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The story behind Michael Clarke's endurance

Michael Clarke batted for more than 10 hours to score 329 against India at the SCG

George Binoy
George Binoy
25-Feb-2013
Michael Clarke batted for more than 10 hours to score 329 against India at the SCG. What kept him going for that long without cramping and being stricken by fatigue? David Sygall tells us in the Sydney Morning Herald.
Australian team strength and conditioning coach Stuart Karppinen gave an insight into some of the scientific strategy the Australian captain went through to maintain peak performance across his innings, which stretched over three days of play, posing a unique physical and mental challenge. At the end of day one, when he was on 47 not out, Clarke had a standard massage, which included usual special attention to his chronic back injury. ''The next morning he did his hydration testing, which involves a urine test from which we can measure how much fluid he needs to take in to reach the right level,'' Karppinen said.
"Michael Clarke's choice to forgo personal achievement last Thursday, like Mark Taylor's in similar circumstances in 1998, was a moment of sporting chivalry with the potential to reverberate beyond the boundary," writes Time Lane in the Age. "If the national cricket captaincy really does mean something in Australian life, these are deeds to impact - in some small way at least - on the national psyche."
Also, if Clarke thought about it during his long innings, he might have recognised that the opportunity before him was almost certainly a one-off. The chance for such immortality comes occasionally. Only a handful in Test history have made more than one triple-century. This was his moment. He was in total command, the Indian attack at his mercy. Clarke could conceivably have reached Brian Lara's record by batting for just an hour-and-a-half longer. The match was scarcely more than halfway to its five-day allowance. He would still have had two days to bowl India out a second time and, as it turned out, the tourists' second innings didn't last much beyond a day.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo