Australia v India, 2nd Test, Sydney, 2nd day January 4, 2012

An overdue partnership

Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke had never produced a key partnership in a crunch match before their stand of 288 against India in Sydney
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It would have been presumptuous to expect too much when Michael Clarke and Ricky Ponting resumed their partnership on the second morning at the SCG. Though they have individually been Australia's most commanding and attractive batsmen over the past decade, seldom have they collaborated in a major partnership. Only once, in fact, could it be said that a Clarke-Ponting union was decisive in the outcome of a Test.

That was the stand of 352 in Hobart against Pakistan, a little less than two years ago. Ponting scored 209 in that game while Clarke's 166 in the match was his highest Test score in Australia before today's double-century. But that partnership came in underwhelming circumstances. Pakistan was a team at war with itself, the Test was a dead rubber, and Ponting was dropped at fine leg before he had scored. Apart from being the jumping off point for Ponting's 33 innings without a hundred, the stand's place in history will be little more than a number.

Not so the alliance that Clarke and Ponting forged on the second day at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Against a faltering but loftily ranked India, in a match critical to the outcome of the series, and on the occasion of the ground's 100th Test match, this was a grand canvas requiring masterful strokes. Memorably and admirably, Clarke and Ponting set about providing them, compiling 288 runs before they were separated. The fall of three quick wickets on the first evening added plenty of urgency to the scenario, as did the fact that in recent times Australia's batting has been about as reliable as English sunshine.

As in most partnerships of great heft, the most vexing work was done early. When they joined each other Clarke and Ponting still had to negotiate a swinging ball, which in the skilful hands of Zaheer Khan had accounted for David Warner, Shaun Marsh and Ed Cowan. Clarke's response to the movement and the situation was to play his shots. There were a few swishes outside off stump that, as India's coach Duncan Fletcher noted dourly, might easily have resulted in an edge and a fourth wicket. But the moment passed, and runs were collected with enough assurance in lengthening first-evening shadows to cause MS Dhoni to spread his field before stumps on the first day.

If the greatest technical obstacles were overcome on the first evening, those confronting Ponting and Clarke on the second were decidedly mental. The pitch had become better for batting, the weather was hot and the ball was losing its shine. Mere occupation would bring runs. But rarely had the pair combined when needed, and so often matches had been lost as a result. Last summer's Ashes series is a glaring example. Against an England side of rare organisation and skill, it was down to Ponting and Clarke to make runs to prevent an otherwise flimsily assembled team from falling to pieces. In arguably the most wretched series of either of their careers, not once did they construct a substantial partnership together, and the urn was lost by a crushing margin.

It was their failure to impose themselves on the Ashes, as much as anything else, that led to an upheaval in Australian cricket. Captain, coach, chairman of selectors and his panel, all were swept away after the Argus review, with the leadership of the team passing from Ponting to Clarke. Amid the greatest wave of introspection to wash over the game in Australia for at least 25 years, Ponting pondered why he and Clarke had not formed the kind of fruitful batting duo their standing, skill and technical contrasts suggested was natural.

"Through our careers, even in the dominant teams, we haven't actually spent a lot of time together out in the middle," Ponting said at the outset of the Tests in Sri Lanka last year. "We had a great partnership in Hobart, and we know how important we are to the team. To tell you the truth we both probably overemphasised that a bit too much last year, and put a little too much pressure on ourselves to be the men that were going to hold the hopes of the team up.

"If you look at the way we play fast bowling and spin bowling it's probably vastly different. Michael tends to use his feet against the spinners a bit more than I do, and we both probably play fast bowling a little bit differently as well. So if you sat back and looked at it that way you'd think we'd be a very successful partnership together, but so far it hasn't been as productive as we would've liked. Hopefully that changes in the next couple of years."

For a time, change appeared unlikely. Ponting loitered closer and closer to the precipice with indifferent days in Sri Lanka and worse ones in South Africa. A vital second-innings half-century in Johannesburg began his rehabilitation, and he was in good touch by the time Clarke joined him at the SCG. On the second day, their partnership assumed the proportions they had longed for last summer, and went an awful long way towards burying India in this series. Ponting's century, achieved with a hurried single and a dusty dive for the crease, drew the warmest ovation, but the applause for Clarke's maiden double-hundred was not far behind.

