Melbourne: Former Australian Test opener Michael Slater has said that incumbent skipper Michael Clarke’s slow coach approach to batting in Twenty20 cricket “isn’t good enough” and he must change if he is to survive in this form of the game.
Speaking ahead of Australia’s opening match of the World Twenty20 tournament against defending champions Pakistan on Monday, Slater said Clarke’s 49 from 42 balls in the one-run loss to Zimbabwe in a warm-up match last week was unimpressive.
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“At the moment, he needs to find another gear to play Twenty20 - he hasn’t been scoring quickly enough. On the strength of what I saw against Zimbabwe, it isn’t good enough to be scoring 49 from 42 - especially when you end up losing by one run. He needs to be doing much better than a run a ball in this form of the game,’ the Daily Telegraph quoted Slater, as saying.
Clarke has a strike rate of 109 from 24 Twenty20 matches, but the gun batsmen are pushing beyond 150.
Clarke said: “I think I can definitely still take it up a notch. But I can’t walk out there and smack the ball out of the park from the very first ball. I know I won’t be successful like that. For me, it’s important to play my shots, to use my strengths, my speed, my running between wickets and my energy in the field.