India v Australia, 2nd Test, Hyderabad, 4th day

India go 2-0 up after Australia capitulate

The Report by Siddarth Ravindran

March 5, 2013

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India 503 (Pujara 204, Vijay 167, Maxwell 4-127) beat Australia 237 for 9 dec (Clarke 91, Wade 62, Jadeja 3-33, Bhuvneshwar 3-53) and 131 (Ashwin 5-63, Jadeja 3-33) by an innings and 135 runs
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Ravindra Jadeja struck three times on the fourth morning, India v Australia, 2nd Test, Hyderabad, 4th day, March 5, 2013
Ravindra Jadeja hastened Australia's slide to defeat © BCCI
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When India's confidence was rattled by the drubbings in Australia and England over the past two years, they took solace in their outstanding home record. Even that bit of relief had been taken away when Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann outspun India earlier this season, but India's belief at home has come surging back with two thumping victories over Australia.

Though it was widely expected that Australia would go down on the fourth day, few thought it would happen with the embarrassing rapidity that it did. Australia's batsmen were once again nonplussed by the turning ball to subside to 131 all out, handing India an innings-and-135-run victory and a 2-0 series lead.

If Australia's chances were slim at the start of the day, they vanished with two deliveries of vastly contrasting quality. Ishant Sharma got his first wicket of the series with a harmless ball sliding down the leg side which Shane Watson guided through to the wicketkeeper. Ravindra Jadeja, usually the butt of derogatory jokes from Indian fans despite a stellar first-class record, then produced the ball of the match, a delivery that drifted onto middle stump and spun back to beat Michael Clarke's forward defensive to crash into off.

From then it was only a matter of time. Ed Cowan had gritted it out for nearly three hours, forgetting the deliveries that ripped past his outside edge to concentrate afresh. Jadeja, with his tail up after that magic ball to Clarke, ended Cowan's resistance on 44 as an edge ricocheted off MS Dhoni's gloves deflected to Virender Sehwag at slip.

It got even better for Jadeja soon after as he lasered in a throw from cover to run out Moises Henriques, who was yards out despite Jadeja fumbling the ball before collecting it.

Then the man who started Australia's slide on Monday evening, R Ashwin, took over. He has kept his Twenty20 variations to a minimum this series, and cleverly used them against the lower order. Glenn Maxwell was looking towards square leg after attempting a flick only to be confounded by the carrom ball that was heading for the off stump. There was time left for Ashwin to complete his eighth five-for in 11 home Tests.

While the capitulation on Tuesday morning was painful viewing for Australia fans, much of the damage had been done by the batting failure on the first day, when the pitch was at its best. Just three months ago, the much-coveted No. 1 Test ranking was within Australia's grasp and Clarke and the team management seemed to be able to do no wrong. After the two defeats, he will be assailed by questions, just as Dhoni has been over the past couple of years.

The result will be a major source of relief for Dhoni, who after settling doubts over his Test batting in Chennai has now become India's most successful Test captain with 22 wins.

The next match is in Mohali, typically a swing-friendly surface, but given Australia's ineptness against spin, the curators are likely to work overtime to produce a turning track there as well.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by premnauth on (March 7, 2013, 23:24 GMT)

How will indian cricket progress if only on spin doctored wicket they are winning? what message is being sent to young fast bowlers? How will their young batsman handle the likes of styne morkle, patterson and finn etc.the time have come for indian cricket to make the bold move and start preparing their youngsters on fast bowling friendly wicket so they can feel at home overseas

Posted by Shaggy076 on (March 6, 2013, 22:14 GMT)

BobMartin - GO for England produce rank turners, are you able to produce the same dusty type of pitch that India prepare? Remember if its a slow turner like Sri Lanka we won over there and England didnt.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (March 6, 2013, 21:55 GMT)

Commiserations to Team Australia and Australian fans. Congratulations to Team India. Very strong performance. Aussie loss is not as a big a worry as the loss without any grit, determination and fight. Really felt sorry for them. Michael Clarke is due for a failure. What exactly would happen in such a test match with remaining batsmen scoring just the way they scored so far? Match would be done and dusted on 2nd or 3rd day. That's not what I want from the Aussies, with Ashes coming up. I want them to believe in themselves, back their skills and go and win Ashes. Please Clarke, pick Khawaja and Lyon for the next match. I don't see any point in ignoring your lead spinner in spin friendly conditions! Try to practice on uneven pitches. That would help immensely. Think!

Posted by bobmartin on (March 6, 2013, 19:36 GMT)

What's all this guff about England won't provide spinning wickets... Why wouldn't they ? The Aussies have proved ineffective against India's spinners and England have better spinners than India. So if England can beat India at their own game in their own backyard..Aussie spin would hold no fears for the England batters.. On the other hand superior English spinners might put the wind up the Aussies..

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (March 6, 2013, 18:29 GMT)

It's time to get rid of Ishant Sharma and Sehwag. They are biggest non-performers for India. We can't win with such non-performers against a tough opponent like England or South Africa. Every team member needs to perform. If someone can't perform, Selectors should find a replacement - that's their main and only job. Jaffer/Chand can replace Sehwag and Shami Ahmed can replace Ishant.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (March 6, 2013, 13:51 GMT)

Indian Selectors - Now is the time to plan for the future. Get rid of 2 of our biggest non-performers - Sehwag and Ishant Sharma. We have an in-form Jaffer and Unmukt Chand who can do a better job than Sehwag. Shami Ahmed has already proved that he's a better bowler than Ishant.

Posted by ScottStevo on (March 6, 2013, 13:25 GMT)

@brusselslion, Kumar didn't really trouble too much. Look at his 3 wickets, an inside edge onto the stumps, a very dodgy lbw and another lbw from a short ball that didn't bounce...Nonetheless, I am fearful of our batting line up in England, as there's not a lot of experience in the side, but there's no questioning they'll be a lot more comfortable on English wickets against seam bowling than they are on dust bowls against spinners...

Posted by   on (March 6, 2013, 11:02 GMT)

@ Shaggy076 ..... I am actually a lot more positive about Australian Cricket than many others who have posted here. I just wished that people would be a little bit more honest about performances over the past 3-years. I don't get hyped up about one innings or one match .... I use a different set of statistics.

Playing India in India when they just lost at home to England was going to be hard, but to do this with GM, XD and SS in the squad, and then lose Bird without replacement, and Watson was never going to play all Tests .... it's just dysfunctional.

There is something going on in CA and, whatever it is, it is not allowing the best cricket players in Australia to play for their country. It appears to me that there other agendas on the table, other than talent, when choosing a squad or a team. From my perspective the current CA show no vision and no planning.

For example .... all of a sudden we have Hayden and Warne helping the Team. I am sorry Coaching Staff, YOU ARE TOO LATE!!!

Posted by thegoodgame on (March 6, 2013, 8:48 GMT)

Australia are a very young test team, hopefully the fans wont judge them too harshly. Its not easy for youngsters to cope in test matches when all of your legends have retired in recent times. India were in a better situation (with Sachin, Gambhir, Sehwag, Dhoni, Zaheer still around to anchor the transition) and yet lost against England - so while I'm happy for India, its not yet a champion side. Australia on the other hand have had very little anchor for the transition, and have yet done very well at home. So, lets not go overboard, and just enjoy this series for the new talents which will emerge and not as battle between 2 superpowers (which they no longer are). ...India.

Posted by aus_trad on (March 6, 2013, 8:24 GMT)

Unmitigated disaster for Aus. Then again, it's hard to win tests when you're a man down. The way I see it, the people who chose the Aus side for this match decided, in their wisdom, to go in with only 5 specialist batsmen, and just 2 front-line, test quality bowlers (Siddle & Pattinson) - and this after a first test in which both the batting & the bowling struggled. If someone can explain the logic behind the decision to play two all-rounders (Henriques & Maxwell) who are not (and never will be) test standard with either bat or ball, & a main spinner (Doherty) who likewise is not test standard, I would be glad to hear it. I reckon those 3 are each worth about 2/3 of a true test player...which means they equate to only 2 test players between then - hence Aus were effectively a man down in this match. It all boils down to the fact that test cricket is a game for specialists, not ""bits & pieces" players. This series might have at least been a contest had Aus fielded a proper test side.

Posted by arun_padmanabhan on (March 6, 2013, 7:57 GMT)

This victory has shadowed the poor form of Viru. Giving a fair run to a new-comer is ok but not to a saesoned campaigner like him. He should have scored big in either of the matches if he had any wish to be on the plane to SA. Now , he has to go. The best replacement is Gautam Gambhir and not Shikhar Dhawan due to a couple of factors : 1.)Gambhir has played in SA before and played really well. 2.) There are only 2 more tests before that tour. Throwing in Shikhar may not be a good idea. In Vijay and GG , we will have a pair that has opened in SA before. I still feel GG has a good technique . All we have to hope is that he has got rid of his annoying habit of prodding outside off.

Posted by SRIDWI on (March 6, 2013, 7:33 GMT)

Had varun aron or umesh yadav been fit enough, Ishant would not have got any chance this series. His bunny - ponting is also not around, so there is no point in keeping him. Shami ahmed should be tried. If the mohali pitch is sustained with the same kind of bounce and carry, it is ideal to play 3 seamers - kumar, shami and pankaj singh. Instead of pankaj singh, we can also try Iswar pande to add batting depth. Ashwin can be the solitary spinner. batting line up can be Dhawan, vijay, pujara, sachin, kohli, sehwag, dhoni, then comes the 4 bowlers. The seaming track should be a test for us before we go to south africa

Posted by Paddy789 on (March 6, 2013, 7:23 GMT)

India, go for 4-0 this the best chance we have...

Posted by Chris_P on (March 6, 2013, 6:17 GMT)

@Meety, pretty much who I would select as well, but I have my doubts about Khawaja & his playing of spin. Having seen him play many times at the SCG, he really did look uncomfortable against it, unlike Smith who has really worked on his technique. I think a good ploy not to select Pattinson, his performances will be needed later, although I doubt he will be rested. I guess if there are positives (& this is straw clutching here!) we lost 10 wickets for 131 while India last 9 wickets for 116 after being 1/387!

Posted by Alexk400 on (March 6, 2013, 5:26 GMT)

people like to blame aussie batting , it was aussie bowling rendered impotent in indian pitches. That is all. Except pattinson these bowlers should be selected to play against india. In india bowlers has to be fast or good swing bowler. Hit the deck bowlers will be rendered useless in this flat pitches that ball bounces max to knee, Where is hilfenhaus?.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (March 6, 2013, 4:54 GMT)

Joseph Langford; I have looked at those games and fully understand that we are not the brilliant side we once were. As you pointed out we have a very good tail and we usually have someone that performs for us in any given innings which has culminated in good results. What you need to understand is that Cowan, Warner, Watson and Hughes although struggling at test level are the players with the best shield records of late (except for Rogers), these are our best players and bringing someone else in isnt going to change much. If you look at the history of touring India, we even struggled with our great sides because the game that is played on these surfaces is completely alien to us. Its only going to get harder and harder to win here because the IPL will always occur in April and we need to scrape in a tour between Mid Feb and March so as to not compete with our Australian summer. Players are never going to get the warm up games thus experience can only come from playing test matches.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (March 6, 2013, 4:35 GMT)

First of all, I thought India played one heck of a game to smash the Aussies who as I had predicted from the start were no good to compete with India. Secondly, it's time some people admitted that the Aussies don't know how to play spin. The same can be said about MOST of the English batsmen barring Cook, KP and Bell. So I would quite appreciate it if some of the English fans maintain an air of civility and modesty in the face of a surprisingly remarkable test series victory against India. As to the Aussie supporters, I admire the honesty and open minded comments from some of you. It takes a lot of guts to own up to your team's weakness and lack of spirit. Also, some of the Indian fans need to be quiet until we are done with the 4th test. Our team should quit relaxing and get to the nets immediately to win the next test. Nothing short of a 4-0 win will satisfy Indian fans. For the last time, I am SICKENINGLY tired of some people putting down India's wins owing to spinning pitches.

Posted by OttawaRocks on (March 6, 2013, 4:32 GMT)

Well if the Aussies really want to compete they need to draft Hussey and Ponting into the team but hey, wait a minute...

Posted by Avi56 on (March 6, 2013, 4:04 GMT)

After this match i can really say India played an excellent match with all the members of the team have contributed to the team...with the top order batting exceptional...all the bowlers contributed well...and even better was the usage of b kumar...the feilding was also briliant....The chennai test was not really a great match but this is for sure an amazing match.

Posted by   on (March 6, 2013, 3:19 GMT)

The difference between Eng & Aus is that Eng players stood up to spin and were a lot more effective against spin while Aus players except Clark and slightly Cowan. And their spin bowlers were better than Aus. So India should actually count themselves lucky. Dhoni never has batted like he did in the 1st test. if he had, we could have been a little better. He used to poke (scoop) at deliveries outside off and get out. Indian players were all humbled by Eng and this time they are a lot more circumspect. I also hate the way Dhoni is using Harbajan. He is not giving him a chance at all in my opinion (especially in the 2nd inn. Look at the amt of overs Jadeja and Ashwin bowled. How else can a bowler get to taking wickets? No one starts taking wickets right away especially once he is out of form. U took him in the team and just keep him there? Now that Dhoni got 200 he is safe for another 10 or more tests.

Posted by TRAM on (March 6, 2013, 3:04 GMT)

Mr. Dhoni, congratulations. For the 3rd & 4th test can you please consider this approach: REST Ashwin, Pujara. (I assume they are certainties for SA tour). DROP Sehwag, Harbajan and Ishant. So you get 5 vacant spots. Bring in the replacements: Ohja, Dhawan, Rahane, Mukund, UYadav/Dinda/YPathan. Having only 4 bowlers is not new for you. You can use Kholi, Sachin as rare spare bowlers. Let them tune up their bowling in the next several days break. Especially Sachin could be good (both kinds of spin). You are guaranteed of far better fielding unit as well. So, the 11 is: Vijay,Dhawan,Mukund,Kholi,SRT,Rahane,Dhoni,RJadeja,BKumar,Ohja,UYadav/Dinda/YPathan

Of course SRT can also be rested as usual, but I doubt if he can succeed any more in SA (and MTiwary can come in).

Thanks.

Posted by Alexk400 on (March 6, 2013, 2:50 GMT)

I Am not Dhoni fan. Actually i think he is lucky. That said he is only sportsperson in India who deserve Bharat ratna. Not Sachin. we need to appreciate leadersip quality. If india need to survive we need leaders and there is no better leader than dhoni. That said i do not like him to be dhoni as test captain. I prefer kohli. Because we have to replenish the ranks. Young people should get groomed. Dhoni is getting old. I will let kohli test captain for weaker teams. And dhoni coach him. Also i want sehwag dumped and i am sehwag fan. But i am no fanatic.I like production. You produce you stay philosophy. Sehwag is looking like blind man. Its awful to watch. Can some one prescribe a doctor in USA for laser surgery for his eye?. With spectacles he is useless!.

Posted by indirockz on (March 6, 2013, 2:46 GMT)

Seriously people... whenever India wins at home, its always the pitch, isn't it? If the pitch is so dead why didn't Oz batsmen score tons against "Mediocre bowling attack" as referred by many of you? You come to this part of the world and you don't expect seaming and bouncing tracks. That's the whole idea behind playing globally. When India visits overseas, they don't expect the tracks to turn and that goes same for other teams who visit the subcontinent. That's why it is called one of the toughest challenges which every captain wants to conquer.

Posted by   on (March 6, 2013, 2:44 GMT)

@brenno23 I do remember how you got thrashed in the past 2 test series here,do you?This is Australia's 4th loss in a row in India.No big deal,right?

Posted by V-Man_ on (March 6, 2013, 2:41 GMT)

Hughes is a lost cause. Just not worthy of the favourable treatment bestowed by selectors who engaged Rob Quiney as a human shield against South Africa, in turn allowing Hughes an easy kill when the less-intimidating Sri Lankans turned up. He needs to go. Usman Khawaja deserves his chance. Shane Watson's role as a non-bowling all-rounder isn't seemed to be working. He either needs to start bowling again or dropped. The two for the price of one all-rounder has always been madness in Australia. There are only three genuine all-rounder in Aus who I consider test quality Watson (Doesn't want to bowl anymore), Henriques and O'Keefe. Since they are playing in India O'Keefe should have been one of the first choice.

Posted by V-Man_ on (March 6, 2013, 2:39 GMT)

I think Australia got in to a false sense of security. They hammered SL and WI at home then saw India just been humbled at home by England. They thought we just need to show up and we will win. And Before dropping any players I would like to see some of the selector being sacked. If a player is dropped for poor performance then same should be for the selectors. After all they are the one who put those players in the team in the first place. Its same as sending a newly medicine graduate to perform a brain surgery and then blaming him for stuffing it up. I really would like to see most of these selector sacked after the tour.

