We won’t show any sympathy to Tendulkar: Clarke

Sachin Tendulkar remains unbeaten at the end of day 2,seeking his 100th international ton.

Written by Agencies | Adelaide | Published: January 25, 2012 3:35:58 pm

In his quest for a 4-0 whitewash,Australian skipper Michael Clarke said his team would not show any sympathy to Sachin Tendulkar,who remains unbeaten at the end of day two of the fourth Test here and seeks his 100th international century.

“No,I certainly won’t be showing him any sympathy. We’re there to win the game. He’s a wonderful player and it’s going to be really tough to get him out on that wicket. But somehow we’re going to have to find a way to do it twice,” said Clarke who slammed 210 during Australia’s mammoth total of 604 for 7 declared in their first innings.

Even though Tendulkar is still around,Virender Sehwag (18) and Rahul Dravid (1) didn’t help the team’s cause with their early dismissals on the second day.

“Sehwag is a very good player. His way to score is a lot different to mine. He has had a lot of success.

“As for Dravid getting out bowled again,I have no idea what he’s feeling. Importantly,we have plans for every batter. So far things have worked,” said Clarke.

On the timing of his declaration and whether he could force the issue against India in this Test,Clarke said,”It was probably more about the runs to be honest. Trying to get to 600 and we still had plenty of time left in the day,which was probably the most pleasing.

“To take those two crucial wickets today is a really good start for us. But there’s still a lot of work to be done.”

Clarke,along with Sir Donald Bradman and Walter Hammond,has become the only the third captain in the history of cricket to score a triple and a double century in the same series.

“I didn’t know that but it’s very nice to have scored some more runs. The wicket’s very flat. Ricky and I spoke early in our innings,once we got in again today,it was about going on and making big ones”,he said.

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