Clarke remaining upbeat

Australia (8/13 with Betfred to win 2nd T20) Twenty20 skipper Michael Clarke remains committed to the job, despite another low score as his side were beaten by Pakistan at Edgbaston on Monday.

The 29-year-old took over the T20 captaincy when Ricky Ponting retired from the shortest version of the game in October 2009, but he has not enjoyed the best of fortunes.

The New South Wales skippered the Aussies to the final of the World Twenty20 but averaged just 15.33 in the tournament, with many in the Australian media questioning whether he should even be in the side, with his inability to hit sixes at the end of an innings.

Monday’s result will have done little to ease the pressure, with Clarke making just five as Australia were dismissed for 144 in pursuit of 168 for victory against Shahid Afridi’s men.

Despite the latest setback, Clarke (5/1 to be Australia’s top batsman) is refusing to throw in the towel and has vowed to keep working hard as he tries to guide his men to a series-leveling victory on Tuesday evening.

“As a batsman you always want to score runs, as a bowler you always want to take wickets,” he said. “But, as in any form of the game, if you are not scoring runs well, you need to find a way and continue to back yourself.”

Umar Akmal was the Pakistan star on Monday with 64 from just 31 deliveries and he will be the prize wicket for the men from Down Under, as they try to regain the upper hand ahead of the two-match Test series between the two teams.

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