First among equals

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.

 

also read

CSK spin their way to thumping win over Kings XI Punjab

blog comments powered by Disqus