Former Australian captain Michael Clarke’s international career spanned 12 years during which time he played with and against some all-time greats of the game.
He began his career as a member of the all-conquering Australian team of the early 2000s alongside Ricky Ponting, Matthew Hayden, Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath before finishing up as a teammate to modern day stars like Steve Smith and David Warner.
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He also duelled with giants like Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Kevin Pietersen, Jacques Kallis and former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum.
But who were the best of the best?
Speaking on Big Sports Breakfast, Clarke named the seven best batsman he played with or against — and he could only find room for one Australian legend.
“Probably my favourite batsman through my career,” Clarke said.
“You look at statstics and his average is probably not as high as others names on this list but it was the way he played, whether that it was against fast bowlers or spinners. It was the success he had against Australia. That’s the other thing about these batsmen I’ve picked is that they all dominated Australia. You think of an attack with McGrath, Gillespie, Brett Lee, Shane Warne — these guys bowling to these batsmen — and they all found a way to have success.”
Clarke on Tendulkar: “The hardest batsman to get out”Source:AFP
“Probably technically the best batsman I ever saw.”
“The hardest batsman to get out. I think Sachin, technically, didn’t have a weakness. Part of you hoped that he made a mistake.”
“I think right now the best batsman across all three formats.”
“His one day and twenty twenty records are phenomenal and he’s also found a way to dominate Test cricket. What Kohli and Tendulkar have in common is they love making big hundreds.”
South Africa’s AB de Villiers.Source:AAP
AB De VILLIERS
“I’m hoping he comes back and plays for South Africa again. Superstar. Can bat anywhere in the order. Dominates T20 cricket. He can score runs anywhere around the ground.”
“The greatest all-rounder that I played against.”
“The impact he had against Australia, the way he was able score runs against our attack was extraordinary.”
Clarke named Ponting as the finest Australian batsman he played against.Source:AP
“He’s probably the best Australian batsman I played with.”
“I was lucky enough to play with some great batsman — Matthew Hayden, Steve Smith, David Warner, Adam Gilchrist, Damien Martyn who was a genius. What separates Ricky is the era that he played. Just about every attack had two or three top-line, world-class bowlers and he was able to dominate them.”
“He seems to be forgotten regularly.”
“Phenomenal. Batted at number three which I think is the toughest position. I think he scored three hundred in a row in a world cup. Sangakkara was a force and an absolute gentleman of the game.”
Originally published asMichael Clarke’s savage slight on Aussie teammates
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