Page 1 of 6 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 57

Thread: Australia vs India 2011-12

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Pindi
    Age
    31
    Posts
    24,015
    Mentioned
    246 Post(s)
    Tagged
    6079 Thread(s)
    Thanked
    15
    Rep Power
    21474868

    Default Australia vs India 2011-12

    india vs australia 2011 fixtures schedule 290x160 - Australia vs India 2011-12
    Australia versus India 2011-12

    Fixtures:

    india vs australia 2011 schedule - Australia vs India 2011-12
    mera libas hai tu zps3e44c641 - Australia vs India 2011-12

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Pindi
    Age
    31
    Posts
    24,015
    Mentioned
    246 Post(s)
    Tagged
    6079 Thread(s)
    Thanked
    15
    Rep Power
    21474868

    Default Re: Australia vs India 2011-12

    India might not be able to adapt - Warner

    140014 - Australia vs India 2011-12

    Australia's players sense fragility in India's mental approach when playing matches away from home, and have discussed taking advantage of it during the Boxing Day Test.

    Among the many topics covered in preparation for the first Test at the MCG was the disparity in Indian attitudes to matches at home and away. The opening batsman David Warner said Australia had discussed how the sense of invincibility India enjoyed on the subcontinent can slip away rapidly on the other side of the world.

    "You look at their line-up and you can think 'oh how are we going to get these guys out'," Warner told ESPNcricinfo. "But we know when they're in Australia, the wickets are different, and we think their mental approach is a bit different to what it is when they're in India.

    "We think they automatically know they're going to win series in India because the wickets turn and it is all in their favour. And it is probably similar to when they come out here, we think the bouncy wickets, they might not be able to adapt to it.

    "They're one of the best line-ups in the world, and capable of scoring big runs on the wickets we're producing here. We've got to be spot on with our lines and lengths with our quicks, and when we're batting we need to put on as many runs as we can … I reckon we're in for a good series."

    While Australia's batting was a weak spot for the team over recent matches, no worse than during traumatic defeats to South Africa and New Zealand in Cape Town and Hobart, Warner said the top six had set themselves to keep India's bowling attack in the field for long periods.

    Fitness doubts surrounding Ishant Sharma and Zaheer Khan, plus an inexperienced back-up group behind them, mean a couple of long stints in the field in the first Test would go a distance towards stretching Indian resources, much as they were against England earlier this year.

    "I definitely think the longer we keep them out there [in the field] the harder it'll be for them, mentally as well," Warner said. "We know a couple of their players don't like being out in the field for too long and their fast bowlers are under injury clouds as well. So the more overs we can get out of them, the better for us going into the second innings and also the upcoming Tests. If we can do our damage early in the series it'll hold us in good stead for the following three."

    Warner has come a long way since he made his international debut at the MCG in 2009, in a Twenty20 match against South Africa. He said his mental approach to the game had changed "massively", allowing him to achieve the rich array of scores in 2011 that propelled him into Test cricket.

    "My mental side of the game has changed massively, sometimes in the past I might've gone out there and just lost my head or just thrown my wicket away," he said. "Now I respect my wicket 100 times more. Even in the nets it is the same thing, I used to just go in there, have a hit and say 'I'm satisfied with that'.

    "But I look at that now and say, 'what was I thinking, that was a load of crap'. Now I'm in there, focused, switched on, and it is like a game to me now when I'm in there. When I get out I really kick myself because you only get one chance in the middle."

    That thinking should preclude Warner from using his eye-catching knack of "switch-hitting" in a Test match. Though if he reaches three figures at the MCG, Warner may just feel the time is right.

    "It's like a forward defence, if I'm practising that in the nets and doing it to perfection, you can do it out in the middle," Warner said. "But then if you play a shot like that and you get out then people will start saying things. You have to pick the right time to do it, if you're going to do it.

    "In Test cricket you've got to score runs but you've got so much time to do it, you don't need to play those shots, unless you're at the back-end of your innings and you want to start firing. Eventually it will come in if I'm settled in, but definitely not early in my innings."
    mera libas hai tu zps3e44c641 - Australia vs India 2011-12

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Pindi
    Age
    31
    Posts
    24,015
    Mentioned
    246 Post(s)
    Tagged
    6079 Thread(s)
    Thanked
    15
    Rep Power
    21474868

    Default Re: Australia vs India 2011-12

    Batsmen ready for testing conditions - Clarke

    140432 - Australia vs India 2011-12


    Last Boxing Day, the biggest day on Australia's cricket calendar, Andrew Strauss sent the Australians in on a pitch with a little bit of juice in it. They didn't last 50 overs. Chris Tremlett and James Anderson skittled the Australians for 98. They never recovered, England secured the Ashes with that victory, and the Argus review was commissioned in the weeks that followed.

