Australia news March 17, 2014

Clarke fractured shoulder during Cape Town ton

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Scans have revealed that Michael Clarke suffered a fractured shoulder during his gutsy century in the Cape Town Test, an innings that featured a sustained bouncer barrage from Morne Morkel.

Cricket Australia's physio Alex Kountouris has said that Clarke's injury will heal "with a period of rest", although it was not confirmed how long that lay-off would be. Australia are fortunate that they have no Tests or one-day internationals coming up in the immediate future.

However, the injury means Clarke will be unavailable to play for New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield final against Western Australia, which starts at Manuka Oval in Canberra on Friday. Clarke had returned from the South Africa tour hoping that he would be able to take the field for his state in the decider but instead he will embark upon a recovery period.

"Michael Clarke was injured as a result of being struck on the left shoulder during the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town," Kountouris said. "We have since done a series of scans that have demonstrated a fracture near his shoulder joint. We expect that this will heal with a period of rest. Michael is therefore unavailable for the Sheffield Shield final to be played later this week."

Clarke scored an unbeaten 161 in the first innings at Newlands, which set up the victory that earned Australia a 2-1 series win. The innings was particularly notable for the way he survived a searching spell from Morkel, who came around the wicket and sent down plenty of bouncers and struck Clarke all over the body.

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  • David_Bofinger on March 18, 2014, 23:33 GMT

    Clarke's innings might not quite be in the class of Rick McCosker and Dean Jones, but it's certainly admirable. I'm not sure why people are calling this series great, though, since all three tests were walkovers. For a great series I want to see players pushing themselves to their limits and a test in the balance. Australia's series in England had more of that than this one did.

  • on March 18, 2014, 20:52 GMT

    This what being Australian Captain means... Guts, Courage and unwillingness to ever take a backwards step... It is the reason why we are and will always be the best. We may have short periods were the dominance might waiver but longer term, there is no denying us. Strap yourselves in world cricket, another 25 years on ruthless dominance coming up...

  • vkumar_086 on March 18, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    @Rajesh....we should give credit to quality players like Lara, Sachin, Ponting, Clarke, ABD, Smith, Kallis, Dravid, Gilchrist, Waqar....who speaks with their performance rather than go on talking in front of media just like 'OTHER' players from 'FEW' countries...i never forget the entertainment given by them by their 'CLASS' of act

  • social_monster09 on March 18, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    @ vkias on (March 17, 2014, 18:25 GMT) well said buddy, I admires you & your cricketing knowledge. And in the aspect of Clarke surely he is not the best batsman in this era but yeah he is in the league of the best of the bests. But in my opinion Clarke is better batsman than AB De V.. becoz Clarke I think is only world class batsman who has the guts to play in all sub-continent countries esp. in India where pitches are turning from the very 1st day. Only he is capable to sustain there other than ABDV or Amla. Amla is a good choice than ABDV. Becoz ABDV is a ruthless stroke making player whereas Amla is a cool contestant & all knows patience is the most important aspect in sub-continent pitches.

  • Rooboy on March 18, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    Never been the biggest fan of Clarke's. Just seemed a bit too much of the pretty boy and not enough grit, old school Aussie cricket style. He's won me over since becoming captain anyway, but now this ... I'm here to admit I was totally and utterly wrong to ever doubt Pup!! That was as gutsy an innings as you'd see, to do it with a fractured shoulder (regardless of the severity) means he can comfortably take his spot amongst AB, Bruce Laird, Boonie, and all the other Aussie batsmen who put their bodies on the line for their country

  • funkybluesman on March 18, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    It was an awesome innings. I suspect it's a basic hairline fracture. Such a fracture itself wouldn't really restrict movement as such, though it would be very painful, any associated swelling would be the thing that would restrict movement the most.

    The biggest danger with a fine hairline fracture is that if you don't take it easy and let it heal then get bumped in that area in a bad way, the hairline fracture can turn into a much more serious one quite easily.

