Michael Clarke, former Australia captain has revealed that he saved his predecessor two-time World Cup-winning skipper Ricky Ponting from getting dropped from the nationwide facet after taking on the reins of the nationwide staff.
It’s not frequent for Australian captains to proceed taking part in after stepping down as they normally retire whereas nonetheless in cost. Allan Border, Mark Taylor, Steve Waugh, and even Michael Clarke himself, are among the examples.
Michael Clarke Fought To Preserve Ricky Ponting In Staff When He Took Captaincy
Nevertheless, it wasn’t the case with Ricky Ponting, one of the crucial profitable captains in Check historical past. Ricky Ponting stepped down from the Australian captaincy after the 2011 World Cup, and expectably Michael Clarke took over. Ricky Ponting remained dedicated to the staff’s trigger and obtained backing from his long-time vice-captain, who believed in his expertise and talent.
Chatting with former NRL star Brett Finch on his Uncensored podcast, Michael Clarke revealed that Australian selectors have been eager to maneuver on and drop Ricky Ponting to offer the brand new chief with a contemporary atmosphere.
“After I took over the captaincy, that’s why I fought to maintain Ricky,” mentioned Michael Clarke.
“The selectors mentioned, ‘Very not often does a captain stand down and keep within the staff, so when you don’t really feel comfy … it’s time for Ricky to go’.
“I mentioned, ‘We want him. We want him for his batting, however he’ll be one other coach for us’. So I fought laborious to maintain him, I wished him there. I assumed he performed a giant half in serving to that youthful era get to the extent we wanted to. If he was batting at 80 per cent, he was higher than anyone else at No. three or No. 4. We predict the grass is greener on a regular basis. Very not often is it.”
Though Ricky Ponting has admitted that his kind tailed off within the final section of his profession, he nonetheless had the backing of his captain and ended up taking part in 16 Assessments beneath Michael Clarke between 2011 and late 2012, scoring 1,015 runs at a mean of 37.59.
This section introduced his profession batting common down from the mid-50s to 51.85. Ricky Ponting was the captain of the Australian cricket staff once they received the 2003 and 2007 World Cup.
Ricky Ponting performed 375 ODIs for Australia and scored 13704 runs at a mean of 42.04. He additionally has 30 centuries and 82 fifties. Even within the Check format, Ricky Ponting has 13378 runs in 168 matches with 41 hundred. Ricky Ponting is taken into account one of the crucial profitable captains in worldwide cricket historical past, with 220 victories in 324 matches with a successful ratio of 67.91%.
Michael Clarke By no means Dreamt Of Captaining Australia
In 2013, Ricky Ponting revealed in his autobiography that he didn’t really feel as supported by Michael Clarke, the vice-captain. The latter admitted to the identical in his autobiography too. In an interview with Brett Finch, Michael Clarke admitted that he discovered it laborious to be Ricky Ponting’s understudy due to the inevitable wait.
“I dreamt of taking part in for Australia, however I by no means dreamt of captaining Australia. I discovered it actually tough after I was vice-captain that there was an expectation that I used to be at all times going to be the following captain. I hated that. I might somewhat have stayed a teenager or be captain. I wasn’t superb on the in-between,” added the 40-year-old.
Michael Clarke debuted for Australia in 2003 and was instantly tipped to be a future Australian captain. He was promoted to the function of vice-captain after Adam Gilchrist’s retirement in 2008. Michael Clarke led Australia between 2011 and 2015. Throughout his tenure, he grew to become the fourth Australian captain after Allan Border, Steve Waugh, and Ricky Ponting (twice) to win the ODI World Cup.