Ponting: Clark is real deal
Ricky Ponting heaped praise on Stuart Clark after the paceman inspired the tourists to Test victory over West Indies.
Last Updated: 27/05/08 11:15am
Australia captain Ricky Ponting heaped praise on Stuart Clark after the paceman inspired the tourists to an opening Test victory over West Indies in Kingston.
Clark took career-best second innings figures of 5-32 to guide Australia to a 95-run win in Jamaica after the hosts had given themselves a genuine chance of victory in a topsy-turvy encounter.
The departure of Glenn McGrath from the Aussie pace attack has put more onus on Clark to step up, and Ponting believes the 32-year-old is proving a more than capable replacement.
"How could you not admire what he's done? He's averaged around 20 in 125 or so Test matches, that's a really great achievement, especially when he hasn't bowled with the new ball on a lot of those occasions," Ponting said.
"And we're playing on a lot of wickets, like we are here, where you just have to probably go against what you do in Australia and find different ways of working batsmen over and getting them out."
"He's been the guy a bit like Glenn (McGrath) was when he was in the side, whatever the situation required, you know that he'll come in and get the job done for you.
"He'll give you what is expected and what the team requires."
Man of the moment Clark believes frustrating the West Indies was key to the Aussies' success on the final day.
"It was not the wicket we were going to blast them out on. We had to be really patient and really boring," he said.
"It's always nice to get a few wickets. It re-enforces to me and all the bowlers that we can be successful on these types of wickets, we don't just need the pace and bounce of Australia."