March 14, 2012

Why Clarke must give up the ODI captaincy

His injuries and absences are unsettling Australia's young side. The selectors must save him for Tests and hand the one-day reins to a deserving candidate
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To ensure a longer Test career Michael Clarke must step down as captain of the ODI squad.

His injured back is not only taking a toll on his hamstrings, it is playing Russian roulette with his international future. Having your captain in and out of the side due to a recurring injury cannot but upset the rhythm and stability of any team at the international level. By his own admission Clarke came back too soon after injury. And because of the packed programme, his back-related hamstring woes are likely to continue.

If Clarke gives the ODI stuff away now, he can confidently build his stamina and gear all his energy towards playing Test cricket. He didn't play the deciding ODI in the CB Series at the Adelaide Oval against Sri Lanka, and he will also miss the one-day series in the West Indies. In a way, I think this was a blessing, for Clarke is a champion, and any nation wants its best to be consistently available to play Test cricket.

T20s and ODIs are okay in that they often bring new audiences to the game and help keep the money rolling in, and we enjoy the contest on the day. However, rarely do we remember much about a limited-overs match unless it's a crack century of the Warner kind (163 v Sri Lanka) or Mark Taylor's magnificent catches at first slip against the West Indians an age ago, which turned the match on its head. Each limited-overs game seems to roll into the other and we forget much of what happened. Not so in a Test match.

Clarke has played 212 ODIs, scoring 6953 runs at an average of 45.74, with seven hundreds and 51 half-centuries. He has taken 53 wickets at 37.84 and 81 catches. An enviable record, and he probably wants to play on, dominating Test and one-day cricket, but logic must prevail here.

If Clarke goes, it is almost certain Tasmania captain George Bailey will take over the reins. Bailey's selection as Australia's T20 captain raised a few eyebrows a few months back, but it is obvious that he has a flair for leadership. And this Australian bunch of selectors - the nucleus of which comprises John Inverarity, Rod Marsh and Andy Bichel - has, according to me, the same common-sense approach and credibility as the three-man selection team of Don Bradman, Neil Harvey and Jack Ryder that held centre stage when I first came into first-class cricket in the late 1960s.

Good judges close to the Australian team have a high regard for Bailey. They consider him an outstanding human being and a terrific captain. He got his chance in two T20s this summer, and while as a batsman he didn't spend a lot of time at the crease, his captaincy has shone.

In the recent Ryobi Cup final in Adelaide, Bailey showed he is made of stern stuff. He scored 101 and was out in the last over. But although Tasmania tied with South Australia, they lost the title because South Australia had the advantage of a home final. How absurd and how unfair. The match should have been replayed.

Shane Watson has done an okay job as leader in Clarke's absence, but he is too important a player right now, with critical roles as an opener or No. 3 batsman, and as a bowler who can take key wickets or stem the flow at the death, to be weighed down by the added responsibility of captaining this young side.

Within a few weeks we'll all know whether Bailey is the man to lead Australia's ODI outfit. I say to our national selectors: do as your most well-regarded Test selection committee of yesteryear would have done were they faced with such a dilemma. Save Clarke for the Tests and give Bailey leadership of the limited-overs squad. He is the man to lead this limited-overs team into the future. And that call should be made right now.

Ashley Mallett took 132 Tests wickets in 38 Tests for Australia. An author of over 25 books, he has written biographies of Clarrie Grimmett, Doug Walters, Jeff Thomson and Ian Chappell

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  • on March 15, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    Just one injury and the vultures are out calling for his head, I dont agree AM did is not objective in his writing i feel its a matter of liking than fact, MC is ok as a captain until he proves himself otherwise

  • Busie1979 on March 15, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    @Simoc - re Bailey: I think he is good but that's it. There is nothing compelling about him, even if he scored a ton in one game you happened to be watching. I saw him bat in the T20s, he scored 12 not out and 3, with a strike rate of 100. That's hardly leading from the front with the bat as you suggest. So I stand by my statement. It is obvious the selectors like his interpersonal skills and attitude because they have been looking for every excuse to pick him for the team. While it is hardly as disastrous a selection as the Pete Forrest saga, I'd like to think he would have scored more runs by the age of 29.

