Australia in India 2012-13 March 21, 2013

Clarke almost certain to miss fourth Test in Delhi

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Michael Clarke appears almost certain to miss the fourth and final Test against India in Delhi after failing to take part in Australia's last training session before the match. Clarke's likely absence will open the door for Australia to appoint their 44th Test captain, most likely Clarke's deputy Shane Watson, which would be a rapid return to favour after he was one of the four players left out of the previous Test for disciplinary reasons, and voiced his opinion that the punishment was "very harsh".

Clarke has had ongoing back problems for more than a decade, and suffered pain while fielding on the fourth morning of the Mohali Test. Although he batted in the second innings of that match, he was clearly hampered, and did not take part in either of Australia's practice sessions at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Wednesday or Thursday. Australia might not make a decision on Clarke until the morning of the match, but his lack of training would make it near impossible to choose him.

Australia could make several changes, with the wicketkeeper Matthew Wade likely to return at the expense of Brad Haddin, after being ruled out due to an ankle injury in Mohali. Xavier Doherty's chances of retaining his place appear slim, after he looked dejected during a long on-field chat with coach Mickey Arthur. Given the likelihood of a slow, spinning pitch, Glenn Maxwell could be in contention for Moises Henriques' place as the allrounder.

But the major issue for Australia is the likely loss of Clarke, not only for his generally shrewd captaincy, but more significantly, for his run-scoring and ability to handle spinning conditions. Clarke has scored 286 runs at 47.66 on this tour, comfortably the most by any Australian. He is also the only member of the touring party to have made a century in the Test series.

By comparison, Watson has failed to convert his starts and has averaged 25.20 since taking on the vice-captaincy in 2011. He has also failed to score a century in that time, with his highest score being 88 against South Africa in Johannesburg. He hasn't scored a Test century, either as player or vice-captain, since October 2010.

"He's plays his own way, he's very aggressive and he's a match-winner. I love seeing him play that way," Clarke said of Watson before training on Thursday. "I think it's just a matter of time before Watto (Watson) walks out there and gets a big hundred. He works as hard as anybody. He wants to have success, he wants to help his team win. I wouldn't be surprised if he walks out in this Test and comes out with a bang, with a hundred to finish this tour."

Although Watson has not officially been declared the leader if Clarke is ruled out, both Clarke and the coach Mickey Arthur have said over the past few days he would be the logical candidate. Watson returned to the squad this week having flown home for the birth of his first child, which coincided with him being axed for failing to complete a homework task set by Arthur. After the innings loss in the second Test in Hyderabad, he was back at training in Delhi on Wednesday.

"Shane has my full support if he's appointed captain," Clarke said. "Shane, like the rest of the players, missed the last Test match. If he was available for the Test he would have played. He was made unavailable, and that's why he spoke to his wife and flew home for the birth of his first child.

"It worked out nicely but he would have stayed and played the Test match [in Mohali] and missed the birth if he was available. I think Shane, like the other three players, have served their sentence in missing that game. He's 100% available for this Test match, and at this stage, like I've said for a long time, he's our vice-captain. In my opinion if the board and the other selectors appoint him as captain he has my 100% full support."

Although Clarke was speaking before the training session, and was at the time hopeful of playing, he conceded he had been in considerable pain due to his back injury over the past few days. Clarke, 31, has been managing his back problem since he was 17, and the ongoing issue is sometimes seen as evidence his career might not last as long as some other batsmen. Clarke does not believe the problem will affect his cricket longevity, but believed it was an issue that could flare up at any time.

"My back gets irritated when I'm in flexion and I rotate," Clarke said. "I hurt it the other day while fielding [in Mohali], sprinting for a ball, picking it up, and throwing it off balance, which is exactly the opposite to what my back likes, but I've done that a number of times throughout my career in regards to when I field. Sometimes with degeneration of the disc, it can flare up, but I will manage it as well as I can. I'm very grateful for the people around, especially [team physio] Alex Kountouris, and my physio when I'm back in Sydney, to keep me on the park consistently.

"I was in a bit of pain [in Mohali], unfortunately the painkillers wore off. I don't know if it's as bad as it's been. It's not a nice feeling. It was very uncomfortable and it impacted my performance, in regards to not the number of runs I made, but the movement. I felt I couldn't move down the wicket because I was so restricted, and I'd hate to see what the fielding side of it looked like. It's slowly improving. If you ask Alex or the team doctor, they might have a different impression."

