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India in control of second test with Australia after Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumar take three wickets each

India in control as Jadeja and Kumar blow Australia away in Hyderabad


12:16 GMT, 2 March 2013



12:16 GMT, 2 March 2013

India are in control of the second Test against Australia, who made 237 for nine declared in Hyderabad.

Part-time spinner Ravindra Jadeja picked up three wickets, while in his second Test Bhuvneshwar Kumar also took three, with Michael Clarke's 91 keeping the Australian innings together.

The visitors once again turned to their skipper after slumping to 63 for four, with the 31-year-old putting on 145 with Matthew Wade for the fifth wicket.

Three wickets: India's Ravindra Jadeja (left) had Australia in a spin on the first day of the second test in Hyderabad

Three wickets: India's Ravindra Jadeja (left) had Australia in a spin on the first day of the second test in Hyderabad

Second Test, Hyderabad

Australia first innings
237 for 9 declared (85.0 overs)
Clarke 91, Wade 62
B Kumar 3-53, Jadeja 3-33

India first innings
5-0 (3.0 overs)

However after Wade went for 62, the lower order failed to fire as Australia lost their final four wickets for just 29 runs.

And with little chance of numbers 10 and 11 James Pattinson and Xavier Doherty adding to the total Clarke brought them in so his bowlers could take advantage of conditions for the final three overs of the day.

However India were untroubled and finished five without loss.

Australia made two changes from the side which lost the opening match in Chennai with Glenn Maxwell making his Test debut coming in for Mitchell Starc, while Xavier Doherty replaced Nathan Lyon. The home side were unchanged.

After the visitors won the toss, Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled David Warner (six) with a delivery which cut back into the left-hander, then trapped Ed Cowan (four) lbw with a ball which may have pitched outside leg stump.

That left Australia 15 for two, with Phil Hughes and Shane Watson at the crease.

pair effected a mini-recovery, with the left-hander playing some
eye-catching late drives off the back foot, but Watson (23) then fell
lbw attempting to pull a ball which kept a little low with the score on

Hughes (19) followed,
caught behind at the second attempt by Mahendra Singh Dhoni off the
bowling of Ravichandran Ashwin, before Wade and Clarke began the
Australian recovery.

Clarke looked comfortable at the crease, with a well-placed clip for four between two fielders indicative of his current form.

was less fluid, but equally determined, digging in at one end while his
skipper totted up the runs at the other as they moved Australia to 129
for four midway through the afternoon session.

Important innings: A 91 from captain Michael Clarke saved Australia from a humiliating total

Important innings: A 91 from captain Michael Clarke saved Australia from a humiliating total

Wade's confidence grew and when new bowler Jadeja came on to bowl, the wicketkeeper had no problem in hitting him back over his head for four.

After facing 95 balls, Clarke brought up his 26th Test half century with a single in the 48th over, edging his side closer towards 150.

On 52 India missed their best opportunity to dismiss Clarke as the skipper inside edged on his pad with the ball dropping to a diving Cheteshwar Pujara who got his fingers under the ball, but could not hang on.

Wade reached his half-century in the 55th over as Australia batted themselves back into the game.

Australia started the third session much as they ended the second, as the duo moved the score past 200 in the 65th over.

They could add just eight however before the hosts made a much-needed breakthrough. Wade cut one which was possibly too close to his body and was caught by Kumar at point for a 116-ball 62.

A sixth wicket did fall when Jadeja got one to turn away from Moises Henriques, who, playing to leg, missed the ball completely as it clipped the top of the stumps.

At 217 for six and with debutant Maxwell at the crease, the pressure once again was on Clarke.

He continued to bat sensibly, but his partner at the other end would make just 13 before he edged to Dhoni behind the stumps.

Peter Siddle was then soon walking back to the pavilion as he was caught on the crease by a low one from Harbhajan Singh for a 14-ball duck, leaving the visitors 236 for eight.

Clarke finally departed looking to up the rate with the tail, swinging across the line to Jadeja whose delivery kept low and hit the stumps.

India had little to worry about for the final three overs, with a Virender Sehwag boundary through gully off Siddle the highlight.

India wrap up comfortable win over Australia in first Test in Chennai

India wrap up comfortable first Test win over abject Australia in Chennai

Mike Dawes


08:02 GMT, 26 February 2013



08:06 GMT, 26 February 2013

Australia were comfortably beaten by India on the fifth morning of the first Test in Chennai.

