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My record stacks up against just about anyone: Clarke

My record stacks up against just about anyone: Clarke
Clarke, who has 7,897 runs from 243 ODIs, has managed to score only 135 runs from four innings in the ongoing World Cup after replacing vice-captain George Bailey, who scored a half-century in the Cup opener.

Asked about whether his inclusion to the side disrupted the balance, Clarke wasn't one bit amused while replying to the query.

"Everybody's entitled to their own opinion. I've played over 200 one-dayers now for Australia, and I think my record stacks up against just about anyone. So, yeah, for me it's about making sure I perform with the bat and also as captain of the team," Clarke said on the eve of his team's semi-final against India.

Asked how big the semi-final will be for him and his team, Clarke said, "I haven't thought too much about it to be honest, not like that anyway. I think I wrote in my column yesterday that it is as big as this event is to every cricketing nation and to the people that support the game.

"As a player, it's no different to any other game. I think you don't do yourself justice if your attitude changes because of the event."

The 33-year-old injury-ravaged batsman, who underwent a hamstring surgery in January, said he has given his all to the game and has left no stone unturned to be an asset for Australia.

Clarke summons Warne to counter spinners

With the threat of in-form off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin looming large, Australian captain Michael Clarke today summoned Shane Warne at the team’s nets ahead of their ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final clash against India. Warne not only gave inputs to the Australian spinners but also turned the clock back during an hour at the nets where he was able to bamboozle some of the batsmen with his artistry.

In fact both Clarke and Warne were engaged in deep discussion after the session as they left the venue. Clad in black sleeveless jacket and dark grey tracks, Warne arrived unnoticed and went inside the main stadium and walked straight towards Clarke, speaking to the skipper for good 20 minutes. In between, he was also seen helping fielding coach Mike Young, who was giving high catches to the fielders.


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