Big Bash League news July 22, 2011

Michael Clarke opts out of Big Bash League

72

Michael Clarke, the Australia captain, will take no part in the Twenty20 Big Bash League this summer, preferring to concentrate on his international commitments.

Extensive negotiations between Clarke, his management and the Sydney Sixers were unable to reach a workable compromise between the batsman's desire for rest and preparation in between Test series and Cricket Australia's desire to have as many contracted players as possible taking part in the BBL. Clarke had also conducted talks with numerous other teams.

"With the greatest respect to everybody involved in the T20 Big Bash League, I will not be committing for this year," Clarke said in a statement. "My goal is to play Twenty20 cricket domestically, for sure. But at the moment, I want to prioritise my time and commitment to my role with the Australian team.

"We have a big six months ahead, and my commitment and focus is with those teams. I am also only available for one BBL game this year, and that was a consideration as well."

Clarke's decision means both he and Mitchell Johnson will sit out the competition, while every other CA-contracted player, including the likes of Shane Watson, Brad Haddin, Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey, take part.

As CA's most high profile figure, Clarke's absence from the BBL launch in Sydney next week will be notable, but the latest instance of his degenerative back problems, during a practice fixture at the Centre of Excellence in Brisbane last week, provided a harsh reminder that physical management must be a priority for the national captain.

Stuart Clark, general manager of the Sixers, said Clarke's was a difficult decision, but a logical one in the circumstances that confronted him.

"Michael has chosen to concentrate on international cricket and I wish him all the best in that, we haven't shut the door on him playing for the Sixers in the future," Clark told ESPNcricinfo. "I think it would've been a difficult decision, he's got a lot to offer the BBL, but he's thought about it and decided to concentrate on the Australian team."

Mike McKenna, the BBL project owner and CA's head of marketing, said he could see why Clarke's decision had been made. "We understand and respect his decision," McKenna said, "and while we will miss him, the T20 BBL already offers fans a galaxy of international and national stars which will help galvanise fan excitement in year one."

Teams have finalised their initial lists of at least 14 players, with some squads having named their full 18-man groups. The remaining teams can wait until December to fill out their playing rosters. The Sydney Sixers have named England's Michael Lumb as their first overseas player, while in other final-day appointments, the fast bowler Ben Edmondson will return to Western Australia to play with the Perth Scorchers; Chris Swan has signed with the Brisbane Heat; and the Sixers locked in Dominic Thornely and Ian Moran.

The squads so far

Adelaide Strikers Aiden Blizzard, Cameron Borgas, Lee Carseldine, Tom Cooper, Adam Crosthwaite, Theo Doropoulos, Brendan Drew, Callum Ferguson, Daniel Harris, Michael Klinger, Nathan Lyon, Aaron O'Brien, Gary Putland, Kane Richardson. Overseas players: Kieron Pollard. Coach Darren Berry.

Brisbane Heat Ryan Broad, Nick Buchanan, Daniel Christian, Ben Cutting, Peter Forrest, Ryan Harris, Nathan Hauritz, James Hopes, Chris Lynn, Michael Neser, Chris Swan, (One further contract lodged, subject to approval). Overseas players: Brendon McCullum, Daniel Vettori. Coach Darren Lehmann.

Hobart Hurricanes Travis Birt, Mark Cosgrove, Xavier Doherty, Luke Feldman, Evan Gulbis, Ben Hilfenhaus, Michael Hogan, Phil Jaques, Matt Johnston, Jason Krejza, Nick Kruger, Ben Laughlin, Rhett Lockyear, Tim Paine, Ricky Ponting. Overseas players: Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Owais Shah. Coach Ali de Winter.

Melbourne Renegades Ryan Carters, Aaron Finch, Shane Harwood, Aaron Heal, Jayde Herrick, Michael Hill, Brad Hodge, Glenn Maxwell, Andrew McDonald, Brenton McDonald, Dirk Nannes, Nathan Reardon, Will Sheridan, Shaun Tait. Overseas players: Abdul Razzaq, Shahid Afridi. Coach Simon Helmot.

Melbourne Stars George Bailey, James Faulkner, John Hastings, Jon Holland, David Hussey, Alex Keath, Clint McKay, James Pattinson, Rob Quiney, Peter Siddle, Chris Simpson, Adam Voges, Matthew Wade, Cameron White. Overseas players: Luke Wright. Coach Greg Shipperd.