Aussie debutant Moises Henriques was left stranded on 81 as his side were bowled out for 241 this morning, leaving India chasing just 50 to win, which they did for the loss of two wickets.

That simply was not enough to cause any jitters for India, even when the wickets of Murali Vijay and Virender Sehwag fell to Nathan Lyon, and there was time for Sachin Tendulkar to delight the home crowd with maximums off his first two deliveries.

Joy of six: Tendulkar hit his first two balls over the rope

Joy of six: Tendulkar hit his first two balls over the rope

Vijay perished for six as he picked out Henriques at short mid-off when he mistimed a drive off James Pattinson.

Sehwag followed in unusually tame fashion, edging to Michael Clarke at first slip as he defended the spinner.

Few in the Chennai crowd were disappointed, though, as that brought Tendulkar to the crease – and he gave them what they wanted by heaving his first two balls off Lyon for six.

End game: Cheteshwar Pujara hit the winning runs for India

End game: Cheteshwar Pujara hit the winning runs for India

He could not make it a hat-trick to win the game, but an edge for a single from Cheteshwar Pujara did the job just as well.

Earlier, Lyon could not help Henriques reach a debut century as Australia could only add nine to their overnight score.

Lyon's stout defence helped to repel the Indian bowlers for around 20 minutes this morning before he was finally caught by Vijay at short-leg off Ravindra Jadeja.

The second of four Tests begins on Saturday in Hyderabad.

Darren Pattinson on that Headingley Test against South Africa

Exclusive: One-cap wonder Pattinson on THAT Headingley Test against the Proteas



22:37 GMT, 30 July 2012

Bolt from the blue: Pattinson was called up for his only Test four years ago

Bolt from the blue: Pattinson was called up for his only Test four years ago

It was the selection that caused a sensation and ended up hastening the demise of Michael Vaughan as England captain. Now, four years after he was plucked from obscurity to appear on the biggest stage, Darren Pattinson can finally reflect on how he went from Melbourne club cricket to playing against South Africa at Headingley.

As England head to Leeds for their must-win date with South Africa this week it is inevitable that thoughts will turn to what remains the most controversial and derided pick that Geoff Miller’s England panel have made.

When Ryan Sidebottom was ruled out of the second Test against Graeme Smith’s team in 2008 it was widely expected that Chris Tremlett, the next bowler in line, would come in. Yet Miller and company made such a surprising move that Sportsmail’s back page headline read ‘England turn to Grimsby-born roof tiler.’

That man was a bemused Pattinson, English by birth but who had spent most of his life in Melbourne and a late developer who had only recently given up his job in the family tiling business to turn professional with Victoria and, then, Notts.

‘It all happened so quickly,’ Pattinson told Sportsmail. ‘It was all a bit surreal but I was pretty grateful to be given the opportunity and I’m proud now to be able to say I played Test cricket. I’ve had time to reflect on it and despite everything I look back on it positively.’

Stepping down: Michael Vaughan's resignation followed Pattinson's cap

Stepping down: Michael Vaughan's resignation followed Pattinson's cap

It is hard to imagine Vaughan, Miller or anyone else involved looking back on the experience positively. Poor Pattinson, whose inclusion in the squad had been described as ‘merely a precaution’, found himself thrown into a political minefield when Paul Collingwood was left out of the England side on the morning of the match.

The England players, Vaughan said after a crushing and controversial 10-wicket defeat, had been ‘unsettled’ by Pattinson’s inclusion while the first cracks in the relationship between Peter Moores and senior players emerged when the coach said that it was Vaughan who had requested a bowler like Pattinson, not him.

Pattinson was in the middle of it all. ‘The England guys were really good to me,’ he insisted. ‘There were no problems with them at all. I got a phone call out of the blue from Geoff Miller the day before the match asking me to report and saying there was a good chance I was playing. I didn’t get to the team hotel until 11pm. I had been due to take my family to Alton Towers that day but that went out of the window. We’ve been plenty of times since, mind. Next day I was playing in a Test.’

It did not go well. England were bowled out cheaply by Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel – where have we heard that before – and then conditions changed at Headingley and England were on the end of a fearful thumping. The new boy, just short of his 29th birthday, bowled respectably but struggled to make a huge impact and ended with two for 95.

Flat out: Pattinson took 2-95 as England lost by 10 wickets

Flat out: Pattinson took 2-95 as England lost by 10 wickets

‘I still couldn’t believe it was happening,’ Pattinson recalled. ‘I hadn’t prepared for it at all. There were a lot of nerves but I did okay. The main stumbling block was that the sun came out when we were bowling. Still, I got Hashim Amla and Ashwell Prince out and I went on to play with both of them at Notts so that was nice.’

