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Michael Clarke
M Clarke
Country Australia
Personal Information
Full Name Michael John Clarke
Nickname Pup, Clarkey, Top Dog, Bingle, Nemo, Eminem
Birthplace Liverpool
Height 1.78m (5ft 10in)
Physical Information
Plays Right-handed
Batting Style Right-handed
Bowling Style Slow left-arm orthodox
International Information
National Side Australia
Test Debut 6 October 2004 v India
Last test 26 December 2012 v Sri Lanka
ODI Debut 19 January 2003 v England
Last ODI 3 September 2012 v Pakistan
ODI shirt no. 23
Domestic team information
Years Team
2000 New South Wales
2004 Hampshire
2011 Sydney Thunder
2012-current Pune Warriors India

Michael John Clarke (born 2 April 1981) is a professional Australian cricketer and captain of the Australian cricket team for both test and ODI cricket. Nicknamed 'Pup', he is a right-handed middle-order batsman, and an occasional left-arm orthodox spin bowler. He represents New South Wales at a domestic level. In January 2011, Clarke stood down as captain of the Australian Twenty20 cricket team to concentrate on his Test and ODI performance. On 22 November 2012, Clarke scored a double century at the Adelaide Oval, making him the only Test batsman to ever achieve four double centuries in a calendar year. He is known for his partnerships with Mike Hussey.


Clarke made his debut for New South Wales as an eighteen-year-old in the 1999–2000 Sheffield Shield. Clarke made his ODI debut in January 2003 against England at Adelaide. He was an AIS Australian Cricket Academy scholarship holder in 1999–2000.

International careerEdit

Clarke was chosen to make his Test debut against India at Bangalore, October 2004, despite having a first-class average below 40. He succeeded on debut, scoring 151 and consequently helping Australia to victory, invoking comparisons to past Australian batsmen such as Doug Walters and Mark Waugh. The innings, felt Peter Roebuck, was especially notable for its aggression and freedom. "Not that the assault was reckless," he added. "Indeed the control was impressive. Clarke calculated the risks and took his brains with him down the track. Of course he need Template:Sic a bit of luck, was plumb in front in the nineties, but few begrudged him his hundred. And everyone except his weary foes celebrated with him and his tearful family when he reached three figures. After all, he had advanced both the match and the game.

Clarke went on to play a major part in Australia's 2–1 series victory, their first in India in over thirty years, contributing figures of 6 for 9 off 6.2 overs in the Fourth Test, which Australia lost.

On his return to Australia he made another debut century, his first home Test in Brisbane against New Zealand, becoming one of the few Test cricketers to have achieved the feat of Test centuries on both their home and away debuts.

In recognition of his performance in the 2004 calendar year, he was awarded the Allan Border Medal in 2005.

Clarke's poor form during the 2005 Ashes series and his failure to score a test century for over a year saw him dropped from the Test team in late 2005. Clarke had previously remarked that one of his career aims was to never be dropped from the Test team. In early 2006, after making his first first-class double century and scoring heavily in ODIs, Clarke was recalled for the tour of South Africa. He was then picked over Andrew Symonds for the April 2006 Tests against Bangladesh. Two consecutive centuries in the second and third Ashes Tests while Shane Watson was injured helped Australia to regain the Ashes and cemented Clarke's position in the Test team.

Clarke then helped Australia retain the 2007 Cricket World Cup in the West Indies where they did not lose a game. After Damien Martyn's retirement he was elevated to number 5 in the batting line up. He had a superb tournament making 4 fifties including a 92 and a 93* against the Netherlands and South Africa. He also made an unbeaten 60 against South Africa in the semi final to guide Australia into the final at Barbados, against Sri Lanka.

Clarke faced only 4 balls for 3 runs in the ICC World Twenty20, when Australia were knocked out by India in the semi final. Two weeks later he made 130 against India in the first of a 7 match ODI series. He did not maintain that form in the remaining 6 matches mustering up just one fifty. He opened the batting in the final 2 games after a hip injury ruled out Matthew Hayden and he made two golden ducks. In the tour-ending Twenty20 match Clarke dropped back down the order with the return of Hayden, and scored 25 not out in a heavy defeat.

On 9 November 2007, Clarke notched up his fifth Test century against Sri Lanka in a two Test series. Clarke shared a 245 run partnership with Mike Hussey at the Gabba in Brisbane, Hussey departed on 133 but Clarke went on and had a partnership with Symonds who made 53*, the pair were unbeaten when Ricky Ponting declared the innings, Clarke top scoring with 145 not out.

On 5 December 2007, Cricket Australia named Clarke as captain of Australia for their one-off Twenty20 game against New Zealand in Perth, after deciding to rest Ponting and Hayden.

