Clarke is finished unless he changes his footwork: Kim HughesBy ANI
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
MELBOURNE - Michael Clarke, who averaged a miserable 21 in the Ashes series against England, is finished and will struggle to retain his spot in the Australian side, according to former Test captain Kim Hughes.
“Unless he changes his footwork, he will struggle to score in Test cricket, and therefore, struggle to hold his spot in the side,” Hughes said of vice-captain Clarke.
“He is batting in a pivotal position at No. 4 and his technique has fallen apart completely. Michael needs to go back and work on it. I am glad he is out of the Twenty20 game,” FOX Sports quoted him, as saying said.
Hughes was surprised no one - coaches, selectors or administrators - took responsibility for a crushing 3-1 series loss to England.
“They are sounding more like politicians than ever. Let’s be realistic, England are not a great side. They are a good side with a nice mix. If the attitude is we have done a good job as selectors, I would hate to see them do a bad job,” said Hughes.
“We would be getting beaten by Zimbabwe. There was inconsistency in selections, Doug Bollinger wasn’t allowed to play before the first Test then came back and was clearly underdone.
“Blind Freddy could have told you that Phil Hughes doesn’t have a technique for Test cricket,” he said.
Hughes said that Ricky Ponting remains the best option as Test skipper in the absence of an obvious successor. (ANI)