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

Australia crumble despite Clarke 91

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India 5 for 0 trail Australia 237 for 9 dec (Clarke 91, Wade 62, Jadeja 3-33, Bhuvneshar 3-53) by 232 runs
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Before the start of the match, the local organisers performed a religious ceremony in the middle and if, like bowlers around the world, they had asked for answers on how to dismiss Michael Clarke, they had no luck. Clarke was once again Australia's standout batsman, top scoring with 91, but the innings crumbled either side of his hold-it-together stand with Matthew Wade to leave India in control.

And if his batting wasn't enough to leave connoisseurs raving, Clarke sprang a surprising and enterprising declaration just before stumps - the first time a team had declared on the opening day since 1974 - to give his bowlers a shot at India.

The first day of the Hyderabad Test was a seesaw affair, with India dominant in the first and final sessions, and Australia unshakeable in the second. After tea, India's spinners again proved too difficult to read for the visiting batsmen, and the home side reclaimed the advantage after Clarke and Wade had levelled the game with a century stand. The pair had to do a repair job due to seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar's new-ball breakthroughs.

Bhuvneshwar had made his debut on a dustbowl in Chennai, the worst sort of surface for a quick bowler. He didn't even get to bowl in the second innings, and the speculation was that he could make way for left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha in this Test. Not only did he play, though, his skiddy bowling accounted for three top-order batsmen in the first session. Those strikes were his first wickets in Test cricket, and the first for an Indian seamer in this series.

The pitch was dry, there were puffs of dust when the ball bounced, and it had plenty of cracks that should excite the spinners as the match progresses. Ishant Sharma's first ball jumped off one of them and swerved dramatically away from Ed Cowan, but Ishant didn't pose much of a threat otherwise with the new ball.

Bhuvneshwar did all the damage, using his ability to get the ball to snake back towards the left-hand batsmen. David Warner inside-edged after looking to play across the line, and speculation over Cowan's place is set to resume after he was adjudged lbw for 4, though the ball pitched just outside leg.

Two potential contenders for Cowan's place, Shane Watson and Phillip Hughes, set about bringing some stability to the innings. Watson began by middling plenty of deliveries, while Hughes got going with boundaries in his favourite point area. The pair had been together for about an hour, when Watson misjudged how much a Bhuvneshwar delivery would bounce and attempted a powerful swipe to midwicket. He missed, and the stroke that served him so effectively in Twenty20s, left him looking like he lacked patience on the first morning of a Test. Hughes had begun briskly, moving to 17 off 21, but was again skittish against spin, playing out several maidens to R Ashwin. He scored only two runs off his next 36 deliveries before being caught behind.

Facing another crisis, Clarke was in prime form, twinkle-toed as usual against the spinners and assured against the fast bowlers. There were two standout shots early on - a dance-down-the-track loft over Ashwin's head for six, and a clip off Bhuvneshwar for four that bisected two short midwickets.

Ashwin had looked good in the morning session, tossing the ball up and bowling accurately, waiting for the pitch to play its part instead of attempting too many variations too soon. Australia were helped as India held back Ashwin for more than an hour after the break, instead turning to Harbhajan Singh, who was again below his best.

It wasn't a flawless innings from Clarke. An edge off Bhuvneshwar dropped well short of the keeper, a surprise legcutter from Ishant confounded him, but the biggest chances were a close lbw shout on 32 that the umpire deemed to be sliding down and a drop on 52 as Cheteshwar Pujara put down a bat-pad chance at short leg.

While Clarke was all confidence right from the start, his partner Wade, who was deemed fit despite a suffering a cheek fracture on Friday, was more circumspect early on. Wade began to feel comfortable following a drive over mid-on off Harbhajan after almost an hour. He didn't sweep much, a shot that caused him problems in the first Test, and was harsh whenever the bowler dropped short, picking up several boundaries past point on his way to a half-century.

Just when Australia seemed to be capitalising on their decision to bat, things went awry. Wade slapped a short ball to a diving Bhuvneshwar at point, ending a 145-run partnership and starting a collapse. Moises Henriques was far less certain than he was in his debut Test, and was bowled by a peach from Ravindra Jadeja. Henriques was looking to play to the leg side but the turn beat the bat and hit the top of middle. The debutant Glenn Maxwell didn't last long either, edging behind for 13, and when Clarke missed a sweep to be bowled Australia had lost five wickets for 28 runs.

With the ball turning and bouncing, Clarke decided that the final pair wouldn't last too long and chose to test India's openers before stumps. There was no reward for the innovative move, though, as Virender Sehwag and M Vijay played out the final three overs.

The batting failure will hurt, but what made it worse for Clarke was that the changes Australia made meant their bowling was weaker than in the previous Test. Xavier Doherty, playing his first Test in two years, is the lead spinner instead of Nathan Lyon, and the two allrounders, Henriques and Maxwell, are both better batsmen than they are Test bowlers.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Sunil_Batra on March 2, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    Clarke indeed is a 'collosal' in world cricket. Probably the best batsman captain who can save a game or prevent a whitewash loss. The surprising thing and which shows that their places in the team questionable is that the top 4 who lose their wickets easily even after having watched Clarke and Henriques manage the Indian bowlers and the pitch. Surely they would have learnt something to avoid such a shambolic display. Its about time Khawaja was bought in either at 6 or at Cowan's expense who has had chance after chance. The selectors have also not learn anything and are stubbornly trying to stick to their faulty assessments and choices. Meanwhile let's hope that Clarke,Wade and Henriques notch up centuries to make this match a cliff-hanger.

  • Edwards_Anderson on March 2, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    These criticisms have been consistent all summer.Our stocks are low at the moment and it is not reasonable to expect too much,especially against India at home,but we can at least select players in form in the right positions.Watson, Cowan,Hughes and Warner all average in the 30s,yet we still play only 5specialist batsmen and have a keeper at 6 with no form in India, surely it would make more sense to get Khawaja in that lineup at 6 to strengthen the batting. Then we choose 2spinners, one a part timer and the other averaging high 40s in shield cricket. I really would love Cowan to fire up,but he averages 32 over an extended run,what do you have to do to get dropped these days ? And Watson survives purely on reputation,his form has been woeful and his shot today irresponsible,as is often the case.

  • on March 2, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    While Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled an excellent 1st spell where he removed the openers, the reasons for Australia 's wobbly 1st innings situation is purely on account of bad batting; too desperate at times; not willing to build an innings and going for extravagant shots. Watson started well and then gave away his wicket. Hughes looked ok for a while and then tied himself in knots when Ashwin came to bowl. Really careless batting. Clarke looking good again and thats there best bet right now.

    Maxwell, I think is a good selection. In combination with Doherty the two of them can do a decent job. I would have loved to have seen Johnson in place of Siddle. He has done well against India in the past and could ve added more muscle to the batting. He also has reputation of injuring a few opposition batsmen.

    Bit worried about Wade. I still think his technique of playing in front of his pads against spin is not completely safe. Need to play a little later than he is currently doing.

  • rosh280 on March 2, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    It is again splendid performance by bhuvanesh kumar. He can be dangerous when he takes wicket he has the skill to get wickets at any pitches. he proved it in india and australia and westindies when indian A toured these countries. he uses his logics in every matches. he along with jalaj saxena has taken many wickets in overseas and indian pitches in many occasions. bhuvanesh and jalaj saxena combination had given many match winning performances.The positive thing to note is that he is a great batsman too. he scored many centuries in first class level matches.

  • Pete_AU on March 2, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    Why no Mitchell Johnson? He is a good bowler - excellent in short sharp spells (and apparently picked because he bowls well in Indian conditions) and can also bolster our batting. Leave Siddle out, Johnson in. Also should have shown confidence in Lyon. 3 all-rounders would have made the batting a little stronger, given bowling options, and made the team more balanced.

  • on March 2, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    Very unfair to axe Lyon after just one test. So much for encouraging your ONLY genuine spin bowler in an away tour. On the same note, leaving out Pragyan Ojha for a below par Harbhajan Singh is OUTRAGEOUS. I love MS Dhoni the batsman, but his captaincy and selection policy leaves a lot to be desired. Sure, you can talk about momentum and winning combination etc., but Ojha is a much better bowler than Bhajji at this juncture in time. Besides, he's a Hyderabadi boy. It would have been a dream for him to play in his home town. Other than that, pretty well balanced teams for both countries.

  • on March 3, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    It's not about him 'scoring more runs' he already does that loads. It'd be nice not to lose 4 quick wickets though and I feel if M.C batted at 3 or 4 it would bolster the chances of actually holding some sort of batting innings together.

  • JG2704 on March 3, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    @jmcilhinney on (March 3, 2013, 1:23 GMT) - To me Clarke wasn't gambling that much by declaring early. If you had a set batsman still there or even a tail ender who could hit out then it maybe different. You had 2 genuine tailenders who had between them scored a run of 13 balls. How many further runs would they have added - maybe 15 at the most? I'd say it would be a better to sacrifice those tailender runs for the chance to get an early wicket or 2. As you said , if Aus lose a close one then Clarke may be held accountable but if I was an Aus fan I'd support this sort of proactive move

  • on March 3, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    To be honest it is harsh to be criticising Cowan. He has been in the top of Australian lineup. Someone needs to take the shine off the ball and more times than not he does a great job of that. 3 can come in (unsure if Hughes or Watson should play there) but whoever it is.... and hopefully with a shineless ball capitalise and score some runs. Someone spoke of the disapproval of Clarke at 5, I Agree. Clarke to bolster the Top order and take responsibility. There is no-doubt he is the form batsman in the side. I also believe it is crazy to leave someone with the Talents of Bailey out of the side. I think that comes at the expense of Hughes. Brad Haddin is in red hot form of late and worked so well with the gloves. I really like Wade and he has a future however I feel Haddin is the prime Gloveman/Batsman that Australia want. Perhaps he could even open? My squad. Cowan, Haddin, Clarke, Bailey, Khawaja, Watson, Johnson, Krezja, Pattinson, O'Keefe, Bird, Hifenhaus.

  • Shaggy076 on March 3, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    It really doesnt matter where you bat if you keep making the runs your a special player. The job Clarke continuously does for Australia at 5 is outstanding and it makes no common sense to change something that is working. However, some critics will look for any opening possible. And right now Clarkes record over the past year says he is the worlds best batsman.

  • Sunil_Batra on March 2, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    Clarke indeed is a 'collosal' in world cricket. Probably the best batsman captain who can save a game or prevent a whitewash loss. The surprising thing and which shows that their places in the team questionable is that the top 4 who lose their wickets easily even after having watched Clarke and Henriques manage the Indian bowlers and the pitch. Surely they would have learnt something to avoid such a shambolic display. Its about time Khawaja was bought in either at 6 or at Cowan's expense who has had chance after chance. The selectors have also not learn anything and are stubbornly trying to stick to their faulty assessments and choices. Meanwhile let's hope that Clarke,Wade and Henriques notch up centuries to make this match a cliff-hanger.

  • Edwards_Anderson on March 2, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    These criticisms have been consistent all summer.Our stocks are low at the moment and it is not reasonable to expect too much,especially against India at home,but we can at least select players in form in the right positions.Watson, Cowan,Hughes and Warner all average in the 30s,yet we still play only 5specialist batsmen and have a keeper at 6 with no form in India, surely it would make more sense to get Khawaja in that lineup at 6 to strengthen the batting. Then we choose 2spinners, one a part timer and the other averaging high 40s in shield cricket. I really would love Cowan to fire up,but he averages 32 over an extended run,what do you have to do to get dropped these days ? And Watson survives purely on reputation,his form has been woeful and his shot today irresponsible,as is often the case.

  • on March 2, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    While Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled an excellent 1st spell where he removed the openers, the reasons for Australia 's wobbly 1st innings situation is purely on account of bad batting; too desperate at times; not willing to build an innings and going for extravagant shots. Watson started well and then gave away his wicket. Hughes looked ok for a while and then tied himself in knots when Ashwin came to bowl. Really careless batting. Clarke looking good again and thats there best bet right now.

    Maxwell, I think is a good selection. In combination with Doherty the two of them can do a decent job. I would have loved to have seen Johnson in place of Siddle. He has done well against India in the past and could ve added more muscle to the batting. He also has reputation of injuring a few opposition batsmen.

    Bit worried about Wade. I still think his technique of playing in front of his pads against spin is not completely safe. Need to play a little later than he is currently doing.

  • rosh280 on March 2, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    It is again splendid performance by bhuvanesh kumar. He can be dangerous when he takes wicket he has the skill to get wickets at any pitches. he proved it in india and australia and westindies when indian A toured these countries. he uses his logics in every matches. he along with jalaj saxena has taken many wickets in overseas and indian pitches in many occasions. bhuvanesh and jalaj saxena combination had given many match winning performances.The positive thing to note is that he is a great batsman too. he scored many centuries in first class level matches.

  • Pete_AU on March 2, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    Why no Mitchell Johnson? He is a good bowler - excellent in short sharp spells (and apparently picked because he bowls well in Indian conditions) and can also bolster our batting. Leave Siddle out, Johnson in. Also should have shown confidence in Lyon. 3 all-rounders would have made the batting a little stronger, given bowling options, and made the team more balanced.

  • on March 2, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    Very unfair to axe Lyon after just one test. So much for encouraging your ONLY genuine spin bowler in an away tour. On the same note, leaving out Pragyan Ojha for a below par Harbhajan Singh is OUTRAGEOUS. I love MS Dhoni the batsman, but his captaincy and selection policy leaves a lot to be desired. Sure, you can talk about momentum and winning combination etc., but Ojha is a much better bowler than Bhajji at this juncture in time. Besides, he's a Hyderabadi boy. It would have been a dream for him to play in his home town. Other than that, pretty well balanced teams for both countries.

  • on March 3, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    It's not about him 'scoring more runs' he already does that loads. It'd be nice not to lose 4 quick wickets though and I feel if M.C batted at 3 or 4 it would bolster the chances of actually holding some sort of batting innings together.

  • JG2704 on March 3, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    @jmcilhinney on (March 3, 2013, 1:23 GMT) - To me Clarke wasn't gambling that much by declaring early. If you had a set batsman still there or even a tail ender who could hit out then it maybe different. You had 2 genuine tailenders who had between them scored a run of 13 balls. How many further runs would they have added - maybe 15 at the most? I'd say it would be a better to sacrifice those tailender runs for the chance to get an early wicket or 2. As you said , if Aus lose a close one then Clarke may be held accountable but if I was an Aus fan I'd support this sort of proactive move

  • on March 3, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    To be honest it is harsh to be criticising Cowan. He has been in the top of Australian lineup. Someone needs to take the shine off the ball and more times than not he does a great job of that. 3 can come in (unsure if Hughes or Watson should play there) but whoever it is.... and hopefully with a shineless ball capitalise and score some runs. Someone spoke of the disapproval of Clarke at 5, I Agree. Clarke to bolster the Top order and take responsibility. There is no-doubt he is the form batsman in the side. I also believe it is crazy to leave someone with the Talents of Bailey out of the side. I think that comes at the expense of Hughes. Brad Haddin is in red hot form of late and worked so well with the gloves. I really like Wade and he has a future however I feel Haddin is the prime Gloveman/Batsman that Australia want. Perhaps he could even open? My squad. Cowan, Haddin, Clarke, Bailey, Khawaja, Watson, Johnson, Krezja, Pattinson, O'Keefe, Bird, Hifenhaus.

  • Shaggy076 on March 3, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    It really doesnt matter where you bat if you keep making the runs your a special player. The job Clarke continuously does for Australia at 5 is outstanding and it makes no common sense to change something that is working. However, some critics will look for any opening possible. And right now Clarkes record over the past year says he is the worlds best batsman.

  • Trapper439 on March 3, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    Are the people (I won't call them cricket fans) who think Clarke is a "coward" for batting at 5 claiming that he'd have scored even more runs over the last few years batting at 3 or 4?

