SYDNEY: Michael Clarke was retained as Australia’s Twenty20 captain for the series with Pakistan in England despite his below-par batting performances in T20 cricket.
Wicketkeeper Tim Paine was dropped while opener Shaun Marsh was selected in the national one-day squad to play in England and Ireland in June and July, replacing fellow West Australian Adam Voges, after recovering from injury.
Clarke’s top score was just 27 in the Caribbean tournament and he ended the event with 92 runs at a meagre average of 15.33. But selectors stayed with him as captain of a 14-man squad to play Pakistan in two T20 internationals at Edgbaston on July 5 and 6.
“We don’t have any doubt that he has a definite role to play in Twenty20 cricket, which predominantly is a little bit different to some,” said chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch.
“While it was disappointing to lose the ICC World Twenty20 final, Australia has made great progress in Twenty20 cricket in the last 12 months, winning an extremely high percentage of our games and of course being the only undefeated side in the tournament until the final.”
Published in the Express Tribune, May 25th, 2010.
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