Adelaide: Statistical highlights of the first day`s play in the fourth and final cricket Test between India and Australia on Tuesday.
Michael Clarke (140 not out off 188 balls) has posted his fifth Test hundred against India - his 19th in Tests.
Clarke`s aforesaid innings is his eleventh century in 41 Tests in Australia. He is averaging 58.46 in 63 innings in Australia, aggregating 3157 runs.
In the course of his brilliant knock, Clarke has completed his 1,000 runs as an Australian skipper, aggregating 1105 at an average of 65.00 in 19 innings, including five hundreds and a fifty.
Clarke, for the first time, has managed 500 runs in a Test series, aggregating 519 at an average of 173.00 in five innings, including a career-best, an unbeaten 329 at Sydney Cricket Ground.
Clarke`s previous best performance in a Test series was 448 (ave 64.00) runs in five Tests against England in 2009.
Apart from the above two Test series, Clarke had made exactly 400 (ave 57.14) in four Tests against India in 2004-05, which was his debut series.
Clarke is the fourth Australian to make 500 runs or more in a Test series as captain against India. He has joined Don Bradman - 715 (ave 178.75) in five Tests in 1947-48, Kim Hughes - 594 (ave 59.40) in six Tests in 1979-80 and Bobby Simpson - 539 (ave 53.90) in five Tests in 1977-78 in Australia).
With his marvellous 41st Test hundred, Ponting has equalled Jacques Kallis` century tally. Only Sachin Tendulkar has recorded more centuries (51) than Kallis and Ponting.
Ponting has outstripped West Indian, Clive Lloyd`s tally of 2344 (ave 58.60) in 28 Tests against India. His present tally is 2411 runs at an average of 52.41 in 29 Tests - the most by a batsman against India in Tests.
Ponting has become the second batsman to make 400 runs or more in the present rubber, aggregating 400 at an average of 100.00, including two hundreds and two fifties.
Ponting is the first batsman to manage 1500 runs at Adelaide Oval, taking his tally to 1579 at an average of 60.73 in 16 Tests.
Ponting has posted two hundreds in a Test rubber against India for the third time. He had first accomplished the feat in 1999-00 and then in the 2003-04 Test series.
Since recording two hundreds in the 2006-07 series against England in Australia, Ponting has posted two hundreds for the first time in a Test series.
Ponting`s feat of 23 hundreds in 89 Tests on Australian soil is a record for most centuries at home, eclipsing the 22 each by Tendulkar and Kallis.
Ponting (13056 runs at an average of 53.07) is the first Australian batsman and the third in Test Cricket to complete 13,000 runs, joining Sachin Tendulkar (15,432) and Rahul Dravid (13,262).
Ponting has taken 162 matches for his 13,000 Test runs - the second fastest, next only to Dravid (160). Tendulkar took 163 Tests to complete 13,000 runs. He had taken 275 innings - the second quickest in Tests, next only to Sachin Tendulkar`s 266 innings. Dravid had taken 277 innings to reach 13,000 runs.
Ponting is the leading centurion at Adelaide (6), emulating his tally at SCG.
Ponting has accomplished another feat -- a century each against India in all the four Tests at Adelaide Oval. His sequence of scores being 125 & 21 in 1999-00; 242 & 0 in 2003-04, 140 in 2007-08 and 137 not out in 2011-12.
Garry Sobers, Vivian Richards and Ponting jointly share a record for most hundreds (8) against India.
With their invaluable 251-run unbroken partnership, Ponting and clarke have established an Australian record for the highest stand for any wicket against India at Adelaide, bettering the 239 between Ponting and Steve Waugh for the fifth wicket in 1999-2000.
Clarke and Ponting have posted successive stands of 200-plus. The pair had shared a stand of 288 in the second Test at SCG.
Australia, for the third time, have posted four stands of 200 or more in a series - the first two occasions were against the West Indies - in the 1954-55 series in the West Indies and the 1968-69 series in Australia.
Australia have posted four partnerships of 200 or more in a Test series against India for the first time - two at SCG and one each at Perth and Adelaide.
First Published: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 19:49