Posted by WC2011Champs on (March 6, 2013, 2:37 GMT)

Since it's swing friendly Mohali, would like to see Shami back in playing XI with Bhuvi and Ishant. Bhuvi and Shami have bowled well together and SA tour preparation and the pace attack has to be at the back of selectors' mind. Irfan Pathan, Zaheer and Yadav must all be fit for SA and English tours.

Posted by henchart on (March 6, 2013, 2:10 GMT)

Clarke moving up to No. 4 in batting order now is akin to locking the stable after the Horses have bolted.Hussey should have been asked to delay his retirement till Indian tour was over.Oz desperately need experience to tackle spin on Indian pitches which Mr.Cricket would have provided.Warner ,Cowan and Watson seem incapable of staying at the crease and building an innings like Cook,Trott,Petersen and Bell did for England few months ago in India.Let us face it, England is next only to Proteas. Australia,India and Pakistan have hell a lot of catching up to do.

Posted by   on (March 6, 2013, 1:59 GMT)

Fellow Indian brethren...let's not get excited too soon. India has beaten a VERY average side on Indian pitches. This same Australian side could well have beaten India on Australian pitches. Sehwag, Tendulkar, I. Sharma must rest for a few months/years. Let's give Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Rasool, and other quickies a chance now so they can succeed overseas. Very disappointed with Sehwag, Tendulkar and I. Sharma. Please take and nice shower and move to domestic cricket to get some killer instinct. What the hell has happened to I. Sharma? Sehwag and Tendulkar can be expected but the lack of Indian pace is pathetic. Eat more meat...from the US South y'all...!!!!

Posted by WC2011Champs on (March 6, 2013, 1:53 GMT)

Congrats India! Had to log in to take my comments back on Vijay batting after first test. What a turnaround and what determination! Vijay looked rock solid in second test and hearty congratulations on being the first Indian opener to have gone past 150 in last three years. I had always liked him and think he has the appetite to produce such innings regularly. Players like him, Rahane, Pujara, Kohli, Manoj, Unmukt must be kept away from T20. ODIs are ok. Vijay was tentative in first test and Rahane also looked very fidgety in recent ODIs against Pak after a series of T20s games and lost his place in ODIs against England. Gambhir went from playing long innings to poking at every ball and lost his game. Too many IPL casualties.

Posted by redneck on (March 6, 2013, 1:48 GMT)

cant find anything positive to take out of this tour from an australian perspective yet!!!! i dont think aus has won a session when it has mattered after the first days play in chenni. winning the toss on both matches and still getting smashed is nothing but pathetic!!!!! cant fault the pitches or anything other than the australian players!!! clarke and pattinson aside we need a whole new team for the last 2 tests as surely no first class cricketers back here could do worse than the mob we have over in india at the momment. i guess we can atleast we can be thankful english weather will prevent the poms from producing these type of wickets for the ashes but really hats off to india they have made us look like bangledesh and even then that probably being unfair to bangledesh!!!

Posted by   on (March 6, 2013, 1:33 GMT)

Going with the discussion in this post, i would first want to congratulate the Indian team for a very good win, a good team effort. It is one of the matches where almost everything went right for us. The partnership between Pujara and Vijay was great. Especially the application on the first session and the strategies in sessions 2 and 3. For a team to improve, the team should be looking for answers even in their wins. And India still needs some questions to be answered. As for Oz, the one thing which stuck most of the Indian fans is the declaration on day one. That was a really bold move to get the indian team off guard. After all, cricket is a mind game trying to out think the opposition. But otherwise, aussies had bad few days in office. It will not be surprising if the aussies come back hard in the remaining tests, knowing the tough brand of cricket they play. Hard luck to Aus and good luck to both the teams for the upcoming matches...

Posted by No_1_again on (March 6, 2013, 0:43 GMT)

No word from Australian selectors, are they hiding? Lost interest in Cricket thanks to them. Cancelling my Foxtell subscription should boycott and make selectors reposible for their

Posted by IndianSRTfan on (March 6, 2013, 0:41 GMT)

@Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (March 5, 2013, 12:56 GMT): It amazes me how selective your memory is. One freakish dismissal and SRT is good only for IPL? You say " Ideally I would drop the remaining non-performers - Tendulkar and Bhajji, but I realize that no Indian Selector would have the guts to drop Tendulkar.

Of course selectors won't drop SRT. His rebuilding 81 with two 90+ partnerships in previous test happened in this Universe which perhaps you were not a part of at the time. You need to look up what non performer means. Learn to give credit where its due man. Nd "On current form, Rayudu/Tiwary are better than Tendulkar"?? Right! Forget form, let Tiwari first manage to be fit for two years in a row. Something SRT has done for a good part of 24 yrs.

Sehwag has to go back to domestic cricket though. Even if we forget (why would we?) last few series, he has failed in this series on tracks suited to Indian batsmen. And more than that he looks mentally beaten and physically unfit.

Posted by IndianSRTfan on (March 6, 2013, 0:27 GMT)

Well Played India.A good team effort. Pujara is evolving into a great player for India. If he applies himself well as I suspect he will, he will succeed in overseas tests. Vijay played well too which most of the posters seem to have conveniently forgotten. But he needs consistency big time. Good to see Ashwin performing and for all the derogatory jokes that he cops, Jadeja has bowled well. His batting has been dismal though. Sehwag simply has to go back to domestic cricket and a gym. Mohali awaits us and I'd like the selectors to replace Ishant (Very unlikely though) with one from those who did well in Ranji season and who can swing the ball at a fair pace. No point in dropping dinda as he hasn't had a chance. Mohali pitch is true and we should go in with three seamers, Ashwin, n Jadeja as a fifth bowler. Either Dhawan or Rahane should replace Sehwag Australia are lucky to have Clarke and I loved his frank manner in defeat. Best part was no excuses and not blaming pitches.

Posted by   on (March 6, 2013, 0:10 GMT)

Shaggy076 .... you should take a hard look at some of those results and then you will realise why we are 2-0 against India

SA draw .... Result of a win in the second test through batting by Johnson & Co after many of the top order failed.

WI 2-0 win ... 1st Test was through a gutsy fight back in the first innings by Harris/Lyon and Co after being 8/285 and Hussey with lower order winning the game in the dark in the 2nd Inn. (I am quite sure that Cowan and Wason were both dropped early in the 2nd Inn). 3rd Test was after the top order failed and Wade scored a centrury after being 8/226. I am quite sure that lower order saved game again.

NZ Draw .... 1st Test win, Clarke scored a lucky130, after being dropped twice and bowled off a no ball. 2nd Test loss was after scoring 136 in 1st Inn and everyone failed but Warner in the 2nd Inn.

Posted by Prakmca on (March 6, 2013, 0:05 GMT)

2 tests, 4 innings - 5 wickets in highly helpful conditions. What a bowling performance by our greatest of greatest world best spinner (as mentioned by most of the senior players). Drop him permanently from the squad. Time to groom youngsters. We want India to Win. That too massive Win.

Posted by hycIass on (March 5, 2013, 23:41 GMT)

Interesting reading Vaughan's comments on our issues. Vaughan was being modest when he ridiculed our cricketers and gloated over their chances in the upcoming Ashes . We may perform a little better on seaming conditions than we are doing against the spinners. But the Indian pacemen bowling at a speed of 120 had our batsmen in tangles so what can we expect against the poms? Our batting is in tatters(and lets not forget what Kulasakra did to us as well with the swinging balls). Watson would now have to reconsider not being an all rounder as his batting would not justify a place in the team. If Wade is going to be our No: 6 batsman then we surely do have a very thin batting line up, it would now be thin and fragile. What has Khawaja done not to get a look in, surely its his time now as he is one of our better test batsman with the right technique and temperament. I reckon Hughes ought to have been "protected" against the Indain spinners. Cowan needs to convert his starts.

Posted by Meety on (March 5, 2013, 23:41 GMT)

Congratulations India, very, very convincing win. Taking NOTHING away from India's win, I was appalled by how WEAK Australia batted yesterday. It was a meek capitulation & showed ZERO spine. I don't mind us losing in India, arguably the greatest Oz cricket side ever assembled (possibly of all nations), lost several series in India, (albeit v a strong India), this was poor. == == == Where to from here? I believe Watto flies home (GOOD!). I did not want Cowan to play in India, but he has at least made contributions, so for me he stays & Hughes gets the unfortunate chop. My side (of the squad that is over there), 1. Warner, 2. Cowan, 3. Clarke, 4. Khawaja, 5. Smith, 6. Henriques, 7. Wade, 8. MJ, 9. Starc, 10. Siddle , 11. Lyon - 12th Maxwell. No Patto - rest him for the Ashes. Whilst our spinners took most of the wickets in the 2nd Test, they also released a lot of pressure & would rather keep it tight (I realise I say that & yet have selected MJ & Starc)!

Posted by Chris_P on (March 5, 2013, 23:19 GMT)

@jmcilhinney. I think a good & fair assessment. This is as low as I can ever recall an Australian team getting, & I recall the post Chappell & WSC era. While Clarke has a very good cricket brain, the fact is, this is the squad & team he wanted. Many less credentialed followers (including me) are still in head scratching mode at the selection of many of these players, who have neither the history, form nor pedigree to warrant selection. Hughes has been a failure & it is totally out of his depth against spin, however, that said, he did deserve to be selected on form, but now is the time to move him out. But the selection of others still defies logic, as you have pointed out. The best options to use are all back in Australia so there is little to offer there unless there is a drastic turn around in the pitches, but given the late part of the season, that is unlikely.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 23:05 GMT)

The curators at the next venue would do well to make it a swing friendly surface as the Indian side needs practice for its pacers and batsmen when they head over to South Africa to face Amla, Kallis, Phillander and Steyn.

Posted by Beertjie on (March 5, 2013, 22:15 GMT)

This is not being wise after the fact @thebarmyarmy on (March 5, 2013, 8:48 GMT) if you saw the outcry on this site after the squad was selected. But even with "the best lot" who were fit at the time we would have struggled because of no decent spinners. However as @landl constantly warned all the lefties would be a recipe for disaster. For England a good squad would be: Warner, Rogers, Khawaja, Clarke, Ferguson, Watson/Henriques, Paine, Starc, Pattinson, Harris, Lyon. Back up Hughes, Wade, Johnson, Siddle and O'Keefe. The squad is based on performance in SS this year with an eye on familiarity in English conditions. I can assure this lot could play Swann, Anderson etc and trouble Cook, KP etc. Maybe they won't regain the Ashes (Cummins not ready; Holland not fit), but they'll be competitive.

Posted by Blakey on (March 5, 2013, 21:32 GMT)

Shane Watson, vice captain, cannot bat past a break in play! Demands to play whereever he wants in the order, I repeat, cannot bat past a break in play! If he can;t get past a break, how will he ever make the 100s he promises? First casualty of this team: Shane Watson. Lyon and Dogherty should have been bowling in tandem, not one or the other. That means Lyon, Kahwaja, Johnson in for Watson, Maxwell and Siddle.

Posted by TrueFactors on (March 5, 2013, 21:13 GMT)

About Pujara, critics found bouncers are his weakness. In fact they are not. During Hyderabad match, that was not first bouncer he faced. He actually throw his wicket on purpose. He could have gone for triple as well, provided zone he was in. He was injured and he wanted to avoid bigger injury which could keep him out in next matches. He knew that, pitch is tricky, India has piled up enough score and team is in safe place, from where both teams - India and Australia will collapse. So, that was a calculated risk from smart brain to give wicket, pass torch to next batsmen and stay safe from radar plus, get match ended early. He chose throwing wicket because go out with "retired hurt" could hurt him more, it could scan him as injured batsman and next match could be in question.

Posted by poms_have_short_memories on (March 5, 2013, 21:09 GMT)

1.Rogers 2.Warner 3.Khawaja 4.Clarke 5.Bailey 6.Watson 7.Henriques 8.Wade 9.O'Keefe 10.Pattinson 11.Starc in India. 1.Rogers 2.Warner 3.Clarke 4.Khawaja 5.D.Hussey 6.Bailey 7.Watson 8.Wade 9.Pattinson 10.Starc 11.Bird or Harris, if fit) in England.As well there in Johnson, Cummins, Hazlewood, Siddle and others to chose from, so many pace options but a bit light on in the batting unfortunately. But a team in transition and that happens every generation or so to every nation it's just Australia's turn at the moment.

Posted by JG2704 on (March 5, 2013, 21:08 GMT)

I saw the final overs of the Aus inns (well the highlights) and to me they looked just like England did in UAE. They look mentally beaten and they seemed to timidly feather at the ball as if it was an egg which they were scared of breaking.

What's wrong with playing a bit more aggressively?

If it comes off you score runs and scatter the field and even if you find the edge you're surely much more likely to get away with it if your playing aggressively than prodding tentatively

Posted by Chris_P on (March 5, 2013, 21:04 GMT)

Despite what many lesser qualified supporters thought, this was the team Clarke wanted, with predictable results. No one with a realistic outlook (Randy, jonesy aside) expected any different. When you take players in a tour squad who, to be blunt, don't rate good enough for a 2nd XI then you shouldn't be surprised by the outcome. Doherty's form is well known, I have written many times about Maxwell's shortcomings in the longer format & also Watson's lack of form in fc for the past 3 seasons (ave less than 30). Wade's glovework has been mentioned ad infinitum. The pace bowlers could have been better thought out, for example Copeland has a history of success in these type of conditions. No way am I saying the result would have been different, definitely not, however the performance of the team would have been. This is very much a team in transition following Ponting & Hussey's retirements, & to be frank, the batting was always going to be the issue. Well played to the Indian team.

Posted by nyc_missile on (March 5, 2013, 21:02 GMT)

In India,even when losing we rarely make changes or look inwards.So forget about that,when we are winning.Moron Dhoni after that 100 thinks people will forget his pathetic keeping(3 dropped catches).He will make sure that Rahane and Ojha are benched again and will play bits&pieces cricketer Jadeja.Bhajji will be persisted ONLY to keep out Ojha and not for his performance.In the same manner,Ishant too will be picked again for the same reason.If he has some brains inside his head,Dhoni will pick the following:

Rahane | Vijay | Pujara | Sachin | Kohli | Sehwag | Dhoni | Ashwin | Ojha | Bhuvi | Dinda

Posted by Shaggy076 on (March 5, 2013, 20:44 GMT)

Sirviv1973 you are forgetting that we drew the series in south Africa and beat Sri Lanka away the only disappointment in 18 months was that one loss to new Zealand.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 20:42 GMT)

All I will say for the Ashes is CA please bring it this time because from what I saw at the Oval last year if you bring that attitude again you will be thrashed

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 20:16 GMT)

@ Jose Puliampatta ..... which is why Australia should have played O'Keefe in the last test against SL. It's called planning and vision. Unfortunately Maxwell had already been tagged for the tour.

@ landl47 ... great comment and England will be so very different. But I have already said that players on the rim of selection (or should have been selected) should already be in England playing/training for county cricket. It's called planning and vision. Makes me think about the timing of the 'Lions Tour'.

@ sirviv1973 ... you forgot to mention how lucky Australia was in West Indies. With what is happening in India, you can readily compare Australia's euphoria with beating SL in the test series with West Indies euphoria in beating Zimbabwe after losing to Australia and Bangladesh.

Posted by TRAM on (March 5, 2013, 20:09 GMT)

@cricketanand12 said: "let ojha rest for some more matches only then ashwin can reach to fastest 100 wickets otherwise he would have to share hsi wickets with ojha.".!!! Would you say this if Ohja is your brother playing for India? I am Ashwin fan too. But it is injustice to the core not including Ohja in the name of records 1

(i) Playing slowly when individual score is reaching century or (ii) selecting certain players only for the records sake etc are horrible plagues in this country.

Posted by nyc_missile on (March 5, 2013, 19:56 GMT)

I completely attribute this win to Pujara,Bhuvaneshwar and Ashwin.Without them,it would have been a much closer match.What is the 'captain' 's role in it again?? Any loss is and should be attributed to captain because he would have failed in his duties to: motivate team-mates and make things happen.

White-washes abroad,loss to Eng at home must all be credited to and crowned on Dhoni.Just as he hogged the limelight of WC win, when it was Yuvraj and Gambhir who won it for the team.Win is collective and defeat must be laid at the leader/management's door step for obvious reasons.So sooner Dhoni fans get this,better it is for them to bear the pain,when we tour abroad and get whacked!

Posted by TRAM on (March 5, 2013, 19:50 GMT)

People who say Dhoni favors csk players should see the stat of these 2 players as well. Badrinath against SA = 56,6,1 and then dropped. Mukund *in WI* and then *in Eng* = (11,25,1,48,62,0), (49,12,0,3) and then dropped. So 3 failures in the toughest condition/strongest opponents, they were dropped and never given another chance ! One can see the injustice and non-support for the budding new players. Nothing surprising in Ohja sitting outside now and Sehwag, Ishant, Harbajan, playing.

