Australia v India, 4th Test, Adelaide, 1st day January 24, 2012

A Ponting-Clarke show again

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan
Stats highlights from the first day of the Adelaide Test, which was once again dominated completely by Australia's batsmen
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After winning a good toss, Australia recovered from early setbacks to grind India's bowling through another double-century partnership between Michael Clarke and Ricky Ponting. Here are the major stats highlights from the first day.

  • Ponting went past the 13,000-run mark in his 162nd match and 275th innings. He becomes the third player to reach the mark after Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid. While Dravid got there in fewer matches (160), Tendulkar got there in fewer innings (266). In the course of his innings, Ponting also became the highest run-getter against India, going past Clive Lloyd.
  • Ponting's century is his eighth against India, making him level with Garry Sobers and Viv Richards as the player with the most Test centuries against India. It is also his sixth century in Adelaide. Among Australia's batsmen, only Don Bradman has more centuries at a particular venue (9 at the MCG).
  • For the first time since the 2006 Ashes, Ponting has scored two centuries in a series. Ponting also went past 1500 runs in Adelaide. Only seven batsmen have more runs at a particular venue.
  • Clarke scored his fifth century in only his 12th Test as captain. Clarke's series aggregate is now his best ever.
  • The double-century stand between Ponting and Clarke is the fourth for Australia in the series. This is only the third time that Australia have managed four 200-plus stands in a series. The other times they did it were against West Indies, in 1955 and 1968. It is also only the second time that a team has registered four double-century stands against India. The other team to do so was Pakistan in 1983. Clarke and Ponting are now second among Australian pairs with the most partnership runs against India. All three of their century stands have been over 200.
  • Shaun Marsh's poor series continued with another early dismissal. His aggregate of 17 runs so far is the second-lowest in a Test series (minimum five innings) for a top-order player (1-6). He slots in behind Ken Rutherford, who aggregated only 12 runs in the 1985 series against West Indies.

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  • gibbons on January 25, 2012, 0:53 GMT

    @Saket Waghmode - thanks for the analysis. Who'd have thought that Ponting would play more than half his tests in the country he represents? Clearly he is a talentless hack who shouldn't play the game, and has made all his runs against luckless tourists. 13000 runs, pff, no doubt my two year old could do better with those kind of favourable conditions. A shame that every test nation in the world has only been able to send 'weak attacks', in your words, to Australia though - that's a pretty brutal assessment you've just made of 17 years worth of test bowlers right there.

  • smudgeon on January 24, 2012, 23:23 GMT

    Ponting has really repaid the selectors' faith in his abilities. Someone with a lesser record probably wouldn't have had such confidence from above. I'm really glad to see he's hitting some form, and looking comfortable in his own game again - it was really horrible to see some of the rubbish he served up in his last 12 months as captain. But ever since he gave up the captaincy, he really has looked on the verge of doing great things each time he walks out. Clarke's doing alright too, I GUESS. Let's hope they both kick on today and make some big scores.

  • Stevo_ on January 24, 2012, 22:27 GMT

    @ Saket Waghmode

    Wait a minute - isn't this the same attack that at the start of the summer all the Indian supporters were syaing it wold run through the Australian batting line up ? The attack with the spinner the Australians wern't supposed to be able to read and was going to bamboozle them ?

    Punter and Co have ground the Indian attack to dust, whilst the Indian batsman have given up.

  • on January 24, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    Credit to Ponting for once again thrashing weak attacks....more than half those 13000 runs were made in Australia, and a majority of his 100s are made in Australia...If people call Indian batters flat track bullies, then this is further proof that Ponting is just a home-track-weak-attack bully.

  • on January 24, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    they should have kept dravid as wck kepper and given a chance to rohit sharma .....useless thinking...............................................

