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Last Updated: Sunday, 23 November, 2003, 15:06 GMT
Australia profiles
MICHAEL CLARKE
Right-handed batsman; Slow left-arm orthodox

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M Clarke
Born: 2/4/81
Team: New South Wales
Test debut: not yet played
ODI debut: v England at Adelaide 2002/03

Lucky, lucky Michael Clarke. Most Australians have to wait until their late-20s to make an international debut but Clarke did it at 21.

He made an important 39 not out on that one-dayer against England and was unfortunate not to make the World Cup squad.

His next two appearances, against West Indies, saw him register two unbeaten half-centuries giving him an average in excess of 200 when he finally was dismissed.

Clarke showed he was a man for the big occasion when he smacked 44 not out off just 28 balls in a one-day series final in Calcutta recently.

And he is already establishing a reputation as a partnership-breaker with his slow left-armers, taking a wicket every 29 balls to date.



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