Australia v South Africa, 1st Test, Brisbane, 4th day

Clarke dominates run fest at the Gabba

Stats highlights from day four of the first Test in Brisbane

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan

November 12, 2012

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Michael Clarke calls out loud after playing a defensive shot, Australia v South Africa, 1st Test, 3rd day, Brisbane, November 11, 2012
Michael Clarke became only the third batsman after Don Bradman and Ricky Ponting to register three 200-plus scores in a single year © Getty Images
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On another day dominated by the bat, centuries from Michael Clarke and Ed Cowan enabled Australia to take the lead. Here are some top numbers from a day the South African bowlers would like to forget in a hurry.

  • Clarke became only the third batsman after Don Bradman and Ricky Ponting to register three 200-plus scores in a calendar year. Clarke had scored 329* and 210 in the Sydney and Adelaide Tests against India earlier in the year. Clarke's double-century is only the fifth one scored in Brisbane. Four of the five double-centuries in Brisbane have been scored by Australian batsmen. The last one, however, was scored by Greg Chappell in 1981.
  • Among captains who have scored at least 800 runs in a calendar year, Clarke has the second-highest average (111.11). Don Bradman is on top with an average of 113.88 in 1948. Clarke's aggregate of 1000 runs in seven Tests is by far the highest in 2012. Hashim Amla is second with 791 runs in eight Tests.
  • Clarke's century is his fourth in Brisbane and takes him joint-second with Matthew Hayden and Ricky Ponting on the list of batsmen with the most centuries at the Gabba. Greg Chappell is on top with five centuries. Clarke's average of 109.37 is second only to Chappell's 111.77 among batsmen who have scored 500-plus runs in Brisbane.
  • Clarke is now joint-sixth on the list of Australian batsmen with the most 150-plus scores in Tests (7). Bradman is on top with 18 150-plus scores followed by Ricky Ponting (15). Clarke's 218 is his highest score against South Africa surpassing his previous best of 151 in the first Test in Cape Town last year.
  • The 259-run stand between Ed Cowan and Clarke is the fifth-highest partnership for Australia against South Africa and the third-highest since South Africa's readmission. The partnership is also seventh on the list of highest fourth-wicket stands for Australia and the sixth-highest in Brisbane.
  • Cowan's century is his first in Tests. His previous best was 74 against India in Perth in January 2012. Cowan's hundred is also the first by an Australian opening batsman in Brisbane since Simon Katich's 131 in 2008. Cowan scored 71 of his 136 runs from backfoot shots hitting nine fours in the process. In contrast, Clarke scored 72 of his 218 runs from backfoot shots.
  • For the first time ever in Australia-South Africa Tests, four centuries were scored in the team first innings (1st and 2nd innings of the match). There have been nine other occasions when there have been three centuries scored in the team first innings.
  • The only wicket South Africa managed in the day was that of Cowan, who was run out. The last two occasions when South Africa had gone without a single wicket in a day's play came against Sri Lanka (2006 at the SSC) and against Australia (1997 in Johannesburg).
  • It is the fourth time overall and the second time this year (after the Sydney Test against India) that Australia have had two 150-plus stands for the fourth and fifth wickets.
  • The partnership run-rate of 5.17 is the second-highest for Australia in Tests against South Africa since 1992. The highest is 5.46 during the 182-run stand between Hayden and Ponting in Sydney in 2006 (150-plus stands only).

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Posted by navinrajpal on (November 13, 2012, 4:16 GMT)

I watched both teams bowl closely during the first innings. Oz were bowling fast & furious & SA were simply bowling rubbish. Siddle, Hilfenhaus, Pattinson were very accurate with their off-stump lines & Amla/Kallis had to bat really hard to score their respective centuries. On the other hand, Morkel doesn't really capitalize on his height & was instrumental in releasing the pressure created by Steyn/Philander who weren't @ their best. The over in which Clarke hit him for three boundaries when they were recovering from 40/3 changed the momentum. Lyon looks average & without the pace trio it would be difficult for him to hold himself in the team. Amla is so strong with his defence (like Dravid) but attacks better.

Posted by   on (November 13, 2012, 0:52 GMT)

@ EverybodylovesSachin are you suggesting Clarke's 300 was on a batting paradise? I'm not sure if you've ever seen the SCG....but batting paradise it is not

Posted by Meety on (November 12, 2012, 23:50 GMT)

@maddy20 on (November 12 2012, 17:00 PM GMT) - yet Patto bowled @ 144kph! BTW, Morkel bowled one ball @ 147kph! Wake up!