  • Khiladiyon_ka_khiladi on March 15, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    I said before not a good guy to handle this job..soon you will make a article telling why he must quit captaincy of all formats lol

  • slowturning on March 15, 2012, 3:27 GMT

    I say keep all the best cricketers in Australia out of ODI and 20/20 and keep them for tests. Leave ODI and 20/20 for good domestic players who will never make it at the real stuff. :-) Seriously though, if you were to keep Clarke out of ODI, surely Michael Klinger has as good credentials to lead the ODI team as Bailey....he was actually the winning captain of the domestic ODI team this year, AND one of the top scorers in the competition (including runs when it mattered). Imagine what he could do if he was captain of a decent team !

  • TheMeanMachine on March 15, 2012, 2:17 GMT

    I flinched after reading the first 2 lines of the article and was amused at the end of it. A man in the form of his life, both in Tests and ODI's should leave one form of cricket (he has already left one form) and focus on just Tests when he is 30? Clarke has been the heir apparent for half a decade now and Australian selectors are smart enough to keep him as captain atleast till the next WC. The selectors showed their smartness in not appointing Warner as captain during the recent CB series because he wasnt ready and they sure wouldnt listen to Ashley Mallet about Clarke's future.

    Coming to George Bailey, he is still to make his ODI debut and is only a year younger than Clarke. Donning a 'Lee Germon' role would hardly be feasible and he has to prove himself as a batsman first before he assumes captaincy. Watson has a few years left in him and he is a decent standby for Clarke. Once Forrest proves himself in a couple of years, he should be groomed as the next captain.

  • bobagorof on March 15, 2012, 1:37 GMT

    Since when has an unblemished injury record been the primary criteria for being Captain? Clarke got injured during the series, rushed his comeback and now has a longer injury layoff than if he'd rehabilitated properly. The problem was highlighted by the regular VC also being injured at the time, so they had to make Ponting captain for a match. But Clarke hasn't missed (m)any previous matches over the last year or two, so one injury and it's an issue? How about we find a stand-in captain for the odd match he may miss, just like we used to do when Ponting or Waugh were rested for a match - Hussey and Gilchrist had a few matches in charge that way. No need to bring in a specialist captain.

  • featurewriter on March 15, 2012, 1:31 GMT

    Ash, you can't, with any certainty, suggest how Bradman, Harvey and Ryder would have acted today. They were faced with an entirely different set of circumstances. They didn't have ODI or T20, and they had a more limited Test exposure for players then. I think it would be foolish to remove Clarke from the ODI fold, given his career performance and experience. One decent limited-overs innings from Bailey - and his apparent skill as a leader - do not qualify him for national selection and captaincy. Bailey's game is far better suited to the first-class format. Regardless, there's no point having a captain who can't consistently perform with technical skills; and that's certainly Bailey's downfall. At the moment, Clarke is the best man to captain our Test and ODI teams. That certainly doesn't mean that we don't start planning for the future though; but let's be smarter about than we have been in the past and identify a few younger candidates and have them learn from Clarke.

  • D.V.C. on March 15, 2012, 0:31 GMT

    I agree with a lot of the commenters here that Clarke is doing a good job as Captain when fit, and should be retained in that role. Watson has done ok when he's been given the reigns, but you probably don't want him doing it all the time. So long as there is communication between them, the current arrangement will work fine. There seems to be a misconception that this is Clarke's first injury though. It's not. He consistently has trouble with his back and has done so since before he entered the Test team. It has often forced him to leave the field and miss the occasional game in his early career. This situation will continue, so proper thought needs to be given to who is the deputy. We can't have a deputy in training as No. 2. It has to be someone who can do the job right now.

  • AdoSR on March 14, 2012, 22:29 GMT

    I have a lot of respect for Ashley Mallet but this article seems to be more about finding a reason to writecopy and discuss rather than analysis. Ponting has explained how hard it willo be to remain fit, in form and focussed now he's not in the 50 over team. Call it training for tests if you will, but Clarke would find it hard to captain tests without playing 50 over cricket. Having him in the ODI side but not captain would be unfare to him and serve no purpose with respect to preventing injury. In short, it makes no sense as it hurts Clarke, the ODI side and the test side.

