Australian news January 7, 2011

Clarke quits Twenty20, Cameron White new captain

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Michael Clarke's reign as Test captain might just be starting but his time as Twenty20 leader has ended. Clarke announced after the Ashes loss at the SCG that he would stand down from the role and will not play Twenty20, instead preferring to concentrate on regaining form in the five- and one-day arenas.

Cameron White has been named as Australia's captain for the two Twenty20 games against England next week, with Tim Paine confirmed as his deputy. The squad also includes Brett Lee, who will represent Australia for the first time since October 2009, as well as the uncapped Aaron Finch and James Pattinson.

Clarke struggled to keep pace with the demands of the shortest game because his technically correct batting was more suited to the longer formats. In 32 T20 internationals he had a strike-rate of 103, or slightly better than a run a ball, well below the output expected of a top-order player.

"I'm retiring from international Twenty20 cricket," Clarke said. "I guess, looking back on this series, my Test cricket isn't where I want it at the moment. This gives me the opportunity to focus wholly and solely on Test cricket and one-day and to use that time to play more domestic or first-class cricket for New South Wales and become a better Test player.

"For me, I've always said Test cricket is the ultimate for me. This gives me that opportunity. In saying that, obviously my T20 performances haven't been that great, which made the decision that much easier."

He captained the side in 18 matches and won 12 times, with the highlight being taking Australia to the final of the World Twenty20 in the West Indies in May. England beat Australia on that occasion too.

Clarke replaced Ponting as Test captain for the final game of this Ashes series, but will have to wait until August to learn if he will be the full-time leader. However, he will captain Australia in the upcoming one-day series against England, as Ponting continues to recover from his finger injury.

The two Twenty20s will be played next Wednesday and Friday, followed by seven ODIs beginning at the MCG on January 16. The chairman of selectors, Andrew Hilditch, said White was ready for the leadership of Australia's Twenty20 side and the selectors were keen to play Paine more often to help him prepare for when he eventually takes over from Haddin permanently.

"Cameron White has been named as captain of the Twenty20 team and Tim Paine vice-captain," Hilditch said. "We are confident that they will provide outstanding leadership for what is a very exciting Twenty20 team.

"Brad hasn't been picked in the side, he's obviously disappointed, but the reality is we need to take opportunites from time to time to look at other players. We think Tim has big future, we're keen to give him leadshership experience as well, which we're doing in the Prime Minister's XI game and this Twenty20 squad. Brad is still our No. 1 keeper in all forms of the game, but at this particular moment the right thing is to look at Tim Paine.

"The national selection panel is taking the opportunity to look at some of our exciting young talent in this form of the game. Aaron Finch has been in outstanding form for Victoria and the NSP looks forward to watching him play at the highest level in this form of the game.

"James Pattinson is one of a crop of young fast bowlers with great potential and he impressed with his stint with the Australian side in India. We're sure he's ready for the challenge of international cricket. The squad also sees the return of Brett Lee and Shaun Tait. Both at their best are explosive bowlers and should add greatly to the team."

Australia squad David Warner, Shane Watson, Cameron White (capt), David Hussey, Aaron Finch, Steven Smith, Tim Paine (wk), Steve O'Keefe, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, James Pattinson, Shaun Tait.

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  • Meety on January 9, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    My T20 side would be 1. Ronchi 2. Hodge (I'd go Watto except I don't want Test players in T20), 3. White (Cap), 4. Vogues, 5. S. Smith, 6. S O'Keefe, 7. Christian, 8. Krezja, 9. Lee, 10. Doherty, 11. Nannes. This side has 10 potential bowling options if you include White & Hodge. Obviously the bowling would be openned by Lee & Nannes, Tait would be my next choice. I would consider swapping either Krezja or Doherty for Hopes to beef the pace attack up. But I like the mix of left & right offies + 2 leggies. There is good batting depth right down to Krezja (has a 1st class 100) & Lee. Other players I'd consider are Ferguson, Stu Clark, Butterworth & Faulkner.

  • Meety on January 9, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    @Gilly4ever -I know you're not the only one on the White Bandwagon, but honestly WHite is much more fragile mentally then Clarke. Clarke averages 7 runs an innings more then White, - whilst White's S/R is about the same amount higher then Pups. White had plenty of chances to stick it to the Sri Lankans this summer but barely hit one off the middle. His form (excluding the Hobart game against the Poms) this summer is quite poor. In terms of Domestic captaincy record - I would say that Brad Haddin is far superior. I would also rate North & Stu Clarks captaincy on the same shelf as White. The best thing about White is that he would improve the slip cordon (much better slipper then Pup). @HBOMBrrr - agree Christian has been winning matches with bat & ball all summer (could be a dark horse for Tests given he scored a century in a Shield game & takes wickets).

  • Meety on January 9, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    @PlayingItStraight - I assume when you say that if Pup "continues to fail in ODIs" you mean following on from the Tests because Pups last ODI innings was a very good century against India! @theophilus - Pups ODI statistics show that he performs better when captain - his ODI stats compare VERY favourably to the best players OZ have had in this format. @kardon - too true. Also when you add that prior to selecting Beer, O'Keefe played in the Aust A game against the Poms in Hobart AND ACTUALLY TOOK WICKETS AND SCORED RUNS!!!!! That must disqualify him in Hilditch's mind! LOL - actually I can't laugh because I'm too pizzed off! @AussieFan - Hey guess what - it wasn't even the selectors decision - LOL!!!! @tfjones1978 - I agree 100%! They should exclude CURRENT Test players from the side - & only use guys who aren't really Test material (read Doherty, Warner, & Simpson). @Seers - I agree re: Clark.

