Saturday 20 March 2010 

Clarke, North, Harris Star As Australia Dominate

Clarke, North, Harris Star As Australia Dominate
Clarke, North, Harris Star As Australia Dominate
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Australia 459-5 dec. (Clarke 168, North 112no) v
New Zealand 108-4 (Bollinger 2-21)
First Test, Wellington, day two

Michael Clarke scored a career-best 168 and Ryan Harris picked up his maiden Test wicket as Australia dominated day two of the first Test against New Zealand in Wellington.

Clarke progressed from his overnight 100 to beat his previous highest score by two runs before Australia declared on 459 for five. They then reduced New Zealand to 108 for four overnight.

Clarke faced 253 balls in all, hitting 22 fours and two sixes and he was joined in making it to three figures by Marcus North, who was unbeaten on 112 when the innings was closed. His fourth Test century contained 11 fours and two sixes; a more than welcome return to form for him.

Clarke was dismissed when he was stumped by Brendon McCullum off Daniel Vettori, ending a partnership for the fifth wicket that was worth 253 runs.

Brad Haddin was not out in 11 when the declaration came.

New Zealand were then rocked by Australia's new-ball bowlers, Doug Bollinger trapping BJ Watling in front for a golden duck and having Ross Taylor (21) caught by North and Harris had Tim McIntosh caught by Mike Hussey for nine.

Mitchell Johnson struck to run out Peter Ingram and New Zealand were reeling at 43 for four before some resolute batting from Martin Guptill and Daniel Vettori saw them eke their way past 100.

At the close, Guptill was unbeaten on 19 in 94 balls and Vettori had made a more enterprising 42 in 65 deliveries.

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