  • MVRMurty on March 14, 2012, 21:03 GMT

    I agree with AM. Mike is gong to be 31 soon and has only few years left in him. If you plan for long-term solution, Warner should handle the captains role. A captain should always be young as he will have fresh blood to play the game better. Take the case of Ricky Ponting/Saurav Ganguly/Graeme Smith/Hansie Cronje/Kapil Dev/Imran Khan; were young and very successful. I wish Warner for Aus, Virat for India, Chandi for SL should captain. MC might not be 100% fit for the entire WC2015 and hence a early 20's guy would best fit this role. The game has chaned a lot and pace is totally in the hands of young gems. I would handle captaincy if the player is 28+. Aus is just building their team again and would be good to have a young captain.

  • on March 15, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    Just one injury and the vultures are out calling for his head, I dont agree AM did is not objective in his writing i feel its a matter of liking than fact, MC is ok as a captain until he proves himself otherwise

  • Busie1979 on March 15, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    @Simoc - re Bailey: I think he is good but that's it. There is nothing compelling about him, even if he scored a ton in one game you happened to be watching. I saw him bat in the T20s, he scored 12 not out and 3, with a strike rate of 100. That's hardly leading from the front with the bat as you suggest. So I stand by my statement. It is obvious the selectors like his interpersonal skills and attitude because they have been looking for every excuse to pick him for the team. While it is hardly as disastrous a selection as the Pete Forrest saga, I'd like to think he would have scored more runs by the age of 29.

  • Khiladiyon_ka_khiladi on March 15, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    I said before not a good guy to handle this job..soon you will make a article telling why he must quit captaincy of all formats lol

  • slowturning on March 15, 2012, 3:27 GMT

    I say keep all the best cricketers in Australia out of ODI and 20/20 and keep them for tests. Leave ODI and 20/20 for good domestic players who will never make it at the real stuff. :-) Seriously though, if you were to keep Clarke out of ODI, surely Michael Klinger has as good credentials to lead the ODI team as Bailey....he was actually the winning captain of the domestic ODI team this year, AND one of the top scorers in the competition (including runs when it mattered). Imagine what he could do if he was captain of a decent team !

  • TheMeanMachine on March 15, 2012, 2:17 GMT

    I flinched after reading the first 2 lines of the article and was amused at the end of it. A man in the form of his life, both in Tests and ODI's should leave one form of cricket (he has already left one form) and focus on just Tests when he is 30? Clarke has been the heir apparent for half a decade now and Australian selectors are smart enough to keep him as captain atleast till the next WC. The selectors showed their smartness in not appointing Warner as captain during the recent CB series because he wasnt ready and they sure wouldnt listen to Ashley Mallet about Clarke's future.

    Coming to George Bailey, he is still to make his ODI debut and is only a year younger than Clarke. Donning a 'Lee Germon' role would hardly be feasible and he has to prove himself as a batsman first before he assumes captaincy. Watson has a few years left in him and he is a decent standby for Clarke. Once Forrest proves himself in a couple of years, he should be groomed as the next captain.

  • bobagorof on March 15, 2012, 1:37 GMT

    Since when has an unblemished injury record been the primary criteria for being Captain? Clarke got injured during the series, rushed his comeback and now has a longer injury layoff than if he'd rehabilitated properly. The problem was highlighted by the regular VC also being injured at the time, so they had to make Ponting captain for a match. But Clarke hasn't missed (m)any previous matches over the last year or two, so one injury and it's an issue? How about we find a stand-in captain for the odd match he may miss, just like we used to do when Ponting or Waugh were rested for a match - Hussey and Gilchrist had a few matches in charge that way. No need to bring in a specialist captain.

