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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

Michael Clarke believes KL Rahul is a future star in the making Clarke said the game will be poorer without Dilshan as he has been phenomenal performer for Sri Lanka over the years.
Why 'resting' Steve Smith mid-way through the tour is a knee jerk reaction Steve Smith has been rested and David Warner has been assigned as the captain for the remainder of the series.
Shane Warne slams Australia for not picking spin specialists for Sri Lankan tour Shane Warne is unhappy with Australia's squad selection for the Test and ODI teams.
Michael Clarke questions Australia's decision to withdraw Steven Smith midway through the Sri Lanka ODI series Clarke felt that Smith should have headed home after the Test series or finished off the ODI series if at all he needed to take a break.
Michael Clarke made honorary life member of MCC Clarke became the 4th Australian after Warne, McGrath and Ponting to be awarded the lifetime membership.
6 instances over the last decade when more than 20 wickets fell in a single day of a Test Instances wherein the bowlers have had a field day and took advantage of the conditions on offer.
MS Dhoni and Spartan Sports bury the hatchet, join hands again India's limited-overs skipper set to continue partnership with the sports brand.
Highest individual score by batting position in Tests A list of the highest scores made by individual batsman at a certain batting position in test cricket.
5 cricketers who played for unusual teams These cricketers turned out for new teams away from home to add diversity in their career-graphs.
Michael Clarke to retire from domestic cricket The former Australian captain has closed the door on a domestic cricket return in the country.
5 instances when Virender Sehwag trolled opposition players Here are some incidents when Virender Sehwag got the better of his counterparts in his own special way.
5 famous cricketers whose comebacks from retirement didn't quite go as expected These legends of cricket failed to live up to their standards on their much-talked-about return from retirement
10 individual cricket peaks in recent times Here's a list of ten players who witnessed extended purple patches in recent years.
Gabba to see at least three more years of Test cricket Australia will host Pakistan for a day-night Test at Gabba in 2016, confirmed Cricket Australia
Star batsmen and their second home grounds A lot of batsmen have shone bright on tracks away from the ones they grew up playing. Here is a look at some of the notable ones.
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