Sydney: Here are the statistical highlights of the third day's play between India and Australia in the second Test in Sydney.
# Australia's 659 for four wickets declared is their second highest total against India, next only to the 674 at Adelaide in January 1948.
# Australia have recorded their highest total against India at SCG, obliterating the 552 for five wickets declared in January 2000.
# Australia have equalled their highest total at SCG - they had made 659 for eight wickets declared against England in December 1946. These two Australian totals are the second highest at this venue, next only to the 705 for seven wickets declared by India against Australia in January 2004.
# Eight totals of 600 or more have been recorded at SCG. Australia have posted three (one each against England, West Indies and India) while India and England have recorded two each and one by the West Indies.
# Michael Clarke has established a record for posting the highest individual innings at SCG, obliterating the 287 by Tip Foster for England against Australia in December 1903.
# Clarke has become the third Australian captain to post a triple hundred in Tests, joining Mark Taylor (334 not out against Pakistan at Peshawar in October 1998) and Bobby Simpson (311 against England at Manchester in July 1964).
# Clarke's magnificent knock is the highest in India-Australia Tests, surpassing the 281 by VVS Laxman at Eden Gardens, Kolkata in March 2001.
# The previous highest by an Australian batsman against India was Ricky Ponting's 257 at MCG in December 2003.
# Clarke is now the sixth Australian batsman to register a triple hundred, joining Don Bradman (twice), Matthew Hayden, Mark Taylor, Bobby Simpson, Bob Cowper.
# Clarke is one of the three batsmen to have recorded triple hundred against India - the first two being 333 by Graham Gooch for England at Lord's in July 1990 and 340 by Sanath Jayasuriya for Sri Lanka at Colombo RPS in August 1997.
# Clarke's 329 not out is the fifth highest by a captain in Tests, next only to 400 not out by Brian Lara against England at St.John's in 2003-04, 374 by Mahela Jayawardene against South Africa at Colombo, SSC in July 2006, 334 not out by Mark Taylor against Pakistan at Peshawar in October 1998 and 333 by Graham Gooch against India at Lord's in July 1990.
# Michael Hussey (150 not out) has recorded his 16th century - his third and the highest against India.
# Hussey has posted three centuries at Sydney - two against India (145 not out in January 2008 and 150 not out in January 2012) and 134 not out against Pakistan in January 2010.
# Hussey has registered eleven hundreds in Tests in Australia - his career-best being 195 against England at Brisbane in November 2010.
# Hussey's home record is quite impressive, aggregating 3213 at an average of 61.78 in 37 Tests.
# Clarke and Hussey have shared a partnership of 334 (unbroken) - the highest for the fifth wicket for Australia against India, obliterating the 239 by Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh at Adelaide in December 1999.
# The aforesaid stand is the highest by any pair for the fifth wicket against India, obliterating the 293 between Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Carl Hooper for the West Indies at Georgetown in April 2002.
# The 334-run unbroken stand is the highest for any wicket for Australia against India, obliterating the 288 between Michael Clarke and Ricky Ponting for the fourth wicket in the present Test.
# The partnership of Hussey and Clarke is the second highest for the fifth wicket at SCG, next only to the 405 between Don Bradman and Sid Barnes for Australia against England in December 1946.
Story first published on: Thursday, 05 January 2012 14:02 IST