Board President's XI v Australians, Chennai, 1st day

Australians stumble against spin on opening day

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February 12, 2013

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Australians 241 (Cowan 58, Rasool 7-45) v Indian Board President's XI

Peter Siddle sweeps, Indian Board President's XI v Australians, tour match, Guru Nanak College Ground, Chennai, February 12, 2013
Peter Siddle sweeps during his innings of 22 © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

The Australians lost nine wickets to spin on the first day of their opening tour game in Chennai, but though they were dismissed for 241 their opener and top-scorer Ed Cowan said the team was satisfied with the workout. Jammu & Kashmir offspinner Parvez Rasool, who turns 24 tomorrow, took 7 for 45 for the Board President's XI on a pitch that offered the slow bowlers assistance.

Wicketkeeper Matthew Wade, the Australians' acting captain, had spoken about the importance of batting long in order to adapt to the local conditions, and everyone got the chance to have time in the middle after he won the toss.

Only 11 of the 17-member squad had arrived in India and so Usman Khawaja opened with Cowan, adding 77 for the first wicket before he was caught behind off legspinner Sarabjit Ladda. Cowan was the next to fall, caught behind to become the first of Rasool's seven wickets. Wade and Steven Smith added 58 for the third wicket but Wade's dismissal triggered a slide during which the Australians lost eight wickets for 74 runs.

"It was a pretty good day. Everyone had a good hit at the top of the order," Cowan said after the day's play. "The wicket was turning, so it was good practice against some really talented spin bowlers. The wicket was a bit two-paced. The ball reversed pretty quickly. So it was hard to score but it is a small ground, so a decent score for a first hit out.

"It's easy to call it a practice game, but it is more than that for a lot of us - to come over early, to get the conditions, to get our plans in place against the spinners. It was nice to spend some time in the middle but at the end of the day it's about scoring some runs, so it was nice to get a few runs as well."

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Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (February 13, 2013, 23:55 GMT)

Australians - you need not worry about your bowling. Our selectors already gave you 2 free wickets in the form of Sehwag and Tendulkar. You have to worry about only Pujara and Dhoni. Kohli might show up in the last match, if he can stop dreaming about captaincy. Our bowling is not that good either - we have a clueless Ishant, a high jumper called Dinda, and variations man Ashwin. If your batsmen can navigate the initial overs of Bhuvi and counter the simple spin of Ojha, they can bat to their hearts content.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (February 13, 2013, 19:06 GMT)

Indian Selectors need to do their job and select players who are performing now, not players like Bhajji, Tendulkar, Sehwag and Ishant, who were good 5 years ago. Parvez Rasool deserves to be in the Indian squad against Australia. Similarly youngsters like Ishwar Pandey, Sid Kaul, Sandeep Sharma, Warrior, Reddy, Nadeem, etc. deserve more games in India A squad.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (February 13, 2013, 13:52 GMT)

Agree with @Lamp - Ambati Rayudu has been pretty consistent for quite some time now. This guy is really good against fast bowling. He will be ideal for India at No. 6. Add to his batting skills, he can also act as a back-up wicket-keeper. Parvez Rasool and Rayudu should be part of the Indian squad after first 2 tests.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 11:49 GMT)

A taste of things to come. The "quick" bowlers have no penetration and the bog average spinners have to prey on batsmen with no patience. The full Indian test side will have a cake walk with this Aussie team, the worst to tour India since 1979.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (February 13, 2013, 11:45 GMT)

Michael_Sheridan if you read my comments I state that Khawaja is not a bowling option. I make no mention that Lewis said only Khawaja can bowl. I am not disputing the Clarke, Warner as bowlers so I am not commenting on that. I understood his point maybe I have to be clearer to you my point is that Khawaja is not a bowling option. Do you understand? Dont have a go at me for not reading comments. Try and understand what someone is posting before having a go at them.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (February 13, 2013, 11:22 GMT)

Michael_Sheridan; I know what his point was but he just wanted to bang Khawaja name in there. Like yourself you cannot write a post without mentioning Khawaja. His point would have been better at Clarke and Warner putting Khawaja in there makes it think we are desperate for bowlers. As for Quiney least he has bowled over 100 overs at first class cricket so you know he can help out with the ball if needed.

