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    Clarke enters the 300-club

    Michael Clarke became the 21st member of the triple-century club.

    With his glorious unbeaten 329 against India at the SCG, Australian captain Michael Clarke became the 21st member of the triple-century club. In scoring 329, Clarke became just the third triple-centurion in Australia – Bob Cowper and Matthew Hayden were the other two.

    Triple-centuries in Australia

    Mathew Hayden - 380 v Zimbabwe, Perth, 2003-04

    Michael Clarke – 329* v India, Sydney, 2012

    Bob Cowper – 307 v England, Melbourne, 1966

    Clarke became just the seventh captain to score a triple in Tests, but the fourth since 2004.

    Triple-centuries by captains

    Brian Lara – 400* v England, St. John’s, 2004

    Mahela Jayawardene – 374 v South Africa, Colombo, 2006

    Mark Taylor – 334* v Pakistan, Peshawar, 1998

    Graham Gooch – 333 v India, Lord’s, 1990

    Michael Clarke – 329* v India, Sydney, 2012

    Younis Khan – 313 v Sri Lanka, Karachi, 2009

    Bob Simpson – 311 v England, Manchester, 1964

    Only eight of those 25 triple-centuries actually led to a win: 14 of them were in Tests that ended in a draw.

    Triple-hundreds in winning causes

    Mathew Hayden - 380 v Zimbabwe, Perth, 2003-04 (Aus won by inning & 175 runs)

    Mahela Jayawardene - – 374 v South Africa, Colombo, 2006 (SL won by innings & 153 runs)

    Gary Sobers - 365* v Pakistan, Kingston, 1957-58 (WI won by innings & 174 runs)

    Len Hutton - 364 v Australia, The Oval, 1938 (Eng won by inn & 579 runs)

    Graham Gooch - 333 v India, Lord's, 1990 (Eng won by 247 runs)

    Inzamam-ul-Haq - 329 v NZ, Lahore, 2001-02 (Pak won by inning & 324 runs)

    John Edrich - 310* v NZ, Headingley, 1965 (Eng won by innings & 187 runs)

    Virender Sehwag – 309 v Pakistan, Multan 2004 (Ind won by innings & 52 runs)

    Clarke's effort took the tally for triple-centuries scored in the 2000s to 11 – the highest for any era. This perhaps reflects the dearth of quality bowlers in international cricket today as well as the nature of batting tracks the world over. The quickest period before this was back in the 1930s – between the 193rd and 266th Test – when there were five triple-centuries recorded in 74 matches. Andy Sandham, Wally Hammond, Len Hutton and Don Bradman (twice) were the triple-centurions.

    The next best was during the 1950s and 1960s, when Hanif Mohammad and Garry Sobers each scored triples in the 1957-58 series, followed by one each to Bob Simpson, John Edrich and Bob Cowper in the mid-1960s. From 1966-67 to 2000-01, just five triple-centuries were scored.