Australia in New Zealand 2009-10 March 15, 2010

Clarke joins squad in Wellington

Cricinfo staff

Michael Clarke has arrived in New Zealand to prepare for the two-Test series after taking a week off to deal with the breakdown of his engagement. Clarke did not speak to the media on his departure in Sydney on Monday morning or after landing in Wellington and was flanked by team officials and security at both ends of the trip.

Clarke, the vice-captain, was given time off by Cricket Australia to deal with his personal life but his team-mates are confident he will be in Test mode by the start of Friday's opening game at the Basin Reserve. After missing the final three one-day internationals in the 3-2 series win over New Zealand, Clarke's next step is to train with the squad on Tuesday.

Mark Greatbatch, the New Zealand coach, said Clarke would be treated as just another batsman during the series. "He's a qualified and wonderful Test player, we'll have plans to bowl to him like we have for the other guys," he said. "He won't be any different."

Phillip Hughes, Steven Smith, Marcus North and Simon Katich also touched down in New Zealand to join the outfit. Smith, the batsman-legspinner, is on a high after his selection in the squad and he also won the Steve Waugh Medal as New South Wales' player of the year in Sydney on Sunday.

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  • Sam on March 16, 2010, 11:18 GMT

    At the risk of sounding hypocritical and warranting the Clarke Bingle saga a comment it doesn't deserve, I wish the general public were intelligent enough to realize that the whole thing is a media circus that is set up to generate money for all forms of media, Much in the same way that Peter Andre and Jordan , and Posh and Becks have made a lucrative living out of the UK media, Clarke and Bingle are attempting to take the simple people of Australia for a similar ride. All of the above cases involve at least one person with no particular talent desperate to keep their names in the public who is going to pay the most for the "Clarke and Bingle Get Back Together " story and more importantly who is going to be stupid enough to buy it....Let's wash our hands of the whole thing before it gets ridiculous and we'll find without any attention from the media , helped by Bingles non-existent array of talents we'll soon be saying "Lara Bingle, Where the Bloody Hell are ya"

  • ankur on March 16, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    sorry i don't think i said something which needs to be so debated about........rather than taking dig at me.........i would appreciate ppl posting their own independent views..

  • Michael on March 15, 2010, 23:46 GMT


    Did you read the comments that you're responding to? Read your opening post and tell me how it makes any sense. As for sledging Tendulkar, i don't know that I've seen anybody on here sledging Tendulkar, let alone "most of [us]". I, for one, am a big fan of the little master, as a cricketer. As a person, I'm not so sure about him. The incident with Harbajhan calling Symonds a "Monkey" comes to mind. First Tendulkar is quoted as saying that nothing was said, then later he says that the word that was said was something that sounded like "Monkey". Now, was something said or not?

  • Chris on March 15, 2010, 23:36 GMT

    good luck pup, i think most informed cricket fans would agree his last 12 months have not been his best and hopefully with all this behind him, he can get back into the form which has seen him promoted to VC. Any player that can make 150 on debut in India is cleary talented he just needs to realise his potential now. As for possible sledging, we (Aussies) give it out to all and sundry and would be foolish to think the kiwi's will not target him in the manner we target other teams, this series could well be the turning point for Pup which see's him either become one of the greats or another in the long list of players who did not reach their potential.

  • Avroneel on March 15, 2010, 19:31 GMT

    Pretty good to see Pup joining the team though i would have liked to see him back home and get out of the trauma. Eventually, this step will really shut all his critics who doubut his future role in Australian cricket. He has done the right thing, he choosed his career first. Now, Pup for all your fans just crack a 100 in the first test. It will be really helpful, if media leaves him alone at this moment though we all are aware of their character so we can just hope. All The Best PUP !!!

  • Aditya on March 15, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    Clarke is a very good and consistent cricketer, no matter what his personal life is.

    He might have struggled in the last 6 months after the recurrence of the injury. But it would be impossible to stop him if he continues to play as he did in the T20's against pakistan.

    By means of sledging or by other means, i feel clarke will have an impact in this series.

  • ankur on March 15, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    wow, "sleaze",tabloid reader"....................nice guys keep it coming but do publish your credentials b4 posting derogatory comments abt others.......

    meanwhile i stand by comment on clarke being over-hyped cricketer.............and yes most of you here sledge tendulkar for being only "record hungry" without looking at his team in 90's....... so lets be saint here...

  • David on March 15, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    Sledge the sledger. Don't hold back on him. This is the way the aussies operate. Seldge pup to the hilt about that personal matter. That is how the aussies play it. The will dish it out. They will take it like men. I say sledge him to the hilt.

  • RajivSrinivasan on March 15, 2010, 12:03 GMT

    Mr Gupta Ankur, in what capacity did MS dhoni become the casptain of india cricket team. has he got 20 test hundreds and 15 ODi hundreds.Things cant be different if you are from india. I am an indian and I have been a neutral in my opinion, where as most of my indian brothers comment through the air without verifying the other side of the story.Just like you

  • Rajaram on March 15, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    Guys like Gupta.Ankur like sleaze more than cricket.He displays his ignorance so obviously.He should confine himself to reading tabloids.

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