    I suspect that he thought it was just bad bruising, but when the pain refused to go away, but maybe even kept getting worse, they got some more scans and found the fracture.

    The biggest danger in playing the shield final would probably be diving in the field, landing on the shoulder and causing a serious displaced fracture that would put him out for months.

  • on March 18, 2014, 0:32 GMT

    I love the fact that there is a guy saying Clarke isn't a good Batsman. I'm thinking this guy must be an Indian and is still a little peeved about that triple century that Clarke ground out of those medium pace bowlers that India always bring to Australia... As an Aussie and a club cricketer, I don't care that Clarke fractured his shoulder or that Morkel bombed him with bouncers. All I really care about is how good that the Test series was. It was a "TEST" of not only those 26 cricketers that played, not just their skill, but of their physical and mental strength... I still think the Ashes were a better series, but hey what Aussie doesn't love seeing the Poms ground into the pitch. But, this series in SA definitely is up there with some of the great series. Plus, Davey Warner on fire is awesome to watch

  • rattusprat on March 17, 2014, 23:58 GMT

    @Integrity1 there are fractures and there are fractures. I got hit in the ribs once while batting (in a reasonably lower grade, definitely not facing Morkel). Some pain, kept batting (no heroic hundreds, out shortly after). The morning before the next game a week later, however, I sneezed and was in agony and had to pull out. Got an X-ray and the doc said there had been a hairline fracture. No doubt that Clarke's shoulder was in some pain, and the pain just wasn't going away after a couple of weeks, so the team doc told him to get an X-ray just to be sure.

  • on March 17, 2014, 23:09 GMT

    @Rajesh: Yep, a guy who has test average of 51.50 cannot be called a good batsman.

  • Ms.Cricket on March 17, 2014, 22:43 GMT

    Michael Clarke is scared of facing the Western Australian attack in Canberra hence he has made an excuse to withdraw ;)

  • David_Bofinger on March 18, 2014, 23:33 GMT

    Clarke's innings might not quite be in the class of Rick McCosker and Dean Jones, but it's certainly admirable. I'm not sure why people are calling this series great, though, since all three tests were walkovers. For a great series I want to see players pushing themselves to their limits and a test in the balance. Australia's series in England had more of that than this one did.

  • on March 18, 2014, 20:52 GMT

    This what being Australian Captain means... Guts, Courage and unwillingness to ever take a backwards step... It is the reason why we are and will always be the best. We may have short periods were the dominance might waiver but longer term, there is no denying us. Strap yourselves in world cricket, another 25 years on ruthless dominance coming up...

  • vkumar_086 on March 18, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    @Rajesh....we should give credit to quality players like Lara, Sachin, Ponting, Clarke, ABD, Smith, Kallis, Dravid, Gilchrist, Waqar....who speaks with their performance rather than go on talking in front of media just like 'OTHER' players from 'FEW' countries...i never forget the entertainment given by them by their 'CLASS' of act

  • social_monster09 on March 18, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    @ vkias on (March 17, 2014, 18:25 GMT) well said buddy, I admires you & your cricketing knowledge. And in the aspect of Clarke surely he is not the best batsman in this era but yeah he is in the league of the best of the bests. But in my opinion Clarke is better batsman than AB De V.. becoz Clarke I think is only world class batsman who has the guts to play in all sub-continent countries esp. in India where pitches are turning from the very 1st day. Only he is capable to sustain there other than ABDV or Amla. Amla is a good choice than ABDV. Becoz ABDV is a ruthless stroke making player whereas Amla is a cool contestant & all knows patience is the most important aspect in sub-continent pitches.

  • Rooboy on March 18, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    Never been the biggest fan of Clarke's. Just seemed a bit too much of the pretty boy and not enough grit, old school Aussie cricket style. He's won me over since becoming captain anyway, but now this ... I'm here to admit I was totally and utterly wrong to ever doubt Pup!! That was as gutsy an innings as you'd see, to do it with a fractured shoulder (regardless of the severity) means he can comfortably take his spot amongst AB, Bruce Laird, Boonie, and all the other Aussie batsmen who put their bodies on the line for their country

  • funkybluesman on March 18, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    It was an awesome innings. I suspect it's a basic hairline fracture. Such a fracture itself wouldn't really restrict movement as such, though it would be very painful, any associated swelling would be the thing that would restrict movement the most.

