Clarke defies pain to hit ton, joins Bradman-led elite list

Adelaide, Dec 10: Australia captain Michael Clarke, after two tough weeks of emotional pain following the tragic death of his "little brother" Phillip Hughes, batted through back injury to score a century against India on the second day of the first Test here today.

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Clarke, who had to retire on 60 on Tuesday (December 9) due to back problems, came out today to bat in pain and posted his 28th Test century which took him to an illustrious company which has 2 other Australians - Sir Don Bradman and Matthew Hayden. (Watch Clarke's tribute to Hughes)

Clarke batted through pain to score a ton

With this century, Clarke now has more tons than fifties in Test cricket - a rare feat for batsmen with minimum of 25 Test three-figure marks. Bradman, Hayden and Clarke are the only 3 batsmen to have more Test hundreds than 50s in this elite club. (Watson had predicted Clarke's ton)

The 33-year-old Clarke, who announced his arrival on the Test stage with a hundred on debut against India in Bangalore in 2004, now has 28 Test hundreds and 27 fifties in 108 matches.

Also today, Clarke completed 2,000 Test runs against India and 1,000 as a captain against the same opponents. This was his 7th Test hundred in Adelaide and also against India.

Batsmen with more Test tons than 50s (Minimum 25 centuries)

  • Sir Don Bradman - 29 tons, 13 fifties (52 matches)
  • Matthew Hayden - 30 tons, 29 fifties (103)
  • Michael Clarke - 28 tons, 27 fifties (108)

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