Posted by Jayzuz on (February 13, 2013, 11:01 GMT)

@Ozcricketwriter, not sure about Pattinson on slow, low tracks. Every time I've seen him bowl on such decks he is very ordinary. Just tries to bang it in, and it doesn't work. Hope I'm wrong.

Posted by Jayzuz on (February 13, 2013, 10:58 GMT)

I'm assuming the pitch was dead slow, which is why Henriques got 4 wickets at about a run an over. Anyway, everyone got a run, which was the main idea. These kind of games can be embarrassing if the touring side clocks up a low score, then the locals dig in and get about 5-500. Kind of like the saffas vs AUS A: and for the first two tests.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (February 13, 2013, 10:53 GMT)

I dont think the first warm up game has given selectors any clue as to what the first test team is. Henriques obviously did well with the ball but he will only play if they go with Lyon, Doherty and two quicks. If you were to pick 2 quicks or 3 quicks I still have no idea who would be picked. My thoughts is they will go with three quicks and Lyon. With Maxwell and Smith only bowling 4 overs each and giving Agar 8 overs are they showing that neither of these are going to be picked to help out with the bowling. As such I think its looking like 6 batsman, 3 quicks and a spinner. Hopefully Clarke is fit to bowl.

Posted by Mary_786 on (February 13, 2013, 10:51 GMT)

Shaggy076 if you read Lewis comments he states that Warner, Clarke and Khawaja can share the bowling load not just Khawaja. And Khawaja has bowled more then what Quiney has bowled but Quiney kept the runs down. The point there is that our part timers can bowl the extra overs required without picking someone like Maxwell.

Posted by Lamp on (February 13, 2013, 10:43 GMT)

Ambati Rayudu has been pretty consistent since quite sometime now. This guy is really good against fast bowling. He will be ideal for India at No. 6. Add to his batting skills, he can also act as a back-up wicket-keeper. On any pitch in tests, he would be the best wicket-keeper batsman currently available. I hope the selectors take a note of this and duly reward him.

Posted by Ranta on (February 13, 2013, 10:42 GMT)

Well Played RAYUDU. Character & Class. Indian cricket will be well served by making use of this talent. Who finally seems to be making headlines for rite reason. He has been playing such knocks time & again this season for Baroda. Here he does it against Visitors, Hope this one puts him in fray for selection. Little sad that he didn't score a century for those who only listen when you go pass a milestone. But happy to see he is finally making use of his talent. Has scored in last few seasons. Lets hope for best now.

Posted by satishchandar on (February 13, 2013, 10:02 GMT)

Day 2 : Rayudu proves his mettle once again.. He did prove in the Irani trophy game and now in this game. I think this guy can now be termed in "In frame for selection" category.

Posted by SherjilIslam on (February 13, 2013, 9:14 GMT)

@ sensible-indian-fan :OK you believe it was batting that caused the Eng defeat, even i do agree with you to some extent, but you can't ruled out the point that Indian spinners were clueless in Mumbai test despite getting the rank-turner at their disposal.They kept bowling with same pace and flight and KP with his counter attack and Cook with his slow grind took the match away from India. The most baffling thing was the English spinners literally ran-through the much fancied Indian batting order in both the innings. That's why all these talks and shouts of team selections are arising. To me, i had never seen such a vulnerable Indian spin attack over the years.I would still like to persist with Ashwin in first two tests hoping he may have learned from his mistakes, but if he doesn't deliver, he should be shown the door.

Posted by KingKongIn on (February 13, 2013, 8:30 GMT)

Inida should include Raidu to the test team in 3rd test, I am sure some will not agree on this. but my logic is we should give chance to one who is in form not to the guy who you think is talented but not performing. Raidu has been performing well though out the Ranji session, then in Irani trophy against Mumbai in noth inning (I admit that was a medicore attack but still he didn't throw his wicket) even he is doing better in the practise game against aus. no doubt Aussies are not playing with their full strength but point to be noted all the bowlers who are playing this game will likely to be play in 1st test match. Only starc is not playing this match in the frontline bowler. and for openining slot I'll go for waseen Jafar , he is supreme form and should be selected for 3rd test match.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (February 13, 2013, 8:16 GMT)

Lewis Edwards: Khawaja has bowled just 3 first class overs he is not going to contribute with the ball at test level.

