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

Clarke apologises and feels 'distraught'

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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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  • 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..

  • kabe_ag7 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.

  • Jaggadaaku 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!

  • Jaggadaaku 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.

  • 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

  • turtledeer 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???

  • Meety 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!

  • stationmaster 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.

  • 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.

  • 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..

  • kabe_ag7 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.

  • Jaggadaaku 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!

  • Jaggadaaku 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.

  • 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

  • turtledeer 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???

  • Meety 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!

  • stationmaster 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.

  • 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.

  • on December 6, 2010, 23:05 GMT

    Michael Clarke is a top class batsman! All cricketing fans know that! However, I must admit that he probably made himself look stupid by not leaving the pitch when he fully knew that he was out caught, and caught out! Nothing to do with emotions!

  • DougalR on December 6, 2010, 23:02 GMT

    "I just remember looking back at the umpire and yelling no, no, no," - why would [non-striker] Hussey be yelling at the umpire?

  • Rooboy on December 6, 2010, 22:54 GMT

    lol the usual, predictable Aussie bashing comments. I have to respond to Rajeesh Nangariyil ... mate, how does a team win 16 test matches in a row, twice, through luck?! I mean sure, luck plays a part in every game, but don't you think there might have just been a small element of skill and superiority over the opposition involved too? It's just hilarious that some people are so bitter or incapable of giving credit where it's due that they resort to comments such as Rajeesh's.

  • stationmaster on December 6, 2010, 22:27 GMT

    The picture on the main page of the website (with Hussey in background), is black and white proof that Hussey WASN'T looking at the umpire as he describes, but very obviously looking right at Clarke, so the whole 'didn't see it' from Hussey is just another Aussie lie to cover up the hole they've dug themselves into. At least have some grace Aussies ! I'm an Aussie and seeing these two at the press conference yesterday was nothing short of toe curling, they were like teenagers. Grow up.

  • on December 6, 2010, 22:24 GMT

    "If we can draw the match, England will see it as a loss so that's got to drive us on," Hussey said.

    Pray tell me why is that. You are changing the rules Hussey. England loses only if you win.

    BTW, it is good to see Austrlia losing. They have been so arrogant for so long. I hope Poms win tomorrow and the rain do not play the spoil sport. All the best England!!!

  • kabe_ag7 on December 6, 2010, 22:16 GMT

    I thought he already made himself look stupid by stopping after realising that his obvious nick wasn't picked by the umpire. Then he goes on to be more stupid by apologising on twitter citing 'emotions'. Nobody walks but I don't think anybody else has given a funnier reason not to walk - emotions. And so I assume that Clarke is now going to walk every time his emotions don't get the better of him after nicking a ball.

  • Hutty86 on December 6, 2010, 21:48 GMT

    Why should he apologise? Cricket's a hard game and a pommy wouldn't have walked. What a storm in a teacup

  • Stevo_ on December 6, 2010, 21:42 GMT

    @Dylan "Its not a bad move, it made the English use up a referral. Not that they are going to need them today...."

    Successful reviews don't count towards the limit of 2

  • on December 6, 2010, 21:36 GMT

    Every single team in world cricket has both walkers and non-walkers, so I don't think any of us have the right to assume the moral high ground on this one really.

  • on December 6, 2010, 21:36 GMT

    Whether it is because of the referral system placing pressure on them or simle lack of talent, the fact is that the players on both sides have little to no confidence in all three umpires. They don't even trust the referral to make the right call, which I expect is why Clarke returned to the crease. There have been far too many corrected decisions during this series so far, showing that these umpires are actually leaving it to the players to make the decisions for themselves. The umpires are being by-passed due to their own ineptitude.

  • on_the_level on December 6, 2010, 21:16 GMT

    This settles it - Clarke will make a natural Australian captain.

  • saintilayan on December 6, 2010, 21:04 GMT

    being an indian nd inspite f seein dravid tendulkar laxman sehwag ganguly nd many more,i wud say i luv micheal hussey so much...he iz d true gentlemen f dis game...no doubt ppl call him Mr. cricket..he iz d true ambassador f d game..Of all d aussies players dat hve been arnd 4 d last 2 decades i strongly say he iz d best...1 wud sad be it frm nywhr on d day he retires...he has many years f cricket left in him..!!!!

