Australia v South Africa, 2nd Test, Adelaide, 1st day

Clarke's record-breaking run continues

Stats highlights from day one of the second Australia v South Africa Test in Adelaide

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan

November 22, 2012

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Michael Clarke walks off after his unbeaten 259, Australia v South Africa, first Test, day five, Brisbane, November 13, 2012
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Yet another brilliant batting display by Michael Clarke helped Australia pile on the runs in Adelaide. Here are highlights from the first day's play, during which Australia scored at nearly six per over.

  • Australia's score of 482 is the second-highest number of runs scored on the first day of a Test match - the highest is 494, also by Australia against South Africa, way back in 1910 at the SCG. The most runs scored by one team in a day's play is 509, by Sri Lanka against Bangladesh in 2002 - those runs, though, were scored on the second day of the Test. The record number of runs scored in a single day's play is 588, on the second day of a Test between England and India in 1936 - England scored 398 of those runs, while India contributed 190. This is the second time that Australia have scored more than 400 on the first day's play in Adelaide. The previous time they achieved the feat was against India in 2003-04, when India went on to win by four wickets.
  • Michael Clarke became the only player to make four 200-plus scores in a single calendar year. He had previously shared the record with Don Bradman and Ricky Ponting. Among batsmen with 1000-plus runs in home Tests in a calendar year, Clarke has the highest average (359). Only Ashwell Prince and Bradman have a higher average in a single year in home Tests. Clarke, who has another two Tests to play this year, has an average of 140.55, which is the second-highest for a single year (1000-plus runs in a year) behind Garry Sobers' average of 144.66.
  • Clarke's century is his 21st in 85 Tests. He is now eighth on the list of Australian batsmen with the most Test hundreds. Clarke's average of 66.48 is the second-highest for an Australian batsman in home Tests (min 3000 runs). Clarke's double-century is also his fourth as a captain - only Brian Lara (five double-centuries) has more 200-plus scores as captain.
  • Clarke became the third player after Bradman and Wally Hammond to register two double-century scores in a series twice. Bradman is the only batsman to make three such scores in a series.
  • Clarke's strike rate of 92.18 during his knock is his highest for a 100-plus score. His top two knocks in terms of strike rate have come against South Africa.
  • David Warner's century is his third in 11 Tests. His previous centuries came against New Zealand (Hobart) and India (Perth). Warner is the third Australian batsman after Adam Gilchrist and Mitchell Johnson to score a century against South Africa at a strike rate greater than 100 (Tests since South Africa's readmission).
  • Michael Hussey, who came into the series with just one century against South Africa, scored his second century in two Tests. It is also his 18th century overall and his second in Adelaide after the 133 against West Indies in 2005.
  • The number of sixes hit so far in the innings (9) is joint-third on the list of innings with the most sixes for Australia. In Johannesburg in 2002, Australia hit 11 sixes in their innings win.
  • The 272-run stand between Clarke and Hussey is the highest fifth-wicket stand in Adelaide. It is also the seventh-highest fifth-wicket stand for Australia overall. For the 19th time overall, and the third time this year, Australia had century partnerships for the fourth and fifth wickets. The previous two efforts came against India (Sydney) and South Africa (Brisbane).
  • The combined run-rate for the fourth and fifth-wicket partnerships (5.78) is the highest in Tests since 1990 surpassing the previous best of 5.22 for England against West Indies in 2004 (min aggregate 200 runs).
  • Imran Tahir went for 159 runs off his 21 overs. His economy rate (7.57) is the highest ever for a bowler in a Test innings (min 20 overs bowled). The number of runs conceded by Tahir (159) is the second-highest in an innings for a South Africa bowler against Australia (since 1991).

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan is a sub-editor (stats) at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by SG70 on (November 24, 2012, 6:43 GMT)

@Meety .... I do know my history here is the evidence : http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/455228.html

The last line from that article : "The survivors of the original Bodyline series marvelled that there was no public riot, for it had come close to that in Adelaide in 1933, when two of Australia's batsmen were felled. Yet now, in a period of 20 years, West Indies fast men sent 40 opposing batsmen to hospital."

Larwood is nowhere near in the class of Dale Steyn. If you want to pretend otherwise thats just plain dishonest.

