Cricket

Clarke future skipper?

2010-03-11 10:59
Michael Clarke (File)

Sydney - Australian great Steve Waugh is backing Michael Clarke to make a name for himself as a future Test captain despite his current high-profile off-field troubles, reports said on Thursday.

Vice-captain Clarke, 29, caused a storm when he quit Australia's tour of New Zealand on Sunday to rush home and sort out his troubled relationship with 22-year-old fiancee, swimsuit model Lara Bingle.

Newspapers have reported that Clarke wanted to be with Bingle, who has threatened to sue an Australian Rules footballer after a photo of her in the shower appeared in a gossip magazine.

Bingle told the same magazine, Woman's Day, this week that she felt "violated" by the photo, taken during a brief affair in 2006.

Debate has raged over Clarke's suitability to eventually replace Ricky Ponting as Australia's next Test and one-day captain.

But Waugh, who won 41 of his 57 Test matches as captain up until 2004 in a golden era in Australian cricket, said Clarke's leadership ambitions should be judged by his performances and not off-field dramas.

"I hope it doesn't affect his captaincy, I don't think it would," Waugh told The Australian. "Michael has captained the team in the past and I don't think this would stop that in the future."

Waugh said other Test players had experienced similar situations in the past without leaving the team.

"It's a difficult one, it's a personal issue. If it was for the benefit of the team and Michael then these things have to be negotiated," he said.

Thursday's press carried speculation that Australia's sporting glamour couple had broken off their engagement and split up.

There were reports of the appearance of a removals truck outside their Sydney apartment on Wednesday, and Bingle was photographed without her engagement ring.

Clarke has been named in a 14-man squad for the two-Test series against the Kiwis later this month.

But Cricket Australia's general manager of cricket Michael Brown conceded he does not know when Clarke will return to New Zealand.

"I've talked to him over the last few days and we have a Test tour looming," he said. "I would hope he's part of that group.

"But unless he's ready to go, there's no point going.

"We'll talk again over the next couple of days and our intention hopefully is to get him back in the side for the Test match."

Clarke has played 58 Tests and 173 one-day internationals since his ODI debut in 2003 and has taken over from Ponting the captaincy of Australia's Twenty20 team.

Read more on:    michael clarke  |  steve waugh
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • SS3
    Thu, 31 Jul 2014 @04:00
  • SS4
    Thu, 31 Jul 2014 @05:00
  • SS5
    Thu, 31 Jul 2014 @05:59
  • SS7
    Thu, 31 Jul 2014 @06:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 
 
Featured Blog

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
Vote

Which cricketer is currently of most value to the Proteas' Test team?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

TV schedule Plan your couch time with our searchable sport TV guide

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.