    The biggest danger with a fine hairline fracture is that if you don't take it easy and let it heal then get bumped in that area in a bad way, the hairline fracture can turn into a much more serious one quite easily.

    I suspect that he thought it was just bad bruising, but when the pain refused to go away, but maybe even kept getting worse, they got some more scans and found the fracture.

    The biggest danger in playing the shield final would probably be diving in the field, landing on the shoulder and causing a serious displaced fracture that would put him out for months.

  • on March 18, 2014, 0:32 GMT

    I love the fact that there is a guy saying Clarke isn't a good Batsman. I'm thinking this guy must be an Indian and is still a little peeved about that triple century that Clarke ground out of those medium pace bowlers that India always bring to Australia... As an Aussie and a club cricketer, I don't care that Clarke fractured his shoulder or that Morkel bombed him with bouncers. All I really care about is how good that the Test series was. It was a "TEST" of not only those 26 cricketers that played, not just their skill, but of their physical and mental strength... I still think the Ashes were a better series, but hey what Aussie doesn't love seeing the Poms ground into the pitch. But, this series in SA definitely is up there with some of the great series. Plus, Davey Warner on fire is awesome to watch

  • rattusprat on March 17, 2014, 23:58 GMT

    @Integrity1 there are fractures and there are fractures. I got hit in the ribs once while batting (in a reasonably lower grade, definitely not facing Morkel). Some pain, kept batting (no heroic hundreds, out shortly after). The morning before the next game a week later, however, I sneezed and was in agony and had to pull out. Got an X-ray and the doc said there had been a hairline fracture. No doubt that Clarke's shoulder was in some pain, and the pain just wasn't going away after a couple of weeks, so the team doc told him to get an X-ray just to be sure.

  • on March 17, 2014, 23:09 GMT

    @Rajesh: Yep, a guy who has test average of 51.50 cannot be called a good batsman.

  • Ms.Cricket on March 17, 2014, 22:43 GMT

    Michael Clarke is scared of facing the Western Australian attack in Canberra hence he has made an excuse to withdraw ;)

  • on March 17, 2014, 21:08 GMT

    Just underlines what a courageous player and great captain Clarke is. Those who criticise or downplay his batting are short sighted indeed. Careers need to be looked at over their duration to determine greatness. Clarke passes the test. Look out, world. When Clarke decides to pull up stumps, there is another from the same mould waiting in the wings - Steve Smith!

  • Integrity1 on March 17, 2014, 19:45 GMT

    @mondotv Regardless where a fracture is, it still is a fracture, I've fractured my shoulder, my elbow and 2 of my ribs playing division 1 level sport. So @Ameya Shinde's comment of "pretty rich coming from someone who hasnt played a competitive sport at the highest level", Division 1 is just under professional level in the United States, so I do know what I am talking about. I also majored in kinesiology and I personally helped to rehab a few athletes who have played professional level sports in the NFL, baseball and in rugby. You know, power sports) So yes, again, I do know what I am talking about over here. I suppose you must have psychic powers to make such assumptions. @mondotv Read the book, "The copywriter's handbook". Journalists are taught in the book to "write copy that sells". Homeworkgate sold copies. And apparently, the anonymous author who penned this succeeded in convincing your weak mind. Clarke will walk over hot coals? So you know him personally?

  • Sanj747 on March 17, 2014, 19:38 GMT

    Disappointing to read comments from Integrity1 and Rajesh Kumar. I made the trip from Sydney to Cape Town and went all 5 days and it was an innings that provided the foundation for Australia to set up victory. Clarke is not a perfect captain and has his issues but in today's cricketing world it would be hard to find anyone else that scores runs all over the world, leads from the front with the bat and in his captaincy.

