Cricket legend Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards has revealed how he was captivated by Australian captain Michael Clarke's power-packed performance in the first innings of the second Test in Adelaide. Richards said that Clarke scoring his 230 runs looked like 'an executioner with bat in hand'.
"Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. What I loved more than anything else was seeing the way he went about his business. It was like an executioner with bat in hand. He was precise, he watched his way through, he calculated what he could get done after assessing the situation and after spending time at the crease," the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
According to the paper, Richards believes Clarke showed a 'test of character', which requires a players to possess the inner strength to stand alone as a batsman when 11 sets of angry eyes bore holes through him, and a bowler wants to maim him.
"It was entertaining and is why people should never give up on Test cricket when you can get that sort of stuff. I know the South Africans were short a bowler or two, but it was just a magnificent display of batting . . . just cynical, just very, very cynical. It was the first time in a long time I have enjoyed proper batsman-ship," he said.
The former West Indies star said with the 'aggressive' way Clarke played against the Proteas, there was absolutely no question of 'Test' cricket being dead. "I saw the look on [Proteas captain] Graeme Smith's face and it was like 'wow, wow, wow, what should I do next? What are the options?' It was due to [Clarke's] aggressive style. With batting like that who says Test cricket is dead," he said.