MICHAEL CLARK

  • World Cup side notes: Cricketers and their obsession with ink 3 days ago

    Having been in practice for over 6000 years with its roots traced back to the pharaohs of Egypt, the fad for tattoos has been ever growing with sportsperson, including cricketers craving to get inked. Tattoos are widely popular among sports players, but when it comes to cricketers, they seem to use...
  • ICC World Cup: Australia, Bangladesh share points after Brisbane washout 5 days ago

    Brisbane: Australia's cricket World Cup Pool A match against Bangladesh was abandoned without a ball being bowled at the Gabba here Saturday. Both teams will get one point each. Heavy rain generated by Cyclone Marcia swamped Brisbane Friday and persisted again Saturday, meaning no play was possible. The rain had eased early...
  • As it happened: Australia vs Bangladesh, ICC World Cup, Match 11 5 days ago

    (For live updates scroll down) Quick Preview: Favourites Australia will look to go all guns blazing as they meet Bangladesh in a Pool A match of the cricket World Cup on Saturday with the threat of a washout looming large due to the Tropical Cyclone Marcia. Co-hosts Australia kicked off their campaign...
  • ICC World Cup: Aussie skipper Michael Clarke withholds team amid dire weather forecast 6 days ago

    Brisbane: Returning skipper Michael Clarke is keeping the makeup of his Australian team under wraps as deteriorating weather threatens Saturday's World Cup match against Bangladesh in Brisbane. Clarke, who is back after hamstring surgery, said concerns over the format of the game amid forecasts of flooding rain from Tropical Cyclone Marcia...
  • World Cup 2015: No fielding restrictions for Michael Clarke's return 6 days ago

    Sydney: Michael Clarke says there will be no restrictions on where he fields in his return from injury for Australia's weather-threatened World Cup match with Bangladesh on Saturday. Clarke missed Australia's 111-run thrashing of England in Melbourne last weekend as he continued his recovery from his latest bout of hamstring trouble. But...
  • World Cup: Lehmann confirms Clarke's return for match against Bangladesh February 18, 2015

    Sydney: Australian coach Darren Lehmann has confirmed injured skipper Michael Clarke will make his comeback to the team Saturday in their World Cup encounter against Bangladesh in Brisbane, Gabba. Clarke who had a right hamstring surgery less than eight weeks ago was set the dateline of February 21 by Cricket Australia...
  • World Cup 2015: Cyclone threatens Australia captain Michael Clarke's return February 18, 2015

    Brisbane: Australia's World Cup campaign as well as Michael Clarke's long-awaited return could be blown off course by a tropical cyclone which threatens to dump 30cm of rain on Brisbane in the lead-up to Saturday's clash with Bangladesh. Australia's meteorology office has forecast an 80 percent chance of rain, with thunderstorms...
  • Michael Clarke debate not distracting Australia's World Cup dream: Mitchell Johnson February 17, 2015

    Brisbane: Australia's Mitchell Johnson said on Tuesday that the ongoing speculation about captain Michael Clarke's fitness was not proving a distraction for the World Cup favourites. Clarke's hamstring injury meant he was sidelined as co-hosts Australia launched their bid for a fifth World Cup title with an emphatic 111-run thrashing...
  • Clarke should replace Bailey, Watson unimpressive: Border February 16, 2015

    Brisbane: Former cricket World Cup-winning captain Allan Border expects stand-in skipper George Bailey to be dropped in favour of regular captain Michael Clarke during Australia's next match. Australia defeated England by 111 runs Saturday with Bailey playing a crucial knock of 55 runs in the victory. The World Cup co-hosts play...
  • Captain Michael Clarke could have played World Cup opener, says Shane Warne February 13, 2015

    Melbourne: Legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne on Friday said Australian captain Michael Clarke is fitter than he has been in the last five years and should have been picked for Australia's World Cup opener against England Saturday. Warne said the 33-year-old Clarke is "ready to go" for the 14-nation quadrennial tournament in...
  • World Cup 2015 Preview: Get, set, go! May the best team win February 13, 2015

    After the T20 tsunami since India's World Twenty20 win in 2007, the viewers of the game returned to the days of watching the first 10 and last 10 overs of an ODI. An innings of 50 overs spread over three hours started struggling to hold its ground against a three-hour...
  • Michael Clarke feared his career was over after Adelaide Test February 13, 2015

    Sydney: On a comeback trail following a hamstring surgery, Australian captain Michael Clarke said on friday he feared his career was finished after the Adelaide Test against India. The 33-year-old veteran will sit out on Saturday's World Cup opener against traditional rival England. "When scans confirmed I had torn my hamstring (after...
  • Stand-in man George Bailey resigned to making way for Michael Clarke February 13, 2015

    George Bailey is resigned to the idea that he may well go from captaining Australia against England in the World Cup opener on Saturday to being dropped from the side altogether for the second match against Bangladesh. Bailey will relinquish the reins if regular skipper Michael Clarke, as expected, proves his...
  • Michael Clarke ruled out of World Cup opener against England February 12, 2015

    Australia captain Michael Clarke will miss the World Cup opener against England in Melbourne on Saturday, Australia coach Darren Lehmann confirmed. "He's pulled up really well and no, he's not playing," Lehmann told reporters at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday. "Really happy with his progress but we're going to stick...
  • World Cup Warm-up: Michael Clarke makes safe return as Australia rout UAE February 11, 2015

