India in Australia 2011-12 January 16, 2012

Warner a future captain, says Mickey Arthur

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David Warner may soon captain Australia in Twenty20 internationals but the head coach Mickey Arthur has said he has the potential to lead his country "in any form of the game".

A poor run of scores in the Big Bash League has the incumbent T20 captain Cameron White looking over his shoulder, and Warner has advanced his leadership credentials greatly by leading the Sydney Thunder. He was also named captain of a Cricket Australia Chairman's XI for one of India's pre-series warm-up matches in Canberra, proof that the national selectors are not blind to the possibility.

Add to that a barnstorming 180 in Perth to set the course of the third Test and Warner's stock is rising fast. Arthur, also a selector, said his own perceptions of Warner as a brash T20 merchant had been confounded by working closely with him since his Test debut against New Zealand in Brisbane.

"Davey has leadership potential. He has the ability to lead any Australian team in any form of the game at some stage," Arthur said. "Whether that's in the next couple of weeks or whether that's in a year or five years time I'm not sure.

"He has a very good cricket brain. He leads a lot by example. He trains the house down. The perceptions that everybody had of David Warner and the reality of David Warner the person are poles apart."

Arthur further believes that Shaun Marsh can arrest his slump in the fourth Test in Adelaide after he saw signs of improvement in Marsh's batting at the WACA. Arthur also hinted that Shane Watson was more likely to make his comeback from injury in next month's limited-overs matches rather than in the Adelaide Test, where the offspinner Nathan Lyon might be the only inclusion.

While Lyon's return will force a reshuffle of the fast-bowling line-up, the batting group is unlikely to change, which will give the struggling Marsh and Brad Haddin a chance to regain their form. Marsh has made 0, 3, 0 and 11 in this series and he is the only one of the top six who has not made a significant contribution to Australia's 3-0 lead.

Cricket Australia has also cleared Marsh and Haddin, along with Lyon and Mitchell Starc, to play in the Big Bash League before the Adelaide Test, a sign that they are the few men who need more time in the middle. The rest of the Test players will remain out of the Twenty20 tournament while they prepare for the fourth Test.

"The stars have aligned for us in the whole series except in the No.3 position," Arthur said. "We haven't got anywhere near selecting the squad that's going to go down there. If Shaun gets that opportunity, which I'm hoping he does, I'm pretty sure he'll go out there and perform well.

"I saw signs of him coming back. I saw signs of his movement being a lot crisper. His weight transfer was a lot better. He looked really good at a point in this innings [in Perth]. I'm just hoping he gets through it and gets a score, because if he gets a score, Shaun is a player who, once he gets on a roll, is hard to bowl at. Hopefully Adelaide is the catalyst for him."

Marsh has a fine record at Adelaide Oval, where he has made two centuries and two fifties from five first-class matches and averages 64.44. Another big score there would ease the pressure on him after his lean patch, which followed a six-week lay-off due to a serious back injury that he picked up while batting in the Cape Town Test in November.

"We just thought he was tentative in the first two Test matches," Arthur said. "By his own admission he was as well. It's hard when you're coming back into the team after an injury, it's always tough. You need to get going, you start doubting yourself and your ability. You just need a score and he hasn't got that yet. Hopefully Adelaide is the place and hopefully he takes that into the Twenty20s and one-dayers."

Those shorter-format games, which begin with a T20 against India in Sydney on February 1, could also mark the return of Watson, who has not played a home Test so far this summer due to his injury problems. Watson has been battling hamstring and calf injuries this season, and whenever he returns to the Test side, it will mean a reshuffle for the batting order with David Warner and Ed Cowan having established a promising opening combination.

"We're wanting a fit and firing Shane Watson for the T20s and one-day series and I'm pretty sure we're going to have that," Arthur said. "Whether he plays in Adelaide or not, I'm not sure. But I do know that Shane Watson will be around our Twenty20 and one-day side.

"I don't see the need to change too much right now. I think we've got some really good momentum. We've had a lot of success with this squad."

The one change that does seem certain for the Adelaide Test, which starts on Tuesday next week, is the return of Lyon for one of the fast bowlers. Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus appear to be certain starters, especially with such a long break between matches, while Starc and Ryan Harris are the two men in danger of losing their place.

"All indications are in Adelaide you're going to play a spinner, there's no doubt about that," Arthur said. "Mitchell Starc came into the squad this time and he performed really well. It's part of us broadening the base of our quick bowlers. We'll have a look at how all the guys pull up."

