India v Australia, 4th Test, Delhi, 1st day

Australia grit out another spin test

The Report by Siddarth Ravindran

March 22, 2013

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Australia 231 for 8 (Siddle 47*, Ashwin 4-40) v India
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R Ashwin celebrates the wicket of Mitchell Johnson, India v Australia, 4th Test, Delhi, 1st day, March 22, 2013
R Ashwin figures on the day were: 30-17-40-4 © BCCI
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On a Feroz Shah Kotla track that had plenty of cracks even before the game began, there was variable bounce and movement for the quicks in the morning, and TV commentators were left wondering whether this match was being played at Headingley. After lunch, it was back to an all-too familiar sight this series: Australia's batsmen pinned by the turn and bounce of India's spinners.

That may seem a tailor-made surface for bowling first, but Australia's stand-in captain Shane Watson, taking over from an injured Michael Clarke, decided to bat knowing that the track will become even more difficult to score on as the match progresses. India could have shot out Australia for under 200, but for the resistance provided by Steven Smith, whose Test crediblity increased for the second match in succession, and Peter Siddle, who put away the mindless swipes usually associated with tailenders, to reach a career-best 47, and defy India for three hours.

Much of the threat in the first session had come from Ishant Sharma, who dismissed David Warner for a duck, and had Hughes bowled for an enterprising 45. The spinners took over after lunch, as the ball began to rip, and the numbers of appeal ratcheted up. Cowan had played his typical unflashy innings, intent on preserving his wicket in the testing conditions, before he became the third Australian top-order batsman to be bowled round the legs by R Ashwin in the series, while attempting a sweep.

That wicket opened the doors to a collapse, and from a healthy 106 for 2, Australia tumbled to 136 for 7. The middle order for this Test - Hughes, Watson, Smith, Matthew Wade and Glenn Maxwell - is the weakest Australia have fielded in decades, and they were unable to cope with the accuracy of the spinners, and the ball darting around. The questions over whether Watson deserves a permanent place in the side will only grow after another failure - he was stumped off Ravindra Jadeja, who continued to torment Australia's captain this series.

Smart stats

  • The number of maidens bowled by R Ashwin (17) is the joint-highest for India (since 1990) in an innings (overs bowled between 30 and 35). The record is 22 maiden overs by Zimbabwe's Malcolm Jarvis against Sri Lanka in Bulawayo in 1994.
  • The number of balls faced during the eighth and ninth wicket stands (264) is the fourth-highest in an innings for Australia. Three of the top four such efforts have come against India.
  • Peter Siddle's 47 is his highest Test score surpassing his previous best of 43 against England in Sydney in 2011. It is also the third-highest score by an Australia No. 9 batsman against India.
  • Ravindra Jadeja has now dismissed the Australian captain in six out of seven innings. He got Michael Clarke out five times and Shane Watson once.
  • For the eighth time since the start of 2010 (second in this series), none of the top eight Australian batsmen passed fifty. On only one of those eight occasions (Sydney 2010 against Pakistan) did Australia manage to win the game.

A fit-again Matthew Wade, reclaiming the wicketkeeping gloves from Brad Haddin, was unlucky to be dismissed bat-pad when there was no bat involved. That brought together two players who the Australian public hardly rate as Test players, Smith and Maxwell. Both began with confident straight hits for six, but Maxwell threw it away with an against-the-turn lofted hit that only went as far as mid-on.

Smith was at the non-striker's end for the most memorable dismissal of the innings, of Mitchell Johnson who was playing his first game of the series. An Ashwin carrom ball cannoned into off stump after Johnson shouldered arms. India were celebrating, but Johnson had no idea he was bowled, thinking perhaps that MS Dhoni had broken the stumps after collecting the ball. What is usually the most direct form of dismissal in cricket needed the umpire to intervene to send the batsman on his way.

With Australia losing seven wickets midway through the day, it was expected that Ashwin and Jadeja would wrap things up soon after. Smith, though, showed more of the composure that helped him so much in Mohali, knuckling down after that initial six - his next boundary came 65 deliveries later - content to block, and confident using his feet. He and Siddle had defied India for more than an hour and a half before Smith fell to a sharp catch by debutant Ajinkya Rahane at short leg.

Siddle survived plenty of close lbw calls, and had to face some unplayable deliveries, somehow managing to hang in, not trying anything extravagant, and succeeding in frustrating India's bowlers. Even after Smith's dismissal, the no-frills batting from Siddle and James Pattinson kept out India, and ensured Australia weren't bowled out on the first day.

Australia had been more flamboyant in the morning, chiefly due to Hughes, who less than a week ago was set to go down as the new benchmark for bumbling batting after a torturous time against spin. He continued to play with the confidence gleaned from his battling 69 in Mohali. He was helped by some wayward bowling from the quicks early on, thumping three fours in a Bhuvneshwar Kumar over.

Everyone was waiting for the first spinner to come on, both to see how much the ball would rip, and to see how Hughes would cope. Ashwin, India's most successful bowler in the series, came on in the ninth over and Hughes promptly struck him for two boundaries through midwicket to gallop to 29 off 23 deliveries.

The quick scoring came, though there were puffs of dust coming off the pitch when the new-ball bowlers were on. Ishant sent down a grubber early on that zipped through at ankle height. In the 21st over he bowled a snorter that sprang up from short of a length to thud into Hughes' helmet. Hughes grinned ruefully, amazed at how much that delivery lifted, and two balls later his aggressive innings came to an end, as he tentatively poked at an Ishant delivery that crashed into the stumps.

Australia will be content with how the first and third session went, but their soft middle order was exposed once more, and left them on the back foot after the first day.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Dhanno on (March 23, 2013, 4:58 GMT)

To bring on Pujara to open is the stupidest thing to do. the guy is doing well at 3 why change ? Why bring kohli up to 3 and mess up whole order ? it isnt done to ease in Rahane, more like tomorrow they dont have to take Rahane as a opener to SA. That way the opener slots go to Gambhir, Vijay, dhawan ?

Or if Rahane fails at 5 you can bring in Raina/ Yuvi back to indian set up (as middle order batsmen).

Posted by Fijicricket on (March 23, 2013, 2:52 GMT)

Mervo on (March 22, 2013, 20:30 GMT) Both teams play on the same pitch . The pitch excuse does not hold any value. Try something new that can hide the fact that one team is just too good for the other. How about blaming the local post office or even the local taxidriver

Posted by Johnny_129 on (March 23, 2013, 2:20 GMT)

India has been notoriously slow starters - hope they don't meander and let the last couple of Aus wickets add 50 or more runs!

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (March 23, 2013, 2:20 GMT)

@ram4crictheory, the Australian team accepts defeat with dignity, and makes no complaints. However the public are not just going to say "well played" to a team that refuses to abide by the accepted standards. The extensive manipulation of the tracks by Dhoni and curators has been publicly exposed in the media during these past two series vs AUS/ENG. There are quite a few Indian and Sri Lankan commentators who have also blasted the team for putting down these pitches e.g. Bishin Bedi. Maybe you think others should just be quite while the Indian team does this repeatedly. Fine. But you are not the thought police and others will voice their criticisms. It is irrational in the extreme to believe that there will be no complaints from fans of other teams for doing this. Admittedly, the Saffas are almost as bad at this. The track where Steyn got 6-8 was greener than the Amazon. No wonder he, Philander and co struggled in Australia on normal pitches.

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

Enough excuses - cracks me up that selectors are getting all of the blame - what about the players. Khawaja has NOT performed on the big stage, and if picked, he would have struggled. O'Keefe would have been carted. We have no quality spinners, so we were always gonna struggle in IND. We've won all four tosses and batted first - and we're well on the way to etting whitewashed. Once again, the tail has wagged after an horrendous collapse by the clueless middle order. No wonder Clarkie has back problems - from carrying the rest of the batsmen. Good luck to IND - thoroughly outplayed AUS in all facets of the game. Flat track bullies - what a load of crap. Both teams have to bat on the same wicket, and we've had the best of the wickets to bat on. IND have managed to build partnerships - AUD haven't. @GRVJPR - bit premature to be thinking you're a real good chance vs. SA in SA - I reckon a draw would be brilliant. They are clearly the best side in the world - a massive step up from AUS!

Posted by rumbeer on (March 23, 2013, 1:20 GMT)

Had Warner not committed harakiri facing his first over, had Clarke's back allowed him to play and had some of the Aussie top order stayed at the crease a bit longer, the end-of-day score may have read 280-6 or so. By any standards, most experts would have called it close to an ideal first day score. So why whine about the pitch? Sensible batting by the lower order has shown that the top order didn't perform. Blame it on over-aggressive or overly defensive tactics - whatever. We have seen the pitch assist seamers, spinners and the batsmen. That to me means an interesting contest - cracks on the pitch not withstanding. During the last year, SA has demolished 3 teams for under 50 runs, including sinking AUS to 21-9. Would you ban cricket on those pitches? England visited India in '74-'75. i recall how exciting those matches were, with some scores of just 175, 185. Grieg Gower Gatting & Co. dug themselves in. Let's see how Indians perform on Day 2 before we denigrate the contest.

Posted by landl47 on (March 23, 2013, 1:09 GMT)

Wait and see how India performs before commenting on the pitch. I only saw one batsman (Johnson) get a really nasty ball. If the pitch does break up, Aus might be in a reasonable position.

I'd rather watch cricket on a testing pitch than see the type of cricket that is having to be played in NZ at the moment where it's hard to score fast but easy enough to stay in. The same was true of the pitch in Nagpur when England played India. This pitch at least will give a result- the England/NZ series looks like being 3 draws, all rain-affected, but all on dead wickets.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 1:06 GMT)

@Mervo on (March 22, 2013, 20:30 GMT) This is a tailor-made pitch for MItchell Johnson, where he can not only rattle batsmen, inflict bodily harm -- fingers seem to be his specialty) and get wickets. Hence, this pitch can NOT be prescribed by the "authorities" in Indian cricket. It is due to (a) end of cricketing season, (b) whether conditions, (c) contributed a bit by the general "efficiency" of the pitch staff at Kotla. Thanks to them, the ground was banned for a year by ICC, after an India - Lanka test match was abandoned after a few overs. ( So, don't start pinning the blame / 'credit' on Dhoni's lapel, for this).

Posted by HolyShmoly on (March 23, 2013, 0:28 GMT)

My gut is telling me, India is going to lose this game. If the pitch is so bad as everyone is indicating, it looks like 231+ is a good score. If Ishant was able to hit Aussie batsmen, Johnson, Pattinson and Siddle are going to wreak havoc on Indian batsmen. Had India bowled Aus out for 160-170 and scored 50+ for no wicket it would have been advantage India. At this point, it seems Aus has the upper hand. Is it just me or does anyone else have the same feeling?

Posted by Someguy on (March 23, 2013, 0:02 GMT)

I don't get why so many people are still having a go at Steve Smith. He has clearly been the best Aussie batsman in the last 2 matches. Although Hughes has had a couple of good innings, he still struggles against spin on these turning pitches. I have no doubt he will be successful in the ashes.

Clearly most of the Australian batsman struggle on turning decks against quality spinners. Watson struggles with concentration in general and is not test standard batsman. Good bowling allrounder, but not a top order bat. If he is not bowling he has no place in the team, certainly not as captain.

Posted by creekeetman on (March 22, 2013, 23:48 GMT)

@ tony 122... if sachin is one of your top 6-7 test batsmen, then india are in trouble. sachin has'nt scored a test century since jan 2011, thats 36 innings, in which time he has only crossed 50 8 times.

Posted by pommy80 on (March 22, 2013, 22:43 GMT)

Another normal day of the series, Australian top order batsmen getting themselves out to mediocre spin bowling, and then the lower order showing how to play such poor bowling. @gsingh.. England also drew 1-1 in SA. With a combined 6-1 win over 2 series, I can't see how the most one eyed India supporter would say India is better than England.

Posted by ygkd on (March 22, 2013, 22:33 GMT)

Had I the priviledge of selecting the touring team for India, I would have included two Tims - Paine for now and Ludeman for the future. Paine and either Hartley or Haddin would have done too. Paine with Wade as a batsman would have done. Hartley and Haddin would have done. Haddin and Ludeman would have done. Haddin and Wade as a batsmant would have done. Yet, despite all those possible permutations, what happens? Australia sends Wade and nobody. Then Haddin is rushed over, does better and gets dropped. Wade is obviously a long-term project player to get such preferred treatment. That would be fine if his glovework was up to scratch, but I've never believed that to be the case in all the time I've known of him and that's a fair, fair while. As for batting, I actually rate his team-mate Handscomb, much more highly (and think he too should concentrate on his batting).

Posted by ygkd on (March 22, 2013, 22:20 GMT)

@Meety - your qualifying statement regarding Paine's batting average begs questions. Yes, a player's FC batting average is rarely exceeded by his Test one. Yet, if so, then how have so many batsmen been picked these last few years with FC averages in the 30s & low 40s when top draw players with long-standing high 40s or 50s haven't been? Do FC batting averages only matter for wickies? Okay, so we'll look at their Test records batting in India. Paine has played 2 Tests (Mohali & Bangalore) for 183 runs @ 45, 2HC, HS 92. Wade is in his 3rd Test (Chennai, Hyderabad & Delhi) for thus far 94 runs @ 18, 1HC, HS 62. Um, there's something wrong with Wade v spin, or I'm a Taswegian too. Actually, I'm not from Tassie. I'm a born and bred Victorian. I'm happy that four Bushrangers can make the same Test team, after years of Blues domination, but two of them could consider themselves rather lucky to be there, while others such as McDonald, D. Hussey, Rogers & Hodge have had the opposite treatment.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (March 22, 2013, 21:51 GMT)

Based on the irrefutable evidence of the last 2 games, Australia should pick a team of 11 bowlers. The reasoning is simple. The bowlers have consistently made the most runs, and have been the most reliable batsmen. Why keep picking batsmen who fail, when the bowlers score the runs and take the wickets? Finding 11 fit & uninjured bowlers may be a challenging, but far less challenging than trying to find a grain of common sense and competency amongst the administrators and selectors.

Posted by Naikan on (March 22, 2013, 21:37 GMT)

I see that the SMART STATS made a reference to the "record" number of maidens bowled by Ashwin and then qualified it by brackets (since 1990). While no doubt this is a good bowling feat, cricket is probably the one game that is most finicky about records and therefore records have a big say in any discussion. I therefore wish you had NOT left out the era before that as many from the current generation would be amazed to know that Bapu Nadkarni bowled 27 Maidens against England in 1963-64 and --- hold it --- of which 21 maiden overs were continously on the trot.

Posted by Beertjie on (March 22, 2013, 21:31 GMT)

Haiphong on (March 22, 2013, 4:27 GMT) "41 years of undying support for Australia and now this is what I want to say - I WANT them to lose this test, and lose badly. Have never seen not only such poor selection (obviously, my opinion only) but the lack of clarity on what exactly are the selectors aiming for" @Wallarooon (March 22, 2013, 11:34 GMT) 48 years ditto; my 2 cents: 52 years for me ditto! It's not that you lose that matters but how you play the game. CA have shown the greatest incompetence in manning their structures and is permitting a dwindling but still viable resource (test cricket) to go under by displaying wanton disregard for planning; merit; equity.

Posted by Dhanno on (March 22, 2013, 21:17 GMT)

275 will be on par here.

Pattison and Siddle will be fired up, one on back of homewrokgate and other on back of Mohali performance. They need to channel that very well, keep it straight and let the pitch do rest. If it misbehaves, try a short one and see where it lands (or just get Johnson).

