Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Melbourne December 21, 2012

Clarke predicts more bowling for Wade

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Michael Clarke has declared his intention to give Matthew Wade further opportunities to bowl in Test cricket after he delivered an over of medium-pace against Sri Lanka in Hobart. Even by Clarke's adventurous standards, his decision to introduce Wade into the attack as Australia searched for wickets on the final day was a surprise one, especially given that Wade had never before delivered a ball in first-class cricket.

However, Wade was sharper than many people expected, and clocked up to 132kph on the speed gun as he sent down a maiden over just before the tea break. Clarke had been impressed by the way Wade had bowled in the nets during training and although he did not take a wicket, nor did he disgrace himself, and in his column in News Ltd newspapers on Friday, Clarke indicated that he would not hesitate to use Wade again.

"He bowled with good pace. There are some opening bowlers around the world who struggle to reach the 132kph Matt generated," Clarke wrote. "We're going to see more of Matthew Wade bowling in Test cricket, that's for sure. The only thing we have to figure out now is who will take the gloves, Phil Hughes, who did it last Tuesday, or Dave Warner?

"Matt got me out a couple of times in the nets and got himself an over in Test cricket. It won't be his last. He loves his bowling. And it reinforces my belief since I've been captain that it doesn't matter how we get 20 wickets or who takes them to win the Test. If Matt gets some of those or Mike Hussey or Dave Warner then great. It's like making runs. The tail makes important runs for the team, so every now and then the batters are going to have to chip in to help the bowlers."

Australia's bowling stocks were especially thin during the second innings at Bellerive Oval, where Ben Hilfenhaus was unavailable due to a side injury and Clarke's hamstring problem meant his part-time spin was also out of the equation. That allowed Clarke to try something different and while it didn't work on this occasion, unusual and successful bowling changes have been a hallmark of his captaincy.

In 19 Tests under Clarke's leadership, Michael Hussey's gentle medium-pace has resulted in five wickets, compared to two wickets in the 58 Tests Hussey played before Clarke became captain. David Warner's legspin has also brought four victims during Clarke's tenure, and in the series against South Africa Clarke turned to Ricky Ponting and Rob Quiney for overs of medium-pace.

Wade said he was "spewing" that he hadn't picked up a wicket in his one and only over, and while he wasn't expecting to become a regular Test bowler, he would be happy to roll his arm over again if required. He said given his short stature he was only likely to be used on skiddy pitches where batsmen might be troubled by the ball staying low.

"I would like to," Wade said. "The wicket was very up-and-down and I'm not the most gifted in the height department, so I think [Clarke] was just hoping I would get one to run along the ground. We're off to India [next year], I'll keep practising in the nets and hopefully he throws me the ball."

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on December 24, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    Was there not a series last year or so where Marcus North starred with the ball, but contributed little with the bat which is what he was originally chosen in the team for... 'Jack-of-all-trades, but master-of-none' is getting more common in cricket. I mean look at Broad for England... Ashwin for India... It's little unexpected knocks/wickets that can swing a test match sometimes. Again, so much nonesense about pace from the usual trolls, when it's movement and nagging accuracy that is more important and good captains like Clarke appreciate more.

  • zenboomerang on December 24, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    Seems schools out early for Christmas - love the kidies comments...

    Anyway wishing everyone a great festive season & better to come for all true sports fans in the new year...

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on December 24, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    @zenboomerang, Like I said, hilarious. Tell me about Anderson, now..how is he doing these days, and what did he do to Australia in their own back yard last time? Please tell us all what you think of a guy that goes around doing that. Innings thrashing after thrashing isn't enough for you? Big grin.

  • zenboomerang on December 24, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    Funny how the Poms brag about their fast bowlers - Anderson, Broad, Bresnan all fail to sustain the speed of an Oz wicketkeeper or even get anywhere near it - just shows how strong & talented the competition is to get to Test level in Oz... Maybe Wade & Watson can go over early & do some coaching clinics on how to bowl above medium pace :P ...

  • Ameega on December 24, 2012, 1:46 GMT

    It won't be a surprise if a day comes that all eleven bowling is usual. Clarke will be called father of that one day.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on December 23, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    Hilarious to think this is all some have got to cheer about. Wade proves himself the world's worst keeper, and just because he has a bowl it's the opportunity some fans need to forget just how terrible he is (jonesy2). England love watching circuses like this, it reminds them of just how big the gulf is that lies between England and Australia. Yet another Ashes thrashing beckons fro Australia next year. What will the excuse be this time?