  • Winsome on January 9, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    I think Clarke was dropped but they are keeping that quiet. Considering how spin is the biggest game in town with CA management, I'm sure that what is being told to us isn't so.

  • Meety on January 9, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    @Joel - NO WAY! White needs to be blitzing the Shield comp before even being considered for Test duties. @popcorn - well said re Pup. I can't beleive how negatively he is viewed despite basically flying in the face of the CASH GRAB & valuing the Baggy Green as the pinnacle. Yet most people I talk to say he is a ####! @Fareen - re: Smith, I agree that Smith has not set the world on fire this summer, BUT, he has been very good in both limited over formats - & he is one of the few Oz players who would be amongst the best fielders in the world at the moment (admit I do recall he did drop an easy Caught & Bowled @ SCG). I do agree that the short formats should be where OZ test players out. I'd rather see no TEST players in our T20 side & exclude players like Khawaja from that side as I see it would weaken their strengths. @ Geraldine - Pup is too slow in T20s - but he stacks up quite well in terms of average AND S/Rate in ODIs.

  • kcricinfo on January 9, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    Where's Dan Christian? He'd better be in the ODIs.

  • mariofan97 on January 9, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    squad shoulda been 1. Hodge 2. Warner 3. White 4. D. Hussey 5. Ferguson 6. Paine 7. O'Keefe 8. Johnson 9. Lee 10. Tait 11. Nannes 12. Marsh

  • cabinet96 on January 8, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    @Something_Witty they play O'Keefein the T20's because he can bat as well, my view is Pattison will mis out.

  • Something_Witty on January 8, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    The selection policies are absolutely bizarre. Doherty is a fantastic limited overs bowler, but a poor test bowler, yet gets picked for tests but not limited overs? O'keefe is by far the superior test bowler, yet can't get a game in the 5 over format?? How can the selectors sit back and say they are doing a good job? Also, what does Brad Hodge have to do to get a game? I mean, come on, it's only a t20, nobody is going to care about the result, so put him in and let him show what he can do. The worst possible result is that we lose a couple of insignificant Micky Mouse games.

  • Wozza-CY on January 8, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    Further evidence the selectors & CA don't have clue? Give Hodge a contract..don't pick him, Nannes good one day...gone the next, Johnson has a golden ticket to play whenever he wants despite his performances, pick O'keefe for a four day Aus A game vs touring English...overlooked on three occasions for test honours but we'll blood him in the 20/20's?? More confusion, more inconsistencies & more frustration. They seem ignorant to the fact that 20/20 is a completely different game & don't follow the lead of other countries who pick 'specialists'. What is going on?

  • Meety on January 9, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    My T20 side would be 1. Ronchi 2. Hodge (I'd go Watto except I don't want Test players in T20), 3. White (Cap), 4. Vogues, 5. S. Smith, 6. S O'Keefe, 7. Christian, 8. Krezja, 9. Lee, 10. Doherty, 11. Nannes. This side has 10 potential bowling options if you include White & Hodge. Obviously the bowling would be openned by Lee & Nannes, Tait would be my next choice. I would consider swapping either Krezja or Doherty for Hopes to beef the pace attack up. But I like the mix of left & right offies + 2 leggies. There is good batting depth right down to Krezja (has a 1st class 100) & Lee. Other players I'd consider are Ferguson, Stu Clark, Butterworth & Faulkner.

  • Meety on January 9, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    @Gilly4ever -I know you're not the only one on the White Bandwagon, but honestly WHite is much more fragile mentally then Clarke. Clarke averages 7 runs an innings more then White, - whilst White's S/R is about the same amount higher then Pups. White had plenty of chances to stick it to the Sri Lankans this summer but barely hit one off the middle. His form (excluding the Hobart game against the Poms) this summer is quite poor. In terms of Domestic captaincy record - I would say that Brad Haddin is far superior. I would also rate North & Stu Clarks captaincy on the same shelf as White. The best thing about White is that he would improve the slip cordon (much better slipper then Pup). @HBOMBrrr - agree Christian has been winning matches with bat & ball all summer (could be a dark horse for Tests given he scored a century in a Shield game & takes wickets).

  • Meety on January 9, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    @PlayingItStraight - I assume when you say that if Pup "continues to fail in ODIs" you mean following on from the Tests because Pups last ODI innings was a very good century against India! @theophilus - Pups ODI statistics show that he performs better when captain - his ODI stats compare VERY favourably to the best players OZ have had in this format. @kardon - too true. Also when you add that prior to selecting Beer, O'Keefe played in the Aust A game against the Poms in Hobart AND ACTUALLY TOOK WICKETS AND SCORED RUNS!!!!! That must disqualify him in Hilditch's mind! LOL - actually I can't laugh because I'm too pizzed off! @AussieFan - Hey guess what - it wasn't even the selectors decision - LOL!!!! @tfjones1978 - I agree 100%! They should exclude CURRENT Test players from the side - & only use guys who aren't really Test material (read Doherty, Warner, & Simpson). @Seers - I agree re: Clark.