    Because that seems to be what they're implying. I'd imagine that they also feel that Kallis and Tendulkar would have scored more runs if they'd batted at 3. Like Ponting, for example.

    Viv Richards batted at 3 early in his career. Later he batted at 5. Border batted at 4 for a long time before spending some time during his captaincy batting at 6.

    I wouldn't call any of those players "cowards" who needed to "man up" any more than I'd call those demanding that Clarke go higher up the order "cricket fans".

    Grow up.

  • Shaggy076 on March 3, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    Doogius; I think your suggesting that we should have fielded first which I think destroys all credibility of your post. You say we are weak agianst spin but you also want us to bat in the 4th innings when spin is at its most lethal.

  • Jayzuz on March 3, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    To be honest I'll be surprised if India score much more than Australia on this track. It's quite a dust heap already. Reckon they'll get less than 300.

  • TheBigBoodha on March 3, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    Yep, @JG2704, Siddle has been consistently Australia's best bowler. He has a better average and strike rate than James Anderson, and I don't think the Brits are thinking of dropping him anytime too soon. Some fans just see whatever they want to see. A lot of extreme pessimists around. This game - and series - isn't over yet. This wicket will be a dust heap by beginning of day 4, and whoever is batting last will probably lose. The problem is that it may effectively be Australia if India rack up a big score, thus negating the toss win.

  • BradmanBestEver on March 3, 2013, 3:42 GMT

    Let's face it Aussie supporters - we can be competitive when the conditions suit us but not if they don't suit us. Our players are not as versatile as English players because our guys are just not as talented - except 4 Clarke. So I have bet my life savings on seam-friendly conditions in England 4 the Ashes.

  • Deep_Point on March 3, 2013, 3:20 GMT

    I can't wait for this to restart. On a flat pitch like this Doherty will struggle to get much bearing in mind his inability to turn on even a true Bunsen. Selection and captaincy blunders should be a major concern for even the most one-eyed Australia fans. The team should be in even more disarray and completely demoralised by the time they get to England.

  • itsthewayuplay on March 3, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    Given the debacle of the pitch at Chennai, I was pleasantly surprised to see this one which something in it for the quicks as well as turn for spinners but disappointed the variable bounce on day 1 and puffs of dust after lunch. India will have to watch out for Pattison and even in only 3 overs Sehwag looks like a walking wicket. Day 2 is going to be interesting and we'll see whether 237 is a par score or not. Not sure I agree with decision to declare then for 2 reasons - firstly India on a number occasions in the last couple years have struggled to clean up the tails even on bowler friendly conditions. And secondly, really need at least 7-8 overs and more like 10 to give yourself a good chance to take a couple of wickets to shift the pressure back on the opposition although admittedly Sehwag played a false stroke for the boundary and Clarke's gamble almost paid off immediately.

  • bradman5 on March 3, 2013, 2:28 GMT

    I find the selection baffling. We can't make enough runs, so we go with 5 batsmen. We can't bowl the opposdition out, so we go with a 'useful with bat and ball' lower middle order. We need the best spin bowlers (2) for these pitches, the best pace bowlers for conditions not conducive for new ball swing, a keeper who contributes 40 runs average at 7 (Wade), and the 6 best batsmen in the country. Then we (the fans), need to understand that if we don't win at present, we just don't have the talent to match the South Africas and Englands of cricket at present.

  • itsthewayuplay on March 3, 2013, 2:22 GMT

    That Harbarjan and Sehwag are still in the team doesn't surprise but frustates. What do you have to get picked for or dropped from this Indian team? Absolutely fanastic to see Kumar cut the bowl off the seam as well and through the air. Ishant bowled the odd excellent delivery off the seam and the question is why doesn't he do it more often after seeing Kumar's success? Jadeja impressive yet again and more threatening than Harbajan and should continue to develop his bowling. Happy for Vijay to play the entire day for 1 run as long as spends time in the middle learning his trade. Cook showed the value of a solid and reliable batter at the top rather than the 1 in 20 that Sehwag has become. If Sehwag's batting averaged anything near to his waistline of about 40, he would be useful but as he scored a century in the 1st test against England 5 tests ago last November, he probably feels he's done enough for the next 2 years and not doubt Cricket India will indulge him.

  • Aren789 on March 3, 2013, 2:20 GMT

    Out of the first four batsmen, three of them were out for the Seamer which means there is something wrong with their form at the moment than the pitch or the spin bowling. The Australian top order batsmen morale is totally down at the moment and who ever comes and bowl, they will be able to get them out. So, the captain should help them to overcome with their mental block of Indian pitches and play the ball on its merit instead of worrying too much about the pitch and the spinners. These players are of good quality and I am confident that they will overcome their obstacles and perform better.

  • Slysta on March 3, 2013, 2:14 GMT

    Four words to describe Australia's last three years of Test cricket: "Three for not many".

  • disco_bob on March 3, 2013, 1:41 GMT

    Australia continue where there obsessive search for an 'allrounder' by selecting person after person who would not be selected under separate disciplines. Yet they actually have a true world class all rounder who can bat and bowl, in Watson but they allow him to dictate his terms.

    Clarke didn't seem to realise that he could still have demanded 2 overs from Watto, even Warner or Ponting can do that.

    Maybe Watto is saving himself for the IPL.

    Regarding Wade's cheekbone, it's not as painful as not seeing Paine keep wicket.

  • disco_bob on March 3, 2013, 1:30 GMT

    Not playing Lyon in the second match if they only wanted one full time spinner was a despicable act of treachery.

  • disco_bob on March 3, 2013, 1:26 GMT

    It was excellent to see the puja, performed before the match by the groundsmen. That's what makes India such a wonderful place. There is an honesty there even if they do not fully understand it. It's a respect for the order.

    I could see in the interview that Clarke gave before the match that he had no intention of playing Lyon. You could see his dishonesty. He would have been better off telling the truth. After that interview I have lost my faith in Clarke. Sure as a technical batsman he is superb, but he does not have the integrity of Ponting.

  • jmcilhinney on March 3, 2013, 1:23 GMT

    @JG2704 on (March 2, 2013, 21:18 GMT), I have to agree re Clarke's declaration. He has rightly been lauded for being a proactive, aggressive captain and this was just more of that. Most of his aggressive moves have come off so far and if Australia had managed a wicket or two in those last few overs then he would be being called a genius. Not that there's all that much criticism but if Australia end up losing a close one then it may come back to haunt him. You can't have it both ways though and, with the form India's openers are in, it's hard to be too critical of the decision.

  • Rooboy on March 3, 2013, 1:17 GMT

    Time to give Khawaja a go. I really don't think he's the answer, but Cowan is going nowhere and we already have three other openers in the team. Admittedly he wasn't out this time, but these are the types of decisions you expect to get in india. Can't imagine how frustrated Clarke is, he's just getting no support. But he really needs to move up to four or even three, at least for the rest of this tour.

  • on March 3, 2013, 1:05 GMT

    Bhuvneshkumar is an exciting prospect. I think the pitch factor is playing too much on the mind of Aussies. They should totally leave it out of their minds and play the game ball by ball. I think the best way of playing spin is Chris Gayle style, have a stable stance and stop worrying about foot work and blast away. I think when you play spin either you blast it away or defend, there is no middle ground. Spin is not unplayable all Aussie greats like Steve Waugh, Ponting, Mark Waugh, Boon, were all good players of spin.

  • popcorn on March 3, 2013, 1:05 GMT

    Why does everyone have his eye on Ed Cowan's performance? At least he is not flashy and irresponsible like Phil Hughes,Shane Watson and David Warner.And why is Usman Khawaja,who has a good technique- better than Phil Hughes and David Warner not been selected? Sic.

  • BG4cricket on March 3, 2013, 0:51 GMT

    The Aussie team is starting to remind of NZ - lots of bits & pieces players who aren't specialists in either discipline, combined with speculative picks of players with very moderate FC records who, surprisingly as it turns out, don't deliver much. The biggest issue Australia have is the batting & a top order that rarely provides the middle order any sort of platform, and the prime offenders are Cowan & Watson who constantly fail to capitalise on starts, & a batting order with Wade at 6 is unbalanced. Unfortunately replacements are thin on the ground as most candidates are not performing well enough at FC level but we would be well served with Chris Rogers (FC ave of 50 & 3 tons this year) in for Cowan, Clarke at 4 for better stability, Bailey at 5 (who has shown good ability in ODI) & Watson returning to bowling & batting 6. Hughes has a good FC record & think he will work Indian pitches out, but if Watson can't bowl I would punt on Steve Smith or Sean Marsh at 6 & leave Watson out.

  • mateyman on March 3, 2013, 0:38 GMT

    Doogius.... get a clue. Bailey is not an "heir apparent" to Clarke. He needs to work on his red ball cricket a LOT before that happens. Just because someone is an ODI captain, doesn't make them an "heir apparent"

  • on March 3, 2013, 0:32 GMT

    I am sure Indians will learn a thing or two from Clarke's captaincy in Tests. Such a bold and challenging move at the very end of last session, that I cannot stop admiring challenging spirit of Clarke. Way to keep TEST cricket alive. Great to see such decisions. Awesome it is. Now I wish to see such moves by Indian captains in near future. And hope to learn the challenging spirit for down under.

  • Int.Curator on March 2, 2013, 23:46 GMT

    Regardless of the team batting the Indian pitches thus far cannot be trusted. These pitches are the reason why Sewhag, Tendulkar etc were once considered stroke makers and are now just grafters or dismissed cheaply. A sad time for Indian cricket.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on March 2, 2013, 23:33 GMT

    What more should Ishant do to get dropped? Sick!

  • dharsanti on March 2, 2013, 23:05 GMT

    Well done india. Sehwag should play good inning today. India should win match. Excellen batting by Clark. After Amla he is the best batsman around.

  • wellrounded87 on March 2, 2013, 22:59 GMT

    @ROXSPORT please explain how Doherty has been by far the better spinner on tour. In the two lead up games Lyon took more wickets and was more economical than Doherty. Seems to me he was average at best. Ashton Agar did a better job than Doherty.

    his first class average is 45. and his test average is 100 and at 30 years old he doesn't even have the advantage of potential. He is the prime example of the selectors incompetence. Meanwhile you have Steve O'Keefe averaging 27 in first class cricket and he's the leading wicket taker for spinners in Sheild and he's pretty useful with the bat and can't get a run. It's a joke a complete joke

  • hycIass on March 2, 2013, 22:55 GMT

    @Chris_P not sure if you are from NSW, i am a big NSW fan and member and i can tell you Khawaja averages well over 50 on the SCG(best spin wicket in Australia) so he is ready to come in and cant do worse then what Cowan or Hughes has done so far. @TSJ07 i echo your words mate. Also I agree on trying Watson as Opener, but then Cowan would get dropped, much better three or fours in Khawaja and Burns. Though I do not agree with selecting Cowan on the argument he bats long enough to take the shine off the ball, I understand and can accept that argument that others opinionate. But moving him down to three or four would not justify his selection. Wade is getting runs but what of his glove work ? Aussies had a poor first day in Hydrabad and not hard not to think another drubbing is on the cards. The Poms must be absolutely salivating, the beat India recently in India, our blokes will be doing well not to lose 0-3 with a draw going on current form.

  • Shaggy076 on March 2, 2013, 22:50 GMT

    How can Clarkes decision to declare at 9 down smack of arrogance. Do you people realise how many runs can be gathered by a last wicket stand perhaps 20. 237 or 257 its inadequate and you have to find a way to turn it into a par score. By putting india in for 3 overs with the aging Sehwag batting and the inexperience vijay you may get a chance to get a couple. It didnt happen but the declaration was more opportunitism and inm no way arrogant. Arrogant would have been to assume the last wicket pair was going to add a 100 and bat on.

  • wellrounded87 on March 2, 2013, 22:48 GMT

    @David Anderson. Warner averages in the mid 40's what are you talking about. his average is second only to Clarke well and Henriques but his average doesn't count just yet. Let's wait till he's had 10 innings and see where that average is

  • hhillbumper on March 2, 2013, 22:47 GMT

    just how bad would Aus do if not for Clarke. he is the only batsman they have. What happens if he gets injured? as for the spinners maybe they should learn to bowl in first class cricket.Lets see if India bat and better than Aus. These are two poor teams playing here

  • finncam on March 2, 2013, 22:42 GMT

    Clarke has only himself to blame for the failure of his team again. Playing at 5, dropping reasonable bowlers for lesser ones, especially Maxwell who has failed to show anything of worth since he joined the national sides; instead of dropping one of the 1-4 batsmen. Even if Clarke pushed himself up the order, that alone might help Hughes. But to continually save himself by coming in at 5 - just selfish. Not including players like Johnson, who has Indian experience; Bailey, who is very steady; and O'Keefe, who is a better spin bowler than Lyon or Doherty, but too much his own person to fit in with Pup's world order - then bringing in a showy but insubstantial player like Maxwell. No wonder the team is struggling. Yet Pup makes it looks like he is the only one performing, when he is the one who is controlling the performance.

  • on March 2, 2013, 22:35 GMT

    Bring in Haddin as an opening batsmen, he also has the bonus of being a back up keeper. Andrew McDonald should be in the team, and maybe they should have given Chris Rogers and Adam Voges a bat (both have Hussey like characteristics and could be handy late bloomers). This would be my strategy for England, as the batting obviously needs to be strengthened.

  • on March 2, 2013, 22:22 GMT

    Australia completely miss the plot here. The diff between old aus team and new team is even the wicket falling, players were played their aussi attacking innings. Now they are too much defensive and not attacking bowlers, not having good temperaments, patience.. Also why players playing cut shots?? Play with Straight bat, Forward..enough in India. As Indian bowlers even spinners are attacking stumps,not much turner of the bowl, straight bowl for bold or lbw. Top 4 Australian batman poor show again!!! They are playing for trophy belongs to the legends Sir Sunil Gavaskar and Sir Allan Boarder. AB will not be happy at all with this kind of performances!!!!

  • on March 2, 2013, 22:19 GMT

    @ Al_Bundy1 ... "It's not fair to expect bowlers to do the batting when top order batsmen failed." That's funny because that's exactly what has been happening for most of the past 5-Years

  • Adoh on March 2, 2013, 22:16 GMT

    Very dissapointing, again. Nothing wrong with the pitch, but for the majority of Australian batsmen, the standard of batting was very much below international. It's not over yet, but this kind of performance is now occurring too consistently to be brushed off as an 'out of form' issue. The Poms must be chuffed.

  • alarky on March 2, 2013, 22:05 GMT

    Based on the level of cricket that I am seeing right now, there appear to be only two sides that can hold their own anywhere in the world and win matches convincingly - South Africa and England, period. Michael Clarke seems to be the best batsman on the seen right now also - he is a world class player. However, if he wants to be in the "very special" bracket with the Bradmans and Laras, he need to show that he is an alround batsman who can bat in any position and still make big runs for his team to win. His team needs him to come to the crease a lttle earlier right now. He needs to show the world that he can do so successfully and put his name among the really big guns who have done so for their teams in the past. You cannot be considered any special batsman in test cricket, if you cannot bat in any position and still be successful.

  • on March 2, 2013, 22:02 GMT

    It really has gone from bad to absolutely terrible!!!

    Can I just ask one question .... "How was it that Matthew Hayden came to be in Hyderabad on the fist day of this Test?"

  • Hammond on March 2, 2013, 21:59 GMT

    @RandyOz- we already got rid of the selection panel- this is the new one remember? Glad to see your excuses are still coming though. Maybe India are just better than Australia in their own conditions? Didn't think of that? BTW a new low is just around the corner when England casually flicks Australia aside in back to back ashes series.

  • BokkeForever on March 2, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    Please don't compare Amla (top order batsman) to Clarke (middle order batsman). Until Clarke mans up and grows a pair and bats at least at # 4, rather compare him to ABDV if any comparison's are going to be made with SA batsmen.

