Tuesday 30 July 2013 

Talking Point - Where Should Michael Clarke Bat?

Michael Clarke clips to leg at Lord's but in which position should he bat?
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Anybody following the 2013 Ashes series (and particularly those in Australia) have an opinion about where captain Michael Clarke should bat. But what do you think?

Jeff Thomson recently said he should be batting higher up the order (see the video above) and Ian Chappell - a man who knew a thing or two about batting for Australia - believes he should be taking the responsibility and batting at number three.

That is, after all, where his predecessor Ricky Ponting batted with great success for many years and although Clarke has a wonderful record batting at number five, often behind Ponting and Michael Hussey, is it now time to forget the statistics and take on the English head-on with Australia already 2-0 down in the three-match series?

Let us know what you think in the comments below and the Cricket World team, whose Ashes predictions you can also view by clicking on the related article links, by the way, will also get involved with their thoughts.

Cricket World - John Pennington: Number five is too low for a batsman of Michael Clarke's class and ability, in any team. Hashim Amla doesn't bat at five, Kevin Pietersen doesn't bat at five and unlike England, Australia don't currently have a proven performer at number three.

With the number of openers in the squad and the potential return of David Warner in the offing, I can understand why the coaching team feel that now isn't the right team to move Clarke to three, but he has to bat at four for me and no lower.

Cricket World - Andrew Wood: I think he should have switched with Ed Cowan - and bat at three. I think as captain he should step up, shoulder the weight and lead the team. I don't think there is any doubting his ability, but decision making wise I think it should have happened after the first match.

Cricket World - Daniel Grummitt: Clarke is by far and away Australia’s best batsman, despite him being yet to deliver in this series, and traditional cricket thinking dictates that the best batsman must always bat at number four. Exceptions can be made, of course, as in the case of Ricky Ponting, but he moved up the order to number three where he could dictate the situation not down to number five where he could only react to it. Whatever the stats say, Clarke must bat at four.

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