  • Winsome on January 9, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    I think Clarke was dropped but they are keeping that quiet. Considering how spin is the biggest game in town with CA management, I'm sure that what is being told to us isn't so.

  • Meety on January 9, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    @Joel - NO WAY! White needs to be blitzing the Shield comp before even being considered for Test duties. @popcorn - well said re Pup. I can't beleive how negatively he is viewed despite basically flying in the face of the CASH GRAB & valuing the Baggy Green as the pinnacle. Yet most people I talk to say he is a ####! @Fareen - re: Smith, I agree that Smith has not set the world on fire this summer, BUT, he has been very good in both limited over formats - & he is one of the few Oz players who would be amongst the best fielders in the world at the moment (admit I do recall he did drop an easy Caught & Bowled @ SCG). I do agree that the short formats should be where OZ test players out. I'd rather see no TEST players in our T20 side & exclude players like Khawaja from that side as I see it would weaken their strengths. @ Geraldine - Pup is too slow in T20s - but he stacks up quite well in terms of average AND S/Rate in ODIs.

  • kcricinfo on January 9, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    Where's Dan Christian? He'd better be in the ODIs.

  • mariofan97 on January 9, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    squad shoulda been 1. Hodge 2. Warner 3. White 4. D. Hussey 5. Ferguson 6. Paine 7. O'Keefe 8. Johnson 9. Lee 10. Tait 11. Nannes 12. Marsh

  • cabinet96 on January 8, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    @Something_Witty they play O'Keefein the T20's because he can bat as well, my view is Pattison will mis out.

  • Something_Witty on January 8, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    The selection policies are absolutely bizarre. Doherty is a fantastic limited overs bowler, but a poor test bowler, yet gets picked for tests but not limited overs? O'keefe is by far the superior test bowler, yet can't get a game in the 5 over format?? How can the selectors sit back and say they are doing a good job? Also, what does Brad Hodge have to do to get a game? I mean, come on, it's only a t20, nobody is going to care about the result, so put him in and let him show what he can do. The worst possible result is that we lose a couple of insignificant Micky Mouse games.

  • Wozza-CY on January 8, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    Further evidence the selectors & CA don't have clue? Give Hodge a contract..don't pick him, Nannes good one day...gone the next, Johnson has a golden ticket to play whenever he wants despite his performances, pick O'keefe for a four day Aus A game vs touring English...overlooked on three occasions for test honours but we'll blood him in the 20/20's?? More confusion, more inconsistencies & more frustration. They seem ignorant to the fact that 20/20 is a completely different game & don't follow the lead of other countries who pick 'specialists'. What is going on?

  • ani1218 on January 8, 2011, 3:12 GMT

    hey pup u dont know cricket as well so do us a favour leave the whole ckt too

  • Micgyver on January 8, 2011, 2:05 GMT

    Well this looks like a gun side the selectors have picked.So good to see players like O'Keefe and Finch in and welcome back Brett Lee.

  • Okakaboka on January 8, 2011, 0:51 GMT

    Well, the squad in some ways shows us how unfit HILDITCH is to be a selector. The non selection of Hodge just shows us all how big a child this goofball is! Hodge tipped (absolutely justifiably) a bucket load on the selectors. So Hilditch takes his bat and ball and goes home. Hey Hilditch, if you haven't been keeping up with current events, we just got our arses kicked...Hodge was RIGHT and Hodge is regarded as being literally the number one 20/20 batsman in the world (Chris Gayle might be better). Why pick Johnston and Smith? Smith gets carted and there are way better 20/20 batsman around..um..durr..like Brad Hodge. His spin bowling is less expensive than Smith's too!!! Wade would be a better option than Paine...Both great keepers (miles better than Haddin) but Wade is a better batsman now. Paine for tests maybe....Wade for ODI & 20/20. Both are young and can act as reserves for one another in case of injury. Hey...Hilditch..that's a plan ..OOooo...Have you ever heard of one of them!

  • jazzmaster on January 8, 2011, 0:22 GMT

    He should go back to the NSW Sheffield Shield team and regain form there, not in Test and one day internationals where national pride is at stake. It is definitely harder to get out of the national team than into it, it appears.

  • on January 7, 2011, 20:49 GMT

    we miss u PUP all the best for odi format and test

  • nathangonmad on January 7, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    To answer people who are asking why Mike Hussey isn't in the 20/20 side think about it. The mans probably tired! Hes been playing top level cricket since like July non stop. First it was the Champions leage then to india then the 1dayers vs srilanka then the ashes and some first class games in between ashes games and the 1dayers previous.

    He probably wants to go home for 2 weeks and have a rest.

    Think about it he'll be in the 1day side and as soon as thats done it'll be off to the world cup. This is like his only chance to have a break.

  • madscientist001 on January 7, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    Please, please Mr. Clarke retire from test cricket too!

  • SUMIT-KHULLAR on January 7, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    Michael Clarke should retire from one day and test cricket as well.

