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

Top-order batting let us down - Watson

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Australia's acting captain Shane Watson has said a 4-0 thrashing is what Australia deserved given their struggles over the past few weeks and India's outstanding performances. Watson was in charge for the final Test in Delhi when Michael Clarke was ruled out due to his back injury but he was unable to turn the tide of a series that flowed in only one direction, and a loss inside three days was hardly the way the Australians wanted to end the tour.

The only other time Australia have lost a series 4-0 was when an exhausted squad flew directly from a Test tour in India to South Africa in 1969-70 and the loss at the hands of Ali Bacher's men cost captain Bill Lawry his job. Not since a team ravaged by World Series Cricket departures lost 5-1 to England in 1978-79 had Australia lost this many matches in a Test series.

"It's extremely disappointing," Watson said. "We came here with high hopes of having a good series here and the 4-0 here is what we deserved. The Indians have totally outplayed us. We haven't played to our best unfortunately. It certainly has been a big learning curve and that is one of the biggest challenges for us as a team is continuing to learn very quickly. We have got quite a number of young guys who are still learning.

"But with me for example, I haven't scored the runs that I wanted. I knew how important it would be to be able to score runs to help the team get to a total while other guys are learning around me. That has been extremely disappointing, knowing I have played a lot of cricket here and I didn't score anywhere near the runs that I wanted. Especially when the team is learning in these conditions, these conditions are as foreign as we will ever get around the world."

Watson was one of the biggest disappointments for Australia on this tour, averaging 16.50 in his three Tests, and he was one of three members of the top six who averaged less than 20. Watson's drought without a century now stands at 39 innings and stretches back nearly two and a half years, and the dearth of hundreds is starting to spread: Michael Clarke scored the only one for Australia on this trip.

"Hopefully I haven't rubbed off on too many of them because that would be a shame if they all get my disease," Watson said. "For all of us as top-order batsmen, it has been very disappointing. Michael continues to be in amazing form. We've all got to continue to strive for what Michael has been able to achieve as a batsman. All top-order batsmen, we have to be scoring big runs if we want to be considered in the top six and playing consistently.

"It just hasn't been good enough from all of us to be able to score the runs we know we needed, especially in the first innings. That has probably been the biggest disappointment. We know that conditions change later on as the game gets older. The first innings really is the important one to get a big total. I'm the first one to put my hand up because I certainly haven't been good enough in this series.

"For me as an experienced senior player, it's part of my role to be able to stand up and score runs. It has been very disappointing not to be able to do that. I personally take a lot of blame for that. I take just about full responsibility to be able to show the way and I've certainly got to get a lot better."

However, Watson also said the challenging pitches at all four venues needed to be taken into consideration when assessing Australia's batting.

"The conditions here are very foreign and the conditions have been just about the opposite to anything we have got in Australia, that's for sure, but also playing cricket here in the past whether it was Test matches, one-dayers or T20s, the wickets have been different to those as well," he said. "It's been a big learning curve for everyone.

"To see how the wicket played in this game was certainly a huge challenge against their high quality spinners and even they struggled at times with our high quality spinners as well. We've all learned a hell of a lot out of this series. We certainly need to continue to improve and improve and improve very quickly. With the challenges and the series we have coming up, the conditions are going to be different to what we have in this series."

The coming months for Australia will provide the challenge of changing formats a few times, for some players will spend the next month in India for the IPL before the Champions Trophy in England and then back-to-back Ashes series. A united side is important in such a big year and Watson said the so-called homework sackings - Watson, James Pattinson, Mitchell Johnson and Usman Khawaja were not considered for the third Test - had brought the side together.

"It was a little bit rocky there for about a day," Watson said when asked about his relationship with Clarke and the coach Mickey Arthur. "But after that things are very good. Michael and the leadership group had to make a decision. At the time I wasn't very happy with the decision that was made but we've all sat down and had a great chat and we've all moved on and we're really excited about the future that's coming up.

"It has been a big shot in the arm for just about the whole group let alone the Mohali four. It has been a big shot in the arm for us to be able to galvanise the team. It's one thing coming back after the few days I had at home for the birth of my little boy. It has been amazing to see how the team has really come together. There was a bit of collateral damage with a few of us going down and missing a Test match. What has come out of it has been a very united group."

