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Scoring century in UAE will be special, Clarke says

Australian skipper recounts his experience after scoring two half centuries

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Michael Clarke
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Abu Dhabi: Whoever can score a century during this one-day series should be considered special. That’s the view of Australia skipper Michael Clarke, who strongly believes that batting in hot and humid conditions is not easy.

He, therefore, feels that huge credit should be given to whoever can play a long innings.

“I would love to see somebody in our top four go and make a century,” said Clarke, who has hit two half-centuries during this tour already.

“Hot conditions and the slowness of the pitch hinder free scoring and the batsmen need to have more patience here for a long innings,” added Clarke. “The opposition, too, had good spinners. It is hard to hit boundaries with five fielders out in the middle over. So to get a century one has to bat for a long period of time.”

He went on talk about his personal experience during his two innings in Sharjah against Afghanistan and Pakistan.

“I got two starts, two 50s (75 against Afghanistan and 66 against Pakistan at Sharjah) . I haven’t been able to go on. Heat is certainly a factor. More than the conditions it’s the slowness of the pitch and slowness of the outfield in Sharjah,” added Clarke, who has hit seven hundreds and piled up 7,209 runs in one-day cricket before the start of the second one-day match against Pakistan.

Clarke was named as the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test team of the year skipper for his shrewd captaincy, an accolade praised by James Sutherland, the Chief Executive of Cricket Australia. He said “I’m delighted that Michael’s [Clarke] contribution both as captain and player has been recognised by the panel who met to choose the Test Team of the Year.”