Australia in England 2010 May 24, 2010

Clarke retains Twenty20 captaincy

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Australia's selectors have forgiven Michael Clarke for his poor form in Twenty20, naming him to captain Australia against Pakistan in England in July. Clarke will lead the side for the two Twenty20s in Birmingham on July 5 and 6 despite his struggles with the bat in the shortest format, where his strike-rate of 101 is well below par.

Clarke was praised for his attacking captaincy at the World Twenty20 in the Caribbean, where he guided Australia to the final, but he needs to lift his scoring rate to justify his position as a batsman. He has been given virtually the same squad, with the only change being the omission of Tim Paine due to the reduced need for a backup wicketkeeper.

"We don't have any doubt that he [Clarke] has a definite role to play in Twenty20 cricket, which predominantly is a little bit different to some," Andrew Hilditch, the chairman of selectors, said. "We'll be looking for him to bat through an innings when we need it. He didn't quite do that over there but we weren't concerned about it.

"The positive side was I think his captaincy was extraordinary and our tactics in Twenty20 cricket were far in advance of where they've been. Our field was I thought the best in the tournament so there were lots of positives. Obviously we lost the final so that was devastating but the other side of it is that we won six on the trot and if we'd won seven on the trot it would have been a record that maybe wouldn't have been broken in Twenty20 cricket."

In the 50-over arena, Shaun Marsh has been chosen to make his comeback to international cricket after missing the tour of New Zealand in February with a back injury. Marsh has replaced Adam Voges in the ODI squad for the one-off game against Ireland in Dublin that kicks off the tour of June 17 and the five one-day internationals against England that follow.

However, the squad to take on Pakistan in two Tests from mid-July won't be named until several contenders have fronted up for Australia A late next month. The absence of Phillip Hughes due to a shoulder injury means Usman Khawaja, Michael Klinger and the Australia A captain George Bailey will be jostling for the role of backup Test batsman when they face Sri Lanka A in Brisbane.

That series will also give Ben Hilfenhaus a chance to continue his steady return from knee tendonitis. Hilfenhaus has been chosen in the four-day Australia A squad and is hopeful of proving himself fit for the Tests against Pakistan, having not played for his country since the first Test of the home summer back in November.

"Ben Hilfenhaus is making good progress with his knee tendon injury," the physio Alex Kountouris said. "As part of his rehabilitation he has commenced bowling and has spent some time at the Cricket Australia Centre of Excellence during the past week. So far he has coped well and if his progress continues with an increasing bowling workload over the coming weeks, he'll take his place for Australia A against Sri Lanka A in preparation for possible selection in the Test squad.

"Peter Siddle is recovering well from a lower back stress fracture sustained during the Australian summer. However it was felt that there was too big a risk for his to return for the tour of England and Ireland, particularly with the important 12 months coming up. Peter remains on target to return to the playing field at the start of the Australian domestic summer. Brett Lee is recovering from the elbow muscle injury that he picked before the ICC World Twenty20 and is yet to commence bowling."

The Australia A squad also features Mitchell Marsh, the brother of Shaun and captain of Australia's Under-19 World Cup-winning squad this year. He will be joined by another player with cricketing blood, James Pattinson, the Victoria fast bowler whose brother Darren played a Test for England in 2008.

ODI squad Shane Watson, Shaun Marsh, Ricky Ponting (capt), Michael Clarke, Michael Hussey, Cameron White, Brad Haddin, Steven Smith, James Hopes, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Hauritz, Ryan Harris, Clint McKay, Doug Bollinger.

Twenty20 squad Shane Watson, David Warner, Michael Clarke (capt), Cameron White, David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Brad Haddin, Daniel Christian, Steven Smith, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Hauritz, Ryan Harris, Dirk Nannes, Shaun Tait.

Australia A four-day squad Ed Cowan, Usman Khawaja, Michael Klinger, George Bailey (capt), Peter Forrest, Andrew McDonald, Tim Paine, Mitchell Marsh, Steve O'Keefe, Ben Hilfenhaus, Josh Hazlewood, Peter George, Mitchell Starc.

Australia A one-day squad Tim Paine, Usman Khawaja, Adam Voges, George Bailey (capt), Travis Birt, Aaron Finch, Andrew McDonald, Mitchell Marsh, Xavier Doherty, Brendan Drew, James Pattinson, Jake Haberfield, Josh Hazlewood.