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

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  • zenboomerang on March 26, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    Yes Watto - the top order did let us down & the worst culprit was you by a large margin... The captaincy was a farce - why no article on Watto's crazy selection of Maxwell as opener?... Surely only someone with a T20 mentality would have done that & a complete disrespect to Test cricket & its traditions & skill requirements...

    Guess Watto since being named VC now has a bat aver @24.11 says it all...

  • Insult_2_Injury on March 26, 2013, 2:58 GMT

    Why do CA put spokesmen up to trot out drivel like the headline. "Press conferences" have become such a waste of everyones' time with the bleedin' obvious taking up the airwaves. The hacks trot off satisfied that they've filled their quota and the player who got the short straw blows a sigh of relief that he got away without having to say anything. Of course Australia needs more from an inexperienced top 7. Take Clarke out and Warner, Cowan, Hughes, Khawaja, Wade, Watson (41) and smith have 100 odd tests between them. We know none of these guys will turn out to be legends of the game, but how do you get experience without playing, or consistency by being shuffled around the order - in the same Test? How about making Arthur or Inverarity front the press conference and ask them those questions? Their evasion would tells us a hell of a lot more than Watsons bog standard bland quotes.

  • Nampally on March 25, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    Every team needs a basic batting line up on which the rest of the batting rides.At the start of the series I expected Watson, Warner & Clarke will be the mainstay of the Aussie batting with Smith shinning in the back up role. While Clarke & Smith (albeit dropped in the first 2 Tests) shouldered their responsibility, Watson & Warner were huge disappointments. The manner of their dismissals showed lack of responsibiliy or discipline. Both tried to hit their way out of trouble on pitches foreign to them.Their batting, in short, matched the "insanity" definition of Einstien. Watson is right when he admits that he was the biggest let down. With "Ashes" series ahead, this team is lacking in guys who challenge the bowlers rather than fold up.India played just as badly on the OZ pitches with Sehwag, Gambhir & Co. constantly getting caught while fishing for balls outside the off. Lack of experience of each team to play in opposite country needs to be addressed to make future Tests balanced.

  • ahmed_mujtaba1 on March 25, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    well the only reason of Australia's 4-0 in this series is its coach mickey arthur and captain michael clarke. both are running the team as they desired. This is not australia's test squad,rather it is a T20 squad. The shot selection was very poor by players.Also hughes was the main problem,he does not know how to play spin in indian deady spin pitches.I dont know why usman khuwaja was not selected in the whole series?? why hughes was in the playing 11 instead of poor performance???

  • Potatis on March 25, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    A lot of people are suggesting that people be dropped who were not suited to Indian conditions, and were always likely to do badly. I didn't think Hughes would be any good in India, but would be good in England. Hughes actually played better that I had expected in the end. I thought Cowan would have been worse than he was, but he'll do well in England. Starc didn't get many wickets, surely he must play in England, he's good there. I think Warner would be ok in England but am not sure about Watson. It's horses for courses people. Just because the selectors chose the wrong horses in India, doesn't mean they are wrong for England.

    Also, you can't throw away the experience gained by the India tour players and replace them with more inexperienced players. They have experience in India, now add England, and more countries, and they'll become better players in the future. Next tour of India, I don't want to hear that only 2 players have played there before.

  • austentayshus on March 25, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    Not only Top Order but Your Batting is worry watto ..

    Bring in Marsh brothers shaun at 3 and mitchell as allrounder

    Please sack all selectors ... Bring in Lehmann as assistant coach .. Martyn as batting coach and Mcgrath/ gillespie for bowling

  • Samdanh on March 25, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    Best for Aus is to bring in players (batsmen and bowlers-especially spinners) who did well in the recent sheffield shield and weed out bits and pieces players who did poorly in the recent Test series.

  • Barnesy4444 on March 25, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    Watson was, for me, the biggest batting disappointment this tour. Cowan is Cowan, Warner is never going to dominate on difficult pitches, Hughes worked hard and improved, Smith was a surprise, Wade is a number 7 and isn't really a good 'keeper anyway. But Watson, getting out more than once trying to pull balls just short of a length on Indian pitches with variable bounce, well. Poor. Where is his head space at? And he's our captain?

  • AhmedEsat on March 25, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    We needed another specialist batsman....he was there in the squad but not used!!

