India v Australia, 2nd Test, Hyderabad, 2nd day March 3, 2013

Pujara and Vijay pummel Australia

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India 311 for 1 (Pujara 162*, Vijay 129*) lead Australia 237 for 9 dec by 74 runs
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The mercury touched 35C during the Hyderabad afternoon and large swathes of the Uppal stadium are roofless, but that didn't stop the 28,000-strong Sunday crowd from breaking into Mexican waves as M Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara ran amok with an unbroken 294-run stand, which put India in command of the second Test.

The day also showcased the variety Test cricket allows, with India's scoring-rate jumping dramatically in every session. They were restricted to 49 runs in the morning, Pujara and Vijay then became more expansive to pick off 106 runs in the second session, before going berserk post-tea to pile on 151 runs against a wilting Australia.

The disgruntled murmurs over Australia's team selection for this match will only grow louder after Glenn Maxwell, who batted at No. 8, was introduced into the attack as late as the 47th over, and was easily dealt with - his 10 overs were caned for 55 runs. His inclusion had plenty of parallels with the ill-fated gamble on Cameron White - another Victoria batsman who could bowl a bit and was used as a spinner batting at No. 8 - during the unsuccessful 2008 India tour.

The other spinner, Xavier Doherty, posed a bit more of a threat, though he too fared as poorly as most Australian spinners have in India over the years. The visitors' well-documented worries over the strength of their spin department would have increased when he began with two friendly full tosses on leg stump, but he got a few deliveries to rip off the pitch and turn sharply past the outside edge.

Both Pujara and Vijay were sure-footed against the spinners, skipping down the track to crash the ball through covers or whip to the leg side. They didn't allow the spinners to settle either - when Doherty returned to bowl after lunch, his second delivery was powered over mid-off for six by Vijay.

Vijay had kept those sort of flamboyant shots to a minimum early in his innings. India's dominance on the day came on the back of a watchful morning session, in which both batsmen looked to play straight, shelving the cross-batted shots that had cost Australia dearly on the first day.

After twin failures in Chennai, Vijay needed a big innings to push his case for the remaining Tests. In the first few overs of the day, he chased a couple of short-and-wide deliveries, prompting the usual concerns over his temperament for Test cricket, before buckling down and playing more patiently. It was only after he was well set that his stylish flicks and natural aggression re-appeared.

With this century, Vijay could become India's first-choice opener because the selectors' patience with Virender Sehwag will be running low after he nicked Peter Siddle to fall for 6 - he now has only one 50-plus score in 13 innings.

Sehwag's early dismissal was offset by the increasingly reassuring presence of Pujara at No. 3. Though he injured his knee diving to complete a risky single early in his innings, hampering his running between the wickets, he showed his hunger for runs. He didn't shirk the quick singles, and despite hobbling frequently he again displayed the concentration and technique that has led to his Test-match skills being talked up in recent years.

The other standout feature of Pujara's career has been his penchant for big scores. While his frequent double-and triple-centuries in domestic cricket have been pooh-poohed a bit for being made on the flat tracks of Rajkot, even at the Test level, this was his third 150-plus score in the five times he has passed 50.

He repeatedly opened the face to guide the quicks to the third-man boundary, and stepped out to muscle the spinners through cover. He has been typecast as a Test player, but as the day progressed he showed off his repertoire of strokes, speeding from 100 to 150 in just 42 deliveries, getting to that milestone with an audacious hook for six off Siddle.

With the partnership growing, Australia looked short of wicket-taking options. James Pattinson and Siddle were unwavering in the morning but had little joy with the old ball, and Moises Henriques acquitted himself well as a back-up seamer though not as one who could pick up a clutch of wickets.

Michael Clarke let the game drift after tea, pinning all his hopes on the second new ball. India rattled off 102 in the first 17 overs of the final session and even when the quicks took the new ball, India's momentum didn't subside. There was a chance in the penultimate over of the day, when Doherty forced Pujara to nick, but the ball deflected off Matthew Wade's pad to evade Clarke at first slip. Clarke was left pounding the turf in frustration as Australia completed a day to forget.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | March 4, 2013, 2:33 GMT

    What a brutal day for Australia. Sehwag was almost bound to go and Doherty managed about 1 1/2 chances but other than that it was just completely demoralising. Many, myself included, were drawing parallels between the first match in this series and the corresponding game in the England series and there were some, but one England fan pointed out a significant difference. England batted poorly in their first innings but significantly better in their second and that improvement carried into the next game. Australia, on the other hand, were worse in their second innings and seem to have carried that into the next game. England were also able to significantly improve their bowling while I don't think many believe that Australia have done that. India look a bit better than they did against England but it's hard to say how much is Australia making them look good. Ashwin at least has undoubtedly improved. At the present rate, Aussies won't be making too many more comments about England in UAE.

  • POSTED BY praveen4honestremark on | March 4, 2013, 0:35 GMT

    Pujara and Vijay played very well. Considering the confidence level they might be in after many failures in recent tests, this is very good performance by Indian team. But , it should not be complacent and keep play attacking cricket like " Dhoni way".Stroke play of Vijay and Pujara was exceptional. They hanged in there and played strokes as per their will and other Indian batsman should also follow their suit and increase the lead past 350, and our bowlers need to be aggressive too like "Bhuvaneshwar". I like this guy Bhuvaneshwar, he fights, fights...that's how a player should be. Others should learn from this guy in Indian dressing room especially Sehwag on how you should fight it out on field rather than gifting away your wicket. I hope Indian bowling improves further in second Innnings , Ishant and Ashwin need to show their mettle. Challenge yourself guys. Put in all effort and try everything to get wickets. Indian bowlers should wind up Aussie below 200 ; It is GOOD BOWLING.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 0:04 GMT

    Congratulations to Vijay and Pujara. You both played exceptionally well. I particularly liked the way you wore Australia down in the 1st session knowing you would capitalise in the last. You both showed extreme concentration, technique, dedication, faith in each other and in the end tremendous skill. It is time for the axe to fall again on the Australian team - but hopefully this time someone will axe the selectors. Dropping Lyon is one of the most disgraceful things I have ever seen as an Australian supporter, and due to that Aust got what they deserved. Lyon got to bowl for an extended period on this type of wicket in the 1st test, and hence would have come away from that a better player for the experience, and the Aussie selectors ignore that and drop him. They will now bring him back for the 3rd test and he will feel he needs to start all over again - don't ever accuse Aust selectors of having brains.

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | March 3, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    This match could produce a unique result in Test cricket. No side has ever lost by an innings after declaring its 1st innings closed.

    The nearest equivalent was the West Indies v India 4th Test in 1975/76 where India lost by 10 wickets after Bishan Bedi declared at 306-6 with two batsmen retired hurt and then batted 5 short (all "absent hurt") in the 2nd innings. The West Indies needed 13 to win and knocked them off in 11 balls.

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | March 4, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    Now that we have found good youngsters to bat for India, it's time to get rid of Tendulkar and Sehwag. Those 2 non-performers have been living on their past laurels for past 2-3 years. It's time to drop them and give a chance to in-form batsmen like Jaffer/Chand for Sehwag, and Rayudu/Tiwary for Tendulkar.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | March 4, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    @Nampally: Ref: "...After averaging 87 against a much stronger bowling England bowling, how can anyone bench him...". They are two diff formats, the team is diff in the two formats, the requirements and slots available are diff in the two formats. India needed a #1 in tests after Dravid went and CP was able to fill that gap. In ODIs there are Gambhir/Rahane/Kohli/Raina/Yuvraj in the team and after that we have MSD & RJ. For many months now I have been asking you which of these should be dropped to see CP playing but you just can't come up with an answer to it and then you go elsewhere and begin repeating your stupid comments. CP can only play in place of Gambhir but why should he be asked to open? That would be cruel. If MSD were to do that then you would say MSD did that deliberately to sabotage his ODI career.

    You are very prematurely saying CP is among the best in the world. Way too early.

    Btw, using your logic, RJ has 3 FC 300s and so he too has a solid claim to play tests.

  • POSTED BY Shaggy076 on | March 4, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    As an Australian fan - I'm going to concur with the Indian fans here there is nothing wrong with this pitch it is your typical Indian wicket that will turn square day 4 and 5. I had some issue with the first test wicket as the pitch was manufactured but this one is an exceptional wicket.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    To Nasir Uddin,

    What kind of pitches do you suggest we do?

    BTW most Indians are pleasantly surprised themselves at the turn of events so far. They did not expect this kind of effort, i am sure...

    By the way, congratulations, Pakistan have won the T20 against SA...

  • POSTED BY justcricket1 on | March 4, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    Bangladesh would have been a better challenge for India, some years ago there used to be lot of talk about australian domestic structure, that is best and systematic , where is the best structure now????? they cant even have a international quality spinner, such a no contest series this and a waste of time for cricket fans

  • POSTED BY ashqarmahi on | March 4, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    Shane Warne and stuart Mcgill shouldn't born in the same time.....!!!!

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | March 4, 2013, 2:33 GMT

    What a brutal day for Australia. Sehwag was almost bound to go and Doherty managed about 1 1/2 chances but other than that it was just completely demoralising. Many, myself included, were drawing parallels between the first match in this series and the corresponding game in the England series and there were some, but one England fan pointed out a significant difference. England batted poorly in their first innings but significantly better in their second and that improvement carried into the next game. Australia, on the other hand, were worse in their second innings and seem to have carried that into the next game. England were also able to significantly improve their bowling while I don't think many believe that Australia have done that. India look a bit better than they did against England but it's hard to say how much is Australia making them look good. Ashwin at least has undoubtedly improved. At the present rate, Aussies won't be making too many more comments about England in UAE.

  • POSTED BY praveen4honestremark on | March 4, 2013, 0:35 GMT

    Pujara and Vijay played very well. Considering the confidence level they might be in after many failures in recent tests, this is very good performance by Indian team. But , it should not be complacent and keep play attacking cricket like " Dhoni way".Stroke play of Vijay and Pujara was exceptional. They hanged in there and played strokes as per their will and other Indian batsman should also follow their suit and increase the lead past 350, and our bowlers need to be aggressive too like "Bhuvaneshwar". I like this guy Bhuvaneshwar, he fights, fights...that's how a player should be. Others should learn from this guy in Indian dressing room especially Sehwag on how you should fight it out on field rather than gifting away your wicket. I hope Indian bowling improves further in second Innnings , Ishant and Ashwin need to show their mettle. Challenge yourself guys. Put in all effort and try everything to get wickets. Indian bowlers should wind up Aussie below 200 ; It is GOOD BOWLING.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 0:04 GMT

    Congratulations to Vijay and Pujara. You both played exceptionally well. I particularly liked the way you wore Australia down in the 1st session knowing you would capitalise in the last. You both showed extreme concentration, technique, dedication, faith in each other and in the end tremendous skill. It is time for the axe to fall again on the Australian team - but hopefully this time someone will axe the selectors. Dropping Lyon is one of the most disgraceful things I have ever seen as an Australian supporter, and due to that Aust got what they deserved. Lyon got to bowl for an extended period on this type of wicket in the 1st test, and hence would have come away from that a better player for the experience, and the Aussie selectors ignore that and drop him. They will now bring him back for the 3rd test and he will feel he needs to start all over again - don't ever accuse Aust selectors of having brains.

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | March 3, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    This match could produce a unique result in Test cricket. No side has ever lost by an innings after declaring its 1st innings closed.

    The nearest equivalent was the West Indies v India 4th Test in 1975/76 where India lost by 10 wickets after Bishan Bedi declared at 306-6 with two batsmen retired hurt and then batted 5 short (all "absent hurt") in the 2nd innings. The West Indies needed 13 to win and knocked them off in 11 balls.

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | March 4, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    Now that we have found good youngsters to bat for India, it's time to get rid of Tendulkar and Sehwag. Those 2 non-performers have been living on their past laurels for past 2-3 years. It's time to drop them and give a chance to in-form batsmen like Jaffer/Chand for Sehwag, and Rayudu/Tiwary for Tendulkar.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | March 4, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    @Nampally: Ref: "...After averaging 87 against a much stronger bowling England bowling, how can anyone bench him...". They are two diff formats, the team is diff in the two formats, the requirements and slots available are diff in the two formats. India needed a #1 in tests after Dravid went and CP was able to fill that gap. In ODIs there are Gambhir/Rahane/Kohli/Raina/Yuvraj in the team and after that we have MSD & RJ. For many months now I have been asking you which of these should be dropped to see CP playing but you just can't come up with an answer to it and then you go elsewhere and begin repeating your stupid comments. CP can only play in place of Gambhir but why should he be asked to open? That would be cruel. If MSD were to do that then you would say MSD did that deliberately to sabotage his ODI career.

    You are very prematurely saying CP is among the best in the world. Way too early.

    Btw, using your logic, RJ has 3 FC 300s and so he too has a solid claim to play tests.

  • POSTED BY Shaggy076 on | March 4, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    As an Australian fan - I'm going to concur with the Indian fans here there is nothing wrong with this pitch it is your typical Indian wicket that will turn square day 4 and 5. I had some issue with the first test wicket as the pitch was manufactured but this one is an exceptional wicket.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    To Nasir Uddin,

    What kind of pitches do you suggest we do?

    BTW most Indians are pleasantly surprised themselves at the turn of events so far. They did not expect this kind of effort, i am sure...

    By the way, congratulations, Pakistan have won the T20 against SA...

  • POSTED BY justcricket1 on | March 4, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    Bangladesh would have been a better challenge for India, some years ago there used to be lot of talk about australian domestic structure, that is best and systematic , where is the best structure now????? they cant even have a international quality spinner, such a no contest series this and a waste of time for cricket fans

  • POSTED BY ashqarmahi on | March 4, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    Shane Warne and stuart Mcgill shouldn't born in the same time.....!!!!

  • POSTED BY rohita25 on | March 4, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    First of all i would like to congrates Men In Blue.....three questions i would like to ask from australian managment: 1. Why nathan lyon is out of the team...??? 2. Why Clarke declared the inning before getting all out...??? 3. Main question i would like to ask why Clarke himself dint go for the bowling???? Very rediculous....is it team australia of 2011-2012????

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | March 4, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    I am confident that we can dismiss either vj or pujara by stumps then we will have exposed their middle order

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    @indians.. Don't be over confident because its all about the pitch its dam dead pitch made by indian cricket board..

  • POSTED BY SIAP on | March 4, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    I dont know why Ind Cricket Selection Committee is giving many chances to Sehwag. I am better than Sehwag. I can bat well atleast in 2 to 3 innings in 10 matches. But sehwag....Oh my god(only one out of 10). Ind is playing with 10 players only. we need a good batsman. These commentators they support Sehwag, becz they knew getting sehwags wicket is easy and the opponent team can put pressure on Ind team....We dont want to see Sehwag any more

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | March 4, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    Does the pitch improved on day2 ? Which assist only Indian batsmen? Now, whom should they blame?!

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | March 4, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    now if Rohit Sharma and Rahane ,,,, 2 guys averaging 60+ in 1st class cricket,,,, could just replace tendulkar and Sehwag in the Test team....

    and Udav comes back into the team ....

    India could push for world # 1 .......

    but as long as Sewagh and Tendulkar hold on to Test spots, which they no longer deserve......India will be around # 3

  • POSTED BY J_Lo on | March 4, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    The Aussies are certainly missing Mike Hussey. He has always been their savior in most occasions (especially in the subcontinent) when ever the top order fails to deliver. It was quite evident in the recently concluded One Day series against Sri Lanka and India seems to be confirming it.

  • POSTED BY karthik_raja on | March 4, 2013, 4:00 GMT

    @Michael Whyte on (March 4, 2013, 2:46 GMT) I have been hearing such nonsense comments for long in this forum. Now temme. How come a pitch which assists Seamers on day1, Batsmen for day2&3 and Spin for day4&5 can be suggested as "conditions suits all players". A GOOD PITCH IS SOMETHING WHICH SHUD ASSIST ALL KINDA PLAYERS/OR REMAIN SAME THROUGH OUT 5 DAYS. Lets us come to ur kinda pitch. Suppose a team wins the toss. That team can dismiss opposite cheaply on first 3 or 4 sessions using seamers. And then score bulk till 3rd day, add little more on 4th day and and then spin the opp in remaining 5 sessions. So, a Team which wins toss can easily win the match. The pitch in CHENNAI was assisting spinners from day1. And, It remained SAME through out the match. Any team with better spinners and batmen(wid gud technique against spin) can win that match. Rem Eng in Mumbai?? Now that provides equal opportunities for both teams irrespective of TOSS. Good pitch.

  • POSTED BY 49sachin96 on | March 4, 2013, 3:59 GMT

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  • POSTED BY FairCricket_indinaus on | March 4, 2013, 3:50 GMT

    Rahane has been scoring very heavily in domestic cricket and quickly too. Heaps better record than Vijay. He deserve a chance more than anyone else. Would be a shame to seeShewag go, imagine what wouldhappened to ausies he had hung around, India would have been leading by 200 by now. So, Rahane in morethan anyone else and dont get rid of Shewag as yet, he has2-3 yearsmore in him and then he can retire happily.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    Agree with most of the comments here, especially those relating to the exclusion of Nathan Lyon. Sure his figures were quite torrid in Chennai, but if he is regarded as Australia's front line spinner, does that mean you axe him after one test, and that to for a complete newbie whose first class career as a spinner isn't even that crash hot. With all the rotation mish-mash and over analysis the selectors are doing, they are forgetting the simplicity of always picking your best XI, which does not include Xavier Doherty. Further to this, they ignored the advice of the very man they put in charge to mentor Australia's spin bowlers, Stuart Macgill, who has openly said that Lyon is a better choice than Doherty. Even if he is being hit for runs, if he is the better spinner, Lyon deserves to be selected first, and given a decent amount of match play before he is ruled out of the equation.

  • POSTED BY 2020sux on | March 4, 2013, 3:21 GMT

    talk about showing up to a gun fight packing a knife! before too mach criticism is heaped on our spinners (meaning lyon these others are pretenders) it should be noted that we have never in recent history if ever had a spin bowler dominate in india. simply put indians play spin very well. our only chance to succeed was through our batsmen scoring enough to apply preassure. as for the pitches, i love any pitch that gets a result. not like those first couple of ridiculous pitches that confronted sa when they toured aus this summer. since when should a first class batting line up complain about facing a flat deck? especially when they win the toss both times and get the best of the batting conditions. heaven help us if we lose a toss or clarke comes out of what will be the best form he will ever be in. we need to settle on a side and a plan and try and make something of this series. is it humanly possible to imagine a worse preparation to the ashes doubleheader?

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 3:16 GMT

    australia should pick up mitchel johnson and ryan harris for next test matchi think australia should also drop watson as hes not in form give somebody else a chance as for india sehwag has got to go sehwag should have been gone after the australia series but for some reason selector looking at his previous records still have a place for him in the team

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | March 4, 2013, 3:08 GMT

    I didn't expect Australian bowling to be this low!! Well done Vijay and Pujara!! Now that our youngsters have proved themselves (at least in India), it's time to get rid of non-performers like Sehwag, Ishant, and Bhajji. It's time to play our best current players (not past players). Jaffer or Chand can replace Sehwag, Shami Ahmed is easily much better than Ishant, and Rassol is way better than Bhajji.

