India v Australia, 1st Test, Chennai, 1st day

Clarke helps Australia edge spin test

The Report by Daniel Brettig

February 22, 2013

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Australia 316 for 7 (Clarke 103*, Henriques 68, Ashwin 6-88) v India
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Michael Clarke celebrates his century off the final over of the day, India v Australia, 1st Test, Chennai, 1st day, February 22, 2013
Michael Clarke began his tour of India with a century in Chennai © BCCI
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Not a single observer on the opening day of India's series against Australia was surprised by the sight of Michael Clarke conjuring his side's spinal innings. And not one of them would have been game to predict that Clarke's partner for a rousing stand of 151, after some major early stutters on a parched pitch, would be the debutant Moises Henriques.

Arriving at the wicket soon after lunch, his team floundering at 153 for 5, Henriques showed enormous composure and exemplary technique to construct a supporting innings in the company of his captain, fulfilling the potential first evident when he starred for Australia's Under-19 World Cup team when only 16 years old a decade ago. Clarke's century, which took him past Sir Donald Bradman on the nation's list of Test aggregates, was less of a surprise but no less an achievement, his pacing and poise only briefly interrupted at a critical moment shortly before tea.

India's outstanding bowler R Ashwin appealed vehemently for a bat-pad catch, and replays showed a fat inside edge. Seldom have India cursed the lack of DRS given their opposition to its vagaries, but they were left to gnash their teeth this time. A wicket then would have opened up Australia's tail to a ball that was reverse swinging and spinning. Instead Clarke and Henriques were not separated until the final half-hour, the allrounder missing a sweep at Ashwin before Ravindra Jadeja skidded one past Mitchell Starc.

Clarke had showed rare glee at winning the toss on a surface more clay court than cricket pitch, and the visitors made a rapid start before stuttering twice. First when Ed Cowan's intemperate charge down the wicket was followed by the swift exit of a vulnerable Phillip Hughes, and again when Shane Watson, David Warner and Matthew Wade fell swiftly after lunch.

Smart stats

  • Michael Clarke's hundred takes him to joint-second position on the list of Australian batsmen with the most centuries against India. Ricky Ponting is on top with eight centuries.
  • Since the beginning of the series in South Africa in 2011, Clarke has scored 2136 runs in 18 Tests at an average of 82.15. His prolific run has included eight centuries (two away).
  • Among Test captains who have played at least 20 matches, Clarke's average of 72.57 is the second-highest after Don Bradman's 101.51. In 37 innings as captain, Clarke has scored nine centuries and five half-centuries.
  • Clarke's average is his highest since the end of his sixth Test when he averaged 60.88. The century is his sixth against India and the third in last four Tests against India.
  • R Ashwin picked up each of the first six wickets to fall on the first day. The five-wicket haul is his first against Australia and sixth overall. All six five-fors have come in home Tests.
  • Chennai holds the record for the most five-fors picked up by spinners in the first innings in Tests since 1970. Galle is second, with seven five-fors.
  • The century stand between Clarke and Moises Henriques is the third-highest stand for the sixth wicket for Australia in Tests in India. The highest sixth-wicket stand for Australia in India is 197 between Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden in Mumbai in 2001.
  • Henriques' 68 is the sixth-highest score by an Australian No. 7 batsman on Test debut. The highest is 108 by Greg Chappell against England in Perth in 1970.

Ashwin gained spin, dip and bounce while harvesting six wickets, but the rest tended to pitch too short and gave the Australians room to manoeuvre the ball around the MA Chidambaram Stadium. Ishant Sharma and the debutant Bhuvneshwar Kumar appeared peripheral members of the attack; the omitted Pragyan Ojha can feel justly aggrieved.

Cowan and Warner made a cheery start, swatting the ball around with ease against Kumar and Ishant. Warner was the scratchier of the two, having batted properly in the nets for only a few days before the match due to his rehab from a fractured thumb. Twice Ashwin beat Warner outside off stump, first drawing an edge that an incredulous Virender Sehwag contrived to spill at slip, then creating a difficult stumping chance that MS Dhoni failed to complete due to the bounce extracted.

Meanwhile Cowan looked serene, so much so that he advanced to loft Harbhajan down the ground for only the second six of his 14-Test career. If that stroke showed how good Cowan was feeling, his next aggressive measure was to smack of misplaced comfort. Trying to belt another six, he was beaten by Ashwin's greater drop and bounce, and failed to get back to his crease before Dhoni tipped the bails off. On the first morning of the series, it was hard to imagine a more wasteful exit.

Unlike Cowan, Hughes had failed to make a decent score in the warm-up, and his indecisiveness was evident in a stay that featured plenty of shuffling and ended with a horrid, half-hearted cut at Ashwin that dragged the ball onto leg stump. Watson found the middle of the bat from his first ball, and with Warner had formed the foundation of a potentially handsome union by lunch.

However the interval disrupted their rhythm, and moments after resumption Watson was pinned lbw on the crease by a quicker, straighter delivery that skidded. Warner fell in similar fashion, fooled by Ashwin's change in trajectory and struck in front on the back foot when he might have leaned forward.

Wade fought to get himself established but on 12 was too imprecise with placement of bat and pad and was ruled lbw to an offbreak that pitched on middle and straightened. After their rapid start Australia were sinking fast.

Henriques walked to the middle in this dire scenario, but showed the good sense of a maturing cricketer, and the skills of one raised on Sydney's often slow and turning pitches. He helped Clarke in manning the pumps, then setting a steady course, and was not unduly troubled despite the pitch's tendency to offer the odd ball that jumped and fizzed or scuttled through low.

Ashwin was absent for most of this phase, inconvenienced by a jammed finger. His return to the crease should have brought an instant wicket in the shadows of the tea break, as Clarke squeezed off bat and pad to short leg. But the umpire Kumar Dharmasena was deaf to the appeals. Clarke's mastery of body language was apparent, too, holding the bat up and re-marking his guard as though nothing had happened.

Aware of how the afternoon began, Clarke and Henriques did not dally after tea, jumping on India's bowlers with intent. Their attack soon had Dhoni reverting to the timid captaincy and modest field placings he has become increasingly reliant upon in recent times, and the hosts' bowling and fielding lost much of their earlier vim.

Clarke appeared handicapped by a sore right shoulder at times, but was otherwise in control. Henriques, his confidence growing by the ball, did not look like getting out until he aimed a sweep at Ashwin in the 89th over of play, Marais Erasmus handing a line-ball verdict to the hosts. Starc's swift exit provided a reminder of what may have unfolded had the tail been exposed earlier, but Clarke was still there at the close, going to his hundred with a lofted drive. With Henriques' help, he had given Australia a chance.

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Posted by Shan156 on (February 24, 2013, 19:20 GMT)

@Harmony111, I think you are probably thinking that I support the DRS in the current form and all the components like Hawk-Eye or HotSpot. When I say DRS, I am merely referring to reviewing the decisions to a third umpire who could very well use slo-mo replays to go with or reverse the on-field umpire's decisions. This could very well avoid howlers - obvious inside-edges for LBWs, bat nowhere near ball for caught-behinds, etc. Of course, where there is no obvious evidence to reverse the decision of the on-field umpire, the third umpire should go with the on-field decisions. I am only against fan complaining about bad decisions as if there is a conspiracy against their team or something. On-field umpires have to make decisions quickly and they are human after all. It is hard to get decisions correct all the time. If tech. could assist them, then why not? No one is saying the BCCI should accept the DRS in the current form but they could accept some form of DRS.

Posted by Harmony111 on (February 23, 2013, 19:15 GMT)

@Hash_Tag: Lol, I laughed a bit when you asked me the link with this clever fella. The bottom half of your comment shows what is actually wrong with ppl here. That is just what I meant by To D or Not to D. They think in terms of using or not using DRS instead of thinking in terms of How to avoid bad umpiring decisions or better still, How to improve decision quality. If SRT gets out to a shocker, I won't ask for DRS opportunistically, I would ask for slo-mo replays and use Common Sense to make better decisions. To C or Not to C came from this. You should read what Dravid_Gravitas, a few others & I have been saying here about DRS.

Posted by Harmony111 on (February 23, 2013, 17:40 GMT)

@Shan156: My point is, if we were to use slo-mo replays along with some basic common sense, we won't need DRS. Certainly not for the rank bad decisions. As for the really marginal ones, we've seen that DRS does not give any any appreciable improvement in absolute terms and it becomes even less when we see it in the background of its high costs. But like I said earlier, people are now no longer thinking about solving the problem of bad umpiring. They now have been conditioned to think in terms of using or not using DRS. This requires a mindset change. This is a diff paradigm that ought to have been used in the 1st place. Ppl attack BCCI for not using DRS and use all sort of vicious tactics but fail to give a single independent review of DRS and how reliable it is. The vendor says hotspot is 93% accurate and we accept it at face value. How would a simple slo-mo replay compare to it? If it is around 88-90% accurate I'd take it cos it comes for free.

Posted by Harmony111 on (February 23, 2013, 11:56 GMT)

@Skilled90: Who is talking about using DRS components? I talked of using slo mo replays to be used for referrals. Are they a part of DRS? They have bene in place years before DRS was even thought of. And fyi, DRS is not owned by one company. There is no such ownership. The various components of DRS are owned by diff companies and we have options there to choose from diff vendors. For eg Hawk Eye vs Virtual Eye. In any case, who owns what does not matter cos no one owns slo mo replays. The production company has all the technology and rights to make use of such replays and supply ICC with the relevant help for taking decisions.

Posted by GRVJPR on (February 23, 2013, 6:32 GMT)

India has done well restricting Australia to mere 380 given they lost the toss. Most disappointed thing in this math is Kumar Dharmasena umpiring. Some of those decisions weren't required any DRS.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 6:21 GMT)

whoever gave the best umpire award to Dharmasena should be scrapped from the panel for selecting the best. And to think of it. that he comes from S.Lanka where before the neutral umpires came along, all hits on the body of visiting batsmen where LBW's.

Posted by rajattiwaari on (February 23, 2013, 6:03 GMT)

On paper IND have three spinners but on the field there is only one. Harbhajan's bowling was as bad as it could get. Jadeja was bowling better than him. Harbhajan has to make way for Ojha in the next game. Extremely disappointed with bhajji's bowling.

Posted by disco_bob on (February 23, 2013, 5:57 GMT)

To all the Indian supporter who reckon Clarke is 'dishonest' for simply allowing the umpires to do their job, how "honest" is it to appeal for LBW then when not given to appeal for a bat pad catch.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 5:49 GMT)

why bcci alone does not accept DRS . this will lead more loss in the test matches for india

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 5:49 GMT)

"Idon't know why Dhoni is not giving Bhajji a fair chance to bowl? And still that man has been picked above Ojha it is quite surprising that clearly exposed how Dhoni is good in a longer format of the game! And as far has Sehwag approach is concerned standing on slip is too casual and I am totally in a shock to see Sunil gavaskar reading praises for him after 2 simple drops and then a catch held by him.Lets see what would be the approach of our batsman on a pitch that is showi gno assistance for pace bowlers.BY the way I would still feel India is quite favourite in this match as this is the wicket which has been produced according to their taste but still saw Ashwin criticizing it and addressing it "dirty" so my opinion to him is that why not they start preparing the pitch by his own!

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 5:21 GMT)

nearly 360 scored and three wickets in hand and aussiess is going to win this test..pathetic performance by indian bowlers especially from bhajji...why he was included in the team...im sure india cant do well as it can be tough for bating as game progresses..

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 5:10 GMT)

Thank you BCCI for your coverage of Tests Inside India, Thank God its even a wonder that Cricinfo actually has any Info from this Test,

Posted by Ramkishore.. on (February 23, 2013, 5:06 GMT)

Harbhajan got 3 tailender wickets against england

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 5:02 GMT)

Team selection for India has been very baffling. Looks like there is Chennai Super Kings team is playing out there in Chepauk.

Posted by wake_up_india on (February 23, 2013, 4:58 GMT)

Dhoni's captaincy continues to defy logic. The man has no clue on how to run a test match.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 4:47 GMT)

I don't know why MSD is not giving more over's to Harbhajan Singh. Either there is conspiracy going on again him or MSD has changed his complete mindset that Harbhajan singh cannot take wickets any more for India Team. But I am really very unhappy what MSD is doing as far as Harbhajan singh is concern

Posted by realfan on (February 23, 2013, 4:43 GMT)

can sombody please get rid of sehwag in the slips and have young hands in slips....enough of dropping catches and laughing making fun of that......

Posted by Tal_Botvinnik on (February 23, 2013, 4:07 GMT)

The fact that majority of the batsmen are left handers and Ashwin, Harbajan being a Off spin bowler helped. As you see the right handed batsmen scored 63% of the innning's total and that being only 3 batsmen of of 7 batsmen.If Clarke want more success he should pack his side with right handers and ... hope ojha doesn't play. B Haddin would been a better option because of M Wade's weakness against spin and experience playing in India before and in the IPL.On the other side doherty would have been a better option because of the fact there are a lot of right hand batsmen iin the Indian side. Siddle has a awful record in india and Jackson should have been the automatic choice because of his persistence out side off which is a must for seamers touring india.

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Posted by kmgnath on (February 23, 2013, 4:06 GMT)

@Nampally : dude, at the end of the day its the captains team to choose playing 11 and 14 players as well. There is much bigger problem, India has to resolve that for future of indian cricket. In India its more of star dum, sometimes they think they become bigger than the game, that should have been controlled by BCCI or Indian sprots authority. Its not just MSD, many others as well. BCCI should take controle of this situation. Every player should fall into the framework, so that it will be easy to manage them, NOW its like players manage BCCI once they become stars.!! BCCI shound be handled by cricket literates, not a polititions, its bad for the games going forward. @fguy: India has become centre stage for cricketing world, so most of the younger players come to india and practice in India, unofficially, so they know the conditions better even before they start getting into their country sides. IPL is other source as well, most of them know the conditions in India better than indian

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 3:59 GMT)

Nice to see a sort of discussion going on there between fans from both sides instead of the usual cut throat comments. Ashwin bowled well and saved our team and as always Clarke is a master class player.I hope the best team win but also want that team to be India.Best of luck to both the teams.

Posted by Batmanian on (February 23, 2013, 3:36 GMT)

I don't mind people complaining about umpires or umpiring, but don't pretend you don't enjoy the complaining. Part of the pleasure of the game. Probably the BCCI appreciates this and that's why they're against DRS. With the correct Clarke decision, it would likely have been Australia all out of 220-250; I'm sure India will get some howler in their favour, too, though.

Posted by ARad on (February 23, 2013, 2:22 GMT)

I don't get the Indian fans who want Jadeja to be replaced by Ojha. It is not a like for like replacement. Jadeja is an allrounder who has scored a FC triple century and a terrific fielder. The same fans also seem to accuse Dhoni of CSK cronyism. Jadeja has been playing for India (in short formats) before he joined CSK! The selectors appear to think that, given his promise and allround abilities, he could be a long-term servant for Indian cricket. Dhoni is not even a selector and those who justifiably pointed out the conflict of interest between Srikkanth's dual roles with CSK & BCCI can't use that baton to beat anyone anymore but they still persist with conspiracy theories. Remember, Gambhir has been failing for a long time and if Dhoni had wanted to push another CSK player, he could have brought in M Vijay a few series ago. IIRC, Vijay made his Test debut before succeeding with CSK so he has been a prospect for a while. Given his recent FC success, he may deserve a spot.

Posted by Skilled90 on (February 23, 2013, 2:19 GMT)

Nothing against Indian cricket, but the management decision behind not using DRS is that technology used in it is not accurate hence how can it be reliable yes??? but on the occasion a wicket is missed people look at reviews including commentators and players of Indian and cry injustice, thing is they are looking at technology replays, whats the basis of claiming what they see is accurate if they dont believe DRS is accurate, where is the logic in that? :/

Posted by Skilled90 on (February 23, 2013, 2:14 GMT)

@ Harmony111 bro, nothing wrong with your thoughts, just the fact that the whole sytem as a whole is called DRS and one company has the rights to it, so if you are using anything involving the system you are violating a right, hence the fact you can view the decision as much as you like on tv but giving a decision based on the system is violating the rights of the owners of DRS,your example is true but does not apply in the same manner. If you want the system you needs right of DRS. if you are familiar the samsung vs apple, apple has right to the curve it uses in the phone, its simple, i know it and you know it as an everyday thhing, but using it violates rights to patented parties, hencde the whole ordeal. hope you get it.

Posted by skkh on (February 23, 2013, 2:11 GMT)

Ponting was pushed out of the test team by the pen-pushers here in Australia. And Hussey joined him before these experts started their tirade against him. Had we these two on this tough tour of India it would have been a different scenario. As expected Cowan, Hughes, Watson & Wade were all at sea against the mediocre spin of Ashwin and co. At this stage with 7/316 I would say the Indians are in the driver seat. We cannot expect our captain to bail out every time we bat. And the other batsmen cannot be expected to contribute to the score. Henriques despite his inexperience displayed lots of guts and patience. However one would be real optimistic to expect our team to win there. I for one expect a 0-3 drubbing at the hands of Indians.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 2:05 GMT)

Here is my take on the whole situation. My strong belief is that Australia has it's best chance to win a test series in India right now. Although the Aussie batting strength has been decimated by the retirements of the greats, the same has happened to the Indian team and they are rebuilding as well. Tendulkar, I hate to say, should have retired on a high (like Hussey) after his 100th century as he seems to be struggling more and more. The Indian pace attack is feeble; the spinners look average, apart from Ashwin and the occasional brilliant over from another. Harbhajan is unfortunately overrated for his past performances and Ohja should have been included instead. The Aussie batting and spin bowling is mediocre but they have an outstanding pace attack. This pace attack isn't the very poor one of 2 - 3 years ago. They can now move the ball, bowl fast and bowl accurately. If that attack gets any assistance from the pitch at all they will be very, very difficult to play.

Posted by disco_bob on (February 23, 2013, 1:54 GMT)

@Rahulbose on (February 22, 2013, 21:13 GMT) Don't be so sure, after all India has managed to do a lot of damage and they also only have one spinner ;¬)

Posted by playsmart88 on (February 23, 2013, 1:40 GMT)

Ojha should be in the team instead of Bhajji..

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 1:35 GMT)

Replace Bhajji & Bhuvi with Ojha & Rasool. If Bhajji debuted at the age of 17 with just 7 first class matches behind, Rasool also can be blooded in.

Posted by pat_one_back on (February 23, 2013, 1:35 GMT)

Another cracking Captains knock from Clarke, seriously how well is the guy playing, straight into the Test without so much as a sighter, seamlessly adjusting his game from grass to clay. The Aussies were really looking down the barrel at 5 down, well on their way to being rolled out of this game. Scratchy but reasonable starts & partnerships thrown away, change up shots weren't coming off and with no DRS lucky dip to stem momentum, something special was needed. Up steps the debutante Henriques, what a composed innings! Cracking cricket, can't wait for Day 2, evenly poised but someone will have a pressed a clear advantage by lunch.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 1:32 GMT)

@nyc_missile @Nampally. It is not Ojha's omission Vs Ashwin's or Jadeja's inclusion. It is Ojha Vs Bhajji. Hope, at least for the remaining three tests, they replace Bhajji with Ojha, unless Bhajji returns to some 'miraculous' form for the rest of the match. I call it miraculous, since I don't see a high probability of that happening. I it happens, I would be delighted. ( By the way I am not a lacky of CSK. Had been heavily criticizing CSK on many non-cricketing matters, especially the conflict of interest at the very top, and its very serious consequences)

Posted by Meety on (February 23, 2013, 1:31 GMT)

@SherjilIslam on (February 22, 2013, 11:51 GMT) - you have stated your case really well. My only gripe would be that they shave the grass right off the pitch - not the fact that most pitches in India have lower & slower bounce. 100% correct that variety is what makes Test cricket interesting.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 1:24 GMT)

@Rahulbose. It is getting wickets which matters. Not past history. If a bowler earned his spurs in T-20 or gully cricket is immaterial, provided he has developed into a good test match player and bowls well. If he did badly in the immediately preceding series, but corrected his errors and did well now is something which need to be lauded and not derided. Perhaps you may want to switch to reading and writing history, instead of commenting on contemporary cricket. You may perhaps enjoy that more.

Posted by kallis57 on (February 23, 2013, 0:58 GMT)

Funny that there were 4 LBW today and I don't think any of them would have been overturned and yet a big thick inside edge that takes the ball to square leg is missed. Awful decision and completely avoidable with the simplest technology available. Action replay would have taken 3 seconds, in fact Clarke would have walked if DRS had been in action.

Posted by Silverbails on (February 23, 2013, 0:54 GMT)

Another bad day for India in India, particularly with the usual 'sportsmanship' displayed by the Aussie skipper, Clarke, once again. Mind you, to be fair, I suppose that Umpire Dharmasena SHOULD have spotted!! As usual wit this extremely poor indian test side, there was NO DRS to assist!! Surely, it's about TIME to bring in the new-and-improved DRS?? Although NOT perfect, anything that helps the umpires surely MUST be a good thing?? And, it's the SAME for BOTH teams, so surely the swings will eventually equate to the roundabouts..?? Anyway, let's hope for an early closure of the Aussie innings, particularly of the dangerous Clarke, and for a sizeable Indian response, although I'm NOT holding my breath, as usual...

Posted by AhmedEsat on (February 23, 2013, 0:26 GMT)

Good point haq33. why not scrap the players as well. They make so many errors during the match too.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 0:25 GMT)

Harbhajan's selections boggles the imagination and so does Sachin (Rohit), Jadeja (Ohja), Sharma (Ahmed) to start. If Mr. statistician Tendulkar doesn't score more than 200 runs in the series, he should retire on his own. Someone should also tell him that Kallis will be the all-time run scorer and he will have over 300 Test wickets and over 200 catches by the time he retires. Kallis is the true great of our time, not the record hungry Tendulkar. Give the youngsters a chance now and get the likes of Sehwag and Dhoni out of Tests please. What are the BCCI seletors thinking? They should all be fired. Bring Srikkanth back please..!!!!

Posted by maddy20 on (February 23, 2013, 0:13 GMT)

@Warren Smith We got fast and bouncy wickets, you got turning bouncy wickets. Deal with it! Its not a square turner. If it was even Harbhajan would have prospered. If you have come to India expecting flat-tracks or fast bouncy wickets then you got it all wrong. And if you don't like turning wickets , you should have probably stayed home!