    Fast forward 12 months and the Australians have been bowled out for 47 in an innings against South Africa. They have lost a Test to New Zealand in challenging conditions at Bellerive Oval. Their batsmen continue to fail. Only David Warner and Shaun Marsh, the two newest members of the top order, have averaged more than 40 in the past year.

    And now they are back at the MCG. It is still the biggest day on Australia's cricket calendar. They are still struggling against the moving ball, the reason behind their batting camp over the past few days. Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma are skilled movers of the ball in the air and off the pitch. But the captain Michael Clarke still believes his batsmen should play their natural game, even if they are sent in under cloudy skies.

    "I think it's important if we bat first that we play our natural game," Clarke said. "I think you have the confidence to back your own ability. We've done plenty of work so it's not from lack of training ... Our preparation has been spot on. Now it's about getting out there and enjoying every minute of it. I have no concerns if we bat first on that wicket and there's a bit of movement. I'm confident we're ready for it.

    "I make no bones about it, we've had extra time as a batting unit because we know we've got to get better at facing the new ball if there's a bit in the wicket. We want to improve. We want to get better in that department of our game as batters. We've done the work though. That's all I can ask any of the boys for."

    Clarke said the ghosts of last year's Test - five members of that side will not play this year - were well and truly exorcised. However he said it remained a special day and the Australians would need to handle the atmosphere at the start of the contest against a strong India side.

    "It is [special] because of the date," Clarke said. "It's the Boxing Day Test match. It's built up because it is a special Test match, no doubt about it. And we're playing against a very good opposition. I think the start of any Test match is crucial, whether you bat or bowl is irrelevant, but how you start the game… is a good indication to where the Test match is going to end up."

    As the first Test in the series, the Boxing Day match will set the tone not only for the type of cricket that is played over the coming month, but also how the teams interact. Last time India toured Australia, under Anil Kumble in 2007-08, the series was acrimonious in the extreme, the Sydney Test featuring controversial umpiring and a racism row involving Harbhajan Singh and Andrew Symonds.

    However, since then the sides have played two Test series, both in India, without major incident, and plenty of the players now turn out together in the IPL. Clarke said he was confident the series would be played in the right spirit.

    "I think the IPL has been very good for that," he said. "The relationship between the Australian players and the Indian players is very good and will continue to be that way. The IPL has played a big part, the opportunity to play with people from all around the world.

    "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. 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."
    mera libas hai tu zps3e44c641 - Australia vs India 2011-12

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Pindi
    Age
    31
    Posts
    24,015
    Mentioned
    246 Post(s)
    Tagged
    6079 Thread(s)
    Thanked
    15
    Rep Power
    21474868

    Default Re: Australia vs India 2011-12

    Hilfenhaus to play, Christian left out

    138382 - Australia vs India 2011-12

    Australia have decided against using the allrounder Daniel Christian in the Boxing Day Test, while the left-armer Mitchell Starc has also missed out from the 13-man squad. The captain Michael Clarke announced the starting line-up on Saturday, two days before the game, with Ben Hilfenhaus to play his first Test since the Ashes last summer.

    Shaun Marsh was named at No.3 after making an impressive return from his back injury in Thursday night's Big Bash League match, while the opener Ed Cowan will make his debut. Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey, the two under-pressure senior members of the middle order, have retained their positions.

    The decision to go in with only four frontline bowlers could be viewed as a gamble against a strong batting line-up including Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag and VVS Laxman. However, Clarke said he would call on his batsmen to provide some overs if required.

    "I'm confident we've got the best XI to win this Test match in these conditions," Clarke said. "I can use Michael Hussey, Ricky Ponting and myself to bowl a few overs. David Warner can bowl a few legspinners. I feel we've got the right XI to give ourselves a chance of winning this Test match.

    "DC [Christian] offers a lot with both bat and ball but unfortunately for him right now we can't fit him into the XI."

    Hilfenhaus won his recall in part due to his ability to bowl long spells, which without an allrounder will become more important.

    "I think it plays a part," Clarke said. "His control, he's a very good new ball bowler. He can bowl long spells. He's had success against India as well. There's a few reasons we decided to go with Hilfy."

    While the bowling gains experience with the return of Hilfenhaus, the batting line-up will also welcome back an important man with Marsh to play his first Test since the Cape Town debacle last month. Clarke said he was confident Marsh was fit to play despite his serious back problems over the past six weeks.