When Ponting departed for 134 he looked annoyed at squandering the chance to build even further, something Clarke would go on to do with considerable panache, and relish. But both had tilted the match and the series towards Australia, something they have done so rarely together in the past. As unions go, this was well overdue, and as with Ponting's century, a great deal of the spectators' enjoyment could be derived from the wait that preceded it.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Meety on January 6, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    @hhillbumper "..12-14 county attacks which would have given Aus more issues.." chockful of imports hey! Anyways you look at it - Oz performance v India (thus far) is superior to England's 4 zip. India has NO INJURIES & better preparation this tour. We will be talking after Oz reclaim the Ashes in 2013!

  • Meety on January 5, 2012, 23:16 GMT

    The best about this piece is that it articulated what was the most frustrating thing about this team since (& during) the Ashes. These two have the ability & class to conquer any attack anywhere, but failed for so long. I have always felt that once Pup took over the captaincy - his cricket would go to another level. I expect more double tons will follow over the next couple of years! Interesting that Punter states, "...so far it hasn't been as productive as we would've liked. Hopefully that changes in the next couple of years." Emphasis on he last 4 words!

  • BlackShipWreck on January 4, 2012, 23:25 GMT

    Really hoping for Aus to go 2-0 up but the pitch seriously looks flat and lifeless. I suspect Aus may declare sometime between lunch and tea and India will bat out the rest of the test. I'd say there's more than a 50% chance of this being a draw but hope I'm wrong.

  • on January 4, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    @ Adnan143 hahaha truth is bitter uh?! I can only laugh at your "optimism" - what was that Zaheer would score fifty? Yeah, right, he can only leak centuries with his bowling, hahaha, another 4-0 thrashing waits your team :)

  • steelo_esq on January 4, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    @Adnan143 Not too much of a one eyed statement at all. lol if the australian bowling attack is so substandard and over rated how is it they've managed to destroy india with ease 3 times now?

  • Adnan143 on January 4, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    australia be ready for an equal response from our batsmen and dont dare to declre tomorow , if you do we wil make fool out of your bowling heroics of first inng and will make you chase leather for rest of te match, on this eased out pitch even zaheer will score fifty plus against your over rated substandard bowling

  • priceless1 on January 4, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    Ponting, Clarke,and Demain Martin are my favourite Aussie batsmens , they all classy stroke makers

  • hhillbumper on January 4, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    Randy Oz.Beating up on India is hardly the mark of all time quality.Much as scoring cheap runs in the Ashes slightly devalues what England have achieved.When you beat us then we can talk.Good work by Clarke and Ponting but lets not go overboard.This is hardly a test level bowling attack and there are 12-14 county attacks which would have given Aus more issues.

  • smartguy786 on January 4, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    Great batting display by Aussy, What a batting disgrace fron the haunted Indian Batting lin up, I guess only names ar left lol!

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 4, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    Captain COOL Dhoni's brain is FROZEN !! now I agree to that tag his fans have given him.. most appropriate for a man who lacks common sense and basic cricketing logic. He may be a good one day captain BUT in test cricket the skill set needed is different. Very well made partnership between Punter and Pup... I guess Clarke should change his nickname now to bloodthirsty HOUND !! Ponting deserved this ton. His smile was so nice to see... and he's already such a handsome gentleman. I can never forget that smile because I met him personally once. Well.. Mr. Tendulkar hope you got a batting lesson from our Punter.. let's seem if you can follow in his footsteps and make your 100th 100.

  • Meety on January 6, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    @hhillbumper "..12-14 county attacks which would have given Aus more issues.." chockful of imports hey! Anyways you look at it - Oz performance v India (thus far) is superior to England's 4 zip. India has NO INJURIES & better preparation this tour. We will be talking after Oz reclaim the Ashes in 2013!