Posted by one-eyed-but-keepinitreal on (November 12, 2012, 23:48 GMT)

Fifteen out of the nineteen matches that Michael Clarke has scored centuries in, prior to the current, have been decided. Australia have won thirteen and lost two (including the match where the next two completed innings did not surpass his first innings total). How many of the true flat track bullies can say that 79% of their centuries were in a decided test match? Should drop to a paltry 75% today...but?

Posted by Sanj747 on (November 12, 2012, 23:22 GMT)

Funny how all the Indian supporters come into play here. Sad some can't appreciate good cricket and want to bring in irrerelevant stats.

Posted by crh8971 on (November 12, 2012, 22:36 GMT)

@Everybodylovessachin - and exactly how many test double centuries have been made on "bowlers paradise" pitches? Both the doubles against India resulted in wins to Australia so at least one group of bowlers found the pitches good to bowl on.

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (November 12, 2012, 22:18 GMT)

Every high score in test cricket got to be on batting paradise. Sad part of Cricket..when you look at the physics of the game..Now batting paradise may hold some bounce also.. Bounce does not mean it is difficult to bat on...It is much more easier to pull and hook and hit the ball over the fielder.

Posted by __PK on (November 12, 2012, 21:16 GMT)

There's nothing wrong with this track. The wicket block has been producing typical Gabba lively tracks all season so far - and has been criticised for it. This deck WAS spicy on day 1, but the Aus bowlers just didn't get it right. Day 2 was a washout, which refreshed the pitch so that Day 3 was effectively Day 1 or 2 again, and eventually the bowlers got it right, so we saw 11 wickets fall. Day 4 becomes Day 2 or 3 when the Gabba is always at its best for batting. Day 5 will be Day 3 or 4 so we should still see good batting conditions, maybe a little help for the spinners. It's rubbish to say Aus grounds are engineered against the opponents. If that was true we'd have played India at the Gabba and Hobart earlier in the year and SA at the SCG and MCG this season. We certainly wouldn't have given the Gabba and Hobart to NZ who love seaming conditions last season, nor would we have played India at the SCG. Australia traditionally selects venues which suits the visitors.

Posted by Raiden on (November 12, 2012, 20:06 GMT)

To all Indian supporters: Australia and South Africa are playing this series. Please stay out of it. Clarke's achievement has to be hailed no matter who he played against, scoring a triple hundred and two double hundreds in a year is not something that is done very often

Posted by Chan1966 on (November 12, 2012, 18:43 GMT)

Whatever the condition of the pitch, he scored his double hundred against the world number one side. At the moment SA is the best team in the world, no doubt. But Australia can overcome them. In the last two years or so we had a very poor number one sides of the world. But Clive Lloyd's and Viv Richards' West Indian teams were the true world beaters. They thrash Australia in Australia (1979/80,/1981/1984 &1988) England in England (1976/1980/1984/1988 - without losing a single match), India in India (1983 - they won 3/0 in tests and 5/0 in ODI's) and Pakistan in Pakistan (1980 - Pak led by Imran). No other team had achieved such a feat in the recent past (In the last 40 years). But I can still remember Tony Greig's English team defeated India in the sub continent in the 1977 series. John Lever was the architect of the first test victory)

Posted by eyballfallenout on (November 12, 2012, 17:44 GMT)

As an ausie supporter, i would have Kallis in my team well before tendulka any day....Tendulka is an awesome player, but Kallis is better.

Posted by maddy20 on (November 12, 2012, 17:00 GMT)

@popcorn I don't think making pitches extra flat to negate the threat of SA attack can be considered sporting and does not deserve any accolades. As I was watching today's morning session , I could count the number of 140kph+ deliveries by SA's pace quartet could be counted on the fingers of one hand. All of them were around 135KPH mark and I could not help but laugh at how the Aussies chickened out of this one. After all SA did score 450 despite of one batsman short and Hashim Amla's DRS blunder. Things will be drastically different in Perth, provided its lightning quick as it used to be. If the Aussies do somehow manage to square this series 1-1 or something, they will still have a rollicking time in India, where the grass ain't gonna be so green(infact there will be no grass and no bounce, just a hell lotta turn).

Posted by Mitcher on (November 12, 2012, 16:25 GMT)

Anyone hoping to suggest Australia would change pitches to deny SA a chance should have a look at Australila's record on SA's OWN bouncy pitches. Pretty dominant methinks.

Posted by chilled_avenger on (November 12, 2012, 16:22 GMT)

@OzInDam You are absolutely right! If you take out the runs Sachin score against Bangladesh/Zimbabwe his average drops to 52.25 and as we all know thanks to you,52.5 is below 50! You are so wrong,its not even funny. Please do everyone a favour and check the stats before making such assumptions. I don't like diverting the topic of discussion but I had to say this.

