Full name Joe Michael Clarke
Born May 26, 1996, Shrewsbury, Shropshire
Current age 20 years 301 days
Major teams England Under-19s, Shropshire, Worcestershire 2nd XI
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
Education Llanfyllin High School
Relation Brother - RL Clarke
|First-class debut||Hampshire v Worcestershire at Southampton, May 31-Jun 3, 2015 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Afghanistan v England Lions at Abu Dhabi, Dec 7-10, 2016 scorecard|
|List A debut||Worcestershire v Northamptonshire at Worcester, Aug 2, 2015 scorecard|
|Last List A||North v South at Abu Dhabi, Mar 21, 2017 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Worcestershire v Hampshire at Worcester, Aug 14, 2015 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Worcestershire v Warwickshire at Worcester, Jul 15, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|1c/2s, 0||North||v South||Abu Dhabi||21 Mar 2017||LA|
|2c/0s, 27||North||v South||Dubai (DSC)||19 Mar 2017||LA|
|57, 0c/0s||North||v South||Dubai (DSC)||17 Mar 2017||LA|
|1||Eng Lions||v Sri Lanka A||Colombo (CCC)||9 Mar 2017||LA|
|13||Eng Lions||v Sri Lanka A||Kurunegala||6 Mar 2017||LA|
|26||Eng Lions||v Sri Lanka A||Dambulla||4 Mar 2017||LA|
|7||Eng Lions||v Sri Lanka A||Dambulla||2 Mar 2017||LA|
|3c/0s, 10, 3c/1s, 10||Eng Lions||v SL Pres. XI||Moratuwa||12 Feb 2017||Other|
|0, 1||Eng Lions||v Afghanistan||Abu Dhabi||7 Dec 2016||FC|
|42, 1c/0s||Eng Lions||v U.A.E.||Dubai (DSC)||5 Dec 2016||LA|
Joe Clarke is one of the most exciting batting talents in the English game. Five Championship hundreds in his first full Worcestershire season in 2016 deepened the good impression he had made the previous summer and won him a third England Lions call-up at the tender age of 20. He finished the season with a flourish with a career-best 194 against Derbyshire, so neatly producing his highest scores in the first and last games of the season and expressed the ambition to follow new caps such as Haseeb Hameed and Ben Duckett into the England side. Although he proved himself a more than capable wicketkeeper at England U-19 level, and insisted at the end of the season that he remained committed to the role, the presence of Ben Cox at Worcestershire and the sense that the batsman-keeper role at England level had ample cover, plus his own burgeoning talents with the bat, led him to develop as a specialist batsman. Steve Rhodes, Worcestershire's director of cricket, credited him with a similar batting nous, and ability to work things out, as Joe Root and in English cricket in 2016 there was no higher praise than that.
Clarke is a confident individual and his competitive edge was also shown in a successful final-day run chase in a Championship match against Leicestershire when he was given out lbw on 31, controversially recalled by the square leg umpire Graham Lloyd on the grounds that he had heard him make contact with the bat and, amid a predictable sledging onslaught, returned to make a decisive 123.
Clarke graduated through the age-groups to earn his first England Lions call-up for the 2015 series against Pakistan A in the UAE. Having started his cricket life in Shropshire he joined the Worcestershire academy where he soon moved into the England Under-19 set-up. He took part in the 2014 U-19 World Cup and in the 2014-15 winter played club cricket for South Perth then on his return was prolific for Worcestershire 2nd XI which earned him a first-team chance. He scored a maiden List A hundred - an unbeaten 131 - against Gloucestershire and then his maiden first-class hundred against Sussex in the space of a month, both while still a teenager. England Lions made him the first teenaged debutant since Root.
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