Melbourne: Australia skipper Michael Clarke has reportedly asked a win against India as a Christmas gift from Santa.
In a report published in the Herald Sun, Clarke was appreciated for being 'selfless' this festive season and pray for collective glory rather than for personal ambitions. "All I want for Christmas is to beat India in this first Test match," he was overheard as jokingly telling a Santa Claus in his team hotel.
The 30-year-old batsman is believed to have sat on Santa's lap as he posed for fans in the hotel. "Yes, I've been a good boy," he said and added laughingly that he was not sure about David Warner, the other cricketer who was also present here with him.
Experts and fans may have mostly put money against his side and the year may have passed with more lows than highs. Clarke however has managed to battle past a back ailment and his Christmas wish does not come as an entire surprise.
Members of the Indian team (photograph above) were also seen getting into the festive spirit on Christmas eve. (Related: Pics - India, Australia cricketers get 'street smart')