Michael Clarke (cricketer)

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Michael John Clarke
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Personal information
Full name Michael John Clarke
Born (1981-04-02) 2 April 1981 (age 33)
Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia
Nickname Pup
Height 178cm[1]
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
Role Batsman, Australian Test and ODI captain
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 389) 6 October 2004 v India
Last Test 1–5 March 2014 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 149) 19 January 2003 v England
Last ODI 26 January 2014 v England
ODI shirt no. 23
Domestic team information
Years Team
2000– New South Wales
2004 Hampshire
2011– Sydney Thunder
2012–2013 Pune Warriors India
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 105 236 174 304
Runs scored 8,240 7,683 13,168 9,607
Batting average 51.50 44.66 48.41 42.50
100s/50s 27/27 8/55 44/46 9/70
Top score 329* 130 329* 130
Balls bowled 2,387 2,549 3,579 3,259
Wickets 31 56 42 83
Bowling average 37.16 38.03 44.14 32.20
5 wickets in innings 2 1 2 1
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 6/9 5/35 6/9 5/35
Catches/stumpings 125/– 100/– 190/– 126/–
Source: CricketArchive, 9 March 2014

Michael John Clarke (born 2 April 1981) is a professional Australian cricketer and captain of the Australian cricket team for both Test and ODI cricket. Nicknamed "Pup", he is a right-handed middle-order batsman, and an occasional left-arm orthodox spin bowler. He represents New South Wales at a domestic level. In January 2011, Clarke stood down as captain of the Australian Twenty20 cricket team to concentrate on his Test and ODI performance.[2] On 22 November 2012, Clarke scored a double century at the Adelaide Oval, making him the only Test batsman to ever achieve four double centuries in a calendar year. He won the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy, thereby winning the Cricketer of the Year 2013 and also the Test Cricketer of the Year 2013.[3] He led Australia to a 5-0 whitewash of England in the 2013–14 Ashes series. He was named Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 2010 Wisden Cricketers' Almanack.[4] He was named Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World for the year 2012 in 2013 Wisden Cricketers' Almanack.[5]

Career[edit]

Michael Clarke made his first class debut for New South Wales as an eighteen-year-old in the 1999–2000 Sheffield Shield (then called the Pura Milk Cup). He made his One Day International debut in January 2003 against England at Adelaide and his Test debut for Australia in October 2004 against India.[6] He was an AIS Australian Cricket Academy scholarship holder in 1999–2000.[7] Clark also played at an English Club Team in 2002 (Ramsbottom Cricket Club).

On 1 May 2012 Clarke made his debut in the Indian Premier League for Pune Warriors India.[8]

In 2013 Clarke was named captain of the Sydney Thunder in Australia's Twenty20 Big Bash League.[9] Due to international commitments and injury,[10][11] Clarke did not play any games for the Thunder and they went on to lose all eight games and finish bottom of the ladder.[12]

International career[edit]

Clarke was chosen to make his Test debut against India at Bangalore, October 2004, despite having a first-class average below 40. He succeeded on debut, scoring 151 and consequently helping Australia to victory, invoking comparisons to past Australian batsmen such as Doug Walters and Mark Waugh. The innings, felt Peter Roebuck, was especially notable for its aggression and freedom. "Not that the assault was reckless," he added. "Indeed the control was impressive. Clarke calculated the risks and took his brains with him down the track. Of course he need [sic] a bit of luck, was plumb in front in the nineties, but few begrudged him his hundred. And everyone except his weary foes celebrated with him and his tearful family when he reached three figures. After all, he had advanced both the match and the game."[13]

Clarke went on to play a major part leading both the batting & bowling averages for the series[citation needed] in Australia's 2–1 series victory, their first in India in over thirty years, contributing figures of 6 for 9 off 6.2 overs in the Fourth Test, which Australia lost. On his return to Australia he made another debut century, his first home Test in Brisbane against New Zealand, becoming one of the few Test cricketers to have achieved the feat of Test centuries on both their home and away debuts.[citation needed] In recognition of his performance in the 2004 calendar year, he was awarded the Allan Border Medal in 2005.