  • POSTED BY aarifboy on | March 4, 2013, 2:58 GMT

    How well is Clarke scoring without any help from others just like Lara,thats y I place Lara,Inzamam and Clarke ahead of Amla,Sachin,Ponting and Dravid.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | March 4, 2013, 2:46 GMT

    I think that it's quite funny how many fans were complaining during the commentary about the run rate in the first session. Hopefully those poor souls have now gained a better understanding of how Test cricket is and should be played. Vijay and Pujara played beautifully, taking the shine off the ball and tiring the bowlers early, then capitalising later on. That third session was absolutely mammoth! 151 runs in a session is excellent under any circumstances and 306 in a day is above average. Well played! With Tendulkar and Kohli both looking to be back in fairly good touch last game, not to mention Dhoni, Australia could be in for another long day. If Australia are still in the field at the end of day 3, which is highly likely at this stage, then I'd say that this Test is almost certainly lost.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 2:46 GMT

    Indian supporters have short memories. They make jibes at Aussie who think a pitch that is cracking up on day one is not up to standard and they suggest it is their right as the home team to prepare pitches to suit their players. Where the short memories come from is whenever India tour Australia the Indian team and its supporters do nothing but complain about Australia making them play on Perth or Brisbane as they are fast bouncy wickets. So why is it okay for India to prepare wickets that suit spin and yet complain if Aust prepare wickets that suit pace. And I think everyone forgets the real difference. Aust prides itself in preparing a wicket that suits all players, good for seamers on Day 1, good for batting on days 2 and 3 and good for spin on days 4 and 5. I think Indian supporters have a long way to go if they are proud of the wickets they have turned out to date. In saying that, India has outplayed Australia to date and better wickets would not have changed that.

  • POSTED BY wellrounded87 on | March 4, 2013, 2:22 GMT

    Winning in India was always a tough proposition. But the Australian selectors have made it impossible. Peter Siddle should not be in the side. He poses very little threat in India. He doesn't hold consistent line and lengths, doesn't swing the ball and doesn't have a great deal of pace. I know Australia is in love with Peter Siddle but i for one am not convinced. Johnson has experience in India and has performed pretty well in the conditions. Picking 5 specialist batsmen was a mistake. Khawaja should have been in this side at least by this game. And how Steve O'Keefe is not on this tour is completely and utterly beyond my comprehension. A man averaging 27 on Australian pitches surely would excel in these conditions. I would really like an explanation from the NSP why he is not in the squad/side. I don't think we were ever going to win the series. We don't have the spinners to win in India nor the batsmen to get the runs required, but winning 1 test or a drawn series was possible

  • POSTED BY VAVAVA on | March 4, 2013, 1:29 GMT

    Virender Sehwag AGAIN failed to contribute. Why is he still in the team? Surely a more deserving opener deserves a chance. Will also help improve team morale if a better performing and less divisive replacement is finally used.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 1:16 GMT

    'Flat tracks' are different from 'turning tracks'. Many people are using the terms interchangeably. Flat tracks are the ones, where there is hardly anything for the bowler. And, the batsmen can go on and on.That used to be the case in India for many years. Often draw was the result. The tracks which heavily favour bowlers are of two kinds. The 'grassy green pitches' of many non-asian countries ( the best examples were the ones NZ got ready for India in its last tour there-- during Bond's hey-days) . Or muddy/dusty tracks as we saw in Chennai.

    This track is different. There is something in it for everyone. Pacers who can swing in & out (e.g. Kumar), Spinners (the Indian Trio, and perhaps missing Lyon) and Batsmen with skill and/or patience (e.g. Clarke, Pujara & Vijay on self control mode)

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 1:02 GMT

    @Joseph Langford on (March 3, 2013, 20:03 GMT) Not surprised to hear about the 'goals within goals' (placating special interest group/s) for the cricket control body of a proud cricketing country like Australia,which produced so much success and happiness for its fans in the past. If they have NSW, Indian board has an equivalent - CSK. All of us are in the same boat.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 0:55 GMT

    I was surprised, that no one pointed out the fact, that Pujara had a major surgery on the knee, some time ago. And it is the same knee, he hurt it again in diving back to his crease, yesterday, early in the game. Anyone remembers, the injury he suffered while playing for his IPL team (he almost twisted his leg around the knee while fielding), had a major surgery, that kept him out of the game for a long time, and had to go through a long rehabilitation process, before he regained his fitness, and returned to the game, as if nothing happened -- and continued his insatiable hunger for runs! Hope, he is alright. Eagerly waiting to see him back on the 3rd day morning, fully recovered!

  • POSTED BY dharsanti on | March 4, 2013, 0:39 GMT

    disappointed by sehwag's performance. May be I ll never get to see any good inning from him anymore. With Gambir and Raina in test squad, team is completed, and BCCI can retire sehwag and tendular. This way an Era of Greartest of great will end.

  • POSTED BY Bonehead_maz on | March 4, 2013, 0:27 GMT

    Exceptionally well played India !

    To other aussie fans, don't panic! We are still the unbalanced yet ok side when our weaknesses are not so well laid bare ! India are doing a superb job of doing just that in this series, which may (hopefully will) make us better.

    India's analysis and dedication to plan in this series to date is wonderful ! They were completely desperate to have success, and have been ruthless in chasing it. Well played !

    I only hope after a sound flogging here, we get that level of desperation and apply it so well in England :).

  • POSTED BY No_1_again on | March 4, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    First well done India for the commanding position. It is frustrating to watch Australian performance. Send that Miky home and find a good coach. How can he announced Maxwell inclusion into the team before the touring party was announced. Dear Aus selectors and coach this a bad team selection, should have stayed with the same team. I have UN-subscripbed my foxtel ( can't stand this performance). I will stick with footy on my free-to-air TV.

  • POSTED BY tonyton on | March 4, 2013, 0:20 GMT

    Its a shame what cricekt is becoming. Australia demolished India just a year ago, I mean total anihilation. Now a year removed, the opposite might happen. Can any of these modern teams really dominate. SA has been showing signs. England has the capability having just killed off this same Indian team. When or when will cricket be a game of teams actually putting up a fight and showing they can play cricket, as they did back in the 60's, 70's and 80's. Last 20 years has been absolutely terrible for competitive cricket

  • POSTED BY Meety on | March 4, 2013, 0:19 GMT

    @Behind_the_bowlers_arm on (March 3, 2013, 16:00 GMT) - well said, without taking anything away from India.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 0:14 GMT

    Gotta admit that the Aussies messed up their selections.. But Indians should be beware of Aussie habit of hitting back hard when one expects it the least.. Also, regarding England - see who's their bowling coach.. No wonder they played so well against the Indian spinners.. In fact, at times the English batsnmen played the wristy shots much better than the Indians did.. and in the process reduced bowlers like Ashwin to mere stand-bys..

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 0:07 GMT

    Well done India. We have been thoroughly outplayed so far. Your spinners are doing the job, and your batsment are playing beautifully. I have no problems with the pitches (although Chennai was a bit ordinary), and you have showed us how to bat on turning pitches. Australian selectors have a tough job ahead. Our top 4 are woefully short of runs, it's time they stood up. Punter and Hussey are gone, so this is their big chance. Picking more spinners makes no sense if they aren't up to the job. I'm not a huge Lyon fan, but he is the best we have got. Think Starc should definitely have played, and not ready to give up on Wade. On the plus side, although Henriques hasn't fared too well this test, I think he bowled well and looks a player in the making. Don't give up Oz fans...

  • POSTED BY Meety on | March 4, 2013, 0:06 GMT

    @Nampally on (March 3, 2013, 18:57 GMT) - I echo all you say about Pujarra EXCEPT, that I think it is a good thing for India & he himiself, that he does not play ODIs (or T20 for that matter). I think it makes him hungry at Test level. I have a lot of respect for Kholi's talent, but IMO he hasn't got Pujarra's hunger at test level yet. I think that is a diet of too much 20/20 & ODis.

  • POSTED BY Shan156 on | March 4, 2013, 0:04 GMT

    Aus. selectors made a big blunder by weakening their bowling further. It was as if they wanted to ensure they didn't lose rather than force a win, hence the idea of bringing in a debutant all-rounder for a proper bowler hoping that would shore up the batting. It is so unlike Clarke but he can't do much with the resources at his disposal. He should have stuck with his best bowlers and hoped they deliver. Doherty is making Lyon look a better bowler than he really is. Take nothing away from India. They look like a far superior team to Aus. than the first test. Aus. looking at an innings defeat here. Team for next test: Warner, Watson, Clarke, Khawaja, <some batsman not named Cowan or Hughes>, Henriques, Wade, Johnson, Siddle, Pattinson, Lyon.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | March 4, 2013, 0:01 GMT

    Well done India. I have admired Pujarra's class since his debut against us a couple of years back & on Day 2 he put us to the sword. At the end of Day 1 I was optimistic that we could stay in the game for at least another day, but Pujarra & co slammed that door shut. Oz's only chance is to bat 150 overs in their 2nd innings, something that looks unlikely. == == == Dumb move dropping Lyon, but I had he might of finsihed up a bit sore after the 1st Test, so maybe it was forced. Even DUMBER not selecting SO'K for the tour. Would he have won us the first test or taken wickets on Day 2 in the 2nd Test - probably not to both questions - but he'd be a whole lot more LIKELY to have made an impact than Doherty or Maxwell with the ball.

  • POSTED BY Shan156 on | March 3, 2013, 23:58 GMT

    @Harmony111, @Cpt.Meanster, Sehwag is, or was, among my favorite Indian batsmen. I can never forget his 309 in Multan, getting to India's first triple hundred with a six off Saqlain. Or, his Melbourne knock of 195. Or, his comeback knock of 155 in the 2nd innings in Adelaide. Or, his blistering 80+ in Chennai against Eng. setting his team up for a remarkable victory. Or, his 219 in the ODI against WI. He holds the record for highest individual score in both tests and ODIs. When he is in full flow, he is a joy to watch. Which is why, it is sad to see him struggle so much. His average has gone below 50 too. At this age, it is hard for him to make a comeback. As @Harmony111 says, India has to be ruthless if they want to become the best. Sehwag has served his country well and he should be rightly remembered for his great knocks not for the struggles he went through towards the end of his career.

  • POSTED BY Shan156 on | March 3, 2013, 23:51 GMT

    @JG2704, got it right as always. Eng. had just come off a series against SA where they were exposed to serious pace and swing at home. Before that, Road, Edwards, and Best provided a lot of that too. Since the SL series earlier in the year, our batsmen didn't face serious spin threats. And, as you correctly point out, we were denied decent practice against spin (not complaining) and were undone by spin in Ahmedabad before bouncing back in Mumbai. Eng's win in India was not because our batsmen were exposed to so much spin but because our spin duo outperformed their's. Even if we were to agree with @LillianThomson, that would affect only the Aussie batsmen. What of their bowlers? They don't have one spinner as good as Swann or Monty to take 20 Indian wickets. So, they could, at best, hope to draw a test or two.

  • POSTED BY KhanMitch on | March 3, 2013, 23:47 GMT

    @DavidGratis i echo your words, well said mate. @Shaggy076 i see your logic mate but you have to agree that even you said previously that you would prefer to see Khawaja play test cricket and now is his chance. Surely if he even got half the games Cowan has had in a row he can become a long term test star for us, but you have to give a guy some tests before making your mind on whether you are convinced on him or not and not make judgements on 1 or 2 ODI games that he played .Absolutely astounding that glenn Maxwell had a quick 50 when there was no pressure on as his only glimpse of good cricket all summer and he gets a baggy green? There just isn't any logic at all and there isn't a single way you could possibly justify it and sound rational.Why do CA have a fascination with picking players to play test from their form in t20 cricket.

  • POSTED BY Mitcher on | March 3, 2013, 23:45 GMT

    @Saurav: I'm happy to admit Australia have a horrendous record in India. But not sure necessarily require an admission Australia only good in own 'backyard'. For starters, our home record isn't that great of late. Further, our record on Sri Lanka's turning tracks is unrivalled. Australia has won 4-5 series there without being defeated since India last managed one series victory.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 23:35 GMT

    What's really concerning is how Aus selectors will have seriously damaged Lyon's confidence by dropping him for this game, I can only presume because he couldn't keep the run rate down. Same will happen now to Doherty. Opposing teams are wise to this now: belt the new spinner out of the attack and he won't get picked next time. Lucky that policy wasn't around in Warne's day, his figures were 4/386 after 4 Tests. At least they kept picking him for the next series and had the confidence he would come good.

    Watson is not good enough to play as a specialist batsman and should be out, he's like a right-handed Matt Hayden but only half as effective. If we want an allrounder stick with Moises and hope he settles in, his first game looked ok.

    India showed perfect batting tactics session 1. With 12 sessions to go there was no need to hurry. 2 more full sessions of Indian batting will see Australia past the point of no return. A lesson in patience that Aussie batsmen need to learn v fast.

  • POSTED BY Surajdon9 on | March 3, 2013, 23:21 GMT

    today was awful. just awful. the selection decisions have been madness - dropping lyon completely? and playing 2 spinners who have only shown promise in the short form of the game? how is it a surprise that this has happened? how many rubbish all rounders do we need?

    cowan's trash and should be dropped, bump watson up to opening bat... actually why bother with watson at all if he's not going to bowl? the guy's got an average of 36 which is no better than cowan or hughes, his only redeeming attribute was the fact he was VERY handy with the ball. i see the potential in hughes, so i'm happy for him to stick around, but he needs to be protected, which means clarke needs to step up and bat higher in the order. also we've been grooming khawaja for some time, why don't we give him more of a shot?

  • POSTED BY Smahuta on | March 3, 2013, 23:15 GMT

    Aussie cricket on the decline even more than expected. And some supporters even still claim that they are the best in the world, with the best attack. Hapless, toothless, clueless is how they should be described after this tour. Bring on your reserves, your mains need a break already.

  • POSTED BY Rowayton on | March 3, 2013, 23:13 GMT

    I am an Australian who is bemused/appalled by our performance in this series so far, but I would like to say a couple of things. There is far too much focus on the side doing poorly. The Aussie side are ordinary at best, but I thought the performance of the Indian batsmen yesterday, and Pujara in particular, was outstanding. It was really enjoyable watching them bat. I just wish the Australians would look at how they went about it and learn. Again in this game three of the top 6 Aussies, Watson, Hughes and Wade got out to cross bat shots. This is just bad technique on wickets with varying bounce, as the Indians clearly know. And there's nothing wrong with the pitch at all, as Clarke and Wade showed between lunch and tea on the first day.

  • POSTED BY Angry_Bowler on | March 3, 2013, 22:49 GMT

    Very big mistake on Aus part by ignoring Lyon, who would have been very effective on this pitch. As their coach Arthur said "Lyon needed to work on some technical aspects of his game after the Chennai defeat and also had to regain his confidence after being battered by MS Dhoni during his remarkable double-century.- cricinfo" It may be true, but the effect of Dhoni's battering of Lyon has been severely felt in this match given the lack of other spin options.

  • POSTED BY jbminthehouse on | March 3, 2013, 22:41 GMT

    Australian selectors read this:

    You have got to get over your obsession with all rounders. We need specialist players not part time batsman or bowlers.

    The addition of M. Johnson for the third test is a must. And Lyon. Why drop our best spin bowler after one game? He had absolutely no support in the first Test due to bad selection.

    PLEASE get it right next time. It's not good enough. You seem to be over analysing the team selection too much.

  • POSTED BY deepshah4321 on | March 3, 2013, 22:39 GMT

    I had been reading about this man before he even entered International level. Since that time, he was very consistent. He was scoring runs at a really good average in Ranji and other domestic games for the last 3 years or so. Since then, I knew he would go on to become one of the greats. His mother died because of cancer and he had gone through a lot of tough time but stayed focused in his game. His father is the one who actually stood by him all the time and he's been a great supporter. Otherwise, we all know that becoming a cricketer is not just about talent and skills nowdays. If you look at Rohit Sharma for example, you would know what I mean. He's had so many chances but most of the time, he failed and guess what, he's still getting chances whereas, this man, Pujara, after being so consistent, he hs not yet got an ODI call-up. I remember watching the highlights from his very fitst Test match where he scored about 75 or so. Everyone else on the team including Kohl and Tendulkar had

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 22:38 GMT

    I'm an Aussie and have no problems with the pitch...and for all those Indian supporters saying it's just "local conditions", I agree with you entirely. It's not like we didn't know India would be spin-friendly before we went over.

    Australia has just been outplayed. Or rather, out-selected...Wade, Siddle, Doherty and Maxwell shouldn't be in this side, and I'd rather have Hauritz than Lyon as the only spinner in the team. Australia should be relying on its pace attack for wickets, but should be counting on its top-order batsmen to make enough runs to put pressure on the Indian batsmen.

    If we're going to rotate players (sorry, "informedly manage" them), how about rotating those batsmen who aren't performing out and replacing them with someone who can play spin?

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | March 3, 2013, 22:32 GMT

    what a rank turner it is, but why no turn for doherty and maxwell.? indians bowled on selective patches on wicket and aus bowlers cud not find those patches. icc must stop such pitch doctoring. how can u expect aus to compete in india on such pitches. rightly called flat track bullies. first they whitewashed nz 2-0 now aus nearly going down 2-0.england got lucky here after 28 years.

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | March 3, 2013, 22:13 GMT

    Woah woah OZ fans don't loose faith yet in the OZ. Maxwell may score a ton(or more in 2nd innings)Xavier may pick up six or seven tomorrow,Patto & Peter will get what ever is left.Cowan,Warner and the bloke who bats no.3 (Phil smalls scores) may get 50+s(please I gave up on Watto). And for goodness shake once CLARKE won't have come under pressure and score all the runs.I still believe in the OZ

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    Kudos to Pujara and Vijay. I am confident about Pujara's temperament. However, his technique would be tested really when he sets foot on SA soil. Facing upto Dale Steyn is going to be an uphill task and if he proves he is good enough there, then we can truly conclude that he is the ideal replacement for the Great Rahul Dravid. The 1st session appeared to be a real drab and painfully slow. However, the duo really made up for that in the following sessions. I feel we have seen the last of Virender Sehwag as much as I hate to acknowledge it. I wish some miracle happens and he gets amongst the runs very soon but for that he might need another chance......which I doubt Dhoni and the selectors would be rather reluctant to offer. Anyway, i see this as somewhat of a revival of Indian cricket. The pitches are always going to be substandard but we should definitely try to play to our potential.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 21:35 GMT

    I have hard time understanding one basic thing from Aussie fans, Please admit you guys only do well on your backyard like India. And for those you are calling India to do well on flat track, I have only one thing to say, India is taking the home advantage, I dont think there is no harm in it and if we are taking about the hyderabad pitch, it is mush better than chennai one, as it has something for the quicks as well. We dont expect Australia to make spining track when we visit your country. Spin is also an art like pace bowling. The comments posted by Aussie fans indicates that they are a declining super power of world cricket and they cant accept that fact. Talking about the Australian quicks where they stand --- Please hold off for few more months untill the ashes starts and it will be very clear. Talking about umpiring, I think its not as bad as the Sydney test, Sydney Test has been on the history books ---"One team has played to the spirit of the game ....." --Anil Kumble

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | March 3, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    phaktaa_tikit on (March 3, 2013, 15:04 GMT) - I'll add to my comms to Lillian Thomson that it wasn't CONTINUITY. England played 2 home series in between the SL series and the India series and I guess there was about 9 months between both series. Also we were heavily thrashed in the 1st test in India so if we had learnt so much from SL/UAE surely that wouldn't have happened. Also , may I add that there were plenty of comms complaining (I wasn't one of them) about India denying England decent practice against spin in the warm ups as a ploy. Obviously it could be a one off and India may go on to retain home domination , but I'd say the reason Pakistan beat us is because they have better spinners/bowlers than India

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | March 3, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    @LillianThomson on (March 3, 2013, 11:42 GMT) Can see your comms in regards that Aus maybe did not give themselves the best opportunity re preparation but can't see how you can really say Pak in UAE were practice for the Indian tour mainly because they played 2 home series in between the SL tour and the Indian tour so it wasn't like they were going straight from SL to India

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | March 3, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge on (March 3, 2013, 15:52 GMT) - I'm not Australian and your comms re Clarke are utter tripe. If Clarke was coming in when Australia have plenty of runs on the board and made big runs against a tired bowling attack you might have a point. But the facts are that Clarke very often comes in when Australia are around 100-150 (sometimes less - and with the fielding sides tails up) and under extreme pressure and turns matches on their heads. Cook is also a world class batsman but Clarke used to have one ally in Hussey which he no longer has and he's still scoring big runs. Cook has Trott and KP directly below him.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 21:04 GMT

    @ Noman H Khan .....Think and talk like a cricketer but not like a Paki, Both the camps agreed that Chennai pitch is perfect wicket progressing into 5th day. Hyderabad pitch has wickets for everyone when aussies or not applying themselves why blame anybody or pitch.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 20:53 GMT

    Maxwell should never have been picked for this test. Maxwell's bowling is not good enough for test cricket and especially not good enough agains sub continent teams who are brought up on spin.The Australian selectors seem to be panicing and almost running out of ideas to who should play in their team for the test matches in India. The selectors got it wrong when they anounced the test squad when they did not pick a back up wicketkeeper and when they did not choose their most consistent spinners Hauritz(who india have respect for) and steve O'keefe(since michael Beer got injured). Doherty is a one day bowler who gets wickets when the field is spread and when the batsmen are looking for get after him. Doherty is not a wicket taking bowler for test cricket.Lyon is australia's number 1 spin bowler in the squad so I cant see the reasoning why they pick maxwell. Players batting at 8 should be taking wickets not scoring runs. Its batsmen 1-7 who are meant to get the runs.

