Michael Clarke's career by the numbers
A look at some of the records set by the retiring skipper, and his most successful Test venue is revealed
9 August 2015, 10:51 AM AEST
151 – The number of runs Michael Clarke scored in his first Test innings at Bangalore in 2004, the highest by an Australian on debut away from home and fifth highest of all time. Clarke was the 389th player to don the Baggy Green. During the course of his 151, Clarke also hit four sixes, the most by a debutant at that time. It was later bettered by Tim Southee, who hit 9 sixes against England at Napier in 2008.
8628 – Number of runs Clarke has scored in his Test career, the fourth most by an Australian. He surpassed Matthew Hayden (8625) in his last innings before announcing retirement. He will stay at fourth once he completes his 11-year career at the Oval. Only Ricky Ponting, Allan Border and Steve Waugh have scored more runs than him.
2 - Since Clarke's debut on October 6, 2004, only two players - Alastair Cook and Kumar Sangakkara - have aggregated more runs than him.
3 - The number of Australian captains who have won the Ashes 5-0. Michael Clarke in 2013-14, Ricky Ponting in 2006-07 and Warwick Armstrong in 1920-21.
329 – Michael Clarke's highest score, which against India at Sydney in 2012. He became sixth from Australia to register triple-century in Tests. The 329 is also the fifth highest score by a captain in Tests.
9 – The number of runs conceded by Clarke to take 6 wickets against India at Mumbai in 2004. No other bowler from Australia has taken 6 wickets in an innings while conceding less than ten runs. It was only Clarke's second time at the bowling crease during his then fledgling career.
1595 – The number of runs scored by him in 2012, the most by an Australian in Tests in a calendar year and fourth most of all time. Clarke made 2012 his annus mirabilis and in 2013 he was named ICC Cricketer of the Year. Apart from Clarke, only three other players – Garry Sobers (in 1958), Don Bradman (in 1948) and Ricky Ponting (in 2003) - have scored more than 1000 runs in a year at an average of more than 100.
4 – Number of double-centuries scored by Clarke in 2012, the most by a batsman in a calendar year. He started the year with 329 against India at SCG and two matches later scored 210 at Adelaide Oval in the same series. He started the next home season with an unbeaten 259 against South Africa at the Gabba and followed it up with 230 in the next match in Adelaide. That last double-ton came off just 226 balls, the second fastest by an Australian in Test history.
103.00 - Clarke’s Test average at the Gabba in Brisbane, the fifth highest for a batsman at a single venue (Minimum: 1000 runs)
6 – The number of Tests Australia lost in England under Clarke's captaincy, the second most by a visiting captain in England. Only India's MS Dhoni (7) has lost more matches on UK soil than him. Overall, Clarke lost seven Tests as captain against England, equaling Billy Murdoch’s record of the losing most Tests against Australia's arch rivals.
16.71 – Clarke’s average in the current series against England, the second worst for an Australian captain in the Ashes with minimum of eight innings. Only Ricky Ponting (16.14) in the 2010-11 series had a worse return. Coincidentally, Ponting also stepped down as captain during that series. Former captain Ian Johnson averaged 7.62 in the 1956 series, but he does not have the credentials to be recognised as a frontline batsman.
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