Clarke's poor form during the 2005 Ashes series and his failure to score a Test century for over a year saw him dropped from the Test team in late 2005. Clarke had previously remarked that one of his career aims was to never be dropped from the Test team. In early 2006, after making his first first-class double century and scoring heavily in ODIs, Clarke was recalled for the tour of South Africa. He was then picked over Andrew Symonds for the April 2006 Tests against Bangladesh. Two consecutive centuries in the second and third Ashes Tests while Shane Watson was injured helped Australia to regain the Ashes and cemented Clarke's position in the Test team.[citation needed]

Clarke then helped Australia retain the 2007 Cricket World Cup in the West Indies where they did not lose a game. After Damien Martyn's retirement he was elevated to number five in the batting line up. He had a superb tournament making four 50s including a 92 and a 93* against the Netherlands and South Africa. He also made an unbeaten 60 against South Africa in the semi final to guide Australia into the final at Barbados, against Sri Lanka.

Clarke faced only four balls for three runs in the ICC World Twenty20, when Australia were knocked out by India in the semi final. Two weeks later he made 130 against India in the first of a seven-match ODI series. He did not maintain that form in the remaining 6 matches mustering up just one fifty. He opened the batting in the final two games after a hip injury ruled out Matthew Hayden and he made two golden ducks. In the tour-ending Twenty20 match Clarke dropped back down the order with the return of Hayden, and scored 25 not out in a heavy defeat.

On 9 November 2007, Clarke notched up his fifth Test century against Sri Lanka in a two Test series. Clarke shared a 245 run partnership with Mike Hussey at the Gabba in Brisbane, Hussey departed on 133 but Clarke went on and had a partnership with Symonds who made 53*, the pair were unbeaten when Ricky Ponting declared the innings, Clarke top scoring with 145 not out. On 5 December 2007, Cricket Australia named Clarke as captain of Australia for their one-off Twenty20 game against New Zealand in Perth, after deciding to rest Ponting and Hayden.[14]

Michael Clarke on his way to 99* against England at the Oval in 2010

On 6 January 2008, Clarke dismissed Harbhajan Singh, RP Singh and Ishant Sharma in the second last over of the day, with just eight minutes remaining, to claim the final three wickets and win the Test match for Australia (at one stage he was on a hat trick, dismissing Harbhajan Singh and RP Singh on consecutive deliveries). His innings figures were 3 for 5 in 1.5 overs. Australian captain Ricky Ponting had declared that morning, setting India a total of 333 to chase and allowing Australia arguably too little time to bowl out the visitors. Clarke's wickets ensured that Australia retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2008 and kept their world record equalling 16 match win streak alive.

After the retirement of Adam Gilchrist, in April 2008 Clarke was named vice-captain of the Australian side.[15] Clarke missed the start of Australia's 2008 tour of the West Indies following the death of Bingle's father, meaning Hussey took over as vice-captain for the start of the tour.[citation needed] Soon after Clarke joined up with the squad, he scored a century in the second Test in Antigua, going on to captain the side in the final two One Day Internationals, both of which were won, in the absence through injury of Ponting.

He was named man of the series in the two-Test series against New Zealand in Australia with scores of 110, 98 and 10, as well as being the top run-scorer in the three-Test series against South Africa in Australia.[citation needed] Clarke won the 2009 Allan Border Medal in a tie with Ricky Ponting both scoring 41 points, and was named Test Cricketer of the Year.[citation needed]

MJ Clarke's record as captain
  Matches Won Lost Drawn Tied No result
Test[16] 34 17 10 7 0
ODI[17] 61 39 19 - - 3
T20I[18] 18 12 2 1 1

Clarke has been unpopular with some members of the public.[19][20][21] Some of the criticism revolves around his batting position at number five in Australia's Test line-up, with detractors accusing him of using much more inexperienced batsmen to protect him by having them bat higher up the order.[22][23]

Clarke has now (2013) won the Allan Border Medal, considered to be the most prestigious individual prize in Australian cricket, four times, in 2005, 2009 (jointly with Ricky Ponting), 2012 and 2013. Only Ponting has won it as many times.

