That eclipsed the 168 he had scored against the Black Caps at the Basin Reserve the day after he had dumped his long-time girlfriend Lara Bingle. Seemingly his current flame Kyly Boldy is not one to dwell on omens or the past because she welcomed his achievement with a standing personal ovation.
Clarke now has scored centuries in all four series in which he has captained Australia since taking over from Ponting.
This truly is now Michael Clarke's Australian team.
Wayne Smith, The Australian
Image: India cricket player Sachin Tendulkar, right, congratulates Australia's Michael Clarke on hitting 250 runs on day 2 of the second test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012.