  • vkumar_086 on March 17, 2014, 19:33 GMT

    @ siddhartha87..correctly said....Michael clarke ! whenever i hear this name, my memories goes to that Bangalore test....in this SA series, he showed the meaning of commitment...just like our Kumble, who played the match with bandage on his head...Australia is very lucky to have him as captain of their cricketing side

  • vkumar_086 on March 17, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    Really other cricketing nations should learn this 'never say die attitude' from both Australia and SA players....quality cricketing countries.....i enjoyed the 3 test series, but should have made it to 5....there are obvious reasons for that....ABD, Amla, Smith, Du plesis on one side and Warner, Clarke, Smith, Watson are at another hand.....similarly steyn, Morkel, Philander on one side and Johnson, Harris, Siddle on the another side.....espncricinfo correctly labelled it as mouthwatering test series...currently both these countries deserved to top 2 rankings in tests...

  • on March 17, 2014, 19:11 GMT

    There are many people like rajesh who don't give any credit to non Indian players. these people should know the fact that to beat any team on their home soil is not an easy task and recall how many times did India win a test series abroad

  • vkumar_086 on March 17, 2014, 18:25 GMT

    Really other cricketing nations should learn this 'never say die attitude' from both Australia and SA players....quality cricketing countries.....i enjoyed the 3 test series, but should have made it to 5....there are obvious reasons for that....ABD, Amla, Smith, Du plesis on one side and Warner, Clarke, Smith, Watson are at another hand.....similarly steyn, Morkel, Philander on one side and Johnson, Harris, Siddle on the another side.....espncricinfo correctly labelled it as mouthwatering test series...currently both these countries deserved to top 2 rankings in tests...

  • siddhartha87 on March 17, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    haha@ Rajesh Kumar may be you should apply for bowling coach of South Africa.You know mate Morkel is far better than us who are just typing here. That's why he is representing his country at the highest level and we are just commenting here. On a serious note the Cape town innings by Clarke is one of greatest of all time. Just do us a favour mate. Go to you tube and search Clarke's innings at Cape town. You will get two innings,one the recent one and other was 2 years ago when scored 151 off 183 balls against a rampaging Steyn and Philander. See those innings and you will know how great he is.

  • on March 17, 2014, 15:08 GMT

    wow. .. people calling Michael Clarke not a good batsman., that's insane.... for ur kind information he scores in typical bowler friendly conditions. . given that, ..its a spectacular record. . he is only behind Ab(no 1 no doubt) @ present. .. with hash (who is equally good Clarke but behind ab) .,, & all 3 are modern greats for me

  • mrcric32 on March 17, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    Rajesh.Kumar: Does a batsman need you to certify if he is a good batsman or notÉ Is it because he`s not IndianÉ Come on dude, give respect where it is due. India just played SA in SA and I guess you still remember what happened. India is a cricketing country and I am indian too. But that does not mean you say that all the other countries have bad cricketers because they have no Sachins or DravidsÉ Grow up buddy and give respect to those who deserve. Aussies have been doing what no other team has managed to do so often in SA. And you say SA was helpless in the absence of SteynÉ Agreed that they were not full strength but they did have Philander who is ranked no. 1 currently. The truth is Aussie played well and their batsmen, Warner, Smith, Clarke, Rogers and Doolan, whether you certify or not, did a great job. Truly a champion`s performance. Clarke is not the best batsmen but he is good enough to score a century for his country and win the game against no. 1 team on their own soil.

  • gibbons on March 17, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    @wapuser - no, not warmup games, but the present first qualifying round will.

  • Matt.au on March 17, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    Posted by WarVdm --- PS: SA missed Steyn more than what we would have liked in CT, Morkel bombed Clarke with bouncers, but was unable to mix up the bouncers with full, 3rd to 5th stump deliveries, something with Steyn is a master at.