Starting with a 3rd day pitch, I think Aus have better chance here than other venues.

My only concern is if Rahane fails it will be end of road for him suddenly. What with Gambhir on cusp of comeback (based on what performance I dont know) it seems like India will take Dhawan/ Gambhir/ Vijay to SA. So one mistake/bad ball and Rahane could be done here.

Posted by Nish_US on (March 22, 2013, 20:56 GMT)


Except for the one ball that was supposedly bounced from a good length and hit Hughes, I did not see any daemons in the pitch. Even that ball looked short of a length, well no replay showed whether it was in the good length or short of a length... but it did not look like a full length or even good length.... Well Ishant did bend his back this test.. and with his height and little bit of extra pace (compared to his pedestrian130ks) got a little bounce, which is only helmet high.. It is just that Hughes did not expect that this pitch will have any such bounce.... sometimes the batsmen play it so awkwardly that they make it look like a dangerous ball or a great ball... remember some of those bowled outs for Sachin (I am great fan of sachin for that matter).. where he plays it awkwardly, almost sits down making it look like a very low bounce... but in fact it is not.. he just misjudged the bounce.. and realized very late that it is little lower.. and overreacted to compensat

Posted by tony122 on (March 22, 2013, 20:48 GMT)

@sachin_vvsfan- I know how annoying it gets when so many Non Indians say things as if Indian Cricket and whole country revolves around Sachin. We love Sachin(many hate him too especially ones who started watching Cricket after his best), he is our biggest sporting star and bigger than most countries biggest sporting star as India is devoted to one sports. But that's it guys, do not say funny things like Indian Cricket Administrators are in his pockets etc. He is still among our Top 6-7 best Test batsmen and that;s why he still even in the team.

Posted by Nish_US on (March 22, 2013, 20:41 GMT)

Nice post - I remember how Hayden lofts, Langer defences, Ponting pulsl, Martin cover drives, Lehmann flicks and Gilcrist cuts. Then Mcgrath swings, Lee yorks, Gillespie bounces and Warne spins.

however it is AUS team at its best.. and not necessarily test cricket at its best... right now.. every team has lost the big guys.. and in rebuilding phase.. i am sure the next 2-3 years... we will find such super stars.. (assuming good selection without politics and enough...only just enough chances for the youngsters to play with freedom)

Posted by Nish_US on (March 22, 2013, 20:33 GMT)


I can relate to how you feel... I felt crushed when India lost 0-8 outside, when people with limited abilities are time and again selected... players with talent, dedication and proven record are made to wait on the fringe... And I felt the same way... I wanted India to lose... lose big time to force a change....

While India has won this series... none of those problems went away.... still no express pace bowler who can finish the tail off.. no genuine spinner who can perform overseas, no pace bowling alrounder, no transparency in the selection process or the final X1...

But we love the game soo much... that in-spite of all this, we stay awake all night, go to work with red-eyes... even at work browse cricinfo... try to shout out our grief.. and next night hope things turn around...

Posted by Mervo on (March 22, 2013, 20:30 GMT)

Another sub standard pitch. Really other Asian countries can manage a proper cricket wicket. Why not India? Do the curators lack the skill, or are the administrators so scared that if they prepare a wicket that is not dry and cracked,they might lose? Sad really.

Posted by Nish_US on (March 22, 2013, 20:15 GMT)

Contd... on DRS....

So now the batsman survived.. two balls later... another appeal, the on-field umpire gave it NOT OUT...bowling tea referred... once again the evidence has to be CONCLUSIVE to overturn the decision... but it is not 100%... there is a slight deflection and the seam changed position.. but it is not conclusive if it happened right when it(if) brushed the glove or if it hit his shirt/side of the body.. the evidence is not 100%, but the third umpire overturned the decision and gave it OUT.

Posted by Nish_US on (March 22, 2013, 20:05 GMT)

One thing this series proved... there is no point in relying on past laurels, but pick in-form youngsters with proven talent. Only when zaheer is gone, we found Bhuvanesh.. who still has a long way to go... and needs little more confidence from Dhoni.. also he needs to try him in the middle overs and when the ball is old, he in away tests he will need to do more bowling than just the first 10.

That being said, we've not see a master since Sunny retired.. He is one of a kind, that happens once a few decades... and he still has probably few tests left, so let him be himself and make the decision. After all there is still no one who can come close to his straight drives.. let us treat ourselves while this lasts....

Posted by ram4crictheory on (March 22, 2013, 20:04 GMT)

I saw someone commenting that India is no good away from home conditions as they are used to playing only in these conditions. Whoever said that has opened my eyes once and for all. Australia and to that matter all other countries are not used to playing in their home conditions and that is the reason they are doing so brilliantly coming to subcontinent conditions. Give me a break man. Learn to accept defeats with dignity. There is no harm in it. After all this is just a game. You lose some and win some. India lost 4-0 each in England and Australia, me being an Indian team fan was unhappy with my team but never tried to look out for excuses with regards to the winning teams. There were quite a few things we have learnt during those series, over-dependence on Zaheer, crisis in opening partnership, fielding limitations because of seniors in team, etc, we are trying to correct them that is the way one has to go when they lose instead of crying on winners

Posted by ram4crictheory on (March 22, 2013, 19:51 GMT)

@princejoy, u rightly said that u don't have much knowledge about the game that sums up u r analysis nothing much to say. @all Coming to DRS, did it solve the problem entirely, I can show many examples where the technology was not up to the mark. India is just wanting that to be corrected. Do u people really think on assumption of hawk-eye today's ball from Ishant Sharma hitting the helmet of Hughes could have shown the way it has behaved, I strongly doubt. There is a simple solution for all this, just give the right to umpires to check slow motion replays whenever they have even a slightest doubt, this will erase 99% of howlers from the game for sure instead of giving teams limited chances to appeal. Unfortunately, this cannot be done because in cricket umpires are supreme according to rules of cricket and we can't just make them message delivery men on the ground. So chill guys always learn to see two sides of coin instead of rubbishing others without seeing other side of coin

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (March 22, 2013, 19:46 GMT)

@ Prince Joy "Once Tendulkar retires, India will no longer resist DRS" Give it a rest. Tendulkar already retired from ODIS and no DRS is available in ODIs. As long as srinivasan is the boss DRS wont even come for the discussion .

Now please dont tell that Wade was denied a century because of that decision. It was just a matter of time that he was given out.Even when DRS was used there were always one or 2 decisions that went against the teams. (I am a DRS supporter with out hawk eye) So you may Wait for Aus turn to get favorable decisions when india comes to bat

@Intl Curator If i were Aussie fan i would be more worried about my batsmen throwing their wicket away (warner, watson , maxwell, cowan too) rather than blaming the pitch to hide the quality of the batsmen.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 19:46 GMT)

@GRVJPR Did you forgot 0-8 Overseas last season??On austrlain highways where every second person score hundred. No reverse swing, no spin , no swing in AUstralia. They just bounces and even a young Virat kohli made 100 there.

Posted by GRVJPR on (March 22, 2013, 19:39 GMT)

@KC69 I don't agree that england dominated India in india. They just won a lottery. I bet if we have a 5 match series now, India will thrash england 5-0 easily.

Posted by kumarsSansai on (March 22, 2013, 19:39 GMT)

I can see here Aus fan frustrations.

Many people blaming to pitch but if aus player is good then they should perform here too. so first don't blame to pitch right.

Some saying India is good only in home grounds so people according to them other teams are good in overseas and home grounds. ok start from India

India looses Series in England and Australia Pakistan looses Series in SA SL looses Series in Australia Australis Looses Series in India BD draw series in SL Only England wins in India and SA win in Australis which was good show by both teams. So tell me all teams are good in overseas.

There are n number of people who are too much worried about India tour in SA. They are just showing their frustration because they don't want to see india Win. They want India team Loose in SA and after that they will open their mouth and will say "India is not able to play Test cricket".

But people i am not sure India will loose in SA or win but they will play good.

Posted by Temuzin on (March 22, 2013, 19:37 GMT)

Posted by Nish_US on (March 22, 2013, 19:09 GMT) Had to admit that Jadeja bowled better than Ojha. Jadeja's accuracy and the uncertainty of spin worked in his favour in this series.

Good to read this from you. Jadeja is gaining in confidence now and he will only improve in future and in overseas conditions. When Shane Warne had praised him and dubbed him a rock star of cricket, I knew then that this kid has some serious talent. Only problem was his confidence. Coming from humble background, he was nervous and anxious (his body language at the start of his career suggested so). Once lads from country side get the confidence, they perform to their potential. Which Jadeja has started showing off now. Best of Luck jaddu.

Posted by GRVJPR on (March 22, 2013, 19:33 GMT)

@Nish_US Ojha is bowling as usual He got wickets against england as well at a very poor strike rate. Just that Jadeja is much better cricket in every aspect. If Mr Aakash chopra has some personal problem with someone it doesn;t mean he is a bad cricketer. On away tours, if India go for one spinner only ashwin should be picked as specialist aong with Jadeja, no place for Ojha.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 19:32 GMT)

people who are complaining about the pitches how come england won the series in india and australia were just out played they should have kept mitchel johnson whos bowled here before and also put in khwaja

Posted by kc69 on (March 22, 2013, 19:27 GMT)

I do see people criticizing the pitches in India for the poor performance by Australia,but people have already forgot about previous tour of England where England dominated India.Guys need to learn there are various aspects of bowling such as pace and spin.If a team is good at conditions suited for pace bowlers that team needs to win even on spin tracks.This clearly shows the difference between teams such as England and Australia where England fares better because its batsmen are capable on negating Pace as well as spin alongside their bowlers who are good enough in both variety.Australia needs to know what is spin bowling and how to play spin.

Posted by GRVJPR on (March 22, 2013, 19:26 GMT)

@prince Joy I born 32 years ago and Indian Pitches are same as then. Sadly teams who make a lot of noise regarding struggles of Indians oveseas have failed miserably on that front when it comes to their performances in India. Don't blame picthes in India. They are not austrlain highways where every second person score hundred. No reverse swing, no spin , no swing in AUstralia. They just bounces and even a young Virat kohli made 100 there. Waiting for some youngster from foreign country to score a 100 here and show us he is capable.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 19:25 GMT)

All said & done, Day 1 completely belonged to India. The pitch kind of eased post Tea & the Oz tail-enders made the most of it much to the relief of Mickey Arthur & stand-in skipper Shane Watson. Else, the Aussies were in the danger of being bundled out for less than 200.

India's strategy for tomorrow will be to wipe off the tail within the first hour, bat for the next two days, get to 600 & impose an innings defeat on the Aussies.

Wouldn't we all love too see Sachin get to three figures tomorrow against one of his fav opponents? Well, that would be the icing on the cake. Cheer for Sachin!! Cheer for India tomorrow!!

Posted by GRVJPR on (March 22, 2013, 19:15 GMT)

@ssenthil Problem with few people is that they are masters of finding something negative. Who says Rahane can't repeat what dhawan did. India's batting has been outstanding given the difficult pitches that existed in this series as can be seen by results and matches ending within 3 to 4 days. When teams look to finish matches in 4 days they don't mind little collapses here and there.

Posted by Nish_US on (March 22, 2013, 19:09 GMT)

Had to admit that Jadeja bowled better than Ojha. Jadeja's accuracy and the uncertainty of spin worked in his favour in this series.

It will be interesting to see how he fares outside of subcontinent.. as batsmen can safely play him like a slow medium bowler than as a spinner.

For me it looks like Ojha is trying to bowl faster (to emulate a Panesar) and in trying to do so is losing his line, length and flight... while there are some unplayable balls when he bowled like his old self and has been unlucky with few decisions and chances... he has to quickly regroup and perform.

Posted by GRVJPR on (March 22, 2013, 19:07 GMT)

@Sunil Batra I seriously can't understand what do you mean by India getting disappointed? Any team after loosing the toss can claim 8 wickets on a first test of a day is sitting firmly on bosses seat

Posted by GRVJPR on (March 22, 2013, 19:06 GMT)

@Prince Joy I have seen Khwaja playing. He is an ultimate flat track bully who only can score in Austrlian highways. He just can;t survive turning bouncing balls.

Posted by GRVJPR on (March 22, 2013, 19:03 GMT)

@mazii This indian team is quite capable of beating south africa as they showed last time as well when they returned with 1-1 result when eveyone predicted 3-0. Don't count off Indian just because they are most inexperienced side because of retirement of senior players

Posted by GRVJPR on (March 22, 2013, 18:59 GMT)

Didn't knew aussies are such pigeon hearted. One ball misbehaved throughout the day and they have surrendered. Wacth out for few cracking hundreds from Indians next few days. Then you'll term it flat and dead pitch until India balls again and people will call it a terrible pitch.

Posted by ssenthil on (March 22, 2013, 18:52 GMT)

People criticizing Aussies middle order forgot that Indian middle order is the worst of all, except the Chennai match, they keep collapsing and they are losing last 7 to 8 wickets for less then 120 runs, so if Aus breakthrough 3 for 100 then match on. Vijay can't be scoring again :O Rahane can't repeat Dhawan and we will see how this match goes on, on the quest for bowling better Ashwin forgot his batting talent. He became a walking wicket now a days, perhaps he may be required to send at No.7 ahead of Jadeja? India can't afford to let Aussies to score 300 runs, we need to bundle them below 250, this pitch might be unable to bat at 4th Innings, so we need to bundle Aussies below 250 and then need to score 500 runs, it's been long time we are scoring 500 plus runs at home. The repetition of 500 plus scores became very much less for India this days at home. I hope a CRACKING match is going to happen!!!

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 18:52 GMT)

2 things.

Of the current top 6 only Hughes and Watson should be in the side - and they should be opening.

Cowan, Warner, Smith, Wade and Maxwell are not cricketers - they are baseball players.

The other thing is the state of the pitch (again!).

India should forfeit ALL home series until it produces cricket pitches up to International standard (by International tribunal inspections) with these series played at neutral locations.

No wonder India perform as they do away from India.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 18:51 GMT)

Australian batting order crumbles again. Lets start with the obvious. Watson is not a 4, Hughes is not a 3 ,Smith is not a 5, and Wade is not a 6, and Maxwell is not a 7. So 5 of the top seven batsmen are batting out of position. Thats nice, that's great coaching and selection. It is obvious that Watson,Hughes,Cowan and Warner cant play on the same team its just that simple. You cant have all 6 left handers when the Indians play two left arm spinners.That is a gift. I know nothing about the game but the Aussie selectors only strategy is found at the bottom of a schooner glass by the looks of this debacle. Wade cant bat higher than 7 at this stage of his career he is not consistent enough. Maxwell needs to go back to Shield cricket and learn the game for several years. The rest is just a mystery....

Posted by Chris_P on (March 22, 2013, 18:50 GMT)

@Joseph Langford. Clarke missing this test meant, to me anyway, he was in a worse state than before. I hat was a tongue in cheek comment anyway, as if the notion of an international cricketer is "scared". Agree with UK in that he should have been picked ahead of a few others, but his ability to play spin is not that good. When he did play for NSW, he probably struggled against spin more than the rest of the line-up from the games I saw. That said, Maxwell probably doesn't rate among the top 20 batsman in fc cricket & is not a front line bowler, so why was he selected? MoHen had a solid first test, got out to a great ball & was run out by Wade, played 2 poor shots & gets punted ahead of Maxwell? As much as I am a big Watson supporter as an allrounder, no way did he deserve a start as a batsman. And why was Doherty ever selected in the first place?

