Captain Clarke's pain no excuse to shirk away from responsibilities
Sydney, Mar 18 : Michael Clarke needs to explain why he didn't come out to bat at number three on day four of the Mohali Test against India when the tourists were reeling against fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar, according to sports columnist, Brendan McArdle.
"Michael Clarke's non-appearance at No. 3 in the batting order in Mohali on Sunday evening was the most misguided decision by an Australian captain in memory," McArdle wrote in his column for the Sydney Morning Herald.
"Never mind the fact that Clarke was no doubt in pain. If he wants respect from people who understand and love the game, if he wants to be remembered as the bloke who led from the front when it was really needed, he cannot allow a situation like this to ever occur again," he added.
"We are sure to hear plenty from all those employed by Cricket Australia about why he couldn't bat. We're sure to be told that he was in excruciating pain, and that his condition needed to be carefully managed. And we can be sure the people who helped persuade Clarke on this decision have absolutely no idea of the cricketing consequences," he further wrote.
"He needs to be held accountable for things that have gone wrong. This series was alive and well after a day and a half of the first Test: Australia had scored a highly meritorious 380 and India were 2/12. On a day when Australia bowled 52 overs, James Pattinson bowled six of them. He had 2/24," he further added.
"Clarke is a selector now and as such he must be accountable for decisions made for the Perth and Sydney Tests during our summer, and for the selectorial merry-go-round of this Indian tour," he concluded.