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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Clarke has 'quickly and comfortably grown into captaincy': Report

 Australian captain Michael Clarke's recent success with his young but talented team against the Indians and the West Indies shows how he is growing as a leader, according to Sydney Morning Herald columnist Richard Hinds.
Australia's 2-0 series victory in the Caribbean was another solid result for Clarke as captain of the team. A couple of steps forward in the long march to this team's and his real moment of judgment is waiting for him i.e. the back-to-back Ashes series next year, said Hinds.
Hinds further added that Clarke's greatest test in the West Indies came outside the arena.
The tugging ordeal of Brad Haddin's return to Australia complicated by the succeeding success of his replacement, Matthew Wade. This was the time when Clarke's leadership skills were actually tested, he wrote.
Clarke gave staunch support to his Australian and NSW teammate Haddin while replying to the question over picking between him and Wade, he said.
Clarke with a generous concession to Wade replied: "'How lucky are we in an Australian cricket team to have either Brad Haddin or Matthew Wade available for selection in the Test team?" before suggesting both wicketkeepers could play against South Africa next summer, he added.
According to Hinds, some ridiculed his statement since Haddin's form last summer had been such that many had questioned his selection for the West Indies tour, and the idea of Wade batting at six, thus forcing out a specialist batsman in order to retain a 34-year-old glove man who had been struggling with the bat, seemed absurd.
Clarke's loyalty to Haddin might seem straightforward, indeed compulsory for any decent leader. Still, it provides another suggestion of how quickly and comfortably Clarke has grown into the captaincy, Hinds added.
The other, more compelling, sign of Clarke's leadership is his intuitive stewardship. By throwing the new ball to spinner Michael Beer, giving part-timer Dave Warner a successful twirl and concluding the final Test with five wickets of his own, Clarke's ability to manufacture scalps seems impressive, he concluded. (ANI)
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