  • POSTED BY s_v_krishnan on | March 3, 2013, 20:38 GMT

    I was surprised still few believe Aus can come back.@phunny_game even Ind loose quickly it will be 7100+ run lead which is enough for this Aus team because except Clark no one is showing glimpse of playing spin well (Henriques, Wade won't score more than 50). India for sure will win this test. No chance for "this Aussie team" to come back. If rules permit bring back Gille, Hussey, Ponting, Hayden then there is chance for draw.

  • POSTED BY Indian128 on | March 3, 2013, 20:35 GMT

    I don't understand why some people always complaining that Indians make pitches to favor their side. Can I ask them which country makes pitches to favor the touring team? Its all B.S talking about favorable pitches, everyone does it and its perfectly fine. Will AUS ever give a flat turning pitch to Indians when they are visiting AUS? Never. They will have the pitches which suit them-i.e. green,bouncy pitches. So stop crying like babies and accept the fact.....

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    @Noman H..

    Ya.. So what is it..!! do they give us the cake walk when we go abroad..!!! We have 2 spinners. they do.. Our team is in transition and the same with them.. I guess u don like India playing gud..!!Neways the fact is India is playing gud and ppl talk all they want !! However it is .. They are gud with ther boucy/juicy pitches and we are the same with our pitches !!! Well thats it !!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    To those criticising the Australian Team just ask yourself .... "Is this the best team that the ACB could have fielded??" I feel that most would answer a resounding "NO!!" Who would have thought that XD and GM would have been such failures?? Only about 80% of us, because we watched them in the T20/ODI and saw that they don't turn the ball. Meanwhile another nick hits Wade's pads.

    Australian selection is all about placating NSW CB and one man's ego. Behind this is a coaching staff who appear hell bent on fetlocking our bowling attack by destroying their bodies. I recall a writer who listed a full strength Tasmanian Team that would take it to THIS Aust. Team, while Queensland has all three Domestic Trophies yet their players are rarely given opportunities.

    There is no planning and no vision. All you have to do is look at the current squad picked to play 'The Lions' that is made up of many over the age of 28.

    It really is a shame.

  • POSTED BY mikey76 on | March 3, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    Australia staring down the barrel of an innings defeat. By tea tomorrow India should have around 550 on the board, then its just a case of piling men around the bat and waiting for the inevitable. Having four guys in the top 7 with averages of below 40 is laughable. Yes you could bat Clarke higher up but it wont change the fact that the other guys just arent equipped. Goodness knows what will happen when the dopey Indian selectors pick Ohja again. I thought this might be a pretty evenly contested series, but it now looks more and more like 4-0 India. The gap between Aus and England is not slight like some people like to make out, its pretty significant. Guys that are sometimes ridiculed by Aus trollers like Bell have test records people like Hughes or Watson would die for. And the way Anderson bowled in India is so far ahead of what anybody except Pattinson has managed thus far.

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | March 3, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    OMG, its horrible pitch. Well no, its worst umpiring. No, wait, its the lack of DRS. No, its got to be Sachin Tendulkar. But he didn't bat yet! hmm.. Wondering what else could be the reason for this situation ...

  • POSTED BY TM on | March 3, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    i hope pujara scores runs overseas aswell and vijay is not a quality player we need to groom jiwanjot

  • POSTED BY Arjun_CB on | March 3, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    Its been long time since i made a comment in Crickinfo and i feel like i should make this point right now...

    All those who are STILL talking about changing the sub continental ( FLAT TRACK) to sporty wicket.. bla bla bla... please please keep in mind that TEST cricket is not only about fast bowler vs batsmen game... Spinners too a part of it...

    If India struggling in Australia or SA... So as they (AUS) in Turning track.. So i guess it's time for them (All fancy about SPORTY wicket bla bla bla... and bla bla bla) to prepare sub continental type wickets in their country......

    SL for example, made some changes in their pitches and one could see they are struggling even in their home soil.. Be keep ur tradition and don't blame it on pitches...

    Note: Yes for the domestic cricket we should make sporty wickets but not for the visiting team.... Home side should enjoy the advantages and should exploit the weakness of the visiting side.

    Thanks.

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | March 3, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    @Oscar Pink Your "superior batsmen" were made to look like a bunch of school kids by a rookie seamer playing his second test, a bits and pieces spinner playing his third and another brought in as a namesake to play his 100th test. How superior, your batsmen really are, I leave it for you to decide. And to save this test, they need to pick the last 9 wickets under hundred runs. Then of course there is this small matter of scoring atleast 400 on a wicket that starts breaking up in a day, to give India a half-decent target of 200+ . Me thinks India are gonna play bully again for 3rd day in a row and grind the Aus bowlers for another 300+ runs.

  • POSTED BY indirockz on | March 3, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    @OSCAR PINK.... mate have you even bothered to see the match? you are calling it a flat track on which one debutant medium pace bowler broke your top order in less than one session. And if you had seen the match, siddle, henriques and pattinson were constantly getting reverse swing out of the pitch. Doherty was getting the ball to move away from right handers and even in overs after 80 on day 2, the quickies still bowl bouncers to the indian batsmen. It was sheer genius of pujara and murali vijay they handled the kangaroos. In first session they respected the conditions and accelerated their innings in the sessions coming up.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    I simply can't understand fuss around the indian pitches. Agreed they are flat and they don't support pace bowling,but the pitch is the same for both the teams.And if a team has to prove itself as a champion team then it has win on all kind of surfaces and in foreign conditions.When India went to England and Australia, and could not cope up with the conditions and wickets over their, doubts were raised over India's numero uno status, the same can now be applied on Australia as well and in that regard England has done better than the Aussies.

    Equation is simple and straight, to prove themselves as a champion side, a team has to perform successfully in foreign conditions.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    very bad bowling by james

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | March 3, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    Don't mean to sound rude, but this indeed is a resounding slap for declaring at 9 down for 200+, and getting passed with just 1 wicket lost. Yes, it was a declaration of intent and he might have the strongest intention to ambush Indians in India (remember Sehwag and Vijay failed in Chennai) but things didn't go as he might have imagined. He doesn't have a Lyon or a Kumble or a Waqar or a Marshall or a Qadir or a Warne to force the issue. Selection blunders are invariably making his declaration look at least foolish or at best arrogant. Pick one! I sympathise with Clarke. I still say, Lyon shouldn't have been dropped, Khawaja should have been selected. Clarke did the opposite. Indians aren't going to lose their sleep over bits and pieces Maxwell. What's the point in investing in a spinner (Lyon) for nearly 18 months, if you can't let him play in our spin-friendly conditions? These are selection blunders twice in a row. Third test - get in Lyon and Khawaja. Aussies will do just fine.

  • POSTED BY The_Red_Cherry on | March 3, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    Surprising to see Aussie pacers not having any impact on the same wicket where Bhuveneshwar picked 3 wickets. Just goes on to show that you need to know how to bowl on these wickets. Aussies have played unimaginative cricket so far. They haven't been helped by poor team selection. I mean they went with 3 frontline bowlers in this Test and that included a spinner short of Test experience. Left out the only bowler in the squad with a successful record in India. Its no shame being outplayed by a better squad in alien conditions but the thought process has to be correct. Dhoni made similar bizarre decisions in the last series with England and payed heavily for it. With all the seniors retiring Aussies have failed to implement a smooth transition to a new team. They still have quality in their ranks but proper planning will be needed to forge a team that will keep up to the standards that Australian cricket has established for itself.

  • POSTED BY vipuki on | March 3, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    can australian batsmen bat 180 overs in second innings top four batsmen will be main for australia

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | March 3, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    @Creekeetman & @InsideHedge: I rate Pujara amongst the best batsmen in the World based on his correct technique, sound defence, Patience & his stroke play. He is determined to stay at the crease no matter who bowls at him. As for his overseas capability, he did well in Australia, S.Africa playing for U-19, India A and also for India. Although he did not score heavily, he batted soundly playing in Tests in S.Africa in a supporting role for SRT & Dravid as a 22 year old. He has all sorts of records in India this year & as a school boy. This includes 2 Triple centuries in a row this year in Ranji. He has averaged 87 against England in 4 Test series, when Indian batting crumbled. It was sad to see him being benched in ODI's vs. England. After averaging 87 against a much stronger bowling England bowling, how can anyone bench him ? But MSD can. MSD is like Cricket's 007- licenced to Bench anyone he does not like! Who knows Pujara may not be selected for S.Africa, with Dhoni at the helm.

  • POSTED BY hhillbumper on | March 3, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    come on be honest who thought that india would play this well or Aus this badly?

  • POSTED BY gregjones on | March 3, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    YAWN!!!! A truly boring contest between 2 ordinary and average teams! YAWN!!!!

  • POSTED BY Dhutugemunu on | March 3, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    It's interesting why Australia used two "All rounders" in to their XI. Moises is a slightly better choice. He scored two 50s on debut and has a better first class experience. Even he bowled well in this match. But why Maxwell? If you need a spinner why not use Lyon? Maxwell is more like a batsmen (FC av 42.00) and a part time spinner (FC av 33.81 and 27 wickets). He leaked 55 runs in only 60 balls in this test match. Something wrong with selection. Seems Aussies are now giving away their precious Green Baggy cheaply.

  • POSTED BY blink182alex on | March 3, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    People bashing Michael Clarke are wrong, he has been the best Aus captain since Tubby Taylor and is tactically the best captain in international cricket today. He will take gambles and has already said in the past some may will and some won't work but it's all about trying to give Australia the best chance of winning. Remember when he declared behind v WI?

    A captain is only as good as his team, and we have a team that has no idea how to go about scoring runs and taking wickets in these conditions.

  • POSTED BY Srini_Indian on | March 3, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    Well played, Vijay and Pujara. Excellent knocks! Vijay has to be given credit for performing under pressure. BTW, very disappointed and embarrassed by some comments made by my fellow Indian fans. Everybody is saying Vijay will fail terribly in foreign soil while Pujara and other players will perform great. If you take a look at both Pujara's and Vijay's overseas record, both are poor. I'm not saying both won't succeed ever in abroad, for Indian youngsters to perform in quick pitches at their 1st visit is near impossible. Why can't we just support our players who are in the team and stop showing regional bias or favoritism or anything? And most importantly, a player don't need a complete game to succeed in abroad. Anybody remember Steve Waugh? What matters is the focus, hardwork, mental strength and of course talent.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | March 3, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    @Nampally: CP is indeed playing well and once again showed us his habit of making big 100s. Let's hope tomorrow he goes on to make a 200 and even more. But please please do not be so hasty to call him among the bets in the world or at par with Amla and Clarke etc. CP no doubt has that potential but as of now the potential is not yet kinetic. It would be premature to call him among the best in the world and it would only put him under needless pressure. I do not believe in jinxes etc but I do believe that such comparisons tend to burrow in. As of now CP is showing very good indication of what he can achieve but it is too short a base to use such adjectives for CP. Your over zealous love for CP is too well known but to call CP among the best in the world would need some extra salt to swallow in my opinion. Today's knock came against a really hopeless attack. Let's wait for slightly tougher challenges. Hopefully he will do well then too.

  • POSTED BY seantells on | March 3, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    this is a good lesson for Aus , their metality of being aggresive and positive isn't all that but attitiude! Aus needed revamp very very wrong team selection

  • POSTED BY 200ondebut on | March 3, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    I watched this today and it was quite clearly a case of men and boys. Their is no quality in the Australian side.

  • POSTED BY ravikb on | March 3, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    For all those praising Pujara, please wait till he goes to SA. Then we will all see his true batting.

  • POSTED BY SAboucher on | March 3, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    @Oscar Pink -- conversely your batsmen are technically inept in spinning tracks,except one or two!!!Given this is the fact how can you just categorically say ur batsmen are superior!!!to the bin to say the least!!!

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | March 3, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    Very classy knock by Pujara, a nailed on star for the future. India looks like they are handling their rebuilding better than Australia.

    Maxwell's IPL paymasters will be pleased because they didn't pick him to play Test cricket and he'll be more fired up for the IPL.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    Find some of the aussie comments here funny.....aus fell apart yesterday...which is okay....but clarke showed he's starting to crack by first throwing his wicket away needlessly and then impetuously declaring....Vijay and Pujara batted well period.....what they do in the future is a separate matter....agree Sehwag is gone...towards the end Pujara was swatting Siddle and Pattinson around like mice.....cant understand how clarke could drop the bowler who got SRT bowled !!! This is a game for India to give away...and I dont think they will from here.....aus should worry that their batsmen are getting out in different ways in each innings...so the mistakes look like continuing....

  • POSTED BY Venkat_Gowrishankar on | March 3, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    as an India fan, I feel The real issue is with the Australia batsmen, who are letting the team down. first day, you get bowled out for 237 . The pitch never seamed alarmingly , it was a flat wicket! , right from day one. The Aussie batsmen , the current crop excepting a few dont seem to be having the patience. It is not that Doherty is a bad bowler, I like the way he bowls and his performance was not at all below par. but, how can you expect your bowlers to get all the wickets on a flat pitch, without the runs to support them. This was what England did, they had always put up good totals batting first, and set up attacking fields for their bowlers. Look, the real issue is with the batsmen, Australia have a quality pace attack, a decent spin option. In the series so far, it is the batting failures that let them down.If only Aus. had been a bit patient day 1, they could have enjoyed these flat batting conditions in day 2 and this could have demoralized India bowler, but then they didnt!

  • POSTED BY andrew27994 on | March 3, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    Among the Aussie spinners, I thought Warner was the most threatening of them all but we're lucky that he could only pitch 25% of his balls in good areas. Maybe Australia would be better off trying to mould him into a handy spin option instead of Maxwell.

  • POSTED BY phunny_game on | March 3, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    I really believe Vijay is the man who can turn it around for Indian Cricket... He uses his feet to hit big ones and will do so tomorrow as well, only to be caught, most likely at mid on or midwicket...

    This talented young man will trigger the Indian collapse, which might actually give chance to the Aussies to claw back somehow into the match and maybe escape with a draw... Though he will still retain his place for the next two matches

    Form is temporary, Class is permanent... He needs both.

    One innings and people are praising him.. cmon.. is he really the solution.. on foreign pitches, no...GG is much better than him. This is just a one off inning!!!

  • POSTED BY andrew27994 on | March 3, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    As for the Aussie bowlers, they're going to have to bowl out of their skins to avoid an assault from India's power packed batting lineup consisting of 2 batsmen, 1 wk batsman, 4 all-rounders and just 1 tailender .

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | March 3, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    I sincerely hope India pile on 600/1 or two in order to ram home to Clarke his disgraceful action at putting in Maxwell for Lyon. It was obvious that Lyon was out at the press conference and Clarke's cagey unequivocal answer showed his lack of integrity.

    I hope Lyon is having a good chuckle, he deserves it, and let's hope we get to see X man and Lyon bowl in tandem. We've already seen Clarke and Ponting bowling in tandem.

  • POSTED BY andrew27994 on | March 3, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    The only way that Australia can save this Test match is if David Warner scores an aggressive 100 like he did in Perth against India. He should be told to just play his natural game in the 2nd innings. If he counter-attacks it might be a confidence lifter to the rest of the batsmen especially Cowan and Hughes. If I were an Aussie fan I would be optimistic about the team saving the Test. There's no point complaining about team selection. What Australia must realise is that unlike India in the series in Australia, at least Australia has a couple of batsmen in form so its just a matter of the openers getting off to a good start.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    India is not too good, but Australia is too bad that makes only India good. Pujara no doubt his records and average speaks a lot. Greate find. Murali is not so great as an opener with less than 40 average but his recent local records are very good. Now Sehwag is only the problem. He already played 100 test matches as an opener and every one knows how dangerous he is on his day. Like Sachin he also should come down the order. Murali and Pujara should open. Kohli should come no.3. Next Sachin 4,and Sehwag 5. It wont take lot of time for Viru to make runs. Sehwag already said after Sachin retirement he want play in his place as 4th down batsmen. Sehwag talent should use properly he is not as young and as dangerous as before to face the opening attack. If Sachin can come down the order from opening slot then why not Sehwag? I think this change makes India rock solid.

  • POSTED BY phunny_game on | March 3, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    As far as australian selection is concerned, don't worry people... we in india aren't far behind. You people are concerned about why a mediocre spinner was replaced by 2 out of sorts spinners....

    Meanwhile almost in another universe, Ojha who is a much better spinner than even Ashwin, forget Jadeja or Bhajji, is warming the benches, that too on his home ground.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | March 3, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    Well, that was ugly. Barring something extraordinary, India will end day 3 with a lead of over 300 and two days for their spinners to get Aus out.

    Aus has made some mistakes; dropping their only test spinner for two guys with 3 test wickets between them (and Doherty averaged over 100 before this innings started). Leaving out Johnson, the only seamer besides Pattinson likely to trouble the Indians. The way Pattinson was used- by over 34 of the day he'd bowled 12 overs and was done. In the remaining 46 overs he bowled just 6 more and was taken for plenty in those. Short, sharp bursts was how he got his wickets in the first test- why go away from something that works?

    Hpwever, credit to Vijay and Pujara, who capitalised on Australia's missteps, took their time before lunch, then took apart a tired attack later. India is almost certain to go 2 up; it would take an amazing effort by Aus to save the game from here.

  • POSTED BY phunny_game on | March 3, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    i cannot remember the last time i saw a batsman, struggling with injury almost right from the start of his innings to have batted as well as Pujara... Well played...

    Also i think aussie fans shouldn't lose heart... There are talented batsman in the Australian line up... Frankly winning the test match is not a practical thought for them but if they can draw the test match, it might be the beginning of the turnaround in this series... The key is to get early wickets tomorrow... And i am quite sure Vijay is gonna throw it away pretty soon tomorrow morning...!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    If i was Clarke i would Open with Watson and Warner Followed by Khwaja and Clarke and then Steve Smith. Bowlers would be Siddle , Pattinson , Lyon and Johnson

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    Finally, the selectors dropped Gambhir. Now it is time to do the same with respect to Sehwag. Like many of you I was once a great fan of the two, especially Gambhir. His youth and the talent awed me and I firmly believed he will be the next Tendulkar. Not to be due to his temperament. One run out killed his morale. Anyway, time to bring in Rahane. This is a weak Aussie opening attack and time for India to capitalize on it and get some newcomers the much needed experience before the next away series. BTW, kudos to Pujara.