    "His back is fine," he said. "He's taken it easy yesterday and today to make sure he's fully recovered and ready to go come Boxing Day. I'd imagine you'll see Shaun out here tomorrow facing some bowlers or at least having some throwdowns. He's 100% ready to go."

    Australia:
    1 David Warner, 2 Ed Cowan, 3 Shaun Marsh, 4 Ricky Ponting, 5 Michael Clarke (capt), 6 Michael Hussey, 7 Brad Haddin (wk), 8 Peter Siddle, 9 James Pattinson, 10 Nathan Lyon, 11 Ben Hilfenhaus.
    mera libas hai tu zps3e44c641 - Australia vs India 2011-12

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Pindi
    Age
    31
    Posts
    24,015
    Mentioned
    246 Post(s)
    Tagged
    6079 Thread(s)
    Thanked
    15
    Rep Power
    21474868

    Default Re: Australia vs India 2011-12

    Laxman impressed with seamers' fitness

    140490 - Australia vs India 2011-12

    The first thing you notice at India's nets at the MCG is that Zaheer Khan has come back a leaner man, going all out during the training session, watching Umesh Yadav closely, discussing his action before going on to bowl again. Ishant Sharma is bowling too, though not as many overs as Zaheer and Yadav, but still a fair share. Ishant's ankle is still strapped, but there seems to be no talk of a replacement being called up from India.

    There is general optimism around the Indian camp. Ishant turns around and laughs when he hears a TV reporter say in his piece-to-camera, done in close vicinity of the nets, that Ishant's ankle remains India's main worry and that his selection decision will be made on the morning of the Test, three days from now. Yadav and Zaheer continue to have a discussion around his action, between deliveries. Eric Simmons, the bowling coach, looks relieved too.

    After the debacle in England, especially when it came to fast bowlers' fitness, you can't be sure until they have played the whole series, but after the initial scare with Ishant's ankle they seem to have recovered. After walking off in the first practice game, and then missing the first innings of the second, Ishant came back to bowl on the last day in Canberra.

    "Ishant didn't finish the first practice game in Canberra," VVS Laxman said, "but the way he bowled in the second innings of the (Cricket Australia) Chairman's XI in the second match, and also the way he bowled today at the nets is proof that they are both fit and raring to go."

    Laxman was also referring to Zaheer. His injury on the opening day of the Lord's Test this July was one of the big turning points of the series. Andrew Flintoff had immediately tweeted that if Zaheer didn't come back to bowl, that could be the series to England. In his time out of the team, though, Zaheer seems to have worked hard on his rehabilitation. It is hard to miss, especially in comparison with the shape he went to England in.

    "When you are playing the international game, injuries become part and parcel of a player's life," Laxman said. "If you see, even the Australians are missing their frontline bowlers because of the injuries. But it's good to see the way Zaheer Khan has come back after his ankle surgery. He is lean and fit, and you can see he has really worked hard on his fitness."

    India's other concern on overseas tours of late has been the lack of time to prepare, but this time the team came to Australia well in advance and got two tour games apart from the general nets and acclimatisation. Laxman, though, believes that the time they have been able to spend as a team in Australia has been equally important.

    "Last time we had one side game against Victoria team but it was rained out, so we directly went to a Test match without preparation," Laxman said. "So we are quite happy with the way we have prepared. Also we are able to spend a lot of time together, especially with the one-day boys who have recovered from the tough schedule they had. I think it was quite good the way we spend around 10 days in Canberra and we are quite happy with our preparations, and hopefully we can start performing from the word go."

    India aren't used to feeling so good before the overseas tour, even though this should be par for the course. They had to deal with such fitness worries in the lead-up to each of their last three tours. However, the indications right now are that as Boxing Day approaches, they are getting more and more confident about the availability of their first three bowling choices - Zaheer, Ishant and Yadav - and also about the time they have spent in local conditions.
    mera libas hai tu zps3e44c641 - Australia vs India 2011-12

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Mississauga, Canada
    Posts
    35,213
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Thanked
    0
    Rep Power
    0

    Default Re: Australia vs India 2011-12

    InshALLAH Aus will win

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Pindi
    Age
    31
    Posts
    24,015
    Mentioned
    246 Post(s)
    Tagged
    6079 Thread(s)
    Thanked
    15
    Rep Power
    21474868

    Default Re: Australia vs India 2011-12

    Indiaaaa, India
    Indiaaaa, India
    mera libas hai tu zps3e44c641 - Australia vs India 2011-12

