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Aussies declare at 479 after Clarke century

St John’s: Australian skipper, Ricky Ponting passed the 10,000 Test runs mark in his characteristic style and Simon Katich scored an unbeaten 113 to put 259 for three on the first day of the second Test on Friday against West Indies.

Australia declared their innings at 479 for seven, a little after lunch on the second day. Simon Katich made 113 while Michael Clarke scored 110. Brett Lee remained unbeaten on 63.

In front of a woefully small crowd and on a deadly and dull batting track at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium, the tourists went about their business in steady and sensible fashion with Ponting making 65 and then Michael Clark confidently adding 38.

It was clear from the first few deliveries of the day from quickies Daren Powell and Fidel Edwards which barely reached the gloves of wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin, that the West Indian attack was going to be in for a long hard day. Katich, whose return to Test cricket in this series comes after nearly three years absence, was badly in need of a score after his failure in both innings at the Sabina Park .

The day though belonged to Ponting who became one of the seven batsmen to pass five figures in Test cricket.


THE 10000 CLUB

Australia captain Ricky Ponting became the seventh batsman to reach 10,000 runs in Test matches. The following is the list (updated as on Friday night):

  • Brian Lara (WI) — 11953 runs in 131 matches @ 52.88; Best: 400*
  • Sachin Tendulkar (Ind) — 11782 runs in 147 matches @ 55.31; Best: 248*
  • Allan Border (Aus) — 11174 runs in 156 matches @ 50.56; Best: 205
  • Steve Waugh (Aus) — 10927 runs in 168 matches @ 51.06; Best: 200
  • Sunil Gavaskar (Ind) — 10122 runs in 125 matches @ 51.12; Best: 236*
  • Rahul Dravid (Ind) — 10098 runs in 122 matches @ 54.88; Best: 270
  • Ricky Ponting (Aus) — 10004 runs in 118 matches @ 58.84; Best: 257


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