How England would like to find someone, anyone, who could have got Amla out at the Kia Oval last week!

The aftermath was ugly but Pattinson defends his right to have been called up. ‘I’ve never felt Australian and there was never any question of me playing for Australia,’ he says in his soft Melbourne accent. ‘I was born in England, have an English passport and two very proud English parents. I grew up watching Manchester United on TV and supporting England at cricket.

‘I had only played a handful of games for Victoria when I got the chance to play for Notts and I was enjoying my opportunity in county cricket. My priority was trying to get a new contract at Trent Bridge and international cricket had never entered my mind. I jumped at the chance to play for England. Who wouldn’t And I don’t have any regrets about it.’

Pattinson’s Australian wife, however, found the whole business difficult to handle and the end of her husband’s short international career came quickly.

Prize scalp: Pattinson is mobbed after taking Hashim Amla's wicket

Prize scalp: Pattinson is mobbed after taking Hashim Amla's wicket

‘The scrutiny was hard on my family,’ said Pattinson. ‘I had a chat with Geoff Miller afterwards when he wanted me to go on a Lions tour but by that stage we had decided to go back to Australia that winter. If I had been given a second Test maybe things would have been different but once I said no to the Lions that was it. Geoff was very understanding about it and we parted on good terms.’

Yet the Pattinson name lives on in the form of his younger brother James who is now one of the best fast bowling prospects in Australia. The pair are now the first brothers to have played Test cricket for different countries in more than a century.

‘It was different for James,’ said his big brother who is perhaps in his last year with Notts having signed for the Melbourne Renegades this winter as a domestic player. ‘He is 10 years younger than me and was born in Australia. He has never had split loyalties. He’s not there yet as a fast bowler but he has a lot of potential.’

Pattinson junior is expected back in England next year as part of Australia’s Ashes challenge. Who will Darren support ‘Oh I really don’t mind who wins but my dad will still be supporting England, that’s for sure,’ he said diplomatically. ‘We just all want to see James doing well.’

Shane Watson wants Aussies to lay down an Ashes marker against England in ODI series

Watson wants Aussies to lay down an Ashes marker against England in ODI series



17:42 GMT, 20 June 2012

All-rounder Shane Watson believes Australia can deliver an early blow in the lead-up to next year's Ashes when they meet England in the upcoming one-day international series.

Australia will reacquaint themselves with the old enemy over five matches, starting at Lord's on June 29, in their first meetings since England's drought-breaking Ashes tour 18 months ago.

Since then Australia have undergone a reconstruction, on and off the field, with Michael Clarke replacing Ricky Ponting as skipper while South African Mickey Arthur was installed as their first ever foreign coach.

Laying down a marker: Shane Watson (left)

Laying down a marker: Shane Watson (left)

The emergence of young quicks Pat Cummins and James Pattinson, who are set to make their first appearances on these shores, have also provided an insight into the Aussies' next generation.

Both could be key to any Australian success next summer and with pre-Ashes psychology certain to provide an undercurrent to the upcoming series, Watson believes that should they, and his team, deliver over the next month then the tourists will have taken an early edge.

'No doubt. You've got to make the most of any series you play against England, especially in England with next year's Ashes coming up,' he told a press conference ahead of their tour-opening match at Leicester.

'First of all it's a great time for the younger guys to experience what it is like to play in England, but it is also an opportunity to be able to make our mark here in England as well leading into next year's Ashes.

'Hopefully we can play the cricket that we know we can and get the result that we want.'

Watson is wary of underestimating England, however, after they wrapped up a sixth consecutive home ODI series win with their victory over West Indies.

England's hopes had seemingly been undermined before the series following Kevin Pietersen's untimely retirement from limited overs cricket.

But in his absence openers Ian Bell and Alastair Cook have both scored centuries to ensure an unassailable 2-0 lead with the final match at Headingley on Friday.

'They are playing very good one-day cricket at the moment,' Watson said.

'I think their batting has been a big strength. For guys to continue to be able to get hundreds at the top of the order obviously sets a very good platform for the team. We'll definitely have to play at our best to get the result we want.'

In fine fettle: Ian Bell notched 53 at the Oval following his century at the Aegas Bowl

In fine fettle: Ian Bell notched 53 at the Oval following his century at the Aegas Bowl

The immediate success of Bell as Pietersen's replacement has marked England's victories so far and surprised a few after the right-hander's struggles in the shorter format.

