India v Australia, 4th Test, Delhi, 3rd day March 24, 2013

The Maxwell surprise

Plays of the day from the third day of the Delhi Test between India and Australia
32

The surprise opener

When the Australians began their second innings, David Warner walked to the wicket but he didn't have Ed Cowan at his side. Instead, Glenn Maxwell was promoted to open the innings, presumably in an attempt to score quick runs and build their lead as fast as possible. In his previous 16 first-class matches the highest Maxwell had ever batted was No.5. The experiment didn't work for Australia on this occasion as Maxwell was bowled by Ravindra Jadeja for 8.

The surprise opener again
It was not surprising that Nathan Lyon took the new ball in India's chase, given the success he had in the first innings. But instead of pace from the other end, Shane Watson asked Maxwell to share the new ball, only the third time that Australia had ever opened with spin from both ends in a Test match. Maxwell also became the first Australian in 84 years to open the batting and bowling in the same Test match, since Percy Hornibrook did so in 1929.

The hat-trick balls
Twice on the third day spinners found themselves on a hat-trick but both times they were denied. Ravindra Jadeja got rid of Steven Smith and Mitchell Johnson from consecutive deliveries and had his chance for a hat-trick against Peter Siddle. There were three slips, a short-leg and a silly point, but Siddle safely pushed the ball through the off side for two runs. Nathan Lyon also had a chance at a hat-trick after finishing India's first innings with the wickets of Ishant Sharma and Pragyan Ojha. Lyon bowled the first ball of the chase and it spun sharply down the leg side. M Vijay had come down the wicket and could have been stumped but it was a very difficult chance for Matthew Wade.

The drop
India seemed well and truly coasting towards victory at 123 for 1, but then they lost three wickets for five runs and if the Australians could get another couple, it could have been a tight finish. Unfortunately for Australia, that chance went begging when MS Dhoni, who was yet to score, edged behind off Nathan Lyon and was dropped by Matthew Wade. It was a regulation opportunity for Wade, whose glovework cost Lyon a few wickets over the home summer as well. This missed chance also denied Lyon the chance to take ten wickets for the match.

The tension
After a few terse words were traded on day two, there was the odd exchange between the two teams on the third day as well. As the players walked off for lunch, Virat Kohli and the Australian batsman Wade were caught up in a heated discussion and the umpire Aleem Dar quickly jogged across and put himself between the two men to ease the tension. After the break, Ishant Sharma gave James Pattinson quite a send-off when he bowled him. As the day wore on and an Indian victory became a formality, things calmed down considerably.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • DavidR on March 27, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    OhhhhMattyMatty - two wilting sides? Didnt the Poms just beat India IN INDIA. Which shows how bad our lot.

    Actually I think the team in the last test was probably our worst ever on paper, even worse than the 2ndXI of the second year of World Series Cricket - at least that team had Alan Border. A number of firsts in this team - Smith our worst ever number 5, Wade our worst number 6, Maxwell worst no.1, Hughes our worst ever player of spin (alongside David Hookes,RIP) Watson our most underperforming player relative to potential, Warner the least comprehending of how to play test cricket, Mitchell Johnston the most pointless selection for a match in India. At least they didnt repeat the worst selection of all time - X Doherty, the worst average of any first class spinner (44) to play in a test match. Lyon's average against India is a lot better than Warne's (33 vs 47!!), although they didnt doctor the wickets as much and Warne had better pacemen to compete for wickets against.

  • SevereCritic on March 26, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    Wade makes Dhoni look like a good wicketkeeper. Wonder how many more wickets Lyon would have taken this series if Haddin was keeping instead of Wade.

  • on March 25, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    India lost to England but demolished Austalia on pitches which were more or less the same. Mainly because India got rid of Sehwag, Gambhir and Yuvraj - the trio who played against England. Had Indian retained these players, Australia would have won comfortably and the Australian fans would have gone gaga over their Dohertys and Maxwells. (Another reason is: Pujara. Gambhir ran a solid-looking Pujara out in Kolkata test against England. If Pujara had stayed, the series against would have got saved.)