Perth Scorchers Tom Beaton, Michael Beer, Mark Cameron, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ben Edmondson, Michael Hussey, Simon Katich, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Marcus North, Luke Pomersbach, Nathan Rimmington, Luke Ronchi. Overseas players: Paul Collingwood, Herschelle Gibbs. Coach Mickey Arthur.

Sydney Sixers Ed Cowan, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Brett Lee, Nic Maddinson, Ian Moran, Peter Nevill, Steve O'Keefe, Ben Rohrer, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Dominic Thornely, Shane Watson. Overseas players: Michael Lumb. Coach Trevor Bayliss.

Sydney Thunder Sean Abbott, Tim Armstrong, Nic Bills, Doug Bollinger, Luke Butterworth, Scott Coyte, Tim Cruickshank, Matthew Day, Luke Doran, Ben Dunk, Jason Floros, Phillip Hughes, Usman Khawaja, Craig Philipson, Daniel Smith, David Warner. Overseas players: Fidel Edwards, Chris Gayle. Coach Shane Duff.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • coatsie89 on July 25, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    so........Malinga can play an ODI series or in the World Cup in future, or in the IPL and bowl I would assume everyday either during a game or in nets in between, but can't bowl 2 or 3 spells of 6/7 overs a day in a test match?!?!? I'm sorry but Malinga has taken the easy way out. How long did Flintoff continue with injury after injury, because he loved playing for his country whenever he possibly could. Cricket is going the way of football where too many players follow money and if cricket continues to go this way it will ruin the game. If Malinga was as passionate about playing for his country as someone like Flintoff, he would still be playing test cricket. He made the choice to play the IPL and every other form of cricket years ago.

  • Meety on July 25, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    @ hyclass - I take a different spin on Pup's T20 appointment. I think it was a good thing as it showed that he has talent as a captain, which has also been shown in ODIs.

  • on July 25, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    Like most cricket lovers, I have absolutely no time for or interest in 'big bash'. It is the opposite of what I expect from cricket. Please stop trying to make quick bucks and invest more in our Shield and Test players.

  • on July 25, 2011, 3:43 GMT

    @coatsie89

    Malinga has a persistent knee injury where he can not bowl for a long period of time. He made the right decision to quit test cricket and first class cricket in order to prolong his career in other formats. We dont want to lose a quality bowler such as Malinga in the game because people like you want him to play in the longer format of the game. I agree with you that test cricket is the ultimate format, however, Malinga's case should be an exception. He did not play for a few years because of his knee and he did try and return when he played against India where after the game he wasnt able to play for another 3 months. You might want to read upon that before commenting on Malinga in the future.

  • Meety on July 24, 2011, 23:32 GMT

    @coatsie89 - disagree with your reasoning as to why Lumb & Wright will be a success in the BBL. I actually do think that Lumb is a reasonably good buy - but Wright has not impressed me & I think he is WAY overrated. The bowling in Oz is a whole lot better than you think. I think the Heat are short a strike bowler to go with Harris, but have great variety with Christian, Hopes, Hauritz & Vettori. The only other questionable bowling line up is the Hurricanes - but Naved, Hilfy & Hogan are better than the average 2nd division county line up! Slight question mark over the bowling line up for the Scorchers - but again Cameron, Coulter-Nile & Rimmington are good short format bowlers.

  • on July 24, 2011, 22:03 GMT

    Gayle force is back. Should be entertaining.

  • coatsie89 on July 24, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    some of these comments are hilarious. Any money Michael Lumb and Luke Wright out perform most people in this competition. Hard pitches, a lack of strong bowling = those 2 piling up the runs. With regards to Clarke and Johnson, i have an enormous amount of resepect for both. You hear about far too many cricketers nowadays that put the kit on for the money and to play a game for 3 hours. The history of this great game starts with test cricket and when players like Clarke and Johnson (2 top quality players) step up and show the rest of the cricketing world how important test cricket is to the game, you can only give them great respect. Maybe Lasith Malinga could learn from Mitchell Johnson and start thinking about how poor his country's bowling attack is without him and focus on the best format of the game. The real quitters are those players that decide they want to only play the easiest form of the game in T20. The best cricketers in the world play test cricket. Thank you Mitch & Pup.

