India will give Aussies a tough time

Last Updated: Wed, Dec 21, 2011 06:46 hrs

Australia's cricketers are in for a torrid time this summer - that's the message from Fox Sports Stats ahead of the four-Test series against India.

The numbers provided by the Fox Sports Stats paint a bleak picture for Michael Clarke and his struggling side.

Australia have lost more Test matches than any other nation other than Bangladesh and West Indies in the last four years.

Their batsmen, in particular, have battled since 2009. In the 11 years from 1999-2009, Australia has been dismissed for 150 or less on only five occasions.

They have equalled this effort in past two years alone (2010-2011), including the disastrous 47 against South Africa and the second-innings failure against New Zealand in Hobart recently.

Individual performances with the bat have also dipped and the likes of Ponting, Michael Hussey and Brad Haddin enter this series with their positions under threat.

In the five years from 2003-2007, Australia has scored two centuries in an innings on 32 occasions. Between 2007-2011, they have only achieved this feat on 15 occasions.

Australia, in a golden run between 2000 and 2007, lost just 10 Test matches in total. In the four years since they have tasted Test defeat on 16 separate occasions.

In that same period the lowly Bangladesh have been beaten 19 times and haphazard West Indies fell to 17 losses.

India, meanwhile, bring arguably the most powerful batting line-up in Test cricket to Australia shores as they bid to win their first series Down Under.

They also arrive with just one defeat, a 4-0 thrashing by England this year, in their past 13 series.

Of the nine series played between the two nations in Australia, the latter has won six and there have been three draws.

Worryingly for new coach Mickey Arthur, though, is the fact Australia have not beaten India in their past eight Test matches.

The last time Australia prevailed against India was in the controversial SCG Test in 2008 when Michael Clarke spun the hosts to victory late on day five.

What is more concerning, in India's past two series Down Under - when Australia were the No.1-ranked side in the world, not No.4 as they are now - the visitors showed touring here was no problem, drawing the series in 2003-2004 and going down narrowly in 2007-2008.

And while they have never won a series on Australian soil, India has won 23 of their 69 Test matches away from home since 2001, a record bettered only by the once-mighty Aussies.

Often regarded as flat-track bullies on home soil, India have only the fifth best record at home in the past ten years, winning 26 from 53 matches in India.

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