Michael Clarke happy over scoring runs alongside Ricky Ponting
Australia’s Test and One Day International (ODI) skipper Michael Clarke has said that he has always enjoyed batting alongside veteran batsman Ricky Ponting. The pair scored a massive partnership against India in the ongoing match at Adelaide.
"It’s always nice to see us both scoring runs when we bat together," Clarke said. "We’ve known each other for a long time, played a lot of cricket together. It’s nice to spend some time in the middle. Both of us were disappointed with our series last
summer and we’ve worked hard on our games to improve … it’s nice to be scoring some [runs] this summer."
He further added, "We know each other’s games quite well so we can certainly communicate to what we’re seeing, if we feel like we can help. We speak a lot when we bat about what the other person has seen, to get help and advice and to keep both
of us going and this innings was no different."
The Aussie captain has been in the form of his life, scoring runs with consistency over the past one year. He was given charge of the team after Ponting stepped down from captaincy after a disappointing end to the ICC World Cup 2011.
Since then, Clarke has taken his game to the next level. He did not have any double hundred before India’s tour to Australia. However, the veteran batsman achieved this landmark in the ongoing series.
Not only did he score his maiden double-ton, he converted it into a triple century. This was not enough for the 30-year-old batsman, as he went onto make another big hundred in Adelaide. He is currently the leading run scorer in the four match series.
Other than Clarke, Ponting has also found his lost touch. The stylish batsman was struggling to score runs for the past couple of years and critics thought his career was coming to an end.
However, the former Australian captain did not lose hope and continued fighting like a true champion. He punished the Indian bowlers to all parts of the park and scored two centuries in the series.
Australia lead the series by 3-0, courtesy the performances of Clarke and Ponting. The duo will be hoping to win the Adelaide Test as well in order to complete the whitewash.