MICHAEL CLARKE

  • Kim Hughes, McGrath back Smith to lead in Clarke's absence Yesterday

    Sydney: As serious doubts remain over Michael Clarke's participation in the first Test against India, Steven Smith is being looked by many as a front-runner to lead Australia in the regular skipper's absence. Even though vice-captain Brad Haddin is expected to step up as skipper in Clarke's absence when Australia take...
  • Michael Clarke 'hopeful' for first India Test: physio 3 days ago

    Sydney: Australia are hopeful that captain Michael Clarke will be available for next month's first Test against India despite a recurrence of his hamstring injury, physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said on Thursday. Clarke has missed just one of Australia's 39 Tests since he assumed the captaincy in 2011 despite a degenerative long-term...
  • Injured Michael Clarke may recover in time for India Tests 3 days ago

    Australian skipper Michael Clarke, who is struggling with his hamstring injury, could be fit in time for the upcoming four-Test series against India starting December 4, with reports surfacing that the batsman may not require surgery. Clarke, who had to sit out of the ongoing ODI series against South Africa, has...
  • Australian captain Michael Clarke might be fit for India series 3 days ago

    Canberra: Just days after his Test future was thrown into doubt due to persistent injuries, Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke is set for a swift return to action. Clarke withdrew from Australia's ongoing five-match One-Day International (ODI) series against South Africa after reinjuring his troublesome hamstring in Perth last week, reports...
  • Michael Clarke should quit one-dayers after World Cup: Border 3 days ago

    Sydney: Injured skipper Michael Clarke should quit playing One-Day Internationals (ODI) after the 2015 World Cup in order to finish his career as one of the true greats of Australian cricket, former captain Allan Border has said. Clarke will meet physiotherapist Alex Kountouris in Sydney Thursday to find out more about...
  • Australian selectors rely on team depth to tide over batting cris 4 days ago

    Sydney: Australian national selectors have opted not to redesign an under-pressure cricket team, ahead of the third One-Day International (ODI) of a five-match series against tourists South Africa Wednesday even as captain Michael Clarke remains in grave danger of missing the action due to a debilitating hamstring injury. The Clarke-less Australia...
  • South Africa's Dale Steyn plays down 'silly' Clarke feud 4 days ago

    South African paceman Dale Steyn played down his rift with Australia captain Michael Clarke on Tuesday, saying their supposed feud had been "a bit silly". Clarke has been ruled out of the last three matches of the one-day series against the Proteas by a hamstring injury and Steyn said he wished...
  • Shane Watson optimistic on Michael Clarke's fitness for India Tests 4 days ago

    Shane Watson would be honoured to stand in for Michael Clarke as Test skipper against India next month even if he thinks it's increasingly unlikely that Australia will need a caretaker captain. Australia are sweating on Clarke's hamstring injury ahead of an important three months of cricket on home soil, which...
  • Clarke injury forces Australia to weigh captaincy options 5 days ago

    Sydney: With the optimism over Michael Clarke's fitness for the Test series against India fading fast, Australia's selectors will have to ponder their captaincy options as well as the make-up of their bowling attack over the next week. Chief selector Rod Marsh's confidence the 33-year-old would be fit to face India...
  • Australia selector backs Michael Clarke to be fit for first Test against India 6 days ago

    Australia's chief of selectors Rod Marsh has backed captain Michael Clarke to recover from a hamstring strain and be fit for the first Test against India next month. Clarke was ruled out of the rest of Australia's one-day international series with South Africa after re-aggravating the problematic left hamstring in the...
  • Michael Clarke ruled out as South Africa look to level series against Australia 1 week ago

    Australia captain Michael Clarke will miss the rest of the one-day international series against South Africa with a hamstring injury, the country's cricket board (CA) said on Saturday. Clarke re-injured his problematic left hamstring on Friday in Australia's 23-run win over the Proteas in the first match in Perth and had...
  • George Bailey to stand in for captain Michael Clarke for second ODI 1 week ago

    George Bailey will continue to captain Australia for at least the second one-day international against South Africa with regular skipper Michael Clarke in serious doubt to be fit for the rest of the series. Clarke re-injured his problematic left hamstring in Australia's 23-run win over the Proteas in Perth on Friday...
  • 1st ODI: Pacers script Australia's 32-run win over South Africa November 14, 2014

    Perth: Paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile took four wickets to fire Australia to a 32-run victory over South Africa in the first one-day international in Perth on Friday. Australia captain Michael Clarke was ruled out midway through the match after re-aggravating his hamstring but stand-in skipper George Bailey scored a telling 70 to...
  • Australia captain Michael Clarke re-injures hamstring November 14, 2014

    Australia captain Michael Clarke has re-injured his hamstring and will take no further part in Friday's one-day match against South Africa, governing body Cricket Australia said. Clarke missed most of Australia's triangular one-day tournament with Zimbabwe and South Africa in August and September and all of the team's one-day series against...
  • As it happened: Australia vs South Africa, 1st ODI November 14, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page) TOSS: South Africa opted to field against Australia Playing XIs: Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke (capt), George Bailey, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade (wk), Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Josh Hazlewood South Africa: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk),...
  • Spin great Shane Warne backs misfiring Michael Clarke to regain form November 10, 2014

