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Clarke under scanner as BD series looms

Clarke under scanner as BD series looms

SYDNEY – Michael Clarke got an idea of the sort of scrutiny he will be subject to as Australia captain over the weekend but said on Monday his appointment to the post had not yet properly sunk in.
Clarke assumed the role, often described as the second most important in Australia after that of prime minister, last Wednesday and was surprised by the media attention paid to his 30th birthday celebrations on Saturday. His first task as skipper is three one-day internationals in

Clarke supports retention of World minnows

SYDNEY – Australian captain Michael Clarke was at odds Monday with his predecessor Ricky Ponting over the International Cricket Council’s moves to cut the number of teams at the 2015 World Cup. In an early sign of a divergence in captaincy styles with Ponting, Clarke spoke out in support of minnow nations, who would likely be axed if the tournament’s size was reduced.
“I really enjoy seeing the minnow teams getting an opportunity to be honest, I guess it’s up to the ICC to work

Captaincy yet to sink in for scrutinised Clarke

SYDNEY – Michael Clarke got an idea of the sort of scrutiny he will be subject to as Australia captain over the weekend but said on Monday his appointment to the post had not yet properly sunk in.
Clarke assumed the role, often described as the second most important in Australia after that of prime minister, last Wednesday and was surprised by the media attention paid to his 30th birthday celebrations on Saturday.
His first task as skipper is three one-day internationals

Clarke needs to be ‘formal and firm’: Warne

SYDNEY – New Australia captain Michael Clarke is an astute cricket tactician but will need to be more formal and firm in his man-management, according to spin-bowling great Shane Warne. Clarke was appointed Australia’s 43rd test captain on Wednesday in place of Ricky Ponting, who had resigned a day earlier, and departs with his first squad to Bangladesh for three one-dayers on Monday.
Warne, who took 708 test wickets in a glittering career and remains a highly influential voice

Clarke needs to improve his man-management: Warne

SYDNEY – New Australia captain Michael Clarke is an astute cricket tactician but will need to be more “formal and firm” in his man-management, according to spin-bowling great Shane Warne.
Clarke was appointed Australia’s 43rd test captain on Wednesday in place of Ricky Ponting, who had resigned a day earlier, and departs with his first squad to Bangladesh for three one-dayers on Monday.
Warne, who took 708 test wickets in a glittering career and remains a highly

Clarke appointed Australian captain

SYDNEY – Michael Clarke was appointed Australia’s Test and one-day captain on Wednesday, a day after Ricky Ponting bowed to pressure and quit after the country’s World Cup exit. Long seen as heir-apparent, the stylish batsman, who turns 30 on Saturday, will jump into the role immediately, leaving this week for a tour of Bangladesh.
Ponting will also be on the plane, taking orders from his former deputy, after being named in the squad to play three one-dayers. Shane Watson will be

Clarke quits, White comes as T20 skipper

SYDNEY – Cameron White was named as skipper of Australia’s team on Friday for next week’s two Twenty20 internationals with England after the sudden retirement of Michael Clarke.
Clarke announced he was quitting international T20 cricket immediately after Australia’s humiliating Ashes series loss to England on Friday, saying he wanted to improve his Test form.
Brad Haddin, Clarke’s vice-captain in the Sydney Test, was left out of the T20 team for younger wicketkeeper rival

Hughes not a cheat: Clarke

SYDNEy – Acting Australia captain Michael Clarke flatly rejected claims that teammate Phillip Hughes attempted to cheat England’s Alastair Cook out of his third century of the series at the final Sydney Ashes Test on Wednesday.
English Test great Ian Botham, commentating on television, called close-in fielder Hughes a cheat for claiming a catch that was subsequently proved to have hit the ground just in front of his hands when Cook was on 99.
Cook, who went on to make 189

Team supports Ponting: Clarke

MELBOURNE – Under-siege Ricky Ponting should remain captain of Australia despite the spectre of losing the Ashes series against England, team vice-captain Michael Clarke said Sunday.
Clarke vouched his support for Ponting’s captaincy as Australia endured one of their worst Test days and now face a mountain to climb to save the fourth Test after England seized command on the opening day.
England routed Australia for 98 and were 59 runs ahead at 157 without loss at the end of

Aussie setback as Clarke falls in last over

ADELAIDE: Australia suffered a massive blow with the loss of key batsman Michael Clarke in the final over Monday to leave them facing an uphill battle to salvage the second Test against England at the Adelaide Oval.
Clarke looked on track to go to stumps leading a fighting vanguard only to fall to a catch close to the wicket off part-time spinner Kevin Pietersen with four balls left of the fourth day.
Clarke had appeared to have recaptured his best form after cheap

Clarke fit to play in Ashes opener, Bollinger cut

BRISBANE: Vice-captain Michael Clarke has recovered sufficiently from a back injury to play for Australia in the Ashes opener against England starting Thursday at the Gabba. “Just finished training and the back got through,” Clarke wrote on his Twitter feed Wednesday. “Wake up ok tomorrow and I’m in.”
The middle-order batsman injured his back playing for New South Wales in Sheffield Shield cricket earlier this month and only returned to training on Tuesday.
But Clarke, who

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