The early finish to the Perth Test, where Australia regained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, has given most of the players a chance to fly home before they reconvene in Adelaide.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • johnathonjosephs on January 18, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    A bit to early. He does have incredible maturity for his age but he is in the form of his life and up against a mentally and physically depleted Indian attack. Remember now that Michael Clarke made a triple, and both Hussey and Ponting made easy 100's against this exact same attack. Also remember that this same attack has given 400+ runs almost every single time in England. The tough times will come, especially when he will tour the subcontinent. Because of the IPL he does have experience in the subcontinent, but we will have to see that in the Test Arena

  • Sutiro on January 18, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    Bit early yet to put this on him. More likely he will be leading a procession of batsmen back to the pavilion. One swallow doesn't make a meal, or something along those lines.

  • AKS286 on January 17, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    he is warner not WARNE. his batting style not suitable for test cricket. he is like sehwag clicks then flops for a long time then again clicks with bang then again flop. IN future he wil select or not this is the first question. FUTURE CAPTAIN OMG!!!!! why not the best experience batsman KATICH does't replace marsh & warner. JAQUES & VOGES are ultimate replacement. HARRIS OUT coulter nile IN. LYON out BEER IN.

  • Mandyyboii_says on January 17, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    I love the hunger and passion with which Aussies play their cricket. They perhaps have had the smoothest transition post retirement of their stalwarts. they are back to being a formidiable side. Just because you are capable of smashing a ton of 60 odd balls doesnot make you a captain material. May be Warner can be a future skipper, IF he persists with good show. Meanwhile Clarke has a lot to offer to Aussie cricket. Dont steal his thunder as yet by making such silly statements. I think Warner and Clarke will have a good laugh when they hear this :)

  • on January 17, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    Mitchell Marsh will be a future Australian Captain, I watched him dissect the opposition at the U/19 World Cup with strategic moves AND he can bowl as well as bat, Keep your eye on him over the next couple of years

  • anver777 on January 17, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    Still early days for Warner in test cricket........ so i think Its too early to comment that he's a captain material..... even left hand opener Philip Huges started his test career with a bang, but now he's struggling big time & is out of the team.... so he need to establish himself & concrete his spot. Any way he's good future for Aus !!!!!!!!

  • on January 17, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    Sometimes people seem to look for the cloud hiding in a silver lining. Warner's century - the FASTEST EVER by an opener - was scored on a track that was a bit flat against mediocre bowling, true. But how does that invalidate it when he was the only player to score a ton in the match? Short memories must be spreading around because he scored 123 and carried his bat on a pitch as green as any in England with the ball moving like a tango dancer not too long ago, and against a team whose bowling in that game cannot be impeached. There's no reason to think he isn't the real deal right now.

  • dunger.bob on January 17, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    @ the Pakistani bloke who doesn't have a name. Well said and I totally agree. Lets just see if Warner can keep it going before we start making comments like that. As far as the Test team is concerned, what's wrong with the current captain. Last time I looked he was going OK. You're going brilliantly Mickey, but gee whiz mate, how about just taking things one thing at a time for the next little while.

  • green_man on January 17, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    I guess it's a bit too early to think Warner as a future captain. Though I don't have any doubt that, he is a very good team man who always tries to put up some sort of examples for his team mates. But his consistency as a batsman is yet to be proved.

  • zenboomerang on January 17, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    No problems with Warner being 'thought of' a future captain... Already has 3 years experience at international level in T20 & ODI's... His commitment to the team is excellent... He'll make a good T20 captain so should be given the reins now... Should also move Wade up from T20 to ODI keeper... I wonder where this leaves Paine (future captain) & Watson's (VC) future roles in the team?... With Watson's Test average dropping significantly since being made VC maybe its time to re-evaluate his role in the team... With a Test average only 5 runs higher than Marsh, both must be considered as fragile batsmen to team performance...

  • johnathonjosephs on January 18, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    A bit to early. He does have incredible maturity for his age but he is in the form of his life and up against a mentally and physically depleted Indian attack. Remember now that Michael Clarke made a triple, and both Hussey and Ponting made easy 100's against this exact same attack. Also remember that this same attack has given 400+ runs almost every single time in England. The tough times will come, especially when he will tour the subcontinent. Because of the IPL he does have experience in the subcontinent, but we will have to see that in the Test Arena

  • Sutiro on January 18, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    Bit early yet to put this on him. More likely he will be leading a procession of batsmen back to the pavilion. One swallow doesn't make a meal, or something along those lines.