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | March 3, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    @Nampally: Hold on there, Che needs to do the biz overseas before you laud him to high heavens. In his defence, he's hardly played outside India so the jury is out, I'm confident he'll be a good 'un for us but only time will tell. Even the most jingoistic SL fan (and there's plenty here on CricInfo) wouldn't claim Samaraweera as the world's best yet his home stats are awesome, even his overseas stats aren't terrible - check his outings against SA last African summer.

    Finally, you can't say MSD "dropped" Pujara in the ODIs, he's yet to make his debut.

  • POSTED BY creekeetman on | March 3, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    @Nampally... a little to soon to rate pujara so highly, and compare him to batsmen who are proven and have scored runs all over the world. pujara has only scored runs at home against mediocre bowlers, england aside, in fact he hardly scored against england once they got the bowling attack right. imo until he scores consistantly against good teams, and in countries like sa and england, he should'nt be considered anything more than a very promising batsman.

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | March 3, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    There's a lot of luck in this game, in the 1st half hour M. Vijay was dreadful. I have no doubt that had he been batting overseas, he'd have been back in the hut in that 1st 30 mins itself. With this Test century, he's now guaranteed a 13 test run again, one where he'll again average about 15 runs per innings. I'm sorry but his innings still doesn't convince me, I know a little mean but I'm thinking long-term.

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | March 3, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    I still think Doherty is an underrated bowler, he's one those guys that doesn't "look" great when you watch him wheeling away. Far more effective than he's given credit for but he'll be under severe pressure now, with a poor series against Eng when he was last given an opp, all the experts will repeat the mantra that he's only effective in ODIs. That's a label he may well have to wear for the rest of his career.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    Oscar: Don't forget the Australians are fighters they will come back strongly in this match and save the test who knows. Indian batsmen can only play on these flat tracks lets wait and see Pujara,vijay,jadeja how they fare in Australia,SA and England. Its too early to speak about these home performances.

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | March 3, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    It seems to me that Clarkey is either not very bright with selections or he's completely under the influence of Inverarity and Arthur. Mind you, the "think tank" at Mumbai Indians will be watching Maxwell with interest too, how much did they dish out for him? I betchya a half penny that Maxwell won't be bothered one bit if his Test career is a limp one, why would he with that fat T20 contract and many more fruitful T20 years ahead?

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    Perfect answer..... what goes around comes around. Cricinfo editors the headlines must read ' Pujara's tone - Vijay's ton demoralize Australia'. Yes the same headlines after 2nd day Syndey test. Courtesy: http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia-v-india-2011/content/story/547943.html

  • POSTED BY mr.truth on | March 3, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    Dear Clarke"..we'll deal with it, because the good outweighs the bad."

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | March 3, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    Clarke cowardice prevails I see. How much longer are the Aus selectors going to allow this before they force him to move up the order to add some much need stability to the top order. People debate who is better: Clarke or Amla. Its a no brainer for me. One of them faces the new ball and fresh bowlers and bats at 3. The other hides at 5, facing fatigued bowlers and an older ball while watching his inexperienced top order capitulate.

  • POSTED BY Indefatigible on | March 3, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    Well it's evident from what we saw today, that the spin bowling credentials of Xavier Doherty and Glen Maxwell are not test much standard. True, Vijay and Pujara batted splendidly, but the Aussies with their killer instict and fighting spirit should have been able to roll over, more than just a woefully out of form Sehwag, in three sessions of Test match cricket. Thought Peter Siddle did a sterling job though. Bowled good lines and good lengths. I'm a big fan of Sid because I think he's a 100% effort cricketer. He gives it everything, always tries his hardest and frankly, I don't think he knows to play any other way. As a captain, I'd always want to have him in my team. Whole-hearted trier in my opinion, much like Andy Bichel.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    Good performance by Vijay and Pujara. I don't know why Clarke don't choose Smith who has the experience in playing indian soil who is also a good fielder and spin bowler.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    Well, try to get inside the clarke's mind, i can say that when he declared innings on a petty score, he was trying to get into the shoes of steve waugh who did same in his golden time, but unfortuanetly he forgot that what made stave so brave...hayden, warne, gilespi, bret lee, steve amd mark...that was team of steel...but this team is so fragile...it stole all the flavour and excitement from the test match.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | March 3, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    After being dropped by MS Dhoni in 3 consecutive ODI's, Pujara once again showed that he is the Best batsman in India & one of the best in the World - on par with Cook, Clarke & Amla. He first stabilized the batting after early loss of Sehwag. Then he built up in the second session. Finally he demolished the Aussies including a Six of Siddle with new ball, in Session 3. He advanced from 100 to 150 in 44 balls - showing that he is also a high S/R bat. Pujara's batting was abject lesson for Vijay to remodel his game in line with CP. When Pujara scored a double century Vs. England in First Test, he brought the best out of Sehwag too. This is how the big partnerships are built. Aussie focus on Pace attack to counter the Indian batting "weakness" was reduced to a myth. The new spinner Maxwell leaked 55 runs in 10 overs. Clarke might now be regretting dropping his best spinner - Lyon. Mediocre All rounders rarely perform as bowlers on Indian wkts. - a lesson for Clarke & Dhoni(re:Ojha?).

  • POSTED BY tests_the_best on | March 3, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    Lots of comments criticizing the Aus selectors but the fact of the matter is that the available talent pool in Aus is pretty low in the batting and spin dept. It's pretty similar to Ind tour of Eng in 2011 where once Zaheer was injured, the rest of the bowling was too weak. One could have replaced Zaheer with Munaf Patel, then Munaf with RP Singh & so on but outside of Zaheer, the remaining attack by itself was incapable of taking 20 wkts. Similary, Aus could replace Lyon with Doherty,Doherty with Maxwell,then O'Keefe & so on but there's no real talented spinner around, same case for batting where just bringing in Khawaja or someone else is not going to make the batting much stronger. So it's best to stop blaming the selectors & instead realize that players of the calibre of Warne,McGrath,Hayden,Gilchrist come once in a lifetime, much less all together. The one positive thing is the pace dept where Pattinson,Starc,Cummins,Siddle would be quite handful on even slightly helpful pitches.

  • POSTED BY Webba84 on | March 3, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    *sigh* Just knew there would be comments saying Clarke was arrogant to declare on day 1. It was clearly not arrogance but desperation. With 9 wickets gone for not that much at that stage of the game the only way for Aus to have any hope in the game was to keep India to a low score and the best way to do that was let the quicks have a go at the openers right at the end of the day. If it had worked it would have been worth far more than the extra 10 runs or so the tail would have gotten. So yeah, I seriously doubt he did it because of some arrogant notion that Aus could bowl India out easily but because they really had no choice but to try.

  • POSTED BY tappee74 on | March 3, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    The champs are loosing grip on the game.Just a matter of time for India to bag yet another one.The Australians have tried their all,but the two centurions have been too much for them.With India well in control, the third day can prove very pivitol for them.Tendulkar,Kholi and Dhoni are in excellent touch and yet to come.It's a nice feeling to see India doing so well.It's also great to see Harbhajan getting a couple of wickets.

  • POSTED BY Nitin00Garg on | March 3, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    Mitchell Johnson is far better bowler than siddle in these conditions. all credit goes to both player they outplayed the both spinners.clarke is far better as a player than captain, one suggestion for clarke he shoud request to Hussey & warne to join the team, that the only way to escape from white wash. Crick info please publish.

  • POSTED BY DylanBrah on | March 3, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    Just pick Stephen O'Keefe for crying out loud. It cannot hurt. He would hugely fired up to show the selectors what they've been missing out on.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 16:03 GMT

    In India, an opener who only takes the shine off the new ball is no good. That is why Cowan, for all his shine removal abilities, is no good. And Clarke (like MSD) is a great batsman but not very bright with his selections - why drop Lyon and bring in Maxwell? Hopefully, for the next test, we'll see Lyon and Doherty both playing in the test side. Gauti and Ojha should be back in Indian side in place of Sehwag and Bhajji.

  • POSTED BY Behind_the_bowlers_arm on | March 3, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    Australias batsmen have been given a lesson by the two excellent Indians as to how to bat in a Test match. I'm seeing this team as an 11 name resignation letter by Arthur and Inverarity. All of Shane Warne's criticisms seem valid now. Darren Lehman is ready, lets have an Australian coach and dispense with the rugby guy while we are at it. Test specialists for Tests not bit part would be short formers please. How many times does that lesson have to be learnt? Australia have invested 18 months in Lyon so to jettison him after one Test in Indian conditions is madness. My only positive is that having seen the likes of some of the best ever Australian Test players (Lillee, Chappell, Border, S Waugh, Gilchrist, Warne , McGrath etc) I can now tell the grandkids that in Glenn Maxwell I have also seen the worst ever Test player Australia have fielded. The big (no)show.

  • POSTED BY Chicagoan76 on | March 3, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    In my humble opinion, the selection and captaincy has been wrong on the Aussie side for the past year. Its not just the bowling, but batting-wise they have not been able to come up with a decent combination. I keep bringing up Usman Khawaja, because I think its a big injustice to this young man that he is repeatedly overlooked. Clarke captaincy leaves much to be desired. It was arrogant to declare on Day 1. Rotation as an excuse to include favorite players and exclude talented young men is backfiring now. Anyway, time is a great leveler, and in the end the law of averages takes over.

  • POSTED BY acnc on | March 3, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    IMO, the best spinner in this lineup did not bowl today...

  • POSTED BY DylanBrah on | March 3, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    C. Pujara is well on his way to greatness. Indian fans should feel blessed.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | March 3, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK: To be harsh on Clarke one would have to say what I said about him after only a few games in charge. For an age now he's sat and watched from the dressing room whilst the minnows squirm above him. But he won't go and help out. He's no Alistair Cook. Clarke is an averages man, that's the bottom line. That's why almost everyone but Aus fans don't talk about his batting with superlatives, because batting at 5 or 6 is just a different game as compared to facing the first ball of the innings and being the main person responisble for holding the initial stages to half point of an innings together. He's now responsible for the worst Australian team ever to take the field. So not only is he a comically bad tactician, not only is he clueless as a cricket captain, he's also terrified of facing a cricket ball younger than 20-30 overs old. Once he retires he'll be quickly forgotten because of this.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    What disrespect!Tto declare on a score for 9 wickets, then get your score passed for one wicket. Clarke must be feeling foolish now! Oz is nothing like they used to be and Clarke must accept that! Good going India!

  • POSTED BY Webba84 on | March 3, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    @AKS286 You dont know much about Aus cricket, do you? Whether or not Clarke is a good person I cant say because I never met the guy but most of the things you think he did, he quite obviously has not done.

  • POSTED BY timohyj on | March 3, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    Wow, no comments on how India is only doing well because of the pitch and absence of DRS.

  • POSTED BY V-Man_ on | March 3, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    I remember the comment i made in 2008 when australian selectors picked camron white as their first choice spinner. "He isn't a test quality player and never will be". and the same goes for maxwell and Doherty. i still cant get my head around why lyon was not included and steve o'keffe isn't in the squad. and how do you travel overseas with out a 2nd wicket keeper. its like a soccer team going without a backup goal keeper. and if they think that this indian tour is bad, then wait till the ashes.

  • POSTED BY creekeetman on | March 3, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    well, no one can blame the oz selectors for not following england by picking two spinners after defeat in the first test... maybe next test they should go in with 3, better yet play warner at nine as a 4th spinner, and get another batsman in.. that way india will have no cnance.

  • POSTED BY kmgnath on | March 3, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    2013 , T2D2 between Aus and Ind, belongs to India. New Players played really good, ball was doing for Doherty, but Vijay and Pujara played superbly. Vijay played well with all the pressure, if these two stay for a while on D3, it will be run feast, I pity Aus bowlers and fielders, we were in similar situation few months back down under. When pujara is playing, it looks like no body can get him out. He has soo much time to play shots. Even murali vijay, let him build confidance. Last time IPL spoiled his form, hope this won't repeat this time. I like both ghambir and Sehwag, but they are out of form, its high time to send them to play first class like sachin, and brinng them back once they get into from. Sehwag, gained waight, he has to shred some. I can see he is in lots of pressure, you don't wana confront with ur captain, who has come into form. India has to play complete day tomorrow and if possible D4 one session, then let Aus to play with solid lead, otherwise they will bouce bac

  • POSTED BY cheapshades2012 on | March 3, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    End is nigh for Sehwag.In fact it should be the end now. He also has been standing too far back at slip, very noticeable against Australia. Yes he may slash a quick 50 now and again but he's not the future.

  • POSTED BY blink182alex on | March 3, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    The only hope i have is that some of our batsmen will actually learn how to go about building a test match innings from watching the Indians so far in the series. Getting some 20's and the odd 50 isn't good enough, when you get in you need to go on and get big scores, Pujara is a proper number 3 and doesn't look like getting out in these conditions. We have selected a squad better suited to odi's and t20's, rather than just picking the best 6 batsmen in the country.

    Siddle, Pattinson and Henriques have all tried hard but what were we expecting with Doherty and Maxwell. Doherty just bowls half volleys every ball and Maxwell isn't even a proper bowler. This is just embarrassing at the moment, Clarke can't do everything by himself, some people need to stand up and be made accountable by the performances so far this tour.

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | March 3, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    Clarke is a very good player but a bad captain & individual. He axed all the senior players(Haddin,MJ, marsh,hauritz, katich, Punter) and divided the whole team into two parts 1st Clarke's favourite (lyon, wade,warner,maxwell, cowan) & rest of seniors (watto, siddle). D.hussey is better than maxwell. Klinger, Watson, Marsh, Clarke, Voges, Haddin/paine, Moises, Kreja, Beer, MJ, pattinson.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    Sad to believe. what has happened to sehwag.. He is still one of my favourite three players.. But he should work harder with coach. As for aussies I think they bowled pretty well (not maxwell).. Doherty was the only one who came close to picking a wicket.. I still believe aussies are ignorant of Indian conditions. Respect the conditions and opposition

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | March 3, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    Now SO'K & Agar are left I think SO'K for delhi test & Agar for mohali test then all will join the Lyon's League of School Campus spinners. Maxwell not a batsman nor a bowler.

  • POSTED BY Aussasinator on | March 3, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    The only comment I'd like to make on today's play is that Pujara is a more positive No 3 than Dravid. If Dravid had come today, the score would not have crossed 250. certain.

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | March 3, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge (post on March 3, 2013, 13:30 GMT): to be fair on Clarke (whom I think you're very harsh on), the current Australian openers simply don't hang around long enough to take enough shine and hardness off the ball at all. Since the retirement of Langer and Haydos, Australia have really struggled to find a sensible top 3. Personally I think Katich was treated terribly; Watson is being shuffled about the order far too much; Warner and Hughes are walking wickets in tests and should only be considered for the shorter formats; there's a glimmer of hope perhaps in Cowan; where on Earth is Usman Khawaja? People talk about captains leading from the front, and how can you say Clarke isn't doing that with this current line-up of misfits? I don't believe he has complete control over what team is picked either...

  • POSTED BY MohanRagavan on | March 3, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    kudos to VIJAY & PUJARA..well batted both modern cricketers..they showed their patience through out the day which is must for the test cricket ....hope they both can try break many records and give india a lead of >400...continue your run counting.....Clarke should bowl tomorrow instead of maxwell...

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    Well played Pujara and Vijay though Vijay has to be consistent if he has to secure a permanent position in the playing 11. It is very pleasing to see youngster like Pujara playing very patiently and building a perfect test innings.Seniors like Sehwag has to take a leaf out of Pujara's book and learn how to play test cricket. He cannot rely anymore on his past glory. It is time for selectors to bring in performers Dhawan or Manoj Tiwary. Cricinfo please publish.

  • POSTED BY Beertjie on | March 3, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    @LillianThomson on (March 3, 2013, 12:13 GMT) You say you are "staggered that a man as intelligent as John Inverarity has presided over this disaster. The Australian squad is packed with ODI specialists - Steve Smith, Maxwell, Doherty et all - masquerading as Test match spinners." But that's not the only thing he presided over. What about Quiney being used as fodder to protect Hughes? And so we could go on. Granted there is a dearth in batting and spin bowling talent, that shouldn't imply not picking batsmen with talent at playing in those conditions (Ferguson) or spin bowlers who have been successful (O'Keefe). Could not a second wicketkeeper have been taken in a squad of 17? And more pertinently could he not have been good in the Indian conditions (Paine)? But no, we must keep the tight camaraderie among those who have been successful, albeit in totally different conditions! If that's the mantra, we might as well wait for the next Warne and Ponting to emerge before we become great!

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    Yesterday, I posted, "DoHerty, Do Hurt. Watch out". But forgot to add whom? Indian cause? Or, The Australian Cause? Today, I did watch. He is making it clear, which is the right answer!

  • POSTED BY warneneverchuck on | March 3, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    Ponting must be happy that he is not part of this team as he also would have failed poorly with such team unlike Clark who is best batsman AUS produced in last 15 years or so

  • POSTED BY cloudmess on | March 3, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    The pitch may have flattened out, and Australia have to still fancy their chances of getting a draw. But their batting is a major worry - I'm not sure if any of the current top 6, bar Clarke (the Allan Border de nos jours?), are proper test batsmen.To lose M Hussey and Ponting at almost the same time was tough. I would have shoo-ed in the profilic David Hussey, but I understand his age is a little against him making his debut now. Everyone assumed that because England beat India in India, that India must now be there for the taking. This always happens when England beat anyone, and often the English media and supporters can be worst - a kind of English diffidence and collective inferiority complex takes hold. It happened after we beat the great Aussie team in 2005, when everyone assumed that the Australia of Hayden, Langer, Ponting, Clarke, Martyn, Gilchrist, Warne, Lee and McGrath must actually be a bunch of no-hopers. It was not an assumption which lasted for very long.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    good to see INDIA played today..... Good application from two youngsters....

  • POSTED BY phaktaa_tikit on | March 3, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    One thing Aus would have done differently would have the inclusion of Shawn Marsh and Haddin in place of Khawaja & Wade, at least for this series. Khawaja does n't seem to be a bastman they need to pick for tests

  • POSTED BY phaktaa_tikit on | March 3, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    Faimiliar scenario is back. I was quite expecting this, as it has been happening like this for many many years. Indian fans will be over the moon and all the sad memories of 4-0 in Eng & Aus are completed wiped out... Haven't yet read any article gsofar lorifying Pujara's inning as one of the all time, but it wont be long..

    For me Eng winning in India was an exception and as someone rigtly pointed out it only happened they had a continued practice in subcontinent conditions, thanks for Pak & SL series. It wont happen again. We are the kings of clay court.

    I dont think Warne /McGrath would have saved Aus.

    Only positive for me today was Sehwag failed and he is unlikely to get second chance in this test match. Hope the biggest hype of all time (whom ESPN cricinfo readers adjudicated as the opening batsman for all time Test 11) has played his last inning.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    i like the way the india play today.I really worried about the sehwag, I have'nt seen a big inning from him.I never seen this sort of bowling from Aussies. For indian Team I just want to say that indian should more work over the fitness. Now this is the only phase where we lack from other teams.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    I think dropping Lyon was not a good decision .. He is the front line spinner for the Ausies , and Doherty played no good too..CA must think of grooming a good spin bowler.. Shane Warne (King of spin) must provide some training to some of the younger aspiring spin bowlers !! This may help Ausies in the long run!! Pujara has right temperament and class to replace VVS.Laxman and , about Vijay : he his good in the home turf but, should be tested in conditions abroad !!

