Resurgent India Whitewash Helpless Aussies

India 4-0 Australia – 4 Tests – India regain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy

This latest iteration of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy started with India still reeling from a rare home series loss to England, and Australia looking to extend the excellent form they displayed in convincingly dispatching Sri Lanka across the turn of the year.  Two matches into the series, however, and India had confidently reasserted their erstwhile dominance in home conditions, while the Baggy Greens were self-destructing.

Australia seemed totally perplexed by the challenge presented by India’s spin attack from the outset.  Ravichandran Ashwin took 12 wickets in India’s 1st Test victory and went on to take another 17 in the series.  Ashwin was ably supported by the unheralded Ravindra Jadeja, whose 24 series wickets included the dismissal of opposition captain Michael Clarke on five occasions.

Having shown some fight in the 1st Test, Australia then proceeded to fall apart in the next.  Two tame Australian innings were separated bya 500+ Indian effort, which included a double-century for Cheteshwar Pujara, as the home side sealed an innings victory.

A much-publicised disciplinary debacle then afflicted the Australian dressing room, with four players summarily dropped for alleged breaches of conduct.  Though the tourists responded positively with a first innings of 408 in the 3rd Test, they were bombarded by a blistering debut century by Shikhar Dhawan, and eventually fell to another defeat.

A disspirited Australia were again outplayed in the final match, as India exacted full revenge for the 4-0 whitewash they themselves received the last time these sides met.

India’s victory leapfrogs them above both Australia and England into 2nd place in the League.  Although England may feel hard-done-by to be demoted by a side they recently beat in handsome fashion, they only have themselves to blame for a poor 2012 up to that point.  It is arguable that none of India, England or Australia seem worthy to lead the pack chasing table-toppers South Africa.

Australia fall to 4th in the table, but will see the forthcoming Ashes series as an opportunity to gain a trophy and begin the journey back to the higher reaches of the League.

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