Australia captain Michael Clarke was upbeat about regaining the Number One spot in all formats of the game after his side thrashed India by an innings and 37 runs in the third Test at Perth on Sunday.


Clarke said that Australia's successive innings victories against India was a step in the right direction in their quest for getting back at the helm of world cricket.


Clarke was also happy about wrapping up the match in less than three days, giving his bowlers ample time to recuperate and be fresh for the fourth Test at Adelaide starting Jan 24.


He was thankful that his batsmen did not have to come out and bat in the second innings.


He was also all praise for his openers David Warner and Ed Cowan, who forged a 214-run opening stand which was followed by a batting collapse, reducing Australia to 369. 


“I think a lot of credit needs to go to not only Davey (Warner), who batted unbelievably well, but also his partner Ed. As an opening partnership they played really well in pretty tough batting conditions. They made it look easy but there was certainly enough out there for the bowlers, as we saw today.” (IANS)