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  • THX_droid_adidas on May 27, 2010, 8:57 GMT

    I agree with "zippydingdong" and "bolwarra". Why do they (the selectors) constantly tell everyone Clarke's Twenty20 batting will get better?? It won't!!! Yes, he's great at Test, he's there with ODIs, but not up for it in T20s. Cameron White would definitely/should be first choice captain for T20s and when Ricky Ponting retires, vice captain in the other formats, thats assuming he gets into the Test side soon!!! There's nothing really good to say about his T20 game, honestly.

  • bolwarra on May 26, 2010, 22:22 GMT

    Clarke should be dropped not just for his recent poor performance with the bat but because just about every time he has batted in T20 it has been a below par performance. I don't think he ever 'fires' in T20, more like 'fizzles'. I am pretty sure his only decent innings was the tie and super over loss to NZ recently. Tellingly in that match CWhite out batted him and clarke choked in the super over. Because clarke has trouble hitting boundaries he is constantly trying for stupid singles that are not really there and either running his big hitting team mates out or nearly doing so, look at the final. If Clarkes role is to bat thru an Aus innings in T20 we will never be a champion t20 side. The Aus selectors have demonstrated they still don't really understand t20 in retaining the dead wood that is clarke in the batting line up. His captaincy in t20 is problematic mostly because of his poor batting, clearly White could easily fill those shoes based on his Vic Bushrangers experience.

  • 68704 on May 25, 2010, 13:13 GMT

    How on earth does a person get dropped after one series, particularly after the team which was not even ranked, makes it to the finals? Australia have been a disaster in the limited version of the game, the T20 one I mean and their performance this time was pretty good. They had one bad game preceded by a brilliant one in the semis. Clarke"s strike rate is poor and he is dependent on the Watsons, Whites and Warners. But Tendulkar has demonstrated the value of batting through the innings and he hit more fours than anyone else in the IPL. I think Clarke"s time will come and it is not such a crisis as the team has so many players with a strike rate of near 150. I think Australia have clearly got or are getting their T20 act together. Captains go through a bad patch but I think White can wait and now he is able to bat without the additional tension of captaincy. I do hope that White will get a test cap soon and why is not Warner in the one day squad. It will help to have a dasher there.

  • deanc on May 25, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    zippydingdong - Agree with your opening line but selfishness is Clarke's issue with his T20 batting. It make look selfish but clearing his front foot to hit sixes and slogs to cow corner are simply not is his repertoire. Even though I'm not a fan of T20 captaining a team for 40 overs can be just as demanding as longer formats. In T20 you almost need to captain (make decisions) ball-by-ball. In test cricket a bowler can have a ordinary spell of say 5-6 overs and captains have time (sessions) to make changes to counter that. Not sure who your mates are but don't let Clarke's smooth media interviews fool you. A few little birdies around the current scene suggest he will be an astute, ruthless and successful test captain. After all do you really think anyone that served an apprenticeship under Ponting (who served under Waugh) is going to be a cream puff?

  • CricketMaan on May 25, 2010, 11:20 GMT

    @howizzat - You seem to not understand difference between Realitya and Luxury. In Australia, some of thier best bowlers like Dougie, McKay or other prospects don't get a game coz there top 15 are so good at what they do. In India if there is no Zak or Ashish who do you fall back on. Its all about bench strength. What i do agree with you is the professional set up that CA has built over the years when they vowed to hit back after the 80's, while in India, our own national team does not even recognize NCA set up as its just a farce and nothing more than a building with bricks..

  • CricketMaan on May 25, 2010, 11:17 GMT

    ahaha..the fight here on selections and the NSW bias is so similar to what we have back home in India. I suppose its such a common thing this selection. There is always some one who deserves a spot misses out and then there is always one group which targets a particular state or its selector of bias.. a never ending saga..this selection...

