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10-Dec-2014 07:52:00 GMT
Australia v India, 1st Test, Adelaide

Smith, Clarke Punished India on Rain-hit Day

Adelaide: Career-best by Steve Smith (162*) and Michael Clarke (128) piled misery on India as they drove Australia to 517 for 7 on a rain-hit day two at the Adelaide Oval on Wednesday.

Michael Clarke fell to Karn Sharma on 128, ending a 7th wicket stand worth 163 runs just before stump.

Injured Australia captain Michael Clarke completed an inspiring century after lunch, having returned to the crease following pain-killing injections on his back.

The 33-year-old flicked a single off his pads to bring up the milestone after play resumed in the wake of a rain delay and was given a standing ovation by the Adelaide Oval crowd.

Clarke's ton was a record seventh by a player at Adelaide Oval and came after centuries to his New South Wales team mates David Warner (145) and Steven Smith (162 not out), who raised his from the first ball after lunch.

Though Warner and Smith both looked up to the sky in tribute to their fallen team mate Phillip Hughes, Clarke's celebration was more muted, raising his bat to acknowledge the applause before kissing the crest on his helmet.

Clarke had made 60 not out on Tuesday when he retired hurt after twisting to avoid a short ball from Ishant Sharma. He tried to stretch out the injury with medical staff but trudged off minutes later.

The injury put a question mark over his participation in the remainder of the four-match series as well as his ability to lead Australia into the 50-over World Cup early next year.

Clarke was only playing after coming through a fitness test on a third hamstring strain in three months, problems which are related to his long-term degenerative back injury.

Australia, who won the toss and elected to bat, had resumed on 354 for six wickets.

Brief scores
Australia -
517/7 (Smith 162*, Warner 145, Clarke 128)

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