Michael Clarke eager to

Australian batsman Michael Clarke on Thursday became the first player to grab four double tons in a calendar year Getty Images

Adelaide: Nov 23, 2012

Australian captain Michael Clarke, who has been in a great batting form, has said that he would like to continue the golden run for a prolonged time in international cricket.

The Australian batsman scored unbeaten 224 runs to set up a huge score of 482 runs for the loss of five wickets on the first day of the ongoing second Test match against South Africa.

He said, “Look, it’s really nice to be making runs and I guess the downside to this great game is when you’re not, you find it really hard to find your next run.

“And that’s happened a lot for me, I guess, through my career and I got dropped. And I remember when I came back from getting dropped that I said I wanted to make the most of the good days.

“And that’s all I really feel I’m doing. I feel like when I’m getting in, I’m trying to cash in because I know there will be some tough days around the corner again.”

Former Australian captain Steve Waugh praised the batsman, comparing him with Sir Don Bradman. Clarke, who became the first player to grab four double-tons in a calendar year, feels the secret of his fantastic run has been playing positive cricket irrespective of the match situation.

He was quoted by ICC s official website as saying, “When you look at the innings I’ve made big scores, it’s the counter-attack, it’s the being positive, it s playing my natural game and there’s risk there.

“I remember playing England through the Australian summer a couple of years ago and I couldn’t make a run.”