Posted by dunger.bob on (February 23, 2013, 0:02 GMT)

Massive day today boys and girls. .. today we find out if the Aussie bowlers will have any impact on a pitch that obviously doesn't suite them. .. this could be the day that defines the series. .. if the Aus. quicks crash and burn, it's going to be a long, long series for us. On the other hand, if they do well then we are in with a chance. ... I normally don't do this, but I feel compelled to say something about the "Holier than thou" attitude shown by some Indian posters. .. Not only is it a ready made excuse it's also extremely misguided and therefore annoying. .. there has only one batsman in my long memory who walked regularly, Adam Gilchrist. .. I've not seen anyone else do it, not even an Indian. .. I often see the phrase "it should be left to the umpires to make the decision". Guess what, that's exactly what Clarke did. .. Nothing more, nothing less. .. Just like 99.98% of all players who have ever played the game. .. I think some people need to take a good hard look at themse

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (February 22, 2013, 23:35 GMT)

@Harmony111: Your argument is redundant as India's complete disregard of consensus on the DRS prohibits them from sitting at the debate table. Everyone agrees Clarke should have walked, it was so obvious he middled it, and with that he has tainted this innings. India have to get him out again though, middle order players like Clarke in this position will punish clumbsy Indian seam bowling.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (February 22, 2013, 23:25 GMT)

Its great to see 2 of World's top batsmen rescuing their team on the same day - Clarke and Amla. This is what great batsmen are made of. Scoring meaningless centuries against Bangladesh and Kenya doesn't make one a great batsman.

Posted by fguy on (February 22, 2013, 23:21 GMT)

please spare us indian fans from the "talented" & "hardworking" & "unlucky" ishant sharma. if after 46 test matches (as long as many bowlers entire career) you still cant pitch the ball in the right area (which someone should tell him is in the batsmen's half not the bowlers') then you shouldnt even be allowed near a school level team. even he must be shocked that he still gets picked!

@TheBigBoodha - Pace from ball one in Australia?!! & sometimes no spin even on the 5th day last session?! Have the Aussies lost all self-respect? Are they really so desperate for a win that they will churn out pitches like this?

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 23:17 GMT)

haq33 makes a very good point. Only tradition is keeping umpires on the field. They have become obsolete. Just save money by having one umpire rather than three. Give this one umpire access to all the slow motion replays and tools that he needs. His decision is final and all arguments cease hereafter.

Posted by Hash_Tag on (February 22, 2013, 23:14 GMT)

@Harmony111 do you even understand your own argument? What has it to do with your neighbour? What is "To C or Not To C" what does this mean? What has it to do with "some clever fellow"...? The fact is my dear that Mr Clarke should be back in the pavilion today very early on with maybe Australia all out for under 300. After today how can you stand there and repeat the "DRS is not perfect" argument??? Well we know one thing - the Umpire today was most certainly not perfect! If Sachin is given out to a howler tomorrow - which is entirely possible given that the Umpire missed the clear bat of Mr Clarke today - if this happens - what will you say then? That we must still stay far away from DRS? And don't claim that I cannot follow a context and don't hide behind calling me names this time. People like you who defend the ridiculous stance of the BCCI against DRS - making us the laughing stock of the cricket world, make my blood boil. Others may be afraid but I am not. What do you say?

Posted by TRAM on (February 22, 2013, 23:08 GMT)

Funny the systematic csk-bashers who were writing against Ashwin till today morning have now started to write on subtle defects that Ashwin needs to over come... Some others have turned to Vijay. Hope he (Vijay) scores well tomorrow. Even if scores a century tomorrow they are going to write like oh well he cant bat in Aus conditions.. (I already saw that after Irani match after Vijay's century). Why cant these people look at players who are not performing for decades such as #1 Ishant #2 Harbajan #3. Sehwag ?? I picked these 3 becuse they are also the WORLD's worst fielders. What is the cost of Sehwag's dropped catch today?? Can a 50 score from Sehwag tomorrow compe nsate for the dropped catch?? I dont think so, because, apart from Warners scoring 40 odd more runs, the dropped catch also removed any pressure that could have been applied on the other end batsmen. Catches win matches. Droppers must be dropped , well, only if you want to win of course.

Posted by line.and.length on (February 22, 2013, 22:59 GMT)

well done Clarke and co, in particular Henriques, keep it up... let's wait to see how Moises bowls, but even if he only bowls good lines and length, then it should make Watson surplus to our needs, and put a proper batsman in the side.... and this pitch, absolutely pathetic. The pitch doesn't have to be an absolute desert for it to be a rank turner, take the pitch in the UAE for example.

Posted by ozziespirit on (February 22, 2013, 22:45 GMT)

clarke is always good against spin, but he should have walked after thick-edging it to the fielder. it looks bad when a captain does things like that, doesn't set a good example and he really should have walked on 39.

Posted by samvarma on (February 22, 2013, 22:45 GMT)

Harbhajan really looks out of touch ! , dont see that fire in him.

Posted by Captain_Oblivious on (February 22, 2013, 22:43 GMT)

This pitch is an absolute disgrace. A good Test wicket should have something for quicks and seamers on Day 1, good for batting on Days 2 and 3, then take spin on Day 4 and 5. When an ordinary bowler like R.Ashwin gets the first five on Day 1, you know the wicket is not up to Test standard.

Posted by othello22 on (February 22, 2013, 22:43 GMT)

So India have noted Australia stacking their side with fast bowlers and in response have prepared a miserable dust-bowl pitch and played three spinners. Sound in theory maybe, but they would do well to remember that Sri Lanka pulled a similar stunt against Australia in Galle a few years ago and it backfired on them spectacularly, just as it did for India against England recently and may very well do here. Have India forgotten this already? What will be their excuse if they lose? They can't very well blame "green seamers" this time around, can they? Aussies aren't the greatest players of spin but they're nowhere near as bad as everyone makes them out to be and Clarke is probably the best in the world at the moment. 400+ will be a match-winning score on this pitch, even 350+ will be very competitive.

Posted by Man.Utd. on (February 22, 2013, 22:21 GMT)

Shame on all you Indian bashers who bash your own team and your own Skipper. When you can't support your own team you don't have any right to criticize too. It's after all a sport. Be sportive enough. Telling things to do this and do that would be easy, but doing it is what really matters. All the folks who dictate what the Skipper should do and who should Lead the team can't do anything else other than bashing everyone here. It's bcoz of people like them the value of sport is degrading. Behave properly when you're on public forum.Just remember that you are just sitting here and player's are the one's who are sweating and battling it out in the center.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 22:16 GMT)

Complaints about umpiring decisions mask the essence of the day's play. India's attack was carried by Ashwin - all others were played easily by all batsmen. If Ashwin had an effective bowling partner at the other end, Australia would have been bowled out for less than 300. That would have had India well ahead in the match. As it stands, the match is up for grabs and tomorrow will be decisive,

Posted by BG4cricket on (February 22, 2013, 22:14 GMT)

This discussion board indicates what a problem the impasse between the ICC & BCCI over DRS as rather than focussing on a very good day of Test cricket, lots of people continue to bang on about the merits (or lack thereof) of the system. Without siding one way or the other it is critical that a consistent position is reached, that being it is either used in all matches (perhaps with some modifications of current methodologies & rules, or it is not used at all.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (February 22, 2013, 22:07 GMT)

Fandecricket - I take exception with your comment. "Aussies showing why they dont play the gentlemans game" -Please tell me who in world cricket would walk? Didnt India appeal for around 30 balls they clearly knew were not out & how is this any different to Clarke not walking. If Watson was given out early on when India appealed for LBW when it hit the middle of the bat would they say thats ungentlemanly please come back. To put this behaviour down to the Australias is absolutely hypocrititcal. The game has umpires for a reason and let those umpires - they make the decisions its not up to the players to decide if they are out or not.

Posted by AK47_pk on (February 22, 2013, 22:04 GMT)

New indian sensation buvi failed badly. Not a test class bowler. Only t20 player.

Posted by AK47_pk on (February 22, 2013, 21:59 GMT)

Australia shud declare now. An inninh defeat for india the way their batting performing from past 3 years.

Posted by tests_the_best on (February 22, 2013, 21:54 GMT)

@Harmony111 "If you live next door to me, would it make sense for me to knock at your door if I wanted to talk to you or should I use a mobile phone technology to call you to open your door cos I was standing out of it? Tell me." That should do it, first day of the first test itself has thrown up a lot of back and forth comments between the fans. Even if the on-field action gets a tad boring over the course of the series, I'm sure this forum is never going to be. lol!

Posted by JG2704 on (February 22, 2013, 21:41 GMT)

As an England fan - and I am an England fan unlike the other guy who always opens with the line - I must say that Michael Clarke is absolutely immense. Since becoming captain he has thrived on responsibility and his batting has gone from strength to strength. He plays tough aggressive cricket but seems to be a gentleman off the field. Is there anything not to like about the guy? One of my English posters on here said that Cook trumps Clarke because Clarke hides down the order. There could be some truth in it if Clarke was coming in after a strong Aus batting line up had amassed a pile of runs leaving Clarke to continue vs a jaded bowling line up - we know a player like that. The truth is he has often come in when the side has been in trouble and with the help of Hussey and/or the lower order repaired the damage. Is there a player as important to his team as Clarke is to Australia right now?

Posted by Meety on (February 22, 2013, 21:40 GMT)

@sachin_vvsfan on (February 22, 2013, 9:00 GMT) - whilst I am hoping Oz will win, I do want to see Sachin do well, a couple of decent half centuries in a lost cause! (LOL!). As far as Clarke not walking 99% of players who have ever batted don't walk so I think that is an unfair comment by you. As fir the decision itself - yes he should of been given out, but no UDRS should = no complaints as via the BCCI you get what you wanted! @ Chris_P on (February 22, 2013, 9:34 GMT) - no chance of UDRS whilsr SRT still has cricketing breathe in his body (I agree). Also agree re: Mo. I was worried that he may of been picked a SHADE too soon, but I was confident that he is a vastly improved player than he was just 18 mths ago. == == == In Tennis parlance, Oz take the first set 7-5 (late break of serve). If Oz can get past 350, they will be in charge of this match. That said - cannot possibly know for sure until India bat.

Posted by Shan156 on (February 22, 2013, 21:22 GMT)

@Harmony111, as I mentioned in my previous message, I agree that DRS is not perfect. But, it could be adopted with some modifications. Hawk-eye and HotSpot may be questionable but why not suggest use of DRS, at least say, with Slo-Mo replays. BCCI has so much clout and they surely could insist on these modifications. Umpires are human and they make mistakes sometimes. In the absence of an alternative, why not just get on with it since these errors tend to even out through the course of the series? Every team have had such decisions in favor/against them in the past.

Posted by Harmony111 on (February 22, 2013, 21:18 GMT)

@mazii: Am I making things too complicated? Really? I am saying that instead of using DRS, we can use slo-motion replays and use basic common sense to achieve what DRS is giving us today and you are saying I am making things too complicated? Technology is a nice things to have but must it be sued every which way? If you live next door to me, would it make sense for me to knock at your door if I wanted to talk to you or should I use a mobile phone technology to call you to open your door cos I was standing out of it? Tell me. And whether other boards are in favour of DRS or not does not matter to me. What is popular need not be correct. A lot many things have been popular in the past but tuned out to be incorrect due to the efforts of 1 single man. We had Copernicus's bday a few days back after all.

Posted by Rahulbose on (February 22, 2013, 21:13 GMT)

It is strange that Aus decided to declare a pace heavy attack 2 days before the test. India have promptly produced a square turner. This first innings score should be above par but Aus might struggle bowling India out with only one spinner. It was sad to see a champion bowler being out shined by a T20 pretender.

Posted by sonicattack on (February 22, 2013, 21:11 GMT)

@tommytuckersaffer - lbw's looked out to me, except Henriques that may have been 'umpires call' @ Ryan Stephen - of course, technically and by the laws of cricket, Clarke was not out in the 30's as the umpire didn't give him! ...however he clearly hit the ball with his bat which a fielder caught!

Posted by nyc_missile on (February 22, 2013, 21:03 GMT)

@Nampally Absolutely true.Why not leave the best bowler for a CSK favorite even at the cost of losing a game..this is nothing new from moron Dhoni.He thinks we cant decipher his third-rate,degraded politics.He is slowly but surely trying to convert the Ind team into a CSK franchise because he happens to be the VP of his boss' company.In hindsight practical it might have been to drop Gambhir but was a part of the plan to remain the unconditional authority of the team with no possible replacements.Even potential captains(Kohli) are gagged,will be eventually made insecure before finally getting dropped.Sehwag has been goading for a middle order slot for last 3 years but is ignored.Why? to make him play at the top and allow him to fail in a few and then drop him for performance.Why not be flexible in thinking and play him down the order while opening up options for younger fresher players at the top.As you often say,Dhoni lacks cricketing culture more so in tests.

Posted by OneEyedAussie on (February 22, 2013, 20:49 GMT)

A good performance by the Aussies, though they probably lost one more wicket than the really wanted to. Hopefully can push for 400 + if Clarke hangs around tomorrow. As for whether it will be enough, I will withhold judgement until both sides bat at least once. I think the Australian bowling attack could have difficulty getting wickets in the first Indian innings.

As for anyone complaining about Clarke - I'll join the chorus, get DRS. Watching it live it was difficult to tell if he edged it, so I sympathise with the umpires decision. Of course, with DRS Watson's LBW would have been overturned so I'm not sure things would have worked out that much better for India anyway.

Posted by cricket.is.my.religion on (February 22, 2013, 20:47 GMT)

It was a mix bag today at chepauk.. When warner & Watson wer batting with confidence at lunch, ghosts of cook - pietersen from mumbai lingered in my mind from mumbai test considering the grinding indian bowling attack have been put through but ashwin somehow managed to find his guile & rythym back which made him a good prospect in his first few tests at home. Even now indians can't have a good nap tonight for Michael. Clarke is still at crease. Big hundreds are his appetite which will consume whatever much needed momentum india has gained today to have a decent chance at competing in da series let alone winning it.

1st task tomorrow is to wrap up Australian innings asap. closer they get to 400 more will be pressure on indians & if by the looks of it doesn't seem chasing in 4th innings here will be easy by any means.

Posted by mazii on (February 22, 2013, 20:39 GMT)

Harmony111. Dear you are against DRS just because BCCI is against DRS or otherwise? I'm not a proponent of DRS but to virtually discard the usage of technology would be utterly dumbness. Technology is there to over turn howlers. Isn't it. You are making things too complicated. I think BCCI is the only genius for not accepting the usage of DRS. Other boards are foolish to favor DRS? Why only BCCI is against DRS? If someone is a clear LBW and not given by an umpire and then that Batsman goes on to make big runs then what. Just like what happened today. BCCI have to revisit its obduracy regarding DRS. I agree with you that some aspects of DRS are debatable, so needed not to be implemented. But a virtual refusal can effect results.

Posted by haq33 on (February 22, 2013, 20:38 GMT)

I am amazed at how poor umpiring has become over the last few years. I say scrap on-field umps altogether and watch every delivery from the 3rd ump box. It is the only solution to this ongoing debacle. We can argue about who is right or wrong to employ or refuse UDRS all day long but the fact remains, umps should not be making such glaring errors to begin with. Then also, think about the psychological impact of having a stupid decision of yours overturned. That ump will be biased next time and may be MORE likely to give a marginal decision to the team that he previously wronged. The only solution is to scrap on-field umps.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 20:37 GMT)

@Tommytuckersaffa Apprently henriques' LBW was not out, but I didn't watch the game so I don't know for sure. What everyone seems to agree about though is that Clarke was out caught in the 30's.

Posted by 2nd_Slip on (February 22, 2013, 20:24 GMT)

Really worried that the Aus team has been so much dependant on Clarke and Hussey piling runs of late and the rest of the lads failing to take responsibility. India is overated, they play so bad recently I bet West Indies, Sri Lanka and Pakistan would thrash them in their own backyard.

Posted by Harmony111 on (February 22, 2013, 20:03 GMT)

@Shan156: Again, so much is wrong with that line of thinking. We had a problem and we wanted to solve it. Some smart fella who was too much into technology came up with a solution combining mathematical models with heat seeking cameras and other paraphernalia. He called it DRS. Everyone clapped that yay, we got a state-of-the-art solution for this problem. No one was quite sure about the accuracy of that system. Some said it was 80%, some said it was 90%, some said it was actually 93%. This smart fella said it was 94-95%. We again said Yay even though no independent evaluation was ever done. Then we were told that it was insanely expensive. Still some ppl rushed to employ it cos they were blinded by its razzmatazz. Those who didn't were seen as dumbos. Slowly, the focus shifted from solving the problem to To D or Not To D. No one ever stopped to see that To D or Not To D had a variant too. To C or Not To C. C is to use Common Sense to See the slo-mo replay to solve THAT problem.

Posted by Lewis2303 on (February 22, 2013, 19:53 GMT)

I can't believe dhoni left ojha out as an England fan he was the best India below in the recent series, harbahjan is junk he should retire now while he still has good stats,

Posted by JustIPL on (February 22, 2013, 19:51 GMT)

There is a tie b/w Jadeja and Ashwin. In this test whoever will bat and bowl well will get next test if India lose or draw otherwise same eleven will prevail. In short Ashwin has to set his eye on the allrounder spot.

Posted by Hoyle27693 on (February 22, 2013, 19:43 GMT)

How long will Clark rescue a very mediocre Aussie team? Sooner or later, they will capitulate on turning subcontinent pitches. Australia have plenty of mediocre players but no match winners.

Posted by Shan156 on (February 22, 2013, 19:40 GMT)

It is only day 1 and while Aus. are ahead we wouldn't know for sure how far until India bats. With Aus. just playing 1 spinner (I don't think Clarke will bowl given his bad back) and the pitch not aiding pacemen at all, I don't see Aus. bowling out India for a low score if they bowl them out at all. Expect to see the little master conjure a magical innings and shut his critics for good. Pujara is solid and Kohli is an excellent batsman too. India would look to finish the Aussie innings quickly in the morning and they would need a great start. Sehwag is Sehwag but it depends on which Vijay we would see - the obdurate one or the IPL version. I hope India bats well and look to bat only once. It is not beyond them. They have torn better bowling attacks to shreds at home. Let's hope they post a big 1st innings score. Ashwin would be a handful in the 2nd innings and hopefully Harbhajan will come to the party.

Posted by Strikeforce2007 on (February 22, 2013, 19:36 GMT)

The first day of the first test seems to belong to australia.having made a 300 plus score on Day one on a dusty and rather Dodgy wicket. Ashwin did well and so did debutant henriques and the batting maestro in Clarke shone. With their pace trio supported by Lyon,india's batters need a couple of steady century stands, between at least 2 of their 6 recognised bats in india's 1st innings. Should the Aussies take a lead of say 100 runs, it could well bolster their winning chances, in the 2nd innings response with bat or ball. Seems a well poised state in play, awaiting Day two. Truly an enthralling start to the series. Early wickets for India or will it be another 60 runs or more added to the Aussie total? that is the question and this could be the test decider, in the first session of day two.

Posted by Shan156 on (February 22, 2013, 19:29 GMT)

@Harmony111, I am not suggesting DRS is without problems, far from it. However, in the absence of it, we should accept umpiring howlers as they should even themselves out through the course of the series. Yes, Clarke was out and not given. I think fans should get over it. He may well receive a shocker early in his innings in the next innings or test. Cook got some benefit earlier in the series but was given out incorrectly early in his innings in the 4th test. Personally, I feel DRS would solve a lot of problems but if fans dont prefer it (which is fine too), then they should also accept these howlers gracefully and move on. Don't you agree?

Posted by The_Red_Cherry on (February 22, 2013, 19:19 GMT)

Leave out Ojha! What an egg-head move Dhoni! He's currently the most consistent bowler in the team. Another case of a left arm spinner not given his due. What has Harbhajan done to merit his selection ahead of him? He couldn't pick wickets at the domestic level. You could just feel Ojha's absence when the Aussies were tottering at 170 something for 5 and Ashwin had to be replaced. Harbhajan came and bowled those flat deliveries with the middle and leg line. Easy singles were given and allowed Clarke and Henriques to settle down. Ashwin bowled splendidly. He just kept things simple, pitched the ball up, varied the pace, flighted the ball and targetted the off stump. The visitors must feel that they have done a decent job. The first match sets the tone for the rest of the series. If the Aussies escape with a draw here Dhoni will have no one but himself to blame.

Posted by JustIPL on (February 22, 2013, 19:10 GMT)

Wonderful ploy by Dhoni to keep some weapons secret by not playing Ojha. Next test he can drop one of the spinners most likely Bhajji and get Ojha if India don't win this test. If India win this test that is most likely (keeping in view the toil of Bhuv and Ishant from the hand of Handriques) then I think Ojha will have to wait another test as aussie quicks will not be that effective against Indian batsmen many of whom relish width outside off. If aussies draw this test then Ojha will be in for sure for Bhajji.

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (February 22, 2013, 19:10 GMT)

I don't understand how the selectors think a team with Sehwag, Tendulkar and Harbajan is a team for the future. There also has to be a question mark around Dhoni's suitability for tests as the recent England series has shown that Dhoni's skills are far more effective in the shorter formats although to be fair to him, he can single handedly influence the outcome of those games with the bat but currently doesn't have the bowling unit to compete in tests. I was huge admirer of Rahul Dravid the player and the speaker. But I have been quite disappointed with his him so far as a commnetator and most so with his Harbajan is already great and competition from Ashwin could push him to become a titan. I wonder what motivated the RSD to make such a statement because it's certainly not Harbajan's bowling. With Ashwin taking 6 on day 1 on a good batting pitch and even Jadeja getting 1, Harbajan has made the great RSD look very foolish.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 19:08 GMT)

Match would have been over if we would have caught Warner early and Clark's accurate and one of the well seen catch have given by Best umpire of the year 2012. Still good performance from Ashin and can't write off Clark and Henry's recovery partnership. Now both the teams are balanced and will see how this match goes on.

Posted by Mitch1066 on (February 22, 2013, 19:04 GMT)

I think Clarke very good player but rest Aussie middle order part from Watson is in tested yet so only time will tell. But it risky to not use two spinners same mistake England had in first inning minus actually rubbish batting display this far by Aussies . We shall see what happens when India bat

Posted by Chris_P on (February 22, 2013, 18:59 GMT)

I said last season down here, Ashwin bowled with a lot of thought on pitches that didn't suit him & without support from the other end. He shows a lot of cricket nous & has impressed me with his thoughtful insights. If there is ever a future leader in waiting, there would (IMHO) be few better than him. Well done on the first day.

