Australia v England, 2nd Test, Adelaide, 4th day December 6, 2010

Clarke apologises and feels 'distraught'


Michael Clarke has said sorry for not walking during a dramatic last-over dismissal that swung the second Test further towards England. Clarke was 80 when he glanced Kevin Pietersen's part-time offspin to Alastair Cook at short leg, leaving Australia 137 runs from forcing the tourists to bat again.

Clarke took a series of steps towards the dressing room before stopping when he realised the umpire Tony Hill wasn't going to raise his finger. England immediately referred the decision and the first replay showed Clarke was out.

"Just want to apologise for not walking off the ground tonight when I hit the ball," Clarke tweeted. "I was just so disappointed, my emotions got the best of me."

Michael Hussey, who was at the other end, saw the nick and his first instinct was to turn to Hill. "I just remember looking back at the umpire and yelling no, no, no," he said. "So I didn't know what was going on down [Clarke's] end. By the time I turned around they pretty much referred it straight away and I could tell in Michael's body language that he thought he was out."

He said Clarke was "pretty distraught" and had not spoken in the dressing room. "It was a real sombre way for us to finish the day because we fought pretty hard and it would have been nice to go in three-down," Hussey said. "It would have really capped off a great day because he played awesome cricket today. He played like the Michael Clarke we love and have loved watching play over the last few years."

Clarke combined for a 104-run stand with Hussey that gave Australia a chance of saving the game, and they were 4 for 238 at stumps. Now that task has been passed on to Hussey and Marcus North, who is once again under pressure to hold his spot.

"If we can draw the match, England will see it as a loss so that's got to drive us on," Hussey said. "We've certainly been outplayed, no question, but if we can get away with 0-0 it will be a great result for us. We've got a bit of hard work to do, with maybe a bit of luck and hopefully some weather to help us along the way."

North has scored 1 and 26 in this series and despite registering a century in Bangalore three matches ago, his hold on his place is loose. "He'll definitely score runs," Hussey said. "He's a champion player, a champion guy to have around the team, and we want him around the team. We're behind him all the way."

However, Hussey has the main job of navigating through the crisis after reaching 44 not out. "I'd be lying if I said I loved it, but it's certainly rewarding to come into a pressure situation and get your team into a position to win the match or save the match," he said. "It gives you a lot of satisfaction. I wish I could come out like Bradman and smash them everywhere, but unfortunately the game doesn't work that way."

Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on December 7, 2010, 2:09 GMT

    @Meety.. the question is not about people walking or not.. its the fact that Clarke "apologized".. as if he has an exceptionally clean image before that..

  • Aditya on December 7, 2010, 2:05 GMT

    @Rajeesh Nangariyl - What a stupid thing to say. Of all the things worth commenting, you had that to say? I'm sure you are emotional as well.

  • JIGNESH on December 7, 2010, 1:37 GMT

    @ Meety, this issue is not about who stays and who leaves, but this issue is about who always stays and then later giving stupid excuses and reasons. Okay let me tell you who always leaves when he got out. The obvious answer is Sachin Tendulkar who never wait for umpire's decision. At-least Micheal Clarke apologized at the end of the day, but Andrew Symonds clearly edged to the wicket-keeper in the match against India 2 years ago and did not leave the ground, nor, umpire-Bucknor raised his stupid finger, and Andrew made 150+ runs in that innings, and did not even apologize at the end of the day/match or not even in these 2 years. Bucknor was the worst umpire in the history of cricket, and Australia have won many matches because of him. Australia knows how to pressure umpires and even opponent players. But now they also learned how to loose the game. Way to go world!

  • JIGNESH on December 7, 2010, 1:19 GMT

    Micheal Clarke is a good human being and great spirit of cricket. He made mistake and later apologized for trying to stay on the ground. On the other hand, Andrew Symonds (Monkey) did same thing in the match against India 2 years ago, clearly edged to wicket-keeper and did not leave the ground, nor, the umpire-Bucknor raised his finger. Later he made 150+ runs in that innings, but did not apologized at the end of that day or even in these 2 years yet.

  • Dummy4 on December 7, 2010, 1:12 GMT

    @stationmaster: Cook _did not_ walk. He was given out by the umpire. He hanged arnd for the ump's decision[that too after making 148, which is a shame in itself]....the only thing he did do right was not refer it. I am pretty sure if Clarke had made 300+ runs in the series [and his team was out of trouble] , he would have walked too. Also, despite hating Aus so much, I kinda agree with POPCORN here. From what I saw in the recently concluded Eng-Pak and Eng-Bang series, English players _never_ walked, even on the _very clear_ edges. esp Strauss, Bell, Cook, Trott, Prior, when their team was in trouble. SO why blame clarke? Would Strauss have walked in a similar situation? absolutely not. And @Prashant, Gilly was an extremely moral cricketer who always walked. I have seen Tendulkar nick to the wicketkeeper and to bat-pad and not walk. So its not as if Sachin [or Indian players for that matter] is a saint himself [ and yes, I am an Indian]. The only person who does walk nowadays is Dhoni

  • A on December 7, 2010, 0:09 GMT

    I dont see any reason why he should appologise. Non walkers are accepted part of the game these days. He just put himself in the spot by appologizing. I wonder if someone had actually asked for any appology???

  • Andrew on December 6, 2010, 23:56 GMT

    @Rajeesh Nangariyl - thats a pretty lame comment - Oz have always been lucky with weather. Load of rubbish mate. The real issue people on this site should be commenting on is - why didn't the on- field umpire give him out? Who walks in this day & age. Gilly & Lara are about the only 2 of the modern era. Cook didn't walk - he knew it was a catch, & rightly waited for the umpire to adjudicate. I have seen plenty of incidents where a batsmen is out & has made the umpire officially raise his finger. Just about every batsmen in the game has done this to some extent. It's funny how the usual suspects have lined up to have a whinge. Get a life!

  • Giles on December 6, 2010, 23:26 GMT

    @ Hutty86 on your 'Pommy wouldn't walk' comment. I think you'll find that Cook walked for a MUCH fainter egde, that even hotspot didn't really pick up convincingly - but he knew, so he walked. Which kinda negates your Pommy comment.

  • Dummy4 on December 6, 2010, 23:14 GMT

    It speaks volumes that Clarke even acknowledged a mistake at all. Well played, sir.

  • Hutty86 on December 6, 2010, 23:14 GMT

    If by arrogant you mean dominant for 15 years, then yes Aussies have. Muppet.

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