  • on July 24, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    Good choice. Hope other guys also learn from this....

  • on July 24, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    Indians stars should read this blog ,but the matter of fact is that they won't even like to talk about it, and we crazy Indian fans(I mean only Indian,not a superking or nightrider fan) will keep saying them to learn from Clarke...

  • VivGilchrist on July 24, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    Good choice from Clarke....now if he could retire from ODIs so Ferguson, Finch, and Warner can make there way in.

  • coatsie89 on July 25, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    so........Malinga can play an ODI series or in the World Cup in future, or in the IPL and bowl I would assume everyday either during a game or in nets in between, but can't bowl 2 or 3 spells of 6/7 overs a day in a test match?!?!? I'm sorry but Malinga has taken the easy way out. How long did Flintoff continue with injury after injury, because he loved playing for his country whenever he possibly could. Cricket is going the way of football where too many players follow money and if cricket continues to go this way it will ruin the game. If Malinga was as passionate about playing for his country as someone like Flintoff, he would still be playing test cricket. He made the choice to play the IPL and every other form of cricket years ago.

  • Meety on July 25, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    @ hyclass - I take a different spin on Pup's T20 appointment. I think it was a good thing as it showed that he has talent as a captain, which has also been shown in ODIs.

  • on July 25, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    Like most cricket lovers, I have absolutely no time for or interest in 'big bash'. It is the opposite of what I expect from cricket. Please stop trying to make quick bucks and invest more in our Shield and Test players.

  • on July 25, 2011, 3:43 GMT

    @coatsie89

    Malinga has a persistent knee injury where he can not bowl for a long period of time. He made the right decision to quit test cricket and first class cricket in order to prolong his career in other formats. We dont want to lose a quality bowler such as Malinga in the game because people like you want him to play in the longer format of the game. I agree with you that test cricket is the ultimate format, however, Malinga's case should be an exception. He did not play for a few years because of his knee and he did try and return when he played against India where after the game he wasnt able to play for another 3 months. You might want to read upon that before commenting on Malinga in the future.

  • Meety on July 24, 2011, 23:32 GMT

    @coatsie89 - disagree with your reasoning as to why Lumb & Wright will be a success in the BBL. I actually do think that Lumb is a reasonably good buy - but Wright has not impressed me & I think he is WAY overrated. The bowling in Oz is a whole lot better than you think. I think the Heat are short a strike bowler to go with Harris, but have great variety with Christian, Hopes, Hauritz & Vettori. The only other questionable bowling line up is the Hurricanes - but Naved, Hilfy & Hogan are better than the average 2nd division county line up! Slight question mark over the bowling line up for the Scorchers - but again Cameron, Coulter-Nile & Rimmington are good short format bowlers.

  • on July 24, 2011, 22:03 GMT

    Gayle force is back. Should be entertaining.

  • coatsie89 on July 24, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    some of these comments are hilarious. Any money Michael Lumb and Luke Wright out perform most people in this competition. Hard pitches, a lack of strong bowling = those 2 piling up the runs. With regards to Clarke and Johnson, i have an enormous amount of resepect for both. You hear about far too many cricketers nowadays that put the kit on for the money and to play a game for 3 hours. The history of this great game starts with test cricket and when players like Clarke and Johnson (2 top quality players) step up and show the rest of the cricketing world how important test cricket is to the game, you can only give them great respect. Maybe Lasith Malinga could learn from Mitchell Johnson and start thinking about how poor his country's bowling attack is without him and focus on the best format of the game. The real quitters are those players that decide they want to only play the easiest form of the game in T20. The best cricketers in the world play test cricket. Thank you Mitch & Pup.

  • on July 24, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    Good choice. Hope other guys also learn from this....

  • on July 24, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    Indians stars should read this blog ,but the matter of fact is that they won't even like to talk about it, and we crazy Indian fans(I mean only Indian,not a superking or nightrider fan) will keep saying them to learn from Clarke...

  • VivGilchrist on July 24, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    Good choice from Clarke....now if he could retire from ODIs so Ferguson, Finch, and Warner can make there way in.

  • on July 24, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    this is the same guy who was bargaining with modi for more money in ipl , isn't it ?

