Ed Cowan, Michael Clarke put Australia on top

Michael Clarke passed 200 in an innings for the third time this year, as Australia took a first-innings lead of 37 at the close of play on Day 4 against South Africa on Monday.

updated: November 12, 2012 15:33 IST
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Brisbane: Michael Clarke produced his third double-century this year and reached 1,000 runs for 2012 with a defiant unbeaten 218 on Monday, continuing his exemplary batting form since taking over as Australia captain and guiding the hosts to a first-innings lead against top-ranked South Africa.

Clarke posted his 20th career test century and his sixth since replacing Ricky Ponting as skipper last year as he guided Australia to 487-4 in reply to South Africa's 450.

After going to the crease with Australia in trouble at 40-3 late Sunday, Clarke shared a record 259-run, fourth-wicket partnership with opener Ed Cowan — who posted his maiden test hundred before he was run out for 136 — and an unbeaten 188-run fifth-wicket stand with Mike Hussey, who was not out 86 at stumps on the fourth day.

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