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Stuart Clark

india Updated: Oct 23, 2006 16:31 IST
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 Date of Birth: 28 September 1975, Sutherland, Sydney, New South Wales
 Test Debut: Against South Africa at Cape Town in 2006
 ODI Debut: Against ICC World XI at Melbourne in 2005
 Bats: Right Hand Bat
 Bowls: Right Arm Fast Medium

Stuart Clark is a tall and lanky opening bowler who has been bracketed by the national selectors as "in the Glenn McGrath mould".

It was a description he fitted perfectly in his opening Test series against South Africa - he replaced McGrath, who was caring for his sick wife - and at the age of 30 experienced a dream entry as the Player of the Series with 20 wickets at 15.75.

A gamble for the first game at Cape Town, he collected his baggy green and earned his side a victory with 5 for 55 and 4 for 34, the third-best match figures by an Australian debutant behind Bob Massie and Clarrie Grimmett.

A former real-estate agent in Sydney who crams in study for a masters degree in commerce, Clark had to wait until the last three years to strike the right market after a battle with his body as much as his talent.

Not to be confused with Michael Clarke, his NSW team-mate, or Michael Clark, the Western Australian left-armer, Clark held a Cricket Australia contract after a 45-wicket season in 2001-02 before losing it a summer later when struck by ankle and rib injuries.

Hernia surgery was next on the list quickly followed by a leg problem, but he collected 40 wickets in 2004-05 as NSW won the Pura Cup to re-impress Trevor Hohns and his gang. While enjoying a guest stint at Middlesex, Clark, who troubles batsmen with his 197cm height and seam movement, was called up as a squad replacement for the Ashes tour but did not get a playing opportunity.

He made his ODI debut during the 2005 Super Series and was a sound limited-overs performer in his first summer. A child of English-born parents who met in India, he recently became a father with the birth of a son, and his life after cricket is already mapped out. Once he finishes his current degree Clark wants to study law and plans to work in finance.