Australia Captain Clarke On The Road To Becoming One Of The Greats
The world is a funny place. Opinions change as fast as the direction the wind blows. A while ago Michael Clarke appeared to be the fill-in captain. One who would keep the Australian side ticking over, until the team improved enough to challenge the very best again. But, in a moment that has changed Clarke’s luck, he is now being talked about in the same breath as other great Australian cricket captains.
Not every captain starts his leadership with instant success. It has taken a while for Michael Clarke to find his rhythm, but also create his team. He was the one to take on the team Ponting had put his stamp on. But the current Aussie side is a group that Clarke has put together, the recipe of players that works for him and his style of captaincy and cricket.
More challenges wait for Clarke
Clarke’s defining time will come in the next two years, during which we will see whether he becomes one of the great Australian cricket captains. Which will prove whether or not he will be able to sustain the current change in form, and take his team up the rankings. Having just beaten England at home, his next challenge is a little more steep. A three test series in South Africa, which will be a severe challenge. After which they will be playing against India, before another Ashes series in 2015.
Both he and Darren Lehmann have managed to create a good atmosphere on and off the field, which is beginning to show in their results. History shows that there have been some top quality Australian cricket captains. Ones who have achieved the biggest goals in the game. Steve Waugh, Mark Taylor and Allan Border were all tough leaders. Who had very good communication and man-management skills, along with a very tactical mind.
Border was the captain who taught his men and the subsequent generations of players that you should never give your wicket away, and never give in. Michael Clarke is on the path to being held in the same light as those captains, he obviously has the potential. The current dismantling of England is evidence of just that.