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Clarke has beaten (sometimes well) the teams he was expected to beat, and lost (sometimes badly) to those he wasn't. Ponting lost occasionally when he ought not to. But as we've said many times here, you are only as good as your cattle.

Also, bowling first wasn't Ponting's biggest mistake at Edgbaston. It was relying on Lee when the scoring rate was out of control. 2005 was one long pattern of aggression being used against us, and it was a slow lesson; but then, late-Ponting was pilloried by everyone and never seemed to know what he ought to do, so not much better. He wouldn't have bowled in Melbourne though, given he was still claiming he did the right thing batting first on an English-green-tops only 6 months prior.


No McGrath, no bowl first, thats easy. Over confident as a result after what happened at Lords. seems as tho Punter a better captain in the dressing room than on the field, Clarke is the opposite. Which is better? Cant compare as Clarke's is the weaker team


Funny how it is always claimed that Ponting was too conservative and set in his ways as a captain and yet the biggest criticism of him is the game when he was at his most aggressive and trying something out of the box.

I reckon the more interesting question is not how good a captain Clarke is, but how good Taylor and Waugh were given they both had the luxury of always being able to throw the ball to McGrath and Warne.


Clarke's knowledge (and usage) of Law 13 is refreshing.

Tony Tea

Clarke uses Law 13 to show off.


Best captains have the best teams.

Captain Adama

Best captains have a team of ragtag fugitives.

Big Ramifications

By any chance, would you also be fleeing from the Cylon tyranny, leading a ragtag fugitive fleet on a lonely quest —— for a shining planet known as Earth?

Big Ramifications

Salman Butt is the Butt of Punjab. Which is pretty bloody funny, you'd have to admit. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salman_Butt

Beavis and Butthead

Woah! That is like the Holy Grail of bum jokes.

Finbarr Saunders

Testify, brother bum jokesters!

The truth is stranger than fiction, eh?


Michael Clarke today:

"To be honest I'm not concerned about England's team," he said.

"I'm really excited about where we sit as a team. I haven't looked at England at all. I haven't watched a ball they have bowled on this tour so far."

From a Malcolm Knox article in 2010:

In September I interviewed Michael Clarke, the Australia vice-captain, and asked him what he had learnt from watching England play South Africa.

"I didn't watch it at all," he said. "We're thinking about what we do, not what they do."


We've learnt nothing.

Tony Tea

Plus ça change, plus c'est a box of dumb Aussies.


Clarke is spinning his wee brain out there.

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