  • Amith_S on March 25, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    I wouldn't be too harsh on Watson. he had to try something different, because the conventional wasn't working.I guess you're damned if you do & damned if you don't!I can't believe Australia played only four 'specialist' bats - Warner, Cowan, Hughes, Watson. No wonder we can't take a trick…..Everyone could see that Khawaja should have been bought in to strengthen the batting but he doesn't have a fancy name like Big Show so that must have cost him.

  • zenboomerang on March 26, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    Yes Watto - the top order did let us down & the worst culprit was you by a large margin... The captaincy was a farce - why no article on Watto's crazy selection of Maxwell as opener?... Surely only someone with a T20 mentality would have done that & a complete disrespect to Test cricket & its traditions & skill requirements...

    Guess Watto since being named VC now has a bat aver @24.11 says it all...

  • Insult_2_Injury on March 26, 2013, 2:58 GMT

    Why do CA put spokesmen up to trot out drivel like the headline. "Press conferences" have become such a waste of everyones' time with the bleedin' obvious taking up the airwaves. The hacks trot off satisfied that they've filled their quota and the player who got the short straw blows a sigh of relief that he got away without having to say anything. Of course Australia needs more from an inexperienced top 7. Take Clarke out and Warner, Cowan, Hughes, Khawaja, Wade, Watson (41) and smith have 100 odd tests between them. We know none of these guys will turn out to be legends of the game, but how do you get experience without playing, or consistency by being shuffled around the order - in the same Test? How about making Arthur or Inverarity front the press conference and ask them those questions? Their evasion would tells us a hell of a lot more than Watsons bog standard bland quotes.

  • Nampally on March 25, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    Every team needs a basic batting line up on which the rest of the batting rides.At the start of the series I expected Watson, Warner & Clarke will be the mainstay of the Aussie batting with Smith shinning in the back up role. While Clarke & Smith (albeit dropped in the first 2 Tests) shouldered their responsibility, Watson & Warner were huge disappointments. The manner of their dismissals showed lack of responsibiliy or discipline. Both tried to hit their way out of trouble on pitches foreign to them.Their batting, in short, matched the "insanity" definition of Einstien. Watson is right when he admits that he was the biggest let down. With "Ashes" series ahead, this team is lacking in guys who challenge the bowlers rather than fold up.India played just as badly on the OZ pitches with Sehwag, Gambhir & Co. constantly getting caught while fishing for balls outside the off. Lack of experience of each team to play in opposite country needs to be addressed to make future Tests balanced.

  • ahmed_mujtaba1 on March 25, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    well the only reason of Australia's 4-0 in this series is its coach mickey arthur and captain michael clarke. both are running the team as they desired. This is not australia's test squad,rather it is a T20 squad. The shot selection was very poor by players.Also hughes was the main problem,he does not know how to play spin in indian deady spin pitches.I dont know why usman khuwaja was not selected in the whole series?? why hughes was in the playing 11 instead of poor performance???

  • Potatis on March 25, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    A lot of people are suggesting that people be dropped who were not suited to Indian conditions, and were always likely to do badly. I didn't think Hughes would be any good in India, but would be good in England. Hughes actually played better that I had expected in the end. I thought Cowan would have been worse than he was, but he'll do well in England. Starc didn't get many wickets, surely he must play in England, he's good there. I think Warner would be ok in England but am not sure about Watson. It's horses for courses people. Just because the selectors chose the wrong horses in India, doesn't mean they are wrong for England.

    Also, you can't throw away the experience gained by the India tour players and replace them with more inexperienced players. They have experience in India, now add England, and more countries, and they'll become better players in the future. Next tour of India, I don't want to hear that only 2 players have played there before.

  • austentayshus on March 25, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    Not only Top Order but Your Batting is worry watto ..

    Bring in Marsh brothers shaun at 3 and mitchell as allrounder

    Please sack all selectors ... Bring in Lehmann as assistant coach .. Martyn as batting coach and Mcgrath/ gillespie for bowling

  • Samdanh on March 25, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    Best for Aus is to bring in players (batsmen and bowlers-especially spinners) who did well in the recent sheffield shield and weed out bits and pieces players who did poorly in the recent Test series.

