Michael Clarke (cricketer)

Michael Clarke (Cricketer)

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Michael John Clarke (born 2 April 1981) is an Australian cricketer. He was appointed captain of the Test and ODI teams on 30 March 2011. Nicknamed 'Pup', he is a right-handed batsman, and occasional left-arm orthodox spin bowler. Clarke was also stand-in captain for the final Test of the 2010–11 Ashes series.

Career

He made his debut 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, 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 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."

Clarke went on to play a...
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