  • Kashi0127 on July 24, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    Listen to this so called Indian greats (Sehwag, Zaheer, Gambhir.....) all ready to risk playing IPL and risk injury, fatigue that come in the way of playing for their country

  • varunsharma18178 on July 24, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    i appreciate, Tendulkar can learn from this bye bye t20

  • Ahsan_Shere on July 24, 2011, 4:38 GMT

    Why did Australian franchises go for oldies like Gibbs Collingwood & Vettori? Players like Umar Akmal, Angelo Mathews, Botha would be better choices.

  • hyclass on July 24, 2011, 1:40 GMT

    There are some very spiteful comments made about Clarke,predominantly by Indian bloggers.I wonder why?Clarke has excellent test and oneday credentials.His appointment to T20I was by Cricket Australia-the same men responsible for the worst four years in australian cricket history.He didnt choose the appointment and as a Cricket Australia employee,was bound to accept it.He is also bound,like any man,to try and secure he and his families future,knowing that athletes have shorter working lives than the general population and his back injuries may end his playing career and earning potential prematurely.His much earlier decision to abjure 20/20,one also taken by Ponting,was in the knowledge of how to best martial his resources.Im confident that players of the calibre of Ponting and Clarke could adapt to 20/20 if they so wished,but not without cost to their test standards.He will be aware of the perception of his choice. I and everyone else should accord that decision the greatest respect.

  • CricketChat on July 23, 2011, 22:14 GMT

    Makes no difference whether Clarke wants to play T20 or not. He was never a success in that format. Still have to appreciate his realization about his limitations unlike some Ind cricketers.

  • on July 23, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    all those who prefer club n league matches...learn somethin frm this...reputation comes frm playing for the country...not for club...club may give more money...but there's more than money :)

  • on July 23, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    He is a good T20 player but focuses on his new international assignment..it's very good decision. I appreciate.. Good luck for your forth new assignment..

  • on July 23, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    Anyway clarke is not cosiderd as a potential 20/20 player . the game doesnot suits his style of play - better for him to permanatly leave the 20/20 matches and concentrate on TEST and 50overs in future

  • Ravishankara on July 23, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    No one is going to miss Clarke. He is a bore.

  • on July 23, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    i dont know if clarke turned it down or it was the franchisees, but lets give him the benefit of doubt. here's one guy who knows his priorities. and now since the dark days of kim hughes' era lurking around Australian cricket, his move to concentrate on tests is like a silver lining.

    the teams look like domestic teams in every sense. the Indian premier league is just an assortment of stars. the BBL might not have the big names, but i am certain the quality of cricket will be a lot better than IPL. personally, for a keen follower like me, i'd be eager to watch it: great cricket, great grounds, and great commentators behind the mike.

  • on July 23, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    Michael Clarke opts out of Big Bash League > Did he had a career in T20????

  • joel4uonly on July 23, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    In fear of failure Clark always rejects T20 proposals... He just doesn't know how to play limited overs format.. If he quotes more.. he gets rejected by franchises.. if he quotes less, his ego gets dented... he rates himself verly highly where he is not worthy off... he cld never force the pace....

  • maddy20 on July 23, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    Who is gonna take him anyway? Remember M.Hayden's autobiography? He mentions an incident where Mr.Clarke walks up to Modi and says "I am worth X amount of money" -Modi Lauged!" That just about sums it up!

  • on July 23, 2011, 5:30 GMT

    why there is no indian players in this league???very surprising....The best hitters are also there in India...

  • ranjitpp on July 23, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    Greedy Indian team ..learn a lesson from this man..please prioritize the international commitments.

  • kris_mg on July 23, 2011, 4:32 GMT

    easy decision i guess considering his track record in T20 and the paycheck.. its not worth the headache for him.. and about concentrating on test cricket and all those things, i think its just hot air especially for batsmen.. Clarke and Ponting skipped the IPL and they dont have much of a test record to show for that during the period while compare that to Hussey & Watson.. or look at Sachin / Kallis.. Clarke knows how to play the media.. Will miss Katich though in the Aussie scheme of things..

  • on July 23, 2011, 4:03 GMT

    Clarke sucks in T20...better he concentrate on something he is atleast OK at

  • Dale-Edwards on July 23, 2011, 4:01 GMT

    Probably best that Clarke not play. Another run of outs would continue to show his weaknesses and lack of form.... Although form does not seem to be one of the criteria to be selected for the Australian team!

  • on July 23, 2011, 3:14 GMT

    Well done michael clarke, very fair & brave decision.

