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

Toss no advantage for Australia

Stats highlights of the fourth Test and the series, which India wrapped up comfortably 4-0
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  • This is the first time India have won four Tests in a series. They've won three in a series on three occasions, two of which were clean sweeps at home - against England in 1992-93, and against Sri Lanka the following season.

  • For Australia, this is only their second clean-sweep defeat in a series, after their 4-0 rout in South Africa in 1969-70. This is the sixth time they've lost four or more Tests in a series, and the first such instance since the Ashes at home in 1978-79, when an Australian team depleted by the Kerry Packer exodus lost 5-1.

  • This is only the second time in Test history that a team has won four or more tosses in a series, and lost four or more Tests in the same series. The only previous such instance was in the Ashes series of 1978-79 mentioned above, when Australia won the toss in five out of six Tests, but lost the series 5-1.

  • India have won 12 Tests at the Feroz Shah Kotla, which is next only to the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, where they've won 13. Of their last ten Tests here, India have won nine and drawn one. Their last defeat at this venue was in 1987, against West Indies.

  • Cheteshwar Pujara was not only one of the Indian heroes for the match and the series, but also for the entire season: he scored 857 runs in eight Tests 85.70, which puts him in 15th place in the all-time list for runs scored in a season for India. With a 600-run cut-off for a season, Pujara's average of 85.70 puts him in seventh place.

  • Pujara's unbeaten 82 in the fourth innings came off only 92 balls. His strike rate of 89.13 is the third-best for India in fourth-innings knocks of 75 or more.

  • The 104-run stand between Pujara and Virat Kohli is the tenth century stand for India for the second wicket in the fourth innings of a Test match.

  • R Ashwin's series haul of 29 wickets is the seventh-best for India in a Test series, and the best since Harbhajan Singh's 32 against Australia in 2001. The only Indian bowlers who've taken more wickets in a series are BS Chandrasekhar, Vinoo Mankad, Subhash Gupte, Kapil Dev, Harbhajan and Bishan Singh Bedi.

  • There were five five-fors for India in the series; only three times have there been more five-fors in a series for India.

  • Peter Siddle became the first No. 9 in Test history to score at least a half-century in each innings of a Test.* He scored 51 in the first innings and 50 in the second, top-scoring for Australia in each innings.

  • Glenn Maxwell became the first Australian to open the batting and bowling in the same Test since Percy Hornibrook in 1929. Hornibrook, a left-arm bowler who bowled some medium-pace and spin, opened the batting and bowling at the MCG Test against England. (Click here for the full list of players who've opened the batting and bowling in the same Test.)

  • For only the third time in their entire Test history, Australia opened the attack with two spinners. The last such instance for Australia was in Georgetown in 2003 against West Indies, when Stuart MacGill and Brad Hogg opened the bowling in West Indies' second innings.

*6:09pm, March 24: The piece had initially stated that Peter Siddle was the first batsman to score at least a half-century in each innings of a Test. This has been corrected.

S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo. Follow him on Twitter

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  • POSTED BY 777aditya on | March 26, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    @ RufusTFirefly - you have got it all figured out buddy, but spare a thought for a certain Irfan Pathan. He and Ashwin along can lend good balance in RSA.

  • POSTED BY Jaggadaaku on | March 26, 2013, 0:50 GMT

    @ RufusTFirefly, If you compare the batting of Rahane and Jadeja, Jadeja is way better than Rahane, and Jadeja could bowl and has an ability to take wickets while Rahane doesn't have any ability to even bowl. Jadeja is an exceptional fielder too. Now Rahane always opened the innings in entire First class career, and today India have 2 great openers already, so that means India don't need Rahane because he is opener, can't bowl, and got foolishly failed in debut test, especially, in second innings when India need to stay on the crease and take single double, rather going for the sixes without reading the ball. Pujara's first class average is 10 runs lower than Rahane, but he always tries to read the ball and then go for the swing. M. Vijay and Dhavan averages only 45 and 46 in First class respectively but look how they played in this series. Playing against AUS is always tough for any team. That is the reason, all batsmen avoid to eye contact with their bowlers, but Rahane.........