Watson, however, said the only shock for him was that Bell had not established himself as a 50-over player before now.

'Ian Bell is a world-class player. For me it had been a little surprising that he hadn't taken on the one-day game as he has because he's a highly-skilled player and hits the ball in great areas,' he said.

'It's no surprise to me that he's performing the way he has in these past couple of games.'

England's rotation policy has again come under fire this week after they opted to rest Stuart Broad, Tim Bresnan and Graeme Swann for the series finale in Leeds.

While their absences have ruffled the feathers of some, Watson is certain the England hierarchy have made the right decision to safeguard their best players from the wear and tear of a long season.

'Absolutely, especially considering how much international cricket there is at this time,' he said.

'I think that's the only way to try and preserve your best bowlers and best players. You also give younger guys and less experienced guys the opportunity to be able to play international cricket so that if something does happen in a bigger game they will be ready to step up and understand the pressure and their skills are ready to go for an international match.

'I think that is the way forward for all teams to balance the workload in with actually bringing through some younger guys and freshening up the more experienced players.'

Mitchell Johnson named in Australia squad to face England

Johnson named in Australia squad to face England in summer ODI series



08:58 GMT, 10 May 2012

Mitchell Johnson has been included in Australia's one-day international squad for this summer's tour of England.

Johnson, 30, has not appeared at international level since November when he sustained a serious foot injury on the tour of South Africa.

The Western Australia left-armer played 22 one-day internationals in 2011 and claimed 39 wickets before being struck on the foot during the Wanderers Test.

Back in the fold: Johnson has been sidelined for seven months with a foot injury

Back in the fold: Johnson has been sidelined for seven months with a foot injury

He has been recovering back in his adopted home state, but is yet to appear competitively since.

National selector John Inverarity said Johnson's selection was based on building him up for a place at the Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka in September.

'The panel (National Selection Panel) is looking forward to Mitchell being reinvigorated after being out of the game for six months,' Inverarity said.

'We could have taken a squad of 14 and that in some senses would have been a better balanced squad, but we went with 15.'

Pat Cummins is another player back in the fold after a lengthy lay-off – he suffered a bone stress injury in his foot in South Africa – while the inexperienced James Pattinson was also included.

Inverarity added: 'The reason we went with 15 was Pat Cummins is coming back so there is a little bit of a question mark there.

Whitewash: Australia hammered England in the one-dayers after the end of the last Ashes series

Whitewash: Australia hammered England in the one-dayers after the end of the last Ashes series

'With James Pattinson there also just a bit of a question mark and with Mitch one of the thoughts was that he’s very much in our sights for the Twenty20 World Cup, so we’re going to develop him as well as we can for that.

'He's in the squad of 15 but not the team as yet.'

Inverarity said they would be cautious with Cummins with the 19-year-old unlikely to be involved in every game on the tour, which includes warm-up matches against Leicestershire, Ireland and Essex before a five-match ODI series with England begins on June 29 at Lord's.

'We are also excited about the return of Pat Cummins and we are looking to ease him back into the team. He will not be expected to play in all of the eight scheduled games,' he said.

Victorian Matthew Wade was named as the lone wicketkeeper in the absence of Brad Haddin, who Inverarity said would be 'given all the time he needs' to overcome 'personal issues' relating to his sick daughter.

Australia itinerary

June 21 v Leicestershire, Leicester
June 23 v Ireland, Belfast
June 26 v Essex, Chelmsford
June 29 v England, London (Lords)
July 1 v England, London (The Oval)
July 4 v England, Birmingham
July 7 v England, Durham
July 10 v England, Manchester

Joining Johnson, Cummins and Pattinson in the pace stocks are Clint McKay, Brett Lee and Ben Hilfenhaus, while Steve Smith and Xavier Doherty are the specialist spinners.

Smith comes in as the back-up all-rounder in place of Dan Christian, with batsman Peter Forrest and spinner Nathan Lyon the others left out of the squad.

'He's (Christian) a regular although he didn’t play all the ODIs in the West Indies, he’s also very much in our thoughts for the T20 World Cup but we’ve preferred to have Steve Smith in that role as back-up all-rounder,' he said.

'If we picked the team tomorrow, Steve wouldn’t be in it but again his end of season form was very encouraging, he’s been doing well recently in the Twenty20 (IPL) in India.'

