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Clarke is, by head and shoulders, the best batsman of his generation (Aussie). He is also a very, very good captain with a wonderful cricket brain. Yes at the moment his batting tempo needs to intensify in the shortest form of the game but the thing about great players is when they have a problem in a certain area they will find a way to rectify it, usually sooner rather than later. He would no doubt benefit from playing a full season in the Big Bash but I cant see that as likely to happen any time soon. The Australian selectors will keep him in the team as long as he keeps scoring some runs because the last thing you need is your captain having to be worried about his place in the team. Never underestimate the value of stability within a team. Besides while he keeps winning as skipper there is no reason to even consider dropping him. I would just like to see him bowl a lot more in T20 as he is a very useful bowler in this format. Trust me, we havent seen anything even close to his "A" game yet.
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Said it about Ganguly before now, but these days Michael Clarke has to be the player with most threads started about him in CW history. Maybe one day we might merge the lot of them.
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His Test batting is seriously overrated, not so much that he should be dropped but his far from one of the better batsman in world cricket. The thing about Michael Clarke is that he has never done anything great. He was on the verge of doing something great in the 2nd Test of the Ashes, when he scored that 100, but he got out soon after. Had Australia won that match or had lost by 10-20 runs, with Clarke making 180-200 then he could've been well on his way to being a Ponting, Chappell, Border, Waugh or Hayden. BUT as it is, he only got half the job done and will most likely never be seriously comparable to past Australian greats.
Clearly overrated, as evidenced by the fact that he has his own discussion thread, full of people rating him highly and lowly.
Sreesanth said, "Next ball he was beaten and I said, 'is this the King Charles Lara? Who is this impostor, moving around nervously? I should have kept my mouth shut for the next ball - mind you, it was a length ball - Lara just pulled it over the church beyond the boundary! He is a true legend."
TO suggest Clarke is not suitable for tests is incredibly naive. He has his own deficiencies, perhaps he'd never make a "great" but he surely is indispensable today. However in ODIs and T20s I reserve my judgement.
What are Clarke's Test deficiencies? He can play spin very well, has developed a very good technique against the moving ball and has little trouble against pace in general and the shorter ball. His defence is rock solid and pretty much his only issues is his constant getting out in the last over of the day (doesn't do it anymore) and the ability to get him out by bowling a meter outside off stump for two hours.
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