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Full name Rikki Clarke
Born September 29, 1981, Orsett, Essex
Current age 32 years 203 days
Major teams England, Derbyshire, Marylebone Cricket Club, Surrey, Warwickshire
Nickname Clarkey, Crouchy
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Height 6 ft 4 in
Education Broadwater, Godalming College
|Test debut||Bangladesh v England at Dhaka, Oct 21-25, 2003 scorecard|
|Last Test||Bangladesh v England at Chittagong, Oct 29-Nov 1, 2003 scorecard|
|ODI debut||England v Pakistan at Manchester, Jun 17, 2003 scorecard|
|Last ODI||England v Pakistan at Southampton, Sep 5, 2006 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Warwickshire v Sussex at Birmingham, Apr 13-16, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||2001|
|Last List A||Kent v Warwickshire at Canterbury, Aug 15, 2013 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Gloucestershire v Surrey at Nottingham, Jul 19, 2003 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Warwickshire v Somerset at Birmingham, Jul 30, 2013 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|4, 2/33, 79||Warwickshire||v Sussex||Birmingham||13 Apr 2014||FC|
|24, 1/28||Warwickshire||v Oxford MCCU||Oxford||7 Apr 2014||FC|
|72||Warwickshire||v Derbyshire||Derby||27 Mar 2014||Other|
|22||Warwickshire||v Derbyshire||Derby||24 Sep 2013||FC|
|17||Warwickshire||v Surrey||Birmingham||17 Sep 2013||FC|
|2/40, 1, 0/34||Warwickshire||v Somerset||Birmingham||20 Aug 2013||FC|
|43, 1/28||Warwickshire||v Kent||Canterbury||15 Aug 2013||LA|
|2/51, 24, 0/25||Warwickshire||v Yorkshire||Leeds||2 Aug 2013||FC|
|1/26, 6||Warwickshire||v Somerset||Birmingham||30 Jul 2013||T20|
|1/27, 18*||Warwickshire||v Worcs||Birmingham||26 Jul 2013||T20|
Promoted too early and written off too soon, Rikki Clarke is a prodigiously talented all-round cricketer who belatedly found the temperament to compliment his talent. The words' potential' and 'unfulfilled' occur as frequently in articles about Clarke as long-hops used to in his overs. And that's quite frequently. But, after many frustrations, Clarke started to fulfil his extravagant gifts at his third county and blossomed into the fine all-rounder his ability always suggested he could become.
Clarke enjoyed a swift rise to prominence. Having won a Second XI Championship medal with Surrey in 2001, he made a century on first-class debut against Cambridge UCCE in 2002 and followed it with a majestic 153 not out against Somerset at Taunton. He helped Surrey to the Championship title that year and, in the process, won the Cricket Writers' Club Young Cricketer of the Year award. Fast-tracked into the England side aged just 21, he claimed a wicket with his first ball in international cricket - the first Englishman to do that for 31 years - and, promoted to the Test side for the tour of Bangladesh, scored a half-century and bowled tidily in his two Tests.
But progress was slower than anticipated. The 2006 season - when he was dropped by England for the last time aged only 25 - remains the only summer he has reached 1,000 first-class runs and, until his move to Warwickshire, he never took more than 22 first-class wickets in a season. He lost his Surrey place in 2007 and, reasoning that a new challenge was required, moved to Derbyshire as captain in 2008. It was an ill-fated experiment. After a poor run of results and worsening relationships with members of the coaching staff, Clarke resigned in August and, a few weeks later, joined Warwickshire.
The move revitalised his career. Forced to work hard on his fitness by Ashley Giles, the demanding director of cricket, and, with the help of Warwickshire bowling coach Graeme Welch he found greater consistency claiming his maiden five-wicket haul in 2010 and a personal best of 46 first-class wickets in 2011. From 2010 to 2012 he averaged in the low 20s with the ball and, in 2012, over 45 with the bat as his three centuries in testing conditions played a large part in helping Warwickshire to the County Championship title.
Tall, well-balanced and powerful with the bat and capable of sharp pace with the ball, Clarke also remains an exceptional fielder in all positions and set a world record for seven catches in first-class innings at Liverpool in 2011. The consistency may have come too late to win him a reprieve from the England selectors, but he remains a match-winner with the bat, the ball and with his fielding in the domestic game.
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