Posted by rosh280 on (March 5, 2013, 19:47 GMT)

We could not contain the manner the clarke team failed in both the tests. india really flummoxed australia with spin and fast bowling. they were really clueless in both matches. its certain that they could comeup in the next match if they give chance to bowlers like johnson and lyon. lyon is a great spinner he is dispensable in indian wicket he can take many wickets if he focus on the players. they should use pattinson, doherty, lyon, maxwell, johnson, mornie morkel, c j sayers.they should also bring peter forrest in the middle order that will give steady innings to australia. shaun marsh, george bailey,adam voges, peter forrest, haddin, ferguson, j j cretza.p m nevill, s m katich should be selected to play some matches in india. since it is a dismal display of batting. in bowling they could also use j k lalor, m a starc, luke doran, lr butterworth, ashton agar. in batting henriques, p j hughes, ferguson,shaun marsh, george bailey,peter forrest,hussey, clarke, should be given chance.

Posted by screamingeagle on (March 5, 2013, 19:30 GMT)

Strangely don't see many SL or PAK fans adding their wonderful insights these days.....

Posted by m812 on (March 5, 2013, 19:29 GMT)

Ishant Sharma and Harbhajan singh are very consistent players. They consistently perform so bad that even my college seamer and spinner , will play better and take atleast 1 wicket if they play in Indian team

Posted by screamingeagle on (March 5, 2013, 19:29 GMT)

Strangely don't see many SL or PAK fans adding their wonderful insights these days.....

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 19:03 GMT)

Australia, be alert... because not just India watching but also England is watching this failure. Noone will surprise if spinning pitches are present to Australia in ASHES. Against Swann and Panesar they will go boom.

Posted by Nampally on (March 5, 2013, 18:56 GMT)

Congrats. India & MSD. A fine overwhelming victory. Sadly, the Aussies do not have either batting or bowling to win on the spinning wkts. India was just as badly demolished in Australia showing similar lack of skills to succeed vs. pace. Now with Brett Lee gone, the guy who was a break thru' leader in bowling is missing. Also Johnson & Lyon from the squad are strangely not being utilized. I still feel Smith as a batsman will contribute & should have replaced Maxwell. But total capitulation of complete batting was totally unexpected. If I were Clarke, I would ask for new guys to replace some of the non performing batsmen. Katisch & D.Hussey along with Smith, Johnson & Lyon will definitely be better players- some having the experience of playing in India before. A major overhaul is needed to fight back & get into the series. Just like India did not respond by making changes on their OZ tour, , If OZ do the same , It will be 4-0 whitewash.A demoralized team needs new players to win!

Posted by SirViv1973 on (March 5, 2013, 18:47 GMT)

@Shaggy76, 'But to forget what we have achieved over the last 18 months'.

I'm racking my brains trying to work out what you mean? a series defeat to SAF(no disgrace in that), a 3 nil series win AT HOME against a SRL team without a seam bowler of any note. A test match defeat & drawn series at home against NZL, being bowled out for 47 by SAF, An expected series win against a WI team without their best players and the 4 nil win over Ind, which Ial give you as an achievement, however it won't end up counting for 2 much if Ind end up doing the same to you in their own backyard!

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 18:06 GMT)

Well done Team India lifted spirits of billions of indian fans. Come Ausies , as indo-Aus series ever ends with high voltage encouters and Ausies ought be playing hard as always they did in the past..

Posted by Temuzin on (March 5, 2013, 17:53 GMT)

Did some one notice that jadeja got 3/33 in first innings and also 3/33 in second innings. Now I call that accuracy.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 17:50 GMT)

I want to congratulate team India for this fantastic win. Ravindra Jadeja is more than a butt of joke,thanks to his impressive performance. Ashwin provided a glimpse of Kumble by rattling the tail.I believe it is high time for Australia for replacing Hughes (His fear of spin wizards) and Starc by Usman Khwaja and M Johnson respectively. On the other hand India should replace Sehwag and Harbajhan by Rahane & Ojha. Ojha with Ashwin is lethal spin attack. Contest will be even. Play on the swing-friendly turf of Mohali and allow our spinners to prove their mettle on non-turning conditions. If they do so, this criticism of spin friendly pitches for host will be on fire against the Aussie.

Posted by landl47 on (March 5, 2013, 17:49 GMT)

Australia had a bad game- it happens. India bowled and fielded well and two of their batsmen batted well (the other 9 made 114 between them). If there was any bad luck going, as usually happens when a team is being outplayed, Aus got it- two catches which bounced off Dhoni into someone else's hands, for example.

The next test starts with the teams even and Aus can bounce back. They have a history of doing that.

I would just caution my fellow England fans, as I've said numerous times since well before this tour started, the tests in India have no bearing on the Ashes. The conditions will be completely different and the Aus side will be much better suited to playing in England.

Congratulations to India- a good job well done.

Posted by Temuzin on (March 5, 2013, 17:44 GMT)

Well Played India, Dhoni and CSK. I am loving the discomfort of all Dhoni, CSK Ashwin and Jadeja bashers. To their chagrin, all of them performed in the two test to win it handsomely. One guy has even forecasted 4-0 loss for India. Now a few of them are saying they will not do good in SA. I say go on...

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 17:40 GMT)

Me thinks that this Indian side would cane Australia even in Australia. When India last toured, Australia were carried by Ponting and Hussey who scored big. India did not have Pujara, Jadeja or Kumar. India also can look forward to having a much improved Yadav back from injury.

Posted by Mhkbd on (March 5, 2013, 17:38 GMT)

I hope Australia will come back soon and win the next two matchs

Posted by NAZMO-CRICKFANN on (March 5, 2013, 17:37 GMT)

warms the heart hahaha to see australia getting demolished

Posted by ramavan on (March 5, 2013, 17:37 GMT)

Pujara and Vijay beat Australia by innings and four runs

Posted by cric_roch on (March 5, 2013, 17:31 GMT)

When Aus was winning the last series down under , Warner commented "india is going to have bleak future in cricket" ....what is he saying now?

Posted by khandrik on (March 5, 2013, 17:31 GMT)

In the overview, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar's 3 blows on the first morning were never to be forgotten.. He is doing so great on the spinning tracks... Looks to be a good prospect for the future...

Posted by cricketanand12 on (March 5, 2013, 17:06 GMT)

@Aman Hundal, I agree parvez rasool must be given a chance in place of harbhajan,he can bowl well,he can bat well and the best thing is that his team coach is bishan singh bedi.So he can off spin the ball well has few variations and bat on spining tracks.But we must not forget we will have tour of south arica at th end of the year and tour of england in next year.I am pretty sure that indians are going to perform well in t20s and odis there but the main concern is how they will face world class super quicks and super seamers of these teams.It is not tough to bat in england because even amit mishra batted there well .So good technique is needed which indians have.Wellkohli is great odi and t20 player for india,he must ive up tests for other players .Otherwise ,then what is need of organising ranjis if ishwar pandey,rassol,sharma,nadeem,rahane,smit,gautam,tiwary,aparjith,pankaj singh never got a single chance despite of performing better than viru,gauti,kohli,dhni perofmed in few games

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 17:06 GMT)

India did the job with clinical perfection. On the spin friendly pitches Jadeja proved to be a good effective bowler and in the process filled the role of an allrounder as well. I feel Ohja should get his turn now in place of Bhaji as he will prove effective on the pitches in India for sure as has been proved earlier. Shewag is becoming a pale shadow of what he used to be off late.. With due respect to him, it is time to think seriously to look for more consistant opener . He surely has passed his prime and once he fails with the bat the utility value diminishes drastically. Also I feel Sreeshanth should be brought back in place of Ishanth . Sree still has the aggression and venom in his bowling if he is handled well and his potential is utilised judiciously. Dhoni should continue to bat at 6 aborad as well. Aussies looked overrawed by the spin threat and looked not really aggressive unlike their normal style. More psychological I think.

Posted by nyc_missile on (March 5, 2013, 17:06 GMT)

Great win contributed majorly by Pujara and Ashwin! Not the time yet to get hung-ho though! We must remember that Eng thrashed us in the same conditions in our backyard only recently! Time to press on and make some much needed changes now: Sehwag down the order,Bhajji out and Ojha in.OR drop Ishant and play Rahane too as bulk of bowling is being done by Ashwin,Jadeja & Bhuvi anyway.So Ojha will come in handy.

Rahane | Vijay | Pujara | Sachin | Kohli | Sehwag | Dhoni | Jadeja | Ashwin | Bhuvi | Ojha

Till we win in SA,Eng & Oz Dhoni remains a mediocre captain who only can beat average teams at home but lose ritually abroad.That's where I miss Ganguly who'd changed the theme by winning overseas too.Even today's MSD comments about 80% home matches smacks of his priorities and insecurities of touring abroad.

Posted by Bongz77 on (March 5, 2013, 16:53 GMT)

So what was the point of that 1st innings decleration?

Now its just an unwanted record

Posted by Selassie-I on (March 5, 2013, 16:44 GMT)

@ Posted by Valavan on (March 5, 2013, 10:29 GMT) I completley agree - this Aus team is of a similar quality to the England team of the mid 90's.

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (March 5, 2013, 16:40 GMT)

@Derek, most of us indians know that this is by far our worst Indian team ever to play at home, so one is claiming this team is gr8 let alone good as this Indian team has a long way to go. If India can only win at home, what about Australia...oops they just lost 2 test matches AWAY from HOME and that too to a 'not so good' in India. What does this say about the Australian team. Not much I guess.

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (March 5, 2013, 16:36 GMT)

@1Pakistani: not sure what your point is....so we are good at home, whats the problem...atleast we can play cricket at home..nuff said. Pak can only win in Dubai...what hapenned in SA is a testimony to that. To your comment abt India playing back to back series at home is coz India played back to back series outside in ENG and then in Australia. Now it was their turn to vist India. This is how ICC schedules test tours.

Posted by rvn4159 on (March 5, 2013, 16:28 GMT)

Nice job, finally! Lets keep the Mohali pitch a pace pitch and test our batsmen. I'd like to see what BK can do on it. Please, get rid of Ishant, it's torture to see his awful bowling. Lets try Varun Aaron or Shami Ahmed, anyone but Ishant.

Posted by MANEESHROY on (March 5, 2013, 16:26 GMT)

AT LAST INDIAN CRICKET TEAM HAS SOMETHING TO ponder. How much present success is useful on foreign pitches, is the question no-one cares about. Indian sub-continent pitches are the worst cricketing pitches around the world. When Mr.Siddhu describes a player "solah kala sampann", most of the times he is embellishing limited abilities of player.Among all the cricket playing nations, slow and low absurd cricketing pitches are in Indian sub-continent.WHAT commentators,INDIAN CRICKET SELECTORS ARE PROUD OF IS NOTHING BUT OVER EXAGGERATION OF CONCERTED ANARCHISM OF INDIAN CRICKET ADMINISTRATORS.Why not Indian pitch curators prepare a normal cricket pitch where there is some bounce for bowlers and fast enough for batsmen to play cricketing strokes .

Posted by batman_gothamcity on (March 5, 2013, 16:17 GMT)

well played team India , very good comments on this series by both team fans , especially tony122 well said sir, India should be cautious as Clarke has said there is no break and they will be practising hard until 14 for Mohali test . Lyon will be back and maybe replace Maxwell with Johnson who is quite a decent all rounder .

Posted by Sinhaya on (March 5, 2013, 16:09 GMT)

Brilliant work team India and CONGRATULATIONS! Sad I am too busy lately and having little time to watch this series on tv. Hope I can find the time to watch the remaining 2 games of the series.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 15:57 GMT)

All it tells is a bit of preparation with first class matches would do wonders... Hope BCCI understands the importance of tour matches every time they travel..Aussies are going back to 80's when they couldn't bat in any country. All the declines started with introductions of Premier league's..and so great to see no bollywood figures in stadiums

Posted by RK.Chandru on (March 5, 2013, 15:53 GMT)

9 wickets for 106 runs on the third day... If not for Pujara & Vijay, India would have bundled up like nine pins too. They saved us from blushes. Let's not find solace in excuses like, we lost wickets as we went for quick runs; by no means we made our runs quick (save for MSD) By celebrating this win, aren't we covering up our weak batting yet again?

Posted by RK.Chandru on (March 5, 2013, 15:50 GMT)

Some people have already started backing Gambhir again. I'd only say, oh no! not again... for heaven's sake, let the selectors look beyond Viru and Gauty please. Anyone else is fine and pleeease not Gauty again! Jaffer/Dhawan/Rahane/Mukund...anyone is fine. But, not these useless once in a blue moon scorers please!

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (March 5, 2013, 15:47 GMT)

australian fans can say that this defeat might not affect aussies preparation for ashes,well pls don't forget that aus batsmen struggles against swing just like most sub-continent teams....we saw that in cb series where kulasekara ran through the aus batting line-up.....considering the form that anderson &co are in, it might be very difficult for aus to win atleast a testmatch leave alone winning the series.....i will bel supporting AUS when they tour ENG as they r my second favourite team after INDIA..... cricinfo pls publish

Posted by cricketfanwrites on (March 5, 2013, 15:42 GMT)

@ lee_lee_lee, I think you are onto to something I've always suspected but does not have the evidence to prove it. I also think Clarke does not have Watson's back either - putting Watson on notice before he made the ODI century against WI. Having said all of that, I must congratulate India on their resounding victory. Even though they are at home, India needs to at least win this series or white wash Australia to make a huge statement. In my previous post I said Aus needs to go down 0-2 before Khawaja get a chance. I also said Maxwell will get clobbered if he plays. He was even though he got 4. Is Warner 100% fit? Dont think so. I need to see both CA and India select teams that give them the best chance to win the next test, not looking to the future. My teams for the next test from their squads: Aus; Warner, Watson, Cowan,, Clarke, Khawaja, Wade, Johnson, Smith, Starc, Doherty & Lyon. India; Sehwaj, Vijay, Pujara, Tendulkar, Kohli, Dhoni, Ashwin, Jadeja, Harbhajan, Ojha & Kumar.

Posted by VillageBlacksmith on (March 5, 2013, 15:34 GMT)

What a hilarious result... I remember A Border saying last year on commentary that, and I quote, ''hughes is really looking like the finished article''!!! They will be bringing in S Smith next!! Never interrupt the opposition making fools of themselves, so pls carry on Arthur and co, and I really hope you keep your jobs for at least another 2 years.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 15:33 GMT)

I agree with Jason Bray. Clarke came out and accepted that their team played really poor cricket and were outplayed. While India was being clobbered 8-0 and later 2-1 in their own backyard, Dhoni was always dismissive about the horror show and kept saying things like "We do not read newspapers or listen to what media and the people have to say"... I wonder if he was not reading newspapers or watching TV after the world cup win. Point being, the first step towards redemption is to accept that you lost and lost badly because you were poor.

Posted by PAKISTANiLive on (March 5, 2013, 15:31 GMT)

India team is only good at their home!

Posted by PAKISTANiLive on (March 5, 2013, 15:30 GMT)

India are consecutively playing at home, they are tigers of their home, but Pakistan beaten India in India...If India want to prove that they are best, they have to perform outside home, not playing only in India!

Posted by timtom on (March 5, 2013, 15:23 GMT)

English fans should not read too much into Auzzie defeats. England were able to defeat India bcos they had 2 good spinners and tailor made pitches ( on DHONI`s demand) which worked intheir favour for last 3 tests. Agreed english batsmen were much better.. But England will not prepare spinner friendly tracks for their spinners and they will be much less ineffective on their home ground. Australian fast bowlers are going to be a handful in england. Although england might have an upper hand ,just, they will have to really fight it out against aussies for Ashes. Definitely they will not wilt like in INDIA.

Posted by sanjeevmukherjee2006 on (March 5, 2013, 15:22 GMT)

I am an Indian and Aus is my second best team. hayden, langer, Damien martin, symonds, steve Waugh, lehmann, gilly, McGrath, warne, macgill, kasprowicz, Gillespie, lee were not good players but they were great players its not easy to replace them. Aus are a good team give them time they will bounce back..

Posted by IndianAllDay on (March 5, 2013, 15:21 GMT)

We all seem to bask in the amazing glory of the Indian team. However, in my opinion they performed worse than their Aussie opponents. Take away the two batting performances, or even put them at the team average, and what do we have - an Indian team scoring 140 in the first innings. Flat tracks, fast tracks, dust bowls, you name it, the Indian team seem to not be a disciplined bunch. This is their backyard, with pitches configured to their specs, and yet they struggle. Kohli's playing, Dhoni's doing his bit, Ashwin's keeping things tight; the rest of the team is simply playing supporting cast. No long term replacements, no proper seam attack, no vision for spin. I see us going back to the England loss days in a hurry. What say you?