Posted by Nampally on (February 22, 2013, 18:55 GMT)

@nyc_missile & Nish-US: Jadeja replacing Ojha is one of Dhoni's amazing Sleight of hand- a trick he plays expertly. Dhoni is given a free hand where no one can challenge him. He dropped Pujara in 3 successive ODI's vs. England after he averaged 87 in batting against England in Tests. He brings in Harbhajan when India has Ashwin + Sehwag, as better off spinners in XI. Harbhajan & Jadeja should have been OUT & Ojha & Rahane IN. When you give unlimited & unquestionable power to a guy who does not care about the team, this is what happens. India losses more matches due to Captain Dhoni. There are a lot of disgruntled individuals incl. Ojha, Rahane, Pujara & Sehwag- all wronged by MSD via unjustifiable tactics. Can you get a united 100% team effort for such a captain?Why don't the Selectors "get it", as we the Fans do?

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (February 22, 2013, 18:53 GMT)

4 LBW decisions, I didnt want the game, were they all really out? Seems like a lot of LBWs and the innings isn't complete yet.

Posted by Nampally on (February 22, 2013, 18:42 GMT)

Off spinner Rasool threw the gauntlet by claiming 7 Aussie wkts. in the practice match. That has put the pressure on Ashwin & he responded splendidly with a haul of 6 wkts. The class shows- Harbhajan's bowling figures Vs. Ashwin's. The Selectors are so poor that even after Harbhajan failed miserably against England, he was still included in the squad. Harbhajan & Jadeja are Dhoni's favourites. He had to drop Ojha & Rahane to make room for these 2. When the personal interests are above the team interests, India needs a new Captain! India "A" did better even with second string bowlers like Saxena & Dhurv. Pick specialist spinners like Rasool, Saxena, Nadeem & Dhurv- all had good Ranji records this year.Jadeja is a good all rounder but not a specialist LH spinner ofTest calibre like Ojha, Nadeem or Dhurv.Harbhajan is not even amongst the top 50 bowlers in this years' Ranji. What is the basis of his selection in XI- 100 Test appearances? He got that - replace him with a performing spinner.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (February 22, 2013, 18:36 GMT)

How Australian bowlers perform,that would decide the fate of this series.Aussie batting is solid when there is Clark playing in the team.This guy scores everywhere.Performs every time.Today he stood up or else Ashwin would have taken all 10 wickets by end of the day

Posted by lokesh.agarwal on (February 22, 2013, 18:32 GMT)

The fast bowlers need to bowl better, as simple as that.. you cant have 1 guy do all the work. Ishant and Bhuvaneshwar look listless and ineffective.

But I think they are treated like a side option by Dhoni too, he doesnt give them enough responsibility for them to step up.

Treating a part time bowler as a relief option so that your strike bowlers can get rest or mixing up the attack is acceptable. BUT If your seamer is treated like a relief option then we shouldnt expect them to step it up. The attack becomes very one dimensional, the opponent starts becoming comfortable which is what we saw against england. A one dimensinal strategy, no innovation and england started getting the better of us. Lets learn form that.

Posted by fguy on (February 22, 2013, 18:24 GMT)

1st test of a series against india & the opposing captain is very obviously out but given not out by the umpire. he then goes on make big runs. sound familiar? this is Cook of ahmedabad test redux. if the same pattern continues expect 2-1 loss for india.

once again, we stick to our tradition & help a debutant establish himself. after joe root (& to a certain extent nick compton) earlier in the season it was moses's turn now.

Clarke & Cook seem to be soul brothers. both made their debut in india with a century, then both became test captain around the same time. both made their career's highest score against india in the '11-12 season with clarke making a triple ton & cook almost doing the same.

this wicket looks similar to the dead nagpur wkt of the 4th test against Eng except for little more bounce. expect a dull draw unless the wicket changes character remarkably or either of the sides bats exceptionally poorly. ashwin bowled well (finally!!) to pick those wickets.

Posted by kmgnath on (February 22, 2013, 18:19 GMT)

Today morning, Indian pacers bowled on middle and leg for all the batsmen, Australia knew, they want to attack and score as much as possible in the first inning. Sehwag was caught napping in the slips when he dropped the catch. India could have forced AUs back foot, if they were more assertive, Aswin shoulnd't have gone for long break after his fifer, thas the time the partnership started to build. Clark was caught , he should have walked, if he is really sportive person, good for healthy cricket. He never went, I like gilly in that matter.That turned out to be crucial. MSD goes defensive when the partnership begins.

Posted by Temuzin on (February 22, 2013, 18:18 GMT)

Well Played Ashwin. Clarke did not show sportsmanship and did not walk after being clearly out. OZ fans should take note of this. So next time if players from other teams did not walk NO BLAME on them.

I think Sehwag and Bhajji should be dropped. Sehwags poor fielding has been a cause of concern since long time. Bring in Dhawan in his place and Ojha should replace Ishant Sharma. Ishant Sharma guy has been a passenger for too long. Rest everything looks good. India has every chance to win this match.

Posted by WonkyBail on (February 22, 2013, 18:12 GMT)

Why does Sehwag field at slip he is shocking in that position, is it because it is less running than elsewhere, he looks like the exercise would do him good to me. Will Lyon rip it up? I feel Captain Clarke will be the man with the ball in hand as he is Aussies best spinner and the new kid from Portugal with the reverse swing. Does the pitch here disintegrate days 4/5 or is it as bad as it is going to get already?

Posted by gsingh7 on (February 22, 2013, 18:12 GMT)

this flat track is perfect for sehwag to hit his 3rd triple century , also sachin can hit his 101 st century on this rank turner as indians are greatest players of spin, bhajji can add to 2 test tons with quick fire batting in final hour of the day, india need lead of around 100 to win by an innings , best of luck team india , win series 4-0

Posted by Harmony111 on (February 22, 2013, 18:10 GMT)

@Shan156: I expect better from you. Not having DRS is not a justification for giving poor decisions. There is so much that is wrong with that sort of argument and in so many ways. 1stly, when BCCI says no to DRS, ppl say oh India can't win with DRS and so they say no but Ind won the WC with DRS. 2ndly, they say Indian batsmen will be exposed by DRS but here it was Clarke who got the benefit. 3rdly, they say India are too dumb to understand DRS so they say no - Really? Are other well versed with DRS? Shall I ask Davis and ICC? 4thly, when an Ind umpire gets something wrong it is said they are in collusion with BCCI to help India win matches somehow and only the ones that helped India are talked off while the rest are conveniently forgotten. 5thly, no one says a word about what happens when things go wrong even with DRS, technology wise as well as interpretation wise. Even the ICC got it wrong recently. 6thly. DRS is neither the perfect solution NOT the most obvious solution, so why DRS?

Posted by uzairamir on (February 22, 2013, 18:08 GMT)

you indians dont support DRS and your not satisfied with umpires decision what do you want?

Posted by Solid_Snake on (February 22, 2013, 18:03 GMT)

After a big defeat in this match,Dhoni would come up with a new Excuse..'Clarke should have walked in the first inngs,it's because of him that India lost the match'.. Most comments stating the same thing over & over again.Why should someone walk when Umpire has not given them out.

Posted by Fandecricket on (February 22, 2013, 17:57 GMT)

Lots of aussies continue to deny the fact that Clarke cheated and doing this by hiding behind DRS. Like someone said, now he can score 500, but the fact is he was out and he didn't walk knowing it...Great Aussie spirit!

Posted by nyc_missile on (February 22, 2013, 17:53 GMT)

What's new loser Dhoni goofing up selections,awful BCCI costing us wickets due to resistance to DRS..no other bowlers backing the one who takes wickets..overall a regular day of cricket for Ind under idiot Dhoni! Well played Clarke please thrash us till our board wakes up and smells the coffee..

Posted by sidmsdsac on (February 22, 2013, 17:52 GMT)

The way clarke batted today was just top class specially mr sehwag needs to take some lessons how to use ur feet smartly against spinners nd it doesn't seem really good for the indian batsman too bcoz the ball was getting some reverse in the evening hoping a lot from virat, srt,msd very well bowled ashwin u were spot on today nd i dont think that leaving out ojha was a wrong decision, the only problem with harbhajan singh wz that he wz bowling too quick

Posted by andrew27994 on (February 22, 2013, 17:50 GMT)

Many Vijay bashers are more likely to eat their own words because from what I've seen of Vijay of recent is that he's seeing the ball better than ever and he's in a purple patch and playing in his home ground will give him a load of confidence. So it would be a bit advisable to just wait till you watch him bat tomorrow before you start bashing him. As for Jadeja's inclusion, I'm wholly supportive of him because he adds so much value in this team that so many fans fail to see in him. He's one of the most outstanding fielders that India has produced and is certainly an improving all-rounder. A guy of his potential should be given good opportunties in the test format especially. I'm sure he will make a massive improvement with a few more opportunities. However, I do agree that India should have played Ojha instead of Harbhajan.

Posted by sensible-indian-fan on (February 22, 2013, 17:49 GMT)

@sk12 - You raise a good point. And yes, it looks like a deliberate tactic from Ashwin. The analysts discussed this during one of the post session analysis. Since this pitch is assisting SLOW turn, its easy to go into the back foot even for good length deliveries. So full length (which is a touch short of overpitched) becomes the NEW good length. They showed the pitch maps of both Ashwin and Harbhajan. Harbhajan bowled a great number of deliveries in the good length and he hardly got the batsmen forward. Ashwin, on the other hand, bowled a lot on good length, some full, a few short. And we all know, he got the batsmen playing forward a lot of times.

And by the way, you are right. I think Ashwin is still not performing at his 100% capability. Yes, he has drastically reduced his short balls but it does come in from time to time. As full length is concerned, its needed in this pitch and sometimes batsmen (Clarke) can convert them into full tosses and make them look like bad deliveries.

Posted by samincolumbia on (February 22, 2013, 17:49 GMT)

Harbhajan was selected based on what he had done in the past...the same yardstick was applied to select half of the Indian team. Since Sehwag wears glasses now, he would be given another 5 years to get used to the glasses and score some runs. Ishant needs another 10 years or so before he starts taking a wicket. Ojha should try to join the Chennai Kings, or else he will never make it to the team, as long as Dhobi is still the captain!

Posted by sensible-indian-fan on (February 22, 2013, 17:38 GMT)

@sk12 - You raise a good point. And yes, it looks like a deliberate tactic from Ashwin. The analysts discussed this during one of the post session analysis. Since this pitch is assisting SLOW turn, its easy to go into the back foot even for good length deliveries. So full length (which is a touch short of overpitched) becomes the NEW good length. They showed the pitch maps of both Ashwin and Harbhajan. Harbhajan bowled a great number of deliveries in the good length and he hardly got the batsmen forward. Ashwin, on the other hand, bowled a lot on good length, some full, a few short. And we all know, he got the batsmen playing forward a lot of times.

And by the way, you are right. I think Ashwin is still not performing at his 100% capability. Yes, he has drastically reduced his short balls but it does come in from time to time. As full length is concerned, its needed in this pitch and sometimes batsmen (Clarke) can convert them into full tosses and make them look like bad deliveries.

Posted by Ramu444 on (February 22, 2013, 17:37 GMT)

it is no sure that they included bhaji for his 100th test and IMO this is going to be his last.what a pathetic and shamful performance.

Posted by hhillbumper on (February 22, 2013, 17:33 GMT)

it is an irony that India load their team with non spinners and Aus play a non spinner. Not much quality in spin bowling on show this match

Posted by WC2011Champs on (February 22, 2013, 17:29 GMT)

Rubbish bowling by Indian bowlers except for Ashwin. Typically Indian day - one guy is doing all the work while others fritter it away. Last series it was Ojha who was doing the work. Bhuvi, Ishant, and Bhaaji must attack stumps hard after Ashwin had already created pressure. Instead they are bowling outside the stumps - short, looking for swing or waiting for batsmen to make mistakes. Pathetic, pathetic bowling. Just watch Australian bowlers and their discipline now - they will bowl at the stumps and won't let batsmen breathe.

Posted by Temuzin on (February 22, 2013, 17:28 GMT)

So Sehwag has already cost a wicket by his poor fielding. Let see how he bats. If he fails he should be dropped immediately and bring in Dhawan/Rahane at his place. Bhajji has played his 100th test. Good for him now drop him and bring in Ojha. This team will win the series. OZ played very well. I had written that they are setting up mental trap to lull Indians by not playing well in the prep match. Now they are playing true to their potential. They are still vulnerable but toss, sehwag and Bhajji have saved them from an embarrassing start.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 17:27 GMT)

Sorry guys.. It's no use whining that Clarke should have been out... it's your BCCI that refuses to sanction use of the DRS claiming that India are prepared to accept the umpires' decsions. Well... you got what you asked for so on your own head be it... And you can rest assured you'll get more.. just as sure as night follows day. Live with it... because you'll get no sympathy from the majority of the rest of the cricketing world. no matter hiow much you moan about it.

Posted by sweetspot on (February 22, 2013, 17:25 GMT)

Ashwin asked the questions all right of the Aussie batsmen, but he asked the perfect question in the press conference - "What if we had used up our DRS appeals?" when asked about Clarke. DRS is flawed in its applicability, but it is even more flawed in the way it is implemented. If it is such a good system, then why not have unlimited referrals? In fact, why have umpires at all? For foot faults, tennis has sensors. We can have the same for no balls. Definitely do not need a human for counting deliveries. Ah, wait! We need someone to hold hats and sunglasses! So, no need of DRS as long as these gentlemen are there! They can take on the additional responsibility, no problem!

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

The worst thing to happen here would be if Murali Vijay or Jadeja manage to score some runs or take wickets. Both of them are pretty average test cricketers and their success would mean the more deserving Rahane and Ojha would get the unfair chop! This definitely ought to be the last-chance saloon for Harbhajan. Ashwin has outbowled him and some. And what about Ishant? Nearly 50 tests and still no smarts, and pace has been lacking for some time. Zak and PK dropped, Umesh and Aaron injured, Mithun, Irfan, Vinay are even worse - so he continues to survive as the 'strike' pacer.

Posted by stumpedlloyd on (February 22, 2013, 17:10 GMT)

@Chanakya Cholan: While I agree that batsmen should walk, please don't place Sachin on a pedestal, as if he has never stayed his ground when he knew he was out. Remember when he danced down the wicket in an ODI vs. Australia, clearly got an edge and was taken by Adam Gilchrist, only for the umpire to rule not-out? Tendulkar did not walk, and continued batting, even though he'd have to be utterly clueless not to know he did not nick the ball.So spare me the sanctimony that Tendulkar would have walked. Hey, it's the Indians who don't want DRS; so they have to deal with the consequences of bad umpiring.

Posted by WonkyBail on (February 22, 2013, 17:01 GMT)

So much for Clarke getting a pair (GSinge7), I watched the highlights but it was limited, I would say pretty even with maybe slight advantage Aussie as India have to bat last. Looks like Clarke should have been out but Watto not so what can you say, maybe some sort of electronic referral system would help, just a thought. The highlights seemed to show a pretty sparse crowd is this being staged in one of the smaller cities as surely Aus are a big draw. This game could go either way difficult to know until the Indians have batted/Aus bowled. Nice to see the Turbanator back to his destructive best, and didn't Ashwin do well (nice glasses) Hasta La Vista.

Posted by Divinetouch on (February 22, 2013, 16:56 GMT)

If Clarke knew that he did hit the ball no need to say anything else.

Posted by Nampally on (February 22, 2013, 16:55 GMT)

As usual Dhoni's irrational team selection reduced Indian bowling to ordinary. Ashwin & Ojha as a Combo had done well during the past few series in India. Why was Ojha dropped in favour of a second Spinner- washed out Harbhajan? if a second off spinner is needed, Sehwag is much better than Harbhajan. Bhajji is history- don't bring him back. Secondly if a LH spinner is needed "Ojha is a specialist bowler" - cannot be substituted by an ODI specialist Jadeja. Lastly, Dhawan a Leftie was chosen to replace Gambhir in the opening bat role. Vijay's inclusion eliminates that combo.I rate Clarke as the best batsman in the world today. He lived up to that thru' his century. However giving 50's to wounded Warner & Henrique was disappointing.I expected much from B.Kumar & Ishant but both failed.Ashwin for once was @ outstanding best with his 6 of 7 wkts. If Indian batting does well India has a chance to make it a competitive game.India badly needs to replace MSD as Captain- sooner the better.

Posted by ramli on (February 22, 2013, 16:52 GMT)

To bench Ohja for Bhajji is a stupid selection ... even if Bhajji goes on to claim 5+ in second essay ... India has its fight cut out ... Aus is known to strangle opponents both by incisive bowling and nasty behaviour

Posted by Fourworldcups on (February 22, 2013, 16:50 GMT)

I accept that the conditions in India favour spin, but that pitch is a disgrace to Test Cricket. I look forward to this backfiring in the 4th Innings. Great toss to win, and definitely advantage Australia after day one.

Posted by SirViv1973 on (February 22, 2013, 16:47 GMT)

@DavidPK, I think most people are pretty shocked re Bhaj getting in the side ahead of Ohja. I can only imagine that the selectors read too much into Oz having so many letfies. They also have Jadjea who I think they consider an all rounder due to him picking up a few wickets against Eng in Nagpur, although to me he just looks like a partimer who can do a job as the 5th bowler.

Posted by anindya59 on (February 22, 2013, 16:46 GMT)

it may be the last test match of bhajji's career.he is nothing really,,not even in his 50%.india made the mistake of dropping their best bowler of previous home series against england,,even they may lose this match because of this huge gambling by dhoni.by the way,,ashwin is in his mood.best luck my INDIA..hope for the BEST guyssss

Posted by Shan156 on (February 22, 2013, 16:46 GMT)

Thus spake @Chanakya Cholan. Did it ever occur to you that Clarke may not have even known that he edged the ball? If you had ever played cricket in your life, you would know that things happen so fast and sometimes batsmen are not sure about edges. That is why we have an umpire. It is the umpire's responsibility to make decisions. What if the batsmen was not sure but still things he may have edged it and walks but it turns out that he didn't edge it after all? He won't get another chance while the bowler does. That is why benefit of doubt always favors the batsman. There is a solution to these things. It is a three letter word that the BCCI hates. So, if you want to blame anyone for your misfortune, blame the BCCI.

Posted by Harmony111 on (February 22, 2013, 16:46 GMT)

India historically has been a very benevolent side for lefties, debutantes and out-of-form players. Jimmy Adams, Hayden, Flower, Franklyn Rose, Clarke, Hussey, Ponting are all beneficiaries of this benevolence. Today Henriques too gets added to this list. And what has Clarke been eating? Has he found some magic potion or what? He just can't get out, esp vs India. He got bagful of runs against us last time but he still wants more. How much is his greed? I can't believe that his avg has risen past 53 in no time. I sued to think of him as an above avg batsman but now he is def a class batsman. At ease vs swing or seam or spin - how close is he to be called a complete batsman?

Aus would be pleased and relieved with 300+ runs on board. They should get 50 or more tomorrow. 350 would test Ind with their batsmen struggling. I won't say Aus have zoomed ahead but they have enough to make India at least uneasy. Who knows? India may get 450-50 or India may be a.o. 225....That will be decisive.

Posted by josephmcc on (February 22, 2013, 16:38 GMT)

One thing I could understand from Clarke's innings there is a possibility of what Cook made in his team bat against Indian spinners. If spinners allow Clarke to do these things it's very difficult for India to win the series with our traditional strength.We have to be careful about Clarke. Com·pla·cen·cy of our team made them worst defeat at home soil in recent times(England Series).Can Indian able to beat Australia 4-0 as they did against India?Not at all.......I think India never beat any team as clean sweep in test matches recently. My prediction is 2-1 series win for India if they control Clarke tomorrow.Let seeeeeeeeeeeee............

Posted by Selassie-I on (February 22, 2013, 16:37 GMT)

What is going on with India's selectors? Why drop the best bowler of their last series for Harbajan?!

Also, not suprised to see Clarke blatantly cheating there, he knew he was out, if he had played in the spirit of the game then Aus would have been all out before close of play easily. Guess it runs in Aussie captains,l he'll probably come out soon saying about how batsmen should walk.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 16:37 GMT)

it was a mistake from the selectors to drop ojha i think harbhajan is finished bhajji should call it quits and just stick to ipl or t-20 matches expiernce of zaheer khan is missing also ishant sharma has gotten way to many chances hopefully umesh yadav can recover in time play

Posted by imrankhan76uk on (February 22, 2013, 16:36 GMT)

I think match is reasonably open at the moment. India is short of a wkt taking bowler in this match but Ashwin is making up for it. Result is very much on the cards unless Aus scores around 500 and Indians match it. Indian batting is under-performing for a while now. one would think they will get into 2nd gear (if not 3rd or 4th) in this series and will put up decent batting display Otherwise they need wholesale changes in BCCI cricket. It is 55-45 to India on historical (distant) record basis.

Posted by bharat247 on (February 22, 2013, 16:35 GMT)

I agree that Bhajji (one of my fav Indian cricketers) is having a terrible test. However, India still had Aus on the mat at 153 for 5 and the moment the Aussies got a bit aggressive, Dhoni had fielders protecting the boundaries at 200 for 5. That is just NOT done. This is not a one day game where protecting boundaries is important. AND the opposition was still 5 down for 200, Dhoni should have been looking to get wickets. If he thinks his bowlers are not capable to get wickets he should resign captaincy and give it to someone who can extract the max out of the bowlers. In any case, there is only ONE REASON why the Aussies got that 151 run partnership - that reason is Dhoni and his HORRIBLE captaincy.

Posted by Nutcutlet on (February 22, 2013, 16:32 GMT)

Both sides have made errors in selection, IMO. Ashwin would have been better paired with Ojha rather that Harbhajan (who is not the bowler he once was) & what's the point of having two offies? Not all of the Oz batmen are left-handers! I suspect that it was rather more to do with the hype swirling about over Harhajan's 100th Test (India, as ever, with their eye on the bigger picture!) rather than clear thinking. Then Oz, forgetting England's experience at Ahmadabad, have gone with one specialist spinner. You simply can't go into a Test in India with one spinner! What does this mean? Michael Clarke will have to bowl (more than a couple of overs, I suspect), & possibly Warner too. Clarke played extremely well today, but it's a pity that he was granted a life by the umpire who made a small mistake -- all part & parcel of playing Test cricket in 2013 in India. So nostalgic, just like the old days! Lastly, well bowled, Ashwin! He has obviously studied Swann's use of flight recently!

