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Clarke, Cowan lead Australia's comeback

Michael Clarke passed 200 in an innings for the third time this year and guiding the hosts to a first-innings lead Monday against top-ranked South Africa.

Published: 12th November 2012 01:17 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th November 2012 01:17 PM   |  A+A-

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Michael Clarke passed 200 in an innings for the third time this year, continuing his exemplary batting form since taking over as Australia captain and guiding the hosts to a first-innings lead Monday against top-ranked South Africa.

Clarke finished the fourth day unbeaten on 218 — his 20th career test century and his sixth since replacing Ricky Ponting as skipper last year — as he guided Australia to 487-4 in reply to South Africa's 450.

After coming in with Australia in trouble at 40-3 late Sunday, he shared a record 259-run, fourth-wicket partnership with opener Ed Cowan — who posted his maiden test hundred before he was run out for 136 — and an unbeaten 188-run fifth-wicket stand with Mike Hussey, who was not out 86.

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