Australia in Bangladesh 2011 March 30, 2011

Clarke named captain for Bangladesh tour

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Michael Clarke will lead his predecessor Ricky Ponting and a little-changed touring party to Bangladesh for three limited overs matches after being officially named Australia's new captain on Wednesday. Clarke will captain Australia in Tests and ODIs, while Cameron White continues as national Twenty20 captain.

There was no surprise at the sight of Clarke suited up at the SCG for the announcement, taking on the mantle that he has waited patiently for over a lengthy tenure as vice-captain. "It is a great honour to be appointed captain of Australia but at the same time a great surprise as I wasn't expecting Ricky Ponting to stand down," Clarke said. "I have always respected those who have come before me in this role and humbled to think of my name being mentioned alongside theirs."

It did not take long for the matter of Clarke's popularity to be raised, given another raft of public polls that confirmed he was far from the public's stand-out choice as leader.

"I don't know exactly why it's there, but it is and it has probably been there over the whole of my career," he said. "Hopefully I can earn the respect of the doubters who are out there. No doubt it's about how I conduct myself on and off the field, I need to continue to be true to myself, and people are entitled to their own opinion but it is important I do everything in the interests of the team, and try to do everything I can to be the best captain I can possibly be.

"I don't sit here and believe I can get the whole of this country to like me, people are always going to have their own views, but for me it's about respect, it's about earning that respect, leading the team in the right way, playing cricket in the right manner."

Shane Watson will be the new vice-captain under Clarke. Xavier Doherty has replaced Jason Kejza as the lead spinner in the squad, while James Pattinson has been recalled in place of the retired Shaun Tait. David Hussey is unable to tour due to the imminent birth of his first child.

Andrew Hilditch, the chairman of selectors, said in a statement that Doherty deserved his spot in side. "Xavier was not considered for the ICC Cricket World Cup because of a nagging back injury. Jason bowled well in the World Cup, but now Xavier has recovered from injury he deserves to come back into the squad."

He also said that Watson has been earmarked as a player with leadership potential. "Shane Watson is a critical player for Australia's future and has been identified over the last 12-18 months as someone with leadership potential and we are sure Shane will relish the challenge of being a part of the leadership group needed to guide Australia through this exciting but challenging time."

Clarke said the Bangladesh tour would allow him to strike the right balance in his changed relationship with Ponting, laughing off suggestions the former leader was "the elephant in the room".

"I certainly don't think Ricky's any elephant in any room," Clarke said. "He's been an amazing player for a long time and I think Bangladesh is going to be a great test for that, to see how it all unfolds. I know he will allow me to do my job to the best of my ability. I have a very good working relationship with Punter and I'm confident that if he can continue to play as well as he has done for such a long time, I'm certain it can work."

While Clarke will have the final call on the batting order whenever he leads, he forecast a summit with Ponting, vice-captain Watson, chairman of selectors Hilditch and coach Tim Nielsen about where the former skipper would bat in Tests.

"I think we have a great opportunity after these three one dayers in Bangladesh to sit down and have a look at our Test cricket and one day cricket and work that out," Clarke said. "In these one dayers coming up I don't see any reason why Ricky Ponting won't bat at No.3, his last game for Australia he scored a hundred, he's had an amazing career batting at No.3.

"I certainly don't think that'll change in these three one day matches, and then we can sit down and have that conversation and assess when we get back."

Squad: Michael Clarke (capt), Shane Watson, Brad Haddin (wk), Ricky Ponting, Cameron White, Mike Hussey, Callum Ferguson, Tim Paine (wk), Steve Smith, Mitchell Johnson, John Hastings, Brett Lee, Xavier Doherty, James Pattinson.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on April 2, 2011, 20:37 GMT

    My ODI X1 would be Shane watson, Aaron finch, Mark cosgrove,Clarke, luke Pomersbach/dan chrisitan, shaun Marsh/Fergusson, mathew wade,James pattison,Patrick cummins, peter siddle, Xavier doherty. I see no reason why we need to pick ponting, hussey brothers who are well past their prime and would not last more than a year or two the test x1 should be Jacquesl ,Shane watson, ponting, Khwaja, Clarke,Ed Cowan,Haddin, Josh Hazelwood/siddle, Pattison, Trent copeland, Hauritz.

