Clarke contemplates batting order reshuffle to solve current conundrum
Sydney, Dec 7(ANI): Michael Clarke may consider moving up the batting order in the wake of Ricky Ponting's retirement, as he tries to solve the existing conundrum in the Australia Test team's batting line-up.
Phil Hughes, who has been recalled as Ponting's replacement, is expected to bat at No.3, but the remainder of the order is in a state of fluctuation, News.com.au reports.
The standard philosophy with the batting order is that Shane Watson simply moves down to No.4 to replace Ponting, opening up first drop for Hughes, who has played his entire career as an opening batsman.
However with Watson, it is not that simple because the higher up the order he bats the better he plays.
It may be that Watson is promoted to open and Dave Warner, despite three centuries in his first 12 Tests, is moved to No.5 below Clarke, who is now clearly the form senior player.
Clarke's record at four is modest, averaging just 21, but given his form over the past year he could make runs on the moon.
The pivotal No.3 and No.4 positions were a disaster for Australia against South Africa.
In two Tests at No.3 Rob Quiney averaged just three, including a pair in Adelaide, while Watson could manage just 10 and 25 replacing him in Perth.
Watson plays his best cricket as an opening batsman and his figures back this up.
The all rounder averages 44 at the top of the order, where he has scored his hundreds, 29 at No.3, 24 at six and 15 at seven.
Given Watson's overall career average is now under 37, it should be a no brainer that he should open the batting. (ANI)
Read More: South Korea | Australia | South Delhi | South West Delhi | South Goa | South 24 Parganas | South Dinajpur | South Sikkim | South Garo Hills | South Tripura | Patel Nagar South | South Avenue | South Malviya Nagar | South Delhi Campus | New Delhi South Ext-ii | South City-i | South City-ii | I.a.f.line | South Civil Lines | Central Teacher Eligibility Test CTET
Winter Paralympic Games open in Sochi
March 8, 2014 at 9:00 PM
RETURN OF DHONI WILL MAKE AN IMPACT, SAYS VENGSARKAR
March 8, 2014 at 8:51 PM
PROTESTS & ATTACKS ARE A PART OF POLITICS: YOGENDRA YADAV
March 8, 2014 at 8:50 PM
NO QUESTION OF FORGING AN ALLIANCE WITH MNS - BJP
March 8, 2014 at 8:50 PM
LJP SUPPORTING BJPS MANIFESTO, NOT PARTY LEADERS: RAM VILAS
March 8, 2014 at 8:49 PM
CLASS FOUR STUDENT RAPED BY NEIGHBOUR IN DELHI
March 8, 2014 at 8:47 PM