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Clarke follows Punter's footsteps... records 2,000 Test runs vs India

December 10, 2014 17:32 IST
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Rain played spoilsport on Day 2 of the first Test between Australia and India at the Adelaide Oval. It caused three interruptions, but in the 30 overs that were bowled, Australia captain Michael Clarke did well to fight off pain and score 128, and Steve Smith a career-best 162 not out, as India's hapless bowling attack got a beating. At stumps, Australia were 517 for 7.

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A look at the statistical highlights from the start-stop day.

Michael Clarke on his way to a hundred on Day 2 of the first Test between Australia and India

Australia’s Michael Clarke on his way to a hundred on Day 2 of the first Test against India at the Adelaide Oval on Wednesday. Photograph: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

For the sixth time three batsmen posted centuries in the same Test innings for Australia against India -- the previous two instances at Adelaide being in 1947-48 and 2007-08.

# Michael Clarke produced his 28th century in Tests. His tally includes 17 in Tests at home.

# His last Test hundred was 161 not out vs South Africa at Cape Town in March this year. In between his two Test hundreds, he had scores of 0, 2, 3, 47 and 5.

# His 128 off 163 balls is his 14th hundred as captain.

# He enjoys a superb record as captain in Tests – his tally being 3728 runs (ave.57.35) in 40 Tests.

# Clarke (2042) became the second batsman after Ricky Ponting (2555) to amass 2,000 runs for Australia against India in Tests. Clive Lloyd (2344), Javed Miandad (2228) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (2171) are three other batsmen to accomplish the feat vs India.

# Clarke and Steven Smith shared a stand of 163 - Australia's highest partnership for the seventh wicket vs India at Adelaide.

# Among the players with 25 Test centuries or more, Don Bradman, Matthew Hayden and Michael Clarke are the three to post more hundreds than fifties.

Steven Smith celebrates his century and pays tribute to the late Phillip Hughes

Australia’s Steven Smith celebrates his century and pays tribute to the late Phillip Hughes on Day 2 of the first Test against India at the Adelaide Oval on Wednesday. Photograph: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Smith (162 not out off 231 balls) registered a career-best innings in Tests, surpassing the 138 not out off 241 balls vs England at The Oval in August 2013.

# Smith's brilliant innings is his fifth Test hundred, his first against India.

# Smith's previous best innings vs India was 92 off 185 balls at Mohali in March 2013.

# Smith has registered four Test hundreds while batting at No 5 and one at six.

- Images from Day 2

# All five Test hundreds scored by Smith have come under Clarke's captaincy. He failed to post a century in four Tests under Ponting and one under Shane Watson.

# For the seventh time Australia (517-7) registered a total of 500-plus vs India at Adelaide - the best being 674 in January 1948.

# Varun Aaron (23-1-136-2) had an economy rate of 5.91, the worst by any Indian bowler, who has bowled 20 overs (120 balls) or more, outstripping the 5.68 registered by Kapil Dev - 38.4-3-220-7 vs Pakistan at Faisalabad in January 1983.

# Mohammad Shami (24-2-120-2) also registered an economy rate of 5.00. Two opening bowlers from India, for the first time, conceded 5.00 runs per over in the same innings (minimum 20 overs).

 

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