  • POSTED BY Amith_S on | March 25, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    @Mary and Mitty the way i see it this young man could be one of our better test prospects but he deserves a real crack at the spot i.e a full series What i like most about him is that he went to the Bulls(Even though i didn't want him leaving NSW) but improved his game there under Lehman and the results were there for everyone to see. And Red Kev i read about how Inevarity gave him the news as well and it was wrong, in fact him being dropped was wrong given he top scored with a 70 odd in a record 300 chase against South Africa a few games before and got run out at 40 the test before due to a bad call from his partner He has come back stronger. And make no mistake that the homework incident is much wider then these gang of 4, it impacts the entire team and these 4 were used to scare the rest of the squad.

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

    the very fact was the biggest crown in the 4-0 win. India didn't even win a single toss and never batted first in any of the 4 tests which would have been considered as a big bonus in these conditions.

  • POSTED BY RufusTFirefly on | March 25, 2013, 2:16 GMT

    India must take Varun Aaron, Awana and Yadav to South Africa. With Dhawan (once fit), Vijay and Pujara as the top 3 - that is a strong combination. I know Rahane struggled first test but he is a good prospect and could hold 4 if Sachin retires. Kohli at five. I do not think Jadeja would make an impact in South Africa - not on those wickets. Rahane could bat six if SRT tours. Dhoni at seven, Ashwin at eight and three fast bowlers, including B Kumar and the two form quicks, whomever they are at this point. last time I checked Awana was in great form.

  • POSTED BY hycIass on | March 25, 2013, 0:44 GMT

    The fact that winning the toss didn't help us win speaks really badly for our performances, i hope Clarke's run of toss wins doesn't end in the ashes. For the batting Hughes has question marks, Cowan needs to go on with his 30s and Watson needs to bowl plain and simple. Khawaja must become a permanent member of the team and be given a real crack at the batting spot as his mistreatment is not acceptable. As for the bowlers, we have heaps of potential. Siddle is ranked 5th in the ICC rankings, Pattinson and Starc are young and have plenty of room to improve, and Bird has been pretty decent. And Lyon isn't a bad spinner either (our best one since Warnie/MacGill retired). Only problem is, different pitches and different conditions that they players are not used to.

  • POSTED BY pankenstein on | March 24, 2013, 23:20 GMT

    Nobody is lauding Dhoom Dhoni for 9 catches with 5 stumpings, the Wade-Haddin have 8 + 2 in contrast. You can see it via the 'Tour stas' link on Cricinfo. Thank you Capt. Dhoni!

  • POSTED BY on | March 24, 2013, 23:17 GMT

    I find it weird when people talk about pitches & home conditions. In Australia when they lay a green-top for the quickies, umpteen number of times it is Warnies, McGill, Hoggie who tormented the Opposition, in spite of the greats in team like McGrath, Lee, Gillepsie, etc. Even here in India, there were sessions where Pattison & Siddle were really bowling hostile which had Indians in trouble. The Quality of a good bowler lies in his ability to perform under any condition. Aussies were on even keel with Indians in the spin department however their selection was wrong. In this test Glen Maxwell was given bowling BY CHANCE in the first Innings before Watson realized his value. Had the Aussies selected the trio by including Doherty with Lyon & Maxwell things would have been quote tough, specially with India batting 4th. It is the MANNER (Quality) with which some of the Indian Batsmen played which made the difference in the outcome. It was the BATTINg which makes the difference away & home.

  • POSTED BY pankenstein on | March 24, 2013, 23:14 GMT

    What was that statistic about if 'Jadu' Jadeja takes 3 or more wickets in the 4th test then he will be the only????

  • POSTED BY Jaggadaaku on | March 24, 2013, 23:09 GMT

    I remember, last time when Indian team was in Australia where India suffered 4-0 white wash. In that series, in one of those matches, Warner made 173 runs, and the "Cricinfo.com" wrote an article about Warner giving the topic name as "What kind of Monster Warner Is". It wasn't warner's debut test. However, for Shikhar Dhavan, the Mohali test was a debut for him, and he blasted 187 runs with just 175 balls and created a world record of fastest century on debut, but I haven't seen any strong article about Shikhar's performance like they wrote about Warner's performance.

