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Australia whitewash India

2012-01-28 07:25

Adelaide - Australia wrapped up a 298-run win over India to sweep the series 4-0 early on the final day of the fourth Test at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday.

The end was swift with the Australians snapping up the final four wickets in an hour to dismiss India for 201 and inflict a fourth heavy defeat on the demoralised tourists.

It was India's eighth consecutive away Test loss after a 4-0 series loss in England last year and the Indians have not won a series in Australia in 10 visits.

Australia's dominance over India comes a year after their Ashes series humiliation at home to England and their significant improvement under new skipper Michael Clarke, who replaced Ricky Ponting.

Australia won by 122 runs in Melbourne, an innings and 68 runs in Sydney and an innings and 37 runs in Perth before their final Adelaide annihilation.

Australia's bowlers, led by pacemen Ben Hilfenhaus (27 wickets) and Peter Siddle (23), dented the reputations of India's decorated batting lineup with the eight-Test youngster Virat Kohli topping the side's batting averages with 37.50.

Sachin Tendulkar, who failed to bring up his 100th international century, has now gone without a century for 25 Test and one-day innings. His last hundred (111) was in the World Cup last March.

Tendulkar finished the series with 287 runs at 35.87, but it was sorry reading for the other batting luminaries.

Test cricket's second all-time highest runscorer Rahul Dravid finished with 194 runs at 24.25, Virender Sehwag 198 at 24.75 and V.V.S. Laxman just 155 at 19.37.

India were set an improbable 500-run target for victory in the Adelaide Test off 146 overs after Clarke's second declaration of the match at 167 for five in their second innings shortly after Friday's lunch.

The highest winning chase at the Adelaide Oval is Australia's 315 against England in 1902, while India's highest-ever run hunt was 406 against the West Indies in Trinidad in 1976.

But the beleaguered tourists never got close and crashed to 166 for six by stumps leaving the final day's outcome as a formality under sunny skies.

Nightwatchman Ishant Sharma was out on the eighth ball of the last day, caught behind off Ryan Harris for two and he was followed in the next over by Wriddhiman Saha also caught behind off Siddle for three.

Zaheer Khan hit out lustily for three fours before he was caught by David Warner at short cover off Hilfenhaus for 15.

The final wicket came when Umesh Yadav (1) was caught behind by Haddin for spinner Nathan Lyon's fourth wicket of the innings. Ravi Ashwin remained 15 not out.

Siddle was announced man-of-the-match with six wickets.

AFP

Comments
  • Phil - 2012-01-28 07:51

    A poor show from the Indians but an amazing performance from an Oz team that was supposed to have been going through a rebuilding phase ...all of a sudden their batsmen are performing and fresh new world class bowling talent is queueing to get a place in the team.

  • Thomas - 2012-01-28 23:11

    Doesn't this give coach Fletcher a record nine nil drubbing in tests in Aus, five nil with England and four nil with India? This is the difference between SA and Aus,when they put you down in the first test, they go for the kill!!!!

  • ebrahim.omar7 - 2012-01-29 09:43

    It was shameful, after the annihilation in England, you would think men of that calibre would be motivated and passionate about the challenge. Hiring Duncan was a screw up, needed to get a Steven Fleming type of guy as he understands the "Indian" game(Chennai). Dhoni and Duncan the dinosaur were clueless, no game plan, no foresight. Silly team selection, VVS needed to make way for Rohit at least for the last 2 tests, "the rock" was pathetic, Viru was strange, SRT looked demotivated. WTF with Eric Simmons, he is "comfy" with the rupees he is getting, his bowlers were shocking, lacked motivation and bowled with no plan. BCCI needs a shake up, poor player management.

  • Caleb - 2012-01-29 13:03

    The aussies FINALLY looking promising! Loving the cricket they playing at the moment.

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