  • Someguy on March 25, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    @ reddawn1975 - You are a bit harsh with the axe wielding I think. Did you watch any of the games, or are you basing your decisions on what you have been reading?

    Maxwell and Doherty are rubbish and should never have been picked for a test squad in the first place.

    But Smith was our best batsman of the series, apart from Clarke.

    Cowan was the 2nd highest run scorer. Was the most determined and faced the most amount of balls.

    Hughes is a poor player of spin, but I don't think you can question his talent and determination.

    Wade is a poor player of spin and I'm not convinced he's better with the gloves than Haddin or Paine (who are also both better batsmen IMO), so I would probably agree with you there.

    But the man who I most want to see out of the team is Watson. More than 2 years without a century. The only 2 in the squad who he did better with the bat than, are Johnson and Maxwell. All the other bowlers outdid him. Even at his best he couldn't couldn't convert a start.

  • Someguy on March 25, 2013, 3:38 GMT

    @ DavidR - I don't think the results in India prove anything about how good Australia are compared to the Poms, other than that the Poms have better spinners and are better in Indian conditions.

    We were never going to win in India with the team we had. O'Keefe should have been there instead of Doherty. Better first-class bowler, better batsman and better fielder. Wonder which selector he has annoyed? Doherty is a limited overs specialist, like Maxwell, and should never have been in India.

    Wade is a horrible player of spin and should have only been there as backup to Haddin.

    Smith, one of the countries better players of spin, should have been used sooner and Khawaja should have been given a go.

    Watson should stick to limited overs cricket. He's not a test standard batsman. Would make a decent bowling allrounder if he could still bowl though.

  • Someguy on March 25, 2013, 3:28 GMT

    @OhhhhhMattyMatty - I wouldn't say Australia are "so far behind South Africa its embarrassing" It was only a couple of months ago that Australia had a very tight series against SA. Australia dominated most of the first 2 matches, where SA were saved by a couple of very good innings from individual batsmen, before losing the 3rd test. Hardly the embarrassing gulf between the 2 teams you are talking about.

    Were Australia rubbish in India? Definitely.

    Does that mean that the team is rubbish? Not at all. We know that very few teams go to India and win. The scale of the loss was pretty bad, but not really unexpected.

    I will be reserving judgement on how good/bad the team is until after the ashes.

  • landl47 on March 25, 2013, 1:25 GMT

    Mad Max also set a new standard which will be hard to beat: he was both the least accomplished opening bat AND the least accomplished opening bowler Australia has ever had, let alone in the same test. Was somebody playing an April Fool's Day joke a week early?

  • Rabbito on March 24, 2013, 23:43 GMT

    I don't know what to add about all this, its pathetic, cause i think we're better than this. but i think the most pathetic thing about it was the selectors. How does Maxwell get a chance? how did doherty? Watson needed/needs to go. i'm having doubts about wade as well, i think peter nevill should be considered for a keeper, hes a good keeper and just as good batsman as wade and younger than paine by a year or two. one thing i am pleased about is steve smith, he is looking so much better than 2 years ago its incredible, he needs a place in the ashes - with khawaja period. with those two, and a couple of changes at the top...dunno what, cause i think warner can make it, but im still not sure on cowan, and phil hughes should stay for the ashes at least, i still believe he's got a future. i just can't see watson in the team, khawaja, needs to be at 4, clarke 3 and someone else 5, smith 6 (or 5) then nevill 7 as wk.

  • Nampally on March 24, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    Bryden: Apologies for a couple of typos in my input which I wish to correct. Line 1 should read: "Firstly Lyon with 7 wkt. tally ----". On line 3 "scintilating" is missing "n".