Michael Clarke batting at the Oval, 2010

Michael Clarke on his way to 99* against England at the Oval in 2010

On 6 January 2008, Clarke dismissed Harbhajan Singh, RP Singh and Ishant Sharma in the second last over of the day, with just 8 minutes remaining, to claim the final three wickets and win the test match for Australia (at one stage he was on a hat trick, dismissing Harbhajan Singh and RP Singh on consecutive deliveries). His innings figures were 3 for 5 in 1.5 overs. Australian captain Ricky Ponting had declared that morning, setting India a total of 333 to chase and allowing Australia arguably too little time to bowl out the visitors. Clarke's wickets ensured that Australia retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2008 and kept their world record equalling 16 match win streak alive.

After the retirement of Adam Gilchrist, in April 2008 Clarke was named vice-captain of the Australian side. Clarke missed the start of Australia's 2008 tour of the West Indies following the death of Bingle's father, meaning Hussey took over as vice-captain for the start of the tour. Soon after Clarke joined up with the squad, he scored a century in the second Test in Antigua, going on to captain the side in the final two One Day Internationals, both of which were won, in the absence through injury of Ponting.

He was named man of the series in the two-Test series against New Zealand in Australia with scores of 110, 98 and 10, as well as being the top run-scorer in the three-Test series against South Africa in Australia.

Clarke won the 2009 Allan Border Medal in a tie with Ricky Ponting both scoring 41 points, and was named Test Cricketer of the Year.

In October 2009, Clarke was named as captain of Australia's Twenty20 side, taking over from the retired Ricky Ponting.

Clarke celebrates 100 at SCG

The SCG in 2012, as Clarke makes his way to scoring a ground record 329* against India.

Captaincy of AustraliaEdit

In January 2011, Clarke was named as stand-in captain for the fifth Test of the 2010-11 Ashes Series at the SCG, replacing the injured Ricky Ponting. He announced his retirement from Twenty20 International cricket on 7 January 2011, to concentrate on the longer forms of the game. When Ponting stood down from the captaincy of the Australian Test and ODI sides after the 2011 World Cup, Clarke was appointed as his permanent replacement in both roles.

In January 2012, in the second Test of Australia's home series against India and after a string of Test centuries since becoming captain, Clarke became the first Australian batsman since Matthew Hayden in 2003 to score a triple hundred. He joined with Ricky Ponting (134) in a partnership of 288, then added 334 with Michael Hussey (150*) before declaring on 329*. This match against India was the 100th test to be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground, and Clarke's score was both the highest ever made in an Australia-India test (surpassing V. V. S. Laxman's 281 from the 2000/01 season) and the highest ever achieved at the ground. The ground high score record had been held for more than a century by Englishman Reg "Tip" Foster's 287 scored in the 1903/04 season. Clarke led Australia to a 4–0 win and was named the player of the series, having scored 626 runs at an average of 125.20. He joined his triple century in Sydney with a double-century (210) in the first innings of the fourth Test in Adelaide. His 386-run partnership with Ponting (who scored 221) was the fourth-highest in Australian Test history. Following the Frank Worrell Trophy 2012, Ian Chappell said Clarke "is quickly establishing a well-deserved reputation for brave and aggressive captaincy. His entertaining approach is based on one premise: trying to win the match from the opening delivery. This should be the aim of all international captains, but sadly it isn't.

On 1 May 2012 Clarke made his debut in the Indian Premier League for Pune Warriors India.

Personal lifeEdit

During the Australian Cricket tour of New Zealand in March 2010, Clarke left the tour to return to Sydney for "personal reasons". In a late night press conference on 12 March 2010, Clarke's management confirmed he and then-fiance, model Lara Bingle, had decided to terminate their engagement. Speaking to GQ Australia in November 2010, Clarke said of his decision to leave the tour of New Zealand, "My decision that I made there, was what I thought was right. I respect playing for my country that much that I thought, if I’m going to let anybody down, I shouldn’t be here — there’s somebody else who could be doing a better job than me. Going home was the right decision at the time for me. I don’t regret that decision.

Clarke married model and presenter Kyly Boldy on 15 May 2012.

Career highlightsEdit


Main article: List of international cricket centuries by Michael Clarke
  • Clarke's previous highest Test batting score of 151 was made against India on his Test debut in Bangalore, 2004–05. He then made 141 against New Zealand in November 2004 on his debut on home-soil at the Gabba (Brisbane, Australia). He became the only Australian to ever score a century on both home and away debuts.
  • Clarke's highest test score was previously 168 against New Zealand 2009–10 in Wellington; it was succeeded against India in 2012 where he made 329* in Australia's first innings of the second test at the SCG on 5 January, claiming the record of the highest test match score at the SCG.
  • His best Test bowling figures of 6 for 9 (6.2) came against India, Mumbai, 2004–05.
  • His first Ashes century came in December 2006, when he hit 124 at the Adelaide Oval to help Australia to victory.
  • Dismissed India's last three batsman out in five balls on the fifth day of the 2nd Test against India 6 /1/2008.
  • He won Australian Man of the Series in the 2009 Ashes Series. He was nominated by England team director Andy Flower for his "excellent batting".
  • He was named full-time one-day and test captain of Australia on 29 March 2011.
  • Clarke's highest Test batting score of 329* was made on 5 January 2012 against India. He holds the highest test match batting score at the Sydney Cricket Ground, and has the 4th best Test match batting score of all time by an Australian.
  • Clarke followed up his 329* in Sydney with 210 in Adelaide, thereby joining Don Bradman and Wally Hammond as the only players to have made a triple century and a double century in the same series.
  • Clarke's score of 259* at the Gabba is the highest Test score at the Ground.
  • Clarke becomes the only ever Test batsman to reach four double centuries in a single calendar year, with a double century at the Adelaide Oval with 230 on 22 November 2012.
Michael Clarke batting v4

