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Michael Clarke Biography & Latest News

Michael Clarke Biography

Michael John Clarke is a professional Australian cricketer and captain of the Australian cricket team in both Test and ODI cricket. He is a right-handed middle-order batsman, and an occasional left-arm orthodox spin bowler. He represents New South Wales at the domestic level. Clarke made his debut for New South Wales as an eighteen-year-old in the 1999–2000 Sheffield Shield tournament, and his one-day international debut in January 2003 against England at Adelaide. Clarke was chosen to make his Test debut against India at Bangalore in October 2004. He succeeded on debut, scoring 151 and consequently helping Australia to victory. Clarke went on to play a major part in Australia's 2–1 series victory, their first in India in over thirty years. In recognition of his performance in the 2004 calendar year, he was awarded the Allan Border Medal in 2005. Clarke then helped Australia retain the 2007 Cricket World Cup in the West Indies where they did not lose a game. On 5 December 2007, Cricket Australia named Clarke as captain of Australia for their one-off Twenty20 game against New Zealand in Perth. Clarke's wickets ensured that Australia retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2008 and kept their world record equaling 16-match win streak alive. He was named Man of the Series in the two-Test series against New Zealand in Australia with scores of 110, 98 and 10, in addition to being the top run-scorer in the three-Test series against South Africa in Australia. Clarke won the 2009 Allan Border Medal in a tie with Ricky Ponting with both scoring 41 points, and was also named Test Cricketer of the Year. In October 2009, Clarke was named as captain of Australia's Twenty20 side, taking over from the retired Ricky Ponting. On 1 May 2012 Clarke made his debut in the Indian Premier League for Pune Warriors India. 2012 has been the best year of Clarke's Test career. After taking over the Test captaincy from Ricky Ponting, Clarke became the first batsman in the history of cricket to score four double centuries in the same calendar year. He scored a total of five centuries in 2012, including the knock of 329* against India, which was the first-ever triple century at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Michael Clarke Latest News & Articles

Defending champions Sydney Thunder name Shane Watson as skipper for BBL 06

Watson is keen to stamp his own style of captaincy and is confident of carrying forward the good work done by Michael Hussey.

Australia vs South Africa 2016: 6 memorable Tests played between the two nations

Some iconic clashes between the two cricketing superpowers in Test cricket.

5 final day performances to save a Test

When a special batting effort on the last day saved teams the ignominy of defeat.

Katich rejects Clarke's comments, terms their relationship "non-existent"

Melbourne, Oct 23 (IANS) Former Australian batsman Simon Katich has rejected Michael Clarke's claims that the pair have buried their differences, ...

6 instances when teams lost despite scoring 500 in the first innings

When scoring 500 runs wasn't enough for the team batting first to win the match.

Michael Clarke says Ricky Ponting would have been dropped if he had not retired in 2012

Ponting had a feeling that he wasn't well supported by Clarke as his deputy.

Andrew Symonds wanted to be Australian captain says Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke reveals what happened between him and Andrew Symonds.

Michael Clarke opens up about his feud with Simon Katich and Shane Watson

In a tell-all interview, Michael Clarke covered various facets of his chequered career for the Australian team.

AB de Villiers reveals the worst sledge that he ever copped in his career

Recalling Australia's 2014 tour to South Africa, de Villiers termed some of the sledges he received during the series as unnecessary.

Playing the ball late: A boon or a bane?

An in-depth analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of playing the ball late

I am still half-expecting a text from Phil Hughes, says Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke in his autobiography has revealed how the death of friend and teammate Phil Hughes still affects him

Top 5 South Africa - Australia player battles

A walk through some of the most intense battles on the cricket pitch when Australia and South Africa face off.

Most handsome cricketers XI of all time

A list that features some of the most attractive cricketers of all time.

Steve Smith clears the air surrounding his controversial withdrawal during Sri Lanka tour

The Australian skipper wants his team-mates to recapture traditional Aussie aggression and perform well on the field.

Nepal's Sandeep Lamichanne arrives in Sydney after Michael Clarke's recommendation

The leggy would be looking to gain some invaluable experience in Australia.
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