RedNWhite army what embarrassment all 4 batsmen picked all got decent starts not a bad warm up. You say struggling again, from that comment I would have thought we must have had heaps of losses but I looked and we have lost 3 of just 22 tests yet, you say struggling again. Do you realise your comments are becoming even more embarrassing than Front-Foot-Lunges least his are so stupid that you get a slight chuckle.

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (February 13, 2013, 7:51 GMT)

Oh no. Struggling again.

What an embarrasment.

Posted by Edwards_Anderson on (February 13, 2013, 7:27 GMT)

Maxwell getting a duck, Henriques 16, let's see how they go with the ball today. You don't need a player like Maxwell in there when Clarke, Warner and Khawaja can bowl 10-15 overs between them. My prefer batting order out of this squad

Cowan Warner Hughes Khawaja Clarke Watson Wade Sidde Pattinson Lyon Bird

You have batsmen like Clarke, Warner and Khawaja that can bowl. Get say 10 overs out of them in a days cricket to allow the main four bowlers some rest.You don't replace with no show maxwell, Khawaja offers the best replacement so do the logical move and we need to stop trying to find excuses not to give this young man a descent go. Having Henriques, Smith, the big show and Mr X in the squad, Australia is really gambling here with plenty of risks.

Posted by D-Train on (February 13, 2013, 7:09 GMT)

I'm not exactly a Steve Smith fan, but the level of criticism he cops in the longer format is a bit unfair. Averages over 40 in FC cricket. That's far from terrible.

Posted by Sunil_Batra on (February 13, 2013, 7:05 GMT)

There is still a chance of Warner not being available for the 1st Test. As for the line up surely Maxwell & Henriques performance with the bat against an Indian 4th XI has ensured that it will be a traditional line up of 6 bats, keeper and 4 bowler. My gut feel is that Khawaja will get a ton in the second warm up game as this will be his tour to shine. In any even Khawaja will get 2 tests when Watto leaves the tour to be a daddy.I thought it very funny that neither of the allrounders did anything (surprising no-one but the selectors)

Posted by sensible-indian-fan on (February 13, 2013, 7:00 GMT)

@SherjilIslam - I totally agree with your point about frustration over cricketing logic. But let me defend my statement. Many may say the Eng series was lost because Ashwin didn't bowl well. Yes, he didn't bowl anywhere near as well as he could have but the series wasn't lost because of him. It was due to the batsmen. How? Let's crunch some numbers.

1st test - India won - no issues.

2nd test - Ind 180/6 before Pujara and Ashwin saved the innings. Collapse in the second innings. What can you do when your batting collapses. The ease with which Kohli, Ashwin batted in the second innings before throwing it away said it all. Even the great Aus couldn't save the test after the Adelaide collapse against India. Many may say that we shouldn't have conceded a 100 run lead but I would say even with that, the going would have been very very tough.

3rd Test - We made nothing in the 1st innings and we collapsed in the second innings.

4th test - Dead pitch.Not even Dale Steyn could have done much

Posted by joseyesu on (February 13, 2013, 6:31 GMT)

It wont be a bad idea to test Rasool in the 3 and 4 th test.

Posted by SherjilIslam on (February 13, 2013, 6:19 GMT)

@sensible indian fan : Agree with you. Parvez's performance should be monitored for a period of time.But the point here is our first choice spinners are performing such poorly that fans are running out of patience. These statements are coming more out of frustration rather than cricketing logic. Are you satisfied with Ashwin's performance against England?????Or are you happy with Bhajji's current form?? If you have to consider the current form, I don't think both Ashwin and Bhajji merits their selection. I can see the demand growing more and more, if one of the two or both spinners perform poorly in the first two tests(I hope that doesn't happen at first place)

Posted by Mitty2 on (February 13, 2013, 6:09 GMT)

3/60 with two wickets in two overs from henriques against batsmen who both average above 50. I'm assuming it's reverse swing that got these wickets as both were either bowled or caught behind. To me, if he bats well next tour match, he's a definite starter for the tests as he's averaged 70 in the current shield season for the bat. Does anyone know what he's averaged with the bowl this year?

