Ricky Ponting & Michael Clarke hope to change Test fortunes
|Ponting, Clarke hope to change Test fortunes|
Australia's star batsmen Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke are hopeful to motion off their recent unfortunate run in Test cricket when they acquire on Sri Lanka starting on Wednesday.
The tourists will rely greatly on the batting exploit of captain Michael Clarke and his forerunner Ricky Ponting to succeed the three-test series, Australia's initial since the upsetting 3-1 Ashes overcome to England in January.
Except the couple have struggled in the five-day format for approximately two years and will be fanatical to make compensation while the first test opens at the Galle International Stadium.
Ricky Ponting, 36, is the 3rd highest run-getter in Test cricket at the back the Indian double act of Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, with 12,363 runs as of 152 matches and 39 centuries.
Except he has not scored a test hundred in his previous 20 innings seeing as making 209 against Pakistan at Hobart in January 2010.
Michael Clarke, 30, has fared no improved, going lacking a hundred in 10 matches behind hitting 168 against New Zealand in Wellington in March last year.
Excluding a rotate in the fortunes of the tourists' captain and elder statesman may be presently an innings left.
Ricky Ponting, who complete way for Michael Clarke as captain subsequent to the World Cup in April, scored 53 and 90 not out during the previous ODI series against the Sri Lankans which Australia won by 3-2.
Michael Clarke also chipped in with two half-centuries in the series and after that he scored 104 in a three-day practice match in Colombo most recent week ahead of the first test.
Michael Clarke, who begins his time in power as a fulltime Australian test captain on Wednesday, said he was enthusiastic to score test runs once more.
My form has not been as high-quality as I would similar to in test cricket," Michael Clarke told the travelling Australian media.
Michael Clarke said Test cricket is the decisive, the summit, and I want to be at my most excellent.
"I could not have asked for enhanced training, but now I have got to do it when it counts. It's significant to make runs each time I bat but I would favor a hundred in the first test."
Michael Clarke, regarded as one of the optimum players of spin bowling, has scored 4,742 runs in 69 tests at an average of 46.49 with 14 centuries.
Ricky Ponting admitted Australia's Ashes loss at what time he was captain had exaggerated his batting, and now looked onward to doing well as the team's frontline batsman.
"The team's presentation had started to play on my intelligence and it almost definitely dragged my batting down a little bit," Ricky Ponting told allboardofcricket in a recent interview.
"I have got to score runs that are going to be sufficient to win for Australia, and that's my main purpose for the instant future."