  • Meety on January 5, 2012, 23:16 GMT

    The best about this piece is that it articulated what was the most frustrating thing about this team since (& during) the Ashes. These two have the ability & class to conquer any attack anywhere, but failed for so long. I have always felt that once Pup took over the captaincy - his cricket would go to another level. I expect more double tons will follow over the next couple of years! Interesting that Punter states, "...so far it hasn't been as productive as we would've liked. Hopefully that changes in the next couple of years." Emphasis on he last 4 words!

  • BlackShipWreck on January 4, 2012, 23:25 GMT

    Really hoping for Aus to go 2-0 up but the pitch seriously looks flat and lifeless. I suspect Aus may declare sometime between lunch and tea and India will bat out the rest of the test. I'd say there's more than a 50% chance of this being a draw but hope I'm wrong.

  • on January 4, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    @ Adnan143 hahaha truth is bitter uh?! I can only laugh at your "optimism" - what was that Zaheer would score fifty? Yeah, right, he can only leak centuries with his bowling, hahaha, another 4-0 thrashing waits your team :)

  • steelo_esq on January 4, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    @Adnan143 Not too much of a one eyed statement at all. lol if the australian bowling attack is so substandard and over rated how is it they've managed to destroy india with ease 3 times now?

  • Adnan143 on January 4, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    australia be ready for an equal response from our batsmen and dont dare to declre tomorow , if you do we wil make fool out of your bowling heroics of first inng and will make you chase leather for rest of te match, on this eased out pitch even zaheer will score fifty plus against your over rated substandard bowling

  • priceless1 on January 4, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    Ponting, Clarke,and Demain Martin are my favourite Aussie batsmens , they all classy stroke makers

  • hhillbumper on January 4, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    Randy Oz.Beating up on India is hardly the mark of all time quality.Much as scoring cheap runs in the Ashes slightly devalues what England have achieved.When you beat us then we can talk.Good work by Clarke and Ponting but lets not go overboard.This is hardly a test level bowling attack and there are 12-14 county attacks which would have given Aus more issues.

  • smartguy786 on January 4, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    Great batting display by Aussy, What a batting disgrace fron the haunted Indian Batting lin up, I guess only names ar left lol!

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 4, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    Captain COOL Dhoni's brain is FROZEN !! now I agree to that tag his fans have given him.. most appropriate for a man who lacks common sense and basic cricketing logic. He may be a good one day captain BUT in test cricket the skill set needed is different. Very well made partnership between Punter and Pup... I guess Clarke should change his nickname now to bloodthirsty HOUND !! Ponting deserved this ton. His smile was so nice to see... and he's already such a handsome gentleman. I can never forget that smile because I met him personally once. Well.. Mr. Tendulkar hope you got a batting lesson from our Punter.. let's seem if you can follow in his footsteps and make your 100th 100.

  • 777aditya on January 4, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    amazing how Clarke has modeled his batting on Ponting's style - lots of similarities in their batting styles - difference lies in the attitude - Punter could be cocky at times - Clarke is meek. Whilst Clarke wept in joy on reaching his 200, Dhoni must be crying even now! also, very pleased to see Ponting reach his 40th century, though, he should have been close to 50 by now - but again, he might reach there before Sachin's 100th ton!

  • on January 4, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    My wish is Indian cricket team loses this test by an innings and 122 runs :) and lose the series 4-0. Let us then see what Sharad Pawar and his Gang in BCCI say.

  • THINK_BEYOND on January 4, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    Well played Ponting and Clarke!! I forecasted a month ago after Indian team selection that it will be 3-0 win for Aussies. Changing my mind, it will be a clean sweep 4-0 unless any venue is affected by rain. Dhoni lost the match when he selected to bat first. However India would have lost even bowling first bcoz of poor batting, but the match would have ended on the last day.

    Dhoni happens to be a lucky captain so far, but doubt his capability as a captain looking at his field placing, decision to bat, and also his questioning ability to the selectors...has he really liked the team given to him? If he has agreed with the selection then I seriously doubt how gutsy is he in comparison to Ganguly.

