Clarke savours return to form
Michael Clarke, the Australia captain for the three-ODI series in India, has said his century in the second game in Visakhapatnam came as welcome relief following a disappointing performance in the Tests, where he managed just 35 runs in four innings.
"My performance in the Test series was not anywhere near what I would have liked," Clarke said on the eve of the third and final ODI in Margao. "I am disappointed with my own personal performance. It was very satisfying to make a hundred the other night. Obviously I have been working pretty hard in the nets in batting but just could not find a way to make runs in the Tests."
Clarke made an unbeaten 111 in Australia's five-wicket defeat in the second ODI, and added an unbeaten 129 with Cameron White, who helped smash 84 in the last five overs of his team's innings. "I am happy to turn things around," Clarke said. "(It's) always wonderful to play cricket in India. To make another century here would be a great feeling. Hope I get one more century tomorrow if the game goes ahead."
The final ODI faces a rain threat and Clarke was hoping to get a game to level the series in what has, so far, been a winless tour. "It has been a tough tour. We have not got the results we would have liked, in the one one-day match as well as the Test series. We are looking forward to win the match tomorrow and draw the series. I think we have one more night in bed before our flight (home). Hope the sun comes out and we have a match tomorrow."