Pro40 is a bit of an anomaly as the general poor standard of wickets and seam bowling creates an equilibrium between the two sides and increases viewer 'watchability'. That and the fact that some of the sides don't know how to win a game (example, yesterday's Somerset and Essex game), always means you usually have a good finish despite the wicket being dog.
Selective memories here. 5 games ago Clarke scored a not out century to win Australia a game away from home against Pakistan.
****ing hell, someone English please just go and ****ing kill Michael Clarke. Sadly it's the only way they'd ever drop him from the OD side. ****, they'd probably still name him. It's not like he could score any slower anyway.
Last edited by dontcloseyoureyes; 09-09-2009 at 06:57 PM.
I WILL SHOW YOU FEAR IN A HAND FULL OF DUST
He was talking about how he was tired in the interview, hopefully the selectors take notice.
Also, on another note, how bad was what Strauss said in his interview in the presentation? I can't remember what he said, but it was pretty bad and showed a really low morale.
I'm not normally a stats guy but by God do they back me up here. He averages 35 @ a S/R 68 over the last 24 months. It's a decent average, but NOT at a strike-rate like that. If you shortened it to less months it drops even further, but like I said I'm not going to go on and on about stats.
Fact of the matter is that he:
a) cannot rotate the strike
b) cannot find gaps
c) can't hit over the top when he's struggling to find gaps
d) can't change tempo
If he can't do these things (like he used to be able to) then he should be dropped.
Tbf to Clarke, most Aussie batsmen nowadays like to play out a ****load of dot balls through their innings, but most of them eventually start playing some big shots to catch up with their strike-rate, White's knock was a good example of this, had 2 runs of 18 balls at the start of innings, but eventually he finished his innings with a pretty healthy strike rate because of he was able to play some expansive shots every now and then.
Watching Clarke' innings yesterday was painful, he at times was struggling to time or place the ball, and at times he timed the ball beautifully but couldn't find the gaps, to put it simply he didn't have a clue about what to do out there.
I think he is gun player and I have no doubt he has it in him to comeback stronger then ever, but I think time has come to bench him, with Ponting coming back for the next game, White should retain his place in the side at the cost of Clarke, maybe on the face of it, it might seem harsh to some people, but getting axed here at this point of his career would definitely help him in the longer run.
Last edited by pup11; 09-09-2009 at 10:38 PM.
Watto ending Hopes' international career, would think Voges at 7 the far better option.
Dream XI: M Hyder, J Linker, M Clock, S Wetsin, A Simms, A Golcrhist, B Hugg, S Worde, B Leap, J Giuseppe, G MacGrith
Smitty in genuinely good CC post shocker.
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