Australia captain Michael Clarke broke down in the press conference when Ricky Ponting announced his retirement from cricket after the Perth Test, saying players are hurt with the former Test captain’s decision.
Veteran Australian batsman Ricky Ponting has claimed his poor form of late was the major reason behind him deciding to retire after the final Test match against South Africa in Perth, which starts on Friday.
Australian all rounder Shane Watson, who missed the Brisbane and Adelaide Test matches against South Africa due to a calf strain, has said he is ready to bowl as many overs as captain Michael Clarke wants him to bowl in the series-decider Perth Test.
Captain Michael Clarke carried on his extraordinary batting form on the first day of the second Test match against South Africa in Adelaide, as he scored his fourth double century of the year to put the hosts in a commanding position.
South Africa captain Graeme Smith has rejected suggestion that fast bowler Vernon Philander can bowl well only on wickets with a green top, saying a downturn in pace man’s fortunes after a stunning start to his Test career was the nature of the sport.
Under pressure Australia opener David Warner has said he is aware he needs to score big hundreds to cement his spot in the national team following a poor performance against South Africa in the first Test match at Gabba, Brisbane.
South Africa vice-captain AB de Villiers has said they are confident of not repeating the mistakes they made against Australia during the first Test match at the Gabba, Brisbane during the second game of the series in Adelaide.
Australian opener David Warner has said they have devised special plans to get the wicket of South Africa captain Graeme Smith, and added their fast bowlers would keep the pressure on the rival skipper.
Under pressure fast bowler Ben Hilfenhaus is working hard on his bowling action in a desperate bid to uphold his spot in the Australia Test team that would face South Africa in the second Test at Adelaide following a below par performance in the Gabba Test.
Australia’s team performance boss Pat Howard has said all rounder Shane Watson’s failure to bowl with full fitness would significantly reduce his chances of making into the squad for the second Test in Adelaide against South Africa.
Australia opening batsman David Warner has said he is not worried about his dip in form since his magnificent century against India in Perth last summer, and added that all that matters right now is the team winning Test matches.
Australian opener David Warner has brazenly issued a challenge to South Africa`s star-studded pace attacking trio, inviting them to take him on verbally as well as with the ball in the Friday`s first Test at the Gabba.
Australia`s greatest paceman Dennis Lillee has urged cricket selectors to axe spinner Nathan Lyon from the squad and deploy four quicks, in a bid to rattle the Proteas in the first Test at the Gabba, starting on Friday.