I can only imagine that he'll come in for khawaja and boy would that bring in a lot of hate from the usual khawaja fanatics haha

Posted by sensible-indian-fan on (February 13, 2013, 5:53 GMT)

The fact that many people want Rassol in the Indian team straightway instead of Ashwin or Harbhajan is hilarious. You guys would make great selectors. Many people also want Rohit Sharma on the test side based on his FC average of 60 odd. Guys, that guy is struggling to play swing with white ball, how can he face the red ball? If all we need to do is go by average, then why do we need selectors? A computer could do the job and the top 15 gets in the squad. Sidenote: Rassol can turn out to be a great bowler, I just feel that we need to guage his performance over a period of time.

Posted by Dhanno on (February 13, 2013, 5:13 GMT)

Just saw the scorecard for PresXi. Wonder what is Uthappa doing there ? Does this guy have any chance of representing india as opener in tests? NO. Then why waste a spot, give it to one of 100 youngsters waiting in wings. He might get a hundred here, put it still begs the question. What is the point ?

Posted by SherjilIslam on (February 13, 2013, 5:13 GMT)

Parvez Rassool has certainly given some jitters to Ashwin and Bhajji as both are in the thought that they are the only off-spinners in the country.Good for India I would say as both will work an extra yard to ensure they perform well as one more spinner is knocking at the door.

Posted by jonesy2 on (February 13, 2013, 4:21 GMT)

the big show will want a bit of time at the crease next match his duck was the only negative after a good day

Posted by jonesy2 on (February 13, 2013, 4:19 GMT)

just about a perfect day of warm up for aus, lots a starts which is important and good to see cowan with some runs to get him going i always feel he is just a weight of runs kind of guy and just loves piling them on. the bowling will be good to see aswell, they will get a good indication of what lengths to bowl and will try some thing look forward to see how agar goes.

Posted by lonewarriorram on (February 13, 2013, 4:00 GMT)

@ for all those crying for rasool to be in test team straight away must recall the debut of Jaidev Unadkat in South Africa tests. Its easy to get wickets or score runs in first meeting. Its the second & third meeting/season which proves your caliber. Let him play few matches against visiting teams & then carefully draft him into team if he is ready by that time.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (February 13, 2013, 3:51 GMT)

Agree with @cricexpt - Parvez Rasool should be given the chance straightaway. Keeping him away from the team will not help his confidence, especially after this performance. I can't understand the reason why Ashwin is in the test squad. He should be thrown out immediately. Parvez Rasool is the man of the moment. It is better to experiment with Rasool than go in with a failed bowler(Ashwin). Ashwin is good only for T20.

Posted by vijayvenkatram on (February 13, 2013, 2:59 GMT)

Given the core aussie team is still playing the WI at home, its only expected that the first few warm up games turn up cold. So much for the FTP. If ICC is keen to promote Tests, they should ensure that touring teams have atleast a few practice games before a Test series not just for the sake of it, but with all seriousness. And to think of seriousness, what is the purpose of a 2 day game. Do teams approach the game as a longer version or shorter version. 2 tour games for 2+3 days and voila, you stare at the Test is not a great way to prepare for a 3 test series.

Posted by wellrounded87 on (February 13, 2013, 2:45 GMT)

@trepuR Don't be so pessimistic. Our 'inept' batting lineup seemed to have little trouble piling on runs agains the best attack in the world. (2 500+ scores, 2 double tons and 4 tons (husseyx2 Warner Cowan).