Posted by darsh127 on (March 5, 2013, 15:17 GMT)

RandyOz makes me wanna laugh, who is your spinner by the way in your so called best team? I thought so to. Anyways, great victory for india and good to see it in such a fashion. Leave the "playing abroad" excuses for later. No team currently is good enough other than Saffers and partially England.

Posted by Sudhir65 on (March 5, 2013, 14:58 GMT)

There is absolutely no need for Aussies to feel down and out. It is a sport. Try your best. Remember Indians suffered 0-8 humiliation in England and Australia and life just goes on. Perhaps Aussie standards are too high and they feel they should always beat a team like India, which is causing all this gloom and doom in Aussie nation?

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 14:55 GMT)

It is the spirit that enabled India to take 2-0 lead. I am for one that under no circumstances Sewag to be dropped. Well every player will have a a lean period so Sewag is no exception.His presence in the team like Tendulkar will boost the moral of the team . Sewag should be another chance.

Posted by gsingh7 on (March 5, 2013, 14:51 GMT)

lets not win cloud us , ashwin and co were beaten 8-0 in 2011 , we must win on away soil to regain number 1 rank, again. want NZ to annihilate England so that we cud move to 2nd rank before we visit sa. well done pujara , u r my hero.

Posted by lee_lee_lee on (March 5, 2013, 14:49 GMT)

The first thing Clarke did when he became captain in 2012 was to end the career of experienced opening batsman Katich who was at the time the newly crowned 2011 Australian Test cricketer of the year... because of a dressing room altercation a few years earlier. Last year the test career of wicket keeper Haddin, who is in great form with the bat, was ended under Clarke's watch after he had to return home from with West Indies tour to attend his sick daughter. Most recently Clarke ended the career of David Hussey shortly after his brother Michael retired. David was supposed to replace his brother as the 'finisher'. He did well in matches 1 & 5 when he batted in the finnisher position but not the other 3 when Clarke moved him up to 4... the openers and number 3(Clarke) all failed and Hussey was facing the new ball soon enough. Clarke was on a yacht with the owner of Channel 9 not the dressing room for Michael Husseys post match farewell party. Experienced players all lost too soon

Posted by Kitschiguy on (March 5, 2013, 14:44 GMT)

I think Australia did really well. Bowling India out for less than 600 was a really good effort.

Posted by gsingh7 on (March 5, 2013, 14:40 GMT)

and by the look of this Australian test team,a series between PAK and AUST should be arranged in UAE so that Pakistan test team can regain confidence after the hammering themselves got from saffers by whitewashing aussies in UAE. on second thoughts,, let pak remain in their misery. we should enjoy ourselves of this aussie destruction.

Posted by ScottStevo on (March 5, 2013, 14:39 GMT)

@SirViv1973, No doubt that S Marsh had a bad run last time, but he is class and you can tell when you watch him bat. If we give him a run I think he'll come good. Bailey is a desperate measure to find a player who can at least value his wicket. The reason I chose him was he at least seems aware of the value of his wicket. Enough so to at least not throw his wicket away like many others in our top order at present. As stated on another thread, it's no point going backwards now on our stance of "building for the future" by bringing in mid 30's aged guys. We did this already and ousted Punter which most likely lead to M Huss giving up before receiving the same media treatment. None of this will help in this series as these guys aren't in the squad. But, my point is, we need 6 batsmen at the top of the order who are looking to play test cricket, a keeper at 7 and 4 bowlers. None of these bits and pieces Smith's / Henrique's / Maxwell's. These guys aren't test level either with bat or ball.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 14:33 GMT)

Why is Ugra calling Jadeja a 5th bowling option? His bowling performance is astonishingly good,; given more overs, he may have even got as many wickets as Ashwin. Ishant must go and make way for Pankaj Singh. Harbhajan must go and be replaced by Manoj Tiwary, a batsman. Jadeja's batting looks no better than Amit Mishra's or Ashwin's, both of whom have batted well in overseas conditions in test matches. Sehwag must go and make way for Mukund or Jaffer.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 14:33 GMT)

Ashwin provide him once again. What will Ashwin bashers say now.... it is Indian pich. Present Australian team is in worst shape etc.? I will tell you... You critics and media which dont project the good performance of Ashwin are the motivators for him and his good going. Common Ashwin.. Prove yourself in overseas conditions as well. Keep these guys' mouth shut.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 14:32 GMT)

When India can beat any team on a regular basis,then I will say shout about them.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 14:26 GMT)

in 2001,Australia were the third team to loose a test match after enforcing follow on vs India. After 12 yrs, they are the first team to loose by an innings after declaring in the first innings. Well done aus, wish you a great year of back to back ashes defeat.

Posted by ultrasnow on (March 5, 2013, 14:13 GMT)

For some reason I was not able to follow the first and second day's play. When I later saw the scoreboard I tried my best to unravel the mystery behind Clarke's first innings declaration. After much searching, the only conclusion I could come to was Clarke trying to play mind games. For an Indian fan that is so absurd simply because Indian problems with getting rid of the tail have been well documented. Anything could have happened the next day, the last two batsmen could have put up important runs (against an ordinary Indian attack) and changed the course of the game. My other complaint against Clarke is his refusal to move up the order. For heaven's sake Clarky India's bowlers consider you a thorn in their flesh so move up the order, the HIGHER THE BETTER!!!!

Posted by SirViv1973 on (March 5, 2013, 14:04 GMT)

@Scottstevo, You are dreaming if you think Shaun Marsh & George Bailey can save this Aus side. Have you forgotten that little more than a year ago SM managed 13 runs in 5 inns against Ind. With all the stick Hughes is getting he managed more than that in the 2nd inns alone in Chennai! and to add to that Marsh has hardly made a run for WA since. Bailey is just like Warner, Hughes & Watson a limited overs specialist! He averges less than 40 in over 150 FC inns & if he was playing in current series he would have the same problems as the above mentioned others have had. Not a single Aus fan was mentioning either of these 2 before the tour started. Aus may do better to look in the short term at least at proven FC batters like D Hussey, Rogers & Voges, In terms of the ashes at least they all have vast experience of Eng conditions which is another plus.Its just a pitty from oz point of view that these guys aren't 10 yrs younger.

Posted by satishchandar on (March 5, 2013, 14:00 GMT)

After 14 tests ashwin has 81 wickets & philander 78. have to go back to the 20s for comparable stats. Both had major chunk in home tests against not spectacular opponents. Stars whined in away tests. Philander is a Star bowler and Ashwin in blasted as a average home track ONLY guy. What a mistreatment by some section of fans.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 13:53 GMT)

Shikhar Dhawan and Parvez Rasool should replace Sehwag and Harbhajan in the third test. If Dhoni wants to pick Horses for Courses as said in his post match interview, saying Australians have many left handed batsmen. Why not replace Harbhajan with Parvez Rasool whos took 7 wickets in the warm up game. Australia did batted poorly in the first 2 tests chances are they would come back strongly. So Harbhajan has to go. Or we will loose a test and then Dhoni will learn, only if he does.I think Harbhajan was lucky to play in the second test where he failed again. And you also want to give your youngsters a chance who are desperate to perform at an international level. I am sure if Dhoni would have lost the second test there will be questions that why Bhaji was playing when Ojha was sitting outside, the best bowler in the last England-India test series. Will Dhoni ever learn.

Posted by cricketanand12 on (March 5, 2013, 13:52 GMT)

Now,ashwin needs 19 wickets in upcoming matches in series to equal the record of fastest 100 wickets,well he can do that ,best of lucks to him and i would say that give shikhar dhawan a chance instead of viru.I truly admire viru but he must have to return to domestics fixtures and retain his dyanmic form for whcih he was known well.Also give rahane a chance instead of vijay.I'm a big fan of vijay but others must be given chances so that they have no grievances.Who knows any of them will reach to triple hundred!But vijay has cemented his place with a world class performance and in case no of sd or rahane did well,he will surely play and i would request slectors to get pankaj singh or sandeep sharma instead of ishant and nadeem instead of harbhajan,let ojha rest for some more matcges only then ashwin can reach to fastest 100 wickets otherwise he would have to share hsi wickets with ojha.

Posted by vrkp on (March 5, 2013, 13:49 GMT)

Dont know why everyone talks big about Ponting. He was as good as Cowan or Hughes in India with only one 100 in more than 10 tests in India and avg about 20-30. you are missing only Hussey and may be Haddin for Wade.

As far as spinners are concerned, no Aussie spinner in the last 20 years or so had consistently done well against india in india.

Posted by brusselslion on (March 5, 2013, 13:45 GMT)

@ScottStevo on (March 5, 2013, 13:03 GMT): I agree with you that your bowling performance in India - woeful as it has been - has little bearing on the forthcoming Ashes series'. However, with the exception of Clarke, your batsmen have also struggled, not only against the spinners but also against Kumar. Kumar might be a good prospect but it's difficult to believe that Anderson and Finn aren't better bowlers at the moment (especially when you take in account English conditions): So 1 batsman, a dodgy WK, no spinners and 3 decent quicks. Adds up to worrying times for Aussie supporters, methinks.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 13:38 GMT)

@Ramesh Shah . You asked, how many failures are needed by Bhajji to make him bat at No 11. I have a slightly different question: Why should Bhajji be in the playing XI at all?

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (March 5, 2013, 13:33 GMT)

Agree with @SamRoy - Now since India can't lose and will most probably win the series please drop Sehwag, Tendulkar, Ishant and Harbhajan. It's game over at international level for them. Only fit for useless IPL. Unless of course you want them to fail miserably in SA. We have no shortage of talented youngsters in India. Please don't turn away talents like Chand, Rayudu, Shami, Rassol, Ishwar, Sandeep, Imtiaz, etc. Talent, not seniority should be the criterion for selection.

Posted by hamathite on (March 5, 2013, 13:30 GMT)

I did say yesterday that after "Mark- swell's" and "Dirty's" effort, that today would be "Ash-win's" "TURN"

Posted by Wallaroo on (March 5, 2013, 13:30 GMT)

I hope Mickey Arthur and Michael Clarke get a decent kick up the backside for their shear ineptness. So Clarke thinks moving one up is going solve the problem, hallelujah give the bloke a prize for being the smartest kid in class. Clarke is dreaming, if he truly believed in himself and his God given talent he'd bat at no.3. I don't think he can handle the new ball or pressure.

Michael Clarke has been so wrapped up in cotton wool that he has flown under the radar for too long. This bloke is responsible for a number of fallouts in the Aus team, a lot of these have hurt us dearly.

Clarke needs to realise his role is to serve Australia not the other way round.

Posted by voice_of_reason on (March 5, 2013, 13:27 GMT)

Putting aside the nonsense from the overly jingoistic posters on here, such as Front Foot Lunge and Randy Oz, this series is starting to prove the relative merits of each team in world cricket. India clearly cannot adapt to overseas conditions and seem unable to cope with being away from their home comforts. This is evidenced by the whitewashes in England and Australia. England adapted to Indian conditions and their batsman had the techniques to bat long periods and score big runs, whilst they have two high quality spinners. Australia lack the technique to bat against the turning ball and lack quality spinners. The most recent Eng v Aus series have gone in favour of Eng, so Eng must be ahead of Aus without question, with Ind and Aus possibly level. SA in Ind would be a great series to watch, for SA to prove they are truly great. The big question now is, where do Pak fit in? Would it be possible for Ind to play them home and away to find an answer? Unlikely but it would be wonderful.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 13:18 GMT)

Ravidra Jadeja Vs Glenn Maxwell. One IPL millionaire Vs another IPL millionaire. Srinivasan's gamble Vs Tina's gamble. Of course, IPL is a different ball game. So let us wait and see. Though I have a hunch, who will be the winner. But, if the losing owner has more money to blow (following innumerable advisers), it is their choice!

Posted by vrkp on (March 5, 2013, 13:17 GMT)

Well done India for the two in a row commanding victory. It is very pleasing to see Ashwin bowling to his potential and not trying to do too many things every over. This was one of the reason for his failure against Eng. Also, the batting of Vijay needs to be commended. It is not for the number of runs he scored for the approach to score them.

However, there was one major worrying factor which luckily didn't cost us the match. It is the wicket keeping of MSD. I never seen him keeping so badly in any type of Intl. matches. at least 4 to 5 catches were dropped and 1 stumping chance was missed. Even today, two of the wickets fell after hitting the pad/glove of MSD before being caught by close in fielders. Hope it is just an one-off and he will be back to his best.

Regarding the playing XI for next two tests: Vijay, Jaffer/Gambhir, Pujara, SRT, Kohli, MSD, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Sreeshanth, Ohja.

But i think Bhaji will play at least one more match since the next one is in Mohali

Posted by swarzi on (March 5, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

This Australia team performance against spin on this current tour of India is the worst display of batting I have seen at any level of cricket anywhere in the world! I thought that I was looking at kindergarten kids being coached to play spin! With the exception of Clarke and to a much lesser extent, but very briefly by Watson in the second innings, all the Australia batsmen batted as if their feet were chained to a huge and very heavy piece of led placed somewhere between the stumps and the batting creese. Imagine Dhoni and Clarke showed them how to play spin on turning wickets in the first test; then Pujara and Vijay showed the Australian what they learnt from Dhoni and Clarke in the first test, but they appeared to have learnt nothing whatsoever.

Posted by ScottStevo on (March 5, 2013, 13:03 GMT)

@Stuart_Lord, correct, this isn't the all dominating team we once were. however, you should also remember that we beat India at home 4-0. Fari enough, England did better on their tour in india as they have better spin options - much better. Though, I think you'll find that Swann's record against Aus isn't that good...Also, you guys are very quick to forget that you got trounced by SA in your own backyard. in our backyard SA scraped to 1 survival and miraculously saved another test before taking the last to win a series in which Aus should never have lost. England, on the other hand, weren't even in the reckoning in their back yard and looked a horror show. don't be fooled into thinking that results in these conditions are any indication of how Aus will be in England.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 13:03 GMT)

Only one positive, for Australia, With BCCI not allowing Broadcast outside India only those In India get to to see thia humiliation Australia just received, To be honest, next Test means little and Australia will face massive uphill battle just to draw, With only 3 players Clarke Maxwell and Pattinson probable selection for next Test, there are 8 spots up for grabs, Warne and Hayden even DiVenuto, Big Merv are around, sure Stuart Law is some where there in India, Could do any worse Give kahwalja and Agar a run, Haddin or Paine is the one hard selection.

Posted by ozwriter on (March 5, 2013, 12:57 GMT)

hughes is woeful, cowan is bog average. both should be sent back to club cricket.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (March 5, 2013, 12:56 GMT)

Great win for India. Don't let this win mask our weaknesses. Opening batsmen and pace bowling (except Bhuvi) are still our weaknesses. We need to drop players who made no contribution at all in last 2 tests - that would be Viru and Ishant. Please replace Sehwag with Jaffer and replace Ishant with Shami. Ideally I would drop the remaining non-performers - Tendulkar and Bhajji, but I realize that no Indian Selector would have the guts to drop Tendulkar. On current form, Rayudu/Tiwary are better than Tendulkar and Rassol is 1000 times better spinner than Bhajji.

Posted by sitaram58 on (March 5, 2013, 12:51 GMT)

Fletch - coach for life, MSD - Captain for Life, Sachin - #4 for Life, Vijay - Best Opener India ever produced, Che - Icon for Life, Felicitation for the entire team by the CM of every state (with 40 dignitaries on the Dais), please don't forget the land grants and the cash honorariums. Now Bring on the Bangladeshis!!!!!

Posted by ozwriter on (March 5, 2013, 12:49 GMT)

this is the right result for the australian selection panel. if you're going to make rubbish selections, eventually you'll come up with rubbish results.

Posted by sitaram58 on (March 5, 2013, 12:48 GMT)

India needs to use this series as preperation for the IPL.

Posted by Ibanezfan on (March 5, 2013, 12:41 GMT)

As an Indian fan, today's capitulation by the Aussie batsmen was very disappointing. I hoped for an entertaining, tightly fought series between these two decidedly mediocre sides. Michael Clarke, as captain, is making the right choice by batting first. He is easily the best batsman in the Aussie side and must bat at no. 3 & look to bat at least three sessions. The best batsman in the side must make the most of the day-one pitch, considering the Indian seamers will be easy pickings for him. I expect he'd score heavily off that listless one-trick pony Ishant Sharma. And India must bring in Ojha for Harbhajan to wrap up the series in the next test.

Posted by Prakmca on (March 5, 2013, 12:39 GMT)

It's not matter of bowling 10 overs for 10 runs. When the opposition loose wickets, even p=Pujara can also bowl without giving runs. Do we Still need Harbajan in the team.

What type of team management is this replacing a non performer with the performing player???

If they are not dropping Harbajan and include Ohja in the coming tests...it's real waste.

All his past achievement are when Kumble played for India.

