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Selectors back Michael Clarke to rediscover form

ESPNcricinfo staff

January 25, 2011

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Michael Clarke struggled for fluency in his 36, Australia v England, 1st ODI, Melbourne, January 16, 2010
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Michael Clarke, the out-of-form one-day captain, will continue to receive the support of Australia's selectors at least until the end of the World Cup. While Clarke has been struggling for runs throughout the summer, Greg Chappell said the panel has been impressed with his leadership against England, who the hosts lead 3-0 in the seven-match series.

"We have a lot of reasons to support him at this time," Chappell said in the Sydney Morning Herald. ''We've been delighted with his leadership. His captaincy in the first three games has been excellent. His strategies, bowling changes, everything that he's done - not least winning matches - has been good, and I'm sure that will only be good for him.''

However, Clarke's batting is more of a problem, with him unable to exit the slump which worsened during the Ashes. He scored 193 runs in that campaign and has posted 36, 10 and 9 in the first three ODIs.

"Many wanted Mike Hussey out of the team, we decided to back his ability to perform at the top level and we were repaid in spades by his performances in the Ashes series," Chappell said in the Courier-Mail. "We are pretty confident that given the same opportunities Michael Clarke will repay us the same way. I believe he has got through to the end of the World Cup to sort it out and we are confident he well and truly will have it sorted before then."

Clarke, who is preparing for Wednesday's fourth ODI, said it was "nice" to hear Chappell's positive comments. "I've had a lot of support from a lot of people over the last couple of months and that helps," Clarke said. "A lot of people who support me don't have a story written about them. I know I've got a lot of supporters and fans out there who continue to get behind me. I'm confident that if I keep doing the hard work things will change."

Chappell told Clarke to believe in himself to correct the "state-of-mind" problem. "You can turn it around very quickly and for that reason I'm confident Michael only needs to get a few runs at some stage in the next few games and he'll go to India [for the World Cup] in a very different space than he's in now," he said. ''When you're not playing well you start to think about anything and everything and stop watching the ball. It's nearly as simple as that."

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Posted by amul11 on (January 28, 2011, 6:27 GMT)

It is better to drop Clarke with the Australian Standards. Clarke should opt out of the world cup and allow the form player to participate in world cup. sMain reason for ashes Failure is due to Clarke and Ponting Batting, So ponting is backing him. I think brad Hodge who has done so well in domestic and 20-20 in IPL deserves the place instead of clarke in World cup. White should be the vice captain

Posted by Meety on (January 28, 2011, 6:09 GMT)

@VivGilchrist - about as much as your support for your country is all Yellow.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2011, 5:42 GMT)

Clarke coice is goin to hanut ACB selectors soon in WC, during to tour to India didnt they realised he was scared to play spin, moving out of pitch on every ball to avoid the ball to spin........what can you imagine from the same player when all spinners play on subcontinent spin oriented pitches

Posted by   on (January 28, 2011, 3:56 GMT)

@ Meety that man crush you have on Clarke can be seen from the moon

Posted by Legionnaire on (January 28, 2011, 3:11 GMT)

Not so long ago when Greg Chapell was at helms of Indian cricket, he advised Saurav Ganguly to relinquish captaincy to concentrate more on batting. Greg Chappell left no stones unturned to destroy Ganguly's career. I wonder why doesn't he apply the same benchmarks to judge Clark? Why doesn't he drop Clark to sort out his technique? Greg Chappell might be a great batsman but he is a useless administrator. I have no doubt the day Australia get rid of Greg Chapell, Australia win start winning matches.

Posted by Iceborn999 on (January 28, 2011, 1:30 GMT)

I'll be 50 years old by the time Michael Clarke scores runs.... which will be in his backyard.

Posted by Meety on (January 28, 2011, 0:29 GMT)

@boris6491 - I just want to see Oz fans get behind the boys rather then pizz & moan about this & that, vent @ the selectors & Cricket Oz for being asleep at the wheel, but we wre talking about our captain. He desrves alot more respect in my opinion. I think it's good to express an opinion, I just get a bit frustrated when some peoples comments don't add up. Alot of people are putting WHite & Hussey D forward yet they are not doing that good. I put fwd Haddin but his keeping was appalling early in the series. The search for a new captain I think is a bit off considering we are 3-1 up in the series. I beleive we really should wait until after the WC is over to re-invent the ODI side & the SL Test series (August I think), to re-adjust the Test team.

Posted by Meety on (January 28, 2011, 0:20 GMT)

@Dismayed,boris6491 re: Clarke, I know he is out of form anyone can see that, (he did get a good ball from Colly of all people @ Adelaide). As far as captaincy, the only real option is Haddin because I don't beleive White's form is any better & D Hussey (SCG innings aside). I think that the time for Sackings is after the W/Cup. Fact is the squad has been selected & there is only T20s being played at the moment domestically. My biggest gripe is that some of the arguements against Clarke is plain wrong. The "impactful" side of things is hard to answer as Clarke is more about the 60 of 80balls whilst Punter,Hayden,Watto, Gilly or White even would flay the bowling. Without that type of contribution the Man of the Match innings from a Watto or White would not happen. So I think it's a stacked arguement re: Impact, but I can say he has gotten 10 awards in his career which stacks up well. In theory he is our best player of spin - so you would assume on that alone he has to go to the WC??

Posted by clyde1972 on (January 27, 2011, 23:19 GMT)

i can't understand what good favour Clarke has down for CA and the selectors and what bad, did Brad Hodge do to CA and selectors. Clarke, if he is a good person, he should step down from captainship and find his form first BUT he is too greedy for the job when he is not doing anything good for the team and the country. I remember Sachin tendulkar gave up captainship to concentrate on his batting and for the better of his team and country, dont think so, these guys have such morals. Clarke is been struggling since AUSTRALIA tour of England when they played against pakistan in England, how many more matches, they are going to give him? Where is Callum ferguson, andrew symonds & brad hodge? These selectors have lost their minds and don't know what they were doing. I had good respect for Greg chapell, looks like he has joined a team of jokers as well

Posted by jk.jeetukakwani on (January 27, 2011, 17:00 GMT)

what a sorry for this australian team..the player who doesnt deserve a place in the team is captaining the team..on the current form n future in mind shane watson should be their captain..limited over cricket is not the clarks cup of tea at all. even a club cricketer can tell u that his betting techniche doesnt allow him to play shorts needed for shorter version..he is a "play as per bowl" batsman. why dont these australian selectors understand just a silly thing?? he has become a walking wicket for opposition n teams r deleberetely not getting him out coz he is so slow.he should realize himself n take retirments from odis n t20.he is a class test player n should concentrete on dat only...