  • Barnesy4444 on March 25, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    Watson was, for me, the biggest batting disappointment this tour. Cowan is Cowan, Warner is never going to dominate on difficult pitches, Hughes worked hard and improved, Smith was a surprise, Wade is a number 7 and isn't really a good 'keeper anyway. But Watson, getting out more than once trying to pull balls just short of a length on Indian pitches with variable bounce, well. Poor. Where is his head space at? And he's our captain?

  • AhmedEsat on March 25, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    We needed another specialist batsman....he was there in the squad but not used!!

  • Amith_S on March 25, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    I wouldn't be too harsh on Watson. he had to try something different, because the conventional wasn't working.I guess you're damned if you do & damned if you don't!I can't believe Australia played only four 'specialist' bats - Warner, Cowan, Hughes, Watson. No wonder we can't take a trick…..Everyone could see that Khawaja should have been bought in to strengthen the batting but he doesn't have a fancy name like Big Show so that must have cost him.

  • nickinsingapore on March 25, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    Did Watson refer to the Australian spin bowlers as high class? That is really the best piece of Micky (Arthur) taking I have heard in a long time!!!!!

  • on March 25, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    Aus have to think about their No. 4, 5 and 6. Warner, Cowan and Clarke are still ok at No. 1, 2 and 3. Hughes, Watson and bits and pieces Smith / Maxwell have to go and some specialists players who can grind hard for long hours have to come.

  • on March 25, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    Indians were amazing in the whole series. They have done well in all departments of the game.In fact some of the key players had raised their performance beyond the expectations.

  • on March 25, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    Yes the bowling was bad in patches, and lack of quality spin hurt. However there were also promising signs, Pattinson in the first test, Siddle in Mohali and Lyon in the last. But the facts are that the top/middle order collapsed at some point in every one of the 8 innings, and aside from Clarke there wasn't a single century made. And it's not as though the top order fired during the Aus summer, Clarke and Hussey did all the work against SA coming in at 3-30. Everytime I check the score when we're batting it is with a pre-emptive grimace etched in my face. Hardly surprising when you look at the experience. Why wasn't the batting balanced by someone like David Hussey? If it's because of his age then shoot me now because if the current batting lineup is still there in 5 years australian cricket will be a laughing stock.

  • CSpiers on March 25, 2013, 4:25 GMT

    On another note as long as india continues to produce pitches like this they will continue to struggle outside of the subcontinent. always. Who would want to be a fast bowler in India?

  • CSpiers on March 25, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    Watson wasn't blaming the conditions, he first and foremost said his own performances and that of the top six weren't good enough. THEN he said this was emphasised by (not CAUSED by) the foreign conditions. Not the other way around. Some proper interpretation skills around here wouldn't go astray.

  • ollie99 on March 25, 2013, 3:38 GMT

    Lack of appropriate preparation for the batsmen was a major factor. Batting in Australia against pace is no preparation for playing 3 spinners on Indian pitches*. It was like sitting a Chemistry exam having studied up on Ancient History the night before. Half the team had virtually no preparation in India prior to the tests starting, and the other half had a woefully short Indian preparation.

    * I used the term "pitch" reservedly. They were awful, inconsistent, dust bowls.

  • L4zybugg3r on March 25, 2013, 3:33 GMT

    @handyandy - Totally, Watson needs to go. Smith and Maxwell might have done ok at times but if they aren't good enough to hold their place as a specialist batsman they shouldn't be picked. Bits and pieces players don't work in test matches we need specialists, Khawaja needs to be given proper chances before people like Maxwell. Also Watson is talking about how he has a batting disease that he doesn't want others to get, I think he realises that he just isn't good enough for tests. Only picking him for limited overs would be better as he is far better at those formats and perhaps he might even get injured less often.

  • Big_Maxy_Walker on March 25, 2013, 2:03 GMT

    yep finally someone said it. Watson, warner, cowan and hughes should be should the door, never to return. Same with Xavier Doherty. Nathan Lyon bowled well when the series was lost, so maybe a season or two in shield cricket would be his reward. Some consistent wicket taking at first class level should be his goal. Not more inconsistent results that lose Australia matches.

  • pulkit10 on March 25, 2013, 1:58 GMT

    Australia need to do some soul searching here - they really need to focus on who is performing and keep those players in instead of the non-performers. David Warner, for example, is great when he gets going but it has been a while since he has done that (his last good innings was against India at WACA). The same goes for Watson, Henriques, Maxwell etc.

