India v Australia, 2nd Test, Hyderabad March 1, 2013

Spin strategies take centre stage

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Match facts

March 2-6, Hyderabad
Start time 9.30am (0400GMT)

Big Picture

The clinical victory in Chennai marked a job well begun by India, but MS Dhoni's side won't be too thrilled yet, having lost the previous series against England despite taking a 1-0 lead. England's fortunes turned with the inclusion of the extra spinner in Monty Panesar for the second Test in Mumbai, and Australia's team management have also been pondering whether to switch to a two-spinner policy, which has historically not worked too well for them in India.

What could prompt Australia to stick to their pace-heavy line-up will be that left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty's Test credentials aren't in the same league as Panesar 's, evidenced by an unflattering first-class average of 44.56.

India, too, have been wondering about an additional tweaker, though in their case it will expand their spin trio to a quartet. Pragyan Ojha, the left-arm spinner, was perhaps India's best bowler in the series defeat to England but was surprisingly left out in the first Test. India's quicks had little to do in Chennai, and Ojha could take one of their places.

Though Ojha is the latest in a long line of Hyderabad players to have played Tests for India, the city has not been a traditional venue for Test cricket, having only hosted three matches till 2009. Tests returned to Hyderabad in 2010 at the new Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, and the Australia match will be the third in Hyderabad in three years. It is the only Indian stadium to get two Tests this season, benefitting after the Australians complained about the facilities in the original host city, Kanpur. Briefly there were concerns that the match might be moved out of Hyderabad as well, after powerful bomb blasts hit the city just over a week ago. Security has been tightened before the match, with two units of an elite anti-terror squad deployed, and 60 CCTVs being used to monitor the stadium and surroundings.

Form guide

India WDLLW (Last five matches, most recent first)
Australia LWWWL

Watch out for...

In Chennai, James Pattinson once again showed why he's rated so highly by Australia's team management, bowling with ferocious pace to fluster India's batsmen and finishing comfortably the best of the Australia's fast bowlers. Pattinson has a tendency to break down, though, and was used only in two short bursts of three overs each early in the first innings. Can his body handle the intensity of back-to-back Tests?

Pattinson dismissed the opener M Vijay cheaply in both innings. The Chennai Test was Vijay's first chance in more than 18 months, and failure in the second Test could relegate him to the sidelines again. With Gautam Gambhir out of the squad, runs in Hyderabad might open the way to a long run in the side for Vijay. He didn't have the best of Ranji seasons - making only 138 at 17.25 in five matches - but will be hoping to capture the form that brought him centuries in both Irani Cup (a first-class Indian domestic match, which pits the Ranji champions against a Rest of India side) games this season.

Teams news

After the Chennai victory, MS Dhoni had talked about India having found a 'settled' side, indicating that there aren't likely to be too many changes. The only decision the team management will have to make is whether to bring in Ojha, and if so, at whose expense.

India: (probable) 1 Virender Sehwag, 2 M Vijay, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Sachin Tendulkar, 5 Virat Kohli, 6 Ravindra Jadeja, 7 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 8 R Ashwin, 9 Harbhajan Singh, 10 and 11 Bhuvneshwar Kumar/ Ishant Sharma/Pragyan Ojha

Unlike Chennai, where Australia confidently announced their XI well before the match, they have yet to name their team for Hyderabad. The batting is unlikely to change, unless keeper Matthew Wade (who was hit on the cheek during Friday's practice session) is forced to sit out*. If Wade does miss out, Phillip Hughes is likely to take over wicketkeeping duties with batsman Usman Khawaja slotting in. David Warner, who suffered a bout of gastro in Chennai, is fully fit Clarke said on the eve of the Test.

Australia: (possible) 1 David Warner, 2 Ed Cowan, 3 Phillip Hughes, 4 Shane Watson, 5 Michael Clarke (capt), 6 Matthew Wade (wk)/Usman Khawaja, 7 Moises Henriques, 8 Peter Siddle, 9 Mitchell Starc/Mitchell Johnson/Xavier Doherty, 10 James Pattinson, 11 Nathan Lyon

Pitch and conditions

It will be hotter in Hyderabad than in Chennai, with the temperature predicted to be around 35C in the afternoons. There is no rain forecast over the next week. The pitch is expected to provide help for the spinners, though it should have more in it for the quick bowlers than the turner in Chennai as it is a harder surface.

Stats and trivia

  • In his previous innings, Dhoni moved into the top 10 among six-hitters in Test cricket, going past Kevin Pietersen. He has cleared the ropes 75 times in Tests, and needs 26 more to break the all-time record held by Adam Gilchrist
  • Peter Siddle's bowling strike-rate of 41.6 is the best by an Australian against India

Quotes

"When you go onto a ground, you have a good feeling if you have done well before over there … [you have] a good positive mindset."
R Ashwin took 12 wickets in his previous Test in Hyderabad

14.00GMT, March 1: Australia's team news was updated following their practice session on Friday.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY AvidCricFan on | March 2, 2013, 0:24 GMT

    India will be better off bringing in Ojha in place of Bhajji. Even on the best track for the spinner, his performance was ordinary. This is a spent force. If M Vijay gets chance, he should really make decent score. Otherwise, he will be sidelined. He doesn't have so much of technique issue in defense. His second inning undoing was more on bad offense (shot making). If he learns to cut out high-risk shot early in the inning, he will have some success. Easier said than done. We have a living example in Rohit Sharma. In spite of all hoopla around M Vijay, he has only played 11 test matches so far over 4 years. So it is not that he has got long rope to settle in.

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | March 2, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    If Vijay and Sehwag fail in this match, both of them should be kicked out of the Indian squad. Sehwag has been living on his past for too long and Vijay is simply not test class. Jaffer and Dhawan deserve a shot as opening batsmen. Bhajji and Ishant need to be kicked out too. Bhajji has lost his mojo, and Ishant will always be a mediocre pacer. Rassol is currently India's best off spinner, and Shami Ahmed is a much better pacer than Ishant.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | March 2, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    As expected the politician Dhoni keeps Ojha out. Shame! This isn't cricket.

