Clarke's torrid run threatening his t20 career

Published: Tuesday, July 6, 2010, 13:11 [IST]
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Clarke's t20 spot on the line

Melbourne: Australia T20 skipper Michael Clarke"s bad run of form form in the shortest version of the game continues, as pressure grows for the skipper to come up with a good performance after his soft dismissal in the team"s 23-run loss in the opening match against Pakistan at Edgbaston.

Clarke scored five runs before mis-timing and chipping the ball straight to the hands of Shahid Afridi at cover off the delivery of medium-pacer Abdul Razzaq in Birmingham.

It is now seven matches since he last reached 30, and has made 97 runs at 13.85 since the start of this year"s World T20 in the Caribbean, the Daily Telegraph reports.

After Australia loss to England in the T20 World Cup finals there were debates that Clarke will be stripped off his captaincy and possibly removed from the t20 squad but the selectors had kept faith in him and retained him as the skipper.

Clarke admits that his conventional scoring methods and slow scoring rate by T20"s standards causes pressure on his teammates down the order.

“I think as a batsman you always want to score runs and as a bowler you always want to take wickets. Like in any form of the game if you are not scoring runs you need to find a way," he said according to ANI reports.

Clarke said he was prepared to bat down the order if that helped the team get off to brighter starts. He said he is willing to consult with team coach and vice-captain and see what their thoughts are.

“For me it is just batting where the team needs me. I just have to score more runs," he added.

Clarke knows that regular failures in the 20-over format will eventually force the selectors to drop him from the squad.

Australia plays Pakistan in the second and final T20 match in Birmingham on Wednesday.


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