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Saddle up, Captain Siddle?

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    Michael Clarke’s hamstring strain has opened a can of worms for Australian cricket, as the debate of who should lead Australia in next week’s Boxing Day Test, should Clarke not recover, gains spectacular intrigue.

    In the absence of Clarke, his deputy Shane Watson would seemingly be favourite to lead on arguably the biggest day in the Australian cricketing calendar.

    However, the jury is still out on how to effectively manage his workload without succumbing to injury.

    The captaincy would only further burden Watson, who is coming off the most strenuous bowling return of his career, sending down 47.4 overs in Australia’s 11th hour, 137-run victory in Hobart.

    More importantly for the Australians is Watson’s form with the bat and so far this summer, he is yet to hit full flight.

    Australian cricket constantly asks a lot of the champion all-rounder, surely the added pressure of captaining your country would only further weigh on Watson’s hulking shoulders.

    John Inverarity and company would be well advised to think outside the box for this particular scenario should it eventuate, and select the one member of the current Test team who has epitomised pride, determination and mental toughness in recent times.

    Peter Siddle has been outstanding for the past 18 months and just reward for the patriotic Victorian would be to lead his country into battle at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, his home.

    Although bowling captains are scarce on the international scene, the merits of Siddle leading could potentially lift his game further as he aspires to inspire his teammates.

    As a bowler he is a captain’s dream as he runs in all day and puts his heart and soul into every delivery. As a captain, Siddle would be a bowler’s dream as he understands a bowler’s wants and needs.

    As is the case under Clarke’s tenure, attacking fields would be a formality. The distinct advantage Siddle possess is he understands the art of bowling and furthermore a bowler’s thought process.

    Siddle would be an inspired choice and would allow Watson to focus on his batting, which, in the absence of the prolific Clarke, will be vital to the outcome.

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    • December 19th 2012 @ 7:23am
      Jason said | December 19th 2012 @ 7:23am | ! Report

      There is a rule against Victorians being made captain of Australia.

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      December 19th 2012 @ 8:19am
      Redb said | December 19th 2012 @ 8:19am | ! Report

      Got my vote 🙂

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      December 19th 2012 @ 9:04am
      TheGenuineTailender said | December 19th 2012 @ 9:04am | ! Report

      Won’t happen.

      • December 19th 2012 @ 9:38am
        matt h said | December 19th 2012 @ 9:38am | ! Report

        But what if it did? Happy Gilmore for cricket.

    • December 19th 2012 @ 9:34am
      Brian said | December 19th 2012 @ 9:34am | ! Report

      Given the way Siddle chuckled at the ball tampering affair I don’t think he is captaincy material. Leave it with Watto

      • December 19th 2012 @ 9:48am
        jameswm said | December 19th 2012 @ 9:48am | ! Report

        What was he supposed to do?

        • December 19th 2012 @ 11:42am
          Brian said | December 19th 2012 @ 11:42am | ! Report

          A simple I didn’t and never had would be enough without the smirk and commentary that Australians don’t ball tamper. Not saying there was anything wrong with it but a captain needs a certain intelligence and media knowhow and Siddle does not strike me as having it.

          Clarke answer that he didn’t know about it and that they didn’t do it is exactly what I would expect from an Australian Captain.

          Anyway there is a vice captain who is fit so I am not sure why anyone thinks he should not captain should Clarke not play

          • December 19th 2012 @ 1:09pm
            jameswm said | December 19th 2012 @ 1:09pm | ! Report

            Because he wouldn’t be very good at it and has enough to worry about with his own form.

            I liked the cheek Siddle showed in answering the question. Can’t an Australian captain have fun?

            Sorry, but I still don’t see what he did wrong. We don’t do it, wouldn’t and don’t need to. Good answers.

    • December 19th 2012 @ 9:49am
      jameswm said | December 19th 2012 @ 9:49am | ! Report

      I’d have Hussey captaining them. He’s the obvious choice. Smart, reliable, respected.

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        December 19th 2012 @ 11:48am
        TheGenuineTailender said | December 19th 2012 @ 11:48am | ! Report

        Agreed. I’m sure Watson is capable of doing a good job though.

        • December 19th 2012 @ 1:14pm
          sittingbison said | December 19th 2012 @ 1:14pm | ! Report

          I’m not. He displays not a single attribute of being a leader of men or tactical acumen of captaincy.

    • December 19th 2012 @ 9:59am
      Whiteline said | December 19th 2012 @ 9:59am | ! Report

      Hussey is the only option. Smart has to be a characteristic.

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