    Sydney: Shane Warne on Monday said he was concerned about Australia's batting but backed struggling skipper Michael Clarke to score heavily this summer season. The spin great said the congested home season looms as an opportunity for Australia to win some big trophies and regain the status of the top team...
  • Michael Clarke welcomes return of fit-again Aussie quicks November 7, 2014

    Sydney: Skipper Michael Clarke on Friday welcomed the likelihood of Australia having a surfeit of fit pacemen ahead of a demanding season of cricket climaxing with next year's World Cup. The gruelling schedule of international matches at home began on Wednesday, with the first of three Twenty20 matches against South Africa....
  • McCullum, Clarke are the two premier ODI captains, says Fleming November 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Stephen Fleming's six-year partnership with Mahendra Singh Dhoni at the Chennai Super Kings has been a successful one but the former New Zealand captain rates countryman Brendon McCullum and Australian Michael Clarke as better ODI captains at the moment. "I believe Brendon McCullum and Michael Clarke are the two...
  • Michael Clarke backed by predecessors as World Cup nears November 6, 2014

    Australia's three World Cup-winning captains are unified in their belief that under-fire skipper Michael Clarke is the right man to lead the team to a potential fifth tournament victory next March. A disappointed Clarke arrived home from United Arab Emirates on Wednesday eager to shake off Australia's Test series loss to...
  • As it happened: Australia vs South Africa, 1st T20I November 5, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) TOSS: Australia won the toss and opted to bat. PLAYING XIs: Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Cameron White, Shane Watson, Ben Dunk (wk), Nathan Reardon, James Faulkner, Ben Cutting, Pat Cummins, Kane Richardson, Cameron Boyce, Doug Bollinger South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza...
  • I still have a lot to offer as captain, says Michael Clarke November 5, 2014

    Australian captain Michael Clarke on Wednesday said he still had plenty to offer to the team as he was grilled over his captaincy after the side's comprehensive 2-0 Test loss to Pakistan. Clarke arrived home in Sydney in the wake of the team's sixth straight defeat on the sub-continent to be...
  • South Africa series the perfect pick-me-up for ailing Australia November 5, 2014

    A disappointed Michael Clarke arrived home from United Arab Emirates on Wednesday eager to shake off Australia's Test series loss to Pakistan and begin his side's World Cup buildup in the series against South Africa. Clarke's side were hammered by Pakistan in the two-Test series, losing the first game in Dubai...
  • No quick cure for Australia's spin woes, says Cricket Australia November 4, 2014

    Australia's inadequacies in playing spin in Asian conditions will take time and hard work to put right, Cricket Australia high performance chief Pat Howard said Tuesday. Captain Michael Clarke admitted his team had not learned their lesson against spin after crashing to their sixth straight loss on the sub-continent against Pakistan...
  • Michael Clarke admits spin lesson not learnt November 3, 2014

    Abu Dhabi: Michael Clarke admitted his team had not learned their lesson against spin after crashing to their sixth straight loss on the subcontinent against Pakistan on Monday. Pakistan inflicted a 356-run defeat over Australia in the second Test in Abu Dhabi - their third heaviest loss in all matches -...
  • Pakistan thump Australia for historic Test series win November 3, 2014

    Steve Smith tried to delay the inevitable before Pakistan crushed Australia by 356 runs in the second and final Test to complete a 2-0 series victory in Abu Dhabi on Monday. Having set the visitors an impossible 603-run victory target, Pakistan claimed the remaining six wickets in a little over a...
  • As it happened: Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test, Day 1 October 30, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) PLAYING XIs: AUSTRALIA: David Warner, Chris Rogers, Steve Smith, Michael Clarke (c), Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Brad Haddin (wk), Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon PAKISTAN: Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed...
  • 2nd Test: Spin-hit Australia look to bounce back against Pakistan October 29, 2014

    After failing another Asian spin test, Australia will strive to bounce back in the second and final Test against Pakistan starting in Abu Dhabi on Thursday. The world number two team was all at sea against an inexperienced but effective Pakistan spin attack and suffered a crushing 221-run defeat in the...
  • Pakistan defeat puts fire in Australian bellies October 27, 2014

    Australia captain Michael Clarke said his team would be fired up by defeat in the first Test against Pakistan but clearly needed to improve in all facets of the game to square the series later this week. The defeat by 221 runs in Dubai on Sunday was Australia's second in five...
  • As it happened: Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test, Day 5 October 26, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Chasing a mammoth 438 to win, Australia resume at a precarious 59/4 on the final day of the Dubai Test. Day 4 Round-up: Pakistan's inexperienced spinners left Australia struggling at 59 for 4 on Saturday at stumps on the fourth day...
  • Disappointed captain Clarke says lacking match practice October 26, 2014

    Captain Michael Clarke was frank about Australia's struggles to read the spin off the slow Dubai wicket but declined to criticise his team mates after his second dismissal to slow bowling in the first Test against Pakistan. Reduced to 59 for four wickets at the close of day four on Saturday...