  • on July 23, 2011, 2:25 GMT

    do we care about michael clarke in T 20 ?????????????? its better not to take part than kicked out

  • xenon555 on July 23, 2011, 2:25 GMT

    The real question is did Clarke reject the Big Bash or did they reject him?...Anyway I'd put money on the Perth Scorchers.

  • stationmaster on July 23, 2011, 1:24 GMT

    Who would buy Clarke anyway ? Seriously - no one is going to pay money for someone with his stats. I think he's boxing clever because he knows he won't get picked for any side.

  • suprabadh on July 23, 2011, 1:12 GMT

    Bollinger and Gayle for Sydney Thunder and hope a good selection. Big Bash League is going to be a tuff proposition with Afridi, Collingwood, Edwards, Mccullum, Razzack, Vettori an so on. T20 is picking up every where. HOPE SPIRIT WILL BE MAINTAINED.

  • Wozza-CY on July 23, 2011, 0:27 GMT

    Good. It's no coincidence that when A.Cook turned his back on this form of cricket & even ODI's his test game benefitted dramatically. There should be more of it. However, Clarke can afford to do it....unfortunately other young test aspirants cannot.

  • on July 22, 2011, 23:59 GMT

    T20 will ruin the game.

    Seriously - who cares about bash and smash cricket?

    Look at the ICL - boring - boring - boring!

    Test matches and ODIs are the way to go.

  • thetopofoff on July 22, 2011, 23:19 GMT

    Sydney Sixers have a mad team. They will win.

  • Meety on July 22, 2011, 22:16 GMT

    @yavaid - the fact that he had negotiations with any BBL franchises has nothing to do with the outcome of not playing in the BBL. His management possibly was trying to get a deal for him - but the reality is, with a $1m salary cap, the average pay is about $62k, small fries. The tightrope that Clarke was facing is the poor timing of the event, the distractions Clarke as TEST captain will face leading up to the Indian series, the need to ensure his back is as close to 100%, the need to ensure that as Test Captain he is not seen to be brushing the best form of the game for the BBL, AND to make sure that in the event he doesn't play in the BBL as a high profile cricketer he is not seen to be diminishing the BBL brand by dodging it! That WOULD require a FAIR bit of NEGOTIATIONS for ANYONE!!!!!!!!!!

  • shakir23 on July 22, 2011, 21:35 GMT

    good decision by michael clarke as he has his priorities right and for him playing for australia is more important than a private league like the BBL or the IPL...if zaheer khan, virender sehwag, yuvraj singh and gambhir would have opted out of the IPL as well, they would be fit and playing in the current england series and they would have also played in the west indies series which they missed due to injury..what a SHAME...

  • on July 22, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    gr8. plz learn this indian players whom will scarifice anything for IPL.

  • SatishT2105 on July 22, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    Clarke needs to shed that technically correct image and get innovative. The one place he'll be able to do that is in the BBL; its better that he actually gets there and learns a trick or two. More importantly, I believe Mitchell Johnson should play in the BBL and test himslef against the Big hitters. T20 is good for all round confidence building and making a player adept at handling pressure situations.

    For Australia to get back to winning ways, more imminently & immediately it is necessary that they win matches in Sri Lanka by getting their best bowlers for the tests. Mitchell Johnson, Douggie Bollinger, Paul Harris, Peter Siddle, McKay as pacemen. In the spin department they ought to stick to Jason Krejza. Its time that Australia get a good young wicket keeper like Tim Paine in and groom him more regularly through exposure in match scenarios. Haddin is good for Tests.

  • couchpundit on July 22, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    @Critic30- HONESTY is an over rated Term mate!!

    If he is not interested in playing T20 why the hell he keeps negotiating with every other T20 League as and when they prop up. He is probably not getting the money he wants, isnt that the reason he keeps negotiating?

    Guy is simply greedy and no one is rating him to be the player he belives himself to be worth investing whatever amount he is asking all the Leagues. LOL so much for honesty

  • Critic30 on July 22, 2011, 15:06 GMT

    Matches 24: Avg 21 w/ SR of 103.

    Who in correct mind would even think of buying Clarke ? Did Clarke not give up T20 (at least in national colors) ? There is no setting the stone or path breaking decision here, it's a very honest assessment of oneself. That's about it.

