Board President's XI v Australians, Chennai, 2nd day

Moises Henriques, Nathan Lyon fire in draw

ESPNcricinfo staff

February 13, 2013

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Australians 241 (Cowan 58, Rassol 7-45) and 15 for 0 drew with Indian Board President's XI 230 all out (Rayudu 87, Henriques 4-12)

Eight Australian bowlers had a workout on the second day of their warm-up match in Chennai and Moises Henriques and Nathan Lyon were the most successful. They worked their way through the Board President's XI top order and helped the Australians secure a slender first-innings lead.

Henriques and Lyon reduced the home side to 61 for 4 and eventually took seven wickets between them. Glenn Maxwell, James Pattinson and rookie spinner Ashton Agar were the other wicket-takers. Fast bowler Jackson Bird did not take a wicket but conceded only ten runs in as many overs.

Ambati Rayudu scored 87 for the Board President's XI but didn't get much support from anyone else. Parvez Rassol, who had taken seven wickets on the first day, made 36 at No. 8, the next best score. The home side was dismissed for 230.

"I have worked a lot on my game with Robin Singh and Mr Sharath and I am getting into good positions, having enough time to play my shots," Rayudu said after the game. "Mentally I am looking to spend a lot more time in the middle. Have been relaxed the whole season, happy that I am getting into a zone such as this.

"Most of them were the same pace, they were really trying to swing the old ball, use a lot of reverse," he said of the Australian bowlers. "They got reverse swing after about 30 overs, it started reversing pretty early and they worked on it as well. They are looking to pull out a lot of reverse swing."

The Australians played four overs in their second innings, opening with Glenn Maxwell and Usman Khawaja, and made 15 for 0.

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Posted by jb633 on (February 15, 2013, 0:53 GMT)

@Meety, spon on with your comments. Don't get me wrong looking from a neutral perspective, I think Oz have a good chance but do not underestimate the role Swann played in the series. Even when he did not get a hatful he tied an end up and helped to bring about pressure. I don't think Lyon is a bad bowler but he certainly has no mystery about him and personally I will be suprised if he has a big impact, particualrly against the Indian right handed batsmen. I think the key for Oz will be if they can get the ball to reverse. The world knows how poor Indians are against the moving ball but reverse swing is an art that only few have mastered. Altough I want to see an Ozzie win, I would say India go in as favorites stil. Whatever people say about the Eng series, we did play brilliantly and the achievement should not be dismissed. Beating India in their own backyard is always very difficult. Good luck to Oz

Posted by   on (February 14, 2013, 11:56 GMT)

Reading the comments on this site never fails to confound and irritate me. I see so many people calling for Khawaja. I swear I am the only person alive who sees him for what he is - a failure. I understand perfectly that he has one of the better FC records in Australian domestic cricket (with a measley 43 average), however he is a perennial choker playing for his country. He has walked to the crease 14 times representing Australia and averages 19.7. I keep hearing "he needs a fair go!". He has had MUCH MORE of a fair go than the vast majority of people who come into the side and fail consistently. I swear he only has this following because he was branded as "the next Ponting", and people who don't know any better were instantly enamored to him.

Quite frankly, we would be best to choose David Hussey for his experience, not to mention the best statistics in the HISTORY of cricket for an individual never to play a test. Failing Hussey - Voges or Bailey would probably be best.

Posted by   on (February 14, 2013, 8:54 GMT)

Its quite sad to see Rayudu being ignored consistently(over d past 11 years),inspite of performing consistently,guys like murali vijay who had a misrable ranji season got selected based on 1 irani trophy inns. wat a shame!!!

most guyz who played under rayudu's captaincy made their debut ages ago..i jus hope this talented but unlucky cricketer get his due sooner than later.

Posted by   on (February 14, 2013, 8:25 GMT)

@SomeGuy & TheBigBoodha: fair enough, but if Maxwell & Smith aren't likely to play in the Tests, why select them in the first place? Oz are supposed to be playing a *Test* series, not going on a sightseeing tour. Wouldn't a third specialist spinner (O'Keefe) & a dependable specialist middle-order batsman in scintillating form who has the added virtue of significant captaincy experience (Bailey) have been better bets?

And as for going to Madras with three specialist seamers, Lyon & a part-time spinner (as a lot of Aussie posters seem to be suggesting): that's exactly how England came a cropper at Ahmedabad in the first Test. No reason not to go with form & give Mo his head at Seven as a third seamer (with Wade at Six, a position he's already proved he can occupy with some panache), but whichever way you spin it (forgive the dreadful pun), you're *still* going to have to go in with two specialist spinners: as Doherty's such a no-show, best press the panic button & go with Agar.