  • on January 24, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    @CricketMan :do you think scorin runs in India is like the pinnacle f all batting tests??Punter has been a great player and these thngs won't be able to take away that..I wish both of them to get their triples to establish another incredible record by which this series will be remembered and then the AUssies bowlers can run through this selfish Indian batting line up twice in a day

  • Aussieresurgance on January 24, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    @CricketMaan and mal_thunder - fair points, but imagine if either of you two had been responsible for Aus team selections and had dropped him - would of been egg all over both of you! 40 tons to his name elsewhere speak to the champion he is. The man struggles in tests in India (although his last tour was arguably his best resulting in 3 50s from 4 innings and his ODI record there suggests he was ok over there), but Dravid for instance has always struggled in SA and Sri Lanka, and has an av below 40 v Aus. Tendulkar and Kallis have been the true no.1s for consistency across the board, but if a final was on (doesnt matter where as his 100 v India in the last world cup showed), Ricky has always been the go to man - he definitely had a more dominant presence than either on the big stage.

  • on January 24, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    I am loving it!!!!!!!!! Micheal u making me soooo proud!!!!!! LOving the scores :))

  • on January 24, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    @mal_thunder : Agree with you . Also Azharuddin scored a century on South Africa's Tour in 1996. He should not be in the list of lowest aggregates in a series. Also start date of India's Tour of England in 1995 is wrong.

  • on January 24, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    Congrats Punter!!! Long live your legacy!!!

  • gibbons on January 25, 2012, 0:53 GMT

    @Saket Waghmode - thanks for the analysis. Who'd have thought that Ponting would play more than half his tests in the country he represents? Clearly he is a talentless hack who shouldn't play the game, and has made all his runs against luckless tourists. 13000 runs, pff, no doubt my two year old could do better with those kind of favourable conditions. A shame that every test nation in the world has only been able to send 'weak attacks', in your words, to Australia though - that's a pretty brutal assessment you've just made of 17 years worth of test bowlers right there.

  • smudgeon on January 24, 2012, 23:23 GMT

    Ponting has really repaid the selectors' faith in his abilities. Someone with a lesser record probably wouldn't have had such confidence from above. I'm really glad to see he's hitting some form, and looking comfortable in his own game again - it was really horrible to see some of the rubbish he served up in his last 12 months as captain. But ever since he gave up the captaincy, he really has looked on the verge of doing great things each time he walks out. Clarke's doing alright too, I GUESS. Let's hope they both kick on today and make some big scores.

  • Stevo_ on January 24, 2012, 22:27 GMT

    @ Saket Waghmode

    Wait a minute - isn't this the same attack that at the start of the summer all the Indian supporters were syaing it wold run through the Australian batting line up ? The attack with the spinner the Australians wern't supposed to be able to read and was going to bamboozle them ?

    Punter and Co have ground the Indian attack to dust, whilst the Indian batsman have given up.

  • on January 24, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    Credit to Ponting for once again thrashing weak attacks....more than half those 13000 runs were made in Australia, and a majority of his 100s are made in Australia...If people call Indian batters flat track bullies, then this is further proof that Ponting is just a home-track-weak-attack bully.

  • on January 24, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    they should have kept dravid as wck kepper and given a chance to rohit sharma .....useless thinking...............................................

  • on January 24, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    @CricketMan :do you think scorin runs in India is like the pinnacle f all batting tests??Punter has been a great player and these thngs won't be able to take away that..I wish both of them to get their triples to establish another incredible record by which this series will be remembered and then the AUssies bowlers can run through this selfish Indian batting line up twice in a day

  • Aussieresurgance on January 24, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    @CricketMaan and mal_thunder - fair points, but imagine if either of you two had been responsible for Aus team selections and had dropped him - would of been egg all over both of you! 40 tons to his name elsewhere speak to the champion he is. The man struggles in tests in India (although his last tour was arguably his best resulting in 3 50s from 4 innings and his ODI record there suggests he was ok over there), but Dravid for instance has always struggled in SA and Sri Lanka, and has an av below 40 v Aus. Tendulkar and Kallis have been the true no.1s for consistency across the board, but if a final was on (doesnt matter where as his 100 v India in the last world cup showed), Ricky has always been the go to man - he definitely had a more dominant presence than either on the big stage.

