November 12, 2012
1st Test, Brisbane
Day 4: South Africa 450/9 v Australia 487/4
Michael Clarke struck a superb double century at The Gabba on day four to put Australia in a strong position in the first Test match against South Africa.
Australia closed at stumps on 487/4 giving them a lead of 37 runs with a day remaining. It still likely that the match will finish as a draw, but thanks to some outstanding batting, Australia have given themselves an outside chance of victory.
Clarke will resume his innings tomorrow morning on 218 made from 350 balls. His knock included 21 fours. Australia’s captain was well supported through the early part of the day by Ed Cowan who made 136 from 257 balls.
Michael Hussey will join Clarke tomorrow morning and will resume his innings on 86 not out. Hussey added some impetus to the innings hitting 12 boundaries along the way.
South Africa looked short of ideas all day on a surface that remains good for batting. If Australia are to force victory tomorrow they will need quick early runs, followed by an outstanding bowling and fielding effort.
The Scoop 12/11/12