The Australian cricket team toured India from 12 February to 26 March 2013, played a four-match Test series against India. India won the four Test series in a 4–0 whitewash to win the Border–Gavaskar Trophy. During the 1st Test, Mahendra Singh Dhoni set the highest score by an Indian Test captain, scoring 224 runs, beating the previous record held by Sachin Tendulkar.
Australia introduced two debutants, Moisés Henriques and Glenn Maxwell while India also introduced two debutants, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ajinkya Rahane.
Three-day: India A v Australians
Test series (Border–Gavaskar Trophy)
See also: Border–Gavaskar Trophy
India lost the toss and were asked to bowl on a pitch that will soon be a ripper for spinners. Aus got off to a quick start but started to struggle as spinners were introduced and lost 2 wickets before lunch. Post lunch it was Ashwin show completely as the off spinner picked 3 quick wickets. but resistance from Henriques and Clarke helped Aus reach 380.
India had a poor start and lost openers quickly. However, MS Dhoni along with tail-ender Bhuvneshvar had a 9th wicket record partnership which took India's total to more than 500. In the second innings, the Indian spinners stuck regularly and besides Henriques no other Aussie showed any resistance to leave India with a small target. Sachin Tendulkar finished the match by hitting two sixes off consecutive balls.
India again lost the toss but this time the pacers extracted early movement which aided the spinners and resulted in low 1st innings total for Australia. Clarke and Wade had a useful partnership but the constant loss of wickets meant Clarke declared early. India in their first innings thanks to Pujara and Vijay for the partnership of 370 runs due to which India scored 500+ again and the spinners in the 2nd innings dismissed Australia cheaply. This match marked the last test in the career of Sehwag .
The first day was lost to rain and thanks to Smith and Starc's batting Australia got a healthy first innings total. India, however, with Dhawan's quickfire debut century and steady batting from Vijay got a small lead. In the second innings the Indian bowlers again dismissed the Australian's for a low score and India won on the last day with less than 4 overs left.
Clarke was ruled out due to Back injury and Watson was the captain. The spinners caused havoc in the match and only Siddle from Australia and Pujara from India showed any resistance. Jadeja got his best bowling figures in Tests in the second innings and India won the test to record their first-ever whitewash against Australia.
Australian team disciplinary breach
Homeworkgate refers to a controversial sequence of events that took place during the 2013 tour of India.
Australia lost the first two Tests of the series, the second of them by a heavy margin: an innings and 135 runs. In this game, Australia became the first team in Test cricket to declare in its first innings, and then lose the match by an innings. With two Test matches left, the best Australia could hope for was a drawn series. Before the 3rd Test, four Australian players – Shane Watson, James Pattinson (both of whom had played in the 2nd Test), Mitchell Johnson and Usman Khawaja (who were in the touring party) – were made ineligible for the match following a breach of discipline. Michael Clarke, the captain, revealed that the extreme step had been taken as a result of repeated infractions. Former players reacted with astonishment at the harsh decision taken by the team management. Vice-captain Watson returned to the tour, after he flew back to Sydney after being dropped. The incident referred to an assignment given by the head coach Arthur to the players requiring them to give in writing ways to improve their performance to help the team. The aforementioned players did not submit their replies within the time stipulated and combined with previous incidents of team breaches they were suspended for one test each.
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- Michael Clarke reached 7,000 Test career runs when he scored 130 in the 1st innings of the 1st Test.
- Michael Clarke scored his 23rd Test century when he scored 130 in the 1st innings of the 1st Test.
- Moisés Henriques scored his first Test half-century when he scored 68 in the 1st innings of the 1st Test.
- James Pattinson took his third five-wicket haul in the 1st innings of the 1st Test.
- Moisés Henriques took his first Test wicket when he bowled Harbhajan Singh in the 1st innings of the 1st Test.
- Glenn Maxwell took his first Test wicket when he got Murali Vijay out in the 1st innings of the 2nd Test.
- Peter Siddle took his seventh five-wicket haul in the 1st innings of the 3rd Test.