  • OutdoorMiner on December 6, 2010, 20:57 GMT

    Johnathan Trott didn't walk in the first innings of the first test even though hot spot showed he nicked it, why should Michael Clarke have to walk?

  • on December 6, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    Its not a bad move, it made the English use up a referral. Not that they are going to need them today....

  • on December 6, 2010, 20:19 GMT

    Clarke never walks - the emotion always gets to him. As usual flattered to deceive.

  • Stevo_ on December 6, 2010, 20:14 GMT

    @jimmydddd "Do non strikers seek to influence the umpire on appeals these days?" No they don't.

    Hussey was yelling no no no at Clarke in regards to the fact that a run wasn't available, he wasn't yelling at the umpire

  • bad_boy on December 6, 2010, 20:11 GMT

    are you kiddin me... walk... BS.... everyone wants second chance... some get it .... some don't...

  • asillypoint on December 6, 2010, 20:08 GMT

    How nice. "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." And Ponting wants the opposition to take the word of the fielder for catches. Dream on, dream on.

  • SurlyCynic on December 6, 2010, 20:03 GMT

    Stupid to 'walk' and then come back, but all these comments about 'walking' - do Eng, Ind, SA 'walk'? No, noone does since Gilly, so I don't think we can be so holier-than-thou. And I'm not an Aussie.

  • lananad on December 6, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    Australian Bowling attack cannot win matches. Speacially without a quality spinner. By bowling left arm darts like Doherty or looping lolly pops like Hauritz their future is bleak. My uncle who is 60 will bowl better than both spinners.

  • Veblen1964 on December 6, 2010, 19:44 GMT

    It's the Ashes, of course he's not going to walk! (and I'm English), far too important for that! No quarter should be given or asked. Only thing that's a disappointment is that someone has presumably told him to apologise....game in the balance, last over, you're the man thats meant to lead the effort to save the game, even if it's only adrenaline kicking in it's far too much to ask for someone to walk.

  • on December 6, 2010, 19:41 GMT

    I agree with nkjakajack. Gilchrist was the prime example he would advocate walking as a batsman but then would appeal to build pressure when a batsman was clearly not out. If we are going to criticize batsmen for not walking we should also apply the same standards to the fielding side.

  • on December 6, 2010, 19:35 GMT

    Hussey meant "no, no, no!" (i.e why did you get out now, on the last ball of the day), I believe.

  • cricketcritic on December 6, 2010, 19:34 GMT

    The mistake he made was starting to walk in the first place and then changing his mind - he looked a fool in the end. I have no problem with players leaving it to the umpire to make the call, but this was something else, he totally clubbed it!! Wasn't surprised to see him get out last night, he was so intense, jumpy and playing with such hard hands that it was inevitable. A total contrast to the serenity of Cook at the crease. The fight was there but not the composure.

  • on December 6, 2010, 19:31 GMT

    Isnt it amazing how many Indian fans complain about Clarke and his non-walking in the 'infamous Sydney Test'. And what about Sachin and Yuvraj doing exactly the same thing in the same game? And the fact that Gilly is the ONLY modern cricketer to walk. At least Clarke apologised for his actions (albeit on Twitter, but hey, thats the modern world isnt it.) And when was the last time an Indian player or the BCCI apologised for anything? The simple fact is...EVERY international player tries to get away with as much as they can, regardless of nationality, emotions, or anything else.

  • on December 6, 2010, 19:19 GMT

    wonder about Hussye comment "I just remember looking back at the umpire and yelling no, no, no,"... does he can do that? Requesting not to give out? interesting.... Clarke don't need to apologize.. he had done it many time... what will change now... Apologize to Australian fans for getting out... Not walking down is what expected for Austarlians... nothing strange in that.

  • RunsNRuins on December 6, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    I still remember when he nicked it to Slips of Kumble & stood ground, Harsha Bhogle in the commentary box came up with one of his classics, " I think he is waiting for tomorrow's newspaper to declare him out"

  • David47 on December 6, 2010, 18:37 GMT

    What a mess. Captaincy material?? - I don't think so. Not because he didn't walk - it was the excuse. And all this bs about Australians "never walking", with the implication of them being cheats?? So everybody else, particularly the indians, do walk?? Yeh, right, sure they do.