  • POSTED BY 777aditya on | March 26, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    @ RufusTFirefly - you have got it all figured out buddy, but spare a thought for a certain Irfan Pathan. He and Ashwin along can lend good balance in RSA.

  • POSTED BY Jaggadaaku on | March 26, 2013, 0:50 GMT

    @ RufusTFirefly, If you compare the batting of Rahane and Jadeja, Jadeja is way better than Rahane, and Jadeja could bowl and has an ability to take wickets while Rahane doesn't have any ability to even bowl. Jadeja is an exceptional fielder too. Now Rahane always opened the innings in entire First class career, and today India have 2 great openers already, so that means India don't need Rahane because he is opener, can't bowl, and got foolishly failed in debut test, especially, in second innings when India need to stay on the crease and take single double, rather going for the sixes without reading the ball. Pujara's first class average is 10 runs lower than Rahane, but he always tries to read the ball and then go for the swing. M. Vijay and Dhavan averages only 45 and 46 in First class respectively but look how they played in this series. Playing against AUS is always tough for any team. That is the reason, all batsmen avoid to eye contact with their bowlers, but Rahane.........

  • POSTED BY Amith_S on | March 25, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    @Mary and Mitty the way i see it this young man could be one of our better test prospects but he deserves a real crack at the spot i.e a full series What i like most about him is that he went to the Bulls(Even though i didn't want him leaving NSW) but improved his game there under Lehman and the results were there for everyone to see. And Red Kev i read about how Inevarity gave him the news as well and it was wrong, in fact him being dropped was wrong given he top scored with a 70 odd in a record 300 chase against South Africa a few games before and got run out at 40 the test before due to a bad call from his partner He has come back stronger. And make no mistake that the homework incident is much wider then these gang of 4, it impacts the entire team and these 4 were used to scare the rest of the squad.

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

    the very fact was the biggest crown in the 4-0 win. India didn't even win a single toss and never batted first in any of the 4 tests which would have been considered as a big bonus in these conditions.

  • POSTED BY RufusTFirefly on | March 25, 2013, 2:16 GMT

    India must take Varun Aaron, Awana and Yadav to South Africa. With Dhawan (once fit), Vijay and Pujara as the top 3 - that is a strong combination. I know Rahane struggled first test but he is a good prospect and could hold 4 if Sachin retires. Kohli at five. I do not think Jadeja would make an impact in South Africa - not on those wickets. Rahane could bat six if SRT tours. Dhoni at seven, Ashwin at eight and three fast bowlers, including B Kumar and the two form quicks, whomever they are at this point. last time I checked Awana was in great form.

  • POSTED BY hycIass on | March 25, 2013, 0:44 GMT

    The fact that winning the toss didn't help us win speaks really badly for our performances, i hope Clarke's run of toss wins doesn't end in the ashes. For the batting Hughes has question marks, Cowan needs to go on with his 30s and Watson needs to bowl plain and simple. Khawaja must become a permanent member of the team and be given a real crack at the batting spot as his mistreatment is not acceptable. As for the bowlers, we have heaps of potential. Siddle is ranked 5th in the ICC rankings, Pattinson and Starc are young and have plenty of room to improve, and Bird has been pretty decent. And Lyon isn't a bad spinner either (our best one since Warnie/MacGill retired). Only problem is, different pitches and different conditions that they players are not used to.

  • POSTED BY pankenstein on | March 24, 2013, 23:20 GMT

    Nobody is lauding Dhoom Dhoni for 9 catches with 5 stumpings, the Wade-Haddin have 8 + 2 in contrast. You can see it via the 'Tour stas' link on Cricinfo. Thank you Capt. Dhoni!

  • POSTED BY on | March 24, 2013, 23:17 GMT

    I find it weird when people talk about pitches & home conditions. In Australia when they lay a green-top for the quickies, umpteen number of times it is Warnies, McGill, Hoggie who tormented the Opposition, in spite of the greats in team like McGrath, Lee, Gillepsie, etc. Even here in India, there were sessions where Pattison & Siddle were really bowling hostile which had Indians in trouble. The Quality of a good bowler lies in his ability to perform under any condition. Aussies were on even keel with Indians in the spin department however their selection was wrong. In this test Glen Maxwell was given bowling BY CHANCE in the first Innings before Watson realized his value. Had the Aussies selected the trio by including Doherty with Lyon & Maxwell things would have been quote tough, specially with India batting 4th. It is the MANNER (Quality) with which some of the Indian Batsmen played which made the difference in the outcome. It was the BATTINg which makes the difference away & home.

