Haven't seen enough of Bailey the captain to say definitively that he's a better skip than Clarke, but the latter's test captaincy has impressed me a lot more than I ever thought it would because he'd seemed pretty average tactically in the shorter forms.
I think this suggests (and I'm inclined to concur) that test captaincy requires a subtly different skillset from the shorter forms and, indeed, those abbreviated formats differ from each other too. Clarke strikes one as a test captain who trusts his gut and isn't afraid to have a punt if Plans A & B don't work, which is pretty ironic as his T20 captaincy seemed pretty formulaic.
- As featured in The Independent.
"This is not the time for namby-pamby promising youngsters who might just do something; not the time for building for the future. Pragmatism rules and they don't come more pragmatic than Rogers."
- Victor Marks makes the case for stiff-legged and stiff-armed 35 year old left-handers in Ashes squads