  • kartheepan on January 7, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    What an Ashes trick!!! same week, Paul collingwood sets himself retire from Test cricket and continuing other formats of the game now Clarke steps down from the T20 arena to concentrate rest of the formats. But obviously both are great legends. Hope they will carry the stint to further on their perspectives.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on January 7, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    I hope CA selection committee and all coaches follow Clarke. I also heard that Ponting does not like Hauritz (Politics). It looks like there are divisions within the team now. If so, coaching staff and selection committee should be mainly responsible for that. I think it is better (After the WC) CA to appoint a new selection committee, new coaching staff and a new TEST/ODI/T20 captains. Look at English. Andy Flower is from ZIM. You need not stick with an Aussie.

  • nzcricket174 on January 7, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    Brad Hodge? Dirk Nannes? Where are these two? Brad Hodge went and played five games in New Zealand T20 and scored 195 runs. No wonder he badmouthed the selectors. He has done absolutely everything possible to be selected and yet he is continuously overlooked. Dirk Nannes is one of the top T20 bowlers in the world currently and you're just leaving him out of the squad? Shame on the selectors. I would have thought they would try to redeem themselves for their Ashes blunders. They obviously want fired more than they made out before.

  • Seers on January 7, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    Not a bad squad and nice to give Pattinson and O'Keefe a chance but Aussie fans really need a win, so bad news about resting Haddin and Mike Hussey. Also why give Hodge a contract if not even going to use him in T20??? Also Stuart Clark has developed into one of the best T20 bowlers in the world (see his record starting with the 2009 club championship - brilliant!) and also a surprisingly good lower order hitter in all forms of the game. If he's still playing domestic cricket then why is he ruled out of international cricket. Hodge and Clark's age is inconsequential. You don't have to plan for the future in T20, just win the next match!!

  • mm71 on January 7, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    What happened to Clarke? He had announced with great fanfare that he would deign to join the IPL? Last year a minimum guarantee of a million dollars wasn't good enough for him to join IPL, now he's realized that he's not good enough for T20s. Good going.

  • anver777 on January 7, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    He should have given up T20 much before this...........right now he"s struggling for form & his place in any format is in Jeopardy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ozcricketwriter on January 7, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    This is a positive step. Cameron White should be captain in T20s as he is easily Australia's best T20 player and possibly the best T20 player in the world. White should also be an automatic choice for ODI captain, where I think Clarke is realistically a fringe player. If White captains Australia well at say the upcoming world cup, then I think that White should be made test captain as well.

  • gogoldengreens on January 7, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    @popcorn Steve Waugh and Border batted down the order however they also showed back bone in back to the wall situations as well as they both moved up the order & succeed when they took on more responsiblity - I have not seen Clarke do that. I agree that he had some of his best cricket after he was dropped - lets do it again and see him hit form when he comes back into the team. Best cricket news of the summer Clarke not playing 20/20 - BORING & SNAIL SPEED

  • Bravowindies on January 7, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    Australia have started playing better in shorter formats and a slight poor in longer formats. Last year they made it to the finals of world T20 but at the same time losing or either drawing couple of test series and losing ashes the big one now seem to be a huge surprise. May be cauz thats what happens when teams are going down u never know. I personally believe its a pretty bold and wise decision by clarke cauz thats what the fans need right now. T20 team of Australia is way better than what we used to see couple of years back. Focus is needed now on 50 overs and more on tests cauz thats what Australia legacy is all about a dominant force in world cricket in both formats. I guess players must realize now that focus now must be on longer formats and separate teams must be developed likes of clarke and ponting. White as a captain is also a pretty good decision.

  • MikR on January 7, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    Why isn't Brad Hodge in this squad??? He played really well in the Twenty20 All Starts opening game late last year and should've been picked ahead of Steve O Keefe considering Steve Smith is a spin option and there is no point having 2 spinners. I think Cricket Australia should change the selecters. No wonder Australia lost the Ashes 3-1. But Michael Clarke did a good job retiring from T20s. Hope Brad Hodge gets picked in the Australian one day squad.

  • EasyE on January 7, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    No Brad Hodge? No Dan Christian? No Dirk Nannes? A bowling attack of Lee, Tait and Johnson is surely a joke. I was at the sa v nsw big bash game on Tuesday and Lee and Tait were both terrible. O'Keefe was good, so is a deserved inclusion even if he was only picked to fill the nsw quota. I'm surpised Henriques didn't get picked too. His one over for 29 runs must surely be what the selectors are looking for. I understand why Hodge hasn't been picked because the selectors are too stuborn to admit they were wrong about him. But if Dan Christian was still playing for NSW he would be the first name picked for T20 every time. A joke of a squad and the Aussties deserve everything they get. 2-0 to England who will win these games even easier than they did the Ashes!

  • SamRoy on January 7, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    Is it just me or is the current Aussie selectors the worst bunch Australia has seen since World War II. First they don't select David Hussey and Brad Hodge in Ashes because they are "OLD" and now they make TIM PAINE vice captain of T20 team effectively shutting the door on Matthew Wade who is a far superior limited overs (ODI and T20) player than Paine. I know Hussey and Hodge wouldn't have won the Ashes for Australia (but at least the Australian line up would have scored more than 300 more often than not).

  • champion1469 on January 7, 2011, 10:20 GMT

    where is dirk nannes? with him, lee, johnson and tait, that would have been the quickest 4 bowlers assembled i think. in regards to clarke, good decision. regards to the rest of the squad picked, they seem pretty light on batting. i thought hussey (mike) would be a shoo-in and why isnt shaun marsh picked more often, he is pretty classy.