Posted by soumyas on (February 22, 2013, 16:31 GMT)

BCCI have only themselves to blame it on.. for wrong selection of Jadeja,bhajji,Vijay and not going for DRS.

Posted by m812 on (February 22, 2013, 16:31 GMT)

Sehwag,Dhoni and Harbhajan and perhaps even Ishant need to be RESTED for good or else the highs we saw in Indian cricket from 2001 to 2011 will all be distant memory and our record be dismal

Posted by sk12 on (February 22, 2013, 16:30 GMT)

Did anyone else feel Ashwin has still not hit the consistency in length. he kept bowling some real full balls almost every over. I doubt if that was a delibrate tactic, they were played out comfortably by the batsmen. Good thing he has reduced the # of short ball freebies he kept bowling in the last series.

Posted by sweet2hrme on (February 22, 2013, 16:29 GMT)

1 thing i must tell u that Indians batsman are always struggling against quality fast attack! One another bad news that Indians have to bat 4th and their 4th ining records are as bad as can u imgaine! Whatever the batting efforts they make, they make in 1st ining only! So its very interesting to see how indians batsman handle starc, siddle n pattison! Rite now i will say Australians hv the upper side...

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 16:29 GMT)

India have made a serious selection mistake - Ojha should have been playing and there is no place for Ishant Sharma. In the warm up matches - Jalaj Saxena and some rookie spinners troubled the Aussies more than Harbhajan but God knows why after a wait for 2 years - we select the wrong team. Crazy selectors and Dhoni should realize it not Chennai Super Kings vs Aus - it is India vs Aus.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (February 22, 2013, 16:29 GMT)

@GRVJPR - U are living in the past. With free wickets like Sehwag, Tendulkar, and out of form Kohli, India will struggle to cross 300. If Indian Selectors did their job and selected the best cricketers available, we would have Jaffer opening, Rayudu playing in the middle, and Rasool bowling in tandem with Ashwin. Parvez Rasool would have easily collected 5 wickets on this pitch. Jaffer and Rayudu can easily hit centuries on this kind of pitch. But our Selectors gave Aussies 2 free wickets - Tendulkar and Sahwag, and 3 club level bowlers - Bhaji, Jadeja and Ishant.

Posted by soumyas on (February 22, 2013, 16:28 GMT)

1) Clark got a life by umpire early in his innings, it was clear bat and pad catch 2) india didn't have another wicket taker at the other end it was only one man ashwin, they did a wrong thing by leaving Ojha out. ojha is even better than ashwin on a turning pitch like this. 3) Jadeja doesn't deserve to play in TESTS 4) Bhajji is an old horse now 5) tomorrow they will miss shikhar dhawan also while batting, M.vijay got enough chances to prove but he failed every time. 6) tendulkar's irani cup batting hints he is back in form. tomorrow it depends on him and pujara completely.

Posted by sweet2hrme on (February 22, 2013, 16:27 GMT)

1 think i tell u that Indians batsman are always struggling against quality fast attack! One another bad news that Indians have to bat 4th and their 4th ining records are as bad as can u imgaine! Whatever the batting efforts they make, they make in 1st ining only! So its very interesting to see how indians batsman handle starc, siddle n pattison! Rite now i will say Australians hv the upper side...

Posted by GRVJPR on (February 22, 2013, 16:22 GMT)

Really poor performance by Australia after winning the toss. Advantage of winning the toss is completely lost. Now India will take about 100 runs lead. I can't expect this aussie attack to bowl out india twice when much greater bowlers like warne and Mc Grath struggled against the attacking Indian batsmen. Actually the pitch is really flat as we can see except for ashwin no one caused the problem and there wasn't much turn either. Australian batsmen basically missed the straight balls which I don't think Indians will miss. Also it was a relief to watch a test match without that waste of time 'DRS'.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 16:17 GMT)

well, at the end of the day, Clarke knew very well that he was out.. so basically, even if he scores a 500 in the first innings,nothing great abt that! scoring runs is one thing but doing that at the cost of your integrity is totally another.. just imagine the number of centuries Sachin would've ended up with, if he hadn't 'walked' the numerous of times he did..now that to me is a gentleman cricketer n that to me is one who is an example to today's youngsters..not Clarke, however great he might end up! over n out!!

Posted by binojpeter on (February 22, 2013, 16:14 GMT)

Dhoni erred in the selection. Team should have been: Sehwag, Vijay, Pujara, Tendulkar, Kohli, Rahane, Dhoni, Ashwin, Ojha, Sharma, Kumar.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 16:06 GMT)

I don't understand it... India dropped their best bowler in the last test series they played... Ojha is actually a really good bowler. For who? For Harbhajan? Why? What's he done to deserve selection over Ojha? If the selectors cannot do their job properly, India will not revover quickly. If Ojha was playing, they could have played Rahane over Jadeja. How was Rahane not played yet? Why is Sehwag still opening? Where is Wasim Jaffer? Good one India. And I loved it when Clarke should have been out, but 'oops', no DRS.

Posted by dharsanti on (February 22, 2013, 16:02 GMT)

good boweling by ashwin, this is answer to his critics. We knew fast bowlers are below par. good thing australia dose not have shane warn anymore. hopefully sehwag and tendulakar will shine tomorrow. They always play well in these conditions. disappointed to not see gambir. He also plays good on spin wickets.

Posted by realfan on (February 22, 2013, 16:00 GMT)

being the most experienced bowler in the team harbajan should have impacted more than any1 in this test..... and what he did.... bowled short and wide and flat.....wow what has he learnt from his 99 tests?????

Posted by www.cricketforever.net on (February 22, 2013, 16:00 GMT)

@lukecannon People like u will continue criticizing India from dawn to dusk .. No sense in your comments ... On the whole, great bowling by Ashwin , and a fine innings by Clarke and the debutant Henriques was superb as well . BCCI should employ the DRS .

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 15:59 GMT)

murali vijay is just like rohit sharma pathetic and useless cricketer and our selectors are more useless by selecting these kind of players who has been given N number of chances. if so much chances are given to a citizen who do not know how to play cricket after so much chances he can learn to play better than murali vijay and rohit sharma.

Posted by mvcric on (February 22, 2013, 15:51 GMT)

Sitting on the Pavilion Terrace at the ground and watching Ishant and Harbhajan bowl was frustrating beyond words. Harbhajan was relentlessly firing the ball in and about 80% of his deliveries were down middle and leg. Ditto with Ishant (and also never hitting the right length). One has spent 13 years in India colours and the other, 5+. It simply boggles my mind how these guys are unable to fathom these basics that are so apparent even to the average fan. Poor Bhuvanesh Kumar looked every inch like a sacrificial lamb. He looked totally out of depth on this wicket, although he at least bounced a few when given the second new ball. With this kind of bowling, it's no wonder where India are in the ICC test rankings. Whatever happened to guys like Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron?

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 15:47 GMT)

Good to see that Ashwin got 7, but these kinds of pitches do no good to Indian cricket in the long term. They ruin the confidence of our fast bowlers, and it's why we can't produce a single consistently performing fast bowler even after years of trying. I'm not saying they shuold be seaming and swinging, but just a little more bounce would make the game better for everyone and also benefit Indian cricket in the long term, esp when we travel overseas.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (February 22, 2013, 15:47 GMT)

Australia would score over 400... India scoring around 100 runs in their 1st inngs,getting followed on & then in the end inngs defeat at the end of day 4.mission accomplished. Sachin would be a failure once again as he used to be from past many years.2 more ducks coming up ahead for him.His next century is coming up against Bangladesh.Till then ducks are waiting for SRT in this series

Australian fan from India...

Posted by GRVJPR on (February 22, 2013, 15:47 GMT)

I am surprised so many Aussie fans claiming that they will win this match easily. I mean winning the toss and loosing 7 wickets on day 1 is a pretty average performance. India bat deep with harbhajan at 9 has 2 centuries under his belt. I think Australia will even struggle to make India bat twice on this pitch.

Posted by ozzipom on (February 22, 2013, 15:43 GMT)

That was a great day for Australia. U can see India are already on the ropes and running scared. If an average bowler like Ashwin can get 6-for, then Lyon can tear this overrated Indian batting lineup apart. If the Aussies can sneak 350, that may well be enough. And to any Indian supporters who come back with the excuse of 'Clarke was out on 39', well for the team who would be willing to pull out of international tours due to DRS, there's something called karma. COME ON AUSSIES!! p.s. btw, I am a diehard Pommie

Posted by disco_bob on (February 22, 2013, 15:42 GMT)

@Boooowled on (February 22, 2013, 12:01 GMT) I don't think you fully understand the sophistication of the ball tracking technology, the trajectory is not projected from the point of impact on the pitch without regard for the bounce, it is tracked before and after landing and deviation and bounce are seen from many angles and computed aappropriately.

Posted by Fandecricket on (February 22, 2013, 15:39 GMT)

Aussies show yet again and this time through their Captain, why they dont believe in cricket being a gentleman's game...though, they will moan and groan when others dont walk off after nicking. Clarke is a good batsman, but not a honest one! Im not talking about DRS here so please refrain from getting into that debate. About rest of the game it is too early to call it for either team.

Posted by GrindAR on (February 22, 2013, 15:34 GMT)

@Albert_cambell : Good humor dude... Clarke - as usual... Henriques - outstanding... probably he will be playing the the role of Mike Hussey...

Impressive start.

Ashwin's revival is good... He is capable... he need to be consistent.

Overall... this series started with good competition...

Posted by SpaMaster on (February 22, 2013, 15:34 GMT)

Also, how is Harbhajan playing instead of Ohja? Totally unreasonable and crooked decision. In the same way, how is Murali Vijay playing ahead of Rahane?

Posted by perl57 on (February 22, 2013, 15:34 GMT)

Giving chance to Vijay for the nth time shows how pathetic selectors are. A hopeless pathetic as a player, more better suited for advertisements. Bhajji can call for retirement if he cannot pick more than 5 wickets in the match with a decent batting performance. I wonder the logic behind fielding Vijay than Rahane, Bhajji for Ojha, not Jadeja for Ojha. Jadeja is required in the team for his fastish spinners are needed. We need our bowlers to work hard like Sachin Tendulkar did in his teens. Until such and such time, expect nothing good. Zaheer too when he became a leader of pack, he worked hard for two and half years outside the team. Then he started it all. Finally for Clarke, it was another very good innings. We need to find a weakness for this guy. 150/5 to 300/7 is just not acceptable.

Posted by SpaMaster on (February 22, 2013, 15:32 GMT)

Terming it as DRS and voting for or against it is pointless. If the third umpire can obviously that a decision is wrong, the decision needs to be reverted. There is no point in the modern age of replays and slow-motions that these things can escape in the name of procedures. Just ridiculous.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 15:31 GMT)

India and Indian cricket fans never realise that one man's milestone could be the whole team's (and by inference the country's) millstone! And we keep on celebrating milestones!

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 15:26 GMT)

Hope this is the last test for Harb. He has lost his mojo! Hopefully, he will at least contribute with the bat.

Posted by realfan on (February 22, 2013, 15:24 GMT)

tomorrow 1st hour will be the crucial for the entire series.... mark my words... if india can get out aus in 1st 1 and half hour, then indian chances of winning series is alive.... else if they show slight frustration then think its the end of series for india.....

Posted by yoohoo on (February 22, 2013, 15:24 GMT)

Ashwin is ONLY 12 tests old, and it is obvious he is an intelligent player who is constantly learning. Give him time guys. Look at his stats, he has 63 wkts at 32.4 in 12 tests, and a batting average of 45.84 in those 12 tests (and that includes Batting in Eng and Aus).

That is a great prospect in any team. Regarding harbhajan, there is only one reason he is in the team, to play his 100th test. Ojha should be back in the team by next game i suspect.

Posted by Snick_To_Backward_Point on (February 22, 2013, 15:23 GMT)

Well, not sure if we learnt much from a day where honours were even. I mean we already knew that the Aussies were a one man team when it comes to batting. The eagerly anticipated 'battle of the spinners' should be joined tomorrow when Lyon trundles in with his armoury of weapons. Lyon is clever, he bowls the 'straighten' so often it bamboozles batsmen into scoring 50s and 100s. Can't wait.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 15:18 GMT)

Aussies dominating Harbhajan may not be a big deal. But, he definitely needs to look into his performance, if Jadeja out bowls him in a typical MA Chidambaram stadium pitch with lot of turn and bounce. If this continues in the second innings as well, then it will be some time before he plays his 101st test.

Posted by NairUSA on (February 22, 2013, 15:14 GMT)

Good play by the Australians. India's weakness is once again very apparent - bowling! If the visitors are able to pile up 400 plus in their first innings, then India will be facing an uphill task to win or even draw this series.Hope India's batting guns will come out blazing this time around and be the saviors one more time.

Disappointed to see the medium pacers, especially Ishant going through their motions. Isn't there even one other medium pacer in the country who has the potential to take at least take one wicket on a fresh pitch?

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 15:11 GMT)

I hope this is going to be Harbhajan's last test. He played 100 and dis his bit. No point in continuing with him and if he can't make any impact on these wickets, what he can do in SA and Australia.

Posted by realfan on (February 22, 2013, 15:11 GMT)

with rahane coming in for vijay , ojah coming in for harbajan, yadhav in for bhuvaneshwar...... i think indian team is perfect for this series...... we will bw having 3 spinners... ojah and ashwin will need to attack and i am sure jadeja will do tight holding job making batsmen work hard for runs..... jadeja seems to be non tiring cricketer, he can bowl long spells with ojah and ashwin rotating in between the spells......and yadav will be usefull for reverse swing.... and as for as ishant is concerned i still think he is good for test...... this is my honest opinion...

Posted by realfan on (February 22, 2013, 15:03 GMT)

well well some australian fans saying they are in the control of the gaem already... seriously??? so you are going to walk over indian batting line up... how??? by taking wickets... who are the wicket takers????? i dont think the pacers would trouble india... atleast not in this track.... as you say its dead for pace..... and oh yeah your spin legend NATHAN LYON.... you think he can take indian wickets????? nah nah.....

Posted by disco_bob on (February 22, 2013, 15:01 GMT)

If batsmen always walked when howlers went in their favour but stayed out when howlers went against them there would be no 'evening out' of the howlers. Without DRS a batsman has no choice he must go with the umpire's decision good or bad because the third umpire will NEVER tell them as they leave the arena to ever walk back to the crease!

Posted by BradmanBestEver on (February 22, 2013, 15:00 GMT)

Well played Clarke and Henriques. Henriques looks like one of those "I can make it happen" types and I think we have found quite a unique and valuable player. c'mon aussie c'mon c'mon...

Posted by jay_vkjay on (February 22, 2013, 14:59 GMT)

Ridiculous to sit Pragyan Ojha and Rahane out. Harbhajan reaches milestone, but he can't mark his achievement. 19 overs for 71 runs and no wicket. If we have Ojha in the XI we could have easily folded up Aussie innings. However Ashwin bowler superbly. Congratulations. Two off spinners...why the hell? Ojha is no.8 in icc rankings, also Ojha and Ashwin building up a good partnership in tests. Now, I suggest Indian think tank to bring back Mohd. Azharuddin, who is on 99 tests now. Let him complete milestone of 100 tests..... Rahane deserves to be at no.6 than Jadeja. If we had Ojha in for Harbhajan and Rahane in for Jadeja it would have been a better balanced side. Otherwise, Ojha in for Bhuvaneshwar kumar and Rahane for Jadeja will also work in favour of India.

Posted by Nish_US on (February 22, 2013, 14:58 GMT)

Jadeja replaces Ojha for the first (/third) spinner role....

Does any one think Ojha could have done any better than Jadeja?

Posted by Albert_cambell on (February 22, 2013, 14:54 GMT)

Cook came to india he become as the chef. Now clarke is becoming a manager.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 14:51 GMT)

Pathetic to see bajjis bowling., India should have fielded ojha in place of him. Jalaj saxena or Parvez Razool is the best off spin option for India according to the current domestic season.

Posted by VinodGupte on (February 22, 2013, 14:47 GMT)

first round tally - Aus 1 India 0

400 is a good total here. i am certain AUS will score that many before bowling.

Posted by tests_the_best on (February 22, 2013, 14:44 GMT)

Top performance from Ashwin and Clarke (though with some luck). Having watched the first session, the first impression is that aus top order is not that comfortable against spin. The openers played quite well against the seamers but although they were scoring at a fair rate against the spinners, one could clearly see that their technique was lacking. It's one thing to play positively/aggressively against spinners but if you don't have the right technique, a wicket is right around the corner (to be contrasted with how Cook/Pietersen played against the spinners a few months back).

Also with 3 right handed batsman in Watson, Clarke, Henriques, the decision to leave out Ojha seems to be a mistake in hindsight as Bhajji failed to make much of an impract. But the big positive from Ind point of view was Ashwin making an impact. With his batting skills in addition, he's someone you want in the team for the long run. Hope he continues the good form for the rest of the series.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 14:43 GMT)

"Something terribly wrong with team selection....ojha is your highest ranked bowler in test....but wasi gnored in favour of out of form bhajji...and bhuvi was hande a debut on dustbowl instead of mohali.....if oz paly left arm spinners well then why was jadeja selected ahead of so many talented guyzz ,infact rahane?? if he has bowled well then ojha might have bowled better and oz might have folde for under 200....either our selection is wrong or icc's ranking system is of no value.....SA can sit out steyn in favour of ryan mclaren bcoz he is an allrounder....!!!!!" Plz publish cricinfo.......!!!!!

Posted by Htc-Android on (February 22, 2013, 14:42 GMT)

Indian fans should not complain about umpiring decisions here. Its u guys who opted out the DRS. So whatever mistake that umpires make. ur responsible for that. If Aus makes more than 400 then they will win this test match. India is now with only 4 batsmen in the team. I cant count jadeja as a test match batsman. He cant even score runs in ODIs. Dhoni, VIjay are not reliable in test matches. I hope sachin gets his form back. otherwise its going to be a cakewalk for the Australians.

Posted by sandp641 on (February 22, 2013, 14:42 GMT)

ashwin needs to take wicket in unfriendly condition like kumble ,warne .then he will be one of the best in the world.according to me top spin bowlers in the cricket now are ajmal , swann , monty , herath etc.today he done extremely well..

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 14:38 GMT)

Harbhajan, Thank you for coming for your 100th test. Now, happy retirement.

MIA (Missing in Action) Ojha.

The most improved Indian cricketer, compared to what they showed against England. Undoubtedly Ashwin. The secret for his success today is no secret... it is not the pitch, as some observers, including a few journalists indicated...He corrected almost all his errors ( I had listed quite a few of those in the pre-match musings). I am so happy for him.But for an umpiring error, it could have been 7 wickets in a day, that too the first day of a test match !

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 14:38 GMT)

hats off clarke...superb inings.though am a indian fan but cant resist myself from appreciating you man.keep this form buddy..

Posted by wolf777 on (February 22, 2013, 14:36 GMT)

No contribution from Harbhajan Singh?

Posted by ReverseSweepIndia on (February 22, 2013, 14:34 GMT)

only bowler who looked like taking wicket and who indeed took was Ashwin the bowler. But I am afraid to say that when our turn comes to bat, it will be same story again and there will be only one person standing Ashin the batsman. Sehwag has been poor, Sachin has not scored anything recently, Kohli is going through bad form in test matches, do not expect much from Vijay. Pujara could do a little bt then it will fall upon Ashwin to probably save from follow-on. As an Indian fan never felt so hopeless in last 2 years, not even in Eng-Aus 4-0 hammering. At that time I digested it as farewell time for greats and thought will get good replacements. What we got? Jadeja? Vijay? And top it with Bhajji

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 14:29 GMT)

1. Cricket:- it is evens stevens for the day. India's 7 wickets Vs Australia's 300+ 2. In today's umpiring:-......DRS (1) Vs Kumar Dharmasena (0). 3. Pro DRS ICC vs BCCI:-..... ICC (1) Vs BCCI (0)

Posted by GRVJPR on (February 22, 2013, 14:29 GMT)

@MrRonan This is where Indian batsmen will show how to make the difficult pitch look easy. If like of shane warne couldn't do anything on rank turner, Who is there is this aussie bowling line up to trouble Indian batsmen. Aussie will need few luck decisions to go their way to win the game. I thing sehwag will blast out this aussie attack tomorrow and it could well be Australia batting last rather than India on this pitch.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 14:29 GMT)

"Well played Clarke and Henriques well I always see when any touring team comes to India a new talent always comes into action but still I won't say that Oz is in commanding position but yeah if the tail wags along with Clark and somehow they manages to take their score above 400 then definitely they can put pressure on Indian team.But it would be very interesting to see how well their pace bowler will bowl on a wicket which is showing no help to them.Bhajji"selection is still very tougn for me to understand but yeah as far as his past performance against oz was concerned that might come in his favour but how long we will keep on living in the past without seeing the present!"

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 14:27 GMT)

Aussie batting line up looking heavily dependant on Clarke again! If he'd have been given out when he was out then India would be 150-1 by now!

Posted by Hash_Tag on (February 22, 2013, 14:26 GMT)

What a very excellent effort by Michael Clarke. Well done! But I must say that I never NEVER want to hear anyone ever again defend stance of BCCI regarding DRS. Clarke should be in the pavilion. It is eye wateringly pathetic that India does not embrace DRS. I simply do not understand it. Also when Harbhajan was selected I commented that it was no longer appropriate for him to play for India. One or two people, one in particular took issue with me. Look here - Ojha should most definitely be here, not Bhaji. This is a spinning track and Harbhajan has not been in any way effective. Even so - I think we have had the better of it today. Provided Australia do not pass 400.

Posted by JB26 on (February 22, 2013, 14:19 GMT)

It's going to be a very interesting series to say the least. Starting with spin vs. pace, and Clarke v. Tendulkar...this is just the 1st test...but mostly the pitch will determine the result. Great efforts by Ashwin, and Henriques...the next 2 days will be very interesting...i've said the least!