  • ozziespirit on December 23, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    I say this to all those bickering about the Ashes as this has gone too far: For the last five years or so England have been better than Australia. Fact. Just look at who they have now compared to us: the no.1 test opener, Anderson, Swann & best keep/batsman in Prior, not to mention a strong op order batting unit that we can't match. I wouldn't for a second pretend that Lyon is better than Swann or that Siddle is better than Anderson, because the truth is so starkly clear. It's difficult for Australia to overcome this right now, but they will rise again. Mark my words.

  • ygkd on December 23, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    Wade played TAC football for Tassie, his father played for Hawthorn & holds a position in Tassie footy, his cousin plays for Melbourne and he was looked at by talent scouts - but I'm not sure that he turned down a definite pro career in the AFL. Many international cricketers have ability in another sport whether it be footy/rugby, hockey, golf or whatever. That said, though, the footy/cricket link is the most over-rated of all. One only has to, in Aus at least, look at the excruciating segment where, on Channel 9's 'The Cricket Show', Brett Lee bowls softly to footballers (from various codes). Sure, they may have played cricket, but at a totally different level to facing full-on pace. Nowdays, teens can't be in the TAC footy system and practice/play cricket sufficiently too. No matter how talented they are, they need to work more at batting/keeping than they're given time for. Anyway, as I write Tim Ludeman, who Wade's move to Vic squeezed out, has made 50 in a 100 run opening stand.

  • on December 23, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    I think Wade should first worry about his keeping which has missed several vital chances rather than thinking bizarrely about his bowling.

  • Dashgar on December 22, 2012, 22:43 GMT

    @Rodstarc, Wade also turned down a career in the AFL to play cricket so he is clearly a very talented sportsman. Some people are just freaks

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on December 24, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    Was there not a series last year or so where Marcus North starred with the ball, but contributed little with the bat which is what he was originally chosen in the team for... 'Jack-of-all-trades, but master-of-none' is getting more common in cricket. I mean look at Broad for England... Ashwin for India... It's little unexpected knocks/wickets that can swing a test match sometimes. Again, so much nonesense about pace from the usual trolls, when it's movement and nagging accuracy that is more important and good captains like Clarke appreciate more.

  • zenboomerang on December 24, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    Seems schools out early for Christmas - love the kidies comments...

    Anyway wishing everyone a great festive season & better to come for all true sports fans in the new year...

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on December 24, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    @zenboomerang, Like I said, hilarious. Tell me about Anderson, now..how is he doing these days, and what did he do to Australia in their own back yard last time? Please tell us all what you think of a guy that goes around doing that. Innings thrashing after thrashing isn't enough for you? Big grin.

  • zenboomerang on December 24, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    Funny how the Poms brag about their fast bowlers - Anderson, Broad, Bresnan all fail to sustain the speed of an Oz wicketkeeper or even get anywhere near it - just shows how strong & talented the competition is to get to Test level in Oz... Maybe Wade & Watson can go over early & do some coaching clinics on how to bowl above medium pace :P ...

  • Ameega on December 24, 2012, 1:46 GMT

    It won't be a surprise if a day comes that all eleven bowling is usual. Clarke will be called father of that one day.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on December 23, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    Hilarious to think this is all some have got to cheer about. Wade proves himself the world's worst keeper, and just because he has a bowl it's the opportunity some fans need to forget just how terrible he is (jonesy2). England love watching circuses like this, it reminds them of just how big the gulf is that lies between England and Australia. Yet another Ashes thrashing beckons fro Australia next year. What will the excuse be this time?

  • ozziespirit on December 23, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    I say this to all those bickering about the Ashes as this has gone too far: For the last five years or so England have been better than Australia. Fact. Just look at who they have now compared to us: the no.1 test opener, Anderson, Swann & best keep/batsman in Prior, not to mention a strong op order batting unit that we can't match. I wouldn't for a second pretend that Lyon is better than Swann or that Siddle is better than Anderson, because the truth is so starkly clear. It's difficult for Australia to overcome this right now, but they will rise again. Mark my words.

