Media Release – 14 February 2012
The International Cricket Hall of Fame in Bowral is now home to a pair of Michael Clarke’s cricket gloves worn during the recent match in which he declared himself into Australian sporting history with his epic 329 not out.
The gloves were donated by Clarke himself as he was keen to see the gloves go to the museum for public display.
“We are so proud to have Michael Clarke’s batting gloves on display for all who visit the museum to see,” said Bradman Museum Curator, David Wells.
“The 100th test at the SCG in January this year will always be remembered as the match in which he made 329 not out. And it’s wonderful that we have a little piece of this historical day in Australian cricket to share with museum visitors,” he continued.
The test was most certainly one to be remembered – during the innings Clarke managed to maintain a strike rate of 70.29 and dazzle his home crowd with a flurry of fours and one almighty six. His innings lasted 617 minutes, and spanned 468 balls including 39 fours.
Having made 329 not out, Clarke declared once his batting partner, Michael Hussey, had made 150. This declaration saw Clarke fall just five runs short of Sir Donald Bradman and Mark Taylor’s highest test score of 334. This remarkable Australian record has only been eclipsed once, by Matthew Hayden who made 380 against Zimbabwe in 2003.
The signed pair of Michael Clarke’s gloves are now on prominent display in an island showcase within the newly developed International Cricket Hall of Fame, and are just one of the many cricketing treasures visitors can see when they visit.
Set adjacent to historic Bradman Oval, the very same cricket ground where the late Sir Donald Bradman honed the skills that made him the greatest cricketer in the history of the noble game, The International Cricket Hall of Fame offers a cricket experience unlike any other in the world. For more information visit www.internationalcrickethall.com