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Monday, November 21, 2005

The Ashes - final chapter (-worma)

Yes, the dropping of Michal Clarke seems to be the endgame of the whole Ashes aftermath drama. With Hayden having already started a revival of sorts from the Oval test, and Gilchrist suffering only his first major failure, Clarke was the only pending case. Hohns:
"He is a very talented player with a very bright future and we know that he has a very long future ahead of him at Test level," he said.
And Ponting:
I don't think it will be destructive but it would be a hard thing to swallow," he said.

"I have probably been dropped two or three times and it doesn't get any easier along the way, but the first time is obviously the hardest."

Now if only Clarke realised his problems and got down to sorting them out. I hope his retort to Waugh's accusations was more out of frustration than anything else.

10 Comments:

  • sorry to repeat this posting, but no one seems to be noticing

    tendulkar's weakness?

    for the record SRT was caught at mid-on mistiming a delivery that held back. now how many times should that happen before we can say 'ok that there is a weakness'. if someone can take a page out of the nineties, you'l find the same kind of dismissal in many matches. or even in the early 2000's. of course everybody is in awe of 125 crores in 4 years nowadays. maybe we should dissect his game as closel as we do viru's of SGs

    By Blogger achu, at 07:42  

  • I think it is quite interesting to see that Clarke has lost his way a bit. I saw his innings in Bangalore at the ground - and he could do no wrong then. I still think he plays spin better than most - but quite surprising to see him struggle to play pace/swing. Especially the Windies variety. I like his attitude - I am sure he will be back very soon. Who will bet against him scoring a ton of runs come Ashes 2006-7?

    By Blogger ze rambler, at 08:00  

  • dont worry. i have already noticed it. he was almost out in the same fashion in the world cup match agaisnt pak.
    btw guys in india, please watch fair and lovely 4th umpire. its the best anyalys i hv ever seen in my life. they have very good knowledge of the game. the panel comprises of charu, srikant,mohinder amarnath and wasssn.
    its a top class tv program and worth watching. starts abt 90 mins before the match

    By Blogger idli vade, at 08:02  

  • achu,
    Yeah, it's a weakness, but not one that is uncommon amongst batsman that are aggressive and go hard after the ball. Not as much a technical flaw as just a failure to execute. My feeling is he has picked the slower one sometimes and tried to go back over the top, which is the right thing to do, but failed to time it well enough. I don't think anybody insists that Tendulkar does not have any weaknesses, everybody does. It's just that some have more weaknesses than others.

    By Blogger Sahir, at 09:06  

  • Clarke is an overrated player to this point. He may have loads of talents, but the bottom line is runs matter. He was miserable for the last 7 or 8 tests. When Martyn can be dropped so can be Clarke. A good move by the selectors.

    By Blogger ramshorns, at 10:27  

  • Gilchrist...? First major failure...
    U must be kidding me..
    watever happened to his single digit scores after the first test century during their 2001 India tour..??

    By Blogger Ginkgo, at 12:09  

  • Yeah...but he had a 'matchwinning' century in one out of three matches. Doesnt matter that the next 4 scores were single digit. Its not a failed series for him....not enough to consider dropping him. Right?

    Unlike here when he failed 9 times...and never clicked even once..forget winning a game. This is failure worth considering a drop, but for his reputation and form outside this series.

    By Blogger worma, at 12:37  

  • Not the end of the world for Clarke...I think this should toughen him up.

    By Blogger ClannZĂș, at 15:58  

  • yeah, thats what all around him are saying....that everyone from Border and Bradman to Waugh and POnting got dropped...and they all came back better and went on to be great.

    But somehow, the argument seems to be that 'hence Clarke is also great....and will be like them'. To which I dont agree....lets wait and see if he comes back as a stronger player. Ofcoures I've seen his game, and I think he's not as bad as is made out to be(in most other teams he would still be playing) but that doesnt mean dropping him would cause improvement 'necessarily'.

    By Blogger worma, at 16:23  

  • I don't think its a question of technique with Clarke...when he made his debut everyone was raving about his technique and all-round game. It has all to do with experience and mental toughness...the ability to grind it out. And that doesn't mean not to play shots...its above mental make-up...how positive you are and confident about your game.
    The WI line-up boasts of many young talented batsmen - Gayle, Hinds, Sarwan, Samuels...but none of them average above 40 and they have been around for 4-5 years. They give glimpses of brilliance but can't maintain the consistency because mentally they are just not upto it. Ofcourse the WI cricket structure is also to blame but what I'm trying to say is that young cricketers the world over have this problem. Aus is fortunate they still have other players who can fill-in for now but who knows how long it will last.

    By Blogger ClannZĂș, at 19:07  

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