  • ygkd on December 23, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    Wade played TAC football for Tassie, his father played for Hawthorn & holds a position in Tassie footy, his cousin plays for Melbourne and he was looked at by talent scouts - but I'm not sure that he turned down a definite pro career in the AFL. Many international cricketers have ability in another sport whether it be footy/rugby, hockey, golf or whatever. That said, though, the footy/cricket link is the most over-rated of all. One only has to, in Aus at least, look at the excruciating segment where, on Channel 9's 'The Cricket Show', Brett Lee bowls softly to footballers (from various codes). Sure, they may have played cricket, but at a totally different level to facing full-on pace. Nowdays, teens can't be in the TAC footy system and practice/play cricket sufficiently too. No matter how talented they are, they need to work more at batting/keeping than they're given time for. Anyway, as I write Tim Ludeman, who Wade's move to Vic squeezed out, has made 50 in a 100 run opening stand.

  • on December 23, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    I think Wade should first worry about his keeping which has missed several vital chances rather than thinking bizarrely about his bowling.

  • Dashgar on December 22, 2012, 22:43 GMT

    @Rodstarc, Wade also turned down a career in the AFL to play cricket so he is clearly a very talented sportsman. Some people are just freaks

  • RednWhiteArmy on December 22, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    Well with the recent injuries to their bowlers (pattinson's strained hair &the horror broken fingernail that happened to cummins) i imagine wade is probably gonna be thrown the new ball in future haaaha

  • Trickstar on December 22, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    LOL you know how far you've sunk when you're getting all giddy about you're wicket keeper bowling 80mph pies. I mean really, so what if he bowled 80mph for one over, even Ravi Bopara can do better than that, it's the quality of what he throws down and how long he can keep that pace up that matters. Tbh I can't believe they're even talking about this non event, personally though I'd be seriously worried if our keeper was doing any bowling.

  • Claydo78 on December 22, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    I dont have a problem at all with wade bowling a few overs, if he ties down an end and/or takes wickets a few wickets great. It may even prevent a few injuries to our current crop of bowlers, seems like every test another bowler goes down! My only problem is if/when hughes or warner drops a catch behind the stumps you watch all the self proclaimed experts in the channel 9 com box jump on the band wagon ridiculing clarke and wade for bowling!

  • jonesy2 on December 22, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    faster than pretty much all of englands seamers haha

  • Ozcricketwriter on December 22, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    Surely Michael Hussey should keep wicket while Wade is bowling. He was originally a wicket keeper.

  • on December 22, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    just because he clocked up a bit of pace doesn't say anything about his bowling, he looked very pedestrian for his over and I wasn't really that impressed. I don't see why Clarke keeps bowling all his part-timers when his strike bowlers are doing fine.

  • on December 22, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    Can we Indian get him in exchange of Ultra lightning fast 'Thunderstorm' Vinay Kumar.

  • pat_one_back on December 22, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    No need to be over sensitive @SK12, point applies to Hilfy this year along plenty of International 'quicks'. Let's not get carried away, he had one expectation free over to throw down, let's see him hit a line, length & 130k+ in his 6th over!

  • ygkd on December 22, 2012, 2:30 GMT

    I see someone called him the "ultimite allrounder". Is ultimite like Vegemite -something people seem to either love or hate?

  • ygkd on December 22, 2012, 2:23 GMT

    @Cricketing Stargazer says Englaand wicketkeeper David Bairstow was a pretty fair medium pacer. Fair comment, but to change tack - @CS I'd like to re-use your "Englaand" typo bit in future please - it gives the correct Afrikaans feel to the naming of the current side! @disco bob - that would be nothing short of a supreme effort (for Wade to bowl then run down and try and make a stumping off the same delivery), especially as he is yet to get too many off anyone elses! Actually,come to think of it, when he tries to take the bails off he's usually about half a chain (11 yards) away from the stumps in any case, so an attempt may not be out of the question!

  • Dashgar on December 22, 2012, 1:14 GMT

    @Milhouse, he's also quicker than Stuart Broad, Vernon Philander, Zaheer Khan, Junaid Khan, Kulasekara, Chris Martin, Darren Sammy, Mortaza and Chris Mpofo so what does that say about the rest of world cricket?

  • on December 22, 2012, 0:10 GMT

    I actually thought Clarkey bowled Wade as a blunt reminder to his quicks that if they're not taking wickets then he'll try his keeper

  • Dashgar on December 21, 2012, 23:53 GMT

    Maybe an opening for Tim Paine to return if they want to turn Wade into an all rounder. An I serious? You'll never know.

  • RodStark on December 21, 2012, 23:15 GMT

    This is a more general point. I'm always amazed that there are cricketers who have multiple skills that are good enough to be valuable at the top level. I mean, everyone learning cricket as they grow up bats and bowls and perhaps keeps wicket a bit, but these skills (to me) seem to have very little relation to each other. In a world of top-level competition, how is that certain individuals can be true top-level all-rounders and excel in such apparently unrelated skills? I can't think of anything like it in any other sport.

