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Swami Army moment #10: Clarke spins Australia to stunning SCG win


Ahead of this summer’s highly-anticipated Test series between Australia and India, we’re counting down the top 10 moments from past encounters between these two fierce cricketing rivals.

Coming in at Number 10 is Michael Clarke’s stunning spell to seal a last-gasp victory for Australia over India in 2008:

With four overs remaining and Australia needing three wickets to win on a worn Day 5 SCG pitch, Ricky Ponting threw the ball to Clarke.

It proved to be an inspired decision as Clarke's left-arm orthodox spin ripped through the Indian lower order, claiming the final three scalps to seal a dramatic victory and give Australia a 2-0 series lead in fading light.

Clarke’s victims fell in the space of five deliveries - Harbhajan Singh was caught at first slip by Michael Hussey, before Clarke trapped RP Singh in front with the next ball.

Ishant Sharma survived the next two deliveries before edging a Clarke delivery to Hussey at slip, which sparked wild celebrations from players and fans alike.

In a Test littered with allegations of cheating, poor umpiring and the ‘monkeygate’ scandal involving Harbhajan and Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds, Clarke would ultimately have the final say.

The First Test of the 2018/19 series between India and Australia kicks off on December 6 at the Adelaide Oval.

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