• We've seen a great innings from a man of character: Tony Greig

    Greig said Clarke could've made a lot of money by playing in the IPL and the Big Bash, but decided against doing so adding the Australian captain's priority is Test cricket, the purest form.

    Sydney (The Telegraph): Former England captain Tony Greig spoke to The Telegraph at the SCG on Thursday afternoon. The one-on-one focused on Michael Clarke.Greig said Clarke combines character and temperament, which makes him a special package.

    The following are excerpts

    Q Your take on Clarke's triple...

    A The innings says a lot about Clarke... He's a hard worker, both in terms of his game and fitness... He worked very hard in the lead-up to this summer and is aware of what he can do best for Australia. He could've made a lot of money by playing in the IPL and the Big Bash, but decided against doing so. Clarke's priority is Test cricket, the purest form... At the SCG, we've seen a great innings from a man of character.

    A wonderful example of leading from the front, isn't it?

    Yes... I'd always known he'd be a good captain, because he's a good listener. He's a positive person and that's reflected in his captaincy.

    Clarke could've continued to bat and get ahead of Sir Donald Bradman and Mark Taylor, but declared on 329...

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  • Ponting's work ethic is second to none: Shastri

    I expected Ponting to score two hundreds, Shastri said and added he's already got one (134) and could end the series with at least 400 runs against his name.

    Sydney (The Telegraph): Former India captain Ravi Shastri spoke to The Telegraph at the SCG on Wednesday afternoon. The one-on-one was limited to Ricky Ponting, who completed his 40th Test hundred during the day.

    The following are excerpts:

    Q: Ponting had been under enormous pressure, courtesy the media, before this series began. How did you expect him to respond?

    A: I expected Ponting to score two hundreds. He's already got one (134) and could end the series with at least 400 runs against his name.

    What gave you the confidence?

    Simply because Ponting was due for a big one... He hadn't got a hundred for two years and, if you look at the scorecards, you'll see that he either got out early or after a half-century... For Ponting, it was all about getting in and staying there... He looked good in both innings (62, 60) at the MCG and carried on from there. The signs had, indeed, been ominous in the first Test.

    For the entire series...

    Absolutely.

    Did we have the right strategy to get Ponting out

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  • Zaheer has enormous mental strength, says Lawson

    Former Australia pacer Geoff Lawson said Zaheer Khan is a thinking bowler and because he's so experienced, he understands batsmen.

    Sydney (The Telegraph): Geoff Lawson, a former Australia quick and Pakistan coach, spoke to The Telegraph, exclusively assessing the six of his tribe who played in the first Test, at the MCG.

    The following are excerpts:

    INDIA

    ZAHEER KHAN: Was sublime... He'd been injured in July and I'd been interested to see how he would come back... Despite little match practice before the Test, he came through so very well... Swung the ball both ways, was very good tactically. He was the slowest of all the quicks, but lovely to watch.

    USP: Plenty of things, principally that he has a lot between the ears. He's a thinking bowler... Because he's so experienced, he understands batsmen... Has enormous mental strength.

    Suggestion: Obviously, he needs more match practice and it will be interesting to see how he goes at the SCG.

    ISHANT SHARMA: In my view, he was terrific and bowled the fastest I've seen him do for a long time... If he's going to be consistent at that pace (fastest of 152.2), then he'll be getting

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