl fuller, and wait....hopefully it'll swing and slips will come into play

  • Prad81_viji84 on February 7, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    Australian bowlers will learn the art of lethal pace and swing which always backfires as far as India is concerned. This is where Team India need to occupy the crease (watchful playing).

    Taking India for granted also doesn't help the Aussies in full charge. But I still favor Aussies to take the Test Series bcoz India are already in to the Test Series with setback of NOT AT ALL Lethal Bowlers and Batsman struggling in the recent series completed

  • kc69 on February 7, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    I would not quite agree with Siddle because the reason England was able to capitalize and win test series in India was mainly because of its 2 quality spinners(Swann and Panesar) and Experienced batting lineup(Cook,Pieterson and prior etc).If Australia is planning to win the series based on pace attack i guess they cannot be much wrong than this.They have lack of middle order stability and spin attack.Hope India gets an advantage in this series.

  • Rick777 on February 7, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    From SL>>I sincerely hope that Ozs will be thrashed in India. The Asian domination is the subcontinent seems to be slipping. Therefore this series should restore it back.

  • SherjilIslam on February 7, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    I think Australia were lucky in 2004 to win the series in India given the tiff between Ganguly and pitch-curator of Nagpur resulting in a green top for India to deal-with. Also, the Chennai test which was drawn due to the last day washout was largely in favor of India (Chasing 220 with one of the best batting line-up).

  • sandy_bangalore on February 7, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    Even as an India, I dont really care whether our flat track kings win or not. The problem is that this is a weak Aussie outfit, and they surely wont play as well as England did on tracks like Mumbai and calcutta which were turners. And then the media will go ga-ga over our overhyped lot and all the defeats of the recent past will be forgotten, until of course the next whitewash in SA 2013. Let the likes of gambhir and sehwag and whoever fill their boots and inflate their averages against the faulkners and cuttings and henriques of this world!

  • FighterKallis on February 7, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    Australia can beat india 3 nil.one match indians will sweat hard to draw.Indian think tank should take a point from australians.see the amount of planning and execution the ozies are taking to beat india on their own backyard.After england everyone has got encouragement. sure aussies will win .

  • FazleAbed on February 7, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    Do Australia have allrounder like Jaysuria (spin all rounder) or Andrew Flintoff (Pace allrounder) No they dont have. 100 % fit watson can be called close to flintoff, but maxwell will not get chance in ranji trophy teams as spin allrounder. Previously white, smith failed. So pls do not experiment. Team should contain 6 specialist batsman, 3 fast bowlers, 1 spinner and a wicket keeper. To me team shd be like this 1. Warner (Attack and attack) 2. Cowan (Solid defense) 3. Huges (atleast need to bat 90 balls on avg) 4. Clarke (Only star player in the team in India) 5. Khawaja (No option left, but i would take marsh for Srilanka success) 6. Watson (to play after tea handle ashwin and ojha) 7. wade (Haddin dont know how to defense) 8. siddle (only player in the world who give 200%) 9. Strac (to attack no point to think about avg) 10. Ben (to have chance against tendulkar and sehwag) 11. Lyon. Pattinson can replace strac if needed, though he is better bowler than strac. 2-1 india is reality.

  • sawifan on February 7, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    @satishchandar... I agree with you about the Aussies must play to their strength, and that it works well for SAF, but i also agree with @landl47, our spin bowlers picked for this tour means we must rely on pace. SAF draw the series with an attack of Steyn, Morkel, Parnell and Harris in 2010. And whilst Steyn is most definitely a 'one-in-a-million' bowler, the rest of the attack is on par with what AUS currently have. Will be a tough test for AUS, but thankfully IND are down at the moment, so that should even the contest out. @FFL, Anderson might be a 'one-in-a-million' bowler for an ENG team, but teams like AUS, SAF, WIN and PAK churn out fast bowlers better than him almost annually. Go check your beloved stats, all of them. Anyway, what does this have to do with ENG anyway?!

  • on February 7, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    As it is 4 match series, India has history of loosing 4 match series and winning 2 or 3 match series...The only 4 match series India won is ag Aus when 2 captains played in that series Kumble(Regular- all 2 draws) and Dhoni (Substitute - All 2 wins). Rest all 4 match series India has Lost or drawn (Ag Aus in India(Ganguly Captaincy) and in Aus, Ag Eng in India and in Eng)

  • gottalovetheraindance on February 7, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    It was Spin that did the job for the poms in the subcontinent last year but Australia does not have a spinner that comes remotely close to being as good as Swann or Panesar. Hauritz who was average was discarded prematurely imho however Lyon was taken to the cleaners by the proteas who are not renown for their ability to play spin bowling. Anderson did a good job in India & the Aussie pacers are closer to him in quality than Lyon & co are to Swann & Monty. I would rather have 4 decent pacers who can get reverse & conventional swing if & when available than sub standard spinners - Clarke & Warner can fill that role. Starc , Siddle Pattinson & Johnson or Bird would be my bowling attack get at the Indian batsmen fast & hard.

  • Big_Maxy_Walker on February 7, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    i think given the poor spinners chosen in the squad to go to india, siddle is absolutely right. Go with your strength and hope for the best. Bird, Sidds, and Starc for me with johnson, pattinson(behind bird i think with his injury history) as backup. I think bird is crucial as a pidge mcgrath like bowler who is very consistent line and length wise. siddle then can intimidate and hit the deck with his style and then the lefty starc can swing it in to the right handers

  • satishchandar on February 7, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    The only time Australia won in India in recent times was with pace strength and South Africa does it almost everytime with their pace bowlers. India is a tough place for pacers but not the toughest. People had done it before and if Australian pace can be at full strength, they can make it. The massive help for them is, the Indian batting is not in full cry. 3 rookies with two woefully out of form openers with Sachin and Dhoni are not in a form that would worry the youngsters touring India now. Clarke should be prepared to bowl more overs. His style of bowling works here..

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on February 7, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    Everyone remember's Jimmy Anderson's Lethality in India recently, but he's One in a Million. Siddle, unlike Anderson, does not have the credentials of a flat-deck/green-top master, expect the aussie bowlers to wither in the scortching heat, while at the other end they rely on a seamer (Lyon) to fill the 'spinners' role.

  • Meety on February 7, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    All is well, the boys have been talking to McGrath. I would like to give Siddle ONE piece of advice - please do not predict 4 nil!!!!!!

  • joseyesu on February 7, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    Spin or no spin, India will lose it comfortably.

  • boehj on February 7, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    In recent weeks I've watched hours of youtube videos of our tours to India in 2001 & 2004. It's ridiculous how many wickets went to the spinners. Going with only Lyon is the wrong move IMHO. I think two spinners makes much more sense although I'll be happy to be proved wrong on this.

  • boehj on February 7, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    In recent weeks I've watched hours of youtube videos of our tours to India in 2001 & 2004. It's ridiculous how many wickets went to the spinners. Going with only Lyon is the wrong move IMHO. I think two spinners makes much more sense although I'll be happy to be proved wrong on this.

  • joseyesu on February 7, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    Spin or no spin, India will lose it comfortably.

  • Meety on February 7, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    All is well, the boys have been talking to McGrath. I would like to give Siddle ONE piece of advice - please do not predict 4 nil!!!!!!

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on February 7, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    Everyone remember's Jimmy Anderson's Lethality in India recently, but he's One in a Million. Siddle, unlike Anderson, does not have the credentials of a flat-deck/green-top master, expect the aussie bowlers to wither in the scortching heat, while at the other end they rely on a seamer (Lyon) to fill the 'spinners' role.

  • satishchandar on February 7, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    The only time Australia won in India in recent times was with pace strength and South Africa does it almost everytime with their pace bowlers. India is a tough place for pacers but not the toughest. People had done it before and if Australian pace can be at full strength, they can make it. The massive help for them is, the Indian batting is not in full cry. 3 rookies with two woefully out of form openers with Sachin and Dhoni are not in a form that would worry the youngsters touring India now. Clarke should be prepared to bowl more overs. His style of bowling works here..

  • Big_Maxy_Walker on February 7, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    i think given the poor spinners chosen in the squad to go to india, siddle is absolutely right. Go with your strength and hope for the best. Bird, Sidds, and Starc for me with johnson, pattinson(behind bird i think with his injury history) as backup. I think bird is crucial as a pidge mcgrath like bowler who is very consistent line and length wise. siddle then can intimidate and hit the deck with his style and then the lefty starc can swing it in to the right handers

  • gottalovetheraindance on February 7, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    It was Spin that did the job for the poms in the subcontinent last year but Australia does not have a spinner that comes remotely close to being as good as Swann or Panesar. Hauritz who was average was discarded prematurely imho however Lyon was taken to the cleaners by the proteas who are not renown for their ability to play spin bowling. Anderson did a good job in India & the Aussie pacers are closer to him in quality than Lyon & co are to Swann & Monty. I would rather have 4 decent pacers who can get reverse & conventional swing if & when available than sub standard spinners - Clarke & Warner can fill that role. Starc , Siddle Pattinson & Johnson or Bird would be my bowling attack get at the Indian batsmen fast & hard.

  • on February 7, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    As it is 4 match series, India has history of loosing 4 match series and winning 2 or 3 match series...The only 4 match series India won is ag Aus when 2 captains played in that series Kumble(Regular- all 2 draws) and Dhoni (Substitute - All 2 wins). Rest all 4 match series India has Lost or drawn (Ag Aus in India(Ganguly Captaincy) and in Aus, Ag Eng in India and in Eng)

  • sawifan on February 7, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    @satishchandar... I agree with you about the Aussies must play to their strength, and that it works well for SAF, but i also agree with @landl47, our spin bowlers picked for this tour means we must rely on pace. SAF draw the series with an attack of Steyn, Morkel, Parnell and Harris in 2010. And whilst Steyn is most definitely a 'one-in-a-million' bowler, the rest of the attack is on par with what AUS currently have. Will be a tough test for AUS, but thankfully IND are down at the moment, so that should even the contest out. @FFL, Anderson might be a 'one-in-a-million' bowler for an ENG team, but teams like AUS, SAF, WIN and PAK churn out fast bowlers better than him almost annually. Go check your beloved stats, all of them. Anyway, what does this have to do with ENG anyway?!

  • FazleAbed on February 7, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    Do Australia have allrounder like Jaysuria (spin all rounder) or Andrew Flintoff (Pace allrounder) No they dont have. 100 % fit watson can be called close to flintoff, but maxwell will not get chance in ranji trophy teams as spin allrounder. Previously white, smith failed. So pls do not experiment. Team should contain 6 specialist batsman, 3 fast bowlers, 1 spinner and a wicket keeper. To me team shd be like this 1. Warner (Attack and attack) 2. Cowan (Solid defense) 3. Huges (atleast need to bat 90 balls on avg) 4. Clarke (Only star player in the team in India) 5. Khawaja (No option left, but i would take marsh for Srilanka success) 6. Watson (to play after tea handle ashwin and ojha) 7. wade (Haddin dont know how to defense) 8. siddle (only player in the world who give 200%) 9. Strac (to attack no point to think about avg) 10. Ben (to have chance against tendulkar and sehwag) 11. Lyon. Pattinson can replace strac if needed, though he is better bowler than strac. 2-1 india is reality.