Posted by VivGilchrist on (January 27, 2011, 11:41 GMT)

@Meety, I think your man-crush on Michael Clarke is getting a little blue.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (January 27, 2011, 9:38 GMT)

Clerk's average after 4 games 17.50 which is 20th among all players from both Aus & Eng. There are 6 bowlers above his average. We need to change the rule, 12 players, 11 batters & 11 fielders, So he needs not bat. Once Ponting returns he needs not even field. It is like RUGBY.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (January 27, 2011, 9:22 GMT)

I saw CA and some people back up Clerk. This is wrong. There are plenty of good batters around who are consistently performing very well in state matches. Bring the rotation policy and rest him from the team. If Ponting & Clerk are not dropped I do not expect to progress beyond QF. If one is dropped Aussie will reach SF, If both are dropped Aussie will reach Final. If selection commitee & coach are sacked Aussies will win the WC.

Posted by dsig3 on (January 27, 2011, 9:21 GMT)

Yes Chaps your dead right! runs will surely come for pup..........just very, very slowly. The problem is not just that he is out of form, even when in form he struggles to find boundaries which is how the game is evolving sadly. In his best form he will nurdle the ball in the mid overs while everyone watching catches a nap. In the last 15 overs he should get out and let someone who can hit the ball off the square to take his place. AUSTRALIA, this is what we have to look forward to from Clarke. I can hardly wait.......

Posted by Dismayed on (January 27, 2011, 8:41 GMT)

Meety, regardless of all your stats. The fact is Clarke needs to go back to domestic cricket. White and D.Hussey are more than capable of Captaining the side.Clarke has lost his technique, his footwork is almost non existent and has been chasing the ball wide of his body for 3 years as his footwork has dropped off. That is why he has been caught from cover point and behind so often in the last couple of years.Perhaps it is your own bias that is blinding you to his complete loss of form which is adversly effecting the team.

Posted by boris6491 on (January 27, 2011, 8:36 GMT)

@Meety - I don't mean to have a verbal joust with you mate as this is all just friendly banter! I accept all that you say about Clarke and prior to 2007 and his return to the test side, I was his greatest fan. But in the last few years since, the versatile batsman that he once was is all a thing of the past. You talk about all those MOMs. Those were all during that period. The fact is, you still did not answer my question. When was the last time he produced a matchwinning, impactful performance under pressure in ODI cricket (lets leave the recent innings in India aside as that has been already heavily discussed)?

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (January 27, 2011, 8:27 GMT)

Clerk said he is batting really well (until gets out). Then he says I will definitely find the form in the next match. Then CA & Ponting back him up. Then he is again batting really well (until gets out). Then he says I will definitely find the form in the next match. Then CA & Ponting back him up.(Repeat 10 times). Why are Aussies worried about? If somebody wants to see politics in cricket, please follow Australian selectors, Ponting and Clerk these days. Ponting & Clerk are the weakest links in Aussie team right now. I am pretty sure Poting/Clerk will work hard to bring all other test nations above Aussies in Test Ranking. Where is our famous PM John Howard? He might be able to help CA to administer Aussie cricket before taking up ICC. He may be seeking assistance these days from Murali looking for some accommodations in Sri Lanka to watch WC. See you all on 20-03-11 at R. Premadasa in Colombo.

Posted by Dismayed on (January 27, 2011, 8:25 GMT)

Come on, surely Clarke and the side will be better served if he returns to domestic cricket to try and gain some kind of form. The biggest problem in Australian cricket appears to be the lack of a true hard appraisal of self and to admit problems from the top down.We have continuosly seen players picked unfit or rushed back and with no form.D.Nannes must be picked ahead of Bollinger and Tait to support Lee. Bring in S.O'Keefe to partner S.Smith and D.Hussey. Time to admit failings and move forward.

Posted by Meety on (January 27, 2011, 7:58 GMT)

@ boris6491 - in regards that match in India, Oz fielded a very inexperienced side (Starc on debut). When Oz finished their innings I think they all would of been pleased where they ended up given they were 2/16 off 8 overs. Yurav Singh a noted big hitter made 58 off 87 - S/R 67, he came in with India @ 2/30 - so he anchored the innings. Simple strategy, he batted far slower than Pup - but India got home with 7 balls to spare. If Oz only made 250, it should of been a case great knock from Pup underpinning a below par Oz innings. Who knows maybe India would of struggled to chase that. Factis at the moment Pups S/R is lower than his career stats - because he is out of form, he has been a key member of the squad & to drop him before a W/C is suicide. He is a known quantity & should come good soon.

Posted by Meety on (January 27, 2011, 7:46 GMT)

@boris6491 - "impactful" in career terms Clarke has had 10 Man of the Match Awards from 186 games. White 3/76, Watto 11/121, Hussey 8/151, S Marsh 4/32, Symonds 21/198 (some of Symonds were purely for bowling). Again that doesn't always tell the story either. Regardless, big hitters rarely strike when the pressure is on - the equation has to become something akin to a T20 with wickets in hand. Don't get me wrong I would have White in my XI, but he even though he wants to bat 3 or 4, his best positions are 5 & 6, where the equation is simpler for him. If you use "impactful" & "pressure" as a KPI, it is very hard to compare as these are subjective markers & it goes back to what I said about perception. Career stats are indicative - Clarke's career S/R is 4 below White's. I maintain that White's blitz in India would NEVER of happenned if he came in @ 3/20 off 10 overs. Hussey AND Clarke set the scene up for White. TBC!!!!!

