Ponting`s best is yet to come, says Clarke

Chandigarh: Australian batsman Michael Clarke has denied suggestions that captain Ricky Ponting might be close to retirement.

When asked if he is edging closer to Australian captaincy, Clarke said: "I don`t think that`ll be the case, I think Ricky will play for a lot longer than that."

"I think he`s hitting the ball as well as I`ve seen and he`s looking very fit, been training hard in the time we`ve had at home and he`s very excited about the cricket that`s ahead. I think the best of Ricky Ponting is yet to come," he added.

Talking about himself, the 29-year-old said that he is still working hard at training and trying to improve his game.

"You grow up a little bit (over time), you mature a little bit as a person and also as a cricketer. I think my game`s probably changed a little," The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Clarke, as saying.

"My intent and my goals are still the same, I still want to become the best cricketer I can possibly be and I still think I`m a long way from it. I think just with experience you work out what your strengths are and where your weaknesses are," he added.

Clarke is currently in India for the upcoming two-match Test series, and a three-match ODI series.