India vs Australia: Indian pace battery impresses Clark

Former Aussie paceman Stuart Clark dwells on his Indian connection.

“Bumrah has a quick-arm action, releases the ball high and can get the ball to rise off a length while Shami can run in all day, his seam position is good and he’s skiddy," said former Australian seamer Stuart Clark.   -  getty images

Stuart Clark has the unique distinction of being the first Anglo-Indian cricketer to represent Australia.

His father Bruce was an Englishman who met his wife, Mary, from Kerala, in Chennai.

The couple stayed in Bangalore and moved to Australia in the early ’70s. Clark grew up hearing stories of India.

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The former Australia fast bowler with 94 scalps in 24 Tests told Sportstar here on Sunday, “Yes, I have often thought about India. When young, I heard about Chennai and Bangalore, heard about the places my parents stayed in and when I toured India, looked out for those houses.”

Clark, who excelled in the Ashes at home in 2006-07 with 26 scalps at just over 17, said he had been impressed by the Indian attack.

“When I was playing, India had some fine pacemen such as Zaheer Khan, but now India has a battery of fast bowlers. There is so much depth.”

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Clark also said the Indian pace pack had variety. “Bumrah has a quick-arm action, releases the ball high and can get the ball to rise off a length. He’s also quick.

“Shami can run in all day, his seam position is good and he’s skiddy. Ishant gets bounce and seam movement and Bhuvneshwar swings the ball. Everyone is different.”

About his own time with the Australian team, Clark said, “I played with some great pacemen. McGrath had off-stump line, movement and bounce. Brett Lee was quick, hustled the batsmen. Shane Warne was sensational,” he said.