  • featurewriter on March 15, 2012, 1:31 GMT

    Ash, you can't, with any certainty, suggest how Bradman, Harvey and Ryder would have acted today. They were faced with an entirely different set of circumstances. They didn't have ODI or T20, and they had a more limited Test exposure for players then. I think it would be foolish to remove Clarke from the ODI fold, given his career performance and experience. One decent limited-overs innings from Bailey - and his apparent skill as a leader - do not qualify him for national selection and captaincy. Bailey's game is far better suited to the first-class format. Regardless, there's no point having a captain who can't consistently perform with technical skills; and that's certainly Bailey's downfall. At the moment, Clarke is the best man to captain our Test and ODI teams. That certainly doesn't mean that we don't start planning for the future though; but let's be smarter about than we have been in the past and identify a few younger candidates and have them learn from Clarke.

  • D.V.C. on March 15, 2012, 0:31 GMT

    I agree with a lot of the commenters here that Clarke is doing a good job as Captain when fit, and should be retained in that role. Watson has done ok when he's been given the reigns, but you probably don't want him doing it all the time. So long as there is communication between them, the current arrangement will work fine. There seems to be a misconception that this is Clarke's first injury though. It's not. He consistently has trouble with his back and has done so since before he entered the Test team. It has often forced him to leave the field and miss the occasional game in his early career. This situation will continue, so proper thought needs to be given to who is the deputy. We can't have a deputy in training as No. 2. It has to be someone who can do the job right now.

  • AdoSR on March 14, 2012, 22:29 GMT

    I have a lot of respect for Ashley Mallet but this article seems to be more about finding a reason to writecopy and discuss rather than analysis. Ponting has explained how hard it willo be to remain fit, in form and focussed now he's not in the 50 over team. Call it training for tests if you will, but Clarke would find it hard to captain tests without playing 50 over cricket. Having him in the ODI side but not captain would be unfare to him and serve no purpose with respect to preventing injury. In short, it makes no sense as it hurts Clarke, the ODI side and the test side.

  • MVRMurty on March 14, 2012, 21:03 GMT

    I agree with AM. Mike is gong to be 31 soon and has only few years left in him. If you plan for long-term solution, Warner should handle the captains role. A captain should always be young as he will have fresh blood to play the game better. Take the case of Ricky Ponting/Saurav Ganguly/Graeme Smith/Hansie Cronje/Kapil Dev/Imran Khan; were young and very successful. I wish Warner for Aus, Virat for India, Chandi for SL should captain. MC might not be 100% fit for the entire WC2015 and hence a early 20's guy would best fit this role. The game has chaned a lot and pace is totally in the hands of young gems. I would handle captaincy if the player is 28+. Aus is just building their team again and would be good to have a young captain.

  • NikhilNair on March 14, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    I agree with most of the other responses here... Clarke is an absolute gem and he deserves to be the captain of the Australian team. Bailey might a good prospect... but Clarke is definitely the right choice for now.

  • emceedrive on March 14, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    This article is absolute rubbish. You can see the clear disdain Mallet has for "that ODI stuff". He has ONE injury, and now he has to be replaced? Are you kidding me? Clarke has been the heir apparent to the captaincy for the better part of a decade,and now that hes finally gotten it, you want him to vacate it (and the team in general) for a slightly above average one-day player who is about a year younger than Clarke and has yet to make an ODI debut? Clarke is one of the finer batsmen in the world, and while a bit slower than optimal in the one day game, he is still a hugely important piece of the puzzle. Honestly I'm not privy to rumors on the Australia circuit, so I can't even see where Ashley Mallet is coming from, but if the selectors are actually considering this, they're even dumber than the Indian selectors who have had me pulling my hair out for quite some time now. Absolutely ludicrous article, and I really don't even know why it was published.

  • Optimistix on March 14, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    Absurd. Clarke is barely 31, in great form, and already retired from T20s. He can easily play ODIs for a few more years before focusing exclusively on tests, if required. He can surely lead Australia in the next World Cup.

  • on March 14, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    Ya ....ashley mallet....are u insane????? ...on a side note, i think ponting should be brought back to make the middle order stronger!

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on March 14, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    This is probably the most stupid article published on cricinfo recently , clarke is in the form of his life , his team is really on the upward swing , everyone has started respecting his leadership.. and here is ashley mallett who wants clarke to quit ODI career and captaincy !! sorry but this is pure non sense

  • on March 14, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    Seriously ? He is injured for two series and this article shows up ?

