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12.25 Thats the end of that. Australia have a very good score on the board. Clarke on 88. Cricinfo's feedback servers are in danger what with the number of emails coming in defending and criticizing Clarke's approach with the tail, especially when batting with the No. 11.

Anyhow, its lunch on day two at the MCG. South Africa will come out to bat after the interval. I'm off see what I can rummage at this hour. If you've got commitments to fulfill and can't follow our commentary on a computer, you could still get it on your mobile by keying in

Kallis to Siddle, OUT, nicked to second slip and thats the end of the innings! Kallis ends Siddle's impressive resistance with another shortish delivery which squares up Siddle, who edges into de Villiers' lap, so no century for a stranded Michael Clarke

PM Siddle c de Villiers b Kallis 19 (54m 49b 1x4 0x6) SR: 38.77

Kallis to Siddle, no run, ah, so close! Kallis sends down a short ball that Siddle defends uneasily, it pops back in the air, Kallis runs forward but it drops just short of him, words are exchanged and Siddle stands there with a sloppy grin on his face

"How can people be disappointed with Clarke's innings? He has rescued Australia, and done it with utter class. The man has the patience of a saint and is batting beautifully," says Michael.

Kallis to Clarke, 1 run, off that nagging 87 with a front-foot steer wide of backward point
Kallis to Clarke, no run, pitched up in the slot to be driven but Clarke leaves it be

Clarke on ... ahem ... 87 ....

113 | 5 Runs | AUS: 393/9

  • Peter Siddle19 (47b)
  • Michael Clarke87 (206b)
  • Paul Harris17-3-38-1
  • Jacques Kallis18-4-54-0
Harris to Siddle, no run, slower through the air, dipping on leg stump, Siddle defends coming forward and gets another inside edge that rolls wide of Amla under the helmet at short leg
Harris to Siddle, 2 runs, drifts down the pads and Siddle turns it around the corner, moving to 19 with that firm batsman's shot, and the MCG lets out some cheer to buck up Siddle
Harris to Clarke, 1 run, comes a ways forward and drives a single down to long-off
Harris to Clarke, no run, tossed up on middle and leg and Clarke pushes back to Harris
Harris to Siddle, 1 run, tossed up, Siddle gets off strike with an inside-edge past Amla

Now a forward short leg comes into place

There's just one slip in place, by the way.

Harris to Clarke, 1 run, tossed up and this one's driven into the covers with ease

Paul Harris makes his first appearance of the day 12 minutes before lunch on day two.

112 | 5 Runs | AUS: 388/9

  • Peter Siddle16 (44b)
  • Michael Clarke85 (203b)
  • Jacques Kallis18-4-54-0
  • Makhaya Ntini27-7-108-2

"Come on guys - give Pup a break. He's been batting brilliantly. He toughed out the whole of yesterday and has been doing a great job since now. Keep faith on Pup and the Aussies to do well," says Agashan Dhanapala.

"Clarke's head has gone to mush. Again. The Ian Bell of the Australian side. They have tried giving him a bit of responsibility (also there was no one else), but is hasn't made him any more robust under pressure," says Alex.

Kallis to Siddle, 2 runs, slips in the yorker, change of pace too, Siddle stabs at it and gets the faintest of inside-edges that runs safely wide of Boucher and down to fine leg
Kallis to Siddle, no run, flashes the bat at one served up full but fails to connect this time
Kallis to Clarke, 1 run, pitches full and Clarke drives handsomely through extra cover
Kallis to Siddle, 1 run, short down leg stump and confidently lapped to the sweeper
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