Posted by hnlns on (March 5, 2013, 12:39 GMT)

This is the kind of cricket we should expect from India, at home in familiar conditions or overseas in alien ones. They may not always be the rampaging side they were Chennai and Hyderabad, but at least they must not lose the intensity, whatever be the conditions offered. Aussies must have got a hint of things to come when they rattled India by getting 7 or 8 wickets in an hour or so yesterday. In any case, this pitch was nowhere as vicious and treacherous as the one in first test, so the Indian victory becomes more sweeter. Hope they can do well in the next 2 tests as well. Mohali will be definitely far more to Aussies liking, so winning there will be the real challenge and icing on the cake for Indians. Let's see how they do in relatively different conditions up in North India.

Posted by judestan on (March 5, 2013, 12:38 GMT)

Bravo India !! Really a superb performance. Felicitations to each and every player in the team; and to the whole unit. The recent failures didn't strike a discouraging note on the players, rather the boys bounced back with vigourous attitude. And some hidden aptitudes were unveiled from the part of youngsters. The team spirit, the unit has now should be maintained in the future as well. The bowling unit has proved their ability to the persons who had mocked the whole Indian bowling attack in the recent past. Dhoni has proved once again his hand in leading his team to a good position. "Boys!! Do be one to win a game. Put aside the personal interests and views. And you the present young pack would bring many victories to your country." Be aware of the next two tests. The team should be ready with more and different attacking views and ways. Best wishes for the next two tests.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (March 5, 2013, 12:27 GMT)

@RandyUK on (March 5, 2013, 12:04 GMT), you're still living in the past, when Australia really was a good team. You've been telling us how great Hughes is and how Cowan's got to go and yet Hughes has fallen 4 times to spin without taking a run and Cowan was the only one who showed any stomach in that second innings. Oh yeah, the selectors should definitely listen you, oh wise one. I guess you must be looking forward to CA getting Fawad Ahmed's passport rushed through so at least you'll have a proper spinner.

Posted by 30-30-150 on (March 5, 2013, 12:20 GMT)

@BDforever - Just letting you know that India whitewashed Australia in 2010 as well and they weren't in transition back then too, were they? Geez, some people just never appreciate good cricket. Win by an innings and 135 runs, and still such excuses keep pouring in. BTW, the Indian team too is going through transition.

Posted by CricketFollowers on (March 5, 2013, 12:19 GMT)

Its a good win but India should not get carried away, Australia can bounce back because they are a good team. I think if Watson and Warner gives a hand to Clarke then they can put a fighting total but they are not clicking. India's opening batting & bowling(Ishant) worry continues. We can't keep playing in backyard, we need to play in Eng,Aus & SA, so we need good fast bowlers who can lead the team to victories not just the spinners. Aussies should pick Lyon instead of Doherty or Maxwell and Khawaja can play in the place of P hughes. Aussies came late otherwise they would have won India like England did. Wade is looking like a very ordinary player(batting), Clarke was playing too good at the other end and he played some unnecessary shots and got panic then gave his wicket away. Clarke lost his heart at that instance itslef. India can win the series very easily from here but you never know about India's performance so lets keep our fingers crossed.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 12:18 GMT)

Congratulations to team India and well played on this fab wicket. India can improve bit more for the next two test, inclusion of Rahane. Sehwag is great, but he is out of form, send him back to play First class, so that he gets his form back. Rahane is goo fielder as well, so Indian fielding improves lots with bunch of youngsters. Bajji is nightmare for aus, so its better to include him in playing 11, but if it is mohali, and phase wicket, we should think about it. Pujara and Vijay played exceptionally well, give more chances to them to build confidance. My only worry is them playing in IPL and moving away from treditional batting to hitting frenzy mode, in this process, hope they don't loose their original techniques. BCCI should make some arrangements to protect these guys for test cricket from IPL . Bhuvaneswara Kumar(BK) bowled superbly to nip back to LHB, he drew the first blood, rest was history. Aus want to attack and destebalize the Indian bowling, din't work for them in both.

Posted by iluvtest on (March 5, 2013, 12:17 GMT)

@pomshaveshortmemories-- what's new there? That's what they are serving visiting sub continent teams all the time.Not blaming them for that.But you really forgot what Australian's PREPARED to counter STAYNE &Co?Two of the tracks were the flattest like RUNWAYS and when they faced a real sporting wicket they fell like nine pins. Just remember.Any way aussies have a choice to play with as many spinners and beat India at their own game like England did last year.Aren't they playing test match?Just like an Indian player to play fast bowling well they are supposed to play spin.

Posted by SirViv1973 on (March 5, 2013, 12:16 GMT)

@Tommytucker, I agree with u. So many oz fans saying this player & that player has to go but there is noone on the current Aus bench who is going to come in to this side & make a significant improvement. As in my previous post it looks as if Khawlja & Smith will play in Mohali, how these 2 are genuinly going to make any difference I have no idea.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 12:13 GMT)

M Clarke's Leadership is impressive: Have become great fan of M Clark's batsmanship from day one as his debut is against INDIA. This series gave me closer look at his leadership skills and I was damn impressed by his honest post match conferences where he is more focussed on admitting their mistakes rather to blame games.....simple logic if you start putting blames on PITCH etc that means you have already given up and taking excuses for the next failure because any contry pitches are not going to changed based on the intrests or comments of TRAVELLING CAPTAINS......I love this guys attitude and he is the right one to lead AUS into future

Posted by Stuart_Lord on (March 5, 2013, 12:07 GMT)

This was a sorry performance from an Ozzie side who are nothing like the world dominating team of the 1990s and early 2000s. The Indians did very well to thrash them the way they did, although they will be glad that this has laid to rest the memories of the series defeats which they suffered against England... From the evidence so far presented and speaking as an interested England supporter, I must say that we should be more concerned about the New Zealand test side than any Australian ashes team whom we play against.

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (March 5, 2013, 12:07 GMT)

In all probability, India will not change the winning combination. Sehwag and Bajji are likely to get another chance to resurrect their dead career. Not long ago, Sehwag did score a century (against England) and I do hope he comes good, which will be fantastic for India. He can be a real match winner. I do not remember when was the last time Bajji did anything worthwhile in a test. So chances are that he will carry his current form (or lack of it) into the next test as well and so is likely to be his farewell test.

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (March 5, 2013, 12:06 GMT)

Congratulations India, simply playing brilliant Cricket which is of a surprise, maybe a 4-0 revenge is waiting. As for Australia, so that's why they don't tour Bangladesh for a test series :)

Posted by Paul_Rampley on (March 5, 2013, 12:06 GMT)

I have faith in Clarke to lead us to victory in the third test. Khawaja should come in to the side and should have been there from game 1. I am also hoping to see Starc back as he is a future star for us, but Johnson is tempting to bring back as well. Siddle may need to take a rest, our lionheart but we may need to rest him.

Posted by RandyOZ on (March 5, 2013, 12:04 GMT)

Disgraceful selections lead to disgraceful results. If we actually selected our best team we would crush india

Posted by maddy20 on (March 5, 2013, 12:02 GMT)

@ Jayzuz This track had a decent bounce for the fastbowlers to exploit(as Pattinson showed yesterday) and enough seam movement with the new ball to test the batsmen as B Kumar showed. Its just that Aus seem resigned . There can be no excuses for failing with bat on a day 1 track, more if the 2nd wicket partnership is more than both of Aus's Innings totals combined! It is going to be the easiest of Ashes wins for England and thats for sure. The question is, does that mean diddly squat too?

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (March 5, 2013, 12:01 GMT)

Cricket history has been created today. Not only have Australia been completely hammered by an innings and 135 runs, Captain Clarke has shown himself utterly inept and useless at leading a team. Never has a side lost by an innings and so much after having declared in the first innings. What a thing to put on your CV. Having spent his entire captaincy and career hiding down the order, away from the new ball, Clarke has refused to do anything other than hide away from trouble, hide away from a fresh attack and a new ball. He doesn't think much of his technique, obviously. Those who saw the last few Ashes know all too well how he gets on against bowlers like Anderson in seaming conditions. No wonder he's been so reluctant to move up the order. Congratulations Clarke, this is quite an achievement.

Posted by RandyOZ on (March 5, 2013, 11:59 GMT)

Well this couldn't have come at a better time. We really needed this to shake up the selectors and ensure that our best team is selected, which it currently isn't being. We don't mine losing to India because we flogged them last year anyway, I am just glad this is all happening before the Ashes!

Posted by Thefakebook on (March 5, 2013, 11:56 GMT)

Okay we get it its's the weakest OZ team to ever tour india but look it happens india brought their no.1 side to Eng and Australia and still got white washed this an inexperienced OZ side full of talents not suited for these condition.And spinners that will fair way better to any other side but the indian.Maxwell would have got wickets and runs against any team like WI,B'desh,Sl,Pak,SA,Zim and hell yes Eng.Tough time ahead for OZ hope they salvage a draw or actually win one that'll make my day. S O'K and Zampa must be considered soon.Jhonson must play next match and give Usman a go too.Hughes is done for this tour.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 11:55 GMT)

This is an embarrassing Australia. No grit, no fight, no realism. As an England fan it actually does not give me much pleasure to say this, because I do actually enjoy watching Australia play a lot of the time and usually enjoy their aggressive brand of cricket. Their batsman, apart from the much-derided Ed Cowan and the outstanding Michael Clarke, have no restraint whatsoever. Drop Huhges, drop Wade (he would probably drop himself, come to think of it), have some stern words with Watson and the fickle Warner (the new Matthew Hayden? Oh give me a BREAK), and bring in O'Keefe for Doherty or Maxwell. And where's Pat Cummins or Ryan Harris?

Posted by SirViv1973 on (March 5, 2013, 11:55 GMT)

@JMCihinney, Thank you for confirming that Watson is not available for the next game. Although he's hardly set the series on fire it will certainly add to Aus batting woes. It seems unlikley that Aus can risk playing Hughes again so it would seem likley that both Khawlja & Smith will have to bat in the top 5 in Mohali, 2 batsman who both ave under 30 in tests! With Clarke confirming he will be moving up the order I guess he will have to bat at 4 to seperate the new boys with UK at 3 & Smith at 5. If Aus fans thought this series couldn't get any worse think again!

Posted by brusselslion on (March 5, 2013, 11:42 GMT)

Well played India. Comprehensive victory.

Looking at the positives for Australia: The innings defeat saved the bowlers' figures from getting any worse.

Posted by NCNReddy on (March 5, 2013, 11:41 GMT)

Dhoni & co have given pleasant moments for all of us. it appears that we are heading for a 4-0 white wash. i hope we have more good news in the offing.

Posted by Sir.Ivor on (March 5, 2013, 11:30 GMT)

My congratulations to Dhoni and his team for a great win over Australia. India may go to win the remaining Tests as well but it will be foolish to write off this Australian team. In English or Australian conditions, I think Staarc,Pattinson and Siddle can be quite a handful. They have an enviable bench strength as well in Cummins, Mackay and other fast bowlers. Their batting may have come for ridicule in the first two Tests against India but like they showed against South Africa at home they can deliver with some 'getting used to'. In my opinion, Hauritz is the best off spinner they have and should be brought back.Lyon also looks like he is improving. For jmlchilney I do not think England needs to worry too much about the Ashes. They will win.England has a wonderful all round team for any conditions under a great batsman who will become a great captain as well in course of time.That apart they have a very good bench strength. I am eagerly looking forward to the Ashes this year

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 11:25 GMT)

The best spinner is in Australia and that is Steven O'Keefe followed by Nathan Hauritz. The team should be Warner, Cowan, Watson, Clarke, Steve Smith, Henriques, Wade, Agar, O'Keefe, Johnson/Starc, Pattinson. Maxwell will be a good player against England but not India. Ben Cutting needs to go to England too. We need to build for the two Ashes series and give Agar and O'Keefe a taste of India before taking them to England. It would be hard for them, but a valuable start to long test careers for both players.

Posted by SRAMESH5 on (March 5, 2013, 11:24 GMT)

Congratulations India. You deserved to win the second test by huge margin. Yet again, who made that win possible? The younger brigade both in batting and bowling. As far the stars, they retain their places only because of the fan following, the selectors bias and indifferent Board. While Pujara and Vijay were batting heroes, Ashwin, Bhuvanesh Kumar and Jadeja were bowling heroes. How many tests are going to be gifted to past heroes like Sachin, Harbhajan and sehwag in spite of their inconsistencies. How long are we going to keep Tendulkar in the team and keep his large ignorant fans happy by retaining him. At least Sehwag at 31 deserves an opportunity to bat at No.4 instead of Sachin in the middle order instead of sacrificing him as an opener. Why the in form Wasim Jaffer with 5 test hundreds is being ignored instead of unproven Shikar Dhawan and Rahane? Why Sachin at 39 is better than Wasim at 35 and it is high time we realize that best days of Sachin and Harbhajan are over.

Posted by Soso_killer on (March 5, 2013, 11:24 GMT)

What a ridiculous decision by Clarke to surrender an innings like that. Why declare, wow how mentaly weak Australia has become.

I dont even want to comment about their ability or lack thereof against spin, utter embarrassment!!

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 11:21 GMT)

How many times, since the Border-Gavaskar Trophy started in 1996 has Australia lost to India by an innings in India?

Posted by sonjjay on (March 5, 2013, 11:20 GMT)

We should seriously consider leaving out Ishant if the pitch is going to assist the spinners,(which it should) and consider picking rahane to shore up the batting.We can see a few of the aussie fans whining about the pitch on which India breezed to 500 runs but that was expected from the aussie fans.Time to be more relentless,I dont see the australian team TURNING the tables on us now unless they too hire an Indian spinner.And whats up with Ed cowan nodding his head in disapproval every time he gets out?

Posted by hraghava on (March 5, 2013, 11:17 GMT)

Indian cricket fan here! I think the Australian team is simply weaker than the one that blanked us 14 months ago on their shores. Had Ponting & Huss been playing, the result could've been different. No spinner in the Swann / Panesar class, no Hilfenhaus (a really good swing & seam bowler); and the Aussies have made the Indians look better than they really are. Win feels nice, but masks deeper issues (already beaten to death here). So.....

Short-term & myopic = Square turners in Mohali and Delhi (latter unavoidable) Medium-term thinking = Mohali allowed to retain its bounce & pace, Sachin gently tapped on the shoulder at the end of this series Long-term & progressive = Playing XI at Mohali: Rahane / Dhawan, Vijay, Pujara, Tendulkar (sadly), Kohli, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvaneshwar, Sreesanth, Ojha.

Yes - Sreesanth should come back. Like it or not, we don't have a better seam & swing bowler now. Bowling attack for SAF - Umesh, Varun, Sreesanth, Bhuvi, Shami, Ishant, Ojha, Ashwin

Posted by GRINDIA on (March 5, 2013, 11:17 GMT)

Johnson should come in for Siddle, no maxwell. My 11 Warner and Cowan to open, Kawahja at 3, Clarke, Smith/Watson, Henriques, Wade, Johnson, Pattinson, Lyon and Doherty

Posted by Sunil_Batra on (March 5, 2013, 11:12 GMT)

I am not surprised by the result. thats what happens when your top 8 batsman are averaging low 30s or late 20s outside of the subcontinent. in the subcontinent when they play they weill do worse, solets look at the statistics vs series average warner - 45 outside, but only 28.50 in the series, I think he was sick so he will come good in the next game. ed cowan - 35/ 27.25 - Didn't have a good shield record coming in and averaging only 33 outside, but 27 in the series even lower- either him or Hughes will be dropped if they don't improve. phil hughes- 34 outside, but only 6.25 in series sr watson- 36 outside, but only 19.25, hasn't impressed and needs to bowl again wade- 42 outside, but only 23 glenn maxwell - debutant, didn't bat well but won't judge him yet Overall Khawaja must come into the lineup as he is one of our better younger batsman in the longer format. I predict that Warner will have a big few games but others need to raise their level of standard.

Posted by Selassie-I on (March 5, 2013, 11:09 GMT)

Fantastic from India, just wonder if their lower order had applied themselves yesterday rather than trying to hit out and get quick runs how big the win could've been?

Looks like Australia's fans have overestimated the quality of their team, you can't call any of your players world class until they perform in the sub-continent, looks like you have one world class player in Clarke, you'd better hope he doesn't get injured before the Ashes, especially with this extended stay in India.

Posted by NP_NY on (March 5, 2013, 11:07 GMT)

Vijay-Pujara partnership produced more than the full two innings of Australia combined. That could be some kind of a record! Anyway, it's hard to watch a side like Aus go down without a fight. It's a very young side, so hopefully they will learn a lot from this tour.

