Michael Clarke suffered a tame dismissal on the second day of the ongoing first test

Michael Clarke suffered a tame dismissal on the second day of the ongoing first test match against England.

He, as usual, was in the mood to try and make the spinner get unsettled with the use of feet and he was going about it pretty well.

But, on one occasion, he probably misread the length a little bit and went too close to the ball and thus, did not get the elevation that he wanted.

He ended up only chipping it and an easy catch went into the hands of Moeen Ali.

It was probably the last thing that Clarke and Australia needed at that point of time.

Clarke’s presence there at the crease at the stumps on day 2 would have made Australia’s position that much stronger.

But, not only did the Kangaroos lose him at a bad time, they lost one more wicket after that which put them under real pressure.

Now, they have to have a good couple of sessions tomorrow if they have to make a comeback.

At the moment, England is 166 runs ahead and Australia just has 5 wickets in hands.

However, Shane Watson, who is unbeaten at the moment along with Nathan Lyon, is in good touch, but, he will have to ensure he does not throw his wicket away.

Watson and Haddin will be the key for Australia from here on in.

Michael Clarke is going to make sure neither he nor any of his players show any kind of indiscipline

Michael Clarke is going to make sure neither he nor any of his players show any kind of indiscipline on the pitch in the coming Ashes series, well at least he has promised to do so. But, with Aussies, you never know.

Clarke was involved in an ugly spat with the fast bowler of England, James Anderson, in the Ashes series 2013-14. He had used the abusive language and it was heard clearly by the millions of viewers worldwide.

Clarke was criticized heavily for that and was even punished later on.

And, that was not the only instance of the Aussies sledging in that particular series.

In all the 5 test matches, the English guys had to cope with brutal verbal assault.

But, now, with the governing body of the game, the ICC, making it clear that abuses would not be tolerated at all, Clarke, on the eve of the Cardiff test, talked about the importance of the players staying behind the line as far as the sledging is concerned.

The New South Welshman was quoted as saying, “I think as professional players, it’s very important you have some respect for the opposition. Playing hard is not a bad thing, but, you must be fair in what you do.”

Michael Clarke might not be in the good books of everyone

Michael Clarke might not be in the good books of everyone, but, you will have to admit that he has been one of the most courageous characters in World Cricket in the recent years.

To go through a hamstring operation, a major one mind you, to make a comeback after that and then, to go on and play a match winning innings in the World Cup final, it’s not easy, not easy for anyone at any age, certainly not for somebody who is into his thirties.

But, Clarke did that, against all the odds, surprising almost everyone and that’s why, at the end of the World Cup, even his critics were quietly clapping for him.

The challenge that was in front of Clarke was enormously difficult both physically and mentally.

He was given a deadline, he had to train at least 6 hours every day without any certainty that he would be there playing in the World Cup for Australia.

He was named in the squad yes, but, the failure in the fitness test that had to be conducted after the first England game would have resulted in him being ruled out.

But, not only did he pass the fitness test and get his captaincy back, he found his form straightaway too.