Posted by Meety on (January 27, 2011, 7:12 GMT)

@boris6491 - his strike WAS 80 in the India century!!!!! @straight_drive4 - correct - players who have been stuck with include Taylor, both Waughs, Hayden, Gilchrest (both keeping & batting fell away), Chappell & Boon. The thing that really dissappoints is that some of the arguements against Clarke are just plain WRONG! So I sit back & think where the hell is the obvious angst coming from? Some is Interstate rivalry, (example is in QLD plenty of people wanted M Waugh dropped for S Law or M Love) at the moment all Clarke's achievemants (captaincy) is "actually White pulling the strings" & his obvious lack of form is hangable (White not much better, is seen as the great Oz saviour)!

Posted by mariofan97 on (January 27, 2011, 6:06 GMT)

y r we all bagging pup

we SHOULD be praising the HUSSEY bros.

What would we do without them

Posted by mariofan97 on (January 27, 2011, 6:04 GMT)

Side 4 game 5 should be 1. Watson 2. Haddin 3. White 4. Marsh 5. D. Hussey 6. Clarke (GET A MOVE ON!) 7. Smith (give him a break , seriously!) 8. Johnson 9.Lee 10. Doherty 11. Bollinger 12. Tait

Posted by Eccafrog on (January 27, 2011, 6:02 GMT)

Dear Mr G Chappell, how much longrer do you expect we will all have to wait for M Clarke to find "form". It is quite painful watching him scratch around like a chook looking for worms before he gets himself out. Give him a spell out of the limelight which he can't handle and put him back into Stsdte Cricket. He is doing himself or the team no good at the moment. PS this series ODIs 12th in average and 10th in strike rate means not up to it.

Posted by mariofan97 on (January 27, 2011, 5:56 GMT)

the only reason pup moved to no4. was to protect Mr. Cricket from the new ball Huss is back in form so drop Pup to no 5.

Posted by straight_drive4 on (January 27, 2011, 4:08 GMT)

The media has completely destroyed the idea of "supporting a player thorugh times". nowadays, the public expects players to perform all the time, they have forgotten the concept of temporary form loss. when alan border was captain, many players (who were of extreme high quality) such as the waugh brothers lost form but they were retained and had the public backing all the way home - it doesnt happen nowadays. why? because papers need to sell so we have salesman writing for papers instead journalists and UNFORTUNATELY these salesman are influencing the publics opinions. get off clarkes case - he is an absolutely remarkable player WHEN IN FORM. he is not going to regain his form when the whole country is on his back and its a shame because we need players with his talent firing... all the knockers are doing more damage then good to their own country.

Posted by boris6491 on (January 27, 2011, 3:40 GMT)

@Meety - As you said, it is totally perception. Without White's innings, how would Clarke's innings have been viewed because Australia would have reached a score below 250 rather than the good score of 290+ which they achieved? Nobody needs his strike rate to be 100+, but at least at an acceptable point of 80-90. If he does go at a strike rate below 80, it needs to be justified by a consistent run of scores at junctures where the heat is on. You make a valid point about White's innings at Adelaide. Though, as the innings which I have been refererring to shows, he is at least well and truly capable of, on his day, doing the job. Michael Clarke may not produce matchwinning performances in that vein and that is fine. But those matchwinning, impactful performances in pressure situations need to come. Please do enlighten me as to how many of these in ODI cricket there have been recently. The stats really fail to tell the story.

Posted by map27871 on (January 27, 2011, 2:39 GMT)

I think most of these comments are a load of rubbish!Firstly,he is a very good player with excellent averages in both forms of the game.Sure,he might not have the greatest strike rate but not every batsmen in the team needs a strike rate of 100.Secondly,yes he's in a form slump which is frustrating but all players(even the greats) have had them.Who can remember Greg Chappell's run of ducks.I'm sure he will come good.Thirdly, I think his captaincy is pretty good and just because his lifestyle is better or more controversial than others doesn't mean he's not a decent bloke.He's comes across as a pretty decent bloke to me.

Posted by   on (January 26, 2011, 23:19 GMT)

Clarkes fall began the very moment when he was promoted to no 4 to "shield " hussey from the new ball because Huss was in poor form....well, here is a bold soon from my side..drop Clarke from odi cricket , put hussey in at 4, drop Clarke to 5(in tests) and if he still does not score in both the sl series and India series , drop him altogether. Although I am afraid he will probably continue to struggle against steyn and co. Thoughts?

Posted by Meety on (January 26, 2011, 22:51 GMT)

@boris6491 - the 100 against you refer to - Oz was 2/16 off 8 overs! Golden boys Marsh 0 off 11 & Paine 9 off 24 didn't seem to think the pitch was very "flat". Hussey came out & grafted with Clarke - they then lifted the rate Hussey S/R was just under 90. If White came in earlier - he simply WOULD NOT have played that innings. Proof is in the pudding at the Adelaide Oval - when Watto got out White was 11 off 23 - a S/R lower than Clarke's. White applied as much if not more pressure on Watson. White's innings S/R is below is best - but career wise they strike with a difference of about 4 runs per 100 balls. Perception mate! @Paul Martin - where are you "clear" about any of your points? Do you have a PHD in Physcology re: "Top Dog"? In ODI's averages tend to be lower the further down the order you go - so Clarke's average stacks up, his career S/R is not as good as Symonds or Gilchrest, but IS comparable to White's & Hayden's.

Posted by 5wombats on (January 26, 2011, 21:51 GMT)

@Paul Martin; just read your very interesting post re; Clarke. Inspite of being that rarest of creatures - an English wombat - I think the fall of Michael Clarke is nothing short of tragic - tragic for the man & tragic for world cricket. Maybe - he'll come good - who knows. I watched him at Lords in 2009 and he was BRILLIANT - and the "heat" was on! I ask; who has ruined him? - what has happened to this talented player? Is it Ponting? Selectors? Who is responsible? Take them out and shoot them.

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (January 26, 2011, 21:46 GMT)

Michael Clarke has the highest batting average of the current Australian ODI team yet he has the worst strike rate. This is through his career of well over 100 matches, the most of any in the current team. This highlights why he isn't valued. While it isn't quite as criminal as having him in the T20 team, Michael Clarke doesn't belong in the ODI team either.