New South Wales duo Phillip Hughes and Usman Khawaja were both overlooked with Inverarity suggesting their best path back into the side would be with English county clubs Worcestershire and Derbyshire respectively.

'There wasn't much point getting them into the (Australia) A side just for four days of cricket, but they have a wonderful opportunity in England to do well coming into the Australian summer.'

Mainstays Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, David Warner, Michael Hussey and David Hussey are all included.

The Australia A squad is also touring England across July and August, with Ed Cowan named to captain the side and Forrest named vice-captain.

Ridicule: Johnson was tormented by England fans for some wayward bowling during the 2010-11 Ashes series

Ridicule: Johnson was tormented by England fans for some wayward bowling during the 2010-11 Ashes series

Five players (George Bailey, Cummins, Johnson, Pattinson and Smith) were named in both squads, with Inverarity stating it was a deliberate ploy.

'The Australia A Squad has been difficult to finalise,' he said. 'While there is a busy schedule of cricket ahead, it cannot be known in advance which of the 15 players in the ODI Squad for England and Ireland will have heavy loads and those who will not and would therefore benefit from playing some games on the Australia A tour.'

Australia squad

Michael Clarke (captain), Shane Watson,
George Bailey, Patrick Cummins, Xavier Doherty, Ben Hilfenhaus, Mike
Hussey, David Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Clint McKay, James
Pattinson, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, David Warner.

Australia A squad

E Cowan (captain), P
Forrest, G Bailey, J Bird, J Burns, T Cooper, P Cummins, B Cutting, L
Davis, J Holland, M Johnson, M Klinger, N Lyon, T Paine, J Pattinson, S
Smith, M Starc.

Australia target England No 1 Test ranking

Watch out England! Australia target No 1 ranking after India whitewash

Batsman Mike Hussey has underlined Australia's determination to reclaim the No 1 Test ranking from England, revealing his side speak about it 'every day'.

Australia sit fourth in the official rankings after completing a 4-0 series whitewash over India in Adelaide this week.

It was a fourth consecutive series without defeat for Australia since Michael Clarke took over as skipper following their 3-1 Ashes humiliation 12 months ago.

Whitewash: Australian players hold the Border-Gavaskar Trophy after beating India

Whitewash: Australia with the Border-Gavaskar Trophy after beating India

At that stage Australia had slumped to fifth place but under Clarke, and new coach Mickey Arthur, they have hinted at a renaissance.

Young names such as James Pattinson, David Warner and Patrick Cummins have helped fuel Australia's improvement, with the 36-year-old Hussey revealing they were now fully focused on displacing England at the top.

'There's no hiding our ambition in the wake of our 4-0 Test series win over India,' Hussey wrote in his column in Perth newspaper The Sunday Times.

'We want to reclaim the world No 1 mantle from England.

'How often do we talk about it Every day.'

Got him! Umesh Yadav (right) was the last man to fall for India

Got him! Umesh Yadav (right) was the last man to fall for India

Despite that Hussey conceded Australia still had plenty of work to do if they were to bridge the gap to England.

That was exposed in three innings defeats in last year's Ashes, and with just 18 months until the sides next meet, Hussey knows the jury is still out on his side.

'This series has been a great stepping stone for us, but as captain Michael Clarke and coach Mickey Arthur drill into us every day – it's the beginning of a journey,' he wrote.

'India was ranked the No 2 Test team in the world so it's been a noteworthy performance.

'But we know there's a huge improvement to be made if we're to conquer the old enemy next year in England.'

Michael Clarke says Ashes defeat forced new era of Australian cricket

Clarke claims Ashes mauling forced new era of Australian cricket

The pain of last winter's Ashes mauling by England is helping to usher in a new era for Australian cricket, according to Test captain Michael Clarke.

The Baggy Green wrapped up a 4-0 series win over India on Saturday, just a year on from their humiliating 3-1 defeat to England on home soil.

A lot of changes have occurred since then, with a new coach, selection team and captain in place, with Clarke replacing Ricky Ponting at the helm.

Award: Michael Clarke was the outstanding player

Award: Michael Clarke was the outstanding player

The statistics from this series would suggest the alterations have been positive too, with Clarke, who scored 626 runs in the series, spearheading a new dawn.

Quick bowlers James Pattinson, Ben Hilfenhaus and Peter Siddle have formed a fearsome unit – although Pattinson has been injured for some of this series – and David Warner has finally emerged as the dashing opener many expected him to be.

A rejuvenated Ponting has also rediscovered his touch after a barren two years, hitting a century and a double century in his last two Tests.