Posted by satishchandar on (March 5, 2013, 11:06 GMT)

A good win for India. My concerns on the team is, Jadeja is not performing with bat. I would like him facing atleast 60-70 balls every innings. Luckily for the team, Dhoni returned to good form in this point of time. At the same time, Jadeja's bowling will be massively missed on opting for extra batsman. All we can do is just hope the middle order performs same and doesn't require Jadeja to bat big. Slot of Sehwag. I think he has bagged that slot maximum enough with the reputation he himself built all along. It has all exhausted with this failure. Why not try Dhawan for next 2 tests. And the form of Ishant. Though Ishant didn't do bad job, he should be expected to do far better with his experience. We practically played with 4 bowlers and one AR in RJ Jadeja's bowling has hid the mess of the designated fourth bowler. But it won't be the same everytime. We do need a fast bowler who can run in and do it for the captain when spin is countered well.

Posted by gsingh7 on (March 5, 2013, 11:05 GMT)

As an Aussie fan I hate to say this, but by the end of August our score is like to read PLAYED 8 LOST 8 - with another 5 Tests at home to be fought and lost next Summer with England. That's 13 in a row. Don't be surprised!

Posted by SRIDWI on (March 5, 2013, 11:02 GMT)

Its indeed a fantastic victory, lot more convincing. Aussies had no answer to our spinners. With 2 victories behind and knowing Delhi's wicket, India should opt for the usual seamer friendly wicket in Mohali, which can help them to bat on SA conditions. Viru should be moved down the order. Dhawan can be asked to open with vijay. Pujara at 3, Sachin at 4, Kohli at 5, Viru at 6, dhoni at 7, ashwin at 8, 3 seamers - ishant, bhuvaneswar kumar and shami ahmed at the last 3 positions. Since viru has been talking of coming in middle order for quite some time, the champion batsman should be given the opportunity for the next 2 games to position himself. when we go to SA, we certainly need the likes of viru to counter attack steyn / morker / philander.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 11:01 GMT)

OK , these wins are expected. My only concern is India's tour to SA. India, seriously needs to put more efforts to bring some good pace attack into the team. Sehwag on the other hand should get his form back or else Selectors will be forced to go choose other players. I would like to put Wasim Jaffer in the 11 as he has some good domestic scores on his chart. He could be like India's Hasim Amla.

Posted by ygkd on (March 5, 2013, 10:54 GMT)

Clarke must move up the order and, of possible, bat in all positions from 1 to 7. Well done India. They could sweep this series harder than they sweep the pitches. Actually, while they're at it why don't they teach an Aussie bat or two to sweep? The tourists don't seem to be generally able to sweep or use their feet. It was said to me that the number six's 10 runs almost equalled his 4th innings Test batting average! And with nine digs in the second half of a match, he's never got a 40. Is there a technical problem or is it all just spin?

Posted by yoohoo on (March 5, 2013, 10:51 GMT)

@Derek Grabham - Do you see a single comment on this board claiming india is the top team? We know they team is untested and unproven. It is a team in transition, and there are a lot of young players who are yet to play test cricket outside india. But, two comprehensive wins at home against australia is a good start.

Posted by cricfanraj on (March 5, 2013, 10:50 GMT)

I see most of the Ausi fans lost their hope for Ashes as well. May be they have dismissal performance now but I don't think England is such a great side as they look or feel like.India lost to Eng in India bcz of 2 useless openers and SRT was completely out of Form(Nothing to showdown the performance of Mounty & Swan they were excellent ). They have 2 good batsmen Cook and Pet and 2 good bowlers Anderson and Swan and bunch of Avg. cricketers. Compare to both sides you have the best batsmen (Clark) and Pattison & co will be good on those pitches. Bring some stability to Batting line up and you will be up there.

Posted by msnsrinivas on (March 5, 2013, 10:47 GMT)

Australia not embarrassed so much, they only lost 19 wickets.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 10:47 GMT)

Its obvious that apart from Clarke and Pattinson we lack test quality batsmen and bowlers.Its no surprise we were hammered in the two tests.It would indeed would a great achievement if we could manage to draw one of the remaining tests.

Posted by phunny_game on (March 5, 2013, 10:46 GMT)

I predict a draw in the next test... And a dazzling innings by sehwag... Yep he likes batting there...

Also, i hope this time, if the situation for india is good in the first innings, maybe dhoni can come in at no.7 and push jadeja up to no.6... If he can get some runs, it will boost his confidence and who knows, he might score some big runs at international level as well...

Posted by tony122 on (March 5, 2013, 10:44 GMT)

Indian fans must come to terms with Ashwin as a bowler. He will not become a Shane Warne. He is in the mould of Anil Kumble, is much cleverer and has more variety. Altough Kumble got more bounce,had a better top spinner and bowled at a time non Asian players were lesser players of spin bowling than they are now. And Ashwin will never be very attractive to watch, but he is mighty accurate,clever, has loads of variety,spins just enough to become an outstanding bowler over the next decade. Spinning surfaces or Fast/Seam friendly surfaces- pitches just need to be result friendly. And world cricket will be a lot poorer with Asian countries too going in for fast bowling friendly surfaces. But for Indian cricket sake, we need to prepare really fast surfaces(like Australia,SA and not mid way) Over the last decade India did produce a lot faster wickets than we had earlier. Result is our average domestic batsmen are no longer great players of spin bowling, nor fast bowling.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 10:42 GMT)

I would leave the Mohali surface as pace friendly and bring in a medium pacer instead of Bhaji. As I have said before this has to be Sehawag's swansong. We are not allowed to say anything about Sachin- so he has to be left alone. Gambhir should be given another chance before getting rid of him once and for all.

Well done India. The young side looks terrific. Keep up the good work and hope you do equally well in the next two tests.

Posted by Jayzuz on (March 5, 2013, 10:40 GMT)

Short memory, @SamRoy. Australia played an ODI series in the UAE recently, on rubber tracks, and won comfortably. Plenty of scores over 200. Australia will bounce back in India and elsewhere. Don't worry about that. These conditions are simply the absolute worst for the strengths of the Australian team SELECTED (nothing for pacers, dustbowl spinner's paradises), and the absolute best for India. It will mean diddly squat as soon as the series is over.

Posted by JesseV on (March 5, 2013, 10:37 GMT)

My faith in the NSP has really diminished after the selection of the team for the 2nd test. I had backed them all summer, thinking they have a plan and know what they are doing. But picking 2 "all rounders" and Doherty was never going to win a Test. Although i am a Maxwell fan, i don't think he is right for the team at present. Lyon needs to play, and i think Doherty probably deserves another chance, but i don't see how they will fit them both in the team, because i think Johnson will/ should play the third Test. Who knows who will get picked and where? It's like drawing a name out of a hat

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 10:33 GMT)

well played india...we absolutely knew you can do it...be for say anything a one thing in my mind,u saw Japura and vijay made such nice and winnable partisanship... that is way which india need it..now its time for more talented youngsters to show his passion,and rid of old school cricketers like shewag,gambir etc... my indian friends force to BCCI to provide more young telented..

Posted by tony122 on (March 5, 2013, 10:32 GMT)

For Indian team Sehwag and Bhajji are past their prime and Sehwag should come in the middle order to contribute to the team. He has slowed down and cannot do the openers role now and may succeed at the middle order. Murali Vijay is a decent batsmen with all round shot making ability. But to be really successful at Int. level you have to either strong all around and you become a great(Clarke,Cook) or you have to be strong in a few area and play to your strenghts(Laxman,Ganguly) or you have to be strong all around and some magic of your own (Lara,Ponting,Tendulkar, Kallis, Amla possibly) Decent all around batsmen never go far enough.

Posted by tony122 on (March 5, 2013, 10:29 GMT)

@crh8971- agree to some of your points. Watson is an overrated player. He is a run of the mill Fastish medium paced bowler. His batting is ordinary,he does well against junior teams but is just not up to the level of a Test class batsman. His straight drives are gorgeous but apart from that he has no real competent cricketing shot. Hughes seems over hyped as well. He has too many weaknesses. I am an Indian so do not know too much about Aussie domestic cricket. But I live Steven Smith,Khwaja and Marsh brothers. Pattinson is a good bowle and a potential great. In my view Starc is over hyped as well. Cummins to my mind can become the best Fast bowler over the next decade if he remains injury free. For Indian team Sehwag and Bhajji are past their prime and Sehwag should come in the middle order to contribute to the team. He has slowed down and cannot do the openers role now and may succeed at the middle order. Murali Vijay is a decent batsmen with all roun

Posted by Valavan on (March 5, 2013, 10:29 GMT)

Thats a magnificient win for India. I can draw comparisons this Oz team with the England of 1993. As GOOCH said after 1993 test wash, IF YOU FAIL TO PREPARE THEN PREPARE TO FAIL. Have no clue whatsoever, learn to play in india before winning in India. Why didnt Oz include Hodge, Hogg and Hussey (Dave), they played in India all the IPLs. WADE is a Poorman's Haddin. Good luck Aussies for rest of the matches. Hopefully you all guys take a leaf out of COOK's cookbook for playing in India. @RandyOZ, i am sorry mate, inevitable slide of Ozzies continue. Clarke is captaining a sinking ship. cricinfo please publish.

Posted by FairCricket_indinaus on (March 5, 2013, 10:26 GMT)

If Ashwin carries on the way he has been, he could tie in with Lohmann record going back to 1896 as the quickets to 100 test wickets at 16 matches each. He need 19 wickets in next 4 innings against the Aussies. Thats three 5 fors and one 4 fors. Good luck mate.

Posted by jgeorge on (March 5, 2013, 10:25 GMT)

The only difference between the two teams in the Chennai test was Dhoni's innings. Similarly, the only difference between the two teams in the Hyderabad test was the Puajara-M. Vijay partnership.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 10:20 GMT)

India deserved to win, and by a big margin. The number of umpiring errors per day remains high. Australia's last wicket to fall an LBW would have missed leg stump by more than an inch - was the third error in ONE SESSION. Over the course of the match both sides have probably equalled out in terms of the numbers of errors made (2-3 a day - every day - without fail). I'm not questioning the result. this was a one sided game from the moment Clark's first innings ended and a big win for India was earned and deserved. But one day, having 10-15 errors per test match will cost a side a series in a more closely fought contest. Careers made or broken, people sacked, sides kicked out of major tournaments. DRS is not perfect, but the sheer number of umpiring errors that the whole world (other than the umpires) get to see might one day have a serious impact. DRS would reduce these errors. Let's have it before the inevitable happens and a match/series or cricket itself is reduced to farce.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 10:19 GMT)

We are expecting more and more great innings from Sehwag,who is all time nightmare to all the bowlers in any format of the game.We expect to break lara's record asap. All the best to aggressive Sehwag.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 10:18 GMT)

Let me get this out of my system.

What does Bhubeshner have to to do so he gets to bat ahead of Bhaji???

Or How many batting failures by Bhaji to get him to bat at No 11???

Posted by Hitwicket99 on (March 5, 2013, 10:16 GMT)

As an Aussie fan I hate to say this, but by the end of August our score is like to read PLAYED 8 LOST 8 - with another 5 Tests at home to be fought and lost next Summer with England. That's 13 in a row. Don't be surprised!

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 10:16 GMT)

Everyone saying Khawaja is probably remembering the start of the 2012/13 Sheffield Shield season when he was doing well, turns out he's only averaging 39 this season now though. Is that really the kind of figures to demand a recall?

Meanwhile Rogers is still hungry for test cricket and averaging 52, Haddin and Doolan are right up around the same mark, with Henriques and Phil Hughes ahead of them all (except Punter). Then there's Brad Hodge putting his hand up!

You'd be hard pressed to drop Warner, he's been consistent, but he doesn't need to open, and with all these options, and Khawaja, surely we can find a top 7 that could allow us to play better bowlers and not worry about finding all rounders.

1. Rodgers 2. Hughes 3. Clarke 4. Hodge 5. Doolan 6. Warner 7. Wade

Posted by Advin on (March 5, 2013, 10:12 GMT)

Pl can somebody explain why most overseas spinners are so ineffective in India while some have had success. Lyon,Robertson,Maxwell,Doherty,etc are not great bowlers.But then Warne,Qadir and Murali have not tasted much success in India either. The simple explanation is that Indian batsmen are simply too good for any spinner if even the best cannot be successful against them.But then ,in the past few months,we have seen them struggle against Swann,Panesar,Ajmal and Hafeez.What makes them (and Saqlain before them) so successful where everybody else,even the aforementioned three all time greats, have failed?

Posted by pitch_curator on (March 5, 2013, 10:09 GMT)

For the aussies, the match was lost on day 1. No use of blaming the second innings batting performance. Maxwell and Henriques are bits and pieces players and can not be part of the 11. Suprisingly Aussies have packed their squad with these kind of players (Smith/Maxwell/Henriques). Dont see them performing well in any conditions let alone outside of their home conditions. I have the same opinion of Jadeja. Sooner or later he would be found out unless he improves his bowling drastically and increases variations. Aussies should let Philip Hughes go home. Even as an Indian fan, I can clearly see that his confidence is shattered. Send him back before his career is completely destroyed. Also, Johnson should play ahead of Siddle in India -- always. In these conditions fast bowlers need to be impact bowlers. Work horses and line and length bowlers do not work here. Even Mcgrath does not have a great record in India. Clarke should come one down. Still feel Aussie selection is wrong

Posted by Haiphong on (March 5, 2013, 10:08 GMT)

Losing is one thing, losing badly another. However, when common sense foretold the 'obvious', ignoring it cannot simply be relegated to "we were outplayed." Doubt if anyone out there thought Hughes would succeed in India - ever! Warner, too, would need luck. No point in burdening guys like Maxwell who were thrust into an extremely challenging situation. However, numerous minds out there have been yelling for ages to take a team appropriate forthe conditions - unfortunately, without their voices being heard. Khawaja is/will be better than Hughes & Warner combined (on this tour) if given a decent opportunity. We need 'grinder's' - not 'dragon-slayers' (only) on a certain kind of pitch. Haddin - even as a batsman only. Perhaps Johnson, even if for his experience solely. Sadly, some of these changes (which have been talked about for a long time) would have at least prevented two embarassing defeats which have, in all likelihood, left the team totally deflated.

Posted by Sinhabahu on (March 5, 2013, 10:06 GMT)

That million bucks on Maxwell was money well spent!

Posted by Shaggy076 on (March 5, 2013, 10:05 GMT)

We have been comprehensively outplayed on these surfaces in the first two tests. But to forget what we have achieved over the last 18 months, just because of two tests on surfaces we are unfamiliar with is foolish. Damo-s; If we are judging on two performances then Engalnd must already be in tier B after there performance against Pakistan. Anyway looking forward, I can say that Hughes is not going to cope with Indian conditions, Maxwell was just a foolish pick. Cowan & Warner also need to refine there techniques. Watson has the ability but not making his starts count. However, most of these cricketers will be fine once we leave the sub continent. No point reinventing the side at this stage of the series and I would go Warner, Cowan, Khawaja, Watson, Clarke, Henriques, Wade, Lyon, Doherty, JOhnson and Pattinson for the next test. We need to be more positive with the bat, but play much straighter. Hopefully we bounce back and compete in the next two tests.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 10:04 GMT)

Poor OZ!!! They need to stick on to a strategy.. The Warner factor definitely isn't gonna help them at the top. I'd say open with Khawaja and Cowan, Marsh(Yes, Shaun Marsh, He is definitely OZ's No:3 in India), Clarke at No:4, rest is history.. Bowlers aren't gonna win it in India.. You need to pile runs and put in the psychological pressure, that is what is gonna win it for you here !!! The Gillys and Haydens would know what I'm talking here...

Posted by Bloodprince on (March 5, 2013, 10:04 GMT)

From the featured comments above ,It is obvious that Australians know they have only one man in Clarke.They say he will be having one more batsman to work with. The solution to problem here is that openers have to do their job. Partnerships ,Batsman have to apply themselves,they are playing too many shots.

Same was the case with the Indians in overseas defeat of 0-8.Players were playing shot to make runs,but here in Test cricket runs come after you spend time in crease.

No need to change whole team giving name of set of players. Players need to apply themselves.,Have a pride in doing for their country.

Posted by Siva_Bala75 on (March 5, 2013, 10:03 GMT)

Ashwin should be dropped for the next two tests. And then, Dhoni should distribute these 'cheap' australian wickets more fairly among all the bowlers.

Posted by Teetotalers on (March 5, 2013, 10:02 GMT)

This is not a bad test match pitch. It probably started playing like day 5 pitch on day 3. Infact the highest batting scores ar 204, 167, 91. As long as you apply yourself, you can reap rich dividends. India would continue to make these kind of pitches and England showed what it takes to beat India in India. So there is a lot to learn for Australia and hopefully come back stronger when they tour India again.

Posted by SamRoy on (March 5, 2013, 10:02 GMT)

I would love to see this Aussie batting line up face Ajmal and Rehman in UAE tests. Many sub-100 scores and less than 3-day drubbings assured.