Posted by CricketChat on (January 26, 2011, 18:24 GMT)

I fail to understand why selectors insist on burdening Clarke who as been out of form for a prolonged period with captaincy now?. One can see his timid batting approach in the ODIs as well. With Ricky's days in Int Test cricket surely numbered, Clarke should be allowed to bat freely as he is the backbone of Aus middle order. Haddin or Watson be the Captain for the next 1-2 yrs.

Posted by David47 on (January 26, 2011, 17:45 GMT)

Rubbish. Again today (4th ODI) not many runs at an SR of 55. He's simply too slow for the short forms of the game. As pointed out by others here, even when he does score heavily it's at an unacceptable SR. No, he's more interested in attending celebrity breakfasts or having a mid-match drink with his mate and terrific opening batsman Phil.

Posted by Afta on (January 26, 2011, 12:52 GMT)

Michael Clarke as future captain of Australia...! Pick somebody who can lead from the front, someone who can take the battle to the opposition. Clarke........I have my doubts. Cricket Australia might have to do a lot of soul searching.

Posted by boris6491 on (January 26, 2011, 7:33 GMT)

His figures in ODIs over the last year tell a very promising story. Stats however must be taken with a pinch of salt. He may average mid 40s but can anyone remember the last time Michael Clarke won or really impacted an ODI game for Australia? Most point to his recent century in India which was a slow effort which was made to look very good thanks to a brutal innings by White. Had White not played the innings he did, Clarke's innings would have been labelled slow and detrimental on a flat wicket where a strike rate of around 80 is well below par. He has always been made to look better than he is. He is not a genuinely good player who responds to pressure. He needs to be shown the door for the betterment of Australian cricket. Pity the selectors just do not have the moral fibre.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (January 25, 2011, 22:20 GMT)

I think the unpopularity of Clarke from most of the cricketing public is that A- he is viewed as the golden boy who can do nothing wrong in the eyes of the people in charge and therefore gets judged differently/favoured to other players. B- His batting in ODIs seems to put pressure on his team mates to score quicker to make up for him. If he was a selfless captain he would bat himself down at 6 or 7 where he would be forced to get a move on right away .... or would that drop his precious average?

Posted by   on (January 25, 2011, 21:37 GMT)

If you want to talk about Clarke's average you need to be clear when he scored these runs. At Test level Clarke's average was high due to his time at number 5 and 6. I also find in recent times at Test level Clarke makes runs when the heat of game is gone. I must say when he made that 100 after his public break-up was a great effort. One thing is clear Clarke does not have ability to bat in the middle order at test level. He has become scratcher and is not playing with dominance he had early in his career. I believe this is from exposing him to test cricket to early. Clarke had his Baggy Green delivered to him on a silver platter. When he had his form slump and was dropped he lost alot of his flair and confidence. He was great in the team as Pup, but can't be Top Dog as he still see's himself as a the checky kid. Selector's need to be very careful with Hughes and Smith as they could lose their dominance if exposed to early. Look at the Hughes now compared to the SA Tests.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2011, 18:37 GMT)

He is d best batsman aussies haave in the subcontinent soil against spinners ..it don matter in wat form he is ..he must play worldcup as a batsman..

Posted by Nampally on (January 25, 2011, 18:10 GMT)

Australia will be led by Ponting in the World Cup. If Clarke is that good as a Captain, why is Ponting leading the team. Right now Clarke is in the team purely as a batsman not as a captain. Whether he produces or not his place seens to be assured as per Greg Chapell.Currently neither Ponting nor Clarke are producing but it may turn around in batsmen friendly Indian wickets in the WC. Australia is still considered favourites to retain the WC because 2 superb ODI players - Brett Lee & Shane Watson.If Australia is without these 2 I would have written them as non contenders. SA is very unreliable side and unless Kallis can rally them, they will not make the last 4.WI & Pakistan are being under rated and they will figure strongly. India is short of one wicket taker. If they include Anil Kumble, they will win the WC. But India is burying their head in the sand about the bowler deficiency.SL is a strong all round side but lack consistency. The same applies to England. Good luck to all in WC

Posted by Biggsey on (January 25, 2011, 17:27 GMT)

Also, if Clarke is such a good captain, then why didn't Brett Lee (best bowler) bowl his full quota in the last ODI???

Posted by Biggsey on (January 25, 2011, 17:16 GMT)

You are right in saying that, "Ian Chappell thinks the English approach of picking a captain first is seriously flawed" But you're wrong when you say "Then he goes on to praise Clarke for his captaincy despite the fact that he can't bat any more." This article is quoting GREG Chappell, the Aussie selector. It is IAN Chappell who writes articles for Cricinfo and specifically the one you refer to.

Posted by nadimguruz on (January 25, 2011, 16:04 GMT)

@Mervo,,2 years out of form?? just check out his last three years records.

Posted by richi21st_13 on (January 25, 2011, 15:25 GMT)

CLARK should concentrate over his batting and try to be more composed and satisfied

Posted by   on (January 25, 2011, 14:06 GMT)

Ian Chappell thinks the English approach of picking a captain first is seriously flawed. But then he goes on to praise Clarke for his captaincy despite the fact that he can't bat any more. Jeez I get sick of closed-minded pundits and admin people, particularly those with a Clarke fixation. Why not treat the Pup like any other player - and DROP him if he aint producing?

Posted by myaqoob on (January 25, 2011, 13:48 GMT)

My playing 11 for australia will be . Shane Watson Shaun Marsh Ricky Pointing Micheal Clarke Mike Hussey David Hussey Brad Haddin Camerron White Brett Lee Dougie Bolinger Shaun Tait Aron Finch Nathan Haurtiz Mitchell Johnson John Hastings

Posted by DaisyRoots on (January 25, 2011, 13:47 GMT)

out of form for two years? try 6 months in tests, and 3 games in ODIs. Im an Aussie bashing Englishman, but it's impossible to deny Clarke's class, he had a fantastic 2009/ first half of 2010 in the test arena, and a fantastic 2010 in ODIs.

Posted by shri619 on (January 25, 2011, 13:06 GMT)

what means stand in captain he is not scoring runs fine but team is wining matches that's more important. he should be the captain for wc. bringing back ponting will be the end for aus in wc......!

Posted by   on (January 25, 2011, 12:50 GMT)

Clarke is going to rediscover his form eh? When? And would it matter if he doesn't? The selectors wouldn't drop him anyway.