  • Critic30 on July 22, 2011, 15:04 GMT

    People need to realize that Clarke is not very apt in this particular format. I highly doubt if any team would have invested in Clarke.

  • joel4uonly on July 22, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    In fear of failure Clark always rejects T20 proposals... He just doesn't know how to play limited overs format..

  • Navin84 on July 22, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    Remember the last time an Ausies captain opted out from T20 to concentrate on Ausies cricket what happened? Well the same might happened for Clarke. He should play the BBL because it would not clash with international commitments.

  • mikhailslater on July 22, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    thunders look really good with 2 of the bestopeners in gayle and warner

  • mikhailslater on July 22, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    i guest coyte wont have to worry ah but gayle any more he must have hadbnightmare about that over

    mayb in the net he will bowl at gayle

  • sachin_vvsfan on July 22, 2011, 12:06 GMT

    "Clarke had also conducted talks with numerous other teams" What do you read form this? Simple he did not get what he wanted as in IPL . @johnathonjosephs If any franchise had offered him a milliion dollar contract (or more as he always believe he will have the say in the pricing) he definitely would have redefined his priorities.

    So you have got 8 teams now and at most 2 overseas players in each team. How is this different from domestic T20 league? IPL became successful (atleast for the first 3 years) because the indian public is attracted to the overseas stars(and indian stars). No body is interested in seeing the unknown domestic players. I remember sutherland's comments that time "IPL longevity remains to be seen". Same can be said in this case. Lets see how long such tournaments survive.

  • Lovetesh on July 22, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    Hobart Hurricane team looks very good to me. Nice mix of yound and experienced players.

  • on July 22, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    where is shoaib akhtar ????he should be in Melbourne Renegades along with tait

  • on July 22, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    @rajadinkaran: what are Razzaq and Afridi?

  • B.C.G on July 22, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    Can't believe everyone here thinks Clarke is slow.On debut in India he scored his runs pretty quickly.

  • RajaDinakaran on July 22, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    Y there are no asian overseas players except for Rana Naveed ul hasan???

  • on July 22, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    Good to see someone is taking the right steps and setting the stone. I hope Indian players will draw some lessons from Clarke's commitments and will stop playing IPL or at least won't play through their injuries.

  • aatif667 on July 22, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    where is cummins. i cant see him anywhere..i hope to see him from sydney

  • on July 22, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    Doesnt matter. He is any way a poor player. Highly over rated cricketer

  • on July 22, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    clarke any way is test player and not fit for shorter versions so gud decision. BBL is no where near IPL.

  • on July 22, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    Not that he's any good at it anyway

  • johnathonjosephs on July 22, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    Good to see this... Indian/Sri Lankan players need to learn how to do this against IPL just like Dilshan has also set example for

  • on July 22, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    good decision, should concentrate on tests.

  • on July 22, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    Looks like the BBL is going the sri lanka premier league way.

  • on July 22, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    Well, Clarke has got a horrible T20 record and a reputation and looks like he has found an excuse from playing in the tournament. There wouldn't have been any takers for him in the BBL and after witnessing what happened to Sourav Ganguly in the IPL, Clarke is trying to play smart here. He is a dead duck in T20s.

  • on July 22, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    jonesy2, i agree with michael lumb and luke wright, they are very poor cricketers, BUT owais shah is very capable in T20 cricket and is a good player so he merits selection, also there arent a lot of players free to recruit.

  • adamgilly on July 22, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    i doubt any one wanted our captain, he's good for ODIs..in tests he is out of form for a long time now and T20 isn't for slow players like him. don't know why ponting is going to play!!

  • onphel1 on July 22, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    One of the greatest excuses I have ever heard from a cricketer on the international level. Pup, if you aren't good enough to play T20, you are simply not good at it. Please do not use Test cricket commitment nonsense as an excuse. Just don't desecrate the sacred name and nature of Test cricket. Another interpretation would be, be a man. Don't just remain a mere "pup". Grow up and express yourself in a dignified manner.

  • straight_drive4 on July 22, 2011, 5:59 GMT

    well done clarkey - you have shown that you have matured as a person and a cricketer and are deadly serious about being captain. wish you all the best.

  • jonesy2 on July 22, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    this is the wrong way round, the test stars should NOT be allowed to play. also dont understand how players like michael lumb and luke wright and owais shah have been recruited. surely there are better choices out there?

