Family, friends presence at SCG powered Clarke to perform

January 5th, 2009 - 6:16 pm ICT by ANI  

Sydney, Jan.5 (ANI): THE pressure of performing in front of family and friends powered Michael Clarke halfway around the SCG on Sunday.
Sydney western suburbs boy Clarke said he felt the weight of previous failures at his home ground and it had spurred him to a match-changing century.
Clarke sprinted through for a single to reach triple figures for the first time at a Sydney Test and continued on an enthusiastic lap of honour with bat and helmet in the air.
The Australian vice-captain went on to make 138 to change the course of the third Test after South Africa seemed on track for a 3-0 series whitewash when play resumed yesterday with the home side 6-267.
Australia was eventually bowled out for 445 and South Africa reached 1-125 in reply by stumps.
“It’’s very disappointing when you have your family and friends come out and watch and you don”t perform,” said Clarke, whose impressive knock inspired tailenders Mitchell Johnson (64), Nathan Hauritz (41) and Peter Siddle (23).
“I”ve let them down too many times, so today I didn”t let them down. I got my first 100 and they were all here supporting me. It was extra special, said Clarke. (ANI)

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