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    What I have learned from watching this series so far: 1) australia are going to lose 2)lyon should not have been dropped 3)hauritz should have been selected 4) aussies top 4 cannot bat 5)ashes humiliation coming soon 6)clarke needs to bat at 3 7)doherty is a school cricketer 8)maxwell is a overrated and arrogant fool

  • POSTED BY Beertjie on | March 3, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    Spot on @wayno1971 on (March 3, 2013, 11:55 GMT) "it's a true test when a player is taken out of there comfort zone" Indeed, but if you're a member of NSP can't you see the difference in conditions between Aus, India and England? Can't you extrapolate from poor keeping up to the spinners in Australia to what will be the case in India? Can't you do the same by observing batting technique, e.g. Cowan's 'footwork'? If you extrapolate from the Big Bash to test cricket, e.g., Maxwell, Doherty, etc you need to be fired immediately. The outcry following the idiotic selections that this was a disaster-in-waiting will likely not be heard by CA. Granted there were injuries to certain players (Holland, Harris) which did not help, but the non-selection of batsmen, esp. RHB to counter Ashwin (and later Swann) is just another instance of selectorial stupidity. Such warnings were common on this site, but our experts knew better! As @VivGilchrist (March 3, 2013, 11:21 GMT wrote stop embarrassing us!

  • POSTED BY Webba84 on | March 3, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    @Riz000 I suspect Khwaja will be a regular in the Aussie team in the not too distant future. There is no evidence whatsoever that he is being discriminated against and plenty of other players not of his heritage who have a right to feel left out of the team too (Rogers, O'Keefe?) The fact that he is in the squad at all means that Clarke and Co want him around and personally I hope when he gets his next opportunity he seizes it with both hands.

  • POSTED BY andrew27994 on | March 3, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    Very pleased to see Vijay play with such patience and good application. Hopefully he will continue to do well in this series and silence his critics. In my opinion, I think Pujara will be the permanent No.3 batsman for India in the next decade or so. The good thing about him is that he doesn't play T20s so it becomes easy for him to play Tests and adapt to conditions. It's important that India select specialists for Tests like they did in our golden era of cricket. I would recommend giving opportunites especially to Mukund, Tiwary, Jaffer and Badrinath. If we require an opener in place of Sehwag, I would pick Jaffer/ Mukund and if it were a middle order position, Badrinath/ Tiwary would be preferred.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    What is the major difference between Test Cricket & the other short formats? Patience, man, PATIENCE! It has been proven to the hilt today.

    That is also the difference between Vijay's failed innings and successful innings in test cricket. Hope, Vijay has tattooed it in his brain for good. He has all the talent. And, flair to boot. What he had been misplacing for a while was PATIENCE! He seems to have booked one of the openers slot for good.

    For the other slot, heavens forbid selectors from dragging back Sehwag from his morbidity. He is no Sachin to have the PATIENCE (yet again), tenacity, and work ethic to claw his way back.

    I would really give a chance in the next two tests to Gauti. Especially when I look back at his soild performance on the fast pitches of New Zealand.

    If I was a selector, the three I will pick for the opening slot, in my 14 or 15, will be Gouti, Vijay, & Dhawan.

    PS. Is there scope for a buccaneering innings in test cricket? Yes. Depends on the situation

  • POSTED BY deepmidwicket88 on | March 3, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    Australia are to low in standard wise when outside their country... if there were Gili ,Hayden and Ponting,Mcgrath,warne with clarke.. they may at least fight...hopefully they wont play in Asia that much.. if they do it would be embarrassing..This Australian team is so weak compared to previous one..it was a dream team.. May be it's the time to Aussie fans to pay their attention to other sports..

  • POSTED BY oze13 on | March 3, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    I've been watching Australian cricket for 5 decades and this current side is the weakest I have ever seen. A bowling attack that would shame 'pie throwers' and some of the worst techniques I've ever seen on so called Test batsmen. Even the fielding wasn't to clever. This is definitely the 'Play Station' generation. Because they haven't been practicing cricket that's fore sure!

  • POSTED BY Thefakebook on | March 3, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    Woah woah OZ fans don't loose faith yet in the OZ. Maxwell may score a ton(or more in 2nd innings)Xavier may pick up six or seven tomorrow,Patto & Peter will get what ever is left.Cowan,Warner and the bloke who bats no.3 (Phil smalls scores) may get 50+s(please I gave up on Watto). And for goodness shake once CLARKE won't have come under pressure and score all the runs.I still believe in the OZ; 3-1 it is then OZOZOZ OIOIOI

  • POSTED BY Vindaliew on | March 3, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    @Randy - or Punter! Punter probably moved aside after seeing how Pujara shone in Dravid's place when Dravid retired, and must be disappointed at how his successors are struggling. I still think that if he knew Hussey was retiring he might have stayed on.

    I think the Australians must feel like the English in the early 90s, especially during the 1993 Ashes. Graham Gooch, the captain, stood head and shoulders above all (even all the Australian batsmen - none scored as many runs at a better average than Gooch) but could only fight in vain as his team collapsed around him. England's bowling cupboard was bare, and was forced to stock up with allrounders like Lewis and Cork who could bowl, and they just could not unearth a quality match-winning spinner other than Tufnell (who they tried their hardest not to play).

  • POSTED BY andrew27994 on | March 3, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    Well, it looks like Australia got pwned. As for their selection, I agree with everyone's comments that Lyon should've been given another chance over Doherty. But what I can't understand is why would they pick all-rounders like Henriques and Maxwell (especially) over Ben Cutting who I thought had a decent run in domestic cricket as well as BBL. And why can't players like Khawaja and David Hussey be given a go. Especially the latter who can at least bowl a few overs if required.

    And I think Clarke should've bowled some overs ahead of Warner. He has had success against India before and if he was so desperate, I think it would've better if he had tried to take matters in his own hands.

  • POSTED BY Riz000 on | March 3, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    Guys Being a Pakistani supporter i must say Australia have treated Usman Khawaja very badly and unfair they give him one chance in every 20 games when hughes, cowan maxwel Finch, get chances after chances i think khwaja has been targeted by politics within the Australian team It seems Clarke and co dnt want him in the team Ed cowan is a biggest joke of Australian Cricket You either play Watto or Moises Henriques They mite give khwaja a chance in last test wen they 3-0 down and he will come in at no 6 thn end of series you will hear Khawaja dropped been replaced by Finch

  • POSTED BY Apocalypse_EX on | March 3, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    Superb from Pujara and Vijay. I'm pretty sure I dont need to say this but Pujara is going to have a very bright career ahead of him. Tougher assignements abroad await but he has seemed comfortable against most attacks at home.

    No such positives for Australia. They will be dreading facing England in this form. Sticking with a player through thick and thin is ok but should'nt go to deluded levels. Sticking with Warne even after going for over 200 on debut against India reaped rich rewards but the selectors have to think deep whether these bunch will do them more good than harm in the long run.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    All Indian fans have a right to be happy. After a long time of two years we are in this happy position. Praises on Vijay and Pujara are well earned but fans please don't let them down and continue your support when they India goes on away tour especially SA later this year.

  • POSTED BY NikhilNair on | March 3, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    India going great here! Let's hope we can bat out another day and then get Aussies out quickly :)

  • POSTED BY vaibhavsharma100 on | March 3, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    @ Indian fans...Do not jump with the joy. Remember these same people were given a nice thrashing by England some months back and to proclaim ourselves a good team, we still need to win series in Australia and South Africa which we have never done for a very long time.

    @Aussie Fans. I can only sympathize with you as like ours your team is also undergoing a rebuilding phase but can suggest only one thing. Give your cricketers a breathing space to prove themselves and do not judge them by their performances in one or two series.

  • POSTED BY Arrow011 on | March 3, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    It is nice to see a deflated Australian team, I hope Pujara makes 329 or more like Clarke made when India toured Australia. It is 4-0 for India this time. 700 is a good possibility.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | March 3, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    I can't think of who we miss more, Hussey or warne

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    The Indian culture of respect for their elders is being used to the extreme. Sehwag needs to be dropped for the next test, especially if he gets out cheaply- if there is a second inning for India. It should be a privilege for a player to be on their national team- and not the other way around. He needs to earn his place on the team!

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    Pujara is one of the only few (dravid & laxman) Indian batsmen whose performance in International matches is much much better than his IPL record.

  • POSTED BY simonviller on | March 3, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    The Ausie fans sound like the WI fans after this performance ! Why is Johnson not in the team ? They should open with Watson and Warner bringing Johnson in for Cowan . It was also a bad declaration by Clarke ,a few more runs might have help his team a bit ,having seen how the last wicket pair batted in the first test ; it worked in WI but not here .

  • POSTED BY Vindaliew on | March 3, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    Really happy for Murali Vijay, in particular. Poor man has spent his entire career living in the shadow of Sehwag and Gambhir, only being allowed to play when one of them is injured. He's never complained, always faithfully and loyally done a decent job (as decent as could be expected without regular time in the middle) and even managed to take a century off the Aussies 3 years back (before being shelved again). I hope he has a long and fruitful career ahead of him, as Sehwag may have to take a break to rediscover some form after his experience with his eyesight. Sometimes brilliant batsmen really struggle when they lose even a fraction of the good eye which brought them success, especially when they've relied on brilliance and not solid sound technique all this while. Look at poor Afridi...

  • POSTED BY Webba84 on | March 3, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    @FFL While Clarke is a selector he doesn't get to choose the team by himself. Until it is made know I would prefer to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume that this is not the team that he wants. Agree with you Clarke should move up the order but the fact he hasn't yet hardly makes him the worst captain out there, he's been dealt an extremely weak hand to play with here.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    When India toured Australia in 2011, Ricking Ponting for an ad for Star Cricket said - It might be winter in India; but in Australia, it is Summer. What should India say now; Summer has not yet started in India and Australia is getting battered.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    i remember mark taylor on air the day the oz squad was announced saying that it was a very good squad...I wonder what his thoughts are now?!!! I think sehwag should be dropped down to no 6 and given a run there...he could be a handful against the older ball..with all due respect 'Sir" ravindra jadeja is at best a 'differently' abled test batsman..

  • POSTED BY CricketFirstLove on | March 3, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    I missed watching though. But must have been a great innings. On lunch they were 54/1 but next when I opened the channel lo and behold it was 280/1. Didn't believe my eyes. But it was true. For a second I thought are the umpires playng too? Looked for Jaya Prakash who hold the world record of umpiring (raising finger ten times in an innings, Kumble) he wasn't to be found or was it the Eden Gardens repeat of the second innings - Steve Vaugh Ausies.

    No no. Nothing like that the boys have done well. Congratulations to both the lads. But the moral of the story is different. Had Ganguly and Dravid not retired could we have discovered this talent? Could they have found a place in the sun? No.

    Similarly when Tendulkar retires and Sehwag is removed so many good lads will have a chance of grooming and blooming. We must have a policy of retiring our players early not let them hang on for their own records. Tendulkar now please move aside to give chance to others so we make an unbeatable team

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    Murali Vijay scores timely centuries. Be it ipl play off,irani trophy or on the verge being dropped from the next test

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    MV and CP are a deadly combination. they earlier proved in Bang lore when they last toured India! Good for India, the Gen next is coming good. Veeru will be pulling his left over hair!!Lost a golden chance!

  • POSTED BY AvidCricFan on | March 3, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    Excellent display of batting by Pujara and Vijay. The match was getting very boring in the first session with only 50 runs scored in the first session. Murali Vijay has redeemed himself and proven that he belongs in the tests. All that he needed was to curb his instinct to go for early in the innings. When he did that the results were there. Shewag should be relegated to side lines. His dominant scoring is in subcontinent and lately has been failing consistently at home. Aussies' with no effective spinning options will toil in India. It is time for India to dish out what they received two years back in Australia.

  • POSTED BY inswing on | March 3, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    Horses for courses. The teams are really even. India were on the other side of the 4-0 pummeling last year. India has distinctly weak bowling, but proved to be good enough for these conditions and this Aussi batting. Aus has no spinners, good fast bowling that had limited effect this time, and mediocre to weak batting except Clarke. SA and Eng are well ahead of both these teams.

  • POSTED BY rosh280 on | March 3, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    India is very fortunate to get two great players vijay and cheteswar pujara in indian team. we have to build a very strong team using these two players. we can not underestimate virendar sehwag too he is a great opener. he had played more than 100 test matches and scored more than 9000 runs. india should continue with these three players in any format of the game for atleast 2 years. sehwag has so many double centuries to his credit. next match he will be scoring great runs. he should be there in the team. i really feel sehwag and murali vijay are the great openers for the time being. Murali vijay, cheteswar,jadeja, bhuvanesh kumar, aswin are the great hopes for india. in batting murali vijay and cheteswar pujara are the pillars of indian cricket. i think we should also give some opportunities to ravi inder singh, jiwanjoth, abhinav mukund, c m gowtham, v a jagadeesh, ganesh satish, ambati rayudu, ian dev singh and many players.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | March 3, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    It's a well established fact now that Australia have no spinner. Or a skilled seamer like England's James Anderson. We all know how terrible the Australian batting is too. But to have a captain who continues to hide down the order and away from trouble until it comes knocking on the door is just too much for Aus fans these days. With not a clue about selection, lacking any understanding of Indian conditions, Clarke has to be the worst captain in the world.

  • POSTED BY SamRoy on | March 3, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    India still have enough problems. Sehwag, Harbhajan, Ishant, Vijay (away from home) and Jadeja (batting-home & away, bowling-away), Dhoni(captaincy). Let's not get too much ahead of ourselves.

  • POSTED BY RednWhiteArmy on | March 3, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    Well now this is just becoming embarrassing. A first innings, day 1 declaration & the realistic prospect of an innings loss in 3 days? What happened lads?

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    Australia are not only under threat of loosing the series but also on loosing ashes

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | March 3, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    The problem I think is that the Australian selectors were caught in two minds. On one hand they know that pace is their strength but on the other hand we had the England series - and so many people suggesting that Australia should play 2 spinners. So, rather than either play 2 pure spinners and 2 pure pace or go in with 4 pacers, they instead went with 2 pace, 1 medium pace, 1 proper spinner and 1 ordinary spinner and thought that they had all bases covered. At the end of the day, though, there is no way that Glenn Maxwell is a better bowler than Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Johnson or Nathan Lyon, and on a pitch that was tailor made for Australia's bowling strengths, they have messed this up horrifically.

  • POSTED BY Ashishreddy1994 on | March 3, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    Vijay and pujara played awesome today their minds were working like computers so calculated they were in knowing what bowlers to attack and most importantly when

  • POSTED BY Babbls on | March 3, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    Great day of cricket for team Iindia, this a perfect start Pujara and Vijay, they shoud keep up their good work.

  • POSTED BY acnc on | March 3, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    I have tickets for the fourth day and demand a full day's play from the aussies!

  • POSTED BY Gupta.Ankur on | March 3, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    This has to be the weakest Australian team ever to have played here in India and probably has the worst spinner ever played by a visiting team in last 15-20 years.

    Apart from Clarke the batting, despite having 8 of them, failed miserably.......having no respect for the conditions or the pitch.

    The bowling has been abysmal! Siddle and Patterson are looking like bowlers who cannot take wickets outside the helpful one's and the spin department would find no place even in gully cricket teams in India.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    @shaggy076 : you say you have high class bowlers but they will be impotent in Inidan conditions. Then how come the English seamers, or even Zaheer Khan were so effective on India pitches??

  • POSTED BY thebrotherswaugh on | March 3, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    Congrats to Pujara & Vijay - they're showing the OZ bats how to go about their business. No doubt the OZ selectors will blame the bowlers, can't blame the poor little 'dears' that are our batsmen. Total lack of depth in the batting, and the only place we've got any depth is the fast bowling. Hate to admit this, but things are looking grim for the Ashes later this year (yep, I've changed my tune). Our batsmen will struggle every bit as much as soon as the ball swings. God help us if Clarkey has a poor series - and ne's due for one.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    Sure 600 is on the cards... Clark & Co prepare yourself for an indian summer grind for next 2 days

  • POSTED BY arun_padmanabhan on | March 3, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    One of the better days for Indian cricket. Such an innings is expected from Pujara but the manner in which Vijay put his head down and phased his innings is admirable and augurs well for Indian cricket. There was a clear contrast between the 2 in their approach of short-pitched balls - MV evaded all of those while Pujara attacked and the gen-next should take a few tips from both these innings. The bad news for the Aussies is that some huge names are slated to come in next and hence they must make sure they dont lose the mental battle.

  • POSTED BY shillingsworth on | March 3, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    @Jayzuz - Not sure how a guy who 'did well in India' and has 150 plus test wickets is a 'middling spinner', while someone who hasn't even taken 100 first class wickets is a 'genuine spinner'. Perhaps O'Keefe deserves a chance in test cricket (he couldn't be any worse than the current lot) but until he shows that he is better than Panesar at the highest level, your comments are hot air.

  • POSTED BY Simoc on | March 3, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    Great batting display by India. The Australian performance is on par or less than that the highly critizised Indian team produced in Australia last time around. This bowling attack must be on par with the most hopeless Australia has ever put on the field for a test match. Coach Arthur will be pleased that a quick took the wicket again. His motivational ability is on display for everyone to see.

  • POSTED BY SirViv1973 on | March 3, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    @George GM, Excellent post, most Oz fans posting on here do have their heads in the sand. There seems to be a general feeling that the poor performances here & in Chennai are down to bad selections (which haven't helped) but the truth is Oz just don't have the pool of talent especially in the batting & Spin Bowling departments that it has enjoyed for so many years, there are a lot of mediocre players in the current side.

  • POSTED BY Kiranaar on | March 3, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    There's only one word thats coming to my mind after watching Pujara bat - breathtaking...Despite his knee injury, the way he toyed with the Australian front line bowlers is simply extra ordinary and his scintillating showdown of flamboyance in the third session embellished his watchful knock till then. Vijay's performance deserve equal credit as the way he curbed his natural offensive instincts is worth special mention. He was going through some tough times in international cricket and this would be a great breather for him. And finally Sehwag, I am sorry to say that its curtains for him. It's almost time to think what's next for him... I hope the duo make bigger scores tomorrow...

  • POSTED BY goul on | March 3, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    @ Vinay Kolhatkar Your statistic is very wrong. When you are making a case for selection or disselection, you should consider only the recent set of performances. Vijay played his last test before this Australia series in Jul 2011. Telling that 14 tests and the average for that is not just unfair, it is also wrong. A player is chosen on recent performances in various formats. Vijay did not do well to make his case except the Rest of India and India A appearances. Having proven in this test, it is not the right time to crib with your wrong statistic again

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    i wonder what is clarke thinking about the bowling combination. in my opinion, the fast bowling duo of pattinson and starc with lyon and hauritz being the other 2 spinners would have made quite a handful bowling attack. he could have even used himself as the 3rd part time spinner.

  • POSTED BY SirViv1973 on | March 3, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    @Shaggy076,'I would like to know other than this one series how come our record over the last 18 months is quite good'

    It's because SAF apart you have had some pretty soft series most of which have been at home! For those series you still had Hussey & Ponting who having now both retired have just left Clarke to hold the batting together on his own. A true reflection of where this Aus team is will only be known after this current series & the back to back ashes series which follow & so far it is not going well.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    well..i think Indian batting puts a few things into perspective.They may have tried the same against England but could not succeed because Eng bowling was much better.Not only Swann-Monty but Anderson and Finn also caused problems especially with reverse swing.Batting wise there is no Matt Prior like batsman at 7(dont think anything needs to be said about top order..barring Clarke why are they making the same mistakes..if you win the toss and bat first and wind up for 237 what do you expect..)Having said that this performance need not be see as a curtain raiser for Ashes.Cowan,Wade and even Watson may perform much better in England.Also Pat,Starc,Mitch etc could come good in England and we may get a contest.But at the moment it looks like nothing can stop a 4-0 in favor of India.But like someone said yesterday that will only balance the ledger and being an Indian i wont be celebrating too much..!!!Need of the hour for Aus..Top order to show grit and graft like Cook,Trott etc.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    Excellent performance by youngster Murali vijay and Pujara . we are now in commanding position . Murali has taken his good oppurtunity and proved his talent for more tests . murali vijay should concentrate in his consistency . Pujara played weel even his leg got injured hatsoff pujara..