Captaincy of Australia[edit]

Clarke's results in international matches[24]
  Matches Won Lost Drawn Tied No result
Test[25] 101 56 26 19 0
ODI[26] 232 156 62 - 1 13
T20I[27] 34 18 14 1 1

Clarke was named as captain of Australia's Twenty20 side in October 2009, taking over from the retired Ricky Ponting.[citation needed] In January 2011, Clarke was named as stand-in captain for the fifth Test of the 2010-11 Ashes Series at the SCG, replacing the injured Ricky Ponting. He announced his retirement from Twenty20 International cricket on 7 January 2011, to concentrate on the longer forms of the game.[28] When Ponting stood down from the captaincy of the Australian Test and ODI sides after the 2011 World Cup, Clarke was appointed as his permanent replacement in both roles.[29]

In January 2012, in the second Test of Australia's home series against India and after a string of Test centuries since becoming captain, Clarke became the first Australian batsman since Matthew Hayden in 2003 to score a triple hundred. He joined with Ricky Ponting (134) in a partnership of 288, then added 334 with Michael Hussey (150*) before declaring on 329*. This match against India was the 100th test to be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground, and Clarke's score was both the highest ever made in an Australia-India test (surpassing V. V. S. Laxman's 281 from the 2000/01 season) and the highest ever achieved at the ground. The ground high score record had been held for more than a century by Englishman Reg "Tip" Foster's 287 scored in the 1903/04 season.[30] Clarke led Australia to a 4–0 win and was named the player of the series,[31] having scored 626 runs at an average of 125.20.[32] He joined his triple century in Sydney with a double-century (210) in the first innings of the fourth Test in Adelaide. His 386-run partnership with Ponting (who scored 221) was the fourth-highest in Australian Test history.[33] Following the Frank Worrell Trophy 2012, Ian Chappell said Clarke "is quickly establishing a well-deserved reputation for brave and aggressive captaincy. His entertaining approach is based on one premise: trying to win the match from the opening delivery. This should be the aim of all international captains, but sadly it isn't."[34]

Three weeks before 2013 Ashes Series, Michael Clarke requested to stand down from his role as a selector, which also coincided with the sacking of coach Mickey Arthur and the naming of Darren Lehmann as his successor. After the first Ashes Test against England at Gabba Clarke was fined by ICC for using abusive language towards James Anderson.[35] He regained the coveted Ashes on 17 December 2013 at Perth after four years, and subsequently led Australia to a 5-0 whitewash of England in the 2013–14 Ashes series.[36]

Personal life[edit]

During the Australian Cricket tour of New Zealand in March 2010, Clarke left the tour to return to Sydney for "personal reasons". In a late night press conference on 12 March 2010, Clarke's management confirmed he and then-fiancée, model Lara Bingle, had decided to terminate their engagement.[37] Speaking to GQ Australia in November 2010, Clarke said of his decision to leave the tour of New Zealand, "My decision that I made there, was what I thought was right. I respect playing for my country that much that I thought, if I’m going to let anybody down, I shouldn’t be here — there’s somebody else who could be doing a better job than me. Going home was the right decision at the time for me. I don’t regret that decision."[38]

Clarke married model and presenter Kyly Boldy on 15 May 2012.[39][40]

Career highlights[edit]

Tests[edit]

  • Clarke's debut Test score of 151 was made against India in Bangalore, 2004–05;[41] he then made 141 against New Zealand in November 2004 on his debut on home-soil at the Gabba (Brisbane, Australia),[42] making him the only Australian to score a century on both home and away debuts.
  • His best Test bowling figures of 6 for 9 (6.2) came against India, Mumbai, 2004–05.[43]
  • His first Ashes century came in December 2006, when he hit 124 at the Adelaide Oval to help Australia to victory.[44]
  • He dismissed India's last three batsman in five balls on the fifth day of the 2nd Test against India on 6 January 2008.[45]
  • He won Australian Man of the Series in the 2009 Ashes Series. He was nominated by England team director Andy Flower for his "excellent batting".
  • He was named full-time one-day and Test captain of Australia on 29 March 2011.[46]
  • Clarke's highest Test batting score of 329* was made on 5 January 2012 against India. This is the highest Test match batting score at the Sydney Cricket Ground,[30] and the 4th best Test match batting score of all time by an Australian.[47]
  • Clarke followed up his 329* in Sydney with 210 in Adelaide, thereby joining Don Bradman and Wally Hammond as the only players to have made a triple century and a double century in the same series.[48]
  • Clarke's score of 259* made at the Gabba on 9 November 2012 against South Africa is the highest Test score at the ground.[49]
  • Clarke is the only Test batsman ever to reach four double centuries in a single calendar year, with a double century (230) at the Adelaide Oval on 22 November 2012.[50]
An innings-by-innings breakdown of Clarke's Test match batting career as at 5 January 2012, showing runs scored (bars – not out innings in orange, others in blue) and the career to-date batting average (red line). An alternative image showing a 10 innings moving average is also available.

