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We rate the five most courageous innings in Test cricket history, in no particular order.
Michael Clarke: 128 v India, Adelaide Oval (2014)
Clarke’s courage and leadership reached a new level during the first Test against India at the Adelaide Oval.
He appeared a doubtful starter on the second day in Adelaide after retiring hurt on 60 on day one with a back complaint.
His rehabilitation was put aside after the shock death of close friend and former Australian Test batsman Phillip Hughes.
The 33-year-old shone in harsh circumstances as he comforted Hughes’ family and teammates, while also delivering an emotional eulogy at the South Australia batsmen’s funeral just a week before.
With the debilitating back injury clearly influencing his shot selections, Clarke somehow managed to flick his way to a century.
A perfect tribute to his mate.