Warne backs Clarke`s appointment as Aussie captain
Melbourne: Australia`s all-time Test leading wicket taker Shane Warne on Friday backed Michael Clarke`s appointment as the captain of Australian team, saying that the new leader is a good tactician just like the former Aussie skipper Mark Taylor, who was one of the best in the business.
"Michael is a very good tactician, as we have seen in his One-day and Twenty20 appearances as skipper. His communication skills remind me of a young Mark Taylor, who was the best captain I played under," Warne said.
The veteran of more than 700 Test wickets hailed the attitude of Clarke and said that he is an aggressive leader who believes in his team and doesn`t run after their life on the field.
"He works well with the bowlers and we don`t see him running up to them after every ball or looking like a cop directing traffic.”
"His strategies are spot-on and his style aggressive. With a team in transition it`s important to put your players under pressure -- to risk losing to win, not be happy not to lose and draw," the former cricketer wrote in his column.
The spin legend, however, said that there is always a scope of improvement and stressed that as a skipper Clarke will need to be more formal and firm.
"You must be proactive and set the ground rules from day one. As a leader of men, Michael can improve. The way he conducts himself is laid-back and fun by nature, but as skipper he will need to be more formal and firm," Warne insisted.
The 41-year-old reiterated that Clarke, who turns 30 tomorrow, has gained respect as a player and it`s the time to make a mark as a captain.
"I believe he has respect as a player, now it`s time to earn that as a leader, firstly from the extended Australian cricket family and then the public," said Warne.
The bowler insisted that it will take some time for Australia to regain its lost ascendancy and urged the fans to keep faith in the new leader.
"Change always takes time. Give him a chance. Let`s support him and the Australian team.”
"We will not be No 1 in any form of the game for some time, but the attitude of the group and the individuals has to be to try to be the best cricketers they can be," he said.