England v Australia, World Twenty20 final, Barbados May 16, 2010

Clarke concedes he was 'not up to scratch'

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Michael Clarke has admitted his place in Australia's Twenty20 line-up will come under scrutiny when the team gets home despite him leading the side to the final of the World Twenty20. His captaincy is not the major source of concern, but he has laboured with the bat throughout the tournament with 92 runs 15.33.

He came in at No. 3 against England and quickly ran out David Warner after a terrible call for a single to cover and almost did the same to Brad Haddin later that over. He contributed 27, his top score for the competition, as Australia recovered from 8 for 3 but it was a horribly scratchy innings which was ended when he chipped Graeme Swann to midwicket.

His Twenty20 international record now stands at 437 runs with an average of 21.86, although it's the strike-rate of barely above a run a ball which is a major problem. Australia's power-packed line-up was largely able to cover for his form, but England didn't mind the longer he stayed in during the final. Life was much harder when David Hussey and Cameron White joined forces.

"There's no doubt that the selectors will need to have a look at my performances," he said in an unusually candid remark. "I certainly know they haven't been up to scratch through this whole tournament and probably in Twenty20 cricket in general. I'm sure the selectors will sit down and have a look and if I'm not the right guy for No. 3 and the captaincy then they'll make that decision."

Clarke was handed the captaincy when Ricky Ponting retired from the Twenty20 format, although there was already concern whether he was the best man for the job with White gaining considerable support. But with Clarke being Ponting's vice-captain in Tests and one-dayers it was the logical step.

He has led his team well in the tournament as they produced an unbeaten run to the final before coming unstuck as Sri Lanka did last year. Australia's Twenty20 cricket has made huge strides after they were dumped out in the first round in England with the likes of Dirk Nannes, Shaun Tait and David Hussey making major contributions. If Australia stick to their method of picking a team first, then a captain, Clarke may struggle to hold his place, although he relished the challenge over the last two weeks.

"I've enjoyed every minute it," Clarke said. "Captaining your country is a wonderful thing and I've been very lucky to get that chance. I'm stoked to have been given this opportunity to lead the Twenty20 team. There are no guarantees in this world and it's about getting back and preparing for the next tournament. I'll be back as vice-captain which I really enjoy and we have a wonderful leader back in Australia."

Reflecting on the final, which Australia lost by seven wickets, he offered no excuses for the defeat which ended the team's hopes of holding the three limited-overs titles at the same time. However, the result clearly stung following the Ashes reversal in England last year.

"I've seen them celebrate twice in a short space of time now but they deserved it," he said. The boys were very keen and excited about today. We knew we needed to be at our best. We knew England were going to be tough, they are a very tough Twenty20 team and losing those three wickets early didn't help and it put a lot of pressure on our middle order.

"But I thought we did well to scrape our way to 140-odd, although we were probably about 30 runs short, or 50 runs short the way England batted. We got beaten by the better team today."

Andrew McGlashan is assistant editor of Cricinfo

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  • santhoshkudva on May 19, 2010, 15:30 GMT

    Pup might not be a match winner as a batsman, but that doesn't mean he does not have a place in the aussie lineup. nine times out of ten an aussie victory is a routine one and on all the nine occasions, he is there for the team. his job is to do the routine, and he has not disappointed in that role. on the odd occasion when Australia is stretched, he might have let the team down, but any day i would take a player who completes the job on most occasions than not. we might find an Andrew mcdonald as his replacement who might secure an impossible win, but very rarely does Australia find itself in such a position. and in most cases, such players fail on nine occasions.

  • Icyman on May 19, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    Clarke is not the right choice to lead the Aussies. Even though he is the vice-captain, that doesnt mean that he will do a great job. Remember Gilchrist, who despite being the vice captain never got a shot at being a full time captain. Clarke needs to step down from playing T20s and hand it over to Cam White. I believe, White has the ability to lead the Kangaroos in a much better manner than Clarke.

  • Nikobelle on May 19, 2010, 1:27 GMT

    Michael Clarke might not be a flashy fast-scoring T20 batsman but he has an amazingly positive, honest AND humble attitude and I don't think I've seen a happier Australian team than this one. I actually supported them in the final because they worked hard and enjoyed their cricket, it wasn't just a clinical exercise. So while his batting wasn't so good, I personally think his captaincy was great and his high spirits (he's always smiling) make this team one to remember and cheer for!

  • Winsome on May 18, 2010, 23:40 GMT

    Cheers, Wizza, I've been trying to get some people to understand that taking our slowest ODI batsmen and giving him the captaincy and no 3 position in the 20/20 team is just about as stupid as you can get. Why people think he will suddenly 'adjust' and learn to hit the ball over the top in power plays when he is actually getting slower in short formats I really don't get.

    But the stats say it far better than I could.

  • ygkd on May 18, 2010, 22:30 GMT

    Michael Clarke is not a T20 player (but a test one). The best thing he's ever done in a T20 match is running out David Warner, who is a T20 player (not a test one as Ian Chappell suggests) and I don't mean that facetiously. The two teams should go separate ways. Put Aiden Blizzard in. He can't play first class cricket either, but he has smashed the ball around in the domestic 20/20 Big Bash which is very aptly named. Oh, and make Cameron White skipper. He's earned it.