  • on January 24, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    I am loving it!!!!!!!!! Micheal u making me soooo proud!!!!!! LOving the scores :))

  • on January 24, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    @mal_thunder : Agree with you . Also Azharuddin scored a century on South Africa's Tour in 1996. He should not be in the list of lowest aggregates in a series. Also start date of India's Tour of England in 1995 is wrong.

  • on January 24, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    Congrats Punter!!! Long live your legacy!!!

  • CricketMaan on January 24, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    BUT Ponting has only 1 100 against India in India!!!! He has failed in India in all his attempts..

  • mal_thunder on January 24, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    In the list of lowest aggregates in a series, surely Ricky Ponting's notorious effort in the 2000/01 series in India should be on the list, where he struggled against Harbhajan. He played all 3 Tests, 5 innings for 17 runs. He batted at 6 for the whole series, except for the 2nd innings of the 3rd Test when Gilly was promoted to 3, dropping Ponting to 7 in the order. Despite the abysmal series, interestingly Ponting wasn't dropped for the following tour in England in 2001.

  • on January 24, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    Nice centuries scored by both players

  • Kaze on January 24, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    Watson for Marsh is the way it will go.

  • on January 24, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    "Im a big Shaun Marsh fan, but if he doesnt get a hundred in the second innings then he should be dropped" - what second innings?

  • David_Boon on January 24, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    @ravi_hari The difference between the teams has been EVERYTHING. India have been basically terrible across the board (excluding Sachin & Yadav), while Australia have been fantastic across the board (excluding Marsh & Haddin).

  • Hussain_KSA on January 24, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    The difference is not only with batting; there is a huge difference in bowling also; In the start of the series I predicted that I would be at least 3-0, and India maybe manage to draw a test because of the Big names of batting in their squad. But I was too wrong!! Its now sure that AUS will take this series with 4-0; At the moment Aus has very good bowling attack in their conditions; and in Asian wickets Pakistanis are the Best!! so hope to beat Eng. 2-0 in UAE

  • Claydo78 on January 24, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    Well done punter! That's how true champions bounce back from adversity! It's a shame 90% of the Australian public including Geoff Lawson, Ian Chappell and most of the channel 9 com box would have never given a great like punter the opportunity to score 13000 runs! Why are most australians so quick to turn against there stars? This isn't some hack who has only scored 2000 runs, ponting has been scoring runs for 17 years for australia and should have earnt peoples respect! this will be the year of the punts, 1500 runs this calendar year for Ricky!

  • ravi_hari on January 24, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    The difference between the two teams has been the contribution of the seniors. While the big 3 of Austalia had atleast 2 good innings each in the series, Indian big three hardly managed 1. The Aussie big three scored 5 tons between them and Indians are yet to score 1. That summarises the big gap between the teams. The seniors took responsibility and the youngsters excelled to give Aussies a clear edge. Indian seniors failed miserably and the youngsters performed in patches and in isolation. It is heartening to see Ponting score 2 tons in the series. He and Clarke are having a ball of a time. If Hussey also joins the party tomorrow it would be like a slap on Indian seniors unless they match it with big tons in their last chance in Australia. However, if Australia crosses the 500 mark Indians fighting back seems impossible. Skipper Sehwag can make it happen but he is also too low on confidence. With runs behind them Aussie bowlers will come hard for one last burst to seal the series 4-0.

  • Camac on January 24, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    Of Ponting's six hundreds at Adelaide, 4 have been against India; one each for each test match he has played against them in Adelaide:

    (a) 137 - 1999-2000 (b) 242 - 2003-204 (c) 140 - 2007-2008 (d) 137no - 2011-2012

  • tfjones1978 on January 24, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    Im a big Shaun Marsh fan, but if he doesnt get a hundred in the second innings then he should be dropped. 17 runs from 5 innings just isnt good enough. Shaun is a find for the future, but he needs to get out the bugs in shield cricket. Also, if Haddin doesnt have a good match, selectors should select another keeper for the WI tour and tell Haddin if he gets back into form he can get back into Aussie side. Haddins scores since August has been WAY below par with only 2 fifties from about 15 innings. The rest of the team deserve to keep there spot ... perhaps Khwarja for Shaun Marsh and Wade for Haddin.