  • on March 2, 2013, 21:44 GMT

    Wow, the coffers are really bare for Australia these days. One can only imagine them slipping even further down the rankings for a while to come unless some more South Africans emmigrate soon.

  • wix99 on March 2, 2013, 21:40 GMT

    Surely Mitchell Johnson should get a run. And for all his failings surely Nathan Lyon is a better spinner than Doherty and Maxwell?

  • on March 2, 2013, 21:32 GMT

    As the hero-worship for MJ Clarke continues -

    Clarke's outstanding tour batting record (130, 31, 91) could have been banished to mediocrity (39, 0, 52) if the Umpire "got it right" and the India's held their catches.

    Clarke's batting with the tail was disgraceful and defeatist (similar to 3rd Test SA). At 7/233 and 10-overs left in the day Clarke appeared to have no intention of batting out the day and protecting the lower order. Taking early singles in over 80 (1st Ball), 81 (2nd Ball) & 82 (1st Ball). Then threw away his wicket when he could have batted on with a No10 who has an average of 36.

    Early ill-thought declaration, placated as bold in the media. Should have declared either when he got out, giving bowlers up to six overs before stumps, or batted through.

    Gave Siddle 3-slips while Pattinson got on 2-slips?? What is that?? You only had 3-overs to buy a wicket .... 3SL & a G, 3 more around the batsmen maybe.

  • JG2704 on March 2, 2013, 21:18 GMT

    Re Clarke's captaincy etc - I certainly don't see anything against declaring when 9 wickets down , even on such a low score when the batsmen look unlikely to counter attack or anything. Ok so it hasn't worked but I can certainly see the thinking behind him making this decision. I mean if India weren't expecting it then maybe he could have caught the openers off guard. As for the team selection , well that looks a little more baffling. I wouldn't say Lyon was king of spin but (and XD may prove me wrong) surely he is the better spinner. I thought Clarke may have brought XD in for Starc and Maxwell in for a batsman. To me the Aus bowling attack actually looks weaker than in the 1st game but I guess time will tell. Maybe Clarke has such little faith in the spinners/bowlers as a whole that he thinks the batting coming good is more likely to happen

  • JG2704 on March 2, 2013, 21:06 GMT

    @ RandyOZ on (March 2, 2013, 11:33 GMT) - I thought Siddle was you highest wicket taker by some way last year - maybe I'm wrong?

  • Doogius on March 2, 2013, 21:05 GMT

    Let me guess where the problem lies, we have 4 specialists bats, 3 out of form, and Clarke. (and we bat first). We have 2 spinners who'd be struggling to get a game for the Zim 2nd eleven and we've dropped the two best quicks from the last Aus summer (and we bowl last). We have 3 allrounders in the team and not one of them would be selected on either batting or bowling (the old Benaud paradigm). Would like to remind everyone that Clarke is a 'selector' and he's also the 'brilliant tactician' that batted 1st with 4 batsmen. Also find it very interesting that the obvious 'heir apparents' to Clarke (Bailey etc) never seem to get a test in the same team as Clarke - despite the obvious need for someone that can at least half bat. Not sure who's running Oz cricket atm but they sure have absolutely no idea and @Whoster, enjoy, my guess is its going to go on for a while...

  • phil_coventry on March 2, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    Agree this selection is a cock-up. Dropping Lyon is inexplicable and really unfair.He is the best spinner available to Oz. 2 less proficient spinners may well be disastrous. Remember what happened to Doherty against England? Furthermore why is Hughes still being picked? He looks completely at sea against spin. What are Khawaja and Johnson up to? Injured? Surely Johnson would be a shoo-in on this surface? And Khawaja could scarcely do worse.

  • speakall on March 2, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    @ Balaji Kumar, if Nathan Lyon is the only genuine spin bowler, Australia are in trouble - when Sri Lanka toured Oz, Herath looked dangerous, yet Lyon not at all - he has no variation in flight and always bowls the same speed - he looked like he was making up the numbers. And it is not after just one test, he has been taking someone elses place for a few years now. He needs to perform in both innings here. Clarke as usual is superb, but the other 10 need to perform. Well done B Kumar too, what Oz would give for their paceman to strike....

  • TRAM on March 2, 2013, 20:23 GMT

    It is criminal waste of new ball, asking Ishant to use it ! Ashwin / Kholi can bowl with new ball more effectively. It is obvious to common cricket fans what is going on. If Ishant does not perform for years he is called 'unlucky'. If Harbajan does not perform for years, he needs to be supported and given confidence by the captain. These are no different from the repeated slogan used last many years, viz., 'RSharama is the great talent and future of Indian cricket'. Whereas an youngster say Bhuvaneshwar does not perform in utter unfriendly pitch (Chennai), sword is hanging on him, "may be he should be dropped and give way for Ohja...". IMO, For most Indian pitches BKumar alone is enough in pace dept. Dhoni, please bring Rahane and Ohja in place of Ishant and Harbajan. And lets not even talk about sehwag the greatest fielder in the world. Why cant he be put in deep third man, instead of letting him drop catches in slips?

  • on March 2, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    Amazed to see the level of mediocrity that can hit a side which had a spell of unparalled greatness not far too long ago. I mean, cannot even imagine how the likes of Phil Hughes, Doherty, Lyon, Maxwell etc can even be considered international test players. Part of the problem lies in the selectors too - they always have a sword of Damocles hanging over every players head no matter how great he is, especially when the reserves cupboard is so bare. It just defies logic. There is no other reason why Ponting and Hussey would have retired - after all they had given so much to the game that they preferred to walk out on their own terms. India would need to play really badly from here on not to win 4-0 and I just cannot see that happening.

  • ssenthil on March 2, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    If Aussies can get out Ashwin in single digit, then they are in a chance, else it's India batting only Once. It should be interesting to many to understand why Ashwin was the criteria. Just wait!

  • seantells on March 2, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    Aus Failed again on team selection, can anyone tell why Siddle is playing?? johnson should've given a chance. truth is Maxwell is not a test player even Warner they need more domestic league games

  • whoster on March 2, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    For what Clarke is to Australia's batting at the moment - see Gooch for England in the first half of the 90's. Clarke deserves to get the nod over Amla as the world's best batsman, purely because scoring runs in a mediocre side is more difficult than scoring them in an extremely good side. I like his captaincy too - if nothing's happening, at least try and make it happen. Sure, he'll get criticized if India post a big score, but he at least managed to dictate terms. As for Aussie selectors, they have to be the most clueless in world cricket. Yet again, a spinner who's done reasonably well after a good run of matches gets dropped - in favour of one who averages 44 in FC cricket, and who got murdered in the first two 10/11 Ashes Tests. I'll hold my hand up if Doherty takes 5 tomorrow, but I reckon this is an almighty cock-up. If he struggles, where to Aus go from here with spin? Even Warne struggled in India, so Lyon can feel harshly treated. Great fun to watch for us English!

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on March 2, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    @jonesy2: 'Maxwell the best spinner in the world'. Classic. What next - Watson the next Raul Dravid? :)

  • on March 2, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    Australia has already sent a weak statement by dropping Lyon. I cannot understand what kind of a decision is this. This is only the second test match wherein in the previous one, Dhoni was the only difference. Australia should not punish their bowlers for mistakes done by their batters. The kind of an innings Dhoni played is a rarity. Where has Lyon gone wrong? I doubt if Maxwell and Doherty can together make a difference. If this pitch has already started doing a bit, then Lyon was their best chance.Perhaps people are reading too much and way too flamboyantly. the mistake lies with the batters. They need to resolve and give a good chance for their bowlers to strike. MH plays one good game, Wade plays the next one better..MC remains consistent yet; only means the problem is with the top order where as too many suggestions here and there are ruining the case further.

  • dariuscorny on March 2, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    it was frustating to see Ishant bowling in low 130s,he's not 30+,he's just 24 and at this age bowlers bowl flat out fast.i mean someone needs to talk to him,he needs to bowl with full effort,he was just approching the crease and releasing the ball,he's not a swing bowler by any stretch of imagination.when he did hit the deck he was causing problems to batsmen but these days he has gone down in pace,they say as Matt Hayden said today the real concern for Ishant is, he is lacking pace which used to be his main asset,they say may be he's lacking confidence but, i dont understan what amnt of confidence does he needs?he came with sound performances in one day series aginst Pak and Eng,thats more than enough to hv ample confidence on your self,these our all self imposed excuses,they dont want to work hard as the India cap comes to easily for these guys,they dont hv to earn it....

  • cjscanada on March 2, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    What a waste of advantage, after winning the toss but then we have to see the other half of the innings before we conclude. India until recently gave a license for an aggresive Sehwag cause there was a Dravid to blunt the new ball and then the craftsmen would carve out the bowling. In this respect I think the Aussie's line up for aggression should be in the reverse order as they do not have someone to graft early on. Once the first hour has passed then batting becomes easier. I would go with Phil and Watto and let the latter play his natural game and have MH and MC to follow and depending on the situation either have Warner or Cowan. I think Warner is wasted up the order as the middle is fragile, unless MC comes ahead. similarly I would prefer Sehwag to come down the order and try Jadeja along with Vijay. Though you have Pujara and Kohli, Sehwag does not have the confidence. Hope this game will be close and interesting. A very good decision by MC to declare as Patto got couple overs.

  • bhaloniaz on March 2, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    PK, BK and Irfan together would be too much fun. Three swing bowlers. They would add depth to batting. Shewag, Vijay, Kohli, SRT, Dhoni, Jadeja, Irfan, Ashwin, Praveen, BK, (Pujara, Umesh or a spinner)

  • AKS286 on March 2, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    OMG THE World's best Spinner not in the side well i think he is injured. the role of maxwel is what. Maxwel is not a bowler nor a batsman. hughes is good on fast pitch. why Oz did't consider Marsh & Voges? Haddin & paine is not in the side why? Oz need fast and happening pace bowler not with decent pace bowler.This time indian medium pacer cleaned up top order. warner, cowan are bad player spin as well as Pace bowler. But if Lyon will be in this match sure he will take the 3 wickets and maintains his on paper record - of Ishant, Harbhajan, B.kumar/ashwin. Klinger, Watto, Marsh. Clarke, Voges, Haddin/Paine, Moises, Kreja, MJ, Coulter Nile, Pattinson.

  • CricketingStargazer on March 2, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    @landl47 Tomorrow is Dunkirk Day for Australia. They can make a huge statement and live to fight another day, or surrender. If India finish 280-4 things will look grim. If, in contrast, it is 220ao, it will be game on and suddenly a huge momentum shift. Right now I would back India, but the Australians have surprised us so often and will continue to do so (both in the good and in the bad). I am looking forward to seeing the score in the morning and to following the final session.

  • bumsonseats on March 2, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    to declare was i supose just a gut feeling he had,if he had taken a wicket then most would be saying hes a great skipper. he had nothing to lose and to think the last 2 would or could put on a stand is wishful thinking. mind they properly will get a wicket 1st few overs tomorrow, as the indian openers seem walking wickets.

  • nlambda on March 2, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    The reason India are doing well is that conditions are such that Ishant Sharma is not required to take any wickets. The match in which there is a need for Sharma to pick up 1 or 2 wickets, India will be routed.

  • landl47 on March 2, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    Aus didn't bat very well, especially the top 4, but it's always a mistake to reach conclusions before both sides have batted. If Aus comes back tomorrow and bowls well, India might find this wicket is pretty tough on them, too.

    I didn't much care for the selectors' choices here; it's unlikely in my opinion that Maxwell will bowl better than Lyon would have done and Siddle doesn't seem well suited to these pitches. I think Johnson would have done better and he's the better bat, too. Still, let's see what those who are there can do.

    I think Ojha would have been a better bet for India than Ishant or than Bhaji if India wanted to keep two seamers. I'm not sure why the writer thought that Bhuvi was vulnerable; in a game where the seamers aren't that important Bhuvi's batting puts him miles aheard of Ishant and as it turned out he took wickets, too.

    Now let's see what tomorrow brings.

  • mrwolverine on March 2, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    You Know I don't get Australia's tactics. I mean Glenn Maxwell @ No 8? as a batting off spinning allrounder??? That's very counter productive. I'm assuming that maxwell, Henrique and Doherty will do the donkey work while siddle and patterson will be the the wicket takers in short spells. But you drop your no 1 spinner Lyon. Even the great Shane Warne for murdered in India with the expection of the 2004 tour. The only way Lyon will get better if you keep playing him. Maybe maxwell will prove us wrong anf get a five wicket haul. But only if India hands him and doherty their wickets. India no argument really.. Though I rather see someone else instead of Ishant Sharma. And Ohja ahead of Harbhajan Singh. Though I personally despise Jadeja as I see him only as a one-day cricketer, He's holding up his end with accurate bowling. Is Irfan Pathan fit yet??? How I wish Umesh Yadav was playing ahead of Ishant. If Sehwag fails in this match, he should be dropped. Same goes for Vijay.

  • blink182alex on March 2, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    240 won't be anywhere near enough. We have Pattinson who looks likely and Siddle who normally takes wickets, but apart from that i am worried. When the Indian batsmen get in they don't look like gettng out. All our batsmen except Clarke look like they could get out any ball. Cowan isn't good enough, Hughes should be persisted with but maybe not at 3 in this series, he looks clueless against good spin. Maxwell will field well but he is not a test batsmen or bowler.Nice little scores of 20, 30, or 60 are not going to win you test matches in India.

    People say we don't have depth in the batting department, but we have Chris Rogers and Adam Voges sitting around pilling on the runs year after year in Australia and England just being ignored for guys that aren't as good as them. Hopefully after this series we will have a proper team for the Ashes.

  • GRVJPR on March 2, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    I don't agree that it was a special innings from clarke. Thing is that it is a flat track. Even on this track he got a nick of bhuvaneshwar kumar but dropped short. Other batsmen will struggle to find place even in any Indian Ranji trophy teams. Just no technique, no temperament, and all talk from australia. Even suresh raina would be thinking that if these players can find place in the australian test side (with poor technique) why he is left out despite in good form. For those who think he is bad against short pitch ball then I must say there are few players in Aussie lineup who cant play full pitch swinging deliveries and spinning deliveries.

  • knan on March 2, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    Dhoni seems to have more faith in spinners who operate with a flatter trajectory and who bowl in the 90s - ask Amit Mishra and Pragyan Ojha. Jadeja's performance today in the 3rd session seems to have justified Dhoni's belief. It would be interesting to see if Doherty can do a similar job tomorrow. As Gavin Robertson mentioned in his article yesterday, the key would be to ensure that the Indian batsmen are not allowed to step out to the spinners. A crucial day tomorrow , not only for this match but the whole series.

  • Manavrbi on March 2, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    Y ojha is not there???? Dhoni ji, Harbhajan is not as effective as before... y relying on him so much??? But weldone Bhuvneshwar!!!! in Chennai with bat and now with ball.... India need these kind of young talent

  • majorvardhan on March 2, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    Fine performance from Bhuvaneshwar Kumar. On any other day, Indian seam attack would look as bare as present Australian spin combination. However, let us hope Bhuvi keeps it going and keeps learning... Australia, you forgot to your spinners while picking up your passport... Or do you have any ?

  • Ragav999 on March 2, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    I have to agree with RandyOZ completely. When an Aussie supporter like him loses hope, you are facing the worst nightmare as an Aussie fan. Players like Cowan, Lyon, Doherty, Maxwell with ordinary domestic records are given chances ahead of more deserving players in Australian cricket. We should have asked Ponting and Hussey to stay on for at least few more years. At least they have the faith that they can overcome all odds in unfavourable conditions and know how to win test matches. Just their presence in the dressing room gives the other members of the team someone to look to when the going gets tough.

