YouTube - Unbelievable Michael Clarke dismissal
He had every right to leave the ball from Jones. That was an amazing ball. The lead-up to it made it even tougher to play, poor Clarke never had a chance.
Though Clarke clearly has a problem, he has gone down to weird dismissals way too often for it to be considered a coincidence.
More than a judgemental era, i think its a concentration problem with him, he once said that some times he pre-meditates into playing too many different shots by the time by ball leaves the bowler' hand and reaches him, and leads him into doing something silly.
That's why he has nowadays started chanting that "watch the ball, watch the ball" mantra, every time a bowler runs into bowl.
Last edited by pup11; 31-01-2009 at 12:09 AM.
Hussey seems to get bowled an awful lot for a top order batsman, although I can't honestly recall too many terrible leaves from him as such.
Anyway, more reverse swing, but Katich might be regretting offering now shot to this pearler from Fred. And we also get to see what Jonah can do to Clarke's stumps with murray mints and an ageing ball.
EDIT: Mike Hussey, I should probably clarify with his kid bro there or thereabouts too nowadays.
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Back on the subject at hand, I think (and I could be entirely wrong in this belief) that Australian (& South African to a lesser extent) batsmen tend to leave far more balls alone than their English counterparts. I think growing up on truer, bouncier pitches has possibly made them more inclined to leave balls on length alone, regardless of line. Because our chaps play on sappier strips their instinct is more to defend because they're more often betrayed by variable bounce. Pietersen is a good leaver and obviously he learnt his cricket elsewhere.
The habits acquired in youth inform the man, so is it possible that chaps like Clarke are occasionally undone by changeable bounce because of this?
On the subject, batsmen get out a lot more often playing defensive shots to balls not hitting the stumps than they do leaving balls that are. So despite looking like a bit of a fool sometimes, maybe Michael Clarke with a test batting average of almost 50 has got the balance better than most.
Compared to his overall batsmanship, yes IMO.
I also think he's one of the worst cutters of the ball going around (comparatively again, obv). I'm sure there are worse cutters who just don't play the shot but Clarke's terrible technique when playing it is so evident given how often he attempts it.
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