Clarke’s just flipping unlucky

2011-11-18 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Nought out of six … that is the completed record luckless Australian captain Michael Clarke will take home with him in terms of the toss of the coin in all matches he has played in on the South African tour.

“I knew I’d lose it anyway,” he said after duly surrendering another attractive one at the start of the key second and final Test at the Wanderers yesterday and seeing Graeme Smith opt to bat on what was described by television experts as a likely first-innings belter in the Highveld heat.

Clarke’s “duck” in tosses on our soil includes both Tests, all three one-day internationals (although the Aussies still won that portion of the visit 2-1) and even the match against SA ‘A’ in Potchefstroom, where Alviro Petersen won it and dubiously decided to take first strike on the spicy pitch. The local outfit were bundled out for 183 in their first knock.

He has now lost nine flips of the coin in all formats on the trot, including four in succession in Tests: at Wanderers, Newlands, Colombo and Pallekele.

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