Posted by Wefinishthis on (February 22, 2013, 14:17 GMT)

Australia haven't scored enough. I'm not sure even 500 will be enough with these awful bowling selections from both sides. India could have had Australia out much cheaper. They left out their best pace bowler and spinner (P.Kumar and Ojha) whilst Australia did the same (Bird/Harris and O'Keefe) so at least they're even in that regards. It's like watching Australia's B bowlers vs India's B bowlers. Perhaps we can have another tournament going on where we the public actually get to see the best bowlers from both countries playing? I'd feel ripped off if I bought tickets to this match.

Posted by Angry_Bowler on (February 22, 2013, 14:08 GMT)

It's not just in sports every domain has the same problem, guys occupying slots based on their past reputation. Or else why Banjji is in the team, can anyone explain to us ignorant fans? The guys who perform day in and day out are worming the bench, shame to say the least. Congratulations to Banjji playing 100 tests :(

Posted by Mr_Ronan on (February 22, 2013, 14:07 GMT)

@ JAVITH....The average 1st innings score in the past 5 Tests at Chennai is just 280...it is NOT a high scoring ground. So the fact that Australia are on target for at least 360 suggets they are well on top. I'm also assuming you didn't watch the match today or you would have noticed the hugely vriable bounce - one ball would shoot through low and the next would leap at the batsman. This is not usual for any pitch, in India or elsewhere, and makes batting far more difficult particulary as the game progresses. If Australia manage to get to 400 it will take an incredible effort from India to win the game, given they'll be batting last in what will be shocking conditions.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 14:05 GMT)

With 26+ cameras on the field & use of DRS is definitely a reliable, so wonder why BCCI & MSD are against it. It will cost India this test match. Finally, thank you Harbhajan Signgh, you gave us lot of glory, but you have finished your tenure. Please retire after this test or get dropped. Big mistake not to play Pragyan Ojha. Also Sehwag should have been bowled a few. Off late he has been turning the ball quite well.

Posted by CrICkeeet on (February 22, 2013, 13:55 GMT)

If AUS can pass 400 then it'll b a very good score indeed

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 13:52 GMT)

Peoples who are telling Australia dominated please know the fact first. this is India not SA or AUS here first 3 days bring high scores(Particularly in Chennai). What Australia achieved is below par. they should be 4 or 5 down at this stage to say they are dominated. i can clearly say today is India's day. This match will be either won by India or Draw. Unless Clarke pile up teams score more than 500 with tail-enders.

Posted by sweet2hrme on (February 22, 2013, 13:50 GMT)

Aus is better placed now! India Mr. Dhoni its hard to believe Ojha is not playing. Poor decision frm Dhoni & Co. Inclusion of Bhuvnesher kumar in the match does not make any sense either. U can pick Rahane in place of Bhuvnesher! I think 350 is a good score for aus. No wonder if India batting collapse again they are always strulling against quality attack!!

Posted by landl47 on (February 22, 2013, 13:47 GMT)

Clarke continues to amaze. Yet again he comes to the rescue when Aus are struggling- this time at 153-5. Good support from Henriques, too, whose batting was excellent for a debutant with a career average of 30. Warner, it has to be said, was lucky to get his 50; if it wasn't for the fact that Sehwag has to field in the slips because he doesn't do running, Warner would have been on his way as soon as Ashwin came on. However, Clarke was there to take Aus to a respectable total. For India, Ashwin bowled very well, but Bhaji had no zip at all and looks well past his sell-by date.

How good the Aus total is we'll see when India bats. The pitch looked totally lifeless for the quicker bowlers and the Aus seamers will do well to get the ball above stump height.

A good day's cricket, especially the morning session- 126-2 from 34 overs is entertaining stuff!

Posted by Rabbito on (February 22, 2013, 13:46 GMT)

how good is Henriques!!...and captian clarke - enough said. i have always been on the Moises Fan Train, almost to the point that i questioned my sanity!!, but i always new he had the class, and hasn't it shown!! immpeccable technique against the turning ball. Hes one of those guys that improves as the class hes playing in improves. i rekon that 68 was worth a hundred in any other country, also considering the pressure he was under, coming in at 5 - not much. and its a bit rich calling him a medium pacer too, he usually hits the mid 130s and ive seen him bowl 140+ too. Something tells me he has got the mark of a test player about him, and that hes going to be a hell of a player...damn i hope so anyway. And Warner was good too, scratchy and lucky maybe, but i mean, he got the runs, and with a broken thumb + not playing cricket for ages, thats a damn good effort. and for all his consistency knockers, does that make it about 5 half centuries in his last 3 tests? Hes improving scarily fast

Posted by Mr_Ronan on (February 22, 2013, 13:45 GMT)

I'm an Aussie fan but man did Ashwin bowl well today. He acted on the lessons learned during the Eng series, when he was too flat and fast and failed to vary sufficiently his pace and flight. Today he troubled all the batsmen, at times even Clarke who is arguably the best player of spin in world cricket. But the other Indian bowlers were WOEFUL. Harbhajan lacked any fizz off the pitch and frequently dropped short, Ishant tried hard as usual but lacked penetration, Kumar looked out of his depth, and Jadeja just bowled the same ball over and over, hoping the pitch would eventually earn him a wicket (which it did). Henriques was an absolute revelation. He was a teenage prodigy and for years promised greatness so maybe now is his time. Many other Australian cricketers have taken until their mid 20s to realise their potential. His bowling in the tour games was fantastic and surely now he will have great confidence when handed the ball.

Posted by AKS286 on (February 22, 2013, 13:41 GMT)

IF Clarke bats Up in the order then less wicket was to fall and more runs was on the board. Well Played Clarke. Don't predict this pitch on the basis of day 1, now after 3 days this pitch will become good for Pacers beacause Grasses will come out. both Bhajji & Mathew waste flops. Wicket Keeping is not easy for Mathew Waste in Hyd. pitch.

Posted by Raki99 on (February 22, 2013, 13:40 GMT)

Harbhajan, what a waste i have no idea why he was selected ahead of OJHA, this test is gone one beacuse of the bad selection and other becasue of a mess by dharamasena.........

Posted by sensible-indian-fan on (February 22, 2013, 13:39 GMT)

Fact #4 - 300+ looks like a safe score BUT there's a catch. The catch is - Is the pitch going to assist reverse swing? If yes, we are in for some major trouble (our batting is horrible at present). If not, then we just have to negate Lyon and have fun smashing their bowlers all over the park.

Fact #5 - In the event that the pitch does assist reverse swing, a lot will ride on Pujara (India's best test batsmen by a mile), Ashwin (yes, he's the next best on current form and not Kohli cos this is NOT ODI's) and then Kohli and the rest of the gang.

Fact #6 - All our bowlers other than Ashwin look alarmingly bad in this pitch. I am happy that Jadeja is able to bottle up one end but he doesn't look that threatening. Maybe when the pitch starts turning square, he might be. He could do what Monty did to us. Fast spin.

Bottomline - Its too soon to tell who is ahead. It all depends on whether the pitch will reverse swing or not (cos Aussies don't have many spinners).

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (February 22, 2013, 13:33 GMT)

It pains me to say it but, with his side in some difficulty, Michael Clarke did nothing that any other batsman would not have done too. Plenty of batsmen will say that they get enough rough ones that the occasional let-off like this just balances the books... It's the sort of clear, clean-cut error that DRS was made to catch: demand unattainable perfection and you will be at the whim of mere mortals. That let-off and the ensuing innings may well win this match for Australia.

Posted by y4yoga on (February 22, 2013, 13:32 GMT)

2 Mistakes by India. one is bajji instead of ojha. 2nd is DRS. 1st one can be corrected in the next match. but the 2nd???????? how many years to wait for that?

I think bajji's career ends with 100 test matches. A spendid start to a career and a Poor end only with name sake achievement of 100 tests..

Posted by sensible-indian-fan on (February 22, 2013, 13:28 GMT)

"Useless Ashwin should be dropped and Bhajji should be in the playing 11" - Remember this statement made by a lot of indian fans yesterday. I know, its easy to gloat when results go your way but here are some facts.

Fact #1 - Ashwin always had the quality. I have said this before and I will say it again. Its easy to dismiss his achievements cos they were against NZ and WI but go and look at the deliveries against them. Some of them were total rippers. Yes, he underperformed against Eng but that doesn't make him a bad bowler. What he needed was consistency (and subtle variations in speed) which he got right today.

Fact #2 - Ashwin's impact today was waaaay more than what it looks. Warner was dropped on 18, Clarke wasn't given on 39 (we Indians can't complain about that). And the period when Ashwin wasn't in the attack (due to finger issue) shifted the momentum totally.

Fact #3 - Aus batsmen aren't of the same quality as Eng. We have to be honest.

Contd..

Posted by Dhanvanth on (February 22, 2013, 13:28 GMT)

I think the Aussies are clearly on the driver's seat. Indian team selection today has been shocking as always! India s missing ojha badly! Ashwin bowled well bcuz the ball skidded all time and he made it to bounce more than usual. Clarke has been his awesome best coupled wit Henriques fifty. The Chennai pitch today as Daniel Bretting said is more of clay court than cricket pitch. Shame on the bcci for 2 things: not using DRS, preparing poor pitches!

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (February 22, 2013, 13:27 GMT)

Agree with @balajit - Day 1 - Advantage Australia. They scored 100 runs too many already for the out of form Indian batting lineup on this pitch. India will rue for the selection blunders once again! With free wickets like Sehwag, Tendulkar, and an out of form Kohli, a score of 400 might prove too much for our batsmen. This being a flat pitch, it might awaken our flat pitch bully aka Sehwag. He might score a century, and as usual, do nothing for the rest of the series. But it's time to get rid of Tendulkar and Bhaji in all formats - They have been living off their reputation for way too long!!

Posted by cricketpurist on (February 22, 2013, 13:26 GMT)

Mr.Dhoni as per your instructions you have got a "MAKE OR BREAK" Pitch? Get ready to "DO OR DIE"...

Posted by Uppercut07 on (February 22, 2013, 13:25 GMT)

Big THANK U to BCCI for refusing to use the DRS!!!!!!

Posted by Joy716 on (February 22, 2013, 13:24 GMT)

Michael Clark taking fifth stump guard was the funniest moment of the day.LOL.

Posted by Scheduler on (February 22, 2013, 13:24 GMT)

I dont understand the BCCI logic of not rewarding people who perform consistently in domestic cricket .The highest wicket takers in ranji this season are no where near the thoughts of BCCi selectors and they continue to persist with Ishant sharma who averages 38 after playing 48 test. Bhajji shud just retire .he played 100 tests what else he wants .Sehwag continues with his laid back attitude. Good going indian cricket.Commentators keep cribbing where is the next pool of players .I guess they should ask the selectors. In the meantime Australia has not been shy to reward performers in domestic cricket and that showed when a number of players debuted for them .BCCI should take cue from them on how to build a team

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

I haven't seen any footage of the first day but I guess the Clarke edge would have been pretty hard to pick up in real time. Some of our armchair experts seem to think the umpires should get every decision right but that's an unrealistic expectation. The standard of test cricket umpiring is very good - they are under considerable pressure for 6 hours a day without many breaks. I umpire junior cricket for 3.5 hours and that's tough enough! People seem to forget the old days when there would be 6 or 7 LBW's for the home team on the continent but none for the visiting teams.

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

Ah, the ebb and flow of Test cricket. Australia have done very well given that, at one point, it looked like 200 might be a struggle. Excellent for India to see Ashwin come back a new bowler after the England series and he really did bowl well, but it's also a concern that the rest of the attack was relatively toothless, especially the seamers. Australia's seamers should perform better but there's not a lot of assistance there for them so they'll have to work hard. Tough break for India with a poor decision in Clarke's favour but we all know how that could have been avoided. Concerns still for Australia with Warner and Clarke both having lucky breaks. Excellent start from Henriques though. A lot depends on India's batsmen and Lyon should have a big role to play, assuming that the pitch doesn't end up a sandpit on day three and the game gets called off. It looks like centre court at the French Open.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (February 22, 2013, 13:20 GMT)

Australia would score over 400... India scoring around 100 runs in their 1st inngs,getting followed on & then in the end inngs defeat at the end of day 4.mission accomplished. Sachin would be a failure once again as he used to be from past many years.2 more ducks coming up ahead for him.His next century is coming up against Bangladesh.Till then ducks are waiting for SRT in this series

Australian fan from India...

Posted by RandyOZ on (February 22, 2013, 13:20 GMT)

Another brilliant performance by the Aussies. Look to clean India up and make them follow on tomorrow

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 13:16 GMT)

Aus is dominating here. And just like with England, they are being led by an inspirational captain that the team will rally around. Very very tough job for India to come back from this, especially as they need to bat last on a tough wicket. If Aus wins as expected I don't think there will be any change to the side, as Clarke has a strong preference not to change winning test sides. India have serious bowling issues. What is the role of two seamers if used as Dhoni did? Both in terms of overs bowled on the first day of a match and field settings?

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 13:14 GMT)

... If Pup has read the Indian bowling responses well - as he seems to have - then we can expect Watson and Warner to attack in the rest of the series and the rest of the batsmen being advised to attack when in doubt rather than pull down the shutters. A couple of boundaries and the India's skipper will switch on to ultra defensive ways and help the Ozs to breathe easy. Indian batting shorn of its two brightest stars of recent times will have to cope up with a mountain of runs. The scoreboard pressure can make the Oz pace attack look more potent than it really is. Bad selection has set the tone for a series that holds out scarcely any hope for India. India best chance yet is to win this Test and avoid a blanking.

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

Clarke seems to have applied himself to the task (bad decision excepted) and the new boy Moises had the luck of, well, all new boys! I am surprised that Ed Cowans lasted that long and so did Warner on the Chepauk pitch. Ojha was badly missed and perhaps a few overs from Sehwag could have been tried when Clarke and MH were going strong for too long. Their decision to attack reminded me of how SA got on with the game in the second innings at Newlands and shut out Pakistan. Good thinking there. Shutting down the shop would have allowed the Indians to think they were on top. I did not see the game live but what I see from Cricinfo report gives me the impression that barring Ashwin none bowled well - not entirely unexpected. If anything I was suspecting even Ashwin would go the majority way....

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 13:08 GMT)

What a leader Michael Clark. Leading from front on a turning wicket. Its a shame the worse pitch i ever seen. First hour of the a match have been the turning disgrace. The Indians are scary to prepare a balance wicket for pace and spin. The pitches in Dubai is more balance wicket.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 13:07 GMT)

A few points. A) Nothing wrong with the pitch at all, exactly what you´d expect in India, if anything it seems a little bouncier. B) Why on earth did India leave Ohja out? C) Great debut from Henriques, I think Watto´s time in the baggygreen may be limited if he doesn´t start scoring centuries. Other than that, its a fantastic contest. Some variable bounce for the spinners and reverse for the quicks but the ball is coming onto the bat pretty nicely too. The Aussie batsmen really have to watch going back and then playing across the line, they need to get that out of their games, a real get out shot. I think Australia will be very happy to have gotten themselves right into the contest here, with this batting line up being such an unknown quantity in these conditions, they should be able to relax now and focus on bowling the Indians out tomorrow. Anything over 350 gives them a great opportunity in this match.

Posted by spiritwithin on (February 22, 2013, 13:06 GMT)

@davidpk...<<well to win in india you need to win the toss>>..a little correction,the last 40tests in india which produced results 22 were by the team losing the toss and 18 times a team won the toss,so as u see toss results hardly matters,dont stereotype the indian pitches,also team batting first had won 15 times and team batting second won 25 times..

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

India is the most overated team of all time. Clarke just scored a century playing in Alien conditions "to him" . But whenever India tour outside Asia. they just fall apart like a pack of cards. Countries like Pakistan and Sri Lanka atleast put up a fight when they go down. Not India.. they have to do it their style. I mean they had this game in their hands..Aus were 150 for 5 so easily could have bowled them out for 200.First day may have gone to both sides. But i still predict a comprehensive whitewash by Australia. Whenever It comes to a test series India is so horrible nowadays i can bearly watch. The pacers are absolutely lolipop cricketers. No pace no seam movement or swing. And the pitch looked like a road. Here's my prediction India lose by 100-200 runs early on day 5. Please prove me wrong. I like watching Pujara bat. Seems like a nice chap. So prove me wrong India.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 13:04 GMT)

I don't know who I want to win here. I want India to show that England play there better than Australia do, but I'm a massive Clarke, Starc and Watson fan. Mind you I also like Ashwin. He's a superb spin bowler who just needs to be able to spin the ball hard and he'll be top notch

Posted by heathrf1974 on (February 22, 2013, 13:01 GMT)

Fine effort by an inexperienced Australian side (although Clarke scored a lot of the runs via a lucky break). Although the test is still in the balance it's good to see this Australian team being competitive in India. It will be interesting to see how India go when they bat. Although it is under their conditions, their batting lineup isn't as formidable as years past.

Posted by balajit on (February 22, 2013, 12:57 GMT)

Day 1 - Advantage Australia. They scored 100 runs too many already for the out of form Indian batting lineup on this pitch. Good to see Ashwin bowl well! India will rue for the selection blunders once again!

Rahane & ojha should have played instead of Jadeja & ishant/bhuneswar/harbhajan.

Hard to see India winning from here on this pitch.

Posted by cv-joglekar on (February 22, 2013, 12:54 GMT)

Bad team selection by India cost them dearly. Harbhajan was selected not based on form but his reputation against Australians and he did nothing to prove his selection was worth. Had Ojha been there the scoreline would have read totally differently.

Posted by SherjilIslam on (February 22, 2013, 12:51 GMT)

My hope rests on Viru Sehwag, i know expecting anything from Sehwag is like hoping against hope these days, but being a fan of him, like to see him firing again to take India out of any potential danger.Having said that, if he doesn't perform, i would accept his dropping from the next match gladly.

Posted by Boooowled on (February 22, 2013, 12:48 GMT)

No point complaining, GRVJPR. All umpires since the very beginning of the game have made mistakes. India is the only country playing cricket in the world that refuses to have a review system. It's not the umpire's fault. It is the fault of the BCCI.

Posted by Paul_Rampley on (February 22, 2013, 12:48 GMT)

India will be slightly relieved that they got those two late wickets but the big fish Michael Clarke is still at the crease. He's on 103 and despite that umpiring error that could have seen him go early, it has been an excellent effort from him. As it has been from R Ashwin, who scalped six wickets. Cowan is on his last legs, the case for Watson to open is becoming stronger every time he fails(warm up matches are not the same as the real deal). Cannot help but feel that finger injury to Ashwin that saw him being taken off for 55 minutes was the turning point of the day

Posted by Vijaykumar_Indian on (February 22, 2013, 12:47 GMT)

Please discard Bhajji for rest of the series and let Ojha get his place back. Sehwag too do not deserve be in the team now.., poor fielding by him and he is super flop in opening. Dhoni -- come on this is your last chance as test captain...if we lose this series., Dhoni should be out of the Test cricket!!!

VIP

Posted by bumsonseats on (February 22, 2013, 12:44 GMT)

mind when its been used in the past by india they could never get it right using their drs picks in a frivolous way, so by the time the aus skipper could have been given out, they would have used them all up

Posted by SirViv1973 on (February 22, 2013, 12:41 GMT)

In the end you would have to say a fairly even sort of day. Any team winning the toss & choosing to bat first in this part of the world would usually view 400 as a par ish score. Aus still have a bit to do in the morning to get there but will be the happier of the 2 sides, given their position half way through the day, when it looked like they could easily get rolled for less than 200. Clarke not being given out when he clearly edged it was a huge let off & you have to wonder how many more times he is going to be able to hold together this pretty ave batting line up. Full markes to Henriques he came in under a lot of pressure & did a fine job. Ind did have Oz there for the taking & will be hugly dissapionted that they wern't able to capitalize. It looks like a very bad decision to give Bhaj his 100th test in favor of Ojha who was Ind's stand out bowler against Eng. Also full marks go to Ashwin a fine response to those who wrote him off as just being a batsman following the Eng series.

Posted by GRINDIA on (February 22, 2013, 12:39 GMT)

Gr8 batting by Clarky. I still feel that India do have an upper hand now after they got henriques out. Poor India for clark's edge not been given. Thanks to Erasmus. However i wont support DRS for that issue. Still feel the two umpires standing there are more than enough for all sort of decisions. India must focus on their tail-lenders now tomoro and let Clark go his way.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (February 22, 2013, 12:39 GMT)

Ahwin bowled well, but our other bowlers were rubbish. Harbhajan and Jadeja are not test quality bowlers. They should not be allowed to play any more tests. Let them play IPL. Jadeja's economical bowling is good only for ODI and T20. We have better off spinner in Rasool, and a better left arm spinner in Nadeem. Please give them a chance instead of non-performing Bhaji and Jadeja. Same thing goes for Ishant Sharma. If our bowling spearhead can't take a single wicket, why are we playing him?? Is he playing as a batsman??

Posted by Paul_Rampley on (February 22, 2013, 12:38 GMT)

Well done Pup, great debut Moses, and Ashwin impressed as well. @DylanBrah i also agree with the team listed mate.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (February 22, 2013, 12:36 GMT)

@Boooowled: Having spent his entire test career bowling seam-up, if Lyon doesn't get one to turn on this pitch they might as well take a wrecking-ball to the 'Shane Warne Spin Academy'! Cricket watchers everywhere await with baited breath. Will Lyon turn his first ball? What a moment it will be.

Posted by bumsonseats on (February 22, 2013, 12:34 GMT)

well to win in india you need to win the toss.then you need to score 350 + so both have just about been accomplished . why has the turbanator been selected he did nothing against England in the 1 test he played, and the only spinner to cause England a few problems was ojha. perhaps its maybe hes a better bat, the guys finished mind i also thought ashwin was similar. day 1 australia

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (February 22, 2013, 12:34 GMT)

Yet again the best batsman in the world playing a captain's knock to lead his side into the decent state at end of day1 ... looking to add 100 odd runs more with help from decent tail of Aus.After that time for us bowlers to go for it on a fast crumbling pitch with pacy R/Swing with tight set and efficient fielding.... Oh yes... for N Lyon's imper sonation of S.K. Warn...err...take Murali/Ajmal anyway on a gift of a spinner's den!! Don't think there is gonna a Warney ever on earth again ...spin or no-spin pitch !!..

Posted by GRVJPR on (February 22, 2013, 12:34 GMT)

Kumar Dharmsena blunder has gifted this match to Austrlia. Seriously need to appoint good unmpires.