  • AKS286 on January 17, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    he is warner not WARNE. his batting style not suitable for test cricket. he is like sehwag clicks then flops for a long time then again clicks with bang then again flop. IN future he wil select or not this is the first question. FUTURE CAPTAIN OMG!!!!! why not the best experience batsman KATICH does't replace marsh & warner. JAQUES & VOGES are ultimate replacement. HARRIS OUT coulter nile IN. LYON out BEER IN.

  • Mandyyboii_says on January 17, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    I love the hunger and passion with which Aussies play their cricket. They perhaps have had the smoothest transition post retirement of their stalwarts. they are back to being a formidiable side. Just because you are capable of smashing a ton of 60 odd balls doesnot make you a captain material. May be Warner can be a future skipper, IF he persists with good show. Meanwhile Clarke has a lot to offer to Aussie cricket. Dont steal his thunder as yet by making such silly statements. I think Warner and Clarke will have a good laugh when they hear this :)

  • on January 17, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    Mitchell Marsh will be a future Australian Captain, I watched him dissect the opposition at the U/19 World Cup with strategic moves AND he can bowl as well as bat, Keep your eye on him over the next couple of years

  • anver777 on January 17, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    Still early days for Warner in test cricket........ so i think Its too early to comment that he's a captain material..... even left hand opener Philip Huges started his test career with a bang, but now he's struggling big time & is out of the team.... so he need to establish himself & concrete his spot. Any way he's good future for Aus !!!!!!!!

  • on January 17, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    Sometimes people seem to look for the cloud hiding in a silver lining. Warner's century - the FASTEST EVER by an opener - was scored on a track that was a bit flat against mediocre bowling, true. But how does that invalidate it when he was the only player to score a ton in the match? Short memories must be spreading around because he scored 123 and carried his bat on a pitch as green as any in England with the ball moving like a tango dancer not too long ago, and against a team whose bowling in that game cannot be impeached. There's no reason to think he isn't the real deal right now.

  • dunger.bob on January 17, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    @ the Pakistani bloke who doesn't have a name. Well said and I totally agree. Lets just see if Warner can keep it going before we start making comments like that. As far as the Test team is concerned, what's wrong with the current captain. Last time I looked he was going OK. You're going brilliantly Mickey, but gee whiz mate, how about just taking things one thing at a time for the next little while.

  • green_man on January 17, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    I guess it's a bit too early to think Warner as a future captain. Though I don't have any doubt that, he is a very good team man who always tries to put up some sort of examples for his team mates. But his consistency as a batsman is yet to be proved.

  • zenboomerang on January 17, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    No problems with Warner being 'thought of' a future captain... Already has 3 years experience at international level in T20 & ODI's... His commitment to the team is excellent... He'll make a good T20 captain so should be given the reins now... Should also move Wade up from T20 to ODI keeper... I wonder where this leaves Paine (future captain) & Watson's (VC) future roles in the team?... With Watson's Test average dropping significantly since being made VC maybe its time to re-evaluate his role in the team... With a Test average only 5 runs higher than Marsh, both must be considered as fragile batsmen to team performance...

  • zenboomerang on January 17, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    @mari2619... Sour grapes at losing Mickey to Aust?... lol... Seems all his family love being here & may settle down as have many other Saffa's - the only problem with my SA friends is they still support SA against us in rugby... But that is understandable... lol... As for Marsh - Mickey only coached WA for 1 season during which time Marsh wasn't always there - by your logic 6 sandgropers should be playing for Oz today... Which they aren't - so makes your comment farcical... As does the fact that there are 5 selectors now & Marsh was picked for Test duties before Mickey became coach - so he has to work with what he has been given...

  • ozwriter on January 17, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    mickey arthur is playing mickey mouse. i've lost respect for this nut case. as a selector and coach you're responsible for selecting and grooming the best in the country, NOT favouritism towards local, state or other ties.

    "If Shaun gets that opportunity, which I'm hoping he does, I'm pretty sure he'll go out there and perform well." I mean what does that statement actually mean?? If a coach 'hopes' a player is in the team, they usually are, especially if the coach is a selector. khawaja was unfairly dropped and surely has the greatest prospect at age 23.

