Clarke doubles up in Sydney

January 4, 2012

by privatemusings

Sydney, Second Test
Day 2: Australia 482-4 v India 191

Australian captain Michael Clarke batted throughout day two of the second Test match between Australia and India at the SCG to leave Australia well poised to claim victory in Sydney.

Clarke walked off the field at the close of play on 251 not out, with Australia in a commanding position at 482-4, a lead of 291, with 6 first innings wickets in hand. It was a good day all-round for the home side as Ricky Ponting scored his first Test century in nearly two years, as he and Clarke shared 288 runs for the fourth wicket. Ponting was the only wicket that India picked up all day, as he fell to the bowling of Ishant Sharma for 134, caught by Sachin Tendulkar at point.

The SCG crowd were on their feet when Ponting, on 99, scampered a quick single to bring his score to three figures. The former Australian captain has been under increasing pressure from certain parts of the media to be dropped, and it was evident that he, and the crowd were overjoyed with the success of this innings.

When Ponting was eventually dismissed there was no let up for the Indian bowlers, as Clarke was joined by Michael Hussey and together they took the home side to stumps, not before adding a further 182 runs in quick time. Hussey walked off the field on 55 not out but the SCG rose as one to salute Australia’s new captain, and local boy, who made the highest score by an Australian batsman at the SCG.

Clarke and Hussey will be hoping for further quick runs tomorrow morning, and it is now unlikely that anything other than a huge Australian victory will be the outcome of this match.

Chris Murtagh 04/01/2012

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