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Clarke dominates with bat yet again

Skipper Michael Clarke further embellished his passing of Ricky Ponting’s Australian calendar year scoring record with a ton against Sri Lanka in the Boxing Day Test at Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday.

Clarke flicked the last ball before mid-afternoon drinks for a boundary to raise his 22nd Test century as Australia tightened screws on the hapless Sri Lankans on the second day of the Test.

He was out soon after for 106 when he was caught by rival skipper Mahela Jayawardene in the slips off Shaminda Eranga. Clarke took his total runs in 2012 to 1,595 at an average 113.92.

The Australian captain began the Melbourne Test needing 56 runs to break Ponting’s previous national record of 1,544 runs in a calendar year. It was an extraordinary year for the 31-year-old, who scored 329* against India in Sydney last January along with three double centuries and his latest ton.

The Australian skipper, who was in doubt ahead of the Boxing Day Test.
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