Joe Clarke

Country: England
Born: May 26, 1996, Shrewsbury, Shropshire
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Playing role: Top order Batter

Joe Clarke Bio

Joe Michael Clarke is an English cricket player who faced several obstacles throughout his career but managed to make a successful comeback. Born on August 17, 1996, in England, Clarke became the first teenager to play for England Lions since Joe Root, a testament to his exceptional talent.

In 2015, Clarke was called up to represent England Lions in a series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates. However, his career took a downturn in 2019 when he became involved in the trial of his former Worcestershire team-mate, Alex Hepburn. Hepburn was found guilty of rape and sentenced to five years in prison. Clarke, along with another ex-Worcestershire teammate, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, was not charged with a criminal offense, but his involvement in a WhatsApp group chat that was described as a “pathetic sexist game” led to a backdated suspension and a fine from the ECB for bringing the game into disrepute.

Despite the setbacks and the tarnishing of his reputation, Clarke showed resilience and determination. In his Nottinghamshire debut in 2019, he scored impressive centuries of 112 and 97 not out. Unfortunately, his form suffered after the trial concluded. However, he made a strong comeback towards the end of the season, scoring his second century for Notts. This resurgence caught the attention of selectors, and he was named a reserve for England’s Test tour to the Caribbean in 2022, signaling a positive turn in his career.

Clarke’s prowess in limited-overs cricket became evident over the next two years. He formed a destructive opening partnership with Alex Hales for Notts and impressed while playing for Melbourne Stars in 2021-22. Despite the lack of contact from the ECB for three years, Clarke’s performances earned him recognition and kept his dreams of playing for England alive.

Known for his stylish middle-order batting, Clarke had already notched up an impressive record, making 12 centuries in County Championship matches for Worcestershire by the age of 22. His breakthrough season in 2016 saw him score five centuries in the Championship, including a career-best 194 against Derbyshire. Clarke’s ability to produce his highest scores in the first and last games of the season highlighted his consistency and mental strength.

Initially, Clarke showcased his wicketkeeping skills at the England U-19 level, but the presence of Ben Cox at Worcestershire and the depth of wicketkeeper-batters in the England setup led him to focus on developing his batting. Steve Rhodes, Worcestershire’s director of cricket, compared him to Joe Root in terms of batting nous and ability to work things out, a flattering comparison considering Root’s success.

Clarke’s cricket journey started in Shropshire before he joined the Worcestershire academy. He had a fruitful experience playing club cricket for South Perth during the 2014-15 winter. Upon his return, he made significant contributions for Worcestershire’s 2nd XI, earning a spot in the first team. As a teenager, he recorded his maiden List A hundred, an unbeaten 131 against Gloucestershire, followed by his first-class century against Sussex, showcasing his potential from an early age.

Joe Clarke’s turbulent career demonstrates his ability to overcome adversity and rediscover his form. With his strong batting skills and determination to succeed, he has the potential to cement his place in the England national team and become a key contributor to English cricket in the years to come.

Joe Clarke Career Stats

Joe Clarke Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
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FC 121 206 17 7344 229* 38.85 12314 59.63 20 35 994 28 78 0
List A 62 59 5 1846 139 34.18 1989 92.81 4 9 184 38 22 2
T20s 182 178 12 4497 136 27.09 3093 145.39 4 27 441 195 75 6

Joe Clarke Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
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FC 121 2 48 48 0 - - - 6 - 0 0 0
List A 62 - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s 182 - - - - - - - - - - - -

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