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Ind vs Aus: Clarke finally manages to sell off Sutherland home

On Day One of first Test against India, Australia skipper finds buyer for beachside home he had been trying to sell for three years

Day Two of the first Test between Australia and India at the Adelaide Oval was a dull rainy, day. However, the sun has been shining brightly upon Australia captain Michael Clarke not just professionally, but on the personal front too.

Australia captain Michael Clarke kisses wife Kyly during a rain delay on Day Two of the first Test against India at the Adelaide Oval yesterday. Pic/Getty Images
Australia captain Michael Clarke kisses wife Kyly during a rain delay on Day Two of the first Test against India at the Adelaide Oval yesterday. Pic/Getty Images

Yesterday, Clarke led his team from the front, scoring a hardworking 163-ball 128 studded with 18 fours while battling a back injury simultaneously. Twenty-four hours earlier, around the same time the skipper was working towards his century, a young family from the eastern suburbs was signing on the dotted line to buy the cricketer's former Sutherland Shire home.

On & off-field fortune
Clarke's century did not come easy. He was forced to retire hurt on Day One of the Test due to a recurring back injury before returning yesterday to score his 28th Test ton. Similarly, Clarke's house sale hasn't been easy. The five-bedroom home sold for $2.55 million after being on the market for almost three years. The cricketer had bought the 1670 square metre waterfront property in 2006, paying $2.87 million.

The property, which was listed through Matthew King of McGrath Brighton Le Sands, went to auction in 2009, but failed to sell at $3.4 million. Then, earlier this year the property was left unsold at an auction at $2.7 million.

Real estate buying spree
The property was given on rent, since Clarke had not been living there too often. Clarke has been on a real estate spending spree, having acquired a property in the Southern Highlands near Berrima for $3.25 million in August 2012 and a Vaucluse mansion in May for $8.5 million. Clarke reportedly still owns a $6 million Bondi Beach apartment he bought in 2009.

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