PEWZ onto the right idea
Brad McNamara @bbuzzmc
Will say this once and then nothing else. Defamation laws quite clear in Aus.be careful.
Ok I understand the consequences of the post I am about to make now considering the 2012 that Clarke has had and since public opinion is always based on current affairs, I am ready to face the brickbats that are going to be coming my way.
As I said in the first impression thread, my first impression of Clarke was an excellent player of spin because he made his debut in India and blasted 150 against a much stronger Indian bowling attack than the one operating nowadays.. Then I saw him in the 2004 series against Pakistan and the one image I have of him is Shoaib Akhtar steaming in, Clarke moving away from the line of the delivery towards the leg stump and sticking his bat out towards the off stump, the ball taking his outside edge to first slip. Anyone who walk away from facing a fast bowler, I told myself was not a solid player of fast bowling.
My opinion has not changed all that much since then.. I thought he was exposed in the Ashes 2005...In the Ashes 2010, once again I found him wanting against the quality seam attack he was up against..I found him wanting against Amer and Asif when the ball was moving.
Now his recent form..the only innings that would change my mind a little bit would be the 150 in South Africa last year..
The India series - I don't have a very high opinion of the Indian bowlers and I had this discussion back then when people were considering Ashwin the next best thing.
The current South Africa series - The pitches I found were very very flat in this series...Just because Australia were 40/3 every game because of selection errors does not change that fact.
I would be greatly interested to see him in the back to back Ashes next year..that will seal it for me..if he performs in England the way he has been performing, I am more than happy to change my mind and acknowledge him one of the top batsmen in the world now.
That's ok, you're allowed to be wrong.
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Yep, just conveniently ignore three almost consecutive series where Clarke scored heavily, predominantly on seamer-friendly pitches, against quality attacks...
do you think people will be allowed to make violins?
who's going to make the violins?
I mean ****, how hard is it to please people these days?
Back to back 200's, following a 150 on a pitch rated an 8.4 on the official pitch rating scale, against the universally acknowledged best pace attack on the planet, and he's still not decent enough against pace bowling.
But he backed away against Shoaib Akhtar in 2005 something something 2005 2005
I was thinking about washing my good pants but I decided not to because it looked a bit overcast outside and I didn't want to put them on the line. Sure enough, it rained about an hour later.
Because I was right about that, I'm surely right about this too. Isn't that how it works?
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