  • on January 17, 2012, 3:35 GMT

    It's been said already, but Hughes and Khawaja - despite much more promise - have been treated much more harshly than Marsh. Furthermore, what about Haddin!? Why does he continue to get this extended run in the team despite horrible long-term form and what has Wade done!?

  • Meety on January 17, 2012, 2:34 GMT

    @Clyde - the short answer is not many! One current example is Trott for England. His current Test average is about 13 above his FC. Tony Greig I think is another. @mari2619 - I would back Khawaja to score more runs than Marsh in England. Maybe Marsh could be an Asian Tour specialist?

  • on January 17, 2012, 1:31 GMT

    Would like to think that the Australian Test captain will be able to speak with a reasonable command of the English language - David does struggle a lot with pronunciation, I probably find it easier understanding what Dhoni is saying compared to this bogan icon, as much as we cherish him.

  • dogonfire on January 17, 2012, 1:11 GMT

    What happened to rotating the players, in particular the fast bowlers? With the series won, wouldn't this be a great opportunity to have a look at some of the other new and exciting prospects, such as Coulter-Nile,James Faulkner,Alister McDermott, Mitch Marsh or Jayde Herrick? Siddle and Hilfenhaus have been SO good and I'd hate to see them injured in effectively a 'dead rubber'

  • bobagorof on January 16, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    It's wasn't really hard for Marsh to look better at the WACA as he was pretty horrible in the first 2 tests. With his 11 he raised his average from 1 to 3.5. As for Warner's captaincy credentials, he's only captained the Thunder in about 2 matches before he was selected for the Test side so it's hardly a wealth of experience. But he may well turn out to be a good captain, and more power to him. Interesting to see White finally on shaky ground after being out of form for 18 months (was out of form when he took the Twenty20 captaincy, too). He's even returned to bowling, perhaps because he felt he wasn't contributing. I also heard today that Haddin is on notice, which is long overdue. Interesting how the side can go when players are picked on performance rather than favourites!

  • Busie1979 on January 16, 2012, 22:28 GMT

    Marsh and Cowan aren ot proven first class performers. You cannot build a world class batting line up around cowan opening the batting with Marsh at 3.

    Katich, Rogers, or David Hussey, or Jaques would walk into the current team if they were 5 years younger.

    Other than Phil Hughes who has struggled at Test level, none of the younger batsman are proven run machines. While Australia have a golden era of fast bowlers (probably 12-13 international standard bowlers in Australia right now) the batting is very thin. Batsman used to need 1000 runs a season for 2-3 seasons to even be considered. Now noone gets 1000.

    Steve Smith (looks out of place in Tests), khawaja (looks good but can't kick on), birt, quiney, finch, Christian, Maddison, Ferguson - none of them are run machines. I think Cooper is the best prospect but needs a big season.

    Marcus North was tried and failed. Who else? Cosgrove is ok. Voges is possible but over 30s are out of fashion.

  • pmaya on January 16, 2012, 22:13 GMT

    Yep! After all the guy did sum up the FUTURE of Indian cricket at the last press conf. And just after how many test matches...? A whole 5 of them! No doubt quick with the bat, but perhaps he could think before he opens his trap? Yep definitely captain material...what a joke!

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 16, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    Dave Warner is my favorite Aussie player. Although I don't think he's captaincy material. He has shown he can give Australia positive starts at the top. That to me is a key element to dominate a test match. Sehwag does that most of the time for India in the sub-continent. Warner can do it anywhere. He's got mental toughness which is a basic necessity for international cricket. It's Australia's time to be cocky. They have everything going for them so they can talk up the big words. England did that last year after pummeling India. India on the other hand are going downhill. Their time will come in the future for sure. Until then, the BCCI has to put up measures to deal with the current situation within team India's ranks. First at least two of the seniors should be axed. That would set the right tone for India at Adelaide. I am still confident India can draw in Adelaide if they make the necessary changes.

  • on January 16, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    He is great he is brave always tried to do his best for Aus

  • waheed1233 on January 16, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    Well, I think its too early to comment on Warner's future. I do agree the way Warner batted to get 180, this guy has real good talent, and no matter how poor quality indian bowlers have been, u still need to hit the middle of the bat, get the gaps, n score runs. But Mickey, u need to see the opposition here was india, who do not have any world class bowlers. An 180 against a below par bowling isnt enough. Warner has lots more to prove for sure.

