History man Clarke powers Australia in Melbourne

Updated: December 27, 2012

Australian captain Michael Clarke struck another century and in the process made more history in 2012 by becoming Australia’s leading Test run scorer in a calender year. At the close of day 2 in the second Test against a hapless Sri Lanka, Australia have a 278 run initiative leaving the home team well set for another Test win.

The Australia skipper, enjoying an inspirational 2012, surpassed the 1,544 runs Ricky Ponting amassed in 2005 during his innings of 106, before tail-ender Mitchell Johnson rubbed salt into Sri Lanka’s wounds with an unbeaten 73, moving the home team to an imposing 440-8.

Clarke’s fifth test ton of the year, his first at the MCG and 22nd of his career, propelled him to 1,595 runs for the year and fourth on the all-time list behind Mohammad Yousuf (1,788 runs), Viv Richards (1,710) and Graeme Smith (1,656).

Australia 8 for 440 (Clarke 106, Watson 83, Johnson 73*, Warner 62, Prasad 3-102) lead Sri Lanka 156 by 284 runs