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Kallis will be able to bat in Adelaide Test, Philander to return for Perth Test

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Vernon Philander and Jacques Kallis both went for MRI scans after picking up injuries on day one of the second Test against Australia in Adelaide. Philander was withdrawn from the playing XI after waking up with a stiff lower back, and Kallis left the field in the 17th over with a hamstring injury.

Proteas Team Manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee commented on the results: “ Vernon's scan reveals nothing more than a lower lumbar muscle strain as initially suspected. He will receive treatment and undergo rehabilitation during the course of the current Test match and we are hopeful he will be fit for the final Test in Perth.

“Jacques has suffered a Grade 1 strain to his right hamstring. He will not be able to bowl in the current Test match but can bat, we can only make a call on his availability for the next Test match closer to the time as it is subject to how he responds to treatment.”

Australian captain Michael Clarke scored his second successive double century and Mike Hussey added a second century in successive innings against the Proteas to lead the home side to an extraordinary total of 482-5 on a record-breaking first day of the second Test at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday. Clarke became the first player in the history of the game to record four double centuries in a calendar year and finished unbeaten on 224 from 239 balls with 39 fours and a six. Hussey’s 18th Test century finished on 103 from just 137 balls when Dale Steyn bowled him with the final ball of the day.

The day followed an eerily similar pattern to Australia’s innings in the first Test at the Gabba almost two weeks ago when three quick wickets were followed up with a century from an opening batsman and two more from Clarke and Hussey.

The only difference this time was the ferocity of David Warner’s century compared to the more measured three figures from partner Ed Cowan in the first Test. Warner backed his natural, attacking game despite the fall of three wickets in the space of 15 balls which reduced the home side from 43 without loss to 55-3. Cowan (10) departed to a Jacques Kallis return catch, Rob Quiney (0) edged Morne Morkel to Graeme Smith at slip and Kallis struck a second time when Ricky Ponting (4) was bowled with his third ball.

But the day soured rapidly for the tourists from the moment Kallis left the field midway through his fourth over with a hamstring strain and Warner struck the ball with increasing ferocity to reach his third Test century from a mere 93 balls as the bowlers maintained an erratic line on both sides of the wicket.

The stocky left-hander was eventually removed for 119 courtesy of Smith’s second catch at slip off  Morkel but there was no respite as Hussey and Clarke relentlessly plundered runs to post the second highest first-day total in Test history, just short of the 494-6 Australia scored against South Africa in Sydney 102 years ago.

It was also the first time three players have scored centuries on the opening day of a Test match.