Just because they're not as good as Hayden, Langer, Ponting, Clarke, Martyn, Hussey, Gilchrist doesn't mean they aren't a good batting line up. Warner is constantly improving and developing a good balance between patience and his aggressive style. Watson looks to be in good touch and dropping bowling can only strengthen his batting. Clarke ... enough said, Wade is in very good touch, Hughes has reinvented himself brilliantly and looks the goods. Only Batsmen with some question marks are Khawaja who hasn't had a decent chance to prove himself and Cowan who i think should go to make way for Doolan or Joe Burns with Watson Opening with Warner

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 2:00 GMT)

i hope the aussies do well

Posted by David_Bofinger on (February 13, 2013, 1:28 GMT)

Has there ever been an Australian team without a specialist batsman in its middle order? Even an "Australians" team?

I guess under the circumstances 241 is not a big surprise. Of the definite starters - Cowan, Wade, Siddle, Lyon, Pattinson - three got some runs and one wasn't out so this is better for Australia than it looks.

Have there been comments on Wade's captaincy? IS CA putting him forward as the captain after Clarke? I'm doubtful about combining wicket keeping, which requires zoning out, with captaincy, which requires continuous thought. Another candidate, David Warner, wasn't around for this match.

Posted by Jayzuz on (February 13, 2013, 0:36 GMT)

@Nerk, Australia has had tours to the WI, the UAE and SL(twive incl. WC) in the past 14 months or so. and up against better spinners than India have: Narine, Ajmal and Herath.That's plenty enough experience on slow, turning pitches. They did well in all those places. They didn't lose a test or ODI series, and won 4.

Posted by Gizza on (February 13, 2013, 0:12 GMT)

@ Bring_Back_Warnie, actually England also struggled initially in their tour of India. They had three warm-up first-class games and were still belted in the first Test. But the number of practice games as well as previous experience in the UAE and SL eventually paid dividends for them. A lot of the home advantage we are seeing lately could be reduced if more warm-up matches were played. Even India would have been more competitive on their overseas tours to England and Australia had the batsmen and bowlers been able to acclimatise to the conditions. The only team that doesn't require them so much in recent times is South Africa.

Posted by Meety on (February 12, 2013, 23:56 GMT)

Par performance by Oz. Cowan & Smith did well, & I reckon Wade would of liked the sighter too. Be interesting to see how Oz go in the field. The Indian selection is in contrast to what they put forward for England. I would of been more worried if pacers got all the wickets to be honest!

Posted by VivGilchrist on (February 12, 2013, 23:43 GMT)

The sad thing is either Watto or Usman are going to sit out the first Test to accomadate one of these mediocre "all-rounders" who would be lucky to pass 20 or take more than 1 genuine wicket. Selectors have really stuffed up not picking OKeefe.

Posted by Sunil_Batra on (February 12, 2013, 23:16 GMT)

@Paul Nithin i think boht Khawaja and Cowan will kick on for bigger scores in the second game though i am still not convinced if Cowan can do well against spin, hopefully he proves us wrong. I am predicting a big series from Khawaja and Warner. And how good is Rasool, is he a known talent or was this a first for him.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2013, 23:07 GMT)

It was supposed to be a warm up game for the Test Team .... instead it was turned into a farce by the selectors.

I have read a bit of criticism about Khawaja's performance .... he was put in as opener, scored 30+ runs, faced over 70 balls and saw off the new ball. This is exactly what an opener should do and provided a better environment for the No3 & No4 batsmen, Wade and Smith, who also scored well.

The number of balls that Khawaja faced was twice the average number that Warner faces in a test match and shared an opening partnership of 77 which was equivalent to the score for the last 8-wickets. So either Khawaja did a good job or Henriques, Maxwell, etc are just absolute garbage.

I think that if Clarke was promised an opening partnership of 77 every Test Match that scored at 3-runs/over during the Series .... he would take it without blinking.

Ps. The real question is "Why didn't Cowan and Warner open??"

Posted by wellrounded87 on (February 12, 2013, 23:04 GMT)

@kc69 I agree there is a big difference but i'm not sure how you can say they lack subcontinental experience in pace bowling. Johnson and Siddle are just as experienced in the subcontinent as Anderson and Broad. Also the batting lineup isn't that far off the mark. Watson and Clarke have plenty of experience in the subcontinent and Warner through IPL has had plenty of batting in these conditions.