Clarke has never missed a Test due to injury, but if he is forced to sit out in Delhi it will create extra pressure on the rest of the batting order, given how heavily Australia have relied on him in recent times. Fortunately for the Australians, Steven Smith showed his class against spin during the Mohali Test. Phillip Hughes, who had looked awful when facing the slow bowlers during the first two Tests, fought through his problems and scored 69 in the second innings.

"I think Hughesy (Hughes) is probably a great example of learning on this tour," Clarke said. "I think every single one of us would walk away from this tour and have learnt something. I think Hughesy showed that last game. He changed a couple of things in his game to help him have success in these conditions especially against spin bowling, and it really worked for him."

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • landl47 on March 21, 2013, 22:16 GMT

    It's going to be very tough for Australia if Clarke can't play, not that it's been easy up to now. Watson really doesn't have any credentials as a captain and his form as a batsman wouldn't warrant his inclusion in a more typical period for Australia when batsmen are pushing for places.

    I'd be inclined to give the captaincy to Haddin, who must be very close to being worth his place as a batsman in this side. He's level-headed and experienced, qualities which Australia badly needs.

    Either way, the fact that the choice of captains seems to be between someone who wasn't originally picked for the tour and someone who sat out the last game for disciplinary reasons shows the extent to which Clarke is vital to the side.

  • balajik1968 on March 22, 2013, 2:26 GMT

    It would be sad if Clarke misses this match. However, health is important. You only play cricket for a finite time. You have to deal with your injuries for the rest of your life. Watson could possibly be back as captain after being suspended!! I thought something like this happens only in Pakistan cricket. Remarkably, Pakistan has been fairly stable in its captaincy in the last few years, and the results are showing. The 90's saw a breathtaking musical chairs in Pakistan captaincy.

  • KhanMitch on March 22, 2013, 2:26 GMT

    Well if Khawaja doesnt get in and Clarke is out, I would be demanding an explanation from the selectors. If he isnt being considered to play, why was he stopped from returning to Australia for the Shield final. This decision will define whether bias is occurring with these selectors.

  • Gulrhinzl on March 22, 2013, 1:52 GMT

    Perhaps in light of his ongoing back injury the up coming test series vs the enemy England and statements he (Michael) has made in the recent past regarding concentrating on Test and 50 over cricket rather then T20 "he" should forgo playing in the IPL which starts this APRIL and the team he is listed in "Pune Warriors' is scheduled to play on the 5th of that month. The test series against England would be the priority would be the priority?

  • on March 22, 2013, 0:38 GMT

    Won't it throw a spanner in the works if Australa somehow win (or even draw) without Clarke there... I hope if Watson does captain he has the guts to say I'm the captain, I'm opening the batting and thats final. (move warner to 4, or drop cowan for khwaja)

  • Barnesy4444 on March 21, 2013, 23:57 GMT

    Hughes is learning and fought through his spin problems. It took him 7 innings. Maybe this is proof why we need more than one week and one tour match prior to a big test series? Especially with a young team. 3-4 tour matches and Hughes is finding his feet during the first test, not the third. Same goes for bowlers. How many tour matches will we play before the Ashes tests?

  • Chris_P on March 21, 2013, 23:43 GMT

    @@fguy India was a team in transition when they toured Australia? You mean VVS, Dravid, SRT, Sehwag, Dhoni, Ishant, Zaheer & Gambhir were new to test cricket? I think our perspectives in "team transitions" are wildly alternate.

  • GeoffreysMother on March 21, 2013, 22:38 GMT

    Did I miss something in Hughes last innings? He hit medium pacers who bowled wide and hit a few bad balls. Like Wade's 50 odd, does this mean he has now mastered batting against spin as far as the Australian management is concerned?

