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Next Captain of Australian Cricket

  • Date Submitted: 01/28/2010 12:24 AM
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    The Australian cricket team has been the leading and most dominant cricket team in the World for over 20 years. Therefore, it is very important that the person who takes over the role of Ricky Ponting, as captain, needs to have incredible skill and ability to keep us the most dominant team in the world. There is one man who has the ability and skill to take over this job, and that is Michael Clarke.

    When Michael Clarke first entered into international cricket, he came in with a bang. Smashing 208 runs in four ODI innings’, he got everyone’s attention, not only with his animated batting, but also with brilliant fielding, and spin bowling. When he finally got a chance at playing test match cricket, he surprised everyone again. Scoring 151 in his test debut against India, and another century when he came back to Australia, many considered that this young star could be the next captain of Australia.    

    After playing international cricket for over two years, Michael Clarke’s form had a major slump. He was dropped from international cricket, after a terrible long run of bad performances with the bat. But we had not heard the end of him. When the selectors gave him a second chance in the 2006 Ashes, he came back, big time. Scoring two consecutive centuries, and ending up scoring 389 ashes runs with the average of 77.80, it was clear that a new, more responsible, and mature Clarke was back for good.   The determination that Michael Clarke displayed during this time, to resecure his place in the side, is exactly the type of character that is wanted in a captain.

    Already in Michael Clarke’s short career, he has accomplished several notable achievements. Two of the most outstanding would be, firstly, that he became the first Australian ever to score a century on both his home and tour debuts. In addition, after only one season of test cricket, he became the youngest player to receive the most prestigious award of an Australian cricketer,...

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