• Clarke's in such a good space mentally: Taylor

    Taylor said you do better in sport if you’re enjoying it and that gets reflected in the results. The more comfortable you are, the better the chances of succeeding, he said, adding Clarke’s getting the support of his team

    Adelaide (The Telegraph): Mark Taylor, a former captain of Australia and a truly outstanding opener, had a one-on-one with The Telegraph on Wednesday afternoon.Michael Clarke celebrates his double century during day two of the Fourth Test Match between Australia and India at the Adelaide Oval. (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)

    The following are excerpts

    Q Did you, at the start of this series, expect Australia to be in the position they are in?

    A If I’m to be honest, no. I did expect Australia to win the series, but not as comfortably as they have.

    What gave you that confidence?

    Watching Australia play in South Africa, at the start of the season... The fast bowlers were coming through well and the team was definitely improving. Because of the bounce in Australia, I knew India’s batsmen would be troubled... That’s how this series has turned out.

    But India’s failure has been collective...

    Well, yes... The other day, (Gautam) Gambhir said a lot about the wickets in Australia, but India’s bowlers have bowled on the same tracks and haven’t got Australia out for 150, have they? This Australian team has batted better, bowled better and fielded better... I can’t Read More »from Clarke's in such a good space mentally: Taylor
  • Dhoni needs to improve his batting: Healy

    "More than his ’keeping, Dhoni needs to improve his batting, more so as some of the seniors may soon retire. His batting will then be more important... India needs Dhoni’s batting to improve," Healy said.

    Adelaide (The Telegraph): Ian Healy, who held the world record for the most Test dismissals by a ’keeper, for nine years from October 1998, spoke to The Telegraph on Tuesday afternoon.MS Dhoni leaves the field after being dismissed during day four of the Second Test Match between Australia and India at the SCG. (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)

    Now 47, Healy is a member of the star-studded Channel 9 commentary team. He retired in 1999.

    The following are excerpts from the one-on-one

    Q Is Brad Haddin’s time up?

    A No... I wouldn’t say his time is up, but he’s got to improve. Haddin’s the best ’keeper-batsman we have in Australia, at the moment, but he’s not playing well... He’s certainly under scrutiny and only he’ll know if his time is up or if he can recover from the slump in form.

    What do you feel?

    Haddin’s good enough to recover and be there for another year or two.

    The other day, Haddin was quoted as saying that he wasn’t really up to it mentally and physically. Shouldn’t he then have stepped aside?

    Those comments were more in relation to the KFC Big Bash... However, it’s a sign of the pressure telling on him. You don’t opt out so easily. Instead,

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  • The world will be better off when Tendulkar gets that 100: Hayden

    "That impending milestone has certainly been a distraction. However, to give credit where it is due, our bowlers have done a very good job in helpful conditions," Hayden said.

    Adelaide (The Telegraph): Matthew Hayden, one of the all-time great openers and a triple centurion in Test cricket, spoke to The Telegraph from his Brisbane residence on Monday evening.Ponting's a sort of mentor and his kit-bag carries a lot of history, Hayden said.

    The following are excerpts

    Q Did you expect India to be 0-3 down going into the final Test?

    A Well, India are a much better side than what they’ve performed in the series... It’s kind of funny... We went through the same experience some years ago when it was announced that Steve Waugh would quit at the end of the 2003-04 series... There was a lot of noise about it and, unintentionally, it became a distraction... We didn’t, of course, lose that series (to India)... The world will be better off when Sachin Tendulkar gets that (100th International) hundred.

    Is that a reason why India haven’t done well?

    That impending milestone has certainly been a distraction. However, to give credit where it is due, our bowlers have done a very good job in helpful conditions. The surfaces have been the same for India’s

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