Michael Clarke first started playing cricket in the MILO junior cricket programs when he was a youngster and is now Australian cricket captain!
Before playing a single Test for his country, Michael was widely touted as Australia’s next captain. When Clarke did make his long-awaited debut against India at Bangalore, he didn’t disappoint, with a ‘Man of the Match’ winning 151.
On his return to Australia, Clarke gave further indication of his ability, by hitting a stunning century at the Gabba, an effort that helped earn him the Allan Border Medal after his first Test season in the Baggy Green.
Clarke’s brilliant flashes through the offside and his pointy-elbowed batting style have often had him likened to a young Greg Chappell or Mark Waugh. Though, unlike Chappell and Waugh, who learned the ropes in domestic and county cricket, Clarke earned his stripes in Australia’s one-day side, where he now boasts an average of over 46 and a strike rate of 90. Clarke’s enthusiasm on the field and his ability to take wickets with his left-arm orthodox deliveries has made him a threat to opposing teams both with and without the bat.