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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 warns Australian team about the risks of playing the IPL

The former Australian captain urged the current team to think about their IPL plans for next year.

Australia vs South Africa, 3rd Test Stats: Consolation win saves hosts from embarrassing record

Hashim Amla becomes Josh Hazlewood's bunny and Mitchell Starc sets the pace.

Captains and their day-one declarations

Du Plessis declaring at 259/9 isn't the first instance of a team declaring on day 1 of the first innings after winning the toss and batting.

Is this the worst Australian team in three decades?

Already there are questions about whether the present Australia side is the worst in three decades and we take a statistical look at it.

ISL 2016: 5 players who have severely under-performed this season

Star performers who are yet to find their groove

Steven Smith defends his move of under-bowling Nathan Lyon on day 3 of the first Test

Nathan Lyon hardly featured on a day where the South African batsmen ran riot.

Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin warn the Australian team against sledging

The former cricketers want to avoid the controversy which clouded the 2014 series against the Proteas.

Dale Steyn aiming for the 'head of the snake'

Dale Steyn speaks about the importance of Steve Smith's wicket.

Chris Rogers' recalls his fear of death after being hit on the head during the first Test against India in 2014

Rodgers wrote about the incident in his autobiography.

Stats: Misbah ul Haq breaks into the list of top ten run-scorers as Test captains

Pakistan skipper is the only Asian batsman in this distinguished list

Cricketers take to Twitter to wish everyone a Happy Diwali

Let us take a look at a few tweets posted by cricketers around the world

Darren Lehmann regrets selecting Shane Watson and Brad Haddin in 2015 Ashes squad

The Australian head coach felt that the duo didn't warrant a place in the squad based on their performances.

Mitchell Johnson reveals playing under Michael Clarke was a pretty bad experience

The Australian bowler also stated that many did not enjoy playing for the country during Clarke's captaincy.

Michael Clarke wants to apologise to Dale Steyn

Michael Clarke would like to apologise to Dale Steyn for sledging him way back in 2014.

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.
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