  • Kiranaar on March 2, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    I havent seen much of Phil Hughes in Australia. But from what I have seen in this series, the guy lacks temperament and the essential technique to survive a decent spin attack (I wouldnt call this Indian spin attack formidable, especially when you have the likes of Prasanna, Hirwani, Kumble and Bhajji at his best as benchmarks). Even against the medium pacers, he has the propensity to feel at the balls, going innocuously way outside the off stumps. Shane Watson got a good start today, but failed to capitalize on it, which is primarily due to his sheer arrogance. His dismissal was crucial as he is one person who could have taken the attack to the opposition and forced MS to put his thinking cap on. And Clarke at No.5-I dont see much of a problem with that strategy as his record is phenomenal there and he would be joining a proper batsman anyways, when he comes in to bat and another 3 batsmen to follow. Michael Clarke was fantastic today, but only could he have trusted his 10 and 11.

  • on March 2, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    As a pakistani supporter i believe australia will bounce back in this test match..................

  • alarky on March 2, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    It would appear that the history of the first test would be repeated in this second one also.

  • guptakapil13 on March 2, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    Since India is doing ok till now in Test Series, are we missing the point that our close in fielders are not catching sharp catches and making our spinners look worse.... Do we need some work on close in catching.......... Only read about dropped catches, haven't read till now one good sharp catch taken in since England series..... most wickets are bowled, lbw or easy bat pad catches...

  • VinodGupte on March 2, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    am i the only one who thinks that IND will have tough time to bat on this pitch tomorrow? IND can easily negotiate spinners, but pattinson will be a threat. he was extracting bounce from this pitch at 140+. don't count AUS just yet.

  • Sathish.Velu on March 2, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    Well Well, same old story from Aussie fans, accept the fact, we indians know how bad we lost in England and Australia, but we never complained, and Oz's fans thinking has changed, that they can't win without DRS, lol, there were 2 to 3 plumb LBW dismissals not given out, and the biggest joke is the declaration done by clarke, Clarke's downfall as captain has started (not batsman), and tomorrow India will score 300+ runs with 6 or 7 wickets in hand, Tomorrow is SEHWAG-MVijay's day, I hope they both score 50+ runs that will solve Indian opening's problem, Atleast any one of the openers should go past 150+, All the best for India, Waiting for M Vijay's long awaited century

  • Al_Bundy1 on March 2, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    I think it was a good move by Clarke to declare. It's not fair to expect bowlers to do the batting when top order batsmen failed. Indian fans could learn a little bit of cricketing strategy. They used to criticize Zaheer for throwing his wicket away when our so called "Gods" of cricket failed in 4-0 whitewash against Australia last year. When India's batsmen were failing miserably, they should have been criticized and eventually kicked out of the team. It's not a bowlers job to score runs. Even after back to back white washes, I see that Sehwag and Tendulkar are still playing for India. I guess the joke is on us - Fans who want India to win.

  • Kiranaar on March 2, 2013, 16:03 GMT

    It was an awesome performance by India, albeit the cause was helped by some mediocre fielding and an umpiring decision. What I am not able to digest is Clarke's decsision to declare the innings (1st incident after 1974). Yes yes getting a chance to have a go at the indian batsmen blah blah...I have played enough cricket to understand how much time is required for a bowler to get into a rythm. They take atleast 2 overs to become effective and clarke was not going to give his bowlers this luxury today. Still he decided to declare. Moreover Indians always have been magnanimous to tail enders and the odds were favourable for the 10 and 11 to hang in there and may be add another 30- 40 runs. But clarke deprived them of that chance. I am not sure how much of a threat is Doherty gonna pose on Indian batsmen, that Lyon could not in the first test. Anyways, I think stage is set for another Indian domination over the visiting team and I hope some records are broken this time..

  • TommytuckerSaffa on March 2, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    I also think Clark's declaration smacks of arrogance. Runs could've been scored with the last wicket and now they are essential lost. Poor captaincy and still hiding at 5.

  • avmd on March 2, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    Test cricket is game of specialist. even an allrounder has to be a specialist. Maxwell is not going to run through a battig lin up and not expected to make century, he is a anothr bits and peices player and was given a test cap while specialist like in form Khwaja, or specialist bowers Johnson and Starc sitting out. Johnson's batting is amost of Maxwell's level and he could be useful with his pace and experince of Indian condition. I'm not sure when the "ban" over Khwaja will be lifted. So many average players are being given chances but this guy has been warming the bench. Its about time to give him a log run, either for Cowan or Maxwell.

  • SirViv1973 on March 2, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    @Jono Makin, It just sounds like you are really clutching at straws. The surface looked pretty decent to me, the problem for Aus was that most of their batsman got themselves out, I'd be shocked if the Ind batsman are so charitable tomorrow and I don't think they will be too worry about facing the array of partimers Aus have up their sleeve Warner,Henriques & Maxwell( all of whom you think for some reason might be dangerous). The game was over for Aus by lunchtime thanks to the selectors failing to pick 4 genuine bowlers & the top order's failure not to all give their wickets away for very little. The best Aus can do from this position is to avoid a bigger defeat than the one they got in Chennai.

  • Bogelking on March 2, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    I have not seen the match today, to be honest with all my friends here. But what astounded me, when I switched on to the TV to see the scoreline, was seeing Clarke declaring the first essay of the team within the first day. The point of declaring soon on the very first day, to take a go at the Indian batsmen, doesn't go well. Who knows? Maybe a spirited display from the last pair of the Aussies could have turned the tide to the team's fortune. Whatsoever be the activities, the game has opened up in favor of the Indians. A good opening stand from the initial batting pair is what the team and the people of India want. Let us hope, that a good contest will ensue to make this test at Uppal memorable too.

  • Thefakebook on March 2, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    Clarke saved OZ face by declaring plus deprive india the joy of bowling them out again.Match is still on no one can see the future indian may collapse too.I say a draw is most likely.

  • on March 2, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    I really don't understand the winning combination stuff. Leaving out Ojha is baffling to say the least. In form Shikar Dhawan sits out and the struggling Vijay is retained just because he was in the winning side. Sentimental idiots!!!

  • Chris_P on March 2, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    @Fraser Fleming. What is it with you Shaun Marsh fans? This guy, when he is even selected for WA, has scored 152 runs @ 19.00 this season. In world does that justify test selection? Why not select form players? Players such as Doolan Rogers & O'Keefe? We saw Henriques' success. But to select Maxwell, Doherty (2 wickets for 160 runs in 4 matches) defies logic. Khawaja, while possessing much talent actually struggled on the SCG when with NSW, & that in itself is a cause for concern in India. This will be a very, very tough series for us, my only wish is that it hardens us upfor the long term prospects.

  • CandidIndian on March 2, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    I can see many fans moaning over the pitches in this series calling them manufactured/doctored/designed.Well these are not designed wickets ,these are dry wickets helping the spinners.If opposition has good spinners they have great chance of winning(like Eng showed few moths back) unlike in earlier series where total batting friendly wickets were produced(Like the wicket in first test at Ahmadabad in series against Eng).On those kind of wickets even when batsman of touring teams did well the best result they could get was a drawn match because in those conditions it was very difficult to take 20 wickets.About this pitch, top three Aussies wickets went to swing bowler,after that Aussies were in comfortable position at 208/4 but most of their batsman threw their wickets, why blame pitch for that?

  • Al_Bundy1 on March 2, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    Agree with @Satyajit Kumar - What are Bhaji n Ishant doing in this team?? Parvez Rassol is a much better off spinner than Bhajji and Ashwin. On top of it, he's an all rounder who bats at No. 4 for his state team. Ishant is a waste of space. We have much better youngsters itching to play for India. Shami Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Ishawar Pandey, Imtiaz Ahmed, Sid Kaul, Abu Nechim Ahmed, etc are all way better than this pathetic Ishant.

  • Venkat_Gowrishankar on March 2, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    The match is far from over. But if the Indians are a bit patient, they could tire out the fast bowlers and then go an absolute demoralizing rampage.The spinners, I have not seen much of doherty, but i see he bowls pretty quick , so would be interesting to see how much purchase he gets out of the track. To all aussie fans , Stop whining about DRS and Pitches. Enough, you guys should support your team, its only day one, the match is far from over. Appreciate the game and stop cringing over decisions that never happened.As an Indian fan, I can expect an Aussie fightback tomorrow, especially from Pattinson. I am tired of seeing comments like "doctored pitches" and so on, if you want Australian or English Or SA pitches, then Australia should stop touring the sub continent and admit that they like other SC teams cannot win outside of home conditions..

  • Al_Bundy1 on March 2, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    Agree with @PTtheAxis - India had a good day but what will Ishant have to do to get dropped ? Bowl out of the pitch ? Why are our Selectors so reluctant to drop this mediocre pacer ?? We have much better options available in Shami Ahmed, Ishwar Pandey, Sandeep Sharma, Imtiaz Ahmed, etc.

  • on March 2, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    I cant believe people are praising Clarke for his "brave" captaincy. Suicide is not bravery...

    His suicidal blunders in this series are as follows:

    1. Declaring on Day 1 of a test match shows he doesnt understand Test match cricket nor is he following this series. Dhoni score 200 runs in the first test with the last 2-3 batsman.

    2. Giving 3 over spells to Pattinson on Day 2 of first test(after Pattinson had got wickets in both of those spells) was ridiculous to say the least.

    3. Dropping Lyon for 2nd Test shows he is a poor captain. Cook did not drop Swann after first test, instead gave more support to him by adding another spinner to the team.

    4. Today, he was more than eager to take a single of the first ball of the last few overs of the innings and exposed the tail. Did he sleep during the first match or what? Please ask him to replay Dhonis innings in the first test on how to play with tailenders.

    5. Dropped Starc today.

    In short, Clarke miserably failed as a Captain...

  • TSJ07 on March 2, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Even I am an Indian I do feel that Lyon should not have been dropped.Khawaja should have been in for Cowan who is now proven failure after so many continuous chances.They are really missing M Hussey but why they did not pick Davis Hussey is beyond me.I saw him playing for KXIP and he looks good against spin bowling, at least better than few of current Aussie batsmen.Also If Watson is not bolwing then he should not be in playing eleven as test match needs players who have the potential to score 100 every now and then.They should have gone with Pattinson,Starc,Lyon and any (better) 2nd spinner along with Moises as 3rd seamer.Also Brad Haddin should have been here and in the playing eleven as specialist batsman.

  • on March 2, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    DoHerty Do Hurt! Watch out!

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on March 2, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    Australia remain a tragically weak side. I'm not the only one who's been saying for months that they don't have a spin, batting or decent seam option, so it's funny to see some fans suddenly wake up to this realisation. It's a real shame Lyon was dropped because he was the "best spinner in the world" apparently.....LOL

  • bumsonseats on March 2, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    on the pre lunch commentary harsha said to alan border showing the aus team in batting order. have you ever seen an aus batting order with only 1 with an over 40 average. AB sort of made a non comment, but its true look at the saffas and eng with 4 or 5 all with averages well over 40 and rising. how the mighty have fallen. mind you would not have thought it today against a NZ select side. lol

  • on March 2, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Lets see what day two brings before we judge the batting effort too harshly. A low score, yes, but there was plenty on offer here for the bowlers. Consistent movement through the air for the quicks and the pitch spun and spun more as the day went on, with lots of balls going through the surface in the last session from the spinners. It´ll be interesting with Doherty bowling in a similar method to Jadeja and Maxwell just giving it a rip. I´d think Dave Warner too may prove handy here with the extra pace in the wicket which is always helpful for a leggie. Henriques too may extract some good lateral movement from the pitch I reckon, if he can concentrate on just bowling a few cutters in the right areas he could be fantastic here with the ball. Thought Moises and Maxwell once again looked pretty comfortable against the spin, just couldn´t quite get through that early period. Thought Cowan was unlucky early on, pitched outside leg for mine, but thats the game we love!

  • Arrow011 on March 2, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Although Clarke has taken a brave decision to declare just before close of play it looks the game is heavily in favor of the Indians unless they make a mess of this golden oppertunity. It is time Australia develops a Shane Warne kind of big spinner of the cricket ball, expecting miracles from mediocre Maxwell, Lyon, Steven Smith & the like shows the spin bowling department is bare in Australia. I think Clarke himself is the best spinner in this touring team. Even Indian spinners need to show a lot of skills abroad like Ajmal does.

  • maulikshah17 on March 2, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    Someone needs to remind Clarke that this is not a Perth wicket. Declaring at 237 makes no sense even if they were already 9 down.

  • on March 2, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    For all those who are rooting for Ojha's selection over Harbhajan thereby questioning Dhoni, I'll tell you its pure strategy. The Aussies play 4 left-handers all with a very good batting reputation down under. Ojha has a good trajectory to the righties while horrible against lefties. These left handed batsmen would be licking their lips for Ojha. Harbhajan on the other hand can still torment the lefties with a wonderful trajectory against them defies Ojha or atleast right arm off spin does. I wouldn't be surprised if Harbhajan is retained for the whole series.

  • andrew27994 on March 2, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    I don't know why many people are praising Clarke's decision to declare at the stroke of stumps. It was a brave but stupid and overconfident decision. I bet you if it was India in this position that Australia are, and had Dhoni declared he would be getting a ton of criticisms right now. In a test match, the team who bats first usually gets the advantage. You've got to make the most with the bat while the pitch is at its best for batting. Australia have definitely lost the plot. The only possible reason he might have declared was out of desperation rather than logical thinking. If this was day 2 then I can understand but never should a team declare on the 1st day.

  • crashed on March 2, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    Well I think it would look bad to have 237 all out so a declaration either very brave or foolish - I think he missed the roller trick for the next day to let India bowl on 2 overs 2morrow and then let his bowlers have a go. So much for the much feared Ausies :p

  • Onkarbw on March 2, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    Has Rahane said that he doesn't want to open? Who else has to lose form or get injured for Rahane to get into the side? Maybe he has to move to CSK in the IPL to earn Dhoni's trust. The surprising thing is that no one seems to be even talking about him as the opener.

  • gregjones on March 2, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    Poor team selection again by the Aussies.Starc being removed only because he could not get a wicket in Chennai.There may be atleast 5 to 7 test matches where Siddle did not get more than 1 wicket but he is selected as he is a "Player with a big Heart".All fast bowlers bowl with big hearts but those who pick wickets should count.Aussie cricket has truly become a joke.Starc has been consistently picking up wickets for the last 6 months and just one failure is enough to omit him from the team.And what about the batsmen? Watson,Warner,Hughes,Cowan etc all have been failing consistently but are picked.Watson has to be the most lucky player in the team.When was Watson ever consistent as a batsman in tests?And when he cannot bowl, how does he merit selection?The Australian team has made this ordinary Indian team look like they are world beaters. Australia selectors are hell bent on being arrogant and they are fully responsible for the mess that their team are in today.

  • phunny_game on March 2, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    Clarke played a beautiful innings... not chanceless though but well played. I also won't hesitate to say that though Wade scored a good fifty, but Watson looked the most comfortable batsman from Australia... Middling almost every delivery, solid in defense, and while playing shots too... I think India has got a good chance tomorrow but i guess everyone is underestimating Doherty. He might spring a surprise or two tomorrow..!!!!!

  • andrew27994 on March 2, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    I don't know why many people are praising Clarke's decision to declare at the stroke of stumps. It was a brave but stupid and overconfident decision. I bet you if it was India in this position that Australia are, and had Dhoni declared he would be getting a ton of criticisms right now. In a test match, the team who bats first usually gets the advantage. You've got to make the most with the bat while the pitch is at its best for batting. Australia have definitely lost the plot. The only possible reason he might have declared was out of desperation rather than logical thinking. If this was day 2 then I can understand but never should a team declare on the 1st day.

