Michael John Clarke is a professional Australian cricketer and captain of the Australian cricket team for both test and ODI cricket. He was born on 2 April 1981, nicknamed ‘Pup’, he is a right-handed middle-order batsman, and an occasional bowler. He represents New South Wales at a domestic level.
He started his carrer for New South Wales as an eighteen-year-old in the 1999–2000 Australian domestic season. Clarke made his One Day International debut in January 2003 against England at Adelaide.
Clarke was chosen to make his Test debut against India at Bangalore, October 2004. 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.
As a young man Michael Clarke could do anything with the bat, but he has matured into one of the game’s most professional, reliable and focussed players, and has been entrusted with the task of leading the Test team out of a trough. Clarke learned a year into his Test career that he had to shed the flourishes that made him a golden child in order to shine consistently at elite level. Breathtaking centuries on debut away and at home stamped him as a shot-maker to savour, but he is now a calculated player who is his country’s most effective run-maker in the five-day game.
India reached 114 for two in their second innings at stumps on day three, a day dominated by Clarke’s unbeaten 329. After achieving the highest score in the SCG’s 100-Test history, Clarke declared at 659 for four midway through the second session. The tourists, after scoring just 191 in their first innings, trail by 354 runs with Gautam Gambhir (68 not out) and a watchful Sachin Tendulkar (eight not out) set to resume on day four. But they can consider themselves fortunate to still be there.
Born April 2, 1981, Liverpool, New South Wales
Current age 30 years 285 days
Major teams Australia, Hampshire, New South Wales
Nickname Pup, Clarkey
Playing role Middle-order batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
Height 1.78 m
Batting and fielding averages
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date|
|329*, 1/22||Australia||v India||Sydney||3 Jan 2012|
|31, 1||Australia||v India||Melbourne||26 Dec 2011|
|22, 0||Australia||v New Zealand||Hobart||9 Dec 2011|
|139||Australia||v New Zealand||Brisbane||1 Dec 2011|
|2/6, 11, 0/2, 2||Australia||v South Africa||Johannesburg||17 Nov 2011|
|151, 2||Australia||v South Africa||Cape Town||9 Nov 2011|
|76||Australians||v Sth Africa A||Potchefstroom||1 Nov 2011|
|0/9, 26||Australia||v South Africa||Durban||28 Oct 2011|
|0/2, 1||Australia||v South Africa||Port Elizabeth||23 Oct 2011|
|44||Australia||v South Africa||Centurion||19 Oct 2011|