  • zippydingdong on May 25, 2010, 10:11 GMT

    I can understand why some people would want Pup to stay as captain,but I am definetly not one of those people.His performance as a batsman was shocking not just at the tournament but previously at other T20 games.He always bats for himself for me and I can not stand it,its not what Australia is about.As for his captaining I thought it was just on par he was basic and pretty much the norm,T20 captain doesnt take that much 20 overs of being switched on,I personally would have loved to see Hussey rewarded with the captaincy.Cameron White is a proven leader on the big stage in this format.If Huss and White are too far gone why not David Hussey.As for the fact Clarke has been groomed for the test and ODI captaincy I am worried,he is not the hardened cricketer like Ponting,Waugh,Border etc.I have very good advice from mates who have played at a decent level against/with Pup and he is a not all that gooder bloke as hes made out.Former coach John Buchanon swears Clarke is not the right man!

  • popcorn on May 25, 2010, 3:57 GMT

    I was confident that Cricket Australia would be sensible and balanced to retain Michael Clarke as the Twenty20 captain. He has shown astute leadership, and is bein nicely groomed to take over the ODI and Test captaincies when Ricky Ponting retires.

  • boris6491 on May 25, 2010, 2:43 GMT

    What seems to be beyond me is the whole "reduced need for a backup wicketkeeper" part. Whether there is a need for a back up or not, (and there is most certainly a need, if Haddin gets injured which he has frequently in the past, what are Australia going to do?) by taking Paine along gives him the confidence and environment to learn. He is a fine young player and considering CA have made it clear that they are grooming him as Haddin's successor (Haddin isn't exactly young), he should be given as many touring opportunities as possible regardless of whether he plays or not. Again, Bollinger I feel is unlucky to miss out on the T20 squad, he seems to have done nothing wrong to warrant his omission.As for Clarke, he is skating on thin ice. He may have captained with foresight and aggression, but unless he ups his output from a batting perspective, the selectors will have no choice but to replace him. I think he needs to stay at number 3 rather than in a finishing role.

  • Winsome on May 24, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    Cutting and Hastings have both had surgery recently that is why they are not there (or at least I hope that is why Cutting isn't there.)

    O'Keefe has been picked, I assume, purely due to a dearth of other prospects and of course being from NSW doesn't hurt. It is good that they have picked players that they see as being part of the future national squads like Hazlewood, Marsh and Khawaja.

    But I don't know how Trent Copeland missed out apart from just lack of time that he has been in the Shield comp.

  • THX_droid_adidas on May 27, 2010, 8:57 GMT

    I agree with "zippydingdong" and "bolwarra". Why do they (the selectors) constantly tell everyone Clarke's Twenty20 batting will get better?? It won't!!! Yes, he's great at Test, he's there with ODIs, but not up for it in T20s. Cameron White would definitely/should be first choice captain for T20s and when Ricky Ponting retires, vice captain in the other formats, thats assuming he gets into the Test side soon!!! There's nothing really good to say about his T20 game, honestly.

  • bolwarra on May 26, 2010, 22:22 GMT

    Clarke should be dropped not just for his recent poor performance with the bat but because just about every time he has batted in T20 it has been a below par performance. I don't think he ever 'fires' in T20, more like 'fizzles'. I am pretty sure his only decent innings was the tie and super over loss to NZ recently. Tellingly in that match CWhite out batted him and clarke choked in the super over. Because clarke has trouble hitting boundaries he is constantly trying for stupid singles that are not really there and either running his big hitting team mates out or nearly doing so, look at the final. If Clarkes role is to bat thru an Aus innings in T20 we will never be a champion t20 side. The Aus selectors have demonstrated they still don't really understand t20 in retaining the dead wood that is clarke in the batting line up. His captaincy in t20 is problematic mostly because of his poor batting, clearly White could easily fill those shoes based on his Vic Bushrangers experience.

  • 68704 on May 25, 2010, 13:13 GMT

    How on earth does a person get dropped after one series, particularly after the team which was not even ranked, makes it to the finals? Australia have been a disaster in the limited version of the game, the T20 one I mean and their performance this time was pretty good. They had one bad game preceded by a brilliant one in the semis. Clarke"s strike rate is poor and he is dependent on the Watsons, Whites and Warners. But Tendulkar has demonstrated the value of batting through the innings and he hit more fours than anyone else in the IPL. I think Clarke"s time will come and it is not such a crisis as the team has so many players with a strike rate of near 150. I think Australia have clearly got or are getting their T20 act together. Captains go through a bad patch but I think White can wait and now he is able to bat without the additional tension of captaincy. I do hope that White will get a test cap soon and why is not Warner in the one day squad. It will help to have a dasher there.