  • g.narsimha on March 2, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    i am really surprised reading majority of coments either blaming wicket,umpires or AUS batsmen for this situation but no body credits IND bowlers for thier slendid job , i am sure had it been score reading 3 or 4 down for 300+ we would have seen coments on this thread flooded branding our bowlers as club levels - in my opinion its very good bowling , batting was not that defficult as exibited in the fifth wicket stand of CLARCK-WADES , few lacks temperment & tecknic in coutering spinnersthats it , wicket is not abad one .

  • InsideHedge on March 2, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    @davidpk: According to you, the true Indian captain revealed himself in this game - a game that's barely 1 day old but pray do tell us what aspect of Dhoni's keeping was so shocking? No doubt you're comparing him to that great keeper, Kamran Akmal. And what kind of Indian captain did we see in the 1st Test then? A fake one?

  • Nampally on March 2, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    Fine bowling by the seamer B.Kumar got India off to a brilliant start. The spinners took over to finish off the Aussies. Benching of Ojha for the second test in a row, to include Bhaji was pointless. Bhaji was also given more bowling than Ashwin who took 12 Wkts. in the First test. Such strange tactics are always expected of Captain Dhoni, especially when he is riding on his Double century. The Aussie XI selection was equally strange. Dropping of Lyon, their best spinner, was poor choice on spin friendly wkt. The Aussies have once more ignored M.Johnson, a guy who has played in India in the IPL. The OZ needed 2 spinners instead of packing the XI with mediocre All rounders. With a low total of 237, they have to rely heavily on injury prone Pattinson once more.Can Doherty do a better job than Lyon single handed remains to be seen. India should compile at least 450 to avoid batting in the fourth innings. Whilst the OZ collapsed only Clarke, Wade for OZ & Kumar, Jadeja for India stood out!

  • on March 2, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    The art of using the roller to one's own team's advantage and to the disadvantage of the opposition seems to be lost for ever. In the past, many Captains displayed expertise in that. Like in today's situation, the Captain would have tried to take the innings to the next day. And, second day, before he morning session, he would ask for the kind of roller (choosing the right one is an art), or no rolling at all, to the disadvantage of the opposition. I remember a captain explaining after a match, "I chose such and such a roller to break the pitch, since the opposition had to bat on it in another few overs' time"

  • on March 2, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    Today's highlight for me, especially from captaincy angle, will be Clarke's declaration. Now here is a seriously fascinating guy leading one of the weakest teams of his nation. Okay his move didn't come off and India didn't lose any wicket today.... But his bold declaration shows a very aggressive style of leadership... He is probably tactically the best captain around.... Results are not there for him because he has a very inexperienced team at his disposal.... And what to say of his batting... He truly leads from the front.... If only he had couple of good batsmen and a more than decent spinner.... India would have been facing a tough proposition then....

  • timohyj on March 2, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    After getting wade's wicket Harbhajan bowled brilliantly. That was the best i've seen him bowl in the past 3 years. I hope he has finally regained his glory days. Every ball he bowled in that spell asked questions of the batsmen and looked like getting a wicket. Henriques dismissal was because Bhajji made him uncertain and very tentative.

  • Essex_Man on March 2, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    Another pitiful batting display with the honourable exception of Clarke. But I must say that's the most baffling declaration since the days of Hansie Cronje. Why on earth would you declare on day 1 for a mediocre total rather than try to squeeze out another 20-30 runs from your last pair on the next morning? Demonstrates that the Aussies are completely losing the plot.

    Tomorrow should be fun watching this Australian "attack" in action; they'll probably make Bangladesh look like the West Indies of the 1980s.

  • on March 2, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    If Clarke continues to bat at No 5, he should develop the art of batting with the tail (farm the strike, protect the tail, and score a lot -- a la Laxman).

    If he can't do that, he should come much earlier. Personally, I would like to see him at No 3. In fact, in every team, I would like to see the most solid batsman at No. 3.

  • warneneverchuck on March 2, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    Like in first test when Clark was given not out this time also he was plumb. But poor important is clearly hurting India. Anyways they r best subcomtinent team and ranking shows that

  • SRT_thebest on March 2, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    @Big Boodha and other lbw moaners can u tell me is it umpires mistake that ausie bowlers are incompetent to get lbws. I mean shane warne who definitely knows better about lbw's than u guys said all decisions abt lbw's were correct This match too only decision that went wrong was cowan's . I thnk u guys r just over reacting as quality spinners will get lbws average ones will not.

  • PTtheAxis on March 2, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    india had a good day but what will ishant have to do to get dropped ? bowl out of the pitch ?

  • Kitschiguy on March 2, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    I hope this sets a precedent for the future. I am of course referring to comedy declarations.

  • venkatesh018 on March 2, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    So, this is what "Staring Down the Barrel" looks like, Clarkey ! What a disappointing and defensive team Selection today, so unlike your declaration ! The bowling spearhead, Pattinson- to be used strictly in short spells, Siddle-picked despite a poor first Test because of lack of alternatives, Doherty- clearly not the best spinner in the touring party to take advantage of a rapidly deteriorating pitch, Maxwell- inexperienced enough even to be a spinner in Shield cricket, leave alone a Test match of such magnitude and importance and Henriques-at best a run-denying workhorse third seamer. And the people left out are: Lyon, Johnson, Starc-What a waste ! I hope for Michael Clarke's sake I am proved wrong at the end of this match and Aussies pull off a miracle.

  • Webba84 on March 2, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    Gotta feel for Clarke, I have a feeling this team selection was one he had to be talked into accepting at some length.

  • TheBigBoodha on March 2, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    Australia is hardly "in a terrible p[phase" @Ahmad Uetian. They are simply in a poor position in this match. Losing 4 of their past 21 games, winning 11, would suggest far more positive than negative, no? Or should we just rely on the last 1.2 games on highly manufactured pitches to make this assertion? This series isn't over yet. Far, far from it.

  • sukku88 on March 2, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    Impressive Bhuvi, Impatient Watson/Wade, Ever so Consistent Clarke, Dusty pitch, Spin partnership of Jaddu/Bhajji and atlast a very rare & brave captaincy decision by Clarke are the highlights of the Day-1...

  • on March 2, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    Posted by FANOFCRICKET1234 on (March 2, 2013, 5:37 GMT) >>>It Looks Umpires are waiting for the ball to touch the pads to Rise the finger, Don't even wait for the appeal. Now I know why India is opposing to the DRS. What a Shame for Cricket>>>

    if this is the case Clarke wud have been out on 32 when he's plumb LBW,similarly in 1st tests its the aus batsman who benefited more from wrong umpiring decisions(Clarke again was out on 38 but umpire did'nt gave him out and he went to score a century),in the 2nd tests if aus got one wrong decision then they also got one favorable decision..so time for you to stop making any excuses .

  • V.GOMES on March 2, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    In case anyone is keeping track of the LBWs in this series thus far, its IND 10, AUS 0. Its clear why BCCI is against DRS.

  • akshaykatyura on March 2, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    To win against India, The Australians need 6 Michael Clarkes and 5 James Pattinsons. I bet they can win.

  • Barnesy4444 on March 2, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    Hussey would have been very handy this series. 3 openers, 1/2 an opener (Cowan), 1 middle order batsman and some bowlers. Not a good balance for India. Hughes raced to 20 against the quicks, but couldn't play spin. He is an opener after all. No matter Ponting's 2001 tour resulted in an average of about 4!

  • on March 2, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    Aus in terrible phase due to their new coach who axed Ponting & kept putting pressure on Hussey...............Poting recently hit 200 in domestic cricket & could have been far better than current crop of useless Aussie batsmen

  • TheBigBoodha on March 2, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    The other thing is that this is a poor test match wicket. Unless Australia bowl poorly, they should be able to stay on top with the ball, simply by bowling good lines. Let's see if that happens. The biggest problem is that Lyon should be playing, alongside O'Keefe. Instead we have two short format specialists, which is very, very, very strange (this is the test team, how can you play games like this!?) The argument that Australia doesn't have bowlers of Swann and Panesar's class is only half correct. We don't have a spinner in Swann's class, but we have better spinners than Panesar, who is a below-average test bowler. Both Lyon and O'Keefe have better stats than Panesar. I'm happy they gave Hughes another game (I hate seeing players dropped after one failure), but he should be replaced by Khuwaja if he fails in the second dig. Watson should be opening with Warner. Simple. Watson is an excellent opener, Cowan is not.

  • on March 2, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    I think it was a mistake to declare - you never know how many runs a pair who have never managed to even hold bats properly can make against india! I think if there were like 6-7 overs left probably it would have made more sense.

  • CandidIndian on March 2, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    Too much attention on the pitch,but truth is that pitch is not that dangerous or unplayable.Its just that Indians kept wicket to wicket line and most of the Aus batsman got out playing shots .If Indian batsman play sensibly and with patience they can get good lead and as we all know first innings runs prove decisive in these conditions.Having said that India is playing with 5 front-line batsman and then all-rounders and on this pitch there is much more for fast bowlers than Chennai track,so Aussies can put pressure on India.Lastly i am not sure how many Aus fans agree to the decision of keeping Starc out,he is equal to Pattionson in skills and pace,he would have been very useful on this track.Anyways lets see how India does tomorrow,hoping for the best.

  • TheBigBoodha on March 2, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    Well, it wasn't a great performance. Admittedly, there were a few unlucky batters today, but they should have scored around 300 here. Maxwell and Doherty aren't going to win test matches as bowlers, so why are they there? Actually, I liked Maxwell's intent with the bat. He had the right idea. He was unlucky there, with his snick lodging directly in Dhohni's gloves (Dhohni didn't react, the ball just stuck there). I must say though, I hope Australia get a few lucky breaks with bad bounces and dodgy LBW calls. It's becoming increasingly hard to argue that the huge LBW imbalance in India's favour (10-0) is merely because of differences in batting or bowling styles. Personally, I think the umpires are being subconsciously influenced by the crowd, who are completely one-eyed. This is why we need DRS. We need teams playing on equal terms. It's not happening here, and the degree of difference is extreme when you add the way the wickets are, shall we say, "designed".

  • 45runs on March 2, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    @Edwards_Anderson, I couldn't agree more. All the talk about playing 5 bowlers...we need to play 6 PROPER batsmen. We are never going to make enough runs to win playing 5 batsmen, particularly when only 1 is in form (guess who). Wade is not a number 6. I'm not criticizing him, I think he's great and should be in the team but he's an Ian Healy. He'll make runs sometimes but we can't expect him to be a number 6. And for goodness sake, what does Shane Watson have to do to get dropped? I have never known a batsman to be excused like he is. His low scores are always attributed to where he is in the batting order. All this talk that he should open - sorry, but even when he opens he does not make 100s. That's what Test batsmen are there to do. I know our stocks are low but I just can't believe it wouldn't help having the experience of someone like David Hussey or George Bailey at 6. Pup needs a veteran in the trenches. And dropping Lyon for someone with a 1st class average of 40? Disgraceful.

  • on March 2, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    Australian batting at the moment is woeful. Why isn't Australia picking its best specialist players in specialist positions? I'd drop Cowan and Hughes and Bring in Khawaja and fly over Chis Rogers and Shaun Marsh. A much more potent top 7 would be 1. Warner 2. Rogers 3. S.Marsh 4. Clarke 5. Khawaja 6. Watson (only in if he is bowling) 7.Wade. If Watson isn't bowling play Henriques at 7 and Wade at 6 and leave Watson out - He doesn't know how to make test 100's so he is lower middle order at best (concentration lapses continuously) For Indian Conditions - Bowling play 8. Johnson or Starc, 9.Pattinson, 10.Lyon and 11. Doherty

  • heathrf1974 on March 2, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    I think this is quite a bowler's wicket at the moment. Although India went well with the bowling, there is some uneven bounce due to the cracks. 300 would have been more on par but Australia's score is defendable. Tomorrow morning's session will give us a better idea.

  • crafty-Rabbi on March 2, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    My prediction of an Indian 4-0 whitewash in this series is still very likely. The Indians will bat well on this pitch. Doherty can expect to have at least 100 runs tonked off him. I think Dhoni ought to consider hanging up the gloves and concentrate on being a specialist batsman and a Captain. India suffer from not having a good gloveman. The Aussies are really missing Hussey. Watson really struggles with his focus. Cowan needs to be replaced. Aussies need more bowling penetration. Johnson would be a good option and can score a few runs too. Clarke needs to move up the order to number 3. He will get stranded again.

  • on March 2, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    There is always a scope for improvement and Ishant Sharma should make way for Ashok Dinda......

  • jmcilhinney on March 2, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    I thought that the revolving door for spinners in Australia was supposed to have stopped with Lyon. Apparently not. He was plucked out of obscurity so they can't expect him to be a world-beater right off and this is his first trip to India. To drop him at this stage is a bit of a disgrace. If there was a significant likelihood of Doherty doing better then that would be one thing but has Doherty suddenly become a better spinner than Lyon because of that one game? It's hard to see how this would not absolutely demoralise Lyon. Maybe Australia have just given up on producing a good spinner and they'll just keep pushing for a passport for Fawad Ahmed. His selection would make a mockery of all those comments by Australian fans about England's "poaching" tactics but it's hard to see how it's not going to happen if the selectors have so little faith in their current so-called first spinner.

  • thebatsmansHoldingthebowlersWilley on March 2, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    What on earth are the selectors doing? Glenn Maxwell? Who is this guy? Mickey Mouse Arthur expects to bowl India out with this 'attack'? (i hesitate to use the word 'attack'). He manages to destroy Lyon's confidence after a single test. Great going! Roll on the Ashes, England are going to pummel you.

  • Ozcricketwriter on March 2, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    It was good to see an Indian fast bowler take wickets, but I need to say a lot about Australia's selection. Doherty in place of Lyon was obvious after Lyon's mauling, but the odd one was to drop Australia's number 1 bowler Mitchell Starc in favour of Glenn Maxwell! If they were going to drop a fast bowler, Siddle had to be it, and Johnson should have come in. I don't mind Maxwell playing but would have thought that Hughes should have made way for him. We will see if playing the extra batsman will end up doing well - but a score of 237 when playing with an extra batsman is a pretty poor effort! Interesting declaration with 9 down, and two half decent batsmen at the crease - Doherty and Pattinson are hardly bunnies and could have added a lot more. India well and truly on top here and this is looking like a 3 day innings loss for Australia.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on March 2, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    First day, opening the batting, flat pitch, no real turn - bundled out for 200 odd. Australia are poor a team these days, they just cant replace the personnel who have recently left over the last 3 years and the gap is huge. The top 5 batting line up is still a shambles and Clarke still hides himself down the order, clearly he needs to be involved in the game earlier so we dont have repeats of him batting with the tail. If it wasnt panic stations before, it is now.

  • Temuzin on March 2, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    Posted by Nish_US on (March 2, 2013, 3:59 GMT) Leaving out ojha - I hope and pray that the best team wins, the best bowler gets the wickets and the un-deserved are shown their place.

    Nish, I hope you are feeling better now. Lol... Those undeserved are going to win this match too for India.

  • on March 2, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    The Score could have been different for Australia, Had Clarke shielded the tailenders from taking strike.. He should not have taken singles from 1st or 2nd ball of the last 4 / 5 overs he faced. He can learn from VVS Laxman, How to form the strike when batting with tail enders and also to guide them...

  • on March 2, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    On a positive note, congrats to Bhuvneshwar Kumar for his first Test wickets, and good luck to him for a good career. I've been waiting to see the next world-class Indian seamer so we'll see how he does :)

  • on March 2, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    May be Australians need Alaister cook.........!!!!!!!!!!

  • on March 2, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    As an Indian, I feel its about time the DRS is implemented in all tests. The batsman should get 2 reviews, whereas the bowling side should get 3. Thats because the batsman know when they have nicked the ball, whereas the bowlers have a positive feeling if the batsman is out. But, the DRS NEEDS TO BE IMPLEMENTED IN ALL TESTS.

