Clarke Will Not Feature For Australia

Michael Clarke will not feature for the Kangaroos in the opening match of the triangular series that is going to start in the Zimbabwean Capital Harare tomorrow. The vice captain of the side, George Bailey, will take charge in his absence.

Clarke, who has spent almost his entire career with niggles, pulled his hamstring the other day while warming up.

There were hopes in the Aussie camp that he would be okay come Monday, but, he could not pass the fitness test in the evening today after which it got confirmed that he would be sitting out of the match against Zimbabwe.

Talking to the reporters, Darren Lehmann, the coach of the Australian side said, “Michael will be missing out which is obviously unfortunate for us. We were hoping that he would be fit by the weekend, but, that has not been the case. He failed the fitness test conducted by the medical staff.”

“We have another match in a couple of days’ time and we will see if he can make it to that. He will be under the assessment of the physio and the other medical guys.”

The first match should not be that tough for Australia even without the services of Clarke because Zimbabwe is no longer the upset creating team that it once used to be. So, even a weaker Aussie XI should get better of them.

With David Warner and Shane Watson not there, the wicketkeeper batsman Brad Haddin might open for Australia along with Aaron Finch with Maxwell coming in at 3 and Bailey at 4.

For Zimbabwe, Brendan Taylor should be called back after being dropped in the series against South Africa. He has to play to give the middle order of the hosts a bit of solidity.

Clarke Considered Best Test Captain In The World

Michael Clarke is considered as the best test captain in the world at the moment, but, some real big challenges lie ahead of him in the upcoming season.

Clarke had significant amount of success in the last season. He won the Ashes five-zero and then, he went to South Africa and defeated them in their own backyard. So, he deserves plaudits, but, one thing that must be taken into account is that the conditions in which the Kangaroos played for most parts of the last season were not alien for them. They knew their own pitches pretty well and they found themselves at home on bouncy South African pitches.

But, when Australia travels to United Arab Emirates for a test series in the latter parts of this year, they will be tested. They will surely be given a couple of dustbowls where the ball would not only come significantly slower, but, would turn a long way too and in those conditions; the world will get to see how good a captain Clarke is.

One thing that Clarke has shown so far is that he is not shy of taking gambles. He is a man who thinks positive, but, can he remain the same in tough circumstances as well and make his team do well? That’s the question.

Clarke has toured overseas as captain in the past as well and has suffered numerous defeats, but, those defeats were explainable because the Australian team was going through a transitional period. But, the team that Australia has got at this point of time is quite potent in all departments and thus, they should win against Pakistan. If they fail, that would be a setback for Clarke.

The last test series that Australia had played in the subcontinent was about a year ago against India. They had been whitewashed in that series.