    I think the major worry for Australia really is the absence of good top order batsmen. The spin department is bare too but I think Lyon is a decent man for the job so that doesn't bother me too much - it's just the inability to put runs on the board that should be a real cause of headache for the Aussies. They really need to encourage people like Smith and move them up the order to offer Clarke some support if they want a shot at beating England.

    I hope England lose. I want them to.

  • ygkd on March 25, 2013, 1:46 GMT

    Did we actually have top order bats (plural) in this last Test team? I thought they were almost exclusively number 6 types, with the possible exception of Cowan, who is yet to cement a place in the team anyway.

  • Beertjie on March 25, 2013, 0:42 GMT

    The cupboard is almost bare but there are players who can be brought in for England based on the season ending stats. Rogers, Doolan, O'Keefe, Fawad Ahmed. The latter's passport should be readied and he should be taken along with Agar on the A tour to get experience in the conditions. Take Cosgrove along too. But the test squad should be Rogers, Cowan, Hughes, Warner, Clarke, Khawaja, Doolan, Watson, Haddin (v-c), Paine, Pattinson, Siddle, Starc, Harris, Bird/Johnson, Lyon, O'Keefe. By dropping Watson as v-c and selecting Haddin for the role you tell the under-performing Wade (in his capacity of wk) and Watson, that they are surplus to requirements. The selection of the team should reflect the changed thinking about a compulsory all rounder. The starting test team cannot be nominated, but anyone given opportunities who doesn't succeed quickly needs to go so another can replace him. No one should be given unlimited opportuties

  • hycIass on March 25, 2013, 0:37 GMT

    Congrats to India on playing a great series. Good contributions from all the batsmen and bowlers, with not one player doing it all himself.Now onto us, surely changes have to be made. My first thought is the selection process and the selectors. Selectors should pick teams and not the captain and coach. Keep players in unless they are horribly out of form/injured. As for the team list, they need to get it sorted, especially the top order. Let start with the batsmen. Warner is ok as he's scoring 50's every now and then, but lacks a bit of consistency (which is hard in cricket due to changing conditions), so he needs to buck up and get it together. Cowan and Hughes need to go, as too many low scores for too long before adecent knock (like Marcus North).Khawaja needs to come in, he has earned his chance and he is one of the few bright spots in a small pool of batsman. Watson needs to bowl otherwise he can't stay as batsman alone.

  • popcorn on March 25, 2013, 0:32 GMT

    Though this realization has come to Shane Watsonn FAST, that the Top Order has let us down,the Selectors and the Coach and Michael Clarke seem to be thick-headed. It is time to give the Team a HUGE Shake - Up and DUMP the undependable and irresponsible David Warnerand Phil Hughes. Shane Watson too does not merit a place in the side,frankly speaking.It is time to take in Rob Quiney and Usman Khawaja. Only Ed Cowan,Michael Clarke and Steve Smith are automatic batting choices.

  • Sunil_Batra on March 24, 2013, 23:34 GMT

    You can't win a series in India with one reasonable spinner (Lyon) and a couple of part-timers. This forced Australia to play too many quicks in the first test because they were the best bowlers, despite unfavourable conditions.We haven't had any succession planning for Ponting and Hussey. To lose 0-4, mostly off the back of bad batting and Khawaja, a good player of spin and a gritty batsman, is the only player not to get a game is something i can't understand Australia resorting to the "let's play tough and ugly" card in the final test was pathetic and embarrassing, made more so when losing in 3 days. Credit to Pattinson and Siddle for running in manfully. This will hold them in good stead for the Ashes series. Cowan fought hard but was constrained by his limitations. And at least Hughes tried to change how he was batting and managed to salvage something from the tour. Credit India for promoting their young batsmen who sniffed an opportunity and took it.

  • VillageGreen on March 24, 2013, 23:32 GMT

    Warner: let's hope he learns from this and is more than a one-card trick. Embarrassing with the bat and in the field.

    Hughes: atleast he shows he wants to learn, be patient, and be in the team. Unlucky dismissals cut shot his tour, once he put the sweep away.

    Cowan: you need a guy like him in these situations. But that doesn't mean you need a guy like this when things start turning around. He's got to score BIG centuries, ANY centuries, match changing & winning scores.

    Watson: looks like he still hasn't done his homework. He'll probably get another chance and will probably do just well enough to keep his place, but Australia would be far better off developing players with the right attitude. That last shot shows us all what's been going on behind the scenes.

