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Clarke and Haddin’s centuries put Australia in complete control
Australia captain Michael Clarke and wicketkeeper Brad Haddin both made spectacular centuries to leave England reeling on the second day of the second Test in Adelaide.
Clarke and Haddin were well supported by all-rounder Shane Watson, batsman George Bailey and pace bowler Ryan Harris, all of whom made half-centuries.
Starting out the day on 273/5, Australia put themselves in complete control as captain Clarke and wicketkeeper Haddin put together an outstanding 200-run partnership, during which Clarke brought up his 26th Test century and Haddin his half-century.
With this century, Clarke equalled his predecessor Ricky Ponting’s record of the most centuries scored at the Adelaide Oval with six.
This was also Clarke’s 12th hundred as captain, which moves him into 10th place on list of captains with the most centuries.
The partnership was finally ended when Clarke edged a delivery from debutant Ben Stokes to James Anderson at midwicket to give the 22-year-old his first Test wicket.
Clarke and Haddin’s sparkling 200-run partnership is the highest and first double century stand at the Adelaide Oval.
Mitchell Johnson failed to make an impact with the bat as he was caught by Stuart Broad at mid-on off the bowling of Graeme Swann for only five runs.
Peter Siddle only managed to score two runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Stokes.
Haddin ended up recording his fourth Test century before being caught behind off the bowling of Broad for 118.
Haddin’s stellar innings of 118 came off 177 deliveries and included 11 boundaries and an incredible five sixes.
This was Haddin’s third Ashes century and he tied Adam Gilchrist’s record for the wicketkeeper with the most Ashes centuries.
Harris also managed to bring up his own half-century before Clarke decided to declare on 570/9.
Harris finished unbeaten on 55 off 54 balls, which included six boundaries and two sixes, while Nathan Lyon remained undefeated on 17 off 26 deliveries, which included one boundary and a six.
Harris became only the seventh Australian number 10 batsman to score a half-century in an Ashes Test match.
The last half-century by an Australian number 10 batsman came courtesy of Geoff Lawson, who smashed 74 at Lord’s in 1989.
Broad was the pick of the England bowlers with three wickets, while Swann and Stokes snapped up two wickets apiece and Anderson and Monty Panesar chipped in with one wicket each.
Trailing by a mammoth 570 runs, England got off to a horrible start as captain Alastair Cook was clean bowled by Mitchell Johnson for just three runs.
Michael Carberry and Joe Root managed to put together an unbeaten 26-run partnership before stumps was called.
Johnson picked up the vital wicket of Cook.
England will continue batting tomorrow at 10:30 local time or 00:00 GMT.