Michael Clarke – joining the ranks of our elite ambassadors in 2012, Michael brings his experience and leadership to Spartan Sports new range of cricket gear. Since making his test debut of 151 against India, Michael Clarke has risen to the top of Australian cricket’s list of first class players.
After the retirement of Adam Gilchrist, in April 2008 Michael Clarke was named vice-captain of the Australian side. Clarke scored a century in the second Test in Antigua, going on to captain the side in the final two One Day Internationals, both of which were won.
In October 2009, Clarke was named as captain of Australia’s Twenty20 side and he went on to win the Australian Man of the Series in the 2009 Ashes Series.
In January 2011, Clarke was named as stand-in captain for the fifth Test of the 2010-11 Ashes Series. In January 2012, after a string of test centuries since becoming captain, Clarke became the first Australian batsman since Matthew Hayden in 2003 to score a triple hundred. He joined with Ricky Ponting (134) in a partnership of 288, then added 334 with Michael Hussey (150*) before declaring on 329*. This match against India was the 100th test to be played at the SCG, and Clarke’s score was both the highest ever made in an Australia-India test and the highest ever achieved at the ground.
In 2015, Michael captained Australia to World Cup victory on home soil. After retiring from ODI cricket, he went on to captain Australia in the 2015 Ashes series in England before announcing his retirement from Test cricket in August.
His ability to be a leader and consistently put runs on the board has made him the perfect Spartan Ambassador team.
Full Name: Michael John Clarke
Date of Birth: April 02, 1981, Liverpool, New South Wales
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 70 kg
Major Teams: Australia, New South Wales
Position: He is a right-hand batsman & Slow left-arm orthodox Bowler
Nick Name: Pup, Clarkey
Test debut: 6 October 2004 v India
ODI debut: 19 January 2003 v England
T20I debut: 17 February 2005 v New Zealand
Michael Clarke was awarded the ‘’Allan Border Medal’’ in 2005, 2009, 2012 and 2013.
He became the first Australian batsman in history to score a century on both home and away debuts.
Clarke was the Man of the Series in the 2009 Ashes.
He was ICC’s ‘’Test Player of the Year’’ in 2009.
Clarkey was also named amongst the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 2010.