  • on March 2, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    @Edwards_Anderson. These criticisms have been consistent all summer because they are waranted. Australia's top order have crumbled again and again, and it's not that they don't have the experience and skill to stay in and make runs. Cowan in particular has been a complete failure, and clearly has no idea on how to play spin bowling. Watson for me should be promoted and take his place opening the batting. Phil Hughes dominates the domestic competition but still appears limited in his ability to adjust at international level. Khawaja needs to come in. Bowling wise too, Peter Siddle is useless in Indian conditions - you need Mitch Johnson or someone else with genuine pace and bounce who can overcome non-responsiveness from the pitch.

  • popcorn on March 2, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    Sick of pampering Shane Watson. If he does not bowl,take wickets,and win this match for us,he should be dropped for the third and fourth Tests. Usman Khawaja should take his place,or take the place of Phil Hughes,David Warner or Ed Cowan.The Top Order is pathetic.Michael Clarke once again stod amongst the ruins, and got sick of seeing the woeful batting around him,and played an uncharacteristic sweepshot - century be damned, he said.Got out, and rightly declared, at least hoped the bowlers perform. Mathew Wade said post match that 237 is a good score and we would get the Indians out cheaply. I hope his words come true.

  • ozziespirit on March 2, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    How long can Clarke continue to hide in the middle order when he is so clearly needed at the top? Hughes/Watson/Warner can't be the best we have, there must surely be altenatives for the 3rd test? Clarke it a great player of spin, but continuing to hide only makes him look focused on his averages only. He needs to open like England's Cook does, he faces the first ball so should Clarke.

  • Danevan on March 2, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    When is Australia going to realise that conitnuously adding more all-rounders to make up for failing batsmen and bowlers is not going to help, and is not going to encourage future generations of batsmen and bowlers. The great Aussie teams of the 90s and 00s did not have an allrounder, neither did the Windies of the 80s. Pick your best 6 batsmen and best four bowlers and your best keeper/batsman. If they are not good enough, so be it. But we now have a team that is 4 batsmen, three bowlers and three all-rounders, even if one of them is too constantly injured to actually bowl. Then we wonder why we keep getting batting collapses and can't take 20 wickets without over-bowling the bowlers we do pick. I can see why the allrounders are so valued in 20/20 but at this rate I can not see where the next generation of Haydens, Pontings, Mcgraths and Gillespies will come from.

  • Temuzin on March 2, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    By the way does any one know why Ishant Sharma is in the team? This guy went wicket less again. I think Shami Ahmed should replace him to provide good support to Bhuvneshwar from other end.

  • InsideHedge on March 2, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    SidR tells us that, before the match, speculation was rife that Bhuvneshwar would be dropped to make way for Ojha. This is the same Bhuvneshwar that bowled splendidly in the ODIs against Pak and Eng, and when called upon to support Dhoni in Chennai batted admirably to justify his batting potential.

    However, there was zero speculation surrounding a certain Ishant Sharma. Seriously, can someone tell me what the think tank sees in Ishant? He's improved slightly but still falls way short of being good enough to open the bowling in Test cricket. Further, there is nothing special about his fielding or batting so why has this man been persisted with for so long despite meagre results? Further, Bhajji who undoubtedly is off colour gets plenty of flak but at least he picked up a couple of scalps. Am I the only one who feels this way?

  • on March 2, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    feel sorry for clarke defi an aussie fan really ashamed of their performance hope so they avoid whitewash defi the pitch will change tomo ill suit for batting vijay sehwag will score 200 each with xavier in the side nt to forget siddle and maxwell who will give their contribution to india's total of 600+ then on half way through 3rd day again pitch will behave hw it does on 1st day so as a res ind would go up 2 -0

  • Temuzin on March 2, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    Well Bowled Jadeja and Bhuvnershwar. Jadeja is turning out to be an excellent bowler. He is joint highest wicket taker with lowest average. Great Job Jaddu. Hit a fifty and you will prove your worth as an allrounder.l

  • 1st_april on March 2, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    @RandyOZ 'squad selection' is a thing of the past , we could have brought in Steve O'Keefe....as far as the *selected squad is concerned , Siddle OUT , Johnson IN.....you are right about our 'fighting back' chances , Doherty couldn't get test wickets in Adelaide , forget getting in India..... Glenn Maxwell is Steve Smith 2.0...but we love 'neither this nor that' all-rounders don't we?.....Andrew McDonald , Cameron White , Steve Smith....

  • phunny_game on March 2, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    Finally an inside edge by warner off Kumar touched the bails... Last match he had got away somehow, but this time the leg stump went for a walk... Clarke is no doubt one of the best batsman in the world right now... If he and Amla keep going this way, they may give serious competition to a lot of names in the record books...!!!!

  • on March 2, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    @RandyOZ: I sympathize with your anger at the selectors. Why no O'Keefe for instance, or dumping Hauritz a while back when he was more accurate and incisive than the others at their disposal - Doherty? Beer? McGain? From an English point of view, I remember the bad old days where our so-called leaders were obsessed with that leaking spray-gun of a so-called bowler called Sajid Mahmood, the worst front-line bowler since I rolled my arm over for a club game and finshed with 0.0-0-5-0. Won't be doing that again! We're still not totally eradicating such longings for pace over accuracy though, i.e. Dernbach!

  • Paras.Rishi on March 2, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    Bhajji and Ashwin gave a good response to the trust that Dhoni has shown in both of them. Ashiwn's pitch map was again too scrambled, he needs to have more patience at this level but again he tried too many variations that of coarse didn't work!

  • baskar_guha on March 2, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    Australia have under-performed with the bat and may well have lost the match in the process. They have to pick wickets regularly against a confident India and restrict them to 300 or less to stay in the match. Anything is possible but the Aus bowling seems under-cooked with Lyon and Starc/Johnson not playing.

  • Rags57 on March 2, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    A bold declaration even if Clarke did not get what he intended. To a large extent his bowlers let him down by NOT forcing Vijay and Sehwag to play at every one of the 18 balls they bowled. To me Clarke is the best captain in the world today, not only leading by example while batting, but also being innovative and enterprising while captaining, when needed. You can't expect too much from his team now since he has a really young and inexperienced side. I would not be surprised if they became a champion side underClarke in the next 2 years

  • on March 2, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    Seems like, young Indian test team is finally showing some kind of affirmative attitude in test-cricket. But highlight for the day remained Clarke's dedication. Still too early to name him the all time best but yes, in the current set of players he along with Cook have been relinquishing bowlers world wide. He has been able to carry his form for a while now. His skills as a batsmen are appreciable.

  • rohanbala on March 2, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    Poor shot selection by three of the four batsmen cost the Australians a decent start, while Ed Cowan should consider himself unlucky to be ruled out by the umpire. After putting up a good partnership between Clarke and Wade, the Australians squandered a very good chance of putting up a reasonable total. In the end, Clarke allowed himself the luxury of taking singles off the first ball while batting with the tail enders and thereby lost the opportunity of scoring a well deserved century.

  • mohitbhartia on March 2, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    The 'Ghosts' of 2001 - SPIN is back to haunt Australia. Apart from Clarke, I don't see anyone negotiate turn on these slow and low pitches. A whitewash looks eminent from here but you can never rely on India. They can loose from winning positions and vice-versa. Siddle looks listless on Indian pitches. I would rather prefer to see Johnson who offers more variety even though he does have an off-days more often than good ones.

  • niroshw on March 2, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    Why are we keep playing Watson? Who was the last no 4 to avg less than 35 in test cricket? We might have to go back more than 30 years...... Those days where avg of 40 was called 'great'. Lets just bring in new blood!

  • on March 2, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    In all the nonsense being written about DRS by S.James and his ilk, they seem to forget that DRS does not make mistakes... It is a computer programme..and given the same set of circumstances on any number of occasions it will show you the exact same result...Unlike humans it is not affected by any outside influence, the strength of the appeal.. it does not blink at inopportune moments.. it doesn't care who the batsman or bowler is..it is completely and utterly impartial... Isn't that what players want... complete impartiality.. Well with DRS you have it. If there are any mistakes made, it is not DRS technology that makes them, it's the humans who inperpret what is presented to them.. Again.. it's human error... So isn't it more than a liitle illogical that the anti-DRS people are quite willing to accept on-field umpires' mistakes yet use the thrird umpires' mistakes as reasoning for not supporting DRS.

  • gsingh7 on March 2, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    "clarke BEST BATSMEN IN THE WORLD AT MOMENT (please dont say cook boring to watch him with limited stroke play) rarely u see a foreign player steps out 6 balls an over of decent indian spinner . " i wud rather take cook anyday, he showed showed grit and determination masked his limited strokeplay, clarke's arrogance at times causes his downfall. amla is combination of cook and clarke-- arrogance with grit, he is closest to sachin in his prime.

  • bumsonseats on March 2, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    in this game you get the true indian captain, which is a very ordinary wicket keeper. i thought behind the stumps he had a shocker but i dont know about others but i think even with this score that the aussies are still in the game and believe if india do not gain 100+ lead and to bat last on this wicket. the aussie captain not only keeping his team in the games but is also winning the toss which in india and on this type off wicket is priceless.

  • on March 2, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    now who will protect Xav. dohrty...........

  • on March 2, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    No Mitchell Johnson...? Really surprised at that decision. Its a open secret that Indian batsman has its weakness against left arm pacers. Moreovr, he would have added to the batting strength. Watson still should bat as an opener in Indian conditions and not at 3 or 4. It was a good innings from Clarke as usual but unfortunately lacked support at the end. The bowlers from India were patient irrespective of that long partnership between Clarke and Wade. India could have attacked a bit more and could have got Aus for less than 200 today. Could not believe Ishant was playing in this test. He might be bowling well in patches but has forgotten to take wickets. Otherwise a good 1st day for a test match.

  • pat_one_back on March 2, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    Nice selections by Aust had this been the first test, alarm bells should have gone off when Mickey shared how he needed hindsight to recognise that a strip of clay would play like a strip of clay... Hindselections, how innovative. Now we have what looks like a useful deck for Starc or even MJ and we have neither, can only assume this team was picked out of a hat, get Buff in charge, get Faulkner & O'Keefe on a plane.

  • on March 2, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    As expected... Australia falling to Indian spin trio again.. B. Kumar was a surprise package.. Well done young lad... Clarke was outstanding.. Wade was commendable.. The only thing which i can't understand is the declaration at the score of 237.. Was laughable.. They could have added another 30-40.. but Clarke considers himself as a modern skipper... LOL... Setting trends is no modern cricket mate! Day 1 to India! Australia, be ready for another 500+ score on this pitch! With regards from an INDIAN to over - confident Aussies!

  • CricketingStargazer on March 2, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    This is going to be very interesting on Day 2. If India can maintain their discipline and get past 300, they can bat Australia out of this series. Any lead over 100 and Australia will be staring down both barrels. Like various others I am somewhat surprised that, having invested time and effort in Nathan Lyon, suddenly the selectors drop him after one poor match for a debutant who has played just 15 First Class matches and a spinner who averages over 100 in his two Tests so far. Maybe the Maxwell-Doherty combo can swing this match back Australia's way, but I suspect that not even many Australian fans will be expecting it to happen.

  • creekeetman on March 2, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    good job by watson at 4, maybe he should open

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on March 2, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    India's day this considering Aus got first use of a crumbling pitch. Though Aus will be disappointed not to eek out something between 300-350 ... looked good when Clark and wade were building to have somehow lost out.....Again Jadeja proving the pick of bowlers ..really is hugely underrated . At same time this pitch has some balance in it and even the pacers have got movement with old and new ball and Aus will look to exploit it tom. with their pacers. Aus will take heart that another underrated bowler in Doherty ,like Jadeja will have a big role on this wearing pitch with jadeja proving today that fastish and wkt to wkt bowling is going to be tough ... Doherty will have a few RHBs to bowl at as well . If Aus restrict Ind to anything under 50 runs lead , we have a cracking game with the wicket fast crumbling and any last inng chase is going to be a real tough ask...

  • KhanMitch on March 2, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    @Disco_bob well said bud, surely now is the time to get Khawaja in, not in the deciding test when we are 3 down and expecting him to get another big score from just 1 game to prove himself. Still four days to go but I get the feeling that we have erred in playing an extra batsman in Maxwell. This reminds me of a mistake they we made in the 2008 Test series in India, where they went in with Cameron White as their all-round option. That was the first and last Test series he played. A very defensive option in my opinion.

  • Mervo on March 2, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    I still can't believe that Johnson is there as a net bowler. Incredible and Doherty with Test average of 80 is selected. Unbelievable.

  • sachin_vvsfan on March 2, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    @Jayzuz that looked a careless shot to me. He pretty much knew that the bounce was not even and shouldnt have risked. You wouldn't expect that kind of shot from cook or laxman. This is one reason watson doesn't fit in longer formats. You cant blame the pitch for all the outcomings. When sachin was given shoulder before wicket was the pitch responsible for that?

  • on March 2, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    This pitch is very different from the Chennai one. There is something in it for every one. The only caveat: Batsmen has to show a lot of patience... runs will come.

  • gsingh7 on March 2, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    all aus part timers like doherty henriques and maxwell have to do now is pick 15 wickets in the match , rest patto can manage, no big deal here. series wud be 1-1 before u know it. aus will win with an innings and 12 runs.

  • elle119 on March 2, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    Interesting choice to bring in Doherty for Lyon and Maxwell for Starc. I guess the question really becomes then, what happens if both Maxwell and Lyon fail to succeed. Who is the spin option then? I can't imagine that the selectors would then bring back Lyon after unceremoniously dropping him from the team after the one test because that would just be illogical. I do hope one of them does succeed because if they don't, then the game is more or less over. But then again, if we do lose again, perhaps that would be a reminder to the selectors to bring in actual spinners rather than players who "bowl a bit of spin", although I probably wouldn't hold my breath.

  • Des_65 on March 2, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    Clark declared so that Australia can take few Indian wickets today as well as make use of tomorrow's morning dew. Pattinson can have long spell (today and then continue tomorrow). If Australia would have played on, India would have got more time in the better sessions of tomorrow (late morning and early afternoon). If Australia doesn't get early breakthroughs tomorrow, Australia might have missed few runs (that would have been scored by the last wicket).

  • MrGarreth on March 2, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    Clarke's "positive" captaincy has gone from admirable to arrogant. This is NOT the same Aussie squad of the past where you could declare and expect to bowl a side out for less than 200. He should have been scraping for every run he could get out of the final 2. I know he is trying to revive the spirit that THAT Aussie side had but he forgets that the squad has drastically changed and he must adapt accordingly. South Africa, for instance, have a far stronger squad yet not even they make such arrogant calls. That declaration counts for absolutely nothing and those extra runs those 2 could have added might turn out to be more valuable than Clarke would have thought in a game he can not afford to lose.

  • pull_shot on March 2, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    So a good at office for indians and why lot aus fans r moaning about 9-0 lbws please note they consider 29-12 wickets get a quality spinner u will get lbws. How good is clarke BEST BATSMEN IN THE WORLD AT MOMENT (please dont say cook boring to watch him with limited stroke play) rarely u see a foreign player steps out 6 balls an over of decent indian spinner

  • on March 2, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    Australia 232 all out in a day. In fact they were 237 for 9. But Clarke made it 232 all out, through his declaration.

  • mzm149 on March 2, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    Good innings by Wade and Clarke. Good news for Australian bowlers is that ball is swinging, seaming, bouncing, reverse swinging and spinning. If they restrict India to 250 or below, Australia will win this comfortably. I have a feeling Doherty will trouble right handed batsmen here and Pattinson will be deadly once again. There will be assistance for Siddle too. Watson and Hughes are due huge innings.

  • SamRoy on March 2, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    As Ian Chapell had mentioned previously problem with Australian Cricket is that despite having such a good structure young, talented batsman are not coming up the ranks. It is a bit like India, where young, talented spin bowlers are not coming up the ranks.