    Marsh has been prone to injuries and i feel, even tho he's a gr8 talent, u need to give Khawaja some chance. My team would be: 1. Watson, 2. Warner, 3. Ed Cowan / Khawaja, 4. Ponting, 5. Clarke, 6. Hussey, 7. Haddin, 8. Peter Siddle / Ben Hilfenhaus, 9. Trent Copeland, 10. Pat Cummins, 11. James Pattinson

  • landl47 on January 16, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    Interesting point by Clyde. What we are starting to see now is a whole bunch of cricketers who have better test averages than first-class averages, especially if they made the test team at a young age. That's because there is so much test cricket now that once a player becomes a test regular, they simply don't play much other first-class cricket and their first-class average outside of tests mostly reflects their play as a youngster. Alastair Cook is an example; in the test team at 21, almost half the games he's played have been tests (72 out of 158). His first-class average is 47.78, which is pretty good, but his test average is 49.72 and climbing all the time. Mind you, he's 18 months younger than Marsh, so the same analysis doesn't apply to Marsh, who has only played 6 tests out of 68 games. A test average of 33 based on a FC average of 38 is about what you'd expect; even Mike Hussey has a test average a run below his FC average, because he came to tests so late.

  • on January 16, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    hehehheeh he is to much agggressive............................

  • landl47 on January 16, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    I don't think this is Mickey Arthur being serious, it's more taking the Mickey as they say in England. Warner has played 8 test innings, failed in 5 of them and on that basis Arthur thinks he's captaincy material? What's the example he's going to lead by, the 8 and out in the first over at Sydney? There are a couple of good captains in test cricket and by coincidence they are playing against each other in a test starting tomorrow. Neither bears any resemblance to Warner, but their records speak for themselves. Clarke is an enterprising captain, but his record is spotty (6-3) though that might be just because Australia isn't that good. As for Marsh, it would be hard for him not to have improved on his first three innings (3 runs, average 1) of the series, but when you start saying a batsman is looking promising when he gets 11, there are definitely issues. Unless Arthur has his tongue in his cheek, he's setting up a whole host of problems for himself and Australia.

  • on January 16, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    Future captain? After TWO centuries? That too against weak bowling attacks AND at home? He could be T20 captain, but in that form of the game, that's not saying much...

  • 12thUmpire on January 16, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    180 against a hapless India doesn't count? Hmmm... How 'bout 375 and 400 against hapless England? ... You don't choose your opposition, as Gooch says you play the ball, not the bowlers ...

  • Dr.Vindaloo on January 16, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    Does anyone else remember another dashing Aussie opener who was being talked up as The Next Big Thing? Phil Hughes, take a bow. Crazy that people are saying this stuff about Warner after he's flayed a weak and demoralised attack around the WACA. Just as Hughes had his day of reckoning with Flintoff in Cardiff and was never the same again, so Warner will have a proper test of his technique and mettle some time soon. Until that time I suggest that our excitable Australian friends pipe down a little.

  • on January 16, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    Noone has asked the obvious question WHY Mickey Arthur makes this comment at this time? Like he says, it might be five years in coming, a time at which he is unlikely to remain as head coach no matter how successful his tenure ultimately turns out to be. I suspect that this is Arthur's way of saying not only that Australia will have to elect a new vice captain shortly, i.e.Brad Haddin's test career is almost over, but also who he wants for the job. They whys are easier - Arthur has not inherited Warner who has shown an inclination for hard work in order to make himself ready for test cricket, a perfect message to send to players with test aspirations.

  • on January 16, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Any decent batsman can regain form against this Indian attack. So, Marsh should. (So, would have been the case with Hughes and Khawaja. But I am not so sure about Haddin, though)

  • AKS286 on January 16, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    mr. arthur he is not warne he is warner. after a superflop starting to a massive century you could not say this. he has no technique & footwork. he hits a century but if warner willplay in sub-continent or englands.africa he wll not bat. his natural batting is HITTING not to defend which is not good for test cricket. sehwag type batting style & sehwag is an exception clicks on which type of pitch and team nobody's knows. warner NOT SUITABLE FOR EVEN VICE-CAPTAIN.

  • hhillbumper on January 16, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    David Warner is a great batsman.And then I woke up.Against a good team he is in trouble

  • Bytheway on January 16, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    Best way to destroy Warner as a batsman is to make him captain.

