Michael Clarke

  • South Africa spinners eye hard-hitting Australia in tri-series 2 days ago

    South Africa will look to extract an advantage from their superior spin options when they take on a hard-hitting Australian side in the second match of a triangular series in Harare on Wednesday. Number one-ranked Australia issued a statement of intent on Monday when they crushed Zimbabwe by 198 runs in...
  • Injured Clarke set to miss more matches of triangular series 3 days ago

    Australia captain Michael Clarke, sidelined with a hamstring injury, may not be fit until the "back end" of the triangular one-day tournament with Zimbabwe and South Africa, according to stand-in skipper George Bailey. Clarke injured his hamstring at training in Harare and was scratched from Monday's series-opener against Zimbabwe, which Australia...
  • Clarke doubtful as Zimbabwe face mighty Australia in triangular opener 4 days ago

    Australia will make a late decision on captain Michael Clarke's fitness for Monday's triangular series opener against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club. Clarke tweaked his left hamstring during Australia's first training session on Friday, but jogged several laps on Saturday to lend hope that he may recover in time. However with a...
  • Michael Clarke prepared to travel alone to avoid injury 5 days ago

    Michael Clarke may opt to alter his travel plans for future overseas tours as the Australia captain races against time to recover from a hamstring injury for Monday's first one-day international against Zimbabwe. Clarke, who has had a five-month layoff since leading Australia to a 2-1 Test series triumph in South...
  • Hamstrung Clarke doubtful for Australia's Zimbabwe opener 6 days ago

    Australia captain Michael Clarke has suffered a hamstring injury during Friday's training in Harare and is doubtful for their first one-day international against Zimbabwe on Monday. Clarke, who has had a five-month rest since leading Australia to the 2-1 Test series triumph in South Africa, experienced pain in his left hamstring...
  • Zimbabwe 'not a token tour' for Australia, says Michael Clarke August 20, 2014

    Captain Michael Clarke on Wednesday insisted Australia's visit to Zimbabwe was not a "token tour" or World Cup audition but was all about winning as players return to international action. A 14-man squad departed Wednesday for Harare to play a two-week series that also involves South Africa -- Australia's first international...
  • Refreshed Aussie cricketers ready for the fray, says Lehmann August 18, 2014

    Brisbane: Australia will be looking to shake off the rust quickly after a long break when their triangular one-day series begins in Zimbabwe next week, coach Darren Lehmann said Monday. Michael Clarke will lead a 14-man squad to Harare for a two-week series that also involves South Africa in Australia's first...
  • World Cup buildup begins now for Australia August 18, 2014

    Brisbane: The continent-hopping buildup to the cricket World Cup will start this week for Darren Lehmann and his Australia squad, who'll test themselves against five countries in six months. The Aussies head to Zimbabwe on Wednesday to take on the hosts and South Africa in a limited-overs series. Next stop after...
  • Lyon recalled to Clarke-led Australia ODI squad for Zimbabwe tour August 4, 2014

    Brisbane: Michael Clarke will lead Australia on their first tour to Zimbabwe in a decade for an international tri-series also involving South Africa starting later this month. The 14-man limited-overs squad is close to full strength, with Clarke, vice-captain George Bailey, veteran wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, paceman Mitchell Johnson and allrounder Shane...
  • India was toughest period of my captaincy: Michael Clarke July 25, 2014

    Melbourne: Australian skipper Michael Clarke does not regret the infamous 'Homework-gate' scandal in India last year but does admit that the tour was the toughest period of his captaincy. The Aussies not only lost the Test series 0-4 against Mahendra Singh Dhoni's India but were also hit hard after four players...
  • Michael Clarke backs controversial 'Mankad' run-out rule June 4, 2014

    Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke on Wednesday said he had no problem with a controversial run out rule that marred the fifth and final one-day international between England and Sri Lanka. His England counterpart Alastair Cook insisted a "line had been crossed" after Sachithra Senanayake ran out England's Jos Buttler as...
  • Michael Clarke gets his hands on the Reliance ICC Test mace June 4, 2014

    Dubai: Australia captain Michael Clarke on Wednesday got his hands on the Reliance ICC Test mace, a symbol of his side's status as the number-one ranked Test side in the world. Clarke, who inspired his side to victories over England and South Africa in the past season, received the mace in...
  • Michael Clarke confident Australian team is corruption-free May 22, 2014

    Australia captain Michael Clarke is disappointed at the alleged involvement of international cricketers in matchfixing but is "happy, satisfied and confident" that his own team is not corrupt, he said on Wednesday. Testimony from an ongoing International Cricket Council probe into corruption leaked to a British newspaper this week has detailed...
  • India slip to fifth in ICC's Test team rankings May 1, 2014

    Dubai: India's dismal performance in the international season gone by pushed them down the ladder in the ICC Test rankings with the team finishing fifth in the annual updated list issued on Thursday. Australia have gone top in both the formats for the first time since December 2008. Australia last held...
  • We don't need D/N Tests for format to survive: Michael Clarke April 30, 2014

