Michael Clarke to join Bill Lawry as commentator for Boxing Day Test

Michael Clarke, who was ruled out of the Test series against India after the first Test due to hamstring surgery, will join the Channel Nine commentary team for the Boxing Day match. The Boxing Day Test will also see the return of former captain Bill Lawry in the commentary box.


“It’s an absolute thrill to have Michael on board, he joins a long list of Australian Test captains we’ve had in the Wide World of Sports commentary box,” Brad McNamara, Nine’s executive producer of cricket, was quoted as saying by Cricket Australia’s official website.


“We’re really looking forward to him joining us and offering his insights on cricketers he plays with and against on a regular basis.”


The 33-year-old himself is excited about the opportunity, and it will be an unusual watching his team-mates play from the commentary box.


“I’ll have a very different view of the Boxing Day Test this year,” he was quoted as saying in the News Ltd column.


“Channel Nine have kindly asked me to be part of the commentary team for the match, so I’ll be flying down to Melbourne on Christmas Day to join them.


“I’m not sure what to expect. It will certainly be unusual watching the boys from the booth rather than being out there with them on the field.


“Still, it has got to be an improvement on the last Test, which I watched first from a hospital bed and then from my couch.


“I channelled all that restless energy into my Twitter account and, from the sound of it, I filled up quite a few of your news feeds (sorry about that!).


“I’m sure the commentary work in Melbourne will distract me from tweeting too much this time around.”


Former Test captain Lawry also returns to the commentary box. McNamara said it was exciting to have the 77-year-old back.


“All the guys are genuinely excited to have Bill back he is an absolute legend in the world of sports commentary, and he’s great fun as well,” McNamara said.


“He brings that unbridled enthusiasm that just can’t be replaced.”


Clarke also said that he feels that seniors Brad Haddin, Shane Watson and Chris Rogers will be seen in action for next year’s Ashes.


“‘Hadds’ mightn’t have made a big impression in the runs column over the past couple of Tests, but he has been flawless with the gloves,” Clarke said.


“And let’s not forget his contributions with the bat last summer. The Ashes series might have played out quite differently without his valuable runs down the order.”


Speaking about Watson, Clarke said, “He brings tremendous balance to the team and, from what the boys are telling me, he’s absolutely creaming them in the nets.”


Clarke also praised Rogers. “It’s crucial to have experienced guys like these in a team when you’re bringing through youngsters like Joe Burns,” he added.


“I have been told by medical staff that I am as in as good condition as I can be a weak after undergoing the surgery,” Clarke said.