  • Nampally on March 24, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    There were 3 stars on Day 3. Firstly, Lyons with & wkt. tally in the first innings revived the hopes of the Aussies in trying to win this match. But Jadeja dashed those hopes by helping to dismiss the OZ team cheaply for 168. Then it was Pujara who held one end up with a scitilating innings of 82 at a S/R of nearly 90! If Jadeja & Pujara had not responded so effectively this match was wide open. So these 2 turned the match in India's favour. But the most surprising play of the day was that 16 wkts. went down in a single day on a spinning wkt. which was difficult but not unplayable. Pujara showed his authority in a most dominant fashion as did Siddle by scoring another 50. India stamped its authority by outplaying the Aussies in all departments of the game on their home yard. If only Jadeja was in the XI along with the new openers, Vijay & Dhawan, India had a better chance of repeating what they did to the Aussies to the England side too. India has finally got a decent XI for SA tour.

  • DavidR on March 27, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    OhhhhMattyMatty - two wilting sides? Didnt the Poms just beat India IN INDIA. Which shows how bad our lot.

    Actually I think the team in the last test was probably our worst ever on paper, even worse than the 2ndXI of the second year of World Series Cricket - at least that team had Alan Border. A number of firsts in this team - Smith our worst ever number 5, Wade our worst number 6, Maxwell worst no.1, Hughes our worst ever player of spin (alongside David Hookes,RIP) Watson our most underperforming player relative to potential, Warner the least comprehending of how to play test cricket, Mitchell Johnston the most pointless selection for a match in India. At least they didnt repeat the worst selection of all time - X Doherty, the worst average of any first class spinner (44) to play in a test match. Lyon's average against India is a lot better than Warne's (33 vs 47!!), although they didnt doctor the wickets as much and Warne had better pacemen to compete for wickets against.

  • SevereCritic on March 26, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    Wade makes Dhoni look like a good wicketkeeper. Wonder how many more wickets Lyon would have taken this series if Haddin was keeping instead of Wade.

  • on March 25, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    India lost to England but demolished Austalia on pitches which were more or less the same. Mainly because India got rid of Sehwag, Gambhir and Yuvraj - the trio who played against England. Had Indian retained these players, Australia would have won comfortably and the Australian fans would have gone gaga over their Dohertys and Maxwells. (Another reason is: Pujara. Gambhir ran a solid-looking Pujara out in Kolkata test against England. If Pujara had stayed, the series against would have got saved.)

  • Someguy on March 25, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    @ reddawn1975 - You are a bit harsh with the axe wielding I think. Did you watch any of the games, or are you basing your decisions on what you have been reading?

    Maxwell and Doherty are rubbish and should never have been picked for a test squad in the first place.

    But Smith was our best batsman of the series, apart from Clarke.

    Cowan was the 2nd highest run scorer. Was the most determined and faced the most amount of balls.

    Hughes is a poor player of spin, but I don't think you can question his talent and determination.

    Wade is a poor player of spin and I'm not convinced he's better with the gloves than Haddin or Paine (who are also both better batsmen IMO), so I would probably agree with you there.

    But the man who I most want to see out of the team is Watson. More than 2 years without a century. The only 2 in the squad who he did better with the bat than, are Johnson and Maxwell. All the other bowlers outdid him. Even at his best he couldn't couldn't convert a start.

  • Someguy on March 25, 2013, 3:38 GMT

    @ DavidR - I don't think the results in India prove anything about how good Australia are compared to the Poms, other than that the Poms have better spinners and are better in Indian conditions.

    We were never going to win in India with the team we had. O'Keefe should have been there instead of Doherty. Better first-class bowler, better batsman and better fielder. Wonder which selector he has annoyed? Doherty is a limited overs specialist, like Maxwell, and should never have been in India.

    Wade is a horrible player of spin and should have only been there as backup to Haddin.

    Smith, one of the countries better players of spin, should have been used sooner and Khawaja should have been given a go.

    Watson should stick to limited overs cricket. He's not a test standard batsman. Would make a decent bowling allrounder if he could still bowl though.