  • POSTED BY Nish_US on | March 2, 2013, 3:41 GMT

    Leaving out ojha - I hope and pray that the best team wins, the best bowler gets the wickets and the un-deserved is shown their place

  • POSTED BY Bonehead_maz on | March 2, 2013, 3:39 GMT

    Henriques is a pretty good no 8. Expect something extra special from Maxwell.

  • POSTED BY baranasai on | March 2, 2013, 3:09 GMT

    I feel Ajink Rahane is a good choice for opener as Both Shewag as well as Murali seem to be struggling =may be they should drop Shewag and go for the youngster.Ohja should come in for Bhajji as he seems lacking in consistency-takinhg only 3 wickets for a big average.Iam not sure whether Ash can repeat his performance so we need a back up like Ohja than Bhajji We still need 2 fast bowlers as they may come in handy if the wicket at some stage is not spinner friendly. If Kumar or Ishant may get some wickets it will be good

  • POSTED BY Jayzuz on | March 2, 2013, 0:28 GMT

    Clarke may as well come up to bat at 4. Hell, he could even open - the Indian pacemen have yet to take a wicket this series, and with only one wicket amongst them in the 3 tour games so far, even Nathan Lyon would be itching to get at them on these neutered tracks. Clearly two spinners is the way to go, given that the Indian curators have stooped to micro-doctoring sections of the pitch to neutralise the quicks and give advantage to spinners. If nothing else it would put the curators in two minds as to which parts of the track to manipulate.

  • POSTED BY CricketMatrix on | March 1, 2013, 23:00 GMT

    If any changes, which I doubt, please replace bhajji with ojha! :)

  • POSTED BY vish2020 on | March 1, 2013, 22:36 GMT

    what's up with non-indians begging for wicket for seamers? Do we indians get spinner friendly pitches in AUS? exactly and we don't say where is spinner friendly when we go there. This is HOME series if you have forgotten and at home you have pitches that you like. This is always case since the beginning of cricket!

  • POSTED BY wellrounded87 on | March 1, 2013, 22:25 GMT

    I think playing Doherty is a mistake. Regardless of the conditions, the Indian Batsmen will love a sup par spinner like Doherty offering them easy runs. The only way i would like 2 spinners in the AUS side would be if it were Lyon and O'Keefe or possibly maxwell, only because at least if Maxwell fails with the ball he can offer something with the bat.

    Why is O'Keefe not in India is completely beyond me. First class average of 27.87 for a spinner... that's a better first class average than Ashwin. Australian selectors seriously need their heads pulled out of their nether regions.

  • POSTED BY AvidCricFan on | March 2, 2013, 0:24 GMT

    India will be better off bringing in Ojha in place of Bhajji. Even on the best track for the spinner, his performance was ordinary. This is a spent force. If M Vijay gets chance, he should really make decent score. Otherwise, he will be sidelined. He doesn't have so much of technique issue in defense. His second inning undoing was more on bad offense (shot making). If he learns to cut out high-risk shot early in the inning, he will have some success. Easier said than done. We have a living example in Rohit Sharma. In spite of all hoopla around M Vijay, he has only played 11 test matches so far over 4 years. So it is not that he has got long rope to settle in.

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | March 2, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    If Vijay and Sehwag fail in this match, both of them should be kicked out of the Indian squad. Sehwag has been living on his past for too long and Vijay is simply not test class. Jaffer and Dhawan deserve a shot as opening batsmen. Bhajji and Ishant need to be kicked out too. Bhajji has lost his mojo, and Ishant will always be a mediocre pacer. Rassol is currently India's best off spinner, and Shami Ahmed is a much better pacer than Ishant.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | March 2, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    As expected the politician Dhoni keeps Ojha out. Shame! This isn't cricket.

  • POSTED BY Nish_US on | March 2, 2013, 3:41 GMT

    Leaving out ojha - I hope and pray that the best team wins, the best bowler gets the wickets and the un-deserved is shown their place

  • POSTED BY Bonehead_maz on | March 2, 2013, 3:39 GMT

    Henriques is a pretty good no 8. Expect something extra special from Maxwell.

  • POSTED BY baranasai on | March 2, 2013, 3:09 GMT

    I feel Ajink Rahane is a good choice for opener as Both Shewag as well as Murali seem to be struggling =may be they should drop Shewag and go for the youngster.Ohja should come in for Bhajji as he seems lacking in consistency-takinhg only 3 wickets for a big average.Iam not sure whether Ash can repeat his performance so we need a back up like Ohja than Bhajji We still need 2 fast bowlers as they may come in handy if the wicket at some stage is not spinner friendly. If Kumar or Ishant may get some wickets it will be good

  • POSTED BY Jayzuz on | March 2, 2013, 0:28 GMT

    Clarke may as well come up to bat at 4. Hell, he could even open - the Indian pacemen have yet to take a wicket this series, and with only one wicket amongst them in the 3 tour games so far, even Nathan Lyon would be itching to get at them on these neutered tracks. Clearly two spinners is the way to go, given that the Indian curators have stooped to micro-doctoring sections of the pitch to neutralise the quicks and give advantage to spinners. If nothing else it would put the curators in two minds as to which parts of the track to manipulate.

  • POSTED BY CricketMatrix on | March 1, 2013, 23:00 GMT

    If any changes, which I doubt, please replace bhajji with ojha! :)

  • POSTED BY vish2020 on | March 1, 2013, 22:36 GMT

    what's up with non-indians begging for wicket for seamers? Do we indians get spinner friendly pitches in AUS? exactly and we don't say where is spinner friendly when we go there. This is HOME series if you have forgotten and at home you have pitches that you like. This is always case since the beginning of cricket!

  • POSTED BY wellrounded87 on | March 1, 2013, 22:25 GMT

    I think playing Doherty is a mistake. Regardless of the conditions, the Indian Batsmen will love a sup par spinner like Doherty offering them easy runs. The only way i would like 2 spinners in the AUS side would be if it were Lyon and O'Keefe or possibly maxwell, only because at least if Maxwell fails with the ball he can offer something with the bat.

