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Clarke whips South Africa

Cape Town: Michael Clarke remained unbeaten on 161, one of the more heroic of his 27 Test hundreds, as Australia reached 494 for seven before rain brought an early end to the second day of the series-deciding third Test against South Africa, on Sunday.

Clarke reached 150 for the 10th time in his Test career and in doing so moved past three Englishman on the all-time run scorers’ list — Geoffrey Boycott, Kevin Pietersen and David Gower.

His innings was interrupted just past the midway point of the afternoon session by a downpour, together with strong winds, which forced the players off the field, at the Newlands. Play was called off an hour before the scheduled close, though weather is set fair for the remaining three days.

Should Australia not declare overnight, Clarke will resume on Monday with Ryan Harris (batting on four).

The Australian captain took a battering on Day I from pacer Morne Morkel, who struck him a number of times, including a sickening blow to the back of the head.

But Clarke showed admirable composure to tough it out on what is a flat wicket and having been unbeaten on 92 overnight, was able to bring up his hundred, though not before being stuck for 24 balls stuck on 99. He reached his century off 215 deliveries with 11 fours and Newlands is now the first ground outside of Australia where he has two centuries to his name.