The Australian cricket team selectors have again proven that they are not up to the task of selecting the best cricket team to represent this country in the most prestigious and important cricket competition. The captain of the Australian cricket team is the most prestigious appointment in Australian sport, a fact clearly ignored by the selectors.
The appointment of Michael Clarke is a very poor decision. Coming on top of so many other poor decisions, the selectors must go.
Firstly, Michael Clarke is hopelessly out of form and has a vulnerable technique. Rather than adding to his work load, the selectors should have lightened his load in the hope that he can resurrect his batting. The team, now and in the future, needs him to score runs – more than ever now that Ricky Ponting is not playing.
Secondly, Michael Clarke’s personal priorities are not conducive to the massive leadership role required to refloat this sinking ship.
Thirdly, Michael Clarke is not of sufficient determination or character to lead the team on and off the field.
The rebuilding of the team needs to commence as soon as possible. We have learned from the Simpson and Border eras, that the captaincy is a critical appointment. The captain sets the agenda, the team culture and the psyche.
The Chappell, Taylor, Waugh eras also demonstrate the importance and the influence of the captain.
The next test match is in August 2011. This allows for a new captain to consult with the experts and formulate his plans ready for implementation after the World Cup.
For those not in favour of Michael Clarke becoming the next long term captain of the Australian Test team, perversely, the selectors’ decision is a good one.
The pressure of finding form and rebuilding the team may result in the dropping of him from the team altogether in the future.
One poor decision will result in more, harder decisions in the future.