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Pindi
    Age
    31
    Posts
    24,015
    Mentioned
    246 Post(s)
    Tagged
    6079 Thread(s)
    Thanked
    15
    Rep Power
    21474868

    Default Re: Australia vs India 2011-12

    'We couldn't be more prepared' - Haddin

    139672 - Australia vs India 2011-12

    Brad Haddin has said Australia have mentally recovered from the defeat to New Zealand, and are prepared to face India. "I think we're in a very good space," he said on the eve of the Boxing Day Test. "We've had a week to prepare. We couldn't be more prepared and more looking forward to the game. Boxing Day is a great occasion to walk out on the MCG. As a sportsman it's a highlight to come out in front of sometimes 60-70 thousand. We've had a very good couple of days at our batting camp and we're ready for this."

    Haddin has had an ordinary year with the bat, with two half-centuries in 14 innings, although both of them set up wins for the side. At the batting camp in the lead-up to the match, he said, he worked more on the mental side of things. "From my point of view it's not the swinging ball," he said. "It's just making sure my mindset is just playing at the tempo I play at, don't try to take the game forward too quick and just react to the game."

    Similarly the three senior batsmen in the line-up, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey, have been under pressure, especially with a total experience of five Tests among the top three. "I think it's important that we all stand up," Haddin said. "After our series against New Zealand we are very much looking forward to this. You talk about our inexperienced top three, I think we've got a very in-form top three, which is good, and if we're going to do any good in this series it's going to be from one to seven with the bat. We've all got to perform. We've got to make sure we've got our game heads on and ready to go."

    One of those top three is debutant Ed Cowan, Australia's 10th new Test cap this year. "He's very excited like we all are," Haddin said. "The one thing in Ed's favour, he's coming off some very very good form and he is feeling confident. He played the Indians last week. It's an exciting time to make your Test debut and especially Boxing Day. It's a massive event and he'll be up for the challenge. There will obviously be some nervous energy today, tomorrow, but he will deal with that."

    Haddin admitted he didn't know quite what to make of the speculation around the fitness of Indian quicks. "I think they rely on the two big boys quite a lot," he said. "With the injury cloud I don't think too much about that with this Indian team. Once they take the field they seem to roll out all right. We know where their strengths are, but we also know there are areas that we can get the game moving forward and develop the game as quick as we like."

    Haddin spoke about freeing the mind of too many thoughts now that all the preparation is done and there are fewer than 24 hours to the toss on Boxing Day. He then went off to the Christmas lunch with his team-mates and their families. "It's an exciting time of the year."
    mera libas hai tu zps3e44c641 - Australia vs India 2011-12

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Pindi
    Age
    31
    Posts
    24,015
    Mentioned
    246 Post(s)
    Tagged
    6079 Thread(s)
    Thanked
    15
    Rep Power
    21474868

    Default Re: Australia vs India 2011-12

    Two flawed teams on cricket's biggest stage

    140480 - Australia vs India 2011-12

    Match facts

    Monday, December 26
    Start time 1030 (2330 GMT)

    Perhaps the biggest date on the Test cricket calendar, this year's Boxing Day match is a meeting between two flawed but fascinating teams. The dimensions of the flaws - Australia's brittle batting, India's slim bowling - create for plenty of intrigue.

    Australia enter the match having lost a Test to New Zealand for the first time since 1993, and with the batsmen having been submitted for extra remedial work against the swinging ball. They are bolstered by the return of Shaun Marsh and the inclusion of the solid Ed Cowan, but will have to improve markedly in their resilience as a batting collective. Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey, the two thirty-somethings in the middle order, have the task ahead of them to prove they deserve to keep their spots after recent misadventures with the bat. They will hope for brighter days against India's attack.

    Though Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma appear a formidable pace duo on the page, neither is at their peak due to ankle problems. Zaheer's has been recovering after surgery, while Ishant may yet require surgical work once the tour is over. Behind them are the slippery but inexperienced Umesh Yadav and the spin of R Ashwin or Pragyan Ojha, none of whom have played a Test in Australia. Ashwin's accuracy and variations have the chance of posing problems for the hosts, though the drop-in pitch at the MCG is not noted as for extremes of spin or deterioration.

    Better known is India's batting, constructed as it is on the pillars of Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman. The latter trio are on a valedictory trip that is surely their last to this country, Dravid making it memorable already via his insightful Bradman Oration in Canberra. He has been India's most accomplished batsman in 2011, having beaten the naysayers much as Tendulkar did when he emerged from a lean 2005-06. Sehwag's destructive capabilities are self-evident, while Laxman's penchant for Australian bowling is nothing short of legendary. Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli are able lieutenants, through Gambhir is overdue a century.