  • Someguy on March 25, 2013, 3:28 GMT

    @OhhhhhMattyMatty - I wouldn't say Australia are "so far behind South Africa its embarrassing" It was only a couple of months ago that Australia had a very tight series against SA. Australia dominated most of the first 2 matches, where SA were saved by a couple of very good innings from individual batsmen, before losing the 3rd test. Hardly the embarrassing gulf between the 2 teams you are talking about.

    Were Australia rubbish in India? Definitely.

    Does that mean that the team is rubbish? Not at all. We know that very few teams go to India and win. The scale of the loss was pretty bad, but not really unexpected.

    I will be reserving judgement on how good/bad the team is until after the ashes.

  • landl47 on March 25, 2013, 1:25 GMT

    Mad Max also set a new standard which will be hard to beat: he was both the least accomplished opening bat AND the least accomplished opening bowler Australia has ever had, let alone in the same test. Was somebody playing an April Fool's Day joke a week early?

  • Rabbito on March 24, 2013, 23:43 GMT

    I don't know what to add about all this, its pathetic, cause i think we're better than this. but i think the most pathetic thing about it was the selectors. How does Maxwell get a chance? how did doherty? Watson needed/needs to go. i'm having doubts about wade as well, i think peter nevill should be considered for a keeper, hes a good keeper and just as good batsman as wade and younger than paine by a year or two. one thing i am pleased about is steve smith, he is looking so much better than 2 years ago its incredible, he needs a place in the ashes - with khawaja period. with those two, and a couple of changes at the top...dunno what, cause i think warner can make it, but im still not sure on cowan, and phil hughes should stay for the ashes at least, i still believe he's got a future. i just can't see watson in the team, khawaja, needs to be at 4, clarke 3 and someone else 5, smith 6 (or 5) then nevill 7 as wk.

  • Nampally on March 24, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    Bryden: Apologies for a couple of typos in my input which I wish to correct. Line 1 should read: "Firstly Lyon with 7 wkt. tally ----". On line 3 "scintilating" is missing "n".

  • Nampally on March 24, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    There were 3 stars on Day 3. Firstly, Lyons with & wkt. tally in the first innings revived the hopes of the Aussies in trying to win this match. But Jadeja dashed those hopes by helping to dismiss the OZ team cheaply for 168. Then it was Pujara who held one end up with a scitilating innings of 82 at a S/R of nearly 90! If Jadeja & Pujara had not responded so effectively this match was wide open. So these 2 turned the match in India's favour. But the most surprising play of the day was that 16 wkts. went down in a single day on a spinning wkt. which was difficult but not unplayable. Pujara showed his authority in a most dominant fashion as did Siddle by scoring another 50. India stamped its authority by outplaying the Aussies in all departments of the game on their home yard. If only Jadeja was in the XI along with the new openers, Vijay & Dhawan, India had a better chance of repeating what they did to the Aussies to the England side too. India has finally got a decent XI for SA tour.

  • on March 24, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    However, the factor Australia has over India is the batting of the tail. The tailenders must have done their HW and mentioned batting in it.

    III Test I innings : Starc & Lyon II innings : Starc & Doherty IV Test both innings : Siddle & Pattinson.

    Each of the tailenders like Pattinson, Starc, Pat Cummins, Siddle, Lyon and Doherty and also the one day tail like CoulterNile, Cutting and Hazlewood can bat well, while India only Bhajji, Ashwin & Bhuvneshwar and also Praveen Kumar and Zaheer. But they have some classic tailenders who cannot bat like Ojha, U.Yadav, Varun Aaron and especially Ishant. Why is the innings always supported by Kohli and Bhuvaneshwar at the end? (if Dhoni is dismissed.)