- Nathan Lyon took his third five-wicket haul in the 1st innings of the 4th Test.
- Ravichandran Ashwin took his sixth five-wicket haul in the 1st innings of the 1st Test.
- Virat Kohli scored his fourth Test century when he scored 107 in the 1st innings of the 1st Test.
- MS Dhoni reached 4,000 Test career runs when he scored 224 in the 1st innings of the 1st Test.
- MS Dhoni scored his first Test double century and his sixth Test century when he scored 224 in the 1st innings of the 1st Test.
- Ravichandran Ashwin took his seventh five-wicket haul and completed ten wickets in a match for the second time in the 2nd innings of the 1st Test.
- Bhuvneshwar Kumar took his first Test wicket when he bowled David Warner in the 1st innings of the 2nd Test and he is the first bowler to take his first wicket as bowled in all three formats of cricket.
- Cheteshwar Pujara scored his fourth Test century and 2nd double century when he scored 204 in the 1st innings of the 2nd Test.
- Murali Vijay scored his second Test century when he scored 167 in the 1st innings of the 2nd Test.
- Cheteshwar Pujara reached 1,000 Test Career runs when he scored 204 in the 1st innings of the 2nd Test.
- Virat Kohli reached 1,000 Test Career runs when he scored 34 in the 1st innings of the 2nd Test.
- Ravichandran Ashwin took his eighth five-wicket haul in the 2nd innings of the 2nd Test.
- Shikhar Dhawan scored his first Test century (on debut) when he scored 187 in the 1st innings of the 3rd Test.
- Murali Vijay scored his third Test century when he scored 153 in the 1st innings of the 3rd Test.
- Ravichandran Ashwin took his ninth five-wicket haul in the 1st innings of the 4th Test.
- Murali Vijay reached 1,000 Test career runs when he scored 57 in the 1st innings of the 4th Test.
- Pragyan Ojha reached 100 Test career wickets when he took the wicket of James Pattinson in the 1st innings of the 4th Test.
- Ravindra Jadeja took his first five-wicket haul in the 2nd innings of the 4th Test.
Records from the series
- MS Dhoni's 224 in the first Test match is the highest individual score by an Indian wicket-keeper (second to Andy Flower's 232)
- Shikhar Dhawan's 187 is the fastest ever century by a batsman on his debut.
- Australia became first-ever country to declare the match on the first day and lose it by an innings.
- Australians won the toss and elected to bat.
- India A won the toss and elected to bat.
- Australia won the toss and elected to bat.
- Glenn Maxwell (Aus) made his Test debut.
- Australia became the first team in Test cricket to declare in its first innings, and then lose the match by an innings.
- Australia won the toss and elected to bat.
- No play was possible on Day 1 due to rain.
- Shikhar Dhawan (Ind) made his Test debut.
- Australia won the toss and elected to bat.
- Ajinkya Rahane (Ind) made his Test debut.
Were one to build a prototype of an Australian international cricketer, it would surely resemble Shane Watson. Australia's vice-captain is blonde, broad-shouldered, lantern-jawed and often gelled.
It is easy to imagine him performing surf-life saving duties at Bondi, or in younger years, playing the high school heartthrob on an afternoon soap.
When he strides to the crease at the start of his innings, it looks not only as if he has emerged from the pavilion but also stepped straight out of central casting.
In the space of a dramatic few days however a talented, if injury-prone, all-rounder who should truly be the poster boy of Australian cricket has become persona non grata in the national set-up.
After Australia's humiliating defeat to India in the second test at Hyderabad - where they became the first side in test history to declare in the first innings but then lose by an innings - players were asked to identify three areas of possible improvement.
Watson's failure to hand in his homework, along with the bowlers Mitchell Johnson, James Pattinson and batsman Usman Khawaja, was met by a fourth-form style punishment: suspension from the test team to face India in the third test match.
To some it was a ridiculous over-reaction and a case of sporting micro-managerialism gone mad.
To others, it was just punishment for failing to perform a routine task over a couple of rest days when there were few other demands on the highly remunerated players' time.
