This man is the best batsman in the world at the moment in my view because he of
2nd Test: England v South Africa at Leeds, Aug 2-6, 2012 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo
5th Test: England v Australia at The Oval, Sep 8-12, 2005 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo
2nd Test: Australia v England at Adelaide, Dec 1-5, 2006 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo
Eng 58/0 (9.4 ov, NRD Compton 30*, AN Cook 18*, R Ashwin 0/22) - Match over | Live Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo
Clarke has centuries I rate highly such as
1st Test: South Africa v Australia at Cape Town, Nov 9-11, 2011 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo
2nd Test: England v Australia at Lord's, Jul 16-20, 2009 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo
1st Test: India v Australia at Bangalore, Oct 6-10, 2004 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo
but not enough to be the best batsman at the moment..
Now I understand people's views on him..Clarke is not the first player to be going through a purple patch..Sangakkara, Mohammad Yousuf, Rahul Dravid, Ian Bell, Hussey, Trott, Sehwag have all gone through similar purple patches and have all been hailed as the next Bradman at different points (in the case of Sehwag, by none other than Sir Ian Chappell)...all it takes is a few bad innings when the same people call for their heads. Lot of people are pointing out how Clarke averages more than Ponting now..that very fact should tell you something..Ponting himself was considered superior to Lara and Tendulkar at one point..this is the way it works..
As I said, I am not writing off Clarke at all..all I am saying is in my view, he hasn't done enough to be considered the best batsman in the world..if he performs in the Ashes the way he butchered poor Ashwin and Vinay Kumar, I will be the first one to acknowledge that.