  • Dr.Qwert on April 1, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    in the 1st line was meant to read 'shouldn't'. meety, he had very little intent whilst batting & was taking watto smoking it as a chance to play himself into form whilst loading the pressure on watto & those to come in. he was blocking & leaving ball after ball where all he really needed to do was drop the ball into a gap & take a single. he was striking the ball at ~60 in a run a ball chase on a road. not a captains knock.

  • TeamRocker on April 1, 2011, 11:14 GMT

    My XI would be- 1) Watson 2) Haddin 3) Ponting 4) Clarke 5) Ferguson 6) M. Hussey 7) D.Hussey 8) Johnson 9) Lee 10) Dohery 11) Harris/Nannes/Pattinson

  • anam1971 on April 1, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    welcome aussies...BD tigers are waiting for u

  • sairicky on April 1, 2011, 5:09 GMT

    I have full hope on clarke.. He can be a good leader. that's for sure.. Never forget he has a great ablility to reform the side and to build the momentum of the team.. I personally feel no need to change the batting order of Ricky Ponting.. He has proven in that position..

  • Meety on March 31, 2011, 23:44 GMT

    @Robofk - I agree re: squad selection. Its more or less the recent WC squad that were ultimately unsuccessful. Won't disagree too much with your squad - it essentially a good one. I'd swap Warner for Khawaja. As far as Copeland is concerned, I don't think he is a short format bowler, I am a huge fan - & he would walk straight into the Test squad. Have a look at his List A figures, they are nothing compared to his longer format. I'd go with pattinson & Richardson before him, I'd also like to give Lyon a go too! @VivGilchrist - like with Robofk, for a nothing tour, why not blood players. Give MJ a rest, let Punter get mentally prepared for SL, & ditto Hussey. I think the only way to break the tunnel vision of the selectors, (& sort a few fans out too), is for a Possibles & Probables before each tour. Won't neccesarily be the sole factor for who tours & who doesn't, (Imean if Watto failed & went 0/30 off 3 he'd still tour hey?). But it would let players know they are close!!!!!

  • Meety on March 31, 2011, 23:35 GMT

    @Dr.Qwert - Pups innings was NOT a selfish knock. Whilst Watto was playing welll & smoting the Poms all over the park, all Clarke had to do was nudge singles & KEEP his wicket. Oz turned what was in theory a bloody hard chase into something fairly comfortable because they wanted to launch from the 30th over & turn it into a T20. They did that - Clarkes innings was the PERFECT foil to Watto's. It allowed the remaining batsmen to not worry about keeping their wickets in hand & attack. @hyclass - I hold him in high regard too, as in the early yrs of IPL - he declined to go. Shows to me actually has his mind on the job. Funny thing about Pup is - he is VERY popular with people UNDER 21 - probably more so than all the rest of the team combined. @CJC1 - pull your head in. Name a better option then Mark Taylor or S Waugh when they were captain - don't tell me you wanted White instead of Pup!!!!!

  • CJC1 on March 31, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    It was to be expected with him being from NSW, but can't see him being a very good captian, he's not even got a guaranteed place in the side half the time.

    This may all end in tears.... Kim Hughes anyone???

  • Robofk on March 31, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    I dont understand what these selectors are doing. Try to develop a good team for 2015 wc should be the aim now. If I was the selecter I wolud have gone for 1)David Warner,2)Shaun Marsh, 3)Michael Clarke, 4)Cullum Ferguson, 5)Daniel Christian, 6)Shane Watson, 7)Tim paine, 8)Steve O'Keefe, 9)James Pattinson, 10)Trent Aaron Copeland, 11)Xavier John Doherty, Luke Rex Butterworth, Mark James Cosgrove, John Wayne Hastings,Steve Smith.

  • Satyqm on March 31, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    I believe Daniel Christian and Patrick Cummins should have been given a chance on this tour. Can anyone from Australia enlighten me as to why these guys have not been picked? And what is Ponting trying to prove making himself available for the tour? Couldn't he and others like Hussey and White be rested if not dropped?

  • on April 2, 2011, 20:37 GMT

    My ODI X1 would be Shane watson, Aaron finch, Mark cosgrove,Clarke, luke Pomersbach/dan chrisitan, shaun Marsh/Fergusson, mathew wade,James pattison,Patrick cummins, peter siddle, Xavier doherty. I see no reason why we need to pick ponting, hussey brothers who are well past their prime and would not last more than a year or two the test x1 should be Jacquesl ,Shane watson, ponting, Khwaja, Clarke,Ed Cowan,Haddin, Josh Hazelwood/siddle, Pattison, Trent copeland, Hauritz.