  • Nadeem1976 on March 14, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    I believe that after having a good summer this year Australians have lost their mind. Clarke is young, he has finally got his chance to lead the team and now when it's time to eat the pie you want him to quit ODI. Come on man. It's too stupid of an idea. You are here infect making no sense. once again an article by a writer which should not be posted here at all. Waste of time.

  • AndyMack on March 14, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    Absolute drivel. What is this obsession people have with G Bailey?? He is not that good. We don't drop our best player, and replace him with someone just because he had a good game in the domestic final. What a joke.

  • on March 14, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    If this was a re-occuriung issue I would defintily agree, but this is a one off! Over the last year he lead ODIs and Tests in SL, SA and OZ. MIssing one low-key ODI series is the right thing for him to do even with no injury. While this team is rebuilding it needs Clarke at the helm no question - Pup knows he needs to suck it up and get on with it. If this was an Ashes tour I bet he would have been on the plane.

  • Dashgar on March 14, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    Bailey doesn't need to be given the captaincy to be in the team. He should play because he's a good batsman, better than Forrest definitely.

  • Busie1979 on March 14, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    @schleppo - international cricket is king in all it's incarnations - be it test, ODI or T20. I'm like you and prefer tests, but you need to balance all three. I'm not a fan of using ODIs as a training ground for test cricketers - it should be a merit based selection policy. I also don't like the idea of Clarke missing a couple of games being used as a suggestion that he should retire or be retired from ODI cricket to save him for the tests. ODI cricket is at risk of falling into the trash heap and hiding all the good players from the perils of ODI cricket does not give much credibility to the format. If all international teams deliberately field sub-standard teams, you may as well ditch ODIs altogether.

  • Balldinho on March 14, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    Wait a minute, you mean stop playing a format which ACTUALLY has meaningful tournaments to win trophies, for a format that has pointless bilateral series between the same 10 nations repeatedly?!

  • Kritika_krits on March 14, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    @Ashley Mallett it is true that Clarke's injuries are forcing him to give up the ODI captaincy but players like George Bailey have not still made their debut in Test cricket and ODIs. Then how can you say that an inexperienced one like him will take over as the captain with ones like Shane Watson in the team. If we compare the records, experiences and performances by Watson and Bailey, Watson is much better than Bailey. We cannot forget that Watson is a terrific all-rounder and he is the one who can replace Clarke as the skipper of the ODI side. He made Australia to win the finals of the CB series and if you have noticed a thing in Clarke's captaincy, Australian bowlers were not performing well but it was just opposite in Watson's captaincy. Australia won the finals despite of a small target fixed for Sri Lanka. Otherwise, Australia was not able to win matches by giving targets even above 300 to the opposition. Watson is terrific and his captaincy will surely be an an awesome one.

  • AussieGreek on March 14, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    what a load of nonsense. This has to be the most absurd idea i have read in the 5 years i have reading cricinfo. Seriously?

  • IndiaNeedsBowlers on March 14, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    Being an Indian fan, I do not have much insight of Aussie domestic players, but I don't think injury should be the reason for Clarke to give up Captaincy of ODIs. Also the argument that he would be available for Tests, is the author suggesting that Clarke should retire from ODIs? Along with skills, captiancy also requires experience at the highest level. At this point of time, only Mike Hussey (who isn't getting any younger) is experienced enough to be the Captain. Of course there is Brett Lee (based on experience), but then you wouldn't call him injury free and Selectors often ignore Bowlers for Captaincy. Anyways WI is not a very formidable side and Clarke can afford to miss the whole series and then comeback strong and fit for a tougher assignment. This also give opportunity to Watson and Warner to Captain, under relatively less pressure and against an easy opponent.

  • Pavan_15 on March 14, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    The analysis was reasonable as clarke has been in and out of the oz team.... but that does'nt mean that he should retire from ODI and concentrate on test matches!! I mean clarke is not of such kind....he is a world class player...knows himself...and adaptable too!! I think the better solution will be let him take rest until he is fully fit rather than rushing him !!.. And coming to George Bailey...Yea he may be a good captian in the Domestic arena... may be a good batsmen too....but A place in a team might be worth for his contributions in domestic games....but not the captaincy!!