    Ganguly was unfortunate to loose world cup against a very strong Aus team, but still respect the man for his leadership qualities and how he transformed the whole Indian team.

    BTW - When will Rohit Sharma get a chance? Do we really need to keep trying off-form Gambhir and Laxman?

  • InsaneBolt on January 4, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    Indian fans & administrators have feasted over records & statistics for too long. In the process teamwork has sufferred...

  • on January 4, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    I am not surprised....out of form batters making hay against India in their home conditions....I think Clarke will give Hussey a chance to get to his 100 and then declare....he has all the time in the world....

  • Beertjie on January 4, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    Great achievement - reminded me of Waugh-Blewett (Wanderers 1997) batting through a whole day and carrying on the next day. Will be good to see how Lyon goes in the second innings with runs to play with. Good opportunity to dismantle an unjustifiably hyped-up India.

  • sharkwolf on January 4, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    That is why its always said that India is the most controversal Worldchampion in thie history of cricket

  • Cricket.Nellore on January 4, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    Australia make 9 more runs and declare for WIN... Truly india has not reached 300 ***neither in ENG nor at Aus***

  • CRICKSPEAK on January 4, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    I doubt whether a serious discussion was made by the Indian team on TOSS-WIN preference at SCG. Injustice was done to Indian pace bowlers when they were denied to bowl after winning the vital toss.The whole plot was lost in choosing to bat first. Are the batsmen more influential to Dhoni ? Are they over confident about themselves ?

  • Bharath.Narasimhan on January 4, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    I must say,i was so happy when ponting reached the ton,he has silenced his critics.Clarke the guy kept on playing like a champion from ball 1,i think the media will target dravid,tendulkar laxman now because ponting has done his fair bit.Age is a factor i do understand but what about 10,000 plus runs?Lets stop blaming the indian bowlers,zaheer is 33 plus guy and as you can see he works out in gym more than in field.As kapil said in a interview you need strong legs as a bowler but nowadays indian bowlers lack in that.Zak is very good in short spells,but you need a bowler who can bowl 6 overs in a row without loosing the intensity.Ishant dono what he is doing wether he wants to banter or he wants to be lethal,he is so confused with that.Yadav this guy is so monotonous in his bowling,you need a bowler who can hit the deck hard when it comes to australian pitches,most of the indian bowlers are skiddy type bowlers,so we have to tell them only onething never loose intensity!!

  • RSBali on January 4, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    "Great day, I am happy that the process was followed; I am not worried about the result". - MS Doni, Capitan

    What is the process?: The opposition scores 600 plus runs and we wait for the declaration.

  • on January 4, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Great partnership..Classic Batting by Clarke..I dunno how INDia wud manage a whitewash down under..guess sum changes r coming soon..too much one sided killing TEST cricket ;)

  • satish619chandar on January 4, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    Speaking of partnerships, sad to see India without any substantial partnership last 12 month.. Well, how can a team have a good partnership when the team is struggling to score 300 runs..

  • satish619chandar on January 4, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    Great batting by the trio including Hussey.. Still remember the joy Hussey had for Clarke's milestone :-) These are the moments a team would love to see anytime.. @PiyushD : I wont blame Dhoni for batting first but surely ll blame him for everything other than that.. As Kapil pointed in England, i couldnot see any plan on the field.. No setting up.. Zak constantly changing from over to around the wicket turned out into a joke at the end.. I feel both the teams are back to what they were doing before.. Aus dominant and India weak travelers.. Sad to see this.. When the series begun, i thought this would be the best chance for India to do it if batting gets right but again same story like England series..

  • satish619chandar on January 4, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    @Aspraso : Lol.. If that had been the case, we wouldn't have witnessed the a ton today which arrived after a 2 years wait.. It is the temperament that stands and nothing to be shamed by another players performance.. Kallis failed in previous 5 tests and everyone knows hoe Punter played last 2 years.. Sachin is in a hole now as anything less than 100 is considered as a failure for him because of the landmark.. He will play as long as he enjoys the game buddy..