  • Dr.Qwert on April 1, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    in the 1st line was meant to read 'shouldn't'. meety, he had very little intent whilst batting & was taking watto smoking it as a chance to play himself into form whilst loading the pressure on watto & those to come in. he was blocking & leaving ball after ball where all he really needed to do was drop the ball into a gap & take a single. he was striking the ball at ~60 in a run a ball chase on a road. not a captains knock.

  • TeamRocker on April 1, 2011, 11:14 GMT

    My XI would be- 1) Watson 2) Haddin 3) Ponting 4) Clarke 5) Ferguson 6) M. Hussey 7) D.Hussey 8) Johnson 9) Lee 10) Dohery 11) Harris/Nannes/Pattinson

  • anam1971 on April 1, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    welcome aussies...BD tigers are waiting for u

  • sairicky on April 1, 2011, 5:09 GMT

    I have full hope on clarke.. He can be a good leader. that's for sure.. Never forget he has a great ablility to reform the side and to build the momentum of the team.. I personally feel no need to change the batting order of Ricky Ponting.. He has proven in that position..

  • Meety on March 31, 2011, 23:44 GMT

    @Robofk - I agree re: squad selection. Its more or less the recent WC squad that were ultimately unsuccessful. Won't disagree too much with your squad - it essentially a good one. I'd swap Warner for Khawaja. As far as Copeland is concerned, I don't think he is a short format bowler, I am a huge fan - & he would walk straight into the Test squad. Have a look at his List A figures, they are nothing compared to his longer format. I'd go with pattinson & Richardson before him, I'd also like to give Lyon a go too! @VivGilchrist - like with Robofk, for a nothing tour, why not blood players. Give MJ a rest, let Punter get mentally prepared for SL, & ditto Hussey. I think the only way to break the tunnel vision of the selectors, (& sort a few fans out too), is for a Possibles & Probables before each tour. Won't neccesarily be the sole factor for who tours & who doesn't, (Imean if Watto failed & went 0/30 off 3 he'd still tour hey?). But it would let players know they are close!!!!!

  • Meety on March 31, 2011, 23:35 GMT

    @Dr.Qwert - Pups innings was NOT a selfish knock. Whilst Watto was playing welll & smoting the Poms all over the park, all Clarke had to do was nudge singles & KEEP his wicket. Oz turned what was in theory a bloody hard chase into something fairly comfortable because they wanted to launch from the 30th over & turn it into a T20. They did that - Clarkes innings was the PERFECT foil to Watto's. It allowed the remaining batsmen to not worry about keeping their wickets in hand & attack. @hyclass - I hold him in high regard too, as in the early yrs of IPL - he declined to go. Shows to me actually has his mind on the job. Funny thing about Pup is - he is VERY popular with people UNDER 21 - probably more so than all the rest of the team combined. @CJC1 - pull your head in. Name a better option then Mark Taylor or S Waugh when they were captain - don't tell me you wanted White instead of Pup!!!!!

  • CJC1 on March 31, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    It was to be expected with him being from NSW, but can't see him being a very good captian, he's not even got a guaranteed place in the side half the time.

    This may all end in tears.... Kim Hughes anyone???

  • Robofk on March 31, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    I dont understand what these selectors are doing. Try to develop a good team for 2015 wc should be the aim now. If I was the selecter I wolud have gone for 1)David Warner,2)Shaun Marsh, 3)Michael Clarke, 4)Cullum Ferguson, 5)Daniel Christian, 6)Shane Watson, 7)Tim paine, 8)Steve O'Keefe, 9)James Pattinson, 10)Trent Aaron Copeland, 11)Xavier John Doherty, Luke Rex Butterworth, Mark James Cosgrove, John Wayne Hastings,Steve Smith.

  • Satyqm on March 31, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    I believe Daniel Christian and Patrick Cummins should have been given a chance on this tour. Can anyone from Australia enlighten me as to why these guys have not been picked? And what is Ponting trying to prove making himself available for the tour? Couldn't he and others like Hussey and White be rested if not dropped?

  • bluhunter on March 31, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    If the selectors are continuing with Steve Smith,this tells alot about the dept of talent available. Ricky is still the best,bad move by Aus to replace him.

