Former Australian captain Michael Clarke believes David Warner should not be appointed as the Australia captain now. Notably, David Warner was handed a permanent ban from leadership roles in the Australia post the ball-tampering scandal in 2018.
Aaron Finch’s retirement from ODIs has floated Warner’s name for the captaincy role, which is under reconsideration by the Cricket Australia. However, CA has already tasked Pat Cummins to lead the squad in 50-over format of the game, and he is likely to be the captain in the upcoming ODI World Cup in India next year.
Meanwhile, World Cup-winning captain Michael Clarke believes David Warner is an instrumental cog in the squad, and can be very lethal against any opponent, but appointing a 36-year-old as national captain will not be the ‘right call.’
As quoted by Daily Mail, Clarke hailed Warner for his tactical abilities but believes his age could be a factor that must be taken into consideration.
“Tactically Davey is very good. I have watched him do the IPL and he has been brilliant, one of the best. But at 36 years of age, I will be very surprised if they go that way. I think they have made it pretty clear what they feel. If you are fighting for Davey to be captain, it’s for marketing reasons,” said Warner.
Prolific batter further opined that Cricket Australia must promote youngsters like Cameron Green to take up the responsibility and the team management should have had a few players ready to take up captaincy by now.
“We should be promoting the youngsters as much as we can. We need to be finding leadership in our domestic cricket. There should be five, six, seven players that are in a position to take over a leadership role if it comes up. I'm not sure if we're working hard enough on that or see the importance of that,” Clarke added.