Posted by Something_Witty on (January 25, 2011, 12:05 GMT)

@VivGilchrist, well said, I agree 100%. Clarke is a great batsman, just not suited to limited overs cricket.

Posted by Mervo on (January 25, 2011, 11:29 GMT)

Two years now ... and we are counting. How long can you be out of form for? That is a fair question.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2011, 11:10 GMT)

Has there been any player in the history of australian cricket who has been given so many chances despite failing so consistently? Only because the team has won the first three matches so far in the current one day series, the australian selectors continue to keep faith in the capabilities of the stand in captain. The selectors should remember that the other teams in the World cup will not ease the pressure on Michael Clarke when he comes into bat and expectations from him will be much higher than the current series.

Posted by yorkaus on (January 25, 2011, 11:00 GMT)

@Meety. Nice stats, but what do they really mean in ODI? Clarke generally bats above White, so I would he would average more seeing he has more time to bat. White coming in down the order I would hope scores his runs more quickly and therefore more risk of going out, hence lower average. As for White not performing when others fail, look what he did batting at 3 in England when filling in for Ponting, 1st ODI against Pakistan last summer and he blasted Clarke off the pitch in India. The whole point is, Clarke has looked out of touch all summer, so why is he still there? And for those people that keep saying Chappell ruined India blah blah blah, yes he is rubbish coach, South Aus will also testify to that, but he is not the Aus coach now, he is a selector, and he has done the job well in the past, so I am happy to give him a chance to do it well again, the mess with selection lies solely at the feet of A Hildritch.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2011, 10:56 GMT)

The best and most trusted way to regain from is to sit by urself and watch them game it works most of the time,it help u to concentrate coz u get a first hand change to see what the ball is doing.i do hope this help u Michael,u r the best player of spin in the world and world cup will be dull with u out of form,good luck

Posted by VivGilchrist on (January 25, 2011, 10:44 GMT)

@Meety. Please do not compare Clarke to Jones or M Waugh or any other past player. The game now favours batting more than ever before. Roped in boundaries and numerous field restrictions to encourage bigger scores. Just look at the bowling economy rates of bowlers from the '80s compared to now. I doubt Geoff Lawson was really a tighter bowler than McGrath although stats would say so. Just remember in T20 cricket Clarke has one or the slowest strike rates for any batsman going around. Why? Because he can't hit boundaries. I have nothing against Clarke. In best form he makes our top 6 in tests, but I don't think he makes it in ODIs. Simply put there are better suited batsmen in Aus for ODIs than M.Clarke. I've said before just pick your best players in form for all 3 forms of the game and Aussies should be well up there for all 3 forms. We do have the talent, just pick it!

Posted by AidanFX on (January 25, 2011, 10:13 GMT)

Given Australia winning games (whether England in post Ashes mood - lacking key blowers or not), Keeping MC is the sensible thing to do. He will need to find form soon. It would be tragic if both Ponting and Clarke go into WC out of form - Clarke needs to put pressure on Ponsting by batting well now. I think the selectors in this situation are correct to stick with Clarke. I'd like him to give smith maybe two or three more overs.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2011, 10:04 GMT)

One thing I want: Drop Steven Smith, who dont know anything he should Lern2playcricket than play. Get Khawaja or Warner or someone.

Posted by StarveTheLizard on (January 25, 2011, 9:25 GMT)

Hi Landl. How's the US? Getting much Winter where you are? , I too have noticed this need to drop players. In the case of North it was a necessity.(Another story.) Anyway, I see a polarization in Australian cricket that has an amazing intensity. Some contributors here call for the dropping of NSW players so that team members can get a bat or bowl. Some of the statements to justify the replacement are quite mindless. "Drop Smith. He can't bat, bowl or field." Is one that stands out. I am sure it a result of the frustration shared by all Australian fans at the moment.

Posted by grg525 on (January 25, 2011, 7:51 GMT)

I thought it was particularly brilliant captaincy to pick Shane Watson to open in the first game, then to manipulate some batting collapses in the last 2 games to bring the best out of Marsh and D Hussey. Absolute genius......

I notice Brett Lee could have only bowled 9 overs in his man of the match effort had England batted out, Clarke appears to have some trouble with the maths.

Australian selectors not setting a very high bench mark for captaincy these days......

Posted by   on (January 25, 2011, 7:43 GMT)

@ crazycricketlover : Do you honestly think Kaif was given a fair chance like Yuvi?He was dropped immediately after scoring a match saving 93 against England...he probably would have done better if he was given a fair chance....

Posted by SLfan on (January 25, 2011, 7:43 GMT)

@cricketfan03 - Actually I think Australian board has now realized that Clarke is not the ideal person to lead the side.But they are hesitant to accept that truth since they had huge expectations from Michael Clarke since his early cricket career.So they optimistically expect the Clarke to be that cricketer.....Initially selectors did the mistake by nurturing him as their future captain. It not only affected Australian Cricket as a whole, but also the performance of the Clarke himself as well...You should not declare your future national cricket captain in very advance, so that every cricketer feels the equality and also motivated to perform to their maximum potential...Personally I believe that Michael Hussy would be a better option, since he has that extra ordinary ability to get the team out of a trouble, when it is needed mostly...

Posted by VivGilchrist on (January 25, 2011, 7:16 GMT)

Yes we can WAIT for Clarke to find form and hope we don't sacrifice a tilt at the World Cup in the process...... OR we could just reward a player in form and play him instead for the good of the team rather than the individual. You choose? Seems to be the problem with Aussie cricket at the moment - the Individual comes before the Team.

Posted by longlivepakistan on (January 25, 2011, 7:07 GMT)

i'm from pakistan and big fan of clarke and australian cricket and i hope aus win the world cup and clarke is at his best......ups and downs part of cricketr and he will rise soon and do good for australia.....!!!

Posted by Meety on (January 25, 2011, 7:00 GMT)

@ Geraldine - not sure what you've got against Clarke, but the comment " never has been and never will be a good one day player" - is totally ridiculous. It defies any parameters of intelligence. A list of Oz all time greatest ODI Batsmen reveals only 4 batsmen have a higher average (players who've scored more than 1,000 runs) & his S/R is 5 runs per 100 balls BETTER than D Jones, 1 run per 100 balls than M Waugh, level with D Martyn & 3 runs better than Bevan, 2 runs behind Hayden & 2 runs Better than S Waugh. That would appear to me to be a player who at the VERY LEAST HAS BEEN A GREAT ODI PLAYER!