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    @shaggy076. well said, agree totally. The comments section is always good for a laugh, being the bastion of the armchair geniuses. People must remember that players like Hayden, Waugh, Warne, McGrath, Ponting et al are not the norm. We remember the greats because they stand out. Cowan looks every bit one of those players that will show some evidence of what he can do, have a lean run every now and then but may well end up averaging 50 at test level. It might not happen, but who out there can say that the next one or ten choices to replace him will be the next genius? I included Steve Waugh in the list as he was just one such player. Different styles but it is the mental application that is key. People call for change as it is obvious evidence of attempts at progress. It takes vision to see the right qualities in a player and then bring them out over time. Vision and strength of character & conviction. The question is, are these qualities in evidence in the current management?

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    there have been some good innings and spells but we need to remember, this is a match between 2 teams still some steps off the top tier(South Africa and England). if these teams want to compete in the top tier, they need to prepare for their big tests better(for india, that would mean the south africa tour and for australia that would have meant the india tour).

    instead,we have India preparing spin tracks against an australian team and going to south africa with unsettled opening bowlers and batsmen to play on green tops

    and Australia bringing in t20 players and bouncing out sri lanka tour on hard tracks.

    and the media writing glowing articles about ravindra jadeja and M Vijay....

  • POSTED BY Essex_Man on | March 3, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    Superb knocks from the two Indians. I particularly enjoyed watching Pujara; he's a quality Test match batsman who's going to be a thorn in many sides for years to come. Shades of the great Dravid.

    The Aussie "attack" was as wretched as I predicted yesterday. They have, quite simply, become a laughing stock. I almost feel sorry for them.

    @FFL - I did see some light at the end of the tunnel for the Aussie "spinners". In between falling off my chair laughing at Maxwell and Doherty, I did notice that Patto, Siddle and the Portuguese fella beat the batsmen in the air a few times with their loop and subtle flight.

  • POSTED BY Jayzuz on | March 3, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    @WhoCaresAboutIPL, Panasar averages nearly 33 in tests with a strike rate of over 70, and he is into his 30s. He is no Warne, nor even a Swan. He's just a barely middling spinner, but did well in India in tandem with Swann. O'Keefe is a genuine spinner. Maxwell and Doherty are not even close. That is my point.

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | March 3, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    Something has gone very wrong with Australian cricket if this is the best they can come up with. Despite Matthew Wade's self-congratulatory comments on scoring 62 before resigning his wicket & Clarke deciding that he'd better get his ton in double-quick time before the batting ran out (NB: such is the fate of a #5 batting with a tail packed with rookies), this match was surrendered on Day 1. That much has become obvious by the end of Day 2. Credit to The Admirable Pujara (the best Test batsman in India, IMO) & Vijay, but this assembly of bowlers (the term 'attack' would be entirely misplaced here) scarcely made them think. It was there for the taking of daddy tons, provided they batted sensibly before lunch & more expansively when set. Yet three short months ago, England made India look very ordinary indeed. England had a plan & the players to execute it. Oz, it seems at the moment, has neither. Desperate. Remind me - how many Ashes' Tests are due to be played over the next 12 months?

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | March 3, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    I feel like Sehwag's chickens have come home to roost. Make no mistake, he has been a great asset for India for many years. He has been blessed with such fantastic eye/hand coordination and reflexes that he has severely neglected the fundamentals of batting. To be perfectly frank, he has worse footwork than a lot of tailenders and his defensive technique is poor, especially for an opener. As he's getting a bit older it appears that that eye/hand coordination and those reflexes are beginning to fade and he is being mercilessly exposed without those fundamentals to fall back on. To be fair, I don't think that Sehwag necessarily wants to open and he may be worth a run down the order, but I think that his days of getting India off to a flier are a thing of the past.

  • POSTED BY Arpit3308 on | March 3, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    The biggest Positive of the day that The YOUNG BRIGADE has taken up the challenge to themselves and Performing especially after the England series. Pujara really showing his hunger for runs and Murali Vijay is showing why DHONI is backing him up. The condition of Aussie bowlers was same as of Our Bowlers in their Home last year i.e Clueless- Where to bowl. Hats OFF to Pujara and Vijay

  • POSTED BY GeorgeGM on | March 3, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    Australia's weakness is now exposed. Batting suspect to spin and seam. Bowlers, both spin and pace, lack any penetration unless conditions are favourable.

    Original cause is complacency and arrogance when Australia was on top- and now a head in the sand approach.Will anyone actually admit we have a problem, what caused it, and come up with realistic solutions?

    Solution? Selectors, forget the politics, we have to get the best team for the future on the paddock now.

    Rule 1- Test cricket comes first. Anything else is a sideshow. Everyone knows that.

    Rule 2- Great players don't grow on trees- Lillee? Thomson? Warne? The Chappells? The Waughs? So if we have a crop of average cricketers as we do, we should not be afraid to blood the future now. The ones with the ability and the mental strength will eventually come through. Look at Steve Waugh.

    Rule 3- If you think they are good enough, stick with them, even in adversity.

    This is the Australian tradition- we have never been Dad's Army.

  • POSTED BY SamRoy on | March 3, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    Vijay started very shakily with his front foot movement, slowly once he got set, the front drives started coming in. He has always been, when in form, a beautiful player of the front foot. Any way, he still is a strokeless wonder of the backfoot of fast bowlers with no cut, no pull and no hook.

  • POSTED BY handyandy on | March 3, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    Who would have thought that going into a match with only three specialist bowlers could have gone so wrong.

  • POSTED BY heathrf1974 on | March 3, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    A long, long day for the Aussies.

  • POSTED BY Rags57 on | March 3, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    This was a terrible day for Australia no doubt but all teams go through such days in India where the wickets play really easy on days 2 and 3. India should perhaps consider themselves lucky to have lost the toss - who knows what would have happened if they had batted on day 1? India now need to show ruthlessness when their middle order comes out to bat tomorrow so they can put the test completely beyond Australia. Even then do not rule out the never-say-die spirit of the Australians to come to the fore in their second innings. The wicket is slowing down so if you are patient you can score runs even on day 4.

  • POSTED BY SirViv1973 on | March 3, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    @Steve Gregory, Talk about stating the odvious! However to be fair there aren't really any top class Leggies in any country at present.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    Well played Pujara and Vijay . The 1st session was terrific as great test cricket action before the Indians dominated . Frankly Doherty bowled quite well , only if he had support of lyon from other end the score card at the end of the day would not have been hopeless from Austrialian perspective , it was a real blunder of the selectors to leave out lyon .For India the mantra would be to pile on....

  • POSTED BY Shaggy076 on | March 3, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    Busie1979 - I cant see how Maxwell will ever provide a spin option, rarely bowls for Victoria. In the future I can see him getting to test class level as a batsman but thats not now. Anyone batting below 7 needs to be an effective bowler. Look at what two poor perfomances in conditions that doesnt suit our batsman or bowlers brings a lot of people out of the woodwork. SO many comments about the great slide, no talent. For you people I would like to know other than this one series how come our record over the last 18 months is quite good. If we were judging after two test matches England would have been written off well before they reached Indian shores. I know this team is not as great as the team of the past, but its a team still competing with all test teams (except for this series). So if we have hit rock bottom well there are a lot of teams below our rock bottom or not that far in front of it.

  • POSTED BY Yevghenny on | March 3, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    what an over from dave warner!

  • POSTED BY LillianThomson on | March 3, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    Congratulations to India.

    I have been harsh on them for not having replaced their ageing batsmen quickly enough, but at least when they went to Australia they picked a team with the right pace/spin balance for the conditions and tried their best.

    Australia, in contrast, picked a First Test team as if they were in Adelaide, and then dropped their only half-decent spinner for an ODI journeyman in Doherty who couldn't dream of bowling out Zimbabwe or Bangladesh in a Test. And backed him up with Maxwell, who is no closer to being a Test spinner than I am.

    I am staggered that a man as intelligent as John Inverarity has presided over this disaster. The Australian squad is packed with ODI specialists - Steve Smith, Maxwell, Doherty et all - masquerading as Test match spinners. And Steve O'Keefe, the only Aussie spinner with a decent First Class record, is nowhere in sight.

    Shame on the Aussies.

    Let's hope that England bake some slow turners for the Ashes to unleash Swann and Panesar.

  • POSTED BY Pathiyal on | March 3, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    the absence of capable players like brad haddin, michell johnson is un inspiring. i felt Michel Clarke is not armed himself well in this series. he is doing great himself with his batting and his captaincy though.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    Beautiful display of temperament and patience displayed while batting. The Australian team selection was always supposed to be under scrutiny through out the tour but I believe its the skill which has been premier in this series so far. The agony of loss can very well be witnessed with the focus been displayed by Indian boys and also few men around there. Aussies you need a session for retrospection. I almost feel it as if it is the continuation to their last tour of India where they were outplayed outrageously.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    Glenn Maxwell the IPL million dollar man is finding test cricket very hard. Vijay has been given very many chances, with the previous 14 tests yielding an average below 30. Like Raina & Yuvraj. I hope Rohit Sharma and Manoj Tiwary get a few as well--so far they have got absolutely none. Zero. Zilch. No opportunities at test level. At all.

  • POSTED BY goodhoot on | March 3, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    Was this predictable? I think so and I think there's a lot more to come when we go to to UK for the ashes tour.We can only hope wickets are a little more favourable and the quicks can have better effect than they're currently having.India obviously saw danger in Australia's quicks and have done the wickets to suit themselves.Doherty & Maxwell?No sorry Lyon maybe but needs support from the other end McGrath like support.It will be some some years before Australia can again be a leader in world cricket

  • POSTED BY TM on | March 3, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    Still dont rate Vijay wait till we go overseas

  • POSTED BY deepushanmukh on | March 3, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    i loved d way pujara played today....this is one of his most adept innings so far...aussie selectors should now really consider mitchelle johnson i guess...or may be shane warne or mcgrath i shud say...lol...i really wanna hear what clarke has got say about his day....i mean really, 90 overs with just 1 wicket??? selectors to blame? captain? no matter what, they are out of the game already....it's a bit late to rethink about the squad...well, lets hope it won't distress aussies too much and focus on d game, who knows anything can happen...after all, its just a matter of getting 9 wickets, 9 good deliveries are enough....lets see and wish aussie a harder luck..hope they gonna ameliorate d innings in next 3 days...

  • POSTED BY Shaggy076 on | March 3, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    continued - As for back up batsman, Hussey has been mentioned but he is 36 averaging under 20 this year so no chance, Bailey still not averaging above 4o in shield, good temperament but not putting enough runs on the board. Burns averaging 30 this year so needs to improve, Fergusson having a good season but needs to back it up next year, Rogers personally I would take him to the Ashes, Doolan had great start to this season but plateud so we are short of quality batting options. As for bowlers we have 7 high class seamers that any of them could play ie Siddle, Pattinson, Starc, Bird, Hilfenhaus, Johnson and Harris - obviously not going to have much impact in India which makes our attack impotent in these conditions. Lyon has showed he should be our first choice spinner and generally his role is to back up our seamers. We are going to struggle here in india but our record over the last 18 months shows we will be competetive in England. Hopefully we get something out of the rest of series

  • POSTED BY crafty-Rabbi on | March 3, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    Mitch1066 Do you mean that India should be humble like Australia. Most of the Indian players are very humble. Tendulkar, Dhoni, Pujara and Vijay being clear examples of humble gentlemen. Sehwag has calmed down over the years, the only animated player is Kohli who gets rather over excited at times. But with his talent, I think we can turn a blind eye to his occasions of triumphalism.

    Australia are in a different league from India in both batting departments and bowling. Where has the Australian spin talent disappeared to? I think they need to start a spin academy and give Shane Warne, Stuart McGill, and guest foreign spinners carte Blanche to spot and develop talent.

  • POSTED BY WhoCaresAboutIPL on | March 3, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    @Jayzuz "when we have O'Keefe sitting back in Oz with a much better 1st class record than Panasar?" I make it 80 wickets at 28 versus 650 wickets at 30ish - perhaps the sort of misread stats which indicate where the Oz selectors are going wrong?

  • POSTED BY whoster on | March 3, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    Another smart move from Aussie selectors to bring in Doherty for Lyon. Ever since Warne retired, the Aussie spin selection policy has been farcical. Lyon did a decent job since being given a run in the side - just like Hauritz did a couple of years back. Presumably, because both turned out to not be in the same class as Warne, the selectors seem hell bent on picking every spinner in the country in the hope of finding another world-beater. Now the Aussie selectors have painted themselves into the tiniest of corners. They're in the position where the only options they have are to either persist with Doherty - or do a humiliating u-turn. The Aussies aren't blessed with quality players as it is, but the selectors are doing a terrific job turning them into the laughing stock of worldl cricket. Clarke has carried the side since he became Captain, so perhaps he should become their specialist spinner too? After all, he has a far better record as a spinner than Doherty!

  • POSTED BY Shaggy076 on | March 3, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    Madan Shivakumar - Im confident Marsh was dropped because he scored about 10 runs in five test innings, do you think Clarke is to blame for him getting dropped by Western AUstralia as well. His record at first class cricket is poor. THe person calling for Peter Forrest, he would be lucky to have scored 100 runs in this shield seaon. The guys have played poorly here but Im not convinced they are not the right players. Warner has improved heaps in the last 18 months and done quite well, Cowan usually gets starts and takes shine of the ball will be important in England. Hughes really struggling on these decks but has been the most dominant shield player for some time, Watson has complete class and has the abiliity to dominate yes we need to see it soon, Clarke - gun, Wade is averaging over 40 as a test keeper his batting isnt the problem, Henriques made a great start to his career with the bat. Im not convinced on Khawaja yet as he hasnt taken any chances but he is next in line.

  • POSTED BY SirViv1973 on | March 3, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    @Shan156, I agree with comments re Sehwag. I think Gambhir was a touch unlucky to be dropped I know he hasn't scored a 100 for yrs but he looked in pretty decent touch against us without going on & making a big score.

  • POSTED BY deepushanmukh on | March 3, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    i loved d way pujara played today....this is one of his most adept innings so far...aussie selectors should now really consider mitchelle johnson i guess...or may be shane warne or mcgrath i shud say...lol...i really wanna hear what clarke has got say about his day....i mean really, 90 overs with just 1 wicket??? selectors to blame? captain? no matter what, they are out of the game already....it's a bit late to rethink about the squad...well, lets hope it won't distress aussies too much and focus on d game, who knows anything can happen...after all, its just a matter of getting 9 wickets, 9 good deliveries are enough....lets see and wish aussie a harder luck..hope they gonna ameliorate d innings in next 3 days...

  • POSTED BY Busie1979 on | March 3, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    As an Aussie fan i am (still) wishing O'keefe was picked for this tour. Dropping Lyon for Doherty was pure panic. There is no compelling reason to think Doherty is a better bowler on form, talent or career performance. I guess the idea was to provide some contrast to Maxwell, but Maxwell didn't bowl until the 47th over with two batsmen set. That's not to say that Lyon is a long term answer - he is starting to look like the next Hauritz. Maxwell was a reasonable pick - the team needs a second spinner and batting depth, and he potentially provides both, but unfortunately didn't provide either this time around. Other than Warner, Clarke, and Wade,. the batting lineup is a shambles as well. There are not many places to turn for the selectors - batting wise the cupboard is bare. Spin-bowling wise Steven O'keefe is the obvious candidate.

  • POSTED BY Narkovian on | March 3, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    @waza1234 on (March 3, 2013, 11:40 GMT) "This has surely got to go down as the weakest Australian test team ever"... Difficult to to be sure. But I'd say you are not far wrong. They have some good fast bowlers coming thru, if they can stay fit .. but batting is dreadful. I was looking forward to Ashes in ENG. But nothing worse than a non-contest !

  • POSTED BY straightbreakbowler6 on | March 3, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    India at home are a tough opposition, it would help the Aussie team if they had the right side to tackle these conditions. Maxwell? a T20 specialist who the selectors seem to have labelled a test player. They were wrong again in this player selection!Doeghty is also a T20 and at times a one day player. long form of the game i dont think he is up to it. the 2 spinners should have been Lyon (who seems to have worn the blame for the 1st test loss, but the egg is on the selectors faces as he still got wickets) and O'Keefe who bowls tight left arm and can bat as well. David Hussey would have been the 3 spinner option to support these 2 but as is with the selectors they fail to pick teams for condition. Kahwaga should be in and Warner out as his batting style does not suit these conditions-bludgener of the ball. Indias batsman dominate with still plenty in the shed to come. more pain for the Aussies.

  • POSTED BY wayno1971 on | March 3, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    As a an australian supporter today's play by the two indian batsmen showed what committment, concentration and determination is all about, kept the good balls out and pounced on anything loose, well done to them but in saying that the selectors need to give each other some uppercuts, siddle tries hard but indian wickets not his go, patinson is down on pace not suprising after a long injury layoff and the rest well hmmmm? henriques was picked to offer reverse swing but don't think he's got one off the straight and narrow and less said about maxwell the better, he's an average cricketer at best, they just seemed to hand out the baggy green to anyone these days (hastings in the aussie summer perfect example), thought doherty might go alright a little luck goes a long way, unfortunately its gunna be a long 12 months coming up for us aussie fans, it's a true test when a player is taken out of there comfort zone but unfortunately for us most are struggling dismally

  • POSTED BY Mary_786 on | March 3, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    @Davcunto_Gravitas_Don_Statman you are putting down a batsman when he hasn't even had a single test match, Khawaja got 30 not out in the last warm up game and if given only a third of the games Cowan has had in a row he can be a future test star for us. He wont' be our saviour this series but he can provide solid support to Clarke which has been lacking so far, bottom line is that Cowan has to go. And You win in India by being smart. Playing them at their own game. But to do that, you need quality spin which Australia do not have. England on the other hand recently prospered by doing just that, making use of the Indian pitches to beat India in India for the first time in 30 years.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    Shane Warne should come back from his retirement and start playing for Australia once again

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    wish i could see sachin amass a century tomorrow and dhoni does some lamb killing batting again to put up a massive lead

  • POSTED BY THE_MIZ on | March 3, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    Where is that Oz comedian that claimed that Doherty is better than Panesar. Good one, mate! How the mighty Oz have fallen...A poor batting line-up that can't handle spin-friendly or even seamer-friendly conditions (Perth Vs SA) and relies on 'roads' to remain competitive...Maxwell, doherty and Lyon? It says alot when the Aussies's spin depth is worse than south Africa!

  • POSTED BY SirViv1973 on | March 3, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    @Hiclass, You have to face facts this is a poor Aus side with very little experience of playing in these conditions. Although Khawalja probably deserves a chance, do you really think a guy who ave 29 in test cricket is going to come in & make that much difference?. Aus batting stocks are the lowest I can ever remember, the fact Steve Smith is the other reserve batsman really says it all. You are also talking about bringing back Starc he didn't take a wicket in Chennai & I doubt very much he would have done any better here, he is out of his comfort Zone & needs to learn how to bowl on sub continent pitches. I agree that Maxwell was a bad selection and also that Lyon should not have been dropped. I'm not sure Cowan will be dropped just yet, Hughes is struggling more & I can see him missing out in Mohali with Watson moving to 3 & maybe Clarke finally bowing to pressure & moving up to 4 which would allow your man UK to bat 5, however I doubt the performance will be a whole lot different.

