Clarke puts his foot in his mouth

As a captain and selector, Clarke played a big role in taking the shocking decision to drop Watson, Johnson, Khwaja and Pattinson.

Australian captain, Michael Clarke: "There have been a number of issues on this tour where I don’t think we have been hitting our standards," he said. "We have not been doing what is required for this Australian cricket team to have the success we want it to have."

"I want the public and the media to understand. Don't get me wrong, it's not just about one incident. Firstly, on this tour, our performances have been unacceptable and there has been some stuff off the field that has been unacceptable for the standards of an Australian cricket team."

"We can't accept mediocrity here. This is the Australian cricket team, maybe I am biased but there is a big difference between this team and other cricket teams."

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Shane Warner

The Cement Curse

It all started in December, when Mohinder Amarnath was shoved out of the Selection Panel. Mohinder then came out and said, the selectors wanted to change a defensive captain, Dhoni, who was also under-performing. From being the Number one Test team in the world, the Indian cricket team was sliding down under Dhoni, who just couldn't inspire anything.

Virender Sehwag played a match-winning knock against England in the Ahmedabad Test. After that, India went on to lose the Test series to England; again it was too apparent Dhoni just wasn't keen on inspiring the team. When the Aussies arrived in India for the current Test series, the new selection panel dropped Gambhir from the team. Gambhir, leading India A against the Australians, scored a hundred to prove the selectors wrong.

Dhoni's double hundred in the Chennai Test, a gift from the Aussies, who refused to attack him, paved way for India winning the first Test. Sehwag didn't click in the first or second Test; he got out to very good balls. Though Dhoni had talked about giving Sehwag a long rope (the same he had mentioned about Zaheer Khan and VVS Laxman before they were dropped), it was quite obvious what he and many other sycophants of BCCI wanted. Read more »

Did Aus really want to lose the Chennai Test?

One South African Coach, One Australian Coach, A bowling Coach, High performance managers, Selectors ready to rotate fast bowlers, and above all a Captain who is considered to have more tactical nous than Ricky Ponting.

There was a time when most teams were reluctant to bowl Bouncers at Saurav Ganguly; no one can really tell why they were. On the other hand, anyone who watched international cricket knew, Ganguly was like a Cat on a Hot Tin Roof -- if bouncers were hurled at him. Lloyd or Richards' Windies team would have destroyed Ganguly's career for good; perhaps there were secret handshakes, making all this similar to a well-scripted WWE show. Read more »

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