Clarke`s batting not a problem in T20: Hilditch

Updated: May 25, 2010, 15:09 PM IST

Sydney: Chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch has said that Australian Twenty20 captain Michael Clarke`s batting is not a problem in the shortest version of the game.

Clarke was retained as Australia`s Twenty20 captain on Monday after his tenure was under review over his poor batting form during the World Cup in the Caribbean.

Hilditch praised Clarke`s role as the leader, and said as a batsman the 29-year-old was being given the chance to adapt to T20 and his quality would allow him to do so.

"We don`t have any doubt that he has a definite role to play in Twenty20 cricket, which predominantly is a little bit different to some," The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Hilditch, as saying.

"We`ll be looking for him to bat through an innings when we need it. He didn`t quite do that over there (in the World T20 in the Caribbean) but we weren`t concerned about it.”

"There will be times, particularly when we`re 3-8 in a final, that someone`s going to have to bat the 20 overs, which is what we would have liked Michael to do in the (world) final. But in the end result it didn`t quite work out that way," Hilditch said.

"We don`t have any doubts he will be a very successful Twenty20 batsman," he added.

Hilditch was more clear in his assessment of Clarke as a captain, suggesting he will be welcome to the job of leading in all three formats for as long as he likes after Ricky Ponting retires.

"The positive side was I think his captaincy was extraordinary and our tactics in Twenty20 cricket were far in advance of where they`ve been. Our field was I thought the best in the tournament so there were lots of positives," Hilditch said of the Caribbean performance.