  • onlinegamer55 on May 18, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    The transition Clarke made from being an uncertain batsmen in 2004, to an accomplished test batsmen now, gives strong indication that he is a good enough player to adapt to any form of the game. I think what Clarke is concerned about, is that if he tries too hard to become a T20 batsmen, he may lose his patience in tests; the way he spoke about the selectors having a think about his place in the team suggests to me that he wouldn't mind being axed from T20. In fact, I think that's the right way to go. Many of the greatest cricketers aren't the sort of batsmen you would associate to sloggers, and if Clarke can continue his strong test record, he can become a cricketing great. He doesn't need to become a good T20 player. If, on the contrary, he does, then he needs to find a way to convert one in every ten balls into a four or a six. That's all he needs to do, really. If he can take 9 singles of 9 balls, hitting a boundary on one of the ten balls would give him a strike rate of 130 or150.

  • ry13 on May 18, 2010, 5:59 GMT

    Why is everyone so obsessed with the fact that Clarke is Ponting's successor??? Ricky isn't retiring tomorrow......And when he does it will be a huge blow to Oz.... Anyways lets enjoy of what's left of ricky...

  • Markus971 on May 18, 2010, 2:34 GMT

    The Clarke & Hussey partnership wasn't good enough! Not quick enough. Notice D.Hussey scored 59 in 54 balls! Thats 9 overs!! Australia's last 10 overs were around 100 runs! If they (the late order batsman) were given 2 or 3 more overs, the pressure on the English would have been (marginally) greater. ?? Well Done to the England Team. To Good. How about a best of 3 final series? (Or first to 2.) In a Day!!

  • Puppster23 on May 18, 2010, 2:01 GMT

    @Geraldine Mate, Clarke came back into the test side just on the basis of one knock where he scored 201* for the Blues. The other thing is with Australia playing right through the year, when do u expect Clarke to play T20 at the domestic level...???

  • Geraldine on May 17, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    Puppster, you are the only here that wants Clarke to play for Australia (from those that actually want Australia to win.) He may go on to become a T20 player, but International level is not the place to learn a trade. He has to go back to domestic level and learn how to play T20 there. Suggesting that Clarke should play T20's for Australia is like saying that David Warner should play tests for Australia -- there is nothing to base your opinion on besides that you like him. He has never shown that he has the ability to play T20's, so it it really just wishful thinking on the part of you and the selectors.

  • santhoshkudva on May 19, 2010, 15:30 GMT

    Pup might not be a match winner as a batsman, but that doesn't mean he does not have a place in the aussie lineup. nine times out of ten an aussie victory is a routine one and on all the nine occasions, he is there for the team. his job is to do the routine, and he has not disappointed in that role. on the odd occasion when Australia is stretched, he might have let the team down, but any day i would take a player who completes the job on most occasions than not. we might find an Andrew mcdonald as his replacement who might secure an impossible win, but very rarely does Australia find itself in such a position. and in most cases, such players fail on nine occasions.

  • Icyman on May 19, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    Clarke is not the right choice to lead the Aussies. Even though he is the vice-captain, that doesnt mean that he will do a great job. Remember Gilchrist, who despite being the vice captain never got a shot at being a full time captain. Clarke needs to step down from playing T20s and hand it over to Cam White. I believe, White has the ability to lead the Kangaroos in a much better manner than Clarke.

  • Nikobelle on May 19, 2010, 1:27 GMT

    Michael Clarke might not be a flashy fast-scoring T20 batsman but he has an amazingly positive, honest AND humble attitude and I don't think I've seen a happier Australian team than this one. I actually supported them in the final because they worked hard and enjoyed their cricket, it wasn't just a clinical exercise. So while his batting wasn't so good, I personally think his captaincy was great and his high spirits (he's always smiling) make this team one to remember and cheer for!

  • Winsome on May 18, 2010, 23:40 GMT

    Cheers, Wizza, I've been trying to get some people to understand that taking our slowest ODI batsmen and giving him the captaincy and no 3 position in the 20/20 team is just about as stupid as you can get. Why people think he will suddenly 'adjust' and learn to hit the ball over the top in power plays when he is actually getting slower in short formats I really don't get.

    But the stats say it far better than I could.

  • ygkd on May 18, 2010, 22:30 GMT

    Michael Clarke is not a T20 player (but a test one). The best thing he's ever done in a T20 match is running out David Warner, who is a T20 player (not a test one as Ian Chappell suggests) and I don't mean that facetiously. The two teams should go separate ways. Put Aiden Blizzard in. He can't play first class cricket either, but he has smashed the ball around in the domestic 20/20 Big Bash which is very aptly named. Oh, and make Cameron White skipper. He's earned it.

  • onlinegamer55 on May 18, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    The transition Clarke made from being an uncertain batsmen in 2004, to an accomplished test batsmen now, gives strong indication that he is a good enough player to adapt to any form of the game. I think what Clarke is concerned about, is that if he tries too hard to become a T20 batsmen, he may lose his patience in tests; the way he spoke about the selectors having a think about his place in the team suggests to me that he wouldn't mind being axed from T20. In fact, I think that's the right way to go. Many of the greatest cricketers aren't the sort of batsmen you would associate to sloggers, and if Clarke can continue his strong test record, he can become a cricketing great. He doesn't need to become a good T20 player. If, on the contrary, he does, then he needs to find a way to convert one in every ten balls into a four or a six. That's all he needs to do, really. If he can take 9 singles of 9 balls, hitting a boundary on one of the ten balls would give him a strike rate of 130 or150.