Posted by   on (February 14, 2013, 7:55 GMT)

I for one take immense privilege in having known Rayudu personally and having batted with him on a couple of occasions as well. He has the technique to survive a lethal bowling attack. Control over his mind would be his only challenge and he seems to be doing that really well at the moment. Picking a guy who's doing the right things will not only help India find a new long-stay but they'll start forming the next fantastic four real soon with the likes of Pujara and Kohli making meaningful contributions. Rayudu should have been picked for the upcoming Australia series. I hope the selectors don't wait too long.

Posted by SherjilIslam on (February 14, 2013, 7:51 GMT)

I as an Indian fan would be delighted to see both Lyon and Doherty in playing XI in addition to the so called "big show maxwell".But that is highly improbable. 9 out of 10 times India will play spin better than pace.The Swan-Monty disaster doesn't happen daily and i believe it was a one-off affair. Can't wait for the feb -22.

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (February 14, 2013, 7:35 GMT)

@meety The same amount that australia won in England last year LOL ( whatever that means)

Posted by SpadeaSpade on (February 14, 2013, 7:33 GMT)

Watson , Warner , Hughes ,Khawaja ,Clarke ,(Maxwel/Smith/Hneriques/Johnson) Wade , Siddle , Starc , Pattinson , Lyon.

Picking the 6 & 7 is the tough part a batting alrounder would probably be best option and looking at the above you can make a case for all of them, On Paper johnson may look the weakest batsmen but runs don;t lie and he has a fair test Avg to go with a couple of match winning innings. I think Siddle , Starc , Pattinson is our best bowling line-up , but i would like to see Johnson as the alrounder 3rd change bowler. I think that position really suits his game and it means the Capt doesn;t have to worry about him not bowling consistently through the whole test matc/Series. I've been very critical Of Johnson's inability to control the ball , But facts remain he had a really good summer and he is the leading test wicket taker for Australia. Plus that Bolwing attack looks really good for the ashes.

Posted by Someguy on (February 14, 2013, 7:27 GMT)

@Michael_Sheridon - I tend to agree with you re: why would you play Doherty and leave out a top class quick, but I think it will depend a lot who will be the second spinner if he doesn't play. That may come down to how many overs Clarke is able to bowl, because I don't think that Maxwell really offers anything that they can't get out of Lyon. At least Doherty offers the variety of being a leftie.

Posted by Dashgar on (February 14, 2013, 6:19 GMT)

@Ross_Hambling, I think Maxwell was more picked on his performances vs South Africa and Sri Lanka in tour games. He scored a number of half centuries and bowled well. He was being considered for this squad well before the ODIs this year. He was even in the squad for the Sydney test. Sometimes you can take a chance on a mercurial player, the fans were furious when Gilly was first brought in for Healy, but they soon forgave the selectors. Maxwell is another who has the ability to take games away from the opposition and he has done so in all formats of the game, not just limited overs.

Posted by Edwards_Anderson on (February 14, 2013, 5:27 GMT)

@Matth good points mate, but i think given the first pitch in Chennai may have some swing and pace we may end up going for 3 fast bowlers plus a seaming allrounder.

Posted by SlipsGlance on (February 14, 2013, 5:22 GMT)

Interesting that the Aus spinners collectively went for >5 per over, while the seamers went for <2 per over. Do you think the Indian guys were instructed to go after the tweakers and try to dent their confidence?

Posted by SlipsGlance on (February 14, 2013, 5:19 GMT)

I can't understand the bad press for Lyon. Supposedly he bowls slow darts (???) that don't turn. Yet he's taken 60 wickets at 32 against SL, SA, NZ, WI and India. If you'd asked the selectors two years ago if they'd take a new young spinner with those figures in his first 19 Tests, they would have said, "Sounds great, where is he?"

His weakness has been an inability to run through the opposition on the last day. But I think that will come with time and experience.