  • stormy16 on March 31, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    This is a 'lets no rock the boat' selection and fair enough - its only a 3 one day series tour - whose idea of a bad joke was that anyway!! I think Clark had to get the job for now and I dont thing Aus can afford to let Ponting go just yet. Not sure about Watto's leasdership skills but he is definitley the future. I would like CA to get away from the tried and tested and now failed players (lets start with the Ashes and WC) and look for new talent. Also older players should only play if they are performing which has always been the Austrailian way. Also dont expect young guys to come in and have an immediate impact - you can take than stand when you cant find room for Hayden because Taylor and Slater are creaming it and Mcgill can only play when Warne is injured. Those days are no more and thus its a new building phase and surely the next WC in Aus has to be the target.

  • Dr.Qwert on March 31, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    something_witty we've dissected over a summers worth of cricket & not come up with much, he maybe should be dropped although if it continues it could come to that, so why would you give him the captaincy now? why not hussey for an interum period or if they really had have wanted punter to stay on a little longer do you really think he wouldn't have? & yes a few batsmen should have been replaced during the ashes. Hughes came in in horrible form when Marsh was in great form & Smith was never going to cut it as a top 6 batsman & there was 1/2 a dozen better options. think you've been harsh on Haddin not to have included him. selectors incompetancy doesn't exonerate clarke. on a side note to those calling for Khawaja, 1day cricket is not his natural game, although with time he could grow to be a very good 'build an innings around' player like Amla or Trott but not yet. he is struggling to get a consistent game for NSW

  • hyclass on March 31, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    I have a high regard for Micheal Clarke.It isnt that he is performing at his highest standard.He isnt flambouyant as is often claimed.He is workmanlike,predictable and flawed against the bouncing ball.He made it clear that he never sought the captaincy.It was obvious to everyone that he was unsuited to 20/20 cricket and yet he had the captaincy thrust upon him by lesser minds.He lacks the power in one day cricket to take the game away from bowlers.His innings are often cumulative without being memorable.Yet his record is very good.I see a man who is fed up with the rhetoric that has destroyed the credibility of the team.4 years of failed theories and retaining identical teams in the face of humiliating defeats have seen a a proud history crushed and many promising careers ruined.He is the only current australian player to have the guts to openly show dissent towards a coaching,selection and administrative faction that serve only themselves.I think he deserves our full support.

  • Winsome on March 31, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    I don't understand the point to the team they have picked. Didn't all these guys just get beaten by all other decent teams they played in warm-ups and actual tournament play games?

    The Aus selectors must be so grateful to Shaun Tait. They can point to James Pattinson as though they have made some huge decision.

  • Salim_123 on March 31, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    Australia Cricket is makilng the same mistake again. Instead of taking this opportunity of blending new players like Daniel Christian (why was he not selected), Shaun Marsh etc, they are persisting with the Husseys. Let Ponting and Hussey rest for this tour and bring in new players. Why not try new bowlers? I also feel David Warner should be made an ODI player. If India has Sehwag why can't Warner be in that mould.

  • Meety on March 31, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    Funny thing perception. People like to bag Pup for this & that, yet in pure batting terms (ODIs), Pups career is statistically very similar to Matty Haydens. Clarke's & Haydos ave 44, Haydos S/R rounds up to 79, where as Pups just over 78. Pup has just passed Haydos's career runs, so the sample is a reasonable comparison, very favourable to Clarke as batting @4 & lower your average often drops.

  • harry220 on March 31, 2011, 3:49 GMT

    @something witty.. I disagree with you about Clarke. You have given only 1 example of him scoring 1 hundred when really needed.. 3/115 is hardly a perilous situation! What about his performances when batting at 4? Has yet to register a ton in tests. He is not a pressure man, no matter how many stupid little 50s or 60s you say he's scored. Match winning hundreds from 2/10 or 3/15. Everytime he comes in to bat in those circumstances he folds exremely easily. Looks at the bigger picture. 60-70s are a job half done ( and you can only think of 5 or 6 times when this has happened) for a top level cricketer and supposed leader!

  • on March 31, 2011, 3:46 GMT

    thats bad news for ponting. ponting is 2 times WC winning captain. Bad decision for australian cricket board.

  • on March 31, 2011, 3:39 GMT

    This time Tigers will give a hard bite to the Kangaroo.

  • Jayzuz on March 31, 2011, 3:13 GMT

    They left out our best ODI bowler again. Dirk Nannes.

