Fi­nal over

The Cricket Paper - - NEWS & FEATURE - JOE CLARKE Worces­ter­shire wick­et­keeper/bats­man

On the Spot

DOB: 26/05/1996 Mar­i­tal sta­tus: Sin­gle For­mer Clubs: Eng­land Lions, Eng­land U19s, Shrop­shire Bat­ting style: Right-hand bat

The Last

Bat you bought/used? The last bat I bought would have been a Puma Evolution. It did me okay, I think, I did en­joy the old Puma gear back in the day. Now it’s Gray-Ni­colls, I’m very lucky to have them as a spon­sor – the Gray-Ni­colls ve­loc­ity is what I got for now, it’s a re­ally nice bat. Song you down­loaded? James Arthur’s Sun Goes Down with Rudi­men­tal – it was remix of that. Five-wicket haul or cen­tury? My first T20 100 against Durham this year. It was quite nice to get a cen­tury in the T20, it was 124 off of 53 balls so I was happy with that. In­jury you had? I had a lit­tle ham­string strain. It was only a lit­tle one, just a cou­ple of weeks out. Tro­phy you won? The Di­vi­sion Two ti­tle with Worces­ter­shire – which was a great way to fin­ish off the sea­son on a high.

The Jury’s Out

Tea or cof­fee? I don’t ac­tu­ally drink ei­ther. I don’t mind a hot choco­late though if you’re of­fer­ing? Your last meal if you were on death row? A fil­let steak with pep­per­corn sauce. With some sweet potato fries. That would be enough for me. Caribbean with the mis­sus or Ma­galuf with the lads? Ma­galuf with the boys. I went ear­lier this year with a cou­ple of lads; it was a mem­o­rable trip to say the least. Red or white wine? Red, I much pre­fer it. 50-over, T20 or County Cham­pi­onship? T20 – it’s over and done in an evening.

Time added on

Best coach you have ever played with? Paul Prid­geon – I used to go to him while I was grow­ing up and still see him now. But I’ve also been lucky enough to work un­der Gra­ham Thorpe and Andy Flower as well who are very good coaches in their dif­fer­ent ways. Who’s most ner­vous per­son when next into bat? That would be Ben Cox – he’s the most ner­vous bloke go­ing around. Per­son to avoid af­ter be­ing dis­missed? At Worces­ter, we’re quite a re­laxed dress­ing room. The one I’ve seen throw the big­gest tantrum was Sam Billings. It was on a Lions tour a cou­ple of years ago. When he got out he be­came like a big kid when he was dis­missed. I stayed well clear of him. One rule you would change? In T20 or One Day cricket that all no balls and wides are to be fol­lowed by a free hit. Favourite pun­dit? Bum­ble, he’s en­er­getic and makes you laugh and when he’s in the com­men­tary box he’s great value. Do you have any su­per­sti­tions? I like to put my gloves on af­ter I have gone over the boundary rope. And I also do a move­ment be­fore fac­ing my first de­liv­ery. I wouldn’t think to my­self if I haven’t done it ‘oh no I’m not go­ing to do well’ but it’s a rou­tine I have. Hob­bies? I love watch­ing other sports es­pe­cially foot­ball and I love play­ing golf, too.

And fi­nally

Who is the worst dressed player at the club? We’ve got a few. I’ve got two in mind. Daryl Mitchell and Jack Shantry. Daryl still wears these Top­man T-shirts from about ten years ago. They’ve got three but­tons and all dif­fer­ent colours, the jeans and plim­solls, too. Jack just goes for some of the roguest gear go­ing. It’s def­i­nitely those two. I wouldn’t say that they were the most fash­ion­able guys around!

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