Posted by SLfan on (January 25, 2011, 6:38 GMT)

@cricketfan03 - Actually I think Australian board has now realized that Clarke is not the ideal person to lead the side.But they are hesitant to accept that truth since they had huge expectations from Michael Clarke since his early cricket career. So they optimistically expect the Clarke to be that cricketer.....Initially selectors did the mistake by nurturing him as their future captain. It not only affected Australian Cricket as a whole, but also the performance of the Clarke himself as well...You should not declare your national cricket captain in very advance, so that every cricketer feels the equality and also motivated to perform to their maximum potential...Personally I believe Michael Hussy would be a better option, since he has that extra ordinary ability to get the team out of a trouble, when it is needed mostly...

Posted by Dr.Qwert on (January 25, 2011, 6:37 GMT)

now i comment on smith please chappell, what do you see there?

Posted by Governor on (January 25, 2011, 6:18 GMT)

I think GS Chappell has more cricket brains that Andrew Mark Jefferson Hilditch, Jamie Cox and David Clarence Boon!! However, he is the man who can make the tough selection decisions whilst the other three selectors are too gutless!!

Posted by amit1807kuwait on (January 25, 2011, 6:11 GMT)

Lack of options forcing Australians to stick with Clarke.

Posted by crazycricketlover on (January 25, 2011, 6:06 GMT)

dis s how mr kaif was finding place in the indian squad al bcoz of chappel till d end of his career so now it s clarke's chance to discover form till d end of chappels selectors span gets over, so for the opposition it is added advantage as a team playing wid one batsmen short so no need of forming strategies to get him out bcoz he is rusty...

Posted by   on (January 25, 2011, 5:49 GMT)

Conrad i can see them playing a leadership role also, the only problem is hauritz has been shafted and his confidence must be shot and Mitch needs to just bowl fast and let it all hang out.

Posted by beakyjonjo on (January 25, 2011, 5:44 GMT)

I think Clarke has been given far too many chances already....he hasn't made a significant contribution in any form of the game for some time. The selectors really have been poor all summer and their world cup squad is littered with out of form and injured players while inform players like Marsh are omitted. I think Clarke should be omitted if he doesn't perform in this series. I also think smith is a waste of space too...Dan christian has more right to be there than smith who is a good fielder, nothing more.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2011, 5:40 GMT)

@cricketfan03: Hodge will never play for australia [ or at least definitely not under Hilditch's reign]. That wil make the selectors look like fools. Plus he criticized the panel who won't be selecting him due to their huge egos. I can see the same happening with George Bailey even if he scores 20,000 runs in SS

Posted by   on (January 25, 2011, 5:36 GMT)

@landl47: the reason we want clarke out of there is because he never performs when his team is in trouble, Contrary to the popular belief that its his image (and that hasnt helped as well) is the reason people want him out of the team . How many ODI's or Tests has he won for aus with his own bat? He only scores in dead rubbers or when the pressure is completely off. That's the same reason why you will find more Ponting supporters than Clarke atm. And the same reason why people think that Kohli is a better batsman than Dhoni. Remember the last time either Clarke or Dhoni saved their teams off their own bat?

Posted by anver777 on (January 25, 2011, 5:32 GMT)

Clarke's struggle for runs continues in all forms............but i guess he's only good for tests not for ODI's for Aus !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (January 25, 2011, 5:32 GMT)

Clarke will find form again in the one-dayers, no concerns about that. It's his test form that worries me. He just looks so shaky coming in at second drop. He will probably go back to batting at number 5 with Hussey at 6. It's just a shame that Australia doesn't seem to be producing batsmen with the technique and discipline to bat in the top 4.

Posted by mr82 on (January 25, 2011, 5:19 GMT)

Chappell is correct.. Clark is technically sound player so he needs sometime to sortout his problems with the bat.

Posted by MinusZero on (January 25, 2011, 5:13 GMT)

The selectors are stuck in the past. Past records mean nothing. For a struggling team form should be the main reason for selection. Give anyone enough chances and soon enough they will come good. Look at Watson, how many chances has he had over the years.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2011, 5:08 GMT)

The selectors and media have been feeding us the line that there is no one else to put into the side to replace the out of form players like Clarke. Yet in the last 3 weeks, three players have stood up and said to the selectors that they have the talent and mental toughness to win games for Australia. Aaron Finch in the T20 with a half century off 30+ balls, Shaune Marsh 110 off 114 balls and David Hussey with his 60 odd in the last One day game. Marsh and Finch arent even in the World Cup squad but have proven they can WIN games for Australia.

Posted by Something_Witty on (January 25, 2011, 4:58 GMT)

I have no problem with them retaining Clarke in test matches. He is a great test match batsman who definitely deserves his spot there, but he is simply not a good enough limited overs player. He can't slog enough in the slog overs and can't maintain a decent strike rate during the middle overs. This problem is exacerbated when he's out of form, but even when he's in great form, he is simply not good enough for limited overs cricket in my book.

Posted by brlara on (January 25, 2011, 4:49 GMT)

CONTD.,. Good captains are meant not only because of the control they have on the team,, The way they understand the position of the match on the field, strategies in using the bowlers, knowing their temperament by using them in between the overs on the field, providing suggestions after the match, accepting suggestions, etc.,. Ian Chappell, Greg Chappell, Imran Khan, Arjuna Ranatunga, Shane Warne (classic example to won the 1st IPL), Mark Taylor are renowned for the above mentioned points.. When someone, who can possess the qualities in understanding how to get the best out of a player, how and when to use him, in which position he can be mentally strong, when he will be weak and providing tips and suggestions to them to come out of their problems are eligible to become as good COACH. All the above mentioned captains can be a good COACH. So if GREG CHAPPELL as I mentioned earlier was smarter enough like JOHN WRIGHT and GARY KIRSTEN,, India would have been more successful. IluvIndia

Posted by Meety on (January 25, 2011, 4:49 GMT)

@Gilly4ever White v Clarke in 2010, Average 44 v 55 Clarkes favour. Strike Rate 84 to 80 in White's favour. Whilst S/Rates are important for batting in ODIs - I would take a 10 run BETTER average when there is only a 4 run S/Rate difference any day. White's achievements are on the back of other batsmen NOT losing wickets cheaply i.e Watto, Pup & Punter. This means an aggressive player like White can go out & smack 6s with relative freedom. Notice White has not set the world on fire since other batsmen are not providing a platform????. ODIs ARE NOT about everybody scoring at a run a ball!!!!