  • disco_bob on December 21, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    I love the way Clarke uses his batsmen to field.

  • disco_bob on December 21, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    It always makes the opposition nervous to get bowled by a part timer but imagine a situation where one minute Wade could be chirping in the batsman's ear and the next, bowling to him. He could invent an entire new class of sledging. Who could forget Ponting bowled Vaughan caught Gilchrist, classic.

  • sk12 on December 21, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    Oh Clarkey.. having a dig at the Indian bowlers with the 132 kph comment.. not cool man

  • disco_bob on December 21, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    I won't be convinced until I see him sprint down the other end to effect a stumping off his own bowling.

  • CricketCoachDB on December 21, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    Is it April Fools Day already?!?

  • Jaffa79 on December 21, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    He has to be quicker than Hilfenhaus! What a joke Australian cricket really is. It is like watching the Sunday 3rd XI play. Do they take it in turns to roll the pitch and make the tea as well? When Clarke is out, expect him to swop kit with Hussey on the outfield. Autralian cricket is now officially village.

  • colombo_SL on December 21, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    @Meety: Yes they may play well this time in India. But i guess, they may not be able to perform like England team in your country. Reason for the England's success is, tehir all departments are working together. But Australia lacking a quality spinner to threaten mighty Indian batting lene up. I don't feel, either Siddle or Starc could perform well like James Anderson in India ( They are good bowlers but yet to reinforce it with different conditions). The other thing is, i never feel Shewag is misfired forever. Once he firing, no one can't stop him. Kohli, Pujara & Gambhir are more than enough to handle this Australian attack in India. Key factor is Sachin's form. If you can break the Hussy & Clarke's partnership (it is really a headache), you can penetrate deep into the Australian tail. Be optimistic on your side, this is your lean period & good are yet to come. Be patient until your heroes find their own form. I think it is not far away.

  • OzWally on December 21, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    Surely at some point we can keep Cummins, Pattinson, Harris, et al on the park and along with Siddle, Starc, and Hilfy (not to mention Johnson, Hazlewood, Bird) bowling Wade will be a moot point.

  • CricketingStargazer on December 21, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    @Rhys Brilliant spot! 4th Test in St. Johns, 3 May 2005. I didn't know that one!

  • on December 21, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    CricketingStargazer: when did Mark Boucher pick up his solitary Test wicket vs. the Windies?

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on December 21, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    They might as well give Wade the spinners job, no one else in the team can turn the ball, and having a seamer pretending to be your spinner is something Australia are already doing in Lyon. Wade's drops last test would make a schoolboy cry, so embarrassing and will stay long in every Aussie fan's memory. Give Wade the spinner's role, make Hughes keeper then Australia might have a chance.

  • CricketingStargazer on December 21, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    Sorry for the typo: 8-1-27-1 as Sri Lanka amassed 541. He was by some way the most economical Zimbabwe bowler and was also described as the most threatening!

  • CricketingStargazer on December 21, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    @siddharth_r2001 No. I think that you will find that the last designated wicket-keeper to take a wicket in International cricket was Tatenda Taibu (1-2, 1st Test v Sri Lanka, Harare, 2004). He did bowl in two T20s v Australia in 2007, but without taking a wicket.

  • siddharth_r2001 on December 21, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    @Udendra L. Geeganage - as far as i remember, the last w/k to bowl medium pace (at least in international cricket) is probably MS Dhoni....even got a wicket with his medium pace bowling in the Champions Trophy 2009 in SA.

  • Paul_Rampley on December 21, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    Well said LewisofMackaville.

  • CricketMaan on December 21, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    How much is this Aussie attack missing McDermott? he made sure last summer that Siddle & co were raring to go against an ageing and struggling Indian attack and never tilted from thier line and lengths. Since his depature the attack hasn't been the same, and now even Wade has to bowl to get some wickets!!!. How the mighty Aussies have fallen!! Eng and SA are the most professional Test teams going around with awesome talent..Aus though has a laundry list of bowlers none seem to stay on the park for more than 2 tests. Pak's lack of Test cricket is ruining the awesome bowling line up they have..otherwise barring Windies the fast bowling skills have diminished in other nations that play Tests. NZ have found a couple but not world class..India have bits and pieces and never were strong fast bowling unit..SL have lost legendary Vass and Malinga..

