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Clarke lauds Cook ahead of 100th Test
Australia captain Michael Clarke has lauded England counterpart Alastair Cook ahead of the pair's 100th Test appearance for their respective nations.
Both players will reach the landmark number when the third Ashes Test begins in Perth on Friday, although each is set to experience contrasting emotions come the conclusion at the WACA.
England suffered heavy defeats in both Brisbane and Adelaide, meaning they trail the hosts 2-0 with three matches to play. As a result, Cook admitted joining the 100 club may prove to be the toughest moment of his international career.
"It's a huge honour for me to join the 100 club, one I never thought I'd get when I started playing," Cook stated. "It is a special day, and it would make it even more special if we can produce a performance we are capable off.
"After what's happened so far, I'd say so [that Perth will be his toughest career Test]. Your next challenge is always the toughest."
Meanwhile, Clarke is set for a memorable 100th Test with Australia on the brink of Ashes victory. Despite stating how proud he was to have represented his country, Clarke maintained his achievement would not distract him from the task in hand.
"In regards to being your 100th Test, it's not a focus at all. It's fantastic that I have been able to play 99 Tests for my country and it's something that I'm proud of," Clarke said. "But it's about having the chance to win the Ashes and continue to perform like we have in first two Tests."
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