Apart from a vast majority of cricket fans in Australia, there are many people in a huge number who think Michael Clark deserved a better ending to his test career. He lost the Ashes and with it his captaincy and retired out from the game.
Michael Clark should be named as one of the Australian’s greatest is the headline of an article solely written for the former Australian player. Pup was the nick name given to Clark by his teammates after his arrival in the international cricket.
Clark made his international debut in 2003 appearing in his first ODI and later in 2004 he was selected in the Australian test squad. Clark has been remained a remarkable performer for the ODI and test sides for Australia.
He had steel nerves and enigmatic mind to control his emotions and remain within the game until the last ball. He remained one of the most successive Australian player. In 2011 he was handed over the captaincy for both test and ODI formats after Ricky Ponting retired.
Clark appeared in 115 test matches for Australia a record among Australians as there are only a few of them who have played 100 test matches. He scored 8643 runs with an average of 49.10. In the ODIs he scored 7981 runs with an average of 44.58.
Clark captained the Australian team for almost 5 years in them he led to some memorable victories. He captained them in 46 tests, won 23, lost 16 and 7 ended up as draws. In the ODIs he led the Australians in 74 games in which 54 the Australians won, lost 21 and 3 ended up with no results.
He not only has a triple century (329*) to his name but also is the only player to have scored four double centuries in one calendar year.
Under his partial captaincy Australia won the Ashes 5-0 against the England in Australia in 2012-13. It was one of the most priceless moments in Clark’s life and he went really emotional about it in the press briefs as well.
The down fall of this great star started in 2014 when his long term back injury resurfaced and started giving him pain and agony. In the first test in Adelaide he went off the field with back pain though returned to complete his ton but then went off the field again.
Clark at that time hinted that his international career may end up soon because of his back problems. After the 2015 world cup hosted by Australia and New Zealand which the Australians eventually won and became 5th time world champions Clark announced his retirement.
It was a big moment for him holding the cup in his hand being the captain and true representative of Australian cricket, Clark found it the perfect time to saw his final good byes to this format. Clark remained the test captain for Australia until 2015 Ashes.
Australia lost the Ashes due to some poor and lame batting performances from all the players including Clark himself. For the past year and a half Clark was struggling with his batting and when the Ashes went out of his hands it became inevitable for him to continue with the team.
Australia won the final test but ended up losing 3-2 to England with Clark making his first and final follow on decision in his final appearance.