  • 777aditya on December 21, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    These Aussies really are way ahead in terms of attitude! Clarke must have surprised many with his captaincy that not many thought he was suited for. He is batting beautifully at the moment and a performing captain always commands respect from his team. Australia's rebuilding is happening faster than most teams in that phase. Again, this just goes on to show they are genetically far superior when it comes to sports.

  • Meety on December 21, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    @colombo_SL on (December 21 2012, 10:49 AM GMT) - whilst that maybe true, IMO, India are way below the standards of the early 2000's. With Sachin barely half the batsmen he once was, no Dravid or VVS, & both the Turbanator & Zaheer currently dropped, I think India are ripe for the picking. Also, due to the IPL, Ozzy players have had plenty of time in India of late, & will not consider the conditions to be too alien to them. I am expecting a better performance from Oz than their last 2 series there.

  • CricketingStargazer on December 21, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    The Yorkshire and Englaand wicket-keeper, David Bairstow, was a pretty fair medium pacer and even bowled a few successful long spells in his career. And before Zimbabwe withdrew from Test cricket Tatenda Taibu was, on occasions, holding their attack together having had a couple of big hauls in domestic cricket when he took the pads off in desperation. No one though has ever matched the success of Arthur Lyttleton in an Ashes Test when he took 4 cheap wickets and skittled the Australian tail: while he was bowling W.G. Grace took the gauntlets, but Lyttleton kept the pads on to bowl.

  • colombo_SL on December 21, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    I'm pretty much sure, Indians can dismantle this Australian team during Ind vs. Aus series. Because this Australian team is not strong enough than their previous teams & they are lean with spin options. Anyway Australia is the most consistent cricket team in the world & even in their worst period of cricket, they are still strong enough to be there at No 3 or 4 of the rankings.

  • Slysta on December 21, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    I think it is all a bit out of proportion. Most likely reason Wade got the last over before tea was Clarke sending a message to the front-liners, along the lines of "any danger one of you blokes might step up, or should I give Wade half-a-dozen overs at this end?". And it worked. With 6 to get in the final session, we were always going to need some luck, and Mathews' swish provided it, with the pacemen digging in and making it happen after that. If Wade has time on his hands at practice, I personally would prefer to see less net-bowling and more glovework.

  • on December 21, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    Cricinfo has now updated Wade's profile with 'Right-arm medium'. btw, when last did a wicket keeper bowl medium pace?

  • ygkd on December 21, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    @Meety - yes, the story is that Starc was a high school keeper/bat. then he grew too lanky and took to bowling full-time which is how he moved into first grade in Sydney . You can see it in his batting still. He's no mug with the willow.

  • anver777 on December 21, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    A maiden over !!! wow !! what a bright start to his bowling career (even a genuine bowler rarely gets this type of starts).... wish him good luck & hope he'll break few records in future ~~~~~~

  • colombo_SL on December 21, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    @Narbavi; All your comments show us your frustration. We can understand this situation due to 3-10 loss. Be alert mate & don't allow to continue it.

  • brusselslion on December 21, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    Jonesy, I'll save you the bother: Wade is just awesome. World's #3 bowler (behind Starc & Siddle). He's the best medium pacer since Max Walker, who was just .... well just .. just ... I predict that Wade will end up with 300+ Test wickets.

  • HawK89 on December 21, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    I thought Wade only got a bowl because he was standing doing nothing all session and wanted to do something else. There will be something wrong if all 11 players end up having a bowl. Might as well play 10 batsmen and share the bowling around and buy wickets.

  • anton1234 on December 21, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    That's a terrible indictment of the state of Australian cricket at the moment that you need to rely on a wicketkeeper bowling. And then you have Shane Warne trying to earn some easy money in the BBL by coming out of retirement and taking a spot of young player that should have been playing instead.

    If BBL wants to be a good competition it needs to take itself seriously. Why get layers like Warne, Muralitharan out of retirement. Their places should go to young Australian fast bowler or a spinner.

  • Edwards_Anderson on December 21, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    Clarkey has been a brilliant captain, aggressive and tries new things when required much in the mould of Warne. Good move to bring in khawaja as he has scored in some testing conditions,, but hopefully you are right to go for boxing day, but please fix Wattos batting position, he doesn't look right at 4.

  • Meety on December 21, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    @Hoggy_1989 on (December 21 2012, 06:04 AM GMT) - maybe the NSP will rank Wade v Paine like this; Keeping (Paine 8, Wade 7), Batting (Wade 8 Paine 6), Bowling (Wade 2, Paine 0)????? LOL! @ygkd on (December 21 2012, 08:06 AM GMT) - wasn't Starc a Keeper till 16? (Or am I think Goal Keeper in Soccer?)

