Clarke batters Proteas attack

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Updated: November 22, 2012

Michael Clarke left the much spoken about Proteas bowling attack in tatters, on the first day of the second Test at Adelaide. Australian captain and history man became the first player in Test history to score 4 double hundreds in a calender year. Perhaps the new southern stand currently under construction should be named after the run scoring machine, after he finished the day unbeaten on 224 off 243 deliveries leading his team to 482/5.

The day couldn’t have begun worse for the visitors as Rory Kleinveldt was drafted in due to Philander waking up with a sore back. South Africa were in the driving seat after the dismissal of under fire Ponting in the 13th over leaving Australia 55/3 until captain marvel and David Warner started to control the days play in spectacular fashion, Warner eventually being dismissed for 119 off only 112 balls. Michael Hussey resumed the mantle for the home team scoring his second consecutive hundred in a 272 run partnership with Clarke. Hussey is like a fine wine, he simply gets better with age.

For South Africa, it is going to be a long Test, and with veteran Kallis breaking down and being sent for a scan, the visitors are in dire straights.

Australia 5 for 482 (Clarke 224*, Warner 119, Hussey 103) v South Africa