  • salman_ak on January 24, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    Clarke has been playing beautifully ever since he has been made the captain. And Ponting is now playing like the Ponting we all know. It will be a miracle if India manages to draw this one.

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  • salman_ak on January 24, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    Clarke has been playing beautifully ever since he has been made the captain. And Ponting is now playing like the Ponting we all know. It will be a miracle if India manages to draw this one.

  • tfjones1978 on January 24, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    Im a big Shaun Marsh fan, but if he doesnt get a hundred in the second innings then he should be dropped. 17 runs from 5 innings just isnt good enough. Shaun is a find for the future, but he needs to get out the bugs in shield cricket. Also, if Haddin doesnt have a good match, selectors should select another keeper for the WI tour and tell Haddin if he gets back into form he can get back into Aussie side. Haddins scores since August has been WAY below par with only 2 fifties from about 15 innings. The rest of the team deserve to keep there spot ... perhaps Khwarja for Shaun Marsh and Wade for Haddin.

  • Camac on January 24, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    Of Ponting's six hundreds at Adelaide, 4 have been against India; one each for each test match he has played against them in Adelaide:

    (a) 137 - 1999-2000 (b) 242 - 2003-204 (c) 140 - 2007-2008 (d) 137no - 2011-2012

  • ravi_hari on January 24, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    The difference between the two teams has been the contribution of the seniors. While the big 3 of Austalia had atleast 2 good innings each in the series, Indian big three hardly managed 1. The Aussie big three scored 5 tons between them and Indians are yet to score 1. That summarises the big gap between the teams. The seniors took responsibility and the youngsters excelled to give Aussies a clear edge. Indian seniors failed miserably and the youngsters performed in patches and in isolation. It is heartening to see Ponting score 2 tons in the series. He and Clarke are having a ball of a time. If Hussey also joins the party tomorrow it would be like a slap on Indian seniors unless they match it with big tons in their last chance in Australia. However, if Australia crosses the 500 mark Indians fighting back seems impossible. Skipper Sehwag can make it happen but he is also too low on confidence. With runs behind them Aussie bowlers will come hard for one last burst to seal the series 4-0.

  • Claydo78 on January 24, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    Well done punter! That's how true champions bounce back from adversity! It's a shame 90% of the Australian public including Geoff Lawson, Ian Chappell and most of the channel 9 com box would have never given a great like punter the opportunity to score 13000 runs! Why are most australians so quick to turn against there stars? This isn't some hack who has only scored 2000 runs, ponting has been scoring runs for 17 years for australia and should have earnt peoples respect! this will be the year of the punts, 1500 runs this calendar year for Ricky!

  • Hussain_KSA on January 24, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    The difference is not only with batting; there is a huge difference in bowling also; In the start of the series I predicted that I would be at least 3-0, and India maybe manage to draw a test because of the Big names of batting in their squad. But I was too wrong!! Its now sure that AUS will take this series with 4-0; At the moment Aus has very good bowling attack in their conditions; and in Asian wickets Pakistanis are the Best!! so hope to beat Eng. 2-0 in UAE

  • David_Boon on January 24, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    @ravi_hari The difference between the teams has been EVERYTHING. India have been basically terrible across the board (excluding Sachin & Yadav), while Australia have been fantastic across the board (excluding Marsh & Haddin).

  • on January 24, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    "Im a big Shaun Marsh fan, but if he doesnt get a hundred in the second innings then he should be dropped" - what second innings?

  • Kaze on January 24, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    Watson for Marsh is the way it will go.

  • on January 24, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    Nice centuries scored by both players