    Why is O'Keefe not in India is completely beyond me. First class average of 27.87 for a spinner... that's a better first class average than Ashwin. Australian selectors seriously need their heads pulled out of their nether regions.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2013, 21:46 GMT

    lets hope this next pitch wont be doctored to suite one particular bowler,

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | March 1, 2013, 21:42 GMT

    If Dhoni goes with an unchanged XI as in Chennai, Vijay will become a sacrificial lamb for Pattinson. He got him out twice & it will be a hat-trick for him now. Bhaji who had 3 wkts. for 143 for the match, will end up with even worse bowling average than 47 runs/wkt. Unless the Selectors pull these 2 out of the squad, irrational Dhoni will keep on playing them in the XI. It is best to give Dhoni a "Named XI" + named reserves, to have a balanced team of "deserving" guys. It was good for India that things went the Indian way, except for Umpire Dharamasena. I do not expect a repeat Chennai performances from either Dhoni or Ashwin. This means that other 9 guys (or 7) have to pull their weight to keep India ahead of the Aussies. We do not want another comeback like England did on India from a similar position.Do not give OZ a chance to get back into the series. Unlike India, every team fight back. I expect the Aussies will come back strongly in the 2nd Test. Good luck to both the teams.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2013, 21:38 GMT

    I have to agree with Bikas. When you overload the team with spinners, and they fail, you end up getting stuck. Vice versa, with too many pacers, you still have the ability to rely on part-time bowlers (Sehwag, Tendulkar). Furthermore, this ground is harder and an anticipation for better pace bowling is present. A balanced attack is the best approach in this ground.

  • POSTED BY crashed on | March 1, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    Well I have seen that sometimes the last test performers is the next test failures - if Clarke gets away with another lbw decision not given I will be surprised. Every1 is eager to take Dhoni's brilliant performance out of the equation but they forget that Clarke could have been out when he were in the thirties due to an incorrect umpire decision. So good luck both teams may the best team win may the match be good and may it be a test to test abilities rather than umpire endurance and faults

  • POSTED BY VJ_Cricket on | March 1, 2013, 21:20 GMT

    @Nampally, thanks for ur comments.

    When I saw Pujara and Viru play to defensively against Lyon on the 5th Day of chennai test, may be they are better starters against Pace. In that case Pujara is a betteropt than Viru. Opening requires lot of metal, Dravid did it, dada didn't (hope that is fair comparison).

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2013, 20:48 GMT

    i love to see my team india wins against BIG team but honestly i never like 3 spinners in the team,when the tussle is between batasman & pacers or when the pitch suits both pacers and spinners thats when match becomes so much enjoyable to watch,home advantage is ok but lets not ruin test cricket by making the game so much dependent on spinners,historically the strongest top 3 teams in the world in any era most often had a Pacer heavy attack,even india when they were at no.1 had balanced attack of pacers and spinners unlike the present indian team with so many spinners in the team..

  • POSTED BY gandhala on | March 1, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    Australia :

    I want either Henriq/Clarke to bat at 3. Watson and Warner attack opening the batting.I want to see Watson,Warner,Henriq/Clarke,Usman Khawaja,Henriq/Clarke,Hughes(Wk),Pattison,Starc,Johnson/Siddle,lyon,Doherty. This will line can easily make 200 for 1/2 .Which will make clarke coming at no 5 to make a first ining total more than 450. About Henriq he was one guy who look more comfortable and looked like he was playing at home.Atleast in this series he is worth no.3 considering none of the indian bowlers could trouble him.If Australian batting can fire well to their potential guys like warner,watson,clarke can take the game away from india

  • POSTED BY rishithesage on | March 1, 2013, 20:14 GMT

    retain the same combo for now, bhajji needs confidence and needs his team's support, persist with him for the duration of the series. Vijay also needs to be given a chance, he has great technique and poise and just needs some playing time, it would also help if people stopped heaping pressure on him, he's young, give him some time, he'll prove to be the next srikkanth.

  • POSTED BY Klgn on | March 1, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    Australia: (possible) 1 David Warner, 2 Ed Cowan, 3 Phillip Hughes, 4 Shane Watson, 5 Michael Clarke (capt), 6 Matthew Wade (wk)/Usman Khawaja, 7 Moises Henriques, 8 Peter Siddle, 9 Mitchell Starc/Mitchell Johnson/Xavier Doherty, 10 James Pattinson, 11 Nathan Lyon -

    Now you can make changes here: 1. Replace Matthew Wade with Usman Khwaja for keeping. 2. First four Batman on Top order all are not up to the mark. Think off them..(batting failure....BIG Worry for Australia, There is no Big Score by Top 4) 3. Mitchell Johnson is must, can be replace with out of form/wicket less bowlers example; Peter Siddle 4. Doherty can make difference in indian pitches. As Indian pitches does not require very good experience or extra x factor to turn and spin and take wickets

  • POSTED BY gandhala on | March 1, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    India : Vijay an opener was warming bench in england series. Let us not put more pressure on him. Let him play the entire series and fail if needed.Even if Vijay gonna be replaced its gonna be Gambhir and not dhawan. I agree he should be given a chance to fail but seeing him bat in west indies.It was pitty.India could have gone in with just one seamer had Zak was available in his peak form.We cant either with BKumar alone or Ishanth alone.So i dont see any chance there. It will be just 2 seamer may be Dinda might replace one of them.It will be toss up between ohja and bajji once again. One thing for ohja is its home ground and the things against him is that he has jadeja in the team doing a containing job to make ashwin more stronger.Rest of the team will remain same

  • POSTED BY Thefakebook on | March 1, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    I hope OZ play X and hope indian play 4 spinners cause if they drop harbhajan or jadeja OZ may lose wit in 3-4 days . OZOZOZOIOIOI 1-1 time.

