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Michael Clarke leads Australia to 517-7

Published:Thursday | December 11, 2014 | 12:00 AM

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP):

Grimacing and wracked with pain, Michael Clarke built a century which outweighed his 27 others as rain yesterday added to the sense of pathos hanging over the first cricket Test between Australia and India.

Clarke made 128 - his 28th century in Tests, his 17th in Australia, his seventh against India, his seventh at the Adelaide Oval - joining with Steve Smith, who made a career-best unbeaten 162 to lead Australia to 517-7 when bad light ended play on the second day.

More than anything, this was Clarke's first century since the death of Phillip Hughes and it had to be achieved by the submission of physical and emotional pain.

Clarke set himself the task of achieving a century in Hughes' memory and after watching David Warner (145), then Smith precede him to the milestone, found the courage to honour Hughes as he wished.