Man of the day
Michael Clarke continued his exceptional record at the Adelaide Oval
Last Updated: 06/12/13 10:06am
Fresh from his century in the second innings of Australia's 381-run victory at The Gabba in the series opener, Clarke top scored with 148 to set up a first-innings declaration at 570-9 on day two in Adelaide.
The Adelaide Oval - currently in the middle of a major redevelopment - is a personal paradise for Clarke, who averages 104.75 in 14 Test innings there.
His 245-ball effort against England took him level with the record held by his predecessor Ricky Ponting of six hundreds on the ground.
Clarke combined with Brad Haddin in a stand of 200 that surpassed the 181 they put on against New Zealand in 2008 for Australia's best sixth-wicket effort at the venue.
Both players enjoy the short square boundaries, Haddin has an even better Test average in Adelaide - 121.00 - than Clarke.
Clarke, on 48 overnight, was almost out to the first ball he faced on day two from Monty Panesar, charging down the pitch at before miscuing his drive just over extra cover.
But England's bowlers were soon toiling as the fleet-footed Clarke made it difficult for Panesar and fellow spinner Graeme Swann to find a suitable length, while the seamers were punished every time they offered any width. The margin for error was slim.
Clarke went to three figures for the 26th time in Tests from 175 deliveries and it was something of surprise in the afternoon session when Ben Stokes found his leading edge.
Stokes' maiden Test wicket - he had earlier been denied Haddin's scalp due to a no-ball - ended Clarke's hopes of a third double ton in as many years at the ground.
He made 210 against India two seasons ago and 230 against South Africa last year and his latest Adelaide masterpiece has put Australia in a promising position to end their run of three straight Ashes series defeats.