    If Morkel didn't have the nous to think of mixing his deliveries up you'd think Smith or AB, standing at the other end, would have had a word with him. If they had any nous, of course.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on March 17, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    @Rajesh.Kumar, it doesn't matter if you consider Clarke to be a good batsman, he is one. I wonder if some of you IPL tragics even watch proper cricket?

  • WarVdm on March 17, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    As a South African, I really woe the fact that it wasn't a 5 match series, not only was the cricket of the highest quality, but with Harris, Johnson and Clarke out, SA would have got something positive out the "reamining" 2 tests and perhaps even have won the series! ;-) Just goes to show how these saturated cricket calendars are ending up tacking their toll on players. All three tests were played within three weeks, instead of having a break between PE and CT. A five match test series would be mouthwatering, but it would have to be played over 7-8 weeks.

    All the best Clarke, enjoy your recovery and well earned rest!

    PS: SA missed Steyn more than what we would have liked in CT, Morkel bombed Clarke with bouncers, but was unable to mix up the bouncers with full, 3rd to 5th stump deliveries, something with Steyn is a master at.

  • on March 17, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    great effort aussies now you know the price of beating #1 side in the world. woh that was great battiing by clarke. have fun and rest.

  • on March 17, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    @integrity1 You can't be serious.Can you?

  • Rajesh.Kumar on March 17, 2014, 12:46 GMT

    I don't consider Clarke to be a good batsman at all, but Aussies have no choices, because that's all they have. Regarding this particular spell of Morkel which Clarke somehow survived: it was more due to the fault of Morkel than any bravery of Clarke. Morkel really had Clarke on the mat there, it is just that he didn't know how to go for the kill. Instead of continuously bombarding him with bouncers, he should have bowled different type of deliveries as well. By bowling continuous bouncers, Morkel tired himself out, and without Steyn on the other end, there was no one to maintain the pressure on the other end. To Clarke's credit, he took full advantage of that situation. There are reasons why Morkel is not as effective as Steyn, although he is taller, has a steeper bounce, and is generally faster than Steyn. Morkel has to start taking wickets, or else he will become yet another wasted pacer.

  • Front-Foot_lunge on March 17, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    Sadly as an England fan, our equivalent response to a bouncer barrage is that our number 3 batsmen runs home to England (via South Africa). Sadly, the truth of Trott's departure will now be seen in the light of Clarke's heroics.

    A sad day for England cricket, winter is coming.

  • spongebat_squarestumps on March 17, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    Crickey! Talk about a Test series with a price of pain...Clarke's broken shoulder. Mitch's sliced & infected toe. Ryano's shattered knee. Truly dedicated sporting warriors!

  • on March 17, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    I wanna know whether the warm up games of2014 T20 world cup will go into record books or not?

  • on March 17, 2014, 11:34 GMT

    @Sir_Francis - are you serious? please tell me you're joking!? I don't think it would be wise to further aggravate it & possibly see him have to get it operated on, especially being a domestic final & he's played 2 or so games for NSW this whole season... he's an Australian captain firstly...

  • on March 17, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    Clarke has a deceptive look about him. He has a pub look but has the heart of a Lion.Well done pub you are one of the Greatest players who had played this wonderful game I mean TEST cricket.

  • on March 17, 2014, 11:11 GMT

    Slowly Clarke is turning out to be a deal for Australia. These kind of will and toughness he showed during the course of the series not only motivates the entire team, elevates everyone's performance but also it finds a place in the history. One of the great knocks after the very good come back from the South Africans.

  • line.and.length on March 17, 2014, 10:34 GMT

    There are not enough superlatives to describe how brilliant, spectaular, gritty, waughesque (see what I mean) captain Clarke and the aussies have in one summer restored the test team to the way most cricket lovers have always viewed them to be.... tough and dominant, it's been a long time coming, and that innings from Clarke and the way the bowlers (one-legged Harris) had to toil to get the proteas 20 wickets to win the series..... magnificent

  • on March 17, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    Always been a fan of Clarke ever since he scored 150 on debut at Bangalore against us. respect the man

  • Matt.au on March 17, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    Posted by Sir_Francis ---- I don't get it. Surely the sore shoulder is better than it was. Get out there Clarke and win the Shield.

