Ponting and Clarke make India suffer

 

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Ricky Ponting was evidently delighted with his century against India at the Adelaide Oval yesterday. Not only did he reach an unbeaten 137 by the end of the first day's play in the fourth Test, he also became only the third batsman (behind Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid) to reach 13,000 Test runs. This was his second hundred of the series, following a drought which had lasted nearly two years.

"It was a celebration," he explained. "I'd just made a Test match hundred so pretty excited about that, I haven't scored a lot of those in the last few years, which I've read a lot about lately as well." Before his 134 at Sydney earlier this month, Ponting's last Test hundred was against Pakistan in June 2010, 34 innings before. "I felt I played better today than I did in Sydney as well," he said, after an unbeaten 251 stand with Michael Clarke."

The former Australia captain conceded he has changed as a batsman. "Am I still the player I was? I'm not sure," said Ponting, who recently turned 37. "You guys can answer that, you've seen me over a long period of time."

Australia ended the day on 335 for 3 having won the toss and opted to bat, a decision that looked unwise when they slumped to 84 for 3 before Ponting and Clarke, who was 140 not out, intervened.

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