Posted by pks007 on (November 12, 2012, 15:46 GMT)

@EverybodylovesSachin @ george_sabby123: I guess sachin , Dravid, sehwag too played on those batting paradise wickets . Please stop this rubbish of commenting about sachin in every posts .Clarke has scored 3 double centuries in a calender year as captain and as player .What does this achievement of clarke do anything about sachin ?

Posted by Avidcricketlover on (November 12, 2012, 15:24 GMT)

@OzInDam But the statsguru says a different story, I omitted Bang and Zim, Sachin averages 53 and Ponting averages 51. Both were great batsmen and always will be. To add fuel to that fire, Think about two more people who will recognised as Best too. Sangakkara and Kallis. They both average in 55's. Also Dravid. We were lucky to witness Sachin, Lara, Ponting, Kallis, Dravid, Sangakkara and Inzi. All in the same generation. Adding Murali and Warne !!! Best cricketing generation to have been. Just that its getting over !!!

These petty fights doesn't have to ridicule any of the legend though we all have our own favourites !

Posted by hc_lovecricket on (November 12, 2012, 14:45 GMT)

It is irrefutable that the gabba pitch is not the flat deck like we do find it in India, which do not bounce more than a knee roll. It is worth praising the batsmen like Clarke and Cowan who stood up with flying colours despite adversities. Sub continental batsmen would have definitely succumbed in similar circumstances of 40 for 3. Hats off for such an incredible innings from both teams ......

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (November 12, 2012, 13:44 GMT)

All three high scores by Clarke on a batting paradise wickets..Two of them against India were scored under very poor Indian bowling attack.. Once he scored single century I stopped watching all of these three Innings..Very boring

Posted by george_sabby123 on (November 12, 2012, 13:01 GMT)

you can put sachin anywhere in records... no one can beat him .. greatness word came into existence because of him..

Posted by popcorn on (November 12, 2012, 13:01 GMT)

Watching Ed Cowan,Michael Clarke and Mike Hussey tear the much -vaunted attack of the South Africans to shreds,was an scintillating performance that also tore apart the myth that South Africa in the Number One Test playing Nation.Move over,Saffers,we Aussies let you have stay as Number one tenants only - for a limited period of time. We're the REAL Owners.

Posted by OzInDam on (November 12, 2012, 12:59 GMT)

Why do Indian's always have to add Tendulkar to every discussion? If you take out tests against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, then Tendulkar's average is below 50. Ponting is still above 50. While I still think he's a fantastic batsmen, a lot of his centuries are against average opposition. Fantastic effort by Clarkey. If he keeps going like this, he'll be one of the greats!!!

Posted by ravikb on (November 12, 2012, 12:50 GMT)

Did the author miss Cook's 235* two years ago at the Gabba? Or has he mentioned it's the first 200 for Australia since 1981?

Posted by crh8971 on (November 12, 2012, 12:10 GMT)

@nthuq - the most test runs in a calendar year was 1788 by Mohammad Yousef in 2006 with Viv sitting at number 2 with 1710 in 1976. They both played 11 tests and had 19 innings for the year. Yousef scored a staggering 9 centuries and Viv had 7. All in all two amazing years of batting by two great batsmen. Clarke has ticked over the 1,000 run mark in his 7th test and 11th innings for the year. He will have a further 4 tests to play this year which gets him to 11. If he gets close to the record it will be a good sign for Australian cricket.

Posted by xrocks on (November 12, 2012, 11:59 GMT)

200 after 30 years in Gabba..pitch has changed drastically..never seen Gabba so flat..No wickets with the ball for this very gud SA attack..guess Perth too will be changed to deny SA any chance with the ball.

Posted by Mossop1313 on (November 12, 2012, 11:58 GMT)

Tendulkar, Tendulkar . . . . . . . been through both team lists (Aus and SA), the SA touring squad, and all the Aussie State squads . . . . . can't see anyone named Tendulkar . . . . . . is he the South African masseur or something?

Posted by loveupak on (November 12, 2012, 11:49 GMT)

@nthuq the record for the most runs in a calendar year is currently held by mohammad yousuf who scored 1788 runs in 2006 in 11 tests including 9 centuries!

Posted by dromfs2 on (November 12, 2012, 11:45 GMT)

@nthug: 1788 runs in 11 tests by Mohammad Yousuf in 2006.

Posted by ravikb on (November 12, 2012, 11:36 GMT)

Sachin missed the record of 3 200's in a calendar year by a whiser in 2004 when Dravid declared India's innings when Sachin had 194. He had scored 241* against Australia and 248* against Bangladesh in the same year.

