Been a pretty strident defender of Clarke's spot in the team, but innings of 52of 90+ balls when most other batsmen scored at SRs of at least 66 doesn't help the argument. On the other hand really pleased White did so well. Good to see Watto getting some wickets as well.
Maybe Clarke is feeling too weighed down with the need, as skipper, to anchor the innings. I wouldn't mind, with Ponting coming back in, seeing Clarke droppEd down the order to six, where his role would be simpler and in line with the role he first made his name as an ODI player - come in and get on with it. Think White has shown enough to deserve to stay in the team, and the top order seems to suit him better than the lower order - give him a shot at four behind Punter.
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To be fair to Clarke (and I have to admit I didn't watch the whole thing) he stayed in and his partnership with White is what guided Australia home. He may have been slow but what was required was a solid innings - Australia always had plenty in hand given that they weren't losing wickets.
For me though, I don't buy 'support the other player' roles in LO Cricket. If White had of failed, then where are we at? We had that problem with Katich, I don't want it back.
Even if Clarke could step up when he didn't need to play a support role, than maybe that'd be fine. But he can't.
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It does concern me, though, that his natural game involves such slow batting. When the situation gives you freedom to play whatever you want and you hum along at a strike rate of 50, it kinda looks like you're really not cut out for one-day cricket. Which is what has seemed to be the case with Clarke for ages now.
Regarding 06, only 2 players remain of that side (not a bad thing), and one of them's Bresnan, doesn't say much for building a team....was Colly injured that series? At least that 06 series was played on half decent surfaces, this slow sluggish stuff makes for abysmal viewing.
Also anyone catch Strauss leaving the field to allegedly talk to the coach? If that's what he was doing it's pretty out of order, I mean remember when Cronje was caught with the ear piece? People were up in arms, this is basically the same thing. I knew that stupid comfort break stuff would be a can of worms.
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It was not a good innings by any means but it was acceptable in terms of the match. All Australia had to do to win that game was keep the score moving without losing any more wickets. With White scoring at a decent pace Clarke not loosing his wicket meant that Australia were always comfortably achieving their aims. When put in the wider context of his recent struggles in limited overs cricket it looks very poor in but in this particular match it was acceptable if not at all impressive.
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The Clarke bashing is absolutely ridiculous here.
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