  • POSTED BY pankenstein on | March 24, 2013, 23:14 GMT

    What was that statistic about if 'Jadu' Jadeja takes 3 or more wickets in the 4th test then he will be the only????

  • POSTED BY Jaggadaaku on | March 24, 2013, 23:09 GMT

    I remember, last time when Indian team was in Australia where India suffered 4-0 white wash. In that series, in one of those matches, Warner made 173 runs, and the "Cricinfo.com" wrote an article about Warner giving the topic name as "What kind of Monster Warner Is". It wasn't warner's debut test. However, for Shikhar Dhavan, the Mohali test was a debut for him, and he blasted 187 runs with just 175 balls and created a world record of fastest century on debut, but I haven't seen any strong article about Shikhar's performance like they wrote about Warner's performance.

  • POSTED BY ygkd on | March 24, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    cont/ Having given the negatives, the positives for India stand out. Two hundred and nineteen is the number of runs scored by Tendulkar and Sehwag combined, and yet India swept the series clean. This is partly due to the 849 runs scored by Pujara and Vijay. Fifty-three wickets were taken by Ashwin and Jadeja. Five stumpings were completed by MS Dhoni, giving him 14 dismissals for the series. This was on top of 326 runs. Well done India.

  • POSTED BY ygkd on | March 24, 2013, 20:57 GMT

    Yes, 0-4 is probably the worst Australian performance in my lifetime - the Bill Lawry led tour of South Africa when I was a kid was against a brilliant team and was hampered by bad scheduling and preparation. Some other stats come to mind. One hundred was scored by an Australian batsman (130 by Clarke in the 1st innings of the 1st Test). There were 7 more team innings (70 completed individual innings after his dismissal) without a ton. This is again something Australians are not used to seeing. Fifteen is the number of wickets taken by the leading Australian bowler, yet that bowler, Nathan Lyon, only played 3 Tests, being inexplicably dropped for Hyderabad. By contrast, the keeper who arguably cost Lyon a 10 wicket haul on the final day played every Test he was medically fit for. Nineteen is the number of runs made by Matthew Wade in his final innings - a knock which actually improved his batting average in the 3rd innings of Tests (which stands @ 16.8, 4.5 above his 4th innings ave).

  • POSTED BY LetThereBeLogic on | March 24, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    @Giovaughn Wilson: No. They would not be complacent at all unless they win overseas. Media won't let them do so. They have got the lessons from last 2 tours of Australia and England. In fact, they will be preparing hard to prove a point in SA.

    So don't worry about India performing badly in SA. Let them celebrate for white-washing Australians. Which is not easy even at home conditions. (Had it been, then other teams would have done so.) So one has to say India are improving, and they deserve congratulations!

  • POSTED BY aracer on | March 24, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    Amazed to see Graham Gooch on the list Maxwell has just joined. But then that was in a rather bizare match.

  • POSTED BY Raj1969 on | March 24, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    Mr bijendra sinha total 79 Australian wickets fell in the whole series and not 80 as mentioned by u

  • POSTED BY on | March 24, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    it's really disappointing that jadeja didn't get man of the series award he performed consistently with the ball through out the series,though ashwin got more wickets he performed well in some matches.

  • POSTED BY coolguypavan on | March 24, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    @Giovaughn Wilson: that's the point buddy, Aussie's prepared wickets suited to the them more when India Toured, so now India prepared spinning tracks for themselves. I guess, This is what TEST cricket is all about, playing and winning in all conditions!! If not then, it's called EASY Cricket!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 24, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    It looks like VVS has given his gift of demolishing aussies to pujara

  • POSTED BY on | March 24, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    u missed one i think.. most number of wickets taken by spinners in a series.. total of 66 wickets out of 80 aussies wickets were taken by Indian spinners..a record i think as previous one was of 63 wickets..