  • deanc on May 25, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    zippydingdong - Agree with your opening line but selfishness is Clarke's issue with his T20 batting. It make look selfish but clearing his front foot to hit sixes and slogs to cow corner are simply not is his repertoire. Even though I'm not a fan of T20 captaining a team for 40 overs can be just as demanding as longer formats. In T20 you almost need to captain (make decisions) ball-by-ball. In test cricket a bowler can have a ordinary spell of say 5-6 overs and captains have time (sessions) to make changes to counter that. Not sure who your mates are but don't let Clarke's smooth media interviews fool you. A few little birdies around the current scene suggest he will be an astute, ruthless and successful test captain. After all do you really think anyone that served an apprenticeship under Ponting (who served under Waugh) is going to be a cream puff?

  • CricketMaan on May 25, 2010, 11:20 GMT

    @howizzat - You seem to not understand difference between Realitya and Luxury. In Australia, some of thier best bowlers like Dougie, McKay or other prospects don't get a game coz there top 15 are so good at what they do. In India if there is no Zak or Ashish who do you fall back on. Its all about bench strength. What i do agree with you is the professional set up that CA has built over the years when they vowed to hit back after the 80's, while in India, our own national team does not even recognize NCA set up as its just a farce and nothing more than a building with bricks..

  • CricketMaan on May 25, 2010, 11:17 GMT

    ahaha..the fight here on selections and the NSW bias is so similar to what we have back home in India. I suppose its such a common thing this selection. There is always some one who deserves a spot misses out and then there is always one group which targets a particular state or its selector of bias.. a never ending saga..this selection...

  • zippydingdong on May 25, 2010, 10:11 GMT

    I can understand why some people would want Pup to stay as captain,but I am definetly not one of those people.His performance as a batsman was shocking not just at the tournament but previously at other T20 games.He always bats for himself for me and I can not stand it,its not what Australia is about.As for his captaining I thought it was just on par he was basic and pretty much the norm,T20 captain doesnt take that much 20 overs of being switched on,I personally would have loved to see Hussey rewarded with the captaincy.Cameron White is a proven leader on the big stage in this format.If Huss and White are too far gone why not David Hussey.As for the fact Clarke has been groomed for the test and ODI captaincy I am worried,he is not the hardened cricketer like Ponting,Waugh,Border etc.I have very good advice from mates who have played at a decent level against/with Pup and he is a not all that gooder bloke as hes made out.Former coach John Buchanon swears Clarke is not the right man!

  • popcorn on May 25, 2010, 3:57 GMT

    I was confident that Cricket Australia would be sensible and balanced to retain Michael Clarke as the Twenty20 captain. He has shown astute leadership, and is bein nicely groomed to take over the ODI and Test captaincies when Ricky Ponting retires.

  • boris6491 on May 25, 2010, 2:43 GMT

    What seems to be beyond me is the whole "reduced need for a backup wicketkeeper" part. Whether there is a need for a back up or not, (and there is most certainly a need, if Haddin gets injured which he has frequently in the past, what are Australia going to do?) by taking Paine along gives him the confidence and environment to learn. He is a fine young player and considering CA have made it clear that they are grooming him as Haddin's successor (Haddin isn't exactly young), he should be given as many touring opportunities as possible regardless of whether he plays or not. Again, Bollinger I feel is unlucky to miss out on the T20 squad, he seems to have done nothing wrong to warrant his omission.As for Clarke, he is skating on thin ice. He may have captained with foresight and aggression, but unless he ups his output from a batting perspective, the selectors will have no choice but to replace him. I think he needs to stay at number 3 rather than in a finishing role.

  • Winsome on May 24, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    Cutting and Hastings have both had surgery recently that is why they are not there (or at least I hope that is why Cutting isn't there.)

    O'Keefe has been picked, I assume, purely due to a dearth of other prospects and of course being from NSW doesn't hurt. It is good that they have picked players that they see as being part of the future national squads like Hazlewood, Marsh and Khawaja.

    But I don't know how Trent Copeland missed out apart from just lack of time that he has been in the Shield comp.

