Michael Clarke hit an unbeaten 259 before declaring Australia’s first-innings at 565-5 in reply to South Africa’s 450 in their opening cricket Test in Brisbane.
Clarke called a halt to the innings during the first drinks break on the final day with the home team 115 runs ahead. Mike Hussey earlier became the third Australian batsman to score a century after opener Ed Cowan make his first Test hundred yesterday. Matthew Wade was 19 not out.
There are about five hours of play remaining on the final day of the first of three matches between the teams that will decide the No. 1 Test ranking. A draw in Brisbane is the favored result, according to bookmakers.
Clarke’s score was the highest individual total in all Test matches at the Gabba, beating the 235 not out by England’s Alastair Cook two years ago. Hussey made 100.
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