Captain Clarke now the world’s best batsman, says Haddin

ADELAIDE, (Reuters) - Michael Clarke’s stylish 148 on day two of the second Ashes test against England yesterday was another glorious consummation of his love affair with Adelaide Oval, and moved his deputy Brad Haddin to rate him the world’s best batsman.

The pair shared a record sixth-wicket partnership of 200 at the re-developing ground to drive Australia to a mammoth declaration of 570-9 before firebrand paceman Mitchell Johnson captured the key wicket of captain Alastair Cook after tea to leave England a shaky 35-1 at stumps.

The 32-year-old Clarke has now scored four tons from his nine tests in Adelaide,  …..To continue reading, login or subscribe now.

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