Hussey joins the party at the SCG

January 5, 2012
Mike Hussey

by Binguyen

Second Test, Sydney
Day 3: Australia 659-4 declared v India 191 &114-2

Australia had another dominant day over India on day 3 in Sydney, as Michael Clarke made the first triple century at the SCG, and an under pressure Mike Hussey registered his 16th Test match century.

Australia declared their first innings with a lead of 468 runs before asking India to bat again on the third evening. Clarke’s decision to declare was vindicated when Ben Hilfenhaus claimed two Indian wickets as the tourists finished at stumps on 114-2, still trailing by 354 runs.

Hilfenhaus dismissed Virender Sehwag (4), and Rahul Dravid (26), as he took 2-37 from 16 overs. Gautum Gambhir showed some fight for the away side with an unbeaten 68, and he will be joined in the morning by Sachin Tendulkar who will resume his innings on 8.

Earlier in the day the SCG spectators were treated to some exhilarating batting by Hussey and Clarke. Clarke reached his triple century just after lunch, before finishing on 329 unbeaten. The Australian captain’s innings was the fourth highest by an Australian batsman in Test cricket. Matthew Hayden holds the record when he scored 380 against Zimbabwe in Perth in 2003.

Clarke’s marathon innings lasted 617 minutes, and included 39 fours and a six from the 468 balls he faced. Hussey was just as impressive today, as he finished the innings on 150 not out which was his third score of 150 or more in Tests.

It was a nearly perfect day for the Australian team as their decision to keep faith with Ponting and Hussey has been fully justified.

Australia will come hard at India tomorrow morning as they bid for 8 more India wickets to go 2-0 up in this best of four series. All eyes will be on Sachin Tendulkar who needs a further 92 runs tomorrow to reach the historic milestone of 100 hundreds in international cricket.

Chris Murtagh 05/01/2012

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