Luke Sheehan: Take a bow Michael Clarke

Sportal December 27, 2012, 7:32 pm

If ever there was a fitting end to Michael Clarke's 2012 with the bat, it was a score in three figures.

Clarke was at the crux of his side's attack on day two of the Boxing Day Test on Thursday, putting his side in a strong position to secure their three-match series with an undermanned Sri Lanka.

Despite the calibre of opposition not exactly testing the Australian skipper, he's proved throughout his 11 Tests this year that no matter the opponent, Clarke has put them to the sword.

Scores of 329, 210, 259 and 230 dwarf his 106 in Melbourne, but it is no greater compliment to his form that just creeping past the century mark isn't enough to earn rave reviews anymore.

Prior to his maiden Boxing Day Test ton, Clarke had only surpassed 50 twice in 12 innings for his country at the 'G.

So that he can, with relative ease, put to bed his previous Melbourne jitters is still nothing short of impressive.

Whether or not his runs were necessary should not be an argument against Clarke's form - he's seeing them like watermelons, and the Australian cricket community should embrace him for he is going to be priceless in the Ashes bid.

Of course, a lot has been said about Clarke's 2012 - but his hot streak exceeds even that.

Since September 2011, he has scored 2066 runs at an average of 82.64 - with one triple, three double, and four single centuries among them.

That he was unbeaten on his two highest scores in that period - the 329 and 259 - shows one thing: that the longer he is in, the harder he is to get out. And that must be causing a stir in England.

It sure will be a salivating thought if Clarke goes close to repeating his sublime year with the bat in 2013 - it may yet be his masterpiece.




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