  • on January 4, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    I understand the point Daniel Brettig is making, and certainly they were a major reason for Australia's dismal Ashes series, however he forgets to mention Ponting and Clarke's critical 210 run stand against India at the Adelaide Oval in late January 2008 http://www.espncricinfo.com/ausvind/engine/match/291354.html where at 3-241 chasing India's large 526, with defeat and India leveling the series a distinct possibility, their 210 run stand virtually secured Australia a first innings lead and snuffed out any hope of India leveling the series. Granted, Australia had already secured the Border-Gavaskar trophy, but still, you would rather win the series than tie it. Certainly though, this 288 run stand was much more dominant, averaging over four runs an over, which for a test match is motoring along.

  • rickyvoncanterbury on January 4, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    pretty to watch boys footwork, aggression, style, and patience so if thats whats needed to play on the SCG i am predicting an unplayable minefield in the indians second innings

  • RajitD on January 4, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    4-0 is inevitable. The series is already bearing an uncanny resemblance to the 99-00 series which India lost 3-0. Will only get a superlative inconsequential good for the records effort from one of the ageing superstars in the last innings of the 4th test by which time the series is dead and buried.

  • on January 4, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    It would be better for dhoni to resign from test captaincy .With this kind of bowlers n batman he can't win test matches even in bangladesh .No character is showed by these people even in fielding .It would be better if these old people walk away on their own .they r wasting indias money n having good time over there.

  • popcorn on January 4, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    Matches AND Series are won on great partmnerships ike these.That is how Australia won for two decades, and THIS is the launch pad for Australia's ascendancy to the Number One position as the BEST Test Team in the world.

  • Lmaotsetung on January 4, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    Doesn't look like Zak can go on for another 2 and a half test. He looks stiff and was bowling well below the 130kph. Yadav as I've said is expensive and today he's shown his true self...a young pacer with a lot of learning to do before he can be labelled an International fast bowler. Ishant will be Ishant...same ole same ole...inconsistent and gets dejected quickly when not taking wickets. Like many people mentioned before the series started, the Indian bowlers are gonna bring Punter back to form and I was LMAO all night long watching the partnership unfold...good times!

  • TheAceofSpades on January 4, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    AUSTRALIANS PLUNDER, INDIANS BLUNDER, DOWN UNDER!

  • Claydo78 on January 4, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    This comment is directed to Chappell, Lawson and the rest of the ponting bashers out there, never back against a champion because they will always bounce back! Ponting isn't back, he never left! It was the pressure these blokes and the majority of the Australian public put on the man and look how he has answered! It will be 1500 test runs for Ponting this year and then bring on England! Well done punter, the true cricket fans have always believed in you!

  • on January 4, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    Fantastic crushing partnership by the two captains. Good partnerships have been rare in Australian cricket for the past year so the past few test matches have been welcome changes with a few emerging like the Hussey and Ponting one in the Melbourne test. Batting partnerships have been our weakness. If we can get them up to the standard of our bowling partnerships then it should be a good competitive Ashes next year... Oh, and hopefully 4-0 this series.

  • Aspraso on January 4, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    Kaliis and Clarke's double and Ponting's ton shames Sachin adequately to seek retirement.

  • RoJayao on January 4, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    Funny though it may look on paper, the fact Ponting and Clarke have rarely put partnerships together, the strength of other batsmen in the lineup in the past and the fact that Clarke has regularly batted as many as three places lower than Ponting offers much more insight into a reasonable explanation. You're absolutely spot on about the failures of the two to contribute during the Ashes however, in my opinion the single biggest reason for the magnitude of the loss to England.

  • Raju_Iyer on January 4, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    Well fortune favours the brave and definitely this partnership seems to have buried India in this series!

  • Chris_Howard on January 4, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    Tell ya, the Clarke's bat sponsor must have been feeling ill by the end of the day. What a missed opportunity! Wonder if branding stickers will magically appear tomorrow as someone tries to hastily cut a deal.

  • hven84 on January 4, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    Incidentally, 2 out of their 3 highest partnerships are against India. Both 200+....