  • gogoldengreens on January 7, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    Glad to see Clarke realise that he is not up to international standard in this form of the game!! (could argue that his current form is not up to it in test level as well) Good to see a new team for the different kind of cricket.

  • Josh_Schon81 on January 7, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    Unselfish decision by Clarke and a pretty well balanced T20 side. O'keefe, finch and paine are all good moves because now we are looking to the future though. However after Mike Hussey's stunning twenty20 knock against Pakistan last year and ripping Ashes form, why is he not in this squad?

  • zippydingdong on January 7, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    Lets hope the selectors do the rest and axe him from test cricket.There is no way Clarke is a test captain,hes soft.His batting has been shocking and he has had long enough,Australia need to move forward with change and youth.Theyre not winning with these blokes so blood more young fellas.

  • emperoreresh on January 7, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    great decision by clarke...this wud give him room to prepare himself 4 the longer version of the game...aussies are running through ill period...every team has to go through ill patch lie england had 2 years ago...bt look at them now...they worth to b no1 in every format of this game..they waited to fill up the magazine & now they are invincible...so no need 2 worry ..take time to rebuild..then come out with full of verve,enterprise.....come on aussie

  • Mike_Spel on January 7, 2011, 8:24 GMT

    Sorry but I disagree. Ideally no clarke for the WC defence - he just slows us down.

  • Something_Witty on January 7, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    Very good decision by Clarke. Most sensible thing he has ever done. However, I believe that Doherty needs to be in the squad, and Matthew Wade should be our T20 'keeper.

  • tfjones1978 on January 7, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    I would drop from that side: Shane Watson, Steven Smith & Mitchell Johnson. All 3 players are in the TEST TEAM! I believe that no Aust Test player should play T20 internationals for Australia. You either want to play test cricket or you want the short game. Playing both test & T20's are the best way for a player (batsmen or bowler) to throw away his career. Test players need to take time, focus on the long picture ... the next hour, next session ... learn to pad up well when batting to TIRE the bowlers and bowl pressure overs to FRUSTRATE the batsmen. T20 players need to have pressure applied to each ball, either by getting 2 runs off each ball when batting by UNORTHIDOX shots or by bowling wicketless run-a-ball overs by UNORTHIDOX deliveries. I enjoy all three games, but lets keep Test and T20 teams seperate as they require totally different skills and players need to focus on one trait (either Test & ODI / ODI & T20 ... not all 3!). Its time Aust, remove the remaining 3 test players!

  • azzaman333 on January 7, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    Seriously? No Hodge? What a joke...

  • Dr.Qwert on January 7, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    no hodge, well there you go! no marsh either... at least they got 5 NSW's guys (groan). hope pattinson gets a run, he look very promicing

  • one-on-the-arm on January 7, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    Must be a pretty good T20 side that cant find room for Hodge! Must be going for youth except Lee has made it. Weird. Also Mitch bowled a 4 over spell with the new ball yesterday - 0-48. Give the guy a break.

  • WorldsOddestMan on January 7, 2011, 7:39 GMT

    Why has Mitchell Johnson been picked for T20I's? Dirk Nannes is a much better bowler and more experienced than Johnson at T20. Nannes is a more damaging fast bowler and he does not leak runs. If the selectors felt they had too many aggressive fast bowlers than they could have picked James Hopes, a reliable allrounder who can contain the batsman. The problem is that this selection mistake will go unnoticed if the team wins and eventually the selection mistakes will mount up and boil over like it did in the Ashes.

  • irmark on January 7, 2011, 7:24 GMT

    He should have quit as test captain

  • chandau on January 7, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    where is shaun marsh and callum ferguson?

  • c3vzn on January 7, 2011, 7:12 GMT

    How is Mike Hussey not in this side. Averaging 35 with a strike rate of 150 is incredible. And lets not forget his innings against Pakistan in the World T20.

  • goodhoot on January 7, 2011, 7:03 GMT

    Clarke's technically correct technique?The lack of it has been put under the microscope by the impeccable English swing bowling,bat away from pad,bat away from his body,half cut half drive shots,cutting through gully and point in the air,especially when they've really looked closely at his faults,then worked him over.Ponting much the same,they reckoned he and Clarke were the main dangers and did what we did to them in 1989.All the Australian batsmen need to tighten up now,because other international teams will be looking for revenge from the past.

  • arya_underfoot on January 7, 2011, 6:54 GMT

    this is great news for australia's t20 team. lets face it, clarke was dragging them down in a format in which he lacked the requisite set of skills to succeed. now, an extra batting spot has opened up for for some worthy young batsman to come in, maybe a ferguson, one or two of the marsh brothers, khwaja, bailey or someone else.

  • MrJames on January 7, 2011, 6:54 GMT

    At CrickFan2 - haha didnt clarke score like 2 runs in the last world cup or something. But, Aus do need Clarke to fire up in the WC, as he is a great player

  • Nadeem1976 on January 7, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    Finaly a good decsion by Australians. Give chance to new players and build team from scratch and best way is to play all youngsters in T2020 matches so that they get mature and perform well in ODI and Test. Nice to see clarke resigns , i like and do respect him as a player. Good decsion Clarke.