Posted by gitapat on (March 5, 2013, 10:01 GMT)

This is the weakest Australian team that I have seen in the 54 years that I have watched cricket

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (March 5, 2013, 9:52 GMT)

There was a lot of gung-ho talk before the series about Australia "playing to its strengths" and "this is the best squad available". How is it that the squad suddenly is useless? Time for people to back their team, not to talk it down. You were watching the series v England: did you really think that this series would be different with different pitches? Australia picked what they thought would be the best squad for the conditions although there were plenty of England fans who had seen what happened before Christmas and were sceptical that the Australian attack could take 20 wickets. There was also perhaps a little refusal to accept reality by thinking - and yes, some fans argued it strongly - that Australia had almost won the 1st Test and would come roaring back. Manage expectations. Aim to bat out a day and a half minimum. And try to grind out results against an Indian side that is not great, but is not as poor as some patronising posters were saying before this series.

Posted by tmd1 on (March 5, 2013, 9:52 GMT)

All i can say after watching both India and Australia over the last 2 years is that Australia's spin department is as pathetic as India's pace department.

Posted by naren1983 on (March 5, 2013, 9:52 GMT)

Before the start of the 1st test, Clarke said that the toughest time of his captaincy due to retirements of Pointing & Hussey, injuries concerns to bowlers, new players touring first time to India, hot & humid conditions. But he would have not thought this much of tough he was going to face. Today in his post match presentation, saying he was not happy of his batsmen performances and it is unacceptable. I believe another 2 tests will put Clarke under more pressure as our Indian batsmen & bowlers coming to good form. Moreover, Ohja likely to play in place of Harbajan. So more Innings defeat awaits Aussies.

Posted by DrDamo on (March 5, 2013, 9:49 GMT)

Can we please fire our all knowing selectors now and get rid of any team politics that maybe at play and pick a god damn team that will win a test match in India. Watson without his bowling adds nothing to this team. Get rid of him and pick a batsman. Hughes has been tried twice and has failed twice. He is not a test quality batsman. Warner is hit and miss and most of the time is a miss. Cowan at least looked like he was trying to bat out for a long tiime. The Indians hardly played a cross bat shot. What were the Australian batsman thinking. Do they learn from their mistakes. Please fly Australia's best spinners to India now as well as test batsman. Replace Siddle, he has no penetration on these tracks. Khawaja should surely get a run not and please bring in Ferguson.

Posted by Lakpj on (March 5, 2013, 9:47 GMT)

Even in the test series win against SL Hussey played a big role, now with out him Aus look really shaky. Seems like England will have short work during their two 5 match series with Aus. For India things look good but for them the real test comes when they play the test series against SA in SA later this year. it would prove how much they have improved from the nightmares of 2011 test tours.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (March 5, 2013, 9:45 GMT)

An innings and 135 runs - thats a thrashing. To me its the weakest ozzie team I have seen since i started watching cricket. I dont really see any positive changes they can make for the next match because there is simply is no one to replace the under-performers. Oz look ill prepared to play spin bowling except clarke. Clarke needs to stop hiding at 5 and come in at number 3 to give that top order much needed support, they can then build an innings around him as he is a good player.

Posted by Jayzuz on (March 5, 2013, 9:44 GMT)

@jason Bray, I agree totally. Almost every team has been thrashed in the past year or two, and now it is Australia's turn. I like Clarke's attitude. He won't give up, that's for sure. Nor did the team, at any point. I recall India lost the first test in AUS in about 2008 by 300 runs, and the second by 130, and they came back to win the 3rd. So teams do turn around big losses - if they are smart and committed.

Posted by ElevenStars on (March 5, 2013, 9:43 GMT)

Ohh Boy..!! Ohh Boy..! In just 3 and half days Game Over..!. What a humiliating defeat for Oz's . This Kangaroo side is struggling big time in Batting and their Bowling is not causing any sort of problem to Team India Batsmen and Batsmen successfully building big partnerships. Dhoni boys can crush Oz's 4-0 for sure.

Posted by poms_have_short_memories on (March 5, 2013, 9:43 GMT)

Maybe the Australian curators should take a lesson from the Indian's and prepare 4 seaming, bouncy, green tops. Imagine the uproar in the Indian media?? But sadly the Australian's have far too much integrity for that to occur.

Posted by Hammond on (March 5, 2013, 9:43 GMT)

This was the Aussie side that was meant to win the ashes? Pfft...

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (March 5, 2013, 9:40 GMT)

I feel genuinely sorry for the Australians. It is never a pleasant feeling to have a series that you enter with reasonable expectations of a good result and then get hammered. England had this in the UAE a few months ago and it is not fun. They have had a decent run in the last year and were building up expectations. Now, suddenly, more than half the side is being questioned. Right now, a good result would be to avoid a whitewash and you can guarantee that India want to get it. It is going to take a lot of character to put a line in the sand and stop the Indian charge but, probably, this series is now a lost cause and has to be treated as a learning experience and one where the objective for Australia is damage limitation.

Posted by joseyesu on (March 5, 2013, 9:39 GMT)

I had a strange feeling that, if we would have done a good selection against Eng and Aus earlier, we would could have done better. Maybe resting Sehwag, Gambir and Zak and gvien that to Rahane, Dhawan and Bhuvenshwar

Posted by balajeev on (March 5, 2013, 9:39 GMT)

Lot to improve on for India if they have to be competent overseas. India cannot win abroad as long as the weak links in the team stay. No need to go overboard with the celebrations.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 9:38 GMT)

my australian team for nxt test Warner,Watson,Khawaja,Clarke,Smith,Henriques,Wade,Johnson,Pattinson,Doherty,Lyon it is the best combination for australia

Posted by crashdog on (March 5, 2013, 9:37 GMT)

@ScottStevo I agree fully with you mate, my sentiments exactly.

Rhetorical question warning:

What do these sides have in common?

Steve Waugh's invincibles Ricky Ponting's 16 match winning streak side The current no. 1 test team The great West Indies sides of the 90's

Answer: (for those who didn't get the sarcasm) They were/are all traditional test teams: 6 batsmen, 1 wicket keeper and 4 bowlers. Australia is trying to mess with the traditions of the game by fielding 2 bit all rounders who haven't proven themselves in either discipline. Look at the all rounders in the squad: Smith, Henriques, Watson, Maxwell, Johnson - 3 of them were playing in this game alone! Everyone keeps talking about the lack of spin, but its the lack of batsmen that has caused these losses. How can bowlers build pressure without a decent target. Even the great Gilchrist wasn't honoured with the number 6, so why has Wade been given such a responsibility. Wake up Aus selectors, pick more quality batsmen!

Posted by whofriggincares on (March 5, 2013, 9:37 GMT)

I can distinctly remember reading many Indian fans posting , things along the lines of "Dhoni must go" "Aswin not good enough and never will be" "Jadeja a T/20 mug only" . Many of these same fans are now praising them as heroes, very funny. But I guess the Indian fans are known for their patience (not) . They are well known as being the most fickle fans in the world. Love the players one minute then calling for their heads the next.

Posted by Aaranya on (March 5, 2013, 9:37 GMT)

Where are those Ashwin baiters? They wanted to 'expose' Ashwin in comparison with 'Harbhajan' , both playing in same match. Two tests gone. It is 18 versus 5. Ojha to be in playing XI. Drop Harbhajan from 15 and get one seamer. Drop Shewag and bring back Gautam Gambhir. We need him in SA for sure.

Posted by wnwn on (March 5, 2013, 9:37 GMT)

I'm not an Australian fan but this would be my team for test matches: Watson,Warner, Khawaja, Clarke, Doolan, Ferguson, Wade, Lyon, Pattinson, Cummins, Starc. Usman Khawaja is a quality player and should be given a proper opportunity of 10-15 test matches in a row and i'm sure he will cement his place at number 3.

Needless to say, Michael Clarke should move up to number 4. Doolan and Ferguson should be brought in and given a proper chance like Khawaja to show what they can do. Wade should move down to number 7 as he's not yet good enough to bat at 6 and a specialist batsman should bat there. Lyon is probably the best spinner in Australia although even he is not going to run through any test side. The spin cupboard is pretty bare.

I've chosen Cummins, Pattinson and Starc as the 3 fast bowlers because they are young and have enormous potential although they should only be used in test matches for maximum success. Starc as a left armer will add variety to the attack.

Posted by Jayzuz on (March 5, 2013, 9:36 GMT)

@Derek Grabham, the only problem with what you say is that SA were very lucky to beat AUS in AUS, and could only draw with AUS at home a year earlier. I actually wouldn't read too much into this Indian series. Australia did well in SL and WI, and in the UAE they did pretty well vs PAK, winning the ODI series, and narrowly losing the T20s. I won't go on about why this is so, as I am tired of repeating the same point, which is obvious for all to see. SL and PAK actually have better spinners than India.

Posted by MrArmchairCricket on (March 5, 2013, 9:35 GMT)

I can't even defend Australia now.. From top to bottom with few exceptions, this is the worst Australian squad since the 80s. By the time we get settled on an XI, a pointless rotation system kicks in. Glenn McGrath didn't need a rotation system, at the zenith of their careers, Hayden, Langer, and Martyn didn't need a rotation system. Our bowlers were fit enough to play test cricket, our batsmen didn't need a rest, and these by and large, where before the days of fitness and conditioning coaches, these where days when cricketers smoked cigarettes, drank beer and didn't miss a match, except through legitimate injury, or poor form.

Now, the Australians are a bunch of moddy-coddled sissy boys who cannot play outside of this country... I fear for what England will do to us.

Posted by wellrounded87 on (March 5, 2013, 9:35 GMT)

@rupankar Ganguli, yes the surface plays a big part in swing bowling. Swing is all based on the moisture in the air, if there is grass on the pitch there will be moisture coming from the grass which creates swing. If they're playing on a clay court like Chennai there is no moisture and swing is an almost impossible proposition. Also you have no idea about cricket if you think Siddle is the only bowler who can swing. If anything he has the least amount of swing in his bowling. Ray Charles can see the swing that Johnson and Starc gets. If you don't believe me youtube Johnson vs England in Perth, and Starc vs WI in Perth and enjoy the humble pie.

Posted by Sarobar on (March 5, 2013, 9:34 GMT)

May be India can try other players in the squad over the next 2 matches. Australia is no more the force it was before Ponting & Hussey's retirement, Though they have talented & upcoming pace bowlers, Batting and spin department looks thin. Doolan, Khwaja, Ferguson & Cosgrove can be given a chance. I expect Hughes to do better on non-spinning pitches. Only Steeve O'Keefe may be a spin replacement in future. There are no other options in the domestic circuit also. Agar is young and can be mentored for future. Fawad Ahmed can also be tried out. But pace department sure shows a lot of promise in Pattinson, Starc, Cutting, Cummins, Coulter-Nile, Bird, Sandhu, McDermott, Faulkner, Hazlewood, etc

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 5, 2013, 9:32 GMT)

@Derek Grabham.No issues, nobody claim India as world beaters. We are just giving it back to ausis as they can win only at home on fast pitches.

Posted by Jayzuz on (March 5, 2013, 9:31 GMT)

Well, it wasn't pretty, but no worse than the Indian capitulation on Day 3, when the mighty Maxwell and Doherty bamboozled the Indian batsmen. So it was a bit naive to think we'd do any better on day 4 against actual test standard bowlers. I actually think the batsmen did the best they could. There were a few unlucky dismissals, and some stupidity yet again. But in the end batting on that track was very, very difficult once the shine went off the ball. I watched a fair bit of it. There was spin and variable bounce, a lethal combination. The real fault was the batting on day 1. Clarke and Wade showed that batting at that time wasn't difficult - after some initial hostility in the 1st session. Yet once they got out everyone else followed. Batting was equally comfortable on day 2, but it was all downhill from there.

Posted by whofriggincares on (March 5, 2013, 9:30 GMT)

Well played India simply a class (maybe 2 classes) above us in these conditions. I am not a "sack this guy ,sack that guy" type of person. But surely Mickey Aurthur must be coming under some sort of pressure. He must surely be given the Ashes to prove he can get something out of the national setup, but if that goes pear shaped as well he will have to go IMO. The decision to drop Lyon for Doherty was just stupid. Aurthur must be reading front foot lobotomys posts about Lyon .sure it was dissapointing he couldnt do more against the Saffers in the final innings and he was expensive in the first test but he is a young spinner and this tour will be crucial for his developement ,he simply has to play. Doherty is never going to be the answer short or long term not in tests anyway.I know I am in minority but i think maxwell should be given the rest of the series to show what he can do. He wont go to england anyway , but while he is in India he may as well play , it might pay dividends later on

Posted by Retrovirus on (March 5, 2013, 9:27 GMT)

This is an emphatic victory to India. After loosing a 8-0 these games will mentally enhance the confidence levels of the players mainly who are new! Yap this is really the transition phase for the both teams more for Aussies than India as Indians are coming to play in form. The quesetion needs to be addressed is the presence of sehwag in the team! May be Rahane/Dhawan should be tested in the upcoming games. Aussies can bring Lyon and Mitchel J instead of hoping their young guns!

Posted by kumarsSansai on (March 5, 2013, 9:27 GMT)

@Derek Grabham why you worry about india. take care ur self

Posted by howla41 on (March 5, 2013, 9:25 GMT)

i like Wade but he is batting too high. Watson must open, he is no good at 4. Hughes must be left out in order to concentrate on ashes. My side for next test would be Cowan and Watson, Warner, Clarke, Khawaja, Henriques, Wade, Johnson, Pattinson, Lyon and Doherty. Maxwell did well to claim 4 wickets but the damage was done, and i don't think Lyon and Maxwell can play together, being very similar bowlers. Whilst Cowan is only averaging 30's, at least he looks like trying to bat all day. He got a bad decision in the first innings, and was unlucky in second innings to have the ball balloon off Dhoni's pad. The only positives to take out of the test are that early on day two, India didn't score freely. While Australia didn't take a bag of wickets, they built pressure and bowled plenty of maidens. If lyon was playing, im sure he would have gotten a few, with tight bowling at the other end giving him the chance to flight the ball

Posted by sawifan on (March 5, 2013, 9:24 GMT)

This was a disgrace. While a win was the likely outcome of this series, these performances have been terrible. If the Australian selectors were serious about turning the AUS team's performance around, then Steve O'Keefe would be on the next plane over. Lyon back in for Doherty, who should never be allowed near the test team again (1st class average of 45+ after 11 years?!? he's not going get better!!!), and O'Keefe in for The Big No Show Maxwell. Mush better bowler, and couldn't bat much worse either. Johnson must come in for Siddle too. He has toiled well, but just doesn't seem likely to do mush here. But of course, if the selectors make these changes, then they will be admitting errors and putting their jobs at risk, which they won't do, proving that their best interests are not with AUS cricket. AS for the batting. Usman in, Cowan out, open with Hughes... or fly someone else over if Watto is going home. If Watson can't bowl, he has proven he isn't worth his place in the team.

Posted by duncanmoo on (March 5, 2013, 9:24 GMT)

Harbhajan only taking 2 wickets, one being a gift to him and the other. India continue to select legends and fail to look at the other players who are actually better.

Posted by Damo_s on (March 5, 2013, 9:24 GMT)

Oh dear. The bowling and now batting cupboard is virtually empty in Autralia. They have been completely thrashed here. Perhaps the 2 tier IC system is a good idea. First name to be marked down for division 2 has to be Australia. I hope they improve for the next test because this is just embarassing to watch even as an England supporter.

Posted by Iyer on (March 5, 2013, 9:20 GMT)

It is now very clear that sehwag and Harbhajan are done and dusted. They are certainly past their shelf life. If we hope that expired product to deliver desired result, then it is a wishful thinking. Let us move on I say. Bring in Mukund or Jaffer for the next 2 test matches. Mukund was unlucky to get a break during England tour and not in these good home conditions where even dhoni can score a double hundred. In fact, Mukund was the only other Indian player to score a century in that England tour apart from dravid, and yet he was made the scapegoat. It is time to experiment in the next two matches, keeping in mind our future overseas tours. Ojha has been undeservedly dropped for the last 2 games just to accommodate Harbhajan. Middle order seems to be fairly settled. Don't think there is still anyone better than Sachin to replace him. Time to try another wicket keeper batsman in place of Dhoni, as Dhoni will certainly be a failure with bat in testing conditions.

Posted by oze13 on (March 5, 2013, 9:18 GMT)

As I said the other day. This is the weakest Australian team I've seen in 5 decades. They can't bat, bowl or field. A gutless performance.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 9:16 GMT)

I never heard of a Swing Firendly surface...probably something new ! Does surface matter for swing bowling? Apart from Siddle I hardly think any bowler from Aussie contingent can swing the ball anyway :) Its good to see Oz supporters talking about 4-0 drubbing that India received last time they were down under...wasn't that a home series for you guys ? Well this is our time to dish out the respect...U shud just njoy it ! Nuff sed

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 9:14 GMT)

If I were Dhoni:

I would not drop Sehwag, I would have him swap spots with Dhoni or Sachin. Sachin has succeeded in ODI opening, and this can, in the twilight of his career to play with his natural attacking instincts he has curbed to build an innings at two drop. Sehwag has openly stated he wants to bat in middle order.