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on December 21, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    The might as well give Wade the spinners job, no one else in the team can turn the ball, and having a seamer pretending to be your spinner is something Australia are already doing in Lyon. Wade's drops last test would make a schoolboy cry, so embarrassing and will stay long in every Aussie fan's memory. Give Wade the spinner's role, make Hughes keeper then Australia might have a chance.

  • ygkd on December 21, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    I wouldn't want to be booked by that radar!! Has it been correctly calibrated? Seriously, Matty Wade as a bowler is not so strange. I reckon that is probably how he spent some of his early teens (yes, yes he can bat a bit too). There are one or two who recently went the other way (from teen keepers to pacemen) and that's probably the easier gig. My point - Healy and Gilchrist were rubbish bowlers because they were too busy working on their keeping. Haddin can bowl better than both of them could put together. Remember him? If Wade's to bowl more, than Haddin could be back in the mix.

  • ajayrcs on December 21, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    Yep! Wicketkeeper now bowling , Inclusion of foreign Player and their coach busy in watching Soccer (Big EPL fan) What else? For Australian Cricket this is 2012, The End of World.

  • chapathishot on December 21, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    Quicker than some of the Indian Pacers in the test series

  • Narbavi on December 21, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    Do they need Matthew Wade to pick wickets against lanka? I think clarke forgot the fact that his regular bowlers bowled his side to victory despite being a bowler short, that's more than enough against this team!!

  • satish619chandar on December 21, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    He bowls at 130's which is just awesome. On par with medium pacers from many teams.

  • johntycodes on December 21, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    Wade got as many wickets as superstar lyon in the second innings and bowled 30 overs less. By the way hussey used to keep for a patch in the aussie one day team

  • Hoggy_1989 on December 21, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    I wonder where Tim Paine is at...use Wade as an extra batsman and another bits and pieces medium pacer in the Hussey/Quiney mode and give Paine the gloves back.

  • lazysnoopy787 on December 21, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    Perhaps we should pick 11 all-rounders and we won't need to worry about bowlers getting injury half way through a match...

  • PrasPunter on December 21, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    While this is indeed an adventurous attempt, I am concerned about the guy who would be behind the stumps. What if he drops a catch or a stumping chance ?

  • on December 21, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    Love Michael Clarkes's captaincy

  • Kolpak1989 on December 21, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    It was a pretty good over. Michael Clarke once again shows the ingenuity that makes him the best test captain in the world.

  • on December 21, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    its very good idea Dhoni has got a wichet, Brendon Taylor and Taibu have bowled well in international cricket

  • on December 21, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    part timers bowling and tail enders batting always makes me happy. I remember when Younis Khan got 4 wickets with some lovely seam and swing bowling in Sri Lanka. Really enjoyed it.

  • cricisfan on December 21, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    The Ultimite All-Rounder...

  • nathangonmad on December 21, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    Love Michael Clarke's captaincy

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  • nathangonmad on December 21, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    Love Michael Clarke's captaincy

  • cricisfan on December 21, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    The Ultimite All-Rounder...

  • on December 21, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    part timers bowling and tail enders batting always makes me happy. I remember when Younis Khan got 4 wickets with some lovely seam and swing bowling in Sri Lanka. Really enjoyed it.

  • on December 21, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    its very good idea Dhoni has got a wichet, Brendon Taylor and Taibu have bowled well in international cricket

  • Kolpak1989 on December 21, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    It was a pretty good over. Michael Clarke once again shows the ingenuity that makes him the best test captain in the world.

  • on December 21, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    Love Michael Clarkes's captaincy

  • PrasPunter on December 21, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    While this is indeed an adventurous attempt, I am concerned about the guy who would be behind the stumps. What if he drops a catch or a stumping chance ?

  • lazysnoopy787 on December 21, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    Perhaps we should pick 11 all-rounders and we won't need to worry about bowlers getting injury half way through a match...

  • Hoggy_1989 on December 21, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    I wonder where Tim Paine is at...use Wade as an extra batsman and another bits and pieces medium pacer in the Hussey/Quiney mode and give Paine the gloves back.

  • johntycodes on December 21, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    Wade got as many wickets as superstar lyon in the second innings and bowled 30 overs less. By the way hussey used to keep for a patch in the aussie one day team