Clarke praised for taking blows

2014-03-02 10:00

Cape Town - Australian skipper Michael Clarke was hailed as captain courageous on Saturday after being hit five times by South African fast bowler Morne Morkel and twice requiring treatment in a fiery third Test.

As it happened: SA v Oz Day 1

Clarke finished the first day of the deciding match at Newlands on 92 not out with his team in the ascendancy on 331-3.

But he had to survive a series of painful blows from Morkel, being struck on the left forearm and the shoulder while also being felled by a blow to the cheek before being hit on the gloves.

Late in the day he was struck on the right thumb when Morkel was bowling with the second new ball.

"He's got four, maybe five ice packs on him," said Australian spin bowling great Shane Warne, in South Africa as a spin bowling consultant.

"He could have tried to hit his way out of trouble but instead he went the other way and said, 'You can hit my body but you're not going to get me out'.

South African bowling coach Allan Donald also hailed Clarke's courage.

"Michael took a lot of blows for his team," said Donald.


  • Tammas Wrench - 2014-03-02 10:09

    Mr Clarke, I hail thee. I have found a new respect for you, what a soldier, Captain Courageous. Not many batsmen would have stood up to that full frontal attack by Morkel. For that ,we commend you, what a man mountain on the day. Well done sir, !!!!

      Sooth Sayer - 2014-03-02 10:10

      Agreed, give credit where credit is due. Going to be sore today.

      Pam Stevens - 2014-03-02 11:40

      A REAL captain courageous! Not only was he struggling with batting form but continued bravely after the hammerring he took from Morkel to record a century. Smith is no comparison!

      Gungets Tuft - 2014-03-02 11:54

      Pam - grow up. This is not about Smith. And, lest you forget (clearly you did) Smith took a cast off a broken arm on the last tour to Australia and walked out to bat for the team. Put your prejudice in your handbag and go shopping or something

      Bull Dozer - 2014-03-02 12:07

      And Pam, Smith is still the highest ranked opening batsman in the world. Rather stick with stuff you know, like recipes, needle work, ironing, etc.

  • Gavin Venter - 2014-03-02 10:27

    Morkel is just showing him the ball up close so that he can see that it hasn't been tampered with

      Sooth Sayer - 2014-03-02 10:31

      I would have preferred it to be Warner, but he has an advantage, his eyes are so close together he can get both of them behind the ball.

  • Sihle Zondie - 2014-03-02 10:57

    Credit must also go to our big fast bowler,that was an impressive spell.Hope our captain can put in the same work as Clarke

  • Sihle Zondie - 2014-03-02 10:58

    Credit must also go to our big fast bowler,that was an impressive spell.Hope our captain can put in the same work as Clarke

  • Nick Collis - 2014-03-02 11:08

    Props to Clarke.....but Morne's inability to consistently get wickets for the Proteas must concern him. Pace and physical threat are not in question but bowling in the right areas and perhaps self confidence are! Out of our 3 top seamers he seems to have more in the way of sheer pace bowling talent and yet his strike rate is way behind Steyn and Philanders!

  • Faizel Mahomed - 2014-03-02 11:12

    He broke a nail. I mean really - give this man a pedi , no hero here. It's cricket. Geez.

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