Posted by balajeev on (March 22, 2013, 18:49 GMT)

I see Ishant got a couple of wickets, that should be enough for another 10 tests?

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 18:48 GMT)

Could we just get one innings over there without a shocker of a decision? Wade was the unlucky one this time, given bat pad to one that the bat never got within a foot of the ball as he hit the inside of his pad, and Cowan has had 3 disgraceful decisions while Hughes got given out last test struck about 5 inches outside the line of leg stump. Once Tendulkar retires, India will no longer resist DRS, but the cricket world should refuse to play there anymore unless they agree to DRS.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 18:47 GMT)

Still unable to understand with the pathetic batting display time and time again by Australia, why Khawaja was not played. Technically he is the most correct player in the Australian side. There must be some hidden agenda against him?

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 18:47 GMT)

@VJ_Cricket, yes, Australia have been woeful, but i´m far from miserable about it! I love my cricket and to me it´s pretty interesting to watch how this Aussie side will develop over the next few years.

It´s going to be more than interesting tomorrow if Johnson and Pattinson get a few to lift or shoot through at shin height. If not we can just enjoy watching Vijay and Pujara bat all day i suppose!

Posted by KarachiKid on (March 22, 2013, 18:46 GMT)

I has to weakest Aussy batting lineup EVER. Amazed how a team that possessed all weather bullies like Hayden, Ponting, Gilly and classy batsmen like Langer, Damien Martyn, Hussey could become so spineless in a matter of few years. Simply amazing. I think Aussy management should have considered Hodge or similar experienced first class cricketers from Aussy setup instead of all these new and young players.

Posted by BOND_OO7 on (March 22, 2013, 18:24 GMT)

I dont why some people come up with pitch issue when india wins. A win is a win. However,Beating a team like Australia by 3 -0( 4 in Progress) is really a thing that few teams have ever rarely managed to do. I think Australia's on and off field issues might have a impact on their performance

Posted by mazii on (March 22, 2013, 17:57 GMT)

India made distorted pitches to save their face after losing 8-0 and 2-1. They did try this against England but England showed India where they belong. The Indian fans are jubilant beating a an inexperienced Australian side. I don't have doubt India can become number 1 again after beating Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at home. Otherwise this Indian team don't have a slightest of chance of winning in SA, England and Australia.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 17:51 GMT)

Guy I think all the talk about the pitch preparation and doctoring are complete rubbish coming from the Oz side although I support Oz with all my heart.

Each host has the right to prepare the pitch the way that suits them. That's the home advantage. Australia prepares seaming wickets and India spinners. If neither side was making runs, I'd say fair go but India's batsmen and Oz bowlers who can bat a bit have handled the pitches well (Henriques, Starc, Patto, Lyon and Siddle) which tells me that the Aussie batsmen are massive failures.

Let's pull our heads out of the sand because the signs where there in the Sri Lanka series despite our 3-0 win which wasn't at all convincing against a poor and inexperienced SL team.

Posted by sportofpain on (March 22, 2013, 17:39 GMT)

@Intl Curator: Your comments about developed countries betrays your true feelings - we from India are a poor underdeveloped country that can't even afford to make good pitches and that you Aussies - one of the two founding members of the sport - merely condescend to play against. Or is it that you can't stomach the fact that India now calls the shots as opposed to the erstwhile club of two IMPERIAL Cricket Conference? Or is it the IPL success that bothers you - where in case you didn't know ALL your players, former players, retired players, coaches etc want in so that they can build a nest egg. BTW if you notice India has the most standard grounds in the world - all circular and of roughly the same dimensions unlike the rectangle at Adelaide or the slope upwards at Lords. Ever heard Indians complain about that? Or about the Fremantle doctor in Perth - heck no - they apply to both sides so we (and other teams) just deal with it. SA never complains about pitches in India do they. Shame!

Posted by ram4crictheory on (March 22, 2013, 17:30 GMT)

@vakkaraju, can u explain how a pitch can be disgraceful when it assists seamers, spinners and batsman (willing to stay on wicket) and more importantly capable of giving result in five days. You certainly can't call a pitch disgraceful for not looking good on eye.

Posted by sportofpain on (March 22, 2013, 17:29 GMT)

@Joseph_Langford and @Mary_786 @John Coote: I agree with all of you about Usman Khwaja. However I had predicted it. You see at first I thought the homeworkgate thing was poorly planned by a MA and MC and just indicated management inadequacy but perhaps it was more sinister - once you find out who the folks are who haven't done the HW, & UTK is one of them you THEN decide the punishment - so now UTK sits out a test and Phil Hughes gets another chance. And since Hughes got runs he had to be persisted with. But the batting is not strong - UTK being a specialist should have got a go. But it may be a blessing is disguise because he would also have struggled on this pitch and could well have been shelved forever after just one failure. Regardless it certainly looks strange that he is the ONLY person in that entire squad to not get a test. That said Siddle, Patto and Mitchell Johnson are a good attack so this test is not over by a mile. They can test India if they bowl well.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 17:12 GMT)

@ TheBigBoodha who has historically complained about the Indian pitches and others who are winging here about the pitch, remember that the same pitch is the one that India have played on as well, and if in your words the pitch is crumbling in the first day, it can get no better in the subsequent days, we have still managed to bat much better than your folks on the VERY SAME PITCH and have managed to beat you folks in 4 days in all the previous 3 tests, so better stop WINGING and PLAY IT OUT IF YOU CAN ON THE FIELD !!!!

Posted by real26_03 on (March 22, 2013, 17:11 GMT)

Can anybody tell me what miraculous stuff Maxwell has done in domestic cricket that he has been chosen ahead of C.Ferguson,Peter Forest,M.Klinger, A.Voges and others??( I believe there are many good players in Aus Domestic cricket!!)

And it was really surprising that Usman Khawaja didnt get any chance.. What a shame!!

Posted by vakkaraju on (March 22, 2013, 17:01 GMT)

Disgraceful pitch. Does team India need this kind of surface to win. The area behind the stumps looks so beautiful. This deliberate preparation of pitch should be condemned.

Posted by zamoo on (March 22, 2013, 17:01 GMT)

Enjoy it while it lasts,.... Finally Indians are doing well in India! Of course it's a big deal! It's not like that they are gonna win in S.A. Have fun u indian guys!

Posted by 200ondebut on (March 22, 2013, 16:57 GMT)

Well played Australia - good job your bowlers can bat otherwise this series would be embarrassing. NB - I wonder whether anyone put down "hit the ball" as one of their three things for their homework.

Posted by GeoffreysMother on (March 22, 2013, 16:43 GMT)

If Australia lose this match will it be the first time that a team in India has won the toss in every match of a series and lost them all?

Posted by coach_assistant on (March 22, 2013, 16:41 GMT)

Hi Friends, Its seems to be Australia is very good team but lacking experience and proper selection. They need to build the team i don't see some of the them performing players like " Peter Forrest,Steve Smith,Ferguson, Aaron Finch, Brad Hodge,Jason Kreja, " getting into the team and give few chances and groom them. Hope it will help them. I feel Kreja is a good spinner when comparing to others. He will be getting enough bounce and turn in India pitches last time when he was in india he troubled every one and sachin also. Hope every thing will be fine and will see picking up and will be in good position.

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

@bluebillion well said friend...... but unfortunately our fellow AUS fans are not up to the standard to accept that their batting is weak... they dont have the common sense as their former player has.... shane warne said " their is no such thing as good or bat pitch , good players will extract something out of it"

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

@Jono Makim / @Jose Puliampatta

whatever you folks wanna tell youself to make eachother feel less miserable!


fact that aussies cud not take advantage of batting first, makes these win more sweeter!

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

What kind of a pitch, Rahane had to debut? If he shows character (skills, he has), in this test, I think, he will be a permanent fixture in the team for quite some time to come. And, the "very senior" batsman-statesman can peacefully retire with the feeling that Indian Crcket's future batting is in good hands -- like Pujara, Dhawan, Kohli, Vijay. Wishing these young boys all the best. And, also wishing them divine protection from the "heavily injurious bowling" of Johnson, in these kind of pitches. This pitch looks tailor-made for Johnson!

Posted by ram4crictheory on (March 22, 2013, 15:58 GMT)

@TheBigBoodha, u r analysis that India should follow what Australia follows is absurd, orelse even I will say Australian board to follow India is doing. Coming to pitch alteration, you are attributing one incident of Dhoni/curator during England tour to all the pitches from then on, which is not true. This present Delhi pitch has been same without alteration and Dhoni called this pitch UGLY during last test over here at presentation. Irrespective of countries, touring teams are supposed to play on whatever the hosts offer them. Winning and losing is part of game/sport, searching for excuses for poor showing instead of thinking about improving on it will do no good to the game. One of the main spirits of the game is to accept defeat with dignity and overcome it by improved performance instead of crying on winner playing with some advantages.

Posted by bluebillion on (March 22, 2013, 15:56 GMT)

For those who want to blame everything on the pitch, I believe Smith, Siddle and Pattinson have shown how it should be done. If Siddle can bat 3 hours on this pitch, it cant be that horrendous. What these 3 Aussie batsmen have shown is the way to go about batting on this pitch. It isnt one where you can get away with an all out attacking mindset. Its one where you have to grind it out and not expect to score at 3.5 runs an over.

Posted by Bonehead_maz on (March 22, 2013, 15:52 GMT)

@ Jose Puliampatta on (March 22, 2013, 14:46 GMT) "What is the record on "batsmen's fingers broken" by a pacer? What is the total count, by Mitchell Johnson so far? "

I don't know the stats, but he sure seems to do it more often than most. Well before this series started I suggested to an Indian friend ( I am aussie) that Johnson may well solve the Tendulkar retirement date.

I don't know the future and would hate to see anyone hurt....... but keep low hands to Johnson at your own peril ! He's a crap bowler, but gets lift beyond what good batsmen expect, amazingly often.

Posted by bluebillion on (March 22, 2013, 15:50 GMT)

Lets see how the Indians bat before slagging the pitch. None of the wickets actually went to a pitch-related super ball. It was just poor technique and shot selection and one bad decision in case of Maxwell. Someone on here that this pitch is against the spirit of cricket - if a pitch gives both teams equal chance of winning the game and taking the toss out of the equation, for me it is a good pitch. Much better than when you turn up in England and cant make out the pitch from the square!

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 15:44 GMT)

The Problem of this Australian side is that they fail to show Application consistently with the bat unlike the the English players Alistair cook in particular when they were here.yes they dont have the World class spinner but even when they had Shane Warne in their side they too stuggled the Indian batsman to counter with Spin.In 2004 their Pace attack of Jason Gillespie, Mcgrath and Kasprowic has done the trick for them.At Present Australia perhaps the best pace attack in the world in Pattison,Siddle,Johnson and Starc but these bowler are not greatest exponent of reverse swing which requires in India just what Anderson has done for England 3 month ago

Posted by Reececonrad on (March 22, 2013, 15:40 GMT)

The Indian bowling attack bowled very well and they looked good today besides not being able to nip off the tailenders which they should do very easily, it can be a concern when traveling to or hosting South africa and England who have longer and more equipted tails, but they bowled well through most of the day. The concern for Australia is not that they are being too aggressive with the bat it is that they are too defensive and not playing their natural games, for example these guys normally don't have a problem when playing T20's and ODI's like Warner, he is holding himself back (even considering his dismissal this morning which was very reckless) he should be given license against the spinners, a ball he would hit out the ground instead he is fiddling around with it not playing positively, I'm not saying he must slog but if its there he must give it the kitchen sink. Bottom line they need to show more intent and more passion, pride and fight for the baggy green

Posted by ThatsJustCricket on (March 22, 2013, 15:40 GMT)

@TheBigBoodha : thats exactly what you guys are seeing here - "Standard Indian Pitches" just like the standard ones we got in Australia. Its only the fact that the standard pitch varies from country to country. Why is it so difficult for you to see that? Oh...I get it, bcoz your pathetic team cant play on these...

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (March 22, 2013, 15:36 GMT)

Australia are a shocking cricket team. Clarke is helpfully absent, having such a terrible man-manger and captain out of the side is the best thing that has happened to Australian cricket in over five years. All that needs to happen now is for Australia's weak tragically weak bowling to predictably wilt as India post 600 on the board.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 15:25 GMT)

@Jose Puliampatta, it would certainly help Australia´s cause if Johnson can crack some ribs and fingers here! It´s a lot easier to take 15 wickets than 20 hahaha. It is also pretty difficult to bowl spin with broken fingers!

Posted by ram4crictheory on (March 22, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

@sasi_trueindian, u r speaking about bouncer and yorker being bowled at tailenders, but u didn't recognize that the bowlers in operation were spinners and from the little fast bowling seen at tailenders, they have handled it more easily. You seem to be a very senior person following cricket sasi sir, gone are those days that tailenders are walking wickets for taking. If you look at the application of Siddle today (only), you will understand he has played no less to so called genuine batsman. you are seeing inability in our bowlers to take the wickets of tailenders and I am seeing the ability of our bowlers taking top 8 wickets on lifeless pitches (according to you).

@Suni_Batra, there is no point giving chance to Kwaja for the last test for the sake of experience as this experience is not going to count till they again play in subcontinent so it is good to give some more exposure to player who already got a chance and moreover this may dent his confidence if Kwaja fails.

Posted by Strikeforce2007 on (March 22, 2013, 15:18 GMT)

After 3 tests and upon viewing the 1st innings of the 4th, what strikes is the even upon winning the toss in all 4 tests, and in rightfully choising to bat first, the Australian resolve in striking a great first innings score and the will combined with test crocheting like patience,has been woefully lacking. What is this? some kind of a psychological mindset on facing spin or is it just a lackadaisical attitude refraining the OZ batsmen from difpgging in. I think it's definitely the former. The weak underbelly from batsmen 5 to 8 has been a nemesis. Still think though that a score of 290 should give the Australians a good chance in their bowling response. The reflecting point here is the low scoring rate per over, batting first, even if they were to have pushed at one more run per over, the score today could well have read 345 plus. This thinking was needed and exoected by all seeing the same team win the toss having p,ayec six earlier innings against the same Indian bowlers. Come on!

Posted by Strikeforce2007 on (March 22, 2013, 15:18 GMT)

After 3 tests and upon viewing the 1st innings of the 4th, what strikes is the even upon winning the toss in all 4 tests, and in rightfully choising to bat first, the Australian resolve in striking a great first innings score and the will combined with test crocheting like patience,has been woefully lacking. What is this? some kind of a psychological mindset on facing spin or is it just a lackadaisical attitude refraining the OZ batsmen from difpgging in. I think it's definitely the former. The weak underbelly from batsmen 5 to 8 has been a nemesis. Still think though that a score of 290 should give the Australians a good chance in their bowling response. The reflecting point here is the low scoring rate per over, batting first, even if they were to have pushed at one more run per over, the score today could well have read 345 plus. This thinking was needed and exoected by all seeing the same team win the toss having p,ayec six earlier innings against the same Indian bowlers. Come on!

Posted by gsingh7 on (March 22, 2013, 15:17 GMT)

now india need to bat for 7 sessions and score 700 plus with pujara his maiden 300 and jadega his maiden 99 . then aus will have about 5 sessions to play like world beaters and defend their way to draw. that was unheard of before this series where india thoroughly thrashed aus to reclaim number 2 spot. fulton century in england game where he demolished english attack also helped india to reach number 2 in icc test rankings.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 15:16 GMT)

Today's batting says more about the mental state of Australia's batsmen than anything else....the sense of patience has been obliterated by the confusion of how to play the indian spinners, which is not as difficult as they are making it out to be. At 231 for 8 and no rain...Australia can hope that they've got the bowling combination right to make a doesnt see the batting standing too tall in the second innings with batsmen inventing strokes, repeatedly playing forward or going down the pitch to short pitched turning balls and making those balls look unplayable when a simple cut shot would have sufficed....not learning lessons like no sweeping when Ashwin comes over the wicket to lefties.....Honestly Pattinson was out atleast once and both he and Siddle have had so much luck in the last session it was unbelievable......looks like thats all they have going for them now....lady luck.....

