Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke

Brisbane: Nov 12, 2012

Michael Clarke-led Australia will aim to extend their lead against South Africa, as they will resume at 487 for four on the fifth and final day of the opening Test match at Brisbane.

Michael Clarke unfurled another double century and opener Ed Cowan scored his first Test hundred as Australia batted frazzled South Africa out of the opening Brisbane Test on Monday.

Clarke produced an imperious captain’s knock with his third huge innings this year to share in a record stand with Cowan and put the Australians ahead on a batting-friendly Gabba pitch.

At the close of the fourth day, Australia were 487 for four in reply to South Africa‘s 450, with Clarke unconquered on 218 and Mike Hussey breezing along on 86, giving the home team an outside chance of victory on Tuesday’s final day.

Brief Scores: South Africa 450 (Jacques Kallis 147, Hashim Amla 104; James Pattinson 3 for 93) trail Australia 487 for 4 (Michael Clarke 218*, Ed Cowan 136, Michael Hussey 86*; Morne Morkel 2 for 109) by 137 runs

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