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | March 24, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    On an individual level, the past season has been a harsh lesson for one David Warner. Mid way thru the Oz-India series down under, Warner commented on how he saw a lack of young Indian batsmen who were capable of replacing the seniors. I presume he based his views on gleanings from his own IPL sojourns.

    A few months later, one can't help thinking it's Australia who are struggling to find replacements for the likes of Ponting/Hussey, in fact it hasn't been that long since Hayden/Langer/Martyn retired. Warner himself has been a big disappointment in both the home series against South Africa and the just finished series in India. He's got another tough test coming up in England and if he fails there, he'll be out of the team.

    Best not to comment on other countries' batting woes when you're not quite established yourself, David.

  • POSTED BY ssruprai on | March 24, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    @Giovaughn Wilson, you mean that India should have lost even this series?

  • POSTED BY kmgnath on | March 24, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    MSD's knock at chennai Inning was crucial to this series, the counter attack tore down aus team. Imagine Aus aggression, and India could have been put under immence pressure with sledging. I can't even imagine that scenario, could have been one more series loss for India. You can llitrally see the aus sledging in test 4 on day 2, Indian players never back down, its not like old Indian player, these are new bread and with worm blood, they take no noncense. After england series, everyone in Indian team got some spanking...they worked harder, includng the coach. Australia litrally under estimated India, after india's performance against Eng.

  • POSTED BY AhmedEsat on | March 24, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    Great comment Mary 786-it was a combination of poor play, ridiculous selection and atrocious management. CA officials must act orquit!

  • POSTED BY on | March 24, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    The difference now clear between young brigade of India & Australia and M.S Dhoni has also clear the point of the India need looking only this young talent. Well done team India

  • POSTED BY on | March 24, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    The worst part for Australia at the moment is that including the experts, no one knows the way ahead. In such a scenario, a country like New Zealand visiting Australia for a couple of test matches can provide the answers just before the Ashes. You can find quality test players from test matches and not the IPLs. This is a completely dismantled unit and if someone dreams of it running at 100 kmph by the time Ashes start...then you are talking about some serious talent and obviously I am jealous.All in all, outside the land of India and the thought of spin there lies a challenge to face the English cricket team in their conditions. All you need are proper test players from either these wounded ones or those who haven't been tried...therefore Australia need test matches before the actual test begins.

  • POSTED BY on | March 24, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    The problem has been our ability to play spin. The Indian spinners took pretty much all of the wickets in the serious and our batsman did not know how to bat to the spin bowlers. The problem in Australia that the wickets are alot firmer and batsmen do not get to play against spin bowling like in India.

  • POSTED BY Mitty2 on | March 24, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    @mary_786, has got it spot on here. The selection panel was an underlying issue from the start. Having the captain as a selector is bad enough, but to have the coach selector as well?! We all know of clarke's prejudices and bias against his teamates causing problems: symonds, katich, north.. maybe even khawaja with his poor treatment. Imagine that, it being an unstated fact that usman will succeed hussey and him being clearly being fitted into the top 7 from the squad available (warner cowan hughes watson clarke khawaja wade), it has been pathetic for him to not even be selected, not to mention not realised so he could play for QLD. I doubt he'll be able to come back well after this...

    The homework fiasco is exactly what you DON'T need before an ashes and to a struggling team mid series. You build a culture through confidence and comfortability through selection (another reason why rotation is a sham), not be shattering it by publically humilating a player over a trivial matter.

  • POSTED BY on | March 24, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    This indian white wash may be a bad result for indian cricket in future. I fear that the players will get complacent only to be humiliated by Steyn & co in South Africa.

  • POSTED BY Mary_786 on | March 24, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    The fact that we won all the tosses and still lost this badly makes this even worse, imagine having to bat second on these turning tracks against Ashwin and co, it would have been 10 times worse. Khawaja should have been picked and Lyon should not have been dropped after the first test. Don't even get me started on the joke that was the homework saga. One of the main points out of the Argus review was to ensure people are held to account for poor performances. If heads do not roll after this tour then we can conclude that CA is still filled with people that would rather protect each other's backsides than make decisions in the best interests of the once proud Australian Cricket team.