And Clarke is in no doubt as to what started the upturn in fortunes.

'I think it (the Ashes) has played a part,' Clarke said.

New wave: Peter Siddle (right) has been superb

New wave: Peter Siddle (right) has been superb

'It certainly has for me personally. I think individual players who were a part of last summer remember it.

'We said and knew we had to do a lot of work to improve our games, both personally and as a team.

'It's obviously a very special feeling to sit here beating India 4-0, knowing that last summer I couldn't buy a run. It's a great feeling.

'I hate to say it but throughout your career you need to go through the tough times individually and as a team to realise how hard Test cricket is and how special it is when you have days like today and a series like this.'

Other chastening losses have occurred since, such as being railroaded for 47 by South Africa after holding a 188-run lead, and then surrendering to New Zealand having bowled them out for 150.

'The loss in South Africa and the loss against New Zealand is something that every player in that change room has had in the front of their mind,' Clarke added.

'That's probably been a bit of an inspiration to make sure when we feel like things are going well, to keep pushing forward; to make the most of the momentum that we've been able to have.

'Consistency is an area we've had to work on as a team.

Finish: Australian celebrate after Umesh Yadav (right) loses his wicket and India lose the series

Finish: Australian celebrate after Umesh Yadav (right) loses his wicket and India lose the series

'To be able to keep backing up throughout this series and win all four Test matches shows we're improving in that area.'

While Australia are celebrating a return to form, India are left to pick up the pieces of another humiliating whitewash.

Also Beaten 4-0 in England last summer, Duncan Fletcher`s side have fallen some way since they were ranked as the world`s best Test side.

But veteran batsman Virender Sehwag does not feel any of their senior players, such as himself, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman, should be thinking about stepping down.

'I don't think there is a need for retirement of any player in this team,' Sehwag said.

'They will take their call when they're needed and when they think their time is up.'

The team's media spokesman also expressed his anger at reports emerging down under that Dravid had already decided to end his career.

Belief: Virender Sehwag (left) believes colleagues like Rahul Dravid (right) should not retire

Belief: Virender Sehwag (left) believes colleagues like Rahul Dravid (right) should not retire

'The team takes note of the stories in the media suggesting the imminent retirement of a member of the India team,' said GS Walia, reading from a prepared statement.

'We would like to clarify that situation by stating categorically that these are not correct and are baseless.'

Dravid averaged marginally over 24 throughout the tour, but was not alone in struggling to deal with Australia`s new-look attack.

'We have to look at ourselves and what went wrong and then make the calls,' Sehwag added.

'There are experienced players in our team, they are well aware of that and they are working on that, one bad series doesn't make any difference for them.

'They are working hard on their batting skills and they'll find a way.'

Sehwag did not offer a ringing endorsement of former England coach Fletcher, though, for whom this was a second career whitewash in Australia.

When asked what the Zimbabwean had brought to the side, he said: 'It's difficult to tell you. I will not comment on that.'

Australia beat India at the SCG by an innings

Tendulkar falls short of 100th century as Australia thrash India by an innings

Australia secured a 2-0 series lead over India by completing an emphatic innings-and-68-run victory midway through the final session on day four of the second Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

The tourists dominated the morning action and looked set to force the match into the fifth day before man of the match Michael Clarke claimed the vital scalp of Sachin Tendulkar to spark a dramatic collapse just after lunch.

It rounded off a memorable Test for the Australia skipper, who scored a triple century to underpin his side's dominant performance.

Pure delight: Australian completed a stunning victory by an innings over India

Pure delight: Australian completed a stunning victory by an innings over India

Tendulkar's dismissal for 80 signalled the beginning of the end for the visitors, who lost four wickets for 15 runs in quick time to be staring down the barrel of a heavy defeat.

Zaheer Khan (35) and Ravi Ashwin (62) rallied with a 56-run partnership, while Ishant Sharma (11) offered some resistance before becoming Nathan Lyon's first victim of the match when he was trapped lbw.

Ravi Ashwin kept up the fight before holing out to Lyon off Ben Hilfenhaus (five for 106) for an impressive half-century as India was bowled out for 400.

It was a superb performance from the rejuvenated Hilfenhaus, who finished with eight wickets for the match to be the pick of an in-form Australia attack.

Down and out: Virat Kohli put up some resistance before falling LBW

Down and out: Virat Kohli put up some resistance before falling LBW

Peter Siddle, James Pattinson and Lyon also finished amongst the wickets in the second innings.

