Arthur admitted that he saw greatness in Clarke even when he was coaching South Africa
Australia coach Mickey Arthur has revealed that he feels as if current Test captain Michael Clarke can be the greatest batsman in the world.
“He can certainly be the best batsman in the world, I think he can leave a real legacy of good Australian captaincy,” Arthur said.
Arthur, was previously the coach of the South African team, and even while he was there, he saw something special in Clarke.
“Since I’ve got to know him, see how he works and his drive to improve and succeed – that puts him on a whole new level in my mind,” Arthur added.
Since Clarke replaced Ponting as captain of the Australian team, his batting has vastly improved, and the team are starting to climb up the rankings after they took a dive when Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, Adam Gilchrist and Justin Langer retired.
“If you think of Australian cricket, you always think of positive play, you always think of batters hitting the ball, bowlers bowling with pace and fielders diving around and throwing hard, and he (Clarke) symbolises that brand of Australian cricket so much,” Arthur said.
The Australian coach also heaped praise on Clarke for his outstanding captaincy, both on and off the field.
“He’s outstanding. I think the way he’s captained has been superb in my observation since I’ve come in. I can’t speak highly enough of what he’s brought to the team,” Arthur said.