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Aussies declare at 7/604

AUSTRALIA has declared at 7/604 to bring a close to its first-innings on the second day of the fourth Test against India at the Adelaide Oval.

SCORECARD

AUSTRALIA 7/569

Clarke 210

Ponting 221

Despite losing four wickets in the session after the lunch break, the home side added another 135 runs before captain Michael Clarke reigned in his batsmen.

Double centurions Clarke (210) and Ricky Ponting (221) started after the lunch break looking to build on Australia's total of 3/469.

However, the Indian bowlers - destroyed by the record breaking duo - struck first, Clarke bowled by Umesh Yadav (1/136).

Michael Hussey (25) only lasted 33 balls before he joined his captain back in the pavilion while Zaheer Khan (2-96) finally ended Ponting's sublime innings.

Peter Siddle (2) was the last wicket to fall, with Brad Haddin (42 no) and Ryan Harris (35 no) keeping the scoreboard ticking over until Clarke called an end to the innings.

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200 the lucky number for Aussies

A double century to Michael Clarke and an impending double ton to Ricky Ponting has pushed Australia to a commanding first-innings position on the second day of the fourth Test.

Starting the day's play at 3/335, Australian captain Clarke (210 no) and former captain Ponting (198 no) quickly went to business of building the home side an unattainable lead.

The duo have combined to score a 385-run partnership, break a duo of records along the way (highest partnership for Australia-India Tests and highest partnership at the Adelaide Oval).

Clarke reached his double century about an hour before the lunch break, pushing through mid-wicket before celebrating his second double ton of the series.

However, Ponting could not join his captain on the 200-run mark before the lunch break, but only needs another two runs to reach the milestone.

The tourist had few chances to break the Clarke-Ponting domination, but when they did present themselves, the Indians failed to capitalise.

Australia has already captured the Border-Gavaskar Trophy after claiming the first three Tests of the series.

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