Clarke's record ton puts Australia in command

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Updated: Thursday, December 27, 2012, 17:24 [IST]
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Melbourne, Dec 27: Australia captain Michael Clarke's great run in 2012 continued as he became his country's highest run scorer in a calendar year, surpassing former captain Ricky Ponting, with his 22nd Test century against Sri Lanka on the second day of the second Test on Thursday.


Clarke, with a 108 on the second day at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), now has 1,595 runs in 11 Tests this year. He broke Australian record for most runs in a calendar year. Ponting had scored 1,544 in 15 Tests in 2005.

Clarke's record ton at MCG

With Clarke's hundred, fifth this year, Australia closed day two at a commanding 440/8 in 129 overs. They have lead of 284 runs. Sri Lanka were bowled out for 156.

"It's always nice to make runs and even nicer to make a century for Australia. I thought the boys played really well today - Shane Watson was outstanding, Mitchell Johnson was really good at the back end of the day," Clarke said.

The right-hander said he was proud to break Ponting's record.

"To me Ricky Ponting is one of the all-time great players Australia's ever had, so to beat Ricky at something is a fantastic achievement, so I'm very proud," Clarke said.

"Numbers have never really bothered me too much. It's nice to be making runs and leading by example as one of the leaders in the team and the captain of the team, I think it's really important that the captain is doing that.

"But to me it's about winning games. If I am helping this team have success then I feel like that's part of my job. As long as we keep winning that's my priority."


Story first published:  Thursday, December 27, 2012, 16:38 [IST]
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