  • Bingaaa on May 24, 2010, 18:36 GMT

    I dont really understand why everyone is surprised to see clarke being retained as captain yes he didnt perform witht the bat but i guess he did a pretty good job in his first tournament as a captain..And i m sure clarkey will come back with better performances with the bat in the future cant just throw him out after one poor tournament..Some of the comments r pretty funny @ kevin_dravid mate think there was pretty ordianry captaincy from other teams like dhoni,smith,Afridi n i guess clarke was much better then them..Just give him time he will perform with the bat too..Go Pup!!!!!

  • Jose_Cyriac on May 24, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    I dont understand how come Ben Cutting, Johny Hastings, Chris Swaan, Trent Copleland etc are missing from the 'A' team. Looks like it is a NSW biased selection by Aussie selectors for the 'A' team also. What the guys like Peter Forest, Mitch Marsh, Hazlewood, Starc done extra than the above mentioned guys to merit a selection? This is just flabbergasting. and is O'Keefe the best domestic spinner is Australia after Hauritz & Steve Smith?? again NSW bias. I strongly believe Jason Krejza deserved another chance in the 'A' team at least.

  • KEVIN_DRAVID on May 24, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    The strongest T20 team in the world is having the weakest captain. Even Bangladesh is having good leader in Shakib ul hasan. Victoria is the most successful team in Australia which is lead by White. White can be a good choice for T20 captaincy. I don't think clarke deserves place even in 15 men squad. Travis Birt is a right choice to replace in that middle order. TIM PAINE can also played as a specialist batsman.

  • on May 24, 2010, 17:25 GMT

    Realitity clarke is not fit for t20 cricket at all.. even though he does not have that skills still he wants 1M $ in IPL and at the end nobody is ready to buy him so he widrawn. Aus selector made a mistake again, first they should ask him to show form in t20 cricket..

  • howizzat on May 24, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    Its nice to see CA's preference to identify the specialists for two different formats. My heart goes for this thoroughly professional approach. Well done selectors. I wish our Srikkanth & Co take a leaf out of this but this is just a hope against hope. Still I felt Shaun Marsh and Tim Paine could have made it for T20 and Ryan Harris for ODI.

  • risk_love2 on May 24, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    its nt good i thnk clarke is nt T-20 batsman its nt gd decesion... white is gd option for captainship......he is fantastic player nd i m suprised y d david hussy is nt in the ODI team he also desearve plase in the team nd i thnk david is batter dan james hopes.....

  • cricsans on May 24, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    Hilditch is the luckiest incompetent employee of he world. His employers must be drinking so much beer to miss some of the his observations.

    "The positive side was I think his captaincy was extraordinary and our tactics in Twenty20 cricket were far in advance of where they've been. Our field was I thought the best in the tournament so there were lots of positives. "

    REALLY?

    What role did Clarke play in setting the batting order? To have himself and Haddin bat ahead of White, David and Michael Hussey... who were in fine form - must be the worst exhibition of captaincy by an intl captain in recent times.

    The longer Hilditch stays as a selector, it is good for other teams. The longer Clarke bats in a T20 game - the happier opposition should be.

  • on May 24, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    Its good to see that the selectors don't throw Clarke out as a knee jerk reaction - Australia won every game up unitl the final under his leadership, which should be rewarded. I'm not a fan of his batting in this format, but the real focus of Clarke's role is preparing him to take over as leader of all forms when Ponting retires. The reason Australia have remained so dominant for so long is because of this constant foresight to the future. Ever since Border remodelled his team, Australia have had prospective captains in the ranks. You couldn't really say that any other team in the world has as many leaders in the ranks, especially when so many teams rotate captains constantly after losses or bad results. If it means Australia dont have a great No.6 in T20's for the next few years, but can go on to be strong for another 10 years in tests and ODI, then I'm happy.