Posted by mansel on (January 25, 2011, 4:48 GMT)

@Conrad is up in the clouds... Johnson/Hauritz as potential captains??? lol! Yeah Clarke should be given a while to get his form back. He is a class player, just look at his record in ODI's. He was also in the top 10 ODI batsmen ratings for a long time. But... How long is too long? If I was a selector I'd say "right, we need to see a decent innings in this series otherwise Ponting is going to come back into the team at your expense"...

Posted by Gupta.Ankur on (January 25, 2011, 4:41 GMT)

Clarke was and is the most over-hyped aussie cricketer in recent times............he is a average batsman and than if you put burden of captaincy on such a guy..........the result is pretty much on expected lines..

Posted by nirav123 on (January 25, 2011, 4:40 GMT)

there is nothing to make sure about clarke..just look at his odi record he has been impressive with everything what he has done so far...he can bowl...bat..absolutely a good fielder..there is always ups and down period for everybody!!! He deserves not a chance...he deserves chances!!!!

Posted by brlara on (January 25, 2011, 4:39 GMT)

For those who are accusing GREG CHAPPELL on his 2 years of COACHING tenure in India. Well,,,,, 1) there is a general way of communication 2) an Indian or a Pakistani way of communication to the players. John Wright and Gary Kirsten picked that wave length pretty quickly and they were able to survive successfully. Geoff Lawson (for pakistan) and Greg Chappell don't have that brilliance (I am sarcastic here) for Pakistan and India respectively and they weren't successful. Poor Bob Woolmer has lost his life. Adding fuel to the fire,, Sourav Ganguly who has got a high regard in Indian cricket fans heart got sacked in which it was believed Greg Chappell made a significant contribution to that. So Greg Chappell is a big failure as a COACH in India. So, we (India and Pakistan) have to think if the problem lies with the culture India and Pakistan have or with Greg Chappell and Geoff Lawson. I am a very strong supporter of India if they play good cricket. I am an Indian too. CONTD.,.

Posted by jonesy2 on (January 25, 2011, 4:36 GMT)

oh and by the way why is clarke always crusified? why isnt there an article about andrew strauss batting poorly? oh because hes not a talented player and nobody cares about strauss' form

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (January 25, 2011, 4:36 GMT)

Hay guys. Clarke has 43 batting average in ODI, which is excellent, its just matter of time he will be back in form. As a selector i can wait for 15 more games for clarke to come back in form becuase of his Average, he is captain and also senior member of the team. Form is temporary and class is permanent. Good to see Selectors support for clarke. Have fun Clarke, you will be back soon.

Posted by jonesy2 on (January 25, 2011, 4:32 GMT)

chill out everyone. clarke is one of the most talented cricketers in the world, its called a form slump, it happens, he will come out of it. if you notice the ways hes getting out he is hitting it straight catchers. giving them catching practice so hes not completely out of it. plus hes just captained 3 one day wins in a row. why do people have this notion that cricketers suddenly lose their ability overnight? haha people were saying this stuff about mike hussey not long ago. in a few months you will probably be calling for him to be captain, coach and PM.

Posted by xylo on (January 25, 2011, 4:31 GMT)

What can you say about the genius that is Greg Chappell? The one who thought Sachin Tendulkar was past his expiry date.

What is happening with Australian cricket? Where is the aggression?

Posted by kfad95 on (January 25, 2011, 4:23 GMT)

I think the australian public has been very harsh in recent times in regard to Mike Hussey as a kiwi i beleive that he is without a doubt there best batter his averages speak for themselves he has rescued ozzy so many times in all formats of the game, Michael clarke is another story tho he has been in poor form so what do they do name him captain not a smart move for someone who is struggling with form the world cup might be the end of his international career if he performs poorly.

Posted by cricketfan03 on (January 25, 2011, 4:14 GMT)

i am not sure why Australian board thinks that Clarke will find form when he is definately nowhere near it and does not seem trying. We can see a fine example of Ricky Ponting.....he was unable to perform in ashes only(and so did Clarke) but everyone is saying Ricky has passed his use by date. Hello.......u can refer to his previous 20 innings compared to Clarke and will see the difference clearly. There are very good replacement for Clarke like Dan Christian, he should be given a chance or 2(it's not like if he will not perform Australia will loose anything). White can be captain, or u can replace Clarke with Hodge. There are options if u r willing to look around

Posted by Wozza-CY on (January 25, 2011, 3:56 GMT)

I agree with Gilly4ever that White is captaining the team. The body language of the players tells you they respect White as their leader on the pitch.It's no coincidence that Oz summer turned around once he came into the group. Clarkes demeanour is changing somewhat & it's for the better, the less strutting & nervous laughs the better! Ridiculous of Chappell to come out & say that we'll decide on his future after the WC. If we're out in the qualifiers, then do the sack him? If we win they keep him? Where do they draw the line? It smacks of signing the coach for three years just before the Ashes. Hussey was brillaint in this Ashes, but how many tests did he fail in before that? About 18 months worth. The selectors seem reluctant to move on, replacements for Ponting, M.Hussey & Johnson have all done well so far.England did well in the Ashes with all players cos they had to compete for positions, the same goes for all sporting teams.It's as if Oz selectors don't have confidence in others.

Posted by givemefood on (January 25, 2011, 3:53 GMT)

Clarke fielded well. His team got 3 victories. He's got 4 matches followed by the WC games. Let's see how he fares. My prediction is that pretty boy Clarke and Ponting won't be playing for Australia after the WC. Australia doesn't need them, certainly not Clarke.

