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Clarke’s act of bravado

Sydney: Australia captain Michael Clarke’s courageous century in the decisive Third and final Test against South Africa got an added significance when it was revealed he played with a fractured shoulder.

Clarke weathered a fearsome barrage of bouncers on the first day of the Cape Town Test this month, being hit on the forearm, elbow, shoulder and helmet in a fiery spell of short-pitched bowling by Morne Morkel. He went on to a make a pivotal 161 not out, hailed by many as the best knock of his career, to help his team deliver a 2-1 series victory. The results of scans released on Monday showed he played with a fractured left shoulder.