Clarke prepared for the bad and the good in cricket

Published: Tuesday, February 1, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Melbourne:Rising young Australian cricketer Michael Clarke said he was prepared for his golden run to end after winning the Allan Border Medal.

The dashing 23-year-old batsman on Monday won Australian cricket's top individual honour ahead of the more experienced Damien Martyn.

Clarke has been the sensation of Australian cricket in the last year with his continued strong one-day form and centuries on Test debut home and away.

"I've been really enjoying my cricket, especially over the last 12 months -- I made my debut for Australia in Test cricket, I've been doing pretty well in one-dayers and hopefully, fingers crossed, I will continue doing well," Clarke told reporters Tuesday.

"But there does come a time where unfortunately in this great game you can't do well all the time and I know that's going to happen.

"So I will continue enjoying the moment and keep working as hard as I possibly can.

"I don't think you can avoid it, that's the way cricket goes -- I don't think there's been any player, anywhere, who's never failed or has been successful for his whole career.

"I think I do understand that and I think I need to make the most of the times when you're doing well, because there does come a time that isn't so successful."

Apart from his family, Clarke said there was a wealth of experience within the Australian team to help him deal with any setbacks.

"Take your pick - there's so many guys ... if I can't learn from them, I never will," he said.

Clarke said playing his way out of a batting slump with English county Hampshire last year had taught him perspective about the game.

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