Time for the Pup to grow

Ricky Ponting might have to check out Elizabeth Randolph's "How to Help Your Puppy Grow Up to Be a Wonderful Dog" for some tips. The "Pup" seems to have lost its way at No.4. Michael Clarke lasted just 13 deliveries in the first innings of the Gabba test against the Windies. "It'll never be easier for him than it is now. The hard part always comes later." - is what Greg Chappell famously said in the days after Clarke's brilliant debut. Mike Colman at the Courier Mail wonders if later has arrived sooner than anyone expected.
Those who have observed his career at close quarters say he has changed markedly from the wide-eyed, "golly gee I can't believe I'm really here" innocent who made his Test debut just 13 months ago.

But how could he not? This is an impressionable 24-year-old, plucked from the western suburbs of Sydney and tipped (or "anointed" as one profile put it) as a future national captain before he had even played a Test.

Well, even young Parthiv Patel was once touted as a future Indian Captain before he had even played a first class game.

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