Tendulkar was on track to post his 100th international century before he prodded at a well-flighted ball from the Australia captain and was caught at first slip by Mike Hussey.

Falling short: Sachin Tendulkar's wait for a 100th century goes on

Falling short: Sachin Tendulkar's wait for a 100th century goes on

Brad Haddin was unable to take the sharp chance but the ball deflected off the gloveman's pads and straight to Hussey, who accepted the rebound to spark wild celebrations from the home side.

India suffered another massive blow moments later when VVS Laxman was clean bowled by Hilfenhaus for 66 off the first delivery with the second new ball.

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was next to depart for just two when he spooned a return catch to Hilfenhaus, and when Pattinson trapped Virat Kohli lbw for nine victory was all but assured for the hosts.

Earlier, India lost opener Gautam Gambhir (83) in the first session before Tendulkar and Laxman steadied things with a timely 103-run stand.

Gambhir looked set to post a well-deserved century before he half drove at a ball from Siddle and caught a thick edge for David Warner to take a comfortable catch at point.

Australia will reclaim the Border-Gavaskar Trophy if they can win or draw either of the two remaining Tests in Perth and Adelaide.

Australia v India: Tourists in command on day three

India on top despite Hilfenhaus heroics as Aussie openers fail on day three

Australia held an overall lead of 230 runs at stumps on day three of the first Test against India at the MCG, after reaching 179 for eight in their second innings.

Michael Hussey (79 not out) and Ricky Ponting (60) combined for a 115-run stand that halted a damaging top-order collapse – but the latter”s dismissal means India are in command of a see-saw contest.

Hussey, dropped in the slips by Rahul Dravid in the shadows of stumps, will join number 10 James Pattinson (three not out) when play resumes.

Steadying the ship: Hussey and Ponting

Steadying the ship: Hussey and Ponting”s stand halted the top-order collapse

Australia v India

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The hosts” top four each failed to reach double figures, undoing the superb work of Ben Hilfenhaus – who earlier today claimed his first Test five-wicket haul to earn Australia a 51-run first-innings lead.

Under-fire veterans Hussey and Ponting came to the crease after young Indian quick Umesh Yadav (four wickets for 49 runs) rifled through the top order to leave Australia teetering on 27 for four.

Ponting hit his second half-century of the match by driving off the back foot to deep point and then running all four runs to raucous applause of the 40,000-strong crowd. Hussey, out for a golden in the first innings, reached his 50 the next over as Australia regained the momentum.

But 36-year-old Ponting fell well short of a drought-breaking hundred when he presented a catch to gully off veteran seamer Zaheer Khan (two for 32).

And when out-of-form Brad Haddin was out for six, caught at second slip also to Zaheer, and tail-enders Peter Siddle (four) and Nathan Lyon (nought) followed, the tourists had wrested back control with two days to play.

Fifteen wickets fell on a day dominated by the bowlers despite there being no obvious signs of uneven bounce or menace in the wicket.


Aussie”s ruled: Yadav traps Cowan LBW and Marsh”s stumps are rattled (below)


The visitors lost seven wickets for 68 runs during the morning session to be all out for 282 after Hilfenhaus claimed five for 75 in a devastating spell.

He removed Dravid (68), Virat Kohli (11), MS Dhoni (six) and Ishant Sharma (11) to dent India”s challenge after they resumed at 214 for three, in reply to Australia”s first-innings 333.

Fans had barely settled in their seats before Dravid was clean bowled second ball of the day. The Tasmanian seamer produced a perfect delivery which came in and then moved away slightly to beat the outside edge of Dravid”s bat and hit the top of off-stump.

Siddle (three for 63) then had VVS Laxman caught behind by Haddin for two – and Australia took control when Hilfenhaus struck twice within three overs midway through the morning session.

Kohli presented a simple catch to Haddin after edging an outswinger and skipper Dhoni lasted three deliveries against the new ball before picking out Hussey at gully.

Nightwatchman Sharma provided the most resistance but eventually presented Haddin with his fifth catch of the innings.

However Australia blew a chance to take control of the match when they suffered a dramatic top-order collapse.

David Warner (five) was the first to go chopping a ball from Yadav onto the stumps while his partner Ed Cowan (eight) was out three balls later, foolishly leaving a ball that straightened and struck him on the pads.

Five alive! It was a memorable day for Aussie seamer Hilfenhaus

Five alive! It was a memorable day for Aussie seamer Hilfenhaus (and below)

Five alive! It was a memorable day for Aussie seamer Hilfenhaus

Shaun Marsh was bowled for three, playing on to his stumps when attempting to drive a pitched-up Yadav ball.

