May 10, 2010

Australian cricket

The Brearley of Twenty20

Peter English

Malcolm Conn, writing in The Australian, says Michael Clarke is fast becoming the Mike Brearley of Twenty20 cricket.

A fine player and innovative captain who has an outstanding leadership record, Clarke is Australia's least successful T20 batsman in the same way that during the 1970s and early '80s, Brearley became one of England's finest Test captains but averaged just 22 and never made a century. Clarke has reinvigorated Australia's T20 cricket since being appointed at the beginning of last summer, but that has had almost nothing to do with his batting.


Peter English is former Australasia editor of ESPNcricinfo

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