Michael Clarke named Australia’s new T20 captain

Zeecric Bureau

Melbourne: Michael Clarke on Friday was named as the Twenty20 skipper of the Australian cricket team after the retirement of Ricky Ponting from the format.

Cameron White has been entrusted with the vice-captaincy of the format.

“I’ve learnt a lot from Ricky Ponting over the last few years and I’ll continue to learn from him,” Clarke said.

“I’m really excited to lead Australia in the newest form of the game. We’ve got a young and enthusiastic group but we must recognise that we’ve got a lot of work to do in Twenty20 cricket and our recent form hasn’t been good.”

Being the T20 Australian captain, Clarke prime focus is now on next year’s ICC World Twenty20 in West Indies. The team got eliminated in the group stage itself in this year’s event.

Clarke has lead Australia in three T20 internationals and 15 ODIs.

When asked the former skipper Ricky Ponting regarding Clarke’s chances of doing justice to the role, he said, “Michael has continued to grow as a player and a leader.”

“We have developed a strong working relationship and he has always led the team well in my absence. I am sure he will do a very good job with the Twenty20 team and I congratulate him and Cameron White on their appointments.”

White’s selection as the vice-captain came after his successful period in international cricket recently. He was preferred over Brad Haddin and Michael Hussey for the post, and Cricket Australia’s chief executive officer James Sutherland feels he is indeed the right man for the job.

“Michael will be supported in the Twenty20 vice captaincy by Cameron White, whose leadership qualities have been to the fore in recent months and are currently on show at the Champions League Twenty20, where he is leading Victoria in that tournament,” Sutherland said.

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