To those who observe player politics closely, it was also another indication of a divided dressing room.
Watson delivered his own verdict by leaving the team hotel and catching a plane home. Not for him the five-star naughty corner. Besides, his wife Lee is heavily pregnant, and understandably he wants to attend the birth of their first child.
Returning home to Sydney, he called his suspension "extremely harsh".
He also aimed some stout words at Cricket Australia's high-performance manager, Pat Howard, a former international rugby player, who told reporters that Watson was only "sometimes" a team player.
"He has come from a rugby background," Watson told the press pack, which awaited him in the arrivals hall, "and he hasn't been in and around cricket very long."
The team management however has no regrets. Michael Clarke said that players had to "uphere" to certain standards (with a 100-plus batting average over the past 12 months, fans will surely forgive him the invention of the word "uphere").
I've never heard anything so stupid in all my life - it's not under 6s - this is Test cricketMark Waugh, Former cricket batsman
His coach, the South African Mickey Arthur, has called this a "line in the sand", and likened it to the England coach Andy Flower standing up to the former captain Kevin Pietersen.
Doubtless there is alliterative allure in the headline, Cricket in Crisis, but it also offers a neat summation of the travails on the India tour, where Australia has already lost the first two tests of a four match series.
With only 12 players from which to choose, it will struggle to field a balanced and match-winning side.
"The cricket world is laughing at Australia's embarrassment," writes the veteran ABC commentator, Jim Maxwell, the voice of the southern summer.
Former senior players, many of whom believe that the role of a team coach is solely for transportation, have been critical of what they see as the management's heavy-handedness. Witheringly so.
"I've never heard anything so stupid in all my life," protested the former batsman, Mark Waugh. "It's not under 6s - this is Test cricket."
Darren Lehmann, the former all-rounder who now coaches Queensland, was also damning. "Adults we are," he tweeted, "not schoolboys."
Nor have former England stars missed the opportunity for a good sledge.
"Bowl better, bat better, catch better, communicate better… just bloody play better," was the former England captain Michael Vaughan's mocking appraisal. "Didn't realise you had to do an essay to get a selection these days?"
Others however have backed Cricket Australia's tough line. Daniel Zammit, who has acted as Usman Khawaja's agent, believes the players only have themselves to blame.
"Cricketers are not special," he said, and should abide by standards that have long been the norm in rugby league, rugby union and other professional codes.
"On Monday in India, Mickey Arthur treated his players no different to other team sports players," he said.
"For this we should be thankful that our national head coach has the 'stones' to stand up and be a leader with big decisions meant to fix a team attitude problem."
Certainly, the managerial culture of Australian cricket is nothing new.
John Buchanan, who coached the national side during its period of dominance in the Naughties, was famed for his Power Point team briefings and for pushing books under the hotel doors of his players that he thought would improve them as men and players.
In preparation for the 2006 Ashes, he even took the team on a boot camp in outback Queensland - much to the displeasure of Shane Warne.
The main difference between then and now is the quality of the cricketing personnel. Buchanan had charge of a team of legends - Warne, Glenn McGrath, Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting, Matthew Hayden,
The present outfit is short on talent, experience and arguably aptitude.
Team spirit also seems to be a problem. There is a backstory to the present dispute, which involves a disagreement from the night that the retiring test great Mike Hussey played his final match in Sydney.
In celebration, he wanted to kick back with a few cold beers in the dressing room and at the team hotel. Clarke insisted that the team go on a cruise of Sydney harbour onboard the billionaire businessman James Packer's boat. On that disputed night, Watson stayed onshore with Hussey.
With an Ashes tour only a few months away, all is not well within the Australian camp, where team morale has suffered too from the absence of the influential former captain Ricky Ponting.
Only six years ago, cricket was a unipolar world in which Australia was the sole superpower. Understandably, the Baggy Greens have not yet recovered from the loss of its generation of greats.
They played for an Ashes and World Cup-winning team, for which the post-match rituals mainly involved beer rather than bullet points.