  • MCCBULLDOGS on January 7, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    how is Dan Christian not in this side, what a joke, a good side apart from that though!!!!

  • needgreenpitches4bowlingallrounders on January 7, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    Retiring from T20 doesn't mean he is like Ricky or even close to him. Clarke is bad choice for captain and player for T20 when entire media criticized him still he continued to be captain either selector where doing wrong job or he was doing wrong job . May be this is right time from revival but OZ should never give there test or ODI captaincy to Clarke who by all standards is just the chosen one for captaincy not the deserved one. OZ selectors will try to replicate the same mistake done before for captaincy Shane Warne /Gilli where best captains who never really captained OZ and ricky was really lucky to get his node for captaincy . White is deserved Capt and he needs to be given path for ODIs and Tests too Haddin might not be bad either. Right now MSD,sanga are live examples for WK captains doing gr8 job

  • ubl2729 on January 7, 2011, 5:45 GMT

    well decition,and also good select bret lee,becouse he will well expiriance player for future wc in all 3 nations

  • Raaakz on January 7, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    Where's Nannes and Mike Hussey?

  • ozwriter on January 7, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    the team selection is outrageous. why does steve smith walk into all the teams? he does not have the talent (yet) to have this luxury. he was the weakest link in the test squad and he will be liability in T20 as well.

  • Aussasinator on January 7, 2011, 5:09 GMT

    Now T20 is the sphere where Australia can certainly make a powerful impact and get to the top. This generation of upcoming players are all in the T20 mode. cameron White is the best man to lead not just the T20 side but the ODI side as well.

  • maxacrick on January 7, 2011, 5:09 GMT

    Now this looks good for OZ's.... make him captain in the ODI as well.. and let him play for the Test side instead of Smith..

  • manju.kori on January 7, 2011, 5:09 GMT

    I wonder why Mike Hussey is not picked, is he rested for this series?

  • ejsiddiqui on January 7, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    Good decision by Clarke, but why Dirk Nannes is not there in T20 squad?

  • Okakaboka on January 7, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    Thank heavens for that...But White should be Captain of the one day team as well. Glad to see Finch in...worries me a bit though...because he is a potential test player. I'd have Mackay on standby for Tait and Lee.

  • indianzen on January 7, 2011, 4:36 GMT

    you better quit mate... let the chance go to a deserving Shaun Marsh

  • Prashant007Geetam on January 7, 2011, 4:34 GMT

    The three W's with those three fastest bowler on earth will take Australia T20 team to zenith. Good Luck

  • AussieFan on January 7, 2011, 4:31 GMT

    Finally a good decision by the selectors! Clarke does not have the game for T20 and needs to go back to first class cricket to regain confidence. The one-day games against England will be needed to regain form and confidence before the World Cup.

    The World Cup (one-day) team should look something like: 1. Watson, 2. Paine (has a better record as an opener then Haddin), 3. Ponting, 4. Clarke, 5. White, 6. D. Hussey (or S. Smith), 7. M. Hussey (need a finisher), 8. M. Johnson, 9. B. Lee (if fit, or else Pattinson), 10. Bollinger (great record in India), 11. S. Tait (if fit, or else Starc), 12th man - O'Keefe. Backup > Haddin, McKay.

  • raghu86 on January 7, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    It looks a decent team, but marsh and fergusson should have been there instead of finch and hussey. My team: warner, watson, marsh, fergusson, white, smith, paine, o'keefe, lee, johnson, tait and pattinson.

  • ObjectionalWords on January 7, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    Very pleased with this news and excited about those inclusions to the side. Johnson really needs to play a lot more of this format and hopefully it will get him back at his best.

  • kardon on January 7, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    Funny how O'Keefe is the preferred spinner for the t20 team but did not even get a mention for the test seriers. Especially the last game at this home. Opting for a Victorian born WA player who had never even been to the ground. To me that shouts as a massive fail to the selectors.

    Also his weakest format of the game is probably the limited overs version. But I guess he will be out to give his best. Hope he gets a bag like the other night against SA

  • MKB88 on January 7, 2011, 4:08 GMT

    Where the hell is Brad Hodge?

  • JPB334 on January 7, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    Where is Dirk Nannes? I am disappointed.

  • sawifan on January 7, 2011, 3:58 GMT

    Great decision indeed! Hopefully this gets White closer to the Test team and eventually (hopefully sooner) usurp Clarke as the Test captain too. Unlike Clarke, he is a born leader. Good squad too, but where is Michael Hussey?? He's in form and is a great T20 player, as his Semi-final show at the World T20 showed. Am i missing something? Is he being rested?

  • theophilus on January 7, 2011, 3:58 GMT

    A Victorian Captain ? About time. Hopefully White gets the form and opportunity and form to Captain the other teams too. Not a fan of Clarke as captain, but i do hope he gets his batting right because we him for a few more years while the new wave get experience. I think treating T20 as a separate team is an excellent idea, get the young guys in, tranisition them to One Day then into the Test team, if they are good enough.

  • Marcio on January 7, 2011, 3:54 GMT

    No disrespect to Clarke, but this is great news. He was a real liability to the side, and the truth is that there are a dozen better T20 batsmen around. He basically lost Australia the first T20 game at home this year. Good luck to him in tests and 50 over formats, where he is best suited. He's a talented player, so there's no reason why, at 29 years of age, he shouldn't be scoring runs again very soon.