    Captianing an international Australian team isn't the same like doing it for tasmania!!

    It is a lot in there!! So bailey should get a place in a team if the selectors think so...but not the captiancy!! Shane watson....Cameron white....or Even David Hussey..who has a calm and cool mind set can do the job as captian too!! But clarke should'nt retire..rather he just need to be rested !!!

  • ooper_cut on March 14, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    This is very premature. How did so many other captains before him balance between the 2 formats ? Ponting, Waugh etc. Is Clarke some special delicate darling to be preserved for the tests alone ? He made a mistake in rushing in when he could have waited for the last final and he has admitted it too. What about MS. Dhoni ? He plays and captains all formats and also the IPL.

  • Simoc on March 14, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    Busie you must have been asleep recently. Bailey has made it, he is the Australian T20 captain, which I think is crickets future, and very much leads from the front. Your imagination should change to reality and watch him score a ton in the One Day final. But for me Clarke should learn to bat T20 and captain all formats. He is certainly Australias best bat and best captain.

  • on March 14, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    Whosoever thinks or opines this at this stage should be stupid, be it Ashley mallett, Clarke's tenure as a captain has just started in full fledge and u r asking him to step down and that too when this man is doing so very well, both as a Skipper and as the team's prime batsman! Ridiculous. Wait & watch sir, Clarke may give u yet another World Cup, then ask him to step down n concentrate to Tests. That would make more sense.

  • Green_and_Gold on March 14, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    Rubbish - manage the injurys rather than change the captain.

  • PutMarshyOn on March 14, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    Did Aust or Eng win the ODI series in 2005? Sorry folks - but Test Cricket is way more important than ODI. I'd keep Clarke & Watson for Tests.

  • on March 14, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    why can't Clarke play both ODIs and Tests??..The Aussies have managed him so well for the last 5-6 yrs and he has been alz groomed as captain...and suggesting Bailey should be made the captain is a serious blunder..the captain should be atleast able to earn a place in the line-up on merit..I mean first it should be the best 11 players and then out of them someone has to be the captain and I do not see Bailey among the top 10-15 Aussie batsmen at the moment..

  • RandyOZ on March 14, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    You really need to ask how injured Clarke actually is. He seems to go down with the slightest niggles. A bit soft!

  • popcorn on March 14, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    Dont please make such a stupid mistake - Michael Clarke - and you Selectors.Injuries are part and parcel of cricket.Who hasn't had some? We've see that happen to Shane Watson - the vice captain. George Bailey was jettisoned into the T20 Side as Captain - never played international cricket before in his life. Worse, he has never played ODi international cricket. And Ashley Mallet is thinking about him as ODI Captain? Silly.

  • on March 14, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    He scored his fastest one day international hundred whilst injured. That takes a lot of grit and determination.It means Clarke can play through pain defying the physio's orders. Well done Michael Clarke.

  • VivGilchrist on March 14, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    Some good points, but to suggest Brearley, oh sorry, Bailey as captain is ridiculous. He can't make the team now on his own merits, why should he come in and take charge as captain? We don't want to replicate WI with the Sammy situation, do we?

  • schleppo on March 14, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    Shame on you who put one day internationals before test cricket.

  • zenboomerang on March 14, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    @Ashley Mallett... Probably the best article written about Clarke this summer & also a good warning about Watson... Both have fragile bodies that break down without notice & is something our ODI/T20 teams don't need in leaders... Bailey has a good injury record & Warner will be able to grow as VC under his tutelage... With 5 ODI's over 9 days in the WI's the physical toll is large & you need to be at 100% to be competitive... If Watson breaks down again in the ODI's it will weigh heavily on the Test squad & its balance...

  • joisbalu on March 14, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    Hello sir he just took over as captain a year ago and you already started!!!!????? come on give him some time he is still 30..

