Selectors will look at my performance: Clarke

Last Updated: May 18, 2010, 17:44 PM IST

Melbourne: Australian captain Michael Clarke is in a spot after his team`s loss to England in the World Twenty20 final.

Clarke feels that Australia`s performance will be reviewed after batting performances `haven`t been up to scratch`.

"There is no doubt the selectors will need to have a look at my performances. I certainly know they haven`t been up to scratch and as good as I would`ve expected throughout this whole tournament, and probably Twenty20 cricket in general," Clarke was quoted as saying.

"I`m sure the selectors will have a look, and if I`m not the right person for the No. 3 position and the captaincy of this team they`ll make that decision," he said.

Clarke has been the team`s weakest link with batting, scoring 92 runs at 15.33 in the tournament for a career-total of 437 at 21.85 in 31 matches. But his captaincy has been widely praised.

Sunday`s final was his first loss in 15 matches as Australia`s 20-over skipper.

"I`m stoked to have been given this opportunity to captain the Australian Twenty20 team. There`s no guarantees in this world. For me, it`s about getting back and preparing for our next tournament (one-day series against England in June)," he said.

Clarke, however, received backing from vice-captain Cameron White, who said Clarke deserved credit for his leadership skills.

"What Michael`s done for the team, his leadership and captaincy, has been a great effort. We`ve come a long way. There was a stage when we weren`t considered a very good Twenty20 team. But I think we`ve showed in this tournament that we are," he said.

Clarke also feels that Australia have taken a big step forward, reaching the World T20 final for the first time at its third attempt.

"It`s not the Ashes. But it`s a big tournament and it`s one that we wanted to do really well in. I just feel very disappointed that we didn`t perform as well as we would have liked today. But I think our guys can hold their heads high. We have played some wonderful Twenty20 cricket," he said.

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