  • Something_Witty on March 31, 2011, 1:05 GMT

    @Dr.Qwert, first of all, the match in Brisbane where Clarke top scored with 54 was not a dead rubber. Secondly, yes he barely scored a run all Ashes, but the entire batting lineup is guilty of that. If we were to base selections on who pulled their weight during the Ashes, the entire team would consist of Mike Hussey and Shane Watson. And even then Hussey failed horribly in the last two tests when needed most. As for Clarke's innings in Melb. - It was not selfish, when you're out of form but you're not getting out, you struggle to get the ball off the square. It's not like Clarke would actually go out there and TRY to score slowly. Every player experiences form slumps. Clarke has just been through the worst of his career, and is now back in good form, and people want to drop him?? Utterly, totally absurd. I think captaincy will bring the best out of Pup. Certainly in the test arena.

  • on March 30, 2011, 23:56 GMT

    Great team selection.....thums up ..............If Aus had lost to Bangladesh like NZ did by picking a very raw team Aus cricket would have been destroyed for next 10 years like WI .................As a matter of fact looking at available resources for Aussie team since the retirement of Warne, Hayden, Gilly and Grath Aus were of the caliber of WI team not any better but it was great Ricky's captaincy and Aussie killer instincts that kept them still at no 1 position in ODI. Hatts off to Aussies. .....Now they seem to be developing again into a strong force and that void seems to be filled up with Watson & Hadden peaking in their careers Aussies should blood just one youngster in team as a backup for Hussy and Ponting whoever retires first.

  • Dashgar on March 30, 2011, 23:15 GMT

    For a team that's supposed to be rebuilding we have way too many players in mid thirties. Lee, Hussey, Ponting and Haddin all need to be on the way out. If not this year then next. Bangladesh is the perfect place to blood some youngsters. Hopefully Paine plays a fair bit.

  • straight_drive4 on March 30, 2011, 21:53 GMT

    @ something witty - i agree with you 100%. clarke has performed under pressure situations. if the australian public is looking for a players that is going to perform EVERY SINGLE TIME UNDER PRESSURE then they are kidding themselves. no one can do that. if people have issues with his flashy lifestyle then say so - dont sit there and crap on about his on field performances because they are up there with the rest of the austrlian team. if you want to pick on someones performances, pick on pontings on field performance.

  • Alexk400 on March 30, 2011, 20:23 GMT

    Aussies wasted chance here. Watson should be made captain and drop all husseys.Should have picked all youngsters and bloody them. I still think aussie selectors do not wants to let go something. Need comple house cleaning...why they are waiting ? i have no clue.

  • on March 30, 2011, 20:07 GMT

    It will be interesting to see if Ponting bats at No.3, if Clarke moves him it is proof that he is trying to send a message out to everyone

  • Graduated_Cheetah on March 30, 2011, 19:57 GMT

    What a stupid team ... They have not even had a proper analysis of why they Lost this World Cup ... It was not due to Punter ... It was due to struggling stupid bowlers ... Its good to know that Tait retired on his own but someone needs to kick Johnson out ... He is a huge liability ...

  • VIJAYARAGHAVANRAMESH on March 30, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    its difficult to play for ponting under clarke's captaincy ... he might find form but its little late.. and too aged for him according to CA.. Before he is neglected from Selectors Its Better he Quits and Come out as an Real Warrior of the game...

  • kmpdiwa on March 30, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    Australian team management again doing the same mistake like how they selected the players for WC 2011. They should given chances to the ounger players like Usman kahwaja,David warner,Luke Butterworth and Dan Christine. Don't understand why they were missed out in the squad for Bangladesh tour. Also, Clarke is not a better choice for captaincy. Shane watson can be given a chance to lead the side... I am worried with future of Australian cricket...

  • BenGundry on March 30, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    Can someone explain why there is a Bangladesh tour at all? Who wants an ODI-only tour this soon after the WC? Why not let the players with an IPL contract make some money and have a break from international duty. If there were tests i'd be more interested

  • ell_bee on March 30, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    @seagrip. How on earth could you leave out the do nothing Steven Who?

  • bumsonseats on March 30, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    im sorry pontings selection just does not make cricketing sense. u are sending a team to a country who are way down the list ( a country were in the past, players would miss because they were minnows) its the chance to blood young players with a new captain. cricket australia get a grip. dpk

  • seagrip on March 30, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    Watson, Khawaja, Clarke, M Hussey, Paine, Ponting, Faulkner, O'Keefe, McDonald, M Johnson, Butterworth. Start of a new era. Get Hilditch and Nielsen out.