  • gzawilliam on January 7, 2011, 3:49 GMT

    Is Mike Hussey being rested or has he been dropped? COnsidering he's our proven best 20/20 and best inform batsmen this is confusing.

  • no_second_chance_for_batsman on January 7, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    Nice decision Clarke.

    Clarke -- you are a nice person & you have a good technique. You will get back the form if you believe in yourself & watch the videos of your great days.. WISHING you a happy new year & all the best.

    Cheers, kumar

  • Turne on January 7, 2011, 3:43 GMT

    Yes it's a good call, mind you i doubt it will help the aussies in the world cup. Just like in tests Australia will be a passenger in the world cup, and will struggle to make the semis.

  • PlayingItStraight on January 7, 2011, 3:37 GMT

    Good call Michael Clarke ... if only some of the other players in the Australian team were able to take a step backward and assess where they are most suited, and when is the right time to retire. He does need to bat at #5 or even #6 in the test team to be at his best. This decision by Clarke could be the start of the rise of Cameron White ... if Clarke continues to fail in the 50-over format then White may end up with the captaincy there too, and down the track maybe even the test job...

  • Hoggy_1989 on January 7, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    Thats excellent for Australia. All we need now is for Clarke to give up his Test and ODI captaincy aspirations...and all will be right with Australian cricket shortly.

  • CricketChat on January 7, 2011, 2:19 GMT

    Good decision by Clarke. His game is definitely more suited to longer versions. Hope he regains his form well in time before WC. Aussies need him to fire if they were to have any chance of defending it.

  • Geraldine on January 7, 2011, 2:19 GMT

    He should retire from the one day team as well. His slow batting has cost Australia too many games already.

  • Fareen on January 7, 2011, 2:10 GMT

    And make Tim paine the deputy.Don't risk haddin in t-20's and don't even play him at useless ODI's.Give paine a permanent place at the t-20's . and drop smith from all three formats.He can't bowl well,can't bat well.The only way he can play a test again is by improving as a spinner and bat @ no. 6. And i was wondering 1 thing.Why is Mark Cosgrove out of sights? He's making regular runs for Tasmania and he should be considered.Also spinners like Jason Krejza should be given a chance in ODI's.Australia should try them out in one-days and if they perform well consistently,they should be given a chance in tests.

  • popcorn on January 7, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    Michael Clarke is the most sensible australian Cricketer I have EVER seen. he realizes his strengths and weaknesses. The way he came back into the side after being dropped says it all. His focus on the longer formats of the game, and shunning the riches of Twenty 20 and IPL speak of maturuty, and Vision - ideally suited to become the Test Captain after Ricky Ponting retires. Add to that the century he made in New Zeakand after his messy bust-up with Lara Bingle.I personally think he should play at no.5 in Test cricket, the position he scored the most runs. It is not necessary that the Captain should play at no.3. Only Ricky Ponting and Ian Chappell did.AB,Steve Waugh, Mark Taylor batted at other poitions. Steve waugh, in particular, batted execellently at no.5, and was one of the Best Australian Test Captains.

  • bolwarra on January 7, 2011, 2:05 GMT

    About bloody time too, but why stop there? He should resign from one dayers too and the selectors should drop him as a test player till he at least gets some form back at state level. You are not the golden child clarke and you should only play if you have form. Oh and selectors give the test captaincy to someone else- a team man please whose is prepared to stick around with the team after play and who can offer a bit more advice and leadership than the utter pap " I just told him to go out there and back himself and play his natural game"' cos that advice is clearly not working.

  • Fareen on January 7, 2011, 2:04 GMT

    That's a good decision.And Cameron White should be the captain in all 3 formats of the game for Australia.I really don't know how White didn't get a chance where as smith played @ no. 6 ! That was unbelievable from Aussie selectors.But they should make White the captain in all 3 formats.I guess they could delay the ODI captaincy until the WC as it would be risky but after it ends White should be the one captaining in all 3 formats.And Australia needs to bring Lee-Tait-Johnson for WC.Siddle-Hilfy is not suitable for ODI's.

  • hyclass on January 7, 2011, 2:04 GMT

    It is my belief that Micheal Clarke would prefer to distance himself from all captaincy rolls at this point in his career. When questioned at the post match SCG conference about captaining australia, he refused to confirm himself, referring to a preference to concentrate on his batting and alluding to himself as vice captain. The system of coaching and administration in australian cricket is an absolute disaster, failing to operate on merit and encouraging self serving and bloody minded policies by the coaching and selection staff as well as by Ponting himself. The boys club routine has seen Nielsen, Ponting, Sutherland and Hilditch strangle all honesty out of the the australian cricket culture. Clarke has never been at the standard required of 20/20 cricket. His continued appointment was harmful to both his and australian cricket aspirations in that format. It is clear that for any captain to succeed,CEO Sutherland must step down along with the entire coaching and selection group.

  • Joel_ on January 7, 2011, 1:30 GMT

    Now to get Cam White up for the test captaincy

  • gzawilliam on January 7, 2011, 1:21 GMT

    While i can't be happier with the idea of clarkey giving up 20/20. I have to question the comment of " his technically correct batting was more suited to the longer formats".

