Clarke`s presence would be a boost for Big Bash: Stuart Clark

Updated: Jan 08, 2012, 19:45 PM IST

Perth: Sydney Sixers boss and former Australian paceman Stuart Clark is keen to have Michael Clarke in his side and says his presence would provide Big Bash a credibility boost.

"I think he was torn being playing it this year and taking on the new job. He chose to take on the new job but I hope in the future there is an opportunity for Michael to play somewhere down the line," Clark said.

"I think to have Michael would be another boost for a competition that`s doing well with TV ratings and everything like that. It`s just another factor that would make sense."

Clark said although Michael Clarke is not a bang-bang player, most suited for the Twenty20 format, but still he would prove to be useful hand.

"He`s not your clear-the-boundary type player. He`s your middle-order, rotate the strike, run hard between the wickets, pick up two a ball if possible player. He`s never going to be your power-hitter to smash it out of the ground but he`s still a very valuable commodity," Clark was quoted as saying by `The Age`.

Clarke`s stature grew in the country after leading Australia to two comprehensive victories against India in the first two Test and scoring a magnificent triple ton in the process.

The Australian skipper has retired from International Twenty20 but is keen to play in leagues such as Big Bash and IPL.

"I still think I would like to take part in Twenty20 cricket going forward. Obviously it won`t be for Australia but I look forward to getting the chance to play IPL, I look forward to the chance to playing in the Big Bash and the Australian tournament," Clarke had said last week.

"I`ve enjoyed watching it to be honest. I think the Champions League and the IPL are wonderful."

PTI