  • ry13 on May 18, 2010, 5:59 GMT

    Why is everyone so obsessed with the fact that Clarke is Ponting's successor??? Ricky isn't retiring tomorrow......And when he does it will be a huge blow to Oz.... Anyways lets enjoy of what's left of ricky...

  • Markus971 on May 18, 2010, 2:34 GMT

    The Clarke & Hussey partnership wasn't good enough! Not quick enough. Notice D.Hussey scored 59 in 54 balls! Thats 9 overs!! Australia's last 10 overs were around 100 runs! If they (the late order batsman) were given 2 or 3 more overs, the pressure on the English would have been (marginally) greater. ?? Well Done to the England Team. To Good. How about a best of 3 final series? (Or first to 2.) In a Day!!

  • Puppster23 on May 18, 2010, 2:01 GMT

    @Geraldine Mate, Clarke came back into the test side just on the basis of one knock where he scored 201* for the Blues. The other thing is with Australia playing right through the year, when do u expect Clarke to play T20 at the domestic level...???

  • Geraldine on May 17, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    Puppster, you are the only here that wants Clarke to play for Australia (from those that actually want Australia to win.) He may go on to become a T20 player, but International level is not the place to learn a trade. He has to go back to domestic level and learn how to play T20 there. Suggesting that Clarke should play T20's for Australia is like saying that David Warner should play tests for Australia -- there is nothing to base your opinion on besides that you like him. He has never shown that he has the ability to play T20's, so it it really just wishful thinking on the part of you and the selectors.

  • Geraldine on May 17, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    @puppster Clarke was chosen for the test side on the back of solid performances at domestic level, so even when he dipped in form, he had already proved that he had the ability. By contrast in T20, Clarke has no domestic or international accomplishments to speak of. It is not just a dip in form. It is naive and wild extrapolation to suggest that success at test cricket should translate into T20 success. In Clarke's case it never has and there is no reason to think it ever will.

  • Wizza9994 on May 17, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    "But with Clarke being Ponting's vice-captain in Tests and one-dayers it was the logical step." Not the logical step, but the easy, lazy, non thinking step. He should only really now be playing for Australia in Test cricket, where he excels. He began as an outstanding ODI player, however his record in ODIs has been poor in the last few years. As a comparison, his record up to the end of the 2007 World Cup, and since then, is as follows: Span Mat Runs Ave SR 2003-2007 112 3329 45.6 82.85 2007-2010 61 1960 37.69 69.75

    And in that time, looking at all ODIs played between the 8 leading nations, he ranks as follows for strike rate: Of players with 250 or more runs: 84th of 91 players Of players with 500 or more runs: 58th of 62 players Of players with 1000 or more runs: 31st of 31 players

    They are the numbers. Interpret them as you will.

    The corresponding rankings from the start of his career to the end of the 2007 WC were: 39th of 155 29th of 109 23rd of 72

  • Tazelaar on May 17, 2010, 17:49 GMT

    coulda been a different game if he didn't run out warner like that - certainly white and the husseys should have been further up the order but it doesn't matter that much (T20 there is a lot of luck involved and anyone can win it really)- good to see australia playing a lot better generally throughout the tournament and well done england - i guess they are not struggling to find room in the trophy cabinet...

  • Puppster23 on May 17, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    Hoggy, Ponting didn't realise anything mate; he had two poor T20 WC campaigns in a row, so he had to go. Also he thinks quitting T20, would give him a chance to play in 2013 Ashes series in the UK!!

  • Puppster23 on May 17, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    A lot of ppl just judging Clarke on the way he has been batting in OD cricket since the end of the 2007 ODI WC. His stirke-rate has indeed dipped alarmingly since then, which tells me its more or of a mindset thing, rather than him lacking attacking prowess...

  • Puppster23 on May 17, 2010, 16:55 GMT

    Pup is still 29, so its not like he has no time to work on his T20 game. In 06-07 everyone was saying Clarke isn't good enough to play tests, as he is dasher with a loose technique, he certainly changed a few opinions since then, pretty confident he would do it again...

  • AD_Sonic on May 17, 2010, 16:45 GMT

    Good on Clarke for being honest... This is his first loss as the T20 captain but I think he should seriously consider about him as a T20 player. My Team : 1.Warner 2.Watson 3.Marsh 4 .White(capt) 5.D.Hussey 6.M.Hussey 7. Haddin 8.Johnson 9. Hauritz 10.Nannes 11.Tait and about the ashes: It's a different ball game remember that.... Aussies will come out hard....

  • Rothiq on May 17, 2010, 15:43 GMT

    Clarke needs to go, so does Haddin. His strike rate and average in T20 are just as poor as Clarke's. Bring in Shaun Marsh and Ronchi and give the captaincy to White.

  • zak123kaif on May 17, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    Michael Clarke is definitely the 'Mike Brearly' of Australia in 20-20 cricket.

  • Rothiq on May 17, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    Clarke needs to go, so does Haddin. His strike rate and average in this form are just as poor as clarke's. Bring in shawn marsh and Ronchi and give White the captaincy.