Then captain Michael Clarke (one) made it a pair of failures in the series opener when Sharma tore through his defence with a 149.9 km/h thunderbolt.

India”s enforced absence of the decision review system has again worked to their advantage in this contest.

Ravichandran Ashwin was struck in front in the first session only to be given not out despite replays showing the ball hitting middle and leg stumps.

And replays showed Cowan”s dismissals – caught behind in the first innings and lbw in the second – were both incorrect.

Michael Clarke promises friendly Australia and India series

Clarke promises friendly Australia and India series despite memories of fiery tour

Australia captain Michael Clarke is adamant his team will play hard but not cross the line in the four-Test series against India.

When India last toured Australia in 2007/08, several incidents – including Harbhajan Singh being fined for using abusive language towards Andrew Symonds – marred the series, won by the hosts.

But Clarke and India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni want to avoid similar controversy, and the Australia batsman said his side knows where the competitive line stands.

Landmark: Michael Clarke is preparing for his first Boxing Day Test as captain

Landmark: Michael Clarke is preparing for his first Boxing Day Test as captain

“Both teams understand where we”re at. I think the relationship between the Australia team and India team could not be stronger,” Clarke said. “I think there”s a lot of friendships made there and we all understand there”s a line you can go to, but there”s a line you can”t cross.

“I can guarantee you nobody in the Australian team will cross that and if they do, there will be punishments from the ICC (International Cricket Council), and also Cricket Australia.

“We”ll be doing everything in our power to play some really competitive, tough cricket, but we understand and acknowledge that we won”t cross that line.”

Australia team for first Test:

Michael Clarke (capt), Brad Haddin, Ed Cowan, Ben Hilfenhaus, Michael Hussey, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, James Pattinson, Ricky Ponting, Peter Siddle, David Warner, Mitchell Starc (12th man).

The fiery incident between Symonds and Harbhajan occurred after the spinner was frustrated by several decisions going against him in the second Test at the SCG.

With the Decision Review System not in place for the upcoming series, there had been concerns the players” frustrations could again boil over. Symonds and Harbhajan have since played together in the Indian Premier League (IPL), and Clarke said the Twenty20 tournament had allowed players from the two countries to form close friendships.

“I think the relationship between the Australian players and the Indian players is very good and will continue to be that way,” Clarke said.

“The IPL has played a big part because you get the opportunity to play with people from all around the world.

Raring to go: Ricky Ponting (left) warms up for the first Test in Melbourne

Raring to go: Ricky Ponting (left) warms up for the first Test in Melbourne

“In saying that, I think the series out on the field will be very competitive. Both teams want to win, both have a lot to play for and in my career it”s been no different against India.

“It”s always been very competitive on the field, but off the field both teams get on very well.”

Opener Ed Cowan will make his debut for Australia on Boxing Day after being named in the XI against India.

Cowan has scored centuries in each of his past four innings for Tasmania and the Chairman”s XI against India in a warm-up match.

Clash: Tempers flared on India

Clash: Tempers flared on India”s last tour of Australia in 2007 and 2008

Ben Hilfenhaus and Shaun Marsh were also named in the team, the latter back from a back injury Cowan and Marsh replaced out-of-from pair Phillip Hughes and Usman Khawaja, while swing bowler Hilfenhaus has come in for Mitch Starc, who is 12th man.

Ryan Harris and Dan Christian will remain with the group until their Big Bash League commitments later in the week, and all-rounder Shane Watson will also continue his recovery in Melbourne in a bid to be fit for consideration for selection for upcoming Test matches.

Debut: Aussie opener Ed Cowan

Debut: Aussie opener Ed Cowan

With Australia missing Watson”s contribution with the ball, captain Michael Clarke revealed Hilfenhaus” endurance helped him win the final bowling spot over youngster Starc.

Clarke said: “He is a very good new ball bowler and he can bowl long spells and he has had success against India as well so there”s probably a few reasons why we decided to go with Hilfy.

“We feel we have got the right XI to give ourselves a chance to win the Test match.”

Clarke said 21-year-old Starc was disappointed when told he was dropped.

“Mitch is obviously disappointed. He would have loved a chance but he understands the reasons,” he said.

“He has to keep working hard at his game now to continue to improve. (He needs) to go back to his Big Bash team and New South Wales and continue to take wickets.”