Friday, January 27, 2012

Australia rout India at Adelaide to complete whitewashAustralia rout India at Adelaide to complete whitewash

The Australian team celebrate victory during day five of the fourth Test Match against India at the Adelaide Oval.

Australia took less than an hour on the last day of the fourth test at Adelaide Oval today to complete his decimation of India and subject them for their second consecutive lime in a series of tests away. So much for this powerful series unilateral embarrassing being promoted as 'Thunder Down Under'!

India has no chance to pursue the target of 500 runs after the second statement Australia captain Michael Clarke of the game on 167 for five in their second innings yesterday and were duly thrashed by 298 runs, but to make the humiliation worse, the visitors went down again showing no stomach for a fight and work hard to make the hosts to victory. Australia's complete domination over India comes a year after they have been discussed in the Ashes series, and Don Argus review by Cricket Australia in the background of this loss will certainly put the team back on track to play consistently and winning. This is certainly something that the BCCI should have done after the lime in England, but if not done now, such humiliations continue to India.

The last leg rout completed a dismal first concert tour of Australia to the former number one team in testing. India was referred by 122 runs in Melbourne, for an innings and 68 runs in Sydney, and by an innings and 37 runs in Perth. Batting woes were banished from India in the last two test series away, and Adelaide was supposed to be the best chance for the line-up to redeem themselves. But the same sordid story was repeated in the apartment and Adelaide Oval wicket where India was rolled out to 272 and 201. In contrast,
Australia made optimum use of the batting-friendly conditions on offer and declared their first innings on 604 for seven centuries thanks to the double of Clarke and Ricky Ponting.

Run out into the Indian persecution worst possible start when Gautam Gambhir was dismissed on Thursday on Australia captain Michael Clarke was deservedly named Man of the Series. (Hamish Blair / Getty Images) their second innings at stumps and they entered the fourth day on 166 for 6, with the experienced middle-order no more than once. Ryan Harris and Man of the Match Peter Siddle (22 wickets in the series) had a night watchman Ishant Sharma and Wriddhiman Saha, respectively, caught behind by Brad Haddin in the third and fourth overs of the day to hasten the end of the match. Zaheer Khan struck three boundaries in his 18-ball 15 before he was caught by David Warner at short cover off Ben Hilfenhaus is bowling.

Hilfenhaus has topped the bowling with 27 wickets, which is more than one series to a player after 40 legendary Australian leg spinner Shane Warne's wickets in the 2005 Ashes series. Nathan Lyon took his fourth wicket of the innings to finish the game when Umesh Yadav had Haddin caught behind the stumps with R Ashwin remaining unbeaten on 15.

The only bright spot for India in the fourth test was Virat Kohli scoring his maiden Test century in first innings and he finished as top scorer of the team in the series with 300 runs at an average of 37.50. Kohli fade mind to go to a single risk and needlessly run out off the last ball of the penultimate over of the fourth day that summed up almost abject surrender of India Down Under.

Sachin Tendulkar, who scored 287 runs, had the satisfaction of being the second highest run scorer for India in the series, but that's not saying much. However, Rahul Dravid (194 runs), VVS Laxman (155 runs) and Virender Sehwag (198 runs) all let themselves down badly and its been a collective failure of the main factors that led to the humiliation of India.

In contrast, Clarke and Ponting, who came under a cloud this series were in sublime form. While Clarke was fighting to win acceptancy as captain Ponting was being hounded by critics, who felt the time had come for him to retire. But both answered his critics in the best possible way - by collecting the races.

Clarke, who was also praised for his shrewd captaincy and attacking, ended the series with 626 runs, including a triple and double century for a century, an average of 125.20. He is the only captain in 135 years to break a century doubles and even triples the Test series, and was deservedly named Man of the Series. Ponting scored 544 runs in the series, including two centuries and three half-centuries at an average of 108.80. He showed signs of recovering his form when he scored two half-century in Boxing Day Test, and that gave him the confidence to return to his best as the series went on to silence critics.

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