ASHES: Clarke finds sweet redemption

Veteran captain answers critics by leading the charge for Australia at Manchester's Old Trafford.

Old Trafford, Manchester, England — During the past few days, there has been plenty of talk about Michael Clarke. The gossip was that the bad back is caused by stress and could only deteriorate. The speculation was about how long he can go on as captain. Australia’s most prolific batsman had scored only 102 runs in four Test innings so far. His best score was 51. It was beginning to look like a crisis of leadership.

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