Michael Clarke

I did open my `big mouth` during 2014 Proteas series: Clarke

Melbourne [Australia], Nov. 2 : Former Australian skipper Michael Clarke has admitted that he did open his "big mouth" during the 2014 Test series against South Africa.

Injured South Africa skipper AB de Villiers, who will miss the first Test of the three-match series starting from tomorrow, had earlier claimed that the sledging done by Australian cricketers in 2014 was the worst he has witnessed in his entire career.

In a closely-fought series, Australia had emerged as the winners by a margin of 2-1 punctuated by a series of verbal altercation, including a feud between Clarke and Proteas pace spearhead Dale Steyn, and David Warner barking at Faf du Plessis on his dismissal.

Clarke set to return for Oz's WC tie against Bangladesh

Michael Clarke

London, Feb 19 - Australia cricket team coach Darren Lehmann has confirmed that skipper Michael Clarke will be returning for Saturday's World Cup group stage game against Bangladesh in Brisbane.

Following his recovery from hamstring injury, Clarke made a solid return by smacking 64 runs against United Arab Emirates in a warm-up game last week.

Reflecting on Clarke's chances, Lehmann said that yes, he is playing.

Commenting on his fitness, Clarke said that they had a good conversation (with selectors) last week and thought it was in the team's best interests to not play against England and give him another week, Sport24 reported.

The returning skipper, who is likely to replace stand-in skipper George Bailey, was satisfied with his progress after a good practice session.

Ponting believes Clarke should renounce ODI captaincy post CWC

Ricky Ponting

Sydney, Feb 12 - Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting believes that Michael Clarke should step down from one-day captaincy, and hand over the premier role to Steve Smith after the conclusion of the World Cup.

The two-time World Cup winning captain said that the right time for Michael to hand over the one-day captaincy to Steven will be after the conclusion of this World Cup, adding that retiring from one-day games would also allow Michael's body regular rest and recovery periods, News. com. au reported.

Admitting that Clarke is perfect to lead Australia during World Cup, Ponting said that it would be a good time for Steven to take over the one-day job and Michael to remain as Test captain after the conclusion of World Cup.

Watson claims Oz squad 'really excited' to have 'experienced leader' Clarke around

Watson claims Oz squad 'really excited' to have 'experienced leader' Clarke arou

Sydney, Feb 07 : Australian swashbuckling all-rounder Shane Watson has claimed that the team is really excited to have 'experienced' Michael Clarke around, as the skipper is in a battle to meet his fitness deadline to take part in the World Cup.

It is understood that Clarke sought and received iron-clad support to continue a four-year reign as captain from Cricket Australia's hierarchy during the grim stages of his rehabilitation from hamstring surgery.

Steve Smith's spectacular impact as skipper, making three tons in as many Tests against India replacing Clarke, was followed by speculation segments of the side supported a permanent move, News. com. au reported.

Steven Smith becomes youngest Allan Border Medal winner since Michael Clarke

Steve SmithSydney, Jan 27 : Australia's star batsman Steven Smith has capped off an incredible 2014 by winning his first Allan Border Medal, becoming the youngest winner since Michael Clarke to do so.

The 25-year-old Smith became the youngest winner since a 23-year-old Clarke in 2005, in a year where he scored seven tons and a total of 1,756 runs across all three formats, excluding last week's unbeaten knock of 102 in Hobart.

Smith scored a clean sweep of the top awards, taking out both the Test and One Day Player of the Year awards, News. com. au reported.

Clarke, Smith score ton as Oz amass 517-7 on day 2 of first Test against India

Michael Clarke Steven SmithSydney, Dec 10 : Australia cricket team captain Michael Clarke added another ton to his Test figures as he contributed 128 runs to his side's massive total of 517 at the end of the second day of the first Test against India.

The ongoing Test between India and Australia was interrupted thrice due to wet conditions at the Adelaide Oval on the second day when the hosts resumed batting on 354-6 from their previous day's score.