  • POSTED BY Klgn on | March 1, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    you don't know about dhoni, he can drop ishant and replace with ojha as a third spinner!! Australian pace attack is blunt, 2 fast bowlers big enough for India. Any un experience, not a good spinner can make big impact/difference in Indian pitches.

  • POSTED BY soumyas on | March 1, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    i'm not interested in our matches until indian selectors do favoritism. Vijay,sehwag,bhajji,Jadeja shud have been out...i hate when they don't play who deserved. sad to know dhoni is also involved.

  • POSTED BY oze13 on | March 1, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    Australia have no spinners. Simples!

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    Dhoni will probably/should keep the same side except Ojha. He should come in place of Bhaji who now has a use by date. I like Kumar. He stuck on in the end to enable us to get that vital lead in Chennai. We need that kind of batting towwards the end of the innigs and not throw their wickets (because they are bowlers) as Bhaji did.

    Gambhir should come back to the side post this test . He is kind of gutsy and tends to iiritate the Aussies. This should be a swan song for Sehwag if he is not amongst the runs.

    Good luck to the Indian team!! You have to knock the Aussies out in your backyard.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | March 1, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    @VJ_Cricket: I support your changes, the same team I had in mind for First test, except Pujara @#3. It does not make sense in keeping Vijay & Bhaji, who have miserable record in this years' Ranji as well. How did they get in the squad? Ojha, the highest wkt. taker with 20 Wkts. against England in 4 Tests, cannot be just dropped at whims & fancies of Dhoni. Dhawan was a leading opener in the Ranji + he scored a century vs. the Aussies, in practice match. If India is looking for new openers, try them at the top & push Sehwag in the middle order, as you suggested. Bhaji is finished & past his best. If a 2nd off spinner is needed there are youngsters like Rasool, Saxena - future hopefuls. Bedi is already on record as saying that Sehwag is much better off spinner than Harbhajan. Why does Dhoni ignore him? But playing aimlessly with no plans for future is an exercise in Futility- Helloe, Wake up India!

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | March 1, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    @777aditya & Shan156: I really would not like to run too fast or too far ahead. India still are a rather weak test side and mere 1 win should not mean that we forget all that is wrong with the team. Our openers are still rubbish and our fast bowlers are sloths. Aus are no pushovers and are famous for their tenacity if not for their spirit. I would want some of that toughness in Indian players too, notably Ishant. I agree that Aus do not have a KP though Watson/Warner are no less able to score quick runs. Warner esp could have a very good session and may tear all the bowlers. If that happens then God save India. But the W's are as mercurial and even more fickle than KP (and that in itself is something).

    Could we see a Patton tank's brutality in Hyderabad? My worst fear would be that + W's playing awesome knocks. Game on then else India have a 65-35 adv.

    Gen Patton once said "Success is how high you bounce when you hit rock bottom." 8-0 was India's bottom, 1-2 was rock bottom, so......

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | March 1, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    India will play an unchanged XI, with Ojha benched!. Dhoni might be good batsman/WK but his team selection is irrational. The Aussies can never be under estimated. Clarke had taken wickets against India before & is a very good LH spinner- better than jadeja in terms of wKt. taking. Lyon is also a good off spinner,far better than Harbhajan. I see a Panesar & Swann combo in these 2. Aussies may add Doherty & Johnson, replacing Starc & Wade. Remember Dhoni brought in Bhaji in XI vs. England after winning the First test. Result was England swept India in 3 Tests in a row.The current situation is similar. Indian openers are still a ?. Hopefully the middle order will compensate for the failure of the openers.The Aussies have Clarke & Watson + Henriques, Warner & Cowan, all capable of big scores. Hyderabad wkt. is not half as spin friendly as Chennai one. Unless India takes wkt. taking bowlers, it will be a long day. Bhaji & Vijay must be replaced by Ojha & Dhawan for sure.Never be complacent

  • POSTED BY binu.emiliya on | March 1, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    Ohja should come instead of Bhaji , Because AUS best batsmen in this seies are MJ Clarke and Moise Henriqes both are right handers and playing spinn well and there is a cahnce to include Maxwell as well he also a right hander

  • POSTED BY screamingeagle on | March 1, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    Ok, lots of comments on how 2 spinners will help Aus roll India over. Not sure how, going by the standard of spin bowlers they have. Of course, they might do well, but based on what we have seen so far....Nyet. Bhajji should carry drinks and Ojha should come in. I guess MS would keep the openers in for another test, so not expecting any change there.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    FOR AUSTRALIA, some major changes need to happen to see a better performance. They need to bring in doherty in place of Starc. and Watson needs to open. Personally my playing XI, who might actually stand a chance on spinning wickets for Australia. 1. Watson 2. Warner 3. Hughes 4. Clarke 5. Cowan 6. Henriques 7. Wade 8. Patinson 9. Siddle 10. Doherty 11. Lyon. This will give balance and the batting order will split with good players of spin and average players. FOR INDIA, Vijay, Ishant need to go. I dont think I need to say much about Ishant, 50 tests, average of 40. Vijay has lost his technique to t20s. Harbhajan will not get dropped, but OJHA needs to come in for sure. since this is a 2 match squad, Viru gets 1 more go. Jadeja would not play overseas, but if playing 3 spinners, I would play Rahane at 6. There is no need for 4 spinners. 1. Sehwag 2. Dhawan 3. Pujara 4. SRT 5. Kohli 6. Rahane 7. MSD 8. Ashwin 9 . Bhaaji 10. Bhuvi 11. Ojha. LETS GO TEAM INDIA!!!!

  • POSTED BY 777aditya on | March 1, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    @ Shan156 - Sunny Gavaskar once famously said, "Cricket is played between the ears!" I was referring not to Australia's ability, but their "will to succeed." Australia is definitely not as strong as England technically in India, but if India get too complacent (like we struggled to get Henriques out in both innings, especially his last wicket partnership with Lyon in the second innings), then things can get difficult for India. Australia is the proverbial camel, if you give an inch, they will take an ell (they are the only team to stretch RSA recently to their limits, though, you may argue in home conditions). Cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties, so you cant predict the outcome for sure. Of course, I would like India to win 4-0!

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    For Hyderabad Test Indian should drop Murli & Kumar and bring in Dhawan & Ojha. For opening Dhawan should open with Pujara or Kohli & Sehwag bat just before Dhoni. May be it will prove a turning point in Sehwag's carrier. If Australia want to win they must bring Doherty in place of Siddle.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | March 1, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    @All fans, let's not bring the Chennai test here. That's history. Looking forward for a cracker of a test match with Clarke following my honest suggestions :-) and taking the fight to the Indians. Bring it on! Can't wait!

    @Meety, get your excuses ready mate (pun intended)!

    @Harmony111, gsingh and others, let's sharpen our knives mates. And don't forget to generously smear those sharp edges with salt and pepper ;-) (pun intended)!

    I'm loving this series. No whining by the Aussie players. They are playing with lot of courage in our backyard. Gotta give it to them!

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | March 1, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    Spinners like Doherty and Lyon are worse compared to our part timers like (Raina and Sehwag)... Do you still expect Aussies to win a game in the remainder of the series??? Well, Sad for Aussie supporters - @ mansoor--- atleast india are better than ur team pak in all formats of game. we last seen ur team beaten 3-0 in sa not long ago

  • POSTED BY anuajm on | March 1, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    India won the match owing to a few individual brilliance and the pitch. I think Bhajji and Jadeja were pedestrian but aided by pitch they were able to buy some wickets. Ashwin bowled will and needs to consistently do the same. Ojha needs to be back. Vijay, Jadeja, Bhajji, Ishant are not test players and should not be persisted with. Bhajji is past his 'prime', Jadeja with time might improve, Vijay is useless and Ishant is not making any efforts to improve. Sehwag and Sachin have earned the long rope. Bhuvi showed the committment at least in batting which players like Zaheer/Bhajji have failed to show with their pathetic batting display added to their woeful bowling. Mind you, unless there are some individual brilliances, India should be ready for another drubbing at the hands of SA. This team is horses for courses and not long term.

  • POSTED BY B.Moizuddin.Gouhar on | March 1, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    hi all - to begin with yes india will never or hardly change a winning comination - its sad if they play again vijay coz there is dhawan who can be considered as local coz he plays for DC (now SR)... let the wicket be how bad or spinner friendly if aust win the toss they will for sure give india a good run for money... I DONT KNOW BUT I HAVE A FEELING WILL AUST DO THE ENGLAND TO WIN THE SERIES AFTER LOOSING FIRST TEST... lets see its just a matter few days from now.. Is there anyone to support my opening combination of jaffer and dhawan? aust will never allow vijay and sewag to fire thats for sure...

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | March 1, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    @ RandyOZ "Why don't the journos ever ask about O'Keefe? Is there a blanket ban": It's probably got something to do with the fact that O'Keefe, despite being a player you consider the only 'spinner' in Australia capable of replacing the awful Lyon, is utter rubbish. This 'rebuilding phase' really needs to start now .

  • POSTED BY Webba84 on | March 1, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    @FFL Clarke frequently admits his mistakes when he gets it wrong. The quotes are almost all on this site and easily found. Stop making stuff up just because it fits your anglo-centric fantasy.

  • POSTED BY cricket_lover1 on | March 1, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    India needs to have a quick left arm seamer replacing Ishant...Shikhar dhavan should replace murali vijay...rest of the team is good...

  • POSTED BY akashchandran on | March 1, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    India should play its best batsmen and best bowlers. That means Ojha should come in place of Jadeja. Considering that the pitch is likely to be spin-friendly Rahane could also be picked, to strenghthen the batting since we are 1-0 up, in place of Ishant Sharma(Bhuvanesh Kumar or Ashok Dinda will be better options than Ishant to exploit any early swing).

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | March 1, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    Why don't the journos ever ask about O'Keefe? Is there a blanket ban?

  • POSTED BY PrasPunter on | March 1, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    @Deepak, "Australia, the over-rated over confident team in a spot of bother. -" Yes this over-confident over rated team hammered yours 4-0 - forgot that ? Where were you hiding when your over-rated over-confident team just couldn't buy a victory and lost 0-8 in Eng and Aus ?

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | March 1, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    Why Australia haven't flown in Agar or given the Pakistani lad a go is a question that goes to the heart of the problem for Australia: Clarke cannot admit he's got something wrong. He doesn't have the players, and as we all know he certainly doesn't have a spin option. How Lyon must want to forget his 3-456 or whatever it was. Some posters here have remarked how England's Swann did well in India but that he's 'in a different class'. He sure is, but don't forget too that Swan was raised on green wickets, which are not surfaces conducive to spin; Australia has these surfaces. Clarke is hoping that Lyon, because he's the slowest seamer of the lot, might get the batsman to get accidentally sky the ball to the fielder, reminiscent of Clarke 1st innings in the 1st test.

  • POSTED BY Webba84 on | March 1, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    Nobody is overrating this Aus team and they don't look overconfident to me, rather hesitant in fact. Why is it that so many Indian fans in particular act as though this is the same team as 10 years ago but made bad cricketers for their amusement? These are different people guys, all your hate and bile and talk of over confidence and arrogance applies to people who retired years ago. Give it a rest.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    love how all the indians are bashing the Australians when u keep on forgetting that you are still playing at home where there are only spin pitches... also everyone already saw what happened when you guys toured austrailia and england last time stop thinking that you guys are r any better then before havent seen you win outside of india for a long time

