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article imageCricket Captain Caught With Pants Down

By Carolyn E. Price     Jan 22, 2007 in Sports
Just to add a little levity to your evening ....
It turns out that Michael Clarke's elevation from No. 4 to No. 3 in the Australian cricket batting order lineup will be the "butt" of jokes in the years to come.
Australian captain Ricky Ponting put Clarke, age 25, out to bat at No. 3 against New Zealand on Sunday. Commentators pondered to each other whether or not Ponting was trying to give Clarke more experience at the top of the order before the World Cup in the Caribbean in March and April.
But teammate Mike Hussey said Monday that Ponting meant to bat in his normal No. 3 spot but was caught with his pants down. "It was a quick toilet break and he couldn't get his gear back on quickly enough," Hussey said. "It was a bit of an unfortunate situation. I don't want to go into it too much. I think you can ask him about it."
Ponting made just five runs while batting in the unfamiliar position of No. 4. Clarke's 75 at spot No. 3 and Hussey's unbeaten 65 at No. 6 guided Australia to a two-wicket win in Sunday's one-day international at the Sydney Cricket Ground, scoring 224-8 in reply to New Zealand's 218.
Australia has now qualified for next month's best-of-three finals series with four wins in four matches.
Seems like it worked out in the end for all, especially for the captain who was able to
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