Steve Waugh never conquered the Final Frontier that was India. He never captained the Aussies to a series win on the sub-continent.
A cricket shot from Privatemusings, taken at the third day of the SCG Test between Australia and South Africa. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Similarly, the Ashes remained Clarke’s bugbear, his Waterloo.
A bad back, a sore hamstring, an injured then retired Harris, a missing Haddin and a lackadaisical Johnson all added to his woes.
The cup overflows and not with Ashes.
The skipper’s out, stumped.
Clarke leaves behind a great legacy as a batsman and skipper. Many believed that he did a wonderful job of rebuilding the side after the departure of Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne and later Ricky Ponting.
But the replacements were not quite bunnies and thus the task of rebuilding anew falls on the young shoulders of Steve Smith.
The Pup is an old dog.
Clarke will always be remembered for his tact and sensitivity in tackling the shocking demise of Philip Hughes. He was the epitome of a gentleman and statesmanlike in his demeanour. His emotional oration moved his listeners to tears.
He will be missed on the cricket field.