Posted by Selector_Ads on (March 22, 2013, 15:13 GMT)

@ Robert1612 totally agree with your comments regarding Cowan and the Captaincy this test. Cowan has shown exceptional determination this tour on challenging pitches. I think he will do well in ENG, and he did have a good run over there in the County comp. last time.

Yep, Haddin would have been a better choice for captain. They should have left Wade out and let Brad have a crack, with gloves and captaincy.

The following are in danger of being classed as walking wickets: Warner, Watson, Wade, Maxwell. As soon as they walk in there is no confidence that they will contribute.

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (March 22, 2013, 15:12 GMT)

@Bharadwaj Kaushick, the answer is that you don't prepare pitches like this in the Ranji trophy, so why are they here for test matches? It's blindingly simple. It is against the spirit of the game to alter the surface to this degree to suit your own team. How difficult can it be to see that? India was given perfectly standard Australian tracks when it toured Australia, and this has always been the case. Why can't India do the same?

Posted by Temuzin on (March 22, 2013, 15:04 GMT)

Posted by GRVJPR on (March 22, 2013, 12:27 GMT) Mr Aakah chopra wrote a huge article saying Jadeja should be thrown out for Ojha. God save us that BCCI and selectors didn'r read that article.

Absolutely agree with you. All Jadeja bashers have got their answers now. Ojha is no match to jadeja. In at least three innings they had, head to head, Jadeja has proved to be far superior bowler than Ojha. It seems a few writers, experts including Akash chopra dont know much about cricket. Hats off to Shane warne who has called jadeja a rockstar of cricket. Warne is a knowledgeable cricketer and he was prophetic at that time. Go Jadeja go....

Posted by Temuzin on (March 22, 2013, 14:54 GMT)

Well Bowled India. On a spinning track, India will command again. Only blip in Indian performance was Ojha " the Best Bowler" who went wicket less. Till now Ojha has been a no match to jadeja who was again economical and have 2 wickets to show for. Lets see what Ojha can do in remaining overs and second innings.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 14:46 GMT)

What is the record on "batsmen's fingers broken" by a pacer? What is the total count, by Mitchell Johnson so far? Will India batsmen add to his record? Scary question -- this one, for an Indian supporter. But can't help asking it, looking at the behavior of the pitch.

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

Which is a greater indiscipline? Someone like Warner throwing his wickets away, so many times in this series, or a few guys not submitting some written work? Arthur's (or is Clarke's) concept of indiscipline is ridiculous, in cricketing terms!

Watto's barging out of the crease, before he got his eyes in? .. yes, that is something I can call indiscipline! May be, I don't understand the meaning of the word indiscipline as in Arthur's dictionary. I had been following Oxford, or Mariam Webster!

Posted by ProdigyA on (March 22, 2013, 14:36 GMT)

This is not what I expected from the Aussies, why didnt they declare when they could have had a go at the Indian openers. Where is the aggressive Aussie apporach to win a match at all costs. They should have declared one hour before stumps try to pick some wickets before close. If it was for Clark, he would have declared.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 14:35 GMT)

"Middle order for this Test - Hughes, Watson, Smith, Matthew Wade and Glenn Maxwell - is the weakest Australia have fielded in decades" , the report says. Dear friends from Auastralia, I find it difficult to accept this, if it is because of non-availability of better players? In a great cricketing nation like Australia, I am sure, there are better bunch for the middle. Our Oz friends alone can shed light on this enigma.

Posted by Angry_Bowler on (March 22, 2013, 14:32 GMT)

This is for all the detractors of Jadeja. Well bowled keep going and never mind indian cricket pundits and some jelousy fans, who take bad names like Dhoni's pet and CSK player etc.

Posted by tickcric on (March 22, 2013, 14:28 GMT)

The Australian batsmen are just playing too many shots. Relatively speaking, their tail-enders have been more successful than their batters, for the simple reason that they have been more sensible in their batting approach. Australian top order, too keen to dominate has repeatedly faltered. Perhaps, this is a combination of inexperience, some skills issue and being a touch over ambitious. It might even be an expression of what Arthur refers to as, 'cutting corners' - they are not ready to show the grit, determination that this tour demands from them. The Indian top order, in contrast, is first getting settled and then turning aggressive. So far that has worked well for India. I don't think ability wise there is a huge gulf between Indian & Australian batsmen. It's just that, rather than battling it out, they are trying to solve the problem with too many boundaries, too soon.

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

what i really fail to understand is why are indians no picking wickets of tailenders...... are they tired of long spells? or are they taking them too easy?

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 14:25 GMT)

This tour is an absolute disgrace. Pat Howard and Micky Arthur should be sacked immediately.

I don't get many things. Why wasn't Kawaja given a go? Why is Glenn Maxwell playing? He can't bat, he can't bowl. When will Warner learn? Why does he throw away his wicket every time? Sorry but at test level he hasnt got what it takes. He would be more useful potentially batting at 5 or 6 with the old ball.

Let's face it..if you take away a couple players, Australia's batsmen are ODI or T20 players at best. Only Ed Cowan and Phil Hughes have the patience to hang out there. Hughes may have failed this series but at least he doesnt get out playing stupid shots like Watson, Warner, Wade and Maxwell.

Actually the Australian bowlers have put the batsmen to shame with their batting. They were certainly more responsible with their wickets and if it wasn't for their resolve Australia may have lost the Tests in 2,5 days.

Posted by realfan on (March 22, 2013, 14:23 GMT)

@Int.Curator mr.Int.Curator i would like to tell you one thing here. its a bit of commonsense... there is no such thing as poor pitch or good pitch..... its just different conditions, home conditions and away conditions...... and also this pitch is a testing pitch for both team, those who have the best technique will survive....different testing conditions different results...... i hope you understand this....and doesnt come up with those pitch whines again..... this applies for every nation fans.....

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

@int.curator : Bad pitch for both cricket teams ? Is this the latest lame excuese for this Australian Side, who will be White Washed in a couple of days time. India will only bat ONCE on this "bad" pitch as you put it, and the Australian bowlers will comment after the game " the pitch give us no support". There should be no excueses after a sound trashing. And I don't know about the Australians being professional cricketers when they have to be supervised much like school boys on a field trip. Mr Curator, you have no clue!

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

We've said it once, twice, three..... our best two reserves O'Keefe and Khawaja, aren't even reserves. The NSP should be put out to pasture. Appalling.

Posted by u.t.k.a.l.a.p.u.t.r.a on (March 22, 2013, 14:04 GMT)

What wrong with our bowlers...why aren't they able to pick the wickets of tailenders?.....In ODI daeth bowling problem in Test not able to pcik tailenders :(

Posted by ZakirParvez on (March 22, 2013, 14:04 GMT)

australian team selection was not upto the mark at all.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 14:00 GMT)

When South Africa's/ England's/Australia's spinner does not get to bowl a ball all innings no one questions the pitch. Why this step-child treatment to spinners? What is so wrong in bowling slower, getting the ball to turn rather than seam/swing ? Must the stumps be in disarray as an aftermath of pace only? Why are the three highest wicket takers in test history spinners??

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (March 22, 2013, 13:57 GMT)

Siddle again proving that he gives all every time, with bat and ball. Can't elusive someone said he's not up to test standard below. He's the only pacer in the series to have taken 5 wickets in an innings. Look at Finn, Anderson and Broad's stats by comparison. Sids comes out better!

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 13:51 GMT)

Now the question in everyones mind would be ..will sachin hit a century and bow out in style!! well considering Indians rarely bowout in style thats wishful thinking..

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 13:48 GMT)

@Bonehead Maz. I´m not sure the Aussies have had a shortage of high quality fielders over the years. Ponting and Symonds made for a pretty good duo! The combination of Warner, Smith and Maxwell should be able to apply good pressure though. Hopefully Watto will keep the field up and they can keep things tight.

Posted by Cric-o-mania on (March 22, 2013, 13:42 GMT)

The Kotla pitch traditionally is a slow pitch with minimum help to the pace bowlers. But, this pitch might spring in a surprise or two. Especially with James Pattinson and Peter Siddle in good rhythm, life could be a lil difficult for the Indians.

Posted by Collegefastbowler on (March 22, 2013, 13:41 GMT)

Those who are criticizing the pitch would do well to remember that both teams have to play on the same pitch. Also preparing featherbeds provides undue advantage for the batsmen at the expense of the bowlers and we have batsmen racking up huge scores when their skills are not sufficiently challenged. Bowlers get demoralized bowling on flat pitches and cricket is not interesting if it is not result oriented and not an even contest between bat and ball. The paying audience deserve to watch a good game where both batsmen and bowlers are able to demonstrate their skills. The pitches used in this series always had something for the bowlers. The faster bowlers could use reverse swing if they were fast and skilful enough while the spinners could turn and rip the bal. Having won the toss four times, Australia have always had the advantage of the first use of all pitches before the wear and tear sets in. If India had batted first, the matches may all have been over within 3 days.

Posted by Riz000 on (March 22, 2013, 13:40 GMT)

I'm not surprised at all seeing Khawaja sit out again Being a Pakistani FAN i said this before when Australia were due to Fly out to India that Khawaja will not get a single game coz he is in the wrong team!! wat i think is Australian dnt want him coz of his background I cnt believe Warner Phil Hugues, Cowan,Maxwell, playing again despite failing in the last 3 tests non of these players got a 100 yet apart from clarke Kawaja plz join Pakistan as we desperate need you & u will be a more happy man!!

Posted by josethekochite on (March 22, 2013, 13:39 GMT)

The same old problem for India again. They may be good at times to demolish the head but they are not able to finish the tail. Can anyone say why is it??

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

Its a wonder why Dhoni wouldn't have Ashwin bowl at the tail enders when he is perhaps the best suited among Indian spinners to do so. Against tailenders, Ashwins with his variations and carrom ball will be devastating. Instead Dhoni chose to prime the tailenders with an extended bout of Ojha which allowed Australia to get almost fifty extra runs!

Posted by heathrf1974 on (March 22, 2013, 13:17 GMT)

Khawaja should had got a go, he must be in the bad books with the coach. Having a wicket-keeper batting at number 6 is not a good team structure. Good to see Hughes having a go. Hopefully our quicks could cause India some trouble because I don't think our spinners will.

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

@Bonehead_maz. thats more garbage than the average sewerage canal.

mickey said no such thing. a humiliating loss will be a just result for the atrocious coach and selections he has made. hughes, when has australian standards dropped so low to carry such a tried and trusted failure. then don't even mention the media happy but lacking in batting skills pair of cowan and wade.

Posted by Rags57 on (March 22, 2013, 13:08 GMT)

Not sure what's happening to Ojha. He was our best spinner against England and he has not been even as effective as the third spinner in the team - Ravindra Jadeja. Which makes one wonder whether we were all being too critical of Harbhajan. Also the inability of the pacers to york or bounce tail-enders out. While the Australian tail has been gritty it is difficult to believe that we can't finish them up time after time. Is it a case of unimaginative captaincy or plain skill issue of our bowlers? Just like the death over bowling being ineffective in one dayers, this is something that India needs to seriously look at before dreaming of becoming the best in the world.

Posted by Robert1612 on (March 22, 2013, 13:06 GMT)

Not sure why there are so many Cowan bashers out there. The guy shows grit and determination in every innings he fights to stay in for as long as possible. Reminds me a lot of Swampy Marsh (for you younger bloggers .. father of Shaun & Mitch) who had a FIFTY test career with only 2 test hundreds and an average in the low thirtys. He was an indispensible member of Allan Border's team from late 80s to early 90s. Did the same as Cowan .. made lots of 20-40 type scores with a periodic 60-80 and acted as the early order rock. Compare this with Watto who again today threw his wicket away ... what was he thinking - charging Jadeja and playing across the line to be stumped by a mile. In my 40 years of supporting Australian cricket the WORST choice of Australian captain. I thought Haddin as keeper and captain would have been a better choice, although his bowlers on that pitch may make him look good. Looking forward to tomorrow, hopefully India will strggle to bat on that pitch too!!

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (March 22, 2013, 13:03 GMT)

@pull_shot, IPL experience means little here. If an IPL team put out a pitch like this they would be suspended from the IPL. These tracks are an extreme end of Ranji Trophy tracks. Just go to YouTube and take a look. These pitches are sick. Is there a doctor in the house? Yes, the curator.

Posted by MAK123 on (March 22, 2013, 13:02 GMT)

4th and final test: an epic in the making

Posted by ramli on (March 22, 2013, 13:02 GMT)

Inability to finish tail in quick time has been a long-standing woe for India ... it is just continuing ... on the other hand it is this fight-back by tail enders that makes watching test cricket intriguing ... let us all enjoy the fighting spirit shown by both teams

Posted by PrasPunter on (March 22, 2013, 13:01 GMT)

@popcorn, mate even i was extremely surprised, like other scores of Aussies and Aussie fans when uswan was left out. Really wondering what this guy needs to do to be in the team !! That said, happy to see Hughesy, Smith and Siddle showing lot of character. One may not be talented, but with sheer guts and bloody mindedness, he can overcome the odds. If Hughes and Smith can show this sort of application for longer times, for sure they have a great career ahead of them . And Watson - wondering how long he is going to take to score another 50. And there were talks about how he will become another Kallis !!

Posted by Meety on (March 22, 2013, 13:00 GMT)

@AhmedEsat on (March 22, 2013, 7:43 GMT) - win/lose or draw - the pitch IS a shocker. A mulligrubber on the first morning is NOT okay! But, yes - both team have to play on it & ultimately a tailender did survive for 3 hrs. @ygkd on (March 22, 2013, 9:01 GMT) - bear in mind, that Paine's FC ave is significantly lower & over time - few players out perform their FC ave in Test cricket. (Talking purely batting - no comment on keeping, although I was stunned to see Hartley put one down today. == == == Somehow Oz look like they may end up with a par score, thanks to the tail!

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

Lol@ all pitch haters. Okay, I agree it is a sub-standard pitch.That does not explain the fact the why Australian lower order batsmen were not only able to preserve their wickets but also pile up 80 odd runs? Something that Australian Middle order has failed to do consistently ( on similar pitches too). So stop whining and accept that fact that most of the Australian batsmen have no clue as to how to play spin bowling.

Posted by Scube on (March 22, 2013, 12:53 GMT)

@sasi_trueindian: I distinctly remember hearing my grandpa say that he saw one Indian pace bowler bowling a yorker in Aug 1965 or so! Unfortunately I can't ask him the bowler's name as he is currently no more! I hope, Cricinfo can check the archives and enlighten us here!

Posted by Hindh on (March 22, 2013, 12:51 GMT)

@hillbumper You also have to remember that even India have beaten Eng in eng by 1-0 away series and at home 1-0 in 2008 so whats the big deal??? India go for the kill tmrw....

