The record shows Michael Clarke's best position is not a No.3 batsman

While Aussie skipper Michael Clarke is in prime form it is unlikely that he would do just as well at the top of the order despite all his runs.

updated: November 27, 2012 16:01 IST
  • Total Shares

Australia's inability to find a permanent and reliable number three batsman under Clarke's reign has made his success as captain all the more remarkable.

The revolving door will continue for the third Test in Perth, when Shane Watson returns from injury to replace Rob Quiney following his pair of ducks in the second Test against South Africa at the Adelaide Oval.

Which begs the question: if the five players used in the pivotal first drop position are collectively averaging just 26 during Clarke’s 16 Tests in charge and he is averaging a whopping 75, why doesn't he simply move up the order?

Show Full Article