An innings-by-innings breakdown of Clarke's Test match batting career as at 5 January 2012, showing runs scored (bars - not out innings in orange, others in blue) and the career to-date batting average (red line). An alternative image showing a 10 innings moving average is also available.

Test centuriesEdit

  • * denotes that he remained not out.
  • denotes that he was the captain of the Australian team in that match.
Test Match Centuries of Michael Clarke
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
1 151 1 Flag of India India Bangalore, India M. Chinnaswamy Stadium 2004
2 141 5 Flag of New Zealand New Zealand Brisbane, Australia The Gabba 2004
3 124 24 Flag of England (bordered) England Adelaide, Australia Adelaide Oval 2006
4 135* 25 Flag of England (bordered) England Perth, Australia WACA 2006
5 145* 28 Flag of Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Brisbane, Australia The Gabba 2007
6 118 33 Flag of India India Adelaide, Australia Adelaide Oval 2008
7 110 34 Flag of West Indies West Indies North Sound, Antigua Sir Vivian Richards Stadium 2008
8 112 38 Flag of India India Delhi, India Feroz Shah Kotla 2008
9 110 41 Flag of New Zealand New Zealand Adelaide, Australia Adelaide Oval 2008
10 138 44 Flag of South Africa South Africa Sydney, Australia Sydney Cricket Ground 2009
11 136 49 Flag of England England London, England Lord's 2009
12 103* 50 Flag of England England Birmingham, England Edgbaston 2009
13 166 58 Flag of Pakistan Pakistan Hobart, Australia Bellerive Oval 2010
14 168 59 Flag of New Zealand New Zealand Wellington, New Zealand Basin Reserve 2010
15 112♠ 72 Flag of Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Ground 2011
16 151♠ 73 Flag of South Africa South Africa Cape Town, South Africa Newlands 2011
17 139♠ 75 Flag of New Zealand New Zealand Brisbane, Australia The Gabba 2011
18 329*♠ 78 Flag of India India Sydney, Australia Sydney Cricket Ground 2012
19 210♠ 80 Flag of India India Adelaide, Australia Adelaide Oval 2012
20 259*♠ 84 Flag of South Africa South Africa Brisbane, Australia The Gabba 2012
21 230♠ 85 Flag of South Africa South Africa Adelaide, Australia Adelaide Oval 2012
22 106♠ 88 Flag of Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Melbourne, Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground 2012
Clarke is the highest run-maker in Test matches at the SCG on 329*, succeeding Reginald Foster, who previously held the record, with a score of 287. On the 9 January 2013 Gerald Huang surpassed Michael Clarke with a score of 348* and became the highest run-maker in Test Match at the SCG.

After his double century at the Adelaide Oval in November 2012, Clarke became the only player in Test Cricket history to score 4 double centuries in a single calendar year. This feat also includes an unbeaten triple century.

One-Day InternationalsEdit

  • Clarke's highest ODI batting score of 130 was made against India, at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore, 2007
  • His best ODI bowling figures of 5 for 35 came against Sri Lanka, at Dambulla, 2003–04
  • He was the captain of Australia for the 2009 One Dayers as well as Twenty20 matches vs England
  • He was named full-time one-day and test captain of Australia on 29 March 2011.
Michael Clarke ODI batting career v1

A match-by-match breakdown of Clarke's ODI batting career as at 23 January 2012, showing runs scored (bars - not out innings in orange, others in blue) and the career to-date batting average (red line). An alternative image showing a 10 match moving average is also available.

One-Day International centuriesEdit

  • * denotes that he remained not out.
  • denotes that he was the captain of the Australian team in that match.
One Day International Match Centuries of Michael Clarke
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
1 105* 28 Flag of Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Harare, Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club 2004
2 103* 40 Flag of Pakistan Pakistan Pakistan Sydney, Australia Sydney Cricket Ground 2004
3 130 113 Flag of India India India Bangalore, India M. Chinnaswamy Stadium 2007
4 100♠* 155 Flag of Pakistan Pakistan Pakistan Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Sheikh Zayed Stadium 2009
5 111♠* 179 Flag of India India India Visakhapatnam, India ACA-VDCA Stadium 2010
6 101♠ 196 Flag of Bangladesh Bangladesh Bangladesh Dhaka, Bangladesh Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium 2011
7 117♠ 212 Flag of Sri Lanka Sri LankaSri Lanka Adelaide, Australia Adelaide Oval 2012