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Steve Waugh pats Michael Clarke

Posted on Nov 22, 09:40PM | UNI

Former Australian captain Steve Waugh today showered praise on Fellow Aussie Michael Clarke for becoming the first batsman in Test history to score four double centuries in a calender year and said that he was 'playing like Don Bradman' and also relishing his captaincy.

"Clarke has become the first player to score four double centuries in a year. I should mention here that I can only imagine Bradman any better than how he (Clarke) is playing.

He seems to be so relaxed in the crease with head still (facing bowlers). Clarke has done incredibly as a captain," Waugh told reporters after announcing his Sporting Edge partnership with Brigade Group for establishing a Sports Academy here.

Declining to comment on the recent performance of Ricky Ponting, Waugh said, "I dont want to be draged into controversy. It is not good to comment on any individuals performance. Ponting is a great player and unfortunately he missed out in his first two innings, but more than invidual performance it is important the team performs as a unit.

"If an individual is struggling, hopefully the rest of the side carry that person and reciprocate the same when someone else is struggling. That makes a strong side," Waugh said.

About Virender Sehwag, who will be playing his 100th Test tomorrow at Wankhede, Waugh said Mathew Hayden changed the style of opening batsmen and the Nawab of Najafgarh took it almost different level.