Speaking of young spinners, it was surprising but pleasing to see Agar get some overs and bowl quite well from the sound of it. Someone must think he's a strong prospect to send him to India as a net bowler. Have we ever done that before? He's been great for WA so far in his brief (3 weeks!) career:

Well done Parvez Rassol. Looks like a young guy with bags of talent and a good attitude. Let's hope we see more of him soon.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (February 14, 2013, 5:16 GMT)

Kunal ; Read the report on the first day they covered Rassol 7 wickets comprehensive. Matth; Hit the nail on the head, the all-rounder is going to depend on the make-up of the 4 person bowling attack. If its two quicks and 2 spinners it will be Henriques playing. But if its 3 quicks and a spinner well then I have no idea who will play. Dont htink this game gave the AUstralian selectors as to the make-up of the team. They hae no idea who to pick if they go three quicks, let alone 2 quicks and hopefully the next game will give a better indication as to the make up of the test side.

Posted by hycIass on (February 14, 2013, 4:59 GMT)

Michael Sheridon good points and yes i agree with your team. Henriques has had a statistically very good season based on a big ton and some not outs, and chipping in with one or two wickets consistently. Whether that means he's turned the corner from being promising (as he has been for years) to the finished article, who knows - too early to tell for mine - but I do fear he's still not one thing or the other when it comes to test cricket. Khawaja is another one who has huge potential but deserves a proper chance at test level and there are positive signs based on Arthur and Clarke's comments in the past few days for him. I am not convinced with Cowan and would still like Watson and Warner to open but lets see who scores most in the second warm up game.

Posted by KhanMitch on (February 14, 2013, 3:06 GMT)

@Beertjie i like your team, i would also have Watson, Warner, Hughes, Clarke, Khawaja, Wade, Henriques, Siddle, Starc, Lyon and Bird. Given the first game is in Chenai expect a bit of movement and swing so Henriques and 3 fast bowlers is the way to go and guys such as Khawaja and Watson who are very good players of the swinging bowl will be valuable. I would still like to go with 6 specialist batsman with our part timers bowling the rest of the overs but that won't happen. Hopefully we learn before the ashes that we need 6 specialist batsman and not Wade at 6 because our issue has been top order collapses that won't magically go away in the ashes.

Posted by KhanMitch on (February 14, 2013, 2:33 GMT)

Key point that some folks are missing is that pick test players based on shield performance, which is why the likes of Hughes and Khawaja are the best young prospects as they ahve done the hard yards in shield. The issue we are having is that people see a player get 1 ODI century or a single good bowling perfomance in a ODI or T20 game and thnk that person is ready for test cricket and it doesn't work that way. Maxwell is a perfect example of that and we will learn that the hard way hopefully before the ashes rolls around. Moses has at least some descent returns in shield which is why i would rank him above Maxwell. My team for the first test which hopefully will come through after the second warm up game woudl be Watson Warner Hughes Khawaja Clarke Henriquez Wade Siddle Patterson (or Starc) Bird Lyon (or Starc) Starc, Lyon or Patterson (12th).

Posted by Matth on (February 14, 2013, 2:20 GMT)

Lewis_Edwards. I agree that Henriques will probably be better value than Maxwell. But whether he gets picked is more a function of how well Doherty bowls in the next warm up game. If Doherty is out of contention for the side, than Australia will play three seamers plus Lyon. If that is the case they will go for Maxwell over Henriques or leave them both out in favour of playing 6 specialist batsmen. So Heriques should be taking Doherty out to the nets every chance he gets!

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (February 14, 2013, 1:26 GMT)

@Si Baker, you should consider a career in politics. So you added Steve Smith's figures in there and concluded that all is doom and gloom for the spinners. Actually, they did well, all up. 4/89, to be exact, leaving out Smith and Agar, who are not going to bowl in any test on this tour. They got 3/6 top order batsmen. But don't let these facts stop you from whining. Oh, and all the 3 specialist batsmen and Wade got good time in the middle and had decent knocks. Hardly what I'd call a disaster.

Posted by   on (February 14, 2013, 0:55 GMT)

Where is the mention of Rassol who took 7 wickets - which is total of what both Henriques and Lyon took.

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (February 14, 2013, 0:49 GMT)

Happily surprised to see Henriques get some wickets, which will do his test chances no harm. 4 wickets for less than 20 is a very good result in a FC game, albeit the 2 day warm up variety. Disappointing that Doherty didn't get a chance to ply his trade as well, but overall a good warm up match with many positives.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (February 14, 2013, 0:03 GMT)

Manu Vargese; Your kidding arent you? If there are so many good spinners in India that would keep Lyon out of a game then why is Ashwin in the Indian side. Both Lyon and Ashwin have played similar tests with similar averages. However Ashwin has played games on the spin friendly Indian decks whilst Lyon has toiled away on the unforgiving spinners graveyards of Australian decks. To me its clear who is the best bowler out of the two.