    Clarke has always been a technically better batsmen in one day cricket than test matches anyway. His bent over lunge at the ball outside off style is more suited to run a ball cricket on flatter pitches. We have seen his test technique is not up to scratch by the percentage of dismissaly behind the wicket he has recently.

    I think the problem all stems from fitness. His back worries him so he cannot play freely. He can't lunge his front foot into a good position because he is worried he may twinge his back. Time to improve your fitness and muscular endurance clarkey. Look at the english team. All of them look fit , musclular and with lower body fat and all move freely. Clarke is skinny with no posterior chain stability. And his batting posture is just terrbile. Any sports movement specialist will say that.

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  • gzawilliam on January 7, 2011, 1:21 GMT

    While i can't be happier with the idea of clarkey giving up 20/20. I have to question the comment of " his technically correct batting was more suited to the longer formats".

    Clarke has always been a technically better batsmen in one day cricket than test matches anyway. His bent over lunge at the ball outside off style is more suited to run a ball cricket on flatter pitches. We have seen his test technique is not up to scratch by the percentage of dismissaly behind the wicket he has recently.

    I think the problem all stems from fitness. His back worries him so he cannot play freely. He can't lunge his front foot into a good position because he is worried he may twinge his back. Time to improve your fitness and muscular endurance clarkey. Look at the english team. All of them look fit , musclular and with lower body fat and all move freely. Clarke is skinny with no posterior chain stability. And his batting posture is just terrbile. Any sports movement specialist will say that.

  • Joel_ on January 7, 2011, 1:30 GMT

    Now to get Cam White up for the test captaincy

  • hyclass on January 7, 2011, 2:04 GMT

    It is my belief that Micheal Clarke would prefer to distance himself from all captaincy rolls at this point in his career. When questioned at the post match SCG conference about captaining australia, he refused to confirm himself, referring to a preference to concentrate on his batting and alluding to himself as vice captain. The system of coaching and administration in australian cricket is an absolute disaster, failing to operate on merit and encouraging self serving and bloody minded policies by the coaching and selection staff as well as by Ponting himself. The boys club routine has seen Nielsen, Ponting, Sutherland and Hilditch strangle all honesty out of the the australian cricket culture. Clarke has never been at the standard required of 20/20 cricket. His continued appointment was harmful to both his and australian cricket aspirations in that format. It is clear that for any captain to succeed,CEO Sutherland must step down along with the entire coaching and selection group.

  • Fareen on January 7, 2011, 2:04 GMT

    That's a good decision.And Cameron White should be the captain in all 3 formats of the game for Australia.I really don't know how White didn't get a chance where as smith played @ no. 6 ! That was unbelievable from Aussie selectors.But they should make White the captain in all 3 formats.I guess they could delay the ODI captaincy until the WC as it would be risky but after it ends White should be the one captaining in all 3 formats.And Australia needs to bring Lee-Tait-Johnson for WC.Siddle-Hilfy is not suitable for ODI's.

  • bolwarra on January 7, 2011, 2:05 GMT

    About bloody time too, but why stop there? He should resign from one dayers too and the selectors should drop him as a test player till he at least gets some form back at state level. You are not the golden child clarke and you should only play if you have form. Oh and selectors give the test captaincy to someone else- a team man please whose is prepared to stick around with the team after play and who can offer a bit more advice and leadership than the utter pap " I just told him to go out there and back himself and play his natural game"' cos that advice is clearly not working.

  • popcorn on January 7, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    Michael Clarke is the most sensible australian Cricketer I have EVER seen. he realizes his strengths and weaknesses. The way he came back into the side after being dropped says it all. His focus on the longer formats of the game, and shunning the riches of Twenty 20 and IPL speak of maturuty, and Vision - ideally suited to become the Test Captain after Ricky Ponting retires. Add to that the century he made in New Zeakand after his messy bust-up with Lara Bingle.I personally think he should play at no.5 in Test cricket, the position he scored the most runs. It is not necessary that the Captain should play at no.3. Only Ricky Ponting and Ian Chappell did.AB,Steve Waugh, Mark Taylor batted at other poitions. Steve waugh, in particular, batted execellently at no.5, and was one of the Best Australian Test Captains.

  • Fareen on January 7, 2011, 2:10 GMT

    And make Tim paine the deputy.Don't risk haddin in t-20's and don't even play him at useless ODI's.Give paine a permanent place at the t-20's . and drop smith from all three formats.He can't bowl well,can't bat well.The only way he can play a test again is by improving as a spinner and bat @ no. 6. And i was wondering 1 thing.Why is Mark Cosgrove out of sights? He's making regular runs for Tasmania and he should be considered.Also spinners like Jason Krejza should be given a chance in ODI's.Australia should try them out in one-days and if they perform well consistently,they should be given a chance in tests.

  • Geraldine on January 7, 2011, 2:19 GMT

    He should retire from the one day team as well. His slow batting has cost Australia too many games already.

  • CricketChat on January 7, 2011, 2:19 GMT

    Good decision by Clarke. His game is definitely more suited to longer versions. Hope he regains his form well in time before WC. Aussies need him to fire if they were to have any chance of defending it.

  • Hoggy_1989 on January 7, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    Thats excellent for Australia. All we need now is for Clarke to give up his Test and ODI captaincy aspirations...and all will be right with Australian cricket shortly.