  • chickenpoo on January 16, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    I reckon this will be Marsh's last test if he doesn't score a century...i'd like to see Ed Cowan stay at the top with Warner when Watson comes back into the test team.

  • yorkshirematt on January 16, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    @Somersetjord I agree. The ashes wouldn't be the same without brash aussies like Warner. We also need another villain, with the demise of Mitch and the retirement of Ponting, although he may yet last until 2010 series in aus.

  • AidanFX on January 16, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    Make him Vice captain now - drop Haddin; and Watson can regain his VC when he returns from his eternal injury.

  • jplterrors on January 16, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    @Dinker Rkn, of course Warner can score runs against England in 2013. He proved he could score runs in the most difficult stage in world cricket AGAINST NZ ON A GREEN SEAMER IN HOBART!!!! If he can score runs against the best attack he can get them against the 2nd best one.

  • bumsonseats on January 16, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    way to go jonesy i agree for once with u. captain the t20 makes sense. as he must be the 1st name for any t20 side. see what kind of jobs hes made of. well done jonesy.dpk

  • Dashgar on January 16, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    Disrespectful to Michael Clarke to be making these comments and counterproductive to Warner's development. Maybe he would be a good captain but the fact is that by the time Clarke relinquishes the captaincy in 5+ years the team will be very different. Warner may not even be there and I'd he is he may not be close to best man for the job. Just let the kid play for now. We have a very good captain who isn't going anywhere.

  • bumsonseats on January 16, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    sorry guys my pc crashed not sure if that message was sent during that crash. Michael Vaughan had an average below 40 when duncan fletcher selected him on seeing him while he coached Glamorgan . he went on to captain england and scoring 3 x 100s during in his 1st overseas ashes. he was the reason england went on to average 4+ runs per over during his reign. as to marsh iv said before iv seen quite abit of him for WA and always looked good. but what do i know , i suppose as much as most armchair cricket followers. as to warner been captain in the future as its nearly alway a batter than get picked as a captain and the batting of australia will be needing changes due to age. and the present batters have to prove their worth yet. why not warner as captain. dpk

  • Hareendra on January 16, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    Whoa! One (admittedly amazing) knock and now he is the future captain? Hold your horses people, lets take it one step at a time. First let him settle in, and make himself a permanent place in the team.

  • SirViv1973 on January 16, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    A big shout from Arthur to suggest a guy with 5 tests could be a future test captain. Maybe best to see how he gets on against better bowling attacks and how he can adjust to playing in different conditions before making such a call. Phil Hughes had a similar start to his test career and look at him know!

  • stari09 on January 16, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Warner is quality. Important not only for Australia but for the game of cricket..he can put bums on seats unlike the ICC with lithless administration and lack of ideas.

  • on January 16, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    hope micky arthur was joking ! two hundreds against an avg attack low on confidence should not be over-rated. david warner will learn very soon. Not long ago dhoni was rated the best captain & tactician. After recent series his very existence in cricket is being questioned.

  • smudgeon on January 16, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    Maybe. But he still has a long way to go before he should be a captain. Give him time to learn his game and how to handle the media first, eh?

  • dissapointed on January 16, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    Players such as Warne aside who is a once in a generation, can someone PLEASE explain:

    Lyon has 2 wickets at an average of 90 and a strike rate of 152, would be impressive if this was for his batting. Why Australia is hell bent on a spinner is beyond me. Four quicks increases intensity and reduces injury. Further more, in Australia you're playing a spinner that can only become effective on the 4th and 5th day. In order for this to happen, you must A. Win the toss and bat first. B. Forfeit any assistance to the quicks that the first 2 sessions of the opening day will bring. Why on earth concentrate on the last 2 days of a Test? How about doing the damage early on?

    Marsh, 4 innings, 14 runs, high score 11. His shot selection has been horrible and how can someone look like that they are improving in an innings consisting of 22 balls faced. I suppose that it's a vast improvement considering that he only lasted 15 balls in his prior 3 innings. 4 quicks and hard nosed batsman is the trick.

  • Vishnu27 on January 16, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    @Yevghenny: David Warner is technically a far superior batsman to Phil Hughes. Firstly, he knows what it is to play a straight batted shot. Nice to see a balanced comment from an Englishman too (respect SomersetJord: things are starting bode well for a great 2013 tussle).

