Clarke broke two major records during his 2012 season
2012 will always be remembered as the year of Michael Clarke as the Australia captain not only became the first player in Test cricket history to score four double hundreds in one year, but also surpassed his predecessor Ricky Ponting as the country’s highest Test run scorer in a calender year.
Clarke only needed 56 runs to break the record and ended up converting the half century to yet another hundred during the second day of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Melbourne.
Clarke suffered a hamstring injury during the first Test in Hobart and was unsure whether he would play during the second Test, but he managed to convince the selectors that he was fit enough and ended up scoring a brilliant 106, which included 14 boundaries.
“In regards to beating Ricky, in my eyes he was certainly the greatest batsman I was lucky enough to play with so to beat any record that Ricky holds is very special that’s for sure,” Clarke said. “Numbers have never really bothered me too much. It’s nice to be making runs and leading by example as one of the leaders in the team and the captain.
“To me, it’s about winning games. If I am helping this team have success then I feel like that’s part of my job.”
Clarke’s 22nd Test century and 1,595 runs for the year put him at fourth on the all-time list of Test runs scored in a calender year, with only Pakistan’s Mohammad Yousuf (1,788), West Indies legend Viv Richards (1,710) and South Africa captain Graeme Smith (1,656) having scored more.
However, Clarke was disappointed that he had not been able to convert the century into a bigger score after he was dismissed when slashing a delivery right into the slip cordon.
“I thought it was a poor shot, especially at that time, we’d just seen off the second new ball so it was probably the best time to bat,” Clarke said. “It was a shame for the next couple of guys also as we lost three wickets quite quickly together.
“I guess with regard to my form it’s about enjoying this time and making the most of it because there’ll come a time where you nick the first few and get a couple of ducks.”
Clarke’s dismissal also ended his 2012 record of scoring double hundreds every time he passed the century mark.