    New Delhi: The ICC might think of day/night Tests as an innovation to keep Test cricket alive and kicking, but Australian skipper Michael Clarke feels that such a revamp is not needed to save the five-day game. "I think there is room for all three forms of the game. It is...
  • Australia to bounce all the world's tailenders: coach March 26, 2014

    Melbourne: Australia's pace attack terrorised England's lower order batsmen with short-pitched bowling during the 5-0 Ashes whitewash and all Test sides can expect the same treatment, according to coach Darren Lehmann. "That (bouncing the tailenders) was one of the things that once made the West Indies so threatening, and they bowled...
  • Clarke suffered fractured shoulder in South Africa barrage March 17, 2014

    Sydney: Australian captain Michael Clarke is suffering from a fractured shoulder stemming from the barrage of bouncers he faced during the third Test against South Africa, it was revealed Monday. Cricket Australia said the injury has forced him out of the domestic Sheffield Shield final this weekend. "Michael Clarke was injured as...
  • Australia 'long way' from out-ranking South Africa, Clarke says March 7, 2014

    Michael Clarke says Australia have a long way to go before supplanting South Africa as the number one Test cricket team. Captain Clarke returned home on Friday after leading the Australians to an epic 2-1 series win over the Proteas in South Africa to cement their status as the second team...
  • Australia have momentum to win maiden World T20: Clarke March 7, 2014

    The momentum Australia have gained from the recent hard-fought win against South Africa will carry the team to their maiden World Twenty20 title in Bangladesh, Test captain Michael Clarke said on Friday. Clarke, who does not play the shortest format, returned to Australia on Friday after leading his team to a...
  • Warner jumps to fifth in ICC rankings after heroics against SA March 6, 2014

    Dubai: Australian David Warner jumped to a career-best fifth spot after his batting exploits in his side's Test series victory against South Africa while India's Virat Kohli slipped two places to 10th in the latest Reliance ICC Rankings released on Thursday. Warner, who slammed hundreds (135 and 145) in both innings...
  • I was out of line, says Michael Clarke March 6, 2014

    Cape Town: Australian captain Michael Clarke admitted he had been out of order after a heated exchange with South Africa's Vernon Philander during the tense closing stages of the third and final Test at Newlands on Wednesday. Clarke and Philander were seen exchanging words as the match went into the last...
  • 3rd Test: Graeme Smith fails as South Africa battle to avoid defeat March 4, 2014

    Cape Town: Graeme Smith's international cricket career came to an abrupt end on Tuesday when South Africa's captain was dismissed for 3 as Australia moved to within six wickets of victory on day four of the third and decisive Test. South Africa, set 511 to win, were 71 for 4 at...
  • As it happened: Australia vs South Africa, 3rd Test, Day 4 March 4, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day 3 round-up: Australia took a firm grip on the third Test as seamers Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris snared seven wickets between them to bowl South Africa out for 287 on day three. While Johnson combined pace and aggression to...
  • 3rd Test: Johnson, Harris give Australia advantage on Day 3 March 3, 2014

    Cape Town: Australia took a firm grip on the third Test as seamers Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris snared seven wickets between them to bowl South Africa out for 287 on day three on Monday at Newlands. While Johnson combined pace and aggression to raise his series tally to 19 wickets...
  • South Africa vs Australia, 3rd Test Day 3: as it happened March 3, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day 2 roundup: Michael Clarke reached his 27th Test century in the morning, then spent the afternoon converting it into an unbeaten 161. Rain dominated the second half of the day, triggering an early tea with the final session totally...
  • 3rd Test: Clarke hundred leads Australia to 494 for 7 on Day 2 March 2, 2014

    Cape Town: Only the rain could stop Australia captain Michael Clarke on day two of the third Test against South Africa as the tourists reached a commanding 494 for 7 on Sunday. Clarke reached his 27th Test century in the morning, then spent the afternoon converting it into an unbeaten 161....
  • Warne impressed with Clarke's courage March 2, 2014

    Sydney: Spin wizard Shane Warne was proud with the way Australian captain Michael Clarke showed his toughness while batting on the first day of the Cape Town Test against South Africa when the batsman took several blows on his body from pacer Morne Morkel. Clark was peppered with a barrage of...
  • South Africa vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 2: as it happened March 2, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day 1 round-up: David Warner thumped a run-a-ball century as Australia dominated the opening day of the third and final Test against South Africa, piling up 331 for three at Newlands on Saturday. The wicket was flat and the tourists...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 1 March 1, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Crushing victories for either side in the first two matches have set up a potentially thrilling decider when South Africa host Australia in the final Test at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday. The tourists blazed their way to a comprehensive...
  • Pressure on captains Smith, Clarke in deciding third Test March 1, 2014

    Cape Town: Captains Graeme Smith and Michael Clarke will be under greater than usual pressure when South Africa and Australia clash in the series-deciding third Test from Saturday. Apart from the normal challenge of trying to win a showdown at Newlands between two of cricket's top teams, both skippers will be...