  • POSTED BY Mitch1066 on | March 3, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    Where was Australian fight back clearly not got English bulldog spirit from ancestors lol. Well played India but in reality when going. Good show respect to ones who are down shows character of your team for fanship to follow . Unlikely past and current events

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | March 3, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    @Mervo This is no rolled mud wicket. Remember that a seamer has wrecked your top order not a spinner. And then you had a decent partnership going on until wade through it away. Aus batsmen are guilty of giving openings to India with loose shots. They were unwilling to apply themselves and paid the price. If you look at Vijay and Pujara, they have shown how to play on these wickets. Pattinson bowled well, but he could not get the seam movement Kumar had produced. As such our batsmen wore them down by means of solid defense and dodging his bouncers. Besides if you have come to India expecting fast bouncy wickets, then that's just plain silly!

  • POSTED BY phil_coventry on | March 3, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    Selection blunders aside, the Indian batsmen Vijay and Pujara showed the aussies how to bat in TEST Cricket. How many times did they play across the line in the first session? Patience, patience

  • POSTED BY SamRoy on | March 3, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    Maxwell the great spinner. He spin bowling makes Vinay Kumar's selection as fourth seamer in Perth seem very respectable. I said it before Shahid Afridi was a far, far superior bowler and an equal ability batsman for Pakistan and he never could do all that well in Test Cricket. He (Maxwell) is about the worst cricketer (on current ability) ever selected to play test cricket for Australia. All eleven current Bangladesh Test players have more talent and ability than him.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    kudos to indian batting attack... i dont rem any pair playing this long and with such contrasting approaches in different sessions of the day.pujara is here to stay. vijay i guess needs one more such sort of a knock to make his place in the team. only negative thing india has got themselves from the day is sehwag's dismissal.i guess indian selectors are doin more of a damage to his moral than doin any better to it. he should have been sent back long back so that he could brush up his skills in the domestic seasons before gettin him back. look at gambhir. he has already made good contibutions to his domestic side and i guess he ll be pretty confident. i guess sehwag should have left earlier than gambhir. its better to get the confidence back in to the self because given his talent to score quick runs i can hardly see anybody in the same frame other than himself..... bye sehhwag but only 4 now.. as an indian fan we want you to be back and scare evry1 like u always did....

  • POSTED BY sixers_98 on | March 3, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    There is a huge difference between bowling and batting averages. India should be eyeing the score at least 450 with a lead of 213. This would set a great platform for them. I good luck pujara for getting another double hundred and vijay of beating his highest score. Look like australia with demolished in this test

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    Not looking good for the Aussies at the moment, seriously missing Mike Hussey in the batting department and seriously missing good selectors! Clark is the only real test player for them. Maybe it is too much 50 and 20 over cricket but they look lost.

  • POSTED BY popcorn on | March 3, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    I hope Cricket Australia has booked Shane Watson's return flight to Sydney for March 6. All he is doing is standing there like a dummy - he can't score runs, he doen't want to bowl because he wants to protect his fragile body,more than protecting the team - like hell, he decides. And a disastrous selection of Xavier Doherty, disregarding Stuart MacGil's opinion that he is not a Test Match Bowler.Dropping Nathan Lyon who took 3 wickets at Chennai.And handing over one more Baggy Green,like cheap toffee,this time to a pathetic batsman cum bowler,Glenn Maxwell. Mitchell Johnson sitting out for him. For God's sake, WOT IS GOING ON?

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    Australia need a VERY GOOD quality leg spin bowler

  • POSTED BY madras_boy on | March 3, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    Well done Vijay. You have shut the mouth of whistle blowers from your performance and proved you are one of the better cricketers. Keep up your patience and you will be the best. Looks like Rahane / Mukund will take over from Sehwag from next match !

  • POSTED BY Alchem88 on | March 3, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    That was a superb performance from India...Cricinfo comments are quarreling over the Australian team selection as far spinners are concerned, but I do not think it would have made any difference with Lyon either...Pujara has once again shown that he is their for big innings with one test fifty and four hundreds... You can not blame Clarke for this in fact the failure is not from bowling but actually their top four batsmen have failed...Tough luck Aussies and i guess the debacle will continue at ashes as well.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | March 3, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    The only positive from this day is that hopefully we will never see Maxwell, Cowan and Doherty in a baggy green ever again

  • POSTED BY Snick_To_Backward_Point on | March 3, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    Lots of comments seem to be lambasting the Aussie selectors but the truth is Australia have one bat who would get into any international side and 1 bowler in PAttinson - who, despite the ridiculous comments from some is slightly above average on tracks that give him something but prone to injury. That is it. The cupboard is bare. There's no great talent waiting in the wings either. Talk of the Pakistani Kahwaja coming into the side is utterly irrelevant and suggesting a plaster for a gaping wound - he just isn't good enough. If this humiliation isn't yet sinking in to some of our more deluded cousins then the continued Aussie slide will do sooner or later.

  • POSTED BY LillianThomson on | March 3, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    Australia is paying a heavy price for sloppy preparation for this tour.

    England won in India three months ago primarily because they had learned from 5 away Tests against Pakistan and Sri Lanka that year.

    Australia arrived far too late in India, failed to play enough First Class warm-up matches - 3-4 was a bare minimum - and failed to have any Plan B in case "our seam bowlers will win it" failed.

    There were so many selection errors that it is hard to know where to start. Johnson has an acceptable bowling record in India and can bat - but he isn't Pattinson's opening partner. Whoever thought that Hughes and Wade could bat in the top six? And Maxwell and Doherty is an international-class spin pairing?

    To me it seems obvious that Steve O'Keefe should have been Lyon's spin twin. That Maxwell or Henriques could have batted at 6 and bowled a few overs, with Wade at 7, Johnson at 8, Pattinson at 9 and then O'Keefe and Lyon.

    Shane Warne had better want to be Cricket Czar..........

  • POSTED BY wnwn on | March 3, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    This has surely got to go down as the weakest Australian test team ever.

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | March 3, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    If players of India are judged based on their performance away on bouncy wickets same should be criteria for judging Aus, Sa,Eng etc batsmen on day 4 and 5 wickets of India.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    why every one talking only about ausi bowling, their batting is twice as bad as their bowlin

  • POSTED BY Sunil_Batra on | March 3, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    We've clearly been dominated today. India have outplayed us in every facet of this test match and series thus far. However, I won't blame our players. It isn't fair on them, they're busting a gut out their and doing their best.What isn't our best though, is the XI we've selected. When does the buck end and will the NSP be forced to take responsibility for their obvious short-comings?Usman Khawaja continues to warm the batsman's bench and gets rare and short opportunities to score big or get dropped, yet Cowan gets never ending chances. Haurtiz has been in great form over the last few seasons straight. Why he hasn't been in India from the get go is a total mystery.The bottom line is that the NSP needs to be held accountable for their failings. They have a simple job. Pick the best team. Yet it's obvious to all of us at home that Cowan and Maxwell are no where near that standard. Pick specialist players and not half done allrounders, its really that simple.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    One of the great dominating classic display of Test cricket here in Hyderabad. Pujara is the man in form and rhythm can score more and make yet another double ton or who know it may be above what Aussies can think to score in their second innings! It was also watchful how Vijay batted throughout the day and played a non-Vijay innings with his unusal calm,and focused defends. It is really a big issue for the visitors to put pressure on the oppositions and Clarke cant do something more with his 11 for this game. They should mind, it is India, and the tracks are flate, so they really should have went with Lyon in spite of his expensive yet wicket taking strengths. Hope to see some fine epic knocks tomorrow and may the day favour Aussies too!

  • POSTED BY Mitch1066 on | March 3, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    I think Australia will need pick themselves up for the rest series and for upcoming ashes . Seam Australia are in worse position then England

  • POSTED BY gnanzcupid on | March 3, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    Am suprised to see the wickets used in the two tests so far are not flat tracks as many expected. They had spin,bounce and swing. I think australians are playing poorly due to their lack of patience and some awful selection. Pujara is emerging as a competitor for amla in consistency.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    Aussies don't have any spinner to trouble India. If they don't want Lyon, I guess go with all pace attack. At least this is less crazier than the present set up.

  • POSTED BY Mitch1066 on | March 3, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    India may be winning and on top this series but why carnt there be humbleness rather than what appears to rhetoric every series at home ? Cricket ment be civilised sport un likely football sum of fan no better then local chav thug in football with what they say

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    Sehwag's last test? Most probably

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    atleast now, clarke should understand what a big mistake he made by brokering the omission of gifted players like simon katich and shaun marsh.....don't tell me that he had nothing to do with it.....the guy got away with his silly whims and fancies all these days on the bouncy tracks of australia, but he will now pay the penalty in this series.....and siddle is a joke on subcontinent tracks......not long ago, he was proclaimed the leader of the pace attack and now, the same guys who were enraptured by his '100% attitude' now want him out for good!! Strange tactics by the selectors.....Please wait till you see doherty getting murdered by the Indian middle order..... dhoni will be itching to get out there next up i guess....feel sorry for the aussies!!!

  • POSTED BY Slysta on | March 3, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    Feel embarrassed to have derided the efforts of the Indians over here 15 months ago. They fought much harder in Australia than we seem capable of over there. Selectors should hang their heads - surely the Cameron White experiment in 2008 should have ensured that Maxwell-types never get picked in India again. Maxwell and Smith shouldn't even be in the Indian touring party. And every domestic batsman back in Australia should hang his head as well, because the guys that cobbled 9/237 on this pitch really are the best bats we have. Shame.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    Looks like India could bat well into tomorrow putting 500 on the board and pummel us on the 4th day. But there's few easy answers to fixing this team.The batting is a major problem and the first step is to have Clarke batting at 3. Next step is send Watson back to opening and return to use him as a change bowler. His best batting average is at the top of the order, and in the warm up games he was the best batsman AND was opening. Use him as a change bowler as well, at least get him into the game with the ball somehow, he has a knack for making breakthroughs and surely he can bowl 5-10 overs periodically without injuring himself. Bring in Forrest and Khawaja for Hughes and Cowan. At least they're specialist bats. Henriques at 6, Wade at 7. Then Siddle, Pattinson, Starc, Johnson, Bird, Harris, Hilfenhaus. Whoever's fit and whoever will work best given the conditions. No point picking any spinners. If they aren't international level: Don't play them. And Maxwell is just horrible.

  • POSTED BY 5_day_tragic on | March 3, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    This is grim, but putting it in perspective an Aussie team that was chasing it's 17th straight win had as bad a day as this in India.

    It really shows how this Australian team has overachieved in the last year or so, based on some very good performances by individuals at the right time.

    As bad as Australia have been, I think some credit should go to the Indian team. They have been no doubt under the pump after what they have done lately and they have been every bit as good as Australia have been lacking. They weathered some decent bowling early then cashed in...just the way test batsmen should.

  • POSTED BY Jayzuz on | March 3, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    Well, the haters will come out in force, of course. But I might add the SA fans were threatening to abandon their team half way through the last series vs Australia just a few months ago, so badly were they getting hammered (484 runs in one day, anyone?). The Indian fans weren't too happy either, when Australia racked up about 500/1 on the SCG about a year or so ago. If the brains trust that is the selection panel for the Australian team actually chose a team that was suitable for these conditions, it would sure help things a little. What are Doherty and Maxwell doing bowling in a test match for Australia? These guys are not even close to test match standard spinners, & everyone knows that. Why aren't O'Keefe and Lyon working as a team here? Why are ODI/T20 specialists in the squad when we have O'Keefe sitting back in Oz with a much better 1st class record than Panasar? Beyond belief!

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    Indian cricketers still need to prove their mettle on foreign soil. Am pretty sure, if this match was on Aussie pitch, the match situation would have been quite different!

    Also remember, the next WC is in Aus!

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    Aus need to pick a "spinner" and give him a good run to see how he develops, regardless as otherwise all they do is ruin confidence and learn nothing about capabilities. Good temperament from the two Indians a very mature minded partnership which is taking the game and series away from opposition.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    T20 cricketers are not Test cricketers !! Clarke may be our world class Batsman but he is not our best Captain ! The BBL scheduling needs to be looked at ! Lyon bowled 2 set batsman in Tend, and Kohli >Lyon and Doherty needed to be selected ! Clarke bats far too low I'd have him at 3 ! Aust Selectors hang your head in shame !

  • POSTED BY Webba84 on | March 3, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    Positives for Australia are that Doherty and Maxwell are unlikely to make any future test appearances. Not much else from today though.

  • POSTED BY pincheater on | March 3, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    A lot of Aussie fans were complaining India getting all the LBW decisions in their favor while Australia got none. Now I know why. Neither these fearsome pace bowlers nor the awesome spinners could hit an Indian pad the whole day. I really miss Mitchell Johnson who with his left arm action and pace could have made a difference. Tomorrow hope they see some wickets fall. Well Played Pujara & Vijay. Pujara is classy but only needs to prove it overseas!!

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | March 3, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    To Aussie selectors, if your going to get belted at least get belted with your best XI. This line up made no sense at the toss and even less so now. What are you doing to us? Give us the best XI for Indian conditions. Don't let politics be the factor. Your embarrassing a proud cricketing nation with your own egos.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    Its not only weak Aussie Batters.. Its only how The Indians outplayed them in the match as well as the first test. Its now the tym for Sehwag to leave his place and give chances to the youngstar..!!

  • POSTED BY mkumar5106 on | March 3, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    Henriques and Doherty have higher bowling averages than Pujara and Vijay's batting average.

  • POSTED BY anupamm06 on | March 3, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    It would serve well for India to not consider Sehwag anymore in their long term plans. Given the number of opportunities, I must say Sehwag doesn't merit a place in the opening anymore. His body language does suggest he is quite low on confidence and doesn't suggest a temperament to the duties of an opening batsman. It would also suit us to give Dhawan a chance the next game especially when he is in the squad. On a different note, what was heartening to see today was Vijay's attitude - being patient, controlled and not giving it away. I think the company of Pujara provides a great calming influence to partner batsmen and this creates a great environment to build healthy partnerships. This is very good for Indian cricket, and personally I feel India needed a mature head especially during such a transition.

  • POSTED BY gnanzcupid on | March 3, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    Looking at who are yet to bat for india in this innings, i don see a lead anything short of 350. Maxwell's selection ahead of lyon is proving costly,nothing else would have been necessary.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    WELL DONE to the Indian boys Vijay and Pujara !! It was a treat to watch both these future pillars of India bat in a typical test match style of vintage purity. India looking good for 500+ in their first innings and a mammoth lead to pummel Australia. I feel sorry for Michael Clarke and his team. I am sure Lyon is quietly chuckling away at the hammering given to Doherty and Maxwell, his supposed replacements. What were the Aussie management thinking ? This is very poor stuff from Australia. India won't mind though, they are on their way to another test success. This is why test cricket is the pinnacle of the sport. It rewards hard work and gutsy performances.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    @mzm149 Watson has some injury issues, he is only a batsman for this series. Though wondering why Clarke didn't use his arm.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    The Aussies after the retirement of Ponting and Hussey look out of depth in these Indian conditions. They seem outclassed save for Clarke. The bowling looks spartan and the spinners don't even look club class. Will take a long time for them to unearth another Shane Warne or perhaps like he suggested, they should just recall him.

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | March 3, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    @Dylan Young, perhaps they are one of the worst Australian batting lineups, but they did score 800 runs for the loss of one wicket in the middle of the last series in AUS. Or did you forget that? India have just 500 to go to equal that.

  • POSTED BY matchfixerpkn on | March 3, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    this is beauty of test match...untill dhoni blast hundred every thing was balanced...suddenly due to dhonis innings and pressure from outside australian forced to do some change in second test and result was droping one of their best bet lion in second match..now they become more weak..and in next test mathc they will forced to much worse things... this is how test cricket worlks..one innings can completely shipf the moment to any side..

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | March 3, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    So India score lots of runs when we pick 2 bowlers and a few part-timers - incl. 2 short-format slow bowlers who aren't anywhere near the best spinners in the country (& we don't have too many getting around!). & this is supposed to be a surprise? I'm actually laughing, & I never thought I'd laugh at the AUS team! Siddle & Pattinson mostly bowled well, but the track just didn't offer anything, & all the batsmen did was block everything till the part-timers came on. Any fool could have predicted those tactics. But not the selectors, apparently! Simply the worst selections I have ever seen for an Australian team in 30 years.

  • POSTED BY Mervo on | March 3, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    Why is Johnson not playing. With more than 200 Test wickets and a batting average in the 20s he is certainly better than Doherty. At least Doherty knows he will never play Test again. What were the selectors thinking? Still we white washed India at home and retribution was coming with the rolled mud pitches.

  • POSTED BY Zippydidodah on | March 3, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    25 more runs for Pujara to pass 1000 test runs. If he does that in this innings, he would be equal 12th in the all time rankings for the the number of innings to get to 1000 test match runs. http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/283173.html

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | March 3, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    @Shan156: Kinda agree with you. In my eyes, Sehwag lost his claim after the failures in Aus. He should not have been picked after that but the Ind selectors hoped he would come good sooner than never. He came good soon after that but sadly never after that. Having said that, he has at least recognized that a prob cause of his repeated failures may be his eye sight. He should have had a LASIK to correct that but may be he comes in the high risk category, his being an Indian thinner cornea. One should be ruthless in such matters but now that he is using glasses, I really would want to give him 1 more test in the hope that he adjusts by then and then gets back to his brutal self. Don't forget he averaged 50+ as an opener for long. He has been a genius champion for us, sad if he goes off like this, heart would bleed.

    Yes I would criticize him for being unfit as a fielder and lazy as a catcher. That is a big fault. If he gets fit then he could play for 2-3 more years hopefully.

  • POSTED BY Mary_786 on | March 3, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    @Hyclass i share your frustration. Pattinson did well last game, but hasn't played for a full season out of the last two In saying that, tonight he has been off but you can't blame him as he is our best bowler. Doherty had 2 dropped catches off his bowling. Maxwell, even worse, at least the Indian IPL team (whichever it is) can see how they have wasted $1 million. These pitches don't suit Siddle at all. Lyon and Starc should have never been dropped for this test but hey the selectors dropped Starc from Boxing Day after taking 2 5'fers in case he got injured. Pattinson has played 2 in a row, he will be out next, just like Starc was. Khawaja needs to change his last name if he wants to get picked, he is our best young batsman but somehow he always misses. Can't blame Clarke for this one, don't reckon he got the team he wanted.

  • POSTED BY Ram-i on | March 3, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    I dont know if Shaun Marsh is fit, but he plays spin pretty well and he is acquainted to Indian conditions better than the rest of the pack...

  • POSTED BY Davcunto_Gravitas_Don_Statman on | March 3, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    Khawja is over rated as well. Now seeing the condition of their team many people suddenly want khawaja in but the truth is he only made couple of 20' and 30's in the practice game while facing 3rd class attack. Johnson, yeah bring him in why not, India can certainly afford to have a somebody 'not' bowling spin at them.They would happily smash johnson all day.

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | March 3, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    Why did Clarke not use himself or Watson for breakthrough is totally not understandable.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    Where is jonesy2 to put a deluded spin on what, to the rest of the cricketing world, is a total and utter hammering by India against the Aussies. In these post McGrath, Warne, Ponting and Hussey days, the Aussies are, at best, a second rate side. Clarke is the only player of class they have. Spinners? The Aussies have no spinners. They have club cricket level "slow bowlers".

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    What will the Aussies do now? Bring Lyon back and claim he was being rested?

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    When bowlers like ashwin, jadeja & harbhajan taking wickets, there must be something wrong on pitch..

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    I called it before the start of the series; this is one of the weakest Australian batting line-ups in recent decades. This Test match reaffirms that, if the first Test didn't.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    Congratulations Mr Pujara and Mr Vijay. Fine centuries to both of you in a sensationally played double century partnership.

    For those who are interested take a look at the run-rate graph. (http://www.espncricinfo.com/india-v-australia-2013/engine/match/598813.html)

    Run Rate 0-25 Overs - 1.6 RPO Run Rate 26-50 Overs - 3.0 RPO Run Rate 51-80 Overs - 4.9 RPO New Ball Taken Run Rate 81-86 Overs - 3.0 RPO

    Just beautifully paced Test Match batting.