    Michael Clarke struck a half-century in an encouraging return from injury as Australia routed United Arab Emirates by 188 runs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday in their last warm-up before the World Cup. Leading the team after a long lay-off from hamstring surgery, Clarke promoted himself up the batting...
  • Michael Clarke should quit ODIs after World Cup: Ricky Ponting February 11, 2015

    Melbourne: Australia's two-time World Cup-winning skipper Ricky Ponting on Wednesday advised regular captain Michael Clarke to retire from One-Day International (ODI) cricket to help in the smooth transition of captaincy to Steven Smith. Australia's World Cup campaign starts against England Saturday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) here. Clarke's preparations for...
  • Michael Clarke returns for Australia as opener, hits 64 in warm-up February 11, 2015

    Australia would have heaved a sigh of relief with risen hopes of return for their skipper Michael Clarke, who opened batting on Wednesday in a World Cup warm-up game against the United Arab Emirates, scoring 64 - more importantly, without looking in any discomfort. Clarke has been given until Feb 21...
  • Michael Clarke, Brendon McCullum have armoury for WC success: Atherton February 10, 2015

    Wellington: Former England cricket captain Mike Atherton Tuesday said New Zealand's Brendon McCullum and Australia's Michael Clarke are the best equipped skippers for the demands of the World Cup in the Antipodes starting Saturday. Atherton, writing his regular column for The Times newspaper in England, has no doubt that bold approaches...
  • Michael Clarke to play Australia's warm-up game against UAE February 9, 2015

    Melbourne: Australia captain Michael Clarke will play in the warm-up game against the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday as he intensifies his endeavour to be fit for the World Cup. Coach Darren Lehmann said that if Clarke gets through training on Tuesday he will play against UAE in the final warm-up...
  • Want to be fully satisfied before playing: Michael Clarke February 8, 2015

    Michael Clarke will not take the field in the warm-up game against India at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday, but he expects to have a pivotal role in Australia's World Cup campaign even if medical advice forces him to sit out the Valentine's Day tournament opener against England in Melbourne....
  • Stuart Broad questions wisdom of Michael Clarke's early comeback February 7, 2015

    Sydney: England fast bowler Stuart Broad has questioned whether it's wise for Australia captain Michael Clarke to play in his team's opening World Cup match against England on Feb. 14. Clarke is recovering from hamstring surgery and was thought unlikely to be considered for selection before Australia's second pool match against...
  • Don't write off India's World Cup chances: Michael Clarke February 7, 2015

    Adelaide: Australia captain Michael Clarke has warned against writing off India's chances to defend the World Cup despite their poor form in the build-up to cricket's showpiece event. India have endured a dismal show Down Under having failed to win a single competitive match in four Tests and a tri-series also...
  • Don't destroy Clarke-Smith relationship: Steve Waugh February 6, 2015

    Former Australia captain Steve Waugh is annoyed in the manner a section of people are being critical of Michael Clarke's captaincy terming them as "loose lips", who are trying to destroy his relationship with Steve Smith by spreading unnecessary rumours. "I am pretty shocked by the whole situation," Waugh was quoted...
  • Michael Clarke unsure of making World Cup opener February 6, 2015

    Australia captain Michael Clarke is unsure whether he will be ready to play in his team's opening World Cup match against England on February 14. Clarke took a major step in his recovery from hamstring surgery when he batted, bowled and fielded for a Cricket Australia XI in a one-day match...
  • Australia's Michael Clarke bats, bowls as comeback gathers pace February 5, 2015

    Michael Clarke's comeback from injury gathered pace Thursday with the Australian captain bowling two overs and knocking a breezy 34 for a Cricket Australia XI against Bangladesh. The 33-year-old was forced onto the sidelines after the first Test against India in December with a serious hamstring injury that required surgery, and...
  • Still not ready for ODI cricket: Michael Clarke February 5, 2015

    Brisbane: Injury-plagued Michael Clarke here Thursday passed the latest milestone set for him by Cricket Australia's medical staff but the skipper says he's not yet ready to play a One-day International (ODI). Clarke said he had been set a target of fielding a minimum of 25 overs for a Cricket Australia...
  • Michael Clarke ready for any World Cup fitness test, says trainer February 4, 2015

    Adelaide: Recuperating Australian captain Michael Clarke will pass the most challenging fitness test to confirm his place in the World Cup squad, his long time personal trainer said on Wednesday. Cricket Australia has given Clarke, down with back and hamstring complaints, time till February 21 to prove his fitness. Australia play...
  • Michael Clarke draws Ricky Ponting parallels for Steven Smith February 2, 2015

    Brisbane: Michael Clarke has said he feels sympathy for Steven Smith as media speculation swirls around the leadership of the Australian cricket team while the injured skipper continues his recovery. Following Smith's elevation to the Australian vice-captaincy and successful stint at the helm during the Border-Gavaskar Test series against India while...
  • Australia need Michael Clarke to win World Cup: Shane Warne February 2, 2015

    Australia need skipper Michael Clarke to be fully fit if they are going to win the ICC Cricket World Cup on home soil, legendary spinner Shane Warne has said. Clarke remains in doubt for Australia's tournament opener against England Feb 14 but the skipper's bid to return from a hamstring injury...
  • Michael Clarke brightens World Cup chances with a fifty February 1, 2015

    Michael Clarke, the Australia captain, on Saturday took a giant leap towards meeting the February 21 deadline issued by Cricket Australia for his participation in the 2015 World Cup. Clarke made a patient half-century for Western Suburbs against Gordon in a grade match at the Chatswood Oval in Sydney. Clarke,...