  • on March 2, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    The late evening declarations should have some logic, despite all this so-called "show of intent" --a much misused phrase.

    In the first place, you don't have enough runs in the kitty. Even 20 runs by the last pair would have been a welcome addition. For quite some time India had been struggling to get the tail enders out.

    Even, Dhoni would most probably have given them some additional runs as byes, when two spinners are operating well; and Dhoni had been fumbling the whole day.

    Moreover, you need more than three overs, to hope for some critical breakthroughs. A wasted declaration. Except, that they reduced their own total by 5 runs, effectively.

  • handyandy on March 2, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    I can't believe that Australia went into this with only 3 specialist bowlers.

    Here is a tip ... two bits and pieces players such as Maxwell and Henriques are not as good as two specialist bowlers. The current selectors seem obsessed with the idea of finding one or more all rounders in some misguided belief that this is actually a good thing.

    My belief with quality allrounders is that they should be able to make the team just on their strength as a batsman or a bowler. In other words batsman who can bowl some tidy overs or a bowler that can produce some useful innings is far more valuable than someone who isn't quite up to scratch as a batsman or bowler.

    On that basis someone like Johnson should be a shoe in for a test team while Maxwell and Henriques would be better suited to the short form of the game.

  • CricketChn82 on March 2, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    First hour will be crucial tomorrow,If Aussies get few early wickets then its good,If not Indian capitalize and build lead and game will go India's way.

  • Sir.Ivor on March 2, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    Australia always seems to suspect against quality swing bowling. Today I think Ishant bowled as well as I have ever seen him do but was as always completely out of luck. I think he had Clarke early but the umpire clearly made a mistake there. Bhuvaneshwar was simply wonderful all morning. To me he looks like the Indian edition of Vernon Philander. I think he will be a handful on South African, Australian and English wickets. I am glad that Dhoni gave Harbhajan a long spell today unlike the last Test.It should please the supporters of Bhajji who have been finding fault with Dhoni for not giving Harbhajan a long spell of bowling to re-discover himself. I am still not convinced that he can get back the magic that gave him the mistaken standing as another Indian sorcerer. It was nice that by keeping Ashwin away for a long time, Dhoni corrected the impression that he thinks more of CSK than India. But Jadeja is on expected course. He bowled well and accurately. It was a good day for India.

  • on March 2, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    well played Michael Clarke , for the past 2 years he has single handedly shaped Aussie batting totals and has been a brillaint batsman from 2004 and on all kinds of pitches ,the top 3 aussies have fallen regularly below 100 . I would suggest Watson to open and Clarke at 4 . Seriously Warner will be like Sehwag , brillaint innings somewhere in between failures as is technique is questionable .

  • Shaggy076 on March 2, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    I cant understand the selection policy for this game. How does lyon get dropped. There was only one batsman in the last test that had it over him. He was learning how to bowl the Indian way and he has been replaced by Maxwell who barely bowls an over of spin in shield cricket. Even Cameron White prefers to bowl himself before Maxwell. Im with others I reckon Mitchell Johnson would have been a good pick instead of Siddle - With the amount of left hand batsman we have in the team it would be good to create rough for right hand batsman rather than left handers and he has been in really good form of late.

  • AhmedEsat on March 2, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    Glen Maxwell is basically a Big Bash player. Interesting watching him trying to adapt to test cricket.

  • warneneverchuck on March 2, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    This shows Clark is far better than overrated ponting who played with a great team. When greats retire ponting's stats fall badly whereas Clark is playing with an ordinary team and still scoring runs

  • subbsm on March 2, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    so many runs scored during the first test..and wickets fell too..yet people complain about pitches..every country prepares pitches according to their strengths.and further. Australia lost not because of the pitches alone, but the technique of the batsmen.. might be Pointing is still required..Hussey, Pointing and all the top batsmen has quit.. there is a void .. Spinners are awful, and its better that Aussies start admitting that they are not the No 1 side anymore and then only they will find the reasons of their failures..otherwise..this will continue .. the so called Ego has to be crushed.. further.. the selection committee send 1 spinner to India.. this is just awful selection

  • RandyOZ on March 2, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    Anyone who thinks we can fight back is living in fairy land. How can we fight back when we have 3 bolwers (Maxwell, Doherty and Siddle) who have a complete inability to take wickets. We cannot expect Patto to take them all. The selection panel should be completely dissolved. This is one of the lowest points in recent times. I cannot describe how disgusted and disgruntled I am.

  • WhoCaresAboutIPL on March 2, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    No real surprises here - Oz batting has been weak for a while, and bowling variable. Against SA Skip Clarke played superbly but he cannot make 200 every time, so I feel it will be 2-1 India at best (from Oz viewpoint). Certainly (and I am asking to be proved wrong!) Doherty is not the answer. Dropping Lyon seems a weird decision...

    Confused by S.James' comments. Not sure who is Simon James - unless it is the author - and Billy Bowden was not umpiring in 2001 England win?

  • SirViv1973 on March 2, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    In all likelihood & baring a minor miracle Aus have lost this match due to poor batting in the first session of the match. Having won the toss & chose to bat on what looks a decent enough batting strip 62-4 is just not good enough. Having won the toss 400 is probably the min Aus needed to give themselves a chance, especially given that they have only picked 3 specialist bowlers. Again it was down to Clarke and 1 other (in Chennai MH & here MW) to score the bulk of the runs. The batting line up looks woefully ill equipped to deal with the conditions. I can't agree with the declaration if Aus would have taken a couple of wickets it would have been justified but DP can bat & its just possible he & XD could have added another 30 or 40 especially when you consider what MH & NL managed in the 2nd inns in Chennai.

  • gsingh7 on March 2, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    good luck aus saving this test . clarke need 300 plus to draw it now . india needs to post 300 and they will win with a dozen to spare.

  • CrICkeeet on March 2, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    Hmm..... honestly Ind hav bwled well 2day, no xcuse. lets see whats gonna happen... its day 1

  • anranga1 on March 2, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    Australia will comeback in this match. Time for Sehwag to perform.

  • gundapps on March 2, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    Although the Aussies have been bowled out cheaply, I think they have done the right thing in selecting Doherty who spins away from right handers and can trouble the Indian batters since he bowls at a reasonable pace like Panesar did. The Indian think tank missed a chance to have a more effective spin combo by not including Ojha instead of the not-so-impressive Harbhajan.

  • disco_bob on March 2, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    This india series is becoming somewhat bizarre.

  • TheBigBoodha on March 2, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    We don't have to go back to 2001, S.James, to find multiple examples of Indian captains moaning about pitches and umpiring. If you can't remember the recent ones then I'm afraid you aren't trying very hard. Anyway, enough of the whining. Everyone knows you are not going to get a fair deal when you go to India, and that's that.

  • RandyOZ on March 2, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    Appalling selections from this increasingly inept selection panel. I am disgusted. This is bordering on treason.

  • Harinasi on March 2, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    1. Look at the temperatures - they are playing on a hot frying pan [in my own city]. 2. Clarke is too good a captain - leading men like that is too tough, and he is doing an excellent job. 3. Bhuvi has a track to suit fast bowlers, he picked up wickets for the same reason he was picked in the squad - Australia's quicks would be eyeing their lost prize from chennai. 4.Pitch is a blow to India - not that much spin support. Aussies - YOUR BEST CHANCE.

  • S.James on March 2, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    And the reason why BCCI is against DRS is bcoz the Hawk-Eye technology used in it is not very accurate when it comes to Lbw decisions at a distance of 2 metres or more fro the stumps. Plus the fact that DRS can be also be misused like what happened in the India's tour of England when Rahul Dravid was given wrongly out thrice.

    In Dravid's case even after using DRS, it was not clear in the Replays that whether he was out or not. In such a case the "Benefit of Doubt" should have gone to Dravid, but instead, he was given Out, and not once but thrice under similar circumstances wich showed that even the DRS can be misused or compromised.

  • pom_don on March 2, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    A sensible declaration by Clarke it might be the only way back in as I fear the second Aus innings might prove very tricky, shame that Clarke was the only one to show any real form yet again, where would they be without him? Anyway as a Pom I am still hoping Aus might put up a good fight I would cheer an Aus win over India any day.

  • S.James on March 2, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    People should understand that India has been the Worst-Affected nation when it comes to Incorrect Umpiring decisions. The main reason behind this is the fact that Indian players and Indian captain generally don't make a fuss about these things unlike their Australian counterparts.

    The best example of this is the 2001 Ashes tour of Australia when Ricky Ponting vent his ire on Umpire Billy Bowden in the post match conference bcoz he had incorrectly given Simon James as Not Out which eventually resulted in Australia losing the match.

  • Bongz77 on March 2, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    History surely does repeat itself. Michael Clarke is this generation's Allan Border, he is the glue keeping this Australian side together. Only problem is Border had a young Shane Warne to unearth and fighters like Taylor, Slater and the Waugh bros to take into the next generation.

    Clarke seems to be doing it on his own. For the sake of Australian cricket, more youngsters need to be thrown in at the deep end. Steven Smith, Mitchell Marsh and Kuwaja surely need to get game time to setup the next 10 years for Australia.

  • VivGilchrist on March 2, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    I'm embarressed. Australia have gone in with 8 batsmen and only 2 have got a score. Problem is, they only have 2 bowlers. 2-0 I'm afraid. Can we start picking our best XI?

  • S.James on March 2, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    People questioning LBW decisions should remember the commentary of their very own Mr. Shane Warne who gave a thumbs up to all the LBW decisions in Chennai test. Plus the reason why AUS did'nt suffer an Innings defeat was bcoz Clark was given Not Out in both the Innings when he was clearly out Caught in 1st Innings and Lbw in the 2nd. Even Ian Chappel termed the decision in the 1st Innings as a Howler.

    What really confounds me is when some people say otherwise even when so much information exists that clearly contradicts their false stories.

    These people should do well to remember that India lost the Sydney test only bcoz of the 6 Incorrect decisions or Howlers given by the then Umpires Steve Bucknor and Mark Benson. India would have won the Sydney Test and would have gone on to win the Test Series if those Howlers were not given.

  • on March 2, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    India wont have too bat twice, this is pathetic. :(

  • Harmony111 on March 2, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    When Clarke and Maxwell stay at the wicket even after HUGE nicks then they justify it by saying that they wait for umpire's decision. Appeal for lbw and Siddle is given out. This is the umpire's decision. The Aussies fans will moan again at the umpire's decision.

    Ridiculous.

  • on March 2, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    Bad decision to drop Lyon. Didn't Matthew Wade say that the whole group has full confidence in Lyon after the first Test?

  • hycIass on March 2, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    Interesting to note that Maxwell was not walking anywhere when he edged that hoping the umpire might miss it but that was a big edge and good take from Dhoni. I still think we can add another 100 runs with Siddle and Pattinson to hang around as long as Clarkey stays there. The problem for us is we keep getting told that guys such as Cowan and Maxwell are improving and they are not. Both have poor averages and play poor shots to get out. A guy like Khawaja who is a test star in the making sits out every match and we are not grooming him for the upcoming Ashes back to back series and this will cost us. Remember England beat India in India!!!!!" Cowan needs to go and Watson who is probably the best reverse-swinger in the Australian team, needs to have a few overs." He better at least a few overs here, the ball has been reversing consistently for a long time now

  • ramesh_rocks on March 2, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    @V.GOMES Just keep counting it. Atleast you can do this better than your spin bowlers can bowl.You want LBWs even if those are not out. Just see how Indian spinners are bowling before commenting these rubbish comments and also do tell me if there were any batsmen given out even if they were not. Also if there was DRS both teams could have got similar advantage.

  • on March 2, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    Embarrassing performance by Australia, Clarke once again the only shinning light. Ful on the stumps and slashing away at the ball, what was maxwell thinking.

  • on March 2, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    whats Bhaji n Ishant doing in this team, we would have played two more batsman.

  • real_gone_gadd on March 2, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    I cannot remember any test side, let alone Australia, relying so much on their captain every innings - closest was Dravid for India in 2011 (not captain in that series).

  • Mary_786 on March 2, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    Great comment Sunil, i think the Indians would not likeit if Khawaja was batting out there bcause they have to be careful what they say because he understands them, never thought of that. Perhaps he should teach some key words to the Aussie batsman so they can recognise some of what the Indians are saying.

  • Sunil_Batra on March 2, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    Just heard Dhoni say in Hindi that Clarke will dance down the wicket on this ball(indicating that he should ball wider), boy it would be interesting to have Khawaja there who could translate that for Clarke, remembering Khawaja's native languate is Urdu which is almost the same as Hindi.

  • Jaffa79 on March 2, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    When Xavier Doherty is the 'answer' you know you are in a bad way. Maxwell too? Insecure teams pick bits and pieces players in Tests. Just like Samit Patel for England, they aren't quite good enough with either bat or ball.

  • V.GOMES on March 2, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    In case anyone is keeping track of LBWs thus far in this series IND 9 - AUS 0. Guess we see why BCCI is against DRS.

  • disco_bob on March 2, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    What is wrong with these people, is it T20 fever? Wade looked like he wanted to hit it out of the park. A pointless dismissal, when he had an opportunity to calmly do some real damage with Clarke.

  • KhanMitch on March 2, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    @Sunil and Edward some great comments guys. All I can say is WOW - the selectors continue to amaze us... I can maybe _sorta_understand_ Glenn Maxwell in for Mitchell Starc due to the playing in India factor... but Xavier Doherty in for Nathan Lyon?!? Well maybe we shouldn't be too suprised when Cowan contiues to get opportunity after opportunity and its not like age is not his side to justify it. Note Lyon is a question mark too but presently the best spinner we have in the tour squad. Khawaja might need to change his last name and hair style to get a chance, he seems to always get only 1 game at a time to show his stuff. And i really hope Pattinson holds up after this game, he is key if we are going to win this series. How good is Clarke, saving us again, absolute champion.

  • on March 2, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    Miracle do happen these days. Harbhajan is NOT a CSK PLAYER, out of form and he is still in the INDIAN team.

  • Jayzuz on March 2, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    Mr int.curator, there were not two plumb LBWs. Cowan was dismissed by a ball which pitched outside leg. It even says this in the article. Maybe you can fool yourself, but you can't fool people who actually watch the game. Yes, it's embarrassing that India refuse DRS, and its even more embarassing that India have 9 LBWs this series and Australia have exactly zero, but telling sweet little lies here won't make untruth into truth.

  • on March 2, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    Great century partnership by Mr Clarke and Mr Wade.

    Dropped Clarke again!!! India .... get ready to feel the pain!!!

    Cowan LBW .... pitched outside leg stump.

  • disco_bob on March 2, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    Heartening to see Matthew Wade putting his hand up. Probably the most important knock of his career so far, taken in the context of this series. Can these two bat still stumps.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on March 2, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    So Australia's brittle top order get destroyed by a little known seamer on a flat Indian pitch. That's got to be a record new low even for them.

  • Int.Curator on March 2, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    Well done, good bowling by the Indians coupled with poor shot selection by the Australians and a pitch with uneven bounce. Two plumb LBW wickets already due to short pitched deliveries that just reach knee roll. I hope this game isn't decided by poor pitch preparation like Chennai. The pitch's unpredictable bounce is turning stroke makers into grafters. Not what punters will pay to see.

  • on March 2, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    India can only beat Australia 4-0 if they play all 4 matches on dust bowls like Chennai. But then they would have no idea who to pick for South Africa, their next tour. The batsmen would not have been tested at all. Seamers who don't even get the new ball have no way of knowing how well they may have bowled. And in SA, spinners will be taken to the cleaners. So a win 4-0 here will guarantee that they lose 3-0 to South Africa.

  • Webba84 on March 2, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    Indian and Australian selectors are in cahoots, surely. They are messing with us people, there's no other way to explain the bizarre selection on both sides!

