If the Australian Team Longed for 15 years if it went out to find the Noble Captain, the Statement of this Legend created a Sensation
By Tanushka Gain
on Thu Nov 25 2021
New Delhi: There is a big ruckus going on in Australian cricket these days. Actually, the captain of the Test team, Tim Paine suddenly resigned from the captaincy of the team. Since then, there are constant speculations as to who will become the new captain of the Australian team. Meanwhile, former Australia’s Michael Clarke has given a very controversial statement.
Former Australia’s Michael Clarke believes if the country’s cricket administrator is on the lookout for such a player to become the captain. Whose record is spotless, then the Australian Test team will be without a captain for the next 15 years. Tim Paine stepped down as captaincy when it was revealed that he had sent an offensive message to his colleague. After which Cricket Australia (CA) is looking for a new captain.
Fast bowler Pat Cummins is at the fore in the race. Apart from him, Steve Smith is also in this race. Clarke said that Ricky Ponting also became one of Australia’s best captains after a wrong start to his career. He said in ‘Big Sports Breakfast’, ‘Ricky Ponting has been a great captain even in my time. Had it been so, he would never have been able to captain Australia.
“They had a fight at Bourbon and Beefsteak (nightclub),” Clarke said. There were punches. Is that 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 has changed him. Clarke acknowledged that an Australian Test captain needs to set higher standards. But if unreasonable expectations are placed on it, then very few options will be 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? You will look for a captain for 15 years. We will not have a that. Clarke said he was confused about why Penn resigned after the 2017 incident.
He said, ‘I didn’t understand this. If Cricket Australia told him there was no option. So 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.