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (March 22, 2013, 12:48 GMT)

jadeja has clearly outbowled ojha in this's not that ojha bowled badly but u expect ur frontline spinner to bowl better than someone like jadeja....taking nothing away from jadeja,he has been brilliant throughout this series and if he can contribute with his bat then ind team will have perfect balance......also great work done by ashwin,he troubled all the aussie batsmen in this series and he is currently ind's best bowler....cricinfo pls publish

Posted by Potatis on (March 22, 2013, 12:46 GMT)

@Square-cutter - I'm dying laughing at your batting line up, though I really think you should pair Cowan up with a stroke maker. Sure, the opening partnership of Cowan/Lyon would be hard for break, but I'm not sure that going to lunch at 0/16 is going to help the team much. The fans would be a bit bored too. LOL, I'd love to see it though, maybe in the 2nd innings when Aus need to play for a draw. :)

Posted by Bonehead_maz on (March 22, 2013, 12:45 GMT)

@ Wallaroo We never were in a position to be cocky ! (we got flogged in England & Pakistan in 1956 when required to play on home required to win pitches. Kingsmead 1969 etc etc etc.)

The BCCI is cocky.... they have revenue. The Indian TV watchers love cricket.

What happens if the Indian home based fans switch channels to watch a non contrived series ? ( there are others going on).

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (March 22, 2013, 12:45 GMT)

Joyously another day of staggering mediocrity and crass ineptitude from Australia. We love it in UK.

Posted by ishaan1997 on (March 22, 2013, 12:44 GMT)

good day for both teams, the dismissal of smith was the best to me. Great catch by rahane at shortleg

Posted by Shaggy076 on (March 22, 2013, 12:42 GMT)

Pull Shot - Please playing IPL and test cricket in India is completely different. India dont prepare cruumbling wickets for the IPL simply because they want high scoring games and both sides are Indian so they dont fear the oppostiion. So no expereience gathered from IPL is useful for at est tour of India.

Posted by SRK666 on (March 22, 2013, 12:37 GMT)

Khawaja's has to accept a lot of blame for non-selection. By ruling himself out of Mohali, he gave Smith the opportunity to perform, and Hughes the opportunity to show improvement---both of which happened. Smith has shown a natural talent tha's been lacking from the Australian batting (Clarke aside); Hughes looked more confident, and coming down the wicket to on-drive against Ashwin showed his technical adjustment. A small but significant positive for Hughes.

If Khawaja was harshly treated here, tt's because the selectors felt that Watson needed to captain in the absence of Clarke---captaincy aside, Khawaja arguably warranted a spot ahead of a batsman who has underperformed for a long time now. I understand why Haddin wasn't kept on as captain; he is not part of the long term plans. Siddle would have been a fine choice---as experienced as Watson, and no doubts about his discipline, intensity, and commitment. Maybe not a great tactician, but a respected figurehead---fine for one match.

Posted by GRVJPR on (March 22, 2013, 12:37 GMT)

I can't understand this negativity against Indian bowlers. There was another test match played today and england only managed 1 wicket. Atleast India took 8 wickets. Also On any day I will call pitch at kota much better test pitch than that so called overseas difficult pitch between England and New Zealand. For me that is a bad pitch and not this one.

Posted by johntycodes on (March 22, 2013, 12:31 GMT)

I'm rubbing my hands together at what we are going to make. 250 will be enough for our spinners to demolish india. Oh hang on we've got no spinners just nathan lyon who doesn't spin it.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 12:28 GMT)

Start from the England series, out of seven matches India played, they lost 4 tosses but interestingly not lost any matches in fact they won 3 and drawn one match, wherein they have poor record for matches they won toss, lost - 2, won -1. So this shows Indians always perform under bit of pressure. If they won toss, they will become complacent and not make use of better conditions. So Dhoni and Indians won't mind losing tosses in future.

Posted by GRVJPR on (March 22, 2013, 12:27 GMT)

Mr Aakah chopra wrote a huge article saying Jadeja should be thrown out for Ojha. God save us that BCCI and selectors didn'r read that article.

Posted by Bonehead_maz on (March 22, 2013, 12:27 GMT)

Steve Smith has so far always remained a better player than Richie Benaud at the same age. Phil Hughes is younger and statistically better in almost every category than Dhawan. It wouldn't be the first time someone saw someone worse prosper, and had a mind shift - maybe read about Pollock at Kingsmead in the features ? (I can tell you all about Law with Hick at Qld etc etc etc)

When Mickey ( the artful) last week, dropped the current skipper, he mentioned that the attitudes shown were generally all ok except for Khawaja. I'd guess that's why he doesn't get picked ?

I am in raptures seeing Smith and Maxwell in the same Test team ! At last we (Aust) have some proper fielding athletes on the park again... first time since maybe Harvey and Archer in 1951 ?

Bat long the boys from Dandenong - these increasing shooters may just suit you !

Posted by JayanDamodaran on (March 22, 2013, 12:25 GMT)

For the first time in history, Peter Siddle has become the top scorer of an Australian innings! He has faced an incredible 125 balls so far! (Smith lasted 145 balls). Siddle has been a thorn in the flesh for India for quite some time. Remember he had scored 41 of 99 balls in the first test of India's last tour Down Under, followed by 30 from 31 balls in the third test. These contributions at the tail makes big difference when a team with killer instinct is playing. (The fact that another medium pacer Starc was the top scorer in the previous test for Australia (99 from ) did not succeed in bringing victory to the side underlines the pathetic form of the front line batsmen.) But this turf is different and if Siddle, Pattinson and Lyon sticks around for one more session, it's warning sign for the Indians. Pattinson and Jhonson will be tough to handle on this pitch! So, India will have to cut the tail at the earliest, if they want to keep the winning streak!

Posted by Robert1612 on (March 22, 2013, 12:23 GMT)

All things considered a reasonable effort by Australia on another terrible pitch. If the tail can somehow get another 30-40 runs, life may be interesting for India's batsmen. Have a sneaking suspicion that Johnson will bowl really well on that surface. Given that Pup was unfit, thought that was about the best combination that Australia could field, except Haddin for Wade (who didn't appear to get anywhere near the bat/gloves with his bat/pad 'dismissal'). Australia need to strike early with the new ball .. glad to see Pattinson back! Maybe Smith can winkle out 1-2 wickets, Lyon to put pressure on and who knows?? As a diehard Aussie supporter one lives in hope!!

Posted by pull_shot on (March 22, 2013, 12:17 GMT)

watson(5y),warner(5y),smith(3y),maxwell(2y),clarke(1y),jonson(2y) with ipl experience spending atleast 2 months/year in india, starc,haddin has champions league, siddle has 7 odi outings in india. considering these experiences still they r struggling against the bowlers (expect ishant sharma) didnt play more than 15 test matches . now india play once every 4 years that implies 4-0 (is worst i know) doesn't look that bad.

Posted by Int.Curator on (March 22, 2013, 12:10 GMT)

I agree this is becoming repititious but people still fail to understand why pitch preparation is so vital for fair play. Myl point is both teams have to play on it. If the pitch falls apart, uneven, irregular bounce, irregular spin players can't trust it. This is a bad pitch for both cricket teams. If you asked any professional cricket player their expectation of a good pitch, these pitches would be on the extreme side of substandard. Most of you who have trained knows what its like to play on poor pitches. They do not prepare you for good pitches. Which ask the question how much worse can a pitch be prepared before a game will be abandoned due to substandard pitches. In any developed country there is quality assurance and the game would be abandoned.

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

Hmmm.. food for thought, out of the 4 players to get axed, Watson (all of a sudden captain??), Pattinson, Johnson went straight back in for this test..considering this is dead rubber, why not give Khawaja a run as well??? His back side must be pretty sore from all the sitting his done during the this series!

Posted by Shaggy076 on (March 22, 2013, 12:07 GMT)

Jame Murphy - Lyon is a decent bat but dont think he will be ever classed as a bowling all-rounder.

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

@ Partha: Unless you're the Oracle in human form, I doubt very much you know much about cricket. Not sure how much chatter you were making as we humiliated your side in Oz 18mths ago? Now that the shoe's on the other foot it's easy to sound good! India have always been a lot stronger at home and Oz have always struggled over there, so try coming up with something new and useful in this debate-forum!

Oz are not the side they were 5-10yrs ago and are still trying to rebuild after the Golden Generation. We haven't sent our best team for Indian conditions, (eg: Hughes, Henriques, Wade, Watson - even Maxwell have all been picked to get into top form for the Ashes in England and are pretty awful players of quality spin) we've tried to find the right mix for July when the Ashes start - a bigger prize for Oz than wining in India.

Not sure who's more embarrassed by the Oz tail wagging, the 'specialist' batsmen or the Indian bowlers?!

Posted by Barnesy4444 on (March 22, 2013, 12:05 GMT)

Mary786, The only bouncer Hughes received today was barely short of a length and reared straight up at his face. Compare that to a ball about 10 overs earlier that grubbered along the ground. Terrible pitch, he was undone by trying to work out how to play on such a pitch. Do you go forward to cover the grubber, or back for the one that smashes you in the face? Both balls landed in the same area. Apart from this he looked fantastic.

Posted by Great-shot444 on (March 22, 2013, 12:05 GMT)

When Aus thrash India 4-0 , india had a experience playerz like VVS, Dravid, Tendulkar , Ghambir . And Australia have a young team and for most of the playerz this is their first tour to india. So well done Australia, u r getting experience and next time when u will visit india and you will thrash them

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 12:00 GMT)

India need to learn on how to dismiss lower order batsmen.....

Posted by RoJayao on (March 22, 2013, 11:59 GMT)

Ho hum. Another day, another poor pitch in India, another appalling effort from the weakest Australian batting I've seen! Can't believe no Khawaja. Can't believe Maxwell! Crazy to think that just a few months ago Australia were close to beating SA and being no.1 again! What a travesty that would have been! They are dreadful!

Posted by Barnesy4444 on (March 22, 2013, 11:58 GMT)

Terrible pitch. Balls breaking the surface in the 2nd over is rubbish. I'm not sure what role Maxwell is filling, we are better off with a specialist at anything. Wade at 7 and pick more specialist batsmen for a start. O'Keefe, Lyon, Siddle and Pattinson looks like a pretty good attack to me. People criticise Hughes for his technique but his balance is perfect when driving, compare that with Warner who just whooshes the bat at everything and falls away to midwicket yet it's just "the way he plays". Hughes will be a gun.

Posted by Hassan_U on (March 22, 2013, 11:55 GMT)

What is Maxwell in the team for. One of rare Australian player who is not international level. David Hussey will do much better then him.

Posted by hhillbumper on (March 22, 2013, 11:54 GMT)

gsingh 7.Just one thing we beat you 4-0 in our back yard and then beat you 2-1 in yours.

Posted by screamingeagle on (March 22, 2013, 11:53 GMT)

@Mervo, do look forward to the Ashes with your stunning team as well.

Posted by Clyde on (March 22, 2013, 11:53 GMT)

Maxwell's selection shows how bad things are. The most disgraceful effort I have ever seen at Test level. Australia does not have many batsmen if we have to witness the frailty Maxwell displayed. Watson of course should open with Cowan in the next innings and Warner can help patch the pitiful middle order. Maxwell can claim he was ill or overawed or something and score a hundred. I agree that Lyon, Starc and Siddle could go in before the 'batsmen'. They are betters cricketers, which is more important than being better batsmen, when it comes to finding a way to win.

Posted by realfan on (March 22, 2013, 11:52 GMT)

i hope india play well tomorrow..... especially against mitchel johnson.... he will prove to be lethal in this match... this pitch will sure suit him.... all the best india.....and al the best to rahane...

Posted by adityakrish7 on (March 22, 2013, 11:51 GMT)

every time their tail is wagging..its ironic that every time indian bowlers are struggling to get their tail out cheaply..this is really frustrating!! 136/7 to 231/8!! Phew!!..tha'ts something..thought india would bat for atleast 1 hr today..but it seems that they wont bat till lunch tomorrow!!

Posted by brusselslion on (March 22, 2013, 11:51 GMT)

@Shaggy076 on (March 22, 2013, 10:33 GMT): Ahh Shaggy .... As an Englishman, can I say that I am really touched. Thanks.

Posted by PrasPunter on (March 22, 2013, 11:51 GMT)

Dont know what Sin or crime Usman commited not to be part of this team. Wondering what the "Big (Flop) show" brings to the table. An all-rounder ?? I can bat and bowl better than him. Can keep wickets as well. Available for selection - Mickey, please take note.

Posted by Samdanh on (March 22, 2013, 11:49 GMT)

Forgot to add in my last comment: Smith, Siddle and Pattinson are trying to teach top order on how to bat in these conditions. Hope the top order learns and performs better in the second innings of this Test and Aus' last innings of this series

Posted by Selector_Ads on (March 22, 2013, 11:47 GMT)

Warner is starting to look shaky again, must be due for a decent score...reminds me of the days they kept persisting with Marcus North - on the verge of being dropped, would get 1 good score to guarantee his selection for another 10 tests. Wade has got to go - I never feel confident when he comes in to bat under pressure. Paine would be a better option - better with gloves and bat. Impressed with how Smith has gone, I wrote him off after the last home ashes. Hughes should get more time as well.

Posted by VJ_Cricket on (March 22, 2013, 11:45 GMT)

@balkrishna, if you have noticed in recent months lot of teams have struggled to get rid of Tail. That is how things are, tail enders are no longers walking wickets. rather they have batting sessions iin nets.

may be it is thr un-orthodox technique which makes bowlers life difficult.

Posted by Wallaroo on (March 22, 2013, 11:45 GMT)

@Bonehead_maz, mate unfortunately we are no longer in a position to be cocky (although we will be #1 again). As BatsmanWhoBowls says at that time we had 2 stalwarts in the team, also it can be argued that in the only game with a result we lost comprehensively. Lets face it at this time we are not the force we once were, but that doesn't mean we can"t be, acknowledgement is the first step in fixing things and restoring proper order.

Posted by Sunil_Batra on (March 22, 2013, 11:44 GMT)

@Haiphong i am with you 100% mate, Khawaja's treatment is nothing less then embarassing and selectors need to give answers. We need to exploit the track tomorrow, and with James Pattinson back we have the necessary arsenal. We will do well to remember that every time India has had that one big partnership that has taken the game away - the rest of the wickets have fallen away rather quickly.

Posted by James_Murphy on (March 22, 2013, 11:42 GMT)

If Maxwell takes another bag this will be Lyon's last test. He has been average for 24 months. We can't keep carrying him. At least he can bat and has potential to improve his bowling. Dean Jones thinks he will become a bowling all rounder.

Posted by Great-shot444 on (March 22, 2013, 11:42 GMT)

Great effort by young OZ team after being reduced to 136/7 . They are young and still learning . So good effort . Australia you are the best and you prove that barring this series.

Posted by phunny_game on (March 22, 2013, 11:37 GMT)

Well played by the Australian lower order... And well bowled by the Indian lower order :P In all likelihood, Australia will score more than 250, maybe even 300. Not an easy wicket to bat by any means. So India might struggle to take a lead... Last test in Delhi, the first innings score of India was just above 200, that too against WI. So still chance for Aus to salvage some pride...

Posted by popcorn on (March 22, 2013, 11:36 GMT)

So Mickey Arthur and Rod Marsh and Michael Clarke and Shane Watson - here is more of your great achievements on this Tour - you have ensured that Usman Khawaja is the ONLY cricketer who did not play in ANY of the Tests! So why did you apend so much in his Air Fare and his Fees? So he just came along for the ride? Sic.Don't be surprised if he gives up Cricket the shabby way you have treated him. You could have dumped the non performers David Warner and Phil Hughes. Khwaja wuld have slotted in EASILY as the Opener or at Number 3.And you talk about his attitude? You 4 are misusing your position.