Posted by Rampant_Aussie on (February 22, 2013, 12:33 GMT)

Fantastic innings by Clarke; best batsman in the world along with Amla. Ashwin bowled really well too. I loved his dip and control as well his subtle changes of pace and spin. I'm not quite sure what a good score is on this pitch. It looks dreadful for a first day pitch. I've been watching tests in India for sometime and I've never seen it quite so scuffed after one day's play. May I say to all of the fans out there who bemoan the Clarke decision (as out as it was), to paraphrase the BCCI: umpiring errors are part and parcel of the game! For god's sake just put us out of our misery and embrace DRS. It's good enough for every other team. As to the people who said he was dishonest, technically he was dishonest. He played innocent for sure. But when was the last player (apart from Gilchrist) who walked regularly?? I can't wait for the rest of this test!

Posted by SL_rockz on (February 22, 2013, 12:32 GMT)

well done clarke !!! Now you have the control of the game... But beware if India got a good start then ................. u will have problems lets watch it is too early to speak a lot ..gud luck for both.and well done ashwin ....Ojha india is badly missing you..

Posted by David_Bofinger on (February 22, 2013, 12:30 GMT)

Every time there's a bad decision against India I wonder what it will take to make India adopt UDRS. Australia is in front, but not by much and only because Clarke won the toss. Should be fun to watch the pitch disintegrate, I hope the teams can make this last five days just so we can have that experience.

Posted by yogesh61 on (February 22, 2013, 12:27 GMT)

india cant win this test match they aproch to the game is quite horrible

Posted by Sunil_Batra on (February 22, 2013, 12:23 GMT)

My friend used to play indoor cricket at his dad's sports centre and Michael subbed for our team once. He must have been about 14 or 15 and he was obviously very good.I like to think his stint in our G grade hackers team really shaped his future. How good is he now, wonder where all the bashers are now. Our main problem is that we have Watson batting at 4 where in the tour match and ODIs that he showed that he can bat very well at top. The Australian test batsmen need to learn how to occupy the crease - Test cricket is based on occupying the crease for at least one and a half days in the first innings. We have again passed the advantage back to our opponents. Guys like Hughes and Khawaja are my favorite young guns but they need to copy their mentor(in Khawjaa's case he needs to get a fair crack first which i hope he gets before the ashes). @FlemingMitch i would go for the batting lineup you have listed for the ashes.

Posted by grizzle on (February 22, 2013, 12:21 GMT)

Chill to all the commentators lambasting the pitch. The Aussies have already posted 300-odd haven't they? Not exactly a crumbling fifth-day wicket. Also, BCCI's stance vis-a-vis the DRS shown up again for what it is: disgraceful. They well and truly deserve all the umpiring blunders they get. Finally, well bowled to Ashwin who looks to be learning to be an offie again, and well played to Clarke --- Captain Fantastic.

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

Thats the first time I've seen R Ashwin bowling with courage to flight the ball , and he got his reward for that .. Well Bowled !!! Unfair to not to select the P Ojha I think he is a better bowler than Jadeja and Bhajji .. But its the Indian Mindset to strengthen the Batting line.Bhajji I m afraid has become a T20 Bowler(coward Bowler) and I believe it will be Bye Bye for him after this Test.He must get atleast 4 wickets on this wicket in the second inning to justify his place.

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

I predict that it is likely that one team will score very few in the third or fourth innings, possibly another under 100 situation. The pitch will be diabolical to bat on. I think it will all depend on the first innings. If Australia can bat to lunch at least - maybe another hundred runs or so, I think that would be more like 500 on this pitch.

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (February 22, 2013, 12:14 GMT)

Australia generally batted pretty well. Hughes and Cowan were a tad unlucky, while Watson and Warner got out to good balls. They all put a price on their wicket, which is what is required. Ashwin looked like the only bowler who was going to take a wicket, though I agree that Jadeja was the next best. Harbhajan Singh was dealt with easily, making me wonder why they didn't play Ojha. The two pacers were useless and I think that India would have been better served to have had Virat Kohli open the bowling, if the job is just to take the pace off the ball. India are in huge trouble here and right now Australia are in the box seat. India will need to come back hugely against a very scary looking Australian bowling line up - who effectively went in with the extra bowler by picking Henriques. I think that they will struggle to get to 200.

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

Clarke still batting at 5, looks like hiding is still paying off.

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

India team should not look for legacy they just want to win. Playing you experienced bowler for 100th test is not we fan's want to see. We want Indian team victory here. I believe if Ojha was in the team then aussie's total would be around 200.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (February 22, 2013, 12:08 GMT)

It is pity to see a player like Harbhajan bowling less number of overs than an all rounder in tests! He needs to find a way to his wicket taking ability. Hope he will prove worthy as a batsman at least!

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (February 22, 2013, 12:07 GMT)

GREAT DAY of test cricket......dhoni made the mistake of picking harbhajan over ojha(who was highest wicket taker in eng series)......only ashwin and jadeja bowled well,now pressure on IND batsmen to perform,IND can win this series only if our batting clicks as unit....jadeja just brings the balance to this indian team,he can't pick wickets consistently but he is very economical which helps bowlers from other end to pick wickets regularly.....

Posted by Boooowled on (February 22, 2013, 12:04 GMT)

Another terrific knock by Clarke. That pitch is a bit of disgrace really. Any wicket which is playing like a fifth day turner an hour into the first day is not a Test wicket. It is not a First Class wicket. It's barely a Club cricket pitch. It is no wonder that India can't win a raffle overseas if their First Class players are forced to bat day after day on this rubbish.

Posted by lukecannon on (February 22, 2013, 12:02 GMT)

Wow what an awesome display of batsmanship by Clarke and Henriques. The pitch looked like a road. Appearantly the flat track bullies are no longer bullies even on their own flat pitches. Time to anhilate India. Good luck Clarke.

Posted by Boooowled on (February 22, 2013, 12:01 GMT)

India would have certainly got Clarke's catch overturned on appeal, but they would have lost at least one, possibly two of the LBW decisions, so really, as all players say, it all evens out in the end. Personally, if for replay decisions, but I'm totally against DRS, with lines all over the place. I do not accept that ball tracking can ever take into account the wind, the bounce, or the deviation, as the last two can change if it hits anywhere on the pitch, but the DRS says that the ball will bounce and vary the same way irrespective of where it hits. Hotspot is good, but clearly is not perfect

I see nothing wrong with the third umpire merely watching the slow motion replay and making a decision using that alone - maybe hotspot. I'm in two minds about that.

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (February 22, 2013, 11:58 GMT)

Indian fans are getting carried away here glorifying Ashwin's lucky break, (And not to mention that Harbhajan is becoming a laughing stock). lol. Has anyone noticed that Aussies have already taken the game away from India. Hello.. Typical Indian mediocre mentality. lol. 50 more runs tomorrow n Its more than enugh to put pressure on out of form Indian batsmen. By the way Its shame n against the spirit of the game to offer such a pitch. Its gonna be a walk in the park for Aussie to win this match comfortably.

Posted by m812 on (February 22, 2013, 11:57 GMT)

As expected Harbhajan was useless . No wkts. Then he will say " Look at how i am bowling ...not the wickets column". If you are reading this Bhajji , the fans have opinion you are now just a darter who has taken up a spot in team and contributes nothing. Its been ages since we saw you spin the ball. Do you even ever look at Ajmal or Herath or Swann to see how much they spin it to be classified as spinners. As far as I am concerned unless useless people like Bhaji , Vijay take up team based on history and not current performance , I am not waticinh any more matches till new blood based purely on talent is selected.I would go so far to say that if lets say a Abhishek Nayyar was playing or maybe even Pathan they would have picked up atleast 1 wkt in 20 overs

Posted by challagalla on (February 22, 2013, 11:57 GMT)

Moises Henriques was superb. For a batsman who has only played T20 before in India he showed a lot of maturity and played a proper test knock and was always looking to score runs of bad balls. Hope he cements his position in the test team now. Australia are certainly ahead in this match so far. I think they will get out around 350 , which is a good total and a lot depends on how the Indian batsmen perform. You need a lead of atleast 100 runs in the first innings as batting last is very dicey on this pitch. You can see it is breaking already. Notice the colour of the pitch changing every ball.

Posted by Vishal63 on (February 22, 2013, 11:57 GMT)

There should be a rotation policy for the two off-spinners. Just like how India had an openers rotation policy for the CB Series. The off-spinner rotation policy should include Ojha, Ashwin and Harbhajan.

Posted by androyuvi on (February 22, 2013, 11:56 GMT)

Mighty Aussies, you might have had the first day, escaping Ashwin's sweet spell of bowling, but watch out for his batting. I have always been excited about his batting, and yet again i expect him to bat some crucial runs for India. You might have to get past him to wind up India's tail. As said in the report, it's been Ashwin's and Clarke's day. But the later is most likely the man to watch out for in all 4 innings.! Cheers.

Posted by Vishal63 on (February 22, 2013, 11:55 GMT)

It's 2001 all over again, but this time R Ashwin is the off-spinner.

Posted by Vishal63 on (February 22, 2013, 11:55 GMT)

I think Dhoni should have showed more faith in Harbhajan and given him at least one over in the final session. Harbhajan will definitely come back and take wickets tomorrow or then in the 3rd innings. India shouldn't rule him out already as Jadeja's prime job isn't to do Harbhajan's job. If Harbhajan doesn't perform this match, he should still be given the next and then he can face the axe.

Posted by Sumanth.GK on (February 22, 2013, 11:53 GMT)

Well bowled Bhajji, short and wide or bowl on legside

Posted by hhillbumper on (February 22, 2013, 11:52 GMT)

Does the DRS still look so poor? Well played Aus and good luck with that technoloy

Posted by SherjilIslam on (February 22, 2013, 11:51 GMT)

@#Jayzuz: I have no problem with clarke not walking, nor i have anything to do with your war of words with FFL. Just one submission regarding your comments on pitch taking turn after 5 overs.See in world of Cricket, different countries offer different surfaces.Australia famously have WACA to be called as the fastest surface in the world and on Day-1, batting on WACA is no easy than batting on Chennai day 5 pitch.Is this uniqueness of the surfaces across the world have anything to do with sportsmanship????Doesn't Australia scored 316-7 on the same pitch turning after 5 overs??? My point is, you can't relate the nature of a pitch to the sportsmanship of the host nation.To be a good team/batsman, you have to be equally skillful to cope WACA and Chennai at the same time which Australia/Clarke did today.It has nothing to do with India's poor sportsmanship.

Posted by RajeshNaik on (February 22, 2013, 11:50 GMT)

No doubt, a god innings from Clarke. But he only had to negotiate Ashwin. Other bowlers were just filling in. When does India realise that Jadeja is not the man for tests and Harbhajan is not the man he was. By playing Harbhajan in the place of Ojha, in the hope that he may regain his past glory, the team has put extra burden on Ashwin. Harbhajan is not able to curb runs as well, which is hurting India bad. He is been allowed to play his 100th test and that is where he should stay put. Hope the selectors realise this. It is one bowler Vs 11 batsmen. No wonder, Clarke gets another hundred and a debutant gets a half century. Hope Ashwin does not let the tail wag tomorrow. How much can be expected from one bowler...

Posted by brusselslion on (February 22, 2013, 11:47 GMT)

Day 1 of the series reinforced my view of the players, namely: Cowan- honest trier but short of class; Warner - luckiest batsman around, has more lives than a cat; Hughes - just not Test class; Watson - good but throws wicket away; Clarke - World's best batsman; Wade - see Hughes; Henriques - Never heard of him before, great first effort: India apart from Ashwin, who had one of his odd golden days, are completely hapless. How on earth is Dhoni still captain? Surely, there must be someone with more nous?

Posted by PerfectTen on (February 22, 2013, 11:46 GMT)

Once again, insipid captaincy from MSD & as usual, Clarke is showing why he is leading the side. Hopefully, Harbhajan has played his last test match now that he's got the landmarks he never deserved - 400 wickets and today, 100 tests. Tomorrow, if Oz can add another 60 runs, India will be under tremendous pressure with or without quality spinners in the opposition. Oz's battery of pace bowlers I feel will more than make up for it. Critical day of the series tomorrow.

Posted by Vishal63 on (February 22, 2013, 11:46 GMT)

How has Australia edged it? I think all that Michael Clarke has done was being dishonest but after all, it's his luck and he has every right to do what he did. It could've happened with anyone so we (India) can't really complain.

Posted by Vishal63 on (February 22, 2013, 11:45 GMT)

India really picked the wrong XI. It was a good decision bringing Bhuvneshwar Kumar in but they should have just kept him in as the single seamer and left Ishant Sharma out. Either way, both haven't impressed today so any one of the two would have been fine. Then, India should have given Shikhar Dhawan a chance to open with Virender Sehwag so that we get a left-right combination. India should have then obviously kept Pragyan Ojha in the side so that he can do most of the bowling with Ravichandran Ashwin. It was a real surprise to see Pragyan Ojha being left out. Lastly, India should have opted for Ajinkya Rahane to bat in the middle order instead of Ravindra Jadeja. I don't think Ravindra Jadeja has done anything besides getting rid of a tail ender. In fact, it would have been better for Harbhajan Singh to have got rid of the tail ender so that he can hopefully get his confidence back. This match is going nowhere until Day 5.

Posted by Vishnu27 on (February 22, 2013, 11:44 GMT)

mikey76: did you actually watch any of today's play? I'm guessing not. R Ashwin bowled extremely well today. Without doubt the best I've ever seen him bowl. I watched your recent India series & he was about as effective as he was when we towelled him up in Australia. SKW commented today several times on how much Ashwin had learnt & improved since the England series. Commenting also that Ashwin had clearly been watching Swann bowl, as his similar subtle variation of pace & trajectory was evident. Suggest you watch some highlights; the guy bowled well.

Posted by RajitD on (February 22, 2013, 11:44 GMT)

More clay court than cricket pitch!! Ha! Ha! Good one! More seriously, I find those cribbing about the pitch disgusting. Wickets in Perth WILL bounce, and in Chennai (and anywhere in India) WILL spin. Accept this and move on. Clarke's a class act, and we know it. I think Australia has batted India outy of the game. Unless India get a 150+ lead, no chance. Bhajji has been given a one match charity, and hope he's never picked up - even if he gets a five for in the next innings.

Posted by balajeev on (February 22, 2013, 11:42 GMT)

Seems like everyone in the Indian team management got misty eyed and gifted Harbhajan his 100th test. While he has been a great servant of Indian cricket in the past, he has done nothing to justify a recall. Today's performance only dented his already damaged reputation further. India should learn from Australia how to deal with non performing seniors. As far as Jadeja is concerned, the best he can do is hold up an end by bowling darts that serve him so well in ODI and T20 cricket. In general, he fits into the Dhoni scheme of things of playing defensive cricket.

Posted by thebatsmansHoldingthebowlersWilley on (February 22, 2013, 11:42 GMT)

Must be incredibly frustrating to be an India supporter...they really shot themselves in the foot today, not picking Ohja...just so that Bhajji could win his 100th cap...that is madness!! Bhajji was awful against England recently and it's no surprise he bowled garbage today. Ohja's left arm spin would have been useful against Clarke today!! Australia batting line-up is so average...only Clarke is any good. Well batted Clarke but India only have themselves to blame....

Posted by realfan on (February 22, 2013, 11:41 GMT)

i hope harbajan wont play for team indian in the future....and i hope for the return of YADAV... ishant is clueless...

Posted by Pushpak-Martin on (February 22, 2013, 11:39 GMT)

Past is past!!!!!! NO POINT IN CRYING OVER SPILT MILK. It will be better to compliment Ashwin rather than Bhajji's failure. Never mind still ther's a second chance bhajji hopefully you take all the 10 wickets and prove yourself.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (February 22, 2013, 11:39 GMT)

Ravi Ashwin takes six and looks threatening, but Australia are still building what looks like it could be a match-winning total. If he had received some support it might have been a different story. Now we will see what the Australian quicks make of this pitch. It looks like advantage Australia right now. However, things may look different at the Close tomorrow: as the India-England Tests showed, early impressions can be misleading but, if Australia can win this match I can't see India coming back.

Posted by maf17 on (February 22, 2013, 11:39 GMT)

The Indians must haveabsolute nightmares about Clarke. When he took them for a couple of double tons at home they have must have hoped they could reverse the story in India. No such luck. Clarkey just loves batting against the Indians, whether in Australia, in India, or on Mars for that matter.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 11:38 GMT)

This surely going to be an exciting test match to witness. Both the sides performed well and we are sure there are plenty more exciting things to come as the game proceeds.

Posted by swauzzie on (February 22, 2013, 11:37 GMT)

@Front-Foot_lunge Well I never thought I've read that from you mate. Well said :). I think the Aussie fans should be proud of the way their team has played today (bar some rash shots). On the whole a good days play. (As far as I saw one decsision going against Oz, 1 decision going for Oz - without DRS it's a fair result) Run rate not too bad, 7 down, captain-courageous still in comand of the troups out in the middle. It's a great start for the Aussies. They've done what they set out to do on day 1 - not be totally dominated by an Indian spin barrage! Great bowling from Ashwin, good turnaround for him after the Poms tour!

Posted by Jayzuz on (February 22, 2013, 11:37 GMT)

The game is reasonably even. But on that track I'd much rather have runs on the board. India will need a 1st innings lead of 100+ to move into a good position. Clarke has famously good concentration, so some chance we'll post 350-400. 400 would be very good, IMHO.

Posted by realfan on (February 22, 2013, 11:36 GMT)

for a word about bhuvaneshwar kumar..... dont think he is bad for test cricket just by this 1 performance.... here are my views... 1) debut, everybody will be nervous on debut 2) the pitch, its a dead 1 for the seamers... we can see that in indian batting innings 3) he is playing against the team who plays day in day out against the seam bowlers... he should have done better... but he tried , tried hard than ishant......

its basically a bad selection....when you know the pitch is not going to help seamers at all, why make him debut in such a pitch, its more like wasting a talent.... he could have made his debut in Mohali , wher the conditions are cold and will help little bit for seamers... or may be in SA series.....never mind... he is good player, he will learn

Posted by Surajdon9 on (February 22, 2013, 11:36 GMT)

India deserve the wrong call on Clarke, its their choice that the DRS is not being used and it just might have cost them the match

Posted by scritty on (February 22, 2013, 11:35 GMT)

@Jonesy2. You must be proud to get saved by a Portugese bloke today! At Indian moaners. Yes it was a HUGE inside edge, and Clark went on to play brilliantly and score quickly. NO DRS? That's what you get. So funny to see Aussies arguing over how many guys born outside Oz should be playing (No Ohja) and Indian fans gutted at terrible umpiring decisions when they refuse DRS. I haven't laughed so loud at 8:00 am in the morning for a long long time!

Posted by Harlequin. on (February 22, 2013, 11:35 GMT)

Fantastic innings by Henriques; producing the goods on his debut. It was needed as well, if Clarke is going to bat at 5 then he will need this sort of support from 6,7 & 8. Its also fairly amusing to see India bitten on the backside regarding their DRS stance again!

Posted by dunger.bob on (February 22, 2013, 11:34 GMT)

What a brilliant days cricket ! I think both sides would be reasonably happy with with Aus. maybe slightly happier. The Aussies would be hoping for 400 but would settle for 370 I reckon. Indian though might be slightly disappointed at letting 160/5 get away from them a bit. .. If India can mop up quickly tomorrow & be chasing 350 or less they will have pulled it back to about even I would say. However, if Aus. can get some quick runs and pass 350 they should be pleased. .. of course, 500 might not be enough if Aus's bowlers can't cope with the conditions.

Posted by Batesta on (February 22, 2013, 11:33 GMT)

What happens if this game makes it to Day 5..... will there be any wicket left.

Nothing too wrong with trying to prepare a wicket to suit your strengths, but there comes a point where you have gone too far.

Shame!

Posted by Jayzuz on (February 22, 2013, 11:33 GMT)

Interesting. People keep repeating stuff over and over and over until they believe it. Australia has no spinner? Now go and take a look at the stats for Ashwin and Lyon. Almost identical. Lyon has a slightly better average, Ashwin a slightly better strike rate, Lyon a significantly better economy rate. Lyon has played a few more tests, but is bowled less often so they have bowled a similar amount of deliveries. Let's wait to see how India bat on this track in the 4th innings. Don't think I'd want to be chasing much more than 150. A vacuum cleaner will come in handy.

Posted by Prakmca on (February 22, 2013, 11:33 GMT)

12 matches 84 wickets in the past. so Harbajan came in place of Ohja. WHAT HAPPENED? most of 84 wickets harabjan picked during Kumble's presence.

Please please don't select anyone on past performance. He was not bowling well in domestic matches, then how come he was selected here? Useless....

somehow somehow he wanted to play 100 tests... mission accomplished now. Show him door permanently. That yesterday he said that he wants to play for another 50 matches... hahaha....

Posted by Surajdon9 on (February 22, 2013, 11:33 GMT)

For me now it's official. Pup is our 2nd best batter, since Bradman. His calendar year last year, was amazing , exceeded punter or steve waugh, in a calander year, or Bobby SImpson, Alan Border, greg chapell. Pup you are the man, our best since Bradman.. Cowan has had 14 tests now in a row averaging over 30. How about giving Khawaja just half of those tests in a row to show what he can do. Surely its time now to get Watson opening with Warner and have Hughes at 3, our best batsman in Clarke in 4 and Khawaja in at 5. Congratulation Pups........

Posted by Hammond on (February 22, 2013, 11:28 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge- no-one is suggesting that Australia will perform in this series anywhere like England did. They are (in my mind) still the far superior cricket team. But credit where it is due, usually the Aussie middle order collapses like tin foil. I would suggest that we wait until we get a low slow turner and see if Australia does as well. As per usual, MC batted superbly. I am an England cricket fan as well (albeit an Australian one) and I am not the least bit worried as far as the ashes go by Australia being 7/316 on the first day of a pretty bouncy Indian test wicket. What India make in response is the key.

Posted by karthik_raja on (February 22, 2013, 11:28 GMT)

@ JimDavis on (February 22, 2013, 10:51 GMT) Fantastic question. Exactly wt I am saying since the inception of DRS. DRS without Hotspot and Hawkeye is the way to go. DRS with slow motion cameras itself can bring 99% of right decisions. I mean, a NOT OUT decision for a faint edge which only HOTSPOT can detect is by no means a HOWLER. Similarly why do we need machines to determine the imaginary path when it is fairly open for human intervention(third umpire can still rule against the technology. We have so many such examples). Will ICC think and act on it?