  • potofazherbaizan on January 16, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    @satishsasikumar If Indias bowling is that incoherent that 180 is not amazing, then look around you. He scored half the team's runs and if Warner faced incoherent bowling attack, then why NOT the OTHERS like Clarke, Hussey and Ponting.

  • on January 16, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    People arrive at conclusions so quickly its hard to imagine. Only couple of performances or failures should not be given as much hype as is evident these days. Just an average Indian bowling attack and one performance from Warner and he being rated as next captain let him face England and SA bowling attack to prove his quality. However, its hard to understand why Arthur is overlooking failures of Marsh ???????

  • on January 16, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    AUSTRALIA DREAMING..HW CAN U FORGOT WHAT HAPPENED LAST MONTH WHEN NZ BEAT AUS..THIS INDIAN SIDE IS WEAK AND PLAYING POOR TEST CRICKET AND LACK APPLICATION IN BATTING THANKS TO IPL AND T20S..INDIA LOST BECAUSE OF ISHANT SHARMA..IN 1ST 2 TESTS HILFY N PATTINSON BACKED EQUALLY WELL BY SIDDLE AND HENCE AUS ATTACK LOOKED BETER..FOR INDIA ZAHEER AND YADAV MANAGE TO STRIKE UPFRONT BUT EVERYTIME ISHANT SHARMA RELEASED PRESSURE AND THEN IT WAS DIFFICULT TO SET FILED FOR CAPTAIN MSD..PK WOULD HAVE BEEN IDEAL PARTNER TO YADAV N ZAK AND RESULT WOULD HAVE BEEN LOT BETTER THAN 3-0..

  • on January 16, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    Usman Khawaja is better player then Marsh not have any liking by the coach is the reason behind not playing?

  • Mary_786 on January 16, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    What a joke, Arthur is completely biased towards Shaun Marsh because he was the coach for WA previously. Marsh is averaging less then all the aussie bowlers this tournament, is almost 30 years of age and is injury proned. Arthur needs to be fair and bring in Khawaja back into the team. Khawaja is a much better long term prospect and was unfairly dropped for Marsh. Marsh only scores on sub continent pitches which are much more flatter then pitches he will get in the ashes against a swinging ball.

  • on January 16, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    I had posted this on the eve of boxing day test--Punter,Hussey ,and even Haddin will score tons of runs against India BUT Invers and co should not go by that simply because those runs are difficult to be reproduced against any other quality test side.So far only Haddin has proved me wrong and he deserves the door especially considering how much more he talks off the field.warner's runs also should be seen in perspective.All this talk about him being the next hayden--hmm..and Hayden had an average of mid30s in england..considering Ashes is the be all and end all as far as Aussie fans are considered the very same Warner (and batting line up as such)may be subject to a lot of flak come Jun-aug2013.and i am from india who supports quality cricket.not that warner does not have quality but no other test playing nation has to give the new ball to the likes of vinay kumar ....food for thought

  • jonesy2 on January 16, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    yeah he could. he should probably be the t20 captain now anyway

  • AidanFX on January 16, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    Gee no mercy to Hughes or Khawaja - and yet this prevailing favourtism to Marsh; hope Arthur is right about him "turning a corner"

  • Yevghenny on January 16, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    At the moment, as entertaining an innings as it was, he's just Phil Hughes Mk II. Let's see how he gets on in the next 2 years. Putting this indian attack to the sword is nothing special

  • on January 16, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    I am sorry but I don't think that this is the right time to come up with such statements, where you know the Australian team is in the rebuilding process, what it does that these statements create extra bit of pressure on the individual and the present captain as well, creates unwanted rifts among the members of the team who are currently fighting for their spots in the team. Warner surely is capable of leading them in the future but I think it's not wise to come up with such types of statements right now. A Pakistani Aussie fan.

  • on January 16, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    Why isn't Usman khawaja playing, shaun marsh at the moment isn't in top form.

  • satishsasikumar on January 16, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    Well Mr. Mickey don't you think it is a bit early to say that...180 runs against incoherent Team India doesn't speak anything..let's wait and watch...I will be there to remind you your words 2 years down the lane Mickey, if you happen to be the Aussie coach

  • SomersetJord on January 16, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    Quality, I love this guy (& I'm English!) I'd have him for Prime Minister as well, he can stick it to anybody he wants!! Can't wait for him to come over in the next Ashes, will be worth the ticket price on his own. I'm also loving the resurgence of the Aussies, nobody wants a walkover series and I would much rather have a really tight and hard fought series (even if that means we lose) than beating up a weak team, and right now the Aussies are looking very good for their money.

