Famous cricket player of Australia: Michael Clarke
Michael Clarke is a right handed top order batsman and an occasional left arm orthodox spinner who is a key member of the Australian cricket team and has been serving as the vice captain to Ricky Ponting for a while now.
Born in Liverpool, Australia in 1981, Clarke made his one day international debut against English cricket team in 2003. In the 188 matches that he has represented his country, this classy batsman from Australia has amassed 5928 runs at a brilliant average of 43.58 with 5 centuries and 45 fifties to his credit. He has a top score of a 130 and many an experts still think that Michael Clarke has never fully justified the raw talent that he possesses.
He was part of the squad that lifted the Cricket World Cup 2007 in the West Indies and played a pivotal role by scoring 4 fifties in the tournament to help Australia win the title without losing a single game. In the absence of Ricky Ponting, he led his side to a phenomenal 6-1 crashing of the England and lifted the morale going into the 2011 edition of the world cup. With his occasional roll of arm with the ball, Michael Clarke has 52 wickets to his name with the best bowling performance he had being 5/35.
The 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup would definitely be a big test of Michael Clarke’s abilities since he has not been in the best form personally and talks within influential circles have popped up of dropping him from the squad altogether. But as talented as he is, there is no doubt that sooner or later he would perform brilliantly as he always had in the past and help his side lift yet another world cup for their country.
Micheal Clark was not able to lift the world cup in 2011. However, his performance as a captain of Australian cricket team has been fine since then. Australia under Clarke’s captaincy has remained among the top few teams of Cricket world.