Clarke is a certainty for the ODI side and I don't think his name should be blacklisted never to play T20 for Australia again.
Surely he knows that his batting approach isn't perfect but he is still dynamite in the field and a very useful part time bowler capable of bowling 2 or 3 overs per game.
M. Clarke batted more carefully this previous couple of Summers in Test Cricket and this has seen his Test creditentials rise heaps.
Drop him for the time being from the T20 side, keep him as VC for ODI and Test and give him some opportunities in the Big Bash (if he's good enough to make NSW's team).
Never say never for anything. I have no doubt he can improve but right now he's not good enough in either format (yes, I know he had a good tour of Pak, but those were rare circumstances that allowed him to play those types of innings). He shouldn't be in either side, let him improve on the domestic circuit. He improved so much as a Test bat since being dropped, why should it be any different for the shorter stuff?
Rest In Peace Craigos
I think the captaincy has seen him having to play a more careful role in ODI's and his batting has suffered from it.
As captain his SR is 60 something (average 46) not as captain his average is lower but his SR is a healthy 80.
He was good against us too. Kept Aus in the series.
The sad thing is though, even if Clarke averages 10 with the bat in ODIs for the next year, he won't even have his place questioned. No one should be untouchable like this.
There is nothing wrong in asking Clarke to go back to the domestic cricket arena, and hone his limited overs batting skills, but again except Hodge and Ferguson (to a lesser extent), there is hardly any batsmen around who have done anything substantial in order to get picked ahead of Clarke.
Last edited by pup11; 19-06-2009 at 10:23 PM.
In Clarke's career by year, he has only once had his SR below 70. That was in 2008, his worst year by a long way.
471 @ 31.40 SR 62.38
In 09, he has so far scored 599 @ 42.78 SR 73.04 (His second slowest year) Yet for every other year of his career he has been over 80 (besides on at 77.3, more than countered by his year at 89) Hes a class act and is hardly moving along at a snails pace.
In T20 he has been poor but in ODI's he is still one of the worlds best batsman. He could walk his way into any batting outfit in the world besides MAYBE India, and that is only a maybe. He'd still be there or there abouts.
Last edited by Smith; 19-06-2009 at 07:49 AM.
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