  • shankythebiggestenglandfan on May 24, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    paine's exclusion is beyond me.haddin's glovework was pathetic during the wt20.paine had done well when he was given the oppurunity but was dropped after haddin returned.thats fair enough haddin hadnt done anything wrong so he came back.but now his keeping is deteriorating day by bad.his batting is not that good either.paine i feel is a more compact batsman and can handle new ball better than haddin.as far as keeping is concerned he is much better than haddin.team's good performance shud not overshadow poor individual performances.just bcoz haddin is more experienced doesnt mean he shud be given unlimited chances.he hasnt done enough since his return from injury to suggest that he is an automatic choice.paine is a serious talent and needs better treatment than what he is been given now.paine should be given the gloves in all formats and he may even open in odi and t20 if they want to play steve smith at 7.haddin seems to hv a problem with short stuff and his glovework is even worse

  • bonner on May 24, 2010, 13:24 GMT

    I think White should have the captaincy for T20s. Clarke is a fine captain but his performances with the bat tend to relegate him to being a passenger. Give Clarke a chance to step up in England (& I hope he does) but if he's not up to it, White is more than capable of leading the team like he has done so well for the Vics over the years.

  • Geraldine on May 24, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    In other words, the selectors are arrogant enough to think they can win with only 10 players. And Usman Khawaja in the Australia A one day squad... that's a bigger joke than Michael Clarke in the T20 team.

  • on May 24, 2010, 13:04 GMT

    he has won all the t20s except the final..he will be batting fine so it's a good decision overall

  • D-Train on May 24, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    I'm unhappy with the inclusions of guys like Ed Cowan, Peter Forrest to the 4 day squad. These are 2 guys who will never, or at least should never play test cricket for Australia.

    This is definately not the 2nd best team in Australia. There are alot of players who haven't proven themselves in domestic cricket yet, such as Drew, Doherty, O'Keefe, Pattinson, Haberfield and Mitchell Marsh.

    Where is Ben Cutting? John Hastings? Chris Swan? If they're not injured i'm bemused as to why they're not in the squad.

  • deanc on May 24, 2010, 12:45 GMT

    Nannes and Tait are not playing ODI because they have not made themselves available for any format other than T20. A poor decision to retain Clarke as captain of the T20 format as he was a poor choice from the very start. Even Clarke has finally admitted this bash-a-thon format is not his cup of tea. He is an astute captain but if we don't have a handful of better batsmen for this format (and White as a shoe-in successor) then I'm missing a trick. As a result of his mediocre T20 batting he is now talking about changing his batting style back to his youthful days. What you mean Pup, that style you had when you almost lost your test career by flashing at anything outside outside off stump, hitting the ball on the up and continually get caught behind point or at short cover? Have CA forgotten we have the Ashes coming up later this year where Clarke's World Class 'test batting style' could be crucial the the outcome...

  • Winsome on May 24, 2010, 11:37 GMT

    Bingaaa, are you paid by CA? In the final his bowling choices and most obviously his batting were poor. He's slow as a wet week in ODI's, so this pretence that you can retain him for his captaincy in an even faster moving format is folly. I'm going to stop caring about Australia in this format as CA obviously doesn't.

  • on May 24, 2010, 11:17 GMT

    "harish.r", the word 'retain' does not indicate that Clarke made the decision himself. It indicates that he has held on to the object of the sentence, which is the captaincy of Australia's T20 squad. The title is therefore factually, grammatically and structurally correct.

  • on May 24, 2010, 10:41 GMT

    In response to harish.r on (May 24 2010, 08:47 AM GMT)

    Actually, the title is correct.

    Retain can mean either to maintain possession or to hire.

  • ry13 on May 24, 2010, 10:41 GMT

    Thank God Punter's coming back...2 months since he's played...also i am tired of this "young boys" game ....

  • on May 24, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    I've gotta say I'm in the least bit interested in the 5 odis England and Australia have coming up. We've met them so many times now in less than a year that its boring, England and Australia should only meet each other in the Ashes and major tournaments nothing more. I expect I'm in the minority here but that's just my opinion.

  • ozNoz on May 24, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    O for love of all that's holy - Clarke can/not/ play T20 cricket. Give White the armband, please.

  • harish.r on May 24, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    Nitpicking here.

    The headline for this article is factually incorrect. Clarke does not decide who the captain for the squad. So when the headline reads, "Clarke retains Twenty20 captaincy", it indicates that the action of deciding, (retains) is by Clarke which is not the case.

    I plead extreme boredom as a reason for this comment ..

