He must have sold something to Satan to take three wickets in the penultimate over to win this Test for Australia. It can’t have been his soul though, because he must have already sold that to Ricky Ponting to bring him on to bowl in the first place. Maybe it was his testicles. Would Satan want those?
So Ponting thinks: ‘We need three wickets and there are four overs to go. Should I go with Brett Lee or Michael Clarke? Let’s go with Clarke.’
To be fair it turned out to be the right choice. Wonder how Brad Hogg’s feeling about it though. It’s one thing to be outbowled by Andrew Symonds, who’s only a spinner half the time, but to be outbowled by Michael Clarke? He’s a spinner just about none of the time.
Michael Clarke has now taken nine wickets against India at an average of 5.11 after taking 6-9 at the Wankhede stadium in 2004 on a pitch which made a cobbled street look like polished marble.
For all England’s talk of ‘putting the opposition under pressure’, this is the way it’s done. Australia are masters at it. You have to put the umpires under pressure as well, but that’s all part of it.
Australia, we salute you.