Another Clarke 200 deflates Proteas



Adelaide,Nov 22: Australian captain Michael Clarke scored his second successive double century and Mike Hussey added a second century in successive innings against the Proteas Castle Lager squad to lead the home side to an extraordinary total of 482-5 on a record-breaking first day of the second Test, at the Adelaide Oval, on Thursday.
 Clarke became the first player in the history of the game to record four double centuries in a calendar year and finished unbeaten on 224 from 239 balls with 39 fours and a six. Hussey’s 18th Test century finished on 103 from just 137 balls when Dale Steyn bowled him with the final ball of the day.
 The day followed an eerily similar pattern to Australia’s innings in the first Test at the Gabba almost two weeks ago when three quick wickets were followed up with a century from an opening batsman and two more from Clarke and Hussey.
 The only difference this time was the ferocity of David Warner’s century compared to the more measured three figures from partner Ed Cowan in the first Test.
 Warner backed his natural, attacking game despite the fall of three wickets in the space of 15 balls which reduced the home side from 43 without loss to 55-3.
 Cowan (10) departed to a Jacques Kallis return catch, Rob Quiney (0) edged Morne Morkel to Graeme Smith at slip and Kallis struck a second time when Ricky Ponting (4) was bowled with his third ball.
 But the day soured rapidly for the tourists from the moment Kallis left the field midway through his fourth over with a hamstring strain and Warner struck the ball with increasing ferocity to reach his third Test century from a mere 93 balls as the bowlers maintained an erratic line on both sides of the wicket.
 The stocky left-hander was eventually removed for 119 courtesy of Smith’s second catch at slip off Morkel but there was no respite as Hussey and Clarke relentlessly plundered runs to post the second highest first-day total in Test history, just short of the 494-6 Australia scored against South Africa in Sydney 102 years ago.
 It was also the first time three players have scored centuries on the opening day of a Test match.
 South Africa’s hopes of remaining a competitive force in the Test received a further blow after the close of play when Coach Gary Kirsten confirmed that Kallis was “unlikely to play any further part in the match” - although his condition will continue to be monitored.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 22 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 22 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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