Posted by Meety on (February 13, 2013, 23:37 GMT)

@ landl47 on (February 13, 2013, 13:36 GMT) - no idea about why it was a 2-day game other than the fact that it was fairly pointless fixture to key elements of the squad only ariving during the match. Agar was always going to play this game as there was nobody else to play (they only had 11 players)! I think Agar is a talent, but it is a bit ordianry that a kid with less than a months top flight cricket is playing for an Oz XI! @RednWhiteArmy on (February 13, 2013, 13:23 GMT) - how many games have the Lions won on their tour of Ozzy 4th grade sides? ZERO! LOL! @ Mitty2 on (February 13, 2013, 20:43 GMT) - I saw on TV some of Swann's spells during the India series, he bowleed brilliantly. The Panesar/Swann show is a DOUBLE-ACT, take one away & they are far less effective. Yadav bowled better than Anderson in the 1st Test (injuured thereafter). Make no mistakes Swann contributed just as much as Panesar, anybody says anything else is playing favourites (IMO).

Posted by Someguy on (February 13, 2013, 23:24 GMT)

I'm not really convinced that Doherty is the 2nd best spin option in Aus, would much rather see Okeefe, but he seems to be out of favour.

but they really need to go in with 2 specialist spinners, 2 quicks - I would bracket them as (Siddle/Pattinson/Bird) and (Starc/Johnson), and Henriques as the allrounder. If Doherty proves useless after a couple of tests, replace him with another quick and hope they can get some useful overs out of Clarke (who is probably a better bowler than Doherty anyway, just can't bowl a lot of overs because of his back) and Warner.

I'd be inclined to go with Bird, because I think while Siddle is a good/reliable bowler who can bowl a lot of overs, he struggles a bit on wickets that aren't offering anything. Pattinson also I think needs a quicker, bouncier wicket than he will get in India, but Bird bowls that line and length like McGrath that works on any wicket. And Starc ahead of Johnson. This wont happen though because they lack experience.

Posted by PFEL on (February 13, 2013, 22:17 GMT)

Should call this game a "win" for Australia. You're never going to get 2 innings a side in a 2 day match. Also a promising first hit up for most of Aus' back up players, they should improve greatly for the Tests.

Posted by dunger.bob on (February 13, 2013, 22:09 GMT)

A useful hitout for most of the Aussies. I imagine they will be picking their way very carefully since most are newbies to Indian conditions. Good to see Cowan make some runs. There's something about his technique that tells me he could be successful in India. Re. Lyon. He's young (24/25) and has only been bowling for a couple of years. He has the potential to improve dramatically in the next few years and may not be the joke most non-Aussies think he is. .. @ Si Baker re the no sympathy angle. .. I think you will find that CA has certain contractual obligations with TV and the ground Trusts. They are obliged to provide a certain number of matches every season (weather permitting). I reckon they would have preferred to do what you said but you've gotta do what you've gotta do. .. @ Jose Puliampatta : Well spotted, but the really big question on the tips of every ones lips is : Will we ever see a scorecard that reads - Swann, caught Finch, bowled Bird. ..

Posted by StarveTheLizard on (February 13, 2013, 22:05 GMT)

Thanks for the info Rajat. Most appreciated.

Posted by Someguy on (February 13, 2013, 21:26 GMT)

@ Si Baker - you don't seem to realise that Maxwell is not really likely to play, Smith is a backup batsman, not there as an allrounder (he has hardly bowled at all this year), and Doherty, the most likely 2nd spinner, didn't play.

I wouldn't be taking too much out of this game, only Wade and Lyon are definate starters in the test matches. Wade batted at 3 instead of 7, so that doesn't mean much and Lyon bowled well and took 3/69.

Posted by pat_one_back on (February 13, 2013, 20:44 GMT)

Impressive return from Henriques and tidy for Lyon too. Bag Lyon all you like his results continue to speak for themselves. Pleasing to hear the Aussies found some reverse, this has been a big difference between Aust and Indian quicks on recent tours, good signs from the tour match, solid start to the tour. If Henriques gets another hit out and can show he's good for a few then I guess Doherty's a strong chance, 2 spinners sure bu pity were not talking Lyon/O'Keefe. One thing you can say for Lyon is that he doesn't generally get milked, I think Doherty will be lucky to hold up an end, hopefully he can surprise us. Encouraging start for Bird in India too!

