Clarke has been unstoppable over the past year
Former Australia captain Greg Chappell has announced that skipper Michael Clarke should have no problems joining the 13,000-run club in Test cricket if he continues scoring at the rate he currently is.
Chappell even hinted that Clarke may finish his career with more runs than his predecessor Ricky Ponting.
“I have no doubt there are a lot more runs for Michael,” Chappell was quoted by The Telegraph as saying. “He’s just in fantastic form and he’s in a fantastic period of his career… it’s great to see.”
Clarke has been on a tear as of late and even set a new Australian record for the most Test runs scored in a single calender year.
As of right now, the Australian captain has scored 7,275 Test runs at a magnificent average of 52.33.
Chappell sees “no reason” as to why Clarke cannot join the elite 13,000-run club.
“There’s no reason at all why he can’t do that,” Chappell said. “Provided his body holds up, that’s probably where he is going to finish up.”
Clarke’s career is starting to become very similar to that of Chappell’s since both men dramatically improved their scoring rate after becoming captain of the national team.
During his 48 Tests as captain, Chappell scored 4,209 runs, which included 13 centuries, at a surreal average of 55.38.
Chappell was also quick to praise Clarke for leading by example as soon as he was handed the reigns.
“He takes to the captaincy very well, he’s very good at it,” Chappell said. “The big thing is captaincy comes naturally to him. If you don’t handle it, it can work the other way, but from Michael’s point of view it has energised him.
“He looks very comfortable in all facets: his batting, his captaincy and his life, he is in a great place and it’s showing in everything that he does. It’s been a remarkable period for him and he is taking the team with him, which is even more impressive and more important.”
Clarke is currently tenth on Australia’s all-time runs scorer list and Chappell knows it will only be a matter of time before Clarke overtakes him.
“It’s a fact of life,” Chappell said. “Guys will go past you, it happens.
“I don’t think about it too much these days but when someone does go past you it becomes a talking point and you are aware of it. I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about my record but when someone does what Michael has done and shines the spotlight on it, it’s very nice.”