  • westindiancanadian on December 6, 2010, 18:36 GMT

    what a joke!!!! Other than ponting, is there anybody who buys this? normally I jump all over the Aussies for this but Cook stood his ground as well. This game has no integrity left.

  • on December 6, 2010, 18:32 GMT

    Actually..Mike Hussey seems to be a decent bloke...They should give him captaincy for two years. Since I have not followed Hussey's domestic career at WA..looking to Aussie fans to tell me if he is a smart captain or not? Cheers

  • Peter_Walters on December 6, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    Clarke was checking to see if Pietersen had noballed :-------)

  • fatmann on December 6, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    Not many batsmen walk these days, but I find it ironic that Michael Clarke has done this before and thinks it's OK to use the 'distraught' excuse again. Apologising is only his way of masking his guilt. As for Hussey, much as I admire his grit and determination, he is also one who will always dispute his dismissal if he gets the chance. It's just the nature of the beast that is Australian cricket - they just don't 'walk'. In today's professional environment, they've got their backs to the wall and win at all cost is the cry. Good luck England, hope the weather doesn't play a part. This is going to be an epic Ashes series. Love it!

  • on December 6, 2010, 18:06 GMT

    @popcorn

    Hats off to you man .. a real aussie fan .. with blinkers n all. Clarke n ethical ? you must be playing antonyms.

    N for those who r all in awe of gilly walking, get this .. he's walked only once against srilanka in a WC ODI n got so much praise that he has made a reputation out of it & used it smartly at times to turn 50-50 situations for him n australia. Has started walking only since .. never seen him do it before that. N yeah, the standards are so low that he's now made a media career out of it.

  • Tokas on December 6, 2010, 18:06 GMT

    Well NO SURPRISES here ...Mike you batted good but all that stands to be undone by your cheap act at the end. If there was no UDR system...you would have stayed and england would have suffered....you are Ricky Pointing in making and will end up probably as same kind of captain.

  • paragmehta on December 6, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    Who's apologizing? Is this the same guy known to claim grassed catches like this one ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRHvA1Gps14 ) and one off Ganguly in the infamous Sydney test. Too bad the Aussies think Clark is captainship material post Ponting, I can't wonder what would happen then.

  • Rahulbose on December 6, 2010, 17:37 GMT

    If you are going to be a SOB on the field, atleast have the guts to own up to it outside the field as well. What is he apologizing for now?

    This is the problem with this lot of Aussies, there are all soft on the inside. Can anyone imagine Steve Waugh's Aussies apologizing like this at the end of day's play?

  • sam_the_man on December 6, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    Was Clarke hoping for the "unreliable" technology (as Ponting claims) to work on his favor?..

  • Bodyline_1933 on December 6, 2010, 17:11 GMT

    I would like to agree with a certain Mr. Jardine on his observation about the Australians. Clarke just proved him right.

  • jimmydddd on December 6, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    What did Hussey mean when he said that after Clarke's nick 'his first instinct was to turn to Hill. "I just remember looking back at the umpire and yelling no, no, no," '? Do non strikers seek to influence the umpire on appeals these days? Maybe I am naive but I didn't know that happens (and if it does why do the umnpires tolerate it, why don't they warn/ discipline the players?)

  • on December 6, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    this incident shows why India should accept theUDRS facility

  • Lahori_Munde on December 6, 2010, 16:41 GMT

    haha.. Ye Sure Clarke!! Clarke will repeat the same again in future and apologize afterwards. Another Perfect Ponting in making..

  • nkjakajack on December 6, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    Batsmen should not be expected to walk...many times they are given out wrongly...the fielders and bowlers appeal even when they know that the batsman is not out...y are only the batsmen expected to show moral high ground. Of-course with UDRS its different now..becomes embarrassing since the batsman gets found out.

  • rkhalil on December 6, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    May be tomorrow's First wicket will be Mike Hussey, and England WIN is better for Test Cricket.