  • Bingaaa on May 24, 2010, 7:46 GMT

    Expected clarke to named captain as we dont follow the subcontinental way of sacking players n captains after a tournament..There are no doubts on clarke's leadership skills he was the best captain in the tournament..He didnt do much with the bat n his rate of scoring wasnt high though he is capable of scoring at a much faster strike rate and there was no reason for the selectors to panic n so made a expected decision to retain him as captain..Would have been nice to see tait in the odi squad as well..Punter's gonna be in action after a long break so that'd be exciting love his stroke play..Cheers!! Nathan

  • Shanmuka on May 24, 2010, 7:46 GMT

    He have to prove himself this time otherwise he will be doubtful for the one day day squad also.

  • on May 24, 2010, 7:42 GMT

    cant believe naanes and tait have left out of the odi squad

  • Jmoney90 on May 24, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    No Trent Copeland after his amazing start to first class cricket? A surprise to me.

  • Gupta.Ankur on May 24, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    This clearly shows either CA bias towards Clarke or in CA's eyes there is no other contender for the post.

    Either way,Clarke made a bad name for himself with apparent weakness of scoring quickly and having no attacking shots.

  • on May 24, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    This is ridiculous.Tim Paine droped .Hadin is not so gud.Tim paine can also be used as an opener.This should be Clarke last chance in the t20i if he does not perform he should be droped..

  • jackbic on May 24, 2010, 5:51 GMT

    Well the Australian selectors have done it once again, chosen the tired old IN faces instead of blooding new faces. Clarke, Haddin, and Hauritz should have been dropped from the Twenty20 squad, replaced by Marsh, Paine, Finch. Heals. All the above have better strike rates and better batting-bowling averages than Clarke-Haddin-Hauritz. In the last Champion 20/20 bash Both Finch and Heals were at the top of their respective batting and bowling figures and surely deserve a go in the International Twenty20. "Middletonian"

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  • jackbic on May 24, 2010, 5:51 GMT

    Well the Australian selectors have done it once again, chosen the tired old IN faces instead of blooding new faces. Clarke, Haddin, and Hauritz should have been dropped from the Twenty20 squad, replaced by Marsh, Paine, Finch. Heals. All the above have better strike rates and better batting-bowling averages than Clarke-Haddin-Hauritz. In the last Champion 20/20 bash Both Finch and Heals were at the top of their respective batting and bowling figures and surely deserve a go in the International Twenty20. "Middletonian"

  • on May 24, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    This is ridiculous.Tim Paine droped .Hadin is not so gud.Tim paine can also be used as an opener.This should be Clarke last chance in the t20i if he does not perform he should be droped..

  • Gupta.Ankur on May 24, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    This clearly shows either CA bias towards Clarke or in CA's eyes there is no other contender for the post.

    Either way,Clarke made a bad name for himself with apparent weakness of scoring quickly and having no attacking shots.

  • Jmoney90 on May 24, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    No Trent Copeland after his amazing start to first class cricket? A surprise to me.

  • on May 24, 2010, 7:42 GMT

    cant believe naanes and tait have left out of the odi squad

  • Shanmuka on May 24, 2010, 7:46 GMT

    He have to prove himself this time otherwise he will be doubtful for the one day day squad also.

  • Bingaaa on May 24, 2010, 7:46 GMT

    Expected clarke to named captain as we dont follow the subcontinental way of sacking players n captains after a tournament..There are no doubts on clarke's leadership skills he was the best captain in the tournament..He didnt do much with the bat n his rate of scoring wasnt high though he is capable of scoring at a much faster strike rate and there was no reason for the selectors to panic n so made a expected decision to retain him as captain..Would have been nice to see tait in the odi squad as well..Punter's gonna be in action after a long break so that'd be exciting love his stroke play..Cheers!! Nathan

  • harish.r on May 24, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    Nitpicking here.

    The headline for this article is factually incorrect. Clarke does not decide who the captain for the squad. So when the headline reads, "Clarke retains Twenty20 captaincy", it indicates that the action of deciding, (retains) is by Clarke which is not the case.

    I plead extreme boredom as a reason for this comment ..

  • ozNoz on May 24, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    O for love of all that's holy - Clarke can/not/ play T20 cricket. Give White the armband, please.

  • on May 24, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    I've gotta say I'm in the least bit interested in the 5 odis England and Australia have coming up. We've met them so many times now in less than a year that its boring, England and Australia should only meet each other in the Ashes and major tournaments nothing more. I expect I'm in the minority here but that's just my opinion.