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    I don't think it's accurate to try and rate captaincy purely based on the on-field stuff such as tactics. Equally important is their ability as a leader of men, and it's very hard to tell that based on onfield behaviour.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spark View Post
    I don't think it's accurate to try and rate captaincy purely based on the on-field stuff such as tactics. Equally important is their ability as a leader of men, and it's very hard to tell that based on onfield behaviour.
    Oh definitely, it's one of the reasons that I actually rate Ponting's captaincy; from everything I've seen, and all that I've read, he's really a very good man-manager and rallies his troops behind himself very well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Alex View Post
    With the 2nd worst average among the top 20 run getters. Being an opener, of course he'll be expected to be near about the top of the run charts. Even Hayden and Gilchrist are up there in that list. What am saying is compare his performances with his peers. Further he hardly seem to play the kind of match winning knocks in T20s these days one expects from openers.
    Average doesn't matter as much in T20. Sehwag's averaging mid 20s and striking at almost 160 - that's more than acceptable.

    Look at England in this T20 - neither Lumb nor Kieswetter has scored big runs this tournament, but what they have done (Lumb in particular) is score fast runs, which gives the likes of Pietersen and Morgan a platform from which they can either build a very competitive total, or feel comfortable chasing a total.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andyc View Post
    Oh definitely, it's one of the reasons that I actually rate Ponting's captaincy; from everything I've seen, and all that I've read, he's really a very good man-manager and rallies his troops behind himself very well.
    Absolutely agree. I was going to mention Ponting myself but decided against it. I hope this rubs off on Clarke - possibly Haddin's comments have a silver lining, as while patently untrue they may just indicate this.

    Oh, and by the way...

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    He's on now, starting at S/R of 40. Obviously starting out with unusual bombast, but will settle down.

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    Incidentally he's in the position where with one innings he could silence everyone forever.
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    I appreciate Clarke getting out and letting Cam White bat.
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    Well I'm disappointed Australia didn't win, as I really love this T20 team.

    But it makes me happy Clarke has no opportunity to hold the trophy as winner.

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    He finishes with 92 runs in 6 innings @ 15.33 with a strike-rate of 80.70. And took a wicket for 53 runs at 8.83 runs an over. Nice "modern all-round player" we have as captain Hilditch.

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    Clarke speaks really well.

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