Posted by Wallaroo on (March 22, 2013, 11:34 GMT)

@Haiphong 48 years of undying from me and like you I too want them to lose. Agree on Khawaja but what has infuriated me to no end is that O'Keefe has been left out completely. He has been by far the best spin bowler in Aus for the last couple of years and has the potential to have caused some upsets in India.

Posted by dan1234 on (March 22, 2013, 11:33 GMT)

Looking at a few of those deliveries deviate off cracks on day 1, I'm really looking forward to Johnson breaking a few batsmen's hands when he has a bowl

Posted by Mary_786 on (March 22, 2013, 11:30 GMT)

Am I right in saying that the only player in the squad that has increased in value as a result of this series is Steve Smith? And Pattinson maybe? And Khawaja by not playing?Well done Siddle and Pattinson. Honorable mention to Cowan until he decided he has talent and tried a sweep shot. Honorable mention to Hughes. He looked the goods today but still uncomfortable aganst spin and good bouncers. Bad luck Matt Wade.And then there was Warner, Watson, Maxwell. There is nothing much to say that hasn't been said. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome. By that measure Maxwell needs help. Watson's concentration levels continue to amaze. And Mitchell Johnson has a promising career as a comedian ahead of him. Khawaja may need to change his hairstyle or get a catchy name such as the Big show or Big Koala to get in the team, it seems to do the trick for Maxwell.

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

Indian bowlers once again exposed the sub standard aussie batsman even over the top strike rate and gifted bowler Sharma picked up a couple, but aussie tail stays in the dark without knowing what is going on using the bat like a walking stick to compensate their blindness. Here in this forum aussie fans are making sub standard excuses like their batsmen done at the middle. Grow up aussie mates, I woul teach you the truth if u guys can come and meet me.

Posted by RandyOZ on (March 22, 2013, 11:24 GMT)

Another absolute failure by the selectors. I hope we get crushed in this test. Disgusting, appalling selections.

Posted by Valavan on (March 22, 2013, 11:23 GMT)

OK man (Narsimha), dont speak about 3 decades, when England was a punchbag between 1991 - 2001. look ar recent results, bring in your seamers, dont forget we play seamers better than India in seaming conditions. Cant wait for 2014 Summer.cricinfo please publish.

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

India's inability to finish off tail hurts.. even after 3-0 lead !!

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

No doubt, India's day again but credit to Smith, Siddle & Pattinson for their efforts. If the last 2 wickets can post another 70 runs (big ask) then Australia will have something to bowl at, given that the pitch isn't likely to get any better. Could be interesting?

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

Disciplined bowling by India; Inept batting by Australia. Except, though for Hughes and Smith. This team is up to be purged, perhaps except Pattinson, Siddle, Johnson, Smith, Clarke, Kahawaja, Hughes, Starc, and Lyon. Bring on batsmen and spinners who have proved mettle in the recent Shield tournament. That is the simplest thing for Aus management and Board to do. Considering what has gone on here, one would not be surprised if Eng follow "India style" of presenting 3rd/4th day kind of pitches on day 1 of every Test in their Ashes series in England. In today's play, Warner, Watson, and Cowan wasted a chance to show character. They could have used this Test to hone their skills of playing dogged, grinding innings in these conditions. Sad to see Aus bastmen failing repeatedly, making it onse-sided contests.

Posted by BatsmanWhoBowls on (March 22, 2013, 11:18 GMT)

@Bonehead a few months ago we had Ponting and Hussey.

Posted by trumpoz on (March 22, 2013, 11:18 GMT)

Uneven bounce and the ball constantly breaking the surface on the first day....... apparently this wicket is of international standard? Still, the pitch doesn't cause stupid shot selection by Warner and Maxwell. Warner has a few runs up his sleeve and is allowed a poor series after the summer he had. Maxwell should be banished from the side never to return. I'm not the biggest Watson fan, but if he starts bowling then the selectors can abandon this stupid idea of finding a bits and pieces player to replace him.

Posted by Square-cutter on (March 22, 2013, 11:15 GMT)

My Aussie batting line up would be...1.Cowan, 2.Lyon, 3.Starc, 4.Siddle, 5.Clarke, 6.Pattinson, 7.Doherty, 8.Haddin, 9.Johnson, 10.Henriques, 11.Watson (if he can bowl) least they would show some ticker and couldn't go any worse than the current lineup

Posted by tharindu91 on (March 22, 2013, 11:12 GMT)

maxwell and smith in the middle order for aus suggests that this is their weakest team in decades..atleast khawaja can fit in their,but unfotunatenly the selecters doesnt see him..

Posted by Bonehead_maz on (March 22, 2013, 11:09 GMT)

@ Greatest_Game on (March 22, 2013, 10:32 GMT) "As a devout Saffa fan, Australia has been our nemesis - the most dangerous team we have faced. No longer is this the case."

So that was an easy series win 2 months ago was it ?

Posted by Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on (March 22, 2013, 11:09 GMT)

Oz tail and England Top order are the same.. both are sticky and make tests the boring thing to watch in the world. OZ should actually start sending their team in the reverse batting order - Tail has added more runs then their top 5 combined. Talking about Eng.. cant even get more than a wicket in NZ.. Shows how Horrible their overrated bowlers are.

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (March 22, 2013, 11:07 GMT)

Siddle and Patto hammering the Indian quicks at the end. Not a great sign, and highlights the two-faced nature of these wickets.

A pity. 300 might have got us a win on this crumbling river bed.

Posted by Jay32 on (March 22, 2013, 11:01 GMT)

Watson once again proves why he should not be near any Australian test squad.Thus far in this series, Watson has opened the innings, batted at 4 & now back in the squad as the captain & once again as expected failed miserably with the bat. For Australia to have a settled batting order,it is very imperative Watson is shown the door for good . Hughes played with grit and determination in the last test and again in this test showed his class before he got out . Steve Smith looked very classy and at ease before he got out. Hughes & Smith look a class apart & need more time to develop & evolve as solid bats. Warner & Cowan look a settled opening pair but need to convert their starts into big 100s. Warner,Cowan,Hughes, Smith & Clarke have been the stand out batsmen in this series although they would be the first to agree they should have converted their 50s into 100s. No bowler except Pattinson has stood out in this series. Siddle has been the biggest disappointment of the series

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (March 22, 2013, 10:59 GMT)

@greatest-game, maybe you missed the last two series vs SA. SA were one breakdown short of a test series loss in AUS, and drew in SA. SA has won only 4 of its last 12 internationals vs AUS. Foget the "used to be" nemisis label. When SA actually start eating AUS regularly- rather than scraping a last-gasp 1-0 win after being dominated the entire tour- then you can start boasting. One series in extreme conditions is not the end of the world. ENG lost 3-0 vs PAK not long ago. India list 8-0 vs AUS ENG. SA can't even beat PAK in the ODI series at home.

Posted by Thefakebook on (March 22, 2013, 10:57 GMT)

Despite all that(Usman still over looked the only man in the squad not play and Maxwell playing again can't believe it!) OZ lower order still showing the fight made my day again.Never give up.

Posted by Thefakebook on (March 22, 2013, 10:52 GMT)

I knew Usman would miss out again but G Max playing ruined my day completely and guaranteed a 4=0 whitewash which this loyal OZ fan would never thought to see live in my life time!

Posted by Paul_Rampley on (March 22, 2013, 10:45 GMT)

I don't quite understand why Ed Cowan cannot gain more respect from cricket followers. His record is not at all bad and at least he bats as if he values his wicket. Admittedly he is a little on the boring side to watch but who cares as long as he gets runs.And I wish to join the chorus of those who feel Khawaja should have played this test. It seems that the selectors persevere with some players much longer than they do with others.

Posted by brusselslion on (March 22, 2013, 10:42 GMT)

@gsingh7 on (March 22, 2013, 10:20 GMT): Do you honestly believe that what you have just written supports the proposition that India are better than England? .... Sad.

Posted by g.narsimha on (March 22, 2013, 10:41 GMT)

VALVAN-I wonder how could AUS which white washed as at home is strugling against these PADESTRAIANS - i rather request u to come out from those 2 white washes such things wont happen regularly , more over just check the stats available on this very web, ours is not that a worst team ,in its erlier tours to AUS, ENG , we have been beating ENG home & away its not that won a series in 3 decades , our team is now settling down , if we get back YAADAV, AARON , than u can see who are pedestrians .

Posted by creekeetman on (March 22, 2013, 10:41 GMT)

excellent decision to keep watson in the top order, even better decision to drop haddin and bring back wade...but maxwells inclusion is just pure genius

Posted by hycIass on (March 22, 2013, 10:40 GMT)

Agree with all comments about the batting. Our batsman should hand their heads in shame. Warner - threw his wicket away in the opening overs. Cowan - makes it to the 30s and gets out. Not test standard. Hughes - Not versatile enough. Has battled here but still hasn't worked out all the kinks in his technique. Happy to persevere with him as opener. Watson - Overrated and never pushes on for a score. Plus whats the deal with Wade batting 6? I just can't understand how the selectors think he should bat one place higher than Gilchrist did. What the? Not a goo keeper too. Haddin showed him how its done. And what about Khawaja. The guy has the technique and temperament for test cricket. And yet we select ODI sloggers like Maxwell (he is so bad), henriques and Smith. Khawaja deserves better then that. I just can't understand what they are thinking. We need to stop picking 2-3 all rounders and pick specialists for christs sake!

Posted by Shaggy076 on (March 22, 2013, 10:39 GMT)

aby_prasad; Its cool Im relaxed. if its any consolidation to the Indian fans I did make the comment at 2/100, pretty pleased with Australians position on this pitch. Did turn around pretty quickly though but think 250 will be a good score.

Posted by Valavan on (March 22, 2013, 10:36 GMT)

@gsingh7, haha NZ is playing good cricket mate, as English fans we acknowledge. You are a trash of this forum speaking about thrashing. I forgot you play 3 tests in NZ in Feb 2014, gonna be million excuses from you and your friends. Enjoy your victory against a sorry Ozzies. cricinfo please publish.

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (March 22, 2013, 10:36 GMT)

Well at least Smith and the tail showed fight. They could have folded for 150. Yeah the pitch is awful, but nothing different from all the other tracks this series. I'd love the ICC to introduce neutral curators, as some countries just can't resist the temptation to doctor. A cracked, disintegrating, turning pitch on day 1 just isn't good enough. I give the neutral curator thing about as much chance in India as the DRS. Anyway, India won't win a single test in the next three overseas series and it is their own fault.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (March 22, 2013, 10:33 GMT)

gsingh7 - I hate the English as much as the next guy but are you seriously trying to put down the team that thrashed you on your home soil.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (March 22, 2013, 10:32 GMT)

As a devout Saffa fan, Australia has been our nemesis - the most dangerous team we have faced. No longer is this the case. I'm even beginning to feel a little for the Aussie fans, who, although at times a bit grating, solidly support their team. Their despair at this sorry excuse for a test team is evident. Something is wrong with the state of Aus cricket when the bowlers bail them out, time and time again.

The Indian team has revived itself admirably, playing with purpose & controlled aggression, keeping focus, & not simply relying on reputation. It seems the England loss was the tipping point for the selectors, as this series should be for Australia, but for it is selectors, not team members, who must first be replaced.

Warner again throws his wicket away, Watson proves incapable of building an inns, Khawaga sits marooned in the selector's doldrums, & a demoralised Aus stumble yet again. This has become a travesty, & management must be held responsible.

Posted by ArvindKejriwal_mfpatel810rediff on (March 22, 2013, 10:31 GMT)

I am very confused. People say Indain pitches are dead pitches, then they say they are deadly.

Thats because when India bats on these pitches they score heavy. So pitch is dead.

Now when other team bats, they collapse to the so called medicore bowling. Now how does one justify collapsing to a bowling they underestimate. They say its a unsporting and deadly pitch.

Its a matter of feel good factor find a reason - you see ;)

Posted by Haiphong on (March 22, 2013, 10:26 GMT)

@Shaggy076 - I won't argue with you on Khawaja, etc. All I can say is look at our performance (AGAIN) and read the numerous other comments on this board with the great majority sick of the selection process and bewildered as to why Khawaja continues to get ignored. You may retain your right to disagree but when we fail so consistently, sticking with those who failed does not make sense to me. Yes, I would have blindly picked Khawaja over Warner, Hughes, etc. etc. He's never going to get "experience" if he gets dropped after each test he plays. I guarantee one thing - he would neither have "flashed" at the 4th ball he faced to get caught behind after "throwing his arms" at the 3rd ball he faced the innings before and getting cauht behind. This is NOT the technique needed on tours to India!!!

Posted by Edwards_Anderson on (March 22, 2013, 10:21 GMT)

@Joseph Langford i echo your words champ, i always thought that run out was dodgy given it was the first ball after tea and his overall treatment is appaling given all the hard work he has done under boof. By Smith getting out he has left Phil Hughes in the lead of the race to average 34. Hughes 33.60 Smith 33.50 Cowan 33.21 These averages are not very encouraging, though Smith batted well today

Posted by gsingh7 on (March 22, 2013, 10:20 GMT)

@ brussels-- if england are better than india then why they are been thrashed in 3rd test by nz who are lowest ranked test team. india won then 2-0 without breaking a sweat. also dont forget the thrashing sa dished to england on their home turfs. india drew 1-1 in sa. selective memory much??

Posted by Mervo on (March 22, 2013, 10:19 GMT)

Sooooo looking forward to India v SA in SA! All those 'killer' spinners on substandard wickets will be of little value on fully prepared pitches.

Posted by Mary_786 on (March 22, 2013, 10:16 GMT)

Very impressed wtih Smith, he didn't get 50 but it was a gutsy innings which has been missing with the other batsman. As for Khawaja it's almost as if the NSP have set out to slowly extinguish his confidence. I feel for the guy. It's not as if those in the team are setting the world on fire. The all rounders have been a failure and yet still they refuse to give him a go. Time for rotation of the NSP!

Posted by Mervo on (March 22, 2013, 10:15 GMT)

Australia are not the top team that they were for 20 years after so many great players retired. SA will face the same exodus in the next 2 years. However the wickets in India in this series are silly, even by their past standards. There is such great fear among administrators that a wicket might suit the pace bowlers for a couple of sessions, so that the 'path between villages' pitches are created. It is a false dawn that does Indian cricket no credit and has no relevance internationally. Pakistan continue to create successful pace bowlers, when India can not.

Posted by tony122 on (March 22, 2013, 10:15 GMT)

@Shaggy076 you should have made yourself clearer but anyway that is the fun of Test cricket. Unplayable deliveries are also good. The only pitch which can be said to be 'bad' are either that guarantees a dull draw or which injures batsmen regularly. Everything else will do.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 10:13 GMT)

It is amusing how the Aussie fans are complaining about the pitch even before thier bowlers got a chance to bowl on it. It is as though they already know how badly their bowlers would do on this pitch. :P

Posted by gsingh7 on (March 22, 2013, 10:09 GMT)

2 more to go . come on india win it 4-0 .

Posted by aby_prasad on (March 22, 2013, 10:08 GMT)

@Shaggy ,..relax man :D . It takes good focus to see what you are really trying to point out with the way you hold your aussie love in your comments but stop short of belittling us Indians. Sometimes it just gets taken in the same vein as many comments either being pro-indian or pro-aussie. With the number of comments pouring in, one cant blame many for stereotyping you. I got you and what you were trying to say ;) . Its like Chris P says, many of the posts are done without much thought. Maybe it was just harmless pun , maybe not. Once we let go of the assumption that only the most accurate, deep thinkers of the game post here, its all good...if you know what i mean haha. Oh didnt mean thats true for just indians, goes for all! Iive seen worse from fans from all countries lol . Meanwhile, I'm so waiting for the Indian batting reply! :( wonder if shaggy's prediction comes true...yikes!