  • VivGilchrist on March 2, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    Doherty is only playing because they wanted to play Maxwell, and they didn't want two off spinners in tandem (Lyon). So they drop Lyon, and bring in Doherty with a FC av of 44. Meanwhile OKeefe, a left arm orthodox spinner who av 27 with ball and 30 with bat is at home. Aussies have strengthened there batting as they had to, as Cowan shouldn't be there and Hughes can't play spin. Watson was unlucky as the ball didn't bounce. I really struggle to see Australia taking 20 wickets with this attack. Once India see off Patto and Siddle, it all looks pretty pedestrian. Darren Lehmann in, Mickey Mouse Arthur out. Please.

  • sando31 on March 2, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    To be honest i think we can win this test match. The turn, it seems is less and the bounce and movement is much better for the pace bowlers. If the indian fast bowlers are bowling well, imagine what our boys could do. We've got a huge chance to win this, we have to in order to keep the series alive. However in all honesty its going to be very hard to win the series. Unlike England, who have all-round weaknesses, we have a specific, targetable weakness, our spin bowling, and our ability to play spin bowling. This would suggest that we could get chennai-like pithces after this provided we win!!!

  • Harmony111 on March 2, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    @Jayzuz & V.GOMES: Barely the 1st session over and already your excuses are ready. FYI, Michael Clarke's luck in the 1st test kept Aus in it for 5 days else it would have been all over in 4 days flat. And remember how Cowan was lucky not to be given lbw TWICE in the 2nd innings there? Even here in the 2nd session, Clarke was lucky not be given lbw to Ishant. I hope you are counting these things too.

  • gsingh7 on March 2, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    anything below 300 in first innings on this flat track will spell doom to batting side , tough times ahead of aus . 4-0 india win looks probable now.

  • Mary_786 on March 2, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    I was a fan of Cowan when he came on the scene but i think he has had his chances, if he fails in this innings thats 15 matches in a row for him. Watson, Warner, Hughes, Clarke, Khawaj, Moses, Wade might be the lineup for the third test

  • Jayzuz on March 2, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    @Varad, how can you say Watson was out to a careless shot? The ball hit him below the knee roll after pitching half way down the track! Clearly the pitch was the key factor. His selection of shot was fine. If you can't play a pulll shot to a half tracker from a pace bowler in session one of a test match there is something severely wrong with the pitch.

  • SirViv1973 on March 2, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    Aus selection process is a joke. They have picked 3 specialist bowlers for this match & one of them (Pattinson) has huge question marks overhis fitness & how many overs he can bowl. Perhaps they expect Clarke will score all the runs & take all the wickets & win the game on his own!

  • on March 2, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    Shouldnt Australia fly in Haddin as a cover before the next test match ?

    In any case Wade is slightly injured and in case he doesn't perform here, there is a ready replacement.

  • on March 2, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    Including Doherty in the side looks clueless to me. With his stats he should find it difficult to get into any ODI side, let alone a Test side. In my opinion, Lyon should have played. Maxwell in place of Starc makes sense if they want to extend their middle order and support Lyon.

  • on March 2, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    So a team with only 2 proven test bowlers, 2 injured batsman, the best batsman still at no.5 and a the consistent selection of a guy who averages 32 after 24 innings is australias response to loosing by 8 wickets? Are we ever going to learn?

  • on March 2, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    How Phil Hughes and Shane Watson?Both off to a start after careful concentration and application,then out to poorly disciplined shots,both very predictable.India have done the homework on these players! "Lyon looks tired" read the headline,Lyon out for the game to be replaced by Doherty and Maxwell,god help us,this game should be over inside three days.Geez comment 1,no Mitchell Johnson? He can bowl at times,unfortunately "times" are few and far between these days,if he played MS Dhoni might get a triple century in not many overs.I believe Johnno is past his use by date and others should be considered before him,Hazelwood,Coulter-Nile,Bird,Cummins when fit,the list goes on.England will belt us sorry to say

  • on March 2, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    Looks tough after just one session, but Aussies are at their best when the chips are down - don't write us off just yet. This is a much better balanced side than that in the first Test. Johnson should have been in for Siddle and Australia are (or should be) lamenting the lack of a genuine leg spinner in the side. Interesting to see what Maxwell's contribution will be.

  • handyandy on March 2, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    Hughes is useless against spin ... why persevere with him in India?

    Johnson is a proven bowler under Indian conditions and Pattinson has already demonstrated that Indian struggle against genuine pace and aggression ... so why is he not playing?

    Steven O'Keefe has the best record of any spin bowler in Australia ... why is he not even in the squad?

    How is Doherty any better than Lyon?

    Seriously it is like the selectors are just pulling names out of a hat.

  • PkZindabaad on March 2, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    I still expect Aus to win in this match, becoz by the look of pitch it will be a miracle to score 150-170 in the 5th day, as it gets very dry and cracks could open up. However, AUS need to score runs in this innings and hope for the best in the 2nd innings, and if the required run for india to win excess above 150 , then game is on. AUS could make it possible, as Indian batsmen can implode much like the last England series with two spinners bowling in tandem.

  • confused_male on March 2, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    @V.Gomes - It also shows how the Aussies have not been pitching the ball up enough compared to the Indian bowlers. :)

  • lonewarriorram on March 2, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    OMG Dharmasena, Erasmus again on field and S Ravi on Tv. Watch out both teams

  • GRVJPR on March 2, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    @VGomes India 9 - Aus 0 , Not quite right. I think you are missing some of the Plumb LBW decisions not given to Indian bowlers in last test. It also shows Indian bowlers were able to beat the defences of Aussie batsmen more than Aussie bowlers against Indian batsmen. Seems like DRS is a good shield to hide your Defeats these days!

  • David_Boon on March 2, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    No Nathan Lyon? What a debacle. The idea is to have Lyon AND Doherty, not one or the other!! No way Glenn Maxwell is a Test cricketer. It's becoming more and more difficult to support the team with these ridiculous selections and the obsession with having an all-rounder. An all-rounder is only called such when he can bat and bowl. Not doing either particularly well does not qualify you as an 'all-rounder'. Maxwell and Steve Smith can neither bat nor bowl, they shouldn't even be on tour!!

  • on March 2, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    @featurewriter: totally agree with your lineup except for I would have Watson opening with Warner at the expense of Cowan's omission and Khawaja's inclusion at #5.. Watson, Warner, Hughes, Clarke, Khawaja, Wade, Henriques, Johnson, Pattinson, Lyon, Doherty

  • on March 2, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    Only one batsman can save Australia, its Clarke think he is going to score his second consecutive century, He should give tips to rest of the batsmen how to play spin, its amazing.he technically strong both with the pace and spin. I think he should open the innings so that Australia should not have so many casualties, I think they have surrendered in front of the rookie. This is the weakest of all Aus team visited India. Hey selectors put some brains behind, dont pick players like P hughes, who time and again play the same shot. Experience is clearly missing. Previous test match Aus fans are complaining about spinning track, now they will complain about moving ball. GROW UP and accept your team is declining. Really BAD LOOSER.

  • disco_bob on March 2, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    Clarke's dream run as captain has completely imploded. I think he must have bought into his own hype. Dropping Lyon for Doherty at this stage, come off it. He completely stuffed up with Pattinson and Johnson has shown that he deserved to be in this side since his much improved comeback. And still we don't see Khawaja, why the hell is in in India, oh I know, after the series is stuffed we can give him one match after he comes in at 3 for not many. Clarke has got to take responsibility for his clueless selection.

  • V.GOMES on March 2, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    If you keeping score of LBWs thus far in this series, that's India 9 Aus 0. I see why BCCI does not want DRS.

  • PkZindabaad on March 2, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    I think BCCI is doing some nonsense here. BY not accepting DRS, all the opposing team fans can come by haggling on the intricacies of being out or not. But look at the recently concluded SA vs PAK match, in which there were big howlers including the wicket of kallis but nobody have any problem with it. It would be better for BCCI to accept otherwise all the nonsense comments can be expected. However, there are not much difference of having DRS or not because history shows it.

  • GRVJPR on March 2, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    Watching some of the aussies strugling against 120 kph bowling, I think Suresh raina would be really feeling unlucky to be left out. Firget about short balls, Aussies can't play pitch up deliveries!

  • on March 2, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    Ler's see what the Monday morning and arm chair Quarterbacks...oppps I mean Cricket EXPERTS have to say: Why no Mitchell Johnson? Very unfair to axe Lyon after just one test Maxwell and Doherty? What can you say about that shot from Watson. Absolutely disgraceful The good news is Australia has picked two spinners. The bad news is they are the weakest two.

    Welcome to the world of "empty vessels make more noise"

  • featurewriter on March 2, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    Our first Test team selection was questionable (I would have gone Doherty in place of Starc), but this lineup is incredulous. Maxwell and Doherty in and Lyon out? (And still no Johnson?) We are going to get hammered. Maxwell and Steve Smith shouldn't even be in the touring squad. Krezja should have gotten the nod ahead of both these guys. My 2nd Test team would have been: Warner, Cowan, Hughes, Clarke, Watson, Henriques, Wade, Johnson, Pattinson, Lyon and Doherty. (Actually, that would have been my first Test team as well.) I fear we are about to get spanked. (And you just know Tendulkar is about to score a hundred.)

  • Thefakebook on March 2, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    OZ are 4 down for 60 odd runs before lunch I hope Clarke,Henriques sand hell even Maxwell somehow get them to 250-300 looking unlikely but its superman Clarke were talking about here.OR its two zip.Hey look its Matt Wade(hope he just gets runs)

  • amitrajan on March 2, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    Its not even lunch and aussies are tottering on 63/4.I think it was coming.Aussies were unable to handle rookie pacer bhuvaneshwar kumar and now ashwin has come into action.it will be difficult for aussies to take this match to fifth day.

  • FANOFCRICKET1234 on March 2, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    It Looks Umpires are waiting for the ball to touch the pads to Rise the finger, Don't even wait for the appeal. Now I know why India is opposing to the DRS. What a Shame for Cricket

  • on March 2, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    Now what happened Aussies cant face a moving ball, and you guys want to retain ashes --- must be dreaming. Marcus North -- he himself don't know what he is doing. Team Australia is depended on Clark, and to some extend Henriques and Watson. No way they can beat Endland.

  • Potatis on March 2, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    LOL, on paper, this is the worst Aus bowling line up I've ever seen. Maxwell and Doherty? If Aus are going to play pace bowlers, they need to be very fast to overcome the slow pitch. That rules out Siddle, but what do we have? Siddle + 2 inexperienced spinners. Well, I hope they do very well, and I'd be very happy to have egg on my face with some unexpected amazing performances. I hope Pattinson doesn't break down from having to do all of the work.

  • tony122 on March 2, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    @cricket-freak- mitchell Johnson is a much inferior bowler in front of Mitchell Starc, so including him just because he is more experienced is pointless.

  • disco_bob on March 2, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    What can you say about that shot from Watson. Absolutely disgraceful.

  • chandanpau on March 2, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    well well well,,,impossible for aussies to take 20 indian wickets with only 3 frontline bowlers.oh ma god ders sumthing wrong here..infact only 2 bowlers .i wont count doherty as test match bowler..cud hav gone with lyon instead of maxwell.

  • Shan156 on March 2, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    Well bowled Bhuvanesh Kumar. The Cowan dismissal was a bit lucky though what with the ball pitching outside leg. Still, good start by Bhuvanesh. We got a glimpse of his potential in the ODIs. After that performance, I thought he should play the tests. Probably nerves got the better of him in the first test as he went wicketless but has started really well here. He may lack a bit of pace but pace isn't everything. This boy swings the ball and has control of it. Keep going strong kid (except against England, of course:-))

  • landl47 on March 2, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    There's good news and bad news. The good news is Australia has picked two spinners.

    The bad news is they are the weakest two.

  • cricket-freak on March 2, 2013, 4:25 GMT

    Its sad to see Mitchell Johnson being ignored by the selectors in this way,as if he doesn`t exist..!!Since he went to India on the 11th of feb..there is no mention of him,,or his chance in the team..A classy palyer like him deserves to be on the field amongst the playing XI,not sitting outside and carrying drinks.Just try and imagine yourself in his place,,such ongoings would have brought your morale down to the lowest level..How many of you agree that he deserved a spot in the team?

  • gsingh7 on March 2, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    15-2 on a rank turner , both to bhuvi , aus in for a grand thrashing

  • Thefakebook on March 2, 2013, 4:03 GMT

    Well my worst fear has come true,Xavier and Glenn are both playing but since OZ have at least tried something different to win this test I back them and I hope I'm proven wrong. OZ win on the horizon? I feel had for Lyno though(missed out on 2nd double ton).

  • Nish_US on March 2, 2013, 4:00 GMT

    So since AUS took a left arm spinner, should India leave out Pujara and get dhawan in?

  • on March 2, 2013, 3:59 GMT

    omg for real Australia? Drop Lyon after the first test and add 2 part timers???

  • Nish_US on March 2, 2013, 3:59 GMT

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

  • Boydy on March 2, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    Is this some kind of sick joke? They Pick Maxwell over Steve Smith? I'd rather lose than have Glenn Maxwell go good with the ball and win us the game, he is teeeeeerrrrrrrrible! When will the Australian selectors learn?!

  • on March 2, 2013, 3:57 GMT

    wow wade playing despite a broken cheekbone australia should have opted for paine who is actually a decent batsman still india choses harbhajan and leaves out ojha and i have no idea what ishant sharma is doing in the indian team they should have given chances to other youngsters

  • on March 2, 2013, 3:57 GMT

    wow wade playing despite a broken cheekbone australia should have opted for paine who is actually a decent batsman still india choses harbhajan and leaves out ojha and i have no idea what ishant sharma is doing in the indian team they should have given chances to other youngsters

  • Boydy on March 2, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    Is this some kind of sick joke? They Pick Maxwell over Steve Smith? I'd rather lose than have Glenn Maxwell go good with the ball and win us the game, he is teeeeeerrrrrrrrible! When will the Australian selectors learn?!

  • Nish_US on March 2, 2013, 3:59 GMT

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

  • on March 2, 2013, 3:59 GMT

    omg for real Australia? Drop Lyon after the first test and add 2 part timers???

  • Nish_US on March 2, 2013, 4:00 GMT

    So since AUS took a left arm spinner, should India leave out Pujara and get dhawan in?

  • Thefakebook on March 2, 2013, 4:03 GMT

    Well my worst fear has come true,Xavier and Glenn are both playing but since OZ have at least tried something different to win this test I back them and I hope I'm proven wrong. OZ win on the horizon? I feel had for Lyno though(missed out on 2nd double ton).

  • gsingh7 on March 2, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    15-2 on a rank turner , both to bhuvi , aus in for a grand thrashing

  • cricket-freak on March 2, 2013, 4:25 GMT

    Its sad to see Mitchell Johnson being ignored by the selectors in this way,as if he doesn`t exist..!!Since he went to India on the 11th of feb..there is no mention of him,,or his chance in the team..A classy palyer like him deserves to be on the field amongst the playing XI,not sitting outside and carrying drinks.Just try and imagine yourself in his place,,such ongoings would have brought your morale down to the lowest level..How many of you agree that he deserved a spot in the team?

  • landl47 on March 2, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    There's good news and bad news. The good news is Australia has picked two spinners.

    The bad news is they are the weakest two.

  • Shan156 on March 2, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    Well bowled Bhuvanesh Kumar. The Cowan dismissal was a bit lucky though what with the ball pitching outside leg. Still, good start by Bhuvanesh. We got a glimpse of his potential in the ODIs. After that performance, I thought he should play the tests. Probably nerves got the better of him in the first test as he went wicketless but has started really well here. He may lack a bit of pace but pace isn't everything. This boy swings the ball and has control of it. Keep going strong kid (except against England, of course:-))