    Clarke: I'd like to have seen the injured captain stay the distance and support his team in their toughest hour ... and not fly home 4 days early. Deserting the sunken ship with mates still on board and leaderless?

  • MinusZero on March 24, 2013, 23:08 GMT

    How long can they continue to select Watson. He just isnt a test player. And for all those saying he should open, in the last two years as opener he hasnt even averaged 20. Phil Hughes (who everyone seems to hate) averages 50 at number 1 position compared to Watson's 43.

  • TheCrafter on March 24, 2013, 22:49 GMT

    There has to be a fundamental problem with our batting lineup when our number 9 top scores with fifties in both innings !

    We need wholesale changes for the Ashes series & a new coach.

  • on March 24, 2013, 22:01 GMT

    Australia must go to the Ashes with experienced old heads if we want to avaid another thrashing. This new generation of Aussie batters prefers to swing the bat at every ball coming to them. T20 has stolen all patience from our batsman who I think couldnt care less if they play Test cricket for Australia or not since they will always find a IPL or county contract.

    Look at Watson..he makes about 3-4 mil a year and he's a rubbish test player.

  • ScottStevo on March 24, 2013, 21:18 GMT

    @Jeffrey Warhurst, Undoubtedly Australia were beaten by the better side - for these conditions. Australia whitewashed India 4-0 in their conditions, which India aren't suited for. Also, the conditions were markedly different for the series vs England as England had 2 spinners taking Indian wickets and beating them at their own game, hence the wickets weren't prepared anything like they were for Aus side basically without a spinner and the knowledge that the Aus top 6 are obv v poor against decent spin bowling. Also, I think that the aggression/intensity (call it what u will) that Australia showed was great to see and has been missing for a while. At times completely warranted as well, especially when Dhoni was warned for running down the wicket, then ran 2 straight down the middle an over later and was only warned again. For me, I don't see why Aus shouldn't be asking the umpire what's going on when that's happening.

  • hhillbumper on March 24, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    I would say this is the worst touring team effort I have seen in years but having watched England bat in New Zealand I might just hold my fire

  • wix99 on March 24, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    Peter Siddle and Mitchell Starc performed better with the bat than Shane Watson on this tour. Watson must go. His position in the Test team is untenable. Usman Khawaja deserves a chance. Almost any young batsman with a bit of talent couldn't do worse than Watson did on this tour.

  • canozzie on March 24, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    Watson may complain that the top order didn't get enough runs, which is true but a lot of the bowling was ordinary as well. The runs he has scored in India in the past are T20 which is vastly different to tests. Australia also gave away overthrows, almost more than what some batsmen scored in total. Overall I would say it was a pretty pathetic effort, except from Clarke's batting, in all departments, & then they resort to sledging. The captaincy, & this includes Dhoni, gets very defensive almost from the begining, you cannot set field to bad bowling.

  • on March 24, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    Whatever 'spin' Watson wants to put on his and the Australian teams performance,the fact remains that Australia were soundly thrashed by a far better side.They can't blame the conditions as they are the same for both sides and England have just won a series there.The truth of the matter is that Australia were a sub-standard team.To make matters worse they reverted to their bullying tactics in the final test,instead of trying to win the game by playing good cricket.A well deserved result from India,congratulations to Dhoni and the rest of the team.

  • handyandy on March 24, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    Watson has had chance after chance. Good as an all rounder but below par as a batsman.

    The selectors need to go back to the winning formula of selecting players on merit rather than potential. If Chris Rogers isn't on the plane for the next Ashes series then I might just give the game away.

    Of the current batsman Cowan and Clarke have done enough. I was also impressed with Smith's efforts. Khawaja probably deserves a go as well, but the rest should probably just watch the ashes on television with the rest of us.