  • unbiased1 on December 6, 2010, 16:12 GMT

    pl Mr. Clarke, don't try to humiliate yourself and australia any further because the whole cricketing world knows exactly this is how australian criketers behave except a lonely Gilchrist. And wake up Aussies,Steve Bucknor isn't coming out of retirement.Soooo Sad. Isn't it?

  • on December 6, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    Clarke's apology! Bah! Ask Anil Kumble the last time they toured Australia. Had it not been for the UDRS he would've never been gone. These cricket writers give credit where it's never due. Building up these OZs as demi gods. Sure! He is sorry! Of not getting away with it.

  • on December 6, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    Clarke's apology! Bah! Ask Anil Kumble the last time they toured Australia. Had it not been for the UDRS he would've never been gone. These cricket writers give credit where it's never due. Building up these OZs as demi gods. Sure! He is sorry! Of not getting away with it.

  • pradeepanonline on December 6, 2010, 15:29 GMT

    C'mon, Pup. just because this was so blatant , it doesn't mean you have to put on a show that you a clean guy.. go back to a few times in the past when you've not been honest. nobody will buy your tweets. nobody expects you to walk either. just don't be an hypocrite. maybe try to learn how to play swing bowling and help yourself. thanks.

  • on December 6, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    Clarke started to wailk until he realised the umpire had not given him out. England then had to use the referral system to get the decision. Was this not a crafty move by Clarke to get England to use up one of their 2 UDR's.

  • green_jelly on December 6, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    "Not walking" is an Aussie "instinct" just like their so called "fighting instincts". Good on Clark though, for openly apologizing for what was clearly a "dick move". I wonder what he would've done if there was no UDRS and he had remained not out.

  • Philip_Gnana on December 6, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    The OZ walking? Gilly was the only exception I thought. If only all Aussies walked if only. Thank God for the UDR System. It is also creditable that the OZ have opted for it. This will only ecourage the rest to do so. Clarke has apologised and that has to be recognised. Well done for do that Mike. There were mitigating circumstances no doubt. A 104 run stand. Well the rest need to carry on and North needs to deliver now. Haddin has proved his worth but will he be able to follow his 1st Innings heroics? Without Mitch it has only made matters worse. Johnson would have been a handful in this varied pitch. Good contest and great to see England on the positive side. It just shows the contribution Warney and McGrath have made to the OZ cricket. Dont blame Ponting for the state of the team. It is not leadership it is the individuals taking ownership. Well done so far England....Come oooooooonnnnnn Englaaaand. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • on December 6, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    It is really good of him to apologize for his mistake.

  • on December 6, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    Love how people are all having a go at Australians for not walking, dont remember any other countries' players doing the same, some of these comments are a joke.

  • on December 6, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    Clarke should have felt regret before the England team went on to the review. But now its all-over, don't worry mate its all in the game!

  • Philip_Gnana on December 6, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    The OZ walking? Gilly was the only exception I thought. If only all Aussies walked if only. Thank God for the UDR System. It is also creditable that the OZ have opted for it. This will only ecourage the rest to do so. Clarke has apologised and that has to be recognised. Well done for do that Mike. There were mitigating circumstances no doubt. A 104 run stand. Well the rest need to carry on and North needs to deliver now. Haddin has proved his worth but will he be able to follow his 1st Innings heroics? Without Mitch it has only made matters worse. Johnson would have been a handful in this varied pitch. Good contest and great to see England on the positive side. It just shows the contribution Warney and McGrath have made to the OZ cricket. Dont blame Ponting for the state of the team. It is not leadership it is the individuals taking ownership. Well done so far England....Come oooooooonnnnnn Englaaaand. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • Divinetouch on December 6, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    Clarke apology yeah right.

    Remember him wanting to talk to Anil Kumble after the farce when India were last in Australia.

    Let Ponting believe him.

  • Triniboy85 on December 6, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    This is not the first time you have pulled this stunt Mr. Clarke. You nicked it big time off Anil Kumble in the Sydney test in second innings and were still standing there sheepishly looking at Australia's best man Mr.Bucknor. When Kumble brought up this matter you said you were shocked and overcome with emotion.

    You are 29 and not a kid Michael. When you nick you walk which has never been a hallmark of Australian players. What a shame that your good knock will be remembered for only you not walking. When you get a moment think about it and you owe your fans and cricket in general a big apology via media, not on twitter which is used only by teenagers.