  • bigboss165 on May 17, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    can someone please tell me why doug bollinger didnt play in this tournament he was the in form man and the perfect man to pick up the extra wickets and put pressure on the english batsmen. Not taking anything away from england they played marvellously but hussey (micheal) should have come up the order and even though david made a wel played 50-odd it was costly he used up too much balls. The loss doesnt matter the boys played brilliantly for the rest of the tournament and england was just too strong for us today - their fielding, batting and bowling. But after the amazing semifinal i can proudly say I'm a Australian and I'm not ashamed we got beat in the final to a better team

  • bobagorof on May 17, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    @Paul Cooper: Clarke has certainly been overrated throughout his career but he's turned into one of Australia's most reliable Test batsmen and he's one of the younger ones too. I don't believe his current record warrants a place in the Twenty20 side, but I would be loathe to have White as captain as he's proven himself to be unsporting - he once impeded a batsman making his ground in a domestic match and then appealed for a run out. Tactically good, but not captaincy material in my book. As for who would replace Ponting - none of the Aussie batsmen come close to Ponting in his pomp so that rules out everyone according to your criteria. Luckily, Ponting has been in decline for several years so others are much closer. But once he retires, the list of candidates who will be there for more than 18 months is pretty slim. Clarke almost gets it by default.

  • on May 17, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    Pup take a bow!!!! atleast youhave the guts to admit your not so colorful performance in the series... still you are one of the better players in the team..... Any T20 team always needs a batter in the middle who can hold things together... and you stand tall in comparison to the Dhonis, Afridis and Gayles..... well done boy....

  • Hoggy_1989 on May 17, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    I don't think Clarke should be in the T20 team. I think Ponting realised it wasn't his game...and thats why he retired from it. Not saying Clarke should do the same...but his captaincy should definitely be noted for future when Ponting does retire. Now to replace Clarke; I think it should either be Tim Paine as a keeper, with Haddin a specialist No. 3 (or the other way around, either way would work), or play the extra spinner in Hauritz. Steve Smith has shown in domestic cricket he's got enough skill with the bat to go up a spot in the batting order to accommodate Hauritz below him...and two specialist spinners in T20 is not a bad idea at all. 5 specialist bowlers, and Watson in case one of the express pace bowlers gets belted.

  • ZEUS00 on May 17, 2010, 14:02 GMT

    I think the Aussies in recent times have realized that matches are not always won through the auto suggestion "We are Australians we always win blah blah..!" England went about their business in a clinical, unpretentious fashion, and consequently they were the more popular team as well. Humility is being learned by the Aussie players now which is a great sign, and is reflected in Clarke's above comments as well. Previous Aussie captains would justify a defeat with comments like: "It just wasn't our day", "We were not fielding our best side", "Ponting was run out by a substitute fieldsman" etc. All lame (and indirectly self-promoting) excuses and not once acknowledging the efforts of the opposition and accepting defeat graciously. Clarke was great in the post-match presentation today.

  • simon_w on May 17, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    @Nuxxy you make a good point that the Aussie selection was probably not ideal, but once they're out on the pitch there was nothing Clarke could do about that. "He should never have brought Watson back on for his second over" - but who would you have bowled instead? David Hussey? Clarke himself? *Michael* Hussey?

    Aussies payed the price for a lack of bowling options - but then, if they'd picked a another bowler they wouldn't have had Mr. Cricket at 7, and would be rather less imposing as a batting line-up. So I wonder. With hindsight it's easy to say it might have been better to pick Harris and/or Bollinger, but I'm still not sure they would have beaten this England team.

  • on May 17, 2010, 13:29 GMT

    Well i am Australian, and the way England were treated by Bangaladesh and the press when they were there a couple of months ago, now i say to you all good on England and you banga,s try playing cricket and stop accusing umpires of cheating and play the game as it should be then world cricket might start to respect you, we don,t like whinges and Bangladesh are the worst in the world.

  • Bollo on May 17, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    First of all, congrats to England. Worthy winners. I`ll let the fact that a grand total of 12 runs scored in the final were scored by men born in England... go through to the keeper. Great work Colly.

    As for Mr Graham McMillan Thomas`comment that it`s not hard to work out which team will start favourite for the upcoming Ashes series, the 24 years since England last won a live test Down Under leads me to only one conclusion.

  • Nuxxy on May 17, 2010, 12:22 GMT

    The difference is that Mahela and Kallis remade themselves by moving up the order. Australia's opening pair is good and solid, and there's no point putting Clarke there. If Kallis had to bat 3 or lower then he shouldn't be in the SA team.

    I don't remember people ever complaining about AB de Villier's ability in T20.

  • Winsome on May 17, 2010, 12:05 GMT

    Puppster, Clarke has been the slowest Aus batter in ODI's for about the past 2 years. So it made no sense apart from the training wheels for captaincy to give him an undroppable job in a format he is really poor at.

    He is an excellent test player, an ok ODI (has no attacking impulse though) so he should be concentrating on them.

  • on May 17, 2010, 12:02 GMT

    Clark was the reason for aussie defeat...they would have been better off having Hussey leading the team

  • Puppster23 on May 17, 2010, 11:41 GMT

    Two yrs ago, ppl flogging Clarke would have been saying the same things about Mahela,Kallis, De Villiers, Mike Hussey, etc... So I think all he needs is a bit more flair in his OD game and probably a stint in the IPL...

  • Puppster23 on May 17, 2010, 11:25 GMT

    Its unbelievable how everyone is hell bent on seeing Clarke getting axed. The lad himself has honestly said his T20 game needs improvement, but he won't improve without playing, would he? Ppl are forgetting that Clarke hasn't played T20 at the domestic level because of international commitments, due to which he hasn't really got a hang of the format, its only since he became captain that he is even getting decent batting opportunities.

  • Puppster23 on May 17, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    Its unbelievable how everyone is hell bent on seeing Clarke getting axed. The lad himself has honestly said his T20 game needs improvement, but he won't improve without playing, would he? People are forgetting that Clarke hasn't played T20 at the domestic level because of international commitments, due to which he hasn't really got a hang of the format, its only since he became captain that he is even getting decent batting opportunities.

  • Puppster23 on May 17, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    Its unbelievable how everyone is hell bent on seeing Clarke getting axed. The lad himself has honestly said his T20 game needs improvement, but he won't improve without playing, would he? People are forgetting that Clarke hasn't played T20 at the domestic level because of international commitments, due to which he hasn't really got a hang of the format, its only since he became captain that he is even getting decent batting opportunities. Clarke is class player, and this sort of criticism would surely make him lift his game, and bring back that flair into his OD game, that has been missing for the last 2 yrs...

  • beepau on May 17, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    Drop Clarke. Make White Captain. Bring in John Hastings to take place as fifth bowler/lower order hitter.

  • on May 17, 2010, 9:37 GMT

    Michael Clarke is over-rated and has been all his international career. He is nothing on Ricky Ponting and it would be a shame if he is named our next test captain. In fact, I think that if he is named, then test cricket will be the worse for it. If he wasn't from NSW, he would never have been picked. As Lara would say, why the bloody hell are you in the team?

  • ian_ghose on May 17, 2010, 9:26 GMT

    Introspective and candidly human....Indians take note :-)

  • Mitcher on May 17, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    Agree 100% ozziefan. Once clarke decided to stop hitting the ball on the up he gave away chances of being top T20 player. And that's a good thing. He's of much more use to Australia in ODI and Tests than in slapdash T20 where the bashers can have their fun. Australian selectors were right to stick with him for a time as they're wanting to groom him for bigger captaincy jobs but time is up. Congrats to England on a good win. Bring on the Urn!!

  • Dhoni_fan_from_a_dada_era on May 17, 2010, 9:19 GMT

    Clarke is not suitable for T20 because he lacked that attacking mindset in batting. However he's a gem of a batsman and should concentrate on his test batting mroe. The way he batted against NZ in that test this year after all the fiasco relating to his privet life, was wonderful to watch. He's a very good human being and a great cricketer. But probably T2o isn't his ballgame.

  • on May 17, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    Dear, my point is that atleast he realizes and admits, whether it is after or before.......doesn't matter.......Aussies really have far better players than clarke in T20 format and without any doubt White will be the right choice for future............. Now tell me bout Afridi captaincy and his performance as an individual in this tournament............BIG ZERO TO HIM.....

  • on May 17, 2010, 9:03 GMT

    releived watching loser's faces of Australians ... not every day is ur "happy go lucky day" ... congraulations to England

  • Winsome on May 17, 2010, 8:59 GMT

    First of all, England were worthy winners, far more professional than the Aussies in the final. They played very attacking and confident cricket.

    At least Clarke is aware that it is not a form issue and is just complete unsuitability for the format. Check out his record in the last 2 years, really quite dismal. He really wants to captain though, so if CA don't make him step down and they won't, we are stuck with him. But he must bite the bullet and put himself down the order, preferably between Smith and MJ, or even depending on circumstances after MJ, this nonsense about batting 3 is one of the most harmful things he can do for the team.

  • ozziefan08 on May 17, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    Although Clarke has been a very good captain throughout the tournament T20 has been around for long enough to sort out the good and the bad. I think Clarke needs to go from the T20 side. He used to be a dasher and hitter until he got dropped from the test side all those years ago and he had to change his game and he has been a better test and ODI player since. By now he should of worked out his game for T20 but he keeps floundering, time to give White his chance. England did it with making Collingwood captain and look at what that has done. Time to go Clarkey

  • on May 17, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    Dears please do not hide the fact:

    When they beat Pakistan he was a good captian after they lost to England he become bad, in my view it is a chance they give to England to win their 1st Worldcup (gift)

    I am An Afghani but i am big fan of aussies team Super-Super-Super Star Mr. David Warner & Watson

  • on May 17, 2010, 8:48 GMT

    I think he should have thought that earlier in the tournament, not at the end .....

  • on May 17, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    now, that's what i called self assessment , wat a player he is and a fair human being at the same time.

  • XrSxLxN on May 17, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    Michael Clarke is a good captain but Aussies don't need him for that. Cameron White is a great captain in this format with tons of experience. Clarke is definitely not a No.3 material either, a position affiliated with Ricky Ponting, the undisputed king of counter-attacking. During his long career, Ricky never got team under pressure, never stopped runs from flowing without even being reckless, Clarke cannot do on his best day. So please, drop Clarke, make White captain and give chance to players like Adam Voges or Shaun Marsh who are better suited for this format, or Danial Christian and James Hopes who can hit harder and bring more balance to the team with their bowling, Watson and Smith likes to get hit out of park too often to not have back-up bowlers ... taking about that, Why would you give Watson 3rd over when he went for 24 runs in 2 overs? There is certain David Hussey who can bowl pretty well in this format too, you know? so much for good captaincy.

  • Great_Nate on May 17, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    I think they should make Cameron white captain. Clarke seems to be a nice guy, but it hasn't done it in Twenty20. They need to be picking guys that are playing t20, and IPL. Gilchrist, Hayden and Warne would have all done better jobs than clarkey.

  • sweetspot on May 17, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    You've got to be kidding me this guy is captain of THIS Aussie team! Clarkey, make way for someone else, please. Even an extra bowler would be immense compared to the size of the weak link this guy proves to be. Pakistan missed a trick by getting him out too early. Or else, Clarke would have eaten up twenty more balls and scored sixteen more runs. England too got him out too early, after he had eaten just 27 balls to score 27. "Not upto scratch!"? We know you're the master of underperformance, but didn't realize you were the master of understatement too. Get out of the way Clarkey! T20 is for bigger boys and you have a lot of them!

  • ry13 on May 17, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    Now this is the guy who will replace Punter whenever the latter retires.....Looking at his Captaincy and inability to play up the order....I just hope Ricky never retires.. :) or if he does then after Clarke retires..

  • TheOnlyEmperor on May 17, 2010, 7:58 GMT

    Yeah, 3 captains for the 3 formats - just what the doctor ordered for Australia!

  • Nuxxy on May 17, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    Same match without Clarke slowing things down and running out Warner, and with Ryan Harris/Doug Bollinger in to bowl instead of Watson = Ozzie win. Clarke is not a T20 player, and his captaincy in the final was not the best. He should never have brought Watson back on for his second over (the English were clearly targeting him), and should have had a close mid-wicket for Smith, especially against Kieswetter, who is not a strong leg-side player. Oh well. Better luck next time Oz!

  • gzawilliam on May 17, 2010, 7:31 GMT

    I think its harsh to blame Clarke for the loss of the final. Yes he was terrible during the tournament with the bat. But he was the best captain. He gave Steve Smith a real boost to his career by supporting him in tough situations and allowing himself to drop down so white, hussey could do the job. I think the main reason we did so bad was watson's form with the ball. He was the worst in the tournament for a front line bowler. A bit more form from him would of been perfect.

  • shramiac1 on May 17, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    England deserved it! Apart from the joke loss under the D & L, they were the most consistent team so as an Aussie it's not that painful to say!!! Aussies were patchy in their wins and the semi showed it! The bowlers looked tired and that showed in the final against a consistent team. Clarke as captain is good and will be an excellent Test and ODI captain but as a T20 player he ain't so good! Ponting is still a better T20 player than Clarke and I can't understand why he doesn't play? Still there is the White road to ponder too. There are older players than him playing the 3 formats. And I've never seen a batsman dance down the wicket to a spinner and give a lolly catch as many times as Clarke does? I still think Jayawardene should have been player of the tournament though!

  • on May 17, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    Danny Morrison rightly commented that Clarke should be replaced by Cameron White. Clarke is not an inspirational Captain.

  • Ianbaggygreen on May 17, 2010, 6:50 GMT

    Pity for Pup. He showed great tactician skills with aggressive intentions for his seam bowlers. He was displayed brilliant leadership qualities, but of course the obvious is that his personal performances weren't where he wanted them at. It takes a bit of courage to come out & take responsibility (which alot of other sides Captains DON'T do) so I back him entirely. I was never fully confident of his T20 skills ever since he took greater responsibility with his Test match batting & Vice-Captaincy. The sacrifices in his flashy game 3 or 4 years ago to become a solid Test match cricketer have affected his ODI game, which has possibly rippled into his confidence in T20 cricket. The pressure he also placed on himself to get cruising didn't help his natural game which can work in T20. Whether dropped or not he did a fine job as Skipper and a pity the boys didn't lift the trophy, but seeing him state the facts here is respectful. Will see what pans out. Well done England, they outplayed us

  • on May 17, 2010, 6:36 GMT

    that was candid. clarke is too good to worry abt batting performances in T20 which i think is just for fun ;)

  • mk49_van on May 17, 2010, 6:32 GMT

    Clarke is overrated, but please keep him on as captain. The other teams will benefit.

  • Christy1268 on May 17, 2010, 6:05 GMT

    Y is Doug Bollinger not in this team ?

  • CSpiers on May 17, 2010, 5:47 GMT

    Clarke has been a great captain during this tournament, pure and simple, particularly for somebody who hasn't had much experience at all captaining. look at the facts before you jump to ridiculous conclusions about what should be done. maybe we should worry about finding pakistan and south africa descent captains first.

  • Paul-in-Finland on May 17, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    England World Champs T20 - deserved winners, totally outplayed Australia - hurts to say, being an Aussie - but credit where credit is due, they played the better cricket, pure and simple..... I would drop Clarke, he is the Captain - great in Tests and 50 overs but ....Australia first, Clarke should realize himself ... bring in Ryan Harris and make White the Skipper ... I say the ICC should bring in a rule that players are ONLY allowed to play in 2 of the 3 styles....allowing more cricketers to be given shot !!

  • flushed on May 17, 2010, 4:42 GMT

    And one other thing; If the selectors dont get the message and Clarke is retained as captain could they make sure he stops calling his team "buddy" in the field.Every time I hear "(whistle)Hey Buddy..." I cringe.

  • bolwarra on May 17, 2010, 4:34 GMT

    Step out of the T20 arena clarkey, your cricket skills and mind shine for Aus in tests and ODI's, you could retire from t20 on a high knowing you captained Aus to their maiden ICC T20 final.

  • flushed on May 17, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    Good article and good comments.For Clarkes sake ,and the team,he should step down from 20/20.He is not needed as a captain as White would be an excellent captain with a fully warranted place (higher) in the batting order.In any form of cricket you must have your best batsman at no.3 .White has had success at3 in ODIs and Marsh should open and allow Watson to be one of the middle order enforcers ,particularly as that great finisher Hussey cant go on forever. Congrats to England and I would have made these comments even if we had won.

  • kickittome70 on May 17, 2010, 3:45 GMT

    I'm an Aussie and let me start by congratulating Englands superb perfomance. The sooner White replaces Clarke - the better. White has all the true hallmarks of a leader - composure, absolute respect by his teamates and competitors, a proven record of captaining winning sides and he is a twice the physical size of Clarke. Plus the fact he is a perfect 20/20 batsman and fields like a cat.

    I've never been a fan of Clarke but his test record speaks for itself. Also, he is a fantastic ODI middle-overs specialist with the bat, nudging it here and there without taking big risks.I thought he should have opened with at least one spinner, and kept saying to myself - "Where's Bollinger?"

    I must say England were very impressive. They bowled brilliantly, and their fielding was perfect. Collingwood is a great skipper. Why would Clarke put himself in at 3 when Huss should have been there. And why White was left to the end was a mystery. I was happy when Clarke was out - says it all really.

  • on May 17, 2010, 3:45 GMT

    Michael Clarke gave England an extra bowler by running out D Warner , and almost did the same with B.Haddin . That does not give anyone confidence , bar the opposition . As for being No.3 bat is a laugh . He hasn't ever , ever had the runs on the board . I think he is not particularly worried about losing the T20 captaincy , or his position in the team . He gets enough money out of being a highly paid contracted player . As for being the successor to R. Ponting , I think the Selection Committee should have a real good look at that prospect . Not hard to work out which team will start favourite to win the up-coming Ashes Series . I wonder who has backed them early ????

  • krik8crazy on May 17, 2010, 3:44 GMT

    The final is not the only game where Clarke bungled. In the semi finals he brought himself on as a bowler and conceded 15 runs. Then he came up the batting order ahead of batsmen in much better form. Mike Hussey's incredible innings got Australia to the finals but Clarke almost lost it for them.

  • popcorn on May 17, 2010, 3:44 GMT

    I am positive that Cricket Australia will not indulge in knee-jerk reactions like some other countries and axe Micharel Clarke as Captain or Team member. His cataincy,field placements and fielding are outstanding. T20 is not about hitting the ball out of the park all the time.It is about finesse too, which Clarke has plenty of. Do a little arithmetic - what will be the score if ALL batsmen score 50 each?

  • on May 17, 2010, 3:35 GMT

    Quite why Australia persist with Michael Clarke who has very little captaincy credentials and even less as a T20 batsman is beyond me, especially considering they have arguably the best T20 captain in the world already in White already in the team.

  • Nothing_Lost_For_Ever on May 17, 2010, 3:20 GMT

    Hi Freddy Mckie, if you would have listen to IC y'day "when he is not coming at no.3 then why he is in the team". Precisely for that reason he made himself available at no.3. Right time for him to rethink his priorities. Though he is very good player but currently T20 does not looks like his cup of tea.

  • adijaan on May 17, 2010, 3:18 GMT

    It was not good on part of Ausise to keep Hussey till the end, he was the best of the lot and should have come top the order, He is player who needs to play some balls and then he gets going....Anyways lot to thin out for aus about their batting...England deserved victory..The best Team in the tournament....Cheers ENG!!!!

  • powerash5000 on May 17, 2010, 3:02 GMT

    why wait for selectors to make a choice. Do it yourself and show some leadership. good test player not 20/20

  • on May 17, 2010, 2:15 GMT

    You can't knock the guy for the way he handles himself with the media. Very humble, decent and honest. Big difference from punter and very refreshing. I agree that he should give up T20 and let White captain, but I believe Clarke will be an outstanding Test and ODI captain.

  • FreddyForPrimeMinister on May 17, 2010, 2:00 GMT

    Michael Clarke is one of the game's true gentlemen as well as being an outstanding batsman and fielder. As he admits himself, it may be that his T20 performances don't quite warrant his inclusion in the team (I think Hauritz would give the team more balance, with the other batters moving up a slot) but he is a wonderful ambassador for the game and proves to all those Asian contributors on cricinfo that most Aussie cricketers are not in the least bit arrogant, they're simply self confident... and I say this as an Englishman!

    Good luck Michael, whatever your T20 future holds - though I hope the poor run of form continues throughout the Ashes later this year!!

  • Poly on May 17, 2010, 1:38 GMT

    No way should Clarke be in the 20/20 team. The other guys are carrying him-it's embarrassing. Give White a go. Poly

  • on May 17, 2010, 1:15 GMT

    Austtralia obviously lost after the first ten over in a vauge hope of resuraction through what they could against Pakistan. But co- founders of the game together in the final- that was good. Atleast Aust. walked away as runner up - these are glorious uncertinities of this sport and for that any perhaps!!