  • sithilat on March 30, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    I think Cricket Australia have missed a trick here, AUS's team will do good with an experience all rounder like M Hussy or Watson as Captain to guide the team. Since the departure of hayden, Adam Gilchrist , team Australia has lost that spark. (This is what i think :) ). Then from the looks of it, Clarke will be good batsman, ONLY.

  • Dr.Qwert on March 30, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    something_witty you're looking back a fair way for those examples. he's barely scored a run & has been a liability to the side over the last 6 months. he barely scored a run in the Ashes, started the ODI series at the MCG with a sellfish innings that could have cost the match & the momentum which carried through the series & against the test status nations in the WC his highest was low 30s. a couple inning right at the end of the england series have been the only of note & they were dead rubbers.

  • wix99 on March 30, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    It's a pity the selectors didn't take the chance to get some young players into the team. Hussey and Ponting may well score runs in Bangladesh, but a year from now they could both have retired.

    I don't know why Australia has picked two wicket keepers either. Haddin could have been rested after the World Cup and Paine given a chance to stake his claim on this tour.

    Usman Khawaja and Dan Christian are two players who deserved to be in this team. I hope they get their chance sooner rather than later.

  • MT2010 on March 30, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    Parthiban, you need to read the article completely before writing anything. David Hussey is not on the team because he (/his wife) is expecting a baby.

  • on March 30, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    What wrong did David Hussey do?.....Seriously White In the team but Not David Hussey

  • Something_Witty on March 30, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    And for those people who are annoyed at David Hussey's omission, OMG GUYS READ THE ARTICLE........ QUOTE: "David Hussey is unable to tour due to the imminent birth of his first child." UNQUOTE. Sheesh guys, talk about knee-jerk stuff.

  • Something_Witty on March 30, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    Tom Layton and many other people seem to forget many of Clarke's sparkling innings. Remember his wonderful 138 at Lord's (under the most pressure there is), when the rest of the team had folded to 5/100-odd? Or his gritty, match-high 77 at Headingley on a juicy track, in bowler-friendly conditions, against a superb attack? (Again under huge pressure). Even some of his less noteworthy innings have been very good under pressure. For example against NZ in Wellington last year, people seem to forget that we were wobbling at 3/115 before he came in and seized the initiative AND the match by the scruff of the neck with a career best 168. Yes it came against NZ, but the fact is it was a pressure situation. 3/115 can quickly become 5/115, but Pup ensured that did not happen. Finally there was a wonderful 68 made under pressure with the score at 3/38 in the first hour of a huge series against SA in 08/09. I could go on with more examples, but I think I've made my point.

  • ell_bee on March 30, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    Cant wait for the cleaners to go thru cricket Australia starting with Hilditch and then Neilson. Perhaps then we'll get some "cricket"back into the game of Australian cricket. Clarke as captain?..."sigh"...

  • on March 30, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    The real test for clarke's captaincy will be tested once pointing decide to retire from all format of cricket. Pointing might have missed the 2011 world. But still he remain one the best captain in the history of world cricket. Pointing missed this world cup 2011 is that he dont have players like hayden, Adam Gilchrist.

  • Gordo85 on March 30, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    Yeah that is really really shocking to see David Hussey miss out after he nearly saved Australia in the World Cup. Smith should not be in the squad at all after such a shocking World Cup. Good to see three victorians in the squad however.

  • _Australian_ on March 30, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    This is the right move for Ponting. Now he can concentrate on what he does best. Pile on the runs Ricky. I still have issue with some of the selections though. White should be dropped. If he gets scores against Banglanesh and then not the series after we have wasted more time with him. I think Ferguson should be in the 11. Hastings and White should be dropped and Christian and Kawaja should replace them. (D. Hussey over Kawaja if he was available)

  • svengali47 on March 30, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    How Xavier Doherty can make this squad ahead of Steve O'Keefe is ridiculous given all the stats favour the younger player who can also bat 10 times better.