Damp pitches : Bradman was no big fan of these pitches and has a poor record on such pitches.

The problem usually in any Bradman discussion is peoples willingness to accept facts without embellishing them. We love to keep anything and everything from spoiling a good story so anyone and everyone that played against Bradman gets automatically nominated as a great.

Posted by   on (November 23, 2012, 7:34 GMT)

482 runs on the first day of a test is phenomenal efforts even though they were reeling one time at 55 for 3. That too against a top class side who is no. 1 in ICC test ranking.

Posted by   on (November 23, 2012, 6:25 GMT)

One more record: he has scored 628 runs AFTER reaching the century in Tests in 2012, a new record for a calendar year (previous Bradman 1930: 551 runs in five centuries). By way of comparison, Mark Waugh scored 412 runs after reaching 100 in his entire career (20 centuries, 4 not out)

Posted by   on (November 23, 2012, 3:56 GMT)

A great days play, exceptional from Warner, Huss and especially Clarke. One disappointment was that we didn't get 90 overs in the day. I think that should be a mandatory condition of the game. Actually i think it should be mandatory to get 15 overs per hour, and fines dealt out per hour based on the run rate for that hour. eg if the Base fine is $1000 per over and 1.5 overs were missed in that hour and the run rate was 3.1, the fine should be $1000*1.5*3.1 = $4650. You can negate the fine by bowling 2*the Deficit in the next hour. In this case 18 overs (no you don't get extra if you bowl more)

In addition to the fine, the team should bowl the deficit overs anyway, by extending the game time at the end of the day, preferably, or by starting early the next day or both if necessary.

It should be considered part of the game that a captain must manage his resources so that 90 overs are bowled for a full days play, otherwise it is unfair to the batting side and to the spectators.

Posted by V-Man_ on (November 22, 2012, 23:50 GMT)

Eventhough I am not a big fan of Clarke but I have to take my hat off to the form he is in. The extra responsibility of captaincy seems to make the australian players go up few gears. I remember the same thing with Steve waugh and pointing when they became captain. Clarke's innings sort of eased the pain of seeing pointing ugly dismissal. Lol

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 23:22 GMT)

Also, Michael Clarke's 224* is the highest score by a No.5 batsman on day 1 of a test match.

Posted by Meety on (November 22, 2012, 23:09 GMT)

@eternity_ on (November 22 2012, 17:21 PM GMT) - mate, there was fast bowlers of the same speed & skill of todays greats in Bradman's era. Learn your history buddy. What do you think Bodyline was? The reality was, spinners throved in that era of uncovered pitches, in today's game, MOST batsmen wouldn't survive 10 balls on a damp pitch - against spinners let alone pacers. I do agree re: fielding. @BG4cricket on (November 22 2012, 19:21 PM GMT) - I think things depend on WHEN the Saffas have to bat. IF Oz push on towards 700 (could be there by Tea time roughly) & the Saffas have to come out to bat for 90 minutes, I would NOT be surprised if Oz could claim 3 or 4 wickets - EVEN if the pitch is good. It would be a mental thing. Funny thing is, IF Pup had declared with an hour to go yesterday - I think we could of had a Newlands on our hands as the Saffas were shot ducks. I expect they will fight hard & some of their batsmen will do VERY well!

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 22:33 GMT)

Would someone actually mention what were the 4 200s scored by Clarke? What tests this year? Etc. It is so strange that every story on cricinfo says he scored 4 two-hundreds, but NONE story actually lists the four. Why are the writers teasing us? Thanks!

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 22:31 GMT)

The only reason all these runs have been scored is because the grounds side boundaries are too short! Just have a look at the number of runs scored on both sides! They're even shorter now because of the construction going on.

Coupled that with a dead flat pitch, they should scored over 500 in a day!

Posted by BG4cricket on (November 22, 2012, 19:21 GMT)

Maddy, Victor and Meety - this is the same Adelaide wicket as normal but the real difference is that SA bowled absolute tripe which got the treatment it deserved. It was a truly insipid effort especially from the spinners and anyone who thinks Faf is an all rounder has rocks in their head. I think you will find once SA bats that the wicket is a fair one but I would be very surprised if SA avoid defeat in this test.

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