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 10:07 GMT)

If any of you like me are starting to feel a little bit sorry for the Aussies...stop being silly....make yourself a nice cup of tea and enjoy....

Posted by brusselslion on (March 22, 2013, 10:01 GMT)

@GRVJPR "I am very confused". Clearly.

Your post @ 6:08: "People say Indain pitches are dead pitches, then they say they are deadly. ball spins more than anywhere in the world, rear up from the length. Watching the boring Eng Vs NZ, this is exciting stuff. Credit to BCCI"

Your post @ 4:39 "A real chance for australia to win a lottery. That was what happened in england series. poor pitches allows mediocre team to cause an upset. India has lost a toss once again. Huge factor in this match the way pitch is breaking already."

So, credit to BCCI for producing poor pitches? Try & accept ALL the facts: India are winning this series because you are the better team. India lost to England because we were the better team.

Posted by Valavan on (March 22, 2013, 10:01 GMT)

@GRVJPR, India produced a dead strip to draw the Nagpur test. Hehe England is waiting for you in 2014 summer 5 tests in England, will see the Indian team with pedestrian pacemen and would love to see Ravinder Jadeja there in unfavorable condition. enjoy ur tests vs Aussies now, but dont forget 3 away tests in SA, 5 away test in England and 4 away tests in Oz, would luv to see excuses from you from Winter 2013. cricinfo please publish.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 9:59 GMT)

Really the australia team selection was not upto the mark...

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

@Int.Curator i think our friend named Int.Curator is expert in preparing SO CALLED SPORTING PITCHES..... ausie should hire him for his expertise and make him prepare those SPORTIVE pitches and have some match practice on those......

come on man get over with the pitch thing have been used it like what "n" number of times in this series...... i even imagine how come you always have only i thing to whine about..... at least get some genuine reasons to whine....

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

"Condition nd pitch" bcom more important than "skill" in cricket.......... yah, Ind dserv d credit...... bt home countries r winning evrywhere now..........

Posted by Edwards_Anderson on (March 22, 2013, 9:54 GMT)

Our top order are firing again today,so i can understand why Khawaja is not in the side, need to humour myself because of the frustration. Just another reason why the coach shouldn't be a selector, and should just concentrate on improving techniques & strategies for the team - which he doesn't seem capable of doing.It's perfectly obvious that Mickey Arthur has got something personal against Khawaja - I thought the comments he made about him when the "homeworkgate" fiasco first broke were unbelievable and almost bordered on slanderous. The best coach in the country (Lehmann) and the former NSP chairman (Hohns) were both very supportive of the commitment that Khawaja had made during his time in Qld to improving the areas of his game that had been identified as weaknesses.

Posted by handyandy on (March 22, 2013, 9:54 GMT)

I thought Australia had its worst team since WSC in the last test. Without Clarke this side is even worse.

Any team that has Watson batting any higher than 6 is pretty poor. Actually I am not sure he is worth his spot anywhere in the lineup.

That Khwaja isn't in the side is ridiculous.

Agree with Shinde that apart from Clarke Australia's best batsman are still in Australia.

Also what has Hauritz ever done wrong ... apart from perhaps get on Clarke's badside.

Posted by Un_Citoyen_Indien on (March 22, 2013, 9:46 GMT)

And here comes the insufferable Int.Curator with his highly repetitive complaints / allegations (much like a broken record) regarding the nature of the pitch, the so called "biased" umpiring etc..etc... To him I'll say that this is exactly what pitches in Asia are like. You're doing no one any favours by coming over to play a test series here. And what on earth was that statement about developed nations having "better" pitches? If "developed nations" are that great, I'm sure they'll find ways to win in teaching their batsmen how to play spin for instance.....

Posted by Un_Citoyen_Indien on (March 22, 2013, 9:37 GMT)

Why was Watson given not out when he was stumped off the bowling of Ojha? His foot was on the line and that should've been out! The umpires have certainly erred in favour of the Aussies on more than one occasion in this series...

Posted by CrICkeeet on (March 22, 2013, 9:35 GMT)

Aus Bowlers r doing evrythng.. bowlers r bwlng nd also they r fighting while batting..... then wats d specialist batsmens' role!!!!

Posted by mux164 on (March 22, 2013, 9:34 GMT)

australia is crap now, and that hurts me to say it as an australian, hopefully we can hold england out to a draw because thats all that they seem to want to do now

Posted by screamingeagle on (March 22, 2013, 9:31 GMT)

I do believe India would struggle if the pacers bowl well. Having said that this might be tailor made for a long Dravid type knock. Hopefully Pujara and Kohli would earn some points here. Wish Sachin would do something befitting his status as the elder statesman in this team. Taking the pitch out of the equation, I think we will see some very interesting cricket.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (March 22, 2013, 9:26 GMT)

Also Fiji Cricket where did I say this pitch was unfair. Why do you think Im making excuses. Read my comments for what was said. I didnt say there was any bias just that its a bad wicket. Then you tell me to grow up? Seems to me your the one in the need of growing up. Speaking of growing up Arrow011 - seriously as if Clarke could care less about Jadeja, he has a saw back busy international cricket calendar ahead no chance of winning the series its a no brainer that he gets his body right for the challenges ahead.

Posted by tony122 on (March 22, 2013, 9:26 GMT)

@Int.Curator- I know you are a smarter and more reasonable man than that comment. Anyway how can anyone miss that both teams get the same pitch? Cricket is not just about fast bowling and playing the hook and square cuts. It is equally about slow bowling,using your feet and delicate late shots. If you are serious about what you are saying then you should petition ICC to ban bowlers bowling below let's say 130 km per hour. Only that will do.

Posted by on (March 22, 2013, 9:26 GMT)

Australia couldn't get any worse , even after argus review why does they keep selecting t20 stars like glenn maxwell ,if you are going to experiment do it with the TEST CLASS players , in Australia's case that would be phil hughes , khawaja , shaun marsh .. watson has to go but cowan and wade are okay players and have shown enough to be considered further

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

AhmedEsat - if a ball goes through the pitch leaps up and hits the batsman on the hand in the first day, then the pitch is shocking. How is that bias. Im confident our pace bowlers are going to be quite dangerous to face on this with the cracks out there. Im sure if Johnson gets a ball through the pitch and breaks Tendulkars hand all Indians will be calling it shocking as well. FijiCricket - I never labeled the pitch unfair just shocking, We get to 220 here and game in Aussies advantage. Im not making excuses if we lose because I know both teams play on it. But what some balls have done on this pitch is barely fair. Im not sure how Indians can defend this pitch, look at the commentary from the 4th ball of the 5th over. I had no issues with the pitches for either the second or 3rd test. But this one is terrible.

Posted by Fijicricket on (March 22, 2013, 9:21 GMT)

Int.Curator on (March 22, 2013, 8:25 GMT) Obviously you think you know more about pitches than the commentators! Can you as an self appointed expert on pitches tell all us dummos how the ball would turn/bounce/seam/wobble/anyother behavior for one team and not the other? To everybody except a few Aus and a lot Pak fans, blaming the pitch hold no value, perod

Posted by poms_have_short_memories on (March 22, 2013, 9:17 GMT)

I think the Indian batsmen are in for a daunting and physically painful time at the crease. Go Patto, a bit off chin music thanx very much!!

Posted by Chris_Howard on (March 22, 2013, 9:16 GMT)

Is this the worst top 6 we've ever fielded in a team? Their averages (Tests/Shield) read: Cowan 33/30; Warner 42/47; Hughes 33/44; Watson 36/44; Smith 32/42; Wade 38/41. I think the last time we had a team with averages that poor was probably during World Series Cricket.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 9:15 GMT)

Pitch were pathetic this whole series (worse than the 90s ones) but even worse was Aussie selection.Only 5 specialist batsmen in tour of India in squad and 3 oof them are warner cowan and hughes. Where was the prep for the tour?I think there massive figures around who can be excelent mentors for this team but first they need to selection right,Watson ,Hughes ,Cowan,Smith,Henriques,Maxwell are all journeymen and this is the series ought to be the last we see of them. Cosgrove,Silk,Pomersbach are better openers than this lot .Doolan,Bailey,Voges,Burns ,Paine are excellent.Cazzulino,Khwaja,Ferguson can be your standbys. As for spinners Hauritz is the best ausies have and nedd some spinner from India to work on him.But the squad has been a joke

Posted by Diamond2017 on (March 22, 2013, 9:11 GMT)

@Int.Curator - 'most out of there curators and pitches.' Don't worry Indians are getting the most out their pitches..there is something called "Spin Bowling".. practice it.

Posted by Fijicricket on (March 22, 2013, 9:07 GMT)

Shaggy076 on (March 22, 2013, 7:07 GMT)- Both teams play on the same pitch. Find some other excuse- obviously you don't get it- one team is just too good for the other. Grow up

Posted by Fijicricket on (March 22, 2013, 9:04 GMT)

Int.Curator on (March 22, 2013, 8:25 GMT) Both teams play on the same pitch ! Try some other excuses ! This excuse lost its value long time ago

Posted by ygkd on (March 22, 2013, 9:01 GMT)

I've just looked at batting averages and worked out why Wade keeps the gloves! In this team, the highest averaging bat is Dave Warner. He's the only one above 40 (and he doesn't currently get to to 41). The batting of this team sans Clarke is deplorable. In that sense, a keeper who averages 35.5 is worth gold. What then would Tim Paine be worth, he who averages 35.8? Yes, that's right. Matty Wade now averages less than Tim Paine. Well, that's that theory out the window. How does he really keep the gloves?

Posted by CrICkeeet on (March 22, 2013, 8:56 GMT)

Oh no.... once again it happened... boyz... wake up! do smthng....

Posted by tony122 on (March 22, 2013, 8:50 GMT)

@osugani- Khawaja can always get into Pakistan team. I am sure they will bend every rule to accommodate him.(Not that anything wrong with it)

Posted by KingKongIn on (March 22, 2013, 8:50 GMT)

my appeal to all indian fans, please let them (aussies fan) cry for the pitch, it the last and only thing they can do :). and meanwhile we can enjoy their whitewash lolz !!

Posted by Yuji9 on (March 22, 2013, 8:44 GMT)

Everyone saying this is the worst Australian side since the 80's does an injustice to the sides of the 80's!This has to rate as the most disastrously planned and poorly managed tour in the history of Australian cricket. A series in India on spinning wickets using one day all-rounders! A South African "coach" with no idea! A "High Performance" manager from Rugby! A domestic comp put on hold to make cash from a T20 league and thus players selected for a Test series based on T20 form! Usman Khawaja the specialist batsman with Test technique suspended then overlooked while constantly touring yet never playing! Enough is enough CA most of this current team would struggle to hold down a regular domestic spot and have been selected for their 'T20 ability'. This series is the ultimate proof that 'T20 ability' means nothing in the ultimate form of the game. If the 'Big Bash' keeps holding up the Sheffield Shield then Aus selections will only get worse.

Posted by tony122 on (March 22, 2013, 8:43 GMT)

Let us not get too excited by a home series win on favorable conditions but let us also not treat it as just another home series win. The manner in which we won is very encouraging. Australia should take a fresh look at it's love affair with Watto. He has already played close to 40 test matches and selectors seem to treat him as a very talented debutant! Apart from Clarke there are really no world class batsmen at the moment in Australian team. Warner is exciting but has limitations. Cowan, Hughes will find it hard ever to come in the Top 10 world batsmen list. What is the story about Marsh brothers, they look better than this crop. Aussie fast bowling talent looks exceptional but it is also limited to an extent. Firstly like all young quick's around world they seem to be made of porcelain. They do not have a Wasim- Waqar type bowler who can get it to reverse swing effectively in sub continent conditions. And they lack a quality spinner of course.

Posted by ygkd on (March 22, 2013, 8:34 GMT)

One couldn't help but notice the bemused look on Shane Watson's face as the seventh wicket fell. This captaincy lark could be harder than it looks. Which is why Australia should have taken the hard decision and either take the gloves off Matty Wade or leave him out altogether. His presence as keeper keeps out possible leaders, such as the impressive Tim Paine or even, in an emergency, Brad Haddin. I'm still unconvinced Watson was the right choice, but then many of the choices in the selection of this team, as with many before, leave me shaking my head in disbelief. @pat_one_back - if Maxwell's selection was the equivalent of buying a lottery ticket, his innings of boundary, over the boundary and out was much the same. And yes, there is no obvious planning - if there had been there may have been some on-field improvement.

Posted by tony122 on (March 22, 2013, 8:33 GMT)

This match should be over inside 4 days. It is true India was expected to win in sub-continent conditions and against an inexperienced Aussie team. But the manner of utter dominance (3-0 and soon 4-0) scoreline as well how each win came about. Also lots of positives have come out for the Indian team besides that which shows they are well on their way to recovery and will improve their recent pathetic overseas record. Selectors have got bold and junked Non performing players like Sehwag and Gambhir. Rise of Dhawan and Vijay was a positive. In my opinion Dhawan is a long term bet but I am skeptical of Vijay but let us not be too hard on him. It may now force selectors to play Sehwag in the middle order which may work wonders for him and India. Harbhajan was hopefully tried for the last time and discarded for good. Ashwin, Ojha matured. Jadeja finally proved his detractors wrong. Kohli and Pujara confirmed why they are among the most promising young batsmen in World cricket.

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

@ 200ondebut .... will officially be the worst series in the History of Australian Cricket if they lose this test by an innings to finish 4-0.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 8:27 GMT)

@ Mitty .... with you on that!! I like Cowan and always have .... old school opener.

Posted by Int.Curator on (March 22, 2013, 8:25 GMT)

A commentator with no knowledge of cricket pitches would compare this to a Headingly pitch. Furthermore no agronomy text books in developed nations would ever outline preparing pitches like this. This is another poor example of a pitch. Outcomes in this series have been heavily influenced by pitches under performing. ICC should really look into quality control of their playing surfaces to get the most out of there curators and pitches.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 8:18 GMT)

@ Edwards_Anderson .... Khawaja has been treated appallingly.

If you recall NSW.CB tried to destroy UTK's career last season and he had to move to Queensland to get a game. Here he flourished and again could not be ignored!!!

If you recall back in the last half of the Australian Season, UTK was selected as 12th man for Australia a few times, forcing him to sit on the bench and denying him the opportunity to play in domestic series. Now we have the selectors ripping him away from the last half of the Sheffield Shield Season and subsequently the Shield Final.

If there is one thing I know about batting, confidence grows from time in the middle ..... something that he has been denied by our pathetic Selection Panel. So now UTK is the only one of the four players who doesn't get a game.

PS. I am really starting to think awful things about how Ponting ran out UTK in the NZ Test when he was set on 38.

Posted by Big_Maxy_Walker on (March 22, 2013, 8:17 GMT)

@mitty2 Whether someone got good or bad decisions means nothing. In cricket u take the good with the bad when it comes to umpire calls. There is no stat for questionable decisions. The fact is cowan is what weve seen of cowan is likely the best he will get. 30s and 40s aren't going to cut it. Time for someone else to get a chance. Warner, Watson, hughes, Maxwell, lyon, Doherty, and cowan should have played their last test cricket. There was no learning curve after 4 matches

Posted by 200ondebut on (March 22, 2013, 8:10 GMT)

This must be the most talentless side ever from Australia - but for a Brit the most enjoyable to watch.