Or get Dhoni to open. Dhoni has a good form, he batted well against the second new ball. Replacing Sehwag means he must attack, which is the only thing he does well bat in hand. Sehwag by his own admission prefers to bat in the middle order. So why not, when the series is secure, try once. If it works, it works, if it doesn't it doesn't. After all, Sehwag opening was a gamble by Ganguly and Wright.

I would have Harbhajan dropped and get Ojha in. I mean, why have two off spinners in the same team especially when one is past his prime?

Posted by Blokker on (March 5, 2013, 9:13 GMT)

This loss is the best thing that could happen to the Aussies - but only if they recognise now how idiotic their selection 'policy' has become.

Posted by Wefinishthis on (March 5, 2013, 9:13 GMT)

That makes me 6 games from 6. This Australian team is so predictable, I do appreciate the money so thanks Invererity and co. It's really what you get when your selectors actually think that ODI's are a better indicator of test performance than shield (yes, the useless coach/selector Arthur actually indicated this!). Clarke can shuffle the batting order around as much as a he likes, but if our batsmen are chasing 500+ runs every innings, we will NEVER win and since every bowler selected other than Pattinson averages roughly 30 or more, my money is VERY safe! The fact that Cowan/Watson/Hughes can't even make 100 runs between them each innings is just hilarious. I like to call them the three stooges. The only lineup that might make India doubt themselves for the remaining tests would be: Warner, Burns, Khawaja, D.Hussey, Clarke, Henriques, Wade, O'Keefe, Pattinson, Harris, Lyon. Stopping all these cross bat/sweeps against the spinners when there's low bounce might help too.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 9:13 GMT)

Congratulations to India for a superb victory. As an Australian it's obviously hard to take such a beating, but as Clarke readily admitted we have been completely outplayed once again. I truly can't see the reason now for keeping Khawaja out of the side any longer- if we can drop Lyon so quickly then surely we can lose one of our underperforming batsmen just as quickly. Here's hoping we can put up more of a fight next match, but I sincerely doubt it, and am starting to question our chances in the Ashes.

Posted by LetThereBeLogic on (March 5, 2013, 9:10 GMT)

@ Tarique Aziz: No this is Australia's 5th consecutive loss in India. They lost the last test in 2008-09. Lost 2 in 2010 and 2 in this tour. And also, they are winless in last 9 tests in India. Last win was in 2004 tour and in Nagpur.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 9:09 GMT)

As expected, India crossed 500 mark for the second time in the series, two in two. The Australian bowlers were pathetic. Likes of Vijay and Pujara have justified their selections. Ashwin as always, lethal, taking a 5-wicket haul again. Is Clarke the only one who can bat in this Aussie team? 237-9 and 131 should tell you something... Maxwell got lucky with the ball after conceding more than 120 runs. Doherty is not a test match bowler for god's sake. An over-confident Aussie side has been crushed. Well done India. Lot of improvement has been shown by India after 2 straight losses to England! Australians should play for the pride now!

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 9:07 GMT)

India can only win Test matches at Home only. Their overseas performance is a shambles really. India, don't get your hopes up too high, wait until you play your next overseas assignment to see if any marked improvement occur in your team, then you can say you re a good team. In my opinion, South Africa is the only solid team in the world followed by England.

Posted by ScottStevo on (March 5, 2013, 9:06 GMT)

Pack a side full of bits and pieces cricketers and this is what you get. Maxwell, Doherty, Henriques all need to be swiftly removed from the team. Hughes, Cowan and Watson or also struggling in these conditions. We need more solidity in the top order and at present we have a host of guys playing one day style cricket at the top of the order. 10 years ago when Aus had 7 world class batsmen, we could afford to hammer into attacks as there was plenty of back up. Now, we don't have that kind of a batting line up and we need to bat a lot more responsibly. Watto back to open with Warner, then S Marsh at 3 - the boy is talented yet can't seem to get it right for Oz, he needs assurance of his place. Clarke at 5, Khawaja at 6, Paine at 7. Number 4 is interesting. We need someone solid here who has a brain. This may sound crazy, but possibly someone like Bailey can fill this. He's not going to set the world alight, but he seems sensible enough to put a price on his wicket

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 9:06 GMT)

Now we know why Clarke declared in the first innings: it was to get the pain over with quicker. Siddarth, the ball swings through the air and seams or spins off the surface. Presumably you're not familiar with quick bowling, being Indian. :)

Posted by indiasucksgobd on (March 5, 2013, 9:05 GMT)

Dismal performance from Aussies.no one except Clarke and pattinson seem to be playing well.But it has to be said India were great.Pakistan australia series should be held in UAE am sure pak will whitewash them.they really need to learn how to play spinners.team for mohali test 1.cowan 2.warner3.khawaja4.clarke5.watson6.henriques7.wade8.starch.pattinson10.mj11.Lyon

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 9:05 GMT)

Well done India! Two resounding victories against an Australian side they have made look totally inept. The players in the Australian squad who have not yet been given their chance must now be worked into the team. They can certainly do no worse. Who could ever have thought it, but the dropping of Watson looks the best way of getting Smith, Khawaja and Johnson into the side without destroying the balance completely. Hughes, Watson, Maxwell and Doherty out and replaced by Khawaja, Smith, Johnson and Lyon. Clarke should move up to 4. Rattle the Indians with pure pace from both ends, Henriques and Siddle to bowl tight and give the quicker guys a rest while Lyon and Smith will have to take care of spinning duties. And Australia still bat down to eight, for whatever that's currently worth!

Posted by CrICkeeet on (March 5, 2013, 9:04 GMT)

PUP................. :'( um really feeling pain Only 4 dis man,,....hard luck dis tym, bst of luck 4 d next one..

Posted by Charlie101 on (March 5, 2013, 9:04 GMT)

Both teams are in transition but it seems that India got their team selection right and the team seems hungry again whereas Australia's team selection was awful. Sehwag will be lucky to play in the 3rd test and Hughes and Maxwell will be dropped for sure. I would be inclined to drop Watson until he can bowl again as he is not good enough batsman to play in the top 5 but is a shoe in as the all rounder. Would Watson be selected in the top 5 for SA , England , New Zealand , India and Pakistan - the answer is NO , however everybody would have him in the team as an all rounder at number 6 . It will be interesting what the Aussie selecters will do in the last test but their track record suggests they will make a balls up as usual.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 9:03 GMT)

This bodes well for England cricket against the enemy this summer. If England win convincingly in New Zealand, then I will expect England to be comfortable winners over Australia this summer, a whitewash not out of the question.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 9:02 GMT)

A big Win for Indians as well for MS Dhoni, Pujara's Double ton has given India a big win, and on the Bowling side the damage is being done by Ashwin and Jadeja.

Posted by rabsmarshall on (March 5, 2013, 9:02 GMT)

congrats to India. they know how to play TEST match cricket and not T20 like the australian batsman. :(

Posted by Samdanh on (March 5, 2013, 8:59 GMT)

As expected, the team that bats long and puts up a big score is winning. While it was Dhoni and Virat who did it for India in first Test, it is Vijay and Pujara who have done it in second Test, virtually making playing the last innings redundant. Michael Clarke has been the lone ranger for Australia. So it is batting failure that is costing Australia. With the kind of batting seen with Aus, with or wiithout SOK, Aus would have lost anyways, at least the second Test. By the end of the series, Aus would have learnt what kind of players should have been chosen, how their batsmen should have played, and how their bowlers should have bowled. You cannot blame the bowlers when there is no pressure from the scoreboard

Posted by AkDoN on (March 5, 2013, 8:57 GMT)

Job Excellant Done by IND. Absolutely clinical performance in all theree departments of the game. This was indeed required for Blue men to recover from the humiliating performance against ENG & AUS couple of years back. No doubt IND is on TOP here as AUS will now have to faught hard to refrain from White Wash..I guess its also really difficult for IND to do so but still there a chance Never Before. Also This performance by IND will Shut mouth of so called critics from minnows

Posted by SamRoy on (March 5, 2013, 8:54 GMT)

Now since India can't lose and will most probably win the series please drop Sehwag, Tendulkar and Harbhajan. It's game over at international level for them. Only fit for useless IPL. Unless of course you want them to fail miserably in SA. Ishant also deserves dropping. Though he can come back after performing in domestic level.

Posted by Sprojy on (March 5, 2013, 8:53 GMT)

Is there any reason SOK cannot be flown over there given the time between tests now?

For me: 1. Warner, 2. Cowan, 3. Clarke, 4. Khawaja, 5. Smith, 6. Henriques, 7. Wade, 8. Johnson, 9. SOK, 10. Pattinson, 11. Lyon

The batting is weak but that is the best you can do from this horrid squad, at least the bowling attack is so much more potent.

Posted by hotcric01 on (March 5, 2013, 8:52 GMT)

This is a good win for india.But they should keep the winning habbit in overseas as well.As far as AUS is concerned,they must include johnson for next match.Their bowling attack should be siddle,johnson,pattinson and Doherty.It is very difficult for AUS to win matches outside their home with this kind of batting lineup.Except Clarke and Wade all other batsmen are far behind real test standards.All of them are naturally weak against spin and can be struggled against high quality fast bowling.It may take another 2-3 years to get them matured .Otherwise CA should think about other options like Doolan,Hodge,Forest,Ferguson etc....

Posted by popcorn on (March 5, 2013, 8:48 GMT)

Shane Watson should be dumped. He thought he would focus on batting on this Tour,so he did not bowl. He is worthless to us. Phil Hughes should be dropped.Another worthless fellow. Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Johnson should come in.Thouough Glenn Maxwell took 4 wickets, he is hardly a frontline bowler like Nathan Lyon.He did not bat well either.He should be dropped in favour of Nathan Lyon.At least Mitchell Johnson will definitely contribute with the ball, and definitely better than Shane Watson withy the bat. I am devastated at this loss.

Posted by thebarmyarmy on (March 5, 2013, 8:48 GMT)

Im not sure why the Aussies are complaing so much about the selection of their best team. This isnt all that far from their best team. Should be a fairly straight forward 4-0 to India now. I realy hope they keep Hughes, Johnson, Cowan, Doherty, Maxwell etc for the Ashes series. Shall be sweet.

Posted by jmoses on (March 5, 2013, 8:48 GMT)

This is probably the weakest Aussie side ever touring India.

Posted by VinodGupte on (March 5, 2013, 8:47 GMT)

AUS is so bad, they make IND look infinitely better than they are. i would have liked to see some serious competition, but AUS have failed. this is a meek submission by the side that was known for its attitude and skills. IND must now be delusional. i mean, we have 0-8 to mourn and 1-2 to be worried about. the only redemption (somewhat) is a series win in SA.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 8:46 GMT)

Why is it that an Indian team gets criticised when it doesn't fare well on bouncy pitches while Australian team doesn't get any criticism when they fail on turning tracks.

Posted by IndiaNumeroUno on (March 5, 2013, 8:45 GMT)

@ D-Ascendant: I seriously believe that all this has happened since Gambhir is NOT around :)) Well done India!

Posted by BDforever on (March 5, 2013, 8:43 GMT)

When you win with the support of all the home conditions and no DRS there and also the opposition is in transition period it doesn't make any sense

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 8:41 GMT)

A beautiful quote from Pujara (source: CricInfo ball-by-ball commentary, match presentations) " I just got married, and my wife was worried I should perform."

Posted by VivGilchrist on (March 5, 2013, 8:40 GMT)

What a limp performance! I guess this is the result of gifting out baggygreens rather than them being earned with performance. There was no fight. Australia needed someone to do a DuPlessis but they just all folded instead. This was a team which in theory batted down to no8.So disappointing. I do not understand what Arthur brings to this team tactically, as a selector, or as a motivator but I think it's clear he is not the best man for this team.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 8:40 GMT)

Both India and Australia are tigers at home and vulnerable outside of their territories. Australia do not admit that as easily as the Indians do. Both teams are sore losers outside home territories especially in each others' territory. The question is who accepts the fact more gracefully!

Posted by brenno23 on (March 5, 2013, 8:40 GMT)

@D-Ascendant. remember how our guys flogged your's 4-0 when they last came to Australia? Yeah, plenty of teams can play well at home, don't get too far ahead of yourselves.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 8:35 GMT)

A swing-friendly surface ? Does surface matter for swing bowling ?

Posted by DrShivaji on (March 5, 2013, 8:35 GMT)

Hurreeeyyy...... Congratulations to Team India and of course to MS Dhoni as well for being the most successful captain of Team India. Good luck for rest of series and further seasons!

Posted by ste13 on (March 5, 2013, 8:34 GMT)

Dismal performance from Australia. Showing very low confidence. It is hard to believe if you compare with ruthless performances from even ten years ago. This series now looks like SA vs Pakistan. At this stage it is a work for psychologist rather than coach, as I do not think the score in 2 test reflects true ability of the players. You can of course claim pitch factor, but one cannot deny India shows some improvement. First of all with selection of players, then with commitment and belief. I still think Harbhajan and Sehwag should make way for other players. The bottom point is clearly behind. What India has to do now is to be ruthless and go for 4-0 win.

Posted by shovwar on (March 5, 2013, 8:33 GMT)

Aus could not do what England did. England BLOWN India away in Indian Pitches. Ofcourse Aus dont have good spinners like England.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 8:31 GMT)

is this Australia's 4rth consecutive loss in India?

Posted by Edwards_Anderson on (March 5, 2013, 8:31 GMT)

As anybody who reads this forum regularly,it was predicted by many that this would happen.There is no surprise or shock,it was so obvious to anyone who has any idea. The continual eroding of the Sheffield Shield comp has now left us with a generation of batsmen,with a few exceptions,who cannot bat for more than an hour.They should have learned something from the Indian pair,it's not rocket science.Think of all the great players of the past that hardly or never played for Australia,scoring thousands of runs and batting as if their life depended on it. And they weren't paid a lot of money!! For the next test Khawaja is very important as he is needed in the top 4. One of Hughes or Cowan needs to go, which one i am not sure. Cowan did get 44 today but he didn't go on and was dropped on 0 yesterday. Hughes well i have no words on how he has batted. Lyon should never have been dropped and he will come back. Watson is going home and i think he will be happy to go home.

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (March 5, 2013, 8:31 GMT)

OK, what Aussies did to us in Australia, Indians are now doing it to Aussies. This was a chance for the likes of Vijay, Ashwin, Sehwag and Bajji to seal their berth in the team and 2 of the 4 have done it. If the other 2 can't do it against this team, they can't do it against any. This series is now becoming one-sided and lesser and lesser interesting. I am now looking forward to the IPL.

Posted by phunny_game on (March 5, 2013, 8:29 GMT)

Sir Jadeja is bowling better with each passing innings... Comprehensive victory... Great to see Kohli hand over the stump to Pujara... Shows how the team spirit of india is at the moment... Expected clarke to carry the team past lunch atleast... but SIR... take a bow, absolute beauty...

But, India should not take the series lightly, since Mohali is probably the best batting wicket as the ball comes nicely on to the bat, and also some movement for Fast bowlers is expected early on... And no homecoming gift to harbhajan please... Bhajji forced ojha out in his home town, now its time for payback :D

Posted by D-Ascendant on (March 5, 2013, 8:22 GMT)

And to think we were SO frightened that Australia would win the second and third Tests and take the series 2-1.

Ha! Revenge! Too bad Gambhir isn't around to share in its sweetness.

Posted by tick on (March 5, 2013, 8:22 GMT)

Well done India.. and by the look of this Australian test team,a series between PAK and AUST should be arranged in UAE so that Pakistan test team can regain confidence after the hammering themselves got from saffers by whitewashing aussies in UAE. and with Ajmal,Rehman,Hafeez don't think any match will even enter the 4th day..lolz

Posted by Mary_786 on (March 5, 2013, 8:21 GMT)

There are a couple good news for us there is a long break between this and the next Test match and the game's going to be played at Mohali. The break should help the quick bowlers recuperate from bowling all those overs under the scorching heat of Chennai and Hyderabad and the Mohali track should give the quick bowlers a tad more assistance.That said, India have won both Tests they played against Australia at Mohali and those were at the start of the season when the pitches are a lot fresher. Now, the Mohali pitch could turn slightly more than at the start of the season. As for the bad news Cowan and Hughes can't continue in the linuep, i would give Hughes one more test but Cowan who after 15 tests hasn't impressed must go but Hughes has looked worse then him. Khawaja must come in and bat him in the top 3 as he is one of our better top order batsman. Lyon has to come back into the team, put some faith in your top spinner.

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