Clarke Hails Warne’s Impact

Australia captain, Michael Clarke, has been delighted by the impression Shane Warne has made on his team during the tour of South Africa.

The 44-year-old leg spinner, who played in 145 Tests for the Baggy Greens, has played a leading role in mentoring the team in his role as a consultant.

“It’s been fantastic having him around and great for me personally,” said Clarke.“I have a wonderful relationship with Warney and it’s always nice to have him around, especially for those players that have not spent a lot of time with him; they have had their eyes opened.

“The spinners really enjoyed the work he did with them. He will do whatever it takes to get the players to bring the best out of themselves. I have said for a long time he is probably the best captain I have played under and his knowledge is like no other.”

Meanwhile, Clarke has failed to score more than 25 runs in any of his last 11 Test innings but there are few calls from Australia cricket betting pundits for him to stand down from the captaincy role, following his leadership of Australia in the recent 5-0 Ashes series whitewash against England.

However, Clarke accepts he is putting himself under pressure and is only too aware that the Australian way is first to be picked on form and then made captain later.

The 32-year-old was named as captain of Australia’s Twenty20 side in October 2009 when he replaced Ricky Ponting.

He announced his retirement from Twenty20 cricket just over three years ago so that he could concentrate on the longer forms of the game. When Ponting stood down from the captaincy of the Test and ODI sides after the 2011 World Cup, Clarke was appointed as his permanent replacement in both roles, a move that found a great deal of support from fans who bet on cricket. 

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