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First among equals

cricket Updated: Nov 23, 2012 00:18 IST

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Michael Clarke's unbeaten 224 against SA on Thursday made him the first player in Test history to post four double tons in a calendar year.

* Clarke's fourth double ton in a single calendar year saw him go one up on compatriots Don Bradman (1930) and Ricky Ponting (2003).

* It was his fourth double as a captain. With five, only West Indian Brian Lara has more.

* Clarke also became the third player after Bradman and Wally Hammond to score two doubles in a series twice. Bradman is the only batsman to score three doubles in a series.

* Australia's 482 for five is the second-highest total after Day One of a Test. The highest is 494, posted by Australia against SA at Sydney in 1910.

* This is the second time Australia have scored 400 plus on Day One at Adelaide. The last time they lost to India.