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Thread: Clarke named Australia skipper
03-30-2011, 05:20 PM #1
Clarke named Australia skipperMichael Clarke , long the heir apparent to Ricky Ponting , finally assumed the throne when he was named Australia's 43rd Test captain on Wednesday, a day after his mentor quit the post.
The 29-year-old will also take charge of the one-day side, which plays three matches in Bangladesh next month. All rounder Shane Watson was appointed the new vice-captain of the Test and One-day teams.
"I just want to say what a honour it is to be named captain of Australia and a huge surprise to see Ricky stand down," Clarke told a news conference at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
Clarke, who turns 30 this weekend, begins the job with Australian cricket at its lowest ebb since the mid-1980s, ranked fifth in the world in Tests and still smarting from a home Ashes drubbing and a quarter-final exit at the World Cup.
"The key for me is we go back to old-fashioned basics. That's batting, bowling and fielding," he said. "I'm not going to reinvent the wheel.
"We want to become the number one ranked team in all forms and that's going to take a long time," he added.
If newspaper and website polls are to be believed, Clarke's appointment was not welcomed by a lot of fans, many of whom take exception to his transformation from a working class boy from Sydney's western suburbs into a celebrity....being a human...
04-04-2011, 01:18 PM #2
he was always going to get the job on a full time basis