  • crkt4evr on March 24, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    not sure why hauritz and tim paine are not playing! AUSSIES need good batsmen up the order....and i wonder why cowan and lyon are given lot of slack by aussie fans they were the better ones! this indian team looks good enough for home conditions but im sure they will have lots to work on for foreign conditions

  • on March 24, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    Your a bit hard on smith DavidR, he done prietty well in the 2 tests he played, he was a better player of spin then all the rest except clarke and he showed some fight. I didnt think he should have being picked either, but they said he was a good player of spin and he showed he is. He should have played the first 2 tests, they wouldnt have won but they would have had more runs to play with. Can you, with any confidence name any other batsman in Australia who could play spinners better.

  • reddawn1975 on March 24, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    Yes Gary Reid you are 100% correct Tim Paine should be playing the ashes he's an excellent gloveman and a very talented Batsmen with his best years ahead of him with the bat.I think the Selectors need to really sharpen the axe given the heartless performance and lack of respect of playing in the baggygreen players that need to go,,Smith ,,,Wade,,,,,,,Maxwell,,,,,, Hughes,,,,, Doherty,,,,,And maybe Ed Cowan just not really looking good at the wicket Australia has some very talented players going around who would kill for the chance to don the baggy green

  • fah4 on March 24, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    The surprise opener as a batsman and as a bowler is a big surprise to get the baggy green also and Aussies surprise themselves rather than India

  • Darshi007 on March 24, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    If Wade would have held on to that catch from Dhoni, who knows what might have happened?

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on March 24, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    Every time Warner, Hughes and Wade play in a test game, it's the biggest surprise of all - regardless of which position they bat at.

  • USIndianFan on March 24, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    This Aussie side seems the most divided I have seen from Test cricket teams (outside of Pakistan) in a long time. I wonder how much of the current fiasco is due to poor coaching, leadership (Clarke may be a good batsman but looks a very poor leader) and management. Lyon's comments on not changing anything after being dropped for the third test are very revealing. The Aussie coach should go and Clarke should recuse himself from the captain's role.

  • on March 24, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    Matthew Wade is a terrible 'keeper. Tim Paine should go on the Ashes Tour, with Haddin as back-up keeper and reserve batsman.

  • on March 24, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    Maxwell has to be the worst selection for a test team ever, his batting and bowling are no where near a good enough standard, frankly i am astounded he was picked instead of Khawaja for this test. He should be a T20 or a 50 over player, no more.

  • Flemo_Gilly on March 24, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    Time for Australia to stop selecting players described as playing with "x-factor" or players who play with "heart" it is just hiding the fact that they aren't good players. Khawaja should have played all along and we suffered as a result, lets not make the same judement of error in the ashes. Not once did we play six batsmen. Totally wrong.The Wade at six. Allrounder at 7 has been an almost total faiure.Warner and Cowan have now played 7 overseas tests without a 100 between them.

  • Mary_786 on March 24, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    @Sunil I think you are right and having a weak allrounder really hurt us. Losing 4-0 even in India is completely unacceptable.All the ex test captains all said they wanted or believed the captain should be a selector so food for thought on that point, i think it's been a faiiure that 4t or 5th selector as the captain. Causes to much division. Can you imagine if we had another good spinner(plenty in shield at the moment) supporting lyon today, we could have won. Don't even get me started on the batting. Given our batting failed in every match how did Khawaja not come in. For India one thing came out of this series, they have a shockingly good top order now, even with Sehwag, Dravid, Laxmann and probably Tendulkar gone the top four of Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara and Kohli is formidable.

  • RandyOZ on March 24, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    I have to agree with the Indian fans re: all the Aussies complaining about the pitch. We knew they were going to be like this (fair or unfair) so we should've picked our two best spinners, O'Keefe and Lyon. Don't blame the selection panel, blame Clarke and Arthur picking their mates, and the rest of the selectors.

  • DavidR on March 24, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    OhhhhMattyMatty - two wilting sides? Didnt the Poms just beat India IN INDIA. Which shows how bad our lot.

