Ravichandran Ashwin speaks to the press at the end of the fourth and final Test in Adelaide. 

 

Unbeaten centuries by skipper Michael Clarke and his predecessor Ricky Ponting took Australia to a mammoth 335 for three in the first innings after the first day's play against India in the fourth and the final cricket Test at the Adelaide Oval here Tuesday.

 

Ponting hit his 41st Test century that took him past 13,000 Test runs, the third cricketer after to do so after India's Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, and with the brilliant knock shrugged off speculation of his possible retirement. Ponting was batting on 137, his sixth at the venue, and Clarke was on 140.

 

Ponting and Clarke dominated two sessions of play with their 251-run fourth wicket stand after Australia were reduced to 84 for three. The stand was the duo's second highest in the series so far after the 288 in the second Test in Sydney, where Clarke scored an unbeaten 329.

 

Ponting and Clarke scored rapidly in the last two sessions as 237 runs came from 61 overs at nearly four per over. (IANS)