Skipper Clarke fired 128 runs before he was caught by Cheteshwar Pujara off pace bowler Ishant Sharma's delivery.

Clarke retired hurt on 60 as Oz choose to bat in emotion filled first Test against India

Michael ClarkeSydney, Dec 09 - Australia cricket team captain Michael Clarke has been retired hurt on his individual score of 60 as the ongoing first Test against India is under way in an emotionally charged atmosphere at the Adelaide Oval.

Clarke scored 60 runs off 84 deliveries, reaching his half-century off 69 deliveries while hitting nine fours during his batting spell.

The skipper recently overcame a hamstring injury and was deemed fit to play but he left the ground after his brilliant knock of 60 and speculations are that it is a recurrence of the same injury that has overshadowed Clarke.

CA rules 'injured' Clarke out of first Test against India

Sydney, Nov 25 - Australia cricket team captain Michael Clarke has reportedly been ruled out of the first Test against India and Cricket Australia is expected to announce on Tuesday that the skipper would not take the field in either Sydney grade cricket or the two-day tour match against the visitors in Adelaide.

CA's decision would end any chance of Clarke taking the field in Border-Gavaskar series opener. And in further bad news for the Australian skipper, it has been reported that CA chief executive James Sutherland would seek a 'please explain' from Clarke on why he contradicted the selectors with his public statements on Monday.

Clarke's hamstring injury not 'serious enough' to rule skipper out for entire summer

Michael ClarkeSydney, November 20 : Cricket Australia physiotherapist Alex Kountouris has said that he hopes to see Captain Michael Clarke to play a part in the summer, despite hamstring injury ruling the skipper out of the ongoing ODI series against South Africa.

According to Kountouris, Clarke's hamstring injury is not as bad as has been projected; instead he is experiencing an acute back pain , which has further complicated things. He believes that the left hamstring injury is similar to the one Clarke suffered in Zimbabwe back in August, reported News. com. au.

Injured Clarke may miss Test series against India to be fit for 'top priority' WC

Michael ClarkeSydney, Nov 15 : Australia cricket team captain Michael Clarke is likely to miss a home Test and might miss out the series against India for the first time in his career due to injury after coach Darren Lehmann said that the World Cup would be a priority for the skipper.

Clarke on Saturday had scans on his injured hamstring in Perth before flying home to Sydney to consult specialists about the results, but Lehmann admitted that the first Test against India in Brisbane, 18 days away, would be a big ask.

Lehmann downplays alleged rift with Clarke

Michael Clarke Darren LehmannAuckland, November 14 : Australian captain Michael Clarke and coach Darren Lehmann have reportedly not been on good terms with each other post the thrashing in the recent series against Pakistan in United Arabic Emirates.

Tension between both have allegedly been reported at least a couple of times this year, most notably over the exclusion of Steve Smith from a one-day match against Zimbabwe in Harare in August in which Australia were the shock losers. It was subsequently followed by Clarke expressing his dismay over selection publicly, which didn't go down well with Lehmann, reported stuff. co. nz.

Bailey reminds critics of Oz No. 1 batsman Clarke's proven track record

George BaileySydney, Nov 12 : Australia ODI team vice-captain George Bailey has backed his skipper Michael Clarke, saying that the recent criticism of their number one batsman was completely unwarranted and pointed to the captain's proven record of leading from the front.

Australia has given Clarke its emphatic backing as they announced their World Cup campaign under way in Perth. The chance to go head-to-head in a five-game series with World Cup favourites South Africa starting on Friday is being treated by Australia as a selection audition of the highest importance.

Oz, Proteas share 'extremely competitive' rivalry, mutual respect: Clarke

Michael ClarkeJohannesburg, Nov 07 : While the Proteas tour Australia for three Twenty20 games and a key five-match ODI series, skipper Michael Clarke has said that the rivalry between the Australian and the South African team is "extremely competitive" and added that there is a huge amount of mutual respect between the two.

Clarke also remarked that this summer will see both teams putting up a tough competition on the field but added that the two teams share a "fantastic relationship," reported News. com. au.