You are spot on about the spinners though. Lyon is the only decent spinner we have, and decent is exactly what he is. But he went really well in SL so hopefully he can reproduce that performance in India.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2013, 22:17 GMT)

Bring on good old fashioned hard Test cricket ! Better than the hit and giggle stuff :D

Posted by Mary_786 on (February 12, 2013, 22:10 GMT)

's a shame none of the batsman went on, Cowan, khawaja and smith got starts but none could post a big one. That means that the second warm up game will be important as watto will want to get runs to get the opening alot and khawaja hopefully bats at 4 to show what he can do. I hope the batting lineup after the second warmup game is Watson, Warner, Hughes, khawaja, Clarke. And at 6 put Cowan if he scored a big one in the second warm up or Henriques if he does well. Wade should bat at 4. Maxwell's duck confirms he is being pushed too early for test cricket

Posted by Nerk on (February 12, 2013, 20:54 GMT)

England won the series in India because they lost in the UAE. After that, they worked really hard tactically and technically to adjust their batting to spinning conditions, and it showed in that great series win. Australia, aside from Clarke, really don't have that experience. I am very interested to see how the much vaunted Warner goes against spin on a wicket that suits them. He does go very hard at the ball and needs to score quickly, not always possible on a dustbowl. Should be a good series nonetheless and hopefully Cowan goes well enough to confirm his place in the team.

Posted by TM on (February 12, 2013, 20:51 GMT)

Rasool looks like a good prospect. Does anyone know if he imparts a lot of spin unlike ashwin or jadeja even ojha? because if he does and matures as a bowler i think he can be ahswin mark two improved bowling maybe not the batting though. I do feel we should persist with ashwin though see if he can turn it around. but now we have some good all rounders jadeja(odi's) ashwin rassol bhuvuneshwar kumar future looks good also with aaron and umesh

Posted by poms_have_short_memories on (February 12, 2013, 20:39 GMT)

241 on a pitch that is turning straight away is too bad an effort considering there is one regular test batsman in the line-up. The Australian team is packed with bowlers and all rounders, Wade at number 3, Smith at 4. 5 bowlers and 3 all rounders, the Indian fans shouldn't be getting excited just yet.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (February 12, 2013, 20:16 GMT)

BCCI should give Rasool also to play in next match between India A and Australians, it is good time to test him and give more confidence to him for playing good opponents.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2013, 19:46 GMT)

He should get IPL contract. I would love to see him donning CSK's Yellow Jersey.

Posted by kc69 on (February 12, 2013, 19:14 GMT)

There is a lot of difference between English team that beat India in tests at home and current Australia team..1)They lack a spin combination(Swann and Panesar),2)They lack subcontinental experience in pace bowling(Anderson,Broad) and 3)they lack experience in batting lineup(Cook,Trott,Bell,KP,Prior) ...i believe this series will be more hard for Australia unless something miraculous happens.

Posted by mixters on (February 12, 2013, 18:34 GMT)

yep three batsman only one in current team, a wicket keeper batting 3, two un capped allrounders. 4 bowlers and who the hell is Agar this is great for the sprookers. the team that takes the field in the first teat may only have 4 of these guys in it

Posted by binu.emiliya on (February 12, 2013, 18:33 GMT)

Two years back we were looking for allrounders but now many allrounders are emerged at least in domestic arena Parvez Rassool, B Kumar, Rishi Dhawan,Aashish Reddy,Jalaj Saxena

Posted by cricexpt on (February 12, 2013, 17:56 GMT)

Parvez Rasool should be given the chance straightaway. Keeping him away from the team will not help his confidence, especially after this performance. I can't understand the reason why Ashwin is in the test squad. He should be thrown out immediately. Parvez Rasool is the man of the moment. It is better to experiment with Rasool than go in with a failed bowler(Ashwin). He has nothing to show against quality opponents.

Posted by blink182alex on (February 12, 2013, 17:25 GMT)

Not to much to read in this 'match', all about a bit of practice outside the nets. Hopefully the quicks will take 10 fairly cheap wickets tommorow.