  • POSTED BY Shan156 on | March 1, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    @777aditya, "Australia are more than capable of doing exactly that", please explain. England not only had 2 good spinners in Swann and Monty, they also had Cook, KP, and Prior to shore up the batting. Clarke may match Cook and Pattinson may more than match Anderson's efforts but Aus. don't have anyone remotely capable of playing an innings (in Indian conditions) like the 186 that KP scored in Mumbai. Their keeper is nowhere as good as Prior and, of course, none of their spinners are a match to Swann and Monty. So, how exactly are Aus. more than capable of doing what Eng. did? Aus. would do well to draw a couple of tests in India.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    Australia, the over-rated over confident team in a spot of bother... The so called great bowlers ( Starc, Johnson, Siddle ) humiliated on Indian soil.. Except for Henriques and Clarke, the whole team is inexperienced and not even international level... Their wicket keeper Wade is not even a first class cricket keeper... Their so called Allrounder (Watson) seems handicapped... Pattinson is in good form but can't bowl for longer spells... Spinners like Doherty and Lyon are worse compared to our part timers like (Raina and Sehwag)... Do you still expect Aussies to win a game in the remainder of the series??? Well, Sad for Aussie supporters, GET READY TO BE HUMILIATED IN DECCAN AGAIN!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    Well done India for a good beginning! But to call this side settled is truly astounding.If not for Dhoni & Bhuvi's remarkable partnership, the match was in balance.Considering this is the first match of the series, aussies will definitely bounce back. Unless we replace the non-performing openers, i think we will have a tough time in this series for sure.Let s see what happens:-)

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    My money for this match on Hughes and Watson... For India, sadly, Murali Vijay... I don't like him but Just a gut feeling!!!!

  • POSTED BY palla.avinash on | March 1, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    I would go with lyon,dohetry,pattisnon,siddle and henriques with all top batsmen of india being right handers dohetry could be more than handy even with the slowest turn.Dohetry first class record may be 44 but in australia conditions are different and he faces more left hand quality batsmen there.so i go with dohetry and ojha instead of harbhijan singh for india as i am not really impressed with his bowling there could be some good bounce for fast bowlers in Hyderabad so India should go with 2 seamers kumar and ishanth.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    The reason India lost against England was that they were simply retroactive, instead of proactive. They failed to replace underpreformers just because they "won". My changes for the Indian team: - TAKE OUT SHARMA.. for the love of cricket, he sucks. Replace him with Ahmed. - Replace Harbhajan with Ohja. Seriously. - Sehwag should get one more chance, his two dismissals were a) unlucky and b) an excellent ball - M Vijay should be rotated out for another trial opener.. this should be the "see who fits spot" also allowing the young kids to prove their worth. - Rest of the Squad remains intact. Including Jadeja and B Kumar.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    Michael Clarke should bat at 4 and Steve smith also handy in spinning conditions; he can bowl leg spin, decent batsman and excellant fielder.

    For India, Ojha should come in place of Bhajji. Ojha knows the pitch very well being his home town...

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | March 1, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    If Clarke's hamstring is not acting-up, then he should consider himself as an all-rounder and bowl like a regular spinner. That'll give them more options to beef-up their batting. If he can't take that risk with his hamstring, then I strongly feel that Australia has to go in with two spinners. Don't worry about their quality. They are not idiots. Are they? They'll learn. And above all, these are Indian pitches. You don't really need to be in the class of Swann or Murali to taste reasonable success if not as successful as them. And also, we do have some Indian Legends going around. Get in touch with them and request if they could practice with your spinners and batsmen in the nets. Who knows? They may be more than willing to help you out. There's no Andy Flower in the Indian Camp to prevent such a thing.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | March 1, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    @landl47. Yes you're right, it is simple. The only problem is that our second spinner isn't good enough to play at this level in these conditions. You always pick your best available bowlers. Pattinson showed that he can take wickets, unfortunately, the other quicks did not, so let's hope they have learnt something & organize themselves better for the next test. I have said it before, but bears repeating, playing against India at the back-end of their season is much harder than playing them at the front half of their season. Their only series losses since 2000 (South Africa, Australia & England) have all come at the front of their season where the pitches still provide something less spiteful than usual.

  • POSTED BY 777aditya on | March 1, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    This is exactly the way the England series started with England losing despite a captain Cook century in the first test. Later on, England went on to stage a remarkable recovery defeating India after almost three decades for a series win. Australia are more than capable of doing exactly that even if they don't have Monty and Swann. So, Team India could do well only if they are not complacent. IF Ishant, Sehwag, Murali, Bhajji make way for Sreesanth, Dhawan, Rahane, and Ojha, THEN we stand a great chance of going 2-0 up - would be interesting to see Dhoni's latest brainwave tomorrow.

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | March 1, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    Yes. We are so ready to drop the non-performing Vijay, thats what we will be ready to pounce, but we will completely ignore the non-performing seniors Sewag, Ishant and Harbajan. Seniors should not be pressured to perform, you know? It is absolutely ok to pressurize or side line the youngsters even if they are the best performers in the previous series or in first class matches. But seniors should not be touched. Keep it up, selectors and captain.

  • POSTED BY Webba84 on | March 1, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    @Tahir, No one is even talking about the pitches being unfair. Why are you fighting an imaginary battle?

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | March 1, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    Dropping Lyon is way too hasty. Remember even Warne struggled against India in India

  • POSTED BY Rolling_in_The_Deep on | March 1, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    Australia is no England.. Its a huge task at their hands to come back into the series..Disappointed to see lack of quality spinners in Aus side..Mitchell Johnson should replace starc if he can get reverse swing going , that will make the difference.

  • POSTED BY Tahir_Anjum on | March 1, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    When Asian Teams travels outside Asia then they don't get spin friendly pitches.. then why foreign team should be presented with pace wickets?? We also have the right to play on our strength.. . fair call.. Although I'm from Pakistan but I support India for preparing spin friendly pitches.. All the best to both teams but a little more to India.. I hope India wins..

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    All Austraila need to do is play 2 spinners just to ease the burden of Lyon .Xavier Doherty may be a bit inexperienced but it's the best time to test his ability .