  • satish619chandar on January 16, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    Warner can be a good captain.. With the commitment he shows on the field and the knowledge he has on the game to learn from anyone whom he plays it, he will be more than ready to give it back to the fellow players what he learnt.. Aussies can well give Marsh and Haddin one final chance.. Failure in last test should show them the door.. If they cant feast on this attack which gave them a steady batting line up now(Which was fragile when the tour started), they cant score against anyone..

  • on January 16, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    If they make him the voice captain that will be rational move and he can be groomed as a future captain.

  • AbdullahShaikh on January 16, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    I cannot believe how childish can M.Arthur be. In just one innings you cannot judge anything. Agreed that if he rolls out more of these performances then things might be good for him. But as for now he is just a bright new commer.

  • Heisenburg on January 16, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    He can be a great test captain when Clarke retires, also either Warner or Watson should take over the T20 captaincy, anybody but Cameron White who shouldn't even be in the side.

  • dsig3 on January 16, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    Hopefully they can use this as an excuse to fire Cameron White and burn his contract.

  • Nepali_Boy on January 16, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    What rubbish!! He has not proven himself yet to be called a future captain!! He has made promising start but he is kind of guy who will come under tremendous pressure once he goes out of form. His out of form will be long enough for selectors to drop him from game of Test cricket.

  • jonesy2 on January 16, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    i think either hilf or siddle should be rested although i guess they wont play the ODI and 20twentys. just seems so hard to leave anyone out because of how brilliant both harris and starc were

  • jonesy2 on January 16, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    i think marsh has done well the get back after his back problem, just needs more time in the middle and he will be away and scoring big runs

  • farkin on January 16, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    put him back in first class cricket till he gets some form then look at him again all he is doing now is taking a inform batsman spot

  • Clyde on January 16, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    Marsh is an interesting selection in that he is expected to do better at Test level than state. According to Cricinfo stats, his First Class average is 38. Now, this stat is based on so many innings that it is hard to believe it can be bumped by ten points any time soon. What we are looking at, presumably, is what could be called a 'Test-match temperament'. I wonder whether there are examples in history of batsmen who have consistently done far better at Test level than state.

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  • Clyde on January 16, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    Marsh is an interesting selection in that he is expected to do better at Test level than state. According to Cricinfo stats, his First Class average is 38. Now, this stat is based on so many innings that it is hard to believe it can be bumped by ten points any time soon. What we are looking at, presumably, is what could be called a 'Test-match temperament'. I wonder whether there are examples in history of batsmen who have consistently done far better at Test level than state.

  • farkin on January 16, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    put him back in first class cricket till he gets some form then look at him again all he is doing now is taking a inform batsman spot

  • jonesy2 on January 16, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    i think marsh has done well the get back after his back problem, just needs more time in the middle and he will be away and scoring big runs

  • jonesy2 on January 16, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    i think either hilf or siddle should be rested although i guess they wont play the ODI and 20twentys. just seems so hard to leave anyone out because of how brilliant both harris and starc were

  • Nepali_Boy on January 16, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    What rubbish!! He has not proven himself yet to be called a future captain!! He has made promising start but he is kind of guy who will come under tremendous pressure once he goes out of form. His out of form will be long enough for selectors to drop him from game of Test cricket.

  • dsig3 on January 16, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    Hopefully they can use this as an excuse to fire Cameron White and burn his contract.

  • Heisenburg on January 16, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    He can be a great test captain when Clarke retires, also either Warner or Watson should take over the T20 captaincy, anybody but Cameron White who shouldn't even be in the side.

  • AbdullahShaikh on January 16, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    I cannot believe how childish can M.Arthur be. In just one innings you cannot judge anything. Agreed that if he rolls out more of these performances then things might be good for him. But as for now he is just a bright new commer.

  • on January 16, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    If they make him the voice captain that will be rational move and he can be groomed as a future captain.

  • satish619chandar on January 16, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    Warner can be a good captain.. With the commitment he shows on the field and the knowledge he has on the game to learn from anyone whom he plays it, he will be more than ready to give it back to the fellow players what he learnt.. Aussies can well give Marsh and Haddin one final chance.. Failure in last test should show them the door.. If they cant feast on this attack which gave them a steady batting line up now(Which was fragile when the tour started), they cant score against anyone..