    Actually I think the team in the last test was probably our worst ever on paper, even worse than the 2ndXI of the second year of World Series Cricket - at least that team had Alan Border. A number of firsts in this team - Smith our worst ever number 5, Wade our worst number 6, Maxwell worst no.1, Hughes our worst ever player of spin (alongside David Hookes,RIP) Watson our most underperforming player relative to potential, Warner the least comprehending of how to play test cricket, Mitchell Johnston the most pointless selection for a match in India. At least they didnt repeat the worst selection of all time - X Doherty, the worst average of any first class spinner (44) to play in a test match. Lyon's average against India is a lot better than Warne's (33 vs 47!!), although they didnt doctor the wickets as much and Warne had better pacemen to compete for wickets against.

  • on March 24, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    Fell extremely proud with this great result. What is most satisfying is that it is the youngsters, who masterminded this. It was not sachin, Viru, Dravid, or VVS. It was Murali Vijay, Ashwin, Jadeja, Pujara and Shikarr Dhawan (not to miss out Bhuvaneshwar Kumar). Hope the lads can do well in S.Africa too. Aussies have to really put their thinking cap on. But for batting contributions from the unlikely Siddle and Starc, the defeat margins would have been compounded. They have to realise that bowling is not about hurling the ball at 150+ k at batxman;s faces, knuckles and gloves

  • nattuz on March 24, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    it is a long way before the indian, australian, pakistani and rest of them match up with the proteas!!

  • Indefatigible on March 24, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    Now that India have beaten the Aussies so convincingly, the stage is set for Sachin to retire gracefully. He'll be 40 in exactly a month's time (24th April). I think India's next Test series is in November against the Proteas. Surely, the so-called legend must make way for the younger blokes, since it is the younger brigade that will carry the mantle and take Indian cricket forward in the years to come. If Sachin doesn't acknowledge that his reflexes are slowing down with age and thereby leave the arena gracefully, the Indian selectors need to show him the door.

  • Vishnu27 on March 24, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    I missed the Wade drop off Dhoni on my drive into work. Doesn't sound good. However, this pitch was a minefield & I thought Wade had a good match with the gloves. He was tiday & made a lot of acrobatic stops & saves. He wasn't supported in the field with some very poor throwing. Dhoni also missed a few getable chances today (one off Wade, that flew embarrassingly straight through his legs for runs). Lyon deserved ten though.

  • msusheelkumar on March 24, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    This series shows how challenging test cricket can be in alien conditions. India were drubbed 4 nil in Australia. And Australia were on the receiving end. I would like to see this gulf to reduce so that Test cricket can become more competitive.

  • Webba84 on March 24, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    Wade really has to work on his keeping.

  • OhhhhhMattyMatty on March 24, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    The Ashes should be the pinnacle. 2 of the best sides going head-to-head. Instead it is two wilting sides, struggling for form and the right XI, who are so far behind South Africa its embarrassing and basically a battle for 2nd/3rd place!!!

  • Sunil_Batra on March 24, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    This is our worse series loss in 40 years so alot of questions to be asked of Arthur when he comes back. Then there was Ashwin who master-minded this rout with his bowling, he was at the batsmen throughout and ended with 32 wickets. Most of the time he was picking wickets, but when he wasn't, he was doing a good containing job. But to me, the real revelation of the series was Ravindra Jadeja. He was a shocking selection in this format to say the least - ask some Indian fans and they would tell him to be off international cricket let alone Tests - and went on to out-bowl everyone across the two sides bar Ashwin. Batting wasn't quite up to the mark but the first innings 40 was a crucial knock in this fourth Test. Its still hard for to understand that Khawaja didn't get a chance as he is one of our better talents, lets hope we don't make the same mistake in the ashes. Maxwell should not have been picked as neither his bowling or batting is good enough for this level. Lyon take a bow.

  • No featured comments at the moment.

