Clarke was joined by Michael Hussey, who collected 150 of his own, as the pair used day three to put together an unbroken partnership of 334 runs. Their innings featured a combined for 55 boundaries with Clarke needing just 468 deliveries to surpass the triple-century mark.
Australia declared at 4-659 allowing India half a day at the crease, but the visitors got off to a shaky start when opener Virender Sehwag fell for just four runs at 1-18. Sehwag’s opening partner, Gautum Gambhir, batted on valiantly and posted his best total of the tour, totaling 83 runs before being caught by David Warner.
Clarke’s haul is being described as one of the all-time great Australian batting performances and is the first triple-century ever recorded at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Still, Clarke was urging his team not to get complacent before an Indian side that he described as being a “very good batting team.”
Clarke told reporters that the conditions of the pitch would favour the Indian’s comeback and stressed that the remainder of the Test would be a challenge for the Australians.
The captain may have been playing modest as India faces what will be an almost insurmountable task simply to stay in the game, requiring at least 468 runs to make Australia bat again.
Australian fast-medium bowler Ben Hilfenhaus opened the day four bowling attack by claiming the wickets of Sehwag and Rahul Dravid at the cost of 58 runs from 19 overs. Peter Siddle was been the side’s most efficient bowler early on in India’s second innings, recording seven maidens and 41 runs against from 16 overs.
Legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar has already notched a 50 of his own and remains not out paired with VVS Laxman.
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