Friday, January 21, 2011

Are you a Teenager? Michael Clarke is looking for your advice then :D

Michael Clarke had his pre-game press conference ambushed by a teenager offering him batting tips before the second one day international against England on 20th January, 2011.

Geelong teen Daniel Brew somehow evaded security staff and sat among the journalists at the indoor cricket nets at Hobart's Bellerive Oval, enduring the first nine minutes of the press conference before taking his chance to make his feelings known.

Michael Clarke taking Daniel Brew's advice

"I've noticed something Michael, you're pushing at the ball too much. What are you going to do about that?'' Daniel inquired.

"I'm pushing at the ball too much? You should be a batting coach'' Clarke said to the teen, showing patience worthy of a Test innings.

"What do you think I should do about it?'' retorted Pup back at the teenager...

Told he was pushing at the ball too much and playing in front of his body, a jovial Clarke asked what he should be doing and was instructed to ''play in front of your nose and under your eyes and not be reaching for it too much''.

''That's how you're going to get out'' said Daniel Brew, 17, from Geelong.

Undaunted by Clarke's invitation to continue the conversation, Daniel told Clarke he should "not reach for it so much''.

Clarke, the smile disappearing from his face, responded: "Okay I'll try that today in the nets. Thank you.''

Having earlier granted Brew an autograph, Clarke was less impressed when, after refusing to lend his bat for a photo shoot, the teenager quipped: ''Why not? You never use it in the middle''.

It was an interesting incident.. and one that Clarke would never forget or rather like to forget immediately ;)

Here is the video of the press conference if you want to take a look at how Clarke tackled this teenager's bouncers... ultimately to get bowled :P

Daniel Brew's tips for Ozzy Michael Clarke aka Pup
  • Play the ball under one's eyes and nose
  • Take a bigger stride
  • Watch the ball on to the bat
  • Get the timing right
  • Don't jump away
  • Stay balanced at the crease
  • And last but not the least use the bat :)
All the teenagers out there in Australia would be getting ready to barge into the press conferences henceforth... Get ready Michael Clarkey!!! :D

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