    He would have felt the shoulder during his ton but thought it was just bruising.

    Now he knows it's a fracture he needs to rest it or it wont heal and it will give him long term problems. Imagine if he gets hit on that spot again, he could be out for many months. I suspect just lifting his bat above his shoulder height to let a ball go through would aggravate the fracture.

    Resting now - despite the importance of the Sheffield Shield final - is the right thing to do.

  • Matt.au on March 17, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    I would expect nothing less from an Australian captain - well done captain Clarke.

    A few people have rightly mentioned Clarke is reminding them of Border and Waugh for their toughness and state of mind, I see where they are coming from.

    Clarke is more reminding me of Ian Chappell. I know a lot of readers are too young to remember Ian. I can tell you, Ian was a very tough, courageous and uncompromising player.

    When the WI were at the peak of their powers, Chappell (not a young man at this stage) would lead from the front hooking and pulling, shirt half open, no helmet - unintimidated.

    While Chappell wasn't always successful against the WI, the courage he showed made his team mates want to be in the trenches with him. If a bowler was knackered (think Lillee etc,) but Chappell threw him the ball for one more over, there were no arguments.

    Chappells' team mates knew he didn't just talk the talk. Clarkes' team mates now know he will walk the walk.

    @Integrity1 is not worth responding t

  • Sir_Francis on March 17, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    I don't get it. He scored a ton against a pretty good attack with a sore shoulder so why can't he play against a lesser attack in the Final?

    Surely the sore shoulder is better than it was. Get out there Clarke and win the Shield.

  • BradmanBestEver on March 17, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    @Ameya Shinde - well said.

    Rick McCosker is another example of Aussie toughness - batting with a broken jaw is about as tough as you can get

  • steve48 on March 17, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    I can actually believe this story, as Australia won, and he is now missing a big domestic final. I think we are all getting a bit sceptical, however, cos this is the third story in a couple of months about players playing on with broken bones; Jimmy Anderson, 3 cracked ribs, Joe Root scoring a ton with a thumb broken in 8 places being the others. Although English, I felt that these latter 2 acts of heroism must be a little exaggerated! Maybe it is the press turning hairline cracks into major breaks who are responsible...

  • on March 17, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    And dont we know a certain Steve Waugh pulverised a hapless English attack in 2001 on one leg without a runner.But this was a massive innings even bigger than that.

  • mondotv on March 17, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    @Integrity1 - so because you couldn't play on your injury must be identical to Clarke's and medical scans on Clarke's shoulder are apparently a plot by the Aussie media? Really - can you spell paranoia? Newsflash - the Aussie media doesn't particularly like Clarke - he was slammed for homework gate, his media performance before the first test in Brisbane and on plenty of other occasions. FYI Clarke would walk over hot coals to play in another Shield final - he's injured - sure there are degrees and Clarke didn't ask for an excuse to leave the field in the 3rd test unlike Morne Morkel's "external injury" in the first test which turned out to be nothing.. Grow up and give some credit to Clarke..

  • PhilipEC on March 17, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    Only a 'would have been' would doubt the courage that Pup displayed in that innings (integrity1). I would love to see how many would stand in front of that barrage, yes mr integrity1, that includes you. I too have suffered a crack in my shoulder and recgnise how debilitating it is, but I still had movement, albeit painful. Michael Clarke has also suffered this injury and managed to put that out of his mind for his Country first. Courage with a capital 'C' This is the same grit that Bradman and his team showed in the face of the Poms in the bodyline test or the pure courage showed Turner showed in the the centenary test. Get a grip boyo, Clarke has passed the test with flying colours.

  • xtrafalgarx on March 17, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    This just takes his knock to another level. What a legend. He doesn't look like it, but he is just as tough as your Chappell's, your Borders and your Waugh's this bloke.

