England took a sweet revenge over Australia, at Edgbaston, after suffering a humiliating defeat at the Lord’s. With this victory England have drawn appreciation from the most hostile crowd of County Cricket Club – Edgbaston, Birmingham. At the same time Barmy Army mocked, harassed the Australian team as they were bundled out for paltry 136 in the first innings and 265 in the second innings. The arrogance of Australia was literally ripped apart by James Anderson and Steven Finn in the first innings and second innings, respectively.

When a team suffers defeat criticism floods over them. Australia suffered a batting failure as their vulnerablilty was exposed in front of moving ball. And with only 121 run to defend the bowlers virtaully had llittle to play with. Also, captaincy of Michael Clark has many holes. His decision making in the field was sluggish, may be because he is going through a poor form with the bat.

Ian Bell, who struggled for form in the last five Test, was dropped by Clarke off Mitchell Starc scored 120 ball 65. Clarke, nobody knows what was going is his head, gave Mitchell Johnson the ball at a time when England were at 65, with just last rites to be performed.

May be captain Clarke was not feeling comfortable as he sensed it the defeat is imminent; and has to tolerate criticism for series of batting failures.

Clarke, who is good against both pace and spin, as he has shown on spin friendly pitches in India over the years and fast and boucny South African wickets. Though, his vulnerability against the moving ball on English soil has never gone unnoticed over the years. But this time, since India’s tour of Australia, Clarke never looked composed with the bat which is as an unusual things becuase a big ‘Michael Clarke” innings seemed just around the corner only to elude his fans.

Being wise cricketer he already retired from One-Day International cricket after winning the World Cup 2015 as captain. Clarke was diagnosed with back problem during the Test series against visiting India. Now it seems, Clarke’s sunset of long form of the game is not far away.

There are very few cricketers who bid their international career with pleasure, and Clarke is no different. The hero of many matches now finds his name on a list which he will like to neither listen nor see.

With Edgbaston Test defeat Michael Clarke has become the Australian cricketer with most Test defeats in United Kingdom. Ironically, he broke the 122 year old record which another Aussie Jack Blackham even after his funeral failed to remove it from the name. Clarke did it as he lost 10 Ashes Test playing 20 matches in English soil since 2005. Jack has played four fewer Tests than Clarke with same number of losses.

Among top five most defeats record in UK, Syd Gregory who played for Australia in the middle year of 19th and 20 the century has lost only nine matches playing 32. And in modern era cricket Rod Marsh and Ricky Ponting lost seven matches each playing 21 and 20 matches respectively.  

Michael Clarke reached the tip of the list with the head hunched.

Australia in UK

Most Test Defeats

Players

Matches

Defeats

Span

Michael Clarke  

20

10

2005-present

Jack Blackham

16

10

1880-1893

Syd Gregory

32

9

1890-1912

Rod Marsh

21

7

1972-1981

Ricky Ponting

20

7

1997-2010

      



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