India Deep Trouble For Clarke And Ponting Partnerships


SYDNEY: Ricky Ponting hit his aboriginal Test aeon in two years and Michael Clarke accomplished his accomplished Test account as Australia took an adamant anchor on the additional Sydney Test adjoin India on Wednesday.

Ponting, 37, gave the absolute acknowledgment to those calling for his retirement with a adamant 134 in a affiliation of 288 runs for a beginning 158-run advance over the blue tourists at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

At tea on the additional day, Australia were 349 for four with Clarke unconquered on 170 and Mike Hussey
not out eight.

Ponting took off for a distinct on 99 to mid-on and dived abounding breadth to accomplish his arena as Zaheer Khan's bandy almost whistled accomplished the stumps at the bowler's end 20 account afterwards lunch.

The above skipper climbed off the ground, his shirt covered in dirt, animated broadly and with his bat aloft to mark his aboriginal hundred in 34 Test innings -- his aftermost actuality 209 adjoin Pakistan in Hobart in January 2010.

It was his 40th Test century, his seventh adjoin India and sixth at the SCG area he is additionally the arch best Test run-getter with 1,480.

Ponting was assuredly out anon afore tea back he broken to Sachin Tendulkar in the gully off Ishant Sharma. He batted for 335 minutes, faced 225 assurance and hit 14 fours.

Clarke brought up his 18th Test aeon and fourth adjoin India with a august awning drive off Sharma in the aftermost over afore lunch.

It was Clarke's additional Test aeon of the Australian summer division afterwards scoring 139 adjoin New Zealand in Brisbane aftermost month.

The Australian skipper went on to canyon his accomplished Test account of 168, denticulate adjoin New Zealand in Wellington in March 2010.

It was the alone wicket to abatement on a ascendant day for Australia, architecture a huge advance over India, who were advantageous for their characterless 191 aboriginal innings on Tuesday's aperture day.

Clarke and Ponting came calm with Australia at a all-a-quiver 37 for three and accept put the home aggregation in a able position to force a result.

India accept never won a Test alternation in Australia and aisle the home ancillary in the four-Test alternation afterwards a absolute 122-run defeat in aftermost week's aperture Melbourne Test. (AFP)

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