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    Michael Clarke Announces Comeback

    “It’s in my blood.”
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    FORMER Australia captain Michael Clarke is reportedly considering a return to first-class cricket and won’t rule out an international comeback, telling the Daily Telegraph on Sunday “I’ll never say never to anything.”

    The 34-year-old Clarke retired after the Ashes defeat last August, and after a series of personal setbacks. He battled a back injury which affected his form, fell out with the Australia selectors and administration, and struggled with the accidental death of his close friend and teammate Phil Hughes.

    Clarke told News Corp he will likely return to cricket in a Sydney club match between Western Suburbs and Randwick-Petersham on Feb. 20. He said his break from cricket had allowed him to recover from his back injury and reminded him cricket is “in my blood.”

    “So I’ll start with playing this grade game for Western Suburbs and see if I miss it as much as I feel like I’m going to,” Clarke said. “If I do, the option is there to train the entire winter and then we’ll see what happens.”


    Clarke said he might follow other former internationals by playing in lucrative Twenty20 competitions, at least Australia’s Big Bash and the Indian Premier League. He would then consider a first-class return for New South Wales before weighing other options.

    Clarke said he felt fit enough to continue.

    “I’ve still been training all the time,” he said. “Training has always been such a big part of my life and I enjoy it, so my body is feeling amazing and my back feels outstanding.”

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    Why do I feel this will be short-lived...

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    'Reportedly considering'

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    Why would any BBL or IPL team want Clarke? He was a terrible T20 player.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 91Jmay View Post
    Why would any BBL or IPL team want Clarke? He was a terrible T20 player.
    Glamour boy, former international captain, drawcard for crowds, exceptional on-field cricket brain, good spin bowler, good fielder, good batsman. Hmmmm….
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    Interesting this occurs on the day Watto is announced Aust's new 20/20 captain BTW

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    Can't help but think Clarke saw Steve Smith be a little bitch and decided enough is enough. Hope he takes the captaincy back from weet bix boy.
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    Good luck, he's gonna need it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Hill View Post
    Glamour boy, former international captain, drawcard for crowds, exceptional on-field cricket brain, good spin bowler, good fielder, good batsman. Hmmmm….
    and easy money to make because of the above...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Hill View Post
    Glamour boy, former international captain, drawcard for crowds, exceptional on-field cricket brain, good spin bowler, good fielder, good batsman. Hmmmm….
    He is a terrible T20 batsmen. Awful strike rate/average and barely any scores of note ever. Good spin bowler Are you trolling? He has barely bowled in the last 5 years.

    BBL and IPL have no issues with ticket sales and Clarke isn't a big T20 name either for IPL.

    You'd be picking him as a captain (which he has never successfully done in T20 either).

    Guessing you'd add '****s gold and pukes platinum' to your list as well.

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    yeah this is dumb and he shouldn't do it
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    Quote Originally Posted by 91Jmay View Post
    He is a terrible T20 batsmen. Awful strike rate/average and barely any scores of note ever. Good spin bowler Are you trolling? He has barely bowled in the last 5 years.

    BBL and IPL have no issues with ticket sales and Clarke isn't a big T20 name either for IPL.

    You'd be picking him as a captain (which he has never successfully done in T20 either).

    Guessing you'd add '****s gold and pukes platinum' to your list as well.
    Don't be silly. Most IPL clubs would want him (they love golden boy Australians) and BBL clubs will fall over themselves wanting to recruit him. Massive marketing ability.

    Is a good bowler if his back allows. If he can bowl 4 overs he suddenly becomes a really handy all rounder in a format where spinners can be super valuable.

    And honestly, he's at least as good as the fifth selected batsman in any BBL team. The fact is, he's hardly played any 20/20 cricket in his career. Can definitely play a role in any team. Surely you can see that?

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    Definitely think Clarke has it in him to develop a decent T20 game if he ever felt like it. Always felt he just didn't really care for the format.
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    He has the 9th worst strike rate in T20i history for a top 7 bat (min 20 innings) and an awful average. He is a really, really bad T20 player.

    If he can bowl 4 overs? You aren't actually being serious now are you? Ashton Agar barely bowls 4 overs regularly, yet now Michael Clarke at the age of 35 with a steel back is all of a sudden Adil Rashid.

    He might get signed as a marketing ploy, but he'd be one of the worst players in BBL and IPL.
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    Plenty more money for Clarke to make in T20 at least. BBL at the very least, the Aussie crowds still love him. If he can eek out a couple years before his ****ty back gives out he'll be even more a millionaire.
    Maybe Warney talked him into it?

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