Posted by Sando008 on (March 22, 2013, 8:08 GMT)

I don't know why OZ fans are really concerned about pitch they should be more concerned about their team. In mohali they scored 400+ runs and lost in 4 days it shows the team strength. The biggest failure of Australian team was they falied to adjust themselves in sub continent conditons and most of the players were inexperienced and not suitable for test level. They should find an answer before going to England othewise things will get over in England also. Their batsman are irresponsible and showed poor technique. Again they are trapped with spinners in this match and I hope that this match will be over for them in 3-4 days.

Posted by Mitty2 on (March 22, 2013, 7:59 GMT)

@bigmaxywalker? I think you've confused Cowan for Watson. You see, not only does Watson never make a big score, let alone against a good attack or on a hard pitch; (road at mohali, flat deck against an average Pakistan attack), he also has a habit of getting out early. He plants his front foot out, plays around, and constantly gets LBW or edges. I don't think there's a single positive about his batting, oh wait yes there is, I heard he hits a few balls well in some twenty twenty games or something..? Watson has been a constant underachiever throughout his whole career, and has constantly let the team down. He is captain, we're three down, did you see his shot? Did you see how he just got out?

Cowan, on the other hand, is a fighter and has actually scored a century against a good attack (many say great). I can name for you five decisions right now that were erroneous, and were wrongly given against Cowan. Cowan is not constantly injured, and does not get out in the same constant way.

Posted by pat_one_back on (March 22, 2013, 7:51 GMT)

Maxwell's selection is the cricketing equivalent of buying a lotto ticket. Hadds did enough to deserve another test, Khawaja was entitled to a run in a dead rubber. There's no evidence of any planning or strategy this tour it's no wonder at all discipline has dropped, back chat is inevitable when management have lost the respect of the team.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 7:49 GMT)

I remember how Hayden lofts, Langer defences, Ponting pulsl, Martin cover drives, Lehmann flicks and Gilcrist cuts. Then Mcgrath swings, Lee yorks, Gillespie bounces and Warne spins. Those were the days where test cricket at its best. Look at the Aussie team right now, how sad it is to see the Aussie batsmen failing against below average allround spin bowlers. Pathetic.

Posted by Mitty2 on (March 22, 2013, 7:48 GMT)

This is great news for Australia. Hopefully now we can realize that Shane Watson is a shocker and with two centuries over so many matches; he does not warrant a selection in even an Australia A tour. That shot was terrible. The pressure goes to his head, and he does not, and never has had, a good temperament for test cricket. Charging and playing across the line to a bowl that is spinning away... Is he serious? When we are three down, only have about 100 runs, and when he is CAPTAIN. He is renowned for having a poor work ethic, being lazy, and having poor devotion to the team. Not handing in piece which was required, when he is vice captain? Niice way to show leadership.

For people to be suggesting that he should be in the team, let alone opening, is beyond me. His form for the last two years has been horrendous to say the least. Cowan is a part of the most successful opening partnership by a mile, and people want to replace him? At least cowan won't get out playing such terrible shot

Posted by satishchandar on (March 22, 2013, 7:44 GMT)

My doubt is, after this series, will Ojha stay on as the no.1 left arm spinner in the country? Felt Jadeja has out bowled him easily this series. Radeja's pace and the trajectory he bowls makes the ball grip the surface better and produces better results - ala Panesar and Rehman in helpful conditions in UAE and Indian tests.

RJ will be my prime spinner for next series and will play at 7 in home. Ashwin will be the main offie. Bhajji and Ojha will play as third spinner on rotation basis based on right/left combination in the opponent team..

As much Dhoni was criticised at the start of the series for picking Bhajji ahead of Ojha, all his decisions showed very good results. You obviously owe the results to the bowler than the captain but still, the decision was made by the captain and he would be the one blamed had we lost first 2 tests without playing Ojha..

Posted by Tongariro on (March 22, 2013, 7:43 GMT)

When are the selectors going to realise that Watson is not the great white hope of the Australian test team. Maybe OK as a one day and 20/20 player, but he is not a top order test batsman nor a captain. I really don't know why Khawaja was not given a chance in this last test.

Posted by AhmedEsat on (March 22, 2013, 7:43 GMT)

Shaggy076 There is nothing shocking in the pitch. If you understood cricket you would know that India will bat on the same pitch without the luxury of winning the toss. It is your bias and lack of knowledge that is most SHOCKING.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 7:26 GMT)

What's wrong with Dhoni? Why does Jadeja, with a much better strike rate, get fewer overs than Ashwin or Ojha? BTW, Warner could be the perfect no 3 for Australia if Watson opens with Cowan.

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

how is cowan a long term prospect? Hes 30 already, so this is as good as hes gonna get. Closing in on 20 test matches and only 1 hundred. Ed has a habit of getting in, then throwing it away. Plus when his opening partner gets out he doesn't last much longer, leaving the aussies 2 down with two new batsman at the crease and the bowlers on top. Hughes has got all his runs from boundaries the last couple of innings, with him just flaying the bat at everything. Then again he gets bogged down and gets out. Both of these guys should be dopped. I would bring in Rogers for the 10 ashes tests to replace cowan and doolan or cosgrove in for hughes

Posted by realfan on (March 22, 2013, 7:20 GMT)

australian fans analysis...:- 1) chennai pitch :- disgrace to cricket as its SELECTIVE WATERING 2)Hyderabad:- its a slow low pitch not suited for test match 3) Mohali :- again disgrace as its flat even on fourth day( just because 9th batsmen score 99 and debut score brilliant 100) 4) delhi :- again not a international pitch , as it has more bounce ( more likely uneven bounce )

cant get the mindset of AUS fans..... what exactly are they expecting from the pitches??????

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

Conditions does matter for guys like Warner too. I pity Khawaja for not getting any game here too. Even in the absence of Clarke. Till now, he would have had Rahane to look upon and say there is a guy like me.. Now even Rahane got test debut.

As for the pitch, i always maintain nothing is wrong in a pitch. Iti s the cricket you play that matters and the pitch will tell you what combination might succeed here most and try out the players in that skillset in the tracks. MJ is back as he loves such tracks.

Doesn't the guys who blame flat tracks for no balance come out and blame the tracks which assists one type of bowlers.. Is it because their players don't have that proficiency to bat/bowl in these tracks? Any result oriented pitch will be a good pitch and even flat tracks in odd games to test the bowlers.

Posted by Mary_786 on (March 22, 2013, 7:13 GMT)

@JosephLangord i echo your words

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

@Arrow011 well said dude.... just now saw a post on facebook , it just reflected the words you said on clarke and jadeja combo..... SRCJ i all over AUS......

Posted by realfan on (March 22, 2013, 7:10 GMT)

@Drakester Bomber you dont want spinning pitches , you dont want pitches with low bounce, you dont want pitches with more bounce..... what exactly you are expecting from the test pitch?????? a flat pitch????? may be thats exactly what aus players want now, now that they are short of runs they need to play on flat pitches to improve averages.....

Posted by Shaggy076 on (March 22, 2013, 7:07 GMT)

This pitch is a shocker however equally shocking for both pace and spin so should be a close contest. However it is a concern when bowlers dont have to do much except wait for the pitch to explode to get there wickets. Dont think it is going to lead to any great cricket just whoever is the luckiest.

Posted by Edwards_Anderson on (March 22, 2013, 7:03 GMT)

Joseph Langford agree with you champ on Khawaja, he should have played. Surely this is the straw that breaks the NSP's back. The sad thing is that Khawaja will go back to FC cricket at some point and have to find the motivation to play well in the hope of getting picked for an Ashes tour in which his involvement may mirror that of this current Indian tour.I really feel for this kid and it speaks volumes of his character that despite this past and anticipated future treatment he continues to make runs in the middle (when he gets to actually play cricket) and better himself as a player.It may take changes at the top but I feel eventually things will change for him. Just don't ask me when

Posted by Mitty2 on (March 22, 2013, 7:02 GMT)

Continuing - how much confidence can usman have when he has been selected as a specialist batsmen, but has still been placed behind smith. His batting is also atleast double the calibre of both Maxwell and henriques, and their bowling has both been ineffective and unrewarded. How much confidence can he have when he isn't selected when every single batsmen has failed (except Clarke) to a large extent? It has benefited no one short term and presumably long term, by him being in the squad. It would of however, been great to have played for QLD under pressure in the final and in the lead up to the final. The selectors would have known straight after the homework exclusion that khawaja would not play in the fourth test as well. Khawaja would've been the easiest replacement for the under performing Peter Forrest.

But just to make myself not sound too contradictory, there's another con. If khawaja truly wanted to play, and truly is/be committed, why would he not complete such a simple task?

Posted by rohanbala on (March 22, 2013, 6:38 GMT)

@BhuJo.. You are spot on. Warner appears a better option for T20 and 50 overs format than test matches. Patience is the hall mark of a good opener in test matches. Unfortunately for Australia, Warner seems to be lacking this totally. Ed Cowan appears to be a long time prospect and it would not be surprising if he holds his place in the playing XI for a long time.

Posted by Sunil_Batra on (March 22, 2013, 6:32 GMT)

Usman misses out again, but isn't allowed to return home for the Shield final. What's with actively depriving one of our better young talents of any first class cricket for months? I think he's the only guy in the touring party who doesn't get a test, which ranks him behind even Maxwell and Smith. A disgrace.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 6:26 GMT)

@ Shaggy076 .... you are kidding me aren't you!!! Hughes fails 5-times .... give him another go .... Maxwell fails give him another go .... Wade fails, give him another go .... meanwhile Khawaja can't even go home to play in the Shield Final.

@ Chris_P .... there was no way Clarke was missing a test against SL when he could barely stand in the field.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 6:24 GMT)

Warner is a dashing opener and he does not fit for Tests

Posted by GRVJPR on (March 22, 2013, 6:20 GMT)

It's time for young australian batsmen to show they can score a 100 in India as we saw young indian batsmen "Virat Kohli" scored a brilliantg 100 in Australia even though it was his first tour. That will also show which domestic cricket is producing young cricketers that can adjust to different conditions.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 6:20 GMT)

Warner is dashing opener and he doesnt fit for Tests

Posted by rohanbala on (March 22, 2013, 6:15 GMT)

The more we see Ed Cowan bat with such application and patience, it is not difficult to say that he is going to be a long time occupant in the playing XI for Australia. On the other hand, it is too easy to note that David Warner's test playing days appear to be nearing the end particularly after seeing him play such an irresponsible shot in the very first over he faced. With regard to Phil Hughes, he seems to have grabbed his chances after a torrid beginning in this series while Khawaja will most likely create a record of being the first player in the team without making it to the playing XI.

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

Have to say that the pitch is a disgrace - looks a bit like a broken windscreen! Batting will be downright dangerous on the last few days judging by some of the brutish deliveries this morning. Any result on the pitch (most likely an Australian victory) is invalidated by the surface.

Pitches like this will be the death of Test cricket!

Posted by gsingh7 on (March 22, 2013, 6:13 GMT)

aus won 4 tosses. it will lead to 4th los. aus fans should not give any more excuses, they sound like sour grapes. india will whitewash them inside 4 days.

Posted by GRVJPR on (March 22, 2013, 6:08 GMT)

I am very confused. People say Indain pitches are dead pitches, then they say they are deadly. ball spins more than anywhere in the world, rear up from the length. Watching the boring Eng Vs NZ, this is exciting stuff. Credit to BCCI

Posted by Big_Maxy_Walker on (March 22, 2013, 6:05 GMT)

what has khawaja done? Hes a real batsman unlike Maxwell, smith, hughes etc. The high performance stuff should be thrown out. and age not an obstacle. players like doolan, cosgrove and rogers in the ashes squad. real specialist batsman

Posted by Paul_Rampley on (March 22, 2013, 5:24 GMT)

Dissapointed not to see Khawaja there, but i am sure he will be a key part of our ashes batting attack.

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

Aussie selectors already confirmed to Warner that he is the next Aussie Test Captain! So, he doesn't need to score! Very often this media addicted Warner gives statement ….. please don't drop Ed, please don't drop Phill … and now …… he should be crying….please don't drop me!! It is very disappointing to see that Khawaja didn't get a chance!!

Posted by haripv on (March 22, 2013, 5:14 GMT)

finish the test in 3 days boys.......i mean team India.....warne and hussey cannot be replaced

Posted by realfan on (March 22, 2013, 5:03 GMT)

@Bong_Amit who cares untill he keep on winning matches...:P

Posted by Shaggy076 on (March 22, 2013, 5:00 GMT)

Think the Australian selectros finally got it right for this test. There was no doubt Hughes was going after game 2 but the indiscipline of Khawaja gave him another chance which he duly took whilst making 50 before getting a shocker. So there is no way they could have dropped him for this test. Haiphong his technique may not be better than Khawajas but he has made more runs than Khawaja at all levels of cricket. Warner, Smith, Hughes and Cowan all made 50's last test and needed to be selected again. Why is Khawaja more suited to these conditions, he has never played here before and did very little in the warm up games. Success in India comes with experience and it would be stupidity to drop the players that now have experience.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 4:55 GMT)

Aussie selectors already confirmed Warner that he is the next Test captain! So DW doesn't need to score. Very often this guy comes to the media and give statement .. please don 't drop Ed, please don't drop Phill, and now he will be crying ... please don't drop me!! Very disappointed to see that Khawaja didn't get a single chance!!

Posted by Chris_P on (March 22, 2013, 4:53 GMT)

@Arrow011. Wow, you're right, Clarke has been having these back problems for nearly 8 years just waiting for the chance to miss facing Jadeja. Good pick-up! Can you believe some of these posts?

Posted by Resultpredictor on (March 22, 2013, 4:42 GMT)

Dhoni lost the toss fourth time in a row but expecting that result will also be the same as in other matches. Hoping for a whitewash now.

Posted by Bong_Amit on (March 22, 2013, 4:40 GMT)

Why can't Dhoni win a toss?

Posted by Klgn on (March 22, 2013, 4:39 GMT)

David Warner disappointing once again, is he good fit for Test cricket? He is more good on just a T20/IPL cricket not more than that!! Lack of technique!! Isn't he?

Posted by GRVJPR on (March 22, 2013, 4:39 GMT)

A real chance for australia to win a lottery. That was what happened in england series. poor pitches allows mediocre team to cause an upset. India has lost a toss once again. Huge factor in this match the way pitch is breaking already.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 4:36 GMT)

Khawaja should retire from Aussie cricket as by now he should know that he has no chance in Australia team!

Posted by Arrow011 on (March 22, 2013, 4:34 GMT)

It looks Clarke didnt want to play in this spin pitch & become a bunny for Ravinder Jadeja in 2 more innings which would have made him 7 out of 8 times to dismiss clarke. Ravinder Jadeja has scared the hell out of Micheal Clarke.

Posted by Haiphong on (March 22, 2013, 4:27 GMT)

41 years of undying support for Australia and now this is what I want to say - I WANT them to lose this test, and lose badly. Have never seen not only such poor selection (obviously, my opinion only) but the lack of clarity on what exactly are the selectors aiming for. To stick with Warner and Hughes despite repeated failures when you have batsmen like Khawaja sitting on the bench just does NOT make sense. Whatever his performance may have been in the scarce opportunities he has been provided with previously, there can be NO doubt that techinically and temperamentally he is better suited to these conditions than Warner and Hughes, COMBINED. I look forward to a finish sometime mid-Monday - with the winner being the only team who can...India. Feel sorry for Watson though.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 4:09 GMT)

Can't believe that Khawaja didn't get a go. What on earth has he done to upset people?

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