Clarke gives Smith 'shelling' over 'friendly chat' with 'adversary' Ali

Michael ClarkeWashington, Oct 31 : Australia cricket team captain Michael Clarke gave a telling off to his teammate Steve Smith during the opening day of the second Test against Pakistan after the batsman's friendly chat with their rival team's Azhar Ali.

Clarke was clearly unhappy with Smith's friendly chat with Ali. Australia had again lost the toss and Pakistan had comfortably moved to 1for 94 on a docile wicket in Abu Dhabi, already one up in the two Test series and cruising by the 33rd over.

So when Smith, who was fielding pitchside, had a friendly yarn to Azhar, Clarke gave him a rocket, Fox News reported.

Michael Clarke set to participate in Sydney-to-Gold Coast ocean race

Michael-ClarkeMelbourne, June 25 : Michael Clarke will make his competitive yachting debut in the Sydney-to-Gold Coast ocean race next month for charity.

The 33-year-old Australian cricketer will be a part of the Perpetual LOYAL crew in the Sydney-to-Gold Coast ocean race next month to raise money for medical equipment to assist seriously ill children, News. com. au reported.

Clarke, who will also be hosting a lunch to raise money for sick children, revealed that the endeavor is out of his "comfort zone" but he had decided to take it up as it is for a good cause. (ANI)

Clarke says Oz regaining world No.1 spots 'most satisfying day or feeling in career'

Michael ClarkeSydney, May 2 : Australian captain Michael Clarke has said that his team being re-named the top Test and ODI sides in the world is the 'most satisfying day or feeling in his career'.

Australia's elevation above South Africa in Tests has come as results from 2010-11, when Australia was beaten 2-0 by India and 3-1 by England, were stripped off each nation's points, and Tests played in 2012 and last year lost 50 per cent of their weighting.

Clarke scored ton with 'broken shoulder' in decisive third Test against Proteas

Michael-ClarkeJohannesburg, Mar 18 : Australian captain Michael Clarke had reportedly played with a fractured shoulder while scoring a century in the decisive third Test against South Africa, which Australia won to score a 2-1 series victory.

Clarke weathered a barrage of bouncers on the first day of the Cape Town Test, being hit on his body and helmet in a fiery spell of short-pitched bowling by Morne Morkel and went on to make a pivotal 161 not out, hailed by many as the best knock of his career.

Clarke says Test series against Proteas to be measure of 'how far Oz has come'

Michael-ClarkeMelbourne, Feb 11 : Australian Test captain Michael Clarke has said that three-Test series against South Africa will be a measure of how much his team has improved, especially with their performances in a 'golden summer' against England.

Clarke is confident that his team is chomping on the bit to charge against the South Africans at their own turf and is backing their old formula of a positive, aggressive approach to the game to succeed, starting in the first Test in Pretoria on Wednesday.

May sound biased, but Oz bowling attack best in Test cricket: Clarke

Michael-ClarkeJohannesburg, Feb 1 : Australian captain Michael Clarke said he may sound biased, but believes his bowling attack is the best in Test cricket.

Clarke said after seeing the Australian fast bowlers over a long period of time he is convinced of it being the No. attack.

He said this in Potchefstroom, where the Australian team is preparing to play a four-day warm-up match against a South African Invitation XI, starting on Sunday.

Clarke said much of the success of South African bowlers was down to playing at home in favourable conditions.

Michael Clarke heavy favorite to win Allan Border medal for fifth time

Michael-ClarkeMelbourne, Jan 20 : Australian captain Michael Clarke could win Allan Border Medal for an unprecedented fifth time, a recent voting has revealed.

Clarke has been the standout Test batsman in the world during the past year, though he missed half of Australia's one-day matches because of injury, News. com. au reports.

If Clarke wins the medal this time again, he is going to go past Ricky Ponting, who has four, the report added.

Clarke scored 1030 Test runs at 45 with four centuries from the beginning of the voting period on February 1, 2013.( ANI)

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