Posted by RK.Chandru on (February 12, 2013, 17:23 GMT)

Don't be in a hurry to put pressure on him or to try making him a hero overnight based on just one performance. He doesn't even have 3 wickets per match in first class cricket and a moderate bowler needs to have at least 4 per match. He's just another bits and pieces player like a Jadeja or an Ashwin; bats a bit and bowls a bit. Let him do well consistently in the domestic circuit for a full season or two and then let's assess him. being captain himself then, Bedi took all his wickets by bowling at one end constant and leaving only the other end for other bowlers in rotation and his opinion needn't be taken very serious... Never assess any player by sheer one or two performances and there are certain players who can only do well in domestic circuit and would fail miserably when thrown against tougher international opponents. Congrats Rassol! Do well consistently and earn your place by right.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2013, 16:28 GMT)

To everyone who say Rasool is a great bowler,he still has not bowled to the likes of Clarke,Warner,Watson.The Australians are very inexperienced.At the same time Indian Test form is pretty pathetic too,so we can expect some even contest.Game is open to both the sides.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2013, 16:11 GMT)

i think Aussies will go with 2 specialist spinners in the of luck Australia.waiting to see a great battle...

Posted by   on (February 12, 2013, 15:56 GMT)

Rasool picked 4 lower order wickets so it is unfair to say..that he rattled the aussies and coming to the aussie batting contended to see that wade,smith,cowan and khwaja could ge reasonable totlas now the onus rests on them to develop those starts to hard grinding test innings to aid watson ,clarke and even warner to build up good scores in india...overall expecting aussies to fight in india to make this an interesting series rather than india winning all four with a not so great spin attack..

Posted by   on (February 12, 2013, 15:47 GMT)

Rassol looks good if bhajji and ashwin fail in first 2 tests then could be considered.

Posted by kevnssuresh on (February 12, 2013, 15:37 GMT)

I saw few comments on Rassol Parvez bringing him into Team India squad I think it is too early to say based on one performance. He needs to get more oppertunities in Irani Trophy, A team to prove his caliber. Also noticed he is a decent batsman as well so if he can prove at higher level India A or Irany Trohpy then he can a good all rounder which India has been searching for one for a long time now. Having more all rounders in the team will definitely balance the team.. Good Team India and Rassol..

Posted by ms_cricketer on (February 12, 2013, 15:22 GMT)

this is a half strength australian line up playing it's first warm up on indian soil. I expected this much, actually worse from an inexperienced batting lineup. There is not point in reading into this game, as it has happened before where the actual indian IX tend to do worse than the players in the warm up game. Yet the loss of 7 wickets to an unknown spinner should rattle the aussies cages a bit.

Posted by ozziespirit on (February 12, 2013, 15:22 GMT)

This is a bit embarrassing from Australia. England didn't seem to have this kind of trouble over here, hope this isn't the start of a long and humiliating tour for us. You shouldn't read too much into games like these, they're just starting blocks for the test series. Aus will come back stronger next game.

Posted by mohdshujathali on (February 12, 2013, 15:10 GMT)

Please give a chance to Parvez Rasool and we can see and know how he can play at the bigger level,after this no one will get the chance to see him perform,So try him in the place of injured Ishant Sharma and see how he can perform in the test matches.

Posted by usernames on (February 12, 2013, 15:01 GMT)

Everyone is talking as if the Indians sent their first-choice team on the field. You guys had names known to *everyone*, people who have played International cricket, rattled by an unknown Indian spinner. Go and learn how to accept you're poor.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2013, 14:46 GMT)

Kudos to the Kashmiri lad who is slowly making a spot for himself in Indian Team, all Indians will be thrilled once that happens and I am sure it will give the Kashmir valley some hope so as to contribute to Indian success story.

Posted by ToTellUTheTruth on (February 12, 2013, 14:37 GMT)

Nothing much should be read into this game. This is just a two day hit out and Aus did exactly that. One day for batters and one day for bowlers. No sweat.

