Clarke joins South African rival on tons

AUSTRALIAN skipper Michael Clarke joined his South African counterpart Graeme Smith on 27 Test hundreds in the third and deciding Test at Newlands in Cape Town.

Clarke (pictured) finished the second day - that saw three hours of play lost to bad weather - on 161 not out (off 301 balls), as Australia reached 7-494.

He joined in a 184-run partnership with Steve Smith who was eventually out for 84 after chopping a ball from left-arm spinner Dean Elgar on to his wicket.

Smith and Clarke, who needed pain-killing injections before play started, put on 184 in 50 overs for the fourth wicket, just short of the ground record set by Englishmen Wally Hammond and Les Ames in 1938-39.

Shane Watson (40 off 32 balls) then helped Clarke put on another 55 in 11 overs before JP Duminy grabbed three quick wickets, including Brad Haddin (11) and Mitchell Johnson (0) in successive deliveries.