  • POSTED BY riprock on | March 1, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    have the oz thought of doherty and maxwell for lyon and hughes..they could then have 7 bowling options with a fragile middle order..lol

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    I cant see Australia turned the series on its head against India like England.England won the series not only their spinners Swann and panesar run through the indian Batting line up but also their Jimmy anderson had used the reverse swing to perfection.Further England batsman learned to occupy the crease for long time and keep the score ticking eventually frustrated the Indians .where as Australian traditionally went on to attacke the bowlers and this might be play on the hands of Indian spinners on thTurning tracks

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    I think this time the result will be reversed altogether, the Aussies will bounce back and the Indians will go back to the excellent form they had been before the first test. My fingers are crossed for Aussies. I will be more than happy if we can achieve a draw at least.

  • POSTED BY Mihir_Mistry on | March 1, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    I agree with a lot of comments re: benching Bhajji for Ojha. He was the best spinner in the last series and has a future ahead of him. Bhajji only has a past to boast.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    Cowan looks a good No. 3, who can hold the fort (and score some decent runs) for Nos 4, 5, and 6 can follow & play their natural game. How come Australia keep on playing him as an opener? Any one has any answer/s?

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    @Steve Back. I fully share your sentiments.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    Australia is ready for another defeat. India will definitely go 2-0 up in Hyd test

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | March 1, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    It's simple: every side needs two spinners in India. If Doherty isn't good enough to be the second spinner in the team, he shouldn't have been in the squad. Two spinners and Johnson, Patto and Henriques is the way to go- with the quicks bowling in short bursts whil the other three do the donkey work.

    As for the batting, Aus has a side which can be explosive but equally can fall to pieces very quickly. Warner, Hughes and Watson all make runs quickly when they make them at all. Let's hope this is one of the occasions when they do. Cowan did exactly what can be expected of him in the first test; he hung around, saw off the new ball and made about 30. He's a journeyman, has been his whole career, and he isn't suddenly going to become Matt Hayden.

    As for India, they should bring in Ojha for one of the seamers, who took no, that's zero, wickets in the first test. Bhuvi can bat so he stays. One of the easier selection decisions.

    Best wishes to both sides for a good game.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    my XI 1.dhawan 2.rahane 3.pujara 4.sachin 5.kohli 6.dhoni 7.jadeja 8.ashwin 9.ojha 10.dinda 11. bhuvneshwar

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    i think bhaji should be replaced by ojha..bhaji got wickets in the first match not because of his bowling..its becuase australians didnt know how to play spin.. ojha was the best bowler during england series and india's best bowler in ranks..vijay can be retained..atleast for one match..and i want sehwag to get back his positive mindset.. his attacking mindset sets him apart from others..i want ishant to play more domestic matches and bowl little more full to get wickets.. he is bowling too short..

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | March 1, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    @Deepak Langer on (March 1, 2013, 12:41 GMT) Have they (Aus) announced their side already? CricInfo have indicated they think 1 of 3 could vie for 1 of the bowlers positions and re world class - would you not say Michael Clarke was world class? Think you'd be in a minority of 1 if you think he's not.

    Back to the game,when I first read the proposed Aus line up I thought they have gone for ambition by dropping an underperforming batsman and going for 3 pacers and 2 spinners. Then I realised that the same batsmen were all there but there were 3 names vying for 1 position. Maxwell may be worth a go if he is seen more as a like for like replacement for a batsman and if it comes off as a bowler then even better.I'd prob keep the 2 Ws in there because if they fire they can push the game forward. You also wonder about Doherty.O Keefe (acc to some fans on here) should be there to but he's not and if Aus aren't going to play a 2nd specialist spinner now - then when?

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    See, Dropping out Bhuvi isnt a good option as one should remember the fact that he debuted in a spinner friendly track.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    Aus is really unfortunate that they are in the receiving end when Tendulkar is back to his best, the way he took on the Aus bowlers was real evidence of his confidence is back and Indian middle order is now stronger as ever with its spine is restored. Wondering why Clarke was refrained himslef from bowling when Tendulkar is in the crease as he doesnt like to face spinners in first few overs in a turning track.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    The pitch may be harder. But if there is no single blade of grass on it, how will BK get his swing? Without swing, BK is just a lower order batsman. If that is the case, Ojha can come in place of BK.

    I am NOT saying that Ishant is better than BK. Only thing he can do viz a viz BK is to bounce the ball on any surface. But, would his bouncers 'scare' any Australian? Sooner we accept that we have no decent pair of opening bowlers, the better.

    At least, we have recognized the failure of our opening batsmen; though no concerted effort seems to be in place to remedy that malady, either. Especially when I hear Dhoni saying that we have a 'settled' team!

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    I'm looking forward to this and India have certainly improved since they lost 4-0 in Australia. After hearing of the tragic circumstances regarding Tom Maynard's death and the possible legacy he leaves behind, we are reminded that everybody makes mistakes and deserves a second chance; life is too short to be all about winning all the time and instead sometimes the being part of this wonderful sport and striving to improve is all that matters. Both India and Australia have done that of late and contests between these two teams have historically always been absorbing encounters and this will be no different - best of luck to both teams.

  • POSTED BY crashdog on | March 1, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    Ha ha ha, Australia at it again, trying to mess with the traditions of test cricket....and I am an Australian supporter! This game has been played for over 200 years and the traditions of the game state that you need 6 batsmen, 1 wicket keeper and 4 bowlers. Australia, in their quest for the 'ultimate allrounder' have included Watson (although he can't bowl at the moment) Henriques, and I bet they opt for Smith also in this test. When will we learn? Henriques, bless him, scored well in the first test, which makes it hard to drop him, but when will we learn that we need specialist batsmen and bowlers and not alll rounders to win a test match? England is a great example, Aus selectors, please remember tradition before experimentation. Pick a two bit side, get a two bit result. Why weren't more specialist batsmen selected for this tour? Maxwell, Smith, Henriques - come on! One all rounder is enough? Surely Johnson and Starc can bat enough? Lets throw in another 7 all rounders?

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    india definately going to win this one again

  • POSTED BY tanstell87 on | March 1, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    why not Rahane or Dhawan open with Sehwag...Vijay has got many chances now.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    C'mon Clarkey! Announce your team! Why are you discarding a new trend, you set! You are looked upon as a trend setter in many areas! C'mon!