  • on March 24, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    Putting the blame on the conditions and the pitches is nothing new by the visiting teams after thrashing at the end of the series - another phrase usually adopted is it is a learning curve - The Australians knew in advance what types of pitches were ahead in India. They did not apply themselves in staying at the crease for long periods as the tails - Siddle, Starc,Lyon - did on some occasions. While one should not take away the performances of the Indian spinners which was expected on spinning tracks, the Australian opening and middle order simply fumbled on most occasions -they should admit that they thoroughly failed in all departments of the game not once but in the entire series; they were teasing in the past that Indians were not good enough to play five day tests - the ball is now in their court - but it will be no wonder if some of these failed Australian players shine in the coming IPL because of the large chunk of money

  • bkrish on March 24, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    In hindsight the "homework sackings" weren't that much of a big deal really. Steve Smith who may not have played but for the sackings was probably their biggest plus on this tour (leaving aside Siddle and Starc as batsmen), and I'm not sure if Watson and Pattinson would have made much of a difference in Mohali.. Can't say about Usman's case since he didn't play any game in the series.

  • tomjas on March 24, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    Watson has to go as he averages 25 with the bat in the last 3 years and no longer bowls

    Most overrated, over-paid, waste of talent in Australian sport

  • on March 24, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    i think waston should hav played at top then

    he is top order batsmen

  • bumsonseats on March 24, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    not so much the batting as it did ok, but the lack of another quality spinner would have seen the aussies win. they won all the tosses, so should have won or been there abouts more than they did

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  • bumsonseats on March 24, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    not so much the batting as it did ok, but the lack of another quality spinner would have seen the aussies win. they won all the tosses, so should have won or been there abouts more than they did

  • on March 24, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    i think waston should hav played at top then

    he is top order batsmen

  • tomjas on March 24, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    Watson has to go as he averages 25 with the bat in the last 3 years and no longer bowls

    Most overrated, over-paid, waste of talent in Australian sport

  • bkrish on March 24, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    In hindsight the "homework sackings" weren't that much of a big deal really. Steve Smith who may not have played but for the sackings was probably their biggest plus on this tour (leaving aside Siddle and Starc as batsmen), and I'm not sure if Watson and Pattinson would have made much of a difference in Mohali.. Can't say about Usman's case since he didn't play any game in the series.

  • on March 24, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    Putting the blame on the conditions and the pitches is nothing new by the visiting teams after thrashing at the end of the series - another phrase usually adopted is it is a learning curve - The Australians knew in advance what types of pitches were ahead in India. They did not apply themselves in staying at the crease for long periods as the tails - Siddle, Starc,Lyon - did on some occasions. While one should not take away the performances of the Indian spinners which was expected on spinning tracks, the Australian opening and middle order simply fumbled on most occasions -they should admit that they thoroughly failed in all departments of the game not once but in the entire series; they were teasing in the past that Indians were not good enough to play five day tests - the ball is now in their court - but it will be no wonder if some of these failed Australian players shine in the coming IPL because of the large chunk of money

  • handyandy on March 24, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    Watson has had chance after chance. Good as an all rounder but below par as a batsman.

    The selectors need to go back to the winning formula of selecting players on merit rather than potential. If Chris Rogers isn't on the plane for the next Ashes series then I might just give the game away.

    Of the current batsman Cowan and Clarke have done enough. I was also impressed with Smith's efforts. Khawaja probably deserves a go as well, but the rest should probably just watch the ashes on television with the rest of us.

  • on March 24, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    Whatever 'spin' Watson wants to put on his and the Australian teams performance,the fact remains that Australia were soundly thrashed by a far better side.They can't blame the conditions as they are the same for both sides and England have just won a series there.The truth of the matter is that Australia were a sub-standard team.To make matters worse they reverted to their bullying tactics in the final test,instead of trying to win the game by playing good cricket.A well deserved result from India,congratulations to Dhoni and the rest of the team.

  • canozzie on March 24, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    Watson may complain that the top order didn't get enough runs, which is true but a lot of the bowling was ordinary as well. The runs he has scored in India in the past are T20 which is vastly different to tests. Australia also gave away overthrows, almost more than what some batsmen scored in total. Overall I would say it was a pretty pathetic effort, except from Clarke's batting, in all departments, & then they resort to sledging. The captaincy, & this includes Dhoni, gets very defensive almost from the begining, you cannot set field to bad bowling.

  • wix99 on March 24, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    Peter Siddle and Mitchell Starc performed better with the bat than Shane Watson on this tour. Watson must go. His position in the Test team is untenable. Usman Khawaja deserves a chance. Almost any young batsman with a bit of talent couldn't do worse than Watson did on this tour.

  • hhillbumper on March 24, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    I would say this is the worst touring team effort I have seen in years but having watched England bat in New Zealand I might just hold my fire