Michael Clarke Smashes Proteas On Day One

Clarke's double-century led a brilliant day one for the Aussies.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Michael Clarke led Australia to a massive day one total in Adelaide on Thursday as the home side ran away to a great start with the bat.

Clarke's 224 (not out) paced a brilliant Australian attack that collected 482 day one runs, which became the highest score in Adelaide Oval history and a few runs away from setting an innings high on Australian soil.

Clarke wasn't the only contributor; opener David Warner produced some magic and hard hitting, finishing with 119 from 112 while combining with captain Clarke to put on a big partnership after lunch. The duo hit boundary after boundary, in fact Warner went into lunch with 67 and needed just a handful of balls afterwards to bring up the ton. Must have been the sausage rolls and sauce. Michael Hussey also produced another great innings, scoring a century after Warner finally departed.

"I do think there hvave been a few occasions where Huss's centuries have been swept under the carpet. His form is unbelievable," said Clarke of Hussey.

The Australian batters went to town on the South African bowlers, specifically the spin attack. Anything too long was smashed in the direction of the fence with poor Imran Tahir copping the brunt; the batters scored 159 runs from his 21 overs.

There was only bad news for the visiting South Africans. Vernon Philander suffered a back injury while sleeping the night before and champion Jacques Kallis injured his right hamstring in over number four. New rules mean the South African superstar won't be able to bat before wicket number seven and without a runner.

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