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Aussies Declare At 519 For 8 Against Pak In Hobart Test

PTI 15 Jan 2010, 11:37:55 IST

Captain Ricky Ponting has declared Australia's first innings at 519 runs for eight wickets at tea on second day of the third and final Test against Pakistan here at the Bellerive Oval on Friday.

Resuming at 302 for three this morning, Ponting and his deputy Michael Clarke already completing their individual hundreds continued to put Pakistan's bowlers to the sword to add further 91 runs during the first session.

In the process both players reached the 150 mark as Ponting went to lunch not out on 180 - his highest score at his beloved home ground surpassing the 157 he scored against New Zealand in 2001 - while Clarke was unbeaten on 153.

Pakistan again missed a chance to get rid of Ponting with another dropped catch - taking its total number of missed chances in the series to 15 - as Australia had all but batted the tourists out of the game by lunch having reached 3-393.

Ponting however succeeded in reaching his double hundred after his partner departed on 166, bowled by leg-spinner Danish Kaneria. The pair made 352 runs for the fourth wicket partnership.

Later, Ponting also went on 209, caught by captain Mohammad Yousuf off fast bowler Mohammad Aamer.

Then wicketkeeper batsman Brad Haddin and middle-order batsman Marcus North made together 55 runs before Haddin was caught by Umar Gul off Kaneria for 41 and one run later, North also went for 21, caught by wicketkeeper Sarfraz off Mohammad Asif.

The declaration came as Mitchell Johnson was caught behind off Kaneria for eight.