CLARKE BOWLS

Michael Clarke doesn’t like to roll his arm over in the test matches these days, but, he did that on the second day of the second test match against South Africa which is being played at Port Elizabeth. He bowled quite a few overs actually and ended up picking the wicket of Vernon Philander who is a very handy tail ender.

Clarke used to bowl a lot when he had first started his career. But, after the back injury that he picked up a few years ago, he decided that he would not bowl that much.

However, he brings himself on to bowl short spells every now and then whenever he sees that the pitch is assisting the slow bowlers and today was one such day. His fast bowlers were getting tired after bowling long spells on a slow pitch and they had started to dish out poor deliveries to the batsmen. So, the Aussie captain thought of giving them a bit of rest and took the ball in his own hands.

Clarke didn’t get that much turn, but, he bowled with the right kind of pace. He didn’t try to fire in straight deliveries like the other part timers do these days. He was a little slower through the air instead and that resulted in Philander mistiming one.

However, the day didn’t belong to the Aussies. Replying to South Africa’s score of more than 400, they lost quick wickets and they were in trouble at the end of the second day.

The first thing that the Kangaroos would like to do on the third day is to avoid the follow on. They have to score 112 more runs to do it, but, with 6 wickets in hand, they should remain optimistic.

NO SPECIALIST SPINNER

Australia might not include any specialist spinner at all in their playing XI for the first test match against South Africa. The pitch is expected to have a lot of green tinge on it and the spinners would not be of that much use on such type of surface.

And, in case, the pitch deteriorates later on in the match and starts providing some assistance to the spinners, Australia has a couple of part time options to use. The captain Michael Clarke himself can roll his arm over and then, there is Steven Smith too who had actually started his international career as a bowling all rounder.