  • KSalik on January 4, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    wellcome to a run of form for ponting.....they literally grinded the indians....and it once again showed how miserable indian attack can look....

  • rust01 on January 4, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    Great partnership and that was the most thorough innings I have seen in a long time by Clarke. Oz will need to bat most of tomorrow as the wicket is batter friendly at the moment. Hopefully Clarke can post a big 300.

  • Captain_Crick on January 4, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    Great game of test cricket once again. Great knock under pressure by Ponting and Clarke. It's high time, Indian cricket board focuses more on Test cricket and give test cricket its due priority.

  • salman_ak on January 4, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    Its the same pitch where Indians scored 191. Previously we were mourning about Indian batting now even bowling looks flat and thin. Seems a 4-0 whitewash is inevitable.

  • annys on January 4, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    Its 4-0 even this time. Time to say thank you and good bye to seniors and invest in youngsters. Anil kumble recently resigned from the NCA post well i think needs him back soon :)

  • RandyOZ on January 4, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    Brilliant work by the two batsmen. Clarke, albeit frustratingly inconsistent, has produced another blider as he did in SA. How much has this performance reminded everyone of the all conquering team of the 2000's? The similarities are uncanny. I haven't felt this happy for a long time. Back to number 1 boys!!!

  • baskar_guha on January 4, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    Fine performances by Clark and Ponting but one has to consider that the bowling lacked teeth -- whether it is the pitch or the bowlers, one can't really know and it shouldn't take away from the dominating batting performances.

  • PiyushD on January 4, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    Shame India shame India, shame India, its time to sack the captain and coach, this is too much, too many tactical blunders, defensive and agression without rationality, winning the toss and batting when openers are not in form, either Dhoni is blind or too arrogant to accept the ground realities.His instincts are no longer backed by luck, time to move to a more thoughtfull captain and coach.

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  • PiyushD on January 4, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    Shame India shame India, shame India, its time to sack the captain and coach, this is too much, too many tactical blunders, defensive and agression without rationality, winning the toss and batting when openers are not in form, either Dhoni is blind or too arrogant to accept the ground realities.His instincts are no longer backed by luck, time to move to a more thoughtfull captain and coach.

  • baskar_guha on January 4, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    Fine performances by Clark and Ponting but one has to consider that the bowling lacked teeth -- whether it is the pitch or the bowlers, one can't really know and it shouldn't take away from the dominating batting performances.

  • RandyOZ on January 4, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    Brilliant work by the two batsmen. Clarke, albeit frustratingly inconsistent, has produced another blider as he did in SA. How much has this performance reminded everyone of the all conquering team of the 2000's? The similarities are uncanny. I haven't felt this happy for a long time. Back to number 1 boys!!!

  • annys on January 4, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    Its 4-0 even this time. Time to say thank you and good bye to seniors and invest in youngsters. Anil kumble recently resigned from the NCA post well i think needs him back soon :)

  • salman_ak on January 4, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    Its the same pitch where Indians scored 191. Previously we were mourning about Indian batting now even bowling looks flat and thin. Seems a 4-0 whitewash is inevitable.

  • Captain_Crick on January 4, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    Great game of test cricket once again. Great knock under pressure by Ponting and Clarke. It's high time, Indian cricket board focuses more on Test cricket and give test cricket its due priority.

  • rust01 on January 4, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    Great partnership and that was the most thorough innings I have seen in a long time by Clarke. Oz will need to bat most of tomorrow as the wicket is batter friendly at the moment. Hopefully Clarke can post a big 300.

  • KSalik on January 4, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    wellcome to a run of form for ponting.....they literally grinded the indians....and it once again showed how miserable indian attack can look....

  • hven84 on January 4, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    Incidentally, 2 out of their 3 highest partnerships are against India. Both 200+....

  • Chris_Howard on January 4, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    Tell ya, the Clarke's bat sponsor must have been feeling ill by the end of the day. What a missed opportunity! Wonder if branding stickers will magically appear tomorrow as someone tries to hastily cut a deal.