  • on July 22, 2011, 5:26 GMT

    This is very cool, I love the commitment Australian players display, Test cricket is what means most to them, reconstructing their team is what means more to them than fetching money. A life lead with integrity!

  • hyclass on July 22, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    Its hard to take this competition seriously-especially when Paul Marsh,the player advocate has seen fit to fall in with McKenna and CA by diluting incomes for first class cricketers and leveraging the players additional wages to force them into the BBL.What a disgusting episode and hardly the smug victory that McKenna is claiming.Ultimately,it will undermine the core skills of australian players and lead to a generation,incapable of building large innings.There are already strong indications that this is taking place.Ferguson,widely touted as an a future test player,has a highest 1st class score of 132 and an average of 35.Marsh has a highest of 166*and an average of 37.At a time when quality first class batsmen are thin on the ground,Hodge averaging 48 was ignored,David Hussey,averaging 55, pidgeonholed and the rest encouraged into 20/20 batting practices.Clarke may have good reason to avoid this comp,but if he is wise,he will distance himself from the current CA administration.

  • pool_shark01 on July 22, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    Clarke's always been ordinary in the T20 format, I doubt anyone would want him anyway.

  • xylo on July 22, 2011, 4:54 GMT

    The headline looks kinda misleading, especially when the article reads, "Clarke had also conducted talks with numerous other teams.". It looks more like the case of there were no takers!

  • No featured comments at the moment.

  • xylo on July 22, 2011, 4:54 GMT

    The headline looks kinda misleading, especially when the article reads, "Clarke had also conducted talks with numerous other teams.". It looks more like the case of there were no takers!

  • pool_shark01 on July 22, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    Clarke's always been ordinary in the T20 format, I doubt anyone would want him anyway.

  • hyclass on July 22, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    Its hard to take this competition seriously-especially when Paul Marsh,the player advocate has seen fit to fall in with McKenna and CA by diluting incomes for first class cricketers and leveraging the players additional wages to force them into the BBL.What a disgusting episode and hardly the smug victory that McKenna is claiming.Ultimately,it will undermine the core skills of australian players and lead to a generation,incapable of building large innings.There are already strong indications that this is taking place.Ferguson,widely touted as an a future test player,has a highest 1st class score of 132 and an average of 35.Marsh has a highest of 166*and an average of 37.At a time when quality first class batsmen are thin on the ground,Hodge averaging 48 was ignored,David Hussey,averaging 55, pidgeonholed and the rest encouraged into 20/20 batting practices.Clarke may have good reason to avoid this comp,but if he is wise,he will distance himself from the current CA administration.

  • on July 22, 2011, 5:26 GMT

    This is very cool, I love the commitment Australian players display, Test cricket is what means most to them, reconstructing their team is what means more to them than fetching money. A life lead with integrity!

  • jonesy2 on July 22, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    this is the wrong way round, the test stars should NOT be allowed to play. also dont understand how players like michael lumb and luke wright and owais shah have been recruited. surely there are better choices out there?

  • straight_drive4 on July 22, 2011, 5:59 GMT

    well done clarkey - you have shown that you have matured as a person and a cricketer and are deadly serious about being captain. wish you all the best.

  • onphel1 on July 22, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    One of the greatest excuses I have ever heard from a cricketer on the international level. Pup, if you aren't good enough to play T20, you are simply not good at it. Please do not use Test cricket commitment nonsense as an excuse. Just don't desecrate the sacred name and nature of Test cricket. Another interpretation would be, be a man. Don't just remain a mere "pup". Grow up and express yourself in a dignified manner.

  • adamgilly on July 22, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    i doubt any one wanted our captain, he's good for ODIs..in tests he is out of form for a long time now and T20 isn't for slow players like him. don't know why ponting is going to play!!

  • on July 22, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    jonesy2, i agree with michael lumb and luke wright, they are very poor cricketers, BUT owais shah is very capable in T20 cricket and is a good player so he merits selection, also there arent a lot of players free to recruit.

  • on July 22, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    Well, Clarke has got a horrible T20 record and a reputation and looks like he has found an excuse from playing in the tournament. There wouldn't have been any takers for him in the BBL and after witnessing what happened to Sourav Ganguly in the IPL, Clarke is trying to play smart here. He is a dead duck in T20s.