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Michael Clarke keen to end poor form with bat against South Africa

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Michael Clarke has failed to cross the 25-run mark in his last eleven Test innings © Getty Images

Port Elizabeth: Feb 24, 2014

Australian skipper Michael Clarke has candidly admitted that he is due for a big score after failing to pass 25 in his last eleven Test innings.

Clarke, who scored 19 and one in the second Test loss to South Africa at the St. George’s Park ground in Port Elizabeth, said he is very keen to end his poor form in Cape Town, where the series decider starts on Saturday.

Accepting that his team and he were experiencing a tough phase cricket-wise, Clarke was quoted by the Sydney Morning Herald, as saying that an innings of substance from him was around the corner.

He, however, joked that if national selectors were to drop a batsman on form to make way for Shane Watson, it might be him.

He said that his failure to score was not due to not working very hard on his game. He claimed that he was timing the ball sweetly, but admitted that his shot selection has been extremely poor.

Although Clarke’s place is not in danger, he is aware that his run of low scores will increasingly become a talking point, particularly if the team bats as badly as it did in this Test, and the skipper said that he is looking to make a score over 25 or 50 or a century in the third Test as it has been 11 innings since he scored 25, wrote Telegraph.com.au

Clarke seemed to take some comfort from the fact that former captain Mark Taylor went 21 innings with a top score of 43 during 1996 and 1997, saying that he still has ‘room to play’ and hoped not to see a similar fate in the third Test.

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