  • Wefinishthis on March 21, 2013, 22:31 GMT

    I'm sick of hearing this 'team in transition' rubbish. We've been in transition for 6 years now since McGrath and Warne retired. That's as long as some player's entire careers. We're not in transition, we just have a problem taking 20 wickets and the main cause of that is very poor selections followed by injuries. As I said before the first test in India, the team should have been O'Keefe, Harris, Lyon, Bird with Pattinson and Siddle to come in for injuries (I wasn't confident Pattinson would perform on these pitches, but he was very good in the first innings). Now providing Bird recovers in time, the bowling squad for the ashes should be Bird, Harris, Pattinson, Siddle, Faulkner, O'Keefe, Lyon. We can already write the final India test off, the best Australia can hope for is a draw with the pathetic bowling lineup the selectors chose since Pattinson aside, we will likely struggle to take 20 wickets for less than 500 as usual.

  • Yuji9 on March 21, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    Clarke makes me laugh talking about Phil Hughes! Clarke says he changes a couple of things in his game and it really worked for him! What, like edging and snicking between the slips now? Yeah well skipper our number ten still made more runs in the last Test than Phil Hughes. It is a pity Watson can't bowl, his medium pacers are probably far more effective on Indian wickets than the rest of Aus's bowling options. Team should be :

    Watson (c.), Cowan, Khawaja, Warner, Smith, Wade, +Haddin, Maxwell, Johnson, Pattinson, Agar.

  • landl47 on March 21, 2013, 22:16 GMT

    It's going to be very tough for Australia if Clarke can't play, not that it's been easy up to now. Watson really doesn't have any credentials as a captain and his form as a batsman wouldn't warrant his inclusion in a more typical period for Australia when batsmen are pushing for places.

    I'd be inclined to give the captaincy to Haddin, who must be very close to being worth his place as a batsman in this side. He's level-headed and experienced, qualities which Australia badly needs.

    Either way, the fact that the choice of captains seems to be between someone who wasn't originally picked for the tour and someone who sat out the last game for disciplinary reasons shows the extent to which Clarke is vital to the side.

  • balajik1968 on March 22, 2013, 2:26 GMT

    It would be sad if Clarke misses this match. However, health is important. You only play cricket for a finite time. You have to deal with your injuries for the rest of your life. Watson could possibly be back as captain after being suspended!! I thought something like this happens only in Pakistan cricket. Remarkably, Pakistan has been fairly stable in its captaincy in the last few years, and the results are showing. The 90's saw a breathtaking musical chairs in Pakistan captaincy.

  • KhanMitch on March 22, 2013, 2:26 GMT

    Well if Khawaja doesnt get in and Clarke is out, I would be demanding an explanation from the selectors. If he isnt being considered to play, why was he stopped from returning to Australia for the Shield final. This decision will define whether bias is occurring with these selectors.

  • Gulrhinzl on March 22, 2013, 1:52 GMT

    Perhaps in light of his ongoing back injury the up coming test series vs the enemy England and statements he (Michael) has made in the recent past regarding concentrating on Test and 50 over cricket rather then T20 "he" should forgo playing in the IPL which starts this APRIL and the team he is listed in "Pune Warriors' is scheduled to play on the 5th of that month. The test series against England would be the priority would be the priority?

  • on March 22, 2013, 0:38 GMT

    Won't it throw a spanner in the works if Australa somehow win (or even draw) without Clarke there... I hope if Watson does captain he has the guts to say I'm the captain, I'm opening the batting and thats final. (move warner to 4, or drop cowan for khwaja)

  • Barnesy4444 on March 21, 2013, 23:57 GMT

    Hughes is learning and fought through his spin problems. It took him 7 innings. Maybe this is proof why we need more than one week and one tour match prior to a big test series? Especially with a young team. 3-4 tour matches and Hughes is finding his feet during the first test, not the third. Same goes for bowlers. How many tour matches will we play before the Ashes tests?

  • Chris_P on March 21, 2013, 23:43 GMT

    @@fguy India was a team in transition when they toured Australia? You mean VVS, Dravid, SRT, Sehwag, Dhoni, Ishant, Zaheer & Gambhir were new to test cricket? I think our perspectives in "team transitions" are wildly alternate.

  • GeoffreysMother on March 21, 2013, 22:38 GMT

    Did I miss something in Hughes last innings? He hit medium pacers who bowled wide and hit a few bad balls. Like Wade's 50 odd, does this mean he has now mastered batting against spin as far as the Australian management is concerned?

