Australia were 583 for four in the first innings, in reply to India's 191, at lunch on the third day of the second cricket Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) here Thursday.
Michael Clarke started slowly but soon crossed the highest score ever by an Australian against India when he added six more runs to his overnight total.
Australian captain Michael Clarke.Pic/Suresh K.K.
It took him past 257, the highest-ever innings by an Australian against India, which Ricky Ponting had made during the Melbourne Test of 2003-04.
The pair raised the 200 for the stand when Hussey cut Umesh Yadav crisply past the point boundary. It took 206 minutes and 307 balls for the 200-run stand.
Clarke swept Ashwin to square leg fence through a packed onside field to move to 280 which took him past 277 that Brian Lara made at this venue in a 1992-93 series.
India: (Ist Innings) 191
Australia (Ist Innings):
David Warner c Tendulkar b Zaheer 8
Ed Cowan lbw b Zaheer 16
Shaun Marsh c Laxman b Zaheer 0
Ricky Ponting c Tendulkar b Ishant Sharma 134
Michael Clarke batting 293
Michael Hussey batting 111
Extras: (b2, lb13, w3, nb3) 21
Total: (for 4 wkts, 148 overs) 583
Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-8, 3-37, 4-325
Zaheer Khan 31-4-122-3
Umesh Yadav 21-2-113-0
Ishant Sharma 29-2-119-1
Ravichandran Ashwin 41-5-140-0
Virender Sehwag 18-1-51-0
Virat Kohli 8-0-23-0