Posted by Mitty2 on (February 13, 2013, 20:43 GMT)

Sorry @samroy confused two of henriques' wickets for lyon's. Rookie haha

But what I said about swann was sarcasm, swann's no where near the likes of ajmal, even herath (based on wickets last year). Panesar was the difference in the series imo, it can't be a coincidence that they started winning when panesar was playing.

But we all know how the Aussies treated panesar whenever he was playing in the ashes.

On the fast bowling note, even though it's our strength and we have unquestionable depth in it, only two seamers should be selected + henriques and the two spinners. I can't imagine the types of bowlers in pattinson and siddle, bowling well all though siddle can get swing here and then, he has poor record in India, and pattinson's the type of bowler to only prosper in SA and aus wickets.

Starc can swing it both ways, and has, and will get reverse. Bird occasionally got some in the SL series, but regardless, he'd be the perfect accomplice to starc like he was to johno in Melbourne.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 20:09 GMT)

ambati rayudu is the most consistent batsmen in last 3 IPL seasons and his performances are also very good in last 2 ranji seasons ,i think if rayudu was from chennai or mumbai he would have already become a regular member in indian cricket team ,krishnamachari srikanth has brought sourab tiwary ,abhinav mukund, murali vijay, badrinath into the indian team all of them failed but he never gave a chance for rayudu , the new selection panel is somewat favourable to him

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 19:34 GMT)

Not sure why the selectors always ignore people from Andhra & Orissa. I agree they are inconsistent but chances must be given to Rayudu instead of Rohit Sharma.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 19:11 GMT)

Lyon an attacking spinner? really? The guy would struggle to even make it to a decent club side in India.. The only way he'll get wickets is if our batsman get bored and fall off to sleep when he is bowling..

Posted by Playfair on (February 13, 2013, 17:54 GMT)

The door has to open for Rayudu. The lad deserves a chance at international level. He has been very consistent at the domestic level

Posted by RK.Chandru on (February 13, 2013, 17:51 GMT)

Chepauk pitch has changed a lot over the years and is unpredictable. The home team (TN) couldn't have any home advantage last season and hence, did very poor in the Ranji. India too of late, hasn't done well. The pitch sure is not aiding spinners nowadays. 3 pacers plus Ojha and Jadeja turning his arm around will be a good option. I doubt if Ashwin is really working on his bowling now and if he's desperate to do well as a bowler; if we got the alarm bells (poor performance as a bowler of late) and is finding ways to retain his place. Right now his confidence must be very low and should have hit the nadir.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 17:39 GMT)

@SamRoy I totally agree with you. Wow for the first time someone seems to have spelled it out right. Why keep chances to people who have been failing again and again. Why not move on to different players. Well Rahane might be a start and rayudu, sharma might still get their chance hopefully. Dhoni hopefully will be dropped from captaincy after this series for test and odi. Hopefully selectors will see some sense and try people who might fail but have good technique and temperament rather playing people who might succeed in short format but have neither the technique nor temperament to succeed in longer format. Raina might have scored heavily in ODI but none of his innings was chanceless and he always got out at the wrong time which is not a good sign for a batsman that he always gets out in 40th over and doesn't last till the end even with only tail to keep him company. But probably as usual our selectors won't learn as evident from their selecting Harbhajan Singh again. How silly

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 17:33 GMT)

Ominous signs here for Oz: while their Test squad spinners went for a combined total of 123 in 21 overs (i.e. at very nearly six an over), Rassol was in amongst their batsmen like a starving polecat in a chicken coop. If the Indian selectors have any sense they'll parachute him into their Test squad ASAP, as he's already given them a 1-0 lead in the psychological war.

No sympathy at all for Oz, I'm afraid: this is what happens when your cricket board not only puts bucks ahead of valuable acclimatisation time by scheduling a totally pointless, energy-sapping & potentially injury-inducing 5-match ODI series that, unbelievably, actually *overlaps* with a vitally important Test series in alien conditions, but also leaves behind its best spinner - Steve O'Keefe (also a handy lower order bat) - in favour of a couple of fringe ODI part-timers & a guy (Doherty) with a first-class bowling average of 45. Dear, oh dear.

Posted by Mr_Ronan on (February 13, 2013, 17:23 GMT)

Very handy result for Australia. Cowan, Wade and Khawaja all got valuable time in the middle, the quicks did very well, Henriques confirmed he has the ability to be a very good 5th bowler, and Lyon took some key wickets. Lyon may have been expensive but he made breakthroughs...any team would be delighted with 3 for 69 from their spinner REGARDLESS of economy rate. He is an attacking tweaker playing against batsmen who grow up playing spin so he was never going to be a run-saving option. His sole job will be to get wickets. Hopefully this match will convince the selectors to end their love affair with Maxwell and wait until his performances match his promise before handing him a baggy green. On form, Henriques deserves to bat at 6 in the first Test, with Siddle, Starc and Pattinson the other bowlers.