  • Wefinishthis on March 21, 2013, 22:31 GMT

    I'm sick of hearing this 'team in transition' rubbish. We've been in transition for 6 years now since McGrath and Warne retired. That's as long as some player's entire careers. We're not in transition, we just have a problem taking 20 wickets and the main cause of that is very poor selections followed by injuries. As I said before the first test in India, the team should have been O'Keefe, Harris, Lyon, Bird with Pattinson and Siddle to come in for injuries (I wasn't confident Pattinson would perform on these pitches, but he was very good in the first innings). Now providing Bird recovers in time, the bowling squad for the ashes should be Bird, Harris, Pattinson, Siddle, Faulkner, O'Keefe, Lyon. We can already write the final India test off, the best Australia can hope for is a draw with the pathetic bowling lineup the selectors chose since Pattinson aside, we will likely struggle to take 20 wickets for less than 500 as usual.

  • Yuji9 on March 21, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    Clarke makes me laugh talking about Phil Hughes! Clarke says he changes a couple of things in his game and it really worked for him! What, like edging and snicking between the slips now? Yeah well skipper our number ten still made more runs in the last Test than Phil Hughes. It is a pity Watson can't bowl, his medium pacers are probably far more effective on Indian wickets than the rest of Aus's bowling options. Team should be :

    Watson (c.), Cowan, Khawaja, Warner, Smith, Wade, +Haddin, Maxwell, Johnson, Pattinson, Agar.

  • bumsonseats on March 21, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    maybe the way to go is loose the toss, when they win the toss 3 times in a row, and still get beat. lord knows what the result, re the size of the defeats would have been. the aussies will just have to put it down to experience.the aussies cannot play spin in india and the indians cannot play pace in australia.

  • bored_iam on March 21, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    @fguy: Haha. Brilliant post! Lets hope that continues. As an indian supporter seeing India win 4-0 would be fantastic!

  • on March 21, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    Most of the oz and other non-subcontinent batsmen trust SWIP more than reqd, against the spin and that's the reason why they are getting out. In spinning wickets like in India you can't SWIP on every delivery because if the ball takes a flight then there is a definite chance of getting an edge. And now a days spinners are also smart enough. The best way to play against the spin is to play in front foot and negate the spin, taking some calculated risks by charging down the ground and playing with the spin. Let's hope OZ could learn something out of this tour. Really missing the likes of gilly, hayden,punter, hussy in the ground. That was really a contest..

  • Nampally on March 21, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    Brydon, you say Clarke never missed a Test due to back trouble. What makes you think he will miss this Test? I am sure he missed the practice session to give his back extra rest. He will play if only to prove that he is the sheet anchor of the OZ batting. Also his grit will rub off on his team mates. Unfortunately, Starc who batted so well in both the innings at Mohali is missing. Smith & Haddin are the other 2 guys who showed lots of guts. Watson will be determined to show that his suspension was a big mistake as will Pattinson. So at least the Australian players appear to be strong in grit & determination. Indian Team in a similar situation of 3-0 in their last Australia tour were a demoralized lot. India need to be careful because they are playing withoiut their regular openers. Coverting Pujara, the most reliable bat, into an opener is a bad choice especially when there are 4 untried regular openers available. Such tactics might back fire on India. I expect a close Match.

  • josethekochite on March 21, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    I hope at last Rahane will get a chance tommorow. All the very best TEAM INDIA. Go for the kill...

  • Jaffa79 on March 21, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    Hey Big_Maxy_Walker I can understand that spin isn't exactly Australia's strength but a spin attack of Maxwell, smith and warner would easily be the worst of all time! On spinning tracks as well! Everyone keeps harping on about O'Keefe as if he is the answer to all Aussie prayers but I haven't really seen him bowl; I only recall Hales smashing him into row Z during the Big Bash. To be fair, his numbers suggest he isn't a bad player. What about Hauritz? Not a world beater but he is better than some of the garbage twirling for Aus recently.

  • fguy on March 21, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    a team in transition visiting a country which has a very good home record but is also in transition & has lost to England at home recently (which it rarely does) so is thought to be vulnerable. the team makes poor squad selections, doesnt play many practice matches before 1st test & after 3 tests is 0-3 down with many questionable team selections & murmurs of team players not getting along, then it's captain is unable to play the final test. sound familiar? was describing india's tour of Aus last year but now is reflected in Aus's tour of india. talk about parallels. seems india is well on its way to getting its 'revenge' in all aspects even if some things are not of their doing. waiting for someone to blame ipl or even bcci ;p

  • on March 21, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    best way to play in india and vs spin is the way cook batted couple of months ago

  • British_North_America on March 21, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    In case Australia wins the final test, Clarke's captaincy may come to an end.

