Michael Clark

  • 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...
  • Clarke disappointed over Warner's comments February 28, 2014

    Cape Town: Australian captain Michael Clarke on Friday criticised David Warner over comments that earned the opening batsman a fine from International Cricket Council match referee Roshan Mahanama. Warner was fined 15 per cent of his match fee for "inappropriate comments" when he suggested South African wicketkeeper AB de Villiers might...
  • Shane Warne factor big as Australia seek answers February 28, 2014

    Cape Town: Shane Warne's vast Test experience has been well utilised by the Australian squad in the lead-up to the series-deciding third Test against South Africa at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday. Captain Michael Clarke says the veteran of 145 Test matches and arguably the greatest legspinner of all time...
  • Newlands Test the biggest of my career: Michael Clarke February 28, 2014

    Melbourne: Australia captain Michael Clarke feels that the decider of the three-Test series against South Africa starting Saturday at the Newlands in Cape Town is the biggest Test of his decade-long career. Clarke said it was special to win the Ashes 5-0 at home and a series win in South Africa...
  • Australia's Lehmann pleased to be 'bowled out' February 25, 2014

    Cape Town: Australia's dramatic collapse against South Africa at the weekend has drawn inevitable comparisons with their previous Test defeat but vanquished coach Darren Lehmann says the two losses were vastly different. South Africa grabbed nine wickets in a single session after tea to win the second Test in Port Elizabeth...
  • Dale Steyn spell swung the match, says Michael Clarke February 24, 2014

    Port Elizabeth: Australian captain Michael Clarke paid tribute to a great spell of fast reverse swing bowling by South Africa's Dale Steyn after his side were bundled to defeat on the fourth day of the second Test at St George's Park on Sunday. South Africa bowled out Australia for 216 to...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Australia, 2nd Test Day 4 February 23, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page Day 3 round-up: South Africa pressed home their big advantage over Australia in the second Test as Hashim Amla made 93 not out after earlier dislocating his finger and the hosts forged 369 runs ahead on the third day on...
  • We've got work to do in second innings, says Michael Clarke February 23, 2014

    Port Elizabeth: Australian captain Michael Clarke admitted his side had "some work to do" after South Africa moved into a strong position on the third day of the second Test at St George's Park on Saturday. Australia were bowled out for 246 in their first innings, giving South Africa a lead...
  • 2nd Test: Warner solid as Australia trail by 311 February 21, 2014

    Port Elizabeth: JP Duminy, AB de Villiers, Wayne Parnell and Vernon Philander put South Africa on top as they reduced Australia to 112 for 4 on the second day of the second Test at St George's Park on Friday. Allrounder Parnell, playing his first Test in four years, and paceman Philander...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Australia, 2nd Test, Day 2 February 21, 2014

    (Scroll down to the bottom of the page to follow the ball-by-ball commentary) Elgar (83), Du Plessis (55) and De Villiers (51*) scored half-centuries as South Africa reached 214 for 5 before bad light stopped play on day one. On a slow pitch which negated the menace of Mitchell Johnson and his...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Australia, 2nd Test, Day 1 February 20, 2014

    (Scroll down to the bottom of the page to follow the ball-by-ball commentary) Toss and Team News: South Africa have won the toss and elected to bat. There are changes to the South African side, with Dean Elgar to open, Quinton de Kock makes his Test debut and Wayne Parnell will...