Adelaide, Jan 23: Australian captain Michael Clarke put to rest the speculations surrounding around the possible retirements of Ricky Ponting and Brad Haddin after the Adelaide Test.
When Clarke was asked about Ponting and Haddin on Monday, he said: "I don't think so. I don't think it will be (his last Test). He's (Ponting) in really good form. He has had a pretty good series. I've seen Punter bat for a long time now and he's hitting the ball very sweetly. Ricky has a lot of Test cricket left in him," Clarke said.
"Mentally, he's (Haddin) is ready to go. He's been keeping pretty well throughout the series. His experience will play a big part. It's going to be tough conditions out there."
Clarke reiterated he would like Australia to be a number one Test nation again.
"We've performed really well in conditions that we know. That's the advantage of playing in your home country.
"But you still have to execute your skills and that's something that we've done really well throughout this series. I want to see Australian cricket get back to the number one ranking.
"We haven't achieved what we've set out to achieve. Until we do get back to the top of that table I don't think I'll be satisfied. Our attitudes need to show that when we walk out onto the field in this Test match."