Posted by yorkaus on (January 25, 2011, 3:47 GMT)

Chappel is correct, Hussey deserved to be kept in for the Ashes, BUT he did deserve to be dropped before they started. Hussey however went back to play for Western Australia to find form, not find form playing for Australia. Perhaps Clarke would be better finding form playing Grade cricket as there is no List A or First Class cricket being played at state level right now. And wasn't the major reason for Clarke retiring from T20 so he could play more first class cricket and therefore improve his test career? When was the last time a T20 game coincided with a first class match? Certainly not during an Australian summer, and if it is part of an overseas tour, it would have been a day before an ODI that Clarke was presumably in the country for anyway. Long story short, players in form will perform when selected for Australia (Marsh, Lee), while those out of form (Hughes) will not, and continuing to play for Australia when out of form (Clarke, North, Johnson) will not improve form.

Posted by Geraldine on (January 25, 2011, 3:47 GMT)

The Mike Hussey analogy is wrong. Hussey has been a long time performer. Clarke never has been and never will be a good one day player.

A better comparison by Greg Chappell would have been... we picked Xavier Doherty in the Ashes and it made us look like fools, and we'll keep picking Clarke even though it makes us look like fools.

Posted by Okakaboka on (January 25, 2011, 3:44 GMT)

@Gilly4ever...Absolutely!!...No argument from me. To all you Clarke 'lovers' out there...why do some players get half a million chances and others get one....is it perceived talent? Clarke has never been that convinvcing...and as for Smith? Where is the perceived talent here?....What? Because he is a good fieldsman? Good one. Siddle is a good Fieldsman. Lets pick him and work on his batting for the next 30 matches and wait until his batting comes good. Hang on....His batting average (Last Ashes Series) was better than Smith's, Ponting's, Norths and as good as Clarke's. Get my point! Clarke and Smith need to go back to State cricket and develop their skills or regain form. Sick of the selectors and the Yankee Style business chatter. They have been looking at too many power point presentations.

Posted by schnoggs on (January 25, 2011, 3:44 GMT)

The problem is, you cant have Clarke in the team because of his leadership qualities. He needs to earn his right and plus Ricky is coming back for the World Cup so then Clarke will be a first class passenger.

I am not one for dropping players and getting on the media band wagon, but Clarke looks in dreadful touch and has looked like that in a while. He has been undroppable for years but maybe its time - soon his poor form will cost the team dearly. If only Marsh was in the WC squad - but as he is not I reckon he will probably keep his place. Ideal team should be 1) Watson 2) Haddin 3) Ponting 4) Marsh 5) White 6) Mike Hussey 7) Dave Hussey 8) Hauritz 9) Lee 10) Bollinger 11) Siddle / Hastings

But Smith will play instead of Mike Hussey due to fitness, Clarke in for Marsh and Johnson will play in place of Siddle or Hastings.

Posted by PlayingItStraight on (January 25, 2011, 3:43 GMT)

I can understand that players need to be given a fair go, particularly when they have talent and have performed in the past, but just HOW MANY chances are we going to give to Michael Clarke? It must be frustrating to be an up-and-coming player and keep seeing guys like Clarke continually not performing but still getting a game...and then the selectors say he doesn't have to score too many runs for the rest of this series and right through the WC and he will still be safe. If our cricket team was run like a business, two things that would definitely have happened before now - Clarke would have been dropped to domestic level to regain form, and the national selectors would have been sacked for poor leadership and performance.

Posted by cricketaddict000 on (January 25, 2011, 3:18 GMT)

conrad, hauritz and johnson have to cement spots before they take on a major role. maybe white should captain.white has some form on the back of 45 in game 2 and a not 24 in game one.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2011, 3:13 GMT)

Conrad, I'm not sure if you are taking the piss but that is the most outrageous claim in the history of the English language.

Posted by Sanj747 on (January 25, 2011, 3:11 GMT)

Selectors are weak again. Can't see Clarke coming good. Has not played an innings of significance for a while.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2011, 3:10 GMT)

Mitchell Johnson? Crikey.

Posted by uglyhunK on (January 25, 2011, 3:07 GMT)

Even I can score runs, if I were given 30-40 chance for 1 meaningful contribution to the team.

Posted by straight_drive4 on (January 25, 2011, 3:04 GMT)

chappel is correct - imagine if hussey was dropped before the ashes.. it probably would have been 5-0

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (January 25, 2011, 3:00 GMT)

Cameron White is the one captaining the team. It'd be fine to have Clarke on as player and pretending to be captain, like how Ponting was the pretend captain when Shane Warne used to lead the team, but if the pretend captain isn't good enough as a player, there is simply no excuse. It is time to bite the bullet, dump Clarke, bring Hodge or Christian in and name White as captain.

Posted by nzcricket174 on (January 25, 2011, 2:53 GMT)

Telling him he has a deadline to sort things out just makes things worse. Great job Mr. Chappell. You ruined India, now you're ruining Australia.

Posted by landl47 on (January 25, 2011, 2:53 GMT)

Clarke is a proven performer over a long period of time. I'm amazed at how many Australian fans want to drop him because he's having a bit of a lean run at the moment. He's only 29 and has many good years ahead. His captaincy has been OK- cut him some slack and give him a chance to find some batting form. Australia needs him.

Posted by boris6491 on (January 25, 2011, 2:50 GMT)

I've said it many times and will say it again. If the Australian selectors had some moral fibre and ruthlessness, Australian selection would not be under the cloud of controversy it is in. Clarke's constant inclusion, particularly in the ODI format which he is more of a liability in, is an example of the fact that the selectors are just disoriented. Rewind 5-6 years ago and this man would have no place in the team. You cant pick a player for his captaincy, that is ludicrous. This is becoming a joke.

Posted by Meety on (January 25, 2011, 2:39 GMT)

Well Greg would know all about that after the yips he got in the early 80s. I agree, I beleive that Pup will bounce back. Oz don't have a lot of players who are at the moment replacements for him in terms of experience & obvious class, however reputation only last so long. The WC would be the time to go from ODIs if he doesn't improve with the bat & maybe bowl SOME overs.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2011, 2:20 GMT)

Clarke has too go. Too many chances. He does not have a future leadership role. I can see Nathan Hauritz and Mitchell Johnson playing a leadership role.

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