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First Test: Clarke's 151 lifts Australia to 284

Published: Friday, November 11, 2011, 11:11 [IST]
 
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Clarke's 151 lifts Australia to 284

Cape Town, Nov 10: Australian skipper Michael Clarke scored 151 runs in the first Test against South Africa. A poor start by the Aussies losing wickets cheaply, both their openers got out before lunch as rain delayed most of the session.

[Scorecard: South Africa vs Australia, Nov 2011, Cape Town]

Fast bowler Dale Steyn claimed the wickets of Shane Watson and Ricky Ponting, while new cap Vernon Philander had Phil Hughes caught behind. Clarke was given a torrid time by Steyn at the start of his innings before launching a counter attack when Steyn was replaced by Jacques Kallis.

Clarke made the crease when his team were in trouble at 40 for 3. The Australian captain scored 40 of the runs as the stand with Marsh became worth 50, reached 5000 runs in Test cricket.

By tea he had faced 77 deliveries and hit 13 boundaries. Clarke resumed on 107 with Australia precariously placed on 214 for eight at the start of play. Tailender Peter Siddle made 20 and supported Clarke in a ninth wicket stand of 59, the second best of the innings, as the last two wickets added 70 runs.

He had batted for 266 minutes, faced 176 balls and hit 22 fours scoring 151 of the 244 runs scored while he was at the crease.

South Africa were 49 for one at lunch in reply to Australia's 284. Jacques Rudolph was bowled by Ryan Harris for 18.

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