Posted by peeeeet on (November 12, 2012, 11:17 GMT)

@cricindia208 - most pitches in Australia are result pitches, it's just that your team didnt come close to winning last year. Since 06/07 there have been 31 tests played with three draws and not all those series have been won by Australia, so I would think Australian pitches are doing great things for test cricket. @Rudradip Biswas - Sachin doesn't need to feature in every discussion about batting records. When Mohammed Yoused passed Viv Richards record for most test runs in a calendar year, nobody tried to make up a statistic which showed how many total runs a player had scored in all formats to diminish that feat. Not that I am bagging Sachins achievement because he truly is a terrific run scorer, but never until the last year has anyone combined stats in tests and ODIs as they have with Sachin, as the type of batting they require is so different. In response to this article, what an amazing effort by Pup and confirms that 5 is his position in the batting order.

Posted by nthuq on (November 12, 2012, 11:05 GMT)

I wonder what the record is for most runs in a calendar year? With 4 tests to go after this one, a couple more massive scores from Clarkey could see him easily push to the 1200-1300 mark. That would truly be exceptional.

Posted by whyowhy on (November 12, 2012, 10:48 GMT)

Biswas this is test cricket not ODI cricket, let's not forget that and please keep Tendulkar out of this........feel sorry for India not being in this type of record though.

Posted by Nihontone on (November 12, 2012, 10:47 GMT)

As opposed the bouncy seamers in India @CricIndia208

Posted by Mitcher on (November 12, 2012, 10:45 GMT)

@Rudradip Biswas: But we're not. So he didn't.

Posted by jazzaaaaaaaa on (November 12, 2012, 10:42 GMT)

@ CricIndia208: I wouldn't say it's a typical Australian road when you consider the scores being made in first class cricket in Australia or the pitches that were being played on last Summer against NZ and India. Even in the Ashes series the previous year there was a bit in it for the bowlers on all the pitches.

Posted by sawifan on (November 12, 2012, 10:32 GMT)

@CricIndia208... there has only been 3 draws in tests in AUS in the last 5 years (22 tests). Tests against top quality teams like this should be 5 day affairs. Unfortunately the weather has played a part here, and time was lost, but even so, AUS could still scrape a win (albeit unlikely). The last thing an IND fan should be doing is criticising another nations pitches. Pitches in IND are either all over in 3 days, or would last 10!

Posted by seniorgators on (November 12, 2012, 10:28 GMT)

@CricIndia208 Never let the facts get in the road of a few fary tales 208. Since 2005/6 there have been 40 Tests in Australia with 36 results. That's 90% results 208.India last year went down 4-0 so what does that say about your batting. In the same period in India 23 results from 33 tests. (69%). Mmmmmmmm.

Posted by spaldo on (November 12, 2012, 10:26 GMT)

@ CricIndia208, Are you paying attention to cricket results? Or just assume that Australian pitches do not turn out good game? Since the start of 2010 in Australia there has been 12 results and 2 draws (85%/15%), to put this in perspective Indian pitches have had 6 results and 3 draws (66%/33%). A decent wicket has something good to offer the quicks at the start with a bit of effort, decent batting days 2-4 and deteriorating conditions on day 5 which gives balance to both bat and ball. Not just dustballs that favor home ground players..... Long live test cricket!!! This series is going to be a ripper!

Posted by   on (November 12, 2012, 10:24 GMT)

Congrats Rudradip, you managed to include Tendulkar into a topic about Australia vs South Africa. Just give it a rest for a change.

Posted by valvolux on (November 12, 2012, 10:09 GMT)

Yep...typical Australian road. The sort of road where a single Australian can score more than an entire Indian team. Wouldn't it be great to still have katich in the team. All this talk about Amla's recent form....I don't think even Australians have appreciated Clarke's efforts with the bat since he became captain. Awesome stuff. Hopefully Adelaide can serve up a decent wicket...I have a feeling this is going to come down to Perth though. What a cracker that will be with easily the two best pace attacks going around at the moment. Yes you read that right england. Until you drop broad you can never claim to have a good pace attack.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (November 12, 2012, 9:53 GMT)

Go on make it 2 triple tons in an year...Go Clarke all the best .Can't wait for tomorrow...

Posted by   on (November 12, 2012, 9:48 GMT)

Well, if you are talking of international 200s and not specifically test 200s, Sachin should also come to the list of 3 200s in a year. He had 2 test 200s and one ODI 200 in 2010.

Posted by CricIndia208 on (November 12, 2012, 9:34 GMT)

Typical Australian road. These flat pitches are killing test cricket!

Posted by Hammond on (November 12, 2012, 9:31 GMT)

Unbelievable figures. Sincerely hope he loses form before next winter! Much more likeable than Ponting though, it isn't hard to feel good for the bloke and his batting is much easier on the eye too. Australia seems to have certainly made the best choice possible this time regarding captaincy.

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