  • Sunil_Batra on March 24, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    This is our worse series loss in 40 years so alot of questions to be asked of Arthur when he comes back. Then there was Ashwin who master-minded this rout with his bowling, he was at the batsmen throughout and ended with 32 wickets. Most of the time he was picking wickets, but when he wasn't, he was doing a good containing job. But to me, the real revelation of the series was Ravindra Jadeja. He was a shocking selection in this format to say the least - ask some Indian fans and they would tell him to be off international cricket let alone Tests - and went on to out-bowl everyone across the two sides bar Ashwin. Batting wasn't quite up to the mark but the first innings 40 was a crucial knock in this fourth Test. Its still hard for to understand that Khawaja didn't get a chance as he is one of our better talents, lets hope we don't make the same mistake in the ashes. Maxwell should not have been picked as neither his bowling or batting is good enough for this level. Lyon take a bow.

  • OhhhhhMattyMatty on March 24, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    The Ashes should be the pinnacle. 2 of the best sides going head-to-head. Instead it is two wilting sides, struggling for form and the right XI, who are so far behind South Africa its embarrassing and basically a battle for 2nd/3rd place!!!

  • Webba84 on March 24, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    Wade really has to work on his keeping.

  • msusheelkumar on March 24, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    This series shows how challenging test cricket can be in alien conditions. India were drubbed 4 nil in Australia. And Australia were on the receiving end. I would like to see this gulf to reduce so that Test cricket can become more competitive.

  • Vishnu27 on March 24, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    I missed the Wade drop off Dhoni on my drive into work. Doesn't sound good. However, this pitch was a minefield & I thought Wade had a good match with the gloves. He was tiday & made a lot of acrobatic stops & saves. He wasn't supported in the field with some very poor throwing. Dhoni also missed a few getable chances today (one off Wade, that flew embarrassingly straight through his legs for runs). Lyon deserved ten though.

  • Indefatigible on March 24, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    Now that India have beaten the Aussies so convincingly, the stage is set for Sachin to retire gracefully. He'll be 40 in exactly a month's time (24th April). I think India's next Test series is in November against the Proteas. Surely, the so-called legend must make way for the younger blokes, since it is the younger brigade that will carry the mantle and take Indian cricket forward in the years to come. If Sachin doesn't acknowledge that his reflexes are slowing down with age and thereby leave the arena gracefully, the Indian selectors need to show him the door.

  • nattuz on March 24, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    it is a long way before the indian, australian, pakistani and rest of them match up with the proteas!!

  • on March 24, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    Fell extremely proud with this great result. What is most satisfying is that it is the youngsters, who masterminded this. It was not sachin, Viru, Dravid, or VVS. It was Murali Vijay, Ashwin, Jadeja, Pujara and Shikarr Dhawan (not to miss out Bhuvaneshwar Kumar). Hope the lads can do well in S.Africa too. Aussies have to really put their thinking cap on. But for batting contributions from the unlikely Siddle and Starc, the defeat margins would have been compounded. They have to realise that bowling is not about hurling the ball at 150+ k at batxman;s faces, knuckles and gloves

  • DavidR on March 24, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    OhhhhMattyMatty - two wilting sides? Didnt the Poms just beat India IN INDIA. Which shows how bad our lot.

    Actually I think the team in the last test was probably our worst ever on paper, even worse than the 2ndXI of the second year of World Series Cricket - at least that team had Alan Border. A number of firsts in this team - Smith our worst ever number 5, Wade our worst number 6, Maxwell worst no.1, Hughes our worst ever player of spin (alongside David Hookes,RIP) Watson our most underperforming player relative to potential, Warner the least comprehending of how to play test cricket, Mitchell Johnston the most pointless selection for a match in India. At least they didnt repeat the worst selection of all time - X Doherty, the worst average of any first class spinner (44) to play in a test match. Lyon's average against India is a lot better than Warne's (33 vs 47!!), although they didnt doctor the wickets as much and Warne had better pacemen to compete for wickets against.

  • RandyOZ on March 24, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    I have to agree with the Indian fans re: all the Aussies complaining about the pitch. We knew they were going to be like this (fair or unfair) so we should've picked our two best spinners, O'Keefe and Lyon. Don't blame the selection panel, blame Clarke and Arthur picking their mates, and the rest of the selectors.