  • Big_Maxy_Walker on March 21, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    I think its time to dump lyon and Doherty. Maxwell, smith and warner can be spin enough, go with three pace and as much batting as possible. warner, Watson, cowan, khawaja, smith, wade, haddin, Maxwell, Johnson, pattinson, siddle

  • on March 21, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    sir ji it's an excellent opportunity to clean sweep Aussies

  • Thefakebook on March 21, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    Its Watto time!Now Shane Watson will perform like his life is on the line,after all its a contest for the Test captaincy!

  • MalolanR on March 21, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    I would say that Cowan would be the best for captaincy . he has a lot of cricketing sense and is very responsible . he also captained the Australia A team in England . Also , captaincy brings the best out of him.

  • Yes.Valkyries on March 21, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    @ Jose Puliampatta on (March 21, 2013, 14:30 GMT) Mate jokes apart But SMITH is the natural Born Leader. He is the future captain of Aus. He has the leadership quality. otherwise our Captain Cool Dhoni not only beat Aus. But also show bullying Australia which is known for bounce back is lost mojo. and after this series Aus team will face a revolution by ACB. Aus will back with lots of questions & doubt. Clarke becomes poor captain for Oz history & Dhoni becomes successful captain of indian history. This series is the career changer for both captains.

  • on March 21, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    Haddin should captain if Clarke can't play He was the vice-captain before Hobson's choice Watson was appointed v-c and he performed serviceably with gloves and bat in T3. Has Watson ever captained a team in a firs class match ?

  • on March 21, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    @AKS286 on (March 21, 2013, 13:55 GMT) If Nathan Lyon can be the Captain, Doherty can. Sir Smith can. Even Maxwell can be a non-playing captain.

    Jokes apart, Haddin should have been the first choice WK and also the vice-captain. Inverarity & co seem to be very poor in judging people. They could have easily seen, that Watto, with his ambitions, will NOT be a good deputy to Clarke. Clarke, being Clarke makes it bad. Mickey makes it worse.

    Wonder cricketers in almost all the countries get administrators like this !( I used to think, OZ was an exception ! That doesn't seem to be the case)

  • on March 21, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    The best way to play the Indian spin is to be aggressive selectivly. Defend with a dead defensive bat if the ball pitches in line with the stumps. If it pitches even a bit outside , step out, meet it in half-volley and thrash. You will make the bowler jittery and defensive. Bit don't forget to be alert to regain the crease, if you miss.

  • whoster on March 21, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    < "He's plays his own way, he's very aggressive and he's a match-winner. I love seeing him play that way," Clarke said of Watson before training on Thursday.> Not sure that 2 centuries in 40 Tests constitutes a match winner - and even less so now he's not bowling. With the constant bungling the Aussies have done in recent times, it's excruciating to see how Clarke (and Arthur) are attempting to say how wonderfully rosy everything is looking. What an embarrassing state of affairs to have a player dropped for having the wrong attitude in the last Test becoming captain in the next. Without Clarke's runs, the Aussies may as well fly home now.

  • heathrf1974 on March 21, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    Haddin should be captain. Watson has little experience in the role.

  • cricketfanwrites on March 21, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    Wow! Clarke and Co talking about "...learning something from this tour", I never thought I'd hear that from him. Maybe his leadership style is gradually getting better. Dare I say not a dictator anymore! For the record, the disgruntled four were sacked for one test without stripping them of their 'titles' and were not put on probation. Hence, once they are available for selection and should resume with their responsibilities. If CA wanted to make a real "line in the sand" statement to its players, they should have sacked the four for the remaining games and put them on probation for up to one year. All is not lost yet though, if CA do not want Watson to captain the side, they should play Clarke with his bad back (he has done it before on numerous occasions). CA certainly took their eyes off the ball when they selected this squad. You should not have looked ahead to the ashes when you have India in India. I expected more from CA. Stop blaming the players on this tour for your failures.

