Thursday, December 27, 2012


MELBOURNE – Captain Michael Clarke trumped Ricky Ponting as Australia’s highest runscorer in {an exceedingly|in a very} civil year with another century as his team clamped an iron grip on the second take a look at against country.

Clarke eclipsed Ponting’s previous national record of one,544 runs and went on to get 106 to continue his stellar 2012 as another significant defeat loomed for the pitiful Sri Lankans in Melbourne once losing the gap take a look at by 137 runs.

It was however additional misery, though, for Shane Watson, United Nations agency omitted on his third take a look at century and his 1st hundred since Oct 2010 once he fell for a Sri Lankan punch on eighty three.

At the shut on the second day, Australia were 440 for eight with 200-wicket paceman Mitchell Johnson enjoying a good all-around match together with his seventh take a look at period on seventy three and Nathan Lyon however to get.

Australia had extended their lead over the tourists to 284 runs with 2 wickets intact, going the inadequate country, skittled for 156 off forty three.4 overs on Wednesday, wanting down the barrel of defeat on the third day.

“It’s nice to induce that monkey off my back to induce my 1st hundred in Melbourne,” Clarke same.

“In regards to beating Ricky, in my eyes he was actually the best batter i used to be lucky enough to play with therefore to beat any record that Ricky holds is extremely special, that’s evidently.”

Clarke went into the Melbourne take a look at needing fifty six runs to interrupt Ponting’s national record and has currently assembled one,595 runs at 106.33 in Australia’s final take a look at of the year.

Only Pakistan’s Mahound Yousuf (1788), West Indian Viv Richards (1710) and South Africa’s Graeme Smith (1656) have scored additional runs than Clarke during a civil year.

“Numbers have not extremely fazed Pine Tree State an excessive amount of,” Clarke same. “It’s nice to be creating runs and leading by example jointly of the leaders within the team and also the captain of the team, however to Pine Tree State it’s concerning winning games.”

Clarke was finally out once he was caught by rival skipper Mahela Jayawardene within the slips off Shaminda Eranga once 251 minutes at the crease.

The Australian captain, United Nations agency was doubtful prior to the sport with a hamstring injury, has conjointly scored a triple century and 3 double centuries in a unprecedented 2012.

But it had been not a chanceless innings, with Clarke having a let-off in Rangana Herath’s seventeenth over once substitute ‘keeper Kumar Sangakkara uncomprehensible a troublesome political campaign fall upon fifty four.

He was conjointly born by Tillakaratne Dilshan on 5 late on Wednesday’s 1st day.

Clarke placed on 194 runs for the fourth wicket with Watson, United Nations agency presently followed his skipper back to the room once once more failing to convert a period into a large amount.

Watson’s patient 265-minute vigil concluded once he force Dhammika Prasad straight to Thilan Samaraweera lying in wait at deep mid-wicket and he trudged head down from the bottom.

It was the nineteenth time Watson has didn't convert a take a look at period into three-figures.

Matthew Wade solely lasted six balls for one before he force Prasad to Eranga 2 overs later and it took a freakish one-handed catch from Herath to dismiss microphone Hussey at long-on for thirty four.

Hussey has well-tried Sri Lanka’s nemesis with 5 centuries in six previous Tests.

Sri Lanka’s injury issues were increased with paceman Chanaka Welegedara actuation up within the gap time unit whereas bowling and absorbing his right hamstring and is unlikely to bowl once more within the take a look at.

The tourists went into the second day already while not wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene attributable to a hairline thumb fracture suffered whereas batting in his team’s 1st innings on Boxing Day. Sangakkara took over behind the stumps.

“It’s a protracted means from ending this game we have a tendency to|and that we} still would like an honest batting innings from the time we hopefully get them come in tomorrow’s 1st session and see what we will do from there,” country baseball coach Marvan Atapattu same.