    Opposing them is an Australia bowling ensemble that could be extremely effective, but may also be taken for plenty of runs. James Pattinson's fire and swing have given Michael Clarke the spearhead he needs, while Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus seem to be much improved on the versions of themselves that were milked around the MCG by England in last year's corresponding match. Most curious of all, however, is the matter of Nathan Lyon's fledgling spin. He is talented, and led adeptly by Clarke. But India have destroyed the world's finest slow bowlers as a matter of course, and shall seek to do the same to Lyon to place maximum pressure on a quartet of bowlers lacking the allround element of Shane Watson or Daniel Christian.

    Form guide

    Australia: LWWLD
    India: DWWLL
    Players to watch out for...

    Shaun Marsh batted with enormous assurance in his first three Tests, until a back complaint rendered him lame for the second innings of the Cape Town Test against South Africa and kept him out of three further encounters. His combination of patience, sound judgement and firm stroke-play elevated him to No. 3 ahead of Ponting, and gave Australia a sense of calm at the fall of the first wicket. How much Marsh was missed became painfully clear in Hobart against New Zealand, necessitating his return for the MCG. Having shown he is striking the ball well enough in a Twenty20 appearance for the Perth Scorchers, Marsh must now push his back through the rigours of five days. A relapse would be disastrous.
    Two previous tours of Australia have proven too taxing for Zaheer Khan, as injuries cruelled his progress each time. Smart, aggressive and skilful, Zaheer has all the toys required to unseat the best batsmen, and in India has ripped through Australia more than once, using swing and cagey variations in pace. But it is in Australia where the injuries have struck, and after an ankle surgery Zaheer must hold his body together if he is to make a critical contribution to this match, and this tour.

    Team news

    Cowan and Marsh replaced Phillip Hughes and Usman Khawaja, while Ben Hilfenhaus offers steady swing and long spells - two things Mitchell Starc struggled to provide either in consistent doses despite his undoubted promise.

    Australia: 1 David Warner, 2 Ed Cowan, 3 Shaun Marsh, 4 Ricky Ponting, 5 Michael Clarke (capt), 6 Michael Hussey, 7 Brad Haddin (wk), 8 Peter Siddle, 9 James Pattinson, 10 Nathan Lyon, 11 Ben Hilfenhaus.

    Ishant and Zaheer are fit to play, and India's batting appears settled. Ashwin is expected to claim the spin spot ahead of Ojha.

    India(probable): 1 Virender Sehwag, 2 Gautam Gambhir, 3 Rahul Dravid, 4 Sachin Tendulkar, 5 Virat Kohli, 6 VVS Laxman, 7 MS Dhoni (capt, wk), 8 R Ashwin, 9 Zaheer Khan, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Umesh Yadav.

    Pitch and conditions

    As on Boxing Day last year, the MCG pitch will likely offer plenty of early life before simmering down later. On a surface not given to breaking up once the early life recedes, the first innings will be important to the outcome of the match.

    Stats and trivia

    Sachin Tendulkar needs a century to reach his 100th in international matches.
    India have not won a Test series in Australia in nine attempts since their first visit in 1947-48. Three series, 1980-81, 1985-86 and 2003-04, have been drawn.
    Ed Cowan is Australia's 10th Test debutant in 2011. This is the most since 1977, the year of defections to Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket.
    Quotes

    "I make no bones about it, we've had extra time as a batting unit because we know we've got to get better at facing the new ball if there's a bit in the wicket. We want to improve. We want to get better in that department of our game as batters. We've done the work though. That's all I can ask any of the boys for."
    Michael Clarke believes his batsmen have addressed their frailties

    "Last time we had one side game against Victoria team but it was rained out, so we directly went to a Test match without preparation. So we are quite happy with the way we have prepared. Also we are able to spend a lot of time together, especially with the one-day boys who have recovered from the tough schedule they had.

    VVS Laxman has appreciated a more rounded preparation for Boxing Day than in 2007-08
    mera libas hai tu zps3e44c641 - Australia vs India 2011-12

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Mississauga, Canada
    Posts
    35,213
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Thanked
    0
    Rep Power
    0

    Default Re: Australia vs India 2011-12

    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Passenger View Post
    Indiaaaa, India
    Indiaaaa, India
    time will tell
    they can't win anywhere, beside in their own country

Page 1 of 6 123 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •