Australia will dominate Twenty20 as well: Clarke
Sydney : Michael Clarke, who will lead Australia in a Twenty20 match against New Zealand, believes that the one-day champions would dominate the shortest form of the game as well.
“When you look at (Australian) one-day team every player could play Twenty20 cricket. They all have natural ability, they have an instinct and all enjoy the fast format of the game,” The Sydney Morning Herald Tuesday quoted Clarke as saying.
“It is up to the selectors to work out who they believe is best suited but I believe everyone in the one-day team could play his role.”
Clarke, who is being groomed by Cricket Australia (CA) as the future captain, also said that he doesn’t want to look ahead, and just wants to enjoy the opportunities and challenge.
“I don’t want to look too far ahead. Ricky (Ponting) is our leader and a fantastic one. I will just enjoy the challenge and opportunity,” he said.
“That is crucial for me now. I will enjoy the challenge of this game but I have to keep learning and improving my own game so that I stay in the team.”
Clarke was delighted to lead Australia in the Twenty20 match against New Zealand but said this provided no evidence that he would eventually succeed Ponting in the permanent job.
“There are a lot of guys in the team who could captain but Ricky is only 32 and I hope he will be around for a lot longer,” Clarke said.
“When Ricky decides to hang up his boots, who knows what will happen or who will be in the team. Hopefully I will still be playing but Ricky could play until he is 50.”