An emotional Michael Clarke at the start of the play on Day One at Adelaide © Getty Images
An emotional Michael Clarke scored an excellent fifty © Getty Images

Dec 9, 2014

Michael Clarke scored his 27th half-century on Day One of the first Test between India and Australia at Adelaide, after David Warner had scored his 10th Test match hundred. Warner spent a few emotional moments when he scored his 63rd run, after having previously propelled Australia to a flying start. Warner propelled Australia to 40 for no loss in just four overs. Things slowed down after that, but he got his fifty off just 45 balls.

Earlier, Varun Aaron got rid of Shane Watson. Aaron was wayward at the start, but induced an edge from Watson in the 19th over. Shikhar Dhawan took his second catch at slip as India picked up their second wicket. Michael Clarke was the new batsman for Australia. Mohammed Shami and Aaron opened the bowling for India, and Shami started well with just two off the first over. Thereafter, Warner went ballistic, hitting three boundaries off Aaron’s first over before continuing his charge against Shami as well.

Earlier, Indian leg-spinner Karn Sharma was announced to be in India’s playing XI against Australia in the first Test at Adelaide. Karn had earlier taken a few wickets in the practice match against Cricket Australia XI, but had also been quite expensive going at an economy rate of over six for his first few overs. Late batsman Phillip Hughes was named as Australia’s 13th man.

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