However, batting for the West Indies is a lot different to batting for Australia, so a direct comparison on strike rates is a bit harsh on him.
Stats Guru isn't working for me right now (nor the BBC website, on an unrelated note) so I can't produce the stats, but his performance at the top has been phenomenal for the most part. Particularly in the last couple of years.
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At the moment he's setting up winning totals.
The acid test comes when Australia are set a challenging total to chase. Clarke's been on a massive slump over the past 2 years, one good innings shouldn't relieve the pressure his spot should be under.
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His SR doesn't make for good reading, although so far this year he appears to be turning a corner back to his pre-WC form.
There's nothing wrong with plodding along to 40 off 60 balls if you've got the game to change gear and start hitting towards the death. It's for precisely this reason I'd have White ahead of him in the ODI side just now. However, given that Clarke has averaged less than 3 boundaries an innings in the last 3 years, it's debatable whether he's got that side to his game.
If you're going to plod along to 40 off 60 then get out, then it puts too much pressure on the lower order to hit almost from the word go.
edit: Have voted Tests and ODIs because I think if he gets his mojo back, there's definitely a place for him in the side. He shouldn't be an automatic pick however.
His T20 captaincy is a joke. Outwith T20Is, he's played 6 games of domestic Twenty20 cricket, the majority of which were played presumably at Hampshire. He has neither the experience or the talent to be in the side right now, the captaincy should have gone to White.
Last edited by Furball; 26-01-2010 at 11:09 AM.
He is a great ODI/Test player.........
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His Test batting is fairly overrated. Not so much so that he should be dropped but his far from one of the best batsman in world cricket.
One of the best batsmen in Australia, surely. And that's all that matters as far as getting selected to the Australian national side.
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He should play in all of them. I like the one bounce rule, Pakistan probably loves it.
I think he should just play tests alone. He's been very good and reasonably consistent in tests while he has always appeared lacking in the shorter formats and generally depends on his batting partner to change games rather than taking on the mantle himself.
Nothing bad about being a specialist Test match player though.
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