  • AKS286 on March 21, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    No one is better option than nathan Lyon. N.Lyon will captaining in the next game. Clarke & Arthur trust lyon more than any player. and he has the experience of bowling more overs than anyone.

  • jmcilhinney on March 21, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    It seems a bit farcical that Watson is out one game for disciplinary reasons and then captaining the next, but what choice do Australia have with a relatively inexperienced squad? While the first innings of the last Test showed that they can post a decent total without Clarke carrying them, it has certainly been the exception rather than the rule. Realistically, I'd say that an India win is the most likely result in this last game.

  • ZCFOutkast on March 21, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    Clarke, Arthur & Marsh would look like fools if they make Watson captain following the recent discipline. Retain Haddin and give him the captaincy!

  • on March 21, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    They push india to one more step ahead for historic 4-0

  • on March 21, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    They push india to one more step ahead for historic 4-0

  • ZCFOutkast on March 21, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    Clarke, Arthur & Marsh would look like fools if they make Watson captain following the recent discipline. Retain Haddin and give him the captaincy!

  • jmcilhinney on March 21, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    It seems a bit farcical that Watson is out one game for disciplinary reasons and then captaining the next, but what choice do Australia have with a relatively inexperienced squad? While the first innings of the last Test showed that they can post a decent total without Clarke carrying them, it has certainly been the exception rather than the rule. Realistically, I'd say that an India win is the most likely result in this last game.

  • AKS286 on March 21, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    No one is better option than nathan Lyon. N.Lyon will captaining in the next game. Clarke & Arthur trust lyon more than any player. and he has the experience of bowling more overs than anyone.

  • cricketfanwrites on March 21, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    Wow! Clarke and Co talking about "...learning something from this tour", I never thought I'd hear that from him. Maybe his leadership style is gradually getting better. Dare I say not a dictator anymore! For the record, the disgruntled four were sacked for one test without stripping them of their 'titles' and were not put on probation. Hence, once they are available for selection and should resume with their responsibilities. If CA wanted to make a real "line in the sand" statement to its players, they should have sacked the four for the remaining games and put them on probation for up to one year. All is not lost yet though, if CA do not want Watson to captain the side, they should play Clarke with his bad back (he has done it before on numerous occasions). CA certainly took their eyes off the ball when they selected this squad. You should not have looked ahead to the ashes when you have India in India. I expected more from CA. Stop blaming the players on this tour for your failures.

  • heathrf1974 on March 21, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    Haddin should be captain. Watson has little experience in the role.

  • whoster on March 21, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    < "He's plays his own way, he's very aggressive and he's a match-winner. I love seeing him play that way," Clarke said of Watson before training on Thursday.> Not sure that 2 centuries in 40 Tests constitutes a match winner - and even less so now he's not bowling. With the constant bungling the Aussies have done in recent times, it's excruciating to see how Clarke (and Arthur) are attempting to say how wonderfully rosy everything is looking. What an embarrassing state of affairs to have a player dropped for having the wrong attitude in the last Test becoming captain in the next. Without Clarke's runs, the Aussies may as well fly home now.

  • on March 21, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    The best way to play the Indian spin is to be aggressive selectivly. Defend with a dead defensive bat if the ball pitches in line with the stumps. If it pitches even a bit outside , step out, meet it in half-volley and thrash. You will make the bowler jittery and defensive. Bit don't forget to be alert to regain the crease, if you miss.

  • on March 21, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    @AKS286 on (March 21, 2013, 13:55 GMT) If Nathan Lyon can be the Captain, Doherty can. Sir Smith can. Even Maxwell can be a non-playing captain.

    Jokes apart, Haddin should have been the first choice WK and also the vice-captain. Inverarity & co seem to be very poor in judging people. They could have easily seen, that Watto, with his ambitions, will NOT be a good deputy to Clarke. Clarke, being Clarke makes it bad. Mickey makes it worse.

    Wonder cricketers in almost all the countries get administrators like this !( I used to think, OZ was an exception ! That doesn't seem to be the case)

  • on March 21, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    Haddin should captain if Clarke can't play He was the vice-captain before Hobson's choice Watson was appointed v-c and he performed serviceably with gloves and bat in T3. Has Watson ever captained a team in a firs class match ?