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  • POSTED BY Mary_786 on | March 24, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    The fact that we won all the tosses and still lost this badly makes this even worse, imagine having to bat second on these turning tracks against Ashwin and co, it would have been 10 times worse. Khawaja should have been picked and Lyon should not have been dropped after the first test. Don't even get me started on the joke that was the homework saga. One of the main points out of the Argus review was to ensure people are held to account for poor performances. If heads do not roll after this tour then we can conclude that CA is still filled with people that would rather protect each other's backsides than make decisions in the best interests of the once proud Australian Cricket team.

  • POSTED BY on | March 24, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    This indian white wash may be a bad result for indian cricket in future. I fear that the players will get complacent only to be humiliated by Steyn & co in South Africa.

  • POSTED BY Mitty2 on | March 24, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    @mary_786, has got it spot on here. The selection panel was an underlying issue from the start. Having the captain as a selector is bad enough, but to have the coach selector as well?! We all know of clarke's prejudices and bias against his teamates causing problems: symonds, katich, north.. maybe even khawaja with his poor treatment. Imagine that, it being an unstated fact that usman will succeed hussey and him being clearly being fitted into the top 7 from the squad available (warner cowan hughes watson clarke khawaja wade), it has been pathetic for him to not even be selected, not to mention not realised so he could play for QLD. I doubt he'll be able to come back well after this...

    The homework fiasco is exactly what you DON'T need before an ashes and to a struggling team mid series. You build a culture through confidence and comfortability through selection (another reason why rotation is a sham), not be shattering it by publically humilating a player over a trivial matter.

  • POSTED BY on | March 24, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    The problem has been our ability to play spin. The Indian spinners took pretty much all of the wickets in the serious and our batsman did not know how to bat to the spin bowlers. The problem in Australia that the wickets are alot firmer and batsmen do not get to play against spin bowling like in India.

  • POSTED BY on | March 24, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    The worst part for Australia at the moment is that including the experts, no one knows the way ahead. In such a scenario, a country like New Zealand visiting Australia for a couple of test matches can provide the answers just before the Ashes. You can find quality test players from test matches and not the IPLs. This is a completely dismantled unit and if someone dreams of it running at 100 kmph by the time Ashes start...then you are talking about some serious talent and obviously I am jealous.All in all, outside the land of India and the thought of spin there lies a challenge to face the English cricket team in their conditions. All you need are proper test players from either these wounded ones or those who haven't been tried...therefore Australia need test matches before the actual test begins.

  • POSTED BY on | March 24, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    The difference now clear between young brigade of India & Australia and M.S Dhoni has also clear the point of the India need looking only this young talent. Well done team India

  • POSTED BY AhmedEsat on | March 24, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    Great comment Mary 786-it was a combination of poor play, ridiculous selection and atrocious management. CA officials must act orquit!

  • POSTED BY kmgnath on | March 24, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    MSD's knock at chennai Inning was crucial to this series, the counter attack tore down aus team. Imagine Aus aggression, and India could have been put under immence pressure with sledging. I can't even imagine that scenario, could have been one more series loss for India. You can llitrally see the aus sledging in test 4 on day 2, Indian players never back down, its not like old Indian player, these are new bread and with worm blood, they take no noncense. After england series, everyone in Indian team got some spanking...they worked harder, includng the coach. Australia litrally under estimated India, after india's performance against Eng.

  • POSTED BY ssruprai on | March 24, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    @Giovaughn Wilson, you mean that India should have lost even this series?

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | March 24, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    On an individual level, the past season has been a harsh lesson for one David Warner. Mid way thru the Oz-India series down under, Warner commented on how he saw a lack of young Indian batsmen who were capable of replacing the seniors. I presume he based his views on gleanings from his own IPL sojourns.

    A few months later, one can't help thinking it's Australia who are struggling to find replacements for the likes of Ponting/Hussey, in fact it hasn't been that long since Hayden/Langer/Martyn retired. Warner himself has been a big disappointment in both the home series against South Africa and the just finished series in India. He's got another tough test coming up in England and if he fails there, he'll be out of the team.

    Best not to comment on other countries' batting woes when you're not quite established yourself, David.