  • on December 6, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    Obviously he must be much distressed after getting out in the death overs, a good gesture by him for making apologies. Great player.

  • kickapakibutt on December 6, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    Knowing the Aussies and punter, my comment is "yeah right!"

  • Vijaycric on December 6, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    He has done it already. If my memory serves right, Clarke edged one of Kumble's deliveries to slip and stood his ground during the infamous India-Australia sydney test.

  • prabhunagaraja on December 6, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    Whether Clarke had apologised its a habit that most australians have now a days, Cant be changed. Just trying their luck.

  • on December 6, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    It was only Gilly in the Australian team who walked off all the time.... Most of the people don't do that.... I think there are few others Brian Lara and Jayawardene.... But i don't remember any other names.....

  • Saxo on December 6, 2010, 12:34 GMT

    Clarke apologizes for NOT walking?! This must be a joke! He is not known for sportsman spirit.

  • Riyazdeen on December 6, 2010, 12:28 GMT

    Mr. cricket (hussey) is really a gem for australian cricket. he will stand till the end. but not sure about the other end.. team australia deserves to loose the game.. even kiwis ( considered as underdogs) gave good fight against champ india but australia did'nt play like that. kudos to england.. they deserve to win the series.... come on england....

  • Jagman50 on December 6, 2010, 12:13 GMT

    Clarke feel sorry after the refferal was successful. Question must be asked if the referral is inconclusive and decesion is made in favor to Clarke, would he still walk having known he knicked?

    This reminds me the joke the last Australian cricketer to walk is Alan Border.....He did so some where from Adelaide to Melbourne (or so) to raise funds for some good cause.

    No wonder there are no takers of the Pontin's proposal to accept fielder's word. This game is no longer a gentlemen's game.

  • dsig3 on December 6, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    This is not aus next captain. This guy is weak. You should apologise for letting the team down so many times recently and letting offield issues affect your temperament. You let aus down very badly at the end of today why would you worry about how you are perceived because you didnt walk? What the hell are you thinking?

  • on December 6, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    clarke........very poor from u.........dont learn all this from ponting....if u know k u r out then u shd walk away..........u shdnt wait for 3 rd empire........learn some thing from gilly...............pplz loves gillchirst ............but not ponting.........so u wanna b like gilly or ponting ????? u hv to decide

  • ajitkhadd on December 6, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    Nothing new for Mr. Clarke. During the infamous Sydney test he had edged a delivery to first slip. There was a big nick and deflection, even then he stood his ground thinking Bucknor might save him. Later he said that he was shocked to get out on "Zero". First he does a silly mistake and gives stupid reasons!

  • needgreenpitches4bowlingallrounders on December 6, 2010, 10:58 GMT

    Do you remember test series down under with India..You have always been like this clarke!!!!!

  • LALITHKURUWITA on December 6, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    I am looking forward to see North is made South & gone less than 10 runs and get dropped. Except Harris all other 3 bowlers should be dropped alongwith Punter. I think Aussies should apply rotation policy. Then we are happy that they are not dropped but rotated or rested. For Perth we can rotate bowlers again and Hauritz can join after resting for two matches. Would Punter be rotated soon? Can somebody answer me?

  • popcorn on December 6, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    Michael Clarke is an ethical cricketer. Had he not walked a few steps, England would not have referred the Umpire's not out decision.Engish cricketers NEVER walk.

  • on December 6, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    Ive always said Aussies have won about 25% of matches through weather ..they avoided 25% of defeat through weather....cant blame them..cant blame the weather..theyve just been plain lucky blokes on the cricket field...

  • popcorn on December 6, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    Poetric Justice will be done tomorrow.Australia will draw the Adelaide Test. The batsmen and the weather will frustrate England. Remember Cardiff? At least, Australia will not use CHEAP delay tactics like Andrew Strauss sending out a bearded fellow with gloves that were not required - not once, but twice - to the SAME batsman, and a physio Moobs who was in need of therapy himself, not the batsmen at the crease.