Posted by Vishal63 on (February 13, 2013, 17:17 GMT)

Overall, these practice games make no difference to both sides. India now know that Australia have a few tricks up their sleeve whilst Australia are already getting used to the Sub-Continent pitches. Another plus point for Australia is that they have already got to test more than half of their squad and since they aren't entitled to stick with the same eleven, we could easily see a few changes for the next practice match. India have a lot to think about for the selection of the third test match. The squad for the first two tests doesn't look all that impressive. We shall probably see Murali Vijay making way for Wasim Jaffer and Ashok Dinda making way for Sreesanth.

Posted by CoolCharlie on (February 13, 2013, 16:55 GMT)

@ Stranded_Immigrant : This side has got some decent bats men in mukund , Patel , Rayudu and Uthappa. All other names are unknown to me . You can call this a Ind B team. I m not following match so hard to tell how Oz ballers have fared. but this line up does have a few decent batsmen . Some of the names are unknown to me. Rayudu is good but inconsistent, Patel is exxperienced , Mukund is new decent opener , one of the best in domestic circuit in India. while Uthapa is a 'talent gone waste' case. He will give you flashes of talent . but no more than that.Period.

Posted by Beertjie on (February 13, 2013, 15:07 GMT)

Gotto agree with your prediction@John Ide on (February 13, 2013, 13:45 GMT) Before a ball is bowled how can we win with these spinners? But if the management is savvy (which btw they are not), they would prefer to keep things quiet relying on Bird and Henriques to trying to unsettle the Indians with short balls, etc. So agree with you @Zach Breen on (February 13, 2013, 14:25 GMT) about Bird. Given the likely conditions at Chepauk and Hyderabad both Lyon and Doherty should play, but not if Doherty is useless against India A. My team atm: Warner/Cowan, Watson, Hughes, Clarke, Khawaja, Wade, Henriques, Siddle, Starc/Doherty, Lyon, Bird. Johnson and Pattinson should be kept for Mohali (3rd test) where the bounce will help them, esp. if they get reverse swing. Maxwell and Smith are disasters-in-waiting.

Posted by StarveTheLizard on (February 13, 2013, 14:50 GMT)

One of the trolls claimed that this was a spinners deck. I wouldn't be so sure. The Australian FM's seemed to like it a lot. Only one Indian spinner thrived on it. I'm also don't understand why Lyon is copping any ridicule. He was the 3rd-best wicket taker in the match.

Posted by SamRoy on (February 13, 2013, 14:45 GMT)

@JohnIde Well I am an Indian and though I support my Indian team, I can't say beforehand that India will win the series. There are many important reasons for that. First, incompetent test captain. I like Dhoni in everything apart from his test captaincy. He has been a very poor defensive test captain. Clarke is an outstanding test captain. Secondly, we have a bunch of bad selectors. These guys don't know much about cricket and repeatedly make several selection blunders. Currently Rayudu and Rohit Sharma are the third and fourth best batsman in the country (after Pujara and Kohli) and they are not even near the test team. These guys kept giving chances to Yuvraj and Raina and those two kept continuously failing. Though India are slight favourites for this series, I won't be surprised if Australia won the series 2-1! (I said before the England series as well: Probable results are India 3-0, India 2-0, India 2-1, 1-1, or England 2-1) in that 4 match series.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 14:34 GMT)

All of us know that Pigeon is a bird. But didn't know that Bird is a Pigeon. After "Mcgrath the Pigeon", Oz needed one! ONE run an over!! WOW !!

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 14:25 GMT)

people who say Lyon doesn't spin the ball clearly don't look at the revolutions he puts on the ball or the flight paths his deliveries take. He will be dangerous in India because of this, as they will be looking to attack him and he will consistently get mishits or stumpings.

Cowan proved in this match with a fighting 58 that his odd couple pairing with Warner should continue. Watson should bat 4, move Wade up one... we need someone to turn the ball away from the bat, but not really sure which one of Smith or Doherty are the better choice, given that both have quite mid range first class averages.

Bird should definitely be in the bowling line up, his style will be perfect for India.

