A Michael Clarke special at Hyderabad

Clarke's batting was the only saving grace in an otherwise lackluster performance from the visitors against India.

updated: March 02, 2013 23:04 IST
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Australia skipper was a force to reckon with against India on Day 1 of the second Test, even if his team wasn't. Here is why:

* Michael Clarke became the third Australian batman to appear in 20-plus Tests against India. Others are Rickey Ponting (29) and Allan Border (20). Clarke is appearing in his 20th Test against India in Hyderabad.

* Clarke became the third Australian batsman to score 1800 runs against India. He reached the milestone when he was on 19 during his knock of 91 on Saturday. His run aggregate stood at 1880 at the end of his innings. Others are -Ponting (2555) and Mathew Hayden (1888).

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