Michael Clarke is a former international Australian cricket player. He is a right-handed batsman and right-arm slow spinner.
Michael Clarke is from the home town of Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia. Also, he is a former Australian team captain and led the squad for victory in 2015 Cricket World Cup.
Michael Clarke started playing cricket at the young age and made the first-class debut against the touring Indian team. He had a good batting form and performed well in the beginning cricket career.
Michael Clarke played the first ODI debut game on January 2003 against England team. Later, he also played the first test game on October 2004 against India which Clarke secured 151 runs from 248 deliveries. This play showed the great batting form of Clarke and earned a primary place in the squad. Till the end of the test series, Clarke showed excellent gameplay and helped the team by leading to victory.
Michael Clarke scored his first maiden ODI century of 105 runs from 102 balls against Zimbabwe on May 2004. He showed consistency in batting in many of the games played which include test series against Bangladesh. In subsequent, he secured two consecutive centuries and led the team to win Ashes test series.
Michael Clarke has played 115 test games in which he secured 8643 runs, 28 centuries, 27 half-centuries and has the top score of 329 runs.
Also, In ODI Clarke has played around 245 games with a total score of 7981 runs eight centuries, 58 half-centuries and has a high score of 130 runs.
Clarke also played the Indian Premier League on the side of Pune Warriors India team.
On the retirement of Adam Gilchrist, Michael Clarke initially designated as vice-captain for the Australian team. After Clarke’s father died, he didn’t play few games. Later, he joined the squad and played well by securing the century against the West Indies.
Moreover, the Australian team won the series. In the next game against South Africa, Clarke showed a decent play by scoring Two hundred twenty-eight runs from three matches and also had leading runs in the series.
On December 2007, T20 match against New Zealand Michael Clarke appointed as captain. Later on the retirement of Ricky Pointing, Clarke named as the permanent captain for the Australian team for both ODI and Test.
As the captain, Clarke played his first test game against India in which he scored a first triple century after Matthew Hayden. Next, Clarke led the Australian team to the 2015 World cup and won the cup by defeating the New Zealand team.
Clarke initially announced that he would retire after the end of the world cup games. Later, he retired from all forms of international cricket on the end Ashes series.
Honours and Highlights
- In 2005, 2009, 2012 and 2013, Clarke won the Allan Border Medal.
- Fourth Australian batsman to score a triple century in test cricket and it the highest score in the Sydney Cricket Ground.
- Also, Clarke is one among the three international cricket player to score the double century and triple century in the same match.
- In one calendar year, Clarke has secure four double centuries.