Posted by TM on (February 13, 2013, 14:21 GMT)

rasool should get a cahnce for india A but i am interested to see Jiwanjot Singh playing agains the aussie attack

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

Jackson Bird and Moises Henrick's figures were unbelievable. For Bird 10 over for 10 runs says that no batsman could handle him. Henricks was almost as economical but got 3 wickets. I don't know if either will get a run in the test matches but both are a good option if Patterson, Starc and Johnston get carted all around the place on dead pitches. There are also questions for Australia's batting. My Aussie team is: Watson, Warner, Hughes, Clarke, Kawahja, Wade, Henricks, Patterson, Siddle, Lyon. The last place is either Maxwell (who would strengthen the batting and fielding also) or Doherty whose spin capability in Australia is seen more as throwing darts in short form games to sloggers. Both average 2 wickets per 1st class match which doesn't really inspire me with confidence, so on that basis I would go for Maxwell. As for India, I see so many really good players that I'm amazed they are so soft in their test team. However sadly I predict 2-0 to India.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (February 13, 2013, 13:41 GMT)

Agree with @SK5983 - Please add Rayudu and Rasool for India A match, so they can get one more chance to showcase there talent if they come good there too, add them to squad. The following 4 non-performers should be thrown out of the Indian squad - Sehwag, Tendulkar, Ishant Sharma, and Bhajji. These deadwood are still in the team based on something they did 5 or 10 years ago!!

Posted by Sunil_Batra on (February 13, 2013, 13:39 GMT)

@lewis its a shame the batting horizon is not clearer but it also makes the batting results in the second warm up game very interesting. Arthur said in an interview today that the makeup of the batting lineup is still in the air with the openers still to be decided so Watson and Cowan will fight it out in the second warm up game. He also talked up Khawaja's chances to come in for the first test but a good score from him will help his case alot. Henriques did his chances no harm whereas Maxwell went down the pecking order. My gut feel is that both Watson and Khawaja will be playing in the first test but it will really depend on how these guys go in Saturday's match. And what about Ashton Agar, looks like a very good talent, one to watch out for in the coming years.

Posted by landl47 on (February 13, 2013, 13:36 GMT)

Well, I guess that was useful practise for some of the Aussie squad. However, I'm a bit bemused that Agar, who was supposed to be there as a net bowler, was given twice as many overs as Maxwell, who was picked as the spinning allrounder.

And why was this game only two days? Did the Indian players have some more important game they had to rush away to play in? I would have thought, given that quite a useful side of young players was on show for India, that the Indian selectors might have wanted to give them a decent chance to show what they've got, instead of the inevitable one-innings-a-side draw.

Posted by StarveTheLizard on (February 13, 2013, 13:33 GMT)

I don't know too much about the Indian players here. Could anybody who does tell me how well Henriques and Lyon really bowled? Did they have a creditable performance against a very good side?

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 13:24 GMT)

Nice warm up for Australia. Lyon will surprise in India, I have no doubt. I'm tipping Mathew Wade whose first century was on the slow west indian pitches to be the standout batsman for oz and to stem the tide of middle order collapses; Which I'm sure there will be plenty of (unfortunately). Am worried about Clarkes good form and whether it can be sustained through his injury niggles and sense that a significant contribution will be required from one of our newer top order additions (Cowan or Khawaja). Warner could be a huge loss if he were to miss the first test.

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

Lyon going at over 5 runs per over on a spinners deck, against a bunch of unknowns? What a superstar hahaaa

Posted by Atifkhan3489 on (February 13, 2013, 13:21 GMT)

Please don't call nathan lyon a spinner.he is just slow bowler.i should request espn cric info that they should correct his bowling strategy.he should b right arm slow not off break.

Posted by SamRoy on (February 13, 2013, 12:50 GMT)

@Mitty2 He got Uthappa and Jadhav's wickets (Shami is a bowler who can't bat) and neither average above 50 in first class. In fact both average barely 40. But I agree with you that Lyon is a decent spinner. Not good, but decent. Anyway, Swann after the first innings of first test in India mostly got tailender's wickets (It was Monty and Anderson who did the damage with the top order) in the rest of the series. He is a very good bowler but not even the second best spinner in the world today. Best is Ajmal (even though he might get some thrashings in SA), next is Herath. Swann is the third best.

