Arthur sees Clarke continuing his dominant run as captain well into the future
Australia coach Mickey Arthur believes that Michael Clarke is just as good of a captain as South Africa skipper Graeme Smith.
Smith is currently the most-capped Test captain in cricketing history and Arthur helped him develop into the player he is today after spending five years as South Africa’s coach.
However, Arthur believes Clarke is starting to show the signs of becoming one of the greatest captains Australia have ever seen since taking over the leadership role from veteran batsman Ricky Ponting after the 2011 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup.
News.com.au quoted Arthur as saying: “I see definite parallels between Smithy and Michael. Graeme is a phenomenal leader, he has an aura about him – he gets stuck in and when he talks people listen. Those are the qualities of all good leaders. Michael Clarke is exactly the same, he really is, when ‘Pup’ (Clarke) walks in there is a definite aura around him, when he talks people sit up and listen, he has that ability to make people listen. They are both very positive leaders, they are both guys who lead by example and they prepare meticulously.”
As of right now, Smith has won 44 out of the 95 Test matches he has been captain for, while Clarke has led Australia to victory in nine out of their last 15 Tests.
Since taking over the captaincy from Ponting, Clarke has already smashed 1355 runs, including five centuries, at an average of 58.91.