  • on December 6, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    This is not new for Clarke, he must have remember sydney test against India when he edge to slip and taken but he doesn't move and was waiting for umpire decision. After the match Clarke made same statement. So Mr. Clarke please don't try to made people fool by making such a statement. People know you very well that what kind of honest you are.

  • on December 6, 2010, 9:53 GMT

    C'mon Clarke, you don't need to apologize for this. People are smart enough to understand who is honest and who is not. I would have appreciated if you had said, i did not know whether i nicked the ball, rather saying, i know i nicked it, but i did not walk.

  • on December 6, 2010, 9:38 GMT

    LOL, it's funny hearing an Aussie hoping for the weather to intervene. How the tables have turned in the last a few years!

  • mrmonty on December 6, 2010, 9:36 GMT

    Fantastic reaction from Clarke. "my emotions got the best of me". Yes, I was so relieved and overjoyed to see the field umpire declare me not out that I forgot we the UDRS in play.

  • Webba84 on December 6, 2010, 9:34 GMT

    Clarke isnot the one who should be apologizing at this point, I'd rather hear it from Ponting or the selectors or the bowlers.

  • on December 6, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    Is this something new? People haven't forgotten how Clarke didn't walk after getting a big edge into the hands of Rahul Dravid in the lone slip during India's tour Down Under in 2007-08. He actually had the audacity to wait for the umpire to raise his finger when he had played a cut straight into the hands of Dravid. Nobody expects any of the Aussies to walk. And then giving lame excuses like "my emotions got the better of me" is exactly whats actually expected of the Aussies.

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  • on December 6, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    Is this something new? People haven't forgotten how Clarke didn't walk after getting a big edge into the hands of Rahul Dravid in the lone slip during India's tour Down Under in 2007-08. He actually had the audacity to wait for the umpire to raise his finger when he had played a cut straight into the hands of Dravid. Nobody expects any of the Aussies to walk. And then giving lame excuses like "my emotions got the better of me" is exactly whats actually expected of the Aussies.

  • Webba84 on December 6, 2010, 9:34 GMT

    Clarke isnot the one who should be apologizing at this point, I'd rather hear it from Ponting or the selectors or the bowlers.

  • mrmonty on December 6, 2010, 9:36 GMT

    Fantastic reaction from Clarke. "my emotions got the best of me". Yes, I was so relieved and overjoyed to see the field umpire declare me not out that I forgot we the UDRS in play.

  • on December 6, 2010, 9:38 GMT

    LOL, it's funny hearing an Aussie hoping for the weather to intervene. How the tables have turned in the last a few years!

  • on December 6, 2010, 9:53 GMT

    C'mon Clarke, you don't need to apologize for this. People are smart enough to understand who is honest and who is not. I would have appreciated if you had said, i did not know whether i nicked the ball, rather saying, i know i nicked it, but i did not walk.

  • on December 6, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    This is not new for Clarke, he must have remember sydney test against India when he edge to slip and taken but he doesn't move and was waiting for umpire decision. After the match Clarke made same statement. So Mr. Clarke please don't try to made people fool by making such a statement. People know you very well that what kind of honest you are.

  • popcorn on December 6, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    Poetric Justice will be done tomorrow.Australia will draw the Adelaide Test. The batsmen and the weather will frustrate England. Remember Cardiff? At least, Australia will not use CHEAP delay tactics like Andrew Strauss sending out a bearded fellow with gloves that were not required - not once, but twice - to the SAME batsman, and a physio Moobs who was in need of therapy himself, not the batsmen at the crease.

  • on December 6, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    Ive always said Aussies have won about 25% of matches through weather ..they avoided 25% of defeat through weather....cant blame them..cant blame the weather..theyve just been plain lucky blokes on the cricket field...

  • popcorn on December 6, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    Michael Clarke is an ethical cricketer. Had he not walked a few steps, England would not have referred the Umpire's not out decision.Engish cricketers NEVER walk.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on December 6, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    I am looking forward to see North is made South & gone less than 10 runs and get dropped. Except Harris all other 3 bowlers should be dropped alongwith Punter. I think Aussies should apply rotation policy. Then we are happy that they are not dropped but rotated or rested. For Perth we can rotate bowlers again and Hauritz can join after resting for two matches. Would Punter be rotated soon? Can somebody answer me?