Melbourne, PTI. Former Australia captain Michael Clarke believes that the Australian Test team will be without a captain for the next 15 years if the country’s cricket administrators are looking for someone with an impeccable record to be appointed captain. Cricket Australia (CA) is looking for a new captain after he had stepped down after the revelation of sending an objectionable message.
Fast bowler Pat Cammins is at the fore in the race to become the captain. Apart from him, former captain Steve Smith is also in the race. Clarke said Ricky Ponting had also become one of Australia’s best captains after a wrong start to his career.
He said, ‘Even in my time, Ricky Ponting has been a great captain. Had that been the case, he would never have been able to captain Australia. They had a fight at Bourbon & Beefsteak (nightclub). There were punches. Is this why you don’t delegate the responsibility to them? He is a wonderful example. He has shown you how time, experience, maturity, playing at a high level and even captaincy have changed him.
Clarke conceded that the Australian Test captain needs to set high standards, but if unreasonable expectations are placed on him, then there will be little option left. “Of course, you have to maintain certain standards, but are you going to say, ‘He can change, he can mature,'” he said. Where is the players’ support? (If you want a spotless captain) You will look for a captain for 15 years. We will not have a captain.
Clarke said he was confused as to why Penn left his post over the 2017 incident. He said, ‘I did not understand this. If Cricket Australia told him there were no alternatives, he should have said you can sack me because I gave you this information four years ago. I was honest and I was declared clean.