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Australian skipper Clarke eyes number one position in ICC Test Rankings

January 15, 2012 - Perth

Australian skipper Michael Clarke, who led his team to a superb victory against India in the Perth Test, today expressed confidence that his side would be number one in Test rankings.

Clarke lauded the performance of David Warner, whose formidable score of 180 steered Australia to post a formidable 369 in the first essay, in reply to India's first innings score of 161.

"A great feeling. A wonderful job from Warner, and Cowan deserves praise too. Hobart was quite a tough wicket for the batters, the work we have put in; you can see the effects on our individual batters. It will be a tough decision with the Indian selectors. We would like to continue with our success and be the number one team," Clarke said in the post-match presentation.

"I thought our selectors from the past also did their best, the new coach, new selectors have brought new enthusiasm to the group which is exciting, the team has grown since the time I took over as captain, Ricky has helped a lot with his experience. We want to win this series 4-0," he added.

Further lauding the bowlers for their splendid performance, Clarke said: "The bowling deserves credit, for getting out such an amazing batting line-up. Warner- it is like opening the batting with Gilly (Adam Gilchrist), he can hit it both sides, I love his enthusiasm, he is a great asset for Australia and has a bright future."

Australia thrashed the visiting side by an innings and 37 runs on the third day of the match at the WACA ground in Perth on Sunday to clinch the four-match Test series 3-0 with the final Test to be played at Adelaide from January 24.


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