  • on March 30, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    Clarke's going to have to work EXTREMELY hard to prove to me or anyone else that he deserves being captain. While he's clearly got talent, at best he's a good player when the going gets easy. And when the going gets tough (as we saw in the ashes) he folds up and can't BUY a run. It was honestly pathetic watching him fishing at the bowling outside the stups. Next to walking around with GET ME OUT on his forhead it's about the next best thing. Think about all the best aussie captains we've ever had. I'm thinking Border, Chappelli, Waugh, what did they all have in common. They deserved their spot in the team and were brilliant bats when we needed them the most. Clarke plays ordinary bowling well and has some good scores for it, credit for that. But time and again we've seen him fold up and surrendur when what we really need is a fighter. He deserves a chance. After 5 years as the heir apparent he should at least get a chance. But he'll really need to step up and silence the critics

  • DrDamo on March 30, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    They really should have not picked Steve Smith. One of the most over rated players I believe and he proved that at the world cup.

  • on March 30, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    Yea thats right drop the only player who always looks in form- David Hussey..

  • on March 30, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    Ponting has taken right decision its time to leave the cricket not to step down, county cricket would be enough to keep you fit.

  • smudgeon on March 30, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    Good move to pick Watto as VC, he's matured a lot in the last 12-18 months, and it shows the selectors are committed to generational change. Although I still wonder what's up with picking both Haddin and Paine in the squad. Fair enough Tim is the understudy, but unless he plays a match or two it seems a bit pointless. No real changes in the squad for Bangladesh, but I expect there might be some tough decisions made once the big review happens...hopefully.

  • on March 30, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    gud choice for aus bt pointing is the most successful captain Ricky Ponting

  • on March 30, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    I think its bye bye for Ricky Ponting!!!!

  • on March 30, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    If Watson can keep his fitness level up.. he would be an ideal leader for Aussies...

  • on March 30, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    Good for Australia. Now this is gonna be the downfall of Australia. Every teams has history, like WI they were the kings and where r they now?...... Australia has set a record of 3 wins, wich is diff to break.

  • on March 30, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    MY HEART IS BREAKING NOW. I CANNOT IMAGINE AUSTRALIAN TEAM WITHOUT PUNTER.WE NEED HIM AS LONG AS HE WACT . I THINK HE CAN LIFT THE AUSSIE TEAM FROM DECLINE POSITION 2 PEAK OF THE EVEREST..........................

  • Nodatheel on March 30, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    No surprises!!!, the hundred at Motera have helped punter a spot in the squad

  • Mitcher on March 30, 2011, 4:32 GMT

    Has there ever been a cricket series I could possibly care less about? After a packed schedule of Ashes and WC I must say that this won't even register on the radar. Thank God footy season is in full swing. Still, good luck to Clarke. I'm sure all the haters will be out in force, but jealousy's a curse.

  • on March 30, 2011, 4:23 GMT

    It's going to be a tough battle between Bangladesh & Australia.

  • on March 30, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    seriously when are they going to blood some younger upcoming players into the squad from the state sides look at there stats and bring them in!!

  • donda on March 30, 2011, 4:08 GMT

    This is great news for australian cricket that every thing is settled now. Clarke will be a nice captain and i think Ponting will easily adjust in the team a regular batsman. Ponting is a wonderfull professional player and he can play for two years more and guide australia to better future.

    Good luck to australia, clarke and ponting.

  • dayster on March 30, 2011, 4:01 GMT

    Michael Clarke should make a good interim captain until Tim Paine is ready for the job

  • Abhiramb on March 30, 2011, 3:58 GMT

    Is there an error in the list? What did David Hussey do -other than scoring better than others - to deserve the sacking? Very strange indeed!!

  • straight_drive4 on March 30, 2011, 3:48 GMT

    well done pup, you have done your time and waited your turn - i hope that you can show all those knockers and have your well deserved success... best of luck

  • Y.pathan on March 30, 2011, 3:42 GMT

    Thats good sine for Ponting to resign from Capationcy

  • kangaroussy on March 30, 2011, 3:38 GMT

    I wonder where punter will bat. Number 4? 5? 6?. And what about Clarke? It'll be interesting to see...

  • raveekoomar on March 30, 2011, 3:26 GMT

    Atleast i thought Cameron White is T20 captain, Michael Clarke as ODI captain and Simon Katich as Test captain is the best option cuz Katich has shown his nerve in English counties and leading his state team. So its a better option if Simon is made captain of Tests while Clarke enjoys his time as captain of ODI cuz of huge responsibility of taking Aussies to atleast semis of next edition of cricket world cup. Lets see hows the scenario then.