Posted by SamRoy on (February 12, 2013, 14:32 GMT)

Will Glenn "The Big Show" Maxwell get a place in the test team? His batting is only as good as Afridi in his prime and his bowling is poorer than Dilshan (who incidentally never calls himself an all-rounder). He might score a lot of runs against India (anybody can given India's pathetic bowling) but in the long run he will be a far worser test cricketer than Afridi (Australia hasn't had many that bad.. even Colin Miller was better..only Cameron White and Tim May..but I think even they were better than "THE NO SHOW" Glenn Maxwell).

Posted by   on (February 12, 2013, 14:24 GMT)

The good thing is that all the batsmen who are certain to play in the first test's starting 11 played well. Cowan played well for his 56 ,Smith played well,Wade played well and Khawaja also got the start!Considering the fact that there were 2 batsmen 1 keeper 3 all rounders n 5 bowlers the batting did really well.Lets see what the bowling can do tomorrow!It would be good to see the spinners taking wickets tomorrow.

Posted by trepuR on (February 12, 2013, 14:13 GMT)

Can I point out how ludicrously weak this batting line-up is: Steve Smith would probably bat at seven if he was picked in the real Australian side (behind the openers, some combination of Clarke, Khawaja and Watson, and then Wade at 6) - he is laughably overpromoted batting at four, then you have two other players who would also probably bat 7 if they were picked (Maxwell and Henriques) and another very overpromoted batsman in Peter Siddle slotting in at 7. A side that has only three specialist batsmen and some bits-and-pieces allrounders making up the bulk of their batting cannot actually be expected to make any substantial amount of runs. So I would be a bit more cautious about proclaiming that this Rassol character should be promoted. Having said that though most bowling attacks would not have very much trouble dealing with our actual inept batting lineup either. There is nonethless still hope - this India tour will be an important litmus test for our chances of reclaiming the Ashes

Posted by KingofRedLions on (February 12, 2013, 14:12 GMT)

Keep in mind the length of the tail.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2013, 13:57 GMT)

Australia played with 3 full time batsmen. 3 all rounders and 5 bowlers. Guess who made the runs? The batsmen. This is Australia lite if there was any. The bowling innings will be more telling of what Australia can do as the batting card was very light on the 'batting' side of it.

Posted by Joy716 on (February 12, 2013, 13:51 GMT)

I wish everyone again gets chance to have time in the middle in the in the upcoming test matches as well.

Posted by TVicky on (February 12, 2013, 13:40 GMT)

India did require some new faces in spin bowling department.Although the current trio of Ojha,Ashwin and Harbhajan is not bad but having a good,talented second string of spinners is equally important.

Posted by bijumonssss on (February 12, 2013, 13:34 GMT)

HAI AUSTRALIAAA welcome to india!!!!bhajji also back expecting a really interesting spin&seam vs pace . i really think that bhuvi will become a real icon in india. waiting to see stars!!!!!!

Posted by Atifkhan3489 on (February 12, 2013, 13:25 GMT)

I think rasool should b in indian lineup after nxt year ranji.he is a good all rounder at no 6 or 7.

Posted by bumsonseats on (February 12, 2013, 13:21 GMT)

cowens not sure if as you say coming over early is actually the case a 2 day game with what a 3 or 4 day game after that is ample game time. true you are getting spinning wickets and having a spinner of some ability which england did not get. but to tour in anything other than similar conditions as you would get in oz, i would have thought you would need minimum 10 days of cricket over 3/4 day games. and as still 5 of your tour side still to arrive it does not give them much game time

Posted by CricketMaan on (February 12, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

Cowan puts a brave face in adversity! Rasool is good, but give him some time before clamouring for his inclusion in first XI. What he need is such regular exposure to top teams. Play him in India A and follow his progress. So those that will start abusing Ashwin and Bhajji, chill. The offspin cupboard in India is bare but for Jalaj and likes of Rasool. Ashwin needs one more GO before being dumped. The fact that might aid Ashwin is Aussies won't play waiting game, they will attack unlike Cook, Trott or even Compton who blunted Ohja and RA. I would have loved to see Unmukt, Baba Aparajith and Sandeep, but they need to do more to qualify for A and B teams.

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