Australian Captain

Australian Captain - Michael Clarke

Australian cricket captain, Michael Clarke, is quickly following in his predecessor Ricky Ponting's shoes by becoming a legend of the game. Clarke still has a long way to go to match the feats of Ponting but the last few years suggest that there are plenty more runs to come from his bat and he could well become a record breaker.

Clarke replaced Ponting as captain of the Test and One-Day International sides in 2011 after he took over from Ponting in the last Test of the 2010/11 Ashes series. He had been Twenty20 captain before that but he quit that role to concentrate solely on the Test and One-Day stuff. Clarke has faced a tough task since taking on the top job though as he taken over a side that is very much in transition, with the likes of Mike Hussey and Ponting retiring from the international arena in recent years.

'Pup', as he is known by his teammates, hasn't been weighed down by the burden of captaincy though as he continues to average over 50 with the bat and he has caught the eye with his aggressive, forward thinking style of captaincy. Clarke rarely takes a backward step and if there is an opportunity to force a result then he will take it more often than not.

Captaincy appears to suit Clarke as he has been scoring runs galore, including triple hundreds in a home series win over India in 2012, where he scored 626 runs at an average of 125.20. Clarke continues to be one of the few bright spots for Australia and he will be keen to write himself into Ashes history with a big series against England.

Indeed, Clarke is likely to be favourite in the top Australia batsman betting for the upcoming Ashes series, while he will be keen to lead from the front and inspire his teammates to glory in cricket's ultimate series.

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