  • calvin_n on March 30, 2011, 3:14 GMT

    This will be interesting...A half strong Australia against Bangladesh in their home ground.

  • Lakpj on March 30, 2011, 3:06 GMT

    Ideally this is the best time for Aus to do some experiments. Against Bangladesh they should have brought some new players instead of Hussey and Ponting. Those too may not be there in the team in 2 years time. They need to think of the future and prepare some good young players.

  • on March 30, 2011, 2:55 GMT

    whats wrong with David Hussey,Shaun Marsh,peter siddle and george bailey.they are capable players to be part of australia squad

  • VivGilchrist on March 30, 2011, 2:49 GMT

    Missed a real chance to test out a few more players and look to the future. It's a very short tour and once again our genius selectors have snubbed those who are worthy of selection. Finch, Marsh, Khawaja, and Christian could have come in for White (who's form doesn't warrant being picked), M Hussey, Ponting, and Johnson, who could step aside for such a short tour. Have to start building for 2015.

  • dilanz51 on March 30, 2011, 2:33 GMT

    good side but where is Dan Christian

  • on March 30, 2011, 2:04 GMT

    wat happened to dirk nannes??

  • schnoggs on March 30, 2011, 2:03 GMT

    I wonder if Clarke will consult with Ponting before making field placings, bowling changes, or choices at the toss. Ponting still has alot of power and his presence cant be ignored. I think its the right choice by Punter but it will be interesting to see how Clarke manages the captaincy with a legend who he has looked up to all his career, right next to him in the slips.

    Surely Ponting doesnt come across as the one to keep quiet even when Clarke is making bad decisions in the field. It will be very interesting. Punter is still the best batsmen in Oz next to Watson and Hussey.

  • on March 30, 2011, 1:48 GMT

    Not used to not seeing the (capt) next to Ponting. This is going to take some time getting used to. But am very intrigued to see how it all pans out, excited about Doherty and Pattinson!

  • Ozcricketwriter on March 30, 2011, 1:35 GMT

    Where is Dan Christian????

  • champion1469 on March 30, 2011, 1:33 GMT

    shaun marsh?.............

  • Something_Witty on March 30, 2011, 1:32 GMT

    *sigh*, STILL no place for O'keefe or Christian?

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  • Something_Witty on March 30, 2011, 1:32 GMT

    *sigh*, STILL no place for O'keefe or Christian?

  • champion1469 on March 30, 2011, 1:33 GMT

    shaun marsh?.............

  • Ozcricketwriter on March 30, 2011, 1:35 GMT

    Where is Dan Christian????

  • on March 30, 2011, 1:48 GMT

    Not used to not seeing the (capt) next to Ponting. This is going to take some time getting used to. But am very intrigued to see how it all pans out, excited about Doherty and Pattinson!

  • schnoggs on March 30, 2011, 2:03 GMT

    I wonder if Clarke will consult with Ponting before making field placings, bowling changes, or choices at the toss. Ponting still has alot of power and his presence cant be ignored. I think its the right choice by Punter but it will be interesting to see how Clarke manages the captaincy with a legend who he has looked up to all his career, right next to him in the slips.

    Surely Ponting doesnt come across as the one to keep quiet even when Clarke is making bad decisions in the field. It will be very interesting. Punter is still the best batsmen in Oz next to Watson and Hussey.

  • on March 30, 2011, 2:04 GMT

    wat happened to dirk nannes??

  • dilanz51 on March 30, 2011, 2:33 GMT

    good side but where is Dan Christian

  • VivGilchrist on March 30, 2011, 2:49 GMT

    Missed a real chance to test out a few more players and look to the future. It's a very short tour and once again our genius selectors have snubbed those who are worthy of selection. Finch, Marsh, Khawaja, and Christian could have come in for White (who's form doesn't warrant being picked), M Hussey, Ponting, and Johnson, who could step aside for such a short tour. Have to start building for 2015.

  • on March 30, 2011, 2:55 GMT

    whats wrong with David Hussey,Shaun Marsh,peter siddle and george bailey.they are capable players to be part of australia squad

  • Lakpj on March 30, 2011, 3:06 GMT

    Ideally this is the best time for Aus to do some experiments. Against Bangladesh they should have brought some new players instead of Hussey and Ponting. Those too may not be there in the team in 2 years time. They need to think of the future and prepare some good young players.