Sydney, Jan 5: A perfect gentleman tag aptly suits Michael Clarke who selflessly declared the innings when he was just 5 runs short of Sir Don Bradman and Mark Taylor's highest score of 334 and ofcourse just 51 runs behind Mathew Hayden's record of 380 runs.
The Aussie captain's historic 329* is the highest individual score in an India-Australia Test and also the highest at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
The feat was even more special because he achieved it in front of his home crowd, and in the 100th Test played at SCG. What more can Clarke ask for? Any better occasion to get his historic feat?
During his knock of 329*, Clarke surpassed Don Bradman's record of highest score of 270 by an Australian captain. Don Bradman held this record since 1937, which was broken by Clarke, at SCG in 2011 1937. This historic feat included 37 boundaries and a six off 432 deliveries.
Michael Clarke got a standing ovation when he eclipsed the 109 year highest score at the Sydney Cricket Ground, record held by an Englishman Reg Foster (287). He also became the 21st cricketer and seventh Australian player to score a triple ton. He also surpassed VVS Laxman's 281, the highest individual score in an India-Australia Test on Thursday.
Moreover, his stand to support and play only for the country also needs to be appreciated as he had withdrawn from the IPL auction and has not shown interest in playing the Big Bash T20 while he has time and again proved that he gives more prominence to country alone. When many players have chosen the clubs over country, here is a gentleman who has dedicated himself to play cricket for Australia who loves to play in front of his home crowd. Way to go Clarke!!!