The shine of a famous Ashes victory is quickly wearing off on the Australian team after South Africa recorded a massive 231-run win in Port Elizabeth on Sunday. The pressure is mounting on Australian skipper Michael Clarke, who has not crossed 25 runs in his last 11 Test innings. Australia needed a huge slice of Clarke's batting resolve on a dramatic Day 4 at St George's Park, but there were no signs of any redemption as South Africa levelled the three-match series after losing the first Test by 281 runs at Centurion.
Clarke is surely under pressure. Since a century in the first innings of the second Ashes Test at Adelaide Oval in December last year, Clarke has struggled with form, scoring 19 and 1 in a Test match where South African quickies, especially Dale Steyn, tormented the entire Aussie top order with pace and movement. Clarke failed to prevent a batting slide as Australia lost nine wickets post tea. (Also read: Smith praises 'killer' Steyn)
"Obviously I'd like to score a hundred every time I bat. I'm not looking forward to the next however many press conferences until I make a score over 25 or 50 or a hundred," Clarke said. "I have been there before. The one thing I will say is that in this game of cricket you have some great times and I remember those fondly. There are some tough times and it makes you enjoy the good times. Right now you're right, it is 11 innings since I've scored more than 25. I'm due."