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    Ojha and Dhawan should be in the eleven both play for Hyderabad in IPL, Vijay was given chance on the basis of local boy at chennai, if India has to win they should take ojha in place of Ishant/bhuvi and dhawan should come for vijay.

  • POSTED BY VJ_Cricket on | March 1, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    Dhawan in for Vijay, Ojha in for Bhajji.

    It is a no brainer if one of these changes are not made (pref the bowling change).

    Pujara might aswell open with Dhawan and send Viru to middle order.

    Viru + Dhoni in middle order, imagine that!

    Ishant is the most experienced bowler in the setup, while other options are injured/recovering, Bhuvi is a good option.

  • POSTED BY usernames on | March 1, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    Dhawan, Sehwag, Pujara, Tendulkar, Kohli, Rahane, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar, Ojha. Solid batting, solid bowling.

  • POSTED BY whoster on | March 1, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    Just because England prospered with two spinners shouldn't be a reason for Australia to go down that route. Lyon and Doherty are nowhere near in the same class as Swann and Panesar, and the Aussies should stick to their strengths. The two plus-points for them from the 1st Test was the solid batting technique of Henriques, and the hostility of Pattinson. The Aussies face a tough challenge handling Pattinson because he's been a bit fragile injury-wise. He looks like a quality bowler though - reminds me of Craig McDermott. The big wake-up call for Australia will be when Clarke goes through a lean period with the bat. He's been incredible since he took over the captaincy, but there's big question marks over more than half their side - and they'll need to start contributing soon if they're to put up any kind of fight either in India or England.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    Australia is an over-confident side.. This is indicated by the fact that Australia confidently announced their XI well before the match in Chennai.. They should realise that they don't have the greats like Glenn Mcgrath, Shane Warne or Ricky Ponting in their team anymore! Aussies are talking about including Doherty or Maxwell in their squad as they can be effective.. But the reality is that both Maxwell and Doherty are mediocre spinners, worse than Lyon... Anyways, i suggest they include Mitchell Johnson in place of Starc, who was pathetic in the first test... and also, they should replace Hughes with Khwaja! Hope Indians toy with the OZ bowling again!

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    Hydrabad - India selection seems good... drop ishant and add ohja... or even drop vijay add dawan not a bad idea or still vijay can be given a chance... h/ever i am happy, if australia play with only one spinner, to get a chance for india to lead 2-0. Pray God, Austrialian mind set to go with only 1 spinner...

  • POSTED BY QingdaoXI on | March 1, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    Indian XI Should be like Vijay, Sehwag, Pujara, Tendulkar, Kohli, Dhoni, Rahane, Ashwin, Bhuvaneshwar, Harbhajan, Ojha. If we Bowl first open bowling with Bhuvi and Ojha and if we bowl second than any bowler can open and attack from front.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    3 spinners and Bhuvan shud be the bowlers..JAdeja and Vijay is retained..basically tht shud be fine

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    3 spinners and Bhuvan shud be the bowlers..JAdeja and Vijay is retained..basically tht shud be fine

  • POSTED BY QingdaoXI on | March 1, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    Indian XI Should be like Vijay, Sehwag, Pujara, Tendulkar, Kohli, Dhoni, Rahane, Ashwin, Bhuvaneshwar, Harbhajan, Ojha. If we Bowl first open bowling with Bhuvi and Ojha and if we bowl second than any bowler can open and attack from front.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    Hydrabad - India selection seems good... drop ishant and add ohja... or even drop vijay add dawan not a bad idea or still vijay can be given a chance... h/ever i am happy, if australia play with only one spinner, to get a chance for india to lead 2-0. Pray God, Austrialian mind set to go with only 1 spinner...

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    Australia is an over-confident side.. This is indicated by the fact that Australia confidently announced their XI well before the match in Chennai.. They should realise that they don't have the greats like Glenn Mcgrath, Shane Warne or Ricky Ponting in their team anymore! Aussies are talking about including Doherty or Maxwell in their squad as they can be effective.. But the reality is that both Maxwell and Doherty are mediocre spinners, worse than Lyon... Anyways, i suggest they include Mitchell Johnson in place of Starc, who was pathetic in the first test... and also, they should replace Hughes with Khwaja! Hope Indians toy with the OZ bowling again!

  • POSTED BY whoster on | March 1, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    Just because England prospered with two spinners shouldn't be a reason for Australia to go down that route. Lyon and Doherty are nowhere near in the same class as Swann and Panesar, and the Aussies should stick to their strengths. The two plus-points for them from the 1st Test was the solid batting technique of Henriques, and the hostility of Pattinson. The Aussies face a tough challenge handling Pattinson because he's been a bit fragile injury-wise. He looks like a quality bowler though - reminds me of Craig McDermott. The big wake-up call for Australia will be when Clarke goes through a lean period with the bat. He's been incredible since he took over the captaincy, but there's big question marks over more than half their side - and they'll need to start contributing soon if they're to put up any kind of fight either in India or England.

  • POSTED BY usernames on | March 1, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    Dhawan, Sehwag, Pujara, Tendulkar, Kohli, Rahane, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar, Ojha. Solid batting, solid bowling.

  • POSTED BY VJ_Cricket on | March 1, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    Dhawan in for Vijay, Ojha in for Bhajji.

    It is a no brainer if one of these changes are not made (pref the bowling change).

    Pujara might aswell open with Dhawan and send Viru to middle order.

    Viru + Dhoni in middle order, imagine that!

    Ishant is the most experienced bowler in the setup, while other options are injured/recovering, Bhuvi is a good option.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    Ojha and Dhawan should be in the eleven both play for Hyderabad in IPL, Vijay was given chance on the basis of local boy at chennai, if India has to win they should take ojha in place of Ishant/bhuvi and dhawan should come for vijay.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    C'mon Clarkey! Announce your team! Why are you discarding a new trend, you set! You are looked upon as a trend setter in many areas! C'mon!

  • POSTED BY tanstell87 on | March 1, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    why not Rahane or Dhawan open with Sehwag...Vijay has got many chances now.