  • Geraldine on May 17, 2010, 0:44 GMT

    Michael Clarke is not out of form, he has never been a T20 player. The quicker the selectors realize that, the less pressure there will be on other batsmen to take suicidal singles or to take big risks to up the rate. It's good to see that Australia got so far with only 10 players, but that is not a long-term solution. If Clarke is to play T20 for Australia, he has to prove himself at domestic level first.

  • AjaySridharan on May 17, 2010, 0:36 GMT

    Good to see the captain being so candid about his poor run. The likes of Yuvraj and Yusuf Pathan better take note.

  • ubaidkhan007 on May 17, 2010, 0:26 GMT

    I dunno if clarke was expecting another miracle from the lower order or something .its a fluke from them to reach final.thier batting has collapsed alot of times vs pakistan vs bangladesh and today too.but someone like hussey and white rescued them,but how long?england truly played like champs in every department and deserve it ! and for aussies they need to consider clarke like himself said .afridi said captain has to lead from the front .and it showed today,however T20 is exciting entertainment and pakistan has to give it a striking by close matches against bangladesh, newzealand, england and aussies too ! so cheers to T20 !!!

  • on May 17, 2010, 0:22 GMT

    Clarke deserves to be given the boot. He's not a T20 batsman - simple as that. And his decision to bat at 3 in the final despite being dreadfully short of form put undue pressure on the rest of the order and resulted in the in-form Mike Hussey facing just 10 balls at the end of the innings. If Clarke was putting the team's gain ahead of his own selfish motives, he would have dropped down the order to 8, below Steve Smith, allowing Hussey to bat at least at 6. After all, Haddin had batted 3 previously in the tournament after an early wicket had fallen - why did it have to be different in the final?

    White has proven himself at international level as a batsman and at state level as a captain. The selectors have an easy decision to make.

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  • on May 17, 2010, 0:22 GMT

    Clarke deserves to be given the boot. He's not a T20 batsman - simple as that. And his decision to bat at 3 in the final despite being dreadfully short of form put undue pressure on the rest of the order and resulted in the in-form Mike Hussey facing just 10 balls at the end of the innings. If Clarke was putting the team's gain ahead of his own selfish motives, he would have dropped down the order to 8, below Steve Smith, allowing Hussey to bat at least at 6. After all, Haddin had batted 3 previously in the tournament after an early wicket had fallen - why did it have to be different in the final?

    White has proven himself at international level as a batsman and at state level as a captain. The selectors have an easy decision to make.

  • ubaidkhan007 on May 17, 2010, 0:26 GMT

    I dunno if clarke was expecting another miracle from the lower order or something .its a fluke from them to reach final.thier batting has collapsed alot of times vs pakistan vs bangladesh and today too.but someone like hussey and white rescued them,but how long?england truly played like champs in every department and deserve it ! and for aussies they need to consider clarke like himself said .afridi said captain has to lead from the front .and it showed today,however T20 is exciting entertainment and pakistan has to give it a striking by close matches against bangladesh, newzealand, england and aussies too ! so cheers to T20 !!!

  • AjaySridharan on May 17, 2010, 0:36 GMT

    Good to see the captain being so candid about his poor run. The likes of Yuvraj and Yusuf Pathan better take note.

  • Geraldine on May 17, 2010, 0:44 GMT

    Michael Clarke is not out of form, he has never been a T20 player. The quicker the selectors realize that, the less pressure there will be on other batsmen to take suicidal singles or to take big risks to up the rate. It's good to see that Australia got so far with only 10 players, but that is not a long-term solution. If Clarke is to play T20 for Australia, he has to prove himself at domestic level first.

  • on May 17, 2010, 1:15 GMT

    Austtralia obviously lost after the first ten over in a vauge hope of resuraction through what they could against Pakistan. But co- founders of the game together in the final- that was good. Atleast Aust. walked away as runner up - these are glorious uncertinities of this sport and for that any perhaps!!

  • Poly on May 17, 2010, 1:38 GMT

    No way should Clarke be in the 20/20 team. The other guys are carrying him-it's embarrassing. Give White a go. Poly

  • FreddyForPrimeMinister on May 17, 2010, 2:00 GMT

    Michael Clarke is one of the game's true gentlemen as well as being an outstanding batsman and fielder. As he admits himself, it may be that his T20 performances don't quite warrant his inclusion in the team (I think Hauritz would give the team more balance, with the other batters moving up a slot) but he is a wonderful ambassador for the game and proves to all those Asian contributors on cricinfo that most Aussie cricketers are not in the least bit arrogant, they're simply self confident... and I say this as an Englishman!

    Good luck Michael, whatever your T20 future holds - though I hope the poor run of form continues throughout the Ashes later this year!!

  • on May 17, 2010, 2:15 GMT

    You can't knock the guy for the way he handles himself with the media. Very humble, decent and honest. Big difference from punter and very refreshing. I agree that he should give up T20 and let White captain, but I believe Clarke will be an outstanding Test and ODI captain.

  • powerash5000 on May 17, 2010, 3:02 GMT

    why wait for selectors to make a choice. Do it yourself and show some leadership. good test player not 20/20

  • adijaan on May 17, 2010, 3:18 GMT

    It was not good on part of Ausise to keep Hussey till the end, he was the best of the lot and should have come top the order, He is player who needs to play some balls and then he gets going....Anyways lot to thin out for aus about their batting...England deserved victory..The best Team in the tournament....Cheers ENG!!!!