Australian skipper Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey put on a 334 runs partnership to guide Australia to a position of strength before declaring at 659 for four. Clarke remained not out on 329 runswhile Hussey contributed with a fine unbeaten 150. India finished the day at 114 for two, still 354 runs behind with the loss of crucial wickets of Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid.

 

For Clarke breaking records was not on his mind.

 

“I didn't think about it at all, I didn't have Don Bradman or Mark Taylor's score in my head whatsoever,” he said.

 

“It was about trying to get the team to a number, a total I thought would be a good score to make a declaration, then have a crack this afternoon to get a couple of wickets.

 

I think it is about putting the team first, that's why we play. What I love most about this game is seeing this team win. I've always been like that as a player and I'll be no different as a captain. If it was best for the team to continue batting I would have continued to bat.”

 

Clarke’s decision made many to compare him with Mark Taylor, who in 1998, had declared against Pakistan so that the latter didn’t surpass Sir Don Bradman’s best of 334.

 

Although Clarke might not have surpassed Bradman or Brian Lara’s feat of 400, Clarke did surpass RE Foster’s record of 287 and became the highest run scorer at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).

 

“I don't think it'll sink in properly until we win the Test match,” Clarke was quoted

 

“That's why we play, that was my goal walking out there today. Don't get me wrong, I'm stoked that I've managed to make 300-odd runs in this Test match, but the most important thing for me now is we win the Test.