Posted by Edwards_Anderson on (February 13, 2013, 12:43 GMT)

From an Australian perspective the outlook of our batting lineup is still undecided. Watson will get to open with Cowan on Saturday(given Warner is still recovering) and it will be a shoot of between them both for the first test to see who opens. Khawaja can equally get a spot at 4 or 6 with a big showing in the second warm up and deserves his chance as he is the most logical replacement for Mike Hussey on a like to like basis. Henriques showed today that he is a better allrounder then Maxwell and should get the node ahead of Maxwell if we go for an allrounder. We could be without Warner and Clarke for the saturday match.

Posted by lonewarriorram on (February 13, 2013, 12:39 GMT)

When others failed Rayudu stood out. He must be in the squad atleast if not in playing 11. Badri is already wasted and Rayudu should not be the second. This innings again proves that he is similar to VVS mold. Definitely one of the batsman to be watched in future.

Posted by Flash007 on (February 13, 2013, 12:38 GMT)

For God's sake, someone give a chance to Rayudu...The guy is talented with a good technique, consistent & denied opportunity for long...He shall be a vry good Test bat in middle order.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (February 13, 2013, 12:31 GMT)

Please add Rayudu and Rasool for India A match, so they can get one more chance to showcase there talent if they come good there too, add them to squad. My India A Xi will be Gautam Gambhir, Ajinkya Rahane, Manoj Tiwary, Rohit Sharma, Ambayati Rayudu, Abhishek Nayar, CM Gautham, Parvez Rasool, Jalaj Saxena, Dhawal Kulkarni, Manpreet Gony.

Posted by Dashgar on (February 13, 2013, 12:30 GMT)

Good to see Lyon get a few wickets and a lot of overs. He'll be a key man this series. Also good to read Wade took a catch off his bowling. Hopefully he's looked into those issues he's had and is ready for a great tour with the gloves.

Posted by Jayzuz on (February 13, 2013, 12:28 GMT)

It's just a hit-out, but better to win on an innings basis than to lose.

Posted by SherjilIslam on (February 13, 2013, 12:22 GMT)

Not reading too much into this game....but surely Raidu and Rasool deserves a chance if things doesn't work well with current set-up for the first two tests.

Posted by Paddy789 on (February 13, 2013, 12:21 GMT)

The ICL involvemnt put a lock on his international prospects forever ? will he ever get a chance to play for INDIA ?

Posted by Mitty2 on (February 13, 2013, 12:21 GMT)

inb4 FFL: WHAT? lyon got wickets? he's not even half the 'long established world's biggest turner of the ball' in graeme swann, he's a seamer who just bowls darts (even though he bowls slower than swann) and doesn't even turn the ball, the three wickets he got were due to the incompetence of the batters he got out (two of them average higher than 50).

i said before this series that nath was going to suprise a few. His bowling in SL and the now similar pitches of the windies was very good, and yes, he actually turned the ball. i wouldn't be suprised to see the commended performances of swann and panesar to be put into context a little, because of lyon displaying his ever improving bowling against a collectively mediocre batting line up.

ive changed my mind. without watson's bowling, henriques is a must in india. He's economical and will reverse swing it, and takes to that much needed 5th bowler. His batting will hopefully improve. bowlers: henriques, doherty, lyon, starc and siddle

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 12:17 GMT)

The purpose of the match is served for both the teams,I reckon. The Australians had their batting practice and indians can take solace in the fact that they have found a new bowling prospect in Rasool who can also bat a bit.Ambati Rayudu once again proved that he is ready to take up the responsibilities in the middle order.Hope wisdom will prevail when the selectors sit next time.

Posted by SamRoy on (February 13, 2013, 12:17 GMT)

Very, very happy with what happened. Non-talented, non-performers who keep getting chances like Stuart Binny failed and really talented cricketers like Rayudu (who I have said before is the third best batsman in the country after Pujara and Kohli) and Rasool make a very big mark.

Posted by Ranta on (February 13, 2013, 12:04 GMT)

Ok let me say it again. Does Indian cricket go by numbers only. Or by character shown by a cricketer under tough conditions. And if latter is the case this man Rayudu should be made use of. I have not seen anyone score runs under pressure as he has. Its one thing scoring big runs when there is no pressure. It takes some mental toughness to score under pressure on demanding wickets. Shows your character. To do it again and again talks big deal about your class & temperament. Give this lad a chance in tests. He is ready now.

Posted by muthu4664 on (February 13, 2013, 12:01 GMT)

Rayadu should play at No.6 in Indian test team.I am not telling bcas of this knock alone.He have done consistently well in the past 2 years. But knowing Indian cricket it is unlikely to happen.

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