Nottingham (England), Aug 6: Australia's Test Captain Michael Clarke became butt of all jokes and faced severe criticism after his side was demolished by England pacers in the first innings on the opening day of the 4th Ashes Test here today.
Pacer Stuart Broad took 8 wickets as Australian batting line up crumbled like a castle of cards for just 60 runs in 18.3 overs (111 balls).
Today's 60 is the lowest score in Ashes for Australia since 1936. And their innings lasted just 18.3 overs, which is the quicket ever a team is bowled out in a first innings in Test history. [Ashes: Stuart Broad takes 8 as Australia blown away for just 60 in 111 balls]
After such a humiliating performance in a must win game, fans started criticising Australia captain Michael Clarke who's poor form with the bat continued in this game as well.
Australian Cricket fans took to social networking site Twitter questioning the captaincy and batting of the World Cup winning team's skipper. Some even made jokes out of Clarke and said this could well be his last game.
Here is a collection of such tweets:
Michael Clarke ' s critics will be eating their words after he was 2nd highest scorer in Aussie innings!— Simon Round (@simon_round) August 6, 2015
@guerillacricket The phone goes in the Aussie dressing room Can I speak to Michael Clarke pls ?" "He's just gone out to bat" Ok, I'll hold"— Philip West (@PhilipWest1970) August 6, 2015
Only way Michael Clarke can resurrect his career is by quickly playing a series against India, at home. That isn't on cards any time soon.— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) August 6, 2015
The big question for Michael Clarke really is when we bowl England all-out for 22, do we enforce the follow-on? #Ashes— Adam Liaw (@adamliaw) August 6, 2015
60 all out??????? What! BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM! #Ashes2015— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) August 6, 2015
@bbctms Michael Clarke sings Abba - I had a dream, a nightmare to tell ...— Ioannis apo Skiatho (@Skiathian) August 6, 2015
Maybe swap Jake Doran with Michael Clarke as captain, (he can bat in English conditions)— Mat Rabbit (@MatRabbit) August 6, 2015
Not sure, who Michael Clarke would blame for this. Neither they have Ravindra Jadeja, nor Anushka Sharma http://t.co/GX2yEWb3x3— TCS India (@TCrS_India) August 6, 2015
This must the end of Michael Clarke's captaincy! #TheAshes— Ammar Almas Chatha (@imchattha) August 6, 2015