Posted by GRVJPR on (February 22, 2013, 11:28 GMT)

Well done to India playing the game with a real smile. A lucky clarke can enjoy a bit but damage has been done by India by picking up 7 wickets on a flat wicket after loosing a toss.

Posted by Mervo on (February 22, 2013, 11:26 GMT)

Who would want to be a pace bowler in India? Indian cricket administrators and curators offer no encouragement for half of the game with spinners only . When they go to South Africa expect another white wash as India will be totally unprepared in that department. This was their chance to prepare. They are prolonging the inevitable and must play the full game soon. And no DRS with Ashwin and 4 lbws out of 5! I guess I understand why they don't want that either. Come on India join the modern game!

Posted by johnnybox on (February 22, 2013, 11:25 GMT)

What can anyone tell me about the pitch. Is it a fairly typical Chennai wicket? It looks more like a day 3-4 pitch but I am not too familiar with it.

Posted by chin-music on (February 22, 2013, 11:21 GMT)

Only a matter of time before Indian team starts bleating about the bad decision against Clarke etc --- serves them right , this is absolutely the reason DRS is being successfully used in all other cricket nations.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 11:21 GMT)

A fair few LB's quite expected....the only way to enure a win, talk about fair and sportsmanship " that's not cricket". Clarke once again shows his class and adaptation to all conditions, Harbajan better resort to speech therapy cause your not going to get any wickets unless gifted to you. Hah!

Posted by Jayzuz on (February 22, 2013, 11:21 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge, feeling a little miserable, are we? Your 4-0 prediction to INDIA looking a little threatened? Then again, the only thing that brings you joy is watching Australians fail. This explains your overly sour countenance on most occasions. Speaking of sportsmanship, old son. Can't quite believe the pics I've seen of the pitch. One might consider that to be not quite good sportsmanship. What are your thoughts on pitches that permit spin after 5 overs on day one?

Posted by Paddy789 on (February 22, 2013, 11:20 GMT)

Had Ojha playing today, India might have been batting by now - Bhajji for the sake of Indian Cricket please accept that this is your last test match.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 11:19 GMT)

Lovely to Henriques doing so well on debut! I must confess to being surprised by the way the Indian spinners bowled, though. Both Jadeja and Harbhajan bowled very flat and quick in contrast to Ashwin. They never got the ball above the batsmen's eyes and so never induced a false shot. I would have thought they could have taken their lead from Ashwin who bowled beautifully, but it continued to be a dart tournament for those two.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 11:17 GMT)

All those who criticise MSD's decision to sit out Ojha , just a few things . It is easy to criticise after a day's play. If Dhoni should have selected Ojha , there by leaving only 1 pace bowler, everyone would say you should play 2 seamers for a balanced team. (It happened when India played 3 spinners + Ishant Sharma against England). If Bhajji sat out , then these people will say , he has been always a nemesis to Aussies, so he should have played. I am with MS for selecting Jadeja ahead of Ojha. He does the same left arm spin with more control , add to that his batting and of course, fielding. Everyone was crying to leave Ashwin and I really find it hard now to see those people after his 6 wickets. Overall it was a good team selection

Posted by Jimi01 on (February 22, 2013, 11:15 GMT)

looks like the end of Indian cricket.

Posted by nthuq on (February 22, 2013, 11:14 GMT)

Not going to comment on the umpiring - it's part and parcel of playing in India nowadays honestly. Ashwin seems to be the only real bowler for India, though that may change in the 3rd innings as it deteriorates. I feel though that if Ojha were playing, we'd be in a lot more trouble as no matter how you see it, having 2 threatening bowlers is better than 1. Bhuvneshwar got a little bit of seam movement (or something?) early on, and Ishant got some reverse swing later on, which does suggest our fast bowlers will have a significant effect. Though Lyon is key, of course. He has a tendency of bowling well in the 2nd innings with the help of some scoreboard pressure from the 1st innings, though hopefully he can be effective in the 4th innings instead of leaving it to the quick men.

Posted by Front-Foot_lunge on (February 22, 2013, 11:13 GMT)

As an England Fan, seeing Australia successfully negotiate the spinners was worrying for the Ashes over the summer. In many ways, their batting could be considered superior to ours due to the fact that in our first outing in Indian soil, even after extensive practice matches, we were 'occupied' like St Pauls was by muesli eating brigade. No doubt there will be fellow English fans trying to "get one over' our Australian counterparts in the comments section of this site, but that, I suggest is just fear. Fear from being ritually humiliated by the Australians for decades. I for one, like any well mannered English man, applaud a good contest and wish the Australians well!

Posted by ManR on (February 22, 2013, 11:12 GMT)

India does not deserve the bad decision that meant Clarke has a 100 to his name. But why do former Indian cricketers/pundits not question the Indian cricket team for it's excessive appealing? In the morning, there was a clear case of bat pad which was appealed for as LBW.

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

Indian commentators trying to convince themselves this game is dead even. No chance. 300 is a good score on that pitch and Aussies look set for at least 350 so they are comfortably ahead in the game at this point. India will need to make 400+ and get a decent lead or they'll face a nightmare chase on a prick of a wicket.

Posted by karthik_raja on (February 22, 2013, 11:10 GMT)

@ Ateendriyo Swami on (February 22, 2013, 6:10 GMT). You stole my words. @TheBigBoodha, Kindly answer. Is there any such rule.?

Posted by CrICkeeet on (February 22, 2013, 11:06 GMT)

Oh pup, again 2 BEAUTY...thats y I <3 U!

Posted by Solid_Snake on (February 22, 2013, 11:06 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge:Why should someone walk? What are umpires standing there for.If the umpires thinks that it's not out then why should any batsman walk away.

Posted by karthik_raja on (February 22, 2013, 11:06 GMT)

@Utkarsh Singh. Sensible and very valid question. To answer ur question, lemme start with "Almost every bowler in the world needs something in the wicket to perform well" And, no spinner can pick wickets in non-turning wickets. A certain philander is praised a lot even though he has picked all those wickets in helpful tracks. So, wts wrong in cheering for Ashwin for his performance today? Since you have compared his today's performance with previous Eng tour, I wud say Ash bowled well only in patches in last series. Bt, today his bowling s simply superb. He has shown some improvements like 1.getting rid of habit of bowling a short ball almost every over. 2.trying too many variations instead of sticking to basics. 3.trying to attack instead of just containing. And, u r true if u say he is still not a complete package. Bt, lets not deride the improvements shown by him - which means he is learning something. We as a team, really need Ashwin to come good. Lets hope he improves from here on

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (February 22, 2013, 10:55 GMT)

Kudos Moises Henriques! What a debut for him. Is Clarke going to be stranded here before he gets the ton... Ojha was simply amazing during the India:England series - big shock this morning to see him missing from the field. Hughes and Wade out cheaply again... what a surprise. I hope Wade brought gloves with him this time, or is Hughes going to keep wickets so Wade can bowl?

Posted by hycIass on (February 22, 2013, 10:54 GMT)

@FlemingMitch and DylanBrah i echo your comments as well. Clarke at 4 and Khawaja at 5 with Watto opening is gaining momentum. And Mary i like Clarke more then anyone but to say 2nd best after Bradman is something even Clarke wouldn't agree with as well. Ricky Ponting did what Clarke has done over a decade and Clarke needs to continue. Interesting to hear Gideon Haigh talking about Watson giving up tests to prolong his ODI and T20 career, and that his comings and goings from the test side are of greater negative effect than his cumulative contribution in tests.Now I know that GH's comments have to be taken with a large chunk of salt as he thinks the sun rises and sets from Ed Cowan's house, but that is a position I held previously although I have been talked around to Watson opening. Moses fantastic effort, you have done your country proud.

Posted by JimDavis on (February 22, 2013, 10:51 GMT)

Is DRS really an all or nothing system? I can understand Indian reservations regarding ball tracking, where decisions are decided on millimetres yet the ball can move by a foot in a frame, and technology like hot spot, but why is technology not used for the simple bat/pad issues in the same way as they are for questionable catches?

Posted by brusselslion on (February 22, 2013, 10:51 GMT)

"Peter Siddle walks in. One slip, one gully, silly point". Dhoni at his best!

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 10:49 GMT)

With a bat in his hand, few would be superior to MS Dhoni. I wonder where that genius goes when he is captaining the side or making team selections? Or is it the fault of the coach? Not playing Ojha, seeing what Ashwin is doing is nothing short of criminal. Is the reason to play Jadeja to give extra padding to the batting lineup that boasts players like Sachin, Kohli, Pujara and Dhoni himself? That is the height of defensive leadership and if I were to ever write a book on leadership, this example would feature in the section on extremely ineffective and defensive leadership Ojha should be playing and if Dhoni needed an extra bat, Ojha should still be playing in place of either sharma, kumar, harbhajan or for that matter, he was better than Ashwin himself against england !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Vikas.K on (February 22, 2013, 10:46 GMT)

I am sure India will hide behind that one bad decision. But the real howler came from the team management: choosing Harbhajan over Ojha which means we had just one strike bowler. This, in many ways, is a real low point--where we have begun to select players based on "happy memories" rather than form. BTW, am I the only who sees rather distressing parallels between our cricket and polity?

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 10:46 GMT)

every run that india concede as a result of refusing the DRS makes me smile

Posted by scritty on (February 22, 2013, 10:44 GMT)

@thegreatkeeper. The Aussies had to keep Ojha out. They want to have space for SOME Australian born players in the side. I mean what would Jonesy2 say if half the aussies side were born elsewhere? Well done to the Portugese guy today BTW great debut! That not one player is a native Oz (and none have been since Dizzy retired) is neither here nor there. This team of ex europeans need to keep their national pride somehow - and if they can't do it by beating major teams, then they have to find another way to feel proud of themselves.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (February 22, 2013, 10:42 GMT)

Front-Foot_lunge; Yes shocking sportsman ship by Clarke to do what every other player in world cricket would have done. Are the Aussies going to well so you have to manufacture some negativity?

Posted by Shaggy076 on (February 22, 2013, 10:40 GMT)

28041991 - I agree with you in slow motion the Wade dismissal might have hit leg stump these calls can go either way. I think Watson looked plumber in real time however, DRS may have saved him.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 10:37 GMT)

A couple of decisions that DRS would have resolved.. But.. India don't want it..so it serves them right.. And if Clarke gets a big one and India lose this test.. that will rub even more salt into the wounds.

Posted by Thefakebook on (February 22, 2013, 10:28 GMT)

Good on MC Henriques what a awesome debut hope he gets a debut ton(not to put the moker on him) he desrve it.Glenn Maxwell huh?I guess Maxwell should just go back home now and come back with the limited over side or for the ipl.MJ Clarke you legend.Almost match after match he battaring these indians.I told you its his series.Cook did a great job for the English,Clarke is doing an AWESOME job for the OZ.#RESPECT.

Posted by DylanBrah on (February 22, 2013, 10:26 GMT)

@Fleming_Mitch, I agree mate. Spot on.

Posted by Edwards_Anderson on (February 22, 2013, 10:23 GMT)

@Fleming_Mitch i like your batting linup. Mary that's a big call on Clarke. But it's surprising to see 90 test caps now for MJ Clarke. He'll certainly go down with the Aussie greats. Passing Bradman's tally today was certainly a massive milestone. Hopefully he's got another two or three prolific years left in him at least. He would have to have batted at number three for the majority of his career to be even be considered as one of the best. Its a shame he is wasted at 5 which is one of the reasons I like the team listed by Fleming_Mitch with Clarke at 4 and Khawaja at 5.

Posted by brusselslion on (February 22, 2013, 10:19 GMT)

Jonesy2: I'll save you the bother. Moises Henriques must be the best all-rounder ever to play Test cricket and he's not even bowled a ball in Test cricket yet and he's not even the best all rounder in Australia currently!

Actually, fair play to the bloke. Sounds like a top innings when it was needed most.

Posted by Hammond on (February 22, 2013, 10:18 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge mate last walker I saw in Test cricket was Adam Gilchrist. An Aussie. Frankly if the BCCI doesn't want the DRS they deserve every bad decision that they get. Holy Moses looks fantastic against the spinning ball.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 10:17 GMT)

I am really angry at BCCI for not going for UDRS because Clarke not out decision this match is now going to loose by India

Posted by Mary_786 on (February 22, 2013, 10:15 GMT)

For me now it's official. Pup is our 2nd best batter, since Bradman. His calendar year last year, was amazing , exceeded punter or steve waugh, in a calander year, or Bobby SImpson, Alan Border, greg chapell. Pup you are the man, our best since Bradman.. Cowan has had 14 tests now in a row averaging over 30. How about giving Khawaja just half of those tests in a row to show what he can do. Surely its time now to get Watson opening with Warner and have Hughes at 3, our best batsman in Clarke in 4 and Khawaja in at 5.

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

@SherjilIslam on (February 22, 2013, 9:46 GMT): 100% correct. The best spinner on either side is left out! Dhoni's incompetence as a Test captain is now reaching epic proportions.

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

Nice recovery nd well done pup as usual

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

@Beertjie no doubt i would bring Khawaja in the lineup too, Moses and Clarke rescued us today but the top order collapses we saw today have been common for the last 1 year. I wouldn't take Hughes out but take Cowan out and move Watson to opening. Watson, Warner, Hughes, Clarke, Khawaja, Henriques and Wade looks good to me.

Posted by thegreatkeeper on (February 22, 2013, 10:09 GMT)

Terrible decision to leave Ojha out!He's No.8 in ICC test bowler rankings.Hope Harbhajan has a bad match and is dropped permanently after that!!

Posted by DylanBrah on (February 22, 2013, 10:06 GMT)

I hope Clarke goes on to score a match winning score. Might teach the BCCI a valuable lesson.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (February 22, 2013, 9:58 GMT)

Clarke not walking when he smashed it to short leg is the moment of the day so far. The lack of sportsmanship displayed by Clarke was hardly suprising, he's not known as a walker, staining the Aussies performance on Day 1. Utterly Shameful from Clarke.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 9:56 GMT)

So you create a dry pitch which spin and turn and bounce on first day? Tailor made for the three pronged spin attack. But the trouble if the strategy goes wrong then you are fairly and squarely in trouble. If the 6th wicket pair score another 100+ then India will be very much in trouble

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 9:55 GMT)

That Clarke decision really hurt India bad.

Posted by sama74 on (February 22, 2013, 9:54 GMT)

Great fight back from Aussies,the Indian bowling is looking benign,Clarke and henriques doing it easy currently.

Posted by realfan on (February 22, 2013, 9:50 GMT)

Shaggy076 for your kind info if you watch the reply of wade decision the ball just turned enough to hit the stumps... and watson's was close call... even if the DRS was there it would have given as umpires call..... and i am not regretting on clarke's decision...its all happen in game.... we need to accept what resources we have got....i rest my case

Posted by soumyas on (February 22, 2013, 9:50 GMT)

3 bad selections of this match Bhajji, Jadeja and M vijay... Infact Jadeja doesn't deserve to play Test cricket. he shud be limited to T20s and at most ODIs. we have so many young spinners why don't we groom them ? when indian origin spinners like panesar,narine can do well for other countries why can't we produce good spinners? And Ojha deserves to play instead of Bhajji. and Shikhar dhavan should get chance instead M.vijay.

Posted by SherjilIslam on (February 22, 2013, 9:46 GMT)

Another ridiculous team selection.Can anybody explain why was Ojha dropped in a square turner??? I will only blame Dhoni and Indian team management if India loses this test or even Australia manage to draw the test.

Posted by Beertjie on (February 22, 2013, 9:44 GMT)

@Nish_US on (February 22, 2013, 3:59 GMT) Defensive mindset. Afraid of batting collapse against Oz pace attack, especially if batting first, so have extra batting left-armer! The question is why is Ishant there again? Agree about Hughes, @Simoc on (February 22, 2013, 5:21 GMT). But he's a favourite son, so he'll be kept there in place of Khawaja until it's too late. @Romanticstud on (February 22, 2013, 7:40 GMT - even VVS said this on commentary, so Clarke had better change his mind because he mightn't always find enough batting support!

Posted by crafty-Rabbi on (February 22, 2013, 9:43 GMT)

Great bowling by "Our Ashwin". But Singh has played his part as well. He has kept the pressure on at the other end. Let us hope that Sehwag fires as his fielding is dire. In the series against England India was beaten by a superior spin unit. They do not have that worry with Lyons and Henriques. It will be help yourself bowling for Kohli, Dhoni, "Our Ashwin", Jadeja and one or two others. The Aussie seamers will struggle on these dust tracks. They are made to crumble and spin. I see a 4-0 rout on here. Clarke is the only obstacle to this but he is due for a failure. He may get a century in this one but he will not in all. Warner was at sea with Ashwin and should have been dismissed far earlier. Cowan played well until he suddenly decided to switch from test mode to T20 mode. The Aussies lack test experience.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (February 22, 2013, 9:34 GMT)

What is Dhoni doing to the paceman, no slip no gully deep point and only a cover saving a single on the off side, any ball outside middle stump the Aussies can just take a single. This is probably why he wants spinning wickets as he is clueless at captaining to pace. However even with spin he gives the Aussies so many easy singles, you dont need to take to many risks against India.

Posted by Chris_P on (February 22, 2013, 9:34 GMT)

@Meety, very happy for Mo who is delivering on his potential. I also think his bowling will surprise a few. What is it about picking form players? Agree with you, that decision was a real howler & NO chance of DRS coming to India!

Posted by whoster on (February 22, 2013, 9:30 GMT)

Yet again the non-use of DRS has allowed a howler to slip through the net. I'd like to see the BCCI's excuses this time.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (February 22, 2013, 9:18 GMT)

@sachin_vvsfan - Please name an Indian player that is renown at walking? Really every world player is renowned as a non-walker so dont just make it sound like its only Clarke. @Akshita29 - Your right about Dharmasenas decision the Clarke won was pretty obvious. Also how could he be sure that Watson was hit in line with the stumps, and also with the angle on the ball to Wade how can he be 100% sure that was going to hit the stumps.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 9:13 GMT)

"Look I am not questioning about the standards of the pitches what I mean to say is the caliber of Ashwin on those wickets which doesn't have that assistance for the spinners! "I am casting doubt on his abilities there because I haven't seen any heroics from his side against Eng and he needs a pitch like that which has that assistance and variable bounce as that one his showing so it is better to see what brilliance he wil show when the track doesn't support him!"

Posted by androyuvi on (February 22, 2013, 9:10 GMT)

Ashwin's always been a good bowler. He certainly has talents in him, and he is learning to reap the awards for that. Bit unlucky for him, but he will eventually get Clarke out. But it's embarrassing to see how Harbhajan is struggling here too. Had Ojha partnered Ashwin, there might have early wickets. Good luck to both the teams. It's an excellent show by Ashwin and Team India so far. Hope they goes on to win this. And yeah, I am eagerly waiting to watch Ashwin bat as always.!

Posted by MuraliUK on (February 22, 2013, 9:01 GMT)

DRS is definitely needed. Cant understand why BCCI is not for it. That aside, aprat from Ashwin no other bowler is capable of producing any threat let alone take any wicket. Bhajj should not have been selected just on performances many years ago. India will miss Ohja and will rue this if they cant win this match. That Bhajj has got his 100th......he needs to go. I sincerely hope Yadav will be back for South Africa. I dread to think of the margin SA will thrash us - just because we dont have quality pacers.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (February 22, 2013, 9:00 GMT)

@Meety Absolutlely no chance of DRS yet. May be after srinivasan exits. Clarke is known for not walking. That said i keep my fingers crossed for ind batting esp sachin. Any lbw appeal against sachin will get a nod from dharmasena. (Still remember his hatrick lbw decisions in srilanka

Posted by Akshita29 on (February 22, 2013, 8:58 GMT)

Exciting cricket so far. Ball has been bouncing a lot for Aswin . However Harbhajan really looks useless so far . And cant understand why Ojha who was the best bowler against England is not in the team . This might dent his confidence . Kumar is a good swing bowler but his pace is again too low for this kind of pitch bt he deserved a go anyway in this format after his One day performance so far. CLARKE wicket would have been really good for India . BT unfortunately Dharmasena makes another of his mistakes . Last time he gave cook out twice wrongly in nagpur test and gave Gambhir out wrongly . And I have said enough about DRS and BCCI's wrong attitude towards DRS . Hopefully India can get one of Clarke or Henriques and not let the tail wag.

Posted by satishchandar on (February 22, 2013, 8:57 GMT)

@TheBigBoodha : Can't you win on thiese tracks? Why not be ready for it when you travel to SC? England did a great job traveling recently. No harm in producing result oriented pitches.. Irrespective of them being spin or fast pitches.. A true cricket fan won't want flat tracks in test matches. Apart from, anything is fine..

Posted by Blakey on (February 22, 2013, 8:53 GMT)

Watson out straight after a break, AGAIN, this guy has the concentration of a peanut.

Posted by MrPud on (February 22, 2013, 8:47 GMT)

@28041991 for your perfect cricket pitch, I give you Adelaide Oval. Some sideways movement in the first session of day 1 then perfect for batting for 3 and 1/2 days. Good bowlers who are prepared to work really hard get rewarded then the bounce becomes unpredictable for the last four sessions when wickets tumble in a hurry and chasing more than 150 in fourth innings in almost impossible.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 8:46 GMT)

Has anyone else noticed that Michael Clarke has pushed SRT even further down the all time OFFICAL rankings to number 27?? Wow pretty soon batsmen like Cook and Amla will have him out of the top thirty.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 8:46 GMT)

Why again Harbhajan? is it just to allow him to play his 100th test? IF It was Ojha with Ashwin, ausiess could have been all out by now. Such an over rated player, wish he should not get even a single wicket. He was dropped from the team, but on what basis is he playing? did he performed well in domestic level?

Posted by 37c. on (February 22, 2013, 8:42 GMT)

It's been great to watch Ashwin - all five wickets so far. And he should have had Clark, caught - bat pad. DRS would have sorted that! But Harbajan's also been unlucky. Bowling well, aggressive, and his stint in England, in County cricket, did him well. He even said, then, that it was good just to "bowl lots of overs" without the glare of the media spotlight on him. Hope he nabs a wicket or two this innings.