  • katsunn on March 14, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    dont follow the assuption that test cricket is god. odi cricket actually has values too

  • Meety on March 14, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    Up until this morning whilst driving into work, I would have had Pup as a must for the ODI captaincy until the 2015 WC. However, I think it would be terrible if he became injured & unavailable for tests as a result of being injured in ODIs. A perfect world, Pup should captain all 3 formats - I disagree that Bailey did a great job in the T20s. I think Bailey was no better than Cameron White.

  • jmey97 on March 14, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    rubbish! Clarke is a very valued member of this team, if there is no ponting at least have Clarke!

  • Busie1979 on March 14, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    LOL. This is his first injury since captain and by his own admission, he mismanaged it. Statements like these from Mallett highlight that ODI is taken less seriously than tests. Why doesn't Mallett instead suggest that Clarke step down from the tests so he can focus exclusviely on ODIs? And Bailey as captain? Let's not get ahead of ourselves. I'm sure Bailey is a good guy and a good captain, but he needs to get into the team on merit, prove himself and then you can talk about captaincy. He is 29 years old and still hasn't made it, with a good (not great) record, yet he is talked up as an international captain. Let's face it - Clarke is Australia's best batsman and since taking over the leadership, he has led from the front as a batsman. I cannot imagine Bailey leading from the front as a batsman.

  • smudgeon on March 14, 2012, 3:02 GMT

    And.... Cue: people questioning Bailey's List A stats! Ashley's analysis of George is only confirming what we've known in Tassie for years: George is a top notch captain. People who have paid attention to the "when" and "why" of his scoring will know that his stats are only half of the story.

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  • smudgeon on March 14, 2012, 3:02 GMT

    And.... Cue: people questioning Bailey's List A stats! Ashley's analysis of George is only confirming what we've known in Tassie for years: George is a top notch captain. People who have paid attention to the "when" and "why" of his scoring will know that his stats are only half of the story.

  • Busie1979 on March 14, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    LOL. This is his first injury since captain and by his own admission, he mismanaged it. Statements like these from Mallett highlight that ODI is taken less seriously than tests. Why doesn't Mallett instead suggest that Clarke step down from the tests so he can focus exclusviely on ODIs? And Bailey as captain? Let's not get ahead of ourselves. I'm sure Bailey is a good guy and a good captain, but he needs to get into the team on merit, prove himself and then you can talk about captaincy. He is 29 years old and still hasn't made it, with a good (not great) record, yet he is talked up as an international captain. Let's face it - Clarke is Australia's best batsman and since taking over the leadership, he has led from the front as a batsman. I cannot imagine Bailey leading from the front as a batsman.

  • jmey97 on March 14, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    rubbish! Clarke is a very valued member of this team, if there is no ponting at least have Clarke!

  • Meety on March 14, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    Up until this morning whilst driving into work, I would have had Pup as a must for the ODI captaincy until the 2015 WC. However, I think it would be terrible if he became injured & unavailable for tests as a result of being injured in ODIs. A perfect world, Pup should captain all 3 formats - I disagree that Bailey did a great job in the T20s. I think Bailey was no better than Cameron White.

  • katsunn on March 14, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    dont follow the assuption that test cricket is god. odi cricket actually has values too

  • joisbalu on March 14, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    Hello sir he just took over as captain a year ago and you already started!!!!????? come on give him some time he is still 30..

  • zenboomerang on March 14, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    @Ashley Mallett... Probably the best article written about Clarke this summer & also a good warning about Watson... Both have fragile bodies that break down without notice & is something our ODI/T20 teams don't need in leaders... Bailey has a good injury record & Warner will be able to grow as VC under his tutelage... With 5 ODI's over 9 days in the WI's the physical toll is large & you need to be at 100% to be competitive... If Watson breaks down again in the ODI's it will weigh heavily on the Test squad & its balance...

  • schleppo on March 14, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    Shame on you who put one day internationals before test cricket.

  • VivGilchrist on March 14, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    Some good points, but to suggest Brearley, oh sorry, Bailey as captain is ridiculous. He can't make the team now on his own merits, why should he come in and take charge as captain? We don't want to replicate WI with the Sammy situation, do we?

  • on March 14, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    He scored his fastest one day international hundred whilst injured. That takes a lot of grit and determination.It means Clarke can play through pain defying the physio's orders. Well done Michael Clarke.