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Sunday, December 16, 2012

HOBART - Mike Hussey reached his fourth century of 2012 before Australia declared their first innings closed at 5-450 during the middle session on day two of the first Test against Sri Lanka yesterday.

Australia completely dominated the touring side, scoring 151 for the loss of skipper Michael Clarke (74) after resuming on 4-299.

About half an hour of play remained before tea was due to be taken at 4.40pm AEDT on a rain-interrupted day's play.

Clarke was caught at first slip by Kumar Sangakkara off the bowling of Shaminda Eranga in the third over of the day.

The Australia skipper leads all runscorers in Tests in 2012 with 1432 at a staggering average of 102.28, with possibly three more Test innings to come before the end of the year.

Clarke is only 112 runs shy of Ricky Ponting's Australian record of 1544 runs in 2005.

Clarke and Hussey added 106 for the fifth wicket before Hussey (115 not out) and Matthew Wade (68 not out) shared an unbroken partnership of 146.

Hussey reached his 19th Test century in spectacular style, hitting a pull shot on 96 to deep mid-wicket where Angelo Mathews fumbled the catch and watched the ball dribble over the rope for a four.

The 37-year-old West Australia raised both arms in triumph before hugging Wade and flashing his batting partner a grin of embarrassment at his good fortune.

Hussey hit eight fours and one six from 184 balls in a brilliant display while Wade also handled the slow pitch with ease.

Hussey has scored 833 runs at an average of 59.50 in 10 Tests in 2012.

Seamer Chanaka Welegedara claimed 3-130 off 26 overs.


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