Posted by mixters on (February 22, 2013, 8:38 GMT)

This is of course why India will never produce another good fast bowler. I mean whats the point. Very soon we will see an all spin attack (maybe even in this tour) Australian pitches bounce its true different kind of soil but even they offer something for all types of bowling. To the douters see Warnes figures at the GABBA his best ground.But at home with the all spin attack India will always be hard to beat, away they will always find it hard to take 20 wickets on none dust bowls like they get at home. We should all get of this horse these pitches green tops or dust bowls will be the end of competitive test cricket all over the world and that is a SHAME

Posted by Meety on (February 22, 2013, 8:37 GMT)

Coming into this series, I felt that Dhoni was not a bad captain when IN INDIA. So far - nothing changes my opinion. He has attacked very well with his spinners - at this point ONLY Ashwin has backed him up. == == == As I type this, Oz/Clarke have gotten away with a howler! IF Clarke makes India pay big time - any chance of UDRS being backed by BCCI?

Posted by Hash_Tag on (February 22, 2013, 8:32 GMT)

Well here we go. Ashwin has found his range - but this is a helpful pitch right from the off. Like many here I cannot understand why Harbhajan has been preferred over Ojha. Mystifying. There will definitely be a result here.

Posted by realfan on (February 22, 2013, 8:30 GMT)

i am happy to say i am the ashwin basher.... and i am happy to see his progress... he certainly has done some kind of home work....i hope he will perform like this in th entire series....but i still think he lacks consistency and patience.....

Posted by agarkarno1 on (February 22, 2013, 8:16 GMT)

Good to see Ashwin among wickets. Nice flight and nagging length he has displayed in this inning.Shows he has done some home work ahead of the series. On contrast Bhajji is bowling flat, fast, legside all the ways which wont give wickets. He thinks if he bowls fast, the batsmen will get out on his pace. Jadeja is economical and is able to sustain pressure, but he needs to spin the ball by giving more flight to the ball. He is bowling flat which wont give him wickets. Just imagining if not for Aswhin's performance, Aussies would have been 200 for no loss...!

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 8:15 GMT)

All Ashwin bashers think only Ashwin is the bowler in Indian squad, leave ash apart and think of other bowlers

Posted by realfan on (February 22, 2013, 8:14 GMT)

looks like pitch issue has already started..... some one commented IDEAL PITCH should be like this , like that..... i have never come across anything like that in any cricketing books, nor did any cricket experts tell that....... if any of you have any source of how the ideal pitch should be like the one mentioned in comment , they can post the link here......

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 8:13 GMT)

"People over here are reading lot of praises for Ashwin but I feel he is just an ordinary bowler who needs a supporting wicket for showing heroics; Just tell me where was his bowling has gone during Eng and Pak series?As far as Bhajji inclusion in this match is concerned it seems like BCCI has given this match to Bhajji just to fallicitate him for his 100th test match! Otherwise I dont find any other reason for his selection even after a poor run in Ranji season! His days are g°gone now he has served India a lot but now the time has came to say thanks to him and move forwerd! I stull doubt on the abilities of Ashwin to take wickets other then rank turners!"

Posted by realfan on (February 22, 2013, 8:09 GMT)

too sentimental we indians.... looks like picking harbajan will cost some runs... or may be match if he continues to bowl like this in 3rd innings....

Posted by disco_bob on (February 22, 2013, 8:06 GMT)

If I didn't know that Clarke was going to make a match saving 165 tomorrow, I'd be a bit concerned.

Posted by Malediction on (February 22, 2013, 7:58 GMT)

@Sal76: time for a lesson in pitch preparation. There are three components to cricket. Batting, Fast bowling and spin bowling. The ideal pitch favours all three at various times. Enough moisture to hold together for 3.5 days gives the quick bowlers a chance early on. Then settles down to become a good batting strip for 2.5 days, then crumbles a bit and takes turn. This provides an even contest between bat and ball and favours balanced sides, rather than proverbial one-trick ponies. Your comment on turning from day 1 is exactly what is wrong here. NO pitch should turn from day 1, as it favours unbalanced cricket sides. The same goes for greentops, such as Bellerive in James Pattinsons first test, or the Sth African wicket on which they were dismissed for 96 then bowled Australia out for 47. Both are bad for cricket if they are used exclusively.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (February 22, 2013, 7:56 GMT)

B.Kumar..What a bowler he is..Great debut..Swing king went toothless after 4 overs as i predicted :P

Australian fan from India

Posted by RoJayao on (February 22, 2013, 7:47 GMT)

Another disappointing failure from the EGO, and LBW once again!! People, and especially the man himself, keep pushing up Watson as something he clearly is not: a reliable top order batsman!! When is everyone going to wake up?? He just isn't that good. His average is spot on for the all rounder he needs to be and very definitely is. More disappointment from Cowan too when he was looking good. His average looks right too- way short of true test level class. Not even going to mention the pitch LMAO!!!!

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 7:46 GMT)

Bujji looks so ordinary lost his magic

Posted by Solid_Snake on (February 22, 2013, 7:46 GMT)

Ashwin vs Australia... Bhaji's 100th test & yet he has got no idea how to take wickets on home ground.. A great start from Australia but now Ashwin has started rolling..

Australian fan from nowhere....

Posted by analyseabhishek on (February 22, 2013, 7:45 GMT)

Dropping Ojha was a harsh decision on the young spinner. May be the thinking was that 2 off spinners could be included because the Aus team has plenty of left handers, plus Jadeja already fills the slot of a left arm bowler. But that also weakens India's batting as their top order is brittle and highly unreliable.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (February 22, 2013, 7:44 GMT)

BigBoodha ; Your point will cause debate however I couldnt agree with you more. Look at the number of overs of spin in the recent series against England then today really makes for the most unattractive cricket. Fast bowlers in India are treated poorly. THen every fan wants to comment on the decline of Ishant SHarma well if you serve up this no wonder he isnt the player he used to be. Australian pitches are bouncy and are always bouncy, it gives paceman and spinners equal opportunity and the same in year in year out, the pitches are the same if South Africa play as it is to when India plays. However, this pitch although will make for some boring cricket, it will be great if we are to win and I know we can certainly do that.

Posted by Edassery on (February 22, 2013, 7:42 GMT)

Okay, Let Harbhajan complete his 100th test and retire from tests. He looks like a pale shadow of his former self...

Posted by Romanticstud on (February 22, 2013, 7:40 GMT)

Why did Clarke come in number 5 ... Number 4 is where he should be and Watson at 5 ...

Posted by mikey76 on (February 22, 2013, 7:35 GMT)

Dear oh dear Australia. The England batsmen played ashwin with a stick of rhubarb! If India would have picked their best bowler instead of getting all sentimental and giving bajji his 100th cap this innings would have been over by now.

Posted by CrICkeeet on (February 22, 2013, 7:35 GMT)

Good 2 see ASHWIN stops his "pause" bowling...........

Posted by sweetspot on (February 22, 2013, 7:33 GMT)

Where are all the Ashwin bashers now? Still busy assuming he has NO chance of improving? Five out of five at the moment. He's played all of 16 Tests, show the young man some respect.

Posted by satishchandar on (February 22, 2013, 7:31 GMT)

Congrats Bhajji on 100 tests.. In which 70 odd were deserved, Around 25 were based on past reputation and in hope.. 99th and 100th were just in hope and completely undeserved.. Congrats on reaching a landmark which you shouldn't have..

Posted by phaktaa_tikit on (February 22, 2013, 7:27 GMT)

Playing Bhajji for Ojha is a clear example of deep lobbying & favourisms in Indian cricket. Bhajji had no merits to play in this match forget about replacing someone like Ojha. If his 2001 success is the criteion for his playing, we should not ignore the series later on where he did not shine

Posted by quittthewhinging on (February 22, 2013, 7:23 GMT)

As a neutral it really surprrises me that Sehwag manages to keep his place in the team. At least put him as far as possible away from the slips; he regularly drops catches there (easy one from Warner today) and a little running along the boundary would certainly do him no harm. It must drive Dhoni nuts.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 7:21 GMT)

@Warren Smith i dont think this is a rank turner as u describe it. aussies will have to tuf it out. clarke seems comfortable. i think this is a perfect pitch to sort out the "boys" and "men" from both the indian and aussie teams.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 7:13 GMT)

I read the preview today morning in cricinfo and the comments by cricket genius (Indian fans) and many said "Playing Ashwin was a mistake"; but he has taken 4 wickets now. Now what will they say? I am not a big fan of Ashwin although I am from Chennai but dropping him today would have been a mistake considering the fact the he knows the ground and wicket better.

Posted by soumyas on (February 22, 2013, 7:10 GMT)

some of the australians like warner,clark,watson have become so familiar to indians by playing IPL, I'm in dilemma now and don't wanna see them fail in batting. when watson and warner got out i wasn't feeling bad. but what to do ? i want India to win. only thing i can hope is india win in fair way, not by bad decisions going against aussies. also i hope Dhavan and Ojha get chance to play from next Test on wards.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 7:08 GMT)

india is doing well with the help of umpire. watson was not out.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 7:08 GMT)

is Bhajii palying in his last test match? I don't know why but i feel that this is his bhajji's golden hanshake to test cricket............

Posted by dakshinap on (February 22, 2013, 7:07 GMT)

Haai! Aswin haters, How is it? Aussis are going to dent.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 7:04 GMT)

@TheBigBoodha. Agreed 100% - the equivalent of this in Aus or SA would be a REAL greentop - one that seams square as well as fast and bouncy. India seem to think that what they got in Aus were greentops. What rubbish! They were fast and bouncy for sure, but there was little to no seam movement and they were still good for batting. There hasnt been a true greentop since the 70's, and yet even that is not enough for them. They want flat batting tracks when they tour and arent afraid to demand it. REAL greentops for India when they tour next please! Let them learn what a greentop is.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (February 22, 2013, 6:59 GMT)

Ashwin vs Australia... Bhaji's 100th test & yet he has got no idea how to take wickets on home ground.. A great start from Australia but now Ashwin has started rolling..

Australian fan from nowhere....

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 6:56 GMT)

harbhajan is finished they should never picked bhajji and dropped ojha i thought ojha did a decent job against england and then they just drop him for harbhajan

Posted by The_Wicked_Wicket on (February 22, 2013, 6:54 GMT)

I was at the venue from the first delivery and by the end of the first 2 overs, the area behind the return crease (initial part of the strip), already had the bowlers' footmarks. By the time they finished their first spells (I should mention that Ishant bowled just 2 overs in his first spell), the footmarks were prominent on the playing surface itself! Further, the playing surface along the popping crease and the batsman's arc began to appear red! This my friends is a typical Madras pitch with red clay beneath a loose top crust. The surface will gradually become a grinder/ grafter batsman kind of turf and Huss will be missed. A lot depends on how Warner and Watto build from here, Oz should somehow get to 350-400. To leave Ojha out was a bad mistake. Bhajji's bowling was either too full on the pads or short on middle and leg. Ashwin knows the surface and the stadium and used his knowledge well. The pitch isn't as bad as some of the others we've seen. It is definitely going to be a TEST

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 6:53 GMT)

Why we didnt Dhawan or Rahane instead of Vijay.. They had better performances in the domestic circuits.. Or is the criteria for getting selected is to be part of Chennai Super Kings??

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 6:52 GMT)

my team: rahane, vijay, pujara, tendulkar, kohli, sehwag, dhoni, ashwin, ojha, b. kumar, dinda. in the order mentioned. use sehwag down the order and get some overs out of him. based on wat every Indian has sen in the last few series sharma and bhajji are past their sell by date.

Posted by KingKongIn on (February 22, 2013, 6:50 GMT)

I bet Sachin will make a 100 here !!! mark my words !!

Posted by gsingh7 on (February 22, 2013, 6:50 GMT)

watto gone , now take clarke out and half of battle is won , come on bhajji take clarke out and pave way for indian victory

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 6:47 GMT)

As happens in many games ..... one player (Cowan) makes one mistake and finds himself walking back to the pavilion while another is dropped, missed stumping, has inside edges and leading edges (Warner) and is still out there batting to be crowned a hero.

@ VivGilchist .... what did you expect?? All that happened is what was expected after the stupid selectors showed their hand 48hrs before the game (refer my comment : Henriques to debut in Chennai February 20, 2013, 9:33 GMT).

Thank goodness Clarke won the toss.

Posted by aksh_qa on (February 22, 2013, 6:42 GMT)

Very bad ommison by India

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (February 22, 2013, 6:38 GMT)

Not very good quality test cricket in the this match from both sides. Bit of a minnow match to be honest. Looking forward to the start of SA vs PAK test where we can see some high quality stuff.

Posted by challagalla on (February 22, 2013, 6:28 GMT)

@spas, thanks for your wishes. Bajji had to be selected here given his success against the Aussies and the rank turner expected. I am just surprised to see Ojha dropped. Two pace bowlers on this wicket may be a luxury we will regret later. The pitch is going to be a mine field and will test the batsmen. Its lunch now and the Aussies have done well so far. They were agressive and willing to step out and take their chances. Have to concede the Indians barring Ashwin and Jadeja bowled poorly. I said this before and I will say it again. Prepare a pitch of this sort than be very sure of winning the toss and batting first. If the Aussies score anything in excess of 350 that may very well turn out to be a winning total. The pitch appears to be breaking and the bounce may be uneven soon. Uneven bounce will unsettle our batsmen. Very interesting cricket so far.

Posted by Deepak2702 on (February 22, 2013, 6:25 GMT)

this team selection is very very poor... selectors and team management is selecting players on their personal interest.. they are not looking at feelings of Indian peoples.... pragyan ojha is outstanding bowler and he can change the match result.. but team management experimenting with bhuvaneshar kumar instead of ojha... I am sure that bhuvaneshar cannot substitute ojha in any ways.. My opinion is Sreesanth is far better than bhuvanesh kumar... Sree can turn the match result.. he is very aggresssive and dedicated bowler...he can bowl as same as australian bowlers.. but today's bowling team looks like first class team's bowling team...

Posted by realfan on (February 22, 2013, 6:24 GMT)

and thats it for this day for india ... i gues final score will be 350+ for 3....... that too if any of these batsmen gift their wicket.....

and i am sure hrbajan wont have another game in this series......

Posted by 5_day_tragic on (February 22, 2013, 6:15 GMT)

Well at lunch 1st day I would say that Cowan looked good before getting out which is a disturbing trend with him...Hughes looked like a walking wicket...Warner had some much needed luck after a month out and Watto looks good. Indians bowled rubbish except for Ashwin and are in for a long day or two if they don't improve.

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (February 22, 2013, 6:11 GMT)

Poor Ojha! I feel for him. There is just too much support for Bhajji all around. Not sure what he did to deserve all that. Going by what has happend so far, Bhajji has proved that it was indeed the right decision to have dropped him in earlier tests. Only Ashwin has looked like taking wickets and he has. With Ojha in the other end, we would have already had 4 wickets in our kitty.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 6:10 GMT)

@TheBigBoodha and who decided that the pitch has to have swing on day 1 and spin on day 5?

Posted by SP68 on (February 22, 2013, 6:10 GMT)

It is indeed a pathetic team selection. I would prefer Rahane over Vijay. He has been on the bench for the last 13 months or so w/o getting a chance, technically sound. and still unable to digest the dropping the inform Ojha to facilitate playing Bhaji.

Posted by GRINDIA on (February 22, 2013, 6:10 GMT)

I guess Ojha was dropped for not having two many right hand batsman in oz squad. otherwise jadeja could have been dropped for another batsman.

Posted by Sal76 on (February 22, 2013, 6:10 GMT)

@TheBigBoodha - I take exception to your remarks since this is not the first time a comment such as yours has been made. To begin with, I'd like to mention that EVERY COUNTRY CHURNS OUT PITCHES that favour the home side. AUSTRALIA does it too. Australia's strength is fast bouncy pitches and they churn out those. I'd like to see Australia churn out a spin pitch on day one against the likes of sub-continent teams like, India, Sri Lanka or for that matter even Bangladesh. No sir, that will never happen. Australia plays to it's strength, so what's the big deal if India plays to it's strengths. Please don't have double standards. Maybe BCCI is worthy of criticism, but not for rolling out spin pitches. If you want to criticize BCCI for spin pitches, then I think all cricket associations around the world are worthy of the same criticism.

Posted by Meety on (February 22, 2013, 6:09 GMT)

I think Oz would take 2/126 @ Lunch. I dodn't rate Ashwin in Oz, but credit where its due, he has bowled very, very well - unfortunately for India, he is so far the ONLY one! == == == Good onya Davey Warner, your job is only 1/3 done son! A nice big 150+ is the order of the day! == == == Hopefully Watson can show us what he is made of as a specialist batsmen & knock up a long overdue 3rd ton!

Posted by VivGilchrist on (February 22, 2013, 6:09 GMT)

The first session of a Test match Day 1 and there have been 27 overs of spin out of 34. I know this is India, and we all want different characteristics in pitches but ...........

Posted by Urumpirai on (February 22, 2013, 6:07 GMT)

Very bad ommison by India Pragyan ojha .

Posted by Ms.Cricket on (February 22, 2013, 6:07 GMT)

Ojha's bowling is better than double Harbhajan and Jadeja combined. Bad selection.

Posted by LittleFinger on (February 22, 2013, 5:59 GMT)

@TheBigBoodha. You may have a point but I don't care for how you are making it. Don't pitches in Australia (at the Gabba and WACA especially) bounce from the very first ball? Doesn't Australia send visitors to the Gabba first and finish them off at WACA? You have a point but there is no need to get all holier-than-thou!

Posted by binu.emiliya on (February 22, 2013, 5:42 GMT)

Two very bad selections by India Harbhajan and Ishanth

Posted by Simoc on (February 22, 2013, 5:21 GMT)

I suspect Hughes will be found out in India as in this game. He has only just come good against fast bowling and spin is a huge challenge to him. He does look ordinary despite his meteoric early career. I can't see Oz winning this test but they'll certainly try which couldn't be said about the Indian side in Oz recently.

Posted by BradmanBestEver on (February 22, 2013, 5:12 GMT)

I am sure it is a coincidence that India was 3 spinners, Australia has 1 rookie spinner and the pitch is like the surface of Mars in the 1st session of the test match

Posted by spas on (February 22, 2013, 5:09 GMT)

Wish both the teams best of luck and nice to see Bhaji back.

A Sri Lankan cricket fan

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (February 22, 2013, 5:04 GMT)

Spin after five overs on day one! Have the Indians lost all self-respect? Are they really so desperate for a win that they will churn out pitches like this? I mean, if we did this kind of thing when the Indians or SLs visited Australia we'd be a laughing stock. But one thing that I have come to learn: the Indian admin are a law unto themselves, and seem to have no qualms about inventing their own "moral" codes, irrespective of standards in other countries.

Posted by Srini2001 on (February 22, 2013, 4:57 GMT)

Leaving Ohja your lead bowler against England,succumbing to pressure from others and taking out of form Bhaji, ridiculous , where are we heading , and selectors what are you doing for betterment of Indian cricket, shame

Posted by IndianSRTfan on (February 22, 2013, 4:53 GMT)

Only in India a listless fielder like Sehwag can find a place in Team and stand at first slip. What a sitter that was!!! Pathetic. He should be dropped on basis of that single dropped catch regardless of his batting, which I suspect will be as mediocre as his batting.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 4:52 GMT)

poor decession to drop pragyan ojha who holds the 8th rank in icc bowlers ranking in tests.he is the best indian spinner of current time.he is also in good form.i think ashwin and jadeja are picked due to their batting abilities.but in test matches it wont be effective.a left arm spinner like ojha could do more harm than ashwin. once again players from csk are picked ahead of inform players.another example why vijay ahead of rahane and dhawan.

Posted by Trickstar on (February 22, 2013, 4:47 GMT)

To put it bluntly, just watched the first 10 overs and it was about as poor a start to a test match I've seen in a long while. Seamers bowling half trackers and then leg stump half volleys, then the spinners bowling long hops and wide filth, really really poor. Saying that the first decent ball been bowled has produced an edge but Sehwag just dropped a dolly lol, sort it out India.

Posted by realfan on (February 22, 2013, 4:46 GMT)

and the quota of fast bowling in indian department is finished for this innings , may be for this match....... its all useless spinners now....

Posted by rajesh_prk on (February 22, 2013, 4:27 GMT)

Australian batting looks vulnerable without Ponting and Hussey in the middle order. Their bowling looks stronger. Indian bowling lacks teeth to attack in comparison.

Posted by Selfishkar on (February 22, 2013, 4:26 GMT)

They left out best bowler from last series to accommodate the useless Harbajan.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 4:26 GMT)

Absolutely ridiculous is what is Dhoni's logic. At the toss, says that it(toss) does not matter as it is going to start turning on Day 1. Then goes ahead and drops Ojha (#1 Indian bowler from the recent series against England) and picks Bhuvanesh Kumar. 22 minutes in to the game, we have spin!!

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 4:18 GMT)

Not much firepower in indian bowling Unit. A flat track and the usual defencive fielding tactics from Dhoni could make this Match a boring one. Let's wait and watch..

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 4:02 GMT)

Dhoni has done a serious mistake by omitting Ojah, team's best bowler. Murali Vijay has been given one more chance ahead of Dhavan, the lefty.. Ravindra Jadeja is in the eleven and is the replace ment of Ojah. Non-performing Ashvin is safely in..The match is in Chennai.. and the Cricket in India is ruled by Chennai Superkings and India Cements. This vicious combination is ridiculous.. Is India playing an IPL T20 today? Indian cricket has gone to dogs!!.

Posted by realfan on (February 22, 2013, 4:01 GMT)

what do they think they are doing???? left out most succesful bowler in england series.... and picked the players who were struggled to pick single wicket....... and why is vijay playing... he plays well once in blue moon.... his best game for this year was over in the irani trophy..... dissapointed.....

Posted by Nish_US on (February 22, 2013, 3:59 GMT)

Ojha out jadeja in. Some one please justify that.

Posted by DADAAA on (February 22, 2013, 3:55 GMT)

looks perfect team bt we will gone a miss jonshon later in this match .......n india look perfect team as always....... hope it will be a great contest best of luck dhoni n clark......

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 3:55 GMT)

Here goes my cheering.....

India.... India.... India.... India.... India....

Posted by Nish_US on (February 22, 2013, 3:53 GMT)

Dhoni can degrade to such low to leave ojha the highest wicket taker in the previously concluded series

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