Clarke maturing into a fine captain: Warne

Former Australian spinner Shane Warne believes Michael Clarke is turning out to be a fine captain.

“At the moment he is captain of the Twenty20 side and he is a doing bloody good job,” Warne said in Brisbane, where he was coaching the nation’s developing spinners at the Centre of Excellence.

“I think they are playing a good brand of cricket. I think what you are seeing is him maturing – he is becoming a good leader and good player,” he added.

“Australia probably at the moment are playing the most dominant cricket. They have really beaten teams comprehensively throughout this (World Twenty20) tournament,” he said.

“Having played against England, they played positive cricket against us. If they can maintain that level of play then I think they are probably the one team left that can challenge Australia’s pace attack,” he added.

Clarke is one of the world’s finest batsmen at Test and one-day international level but his batting performances in Twenty20, leading into the Super Eights match against the West Indies staged early this morning (Melbourne time), do not alone command a place in the side.

Before this morning’s match in St Lucia, he had made 32 runs at 10.66 during the ICC World Twenty20, with a career average of 22.18.

He is also one of Australia’s least experienced players in the shortest form of the game, having opted out of the Indian Premier League and has not played in the domestic Big Bash because of international commitments. (ANI)

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