Michael John Clarke
The world Cup winning skipper Michale John Clarke has been one of the most consistent batsman for Autralia for a long time. Under his captaincy, Australia lift the World Cup for a record 5th time. He has been an active contributor for Australian Cricket eversince he started his career in the year 2004 vs India. His record as a captain has alos been great as he has won 51% of Test matches for Australia, he captained 74 ODI matches as well and registered 50 win at a fine percentage of 67.57, in the T20’s as well he captained Australia for 18 matches out of which his side won 12 matches while 4 matches were lost.
|Nickname:||Clarkey, Pup, Eminem, Top Dog, Eminem|
|Autobiography:||Michael Clarke: My Story|
|Height (approx.):||175 cm|
|Weight (approx.):||68 Kg|
|Hair Colour:||Light Brown|
|Tattoos:||On both arms|
|Date of Birth:||2nd April 1981|
|Age (as on 2018):||36 years|
|Birth Place:||Liverpool, Australia|
|Zodiac sign/Sun sign:||Aries|
|School:||Westfields Sports High School|
|Coach/Mentor:||Mickey Arthur and Darren Lehmann|
|Address:||New South Wales|
|Test:||6th October 2004 vs India|
|ODI:||19th Jan 2003 vs England|
|Jersey Number:||#63 (New South Wales), #23(International, IPL, County)|
|Domestic/State Team:||New South Wales cricket team, Hampshire, Pune Warriors India, Sydney Thunder|
|Nature on field:||Aggressive|
|Likes to play against:||England|
|Favourite Shot:||Straight drive|
- First test batsman to score 4 double hundreds, he achieved this feat in the year 2012.
- He won the Sir Garfield Sobers cricketer of the Year trophy in the year 2013 and also won the Test cricketer of the year in 2013.
|Hobbies:||Beach, Watching footy|
|Favourite Cricket Ground:||NA|
|Favourite sports personalities:||NA|
|Favourite Food:||Mum’s Rissoles|
|Favourite Actors:||Denzel Washington|
|Favourite Films:||Remember the Titans|
|Favourite Car:||Aston Martin|
|Favourite Musicians/Singers:||Jon Bon Jovi|
|Girlfriends, Spouse and Children|
|Marriage Date:||15th May 2012|
|Net Worth:||$16 Million|
- In the fifth Ashes Test match between Australia and England at the Oval in 2013, light played a defiant role and then the skipper Clarke was involved in a heated argument with umpire Aleem Dar where he was seen telling the umpire to not touch him.
- He had an ugly spat with his teammate Simon Katich as well after a victory over South Africa in the third Test at Sydney. The Australian team was supposed to do a victory song on the field for which Clarke was asked to stay as he was leaving the field in hurry. Simon Katich grabbed him from behind for which Clarke became impatient.
- He had a tiff with South African speedster Dale Steyn during the Capetown Test in 2014. The incident was so rough theat Clarke later on admitted that he crossed the line and said something personal which was not needed at all.
|Lesser Known Facts|
- Smoking: No
- Drinking alcohol: Yes
- He came back from the middle of the New Zealand tour in March 2010 when his engagement with then-fiancee supermodel Lara Bingle was called-off by Lara Bingle as their relationship was going through tough times.
- He has a bullet arm as he throws the ball very fast and accurate.
- His interest to play Test cricket is more than playing limited over matches.
- Late Philip Hughes who was an Australian cricketer was one of his closest friends. At his funeral Clarke who was then captain of Australian team cried and gave away a very emotional speech.