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Michael Clarke completes 8,000 Test runs; becomes 6th Australian to reach milestone

Michael Clarke reached the 8,000 run-mark in the fourth Ashes 2013-14 Test against England at the MCG © Getty Images (File Photo)
Michael Clarke reached the 8,000 run-mark in the fourth Ashes 2013-14 Test against England at the MCG © Getty Images (File Photo)

Dec 29, 2013

 

Australia skipper Michael Clarke has completed 8,000 runs in Test cricket, during the ongoing fourth Ashes 2013-14 Test at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on December 29, 2013.

 

Clarke has now become the sixth Australian batsmen to achieve the landmark. He has joined the elite club which includes Allan Border, Ricky Ponting, Mark Waugh, Matthew Hayden and Steve Waugh. Playing his 101st Test, Clarke has also reached the milestone faster than any of his Australian predecessors.

 

Coming into the Boxing Day Test against England, Clarke had scored 7,987 runs, requiring another 13 to get to 8,000 Test runs. He was dismissed for 10 in the first innings. But in Australia’s second innings, batting on Day Four, Clarke reached the milestone, coming in at No 4. He played a cut shot off Ben Stokes that raced away to the backward-point boundary for a four to get to the milestone.

 

Clarke has batted in 172 innings to reach the landmark, and has 26 Test hundreds to his name, along with 27 half-centuries. He has averaged about 52 during his Test career so far. During the 33 matches he has captained Australia, Clarke has amassed 3,290 runs (till his 100th Test) at an improved average of 62.07.

 

M Inns R Ave HS 100s
101 172 8000 52.20 329* 26

This table was updated when he reached the milestone*

 

During this period, he has scored seven fifties and converted 12 more to a ton. His highest Test score of 329 not out also came during his period as captain of Australia’s Test side.

 

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