  • POSTED BY hycIass on | March 3, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    This is very frustrating and dissapointng. India is on its way to erect a mammoth total. They have their entire batting waiting in the pavilion. I have no doubts they will go on a blistering attack from now on and we are in big trouble. And now this is getting embarrassing. Maxwell doesn't spin the ball, batsman such as Cowan that have failed time after time continues to occupy a position in the team and Watson who could bowl well in these conditions but is not available. Maybe once in a decade we could accept this sort of performance but I see nothing changing into the foreseeable future unless we stop playing favorites in selections. Maxwell and Cowan need to go, Khawaja and either of Starc/Lyon to come back next game.Maybe the purests are right and test cricket in Australia has been destroyed by the the T20 cricket but its just me losing it because this is very frustrating to watch as an Aussie fan.

  • POSTED BY Zippydidodah on | March 3, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    The new tactics for the Australian bowlers to get the batsmen out is to get them to retire hurt after pulling a muscle whilst lashing a full toss to the boundary.

  • POSTED BY Hammond on | March 3, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    Pujara must be the classiest looking batsman on the planet at the moment. A real test match batsman, not a brainless smasher. Australia just look bog average.

  • POSTED BY KhanMitch on | March 3, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    Mary and Edward I confess I'm not sure of the actual breakdown in numbers, but Khawaja was one player who was mucked around and has to come in for the next test as stated by Border and Laxman .In any case, the overlying argument stands, you can't have the two formats overlapping as it requires different mindsets & different skill sets.We aren't going to develop test class spinners through T20. They need to be nurtured through the Sheffield Shield. I would make it law if that is what is required - each shield team must carry one recognised & one all-round spinner.And captains need to rediscover the skill of setting fields for spinners & building pressure through patience.We're trashing our spinners in India for their lack of skill, yet it's our system & our attitudes that allowed this to happen in the first place.

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | March 3, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    Desperate times for Australia. India are ahead with 9 wickets in hand and looking set to build for an innings win. This is beginning to look more and more like 4-0 to India. The only thing that might stop it is lack of ambition on India's part, but that 4-0 defeat in Australia hurt them and they are not likely to want to show mercy.

  • POSTED BY sidgregory on | March 3, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    this has got to be the worst australian team i have ever seen. drop cowan,hughes,wade,henriquis,maxwell,doherty. add maddinson,burns,hartley,harris,coulter-nile,lyon. the indians must have been rubbing there hands together when they saw the squad we picked, WE DON'T HAVE THE SPINNERS TO WORRY THEM. we need to pick fast bowlers and get into their ribs.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    Except Pujara, I havnt seen any Indian batsman scoring 100 with his legs limping from the moment he came into bat. This is called the hunger and committment which most of Indian batsmen (specially SEHWAG) lack

  • POSTED BY Snick_To_Backward_Point on | March 3, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    Tell you what though, that declaration by Clarke is looking more and more inspired. It's totally bamboozled the Indian bats into making a record 2 wicket partnership.

  • POSTED BY Nathan_R_Patrick on | March 3, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    This is incredible. After a very very long time, we have seen #2 and #3 both scoring tons. But it is heartening to see the new names after Sachin and Rahul. IMHO, Sehwag's lifetime is close to getting over. Gambhir may have 3/4 yrs left. Next match, drop Swehwag and get Gambhir. He is hungry and will perform now. With Gambhir, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli at the top ... Dhoni can afford some rest :)

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | March 3, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    Lyon, Doherty, Maxwell: Continuing Australia long line of spinners who cannot turn the ball or offer up anything other than darts. Don't the Aussie Management realize that is the pre-requisite of any 'spinner', especially in India? All they have to rely on is Pattison's 80 mph trundlers. What a mess - the brittle top order well established, the captain who bats down at 5 or 6 refusing to help out those above him well known, and now there really is no one else. Wait a minute - Warner's on to bowl, he might be Australia secret weapon...

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    India is playing this Test Match BRILLIANTLY!!!

    Slow grinding game. They are not in a hurry. They realise the importance of this match, even if the Australian's don't. India are 1-up. Australia had to take 20-wickets to win the test match ... funny because Clarke made it so India only had to take 19-wickets ... and you select Doherty and Maxwell. How absolutely foolish!! I feel that they were only selected to make Wade look better.

    By the end of tomorrow ... unless the Indian's decide to give away their wickets ... Pattinson won't have a shoulder and Siddle won't have a back, potentially reducing their impact on following tests.

    Doherty will be even less impotent than he is now as he understands what it takes to bowl 60 overs in an innings ... just a little bit harder than T20 or ODI. As for Maxwell .... why is he even on tour!! He should be made to give back the Baggy Green!!

    I've written it all before!!!!

    Australian Selectors .... JI, AB, RM and MJ Clarke .... take a bow!!!

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | March 3, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    @Jono Makim . I guess there is nothing wrong with optimism, but i have watched Doherty perform at the SCG where the NSW batsmen totally dominated him on a turning track. When you have current fc figures of 2/180 in 4 games in the Sheffield Shield, I would suggest that if he went thruogh this Indian batting lineup, serious questions would have ot be asked of India! But Clarke got the team he wanted, for all his cricket knowledge, he missed this (& Maxwell's inclusion) big time.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    had clarke opened the bowling with maxwell, sehwag would have scored a 50. So it is Clarke who should be blamed for sehwag not scoring runs

  • POSTED BY drnaveed on | March 3, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    playing in this part of the world ( sub-continent) is totally different from playing at home for the Australians.just imagine, they had to drop a bowler of the caliber of Starc for this test match, which they would not have even thought of, had they been playing at home.same is the story of our Pakistani side, they somehow manage with 3 to 4 spinners on U.A.E. pitches or while playing in asia, but when they go out to play in Aus,Eng and SA, they have to bring in more fast bowlers in the side in place of the spinners, which disturbs the balance of the team, which we were used to ,and hence we don't get the desired results.again , same is the case is with this indian side.i think, this AUS side cannot win here with the lot of mediocre spin bowlers ,they have brought here to india.

  • POSTED BY RednWhiteArmy on | March 3, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    Australia should have brought in the Pakistan born lad & moved the Portugese bloke up the order.

    I aint Lyon.

  • POSTED BY sando31 on | March 3, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    My problem is that we have the talent and skill to be the best in the world in my mind, but the selectors won't play the best team. I myself like doherty but he's done nothing to constitute selection, nor has Maxwell.

    According to me, the best Aus TEST team by current form and application should be:

    David Warner, Chris Rogers, Michael Clarke(c), Usman Khawaja, Adam Voges, Moises Henriques, Matthew Wade, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Jackson bird/Nathan Coulter-Nile, Steve O'keefe/Fawad Ahmed

    Reserves: Mitch Johnson, Chadd Sayers, James Faulkner, Alaister Mcdermott, Shaun Marsh, Phil Hughes, Mitch Starc, Pat Cummins(when not injured), Ashton Agar

  • POSTED BY Mary_786 on | March 3, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    @Edwards_Anderson i agree with most of what you say but i wouldn't have dropped Cowan, how else do you get confidence in your front line spinner. I would have played Lyon for sure. And given the way Maxwell has bowled its har to understand that we dropped a full time bowler for him, this Also it beggars belief that Cowan, who, if viewed as a specialist batsman, hasn't been convincing at Test level especially after having gotten such an extended run while players like Hughes and Khawaja are dropped consistently. At least by England the side should look something like: Watson Warner Hughes Khawaja Clarke Henriques Wade Siddle Pattinson Starc Lyon

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    Doherty is bowling pretty well here for mine. He just needs to get lots of overs in, he´ll take wickets. Very poor tactics after lunch though. Going through all the quicks first and wearing them out when they should have had Doherty on at one end with the quicks holding from the other. Instead they were allowed to negate Doherty because he had to bowl with Maxwell. Extremely poor. The pitch is looking more spin friendly as the day progresses. I seriously like Doherty´s chances here in the last session, if the Aussies can just take one, who knows, they may get a few. They just need to fight and focus on bowling six deliveries an over in the right place, something the quicks really failed to do in the middle session. Well batted India, very well in fact! Showing the Aussies how its done with zero risk batting. We are losing here but I hope we are learning too.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    Oh dear. Can things possibly get any worse for Australia? I fear so. The batting has let us down badly in this Test and now the bowlers just can't penetrate, although they all bowled reasonably well in today's first session. just five sessions into the second Test and already minds are turning to selections for the third Test to try and save the series. Barring a massive form turnaround in the second innings, Hughes and Cowan simply have to go. Smith and Khawaja deserve their chance and can hardly do worse. Johnson for Maxwell. This Test decides whether Doherty stays or Lyon returns.

  • POSTED BY broken_chairs on | March 3, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    haha this is pretty grim for australia :(

  • POSTED BY AhmedEsat on | March 3, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    Goo to see Test match batting from India. Australia's top order by comparison batted like they were in the Big Bash series. We know that Khawaja has got Test Match temperament but the selectors have not given him enough exposure. Even participation in the West Indies One Day series would have helped. Aussies slowly but surely being snuffed out!

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | March 3, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    @Shan156: I totally agree with you. For an English supporter, you sure do know stuff about Indian cricket. Nice to see that and much appreciated.

  • POSTED BY Shaggy076 on | March 3, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    Australian selectors time to take a good hard look at yourself. You have dropped Lyon for Maxwell and looking at there bowling abilities Maxwell doesnt even come close. Stop it with the bits and pieces players and pick the best batsman and the best bowlers. This has been a good pitch, the umpiring has been fine and the performance quite disgraceful. I can live with the first test, as first test on Indian soil and a spinners deck prepared but this test the batting and selection has been poor.

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | March 3, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    So Maxwell has scored 13 runs and is going for the same economy rate as Lying without looking threatening in the least. Lyon would have enjoyed this wicket.

  • POSTED BY MakersName on | March 3, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    Before Australia can even dream of a victory, they must first be competitive through the majority of sessions. Australia are not doing this. Having a plan is good; be agressive. However, it's more important sometimes to simply preserve your wicket. Australia are simply not doing this. Warner, Cowan and Watson were the most guilty of this. Kumar opened with a good spell, asking questions of a batsman's technique and temperament, and the top order was found wanting. Warner was late and with angled bat, Cowan (regardless of a questionable pitching outside of leg delivery) failed to play down the right line and Watson couldn't control himself when Kumar dropped one in short, despite being not many runs for 2 wickets and the variable bounce already seen. The Indian top order have shown what to do, respect the position of the game first and then play each ball on its merits. They have preserved their wicket first to ensure they can compete in future sessions when batting is more favorable.

  • POSTED BY RednWhiteArmy on | March 3, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    I reckon India should get about 400 ahead of australia & then declare.

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | March 3, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    After doing the right thing and showing faith in Lyon, Clark make possibly his greatest blunder since he became captain. Instead of Lyon getting valuable experience in a series we won't win anyway because the top order is too fragile, all he did was realise that he'll get dropped for a one day specialist and a rubbish test "all rounder" who'll go for more runs while posing no danger at all.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    will anybody explain me why Llyon was dropped and why Maxwell is playing in his place?in the first tests Lyon did'nt bowl badly,its just one of the great innings from Dhoni which made the difference,seriously if aus managament cannot show confidence to a spinner then he's not going to succeed,even the great Shane Warne went for 200+ runs against india in his debut but luckily Aus showed faith in him..i can clearly see that both Doherty and Maxwell are nowhere near Llyon in terms of variation and consistency

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | March 3, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    This is not looking good for Australia. Dunkirk Day is not going well so far.

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | March 3, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    some aus fans were saying pattinson is best fast bowler on tour . wat happened today?? he is just confidence bowler like bhajji. he got dhoni when he was playing freely at 200+, sehwag dismissal was a freak. bhuvi is best fast bowler on these pitches . patto is being ruthlessly exposed by indian batsmen in hyderabad test . it wud be a big surprise if he takes 2 wickets in this test. so much for being pace heavy attack.

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | March 3, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    Australia being humiliated here. A wonderful sight. Ain't cricket a beautiful thing.

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | March 3, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    Australia should have gone in with an unchanged side or perhaps Johnson for Starc, or even X for Starc

  • POSTED BY Edwards_Anderson on | March 3, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    The Indians are grinding us down, 1/111. For all the complaints about Wade, he's hardly the major issue at hand here. We have a front line spinner who bowls 89kmh darts every single delivery and gets flogged for 5 runs an over (and then people wonder why he is dropped). A world class fast bowler who gets on the park for a test and dominates and then breaks down. A top order that may as well not even go out to bat, we may as well open with Clarke in India? I mean seriously it's a worthwhile consideration. Phil Hughes looks so out of his depth it isn't funny. Cowan is quickly running out of credits, if not so already(he has to be the one to make way). Khawaja has to come in, if not now then when. Watson has to bowl otherwise i wouldn't play him in future series and yes he should open the batting. And finally Dhoni; despite that magnificent 224 (which was just sublime) has been abysmal behind the stumps, worse so than Wade. You would have to think Holland or Hauritz will be next in

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    I think it's time to look at Sehwag's future with the team. He's clearly past his prime and has been for the last 2-3 years. His vision is not at its best either, courtesy those glasses. I don't mind him playing for the remainder of this series. However, India's tour to SA later this year should be kept in mind. I don't think Sehwag is good enough to score against the world's no. 1 bowling side in their own conditions. Perhaps, he could be pushed down the order. But I feel the selectors should be proactive and talk to Sehwag. We don't need passengers any more in Indian test cricket. Some very talented youngsters are waiting in the shed.

  • POSTED BY Srilanka-rules on | March 3, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    @V.GOMES What is going on here as it seems it is very unfair that Aus got less wickets compared to Indians 29-13 in this tour. Aus got only 13 wickets but its still not counting. oh! what to do now?

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    Australia being humiliated here. A wonderful sight. Ain't cricket a beautiful thing.

  • POSTED BY SRV_india on | March 3, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    Why do we need Sehwag, Ishant or bhajji in team. Do we want to prove with 8 players itself we can win the test match in India.

  • POSTED BY Shan156 on | March 3, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    I think it may be time for Sehwag to be dropped. India has so much talent waiting in the wings that it is silly of the selectors waiting for the, what looks like, "past it" Sehwag to perform. Yes, he scored a ton in Ahmedabad against us but that was his first after 2 years and he didn't do anything great for the rest of the series. He has been dropping vital catches. He is 34 and, at this age, it is hard for him to make a return to his old self. India should start looking beyond him for talented youngsters. They may not match a Sehwag in his prime but they don't need to be. They don't need to blaze away from the start. India could return to traditional test match openers with the likes of Vijay, Rahane, Dhawan, Mukund, and the likes. Gambhir could make a comeback to the squad based on his domestic performances too. But, Sehwag should go.

  • POSTED BY Sendhil.Kumaran on | March 3, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    India at best can drop Ishant and bring in Shikhar Dhawan. Murali & Shikar to open, Sehwag at No. 6. Ashwin can share new ball. Virat & Sehwag can pitch in for a few overs. This would work if India churns out another dust bowl for next test match.

  • POSTED BY Mitty2 on | March 3, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    Good discipline from Australia. But sadly, that's the only way we are going to take wickets. Doherty is meant to be an equivalent to jadeja, economical and supporting the other bowlers by not giving anything away. He is no strike bowler and turned just one bowl in that spell, he has control but nothing much else. Henriques can do the exact same thing in being tight, so how Doherty is placed as the lead bowler is beyond me. At least Lyon bowled the occasional wicket taking delivery and would've had 5 if it weren't for wade.

    And for maxwells inclusion... That means only three specialist bowlers, if you're not in the best for a specific category relating to the conditions, then why be selected ?

    I said the same for henriques, but he had first class form to back it up.

    With the pitch not giving much and pattinson and siddle not being swing bowlers, and with the lack of wicket taking spinners, I'll be very surprised if we bowl them out for under 400.

    Doherty please prove me wrong.

  • POSTED BY Mr_Ronan on | March 3, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    India need to show WAY more positive intent after lunch because they'be batted themselves into a hole. It's fine to survive but the lack of singles, let alone boundaries, allows the bowlers to settle into a rhythm. Then it's just a matter of time before the ball does something a bit extra and the slow-scoring batsman has to trudge off.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    Most important think that V. Sehwag don't have a good form. Wish him for a royal comeback.

  • POSTED BY JinnyBoy13 on | March 3, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    India are on top at the moment, but hope Aus can win

  • POSTED BY JinnyBoy13 on | March 3, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    India are on top at the moment, but hope Aus can win

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    Most important think that V. Sehwag don't have a good form. Wish him for a royal comeback.

  • POSTED BY Mr_Ronan on | March 3, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    India need to show WAY more positive intent after lunch because they'be batted themselves into a hole. It's fine to survive but the lack of singles, let alone boundaries, allows the bowlers to settle into a rhythm. Then it's just a matter of time before the ball does something a bit extra and the slow-scoring batsman has to trudge off.

  • POSTED BY Mitty2 on | March 3, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    Good discipline from Australia. But sadly, that's the only way we are going to take wickets. Doherty is meant to be an equivalent to jadeja, economical and supporting the other bowlers by not giving anything away. He is no strike bowler and turned just one bowl in that spell, he has control but nothing much else. Henriques can do the exact same thing in being tight, so how Doherty is placed as the lead bowler is beyond me. At least Lyon bowled the occasional wicket taking delivery and would've had 5 if it weren't for wade.

    And for maxwells inclusion... That means only three specialist bowlers, if you're not in the best for a specific category relating to the conditions, then why be selected ?

    I said the same for henriques, but he had first class form to back it up.

    With the pitch not giving much and pattinson and siddle not being swing bowlers, and with the lack of wicket taking spinners, I'll be very surprised if we bowl them out for under 400.

    Doherty please prove me wrong.

  • POSTED BY Sendhil.Kumaran on | March 3, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    India at best can drop Ishant and bring in Shikhar Dhawan. Murali & Shikar to open, Sehwag at No. 6. Ashwin can share new ball. Virat & Sehwag can pitch in for a few overs. This would work if India churns out another dust bowl for next test match.

  • POSTED BY Shan156 on | March 3, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    I think it may be time for Sehwag to be dropped. India has so much talent waiting in the wings that it is silly of the selectors waiting for the, what looks like, "past it" Sehwag to perform. Yes, he scored a ton in Ahmedabad against us but that was his first after 2 years and he didn't do anything great for the rest of the series. He has been dropping vital catches. He is 34 and, at this age, it is hard for him to make a return to his old self. India should start looking beyond him for talented youngsters. They may not match a Sehwag in his prime but they don't need to be. They don't need to blaze away from the start. India could return to traditional test match openers with the likes of Vijay, Rahane, Dhawan, Mukund, and the likes. Gambhir could make a comeback to the squad based on his domestic performances too. But, Sehwag should go.

  • POSTED BY SRV_india on | March 3, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    Why do we need Sehwag, Ishant or bhajji in team. Do we want to prove with 8 players itself we can win the test match in India.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    Australia being humiliated here. A wonderful sight. Ain't cricket a beautiful thing.

  • POSTED BY Srilanka-rules on | March 3, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    @V.GOMES What is going on here as it seems it is very unfair that Aus got less wickets compared to Indians 29-13 in this tour. Aus got only 13 wickets but its still not counting. oh! what to do now?

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    I think it's time to look at Sehwag's future with the team. He's clearly past his prime and has been for the last 2-3 years. His vision is not at its best either, courtesy those glasses. I don't mind him playing for the remainder of this series. However, India's tour to SA later this year should be kept in mind. I don't think Sehwag is good enough to score against the world's no. 1 bowling side in their own conditions. Perhaps, he could be pushed down the order. But I feel the selectors should be proactive and talk to Sehwag. We don't need passengers any more in Indian test cricket. Some very talented youngsters are waiting in the shed.