Clarke's double ton puts Australia ahead

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Updated: Monday, November 12, 2012, 13:29 [IST]
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Brisbane, Nov 12: Michael Clarke scored his third Test double century and Ed Cown hit a ton as Australia took first innings lead over South Africa on the fourth day of first Test here at the Gabba on Monday.


Michael Clarke raises his bat and helmet after reaching 100

Australia captain Michael Clarke celebrates after reaching to his 100 against South Africa on Monday in Brisbane. He is 218 not out at end of day 4.

Ed Cowan is jubilant after his first Test hundred

Australia opener Ed Cowan is ecstatic after scoring his first Test hundred, against South Africa on Monday in Brisbane.

Ed Cowan's family is happy

Virginia Cowan with three-month-old Romy celebrates as her husband Australia's Ed Cowan reaches his century in Brisbane.

Ed Cowan and Michael Clarke during their double-ton partnership

Ed Cowan and Michael Clarke are seen during their 259-run partnership for fourth wicket against South Africa at Gabba on Monday.

At stumps on day four, Clarke was unbeaten on 218 with Michael Hussey on 86 not out. Australia have taken a 37-run lead closing the day at 487/4 in 121 overs. This is Clarke's second highest Test score.

From 40/3 on Sunday, South Africa bowlers have gone without a wicket conceding 447 runs till now. The only success on the fourth day came through run out. Australia scored 376/1 in 95 overs today.

Clarke was in sublime form right from the start and brought up his double century with a boundary of South Africa's pace spearhead Dale Steyn. The Australian skipper has scored all of his three career Test double tons this year. Also in 2012, he completed 1,000 runs and heads the list. In seven Tests this year, he has thousand runs at an average of 111.11.

This was Clarke's 20th Test century in 84th game while Cowan brought up his maiden hundred in the longer version in eighth Test.

Earlier in 2012, he hit his career best 326 not out against India and had a score of 210 against the same opposition. Both were achieved in the month of January.

Clarke and Cowan (136) put Australia back on track after being reduced to 40/3. They associated for 259 runs for the fourth wicket. Cowan was unlucky to be dismissed run out by Styen while trying to back up at the non-striker's end.

After Cowan's departure, Hussey joined Clarke and they both continued to make South Africa's "best ever" bowling attack toil.

For more than 100 overs, Proteas bowlers went wicketless. Ricky Ponting was dismissed by Morne Morkel on Sunday in the 10 over. The next success came via a run out of Cowan in the 85th over.


Story first published:  Monday, November 12, 2012, 13:03 [IST]
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