  • on March 17, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    @integrity1 , pretty rich coming from someone who hasnt played a competitive sport at the highest level and has to hide under an anonymous account to troll around here.And that we know now that Trott obviously fooled everyone into believing he was fighting something much worse and turns out he just wussed out of it, in time demonizing a certain David Warner we all know which side to trust out here.Please keep your sanctimonious bs to yourself.And hello Clarkey a magnum Opus if ever there was one.

  • wickdwitch on March 17, 2014, 8:09 GMT

    Re Barra1 in response to Warren Smith - I recommend you read a Michael Vaughan article posted today in AUS that states that Trott was not depressed/stressed but rather in poor form. A player (or person) who is depressed does not refer to themselves as a "nutcase" or "crazy". Trott has got 'depressed' or 'stressed' only when he had to face 2 great pace attacks - South Africa and AUS - Vaughan's article is excellent - it seems the public (and teamates) when not given full story. Also, with regard to Clarke - where did the article state a major fracture? If it had been major he would have been imoblised in a sling. Sounds to me more like a hairline fracture - painful but often only detectable via xray or MRI. Of course, Clarke could have batted for 8 hours with a torn hamstring, a broken hand had no runner and scored 350+ to save the game .. and that still wouldn't have been good enough or 'tough' enough for some people.

  • othello22 on March 17, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    For some reason the arrival of Darren Lehmann as coach has awoken the inner mongrel in Clarke and he has gone from being a pretty boy, underwear modelling sissy to a fire breathing demon almost overnight. His antics over the course of the summer, while often controversial, prove beyond all doubt that he now understands what it means to be Australian captain and he is living up to the expectation of the position with a vengeance. For a guy known mostly for flashy stroke play and criticised by many for being more style than substance, this snarling, grimacing, dogged innings may be the knock he is eventually remembered for. Well played Pup.

  • Vishnu27 on March 17, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    KerneelsMerkII: so the shoulder just broke itself, sometime during that test match? Or, is someone just making this whole story up, according to you?

  • Integrity1 on March 17, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    You know this is a manufactured story to prop up false hype about a wussy player when the author of this article wont attach his/her name to the piece. To all of the sheeple who bought the hype after reading this article and not even questioning it, baa-baa-baa-baa.

  • BradmanBestEver on March 17, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    Further evidence of the important characteristic that distinguishes Australian cricketers from the rest of the pack: the toughness of the players.

    Ask any opposing team supporter which team is the one that never gives up: the answer most of the time will be Australia

  • C.Gull on March 17, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    Damn. Incredible stuff. Clarke has performed feat after amazing feat these past couple of years, surely there can be no detractors remaining?!

  • Mervo on March 17, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    And WA lost Johnson .. However somethings are more important. This will change many perceptions of Clarke and will also send a message to his team mates.

  • dunger.bob on March 17, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    It's hard to know what to say about this. .. I'll fess up and say that deep down, I always had a worm of doubt about Clarke's toughness. Let's face it, he doesn't look that tough despite the tatts. I never had any doubts about his batting. It's just superb most of the time, but I always wondered how he'd stand up when the going got really tough. .. No more though. This bloke has paid his dues in the trenches and finally gets the respect, and gratitude, he deserves from me. Sorry it took me so long skipper.

  • KerneelsMerkII on March 17, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    I have fractured my shoulder playing rugby...with respect to Pup, you do not bat with a broken shoulder. You are lucky if you can close your hand, never mind hold a bat.

    WRT the 161 being his best innings, I personally feel his 150 odd during his previous visit was his best innings (and one of the best I have ever seen). Admittedly, this one was much more courageous.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on March 17, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    Cricket's supposed to be a noble game?On other hand it gets bit concerning when intentions border on deliberate negative bowling with design to physically hurt-esp. 1 of worlds best batsmen and opp. capt.Takes some sheen off no.1 team and tight series.

