Australia dominate in Adelaide

January 24, 2012
Adelaide Oval

by Josh Habel

Adelaide, Fourth Test
Day 1: Australia 335-3 v India

Today was another tough day on what is turning out to be a nightmare tour for India in Australia, as both Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke recorded Test match centuries.

On a perfect looking Adelaide batting surface, Australia had no hesitation in electing to make first use of the conditions. However, India had the home side in trouble early on as they took three early wickets.

Zaheer Khan was quickly into his stride when he trapped David Warner lbw for 8, and stand in captain Virender Sehwag used his spinner R Ashwin early to great effect. Aswin removed Shaun Marsh (3) and Ed Cowan (30) before the lunch interval.

This proved to be India’s last success of the day as the experienced Ponting and Clarke set about destroying a tired looking Indian bowling line up. The pair who had put on 288 runs for the third wicket in Sydney were at in again in South Australia.

Both men left the field to standing ovations at the close of play with Ponting 137*, and Clarke 140*. Ponting’s century was the 41st of his career and in the process he was only the third batsman to pass 13,000 Test runs. It was thought at the beginning of the series that Ponting wasn’t good enough to remain in the Australian side, but he has proved his critics wrong, and if he does decide to retire it will be on his terms now.

Michael Clarke’s century was his fifth century in 12 Tests since succeeding Ponting as captain in the longer format. Clarke has taken his game to another level since becoming skipper, and he will be full of confidence going into tomorrow.

As for India, the only real realistic result that they can hope to achieve from this match is a draw, but their body language and style of cricket at the moment suggests this will be another easy win for Australia.

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One Comment to “Australia dominate in Adelaide”

  1. Len
    January 24th, 2012 @ 3:25 pm

    Great work Ricky boy!!!

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