Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 10 July 2014

Michael Clarke demands Aussies follow up Test victory

Australia captain Michael Clarke praised his team's impressive first Test win over India - and then told them he wants more.

Australia clinched a 122-run success after their quick bowlers again tore through a star-studded India batting line-up on day four at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Man-of-the-match James Pattinson led the way, in just his third Test, with second-innings figures of four for 53 as India were bowled out for 169 in two sessions. It ensured Australia will head to Sydney next week full of confidence and Clarke has told his team they must cash in.

Australia have not won back-to-back Test matches since the tour of New Zealand almost two years ago, while they have not won two Tests in any of the six series since.

It is a trend Clarke is determined to end as his side looks to prove the potential they have begun to display since he took over as captain earlier this year.

"Consistency is what I've spoken about in the past," Clarke said.

"There's periods throughout that game where we didn't perform as well as we'd like, so we need to look to improve that come Sydney.

"When you're on top you need to make the most of that. I think we did that really well today with the ball, and we fought really hard with the bat yesterday and again this morning."

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni believes his side will respond in Sydney, but admitted his batsmen will need to improve if they are to level the four-match series.

"It's a long series which gives you the chance to come back," he said. "We need to score more runs. Otherwise, it would be very difficult for us to win. We need to apply ourselves a lot more."

* Sri Lanka levelled their series in South Africa with victory by 208 runs on the fourth day of the second Test at Durban.

Set an imposing 450 to win to clinch the three-match series, the hosts were dismissed for 241, with only AB de Villiers (69) and Dale Steyn (43) - who put on 99 for the seventh wicket - offering much resistance.

Rangana Herath took five wickets for 79 runs to seal a first Test win for Sri Lanka since the retirement of legendary spinner Muttiah Muralitharan and set the stage for a thrilling decider in Cape Town next week.

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