  • PrasPunter on March 17, 2014, 5:56 GMT

    I think Pup has done enough to silence his detractors. A tough cookie, this guy. Tipping my hat off to you Pup !! Hope you recover soon !!

  • on March 17, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    Clarky is all gutsy. Made the difference between Australia and SA...

  • Barra1 on March 17, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    Warren Smith that is a bit harsh on Jonathon Trott. Depression is not about courage.

  • indiancricketfan12 on March 17, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    Hats Off to him. Real Spartan for sure..

  • jonesy2 on March 17, 2014, 5:17 GMT

    yeah that spell summed up both players, morkel is overrated because he simply doesn't take wickets and Michael Clarke is a great champion because he scores important runs no matter what

  • filizant on March 17, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    If people still had any doubts whatsoever, about whether he was "man" enough or "tough" enough, I think this article just shot their theories to pieces.

    But then again some people are stubborn and will never be satisfied - or they're just detractors.

    Oh well, you can't please everyone. Just courageous stuff from Clarke. Allan Border and Steve Waugh would be proud.

  • kensohatter on March 17, 2014, 4:41 GMT

    Damn NSW just lost Bollinger now no Clarke. Prob would have been unfair if he did play given hes prob missed 80% of the season. Hopefully Henriques plays.

  • wouldlovetoplayagain on March 17, 2014, 4:23 GMT

    The other commentator (can't remember who) said that that spell from Morkel was magnificent. Michael Holding then said something like "It was good, but Michael Clarke is still there, so I wouldn't say it was magnificent". They were very prophetic words. In fact he was then critical of Morkel for not bowling one fuller ball to entice an edge or get bowled/lbw from a nervous batsman. Hope Clarke recovers quickly from this injury.

  • on March 17, 2014, 4:01 GMT

    Clarke v Trott why Aus won the ashes 5 - 0. Plain and simple courage.

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  • on March 17, 2014, 4:01 GMT

    Clarke v Trott why Aus won the ashes 5 - 0. Plain and simple courage.

  • wouldlovetoplayagain on March 17, 2014, 4:23 GMT

    The other commentator (can't remember who) said that that spell from Morkel was magnificent. Michael Holding then said something like "It was good, but Michael Clarke is still there, so I wouldn't say it was magnificent". They were very prophetic words. In fact he was then critical of Morkel for not bowling one fuller ball to entice an edge or get bowled/lbw from a nervous batsman. Hope Clarke recovers quickly from this injury.

  • kensohatter on March 17, 2014, 4:41 GMT

    Damn NSW just lost Bollinger now no Clarke. Prob would have been unfair if he did play given hes prob missed 80% of the season. Hopefully Henriques plays.

  • filizant on March 17, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    If people still had any doubts whatsoever, about whether he was "man" enough or "tough" enough, I think this article just shot their theories to pieces.

    But then again some people are stubborn and will never be satisfied - or they're just detractors.

    Oh well, you can't please everyone. Just courageous stuff from Clarke. Allan Border and Steve Waugh would be proud.

  • jonesy2 on March 17, 2014, 5:17 GMT

    yeah that spell summed up both players, morkel is overrated because he simply doesn't take wickets and Michael Clarke is a great champion because he scores important runs no matter what

  • indiancricketfan12 on March 17, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    Hats Off to him. Real Spartan for sure..

  • Barra1 on March 17, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    Warren Smith that is a bit harsh on Jonathon Trott. Depression is not about courage.

  • on March 17, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    Clarky is all gutsy. Made the difference between Australia and SA...

  • PrasPunter on March 17, 2014, 5:56 GMT

    I think Pup has done enough to silence his detractors. A tough cookie, this guy. Tipping my hat off to you Pup !! Hope you recover soon !!

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on March 17, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    Cricket's supposed to be a noble game?On other hand it gets bit concerning when intentions border on deliberate negative bowling with design to physically hurt-esp. 1 of worlds best batsmen and opp. capt.Takes some sheen off no.1 team and tight series.