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    Michael Clarke signs for Hampshire

    Michael Clarke signs for Hampshire

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    December 2, 2003


    Hampshire have signed Michael Clarke, the up-and-coming Australian batsman, as one of their overseas players for 2004. Clarke will be joining up with his fellow Australian Shane Warne, who is Hampshire's captain next year.

    Clarke, a former captain of the Australian Under-19 side, has played 10 one-day internationals for Australia, and already averages 65.40. He toured West Indies earlier this year, and also made a mark in the recent three-way one-day series in India. At home he plays for New South Wales, and has already hit seven centuries in 33 first-class matches to date.

    Hampshire's chairman Rod Bransgrove said: "We are naturally delighted that Michael has agreed to be our overseas player next season. He is undoubtedly one of the brightest new stars of international cricket, and we are certain that his considerable playing style will prove highly popular at the Rose Bowl."

    And Paul Terry, Hampshire's manager, added: "Michael Clarke is a great signing for Hampshire cricket. He is an exiting strokeplayer, excellent fielder and also bowls left-arm spin. Michael has begun to make a significant mark already at the top level with Australia, and I'm sure the Hampshire supporters will warm to the brilliance of his play."

    I know some people will be interested in this.

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    That's an interesting appointment.
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    Should be an interesting experience for him. I will follow his progress with interest.

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    yeah it will be a good experience for him, he should do well, particularly in the OD games, Hampshire should do well in the OD games with Clarke and Warne. Wane captaining is also a good move, he is a nice, attacking captain too
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    I am delighted to hear this. I sense another double hundred coming on!
    I'm not sure how long he will play in England for, in an interview earlier this year he said he didn't particularly like England. The conditions aren't exactly favourable to his lifestyle.

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    As long as it takes for him to get found out by the Second Division bowlers (nice to see you're aiming high, Mike)...
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    hes only signed a 1 year contract - though the year after he may well be unavailiable due to an ashes series- time will tell on that one.

    Hampshire won just 2 games last season and drew 8 games.

    having a look at their squad they dont seem to have to many players beyond their internationals though - last season, John Crawley, Mascarenhas, Mullaly, Udal.


    not really much depth though, i can see Warne doing a fair bit of batting

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    *Remembers Warney's start to the last County season*

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    Originally posted by furious_ged
    I am delighted to hear this. I sense another double hundred coming on!
    Another? To my knowledge he's never actually scored one at a level that matters...
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    20...that's a rather big number :(:(:(

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    Originally posted by furious_ged
    The conditions aren't exactly favourable to his lifestyle.
    You mean surfing? Well Warnie can't either :P

    Seriously if he doesn't like England why did he sign?

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    No not at a level that matters. But he did belt one for Ramsbottom, good enough for me

    Perhaps he signed to get some cricket in the off season to further enhance his reputation. What's the go if he were to be called up for an Australian tour? Can he be released?

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    Originally posted by furious_ged
    Perhaps he signed to get some cricket in the off season to further enhance his reputation. What's the go if he were to be called up for an Australian tour? Can he be released?
    He would be.

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    Originally posted by age_master
    Hampshire won just 2 games last season and drew 8 games.

    having a look at their squad they dont seem to have to many players beyond their internationals though - last season, John Crawley, Mascarenhas, Mullaly, Udal.


    not really much depth though, i can see Warne doing a fair bit of batting
    Hampshire had a poor season and the Rose Bowl was a particularly bowlers wicket last season for a change, but they have some very talented players at the club, just because they aren't well know doesn't mean they don't have the ablity.

    D.Kenway had one of his best seasons ever, and was being lined up as a england keeper at one stage, unfortuantly he played well but others (Oh yeah Jonesy!!!!) steped it up a gear. C.Tremlett looks a very handy player and was tipped as the next big thing for England, not sure what happened to him I think it was just R.Johnson got himself fit again.

    M.Clarke is basically a stright swap from S Katich and Warne will certainly add to the bolwing... Hampshire could go well this season.

    Iam asuming you are just talking FC matches as Hampshire got promoted in the One Day, so the season wasn't too bad.

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    Originally posted by age_master
    hes only signed a 1 year contract - though the year after he may well be unavailiable due to an ashes series- time will tell on that one.

    Hampshire won just 2 games last season and drew 8 games.

    having a look at their squad they dont seem to have to many players beyond their internationals though - last season, John Crawley, Mascarenhas, Mullaly, Udal.


    not really much depth though, i can see Warne doing a fair bit of batting
    Mascarenhas has never played for England
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    Originally posted by Craig
    Mascarenhas has never played for England
    Although I can't for the life of me work-out why when so many rubbish bowlers with very poor records have been picked instead.
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