Test centuries[edit]

Key
  • * denotes that he remained not out.
  • denotes that he was the captain of the Australian team in that match.
Test Match Centuries of Michael Clarke
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
1 151 1  India Bangalore, India M. Chinnaswamy Stadium 2004
2 141 5  New Zealand Brisbane, Australia The Gabba 2004
3 124 24  England Adelaide, Australia Adelaide Oval 2006
4 135* 25  England Perth, Australia WACA 2006
5 145* 28  Sri Lanka Brisbane, Australia The Gabba 2007
6 118 33  India Adelaide, Australia Adelaide Oval 2008
7 110 34  West Indies North Sound, Antigua Sir Vivian Richards Stadium 2008
8 112 38  India Delhi, India Feroz Shah Kotla 2008
9 110 41  New Zealand Adelaide, Australia Adelaide Oval 2008
10 138 44  South Africa Sydney, Australia Sydney Cricket Ground 2009
11 136 49  England London, England Lord's 2009
12 103* 50  England Birmingham, England Edgbaston 2009
13 166 58  Pakistan Hobart, Australia Bellerive Oval 2010
14 168 59  New Zealand Wellington, New Zealand Basin Reserve 2010
15 112♠ 72  Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Ground 2011
16 151♠ 73  South Africa Cape Town, South Africa Newlands 2011
17 139♠ 75  New Zealand Brisbane, Australia The Gabba 2011
18 329*♠ 78  India Sydney, Australia Sydney Cricket Ground 2012
19 210♠ 80  India Adelaide, Australia Adelaide Oval 2012
20 259*♠ 84  South Africa Brisbane, Australia The Gabba 2012
21 230♠ 85  South Africa Adelaide, Australia Adelaide Oval 2012
22 106♠ 88  Sri Lanka Melbourne, Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground 2012
23 130♠ 90  India Chennai, India M. A. Chidambaram Stadium 2013
24 187♠ 95  England Manchester, England Old Trafford 2013
25 113♠ 98  England Brisbane, Australia The Gabba 2013
26 148♠ 99  England Adelaide, Australia Adelaide Oval 2013
27 161*♠ 105  South Africa Cape Town, South Africa Newlands 2014
Clarke is the highest run-maker in Test matches at the SCG on 329*, succeeding Reginald Foster, who previously held the record, with a score of 287.

After his double century at the Adelaide Oval in November 2012, Clarke became the only player in Test Cricket history to score 4 double centuries in a single calendar year. This feat also includes an unbeaten triple century.

One-Day Internationals[edit]

  • Clarke's highest ODI batting score of 130 was made against India, at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore, 2007
  • His best ODI bowling figures of 5 for 35 came against Sri Lanka, at Dambulla, 2003–04
  • He was the captain of Australia for the 2009 One Dayers as well as Twenty20 matches vs England
  • He was named full-time one-day and test captain of Australia on 29 March 2011.
A match-by-match breakdown of Clarke's ODI batting career as at 23 January 2012, showing runs scored (bars – not out innings in orange, others in blue) and the career to-date batting average (red line). An alternative image showing a 10 match moving average is also available.

One-Day International centuries[edit]

Key
  • * denotes that he remained not out.
  • denotes that he was the captain of the Australian team in that match.
One Day International Match Centuries of Michael Clarke
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
1 105* 28  Zimbabwe Harare, Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club 2004
2 103* 40  Pakistan Sydney, Australia Sydney Cricket Ground 2004
3 130 113  India Bangalore, India M. Chinnaswamy Stadium 2007
4 100♠* 155  Pakistan Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Sheikh Zayed Stadium 2009
5 111♠* 179  India Visakhapatnam, India ACA-VDCA Stadium 2010
6 101♠ 196  Bangladesh Dhaka, Bangladesh Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium 2011
7 117♠ 212  Sri Lanka Adelaide, Australia Adelaide Oval 2012
8 105♠ 229  England Manchester, England Old Trafford 2013

References[edit]

  • Roebuck, Peter. "Pup's a brand new dog." Cricinfo. 1 October 2008. [1] (accessed 28 October 2008).
  • Daniel Brettig. "It's now about gaining respect as a leader" Interview Cricinfo. 18 April 2011. [2]
  • Channel 9. "Live Telecast.1/12/11 Clarke drops easy catch"

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